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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 5, 1946, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME Of 1 I T G Y A N C A C I V E U 1 J 3 If THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL Associated Press and United Press FuU Leased Wlies Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JUNE 5 1946 This Paper Consists ol Two One No 30J Morning Fire Hits Chicago DEATH TOLL MOUNTS TO 58 GUESTS LEAVE HOTEL BY FIRE at the LaSalle Hotel Chicago snake down a fire escape Wednesday morning during early stages of the fire Bot tom of picture is near street level of 20 story structure in financial district AP Wirephoto West Coast Ship Operators Offer New Compromise Plan Washington coast ship operators Wednesday offered a new compromise proposal to the Marine Firemens union in a fresh attempt to head off the threatened midJune maritime strike on all coasts As this move brightened the prospects of settlement conciliation Director Edgar L Warren said he believed H too early for the gov ernment to step in with its settlement proposal But maybe we will later Warren told reporters during a break in the daylong negotiations between the countrys shiplines and the SENATE MEETS TO BALLOT ON INDUCTION BILL Expected to Reject Draftless Draft Law Vote TeenAge Issue Washington IP Senators wearied by hours of wrangling ap peared Wednesday toreject a proposal for a draftless a maneuver designed to block in ductions of teen agers The senate Tuesday voted to re sume the drafting of 18 and 19 year olds and senators who want to keep the selective service law intact were confident of defeating any draft holiday The teen age draft cleared the chamber by a vote of 53 to 26 The leadership then put on steam in an effort to get the draft extension bill back to the house It rammed through 67 to 4 a graduated pay boost for enlisted men and noncommissioned offi lowas Vote Washington c n a t o r Hiekenlooper R Iowa voted for restoration of provisions to draft 18 and 19yearolds under the pending draft extension measure when the senate ap proved it Tuesday Senator Wil son R Iowa voted against it 7union CIOdominated commit tee for maritime unity Terms of the of ler were not disclosed President John B Bryan of the Pacific American Shipown ers association said it dealt with other words the entire 4point demand levied on employers by the independent firemens union The union itself was to have made an offer Wednesday but it apparently was sidetracked by the employer move The firemens president V J Malone nego tiated directly with Bryan on the offer but reserved his answer an employer spokesman said The coast guard as well as the navy counted its manpower Wed nesday as the big there be a maritime tsrike June over Washington The coast guard sent out stop orders on discharges which it later explained applied only to regular personnel in overmanned ratings who had been allowed to apply for discharge before their enlist ment terms were up This affects approximately 2000 out of a total coast guard strength of 24000 in ratings now above their authorized peacetime levels The coast guard said reservists are SENATOR AUSTIN U N DELEGATE BULLETIN Washington Truman Wednesday selected Senator Warren R Austin Ver mont republican to be Ameri cas representative on the Unit ed Nations security council continuing before Naval stations were to be discharged reporting Italy Selects Republic Type Government Rome Nenni social ist vice premier announced Wednesday that the republic had been voted by the Italian people and that King Umberto II would leave Italy Saturday A government source Iiad an nounced 4 hours earlier the de feat of the monarchy in the week end plebiscite With some votes still to bo to headquarters on the number of men on hand with cargoves sel experience The coast guard suspended all discharges The iavy considered similar action Naval stations were reporting to headqnartcrs on thenumber of men on hand with cargovessel experience There was no secret among of ficials that if the joint strike of CIO seamen and dock workers takes place the government will have a problem finding qualified men to operate the merchant President Truman has promised to do With the strike date only 10 days off weary union men and ship operators gathered again at the labordepartment for more ar gument on the 56hour week can be reduced for men at sea Protestant Churches Seek U S Diplomatic Break With Vatican Washington protes tant church leaders urged Presi dent Truman Wednesday to sever all diplomatic relations with the Vatican Mr Truman was presented reso lutions from 7 denominations terming assignment of Myron C Taylor as the presidents personal representative to the Vatican un and unconstitution al Dr Samuel McCrea Cavert gen eral secretary of the federal council of Churches of Christ in America said the 11 leaders call ing on the president represent Protestant churches having 30 000000 members counted Nenni said the republic polled roughly 12000000 votes against 10000000 for continu ance of the monarchy At the same time Minister of Interior Giuseppe Romita in ex plaining the votesaid all regions in northern Italy had voted for a republic Central and southern Italy with tbe exception of Umbria favored the monarchy Sicily and Sardinia also voted for the monarchy The government source said that even if all the voters remaining to be counted are for the mon archy it would not change the outcome in favor of a republic The official interior ministry announcement was still awaited The afternoon newspaper Lln dependente said the republic thus far had a lead of 2000000 votes over the monarchy The government source saic only small towns in southern Italy remained to be heard from Nearly complete returns in the concurrent constituent assembly election meanwhile gave Premier Alcifte de Gasperis Christian clem ocrats an imposing victory The socialists ran 2nd to this middle oftheroad party and the com munlsts a close 3rd cers that would give privates and apprentice seamen the lowest ranks a 50 per cent hike to a month But then the bill ran into trouble Three republican senators Rev ercbmb W Wilson Iowa and Wherry Nebr put forth their substitute bill Jt would ctm tinue draft registrations and job benefit sections of the present se lective service actbut suspend all inductions Futhermore the trio insisted on a chance to debate before the roll was called This produced a tempestous scene with Senators Maybank DS C and Tydings DMd trying to upset the move of Dem ocratic Leader Barkley Ky to recess the chamber Finally after a series of quorum calls Barkley was upheld at p m on a roll call vote of 45 to 17 He ordered the senators to re assemble Wednesday The draft act currently Is op erating under a Gweek stopgap extension that runs out July 1 Its age limits are 20 through 29 but the senate restored the wartime 18 through 44 Tuesday even though the armed services have said they do not want men over 25 Most of Tuesdays senate debate centered around the necessity for drafting teenagers to police Ger many and Japan When and if the senate com pletes action the entire bill must go back to the house which twice as insisted that teen agers be ex mpt from induction The house draft extension also limited to Feb 15 with all nductions suspended until Oct 15 Is pay increases were includedin eparate legislation 4 lowans Die in Blaze 1 Woman Hurt By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS At least 4 lowans perished Tues day night in the tragic fire at Chi cagos La Salle hotel The 4 were Newton Chicago for a post high school graduation junket A 5th youth in the party had not been heard from and relatives feared HE might be among the unidentified dead Two Des Moines women were rescued from a 3rd floor window as they prepared to jump to the street below A Dubuque woman was hurt The known dead Delbert Roush Joseph S Barton Eldon Adams and William Denniston Paul Harrington was the other 4 on their trip which fol lowed the high school graduation of Harrington Roush Barton and Denniston Adams a high school junior this year was a close friend of the others All the boys were 18 and 19 years old Mrs George Schaaf and her laughter Mary 19 leaned from heir hotel window and debated lumping Mrs Schaaf related ivhen a ladder appeared under the window and hey climbed down aided by firemen Evelyn F Wagner Dubuque was among those injured in the fire Marvin Bucksbaum of Marshall town who was in Chicago Monday on business slept through the blaze until firemen broke down the door of his 7th floor room Bucksbaum fled to a fire escape after wrapping his face in a wet towel and escaped without injury He lost all oE his belongings in the fire however ESTIMATE 200 ARE INJURED IN LASALLE BLAZE At Least 10 Persons Die in Leaping or Falling From Building Chicago least 58 per sons were killed Wednesday in an early morning fire that rushed through the La Salle hotel in the Chicago loop district Many suffocated in bed with out awakening many were as phyxiated by smoke in the hall ways and others wcrp the victims of their own panic which caused them to leap from high windows At least 2GO persons among the 1100 patrons in the 22story hotel were injured some serious ly Many needed only first aid treatment by the Red Cross after they had fled scantilyclad from the smoke filled hostelry The first alarm was turned in at a m Within 10 min utes the first 3 floors were en julfed in flames and both of the Main street exits from the 37 year old hostelry were impassable Five extra alarms were sounded and more than 300 firemen battled the blaze bringing it under con trol about a m Most of those who were burned had been housed on the 3rd 4th 5th and 6th floors About the 6th floor smoke and panic claimed their victims At least 10 persons died as they leaped from their rooms and fell to the street or in SCENE OUTSIDE LaSALLE HOTEL DURING HEIGHT OF white facade of the LaSalle hotel Chicagoprovides a backdrop for this tangled network of ladders hose lines and safety chutes early Wednesday morning duringthe height of the fire Crowd and apparatus stand in front of the LaSalle street entrance AP Wire photo Motorist Does Kind Deed in Car Accident Chicago Taylor 50 was knocked down by a pass ing car but told the driver h wasnt hurt The driver disagreed He too him to Grant hospital where a Xray showed a broken ankje an a broken leg bone The driver was Dr Frank L An drews resident physician of th iiospitaL iouse Members Pass ension Rate Boost Washington house Vednesday passed legislation in reasing the pension rates for eacetime serviceconnected disa ilities from 75 per cent to 90 per cent of the wartime rates The measure now goes to the white house The increased pensions for those who become disabled during oth er than a period of war applies to members of the regular army navy marine corps and the coas guard ARSON CHARGE FOR IOWA MAN Accuse Man of Setting Fire to Creston Home Creston L Wain right of Greston Wednesday was charged with setting fire to his 5 room house and garage and was bound over to the Union county grand jury by Justice the Peace George CFiggins on the arson charge Wainrights wife Annette and several of the couples 7 children were in the house at the time of the fire but all escaped without injury An estimated dam re was caused before the fire as extinguished The fire started about an hour fter Wainright had been servet vith divorce papers started by his rife Their children range in age rom one to 16 Chief William M Hiat aid Wainright told him he re urned after being served withth apers and sprinkled the house nd garage with kerosene then et thefire Boy 7 Hunts 6 Miles for Bread Smervllle Mass yearold Charles Robinsons moth er sent him to the store for a loa of bread For several hours h trudged from store to store al wajs getting the same reply sorry sonny no bread today Finally he spied a delivers truck and begged the driver t sell him a loaf of bread But b that time he was too tired to wal any further Police found him sitting on curb the loaf of bread clutche under one arm He was six miles from home Cows arrived at the Jamestow Colony in America in 1611 an reached the Plymouth Colony 1624 Senate Group for Lifting Meat Control Washington IP The senate banking committee Wednesday reaffirmed on an 11 to 7 vote its uroposal to litt price controls from ivestock meat poultry and dairy products on June 30 The vote came on a motion by Chairman Wagner DN waging a rear guard action to save as much of price control as possible to reverse the commit tees action last Saturday when ii voted 10 to 8 to remove meat con trols and 9 to 8 o lift controls from dairy products The committee is working on an OPA extension bill which Eco nomic Stabilizer Chester Bowles thinks is shaping up as a mon strous thing Refuse Negro Haircut Iowa City Iowa Social Action committee Wednesday had under advisement the alleged re usal of barbers in the University f Iowa quadrangle dormitory to cut the hair of a Negro Austin Minn Plant Founder Seriously III Bel Air Cal A Hormel founder of the mea packing firm at Austin Minn which bears his name was re ported in serious condition Wed nesday as the result of a stroke His son Jay C Hormel presi dent of the Hormel packing plant was believed en route to Bel Air from Austin Last March Mrs George Hormel died Fire Casualties Chicago The identified ead in the Hotel La Salle fire Vednesday as recorded at the look county morgue included Delbert Allen Roush Newton owa Bill Denniston Newton Iowa Frank Fenton Evans Hartville Ohio Henry Smith Waukegan 111 Mabel C Regnan Chicago Thacker McKenzie Moss Hop dnsville Ky W K Thompson Alexandria Va Emil Sommer Amherst N Y Effie Harmon address unknown Brice McBride Provo Utah Louis Marco Chicago Hex M Gaynor Elmwood Park III Major Hugh W Huddleson Green county Wis Nathan Adelson Chicago Douglas L Boyer St Louis The Rev A F Schmitthenner Chambersburg Pa Edward Farrar Chicago Huth O Feely Illinois depart ment health Springfield 111 Samuel Unger Chicago Weather Report FORECAST IVIason City Fair and warmer Wednesday night and Thursday Iowa Fair and warmer Wednes day night and Thursday except scattered showers extreme north portion Thursday afternoon Minnesota Partly cloudy Wednes day night and Thursday with scattered showers north and central Warmer southeast Wed nesday night Cooler near Lake Superior Thursday IN MASON GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 76 Minimum 51 At 8 a m Wednesday 65 YEAR AGO Maximum 58 Minimum 42 son Wis Perry Swern Oak Park 111 Francis McCarthy salesman Akron Ohio Julia Barry hotel telephone op erator Chicago Mrs Annice Dimond Chicago 111 Jane Collins secretary and res ident of LaSalle hotel Severn W Korn Battle Creek Mich Dr G G Taylor 50 member of Henry 111 G Miller Springfield Duane M Beaty San Antonio Texas Joseph F Barton Noxvton Iowa George Delp 41 hotel auditor Chicago Leonard Austin Salter Madi the Illinois department public health Springfield Eldon Adams 18 high school student Newton Iowa Mrs Florence Jackson 58 long time resident of the hotel Cyrus W Gates 47 salesman ager of the Cincinnati Products company Cincinnati Ohio Eugene Freeman 55 Chicago battalion fire chief Martin Heincn 47 athletic coach of Quincy college and alderman of Quincy 111 Eighteen other bodies were uni dentified a courtway Of the 58 bodies which over no wed the county morgue or were held in a hospital and a mortuary were listed as unidentified On maiiy of the bodies were only a few fragments of burned which crumbled when touched Most were clad only in negligees or robes Fire Marshal Michael Corrigan calling the fire the worst in his 35 years of experience and one of the hardest to explain said fire men had heard 3 explosions spaced about a minute and a half apart preceding discovery of the fire John Flanagan chief house de tective at the La Salle said the fire started in the No 5 elevator shaft He quoted Detective Ed ward McNamara as saying that the operator of the No 5 elevator rushed into the lobby and said there was fire in his pit Several persons with fire ex tinguishers went to the reported location of the fire and the fire department was summoned arriv ing in 5 or 6 minutes But it was simply appalling the way the fire spread McNamara said In a twinkling the whole lobby was a mass of flames From then on everything was chaos Coroner A L Brodie called an inquest Wednesday morning and said he would use prominent hotel managers and engineers for mem bers of the jury Firemen and volunteers rushed into the hotel to control the blaze and assist the guests from the building Smoke and heat rushed to the upper floors through the Screaming Hotel Patrons Trapped by Raging Flames Chicago Chicagos finan cial district was thrown into wild ragic screaming confusion early Wednesday by the spectacular La Salle hotel fire Many screaming guests trapped on the upper floors of the 20 story hotel leaned out of win dows waving bedclothes and ap parently trying to decide whether to jump or stay in their rooms Firemen carried guests down ladders rigged on Madison and La Salle street sides of the hotel Serious panic was feared because of the dense smoke little flame was visible although Firemen quickly mobilized by standers into teams to assist guests Three Chicago youths found elderly Claude Stratton of Sullivan Ind and Miami Fla a small slender man attempting to aid his 75 year old wife Wini Jtred down a 16th floor fire escape he was almost overcome from smoke They placed her in a chair and carried her to safety Stratton at St Lukes hospital later rewarded the trio with a check One hysterical unidentified woman rushed up to firemen on the street and screamed My sister had a heart attack on the 13th floor and shes dying I tried to help her but she totd me to go In contrast coming down the unusual woman clutching the harness of a seeing eye dog They got to the street all right Meyer Goldberg a Detroit Mich jeweler said the halls were a pandemonium ol women screaming He said he formed 7 of them into a chain and led them by matchlight to a 12th floor fire fire escape displaying clamness was a blind escape Coming down he related the Oth floor entrance was blocked by a crippled man who was car ried to safety shouting Im crip pled An army major assisted his wife who was pregnant to the street while carrying their young son on his other arm One of the rescuers Bernard Trasca a sailor stationed at near by Gicnview naval air station said he found a legless war vet eran hopping around frantically on his artificial legs looking for a cane Trasca said he picked up the wounded vet and carried him down the fire escape He did not learn his name Shortly after the fire started a whitehaired man appeared at a 6th floor window waving his arms and screaming He disappeared then reappeared and dropped this note I will kill myself if I am not saved Firemen rescued him An unidentified couple who said they had paid for their room and didnt know where they could gei another remained there through out the fire James A chief deputy coroner said Wed nesday morning the couple was still in room 1812 A switchboard operator who re fused to be dragged from her post Tuesday night died in the fire be cause she insisted on remaining behind to notify guests W H Bradtield assistant night manager told police he tried to drag Mrs Julia Barry 44 Iron her post on the second floor but that she refused to leave Brad field suffered facial burns elevator shafts permeating all the halls and filling the rooms On the 4th floor 7 bodies were found in a crawling position The victims had been headed toward a fire escape and had been overcome on the way On a glass canopy were found the bodies of a mother and her child arms banding one another Both were burned beyond recog nition The figures of many persons appeared in windows as it they were planning to leap Even as flame and smoke menaced those in the windows firemen cautioned Sit get you out Rescue ladders were quickly raised and more than 50 persons were rescued Military police and shore patrol members banded to gether with police firemen and other volunteers to stretch nets in he streets to catch those who chose to leap One woman was carried down a fire escape by a ireman and rushed to a Passavant lospital The woman was kept at the lospital where physicians said that she soon would give birth to a baby and was apparently unin jured If only some of them had not been panicked they might have been saved said Fire Marshal Corrigan A temporary morgue was hasti ly set up in the city hall only a block from the hotel More than GOO policemen were called to the scene and aided in carrying the dead assisting the injured and shepherding the lightlyclad and homeless persons who had 4
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