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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 20, 1946, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAiLY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME SEP AST ME NT CF HISTORY ANIi ARCHIVE SSE8 KOINES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL Associated Press and United Press Full teased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20 1946 This Paper Consists of Two One No 36 GREEN SEES NO RETURN TO PITS US CALLS FOR FULL DATA ON TROOP NUMBER Agrees With Russia on Revealing Disposition of Military Forces Lake Success N Y United States called on all mem bers of the United Nations Wed nesday to lay all cards on the table and make complete reports on the numbers of their troops both at home and abroad Without formally accepting a doublebarrelled proposal of Sov iet Foreign Minister V M Molo tov on the troop reports question Sen Tom Connally DrTex de clared the United States agreed that complete information on troop dispositions should be made pub lic Connally and Molotov spoke be fore the 54member political com mittee of the United Nations as sembly which was called into session to debate a soviet proposal asking information on allied troops and bases in nonenemy territory Connally said however that the U S delegation would need time to study a new proposal which Molotov offered to substitute for Russias original resolution and which would broaden it to include troops in enemy states as well as nonenemy nations Sir Alexander Cadogan speak ing for the United Kingdom said the British delegation took much the same position and wanted time to study the question He said he would like to have Mo lotov explain how figures on rtroops abroad could facilitate the ifwork of the U N military staff or the Security Coun cil Molotov also declared that Rus sia was ready to give full data on her troops athome but suggested that thishelinkedwith discus sions of Russias 4point arms 1 limitation plan and not consider along with the question of troop disposition abroad Moltovs new resolution pro j posed that U N members give ithe following information 1 Where and in what numbers ltroops are located on nonenemy territory 2 At what points in enemy states and in what numbers al Uied troops are located jl 3 At what points in these ter ii ritories air and naval bases of al ii lied states are elevated and the size of garrisons in such bases 4 The information should ap ply to the situation as of Nov 1 1946 Then extemporaneously he broadened the question to include data on troops at home He said the Soviet government was ready to accept Austins proposal in this respect and to conclude agree ments to this effect REDS LEAD IN ROMANIAN VOTE Government Opposition Charge Irregularities Bucharest communist dominated government bloc took a wide early lead over the opposi tion Wednesday in 1st returns from parliamentary election as each side accused the other of irregularities Returns from 5 prefectures gave the government bloc 135552 the national peasant party 41 235 the national liberals 8229 the independent socialists 1514 The Magyar popular union 63 974 and the national peasant democrats 9483 No calculations iwere available of the number of seats won in these prefectures The interior ministry estimated that from 90 to 95 per cent of the countrys 8000000 voters had par ticipated in the balloting Tuesday 5 The U S military mission in Bucharest was picketed Tuesday night after 5000 Romanian citi appeared to protest that their had been omitted from the oting register Brig Gen Covfrt land Van Rensselaer Schuyler head of the mission who identi fied the pickets as supporters of Premier Petru Grozas commun i fistdominated government pro ijtested the picketing Price of Juke Box f Music May Increase North Tonawanda N Y The price of noise may double I A spokesman for the Rudolph Wurlitzer company predicted ii Wednesday that rising costs of and equipment may force boxes to increase prices from ja nickel in a dime or 3 records for 25 cents Iowa Family Finds Jail Home Webster City but one of the 8 members of the Charlie Hamilton family reported favorably Wednesday as they recounted the first night in their new county jail The dissenter was 5 year old Darlenc who complained that it dis turbed her slumbers to double up on a jail bunk with her 3 year old sister Ida Mae Ida Mae and the other 4 children slept well their mother reported Darlene had her own bed before the Hamiltons were evicted from the tenant house on the nearby farm where Hamilton had been work ing Mrs Hamilton said the jail cells were so warm they had to have the windows open most o the night Sheriff E R Lear opened the jail doors to the Hamiltons when they could not find a house The father is working temporarily for the city while seeking work on another farm Subsistence Pay Suspended by VA to 150000 Veterans Stoppage Results From Failure of ExGIs to Report Their Earnings Washington veterans administration announced Wed nesday it has suspended subsist ence allowances to approximately 150000 veterans enrolled in schools and onthejob training programs under the GI bill of rights The action was taken VA said because of the failure of the cx GIs to report the money they have earned in addition to the allowances At the same time an agency official estimated that allowances of 300000 veterans will be re duced because of a ceiling on sub sistence payments and earnings Approximately 119000 will re ceive no checks at all for that reason he added Since payments are made monthly the suspensions will not actually become evident until the next pay date Nov 30 VA officials said the failure to report income were due princi pally to neglect When the data is furnished checks will be sent to the veterans as quickly as pos sible The payments made under the GI billofrights amount to S65 monthly for unmarried veterans in school or on job training and to monthly for marrieS men More than 1200000 veterans draw the allotments Tuition payments made direct ly to schools are not affected Under legislation passed last summer veterans payments and earnings are limited to a total of monthly for those without dependents arid to 200 monthly for those with dependents In the event those figures are exceeded the subsistence allowances must be reduced accordingly The veterans administration warned on Nov 1 that the sub sistence allowances would be halt ed unless reports of earnings were received Nov 5 Suspensions are to remain in effect until the in formation has been VA said payments have been discontinued to 149046 recipients and1 that several branch offices have not yet reported the number of delinquents in their areas The percentage affected in various dis tricts ranged from 4 to 16 per cent of the total enrolled in education and job training programs By areas the numbers discon tinued and the percentage of the total in those districts included Branch No 8 St sota Iowa Nebraska North Da kota and South 8 percent Hickenlooper Is for State Rent Control Washington Bourke B Hickenlooper R Iowa pro posed Wednesday that the re publicancontrolled 80th congress turn the job of controlling rents over to the states He said it should take immedi ate steps when it convenes in Jan uary to end federal rent ceilings in any state which sets up a rent control agency of its own In this way Hickenlooper said the government could get out of the rent control business gradual ly He said overall federal con trol tended to freeze inequities which could be better adjusted on a statewide basis Rep Jesse P Wolcott R Mich who is in line for chairmanship of the house banking committee said he expected government rent con rols to last at least until next July He added however that the new congress might write some new formula for ceilings that would grant increases to landlords where inequities exist Apartment house owners are waging a campaign for a flat 15 per cent boost in all rents but the OPA is resisting it firmly Some officials within OPA reportedly favor a general increase of 5 per cent with provisions to give addi tional adjustments lo any land lord who can prove an inequity ROBERT HANNEGAN Must Take Rest SUCCESSOR TO HANNEGAN SEEN Governor Kerr Most Prominently Mentioned Washington UR The demo cratic national committee was op erating Tuesday without a chair man for all practical purposes and the question before President Truman was who should succeed 43yearold Robert E Hannegan in that job Mr Truman may have to look for a new postmaster general also Announcement that Hanne gan had been ordered to take a complete rest was accompanied by word from his associates that he was expected to resign the committee chairmanship shortly His cabinet tenure will depend the United Press was informed on how much his vacation improves his health Hannegan suffers from high blood pressure an affliction not uncommon in politics and will be away from Washington until Jan 15 Gov Robert S Kerr of Okla homa whose term now is expir ing is most prominently men tioned as Hannegans successor as committee chairman Searchers Fail to Find Any Trace of Missing Airplane Lost in Alps Paris ff Dispatches from Grenoble said Wednesday that air and land parties searching for 11 Americans including a briga dier general and three officers wives whose C53 transport crashlanded Tuesday high in the southern French Alps had re turned to Grenoble and reported failure thus far in the quest The rescue crews have found no trace of the plane or its occu pants the Grenoble advices said These accounts conflicted with a report of U S army air force officials in Frankfurt earlier which said two U S bomber pi lots had spotted the wreckage and circled it to guide the ground parties to the site OPA Warns Landlords Against Freezeout Try Des Moines heavy sweaters and coats indoors has be come a necessity in some houses where landlords are attempting to freeze out tenants by refusing to furnish heat trie Iowa district OPA reported Tuesday The OPA said it had receivad numerous reports of known cases and estimated others were endur ing chilly rooms rather than re port their landlords Refusing to furnish heat is a vi olation of federal rent control regulations and violators will be turned over to OPA enforcement attorneys for legal action OPA said The OPA explained also that a tenant could not be evicted for registering a complaint against his landlord but that a complaint must i bear the signature of the tenant THIRD OF IOWA UNION MINERS ARE OFF JOBS Towns and Business Firms Eye Possibility of Brownouts Ration By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS More than a third of Iowas es timated union miners were not working Wednesday as Wednes day nights midnight deadline ap proached in the controversy be tween the government arid John L Lewis United Mine Workers chieftain Meanwhile Iowa municipalities business firms and householders pondered the possibility that brownouts and rationing of electricity might be invoked to conserve dwindling coal stocks Lt Com Hamilton Acheson Iowa coal administrator said only 20 of a normal force of about 80 on the day shift of the Shuler Coal Co at Waukee Iowas largest union mine reported for work Wednesday He said the entire night shift also about 80 walked out Tuesday afternoon The Shuler mine is losing about 1000 tons of coal a day for lack labor Acheson said Acheson said the Central Serv ice Mine near Des Moines with a daily production of about 375 tons was idle Wednesday morning after 63 men decided not to work after reporting at the mine The 64 miners of the Pershing coal mine at Pershing stayed away from work Tuesday because of reported irritation over the governments injunction action against Lewis Jess Box president of UMW local 981 said the Per shing miners didnt like the deal Secretary of Interior J A Krug was giving Lewis At the Albia district office of the mine union F D Wilson ternational board member said the office had no reports on the number of union miners working Wednesday and no comment on the coal situation Wilson said that during the last quarter there had been less than 700 duespaying UMW members in lows He esti mated there were about 20 un ion miners in the state Meanwhile local officials in various Iowa cities and heads of industrial firms tentatively sur veyed possible courses of action in case the coal stoppage should be come continuing and complete At Fort Dodge and Council Bluffs natural gas is the chief fuel and this was expected to minimize the effects of any coal shutdown At Spencer Wednesday offi cials said the light plants coal supply was ample for 30 days or more and that no brownout presently was contemplated Davenport Charles City and Centerville all reported they had no immediate brownout plans At Centerville the Iowa Southern Utilities company reported it had about 40 days supply of coal for its power network All local union mines at Centerville were working Wednesday Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Increasing cloudiness Wednesday night and Thursday little change in temperature Lowest Wednesday night near freezing Iowa Increasing cloudiness Wed nesday night and Thursday lit tle change in temperature Low Wednesday night 2834 north 3540 south High Thursday 4550 north 5559 south Minnesota Light snow mixed with somefreezing drizzle north and mostly cloudy south portion Wednesday night and Thursday Little change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 51 Minimum 27 At 8 a m Wednesday 31 YEAR AGO Maximum 44 Minimum 32 AP Wirepholo 6 KILLED IN battle flames after an explosion demolished a laundry plant in Greenville S Car Tuesday night killing 6 persons and injuring more that 150 Some persons reported hearing the blast 30 miles away Greonvillc S Car soldiers Wednesday patrolled lit tered streets where 6 persons were killed and over 150 injured Tues day night when exploding propane gas demolished a blocklong laun dry and wrecked or damaged every building in the vicinity Troops from the Greenville air base were ordered to prevent loot ing from stores and houses shat tered by the blast After a survey the Red Cross reported 15 houses destroyed and 45 damaged Hundreds of window panes were splintered for blocks around Tne laundry itself was leveled Fire Chief Frank Donnald ex plained that the propane gas used as a cleaning fluid escaped from a leak vaporized and settled into the basement where it was ignited by the furnace The explosion was heard 30 miles away at Spartanburp Sev eral buildings and residences within the immediate area were demolished The blast came shortly after some 40 employes had reported for the night shift Authorities expressed the be liefthataleakin a huge tank containing i5000 gallons of clean ing fluid was responsible for the explosion gas fumes being ig nited in the basement furnace The Red Cross in Atlanta Ga area headquarters sent a disaster staff to aid victims whose homes were wrecked Fire Chief Frank Donnald re ported that plant Manager E R Haynie had discovered the tank leak shortly before the explosion He reportedly warned employes lo leave the plant which was one reason the death toll wasnt higher The entire plant was a tangled mass of masonry and twisted steel Haynie estimated damage to the laundry at Two of the larger hospitals in the city treated a total of 154 pa tients a number of them in criti cal condition Stamping of Iowas 100000 Centennial Coins Underway Half Dollars Will Be WYATT SUBMITS HOUSING PLANS Believe Continuation of Controls Requested Washington Ex pediter Wilson Wyatt sent to Pres ident Truman Wednesday his rec ommendations for maintaining the emergency housing pro gram despite the recent removal of price controls on building ma terials Persons familiar with the con tents of Wyatts report said that he proposed 1 Continuation of existing con trols over the distribution of building materials except as ma terials become adequate andmake them unnecessary 2 Retention of a maximum price on new home construction This limit is now butof ficials declined to say whether Wyatt had recommended any change in the amount 3 Action to encourage con struction of additional rental housing 4 A reaffirmation of Wyatts powers to allocate federal re sources in support of the housing program Officials said the recommenda tions did not call for new legisla tion at this time They said they hope the president will indicate possibly through a public state ment that Wyatt is to be given a free hand in carrying the program forward Army veterinarians have devel oped a method for quick freez ing milk so that itcan be kept for three months 7000 Vets Waive Priorities on Auto for Blind Comrade Atlanta thousandodd exGIs attending a surplus automobile sale here waived their priorities to permit a blind former comrade in arms to purchase a station wagon he needed to set up a business The blind veteran Claude J Bedenbough of Lake City Fla held a priority near the bottom of the list and under war assets admirds tration rules of 1st to apply served had little chance of get ting the statidn wagon until the official conducting the sale made his case known His former buddies acclaimed their waivers and only a personal plea by Bedenbough prevented hem from taking up a collection to purchase the automobile for him Sent to State for Sale on Premium Basis Washington Stamping of the 100000 Iowa centennial 50 cent pieces was to start Wednes day at the Philadelphia mint Officials of the bureau of the mint said the half dollars author ized by congress last summer would be turned over to the state for sale Ralph Evans Davenport Iowa chairman of the Iowa cen tennial committees coin sub committee was to reecive the coins The halfdollar will be minted as a commemorative coin in con nection with Iowas observance this year of its 100 years of state hood It will be sold at a premium The committee will meet in Des Moines in the next week or 10 days and probably will decide then what the premium will be how sale of the coin will be handled and what the profit will be used for An arrangement probably will be made with Des Moines banks to advance the cost of the coins The 1945Iowa legisla ture which established the cen tennial committee gave the com mittee funds for expenses only The coin is an elaborate one On one side it pictuers the old stone capitol at Iowa City shows the ivycovered walls and lamp posts beside the steps To make the coins legal obliga tions of showing the the treasury the old capitol side says United States of America In God We Trust Liberty and in cludes Half Dollar On the other side is an eagle with wings spread and in his beak is a scroll listing the Towa state motto Our Liberties We Prize Our Rights We Will Main tain Aboye the eagle is a clus ter of 29 stars representing the fact Iowa was the 29th state ad mitted to the union Circling the design are the words Iowa Statehood Centen nial 18461946 Jailed on Draft Count Fort Dodge Earl Rank 35 Fort Dodge Tuesday was sentenced to 18 months in a federal penitentiary after Federal Judge Henry N Graven found him guilty of failing to inform his draft board of his address Rank was found innnocent on a second count of wilfully and intention ally failing to report to his draft board for induction CIO CONVENTION HITS INJUNCTION Delegates Join Fight Against U S Action Atlantic City N J CIO Wednesday joined the fight of John L Lewis president of the United Mine Workers AFL against the injunction granted to the federal government by a Dis trict of Columbia federal court The convention adopted a reso lution condemning the issuance of injunctions in labor disputes in cluding a surprise amendment of fered by the resolutions commit tee condemning the action of the federal government in the coal strike threat The resolution said We condemn the action taken by the federal government in ob taining a sweeping injunction against the United Mine Workers of America This is a clear viola tion of the NorrisLaGuardia act No antilabor injunctions can dis pose of the problems now con fronting workerswho see their earnings shrink before the fast rising cost of livingAmerican de mocracy cannot tolerate any at tempt to impose economic slavery through vicious antilabor injunc tions The resolution also called for a continuing struggle by the CIO to preserve civil liberties of workers enactment of antiinjunction laws in all the slates plugging of loop holes in existing statutes where they are discovered by antilabor judges and to work for the elec tion of judges who will not per mit the use of the courts for strikebreaking purposes CIO leaders said they have nol yet decided whether to file brief with the federal district court in Washington asking dis missal of the temporary order re straining Lewis from making his contract terminating announce ment effective Wednesday night A new wage drive of the CIO was launched with the assertion that American industry woulc earn the highest corporate proii in history in 1946 an estimatec after taxes CIO President Philip Murra was reported ready to back up the viewpoint of Walther Reuther president of the United Auto Workers expressed in last win ters General Motors negotiations that industry is able to pay wage increases without inflationary price rises and still make profits exceeding war and prewar lev els STATES MINERS WILL STAY OUT TILL NEW PACT 100000 Coal Workers Leave Jobs as Lewis Lawyers Go Into Huddle BULLETIN Washington nouncing the governments policy AFL President Wil liam Green Wednesday said the miners who have vol untarily walked out will not return until a new soft coal contract is signed Washington L Lewis awyers went into an llth hour huddle Wednesday as the mid night deadline approached in his showdown light with the govern ment The United Mine Workers chief must decide before Wednesday ends whether he will withdraw his contract termination notice that always means a shutdown in the soft coal mines Lewis who may be courting legal penalties if he fails to do so left his suburban home early but did not go to his office atop the unions building Neither did he return to the swank Carlton hotel suite around the corner which he engaged lor the duration of the current crisis Tuesday Lewis spent most of the day at the Carlton reading newspapers and saying nothing Lewis legal staff headed by Welly K Hopkins and William E Leahy conferred privately on the course of action to be taken in meeting the temporary injunction obtained by the justice depart ment Monday in an effort to head off the threatened shutdown Approximately 100000 about onefourth of the nations coal producers already had halted work In the crisis 1 The army announced that troops will be ready if needed to maintain order 2 The government readied a call io governors of all slates east of the Mississippi for brown outs and rationing of electricity and manufactured gas a move affecting millions Iowa Missouri and Minensota may also be in cluded 3 Republican and democratic lawmakers joined in a rising chorus of demands for laborman agement legislation when the new congress meets Jan 3 There were some scattered demands from lawmakers for an immediate spe cial session Under Lewis own formula the present governmentunion con tract which went into effect when the administration seized the pits last May becomes void at one minute past midnight Wednesday night Presumably Lewis has un til that hour to withdraw his can cellation of the risk punishment for contempt of court He was ordered to withdraw it in an order issued by Federal Judge T Alan Goldsborough on Monday Labor attorneys said that un less the United Mine Workers boss elects simply to ignore the courts they see only 2 apparent alternatives for him 1 Go into court Wednesday and ask Judge Goldsborough to vacate the order on the ground that it violates the Norris Laguardia antiinjunction act or that it re quires Lewis to do something ra ther than restraining him from doing something This is the usual procedure in seeking to block an injunction Z Rescind the notice of contract notice which in the past has always served as a tacit but automatic strike call In the face of Lewis silence typical miner reaction was voiced by Sam Caddy president of UMW district 30 in the Big Sandy field in Kentucky where an estimated 13000 out of 15000 workers were idle They know the move is on he said In Pittsburgh John Castor a union official said the miners had received all he instruction they needed and could be expected to stage a mass walkout Wednesday Reports from the coal fields told of mounting tension among the miners But if a strike was inevitable all signs pointed to a silent shutdown with no surface omens of violence The war department talk of troops drew from individ ual miners their traditional re tort You cant mine coal with bayonets OTRANTO STORE SOLD and Mrs Burton Larson of Lyle have purchased he Otranto general store from Tweet anrl Martin Possession will be given Dec 1 I   

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