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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 12, 1946, Mason City, Iowa                                HISTORY A N J A ft C H t V E US HOI NES A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL un THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY DECEMBER 12 1946 Five Cents a Copy This Paper Consists of Two One Truman Consolidates Agencies 70 Killed 36 Missing as Ice House Foils on Building SEARCHERS DIG FOR VICTIMS IN 6STORY FLAT At Least 29 Injured by Falling Debris in New York City Blast New York rear wall of a flaming ice house crashed on a 6story tenement Thursday and more than 12 hours later police and firemen still dug through de bris looking for nearly 2 score persons missing and perhaps trapped Ten persons were known dead 29 injured had been removed to hospitals and another 36 of the total of 92 persons believed to have been in the tenement build ing which was condemned years ago still were unaccounted for Police investigating the disaster one of the worst of its kind in New York history held 4 boys the oldest of the group 13 for investigation that the fire in the ice house of the Knickerbocker Ice company on New Yorks upper west side which had been abandoned for 15 years had been started by prank sters The cries of some of those trapped could be heard at inter vals One man who had screamed almost constantly for many hours get me out of here was removed alive A priest crawled through a hole in one of theshattered brick walls and administered last rites of 3 persons whom he believed were beyond hope A detective who also entered the wreckage told of finding 4bodies Four persons died in hospitals to which they were sent after 5 alarms sent fire and rescue equip ment to the scene at Amsterdam avenue and 184th street on New Yorks upper west side The biff ice plant of the Knickerbocker Ice company abandoned some 15 years ago was wrecked by fire and explosion and it was the rear wall of the big building which crashed upon the tenement Fire Marshal Thomas Brophy who began an immediate investi gation was questioning a half dozen boys ranging in age from 7 AP Wlrepbola an BLAST WRECKS ICE HOUSE AND TBNBMENTKremen probe the abandoned ice house which was ripped apart by a mysterious blast Thursday morning in New York City The explosion sent the rear brick wall of the ice house crashing ajramst an adjoining tenement building shown in the occupied by 97 persons to 10 He believed the fire prob ably had been started by boys who played in the abandoned ice house Several small fires set by boys had occurred in the building previ ously one of them only Wednesday afternoon Later Police Capt Thomas V Hannigan said that 4 boys all 10 or 11 years old had admitted they started Wednesday afternoons fire in the ice plant while playing with candles Nick Sloans who had been pinned down for hours by a beam said when he was freed that his wife and three children and his brother were in his apartment when the building caved in I dont know whether they are dead or alive he said Bleeding profusely he was given a hypo dermic and taken to Mother Ca brini hospital Peter LaGatta 68 who left for work shortly before the crash said his wife Mary 59 and his daugh ter Julie 26 were trapped on the 2nd floor and probably were dead Fire officials said the fire ex plosion was one of the worst in the history of the city and at the same time were prepared to in vestigate the cause thoroughly Police Commission Arthur Wai lander said that boys had been I caught setting fires in the aband oned ice house during the last few years Wednesday there was a fire in the structure at p m It was quickly put out At p m firemen again t were called to the structurewhich this time was blazing fiercely Firemen crawled to the roof and began to battle the flames from there when they heard a muffled blast inside They began imrnedi i ately to scramble down and all but 6 of them made it Then the roof of the structure caved in and fell 4 flights a mo 1 ment before the rear wall col lapsed and crashed against the tenement house i Police were unable to determine how many tenement occupants managed to escape before the wall caved in Others rushed out and sought first aid in the homes of neighbors A nearby tavern was turned into a first aid station The cause of the explosion could not be determined immedi ately but it was believed escap ing ammonia fumes from several tanks in the building had been ignited Priorities Are Resumed for Fartn Building Iowas county AAA committal were instructed Wednesday by j J Loveland stale PMA chair man to resume the issuance o priorities covering building ma terials for farmers The county committees had re ceived instructions last Friday 1 stop issuing the priorities whic cover housing and nonhousin construction and plumbing an heating equipment Veterans priorities for farm machinery have definitely bee discontinued Loveland said Ap plications already approved ar good until Feb 8 and can be re newed to that date by the count offices he added Loveland was in Mason City Wednesday attending a meetin of 3 northeast Iowa PMA district to discuss 1947 soil conservation practices and payment methods BLUM ELECTED FRENCH PREMIER Heads Interim Rule Until MidJanuary Paris Leon Blum 74 was elected presidentpremier Thursday of the interim French government which will serve unti midJanuary Vote tabulators said the na tional assembly gave Blum about 575 ballots He needed 310 for the absolute majority Blum now faces the task of get ting the parties to agree on a program and on whether the rightist parties should be includec in the cabinet His cabinet which is not ex pected to remain in power much longer than 30 days will be occu pied chiefly with voting a budget for the first quarter of 1947 Mechanization of cotton gin ning spinning and weaving be ean in America in the 1800s Jury Refuses to Indict ExMayor of Conesville Muscatine district court grand jury Thursday refused to indict George Brown 77yearold former Conesville la mayor in the shotgunslaying of Dr Ady R McKeown formerSeattle physi cian Dr McKeown died last Oct 29 of wounds suffered when he was struck by a shotgun blast while riding horseback on his farm near here Dr McKeown named Brown as his assailant but Brown stead fastly maintained his innocence A nobill was voted by the 7 man grand jury which since Tues day had been hearing evidence in the McKeown case at the request of County Attorney Wayne Eck hardt Russia Makes Concessions as Big 4 Cleans UpMeace Pacts New fork Paced by a new round of concessions from Soviet Cold Weather Back in Iowa Foreign Minister V M Molotov the Big Four foreign ministers coun cil arranged to finish its historic peacemaking sessions in New York Thursday after having completed plans for drafting German and Austrian peace settlements A final meeting was scheduled for Thursday to clean up minor details of the 5 European satellite peace treaties and approve the draft of a 6point agenda for Big Four conference in Mosco March 10 to begin work o treaties with Germany and Aus tria In a busy swiftmoving sessio Wednesday night the Big 4 agree that prior to the Moscow session small nations would be given fu opportunity to present their pro posals for German and Austria settlements to boards of grea power deputy foreign ministers i London beginning Jan 14 Due mainly to last minut agreement by Molotov it was als decided that Secretary of Stat James F Byrnes proposals fo sharply limiting occupation armie in Europe and for a 40year Ger man disarmament pact would b fully considered at the Moscov meeting Molotov tentatively blocked a Byrnes move to invite the Chi ness government to participat n the Moscow meeting and fina decision was due on that a Thursdays closing session hut in lications were that Molotovs ob iections would stand There was no doubt that the nost controversial point settled by the ministers Wednesday nigh concerned the appointment of deputies to hold the London hear ngs for small nations on Germany and Austria Byrnes British Foreign Secre ary Ernest Bevin and French Deputy Foreign Minister Maurice Couve De Murville had all ar ued that the smaller nations hould have a preliminary oppor unity to state their views before the great powers made any de isions on Germany Molotov had demurred con ending that until the 4 big pow rs had generally outlined their deas on a German settlement the eputies would not know how to roceed Wednesday night how ver he yielded on this point nmate Found Guilty n Murder of Guard Anamosa Larson 1 reformatory inmate charged the first degree murder of ohn Hinz 49 a reformatory uard was found guilty of 2nd egree murder by a district court ury here Wednesday night The jury retired at p m nd returned its verdict 5 hours ter Hinz was slain with a clawham er last June in a break for free om made by Larson and Louis ofer 35 while they were being turned to the reformatory from prison farm was con cted of first degree murder last ctober and sentenced to death APPROVE PLAN ON WORLDWIDE ARMS CONTROL UN SubCommittee Votes Draft on Disarmament for Assembly Action New York United Na tions subcommittee Thursday ap proved the basic principles of a worldwide arms limitation pro gram providing for inspection and control machinery free of the big power veto With unexpected speed the 20 nation group went through a draft resolution paragraph by para graph and approved the entire draft with only 2 amendments After the measure was ap proved in full the United States sought to add another paragraph providing that nothing in the res olution would alter or limit the work of the atomic energy com mission which now Is trying to de vise world atomic controls A debate on this issue was touched off when Soviet delegate Andrei Y Vishinsky objected to its inclusion but most of the del egates felt that no major principle was involved and that their main task was completed As soon as the U S amendment was disposed of the plan was to be submitted to the 54nation po litical committee of the assembly and then to the assembly itself for final action The new provisions injected in to the arms plan 1 Added a requirement that any program adopted by the security council must be approved by a special session of the 54nation general assembly in addition to a stipulation already accepted that it must be ratified by individual U N member states 2 Laid down a specific condi tion that any arms reduction pro gram must provide for the control of atomic energy to the extent necessary to ensure its use only for peaceful purposes PREVIOUSLY REPORTED K B Circle First Methodist church H Ebec B and O Circle Trinity Luth eran church Daughters Union Veterans of Civil War Dorcas Circle Our Saviors Lutheran church Vcleda Study club Harry E Low Mason City Business and Pro fessional Womens club Bethlehem Lutheran aid A Friend Wesleyan Service jruild 2000 soo 200 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A mass of cold Arctic air which swept into northwestern Iowa during the night was spreading across the state Thurs day and there were occasional skiffs of snow as the unsea sonable s e r ies of mild days came to an abrupt end Noontime tem peratures were COLDER as much as 30 degrees under the same hour Wednesday at some northern Iowa points Sioux City which Wednesday reported the states highreading of 60 Thurs day recorded 27 above at a m The weather bureau said early morning temperatures at most points would be the days highs with a downward trend prevail ing in all sections The mercury was scheduled to drop Thursday night to levels ranging from 7 above in northwest Iowa to 13 above in the southeast There was brief snowfall dur ng the morning at several points ncluding Des Moines Ottumwa uampni and Iowa City Wind ve locities ranged up to more than 30 miles an hour Set Up Land Agency Washington regional of HOUSE GROUP IS FOR LABOR LAWS Urges Constructive Not Punitive Action Washington The house committee on postwar economic policy and planning added its voice Thursday to the congres sional clamor for new labor legis lation In its final report the 18mem ber group composed of both dem ocrats and republicans called for punitive laws to eliminate labormanagement and at the same time cautioned against a depression psychology Among other things the com mittee called for 1 An end to OPAs general powers next Jan 31 with rent controls continuing through 1947 2 Cutting the current 000000 federal budget to 000000 with some reduction in taxes and the national debt Across the capitol however Senator Harry F Byrd one of congress chief economy ad vocates declared there should be no tax reduction at all in 1947 THE DAYS GIFTS 3H70 NEW TOTAL j 33645 SUM YET NEEDED C7eer Fund Is Lagging LOWLY Santas stocking is be ing filled up but the tempo is a bit too slow to maintain our set average of a day which is necessary to reach the Christmas Cheer fund goal of 500 A glance at the empty space remaining in the stocking above will show you that the contribu tion pace must be increased When you buy that tie for dad nylons for mother or rocking horse for little Tommy remember there are other persons right in your hometown who are not so fortu nate Your contribution to the Christmas Cheer fund will enable you to buy gjfts for Ihe needy persons and make their Christmas brighter than it might have been The Christmas Cheer fund has never failed in the past 20 years This year must not be an excep tion Starting now lets give the fund that extra boost needed to get it really rolling Remember only 11 giving days left until Christmas and at the present count we are lagging Send your gifts large or small to Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa Control Board Asks Boost of 59 Per Cent DCS Moines stale boan of control Thursday asked an in crease of almost 59 per cent in it appropriations for annual operat ing expenses in the 1D4749 Men nium The board also asked for more than for capital im provcmcnts at the 15 institutions under its jurisdiction The boards budget was present ed at a hearing before Gov Rober D Blue and State Comptroller C Fred Porter The askings for general opera tions totaled a year This was an annual increase o over the amount ap propriated by the 1945 legislature The capital askings includec as the additional amount the board said would be needed to carry out a program authorized 2 years ago but not yet undertaken due to scarcity of materials anc labor An additional was asked for other improvements noi included in the 1945 program The board said the 59 per cent increase for general operations was needed because more employes would be required It was becom ing necessary to shorten hours and costs of such major items as salaries food clothing and coal have advanced rapidly in the last 2 years The 1945 legislature appropriat ed for a building pro gram but this amount represented less than the board said was necessary at that time The present request puts back the 000000 plus an additional amount needed due to increased costs of labor and materials The increased cost of genera operations was made up largely oJ higher budgets for the 6 mental in stitutions The board asked 400 a year compared with 000 for the Independence mental hospital compared with 5562000 for the Cherokee hospi tal compared with 000 for the Mount Pleasant hos pital compared with for the Clarinda hospital compared with for the Glenwood feebleminded institution and compared with for the Woodward feebleminded institution fice of the Bureau of Land Man agement will be established at Bill ngs for 8 midwest states includ ng Iowa Nebraska North South Dakota and New Egg Record DCS Moines estimated 250000000 eggs were produced in Iowa during November for a new record for the month in egg pro duction Leslie M Carl director of the Iowa Crop and Livestock Re porting service has announced The previous November record was 219000000 eggs produced last year Hopes Fade for Buried Miner Globe Ariz they were digging for a dead man escuers went into a copper mine Thursday with dynamite to blast out he body of a miner buried alive by a slide They virtually abandoned hope of saving John Orekar 40 What may have been last feeble tapping echoed hollowly down a metal iipe from his tomb more than ours ago We are now digging for a dead man said Deputy State Mine nspector William Kuchar I ser ously doubt that he was not killed instantly Inspector Clifford Murdock greed Crumbling sidewalls as the res uers dug deeper in to the rock nd ore made it increasingly dan erous to send men into the mine nd Kuchar called off all opera ons Wednesday night fearful of more casualties It was the first rest for rescue crew leaders since the disaster Saturday As a lastditch step rescuers planned Thursday to blast out the the slope or tunnel where the miner was working on supports designed to prevent the cavein that caught him It was blocked by 500 tons of loose ore and Ku ehar said the miners body might be found in the debris when it is carried out in carloads PUSH HUNT FOR MISSING PLANE Craft With 32 Lost in Cascade Mountains Seattle rapidly shift ing search for a marine corps transport plane missing with 32 men since Tuesday afternoon swung back to the south slope of towering Mt Rainier early Thurs day after authorities declared the green flare reports from the Toledo southeast Washington area to be rumor The new location which itself had once been abandoned in favor of the flare report is within 14 miles of where 10 men plummeted to their death when a Boeing stratoliner broke apart and crashed during a test flight power dive in March of 1339 Baby Bom With Upside Stomach in Perfect Health Omaha baby born with an upside stomach and its heart on the wrong side was taken home from an Omaha hospital Thurs day in perfect health Leonard Doman born Nov 11 was given little chance then to survive The organs that should have been in his abdomen were in his chest cavity His lung space was filled making it difficult for him to breathe His heart was pushed to the wrong side of his body His blood circulation was impaired When the baby was 4 days old and near death a young Omaha surgeon who asked anonymity performed the operation which apparently saved the childs life HOUSING OFFICE KEPT SEPARATE IN NEW SETUP General Fleming Heads Office of Temporary Controls for Nation Washington UR President Truman Thursday set up the of fice of temporary controls to take over the functions of most the remaining federal war agencies except for housing Mr Truman named Maj Gen Philip B Fleming to head the new agency Fleming will con tinue to serve also as federal works administrator Consolidated into the new agen cy were the office of war mobili zation and reconversion the of fice of price administration the civilian production administration and the office of economic stab ilization Mr Truman named Frank Cree don to succeed Wilson W Wyatt as housing expediter Wyatt re signed because he felt ha was not getting enough white house sup Married 66 Years Collins and Mrs Ran som Cooper observed their 66th wedding anniversary Wednesday at the home ol a daughter Mrs Roy Ridgeway Cooper Thursday was observing his 87th birthday Mrs Cooper is 86 Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clearing and much colder Thursday night with low est temperature about 5 to 10 above Friday fair and con tinued cold Iowa Clearing and much colder Thursday night Friday fair and colddiminishing winds Thurs day night Low Thursdaynight 7 above northwest 13 above southeast Minnesota Fair and quite cold Thursday night Friday partly cloudy and continued cold Low Thursday night ranging from 15 to 20 below extreme northwest to near zero in southeast IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum 55 Minimum 29 At 8 a rn Thursday 29 YEAR AGO Maximum 14 Minimum n port Crcedon was manager of con struction of the atomic bomb plant at Oak Ridge Tenn Since then he has served as deputy ad ministrator of the civilian pro duction administration in charge of its construction and housing activities Raymond M Foley was made head of the national housing ad ministration He has been in the federal housing program since 1934 At the same time Mr Trumans executive order setting up the new office of temporary controls or dered the immediate termination of the economic stabilization board and the termination of the wage stabilization board as of Feb 24 1947 The president called a major lousing conference Thursday aft rnoon with all the officials he lamed Thursday plus other gov rnmcnt agency heads involved in he housing program These in lude George E Allen a director f the Reconstruction Finance orp with whom Wyatt had trou ile Mr Truman declined to make ny statement on housing pending ils conference Thursday after oon but he did discount reports iat an increase in rent ceilings as in immediate prospect John R Steelman has been re onversion director and also head f the economic stabilization of ce In the reorganization he was witched from these posts to a ew role as assistant to the pres dent Mr Truman told reporters teelman would continue to aid im in co ordinaling federal gency programs and policies The president explained that PA controls on rente sugar and rice would be continued by the new overall agency He said that the new office would be responsible for carrying out the remaining continuing re sponsibilities of OPA and CPA and certain reconversion func tions He remarked that the priorities powers under wruch civilian pro duction administration operates expire March 31 except for build ing materials unless extended by congress The former heads of OPA and CPA have resigned OPA Admin istrator Paul Porter is going to head a TJ S economic mission to Greece CPA Administrator John D Small is returning to private business As far as the functions of the office of economic stabilization are concerned the president said the duties of this agency were vir tually terminated that prices and wages were decontrolled and most items removed from rationing The reconversion advisory board will be continued for some time although the president said its members had asked to be relieved of their duties at the earliest practicable date Pound 6 Ounce Baby Boy Succumbs Albert Lea Minn tiny jaby born to Mrs Kenneth Oman last Monday weighing only 1 pound 6 ounces died early Thurs day despite efforts to keep it alive The infant son had been placed immediately in an incubator and doctors had hoped to keep it alive The attending physician said it was the smallest baby ever born n Albert Lea   

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