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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 22, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                OF COMH KI6TIJ1Y AND AJCHI V C KOIKES I A NORTH IOWAS DA1LYPAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AU NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS J VOL Liu Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22 1947 This Paper Consists ol Two One No 88 CATCH BOLD WOMAN BANK BANDIT DEVINEGIRL17 ESCAPES FROM HER ABDUCTOR MiddleAged Man Fails to Keep Rendezvous to Collect Ransom Lodi Cal Devine high school beauty ijjwas safe at home Wednesday he lp cause she outwitted her suave kid in a Sacramento tourist feabin and escaped when he left arrange the final details for oUecting ransom from her father Police flashed an allpoints lilarrn for the arrest of the wcll Iressed middleaged abductor Identified as William Giles or E ijV Stiles who fled without keep jijng a rendezvous in a bar where Ijie was to receive the ransom The bar was filled with Mother of 5 Offers to Sell Eye to Buy Farm for Family Madison Wis Madison mother of 5 young children who can t make ends meet at high prices in the city has offered to sell one of her 2 good eyes so she can buy a farm for her family The mother placed a classified ad in the Wisconsin State Journal Tuesday night announcing that she will sacrifice one of my eyes to anyone who is financially fixed to pay for it Although both she and her husband are working the woman said her 5 children are undernourished cold and poorly clothed She believed the familys budget would stretch farther if they could live on a farm J The mother said she did not want her name to be except to persons interested in buying her eye She said she had not even told her husband of her plan to boost their income SubmitBill to Outlaw Portal Pay Suits in Courts of Iowa Representatives Get Measure Calling for Sljeteclives Miss Devines cool nerve never her Her escape was kept forseveral hours while she aVorked with detectives trying to iiet a trap for the brazen Giles fantastic scheme for mak ing failed Police said her quick wits were Responsible for her escape Capt lijloyd Yoder of the California iiiffhway patrol said she was one jsif the most amazing resilient and iOoI girls Ive ever seen This is the story Miss Devine old police according to Voder Her abductor who introduced iHrnself in Lodi as William Bill lyiles brazenly contacted numer Ijius sources and worked for a week Ijjt selecting a victim from a weal jjiy and socially prominent fam ily I He turned down one girl be jiiause her parents were not weal Ijhy Saturday he went to the home Mr and Mrs John Edwards jevine and talked to the girls liaother He said he wanted a pic ure of Alice to match with that f a blond boy selected from an R astern state Mrs Devine was not I nthusiastic but when he returned she consented to let her Daughter accompany him to a Iommercial photographers studio have a picture taken When they left the studio Giles that he take Alice home In his own automobile which was larked nearby She said by this time she nought he was a pretty nice man lapt Yoder said As they drove EVlong lie told her he knew a Chi Ijiese portrait painter to whom he JHanted io take her so he could her coloring right now li Although it was now dark the consented to visit the artist Ip He pretended to become con and drove up arid down sev streets she said He asked her to hand him a road nap from the back seat then topped the car and got out to look it under the headlights sfjHe opened the rear door as hough to replace the map Then he seized me from be Ijiind the girl said We struggled on the seat and I hen rolled out onto the ground State Aid to Schools Des Moines tal pay suits including those al ready filed would be outlawed in Iowas state courts by a bill intro duced in the senate Wednesday by judiciary committee No 2 headed by Senator Frank Byers RCedar The measure provides 1 No action shall be maintained and no judgments shall be rend ered in any of the courts of this state including municipal superior and justice of the peace courts for penalties or damages whether ac tual liquidated or compensatory for failure to pay wages or over time compensatioon 2 The provisions of this section shall be applicable to any pending action or to any action instituted after the proposed law becomes effective The bill contains a separation clause under which the invalida tion of future law suits would be effective if the section applying to pending suits should be held in valid The bill also contains a clause whichwouldmakejt effective im mediately upon passage and publi cation Ail portaltoportal suits thus in Iowa have been filed in federal courts Although the bill as drafted by the judiciary committee flatly would outlaiv such actions in state courts committee members said it probably would be revised Senator Byers said that under present federal provisions an em ployer is assessed double the amount of such wages he has been found not to have paid and that the final committee bill would outlaw payment of such penalties if wages otherwise were found to be due HOOVER ACCEPTS SURVEY ON FOOD Will Study Problems in Germany Austria Washington Presi dent Herbert Hoover Wednesday accepted an assignment from President Truman to undertake a surveyof food problems in the joint IT SBritish zones of occu pied Germany and Austria Hoover said he plans to fly to Europe the latter part of next week if possible to start his in spection tour He announced his acceptance of the task after a conference with Mr Truman attended also by Dr Julius Klein one time head of the bureau of foreign and domestic commerce Hoover told reporters at the white house that his mission will be directed to food and its col lateral problems It will be directed to relieving some of the burden ican taxpayer he said and will seek to develop a 2 or 3 year pro gram since he sees little prospect that German productivity will en able it to supply major home needs for 2 or 3 years He emphasized that there are no political implications in the re motest degree in this mission ALLOW REFUND IN TAXES FOR PORTAL CLAIMS Federal Treasury Rules Employers Can Charge Off Payments in Suits Washington treasury ruled Wednesday that employers who have to pay back wage claims under portaltoportal suits may charge the payments off against taxes for the years involved Since corporate taxes were considerably higher through 1945 because the excess profits tax was then in effect the ruling means much higher refunds than would be the case if the deductions were taken from current tax rates The excess profits tax imposed a net levy of 85J per cent on cor porate earnings above the 1936 1939 average The regular income tax for cor porations through 1945 was 40 per cent Effective with 1936 earn ings corporations pay a regular rate of 38 per cent and no excess profits tax The treasury ruling was an nounced by Secretary Snyder as a senate judiciary subcommittee continued hearings on legislation to void or limit back pay portal suits Assitsant Secretary of the Navy W John Kenney told the subcom mittee the navy faces a possible liability for portal pay claims under its wartime cost plusfee contracts In adidlion he said the possi bility of a substantial liability arises from another type of con tract which has defied efforts to estimate He referred to fixed price contracts with clauses cover ing increases in labor costs Undersecretary of Commerce A measure calling for 58000000 a year in state aid to schools was filed Wednesday for introduction in the Iowa house of representa tives It was the first major school aid measure of the session and it would distribute the aid on a di rect per pupil attendance basis The bill was prepared by Rep Fred Schwengel chairman of the house schools and textbooks committee Several oth er representatives cosponsored the proposal The measure proposes the S8 d hands gagged me and threw e into the trunk1 They drove for half an hour and i left her in the automobile Then p returned rolled her out of the unk and through a side door into e tourist court room The girl said he stretched her the bed bound one hand to ch side of the bed showed her a jpife and a gun and threatened to J j ise them if she misbehaved I j When she agreed to be quiet he moved a gag He sat on the edge the bed throughout the night ilking to her He gave her a bot r e of milk and a cinnamon roll I stayed quiet the girl told olice hoping he would leave inaliy he did sometime about oon When he didnt return she Struggled against the ropes and fter freeing herself ran to the otel office and called her parents She then walked up to the high ay to hail a passing automobile The first car hat came along as a highway patrol car Yoder aid Giles contacted Miss Devines I Darents soon after the kidnaping At 10 p m Monday night her I ather received a telephone call rorn Sacramento telling him to ook for a note between the garage nd woodshed The note demanded 510000 for j er return and asked that it be to a Sacramento tavern was ready to pay it for his laughters safe return t Police found Miss Devine at I m but kept her escape a secret ir several hours while they set a lap at Rileys Buffet a tavern There a middleaged man with his j it pulled low and his coat collar li rned up made a telephone call night of state aid The Schwengel proposal is vir tually identical with a recom mendation announced by the Iowa State Education association last week The ISEA however also said it would ask that the present from 4 other types of state aid be increased to 000 a year The new 58000000 plan differs from those in effect Current leg islation provides for school aid chiefly on a basis of need The Schwengel proposal would make about a year for grade school pupils and a year for high school pupils available on an equal basis to all Iowa school dis tricts The measure proposes to finance the grant by transferring 000 a year from the sales tax and income tax fund Administration of the school aid would be under Talmadges Forces Lose on Oath Issue Atlanta Jf Herman Tal madges legislative forces sus tained their first defeat in the general assembly Wednesday when they failed to expungefrom the senate journal the oath M E Thompson took as acting governor The senate by a 2727 tie vote thereby ordered the journal to show that when Thompson took the oath as lieutenant governor last Monday he also swore in a surprise move to uphold the con stitution in exercising executive powers of state The Talmadge group was beaten down Wednesday only after Pres ident Pro Tern William P Dean of Conyers presiding over the ses sion ruled that he was entitled to a vote and cast it to allow the dis puted oath to stand Dean then ruled that since a tie vote ex isted the journal was adopted as read Both of Georgias Thompsonand Herman Talmadge quietly about their busi ness Wednesday after a riotous day Tuesday in which 1200 col lege students marched to the capi tol from a downtown park and hanged Herman in effigy from a statue on the grounds A dummy represented Herman in the hang ing William Chapman Foster testified that portal pay suits may force1 many firms out of business even if the full amount claimed is not allowed Kenney said it was staggering to conceive of the task which would confront the navy if it be came liable for the back pay The work of reassembling and reviewing payroll records and supporting data for thousands of employes for several years and of determining where the employe worked each pay period in rela tion to entrances time clocks etc is staggering in conception he said The SO THAT OTHERS MAY perfect examplToThu manitys eternal faith in God blind Frances De Brown kneels in prayer with her seeingeye dog beside her dur ing a novena in the church of Our Lady of Sorrows Chi cago She reads the services in Braille praying for those deprived of sight Anderson Urges Output Curb in Farm Price Support Plan Favors Control System to Ward Off Wasteful Crop Overproduction Washington Agriculture Clinton P Anderso Wednesday urged congress to lin expense in some cases might even be as much as the amount of the claims Kenney added Treasury General Counsel Jo seph OConnell told reporters that employers having to pay portal toportal back wages will with hold taxes on these wages at the time they pay them Furthermore he said employes receiving such payments generally will count them as incomein the year in which they are actually received rather than as prior year earnings The way is now clear for Her man Talmadge if he so desires to put the issue of who is the real governor before the supreme court within 20 days Atty Gen Eugene Cook said Wednesday The attorney general who has instruction Two local superintendent of public ruled that the legislature had no option bills which failed to pass in the 1945 legisla te will be reintroduced soon Rep Ivan R Mills RAdair said w ednesday Mr Mills Methodist minister is a member of the 1947 house li quor control committee which is headed by Rep Elmer Bass R Mr Mills said he fa vors local option on oth beer and tate liquor stores One of the liquor proposals tvhich would provide localoption on beer passed in the house 2 years ago but died in the senate ifting committee The other call ng for local option on hard li quor failed to get out of the house right to elect Talmadge governor said that Talmadges appointment of Andrew J Whitehurst of Thomas county as a solicitor gen eral offered an opportunity for a speedy court test All that Talmadge has to do Cook said is to bring quo war ranto proceedings against J B Edwards whom retiring Gov Ei lis Arnaii appointed to the job Such an action Cook said can be heard in the lower courts within 10 days and appealed to the su preme court within another 10 days While a heated controversy continued between Talmadge and About 18 per cent of Americans are engaged in farming Lt Gov M E Thompson over who should wield executive pow ers Cook declared that his desire is and always has been to have the issue stripped of personalities and on its legal merits GM INCREASES PRICES ON CARS Companys Boost Does Not Affect Chevrolet Detroit increases in General Motors luxury models were described Wednesday by company officials as means oi meeting cost hikes The price boosts affect convert ible and station wagon models in the Cadillac Buick Oldsmobile and Pontiac lines The company said however that there would be no increases on Chevrolet or any of its volume models The fact that no price change is being made in Chevrolet GMs heaviest producer was interpreted by industry sources as indicating General Motors acceptance of the implied challenge laid down in the recent reduction of Ford car prices Henry Ford II less than a week ago announced decreases ranging from to 550 in a move he described as an attempt to nalt spiraling prices and costs French Premier For Coalition Cabinet Paris Socialist Paul Ra madier said Wednesday he had formed a coalition cabinet of com munists socialists MRPS inde pendents and members of the left ist rally and would announce the list later in the day The popular republican move ment numerically out ranked in the assembly only by the communists was reported to have decider1 at the last minute in CT government the farm price supportprogra with some system of productio controls to ward off wasteful an expensive overproduction Our price policy can be mac to serve the longtime interesl of both farmers and consumers he said or it can lead to was of our f a r m production ou money and our soil We mus choose well Andersons statement was mad to the House agriculture commit tee as it opened hearings on farm price support He said there was no immediat danger of a disastrous break i farm prices But he said pric support operations during 19474 probably will cost from 000 to depending on general economic conditions Anderson said some of thi money might be reclaimed late through the resale of surplus com modifies but that there inevitably would be heavy losses Even worse he said the opera tion of the price support program without curbing farm outpu would encourage surpluses of cer tain crops thereby preventing a return to normal farming patterns by the time the support program expires Dec 31 1948 Other agricultural develop menls 1 Chairman August H An dresen R Minn of the house food investigating committee saic congress unquestionably will ex tern rationing and price controls on sugar But he said March 31 1948 will be the absolute dead line 2 The agriculture departments production and marketing admin istration reported that it spend on price support op erations during the 1946 fiscal year and resold crops valued at Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy with rising temperature Wednesday and Thursday Lowest Wednes day night about 20 towa Partly cloudy with rising temperatures Wednesday night and Thursday Low Wednesday night 20 to 25 west and 15 to 20 east High Thursday 40 to 45 southwest to 30 to 35 northeast Minnesota Partly cloudy south mostly cloudy north portion Wednesday night and Thursday with a few snow flurries north east and extreme north portion Rising temperatures IN MASON CITY flobcGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Wednesday Snow YEAR AGO Maximum 10 0 7 Trace 9 5 SENATORS VOTE FOR WAR PROBE Override Protest on Special Committee Washington IP The senate overrode democratic objections Wednesday and voted to continue its special war investigating com mittee until Jan 31 1948 Approval on a 49 to 43 vole of a resolution extending the life of the inquiry group marked a clearcut victory by the controlling republi can majority over the democrats The latter had contended that special committees violate the spirit of the congressional reor ganization act Republicans dis puted this Earlier the senate had rejected move to turn the investigating authority over to the standing ex penditures committee Senate Group Asks Marshall to Give Views Washington Secretary of itate George C Marshall has been nvited to give the senate foreign elations committee a comprehen ive outline of his views on American foreign policy But Chairman Vandenberg R lich extended the invitation in uch a way it was learned Wed esday as to emphasize the com mittees desire to cooperate fully vith the new cabinet officer in le conduct of his work Marshall was asked to appear t his own convenience and some omrnittee members said it would e all right if he did not find it onvenient to testify until after Big 4 foreign ministers meet ng at Moscow The general as umption isilhat Marshall will at end the Moscow meeting even lough he left the question open emporarily He buckled down to his first ull days work at his big mahog ny desk in the state department ith praise still being heard from oth republican and dmeocratic lembers of congress for his ex ressed determination to run the ations foreign affairs on a nonpolitical basis The statement Marshall issued lortly before he look the oath in resident Trumans office Tues ay was interpreted as not nly removing the general from e list of 1948 presidential pos bilities but taking foreign pol y even further away from par san politics Clark Studies Shortage in Romney Fund Washington Gen eral Tom Clark Wednesday turned over to the justice departments criminal and claims division an audit showing a shortage in the congressional bank The department in announcing Clarks action said only that the division would study the find ings The deficit was uncovered by an official audit of the accounts of Kenneth Romney former ser geant at arms The findings were sent to Clark by Speaker MaKin R for possible recovery and whatever action he deems necessary The results of the audit left the house lawmakers who use the sergeant at arms office as a bank facing the prospect of digging into their own pockets to make up at least part the shortage The report submitted by Comp troller General Lindsay C War ren and made public by Martin gave this accounting of the miss ing money in checks issued by Romney and payable to cash but never banked Although the checks were not sent to the banks for collection they were carried as cash on hand the audit said Whether they could lave been collected if they had ccn sent to the bank the audit did not say The checks were drawn on the National Bank of Washington They were not endorsed in checks signed by H A McKenzie a former employe of the sergeant at arms office one or not banked and one tor cashed by the Huntington National bank Columbus Ohio on the sergeantat in checks of J H rder ReArrest of American Axis Sally Washington de rtment officials Wednesday ey had ordered the rearrest in errnany of the American Axis Gillars formerly Portland further udy of her alleged treasonable tivities and drawn arms Smithwick a former member of congress Congressional biographies list John Harris Smithwick as a demo crat who served in the house from Florida from 1919 to 1927 and vho was in the real estate busi ness in Fort Myers Fla and Vashington D C in orders on the ser geant at arms by Champ Pickens dentified in the report only as a promoter Some of these orders vere signed by Pickens and en orsed by John Foscue secretary o former Representative McDuf y who was not further identified A receipt for dated Vov 14 1938 and signed by rank J Mahoney former book eeper for the sergeant at arms eading I Frank J Mahoney ave taken from the sergeant at rms office the amount of 6648 The balance of the made up of over rafts of present members of the ouse Martin said these will be ade good But the big bulk of the deficit side from the Mahoney made up of checks and orders rawn upon the sergeant at arms nd on commercial banks which carried in the sergeant at rms account as cash on hand The checks and in a period from Jan 27 1928 to Nov 14 1938 There was no explanation why the sergeant at arms office had not deposited some of the checks in the banks against which they were drawn nor why it had not pressed for payment of those re turned as uncollectable Romney could not be reached for comment His wife told re porters by telephone that he had FAILS TO MAKE ESCAPE AFTER DARINGST1CKUP Holds Up Des Moines Bank With Syringe and Takes Over BULLETIN Des Moines AP A blackhaired woman bandit who used what she claimed was an explosive laden syringe in a holdup of the Des Moines Bank and Trust company was captured about 50 min utes later Des Moines with what she claimed was an explo siveladen syringe a ravenhaired woman Wednesday held up the Des Moines Bank and Trust com pany in the heart of the business section and escaped with between and F L Fiene assistant cashier told this story of the holdup The clad in a gray fur coat entered the bank about p m walked directly to a tellers cage and pointed what appeared to be a hypodermic syringe at Teller Rex Cisco 28 This is a stickup she said I mean business Gimme what you She thrust an envelope at Cisco who said he put about in currency in it That isnt enough she said Ive got enough stuff here to blow this place to pieces and take myself with it Get busy Cisco then placed additional currency in the envelope The woman took it hurried from the bank and disappeared in the crowd along the street There were 10 or 12 patrons in the bank when the holdup oc curred but in the words of a wom an standing at the next cage We all just stood there para lyzed and watched her walk out the door Fiene said he made an attempt to follow her but she quickly was lost among the sidewalk crowd The woman was described as about 40 or 45 years of age She had coal black fluffy hair and dark eyes She was hatless It was Iowas first bank robbery of 1947 The Des Moines Bank and Trust company is located at 310 Sixth nothing to say Plow Opens Way for Aid to Montana Town Snowbound for 22 Days Babb Mont large ro tary snowplow rolled into Babb Wednesday and 7 trucks en route from Browning early were with food and fuel for the 300 in habitants of this northwestern Montana town snowbound since Dec 30 A Glacier National pak service crew completed plowing a trail through deep drifts on the 40mile BrowningBabb road shortly after unrise after working almost con tinuously since Sunday The snowplows entry in Babb ust east of Glacier park and near he Canadian border was almost unnoticed Most of Babbs resi dents were in bed They had stayed awake until long after midnight hoping to welcome the machine earlier Tay Teachers Bonus Cedar Rapids school districts budget was raised by 200000 by the Cedar Rapids board of education this week to en able the board to pay a cost of living bonus to teachers and niltime employes Yugoslavia Poland Ask Huge Claims London and Yugo slavia demanded huge settlements of land and money from warflat tened Germany and Austria Wed nesday Memoranda were prepared by the 2 Slavic bloc states for con sideration by deputies of the 4 power foreign ministers council drafting separate German and Austrian treaties Poland asked for a new German frontier running from west of Schweinemunde on the Baltic down the west banks of the Oder and Neisse rivers to CzechoSlo vakia Yugoslavia demanded sufficient reparations from Austria to settle war damages estimated at more than 311000000000 Yugoslav claims to more than 1000 square miles of Austrian ter ritory were registered previously before the deputies of the 4power foreign ministers conferring here upon German and Austrian peace treaties The exact amount of Austrian reparations sought was not pre cisely stated but a long memor andum presented to the deputies detailed war damages for which the Yugoslavs said they were en titled to compensation Arbitration Panel Favors Wage Hike for TWA Line Pilots Chicago wage rates were recommended by a 3 man arbitration panel Wednesday for Trans World airline pilots fly ing the big highspeed 4 engined Constellations and Skymasters The labor member of the panel which reached its finds unani mously Robert N Buck of West field N J said that under the new formula first pilots in inter national service would receive an increase of a month and co pilots S60   

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