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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 24, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COMH JiT OF TY KOIriEJ I THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS EDITION VO1 LID Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JANUARY 24 This Paper Consists oJ Two One No OPA ACTS TO UP HARDSHIP RENTS IOWA SENATORS OK SALES TAX HIKE ON LIQUOR Solons Approve Boost of 8 Per Cent on Levy Present Tax 2 Per Cent DCS Moines Iowa legislature adjourned at noon Friday until next Monday after lithe senate had approved a liquor sales tax amendment and the house had turned down its first iill in morning sessions The house passed 4 minor bills ind sent them to the senate The measure which was killed would have subjected to district Ijjjfcourt review those compromise Settlements made by county Boards of supervisors on liens jigatnst real estate for the care of ijjjthe insane lij The house action came after opposition to the measure by ftep Albert Steinberg R He said such authority by the Board of supervisors should not be changed The vote was 5142 With approval of 55 members Jneeded for passage The senate gave preliminary approval to an 8 per cent boost n sales tax 09 all liquor dis pensed by Iowa liquor stores fallen it adopted an amendment o the special tax study bill which iriginally proposed a 5 per cent evy increase The present sales lax on liquor 2 per cent The revised bill will be ready for final ac fjtion in the senate next week Ijwouldmcan a total tax of 10 per icent The amendment for an 8 per tent levy which would make ap broximately available annually to cities and towns for Employment of additional police oen was Sehators qhtt and BOrgeSaul RDes It was adopted on a voice vote after the senate tax revision com mitteereportedthe original bill or passage Final action was delayed at the equest of Senator Earl C Fish Jr RShenandoah who Announced he was preparing an ther amendment to allocate two er cent of the proceeds from the igher levy for educational pur loses He said he had not yet out the exact form of edu alional appropriation he would iropose Meanwhile the senate delayed a showdown on the issue of whether the body should pass upon major appropriations for state government purposes before act sdng on the tax study committee bill to continue collection of the r individual income tax at the half ij rate j Senator J Kendall Lynes R H Plainsfield had prepared a reso Ji lution to forestall action on the 3 income tax bill until the legisla j ture determines how much money jjl it will approve for spending He if had announced that he would press for a vote on his resolution Friday but the bill and all other majors on the senate calendar went over to next week on the motion by Majority Leader Elthon On the liquor sales tax bill Sen ator Berg declared that the pro posed 5 per cent levy did not pro vide enough money to carry out the purpose SOT which it was in tended augmenting the police funds of the cities and towns A delay in compilation of the budget may cause postponement by the state legislature of the battle over whether the income tax should be continued at half rate or restored to full collection Sen J Kendall Lynes RPlain announced Thursday he will try to sidetrack temporarily the bill making permanent the half payment of income tax The de ferment he said under a resolu tion he plans to offer would last uritil the legislature has decided on major spending policies Sen Frank C Byers RCedar Rapids is expected to lead the opposition The senate Thursday received a bill raising the minimum salary of Iowa school teachers The bare minimum would be raised from to 5100 per month and for college training ranging from 15 to 60 semester hours other salaries would increase as follows S75 to S110 580 to 5120 585 to and 90 to 5150 i In the house Rep Edna C Lawrence ROttumwa was ex i pected to introduce soona bill to require school districts to estab l lish kindergarten courses if re quested in a petition signed by the parents of 25 children who would be kindergarten pupils Rep Walden T Smith RMe fdiapolis was planning a bill would permit cities and town councils to lease park areas jfor organization celebrations up Uo 10 days or for baseball or other athletic games for not more than B months AP Wirctiholo GARSSONS AND FREEMAN LEAVE W Garsson foreground hatless with his attorney Allen Krouse leaves the U S marshals office in Washington Friday after arranging for bond They are followed by Henry Garsson laughing and Joseph Freeman The Gars sons and Freeman pleaded innocent to charges of conspir ing to defraud the government to Regulate Closed Shops Measure Would Grant Employers Right to Voice Labor Opinions Washington The senate labor committee got a new bill Friday to study during its 5 weeks of closed shop meas ure with novel features written by freshman Senator McCarthy R Wis McCarthy who announced the proposed in general terms last week completed the bill Friday and introduced it to congress Proposing amendments to the Wagner labor relations act the among other things would grant employers the right to1 state opinions frankly to their workers on all labor questions so long as no ihreat of force was involved The bill would leave preferen ial hiring and maintenance of membership as matters to be de ided in collective bargaining as at present But the union shop and closed shop would be taken out of the realm would of bargaining and each depend any whether 2thirds of the employes want it A bill by Senator Ball B already before the com mittee would outlaw all 4 of these forms of union security The committee after starting ts hearings Thursday called a recess until Tuesday morning vhen Secretary of Labor Schwel lenbach is scheduled to testify A cold prevented his scheduled first day appearance Heres what happened on the opening day Senator James Murray D tlont urged caution in changing he labor laws and argued for a horough investigation of the sub ject by a 20man commission Ball spoke in favor of the Ball TaftSmith bill to strengthen U S mediation machinery and put cer tain curbs on the powers of unions Both are members of the com mittee Chairman Taft indi cated he might favor a thorough abor investigation but not until congress has passed a labor law Sc is a cosponsor of the Ball TaftSmith bill The committee opened its hear ng with 13 bills before it Mc Carthys is No 14 The closed shop means every employe must belong to a partic ular union in order to work in a slant with a closed shop contract Under the union shop a non union man can be hired but he must join the union within a cer ain time Under maintenance of mem jership no one is compelled to oin a union but those who are members must remain soi QUESTION IOWAN IN MURDER CASE v Sheriff Arrests Man in Rifle Slaying Wintersct county authorities investigating the rifle slaying of Charles Mleynek 54 welltodo Earlham Iowa farm er Friday were questioning the estranged husband of Mleyneks housekeeper in connection with the crime Madison County Sheriff Charles Neidt said Leonard Clark 54 hus band Celeste Clark was arrested Wednesday at the home of his daughter Mrs Artie Wiles of Centervillc Mleynek was a widower and Mrs Clark had been housekeeper for him since Oct 1 Clark maintained he was in Centerville at the time authorities believe the killing took place the sheriff said Mrs Wiles corrobor ated this statement he said However a Winterset clothing store owner Charles Rbwe said he saw Clark in Winterset at p m Saturday and Clarks wife said she had seen him there at 4 p m Saturday Authorities be lieve Mleynek was killed about p m Saturday Man Steals Shirts to Get Into Jail Until Weather Gets Wanner Chicago told Mu nicipal Judge William V Daly that James Jean had tried to be arrested but no one paid any at tention to him until he stole 2 shirts from a loop store In court Jean 57 of Darien Conn asked Judge Daly to send him to jail for 90 days He didnt want out until the weather gets warmer The court promptly obliged MAY FREEMAN GARSSONS DENY FRAUDCHARGES Defendants Released on Bonds as Trial Set for March 19 Washington W Andrew J May former chairman of the house military committee and the Garsson brothers pleaded inno cent Friday to charges of conspir ing to defraud the government Chief Justice Bolitha Laws who received their plea in U S district court fixed March 19 for trial Each of the defendants was re leased on bond Appearing with the former Ken tucky democratic congressman were Henry and Murray Garsson and Joseph Fieeman The Garssons were organizers of a wartime munitions combine which received more than 000000 in war contracts Freeman was their Washington representa tive An indictment returned by a grand jury Thursday charges that May agreed to receive 55363407 and other sums from them and to use his influence to get them profitable contracts The 71 year old former con gressman appeared tense but gave no show of emotion as he stood before Justice Laws to answer the charges I plead not guilty he said in a strong voice Similar pleas then were entered by the 2 Garssons and Freeman The whole court arraignment took less than 15 minutes May had traveled most of the night to get here and the Garsson brothers had rushed to Washing ton from Illinois Mays attorney of Washington asked Justice Laws for at least 15 days in which to go over the 16page indictment which he said was involved Similar requests were made by attorneys for Freeman and the Garsson brothers Justice Laws allowed 15 days for the study of the indictment and suggested that perhaps the de fendants would decide to change their pleas or file some motions in the next 15 day Allen Krouse of Washington representing the Garssons sought to obtain a delay in the trial be yond March 19 He said that date might con flict with another case in which Charles J Margiotti chief counsel for the Garssons is an attorney Laws suggested the other case might be postponed to accommo date the MayGarsson case All four men were fingerprinted in the district building cell block before making bond May first to finish the finger printing process told the criminal court clerk where he was brought to make bond to hurry the pro cess My hearts hurting I sign something and go to my hotel Spring Weather in Iowa 5 Days Says Here By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS You can hang up your skiis and dig out your golf bagits going to be warm again in Iowa The weather bureau promised temper atures 15 to 18 degrees above the state normal the next 5 days The state high Thursday was 59 at Sioux City and the weather bureau said maximum tempera tures Friday would range between 50 and 60 The low last night was 31 at Fort Bodge Atlantic Charles City and Mason City No precipitation was reported in the state Thursday the weather bureau said andless than 05 of an inch is forecast for the next five days Winter was expected to return to the state Wednesday with colder weather and snow forecast The ancient Hittites erected the first fine buildings of stone in western Asia AP Wirepholo FIREMEN SEE MATE Fellow firemen look on help lessly as their mate unidentified dies despite their ef forts to save his life with oxygen He was one of 3 firemen who died in the garage iire at Minneapolis Thursday night tf Blaze in Minneapolis Garage 2nd Fire Springs Up Across Street to Add to Troubles of Firemen Minneapolis UPJ fire in which 3 firemen lost their lives and 8 others were injured was traced Friday to a paint shop in the basement of an auto agency garage The firemen plunged through flameweakened floors while fighting the fire and 3 of them suffocated while they were trapped in the basement of the sprawling 1story structure Dense black smoke onscured ladders lowered to the trapped men and they were overcome while calling to their comrades for help The injured were taken to Gen eral hospital where Fire Capt Walter McLeod 54 was said to be in critical condition Fireman Stanley J Holewa who suffered serious burns about the face and arms walked through a plate glass window in the con fusion but escaped without being cut More than 20 pieces of equip ment were called to fight the blaze as well as another fire which sprang up in a li story building across the street Firemen at first believed that sparks from the burning garage had ignited gas from a broken city main starting the 2nd fire but it later was determined that the 2 fires were caused independently Fire Chief George Lockhart said the blaze apparently broke out in the paint shop of the halfblock long Hull Dobbs Ford garage and spread rapidly fed by paint and gasoline The heat of the fire blasted out the windows of a show room where 2 new automobiles were on display The bodies of the 3 firemen identified as Harlow J Tischer 30 Arnold A Anderson 30 and Donald T Laycock 35 were taken to the Hennepin county morgue preparatory to private burial services Have your WASTE PAPER ready for the BOY SCOUTS col lection Saturday morning Plan Bill to Permit North Iowa Frog Farm Des Moines bill which would permit an elderly Milford Iowa man who has a claim for pending against the state to go back into the frog rais ing business was prepared Friday for introduction in the house of representatives by Rep David G Ainsworth RSpirit The measure would amend a 1937 act which prohibited the shipment of frogs out of the state The amendment would allow com mercial frog raising on private property The Milford man W H Pott hast contends in the claim that the 1937 act put him out of busi ness after he had spent a con siderable sum in getting his frog farm Potthast de clared he had started his business before the act was passed and de veloped his frogs considerably be fore he found out about the act and had to give up his enterprise The state appeal board rejected Potthasts claim but passed it on to the legislature for final deci sion Potthast has made one trip to the statehouse to talk over the matter with legislators and will return later when the claims com mittee will let him present his case at a hearing He related in his claim that he got more than 700000 young frogs from New Orleans and intended to ship them back there when grown for the food market He said he had purchased a bog for an acre and improved it before starting his business After being informed of the 1947 legislative act Potthast complied with the law and the result was his frogs migrated and people caught them he said Potthast told legislators in his visit that his yielded up to each and they would have drought from to 5175 a pound frogs would have 3 pounds of meat WANT BETTER OFFER BY ALLIS CIO Union Turns Down Proposal by Company Detroit down what it called the first offer of any kind made by AllisChalmers corporation the CIO United Aulo Workers Friday expressed hope for a better proposal In the 272 day strike of workers at the com panys West All is Wis plant The UAWCIO policy commit tee which Thursday rejected as inadequate the proposal of the Wisconsin concern appeared con fident that the unions local 248 would win a bargaining election at the AllisChalmers plant Sunday In the election some 13000 em ployes will vote whether they wish to continue membership in the UAWCIO or be represented by an independent union Two reasons for rejection of the proposal were listed by the com mittee 1 The offer as it now stands would be given only to such work ers as the company selects and no incentive workers those paid per unit of work turned out would receive an increase in takehome pay Z The company offered abso lutely nothing new on 2 other main issues in the security and grievance procedure The UAWs wage demand was for a 25 cent hourly increase Management has described the of fer as one granting hourly boost an 18J cent General Eisenhower Makes Strong Plea for Vets Housing New York of the Army Dwight D Eisenhower raised his voice to a shout when he told the Bond club of New York that any country which can pour out all that we did in this war can build enough houses to take care of the veterans who went overseas to fight it Discussion of housing arose during a question period following the chief of staffs address to the club Thursday night Take hearts it housing to Eisenhower said your See what you can do about it without waiting for Washington to do it New Bilbo Recovering Orleans marveled Friday at Sen Theodore G Bilbos rapid improvement from a cancer operation of the mouth The Mississippi senator was sit ting up in bed interested in read ing newspapers and listening to news broadcasts North lowans Death Under Investigation Iowa Paul Hodg son and County Attorney Don Barker were working with D O Bender of the state bureau of riminal investigation Friday in vestigating circumstances sur rounding the death of Frank Bas sett 75 whose body was found n the Iowa river near the Oak street bridge Aug 24 1946 Officers were not satisfied that the death was cither accidental or a suicide There were conflicting stories about when he was last seen alive An autopsy revealed a gash on the head approximately 2 inches long which might have been caused by a blunt instru ment After the discovery of Bassetts body his hat was found which re vealed a slash which appeared to match in position the cut on his head The hat was found on the steps leading to the river at the end of Stevens street If information warrants the case will be presented to the grand jury which convenes Feb 5 At the time of his death Bas sett lived alone in a house on Cedar street He was last reported seen alive 2 days before the body was found by Virgil Jaques For some time before his death Basselt took care of gardens for a number of Iowa Falls families Sheriff Hodgson said Friday he had a number of good leads in the investigation but admitted there also had been some which were not so good The officer said the probe would continue up till the time of the grand jury session and that he would welcome any information the public could give FRAlPIERCE 78 SUCCUMBS Was Among Organizers of Municipalities League Marshalltown G Pierce 78 one of the organizers of the League of Iowa Municipalities and one time boy mayor of Marshalltown died Thursday night in a local hospital where he had been a patient for a month He had been in failing health for some time Tierces defeat in 1945 as secre tary of the League of Iowa Muni cipalities a post he had held for 47 years precipitated a yearlong court fight on the legality of the election which Pierce eventually lost He attempted a comeback at the 1946 convention but lost by a small margin He was mayor Marshalltown from 1895 to 1901 and in 1899 founded American Municipalities a monthly magazine devoted to municipal government problems which he continued to publish un til his death His widow survives Fire Destroys Hangar Jefferson reported to have started from sparks from a welding torch destroyed the larg est hangar and office building and one plane at the airport here Thursday Other planes were wheeled to safety LANDLORDS TO GET RELIEF IN INCREASE MOVE Shaffer Says Approval of Equalization Would Affect North lowans Cerro Gordo and Floyd county andlords wil be standing 40 and 50 deep1 outside his office to apply for rent increases if new rent control rulings from Wash ington D C liberalize the re quirements for proving hardship cases declared Frederick B Shaffer district rent control dir ector in a telephone interview Friday with the GlObeGaSette His statement followed a report from Washingtori that Maj Gen Philip Fleming director of the of fice of temporary controls has in structed regional OPA offices io liberalize rents In hardship cases Fleming made thestatement to reporters after discussing rent control with President Truman The president told his news con ference Thursday that he favors continuation of nationwide rent controls and that responsibility for any changes now rests with congress Fleming said he and the presi dent did not come to any decision n their talk but covered the ground very thoroughly He said his Instructions to liber alize rents in what he called hardship cases were riven ear lier this week at a conference in Washington of regional OPA di rectors That would allow an increase in rents in cases where the present ceilings impose a hardship on the landlord Where there is any doubt about rents Fleming explained the re gional directors are under instruc tions to resolve that doubt in fav or of the landlords Local costs he explained will be the yard stick in determining whether rents aretoo low Shaffer who was contacted at the Floyd county rent control of fice in Charles City said that he had no applications on file now for rent increases on grounds of hard shin in either Floyd or Ccrro Gordo counties His observation however has been that the applications have not been filed because the landlords have not had the records for the proof of hardship required by the OPA The OPA has required show ing of records for the last 3 years so that the landlord could prove he was losing money as compared with 3 years ago Shaffer said The 2county area director said that he has not been notified of the liberalization and consequently has no way of knowing how wide spread the application will be If they permit us to equalize rents there will be a lot of land lords in the 2 counties who will be given increases he admitted Shaffer spends each Friday in Charles City to handle Floyd county business although his main office is in the federal building in Mason City Stage Vet Dies Hollywood veteran 50 years on the stage and screen Herbert Corthell died at his home Thursday He was 69 Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy and un seasonably mild Friday nigh and Saturday Lowest tempera ture Friday night in the low 30s Iowa Partly cloudy and unseason ably mild Friday night and Sat urday Friday night in the mid thirties High Saturday 50 to 55 Iowa 5Day Outlook Mean tem peratures will average 15 to 18 degrees above the state norma of 18 degrees and will continue mild through Tuesday becom ing colder late Wednesday Precipitation will average less than 05 of an inch except no precipitation indicated for west ern Iowa Scattered light show ers late Tuesday changing to snow flurries Wednesday Minnesota Partly cloudy and milt Friday night and Saturday ex cept becoming cloudy and colder with snow flurries north portion Saturday afternoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at oclock Friday morning Maximum 46 Minimum 31 At 8 a m Friday 32 YEAR AGO Maximum 33 Minimum 2 REUTHER JOINS IN STEEL TALK Recess Negotiations Until Monday Morning Pittsburgh executive board of the CIO United Steel workers met Friday to discuss contract proposals submitted to the U S Steel Corp and Walter Reuther head of the CIO United Auto Workers joined in the closed session After conferring for 2 hours representatives of the U S Steel Corp and the CIOUnited Steel workers Friday recessed contract negotiation talks until Monday at a m EST Philip Murray CIO and steel worker president announced the recess in the longawaited con tract talks between the union and big steel which is expected to set the pattern for the steel in dustry generally Davenport Firm Makes Settlement With OPA on Overceiling Sale DCS Moines R Shep herd attorney in charge of the OPA enforcement office here re ported Friday that Austin Crabbs Inc Davenport concrete block manufacturers had made a settlement with OPA in connection with the reported sale of concrete blocks at overceiling prices be tween June 14 to 30 and July 26 to Oct 10 1946 Shepherd said the overcharges amounted to   

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