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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 31, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 1OWANS NEIGHBORS VOL Lin Associated Press and United Prcas Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JANUARY 31 1947 This Paper Consists of Two One NO 96 3 DIE IN NORTH IOWA RAIL WRECK Main Highways Cleared as North lowans Dig Out of Heavy Snowfall North lowans continued to di their way out of the grip of ol man winter Friday as clearinw skies brought an end to the wors blizzard in 5 years but the weath erman forecast another blow fo degrees below zero The announcement came whil private citizens and utility crew were busy trying to extricate th state from Iowas traffic tieu caused by the blizzard whic dumped up to 21 inches of snov on the state and piled up drift 4 as high as 10 feet j Cold wave conditions were slow jly developing over the state ac Jcording to the weather bureau Mith 10 below forecast for Fridas ioight in the northwest The mer sury is expected to drop io Z below in Mason City Saturday fffht The highway commission re ported 3 of Iowas east and wes highways and 3 north and south irteries open to travel It said i to have all state highway Jeared by Saturday Most county and secondary pads were still blocked with snou ind rural schools in many sections hoere closed Five deaths 3 of them in a 1am collision in a blinding snow at Alta Vista were attrib ed to the storm A death a arshalltowmwas caused by 1d exposure and a StiipccurEec fhen a woman was struck in a freak thunder stfirm f rth of Ft Madison j Wason Citys chief problem was jveling snow Although streets vere cleared by snow plows the Jnow was piled high in the gut ers and many walks were yet to Tbe shoveled During the 3day period mason City received abou j 171 inches of snow Train and bus service was re throughMason City Thurs i djiy night te Jefferson Trans nortation corm any operating north Iahd south but to Charles City east Algona west i Buses were scheduled to leave I Friday as usual The Milwaukee Road was run ning late but getting through Thursdays No 3 due in at a m arrived in Mason City a1 a m Friday morning The early morning train due here a1 a m Friday arrived aboui 5 hours late and Fridays No 3 arrived about noon No 18 east to Chicago left Mason City at noon Friday Trains on the Rock Island Lines were not operating through Ma son City Friday morning due to a i wreck at McCallsburg No Rock Island trains includingthe Rock ets operated through Mason City Thursday Morning trains on the Chicago Great Western railroad operated both ways Friday about an hour late Operations were back to nor mal on the Chicago North West ern railway and the M St L railroads Mason City Motor Coach i operations were resumed Thurs j day and the buses were running i pa schedule Friday morning Schools were reopened in Ma I son City Friday and business places resumed operation some having closed at noon Thursday All of North Iowas concrete j highways except in Bremer coun i ty were open to 1way traffic i Friday morning District Engineer Raymond Zack said that prac tically all of the primary high ways were open by noon He warned that most were 1way and covered with packed snow In Bremer county equipment breakdowns held up clearing all the highways Other roads still blocked at noon were re ported by Zack as follows No 218 from No 30 to Charles I City No 63 from Waterloo to New Hampton No 150 from Cedar Rapids to Walker No 13 from i Marion to Cfoggon No 61 from Dubuque to Zwilling all highways in Clayton county The commission said it expected f to have all main highways opened to oneway traffic by late Friday In Cerro Gordo county rpads are open to 1way traffic from Mason City to all of the small towns according to County En gineer R E Robertson We hope to have everyone out by Satur day night he said The wind picked up dirt from I plowed fields and mixed it with j the snow on some of the roads he reported making it so heavy that even heavy caterpillar plows lhad difficulty moving It The rain early Thursday morning also Predict 25 Below Zero in Mason City Saturday Night TRAIN AND BUS SERVICE BACK SCHOOLS OPEN Japan Strike Is Squelched by MacArthur Tokyo to a blun order by Gen Douglas MacArthu in what he called a dire emer gency the Japanese Friday calle off a general strike of 260000 government office and utilit workers scheduled for midnieh 11 a m Yashiro lyi chairman ofth joint strike committee gave i after considerable hedging an broadcast to the nation that th walkout was called off unde pressure of the allied suprem command It is MacArthurs order we ca not do anything else but call of the strike Accepting the challenge to hi authority MacArthur issued statement saying that he woulc not permit the use of so deadly social weapon in the present im poverished emaciated condition o Japan His statement followed a strik meeting at which speakers identi tied as Japanese communist urged committeemen to striki blows against American colonia imperialism They said they wer ready to challenge supreme head quarters to start a racialcon fliet MacArthur said those involves in the strike plans were a minority of the Japanese people whic might plunge the masses into a disaster comparable to that of a minority leading Japan into war lyi after seeing a translation of MacArthurs statement com plained that it was not binding since it did not bear his hand written signature An hourlate he was summoned to allied head fluarters He understood to have received unequivocal verba orders to call off the strike Soon thereafter he went to th studio to broadcast his cancella tion order Already redeyed h wept as he drafted his statement A U S army division had been alerted and charged with pre serving order in the Tokyo area Newspapers issued extras carry ing MacArthurs statement Groups of demonstrators kindled bonfires of placards intended for use dar ing the strike The workers called the strike to back up demands for a 300 per cent wage increase Premier Shi Yoshida had offered the unionists 25 per cent plus allow ances under a temporary plan The offer was rejected Union leaders contended it was insin cere helped to pack the snow and make it wet and sticky An 8foot high snow drift about 2000 feet long marooned 45 Farm ersburg residents at Elkader where snowfall was recorded of Icially at 21 inches The snow ank lay across highway 13 and F Winkler state highway em loye said it was the biggest he had seen in 25 years of highway work The Farmersburg residents had een marooned since Wednesday night wlien they attended a coun y basketball tournament at El teder JTwenty persons from itrawberry Point tried to get lome from Elkader during the lay but were forced to put into a arm house for the night Paul Hintz Northwestern Bell elephone company official said elephone service was expected to ie restored Friday to most of the 5 towns where service was dis rupted Of 350 toll circuits that were out of service about 25 per ent had been restored by Thurs ay night he said Heavy property losses were re orded Friday in the wake of tor adoes high winds rain sleet snow and hail which lashed one alf the nation and left the city of Milwaukee snowbound The storms and twisters ac ounted for atleast 28 deaths in the nation closed schools isrupted transportation and vir ually isolated communities of outhern Wisconsin and northern owa and Illinois The weatherman offered scant iope for relief Friday Although ie heavy snows and storms for ie most part had stopped near ero temperatures were bearing own on the stricken areas from Canada city of 600000 digging out from mder 19 inches of snow Railroad raffic to and from the city was esurned slowly City offices and actories remained closed School fficials announced that public nd parochial schools shut down hursday would not reopen until Monday The coldest weather ever re orded on the North American fatinent was reported Thursday Snag airport in the Yukon Ter tory where the mercury dropped 787 below zero i by SCENES AFTER Above is a view of the derailed relief engine which crashed Into the caboose of a stalled Great Western freight train one mile south of Alta Vista at noon Thursday Arrow points to the body of Wayne Miler of St Paul member of the crew in the caboose who was killed out right The body was lodged be tween the caboose and engine and at first could not be moved Picture at the right shows some of the wreckage of the caboose and a refrigerator car of apples which was Smashed and de railed In addition to Miler Z other men died as a result of injuries suffered in the colli sion Persons viewing wreck in the picture could not be identi fied Other pictures on Page 2 CLEAR LAKE MAN DIES IN STORM Found Dead in Stalled Auto Near Galena 111 The body ofJ M Lamey 54 Mason City businessman who re ides on the north shore of Clear take was found in his car 3 miles rom Galena 111 Thursday after noon by operators of a snowplow t was believed he had died of gas umes in his stalled car He had been attending the In ernational Heating Exposition at Cleveland Ohio and was driving home alone Lameys car was tailed in a large snow drift He perated Lamey and company of Mason City dealers in automatic leating equipment and had just aken over the Jackson school juilding to remodel it as an of Ice and warehouse Surviving are his wife his mother Mrs Harriet Lamey Ons ow Iowa and a sister Mrs A 4 Barlow Cedar Rapids He was i member of the American Legion nd the 40 and 8 Funeral ar angernents have not been corn Dieted by Free J M LAMEY Fleming Agrees to Explain Mystery of Rent Hike Try OTC Head Goes Before Senate Banking Group After Talk With Truman Washington high ministration official headed ad for Capitol Hill Friday to clear up the mystery surrounding the back stage maneuvering that almost led OPA to boost rent ceilings 10 per cent Maj Gen Philip B Fleming head of the office of temporary controls agreed to tell the senate banking committee the lowdown after attending a morning cabinet meeting at the white house President Truman stopped the rentboost order at the last min ute but Committee Chairman Carles W Tobey R N H wanted to know who threw the overalls in Mrs Murphys chow In other congressional develop ments 1 House republicans backed water on their November state ment that a 20 per cent across theboard cut in personal in come taxes could be accomplished Jemocrats promptly accused them of broken promises and borrow ng the GOP campaign cry asked Had enough 2 Sen Styles Bridges R N H accused Russia of sponsoring worldwide antiAmerican prop aganda intended to Sovietize Ger many and China Bridges said he was very upset that the United States had ended its efforts to mediate the Chinese civil war 3 Representatives of the steel and auto industries told congress it must outlaw foremens unions to preserve the efficiency of Amer icas free enterprise system They testified before the senate labor committee on proposed labor re forms 4 Sen Owen Brewster R Me reported that President Truman was receptive to proposals under which the budget might be read justed to finance a program for improving air safety Estimates are that from to 0000000 would be required to pro vide needed radar radio fog dis persal and lighting aids at air ports 5 The senate committee con sidering appointments to the atom ic energy commission called for a loyalty check on the commissions key personnel Many committee members however were skeptical of charges that communists had bored into the commissions ranks Dandelions Bloom on i Delaware Capes Lewes Del consec utive days of unseasonable 70 de ree temperatures caused dande ions to bloom on the Delaware capes months ahead of schedule Iris daffodils and jonquils were judding Song birds were arriving from the south Farmer Threshes in Snowcovered Idaho Idaho Falls Idaho midwinter and southern Idaho is covered with snow but Farmer Oscar Johnson is threshing Winter caught him with 27 acres of wheat and barley cut but un threshed So whenever a favorable day arrives he calls out the threshing crew and hauls away a few hundred bushels Expect LiquorbyDrink Bill Will Be Filed in Iowa House Next Week Des Moines longan ticipated liquorbythedrink bill probably will be introduced in the house of representatives next week it was learned Friday The proposal has been drawn by interests outside the legisla ture It has been circulated among legislators to get sponsors from the senate as well as the house As drawn the measure would permit sale of liquor by thedrink in cities of 10000 population or more if the bill becomes a law The bill provides further that ci ties of less than 10000 population could authorize liquor by the drink sales if approved by 51 per cent of the voters in a referendum Price of Milk Is Cut 1 Cent in Charles City Charles milk price in Charles City will be reduced from 17 to 16 cents a quart eflcctive Saturday OrderWomen Children Out of Palestine Jerusalem British wo men and children will be evacu ated from Palestine by next Tues day the Palestine government an nounced Friday The evacuation results from recent terroristic acts in Pales tine a government spokesman said It may involve as many as 3000 civilian families The action will allow the gov ernment and the military to carry out the task of maintaining peace the spokesman said Evacuation of the wives and children of government officials will be compulsory but certain others may have the option of re maining In such cases the spokes man said the Palestine govern ment would assume no responsi bility for their safety In London Winston Churchill urged the British government Friday to surrender its Pales tine mandage to the United Na tions unless the United States joins Britain on a fiftyfifty basis in a new policy for the holy land Churchill speaking in house of commons debate declared We have broken our pledges to the Jews Having found our selves incapable of carrying out our promises we have no right to say that we have to stay there for motives or honor American diplomats planned to consult with the British regarding United States nationals The order did not mention any anticipation of a London confer ence decision on the future of Palestine but it gave rise to spec ulation that the British military was planning much more stringent measures to stamp out under ground activities Some sources speculatedthat the British expected widespread vio lence if Dov Bela Gruner con demned for participating in a raid on a police station was executed Gruner a member of the under ground organization Irgun Zvai Leumi was expected to apply for the right to appeal his death sen tence to the British privy council but thus far the application has not been sent Two prominent Britons Judge Ralph Windham and H A I Col lins were kidnaped early this week and apparently were held by Irgun as hostages for Gruner Both were released later in the week The government spokesman ad vised about 2 dozen British news men to leave Palestine or stay at their own risk They were told they were considered unessen tial civilians Government officials remaining here will be placed in security military camps or guards can be maintained Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Snow flurries Friday night much colder Saturday and Saturday night with strong northerly winds Low Friday night 10 below Saturday night 25 below Iowa Cold wave conditions slow ly developing over state be coming very cold by Saturday night Low tempertaure Satur day night in some sections as low as 20 to 25 below zero Oc casional snow flurries and win dy Friday night and Saturday Low Friday night 10 below northwest to 5 above southeast Shippers Forecast Northwest 15 below northeast 10 below southeast zero Iowa 5Day Outlook Mean tem peratures will average 10 de grees below normal State nor mal is IB Severely cold Satur day and Sunday Minor warm ing Monday colder Tuesday lit tle change Wednesday Precipi tation will average up to 1 inch occurring as snow flurries Sat urday and snow Monday Minnesota Cold wave conditions gradually developing over state becoming intensely cold by Sat urday night Low temperature Saturday night 35 below north and 25 below south portion Oc casional snow flurries and win dy Friday night and Saturday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Friday morning Maximum 19 Minimum 6 At 8 a m Friday 4 Precipitation 08 Snow 11 inches YEAR AGO Maximum 33 Minimum 3 5 PERSONS ARE HURT AS TRAIN RAMS CABOOSE Relief Locomotive Hits Stalled Freight Near Alta Vista in Blizzard Alia men were dead and 5 others were in a New Hampton hospital Friday with in juries suffered when a relief en gine coming from Rochester Minn Thursday struck the ca boose of a stalled Chicago Great Western freight train in a blind ing snow storm one mile south of here The dead Wayne Milcr St Paul Minn one of 3 crew members in the ca boose was killed outright Paul Butterfield Mclntire sec tion foreman who was standing beside the track died about 5 p m at St Josephs hospital in New Hampton Clyde Eastman 30 Mclntire section man died at St Josephs hospital at a m Friday from burns on the chest and legs and internal injuries Reported in serious condition at the hospital were Paul F Krumm Elma section man whose condition at St Jo sephs hospital Friday morning was described as critical William Bens St Paul Minn was badly burned by steam Leo L Van de Walker South St Paul Minn was so badly injured that his left leg had to be ampu tated at the hospital He was given a blood transfusion His condition was described as serious George Klahr and E H Hove both of Rochester Minn engineer and fireman on the relief engine were held in the hospital with less serious injuries Three others were treated by Dr Herbert Pease of Alta Vista in the depot and were taken to the New Hampton hospital but were later released The boiler of the engine ex ploded after the engine crashed into the stalled train The clothes were blown off 3 of the men with the exception of their shorts and they walked a mile to the Alta Vista railroad station Snowplows from the Chicka saw and Howard county highway departments were called into service to open a road to Alta Vista so the injured men could be brought to the hospital at New Hampton The accident was believed at New Hampton to have been due to a misunderstanding The crew called headquarters and said they were stalled 2 miles south of Alta Vista The train was nearly a mile long and the engine was approxi mately 2 miles south but the ca boose was only a mile from the station The relief engine had 6 sec tion men and 3 crewmen aboard The engine was derailed and the caboose andarefrigerator car of apples were smashed and derailed The engine of the stalled train was reported to be barely visible above the huge drift that stalled it Workmen were busy Friday digging out the stalled train be fore service can be restored on the line Milers body could not be moved at first as it was lodged between the smashed caboose and engine Farm Hand Is Charged With 1st Degree Murder in Death of Iowa Man Winterset Ciarfc 52 farm hand has been charged with first degree murder in con nection with the fatal shooting Jan 18 of Charles Mleynek 54 welltodo farmer living south of Earlham Clark arraigned before District Judge Stanley E Prall Thursday on an information signed by County Attorney Robert Freder icks asked time to plead Judge Prall said he would hear the plea Feb 5 Fredericks said Ciarfc had con fessed the killiing The confession Fredericks said states the slaying occurred during an argument be tween Clark and Mleynek over the whereabouts of Clarks estranged wife Mrs Celeste Clark who had been Mleyneks housekeeper since last October Offers Tax Collector Bill Des Moines A D Clem RSioux City has intro duced a bill in the legislature to increase the salary of the Sioux City tax collector from to annually and salaries of the assessors deputies from to The bill also would al low 2 additional deputies instead of one and raise the salary for them from 51800 to   

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