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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 7, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME PCS COMP lkiv NT OF ARCHIVES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL United Press Full Leased Consists ol 2ND BLIZZARD HITS NORTH IOWA GOVERNOR BLUE COTS REQUESTS BY Recommendations Ask Budget of far Spending in Iowa DETAILED BUDGET PAGE 2 Des Moines Robert D Blues budget recommendations expected to be presented officially tthe legislature Friday will trim nearly off budget re quests of the various state depart ments and divisions Rep Harry E Weichman R chairman of the house appropriations committee Friday morning released to the press cop i ies of the governors recommenda i tions Weichman said the governor 3 had not yet given him authority to i release the figures but that he was a doing so because of several recent on what recommendations expected to be The governors recommenda lons call for a budget of 143 nearly more than jast year but a sharp slash from Jhe requested by varr wus departments 4 The governor will recommend a ludget of nearly 00000 more than last year but a iarp slash from the fguested by various departments 1 The slashes affected virtually yery office in the state govern The old age assistance ap ropriation which had been re uested increased to at the same fvel as last year The health department which ad proposed an expansion pro fam was given an appropriation 15 less than half the 1586686 requested but Jore than last year The national jjfead state guard which also had tasked for a large finance an expansion P irogram was cut to f The board of control was cut from to and I the board of education from I 046500 to Highway department figures were not included in the reported budget One report said the figures had been lost The highway com mission had requested this year and last year received The budget during the day had been the subject of some sharp words in the house appropriations committee Rep Harry E Weich man chairman of the committee said in answer to demands by Hep Harold F Nel son RSioux City that the bud get figures be presented to the committee that the governor prob ably would give the green light Friday Blue was reported to have de layed his recommendations for 2 reasons First he anticipates a downward spiral of prices and he did not want to make recommen dations to correspond with the fis cal policies of the GOPcontrolled congress Iowa Senator Amend Liquor Revenue Bill Des Moines ff The revise liquor revenue bill passedby th house Thursday was amende further by the state senate Frida to give county governments share of the proceeds of the con templated 10 per cent increase i the price of liquor sold by s t a t owned stores March 1 By a vote of 33 to 16 the senate adopted an amendment to the bil by Sen George Faul RDes Moines providing that 8 per cen of the gross income derived from the sale of liquor beginning ii March be distributed to local sub divisions as follows Threeeighth to county treasuries and to citie and towns When the house altered th measure Thursday it left in th bill a specific provision that 5 pe cent of gross revenue receipts b allocated to cities and towns wit an understanding that the liquo control commission would increas prices 10 per cent so that 5 pe cent of the proceeds could be se aside to reimburse taxing districts for money lost through property tax exemptions granted to wa veterans The latest senate version make no provision for property tax re imbursement and Senator Fau pointed out that such proposed usi of liquor revenue as suggested in the house was only in the form o an agreement and not specific ally authorized by law The senate returned the bill to the house with the possibility tha the measure might have to go to a conference committee if tha chamber refuses to accept the ful amendment AllWoman Jury Picked for Mrs Dixons Trial Des Moines allwoman jury was selected in district court Friday to try Mrs Opal Dixon 35 on a charge of entering a bank with intent to rob which carries a mandatory life sentence upon conviction County Attorney Carroll Swit zer said 18 state witnesses would testify against Mrs Dixon who police said had admitted robbing the Des Moines Bank Trust company of on Jan 22 using a hypodermic syringe filled only with mouthwash but with which she threatened to blow up the bank Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Continued quite cold through Sunday northwesterly winds of 35 to 45 miles per hour Friday night with frequent snow squalls and blowing snow diminishing Satur day Lowest Friday night 10 to 15 below High Saturday around zero Iowa Continued quite cold through Sunday Northwesterly winds ranging from 35 to 45 miles per hour Friday night with frequent snow squalls and blowing snow gradually di minishing Saturday Low Friday night 12 below northwest to 7 below southeast The high Sat urday around zero Minnesota Continued cold through Sunday blizzardy conditions with strong northwesterly gales and blowing snow in west por tion and snow squalls with moderately strong northwest and north wind in east portion gradually diminishing Friday night and Saturday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 3 oclock Friday morning Maximum 10 Minimum 7 At 8 a m Friday 7 Precipitation 01 Snow J inch YEAR AGO Maximum 34 Minimum 1 Bunker Hill Medal Causes Confusion New Orleans OP J OBoyle of Gary Ind assistant football coach at Tulahe university here studied a notification he re ceived Friday from the U S navy that he had been awarded the gold star for shooting down an en emy fight plane while serving with the XJSS Bunker Hill in the Pacific The only Bunker Hill I saw at that time was in Boston where I was attending armed guard school said OBoyle as he tried to figure out the mixup Federal Grand Jury Clears Andrew Higgins New Orleans JP A federal grand jury has cleared the An drew J Higgins boatbuilding firm after an investigation of its wartime activities MASON CITYS BUSIEST City streets were all but deserted in the blinding swirling snowstorm Friday morning Looking down East State along the First National bank building wall the photographer caught one lone pedestrian Claude T Evans Mason City plumber Plumbers have to be on the job storm or no storm PRESIDENT TERM BILL TO SENATE Measure Would Limit High Office to 2 Terms Washington propose 2 term limit on the presidency headed for the senate Friday b rirtue of a revived republican outhern democrat coalition in th louse While GOP leaders hailed th ouse action as a victory in th irst test of their 1947 legislativ jrogram one democratic leade old reporters privately They cant call this a victor or their program They wouli ave been beaten badly if it hadn een for the southern democrats The limitation in the form of a onstitutional amendment wen irough the house Thursday by a 85 to 121 more than ths ecessary twothirds majority If approved by twothirds of the enate and later by threefourths E the states it will prohibit more ban 2 full or partial terms for any resident Although all of the 238 repub cans present voted for the limita 6n they were 33 short of the 27 eeded for a twothirds count Bu ley were joined by 47 democrats ncluding 41 from southern or bor er states Iowas 8 representatives voted or a proposed constitutiona mendment limiting the president f the United States to 2 terms All are republicans Paging Fire Sweeping Southern Forest Lands Sumter S Car raging Test fire fanned by high winds evastated hundreds of forest nds Friday Some 800 acres were believed estroyed as fire fighters battled control the flames Government foresters said that iOOO acres of timberland are in e path of the fire which broke ut late Thursday near the central ction of the state 20 miles from amden Hannegan Puts Trumans Hat Into 7948 Presidential Race New Tort Trumans hat was in the ring for the 1948 presidential race Friday It was put there Thursday night by Postmaster General Robert E Hannegan chairman of the democratic national committee We are ready to call upon our president again as the man who proved himself fit for the job Hannegan told a gathering of postal supervisors America will give him the support and loyalty that he deserves of us all through years ahead Asked later if his statement put the president in the 1948 race Hannegan replied Yes I am foi him most sin cerely As far as Im concerned this puts his hat in the ring The white house refused to com ment on the speech and it was not known if Mr Truman had advance knowledge of Hannegans state ment However Hannegan con ferred with the president earlier this week Since Hannegan is the national spokesman for the democratic party political observers consid ered his announcement equal to an official stat by the white house that the president would run for another term As titular head of the democratic party Mr Tru man can have the nomination in 1948 if he wants it The people of America have learned that Harry Truman wears L well Hannegan said It is true that in the beginning many Amer icans did not know the abilities of this man who had become presi dent Now Hannegan added the country has seen Mr Truman set an example for these critics by rising above political animosities The world is hungering for more of that kind of leadership he said The world needs more statesmen with vision and a firm unswerving stride Here in America we shall marchon with President Truman toward our goal as a prosperous people a strong and secure nation We have gone far and fast but the task of leading us to peace and plenty is not accomplished in a day nor a year Until that work is done we are ready to call upon our president again as the man who has proyed himself fit for the job America will give him the support and loy alty that he deserves of us all through the years ahead StassenCautions Congress Against Strong Union Curbs Presidential Aspirant Calls for Cooling Off Period Before Strikes Washington ff Aspirant Harold E Stassen out lining his plan for peaceful set tlement of industrial disputes cautioned congress Friday agains goingtoo far in restricting un ions Stassen laid his program bcfor the senate labor committee H called for a compulsory off period before strikes am lockouts and creation of an hide pendent office of federal labor conciliator The onetime Minnesota gover nor declared new national labor legislation is needed because un ion leaders have abused their power But he added in his prepared testimony that there is some dan ger lest proposed changes migh so weaken labor that the resuli would be injurious not only to labor but to our free economy as a whole Part of Stassens criticism was directed at bills introduced by Senator Ball the man he named to the senate in 1940 The former governor hit out specifically at provisions of those measures which would outlaw in dustrywide bargaining permit employers to obtain injunctions to stop strikes and forbid mainten ance of membership clauses in ontracts These require that workers remain members of their union for the life of the contract Stassen who announced his candidacy for the republican pres dential nomination last December proposed that the U S concilia tion be separated from the labor department and that the presidenl appoint the chief of the new office This would make for an atmos phere of neutrality Stassen said He also advocated legislation re quiring these steps before a strike r lockout could take place Filing a notice with the concili iion office stating 1 The exig ence of a dispute 2 The issues and 3 That no agreement had teen reached after at least 10 days f negotiation The conciliation office then would call the parties together to negotiate further for at least 30 ays If no settlement was reached ie last offer of management be voted on by the workers themselves to decidewhether to ccept or strike No strike could take place un ess a majority of the workers so oted by secret ballot Stassen also urged 1 Amendment of the Wagner abor relations art to make it ear an employer may discuss with his employes any subject affecting his employ ment 2 A specific federal provision gainst mass picketing with ap ropriate penalties Outlawing of the socalled errnit system under which work ers are required to pay a fee to unions in order to get a job 4 Prohibition of jurisdictional strikes 5 Relief for employers of any aligation to bargain with fore iens unions 6 Outlawing of secondary boy otts Relatives Move In Washington UR The census ureau reported Friday that one S family of every 13 has rela ves living with it AUTHORIZE KGLO FM TRANSMITTER FCC OKs Plans for PlantConstruction Plans for construction of a pro posed 260000 watt FM transmitte with an entirely new transmittini plant and antenna tentatively lo catednear Pilot Knob state park Forest City was announced Fri day by Lee Radio Inc operator of station KGLO The announcement followec word late Thursday from the loca organizations engineering consult ants in Washington D C that the federal communications commis sion has authorized construction 01 the new frequency modulation station here Conditional approva had been announced by the FCC on Dec 17 Even though construction is scheduled this year it is no likely that the transmitting equip ment will be on hand until late in 1947 it was stated The authorization is for a class B FM station on channel 251 op erating on 993 megacycles with 140000 watts Effective antenna height is specified at 1040 feet Engineering Improvements in antenna design since the applica tion was filed will make it neces sary to obtain modification of the authorization to permit use of the most modern equipment avail able according to L W Born technical director for the Lee sta tions If and when such a modifica tion is granted Born said Friday operation will be on the same frequency but with a power of ap proximately 260000 watts and some reduction in effective anten na height At the present timeno jnanu acturer has a transmitter avail able to provide such power and operation of an FM station here will undoubtedly start on a re duced power basis pending avail ability of the authorized transmit ing equipment Equipment of the most modern design and highest operating ef iciency is now on order with the ladio Corporation of America and s expected to be on hand by the atter part of 1947 ind Soldier in Camp at Time of Mysterious Black Dahlia Murder Fort Dix N J rec rds show Cpl Joseph Duniais was ight here in Fort Dix at the time Elizabeth Black Dahlia Shorts lude and mutilated body was ound on a vacant lot in Los An eles Post public relations officer Maj r Cornelius T Morris made that nnouncement Thursday night after Dumais had been questioned i connection with the slaying but he officer declared the army rec rds might be in error Morris quoted Dumais as saying e had a date with Miss Short in alifornia on Jan 9 but that his lind blanked out at the time nd he remembered nothing until e found himself in New Yorks ennsylvania station HOUSEPROBERS DEMAND ACTION AGAINST EISLER Congress Group Wants Alleged Red Agent If U S Fails to Prosecute Washington Eis ler alleged Russian secret agent will be jerked back before the house unAmerican activities com mittee if the government fails to prosecute him for revolution ary conspiracy it was revealed Friday Chairman J Parnell Thomas R N J made it clear the committee wouldnt be satisfied with a de portation order against the Ger manborn alien who was described as the Kremlins top agent among U S reds and a possible link in the soviet atomic spy ring Were sure weve netted the biggest fish of all Thomas said and we dont intend to let him get away The committee cited the bald and bespectacled Eisler for con tempt Thursday when he refused to be sworn in as a witness It said the justice department also should charge him with income tax eva sion passport fraud conspiracy to overthrow the government and failure to register as an enemy alien If the justice department fails to act on our recommendations well make another try to drag the truth out of Eisler Thomas said It isnt our intention to let him escape Thomas said it was uncertain when the committee would meet again on the Eisler matter because it had another project on tap that would take the members out of town for a few days He de clined to elaborate At the justice department of ficials said they would give the committees recommendations in the Eisler case immediate study to decide what action was war anted It was understood the depart ment originally had decided there was not enough evidence to pros ecute Eisler despite FBI Chief J Edgar Hoovers belief that he was once at least the chief link be tween American communists and he communist Internationale Instead the department was re ported to have decided then it would be best to deport Eisler Thomas conceded it might not do much good to drag Eisler be ore the committee again He said he was convinced the alleged soviet agent nevermeant to tes ify Eisler refused to be sworn in after he was denied permission to read a statement first I think Eisler knew we had lim cold and he thought it was jetter just to not say anything Thomas said He said the committee also wants to question 2 missing wit Josephson and Sam uel Liptzen Both were subpoenaed by the committee but failed to ap jear Josephson said he had not seen notified in time Liptzen pleaded illness in his family Argentina is second only to the United States in the amount of orn grown All Transportation Paralyzed by Storm Raging winds up to 60 miles per hour swept across the midwest Friday blowing fresh snow across highways snarling transportation in the 2nd blizzard this week and causing the 3rd tieup in trans portation in little more than a week Practically all transportation in Mason City was closed down by midmorning The Mason City Motor Coaches which stopped running in midmorning because of poor visibility were started again at noon but police asked motorists to refrain from leaving their cars in the streets while visibility was so poor City buses were operating on all routes except Central Heights and Midland Heights and the Federal avenue bus was going as far south as 20th street All highways were blocked by drifting snow and no effort was made to clear roads Friday with snowplows because of poor visibility The Jefferson Trans portation company and the Win nebago Lines stopped bus service Friday morning with no buses scheduled for the day Buses en route at various places were held up until the storm cleared Train service through Mason City also was tied up Friday Man Killed 5 Hurt in Car Truck Crash Iowa Burton 26 navy veteran of Iowa Falls died early Friday morning and 5 others were injured in an automobile truck collision at the junction of highways 65 and 20 at the north edge of Iowa Falls Thursday eve ning The injured included Burton wife who suffered a fractured pel vie bone and is a patient in Ells worth hospital at Iowa Falls Mr and Mrs Lawrence Meyer o Iowa Falls also in Ellsworth hos pital Helen Van Houten instruc tor in Iowa Falls high school whi suffered facial injuries Ronali Allen Iowa Falls minor cuts am bruises and William Wolf Ackley cuts and bruises The extent of the injuries t Mr and Mrs Meyer had not been determined Friday morning bu hospital attendants said they wen not in serious condition The Iowa Falls party was en route to Hampton where the men were to play on Loves Shamrock town basketball team Thursday night Wolf was driving the truck with which the car collided at the sit of numerous other accidents dur ing the past week morning with all roads reporting nothing moving until the high winds stopped and visibility 1 KILLED 2 HURT IN AUTO CRASH Alexander Man Dies at Hampton Hospital Hampton Funeral arrange ments were incomplete Friday morning for Henry Christensen 29 Alexander who died in hospital here late Thursday aft ernoon from injuries suffered earlier in the day when the car in which he was riding collided with one driven by Irnest Nelson of Rowan on high way 3 a quarter of a mile west of Alexander The body was taken to the rreenfield funeral home here and jecause of weather conditions Triday morning it was impossible or members of the family to reach town to make arrangements or the funeral Elmer Stalzer 27 employed on he Carl Weeks farm northwest of Latimer driver of the other car was taken to the Lutheran lospital at Hampton where his njuries were found to be not erious Nelson suffered bruises fOP Leaders Near Agreement on Billion Budget Limit Washington congressional leaders were said Fri lay to be near agreement on a top limit for next years figure they contend would leave for tax utting and debt payments The 20 per cent across the board tax reduction plan would ost Persons in a position to know said that GOP members of the enatehouse budgetary committee meeting in secret sessions arrived t the figure by isting a possible cut of 00000 in President Trumans 11200000000 item for national efense Mr Truman proposed an over 11 budget of He stimated revenues at 00000 However Colin Stam evenue expert for the joint com mittee has estimated that these evenues will be higher To this the republicans have dded the in addi onal revenue that will be avail ble if the senate like the house oproves keeping the wartime ex se taxes on luxuries after uly 1 Thus by the republican figur ng revenues will total 00000 a spread ver outgo If this were split qually it would take care of the per cent income tax slash pro osed by some party members and till leave to apply n the national debt It was emphasized that fical greement is yet to be reached on ie proposed slice in defense appropriations Some republican members of the joint committee were reported to have opposed vigorously any trimming of the armynavy outlay On the other hand the secret conferences brought testimony from some experts that the de fense expenditures might be trimmed as much as 20 per cent without damaging the efficiency of either the army or the navy Among other major cuts the re publicans were said to have de cided tentatively that they can eliminate more than 550000 of the present 2300000 federal em ployes at an annual saving of They were said to have agreed that in public works of all kinds including roads rural electrification and various inte rior department activities could be culled out of the presidents budget Where these cuts finally will fall however remains a question that has to be with many the full senate house committee probably late next week cleared The Milwaukee morning trains were tied roads up at Jackson Junction and Calmar and No 22 enroute to Chicago had only reached Marquette by mid morning No accidents were re ported on any lines or on high ways however Midmorning temperature read ings showed most of the state shivering in subzero tempera tures and lowans were bracing themselves for still colder weather Friday night in the current 10day cold wave It was 7 below in Ma son City Friday morning Wind velocities as high as 46 miles an hour at Mason City and 40 miles per hour at Iowa City were reported Des Moines had a 38mileperhour wind and it was 37 at Atlantic The state highway commission said practically all roads north of 30 and including 30 were blocked or would be blocked Friday ibility was reported poor from blowing snow and dust A report from Rock Rapids said driving conditions were the worst ever seen Motorists were advised to stay off the highways throughout the northern half of the state All of the Mason City schools were closed Friday including the high school and St Josephs and Holy Family Catholic schools Schools also were closed at Forest City Garner Crystal Lake Good ell Ventura Plymouth Rudd Me servey Kanawha Rockwell Fer tile Joice Dougherty Hayfield Hanlontown Hampton Rock Falls Swaledale Lake Mills Sacred Heart of Manly Kensett Klemme Lime Creek No 8 Central Heights Northwood Manly B e 1 m o n d Clear Lake Britt Freeman Hock ford Osage and Sheffield The retail section of Mason City was practically at a standstill Fri day because of the storm A num ber of stores did not open their doors Several of those that did open closed at noon or later in the day If the fury of the storm con tinues many of the downtown stores will not be open Friday evening A number of grocery stores will be open throughout the day however Winds up to 60 miles per hour swirled over North Dakota and iastern South Dakota Friday and visibility was poor throughout the area as gales threatened to darken he skies with clouds of topsoil jrom the Dakota prairies Transportation was at a near standstill in Bismarck N Dak and conditions were worse at Mankato where old snow was Deing packed into drifts by high winds Motorists were warned to stay off the highways in the Da kotas Minnesota and Iowa Friday A 3 day cold wave was forecast y the federal weather bureau in Minneapolis Frigidwinds were expected to plunge temperatures o 20 below zero in northern Min nesota and 10 below in the south ern part of the state Snow flurries accompanied the cold wave Even colder weather for the 3akotas and Minnesota as well as the rest of the midwest was pre dicted for Saturday The coldest weather of the to 8 below predicted for Chicago by Tturday morning with the mer cury expected not to go above zero during the day But as the midwest remained fast in the grip of icy weather relief came to the eastern section and to the south where freezing Friday morning in Flor da caused millions of dollars dam age to crops The mercury was several de Tees higher in Florida Friday morning than Thursday touching 9 at Miami as compared to 32 Thursday and 51 at Jacksonville as against a frosty 29 Thursday Similar comparisons were noted in many eastern cities with Wash ngton reporting 36 as compared to Thursdays 12 New York 32 gainst 10 and Atlanta 42 about 0 degrees higher However forecasters said the new cold wave sweeping over th6   

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