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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 19, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME tEPAHTMENT OF M I JTttny AND OES MOINES I A COM THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wirci Five Cents a Copyi MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19 1947 This Paper Consists of Two Ono No 11Z TRUMAN SEEKS END TO EMERGENCY ADVOCATEVOTE BY IOWANS ON VET BONUS BILL 3 Representatives of Soldier Organizations Give Views at Hearing Des Moines people of Iowa should be given the oppor i tunity to say whether a bonus j shall be paid their veterans of i World war II 3 representatives of veterans organizations said j Tuesday The 3 men appeared at a house 1 of representatives military and j veterans affairs committee pub lie hearing at which no one spoke j in opposition to a bill proposing i 4 a bond issue to pay vj bonuses ranging from S50 to V To become effective the pro j posal would have to be approved A J by the legislature and by a vote of the people at the November gen eral election in 1948 However the j subcommittee which studied the I measure voted 2 to one to kill it The full committee could take action on the measure follow l jjing the hearing under the rules vJt was expected the committee I flwould decide at its regular meet Thursday afternoon j c The bonus hearinghighlighted j Han afternoon in which the house j stheld its first afternoon session Be j ttfore the hearing the house passed bills and killed one all of them i dminor ones Another feature of 3 liihe day was that it was the first i hday since the session opened that i ano bills were introduced in the bouse JM Thote who spoke in favor of jrithe bonus bill were legislative hjrarepresentatives of 3 veterans or Morgan Des diMoines Disabled American Vet t sierans George A Hartnett Des s BMoines Veterans of Foreign Wars j Sand Clarence Churchman Coun J Bluffs AmericanVeterans of World xvar II i Churchman told the committee 1 the American Legion has not i taken one side or the other on the s bonus question He Hartnett and Morgan all said the legislature should pass the bill and let the people decide the matter I Hartnett referred to good wages paid war plant workers while the veterans were in serv ice and said The boys who came back 2 Injured in Plant Blast at Belmond Brasser 26 of Mason City and Harry Leonard 28 of Ottumwa were in the hospi ial here Wednesday morning with burns and other injuries suffered in an explosion at the General Mills soybean plant at 2 p m Tuesday Dr E A Watson described Brassers burns as deep but not extensive Leonard in addition to burns on the face suffered a broken heel Physicians described the condition of the men as not serious Both men were employed by the Winger Construction company of Ottumwa and were completing construction work on the General Mills plant The blast which injured the men is said to have occurred in the re finery where the men were work ing at the time The explosion was accompanied by considerable flames E E Wooley assistant manager of the plant said Wednesday morning tfte explosion occurred in the oil refining building where Leonard was cutting with an acet ylene torch on top of a crude oil storage tank Wooley said sparks from the process of cutting dropped through a cable hole intn the tank and ig nited the hot oil vapors The damage to the plant will amount to less than Woolley said The soybean oil is hot when it comes into the refining room from the processing plant and it is cus tomary to cover the tank with a tarpaulin wher work of this kind is being said done nearby Woolley couldnt find homes many of them couldnt get jobs and they couldnt get the necessities for furnishing a home Many sold their busi nesses when they went into the service and when they came back they werent able to reestablish themselves If the boys are granted a bonus it will permit them to buy things to reestablish themselves in businesses and homes I believe the people want to give the boys this opportunity at the polls Churchman asserted This is an opportunity to dis charge one of the obligations from one man to another The boys were slapped on the back when they went away and told when you come back nothing will be too good for you You have heard it said that payment of a bonus is a federal obligation It also is a state ob ligation Hartnett said under questioning by Rep Mel M Graham D Audubon that 8 states have pro vided bonuses ranging from a minimum 5100 in New Hampshire to a maximum of in Illinois He added that several other states have the bonus question under consideration Rep Ernest Kosefc RCedar Eapids asked whether the prop erty tax to pay the bonus would not cost a veteran more than he would receive in a bonus Hartnett replied that only about 5 per cent of the veterans own property Kosek then asked whether it wouldnt be better to increase the veterans property tax exemption Edgar Corry Jr Des Moines state commander of the Amvets OIL WALKOUT IS POSTPONED Delay Strike of CIO Workers for 24 Hours San Francisco U S con conciliation service commissioner announced Wednesday a strike of approximately 20000 CIO oil workers in 5 western states sched uled to begin at 10 a m PST had been postponed for another 24 hours Frank Wenig said the decision had been arrived at in a telephonic conference with O A Knight president of the CIO Oil Workers international Union who Tuesday night announced in Long Beach that all efforts to settle the wage dispute between the oil workers and 7 major oil companies had failed One final effort to reach a settlement will be made Wednes day at a meeting of the union rep resentatives and the Standard Oil company El Segundo near Los Angeles said Knight in a state ment released by Wenig HOUSE GOP IS ON ISSUE OF BUDGET CUT Taber States Members Have Not Considered Compromise Possibility Washington repub licans stood firm Wednesday on demands for a slash in President Trumans new budget despite a 2219 vote by GOP sena tors to cut only Chairman John Tabcr R N Y of the house appropriations com mittee bluntly served notice that GOP representatives had never considered the possibility of com were in no mood for it now Tabers statement came as the senate prepared to vote on a rec ommendation by the joint con gressional budget committee for a ceiling on govern ment spending in the 1948 fiscal year Mr Trumans budget esti mates were for The senate republican confer ence voted 2219 late Tuesday to seek a less drastic cut of 000000 While the vote was not binding it assured defeat of the figure since most democrats also were opposed to it Nevertheless the house appeared determined to support the higher reduction when it considers the issue Thursday under a closed rule that excludes amendments Other congressional develop ments President Philip Murray said there is no moral justification for jurisdictional disputes that throw men out of work He asked the senate labor committee to help him and AFL President William Green work out an agreement for settling such disputes Murray also said con gress would shove ward economic catastrophe if it set out to weaken unions instead of hitting at business monopoly BRITISH ALSO DIG OUT Ar TVIrepholo North Iowa and England have something in Penicillin Output Doubles Washington civilian production administration re ported Wednesday that 2580857 billion units of penicillin were produced during 1946 It was double the 1945 output CPA said production now is sufficient to meet domestic demands and to permit export of a substantial amount reiterated that many dont own property veterans Report British to Call Back Viceroy of India London IP Authoritative sources said Wednesday that Lord Wavell will be called home soon from his post as viceroy of India and that prime Minister Attlee will make an historic statement on Indian freedom in the house of commons Thursday The disclosures stimulated spec ulation that the British govern ment might be preparing to with draw from India and to announce a plan for the subcontinents complete independence perhaps within a year One informant said British evac uation within a stated period was not out of the question The fastest passenger train run in the United States is a train be tween Kenosha Wis and Wauke gan 111 at an average speed of 854 miles an hour start to stop Coal Gerald W Landis R Ind warned the na tion to expect a big coal strike in April unless President Tru man brings mine owners and the mine union together quickly He said he is certain that northern operators and miners are willing to meet Landis predicted that they would reach an agreement if they met immediately American Legion asked congress to abolish present ceilings on veterans onthejob training pay and let the veterans administration handle each case individually Veterans Adminis trator Omar N Bradley opposed removing the ceilings Excise Harold Knutson said his house ways and means committee will consider re vising the whole excise tax struc ture later during the present ses sion of congress He said however that no action will be taken until the house has passed an income tax reduction bill A bill to con tinue wartime excise tax rates in definitely is now in conference between the house and senate E Lilienthal picked up further support in his fight to win confirmation as chair man of the atomic energy com mission Sen George D Aiken R Vt plainly hinted he would vote in favor of Lilienthal and Chair man Bourke B Hickenlooper of the senate atomic energy commit tee dismissed charges by Sen Kenneth McKellar D Tenn that Lilienthal winked at com munist activities while he headed TVA plenty of snow Workmen shovel snow from a British railroad rightofway on to coal cars which will dump it in valley along the line The snow is being removed to avert slides on to the tracks and flooding when a thaw comes Senators Get 2 Amendments to LiquorbyDrink Measure 1 Proposal Would Put Tavern Licensing Up to Community Voters Des Moines The senat Wednesday received 2 amend ments to the proposed liquorby thedrink bill one of which wouli require direct approval of thi Disclose UNRRA Supplies to China Rotting in Warehouses Shanghai authorities charged Wednesday that 45 per cent of the UNRRA supplies sent to China were still in ware houses rusting or rotting because Chinese officials failed to dis tribute them Scarcely any relief supplies such as food medicine and clothing has gone to the destitute one UNRRA official said They either have been sold or held in storage against the day UNRRA observers are withdrawn He said that the Chinese request for permission to sell UNRRA goods on the black market least has the merit of the honest admission that UNRRA supplies are going to be used as a political tool From all indications General voters before liquor or wine coulc be dispensed over the bar The local option amendment wa introduced by Senator Irving D Long R It would change the proposed bill to pro vide that no city council could is sue liquor tavern permits unlesi the voters sanctioned it An eec tion could be called upon petition signed by at least 24 per cent of the voters in any community af fected The original bill introduced by the senate judiciary committee gave city councils in cities anc towns over 10000 population the right to decide on their own initia tive whether liquor should be sold by the drink In cities of 10000 or less it would require a petition by 51 per cent of the voters before the council could act The 2nd amendment was offeree by Senator Tunis H Klein D Pella It would prohibit the use of any screens booths or partitions in any tavern authorized to sell liq uor and also would forbid any tables benches chairs or other seating facilities It would ban the sale of liquor in any basement or 2nd floor bars and would prohibit any licensee issimo Chiang KaiShek can not beat the UNRRA plowshares into swords quickly enough and now is asking supplies which directly serve the purpose the UNRRA official said Authoritative UNRRA sources said that China was unable to absorb the agricultural and indus trial implements already received from UNRRA This they said was one reason China requested can cellation of the agricultural and industrial rehabilitation programs Large quantities of machinery and equipment are rusting in I various parts of China now one official said China has made much of the claims that she has stepped up distribution since UNRRA supplies were cut off last year due to lack of distribution What actually has happened is the supplies have been shunted out of Shanghai to other port cities only to rot elsewhere It is conservatively estimated that 45 per cent of all UNRRA supplies are now rotting or rusting in warehouses or in open lots out of sight of Shanghai It was learned that the Chinese argued that they could withdraw support from the Chinese agency which is charged with distributing UNRRA goods Thus if China re fused to pay distribution costs the goods would spill into the black market unsupervised except in such places as hotels from selling food A proposal to adopt in Iowa an official rating bureau plan of de termining insurance premiums on fire marine and casualty policies went to the house Wednesday with the approval of the state sen ate By a vole of 35 io 12 the senate passed late Tuesday 2 bills to put the state government in the Held of insurance rate regulation after being told that unless the state acted Iowa could expect federal regulation The measures do not apply to life insurance companies nor to county mutual associations They do however suspend the states antitrust act Blanchard law so far as other insurance companies are concerned and per mit them to form one or more bureaus for drawing up what they consider equitable rates The rates would be filed with the state insurance commissioner and if he allowed 15 days to pass without questioning them they would have the sanction of his de partment He would be authorized to extend this period for another 15 days and then list any objec tions he had Any individual insurance com pany could file its own rates un der the same provisions that apply to a rating bureau Senator E K Bekman ROt chairman of the senate insurance committee said that since the U S supreme court ruled the insurance business was interstate commerce the federal antitrust act had been suspended as it relates to risk companies un til Jan 1 1948 He said that unless the states take over the regulatory problems before then congress will Senators who voted against the 2 bills contended that suspension of the states antitrust law gav an that risk firms could not be prosecuted un der state law for monopolistic practices Bekman said that was not the intent of the measures and that they contained ample safe guards With the approach of the senate deadline Feb 26 for introduction of bills by individual members the flow of new measures began to increase rapidly Tuesday Gov Blues proposal that state personnel director be ap pointed under the executive coun cil to establish a merit and classi fication system in the hiring of state employes was introduced in the senate Previously it had been offered in the house Also presented to the senate were proposals by Sen LeRoy Mercer DIowa City and 3 oth ers to set up a civi service system for state employes under a 3man parttime board and require mu nicipal and county governments t adopt civil service plans upon request from their employes Sen J Kendall Lynes RPlain Eield introduced a bill requiring that local school budgets be set up under a plan balancing proposed expenditures and anticipated tax iicome and be submitted topublic aearing before adoption American Soldiers Pay Tribute to Iwo Jima Dead Iwo Jima iP A thousand American soldiers stood at total loss Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy with light snow beginning Wednesday aft ernoon and ending Thursday Not quite so cold Wednesday night with lowest about 10 above followed by colder Thursday night Iowa Cloudywith lightsnow Wednesday night ending in northwest portion early Thurs day morning and elsewhere dur ing Thursday Not quite so cold east and central Wednesday night colder Thursday night Low Wednesday night 8 to 15 north and 17 to 23 south High Thursday 18 north to 24 south Minnesota Generally fair Wed nesday night and Thursday ex cept a light snow early Wed nesday night in southwest and extreme south portion Colder in the Red River valley Wednesday night and continued cold elsewhere IN MASON CITY Globe Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximm Minimm At 8 a m YEAR AGO Maximm Minimm Wednesday 13 0 5 39 31 Truck Driver Unhurt in Crash at Algona Algona Stewart St Paul Minn truck driver escaped without a scratch Wednesday when his 5ton trucktrailer col ided with a through freight at he Milwaukee crossing here Truck contents were scattered along the railroad for 4 blocks and ion before a sandy graveyard lere Wednesday to pay homage to he 4000 marines who died 2 years ago to secure this strategic sland for their country The troops now garrison the is and and maintain the army air orce base but the ceremony was n honor of the marines who took he island from the Japanese Three marine divisions participat ed in the costly Feb ruary of 1945 Accident Injuries Are Fatal for lowan Dexter Iowa Smith about 65 died early Wednesday of injuries suffered Tuesday night n an accident involving a pickup ruck while he was walking across a street SAME DATE Black meant traffic death In put 2i hour Stewart jumped clear as the truck was jackknifed into the side of the train The locomotive and a number of freight cars were battered but the train proceeded west French Plane in Distress Over Atlantic New York crippled a France Constellation airliner wi 17 persons aboard Wednesday ap parently was attempting to reac Casablanca French Morocco on engines after sending a distre call and then circling 2 steamship in the Atlantic the coast guar said At p m EST the coa guard reported the plane advise that it was only 115 miles nortl west of Casablanca and it iva believed it would be able to rcac that city The terse message sent by in plane to a station in the Azore and relayed from there to th coast guard here placed the pos tion of the plane at that time a 35 degrees 15 minutes North degrees 45 minutes West whic would be only a little more tha 100 miles from Casablanca The message indicated that th plane had left the vicinity of steamships which it had bee circling earlier in an area abou 340 miles southwest of Lisbon and about 390 miles northwest Casablanca The big 4cngined landplane carrying 6 passengers and a of 11 earlier had jettisoned a possible cargo to lighten it weight The first distress signa from it sent at p m EST At that time one engine was ou and another was giving less tha normal power The plane the circled for sometime in an area i which the American ship Sober ulton and the Norwegian vesse Estrella were standing by The plane was enroute from Sermuda to Casablanca and ha anded previously at Lagens field n the Azores The entire crew wa Trench and only one of the 6 pas sengers was an American He wa Norman Reader of White Plains N Y Train Wreck Death Toll Mounts to 25 Alloona Fa heap o wisted metal scattered over desolate mountainside was al hat remained Wednesday of the Pennsylvania railroads flyer the Red Arrow which Tuesday plunged over a 150foot embank ment killing 25 persons and in uring 141 others An investigation of the wreck me of the worst in railroad his ory was started by the inter late commerce commission the erinsylvania public utility com mission and the railroad Five of the dead were still uni entified 2 of the bodies man led beyond recognition The dead included 16 passeng rs 6 railway mail clerks and members of the engi eer and 2 firemen which canned the twin locomotives in le trains tortuous climb over the Mlegheny mountains Driver of Month Des Moines Fergu on 38 of West Liberty Iowa as been named the first winner Iowas driver of the month1 ontest sponsored by the Iowa Mo or Truck association The asso iation said Ferguson employed y the Rock Island Motor Transit ompany had driven a truck 19 ears without a chargeable acci ent Peeled cooked onions may be urchased all ready to heat and erve Russia Admits Difficulties in Sinking German Warships Washington department officials disclosed Wednesday that Russia has acknowledged difficulties in carrying out a Big Three agreement to destroy her share of damaged German warships Responding to American and British inquiries Moscow voiced as surances however that steps were being taken to carry out her part of the bargain reached at the 1945 Potsdam conference The department officials said both the United States and Bri tain have carried out their commitments to sink or otherwise destroy the damaged nazi sels allotted to them for the pose Topping the list of the captured vessels the Russians were to de stroy was Germanys single air craft carrier the Graf Zeppelin Whether this flattop was among the craft whose destruction has met with difficulties was not revealed The soviet acknowledgement of delay was received last December 6 but was made public Wednes day only in response to Inquiries It was a memorandum o the tri partite naval commission of the allied control council for Germany The commission set up to en force the naval aspects of the Pots dam agreement it composed of the senior naval officers in Ger many of the Big Three powers The Potsdam conference decid ed that surface vessels remain ing from the battered German fleet which were in operating condition or could be repaired within 6 months should be divided equally among the 3 powers Thir ty Uboats also were included in the division Other vessels were placed in a category to be destroyed These were assigned individually to the 3 powers for the purpose and time schedules set up It was to determine whether the Russians were living to the sched ules that inquiries were made last fall ASKS CONGRESS FOR REPEAL OF SEVERAL LAWS President Wants Only 12 of More Than 100 Acts Kept on Books Washington resident Truman Wednesday asked con gress for legislation to make pos sible an early ending of the state of national emergency under which the country has lived since 1939 Mr Truman asked outright re peal of 24 laws proposed that emergency operations under 36 permanent statutes be suspended and recommended that most of 20 defense appropriation measures be wiped out The 36 laws in Mr Trumans second group of recommendations are permanent legislation but come into force 5nly during emer gencies The president announced lie has asked every agency head to discontinue at the earliest pos sible moment and in any event not later than March 15 1947 the use of such powers Mr Truman proposed that only 12 of more than 100 emergency acts still on the books be ex ended by permanent legislation Ten others would remain In force for 6 months after the actual proclamation ending the emer rency whenever it may come or or some other stated period The progress of reconversion now makes it possible to take an additional step toward freeing our economy of wartime controls Mr Truman said in his message to congress High white house advisors have ndicated to newsmen that if con gress acts with reasonable dis patch the emergency may be erminated by July The proclamation would caver boih he limited emergency roclaimed Sept 8 1939 and the full emergency declared May 27 1941 Mr Truman proposes imme diate repeal of laws authorizing employment of men from industry as dollarayearmen in govern ment the leasing of merchant hips to other nations the taxfree vithdrawal of alcohol for indus rial use the lease of public lands or munitions manufacture and he appointment of enlisted men o the naval academy Among the major statutes which would be allowed to lapse upon an endofemergency proclama ion would be The armys streamlined pro lurcment power under which sup plies can be purchased without advertising for bids the power to ransfer the coast guard to the navy lo increase the authorized trength of the navy and to nitiate measures to increase the market quotas of corn wheat cot on rice tobacco or peanuts Mr Truman said the following tatutes should be extended until une 30 1948 Authorization for an undersec etary of the navy The authority to maintain war lousing much of it now in emer ency use for veterans but which vould have to be disposed of with n 2 years unless extension were oted The right to arm American merchant vessels llinois Agents Open Jndercover Drive to Stop Indiana Cigarets Chicago new type ol border warfare along the Illi oisIndiana line south of Chicago roke into the open Wednesday as tate tax agents admitted they vere making an undercover drive 0 deprive Illinois smokers of In iana cigareU A carton of cigarets now selling t to in Chicago and linois can be purchased across ic border in Indiana for he difference in price is the re ult of new Illinois taxes to sup ort the soldier bonus bill and le Illinois 2 per cent sales tax hich brings the price of each ackage to a flat 20 cents The same carton when pur hased in Indiana sells for Not So Tough Washington UPJ Theres at one union man in the coun y to whom John L Lewis isnt uch a tough guy Harry Stev nson president of the Interna onal Molders and Foundry Workers told the senate bor committee Tuesday that wis isnt such a tough guy to andle if you know how to handle m He did not elaborate Agriculture has a considerable ake in air transportation be luse of the speed with which per lable products can be carried to slant markets   

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