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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 21, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME H I STttHY AN3 AIKH I YE 6ES KOIKES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Associated Kress and LtaJted Press FuU Leased wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CUT IOWA FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21 This Paper Consist No PORK PRICE ROOM ENTERS MARKETS IOWA SENATORS BEER MEASURE House Gets Bill to Put Local Option Power in Hands of City Councils Des Moines forces i the Iowa senate who favor sale o liquor by the drink appeared hare put Friday to get such legislation enacted after their overwhelming defeat Thursday on the dry beer bill By a 33 to 17 vote the s e n a t passed late Thursday and sent t the house tlte bill that would adop an indirect system of local option on beer and forbid its sale in any public eating places except those operated by hotels or on railroad trains The measure would repeal the law which requires a city or town council to issue tavern permits giving them discretionary power instead and would restrict the location of taverns in cities and villages to business blocks or zones i retail trade areas Before the bill was passed the senate drys rejected a proposal to place the local option power in the hands of voters rather than the local governing body They claimed the plan proposed was sufficient and that any direct local I option measure might fail to pass On the final roll call all bul 12 of the 32 senators who signed jthc bill when it was introduced I stood by it The dissenters were Senators J T Dykhouse RKock IKapids and Herman B Lord R On a motion by Senator Frank 1C Byers RCedar a li I quorbythedrink bill was made jthe special order of business at am aext Tuesday The bill was introduced in the I senate by the judiciary committee of which Senator Byers is chair I man In addition to Dykhouse and Lord senators who voted against the beer bill were Bateson Ben son Berg Byers Faul Hart Henningsen Martin Maytag Mercer Musmaker Myrland Reil ly Skoroup and Watson There were 2 significant test votes before the final roll call An amendment by Senator Byers allowing city councils to decide whether beer and food could be sold in the same place was re jected 31 to 19 A proposal by Senator E J Barkley R Moulton which would have permitted the voters instead of the city council to de cide whether beer licenses should be issued was defeated 36 to 13 Byers said he realized that sal of beer in restaurants in smalle communities created an unwhole some problem but declared tha his amendment would allow tha practice to be stopped and at th same time permit larger citie with numerous restaurants when persons who wanted beer wit their food could find them Senator Barkley had included in his local option amendment a provision which would have per mitted balloting on the sale o liquor as well as beer over the bar but he withdrew that portion of it because a local option rider has been attached to the liquor bylhedrink bill The beer bill by outlawing rural taverns and imposing other restrictions would substantially curtail the number of places where the beverage can be bought It also would increase the max imum fee for a tavern license from to allowing city councils to adopt any amount be tween those figures and would double the present state beer tax of a barrel Richard Wouldnt Open That Door Firemen Chop It Down Washington was Richards fault He wouldnt open the door so they chopped it down J Richard Hernon 30 year old Washington truck driver was sleep ing soundly Thursday night when other roomers in his boarding house saw smoke curling out from under the door They tried to get in but the door was locked Open the door Richard they shouted When he failed to answer after some vigorous pounding they called the fire department and the firemen chopped their way into the room Richard finally awakened explained he must have dozed off while smoking in bed The only damage was a burned a splintered door House Judiciary Committee Votes Portal Pay Ban Bill Measure Would Outlaw Present Future Suits Report United States Gets Sugar Quota to Boost Yearly Ration Washington quarters said UR Friday Informed that the United States had been allotted a sugar quota large enough to raise per captia consumption this year from 73 pounds to about 95 pounds This would increase the yearly ration of individual users to 35 pounds 10 pounds more than last year Industrial users would receive a 10 per cent increase on April 1 and an additional 10 per cent increase July 1 Distribution of the world sugar export pool was set by the inter national emergency food council Official announcement of alloca tions to importing nations will be made Sunday or Monday Curb Overtime Claims Washington UR The hous judiciary committee Friday ap proved a bill which would outlai all present and future portal pa suits and restrict the right o workers to collect back overtim claims The bill was in 2 parts Th first would outlaw almost 000000 in pending portal suil and any future suits which migh be brought The 2nd part set one year statute of limitations on other kinds of minimum wage ani overtime claims The house version was said tt be much tougher than th portal bill approved Thursday by senate judiciary subcommittee The senate bill would outlaw portal suits but would establish year statute of limitations on other claims A daylong session of the sen ite judiciary committee failed to ring agreement on its version Thursday Chairman Alexander Wiley R Wis said some changes would have to be made Other congressional develop ments senate supper ieveloped Friday for David E ilienthal chairmandesignate o le U S atomic energy commis ion Sen Henry Cabot Lodge Jr announced he would oteto confirm David E Lilien lal Senate President Arthur H andenberg indicated imilar sentiments when he put nto the record a letter from eading atomic scientist who said efeat of Lilienthal would reduce e nations atomic energy program a hollow shell Labor Hollywood Producer ecil B DeMille Friday urged gislative ban on closed shops in newspaper and radio industry prevent possible union control f information DeMille urged the ouse labor committee to enact a eneral ban on closed shop con acts But he said that the prohi ition is especially necessary in he newspaper arid radio indus ies hopes of some re publicans for a slash in President Trumans budget recommendations took another stiff blow Vandenberg announced he could not conscientiously vote to cut armed forces spending by 250000000 because it would jeopardize the winning of the peace congress wants to take back from OPA will cost the government a possible in possible damage col lections in the view of Price Chief Max McCullough He wrote a member of congress that OPA could not even pay off its em ployes without the money congress does not want to grant Styles Brid ges R N H said that most mod ern equipment for refining avia LODGE JR VANDENBERG tion gasoline is included in 25 000000 worth of material which the state department wants to sell to Russia under the lendlease law Legality of the sale has been challenged APPROVE LfQjIOR REVENUE PLAN Iowa House and Senate 0 K Group Proposal Dcs Moines houseand senate voted unanimously Friday o accept the conference commit ee proposal which eliminated the controversy over proposed use of iquor storerevenue for cities and owns and local taxing districts The senate vote was 48 to 0 and he house vote 99 to 0 As approved by the house the measure requires the state liquor commission to set aside 5 per cent if its gross revenue for cities and owns It further requires the commis ion to set aside another 5 per cent its gross revenue to establish a miliary tax credit fund Heim sursements would be made from he fund to local taxing districts or revenue lost from veterans roperty tax exemptions up to 25 mills The original bill prepared by lie state tax study committee ailed for a 5 per cent sales tax n state liauor store sales revenue o go to cities and towns for law nforcement The house and senate passed the measure back and forth with sev ral versions proposed and ouldnt agree The house and sen te conference committee was ap ointed to iron out the differences If the senate approves the con erence committee recommenda ons the bill will go to the gov rnor for his decision TRUMAN URGES RELIEF FUND TO FREED NATIONS Wants Congressmen to Vote to Aid Liberated People Washington IP President Truman asked congress Friday to vote for relief aid to people of liberated countries abroad In a message to the legislators the president noted that full scale supply operations by UNRRA are rapidly drawing to a close and said On humanitarian grounds and in the light of our own selfinter est as well we must not leave the task unfinished We can not aban don the peoples still in need UNRRA the United Nations relief and rehabilitation adminis scheduled to wind up its operations March 31 although winding up activities underway will continue beyond that date Mr Trumans recommendation was only for liberated countries United States relief activities in occupied countries such as Ger many and Austria are financed by the war department from its appropriations White house aides said that former President Herbert Hoover has not yet reported to Mr Tru man on his investigation looking to longterm plans for rehabilita tion of occupied areas There have been complaints in congress about UNRRAs adminis tration methods Some legislators contended its services have been used toisupport governments un AP Wircplioto VICTIM REMOVED FROM EXPLOSION workers carry a victim from the wreckage of a 2story brick building blown apart by an explosion in an electroplat ing establishment in Los Angeles Cal Eyewitnesses compared the blast to the atomic bomb explosions which they had witnessed in the newsreels Rescue workers were still searching the debris for dead and injured Friday cooperative States with the United Represents Iowa Decorah Herold of ort Atkinson supervisor of the Tinneshiefc Soil Conservation dis ict will represent Iowa soil istrict commissioners at the first nnual meeting of the National ssociation of Soil Conservation istrict governing officials at Chi ago Feb 25 Columbian Leader Sentenced to Imprisonment for 3 Years Atlanta President Emory Burke was sentenced Friday to 3 years imprisonment for usurping police powers in di rection of his Negrohating Jewbating organization Superior Circuit Court Judge Carl Crow imposed the sentence after a jury returned guilty verdicts Thursday night on 3 counts of an indictment The court ordered Burke to serve 12 months on each of the 3 counts the sentences to run consecutively Counsel immediately entered a motion for a new trial The dapper pale faced Burke a 31 year old railroad draftsman itood motionless the court as the sentence was pronounced His attractive brunet wife untarily stood by his side Judge Crow in a brief lecture tiat preceded the sentencing told Burke We live under a government of onstitutional law constitutional uthority and the duty of every erson is to obey all the laws The judge added that the evi ency had shown Burkes activi es contrary to our form of gov rnment and our way of life The indictment alleged Burke surped police powers in having is organization partol white resi ential areas to keep Negroes out Before receiving he sentence urkc told newsmen that con iction of him and Homer Loomis r would not stop activities of the 1 Columbians They are going to carry on he said They are making plans for public meetings right away A few court cases are not going to stop the movement Burke said that these rascals whom he identified as a group trying to destroy the white race are going to be defeated He added that the same group trying to destroy Herman Talmadge a claimant to the Georgia governor ship was trying to destroy his or ganization Loomis executive secretary of the organization was found guilty Saturday of a charge of riot He was sentenced to 12 months in a public works camp and is free on bond pending an appeal May 1 MRS OPAL DIXON CASE TO JURORS Mother of 2 Charged With Intent to Rob Des Moines bank rob bery trial of Mrs Opal Dixon 35 went to the allwoman jury at Friday morning after District Judge Russell Jordan completed his instructions to the jurors The darkhaired mother of 2 teenaged daughters is charged with entering a bank with intent to rob Mrs Dixon is accused of rob bing the Des Moines Bank Trust company of using a hypo dermic syringe which she claimed contained contents that would blow the bank to pieces Con viction carries a mandatory life sentence Judge Jordan said that if the jury found that she was suffering from a psychopathic personality as claimed by the defense and was unable to combat it or was un aware of the consequence of her acts it should return a verdict of innocent However if she were suffering from such a disease the judge said but it had not overpowered her mind to the extent where she did not realize the consequence of her acts it would not be an al lowable defense He told the jury that it had only to consider Mrs Dixons gilt or in nocence on the one charge of en tering a bank with intent to rob Death Toll in Los Angeles Plant Explosion Set at 15 Fear Several of 158 Persons Injured Are Dying in Hospitals OConnor told reporters were doing something for Mr ZYXW Sends in Tax Payment Chicago internal rev enue office reports that business improved in 1946 for Mr ZYXW a mysterious taxpayer Collector Nigel D Campbell said that the department had re ceived from a person who signed his name ZYXW Earlier he had written the collector that he was to make payments of and it would be sent in 4 separate envelopes ZYXW is not a newcomer at the tax office He has been sending in payments for the last 7 years with only the initials on a blank income tax form as a mark of identification His first contribu tion was Last year he sent in SAME DATE means no traffic death In i I hntu rf See Picture on Page 2 Los Angeles a nig spent probing beneath glarin searchlights police Friday fixe the death toll the city worst explosion in 37 years at 15 Of the 158 injured sufficiently t require hospitallzation sever a were feared dying The scene as police and fireme shifted the blasted rubble of an electroplating plant resemble somewhat a garishlylit night time movie set Except that ther was nothing fictional about thi carnage Doctors tentatively identifiei one of the bodies blown almost tt bite as that of Dr Robert McGee the plants chemist and metallur gist described by police as in charge of plating formulas He anc a fiveyearold girl were earlie listed as missing but the girl was reported found The onestory brick plant of the J J OConnor corp at 932 Eas Pico blvd a mile from the center of downtown Los Angeles blev apart in a blinding flash of chemi cals at a m PST Thursday But it was hours before a clear picture of the disaster could be pieced together Police and fire officials finally agreed that ii was caused by the detonation of perchloric acid an extremely unstable substance kcp under pressure in refrigeration because at room temperature it is a seething heavy liquid But how the acid was set off remained a mystery we the government This he later am plified was the aluminumplating of hospital beds and chairs under a secret trade process Not in the plant at the time he was reported in collapse at his home Thursday night Most of the victirt of the citys worst blast since the Los Angeles Times dynamiting killed 20 men in 1910 were in the plant or ad jacent heavily damaged buildings although a 10yearold Negro rid ing his bicycle several blocks away died under a plumetting piece of metal Four houses were almost com plete wrecks broken in 300 within a miles radius glass shattered as far dis tant as 70 blocks the entire down town district was jolted as if by earthquake sending terrorized citizens to telephones quickly jamming police and newspaper lines A towering cloud of smoke which many witnesses likened to that in newsreels of the Bikini atom bomb blast mushroomed up hung over the area for minutes Thousands of curious thronged into the area hampering fire and rescue operations and doing some looting but were finally cleared out by emergency police squads A graphic description came from DeWayne Bearss 22 of South Gate a salesman who with his father Frank was in the front office on business One minute we were sitting in an orderly office The next minute there wasnt any office I was thrown to the floor I didnt know What happened to dad I heard him groaning on the other side of a section of roof that crashed be tween us I was lucky AH the wreckage around me was light I was nble In myself out Taint Funny McGee dance for Mr and Mrs Roy McGee of near Cresco planned for Feb 7 their wedding date had to be postponed on ac count of a blizzard When the dance was held Monday at the Matter ballroom near Decorah the McGees were absent Mr McGee had the mumps TWA Airline President Quits Control Changed Kansas City airline announced here Friday the resignation of Jack Frye as its president and then disclosed plans for a complete change in its man agerial setup with Howard Hughes interests in complete control At the same time the resigna tion of E Lee Talman senior vice president in charge of adminis tration was announced by rep resentatives of Hughes Tool Co of Houston Tex which owns 46 per cent of the outstanding TWA stock and which recently loaned the airline to help it out of its financial troubles Wholesale Price Index Hits New Postwar High Washington govern ments index of wholesale prices reached a new postwar high last per cent above level of a year ago the Wholesale prices have been climbing steadily ever since price controls were scrapped in Novem er A spokesman for the bureau of abor statistics said the increases would not show up immediately in ligher retail prices Some of them wont show for months because it takes time to convert some basic commodities nto salable products he said SNOWSTORM IN EASTERN STATES 27 Deaths Reported Virginia Has 27 Inches By THE ASSOCIATED PKESS The heaviest snowstorm in re cent years brought death to at least 27 persons Friday as the east struggled to maintain busi ness as usual through falling snow that reached a depth of 27 inches in kept fall ing Schools closed biglnrays were snowbound and business and in dustry slowed down Overexertion in shoveling snow and traffic accidents were the chief causes of death Deaths by states were New Jer sey 11 Pennsylvania 7 Connecti cut 2 New York 3 District of Columbia 1 Illinois 2 Massa chusetts 1 The deepest snow 27 inches fell in Dickenson county Va Schools closed in 28 Virginia counties While the full weight of snow hit the eastern seaboard states extreme cold followed on its heels over the Great Lakes and middle west The temperature registered 21 degrees below zero at Bemidji Minn and below zero weather ex tended over Minnesota and North Dakota In New York City H inches of snow had fallen by a m EST and the weather bureau forecast the temperature would go to 10 degrees Friday night Snow whipped by strong winds continued to fall through the morning in most sections drifting across highways and railroads which were heavily blanketed during the night Seise American Wheat Biionlo Italy mob of unemployed men seized a convoy of trucks loaded with American vheat Thursday night Police re covered the wheat several hours ater and let the motor convoy TO FEEL RISE IN ABOUT 2 WEEKS Hog Price Increase Expected to Continue for About 3 Months Chicago price boom in pork developed Friday and live stock men predicted it would hit the housewifes purse in about 2 weeks The increases will continue for about 3 months livestock men said Before it is ended some butchers may be selling pork roasts for 90 cents a pound and center chops for one source said Easter hams he said may re tail at a pound The from the small spring pig has hit the hog market where ship ments from the farm have been gradually tapering off Hog prices spiraled to record levels Thursday in the nations major hog markets Friday top hog prices at Chi cago were steady to 5 cents under Thursdays 2750 top which equalled the alltime local record set last October Price decreases of 25 cents were reported at St Jo seph Mo and Omaha Nebr but tops 25 to 51 higher were estab lished at 7 other market centers Few hogs of any weight were selling anywhere for less than per hundredweight At East Buf falo N Y where top hogs sold for more and up the average price was highest in the na tion The public however will not pay the increased price for its pork appetite immediately Hogs the form of fresh erally take between 7 and 10 days to travel the circuit from the stockyard to the kitchen In the case of ham and bacon and other curep products it takes about 2 weeks longer Bad news for the budgeting city housewife also developed in the Chicago grain mart Wholesale wheat futures 30 cents a bushel since Jan shadowed a possible hike in the price of flour and cereals Millers were reluctant to talk about it but were quick to point out that flour prices after all are determined by the price of wheat The increasing price of wheat futures was attributed to heavy government purchases for over seas shipment to meet a goal of 325000000 bushels by June 30 Livestock spokesmen said the record hog prices were to be ex pected in view of the tapering off of shipments and the in satiable public demand A spokesman for one of the big 4 meat packers said prices will be high until the consumers rebel against the farmers theres no indication that they will A Chicago stockyards spokes man said hog prices would not begin to drop until the fall crop is ready for slaughter in May or June resume its trip town of Andria to the nearby Circulate Petition to Revive Action on Veteran Bonus Bill Des Moines petition seeking to revive the vet erans bonus bill was being circulated in the house Friday following ndefinite postponement of the measure by the military and ans affairs committee late Thursday The petition was sponsored by Rep Arnold Utzig Phe petition calls upon the house to reject the committee action Utzig las until next Tuesday to attempt to revive the proposal A simple majority vote of the house could reject the committee action The committee voted 11 to 10 against the measure with 5 rnem ers not voting Reps Elmer Pieper RWaukon and Leo P McEleney RClin on left an important liquor control committee meeting early but vere too late to vote on the Rep H W Walter RCouncil 31ulfs was attending the liquor ontrol committee meeting Reps N Eldon Walter RBeaman and Harold P Lum Nelson RSioux said they had previous en agements The sub committee which udicd the measure voted two to ne two weeks ago for indefinite ostponemcnt Reps David G insworth RSpirit a forld war n veteran and Ted loane RDes Moines made up he majority Utzig the minority Action of the full committee delayed however so that a ublic hearing could be held At le hearing earlier this week three okesmen for veterans organiza ons pleaded with the committee o permit the people the ecision No one spoke igainst the ill Because the measure fcalls for a bond issue it would require approval of the legislature and also approval of the people in the November general election of 1948 The bond issue to be paid off in 20 years would finance pay ments raging from to Proponents of the bonus have the veterans need the money to reestablish themselves ilk homes and businesses and that a bonus practically was promised the veterans when they went to war Proponents also pointed out that several other states have voted bonuses for their World war II veterans Opponents of the bonus con tended that under the proposal the bonds have to be paid off through a property tax and that a bonus would cost veterans owning property more in taxes than they would receive Fall Is Fatal North Liberty Kas per 79yearold farmer died Wednesday of a broken neck suf fered when he fell down the basement steps of his home Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy Friday night and Saturday with occa sional snow flurries No import ant change in temperature Low est Friday night about 5 above Iowa Mostly cloudy Friday night and Saturday Snow flurries north and east portions No im portant change in temperature Low Friday night 5 northeast to 13 southwest High Saturday 24 northeast to 30 southwest Iowa 5Day Outlook The mean temperature will average 4 to 6 degrees below normal The nor mal is 24 degrees Near normal temperatures Saturday becom ing colder Sunday with little change Monday and Tuesday warmer Wednesday Precipita tion will average less than 05 of an inch with light snow Satur day and Sunday clearing Sun day and Monday Minnesota Mostly cloudy with oc casional light snow Continued rather cold Friday night and Saturday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Friday morning Maximum 21 Minimum 5 At 8 a m Friday 2 Snow Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 32 Minimum 27
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