Tuesday, April 1, 1947

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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 1, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IpWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COM iEFMTMENT CF HlSTiKY AN3 AS CHIVE naiHta i A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL Lin Associated Press nd United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY APRIL 1 1947 This Paper Consists of Two One No TRUMAN INSISTS ON RENT CONTROL 2 MORE LABOR BILLS SENT TO IOWA SENATORS Solons Pass Measure to Curb Closed Shop Rules in Contracts Des Moines more la bor bills were reported to the sen ate for action Tuesday following approval by that body Monday of a bill to outlaw all labor con tracts which require an employe to belong to a union in order to hold a job The additional measures were placed on the senate calendar by its sifting committee They would 1 Prohibit secondary boycott by unions to support strikes in which they are not directly in volved 2 Ban all forms of violence or coercion in picketing The senate committee still has in its possession the last 2 5 re strictive labor proposals intro duced previously in both houses These would prohibit foremen from joining labor organizations composed of workers under their supervision and would permit unions to be sued for enforcement of collective bargaining agree ments The bill to outlaw closed and union shop agreements was passed by the senate Monday by a vote of 36 to 12 Styled by its sponsors as a right to work bill but better known as an anticlosed shop measure the proposed legislation was passed late Monday 36 to 12 after a 4 hour debate That puts the decision up to the house which previously side stepped the controversial issue in an apparent move to wait and soe what the senate would do Proposals to ban exclusive union shop contracts were introduced in both branches early in the ses sion along with 4 other bills to place restrictions on the activities of labor organizations The house labor committee voted to kill all of them but pres sure in support of the bills forced them back into the committees hands Indications were that the house would use the senate anticlosed shop measure as the vehicle for any future action it takes on that subject The 4 other restrictive bills in the senate will reach the calendar only if that bodys sift ing committee votes to report them out These bills would prohibit vio lence in picketing permit unions to be sued for enforcement of collective bargaining agreements forbid foremen from joining rank and file unions and outlaw sec ondary boycotts by labor groups to force decisions in disputes in which they are not directly in volved The senate anticlosed shop bill had 12 sponsors headed by Sen ator Arthur Jacobson RWau who said it would be con sidered solely as right to work legislation Republican ranks were split on the final roll call as senators from most of the larger cities voted against the bill They were joined by 3 of the 4 democrats Republicans on the opposition side were Byers Cedar Rapids Barkley Moulton Bekman Ot tumwa Berg Cedar Falls Clem Sioux City Faul Des Moines Henningscn Clinton Martin Davenport and Watson Council Bluffs Opposing democrats were Augustine Oskaloosa Klein Fel la and Reilly Dubuque Findlay of Fort Dodge and Ben son of Jefferson not re corded Before the vote was taken the senate rejected 27 to 20 an amendment which would have removed the penalty section of the bill but even so the punitive clause was toned down The penalty for violations was reduced from a maximum of 000 fine and 6 months in jail which would have made the of fense a criminal one to a mis demeanor punishment of fine and 30 days in jail Retained in the bill was a sec tion making it illegal for an em ployer to deduct union dues or charges from a workers paycheck unless he gave written notarized consent SAME White flag menus no trifflo death in put 24 hour Student Held in Pill Death Hangs Self Davenport IP Stephen J Petroci 24 charged with murder in the sleeping potion death March 21 of his landlord Edward L Purse 62 hanged himself in the Scott county jail Tuesday morning Sheriff Walter Beuse said Petroci a chiropractic student and navy veteran from Pitts burgh Pa was charged with giv ing Purse an overdose of sleeping pills under the impression he was going to inherit Purses estate The body was found by a fel low prisoner who notified the sheriff about a m Beuse said Peteroci had fash ioned a noose from a belt and a silk scarf belonging to his cell mate Andrew McCormick He fastened these to the bars in the washroom of his cell while stand ing on an overturned bucket and then kicked the bucket from be neath him The sheriff said Petroci left 2 notes one to McCormick author izing him to write a story of his life and sell it and the other to his family in Pittsburgh giving instructions regarding his funeral The note to his family denied he was responsible for Purses death Take my word he wrote he took the sleeping powders him self the note said Purses body was exhumed Monday for an autopsy to de termine the exact cause of death Coroner Frank C Keppy said the results would not be known for several days Keppy originally re ported Purses death as suicide by an overdose of sleeping pow ders Petroci a roomer in the Purse home who found him dead March 21 was arrested after Purses at torney asked for an investiga tion Police Chief Reed Phillips saidv Petroci in a signed statement after many hours of questioning had admitted he mixed the sleep ing powders in a bottle of milk for Purse to drink while he was under the impression that Purse hadchanged his will making him the sole beneficiary Phillips said Petroci later repudiated the state ment CHICAGO HOLDS MAYOR ELECTION Nationwide Attention on Party Power Test Chicago mayoral election contest between 2 politi cal newcomers drew national at tention Tuesday in a major test of party strength preliminary to the 1948 presidential battle With more than 2 million voters republican and democratic party leaders considered the results would give them their first indi cation of how the political winds are blowing since last Novembers congressional election Democrats have been in power in Chicago for the last 16 years and their big city vote was a ma jor factor in giving Illinois 28 electoral votes to the late Presi dent Roosevelt 4 times However the republicans headed by Gov ernor Dwight H Green won 14 of 17 offices in Cook county Chi cago last November and they have waged a determined cam paign to win control of the city hall Root 48 year old attorney and assistant state treasurer is op posed by Martin H Kennelly 59 year old business man and civic leader Both are seeking their first elective office Kennelly was selected by the democratic organization after Mayor Edward J Kelly 70 and now completing his record 14 year tenure announced his retirement House Labor Committee Defers Action on Bill to Block Phone Strike Washington fP With some members protesting they needed more time to study the measure the house labor committee Tues day deferred for 24 hours a vote on a bill designed to block Mon days threatened nationwide tele phone strike Chairman Hartley RN J an nounced the committee will meet again Wednesday and told re porters They will either vote the bill up or down at that time Hartley sought a vote Tuesday but he said some members pro tested they had not had an oppor tunity to see or study this meas ure The bill would authorize the government to obtain a court or der to stop a telephone strike or any other affecting national health welfare or interest Walkout of AFL Drivers Stops Bus Service in Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids service was at a standstill here Tuesday morning as 80 AFL bus drivers and maintenance men of the Cedar Rapids City Lines began a strike originally called for March 5 but delayed pending outcome of negotiations for a new contract At the time the union had emphasized that the strike was merely postponed not cancelled O A Oliver union president said the union voted at a special meeting early Tuesday to invoke the strike resolution passed Feb 27 The meeting lasted from midnight through a m Current snag in the arbitrations grew out of a disagreement over selection of a 3rd neutral bitrator after 2man arbitration broke down Proposals and counterpropos als concerning arbitration of the dispute have been rejected dur ing the last week by both the union and National City Lines The union had turned down a new company proposal Monday after noon C J Lynch Jr company at torney said he had asked Attor ney John D Randall union arbi trator to agree that demands of both the union and company be arbitrated as though they had arisen under section 8 of the old contract which sets up arbitra tion procedure Bandall said he had rejected the plan because the company wanted us to agree that all mat ters were arbitrable our po sition still is that the arbitrators should select what is arbitrable The union has asked a 45 cent hourly wage increase and changes in working conditions Meanwhile on another sector of the labor front a number of un ions members of the Cedar Rap ids Building Trades Council were without labor con tracts Tuesday after the deadline for renewal of contracts passed Monday night at midnight with no apparent progress toward signing new agreements with construction firms NO v PARKING N AP Wiccphoto TRY WALKING risers in Cedar Rapids like this man found themselves in this position Tuesday morning as the city bus drivers went on strike Many workers knew nothing about the strike and waited in vain for transportation District Union Head Tells Men to Leave Unsafe Mines 400000 Miners Leave Pits to Memorialize 1 1 1 Victims of Blast By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Adolph Pacifico District 6 of the president of United Mine Workers T u e sd a y instructed members of the union to remain out of mines they considered un safe He issued the instructions in his district which embraces Ohio and the West Virginia panhandle Meanwhile John L Lewis unit ed mine workers quit their soft coal pits Tuesday beginning a 6 day stoppage to memorialize the tragic deaths of 111 Centralia 111 miners The 400000 AFLUMW mem bers began the mourning period at one minute after midnight starting on the east coast and ex tending to the Pacific through the time zones All was quiet in the nations anthracite mines too The hard coal miners laid aside picks and shovels for traditional April 1 holiday observances cele brating the miners winning of the 8hour day nearly a halfcentury ago But a black shroud hovered over all proceedings Memorial services were the main parts of mining community programs Industry in the main seemed unperturbed no coaldependent firms were expected to curtail production Lewis timing of The holiday comes in a period when little coal is brought to the sur face Miners traditionally dont work April 1 and few work on Holy Thursday or Good Friday Satur day normally is a day off Wed nesday then is the only day in which fuel production is lost One coal executive however disputes this claim James D Fran cis president of the Island Creek Coal Co at Huntington W Va insists we will lose a normal weeks tonnage with the exception of Monday Production during the Holy week for the last 7 years has been normal except for 2 and 1S46 when there were strikes And there were no slow downs on Thursday Friday and Saturday Only in a scattered few Illinois shafts manned by members of the Progressive Mine Workers in was industryvital bituminous coal reaching thesur face Even so 2000 members of the progressives largest local at Denld effect backed the Lewis order for national mourning among miners They refused to work Monday and then voted 800 to families of the 111 mine blast victims One of the 31 survivors of that tragedy William E Rowekamp said he hoped the holiday will call to the attention of the public the appalling conditions under which miners work ADVOCATES OF SCHOOL AID WIN IN IOWA HOUSE Lower Chamber Passes Annual Emergency 2Year Bill Des Moines of greater state aid for schools scored an easy but important victory late Monday when the house passed unanimously the emergency 2year general aid bill Shortly after this key measure in the school aid program ivas sent to the senate by a vote of 100 to 0 the house also sent to the senate a bill to increase the annual agricultural land tax credit appropriation from to The vote was 93 to 1 Then came repercussions Rep C A Bryson RIowa Falls called a special meeting of the ways and means committee for Tuesday and said it had become necessary to find ways and means of meeting the expenses the house had been approving Speaker G T Kuester R1 Griswold then revealed that he had asked Bryson to call the meeting but had not mentioned it before because he did not want to jeopardize the school and agricultural land tax credit bills In the general picture Kues ter told the house it is going to be necessary to follow up with additional revenue if our appro priations prevail Kuester declined in a later in terview to say specifically what he had in mind as to additional revenue But he indicated that it might be wise to take up a state tax study committee proposal calling for a state sales tax on juke boxes pin ball machines and other such devices Kuester also indicated as had been mentioned before that other means of easy additional revenue might be raising the cigaret tax from 2 to 3 cents per package and increasing the beer tax from its present 4 cents a gallon Before the house passed the school aid bill Rep Harry E Weichman chair man of the appropriations com mittee emphasized to the mem bers that even at the rate of his proposed a year aid along with appropriations passed and contemplated it would reduce the state treasury balance to a point below what generally was considered necessary When his proposal to trim the aid from to a year ran into a flurry of opposi tion he withdrew it He did not take the floor again when the house apodted an amendment to the agricultural land tax credit bill to increase that amount from the to a year All schools would participate in the a year on the basis of the number of children in school The present a year in supplemental aidis dis tributed to only the poorer dis tricts The agricultural land tax credit fund is to pay the portion of farm ers school taxes where the levy is more than 15 mills The has fallen far short of meeting re quirements but proponents of the bill passed said the would fulfill the requirements Advocates of greater school aid have asked an increase from the present a year to about a year The one major item in their program which now has not yet been acted upon by the house is a proposal to raise the supplemental aid from to a year Wants Longer Name to Go to Austria Home Baltimore Wise Wood Distler Tuesday asked court permission to change his name Henceforth he wants to be known as Henry Wise Wood Von Distler Un Dercsenyi Zu Dercsen He explained that he plans to go to Austria where he is known by the longer name Draft Law Dies But FBI Keeps on Tracking Down Violators Washington draft law is dead but the FBI will go right on tracking down violators FBI Director J Edgar Hoover said Monday night agents will continue to investigate all cases of wilful draft evasion which occurred during the life of the selective service act Since 1940 the FBI has run down 598506 cases and its work led to 15458 convictions The selective service act expired Monday midnight and the job of keeping its records was turned over to the office of selective service records The office was created by a law President Truman signed Monday Mr Truman nominated Maj Gen Lewis B Hershey who was selective service director to run the new office at a salary of a year The nomination is subject to senate confirmation GlobeGazette Photo DONT WASTE of parking meters began Tuesday morning in Mason City but City Engineer Waldo W Wegner right warned motorists not to waste their pennies and nickels The meters do not go into oper ation until Friday morning but the workers hardly got the meters on the posts before motorists began dropping coins into them By noon Tuesday 9 out of 10 of the meters installed during the forenoon had coins showing in the Scotch eye Wegner is helping Frank Clark Canton Ohio installationsupervisor for the Dual Parking Meter company The triangular plate on the front of the pieter explains its operation King George of Greece Dies Brother Paul Is New Monarch Greek Ruler Succumbs to Heart Ailment During Critical Times Athens George II died unexpectedly Tuesday of a heart ailment at a critical period in his nations history and his 45 yearold brother Prince Paul was called to the throne The 56yearold king had been complaining recently of pain from angina pectoris an ailment arising from a disease of the coronary arteries former Premier George Papandreou said Papandreou said the monarch died at p m a m Prince Paul was to take the royal oath at p m It was an nounced that the government and Paul later would issue messages to the people The death of the king came 6 months after his return to his throne from London after a pleb iscite favoring the monarchy He died at a time when the ex Plosive Greek question was be ing debated hi Washington and in the capitals of the world and when his countrys bloody guer rilla warfare was Tieing investi gated by a United Nations com mission George took over the rein of Greece in 1922 When his father Constantine abdicated in 1917 George was barred from the throne because the allies feared he had proGerman leanings His brother Alexander became king Alexander died from the bite of a pet monkey in 1920 and Constan tine returned to the throne But Greece again was beset by hard times and Constantine in 1922 had to abdicate again George succeeded him Soon after ward he faced his first plebiscite was defeated and went into exile as Greece became a republic His exile lasted 13 years He was recalled by a plebiscite in 1935 after the royalists staged a coup detat and reigned but did not rule The dictatorship of John Metaxas was in power The king went into exile again when Germany invaded his coun try in 1941 and he was last re called by a plebiscite last Sep tember In London Greek leftists said the death of the king would mean no change for the time being in the situation in Greece will be no change a leftist leader said unless Presi dent Truman takes this oppor tunity to effect a change in the re gime The leader who has close connections with left wing ele ments inside Greece recalled that both President Truman and the British government had acknowl edged publicly that the present Greek regime was not perfect The return of the monarch to his throne aroused opposition which had never subsided Greece its people hungry and warworn became even more of a storm sen ter in recent weeks when President Truman announced a plan to bol ster the ancient nations sagging economy with a loan No Decision By Big 4 on Reparations Moscow foreign min isters debated German reparations and the level of industry for more than 3 hours Tuesday without reaching a decision A report from the meeting said the discussions were often blunt and bitter and U S Secretary of State Marshall it was reported may now seek a direct meeting with Prime Minister Stalin This was to have been a show down meeting expected to indicate possibilities of a German settle ment of current problems at Mos cow The fact that no decision was reached was considered by some diplomats as possibly indicating little or no progress towards breaking the deadlock An agreedupon statement said The discussion today was limited to the subject of level of industry and reparations and no decision was reached It was agreed to re turn to formal sessions tomor row Secretary of State Marshall was authoritatively reported to have gone into the meeting Tuesday determined to find out whether Russia would negotiate for a gen erally acceptable arrangement on her reparations demands or whether her demands were en tirely firm as presented In the absence of indications from Russias V M Molotov that a compromise could be arranged Marshall was said to have decided prior to the meeting to urge that the council proceed with other questions because in his view the stalemate on major German eco nomic problems would then be un breakable WANTS CURBS EXTENDED YEAR BEYOND JUNE 30 House Committee Votes Tentatively for 10 Increase in Ceilings Washington Tru man Tuesday asked congress to extend rent controls a year be yond the present June 30 expira tion date The presidents message went to congress as the house banking committee voted tentatively for a 10 per cent increase in rent ceil ings and to repeal all government controls over building materials and construction Mr Truman told congress he now has no objection to pending legislation transferring rent con trol functions to the housing ex pediter since recent legislation re quires the liquidation of the office of temporary controls which he originally recommended to ad minister rent controls The president said a survey in 88 cities by the bureaus of labor statistics and of the census during 1946 found vacancies in rental units virtually nonexistent The presidents message cited public law 548 of the 79th congress which required a report from him on or before April 1 if any com modities of housingaccommoda tions arc in such critically short supply as to necessitate continu ance of controls after June 30 Chairman Wolcott RMichO said the house committee would reach final decisions Wednesday Members reported that the bank ing group meeting behind closed doors voted 9 to 4 to allow a 10 per cent increase in rentals Sev eral members were reported not voting The bill in its tentative form abolishes provisions in the Patman housing act for building materials allocations and for restrictions on commercial construction It also would abolish the office of housing expediter and give the president authority to place its re maining functions in another agency The measure retains veterans preference in rental or purchase of new houses or apartments and also would keep the government insurance of mortgages up to 90 per cent of the value of new homes The committee was reported to have rejected a proposal by Rep Monroney that it ac cept the senate banking commit tees formula for continuing rent controls Spare Stamp 11 Good for 10 Pounds of Sugar Washington stamp No 11 became good for 10 pounds of sugar Tuesday No 11 was the first regularly issued stamp since sugar rationing began to carry an allotment of 10 pounds Heretofore sugar stamps have been good for 5 pounds The congressional extended bill guar antees housewives at least 20 pounds of sugar between now and Oct 31 Escapes Fire to Die Indianapolis Ind Ina Cubert escaped uninjured from her burning home then p dropped dead of a heart attack in i her front yard Read The United States Army Message Today on Page 11 Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy Tues day night and Wednesday some what warmer Wednesday after noon Low Tuesday night about 30 to 34 Iowa Partly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday somewhat warmer Wednesday afternoon Low Tuesday night 30 to 35 High Wednesday 45 north to 55 south Iowa 5Day Weather Outlook Mean temperature 4 to 8 de grees above normal The Iowa normal is 43 degrees Slow rising trend Wednesday and Thurs day with little change Friday and Saturday Cooler Sunday Precipitation will average one third inch occurring as showers Thursday and again Saturday Minnesota Partly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday slowly rising temperatures Wednesday IN MASON CITY Globe Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Tuesday morning Maximum 39 Minimum 35 At 8 a m Tuesday 37 Precipitation 04 YEAR AGO Maximum 69 Minimum 48