Saturday, April 5, 1947

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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 5, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME AND ARCHIVES U THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWAN5 NEIGHBORS VOL Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY APRIL 5 1947 This Paper Consists of Two One No 151 LEWIS ACTS TO EXTEND SHUTDOWN 5 MARINES ARE KILLEDBYCHINA REDS IN BATTLE 16 Americans Wounded in Repulsing Attack on Ammunition Dump Tientsin com munists looted and sabotaged the main U S marine ammunition dump in China Saturday killing 5 marines and wounding 16 in a vicious battle that lasted more than 4 Six communists were left dead on the field at Hsinho 22 miles east of Tientsin An estimated 100 wounded communists were car ried away by retreating comrades Three of the wounded marines are in critical condition The communists estimated to total about 400 struck from 3 di rections about a m on the 5squaremile artillery ammuni tion depot area Leading pack mules the com munists moved rapidly into the dump area and Waded an undis closed number of shells on to the animals and began to retreat after detonating a portion of the dump These explosions were believed to have caused most of the marine deaths The guard company was com manded by Capt Emil Radic of Hightstown N J A company of marine reinforce ments arrived by rail from Tang ku 5 miles to the east and start ed to the scene in weapons car riers They were halted by land mines and marines in the ve hicles were subjected to a rain of bullets from communists in an ambush beside the road Eight marines were wounded in this brush The reinforcements finally managed to continue to the scene and with the guards pursued the communists for 5 miles The bat tle lasted until dawn At 8 a m 400 Chinese govern ment troops took up the chase A marine observation plane spotted the retreating communists at noon and reported that there were many stretcher cases in the straggling column A marine statement said identi fication papers on the bodies of the dead left no doubt that they were communists Offer Plan to Stop National Tieup Strikes Washington IP A proposal designed to block national paral ysis strikes was offered to the senate labor committee Saturday as part of the preliminary draft of a general labor bill Senators said this tentative version which the committee plans to discuss next week provides among other things for a ban on the closed shop and for the out lawing of jurisdictional strikes and secondary boycotts It would make it an unfair labor practice for a national union tO dictate contract terms to its locals but would impose no out right ban on industrywide bar gaining A committee member who help ed draw up the plan to avert national paralysis strikes told a reporter it provides for these steps when collective bargaining and mediation efforts break down in the case of a threatened strike which would seriously affect the public welfare 1 The government could obtain a temporary injunction to avert the strike 2 The disputing parties would be required to renew and continue mediation efforts while the in junction was in effect 3 If no settlement was reached the president could declare an emergency and call on at a special session if to deal with the situation 4 Any action congress might take would apply only to the par ticular emergency at hand It could pass a bill authorizing gov ernment seizure or handle the case in any other way it saw fit The committee member who aided in drafting the proposal said it had been incorporated in a very preliminary general la bor bill written by the committees staff This tentative draft likely to be revised considerably in its details will provide s starting point for discussion when the full labor committee turns to it next week The staff version would outlaw the closed shop but permit the union shop and maintenance of membership provisions in union contracts Under a union shop a worker must join the union to keep his job Easter Parade Will Be Chilly By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Those Easter bonnets are due for a beating in Iowa Sunday Windy partly cloudy and rather cold with a high temperature of 40 is the outlook Mason Citys Easter parade will be rather chilly as the weather man said Sunday will Be partly cloudy windy and rather cold with the highest temperature between 38 and 40 degrees A white Easter was a certainty in Montana and the Dakolas Seven inches of snow fell Friday at Miles City Mont and 5 inches at Williston N Dak Generally the Easter forecast called for cloudy skies and below normal temperatures Rain was predicted for the southern New England states and along the coast of Washington and Oregon Sunny weather was expected however in Florida the Gulf states lower Mississippi valley lower plains states and through most of the Pacific states and western plateau region Rain which started Friday night in eastern Iowa Illinois Indiana and lower Michigan moved eastward Saturday but was expected to be over by Sunday morning In Chicago a 3inch rainfall was recorded in a 12hour period Friday night and Saturday morning AF Wirephoto MANMADE is the snowfall turning to rain center that Col E S Ellison Portland Ore weather man said he produced by sowing dry ice pellets from an airplane above the clouds A photographer flew in the dis tance to record this result Portland Ore man went upstairs Friday to make snow again this time seeding the clouds like a farmer does his fields and producing a snowfall in a longstraight line Col E S Ellison senior met eorologist of the Portland weather bureau did the seeding tossing handfuls of dry ice pellets out of the rear cockpit of an airplane over uninhabited hill country east of here This was at 10000 feet Then the airplane dived down under the clouds at 4000 feet and there was a long slender line of a snowfall extending 5 to 10 miles directly under the path that Col Ellison had seeded he reported on land ing They followed the flakes down to within 800 feet of the ground noting that most of them melted as they neared the warm earth turning into a thin line of rain he said The weather man added that he used 17 pounds of dry carbon the experi ment and estimated that the re sulting snow and rain totaled hun dreds of tons Union and Northwestern Bell Company Still in Deadlock Latest development was companys request that Workers Reject Offer of Arbitration Because of Limited Negotiation Omaha less than 48 hours remaining before a sched uled telephone strike union and management of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company remained at odds Saturday on disputed is sues the the Northwestern Union of Telephone Workers reconsider its rejection of an arbitration proposal The company had proposed that the wage dispute be arbitrated by a board appointed by governors of the affected Iowa Nebraska and the Dakotas The union rejected the plan on the grounds that the arbitration was limited We are concerned with our part in furnishing of uninterrupted telephone service the union of ficials wrote However we can not place the destinies of 16000 employes of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company in jeopardy by going along with limited arbitra tion when only complete arbitra tion would resolve the many burn ing wages is one of many In reply the company suggest ed that if the wage issue were set tled the other issues could be settled between us Company of ficials also pointed out that some of the issues are such that as a matter of principle after much consideration we are unwilling to submit them to arbitration The is sue of a union shop and checkofi are examples x x x We feel thai these are questions of principle which admit of no compromise and that it is not proper for us to have them decided by a third party In Des Moines A R Toepfer Iowa secretary of the tern Union of Telephone Workers said Saturday that the Des Moines district of the Northwestern Bell Telephone Co had refused the unions conditional offer to pro vide emergency telephone service in the event a strike occurs Mon day The union had offered to pro vide emergency service for gov ernment radio and press fire de partments hospitals and other vital services provided the com pany would not use management personnel on what the union called nonmanagement duties Toepfer said the company de clined the offer and said it in tended to man the switchboards with supervisory personnel and anyone else willing to work Toep fer asserted the company had cre ated 411 new supervisory positions the past year MATES PHONE STRIKE IS INEVITABLE US Officials Begin Continuous Meetings With Union Management BULLETIN Washington A P Joseph A Beirne presi dent of the National Fed eration of Telephone Work ers declared in midafter noon Saturday that a tele phone strike Monday still seems inevitable Beirne made this statement after conferring with Secretary of Labor Schwellenbach He told reporters that lo cal negotiations between American Telephone and Telegraph company subsi diaries and NFTW unions across the country had collapsed although he said talks are continuing Washington depart ment officials conceding the sit uation looked grave began con tinuous meetings with top indus try and union officials Saturday in a last minute drive to head off a nationwide telephone strike Monday Government officials still hoped to bring about a settlement of the dispute without resort to possible government seizure of the in dustry William Margolis U S concilia tor working on the long distance service phase of the negotiations told newsmen both sides will be kept in almost continuous session from now on with the strike dead line less than 40 hours away The only thing that could stop continuous meetings now would be a settlement Margolis said He added that scores of differences need to be resolved but indicated the companies and unions are near agreement on a few minor issues John W Gibson assistant sec retary labor told reporters he had arranged to meet separately with key men in the Bell system and the unions These include Jo seph A Beirne president of the National Federation of Telephone Workers and C F Craig vice president of the Amer ican Telephone and Telegraph company Conciliation Director Edgar L Warren and John W Gibson as sistant secretary of labor still hoped to duplicate their feat of last year when they brought off a settlement just 25 minutes before a nationwide walkout of telephone workers was due to begin The contract negotiations be tween the Independent National Federation of Telephone Workers and the Bell system involve di rectly 287000 members of 39 unions But the NFTW expects possibly 340000 workers to go out if the strike develops as scheduled at 6 a m in each time zone Mon day Engine of Rock Island Rocket Derailed by Slide Near Lmwood Kans Linwood Kans engine of the RockIsland Rocket fast passenger train running between Minneapolis and Houston Tex was derailed near here late Fri day night after striking a small rockslide Only casualty was the engineer who suffered a slight back injury The 7 cars of the train remained on the tracks and work crews were attempting to return the en gine to the rails Parallel tracks of the Union Pa cific were blocked for a time bul railroad officials estimated at leasl one line would be cleared early Saturday Traffic was rerouted over Santa Fe tracks Heavy rains were believed re sponsible for the rockslide AP Wirrphnlo TRAIN TOPPLES INTO crowd of curious bystanders look over the wreck age after a switch engine and one freight car toppled into the Des Moines river race at Ottumwa Saturday morning The engine a small size yard locomotive is completely sub merged in the river swollen by flood waters Three Milwaukee railroad employes nar rowly escaped drowning The 200foot wood piling bridge gave way as the engine pull ing 15 cars started to cross the span 4 ELECTRICAL SHOPS SIGN HERE 3 Mason City Firms Still WithoutContracts Four of the 7 electrical shops in Mason City Saturday signed con tracts with the negotiating com mittee for local union B431 of the International Brotherhood of Elec trical F L The contracts effective for 1 year from April 1 call for a 175 hourly rate for journeymen the rate sought by the union when the 5day walkout was precipitated The shows that signed the con tract were Arthur L Becker C D Rubendall L E Toole and Albert C Green The unions negotiating committee included Ray Buck chairman John H Sherman and Forest Havig all of Mason City R K Garrity Omaha acted for the international office of the union There was no word Saturday of any progress in negotiations be tween sheet metal contractors and members of that union who also have been off the job since their contracts expired March 31 Strong Windstorm Kills 4 Persons in Oklahoma Wister Oklahoma early Saturday morning wind storm in the Glendale community ripped the frame home of George Vaughn into kindling wood killing 4 mem bers of the family and shaking up 3 others The Red Cross listed the dead as George and Nance Vaughn husband and wife their brother Andrew Vaughn and Mrs Jewell Overholt daughter of Vaughns No ages were given s Shaken up were Mrs Overholts husband Cecil their 8 year old son Gary Harding and Mrs Mil dred Pidecock a friend of the Overholts all of McAlester Okla they were visiting the Overholts during the Easter weekend LeFlore county Undersheriff Bryan Cobler said that a number of houses in the area which is in eastern Oklahoma near the Ar kansas border were blown down Damage was reported heavy to livestock and other rural property 2 Important Iowa Highways Closed by Swollen Streams Lowland Residential Areas at Ottumwa Are Threatened by Floods Several Iowa creeks and rivers were at flood stage Saturday after continuing heavy rains The swollen streams caused the temporary closing of at least Z im portant highways and at Otlumwa lowland residential areas were threatened by the rising waters of the Des Moines river The Des Moines river rose 88 feet at Eddyville during the past 24 hours and was at a stage of 174 feet Saturday with an addi tional rise of 15 feet expected by Saturday night the weather bur eau reported At Ottumwa the Des Moines was at a stage of 115 feet Sat urday after a 6 foot rise and was expected to reach the 13foot level Sunday morning The bankful point at Ottumwa is 9 feet At Indianola the Middle river crested Friday afternoon at 175 feet past mark was receding Saturday U S Highway No 34 was blocked between Ottumwa and Albia when Avery creek went out of its banks The same creek also overflowed the Burlington rail road tracks near Dudley The highway commission expected No 34 would be open again during the afternoon At Davenport where 246 inches of rain was received in the past 24 hours Duck creek went out of its banks but was going down Sat urday Heaviest Iowa rainfall reported by the weather bureau was 343 inches at Keokuk In that area U S Highway No 61 was under water near Montrose but its re opening was probable during the afternoon Highway No 137 was closed at Eddyville and Highway No 138 was under water at Mystic The highway commission said the 2 roads probably would be open Monday The Rock Island railroad said in Des Moines that high water conditions had not caused any in terference with its schedules High water just west of Davenport however necessitated the use of an alternate track the railroad said Pilot Lands Crippled B29 After Ocean Hop Fairfield Cal B29 pilot who Hew his crew of 7 here nonstop from Alaska after a pro peller fell off in midair and smashed into a wing explained Saturday why he passed up an emergency stop at Seattle I knew the airplane would need repairs and this was the place to get them said First Lt Robert C Johnson Monroe La The crippled plane landed at the Fairfield army air base here Friday night on 3 engines after flying for 14 hours over the Pa cific ocean and rugged coastal land The propeller was lost in roueh weather near Kodiak Alaska 5 hours after the plane took off from Elmendorf field at Anchorage Alaska at dawn Fri day on a routine weather report ing flight At one point during the next 9 hours the plane hovered only 800 feet above the choppy ocean waves The armys airsea rescue system and navy and coast guard ships were alerted for a grim res cue effort But the plane regained altitude and all rescue craft except a B17 with a lifeboat slung be neath its fuselage were called back Johnson said he and the crew at first boHiiil that 2 engines were knocked out The detached propeller struck the propeller of the next engine and then caromed into the wing Staff Sgt Morris C Jacobs South Bend Ind planes radic operator began flashing an SPS call announcing that 2 engines were out Shore stations ordered the plane to transmit a constant letter V as a beacon for rescue ships and aircraft The B17 founc the crippled B29 and escorted it toward McChord field near Se attle Johnson decided however to go on to Fairfield a major repair base near Snn Frnnripco EASTER TRUCE IN BUS STRIKE Cedar Rapids Service Set for Churchgoers Cedar Rapids AFL jus drivers and representatives of Cedar Rapids City Lines Inc Saturday scheduled an Easter rucc in their contract dispute Bus service suspended since Tuesday will be resumed from a m until 1 p m Sunday to ransport churchgoers to Easter services Passengers will ride free of charge and drivers will re ceive no pay The truce followed an inquiry y Dr Carroll C Roberts presi dent of the Cedar Rapids and Mar on council of churches who saic Triday he feared the transporta ion tieup would cut church at endance sharply Union President 0 A Oliver replied the drivers would donate heir services provided the com pany would furnish buses anc agree to charge no fare Company Manager E A Prochaska with held his reply pending union ac tion on a 12cents wage offer The offer was unanimous turned down by the union Friday night Oliver said and Prochaska notified Dr Roberts Saturday tha the company welcomes the op portunity to make its conveyances available WANTS ALL BUT 2 OUT OF 2531 MINES CLOSED Demands Government Shut Coal Pits Until They Are ReExamined Washington L Lewis Salurdny moved to extend thd oft coal mining shutdown indef nitcly by calling on the govern ment to close all but 2 ot the 2 331 federally operated bituminous mines as unsafe The soft coal mines have been die since Tuesday in conform ancc with Lewis instructions to iis miners to observe a 6day mourning period in memory ot he Centralia III mine disaster vhich killed 111 men This period s due to end at midnight Sun day Lewis in a letter to Coal Mines Administrator N H Collisson isked that the mines stay closed until they have been reexamined iy federal mine inspectors and certified to conform to the federal mine safety code Lewis noted a government report which Enid that only 2 mines fully meet the code The interior department identi fied the 2 mines as the Stansbury nine Stansbury Wyo and the Reliance No 1 mine at Reliance Wyo Both are owned by the Un ion Pacific Coal company There was no immediate com ment from cither the coal mines administration or the department of interior its parent agency Lewis lias accusd Secretary of In terior Krug of criminal ncgli Rcnce in connection with the Centralia deaths and demanded that he be ousted from the cab inet Thursday the coal mines admin istration ordered that 518 coal mines remain closed as unsafe This left uncertain the number of miners who will return to work Monday at the close of a 6 day mourning period ordered by Lewis president ot the United Mine Lewis testified before a con gressional committee the same day that he had recommended a re turn to work Monday in all mines that are regarded as safe Only a scattered handful of the 518 soft coal mines ordered closed by the government for safety reas ons were certified Saturday as ready to resume operations Mon day but a coal mines administra tion spokesman in the rich Pitts burgh district predicted a flood of last minute certifications Another federal official predict ed 25 per cent of the mines deemed unsafe would be ready to reopen Set Up Religion Department Washington Wash ington University has cstablishec a department of religion Presi dent Floyd Heck Marvin announ ced Saturday at the end of Mine Workers the AFLUnited Cday mourning period for the victims of the Cen tralia 111 mine disaster The518 mines in 13 states normally pro duce 616000 tons daily or about one quarter of the nations total At Chicago the coal mines ad ministration reported no closed shafts in Illinois Indiana or Iowa had been given permission to re open Weather Report X FORECAST Mason City Cloudy windy and considerably coldcdr Saturday night with the lowest tempera ture about 30 to 35 Sunday partly cloudy windy and rather cold with high temperature 38 to 40 Iowa Cloudy windy and consid erably colder Saturday night Sunday partly cloudy windy and rather cold Low Saturday night 30 northwest to 38 south east High Sunday 38 to 40 Minnesota Snow north portion Saturday night and snow flur ries south portion Colder Sat urday night Sunday mostly cloudy and cold Continued windy IN MASON CITY Globe Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Saturday morning Maximum 45 Minimum 39 At 8 a m Saturday 42 Precipitation 37 YEAR AGO Maximum S3 Minimum 33 German Plan Tentatively Agreed Upon Moscow council of foreign ministers agreed tenta tively Saturday on a plan for creation of central German ad ministrative agencies The plan if adopted finally would constitute a first step toward creation of a central provisional German gov ernment The 4 powers agreed also that a German advisory council should be set up within 3 months after the central agencies were created The lime clement was a British compromise proposal If and when the central agen cies arc created the advisory council would be set up and 9 months later a provisional gov ernment would be created Thus 12 months after establishing cen tral agencies Germany would have a provisional government However the French linked their acceptance of the agency plan to 2 conditions which were not accepted by the other powers and the substance of the issue still in effect was up in the air SAME Hat mrini no tralJo duib In 24 hnor