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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 7, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH iOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME AN3 KOINES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL Associated Press and United Preu Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON cmr IOWA MONDAY APRIL 7 1947 This Paper Consists of Two One No 153 TELEPHONE WORKERS STRIKE One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KGLO Mason Sunday p m WXAD Quincy 111 Hon p m WOI Ames Tuesday xn WSU1 Iowa City Thursday p m Report From a Roving Reporter A HALF DOZEN missions in the past 6 weeks have taken me over approximately 12000 miles If stretched out in one direction the distance covered would be roughly half way around the world Ive traveled by train by plane and by automobile Ive seen a lot of country and Ive met up with a lot of people All of my assignments were in the field of traffic safety In this visit Im going to touch on some of the sidelights suck as travel con ditions what people are doing ant thinking and the like There will be no special order or orderliness in my report but hope that I may have something of interest to offer THE first of these jaunts was made by automobile to Jeffer son City Mo for a late afternoon benediction on a highway safety conference called by Missouris governor in conformity with suggestion contained in the action program of the Presidents Traffic Safety conference last May My ialk followed the reports of the various committees which when joined together and put into action will give our neighboring state to the south an integrated program certain to go far toward reducing traffic deaths and in juries In my motor trip to Jefferson City prompted by the fact that that city is not readily accessible by railroad from Mason City I encountered a rather heavy flow of traffic Im pleased however to report that in the almost 800 miles of the highway enroute to and from the Missouri capital city I observed only one major viola tion of the rules of safety TN this one instance the driver of a farm truck bolted through a stop sjgn from a side road at a point a little north of Kirksville Mo and forced the driver ahead of me to apply his brakes Tather forcibly to avoid a collision I too had to do some quick acting Generally speaking however there was an impressively decent regard for the rules of safety This condition I should add was not ably in contrast with the behavior of loo many motorists in the pe riod immediately following VJ day and the lifting of gasoline rationing I came home feeling quite en couraged that perhaps the need for greater caution on our high ways has at long last begun to sink in Incidentally nationwide statistics provide some basis for this hope AffY next jaunt was over to Evansville Ind where I gave a luncheon talk to a tristate safety conference called by the Chamber of Commerce of that Ohio river city This time I trav eled by train During the course of my time in was my first visit spent at least 2 hours on the streets in the business section walking as much as 3 or 4 miles I venture And heres the foremost observation I have to report Not once during my tour of downtown Evansville did I see a pedestrian step off a curb against a red traffic light I had just come from Chicago The phenomenon was amazing to me At the luncheon later I men tioned this to my companion the Evansville chief of police He smiled and told me the story back of what I had maybe I should say what I hadnt seen THIS observance of the traffic 1 lights by pedestrians is the fruit of an extended campaign of edu cation coupled with a bit of strin gent enforcement when occasion has demanded it As a resuft of this program its been so long since there has been a pedestrian death in Evansville that most local residents have for gotten when it was What I saw in Evansville has given me the hope that cities throughout the country will fol low suit in bringing home the ob vious fact that traffic lights are no less for pedestrians than for motorists What Evansville has done and is doing any other city with a like determination can do CONTINUED ON PAGE JO i COAL PITS IDLE AS MEN EXTEND LAYOFF PERIOD About 200000 Miners Heed Demands of Union Leaders to Stay Home Pittsburgh de mands of union leaders to staj away from mines until safety con ditions improve about half the na tions 400000 bituminous miners remained idle Monday after elapsi of the 6day mourning period fo the Centralia 111 mine tragedy The situation was roughly 200 000 miners idle and 200000 back to work In the vital Pittsburgh produc tion district coal output was bu 25 percent of normal Production was likewise low in other big coal areas A compara tively few mines were operating in West Virginia leading coal pro had about 90000 men idle Eastern Ohio mines were closed and a United Mine Workers of ficial expressed belief Ohios deep mines employing 15000 to 16000 would remain shut until federa reinspection In Illinois about 17000 of 20 000 United Mine Workers were idle but almost all the 11000 Pro gressive Mine Workers there worked About 50 percent of Alabamas 20000 miners returned to work The mine shutdown was reported almost complete in districts of Kentucky including Harlan as well as Tennessee and Virginia Kentuckys 50000 UMW miners were idle Miners reopened according to schedule in New Mexico with 800 men working Normal daily coal production in the Pittsburgh area limping along on 25 percent output is 310000 tons All 16 Pittsburgh district mines of the U S Steel Corp No 1 steel producer were closed prompting a curtailment of about 20 percent in blast furnace opera tions A navy spokesman said that in this area 40 or 50 federal inspec tors are working 17 to 18 hours a day to pass on mine safety The Pennsylvania railroad fur oughed 1500 train crewmen on its Pittsburgh division and said ad ditional furloughs were expected The divisions movement of coal cars dropped from 26000 a week to an anticipated 4000 During the mourning period called for the Centralia 111 mine disaster many UMW leaders urged the miners not to return to mines until they were certified as safe f Industrial sources were loath to comment on what the effects of a prolonged work stoppage would Plants generally got through he mourning period with little disruption because of adequate stockpiles But a continued lack of the vital bituminous fuel would be a different matter Singing Pickets Chicago hundred singing pickets mostly girls ap eared as if by magic at 6 a m Monday and began their parade jefore entrances to the Illinois Bell Telephone companys main justness office and exchange in the loop The pickets carried multicol ored signs bearing such legends as Say Ma Bell Put down that whip Before you trip We see your Your Profits Showing i Report 5State Phone Strike 100 Effective Omaha strike of 16 000 union employes in the North western Bell Telephone companys 5state area including Iowa is 00 per cent effective President Hoy S Anderson of the North vestern Union of Telephone Yorkers said Monday Anderson said no further meet nigs between company and union pokesmen are scheduled that it ippeared a return to work would ome only when there is a national ettlement LONG TIME Hamburg Iowa has a contender or the longresidenceon1farm hampionship Wallace Shirley of near that city was born on the arm where he now resides 71 ears ago and has lived there all life VETERANS BACK ON GUARD veter ans of the army and navy were back on guard duty Mon day marching in the picket line in front of the local office of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company Id rather if if j FLOOD AND WIND DAMAGE IN IOWA Airplanes Are Hit by Near Gales in State By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Warmer Tuesday was the good news for lowans from the weather bureau Monday follow ing an Easter weekend marked by violent winds chilling rains and relatively low temperatures High winds and floods caused considerable damage in Iowa over Ihe weekend At DCS Moines the wind Sun day morning ripped loosethe moorings of a light monoplane and flipped the plane over onto its back causing damage estimated at about At Knoxville 2 light cabin planes valued at each were damaged beyond repair when the hangar they were in was struck by a high wind which car ried parts of the hangar 500 feet Wind velocity at Des Moines municipal airport Sunday morn ing reached 48 miles an hour and at Iowa City a 65 mile an hour wind was reported The wind dropped to about 30 miles an hour over most of the state in the aft ernoon the weather bureau re ported United Airlines reported west Dound flights were running as much as 3 hours late as planes sucked the stiff wind Eastbound planes were reported on time United Airlines reported one Jlane from Omaha to Des Moines Sunday night in 30 minutes half he usual time MidContinent Airlines which provide north and south air service in Iowa said heir planes were on tune At Charles City Easter parad ers were met by a trace of snow and wind velocity of 20 miles an hour Mason City also reported snow flurries Sunday The state highway patrol re ported highway 137 closed be ween Albia and Eddyville because of high water In the Davenport Hock Island IU area the U S engineers office arranged a net work of 15 amateur radio operat ors to relay information on over lowing streams in event of a tele phone strike The radio operators ire in Iowa Illinois Wisconsin and Missouri The Iowa river at Iowa City was reported to have crested at 8 feet inches well below flood stage but the Cedar was reported rising rapidly at Charles City GlobeGazette Photo do KP commented another veteran as he watched them Approximately 25 were in the picket line Monday morn ing but union members said the number would be cut down as everyone went on 4hour picketing shifts if NO DEATHS AS TRAIN CRASHES 40 Injured as 13 Cars Derailed in Accident Columbia City Ind ennsylvania railroads Gotham limited enroute from Chicago to Vew York left the rails at a South Columbia City street cross ng at a m Monday morn ng and about 40 of its 300 passen gers were injured No one was killed Fifteen injured were taken to 2 Fort Wayne hospitals Doctors said hat although 3 or 4 were hurt eriously all would probably re over The engine and 13 of the 15 cars in the train were derailed Voice With Smile Is Gone for Awhile in Mason City Telephone Users Hear Recorded Voice Urging Emergency Calls Only The voice with a smile will be gone for awhile announced one of the placards carried by a smil ing young lady in the picket line at the Mason City office of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company Monday How right she was In its place those who tried to use their tele phones heard a bass voice saying over and over again I am sorry but because of the strike we can handle only eraer Emergency Calls The Bell Telephone System defines as emergency calls for priority handling on nondial local exchanges and long dis tance lines the following Calls in connection with fire flood wreck tornado riot seri ous accident or illness death or any disaster emergency re quiring the aid of police fire department hospitals doctors ambulances or lifesaving serv ice militia or other government authorities and calls from utility companies in connection with power or pipeline failures gency calls If you have an emer gency please flash the operator until you get an answer Those who speculated as to its origin naming various male man agement employes in Mason City were all wrong The voice comes simultaneously over toll lines from Des Moines to all manually op erated exchanges in Iowa Those who persisted in trying to get an operator in Mason City as often as not did get a male voice in answer Quite contrary to the usual male employes predom inated inside the building Mon day R W Lacey Waterloo district commercial supervisor was in charge of the Mason City office Carl W Dwyer local manager has been confined to his home for several weeks because of illness In charge of the local plant here is J E Nelson Waterloo district plant supervisor Cooperation with the request to hold calls to those of emergen cy nature has been very good Lacey said Only 2 operators were on the board during the early morning and by calls had be gun to swing into the days heavy traffic when the recording from Des Moines was put into opera tion The volume immediately dropped he said Approximately 150 employes were out on strike here and all were being assigned to picket duty of 4 hours A GlobeGazette employe look ing out of the back window at the marching pickets expressed his feelings I always did prefer KP to guard duty He was discharged from the army about a year ago Building trades union members whowere working on an addition at the rear of the Mason City ex change building put in about 3 hours Monday forenoon Then their business representative ap peared on the scene and they left the job The Clear Lake independent telephone company was not on strike Monday Dangles From Airplane 3000 Feet Above City Portland Ore UR Student Pilot Tom Wallace dangled 3000 feet above the city of Portland Sunday suspended by his ankle wedged in the cockpit of his plane He forgot to fasten his safety belt before taking off on an acro batic flight with his instructor One slow roll called his attention to the error Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and continued cold Monday night with lowest temperature 30 34 Tuesday mostly cloudy and somewhat warmer Iowa Increasing cloudiness and a little warmer Monday night Tuesday mostly cloudy and warmer Low Monday night 30 northeast to 36 southwest High Tuesday 4550 north to 60 south Minnesota Clear and rather cold Monday night Tuesday increas ing cloudiness and warmer IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum 32 Minimum 26 At 8 a m Monday 29 Precipitation trace Snow trace YEAR AGO Maximum 58 Minimum 39 GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Sunday morning Maximum 60 Minimum 32 At 8 a m Sunday 32 Precipitation 17 Snow 50 YEAR AGO Maximum 62 Minimum 29 Telephone Strike in Brief Washington the telephone strike in brief National Federation of Telephone Workers and 39 of its 49 affiliated unions called the strike against the Bell Sys tem The NFTW claims 287000 members with an additional 50000 in unaffiliated unions affected demand wage increases of weekly The government says average weekly pay is now Union also asks union shop and other concessions union proposed arbitration of all issues on a nationwide basis Management proposed arbitration only on wages and on a companybycompany basis in the Bell System General Clark has ruled that President Tru man has the power to seize the telephone companies Top administra tion officials were reported against taking any such action immedi ately GROMYKO ASKS ABOMB SCRAP Says Action to Remove Lack of Confidence Lake Success N Y A Gromyko Monday renewed Russias demand that the United States scrap its atomic bombs im mediately The soviet deputy for eign minister declared that such a step plus a general slash in aments would remove mutua suspicion and lack of confidence throughout the world Delivering the longawaited soviet policy speech to the United Nations commission on conven tional armaments Gromyko ripped into assertions of the western powers that ironclad interna tional security measures must precede actual disarming The soviet delegate to the U N also rejected American and Brit ish contentions that disarming must be conditioned on establish ment of safeguards Gromyko then indicated that Russia was not ready to compro mise on the longfought atomic issue as he said sharply Without such a convention that would for bid the use of atomic weapons it would be difficult and perhaps it would be impossible to success fully solve the question of es tablishing international control of atomic energy Woman Dies of Injuries Suffered in Auto Crash Denison John Kruse 69 died in a hospital here Sunday night of injuries suffered in an auto collision near Harlan Satur day Seven other persons were in jured in the accident which oc curred when cars driven by the Rev A E Kleppinger Denison and Keith Leroy Anderson 19 Harlan collided Mrs John Thompson of Denison was in critical condition Iowa Woman Killed and 5 Persons Hurt in Auto Crash at Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids John A Marshall of Cedar Rapids was killed and 5 other persons were hurt 2 seriously when a car driven by Mrs Marshalls hus band and one driven by Harris Holland 26 of Norway Iowa col lided 10 miles west of here on Highway 30 State highway patrolmen who investigated the accident said the 2 cars collided headon at the top of a hill Wind may have blown one car across the road into the path of the other the patrolman said SAME Blck flar mean traffic death in tut U hour Some Progress in Negotiation Washington UP An unprecedented countrywide strike of more than 300000 telephone workers disrupted service over a wide area Monday but a top federal conciliator said nearly 9 hours after the walkout started that some progress is being made toward a settlement The strike started on schedule after failure of allnight labor department efforts here to achieve a settlement or at least a postponement of the communications walkout Hours after the walkout began department of labor conciliators kept up their nonstop efforts for a settlement Assistant Secretary Labor John W Gibson and Conciliation Director Edgar L Warren joined conferences between the union and the American Telephone and Telegraph company These were the groups which found the pat frtern last year to avert a strike v T department also in 5000 Iowa Workers Join Phone Strike Des Moines distance calls throughout the state and lo cal calls in 80 communities were on an emergency basis Monday as more than 5000 Iowa workers joined the national telephone strike at 6 a m Pickets largely on a token basis manned stations outside telephone installations in most affected com munities Long distance boards as well as local boards in nondial commun ities were being handled by skele ton forces of management and su pervisory employes Calls affecting the public safety health and welfare were being given priority District Manager J H Wilson of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company reported Wilson said management per sonnel totaling about 800 was A trying to fill the gap left when more than 5000 Iowa mem bers of the Northwestern Union of Telephone Workers stayed away from their jobs Larger cities in Iowa which were hardest hit by the strike be cause they have manual exchanges rather than dial systems included Mason City Dubuque Ottumwa Keokuk Ames Oskaloosa Fort Dodge Muscatine and Boonc Reports of local situations in Iowa included DCS Moines Six pickets at headquarters of Northwestern Bell downtown district office 2 each at outlying exchanges telephone workers idle peaceful picketing Company personnel providing emergency service only building picketed Some maintenance em ployes at work Supervisors han dling emergency calls Local dial calls unaffected but other tri cities with manual exchanges tak ing only emergency calls Fort Dodge Citys manually operated system giving only re stricted emergency service Pick ets on duty Sioux workers af fected Pickets on duty being handled pickets parked near telephone of fice Picketing peaceful A R Toepfer of DCS Moines Iowa secretary of the union said the union had withdrawn its earlier offer to provide emergency service after the company de clined to meet the conditions it attached At Perry the Daily Chief re ported that pickets were blocking both doors to the telephone office and refusing business patrons permission to enter The Chief said pickets carried placards reading No one comes through this line There were no reports of violence there however emergency calls one carload of 4Day Milk Strike at Ottumwa Is Ended Ottumwa supplies were expected to be nearly back to normal here Monday follow ing the end of 4day milk pro ducers strike Milk started moving to market in the Ottumwa area Sunday after Charles Stiles president of the Ottumwa Milk Producers associa tion announced Saturday evening the strike had ended with an agreement satisfactory to both sides The strike had cut milk supplies in the Ottumwa area by about 80 per cent Fire Kills 5000 Turkeys Ellsworth N e a r 1 y 5000 young turkeys valued at were destroyed by fire at the Thompson brothers turkey farm near here Sunday night There was no insurance structed conciliators throughout the country to convene confer ences ol local unions and com panies Affected by the strike in the nations farflung telephone ex changes were long distance and nondial local service Company supervisors and other nonstrik ing personnel handled emergency calls on a priority basis The strikers were members of unions affiliated or cooperating with the National Federation of Telephone Workers They accused the American Telephone and Telegraph company and its Bell System of refusing to bar gain in good faith on unions de mands for a weekly pay in crease and other contract im provements Secretary Labor Lewis B Schwellenbach after failure of his nightlong bargaining efforts ap pealed futilely to the federation shortly before 6 a m to postpone the walkout 48 hours Union spokesmen made no reply except to leave the conference room The strike hit long distance service the worst Telephone com pany officials in New York re ported that only 742 of a normal force of 2996 long distance opera tors across the nation had report ed to work That meant they said that the strike was 75 per cent effective on the long distance sys tem alone Emergency legislation to give President Truman injunctive strikebreaking powers is pending in congress but have no chance it appeared to of passage for several days or longer Government seizure of the lines appeared to he out But 3 states Jersey Indiana and Vir statutory seizure powers New Jersey promptly in voked hers and in Virginia and Indiana telephone workers stayed on the job Twelve minutes after the strike started New Jerseys labor Com missioner Harry C Harper on orders of Gov Alfred E Driscoil seized all facilities of the New Jersey Bell Telephone Co and called on 24000 strikers to go back to work at once Union leaders however refused to put out a backtowork order At Kearny N J police arrested a picket on a disorderly person charge In New York 45900 workers struck There as at exchanges throughout the nation the com pany mobilized supervisors and others to handle long distance and emergency calls No disruption of service was re ported on telephone company cir cuits used by press associations But elsewhere the walkout ap peared to be proceeding just as the NETW planned it NFTW President Joseph A Beirne set the pace for his followers by joining the Washington picket line The strike moved westward as the sun rose higher In the central time zone the disruption of serv ice was worse than in the eastern because more subscribers there use nondial telephones Those with dial telephones could expect uninterrupted local service as long as the automatic equipment functioned without need re pair All Illinois telephone service was tied up with the exception of local manual and dial tele phones in Chicago Twenty thousand workers including all down slate operators struck at 6 a m But in Chicago only long distance and toll operators walked out Some 4500 pickets sur rounded 31 Bell exchanges in the state 12 business offices one warehouse and 2 Western Elec tric plants Not striking in Chicago were 8000 local operators 25000 West ern Electric employes and 7300 Bell plant workers Fargo N Dak and 40 other communities were without com munications because of storm damage The union refused to consider this damage an emer gency and declined despite com pany pleas to repair it All but emergency service wag stopped in 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