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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 9, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COMP AN6 ARCHIVE H91NES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL un Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy I MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY APRIL 9 1947 This Paper Consists ot Two One No SEE BREAK TELEPHONE STRIKE IOWA BILLS ON LIQUOR CLOSED SHOPLOCeUP House Sifting Group Refuses to Report Measures for Action DCS Moincs senate approved liquorbythedrink anc anticlosed shop of the most highly controversial meas ures before the were locked tightly Wednesday in the house sifting committee after its refusal to report them out for action by the house Unsuccessful attempts were made at a meeting of the com mittee late Tuesday to get favor able action on the bills In each case when the tabulation showed 12 votes against reporting the measures out the tabulation was discontinued committee members said Even if all of the other 21 mem bers of the committee had voted for recommending passage of the measures the bills each would have been one vote short of the number required to bring it out The unfavorable votes however are no bar toward other attempts to get favorable action later The house itself could override the action of the sifting commit tee but it would take twothirds of those voting or 72 votes if all members were present to take either of the bills away from the sifting committee The senate passed the bill to legalize liquor by the drink through local option elections in cities and towns which approve it by a vote of 28 to 22 on Feb 26 The upper chamber approved the anticlosed shop bill by a vote of 36 io 12 on March 31 This measure would prohibit discrim ination against employment be cause of membership or non membership inalabor union and prohibit requiring any employe to pay union dues Immediately preceding the sift ing committee meeting the house passed 6 more bills to increase salaries of various public officials running the 2day total of ap provals of such measures to 22 The house also passed in its aft ernoon session a bill to set up county boards of health to replace many of the present 1800 town ship boards of health and 5 meas ures designed to curb juvenile dc linauency The appropriations committee recommended passage of a meas ure to establish a temperance edu cation fund in the state depart ment of public instruction but it recommended slashing in half the proposed annual appro priation for this purpose Approval of the full amount lost by one vote committee members said The schools and textbooks com mittee refused to bring out a pro posal that Easter day be declared a legal holiday in Iowa Among the salary bills passed were one to increase from to 55500 a year the compensation of the 3 liquor control commission members The bill was sent to the senate by a vote of 65 to 24 Another salary bill sent to the senate by a vote of 62 to 17 would increase from to a year the compensation of the 3 members of the state board of social welfare The proposed county boards of health would have jurisdiction in counties outside the cities and towns The measure also would allow present township boards of health to continue their activities if desired The measure which went to the senate by a vote of 102 to 0 had strong support from the state health department The depart ment said many of the township boards were not doing the job properly and the county boards would result in a closer check on disease St Paul Youth Forgets in Pillow Slip Chicago UR A happy St Paul Minn youth was enroute here from Madison Wis Wednes day to pick up the he ab sentrnindedly left behind William Ecker put his wallet inside his pillow slip at the Astor hotel when he and 2 compan ions W D Barton and Warren Miller also of St Paul retired Monday night They boarded a northbound train Tuesday morning After the train pulled out Ecker discovered his wallet was missing He noti fied police at Madison Wis and they telephoned Chicago police Chicago Detective Neil Rourke went to the hotel and learned that Margaret Hoskins Negro maid had found the wallet and turned it in to the hotel clerk Rourke opened the wallet and found the 9 bills and 2 bills Sets Up Death Benefit Pay Washington of the United Mine Workers welfare fund Wednesday established a death benefit payment for the family of each bituminous coa miner belonging to the union The death benefit payments were made retroactive to lasl June 1 and thus the families ol the 111 victims of the recent Ccn tralia 111 disaster will be among those aided at once The welfare fund now contains but John L Lewis UMW president and one of the trustees told reporters the present fund is insufficient Lewis asserted that when the soft coal mines are returned to private ownership by the govern ment which has been operating them since last May 29 The United Mine Workers have no intention of signing any con tracts that d6nt continue a wel fare fund He strongly hinted the union will demand a levy of 10 cents a ton on all soft coal mined to pro vide the fund The present fund under government operation comes from a collection of 5 cents a ton Although the contract between the government and Lewis was signed last May 29 it has taken nearly a year to establish the 3 mari board of trustees and mean time no money in the fund has been paid out Thomas E Murray prominent New York engineer and manu facturer is chairman of the trus tees The government member is Navy Capt N H Collisson coal mines administrator The number of families now eli gible to receive the death benefit is not known but it runs into several thousand The trustees who held their first meeting Tuesday to start for mal operation of the fund told a news conference there are about 6700 deaths a year among the estimated 400000 UMW members in the bituminous coal industry On that basis it will take about a year to provide death benefits alone Lewis was asked whether part of the can be used for strike benefits He said Certainly not Lewis said It is obvious that the present fund is insufficient to carry out all the obligations orig inally contemplated When asked what would be re quired to carry them out he re plied Ten cents a ton Venezuela Government Decrees Mourning for 27 Killed in Crackup Caracas Venezuela The Venezuelan government decreed a 3day period of national mourn ng Wednesday for 27 persons tilled Tuesday when an aeropostal Venezolana plane crashed in mountain terrain 25 miles east of lere The in Venezu elas air the lives of everyone aboard including 21 ligh school students and 3 teach ers returning to Caracas from a 3oly Week vacation at Cumana Che plane carried a crew of all Venezuelans towa House Wants to Adjourn on April 18 Des Moines The house Wednesday set April 18 as the final adjournment date for the egislature and sent the resolu ion to the senate for action here Before the resolution was adopted by a voice vote the louse defeatedan amendment to change the date to April 12 The senate must agree to the adjournment date before it can become effective Finding of Langleys Body in House Closes Collyer Legend New York finding of body amid the filth and squalor of the once fash ionable home he shared with his blind brother Homer left the long provocative Collyer legend just about finished Wednesday There will be an autopsy to determine the cause of police held little doubt the 61 year old recluse whose rat nawed body was found late Tuesday had been the victim of one of his own boobytraps rigged to tumble heavy junk on an in truder Still uncertain was the source of a telephone message to police that led to the finding of the body of Homer Collyer 65 in the house March 21 Police founcT the one time admiralty lawyer in a front room of the 2nd floor of the 3 story brownstone window house near a It was the same room in which Langlcy while tak ing food to the blind brother Police were inclined to dismiss a report that Langley U S Britain Ask Change in Polish Border Moscow WP Britain and the United States proposed to thi council of foreign ministers Wed nesday a revision in the presen GermanPolish frontier to put ag ricultural lands inside Germany but Russia opposed any changes French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault proposed that the whole question be studied further bu he did not commit France as be ing in favor or opposed to present German boundaries Secretary of State Marshall anc British Foreign Secretary Ernes Bevin quoted heretofore secre speeches of Prime Minister Stalii at Potsdam to show that the gen eralissimo did not consider as fina the present administrative Polish at the Oder and Neisse rivers by the big 3 Potsdam con ference Both maintained that Stalin agreed that the border set a Potsdam was provisional and would be settled finally at the peace conference Marshall proposed that the council of foreign ministers name a special boundary commission to recommend a permanent German Polish frontier The commission would be com posed of the United States Britain Russia and France plus Poland and some other allied states Marshall suggested that the commission also study measures to assure that the natural and indus trial resources in question shall fairly serve the economic needs of Europe It will be accepted I think Marshall told the conference tha southern East Prussia should be come Polish territory German Upper Silesia and its industrial complex should become Polish but there should be provisions to assure that its coal and other re sources should be available to help sustain the economy of Europe North lowans Vie for Top Dissenter in Iowas House Des Moines Reps Casey boss of Algona and W A Bents of Cresco both democrats are run ning a neck and neck race for honors as the champion dissent er of the house of representatives Up to noon Tuesday Loss had voted no on 59 measures and Bents was one no behind Bents had jeen leading but was absent from Tuesday morning session when ss went into the lead There are several republicans who have voted no on a great many measures too said Bents so it isnt a matter of we demo crats just being against things He said the count on the race jetween himself and Loss in volved mostly secondary measures and not the major issues Bents and Loss are 2 of the 10 demo crats in the house which also has 98 republican members Wildcat Strike Halts Hudson Motor Output Detroit production at Hudson Motor company was lalted Wednesday and 14000 vorkers idled by the 2nd wildcat valkout of CIO Auto Workers in 2 weeks Truman and Cabinet Confer on Prices But No Action Taken Washington Truman explored the economic prob ems of rising prices during an hour and 40minute cabinet session Wednesday but the white house announced afterward no action was aken or is planned Ross said prices and current wage negotiations in thebasic steel ndustry were discussed But he indicated this was only incidental o the broader economic nd did not foreshadow any gov rnment move to urge lower steel irices Asked whether the discussion ndicated the price outlook was lot sufficiently serious to war ant government intervention loss replied I draw no infer nces whatever It was a lot of talk back and orth pro and con Ross said Charles Ross presidential sec etary gave this report to news men after the special midweekof listening session of the cabinet and Mr Trumans top economic advisers Added to the lineup around the cabinet table were Edwin G Nourse chairman of the presi dents economic advisory coun cil Marriner S Eccles chairman of the federal reserve system and James E Webb The participants referred all questions to Ross He said there was a general discussion of the price and economic situation and that President Truman did a lot AP Wlrepholo UNCOVER LANGLEY COLLYERS detective looks at the body of Langley Collyer 61 year old recluse after a 4foot layer of rubbish had been removed from it following its discovery in New York Tuesday night in the same junkfilled room in the upper 5th avenue house in which the body of his blind brother Homer was found on March 21 U S Communist Leader Cited for Contempt by House Body Dennis Secretary of Red Party Fails to Appear Before Group Washington house un American activities committee Wednesday cited Eugene Dennis general secretary of the com munist party in the United States for contempt of congress The committee also voted unan imously to recommend that the justice department investigate the possibility of prosecuting Dennis on a more serious charge of conspiracy to commit contempt The committee voted that such an investigation be considered also against Gerhart Eisler and Leon Josephson both of whom ave refused to testify before the committee about their activities Conspiracy to commit contempt is a felony carrying a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and fine Contempt alone a misdemeanor and carries a esser punishment Rep Richard M Nixon R Cal offered the motion to cite or contempt and to recommend lie justice department action against the 3 men Daniel lapidus New York at orney appeared before the com mittee to represent Dennis japidus presented a formal state ment written by the communist official Dennis contended that the committee is not a lawful con jressional committee and there ore could not subpena witnesses Committee Counsel Robert E Stripling contended that Dennis was guilty of conspiracy to com mit contempt a crime carrying a maximum penalty of 2 years im prisonment aid fine upon conviction Stripling said that represented a more serious charge than mere y contempt of the committee Stripling contended that Dennis lad entered into a conspiracy with ther communists to ignore com mittee subjSenas I suggest the committee ask he attorney general to charge him vith conspiracy to commit con empt Stripling said Smart Alec Thief South Bend Ind con cientious thief stripped an auto mobile of accessories and left a ard Sorry bud it said lurk next time bet Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Increasing cloudiness and warmer Wednesday night with lowest temperature about 40 Thursday cloudy with oc casional rain and little change in temperature Iowa Increasing cloudiness and warmer Wednesday night with rain beginning in the southwest half of the state Wednesday night overspreading the state Thursday Low Wednesday night 40 to 45 High Thursday 50 to 55 Minnesota Partly cloudy and warmer Wednesday night Thursday cloudy with occasional light rain south and west por tions No decided change in temperature IN MASON CITY Globe Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 39 Minimum 32 At 8 a m Wednesday 34 Precipitation 02 Snow trace YEAR AGO Maximum 45 Minimum 27 Muscatine Man Dies of Car Accident Injuries Muscatine fP Roy Bunker 58 of Muscatine died Wednesday from injuries suffered Tuesday when he was struck by an auto mobile after curb Bunker Montour Iowa stepping formerly from a lived at SAME Black ffar traffic to pest seen alive the day before Homer was found dead Between the times of the 2 macabre discoveries 120 tons of junk filth and oddities had been removed from the house Police began the job which later was taken over by the public adminis trators office Langleys body was wedged be tween a wooden dresser and iron bookcase which evidently had sup ported the heavy debris that had fallen on the body This only bears out what the police thought all Col lyer was caught as the victim of one of his own booby traps said Police Commissioner Arthur W Wallender A rat described by a detective as big as a rabbit ran away whenthe body was uncovered Homer had died only 9 feet from malnutrition The Collyer brothers were rear ed in a prosperous old and cul tivated family the sons of Dr Herman Livingston Collyer a gynecologist who died in 1923 and Mrs Susie Gage Collyer who died in 1929 About that time the brothers began to shun society never giving any fuller explana tion than that they preferred to live alone The finding of 14 pianos in the cluttered house indicated that in early years the brothers were not miserly with their fortune recent ly valued by the family attorney John R McMuIIen at around Rather they sought only seclusion and safety behind the boarded up windows of the house on upper fifth avenue In later years however Langley was said to have walked miles to find a bargain on his nocturnal prowlings for food for himself and Homer who became blind in 1933 Much of the trash which filled the house was brought back by Lang ley from these missions Some of it was left over from their child hood from the time when Homer studied law at Columbia univer sity and Langley studied engineer ing and from the time when they were adopting the habits of her mits One of the last oddities found before Langleys body was dis covered was an unworn black striped shirt and flaming red tie gifts to Langley on his 33rd birth day on Oct 3 1918 from his father With many happy returns of the day from pop said a slip in the box PIONEER EDITOR DIES OF STROKE Arthur M Nelson Was Floyd County Native Fairmont Minn Ar thur M Nelson publisher of the Fairmont Daily Sentinel and well known in midwest newspaper circles died Tuesday night of a heart attack He was 70 Nelson had worked throughout the day although he had been back on the job only a week from an attack of influenza He was stricken with a heart attack after eating dinner Tuesday night was taken to a hospital on the order of his physician and died there Nelson became president of the Sentinel Publishing company in Nelson was a native of 1938 Maj Floyd county being reared on a farm near Charles City He was a veteran of the Span ishAmerican war World war I and served as chairman of the se lective service board for Martin county Minnesota in World war II In Boston Its Bratting Boston bobby sox ers now call babysitting ting brat Union Seeks Blues Aid in Phone Strike DCS Moincs union appeal to Gov Robert D Blue asking his aid toward settlement of the tele phone strike was made Wednesday as the tieup moved into its 3rd day J D Kisser president of the Northwestern Union of Telephone Workers in Iowa asked the gov ernor to use his good office in the public interest and the rights of labor The union official urged Blue to ask the management of the Amer ican Telephone and Telegraph company to either bargain or ar bitrate the collective bargaining issues x x x on a national basis Telephone workers feel keen ly the inconvenience they are causing the public by interrupting the nations telephone service Risser said in a telegram to Blue They also resent the stubborn re sistance of the management Bell system in not trying to settle the telephone industrys labor problems before April 7 Picketing continued throughout Iowa meanwhile but no disturb ances were reported in the strike which has affected more than 5000 telephone workers in the state and curtailed the service of 393229 Bell telephone subscribers at 154 ex clicanges A R Toepfer secretary of the NUTW in Iowa said both AFL and CIO unions were lending moral support to the walkout No comment was immediately available from the governor on Hissers telegram John H Wilson Des Moines dis trict manager of Northwestern Bell said the statewide situation remained unchanged Wednesday Wilson also said that lack of help would delay issues of pay checks to workers for the period that ended last week prior to the strike Ha said a considerable de lay also was expected in sending out monthly bills to individual subscribers New Veteran Bonus Bill Is Underway Des Moines fourth at tempt to bring out a veterans bonus bill which will be accept able constitutionally and by the legislature and the people will be made in a joint meeting of the house and senate veterans affairs committees Thursday If the measure is accepted by the separate committees it is expect ed that it will take its place on the senate and house calendars for action The fourth proposal will include features of the three former pro posals but will be based upon a bond issue and property tax as suggested in the first bill That measure was first killed by the house committee then revived and left without further decision The new proposal would author ize an bond issue to be paid off by property taxes over a period of 20 years It would fi nance bonuses for lowans who served in World war II the pay ments ranging from to To become effective the meas ure would have to be approved by this legislature and a vote of the people in either the November general election of 1948 or an ear lier special election The first bill drew heavy oppo sition because of its property tax feature The second measure and the third were held by the attor ney generals office to be uncon stitutional because the money would be raised by other than direct taxes The two proposals were based on increases in the sales and use taxes Iowa SenafeHouse Conferees Study Compromise Beer Bill Des Moines beer bill generally similar to the one ap proved by the house has been drafted for final consideration of the senatehouse conference committee which was assigned to work out a compromise a member of the committee said Wednesday The most important features of the measure as passed first by the senate were dropped out in the new proposal Both senate and house must approve the mise before it can go to the gov ernor for his consideration The bill as drawn by the con ierence committee provides City councils must issue beer permits if the applicants meet the requirements Beer could be sold n restaurants provided that in cities of 5000 population or less there is at least one restaurant which does not sell beer With few exceptions the senate bill would laveprohibited sale of beer where food is sold Any restaurant selling beer would have to maintain a bar in a separate room from the dining room Any ostahlifhmrnt selling beer would have to have an outside sign labelling the place a saloon The word would have to be in letters at least 8 inches high Places selling beer incities and towns would be confined to the business districts Rural taverns would be pro hibited Any tavern holding a federal retail liquor dealers license would automatically lose its beer per mit Private clubs which held such a federal license would not lose their beer permit The beer tax would be increased from 4 to 10 cenlp a gallfln REPORTCOSTOF ARBITRATION IS ONLY OBSTACLE Believe Settlement of Long Distance Phase to Pave Way for Peace Washington crack in the telephone strike deadlock was re ported possible within hours Wed nesday as negotiators went on with day and night sessions Persons in close ouch with ho negotiations on long distance lines phases of the national dispute said the only obstacle to a strikeset tling agreement for that industry segment was Who will pay the cost of arbi trating about 5 issues between American Telephone and Tele graph companys long distance di vision and the American Union of Telephone Workers With that question settled the informants said the proposed agreement could be referred to the policy committee of the 49union National Federation of Telephone Workers for approval The policy committee scheduled a meeting at 2 p m An agreement as to long distance lines would leave strikes of various local Bell System operators un settled but might pave the way for settlement of the entire strike As for the money to pay arbi tration costs these informants predicted It will come from somewhere At a night session running far into the morning it was learned federal conciliators wrote a 10 point contract for the longlines dispute It would have left a few of the national issues to be set tled by arbitration Then the question arose of who would pay arbitration costs which might run 520000 The unions said they couldnt and the labor department said it lacked the appropriations to do it The questions to be submitted to arbitration in the proposed set tlement all involve money the in formants said although they did not specify the exact issues other than to say that the NFTWs de mand for a weekly increase was among them Top flight arbitrators get a day and the record would cost another the union figured making a total of a day The case would run about 40 days the bargaining committee for the 20 000 long lines workers said AS a compromsie the union of fered to assess its members apiece if the company would check it off ths workers pay checks This the company refused to do and the stalemate on that point forced postponement of the negotiations strategic in the whole nationwide strike picture 10 a m In Omaha the Northwestern Bell Telephone company Wednes day wrestled with payroll prob lems after heads of the striking unions flatly declined to permit payroll clerks to return to work long enough to make out pay checks District Manager C D Gietzert of the company said other means for getting out the Omaha payroll checks were being consid ered but he did not elaborate The checks normally would be issued this week The Omaha office pays employes in Nebraska and South Dakota Neither would Gielzen com ment on the number of men do ing repair work on stormdam aged lines in Minnesota and North Dakota A company spokesman had indicated earlier the company had accepted the assistance of in dependent concerns in doing the repair work Gietzen said We would rather not have publicized the number of crews at work in the sleet storm area and who compose them because we feel this would interfere with the job of restor ing telephone service in which everyone is interested Sinatra Takes Poke at Movie Columnist Hollywood Sinatra the crooning idol of the bobby soxers took an assortment oi pokes at Lee Mortimer 42 movie columnist for the New York Daily Mirror at Giros night club late Tuesday night Mortimer told sheriffs deputies Wednesday Mortimer appeared at the West Hollywood sheriffs station his head bruised and Sheriffs Dep uty R I Wright said claimed Sinatra and 3 heavies set upon him without warning knocking him down and pummcling him Subsequently a represenative of Sinatra said the fracas was set off when Sinatra overheard Mor timer call him an unprintable name climaxing the crooners 2 year irritation over articles Mor timer had written about him   

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