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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 10, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME AN3 ARCHIVES iA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION umu VOL tin Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy I MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY APRIL 10 1947 This Paper Consists of Two One No 155 FEAR 152 KILLED BY TORNADO Settlement Near in Long Distance Washington proposed agreement for settling long distance lines phases of the nationwide telephone strike was submitted Thurs day to the policy committee of the National Federation of Telephone Workers The proposal had been gone over at an earlier meeting of officials of the long lines workers organization and of the American Tele phone and Telegraph company John J Moran president of the long lines union and G S Dring assistant vice president of tha A T T long lines department said the proposal was not Dring told reporters the meet ing with long lines union men was devoted to working out some final details that had not been settled when the proposition was agreed upon Wednesday night Dring confirmed that the pro posal involved submitting wage matters to arbitration on a na tional level Moran reiterated that the pro posal does not Effect the entire nationwide telephone walkout He said the proposition has to do only with the long distance work ers Moran said that as president of the national union policy com mittee he was making no recom mendations to that group One of those familiar with the proposed settlement said it calls for arbitration of 4 wage issues on a national level with 6 other major points involved to be settled on a local basis He said the national issues in volved are a general pay increase differential pay progression to higher pay scales and classifica tions Issues which he said would be left to settlement by local units of the long distance workers are vacations leaves of absence for union officials definition of duties of assistants to traffic operator pensions union shop and check off and jurisdiction over work Acceptance could lead to a gen eral break ne gotiations to end the communica tions tieup A threatened cross country telephone strike was called off with only 25 minutes to go last year when the long lines union reached an agreement with the American Telephone and Tele graph company which set the pat tern for a general settlement John J Moran president of the 20000member long lines workers organization told reporters The unions members will not return to work until a settlement has been reached between all striking telephone unions in the national federation of telephone workers and their respective com panies The strike was called Monday by 39 of the NFTWs 49 member unions They have contracts un der negotiation now in a scoreof cities with government concilia tors sitting in While each union has scores of local issues they share ten na tional demands These include a weekly pay increase improved pensions and vacations union se curity and dues checkoff Secretary of Labor Schwellen bach invited negotiators for the unions the A T T long lines department and the southwestern Bell Telephone company to Wash ington 10 days ago because of their importance in the Bell sys tem Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Occasional showers ending Thursday evening Cloudy Thursday night followed by clearing Friday Cooler Lowest Thursday night near 32 Strong shifting winds 25 to 45 miles per hour early Thursday night becoming westerly and diminishing late Thursday night and Friday Iowa Cloudy Thursday night with moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms ending east por tion early Thursday night Cool er Friday clearing cooler in central and east portions Strong shifting winds ranging from 25 to 45 miles per hour Thursday night diminishing late Thurs day night Low Thursday night 32 west to 36 east High Friday 44 to 48 Minnesota Rain Thursday night probably mixed with snow for a time west Clearing Friday Somewhat colder southeast Strong shifting winds diminish ing Friday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum 45 Minimum 39 At 8 a m Thursday 45 Precipitation 121 YEAR AGO Maximum 49 Minimum 35 Judge Delays Decision on Miners Fine Washington Judge T Alan Goldsborough Thursday postponed for 2 weeks a decision on whether to refund to the United Mine Workers of the fine he imposed on the union for contempt In doing so the judge said I regret exceedingly that there hasnt been good faith on the part of the union and its president John L Lewis in complying with the supreme court mandate The supreme court had ordered the refund providing Lewis cancelled a notice terminat ing the UMW contract with the government Lewis has done that Goldsborough said he thought the matter of returning the 800000 should be put off until July 1 the date on which the soft coal mines will be back in private possession But he granted a government request for the 2 week delay with this comment This court dbesnt see that good faith can be established in two weeks TJMW lawyers had asked for the refund immediately contending that Lewis and the tJMW had com plied with court orders The gov ernment however said it wanted time to determine whether there had been compliance in view of the current safety shutdown in some mines Goldsborough continued the case until April 24 but commented that if on that date he orders the 800000 returned to the union the court doesnt know what will hap pen April 25 Goldsborough said Lewis while not actually in contempt of court has made remarks which the court has to take into consid eration The judge added The United Mine Workers presi dent he did not call John L Lewis by name has spoken of the yel low dog injunction issued by this court At another time he referred to the Krug yellow dog injunction These remarks indicate an ut terly contemptuous attitude to ward the court orders and that he will go as far as he dares to dis obey them Goldsborough said the present stoppages in the coal fields threw question on whether the supreme court order was being obeyed in letter and in spirit The fine which Golds borough imposed on Lewis in dividually last December was paid in court check Thursday by certified Singer Dies Hollywood Donna Wood 29 formerly vocalist with Horace Heidis band died Wed nesday at Hollywood hospital of a heart ailment TWISTER LEAVES PATH OF aerial view of a portion of Woodward Okla shows how the tor nado Wednesday night swept through this town of 5500 population and left debris in its wake Notice how the trees AP Wirepholo have been stripped by the twister This small town was the hardest hit by the storm Onethird of the town was leveled Quake Rooks West States Damage Small Los Angeles deepseated earthquake sharp in some sectors but causing no serious damage in heavilypopulated areas rocked more than 60000 square miles of California Arizona and Nevada at a m PST Thursday A few broken windows and dishes were reported but no in juries The tremor was felt here with some sharpness but subsided quickly into a long rolling motion lasting nearly a minute A shattered bank window Glendale apparently was the most severe loss although there were indications that some damage might have occurred in remote communities on the Mojave desert which seemed in initial checks to have been the center of the shock In Los Angeles tall buildings rocked and a few persons ran into streets Reports of tremors rang ing from light to moderately se vere came from Santa Barbara on the north San Diego on the south San Bernardino Phoenix Ariz and Las Nev to the east Hears Whoosh as Tornado Hits in Oklahoma Community Editors note Leo Jack of Enid Okla and a companion Bill j Craig of Oklahoma City were drinking coffee in a cafe on the west 1 outskirts of Woodward when the tornado struck Here is Jacks account of the storm By LEO JACK As Told to United Press First I heard the thunder Then there was a sound like sort of a whoosh Ive been in tornadoes before and knew the sound I ran outside the cafe and saw that it was a twister The wind was blowing something terrific I went back into the cafe and said hit the deck Everybody must have known whatI meant We all got down on the floor Then it hit The wind seemed to last about 5 minutes I could hear the build ing coming down all around me Luckily none of the wood or stone hit me When it was all over I got up and saw that only 3 stools at the counter were standing Everything else was wrecked I helped Bill to his feet and then we went around and helped some women who were trapped under a booth I heard them scream ing and moaning When we went outside to take a look around I saw that my car was smashed Another car was on top of it We started down the road into town and saw wrecked houses everywhere A woman stood in the yard in front of one of the houses She yelled that her family was trapped in there It was just a pile of wreckage We went over and helped her and got 4 little girls out from under a pile of furniture plaster and lathe Then we hailed a car All 4 of the girls seemed to be hurt pretty bad The car took them away We saw much of the same thing as we went on into town Bill was in the infantry in France and Germany during the war He says he saw nothing in the war as horrible as this Open Horse Show Waterloo first annual National Stallion and Saddle Horse show opened here Thursday with 300 entries valued at more than The show con tinues through Sunday Truman Says Responsibility of Price Cut Up to Business President States Wage Increases Justified Unless Prices Drop Washington Iff President Truman said Thursday the re sponsibility for cutting prices rests squarely with business He added Business wanted free enterprise now lets see them make it work Further the president said un less prices come down wage in creases will be justified In rapid succession during near ly half an hours news confer ence the president made these additional points in discussing economic aspects of the price sit uation 1 He feels there is no neces sity for a economic recession 2 Business wanted freedom from price controls Now that it is free the price problem is up to business S It would be impractical to reimpose price controls and the people do not want them 4 A buyers strike would not help the situation but would throw a monkey wrench into the economic machinery 5 He hopes strikes this year will not have the same effect as last and will be settled 6 He is not planning a message to congress on the price situa is hearing plenty from the general public He hopes it will be possible to have group price reductions In this connection Mr Tru man said the justice department is studying the question of wheth er manufacturing concerns can combine to slash prices without running afoul of the antitrust laws If a group of companies comes in and consults the department the president said he does not believe there would be prosecu tion Under one supreme court de cision Mr Truman said it would be unlawful to combine to cut prices just as it would be to group together to raise them MILLION FOR ISC RESEARCH Atomic Energy Group Gives Money for Center Ames Charles E Friley announced Thursday that the U S atomic energy commis sion has allotted funds to build and equip a metallurgi cal research center at Iowa State college Plans for the 4story brick building which will contain 700000 cubic feet of space are being drawn and bids are expected to be asked about June 1 The building and research por gram will be under the Iowa State college institute for atomic re search headed by Dr F H Sped ding Wartime work by the col lege in development of rare metal processes will be continued and expanded The metallurgical program is in addition to research the institute already has underway in chemis try and physics In announcing allotment of funds the atomic energy commis sion credited Dr Speddings Iowa State college group as being sub stantially responsible for the de velopment of processes success fully used in the high grade purifi cation of uranium Phone Company Claims Strikers Returning But Union Says No Des Moines L Sampson general manager of the North western Bell Telephone company in Iowa said Thursday that more than 300 of the 4300 employes who went onstrike in the state Monday had returned to work Sampson said the back to work movement was general in all telephone offices in the state He added that a company letter had been sent to all employes urg ing them to come back to work and assuring them their job rights would be protected regardless of how the strike is settled In reply to Sampson the union declared reports from all locals in Iowa indicated the strike was 100 per cent effective There is no indication of any back to work movement A R Toepfer Iowa secretary of the un ion said The union added that cameras had been used at most offices by pickets to gather factual evidence of the people going to work as strike breakers Face Sentence for Theft Des Moines Kante 61 Omaha Thursday faced a 3 year penitentiary sentence for theft of a pair of ear rings valued at He was convicted on a charge of 4th conviction of lar ceny Truman Sees Wallace and Pepper in Race Washington be lief that both Henry A Wallace and Senator Pepper DFla will campaign for the democratic ticket in 1948 was expressed by President Truman Thursday The president was asked at a news conference about differences the 2 have expressed with some administration foreign policies Mr Truman replied that Sena tor Pepper was at the democratic Jefferson day dinner Saturday night and that he had greeted the senator as cordially as he could He has no desire the president asserted to ready anybody out of the democratic party Asked if that could apply also to Wallace whom the president ousted as secretary of commerce Mr Truman replied certainly Then in reply to a question about reports that Pepper and Wallace will not be called on for help in the next campaign Mr Truman said he believes both men will be campaigning for the demo cratic ticket in 1948 The president also said thatthe democratic national chairman Robert E Hannegan is not going to retire War Surplus Sale Minneapolis 500 000 surplus parts and assemblies of wartime halftrack vehicles will go on sale on a bid basis April 28 the war assets administration an nounced Wedensday Listings were available at Minneapolis Fargo N Dak and Sioux Falls S Dak Oklahoma and Texas Hit Hard By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A devastating tornado swept across a 100 mile path of the worlds richest wheat and cattle country Wednesday night killing an estimated 152 persons injuring more than 1000 and inflicting property damage running into the mil lions The Texas state highway patrol quoting a Red Cross es timate reported at least 152 were believed dead withthe probability more bodies were buried in the ruble Harflest hit was Woodward Okla where 100 were estimated to be dead with between 800 and 1000 injured Approximately 100 blocks of buildings were destroyed in this city of 5500 population Other estimates included Shattuck Okla 20 dead Higgins Tex 24 and Glazier Tex 8 Earlier 2 were reported dead at Gage Okla would bring the total to Toll by Towns By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Woodward Okla 100 killed 800 injured guards set up to pre vent looting Fire followed tor nado but torrential rains helped firemen extinguish flames Power light failed and emergency gen erators used Red Cross mobilized Streets of town pop 5500 lit tered by debris One third of town levelled Higgins Tex 24 killed 150 injured Town 750 pop levelled except for telephone exchange bank and school building all brick Two blocks of business dis trict destroyed by fire brought under control early Thursday Rubble blocks traffic Glazier killed 40 in jured in village 200 pop Only one building left standing In jured being treated at Canadian Vigilantes formed Gage dead 3 injured White Deer and Coburn Also hit but no death toll Mason Cityan and Family Barely Miss Tornado by 1 Day A Mason Cityan and his family missed the tornado in Woodward Okla by a day it was revealed Thursday by relatives here Bert O Nichols his wife and 2 small daughters left Woodward Tuesday to move to Mason City and were safe in New Mexico when the storm struck according to word received by his parents Mr and Mrs Bert E Nichols 321 Madison N W Mrs Nichols has received no word yet however concerning an aunt and 2 cousins who made their homes in Woodward much of which was leveled by the storm They are the only other sur viving relatives of Mrs Nichols and her brother Frank Hunt also of Mason City except for their immediate families she said King Christian Better Copenhagen Denmark An official bulletin issued Thurs day said the condition of King Christian X who suffered a se vere heart attack Sunday is still marked by fatigue but his strength is fairly good SAME Black flat means traffic death IB put 24 bour 9 Miners Are Kilted by Gas Blast in Pennsylvania Pit 9 Other Workers Are Injured by Explosion in Anthracite Mine Exeter Fa gas explo sion killed 9 of 18 miners working in the Schooley shaft of the Knox Coal Co Mine near here Thurs day Nine others were injured at least 2 critically in the blast which ripped through the anthra cite shaft shortly after the men reported for work Thursday morn ing Pennsylvania state mines Secre tary Richard Maize left Harris burg immediately to direct per sonally an investigation of the explosion the 2nd major disaster in the area this year The federal bureau of mines said 6 investigators entered the mine to determine the cause of the explosion Six state mine in spectors also went into the shaft The mine a small independent operation was given a clean hill of health in 6 state inspections since Jan 1 The inspectors reports showed ventilation was good and that no violations which would tend to cause an explosion were dis covered One inspection is re quired every 3 months by Penn sylvania mining law The interior department said that the Exeter Pa mine which was the scene of an explosion Thursday is not a government op erated property The departments coal mines administration operates some 2500 bituminous mines but no anthra cite mines 154 The general course of the storm was northeastward from While Deer Tex SO miles from Am arillo then through Glazier pop ulation 200 Higgins population 750 Woodward and Gage a com munity of 800 persons Many of the injured were be ing taken to nearby towns and hospitals as far away as Wichita Kans were preparing beds for possible patients Disaster crews were rushed to the stricken areas and peace of ficers and hastily formed vigilante crews guarded against looting after early reports of vandalism Fires which followed the tor nado were brought under control early Thursday Firemen were aided by torrential rains accom panying the storm Rescue workers Thursday probed rubble and debris for bodies and officials said they believed the toll might be higher than now es timated The Southwestern Bell Tele phone company Thursday re jected a union offer to send strik ing operators and repair crews back to their jobs in the stricken area because it said the union in serted conditions it could not ac cept The company said in an an nouncement from St Louis that the union demanded that the company call all supervis ory employes now manning switchboards and performing maintenance and that the union be left to determine what consti tutes an emergency in the entire 5 slate area in which the company operates Woodward Okla was hardest iit Earlier estimates placed the toll at 72 but the Red Cross said Thursday it had reached 100 dead Jewell L Wilson night super isor at the Woodward Memorial hospital said the injured might run as high as 800 Mortuaries were lighted by candles Approximately a 3rd of Wood ward population 5500 wast flat tened by the storm Fire followed the tornado but was quickly ex tinguished by firemen and by the heavy rain Medical corpsmen from Tinker field near Oklahoma City aided in treating the injured and other military units helped with relief work Woodward is in the heart of the Oklahoma cattle country Power and lights failed and emergency generators were used at hospital and dressing stations The Oklahoma Gas and Electric company plant was leveled and Irwin Walker 65 night engineer at the plant was killed as he start ed to work Only one telephone line re mained in operation but by day break another circuit was estab lished Striking telephone workers volunteered to return to their switchboards during the emer gency Streets were blocked by debris and cars were rolled into knots as if they were pieces of tinfoil twisted between huge fingers Survivors wandered the streets in a daze still unable to realize what had happened The estimate of dead at Higgins Texas varied between 24 and 30 The Red Cross Thursday estimat ed 24 for the Texas panhandle town but Howard Boxwell a mor tician said the toll might reach 30 About 150 were believed in jured The town has a population of 750 It was leveled except for the telephone exchange the bank and school building all of brick The business district was de stroyed by fire brought under control early Thursday All traffic was blocked by rubble in the streets and only ambulances were permitted into the area The state sent a bulldozer to clear the streets and to haul out wrecked cars A 5room house was blown into the middle of the highway leading to Shattuck Okla and traffic dctoured through a wheat field Twenty persons were reported killed at Shattuck Okla Infor mation there was fragmentary   

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