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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 14, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME Wl ARCHIttS t THE NIWSFAKIt THAT MAKES AIL NORTH IOWAHS NEIGHBORS VOL UU Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY APRIL 14 1947 This Paper Consists of Two One No 153 One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KOLO Mtjon Citr Snndijr t m WTAD Quiney lit Mon p m WOI Ames Tuesdiy m WSUfc CH7 TbonatT How Goes the Battle on Traffic Accidents IN the period since the middle of February it has been my privilege to sit in on and have a part in a number of significant traffic safety conferences My as signments have involved 3 differ ent trips to Washington 2 to New York 1 to Indiana and 1 to Mis souri In this commentary Im goins to report rather briefly on the 3 meetings in Washington My reasoning is that such a re port may throw at least a little light on what is being done in our country to combat the highway slaughter which over the years claims more lives and maims more people than war itself IN addressing the highway traf fic conference called by him in Washington last May President Truman uttered thesewords We will attain the objective of this of saving lives and the terrific drain on the economic resources of America only if the principles established here are carried back to every community where Americans live and work where every man woman and child is either a pe destrian or a motorist or both Effective state and local applica tion of the program developed by this conference will reduce traf fice accidents The question at this time then is this How well are we carrying out this assignment of promoting safety throughout America Let s take a look ON the afternoon of Wednesday March 26 I stood in the office of the president and heard Gen Philip B Fleming general chair man of last years presidential traffic safety conference and Picture on Page 2 A picture of the white house conference described by Mr Hall in this commentary will be found on page S chairmandesignate of a like con ference scheduled for June of this year make the following report Mr President on the basis of carefully gathered statistics we have reason to believe that the conference called by you last June set In motion a program which has resulted in the saving of at least 6000 American lives In this statement Gen Fleming was referring to the fact that the death line which had been ascending sharply ever since V J day and the lifting of gas ra tioning took a sudden and per ceptible turn downward in June of last year right at the time of thepresidents conference It has continued downward ever since rpHE calculation of course is in Jterms of deaths per million miles of miles traveled rather than in terms of total fatalities experienced The death rate since last June has been appreciably under the figure for 1941 the last year of normal motoring before the war If weve saved 6000 lives this year the president observed with a goodnatured smile I see no reason why the goal for this years conference and the pro gram growing out of it shouldnt be 10000 lives saved HERE I think you might find it interesting to learn exactly what happens when an individual or a group has an audience with the chief executive In my case I was 1 of a group of about 20 Throughout the forenoon I had been sitting in as a member of the coordinating committee set ting up plans for the 2nd presi dents conference scheduled for June 18 19 and 20 We had been informed by Gen Fleming that the president had asked to receive us at Our meeting had been held in Gen Flemings office in the Fed eral Work building in the room where past secretaries of the in terior including Albert Fall and Franklin Lane had had their desks This building is in the gen eral vicinity of the white house 4 AT about 12 oclock we were taxied over to the white house It was important not to be late we were impressed At the white house gate we were checked and identified by a guard and per mitted to proceed to the presi dents executive office Our brief wait was in thtroom where press interviews are granted by the president Its walls are suitably decorated with cartotfns and news pictures At exactly appointed were escorted into Mr Trumans office As we entered the president stepped out from CONTINUED ON PAGE I SEEK TRUMAN AID IN PHONE RIFT GM CIO AGREE TO WAGE HIKE FOR EMPLOYES Agreement Calls for 15 Cents Hourly Pay Increase for 30000 Detroit of an agreement between General Motors corporation and the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America CIO pro viding for a 15cenls an hour in crease for more than 30000 em ployes was made Monday in a joint statement of the corporation and the union The agreement was effective Monday Under its terms all wage rates and classifications of the hourly rated employes represented by the UECIO will be increased by 111 cents per hour The remainder of the 15 cents will be used to cover the cost of 6 paid holidays and other eco nomic items Assignment of 31 cents holiday pay to meet other economic issues was one of the original demands of the union which was agreed to in negotia tions The holidays for which GM will pay employes represented by UE are New Years Memorial day Fourth of July Labor day Thanks giving and Christmas The unions demand for a health welfare and retirement program will continue a subject for discussion in negotiations The agreement must be ratified by membership of the 4 UE unions involved Under the terms of the agreement the International union must notify General Motors of ratification by the local member ship not later that April 21 The divisions of General Motors covered by the agreement are Frigidaire Dayton Ohio D e I c 0 Products Dayton Packard Elec tric Warren Ohio and Delco Ap pliance Rochester N Y The negotiations were not di rectly related to those pending be tween GM and the ClOUnited Auto Workers A General Motors spokesman said the overall average for its corporation wide hourlyrated employes was an hour hut that a breakdown for the 4 di visions covered in Mondays agreement was not available Meanwhile the Ford Motor com pany was threatened with a strike of supervisory employes by mid May as the Independent Fore mans Association of America Ex ecutive Board approved filing of a 30day strike notice Sunday Chrysler Corp was the target of a similar notice Saturday after union officiate reported no prog ress in negotiations covering its 75000 workers Supreme Court Drops All Consideration of Mt Clemens Portal Case Washington supreme court Monday granted a govern ment request that it drop all fur ther consideration of the Mt Clem ens Pottery company portal pay suit The request ras made by the justice department after the U S circuit court in Cincinnati dis missed the appeal of company workers who lost their suit for re troactive pay The workers and the company agreed in the circuit court to dismissal of the case which touched off another portal toportal pay suits totaling about Thomas Sees Legal Action for Wallace Washington IP Chairman Thomas RN J of the house committee on unAmerican activi ties said Monday the justice de partment has no alternative to taking legal action against Henry A Wallace for the statements the former vicepresident has made in Britain Talking with newsmen Thomas said his committee Monday looked over the Logan act which forbids any American citizen to deal with a foreign government or its agents on a matter in dispute between the 2 countries or in any way to defeat the measures of the gov ernment of the United Slates It covers Henry Wallace Thomas said just as youd cover a person with a cloak He said his committee plans no action that it is clearly a mat ter for the attorney general to take action and hell have no ex cuse whatsoever Wallace has been speaking in Britain in opposition to President Trumans plan for the U S to aid Greece and Turkey Violation of the Logan act which dates back to 1739 carried a maximum punishment of a fine and 3 years in jail President Truman seems to have the choice Monday of A cracking down on former vice president Henry A Wal lace or B facing republican charges that the administrations foreign policy isnt above politics Wallace highly critical of the presidents GreekTurkish aid pro gram has been roundly criticized in congress for remarks during his current speaking tour of England Although they didnt put it just that way some republicans made it plain they will have little pa tience with talk about bipartisan cooperation if Mr Truman doesnt disavow Wallace despite the political effect such a move might have Friends of Senator Vandenberg said the chairman of the senate foreign relations com mittee will be mighty disappointed if the president doesnt act and REYNOLDS IS OFF FOR TOKYO Plane Lands in China After Hop Over Hump Shanghai if The Reynolds roundtheworld plane took off for Tokyo at a m Chinese daylight time Thursday p m Central Standard Time Mon after a one hour and 24 minute stopover at Shanghais Kiangwan airfield The plane had landed at Kiang wan at a m a m CST Monday after a fast flight over the towering Burma hump from Calcutta during which it reached an altitude of 19000 feet New oxygen tanks were installed during the Shanghai stop Weather prospects for the Tokyo hop were excellent The converted A26 attack bomber carrying Chicago manu facturer Milton Reynolds and a crew of 2 had taken off from Cal cutta 6 hours and 55 minutes pre viously Marshall Host in Moscow Moscow of State George C Marshall played host to members of his conference dele gation and the U S embassy staff at a reception Sunday evening in Spasso house home of the Ameri can ambassador The reception was followed by a dance and buf fet supper Stalin Says News Censorship Must Be Kept in Soviet Union Moscow Stalin told Republican Candidate for President Harold Stassen during their 100 minute conference here that it would be difficult in our country to dispense with censorship and indicated the ban on outgoing news dispatches would remain in ef fect in Russia Stassen said at a press conference Monday Stalin told Stassen that Russia and the west must find a way of sitting together and that press relations must be improved Stassen said However he claimed that efforts to lift censorship in the past have failed and offered no hope that such a move would be tried again Stassen brought up the ques tion of censorship with Stalin However Stalin countered with what he called evidence of bad faith by foreign correspondents It will be difficult in our coun try to dispense with censorship Stalin said Foreign Minister V M Molotov tried to do it several times He had to resume it each time And each time we repented it In the autumn of 1945 censorship was repealed I was on leave and they started to write stories that Molotov forced me to go on leave and then wrote stories that I had returned and fired him These stories depicted the soviet government as a sort of zoological garden Of course our people got angry and they had to resume censorship Stassen also brought up as an example of lack of understanding the soviet refusal to admit the New York HeraldTribune cor respondent on a permanent basis After conferring with Molotov who was also present at the meet ing Stalin said That is true of the New York Herald Tribune Part of the American correspondents have an illmood toward us But this Her aldTribuns case is an accident lit is an outstanding newspaper It is an accident and not our policy WHO CALLED THEM THE WEAKER facing the doctors vaccination needle little 3 year old Betsy Kirkland sets an example which Danny Kench 2 fails to follow The tots were vaccinated in Brooklyn N Y in connection with the current drive by health authorities to prevent smallpox The campaign began when a few cases turned up in New York City Big 4 Agrees to Negotiate Treaty for Curbing Germany Molotov Proposes 6 Amendments to Original American Draft of Pact Moscow ff The council of foreign ministers apparently agreed in principle Monday to ne gotiate a 4power nonaggression treaty on Germany along the lines of the 40 year pact proposed by James F Byrnes France and Britain agreed quick ly to a proposal by U S Secretary of State Marshall that the council immediately appoint plenipoten tiaries to negotiate such a pact Soviet Foreign Minister V M Molotov did not reply on that spe cific point but he proposed a series of 6 amendments to the original American draft of the treaty drawn up while Byrnes was secretary of state Official sources Said they considered this agreement in principle on the part of the Soviet Union The American secretary pro posed that a provision be included in the peace treaty to bind the German state and become the law of the land Highly placed informants said Marshall had been prepared to ask the Soviet Union to agree in principle to the longrange treaty and that he would be willing to leave the details to a commission Such a treaty first was pro posed last April 29 at the min isters Paris conference by James F Byrnes Marshalls predecessor who suggested that it run for 25 years Molotov at that time kept it off the conference program of work Later the Moscow radio at tacked the The British have favored the pact for many months Foreign Minister Georges Bid ault of France came to Moscow French informant said declaring that he was willing to accept such a treaty only as part of a general security system to include long term occupation economic ar rangements and a political struc ture agreeable to France How ever they added he now is ready to agree at once to the Marshall proposal and then work later on for other security factors as sep arate issues not as conditions to acceptance of the treaty Bidaults reported attitude on the pact was seen as one evidence of the tightening of relations be tween France and the other two western both to an eastwest split in the conference over Germany and also to a feel ing of noncommunist French leaders that President Trumans plan to aid Greece and Turkey means that they can count on a positive and prolonged U S role in European affairs Queen Elizabeth Ship Aground Off England Southampton England Cunard White Star liner Queen Elizabeth worlds largest passen ger vessel went aground 2 miles off Southhamptqn Monday but company officials said she was expected to be refloated soon Phone Company Hikes Wage of 12 Operators New Hampton of the Iowa State Telephone com pany which operates the telephone exchange here have announced a 10 cent an hour wage increase for 12 operators effective April 18 The new wage scale will be 58 cents an hour the officials said Saturday A spokesman for the operators said they were about to walk off the job when the in crease was offered The matter had been under discussion for sev eral weeks the spokesman said WOMAN KILLED 5 HURT IN CRASH Headon Collision on 169 North of Algona John Deal of For Dodge died in a hospital here Monday morning from injuries suffered in an automobile collision in which 5 others were injured a mile north of Algona on highway 169 Saturday night State highway patrolmen who investigated the accident said a car driven by John Deal Fort Dodge passing a semitrailer truck driven by Paul Stanfield of Lake City was in a headon collision with a car driven by Anthony Plemel 26 of Burt Stanfield said he realized the crash was imminent and pulled on to the shoulder The impact knocked one of the cars against the truck but the truck was un damaged he said At the hospital attendants said all 6 of the injured were uncon scious or semiconscious Sunday Their injuries included John Deal fracture of the right leg and possible internal injuries Mrs John Deal compound jaw fracture and internal injuries Norman Deal about 16 son of Mr and Mrs Deal head and chest injuries Mike Barrett Moorland pas senger in the Deal car head in juries and bruises Anthony Plemel farmer near Burt head injuries and bruises Melvin Baas 24 of Burt pas senger in Plemels car broken right leg cuts and bruises and head injuries SENATE GROUP FOR INJUNCTION AGAINST STRIKE Labor Body Approves Power in Measure to Block National Tieups Washington The senate labor committee Monday approved provisions of a general labor bill authorizing issuance of court in junctions to block national pa ralysis strikes Nineteen members of the house labor committee Monday declared its bill to curb strikes and union practices will protect workers from a despotic tyranny A 6man democratic minority contended however the bill is deliberately designed to wreck the living standard of the Ameri can people and to punish labor Majority and minority views were made known as the house rules committee cleared the con troversial omnibus labor bill for house action ex pected passage by Friday On the other side of capitol hill Senator Aikcn RjVl declared Senator Taft ROhW had prac ticed highhanded political boss ism in the handling of labor leg islation by the senate republicans Aikens accusation came as the senate labor committee headed by Taft gathered in a tense atmos phere to complete work on its own labor bill His criticism was touched off by a decision of the senate republican membership to keep the labor legislation tied up in a single measure The house rules committee ordered 6 hours of general debate the equivalent of 2 days followed by unlimited time for considera tion of amendments if the house Opening Tilt In Majors Rained Out SPORTS BULLETIN Washington UR A heavy downpour Monday forced the postponement of the opening major league baseball game be tween the Washington Senators and New York Yankees a few minutes before President Tru man was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch See Spurt in Coal Output as Pits Reopen Pittsburgh IP Spearheaded by reopening of big captive coal mines in the PittsburghUnion town area the safety shutdown of the United Mine Workers came to a formal end Monday and the return to work of thousands of miners shot bituminous produc tion up towards normal The solid fuels administration reported output was pretty much normal in Pennsylvania All 13 western Pennsylvania pits of the U S Steel Corp were operating restoring pig iron production to normal AH 4 mines of the Jones Laughlin Steel Corp idle 2 weeks reopened The mines of West Virginia leading coal state with more than wishes But Rep Lesinski top democrat on the house labor committee conceded that the bill is unlikely to be changed during debate House labor committee repub licans with 4 southern democrats siding in said in the majority re port that the labor bill would be scrupulously fair to the em ployer the employes and the public They asserted it would bring widespread industrial strife to an end SAME fBfark flir mrsni truffle death In put Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair Monday night Tuesday cloudy but no decided change in temperature Low Monday night 3034 Iowa Fair and cool Monday night Tuesday fair south and mostly cloudy north Little change in temperature Low Monday night 28 northeast to 36 southwest High Teusday 45 northeast to 5560 southwest Minnesota Fair Monday night Cooler east Tuesday cloudy and slightly warmer with light showers beginningwest central IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 2 oclock Sunday morning Maximum 46 Minimum 27 At 8 a m Sunday 37 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 62 40 GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum 59 Minimum 33 At 8 a m Monday 42 YEAR AGO Maximum 76 Minimum 47 100000 miners production neared capacity Seventyfive per cent of eastern Ohios 9000 miners were back at work Employes of one of the 2 major mines still idle scheduled a work resumption vote for Monday afternoon Some workers entering the Vesta No 4 mine of Jones Laughlin at Richeyville Pa de clared they would be ready to stage a long walkout if no con tract is reached with the operators by June 30 when governmeni control of the pits ends Weekend orders in which Lewis directed United Mine workers dis trict officials to send diggers back to work in pits the union deemed reasonably safe promised alively increase in production t FEDERAL JURY INDICTS EISLER Charged With Swearing to False Statements Washington fed era grand jury Monday indicted Ger hart Eisler alleged communist leader on charges of swearing to false statements when seeking to leave the United States in 1945 Eisler 54 a German alien who has been living in New York also is under indictment for contemp of congress That charge was brought last February when he refused to testify under oath be fore the house committee on un American activities Eisler was called before the committee after other witnesses described him as the onetime master mind of the communis movement in the United Stales Los Angeles Swelters as Mercury Reaches 93 Los Angeles ff Lifeguards estimated there were 1000000 persons rushing the season at Los Angeles area beaches Sunday There were 111 rescues but not a single reported drowning A presummer heat wave blis reted this locality for the 3rd successive day the mercury reach ing a high of 93 Braving sunburn on the sand the beach fans founc the water temperature around 63 or 64 although it rarely exceed 60 before June UNION LEADERS IN SESSION TO DRAFT APPEAL NFTW President Says Government Seizure Will Not Be Requested Washington UR Leaders OS he nations striking telephone vorkcrs were called into session Monday to work out an appeal to resident Truman for intervention n the deadlocked peace ncgotia ions The 4flmembcr policy commil ce of the National Federation oE Telephone Workers scheduled the strategy conference as the walk out entered its 2nd week with no settlement in sight NFTW President Joseph BeirnG said the union would ask Mr Tru man to use his good offices to jring about n resumption direct negotiations between the company ind the strikers He said it would not ask for government seizure of ho industry There was no official indication now Mr Truman would receive he unions appeal Some quarters believed his likeliest response would be a plea to both the Bell system and the union to resume their talks in the public interest The white house maintained a landsoff attitude 1residcntial Press Secretary Charles G Koss said it is in the hands of the de partment of labor Meanwhile CIO regional di rectors were summoned to a spe cial meeting here Monday night to increase the effective coopera tion of all CIO instrumentalities in assisting the telephone workers win their just demands The CIO said that while the NFTW was not one of its affiliates a victory in its fight against one of the countrys richest and greed iest corporations would bo a vic tory tor all labor Bcirne told reporters the union did not recommend seizure of the telephone industry because it maintains the government no longer has such power Although Mr Truman has been reported re luctant to order seizure Attorney General Tom C Clark has said he has the authority under the fed eral communications act Beirne indicated that the union was placing its main hope in the success of its white house appeal He said reports from various parts of the country indicated that federal conciliators the go betweens for the union and the various telephone companies have thus far failed to make any prog ress toward a settlement of the wage dispute The opening of the 2nd week of the first nationwide telephone strike in history brought conflict ing statements on the solidarity of the strikers Officials of the Southern Bell Telephone company said more and more workers were returning to work and that some offices are as much as 50 per cent restaffed by union members Officials of the Southern Fed eration of Telephone Workers im mediately belittled the companys statement They said it probably meant that one Southern Tele phone worker returned to his job on Tuesday 2 more on Wednes day and possibly 3 on Thursday In Washington D C a spokes man for the Chesapeake Po tomac Telephone company said about 350 workers were back on the job and that he expected the number to grow The NFTW claimed that the number of workers in picket lines actually was growing It said the number had grown from under 300000 last Monday to 335000 Russia Agrees to Begin Talks for Settling US LendLease Washington state department announced Monday tha Russia after 6 requests has agreed to begin negotiations looking to ward settlement of the Soviets wartime lendlcasi account with the United States The conversations will be held in Washington upon the return from COURT ROLES ON VET SENIORITY Draft Act Does Not Guarantee Job Right Washington iff supreme court Monday ruled that the se lective service act docs not guar antee a veterans seniority on his old job as long as he remains with Moscow of Ambassador N Victor Novikov who has been designated his prewar employer soviet negotiator The United States will be represented in the discussion by Willard Thorp assistant secretary of state for economic affairs and officials of his office the said After repeatedly ignoring Amer ican requests for settlement nego tiations the soviet government told Ambassador Walter B Smith on April 5 that it was now pre pared to start discussions Russia has requested a 000000 postwar loan from the United States A state department official told reporters that there was no reason why this matter could not he introduced in the lend lease discussions The for Russian lend lease represents the original purchase costs of the planes tanks locomotives motor trucks tractors and other material poured into Russia to aid the allied effort to defeat mizi Germany It excludes socalled pipeline goods costing which were on order or cnroutc when lend lease was ended by President Truman shortly after VT day The ruling was given on an ap peal by the CIO United Automo bile Workers and the trailmobile company of Cincinnati from a decision by the U S circuit court in Cincinnati which held that a veterans prescrvicc seniority rights extends beyond his first year of reemployment The union and the company as serted the decision would affect hundreds of thousands of non veterans as well as veterans The United Stales Veterans Ad ministration estimates that it will have 159000 medical cases to care for in 1950
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