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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 21, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME 9f AN8 AflCHIVE HCIfCS IA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL Lin Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copyl MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY APRIL 21 1947 This Paper Consists of Two No 164 One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KGLO Mason Clly Sunday p m WXAU Quincy 111 Dion p WOI Ames Inesday a m WSUL Iowa City Thursday o m A Manifestation of the Golden Rule IN Ihis commenlary Im going to visit with you about a public health service which distinguishes Iowa among the 48 states of the union Its Ihe story of the col lege of medicine at the University of Iowa and that magnificent state hospital which is a part of the setup People living under a republi can form of government are prone to lay great stress on its disad vantages and pass lightly over the infinitely greater benefits which accrue from such a form of gov ernment We sort of take the lat ter for granted I have the notion that maybe thats what has happened with respect to this subject Im going to discuss wilh you today We ought to thrill with pride over the manner in which we in Iowa accepted our responsibility as our brothers keeper But mostly we just accept the benefits of this health service as if it were something available to all people everywhere Such an assumption is not well based The truth is that Iowa has done and is doing some outstanding pioneer ing in this important field of pub lic service TO start with lets go back about 50 years in history A half century of course is but a the life of the universe But in thai brief span this new Iowa con cept of public welfare responsi bility has been conceived and evolved inlo a significant pro gram At the turn of the century the University of Iowa had only a pathetically small hospital The limited number of patients treated in it were received on a clinical basis The public service aspect was infinitesimal At that time it should be un derstood too there were other medical colleges in at Keokuk one in Sioux City and another in Des Moines There was no systematic or widespread ef fort to take care of what we for want of a better term call in digents It was from these meager be ginnings that our states un matched system of public hos pitalization and medical care has developed Lets get along with our story IN 1915 the general assembly of Iowa passed by a large ma jority what is known as the Per kins This law provided that any person under 16 years of age who was suffering from a de formity or malady which prob ably could be helped by medical or surgical treatment and hospital care might on application to the judge of the district or superior court sitting as a juvenile court be committed to the University hospital It wasnt quite this simple of course There had to be a recom mendation by a local physician appointed by the court This phy sician had to give a formal opin ion that the patient stood in need of such surgical treatment or hos pital care There was the further stipula tion that a showing must be made that the parents of the child in queslion were unable financially to pay Ihe costs involved This phase of the administration placed in the hands the county attorney UNDER the Perkins law the actual expenses of caring for such a patient exclusive of any money paid to doctors or nurses except their salaries were to be paid for on bills duly rendered out of any money not otherwise appropriated in the state treasury In a very short time this law was taken advantage of to the ex tent of the hospitals capacity As a result an additional wing was built on lo the old hospital on Iowa avenue now known as East hall and otherwise used Four years after the passage of the Perkins law an amendment known as the HaskellKIaus bill was passed This removed the age limit and made the services of the hospital available to all in digenls This created another de mand for additional space IN the early 1920s the General Education Board and the Rockefeller Foundation acting jointly offered the state of Iowa on the stipulation that our legislature appropriate an equal sum over 5 years to build a new hospital and enlarge the childrens hospital already built on the west side of Iowa river The general assembly to which this proposition was made prompt ly matched the private gift and in 1928 a great medical center was opened at Iowa City In the materialization of this dream President Walter A Jessup and William R Bnyd chairman of the state board of education finance CONTINDED ON PAGE UNIONS MARCH ON LEGISLATURE FIRE DESTROYS SURF ESTIMATE LOSS Rebuilding of Clear Lake Hall Undecided Blaze Origin Unknown Clear or not a new ballroom will be constructec on the site of the Surf which burned lo Ihe ground early Sun day wilh an estimaled loss of is undecided according to Roy E Mcllralh secretary treasurer of Prom Inc which owned the Surf part of the former Fox chain of ballrooms Mcllrath arrived at the scene of the smouldering ballroom late Sunday but had been unable to contact Kenneth W Moore presi dent of Prom Inc who is at present on vacation touring by automobile All that was left of the famous lake amusement place to greet Mcllrath on his arrival here were the walls of this mous north Iowa ballroom which had been purchased only last December The structure was a complete loss according to Manager Henry Volstad who began his ballroom career as publicity manager for Carl Fox builder and former own er of the building which was sold late last year to From Inc of Chicago along with the Terp at Austin Minn and the Prom at St Paul Minn for a reported 300000 Volstad stated that he left the building at a m Sunday fol lowing the Saturday night dance and had inspected the place All oi the carpets had been swept and the cushions removed as usual be fore locking up the ballroom for th night Mr Fox who resided in an apartment in the east end of the ballroom heard an explosion about a m and went downstairs to investigate Upon finding smoke rolling up from the interior of the Ballroom he hurried upstairs and aroused his wife their soninlaw and daughter Mr and Mrs Rob ert Warren and their baby who were residing with Mr and Mrs Fox Most of the personal belongings of the two families and some of the furniture was carried from the apartment before fire reached it So one was injured by the blaze it having occurred in the early morning hours after the Saturday night crowd had left the resort Although the cause of the fire has not been determined it is believed jy firemen to have started near he bar in the west end of the lding where flames shot first ihrough the roof Don Knoke Garner an em ploye of the adjoining Curlys cafe who was engaged incleaning up for the night turned in the fire alarm when he heard the explo sion and smelled smoke The Clear Lake fire department arrived about a m and found the Duilding in flames The Mason City fire department was called at a m and Capt Thomas Keenan wilh 4 men re sponded on Engine No 1 of Ihe Central station The offshiffc of the Mason City department was called on duty until the unit returned to quarters at a m Sunday Both the Clear Lake truck and he Mason City truck have capac ties for pumping 750 gallons per minute and were used throughout toe fire The roof of the building caved n about 4 a m and shortly after hat flames shot from 75 to 100 eet into the sky There was very ittle wind however to whip lames or sparks and neither Cur ys cafe to the west nor the cot ages owned by F E Bruce on he cast were damaged Firemen kept hose lines turned the adjoining building and cot ages to prevent the spread of fire during the fire small explosions could be heard by spectators sup osedly caused by bursting beer jottles Frank Swanson telephone em ploye removed 3 spans of hot tele shone wire from the building dur ng the height of the blaze All urniture from the building to the west and the nearby cottages was emoved until the danger of fire vas past What breeze there was arried the sparks out onto the ake where there was no harm Although the fire was believed to be out at a m Sunday he Clear Lake department was ailed back at 9 a m when an ither blaze started up The entire milding was burned out complete y inside with only 3 walls stand ng but in bad condition The ligh tower in front was still stand ng Sunday but the apartment was gutted and the roof entirely gone Spectators Were warned that the walls are not safe and they should cep a safe dislance from the Uilding i TOWER OF SURF STILL that was left of North Iowas famous ballroom the Surf at Clear Lake Monday was the high tower on the front of the building The rest of the amusement palace was com pletely destroyed by fire which broke out early Sunday morning Carl Fox former owner of the ballroom and his family lived in an apartment in this tower The picture Photos by Chuck Sorlien was taken from the top of Curlys cafe which is next door to the ballroom and shows the inside of the main entrance to the dance hall The ruins of the managers office are shown at the left Lower picture Spectators on the north west side of the burning building watch the flames which leaped 75 to 100 feet into ttie air Boy 4 Killed in Fall From Moving Auto Muscatine David Wayne Snupp 4 son of Mr and Mrs iVayne Knupp of Washington owa died Saturday when he fell rom a moving car driven by his father about 13 miles south of here on highway 61 The parents said the child accidentally opened a car door and fell to the pavement Dedestrian Dies From lar Accident Injuries Davenport P Hume 4 who was struck by an auto mobile as he was crossing a street Saturday night died in a hospital his morning SAME Blade fUf meant traffic deatb tn put 24 kou U S Steel Wage Agreement Cheers Future of Industry Believe Pay Increase Will Set Pattern for Rest of Companies Pittsburgh on wage increases of a day for 140000 U S Steel corporation workers Monday cheered the en lire industry with the prospect of a year of strikefree production The pay upon Sunday by Philip Murray presi dent of the CIO and the United Steehvorkers and J A Stephens big steel vice president won quick approval by the unions ex ecutive board The raises after employes of 5 major producing subsidiaries and are expected to set the wage boost pattern for other steel companies as well as other industries The agreement comes before the unions175man wage and policy committee Monday lor final ap proval The union said signature of the pact Tuesday could be expected U S Steel put the direct cost of the wage increases at including pay boosts for fabricat ing companies expected to sign similar pacts The steelworkers announcement estimated the cost at more than but ex plained that figure applied only to the 5 subsidiaries involved in the present agreement Here is the pay increase ar may be re opened after one Murray and Stephens settled in 3 days of highly private manto man conferences An additional a day or 121 cents an hour for all workers plus slightly more than 2J cents which the union said would cover the cost of additional benefits and bring total raises to a little more than 15 cents Fairless said the average week ly pay would rise from to S5850 under the new contract which will be retroactive to April 1 He put the average hourly wage rate at The increases are in addition to a 51 cent average hourly wage boost agreed upon last February in a joint unioncorporation plan to eliminate wage inequities in vari ous plants Swift and Company Plant Open as Usual Manager Announces The Swift and company plant in Mason City was open doing busi ness as usual Monday This announcement was made Monday morning to correct an er roneous stalement in the news Salurday and Sunday that the plant would close because of the union caravan to Des Moines Such employes as requested it were permitted lo be absenl L O Allen manager slaled Charles City Oliver Plant Is Picketed Charles were sta tioned at both ends of the Oliver Corporation plant here Sunday night and Monday morning and operations at the plant had ceased Manager George Bird reported Monday Plant officials had been nolified by a represenlative of Locals 115 and 222 that a walkout had been called for Monday The tractor assembly depart ment of the plant was already scheduled to be temporarily shut down for lack of material Seek 47 Cut for Interior Department Washington unprece dented 47 per cent budget cut was recommended for the interior de partment Monday by the house ap propriations committee Slashing vigorously in its prom ised meat axe drive to chop 50000000000 from President Tru mans 537500000000 federal bud get for 1948 the committee sent to the house floor a bill to operatethe interior depart ment for the 12 months starting1 July 1 This is below the presidents budget estimates 362173 under current appropria tions but above the de partments last prewar fund in 1938 Wilh a single fine arts commission which re ceived the full it required every one pf the departments far flung activities felt the commit tees axe If congress follows the commit tees recommendation the division of power and the division of geography wilt be abolished the oil and gas division will be cut down to hot oil act enforcement activities and thousands of in terior department employes will be looking for jobs And such multimillion dollar agencies as the reclamation bu reau the Bonnevillc Ore power administralion Ihe bureau of In dian affairs the geological survey the bureau of mines the fish and wildlife service and the national park service will be required lo get a Long on sharplytrimmed budgels The commitlee approved 750000 for road work in Alaska a cut of hearing army officials slress the import ance of highways to support mili tary bases in the northern terri tory Well over half of the entire re duction in the bill was applied to the reclamation bureau A battle to restore some of the funds will be fought out on the house floor when the measure comes up for debate beginning Thursday President Truman Asks for United Effort to Reduce High Prices New York Tru man cautioning that the economic situation is acute appealed Monday for a united effort to bring prices down and prevent a depression Addressing the annual luncheon of members of the Associated Press Ihe chief executive said Ihere must be 1 Moderation on Ihe part of business 2 Forbearance on the part of labor plus greater productiv ity 3 Allout effort on the part of the farmer 4 Wise guidance and action on the part of the government Here he reiterated his plea against cutting taxes now and called for exlension of rent export and credit controls Largest Rail Stretch The longest stretch of railroad track without a curve in the United Stales is 7886 miles be tween Wilmington and Harnlet N Car Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy and continued cool Monday night and Tuesday with light showers likely Monday night Low Mon day night 3640 Iowa Mostly cloudy and contin ued cool Monday night ana Tuesday A few light showers northwest Monday night Low Monday night 36 east to 43 west High Tuesday 58 east 54 west Minnesota Mostly cloudy and continued cool Monday night and Tuesday Occasional light rain east and south portions Monday night except none in the extreme southeast IN MASON CITY GlobeGazelle weather statis tics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Sunday morning Maximum 42 Minimum 25 At 8 a m Sunday 35 YEAR AGO Maximum 81 Minimum 41 GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum 50 Minimum 30 At 8 a m Monday 38 YEAR AGO Maximum 6S Minimum 46 GOVERNORSAYS LAWMAKERS NO RUBBERSTAMP Says Legislators Are Seeking Greatest Good for Greatest Number DCS Moines Robert D Blue told assembled thousands oE Iowa union men here Monday that your legislature never has been and thank God never will be a rubber stamp for any chief execu tive or any pressure group The governor who stood on a chair at the top of the statchousc steps as he spoke to delegations from throughout the state who came her to protest restrictive la bor legislation asserted that the legislature was seeking the great est good for the greatest number When Blue said your legisla tureand the citizens of this state are not unfriendly to the laboring man a loud boo resounded through the crowd Now just a minute the gov ernor said Im your guest and you invited me to speak to you If you dont want to listen to me thats up to you The crowd quieted immediately The governor spoke extempor aneously to the union men and women who were massed on the sloping west lawn of capital hill They had come here from all over the state to protest the legislatures passage of a bill to ban the closed shop union shop and dues check off The size of the crowd of demon slrators was estimated at 12000 by Col R A Lancaster deputy ad jutant of the state guard and 22 000 by A A Couch president of the State Federation of La bor Speaker G T Kuesler RGris opened Mondays after noons house session at p m 5 minutes late as the house took up the highly controversial senate approved anliclosed shop bill The house galleries were filled to capacity with a few persons standing A short time before the session opened 15 prelabor members of the house went into a closed ses sion behind locked doors Newsmen were unable immedi ately to obtain any information on the hurriedlycalled meeting which followed by less than an hour Gov Robert D Blues brief address lo thousands of union members here to protest the bill The governor had opened his brief talk with the words Im Bob Blue your governor Im glad lo welcome you to your statehouse and your seat of gov ernment in one of the finest states on the face of this earth The governor told the working men they were there by exercise of the fine fundamental law of the right of assembly and the right of petition as guaranteed in the Iowa and V S constitutions The governor said it would be inappropriate for him to discuss pending legislation with the as semblage but went on lo say that Ihis legislalure already has passed legislation friendly to the working man including the oc cupational disease law He declared the legislature had the job of representing all of Iowas citizens and added Impressive as this throng gath ered here is it is infinitesmal as compared to the 21 million men women and children who make up the great stale of Iowa It was at this point that the chief executive asserted Ihe legislature would not be a rubber stamp As he neared the end of his talk the governor lold Ihe crowd lhat you must remember that just be cause people do not agree doesnt mean that Ihey dont have an af fection for one another The turnout of union members apparently fell far short of the 60000 expected here by CIO and AFL leaders There are an esti mated 200000 union members in the state The governor made his speech after eating a homepacked lunch of sandwiches and eggs at hig desk He was escorted to the makeshift speaking stand by state police officers and was sur rounded during his talk by a delegation of virtually all mem bers of the senate A score of state and city police stood behind him as he spoke Blues address was followed by talks by Rep Ted Sloane RDes Rep Fred Schwengel and John Con nolly Des Moines labor attorney Ail 3 voiced opposition to pend ing labor legislation in both houses and were cheered loudly Governor Blue has told you that he cant discuss pending legislation in public Sloane said but the governor has talked in private and that talk has been unfriendly to