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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 24, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                AICIIVII NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAMR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL Lm Prw mud United Press nui Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY APRIL 24 1947 This Paper Consists o Two One fro is BIG 4 MEETING ENDS IN DEADLOCK GOVERNORBIUE IS EXPECTED TO SIGNLABORBILL Controversial Measure Clears Last Hurdle in Iowa Legislature Des Moines fF The Iowa anticlosed shop bill needs only the signature of Governor Rober D Blue and official publication before it becomes law The controversial bill which brought thousands of union work ers to DCS Mollies last Monday in a futile demonstration to preven its enactment cleared the last legislative hurdle la the senate late Wednesday Governor Blue is expected to add his signature as soon as the measure reaches his desk It maj take several days before the en rolled document is presented to him The final step to place the new legislation in the statute books will be official publication in newspapers The bill as originally passed by the senate would have become ef fective July 4 but the house hur ried up the process when it re vamped the measure to put more teeth in it The senate concurred in all house changes without debate In prohibiting contracts for a closed shop a union shop or E dues checkoff system the bill makes it a punishable misde meanor to deny any person em ployment because he is or is not a member of a union Among the legal questions re maining to be settled is how far the new legislation can go in in terfering with closed and union shop contracts where the workers involved are hired by an em ployer engaged in interstate com merce Sponsors of the bill claim it will have general application throughout the state but labor at torneys argued before the legis lature that the national labor re lations act will take precedence in cases affecting interstate com merce and that this will take in around 80 per cent of Iowas or ganized workers A A Couch president of the State Federation of Labor AFL said that his organization would take this issue to the jjighest court in the land and John Con nolly Jr Des Moines labor at torney declared the fight has just started Rep M H Hicklin one of the bills authors said re garding interstate commerce Federal law has not ruled on this matter of the closed shop The national labor relations act the railroad retirement act and the LaGuardia act all have omitted touching on this question The rules of courts say that the federal government does not take over an entire field of activity by tak ing jurisdiction over a part of that field He said that the courts have ruled that under such circum stances the power reverts to the states under their police powers However Connolly argued that the Iowa bill was unconstitution al and contrary to the national labor relations act as it exists to day Where the federal government has assumed jurisdiction of sub ject matter a state cannot make Jaws contradictory thereto he declared The government has as sumed such jurisdiction The pro visions of the Iowa bill are prop er objectives of collective bar gaining and courts have so held for years Wallace Plans Speech atChicagoMayl4l8 Chicago A Wallace will deliver a major speech on U S foreign policy at Chicago stadium May 14 in his first mid western appearance after his re turn from Europe it was an nounced Thursday Wallace will address a mass meeting sponsored by the Illinois chapter of the Progressive Citizens of America SAME 150 tltt ti hour Beer Saloon Bill Rejected by Iowa House Des Moines house of representatives rejected the sen ateapproved compromise beer saloon bill late Wednesday 57 to 49 following a storm of protest against the conference commit tee proposal Some of the proponents of strict er beer legislation in the house had warned that it was a matter of taking the measure or nothing since a move for final adjourn ment Friday was gaining momen tum However Speaker G T Kuester RGriswold appointed 4 more house members to serve on a sec ond conference committee They will be joined by 4 yet to be appointed to make another try The first conference committee was appointed after the senate and house were unable to agree on beer legislation The senate ap proved the first conference com mittee proposal 31 to 7 That measure was termed a beer saloon bill because one of its many provisions would have required taverns to have outside signs labeling the places in let ters at least 8 inches high The bill was termed silly and ridiculous by its opponents in the house Sixteen took the floor against it and only 8 members arose to support it The house finally came to a vote on it about 6 p m Those who voted for the meas ure Reps Anderson Avery Bass Beardsley Beman Bloom Bry son De Grotte Duffield Edwards immen Fletcher Fulk Good Hendrix Huston Kerr Kester Kilpatrick Klemesrud Landsness Langland Lynes Mills Moore R A Nelson Nicholas Noble Nor and Olson Patrick Pieper Pos on Rankin Redman Robb Rob nson Saylor Virgil E Smith Steinberg Strawman Troeger Turner W Eldon Walter Watson Weiss Williams Wilson and Kues ter Those absent or not recorded as voting were Reps Walden T Smith and Henry Stevens All others voted against the measure Top Experts on Palestine Meet With UN take Success N Y experts on Palestine problems converged upon United Nations leadquarters Thursday as the fastworking secretariat complet ed plans for opening the first U f special session on Palestine next Monday Secretary General Trygve Lie ixed Thursday as the deadline for he nations to turn in proposals to e heard by the assembly Two major questions have been put on the provisional agenda upon which the assembly must decide y a vote They are 1 A British request for appointment of a special committee to prepare for consideration of the Palestine question at the regular session in September 2 Identical requests by the 5 members of the Arab league who are U N states for the special session to consider termination of he British mandate over Pales ine and the declaration of Pales ines independence Get Sugar Boost Washington ictels hospitals and similar in titutional types of sugar users Thursday were granted a 25 per increase in rations for May JUDGE RETURNS OF FINE TO UMW Mine Chieftain Lewis Contributes to Telephone Strikers Washington L Lewis Thursday got back of a contempt fine imposed against his United Mine Workers and promptly contributed to striking telephone workers Less than an hour after Federal Judge T Alan Goldsborough re funded them UMW of ficials arrived at telephone strike headquarters with a check for the to help support the 18 day old crosscountry tieup We are authorized by the pres ident Lewis of UMW to deliver to the officers of the telephone workers upon unanimous authori zation of the international execu tive board this check John T Jones a UMW board member told C W Werkau strike director for the National Federation of Telephone Workers Werkau thanked him and told him With your help I know we will be able to carry the fight through to a successful conclusion Werkau said the money will be used to prosecute the strike and to pay for fuel food rent and doctor bills for needy strikers It was learned that the UMW check was written out at 10 a m the hour at which Golds Dorough convened court In refunding the to the UMW Goldsborough added a warning that a preliminary in junction prohibiting the miners irom striking against the govern ment is still in force and can be invoked at any time Goldsborough took the action after Assistant Attorney General John had objection from the government Sonnett told the court that it appears the partial safety stop page in the governmentheld soft coal mines has cause no real injury to the people of the United States Two weeks ago Goldsborough lad refused to grant the 000 refund because many mines were idle He said then that UMW Chieftain John L Lewis and the union had not showed they were acting in good faith in line with a supreme court mandate Goldsborough fined the union ast December because it ignored his order to call off a contract ermination notice Lewis had served on the government The supreme court on March 6 reduced the fine to pro vided the union showed that it lad fully compiled with Golds oroughs orders Sonnett said Thursday the gov ernment is satisfied that the union complied with the mandate by withdrawing the contract can cellation notice and by distribut ng the word of the withdrawal o its members He told the court hat coal production has been about normal since April 14 wis called off the safety stopt lage at that time It was ordered i riginally on April 1 as a me morial to 111 miners killed in an explosion March 25 at Centralia A fine which Golds iorough imposed last December n Lewis individually already has ieen paid and the union promptly ffered a certified check Thurs day for its It also sub mitted another check for epresenting a one per cent loundage charges on the 00 in bonds which the union posted as security for the fine PRICES ARE Ray Noel of a Clover Farm chain food store in Nashua N H tells customers as he points to a sign about the 30 per cent reduction in prices in answer to President Trumans plea to halt rising prices The price slash movement which began in Newburyport Mass was snowballing throughout other communities in the nation Thursday Newburyport Mass Newburyport plan appeared to be snowballing across the nation Thursday as manufacturers and merchants in New York New Jer sey Pennsylvania Minnesota and California followed this citys ex ample and voluntarily slashed prices 10 per cent or more Designed to create a coastto coast rollback of prices the plan was inaugurated by most New buryport merchants Tuesday on a 10day trial basis and since has been adopted in Leominsler and Amesbury Mass Spring Valley N Y Virginia Minn and Sher man Oaks Cal Lever Brothers company mak ers of Lifebuoy Rinso Lux and Swan soaps announced a 10 per cent price reduction Wednesday shortly after President Truman had telegraphed congratulations to the Essex county Development council sponsors of the plan here The Lever cut was followed bj No Mason City Phone Service Charge Until End of Strike 6 Out of 150 Union exchange of the Bell Telephone 50 Men Are Missing as Vessel Hits Rocks Near British Isles Porthcawl Wales men were missing and apparently lead Thursday in the wreck of the Britishoperated Liberty ship Samtampa hurled against the Sker Point rocks near the mouth of he Bristol channel by an 80 mile an hour gale Eleven bodies covered with fuel oil had been recovered Hope was irtually abandoned for the other members of the 42man Samtampa rew and the 8 men of a lifeboat which capsized while trying to each the stricken cargo ship The Samtampa was tossed broadside against the rocks 200 yards ffshore at 7 p m Wednesday Coast watchers saw men on deck swept nto the sea by the waves ttempts to reach the vessel with line and lifeboat failed it broke nto 3 parts Four of the first 11 bodies vashed ashore were believed lose of lifeboat crewmen Another rescue crew battled iis vay through the lashing seas to le Samtampa wreckage early Thursday They boarded the ves el and found no signs of life Ap arently all hands aboard had rowned A thorough search was mpossible until the storm sub dcd The first lifeboat which sought o reach the Samtampa was found bandoned upside down on the beach at dawn There was no sign of any crew members The Samtampa was built at Portland Me in 1943 The vessel was operated by the Houlder Brothers Steamship Line for the ministry of transport under lease from the war shipping adminis tration The vessel was running in bal last when the gale struck A dis tress flare was sent up by her crew shortly before the ship hit the rocks Thousands of spectators lined the windy shore and watched helplessly by the light of auto mobile lights while the Samtampa was torn to pieces Operators Are Working at Local Switchboard Mason City telephone subscrib ers will not be charged for loca service from April 7 until the end of the telephone strike R W Lacey Waterloo district com mercial supervisor announce Thursday He is in charge oi the Wason City Northwestern company in the absence of Man ager Carl W Dwyer who is re covering from illness Simultaneously Lacey appealec o Mason Cityans not to use their elephones except in real emer gencies Since no charge is being made for the emergency service and since calls have been build ng up in number until they are axing capacity Lacey said he elt that the company had a right o emphasize such a request Cooperation by the public has exceeded all expectations he added but as emergency service ontinues the number calls has been gradually increasing Six unionmembers are work ing here Lacey said when ques tioned Two never left their jobs he explained and i have returned to work He warned that those working are only 6 out of about 150 and although welcome they did not greatly increase the capacity for handling calls Newspaper pub licity concerning the fact that 5 persons were back at work in Charles City resulted in such an increase in the number of calls there that those on the board were entirely unable to handle them he pointed out The decision not to charge for local service in Mason City does not apply to Northwestern exchanges of the Bell where dial phones are used Lacey said Procter and Gamble Cuts Prices on Soaps Cincinnati The Procter and Gamble company Thursday announced a reduction on the wholesale price of its household soaps ranging up to 10 per cent It also said it was reducing im mediately the wholesale price of Crisco vegetable shortening an additional 2 cents per pound making a total reduction of 4 cents a pound on that product since April 1 Eastern Star Leader Dies Iowa City L Rec ords 74 past grand patron of the Order of Eastern Star of Iowa and prominent business leader lere died at a hospital here Wed nesday after suffering a stroke unday REPORT PHONE LINE SABOTAGE Government Seeking New Peace Formula Washington govern ment Thursday went after a new formula for settling the 18day old telephone strike amid reports that long distance lines have been sabotaged in at least 11 states The striking National Federa tion of Telephone Workers quickly accepted an invitation from Edgar L Warren federal conciliation di rector to renewed bargaining talks with 3 strategic units in the Bell system The only immediate acceptance by the other side came from the Southwestern Bell Telephone com pany The Western Electric com pany and the long lines division of the American Telephone and Telegraph company said they would think it over The 3 units employ about 93000 of the 340000 workers made idle by the union walkout April 7 to enforce new contract demands in cluding a S12 a week pay hike In Des Moines A R Toepfer secretary of the Northwestern Union of Telephone workers said Thursday the union was seeking to organize the 800 Iowa super visors of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company into a union Toepfer said the union had ordered its field organizers to as sist the organizing committee of the supervisors union of com munication workers The union secretary said that it had been indicated to employes in the picket line that the super visory employes would leave the telephone building if they had the protection of a union He said the telephone workers union was offering them com plete protection from the tele phone company after the strike is settled along with the possibil ity of having their own union Minnesota Governor Signs AntiSecondary Boycott Bill Into Law St Paul had an antisecondary boycott bill Thursday the most stringent piece of labor legislation passed by the 55th legislature that was in its waning hours The proposal was signed into aw late Wednesday by Gov Lu her W Youngdahl who opposed punitive labor legislation such as an anticlosed shop act and bans on strikes by public employes Proposals for such legislation died n the legislature similar reductions by the Colgate Palmolive Peet company of Jer sey City N J and Lincoln Stores Inc a department store chain with 15 outlets in New England New York and Pennsylvannia The Clover Farm company of Boston with 125 New England stores reduced prices 10 to 30 per cent on groceries supplied to in dependent stores in Massachu setts Vermont and New Hamp shire Ten per cent reductions were announced by the General Cable Corp of New York and Cowhig industries a Boston hard ware supply house As Mayor James M Curley called on Boston businessmen to make The Hub the first large city to take concerted action re quests for information poured into Newburyport from other New England cities In Chicago the Illinois Federa tion ol Retail associations ap pealed to merchants to get in line with Newburyport Only reported opposition was in Portsmouth N H where the Chamber of Commerce announced that the plan is inadvisable be cause it cannot create perma nent price reductions on a na tional scale Meanwhile Newburyport re tailers who started the pricecut drive in response to the presi dents request for voluntary de flation said business had boomed 10 to 60 per cent Stores were crowded and outoftown cus tomers flocked to this city of 15 000 to take advantage of the re ductions The Essex council said 97 per cent of Newburyports merchants were cooperating and estimated that business had increased 20 to 24 per cent in department stores 10 to 15 per cent in food stores 40 to 60 per cent in jewelry stores 15 to 20 per cent in hardware stores and 25 to 30 per cent in clothing stores Forgot Car Albuquerque N Mex O Hair paid a SI fine for over time parking witlj this explana tion Id been without a car for so long that I forgot I bought a new car and went home on the bus UAW Offer of Arbitration Turned Down Detroit Motors Corp Thursday rejected an offer of the CIO United Auto Workers to submit to arbitration the ques tion of how a 15cciit raise should be distributed The UAWCIO on Wednesday proposed that General Motors pul into effect immediately an cent raise for 220000 GMUAW workers It suggested that a 3man arbitration board be named to decide whether the additional 35 cents should be paid as a flat in crease ally offered its workers an 11J cent raise and an additional 3i cents for 6 paid holidays sub mitted its answer Thursday through Harry W Anderson vice president GM said we are opposed to arbitrating matters which should be settled by collective bargaining We consider our offer to be ex tremely advantageous to the em ployes represented by your union A delay in acceptance is at their expense MISTAKE VETO TO BE RECTIFIED President Acted on Somebodys Advice Washington h e while house said Thursday that Presi dent Trumans mistake veto will be rectified but that the method for undoing it is yet un certain Presidential Press Secretary Charles G Ross told a news con ference I dont think any great damage has been done I dont know who made the mistake Somebodys face is prob ably red The vetoed bill would have con ferred special powers on counsel for the senate defense investigat ing committee and cleared the way for the presidents good friend Former Democratic Senator Bur ton K Wheeler to take a job with the committee as special counsel Mr Truman vetoed it Wednes day He said it was too broad and would give the special counsel some of the justice departments powers Then it developed that he was legislation of that nature has been passed many times Once was when Mr Tru man was a senator and wanted for the defense committee which he then headed the same powers now asked Ross made clear that Mr Tru man had simply acted on someone elses advice House Begins Work on Veteran Bonus Bill Des Moines house be an work Thursday on the sen ate approved measure to pay bonuses ranging from to to Iowa veterans of World War II The measure is the 3rd to be proposed in the house but the first to come up for action The proposal is to issue 000000 in bonds to be paid off over a 20 year period by property taxes It would require enactment of the measure by this session of the legislature and approval of the voters in the general election of 1948 Radio Comedians Win Battle With Network Over Time Jibes Hollywood 4 day skirmish between the National Broad casting company and its radio comics was over Thursday with the comedians planning an unopposed field day of jibes at the network But the fun was over NBC turned its other cheek and invited the comics to say anything they wanted to about the network The controversy started Sunday night when NBC cut Comedian Fred Allen off the air briefly during a wisecrack about a mythical network vicepresident in of overtime who gets his vaca ion by accumulating seconds from the ends of overtime broad casts It ended when NBC Wednesday night lifted its order to fade any okes directed at the network and appointed Allen and Comedians Bob Hope and Red Skelton who ilso were cut off during NBC okes as honorary vice presidents Allen turned down his vice presidency pleading pressure of work and poor health hat precluded strenuous outside activities Allen was cut off for 25 sec onds and Hope and Skelton fin shed wisecracks about the net work into dead air Tuesday night when the network clicked the switch for about 5 seconds on each program Lifting of the NBC ban was re garded by the airlancs comics as a signal for open season on radio jokes Dennis Day was the first to have his run Wednesday night without being shunted off the air His radio girl friend Mildred coming into the room asked What are you doing Im listening to the radio Day replied But I dont hear anything she said I know it Day answered Im listening to the Fred Allen pro gram Burns and Allen and Jack Benny who like Day had threat ened to go through with antinet work gags despite the ban will trot out their jokes Thursday and Sunday FAIL TO REACH AGREEMENT ON MAJOR ISSUES Marshall Expresses Disappointment Over Lack of Progress 4powcr confer ence of foreign ministers in session since March 10 ended Thursday in disagreement on all major German and Austrian issues The Biff Four succeeded neither in agreeing upon a peace treaty for Germany nor upon a treaty for Austria which had been the minimum accomplishment c x pected for the session The final meeting concluded at p m a m CST and the foreign ministers of the United States France and Britain will leave Moscow Friday after a farewell banquet tendered by Generalissimo Stalin at the Krem lin Thursday night Secretary of State George C Marshall is expected to arrive in Washington from Moscow late Saturday Marshall told a press conference immediately after the session con cluded that while he was disap pointed at the lack of progress he felt there was a fair chance or reaching an eventual agreement within a reasonable time Before quitting the Big 4 agreed to set up a special com mission and a special technical committee to meet in Vienna and study the disagreed points in the proposed Austrian peace treaty The ministers in addition to the London session agreed to hold a short meeting in New York at the time of the UN general assembly meeting in September provided they are all present at that meet ing The ministers directed the allied control council in Berlin to report by June 1 on a proposed program for reducing the strength of occu pation forces in Germany by Sept 1 The foreign ministers deputies were instructed to continue to work on German problems either in London or Berlin Marshall was asked o comment on American newspaper reports that failure here meant the Unit ed States never would reach an agreement with the soviet union He said It will not be possible in a month or 2 to evaluate the prog ress made here and clarify the is sues This was just the first round In our impatience we probably expected more progress in this 3rd session than could probably be ex pected With all my impatience he continued I think we have a fair chance of reaching an agreement on these critical matters within a reasonable time however depress ing the present delays may seem Marshall will make a special re port to the American people either Sunday or Monday evening He said that when he left Wash ington he realized there was little chance of an agreement on the German treaty here He added that he did hope for an Austrian treaty before leaving Moscow Fishes for Perch and Catches Whale Yakima Wash H Set tlemeyer says he caught a whale while fishing for perch Settlemeyer fishing in the Pa cific ocean said he threw a casi ng net at the whale to scare it away but the net settled over the whale and the mammal swam into a rock and was stunned With assistance he finally beached a 7 foot 750 pounder Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy Con tinued cool Thursday night and Friday with lowest temperature 35 to 40 Iowa Mostly cloudy Thursday night and Friday Rain in the extreme south beginning late Thursday night or early Friday Continued cool Low Thursday night 34 north to 43 south High Friday 53 to 55 Minnseola Generally fair Thurs night and Friday except cloudy southeast portion lay Continued cool IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis ics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum 52 Minimum 31 At 8 a m Thursday 41 Precipitation 07 YEAR AGO Maximum 72 Minimum 38 day most Fricla   

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