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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 14, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                J NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NOKTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS I1 i M 4 VOL LIQ td ud United Pica FuU Leand Win Ccnti COPT MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY MAY 14 IW7 This Comisti ot Two No TRUMAN SIGNS PORTAL PAY BILL GENERAL CLAY SAYS GERMANY IN FOOD CRISIS Believes Situation to Get Worse If Farm Produce Does Not Arrive Frankfurt Lucius D Clay said Wednesday that the food situation in Germany was critical and would get worse if farm produce was not received on schedule in the forthcoming col lections Clay said the crisis was almost certain to last three or four weeks If the food collections from do mestic producers fall short the present ration estimated to aver age 1100 calories a day in the AngloAmerican zone will drop even lower he said American occupation authorities have assurances of increased ship ments from the United States in May and June which will ease the crisis Clay reported Clay said three factors com bined to produce the U S grain shipments fell 130000 tons behind schedule 2 German farm collections were 200000 tons short of the quotas and 3 the average German overate the ra tion by 150 to 200 calories throughout the winter and ate his seed potatoes He said every effort was being made to gather every last possible bit of foodstuff from the German farms Troops will be used if nec essary to aid in the collections he reiterated Clay discussed the food situa tion at a press conference which coincided with renewed demon strations by hungry Germans and forecasts that the German rations would have to cut further Some 10000 German workers went on a onehour sitdown strike at10 a m in protest against the food situation A union delegation presented to the city council a pe tion demanding more food The workers returned peacefully to their jobs Military government experts feared a collapse of the bizonal economic structure unless some improvement in the food situation Is made The Germans were hun gry and increasingly restless German health officials in Frankfurt painted an especially pessimistic picture They claimed that the average Germans were starving and were actually getting through legal channels only about 750 calories a day A German official in Frankfurt asserted Germans are eating less than we fed prisoners of war and slave workers in Frankfurt during the war He estimated that 50 per cent of the people in Frank furt have tuberculosis Further demonstrations were planned Wednesday in the British tone largely an industrial ajea and consequently particularly hard hit Plans were made for a onehour sitdown strike in Lune burgfwhere the German armies in the north surrendered to Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery An official soviet spokesman in Berlin said that the ration was being met in the soviet occupation zone no cut had been made and there was no prospect of trouble Travelers arriving from the soviet zone said food conditions were far from good there but food was available in restricted quantities Germans were looking to Lon don and Washington for help British occupation officials were conferring in London with Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin Dr Ru dolf Amelunxen German minister president for the North Rhine Westphalia state cabled an ap peal to former President Herbert Hoover House Body Approves Legislation to Hike Veterans Payments Washington IP The house veterans committee approved Wednesday legislation to increase minimum payments for rehabilita tion of veterans with servicecon nected disability of 30 per cent or more The bill was sent to the house for action The minimum for a veteran without a dependent would go up from to a month A veteran with a wife would gel instead of In addition a married veteran would get instead of for 1 child and instead of for each additional child The bill originally applied to all veterans with serviceconnected disabilities who are eligible for rehabilitation training The com mittee wrote in the 30 per cent disability limitation and had no estimate of the cost of the pro posed increases or the number 01 veterans affected PRINCESS ELIZABETH PHILIP MOUNTBATTEN SENATE VOTES EUROPE RELIEF Members Disagree With House Decision to Cut Measure Washington senate approved Wednesday a 300 relief program for war rav aged countries of Europe and Asia The vole was 794 It passed he measure after first refusing o go along with a houseapproved slash of in the amount asked by President Truman and he state department The senate stand against a cut was by a roll call vote of 64 to Say Royal Engagement Near London pal ace sources said Wednesday that he dale for an announcement of he engagement of Princess Eliza beth and Lt Philip Mountbatten would be set soon at a dinner party conference of the young couple and their families The royal family the handsome young naval officer and his moth er Princess Alice will meet to liscuss the engagement of the leiress presumptive to the British hrone and the former prince Philip of Greece palace sources reported Court circles said the announce ment was possible this month but certainly would be made before the end of June barring unfore seen developments The word from the high court quarters was the nearest anybody had come to saying that Elizabeth and Philip would be engaged However a sizable section of British opinion has held for months that it was only a matter of time Shift in Senate Strengthens Labor Bill Power Over Veto TAX CUT BILL BEFORE SENATE Expect Action on Measure Next Week Washington The 000000 income tax cut bill reached the senate Wednesday clearing the way for action on the meas ure probably next week Chairman Millikin RColo of the finance committee which ap proved with some changes the bill passed by the house formally reported the legislation to the sen ate Under present plans it is to be called upon for consideration next week However there has been growing support for a democratic proposal to delay action until the senate and house have agreed on budget cuts The house voted to slash Presi dent Trumans budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 by The sen ate approved a cut of only 000000 with a provision that at least of any sur plus be applied to the public debt Thus far the 2 houses have not been able to compromise their dif ferences DRIVER DIES OF CRASH INJURIES Buffalo Center Man Succumbs at Algona Jordahl 41 o Buffalo Center died early Wed nesday at the Kossuth hospital in Algona from injuries received in an auto accident at 11 p m on May 6 While Jordahl was driving alone north of Bancroft on highway 169 a tire blew out the car got out of control and overturned on the pavement pinning Jordahl be neath Passersby lifted the car from him and he was brought to the hospital where he had been in critical condition since He is survived by his wife who was in California but who came here after the accident Jordahl operated a drag line SAME Black flag mtJins traffic death In past II hour period Believe Congress Will Muster Enough Votes to Beat Truman Action Washington shift in senate sentiment Wednesday strengthened prospects that con gress may override a presidential veto of labor legislation if and when it comes The power to overturn a veto was being reassessed after weeks of congressional debate in which it was generally assumed that the republicans labor bill was headed for a veto that would be sustained in the senate These factors contributed to the changing outlook 1 The senate approved its labor legislation Tuesday by a 68 to 24 vote a margin of 6 more than the twothirds necessary to override a veto 2 The appointment of senate conferees whose views indicated a lastditch fight against accept ing provisions of the more drastic house labor bill 3 Indications that the house conferees would yield to senate demands for softening the house bill The senate had been expected to pass its bill by a margin of about 2 to 1 but Tuesdays vote gave it an even larger majority Chairman Robert A Taft R of the labor committee had expected the bill to received votes less than it did Democrats figured that a veto by President Truman would knock off 4 or 5 of the 21 democrats who supported the measure Of those Senate Democratic Whip Scott W Lucas and Sens Carl A Hatch DN and John Sparkman seemed most likely to shift Before the bill finally goes to the white house differences be tween the house and senSte ver sions must be compromised by a conference committee If tha committee recommends acceptance of some of the more stringen house provisions the measure might lose some of its senate sup port before final passage However Taft picked his con ferees with an eye to making a fight for the senate bill Of the five only Sen Joseph H Ball R Minn favored legislation more drastic than the senate bill Be sides Taft the others were Sens Irving M Ives R N W Allen J Ellcnder D La and James E Murray D Mont To avoid losing votes the sen ate conferees must fight hardest t knock out houseapproved provi sions to prohibit industrywide bar gaining and to permit private em ployers to seek injunctions agains unlawful strikes There was no likelihood of se rious differences over section dealing with the closed shop an union shop Both bills would out law the closed shop and allow thi union shop if favored by a ma jprity of the employes Taft would not predict whelhe a veto would be overridden Bu republican whip Kenneth S Wher ry of Nebraska expressed belie the senfe could overturn a vcti if the r iferccs agreed on a bill ni toughe Than the senate measure Iowas Vote Washington fP Senators Wilson and Hickenlooper Iowa republicans voted with the ma jority Wednesday when the sen ate approved a bill for relief to Europe and Asia 19 That means it will have to seek a compromise with the ouse Often such differences are split which in this case would mean a final bill providing a program While the legislation itself does not set forth the countries in which food and supplies will be distributed Secretary of State Marshall has said they arc Aus tria Greece Hungary Italy Po land China and Trieste The bill is the 2nd of 2 key multimillion dollar measures in administrations foreign pol icy program The other is a eco nomic and military relief grant to Greece and Turkey Ithas been passed by both senate and house but awaits final approval of a compromise on minor differences Before final passage of the relief bill the senate rejected an amendment by Sena tor McClellan DArk which would have barred any relief to Russia or countries under the po litical or economic domination of the soviet Romney Used House Funds in Election Washington FBI agent testified Wednesday that Kenneth Romney former house sergeant at arms told him that of an alleged shortage in Kom neys accounts was used to fi nance the 1928 campaign of for mer Rep Smithwick Florida dem ocrat Romney is on trial on charges of falsifying records to conceal the shortage in funds of the office which serves as a bank for con gressmen The jury previously had re ceived evidence that some of the missing funds were used to pay losses Romney and Smithwick in curred in Florida real estate deals An official audit showed in Smithwick checks represented part of the shortage The FBI agent Edward J Arm bruster told the jury he talked with Romney on March 4 quoted Romney as telling and him then that all my troubles stem med from my association with Smithwick Armbruster added He said that of the Smithwick money which made up about 000 of the shortage repre sented funds Smithwick used in his campaign for reelection to congress in 1928 Armbruster said Romney told him that Smithwick lost the elec tion The government rested its case after Armbrusters testimony Tenant Says Landlord Hired Band to Drive Him Out of Apartment Chicago W Grif fith complained Wednesday that his landlord seeking to evict him has recruited a 12piece band which plays all night long in the apartment beneath his AP Wircphoto TWISTER WRECKS TRAILER tornado out of the southwest ripped into this trailer camp on the eastern limits of Findlay Ohio late Tuesday and wrecked 42 of the 45 trailers Only one person was seriously injured but 20 others were treated for minor injuries The twister also swept a path threequarters of a mile wide through the business section of the town and caused damage estimated at Joseph Freeman Acquitted in MayGarsson War Fraud Trial MORE TELEPHONE RIFTS SETTLED New Jersey Michigan West Coast Unions Back Washington 34000 telephone strikers in New Jersey Michigan and on the west coast settled their disputes Wed nesday and a union spokesman said optimistically that the key negotiations with Western Elec tric Co had reached a turning point The controversy between West ern Electric and its two unions remained the biggest stumbling block to a complete settlement of the 38dayold nationwide walk out Western Electric picket lines were keeping thousands of work ers idle even in areas where lo cal issues had been ironed out Union and management nego tiators in the Western Electric dispute were to sit down here again Wednesday in an effort to compose their differences Meanwhile in San Francisco representatives of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co and the National Federation of Tele phone Workers agreed to to weekly pay increase The agree ment covers about 17000 workers in Washington Oregon California Nevada and parts of Idaho who now must ratify the pact Only remaining holdouts on the west coast are Western Electric Co employes in Seattle Los Angeles and Emeryville Cal Settlement also was reached by 5000 plant employes of the Mich igan Bell Telephone Co Terms of this agreement were withheld pending its ratification by the un ion members In New Jersey 12000 operators voted to accept a weekly pay boost offered by the New Jersey Bell Telephone Co But a union spokesman announced that despite the settlement the opera tors would respect Western Elec tric picket lines Western Electric came up with its initial wage offer to its 20000 striking installation employes Tuesday night but union negotia tors rejected it The company said the offer included wage increases of to a week plus in fringe awards Originally the union had asked for a week ly boost A seeingeye cane for the blind that detects the distance and di rection of obstacles within 20 feet by a radarlike beam of light was developed to the testing stage in 1946 Handshake With 4000 Volts Kansas City coil of wire fell beside S R Drumm while he was mowing his lawn and wrapped itself twice around his body Thinking a neighbor merely was playing a joke Drumm showed no alarm and unwrapped the wire Later a power company lineman sent out to repair a hightension electric wire blown down by the wind told Drumm Brother you just shook hands with 4000 volts Drumm was not electrocuated because he came in contact with only the insulated portion and did not touch the bare end of the wire the lineman explained Judge Denies Motions by ExCongressman Garssons for Acquittal Washington Judge Henry A Schweinhaut Wednes day acquitted Joseph F Freeman one of 4 defendants in the May Garsson war fraud trial Schweinhauts action followed a plea by Freemans attorney that the government had failed to con nect Freeman with the alleged conspiracy involving former Con gressman Andrew J May Dr Henry M Garsson and Murray Garsson Shortly before Schweinhaut an nounced his decision he said it was his belief the government had es tablished a prima facie case against May and the Garssons but not against Freeman the Washington representative for the Garsson brothers Schweinhaut then denied mo tions by former Rep Andrew J May Dr Henry M Gars son and his brother Murray Gars son for judgments of acquittal The justice said he felt strongly that the government had established a case against the 3 just as he felt it had failed to do so against Freeman The freed memoer of the quar tet showed virtually no emotion upon hearing Schweinhauts deci sion He remained in the court room as the other arguments con tinued The judges decisions were made after the government rested its case against the 4 The Garssons are accused of buying and May of selling his services to the 878000000 muni tions combine which grew from a letterhead Russia Offers Dual Jewish Arab State New York Russia Wednesday delivered a vigorous attack on Britains administration of Palestine and demanded im mediate termination of the League of Nations mandate As one possible solution of the Holy Land problem Russia rec ommended creation of a dual ArabJewish state The soviet position was sel forth by Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei A Gromyko as the extra ordinary session of the United Na tions assembly moved toward final action creating an 11nation Pal estine inquiry commission Gromyko said the establishment of a dual state seemed to be the best solution but if that could no be achieved Russia felt the nex best plan would be partition ol the Holy Land into separate Jew ish and Arab states He called on the inquiry com mission to give both these plans careful consideration and ex pressed hope that an equitable solution would be reached at the regular September session of the assembly He said British Foreign Secre tary Ernest Bcvin had admittec failure of the mandate as a solu tion to the Palestine problem and that several commissions had ar rived at the same conclusion ACKLEY EDITOR DIES SUDDENLY George Althouse Sr Heart Attack Victim services were pending Wednesday for George F Althouse 78 editor of the Ack ley WorldJournal for nearly 50 years who died at 3 p m Tues day following a stroke Mr Althouse worked at his of fice as usual Monday and during the night suffered a heart attack Nearly his entire newspaper career was spent on a single newspaper which grew to be a powerful force jn the Ackley community Mr Althouse was ac tive in public affairs and was widely known throughout North Iowa Mrs Althouse died last July Surviving are a son George Jr who has been associated with his father in business and 2 daugh ters Miss Margaret Althouse al home and Mrs Louis Taylor at Hobart Ind There are 3 grand children British Beer Will Be 10 Per Cent Stronger London IP Food Minister John Strachey has announced tha British beer will be 10 per cent stronger from now on The strength of beer was cu last August by 20 per cent Strachey restored the cut Tuesday British beer however stilj is con siderably weaker than it was be fore the war The average alco holic content is 33 per cent by volume Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy Wed nesday night and Thursday Continued warm Lowest tem peratures Wednesday night 48 Iowa Partly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday with scat tered light showers or thunder storms extreme west portion Wednesday night and west and central portions Thursday Warmer Low Wednesday nigh 48 to 54 High Thursday 70 to 75 Minnesota Considerable cloudi ness Wednesday night and Thursday with scattered Ugh showers Thursday and wes Wednesday night Cooler north and central Wednesday nigh and Thursday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistic for 24 hour period ending at oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 57 Minimum 49 At 8 a m Wednesday 52 Precipitation Trace YEAR AGO t Maximum 74 Minimum 48 Name Acting Mayor Waterloo E Dolan ha been named acting Waterloo may or succeeding Knapp F Matthew 60 who died of a heart attack a a Monday night council meeting Dolan has been a city councilma for more than 10 years ASKS CONGRESS OR 65 CENTS MINIMUM WAGE Action Outlaws Claims for Work Preparations Many Suits Withdrawn Washington uman signed into law Wednes ay legislation banning portal pay uits and sent congress a fresh uest that it raise the minimum vage to 65 cents an hour In a message to the legislators ne president 1 Emphasized that he was sign ng the portal bill because he be leved it in the interest of ecrf lomic stability that both busi less and the government be re icved of the potential liability for illions of dollars But he said here were defects in the meas re and asked that congress rem dy them 2 Asked again that congress aise the statutory minimum wage rom 40 to 65 cents an hour 3 In effect prodded business to each wage agreements with workers and reduce prices Mr Truman said that with un erlainty over the portal claims cmovcd current wage negotia ions can proceed more readily to satisfactory conclusion and bus nessmcn will be able to plan with ssurancc for full production and irice reductions This he added will be of eal value to labor and manage ment in the maintenance of a con inued high level of employment Carroll Reece republican na ional chairman issued a state ment saying he is delighted that we finally have had some tangi ble evidence that president Tru mans promised cooperation with he republican congress will be forthcoming More than in suits were filed by unions for portal pay claims but many of hem have been withdrawn since the key case brought by pottery workers at Ml Clemens Mich vas dismissed in federal court at he request of the union The suits sought pay for time workers spent preparing for work Some made claims for such hings as changing clothes Others vere for sharpening tools and imilar activities Mr Truman emphasized that he signed the measure because its primary purpose is to relieve employers and the government rom potential liability for bil lons of dollars in socalled portaltoportal claims At the same time the presi dent said some doubts have been expressed to me however con cerning the effects of this legisla ion upon our wage and hour standards He continued Prior to its adjournment last year the congress had reached a arge measure of agreement as to egislation to increase minimum wage standards I trust that with the passage of the portalto jortal act relieving the business ommunity of a heavy burden of doubt the congress will now turn o a reexamination of minimum wage standards Mr Truman called for immedi ate legislation setting up a mini mum of at least 65 cents an hour as compared to the present 40 cents and asked extension of minimum wage benefits to groups not now covered Claims for back portaltoportal pay the president said emerged after a judicial decision on the wage and hour law had raised the possibility that employers might be required to pay back wages for certain activities which in most industries had not previ ously been considered by either workers or employers to be com pensable In the interest of the economic stability of our nation Mr Tru man said it is essential to clarify this matter by statute With uncertainty over these claims ended the president said Current wage negotiations can proceed more readily to a sat isfactory conclusion and business men will be able to plan with as surance for full production and price reductions This will be of real value to labor and management in the maintenance of a continued high level of employment Parrot Refuses to Be Stool Pigeon Cincinnati Leo Wolfe reported Wednesday that his attempt to give a parrot the 3rd degree was unsuccessful Wolfe tried to coax Mrs Jimmie Glassmeyers parrot into reveal ing the name of the person who ransacked her home The bird knew a number of first names and Wolfe thought it might provide a clue But the parrot wasnt any stool pigeon   

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