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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 24, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME TMI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL HOftTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION imm Associated Press and United Fresi Full Leased Wlrei Five Cents a Copy MASON cn IOWA TUESDAY JUNE 24 1947 4TH OF SOFT COAL MINERS STRIKE Des Moines Fears Greater Flood Than in 1944 HEAVY RAINS IN WESTERN PAR SWELL RIVERS Van Meter Warned of High Water Stages Equal to Week Ago By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Residents living in low areas o Des Moines were warned by th weather bureau Tuesday to tak precautions immediately for rive stages higher than those of th floods of 1944 The warning came as flood wa ters of the Upper Des Moines riv er boiled downstream after caus ing extensive damage at For Dodge Monday and driving sev eral hundred persons from the homes in that city of 23000 Th river was falling rapidly at For Dodge Tuesday The weather bureau said a new flood crest also was moving down the Raccoon river which flow into the Des Moines at De Moines Van Meter was warnec to prepare for stages as high as the record levels of about a week ago Severe flooding on lowlands be tween Jefferson and Des Moines on the Raccoon river and between Boone and Des Moines on the Des Moines river was predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday At Des Moines a stage of 25 o 26 feet was forecast at the 2nc avenue bridge Wednesday after noon This would be close to the alltime high of 273 feet in the great flood of May 31 1903 ant more than 4 feet above the peak of 9 days ago More than 100 families in Des Moines had to leave their homes in the flood of 9 days ago The Upper Des Moines river was spilling into the lowlands along its course as its flood cresl moved Dodge downstream from Fort The waters rolled by a community of 1000 located on the river about 14 miles south oi Fort Dodge and caused the worsl flooding in history Mayor Orvis Okerlund of Le high said the water stood 18 inches deep on Main street which is on the east bank of the river and that about 30 familes in lowlyiug areas on both sides of the stream had to evacuate As the flood waters pounded toward Des Moines they engulfed farm land areas which had es caped flooding previously this month At Boone Mrs M L Jones wife of the custodian of Ledges State park said it was be lieved all of the various young peoples summer camps in that area on high enough ground to escape serious flooding The Des Moines river was at 242 feet at Boone at 7 a m Tues than 4 feet above bankful and the weather bureau said the stream would continue going up until Tuesday night All time high at Boone was 269 feet in 1903 Although the weather bureau withheld forecasts of the extent of new flooding in store for Oltum wa and other Des Moines river points below Des Moines residents all along the valley awaited de velopments with growing appre hension The weather bureau said it would not attempt final forecasts for Des Moines and points below the capital city until crests had been reached at Boone and Van Meter Ottumwa meanwhile had a temporary respite after flood wa ters caused by weekend rains along the lower part of the stream crested there at 163 feet The 2nd crest at Ottumwa was not expect ed until Friday or Saturday Ottumwas flood zones were evacuated Monday night after Mayor Herman Schaefer ordered the precaution but the mayor said Tuesday that the situation had eased again The only important rain re ported in Iowa Monday was 35 of an inch at Dubuque and 29 of an inch at Iowa City This respite coupled with mostly clear weather Tuesday and a continued absence of rain Wednesday will help the general situation SAME TVbite flic no trtfflu death In past 24 hour period New Flood Crest Moves on Missouri By UNITED PRESS The 4th and most disastrous flood crest in a month moved re lentlessly down the snaky vallej of the Missouri river Tuesday ruining all hope of a 1947 crop i the inundated areas The new Hood was expected t drown almost 300000 fertile acres This would give the nation a tola loss to floods this year of 3800 000 acres with an immediate tnon etary loss of almost in crops equipment and persona possessions The estimate of losses does no take into account the amount topsoil ripped away ruining the land forever The floods have Jriven 20000 persons from their iiornes in the past 4 weeks The new swell of high water was expected to reach St Joseph VIo Tuesday shoving the U S engineers surface markers to height of 215 feet Flood stage is considered 17 feet at St Joseph As it juggernauted downriver he flood ruined some of the fin est corn and wheat farmland in Americas breadbasket About 400 niles of bottomland was expectec o be overrun in the section where Missouri Kansas and Nebraska adjoin each other The weather was clear and resi dents hoped it would hold long enough to permit the river to dis charge the overload of water it received from torrential rains last veek Engineers predicted the river vould go over the top of the levee protecting the St Joseph munici pal airport They said the dike wobably would collapse under the train permitting millions of gal ons of water to overspread the ield Officials at ParkvilleMo asked he army to provide 1000 sand ags to build up a levee protecl ng truck garden patches At Bopnville Mo engineers and ity officials were attempting to seep the municipal water works ntake pit from collapsing The ngineers said that if the founda ion walls collapsed the intake would be buried shutting off the owns water supply At Nebraska City Ncbr 70 miles above St Joseph the sur ace level fell twotenths of a oot And at Kansas City 45 miles ownstream the river dropped lowly to 192 feet from the crest f 194 feet hit by the previous lood which was still moving down iver in advance of the new rise Verne Alexander regional riv r engineer for the Kansas City veather bureau said the new ood would beat anything weve ad so far this month and clean ut the valley for this year as far s crops are concerned The Platte river was leveling ff at Agency Mo where only the ousetops showed above the sur ace Wooden saddle stirrups oated everywhere among the oofs having drifted out of a lo al saddlery factory that was in ndated The water was estimated o be 15 feet deep The Platte is a ibutary of the Missouri Rescue workers still sought 5 ersons at Cambridge Nebr 8 persons died in a flash ood Sunday morning The wat rs of Medicine Creek and the Re ublican river had receded Tues ay leaving the srteets and houses ull of gooey silt The weekend flash floods in owa and Nebraska were pouring heir burden of water into the rger rivers Tuesday Alexander aid the Missouri would rise to 6 eet above flood stage at Kansas ity Wednesday DES MOINES RIVER ON RAMPAGE AGAIN At right Flood waters from the Des Moines river lap over the road at the junc tion of highways 169 and 18 on the north edge of Al gona Monday afternoon as the river rose following a inch rain Sunday Lower Flood waters from the upper Des Moines river flow over railroad tracks and creep up to a grain ele vator background at Fort Dodge Monday as a record overnight rainfall sent the river out of its banks The Fort Dodge water and pow er supply was shut off Mon day as flood waters poured through the power plant The water supply was back Tuesday and arrangements were being made to bring in power through a hookup with Sioux City as the flood waters receded GlobeGazette AP Wircpholo STOCKYARDS AT OMAHA CLOSED Omaha strike of Union itockyards company employes lere virtually shut down the huge ivestockhandling firm Tuesday morning and threatened to spread o Omaha Paimbad plants President Harry B Coffee of Jnion Stockyards company said we had no warning at all and hat resentment over congress verriding the labor bill veto may have been a factor The strike began with the walk ut of 425 members of United ackinghouse Workers Local 155 Coffee said They handle vestock coming in to the yards said Coffee workers in earby packing houses which pro ess the cattle began refusing to andle livestock coming from our ards the stockyards executive aid Cattle producers were advised ship no more livestock here un 1 further notice Vetoed Tax Cutting Measure Is Reintroduced in Congress SovietManned Tankers Were 3uilt for US Few Years Ago Washington Weichel ROhio said Tuesday the ouse merchant marine committee has learned that Sovietoperated inkers carrying oil from this country to Russia were built for the S government only a few years ago One of them he said sailed from California less than 2 weeks ago ith 123895 barrels of gasoline and 12500 barrels of oil and 2 others ft earlier this month with 113000 barrels of oil Three more Weichel told a reporter are loading in California orts and may depart before export etroleum products effective controls are restored on 3 The commerce department an ouncing reimposition of the con ols Monday night explained Export control is necessary if ie limited domestic supply is to e protected and V S petroleum tports are to be used most ef ctively in the interest of world covery The controls were ted soon after VJ day They pply to all nations except Can da The governments authority to introl exports runs out next onday midnight but an exten sion bill is pending in congress Weichel said the consignor for all 6 of the tankers on the west coast is the Amtorg Trading cor p o r a t i o n Soviet purchasing agency which bought the oil from several large United States com panies Although all 6 have Russian names and are flying the Russian flag Weichel said they all form erly had United States names and were built in this country during the war years when all shipping construction was for the United States government t t t f M New Version Makes Slash Effective Next January I Washington h a i r m a n Knutson of the house ways and means committee Tues day reintroduced the vetoed bill cutting income taxes 000 annually The new version makes the slash effective next January 1 instead of July 1 this year Knulson told reporters the ac tion was taken with the approval of House Speaker Martin R and Republican Leader Halleck of Indiana Hdwever he said the bill will not be taken up before congress adjourns there is suffi cient demand for it to put it over This means a twothirds majority in both houses Evidently anticipating another veto if congress sends such a bill to the white house again he said If theres a big enough demand well take it up if not well keep it On ice Knutson indicated he will have a poll conducted of congress mem bers to see if lwothirdswill sup port the S4000000000 measure with the one simple ing it effective January 1 instead of July 1 In event it is not passed before congress adjourns in July Knutson said the measure will be the first order of business when congress reconvenes next January Japs Depending on DDT Powder to Help Miners Tokyo Japanese gov ernment is depending on DDT powder to boost coal production Announcing plans to distribute 200000 cases of delousers to coal mners the national coal produc ion committee ventured the hope he insecticide would allow miners sleep or as someone put it less backscratching and more coal digging Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair Tuesday night Increasing cloudiness Wednes day Little temperature change Low Tuesday night 5862 High Wednesday 8085 Iowa Generally fair Tuesday night Wednesday cloudiness Little temperature Low night 5258 High near 80 increasing change in Tuesday Wednesday Iowa 5day weather outlook The mean temperature will average from near the seasonal normal of 74 degrees southeastern Iowa and 72 degrees northern Iowa to slightly below normal north western Iowa It will be warmer Thursday with little change in temperature Friday and Satur day becoming cooler Sunday Precipitation will average in excess of 1 inch northwestern Iowa and near 1 inch remainder of state occurring as showers or thundershowers western sec tions Thursday and most sec tions Friday and Saturday Minnesota Generally fair Tues day night Wednesday increas ing cloudiness Little change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Flood Delays Manly Rail Theft Trial The trial of Joseph Paul Denin ger Manly on a charge of posses sion of stolen property in inter state commerce was postponed Tuesday by Judge Henry N Grav en until the next term of court Trial of Dcningcr in connection with the Manly boxcar thefts was to have started Wednesday in fed eral district court at Fort Dodge but Judge Graven said that since no drinking water or hotel facili ties were available there for Ihe court witnesses and attorneys it would be necessary to postpone it until fall Judge Graven imposed 2 crim inal sentences in federal court here Tuesday William Warren Roberts a transient was given a 2 year sentence for violation of the Dyer act He was arrested by the Iowa highway patrol at Pocahon tas and charged with bringing a stolen car there from Danville 111 Bernard Leonard Chcrnow St Paul was fined for operating a wholesale liquor business with out a license In addition he was given a 9 months prison sentence but it was suspended on good be havior for 2 years Extension of Seizure Power Asked Washington Smith DVa coauthor of the Smith Conally War Labor Disputes act proposed in the house Tuesday that the plantseizure provisions of the law which expire June 30 be extended one year This action is necessary Smith declared as a precaution againsl a national disaster if a crippling coal strike is called The TaftHartley bill passed by congress over President Tru mans veto might not take care of a coal strike he said I am afraid Smith said thai the impression has gone out ovei the country that the TaftHartley law is going to stop all strikes and cure all ills we have suffered in the last few years But the bill does not take care of all the ills If in the next 10 days the na tion is confronted with a coal strike then youre going to have the same thing that brought about the seizure of the coal mines and the operation by the government President Truman called in members of the national labor relations board Tuesday to discuss administration of the TaflHarl ley labor control law enacted over his veto Presidential Press Secretary Charles G Ross when asked Mr Trumans reaction to passage of the measure over his objections replied The president spoke his views in his veto message Ross said there was nothing to add Gutter Fishing Kansas City Kans Harold Claybrooks went fishing in the gutters Kansas Citys Main street and pulled in 2 catfish anc 4 perch Claybrooks said the fish were swimming in deep puddles near the curb and added that he thought they came from water clogged sewers which backed up during a heavy rain POLAND TO JOIN EUROPEAN TALKS Washington Tues day announced its willingness to participate in Secretary of State Marshalls proposal that European nations work out a joint economic recovery program with American aid Polish Ambassador Jozef Winie wicz told reporters of this devel opment after calling on Robert Lovett special assistant to Mar shall Poland thus becomes the first of the eastern European countries to express willingness to take part in the Marshall program Bing to England Hollywood Bing UAWAskedto Respect Ford Picket Lines Detroit striking Fore nans Association of America Tuesday asked the CIO United Auto Workers to respect picket ines around the Ford Motor Co a request which if agreed to would idle an estimated 85000 production workers The same request was made to the TJAWC1O in connection with FAA strikes at the Gar Wood In dustries Inc in Detroit and the Midland Steel Products Co in Cleveland President Robert H Keys of the FAA in a letter to Walter P Reu ther head of the UAWCIO said the striking foremen were asking aid from production workers be cause since the passage of the TaftHartley bill the Ford com pany is determined to continue to operate is plants regardless of any financial loss and inferiority of their products Keys admitted that the 35day strike oE 3800 Ford foremen over terms of a proposed new contract had failed to close Ford plants as the FAA had anticipated Reds in Sicily Strike Rome UR Communist dom inated in Sicily and Crosby agreed Tuesday to make j a movie in England for British 3roducer J Arthur Rank with an English cast English story and setting and songs by English corn northern Italy went on strike in the hope of upsettins the noncommunist government of Premier Alcide Degasperi and a labor spokesman said that a na tionwide general strike might be called for 24 hour period ending oclock Tuesday morning Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Tuesday YEAR AGO Maximum 89 Minimum 67 at 8 78 52 68 Boston Couple Negro Maid Key Figures in Slavery Trial San Diego Cal slavery trial opens in federal court here key figures a middleaged Negro maid and a former Massachusetts lawyer and his wife who are charged with keeping her in involuntary servitude The 5foot 100pound maid Theodora Lawrence Dora Tones 57 will tell her story from the stand sometime during the estimated WORKERS QUIT PITS AS LABOR BILL IS ENACTED Estimate 23000 Men in 7 States Walk Out as Leaders Lash Law Pittsburgh P With their union leaders hurling protests at final congressional adoption the TallHartley labor bill more than onefourth of the nations soft coal 23000 strike in 7 states Tuesday clos ing several hundred mines The walkouts began in Alabama Monday after the senate overrode President Tru mans veto ot the union control measure and spread swiftly through the big coal fields in other states Reports of the idle included Pennsylvania 33175 West Vir ginia 26700 Illinois 24700 in cluding 1700 Progressive mine Alabama 17500 Ken lucky up to 15000 Ohio 3473 Indiana 3000 Soft coal industry representa tives expressed fear that the work stoppage might grow into a fullscale national coal strike A spokesman for the industry told a reporter the work stoppage appears to be a clear violation of the new TaftHartley union curbing labor law He expressed fear it would grow Into a nation wide shutdown The walkouts apparently a spontaneous protest against pas sage of the labor bill came at a time when wage negotiations be tween John L Lewis president of the AFLUnited Mine Workers 400000 members and the mine operators had been broken off pending final disposition of the bill Meanwhile the miners had been prepared to begin a 10day vaca tion at Friday midnight just 3 days before the expiration the interim contract of the UMW and the federal government signed in May 1947 to end a strike which began when management and un ion failed to negotiate an agree ment One mine company spokesman said it was unlikeyl a new con tract would be signed by July 8 the day the miners were sched uled to end Hieir vacation and that it was probable there would be some confusion in the coal fields then He said he referred to the miners longtime slogan io no contract no work The walkouts jumping the va cation deadline by 4 or 5 days were reported first from Alabama where at least a dozen mines in cluding the 2 largest in the state were shut doxvn They included most of the socalled captive mines those which furnish fuel for making steel and iron Thence the strikes spread quick ly to southwestern Pennsylvania where once again captive mines were hit in Fayette Greene and Washington counties One central Pennsylvania Somerset was shut down Ten mines fell idle in Wcsl Vir ginia and at midnight workers failed to report at 3 mines in southeastern Ohio Conflicting reports from Virginia indicated some mines idle there aiso but UMW officials said they iad received no word on the re ported 4 mines in Lee and Wise counties W F Minion chairman of UMW district 28 which covers most of Virginias 16000 miners said he was insist ng that all union members in his area work Tuesday At most points UMW officers answered queries with a brief no comment At Cumberland Md however an unidentified UMW spokesman said The boys arc very bitter about the slavelabor law but we have planned no action here The new Jaw will probably be tested in court actions as a result of labors protest in many places S weeks of testimony attorneys said Alfred Wesley Ingalls 64 a fig ure in Massachusetts politics when he practiced law in Lynn and Boston and his wife Elizabeth 62 will take the stand in their Raft Sued by Wife Los Angeles Grayce Raft estranged wife of Actor George Raft asked alleg edly duo her under a property set tlement and an accounting of his income in a superior court suit Monday own defense their counsel an nounced They were arrested by the FBI 4 months ago at Coronado San Diego bay community They termed the slavery charge ridiculous Dora was 17 when she was be friended by he present Mrs Miss Elizabeth Kim hall a missionary school teacher in the reconstructed south When Miss Kimball married her first husband Walter Har mon they look Miss Jones to Washington D C where 10 years later they were divorced Government attorneys said they will present evidence to show that during the Washington period an incident occurred which gave the mistress a whip hold over the maid a skeleton in the closet Sentence Youth 16 to Life Term for Slaying of 4 Neighbor Children Lapeer Mich fP Sixteen yearold Oliver Terpening Jr was sentenced to life imprison ment Tuesday a few minutes after he pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the flowerpatch thrill slaying of 4 neighbor chil dren Circuit Judge George W Des Jardines pronounced the manda tory sentence shortly after the slender farm boy entered a guilty plea Earlier he had been found sane in a public hearing before the court affair which RECORD the attorney declared At LcClaire Carol Ahlgren has caused the maid to fear completed seven years of school arrest for a supposed offense I without being absent or tardy   

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