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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 25, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                MT AM AMNIVlt NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHIOKS HOME EDITION iiiiiir VOL UnAuocUted Pm ind United FuU Leued Wire Five cents Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JUNE 25 1847 This Paper Consists of Two One No 2lt DES MOINES FEARS BIGGEST FLOOD GOVERNMENT IS SEEKINGWAYTO STOP WALKOUT Federal Agents Hunt Evidence of Violation of High Court Mandate Washington govern ment Wednesday tacitly conceded its impotence to deal with the spreading coal strike despite a supreme court nostrike mandage against the miners and despite the untested powers conferred upon it by the TaftHartley labor law Wildcat strikes in protest against the new law spread from the coun trys soft coal fields where nearly 210000 miners walked off their jobs to Pennsylvanias anthracite diggings And 40000 east and gulf coast shipyard workers and 3800 strik ing foremen employed by the Ford Motor Co were promising further tests of the TaftHartley acts ef fectiveness While the steel industry cut pro duction because of the coal strikes federal agents went into the coal fields seeking evidence as to whether the walkouts violated the supreme court mandate which forced UMW President John L Lewis to withdraw a strike notice last fall But a national coal mines ad ministration spokesman said it was routine for FBI agents to make a checkup on work stop pages in government operated properties If the wildcat strikes sweeping through the coal states could be construed as concerted action stemming from the union a case for violation of the supreme court mandate might be made But union officials insisted the stoppages were genuine wildcat actions with out union authorization The soft coal miners start a 10 day paid vacation on Saturday and this also any government efforts to stop the present walkouts The strikers as individuals made no mystery of their motives They were protesting against the Taft Hartley act The hard coal miners in joining the walkouts could point to the fact that the act out laws their welfare funds as now set up Both U S Steel and Youngs town Sheet and Tube reported they were shutting down furnaces as the coal strike continued and further production cuts were fore cast in the next 24 hours The shipyard a miracle produces an agreement start at midnight Wednesday night Charles Leone chairman of the CIO Shipbuilders union said were ready to test the TaftHartley law In Savannah Ga members of the AFL Boilermakers union and ADEL FLOODED Flood waters from the Raccoon river spread out at a bend in the river to flood part of Adel Wednesday Highways and railroad tracks foreground AP Wlrephoto were cut off and the power plant arrow was knocked out by the high waters Levees Weaken as Missouri Forms Historic Flood Crest Engineers Warn Only 54 of 250 Dikes Are Intact to Hold Water the International Association of Machinists Ind bowed to the TaftHartley law They called off a jurisdictional strike banned by the act after the Savannah Ma chine and Foundry company threatened to go to court JULY CORN HITS ALLTIME MARK Soars to for 3rd Time Over 1919 Chicago price of corn for delivery in July soared to a new alltime high on the Chicago board of trade Wednesday for the 2nd day in a row The price reached S202 a bush el highest for a futures contract in the board of trades 99year his tory Tuesdays all time high was It was the 3rd time in 2 weeks that the previous high set in 1919 had been topped Grain traders attributed the high price to heavy government purchases for export and to floods which have destroyed some of the middle wests corn crop Typhoon Kills 13 Tokyo least 13 persons were killed by a typhoon which swept across southwestern Japan and the Japan sea Tuesday Kyo do News agency reported Wednes day SAME SUek flftf trifflo dtfttb ID r M unit perlid By UNITED PRESS The Missouri river was building up its greatest flood crest of al time Wednesday and engineers warned that only 54 of the 250 levees between Rulo Nebr and St Louis remained intact to hold back the water The levees had been smashed by 3 previous floods in as many weeks Engineers frankly consid ered their task of holding the new flood back as hopeless Predictions of new rain storms threatened more heartbreak and misery for the flood areas Wed nesday The weather Dureau said thun dershowers would burst over Mis souri Wednesday night and Thurs day It also forecast scattered thundershowers over Kansas for the next 3 days Engineers estimated that 242605 acres of socalled protected bot tomlands had been flooded by previous dike failures along the Missouri Another 700000 acres of unprotected land were under water also The record flood waters were rolling down the tributaries of north central Kansas to jam into the already choked valley of the Missouri Engineers watched closely fearingthat the crests of the tributaries would hit the Mis souri at the same time the main stem crest was passing their mouths Engineer Verne Alexander hoped the water from the Kan sas streams would arrive at the Missouri just behind the main crest If that occurs he said it wont raise the levels greatly above those already predicted downstream on the Missouri But it will lengthen the crest and pro long the flood The crest is due to pass Kan sas City on Thursday at a stage of 285 feet The water rose to 1946 feet at St Joseph Mo and lapped near the top of the Rosecrans airfield levee which was holding despite engineers predictions that the new crest would wash it out River experts said the flood would reach 287 feet at Lexing ton Mo and 26 feet at Waverly Mo Both would set new records The previous highs were 284 at Lexington and 244 at Waverly The Missouri was showing how it earned its nickname of the Big Muddy The mighty stream was yellow with millions of tons of rich top soil ripped off the farms of Nebraska Iowa Missouri and Kansas ISSUE REPORT ON IOWA HIGHWAYS Ames state highway commission issued the following report on road conditions at 10 a m Wednesday Highways closed by high wa ters 42 west of Riverton U S 34 from Iowa 242 to U S 59 and west of Iowa 385 100 Treynor to Carson U S 6 west of Oakland 39 Portsmouth to U S 30 64 west of U S 169 141 west of Perry U S 169 north and south of Adel U S 169 detour south of De Soto 17 south of Jefferson and south of Lohrville 210 east of Cambridge 212 west of 21 137 south of Eddyville 99 Wapello to Oakville U S 218 north of Iowa City Water is over U S 6 east of Adel 8 inches deep may be closed o traffic later Wednesday U S 59 and No 2 are open AP Wirephoto FLOOD areas indicate re gion in Iowa Nebraska and Missouri where residents are fighting flood waters caused by widespread heavy rains Few of the numerous species of the tobacco plant can be used for smoking purposes Thomas Nationally Known Sportsman Dies Spencer S Thomas il Des Moines attorney and na tionally known sportsman died Tuesday night at his summer home on West Okoboji lake of a heart attack suffered shortly after he returned from a dinner meeting of the Okoboji Protective associa ion Thomas a onelime teacher and ithletic coach was a former na ional director and state president of the Izaafc Walton league and a director of the National Wildlife Federation He also was a special assistant attorney general of Iowa on one occasion several years ago NEW LABOR LAW PUT INTO ACTION Injunction Granted Against Texas Union Dallas Texas appli cation of the TaftHartley labor law was recorded here Wednesday when District Judge W L Thorn ton granted a temporary injunc tion restraining a Dallas union from picketing the Southland Steel Co The judge ruled that facts in the companys petition showed the creation of a secondary boycott expressly forbidden in the new labor law He said he was not enjoining the AFL boilermakers and shipbuilders from striking but only from picketing The companys petition said the union called the strike June 20 when the company refused to stop purchasing materials from another Dallas firm whose workers were on strike Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair Wednesday night Partly cloudy with afternoon thundershowers Thursday Little temperature change Low Wed nesday night 5560 High Thurs day about 85 Iowa Fair Wednesday night Thursday partly cloudy with scattered afternoon thunder showers west and central por tion Little change in temper ature Low Wednesday night 55 to 60 high Thursday 80 Minnesota Fair Wednesday night Thursday partly cloudy with scattered thunder showers Little change in temperature IN MASON CITY Globe Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 83 Minimum 62 At 8 a m Wednesday 64 Precipitation 03 YEAR AGO Maximum 85 Minimum 67 Mother Wins Fight With Flood to Save Lives of 2 Daughters Denver mother told Wednesday how she saved the lives of her 2 small daughters by tearing a hole in the ceiling with he bare hands and pushing them into the attic when a flash flood swep through their home Mrs Pearl Sable was recuperating at the home of her son here She is painridden with neuritis pleurisy and the effects of 5 hour spent struggling against the flood which inundated Cambridge Ncbr and killed at least 10 persons before dawn last Sunday She said she awakened Sunday to find flood waters from Medicine creek swirling through the She called the Cambridge tele phone switchboard and asked for help Then she put a chair on the bed stood on the chair and ripped the plastering from the ceiling She pushed her 2 daughters Mary Ellen 10 and Shirley June 9 through the hole The twobyfour joists above the ceiling were spaced loo closely however for the mother to crawl through into the attic above So she thrust her head and arms into the attic and clung there for 5i hours until help came The muddy water rose higher in the room and swept her chair away Now and then she said thi flood washed a piece of furnitun close enough to her feet for her to take the weight from her arms momentarily An attic window was in fron of me she said and I watchcc the water rise past the sash out side the house It was lucky the window was closed because the water was higher outside the house than it was inside1 Once she said a steer floatec against the window and she feared its weight might break the pane If the window had gone she said we would have been lost Larson of Iowa City Named Attorney General for Iowa Appointment Fills Position Vacated by Death of John Rankm Des Moines Robert D Blue Wednesday announced the appointment of Robert L Larson of Iowa City as attorney general to succeed the late John M Rankin The appointment is effective im mediately Larson has been an assistant at torney general since October of 1943 He is a graduate of the Uni versity of Iowa a veteran ot World war I and formerly was Johnson county republican chair man Larson who has been an attor ney for about 20 years was ex pected to be sworn in Wednesday afternoon After posting bond of he will reopen the office which has been closed since Ran kins death last Friday The new attorney general is 48 years old He will serve until a short term attorney general is elected at the November 1948 eneral election At the same elec tion a fullterm attorney general will be chosen to serve the regular 2year term which begins in Jan uary 1949 The attorney generals salary now is a year but on July 4 t will become 57000 a year under Drovisions enacted by the 1947 egislature The appointee said the attorney enerals staff will remain as it is for the present and that no changes will be made in the pol cies carried out by his predeces sor 5 MEN KILLED AS SCAFFOLD FALLS Were Working on Corn Tower at Clinton Plant Clinton men were killed Wednesday when a section form on which they were working collapsed hurling them to the bot tom of a 120foot industrial corn tower being erected at Clinton In dustries Inc local corn proces sing plant The men were employees of the McDonald Constsruction company of Chicago The dead according to Police Chief Herman Thpmsen are Peter J Herch 67 and Wayne Stamp 24 both of Clinton Peter P Salz brunn 57 Grey Eagle Minn and El Delmer Lockyer 21 and his brother Melvin 20 both of Mc Cammon Idaho Stamp a veteran of World war II is the son of Clinton county deputy Sheriff Chris Stamp ROBERT L LARSON Polk County Fay Hike DCS Moines 1947 Polk county budget passed Tuesday by the board of supervisors provided for expenditures of 53170613 This includes salary increases to county employes ranging from 10 to 30 per cent Probe Greek Shipment of Food Parcels Athens IP Greek officials probed Wednesday into the ship ment of thousands of food parcels from Greece to the United States which Minister of Coordination Stephan Slephanopolous said had been inspired by transport com panies making huge profits out of the traffic Slephanopolous said the trans port agents here encouraged Greeks who had received food parcels from America to send a thank you gift to their bene factors The Greek senders were told that the American consignees would pay the transportation costs Because of the high shipping rates charged he said 15000 packages were unclaimed by consignees in the U S The minister intimated that the transport firms were foreign con cerns which had Greek nationals representing them here and said that if the current investigation showed fraud the Greek agents would be held accountable Stephanopoulous said that a check showed that most of the mystery parcels contained not meat as had been announced by U S customs officials but quanti ties of figs olives grapes and raisins Woman Juror in Yacht Deaths Trial Is Beaten Santa Ana Cal woman juror in the Overell yacht deaths case was beaten up by an unident ified intruder who broke into her house Wednesday Her assailant was quoted by an authoritative police source as say ing This isnt all youll get if you vote the girl guilty High Price of Corn May Force Housewives to Pay More for Pork This Fall By ALFRED LEECH UP Staff Correspondent Chicago high price of corn on the Chicago board trade may force housewives to pay more than usual for pork chops come next fall the experts said Wednesday Corn the nations basic crop rose to an alltime high of more than S2 per bushel on the board of trade Tuesday Housewives may wonder what this has to do with the price they will pay for center cuts Livestock producers market aftalysts and grain traders explained it this way Farmers who produce both corn and hogs will find it more prof itable to sell their corn instead of feeding it to hogs and then selling the hogs Market experts said the ratio Is less favorable for raising hogs than it has been for the last few years As a result many farmers are marketing both their corn and hogs to take advantage of the high prices Hogs have been arriving at the big midwestern stockyards in heavy numbers but the animals are lighter because they were marketed early they have not been fully fattened Normally the big movement of hogs to market occurs in October and continues through January But this year they are going to market early and livestock pro ducers believe there will not be the usual sharp increase in sup ply this fall Thus if the heavy demand for pork continues the price for pork chops may be higher than usual for the fall season Usually the price is lower in the fall Another factor affecting the fall CRESTSOFBOTH RIVERS BEARING DOWN ON CITY Lowland Residents Are Warned to Prepare for Instant Evacuation By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Des Moines got set Wednesday for what may be its worst flood in history Crests were bearing down on the city along the DCS Moines river from the north and the Raccoon river from the west The 2 crests were expected to arrive almost simultaneously Thursday morning at the Des MomcsRaccoon junction in the south portion of the city Lowland residents ol Des Moines were prepared to leave their homes at a moments notice The Upper Des Moines river crested at Boone at 9 p m Tues day night at a height of 2705 feet This was several inches higher than the previous alltime high of 269 feet set in May of 1903 Con siderable damage was done in the lowland areas near Boone The Raccoon river meanwhile was causing the greatest flooding in history at towns and hamlets along its course from Perry to Des Moines The continuing floods were the result of torrential weekend rains Only minor overnight rainfall was reported by the weather bureau Wednesday The weather bureau said the crest expected late this week at battered Ottuimva prob ably would not reach the record levels of June 7 and 15 Wednesdays situation included these highlights II a m b u r Nishnabotna crested in this southwest Iowa town ot 2200 during the night alter flooding the south portion the town and making approxi mately 200 homeless Waters were going down Wednesday Raccoon crested at p m Tuesday after exceeding 1944 flood levels by 4 to 5 feet knocking out the sewage disposal plant and closing highway 141 west of town for the first time in history flood waters cut across the northeast corner of own Wednesday morning flood ing the city park and rising to a depth of about 3 feet in front of he power plant Ten or 12 homes surrounded by water but no evacuations reported Van at stage of 209 feet Wednesday morning and still rising but town itself not en dangered Alltime high was 218 on June 12 Fort Des Moines river still receding Wednesday but city still without power and no prospect of resumption until Fri day Limited city water supply nd drinking water still being boiled Moines river reced ng slightly after reaching alltime ligh and flooding portions of jedges state park Des Moines Y C A camp north of here and Salvation Army fresh air camp near Madrid Farms in lowlands nundated DCS Moines river at stage of 215 feet at 7 a m and expected to crest at 26 feet or lightly higher Thursday morning Alltime high was 273 feet on Way 31 1903 Power plants in Des Vtoincs and near Carlisle being sandbagged and expected to con inuc operation City waterworks relieved out of danger Ottumwa Preparations under vay for crest expected Friday or Saturday Des Moines river at 152 eet Wednesday 6 feet above bankiul New crest expected to be ower than record level of 2024 arlier this month but higher than n 1944 In the DCS Moines area a mobile network of walkietalkies vas to be set up along both banks if the river downstream to Car isle for use in coordinating flood ontrol agencies Txventy walkie alkies were being flown from the Glenview 111 naval station to be nanned along the levees by naval cserve personnel Police already had alerted resi dents of lowlying areas in Des Moines to be ready to evacuate on hort notice Riverside amusement iark in DCS Moines which is pro ected by a levee was closed Vednesday as a precautionary measure and winter pork supply is this springs pig crop The U S de partment of agriculture reported that it totaled 53151000 pigs This is 759000 more than last year but agriculture experts said it was disappointing Many pigs died during the cold wet spring Illinois reported its smallest spring pig crop since 1944 Wisconsins crop increased only 38000 despite a 7 per cent increase in the number of sows that farrowed The high price of corn also may affect the amount and quality of beef according o H M Cornvay for the National Livestock Pro market analyst Association of duccrs Conway said many midweslern farmers will feed their cattle on grass silage and roughage instead of highpriced corn He said there would be no reduction in the num ber of cattle sent to market how ever The record corn prices were at tributed by grain brokers to the heavy government purchases for shipment to needy countries and to the midwestern floods which have cut into the prospects for a bumper corn crop talian President Quits As Reds Demonstrate Rome Presi cnt Enrico Do Nicola sent his esignation to the constituent as embly Wednesday The resignation came after ap roximalely 6000000 members of he communistdominated general onfederation of labor held a na ionwidc half hour strike at mid morning in protest against a erics of attacks on Sicilian com munist headquarters Sunday 3   

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