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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 30, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME v AftCMIVll THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS TOt LID Auodited Pren and United Prat Full turn wln Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JUNE 30 1947 Tb4s Paper Consists of Two NO One Mans Opinion A Eadio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE JCGLO CUt SondT WIAD QulBcy III FtUij 1 P m WO1 Am 11 a Wain Uw GHz ThlrUr KM f Closeup View of Security Council TO provide myself with some thing of an answer to th question How goes it with th United Nations I made a jaun out to Lake Success on Long Is land the other day There as yo know is where the security coun cil principal operating branch o the world orf anization is housed While Im not sure that I ob tained anything like a satisfac tory answer to my broad question I did find it a most interesting experience In this little quarte of an hour visit with you Id like to report on some of my observa tions And I think Ill start out by telling you about the site of the security councils home and the buildings in which it is housed LAKE SUCCESS is a tiny littl body of water It wouldn stack up very well alongside hundred lakes in Minnesota Wis consin Iowa or Missouri Its nam is ever so much more impressiv than its being The town closest at hand is Great Neck home of a great man New York commuters Its a sta tion on the Long Island railroad and is about 35 minutes from the Pennsylvania station on Manhat tan Arriving at the Great Neck sta tion you have a choice between taxi or bus to the security coun cils headquarters for the 4 miles of remaining distance I took i bus and found myself in a cosmo politan crowd of passengers I would judge there were a dozen nationalities represented THE buildings which house the council are of the largescale industrial type the kind you see in large numbers at the approach to Chicago Detroit or any other great industrial center During the war they were oc cupied by the Sperry gyroscope manufacturing company and Im told that some sectidils of the great plantire still being used for sci entific efforts of a very important and secretive nature To make the interior suitable for its new functions some quick improvisations have been effected with quite amazing results Ulti mately of course the council will be housed on the grounds of the projected United Nations home in New York City proper But in the meantime the Laks Success set up will fill the bill quite satis factorily THROUGH the good offices of A Alan Gould a top executive in the Associated Press I was Slaced in the hands of Charles rumach head of the APs siz able reportorial staff covering the activities of the United Nations and the security council An extended period of foreign service including a lengthy stay in India and other parts of Asia has qualified this former Mis sourian to special way to re port and interpret the actions of thisfarflung and vastly compli cated organization A VERY considerable amount of space right in the center of the councils activities has been set aside for the AP and a score ofother agencies set up for the dissemination of news and infor mation the security council had no meeting scheduled for the Monday I was there I was al lowed to inspect the great hall in which it operates The front section in the form of a well is given overto the council members the middle sec tion conveniently raised to the visitors and the press section is to the rear The entire setting is not unlike an ordinary theater except for the fact that the actors operate in a sunken area rather than on a raised platform or stage CHECKING on the program of meetings scheduled for the day I discovered that the one session most likely to be interest ing was that of a drafting com mittee of the commission on hu man rights presided over by Mrs Franklin D Roosevelt Two budgetary advisory com mittees and Z working committees of the United Nations atomic en ergy commission were in session but the program indicated that these sessions were hot open to the public So after a quick inspection of the main lounge with its super upholstered furniture attractive drapes and bar we made our way to the conference room assigned to Mrs Roosevelt and her draft ing committee of 8 THE late presidents widow dressed in a gray suit of sum mer weight and hatless was pre siding at the head of a rim shaped table On either side of her were her fellow committeemen rcpresent France Lebanon Russia and the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TRUMAN SIGNS RENT CURB BILL Government Returns Pits to Operators Washington govern ment gave back the 2500 soft coa mines to their owners Monday in the same condition it found them 13 months of work ers Forced to step out of the pits a noon with final expiration of thi SmithConnally war labor dis putes act one federal agency thus got rid of the coal headache bu another is ready to tackle the stil unsettled contract war between John L Lewte and the operators The coal mines administration folds up with the end of govern ment operation leaving Secretary of Labor Schwellenbach and his conciliation service the only offi cial connection with the dispute Schwellenbach will try to mediate a new contract to avert the threat of a fullblown strike 8 days lence The mines were seized May 22 1946 after futile efforts to settle a strike which had been in progress since April 1 A week later Lewis signed a contract with Secretary o the Interior Krug ending thai walkout and sending the 400000 soft coal miners back to work for Uncle Sam Now Lewis and the operators still are at odds over terms of a contract under which the mines could be worked next week The pits currently are closed down for a 10day vacation which itarted Saturday under terms of he KrugLewis contract Each miner got and 10 days off The 75000 Pennsylvania anthracite miners who made a contract with heir operators without seizure a ago also are on a similar 10 day vacation But unless a contract is signed by Lewis and the soft coal oper ators the bituminous miners may tay out indefinitely instead of re porting back to work on July 8 Most of the soft coal operators would be delighted to settle for he termswhich Krug gave Lewis ast year But wants wore nan that He wants a 35 cents hourly wage increase and an 8hour day nstead of the present 9hour day and 54hour week He also wants o double the nickleaton royalty or the miners welfare and retire ment fund At 5 cents a ton the und is getting to 30 00000 annually Just as the operators and Lewis were unable to come to agreement n the spring of 1946 they have ieen unable to see eyetoeye this Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Showers and thun derstorms ending Monday night Cooler Monday night Fair Tues day night near SO High Tuesday 7580 owa Showers and thunderstorms ending west portion Monday evening and ending east portion late Monday night Cooler Mon day night Fair Tuesday some what warmer west portion Low Monday night 54 northwest to 64 southeast High Tuesday 72 northwest to 80 southeast Minnesota Clearing and cooler Monday inght Tuesday fair and somewhat warmer IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics or 24 hour period ending at 8 clock Monday morning Maximum 78 Minimum 56 At 8 a m Monday 66 Precipitation 121 iTEARAGO Maximum g4 Minimum 66 GlobeGazette weather statis cs for 24 hour period ending at oclock Sunday morning Maximum 90 Minimum 62 At 8 a m Sunday 70 Precipitation 113 fEAR Maximum 90 Minimum 66 U S PROPOSES GLOBAL POLICE FORCE FOR UN Wants 300000 3800 Bombers More Than 200 Warships Lake Success N Y United States proposed Monday a United Nations global police force totaling some 300000 fighting men 3800 bombers and more than 20C warships including 3 battleships The American estimate larges prepared by the big powers was submitted to the United Nations security council with British am French figures for the overal strength of the proposed UN se curity force The United States naval esti mate called for 3 battleships 6 aircraft carriers 15 cruisers 84 destroyers and 90 submarines as well as assault craft and shipping necessary to support the 29 divi sions of ground troops France proposed a force of 16 land 230000 men air force of 1275 planes anc a navy of slightly more than 100 war ships Britains estimate smallest of Ihe 3 powers called for 120 fight Ing ships 1200 airplanes and I land divisions comprising about 180000 men Russia advocate of a small UN force told the council it was un able at this time to submit its estimate on the overall size of the UNs peacekeeping army China sided with Great Britains igures The 3 western countries em phasized that their estimates were entative pointing out that the security councils sudden request or the estimate left them too lit le time to work differing ideas into a single agreed figure dwa Woman Dies From Injuries in Car Mishap LaPorte City Mrs Ezra Hager 52 of near here died at 3 a m Monday in Presbyterian lospital Waterloo from injuries iustained miles west of here at p m Sunday when an auto mobile driven by her sister Mrs Vern Clark collided with a ma chine driven by Jim Bell Porte City farmer The condition of Mrs Clark who was taken to the hospital suf ering from a basal skull fracture was reported as fair by hospital ittendants Monday morning Zorning Woman Dies After Auto Accident Corning SigneLittle 45 of Corning was fatally injured n an automobile collision on high way 148 north of here Saturday n which 5 other persons were in ured Paul Beaghar about 40 of ipringfield 111 driver of the other ar suffered knee and shoulder ruises his motherinlaw Mrs Edna Dooner head and shoulder ruises and a broken ankle and iis wife a broken leg Mrs Littles on Robert 20 who was driving her car suffered slight injuries and another son Leon 12 received lead bruises and cuts SAME Blicfc flif mems traffic death in past 24 knurs Driving at 50 miles an hour a motorist sees 14 per cent less than e does in driving at 45 miles an our Iowa Storm Damage Estimated By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Iowa Monday counted 2 dead and damage ranging upwards ol as a result of high winds hail and heavy rains which lashec northern Iowa over the weekend The weather bureau said the hard rains which included a 2day total of 355 inches at Charles City and a Sunday downpour of 245 inches at Fort Dodge would cause new rises along the Des Moincs and Raccoon rivers Dickinson and Clay counties apparently suffered most from wind and hail which cut a wide path from west of Milford on southeast to the Emmetsburg area night gales in the area ranged to a velocity of 70 miles an hour Estimates of damage caused by a flash flood at Lawler Saturday night were expected Monday to exceed as residents pro ceeded Monday to clean up the debris and wreckage The flood rolled through the business district and damaged about half the homes in the town of nearly 600 persons Hardest hit was a quarter block ofbusiness property occupied by F E Eickhoff for his hardware and farm implement business The 5 children of Mr and Mrs Martin Doyle were forced to leave their basement apartment in the former First National bank build ing at Lawler when the water wa over 3 feet The parents were in Iowa City The highway into Alta Vista from highway 63 was temporarily closed when water washed out a bridge approach Most creeks and rivers were running bankfull in the county Sunday A total of 116 inches of rain fell at New Hampton Saturday night Electricity in the southwest section of New Hampton was off for nearly 1J hours due to line trouble Wind of terrific velocity com pletely destroyed the Quaker Oats elevator 5 miles west of Emmets burg late Saturday causing a loss that will exceed it was estimated by Gene Cole of Em metsburg company fieldman The elevator which had a ca pacity of 65000 bushels was torn from its foundation and broken into 3 sections Also hard hit by the wind was the William Fife farm just north of the elevator Several large trees were hurled across U S highway 18 and buildings on the south side of the road were scattered over a field 60 rods away and piled against a woven wire fence Thomas Lulic Crete 111 was in a Decorah hospital Monday with a ractured collarbone and ribs re sulting when he became confused n a heavy rain near Calmar Sat urday night and his car went into ditch Mrs Lulic escaped injury The car was demolished Other northern Iowa points re sorting wind damage included the Vtason City and Dubuque areas while in southeastern Iowa the ieokuk and Fort Madison vicini ties reported several electrical storms Storm damage over the week nd in Mason City was extensive mt of minor nature a checkup Monday indicated Saturday eve nings wind and rainstorm resulted n branches and trees being blown down throughout the community The Peoples Gas and Electric company reported that their repair crews were working throughout he night between Saturday and Sunday repairing breaks in power ines involving many small areas Trees and branches caused most if the difficulty and there was ome damage from lightning ac cording to the report There was no general blackout it was stated no trouble having been reported at the plant Mercy hospital how ever was reported dark for sev eral hours Saturday evening The Sunday afternoon and Mon day morning showers totaled 121 nches A small tornado cut a narrow wath through farmland 3 miles east of Albion about 6 a m Mon day damaging several buildings uprooting trees and flattening 25 electric power poles At Liscomb 4 miles north of Albion H inches of rain fell in 10 minutes At Marshalllown 77 of an inch ell during the storm the 2nd vio ent onehere in 36 hours Satur ay night lightning struck the Iwift and company packing plant enocking out half of the plants efrigeration system HOWARD WELSH VFW Commander WELSH ELECTED IOWA VFW HEAD Encampment Supports Military Training Burlington Welsh of Fairfield was elected depart ment commander of the IowaVet erans of Foreign Wars at the clos ing convention session Sunday night Welsh succeeds Dr J S McVitty of Council Bluffs Other V F W officers named were Thomas H Nelson Dubuque senior vice commander Joseph S VIcGlade Waterloo junior vice commander Lester Gibbs Cory Jon judgeadvocate Marvin M fCuhn Adair surgeon the Rev Lee E Crippcn Marshalltown chaplain H S Montgomery Al gona chief of staff C F Smith Iowa City inspector J H Ditt mer Oelwein historian Roy E Fallman Comanche patriotic in structor Max W Van Horn Des Koines adjutant G J Sarconc Des Moines assistant adjutant The encampment adopted reso utions asking congress for con inuance of rent control program until June 30 1948 a system of universal military training ad usted compensation for veterans of World war II based on per day for home service and per day for overseas Other resolutions asked World var I pensions on the same basis as SpanishAmerican war benefits and provided for the asking by the 48th national convention for further cooperation by labor and industry in insuring economic se curity for veterans Farm Bureau officials in Dick inson and Clay counties said from 25000 to 30000 acres of growing crops were destroyed completely They estimated crop loss alone at The storm also killed and injured hundreds of head of livestock destroyed barns and corncribs tossed brooder houses around like kites and uprooted large trees Communities hit by the storm included Fostoria Milford Ruth ven Spencer and Emmetsburg At Fort Dodge where general city power was restored late last week after an interruption of sev eral days due to flood damage power went off again Monday morning The cause was not de termined immediately Native grass is at its best for pasture after June 1 LEVEE FAILS AS QUAKE SHAKES ST LOUIS AREA Highest Flood Waters on Mississippi in 103 Years Crumbles Dike St Louis first of 3 critical levees which had with stood one of the sharpest earth quakes in the St Louis areas his tory Monday crumbled before the highest flood on the Mississippi river in 103 years The corps of engineers said the Choutcau island levee near Gran ite City 111 broke at a m CDT because its soggy condition was unable to withstand pressure of the cresting river The break sent water pouring over 2000 acres of land but there was no immediate danger to Granite City The engineers said the embank ment at Dupo 111 and the long Degognia dike south of Chester 111 were still holding but it was questionable whether they would continue to hold back the river All 3 of the levees were shaken by the earthquake Sunday night that rocked the area severely The engineers said however the Chouteau island break was due entirely to water pressure and that none of the dikes was dam aged by the tremor The quake struck about p m CST Sunday night It last ed about 10 seconds and was felt over a 30 mile radius surrounding St Louis No deaths or injuries were re ported although the tremblor knocked down chimneys and split sidewalks about the city The quake rocked the Degognia Fountain Bluff levee south of Chester 111 where thousands of men women and soldiers were fighting to save the dike from bursting under the pressure of water which threatened homes in a 50000 acre area The shock made tall buildings sway in downtown St Louis Many burglar alarms were set off as windows crashed under the vi bration Highway patrolmen said the quake was felt strongly at Kirk wood Mo 15 miles southwest of here Authorities at Scott Field 111 20 miles east of the Missis sippi said the tremor was felt there but caused no damage Resi dents of Staunton 111 also felt the shock The quake struck as engineers called every able bodied man to save levees along a 150mile stretch of river front About 30000 persons were homeless in 5 states as result of floods Monday About 5000 addi tional had returned to their homes since high waters which wreaked anestimated damage in the past month The Mississippi stood at 393 at a m CST and was expected to rise to 395 later in the day The crest of the raging Missouri was already pouring into the Missis sippi at Alton 111 20 miles north of here The Missouri crested at St Charles Mo Sunday night at 353 and began to flatten out from there to its mouth The water was at its highest stage since the great flood of 1844 when it hit 413 feet In the flood of 1944 the river rose to 3914 But the bad flood news here was good news upstream It meant the crests were going out For the Eirst time in many days Kansas City river experts reported that the Missouri river had not broken any levees for 24 hours The river was definitely on the way down but Forecaster Ralph Aldrich said it would take 2 weeks ior it to clear its channel of excess water The same was true along the Des Moines river which flooded over its banks 4 times in the past month Virginia Mayo to Wed Hollywood Stars Virginia Mayo and Michael DShea said Monday they would e married Saturday at Forest awn Iowa Falls Man Held on Murder Count Iowa Berry 32 was held in jail here Monday charged with first degree murder following the fatal shooting of his brother inlaw Ernest Knott 50 early Saturday morning Knott occupied the house with Mr and Mrs Berry and 7yearold son Berry was taken to the county jail at Eldora Saturday He waived preliminary examination in district court and was returned to jail without bond to appear before the grand jury Sept 30 Joe Stiner assistant chief of police at Iowa Falls said Berry and his wife Hester had apparent ly quarreled had run into the yard and Knott hearing his sister scream also ran outside The of ficer said Berry fired at both his wife and Knott missing Mrs Berry Stiner also said Berry later fired 2 shots in an attempt to keep in vestigating officers from the house Berry finally descended from an upstairs window after officers threw tear gas bombs into the room Funeral services for Knott will be held Tuesday at 2 p m at the Wood funeral chapel with burial in Union cemetery at Iowa Falls He leaves his wife his parents Mr and Mrs Proctor Knott of El dora 4 children 4 sisters and 7 brothers 2 GIRLS SAVED AS HOME BURNS Rescued From Roof in Swea City Farm Blaze Swca farm home of Lester Halverson 4 miles south west of Swea City was almost a total loss and the family was with out household equipment and clothing as the result of a fire which broke out early Sunday morning Mr and Mrs Halverson had been in Swea City returned home and left again for town to get some more purchases they had forgotten leaving 2 daughters Marlene 15 and Janice 8 asleep upstairs The girls awakened and found the stairway burning Marlene took Janice to the front bedroom broke the window and climbed out on to the porch roof The girls called to George Pap enfuhs a neighbor across the road who got them off the roof and called the Swea City fire depart ment The fire was so well advanced when the department arrived that little could be saved except the walls of the house The house and contents were partly covered by insuiance The house was one of the finest arm homes in the area It was built 20 years ago and owned by Louis Logee of Elmore It will have to be entirely rebuilt lowan Is Electrocuted by Motor at Waterloo Waterloo W Lester Henry Nicholson 31 was electrocuted here Monday morning while plug ging in a 220volt electric motor to operate a coal conveyor in the yard of the Welkins Coal and Lumber Co where he was em ployed Cart Klinefelter manager of the company said he had told Nichol son not to use the electrically op erated conveyor because of the wet condition of the ground Klinefelter discovered Nichol in hanging over the conveyor with plug in his hands shortlyaft er 10 a m The current had been surging through his body for from 10 to 25 minutes company officials thought Injured in Plane Crash Nixon Jr of Sioux City and a mechanic were injured when their plane crashed during a takeoff about 7 miles southwest of here Saturday evening 1st Anniversary of Price Decontrol Finds Pork on Dinner Table Up 78 Over Year Ago Chicago this first an iversary of the end of federal rice controls pork on the dinner able costs 78 per cent more than did a year ago beef and veal 2 per cent more Other food clothing and living osts in general also have under one sharp rises trade and gov rnment figures show Within the ear many prices zoomed to record eaks topping the highs of the 91920 post war period Market and retail supplies are igher in many lines but farm ippplies of livestock are lower an a year ago and coJd storage ocks of many foods are lower uch commodities as steel oiland lumber still lag far behind de mand requirements Referring to meat prices the American Meat Institute said in a statement Ordinarily the present supply of meat would be reasonably ade quate However an unprecedented demand has made the average supply level Inadequate With 1926 prices as a base aver age of 100 the Associated Press wholesale prices index Friday was 17564 A year ago the figure was 12228 This represents an increase of 436 per cent in the year The highest was reached in March at 18432 A compilation by the federal bureau of labor statistics shows that for May the most recent cal culation available this index was at 1558 on a 193539 base average of 100 Throughout the war period up to a year ago the index had advanced 333 points In the en suing year it went up 225 points All cost of living items included in the index averaged 169 per cent above last June wilh major itemslike food 288 per cent high er clothing 173 and household furnishings 163 Specifically meals in general are 522 per cent more fish 161 chicken 103 dairy products 16 eggs 216 fruits and vegetables 128 beverages 506 fats and oils 586 and sugar and sweets 316 higher Trade groups assert the various prices are unrealistic because they say these compute prices during the OPA period on the basis of ceilings when prices in black markets were above ceil ing Spring wheat at Minneapolis closed up to a bushel last Thursday a year ago it was S188J Dark hard wheat Saturday at Kansas City was up to compared with a bushel under ceiling Within the last week No 2 yellow corn at Chi cago was S225 a bushel on the cash market compared with S146J under the ceiling J O McClintock president of the Chicago Board of Trade said tremendous buying operations by the government was a factor in the price action of grains In livestock this month the highest average price in history was set on beef steers at Chicago at about a hundred pounds Since controls were removed all time record top prices of on cattle and a hundredweight on hogs have been established Price comparisons at Chicago include Cattle now around a top of a hundred pounds com pared with a hundred pounds under ceiling prices a year ago hogs and above now and then Subsidies on cattle and hogs were paid from govern ment revenues while controls were in effect Butter was up to about 10 cents a pound to 66i and 67 for the bet ter grades not counting a federal subsidy of 15 cents a pound dur ing controlled prices Large ex tras eggs were 38J to 40 cents a dozen a year ago and 49 to 51 cents now Although a number of farm animals and poultry was lower on Jan 1 than the year previous the slaughter was higher SAYS NEW LAW IS BETTER THAN NO RESTRICTION Asks Action on 6 Point Long Range Program for Home Construction Washington Tru man signed an extension of rent controls Monday but told congress the new law is plainly inade quate and added It is his bill or no rent control at all I have chosen the lesser of 2 evils In a special message to the house and senate announcing his action Mr Truman also 1 Asked action on a 6point long range program for encouraging home building low rent housing and slum clearance 2 Appealed to stale governors to exert every effort to protect tenants from hardship eviction or exploitation 3 Urged a congressional inves tigation of the real estate lobby saying This group has sought to achieve financial gains without re gard to the damage done to others 4 Said Bent increases could revive the inflationary dangers which we have greatly reduced 5 Said This most unsatisfac tory law repeals parts of the vet erans emergency housing act which have been most helpful in meeting the housing needs of vet erans Added that delays in the completion of veterans hospitals will result 6 Urged that his program for reorganizing federal housing func tions into a single establishment not be rejected by congress and that housing appropriations not be cut too drastically The provisions of the new law arc 1 Federal controls in rental housing areas are continued 8 months until March 1 1948 2 Landlord and tenant may mutually agree to a rent increase of up to 15 per cent with a lease running through Dec 31 1948 Senator Hawkes RN J author of this clause says a tenant doesnt have to agree to a boost However by refusal he might risk a bigger one next March 3 A landlord who wants to evict a tenant may gostraight to court and get an eviction notice 4 Evictions are permitted if the tenant is immoral or a nuisance or if the landlord wants the property for his own use or wants to re model or demolish it or sell it to someone who wants to move in 5 State governors are to ap point local boards of 5 citizens for each federal rent control area These boards can through rec ommendations to the area director wipe out all rent controls in their areas if they deem it wise 6 A tenant can still sue his landlord for triple damages for overceiling rates but the area di rector cannot 7 Government controls over non residential building are scrapped except those over amusement and recreation proj ects Rent Control Act Shortens Terminations The newly created rent control bill signed by the president makes all previous petitions filed for eviction null and void area rent director Frederick B Shaffer said Monday Previously tenants were given a 4 to 6 month waiting period but under the new law an owner or purchaser may terminate a lease with a 30 day notice in Iowa if possession is wanted for his own occupancy However In general the tenant who continues to pay the rent to which the landlord is entitled has no more reason to fear eviction than before the new law states Local courts including justice and district courts will rule on all cases of eviction notices in accord ance with Iowa law Rules under the new law to per mit eviction are 1 if the tenant fails to pay rent 2 if the tenant commits a nuisance 3 if terms of the rental agreement are vio lated Shaffer pointed out that while item 2 may appear to be a loop hole for some landlords the courts consider this matter very care fully before evicting a tenant Sl000000 for Harvey Hollywood industry sources said Monday that the price paid for screen rights to the Pulitzer prize winning comedy Harvey was the lighest ever paid for a play or xok   

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