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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 17, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME Dee 17 1M7 THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION iiiiiir VOL LIV PICM and United Press Full Leased Wiles Cents a Copyf MASON Cll IOWA WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 17 1947 This Paper Consists of Two One No 58 HOUSE FOR MORE TAX DEDUCTIONS SENATE DEMOS WONT TRY TO STOP GOP BILL Policy Group Decides to Attempt to Amend AntiInflation Measure Washington The senate democratic policy committee Wednesday discarded proposals to try to block consideration of a republican antiinflation bill and decided instead to attempt to amend it Chairman Barkley Ky told reporters the senate democratic leadership will offer amendments in an effort to carry out as much of President Trumans program as possible In this connection Barkley said no democratic attempt will be made to insert in the measure the standby pricewage controls which Mr Truman has suggested as an important point in his plan to check the rising cost of living We are not going to delay con sideration of this bill but we are going to try to perfect it the Kentuckian added Barkley said a pricewage con trol measure which he introduced Tuesday will not be offered as an amendment Chairman Taft Ohio of the senate republican policy commit tee told reporters earlier that a bill he introduced approved Tues day by the banking committee will be bVought before the senate immediately This measure would provide for voluntary industry agreements to hold prices in line and to parcel out scarce materials would ex tend export controls and would continue transportation controls Barkley told reporters the dem ocrats do not consider these pro posals sufficient to meet the cost of living problem although some of the points were covered pre viously in the presidents program He said the democratic group will meet later in the day to draft its amendments Republicans still faced the pos sibility that some of their own members wonld balk at efforts to speed the bill through the senate Taft has said that unless it can be passed there Wednesday there is little likelihood that the house which declined to consider a somewhat similar measure could act upon it before the Scheduled Friday night adjournment of the special session of congress Republicans won a unanimous agreement to start debate at noon oa a Taftsponsored 3point bill which the Ohioan offered as a stop gap substitute for Presi dent Trumans 10point cost of living plan The Taft measure would 1 Authorize voluntary industry wide agreements for distribution of scarce commodities under tem porary suspension of the anti trust laws 2 Extend export controls 3 Continue transportation con trols The house 2 days ago smacked down a similar bill by Rep Wol cott RMich when the republi can leadership attempted to for bid any changes Party Spree Revealed in Houser Trial trial of Orville Houser 41 of Newton on a charge of assault with intent to commit murder began before Judge Tom Boynton in district court here Wednesday with a jury of 10 men and 2 women nearly all farm people Patrolman R W Halm of Ma son City the first witness identi fied the knife which is alleged to be the one used by Hotiser on his attack on Albert Pokorny 30 of Decorah on the night of Sept 12 outside of a tavern at Manly Edith Taber of Fort Worth Texas a young woman who was with Houser in a party preceding the incident at Manly was the next witness She said the party started on the morning of Sept 11 and in cluded drinking at Mason City Manly Hanlontown Charles City Allison Waverly and Fertile All sleep the party got on the night of the llth she said was a few hours at the roadside near Floyd awakening at daylight The woman said the party of whomshe recalled the names of 5 returned to Manly from Fertile on the afternoon of the 12th On the stand at the resumption of court Wednesday afternoon was Daniel Tavelovek a truck driver for a road crew near Fertile who was with Pokorny at the time of the stabbing He was Pokornys bunk mate on the highway job near Fertile Murder Case of VerHelst Speeded Up An information charging Charles VerHelst with the stran gulation murder of his fiancee Arlene Mott was filed with Judge William P Butler in district court here Tuesday afternoon by County Attorney James R Brown Jndee Butler set the bond at 4hesame amount as that set inpolice court by Judge B R Dunn The police court bond is automatically released upon the filing of the one in district court Browns surprise move does away with the preliminary hear ing in police court which was to have been held Wednesday It also bypassed the grand jury hear ing Judge Butler now will fix a date for arraignment in district court and at that time or at a later date set by the judge VerHelst will have to plead to the charge If he pleads innocent the judge will set the date for the jury trial of the case VerHelst now is free under the bond furnished by his uncle Leonard Haijsman Mason City garage owner He has been at the home of his parents Mr and Mrs Charles VerHelst on the west outskirts of Mason City since he appeared in police court The 18 year old VerHelst stumbled into the home of his fi ancees parents Mr and Mrs Carl Mott 218 15th N W on the night of Nov 13 The girls brother LeRoy was awakened and came down from upstairs to find the lad lying on the floor inside the front door He then went to the alley and found the girls body lying beside VerHelsts car An autopsy the next day revealed that she had died of strangulation VerHelst told police that he had got out of the car at the girls request to investigate a noise that someone had struck him over the head and that he remembers nothing more Iowa Cold Wave Fades Out Says Weatherman Des Moines early forecasts indicated a new cold wave as likely in Iowa Thursday the weatherman came up with good news late this morning and said Thursday would be cloudy and mild The Iowa low reading Tuesday night was 6 above at Spencer and Tuesdays state high was 36 at Lamoni There were traces of snow at several points including Spencer Fort Dodge Cedar Rapids Du buque and Burlington Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday Warmer Wednesday night mild Thursday Low Wednesday night 10 to 15 High Thursday near 35 Iowa Generally fair Wednesday night Thursday mostly cloudy and mild Low Wednesday night 10 to 15 in snow covered areas north portion 18 to 25 else where High Thursday 35 north to 38 to 42 south Minnesota Snow north and part ly cloudy south portion Wednes day night and Thursday Warm er in extreme south Thursday Little change in temperature north and central portions IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 25 Minimum 5 At 8 a m Wednesday 7 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 34 5 Has First Air Trip at Age 91 Mrs William H Rubel Esther ville took her first plane ride Wednesday when she was met by tier grandson John J Roshek Dubuque who flew to the Mason City Municipal airport for her She returned to Dubuque with him to celebrate her 92nd birth day there on Christmas AP Wircphoto ICY Miller 28 swims ashore through the ice choked waters of Slipper Rock creek near McConells Mills Pa towing to safety Andy Petrick 17 who slipped and fell into the water while standing on a rock The picture was made by an amateur photographer Thomas Matskoe 26 who had accompanied the men to the scenic spot 12 KILLED IN BOMBER CRASH 8 Men Survive B29 Crackup in Arizona Tuscon Ariz of the 20 crew members of a Jamai cabound B29 died in the flaming wreckage of the 4engined bomb er a few minutes after taking off from DavisMonthan field Tues day night Maj D D Burke press relations officer announced Wed nesday The casualty list is being with held pending notification of the next of kin and an army board of inquiry will Wednesday begin to probe the cause of the crash The base reported the ship had just taken off from the field and was being watched from the tower It was within sigitt at the tower when it crashed in flames The announcement said 2 planes of the 49th squadron of the 2nd bomb group at DavisMonthan took off shortly after 7 p m heavily laden with fuel and bound on a nonstop flight to Vernam Field Jamaica One of the ships was slowly gaining altitude when it is be lieved to have banked in an ef fort to return to the field and crashed into the desert1 approxi mately 5 miles southwest of the base and in an uninhabited section of suburban Tucson It caught fire almost instantly SHIPMENTS TO RUSSIA TREBLE Soviet Union Exports to U S Show Decrease Washington States shipments to Russia trebled in Oc ober latest census bureau figures showed Wednesday The figures disclosed amid mounting congressional criticism of USSoviet trade showed that shis country sent Russia 49 worth of goods during Octo ber as compared with 33031513 in September At the same time Russian shipments to the US dropped from to 835102 department officials attributed the increase to Russian eagerness to get as many heavy machines and vehicles as possible in the even congress carries out a threatened curtailment of trade relations between the two coun tries Chairman Styles Bridges RNH of the senate appropri ations committee has suggested an inquiry to determine which ad ministration officials are respons ible for approving shipments to the USSR Sens Homer Ferguson Hich and William F Knowland RCal have served notice they will ask congress to curtail or even sever trade relations be tween Russia and the US unless he administration takes such ac ion of its own accord Rep Charles Kersten R Wis introduced a bill Tues day to ban all exports to Russia and her satellites until June 30 1949 However commerce department officials pointed out that Russian trade represented less than one per cent of total U S exports dur ing October They said this coun try exported dur ing the month and imported 700000 Defeat Hospital Bond Issue Guthrie Center Center residents defeated a pro posed hospital bond issue in a special election here Mon day House Backs Appropriations Group on Stopgap Aid Cut Rejects Amendment to Restore of Reduction m Bill Washington IP The house tentatively upheld Wednesday its appropriations committees 000000 cut in the administrations 5597000000 emergency foreign aid program The voice vote decision was subject to a possible later roll call vote Rejected was an amendment by Representative Javits RN Y to restore 526000000 of the cut for France and 000000 for Italy The house is debating an ap propriation measure to supply the money for he program ap proved m principle last week Mr Truman meantime signed the original authorizing legisla tion and was reported about ready with a long range European recovery program Aides disclosed that Mr Tru man will recommend to congress that a new government agency be created to handle the longrange program They said he has vir tually completed a message on the whole subject The message will be sent to con gress Thursday or Friday At the capital various angles of the foreign aid question were under debate On the house floor the issue was an appropriation bill provid ing for winter relief to France Italy and Austria In the senate appropriations committee the question was whether any money should be voted now to help China That group had before it Lt Gen Al bert E Wedemeyer who made a China tour last summer as a spe cial envoy of President Truman Wedemeyer said he thought it urgent that Chiang Kaisheks Chinese government get aid in its fight against communism So did William C Bullitt former ambas sador to Moscow who was another witness The house foreign affairs com mittee was discussing what sort of agency should handle a long range European recovery program if congress votes for such a pro gram Rep Herter RMass was the witness He headed a committee which looked over the situation in Europe last summer Herter proposed a new govern ment agency capitalized at 000000 to direct longrange for eign aid He suggested a board of 8 to be called the emergency for eign reconstruction authority Four members would be democrats and 4 republicans This committee approved a resolution asking the government to explain why it has not stopped scrapping of German industrial plants until congress can deter mine whether the dismantling will hurt European economic re covery WU NEGOTIATION IS DEADLOCKED Union Ready to Call National Strike Tuesday Philadelphia ne gotiations between the Western Union Telegraph company and its 50000 employemembers of the Commercial Telegraphers Union AFL have reached a stalemate with the union ready to call a na tionwide strike next Tuesday Negotiations were recessed un til further notice late Tuesday by H Colwell regional director of the IT S conciliation service after the union had rejected as insulting a company offer said by the telegraphers representa tives to call for a 1947 bonus of about S22 for each employe and a wage increase Adolph Brungs president of the western union divisionof the union said the company offered a bonus to be split among our men amounting to exactly a person The wage increase lie said covers only 9029 of the AFL workers and if divided among all people would amount to an hour ly boost of seventenths of 1 cent a person The company had no comment on the offer but earlier in the day Colwell quoted management negotiators as saying The union is entitled to no increase at all and besides the company has no money for a pay boost Finds Missing Hubby Went Home to Sweden Chicago months ago Mrs Lorraine Hillwertz 28 went to the town hall police station and asked police to help her find her husband George 45 who had failed to return home from his job at a painter Police found no trace of Hill wertz Tuesday night Mrs Hill wertz went to the town hall sta tion and told police You dont have to look for my husband any longer I know where he is Hes in Sweden She said she had learned he had taken out a passport a few days after he disappeared Later she found letters from his mother Mrs Oten Anderson of Byholma Sweden urging Hillwertz to visit her Urge Wallace to Run New York IP Former Vice President Henry A Wallace was urged formally Tuesday night by the Progressive Citizens of Amer ica to seek the presidency next year on an independent ticket BEGIN MOVE TO FORCE LIST OF GRAIN TRADERS But Senator Taft Blocks Immediate Consideration of Senate Legislation Washington Bark ley DKy Wednesday intro duced legislation to authorize Sec retary of Agriculture Anderson to make public names of all persons engaged in grain speculation but Senator Taft ROhio blocked immediate consideration Barkley offered his proposal in the senate after congressional re publicans had moved in both sen ate and house to seek trading in formation from Anderson without legislation First the senate republican pol icy committee voted that the GOPcontrolled senate appropria tions committee should issue a subpoena for information Ander son has Then the house rules commit tee sent to the house floor a reso lution to set up a 7maii house committee to investigate specula tion on the nations commodity markets especially by any per son connected in any way with the federal government The house group would also seek the information from An derson Anderson has taken the stand that he cannot under present law supply such information He sug gested to the senate appropria tions committee Tuesday that congress change the law and let him make public names of all traders including members of con gress He said he had talked to Presi dent Truman about it and felt sure Mr Truman would sign such legis lation When Barkley introduced his legislation Senator Tqbey RN H wanted to it would authorize Anderson to make public the names of any mem bers of congress who might have engaged in speculation Barkley said they would not be exempted Taft told the senate he objected to Barkleys resolution only be cause he believes there is no jus tification under the existing law for Andersons refusal to give the traders names to the committee It seems unwise to establish a precedent where every time a member of the cabinet refuss to give information to congress we have to pass a special law to get it Taft declared The subpoena power of congress is its authority to bring people or documents before it to gain in formation needed for congression al business The courts have often punished for contempt persons who disre garded subpoenas CURB REJECTED BY DISTILLERS Industry Refuses to Cut Grain Consumption Washington distilling industry Wednesday rejected a government proposal to limit grain consumption to 2500000 bushels monthly and approved instead a top monthly use of 3500000 bushels The plan adopted was presented by former Secretary of War Rob ert Patterson on behalf of the dis tilled spirits institute It would run from Dec 25 when the present distillery shutdown ends through March 31 Secretary of Agriculture An derson promptly accused the in dustry majority of seeking more grain than it needs to keep up with current demand and said If the distillers do not adopt a program that will save grain then I am going to recommend to congress this afternoon that it do something about it 1600This Tree Grow 1400 1200With Your Gift 800 400 PREVIOUSLY REPORTED Home Room 209 Monroe Jr Hi West Haven Lutheran Sunday School Brotherhood of Kail road Train men Ruth Circle Bethany Lutheran Churrh Kcnselt Alpha Chi Chapter Beta Sirmi Ihl Trinity Lutheran B O Circle K N 0 Birthday Party Ladies Auxiliary of Anchor Cue South Polk Neighborhood Club Unnained Friend Xi Nu Chapter XJW1 tteta Sijma Phi Amy Lot A Friend Classic Iisirs Y Teen flub Mrs Alyce Clay Crcsco Owen Township Home Project Cluh Raleigh Levlnson Mrs Martin Osngc Holy Family Brownie Scout Troop 2R Mason City Lodge Loyal Order of Moose A E Sharon Kay Wcii7el ABC 7 Koffir Hlotche Klub Hurchliinl appy Hustler Club Rockford Masecco Chapter National Ser retary Assn Cheryl Kay Uietr Courthouse Employes 70D Uio 10110 JtMlO um 3110 JOlilt ron fiMt 1 200 20ft I Hi 200 JllOU I Ml llllt 1 1IW Santas Mail Full of Heartaches Foreign Children Ask Food Instead of Toys Santa Claus Ind UR Claus mail is full of heartaches this year Jim Tellig the special helper who answers Santas mail said that most of the letters from for eign countries this year ask for warm clothing and food instead of toys Yellig is chairman of the letter committee of American Legion post 242 He is in charge of send ing answers to children whose letters to Santa reach the over loaded postoffice of this tiny vil lage Before the war we got a good chuckle from almost every letter that passed through here Yellig said But this year its different Were getting lettersfrom tikes in Germany France China England and even Japan Sometimes I want to cry He said that more than 2000 letters a day have been coming in for the last 3 weeks The ones from American youngsters are the same as ever They still want dolls bicycles BB guns and games But these foreign kids dont ask for toys Yellig said They want candy and shoes and gloves Its hard to answer letters like that What can we tell them A typical letter he said was written in English by an 8 year old French girl Before my father was killed in the war she wrote lie told me of you He said you lived in Amer ica Later some American sol diers told me you lived in the north Wherever you are sir 1 would appreciate it largely if for Christmas you could deliver me some wool stockings a new coat and some chocolate THE DAYS TOTAI S IX M TOTAL TO DATE S COAL Of CAMPAIGN AMOUNT VET NEEDED 5I9U Cheer Fund Giving Shows Good Boost H THATS BET still not as good as it must be if when the curtain rung down on the 1947 Christ mas Cheer Fund next Wednesday 2 o clock the goal of 52000 is to be reached In the fi giving days now remaining the average daily addition to the fund must be a little more than 200 One of the most heartening aspects of the solicitation at this time is the growing evidence that the children of our schools are in teresting themselves in the cause A number or contributions from home rooms have been received and more are expected When their parents and adults in general interest themselves in the fund in the same way the gifts will really begin to roll in For one thing its high time that efforts for collective gifts to the fund be started in every plant or store How about YOURS Some body is needed to take the lead Will YOU be that person AH contributions should either be brought to the GlobeGazette business office or mailed to Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa Set Com Yield at 2400952000 Bu Washington agricul ture department in its annual summary of 1947 cropproduction Wednesday reported corn produc tion at 2400952000 bushels and wheat at 1364919000 bushels Statehouse Janitor Is Killed by Auto Des Moines Sylves ter 57 of Des Moines a janitor at the Statehouse for the last 25 years was killed Wednesday in a pedestriantruck accident Police said the rear dual wheels of a Rock Island Motor Trans port company semitrailer driv en by Richard E Dalton 59 of Prairie City passed over Sylves ters head Dalton said he had stopped at once when he saw Sylvester move toward the truck No charges were filed Sylvester was born in Albia but had lived in Des Moines the last 25 years He was a World War I veteran SAME Black flit muni itafflo duth in put Z4 hovi SURVEY SHOWS IOWANS FAVOR BOOST OF 50 Return to Half Payment of Levy Second Choice of Lower Chamber DCS Moines informal poll of all members of the Iowa house of representatives showed Wednesday the house prefers a 50 per cent increase in deductions as the best method of state income tax payment relief Second choice was return to the 50 per cent payment basis which has been in effect since 1943 Un less the special session revises the income tax system payments made next year will be on the 100 per cent basis Following an explanation by state tax experts of the 5 bills in troduced in the house members caucused by congressional dis tricts to express their preference on the 5 plans There have been indications that tlie senate desires to follow the lead taken by the house In view of the house concensus that body is expected to start work first on the 50 per cnt deduction bill The 50 per cent deduction would be accompanied by a 100 per cent collection rate In the senate a caucus of the republican majority indicated its preference by voting to start work first on a bill for straight 50 pel cent collection of the income tax in 1948 and possibly in 1949 also The rate of payment will return to 100 per cent on 1947 income payable in 1948 unless the legis lature changes it In the house 5 alternate bills were introduced Besides an out right 50 per cent rate bill these proposals included optional meth ods under which tax relief would be granted by increasing deduc tions and exemptions or by com bining those methods with lower rates The 2 houses sped through opening day preliminaries and in adoption of their rules reached an early agreement to confine the principal business of the session to consideration of the income tax This action raised hopes in both branches that the legislature might be able to finish its work by this weekend The senate and house each de cided to meet in informal session to hear explanations of the differ ent proposals before they get around to actual voting Senator Leo Elthon the senate majority leader and chairman of the republican cau cus said party members in that branch seemed to favor the prin ciple of the 50 per cent bill For that reason he added the senate proposed to use the half rate collection bill as a working base for discussion leaving the way open for alternate plans to be introduced in the form of amend ments MAN GRANDSON BURN TO DEATH Cedar Rapids Pair Die in Farm Home Blaze Cedar Rapids Ser bousek about 64 and his 4year old grandson Marvin Serbousek were burned to death Wednesday morning in a fire which gutted their farm home near Cedar Rap ids municipal airport Mrs Wesley Serbousek Jr mother of Marvin suffered severe lacerations when she smashed a window in an attempt to rescue the trapped pair The boys father and brother were uninjured The grandfather was burned to death in the basement and the boy on the first floor of the 1 story structure according to Ely and Fairfax firemen who were called to fight the blaze According to members of the family the boy was alone in the basement when the fire broke out and his grandfather went to his rescue immediately The pair was trapped when approximately twothirds of the first floor caved in Severity of the fire prevented wouldbe rescuers from reaching them Marshall Will Report on Big 4 Peace Parley Washington of State Marshall will report to the nation by radio at 9 PM CST Friday on the breakup of the European peace conference in London The State Department in an nouncing the time of the broad cast said Wednesday Marshal will speak about 20 minutes over the Columbia American and Mu tual networks   

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