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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 19, 1948, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NfWSPAUR THAT HOME EDITION 1 MAKES ALL NORTH 1OWANS NEIGHBORS VOU 0V Associated and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Centa Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY MARCH 19 1946 This Paper Coaiicte ot Two Oom No 1X8 SENATE PUSHES VOTE ON OPERATORSASK LEWIS TO END COAL WALKOUT Offer to Negotiate on UMW Chiefs Demands for Miners Pensions Washington coal op erators Friday appealed to John L Lewis to end the mine shut down and offered to negotiate on his demand for miners pensions The pension demand is the key to the dispute that touched off the 5dayold walkout which already has forced a cutback in rail and steel operations Producers who account for threefourths of the nations soft coal output made their plea in a letter to Lewis They charged that the mine shutdown violated their work agreement with Lewis United Mine Workers Nevertheless they did not threaten to take any legal action against Lewis or the union The TaftHartley act permits damage suits for breaking contracts Charles ONeill spokesman for the major operators said they wanted to sit down with Lewis and talk over the pension dispute But he made it clear they would not move until Lewis sent the 350000 idle miners back to work Besides the loss of coal produc tion steel mills and railroads were quickly slowed down A 25 per cent cut in coal burn ing passenger train service effect tive Sunday was ordered Thurs day That step will affect about 11 per cent of all passenger trains The Illinois Central and the Chicago Burlington and Quincy railroads are removing these coal burning trains Friday and Satur day in compliance wrth an ODT order to save coal during the work stoppage in coal Illinois Central Lam of Oorn o Wa terloo and Waterloo to Chicago fcnyan Chicago to Sioux City la Chicago Burlington and Quincy Nos 2728 between Ottumwa and Des Moines Nos 34 between Galesburg III and Burlington la Government officials who said a curtailment of freight service was in prospect declined to go into details But they disclosed that J Mon roe Johnson office of defense transportation director was hurry ing back to Washington from the west coast to keep in instant touch with the situation Marshall Says U S Firm But Door Is Still Open to Russ Berkeley Cal Marshall Friday declared quick action is needed to stop the spread of added The door is wide open for any general conciliatory moves by Russia The secretary of state compared the spread of communist influ ence in Europe with Hitlers tactics Never before in history has the world situation been more threat ening to our ideals and interests than at the present time he told a University of California charter day audience At the same time he left the door open for lasting friendship with Russia He defined United States policy as To stand firm on basic principles but at the same time to keep the door wide open for any general conciliatory Ban Double Duty in Iowa School Posts Des Moines school board members and school super intendents who were elected mem bers of some Iowa county boards of education on March 8 are not eligible to serve Public Instruc tion Superintendent Jessie M Parker said Friday In some counties as many as 3 school board members were elected to the 5member county board of education created by the 1947 legislature In Humboldt county 4 school board members were elected They may either resign from the school board or refuse to qualify for the county board Miss Parker said she has informed all county and city superintend ents of schools and school board secretaries in a mimeographed letter Her action followed an opinion by Assistant Attorney General Oscar Strauss that school board members and school superintend ents are ineligible to member ship in the county board of edu cation These offices are incom patible The newlyelected members of the county boards are to qualify on April 5 by taking their oaths of office If their resignation from the school board is accepted prior to their being sworn in as members of the county board they would then be legal members of the county board Miss Parkers let ter said They cannot legally hold both offices Her March 16 letter was in re ply to the receipt of daily in quiries relative to eligibility She had mailed a similar letter on March 10 quoting the attorney generals opinion and explaining that Public offices are incompati ble when the incumbent of one has power of supervision over the other Members of schopl boards and schpol superintendents who take the oath of office on April 5 will be subject to legal action to cause them to vacate the firstheld of fice Vacancies caused by resigna tions from the county boards prior to April 5 will be filled by ap pointments made by the legally seated board members In those counties including Ma haska and Warren in which 3 county board members conceiv ably would resign before taking office there would not be a quor um of 3 members to appoint sue 0 AP Wirephoto persons escaped injury early Friday when a mysterious ex A KJ mjiijj cmij jLiuciy u ill VHLdlUUS plosion wrecked this 2 story frame house at Rock Island 111 Notice the sides of the house pushed out 4 to 6 feet The entire back of the house is shown ripped out by the blast Rock Island 111 Six per sons escaped injury early Friday when a mysterious explosion wrecked a 2story frame house Damage is estimated at Fleeing from the house in a dazed condition in their night clothes were Fred V Durham 58 and his wife Nellie 55 John J Trost 76 and his wife Ida 65 Joseph Langhammer 34 and his brother John 24 Fire and police officials were investigating in an attempt to de termine the cause of the explosion which ripped out the entire back of the house and blew it 25 feet away The sides were pushed out 4 to 6 feet There was no odor of gas and no fire in the furnace when fire men arrived Flames which fol lowed the explosion were quickly extinguished moves 3 Scandinavian Nations May Join Western Union Stockholm 3 Scandi navian countries whose premiers aligned themselves with the west ern nations may soon join the Brussels pact against continued communist expansion it was be lieved Friday It was known that British For eign Secretary Ernest Bevin ex tended an urgent invitation to Sweden Norway and Denmark to join the Brussels pact when all 4 nations were represented at the Paris conference this week Observers believed the Scandi navian answer was made clear when the 3 premiers declared at a meeting here Thursday night that their countries would choose freedom and democracy before slavery and dictatorship Iowa Band Director Dubaque di Telia 47 band director at Du buque senior high school died Thursday of a heart attack in his band room office at the school He was found dead by students enter ing the room for musical instruc tion cessors Miss Parkers March 16 lettei pointed out that the secretary the treasurer and the superinten dent of schools are officers of the board and as such are not eligible to serve on the county board un less their resignation has been ac cepted in good faithprior to their being sworn in as members of the county board In one county a member of the county board of review was elected to the board of education Neither the county assessor nor his deputies would be eligible to serve on the county board of education because by determining the assessment of property for school purposes they control the amount of tax money available for schools Miss Parker said Other appointive members of the county assessors staff ma3 bn classed as employes and if their status in good faith is that of an employe only their eligibility to serve on the county board of edu cation may not be questioned Senator Wants Russ Differences Placed Before UN Washington Senator Flanders proposed Friday that dif ferences between Russia and the United States be laid before the United Nations He introduced legislation which would direct the president to take their disputes before the U N general The assembly would be asked to consider the actions of the United States and the western nations and those of Russia and her satellites and the effects of these actions on the maintenance of world peace and the principles of the charter of the United Nations Flanders told the senate he and other senators will offer in a few days a resolution calling for re organization of the U N Czech Reds Name Foreign Minister Prarue Czechoslovak U The Prague radio announced Fri day that Vlado dementis a com munist has been appointed for eign minister of Czechoslovakia dementis who had been the No 2 man in the foreign ministry succeeds Jan Masaryk who died m a plunge from his apartment in the foreign office building March 10 Fact Board Sets 5 Day on Packing Dispute Evidence Federal Probers Have Until April 1 to Give Report to President Chicago fP President Tru mans factfinding board in the nationwide meat strike set a time limit of 5 more days for presenta tion of evidence by representatives of packers and the striking CIO union The board will hold daily joint meetings with the packers and union leaders until next Wednes day noon Each side will be given 15 hours to present its case in cluding time alloted for a sum mation on Wednesday afternoon The board investigating the work stoppage which started Tues day morning and has slashed the nations meat production in half has until April 1 to submit its re port to President Truman At Thursdays joint session Ralph Helstein union president proposed that the board arbitrate the wage disputebut the packers dicl not join in the request Nathan P Fcinsinger Univer sity of Wisconsin law professor and board chairman said that if both packer and union repre sentatives agreed that the board should serve as arbitrator the request would have to be sent to Washington for approval Under terms of the TaftHartley act the board cannot make recommenda tions in the dispute As picketing of t h e countrys packing plants continued the prices of meat in the wholesale and retail markets advanced Fri day was the fourth straight day for price hikes in the wholesale market Shipments of livestock were about normal compared to a prestrike Thursday However receipts for the week were about onehalf normal Nonstrikers at the plants included members of AFL or independent unions Consumers in many cities re ported hikes in meat prices One chain which operates 223 stores in New York and New Jersey said prices were up a bit A hike from 2 to 6 cents a pound in meat next week was predicted by some large eastern food chains George Dressier executive sec retary of the National Association of Meat Dealers said in Chicago there appeared to be only a few reports of heavy buying by con sumers In those cities he said a shortage resulted and prices ad vanced Chief issues in the strike by the 100000 CIO United Packinhouse Workers is rejection by the union of a 9 cents an hour pay boost The union wants the 9 cents and arbitration of the 20 cents differ ence Thursday however Helstein said at a news conference the un on would be glad to consider 19 cents an hour intsead of the de manded 29 cents Mme JoliotCurie French Scientist Is Allowed in U S Washington Gen eral Tom Clark Friday authorized the release of Mme Irene Joliot Curie he French scientist who had been detained by immigration officials at Eilis Island Mme JoliotCurie was taken into custody and removed to the island shortly after her arrival late Thursday in New York from Paris Waiting at LaGuardia airport to greet her were officers of the joint antifascist refugee committee which has been listed by Clark as a subversive organization A committee spokesman said she had come to this country to ac quaint the American people with the immediate needs of the Span ish republicans in exile Urge Civilian Defense Corps San Francisco health and welfare committee of the board of supervisors Friday rec ommended that the citys civilian defense corps be reactivated and that 42 wartime be reinstalled air raid sirens In Roman times bodies placed on the funeral pyre were wrapped in asbestos cloth to preserve the ashes Senate GOP for Delaying Actual Draft Washington repub lican leaders seemed near agree ment Friday oh to delay d raftin 7iation1s young men for military service The waitandsee proposal un der study by Senators Vandenberp Mich and Taft Ohio would call for speedy passage of laws to revive selective service in the face of stepped up communist pressure in Europe Selectees would be chosen and put on no tice But congress would not push the button for inductions unless or un til 1 Voluntary enlistments con tinued to lag or 2 the world sit uation grew so grave as to call for partial or full mobilization of a citizen army The prime object of such a law would be to spur immediate en listments of those subject to call thus filling vacant ranks in line with President Trumans plea for strengthened armed forces This republican answer to Mr Trumans request for universal military training and a limited re vival of selective service is known to have the enthusiastic backing of Vaiidcnberg He is the senates presiding officer and heads its for eign relations committee Taft told a reporter he is in clined to support the plan but has not made up his mind finally Meanwhile an informal poll of the house armed services commit tee showed Friday that group probably would approve an out right draft revival at once Fifteen out of 33 members said they favor such a step and only 4 listed them selves as definitely opposed republican lead ers have made clear that full hear ings will be held on the subject before any action is taken ERP APPROVED BY HOUSE BODY Senate Committee Votes Greece Turkey Military Help Washington fp The 000000 European recovery pro gram was approved formally Fri day by the house foreign affairs committee and a senate commit tee voted military help for Greece and Turkey The house committee agreed to act during the afternoon on mili tary aid for Greece and Turkey and also on economic and military help for China The committee finished the Eur opean program by a 14 to 8 vote which members said was strictly along party lines Democrats objected to putting European aid and help for the Greeks Turks and Chinese all in one bill That plan was approved by the committees leaders Before the formal okay on the European program the committee made some changes in the measure passed earlier by the senate One is intended to see to it that the 1G receiving nations do not take American materials and turn them into products to be sold to Russia and her satellites when this country would decline to sell them itself The senate foreign relations committee approved the proposed aid for Greece and Turkey Senator George DGa told a reporter that the 13 senators lined up unanimously for the full amount President Truman asked foithe Greeks and Turks committee then began a closeddoor discussion of the proposed aid for China Nebraska Court Rules AntiClosed Shop Constitutional Lincoln Nebr anticlosed shop amendment wa held constitutional Friday by the state supreme court The amendment adopted by the voters in 1946 makes the closec shop illegal It also forbids em ployers to deny employment be cause of membership or nonmem bership in a union The amendment was contestec by the American Federation of Labor which contended it vio lated the federal constitution ac cording to the supreme court how ever the amendment is a reason able and valid exercise of polic power by the state Red Editor Bolts Party See Others Following Example London Hyde re signed editor of the communis Daily Worker predicted Frida that large numbers of British com munists will follow his exampl and bolt the party because c soviet policy in Europe Hyde announced Thursday nigh that he had resigned his 20yea membership in the communis party quit his job as news edito of the Worker and was taking in struction to join the Catholi church Hyde said he quit because h could not agree with soviet foreign policy Seavy Rains u Iowa Bring Flood Threat Des Moines Hard rams vhich fell across the southern half of the state Thursday night and early Friday posed a new threat of loods in some areas The Raccoon river already was spreading over some lowlands in he vicinity of Des Moines The Jes Moines river was rising Some Ughways were under deep in some places as 18 inches The Mississippi rose more than 3 set overnight at Keokuk The stage became 148 feet 2 feet above lood stage but no damage was re ported at once An additional rise would threaten industrial plants along the river Overnight rainfall at Keokuk totaled 216 inches at a in and a heavy shower fell at 9 oclock Flash floods on Devils creek ne cessitated closing of highway 61 Between Keokuk and Ft Madison Traffic was routed over highways 2 and 218 The Red Cross prepared to evac uate several families living in cabin boats along the river front as Jie Mississippi continued to rise during the morning The rising Des Moines river is expected to be out of its banks jelow Des Moines in the next 2 or 3 days the weather bureau said The bureau reported the Rac coon river flooding front Van Meter to Des Moines with a stage of 181 feet at Van Meter The river rose 9 feet since Thursday morning at Van Meter where bankful is 13 feet An additional 2foot rise is ex pected on the Raccoon river Fri day at Van Meter and at West Des Moines and the Waterworks Park and Valley Drive areas of Des Moines Several highways were closed because of the rains Eighteen inches of water covered highway 169 north of De Soto A foot of water was reported pouring over highway 48 at Elliott on the Nish nabotna river U S highway 218 was closed at the north limits of Towa City where the Iowa river rose 24 feet since noon Thursday to a stage of 131 at a m Friday The highway patrol reported highway 34 at Hastings and No 2 west of Shenandoah were closed No 58 from Cedar Falls to Hud son was reopened before noon Jn aspecial advisory Friday the weather bureau said residents of low land areas should prepare for stages of at least 18 to 19 feet at Tracy 19 to 20 feet at Eddyville and 14 to 15 feet at Oltumwa The Middle river at Indianola stood at 16 feet Friday morning a 9 foot rise since Thursday Bank ful there is 155 feet The heaviest rainfall reported Thursday night was 246 inches at Clarinda Winterset reported 155 inches Van Meter 150 Des Moines 136 Indianola 120 Shenandoah 112 and Osceola 110 TRAIN BREAKS IN MIDDLEA North Western northbound acranca o miies north of Algona tore up some 300 feet of track and disrupted traffic which was reported restored tonormal Friday morning Two cars were off the track on their sides one was about 75 feet from the track in a pasture and a ddzen cars were off the track but remained upright on the ties The engine and the first half dozen cars remained on the track as did also the last twothirds of the train No one was injured FIGURE HEADS FOR APPROVAL Upper Chamber Amount Is Less Than House Total Washington IP The senate Friday approved the idea of hold ing a proposed income tax cut to A final vote may come by nightfall The housepassed bill calls for a cut of The sen ate finance committee has recom mended that be trimmed from the bouse total The senate approved this rec ommendation by voicevote adop tion of the first of a series of amendments proposed by the tax writing finance group The com mittees bill set the tax cut figure at Also by voice vote the senate approved a committee amendment to make the proposed new with holding tax rates effective May I rather than April 1 as provided in the house measure The tax cut itself would be ef fective as of last Jan 1 under both the senate and house bills There is provision for refunds in case too much money has been withheld Senator Barkley Ky the mi nority leader said he intended to vote against any tax reduction He predicted several other democrats would follow suit Barkley said he believes it would be dangerous to cut taxes in the light of President Trumans appeal for greater American Mili tary power to protect western Eu rope against the spread of com munism Barkley declined to speculate on republican chances to corral enough democratic votes to over ride an expected presidential veto But he did say have no doubt thai a vole to sustain a veto will be larger than the vote against the bill on passage by the However Senator Aiken RVt predicted more demo crats would vote to override a veto than when Mr Truman suc cessfully blocked a tax cut bill last year Ten demo crats lined up against the presi dent then Fined for Cemetery Spree Grundy Center 18 yearold youths George Hooper and Clair Coos were fined each Thursday on charges of wil fully and maliciously mutilating defacing and injuring gravestones and structures in the Conrad cemetery last month Earl Kroger 19 was fined as an accessory Weather Report FORECAST Iowa Clearing and cooler Friday night preceded by showers and thundershowers extreme east portion Increasing cloudiness Saturday followed by showers and thundershowers late Sat urday night Low Friday night near 35 High Saturday near50 Mason City Partly cloudy and a little cooleiFriday night In creasing cloudiness and a little warmer Saturday with showers likely again Saturday night Low Friday night near 30 High Sat urday 55 to 60 Iowa 5Day Weather Outlook Temperatures will average 2 to 5 degrees above normal Normal highs 49 north 56 south Normal lows 27 north 33 south Colder Saturday Warmer Sunday and Monday Little change Tuesday Colder Wednesday Precipitation will average 1 to 1J inches oc curring as rain Sunday and again Tuesday night and Wed nesday Minnesota Partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday Cooler Fri day night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Friday morning Maximum 5g Minimum 40 At 8 a m Friday 40 Precipitation 04 YEAR AGO Maximum 35 Minimum 17 Several Dead as Tornadoes Strike Nation Chicago 11 to 26 persons were reported killed more than a hundred others injured and damage of hundreds of thousands of dollars was caused Friday by a series of tornadoes that hit from Texas to Ohio The winds struck communities in Illinois Indiana Missouri Ok lahoma Kansas and Texas Nine of the 11 known dead were in Illinois in the communities of Fosterburg Gillespie and Litch field Two children were reported killed and an undetermined num ber injured Friday when a tor nado wrecked a church and dam aged a schoolhouse at Landeck Ohio 14 miles west of Lima The steeple was blown off St Johns Catholic church and fell on a parochial school building across the road At Sandusky Ohio 5 were injured when the children roof of Campbell school caved in during a heavy storm Thirtyfive of the pupils were trapped A teacher broke down a library door to free the pupils A tornado cut a path through the town at Bunker Hill 111 a com munity of 1500 population 40 miles northeast of St Louis Mo The Bed Cross said it had a re port 80 per cent of the town was leveled At least 3 persons were killed there At least 35 more were reported injured Twisters also struck at Alton New AthensFosterburg and Free burg in southwestern Illinois Two were dead at Gillespie At least 35 were reported injured at Foster burg The Red Cross said 50 were injured at Alton SAME trat U   

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