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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 31, 1948, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS YOU L1V Associated Presi and United Press Full Leased Wires Five a Copy I MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY MARCH 31 1948 This Paper CoruiitM of Two SccUota Section IS r OJ K GJobeGnzettc Photo HIGHEST BUILDING Mason Citys highest build ingwill change owners Thursday It has 8 floors besides basement and a subbasement for the heating plant and is higher than the Hotel Hanford although it also has 8 floors The 1st floor is faced with granite and the upper 7 with terra cotta on the north and west and brick on the east and south It is of completely fireproof construction of ieinforced concrete Foresters Building Is Sold to Mason City Brick and Tile Report Purchase Price Will Be Used for Firms Home Office The largest commercial real es tate purchase in Mason Citys his tory was announced Wednesday It was the purchase of the Fores ters building by the Mason City Brick and Tile company as a home office The reported purchase price was a quarter of a million dollars The Order of Foresters of Toronto Tudd executive vice president of the Mason City Brick and Tile company It was handled by the Romey Realty company The local firm will take posses sion Thursday Judd said and hopes to move into its new quar ters shortly before Dec 31 when its present lease expires at 19 W State The new offices will in volve part of the 2nd floor of the Foresters building Judd said Our present quarters are en tirely inadequate he explained and we had plans under way fot an office building at the plants We decided however that such a construction project at this time would interfere seriously with the very essential housing construc tion by taking the time of skilled craftsmen We shall maintain the present service in the Foresters building and if possible improve it We hope to accomplish our moving with the least possihle inconven ience to Hie present tenants Alvin E Brakel will remain as building manager Judd said and rentals will be handled by the Romey Realty company in co operation with Brakel The purchase is undoubtedly the largest in Mason Citys history involving downtown property ac cording to Richard E Romey The revenue stamps affixed to the deed also showed that it was Ihe larg est outright real estate sale ever recorded in the county Transactions involving indus trial plants such as Jacob E Decker and Sons were by stock sales and not real estate pur chases it was explained The Foresters Buildingwas erected in 191516 as the home office of the Modern Brotherhood of America a fraternal organiza tion which later was merged with the Independent Order of Foresters of Toronto Can The building was completed April 1 1917 on which date ten ants began occupying the building Some of these still have offices in the structure Dedication of the building took place in June 1917 at which time William Howard Taft the former president of the United States gave the main address to a vast crowd E L Balz who was supreme secretary of the M B A at that time is now a resident of Fre mont Nebr Tom Hanley supreme president at the time is deceased The bailding which cost a third of a million dollars is of re inforced steel construction with terra cotla exterior and granite base It is 101 feet in height Mt BA was organized in 1897 at Tipton and at the conven tion in Sioux City in 1901 Mason City delegates headed by Ab Gale succeeded in retting the headquar ters offices moved to Mason City The offices were at first sit uated in the courthouse basement Later they were moved to the Cen tral Trust building on the present site of the Penneyl company build ing and then to the 5Jh floor of the First National bank building where it remained until the present building was completed Amalgamation of the Modern Biotherhood of America with the Foresters took place in 1931 Brake superintendent of the building Wednesday completed 35 years with the fraternal order first with the M B A and later with the Foresters Russia Proposes to Search Allied Trains in Berlin Berlin sudden soviet or der if enforced will make it im possible for 25000 American Brit ish and French troops and civil ians to leave Berlin after mid night Wednesday night except by Russian consent Russia proposed with less than 24 hours notice to halt and in spect U S British and French army military trains traveling in the soviet zone of occupation in Germany Much sovietoccupied territory is west of Berlin The order provides that no American British or French citi zen may leave or enter Berlin by rail or highway without proving his identity to newly established soviet army control points The order was lo be effective at mid night The U S and Britain protested immediately FactFinding Board Puts Finishing Touches on Meat Strike Report Chicago A government factfinding board in the nation wide meat strike Wednesday put the finishing touches on a report due to be handed President Tru man Thursday The board named by Mr Tru man under a section of the Taft HarllRy labor act will not make recommendations But it will re port on testimony of meat packers and officials of the striking CIO union whose 100000 members left their jobs March 16 in a dispute over wages The board held hearings in Chi cago for more than a week after the strike started after Mr Tru mans unsuccessful efforts to de lay the walkout 2 Ottumwa Youths Die in Auto Crash Ottumwa Ottumwa youths were killed in an auto crash east of here Tuesday night They were Verlin Rogers a high school senior and Eddie Brum baugh both 17 Authorities said their car struck a post along highway 34 SAME Black meoni in mutt 24 HOUSE REJECTS SLASH FOR ERP Republican Leaders Hope to Send Bill to Conference by Nightfall Washington house Wednesday refused to cut Euro pean recoverey program funds by after hours of roughandtumble debate The vote against the cut was 112 to Cl The move to slash first year ERP funds from to was made by Rep Charles Yursell RI1L Previously the house rejected 173 to 19 a motion by Rep Wil liam Jennings B r y a n Dorn DS to halt all further con sideration of the global aid bill Dorn offered his motion after a heated speech in which he de manded a showdown now with Soviet Russia A few moments before demo cratic leader Sam Rayburn of Texas had likened opponents of the bill to prePearl Harbor iso No Corn Whisky Washington house has decided that Europeans should gret no corn whisky un der the European recovery pro gram It put such a proviso into its ERP bill at the request ofs Rep Clare Hoffman We dont need to gret em drunk over there to stop communism Hoffman told the house We shouldnt spend the money of the WCTU ladies to buy whisky to send aboard lationists He said he had heard the same kind of talk in 1938 in 1939 in 1940 and even in 1941 Rep John W Gwynne RIowa told the house that the activities of P T Barmim were as nothing compared with the propaganda that lias been carried on to sell this bill House republican leaders hop ed to complete action on the mea sure and send it to conference with the senate by nightfall The senate is expected to fight a house amendment to include Spain srAorg recipient Tuitions Chairman Arthur H Vanden berg RMich of the senate foreign relations committee does not look with favor on any effort to have congress give Franco Spain a part in the recovery pro gram The house approved an amend ment to its foreign aid bill Tues day which added Spain to its Marshall plan countries Vandenberg is said to feel the inclusion of Spain might hamper the ERP administrators opera tions especially since Spain was not among the countries invited to the 16 nation Marshall plan conference at Paris Jast Septem ber The senate completed its own 3part foreign as sistance legislation late Tuesday by approving a oneyear 000000 program of military and economic aid to China Previous ly it had passed bills authoriz ing for European recovery and for mili tary aid to Greece and Turkey The house bill includes all 3 oi those measures as well as a contribution to the United Nations childrens relief fund Negro Leader Threatens Civil Disobedience Against Army Service Washington Morse Rpre told a Negro leader Wednesday that he and minions of other Negroes would face treas on charges if they carry out a threatened civil disobedience pro test against services in the armed forces A Philip Randolph Negro pres ident of the Brotherhood of Sleep ing Car Porters replied to Morse that he and other Negroes are willing to pay that price Randolph together with other spokesmen for a committee against Jim Crow in military service and training told the senate armed service committee they will lead a civil disobedience drive unless army policies and laws remove racial segregation and discrimination Stop Load of Cattle in Drive on Disease Des Moines first load of imported and diseasesuspected cattle to be stopped in the states campaign against such animals was under quarantine at Iowa City Wednesday the state depart ment of agriculture reported The load of 16 animals was stopped on the highway Monday by a state highway patrolman The patrolman said the driver of the truck did not have either a cer tificate from his home state Mis souri that thecattle were free from disease or a permit from Iowa to bring the animals into the state Truman Gets Boards Report on Coal Walkout But Delays Action Truman Signs Rent Control Extension Act Washington new rent control law described by Presi dent Truman as weak but better than none goes into effect at mid night Wednesday night Some 50000000 Americans are covered by the measure extending modified controls to March 31 1949 The president in signing the bill late Tuesday said in a statement We cannot hope to be wholly successful in holding the line on rents by the powers granted in this act But he promised that the ad ministration will be everything it can under this act to hold rents to reasonable levels The new law does not provide for any general rent increases but does permit boosts up to 15 per cent where tenants and land lords agree on a lease running through 1949 The major change from the old law is the creation of a special federal court which has final say on raising or removing ceilings whenever federal housing expedit er Tighe Woods disputes a local boards findings The law says the court must uphold any board which gives adequate and sub stantial evidence to support rent changes Mr Truman said rents have in creased at least G per cent since the rent control law was weak ened last June He appealed for early congressional action on a federal housing program to help ease the shortage 2 Policemen Use GIRLS EYE John L Lewis TJMW chief testifies Phylis ABenjamTn right 13 year old Washington girl trains her tiny camera on the burly mine leader With Phylis is her 11 year old cousin Paula Katz Newark N J The amusing sidelight took place Monday as Lewis testified before the board of inquiry Expect Condemnation of Reds at Pan American Conference 10 Woman in Machine Sioux City took 2 po licemen using a crowbar to free a Sioux City housewife from her washing machine Tuesday And they ruined the machine Police Sgt Charles Kumzak broke the machine apart with the crowbar to extricate Mrs Roland Goetsch whose arm had become caught in the wringer While Kumzak worked with the crow bar Patrolman A Stoner of the emergency squad held Mrs Goetsch who had fainted The woman was treated for in jury and shock and then dismissed from a hospital where she was taken in the police ambiUance 2100 Killed in Traffic Accidents m February Chicapo UR The national safety council reported Wednesdaj that 2100 persons were killed in traffic accidents in February The council said the number was about 340 higher than ex pected The death total for the first 2 months of 1948 was a drop of 8 per cent over the same period a year ago Cities showed an average in crease in deaths of 4 per cent the councils report stated Prelimin ary figures for February from 44 states reported decreases in 22 states increases in 20 others and no change in two The largest city in the nation reporting a perfect record for the first 2 months of 1948 was New Haven Conn The next largest cities with no traffic deaths were Wichita Conn Kans and Bridgeport Attitude of Delegates Shown When Marshall Receives Assurance Bogota Colombia mats said Wednesday the 21na tion Pan American conference is almost certain to spell out a strong condemnation of communist infil tration in the western world This attitude of the delegates became clear at Tuesdays opening session when Secretary of State George C Marshall received unan imous assurance that the question of subversive activities could be put on the conference program Marshalls query came as a sur prise Observers had not expected the United States to bring up com munism at the parley called to discuss interAmerican affairs The American secretary did not mention communism by name when he posed his question at a preliminary session prior to the formal opening of the 9th interna tional conference of American states There was no mistaking his meaning however It could not be learned from American sources whether Mar shalls move means the United Slates will provoke discussion of the communist issue at the confer ence One member of the U S dele gation asked to interpret Mar shalls question replied It speaks for itself Observers cited reaction to the U S move as evidence that the issue of communism is high in the minds of the delegates They also pointed out the fact that iresident Mariano Ospina Perez of Colombia and Joao Neves Fontoura chief Brazilian delegate only 2 speakers at the open ing dealt strongly with the threat of communism to the western world Ospina Perez who opened the conference told delegates the US Has Adequate Supply of Atom Bombs Soy Lawmakers Washington United States has an adequate supply of and ls steadily making more congress members said Wednesday They reported that this information came from David E Lilien Uial atomic energy commission chairman during secret testimony before the house committee on February 28 On the strength of Lilienthals statements the committee Tues day recommended an additional for the commissions work the full amount asked While committee members were reluctant to discuss Lilienthals testimony they agreed privately with the statement of Rep Keefe RWis that we have an ade quate supply of manufactured bombs already They said they were not given any exact numbers and declined to say where the bombs are stored and how big they are The conclusion I drew from the testimony Keefe said in an interview is that we are pro ceeding rapidly with development of the entire atomic energy pro gram I am satisfied that the atomic program is proceeding in the interest of the protection of America Meanwhile the chairman of the senatehouse atomic energy com mittee said Wednesday he believes that if war comes again this coun try should use the bomb with the aim of shortening the conflict and saving lives Senator Hickenlooper RIowa put it this way to a reporter I do not think the bomb should be used indiscriminately But I have no qualms about our using it strategically where it will be an efficient means ot ending the war Americas should be prepared to defend their spiritual and political dfiiictt the face of every i exemp tions without having to furnish an affidavit of residence Make firsthalf payments on danger Fumuuru said communism seems responsible for dragging NEEDS THffi TO STUDY FINDINGS OF 3 MAN BODY Inquiry Will Not Be Revealed to Public Until After Saturday Washington Tru man got his factfinding boards report on the coal strike Wednes day and announced he will delay any further government step in the dispute until he studies the report White House Press Secretary Charles G Ross said that Mr Tru man will take the boards report and supporting documents with him on a trip to Williamsburg Va He is leaving lor Williamsburg Thursday afternoon and on Friday will get an honorary degree from William and Mary college there Ross said the boards ieporfc will not be made public until some Ban Jobless Aid Harrisburg Pa bu reau of unemployment compen sation said Wednesday that 100 000 Pennsylvania soft coal min ers idle in the United Mine Workers dispute over pensions were not eligible for unemploy ment compensation time alter the presidents return from Williamsburg on Saturday The inquiry board brought Its report to Mr Truman just after noon The next posible step under the TaftHartley laws emergency strike procedure JF 3 white house laving to furnishan re1uest to the justice department LAST CALL Des MOIJICS UR Wednesdaj is the last day for lowans to Pay their state individual in come taxes Sign up for AAA conservation practices mankind to a new catastrophe of unforseeable consequencest Floyd Woman Dies of Stove Blast Burns Charles City Mrs Blanche Rademacher about 50 wife of George Rademacher town mar shal of Floyd died at midnight Tuesday from burns received at her home when she threw kero sene on live coals to start a lire in the kitchen stove The accident occurred at 6 a m Monday Mr Rademacher suffered minor burns on the left wrist and forearm in trying to extinguish the flames Mrs Rademacher was burned from the head downward The flames were finally smoth ered by a son Buddy 11 who threw a blanket around his mother The body is at Grossmans property taxes Apply to join the state highway patrol Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clearing and colder with diminishing winds Wed nesday night Partly cloudy and a little warmer Thursday with possible rain showers in evening Low Wednesday night near 25 High Thursday near 50 Iowa Fair west and clearing east portion Wednesday night cold er Partly cloudy and somewhat warmer with scattered light showers developing ate Thurs day afternoon or evening Tem peratures falling during after noon Low Wednesday night 25 north to 30 south High Thurs day 52 to 58 Iowa Cloudy windy and colder Wednesday with rain or snow northeast and rain southeast portion Wednesday forenoon Clearing and colder Wednesday night Thursday partly cloudy warmer west and central ror tions High Wednesday 42 northwest to 52 southeast Low Wednesday night 25 to 30 Minnesota Colder Wednesday night Clearing briefly Thurs day mostly cloudy Snow north and scattered light rains or snow over most of south portion Slightly warmer extreme south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 52 Minimum 35 At 8 a m Wednesday 35 Precipitation 38 YEAR AGO Maximum 35 Minimum 32 Fear Some Industries in Iowa Must Close Because of Coal Tieup Des Moines official of he Iowa Manufacturers associa tion said Wednesday he antici pates some Iowa industries will close in the next 10 days to 2 weeks if the coal strike continues Edward A Kimball of Des Moines executive vice president of the association added that it looks now like the strike might continue longer than that He said some plants might be forced to take a holiday because of a combination of circumstances out of coal and a slow clown in freight traffic because of a coal shortage delaying receipt of raw materials and supplies Drop Charges Against 3 Men in Shipment of Diseased Cattle Waverly Bremer county grand jury Tuesday night returned a no bill dropping charges against 3 men named in connection with what County Attorney Wil liam C Hahle described as ship ment of diseased cattle from the state County Attorney Hahle said the charges against Dr Guy Brown Hudson veterinarian Oliver H Bunger and John M Snyder both of Tripoli were dismissed by the grand jury on his recommenda tions After these charges were filed further study disclosed that the charges were erroneously brought under section 16318 of the Iowa statutes Hahle said Wednesday That particular section appears to deal solely with shipment of cattle into Iowa he continued The charges simply would not stand up under that law to seek a court order to end the strike It was indicated the justice de partment was ready to go inio court for the injunction promptly on getting the presidents go ahead The 3man inquiry boards job was merely to report the facts on the pension dispute which caused the strike not to make any recom mendation for settlement The board had to turn to the courts in order to get Lewis before it so that it could get his side of he dispute to include in its report The Mine Workers chieftain tes ified before it Tuesday under compulsion If a court order should now be ssued for the miners to go back o they union might be held in contempt In 1946 the miners defied a ourt order and eventually were ined for contempt Lewis was fined personally As the No 1 foe of the Taft Hartley act Lewis was well on the way toward providing its first and most spectacular test case He had defied the formal and informal re quests of the presidents board of inquiry to tell his side of the pen sion controversy The justice de partment was forced to ask the federal court to back up the boards summons And he has steadfastly refused to meet a basic requirement of the take an oath that he is not a communist A bitter anticom munist Lewis has blasted that provision as an insult When Lewis responded to the subpoena Tuesday he vigorously denied that he had inspired the miners to walk out by his letter to them March 12 The letter said the operators had dishonored their contract by not agreeing to Lewis pension proposal It sug gested that the local unions hold meetings to discuss this question The meetings resulted in a partial shutdown the soft coal industry It spread rapidly until its effects were nationwide Steel production and railroad passenger and freight services were cur tailed Mayor Race Is Still Not Settled at Alden Alden of Alden still dont know which of 2 can didates is their new mayor A D Pettenger polled 140 votes Monday 2 more than H W Boy enga However 13 absentee bal lots delivered to the city clerk Monday have not been counted The town has asked the state attorney generals office whethci absentee ballots not received in advance of the election should be counted Offer Legislation to Put Union Under AntiTrust Laws Washington Hartley RN J introduced legislation Wednesday to make labor unions subject to prosecution under the antitrust laws It is admittedly aimed at John L Lewis The bill a proposed amendment to the TaftHartley laborman agement act would make it un lawful for labor unions to combine in restraint of trade The house twice has approved similar legislation but it never be came law Hartley is chairman of the house labor committee He also in coauthor of the labor law log his name   

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