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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 8, 1948, Mason City, Iowa                                THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LIV Associated and United Press Full Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY APRIL 8 194S Tim Paper Consists of Two One 155 TRUMAN CALLS FOR AIR EXPANSION GOP HOPEFULS MAKE BIDS FOR NEBRASKA VOTE Twisters Hit Illinois and I Indiana Areas Chicago JP Three person April 13 Test Brings Taft Into Contest With Dewey Stassen Forces Washington Politicians sizing up the apparent Dewey shutout in Wisconsin waited Thursday for Nebraskas popular ity primary to bring the republi can presidential race into pos sibly sharper focus The Cornhusker stales allstar show next Tuesday marks Gov Thomas E Dcweys first test of strength against Ohio Senator Robert A Taft who would up a 3 day personal appearance tour Wednesday night It also provides a new show down between the New Yorker and Harold E Stassen the former Minnesota governor who romped off with the Wisconsin prize Although Stassen won 19 of the 27 Wisconsin delegates and Mac Arthur captured the other 8 Dewey still leads in the national race to date In all 7 names will appear on the GOP ballot including those of Gen Douglas Mac Arthur 2nd man in Tuesdays Wisconsin race and Gov Earl Warren of Cali fornia the 5th avowed aspirant for the nomination The 2 darkhorses are Senator Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan and House Speaker Joseph W Martin Jr of Massachusets The result of the preferential balloting will not be binding how ever on the 15 national conven tion delegates to be picked the same day Stassen meanwhile arrived in Omaha Thursday for 2 days of Nebraska campaigning and Ob served at a hurried airport news conference he had xinderestimated The Minnesotan pointed out he had publicly predicted the Friday before Tuesdays Wisconsin elec tion he would carry a majority of the delegates He did somewhat better than that Stassen declined to make pre dictions on the Nebraska prefer ence race but observed that the contest might be more conclusive if voters were permitted to indi cate both 1st and 2nd choices were killed and scores injured in tornadoes which skipped over sec tions of Illinois and Indiana Wednesday Property damage was expected to run into the thousands of dol lars The heaviest appeared to be in the Calumet City area on the edffe of Chicago and in the Gary Hammond Indiana district The tornadic winds whippec over an erratic course through rural areas of northern and cen tral Illinois and in northwestern and central Indiana Scores of homes and business buildings were damaged Communications were disrupted The federal weather bureau said the twisters hit in an isolated area in the belt of thunderstorms which extended from Arkansas to northern Michigan The thunder storms moved eastward through the Great Lakes region the Ohio valley and into Kentucky and Tennessee Rain fell Thursday in the mid dle Atlantic states and there were scattered thunderstorms in the south Atlantic states Snow fell in the Dakoias and Minnesota and spread eastward into northern Wisconsin and northern Michigan Minot N Dak reported a fall of 12 inches Wiiliston N Dak 8 inches and International Falls Minn 7 inches The dead in the tornadoes in cluded 2 in Illinois and 1 in In diana They were Fred Engleking 55 and Ralph LaBarg 14 who were killed on farms north of Grant Park 111 when a twister struck in Kankakee county about 40 miles south of Chicago Clem Brickner 26 Hebron Ind farm er was killed when his farm home was demolished The property damage in the Cal umet City area in Cook county was estimated by police at Tornadic winds also were re ported in rural sections of central Illinois including an area near 1 Urbnnn home cJ the University of Illinois He can claim 108 of the 305 delegates picked out of a total of 1094 to be chosen Two more Deweyinclined delegates were named in Oklahoma Wednesday adding to the 10 he got there ear lier New York has given him 90 and New Hampshire 6 Stassen holds the 2nd spot in the delegate totals with 46 on the basis of 19 in Wisconsin 25 in Minnesota and 2 in New Hamp shire Vandenberg who has said he does not want the nomination is third with Michigans 41 Of th total picked so far 102 are un It takes 548 to nomin ate Taft wound up his Nebrask campaign with reiterated emphasi on the preparedness theme h stressed in most of his 14 barn storming talks He told a Fremon audience he wants a powerful ai force and while opposed to uni versa military training he think a temporary return to the draf may be necessary Taft termed his piospects good in the Nebraska contest as he and his energetic wife headed back to Washington after a 3 day cam paign tour At his final meeting m Fremont Nebr Taft was commissioned an admiral in the Great Nebraska Navy by a representative of Gov ernor Val Peterson Commented Mrs Taft wryly admirals always go to sea and leave their wives at home Governor Dewey aware that defeat in Nebraskas primary might knock the props from under Ins presidential chance set a fast pace in the midst 3 day campaign in the state The New Yorker Called for rule development of the Missouri Valley basin federal price support of farm products extensive soil conservation and maximum production of food He rejected completely the pro posal for a federally appointed 3 member Missouri valley authority MARTHUR TO AWAIT RESULTS See No Withdrawal Hint in Generals Statement LEWIS FACING THREAT OF NEW COURT ACTION Head of Southern Coal Operators Plans Unfair Labor Practice Charge Washington Joseph E Moody head of the Southern Coal Producers association said Thurs day he will file a charge of un fair labor practices against John L Lewis United Mine workers Lewis already is facing contempt action for ignoring a court order to end the 24 day old soft coal Strike That order also directed Lewis and the mine owners to negotiate on the miners pension dispute which touched off thestrike March 15 UMW officials and operators ncluding Moody started the talks Wednesday and continued them Thursday morning But a wrangle developed over Moodys authority as the presi dent of the association to sit in the bargaining conference Afterwards Moody told report ers he has asked Attorney John C Gall to proceed at once with a charge of unfair labor practices1 igainst the union and its 7man j legotiating committee In the meantime there was no ndication that Lewis intended to omply with the courts backto vork order despite the contempt itation that was slapped against him Wednesday Top government officials said jewis instead appeared to be dig ing in for a finish fight in the ourts That fight is scheduled to start Monday before Justice T Alan Soldsbprough the same judge vho fined him and the union 3510000 in 1946 for defying a imilar court order The fines lat r vevr cut to 5710000 by the v preme court MEAT MOVEMENT of the packinghouse union picketinTthe John Morrell plant at Ottumwa stand on the railroad siding to prevent passage of a work tram into the struck plant for removal of meat cars 01 a woik BOARD REPORTS ONMEATT1EUP Paves Way for Court Order to Halt Strike Cedar Rapids Youth Is Indicted for Arson Cedar Rapids Linn county grand jury late Wednesday indicted Richard Havlik 18 Ce dar Rapids on arson charges growing out of a fire at the Buc caneer night club here last No vember Havlik who owned the club is free on bond Tokyo MacAr thur indicated Thursday he would await the results of the Nebraska primary election next issuing any further statement on his presidential can didacy His only comment on the Wis consin balloting in which he ran 2nd to Harold E Stassen was this brief and unrevealing state ment One of the things which have made our country great is that men may thus freely speak their minds and fearlessly record their individual viewpoints Let us al ways preserve it that way Observers here could detect no hint of a withdrawal in the state ment Its generalized nature con tinued the aloofness he has main tained since he announced his availability for any public duty to which I might be called by the American people That was March 9 Nevertheless Thursdays state ment puzzled Tokyo Some saw in it a measure of disappointment which is apparent among his headquarters supporters al though politics are not generally discussed The Japanese appeared sur prised by the results They con ceded that the general had lost face His reputation in the United States does not correspond with his reputation here said one Japanese editor However Nippo nese newspapers have not yet commented editorially Sommermeyer Murder Goes to Jury The government paved the way for a possible new contempt trial when it asked Goldsborough to order Lewis to show cause if any why he and the UMW should not be punished for ignoring the strikeend directive issued last Saturday night Goldsborough promptly signed the order which also calls upon Lewis to say why he shouldnt be held in both criminal and civil contempt This leaves any pos sible penalties entirely up to the judge He order a jail term as well as a fine if he found Lewis guilty 14 Jail Inmates Clear Up Missing Seized Liquor Des Moines How ard C Reppert says there is no mystery about the disappearance of 6 bottles of seized liquor at the county jail Fourteen inmates of the jail were in solitary confinement and on a bread and water diet Thurs day after the confiscated liquor was lished from a locked cell with a broom handle and wire snare Reppert said that by the time deputies discovered the looting all but about one bottle of whisky had been consumed Washington inquiry board reported to President Tru man Thursday in the meat strike but there was no indication when the report will be made public Chairman Nathan P Feinsinger delivered the report Under the national emergency provision of the TaftHartley act the hoard merely states the issues without recommendations The report paves the way for the government to seek a court order halting the strike as it al ready has in atomic energy and coal disputes The CIO packing house workers struck for higher wages March Ifi Feinsiuger told reporters that beUveeu 60000 and 60000 are on strike The white house said the meat strike report would not be made public Thursday since Mr Tru man wants to study it first A court order halting the strike could be in effect a maximum of 80 days If the dispute is not settled by that time the injunc tion would be dissolved and the union could legally resume the strike The next step would be for the president to report to con gress recommending appropri ate action The CIO union had demanded in January a wage increase of 29 cents an hour Shortly afterward the meat companies had settled with the AFL meat cutters for a 9cent raise The companies offer ed the CIO union the same 9 cent raise The union later said it would be glad to consider 19 cents but not 9 cents Union Head Says Pickets Not Told to Blockade Decker Gate Hometown Boy Shaiiffhai the cap tion hes a hometown boy now the U Sowned Shanghai Post and Mercury Thursday ran a one line editorial on the results of the Wisconsin primary General Mac Arthur the edi torial said should forget about American politics and run for em peror of Japan Kranz Testifies 1520 Foremen Had Much to Do With Stopping Train Neither he nor the strategy board of the union ever told pick ets to stop anyone from going in or out of the Jacob E Decker and Sons plant Charles Kranz acting chairman of local 38 of the United Packinghouse WorkersCIO testi fied in district court here Thurs day Office workers and other non union members mixed with the pickets at the main gate of the plant on Friday noon March 26 to fill the street from curb to curb and stop traffic he told Jue William P Butler who is hearing a petition for a temporary injunc tion against the union j iiiiitji or 20 foremen rushed from the plant property to stand on the railroad tracks that evening and had as much to do with stop ping a switch engine from enter ing as those who were standing in front of them Kranz added He declared that there were only 4 or 5 regular pickets there at the time and none of them was standing on the track C J Kauf man plant superintendent his assistant Fred Schroeder and other plant officials were standing on the viaduct at the time Kranz testified The strategy board was having a meeting the Friday noon whei the plant blockade started A picket came in to report tha someone was stopping cars at the main gate the acting presideiv told the court He and other mem bers of the board went to the main gate to try to disperse the crowd he said but it was like trying to control a bunch of wile dogs Russell Bull Des Moines dis trict representative of the UPW did not have any conference wit union officials here Kranz testi fied on cross examination He came and talked to them the offi cer admitted but there was no conference He suggested that the Des Moines man may have come to Mason City to visit relatives here Bull is a former Mason Cilyan All pickets were instructed that there was to be no violence Sioux City Sommer meyer murder case went to the ury in district court here at 11 a m Thursday after County At orney Edward L Moran finished lis final summation of prosecu ion evidence Charles Sommermeyer 17 is Charged with murder in the slay ng Jan 31 of Michael Fili shot during an attempted holdup at his neighborhood grocery store WILL COMMUNISTS WIN N ITALIAN ELECTION Turn to Pajre 14 for an ap praisal of the situation in Italy as election time Don An dersonk publisher of tht Wiscon sin State Journal Madison Wis in his series of articles on the European situation is cur rently writing about bin 1m of Italy K wind to destroy inimed Firemen leaped before a strong ono threats force drinking gambling or interference with ingress or ogress at the plant Kranz said and no other orders were ever is sued by the officers of the union Cross examination of Kranz by R F Clough attorney for Arrnour and Company which brought the injunction suit was heated throughout Judge Butler cau tioned Kranz to limit himself to answering the questions after the witness had engaged several times in arguments with Clough Kranz took the stand late Thursday forenoon after Judge Butler had overruled a motion by E G Dunn defense attorney ap pointed by the court in which Dunn attacked the jurisdiction of the court on the grounds that the union is unincorporated and the members hafireceived notice of the suit Thorp were 000000 pounds of the Decker plant when the strike started Manager P J Thogerson testified Wednesday afternoon The meat must be shipped at the proper time to prevent deteriora tion and financial loss he said Other witnesses for Armours be fore Clough rested the plaintiffs case included Fred Loomer of the casualty department H Idris Thomas supervisor of paymasters and timekeepers Harold H Helm employment manager Ray Fult foreman in the hog department Schroeder and Mrs Lila Malfero West Haven Although he called her as a witness Clough was unable to establish Mrs Melferos connec tion with the case and after a few questions and a consultation with Thogerson he excused her from the witness stand Dunn then re called her as his witness but he also was unable to connect her with the case and released her despite his obvious puzzlement Finns to Return Sunday Helsinki UR The semioffi cial Finnish news agency said Thursday that the Finnish treaty delegation to Moscow will return Sunday and that the 10year treaty with Russia is expected to be placed before the Finnish parlia ment next Tuesday HOLD MAN IN CAR ACCIDENT Motorist Dies After Crackup in Ditch Port Dodge A Waterloo man Norman Price 26 died in Lutheran hospital Thursday af ter having been found inside a wrecked automobile in a ditch a mile east of Buncombe Wednes day night Gilbert Perry of Fort Dodge a Star route mail carrier reported to police that a tarpaulin blew off his truck and he feared it might have caused an accident Perry was held to the grand jury after pleading innocent to a charge of failing to give aid or information after an accident in volving injury to a person Price was the son of Mr and Mrs John Price of Iowa Falls SAMtf BUtk BIMRI t4 Iowa Plants Moving Meat Despite Rift By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Despite the strike of members of the CIO United Packinghouse Workers meat is moving to mar ket from several packing plants in Iowa and Omaha Unions and packers in Mason City Omaha Ottumwa and Sioux City are involved in court cases stemming from the dispute Fifteen cars of meat moved Wednesday from the Wilson and Company plant Cedar Rap ids The union protested the ac tion but presented no actual oppo sition to the movement Three carloads of meat moved through a gate of the John Mor rell company plant at Ottumwa shortly after noon Thursday be fore being stopped by timbers tossed on the railroad tracks by pickets Four cars were pushed out of the plant at about p m and coupled onto a Milwaukee switch engine When the train was stopped 3 cars had cleared the plant gate and part of the 4th car was clear It was the 3rd attempt in 3 days to move meat from the struck plant Wednesdays attempt failed when a picket line stopped mem bers of the switch engine crew Meat has been moving by rail without opposition from the Deck er plant at Mason City where a district court restraining order prevented the union from inter fering with the shipments A court hearing is in progress on the com panys attempt to obtain a tem porary injunction preventing the union from mass picketing or in terfering with operations of the plant Over union objections the Ar mour plant in Omaha has meat and may resume killing this week as the result of what the company calls a backtowork movement Swift officials in Oma hs also claim to have moved ncat At both plants the union pick eted raiiroad tracks and hatted some meat cars but the packers obtained a city council order stop ping picketing on railroad tracks on the ground it was trespassing on private property and interfer ing with traffic The union with the announced intention of a court test of the councils order continued picket ing More than 100 have been ar rested and 1 person was shot in a fracas earlier this week The situation was calm at the Rath plants in Waterloo Mainte nance and supervisory employes have been allowed by the union to enter the plant No attempt has been made to move any meat Sioux City local 34 of UPWA is involved 2 ways in court actions First partners in a trucking concern are seeking an injunction to restrain officers of the local from unlawful conspiracy which allegedly resulted in the truckers inability to fulfill their contracts with Armour and company to haul meat in interstate commerce Second Armour and company filed a petition Wednesday for a temporary injunction restraining officers and members of the local from interfering with the com panys business and property Ar mour also asked that the local cease mass and coercive picket ing which among other things the company says has prevented nonstriking of an AFL entering the plant The Ottumwa strike reached police court Wednesday when the union accused 3 Morrell employes of pushing a freight car bearing meat on to a public highway without a proper switch crew in attendance Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clear and cold Thurs day night Fair with rising temperatures Friday Lowesi Thursday night near 20 High Friday 42 to 45 Iowa Clear and quite cold Thurs day night Low Thursday night 18 to 24 north 24 to 28 south Friday fair and warmer High Friday 42 to 46 north 48 to 52 south Minnesota Clearing and colder Thursday night with a severe freeze Lowest temperatures 2 to 3 above north to 13 to 18 above south portion Friday fair with rising temperatures IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Thursday YEAR AGO Maximum 37 Minimum ASKS CONGRESS FOR ADDITIONAL House Committee Will Report Next Week on Bill With New Funds Washington President 69 TO 31 Truman asked congress Thursday for an immediate appropriation oC for expansion of the air forces The house appropriations com mittee to which the presidents request was directed called a spe cial meeting to consider the re quest It plans to report to the house next week on the bill car ryirjthe new funds Tiv additional money is for use during the fiscal year starting July 1 The president last week noti fied congress that such a request would be forthcoming It is part of an additional to be sought for overall defense pur poses for the next fiscal year Of the 5725000000 requested 5195000000 would be in cash and in contract authori zations for which cash must be furnished later The army air forces would re ceive of the new cash and the naval bureau of aero nautics The biggerandbetter ahforce drive temporarily has shunted aside plans for universal military training The aerial expansion program moved forward in both house and senate us lawmakers sought to bal ance manpower and money de mends and yet provide the speedi est and most effective national defense These were the developments 1 The house appropriations committee hauled a air force bill onto the legislative runway with assurance frcn Chairman Taber RN Y of a 4n V i f P i LVHHWAJ k ctaalnGQ tOp priority to this item in the S3 000000000 asked by President Truman to augment the 000000 already budgeted for de fense The extra air force funds are for aircraft purchases re search and development 2 Rep Clason RMass an nounced his armed services sub committee would begin hearings on legislation to expand the air force from 55 to 70 combat groups 3 The senatearmed services committee weighed a formal re quest by Secretary of Air Sym ington for a 70group air force Members of the senate commit tee confided after the closed door session Wednesday that they are considering linking the air force expansion with a temporary They indicated UMT action would be delayed for the time being 3 BURNED FROM COAL EXPLOSION In Fair Condition After Plant Accident Three men burned in an early morning coal explosion at the Northwestern States Portland Ce ment company Thursday were re ported in fair condition at a local hospital though all received ma jor burns They are Alfred Mataloni 50 821 Harri son X W William iMaxwell 42 119 12th N vr George Schambcr 37 334 T E A company official said the ac cident happened about 4 a m A hearth was not feeding properly and when an attempt was made to add extra draught to it the explosion occurred he said INJURIESFATAL TO ALGONA MAN Nels Peterson Victim of Hit and Run Driver Peteison 88 died Wednesday night at the Kossulh hospital here from injuries re ceived March 27 when he was struck by a hitandrun driver while he was walking on Jones street in front of a suburban gro cery He suffered multiple frac tures of both legs and T arm An intensive search has been made by the driver of the car withoutjayail A woman living nearby saw the man shortly after he had been struck Two men got out of the car and started toward the injured mnrivlom when another car approached they got back into their own car   

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