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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 4, 1948, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME EDITION NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY DOLLAR DAYS Thursday Friday and Saturday VOL LIV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY AUGUST 4 1948 This Paper Consists of Two One No 257 East West i n Race on Constitution Robertson Leaves Berlin Post for Talks in London Berlin fP Communists in eastern Germany raced to beat the west Wednesday in produc ing the nations first postwar constitution Both groups have set September target dates Berliners meantime voiced hope that this weeks western power talks with Prime Minister Stalin in Moscow would result in an EastWest compromise and early lilting of the Berlin dead lock There was no official comment in Berlin on the Moscow negoti ations but it is known American and British occupation command ers are being kept advised of de velopments by Washington and London Gen Sir Brian Robertson British commander flew to Lon don Wednesday for talks at the foreign office Strict Silence In the soviet capital itself American diplomatic sources maintained silence on the negoti ations The lid also is on tight in Washington London and Paris It is the general belief in Berlin that no final agreements were reached at the Moscow meeting but that enough of on exchange of views had been made with Sta lin to indicate a compromise could be worked out It is expected the blockade will be lifted when the 4 powers agree on a date for a new big 4 meeting which most observers feel sure will be held Rival Governments At the moment interest center ed on the race to produce rival German governments The communistc ontrolled Peoples council after discussing the draft for a German demo cratic republic Tuesday ordered Its constitution committee to com plete the document by the middle of September It will then be laid before the communist Peoples congress for approval The constitutional assembly as proposed by the western powers is tentative2y scheduled in west ern Germany for early September Ha Effort to Pass AntiPoll Tax Bill AP WJrepholo HALFMILE LUMBER DOCK spread quickly along the oil soaked deck of the Weyerhaeuser Timber company dock at Longview Wash late Tuesday and threatened the Columbia river industrial mills for 2 hours Held After Attempt on Wifes Life West Union Jo ieph 21 Muncie Ind was held In Fayette county jail here Wednesday after his wife told authorities he tried to shoot her Mrs Joseph said she left her husband some time ago and had been living with her paents at Cresco She was visiting a sister at Sumner Tuesday night she said when Joseph appeared and asked to talk with her She said that when she went riding with him Joseph tried twice to wreck the car and then tried to shoot her The shotgun failed to fire and she escaped Mrs Joseph said Police arrested Joseph while he was walking on a country road They later found the weapon and the abandoned automobile Dennis Speaks at Convention Tells Communists Ike Being Saved New York Dennis general secretary of the communist party told the party national con vention Tuesday big capital is saving Gen Dwight D Eisen hower for a more acute emer gency Dennis devoted most of his speech at the closed convention session to the 1948 elections He said the communists would con tinue to support the progressive party despite contentions they should withdraw this backing if they really want to help beat reaction Portions of the speech were re leased by the convention publicity staff Dennis was one of 12 top communist officials recently in dicted by a federal grand jury on charges of seeking to over throw the U S government It should be noted Dennis said that the very emergence of the new antimonopoly peoples party the progressives is an ex pression of the developing crisis within monopolys 2party sys tem Symptoms of the crisis he con tinued include the shortlived Eisenhower boom which united southern bourbons northern ma chine democrats the ADA Amer icans for Democratic Action crowd and various CIO leaders in a desperate search for a winning candidate But the secretary said big capital is saving Eisenhower for a more acute national emergency where he can appear in the guise of a nonpartisan candidate and play the Cincinnatus role of na tional saviour Russians in Berlin Throw Up Extra Wire Road Blocks Berlin barbed wire road blocks and extra forces of armed guards have been thrown around Russian military head quarters and housing areas for soviet soldiers families as a re sult of increased tension in Ber lin it was reported Wednesday Germans living in the Karlshorst area of the Russian sector where troops and their families are housed said that all street en trances have been blockaded and guarded since Mondays attack on soviet sector police by German civilians One communistdominated po liceman was injured in the at tack launched by the Germans on suspicion that the soviet police were trying to abduct one of their number The Soviets said the Ger mans were being arrested in a black market raid At the same time the Russians intensified the eastwest struggle in the German capital by serving demands on the Berlin city as sembly which would be tanta mount to complete financial and economic control of Berlin and its government Unofficial sources said the Rus sians told the city assembly that blocked funds of the western sec tor would be released if author ities in western Berlin agreed to grant complete financial authority to the sovietdominated Gcrrnar note bank The Russians froze all soviet east deutsche mark accounts of the city government and private industry in the western zones as of Aug 1 These funds are deposited in the central bank in the soviet sector Former Emmetsburg Woman Dies at 102 Brookings S Dak ings countys oldest resident is dead She was Mrs Bridget Bannon who turned 102 last March 25 Funeral services will be held Friday at Emmetsburg Iowa her former home 36 Known Dead 28 Injured in Flood Caracas Venezuela tysix are known dead and 28 are reported injured in a flash flood which engulfed part of the port city of La Guaira Tuesday Most of the loss of life and property destruction occurred in the Piedra Azul Pass where a vir tual wall of water from a torren tial rain was channeled down Weathar Report FORECAST Mason City Clear and quite cool Wednesday night Fair and a lit tle warmer Thursday Low hu midity Low Wednesday night 50 High Thursday 80 Iowa Generally fair Wednesday night and Thursday No decided change in temperature Low Wednesday night 54 northeast to 60 southwest Minnesota Generally fair and cool Wednesday night and Thursday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 72 Minimum 46 At 8 a m Wednesday 60 Precipitation i inch YEAR AGO Maximum 98 Minimum 09 West Bend Elevator Destroyed by Fire of undeter mined origin destroyed the Dav enport elevator at West Bend Tuesday The grain loss is report edly to Whittemore and 4 other fire companies responded to the alarm The fire was confined by the heavy walls of the elevator for some time before it broke through the wooden top super structure The flames were visible 10 miles from the scene of the blaze The intense heat of the fire ig nited several adjacent buildings but these fires were extinguishec by the departments on duty Move Against High Meat Price Spreads By UNITED PRESS The h o u s e w i v e s rebellion ngainst high meat prices was spreading across the country Wed nesday In city after city women were organizing to force meat prices down by refusing to buy Men folk were joining the battle by setting up their own buyers strikes or lending moral support In some cases meat dealers pitched in too The campaign appeared to be having some effect Wholesale meat sales fell to the lowest point in months Tuesday at New York although prices remained steady The Safeway stores atSan Fran cisco reported an unexplainable drop in purchases of certain high priced cuts The fight was waged strongest at its point of origin in Texas one of the nations biggest meatpro ducing states where Mrs R D Vaughn of Dallas first set out to show that the law of supply and demand works in 2 directions Womens committees at Dallas Corpus Christi Orange Fort Worth Waco and Austin were calling townswomen and pledging them to stop buying meat for at least a week Mrs L A Rex con Silvermoster on Payroll During War Navy Civil Service Tried to Oust Accused Spy From Government Washington Greg ory Silvermaster now accused of spying for Russia stayed on the government payroll during the war although both the Navy and Civil Service Commission tried to get him off it was disclosed Wed nesday This was developed at a session of the house unAmerican activi ties committee where Silvermas ter took the stand and 1 denied he ever was a spy or agent for any foreign government and 2 steadfastly refused to say whether he is or hasbeen a comniunist Silvermaster a middleaged man with a shock of blond hair and a bristling mustache is one of the men named by Elizabeth T Bentley as members of a wartime communist ring in the govern ment She testified that they gave her secret information for relay to Russian agents Repeats Story After Silvermaster left the wit ness chair Miss Bentley went back and repeated the story she told last Silvermaster headed a communist group in government and operated a pho tographic laboratory in his base ment where secret documents were photographed Silvermaster himself told of the Demos Bon Segregation on Party Headquarters Staff Washington cratic national committee has banned race segregation in its headquarters staff in a new bid for Negro support in the presi dential election Confirming the change Nation al Chairman J H McGrath told a reporter the committee merely is being consistent by putting into effect a policy urged by President Truman for government jobs and the armed forces McGrath said he expects to an nounce later the appointment of a Negro assistant to the chairman He would not comment on reports that Rep William L Dawson of Illinois is slated for this post McGrath said the committee is abolishing its Negro division as such and distributing its Negro workers among other units He said there will be no race discrim ination in the hiring of stenog raphers clerks and other em ployes The republican national commit tee maintains a Negro division with Val Washington of Chicago former Illinois state official as it head William Murphy GOP pub licity director said several Ne groes are employed on the head quarters staff McGraths move was looked on by some Dixie democrats as a further sign that the administra tion is more interested in Negr support from the big vote state than it is in patching up the part row in the south foil in Farben Blast to 239 Frankfurt from udwigshafen in the French zone f Germany said Wednesday that he toll of dead and missing in the G Farben chemical plant blast ast week had increased to 239 American officials said that an nspector of the American bureau of mines R W Stahl had been ordered by Washington to make a 3day investigation of the cause of the blast Report SOS From Plane Lost French Craft Might Be Found Paris Air Wednesday it has ports that an S O picked up from its France said received re S has been giant flying boat missing since Sunday with 52 persons aboard The company said all it had was a bare report from one of the ships searching the South Atlan French frigate Le Verrier navys efforts to pry him from the governments payroll He said he beat them by getting Lauchlin Currie a white house aide and C B Baldwin then his boss in the government to intervene with then Secretary of War Patterson in his behalf Stays 4 Years From Louis Russell a commit ducting the said women Orange campaign at Beaumont and Eldora Guard Attacked by School Inmate Eldora Finger 65 year old cottage night guard at the Eldora boys state training school is under treatment at Iowa City for injuries received in an attack on him by an inmate Charles Reed superintendent of the school at Eldora said Tuesday that Finger had been sent to the University of Iowa hospital Reed said Finger had not worked since he was attacked June 14 Finger was hit over the head and reportedly has had trouble with his right eye since the at tack Reed said the boy who struck Finger has been in the dis cipline cottage since The legislative interim commit tee met with Reed here Tuesday Port Arthur called for help in or ganizing strikes Police reporters at San Antonio became disgusted because women there were not joining the move ment So they began their own telephone campaignwith the motto meats too high pays too low and these 3 buck steaks have got to go tee investigator and former FBI agent came testimony that the civil service commission regarded Silvermaster as a communist and recommended that he be barred from civil service but that he stayed with the government for 4 years thereafter Robert E Stripling the com mittees chief investigator said the reason Silvermaster wasnt re moved from the federal payroll was because he went to the white house and got Mr Currie to go to Mr Patterson on his behalf Miss Bentley testified last week that Currie gave information to the communists but that she did not believe he was a communist Currie now living in New York state immediately issued a denial Housewives Keep Guard Over Trees Oskaloosa group of 100 irate housewives Wednesday stood guard over the 137 ancient shade trees which line Oskaloosas Main street determined to prevent the state highway commission from cutting them down as part of a streetwidening project The women won the 1st skirm ish Tuesday They staged a sit down strike in comfortable lawn chairs around heavy road equip ment preventing workmen from finishing their job Police broke up the crowd after doing a little shoving But the women retaliated by obtaining a temporary injunction restraining the highway commission and the city council from cutting the trees The roadbuilders halted opera tions after putting the axe to only 15 trees The battle began 6 weeks ago it had heard the distress signal There were no further details Ships and planes were rushed to ward the spot where the signal was believed to have originated The missing plane carried 40 passengers and 12 crewmen Lake City Hurdles Won by Porter Bill Smith Takes Tank Title London UR Bill Porter of Northwestern won the Olympic 110meter high hurdle champion ship Wednesday in an American sweep Bill Smith of Hawaii set a new record of 4 minutes 41 seconds as he won the 400meter Olympic freestyle swim beating out team mate Jim McLane of Akron Ohio McLane set the old mark of in the preliminaries Southerners Win After 5 Day Debate GOP Wants Decks of Senate Cleared for Other Measures Washington repub licans Wednesday abandoned their efforts to pass an antipoll tax bill during the extra session of congress The action decided upon at a conference of GOP senators rep resented a victory for southern democrats whose filibuster against the bill is in its 5th day Chairman Millikin RColo told reporters the GOP conference agreed to clear the decks for the senate to turn to other pressing business in the hope that congress can quit by Saturday night While the GOP senators were meeting republicans on the house side formally proposed their own antiinflation bill amid prospects that it may reach the house floor for action Thursday Restores Control Chairman Wolcott RMich of the house banking committee dis closed that the measure calls for restoring installment buying con trols through next March 15 It also provides for moderate tight ening of bank credits These steps previously had been agreed upon by the republicans who have ignored antiinflation curbs proposed by President Tru man Millikin also told newsmen alter the lengthy meeting of GOP sena tors 1 Inflation legislation will not include price controls 2 Congress still hopes to ad journ by Saturday night if it can do so in an orderly fashion DP Bill 3 The conference discussed Dies as Result of CarTruck Crash Man Dies OS Trucks Crash Emmetsburgr Charles Henningsen about 58 of Gfaet tinger died at a hospital here Tuesday night of injuries suffered when her auto and a gravel truck driven by Arch Atkinson also of raettinger collided northwest of hero Tuesday Atkinson was un iurt The womans husband and son Kenneth suffered slight injuries 3hyllis Henningsen a daughter received a broken leg Voters in 3 States Choose Candidates for Fall Race By the Associated Press Voters in Missouri Kansas and Virginia primaries Tuesday gave the nod for November election competition to a field of veteran political campaigners In Missouri state Auditor For rest Smith won the democratic nomination for governor with lit tle trouble piling up a vote score greater than the combined totals of his opponents former U S Tax Collector Dan M Nee and former Attorney General Roy McKittrick Smith had the support of anti Pendergast forces in Kansas City GOP Tighter The Missouri GOP primary was tighter but Speaker Murray Thompson of the state house of representatives won the nomina tion over his closest rival Lawyer Manvel H Davis In Kansas former Gov Andrew Schoeppel got the approval of re publican voters as candidate for the senate seat being vacated by 83yearold Arthur Capper a vet eran of 30 years on Washingtons Capitol Hill Schoeppel defeated Wichita Lawyer Harold Malone The former governors demo cratic opponent for Cappers job will be George McGill who has served previously as senator from Kansas He ran up a 2toone margin Tuesday over Farm Lead er E K Dean 2 to 1 Victory Virginia democrats meanwhile gave the same 2tol victory edge to Senator A Willis Robertson running for renomination against antiorganization candidate James P Hart Jr Roanoke attorney In the Kansas GOP guberna torial race Cov Frank Carlson won Tenomination by more than 100000 votes over Former Con gressman W P Lambertson who campaigned as a dry and James A McClain who made therace on a wet platform Kansas a dry state will vote on repeal of its prohibition amendment in Novem ber Randolph Carpenter of Marion led Ewell Stewart of Topeka foi the democratic gubernatorial nom ination Republican Rep Dewey Short faced stiff opposition from young Quentin Haden in the 7th con gressional district of Missouri be fore he finally nailed down the victory 2 Des Moines Men Killed in Crash DCS Moines UR Two Des Moines men vere killed Tuesday night in a cartruck collision 3 miles east of here on highway 163 The dead were Robert L Mc Alister 72 and Walter E Wilson 62 Mr and Mrs Clarence Roth both of Des Moines who were riding in the car were injured and hospital attendants described their condition as critical McAlister sales manager for the Foxbilt Feeds Co Des Moines and Wilson a salesman were rid ing in a light panel truck which witnesses told police swerved into the path of the car as it came over a hill Carroll B David 43 Lake City businessman was cillcd Tuesday when the pickup ruck he was driving collided with a Christian Brothers gravel truck The accident occurred 5 miles northeast of Breda in Sac county Sheriff William Stewart of Sac ity said tall corn obscured vis ion at the rural intersection only miles from where 4 persons were killed July 4 in a crash Funeral services are pending David is survived by his wife the former Marian Ritze of Water loot a daughter Marilee Ann 4 and his mother Mrs W J David of New Hampton SAME WhlU no traftU doth past 24 when word leaked out that the city council had authorized the highway commission to widen the street a main highway route through Oskaloosa Then women complained They said their elm and maple trees were more im portant than a wider street When they got no action from authorities they planned Tues days demonstration A hearing on the injunction was set for Aug 16 Not a single bird has become extinct in Africa and only one or two in Asia South America and Australia To Seek Reelection to House Speakership DCS Moines G T Gus Kuester Griswold farmer will be a candidate for reelection to the speakership of the Iowa house some answer to legislators inquiries Kuester from con firmed Tuesday in letters that he would seek the post He was elected unanimously for speaker in 1947 In announcing that he would submit his name he said that I wish it were someone else but this seems to be the wish of many amending the displaced persons bill passed at the last session but no definite decision was reached Any change Millikin said would be limited to moving up the eligi bility date for refugees from Dec 22 1945 to April 21 1947 4 Leaders of the 2 houses and chairmans of the senate and house banking committee are attempting to reach some areas of agreement on housing that may be devel oped and enacted 5 There was some discussion of substituting a constitutional amendment for the present anti poll tax bill which is in the form of a federal statute Millikin said there was no full dress debate but that the concensus was that a constitutional amendment would not be substituted at the present time Old tin cans have been used in paving the bed of the Los Angeles River to keep the river from un dercutting its banks Traffic Accident Takes 2nd Victim New Hampton vic tim of a Sunday traffic crash Rob ert Schutte 18 Fredericksburg died at St Josephs hospital at a m Wednesday He was the driver of a car in which Donna Mae Klcma 10 New Hampton died when it collided with another car in turning onto highway 63 8 miles north of here late Sunday Schutte was the son of Mr and Mrs William Schutte of Fred ericksburg He had sustained seri ous internal injuries in the acci dent and had been receiving blood transfusions in the hospital herei Funeral arrangements have yet been made FBI Probe Fails to Bring Enough Proof of Espionage Washington justice department officials said Wednes day a 3yearhalfmillion dollar investigation failed to turn up evi dence that would justify prosecu tion of the communist espionage case now unfolding before con gressional committees These officials made their com ments in response to a question of what the justice department has been doing about the accusations voiced by excommunists Eliza beth T Bentley and Whittaker Chambers Both told their stories to the FBI long before they testi fied at congressional hearings Justice department authorities said they encountered 2 stumbling blocks in their investigation One was the absence of the documents which Miss Bentley claims were turned over to her by government officials for transmission to Mos cow The other was the refusal of any of the they are break down and con not DIES FROM INJURIES Ames Roe 17 died in a hospital here Tuesday nigftt from injuries suffered July 29 when his pickuptruck overturned on a country road south of here fess munist underground were sent to department heads long ago Why no action was taken is something justice department authorities cant answer They hinted though that pos sibly government policy during the war when Russia was an ally of the United States had some thing to do with it Still Searching The justice department still is searching for documentary evi dence to corroborate Miss Bent leys story But officials conceded that it appears to be a hopeless task Rep Richard M Nixon R a member of the house un American activities committee charged that the justice depart ment tried to have the congress ional investigation called off He con thai Strikers to Be Replaced Univis to Hire 200 New Employes Dayton Ohio Univis Lens company operating under protection of national guard troops announced Wednesday it would proceed immediately to re place striking employes M H Stanley president estim ated 150 to 200 persons would be hired to bring the plants produc tion payroll up to the normal 658 He said 390 employes had re turned to their jobs on the 2nd day of operation in a troopen forced peace and added he ex pected the figure to reach about said the department gave tradictory reasons first Reasonable Doubt These sources emphasized that while the suspicion of guilt is strong in the case of several of the accused there is reasonable doubt regarding others It was learned that justice de partment files on some of those named as members of Ihc coin Miss Bentleys testimony would smear a lot of innocent persons and secondly that there still is a possibility of indictments A top justice department official said there is no contradiction in volved He said there is yet a chance of getting indictments provided investigators can turn up evidence supporting the Bent ley story 450 Gov Thomas J Herbert who ordered out the guardsmen after a futile attempt to end the strike re jected a union request that he ar range another conference with company officials The request came from Arthur L Garfield U E international representative Lou Kaplan U E field agent and leader of the 92day strike which Stanley estimated has cost the company in sales and employes in wages won his release after spending a night in jail Judge William C Wiseman pf the district court of appeals or dered Kaplans release on bond pending his appeal from a contempt of court conviction BABE RUTH BETTER Nevr York Babe Ruth was reported feeling much better Wednesday at Memorial hospital where he is undergoing treatment A bulletin from the hospital said he felt a little low Tuesday be of the high humidity
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