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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 4, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION irrnni VOL LV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY JANUARY 4 1949 Tills Paper Consists of Two No 74 GlobeGazette Photos TROUBLE COMES IN BUNCHES Dallas Smith driver of this semitrailer truck owned by the Des Moines Transportation company would just as soon not see Mason City again for awhile Peacefully making his way south on highway 65 he couldnt hold the truck on the road when it hit an icy spot in front of 2817 SFederal at a m Tuesday It jackknifed and broke the powerline pole a workman is seen repairing The truck suffered damage only to a sander and its operator escaped injury But Driver Smith went on to city limits road near the HyCross hatchery to turn around and come back to Mason City till daylight While doing so at a m his truck was hit by the 1935 Ford shown below The Ford driven by August Ruhnke Sheffield ran under the semi and received quite a mangling Ruhnke was hospitalized and treated at Mercy hos pital for an eye cut and shoulder injury He was on his way to work at the Jacob E Decker and Sons packing plant Driver Smith and his truck again escaped unscathed and a daylight try to get out of town was successful Mason City police investigated Denies U S Forces Will Leave China Admiral Badger Spikes Rumor of Troop Withdrawal Shanghai Vice Admiral Oscar C Badger Tuesday denied American forces were being with drawn from China Admiral Badger commander of the western Pacific fleet said the Rumors were based on reports U S marines had terminated their lease on the Shantung university campus where they maintained their barracks Cables Statement Badger made his denial in a cabled statement from his Tsing tao base to the Associated Press in Shanghai His statement admitted discus sions between the Chinese minis try of education and the navy as to the feasibility of returning the campus to the university for ed ucational purposes The admiral said he ordered an end of the negotiations upon learning these discussions were being used as a basis for with drawal rumors No Agreement Reported The statement did not say whether any agreement had been reached before negotiations ended for returning to the university the buildings the marines have leased since the end of the war A Tsingtao report had said ma rines were preparing to pull out because peace talks were already underway between communists and the national government in 46 Are Kill Arkansas Tornado Asks Stronger Security Laws Forrestal Sees Added Guards for Secrets Reds Admit Holding War Prisoners London admitted Tuesday she still was holding a number of German war prisoners in violation of a 4power agree ment but said that all would be released this year The Russian statement carried by the official TASS agency and distributed here by the soviet monitor was made in answer to a joint American British French protest The protest demanded to know how many prisoners Russia still held and asked why they had not been released on Dec 31 1948 as agreed by the council of foreign ministers in Moscow in 1947 At that time Russia admitted holding 890532 prisoners The TASS statement denied that there ever had been an ironclad agreement to release all German prisoners by the end of 1948 The Russians said the agreement to refer the matter to the allied control council for Germany There the agreement was killed by the British and French the statement said The western protest said all German prisoners held in the United States Britain and France had been released The TASS statement contested this charging that the British and French still held large numbers of prisoners under the pretext that they were hired help Battle Breaks Out on Long Silent Iraq Frontier Front Washington Secretary of Defense James Forrestal Tuesday asked congress to put new and stronger force into laws protecting the nations secret codes and in telligence activities Forrestal said existing legisla tion is far too limited in applica tion to afford needed protection to certain highly secret government activities This assertion was made in a letter to house Speaker Rayburn accompanying a proposed bill to tighten security measures The bill would set fines up to and imprisonment up to 10 years or both for violations Forrestals proposal not only would outlaw publication com munication or use of restricted materials and codes but also the disclosure of any information re garding preparation of codes or the construction repair and main tenance of machines used in trans mission AFL Will Discuss High Court Ruling Decision Upheld Bans on Closed Shop by States Washington supreme courts decision upholding state bans on the closed shop Tuesday transformed a routine meeting of the AFLs legislative council into a highstrategy session The high court ruled Monday that states have the right to enact laws restricting or outlawing the closed shop Union attorneys be lieve the ruling also upholds pro hibitions on other forms of com pulsory union membership Since the decision left open the question of a union workers righl to walk off the job rather than work alongside a nonunion em ploye the AFL plans to find such a case and take that up to the su preme court too if necessary At torney Herbert Thatcher said The court ruled only on laws in Arizona Nebraska and North Car olina but there are at least 1 other states which have statutes putting varying limits on union se curity agreements The closed shop is one in which only union members may be hired Other common forms of union se curity are the union which the worker must join the union within about 30 days in or der to hold his mainten ance of membership The latter form was brought into frequent use during the war Nonunion workers may continue in their jobs Those who choose to join the union however must keep up their membership usually by a checkoff from their pay for the period of the union contract AP Wirephoto IN TORNADO guardsmen and state po lice examine wreckage of the Church of God demolished by Monday nights tornado in Warren Aik which swept through 3 counties in southeast Arkansas Tel Aviv Israel Fresh bloodshed in a JewishIraqi bat tle left Israels central front tense Tuesday Israeli and Iraqi troops fought for 2 hours Monday on the po tentially explosive Sharon Valley sector Both sides suffered casual ties An army spokesman said a Jew ish punitive expedition clashed with Iraqi regulars Jews said the Israeli troops were hunting Arab raiders accused of killing 2 settlers kidnaping 2 women and rustling cattle in the area of Tira a Jew sh village 16 miles northeast of Tel Aviv Tira lies in Israel about a mile west of the ArabJewish parti ion line This dispatch which massed through Israeli censorship did not say whether the battle was ought east or west of the line The central front has been quiet under the United Nations truce or weeks while attention cen tred on warfare in the south be tween Israel and Egypt another of the Arab nations which sent roops into Palestine last spring However an Arab league re port from Cairo that Iraqi troops bad been ordered to join the Egyptians in the renewed fight ing drew official attention here last Wednesday An Israeli army spokesman said Many Israeli commanders will be only too hap py if the Iraqi army commanders xxx start fighting Former Sioux City Man Killed in Air Crash in California Tracy CaL man whose body was found in the wreckage of an airplane near here has been Identified as Colonel F Betz of San Luis Obispo formerly of Sioux City The plane had been missing since Thursday when Betz left San Luis Obispo to bring a con struction crew payroll to Tracy Betz 29 was a subcontractor on the DeltMendota canal Betz was born in Sioux City Aug 3 1919 and was the son ol Paul Betz a Sioux City contrac tor Says Debts of Tucker Firm Can Be Paid Chicago attorney for the Tucker Corp said Tuesday that the car manufacturing firm has a client who is willing and able to assume Preston Tuckers debts and save the company Federal Judge Michael L Igoe granted a 60day stay of bank ruptcy proceedings against the company Monday when Lawyer Lewis Jacobson told the court that an unnamed manufacturer was willing to shoulder Tuckers debts A consolidated hearing on sev eral suits filed against Tucker by stockholders and creditors had been scheduled for Tuesday Jacobson declined to reveal the clients name in open court but said he would tell it to the judge privately Igoe said the action was quite mysterious but agreed to postpone the hearing To Return Airlift Flyers to America Frankfurt than 400 veterans of the Berlin airlift will be sent back to the United States this month air forces headquar ters announced Tuesday The veterans made up 134 of the crews who have been flying food and fuel into Berlin They have been replaced by flight teams newly arrived from the U S Plains Blizzard Expected to Bypass Most of State Raps Excise Tax on Womens Handbags Washington excise tax oil a womans handbag is no more ustified than a tax on the pock ets of a mans suit according to Rep John M Dingell D Mich He therefore introduced a bill to reduce or repeal existing federal excise taxes on luggage and hand Dags theater tickets jewelry and telephone and telegraph charges 8 Lutheran Groups Negotiate on Union Minneapolis 7P Represent atives of the 8 church groups par ticipating in the national Lutheran council Tuesday atory discussions a union began explor looking toward The talks of an informal nature were closed to the public Taking part in the meeting weri representatives of the Evangelical church church the American the Augustana Lutheran Lutheran Lutheran church the Lutheran Free church the United Evan gelical Lutheran church the Dan ish Lutheran church the United Lutheran church and the Finnish Suomi Synod 2 Children Die in Blast of Kerosene Blanchard children were burned to death and their mother was injured seriously Monday in the explosion of a kerosene stove Linda Hall 1 and Frances Hall 12 died in a Maryville Mo hos pital shortly after they were taken there with their mother Mrs G G Hall Mrs Hall was burned seriously when hot oil splashed on her and her daughters She held Linda in her arms as she attempted to light the stove Frances was standing nearby The family had just returned to their horie near here after a holi day visit with Mr Halls parents at Tarkio Me Official Asks Taxpayers to Delay Paying The Cerro Gordo county treas urer Miss Ethel Ridgeway is suggesting to property owners that they delay payment of cur rent taxes until Jan 20 This would give the state legislature time to act on the soldiers bonus bond tax she pointed out Tuesday and may save refunding the tax later Cerro Gordo is one of about 70 counties out of the states 99 which has completed preparation of the 1948 tax lists according to John Barnes Des Moines property tax director of the state tax commis sion He said that several counties have asked taxpayers to hold up payment because of delay in re vising the tax lists to include the 195 mill levy for the bonus Merrill R Smith Elkader pres ident of the Iowa County Audi tors association threatened last month to bring court action to force a 1year delay in the bonus levy on the giounds that it was not certified by the state to the county auditors by Aug 1 as the law requires The suit later was called off The Cerro Gordo treasurers of fice was accepting tax payments from those who were clearing ab stracts selling property or leaving town so that delayed payment be inconvenient Des Moines was hit by hard rains and freak thunder storms Monday night but the state apparently has been spared the blizzard which lashed Nebraska Kansas and South Dakota Iowas 5 northwestern counties which were on the edge of the blizzard got from 2 to 4 inches of snow but the storm did not reach into the state to any appreciable extent Blizzard Continues The severe great plains storrrv which was accompanied by winds ranging up to 60 miles an hour and snow ranging up to 22 inches in depth continued to move northward Tuesday but its edge was blunted The weather bureau said how ever that sharply colder air would move into Iowa from the south west and gradually overspread the tate by Tuesday night Tempera ures are expected to drop to 5 elow zero in northwestern Iowa iOws in the eastern Iowa counties re predicted at 5 to 10 above ero Iowa highways meantime were n considerably better shape Tues ay The rains of Monday and VLonday night cleared the ice from horoughfares except in northern nd northeastern areas where riving conditions were only about 0 per cent of normal Hard Rains The hard rains which fell Mon day and Monday night ranged up o HG1 inches of moisture in Cedar Rapids and 124 inches at Council Bluffs Other Iowa precipitation figures ncluded Estherville 84 Mason City 82 Fort Dodge 81 Cherokee 79 Albia 63 Marshalltown 60 Atlantic 59 Charles City 55 Ames 54 Lamoni 52 Waterloo 45 Spencer 44 Des Moines 39 Oskaloosa 40 Iowa City 17 Ot tumwa 16 Davenport 14 Sioux ity 09 Dubuque 07 Rayburn Says No Priority List Made on Legislation Washington JP House Speaker Sam Rayburn said Tues day he expects all of President Trumans legislative proposals to be received with considerable favor No priority list for legislation has been set up however Ray burn told reporters At his first news conference since he was chosen to head the house in the 81st congress Ray burn said there has been no high level discussion of the future of the house unAmerican activities committee Declines Prediction He declined to predict what President Truman will ask in his annual state of the sage to congress union mes Wednesday Pending receipt of that message Rayburn shied away from ex pressing his personal views on ex pected legislation However in response to a ques tion he said he did not think con gress would repeal the Taft Hartley law outright without en acting something in its place There has been discussion on capitol hill of alternate proposals to repeal the TaftHartley law and restore the Wagner labor re lations law intact and simply to repeal the TaftHartley act anc enact nothing to replace it Does Not Air Views I think he the president won this election not me Rayburn said when pressed for his view on what congress should do Rayburn said he has not dis cussed with anyone proposals t change the makeup of the un American activities committe specifically to maneuver Rep John E Rankin DMass out o his present committee post Decisions on committee assign ments he explained must b made by democratic members o the ways and means committee subject to approval of the entir democratic membership Chavis Case Problem for New Sheriff Ames unsolved mur der of Henry W Chavis greeted Story countys new sheriff Ivan Shalley of Nevada as he took of fice Monday Chavis 55 owner of the Ames Canning company was fatally shot as he walked toward the back door of his home the night of Oct 8 Story County Attorney Ed Kel ley who still is working on the case with state agents said no motive has been established and there are many strange angles to the case Kelley said no revenge motive can be established and that al though robbery may have been the reason for the slaying it would have been difficult for a thief to hide from neighbors Southern California Temperature Drops to Low of 20 Degrees Los Anpreles UR Southern California shivered Tuesday morn ing on the coldest day in its his tory Temperatures dropped in Los Angeles to 279 degrees The weather bureau said it believed this was an alltime low Citrus ranchers smudged all night to save their multimillion dollar fruit crop and the trees themselves It was 20 degrees in Pomona in the heart of the orange belt and record 24 and 25 degrees at Riverside and San Bernardino Refused to Fly Charter Plane Pilot Testifies in Air Crash Inquiry Seattle licensed trans port pilot said Tuesday that he refused to fly the chartered DC3 transport that crashed at Boeing Field Sunday night and killed 11 Yale students and 3 crewmen Emrnett G Flood Jr Seattle a pilot for TransAlaskan Airlines said he felt ice had formed on the wings of the plane so he re fused to fly the ship The plane had been chartered by the Seattle Air Charter Company a nonscheduled airline to 27 Yale students returning to school after the Christmas holidays The ship crashed into an earthen hangar on the takeoff In addi tion to the 14 killed 13 students were hospitalized with burns Three students escaped uninjured Flood made his statements Mon day night before a civil aeronaut tics board investigation Hit Town of Warren Late Monday Doctors Nurses From Nearby Cities Rush to Lend Aid Warren Ark weep ing and torn timber town Tuesday counted 46 dead and nearly 300 injured in the wake of a tornado which hit with a thundering roar late Monday afternoon Two other tornadoes killed 4 persons and injured more than 60 in northern Louisiana and near El Dorado Ark All through the night dazed sur vivors at Warren population 7500 stumbled through the ruins of a 20block industrial and resi dential area many aimlessly oth ers in search of relatives Warren is 100 miles southeast of Little Rock Doctors and nurses from nearby communities and from Hot Springs and Little Rock rallied sin the stricken area They worked through the darkness rain and hail by lamp and candlelight to treat the stream of injured The dead gathered by common consent at a single funeral home overflowed the small morgue into a garage Probe Wreckage At daybreak Tuesday morning 150 national guardsmen and state policemen began the backbreaking task of prying through the wreck age in search of additional bodies Mayor Jim Hurley expressed fear that other bodies would be recovered and predicted the death tollwould reach 50 maybe more Convicts equipped with bull dozers picks and shovels aided in the task of clearing the debris Mayor Hurley said damage con servatively estimated would reach the mark Identification of the dead was developing into a difficult job Many of the bodies were cut to ribbons by falling or flying tim bers and other debris So far only 27 have been identified The storm struck at p m and lasted only 15 minutes Its arrival as most of the town pre pared for supper was heralded by an ominous roar Shielded by Engine W Parker Brown watchman at the Bradley Lumber Co said 11 men saved themselves by taking refuge around a locomotive in one Oi the shops The engine was covered with timber afterwards Brown said he saw one man wrapped around a utility line like a coil Two persons perished near Haynesville La northeast of Shreveport and a score or more were injured Two dead and nearly a score injured was the toll of 2 storms near El Dorado Ark southwest of here and north of Haynesville The storm hit once more after leaving here striking Dark Corner northeast of Warren about an hour later Two persons were hurt Former Newton City Clerk Gets 10 Years for Embezzlement Newton Judge Frank Bechly Tuesday sentenced former Newton city clerk H J Lammers 50 to a Fort Madison prison term not to exceed 10 years and fined him Lammers recently pleaded guil ty to embezzling thai amount from city accounts An audit of city accounts showed shortages totaling about Lammers was slated to begin his prison term Tuesday night Cholera Epidemic Kills 147 Hogs Oxford F E Rugger Oxford veterinarian said Tuesday a cholera epidemic killed 147 out of 150 hogs on a farm here Hogs owned by Frank Grabin had not been vaccinated Grabins loss was estimated at SAME flat mean no traffic 24 Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Much colder with a a few snow flurries Tuesday night and low temperature near 20 Clearing and cold Wednes day High near 20 colder overspreading stafe Tuesday Snow flurries Tuesday night Clearing and quite cold Wednesday Low Tuesday night zero to 5 below extreme west to 510 above east Iowa 5day weather outlook Temperatures will average 5 to degrees below normal Nor mal highs from 27 north to 37 south Noimal lows from 9 to 16 south Much colder Wednesday Continued cold Thursday Slowly rising trend Saturday and Sunday but still below normal Snow near end of period averaging onetenth to onequarter water content Minnesota Snow flurries with shifting west to northwest winds and considerable blowing snow and decidely colder Tuesday night Clearing and cold Wed nesday with diminishing winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Tuesday morning Maximum 35 Minimum 32 At 8 a m Tuesday 34 Precipitation 92 YEAR AGO Maximum 31 Minimum 17
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