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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 5, 1949, Mason City, Iowa                                i NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JANUARY 5 1949 This Paper Consists of Two One No 75 AP Wirephoto tourists and traveling salesmen milled in and out of the one general store in the crossroad hamlet of Peckham Colo Tuesday seeking warmth hot coffee and food Nearly 100 were marooned here when the wind whipped drifts across U S 85 along the 9 miles north to Greeley then trapped them with more drifts to the south Snowplows working their 2nd 24hour shift of the blizzard eventually freed them MacNider Is Chosen for Federal Post Royall Names Group to Make Examination of National Guard Brig Gen Hanford MacNider of Mason City has been named by Secretary of the Army Royall to a special committee to deter mine whether the present national guard and organized reserve set ups are adequate for national defense needs The Mason Cityan who was called to Washington was named to the committee from the organ ized reserve corps The committee will have 12 members headed by former Sec retary of State James F Byrnes Royall said in an announcemenl that the army wants to find oul what forces would be needed to implement joint plans for secur ity of the United States Currently authorized strengths of the national guard and of the organized reserve corps were formulated shortly after VJ day the announcement said Since Truman Asks More Taxes Authority for Money Control Both Murray Green Pledge Cooperation Washington CIO and AFL Wednesday promised that once the TaftHartley act is re pealed they will accept new re strictions on some strikes includ ing those that might endanger the national welfare Terming President Trumans message to congress construc tive both CIO President Philip Murray and AFL President Wil liam Green said they would work closely with the administration aafd congress to put the white house program into effect In his message Mr Truman asked congress for a quick repeal of the TaftHartley act and a re turn to the old Wagner labor law which first gave labor the right to bargain collectively But Mr Truman said congress should amend the Wagner act to prohibit strikes that would tie up vital industries which affect the public interest He also said that jurisdictional strikes and unjus tifiable secondary boycotts should be prohibited Worst Blizzard of Winter Leaves Thousands Stranded Resume Rail Wage Parley Union Says Plans for Strike Unlikely Chicago UR Representatives of 1000000 nonoperating railroad employes ineet Wednesday with officials of the nations railroads to resume wage negotiations A presidential factf i n d i n g board recommended that the rail road employes work week be re duced from 48 to 40 hours begin ning next September with a 7cent hourly pay boost retroactive to last October The 16 railroad brotherhoods af fected neither accepted nor re jected the boards recommenda tions but agreed to use them as a basis for renewed negotiations with the carriers Strike plans were called off temporarily Dec 21 when the rail unions voted to resume negotia tions and the railroads agreed to pneet with them A strike could be called legally Jan 16 but union spokesmen said It was unlikely that such action would be taken as long as any hope remains of a peaceful settle ment By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The winter seasons vorst bliz bard abated over parts of the western plains Wednesday indi cating some relief from the para lyzing effects of the 3 day storm The Dakotas and western Ne braska still battled the storm In Wyoming Colorado Kansas Utah and Idaho the monumental job of digging out of the huge drifts was started But as the blizzard subsided federal weather officals said the storm would blow out of the Da kotas and Nebraska within 24 hours Temperatures generally were above the zero mark over the snow and wind swept plains states Forecasters said no severe cold blasts were in prospect immedi ately The citrus belts of Cali fornia and Arizona had more sub freezing weather Wednesday The punishing blows from the raging storms across the plains states left many segments of busi ness and industry staggering Thousands remained marooned in trains and autos The Red Cross midwest headquarters estimated 8000 were stranded by the huge snow drifts in parts of Wyoming Colorado and Nebraska There were another 2500 trav elers stranded in parts of Utah and Idaho The Union Pacific rail road said 8 trains in the 2 states were halted by the heavy drifting snow Colder weather hit Utah and Idaho 2 Rescued From Snow by Airplane Scottsbluff Nebr Scottsbluff couple was rescued by a skiequipped plane Wednesday after they had been snowbound in their car between here and Craw ford since Sunday Mr and Mrs Gene Plummer told their rescuers that they had kept alive by eating corn from a nearby field Wednesday was Plummers birthday The rescue planeJwasvSpwfieEed by Scottsbluff radio station KOLT and the Hogan Flying Service It was flown by Earl Dillard Mitchell who took off from the Mitchell airport early Wednesday The couple was bundled aboard the plane and flown to Mitchell GENERAL HANFORD MacNIDER Bus Drivers Stage Strike Milwaukee 2400 bus and streetcar drivers defying the orders of their union leaders a wildcat strike here Wed nesday paralyzing the citys tprawling transportation system Some of the drivers took out their runs when the strike was called off early Wednesday but then returned to the barns a couple of hours later and announced they Temperature Rise Seen for Most of Iowa Des Moines cold wave accompanied by up to an inch of new snow in the northwest corner of the state moved into Iowa Tuesday night The mercury dropped to an Iowa low of 5 above at Sioux City early Wednesday morning Other lows included 6 above at Spencer 7 above at Atlantic and 8 above at Council Bluffs The low at Mason City was 11 above The weather bureau said it would be colder in extreme east ern Iowa Wednesday night but that western Iowa would enjoy slowly rising temperatures Thurs day The highway commission said highways in northwestern Iowa were icy in spots as a result of the new snow which fell Tuesday night Highways elsewhere in are practically normal Reds Deliver Radio Threat Warn of Assault Against 3 Cities Sau Francisco Chinese communists Wednesday threat ened an imminent assault on Peiping and offered Gen Fu Tso Yi guarantees that his life and property would be spared if he surrendered at once General Fu commander in north China has been branded a war criminal by the communists A communist broadcast said how ever the red army will permit him to atone for his sins and will that time the national and interna tional situations have changed considerably Gen MacNider who distin guished himself in both World war I and war II rising to the rank of brigadier general in the latter is now commanding general of the 103rd Infantry Reserve division made up of Iowa Minnesota North Dakota and South Dakota The Mason Cityan also is a member of the legislative commit tee of the Reserve Officers asso ciation Says 1952 to Mark End of Aid Funds ECA Official Sees ERP to Be Closed as Previously Slated Washington top Mar shall plan official said Wednesday that the general European recov ery program will end on sched ule in 1952 despite the plea of western Europe that it cannot stand alone on its economic feet by that time Richard M Bissell deputy as sistant administrator of the eco nomic cooperation administra tion made the forecast at a news conference He implied that longerterm U S aid may be made available to individual countries depending on their needs but declared It is still very definitely my view that the European recovery program will end on schedule There is no evidence in a re port from 10 European Marshall plan recipients that the program should be continued after June 30 1952 Bissell said He referred to a long range plan for European recovery released Tuesday in Paris by the organiza tion for European economic cc operation The report declared that the countries receiving Amer ican foreign aid under ECA still will need as much as 000 in assistance after the plan as now constituted comes to an end AP Wirephoto SEEK of the tornado that bat tered the lumber mill town of Warren Ark Monday were out at daybreak Tuesday seeking possessions in the ruins of their homes This scene is near the Bradley Lumber company plant in an area hardhit by the storm Low Temperatures Follow Tornado Into Arkansas Town guarantee his life possessions if he and personal quickly sur Decorah Man Will Be U S Marshall Washington IP Iowas U S Senator Guy M Gillette has ap proved reappointment of Fred Biermann as U S marshal for northern Iowa Both are demo crats Biermann a resident of Decorah has been a marshal since 1940 He was an Iowa congressman for 3 terms and served in congress with Gillette Yule Tree in Statehouse Goes Up in Flames DCS Moines Christmas tree in the statehouse from which warnings of the danger of Christ mas tree fires were issued to Iowa citizens during the holiday season caught fire Wednesday The 12foot tree in the state house rotunda went up in a flash of flame as workmen were remov ing its decorations No one was in jured but there was slight dam age to a balcony It was believed that tinsel caught fire in a light socket and set off the blaze would not work George Kuemerlein superin tendent of transit for the Trans port company said shortly after 0 a m that there was not a bus or streetcar on the streets Union local President George Koechel said that the union was sticking by its decision to obey a court injunction against the strike Tt was continuing to broadcast ap peals for the men to return to work he said Neither the company or the union would venture a reason for the spontaneous action of the drivers However at some of the ear stations nonwcrking drivers GOP Plans Farm Vote Campaign Washington Republicans are going after the farm vote with a grass roots campaign and Na tional Chairman Hugh D Scott Jr predicted Wednesday it will pay off in 1950 and thereafter Scott told a reporter he will pick a dirt farmer to head a perman ent subcommittee which has the job of finding out what happened to the republican ticket last No vember in the farm belt He is looking ahead first to the congres sional elections 2 years from now and then to the presidential race of 1952 Most politicians think the GOPs loss of several agricultural middle western states turned the tide against Gov Thomas E Dewey The committee will be directed to study the special needs of farm ers Scott said and to report what renders The broadcast also promised a general assault on Tientsin and Tangku the 2 other north China positions still holding out against red encirclement The broadcast heard by the As sociated Press at San Francisco said the warnings to the 3 cities went out Wednesday to the gov ernment commanders in north China The message the broadcast added guarantees the lives and property of all the trapped kuom intang government officers and men if they surrender Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clearing and cold Preliminaries to Opening of Legislature to Start Wednesday night with low near zero Clearing and cold Thurs day with near 18 above Iowa Fair Wednesday night Colder Wednesday night Thurs day partly cloudy Low Wed nesday night zero to 10 above west and 10 to 15 east Minnesota Snow flurries Wednes day night colder south and east portions Drifting northwest portion continuing Thursday were heard urging their colleagues the republicans as a party ought a refuse to work 1 to do about them snow flurries northeast Clear ing south and west portions Slowly rising temperature in afternoon extreme west IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 35 Minimum 11 At 8 a m Wednesday 11 Precipitation 25 YEAR AGO Maximum 30 Minimum US By DWIGHT McCORMACK Des Moines to the opening of the 1949 legisla tive session begin Thursday But already the lawmakers have a big portion of their work set out for them The session will have its formal opening at 10 a m next Monday When the legislators convene there will be about 100 bills awaiting action That is considerably more meas ures than usually are ready for the opening day This is because of of several study com mittees and legislation wanted by state departments and agencies The preliminaries begin with a meeting at noon Thursday for the 35 new republican house members It was called by RepElect James G Armstrong as a get acquainted session Nicholas in Charge On Friday the 56 new house members republicans and demo crats alike will meet for an orien tation session It will be directec by W H Nicholas of Mason City a member of the house last session but not this one Saturday will climax the pre liminaries House republicans wil caucus for the unofficial election of a speaker Candidates are Speaker G T Gus Kuester o M F Hicklin of Wapel lo and Fred Schwengel of Daven port Seasoned observers give Kuester a good chance of renom ination The caucus also will select a speaker pro tern a chief clerk and a majority party floor leader To Select Speaker The speaker will be selected of ficially on Monday But becausi of the heavy republican majority the G O P caucus selection vir ually is final Of the 108 house members 79 are republicans and 29 democrats On Saturday afternoon the louse republican patronage com mittee will meet to nominate about 75 to 80 house employes They doubtless will be confirmed by the louse on Monday They include the assistant chief clerk other clerks the sergeantatarms door keepers and pages Senate republicans will caucus Saturday afternoon They will nominate a president pro tem and a majority floor leader The pres ident pro tem nominee undoubted ly will be elected when the matter comes up Monday because of the 50 senators 43 are republicans and 7 democrats United Press Staff Correspondent Warren Ark UR Freezing weather multiplied the suffering in this griefstricken town Wed nesday as dazed residents began the long job of cleaning up after a tornado that killed at least 54 and left hundreds injured As if the howling killing twister that tore up some 250 homes were not enough the elements contin ued to plague this broken com munity Hail Rain Come Hail and heavy rains followed the hopskip tornado Monday night Thunderstorms and a heavy downpour kept up all day Tues day Tuesday night the skies cleared but the temperature dropped By qarly Wednesday weary cleanup crews battled freezing weather to get this oncebustling lumber town back to normal The furious whirling tornado rushed across 100 miles of north west Louisiana and Arkansas late Monday leaving wreckage and in jured in its wake everywhere bul this town near the end of its path was by far the hardest hit 49 Killed Of the 54 known dead 49 were killed here Only haphazard es timates of the injured could be made but they ranged from 270 to 400 Mayor James Hurley after a survey estimated the damage in Warren conservatively at 000 W H NICHOLAS Propose Free Medical Care 4 Demo Law Makers Sponsor Legislation Washington admin istrationsupporting senators and one house member jointly pro posed legislation Wednesday for increased social security benefits and a national system of prepaid medical care The e n a t o r s Mc Grath DR Wagner DN Y and Murray and Rep Dingell the legislation calls for 1 Health insurance for 125000 000 persons with free choice of doctor local grassroots adminis tration and full use of voluntary plans providing medical services 2 Extension and liberalization of the existing federal oldage and survivors insurance program by extending coverage to some 25 000000 more persons and doubling the average benefits 3 Extension of the insurance system to provide benefits when an insured individual is out of work due to sickness or disability 4 Extension simplification and liberalization of the existing un employment insurance and em ployment service programs Great Britain Raps Drive Into Egypt London government accused Israel Wednesday of de liberately violating Egyptian ter ritory in an armed invasion from Palestine and said the situation in the border area was grave A foreign office spokesman said dispatches to London disclosed that Israeli troops pushed about 20 miles into Egypt The bulk of the invasion force has been with drawn across the border he said but there was no evidence all had been pulled back This withdrawal gives some local relief to the situation which continues grave for the peace in that part of the world and which continues to cause anxiety the spokesman said The official spokesman derided reports that the Israeli forces ac cidentally crossed the border 4H Lamb Show Is Slated at Northwood Ames 4H boys will complete 1948 projects at 5 west ern lamb feeding shows scheduled for January and February it was announced Wednesday Shows will be conducted at Ce dar Rapids Jan 78 Spencer Jan 15 Des Moines Jan 22 Northwood Jan 29 and Waterloo Feb 12 Boys participating in the events purchase lambs feed them for about 100 days and then exhibit them in the regional shows for rib bon honors President in State of Union Talk Also Calls for Repeal of Tafr Hartley Labor Law Washington Truman laid his redeal program before congress Wednesday 000000000 of new taxes and a vast extension of government in social and economic fields The president went before a joint session of the senate and howse and read a 3500word State of the Union message In effect it asked the new demo craticcontrolled congress to re deem the campaign pledges which swept Mr Truman and his party into full national power in last falls election The chief executive asked Authority to impose sweeping economic controls including regu lation of some wages and prices Power for the government to build steel mills and other plants if congress finds that must be done to get materials in critically short supply Repeal of the TaftHartley labor law Universal military training Civil rights laws Aid to farmers aid to educatioa and aid to public housing Bigger social security benefits and a system of prepaid medical and health insurance Packed Galleries Packed galleries heard the pres idents address It was broadcast by major networks and was car ried overseas by the state depart ments Voice of America On the house floor women mem bers made a spot of color Orchid shoulder corsages turned up on Reps Mary Norton DN J and Edith Nourse Rogers RMass Initial reaction from the legisla tors ranged almost as widely as the message itself Senator Lucas of Illinois the senates democratic leaderelect said the program is in line with Mr Trumans campaign pledges is designed to meet the needs of the great majority of this coun try Senator Taft of Ohio the re Driver Killed in Headon Collision Iowa City E Sims 43 of Newton was killed in a headon collision of a semitrailer truck and automobile west of here Tuesday night The accident happened on high way six 15 miles from Iowa City Wilbur Legg 42 of Marshall town driver of the truck told of ficers that visibility was poor and the highway slippery He said Sims apparently had been both ered by one or both publican policy leader said he be lieves government spending could be cut so that there would be no need to boost taxes Business Taxes Mr Truman suggested that most of the proposed in crease be in business taxes Representative Cox DGa in terpreted the message as meaning we are going into a socialistic state It looks as if we are going the way England went and without the restraint and caution he told a reporter Were making a vio lent turn to the loft Representative Doughton DN who will head the tax framing house ways and means committee said he is glad the president laid down no hard and fast rules for a new tax program The country will not look very favorably on increased taxes un til the people are convinced we are not wasting money said Doughton The presidents tax proposal is interesting and worthy of serious consideration The Stateoftheunion message gave only a general outline of what Mr Truman wants More details will be supplied in later messages and in programs which cabinet officers will present to congressional committees The president will have an economic message on Friday and will send his proposed budget to the legislators on Monday Many Mr Trumans recom mendations repeated things he has asked unsuccessfully before SAME Black neftni traffic la 24 Juror Refuses to Cast Ballot in Damage Suit Charles Dye Alli son farmer declined to participate with the 11 other jurors when it came to casting a ballot in a automobile damage case Charles City District Court Judge T A Beardmore recessed the jury until attorneys agreed to accept a ver dict by the remaining 11 jurors I felt that both parties in the accident had violated the laws of our highways and so could not vote for either one of them said   

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