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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 12, 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 VOL LV Associated and United Full Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JANUARY 12 1949 AP Wirephoto LIGHTNING FIRES OIL from 2 blaz ing gasoline and kerosene tanks burst more than 100 feet into the air after they were ignited Tuesday night by a bolt of lightning The 35000 barrel tanks are at the Union Oil company refinery in Cal No one was in jured Group in Legislature Wants Repeal of Iowa Assessor Act Say Condition of Egyptian Queen Good Rochester Minn UR Queen Mother Nazli of Egypt is in very satisfactory condition and will leave the Mayo clinic soon Rad Ghali her political adviser said Wednesday Her majesty returned to the clinic for routine reexamination Ghali said Treatment has been carried out and the condition of the patient is very satisfactory She probably will be able to leave soon and probably will re turn for another routine reex amination Ghali issued the statement in reply to a report the queen mother was in poor health Television Network in Bow to Public Chicago new coaxial cable network linking the Atlantic coast and the Mississippi valley by television was hailed Wednesday as an important step in preserving national unity The last gap in the network was closed Tuesday night hooking television stations in 15 eastern and midwestern cities onto a sin gle wire loop Video fans in homes bars and auditoriums thrilled as civic radio and communications officials greeted each other over the 2110 mile network during the inaugu ral broadcast Tuesday night Experts and laymen agreed that generally the reception over the longdistance loop was as good as that shown on screen when broad cast over local stations Officials said the network which will be extended over 12 000 miles by the end of this year would be important in preserving the countrys unity by disseminat ing information and culture over wide areas thus preventing inten sive regionalism Hope Wanes for Air Quiz Prize Warren Ohio James M Kane a mill worker Wednesday was still for that he was told he won on a radio quiz program A woman informed him by phone last Friday night that he had won that much cash and merchandise after Kane answered a question put to him The caller said she represented a quiz show Kanes elation began to wane however after he checked the newspapers and found no network quiz programs listed lor the time he received the call SAME mctni trmffU Kath If Des Moines bipartisan group in the senate and house is preparing a bill calling for repeal of all or part of the county asses sor act of 1947 a group of house democrats said Wednesday Rep Arnold Utzig DDubuque said the group is interested es pecially in discarding 2 sections of the act Others said they fa vored some but not all the things the group seeks to do One of the sections which has strongest opposition is that which makes the assessors appointment permanent with few exceptions Under the bill being prepared the assessor would be made an elec tive officer The other section which Utzig said the group seeks to take out of the law is that which permits cities of 10000 or more population to have their own assessor setups He said the group wants all prop erty in a county under the county assessors jurisdiction One democrat who says he hopes to eliminate the entire coun ty assessor law and return to the old township assessor system is Rep Harry Ward of Davenport He said he would file a bill to repeal the Conceding that in isolated cases some persons may have been undertaxed prior to the county assessor law Ward said the ob jections to the present law in the majority of cases are sound and just To Review Dispute in Palestine Britains Cabinet Slates Meeting on Airplane Charges London cabinet planned a review Wednesday of new developments in Palestine which the foreign office calls a grave threat to middle eastern peace Israel and Britain blamed each other for the crisis 1st Meeting The cabinet meeting was the first called since BritishIsraeli tension heightened over the de struction of 5 RAF planes in the PalestineEgyptian frontier area last Friday Israeli forces shot down the planes described as armed recon naissance craft They fell in the closing phase of a long border bat tle between Israel and Egypt Armistice talks between Israel and Egypt are due to start at Rhodes this week under United Nations auspices Acting U N Mediator Ralph J Bunche arrived at Rhodes Tuesday Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin whose middle eastern policy has been criticized by some British newspapers was slated to give his fellow ministers a review of the situation up to date Exercise Restraint A foreign office statement is sued after Israel complained about British activities to the security council at Lake Success Tuesday defined Britains current stand on the Palestine problem To exercise restraint back up the United Nations and reserve her rights as to future action Truman Sticks to Plans on Civil Rights Washington resident Truman conferred Wednesday with the National Citizens Council on Civil Rights And after the meeting the groups spokesman Herbert Bayard Swope quoted the president that bills are being drafted to carry out his civil rights proposals While this meeting was going on at the white house a group of southern senators was mapping battle plans in the capitol They discussed strategy in fighting any law against discrimination in jobs The opposition is being led by Senator Richard Russell of Geor gia The conference was held in the office of Senator Harry Byrd of Virginia and was attended by Senator Kenneth McKellar of Tennessee senate president pro tern The specific purpose of their meeting was to work out a method to prevent abolition of the fili buster Their chief weapon against civil rights legislation is the talk fest designed to prevent a vote But there is a concerted move by both the administration and re publicans to put through a reso lution that would outlaw the fili buster After the session Russell said the group of 17 agreed unanimous ly to oppose any moves to bar the filibuster He said all the senators present also voiced opposition to the entire presidential civil rights program Israel Air Raid Blackout to End Tel Aviv Israel Israels air raid blackout ends Wednesday night officials announced Premier David BenGurion in a speech to the Palestine labor party council Wednesday aaid there is no certainty that the war with the Arab states is ended but he indicated he is hopeful the present peace moves will succeed Wants More Help in Probe of Gambling Moline III Moran Rock Island county states attor ney said Tuesday he wants more public help next month in the scheduled grand jury investigation of gambling conditions If the grand jury is to get very far he said everyone with knowledge of gambling should ap pear and testify He made the statement after scores of petition signers had asked to be excused from testifying because they have no actual knowledge of gambling in the county Earlier Moran had said he would invite 1500 persons who signed the petition asking the investiga tion to appear before the grand jury This Paper of Two One No 81 AP Wirephoto VICKI WANTS TO CLEAR NAME Vicki Evans 25year old nightclub dancer who failed to appear Monday in a Califor nia court where she is involved in a marijuana case with movie star Robert Mitchum and 2 oth ers said in New York she is anxious to return to California to clear my name Says Rutledge Is Not Killer Doctors Attorney Denies Confession St Louis attorney for Dr Robert C Rutledge asserted Wednesday that the St Louis physician did not kill Byron C Hattman whom he is charged with murdering in a Cedar Rap ids Iowa hotel room last Dec 14 The 2 men fought in the hotel room as a result of an argument over Hattmans attentions to Mrs Sydney Rutledge the physicians 23yearold wife Hattman an engineer for an electrical manu facturing firm here was fatally stabbed Dr Rutledge did not kill Hatt man and did not inflict the wound which resulted in his death At torney Leo F Laughren told a re porter Furthermore Dr Rutledge has never said he killed Hattman Laughren refused to elaborate on his statement Evi dence in a murder trial should be produced in court not in the newspapers Civil Service System Bill Is Introduced Personnel Office Would Be Set Up Jobs Classified les Moines proposing a fullfledged civil service system for state employes was introduced in the Iowa sen ate Wednesday A bill to create a civil service board of 3 members and establish tenure for all employes except elective officials and statutory ap pointive officers was offered by Senators George Faul RDes Leo Elthon RFertile and Paul E McCarville RFort The proposal goes much further than a personnel bill introduced late Tuesday by members of the 1947 legislative interim commit tee The committee proposal would create a personnel department and establish job and salary clas sifications without any civil serv ice rights It would also exempt from the job classification the em ployes of state educational insti tutions The FaulElthonMcCarville bill would establish a 3memberboard to be named for a 6 year term by the governor with the consent of the senate All employes who had been in the state service for 2 years or more would automatically receive civil service rights The board would set up job and salary classifications and make rules for pay increases and pro motions Any employe discharged would have the right of appeal to the board and to Iowa courts U S Employe Arrested on Treason Count Washington justice department Wednesday announced the arrest on treason charges of Herberts J Burgman a former state department employe who broadcast for the nazis during the war Department officials said that Burgman was taken into custody by U S occupation authorities in Germany very recently They said he will be flown back to the United States later this month and his case will be presented to a grand jury Burgman a 52yearold Minne sotan is the first civilian govern ment employe to be accused of treason in World war II At the same time the depart ment announced that the cases of several other Americans charged with broadcasting over the nazi radio have been under investiga tion North Iowa Soldier Dies in Accident Frederick Md Lloyd H Wheeldon 29 of Mclntire Iowa was killed Tuesday when he apparently lost control of the Jeep he was driving and swerved off the road near here Wheeldon a veteran of 3 years service in Europe during the war was stationed at Fort Meade Md A Fort Meade officer said Wheeldon was driving 1 of 6 Jeeps being transported from Letterken ney ordnance depot at Chambers burg Pa to Fort Meade He said the others in the con voy missed Wheeldon when they arrived at Frederick and went back to check They found his body lying in the road on the out skirts of Catoctin Furnace Dr R W B a e r Frederick county medical examiner said Wheeldon died of internal injur ies Asks Divorce Law Change 23 Measures Go Before Iowa House Des Moiues proposal to halt the granting of divorces in uncontested cases was among 23 measures introduced Wednesday in the house of representatives Author of the divorce proposal is Rep Jacob Van Zwol RPaul lina a first term member The measure would provide that a divorce cannot be granted unless both parties are in court or are represented by attorneys in good standing In many cases Van Zwol said one of the parties is bluffed coerced intimidated and enticed into not contesting the case and parties are actually defrauded Divorce is a serious thing No individual should approach such a tragedy without competent inde pendent personal counsel Provision for independent counsel would resule in settle ments that were fair After brief routine business the house adjourned at a m until 10 a m Thursday BIRD TAKES PENCILS Sydney N S at 2 schools complained Wednesday a crow has been swooping into win dows during class and flying off with pencils Truman Salary Raise Expected Bill Would Hike Pay of Other Officials Washington bill to give President Truman a raise and much more expense money sped Wednesday toward expectec senate approval Thursday After the measure had received a 10tol okay late Tuesday in the senate civil service committee Chairman Johnston DS Car told newsmen there is no reasor why the bill should not pass Thursday in the senate Its backers are hurrying the pay raise proposal because it mus become law before inauguration day Jan 20 if Mr Truman is to benefit The constitution says a president cannot have his salary boosted during his term in office Besides giving the presiden a year in pay plus a tax free expense counting the he now gets for travel costs and keeping up the white bill would raise the salaries of the vice presi dent house speaker cabinet mem bers and other top officials Bridge at Keokuk Becomes Toll Free Keokuk UR The Keokuk municipal bridge across the Miss issippi river becomes toll free after almost 78 years at midnight Wed nesday and this city and it neighbors in Iowa Illinois and Missouri will celebrate Thursda with a parade band music free lunch and free movies Mayor Frank A Willmering o Keokuk and Mayor Fred Tweston of Hamilton 111 will cut a ribbon representing the toll gates in ceremony Thursday morning Then they will join a parade through the down town area Bill to Ask Rent Ceiling Extension TRUMANS INAUGURAL of President Truman inaugural medal being struck at Philadelphia mint is held by Edwin Dressel superintendent while Mrs Nellie Tayloe Ross director holds medal Southern California Snow No Longer Seen By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Winter continued to play favor ites Wednesday It slapped the far west the Pacific northwest west Texas and the panhandle with chilling snows sleet and cold And it caressed the south with balmy breezes that brought flowers into bloom 4th straight day of predicted for one time sunny southern California How ever the forecast was that it wouldnt be so cold in the orange and lemon growing mini mum of 26 in comparison with the frosty 19 of early Monday Snow Melts Most of the snow melted from Los Angeles downtown area but there was 8 inches of the white stuff in Orange Countys Silverado canyon Sheets of ice and sleet gripped much of west Texas and thepan handle and large sections of east ern New Mexico also were coated The tele phone lines and closed all roads in the Amarillo area Schools were shut down and bus schedules cancelled Power and telephone lines by the hundred were down in west Texas and 2 deaths attributed to the weather were reported there Power Shortage Prolonged cold brought a new problem to the Pacific a power shortage The long freeze cut the flow of water in ice clogged streams and rivers reduc ing the water supply needed for power generators Trucks loaded with supplies crashed through to the snowbound town of Gordon in western Ne braska Tuesday but the little town still was in danger A critical shortage of fuel oil grew worse and the only routes that oil could be brought in were blocked by huge snow drifts Vet Hospital Construction Will Continue Washington D C UR Rep Thomas E Martin said Wednesday that construction plans for a new veterans hospital at Iowa City will be continued despite government curtailments on other projects President Trumans recommen dations that plans for 24 veterans hospitals be canceled and sizes o 14 others be reduced will not af fect the Iowa City hospitalMar tin said Bids are now being received for the Iowa City project he said Land previously was obtained and cleared he added AN ISSUE New York magazine Nations Heritage hit the news stands Wednesday A picture mag azine of 220 pages it will be pub lished every 2 months without ad vertising But even the publisher said he doesnt expect many per sons to subscribe It costs an issue Aviators have reported swifts circling about planes which were flying at speeds up to 85 miles an hour AP Wirephoto CARONIA ARRIVES ON MAIDEN 34183ton Caronia new Cunard White Star liner moves past buildings of New Yorks lower skyline on arrival Tuesday on her maiden voyage from Southampton and Cherbourg The 715foot Caronia largest passenger ship built in the postwar period was built at a cost of more than million and is intended for transAtlantic and cruise service It has a capacity of 932 passengers Truman Flies to Marshall Home for Talk Washington LLR Presiden Truman flew unexpectedly Wed nesday afternoon to Pinehurst N Car for a talk with Secretary o State George C Marshall Mr Trumans unannounced rflight was made in an air force Constellation plane He left Washington at p m EST and was scheduled to land at about p m at Hope Field Fort Bragg N Car According to Eben Ayers an assistant in the office of Press Secretary Charles G Ross The president wanted to see him once more while he Marshall is stil secretary of state S4oy Go to Senate by Thursday Also Would Put Many Homes Back Under Controls Washington to xtend rent ceilings 27 months and put thousands of dwellings back under rent control will be intro luced by Senator Myers probably Thursday Senator Maybank DS chairman of the senate banking committee told a reporter the measure might become the ad ministrations rent bill Mr Tru man has asked for tightening of controls and extension for at least 2 years First Mectinr The senate banking committee will hold its first meeting of the session Friday Maybank predicted hat rent legislation will get a top priority The present law expires Vlarch 31 Myers bill would ex tend control through June 1951 Rep Spence DKy said he plans to introduce a rent control Dill drafted by the administration An official of the housing expe diters office said that measure and the one Myers will sponsor appear to be very similar Under Myers bill as shown to a reporter rent control would re vert pretty much to its status prior to changes authorized over Mr Trumans protest by the re publicancontrolled 80th congress New Dwellings New dwellings including those rented since they were decon trolled would be placed under rent ceilings again So would con verted dwellings and permanent hotel accommodations including apartment hotels A rent control official said re control of new construction alone would apply to thousands of dwell ing units Transient hotel rooms and mo tor courts would remain decon trolled The bill would give the housing expediter authority to control or recontrol whole additional areas Assessment on Weeds invalid Court Rules in Favor of Floyd Landowners Charles City Two absente owners of land in Floyd count will not have to pay a weed control assessment leviec against them by the board of sup ervisors Their objection to thi assessment carried to distric court here Nov 20 in an action seeking a writ of certiorari wa sustained in a decree filed by Dis trict Judge T A Beardmore Thi ruling declared in effect that thi board was without proper juris diction in making the levy S O and Doris Aungst Florid residents and owners of 480 acre of land south of Charles City helc they had not oeen notified as pro vided by law that weeds on their property would be cut un der Floyd countys weed contro program The board of supervisors de fense was that the agent of th owners Ira Marsh of Greene hai received notice of the destruction of noxious weeds or the property In an opinion whici accompanied his order howevev the judge held that notice to an agent unless specifically pro vided in Iowa statutes is not suf ficient to comply with the wee control law C54 CRASHES Frankfurt America 4engined C54 skymaster plan returning from an airlift missio to Berlin crashed 2 miles east o Frankfurt Wednesday and firs reports said 3 crew members wer killed The cause of the crash wa not known immediately Jumps Track for 2nd Time Crack Train Takes Plunge Into Swamp Leesburg Fla Seaboard Railway streamliner the Orange Blossom Special jumped the rails Tuesday night for the 2nd time in 2 days and plunged into a swamp near here injuring 21 persons Twelve of the deluxe trains 16 Pullman sleeper cars left the track some careening down a 10 foot embankment The engine rolled a quarter mile down the track and burned None of the passengers or crew men on the fast northbound train heavily traveled by winter tour ists between New York and Miami was injured seriously Among those hurt was Mrs Victor Lavin Trenton N J an expectant moth er On Monday the Orange Blossom Special using different equip ment had a similar accident near Milford Va and 25 persons were injured Railroad officials were unable to determine the cause of either wreck The dieselpowered train de railed Tuesday night as it whizzed past the Bay Lake water tank 35 miles south of here The injured were brought to 2 hospitals here Most suffered only minor abra sions and 5 were released Tues day night Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy Wed nesday night and Thursday A little warmer Thursday Low Wednesdaynight 8 to 12 High Thursday near 32 Iowa Partly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday A little warmer Thursday Low Wednes day night 1015 northwest 20 southeast Minnesota Partly cloudy Wednes day night somewhat warmer north and west portion Thurs day cloudy and warmer IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 24 Minimum 17 At 8 a m Wednesday 17 YEAR AGO Maximum 42 Minimum 22   

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