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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 1, 1949, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME CITY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEGH8ORS AZETTE HOME EDITION Associated Press and United Frcsa Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 1 1949 This Paper Consists ot Two One No 91 SCENE OF MINE CAVEINAbove is a view of Kane street Carbondale Pa was dropped by a surface settling Tuesday and 2 homes damaged by the subsidence In one instance a house dropped 25 feet Earth Caves In Over Coal Mine Shaft Carbondale Pa sur face caved in over an anthracite coal mine early Tuesday dam aging 13 homes in a 3block area and injuring 3 persons One home disappeared into a 25foot hole Others tilted pre cariously in the settling earth State police at Blakely said it was one of the worst caveins in the history of this hard coal com munity located 20 miles north of Scranton Families in the affected area were moved to hotels Most fled their homes in nightclothes des pite freezing temperatures State police said the earth sagged 4 feet under most of the homes as much as 30 feet in some spots where there were no build ings Dies in Crash of Car Train Fatal Wreck Occurs at Jefferson Crossing Jefferson collision of a streamliner passenger train and an automobile here Monday proved fatal to Mrs Mary Wilk ens 48 of Jefferson The car Mrs Wilkens a widow was driving was hurled about 150 feet by the impact G C Markman a clerk at the North Western passenger depot said the eastbound streamliner The City of Portland was 11 hours behind schedule and was traveling at a fast rate of speed Markman said the signal bells were ringing at the crossing but that Mrs Wilkens must have thought a freight train that was in the signal block was making the bells ring C I Smith of Boone engineer on the streamliner said he saw the car roll onto the crossing but could not stop in tirre to avoir a crash 5th Armys Rescue Workers Move Into Snowbound Areas Omaha army of bull dozer operators truck drivers and mechanics moved into the snow covered cattle country of Nebras ka and South Dakota Tuesday Headquarteis of the 5th armys operation snowbound estimated 1500 men were following 350 pieces of snow moving equipment into the disaster area Most of the men who will op erate and service the bulldozers snow plows and trucks are civili ans Only a 50 army officers who will sup ervise the job said a 5th army spokesman Take Flight Late Monday a party of rank ing army and government offici als returned from a flight over the stricken area Over one section they related they flew for 35 minutes at 200 miles an hour without spotting a single road Ranch after ranch showed no sign of life After what weve seen said Assistant Secretary of the Army Gordon Gray I wouldnt be pre pared to argue that there was any one alive down there Red Cross Moves Lt Gen Raymond A Wheeler chief of army engineers nodded assent Meanwhile following the armys lead the Red Cross moved its disaster headquarters from St Louis to Omaha Donald Stout director for the disaster area said his office would supervise activi ties in about the same area as that in which the 5th avny it oarrying on emergency operations AP Wircphotii UNDAUNTED BY RIFLE SLUG IN wide grin on his face 7yearold David Rollins sits in a doctors office in Tulsa Okla awaitingremoval of a 22 caliber rifle slug from his fore head The youngster calmly walked into the physicians of fice to report he was shot acci dentally by a playmate during an argument over a dead rabbit Tile iJoctor said had the bullet gxxie a quarter inch deeper the boy would have required brain suitrery To Study Red Peiping Rule 8 Professors Leave With Peace Proposal Nanking President LL TsungJen has named a new 5man mission of Shanghai busi nessmen to study conditions in Peiping under communist rule it was disclosed Tuesday At the same time a delegation of 8 Nanking professors left for Peiping in a chartered plane to lay their proposed peoples peace plan before communist leaders The new mission will leave for Peiping as soon as permission to enteris granted The mission is headed by Doctor W W Yen former ambassador to the United States A prominent member of the mission denied that the group has been authorized to conclude a aeparate peace with the commu nists for the Shanghai area He said the group has absolutely no powers to make a decision Instructions to the group are to visit Peiping and report to Acting President Li on the situa tion under communist occupation JBfeek means raffle denth In past Si hours Roberts Cose Expected to Go to Jury Waterloo district court jury was expected to receive the Fred Lee Roberts manslaughter case Tuesday Testimony ended Monday and attorneys were scheduled to pre sent arguments to the 3 men and 9 women jurors Tuesday Roberts 55yearold Dunkerton Negro was accused of killing Wil liam Farrell a picket during a riot at the Rath Packing company plant here last May 19 He admitted firing a shot from his car to frighten a crowd which he said was threatening him as he drove up to the strikebound plant to go to work but contended he did not aim at anyone May Order Curtailment of Corn Crop Washington of surpluses the government next year may order midwestern farm ers to curtail their output of corn a basic raw material for meat pro duction The agriculture department is sued this warning Monday in de claring that no acreage allotments or marketing quotas would be imposed on corn growers this year Corn stocks now are at a rec ord high and a large 1949 crop would create a big surplus But the department said it is leaving production uncontrolled this year on the theory that it is better to play safe than to take a chance on being caught with a scarcity Last years corn crop hit a rec ord high of 3600000000 bushels Should this years crop go much above 3000000000 bushels the department said acreage allot ments and marketing quotas might have to be imposed in 1950 Furnish Funds for Mansion Maintenance Des Moines Iowa sen ate Tuesday passed a bill appro priating for maintenance of the governors mansion with the understanding that Gov William S Bcardsley will not use any of the money for maid service The bilJ was sent to the house where action on a similar appro priation measure had been de ferred Several senators asked Senator Fred Maytag who handled the bill whether it made any provision to pay for domestic servants at the gover nors home Maytag said it did not although the house bill would have per mitted such payment Maytag added that Beardsley had said previously he would pay for all of his household help out of his own pocket The bill allots the for maintenance and operation up to July 1 Governor Beardsley has indicated to newsmen that when this money is spent for utilities fuel and other items there wouldnt be any funds left for maid service anyhow The senate also passed and sent to the house a bill authorizing the state conservation commission to declare an open season annually on wild animals found to be cre ating a nuisance and causing damage To Ask Atlee to Arrange Truman Stalin Meeting London Laborite Ronald Chamberlain said Tuesday he will ask Prime Minister Attlee to of fer to arrange a meeting between President Truman and Joseph Sta lin in London Chamberlain will make the suggestion in the house of com mons Thursday Ching Says Proposed Labor Measure Is Backward Step Washington Med iation Director Cyrus S Ching Tuesday challenged as a ward step President Trumans labor law recommendation to re turn the mediation service to the labor department Ching told the senate labor committee the presidents pro posal would seriously damage the effectiveness of government mediation if it were written into the new labor law 1st Opposition It would be a step backward in the terribly important job of strengthening our industrial de mocracy by promoting sound prac tices and usages of collective baigaining and minimizing and preventing labor disputes Ching was the first member of the presidents official family to oppose provisions of the adminis tration labor bill sent to congress last Saturday Other criticismwas expected from industry and labor unions and from General Counsel Robert N Denham whose position would be eliminated as an inde pendent office under the bill Ching said the labor department is illfitted to administer the med iation service which he said should be impartial No Confidence Ching told the committee that without reflecting on the integrity of the labor department he be lieved it would not have the con fidence of employers in mediating labor disputes The experience of the present service Ching said has been that dozens of our most able medi ators who found the doors of many employers closed to them for years under departmental admin istration found such doors ajar when they introduced themselves as representatives of an indepen dent agency The average human hair is about 3J thousandths of an irch thick Wickard Raps Power Concerns Speaks at Meet of Electric Cooperative New York head of the government program to bring electricity to farm areas accused electric power monopolies Tues day of trying to block his agencys work The big power companies said rural electrification admmistrator Claude R Wickard have failed to take care of the power needs ot the nation and have vigor ously opposed the efforts of the people to provide adequate power for themselves Wickard former secretary of ag riculture said in a speech prepared for the convention of the national rural electric cooperative asso ciation Virtually all of the generation and transmission loans which we have made recently have been vi olently opposed by the commer cial power companies It is ap parent that they are going to con tinue to seek legislative action to stop us from following our pol As a member of an REA coop erative Wickard said I know that none of the money I pay for electricity is being used for high priced lobbyists high pressure propaganda fancy entertainment retainer fees and other question able activities which are complete ly unrelated to the service I use Warren Appeals Riot Conviction Des Mo hies War ren Waterloo filed an appeal with the state supreme court Tuesday from his conviction and 3year reformatory sentence for conspiracy to incite the riot at the Rath Packing company plant in Waterloo last May 19 The appeal was accompanied by a transcript of Warrens district court trial Arguments will be filed later Warren is free on bond U S Wants to Join Pact Direct Invitations From Atlantic Group May Go Out Soon Washington state de partment said Tuesday that the United States hopes Norway and other nations soon will be brought into discussions on the proposed North Atlantic security pact At the same time the depart ment stood firmly on President Trumans announced position that American military assistance will be given only to those nations which coordinate their security arrangements with the security plans of the United States Position Made Known It was indicated that this posi tion had been brought officially to the attention of Norway Den mark and Sweden before the breakdown of their Scandinavian defense talks last weekend Norway and to a lesser extent Denmark have been reported in terested in joining the American supported North Atlantic alliance Sweden wanted a Scandinavian ntutrality alliance It was this division which broke down the 3power defense discussions The breakdown may have cleared the way for a considerable expansion in the negotiations going on in Washington on the North Atlantic security pact Invitations Expected Tuesday press officer Michael J McDermott said that We hope to be in a position soon to discuss the whole subject not only with Nor way but also with other govern ments There were broad indications from other sources that direct in vitations may go out soon 55 Children Made II by Chlorine Gas Chicago than 55 children were overcome or made ill Tuesday when poisonous chlor ine gas seeped through Kelvyn Park high school Fifteen of the victims were taken to hospitals but none was reported in serious condition The rest were treated in neighboring homes by ambulance crews fire department rescue squads and private doctors Chlorine gas deadly when in haled in concentrated doses was used in World war I It was used at the school to purify water in the swimming pool The tank in which was stored in the school basement toppled breaking a connection with a pipe which led to the pool School au thorities said the fumes were sent through the school by the venti lating system isconsi FIREMEN FIGHT HOTEL water into the ruins of the Grand View hotel at Hipon Wis which was leveled in an early morning blaze About 48 guests escaped but Police Chief Ira Dunham saM 6 persons still were missing Milton Eerie Sick to Go to Florida New York Berle is on the sick list and has can celled all engagements for a month The National Broadcasting Co said Monday the comedian has a virus infection and will recuperate in Florida when he is able to travel Democrats Agree to Delay Estimate of Expenditures NEW RECORD Frankfurt UR The Anglo American airlift set a new record in January flying 171960 tons of supplies into Berlin In one month it was announced Tuesday Washington demo crats agreed Tuesday that con gress cant make an accurate es timate by Feb 15 of how mucli the government should spend in the year beginning July 1 So they decided to put off an estimate until j later despite a law saying it must I be done by the middle of this 1 month Senator Gillette of Iowa told a reporter the democratic senators decided in a closed door meeting to let the chairmen of 4 commitI tees decide whether to fix a new deadline at April 1 April 15 or May 1 May Kill Law The 4 committee Senators George of Georgia fi nance McKellar ol Tennessee ap propriations and Reps Doughton of North Carolina ways and means and Cannon of Missouri appropriations also were in structed to study the question of killing off the budget estimate law The law is a part of the congres sional reorganization act When it was passed in 1946 the idea was that early in its session congress would fix a ceiling on total ap propriations Then as individual appropriations were made later they would have to be kept under that ceiling Experience has proved that isnt as simple as it sounds The law kept republicans squirming in the 80th congress in their efforts to agree on a promised cut in Presi dent Trumans budget Face Split Democrats face the possibility of a disagreement with the president if they pledge reductions in his budget for the year beginning July 1 The act alsb requires congress to estimate revenues for the year another point at which the law makers might not agree with the president is Sally AFL Plans Repeal of States Little TaftHartley Laws Miami Fla AFL Tuesday charted a drive to repeal state laws it considers restrictive on labor unions and picked small industrial Delaware as a starting point Joseph Keenan director of the AFLs political labors league for political said Delaware has the worst antilabor law in the country worse even than the TaftHartley act Were going to devote our ef forts to see what we can do to re peal such state laws particularly in the states where we have had changes in the political complex ions of legislatures he added Dual Purpose The AFL has a dual purpose in mind One to have what it calls little TaftHartley laws can celled out and 2 in the process to develop state and local political strength for the 1950 congression al elections Keenan talked with reporters in advance of a meeting of AFL lead ers to outline 1949 political plans in the states and on a broadened national scale In Delaware the state admin istration favors repealing the states labor law Keenan said but the legislature is due to adjourn March 1 Hence the AFLs deci sion to concentrate there first Keenan said the Delaware legis latures political alignment is close Extend Control The AFLs executive council jate Monday called on the admin istration to broaden its housing plans The council okayed the ad ministration proposal to extend rent control for 2 years and to finance a 1000000unit public housing program The council however also wants congress to authorize direct government loans to builders to construct low cost homes and apartments These would sell for 38500 or rent for and be designed to fill the needs of to income families The council also called for a housing need census of the country in 1950 Search for Lost Plane Is Resumed London and ships of 4 nations resumed their search Tuesday for an American Super fortress missing since Thursday with 15 aboard LT S 3rd air di vision headquarters expressed doubt that wreckage discovered off the Canary islands came from the B29 The Spanish admiralty reported a radio message from a Belgian steamship that it sighted floating debris which appeared to be that of an airplane The ship reported it saw life preservers but no sign of victims or survivors We are carrying on with our search as planned a 3rd air di vision spokesman said We do not think the wreckage has any thing to do with the missing B29 The Superfort took off Thurs day from Dakar French West Africa on a training mission bound for its base at Marham England Washington former Berlin actor testified Tuesday he wdas the American son to dred Axis Sally Gillars Ohio Mother in a wartime nazi radio horror drama He testified for the prosecution which seeks to prove thecharge that the Americanborn Miss Gil lars took part in treasonable broadcasts to help the Germans win the war The actor Ullrich Haupt 33 also revealed that he himself was born in Chicago t German par ents lived in Los Angeles where his father was an actor and is an American citizen The handsome Haupt said he stood about 20 feet from Miss Gil lars in a Berlin studio when they recorded a drama entitled Vision of Invasion It depicted how an American mother would react to the death of her son in battle The prosecution said it was designed to prevent the invasion and was beamed to American troops a month before the Normandy as sault 3Story Hotel Is Completely Destroyed 42 Persons Escape Ripon Wisf 5 x persons including a former college and professional football player were missing and presumed dead in a fire which destroyed ihe Grand Vkw hotel here early Tuesday Police Chief Ira Dunham listed the following as missing j Lloyd Wasscrbach Madison j Wis former member of the Uni versity of Wisconsin and Chicago Rockets football squads Albert Bleich Madison Wis Charles Wendtland 80 a per manent guest and parttime em ploye of the hotel Miss Alice Cailan 52 principal of R i p o ns Longfellow grade school Miss Clara Solverson 62 a bookkeeper ior the Knitting company Robert Winder Iowa City age 48 in Hotel There were approximately 48 guests in the hotel when the fire broke out Its origin was unde termined Firemen from Ripon and 3 nearby cities still were pouring water into the ruins at 11 a m Tuesday Police said it would be at least afternoon before searchers would be able to get into the embers A fireman was cut above the eye by falling timber but was re leased from the hospital after treatment 4 Companies Help Ripon firemen were aided by the Oshkosh Fond Du Lac Berlin and Princeton departxaeaLs The undetermined or steadily from the top of the structure built in 1870 down to xhe basement until it had leveled the hotel completely But the flames were prevented from spreading to adjoining structures Wingler Bleich and Wasser bach were employed in the con struction of a power transmission line in the Ripon area More than miles of copper tubing is being installed in the University of Chicagos synchrocyclotron used in atomic energy research Hearing on Rutledge to Be Monday St Louis hearing will be held Monday on a habeas cor pus writ granted Dr Robert C Rutledge 27yearold St Louis physician charged by Cedar Rap ids Ipwa officials with murder ing his wifes lover Leo F Laughren Rutledges at torney claimed Monday that the doctor can not be extradited to face trial for the crime because Rutledge is not a fugitive from justice and the warrant does not apply Rutledge is free on a temporary habeas corpus writ granted last week by Criminal Court Judge David W Fibrgibbon Iowa of ficials accused Rutledge of stab bing Byron C Hattman to death in a Cedar Rapids hotel Laughren claimed that the free dom granted by the writ was su perior to the claim of the Iowa ex tradition warrant He also charged that the Iowa warrant is faulty be cause it was not signed by the sec retary of state but by his deputy Holcomb Osage Merchant Dies C Holcomb 57 en gaged in the mercantile business here for 22 years died at his home Monday after an illness of 7 weeks He was comanager of the Day light store Suiviving are the widow 2 daughters a sgn 3 grandsons and 3 sisters The body is at the Champion funeral home where rites are pending Parking Ticket for Train to Cost M ilwaukee Road Milwaukee will cost the Milwaukee railroad to because one of its trains got a parking ticket Traffic was tied up for several blocks while Station Master John Crowley sent for a relief engine to replace a frozen locomotive Po liceman Ernest Forster said he gave the ticket to Crowley because the station master is responsible for splitting a train which stops on the downtown crossing The train stalled traffic for 25 minutes A city ordinance permits a train to block a street for only 5 minutes Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clear and colder Tuesday night with low 10 to 15 below Clear and cold Wednes day with afternoon high 10 to 15 above Iowa Partly cloudy and colder Tuesday night Wednesday part ly cloudy colder east and south portion Low Tuesday night 5 below northwest to 5 above southeast Iowa Fiveday weather outlook Temperatures will average 10 to 14 degrees below seasonal nor mals Daytime highs will aver age around 15 degrees in the noun 25 in the south Lows from about zero in the north to 6 to 8 above south Cold Tues day night and Wednesday Slightly warmer Thursday Colder again Friday Continued cold Saturday and Sunday Pre cipitation will average one inch or less of snow about Friday Minnesota Fair Tuesday night and Wednesday Colder Tuesday night with lowest temperatures 20 to 25 below north and 15 to 20 below south portion Slowly rising temperatures Wednesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Tuesday morning Maximum 23 Minimum 3 below At 8 a m Tuesday 1 Precipitation 07 Snow J inch YEAR AGO Maximum 24 Minimum 14 Y   

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