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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 15, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MARCH 15 1949 This Paper Consists of Two No 134 Iowa House Passes 2 Bills for Increased School Aid Des Monies Iowa house voted Tuesday to boost di rect state aid to schools to 000000 a year with half the in crease to be used for property tax relief The house also moved closer to the in overall school aids asked by school forces when it approved 98 to 1 a bill to ap propriate a year dur ing the next 2 fiscal years for re funds under the agricultural land tax credit law That law upheld by the state supreme court provides for state payment of general school taxes over 15 farm tracts of 10 Pass Bridge Bill Des Moines Iowa sen ate Tuesday passed 440 and sent to the house legislation which seeks restore the bridge over the Mississippi river at Lansing as an interstate span to be jointly ownedby the states of Iowa and Wisconsin The bill would authorize the Iowa highway commission to pur chase one half of the bridge pro vided the Wisconsin highway com mission bought the other half and the 2 states entered a joint agree ment to maintain it If such an agreement were effected the struc ture would become a free bridge The private concern operated it as a toll span or more acres jBoth measures passedby the house now go to the senate The vote on the direct aid bill introduced by Rep Fred Schwen gel R Davenport and others was 103 to 0 However the house first amended the measure to include the states 22 public junior colleges in its benefits and to require half of the increase over the current annual direcc aid of to be used for property tax replacement The house gave a probable death blow to a bill by Rep Harry Ward D Davenport to outlaw theater bank nights when it accepted by voice vote the recommendation of its Judiciary II committee for in definite postponement of the meas ure Ward was cut off when he attempted to resume a little fil ibuster for the bill CHILD PRISONER SEES FIRST CATGerald Sullivan 14 grins at the sight u 1UB cat in a police station m Boston Monday where he was taken after escape from a locked room in which he had been kept prisoner for 10 years Gerald found clothed in ragged dresses is wearing his first boys clothes His mother Mrs Anne F Sullivan 45 pleaded j a of neglect and was held in bail Police Capt Francis W Russell quoted the mother as saying the boy was illegitimate and she wanted to keep her sin a 14Y earOld Boy Locked Up for 70 Years Boston UR Scores of New England parents Tuesday offered to adopt a 14 year old boy who was imprisoned in a tiny room for 10 years by his mother because he allegedly was illegitimate and she was ashamed of him The plight of Gerald Sullivan was revealed in Roxbury district court Monday when his mother Mrs Anna Sullivan 45 who has 3 other children was arraigned on a charge of neglect of a minor child She was released in bail pending a hearing Wednes day The boy looking like a wild animal and Wearing castoff womens clothing escaped from his cell Sunday and was roam ing the streets barefoot when found by a policeman The officer first thought he was a girl be cause of his thick shoulderlength curls Questioned by authorities the youngster told a fantastic tale He did hot know whether he was a boy or girl He could neither read nor write When shown a cat he said it was a little baby He nev er had seen a dog or cat The boy gazed wideeyed at everything he saw He was almost at a loss when taken to a foster home and given a room that con tained a bed electric light and ra dio His tiny 6 by 9 foot cell had contained only an army cot and nothing else No pictures on the walls No toys or games Investigation revealed the boy had been born in 1934 and then was boarded out for 4 years Then his mother took him home and locked him up telling her other children he was a cousin Sports Bulletin Iowa C i t Go hawks took out Montezuma 47 42 in the opening game ox the Iowa state high school basket ball tournament here Tuesday afternoon It was the first loss In ZZ games for the valiant los ers who stayed within shooting distance all the way Waverly led 2422 at the halftime and widened its edge steadily in the 2nd half The Gphawks will now meet the winner of the C re s t o ield game in Thursdays 2nd round of play Weatker Report x FORECAST Mason City Increasing cloudiness and warmer Tuesaay night with low near 20 Cloudy and warmer Wednesday with high near 35 Iowa Slowly increasing cloudi ness and rising temperatures Tuesday night and Wednesday Low Tuesday night near 20 Iowa FiveDay Weather Outlook Warmer Wednesday and Thurs day A little colder Friday Warmer again Saturday with rain or snow likely Turning colder Sunday Temperatures average only slightly below normal Precipitation will aver age near onefourth Inch Nor mal highs near 50 normal lows near 30 Minnesota Increasing cloudiness and warmer Tuesday Wednes day cloudy occasional light snow and turning colder Warm south portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Tuesday Maximum 20 Minimum 4 At 8 a m Tuesday 7 TEAR AGO Maximum 39 Minimum 28 MRS WILLIAM SAVIDGE Woman 100 Dies at Home in Hampton services for Mrs William Savidge who died Sunday at her home were held at the Green funeral home Tues day at 2 p m with the Rev D M Beggs Congregational pastor in charge and burial at Hampton Mrs Savidge celebrated her 100th birthday Feb 15 when open house was held at her home She was Alice Alberry daugh ter of Henry and Elmira Alberry and was born in Licking county Ohio Feb 15 1849 She came to Franklin county with her sister and brotherinlaw in 1870 and was married Oct 18 of that year to William Savidge They lived on a farm 4 miles east of here until 1892 when they moved to Hampton She was a member of the Con gregational church Order of Eas tern Star Womans Relief corps and Hampton Cemetery society Surviving are 2 sons Frank of Hampton and A L on the home farm a daughter Mrs E A Roe mer with whom she lived 11 grandchildren and 9 great grand children Deadline on Crop Control Legislation Draws Closer Washington time is drawing short for congress to head off farmers from planting what the agriculture department regards as too much cotton corn rice and spring wheat Failure of the lawmakers to act soon could cost the government several hundred million dollars extra in price support aid depart ment officials said Tuesday Present provisions of crop con trol laws strangely enough offer an incentive for farmers to plant big acreages of these crops this year Thats because this years plantings will be taken into ac count in determining future plant ing allotments which might be in voked to curtail output Would Change Law Government officials have asked congress to change the law to pro vide that 1949 plantings would not be used in working out future planting goals for individual farm ers They say that unless the law is changed many farmers will plant extra land this year in or der to build up a big base for fu ture allotments This incentive is said to a strong one because officials have said it may be necessary to put in production controls in 1950 Both the house and senate have passed bills touching upon the de partments recommendations The house verson applies to cotton only The senate bill covers wheat corn and rice as well A com mittee of the 2 houses has agreed to recommend acceptance of the house bill No Indication But there is no indication when there will be further action on this measure and whether the other crops will be covered in separate legislation before plant ing time Reports from the midwestern corn belt indicate that many farm ers are planning to reduce soybean acreages and put the extra land into corn so as to build up a bigger base for future corn planting goals The department is anxious to keep surpluses of cotton and corn from getting much larger It will wind up price support operations for 1948 crops with possibly 000000 tied up in surplus cotton and in surplus corn Parleys on Filibuster Continuing Lucas Tells Senate to Reach Compromise or Call Off Fight BULLETIN Washington A new at tempt to settle the senate filibus ter failed Tuesday afternoon Democratic Leader Lucas of Illinois announced after a meeting of all faction leaders that we didnt make much progress That is all I can say He told reporters the situation remains just about where it was Monday night Washington JP Senator Lucas DI11 urged the senate Tues day to fish or cut bait act or quit in efforts to compromise a filibuster pointed at President Trumans civil rights program The democratic leader told re porters he thinks there is a fair chance to win majority senate approval of a proposal under which twothirds of those voting could gag debate on all matters except proposed rules changes Agree or Quit Earlier in a session ending at a m CST Lucas told his colleagues the time has come eith er to agree to a change in rules which southern senators are fight ing or to lay the whole thing aside to take up rent control and other legislation Senator Russell lead ing the southern democrats who have tied up the senate since Feb ruary 28 held out very faint hope for any compromise ac ceptable to his group Russell said he didnt know what caused Lucas to speak of a fair possi bility for acceptance of the straight twothirds proposal However Senator Wherry of Nebraska the GOP floor leader said he thinks there still is a pos sibility of getting all factions to gether 12Hour Talk Meanwhile Senator Ellender DLa was grinding put a speech 12 hours and 20 minutes long Starting shortly after 11 a m the Louisiana senator talked until He gave up the floor then al though he insisted he could have gone on hours longer for Lucas to make an effort to end the days marathon session Bonus Test Case Slated Friendly Suit to Determine Legality Des Moines hearing on a test case to establish the consti tutionality of the Iowa Veterans Bonus law was scheduled Tuesday before Polk county District Judge C Edwin Moore The test suit was filed Monday by G F Knorr 73 Des Moines apartment owner It asks the court to restrain Gov William S Beardsleyand 2 other state officials from signing the bond issue to pay the bonus The suit charges that both the 1947 law authorizing an 000 bond issue and the law passed Feb 26 which changes the bond authorization to by means of a appropria tion from the general fund are unconstitutional Knorrs attorney Harold New comb alleged the 1947 law ap proved by the voters in the No vember 1948 general election did not comply with publication pro visions And he said the legislatures ac tion last month was not submitted to the people as required by the state constitution when an in debtedness of more than is created Beardsley Signs Road Funds Bill Des Moines au thorizing the state highway com mission to use a year during the next biennium for road maintenance and administration was signed Tuesday by Gov Wil liam S Beardsley The amount is about SI606000 higher than the amount appropria ted for the same purpose by the last legislature The allotment comes from regular highway rev enues but must be approved by the general assembly before the commission can use it The governor also signed a bil to revise sections of the drainage district law Under the measure certain types of elections for re classification of a district will be eliminated and the pay of drain age district trustees will be in creased to a day NEW HOSPITAL ROOMS Des Moines Iowa Lu theran hospital executive commit tee Monday approved a contract for addition of 2 new rooms to be used in the surgery on the hospitals 4th floor Home Rule on Rent Controls Approved Fire Razes Army Dock Warehouse Authorities Set Damage Figures at More Than Million Oakland Calif raging waterfront fire Tuesday destroyed one of the armys largest west oast docks and a warehouse Flames shot 700 feet into the air as the 2000 foot pier in Oaklands outer harbor went up Two ships alongside were dam aged before they were towed to afety Adjacent warehouses and intire Oakland industrial water front were threatened for several hours by the spectacular blaze Three hours after the fire itarted at midnight oil drums ex ploded hurling burning oil 600 feet or morePaint rubber tires and other combustibles jamming the warehouse fed the blistering olaze that kept firemen from clos ing in Red Embers By 4 a m PST the fire had burned itself out of fuel leaving only red embers of debris on the concrete wharf Two soldiers were hurt slightly Fifty army families were evacu ated from nearby army base resi dences The cause of fire was not de termined The possibility of sabo tage was not discounted Col George Brown provost marshal of the army base said an investiga tion would be conducted at once The 2 ships scorched and dam aged slightly by the flames were the13000 ton Young America and the ton army transport Sgt George O Keahley Estimate Damage Army authorities estimated dock and warehouse damage at above Six other piers of the Oakland army base largest army shipping point for Pacific areas were saved The big base sprawls just south of the OaklandSan Fran cisco bay bridge All available Oakland fire fight ing equipment 9 fire boats army and navy fire fighting personnel battled the flames Wide Area of Nation Chilled by Cold Snap Chicago late winter cold snap chilled a wide area of the nation Tuesday Temperatures were below nor mal from the Rockies to the Appa lachians and from Arkansas Tennessee to the Canadian border There were subzero readings in the Dakotas and northern Minne sota One of the lowest readings was 12 below at Dickinson N Dak Temperatures were 10 to 15 degrees below normal over the Great Lakes Mississippi and the upper Mississippi valley The low reading early Tuesday in Mason City was 4 degrees above zero Light snow fell over a narrow band from southeastern Colorado eastward across southern Kansas central Missouri southern Illinois Indiana and Ohio into western Pennsylvania St Louis reported a fall of one inch Rain fell along the Carolina coast but ended in the Gulf states Rain also fell along the Washington coast and there was snow inland as far as western Montana Czechs to Try 2 Americans on Espionage Prague Czechoslovak government has informed the United States that 2 American sol diers will be tried in Czech courts for espionage U S embassy of ficials said Tuesday The soldiers Clarendon Hill 31 of Jackson Miss and George R Jones 22 of Owensboro Ky were arrested Dec 9 after they crossed into Czechoslovakia from the American zone of Germany The soldiers were absent with out leave at the time they crossed the border American authorities said But embassy officials despite repeated requests have been re fused permission to visit the sol diers On March 2 the Czechs formally notified the embassy that the sol diers were being held for a seri ous offense under security regu lations covering espionage A Wirephoto SPECTATORS FLEE foreground begin to scatter as turpentine drums explode with a terrific roar and burst of flame at the Oakland Cal army base early Tuesday Reject Wallgren as Head of Security Resources Board Washington fi The senate armed services committee Tuesday rejected President Trumans nom ination of Mon C Wallgren to be chairman of the national security resources board On a 76 vote the committee tabled the nomination That action has the effect of finally burying it unless some committeeman changes his mind or the senate it self calls it up That procedure would require only a majority vote but it is rarely used Senator Byrd DVa joined with 6 republicans on the commit tee to tip the scales against Wall gren a former senator and a crony of Mr Truman Chairman Tydings DMd told reporters about the action after a closed committee meeting He said all the republican members voted for the motion to table and all the democrats except Byrd voted against it The motion adopted by the com mittee said no evidence reflecting on Wallgrens loyalty had been filed but stated the former ington governor lacks sufficient economic and industrial experi ence Senator Cain vwho led the fight against the nomin ation had accused Wallgren in public hearings of being sof towards communism He also called him unfit Indicates He Favors Pact for Denmark Washington For eign Minister Gustav Rasmussen indicated strongly Tuesday he wil recommend that Denmark join fully in the North Atlantic security treaty Rasmussen wound up his series of conferences at the state depart ment as it was disclosed that Brit ish foreign secretary Ernest Bevin will come here for the signing o the treaty now scheduled for the first week in April Rasmussen said he will leave for New York Tuesday night enroute to Copenhagen to make his rec ommendations io his governmen on the defense pact British Ambassador Sir Oliver Franks disclosed Bevins plan to come here for the signing AP Wirephoto ELLENDER GETS A KISS AFTER LONG Senator Allen J Ellender DLa gets a kiss from his wife at the capitol early Tuesday after speaking on the floor of the senate for 12 hours and 20minutes in the southern fight against a proposed rules change to curb filibusters But House Move Subject to Rolled Administration Opposed to Latest Bill Amendment Washington The house voted Tuesday to let each state county and city decide for itself whether to keep rent control By a vote of 198 to 150 it added this home rule amendment to the federal rent control bill Under it local gov erning bodies could toss out rent control any time they wish The vote is subject to a rollcall count later The administration opposed the amendment and undoubtedly will try to kill it with a later roll call Tentative Move About 50 democrats mostly from the south joined with repub licans to put it into the bill tenta tively This democratic split raised a question whether the administra tion could maintain sufficient con trol of the house to put through a rent control bill in form ac ceptable to it Rep Williams DMiss offered the local op tion amendment The administration won on an earlier vote on another matter This was a count of 121 to 86 which approved a section of the bill clearing the way for the de control of 100 or more of the 598 rent control areas in the country Put Control Back The section gives the housing expediter power to reestablish rent ceilings if he ad visable once they arelifted inan area The way the law stands now rent ceilings cannot be put back if they are ever lifted from an area Housing Expediter Tighe Woods has informed congress that if ha had power to recontrol a rent area he would lift the rent ceilings in 100 or more areas He explained he would feel safe in lifting them if he could put them back in event rents jumped unreasonably President Plans Swim With Marshall Key West Fla Truman impervious to arguments over swim picture suppression scheduled a quiet luncheon Tues day with his old friend Gen George C Marshall Best guesses were that it would be purely a friendly affair with little if any talk about world problems The president sent his own plane the Independence to Miami to bring the retired secretary of state down to his winter vacation retreat along with William D Powley former ambassador to Brazil They were to return in midafternoon The Independence will make another flight to Washington Wednesday for the return of Chief Justice Fred M Vinson who has been a vacation guest since Sat urday The presidents vacation his first since last November ends Satur day with a flight back to Wash ington 9 Passenger Train Cars Are Derailed Torrance Pa cars of the Pennsylvania railroads Penn sylvania fast New York to Chi cago passenger train were derailed Tuesday near this western Penn sylvania community A M Seivard superintendent of passenger transportation said 2 dining car employes were injured slightly by scalding One passen ger was reported struck on the head by a falling suitcase A baggageman said one set of wheels on the engine worked off the tracks just before the derail ment The trailing unit of the diesel went off the tracks but did not overturn SAME V r
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