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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 24, 1949, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NIIGHBORS VOL LV Associated and United Presa Full LeaM Wire Five Cents a Copyl MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MARCH 24 1949 This Paper Connlsti of Two No 13 MaSOn Mid Continent their here boarded a Rocheser Mh mumciPaI port to attend Kiwanis luncheon with the Kochester Minn club The time was just right for the noon that is if you ex 1 1t ends These men started it at when the plane left here They at 227 to their ties for the luncheon a n w were to arrive back in Mason Citv o lv V are from left WB Hunter John J Adams C E Cornwell Scott Smith R W Fzschbeck W F Gildner George ONeil Roger Lyons Wallace B Wilon R T Andrews H G Girton Roger Patton and A L Doc Schmidt Iowa Senate Unit Meets on Rent Problem Des Moines special com mittee of the state senate is pre paring legislation to handle the rent control problem in Iowa Senator A L Doud chairman of the judiciary commit tee said that a subcommittee he appointed is proceeding on the as sumption congress will delegate rent control powers to the states Doud disclosed a tentative plan under discussion would provide That city and town councils and county boards of supervisors be given power to decontrol or to re tain controls in any areas where rents now are fixed That district courts be author ized to determine whether rent controls retained in any area are fair both to tenants and landlords Complaints could be aired in the courts on appeal Doud said that Iowa munici palities and counties derive all their power from the legislature and it will be necessary to pass a state law if they are to be given local control of rentsi Senate Passes Bill Limiting Rates on Iowa Property Tax Former Coach at Osage Dies R T Mitchell Among Best in North Iowa T Mitchell 45 di rector of athletics in high school here for 13 years and for the past 3 years a local businessman died on the way to a Mason City hos pital late Wednesday following a short illness from pneumonia and complications Mr Mitchell had been in his usual health until Monday when he complained of feeling ill His ailment was described as pneu monia For many years Mr Mitchell was among the best known coaches in North Iowa It was dur ing his term that Osage high won the state wrestling championship in 1939 and 1940 Before going to Osage he served as coach at Buffalo Center for 5 years He retired from coaching at Osage 3 years ago Mr Mitchell was a graduate of the University of Iowa and took special work at the University of Minnesota and the University of Southern California He is survived by the widow the former Frances Driscoll and 2 children Miners to Go Back Monday Lewis Order Marks End of Coal Strike Pittsburgh L Lewis Thursday ordered his 463000 idle coal miners to return to work Monday An executive order to district officers said The present memorial period will terminate Monday March 28 Production may then be resumed in all mines and all members should make themselves available for work on that date The order was directed to min ers east of the Mississippi who have been idle since March 14 in a work stoppage Lewis said was meant as a memorial to dead and injured workers Lewis said it also would protest appointment of Dr James Boyd as head of the U S bureau of mines The mine closings have cost the diggers some in wages During the shutdown coal carrying railroads laid off more than 70000 employes No Safety Anywhere Detroit UR Warunek of being robbed across street from the police station Des Moines UR Iowa senate Thursday passed 26 to 12 a bill to reduce property tax levies payable in 1949 and 1950 in each taxing district by the percentage by which the valuation of prop erty in the district was increased since adoption of the 1947 county assessor law The measure now goes to the house Its sponsor Senator A E Augustine DOskaloosa told the senate it would provide each dis trict the same amount of property tax revenue as it received for 1948 but prevent accumulation of excess tax money The senate also sent to the house by a 50 to 0 vote a bill to set up a 9member commission to study reorganization and stream of the state government Next Legislature The commission would include 3 senators 3 representatives and 3 persons named by the governor It would report to the next legis lature Also sent to the house by the senate was a bill permitting the state aeronautics commission to use all receipts in the airport fund insteafl of being limited to an an nual expenditure of The bill was designed to establish the commission as a selfsupporting agency Bills to give counties local op tion on beer sales and to repeal the 1947 county assessor law were reported out to the house by its steering committee Report Out The steering committee also re ported out a bill to reestablish the township assessor system in force before the county assessor law was adopted 2 years ago and to exempt persons who sell hog cholera serum and virus from re quirements of the pharmacy pro fession The house defeated by an 82 to 17 vote a motion to reconsider its voice vote Wednesday by which it sent to the senate a resolution asking congress to call a conven tion to amend the constitution to permit the United States to join a world government of limited powers House Group Approves Democratic Labor Bill Washington house la bor committee approved the ad ministrations labor bill Thursday without changing a line The 13 to 10 vote came after only 15 minutes of discussion Rep Lucas joined the committees 9 republican mem bers in opposing the measure The bill would repeal the Taft Hartley law and restore the old Wagner labor act with some changes An identical bill is await ing senate action Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Showers Thursday night and early Friday Cloudy and colder Friday Low Thurs day night 35 High Friday 30 Iowa Showers ending1 most sec tions Thursday night Cloudy and colder Friday Low Thurs day night 25 northwest to 40 southeast Minnesota Snow and sleet ex treme north Mostly rain central and south Thursday night and Friday changing to snow flur ries Friday No decided change in temperature Windy IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Thursday Maximum 38 Minimum 35 At 8 a m Thursday 37 Precipitation trace YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 65 31 Say Kremlin Is Afraid to Let Truth Out Washington state de partment charged Thursday that the soviet government is afraid to let the Russian people know the truth about the United States The department issued a 36 page white paper on unsuccessful American attempts to institute cultural scientific and technical exchanges with soviet Russia over the past 15 years The doc ument was made public on the eve of the scientific and cultur al conference for world peace in New York at which Russia will be represented The department said it believes the soviet leaders realize that a free flow of information would weaken their iron grip on the soviet people Listing dozens of instances in which soviet officialdom foiled ef forts to exchange information and ideas the department said The only conclusion that can be drawn is that the soviet government fears a free exchange of ideas because of a realization that 30 years of communism have failed to provide the patient soviet people with a living standard any where approximating that enjoyed by the workers in the United States Divorce Granted to Mother of 13 DCS Moines IP Mrs Doris Burch 33 year old mother of 13 children Thursday was granted a divorce in district court here District Judge Tom K Murrow granted Mrs Burch a week support money and custody of the 12 children under the age of 16 A 16 year old daughter Mrs Dor othy Brown lives in Des Moines Mrs Burch in her petition charged cruelty She told Judge Murrow that her husband drank excessively New Social Security Plan Is Explained Includes System for Payment by Using Stamp Books Washington A new stampbook taxpaying system was suggested Thursday by the administration to help make pos sible a vast expansion of social security The stamp system is designed principally for farm workers and household help who would ba among the 20000000 new work ers blanketed under old age in surance if congress approves the expansion Arthur J Altmeyer social se curity commissioner projected tho tax plan as he laid before the house ways and means committee the details of President Trumans program to Increase Coverage 1 Increase the coverage of old age and survivors insurance from 30000000 to 50000000 workers 2 Boost the insurance benefits by about double 3 Create a new in surance program for disabled workers and 4 Reduce the pen sion age for women from 65 to 60 As part of the battle to prevent destitution Altmeyer said the insurance program should be ex panded to include 6000000 farm operators 7700000 urban self employed lawyers doctors busi nessmen 3000000 domestic or household workers and 4700 000 hired farm workers The categories of employed per sons he listed were skipped when the social security act first was passed 12 years ago because of administration difficulties par ticularly in the collection of the tax Altmeyer said this problem has been licked largely by the idea of a stamp book system He explained it this way Would Get Book Under such a system each em ploye would receive a stamp book in which stamps would be placed by his employer to evidence con tributions made by the employer and the worker In rural areas the employer could purchase these stamps from the mail carrier and in urban areas they could be purchased at post offices A stamp plan could be used also by small industrial and commercial establishments which found it more convenient House Passes Hike in Auto License Cost Des Moines motorists will have to pay about a year more for their car licenses if a bill passed by the house of representatives becomes law The measure one of a series which would produce additional revenue for a billondollar 20 year highway improvement pro gram was sent to the senate lato Wednesday by a vote of 64 to 32 It would delay from the fourth until the 6th registration the free reduction now allowed The feo also would be based on the actual weight of the car It now is based on the manufacturers list weight Rep W C Hendrix RLetts failed in an attempt to take out the provision to delay the reduc tion in fees He said motorists aro paying enough fees now and should ontinue to get the reduction on the 4th registration House Kills Pension Measure by 1 Vote Nationalists Ask Date for Peace Talks UR Chinas new Nationalist government appointed a 5man peace delegation Thurs day and called on the communists to fix the time and place at once for negotiations to end the civil war Premier Gen Ho YingChins new cabinet prodded the commu nists to name their peace dele gates arid arrange peace talks within the shortest possible time at its first meeting The early realization of peace is the immediate and urgent need of the whole nation a statement issued after the meeting said The communist radio indicated red leaders were in a mood to agree It promised that peace ne gotiations would begin in very near future but did elaborate the not Flee as River Levee Breaks Waters Cover Area Near Mississippi Baton Rouge La Mis sissippi river broke through a levee Thursday and sent residents fleeing from their homes The break occurred about a m about 3 miles north of Port Allen across the river from Baton Rouge Within 3 hours the water had moved 3 miles in from the river Highway 190 was covered to a depth of 3 feet Sheriffs deputies and volunteers patrolled the roads knocking on doors and urging residents to leave their houses The Red Cross set up a reception center in Port Allen to care for refugees The break came as a complete surprise as the river stage had not been considered dangerous Port Allen is a town of about 3500 The area being flooded is occupied almost entirely by sugar plantations ulated It is sparsely pop Chief Justice Mantz Suffers Broken Leg Des Moines Justice H J Mantz of the Iowa supreme court suffered a broken leg in a fall on the rear steps of hishome here Wednesday night it was an nounced Thursday The 71 year old chief justice was taken to Wilden Osteopathic hospital where the break was di agnosed as a single fracture of the upper leg Mantz whose permanent home is in Audubon was elected to the supreme court as a republican in 1942 He has been chief justice since last July ACCEPTS GRANTS Iowa City The finance committee of the state board of education has accepted in gifts and grants for the University of Iowa including from the American Cancer society MOTHER OF 13 GRANTED Doris G Burch 33 divorce in Des Moines Wednesday is shown with 11 of her 13 children The youngsters are left to right back row Frances 8 Marjorie 11 Betty 15 Ruth 10 and front row Bernard 7 Gerald 2 Paul 5 Dorene one Joe 3 Pauline 4 and Wayne 6 Not in the picture are Robert 14 and Dorothy 16 who is married CHURCHILLS GREETED BY BARUCH Churchill Britains wartime prime minister and Mrs Churchill are greeted by Bernard Baruch right aboard the liner Queen Elizabeth in New York Wednesday as they arrived from England Baruch financier and consultant of presidents will be host to the Churchills during their stay Churchill said that he gave his wholehearted sup port to the Atlantic pact House Refuses to Approve Senate Changes on Rent Bill Washington house re fused Thursday to accept senate amendments to its bill continuing rent controls The decision wil send the measure to a senate house conference committee to work out a compromise Rent controls will expire a week from Thursday unless a com promise can be reached and the bill put on President Trumans desk at that time Neither senate nor house bil makes rent controls as strong or continues them as long as Presi dent Truman asked But democratic leaders on Cap itol Hill described as a pretty good job the amended bill ap proved by the senate Wednesday night 68 to 10 They didnt like a provision allowing home rule de control at any time The house approved measure also has a local option clause although the senate and house decontrol systems dif fer in some respects The senate measure permits some rent increases up to 10 per cent The house measure provides for no percentage rent hikes but stipulates that so far as practi cable the rent administrator musl assure a reasonable return on rea sonable value of rented property A 15 months continuation is pro vided by the house bill Control for 12 to 15 months was voted by the senate President Truman asked that the controls be strengthened and continued for months beyond March 31 Iowa Associated Press to Meet in Waterloo Dubuque spring meet ing of the Iowa Associated Press will be held in Waterloo May 25 28 A feature of the meeting will be an address by Frank J Starzel AP general manager and a native of LeMars This was announced Thursday by the Iowa AP chairman Harry C Slichter managing editor of the Dubuque TelegraphHerald The session will open the eve ning of May 25 with a dinner fea turing Starzels talk Weak Floor Works as Fire Alarm Signal Oneida HI UR Mrs Oscar Olson 45 didnt know her house was on fire until the floor col lapsed and she plunged into the basement She crawled out and called the fire department which kept the flames from spreading SAME WfclU Off mnan Impressed by Recovery in Europe New York JP An Iowa woman just returned from Europe says conditions there are a great deal worse than I thought they were Mrs Walter Klopping of Un derwood Iowa one of 30 mid western women who returned by plane Thursday from a months tour of Europe added however that I think the people are mak ing a remarkable recovery Another member of the group Mrs J W Knutsen of Graettin ger Iowa said she felt she became better acquainted with our neigh bors across the sea as a result of her visit Several of the women inter viewed by newsmen said they ap proved of what they saw of the European recovery program and advocated continuance of plan to speed uf economic the re covery To Confer on Text of Pact Foreign Ministers Plan April Meeting Washington of State Dean Acheson arid foreign ministers of other Atlantic pact nations plan an important meet ing here April 2 on eastwest re lations it was learned Thursday Informants said top diplomats of Britain Canada France Bel gium Luxembourg the Nether lands and Norway intend to be here for the treatysigning cere monies on April 4 Foreign minis ters of Denmark Portugal Italy and Iceland also will be on hand if those nations accept invitations to join the pacjt as charter mem bers Officials said the prime purpose of the April 2 meeting will be to reach formal agreement on the text of the historic 20year pact This approval is assured in ad vance In addition the conferees are slated to consider future meas ures to build the treaty into a forceful weapon to forestall any Russian aggression Soviet reac tion to the treaty interim plans to protect smaller powers until the pact is operating and other matters are expected to be dis cussed General eastwest problems in cluding those of Germany Aus tria the Berlin blockade and communist advances in Asia are certain to be the topics of sep arate study by Acheson British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin and French Foreign Minister Robert Schumann RITES SATURDAY Gather IP Funeral services will be held here Saturday after noon for L A Zearley 79 one of Iowas earliest licensed funeral di rectors He died Wednesday at he home of a son near Vets Bill to Return to Committee Result of Rollcall Is Announced After Recount is Taken Washington a one margin the house Thursday shelved the Rankin veterans pen sion bill A roll call vote of 208 to 207 sent the measure back to the veterans committee for fur ther study It is possible for the veterans committee to write a new bill and send it back to the house at a later date But Chairman Rankin D Miss told the house the vote to recommit meant that the bill is dead Rankins bill already Had been so amended that it bore little re semblance to his original proposal Iowa Vote on Pension Washington Seven of Iowas 8 republican representa tives voted Thursday against shelving the Rankin pension bill LeCompte was the only Iowa member voting with the major ity for a month pensions at aga 65 to all World war I and World war II veterans Maneuvers The vote to throw it back to committee climaxed a series of maneuvers on the floor Rep Teague DTex made the mo tion to send it back The roll call vote was first an nounced as 209 to 208 against the motion But on a recount it de veloped that the tabulators had erred on the first count Thera were no vote switches on the re capitulation Orders Recount Rep McCormack presiding in the absence from tha city of Speaker Rayburn ordered the recount on his own initiative The house sat in tense silence as the names of each member and the way they voted were called out by clerks It was so quiet automatic counter used by the clerks could be heard clicking was the closest vote on a majcr bill in the house since late in 1941 when by a onevote margin bill to continue the draft law was passed Says ERP Has Priority Over Defense Pact Washington eco nomic recovery has the rightof way over any military program to support the proposed North At lantic Security Pact Senator Con nally DTex said Thursday I should like to make it clear Connaiiy told the senate the basic policy of the United States government is to accord economic recovery a clear priority The veteran chairman of the senate foreign relations committea opened debate on the 000 p r og r a m to aid western Europe in the next 15 months Some senators chopping from from the total But Connaiiy urged his col leagues to approve the authoriza tion bill in full It puts a limit on the amount to be spent by the eco nomic cooperation administra tion but it does not provide actual cash This would be dona by appropriation have suggested to Parks Hopes to Start Air Service in July East St Louis 111 Air Lines Inc hopes to start service by July 1 A spokesman said Wednesday that organizers of the airlines had found it difficult to obtain risk capital and there fore was delayed in starting feeder service The company with headquar ters here would operate a 4000 mile route in the midwest The feeder network in Iowa would in clude Dubuque Waterloo Fort Dodge Sioux City Marshalltown Des Moines Oskaloosa Ottumwa Burlington Cedar Mus catine Davenport and Clinton Farm Land Hfcfc BirdInHutd Pa ing land is valuable here In Lan caster county Edwin Wenger told his 291 acre farm for list ah bought acres nearby for which he has a chance to at a pro it   

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