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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 26, 1949, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER FOR THE HOME Associated Pfess anr Full Lease Wires CITY GLOBEG v mm m THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH Tlve Cents a Copyt C s J v 1 MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MARCH 26 1949 ETTE Work Holiday Proposed at FEW Meeting Cedar Rapids national work holiday was suggested Sat urday by the national convention of the CIO Farm Equipment Work ers as a means of pressuring con gress into repealing the TaCt Hartley law The 400 delegates to the conven tion here adopted unanimously a resolution urging CIO President Phil Murray to call a conference of all CIO unions to map plans for re peal of the law The resolution suggested the holiday as one measure to bring about repeal A union spokesman said the holiday might be for an hour or it might be for a week The delegates heard CIO Attor ney Lee Pressman charge that the look on the faces of congressmen showed they know they are sell ing out the people He said there is fear on their faces Taft Pledges GOP Help in Passing Welfare Measures Car Lands on Wheels After Short Flight Charles City John Neilson 26 Rudd was slightly in jured early Friday after piloting a pickup truck 56 feet through the air at a highway Y near Floyd Neilson had started to pass a truck driven by Dean E Pauls Mason City at the same time Pauls began a left turn on to the west arm of the Y at the junction of highways 18 and 218 After barely touching Pauls left front fender Neilsons vehicle went off the highway traveling 433 feet and then took off when it hit the embankment at the east arm of the Y After its flight the truck lit on its wheels and went another 20 feet before coming to a halt against a fence Recover Loot in Des Moines Home Des Moines sher iffs Saturday seized more than 000 in loot that had been stolen from Des Moines homes and from the Des Moines Golf and Country club since Jan 1 Sheriff Howard C Reppert announced Led by Deputy Sheriff Wilbur Hildreth a squad of deputies raid ed the home of Eugene Brown where the loot was stored Reppert reported The sheriff said the raid was made after Jack Heathcote 20 confessed thai he had broken into the storage house at the country club and taken loot ranging from bulk oil to an arc welder Included in the loot from the club were 2 lawn mowers a 30 gallon drum of oil the arc welder several sets of wrenches and other tools Reppert said Sheriff Reppert said other loot recovered had been identified as coming from 2 homes burglarized last January and February Some of the articles found that had been taken from the homes in cluded 2 revolvers ladies dresses an electric iron waffle iron a wrist watch a radio dishes and a food mixer Washington Republican help was promised the adminis tration Saturday by Senator Taft ROhio in passing housing aid to education and school health bills But Taft who heads the senate GOP policy committee told a re porter he thinks most of the re publicans will line up against the reciprocal trade agreements pro gram Senate administration leaders are understood to have decided on new housing legislation as the next item in President Trumans pro gram to be passed upon attci iiie senate disposes of he 000 European recovery authoriza tion bill next week Before that however the senate must consider a deficiency appro priation bill carrying a controver sial fund for a TVA steam plant That and other issues may involve a couple of days of argument Taft and Chairman Maybank DS Car agreed that there should be little difficulty in get ting the senate to okay a measure calling for construction of up to 810000 housing units over a 6 year period We are going to give the ad ministration some help on this Taft said adding with a grin It seems theyre about to get around to passing the Taft pro gram for housing aid to education and school health Nineteen thousand accidental deaths occur annually on Ameri can farms SAME ik meani ID 21 honri Wants Farm Agency Probe Says Books Unbalanced by Over Million Washington Wil liams RDel said Saturday the books of the government agency which supports farm prices are over out of balance and he wants to know why Williams drew an angry protest from Senate Democratic Leader Lucas of Illinois Friday night when he tried to get unanimous approval for immediate delivery to the senate of the commodity credit corporations records Lucas declared that Williams was making a speech only for the purpose of smearinf that cor poration and for the purpose of getting his name in the headlines I say that its unfair he shout ed I say that its the wrong pro cedure I say it is political and nothing else Williams retorted that Lucas was afraid to have these records presented here before the senate If anybody were injecting politics iiuu the issue he added it was the democratic leader One of the issues of the last po lotical campaign is in the back ground Democrats attributed their heavy farm vote to their claim that the GOP 80th congress prevented the farmloan agency from pro viding enough storage for loans on corn wheat cotton and other crops John Deere Stoppage to End Sunday DCS Moines L Heas ley president of CIO United Auto Workers Local 450 said Saturday that a work stoppage at John Deere Des Moines works will end at midnight Sunday when night shift workers return to the plant Although union members voted to resume normal work schedules the UAW will file a protest against disciplinary action and undertake to settle a dispute on incentive pay through contractual grievance procedure Heasley said It was his understanding Heas ley said that workers in the sheet metal department will receive a 3 day layoff as a disciplinary measure resulting from the 48 hour w o r k stoppage which spread throughout the plant Workers in the sheet metal de partment began a manbyman walkout Thursday morning As employes in other departments joined sheet metal workers more than 1000 union members went off their jobs Heasley said Charged With Slaying of Wifes Sister Milwaukee 48 hours of relentless questioning by police Milton Babich 19 was charged with the murder of pretty 16year old Patricia Birmingham The charge was filed by District Attorney William McCauley Tho warrent charged Babich with committing first degree murder under malice aforethought Under the terms of the charge Babich is accused of slaying the sister of his wife Kathleen with whom he eloped only a little over a week ago Patricia was reported missing Feb 10 McCauleys action was expected to wipe out any possibility of court action Saturday afternoon when police were scheduled to ap pear at a writ of habeas corpus action in which Babichs family is 2 Perish as Tornadoes Hit Plains 48 Reported Hurt When Twisters Strike in Texas Oklahoma Dallas Tex UR Tornadoes and savage winds whipped through Oklahoma and Texas Saturday leaving at least 2 dead and 48 re ported injured Twisters struck at Crowder Okla and Springtown Tex in the preclawn hours One person was killed and 25 reported in jured in Oklahoma and another were injured at Springtown Winds gauged at 75 miles an hour and a tornado at Desdemona Tex late Friday had taken om life and injured 19 persons in 9 nearby communities Albert Allen Avery 36 died at El Paso when he fell from a roof he was work ing on in high wind The Oklahoma state highway patrol reported that Mrs Jane Colburn 45 of Crowder died in a McAlester hospital where 25 other persons had been taken by a fleet of ambulances dispatched to the small community after the storm struck around 4 a m Four of the injured were reported in critical condition Nearly 2 hours later the boil ing funnel of wind struck West ville Okla about 100 miles north east of Crowder All 1200 resi dents of the city were believed safe but damage to buildings in the business district was estimated at At Springtown the Texas high way patrol said 12 houses were flattened Many minor injuries were also reported At McAlester Patrol Dispatcher Fred Emanuel said the storm swept a path from southwest to northeast through Crowder a town of 378 population Members of the 180th infantry company of the Oklahoma na tional guard were called imme diately to search farm homes and the area around Crowder for more possible injured Ground troops in jeeps were aided by an airplane observer Patrolmen Watch Man Take Poison Cambridge Ohio Two state patrolmen halted a motorist then watched him drink a fatal dose of poison Friday night Highway Patrolmen C C Wil liams and Fred Feightner said they stopped the man after a gas sta tion proprietor reported a motor ist driving a car with Indiana li cense tags was behaving suspi ciously Halted for questioning the man reached in back for a bottle and drank the contents After he be came ill the officers called an ambulance but the man died en route to St Francis hospital here Coroner W A Larrick attributed death to an unidentified poison Two boy hitchhikers were in the car The youngsters Emmett Sharrer and Lewis Seals who live near Zanesville said the driver picked them up at Union town Pa The man they added told them he was an Indiana busi ness man Dr Larrick said papers on the dead man bore the name Merrick Lemert Hipson There was no ad dress Other papers listed these names to be notified in case of emergency W B Bedinger Jr Sioix City Iowa R M Woodis Hartford Conn and D M Suth erland Simmons college Boston The man was described as being about 55 years old seeking to set him free Legal sources were quick to point out however that the new charge would have the effect of delaying any action on the writ which was for a charge of con ributing to the delinquency of a minor Beardsley Signs 7 Acts by Legislature DCS Moines William S Beardsley Saturday signed 7 bills including one appropriating a year for operating costs of state board of control in stitutions Other measures signed included those to Increase from to the minimum amouit a surviving spouse may automatically collect from the estate of a spouse leaving no will Allow cities to increase levy for public libraries their Fix the maximum salary of any banking superintendent at the present and ol any superior bank examiner at The also pointed out that the new charge will allow police to hold Babich until at least Mon day The murder complaint was signed by Detective Frank Zajdel and was rushed into McCauleys hands after the district attorney had asked the county clerk to hold his office open Saturday afternoon despite the fact that the offico usually closes at noon 5 Youths Admit Ransacking Cars Emmetsbiirp Five Em metsburg boys aged 12 to 15 have confessed ransacking automobiles and will be brought before a dis trict court judge next week for a juvenile hearing Palo Alto County Attorney Joseph P Hand said Friday One of the boys also has ad mitted firing a BB gun atthe en gine cab of a westbound Milwau kee freight train the city Hand said A windov was broken and the pellet just missed a fire mans face When caught ransacking auto mobiles the boys led authorities to a hiding place where most of heir loot was recovered APPROVE POSTMASTERSIIIPS Washington senate approved nominations for post masterships in Iowa Saturday were Francis L Porter Clarion Mat tison L Swaney Garner Alice L Pool New Providence and Pearl L Smith Woden Ag This Paper Consists of Two One No 144 on 15 Month Control Ext Leaders in Reich Defy Allied Unit Threaten to Form Own German State Without Western Aid Frankfurt Ger man political leaders said Satur day that they vould write then own constitution for a new West German state and the allies can take it or leave it German politicians comprising a 7man steering committee for the constituent assembly at Bonn broke off negotiations with rep resentatives of the 3 western al lied military governors for a con stitution Friday nieht The steering committee mem bers said the Bonn assembly now would proceed to write a constitu tion as it pleases despite the threat of an allied veto Several dele gates said they refuse to take dictation from the military gov ernors Well present it to the military governors one delegate said If they reject it then lets see what happens to West Germany If they accept it all the better The breakdown in AlliedGer man negotiations came after the American British and French military governors informed the constitutionmakers that the al lies cannot accent German coun ter proposals to changes they de mand in the original draft sub mitted by the Bonn assembly Specifically the military gov ernors objected to concentrating too much power in the proposed central West German government and contended that the proposed draft would not give provinces sufficient tax powers Other West German political leaders smarting under the allied occupation accused the western powers of employing Goebbels like press restrictions and author izing outright economic annex ation of West German territory by Germanys neighbors Coeds Worry Over Threat of Kidnaping Fayetteville Ark UR Coeds it the University of Arkansas breathed easier Saturday in the daylight and the com forting knowledge that extra guards were around to prevent mother kidnaping University officials feared thai he 2 men who mistakingly ab lucted Miss Joe Clare Thomas Wednesday night might return to he campus for the girl they really vanted They took the kidnaping scare enough to install extra ighting hire more nightwatch men and order the buddy sys em for girl students on the ampus after dark Coeds were old not to go out without at least companions The fear that one of the girls might be marked for kidnaping rose when 2 men grabbed Miss Thomas forced her into a car and eld her for 2 hours Before she was released on the chool grounds Miss Thomas card one of her abductors re mark My God weve got the wrong girl Elect Lester Benz Osage Head of Iowa Press Group Des Moines L ester G Benz editorpublisher of the Mitchell County Press and the Osage News Saturday was elected president of the Iowa Press Association He succeeds L B Watt editor publisher of the Grinnell Herald Register who has been named advisory member of the associa tions board of drectors Other newlyelected officers in clube Paul G Smith editorpub lisher of the Lyon County Report er at Rock Rapids vicepresident Carl Sexauer editorpublisher of the Ogclen Reporter treasurer and Lloyd McCutcheon editor publisher of the Sibley Gazette Tribune 3year member of the board of directors Reelected were Ralph Shan non editorpublisher of the Wash ington Evening Journal as a member of the board of directors and S E Tennant editorpub lisher of the Colfax Tribune as recording secretary LESTER BENX by Editors YOUTHFUL Doina is of Rumanian origin carries a sign demanding freedom for Juliu Maniu former Rumanian premier now serving a life prison term for treason as she marches in a picket line before the WaldorfAstoria hotel in New York Friday The pickets marched in protest against the presence of representatives of Soviet Russia and Russiandominated countries at a socalled world peace conference of intel lectuals in the hotel Tension Marks Peace Parley 2 Canadians Seized Booted 4 Nations Take Slice of Reich Germany to Lose 52 Square Miles of Land Paris French foreign office announced Saturday that 52 square miles will be sliced off of Germany and switched to France Belgium the Netherlands and Luxembourg In all 31 localities having 13 500 persons are involved in the border realignment The change is being made on a provisional basis Permanence of the change will depend on an eventual peace treaty with Germany The allies signed peace treaties with Bul garia Romania Yugoslavia Italy and Finland in 3946 The east and west have failed to agree on terms for Germany Austria and Japan Germans reacted bitterly The state cabinet of north Rhone westphalia said the decision vio lated the Atlantic charter and in ternational law No force can tear apart the union between Germans in the af fected border areas and the other German people the cabinet said in Frankfurt The action brought forth some of the most violent German denunciations of the western allies since the war Norwegian Government Favors Atlantic Pact Oslo Norwegian cabi net approved the Atlantic treaty Friday night The storting parliament will begin debate on it Tuesday and probably will ratify it the same day government sources said The storting voted 118 to 11 on March 3 to authorize the government to enter Washington negotiations on the treaty New York tension charged world peace conference goes into its keynote sessions Sat urday after hearing a magazine editor declare Americans do not want peace at any price Hisses and jeers broke out 6 times in the grand ballroom of the WaldorfAstoria hotel Friday night as Norman Cousins editor of the Saturday Review of Litera ture spoke He accused the conference of owing allegiance to an outside government There was some ap plause when he sat down but boos and hisses almost drowned it out Outside 2000 pickets protest ing the conference tramped and chanted in the rain About the same number of writers artists and scientists from many parts of the world filled the conference room to capacity as the 3day af fair opened Two Canadians were seized at the controversial conference and ordered Saturday to return im mediately to their home country after immigration authorities had questioned them A 3rd Canadian also taken into custody was permitted to remain Authorities would only say they were ciuestioned concerning com munist activities Seized at Banquet Speakers blamed both Russia and the United States for the cold war and urged President Truman to accept soviet Premier Joseph Stalins bid to talk neace The 3 Canadians were seized quietly at the banquet in the grand ballroom of the Hotel Wal dorfAstoria which was the meet ings first function After ques tioning federal agents said John Goss and Mrs Margaret Fair ley were allowed to return volun tarily to Canada Goss was identified as an actor and theater director He sat on the dias at the banquet and was introduced as an honored guest Conference officials said he was the only one of the three who was a delegate Mrs Fairlev was described as a member of the cultural committee of the Canadian LaborProgres sive communist party The 3rd Canadian picked up was Barker Fairlev Mrs Fairleys husband named as vice president of the Canadian Council of Amer icanSoviet Friendship Visitinjr Professor The government said he was al lowed to remain since he is a vis iting guest orofessor at Columbia university Dr Harlow Shapley Harvard university astronomer and con ference chairman told the 1500 persons at Carnegie Hall that Russia and the United States both arc at fault in the cold war k Rent Parley Also Okays Home Rule No Agreement on What to Do About Rent Increases Washington conferees Saturday agreed on a flat 15month extension of fed eral rent controls The compromise rent bill provides for home rule decontrol at any time however The conference committea agreed on a provision which lets states cities towns and villages gefe rid of rent curbs if the state gov ernor approves The conferees are seeking to iron out differences between rent control bills passed by the house and senate They have not yet reached an agreement on what to do about rent increases Senator Sparkman DAla called that the toughest nut of all to crack Expires Thursday The present rent law expires next Thursday March 31 The house passed a bill to continue controls 15 months through June 30 1950 The senate measure called for a 12to15 month continuance Senator Maybank DS Car said the senate conferees agreed to adopt the house provision because the house group yielded Friday and took the senates version of home rule decontrol None or Both Maybank said he expected the conferees either will knock out the rent increase provisions of both the house and senate bills or decide to put them both in the final version However an Associated Press survey indicated there would be no general rush by local com munities to get rid of controls under such a law The check showed many city officials and several governors in favor of continued controls Few spoke ou for immediate junking of the curbs although in Boise Idaho Mayor Potter P Howard said Believe we have enough housing so theres no fur ther necessity for rent controls in Boise The senate bill calls for some rent increases up to 10 per cent in two 5 per cent steps Under the house measure the govern ment would have to fix rent ceil ings so far as practicable at a level to assure landlords a reas onable return on the reasonable value of their property PROBE NEEDED A i n t r e e Eng icro a 100toI shot picked by the London Daily Worker won the 105th running of the historic grand national steeplechase Saturday Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy with light rain showers Saturday night Low Saturday night 38 Sunday fair and mild with a high of 48 Iowa Showers early Saturday night followed by clearing and strong southwesterly winds Sunday fair and mild Low Sat urday night 3236 Minnesota Cloudy rain south ast half and rain or snow north west half Saturday night Sun day partly cloudy rather windy not much change in turc IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Saturday Maximum 52 Minimum 33 At 8 a m Saturday 38 YEAR AGO Maximum 71 Minimum Fire Damages 2 Stores in New Hampton New Hampton Fire caused damage estimated at in 2 business buildings and 9 upstairs offices in the center of the busi ness sectibn here Friday at p m The fire started in the Jerome G SchueUi hardware store and the fire department worked more than an hour before the blaze was un der control The smoke spread tr the LeutholdOConnor clothing store causing considerable damage to the stock Chester OConnor is the manager Damage to the offices on the 2nd floor of the buildings was caused mostly by smoke and wa ter The fire was in the same block as the fire which dam aged 3 places of business last Aug 5 That building was only recently opened after rebuilding Youth Killed as Auto Leaves Road Sioux City of Woodbury and Plymouth counties were investigating Saturday a traffic accident Friday night on highway 75 about onefourth mile south of James Iowa which re sulted in the death of a 17year old Sioux City youth and unde termined injuries to his 2 16year old girl companions The victim was Lloyd Francis Boucher Sioux City described an the driver of the car and the in jured passengers were Peggy Bowan and Beverly Thompson both of Sioux City Deputy Sheriff Charles LaScala of Woodbury county among the first officers to arrive at the scene said that the car headed north had completed an S turn when it skid ded from the highway plunged into a deep ditch and struck a cul vert about 4 ftet high being used tor road improvement   

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