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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 5, 1949, Mason City, Iowa                                J NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LV Associated Press and United Full Wire Five Cents a Copy RAILROAD PRESIDENTS above are 2 railroad presidents in conference John D Farrington presidentof the 8000 mile Rock Island Lines is shown at right above as he dropped off his private car here for a few minutes Tuesday morning while on a tour of the system With him is Charles E president of the Mason City and Clear Lake railroad who is fond of telling big railroad executives that his railroad may be shorter 10 but it is just as wide as the largest Mr Farrington who was named chief executive officer of the 1 Rock Island in 1942 became pres ident when the railroad emerged from receivership the first of 1948 His rehabilitation of the railroad is described by financial writers as the greatest achieve ment of its kind in the railroad industry for many years T President Farrington has re cently announced a construction program rebuilding much of the Rock Island Lines between Atlantic and Omaha straightening the line and mak ing for greatly increased efficien cy and shortening the time on the ChicagoOmaha run President Farrington expressed himself as hopeful that the system be able to continue adding to improvements for the best pos sible facilities in roadbed and trains is his idea of the way to n MrFarringto started his railroad career as time keeper for a track gang on the C B and Q in 1909 He advanced rapidly and by 1931 was chief operating of ficer of the Rock Island succeed ing later to the executive posi tion He is a member of the board of directors of a number of cor porations including the First Na tional bank of Chicago Medina Halts Red Questions New York Judge Harold R Medina Tuesday ruled out a series of defense questions designed to attack the credibility of the first government witness in the communist conspiracy trial With Louis F Bundenz former managing editor of the Commun ist Daily Worker on the stand for the 9th day Medina told defense counsel he was utterly deter mined to get rid of emotional ism hi the questioning At one point during question ing by Defense Attorney Harry Sacher the judge made a deci sion concerning testimony and then charged Sacher with trying indicate to the jury that they should disregard what I instruct ed and follow you You are stepping on danger ous better stop it Medina told Sacher Defense questions centered about Budenz decision in 1945 to Return to the Catholic church and leave the communist party Sacher attempted to introduce an excerpt from Budenz book This Is My Story to show that the witness had erred in testimony last week concerning the time the decision was made Medina sustained a government objection to the books being en tered in evidence Crowe Seized in Florida by FBI Agents Washington Richard H Crowe was seized in Daytona Beach Fla Monday night on charges of fleeing with from New Yorks National City bank Crowe assistant manager of the banks branch at 195 Broadway was arrested by FBI agents He had been missing since March 27 FBI Chief J Edgar Hoover who announced the arrest said Crowe was tracked down after a wide search in Florida Crowe was taken into custody in a bar after the agents and Day tona Beach police had trailed him from the street Hoover said Crowe admitted taking a large sum of money from the banfc but declined to specify any particular amount 1A c e n t s recovered front a suitcase in Crowes posses sion Previously Hoover said of the funds had been re covered and an additional had been located Aspenson Enters Plea of Innocent Forest City Cecil Aspenson night marshal pleaded innocent to a charge of assault with intent to commit murder in preliminary hearing in justice court Tuesday Aspenson was then lodged in the county jail temporarily at least in lieu of bond Witnesses called all by County Attorney Nels Branstad were Martin Wilson and Sever Hiem dahl who were in Tom and Opals tavern at the time Ruthford Mon son 23 was shot last Wednesday night and Tom Elsberry owner of the tavern Trial for Aspenson will begin in the April term of court which opens April 12 At the request of M L Mason Mason City defense attorney the hearing was held behind closed doors Sheriff Maurice Monson said A group of about 5 per sons were ordered from the court room where Justice of the Peace Emory Oleson heard the case Ruthford Monsons condition at a local hospital has improved He suffered 2 bullet wounds which Aspenson contends were inflicted after Monson resisted arrest in the tavern House Unit Tells Armed Forces to Stop Bickering Washington The house armed services committee told the armed services Tuesday to quit quarreling or face an investiga tion A resolution unanimously adopted by the committee said that persons in the national mili tary establishment are endanger ing the countrys security by try ing to sell the public their own irticular views regarding air power The resolution was prompted by a recent leaks from the Penta gon one involving 70 prospective targets in the Soviet Union in the event of war the other concerning of the air forces B36 bombers Chairman Vinson D said Crash Injuries Fatal to Oskaioosa Woman Oskaloosa IP Mrs James Berger 50 of Oskaloosa died in Mahaska County hospital here Monday of injuries suffered about p m Sunday in a 2 car col lision Her husband suffered se vere injuries in the crash The ac cident occurred on highway 137 about a mile south of the city limits Sheriff Dwight Mateer said that a car driven by Berger was mak ing a turn at an intersection and collided headon with a car driven by Theodore Hynick 21 of Oska loosa Berger also was hospital ized The sheriff said no others were injured SAME 95 Btack 24 hewn MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY APRIL 5 1949 HOME EDITION Labor Gets Defeat in Iowa House Ban Against Closed Union Shops Still Stands in New Bill Des M o i n e s h e Iowa house completed a stinging defeat for laborand the administration Tuesday by passing a greatly wa tereddown labor bill As passed and sent to the sen ate by an 88 to 7 vote the bill leaves unchanged the 1947 ban on the closed and union shop Rep Schanke DMason City voted for passage of the bill There was no effort to seek re consideration of the 53 to 51 vote by which the house Monday knocked out a compromise of fered by administration forces un der which the union shop but not the closed shop would be per mitted Cooling Off Before passing the bill the house adopted what was left of the ad ministration pro vision eliminating the former re quirement that a union members wife must agree in writing before an employer can check off his union dues The bill also provides a 30day coolingoff period and voluntary arbitration in labor disputes The cooling off provision means that a strike or lockout could not be gin until 30 days after the em ployes or employer had filed notice of a dispute with the state labor department The bill also empowers the la bor department to step into a dispute in an attempt to settle it but it would have no power to force an agreement unless the parties agreed in advance to ac cept arbitration Cigaret Bill The house passed a senateap proved bill prohibiting the sale of cigarets at below cost price Several house members objected to the bill as a price fixing measure during debate Support ers said the measure is designed ot prevent unfair competition Another important measure ran into a temporary snag when the senate refused to concur in 3 of 10 house amendments to a bill changing the 1947 county asses sor law Except for the amend the bill which reduces the assessors lifetime term to 4 years has passed both houses Mediation Board Intervenes in Dispute Washington national mediation board said Tuesday it has intervened in a strike set for April 17 by the Order of Railway Conductors on the Chicago and North Western railroad The board said the union had agreed to postpone the walkout indefinitely to give a federal me diator a chance to work out a set tlement of a long list of grievances over back pay overtime and other money issues The board said it also had inter vened in a strike threatened by 4 unions of the New York Ontario and Western railroad A mediator was assigned to the dispute over the general issue of wage increase for the Trainmen Conductors En gineers and Firemens union Crash Kills 4 at Albert Lea Albert Lea Minn ff Four persons including 3 South Dako tans were killed in a headon col lision of 2 automobiles on U S highway 16 near here Monday night Louis Kuchera Freeborn county coroner identified the dead as Robert Theodore Beckmari 19 driver of one of the cars and his uncleWill E Beckman 60 both of Strool S Dak Miss Grace Knapp 27 Ipswich S Dak a pas senger in the Beckman car and Elmer H Gugel 32 Albert Lea driver of the 2nd machine This Paper Consists of Two Ntt 15S 47 Are Dead or Missing in III mois Hospital Blaze Bulgarian Red Out of Government London UR d i s clpsed Tuesday that it has ousted Vicepremier Traicho Kostov in a growing communist party purge of members who refuse to take orders from Moscow The announcement indicated a widening split in communist ranks throughout southeast Eur ope dating from the cominforms expulsion of Yugoslavia for de viationist conduct a year ago The schism appeared to be ar raying communists faithful to or ders from the kremlin against those who want to adopt the com munist creed in their own way to their own countries regardless of what Moscow says The report said Kostov had been removed not only as vice premier but also as a member of the politburo and the presidency of the committee on economics and financial questions because of his insincere and unfriendly policy regarding the Soviet Union and nationalistic deviation 150 Million Population Seen by 1950 Washington 1950 cen sus is expected to show a U S population of 150000OdO persons around 19000000 from the 1940 census of 131669275 This forecast was made by J S Capt director of the census bu reau in outlining plans for the 17th decennial census He ap peared at a house appropriations subcommittee hearing on which reports were made public Tues day The 1950 census to be conduct ed between April 1 and June next year will be the bureaus biggest About 150000 to 160000 enumer ators will be required for the 4 part job of getting figures on population agriculture and re lated matters In the population checkup ev erybody will be asked 33 ques tions These range from your name to whether you were looking for a job the week before The agricultural census involves an swers to 37 questions and covers all sorts of things like how far is it to town and whether you keep bees Pegler Files Suit Against Dog Owners Tucson Ariz and barking of 4 dogs has so disturbed Columnist Westbrook Pegler that he has brought suit for an injunc tion to stop the noise He also seeks damages from the owners of the dogs to the extent of Joining with Pegler are Mr and Mrs Hamish MeLaurin and Mrs Guy Currier Defendants are Mr and Mrs Raymond P Fowler The complaint states the Fow lers have permitted the dogs to howl and bark at all hours of the night that the animals are al lowed to roam at will and have in vaded the estates of the plaintiffs FOR CLAIM PAYMENT Des Moines senate c 1 a i m s committee introduced Tuesday a bill appropriating near ly for payment of 82 claims against the state highway commission The claims arose out of accidents involving highway commission vehicles They cover the period since 1946 General Assembly of United Nations Opens New Session Flushing N Y UR The United Nations general assembly opens Tuesday for another attempt to solve key world problems under the threat of an eastwest running battle over the North Atlantic treaty Ominous Russian protests against the 12nation pact over shadowed other major issues up for debate as more than 400 dele gates from 58 member nations pre pared to meet at 2 p m CST A dispatch from Moscow said diplomatic observers believed Rus sian Delegate Andrei Gromyko would introduce a resolution at the general assembly meeting con demning the Atlantic pact as a violation of the UN charter Crucial issues which may be brought up by the west during the coming weeks include the recent trials of Josef Cardinal Minds zenty in Hungary and Protestant clergymen in Bulgaria and the subject of the veto Russia is cer tain to fight both issues Dr Herbert Evatt assembly president and Australian foreign minister will open the session with a short extemporaneous ad dress Anticipating new quarrels Evatt on the eve of the meeting issued a new appeal for cooperation in the UN Without this he warned it will be impossible to achieve international peace based upon justice and not upon mere power of force All advance signs pointed to ward a struggle between Russia and the western powers on the legality of the 20year defense treaty signed Monday in Washing ton Russia formally has protested the pact as an aggressive alliance aimed at the Soviet Union in de fiance of the UN These charges have been rejected by the treaty signers and President Tru man HOSPITAL is a rear view of St Anthonys hospital at Effingham lllfat the height of a fire in which more than 50 personslost their lives early Tuesday morning Approve Funds for 3 Agencies Washington house ap propriations committee Tuesday recommended cash funds of 616102 to run the state justice and commerce departments and the federal judiciary during the 1950 fiscal year That less than recommended by the budget bu reaua reduction of slightly more than 7 per cent The committee also proposed con tractual authority for the depart ments less than re quested by the budget bureau The committee cut the bureaus requests all along the line except in the justice department It al lotted more than the budget recommenda tion for the federal bureau of in vestigation and more than the asked for the anti trust division The FBI increase was for inter nal security reasons The other increase was for more effective enforcement of antitrust laws Instead of dividing state depart ment salary items by divisions the committee lumped depart mental and foreign service into one fund for next year to give the secretary more flexibility in using personnel It made no reduction in the request for salary funds In the commerce department section of its report the commit tee charged the civil aeronautics administration and civil aeronau tics board with lack of efficiency centralized administration and su pervision of the staff The committee said it was ut terly amazed by a CAB decision Feb 25 granting an gift to the big 4 airlines for transportation of air mail none of which was actually carried Nationalists Reds Begin Peace Parley nation alists and communists began for mal peace negotiations in Peiping Tuesday in a 2nd postwar try at a political settlement of their 22 yearold struggle for control of China Strict secrecy cloaked the open ing of the formal talks An of ficial source disclosed both sides had agreed the only news to be released would be in the form of agreed statements but said none may be issued until the talks end Formal negotiations between the nationalist delegation headed by Chang ChinChung and the communist group led by Chou en Lai followed 4 days of informal talks It was understood that the com munists let it be known they would demand the right to cross the Yangtze river and occupy Shanghai and the nationalist cap ital of Nanking unopposed as one of the prices of peace The government on the other hand was known to be seeking to maintain its rule south of the Yangtze river including both Nanking and Shanghai AGAINST CHINESE AID Washington Gross was the only one of Iowas re publican representatives to vote against the China aid bill which passed the house Monday The other T Toted for it AP Wireplioto HOSPITAL FIRE SURVIVORS S Robards left and Howard MulHns right of Case 111 rest 2 in a bed Tuesday after escaping from burning St Anthonys hospital early Tuesday morning Mullins underwent an ap pendectomy Monday night and leaped from a window to escape the fire He was later taken to a Terre Haute hos pital in serious condition 3 Major Steps Are Needed to Carry Out Atlantic Pact Washington resident Truman is expected to send the North Atlantic treaty to the sen ate before the end of this week with an appeal for speedy ap proval This is one of the 3 major steps which officials forecast Tuesday for carrying out the pact that the president acclaimed Monday night as a milestone in history The treaty was signed by 12 west ern nations in a solemn ceremony Monday afternoon How soon the senate might act is uncertain the issue is contro versial and other major legisla tion is crying for attention The other 2 steps in prospect to implement the treaty are these 1 Completion of an American arms aid program costing close to Mr Truman is expected to recommend this to congress early next week 2 Discussions among the 12 treaty powers on organization of a council and a defense commit tee Their assignment would be to unify the defenses of the non communist western world under the new alliance The arms program probably win provide between 000 and for Amer ican help in rearming the Euro pean members ofthe alliance The balance of the funds would go to aid other noncommunist coun tries such as Greece Turkey and Iran Officials said that no action to ward forming the 12nation coun cil can be taken until the treaty comes into force but plans for the organization and the defense com mittee under it can be worked out ahead of time The drainage system and pumps installed in New Orleans can handle billion gallons of water a day Legion Calls on Congress for Pension Washington American Legion called on congress Tuesday to make costs a secondary consid eration and pass a multibillion dollar veterans pension bill Before a wrangling session of the house veterans committee which received new pension cost estimates running up to 000000 Legion Spokesman John Thomas Taylor declared I dont think you should em phasize cost as against principle To demands from the committee for some Legion cost figures Tay lor retorted that all figures cause is confusion The committee has before it a bill by Rep Rankin DMiss to pay a month to World war I veterans at age 65 subject to income limitations for married veterans and for unmarried servicemen Ambassador Douglas Injured When Fishing Fly Is Hooked Into Eye London S Ambassador Lewis W Douglas was hooked in the eye by an artificial fly Mon day while fishing The embassy said he was taken to a hospital and an operation performed to remove the hook The embassy said extent of the injury was not fully determined One official added it probably would be 48 hours before the re sults of the operation would be known least 12 Infants Are Listed as Victims Flames Broke Out Tuesday Morning in Laundry Chute Effingham HI IP 47 persons including 12 newborn infants the American Red Cross reported were dead or missing Tuesday in a fire that speedily destroyed St Anthonys hospital Earlier hospital officials said the death toll might reach 58 or 60 The Red Cross said 61 sur vivors of the tragic nighttime blaze had been identified and 47 persons either had not been iden tified or were presumed dead At least 20 bodies were removed from the debris Most of them were charred almost completely beyond recognition The Red Cross said the hospital had 108 patients Within Hour Flames quickly enveloped the building at midnight and de stroyed it within an hour trapped patient screamed in agony Some including expectant mothers leaped from flameframed win dows It was horrible said one eye witness all those poor people in there shrieking for help The fire was discovered shortly before midnight in a laundry chute Eyewitnesses said the 60 year old 3i story brick structure quickly became a great mass of flames It burned so fast it couldnt fought said one rescuer Many patients leaped from win dows Some died in their flaming rooms as nuns and townspeople tried to save them 11 Infants Die The bodies of 11 infants still in their flameblackened metal cribs on the 2nd floor were the first to be removed Uncounted bodies were strewn on upper floors There were about 30 patients on the 3rd floor a nurse said and I dont believe any of them got out Effingham is a community of 8000 in south central Illinois 100 miles northeast of St Louis and 200 miles southeast of Chicago on the Pennsylvania and Illinois Cen tral railroads Hundreds of the citys residents rushed to the aid of the 100 or more patients in the 125bed hos pital But they were hampered by falling bricks and rubble and danger ot falling walls Braved Flames Inside the Roman Catholic nuns who were on duty braved the flames to lead some patients to safety Some nuns died in the attempt and others perished in their rooms where they were asleep Two expectant mothers escaped from the delivery room They gave birth in nearby homes They and their babies were reported in good condition The mothers are Mrs Arnold Aderman 24 who jumped from a 2nd floor window and Mrs Wenston Sidner of nearby St Elmo 111 At least 2 nuns and a nurse Ada Kaywood were reported missing Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy day night and Wednesday Low Tuesday night 32 High Wednes day 63 Iowa Fair Tuesday night becom ing cloudy windy and warmer Wednesday Low Tuesday night 3236 IOWA 5 day weather Temperatures will average 3 to 6 degrees above normal Nor mal high 55 to 60 normal low 32 to 37 Frequent temperature changes with Friday night prob ably the coldest during the period Precipitation light generally less than i oc curing as showers Wednesday night or Thursday and again about Saturday Minnesota Increasing cloudiness Tuesday night Wednesday most ly cloudy and mild with a few scattered showers extreme north IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Tuesday Maximum 59 Minimum 32 At 8 a m Tuesday 37 Precipitation 01 YEAR AGO Maximum 72 Minimum 38   

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