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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 6, 1949, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETT THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY MAY 6 1949 This Paper Consists of Two No workers members of the are shown milling about gate 4 at Fords huge 0 cn AxDetroit after the walkout of than 60000 workers Thursday Ford Strike Effects Spread as irkers Seek Pay Boost W See End of Walkout at Bendix Strike May Close Assembly Plants in 3 or 4 Days By United Press The Ford strikes effects began to spread Friday but in another crucial walkout in the automotive industry federal conciliators hinted that a settlement might benear In a 3rd major labor develop ment the CIO United Steel Work ers announced a 1949 program call ing for higher pay a guaranteed annual wage social insurance and pensions for more than 1000000 workers The Ford strike closed the River Rouge and Lincoln Mercury plants idling more than 62000 members of the CIO United Automobile Workers The 2 plants are the heart of the Ford industrial net work But the effects already were be ginning to be felt at smaller as sembly plants across the country Some of them reported that they would be forced to close within 3 or 4 days The strike involves a dispute over alleged speedups on assembly lines In the other major automotive labor dispute federal conciliators at South Bend Ind said they hoped for a break in the 17 day old against Bendix Aviation Corp which supplies the automo bile industry with brake dies and parts Conciliators made the statement after a 5 hour negotiating session between the management and the striking UAWCIO The walkout involves 7500 Bendix workers but has idled additional thousands at automobile plants which have been forced to close for lack of parts The Bendix strike involves speedup issues similar to those in the Ford walkout and also in volves the disciplinary discharge of 47 employes The Bendix dispute has idled 12000 Nash workers at Milwau kee and Kenosha Wis and 25000 Hudson workers at Detroit But the Nash workers willreturn to work Monday and Hudson work ers too are expected to be called back next week Agree to Stop Indonesia War By United Press Dutch and Indonesian delegates reportedly reached an informal ceasefire agreement at Batavia Friday Both sides in the pro longed war agreed to stop fight ing restore the republican gov ernment at Jogjakarta and attend a fulldress peace conference at The Hague Informed sources said Indonef sian delegates flew immediately to Bangka Island to get a final okay from Republican Premier Mohammed Hatta and other lead ers held there since the Dutch overran the native republic last December The Hague conference would discuss the establishment of a United States of Indonesia un der the Dutch crown Negotiations for Fridays informal agreement were supervised by the United Nations Leaders of both sides in Batavia believed the exiled republican leaders would accept the cease fire but neutral sources looking fctck at 4 years of dispute were IMS 2Day Rescue Attempts Fail 4 Die in Burning Coal Mine Girardville Pa min ers trapped by a raging fire in an anthracite mine 500 feet un derground were found dead Fri day by rescue workers who fought fire and deadly smoke for 50 hours in efforts to reach them The 4 men were found sprawled in a passageway on the 2nd level of the No 5 colliery of the Gil berton Coal company Rescue workers said they apparently were killed by carbon monoxide fumes shortly after the fire broke out The position of their bodies in dicated that they chose to fight their way to safety rather than barricadethemselves behind heavy canvas curtains on a lower level to await rescuers A 5 man rescue team which found the bodies said the men were felled as they groped their way through choking poisonous smoke toward the main shaft lead ing to safety Their bodies were found 800 feet away from the shaft The victims were William OBrien 53 year old night shift foreman and the 3 men trapped while trying to warn him of the fire Raymond Eye 35 John Wol wok 34 and William Kelley 47 The same poisonous smoke which killed them had prevented rescuers from reaching them For 2 days fellow miners tried to penetrate the smokefilleddepths but they were thrown back re peatedly by the fumes It was only after 2 big fans were hauled from other collieries to blow and draw the smoke from the mine corridors that the rescue crews were able to get down the main shaft 9 Men and 3 Women Will Try Rutledge Cedar Rapids ff Opening statements of tfie prosecution and defense will begin at 9 a m Mon day before a jury of 9 men and 3 women in the murder trial of Dr Robert C Rutledge Jr 27 Testimony in the love triangle case is expected to consume at least 3 weeks The state will try to prove that Rutledge young St Louis pediatrician stabbed Byron C Hattman 29 todeath in an ar gument over Hattmans attentions to Mrs Rutledge When the jurors were selected 4 days of ques tioning the panel Judge J E Heiserman recessed court for the weekend to give the jurors time to get their affairs in shape He warned them not to read about the case listen to radio newscasts about it or have any photographs made of themselves He also advised them they will housed in 2 longunused court house dormitories which have no bath facilities The dormitories have white iron hospitaltype beds and straight back chairs Each has a lavatory with toilet and washbowl Asked about bathing facilities Judge Heiserman said he thought the jurors could be taken to a hotel occasionally to bathe Alter court recessed Dr Rut ledge was returned to the county jail Mrs Rutledge left the court house with her parents Mr and Mrs Howard Goodrich of Hanni bal Mo and her fatherinlaw Dr Robert C Rutledge Sn of Houston Tex Hattman also of St Louis was an aircraft specialist who period ically advised a Cedar Rapids firm The slaying occurred in a Cedar hotel Wiraphoto GETS Junior Post 17 Farnhamville pleaded guilty to a charge of 1st degree mur der in the slaying of his mother April 19 He was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor in the state penitentiary He said he shot his mother in the kitchen after she refused to let him go to Fort Dodge to keep a date with his girl friend Senate Sends School Aid Bill to House Washington ff The senate delivered a federal aid to education bill to the house Friday for the 2nd year in a row The measure swept through the senate Thursday night by a vote of 58 to 15 after all efforts to amend it were beaten down It would authorize to be appropriated annually to help the states pay teacher salar ies and other school operating ex penses Many schools have lost teachers to better paying employ ers anargument advanced bythe bills supporters By providing for the largest per pupil allotments to the poorest states it is intended tc more nearly equalize education oppor tunities throughout the nation IOWA WANTS FORT Companion bills will be introduced in the house and senate soon to author ize the federal government to re turn Fort Des Moines near Des Moines to the state of Iowa Rep Paul Cunningham RIowa will sponsor the house bill and Sena tors B B Hickenlooper RIowa and Guy M Gillette DIowa the senate measure The measures will provide for transfer of both the former military reservation and its buildings to the state The land originally was given to the federal government by the state Believe Reds Push on Shanghai Begun Truman fo Bottle for TH Repeal No Concessions on Anything Is Press Conference Attitude By LYLE C WILSON Washington time the honeymoon is over for sure Twice in successive news con ferences President Truman has swung at congress chin With a tight little smile and his chin stuck out Mr Truman told ques tioners late Thursday that he had just begun to fight He does not expect to make any concessions on the Taft Hartley act Far from it The pres ident is going to penalize punish and pummel bolting congressional democrats or they are going to lick him Mr Truman is talking now as though he wouldnt make concessions on anything Carry Out Promises The Truman administration runs for 4 years he reminded questioners Thursday And he is Mailing to wait as long as neces sary to get the right labor bill Mr Truman said he wanted congressional democrats to carry out their campaign promises in the democratic platform just as he is trying to do Last week the president called the platform the law of the democratic party He said then that patronage would be withheld from democrats who voted against the party program including repeal of the TaftHart ley act 4 Years to Go He regards as an administration victory the house action this week in sending back to committee the Wood labor bill which would have retained much of the TaftHartley act Mr Truman is making the best of a bad situation there however because the recommittal of the Wood bill was an administration victory only in the sense that worse things could have happened and almost did But the presidents reminder that his administration has 4 years to go means that he does not flinch from going to the people in the 1950 congressional campaign year on the issues which obtained his surprise election to the presi dency in 1948 It suggests that he may find it desirable to go cam paigning again in 1952 for another white house term EAST CHINA Milit SHANGHAI VIRTUALLY I S 0 L A T E headquarters reports the communists Shanghai drive halted in the Kunshan area and a new 500mile defense line broken line to protect south China being set up along the Chientang river Hangchow is abandoned and Shang hais rail communications with south China and the gov Canton through Nanchang are cut off Recalling Occupation Troops May Be Big 4 Bargain Points Washington Russias expected proposal to withdraw all occupa tion troops from Germany is re garded here as one of the most difficult issues the western powers will have to meet at the Big 4 min isters conference in Paris late this month While American plans are in complete officials indicated the west may counter by demanding soviet agreement to an Austrian peace settlement Such a settle ment would require removal of soviet troops from Austria Hun gary and Romania thus weaken ing the Russian hold in her key southeastern Europe satellite area President Truman summed up the general state of affairs to a news conference Thursday in com menting on the new agreement for ending the Berlin blockade He remarked that he is happy the 4 nations can now take up their negotiations where they left off Break Ground at Britt for Central States Power Generating Plant was broken Fri day morning for a new half million dollar electric generating plant being constructed by the Central States Electric company Two generating units will be built at this time with 2 more to be added within the next year or so Natural gas will be used as fuel forthe huge generators The new plant will be one of the largest natural gas fired plants in this part of the country and will assure the territory of con tinuous service On hand for the groundbreak ing ceremonies were the mayor and city council of Britt H A Sundberg district manager for the Central States Electric com pany in charge of the companys facilities in 31 North Central Iowa towns Carl Frick manager of the Britt office prominent Britt citi zens and Chuck Hilton newsdi rector for radio station KGLO Mason City Manager Frick was in charge of the program and paid special tribute to the late Ray Ingham for many years general super intendent of the Central States Electric company Dr C A Brewster spoke on be half of the citizens of Britt Mr Hilton was called upon to intro duce Mayor A F Driste who then officially broke the ground for the new onehalfmillion dol lar project Sundberg stated that the new plant will supply electricity for the territory as far north as Fair mont Minn south to Dows and east to Thornton Britt recently voted a favorable franchise to the Central States company which has supplied electricity to the community for past 25 years and more recently has supplied natural gas and central heat to the town The Central States company will install a new street lighting system in Britt work on which will begin within the next week or 10 days When completed Britt will have a white way compar able to any in the state Weldon Brothers Construction company of Iowa Falls holds the general contract for the new gen erating plant wtih the electrical work to be done by the Kieth Electric Construction company of Des Moines The Garner Ready Mix company will supply the con crete The Riley Construction com pany of Des Moines will construct the new street lighting system Central States recently put into operation a similar plant at Bel mond MAYOR TURNS FIRST first spadeful of earth was being dug for Britt s halfmillion dollar electric generatingplant when this picture was taken Friday morning From left are Chuck Hilton KGLO news director at microphone looking at his watch to note exact time of the ceremony Carl Frick manager of Britt office of Cen tral States Electric company for which plant will be built Mayor A F Driste with the shovel Dr C E Brewster speaker for the citizens of Britt and members of the Britt city council 10 months ago He implied that this is in his view the real mean ing of the Berlin agreement 3 Powers Agreed There are however some not able differences from the situation that existed when the blockade was imposed by the Soviets last summer The eastern and western positions appear to have become more frozen than they previously were and the 3 western powers have achieved virtually complete understanding on what they want in Germany Russia faces the need to deal not with 3 separate nations having their own differences but with 3 nations consolidated so fax as Germany is concerned into a single bloc There was speculation in some diplomatic circles that Russia at the Big 4 meeting may offer the United States a deal formally dividing the world into 2 spheres of influence Observers who believe such a development likely said the Soviefc Union may propose May Offer Deal 1 That the United States recog nize a communist regime in China and adopt a hands off policy in continental Asia acknowledging it as a sphere of predominant soviet influence 2 That in return the Soviet Union will cease her disruptive efforts in western Europe and agree to a democratic settlement for Germany and Austria U S officials said that such a maneuver undoubtedly would be rejected by Secretary of State Dean Acheson They pointed out that this country is unalterably opposed to secret deals of any kind Advisers were said to expect Russia to propose also unification of all Germany under a central German government and quick ac tion on a final German peace treaty Mother Sees 6Yeqr Old Killed by Auto Davenport A Davenport mother Friday saw her 6yearold daughter fatally injured when hit by an automobile infront of her home on Kimberly highway Marcia Baggerly daughter of Mr and Mrs Glenn Baggerly Jr died about an hour after she was struck by the car while crossing the highway to board a school bus which was waiting nearby Smoke Blinds Truck Driver 1 Is Killed Cedar Rapids George Chiverton 43 of Cedar Rapids died in a hospital here Friday of injuries suffered in a traffic acci dent April 8 He suffered head and other injuries Chiverton was one of 5 persons injured when their car and a semitrailer were in collision on highway 30 within Cedar Rapids The truck driver Donald Hunter 29 of Marion told police he was blinded by smoke blowing across the road from a grass fire Attacks on North and South Held No indication of Fighting Against inland Columns Shanghai big communist push for Shanghai may be on The garrison Friday said strong communist attacks rolled up on the southwest and northwest It said the one on the southwest was being held and the reds on the northwest were beaten back The reds knifed deeper into cen tral and southeast China mean while There was little indication of fighting on either of these 2 fronts This appeared to be a hint that the 2 lancing operation into nationalist Chinas vitals were virtually The attacks on the Shanghai front broke a lull that began when the communists bypassed the city seized Hangchow on the south west and left Shanghai isolated except by sea 5000 Troops Strike The communique said several thousand communist troops were attacking Kashing 50 miles south west on the railway to Hangchow One attackwas launched from the south at a point near the citys airport A 2nd came west of Kashing A 3rd hit nationalist po sitions around Chengchih about 9 miles to the north The garrisons communique said that simultaneously 5000 red struck at Taichang 37 miles northwest of Shanghai It asserted that the attackers with drew after a 2hour fight leaving 200dead and wounded on the bat tlefield Police and garrison authorities in Shanghai began shooting 20 more alleged racketeers Friday Four were shot Thursday for sub versive activities robbery and tha killing of a policeman Fear Blood Bath Approximately 150 persons in all were rounded up Police ac cused some of them of running a gang which enlisted 400 loafers to pillage homes of the wealthy when opportunity arrived These executions however justified they may be always cause considerable worry in China They have a way of turning into blood baths There never is any telling who will be next and the law is in the of the military There was uncertainty about the whereabouts of Chiang Kai Shek One report said he still was in Shanghai But his private plane was gone from Lungwha air field The Formosa radio said Chiang had arrived there Then the press bureau of the Formosa provincial government told AP Press Cor respondent George Lu that Chiangs arrival might be Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy and continued cool Friday night ani Saturday Low Friday night 42 High Saturday 60 Iowa Mostly cloudy and cooler Friday night occassional light rain southwest portion Partly cloudy Saturday cooler extreme southeast Iowa Temperatures will average 2 to 6 degrees above normal Normal high 69 normal low 46 Temperatures above normal with mild days and cool nights through Monday and near nor mal Tuesday and Wednesday Precipitation will be eraging about i inch as showers Tuesday or Wednesday Minnesota Generally fair night cooler east portion Sat urday fair and cool IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather for 24 hours ending at 8 a m Friday Maximum gg Minimum 57 At 8 a m Friday 53 Precipitation Ql YEAR AGO Maximum gg Minimum 43 SAME 1   

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