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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 22, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NbRTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LVI Associated Press United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 22 1950 This Paper Consists of Two One No AP Wlrephoto FLAMES TOPPLE SCHOOL TOWER old school tower topples into a flaming inferno as fire of undeter mined origin razes historic Ferris Institute in Big Rapids Mich Tuesday night The original 2 buildings of the school were destroyed Two other buildings were damaged Plan Bill to Give Truman Power to Take Over Mines Washington move for rush legislation to give President Truman power to seize the struck coal mines de veloped Wednesday in congress Ghairman jpesinski DMich of the house labor com mittee told reporters he un derstood Rep Bailey DW Va was preparing a bill along thatline He said the labor com mittee would give it prompt hear ings Lesinskii said that if Bailey did not introduce a seizure bill he be lieved there were other legisla tors who My idea Lesinski said is that the government should re ceive the profits of of industries it In the past the government has not keptprof its earned during pe riods when it had an industry under control because of a labor dispute The United Mine Work ers have been critical of that con tending it was not real seizure Truman Cool The Truman administration has been cool thus far to the idea of seizing the mines in the present coal crisis President Truman has said he doesnt have seizure pow er and does not want it Without administration support no move for seizure legislation is likely to get far in congress As one new move government officials were reported to be con sidering contempt action directly against John L Lewis president of the United Mine Workers and his top lieutenants A federal contempt of court ci named the striking United Mine Workers as a union but not the brought no results in 2 days except further fuel famine more plant shut downs and scattered violence Negotiations here droned on The bargaining sessions grew shorter and the recesses longer No progress was visible demands grew for federal seizure of the mines 10000 Strike Ten thousand members of the Independent Progressive Mine Workers PMW union went on strike in Illinois Wednesday Ne gotiations pursued sporadically since last summer collapsed final ly near midnight Tuesday night The PMW has been producing most of Illinois coal supply since Lewis much larger UMW went on strike Simultaneously with the new blow Rockford 111 closed its public schools for the rest of the week The state capital Spring field followed New Yorks lead and began a brownout Cleveland turned off almost 4 000 street lights Pittsburgh sus pended all night school classes as Washington D C did Tuesday The Indiana publicservice com mission authorized the states elec tric utilities to cut service as much as 25 per cent upon a showing of emergency Idleness in the steel mills and other coalfueled industries totaled 55500 Another 23000 steel work ers were due for furlough Wed nesday night Arms Protect NonUnion Mine Workers Brookville Pa revolvers and tear gas bombs were standard equipment Wednesday for nonunion miners digging coal despite the United Mine Workers strike As bands of strike pickets con tinued to rove through western Pennsylvanias soft coal fields one strip or surface digger cradled a shotgun in his arms slapped a pistol strapped to his waist and declared Our jobs and our lives would not be worth a plugged nickel if we were not armed Only violence of the UMW strike has resulted from pickets trying to shut down scattered non union operations Mines employing union diggers and not covered by new UMW contracts have not at tempted to operate Nurse Arsenal The 50man crew of the E M Reed Coal company a strip oper ation at nearby New Bethlehem nursed a small arsenal Tuesday and worked a full day Other surface mines operating in this those not so well forced to close down They included the W W Carrier mine at Brookville which said it suffered damage at the hands of pickets Twice a band of about 400 rov ing pickets came to the Reed mine and reportedly told the workers to leave their jobs The 2nd time Mine Superinten dent Ralph Toy stepped atop a mound of coal and yelled Fair Warning If any of you men step on to this property we are going to open fire This is a fair warning A state police car appeared and 3 troopers quietly watched the scene The pickets climbed back intotheir autos and left The police cars followed the motorized bands of pickets every Truman Asks Phone Truce of 60 Days Beirne President of CWA Sees Friday Walkout as Inevitable Washington resident Truman Wednesday asked for a 60day truce in the nationwide telephone strike scheduled for Fri day The president made his request in a telegram to Bell System com panies and all unions of the CIO Communications Workers involved in the threatened walkout of 100 000 workers He asked that the parties dur ing the 60day delay earnestly seek to resolve the current dis putes through collective bargain ing Joseph A Beirne president of the Communications Workers of America told a Nashville audi ence Tuesday night that the walk out seems inevitable Conciliation Director Cyrus S Ching reported the stalemate in peace efforts to the white house Tuesday night His plans for bringing the Western Electric company repre sentatives into the same room here with the ClOCommunica tions workers Tuesday were re buffed The company said it would negotiate only in New York where it has been meeting for weeks in fruitless bargaining ses sions with the union Refuse to Return The union representatives who stood by all day Tuesday while Ching argued with company of ficials to sit down with the union in his office refused to return to New York The hours ticked away toward the deadline for a nationwide tele phone strike at 6 a m local time Friday The last countrywide phone strike was in 1947 by the same union then the National Federation of Telephone Workers an independent organization i Now the union under the lead ership of Beirne is affiliated with the CIO It has solicited the co operation of the CIOs 6000000 members in its effort to make the strike as effective as possible The Western Electric employes are the key groups in the strike plans because Western Electric in stallation and sales divisions op erate in nearly every major tele phone exchange across the nation Their pickets will be counted on by CWA leaders to keep telephone operators from taking their posts Be Ready for Use of Force Truman Says AP Wirephoto FILES START Joseph McCarthy RWis spreads on his desk Tuesday confidential files on his charges that 81 communists are current or former employes of the state department Secretary of State Dean Acheson Tuesday flatly denied that a spy ring is oper ating in the state department but senate democrats decided to launch an investigation Expects No Satisfactory Red Probe Washington UR Senator Jo seph R McCartney RWis said Wednesday the senate foreign re lations committee is too close to the state department to investi gate communist infiltration into the agency He said that Senator Brien Mc Mahon DConn who is slated to head the investigating subcom mittee already has prejudiced McCarthys charges that red sym pathizers have managed to worm their way into top government jobs Under such circumstances Mc Carthy said I dont think well get the type of investigation the senate wants The senate was expected to act before nightfall on an administra tion resolution directing the com mittee to investigate the charges Senate Democratic Leader Scott W Lucas 111 brought up the measure Tuesday night but its immediate passage was blocked by Senator Owen Brewster R Brewster said the resolution is so important that the senators ought to have at least a day to consider possible changes Campaign for British Vote Comes to End London and conser vative leaders issued final appeals Wednesday to Britains 34000000 voters and political soothsayers said it was a tossup which would come out on top in Thursdays eleetion With the whole world awaiting the outcome campaign chiefs of both major parties expressed con fidence The gallup poll gave the labor party a slight edge Its final fig ures listed labor with 45 per cent of the votes of those who have made up their minds the conser vatives with 435 per cent the lib erals with 105 per cent others one per cent But the final figures did not take the per cent of the consider ation A poll by the conservative Lon don Daily Express on the other hand published final figures of a poll whose findings on labor and conservatives were just the op posite Londons leading bookmaker Douglas Duggie Always Pays Stewart gave labor a slight edge You would have to put up 6 pounds to win 4 on a labor victory 5 pounds to win 6 on the con servatives The weather outlook was good for most of rainy foggy Britain Thursday Good weather has been interpreted by some as a fair omen for the labor party The unionist and national liberal parties are allied with the con servatives after Friday 120000 Workers Another 120000 workers em ployed by Bell Telephone System units are members of the union but their contracts wont permit them to join in the first wave of walkouts Friday With the 2 divisions of Western Electric the CWA groups plan ning to strike Friday are em ployed by the Pacific Mountain States and Southwestern Bell Telephone companies The CWAs uniform demands are for a 15cent hourly boost in a package including higher wages shorter hours and shorter training periods The company in sists the union is not entitled to any increase but that each unit of the parent American Telephone and Telegraph company should bargain locally It has opposed ar bitration Infant Boy Perishes When Clothes Burn Sumner Funeral services for a child who perished in a fire Wednesday after where Pickets indicated no eagerness to end their walkout Said one striking miner This time there wont be any backing down When this strike ends itll be on our own terms To this the nonunion miners replied We want to work but the picketsdont Thats no reason for them to deprive us of making a living will be held noon The victim was Paul Gaede 23monthoId son of Mr and Mrs Lester Gaedc who farm 6 miles gouthwest of Sumner The child set fire to his cloth Ing Monday when he lit a kitchen match while his mother was mo mentarily outdoors Hickenlooper Opens Campaign Headquarters Des Moines S Senator Bourke B Hickenlooper R seeking renomination in the June 5 primary opened cam paign headquarters in the Hotel Kirkwood here Wednesday King Palmer West Union for mer member of the state social welfare board and recently pub lic relations director for the Iowa Taxpayers association will be in charge of the DCS Moines head quarters He recently discon tinued his connection with the Taxpayers association James Milroy Vinton will con tinue to serve as Hickcnloopers campaign manager Northwestern Bell Talks lome to Halt Omaha talks with the Northwestern Bell Telephone ompany stalled Wednesday and he union told the company it has no alternative but to strike The report on the status of ne gotiations came from Leo Frenzel of Des Moines public relations chairman for division 45 of the CIO Communications Workers of America The division represents some 17000 Northwestern Bell employes in Minnesota Iowa Ne braska and the Dakotas Strike ballots are being sent out Frenzel said If members vote to strike they probably will go out promptly said J R Hill vice president and chief negotiator for the union Frenzel said the union made 3 offers aimed at avoiding a possible strike starting Friday of this week All 3 were rejected by the com pany he said The offers were 1 To settle all demands for a 15 cent per hour package wage increase 2 To arbitrate 3 To put the dispute into the hands of a fact finding committee The company confirmed it has rejected the 15 cent demand J H Kremers phone company vice president said the wage boost is not justified As to the arbitration offer Kremers said We have a contract with the union It does not provide for arbitration It does provide that if an agreement is not reached by March 1 either party may terminate the contract by serving 60 days notice We consider that gotiations came from Leo Franzel be contrary to the provisions of the TaftHartley law Rule Against Bus Company in Ottumwa Ottumwa fP District Judge Heinrich C Taylor Wednesday ruled against Ottumwa City Lines in its fight to recover its license to operate buses here revoked a month ago by the city council In returning an opinion in the companys petition for writ of mandamus the court stated the council was within its legal rights when it canceled the license last Jan 20 He based his decision on the fact that City Lines has failed to give transit service here since its AFL employes went on strike in a wage dispute 58 days ago The court held a strike is no excuse for a company not to ren der the service to which it agreed when the license was originally granted Since 1941 City Lines has been operating here under a jitney li cense as provided in a city or dinance Management labor relations are as yet a part of the hazards of business enterprises said the court in his 11 page opinion As to the other point on which the council revoked the license relating to the question of the le gality of the permit Judge Taylor found against the city Attorneys for the company have said they would appeal the dis trict court ruling Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Sunny Thursday Low Wednesday night 5 High Thursday 32 Iowa Mostly fair Wednesday night and Thursday No decided change in temperature Low Wednesday night 814 north 1420 south Minnesota Cloudy Wednesday night with light snow north and extreme east portions Clearing Thursday No decided change in temperature Low Wednesday night zero to 10 below north 510 above south High Thurs day 614 north 1218 south To Study Call for Probe of U S Official Washington The senate commerce committee voted unani mously Wednesday to take up a request for an investigation of the bureau of foreign and domes tic commerce and one of its of ficials Michael E Lee Senator Malone RNev told the senate last Friday that Lee was a Manchurianborn Russian who had used his government job to delay shipments of war sup plies to nationalist China Malone said Lees application for U S citizenship was turned down 3 times and granted only after he had changed his name from Ephraim Zinovi Liberman and married an American woman The commerce department where Lee works said at the time Malones charges were old ones which had been thoroughly in vestigated by a loyalty board The bureau of foreign and domes tic commerce is part of the de partment AP Wirephoto BORROTO FAMILY AT Elise Borroto 19 smilingly passes a dish to her father Reginald at home Tuesday where Elise is keeping house following the death of her mother In another part of the city Dr Hermann N Sander is on trial for murder charged with the mercy killing of Mrs Borroto Both father and daughter have repeatedly defended Dr Sander AllMale Jury Selected for Sander Mercy Slaying Trial ManchesterN H allmale jury was com pleted Wednesday for the mercy killing trial of Dr Her mann Nelson Sander on charges that to cut short her suf fering he murdered a woman patient doomed by cancer Weil weighted with maturity the jury reflects the com plexion of this industrial cen in their jobs and religion The average age of the 12 reg ular jurors who will hear the case is 54 Nine of these said they were Claim Heath Director of Conspiracy Sofia Bulgaria con trolled Bulgarian press attacked American Minister Dqnald R Heath Wednesday as the guiding hand behind the conspiracy for which former Foreign Minister Traicho Kostov was executed last December None of the papers mentioned that the United Stdtes broke off diplomatic relations with Bulgaria Tuesday nor that Heath and his entire staff would leave Sofia probably on Friday Otechestven Front official or gan of the communistcontrolled fatherland front gave prominent frontpage display to a long attack on the American legation under the headline diplomatsspies The article accused Heath of directing Kostov in his alleged plot to overthrow the government for which hewas sentenced to death for treason The paper said the recent trials in southeastern Europe have un covered a thick network of im perialistic intelligence and above all the guiding spirit of Washing ton Roman Catholics 3 protestants The alternate also is a protestant A 13th juror was named as an alternate to serve in case one of the others is forced to retire from the trial While the religious issue was not raised in the selection of the jury the stand of some sects against so called mercy killings hung oyer the trial Catholic church doctrine particularly opposes mercy death Louis Cutter 38yearold mill worker from Hillsboro was named foreman of the jury by Judge Har old E Wescott Cutter a widower and youngest member of the jury is a Methodist Attorney General William L Phinney used a challenge to ex cuse Mrs Elizabeth M Pierce of Wilton a middleaged black haired mother of 3 children who was being examined for possible selection as an alternate juror Mrs Pierce said under question ing I could be as neutral as any one possibly could be in this case But the prosecution objected to her Phinney told newsmen he in tended to make a few brief re marks to the jurors and then take them to view the hospital room where Mrs Abbic Borroto 59 died atfer being given air injections Dr Sanders attorney said the defendant would accompany the jury IN MASON CITY GlpbeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Wednesday Maximum Minimum At 8 a m YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 23 4 6 31 25 FIRE HAZARD Perry Hanlon di rector of hospital services of the Iowa department of health say Kings Daughters hospital at Perry has been declared a fire hazard FIND SUICIDE Sioux City death of William Gorman 86 found shot to death in a hotel room here was termed suicide Tuesday by Coro ner Thomas L Coriden Boy Dies After Truck Hits Sled Grinnell Sumpter 5 was injured fatally Tuesday in a sledtruck accident Police said the child coasted into the path of a truck driven by Glen W Allbee while sliding down hill on to an unpaved street on the outskirts of the city Allbee said he was drivingslowly The boy was the only child of Mr and Mrs Clyde Sumpter State J C Tourney Basketball Scores Marshalltown 56 Muscatinc 54 Sheldon 65 Washington 55 Coal Outlook Serious in 2 Iowa Cities By UNITED PRESS Coal shortages in Waterloo and Marshalltown were termed seri ous Wednesday and conserva tion efforts went into effect Mayor Don Taylor of Marshall town reported only one coal dealer there has supplies on hand and 2 others whose supplies are exhausted have no prospects of future shipments Mayor Bailey Barnes of Water loo said adult education classes in West Waterloo have been can celled the YMCA and school Raps Sham Agreement on ABomb President Speaks at Unveiling of Statue of George Washington Alexandria Va Truman said Wednesday the United States and other free na tions must be ready to use force if necessary against the deadly attack of communism In what he called a straight from the shoulder talk on U S foreign policy Mr Truman 1 spoke out against any sham agree ment on atomic weapons and 2 described communism as an instrument of an armed imperialism which seeks to extend its influence by force The president said George Washington knew there were times when the use of force to de fend democracy could not be avoided and he The task of Americans today is fundamentally the same as it was in Washingtons time We too must make democracy work and we must defend it against it ene mies Potential Enemies Mr Truman left no doubt as to his view that Russia and its satel lites are the potential enemies While the free nations stand prepared to resist aggression they are doing their utmost to find peaceful means for settling inter national disputes he said They know that another great war could destroy victor and vanquished alike Consequently he added in a Washingtons birthday speech we in the United States are doing and will continue to do all that lies within our power to prevent the horror of another war We are working for the reduction of armaments and the control of weapons of mass destruction15 Mr Truman spoke at the un veiling of a statue to the first pres ident at the George Washington National Masonic Memorial The president is a 33rd degree Mason and a former grand master of the Missouri lodges Greater Task Recalling that George Washing ton was always alert to the ne cessity of a vigorous national de fense Mr Truman said But our task today is far great er in scope than it was in Wash ingtons time Not only are we concerned with increasing the freedom welfare and opportunity of our people we are also con cerned with the right of other people to choose their form of government to improve their standards of living and to decide what kind of life they want to live On atomic energy controls Mr Truman said We ask only for a plan that provides an effective workable systemanything less would be a sham agreement Anything less would increase swimming pools are closed and not decrease the dangers of the hotels and business firms are re use of atomic energy for dsetruc IOWANS SPLIT Washington Senator Gil lette DIowa voted for and Sen ator Hickenlooper RIowa voted against a bill Tuesday to authorize the multimillion dollar central Arizona water project The senate passed the measure SAME Black meani traffic death In past 24 hours ducing room temperatures A hospital in Waterloo reports only 2 days supply of coal on hand Both mayors have scheduled meetings with coal dealers and businessmen to discuss methods of conserving coal Taylor said the Marshalltown dealer with coal does not have enough to supply his own cus tomers He said most Marshall town schools have about one months supply of coal on hand In Waterloo Mayor Barnes and his city fuel coordinator John Hall were to consider a brown out The West Waterloo high school was reported to have only enough coal for the remainder of the week Factories at Waterloo had about weeks enough coal for 2 Luther college officials at De corah said the college may be closed by the end of the week be cause of lack of coal Ash Wednesday Ushers in Lent New York Wednesday ushered in Lent Wednesday for millions of Christians throughout the world There will be 40 days of fast ing abstinence and special peni tence in preparation for Easter Roman Catholics and some others went to their churches to have ashes placed on their heads as a symbol of the day Ash Wednesday coincided with Washingtons birthday Patriotic ceremonies were held in observ ance of the holiday and many places of business were closed tive purposes We shall continue to examine every avenue every possibility of reaching real agree ment for effective control Denounces Red Threat As he has often before the president denounced commun isms threat of force as a chal lenge to the free world and said In many parts of the world men are searching for a better so cial order They demand a way of ife that will provide greater free dom and more widespread oppor tunity xxx These ideals arc under deadly attack from those who would de stroy them The most aggressive of these enemies today is com munism Communism seeks to induce men to surrender their freedom by false promises of a better life but the great danger of commun ism does not lie in its false prom ises It lies in the fact that it is an instrument of an armed im perialism which seeks to extend its influence by force Larson Says Some Clubs Cheating Sioux City UR Atty Gen Robert L Larson says churches and social organizations are cheating under state laws when they operate bingo games Larson made the statement in an interview here Tuesday night after conferring with Woodbury county officials He vwould not dis close what lie talked about with Sheriff Ed Lundy and County At torney Bernard Brown However last week Larson said he planned to confer with officials in several places where gambling has begun to reappear k
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