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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 8, 1951, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NIIGHIORS HOME EDITION AsiocUted Press and United Pint full Leue Fire a Copyi MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY FEBRUARY 8 1931 Army Tells Rail Strikers to Return by Saturday or Be Fired Starts Pay Hikes Action Comes After Order by Truman By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The army told the strikin railway men Thursday they wi be fired unless they report tc work by 3 p m Saturday or can prove they are physically unable to do so This notice to end the sick call strike came after Presiden Truman ordered the army t takeappropriate action to re turn the railroads to full opera tion At the same time the armj put into effect hourly wage boosts effective as of last Oct 1 for men who have had no increase since September 1948 Wage Hike Temporary It said the wage hike would be temporary pending final settle ment of the wagehour dispute between rail management and the unions Mr Truman accused the strik ers of running out on an agree ment like a bunch of Russians Mr Trumans reference to the rail workers running out on an agreement presumably was to a pact initialed by union leaders a the white house last December The unions later refused to ratify the wagehour proposals Before the president made his remarks more rail workers went back to work in Chicago last ma jor holdout of the striking switchmen Chicago Still Hit The 9day sick call strike vir tually ended in most parts of the country But in Chicago twothirds of thi on the day trick stayed off the job However the army said 727 of them came to wori Thursday compared with only402 Wednesday Chicago is the biggest rail cen ter of the world Continuance o the work stoppage there was a roadblock in the way of cross country train movements Else w h ere mail restrictions eased as the rail services swunj back to normal Many freight em bargoes were lifted The Railway Express agency also took awaj some restrictions However at Pittsburgh thi Pennsylvania railroads big Pit cairn freight yards were hit by a new stoppage just one day after the switchmen there had returned to work Eighty of them were idle again Thursday Passenger trains ran normally WagreHour Dispute The long and drawnout wage hour dispute between the carriers and 4 operating unions seemed no nearer a settlement The national railway media tion board is meeting with both lides in Washington The switchmen affiliated with the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen are seeking a 40hour work week at 48 hours pay and changes in working rules The BRT and 3 other operating un ions are seeking to reach agree ment on the issues with the car riers in the Washington meet ings New layoffs appeared likely for 30000 Ford Motor Co workers in its big Dearborn Rouge plant Friday Some 100000 auto motive workers have been made idle by the rail work stoppage which since it started on Jan 29 forced some 250000 workers in many industries from their jobs Judge Wants Soldiers Conditions were reported im proved in Minneapolis and St Paul The Ford Motor Co as sembly plants in St Paul called 1200 workers back to work Meanwhile service was nearing normal as full crews reported in the New York area and most of the eastern part of the country In Chicago federal court Wed nesday Judge Michael L Igoe hearing contempt charges against the Brotherhood of Railroad Train men urged the army technically In charge of the carriers to get gome soldiers to see that the roads operate Judge Igoe said the court was not concerned with switchmens grievances but only with their challenge to the sovereignty of the United States Remington Gets 5 Years for Perjury BULLETIN New York JP Convicted Perjurer William W Remington Thursday was sentenced to a maximum term of 5 years in prisonand fined New York W Remington convicted of perjury and branded with communism b a federal court jury will be sen tenced Thursday afternoon He faces a possible 5 years in prison and fine The 33yearold former govern ment economist Wednesday nigh heard a jury of 7 women and 5 men pronounce him guilty of ly ing to a federal grand jury last summer when he denied ever be ing a member of the communist party Remington frowned heavily when he heard the said nothing The jury deliberatec about 5 hours Its decision climaxed a 32day trial during which the defendant was accused of transmitting gov ernment secrets to Elizabeth Bent selfdescribed former com munist courier Remingtons for mer wife testified against him during the trial She is an ad mitted excommunist After the verdict Judge Greg ory F Noonan told the jury J want to extend to each member of the jury the thanks of the court Eor consideration you have given the testimony in the course of the trial I believe that the verdict you have arrived at is a fair one City Gets Snow and 15 Below Mason City received li inches of snow between 8 a m and noon Thursday after another cold night in which the reading dropped to 15 degrees below zero in Mason ityj and 18 at the airport below at 2 p m Thurs day and was still snowing heavily with the wind in the east The temperature had not been above zero in the last 24 hours Bitter temperatures were re jorted Wednesday night from everal northern Iowa points The Howard county experiment station Cresco 20 but Du nique had only 11 In western Iowa the tempera ure did not drop below zero at any of the weather bureaus re porting points The mercury plunged to 34 be ow at Grantsburg Wis t was 29 at International Falls Minn 26 at Bemidji Minn 22 at Lone Rock Wis 15 at Madi on Wis and 9 at Chicago The cold wave swept south and ast from the Canadian IceBox vhile Texas and the area west of he Rockies escaped its chill Forecaster Howard Kenny of Chicago said warmer air from the acific southwest would bring temporary relief Friday but it vould be strictly temporary Truman Soys Strikers Act Like Russians By D HAROLD OLIVER Washington Tru man Thursday bitterly denounced the railroad strike as intolerable and ordered the army to take ap propriate action at once to re store full rail operations He said the leaders of the strik ing unionists had acted like a bunch of Russians by running out on an agreement last JJecember for ending the workers wagehour dispute with the railroads Mr Truman first read report ers a formal statement deploring the strike and saying there are still some ill advised or irrespon sible men who are disregarding he emergency needs of their coun ry Then he tossed in the in ormal remark comparing the un ion leaders to a bunch of Russians Attacks Report He also attacked a senate bank ng subcommittee report accusing Donald Dawson his administra tive assistant and others of exer cising considerable influence on 3 directors of the reconstruction finance corporation in the grant ing of loans He called it an asinine report and said he had full confidence in Dawson Asked whether Dawson should request an heard the opportunity to be president said he should have been called before he group issued its report He said he had under consid eration another reorganization plan for the RFC transferring it o a federal department He re called he once proposed putting it n the commerce department but congress turned it down Answers Other Questions In response to other questions Mr Truman said 1 He would welcome an at empt by congressional advocates o cut his budget He said they tried to do it before but instead added to it Hedescribed the new budget as a good tight one and dared congress to try to trim it 2 He has received no recom mendations from General Mac Arthur for use of Chinese nation alist troops against the reds hi Korea and on the Chinese main and There have been Tokyo re orts that MacArthur favored do ing that Asked whether MacAr hur had anything to do with the oreign policy Mr Truman re plied no comment Then he re marked that the president is re ponsible for foreign policy 3 He referred to the secretary if agriculture the recommenda ion of southern legislators for re moval of all price controls from otton 4 He still feels he had a full nderstanding with the federal rel erve board that it wouldsupport treasurys policy of continu ng low interest rates on govern ment bonds during the presen mergency One board member Marriner teles has said no such under tanding was reached at a white ouse conference last week Thii Paper Consists ot Two 1H Kitts to Be Tried Here on Monday Surrenders Quietly to FBI at Omaha Caught Sleeping Kenneth Allen Kitts the dapper fugitive from the county jail at Cedar Rapids was captured early Thursday at Omaha by the FBI and will go on trial in federal court at Mason City next Monday for bank robbery The manhunt ended about 3 a m when agents entered Kitts room at a tourist court awakened him and took him into custody quietly and without resistance He had been sought throughout the west and midwest since the jail break Jan 23 The 33 year old Omaha man was not armed and was traveling light according to Special FBI Agent James L Dalton in charge of the Omaha bureau I knew the FBI would get me sooner or later Dalton quoted Kitts as saying Had Dyed Hair Kitts had altered his apearance slightly by dyeing his hair mar celling his locks and growing a moustache Several hours later the well Uroomed Kitts appeared before U S Commissioner M O Cunning lani The commissioner set 2 p m Friday as time for a hearing on the removal of Kitts to Iowa where ae has been charged with bank burglary Kitts attorneys Hugh and Ber nard Boyle told Cunningham the were not asking release on ba for their client But Cunningham said he would rule in anyeven hat there would be no release o jonds for the widelywante Omahan Mrs Kitts blond and prett arrived at the commissioners oi fice ahead of her husband an stood by during the proceeding Her husband greeted bya batter of floodlights and news and televi sion cameras was wearing jrown hat and tweed topcoat ove blue jeans and a red plaid shirt Not Left Alone Kitts attorneys asked achanc o becloseted with himforprivat conversations before the appear ance before War FBI agents refused to leave Kitt and the attorneys alone in a room Report 9 Dead as Blast Wrecks St Paul Plant TREASON COUNT UPHELD Washington District of Columbia court of appeal Thursday affirmed the treason conviction of Herbert John Burg man for broadcasting for the nazi during World war II gAME fUf tnffU It H AP Wlrephoto LOCOMOTIVE BLOWS Northern Pacific railway locomotive was blowing smoke rings as it pulled into Oakes N Dak during the cold wave A slight wind blew them forward so they were not broken up by the smoke from the stack J W Enger of Oakes who took the photograph said the lighter color of the rings is due to the vapor and steam in the puffs from the engine KENNETH A KITTS at Mason City The conversations finally were held in an inner room of the commissioners office with FBI agents strung around the room Eludes Trap Kitts slipped out ofan FBI trap at Granite City HI early Wed nesday tie apparently left the rooming house where he had been staying just before Granite City police and FBI agents closed in Kitts a flashy dresser who likes expensive jewelry and big cars has been in and out of prison since 1929 He is under charge in Iowa Nebraska South Dakota and Ten nessee on counts ranging from burglary to impersonation of a federal officer His recent escape came just after tie had appeared in court in Cedar Rapids in connection with the Laurens Iowa bank Durglary last fall He was re turned to the jail in the afternoon of Jan 22 and nearly 24 hours ater was missing No bars had peen sawed no holes dug How he managed the escape was not ex plained The FBJ declined im mediately to disclose what it had learned from Kitts about this Contacts Throughout U S Another source however quoted Kitts as saying he found an un locked door at the jail and walked out For safe keeping in Omaha he was lodged in the county jail Sheriff Richard Collins said Kitts would not be held in solitary con finement but would be placed in the tank with about 50 others Dalton said Kitts who was cnown to have contacts throughout he country had done considerable raveling since his escape visiting various sections of the country AP Wirephoto BLAST RIPS THROUGH is a general view of the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co plant at St Paul after the explosion which tore through the entire building Note the railroad car left blown off the tracks and overturned Plan Cut in Auto Metal Price Thaw Seen on Many Items Washington IP The govern ment plans a cut of 25 to 40 pe cent April 1 in the amount c Dasic metals going into automo ailes stoves and home appl ances Officials of the national pro duction authority NPA disclose this Thursday saying it will b necessary to save steel copper and aluminum for defense pur poses The cut in actual number o cars and appliances produced ma e somewhat smaller than the cu in allowed use of metals thes officials said It would depend on the manu acturers ability to substitute an conserve using such things a plastics for instance in place o metals Cut Promised The auto industry last mont promised a cut in use of basi metals for the present quarter iut NPA experts said a hoped ofdrop in automotive orders fo teel apparently has not taker ilace Consequently the mandator ction is contemplated affectin teel copper and aluminum Som ther metals such as nickel an obalt already are subject to cur ailment as severe or worse Th rder probably will appear in bout two weeks giving produc rs at least a month to get set Meantime it was learned th overnment is almost ready to un reeze the retail prices of men nd womens clothes cosmetics urniture rugs lamps pots anc ans One immediate result wil e lots of price rises Why Rises Are Expected In place of the present tigh on thdse andsimilar items he office of price stabilization OPS will restrict the percent ge of margin between wha he retailer pays and what he re eives OPS officials said the new reg lation will probably be issuec ate this week or early next week will be the 1st of a series o margin type orders which were rpmised when the temporary rice freeze of Jan 25 was an ounced apparently had been in and out of Omaha at least once At the Granite City rooming louse authorities took into custody William Glenn Slankard 34 and us wife Fern 37 who gave Omaha as their address They adj mitted accompanying Kitts to Truman Names eck to Iowa Revenue Post Washington Tru an Thursday nominated George G Bert Jeck to be collector of internal revenue for Iowa Jeck Iowas democratic nation al committeeman is 76 years old His home is Atlantic He w a s one of more than a score of men and women sug gested for the job after Collector Ed H Birmingham died last No vember In Des Moines state demoera ic Chairman Jake More said Jeck would continue as national com nitteeman until his nomination as internal revenue commissioner is confirmed and he takes the oath of office in the new job The post franitc City from Omaha Monday pays f 10000 a year Tanks Shell Seoul Planes Blast Rails Tokyo S tanks shelle Seouls blackened ruins Thursda and howitzers wheeling into eas range plastered Chinese position northof the riw Thursday night Puerto Rican doughboys seize a commanding height only miles south of theformer Koreai republic capital The entire allie line advanced another mile o more toward Seoul The 8th arm said Destruction of communist fore in the pocket south of the Han he western sector the objective o the current phase of the limite offensive is proceeding and ma sum up as a sizable victory terms of enemy losses No further implications shoul be attached to the present situa tion Cool Appraisal That was a cool military ap jraisal of a twoweek series o armored punches and bayone charges that have violently rid th snowcrusted ridges and valley of thousands of Chinese on Seoul1 approaches The 8th army has estimate more than 57000 red casualties most of them in the western sec or Now the Chinese had thei quilted backs to the Han Red re sistance was crumbling In som ectors there was no opposition Meantime B29 Superforts B 26 light bombers and fighter Thursday made one of the heavi est air raids of the war on key North Korean east coast rail line ust south of the Manchurian bor der Preliminary reports at far eas air forces headquarters said more han 90 U S planes had bombec he target areas before midafter noon U S 25th division tanks shelled ieoul at noon Thursday Howitzers f the veteran American 3rddivi ion rolled into position after nightfall and sent shells screaming ver the Han into Chinese posi ions The 3rd division was iden ified on the 25th divisions righ flank southeast of Seoul Dispatch Censored A field dispatch reporting the rtillery barrage was heavily ensored A staff officer said it appearec kely the reds would withdraw to le north bank of the winding an The river began to thaw Wednesday but froze over again hursday night Snow fell on the western front Without firing a shot the Puer o Ricans took a 1800foot Mang yong mountain overlooking Se ul It is the highest peak before he city So quickly had the Chi ese fled their positions the Puerto icans found rice still warm in owls The general advance followed in e wake of tigerfaced tanks of e U S 25th division The arm red force unged over mined roads to with 4 miles of Seoul shelled the city nd then withdrew for the night 5 Miles From Seoul Other tankled forces rammed lead more than a mile to move e allied line to within 5 miles Seoul One of the armored col inns southsoutheast of Seoul was identified as from the U S 3rd division This was task force Fisher Red resistance was stiffer on the central and eastcentral fronts However gains in those sectors ranged up to 8 miles Warships hammered both coasts Faces of ferocious tigers hac been painted on the blunt noses of the tanks in task force Dolvin to frighten the superstitious Chinese red peasant soldiers Lt Col Tom Dolvin Columbus Ga stood on a summit during the plunge northward and observed If it wasnt so hazy you could probably see Seoul today from where we are standing It was the nearest ground ap proach to Seoul by the allies since ihey abandoned the city Jan 4 Most of the capitals 1500000 pop ulation has fled The city is re garded as of no military signifi cance now Task Force Dolvin was one of 3 punching at Chinese south of the 3an Also pressing hard on the reds were ground troops of the U S Britain Greece Turkey France Puerto Rico and South Korea Local Packing Union Heads to Attend Session Art Costello president and William Shannon vice president of the CIO United Packinghouse Workers of America local No 38 Mason City will attend a national trategy conference of the union ailed in Chicago Sunday The Mason City union held its annual election of officers Wed nesday night but took no action inthematter of the wage situa 40 Injured Fear Higher Death Toll Minnesota Mining Minerals Building Left in Shambles St Paul men and possibly more were killed Thurs day by an explosion that roared through the minerals building of the Minnesota Mining and Manu facturing company makers of Scotch Tape More than two score other per sons were injured some of them critically Cause of the blast was not def initely known but officials of the company and fire department heads theorized that gas furnaces used in treating abrasives had exploded Bodies of 6 of the victims wera brought from the blast scene to the Ramsey county morgue Three other victims were dead on arrival at Ancker city hospital and were being kept there It was also reported that 3 more bodies had been removed from the wreckage Whether they were among those at the morgue could not be checked definitely Manufacture Abrasives The company manufactures cel lophane tape under the trade name of Scotch Tape undercoating for automobiles and abrasives An early report from the Ram sey county coroners office gave the number of dead as 15 This report said there were 8 dead in hospitals and 6 or 7 more bodies that we cant get out A supervisor said there were 60 men in the 6story building when the blast came just as the shifts of workmenwerebeing changed Cause of thef explosion was not immediately determined Abrasives materials were pro cessed in gasfired furnaces in the basement Bodies Mangled v t Bodies of some of the deaclrwere described as mangled Whether additional bodies were iii the wreckage could not be learned be cause of the presence of gas fumes An emergency crew from the gas company was summoned immedi ately Members said the fumes would have to be pumped from the building before a search could be made An emergency infirmary was set up in the nearby general of fices of the firm to treat those with lesser hurts Those more ser iously injured were taken to Ancker and private hospitals Ed Jorissen one of the injured peing treated at St Lukes hospi tal said the explosion was what an atomic explosion would sound like It was like going from daylight to midnight in one second he said He was blown 5 or 6 feet but suffered only minor cuts and abrasions EAGLES FIRE NEALE Philadelphia Phila delphia Eagles Thursday fired Greasy Neale as coach of the National Football league club and named Alvin Bo McMlllin to succeed him uon Union spokesmen said the meet ng Sunday would be attended by egional and local officials repre enting about 250 local unions cross the nation many of which Iready have taken strike votes strike vote has been authorized y the Mason City local but has ot yet been taken Meanwhile almost 10000 union members held mass demonstra ions at Chicago and Kansas City o protest the wage freeze They harged packers were using it to stall current negotiations At Kansas City the demonstra ion took the form of a daylong vork recess by about 3800 em loyes of Armour and Cudahy At Chicago 6000 workers detn nstrated in near zero weather atj he sprawling union stockyards uring the noon hour and adopted policy of no increase no work They called on the international nion to implement this slogan y action on Feb 11 the date which current contracts with ackers can be reopened on wages Ralph Helstein international resident of the union told the hicago group that we dont ant to get caught in the middle a wage freeze Helstein said sing prices and taxes had left e packing house employes with ubstandard wage levels Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy occasional snow Thursday night and Fri day Little temperature change Low Thursday night zero to 5 below High Friday 5 above Iowa Cloudy and not quite so cold with occasional snow Thursday night Low Thursday night 5 below to 5 above ex treme northeast 5 to 15 above elsewhere Friday cloudy with snow extending over most sec tions Somewhat colder south west Friday high Friday 5 to 15 above Further outlook 5 be low northeast 8 above south west Partly cloudy and not much change in temperature Saturday Minnesota Partly cloudy north light snow and not so cold south Thursday night Friday partly cloudy and not much change in temperature Low Thursday night near 20 below extreme north to near zero ex treme south High Friday near zero north to around 5 above south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 1 15 7 tr 33   

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