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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 22, 1951, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THI THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION UlUif 11 117 VOL LVD Aiwclated Prcu and United Press Full Wiiei Ctntt Copy MASON C1TV IOWA THURSDAY FEBRUARY 22 1951 ThJi Paper Conshu of Two Oliver Workers May Have Chance to Vote New Union By DICK HABEIN GIobeGaiette Staff Member Charles at the oftstruck Oliver corporation plant here soon may have an op portunity to decide whether they want a new union to replace Lo cal 115 of the United Electrical Radio and Machine workers At least that is the hope of a group of plant workers headed by Harold Greene Nora Springs which currently is trying to sign lip enough of the UE members to force a vote on the issue Under the TaftHartley law if 30 per cent of the workers say they want a change the national labor rela tions board would investigate and possibly call a vote on the issue Greene and his group say they are making progress Local 115 officials say the group doesnt stand a chance The local claims that its 1600 members are mostly loyal to the UE Some Defied Union Greene and his group stepped into the picture after Local 115 ordered walkouts last Jan 10 and 18 over piecerate grievances in the foundry Then on Jan 26 the union struck the plant for a week giving as its reason 14 grievances which it had not settled with the GlobeGazette photos by Musser officials of Local 115 United Elec trical Eadio and Machine Workers of America at Charles Gity say Harold Greene Nora Springs who is trying to start a new union at t h e Oliver plant doesnt stand a chance They are left to right Leon Springer past pres ident of the local Gerald Fisher district board member for Iowa of the UE and Glenn Marrs publicity and edu cational director of the local CHARGE COMMUNISTS AT workers at the Oliver plant in Charles City are trying to start a new union charging that the UE is communist dominated at the top They are left to right Carl Florence Harold Greene of Nora Springs who heads the group and John Blessington Weaker Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy and a little colder Thursday night and Fri day Snow flurries Friday Low Thursday night 20 High Friday 32 Iowa Partly cloudy Thursday night Fog reforming in eastern 4of the state by sunrise Friday Low Thursday night 20 to 25 north 25 to 30 south Mostly cloudy Friday with snow in ex tremenorth Winds shifting to north northeasterly 1520 MPH Friday over the entire state High Friday 28 to 38 Further outlook Snow northwest half rain or snow southeast half be ginning Friday night and con tinuing Saturday Colder Satur day night Low Saturday morn Ing 25 to 30 high Saturday 35 Minnesota Cloudy with occasional snow Thursday night and Fri day Colder Friday Low Thurs day night 1015 north 2025 south High Friday 1520 north 2025 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 am Maximum 35 Minimum 21 At 8 a m 24 Precipitation trace YEAR AGO Maximum 23 Minimum SAME DM traffic M Austin Bus Crash Trio Faces Charge Austin men faced municipal court arraignment in Austin Thursday on traffic viola tion charges growing out of the bustruck crash Monday that killed two persons and injured 22 A 6man Mower county coron ers jury debated from 11 p m Wednesday to one oclock Thurs day morning Then it charged that Bus Driver Bill Pulrang of Minneapolis Truck Driver Marvin Prescott of Jack sonville Fla and Taxi Driver August Baker of Austin would have to face courtaction The jury accused Pulrang of careless driving of his Jefferson Lines Bus They accused Prescott and Baker of illegal parking The accident happened about 4 miles north of Austin on highway 218 Prescotts big truck had run out of gasoline and he and Baker had just returned from Austin with gasoline to refuel it Pulrang told the inquest of seeing lights of the approach ing him on the wrong side of the highway He says he swerved to the left to avoid it and hit Pres cotts trailer Louis Swehle of Austin and Carolyn Matthews of Albert Lea are still reported in critical condi tion from injuries they suffered in the accident INJURED IN FALL Anamosa Goss 49 of Independence a guard at the mens reformatory here was injured in a 26foot fall from the reformatory wall Wednesday Goss suffered a possible fractured ankle fractured arm and shock He was taken to a Cedar Rapids hospital company During these periods Greene and others defied the union Just how many union workers stayed on the job is open to question Local 115 says less than 200 Greene claiming com pany records for proof says up to 475 Prof Clarence Updegraff of the University of Iowa college of law who arbitrated the unionmanage ment dispute ruled that the work stoppages of Jan 10 and 18 had violated an agreement between Oliver and the union Rules Vote Invalid The law teacher also found the union had broken its contract with Oliver by striking without posting a notice on the plant bulletin board that a strike vote would be taken The union had argued that a strike vote it took in February 1950 was still valid in January 1951 The Updegraff decision in effect defines more closely the conditions under which a union may strike Updegraff formerly headed the legal and claims department of Jacob E Decker and Sons in Ma son City In an interview with a Globe Gazette reporter Greene and his group charged that 1 The UE is communist domi nated at the top 2 The local has consistently lied to workers on wage issues and grievances 3 The union has called strikes which were unjustified Has Defense Orders The Greene group added thai the UE was kicked out of the CIO in 1949 for leftwing policies A recent report in Newsweek maga zine charged that William Sent ner international representative of the union in St Louis has been chosen by the communist party to cripple U S defense effort by dis rupting organized labor Sentner has denied these charges It is understood that Sentner has participated in Oliverunion negotiations at Charles City The Greene group said the walkouts in January came just as the plant was to begin work on defense or ders Interviewed at union headquar ters in Charles City officials o Local 115 took issue with Greenes charges 36 of 1600 Votes Glenn Marrs publicity and educational director of the local said Greene does not have the support of the plant workers the last election Marrs said Greene ran for vice presi dent and received only 36 votes out of a possible 1600 He doesnt attend meetings often enough to know whaFs going on anyway The union officials also charged the Greene group is company sponsored Concerning charges of commu nist domination Leon Springer former president of the local said Theres been a lot of talk link ing Charles Hobbie with the com munists Ive known Hobbie for 17 years and worked closely with him for 5 Hes signed a non communist affidavit What more do you want Claim Hobbie is international repre sentative of the UE in Cedar Rap ids and has often been present in negotiations between Oliver and the union Gerald Fisher district board member from Iowa of the UE charged Greene with redbait ing Greene admits handing a work er a silver star inscribed with a satirical greeting hailing him as a hero of the Soviet Union dur ing the January stoppages Greenes a scab Fisher said The Greene group has drawn up a constitution which will be sub mitted to the new union if it is organized The group is proposing that any strike vote and all elec tions be supervised by impartial committees composed of local businessmen and members of the clergy Local 115 has stuffed ballot boxes on strike votes in the past Greene said Men working for the new union Greene said are not say ing what union they will affiliate with That will be left to a vote of the membership Officers elect ed will serve until 2 monthsafter certification by the labor board so total number who join will have the opportunity to elect who will represent them Pay Below Average Greene said he is aware Local 115 considers his group company sponsored My wife he admit ted is related to the general su perintendent at the plant But to show you what that means Im paid 40 cents an hour less than the average worker here Asked if he thought the com pany would favor a new union Greene replied They couldnt help but want that when you consider how much time and production has been lost by UEsponsored stoppages Id say 98 per cent of the work ers at the plant are loyal Ameri cans What were trying to do is bring them the truth show them that the UE is run by commies If we can do that well let the rest take care of itself The group will hold a public meeting in Charles City Sunday to discuss organization of the new union Norway Asks Speed in Arming By BORGE MORS Oilo Norway nearest of the Atlantic pact na tions to Russia has announced a rearmament speedup to achieve its 1955 goal by the end of 1952 Defense Minister Jens C Hauge told parliament Wednesday Nor way will increase its armed strength by 30 per cent put 4 di visions in the field and equip 11 air squadrons with jet aircraft by the end of next year Backs Pact Hauge called for the record breaking program to show the world that Norway backed Gen Dwight D Eisenhowers Atlantic pact army to the hilt He said Norway would stand by its policy of refusing to grant bases on its soil to allies in time of peace But he said such bases would be supplied in the event of attack or threat of attack The defense minister said Nor way will 1 Expand its armed forces 30 per cent by the end of expansion goal originally set for 1955 by the Norwegian govern ment and the joint planning staff of the Atlantic pact 2 Expand the air force to 11 squadrons of jet in crease of more than 50 per cent 3 Lower the conscription age by one year to 19 and call up 45 000 conscripts in 1951 and a 20 per cent increase over the present recruitment rate From the U S 4 Build up coastal shipping and harbors The navy will receive 10 motor torpedo boats 3 mine layers and equipment for 5 mine sweepers from the United States 5 Double antiaircraft batteries Hauge said coastal artillery will be concentrated near the Russian frontier and in the south where Norway and Denmark control the entrance to the Baltic sea Our direct goal is to organize the forces which will be needed to carry out a delaying defense until help can reach us from the outside Hauge said in asking parliament for the new defense if appropriations Hire Boyle for Easy RFC Loan Company Told Washington A Kaiser Frazer Corp vice president testi fied Thursday his firm was told it could get easier terms on a big government loan if it hired Wil liam M Boyle Jr democratic na tional chairman as counsel Chad Calhoun the Kaiser Frazer executive gave the testi mony to senate investigators as a 2nd hand account of a suggestion he said was made to Edgar Kaiser the companys head The suggestion as Calhoun re ported it came from Rex Jacobs a Detroit industrialist at time the KaiserFrazer firm was hav ing difficulty obtaining a govern ment loan to finance its automo bile manufacturing Kaiser who sat beside Calhoun at a senate banking subcommittee hearing was not immediately asked to confirm the account specifically The subcommittee is investigat ing charges of political favoritism and influence in the making of reconstruction finance corpora tion loans Earlier a director of the RFC admitted giving a special break to the loan application of a personel friend who recently became an RFC director himself William E Willett the director told the committee he departed from the usual procedure as a personal favor to C Edward Rowe the loan applicant who sub sequently was named to the RFC board last September Allied Offensive Gains Up to 12 Miles in East How Kitts Gang Robbed Laurens Bank Omaha took 4 hours for 3 men to complete the Laurens Iowa bank robbery last fall one of the men testified Wednesday Pasquale Belcastro 32 of Omaha testified at a preliminary hearing for Bennie Barone 40 Omaha who is charged with re ceiving some of the loot Barone is operator of the Last Chance cafe in Council Bluffs U S Commissioner M O Cun ningham continued the hearing until Friday He is expected to rule then whether there is prob able cause for the charge against Barone Belcastro testified he Yancy Douglas Hardy and Kenneth A ECitts committed the Laurens bank burglary Held in Cedar Rapids Hardy 32 formerly of Anniston Ala was arrested in Tyler Texas last December on the burglary charge He is being held in jail at Cedar Rapids Kitts who escaped from the Linn county jail at Cedar Rapids Jan 22 and was recaptured in Omaha 17 days later now is in Woodbury county jail at Sioux ty awaiting trial on the bank charge Belcastro said the trio gained entry to the bank through a back window The getaway car was parked 5 blocks from the bank he said Belcastro declared the 3 drove to Sioux City after the burglary dividedthe lootat a cafetavern operated by Tony Prochelo 29 and telephoned Barone Barone agreed to take silver obtained in the burglary in exchange for cur rency Belcastro said Prochelo has pleaded guilty to violating the federal statute cov ering transportation of stolen property The FBI has placed the amount of the loot at more than in cash and about in Ameri can Express and Bank of America travelers cheeks At Barones place in Omaha the in silver taken in the rob bery was turned over toBarone Belcastro said He testified Barone paid him for it Belcastro said when he read in the newspapers that travelers checks were part of the loot he concluded Kitts had taken them He said he offered to cancel of a debt Barone owed him if Barone would help him get his share of the travelers checks from Kitts Belcastro said Compromise Draft Bill Introduced Washington ff Rep Vinson DGa Thursday introduced a new compromise military man power bill already tentatively ap proved by the house armed serv ices committee that would lower the draft age to 18i years With Secretary of Defense Mar shall as the opening witness the committee will reopen public hearings on the new proposal Monday Vinson is chairman of the committee The compromise would length en the time a draftee would serve from the present 21 months to 26 Present age limits are 19 through 25 years Kenneth Kitts Says Hes Framed Sioux City Kitts 33 former convict who earlier this month escaped from the Linn county jail to avoid prosecution in connection with the bur glary of the Laurens bank Thurs day claimed that he was framed1 The slippery prisoner awaiting urther proceedings by the gov ernment told a reporter in an in terview that he knew nothing about the burglary and the missing xavelers checks amounting to in Omaha at the time of the breakin Asked if he could prove that he declared I did not go to the trouble oJ jetting an alibi because I was nnocent The story was cooked iby Tony Prochelo 29 year old Sioux City tavern operator who has pleaded guilty to governmenl charges arising from the burglary and was fed to Belcastro n EVERYTHINGS Ostermeyer AP Wirephoto 4 grins happily at his daddy James Ostermeyer Sr in their home in Fort Wayne Ind Jimmys dad a policeman was called to active duty with the navy last September Jimmy became so lonesome for his dad that he began eating poor ly and losing weight He needed a tonsil operation but wasnt in condition for it Now he can start eating and building up again because his dad is home after being discharged by the navy Two senators and Jimmys moth er Mary right got pop home by appealing to the navy On Washingtons Birthday Sees Sturdy Stand of Allies Reviving Vtitley Forge Spirit Add Dice Tables to Gambling List Des Moines tables would be added to the list of gambling devices outlawed under the recently passed Iowa anti gambling law according to a bill ffered by Rep Ted Sloane RDes Moines In the Iowa house Impound Rail Profits Chief Tells Senate Washington railway la bor leader proposed Thursday the government impound the profits of the railroads while they are under federal control Roy O Hughes president of the Order of Railway Conductors told the senate labor committee h i s union believes that such action would spur a settlement of the 2 yearold dispute between the ear By DEWITT MACKENZIE AP Foreign Affairs Analyst This day 173 years ago the little revolutionary army of 10000 under command of the father of our country was encamped at Valley Forge in defense of Americas newly declared independence Indeed revolt against imperial ism was sweeping the entire west ern hemisphere Mexico soon was to gain its independence from Spain The name of Simon Bolivar Libertador of Latin many years was have achieved immorality Valley Forge epitomized the spirit of individual and collectivi freedom upon which our nation was built The valiant 10000 en dured terrible cold hunger tha historic winter George Washing ton had picked this place partly because of its defensibility and partly to protect the young con gress which was meeting at York Pa from possible British attack Fearful Test Today the spirit of Valley Forge is facing a new and far more fearful test This is the almost un believable bolshevist world revo lution which aims at communizing the entire globe and bringing ii under control of Moscow The bolshevist assault on hu manity has proceeded far enough so it seems obvious that peace by negotiation is hopeless Moscow doesnt want peace becausecom munism thrives on trouble With Russia scarcely making any effort to conceal her designs for world domination and arming icrself and her satellites to the eeth there is only one answer This is to contain the red fighting force by facing it with so much military strength that Moscow wont dare strike Thats the only thing which will restrain bolshe vism Of course you hear the argu ment that rearmament by the western powers is a challenge to combat However thats faulty ap praisal The Soviet Union wont attack us because we are strong but only f we are unprepared Moscow knows that the situation is as de cribed Wednesday by President Truman to a group of Masonic eaders meeting in Washington riers and railway workers Hughes made his proposal at the opening of the committees in quiry into the controversy His group is 1 of 4 operating unions involved RAIL EXECUTIVE DIES Overland Park Kans Herbert Ellsworth Whittenberger 88 former general manager of the Canadian National railroad died Wednesday night The Position Bettered president said we are gradually approaching a position n which a 3rd world war can be irevented And he pointed out hat all the current attempts to uild up vmen and material is merely an effort to prevent such support and cooperation of all segments of the population I believe the sturdy stand of the western allies in demanding a clarification of all the red bloc armaments is an encouraging de velopment It advertises that the democracies refuse to be pushed about any that they are standing together There we see a reflection of the old Valley Forge will ingness to go the limit for free dom And if we carry the thought a step further American and other western allied soldiers are at this moment undergoing some of the trials of Valley Forge among the inhospitable frozen wastes of wintry Korea Theyre fighting not only for their own rights but for1 those of others So on this Washingtons birth day a salute to the sturdy spirit of Valley Forge Great Western Loses Damage Suit jury in district court here brought in a verdict of 595 500 against the Chicago Great Western railroadat 1 a m Thurs day the largest award ever made 3y a jury in this county It was the 2nd largest verdict ever awarded in a railroad accident in Minnesota courts The action was brought by James Edward Briggs 36 of Oel wein Iowa who sight following a dent on June 20 yards at Oehvein lost his railroad 1948 in eyr acci the He had sued a war In making this statement the chief executive added a qualifica tion It was that another world war can be prevented if we have the or 5250000 damages Attorneys for the railroad announced thai an appeal would be taken to the supreme court Briggs who walks with a white cane contends that the accident nearly 3 years ago led directly to he condition of his eyesight Dpc ors testified he is totally blind n his left eye and has minimum ight in his right eye by which an detect only strong light The accident resulted when an ron casting under the engine truck the back of his head At orneys for Briggs admitted that e had a diabetic condition but eclared that it was not severe Briggs left the employ of the railroad company in August 1948 when his eyesight began to tail The company attorneys tried to show that the loss of eyesight was Operation Killer Underway By OLEN CLEMENTS Tokyo tf forces smashed northward Thurs day on a 60mile rainswept rront aiming to kill maim or capture all reds in the mired mountains and valleys of cen tral Korea Advances in this new of ranged up to 12 miles on the eastcentral sector and up to 814 on the central valley north of Wonju Resistanceswas spotty most of the day but was stiffening at dusk as allied spearheads neared the main forces of the dugin Chinese and North Ko rean reds An estimated 40000 reds are south of parallel 38 The allied objective is to wipe them out General MacArthur announced the new push Thursday nearly 24 hours after it began without fanfare Through Mud Field dispatches Thursdaynight reported an American division on the right flank of the UN line splashed 12 miles to within 3 miles south of the valley town of Pyongchang Deep mud and red mines slowed the advance of other units in the area The main Chinese communist strength was arrayed in and around Hoengsong 10 miles north of Wonju in the central sector A tankled American spearhead advanced to within 4 road miles of Hoengsong by nightfall The Chinese earlier had fought brief ly and then in panic A field dispatch said that at dusk Thursday ma chinegunners and riflemen were duelling from neighboring ridges with Chinese machinegunners and burp automatic rifle gun ers The UN forces were moving carefully over every hill and dale leaving no foxhole or crag uncovered But no majorcontact with the reds was reported Greatest Enemy The greatest obstacle to the al ied troops of 5 nations was the weather They were beset by rain snow log mud washed out bridges raging streams and landslides Such conditions virtually ruled out close aerial support at the out set But U S air force marine navy Australian and South Afri can warplanesroared through iples in the clouds Thursday to plaster red targets Teamed up in the new hunter viller drive were American Brit sh Australian New Zealand and iouth Korean troops They moved up behind tanks selfpropelled guns weapon carriers and jeeps The rugged front extends in an ire from a point near Yangpyong 7 miles eastsoutheast of Seoul o Pyongchang on the eastcentral ector Wonju 25 miles west of Pyongchang is roughly in the center of the kickoff point Reds DugIn The biggest communist force was dug in in the lofty mountains about 6 miles north of Wonju Red soldiers south of those posi tions rushed for cover after brief delaying actions A senior staff officer said Chinese reds of the 196th sion with 10000 men and other Chinese units were in the Hoeng song area He said the Chinese had orders to hold the town at all costs Hoengsong is 10 miles north of Wonju It fell to the Chinese in their recent attempt to sweep down the middle of the peninsula to the key mountain passes below Wonju But the allies cracked that drive wide open with devastating fire power that killed thousands of reds AP Correspondent Stan Swin ton said it appeared another big battle was in the offing for Hoeng song Its outcome could material ly affect the whole war he sur mised Apply Pincers At 8th army headquarters AP Correspondent William J Waugh reported the allied forces are ap plying a pincers on Hoengsong from the west and south By night Tall Wednesday a South Korean spearhead had rolled more than i miles to within 6 miles west of he town An American force was 5 miles to the south On the westcentral front U S infantrymen pushed two miles north and northeast of Chipyong 20 miles northwest of Wonju A British force advanced 3i miles fresh due to his diabetic condition and la point 5 miles southeast of Chip not to the Injury lyong 1   

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