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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 9, 1963, Mason City, Iowa Proof of misleading figures Base pay at Capitol By FRANK ELEAZER WASHINGTON of the main points the veterans of Congress hope to impress on newer members is that figures do not always mean what they to say The freshmen are most in terested in learning why a con gressmans secre tary actually draws Or he could be confused about why an average House mem bers staff allowance of 500 basic per annum really means he can affix to the public payroll up to 59 nine persons whose actual annual pay will be something in the neighbor hood of For congressmen who have taken their House seats for the first time a lawmakers payroll may have seemed mod estly plump But it should not take long for the new member to grasp a significant fact The payroll can be considerably fat ter than he thought Without help however he might never figure out why and how it all works A typical problem might be How much is paid con gressmans clerk whose salary is listed at Any member of the class who thinks this is like asking Whos buried in Grants Tomb obviously is behind in his home work Because the Answer is 255 Or say the newlyelected con gressman brings to Washington a Girl Friday type who on his private payroll back home was happy to draw a year Now that the taxpayers are to pick up the tab he wants to give her a modest raise to about So he puts her on the house payroll for and she draws monthly checks totalling yearly The official figure is base The actual figure is gross And in polite conversation on Capitol Hill the new member learas thatisjut it is treated In other words it isnt MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION VOL 102 No MS MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JANUARY 9 10c i Paper ConsUU of Two OM Harmony shortlived as Congress opens Photofax WHERE FIRE HIT EMPIRE STATE Diagram shows floors involved in the fire in the 102story Em pire State Building in New York Evidence of flames was seen at one time or another on eight floors in cluding the 24th 25th 33rd 55th 64th 65th 66th and 67th The fire ravaged offices on the 64th 65th and 66th floors This view of the building is looking east In center background is the United Nations Building Fire out in Empire State Leading item is rules FEOM OUR WIRE SERVICES WASHINGTON The Demo craticcontrolled 88th Congress convened Wednesday with pomp and ceremony that temporarily masked the bitter legislative battles ahead over President Kennedys New Frontier legisla tion The harmony was shortlived Barely had the House and Senate formally opened business at noon when pro and antiad ministration forces launched a critical fight over the makeup of the House Rules committee This the com mittee should be kept at its en larged total of 15 members to assure more favorable treatment of Kennedys proposals dom inated opening day activities North Iowa Cloudy with oc casional snow and colder Wednesday night lows in the 20s Show and much colder Thursday highs in the 20s Considerable cloudiness occasional snow likely late Wed Thursday generally Base mentioned is where Congress NEW YORK A trouble some fire whipped through a pipe shaft running the height of the 102story Empire State Building Wednesday into offices an eighth of a mile above the ground Firemen closed two floors of the started back jrr 129 in fixing worlds as they continued finding and fight ing smouldering blazes No in juries were reported The building was twice evacua ted the first time before dawn the second time when the bulk of the 16000 people who man the 910 offices in the superskyscraper had begun to arrive for work In all 60000 persons normally move through the manmade colossus each day By 9 am the building was finally reopened but firemen con the payscale of its helpers Then times since then the pay has been raised Sometimes a per centage has been added some times a flat sum like a year The base stays the same only the gross changes and it gets steadily uh grosser Translated from bate to gross House and Senate payrolls are more than double what they ap pear to be A number of good reasons are cited for the pro cedure involved clarity how ever is not among them House members generally can employ up to nine persons with one extra helper allowed for those from districts of over 500 000 persons in the new Congress there will be 105 of these The usual limit on base pay is 500 with an extra allowed for those from big districts Top individual pay of a House mem bers clerk cannot exceed a base of or if you want to be ugly about it In the Senate where some feeling persists that public pay rolls are none of the taxpayers concern new Senators will have tinued to bar persons from the 66th and 67th floors Flames had badly damaged of ices on the 64th 65th and 66th floors and at one time or anoth er evidence fire was seen on eight floors A tower atop the building hous es the transmitting antennae of all seven New York City televi sion stations as well as some radio stations Several stations also have transmitting equipment in the The chief executive was as sured at a breakfast meeting building and for a time WNBC TV the local NBC affiliate was forced off the air as its engineers joined the evacuees Also knocked out for a short period was a local radio station WNEWFM It was the second fire reported in the building in a week A minor blaze broke out Monday and was put out by the Fire Department N ews in a nutshell FROM OUR WIRE SERVICES with top Democratic leaders that prospects were good for an ad ministration victory in the rules fight This would be encouraging to the administration But even so such key Kennedy proposals as a tax cut Social Securityfi nanced health care for the aged and federal aid to education still face a hard pull in the new con gress Outside of the Rules commit tee battle opening day was largely ceremonial New mem bers were sworn in ranging from the Presidents brother Ed ward M Kennedy DMass to Rep Robert A Taft Jr ROhio son of the late senator In the Senate Democrats met to elect their leaders To no ones surprise Mike Mansfield DMont was renamed to the partys top job Hubert H Humphrey DMinn was re elected party whip and George Smathers DFla was renamed Iowa with north and central nesday night and Colder north and central Wednesday night lows near 20 northwest to near 30 southeast Much colder Thursday highs 2030 but falling sharply during the day Further cold and cloudy with scat tered light snow Friday Fiveday Iowa Temperatures will average about 5 degrees below normal Wednesday night through next Monday Normal highs are from 24 to 29 north and 29 to 32 degrees south Normal lows are from 3 to 12 above zero north and 12 to 17 south Temperatures Tshombe gives in toUN LONDON British gov ernment said Wednesday Presi dent Moise Tshombe has issued a statement indicating he is giving up the fight foran independent Katanga said Foreign Office spokesman Tshombe issued the state will turn Wednesday day remain Friday and gradually night and colder Thurs ment in Elisabethville after being strongly urged by British Consul Derek Dodson to cooperate with the United Nations plan for Congo reconciliation and unification and abandon any thoughts of a scorched earth policy But a few hours later Tshombe warned that his forces would carry out his threatened scorched earth policy if the U N attacked Kolwezi an impor ant mining center The UN apparently had no intention of doing so if Tshombe around normal Saturday then goes along sources in peacefully New York UN said Morros counterspy dies NEW YORK Boris Morros 73 Russianborn Hollywood film producer who was a U S counterspy for 12 years has died of cancer He was instrumental in the convictions of Soviet spies Jack and Myra Soble and Jacob Albam in 1957 to figure it aii out without much Adm Felt in Viet Nam help In general it can be said there is no direct limit on how many hands a Senator may employ at the public expense Each Senator instead gets a total limit on base pay depending on the population of his state and he can spread this among as many employes as it will cover The maximum any senatorial employe can draw is a year Again that is base And despite official reticence on this point it is possible to advise the new members at least that this means something over 000 when converted into gross or American money PIER HAS SON LONDON star Pier Angeli gave birth to a 7 pound 14 ounce son by Caesarean sec tion Tuesday night The 30year old ItalianAmerican brunette and her second husband Italian band leader Armando Trovajoli were married in London last February SAME Smtttf Department Traffic Death 21 Hourtk SAIGON VIET NAM Adm Harry D Felt ar rived for talks on the course of the warv against Com munist guerrillas U S and Vietnamese commanders are seriously worried about t h e impact of recent Communist victories JFK meets Russ envoy WASHINGTON Kennedy met with Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily V Kuznetsqv in the first high level U SSoviet discussion since the formal windup of the Cuban missile crisis Protest selection of chief OTTUMWA The assistant chief and two cap tains in the Ottumwa Fire Department filed a peti tion asking district court to set aside the appoint ment of Hugh Stufflebeam as Ottumwa fire chief Filing the petition were Captains Hubert Smith and Robert Knox and Assistant Chief Paul Dennis who claim Stufflebeams appointment violates Iowas vet erans preference law Tribal war too in Congo ELISABETHVILLE Congo Even with pos sible agreement in Katanga the turbulent Congo still was without peace as a fullscale tribal war was reported raging in diamondrich Kasai Province More than 370 Lulua tribesmen and two whites were reported killed in the fighting with unofficial sources saying the toll was far higher Tax exemption crackdown DES MOINES The Iowa Tax Commission plans to ask the 1963 legislature to make certain that any veteran or fraternal club now enjoying exemp tion from property taxes will lose that privilege if it holds a federal retail liquor dealer stamp Democratic tary conference secre Smattiers who not always see eye to eye with the Presi dent on legislation once had said he was not interested in this post again He said he agreed to take it at the urging of fellow senators Senate Democrats also voted turn still colder Sunday and Monday Precipitation will av to 40 of an inch in snow about Thursday Friday and Sunday Minnesota Light snow much colder windy Highs Thurs day 510 above GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 am Wednesday Maximum Minimum 52 16 A new start by winter Winter was making a new start in Iowa Wednesday after several days of unseasonably mild temp eratures Colder air blew into northern to set up a sixman committee to study the possibility of re vised Senate working schedules This might include a one or two month summer recess to let members spend more time with families and constituents Clerk Ralph Roberts gaveled the house to order precisely at noon The openingday turnout jof members appeared almost complete as it is usually on opening day and is rarely there after The galleries were packed with families friends and aides of the congressmen including the 67 new members taking House seats for the first time The new House lineup will be 258 Democrats 176 Republicans and one Democratic vacancy Democrats will have a 6733 edge in the Senate Thats a net loss of two Democratic House seats and a net gain of three Senate Democrats who lean to ward the liberal side SCARETYCAT WASHINGTON Charles D Everett 20 told police who arrested him Tuesday he held up liquor stores during the day light hours only Im afraid to be out on the street at night with all that money he said On f he inside Editorials Page 4 North Iowa News 10 Clear Lake News 11 Society News 131415U Sports Latest Markets 20 Mason City News 2021 Comics 24 Iowa and temperatures Wednes day were some 20 degrees cool er than Tuesday Sioux City had the state high of 59 Tuesday Spencer and Coun cil Bluffs had 55 Lamoni 54 Ottumwa 53 Des Moines and Mason City 52 Dubuque was the coolest with a high of 41 For the second straight day Mason City established a record high reading for the date The previous high for a Jan 8 was set in 1939 Light snow may accompany the cold front as it moves across the state Wednesday night and Thurs day Lows Wednesday night will be in the 20s Tshombe may get a key role in the Congos political future if he hands over undamaged Kol wezi which is his last strong hold Tshombe was reported as say ing he had returned to Elisabeth ville the Katangacapital to re store calm and peace and de clared it was essential to apply the U N plan without new spill ing of blood and without useless destruction Dodson and the Belgian consul general met with Tshombe short ly after the secessionist leader returned to the Katangan capital Tuesday This meeting took place with the knowledge of United Nations authorities the Foreign Office spokesman said The British government is concerned to have the plan of reconciliation accept ed and implemented The reconciliation plan drawn up by U N Secretary General U Thant provides for an end to the secession of Katanga and a form ula for sharing the revenue from Katangas mineral wealth with the Central Congo government Tshombe has claimed to be the president of an independent na tion Congo unification would leave him with the status merely of a provincial leader TOO MANY HAZARDS WARE Mass Peachee has resigned as town dog officer after 10 days on the job Peachee told the board of selectmen Tuesday that the first dog he picked up bit him twice on the way to the pound CONSOLATION FOR JIMMY Jessel right lends a shoulder and consolation to James C Petrillo former head of the American Fed eration of Musicians after latter broke down while deliveringhis farewell speech to members of Chicago local 10 Petrillo was defeated for reelection as head of the local by Barney Richards Petrillo had held office 40 years GOP ballots IS WASHINGTON UP A group of younger House Republicans pulled an upset Tuesday by electing Rep Gerald Ford of Michigan as caucus chairman Fords backers said the GOP image needed improvement The action unseated Rep Charles B Hoeven of Iowa a vet eran of 20 years in the House and caucus chairman since 1957 The vote by secret ballotat a party caucus was 86 for Ford and 78 for Hoeven with two members not voting Oldtimers said there had been no contest for the chair manship in recent history Ford 49 has been a member of the House 14 years Hoeven is 67 While Republican leader Charles A Halleck of Indiana took no open part in the uprising by the newer members sources to him represented him as favoring Hoeven Photofax BABY X FIGHTS FOR baby known only as Baby X is in an incubator at a Dallas hospital after the newborn boy was found abandoned beside a road only hours after he was born wages a life or death battle He was found bundled in a bed sheet and pink rug by a tree Mrs Charles Harris a hospital nurse tends the child I Death north of Glenville is ruled accident ALBERT LEA A coroners jury Tuesday delermined that the death of Bernice H Wikor en 34 was caused by the iml pact when she either fell or threw herself from a moving car last Sunday Mrs Wikoren was a passen ger in a car driven by John A Bergland also of Albert Lea The incident took place on High way 65 north of Glenville I According to Freeborn County Attorney Robert Tuveson an argument reportedly preceded the incident He said no charges were contemplated and that the death was considered acci dental Mrs Granahan sworn in as treasurer WASHINGTON President Kennedy looking on and quipping with the kids for mer Rep Kathryn E Granahan was sworn in Wednesday as new treasurer of the United States The former Pennsylvania law maker took the oath in the White House Cabinet room succeeding Elizabeth Smith Gatou in the job Backers of Ford won another victory without a fight when they obtained more representa tion on the Republican Policy Committee There will be three additional members each with voting rights In the past each FORD HOEVEN class of new members given one seat on the committee but no voting rights Rep Charles E Goodell of New York and Rep Robert P Griffin of Michigan who led the fight for Ford told news men their sole objective was to give newer members more representation in party councils They said they had no quarrel with the House GOP leadership Fords backers were said to have argued that what was needed was to push into tha leadership councils and the pub lic linielighl some of the younger and more vigorous members The argument was said to have included no reference to
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