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Publication: Salt Lake Tribune February 8, 1949

Salt Lake Tribune, The (Newspaper) - February 8, 1949, Salt Lake City, Utah RADIO NEWS am am pm Intelmountain Network Station KALL Monday Through Friday VOL 158 NO 117 WEATHER Partly cloudy snow Tuesday night warmer Details on Page 20 SALT LAKE CITY UTAH TUESDAY MORNING FEBRUARY 8 1949 PRICE FIVE CENTS House Okehs Change In EightHour Law Sends Senators Bill Permitting Overtime for Public Employes By RICHARD A SQUIRES The house Monday passed and sent to the senate a bill amending Utahs eighthour law to permit payment of over time to public employes and workers on public projects for work in excess of eight hours per day Under the old law which was set up in 1898 it was a misdemeanor for any public official to require public employes to work more than eight hours per day except in cases of emergency where life or property is in imminent danger Monday was the second time the bill was before the house It came up Friday and was defeated 17 for 20 against and 23 absent On re consideration Monday the house reversed its earlier decision by a vote of 33 ayes 10 nays and 17 House Passes Hoover Bill Vote 356 to 9 absent Remains in Doubt While the effect of the bill on payrolls of state institutions re mained in doubt an attorney gen WASHINGTON Feb 7 erals opinion in 1946 held that the The house voted Monday night to limitation applied to all city county and state employes as give Pres Harry S Truman broad permanent powers to reorganize the approximately 1800 govern ment agencies as he chooses sub ject to congressionat veto House action was by 3569 roll call The bill now goes to the sen ate The passage of the first major Item in Mr Trumans legislative program was a victory not only for him but for former Pres Her bert Hoover Hoover head of a commission studying government reorganization has strongly sup ported the bill He said Monday a saving might result from a thorough overhaul of the government Administration leaders fought off a barrage of amendments to the proposal most of them of fered by Republicans near the end cf the days debate on the measure Most of them were designed to give preferred treatment to indi vidual agencies or to revise the reorganization procedure which would be set up Warns Against Exemptions Hoover ejit a news conference had warned againstexempting any agencies He said propagandists are behind such moves and that if they are successful the entire reorganization effort would be de stroyed The size of the final vote for the bill pointed up general biparti san support of its general objec tives of economy and efficiency in the high executive branch of the government Under it Mr Truman or any succeeding president could send governmental reorganization plans to congress and they ivould be come effective unless both senate and house disapproved them with in 60 days Makes Special Provisions The bill makes special provisions for the armed forces and six semi judicial agencies It says that a reorganization plan affecting any one of them must be submitted in a separate package Sponsors said this provision would provide for e clear cut vote uncomplicated by other issues As it came from the house ex penditures committee the bill pro vided for this special treatment for the national defense establish ment Interstate Commerce com mission Securities and Exchange commission and the Federal Re earve board Rep Cleveland N Bailey D W succeeded in having three ether agencies added to this cate gory They are the National Media tion board Railway Retirement board and Railway Adjustment board Final Vote Tally On the final vote 226 Demo crats 129 Republicans and one American Laborite favored the measure Against it were eight Republicans and one Democrat They were Reps Mason Nelson OHara of Minnesota OKonski Shafter Short Taber and Wolcott all Republicans and Rankin Democrat Before final passage Rep Clare E Hoffman R sought unsuccessfully to provide that one branch of congress alone rather than both could defeat a reor ganization plan by rejecting it Democratic leader John W McCormack of Massachusetts as serted Hoffmans amendment would gut the bill Hoffman replied There must be a need but I want it done in a constitu tional way I dont want to sur render the constitutional powers of the congress Former President Hoovers sup See Page 3 Column 1 well as workers on public projects let out under contract The opinion held that depart ment heads must prove that an emergency existed before public employes were entitled to over time pay Proponents of the measure argued that public employes are entitled to the protection of the federal governments eighthour law the same as workers in pri vate industry The house continued its critical attitude towardslegislation spon sored by the Utah Municipal league Failing Vote By a majority failing vote of 2621 repreesntatives killed HB 99 which would have permitted mu nicipalities to acquire land by lease purchase or condemnation for offstreet parking lots Rep W G Larson D Salt said that parking is Salt Lake Citys biggest headache and that passage of the bill was necessary to stop the gradual de erioration of property value in the enter of the city Opposition to the measure came rom three sources Those repre entatives who felt that to permit condemnation threatened the roperty of the little those vho felt that ocher measures such s strengthening present parking aws would solve the problem and hose who felt it is the duty of he businesses to furnish parking ots A bill to increase salaries of ourt reporters from to which was tabled earlier in he session was brought up before the house again Monday on the motion of Rep Harry S Walker D Salt Precedent The bill however again ran into opposition of representatives who questioned whether the legislature would not set a dangerous prec dent by increasing salaries without study and the measure was referred to the house commit ee on salaries and contingent ex penses for its recommendation Seven new measures were intro duced formally Monday bringing the total number of bills submitted to 212 Included in Mondays batch were two appropriation asking for the Utah State institute of Fine Arts for construc ion of an art museum and the other asking to complete the Daughters of Utah Pioneers memorial museum Another bill would transfer im position of the present gas tax from the distributor to the ulti mate consumer While the bill would make no change in the cost of gasoline or rate of tax it would permit individuals to deduct gas taxes when computing state and federal income taxes owed To Fight Air Pirates NANKING Feb 7 China National Aviation Corp is considering arming its crewmen during flight to prevent future midair piracy Central News agency reported Monday Centra said the step might be necessarj because of recent cases in which C N A C planes have been forcec to land in Communist territories by air pirates tello Child Utah Die in PostStorm Snow Slides How to Make a Mountain Out of a Snowbank Heres one way to make a mountain out of a demon i themselves dwarfed by banks along driveways and sidewalks be did strated by V E Jordan 1067th East Typical of Utahns who found like thousands of others only timei hs had to thrpw snow higher Demos Smash GOP Test On Filibuster WASHINGTON Feb 7 Democrats asserted their new strength in the senate Monday and slapped down a Republican move to force an immediate showdown on a filibustercurbing change in the rules The vote was 5631 The Demo crats 49 of whom voted were joined by seven Republicans The 31 who voted for immediate action were all Republicans Before the vote Democratic leaders made plain they were in tent on doing things their own way and refused to have their schedule speededup by Republic ans The filibuster curb is before the senate rules committee which meets to consider and possibly ap prove it Wednesday It is bitterly opposed by south ern Democrats who intend to use the filibuster if necessary to de feat Pres Harry S Trumans civil rights program Mondays vote came on a mo tion by Sen William F Knowland R Cal to discharge the rules committee from further responsi bility and force an immediate de bate in the senate Democratic Floor Leader Scott Lucas of Illinois labelled the ma neuver political poppycock and said the Republicans took no ac tion in the last congress Expediter Sees 4060 Hike In Rent If Controls End WASHINGTON Feb 7 UP The governments housing expe diter told congress Monday that unless rent controls are extended millions of Americans will have to pay 50 to 60 higher rent Testifying before the house banking committee Federal Expe diter Tighe E Woods urged ap proval of the administrations bill to stiffen and extend rent control through March 31 1951 Unless congress acts the pres ent rentcontrol act expires next March 31 But Rep Jesse P Wolcott R topranking GOP member of the house group observed this week end that lower prices and higher unemployment may elimi nate any need for rent controls or antiinflation measures Wolcott proposed a sixmonth as Is extension of rent ceilings while congress watches economic trends Woods disagreed He quoted Pres Harry S Trumans views on the rent situation as follows Even if the most optimistic in terpretation is placed upon the slight reduction in the cost of liv ing in recent months it would be ON TREASON CHARGE Cardinal Gets Life Sentence BUDAPEST Hungary Feb 8 convicted of trying to overthrow the second high member of the Tf i 11 i lit Josef Cardinal Mindszenty was convicted Tuesday of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment and to suffer the confiscation of his fortune by the Hugarian gov ernment His six codefendants also were convicted by the peoples of them on treason charges Professor Justin Baranyay was unwise to lift living costs again by rent increases even larger than the moderate ones taking place under the present system of control Such a course would inflict further hardship on the families who have already been the prime victims of inflation and would make it harder to exercise modera tion in wage demands Woods pleaded especially for au thority to prevent illegal evic tions and to mete out stiffer pen alties to landlords who overcharge The record reflects that many tenants have acceded to landlords demands because of eviction fears he said Woods said a growing black market in rents has developed largely since July 1 1947 when the governmentlost its authority to sue for treble damages to apply criminal sanctions and to regulate evictions Before then the gov ernment could sue a landlord for three times the amount of an over charge in rent The administrations bill would authorize the government to re control areas which have been de controlled It would also extend rent ceilings to several types of dwellings not now covered Lange Confers On Compact With Acheson WASHINGTON Feb 7 Norways foreign minister sub mitted personally to Secy Dean Acheson Monday questions his country wants answered before de ciding whether to join in the north Atlantic security alliance Russia has brought pressure on Norway to stay out of the alli ance Foreign Minister Helvard Large of Norway talked with Acheson for 32 minutes at the state depart ment He told reporters afterward that he regards Mondays brief session as a preliminary to more intensive discussions later in the week State department officials immediately threw a news black out around the conversation Disputes Soviet Claims In talking to reporters however the Norwegian diplomat took oc casion to dispute Russias asser tion that Norway had failed to give a clear answer to a Soviet question about the possibility of foreign bases on Norways soil Russia had raised the question whether western powers under the Atlantic pact might not establish bases on Norways territory Norway replied Feb 1 that she would never grant bases to foreign powers unless attacked or threat ened with attack Russia termed this assurance unsatisfactory because hastily concocted stories about a threat of attack would suffice to make Nor way open her doors to foreign troops and grant bases Lange said Monday Lange Says Reply Clear To my mind it wasa clear answer I dont want at this mo ment to make any further com ment The purpose of the next discus sions he said will be to get the answers Norways cabinet and parliament need before deciding on the next move to protect Nor wegian border against possible ag gression the republic Rev Ondras Zakar the cardi nals secretary was convicted of the same charge and of treason Currency Speculation Duke Paul Bsterhazy was con victed of trying to overthrow the republic and of foreign currency speculation Rev Miklos Nagy secretary of Catholic action was convictqd of foreign currency speculation and of failing to do his duty to the gov ernment in not exposing the other cases Rev Bela Ispenky another priest was conficted of treason and of foreign currency specula tion Laszlo Toth a journalist was convicted of treason Political Rights Baranyay was sentenced to 15 years and to loss of his fortune and political rights and loss of his job for 10 years Father Zakar was sentenced to six years loss of his job and for tune and suspension of his political rights Esterhazy was sentenced to 15 years loss of his job political rights and fortune He was once the richest man in Hungary Father Nagy was sentenced to three years plus suspension of his political rights and loss of his job for five years Father Ispenky got life impris onment and was deprived of his job political rights and his for tune Toth a Catholic was sen tenced to 10 years plus 10 years suspension of his job political rights and confiscation of his prop erty Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty was Roman Catholic hierarchy to be tried by a Communistdominated government in the past two years In the fall of 1946 Archbishop Aloysius Stepinac spiritual leader of 2000000 Croatian Roman Cath olics was arrested by Marshal Titos police as an enemy of the state Specifically he was charged with aiding the proNazi Ustachi movement in Yugoslavia in an ef fort to secure foreign intervention to save the Nazisponsored inde pendent state of Croatia Shortage Near Acute Stage In Food Fuel rapidly becoming among persons residing in isolated outly ing Salt Lake county districts Searchers Report Three Airmen Safe in Wyoming RAWLINS Wyo Feb 7 A plane carrying three men re ported missing late Sunday was located Monday on a ranch All aboard were safe The plane was sighted from the air The ranch where it was found is north of Rawlins Aboard when the plane left Sunday on a range inspection trip were Joe Rasmussen of Rawlins the pilot Robert Strat ton Cardon county rancher and Stewart Quealey Rasmus sens brotherinlaw Tom Knight and Carl Baker of Riverton flew over the area and reported the plane was not damaged Apparently the pilot had been unable to take off be cause of ground blizzard condi tions after landing at the ranch Ray Greenwood county road and bridge commissioner said Monday Many rural residents isolated by snowbound roads are unable to reach stores to purchase needed supplies Numerous telephone calls re porting illnesses have been re ceived by the commissiion An estimated 25 maternity cases were reported during the past week ac cording to Commissioner Green wood Exert Every In cases of emergency as serted the commissioner we make every effort to bring medi cal assistance in or remove sicl persons to hospitals Moreover growing concern wai expressed among rural residents over serious shortages of feed for livestock and poultry The condi tion is especially serious said Commissioner Greenwood in the more remote areas An estimated was ex pended for road clearance during the last two weeks in January A greater amount continued the commissioner will be needed dur ing the first two weeks of Feb ruary Heavy Budget Drain The majority of the money ii being paid in wages to road crews Machinery breakage was cited a another drain on the countys budget The operation necessi tates employment of capacity maintenance crews Commissioner Greenwood point ed out that road crews have been concentrating on the most fre quently used highways and thor oughfares He said approximately 20 pieces of equipment and a crev of between 40 and 50 men were being utilized in snow remova operations Area Staggers After Record Lashing By ROBERT J WILLIAMS Snowslides in Utah and Idaho Tuesday had claimed the lives f three more persons bringing the fourday weather death toll o eight At Pocatello a slide in a residential district killed two ihildren while at Park City a miner was crushed beneath tons snow a short distance from the citys mam street Two ompanions escaped Dead were Joe Papetti 11 son of Mr and VTrs Treno Papetti Pocatello Merlin Holtarook 9 daughter of At 1 am Tuesday Utah high way patrol reported all but one major Utah highway open to traffic Only road blocked was U S 40 cast of Heber While all other highways were open the patrol advised motor ists not to travel unless neces sary The weather bureau at Salt Lake municipal airport said more snow and high winds could be expected late Tuesday Drift ing is predicted VIr and Mrs Jerry Holbrook Poca ello Herbert Savage about 54 Park 3ity As death struck throughout the ntermountain region the worst storm in the most severe winter ever seen in the west was moving out of the area Playing in Hills The Pocatello children wer play ng in the snowy hills near Ravine dr in the northwestern residential area of that city when a slide some 40 it at the base and approxi mately 8 to 10 ft deep buried hem The body of young Pepetti had been recovered by p m while rescue workers continued His sister was extricated later She died at 2 am Tuesday in a Pbcatello hospital Utahs livestock in dustry was losing its fight for ife and may be wiped out Gov J A Robins of Idaho declared an emergencyRail and motor traffic was tied up in virtually all directions most of the day Free of Snow Forecasts indicate that Tuesday rill be free of new snowfall but another seaborne storm again accompanied by strong winds probably will duplicate earlier storm conditions Diggingout and moppingup or less a habit in the region Mon day after winds of neargale pro portions had swept through the region shuffling some new snow and considerable old into immense drifts Transcontinental rail traffic was shut down in Green River Wyo by the Union Pacific Railroad Co Fourteen passenger trains carry ing about 2500 persons were held in yards awaiting clearance of snow blockades But at Bingham worlds larg est open pit copper mine some ore was mined and moved to Copper ton It could not be shipped to mills because tracks still were blocked Traffic to Bingham was opened for the first time since Friday when three rotaries broke through at 5 pm To get to Bingham motorists were advised to go along See Page 4 Column 6 1 Dies 2 Hurt In Slide At Park City By RHEA HURLEY Tribune Speclkl PARK CITY Feb Park City miner was killed and two others were injured here Monday afternoon when thev were buried alive beneath tons of snow which roared down the side of Empire canyon at the head of Park Citys Main street Victim of the slide was Herbert Savage about 54 whose body was recovered by rescue workers approximately half an hour after the slide occurred Injured were Leonard Addy 53 who suffered minor bruises Owen Penrod 50 under care of a physician at his home for treat ment of shock bruises and a cut on the jaw suffered when a rescue workers shovel gouged him Occurred at 4 pm The slide occurred at approxi mately 4 a few mintues after more than 50 men employed at mines in Empire canyon had passed en route from their work to their homes Consisting of topcover mow which was deposited by a blizzard which ragedin Park City Sunday the slide came down the mountain side like water coming down a mountain in the words of John Busio 49 who witnessed the spec tacle The slide deposited about 25 feet of snow on the canyon highway Itslength was approximately 175 feet Mr Busio Nick Naglich and Joe Lopez who live in neighboring homes a short distance below the slide area were credited Monday night with spreading the alarm which brought rescue work promptly enough to save Addy and Perrod from suffocation Heard Slides Rumbling Mr Busio said he was cleaning the snow from the roof of his chicken coop when he heard a rumbling noise a short distance up the canyon Watching the slide engulf Mr Savage Mr Addy and Mr Penrod he called to Mr Naglich and Mr Lopez The three ran to where the victims were last seen and fran tically began shoveling to reach them Other neighbors living farther down the canyon attracted by the roar rushed to join the res cue effort Mr Addy was found a few min utes after the slide occurred He said that he had heard the rum ble of the slide and took shelter under a chicken coop owned by Mr Lopez The rescuers dug into See Page 4 Column ft HAY ALLOTMENTS Board of Examiners Studies Eligibles for Livestock Aid While coming to no decision as to whether Utah states emergency livestock aid program should cover dairy cattle turkeys and other poultry the state board of exam iners Monday served notice that the state will get out of the hay business as soon as possible The question of who is entitled to emergency aid arose on the house floor Monday when Rep LeGrand Jarman D Utah said that hay purchased by the state should be made available to own ers of small dairy herds as well as large cattle and sheep owners He said that he knew of in stances where dairymen had been unable to purchase hay from pri vate dealers at per ton and were not allowed to buy state purchased hay upon which the state has paid half of the freight cost A joint housesenate committee meeting with the board of exam iners later in the day agreed that it was an administrative prob lem State Sens Marl D Gibson D Price and Ray P Lund R said however that when they voted to set up an emergency fund of for livestock aid they did not understand it to in clude turkeys and poultry Rep Clifton G M Kerr R Box Elder said that when the emergency appropriation was dis cussed the need of the dairy in dustry was mentioned and Secy of State Heber Bennion Jr board of examiners secretary said per haps dairymen are eligible if they can show the need During the meeting Gov J Bracken Lee board of examiners chairman said the state should get out of the hay business as soon as possible A letter from the board to Reed C Gulp livestock emergency co ordinator reemphasizcd the gov ernors statement Signed by Gov Lee Secy Ben nion and Atty Gen Clinton D Vernon the letter said that def inite steps should be taken as soon as the situation warrants it to taper off the state program and to throw the responsibility back on the livestock industry of obtaining feed through regular private channels ;

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Publication: Salt Lake Tribune

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Issue Date: February 8, 1949

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