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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 19, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME er AND A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS I VOL Press and United Press Full Leased Wlrej Five Cents a MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY APRIL 19 1947 This Paper Consists of Two One No 163 PLAN MASON CITY WORK STOPPAGE Local Unions to Join Statewide 1Day Walkout Monday WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPHERS STRIKEAVOIDED Federal Conciliators Launch New Drive to Settle Phone Dispute Washington JP Agreemen averting a nationwide walkout of Western Union telegraphers came Saturday as government concilia tors embarked on a new drive to halt the 13day telephone strike Under a tentative agreement an nounced early Saturday in New York by union and management 50000 Western Union Telegraph company employes are to receive a 5cent hourly wage hike ant other benefits The AFL Commercial Telegra phers Union had called a strike for May 4 in support of its de mands which included a 25cen1 hourly pay increase Union officials said the agree ment is subject to ratification by the CTU as well as by the Tele graph Workers Union and the Telegraph Employes Union both AFL which participated in ne gotiations Ronald W Haughlon federal conciliator said the agreemen would guarantee peace for 6 months after April 1 after which the wage clause may be reopened for further negotiation Other points in the agreement related to an improved sick bene fit plan permittinga maximum o 13 weeks leave at full pay revi sion of the company pension plan and a maintenance of membership clause providing for automatic dues checkoff for new employes Following signing of the tenta tive agreement J A Payne na tional president of the CTU told newsmen that judging this is an industry about to go on the rocks its the best we could get anyhow Its a down payment on a wage pattern that will emerge later on Payne said the hourly average pay rate of Western Union em ployes exclusive of messengers currently is 94 cents The range is from 68 cents to he said The company contends the average hourly rate is Federal conciliators here dis closed new meetings Friday with both sides in the phone dispute which has idled 340000 workers This followed a lapse of 3 days since Secretary of Labor Schwel lenbachs arbitration proposal failed to end the strike In addition the strikers through the National Federation of Tele phone Workers laid their case before President Truman Mem orandum giving their position was sent to the white house but the union withheld details for the time being John W Gibson assistant sec retary of labor and William N Margolis federal conciliator con ferred in New York Friday with C F Craig vice president of the American Telephone and Tele graph company At the same time Edgar L War ren chief of the U S conciliation service and Peter J Manno an other conciliator met with Joseph A Beirne NFTW president in a labor department conference The telephone workers are hope1 ful that in presenting their case to Mr Truman and congress they can smoke out a wage increase offer from the Bell system Joseph A Beirne president of the National Federation of Tele phone Workers told reporters the Bell companies have failed to put forth a counteroffer on wages since the April 7 walkout made 340000 workers idle Beirne de clared he could see no way to end the tieup without a pay boost The Bell companies have sug gested arbitration of wages and other issues on an areabyarea basis but the NFTW has insisted that any wage settlement must be nationwide Mother of Quads Eccles England boys and 2 girls were born Saturday to Mrs Marian Lowe 38 her first children SAME means no tralfio death to put 21 hour Fire Destroys Milling Plant at Sioux City Sioux City fire com panies iarly Saturday remainec at the scene of the giant Inter national Milling Co plant a1 Leeds a suburb of Sioux City which was almost completely de stroyed by fire early Saturday morning with an unofficial esti mated damage of hundreds of thousands of dollars More than a half dozen lines of water were spread to the smoldering debris and Chief Charles B Kuhl said that fire men would continue to throw water Saturday and probably Sunday The scene on every hand was one of wreckage A score box cars filled with grain remained on siding where they had been swept by the blaze which re sulted from spewed embers and sparks Principal reason for the vigi lance of firemen was the nearby location of 30 huge gasoline stor age tanks in the Great Lakes Pipe Line Co yards To the north is the American Popcorn factory described as the worlds largest and for a time the wind swept sparks toward the big popcorn concern Chief Kuhl said that he was using all his available firemen in keeping the blaze under control but that he did not look for any difficulty unless the flames were to break out afresh Manager L L Gunkelman said it was too early to make an esti mate on the amount of the dam age and probably no accurate esti mate could be made for several days He expressed relief that no one was seriously injured and he ex pressed the opinion that the fire started on top floors Manager L L Gunkelman of the milling company said damage to the 5 story frame plant would run into the hundreds of thou sands of dollars Total value of the milling property including its mammoth concrete grain storage tanks probably was near 000 he said The main plant he added is all gone Saved however were 1J mil lion bushels of wheat stored in 40 100foot high concrete tanks adjacent to the wooden milling plant Five fire companies battled the flames which broke out in the upper sections of the 5 story mill shortly before midnight A series of explosions rocked the plant at 1 a m andmost of the damage was caused during the halfhour from a m to a m No one was reported injured and the fire appeared to have burned itself out by 3 a m Workers in the plant which nor mally employes nearly 80 men were unable to explain the origin of the fire One workman who had been in the nearby flour stor age warehouse later consumed by flames said he believed it may have been caused by an electrical short circuit The lights flickered a couple of times before the fire alarm was sounded he said A strong southeast wind fanned the flames until they leapedhun dreds of feet in the sky The wind prevented the fire from spreading to the American Popcorn com pany which lies northwest of the milling companys towering con crete storage tanks The popcorn plant one of the largest in the world Is comprised oC wooden structures The Sioux City Fur company factory directly southeast of the milling plant and across the road from the Great Lakes Pipe Line company plant was endangered Smbers many the size of golf balls flew over the roof of the fur plant One fire wagon was dispatched to the Great Lakes Pipe Line com pany yards to guard against sparks Officials there said the company had spent nearly in constructing the pipeline storage anks in the last 2 years Thirty anks 40 feet high some 70 feet n diameter faced the flames with millions of gallons of gasoline in side Said one official The whole Iace would be wiped off the map f these tanks caught fire and blew Danger of explosions from the wheatfilled concrete tanks at the millingjlant was great for a time lames licked at the tanks and the concrete flaked with the heat but they did not catch fire IOWA MILL fireman pours water on the ruins of the International Millingcompany plant at Sioux City AP Wircphotn Saturday Damage was estimated to run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars 2 ARE KILLED IN RAIL WRECK 21 Injured as City of Miami Jumps Tracks Champaign 111 Illi nois Central railroads City of Mi ami 7car allsteel streamliner bound from Chicago to Miami was wrecked near here Saturday kill ing 2 crew members and injured at least 21 passengers Railroad headquarters in Chi cago said the train had begun slowing down for a scheduled stop here when it ran a switch at the entrance to the railroad yards The entire train left the rails tore up the roadbed and the loco motive and baggage car flopped over on their sides The coaches remained upright but blocked traffic on the roads 2 main lines The dead as reported by the railroad and Burnham City hos pital were Charles Redus 70 111 the conductor and C M Woods Champaign 111 a baggageman The injured were rushed by am bulances1 to Burnham McKinley Mercy and Carle hospitals here Six injured were released after first aid with 15 requiring hos pitalization A train passenger and a farmer who witnessed the accident esti mated the sireamliner was travel ing approximately 60 miles an lour at the time of the derailment W A Murphy of Champaign who was in the next to the rear car said many passengers were thrownfrom their seats and there was some screaming until they realized they werent trapped Howard Eaton farmer who was plowing in a field said the loco motive twisted sideways after passing the switch and that rails were thrown in all directions He aided in removing the engineer Thomas Woodhall of Chicago who was among the injured OPATONSTO END RENT CURBS Parts of 23 States to Have Controls Lifted Washington The OPA plans to wipe out rent controls in arts of 23 states late this month Officials of the rental division said the order will affect portions of 40 of the 648 areas under rent controls It will be one of the biggest de control steps the agency has taken under its policy of removing re itrictions as the need for them ilackens OPA dropped controls in parts of 13 areas in February The order is still in the works officials said and the areas affect ed will not be disclosed immedi ately They added that about 700 of he 6000 rent division employes will be dropped as a result 6f the ighter work load which will re ult Report Wage Agreement Has Been Reached in Steel Talks CIO President Murray and U S Steel Head Hold Pay Conference Pittsburgh contract discussions Saturday between CIO President Philip Murray and Vice President John A Stephens of the U S Steel Corporations resulted in reports that a wage agreement had been reached The reports lacked official con firmation Both sides declared they had nothing to say but a steel spokesman said this meant the corporation was neither confirm ing nor denying the report Meeting of Murray and Stephens began Friday This development was so unexpected it caused a one day postponement of a meeting of the CIOU n i t e d Steelworkers executive board as members gath ered in a hotel room The meeting of the unions ex ecutive board was deferred as re gional presidents were getting to gether for a session originally set for 10 a m Saturday The action raised the possibility that the talks between Murray and Stevens might produce a concrete wage offer or plan for agreement on the questions between the countrys largest basic industry union and the steel corporation There was no official explana tion of the postponement One union spokesman commented Anything the executive commit tee has to do can be done tomor row just as well as today Any decisions made hy the ex ecutive committee are expected to go a long way toward determining the future of steel production for another year The purpose of the executive committee meeting is to pass on the results of the collective bar gaining negotiations which have been under way for weeks Most speculation centers around a reported wage increase offer amount unspecified which the trade journal Iron Age said was made to the union by U S Steel bellwether of the industry No confirmation of such an offer was obtainable from company and un ion officials The union has never disclosed its wage demands Possible results of Current un ion sessions could be 1 a wage settlement 2 a new contract ex tension or 3 a strike call after April 30 expiration date of the present pact between the union and 5 major big steel subsidiar ies With negotiations between bi steel and the steelworkers cur rently at a standstill a 23cent an hour wage boost demand was sent by the union to the Jones and Laughlin Steel corp 4th largest producer No union official would say that figure was also presented to big steel but it appeared much more to the liking of the union than a 15 cents an hour increase offered and accepted in other in dustries The dOUnilcd Auto Workers have made a 23 cent wage boost demand on General Motors corp but the ClOUnited Electrical Workers have settled for a 15cent raise for 30000 workermembers in the General Motors plants and for 75000 members employed by the Westinghouse Electric corp the auto workers called unsatis factory a 15cent offer made by General Motors Friday Philip Murray president of both the CIO and the steel workers conferred at length with Walter Reuther president of the auto workers and other top CIO officials but the results of their conference were not made public A UAW spokesman had said it was expected to coordinate CIO policies Reuther said he plans to resume negotiations with General Motors in Detroit Monday 90 of City Merchants Cut Prices 10 Per Cent Newburyport Mass ty per cent of the downtown mer chants in this town of 15000 re sponded to President Trumans plea for lower prices Saturday by announcing a 10 per cent reduc tion effective Monday The merchants division of north east Essex county development council telegraphed Mr Truman Friday night that the Newbury port plan would make the re duction effective on all retail goods except fair trade items on which prices are set by manufacturers Fine Seed Company Des Moines Berry Seed Co Clarinda has been fined on each of 5 counts of a dis trict attorneys information charg ing false labeling of interstate shipments of seeds in 1945 Find Japs Still Fighting War Manila capture of 22 wellarmed Japanese who were unaware the war was over was reported by radio Saturday by an Americanled expedition searching the desolate northwest coast of Palawan Island 300 miles southwest of Manila The Americans said one officer and 6 enlisted men armed with 3 mortar 4 rifles and a pistol were captured on Capsalay Island off the coast Fifteen other armed Japanese were taken prisoner at Caruray 50 airline miles northwest of Puerto Princcsa The prisoners were being questioned on the possibility they were among the perpetrators of the Palawan massacre of 150 American prisoners of war in November 1944 N H KENDALL DIES SUDDENLY Had Gone to Berkeley to Enter University Mrs Norman H Kendall 110 Carolina S E received word Sat urday morning of the death of her husband Norman H Kendall in Berkeley Cal where he had gone to make arrangements for entering the University of California Ben A Webster father of Mrs Kendall who was in Los Angeles left immediately for Berkeley where he was expected to arrive Saturday afternoon Mr Kendall besides his wife is survived by his parents Dr E C Kendall of the Mayo clinic at Rochester Minn and Mrs Ken dall and a sister He served 4 years with the army in the South Pacific Mrs Kendall formerly Rosa mond Webster had recently arriv ed here from Mexico where she and Mr Kendall had been vaca tioning following his discharge from service FOUND DEAD IN HOTEL ROOM Berkeley Cal man identified by police as Norman H Kendall 26 whose home was at 110 South Carolina Ma son City was found dead in a holel room here Saturday His wrists had been slashed No notes were found Police said they found a letter of introduction written by Ben nett A Webster Kendalls fatherj inlaw to Prof F Harper Swift Swift said he knew Webster but the letter had never been pre sented to him nor had he seen Kendall Peoria 111 Mayor Says Robeson Barred to Prevent Bloodshed Peoria III Carl O Triebel said Saturday that Paul Robeson famed Negro baritone was barred from a public appear ance in Peoria Friday night to prevent bloodshed Robeson charged city authorities with fascism comparable to Franco Spain and nazi Germany Robeson said he would return and other prominent people would come to Peoria soon to give the city council another chance to take similar actions He referred to a recent city council resolution opposing the appearance of any speaker or artist who is an avowed or active propagandist for un American ideology Told of Robesons statements about fascism Mayor Triebel said Well I guess Robeson is a pretty smart boy and he knows about those things All the council and I were trying to do wasto pre vent riots I did what I did to pre vent bloodshed I believed that rouble would occur if Robeson made an appearance It was only common sense to prohibit his ap pearance It certainly was not Protest Bil BanClosec to Shop State Labor DCS Moincs unions throughout Iowa Saturday moved forward with plans for a partial work stoppage and statehotise demonstration Monday against the anticlosed shop and other labor bills before the legislature Union meetings were being call ed for Saturday and Sunday to make plans for the demonstration and to arrange details of providing most essential and public services during the event i The house of representatives where the closed shop bill has been set as a special order of business for Monday appeared ready to go ahead as planned City and state officials mean while gave some lime to a study of plans for handling the crowd which some union officials have said will run into the thousands Union locals in some Iowa cities have announced plans for sending long auto caravans into Des Moincs Police Chief Jack Brophy of Des Moincs said local police had been assured cooperation of the county sheriffs office and the state high way patrol in handling any ab normal flow of traffic which may occur The governors office confirmed that the highway patrol would help with the traffic problem It also was indicated that some pedestrian traffic directors possibly might be needed inside the capitol since the capacity of legislative galleries and the lobby would be wholly inade quate to accommodate any crowd numbering in the thousands Rep Carl Burkman RDes a chief sponsor of an amendment proposing to strength en the anticlosedshop bill said he knew of no move to postpone leg islative action Monday This demonstration is definitely one of intimidation and this leg islature will not be intimidated Brukman said If these men leave their jobs Monday they are vio lating their contracts Labor leaders asserted mean time that the demonstration was spontaneous and that a program for the possible mass appearance of several thousand union men on capitol hill had not been ar ranged Ben Henry regional CIO direc tor said If the house should postpone action Monday I believe the boys would stay with them but that would be up to them to say If the house goes ahead as scheduled it seemed unlikely that final decision on the bill could be made Monday as opponents of the measure have more than 40 amendments on file A A Couch president of the State Federation of Labor said that from calls I have been getting from locals all over the state a oneday work stoppage seems to be in the making Iowa has approximately 160000 AFL members and 40000 CIO members There were Indications that all packing houses in the state might be closed during the demonstra tion A spokesman for the Rail road Brotherhoods however said national laws would prevent members of those unions from tak ing part Labors movement for a demon stration against the anticlosed shop bill cryslalized after the house sifting committee reported out the measure which already has been approved by the state senate In addition the senate Friday passed 2 additional pieces of labor legislation and sent them to the house The new senate bills were handled in that body by Senators Herman B Lord RMuscatine and Fred Maytag RNewton and were approved with virtual ly no debate The measure to ban secondary boycotts would make it illegal for a union or its members to inter fere in a dispute in which they were not directly involved by re fusing to manufacture assemble use handle transport or deliver articles or products of the com pany having the dispute The picketing bill would pro hibit any form of violence against a struck plant or a nonstriking worker and specifically would forbid blockading plant entrances and exits These measures and the anti closed shop bill carry penalties of fines or 30 days in jail for violations Mason City Labor A number of Mason City indus tries and construction projects employing union members will be closed down Monday as the work ers stage a 1day walkout includ ing a caravan to Dos Moines to convince legislators that anti closed shop legislation could have political drawbacks Complete coopcralion between the Mason City CIO unions the Trades and Labor AssemblyAFL and the General Drivers union AFL in observance of a work stoppage Monday was effected Saturday morning in a session which included representatives of all groups The management of Slate Brand Creameries Inc Swift and Com pany the city of Mason City and the International Minerals and Chemical company all have agreed to cooperate with the unions and will not be operating Monday ac cording to an announcement fol lowing trie meeting Jacob E Docker and Sons em ployes also will be off the job Monday except for those needed to maintain essential services such as heating and refrigeration it was stated by union spokesmen The management insisted how ever that the Decker livestock markets would be open and that the plant would remain in opera tion The Mason City Motor Coach company in answer to a number of inquiries announced that its services would not be affected AFL union members employed at the Lehigh Portland Cement plant also are cooperating ac cording to the announcement b it active participation will be limited because of the nature of the in dustry which makes a 1day shut down impossible The Northwest ern States Portland Cement plant is not organized The announcement was issued by Douglas McManncs CIO rep resentative H L Lcakc of the trades and labor assembly and Guy Roark of the general drivers union who met with representa tives of individual unions A mass meeting of all union members in Mason City also is scheduled for 2 p m Sunday aft ernoon in Central park weather permitting and otherwise at the armory At this meeting plans will be completed for a caravan which will start to Des Moines Monday morning at 6 oclock Buses have been chartered for the trip and private autos also will be used so that transportation will be available for everyone wishing to make the trip it was stated All members of local 38 UPWA also have been called to a special meeting in the armory immediate ly after the Central park mass meeting by V e r n o n Belseth UPWA chairman to take action on withdrawal of strike funds 57 New Guard Units Washington army an nounced Saturday that 57 new national guard units have been recognized bringing the total to 1650 Wall Street Strike Temporarily Postponed New York strike of Wall street financial employes called for Monday has been tem porarily postponed the United Financial Employes Union AFL announced Saturday The union has agreed to have representatives meet Monday with a 3man mediation Aboard ap pointed by Acting Mayor JohnJ Bennett Jr in an effort to settle the dispute between the employes and Wall street financial houses Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy and cold Saturday night with lowest temperature 28 to 32 Sunday partly cloudy somewhat warm er in afternoon Iowa Partly cloudy and cold with freezing temperatures Sat urday night Sunday partly cloudy and somewhat warmer Low Saturday night 28 to 32 High Sunday 45 to 50 Minnesota Partly cloudy south and mostly cloudy with scat tered light showers north por tion Saturday night and Sun day Somewhat warmer north west portion Saturday night and entire stale Sunday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Saturday morning Maximum 51 Minimum 30 At 8 a m Saturday 33 YEAR AGO Maximum 66 Minimum 19 ;