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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 20, 1948, Mason City, Iowa HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS KIL VOL LIV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY APRIL 20 1948 This Paper Consists of Two One No 165 Set Hearing for Keokuk Disputed Mayoral Election Keokuk hearing on Keokuks contested March 23 mayoral election will be held May 14 by the city council Former Mayer John Bierman was beaten for the office by Frank Willmering by a margin of 37 votes He asked a recount Mayor Willmering appointed Safety Commissioner Harold Del ahoyde as presiding officer at the hearing File in Suits Involving Car and Train Accident Suits for involving the death of 2 men when their car was struck by a Rock Island Rocket at Northwood will be tried before a jury in U S district court here Aug 30 Federal Judge Henry N Graven announced Tues day The 2 suite against the Rock Is land railroad were filed by G M Lundberg Northwood administra tor of the estate of Clifford A Lundberp for J30640G6 and Mrs Dorothy E Stitt Waterloo as ad ministrator of the estate of her fa ther Albert Yaroshek for 93730 The date for trial was set at a conference between the judge and attorneys for both sides Although separate cases it was agreed that the suits would be tried jointly SAME means death ID U Form Property Values in Iowa Up 72 Rank 7th in Nation Washington land values climbed 18 per cent in South Dakota 17 per cent in Nebraska and 12 per cent in the year ended March 1948 the agriculture department reported Tuesday The agriculture department said that farm land values on March 1 had climbed tothe record of March level that collapsed short ly thereafter Thesegains were among the largest in the nation showed the largest per South Dakotas rise was second Nebraska stood3rd in the country Kansas 4th with a 16 per cent gain Wyoming 5th with a 14 per cent rise Texas 6th with a 13 per cent advance and Iowas 12 per cent increase made it 7th Farm real estate values for the United States as a whole rose T per cent front March 1947 to March 1948 This advance compares wiih the 12 per cent gain tered in the previous year It is the smallest increase recorded since 1942 i Altogether 12 states had land value increases of 10 per cent or more Only Louisiana and California reported lower average values a year ago The gains were largely concen trated in the wheat and range livestock areas The department said voluntary farm land sales during the past year were 15 per cent below the record high volume reported for the corresponding period a year earlier Iowas March 1948 laud values were 108 per cent above the 1935 39 average In Nebraska they were up 79 per cent from that average and in South Dakota up 75 per cent For the whole United States farm land values had by this March soared 105 per cent above the 193539 average Values for the nation are now equal to those reported in 1920 the peak year after World war I with 32 states having averages above their 1920 levels In Iowa and Nebraska however farm real estate on this March was still just 70 per cent of the 1920 peaks In South Dakota val ues were only 50 per cent of that high mark Said the department In this state South as well as in the entire northern plains area it is probable that drought conditions in the 30s changed prevailing attitudes to ward the long run prospects for crop production and brought about a shift to generally lower value levels Whether the present boom might collapse like the earlier one the department did not try to forecast The sharp break in land prices in 1920 followed a steep decline in foreign buying of American food Officials said there are no signs now of any big drop in foreign de mand In fact the multibillion dollar European recovery program is expected to maintain a good for eign farm product market for an other year or more The department reported evi dence of a slowing up of the boom It said the volume of sales during the past year decreased 15 per cent from the record volume of the previous year It said reports from real estate firms indicate a fur ther decrease in the year ahead A heavy portion of farm sales were for cash the department said Individuals and commercial banks made almost 34ths of the loans advanced for farm purchases GOVERNOR GREEN S Gov Green to Keynote GOP Session Philadelphia Dwight H Green of Illinois will deliver the keynote address at the re publican national convention here in June and House Speaker Joseph W Martin Jr Mass probably will be the parleys permanent chairman Green was elected unanimously as the conventions temporary chairman by the 32member con vention arrangements committee Monday night The committee also unanimous ly recommended Martin for the permanent chairmanship which was tantamount to his formal election by the convention dele gates The committee will meet again Tuesday to select a secretary ser geantatarms and other officers Mrs Dudley C Hay republican national committeewoman from Michigan was faWred for secre tary while Pennsylvania secretary of internal affairs William S Liv engood Jr Vic McKenzie Ore Hugh Huntingdon Ohio and U S Senate Sergeantatarms Edward McGinnis were mentioned for chiefsergeantatarms Floods Strike Midwest Areas Ohio River Crest Hits Indiana and Kentucky By UNITED PRESS A series of floods struck in the midwest Tuesday as 5 streams went out of their banks in North Dakota and the Big Ohio river crest moved majestically through Indiana and Kentucky territory The weary army of volunteers and soldiers who won the battle to save Newport Ky from inun dation Tuesday began the task of pumping out basements and flush ing mud from streets flooded by seepage which the men women and children could not keep out The Ohio was expected to crest Tuesday morning at nearly 70 feet near New Albany and Jefferson ville Ind where about 125 fam ilies have been sheltered in tents National guard officials said however that the southern In diana flood emergency was over The Ohios tributaries the Upper White and the Wabash rivers were reported falling at all points The 5 rivers out of their banks in North Dakota were the Park the Tongue the Forest the Red and the Sheyenne The Park river poured 2 feet of water into residential and busi ness areas of Groiton fl Dak forcing 25 families to leave their homes The water threatened to knock otTt generators at thr Graf ton power plant and cut off tele phone communications into the town Italy Vote Indicates Red Blow Vice Premier Says Communists Out of New Government Rome from Italys crucial elections indicated Tues day a smashing anticommunist victory and Vice Premier Giuseppe Saragat announced the commun ists will not be admitted into Italys new government The returns from threefourths of Italys senatorial districts showed the anti communist parties 2 to 1 ahead of the com munistled popular front coalition Premier Alcide de Gasperi Americanbacked Christian demo cratic party had almost half the total votes in the election test be tween the east and the west and may yet get an absolute majority The returns indicated that the Christian democrats with the aid of other anticommunist parties including Saragats socialists would have undisputed control of both the senate and the chamber of deputies The interior ministrys tabula tions on the senate vote counted first gave the Christian demo crats 8171569 or 474 per cent of the vote The popular front coal ition of communist and leftwing socialists got 5382976 votes or 313 per cent Returns from 4478 of 41525 sections in the vote for the cham ber gave the Christian democrats 2131608 the front 936207 and e anticommunist socialites 269393 The votes for minor parties swelled the anticommunist total Alcide De Gasperi Italys Chris tian democratic premier said the returns were beyond his fondest dreams The communists had very little to say Pietro Ingrao director of the communist party newspaper LUnita declared in a formal statement that the communist dominated popular front without any doubt will represent a de cisive element in the future par liament and in the country De Gasperi confessing that he had been too pessimistic about the elections told Italians Tuesday the chief reason for his partys vic tory was the nations firm inten tion not to be The premiers statement broad cast over the Italian radio net work said he had anticipated his party would have a plurality in the vote But I never dreamed of affirm ing as they the communistdom inated popular front did that we would have an absolute majority the statement said A high official of De Gasperi party said earlier that it appeared the party might win clearcut con trol of both the chamber of depu ties and the senate The partial returns so far in from both senatorial and chamber of deputies contests showed the Christian democrats running ahead of the popular front almos everywhere even in the north where the left has its greates strength Lewis Is Fine Free Loaf of Bread With Each Purchase in Muscat ine Price War Muscatine bread price war being waged by Muscatine grocers hit a new pitch Tuesday Some offered a free loaf of bread with each pur chase of groceries Othersxirr Hiediatdy offered free bread with csch purchase If the housewife warned bread only however it cost her 10 cents a lonf The price started when a supermarkefcut its bread prices from 17 cents to 12 cents Gro cers promptly brought their price to a dime Disorderly Conduct Charge Filed Against Decker Plant Picket Lonnie Cory 920 9th N E wa released under bond by Po lice Judge B R Dunn Tuesday after Cory was arrested on charge of disorderly conduct filed by E E Cornelius a wprker in the Jacob E Decker and Son plant Cornelius charged tha Cory was a picket at the strike bound plant and pulled the whip radio antenna from his car as h vyas driving through the picke line 20000 Britain Due Biggest Cut in Aid Fund Washington is due lor a slice of the European recovery program congress learned Tues day The next biggest aid allotments all of them tentative are 800000 to France to Italy to the Nether lands and to the U S British zones of western Ger many In translating the dollars into the things western Europeneeds most to regain its economic feet the recovery program planners ex pect to spend for grain for cotton for petroleum and for tobacco These and many other long secret figures were submitted to the house appropriations commit tee by Paul G Hoffman economic aid administrator They were made public by the committee as it summoned Hoff man to a closed door session to determine how much money con gress should make available for the actual operation of the pro gram In passing the European recov ery act earlier this month the lawmakers simply grave the go ahead signal leaving the issue of funds to IHV decided later But to provide a quick start congress said the reconstruction finance corporation could put un sum to be repaid later out of the ERP appropriation Also of the total another 000000000 is to be raised by ex portimport bank bond issues And before congress got around to act ing finally on the recovery bill it approved a stopgap ad vance to keep earlier supply lines to Europe filled Chairman Taber RN Y said the hearings may last several weeks That brings down to 000000 the amount Hoffman now is asking the appropriations com mittee to approve Of the 17 European countries including western Germany which have agreed to help themselves and each other as a condition ol American aid only and down for no money during the first year of the 4year recovery project Switzerland was said to require no assistance this year and Por tugals help will come from other sources the committee was told Others besides the top 5 and the amounts tentatively ear marked for them are Howard Lang Sentenced 22 Years Chicago Lang 13 youngest murder defendant in Chicago history was sentenced to 22 years imprisonment Tuesday for killing his 7 year old play mate Lang confessed he killed Lonnie Fellick last Oct 18 in a forest re serve He stabbed him and crushed his head with a heavy rock after forcing a 3rd boy to hold the vic tims legs Langs mother Mrs Alma Lang who has been married 5 times wept when sentence was passed bj Judge Daniel A Roberts in crim inal court Government Keeps Jail Term Threat Washington Lewis was fined and the United Mine workers for contempt and the government kept hanging over Lewis the threat of a jail sentence The possibility of jail still remained because Judge T Alan Goldsborough imposed the fines only for criminal con tempt He will act Friday on a finding that Lewis and the UMW are guilty also of civil contempt for failing to heed a courts stopstrike order Assistant Attorney General H Graham Morison said the govern ment might recommend a jail sentence Friday if the coal minefS are not working He said frankly that the purpose of the delay was to see whether the miners now settle down to full working schedules It was not clear from reaction in the field what the miners rnight do Some said we got a dirty deal Others called thefines not too bad Morison recommended only fines for criminal contempt Goldstar ough accepted the recommendation but said it had beeii his own in clination to send Lewis to jail Lewis sat silently through the proceedings in U S district court massive jaws twitched but therwise he gave no sign of emo Wirephoto LEWIS L Lewis UMW president walks impassively from court Tuesday after being fined 320000 Attorney Welly K Hopkins accompanies Lewis U S Wants Other Nations to Join in Troops to Palestine Lake Success States said Tuesday it would pro vide troops for Palestine if other countries to be selected by the United Nations would join them U S Chief Delegate Warren R Austin told the special Palestine assemblys 58naiioa political com mittee that his government is not prepared to act alone in this matter Austin admitted that direct talks with certain governments over furnishing troops so far had been fruitless Pleading for U N assembly ac ceptance of the American program for a temporary U N trusteeship in the Holy Land in lieu of par tition Austin said The United Stales is willing to undertake its share of responsibil ity for the provision of police forces which are required during a truce and temporary trusteeship along with other members who may be selected by the general as sembly and who are willing to carry out such a task in accord ance with the will of the assembly and with the provisions of the charter While the United States is pre pared to carry its fair share of the U N burden involved in such a temporary trusteeship it is not prepared to act alone in this mat ter Our participation will be con ditioned upon a readiness of other Costa Rica Ruler Quits Jose C IU Teodoro Picado resigned Tuesday and announced that the uncondi tional surrender of his military forces to those of Gen Jose Fi gueres leader an uprising against the government would be effected within 24 hours Picado prepared to leave the country as soon as possible He turned over his power to a pro visional government headed by Santos Leon Herrera 74 3rd vice president Herrera will serve as president until May 8 by which time the new government was expected to be set up and functioning to provide similar not specify which governments assistance Austin did countries had been approached on providing troops but it was under stood overtures have been made to Britain and France Under an American draft trusteeship plan nations providing troops would be named in a special agreement reached by the assembly The United Stats presumably does not want any red army troops in Palestine NEW TOPPERS FOR WENKeneth Hopkins who usually designs hats fo models a trio of his creations for men hats that he feels give a man zip dash author ity humor or unassailable dignity Left to right Lou Gorman wearing a new type straw with jockey visor Hopkins fitting Orin Borsten with an informal sport hatberet and Harold Chapman modeling a street hat brown taffeta with pheasant UAW Executive Board Favors Chrysler Strike Detroit 22man exec utive board of the CIO United Au omobile Workers Union Tuesday unanimously authorized a strike by 75000 Chrysler Cojporation employes if necessary to win wage demands Whether a strike will be called was left to the discretion of Nor man Matthews UAW regional di rector in charge of the unions hrysler department A spokesman said the boards vote was unanimous on Matthews notion for strike authorization to sack up his demands for an 18i cents an hour pay boost Number of Idle Miners at 250000 Pittsburgh than 1500QO miners struck again Tues day in a bitter protest against the conviction of John L Lewis on contempt of court charges The protest walkout swelled the number of men idle to about 250 000 of the 400000 miners employed in the soft coal fields Although the miners were angry over the treatment of their union president some UMW district lead ers urged their men to return to work Industry spokesmen said they believed the protest strikes would be short because Lewis I escaped a jail sentence Backtowork recommendations were made by George J Titler president of UMW district 29 at Beckley W and Hugh White president of UMW district 12 at Springfield 111 District presidents in Pennsyl vania withheld such orders Frank Wilson president of UKTVV district 13 Albia Iowa said the fines is very unfair and un just both in regard to Mr Lewis personally and the miners I don1 know what the union will do bui the temper of the men is worked up just as mine is It is another case of persecution by the govern ment which has always taken the part of the operators The statebystate strike picture West Virginia 71000 on strike Kentucky 52000 Pennsylvania 31000 Illinois 23000 Alabama 22000 Ohio 13000 Indiana 6000 Utah 4000 Tennessee 7000 Vir ginia 8000 Burning Auto Sets Off Own Fire Alarm G I e n a a 1 e Cal was something ofa selfstarting fire in the L L Biggs sedan but luckily it also had an alarm This is the way Fire Marshal Al Hunt caid it must have hap pened The car was parked In the Bigna garage Monday gtjar shift in re verse Fire possibly from a cig aret broke out shortcircuiting the starter and backing the car right through the garage doors It stopped after a few feet and the briskly burning blaze short circuited other wires setting off the horn That woke up the Biggses and they called the fire department Death Overtakes Tot in Second Attempt Chicago year old Richard Roth toddled out to play Monday irorrJng ard prorviytly fell a deep lily pond A couaiv scvocl i r1 drowning His mother Mrs Catherine Roth dried away his tears changed his clothing and let him out again to play with his tricy cle A few seconds later Richard was run over and killed by a truck Belniond Explosion Suits to Be Tried in US Court Here Two suits totaling against General Mills Inc grow ing out of a hexane gas explosion at the Belmond plant will be tried before a federal court jury in Mason City June 15 U S District Judge Henry N Graven announced Tuesday The 2 cases although filed sep arately will be consolidated for trial it was decided at a confer ence between the judge and attor neys for both sides Ben Brasser Jr is suing for and Harry Leonard for in connection with in juries they claim to have suffered in the explosion Feb 181947 They were employed by the Winger Construction company doing work at the General Mills plant accord ing to the petitions ion But his attorney Welly K Hop kins cried out that the govern ment attorneys were demanding their pound of flesh He also accused the government f political motives That brought a protest from Morison and Goldsborough ruled the re marks out of order Hopkins shouted God forgive them They know not what they do to all the 5000 00 men women and children in he jurisdiction of this union Criminal contempt is a penalty lor disobedience of a court or in ury to the dignity of the court and ts orders Civil contempt proceedings are a means for enforcing a court or der If unobeyed Assistant Attorney General Gra iam Morison told reporters after the court hearing that the reason for delaying the civil contempt sentencing until Friday yvas to ex ercise a club over Lewis and the union to get all the miners back to Work He said another heavy even a jail penalty against Lewis is possible if all the miners are not back at work by that time The idea is to provide time to see what they will do by Friday Morison said Asked specifically if the justice department may recommend jail for Lewis if part of the miners are still out Friday Morison said We might Immediately after Goldsborough acted AFL President William Green issued a statement saying that punishment of labor or labor leaders for exercising the right to stop work will cause resentment in the minds of those directly con cerned and by those who are in directly affected Green added The best interests of the gov ernment would be served if its representatives would stop imme diately their attempt to prosecute and punish the mineworkers and their leaders and instead concen trate their efforts toward bringing bout full production in sufficient to meet the maximum na ional needs During the entire court proceed ngs Lewis sat stolidly with carcely a single motion Once or twice his heavy jowls twitched fees Iowa City Dishes Iowa City earthquake visited Iowa City Monday night The earth tremors lasting aboui 20 minutes apparently did no damage Police were deluged with calls asking what was causing dishes to rattle in cupboards anc windows to shake A low rumbling noise and con cussion jarred bviildings in al parts of the city but resulted in no known damage The quake apparently was cen tered at or very near Iowa City Cedai Rapids 25 rues to th aorth reported no disrurba2ee Police Davijvporc and Otnomwa reported that tiv quake had not been felt there One of the oldest rings extan is a gold Egyptian circlet found a Ghizeh and bearing the inscrip tion of Cheops for whose tomb on of the pyramids was built Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clearing and cooler Tuesday night Wednesday part ly cloudy and a little warmer Low Tuesday night near 35 High Wednesday 65 to 70 Iowa Clearing and cooler Tues day night Wednesday partly cloudy Warmer west and cen tral portions Low Tuesday night 34 north 43 south High Wednesday 64 to 68 5lDay Weaker Temperatures will about 7 to 10 degrees above normal Normal highs 81 north 63 south Normal lows 37 north 42 south Cool Wednesday Be coming warmer Thursday Warmer Friday with light showers in the east Becoming cooler Saturday with more light showers mostly in the eastern half Rainfall will av erage twotenths to fourtenths of an inch eastern Iowa little or no rairi in western half Minnesota Fair and cooler Tues day night Wednesday partly cloudy warmer south and east portions INMASON CITY GlobeGazetxe for 2i period oclock Ti Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Tuesday Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum 42 Minimum 25 at 3 42 42 trace ;