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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 26, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME J AM AUCHIVc IA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS LIU Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY APRIL 26 1947 Paper Consists of Tw No 169 LEGISLATURE PASSES SCHOOL AID MANYNEWACTS ARE APPROVED IN LEGISLATURE Several of Governors Recommendations Hit Snag in 1947 Session By KENNETH HOPPING Des Moines 1947 ses sion of the Iowa legislature has been recorded for what it did am what it failed or refused to do The journals show that it adopt ed some of Gov Robert D Blues recommendations turned down many of the executive proposals and enacted a lot oE new laws on its own initiative Here is a birds eye view of what it did It boosted state spending of tax money to ftr the ncx biennium up about over 2 years ago Required taxpayers io pay the full rate in 1948 on the state in come they earned during 1947 The fund to meet the appropria tions will be increased by 000 through this change Increased the salaries of public officials and employes from gov ernor down about 20 per cent on the average Greater increases were allowed in such cases as the governors salary boosted from to a year supreme court justices also were placed at a 510000 annual top Decided for the first time to give all public school districts State financial support based on the number of their pupils Dur ing the next 2 years only this will be 11 cents per pupil in the ele mentary grades and 14 cents in the high schools Provided that county boards of education in the future should oe elected by the voters and en couraged to promote their own and state plans for the reorganiza tion of Iowa school districts Each board will have from the state to carry on the program Approved labor legislation which would outlaw closed and union shop agreements and make it un lawful for unions to interfere in labor disputes where their mem bers are not directly involved These were known as the anti closed shop and secondary boycott bills Decided that persons who con tract diseases as a result of their employment should be compensat ed on the same basis as those now entitled to benefits in the case of physical injury or death Increased by a week the maximum amount of benefits that might be collected in workmens compensation and unemployment compensation benefits The new top is a week Revamped the board of control setup which administers the states penal corrective mental and sim ilar institutions The board was authorized to hire 4 supervisory experts Approved issuance of 000 of state bonds to pay a bonus to Iowa veterans of World war II if the voters also approve in the 1948 general election Voted money to local taxing dis tricts to repay them during the TRUMAN GREETS MARSHALL Secretaiy Vstate George Marshall right arrived from Moscow Saturday and was greeted with a smile and handclasp by President Truman at the Washington airport ff if f f Jf Truman Well Pleased With Marshalls Work at Moscow President Welcomes Secretary Home From Conference of Big 4 Washington UR Presiden Truman Saturday greeted Secre ary of State George F Marshal on his return from Moscow and old him he was well pleased vith Marshalls work at the big oreign ministers conference I know that when you make pour report to the people the president said they will be wel ileascd also The conferenceworn secretary vho left the United States 53 days go was assured of a busy sched ule Sunday night he will go to the vhite house at Mr Trumans in to give the president anc anking members of both congres ional parties a firsthand report n the Moscow conference and his alk with soviet osef Stalin prime minister next 2 years for funds lost through granting property tax exemptions to war veterans Set up a program under which southern Iowa a neec basis recognized for the first time be able to get more state money for surfacing their muc roads which serve as farm to market outlets Created a legislative citizens committee to present a program for expansion of the primary road system to the 1949 legislature which will have more money to work on when the primary road bonds are paid off in 1950 Gave the conservation commis sion approval to go ahead with plans for creating 6 new articifial lakes in southern Iowa and im proving other land and water fa cilities for recreation Put the assessment of all gen eral property for local taxation purposes in the hands of the coun ty auditor and a deputy assessor with the elimination of township assessors and all city assessors ex cept in cities over 10000 What the legislature considered but did not do Impose new regulations on the sale of beer or legalize sale of liquor by the drink Limit the term of governors to 4 years through a constitutional amendment Make the 3 members of the state commerce commission and superintendent of public instruc tion elective instead of appoint ive Enact laws for state utility reg ulation or slum clearance Abolish the legislative interim committee Create a single state department to deal with veterans affairs Provide for appointment of a personnel director to have charge of the classification of state em ployes jobs and wages The president cut short a cruise n the Potomac to go out to Na ional airport to greet the rcturn ng secretary when his 4cngined lane landed here Marshall told the president he vas profoundly impressed by le presidents greeting and by the remendous crowd at the air trans ort command terminal which velcomed him home Marshall said he took it as a ribute to the efforts he and his ssociates have been making to arry out the nations policies Marshall will make his report o the people in a radio broad ast Monday night at p m ST The broadcast will be carried ver all major radio networks ex cept Columbia Broadcasting sys tem As Marshall stepped out of his plane and looked at the large crowd he said I become more favorably im pressed with America all the time I and my associates had an important mission We attempted to do our best in the interests of the United States and the world so people can have the peace of mind and comfort of life to which they are entitled as soon as pos sible At the airport with Mr Truman to greet Marshall were Undersec retary of State Dean Acheson Sen Tom Connally and Secretary of Commerce W Averell Harriman Marshall said he would confer briefly with Acheson at the state department and then would leave by plane for Pinehurst N Car where his wife is staying at their lodge BOYCOTT BAN BILL TO BLUE Legislature Passes 2nd Measure to Curb Labor De Moincs A second bil restricting Iowa union labor was on its way to Gov Robert D Blue following passage of a companion measure to the anticlosed shop bill passed earlier in the week The house Friday passed 7822 the senateapproved measure to outlaw secondary boycotts and jurisdiclional strikes Provision of the bill would 1 Make it unlawful for union members to force or require any employer other than their own employer to recognize deal with comply with the demands of or employ members of any labor union 2 Make it illegal for any labor union to order a slowdown or work stoppage because of a dis pute between unions with respect to jurisdiction over or the right to do work of such em ployer 3 Outlaw use of strikes coer cion or force to require any per son form or corporation to cease selling transporting or delivering goods or products to any other person firm or corporation Housecleaning Nets Ohio Man Chadron Ohio Spring lousecleaining was considered a worthy enterprise Saturday by Asher Hill 70yearold resident of nearby a day of ummaging in his attic netted him the tidy sum of Opening a small moldy suit case in the attic of his residence Hills eyes popped when the stock of oldstyle large bills popped out of the traveling bag The money was the property of Stockham 72yearold brotherinlaw of Hill who died T weeks ago Working for years is a day laborer Stockham was onsidered by his friends a rugal man and never married Hill said Had I known all that money in the house I wouldnt have lept a wink Hill added SECRETARY OF LABOR ENTERS PHONE DISPUTE Schwellenbach Meets With Key Officials of Striking Union Washington Secretary Labor Schwellenbach taking a active hand in negotiations calle in key union leaders Saturday i the midst of no less than a separ ate conferences aimed at seltlin the 20dayold telephone strike In shirt sleeves Schwcllenbac met the union officials in his of fice as top government conciliator pressed for a compromise wag offer to end the dispute As he went into the conference President Joseph A Beirne of th National Federation of Telephon Workers told reporters the unio has received no wage offer a yet from the Bell system Rejection by an important tele phone system unit of a union pro posal to go back to work for a weekly of th previously demanded this comment from John J Moran vice president of the Nationa Federation of Telephone Workers It seems to me the company i more interested in continuing the strike than in getting a settlement They told us they were not going to make a wage offer They admit they have the abil ty to pay They admit there is a jencral wage movement in thi country They had told us tha after steel General Motors and hose other companies settled hey would definitely move too Now the rest have moved Bu the Telephone company wont of cr us a cent There was no further commen ram company officials The reduced union pay demanc ave government conciliators narrower field in which to seek a compromise But a labor depart ment spokesman denied reports hat its conciliators are pressing or a settlement The longlines division of the American Telephone and Tele graph key unit in the unacceptable the union offer to settle the dispute by accepting half of the de manded when the strike began April 7 Instead the company offered nce again to arbitrate wages on a ocal basis but the union declined ticking by its demand for bar aining on a national basis Government conciliators sched jled two other major conferences iaturday between important Bell ystem companies and the unions f their employes affiliated with he striking National Federation of elephone Workers These are the Vestern Electric company and he Southwestern Bell Telephone ompany The governmentsponsored ne otiations for the 20000 long lines vorkers began Friday night and vere set to continue Saturday morning The NFTW policy committee re uccd the wage demand to to ring it into line with the 15cent ourly wage increases for steel uto and electric manufacturing nions The rejection in the long lines ivision came Friday night from eorge S Dring assistant vice resident He added in a statement lat he promptly offered to arbi wages areafayarea but lat John J Moran head of the nerican Union of Telephone Vorkers and vice president of he NFTW replied Even if such a plan were ac eptable to the long lines union it have to go to the policy ommiltee of the NFT for ap roval Moran said later the company efused to make any cash offer Father Flanagan Honored Tokyo Edward J Flanagan founder of the Nebras ka Boys Town Saturday was made an honorary member of the Tokyo Cub Scout pack HOUSE DAMAGED BY Bystanders look over the damage caused whenaTac cumulation of gas exploded in the home of Dr Clifford D Grant at Clinton Iowa Fri day night Mrs Hulda Grant 53 died of asphyxiation 2 hours before the explosion Coroner Donald E Hill said Saturday X tlinton Dr Donald E Hill coroner announced Saturday that no inquest will be held into the death of Mrs C D Grant wife of a socially prominent dentist whose body was found Friday aft ernoon after a gas fume explosion lad wrecked the couples home located in an exclusive resi dential district In reaching his decision Dr stated there was no evidence to substantiate any theory of foul play Coroner Hill said Mrs Grant 3 died of asphyxiation 2 hours icforc the accumulation of gas somehow was ignited The blast blew out sections of outer walls of the home smashed the interior and pitched furniture about The husband Dr Clifford D Grant was at his office at the time and no one else was in the house Police Chief Herman Thomsen reported Fire Chief Harold Nelson said he had not learned what caused the gas to explode Thomsen Nelson and Hill searched the premises and said no note was found Policemen at the scene said a small fire was extinguished by a yard man working nearby No other evidence of flames was ap parent Carl Bcntrup workman who was about 50 yards ram the house said he did not see the blast but suddenly the earth just shook under me Authorities said Mrs Grant ap parently was in the kitchen near the gas stove when she was fatal ly overcome The husband was griefstricken when he arrived home and saw his wifes body HOPES RISE IN PHONE MEETING MinnesotaGovernor Reports Progress St Paul first note of ptimism appeared in the regional egotiations of the telephone strike Saturday Gov Luther W Youngdahl rc orted progress in his meetings nth bargaining representatives of Vorthwestern Bell Telephone corn any and the Northwest Union of clephone Workers Friday Although he was committed to ay no more the governor did ex ress hope that he be able o bring the 2 parties together I feel this dispute is of such reat importance to the people of us 5 state area Youngdahl said that we just cannot fail He was to resume his talks with ie negotiators Saturday morning o far he has spent most of his me conferring with company epresentatives headed by J H Cremers Northwestern Bell vice resident Youngdahl invited the parties to he dispute to confer with him ere but the invitation was not ccepted until Wednesday after egotiations failed at Omaha hone Picket Held for ressing as Woman San Francisco UR Police auled William J Sefer 29 out of telephone strike picket line Fri ay and arrested him for imper onating a female Officers re orted he was wearing womens othing and earring a sign which ad I am ashamed to show my face husband is a scab Chrysler and Union Reported Near Settlement of 15 Cents UAW Also Awaits From Ford Motor to Bid for Wage Increase Detroit Corpora tion and the CIO Auto Workers Union racing to beat a contract expiration deadline were reported near agreement Saturday on a 15 cent hourly pay hike for Chrys lers 70000 production workers Chrysler smallest of the big 3 auto makers and the only one fac ing a 30day strike notice began to negotiate in earnest when giant General Motors and the UAW reached the first 1947 wage agree ment in the auto industry Thurs day night The thriceextended 1946 ler contract expires at midnight Saturday night Negotiators were closeted all day Friday in unin terrupted talks until 1 a m Sat urday morning and scheduled 2 bargaining sessions Saturday Chyrsler negotiations started last October but remained fruit less as both sides awaited setting of the 1947 wage formula in mass production industries The 15cent pattern emerged as a flat 11J cent hike and cents in holiday pay and other fringe concessions during the past month Agreement between the CIO United Steel Workers and big steel last week at 15 cents sparked GM negotiations to settlement with its 220000 UAW workers The UAW also awaited a reply from Ford Motor company to its iid for an immediate upward ad justment of wages though the Ford UAW contract runs until May 31 The powerful union shaken by damaging internal disputes and drained by the costs of the pro onged AllisChalmers and J I Case strikes in Wisconsin com pletely dropped its original de mands for a 231 cent boost The UAW also dropped its de mands for a guaranteed 40hour work week and an employerfi nanced pension and welfare plan against General Motors The social security demands listed last Jan uary as a basic 1947 union goal still remained on the UAW docket in its negotiations with the rest of the auto industry Fort Dodge Man Dies Victim of Auto Crash Deal 42 of Fort Dodge died in a hospital here Sat urday morning from injuries suf fered in an automobile crash in which G persons were injured on U S highway 169 a mile north of Algona on the night o April 12 In the accident Deals wife was fatally injured She died at the hospital 2 days after the crash Three others hurt in the crash are now at their homes and the fourth Melvin Baas farmer near Burt is in the Veterans hosiptal at Des Moines FINISHES WORK BY ACCEPTANCE OFCOMPROMISE Proposed Beer Control Legislation Fails to Come Out of Conference DCS Moincs 1947 Iowa legislature completed its work Saturday with acceptance by both houses or a compromise report on school aid The house by a 90 to 0 vote followed the senate which a short time earlier had voted 44 to 0 to accept a conference committee re port which adds nearly 000 to state school aid provisions made hy previous legislatures The action completed the ses sions work except for technicali ties to be accomplished by a skeleton stafC early next week Proposed beer control legislation fell by the wayside when a con ference committee on the beer saloon bill failed to agree As finally approved the legis lation will appropriate a total of 513000000 a year during the next bicnnium for all types of school aid which was the amount the senate had insisted upon The fig ure was 52125000 less than the amount originally voted by the house Included in the total is 000 for general aid to all school districts to be distributed on the jasis of average pupil enrollment The other amounts included 2 000000 a year in land tax credits annually for school transportation costs Sl000000 a year in supplemental aid a year for handicapped children and of miscellaneous an nual aids Two conference committees were iccessary before differences be wecn the two houses were settled The house conferees at first in sisted upon restoring general aid 0 an evcn 58000000 a year hut Gov Robert D Blue said he would lot approve any such increase There also had been some dis pute over a section which pro vided that state aid could be used jy school districts only for the teaching of a basic curriculum re quiring them to make a special tax evy to cover costs of any special courses This was compromised by re moving from the bill a clause un der which the state comptroller oulcl refuse to permit any proper y tax increase for school pur oses unless the costs of basic caching and special courses were ieprcgaled in separate budgets For a time Saturday forenoon t appeared the school aid bill might prevent the legislators from getting out of town Saturday The lossiblc delay loomed when the irst conference committee failed o agree and a new one had to be named in each house Speaker G T Kuester RGris vold appointed the same house members of the first conference committee to serve on the second ihey were Reps Williams Ingalls Putney Schwengcl Lt Gov Ken neth A Evans REmerson ap jointed a different group to serve or the senate They were Senators Cnudson Musmaker Elthon and acobson Clocks were stopped in the sen ate and house Friday noon Prac ical adjournment was scheduled o occur Saturday with most legis ators returning to their homes A skelton staff will remain to omplete the mechanical process ng of legislation incident to sine die adjournment Monday or Tues day SAME Black means traffic dtith In out 14 hour See Signs of General Leveling Off of Prices In Nationwide Move by Retail Merchants Tlv TTVTTFn PRPCC 1A By UNITED PRESS The retail merchants campaign o overcome buyer resistance by cutting prices spread to new com munities including metropolitan Vew York Saturday amid signs of a general leveling off of prices Seven stores in Jackson Heights a Queens Borough residential sec ion announced a 10 per cent rice reduction effective Saturday n the east New York section of Brooklyn 150 stores planned sim lar price slashes next Tuesday Seventyfive White Plains mer chants endorsed the Ncwbury port plan and urged other mcr hants to join them More communities from coast to oast adopted the price cut plan iriginated by merchants at Ncw JUryport Mass who slashed I prices 10 per cent on a 10day trial basis The newest recruits in cluded Medford and Old Town Me and Idaho Falls Ida The price cut on a retail level still was criticized by the United States Chamber of Commerce and spokesmen for Manufacturers and Wholesalers association as econ omically unsound However small cracks were be ginning to appear in prices at the manufacturing level The picture included Steel The New York State Steel Fabricators association an nounced at Rochester that it would seek contract revision with big steel producers that might result in a five to 10 per cent price cut to consumers on steel products including construction materials The association said it would seek quarterly price quotations to re place escalator clauses in present contracts Household Norton president of the Mont gomery Ward and company told a stockholders meeting in Chicago that suppliers were offering price cuts in textiles home furnishings and some durable goods New York chains slashed prices of small table model radios as much as 40 per cent One large manufacturer ad vertised threeband cluding frequency its larger models as a new entice ment to buyers It was a broad castshort waveFM pushbutton radio similar to the companys 1941 model but had not been of fered since the war Some layoffs were reported by radio manu facturers Refrigeration The Master Freeze Corp at Sister Bay Wjs announced prices 34 freezers that per it was cutting cent on home United Press na tionwide survey revealed a decid ed slump in building because of rising buyer costs of resistance materials and A large New York builder advertised a limited number of unoccupied five year old homes at under the average of price set for a four and one half room home in the suburbs Other New York builders were offering qualified veterans new homes without any down the govern ment underwriting part of the mortgage under provisions of the GI loan First break in building material costs came with the announce ment of the Detroit Steel Products company that it would cut prices of steel casement window by 5 per cent and eliminate escala tor clauses in all material con tracts report ed hesitant to stock wide choice of wear at present prices Womens wear moving in clear ance sales Manufacturers report ed ready to switch styles for fall market if demand falls off in womens woolens Some unem ployment reported in garment in dustry Farm Equipment Glenn M Rogers Inc Buffalo N Y an nounced reductions of 20 per cent on all products crediting the fav orable prospects for labor peace offered by new big steel con tract Meat Co cut its wholesale price to 10 per cent In Los Angeles 2000 members of the Retail Meat Dealers Associa tion were voting on a proposed 10 per cent price cut Also on the food front the W F McLaughlin Co largest coffee roaster in the midwest reduced its prices 10 per cent On the op posite side of drastically low announced by the department of agriculture was expected to pre vent any great reduction in the price of cooking oils BIG 4 UNKNOWN Dublin S80 question inthe Theater Royal luiz show went unanswered Fri day night It was Name the Big Four foreign ministers who took t in the Moscow conference the picture the cotton crop Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair Saturday night and Sunday Somewhat warmer Saturday night with lowest temperature 40 to 45 owa Fair Saturday night and Sunday Somewhat warmer Saturday night mild Sunday Low Saturday night 42 north to 45 south High Sunday 66 to 74 Minnesota Partly cloudy Satur day night with a few showers near Canadian border Sunday generally fair Somewhat warm er Saturday night Cooler in ex treme north portion Sunday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hours period ending at 8 oclock Saturday morning Maximum 60 Minimum 35 At 8 a m Saturday 52 YEAR AGO Maximum 67 Minimum St ;