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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 19, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOLUV AssocUted pros and United Ptea Full Leased win CFlve Cents a Cm MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY DECEMBER 19 1947 TUs Paper Conslrts of Two One HOME EDITION umjj T Ttrrt CI1 No Truman Presents Marshall Plan Estimate ASKS 7000000000 FOR SETUP GOVERNORBLUE SIGNS BILL TO CUT IOWA TAX Legislators Adjourn After Giving Taxpayers Present SEE EXPLANATION PAGE 2 Des Moines With Gov Robert D Blues thanks for an expeditious special session and a Christmas present the Iowa legislature adjourned sine die Friday In 3 days work the legislators had passed a compromise bill re vising the state incometax law Shortly before signing the meas ure the governor sent both houses a letter calling the action a Christ mas present for Iowa taxpayers The governor formally signed the income tax and 3 other meas ures into law at p m Fri day and it will become effective following publication in 2 news papers next week The other measures signed were bills appro priating in additional emergency funds to the interim committee an appropriation cov ering expenses of the session and a resolution creating a state flood control study committee The tax measure had these re sults 1 lowans will pay during each of the next 2 years about 511000000 less than would have been required Had the income tax been allowed to return to the full rate collection basis 2 The reduction will be ac complished by a 2way change in the present law through which A the 100 per cent statutory rate lor 1948 and 1949 will be cut to 15 per cent and B the personal de ductions allowed in computing the tax will be increased by onehalf Officials of the state tax com mission figured that under a dou bling of the personal deductions with no change in rates most of the benefit would have gone to the income groups with net tax able earnings under a year Tax experts estimated that un der the bill passed about 250000 lowans will be exempt from pay ments inthe next 2 years Almost an equal number will pay the taxes to be collected The senate worked out the com promise measure during the fore noon Thursday and passed it 33 to 17 The house debated for nearly 4 hours whether it should stick by its plan for doubling the deduc tions and finally agreed on a 57 to 51 test vote to accept the sen ate version It then passed the bill 96 to 10 The 50 per cent increase in de ductions for dependents will raise these allowances as follows For a single person from to for a married person from to for each dependent child from to A taxpayer with a dependent parent or grandparent will be al lowed an exemption of in stead of in figuring his net taxable income A single person with a net in come of or less and a mar ried person with net income of or less will not have to file a return Heretofore the figures were and respec tively Taxpayers will find that the new 2way law will work differ ently than the method by which they computed their income taxes under the halfrate collection law Under the new system the tax payer first will deduct all of his as federal taxes sales taxes and other to determine his net taxable in come Then he will apply the stat utory rates of tax before consid ering his personal deductions The full rates are 1 per cent on the first 2 per cent on the 2nd 3 per cent on the 3rd 4 per cent on the 4th and 5 per cent on all income above But he will compute only 75 per cent of these amounts After determining the gross tax he then will substract his personal deductions according to the new figures During the years when the half rate law was in effect the taxpay er figured up his gross tax at the full rates and subtracted his de ductions to determine the net tax Then he paid half of the net tax Under the method of figuring the tax rates at 75 per cent before instead of after deductions the person who has to pay an income tax will find that his net bill will be less if he were required to ap ply the 75 per cent collections after deductions The first novel probably was written more than 21 centuries ago according to the Encyclo paedia Britannica The earliest novels on record were written in the second century BC VerHelst Is Arraigned on Murder Count Charles Raymond VerHelst 18 was arraigned before Judge Wil liam P Butler in district court here Friday on a county attorneys information charging him with the strangulation murder of his 16 year old fiance Arlene Mott 2 days before their marriage had been planned At an afternoon session Judge Butler granted the defense addi tional time in which to plead and to attack the county attorneys in formation and set the time for the plea at 2 p m Jan 6 1948 Judge Butler said that he would be away from Mason City from Dec 24 on and indicated that Judge M H Kepler would hear the plea The tall youth appeared in court Friday morning with his attorney M L Mason walked with long slow strides through the courtroom to the counsel table in front of the bench and sat through the nearly hourlong proceedings with an expressionless face and without once turning his head from straight front He was dressed in slacks and a light tan sports jacket and his dark hair was carefully combed and parted on one side He waited alone in the conference room ad joining the court library until time for the proceedings none of his family appearing in court with him When tune came for the ar raignment the judge asked if Ver Heist was present in court and Mason asked the lad to stand which he did Mason answered ell questions by the court admitting that the defendant was correctly named and waived reading of the charge and then asked that the court to fix the time for the plea The judge County Attorney James K Brown and Mason then went into an extended discussion and searching of the law in an attempt to determine if the judge had discretion under the law to grant more than 1 day as time to plead and to attack the county at torneys information which serves as anindictment VerHelst stood for many min utes during the discussion until Judge Butler noticed him and said You may be seated Mason finally made a motion to the court asking an extension of time in which to plead guilty or not guiltyand in which to attack the information The judge then recessed court until 2 pm in order to take time to study the law be fore ruling on the motion VerHelst refused to submit to a He detector test in spite of having been told that it would substan tiate his claim of innocence if he is innocent according to Police Captain Leo Bisacher who ques tioned VerHelst during the Z days he was held at the station follow ing the night of Nov 13 when the girl died VerHelst admitted under ques tioning that he had been intimate with the girl for about a year and a half but that he did not know she was pregnant the officer also stated Dr Ralph E Smiley Cerro Gor do county coroner said that he examined VerHelsts head when the lad was brought to the Park hospital about p m Nov 13 and that he found no swelling and that he examined it again a few hours later but found no trace of injury on VerHelsts head The youth has steadfastly main tained that he got out of his car while it was parked in the alley at the rear of the Mott home in tending to investigate a noise which Arlene thought she had heard When he got out of the car he told officers he was struck on the head and could remember nothing after that The autopsy disclosed that the girl was approximately 4 months pregnant and that she met death by strangulation Dr John P Dar ling performed the autopsy Mr and Mrs Don Thornbery Central Heights told police that Arlene and VerHelst had made ar rangements with them to go to Missouri to get married on the Saturday following the Thursday night on which the girl died LeRoy Mott told police on the night his sister died that she and VerHelst left the home of the girls parents Mr and Mrs Carl Mott 218 15th N W in the early evening LeRoy retired about p m and was just about asleep when he heard a noise at the front door He immediately went downstairs and found VerHelst lying in the doorway He called police and then went out to look for his sister He found her body lying on the ground near the right side of the car which was parked in the alley headed west Steinmetz the engineering gen ius had trouble learning multi plication tables in school GlobeGazette photo LEAVES Ver Helst is shown leaving the office of the clerk of the district court in the Cerro Gordo county courthouse after his arraign ment Friday on a charge of murdering his iS year old fiance Arlene Mott Congress to Force List of Traders Washington ff The house joined the senate Friday in voting authority for Secretary of Agri culture Anderson to makepublic names of speculators in the com modity markets By voice vote the house passed a resolution which would author ize the cabinet officer to publish the list at his own discretion or upon the request of a congression al committee The senate appropriations com mittee has demanded to look at the names of heavy traders as part of an inquiry into reports that government insiders are using official information to profit on market transactions The measure now goes to the white house for President Tru mans action Mr Truman said Thursday he is ready to sign such a resolution Before shouting its approval of the resolution the house turned down a proposal to give any con gressional committee the right to obtain individual income tax re turns from the treasury or internal revenue bureau Rep Hoffman RMich sought to obtain for committees the au thority to get tax return informa tion from the secretary of the treasury or the internal revenue bureau His proposal was beaten by a standing vote of 88 to 41 Anderson leaving a cabinet meeting at the white house Friday morning told reporters his de partment is working on the lists He could not say how long it would take to get them in shape for publication It is necessary he explained to check identifications of all those named to protect the innocent in cases where specu lators bear the same names as well known persons who are not speculating Speaker Martin Mass prom ised to try to rush through ahead of Friday nights adjournment goal a senateapproved resolution clearing Anderson of the legal ob ligations he said prevented his baring the list of speculators to the senate appropriations commit tee Thursday Despite the fact the house al ready has ordered its own investi gation Into commodity speculation and thus might be reluctant to let a senate committee grab the play Chairman Bridges RN H of the senate appropriations group predicted approval Organization Meeting of New Electronics Warfare Company Friday Night An organization meeting of the new electronics warfare company will be held at the old Jackson school on South Federal Friday night at it was announced here by Lt Comdr C D Foster commander of the unit Comdr Peavy from district headquarters 9th naval district Great Lakes 111 will be present to assist with the organization Anyone inter ested in naval reserve duty is in vited to attend ANTIINFLATION MEASURE SENT TO PRESIDENT House Approves Senate Bill for Final 0 K Before Adjournment Washington house sent to President Truman without change Friday the senatepassed Jill for voluntary pricing agree ments to hold down living costs The vote was 281 to 73 Democrats made afutile attempt o alter the measure and give the president authority to order allo cation of scarce commodities if necessary but they were over whelmed by an almost solid re publican front The bill was passed after only 2 lours of debate under procedure that prevented free offering of amendments and curtailed debate Democrats condemned the pro cedure as super gag but repub licans replied that with congress adjourning Friday night it was the senate bill or nothingat all Fortyfour democrats and 29 re publicans voted against the bill while 178 republicans 102 demo crats and 1 Amerieanlaborite voted 1or it Before final passage the house defeated on a 156 to 73 standing vote a motion to send the measure back to the banking committee for inclusion of authority for the president to divide up scarce com modities when voluntary agree ments fail Containing several of the less controversial phases ol President Trumans 10point fightinflation program but lacking any author ity to reirnpose consumer ration ing or price and wage controls thebni was snatched obli vion by some of the fastest legis lative footwork in years Based primarily on voluntary action to halt inflationary price rises the bill introduced by Sena tor Taft ROhio would 1 Permit the president to con sult wiih industry business and agriculture representatives to en courage agreements to keep prices in line The agreements could provide for parceling out scarce commodi ties among the various users for regulation of speculative trading for controls over inventories that is the amount of materials on hand and for the allocation of trans portation facilities such as box cars The agreements could not how ever provide for price fixing They would remain in effect until March 11949 xvhen the pro posed law would expire and would be exempt from the antitrust laws when approved by the president through the justice department 2 Extend until Feb 281949 the presidents power to control ex ports 3 Continue until the same date controls over rail transportation facilities Both of these controls now are due to lapse next Feb 29 4 Set up a food conservation program in this country and a program to promote food and live stock feed production in nonEu ropean countries both to be vol untary 5 Request but not direct the president to submit to congress a detailed program to parcel out costofliving items when they reach the critical shortage stage with congress to act on the pro gram one way or the other with in 15 days 6 Restore the presidents war time authority to restrict the use of grain in liquor production Omaha Woman Killed in Iowa Car Accident Tabor if Mrs Genevieve Reed about 43 of Omaha was killed and her mother Mrs James Waldon of Coin Iowa was seri ously injured Thursday in an auto accident on highway 275 a mile north of here Over half the people of the United Slates own some kind of life insurance SAME BUck tauita deltn In put SI hoin AP Wirephoto DOUBLING FOR Roberts 59 Spencer in surance man who works hard at beingSanta Glaus all year dons a Santa Glaus costume in his shop surrounded by toys he has collected and repaired He will distribute them to underprivileged children in his 34th Christmas cheer season Last year he distributed more than 400 toys and this year he expects to do even better FEDERAL JURY INDICTS MEYERS Action Is Outgrowth of Senate Inquiry Washington IP A federal grand jury Friday indicted Maj Gen Bennett E Meyers on charges of perjury and inducing others to swear to falsehoods The jury also indicted Bleriot H Lamaree 35 he charges grew out of the senate war investigating commit tees inquiry into Meyers war time business deals Lamaree was charged on 3 counts of perjury in connection with his testimony to the senate committee Lamaree had publicly admitted telling the committee a false story originally about his connections with Meyers although he said he gave a true story afterward The true story as Lamaree told it was that Meyers was the real owner of the Aviation Elec tric company a Dayton Ohio war contracting firm of which Lamaree said he was dummy president Lamaree testified Meyers got more than 5150000 from the firm during war years when he was an air force purchasing officer Bad Steal Milwaukee UR Bernard Schultz Friday warned the thief who took a 260pound 8point buck which hung from a tree in Schultz Northland nurseries here The company had planned to use the animal for an advertisement not for a venison dinner The deer was filled with formaldehyde Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy Friday night Cloudy with light snow or drizzle Saturday Little change in temperature Low Friday night 18 High Satur day 28 to 30 Iowa 5Day Weather Outlook Temperatures will average near 4 degrees above normal Normal highs 27 northern Iowa 34 southern Iowa Normal lows 10 northern Iowa 16 southern Iowa Warmer Saturday Colder Saturday night and Sunday Warmer again Monday Little change Tuesday Colder again Wednesday Precipitation will average onetenth to twotenths of an inch occurring as rain Saturday and snow likely Tues day or Wednesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Friday morning Maximum 27 Minimum 4 At 8 a m Friday 48 YEAR AGO Maximum 22 Minimum 10 MarshallIs Back in U S After Big 4 Washington of State Marshall returned at 8 a m Friday to report to home folks on the failure of the Lon don peace conference and head up drive for a long range Euro pean recovery program President Truman who says hes still hopeful of world peace despite the breakup of the Big Four foreign ministers meeting was on hand to greet Marshall a the National airport Also present was the entire cabinet Mr Truman shaking hands with the secretary as he steppec down from the Sacred Cow was KGLO to Air Marshall Secretary of State Marshalls radio address will be carried over KGLO Friday at 9 p m overheard to say to Marshall think you did a good job Marshall told reporters Im sorry I could not bring back profitable results We had a very strong delegation at the conference and they did a great deal of hard work I felt fully confident in their judgment and wealth of information to protect the interests of the United States Mr Truman advised the secre tary that he ought to take a good rest and Marshall smilingly told newsmen that you heard me agree with him Friday night at 9 p m CST Marshall will deliver a 20 minute 7000 You Can Help rThis Tree Grow 1800 16 COUNTRIES 1600 1400 With Your Gift 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 REVJOUSLV REPORTED Jason City Hifch School Stu 102D3 Circle 4 First Methodist Church KM lome Room tMS Monroe r Hi Dcntson Club ack Steve tans Fat Hurry Hook Carrol Rvy nek Bus Gordon Cec Pete Vic Ituss Clifr Clayt Gene HUM Mason City Employes Club nd Bn Ilq Co Inf Iowa National Guard Wee MUc Bridge Club 2WI azcl McCoIlouchs 1th Grailr Lincoln School MKl Ruth Kay 1etcrs l Womens Catholic Order of For esters reeman Ladies Aid liiM Hob Judy Sim First National Bank Employes riiornton Womens Club 3WI From a Lucky Person lm Mrs Ellen Pommer 101 Rebecca Circle Elk C r r R k Lutheran Church 50 F K Schmidt Osajc IIH Larry Paul Ilaack Kleinmr 11M Lynn Fitislmmons Floyd A Friend From Plymouth Ultl tlrs H W Zirbcl Mason Citv P to B An Oldlimcr Delta Alpha Class aflll Catholic Daughters of America Jim and Susan 101 Room llh trade McKinley School 101 Sherry Sonny Espinosa 101 A Doctor Friend 5W A Friend of the Grant Brownie Troop No 1 101 Sandra Kay Bod dr Sheffield UK Judy Liiida Haiisen Rockwell Ml Kathleen Fcrrler Phoenician Club iM Peter Hart Lodge Knat Britsh From a Friend Joyce Kilmer Club I W Chapter P E O Sister hood 301 TO THE DAYS TOTAL S VtSft TOTAL TO DATE SUWIOi fiOAL OF CAMPAIGN AMOUNT YET NEEDED S 8KIU Students Set Example for Cheer Fund F BY ANY CHANCE the Christmas Cheei Fund this year should fall shor of its goal nom of the blame for the failure could be laid a the doorsteps o our youngsters The larges single additioi to the fund this year has reached us from the Mason City high school students and dozens of contributions have reached us from the various honr rooms of the junior high schools and from the grade schools This performance by the high school students is so outstanding that we are reproducing herewith a table showing how the gift of was raised with home room number teacher grade and amount listed broadcast works over all major net New Comet of 1947 Capetown South Africa The new comet of 1947 now swirl ing through space at 30 miles pei second will be seen throughout the northern hemisphere after Jan 1 according to royal astronomer John Jackson Jackson said the comet would be visible every where in the northern hemisphere at 2 hours and 45 minutes after sunset Room Name Barker 213 Barnard 30r Boycc 311 Carsleiisen Constable 101 Uaum 314 Fljnn 302 Fosse 1 1 L Graves 208 liansen Ilelgason 1 Houser 1I5 lessen Losrn Martin Moore Naylor Pagenhart Penney Price Riter Ruby Starr Stasifwsky Tallman Thomas Todd Gdc M Ami 2111 301 I 103 3 IIS TOTAI The total thus far raised now stands at The goal oC the campaign designed to take care of local needs and share with the hungry children of Europe is 82000 It is hoped that the total in the next issue will reach leav ing to be raised next week before the solicitation formally closes at 2 oclock Wednesday af ternoon Theres no time to waste Either bring your gift to the GlobeGazette business office or mail it to Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa BENEFIT IN FOREIGN RELIEF President Advocates Administrator Deputy Envoy to Run Program Washington IP President Truman asked congress Friday to commit America to a 000 European recovery program and a bold defense of free men against totalitarian pressures Mr Truman proposed that this vast sum be invested over 4J years in a madeinAmcrica attempt to buy a just and lasting peace As the first installment he asked for authority to spend in the first 15 months His message outlining the larg est spending plan in the nations peacetime history went to con gress in the closing hours of its special session Mr Truman urged swift action when the regular session starts in January so the recovery program can begin April 1 He predicted that the deter mined opposition already an nounced by European communists will result in further incitements to strike for the purpose of bring ing chaos in the hopethat it will pave the way for totalitarian control Even American security and the American way of life are at stake the chief executive de clared He asked congress to tip its grave and significant decision in favor of the Marshall plan to finish a job on which he said 515 000000000 already has been spent since the war ended The decision he said will Determine in large part wheth er the free nations the world can look forward with hope to a peaceful and prosperous future as independent states or whether they must live in poverty and in Tear ol selfish totalitarian aggres sion Along with his message the president forwarded to congress a bill to authorize the 000 expenditure and set up the machinery for carrying out the longrange recovery program He sent along too a 241page analy sis prepared by experts from doz ens of federal agencies To manage the program Mr Truman wants to appoint a 000 a year administrator with broad powers There would be a deputy drawing And to run the European end of the show there would be a roving ambassa dor making a year In addition the administrator would have as his top assistants 10 men making up to and 50 more making as much as However instead of oneman control of the program a special house committee on foreign aid already has proposed an 8man board so the Truman proposal may be in for trouble on that ore Congressional shuddering was in prospect too over the size ot the bill But the President said that big as the cost will be it is only 5 per cent of the cost of the war and less than 3 per cent of our na tional income during the liie oE the program As an investment toward the peace and security of the world and toward the realization of hope and confidence in a better way of life for the future he declar ed This cost is small indeed Mr Truman said he was recom mending the program to congress in full confidence of its wisdom and necessity as a major step in our nations quest for a just and lasting peace As a joint undertaking the United States and a group European countries he said the program is proof that free men can effectively join together to de fend their free institutions against totalitarion pressures and to pro mote better standards life for all their peoples As outlined in the documents sent to Congress much of the aid would be in the form of gifts some would be in loans There was no breakdown on how the would be split among the various countries There was no estimate either of how much the United States misht get back Deals are supposed to be work ed out for getting from the re ceiving countries supplies of scarce strategic materials to store up in the United States But for these this country would pay cash Galileo was the iirst mathema tician to study the resistance of solids to rupture The malariacarrying mosquito usually bites at night hiding dur ing the day ;