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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 5, 1947, Mason City, Iowa 8ES MOI AND NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL tin Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON Cliy IOWA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 5 1947 This Paper Consists ol Two One No 100 ICECLOGGED CHIMNEY FUMES KILL 2 TRAIN SERVICE NORMAL AGAIN HIGHWAYSOPEN Terrific Winds Dwindle to MereBreeze Iowa Mercury Takes Tumble Blue skies showed over north Iowa Wednesday as rail and high way traffic was reported back to normal and the terrific winds which rocked the midwest Mon day night and Tuesday had set tled down to a mere breeze out of the northwest Although the thermometer reg istered 10 below zero in Mason City Tuesday night a brief re spite from the cold wave was ex pected by Wednesday night The federal weather bureau however has warned of predicted addition al plunging temperatures this weekend Rail traffic was back to normal on all roads through Mason City Wednesday Some of the morn ing trains were from 2 to 3 hours late but schedules were expected to be maintained by nightfall I Wednesday The M St L railroad was the lasttoclear its tracks through I Mason City a snowplow running s into difficulty at 19th street Tues day afternoon Freights were op erating on the line Wednesday however and the first passenger on this road since Monday was scheduled through southbound Wednesday afternoon The Chicago North Western Hgrailway was operating through City to Sanborn Wednes but one of its plows was stuck Tn a 1500 foot drift on another branch of the road at Fairmont Svtinn Practically all of the main high out of Mason City were open 31 traffic Wednesday according the highway commission It there is only one way Si raffle vbut the roads axe pass Pibl Mother Has Children Beg for Money to Bury Her Baby Boy Richmond Cal county Wednesday told Mrs Jessie Armstrong how she could arrange for a proper burial for her baby without sending her children outinto the streets to beg money from strangers Two of Mrs Armstrongs 8 children Sally 12 and her brother Tommy 8 were taken into custody Tuesday when they were seen tugging at the sleeves of and silently handing them a note that To whom it may concern My son died Sunday after noon and we are unable to pay funeral expenses Your help will be appreciated Mrs Jessie Armstrong and Tommy were taken to the police station Mrs Arm strong was called in to explain their behavior The distraught mother tearful ly said that Richard 2i charity ward Sunday her youngest child died in a hospital We just didnt have enough money to bury him ourselves and we thought this would be the best way she sobbed Look we collected al ready Sally told a policeman Police Lt John Kinstrey said it was against the law to solid funds without a city license Contra Costa county official said that her child would bi buried properly and that she either could pay for a funeral on installments or the county woulc help her Head of GM Says Firm Never Will Sign Closed Shop Pact Wherry and 2 Other GOP Senators Offer Bill to Kill Rent Curb April 30 ie Snowplows were kept busy night in an effort to have rofjjiB open fepWednesday Some of the branch highways fwere still closed Wednesday J around Woden Titonka and Rake Jfiand in the eastern part of the mf territory near Protivin and a number of county roads still had to be opened The Jefferson company schedules Transportation expected to have back to normal Wednesday night Regular buses were scheduled out of Mason City Wednesday Tuesday nights buses went west to Garner but the east bound bus was held The mercury was expected to rise well above zero in most of the eastern Dakotas and Minnesota Wednesday afternoon while the western Dakotas already were en joying wanner weather accord ing to wire reports International Falls Minn with a 28 was the coldest spot in the nation Wednesday Pembina N Dak with a 26 and Bemidji Minn with 25 were close behind South Dakotas coldest spot was at Sioux Falls with 9 Light balmy winds were expected to drift in from the western Dakotas the temperature stood at 21 above in Rapid City S Dak and 17 above in Williston N Dak The cold waye which rocked the midwest Tuesday unleased its fury throughout the east Xues day night and Wednesday tumb ling temperatures between 40 and 50 degress in lessthan 12 hours New York was one of the hard est hit cities along the seaboard as the mercury took a 41 degree plunge from a reading of 50 Tues day to 9 above zero early Wednes day Washington D C dropped from 47 to 8 above overnight Even the gulf states immune from the cold waves so far this year felt the sting of the winds driving rains and snow Jackson ville Fla reported 28 above Wed nesday a 40 degree drop from its Washington Mo tors President Charles E Wilson told congress Wednesday that his auto firm never will sign a clpsed shop contract He said he would become a farmer first Extend the closed shop to cover the countrys 15000000 organized workers Wilson told the senate labor committee and you will be putting loyalty to the union above loyalty to the United States He demanded that congress outlaw the closed shop and industrywide collective bargaining With labor issues taking top billing other congressional high lights included 1 President Truman asked con gress to put the speaker of the house first in line for succession to is no vice law puts thesecretary ofstate next in line The present speaker is a re publican Rep Joseph W Martin Jr of Mass 2 Rep Clare Hoffman E Mich proposed repeal of the Wagner labor relations act to end that American aircraft will be ob solete in 3 or 4 years The house labor committee also began hearings And its chairman Rep Fred A Hartley Jr R N J announced that subcommittees will tour the country next week to make a grass roots investiga tion of labor relationsThey wil go into labor centers unannouncec and talk to workers at the bench Hartley said industrial conflict which he said could lead to civil war and financial ruin 3 Senate republican whip Ken neth S Wherry Nebr and 2 other its GOP senators introduced legisla by tion to kill OPA and abolish rent control April 30 4 Secretary of Treasury John W Snyder voiced a qualified not now but maybe later attitude toward tax relief He said he op posed republican plans to cut in come taxes now He said however that he favored study of a com munity property plan to permit married couples to reduce their tax bill 5 President Truman made his first report to congress on U S activities in the United Nations He called on congress for the same bipartisan support of admin istration foreign trade policies that is now given to the international political program Some repub licans are fighting the tariffcut ting reciprocal trade agreements 6 Sen Claude Pepper D Fla accused the republican leadership of espousing reaction in China and Argentina and of favoring an antiRussian policy in Germany that could bring America to the brink of disaster 7 The CIO and AFL joined forces long enough to charge that proposed legislation to outlaw portal pay claims would be uncon stitutional and a threat to the wagehour law 8 President Truman and key republicans of the senate appro priations committee discussed dif Boy and Dog Fall Out of Speeding Car Only Bruised Superior Wis Rev Harold N Nye pastor of the Cen tral Methodist church told Wed nesday how his 5yearold son David fell from the family car iyhiie it was traveling 60 miles an hour and escaped with only minor bruises The miriisterr his wife David and another son Dick 11 were on their way to Chicago where Nye was to attend a church con ference Dickand David were in the back seat along with the fam ily dog As they neared Rice Lake Wis the car door swung open and David fell out The dog being one of those pooches that shoot out of a car as soon as the door is open took off after the lad When the reverend realized what had happened he looked through the rear view mirror and saw David running down the road after the car The dog was hightailing back toward Superior it Bombs in Barcelona Barcelona small bombs were exploded in pastry shops near the center of the city Wednesday No casualties were re ported and damage was slight ACTION ON TAX RATE DELAYED BY IOWA HOUSE State Representatives Vote Postponement on Measure Until Monday Des Moines low house voted 60 to 45 Wednesday to delay its decision oh the rate of payment of the state individua income tax until Monday The senateapproved bill call ing for the continuation of th halfrate payments this year am return to full rate next year wa made a special order of busines for Monday Although there was consider able opposition to a delay the vote was taken after house leaders ex plained they wished to file addi tional amendments and wantec time for further research A senateapproved measure would continue the halfrate pay ments this year only and rever to fullrate next year Gov Rob ert D Blue is opposed to this ant so are such organizations as the Farm Bureau Federation and the State Education association but not for the same reasons Meanwhile other issues came up to further complicate the measure Rep William 9 Beards ley R New Virginia and 2 others filed an amendment calling for half the net receipts from the income tax no matter what the rate to go to schools and the other lalf for secondary road construc ipn Rep Harry E Weiehrnan R Newhall has an amendment to give half the net proceeds to schools If any of these amend ments should win approval the measure would have to go back o the senate for concurrence the governors de iresalso faces rough sledding t involves a proposed additional ales tax on state liquor store ales the revenue to go to cities nd towns The governor is re orted opposed to this for th eason that it like the limited lalfrate income tax plan would mount to an increase in taxes The liquor tax bill as passed by he senate called for an 8 per cent ax in addition to the regular 2 er cent sales tax the revenue to o to cities and towns for law en orcement Nine bills were introduced Wednesday One by judiciary ommittee No 2 would raise the alaries of Iowa supreme court udges from 57500 to a ear Another new bill would make it llegal for an unqualified person o wear the irisigna of the Ameri an Veterans committee AVC or American Veterans of World Var II FIREMEN WORK OVER picture shows firemen working wittTYhi halators and artificial respiration in an attempt to revive Mr and Mrs Harold Nichols The couple was founddead Wednesday morning of carbon monoxide poisoning accord ing to Dr Ralph ESmiley Cerro Gordo county coroner Efforts by the firemen were fruitless he said In the background can be seen the lower part of Father Edward Rileys cassock The priest had just administered last rites One of the inhalators used by the firemen was a recent gift from the Moose lodge the dspartment previously hav ing only one JUDGE STUDIES PORTAL ACTION Government Seeks Part m Mt Clemens Case Detroit IP Federal Judge rank A Picard terminating the At Clemens Pottery company ase deferred Wednesday for 24 ours a decision on whether the nited States government may be ome a party to the portaltopor al suit The court said that he hoped to ave an opinion in the pottery ase which led to nearly 55000 00000 in portal pay claims by us weekend John F Sonnett assistant Unit d States attorney general said ne government wants to enter the ase and return it to the supreme ourt as soon as possible Earlier Sonnett told the federal udge that this course of action ad been cleared by every gov rnment agency including the resident of the United States UnAmerican Committee to Quiz Kremlins U S Agent m 68 reading Tuesday The mercury at Mobile Ala stood at 24 early Wednesday and temperatures all along the gulf as far west as San Antonio Tex were below freez ing The midwest which had shiv ered and shaken for the past 2 days found some measure of re lief It was zero at Chicago early Wednesday but the weather fore casters expected a high of 15 dur ing the day Further west in Mon tana the Dakotas and Wyoming temperatures rose from their sub zero readings to as high as 21 above and were expected to hold their gains Wednesday The northeastern seaboard and gulf states just feeling the cur rent cold shock could look for ward to no relief Wednesday or Thursday Friday the weatherman said would be the earliest that the present low temperatures would begin to rise in those areas Neither could the midwest gloat too much over the slight rise in the mercury The weather bureau reported a new mass of cold air forming in northwestern Canada ferences over the budget white house conference at a Sen Styles Bridges H N Hamp pre dicted afterward that congress would make drastic reductions in the presidents proposed 500000000 budget 9 The senate atomic energy committee though disagreeing withhim gave Sen Kenneth Mc Kellar D Tenn free rein in his attack on the nomination of David E Lilienthal to be chairman of the atomic energy commission 10 Airplane maker Martin told congress Glenn L that the British are 18 months ahead of us in jet and gas turbine plane de velopment and is telling the world which it said was headed for the midwest and eventually the east This cold front if it follows the route expected should reach the midwest sometime late Thursday The cold wave extended deep into Florida Miami which usually knows only whats in the papers about such things shivered in 45 degree weather Wednesday morn ing The mercury had plunged from the low 80s of Tuesday Only the far western states basked in warm sunshine Los Angeles reported a new high for a Feb 4 Tuesday when the thermometer hit 86 Eisler ExCommunist Editor Faces Possible Deportation Proceedings Washington The house committee on unAmerican activi ties tossed a cloak of mystery Wednesday over all but one of its important witnesses summoned to testify Thursday Except to say that Gerhard Eisler arrested Tuesday at his New York home will be on hand for the committees first public session of 1947 Chairman Thomas RN declined to be spe cific Eisler has been depicted in com mittee testimony as the kremlins top agent in this country There are about a dozen im portant witnesses under subpoena and you better be on hand to see who they are Thomas told news men who prodded him for some identification He could not name them now he added because of the delicate nature of the situation Asked whether prospective witnesses include Hollywood cel ebrities whom the committee has indicated it will question during the year Thomas said only they are coming from considerable dis tances Despite Eislers arrest in New York and his transfer to Ellis is land for possible deportation pro ceedings Thomas said he is con fident that Eisler will be on hand Thursday He disclosed that the committee on January 31 requested the jus tice department to keep a twen tyfour hour surveillance in or der to insure Eislers appearance Eisler was identified last year by Louis F Budenz former com munist editor as the leader of the communist movement in the United States In New York Mrs Gerhard Eisler said that Chairman Thomas RN J will be very much surprised at what my husband has to tell him Mrs Eisler said her husband has been looking forward to go ing to Washington and they had purchased Monday tickets to Washington AP Wirephoto TRAIN shoot from the windows of a Southern Pacific passenger train after it struck an oil truck and caught on fire near Fresno Cal Tuesday afternoon Kingsburg Cal blackened cars of the Southern Pacifics proud orange and red streamliner San Joaquin Day light were hauled Wednesday from the scene of a collision with an oilladen truck which caused 4 deaths and injuries to 65 other persons Seared foliage charred railroad ties and scattered bits of burned baggage littered the roadbed where the locomotives snub nose snatched up the trailer of a stalled fuel track Tuesday and dragged it down the track As the train stopped jets of flame spewed against the windows where 263 passengers looked out in horror Among them but un harmed was Amos Alonzo Stagg patriarch o American football coaches who was on his way from Los Angeles to Stockton The explosion and swirling in ferno of ignited oil killed George Schneckenberger the engineer Ernest M Comer the fireman both of Bakersfield Cal and Mrs Sara E Badgley an aged passen ger from Dunsmuir Cal Schneckenberger appa r e n 11 y threw on the locomotives brakes before he died If he hadnt offi cials said the fiery train might have continued fjr miles across the other trainmen unable to reach the cab because of the flames and firefighters left helplessly behind in Kingsburg A steam locomotive has no dead mans throttle to halt it auto matically The driver of the truck Philip Lee Mayer 21 of Fresno Cal who escaped injury claimed the automatic wigwag signal at the grade crossing was not working when he started across the tracks Southern Pacific officials disputed his claim Early Wednesday 46 persons still were in San Joaquin Valley hospitals mostly suffering from minor burns Property Settlement Made in Mrs Meredith Willson Divorce Suit Los Angeles er edi th Willson composer and radio per former was charged with cruelty in a divorce suit filed Tuesday by his wife of 26 years Elizabeth Wilson Willson Under a property settlement she will receive their home 2 cars stock and insurance and 25 per cent of his future gross incomeWhe Willsons are former residents of Mason City DEMO GORE HITS 20 TAX SLASH Representative Says Measure Is Not Equal Washington Gore D sparking democratic op position to the Knutson 20 per cent across the board taxcut ting bill declared Wednesday it departs from the principle of tax ation accordingto ability to pay and returns to a tax philosophy of the middle House Bill No 1 authored by Chairman Knutson RMinn of the house vays and means com mittee Gore said would give 5 per cent of the taxpayers with large incomes a tax cut of 000000 and the remaining 95 per cent only In a speech prepared for deliv ery in the house the Tennessee member asserted this tax theory comes right out of the Andrew Mellon primer of special priv ilege and declared It was the economic theory that worked so well that it brought on the panic of 1929 and the utter defeat of the republican party in 1930 and 1932 Mellon was secretary of the treasury in the administrations of Republican Presidents Coolidge and Hoover Knutsons bill would give the 20 per cent cut to large and small incomes alike Under it Gore said take home pay for a single person with a 51000 income would be increased 21 per cent another manwith an income of would have his take home pay increased 61 per cent But the person with a 3302 000 income wouldhave his take home pay increased by 726 per cent Gores speech and comments by Rep McCormack of Massachu setts the minority whip indicated house democrats may rally behind a proposal to give a bigger tax cut to persons with small in COUPLE FOUND DEAD IN HOME IN MASON CITY Coroner Smiley Says Pair Died From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning An ice filled vent or chimney which caused incomplete combus tion in a gas furnace was blamed Wednesday afternoon by Dr Ralph E Smiley Cerro Gordo county coroner for the deaths of Mr and Mrs Harold Nichols 714 Harrison N W The couple was found slumped in the bathroom of the home by police and firemen who broke In the back door at Wednesday morning The firemen immediately began resuscitation efforts on both but efforts with inhalators and arti ficial respiration were fruitless and Dr Smiley pronounced both dead about an hour later The coroner gave it as his opin ion that death was caused by car bon monoxide poisoning The fumes from the furnace which was still lit according to firemen were unable to escape through the vent Dr Smiley said and so escaped into the house The coroner said that firemen were unable to force a pike pole down through the top of the vent a 4inch cast iron pipe such as Is common in gas furnace installa tions here Fireman Fred Moore who was first to break into the house to gether with Police Officer Ed Christensen found all gas jets open on the kitchen stove and un lit the coroner said The coroner insisted however that the couple did not die of smothering from the natural gas out of the stove jets Both bodies were found slumped in the bathroom of the home he said explaining that carbon mo noxide poisoning would cause nausea The furnace was belching the poisonous gas and fumes from incomplete combustion when fire men arrived he declared Thomas L Connor superintend ent of the gas department of the Peoples Gas and Electric com pany said that in more than 15 years of natural gas operation of furnaces here it was the first time that a clogged vent pipe ever has been reported to him Nichols was foreman on the Milwaukee railroad carpenter crew and when he failed to show up for work Wednesday morning at 8 oclock his workmen attempted to call him on the telephone Just before 10 oclock they called Mrs M G Broihier 706 Harrison N W She went to the Nichols house the next door north of her own and pounded on the door without result she said A few minutes later she went back and pounded on the bedroom window and when that brought no response she called police at a m Officer Christensen was sent to the Nichols home and when he smelled gas at the door he called the fire department on the police radio from his car Another neighbor woman said she noticed a light in the Nichols home at a m and thought it unusual The lights were still lit when officers broke in Nichols was 32 and his wife Elsie 34 according to Mrs Broi hier who said that the couple came here from Mitchell S Dak last August and Nichols father still lives at Mitchell The bodies were taken to the Meyer funeral home Bar Book New York board of superintendents has recommended that Howard Fasts best selling historical novel Citizen Tom Paine be removed from public school libraries as undesirable reading matter for children Louisiana Woman Travels 1300 Miles to See Iowa Snow Fort Dodge ff Mrs H B Cowart of Baton Rouge La who traveled 1300 miles to see snow for the first time is enjoying the experience She and Mrs E L Shugart of Fort Dodge met at a convention in Miami Beach Fla last fall and ihe Louisiana woman mentioned ihat she had never seen snow Mrs Shugart offered to let her know when Iowa had a real snowstorm and Mrs Cowart said she would hurry here for the event When last weeks blizzard hit Mrs Shugart wired her friend Mrs Cowart arrived here 48 hours later Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Increasing cloudiness with rising temperature Wed nesday night and Thursday morning Lowest Wednesday might about 12 Becoming con siderable colder again with snow flurries Thursday after noon and night Iowa Increasing cloudiness with rising temperatures Wednesday night and Thursday except be coming colder with snow flur ries in northwest portion Thurs day afternoon Snow flurries and much colder Thursday night Lows Wednesday night 12 north east to 22 southwest Highs Thursday 25 northeast to 38 southwest Minnesota Increasing cloudiness and not so cold Wednesday night Thursday cloudy with snow flurries and turning cold er Much colder Thursday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum J Minimum 10 At 8 a m Wednesday 8 Snow trace YEAR AGO Maximum 41 Minimum 34 ;