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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 6, 1947, Mason City, Iowa EMUTNENT OF HISTORY AN9 ARCHIVE1 MOINES I A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Associated Press and United Press FuU Leased Wires Five Cents a MASON CITV IOWA THURSDAY FEBRUARY 6 This Paper Consists ol Two One No 101 U S AMBASSADOR TO BRITAIN DIES ALLEGED AGENT OF USSR CUED FOR CONTEMPT Eisler Refuses to Give Sworn Testimony to UnAmerican Committee Washington Eis ler refused to tell a house com mittee under oath Thursday whether he is the No 1 com munist in America but former i one who said I she is his he was for many years Moscows top I agent here I Shoutingthai he is a political I prisoner Eisler threw into tur Imoil an inquiry by the house nn I American activities committee into I communists operations in the United States 1 He refused repeatedly to take Sin oath to tell the truth Finally liie committee cited him for con lempt Conviction by a jury would larry a possibly penalty of fine and a year in jail Federal agents took Eisler away go to Ellis Island N Y He is arged with violating the immi ation laws Then in succession ese witnesses took the stand William Nowell Negro he said was Georgiaborn joined the mmunist party in 1929 broke ith it in 1936 He declared he d known Eisler in Moscow and Detroit under such aliases as Sdwards and Brown and that sler was for years an agent of e communist international Ruth Fisher of New York City e testified her real name is Eis and that she is a sister of Ger jtJHslerbut has not spoken to Afef because she regards a most dangerous ter ist both for the people of Amer h qnd the people of Germany puffs as she chains Arrest Army Colonel With Nip Gem Loot San Francisco army colonel with an excellent record jn the Pacific campaigns and Jap anese occupation was under ar rest Thursday while customs of ficials and the army pursued in vestigations resulting from seizure of in Japanese diamonds The jewels customs officials said were found on the officers person and in his safe deposit box The San Francisco port of em barkation said the officer Col Ed ward J Murray of Palo Alto had been placed in technical arrest and confined to quarters on di rect orders from General MacAr thur Murray Tokyo dispatches said was officer in charge of the Bank of Japan in the vaults of which were millions in gold and silver bullion and diamonds held in oc cupation custody Murray arrived here Monday aboard the SS Westminster Vic tory Collector of Customs Paul Leake said customs agents seized worth of Japanese dia monds in his watch pocket and worth from his deposit box Leake said Murray was traced through a previous sale here of worth of smuggled dia monds He said the officer while being questioned had intimated he con sidered the diamonds legitimate loot Told that the army had ordered plane priorities to fly him to Tokyo for an investigation Mur ray Said I am pleased to go back to Tokyo since I am sure nay side of the story will be given full and just consideration The customs service has been working on the case Leake said since it was discovered some time ago that some diamonds had been CHURCH WALL ABOUT TO wall of the Glen Oak Christian church in Peona 111 bulges just before it fell as fire rages through the 2story structure The blaze fanned by high winds caused damage estimated at Wednesday after noon in the San Francisco lit Imown in Dinner untern circles as Gerhart but fded that he had used many Jher names in the course of his fork T The Comintern is the interna fonal communist party control Jang group nr She reported that Eisler once Ifiiad been praised in a report to fjthe Comintern for his excellent achievements as the new Ameri can agent Declaring she was a charter member of the Austrian commun ist party which her brother joined in 1918 the witness said the 2 of them were on the friend liest terms personally and politi cally until 1923 when they had a deep conflict about communist party policy in Germany where they then lived She said she was expelled from the party in 1925 and her rela tions with her brother deteriorat ed because of her opposition to Generalissimo Stalin the pblitburo and the Comintern Then reading a statement she had prepared Miss Fisher said she considers Eisler the perfect terrorist type She said the fact that he is her brother has only given me a deeper insight in the technique of Stalins tiKVD se cret police and the terror system it imposes on the peoples of Eu rope In the inner circles of the corn intern she testified it is well known that Eisler has denounced to the GPU many antinazi ref ugees living in Moscow He is particularly responsible for the death of the German Communist Hugo Eberlein and of Niko lai Sakhalin the great Russian theorist his one time friend and protector The committee called Eisler in an effort to develop what is the chain of command between American communists and inter national communist leaders Situation in Palestine Is Tense Bitter Jerusalem troops moved into security Area B of Jerusalem when the zero hour for evacuation of nearly 1000 Jews from their homes arrived at noon Thursday Only about half the Jews had left The soldiers helped move those who tarried Palestine was tense and bitter The prospect for partial law in creased after the Jewish national J council rejected a British ultima turn to help stamp out terrorism The evacuations of Jews pro iCeeded in confusion in 4 formerly J peaceful residential areas which if will be converted into barbed wire in anticipation of bloodshed in the promised British I drive against the underground British wives and children of army personnel and other non essential civilians were being moved out of Jerusalem Tel Aviv Kand Haifa unloaded market WhenMurraywasstopped and searehedruporiarrival agents told Leake they found 2diamonds worth in his watch pocket Murray gave them a key to a safe deposit box where they found 528 diamonds valued at Leake said the diamonds were not set but had been cut and they ranged from a fifth of a carat to 10 carats The official said the customs service would take no ac tion until the army decides on its course Meanwhile an investiga tion was being made here by port security officers and MacArthur ordered an investigation in Japan Sonny Wisecarver Wants to Wed Girl 16 Las Vegas Nev Sonny Wisecarver 18 wht has been involved in romantic epi sodes with married women since he was 14 is looking for a job so lie can marry a 16yearold sirl For eloping at 16 with the 25 yearold mother of 2 children Wisecarver was remanded to a California State youth authority camp at Redding last year but escaped and later obtained his freedom on a writ of habeas cor pus at Ely Nev Wisecarver declined to identify his prospective bride but said she is a high school student When he was 14 he eloped to Yuma Ariz with a 21yearold mother of 2 children and married her The marriage was annulled Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Colder with snow and strong northwest erly winds Thursday night and Friday Low Thursday night 5 to 10 below Severe cold will continue through Sunday Iowa Colder Thursday night and Friday with cold wave Thurs day night in extreme west Se vere cold Friday night through Sunday Low Thursday night 5 10 below in north and around zero south Scattered light snow flurries Thursday night and Friday High Friday zero in north to around 10 above south Minnesota Colder Friday and in south and west Thursday night with severe cold developing Fri day and lasting into Sunday Mostly clear to partly cloudy weather Low Thursday night 15 to 20 below north and 5 to 15 below south North to northwest winds 25 to 35 miles per hour diminishing Friday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum 9 Minimum 6 At 8 a m Thursday 8 Precipitation 12 Snow 2J inches YEAR AGO Maximum 48 Minimum 12 NEW STAMP FOR SUGAR PLANNED Will Be Good for 10 Pounds Instead of 5 Washington OPA wil validate another sugar stamp Apri 1 good for 10 pounds instead of th usual 5 This ration will cove both canninig and regular hoia use The price agency also announce that stamp No 53 currently gooi for 5 pounds will expire at mid night March 31 instead of Apri 30 as originally planned All subsequent stamps wiilbc good for 10 pounds OPA sai Wednesday An OPA official tolda reporter 2 factors governed revision of the rationing procedure These he said are 1 By making each new stamp good for 10 pounds OPA will be saved the expense estimated at around of issuing new sugar ration books After stamp 5 is used the books will contain only 4 and OPA wants them to last through the year and possibly beyond 2 The change will prepare OPA to handle any increase in the years total sugar rations for household use Secretary of Agriculture Ander son has said sugar imports may be sufficient to allow an increase oJ as much as 10 pounds in the an nual ration This would bring the 1947 total to 35 pounds as againsl 25 pounds last year Boy Nearly Burns Down His House to Find Lost Nickel Los Angeles year old Richard Rips who doesnt get a nickel of his own very often ad mitted Thursday he nearly burned his house down to find one he lost Richard was under the bed at his house Wednesday night look ing for his nickel by light of a match when the flame spread to the cotton mattress The fire burned out the inside of the bedroom before 7 fire en gines put it out Richard never did find that nickel Boy Almost Kills Self With Automatic Pencil Al fall on the ice Newark N J len 15 whose Wednesday drove an automatic pencil into his chest perilously close to his heart has an excel lent chance of pulling through his doctor said Thursday George was carrying the 5inch pencil in his shirt pocket when he fell while trying to catch a bus It penetrated 4 inches into his chest entering the pericardium a sac enclosing the heart Substitute Liquor Revenue Bill Passed by Iowa House Measure Would Give Cities and Towns About Each Year Des Moines The low house Thursday passed a substi tute liquor revenue bill whic would give cities and towns a estimated a year The action came when th house by a 929 vote substitute its own gross revenue plan for senateapproved bill which woui have placed a special 8 per cen salesfax on liquor The substitute plan apparently fulfilled the wishes of Gov Rober D Blue who had said he favorec providing the revenue by other than a special tax The measure must now go bad to the senate for concurrence Rep Arch W McFarlane R majority leader ex plained that the substitute plan adopted would work like this The liquor commission woulc increase prices 10 per cent Five per cent would go to cities and towns for whatever purpose lesired The other 5 per cent migh be used to reimburse local taxing districts for revenue lost througl veterans property tax exemptions In the members senate meanwhile introduced 2 bills to carry out the governors recom mendation for transferring the state department of public safety o the office of the attorney gen eral The measures would make he attorney general Iowas chief aw enforcement officer and give lim supervisory power over al state and local peace officers anc county attorneys The senate passed several bills ncluding one making a deficiency appropriation of for the tate board of education If went o the governor Before final adoption of the ubstitute measure the house re ected 6630 an amendment pro Posing a per cent tax on liquor ales with 5 per cent for cities and owns and 2 per cent for a tem erance education program The senate bill which the house ction eliminated provided a spe ial 8 per cent additionalsales tax n state liquor store sales with 11 additional revenue going to ities and towns for law enforce ment Among bills passed by the sen te Thursday was one which permit Davenport to term nate its teachers pension system existed prior to a state pen law enacted in 1945 Six minor bills were passed by le senate and sent to the house These included a bill which require the state insurance ommissioner to levy against in urance companies in other states he same tax rates restrictions nd penalties imposed upon Iowa companies operating in thosi states Other senate bills passed would Allow neivspapers to charge thj full legal advertising rate for pub lishing legislative laws instead o the present onethird rate Make utilities which sell hea subject to the state sales and use taxes Adjust the boundaries of schoo districts after lands previously taken over by the federal g ernment have been returned Five senators introduced a biil which would allow 2 or more per sons to form a cooperative as sociation for joint ownership apartments and business build ings Under the bill war veterans or others could join together to buy or build an apartment house so that each would own his own apartment the same as a private home Bates Named Secretary of Lake Chamber Fairfield L Bates 28 has resigned as promotional secretary of the Fairfield Cham ber of Commerce effective March 1 to accept a similar position with the Clear Lake Chamber of Com merce A veteran of the late war Mr Bates is married and the father of a small son Mr Bates promoted Fairfields day Iowa centennial celebra tion last September Chicago Hog Prices lit 2nd Highest Level Chicago Prices for live logs at the Union stockyards hit he 2nd highest level in history Thursday at a hundred ounds Supplies which had been re tricted for more than a week by eavy snow and subzero tempera ures throughout the corn feeding elt failed to meet the demand vith a consequent sharp increase f over a week ago Thursdays peak was reached on steadily rising curve which be an Jan 2 at the lowest point eached since price control ended he highest price on record is 2750 set on Oct 15 and 16 the days after ending of controls he September October price eiling on hogs was Girl Dies From Burns Ackworth Sill 2 as burned fatally Wednesday her dress caught on fire he was the daughter of Mr and Orville Sill of Ackworth GOVERNMENT IS GRANTED VOICE IN PORTAL SUIT Judge Picard Invites CIO to Become Party in Mt Clemens Case Detroit United States government Thursday became party to the Mt Clemens Pottery Co suit which opened the door to nearly in portalto portal pay claims Federal Judge Frank A Picard saia he will sign an order granting the attorney generals petition to intervene The court renewed an invitation to the national CIO also to become a party to the suit However he said he has received no wore from that organization and that his offer will not remain open indefinitely The governments intervention came over the objection of Ed ward Lamb attorney for the pot tery workers who began the suil in 1941 The company made no objection to the governments intervention but reserved the right to oppose similar petitions from any other organization including the CIO GOLD WAVE SET FOR NEW ATTACK Nearly 3 More Inches of Snow in Mason City A new winter storm marked by snow winds and falling tempera tures was whistling across Iowa Thursday and subzero readings were in prospect Thursday night The weather bureau said tem peratures would range from 5 to 10 below zero in northern Iowa Thursday night and around zero in he south with severe cold contin uing through Sunday The winds which ranged up wards of 40 miles an hour in ivestern and northwestern Iowa Thursday morning were causing new drifting No main highways were reported closed in a survey shortly before noon but in some north and northeast areas it was doubtful whether theywould re main open throughout the day Light snow fell intermittently hroiighout most of Iowa during he morning and temperatures ranged from 8 above at Mason City to 16 above at Sioux City The owest in Mason City was 6 de grees The state highwaycommission aid bad drifting was reported in he Denison and Sioux City areas and some drifting around Storm Many highways may be blocked n this section if the storm con inues the commission reported Wist and sleet were freezing to lavements in Fottawattamie coun y and highways were hazardous The commission added that all main highways previously re 3orted blocked had been opened to t least oneway traffic by Thurs day morning Snow began falling at many owa points during the night and n the Mason City area nearly 3 nches of new snow was on the ground The weather bureau said new cold air mass was moving nto Iowa from the northwest aft er moving into the United States from Canada The temperature plunged to 32 egrees at the airport weather bu eau Miami Fla and 35 at the ity weather station early Thurs ay as thousands of winter visit rs stuck to their beds until the un was higher Twenty grimy ships braved a owling North Sea gale Thursday eating down the east coast of ritain with 45000 tons of coal fot ormbound London hard hit by fuel famine that has closed down undreds of industries throughout le nation A new storm and cold wave lanketed all of the British Isles nd most of western Europe with everal inches of snow O MAX GARDNER Admiral Byrd Reveals Vast Land Discoveries in Antarctic Little America Ad miral Hichard E Byrd Thursday announced geographical discover ies so extensive that all existing maps of the Antarctic must be re drawn Byrd reported that navy flying boats on photographic flights have discovered unsus pected mountain ranges bays and islands while mapping 125000 square miles of continent and 2500 miles of coastline The aerial explorers discovered that an area shown on present maps as the Walter Kohler moun tain range really is a bay of the Roosevelt sea The George Goetz shelf ice apparently is nonexist ent Byrd said and the 15800 foot Mt Ruth Siple appears to stand about 100 miles northeast of its marked site Byrd announced these important discoveries 1 A 9600 foot high plateau inland from the Adelie coast on the western side of the continent Terming this a major discovery Byrd said he believed it was the edge of a great inland plateau which may prove the worlds highest 2 The 21600 square mile bay in the southeastern part of the Roosevelt sea about 180 miles long and 120 the spot shown as the Koshler mountains Byrd said he first sighted the mountains in 1940 extending in land in a southerly direction Somehow he said they were drawn on the map as running east and west parallel to the coast 3 Three bays in Wilkes Land on the western side of the con tinent 4 At least 20 islands com paratively small but substantial and 3 peninsulas 5 Eight mountain ranges from 1500 to 15000 feet high 3 or 4 mountain groups and several single mountains Byrd said discovery and delin eation of the coast line was by far the most important thing geo graphically the expedition has achieved The planes mapped about 2000 miles of unknown coastline and delineated another 500 miles of Httle known coast The interior regions mapped were inland from the coasts of Wilkes Land which lies west of Little America and inland from the Roosevelt and Bellinghausen seas east of Little America See Approval on Term Limit of Presidents Washington repub licans Thursday overrode new deal democratic opposition anc cleared the way for passage of a proposal to limit U S presidents to 2 4year terms They shouted down objections to a rule limiting debate on the proposed constitutional amend ment to 2 hours GOP leaders claimed enough support by non new deal democrats to assure pas sage by the necessary 3 vote later in the day It takes a vote in both houses to pass a constitutional amend ment and then it muslibe ratified by 36 states Meanwhile there were these other congressional developments 1 The senate finance commit tee unanimously approved indef inite extension of high wartime excise tax rates on socalled lux ury items The house already has passed the extension It mean a year to the treas ury 2 A republican congressman Rep Ralph E Flanders Vt and a union spokesman John W Edel man of the CIO textile workers union told congress a GOPpro posed 15 per cent general rent in crease would cause industrial strife Flanders urged 5 per cent raises each 4 months 3 Rep Howard W Smith D Va said the closed shop is in defensible and should be out awed regardless of risk to la jormanagement relations Vin cent P Ahearn of the National Sand and Gravel association how ever said haste in outlawing the closed shop might produce only turmoil 4 Rep Albert J Engel R Mich renewed criticism of pro posals to cut income tax 20 per cent He accused republican lead ers of intending to cut taxes be ore finding out whether a cut is ustifiable 5 Rep Thomas A Jenkins R Ohio called on his party to force postponement of further tariff cutting negotiations But Eric Johnston president of the motion picture association asserted that congressional tampering with the reciprocal trade program would be disastrous 6 Undersecretary of Commerce William C Foster told a house judiciary subcommittee that the crop of portalto portal pay suits made farsighted courageous business planning very difficult If the proposed presidential ten ure amendment finally is adopted by the country it will be the first time that the constitution has been changed since 1933 That was when the prohibition amendment was repealed Republicans still were divided on just how they should carry out their campaign promises to cut taxes Chairman Harold Knutson of the house ways and means com mittee said he hoped to get his bill for a 20 per cent acrosstheboard cut before the house by Feb 22 But many members of his com mittee doubted the bill would reach the house floor before March 1 at the earliest Firemen Lose Own Sheets in Blaze Newton was sheets not shirts Newton firemen lost when fire destroyed the home of Mrs William McGriff The weekly firehouse wash was found in the debris in the base ment and the loss included sheets towels pillow cases and wash cloths But a check disclosed that the firemen had no shirts in the wash SUCCUMBS FEW HOURS BEFORE GOING ON SHIP Death of Max Gardner 64 Was Caused From Coronary Thrombosis New York Max Gard ner 64 died of coronary throm bosis Thursday a few hours be fore he was to sail on the liner America to assume his post as United States ambassador to Great Britain Mrs Gardner and their son Ralph who were to have sailed with him were with the former North Carolina governor when he died at the Hotel Regis First announcement ol the death was made by the white house where Presidential Secre tary Charles G Ross said Presi dent Truman was deeply grieved and shocked Presidential Secretary Charles G Ross said Mr Truman had not had opportunity to give any thought to a successor to Gardner Gardner who arrived here Tuesday afternoon was the guest of honor Wednesday at a luncheon given at the WaldorfAstoria by Eric Johnston head of the Motion Picture association His son calso attended Last month Gardner attended a luncheon and annual meeting of the Pilgrims of the United States and was one of the speakers He said he hoped he could follow in the footsteps of John W Davis former ambassador to Britain and president of the Pilgrims who presided at the luncheon Halph Gardner said his father suffered a slight attack while at tending a football game last fall and has been under a terrific strain briefing himself for the new post Funeral services willbe held at p m Saturday at the First Baptist church in Shelby The family the son said was anxious that no flowers be sent for the services Gardner was named to the diplo matic post a month ago to succeed W Averell Harriman who left London to become secretary of commerce Prior to his appointment to Lon don he was undersecretary of the treasury He served as governor of North Carolina in 1928 In politics for almost 40 years Gardner was born at Shelby N Car the youngest of a family of 12 children His country doctor father Oliver Harry Gardner was an antisecessionalist in the Civil war Gardner is a longtime friend of former Secretary of State Byrnes He frequently worked as a Carolina lawyer with Byrnes home town Spartanburg was only about 40 miles from his own US Sticks to Demands on Disarmament New York The United States held firmly Thursday to its demand that a proposed arms lim itation commission must not over lap on the assignment of the United Nations atomic energy commission An informed source disclosed ihe American stands as 6 United Nations security council delegates went into closed session at a m E S T They are attempting o untangle a council snarl on the proper way to begin studying arms limitation and reduction of armed forces The delegates are attempting to write an acceptable resolution creating an arms limitation com mission and defining its duties This commission would bring back o the council recommendations for reducing the worlds arms and armed forces The place of atomic energy con rol in the arms reduction program loomed Wednesday night as the major stumbling block to final ac ion on a resolution to put it before he 11nation security council After 6 hours of brisk debate marked by concessions on both sides a special 6nation commit ee reported a considerable area of agreement on its overall work The biggest issue still standing was United States insistence on a clause declaring that a proposed arms reduction commission could not infringe on the work of the alreadyfunctioning atomic energy commission WAA Aids Firefighters Washington war as ets administration said Thursday t was channeling special types surplus firefighting equipment o municipal and volunteer fire departments to combat the rising ire losses throughout the nation ;