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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 23, 1950, Mason City, Iowa w NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION mmr VOL LVI Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires rive Cents a Copyt MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23 1950 This Paper Consists ol Two One No 11T AP Wirephoto MAN IN THE L Lewis is the man in the middle as Cyrus Ching chief federal mediatortalks to Harold Ward Associated Press reporter and oth er newsmen Wednesday At the end of a soft coal contract bargaining session reporters asked Ching what went on in the closeddoor meeting When Lewis came out of the meeting room he found the corridor jammed and had to push through the center of the impromptu news conference to leave the hotel where negotiators meet US Coal Supply Dwindles Emergency Measures Go Into Effect Says Woman Dead Before Air Injected Sanders Attorney Indicates Line of Defense Strategy Manchester N H Hermann N Sanders chief de fense lawyer asserted Thursday that the country doctor will show that the cancerridden woman he is accused of killing was dead be fore he injected air into her veins Whitehaired Attorney Louis E Wyman gave the first hint of the possible defense strategy after the prosecution told the 13man jury that Sander admitted taking the life of the suffering woman at the pleading of her husband The indication of defense strat egy that Mrs Abbie Borroto 59 may have been dead before she was given air injections came in a question put to Dr Harold I Loverud president of the staff of Hillsboro county hospital Died Dec 4 Mrs Borroto died at that hos pital on Dec 4 after wasting from 140 to 80 pounds Dr Sander was arrested 25 days later when a li brarian at the hospital noted ref erence to air injections on her medical chart Attorney General William L Phinney leaped to his feet and objected to Wymans question in dicating that Mrs Borroto was dead before given an injection Phinney said he would object unless it is to be supported by evidence Wyman promptly told the court In due course we expect to do that your honor Wyman Question The question Wyman put came after he suggested that Mrs Bor roto had been seen by a Dr Albert Snay on the morhing of her death before the arrival of Dr Sander in her room Referring to Dr Snay Wyman Substitute FEPC Bill Is Passed by House AP Wirephoto GUN MUZZLE MINING Cradling a rifle in his arms George Grissman stands guard at the nonunion E M Reed Coal company in New Bethlehem Pa Thursday while fellow workers load coal trucks The workers are on guard against violence by roving bands of striking United Mine Workers The nonunion miners to open fire if pickets stepped on their property William Green in Call for Seizure of Soft Coal Mines Washington William Green called Thursday for government seizure of the soft coal mines and coalfamished states exerted new pressure on President Pittsburgh emergen cymeasures went into effect Thursday as industrial America scraped the bottom of its coal bin The coal crisis reached the mass layoff stage Jones and Laughlin Steel cor poration the nations 4th largest steel producer started closing its plants in Pittsburgh and nearby Aliquippa That will idle 23000 The big steel firms own mines have been closed by the nation wide strike of the 372000 United Mine Workers who refuse to obey the ceasestrike command of their chief John L Lewis The Jones and Laughlin em ployes will boost the nations strike idle in allied industries to 78500 Other segments of the steel industry have banked several blast furnaces Iron Age an industry trade journal estimates steel mills gen erally will be forced to cut blast furnace operations by as much as 75 per cent next week Feeling Pinch Virtually all industry is feeling the pinch of the dwindling coal stock pile About 40000 AP Wirephoto JET PLANE EXPLODES IGNITES OIL TANK Wreckage of an air force jet plane burns on a street into which it crashedin Manhattan Beach Cal Wednesday A portion of the plane skidded into an oil storage tank in the background and ignited it A pas senger in the plane was killed but the pilot succeeded in bailing out asked If he pronounced her dead he being on the committee when the matter was reviewed he would be able to give pretty reliable in formation to the committee would he not Dr Loverud replied Yes The committee referred to by Wyjnan is s hospital committee which makes monthly checks on the records of all patients who have died Phinney earlier quoted Dr Sander that Mrs Borrotos hus band had pleaded with him to ad minister the injections E L C White 65 Spencer Newspaper Publisher Dies workers in in Truman for emergency action to end the crisis Green said President Truman has inherent powers when the public and safety are endangered Mr Truman said recently he does not have such powers What we need now is coal Green told a senate judiciary subcommittee We need the miners at work producing coal and then they can sit down and negotiate an agreement Green said he felt certain the seizure itriking miners would go back to work if the government took over the mines Some miners have saidthey would return under a bona fide government one in which profits would go into the U S treasury instead of to the mine owners Seizure legislation is being pre pared by Rep Cleveland M Bailey D W Va who said he expects to introduce the measure in the house Thursday John L Lewis and the coal op erators met for 90 minutes Thurs day morning and recessed until 2 p m CST but there was no sign that anyprogress has been made in the contract talks Lewisand the operators are re portedto be lessthan apart on money terms The white house said that no presidential action seems likely Thursday HEADS OIL JOBBERS Des Moines F Pock Garner was reelected presiden the Iowa Independent Oil Job bers association Thursday Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy Thursday night with snow flurries Low Thursday night near 5 above Partly cloudy Friday with high near 28 Iowa Mostly cloudy More general snow most of state Thursday night continuing in east por tion Friday Not much change in temperature Low Thursday night 15 northeast to 25 south west Minnesota Fair and colder south fair and very cold with dimin ishing winds north portion Thursday night Friday fair and continued cold Low Thursday night 15 to 25 below north 5 to 10 below south High Friday zero to 5 below north zero to 10 above south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Thursday Maximum 30 Minimum 15 At 8 a m 15 Precipitation trace Snow trace dustrial plants at Erie Pa will be laid off 2 days next week unless theres an immediate break in the strike Mayor Clarence K Pulling who ordered a citywide brownout and declared a fuel emergency ap pointed a committee which 1 Ordered industries to close next Sunday and Monday and to be prepared for another daylong shutdown later next week 2 Set up an 11 p m closing hour for bars clubs and other places which ordinarily close at 2 a m Close Stores Early 3 Ordered discontinuance of Monday night shopping hours for stores and told owners of office buildings to keep temperatures at 65 to 68 degrees Pulling said the Pennsylvania Electric company only utility in the lake port of 140000 has but a 13day supply of coal Eries situation while worse than some communities is similar to conditions in towns across the land Schools Larson Plans Regular Trips Des Moines Gen eral Robert L Larson said Thurs day after his return from a 3day trip in northern Iowa that he plans to get around the state regularly now to see how the lines are holding in his antigambling campaign Larson said he had conferred this week with some municipal and some county officials in 5 counties He did not list the coun ties but they included Woodbury and Black Hawk The attorney general explained he had had a complaint or 2 from some of the counties He said he told officials he would like to have those situations taken care of promptly In other counties Larson said he wanted to see how things were foing and get a first hand report said he wants to find out what le can do to assist local officers n any problems they may have Larson commented he was pleased with the cooperation he is getting but added he would make another trip next week and follow that with still others later are closing in many areas Coal rationing is widespread and even coal centers like Pitts burgh are feeling the pinch Retail coal merchants told Pittsburgh Mayor David L Law rence that heating equipment in institutions is facing imminent breakdowns They explained the institutions are using vastly in ferior quality only fuel available YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 33 22 SAME BUck means trifflo death in fit 21 boon oal Shortage Closes T in Marshalltown Marshalltown JP Marshall towns Y building housing the YMCA YWCA and many other community clubs and services will close its doors at the end of activities Saturday and will not reopen until after the coal short age is relieved Trustees voted Wednesday night to close the building after it was reported only enough coal is on hand to keep the pipes from freez ing for 3 weeks E L C WHITE BULLETIN Budapest de manded Thursday that the United States and Great Brit ain reduce their diplomatic staffs in this country Bednasek Defense Files New Motion Iowa City for Robert Bednasek 24 Cedar Rap ids Thursday filed a new motion seeking to have the county at t o r n e ys information charging Bednasek with first degree mur der set aside District Judge James P Gaff ney recently denied a similar mo tion The renewal motion said the minutes of testimony contained in the information filed by Johnson County Attorney Jack White were insufficient to faring the case to trial Bednasek was charged with strangling Margaret Ann Jackson 20 Burlington She was found dead in a mens rooming house last December after a University of Iowa fraternity party Spencer L C White 65 one of Iowas best known weekly newspaper publishers died early Thursday at his home after a pe riod of failing health White retired in 1936 as editor and publisher of the old Spencer NewsHerald which in that year was cited as the nations best weekly newspaper White was born in Atchison county Mo in 1884 and in Iowa was connected with newspapers at Villisca Storm Lake and Sheldon in addition to his Spencer publi cation He was active in promoting highway development in Clay county and in establishing Spen cers municipal hospital In 1932 he was chosen on Caseys all American weekly newspaper eleven He served as president of the Iowa Press association in 1935 White was executive director of the Iowa division of the American Cancer society Last week the so ciety presented him its coveted award in recognition of important contributions to the control of cancer White was publisher of the Storm Lake Register at the time of his death He and Mrs White jointly owned it Besideshis wife he is survived by a son Jim who is a student at Northwestern uni versity Soys Comic Books Cause Juvenile Crime Outbreak Muscatine UR Police Chief Harold Wickey attacked books Thursday as the chief cause ofa recent outbreak of juvenile crime here and Mayor Elmo Fer guson said he favored setting up a censorship board Wickey issed his blast follow ing the arrest of 7 boys all 11 12 or 13 years old and their confes sions to a series of breakins at Muscatine business places The chief said their hideout under a warehouse was lined with cases of canned goods cigarets and matches Ferguson said he would present the matter to the next city coun cil meeting Beardsley in Defense of His Housing Stand Des Moines William S Beardsley Thursday defended his decision not to call a special session of the legislature to enact housing legislation Not a nail has been driven nor a poundof concrete poured in the United States under the congres sional housing act of 1949 he told his news conference Drake university young demo crats in a meeting Wednesday night sharply criticized the gov ernor for not calling a special ses sion This was one of a number of similar criticisms After canvassing members of the legislature several months ago the governor decided against a special session A majority of the lawmakers opposed a special ses sion at that time The congressional act provides federal funds to assist communi ties in a 5year program primar ily of slum clearance Iowa is one of about a half dozen states which cannot now qualify under the pro gram without an enabling act The federal government would put up for every contributed by a community Beardsley said he believed the state will not be as it is and that the 1951 legislature can properly take care of the matter Housing enabling proposals have been before the last 2 legis latures which took no action on them Beardsley also explained that private industry is going forward and building at less cost than is contemplated under the federal act Any governor is hesitant to call a special session when there comic nof a reasonable majority in Stripped of Enforcement Provisions Beat Down Move to Send Measure Back to Committee Washington JP The house passed Thursday a fair employ ment practices FEPC bill strip ped of enforcement provisions The vote was 240 to 177 The bill far short of what Pres ident Truman wanted now goes to the senate The house action came after a debate that started at noon Wednesday and ran into early Thursday morning A breakdown of the roll call vote showed the measure was backed by 116 democrats and 124 republicans Opposing were 134 democrats 42 republicans and the one American labor party member Rep Marcantonio of New York The bill that finally emerged from the house fell so far short of what Mr Truman wanted that many of its original supporters re fused to vote for it Southern democrats opposed it solidly They were largely responsible for hav ing knocked all the enforcement teeth from the proposal It expresses a policy that there should be no discrimination against minority groups in job op portunities and seeks to avert such discrimination through per suasion and education It pro vides no penalties for anyone violating its major provisions Just before the final vote the house beat down a move to shelve the bill by sending it back to the house labor committee The vota on that was 239 to 177 fleck Seeks Iowa Attorney General Post Oskaloosa J Fleck former Mahaska county attorney said Thursday he would seek the democratic nomination for attor tbrney general Fleck was the democratic nom inee lor the post in 1948 He was beaten by Attorney General Rob ert Larson who has announced he would seek reelection He was county attorney from 1935 to 1938 He is a director of the Iowa Taxpayers association and past adjutant and vice com mander of the American Legion post in Oskaloosa A graduate of Newton high school and Grinnell college Fleck received his law degree from Har vard He was admitted to the bar in 1924 He served as city attorney of Oskaloosa 193334 Fleck is a member of the Ma sons ElksEagles Kiwanis Amer ican Legion and the Congrega tional church He is married and has 2 children Great Britain Votes in Crucial Election London IP Britons formed the most important queue of the past 5 years they lined up Thursday to mark their Xs for or against reelecting their soci alist government A record vote in the national elections was expected as lines formed early and steady streams began moving through polling stations all over this island king dom The choice before more than 34000000 voters Reelection of Prime Minister Clement Attlees laborites pledged to put still more industries under state control or a return to the conservative rule of wartime Premier Winston Churchill who promised to halt nationalization but keep most of Britains welfare state security measures Few women long accustomed to queuing in shops turned out for the early voting One of them however was Mrs Winston Churchill wife of the conserva tive party leader who hopes to unseat labor government Deputy Prime Minister Herbert Morrison the labor partys chief political strategist was among the first of the party leaders to vote Attlee and his wife already had voted by mail in the Westminster district which includes the prime ministers official home at No 10 Downing street The prime minister and Mrs Attlee were cheered by a large crowd when they arrived at labor party headquarters in Walthams tow West the working class sec tion of London where Attlee is a candidate No incidents had been reported But Londons famous bobbies were primed for huge crowds which are expected to jam Tra falgar Square and Picadilly Cir cus Thursday night to watch elec tion results flash from electric signs Most of the early voters were workmen coming off the night shift or others who report to work while the rest of the nation is still getting up favor of consideration of the mat ter to be passed upon It would seem to this date that Iowa has not suffered because of lack of an enabling act Man Found Dead in Home Overcome by Oil Heater Fumes Sioux City man identi fied as Charles Ellis about 65 Thursday wasfound dead at his homeoh highway the city limits Dr Thomas L Coriden county coroner said Mr Ellis a tenant farmer was overcome by fumes from an oil heater in the small building Dr Coriden said Eilis had been dead since about 2 a m No inquest is planned Davis Seeking to Regain Citizenship Strasbourg France Davis who tore up his American passport 2 years ago to become a citizen of the world started ef forts Thursday to regain his cit izenship An authoritative source said Davis had applied to the U S con sulate here for an immigration visa The consulate told him he would have to go to Paris to get it Embassy sources in Paris said Davis could apply to immigrate to the United States for the pur pose of becoming a citizen Plans Board to Head Off Rail Strike Washington ff The white house said Thursday that Presi dent Truman probably will create an emergency board Friday or Saturday to head off a threatened nationwide railroad strike The Brotherhood of Conductors and Trainmen have called a strike for 6 a m Monday The Conductors and the Train mens Brotherhood refused arbi tration which had been proposed by the national railway media tion board Together the unions represent between 200000 and 250000 workers Appointment of a presidential factfinding board under the rail way labor act requires both sides in the dispute to retain the status quo The board has 30 days in which to make a report and no strike can be called for 30 days after the boards report is sub mitted according to the law The unions principal demand Is for a 40hour week for some 85000 yard service employes without a cut in pay from their present 48 hour scale Poland to Represent Bulgaria in America Sofia Bulgaria announced Thursday that Poland has agreed torepresent her in the United States The United States broke diplo matic relations with Bulgaria Tuesday f ;