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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 28, 1947, Mason City, Iowa COM CF NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME AND ARCitV 018 KOINES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT VOL LOT Associated Press and United Press FulJ Leased Wire Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28 1947 MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS This Paper Consists of Two One No 120 LIVESTOCK GET NORTH IOWA SPUDS SENATE GROUP VOTES TO END OPA ACTIVITIES Appropriations Body Wants Agency to Close Up Shop by June 30 Washington senat appropriations committee voted 1 to 5 Friday to allow the office o 1 price administration to continue rent rice and suga i controls until June 30 j Chairman Bridges RN H said the committee wrote into a money bill a provi sion requiring OPA and the office j of temporary controls to end al j activities June 30 This action was taken Bridges i said on motion of Senator Thomas 1 and was approved by an 11 to 2 committee vote j Bridges said the committee in j effect allowed the OPA abou to continue its opera I tions for the next four months with the remainder of the fund I earmarked for payment of termi nal leave of employes and for liquidation purposes j OPA i officials orginally had I asked for 55000000 monthly for the next four months Bridges said the agency must make drastic Jcuts in its personnel operating jwitlrabout onefifth of its present j force of about 14000 employes j I want to emphasize that this i action wont end controls over sugar and rice Bridges told reporters The committee was in 3 formed that a rent control bill is j ready for early senate considera ition and that there is a move afoot transfer sugar and rice controls the department of agriculture A subcommittee had recom jmended Thursday by a 6 to 5 vote jthat OPA should have operate through June 30 but the jcomnutleecut this down Friday iGREfllBRITAiN FRANCE IN PACT 2 Countries to Sign Alliance on Tuesday London Secretary Ernest Bevin announced agreement on a BritishFrench treaty of al liance in the house of commons Friday Bevin said he and French For eign Minister Georges BMauIt would sign the treaty next Tues day at Dunkerque It is evidence of the bonds of friendship between the two countries he said Dunkerque has special signifi cance to the two countries as a scene of horror and defeat result ing attempted wartime co operation thatfell short of its goal of stopping the Germans in 1940 Anthony Eden conservative former foreign minister congrat ulated Bevin for concluding the new alliance Close and enduring friendship between the two nations is a con tribution to world peace Eden said adding that members of the house would all be with Mr Bevin in spirit at Dunkerque The house members cheered Bevins announcement did not include a delineation of the termG of the treaty which was agreed upon in principle last month while Leon Blum then French premier was here for talks with Bevin and Prime Minister Attlee Betty Jo Flies From Honolulu to New York M FIGHTER PLANE British Want U S to Take Over Greece By ALEX H SINGLETON Washington Britian he domestice economy near th breaking point was reported ii congressional and diplomatic quarters Friday to have proposec that the United States take ove her commitments in Greece on i large scale Although there was no white house confirmation this was un derstood to have been the subjec least in a highlj secretive white house conference Thursday among President Tru man his diplomatic advisers anc key legislators One source said that the United States would issue a statement soon on what part if any ii vould assume in helping bolster the shaky Greek government In London a foreign office spokesman said British and United States discussions were under way in Washington on the problem of continuing the economic and military obligations in striketorn Greece now borne by Britain The spokesman implied one aspect of the talks was the con inucd provision of foreign cur ency which Greece could lurchase arms and military equip ment The discussions he added rose out of the ending March 31 f Britains commitment to main ain the Greek armed forces The ame spokesman said he saw no rospects of U S military forces eing sent to the country after Britains forces get out Other government sources said oreign Secretary Ernest Bevin as planning to withdraw Britains remaining 10000 troops rom Greece within the next 3 months Should the United States decide o take over a large share of Brit h commitments in Greece and erhaps elsewhere to help restore uropes stability it could well Tenants to March on City Hall for Lodging in Jail Davenport 28 ten ants of a building labeled by city officials and the state marshals office as a fire hazard plan to marchon the city hall Friday night to seek lodging in the city jail The operator of the rooming house said the owners do not plan to remodel the building to comply with orders issued by officials Police Chief Reed Phillips when informed of the action said theres nothing we can do at police head quarters but give them a place to sleep Ralph Graham superintendent of construction said he wanted to cooperate with owners of the building but we have a duty to perform My office is willing to grant another extension of time to make repairs if the owners plan to proceed with remodeling OFFICERS CHOSEN Sheffield The Past Noble Grands association met with Gladys Gross Tuesday evening and elected the following officers Mrs Don Vail president Mrs Walter Timmerman vice presi dent Mrs Maude Holmes secre tary nations plans for foreign relic expenditures This in turn might force an up ward revision of both President Trumans budget estimates a problem which in turn would af fect the current congressiona drive for trimming his 000000 figure tax cuts and deb reduction One key phase of relief costs the problem of feeding occupied Germany has brought a report to Mr Truman from former Presi dent Herbert Hoover After a per sona review abroad Hoover re ported to the white house Thurs day and went before the house foreign affairs committee Friday Only a day after he recom mended that the United States spend for the relief of Germany alone over the 18 month period beginning last Jan 1 he was called to give his view before the house committee on a proposed bill to expend 000 in 5 other European countries and China Just back from making a 3 weeks survey of Europes food needs Hoover contends that re lief for the other European coun tries should not be put at higher levels than those he recommended for Germany and Austria AT END OF NONSTOP picture Lt John M Ard copilot clfmte from the right cockpit of the Betty Jo while the pilot Lt Col Robert E Thacker is stillT thp Ipff rncknita few irnrmte fiYirlsy at Tafinjndia fMfi N y following a nonstop flight from Honolulu Bottom picture Colonel Thacker Lieutenant Ard greet their wives after the long hop The plane was named after Mrs MANTZ LANDS ATLAGUARDIA New York Paul Mantz stunt flyer and winner of last years endix race to Cleveland landed at LaGuardia filed at p m EST Friday completing a nonstop flight from Burbank Cal 3 Poles Executed for Espionage in Warsaw Warsaw Poles wh were sentenced to death last mont or espionage have been executec t was announced Friday Count Xavier Grocholski cen ral figure in the case and 2 of hi associates Waldemar Baczak am Major Wildt Kalicki were exe cuted after Polish President Bole alw Bierut declined to pardon iem Believe Russia Has Airborne Army Surpassing All Others Information Indicates Red Troop Strength as High as 100000 Mrs Dixon Gets Life Sentense for Des Moines Bank Robbery Des Moines Opal Dixon 35 convicted by an allwoman jury a week ago of entering a bank with intent to rob was sentenced Fnday to life imprisonment in the Womens Reformatory at Rockwell District Judge Russell Jordan pronounced the mandatory life sentence on the mother of 2 teenage married daughters after denying her motion for a new trial Her 5th husband Jess Dixon entered the courtroom a few mo ments after the sentencing preached her and said When the attractive ravenhaired woman ignored him he asked Arent you going to say any thing You get out and stay out she snapped and started to rise from her chair A deputy sheriff in tervened and she sat down During her trialMrs Dixon tes tified that she robbed the Des Moines Bank Trust Co of on Jan 22 because her husband made life miserable for her and sought to force her back into prostitution After Judge Jordan had gone through the new trial motion pointbypoint and overruled it he asked her attorney Ray E Hanke County Attorney Carroll Switzer and Mrs Dixon whether they had anything to say before he pronounced sentence Mrs Dixon said curtly no Neither of the 2 attorneys had any comment Then Judge Jordan read the sentence After the sentencing Judge Jor dan iold Mrs Dixon that she would in time be subject to re lease if her sentence is commuted to a period of years He told her that if she went down there and made a good rec ord under the facts of the case you in due time could get out The state parole board could recommend to the governor that her sentence be commuted to a period of years She then would be eligible for parole Mrs Dixon who said Thursday night she would not appeal her conviction because you cant ap 3eal on and thats all Ive got for the reformatory at once in the custody of Sheriff Howard C Reppert and 2 deputies Washington is be lieved to have an airborne arm in being or in training far sur passing that of any other power Information filtering out o Russia indicates it was learnei Friday that the Soviet Union strength in troops trained for lightning strikes from the air ma number as high as 100000 men This force compares with th single airborne division which th United States possesses Tha 82nd at Fort Bragg N an authorized strengtl of 13000 men but presumably below that figure Efforts to bring the 82nd nearer authorized strength have been complicated by the use of trainee airborne soldiers as elements o occupation forces in Germany am Japan Some strategists note that the reported 100000man strength of the Russian airborne force may be misleading because of a possi ble Soviet deficiency in the im portant matter of air transporta tion Russias primary aviation in terest during the war was in fighter type planes She virtually ignored heavy bomber aircraft and either because of policy or production difficulties did little iransport plane building What her strength in transport is today is uncertain Lendlease reports show that during the war the United States urned over to Russia about 700 ransport airplanes among the 5000 delivered How many of these 700 trans ort plus any she may have ob tained from Britain and built her elf still are operable is unknown lowever American exports have estimated that it requires about 500 transports of existing designs o move one division of about 12 00 men with their equipment During World War II Russias tandard airborne unit was a bri ade of slightly more than 4000 men used either as parachutists or arried in transports Although Russia was one of the ioneers in prewar paratroop ex periments she made little use o airborne forces during the conflic with Germany presumably be cause of her own peculiar military problem She was fighting on land a close quarters with huge masse of troops where the element o surprise was at a minimum It is assumed that Russias plan lung may have changed since then Because she now finds herself wit only a negligible naval fleet and an insufficient merchant marine jn capable of handling large troop movements airborne units ma have taken on an enhanced valu in her eyes Weather Repor FORECAST Mason City Cloudy Friday night and Saturday with light snow Friday night and snow flumes Saturday No decided change in temperature Lowest Friday night about 10 above Iowa Light snow Friday night Saturday mostly cloudy with oc casional light snow flurries Colder in extreme west portion Low Friday night 3 to 15 north and 17 to 24 south portion High Saturday 20 to 24 north and 24 to 28 south Minnesota Partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday light snow flurries southwest and extreme west portion Colder extreme west Saturday dwa 5day outlook The mean temperature will average 2 to 4 degrees below normal The state normal is 28 degrees Pre cipitation will average less than one tenth inch occurring as light snow Monday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis cs for 24 hour period ending at oclock Friday morning Maximum 21 Minimum 6 At 8 a m Friday 12 EAR AGO Maximum 26 Minimum 3 MAKES LANDING ATLAGUARDIA TwinMustang Finishes NonStop Flight of More Than 5000 Miles New York UR Streaking in to an emergency landing at La Guardia field the armys twin Mustang fighter plane Betty Jo Friday completed the first non stop flight from an official elapsed time of 14 hours 33 minutes With only 60 gallons of gasoline in her tanks the plane touched down here at a m EST after passing the control tower at a m EST the latter figure being the one given officially by the National Aeronautical association for the arrival here Lt Col Robert E Thacker chief Dilot believed he had completed he long flight in 14 hours 32 min utes but the NAA gave 14 hours 33 minutes as official It was the longest flight ever made by a fighter plane On its takeoff Thursday night from Hick am Field Honolulu the strange winfuselaged plane carried the leaviest load ever lifted into the air by a fighter plane And it was he first nonstop flight by any cind of a plane from Honolulu to lew York Thacker dropped the Flying reak as some of those seeing it for the first time Friday imme diately named it to a perfect land ng as his wife for whom the plane was named and a crowd of more than 1000 persons cheered and waved The El Centre Cal pilot and lis copilot 1st Lt John M Ard hglewood Cal were tired but tiappy as they slid from the ramped cockpits where they had at for nearly 15 hours TVc flCV it the W5y wanfpri to fly it Thacker said The en gines ran sweet Thacker gave full credit to Ard for the decision to continue to La Guardia instead of landing at Erie or WilkesBarre Pa which they had considered He quoted Ard as saying when they discussed the dwindling gas supply as they roared over the Great Lakes area Colonel we can do it Ard is a very experienced fighter pilot Thacker explained and the chief pilot made his deci sion then to continue to New York House Votes Legislation on Portal Pay Washington set ting up legal barriers agains about in portalto portal pay suits was approved by the house Friday and sent to the senate In the first action of the new republicandominated congress on a major labor bill the house re buffed all efforts to amend the measure Action came after numerous speakers declared the wave of portal suits following the supreme court Mt Clements pottery deci sion threatens the stability of the nations economy and the federal treasury itself The bill in effect overturns the supreme court interpretation of what is work time for which em ployers must pay under the wage hour law The court decision opened the way for workers to sue for pay for time not actually spent in productive work Beaten back were increase the statute of limitations rixing the time which suits may DC brought against employers un der the nations minimum wage The flight was made at altitudes ranging from 19000 to 22000 feet Thacker said and the weather was exactly as briefed He said they had good tailwinds and oc casionally reached a speed of 450 miles an hour One handicap in the latter stages of the flight was that one of the 4 gas tanks affixed beneath the wings to carry a part of the 7ton gasoline load with which the plane took off from Hickam field could not be jetti soned because of a mechanical ailure Thacker said this slowed the 3lane perhaps as much as 40 miles an hour The tank still hung be neath the wing as the plane came into the field It was an electrical failure in he release device Thacker said and I damn near pulled the switches out trying to drop the ank and hour laws The house also rejected an amendment designed to narrow he grounds under which an em ployer could plead good faith as a defense in minimum wage suits Senate Group Votes Against TVA Selection Washington The senate ublic works committee voted 7 p 5 Friday to reject Persident rumans nomination of Gordon H Clapp as a director of the Tennes ee Valley Authority Three democrats teamed with 4 iFuWiosns in opposing confirma tion Three republicans and democrats voted in favor Clapp was designated to succee David E Lilienthal whose ow nomination as chairman of th atomic energy commission has ru into stiff opposition among sena tors The senate atomic committee which is considering the Lilientha nomination decided at a closei meeting Friday to give the forme TVA chief an opportunity to re fute testimony that he receiver pay from a private firm while a member of the Wisconsin railroac commission in 1931 Chairman Hickenlooper R who announced the atomic groups action told reporters ht would invite Lilienthal to appear before the committee Monday he so chooses OFFER SURPLUS DYED POTATOES AT LOW PRICES Government Is Selling Purple Spuds at 1 Cent Hundredweight for Feed Des Moincs govern ment now is offering surplus Iowa potatoes for sale as livestock feed for a penny a hundredweight Alvin J Cook state commodity loan supervisor said Friday that approximately 1500 bushels of the potatoes had been sold on this basis the past month The sales in carload and truck load lots are being made in 6 Emmet Worth Hancock Winnebago and Buena Vista Milk Prices to Drop 1 Cent in Des Moines Des Moines The price of milk in Des Moines will drop one cent a quart to 16 cents effective Saturday distributors announced friday t The price drop will apply to milk delivered at homes by dairies and that sold at retail outlets The price of cream will remain un changed with the exception of vhipping cream in half pint bot les which will drop one cent to 35 cents J Killed as Wild Pullman Car rashes Againsi Mountainside Altoona Pa last Pullman car of the Pennsylvania rail oads Sunshine special became uncoupled near the crest of the Al egheny mountains Friday and raced wildly down the steep tracks to rash against the mountainside after a 3i mile run The railroad reported the porter of the car the Cascade Mirage was killed and 11 passengers were injured The hurt were picked up by the Jeffersonian Express The potatoes are sprayed with a purple vegetable dye to insure that they dont go into commer cial channels County AAA committees are in charge of the sales program The potatoes are those being forfeited under the support price plan by which loans at the rate of a hundredweight for U S Wo 1 2 motions to were on 161000 bushels of Iowas 1946 late potato crop Cook stressed that the potatoes jeing sold as livestock feed rep resented an excess over all that sould be disposed of for the school unch program to state institu ions and in other noncommercial channels The 161000 bushels under loan jre in addition to 87000 bushels which the government bought di rectly at a rate of a hundred weight before the loan program became effective last Sept 15 The great bulk of the 87000bu shel direct purchase spoiled be cause no outlets could be found Cook said These potatoes then were spread as fertilizer and have een entirely disposed of Iowas 1946 potato crop totaled 2880000 bushels Several carloads of Iowa loan irogram potatoes were disposed of or school lunch and state institu ional use not only in this state aut in other states as well One hipment went to Louisiana Cook aid Under loan program farm ers may offer the government up to 20 per cent each month of the potatoes they have stored under the program Some growers how ever are able to sell their potatoes directly to commercial outlets and pay off the loan Cook explained Cook said 5 bushels of potatoes have a nutritional value for live stock equal to 1 bushel ol corn The potatoes are chopped and fed raw to cattle but must be cooked to be palatable to hogs he ex plained Missouri feeders he said have bought up all of that states small potato surplus and currently are investigating freight and trucking rates with a view to making ex tensive purchases frofli Iowas sur plus stocks Farmers wishing to buy the for stock feeding should contact the AAA chairman in the counties which have surplus po tatoes Elmer W Krause Cerro iordo AAA chairman advised Friday at Mason Ctiy Cerro Gordo county growers have no surplus potatoes for sale at the 1 cent a hundredweight price he said because no potatoes were put under loan in this county Iowas largest potato grower Sam Sennedy Clear Lake sold more han 36000 bushels to the gov ernment Krause said but has none under loan Only 3 growers hava applied for acreage allotments under the 1947 potato program in the county he chairman reported Plantings of 300 acres have been recom mended for Kennedy by the county committee as compared with his 310 acres in 3946 The county home has been recom nended for 10 acres and Clyde Upchurch Grant township asked and was allowed 3 acres aken to Altoona hospital where at least 3 were reported in serious The Sunshine special was trav ling west from New York to exas It had stopped at Gallitzin unnel to drop an extra engine fter climbing the Hi mile grade p Cresson mountain In some unaccountable manner he last Pullman of the 13car rain came uncoupled Without rakes it started drifting down le grade Flagman Edward J Mulvihill 6 of Pittsburgh realized that the rbrakcs had failed He called to IB passengers to lie flat on the oor Several heeded and crawled om their berths Mulvihills faming was credited with saving them from serious injury or death The runaway car held the tracks for over 5 minutes It sped past Bennington curve where 10 days ago the Red Arrow Express leaped the tracks and plunged into a gorge killing 24 persons At curve 109 the Pullman jumped the tracks and bounced over 3 other tracks to jam against the side of the mountain The porter L Keys of near Houston Texas was pinned in the wreckage and killed Other occu pants of the coach crawled from the car and helped extricate the more seriously injured At Altoona hospital a nurse in the receiving room said 7 men and 3 women had been admitted by a m She said several were suffering from fractured limbs MOVED PAPERS Des West Des Moines E Westphal stacked some Japers and cartons under his elec ric meter planned to move them ater A short circuit set fire to he pile of papers while the family vas away burned the joists and looring of his new brick home The ire department helped him move he papers and cartons SAME DATE Black tUf meins tritHo dentti la out 24 hour ;