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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 7, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES All NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LV uiim Aoociated Presi and United Full Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JANUARY 7 1949 This Paper Consists of Two Ne If GEORGE C MARSHALL Marshall Quits Secretary of State Post In Washington of State George C Marshall has re signed and Dean Acheson has been appointed his successor President Truman announced Friday Budget Director James E Webb was named to succeed Undersecre tary of State Robert A Lovett who also resigned The resignations are effective Jan 20 Pace Succeeds Wehb Frank Pace Jr was named to replace Webb as director of the bureau of the budget Pace is now assistant director of the budget Frederick J Lawton a career man in the budget bureau was named to succeed Pace Acheson former undersecretary of state will carry out the nations present foreign policy Mr Tru man told a news conference Accepts Resignation The president accepted Mar shalls resignation reluctantly and with deep regret telling report ers he regarded Marshall as the outstanding man of the 2nd World war era Marshall is 68 He recently un derwent an operation for removal of a kidney He is now convales cing His health was the primary factor in his resignation FEW Head Rejects CIO Merger Order Chicago fP Grant Oakes president of the ClOUnited Farm Equipment Workers union Fri day rejected as a Pearl Harbor ultimatum CIO orders that his merge with the ClOUnit ed Automobile Workers Oakes appeared briefly before a special 3man committee of CIO officials headed by Emil Rieve president of the Textile Workers of America and read a prepared statement Rieves committee was appoint ed at the recent CIO convention at Portland Ore to negotiate the merger ordered by the conven tion Your committee carries abso lutely no status with our organ ization Oakes told the CIO lead ers I appear here only out common courtesy to individual of ficers of CIO affiliates Sleepwalks Nearly Mile in Underwear Willmar Minn yearold Donald Johnson is sound sleepwalker His parents Mr and Mrs Ruddj Johnson told Friday how Donald walked barefoot clad only in hi underwear for nearly a mil through icy streets in belowfreez ing after midnight temperature without waking up DEAN ACHESON 7 Blizzard Victims Found Storm Death Toll Increased to 17 Denver snow blank eted bodies of 2 families7 per found Thursday in blizzardblasted Wyoming and neexpansn Economic Message to Congress Truman Calls for Increase in Jobs Production Boost By STERLING F GREEN Washington resident Truman expressed firm belief Fri day that this country can attain ts goal of continuous maximum employment production and pur chasing power He cautioned however that our unparalleled prosperity has not been maintained by chance and that we can lose it if we eave the future to chance He acclaimed the halt of the long price rise as the welcome sig nal of an approaching stable prosperity not of an oncoming de pression His annual economic report told congress that the fair deal pro gram he laid before it Wednesday is a 2edged weapon of govern it is antidepression as well as antiinflation Mr Truman fixed these nation al goals for the year Another millionman increase in employ ment to a yearly average of 60 000000 civilians at work and an other 3 to 4 per cent boost in pro duction Production last year was re ported in the dollar value of all goods and services poured out at the historic high of 000 But the gain which Mr Tru man wants is in terms of actual goods and services with the dol lar inflation squeezed out Personal Income The presidents report showed that personal income in 1948 was He said con sumer income rose about in pro portion to the climb in consumer prices But he declared that profits are swollen to excess and that dan gerous inflationary forces still imperil the economy Backing up his 8point request for control legislation he told the democratic congress in a report that went first to the house We need to have available a range of governmental measures which can be applied as a brake or as accelerator according to the need His proposed 84000000000 tax increase to be drawn mainly from corporation earnings can be ap plied without unduly interfering with prospects for continued busi Children Mother Die as Otranto Home Burns REMAINS OF of undetermined origin leveled this 6room frame home of Mr and Mrs Harold Wells at Otranto Thursday afternoon taking the lives of Mrs Wells and 3 of her 5 children Early arrivals on the scene thought the worst of the outbreak came from the GlobeGazette photo living room where the heating unit was maintained But the entire structure was a twisted mass of ruins in 2 hours time The brick across the road may be seen in the background Colorado Thawing weather unveiled the twin tragedies that raised the storm death toll to at least 17 Wyoming listed 9 victims Colo rado 6 and western Nebraska 2 Near the northern Colorado settlement of Rockport were found the bodies of Philip Roman 37 his wife lone 35 and their children Tony 10 and Peggy 8 Gale winds and smothering snow struck them down Monday when they struggled from their stalled truck toward a residence a mile away The bodies of Mr and Mrs An drew Archuleta about 30 and their 5 year old daughter were found in their snow covered automobile near Hillsdale Wyo 17 miles east of Cheyenne Most of the other storm victims were elderly persons who died of heart drifts snow attacks fighting through or overexertion shoveling The report was notably more conciliatory toward business than the state of the union message which 48 hours earlier stressed the inflationary hazard and failed even to mention the price declines of recent months Fridays message had this reassurance Not Needed 1 It is possible that we may not in fact be forced to use such controls as the standby price wage and allocation powers he on the law books 2 The tax policy should be GOP Has Own Housing Bill To Introduce Measure as Demo Substitute Washington repub licans laid plans Friday to offer their own housing bill as a sub stitute for the program proposed by President Truman The bill is being drafted by a group of selfstyled liberals who unsuccessfully rebelled against the old guard GOP leadership in Senator Ives RN a lead er of the insurgents told a re porter about the plan and said Senator Taft ROhio had agreed to back it Taft a public housing advocate was the target of the re cent GOP uprising As it shapes up now the re publican housing measure will provide a more modest program than the one Mr Truman pro posed in his state of the union message Mr Truman called for a far reaching plan that would include the construction of 1000000 public housing units in the next 7 years Democratic senators promptly in troduced a bill to meet his request Veteran Film Director Dies of Heart Attack Cottonwood Ariz Fleming 60 veteran director of Gone With the Wind and mentor of many of Hollywoods best known players is dead of a heart attack He was stricken Thursday night in his cottage at the nearby Beaver Creek guest ranch where he was vacationing with his fam ily and died in a car enroute to the Cottonwood hospital President Truman in Favor of Flexible Price Support Washington Tru man came out Friday for flexible farm price supports thereby re jecting congressional proposals to continue present 90 per cent par ity farm price floors In his annual economic report to congress the chief executive said rigid supports would in the end cut farmers income and force rigid production controls upon them Mr Trumans advocacy of flexible supports came at a time when the congressional farm bloc is split over the issue of long range government aid to farmers 90 Per Cent Parity One by the demo cratic chairmen of the senate and house agriculture want the present wartime 90 per cent parity supports continued Indefinitely They are due to ex pire at the end of 1949 under terms of a law passed by the re publicancontrolled 80th congress Parity is a legal standard of prices held to be fair equally to farmers and consumers Another by Senators Lucas DI11 and Aiken RVt a system of flexible sup ports along the lines of the GOP passed law Sliding Level This GOP law authorizes sup ports ranging between 60 and 90 per cent of parity for major crops and from zero to 90 per cent for other products Supports would be highest in times of shortages and lowest in times of surplus Mr Truman said this law which he signed represents an import ant step forward in recognizing the difficulties associated with overrigid supports But he said it needs revisions to make it even more flexible The said flexible sup ports would be useful in helping obtain shifts in crop production is away from crops in sur plus supply to those in short sup ply Rigid or equal supports for all crops would hinder such shifts he said flexible and should be promptly adjusted to the changing needs of business and im plied promise to lower rates again if a recession hits 3 Price ceilings if they are in voked on key materials will be se lective and not the general or overall price control of the war time Any legislation should encourage voluntary price cuts before ceilings are clamped on 4 Priyate enterprise is the na tions prime reliance for economic results aided by a vigorous gov ernment and the mutual respect and trust that we all hold for one another The president demanded rent control extension for at least 2 years Fridays legislative recom mendations followed in the main his Wednesday program with this additional tax proposal Some New Taxes Some new excise taxes may be desirable along with the rise in corporation gift and estate levies and the possible boosts in middle and upper bracket income taxes But the oleomargarine tex and some others should be repealed Mr Truman also asked extension of the law under which steel and other scarce materials are allo cated to vital industries by volun tary industry point he failed to make in Wednesdays request for compulsory controls and priorities He again scolcted the housing in dustry for pricing itself out of the market And again he asked for strengthened rent control slum clearance and a public housing program to build 1000000 low rent dwellings in 7 years I firmly believe that this goal is attainable Mr Truman said The economic message is re quired annually of the president by the employment act of 1946 That law binds the government to develop and follow policies lead ing to maximum employment pro duction and buying power while avoiding violent booms or depres sions The message was based on a de tailed ecnomic review drafted by the presidents council of economic advisers headed by Dr Edwin G Nourse The councils report was Denies Fight on U S Policy Truman Says Franklin Article Without Fact Washington resident Truman denied Friday emphatic ally and in detail a published story that he is engaged in a fight within his cabinet to soften U S policy toward Russia At his news conference the chief executive asserted that there is no change in this countrys foreign policy He said the article by Jay Franklin in Life magazine is with out foundation in fact in nearly every instance and paragraph Mr Truman said further that he never had a private conference or interview with Franklin in his life The president spoke out on the issue after some top administra tion officials had indicated belief that he would have to clarify his personal attitude toward Russia soon Orders 1st Degree Murder Charge Filed Against Dr Rutledge Cedar Rapids Distric Judge G K Thompson has or dered that a first degree murder charge against Dr Robert CRut ledge be submitted to the grand jury Monday His action was taken late Thurs day at the request of Linn Counts Attorney William C Crissman after Missouri Governor Phil M Donnelly refused to extradite Rut ledge The St Louis doctor is charged with murdering Byron C Hatt man also of St Louis in a Ceda Rapids hotel Dec 14 RAIL EXECUTIVE DIES Cleveland John Wyso Davin 57 president of the Nicke Plate railroad and chairman o the board of the Wheeling an transmitted along with Mr Tru Lake Erie railway died Friday in mans i his home AP Wirephoto WELLS CHILDREN AND are Mrs Harold Wells and 4 of her chil dren 2 of which perished in a fire at Otranto Thursday On the left is David who sur vives Barbara Ellen 3 is dead Harold Gary 4 also died Vern on the right survives Leslie Keith 19 months another victim of the fire is not shown Jet Planes Make Trip in Record Time New York air force pilots sped here Friday from Chi cago in Shooting Star jet planes in one hour 21 minutes and 8 seconds fastest trip ever made between the 2 cities The F80C planes flashed over LaGuardia field at p m They had passed the Chi cago municipal airport 711 air miles away at a m to begin their flight The pilots were Lt Col Bill Haviland and Lt Harry Howell Air force officials said they did not know of any jet record for the flight between the nations 2 largest cities but the commercial airplane mark was one hour 51 minutes and 43 seconds Bunche Proposes Armistice Talks on Island of Rhodes Beer Cigaret Tax Revenue Shows Rise Des Moines beer and cigarette tax revenues in creased last month over a year ago the state tax commission reported Friday Cigarette revenue totaled 147 compared with in December 1947 Beer revenue totaled compared with a year ago Lake Success UN Mediator Ralph Bunche proposed Friday that armistice talks be tween Israel and Egypt begin Jan 11 or 12 on the island of Rhodes Bunche made his proposal after reporting to the security councils 7nation Palestine committee that Egypt and Israel had agreed on a cease fire to be followed by direct negotiations on an armistice I have every reason to believe Bunche said that a cease fire is now in effect United Nations observers re ported to truce headquarters at Haifa Friday that the new cease fire in southern Palestine is being respected by both Israelis and Egyptians Bunche said the Egyptian gov ernment should be commended for taking the initiative in proposing the armistice talks Egyptian Delegate Mahmoud Bey Fawzi said We must see to it that no more attacks take place SAME meant traffic ta past Grant 2 Weeks for Appeal on Land Tax Case Des Moines Iowa su preme court Friday granted an extension of 2 weeks for the filing of a 3rd appeal in the agricultural land tax credit case Counsel for Mrs Laura Dickin son of Epworth was given until Jan 27 to file a petition for a re hearing of the case The ccurt last month held the act passed by the 1945 legislature was constitutional Last February the court ruled that the act was invalid and the state obtained a rehearing HAS APPENDICITIS Cause for Blaze Not Determined Father and 2 Other Children Are Survivors By RICK MEREDITH Staff Representative Otranto There was nothing left but a large hole in the ground littered with charred unrecogniz able ruble after fire burst through the Harold Wells residence here Thursday afternoon and cost the lives of 4 of the 7 members of the family The dead are Mrs Harold Wells 24 Harold Gary Wells 4 Barbara Ellen Wells 3 Leslie Keith Wells 19 months Survivors are the father and 2 sons Vern 6 and David 5 Otranto population 140 is in northwest Mitchell county 2 miles from the Minnesota border 5 miles north and 3 miles west of St Ansgar What caused the fire no one was able to say Neighbors thought the family had changed from an oil to a coal heating unit in their living room where the worst of the blaze appeared in the early stages Had Oil Burner But Wells composed as he sat Thursday night at the farm home of his father 4 mile north of town said the 6room frame structure was still being heated by an oil burner The home more than 40 years old sat directly across from the brick schoolhouse Teachers kept pupils in school during the early stages of the fire first discovered at pm Mrs Wells was at the postoffice about i block away and ran quickly to the home when smoke was seen billowing from it It appeared she had attempted to rescue 2 of the youngsters in the kitchen and had turned to get the infant in the living room when overcome by smoke as her body was found lying in the doorway from the living room to kitchen The bodies of Harold and Barbara were found nearly 2 hours later a short distance away in the kit chen Z Children Away Mr Wells who farms 400 acres with his father H G Wells was on his way home from work Vern was in school and David blocks away at the grocery First to arrive at the scene after Mrs Wells were Charles Crane Arthur Saltou and George Ran som Crane said all he could see at first was smoke and then flames seemed to engulf the entire house rapidly Ransom of nearby Rose Creek Minn was able to crawl in on the floor after hearing the babys cry and hand it out to Des Moines Eugene Smith had his appendix removed in a Des Moines hospital Friday after an attack of acute ap pendicitis His condition was de scribed as fair Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Increasing cloudiness and continued mild Friday night and Saturday Low Friday night about 30 high Saturday 4045 Iowa Increasing cloudiness and continued mild Friday night and Saturday Low Friday night 32 to 36 Iowa 5Day Weather Outlook In creasing cloudiness and contin ued mild Friday night and Sat urday Light rain or snow and turning colder Sunday Monday clearing and cold Tuesday warming again with a little pre cipitation followed by colder Wednesday Temperatures will average near or somewhat above seasonal normals and precipita tion will generally total less than onetenth of an inch Nor mal highs 26 north 33 south Normal lows 7 north 14 south Minnesota Partly cloudy windy and mild Friday night Saturday much colder with snow flurries northwest by morning and over remainder by afternoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending oclock Friday morning Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Friday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum at 8 36 30 32 31 14 Crane through a window the latter smashed The infant was rushed to St Olaf hospital in Austin by Roger Campbell of Otranto but badly burned died about an hour later Firemen Helpless Fire departments from Carpen ter 4 miles away and St Ansgar answered the call quickly but were powerless to save any of the home They did prevent flames from spreading to the home of Mrs Charles Howard next door and to the sfhoolhouse Sparks aided by a strong southwest wind showered the roof of the school across the road to the east The firemen were hampered by lack of connections Chief Leon ard Larson and several men from Carpenter arrived first at and hooked on to an automatic pump in the home of John Klusmeier 2 doors north A red glow from minor out breaks was still in evidence at 9 p m The loss was estimated at between and and was partially insured Thte Wells family moved here from Riceville in March 1945 when he went into fanning part nership with his father Their home had been completely refurn ished last summer Mrs Wells was the former Mar gie Stevenson daughter of Mr and Mrs Lynn Stevenson of Elma She was born at Roceville May 27 1924 and was graduated from high school at Chester The Wells were married in 1941 and lived at Ricevflle before com ing to Otranto Harold Gary was born at Rice ville Dec 26 1944 Barbara Ellen at Otranto Dec 12 1945 and Leslie Keith June 3 1M7 David and Vern were put to bed early at their grandparents farm Thursday night not fully aware of the tragedy which had taken place ;