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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 14, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COM THE NT 6F AN3 ARCHIVES ES ildIM THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS lit VOL Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY JANUARY 14 This Paper Consists ol Two One No 81 SEE HIGH EXCISE TAX EXTENSION GOVERNORBLUE PLANS TO CUT FUND REQUESTS Tells Iowa Legislators Reform of Tax System Cannot Be Postponed Des Moines Robert D Blue informed the Iowa legisla ture Tuesday he would do som sharp cutting on the figure of 000000 of increased appropria tions sought from the 52nd genera assembly by state departmen heads for departmental operation and for capital improvements The governor also told legisla tors that reform of the Iowa taxa i tion system cannot be delayet anfl referred to gross inequalilic in assessments of real property and the vast amount of income property which has by the exer tion of political pressure securec exemption He did not specify a method o accomplishing the tax reforms bu ifileft that up to the legislature anc the state tax study proposals to their consideration j Reporting to the newlycon Sivened session on the condition the state the governor paint a rosy condition of Iowas cur Cient economic status with a surplus in the treasury warned that a business re iiession and a resulting shrink in Jetate revenues were bound to The chief executive did not dis rlose how he intends to pare in budget askings or furnish ny breakdown of his fiscal policy fJThat will come later in his budgel fljnessagc He recommended that specia Jegislative committees be created lo make exhaustive studies of al relating to city arid county overnments to help them with heir local problems ippropriated specially for high vay work to match federal funds ivailable during the next bien uum he urged that a special roac Committee be set up to plan for he time in 1950 when theprimary fund debt will be liquidated nd now paid for debt will become available an Nlually for improvement of the bnmary road system E He also recommended that Appropriations made in 1945 jjfor capital improvements at the Jstate educational and board of ficontrol institutions be supple imentcd hy any additional funds shown to be needed No probable amount ivas A reserve fund of unspecified jamount but sufficient to meet the neds of one 3month period be jset aside for repair and mainte nance of buildings and roads i should revenues for the next biennium fall short of estimates I Consideration be given to the j support of old age pensioners in tax supported homes where they enjoy a higher standard of at reduced cost i Hospitals and nursing homes jl where many pensioners now re be licensed An occupational disease law be f enacted i Provision be made for optional local taxes to buy machinery for carrying on soil conservation work and to enable counties to permit the use of county machin ery for soil saving practices An adequately revised statue be passed giving the state the right regulate business in view of the possibility that this right was endangered U S supreme court decision de claring the insurance business to ibe in interstate commerce Counties cities and school dis tricts be exempted from payment of state sales taxes on things they an estimated loss to the i state treasury of a year A similar proposal by Governor Blue in 1945 died in the senate Effective means be sought for utilizing a fund which Iowa will receive from the federal government for training psy chiatrists and psychiatric nurses This matter dovetails with Ihe general problem before the legis lature of improving conditions at the stale mental hospitals Work of the Iowa development commission which the governor said had been very successful in promoting new industries for the state be continued Womens Hats Top List of Lost Items Boston MLadys hat isnt so important after all Among unclaimed lost items the Boston and Maine railroad Tues day listed 17 womens hats All but 10 of the mens lost hats have been claimed Also unclaimed were snakes preserved in alcohol and a bass drum Willie Is Ready to Face Death 2nd Time New Iberia La Willie Francis is rubbing elbows with death Tuesday but hes right intersted to find out if I can die like the manI thought I was Francis who once cheated the electric chair when a mechanics malfunction allowed him to walk away from it alive was singularly cool when he learned that the United States supreme court hat ruled him subject to another trip to the chair I always sort of wondered if I was a brave man the tall cocoa colored Negro said in an interview here Tuesday Now I guess maybe Im gonna find out And Im gonna find out London Dock Workers Join Strike Wave London 4000 Lon don dock workers walked out Tuesday in protest against the dis tribution of foodstuffs by British troops boosting toward 50000 the total idle in a strike now reaching into almost all the larger cities of England The dock tieup was voted at a rainswept mass meeting near the waterfront where Charles Mc Loughlin member of the National Port Workers Defense committe addressed the workers I blame the administration he shouted because there would never have been any need to bring n troops had the government let he unions smash the monied em ployers and made them submit The workers cheered and shout ed and when he called for a sym pathy strike thousands raised their lands in approval Nearly 50000 workers were af fected by the truckers strike and a rapidly growing sympathy move ment and the government was trying feverishly to set up new conciliation machinery to head off a possible Troops of the Coldstream juards crack British parade regi meat out of the big Smithfield market for the econd day operating under orders from an army field wireless setup Supplies were being moved ieadily by the troops and there lad beenno outbreak of violence as yet between the troops and the strikers It was hoped that the troops might move 1000 tons of meat Tuesday but officials admitted that because of inexperience they prob ably would not get out more than 750 tons Cold storage workers re used to assist the troops but argemen were still cooperating n bringing meat into cold storage houses by lighter The cabinet had been expected o meet in the crisis but the ses ion was cancelled because Prime Minister Clement R Attlee was jreoccupied with conferences with Dremier Leon Blum InjuriesFatal Keokuk Sdhultz 9 died Monday afternoon of in uries suffered earlier in the day vhen he was hit by a city bus Witnesses said Schultz walked nto the rear of the bus in the ieavy fog the hard way boss so there won be no doubt in my mind when leave A lot of men never find ou A lot of men die still wondering i they was the men they though they was Told by his attorney Bertram S De Blanc that a motion will b filed for another supreme cour hearing Francis said simply Its the same The sam n W WILLIE FRANCIS Mans Got to Die Sometime BLAZE STRIKES IN SIOUX GITY Flames Injure Fireman Cause Heavy Damage Sioux City fire swept jpper floors of the Commerce Building 6th and Nebraska streets lere Tuesday sent 1 fireman to z lospital resulted in minor in uries to several others and dam aged merchandise to the extent of several thousand dollars The blaze was believed to have started from an electric motor vhich caught fire on the southwest corner of the 5lh floor The flames were discovered in he warehouse of the Dakota Dis ributing company and they spread quickly to a large stock of dry oods shoes and groceries Most seriously injured was Fire man Willis Moore who suffered burns about the head and should He was taken to St Vincent lospital Firemen broke down a door to et into the smoke filled ware house and then were driven hrough a window to a fire escape by the intense heat Three fire men suffered minor burns Man Starves Sisters and Self But Death Reveals Police Find 1 Woman Sick in Bed and Other in Dire Need of Food New York wizened Id lady slowly climbed down the flights to a neighbors basement ipartment timidly knocked on he door and when the neighbor ppeared asked for a cup of cof ee Delia Edwards 67 had been ning this for many a day so it was to make conversation that he neighbor Mrs Mary Bennett sked Monday Hows your brother Miss Still sipping the hot coffee and uHing her old sweater tighter bout her to fight off the cold IB woman muttered I think Charlies dead Hasnt moved since Saturday Mrs Bennett immediately called priest who climbed the dank aircase into the squalor of the d wardsapartment There he aw the withered body of Charles dwards 77 covered with an old ashioned nightgown leaning on he floor beside his unmade bed is head buried in his hands in an titude of prayer In another dusty bedroom piled yellowed newspapers and emains of unfinished meals lay liss Anna Edwards 67 pleading or food The priest called police The police physician studied the an cient ficure knealinc as if in supplication He took out his card and wrote Dead on arrival Natural causes The women were taken to Kings county hospital where doctors diagnosed Anna Edwards ailment as malnutrition The neighbors talked They said the Edwards had lived in such poverty as long as they could remember And they recalled that the only extravagance the Ed wards ever indulged in was Delias custom of occasionally slipping out to buy an ice cream cone after her brother had gone to bed Soon the detectives came In desultory fashion they dusted off the documents and papers that littered the Brooklyn coldwater flat Then they stopped For underneath all the rubbish were bankbooks listing S67000 in deposits and mortgages and bonds valued at 10 Injured as Flames Sweep Bronx Building New York Ten persons were injured 2 seriously when a 3alarm fire swept through the top 2 floors of a 5story apartment building in the Bronx early Tues day driving 250 tenants to the street old thing A mans got to die some time and X reckon my time has plumb done come Earlier he said the same thing to Sheriff Gilbert Ozennc who brought the news of the unfavorable supreme decision to him in his parish jail cell Francis smilingly refused the sheriffs offer to carry the news to relatives No thanks he told the sheriff If I need you Ill let you know I got 4 bucks and some funny books and the Good Lords Bible and I still got the breath in my chest No thanks Gov Jimmie H Davis has said he will sign another death war rant for Francis as soon as his of fice receives the supreme courts mandamusthat a second trip to the chair would not constitute cruel and unusual punishment Francis was sentenced to die for the robbery slaying of Andrew Thomas a St Martinville drug gist Man Paroled to Wife He Tried to Kill Sioux City retired Iowa farmer Tuesday was under parole to his wife after being given a 10year sentence on a charge of attempting to poison her The farmer Martin Wecker 54 of Sioux City Monday before pleaded guilty District Judge Ralph Pritchard to a state accu sation that he mixed gopher pois on with fruit juices with intent to kill his wife Eunice During the preliminary hearing last fall the state had contended Mrs Wecker was saved only by the watchfulness physician of the family At that time however Mrs Wecker insisted her husband was innocent and had signed his bond When Wecker appeared to enter his plea Monday Mrs Wecker accompanied him They were linked arm in arm the 10yearsus ponded sentence Wecker also was fined 500 TRUMAN TO GALL IN GOP LEADERS No Date Set Yet for BiPartisan Conference Washington resident Truman has decided to call re publican congressional leaders in or frequent consultations Rep Rayburn DTex said Tuesday after a white house call Rayburn former speaker and now leader of the democratic mi lority in the house said no date has been set for the first biparti ari conference What the president has in mind Rayburn told white house re porters is joint consultations with epublican and democratic party eaders in congress These conferences Rayburn aid will not be the regular Mon day morning gettogethers the iresident had with democratic eaders last year when his party ontrolled both houses Mr Truman will call the lead ers to the while house to discuss measures where there is prospect if cooperation Similarly the apitol hill spokesmen would be n a position to initiate consulta tions by notifying Mr Truman of they wish to take up with dm The consultations would be in inewith the presidents expressed esire to cooperate with the re Ublican majority 50th Anniversary in Hospital Sigourney and Mrs Vlilton Noller observed their 50th vedding anniversary Monday at he hospital here where Mrs Nol er had undergone an operation he couple has lived on the same arm near here for 50 years CLARK STATES LEWIS COURSE INSULT TO U S Attorney General Asks High Bench to Uphold Fines for Contempt Washington ff Atty Gen Tom C Clark contended in the su preme court Tuesday that John L Lewis course in last falls soft coal strike was an insult to the United Slates itself Asking the high tribunal to up hold the 3510000 in contempt fines imposed on Lewis and the United Mine Workers Clark ar gued the government sought only to maintain governmental func tions when it turned to the courts for an order against a coal strike When Lewis disregarded tha order he said it was a contempt that was an insult to the country and that compromises all law and invites mob rule Surely Clark said govern ment has the authority and the power to defend itself against de struction from it the duty to defend ihe country from destruction from without When that issue is involved no one is person or group is beyond the reach of the arm of the court No person is above the this is a country and government of laws Clark led off for the govern ment in a case expected in sei farreaching precedents in inter pretations of laws applying to or ganized labor One is whether the NorrisLa Guardla act which has been on statute books for many years bars the govcrnmen from seeking an injunction agains a union The law outlaws injunction orders to do this or not to do that against unions inlabor putes withprivate employers Lewis attorneys contend the law applies also to the govern ment and that hence the miners union chieftain was within his le gal rights when he ignored an or der by U S District Judge T Alan Goldsborough against a strike They said Goldsborough had no right to issue the order Goldsborough ruled the disre gard for his order was con empt and levied the fines To speed a final ruling the case was taken directly from his court to the supreme court Lewis then called off the strike until the supreme court would act His miners are under orders to continue working until March 31 Clark told the justices of the highest court that in this case the government is not seeking to in fringe in the slightest on any rights of labor or on the freedoms guaranteed to all citizens by the constitution But it does seek he said 1 To uphold its right and auth ority to operate the coal mines which it seized last May for war purposes and under a temporary wartime statute 2 To vindicate the power of the federal courts to prevent ir reparable injury to the people of the nation 3 To prohibit interference with the sovereign functions of the United States 15 to 20 Injured in Minnesota Rail Wreck Perham Minn second section of the Northern Pacific railroads north coast limited rammed the rear end of the first section in Perham Tuesday during a blinding snow storm injuring 15 to 20 persons at least 3 serious ly The trains were westbound Chicago became an important center for people of Japanese ancestry during and after World war II Truck Driver Saves Life of 3oy Trapped in Airtight Box Chicago truck driver used a brace and bit to save the life f a 4 year old boy Monday night while the youngsters mother railed frantically for help from firemen or police The boy Craig Cameron crawled into an airtight footlocker and s he squeezed down into the box the lid fell and the lock snapped losed Remembering that the trunk key was lost Mrs Cameron ailed the fire and police The eyes of all newborn babies including Indians and Negroes are blue and change as the iris darkens ments and then took up her vigil eside the box listening lo her sons sobs become fainter and fainter as he used up the limited oxygen When help failed to arrive Mrs Cameron ran to the street and stopped a passing oil truck The driver listened to only part of her story before picking up his tool kit and rushing into the house and bit he drilled a hole in the locker near the childs mouth Mrs Cameron col lapsed as she heard her son suck ing precious air into his lungs through the tiny hole Minutes later police arrived opened the trunk and lifted out a weak but conscious little boy In the confusion the truck driver repacked his tool kit walked to his truck and drove away No one thought to ask his AP Wrepholo MR AND MRS JAMES SCHUFFERT 13 Marries Sitter 20 New Kensington Pa 13yearold baby who liked her 20yearold baby sitter so well that she married him Tuesday set about the business of housekeeping with every prospect of living happily ever after The baby is beautiful little blueeyed and blonde Delores Loman Schuffert still a1 bobbysoxer but now the wife of handsome James Schuffert a glass worker Their romance which began when Mrs Elsie Loman hired James to mind her daughter while Mrs Loman worked nights as a char woman threatened to be blasted when the mother who had sane tioned the marriage objected to Delores leaving home with iher new husband Schuffert packed up and left The bride filed a complaint be fore Justice of the Peace John Hunter of Arnold charging deser tion Schuffert for trial told hissadstory all You didnl think your daughter loo young to be married said Squire Hunter lo Mrs Loman Why do you object to her leaving your home to live with her legal husband On thinking it over Mrs Lo man decided she didnt object Squire Hunter dismissed the charges and said everybody went home happy Senate Group Orders CAB to Get Figures on Air Crashes Safety Statistics Show 1946 Was Best Year for Airline Companies Washington senate commerce committee Tuesday discussed air safety with the civil aeronautics board and then told the board to come back Thursday with statistics on crashes and losses Announcing this after a closed meeting Chairman White R Me told reporters the senators were aware of great public in ierest in recent air accidents and wanted to know if everything is being done to avoid them No conclusions were reached in the 12hour session While said adding he had not determined whether the situation can be helpedby legislation Some con jress members have expressed concern that air crashes may have shaken the publics faith in com mercial flying The situation is destroying popular confidence There wont e anybody flying if this keeps on eople are getting afraid to fly and thats a bad thing Senator Srewster said He predicted a government air afety board separate from the may be proposed and an other committeeman Senator Capehart RInd declared that iuch a move may be a necessity This would remove crash inves igation authority from the CAB vhich also makes the rules for lying In the house Rep Rivers DS ar said the American people are horrified and scared to death f there is something wrong with he whole doggoncd set up then omething should be done Hep Hinshaw urged a complete and thorough inquiry W G McGrath general man ger of Trans World Airlines astern division said in New York There can be no question that he recent unfortunate series of aviation mishaps has contributed o the present air travel situa ion He blamed it mainly how ver on a temporary lull in busi less activity Commercial airline payloads veraged about 75 per cent last but have run much lower n the last 3 months American Airlines has just furloughed 150 ilots and reduced its schedule mileage by 148 per cent On the other hand the airline afcty figures from 1939 through 946 laid before the senate Mon ay by Senator McCarran D Vev showed last years was the test record in that period The statistics furnished by the ommerc s h n w e d that in1946 domestic lines operat ing on regular schedules suffered only 124 passenger fatalities per 100000000 passenger miles com pared with 214 in 1945 The number of passenger deaths however dropped only 1 from the 76 killed in 1945 while mileage jumped from 3554714828 to 6046000000 in 1946 Also 22 crew personnel were killed last year against 12 in 1945 Forty passengers and 12 crew members were killed in 2 Interna tional Airline accidents last year to bring the passenger fatalities for combined domestic and for eign operations by American car riers up to 16 per 100000000 miles The 1945 rate was 231 Winston Churchill made his first speech in America in 1900 He was introduced to the audience by Mark Twain REPORT HOUSE GROUPDECISION TO KEEP RATES Committee Member Says Continuation Necessary to Cut Income Levies Washington fl A decision that wartime lax rates on liquor furs jewelry and some other items should be extended indef initely was reported reached Tuesday at a meeting of repub lican members of the taxwrit ing house ways and means com mittee One member asking not to be quoted by name told a reporter the feeling was that continuation of these levies may be necessary to grant a reduction in taxes on individual incomes Under present law the wartime rates on liquor transportation telephone charges and some other items are due to drop to about prewar levels on July 1 The liquor tax for instance would go down from to a gallon The extra rates imposed during the war brought in about 000000 a year President Truman urged in a message to congress last week that the wartime rates be continued The committee member told re porters the feeling apparently was that 1 Congress should go ahead and decide soon what it will do about those wartime rates He said busi ness now is being hurt in some lines by consumers delaying pur chases in anticipation of tax roll backs in July on specific items 2 It may not be possible to make income tax reductions if the wartime rates are not continued Chairman Knutson R Minn of the ways and means committee is pushing a bill to cut individual income taxes by 20 per cent in 1947 reducing tax collections by Secretary of the Treasury Sny der old congress in a report Tuesday that the nation can not afford a general reduction of tax rales Snyder said high level taxes must be maintained not only to get a budget surplus for debt re duction but also to hold down the inflationary pressures presum ably by draining off some of the buying power exerting upward pressures on prices The secretarys comments were made in a letter transmitting to congress the annual report on the stale of the finances The report covered the fiscal year ended last June 30 Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and colder Tues day night Lowest temperature about 5 to 10 Wednesday in creasing cloudiness and rather cold loiva Fair and rather cold Tues day night increasing cloudiness Wednesday Lows Tuesday night ranging from 5 extreme north to near 20 extreme south Highs Wednesday 20 north and 30 south Iowa 5Dav Weather Outlook The mean temperature will average near normal extreme west lo slightly above in east The state normal is 20 degrees Warmer Thursday becoming colder Friday or Saturday Pre cipitation will average near 1 inch occurring as rain Thurs day and snow Friday or Satur day Minnesota Snow flurries and some drifting and blowing snow in north Cold wave with low tem peratures Tuesday night rang ing from 5 to 10 below north to near zero south Wednesday partly cloudy and continued cold Diminishing winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Tuesday morning Maximum 41 Minimum 22 At 8 a m Tuesday 22 Precipitation 22 YEAR AGO Maximum 32 Minimum 13 STEELMEN FILE STRIKE NOTICE Murray Says Action Is Mechanical Procedure Pittsburgh if ClOUniled Sleel Workers Tuesday announced 30day slrike notices were filed in Washington with the national labor relations board wsge slabil izaiion board and the department of labor The action involved approxi mately 720000 workers at 700 plants whose contracts expire be tween Feb 15 and April 1 The Steelworkers Union and U S Steel are scheduled to open con tract negotiations here Thursday Among basic steel firms named in the strike notices were Carne gieIllinois National Tube Co lumbia Steel American Steel and Wire and Tennessee Coal Iron and Railroad all subsidiaries of U S Steel Corp Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp Bethlehem Steel Corp and Republic Steel Corp Philip Murray president of the Steelworkers and of the CIO said the filing of slrike nolices is a mechanical procedure and should not be taken as an indica tion thai the union plans to strike i no contract is reached by ex piration date Blind Hero Veteran Gets Job in New York Designing Furniture Portland Ore of the wealth of work he has been of fered from all parts of the coun try Calvin Venable blind hero of Corregidor has decided on a job learning lo design furniture in New York thus ending a 9month search for a job Jimmy Mont called me from New York Venable told the United Press Tuesday offering me an hour to start The wife and I arc going as soon as we can so our baby can be born there in ;