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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 29, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY JANUARY 29 1949 This Paper Consists of Two One HOME EDITION III IMF Na 99 Communists Say Government Must Arrest Chiang KaiShek WALL BLOWN fight flames in the Peoples Gas Light and Coke com panys gas generating plant on the southwest side of Chicago Friday after a violent ex plosion blew out a wall of the plant killing one man and injuring several others 1t Tfr Vv TT1 TV TV 3V TV Man Killed in Explosion at Gas Plant Chicago man was killed and more than 100 persons were injured a few seriously in a terrific explosion Friday which off the roof of a gas company mixing plant and broke hundreds of windows in buildings over a wide area John Huchro 62 a stoker at the plant operated by the Peoples Gas Light and Coke Co died Sat urday of injuries suffered in the explosion He was one of the 15 workmen at the plant located in a heavy industrial district on the citys southwest side who suf fered burns cuts and bruises Morethan 50 of the injured were treated at hospitals Some 50 others were given first aid for cuts from flying glass The blast tore out the north wall of the plant and shattered every window in the structure The mix ing plant a 3J story structure houses 4 generators and is used to mix natural and artificial gas for lighting and heating Fire Commissioner Michael J Corrigan estimated damages at by See Proposal Railroads President Appoints FactFinding Board Chicago for 16 nonoperating railroad unions expected the nations railroads to present a definite proposal Satur day for settlement of their dis pute G E Leighty chairman of the unions negotiating committee said no strike is in the picture at present He expected the rail roads to make an offer which would continue the discussions until a settlement is reached Meanwhile President Truman averted a strike by the Brother hood of Locomotive Engineers by appointing a factfinding board to investigate the unions demand that 15 western lines employ an additional engineman on big diesel locomotives The presidential action delayed a strike scheduled for Jan 31 The board has 30 days in which to re port its findings to the president The union must wait 30 days af ter the report is made before it can strike legally The engineers controversy ac tually involves 69 railroads but the union concentrated on the western lines because multiple unit diesels are used more ex tensively there The union contends an extra man is needed on the locomotives to insure safety The railroads have argued the proposal is featherbedding and a make work scheme Nanking communists Saturday night strongly suggested piecemeal settlement of the civil war but told the Chinese govern ment its first must arrest Gen eralissimo Chiang Kaishek and other officials on the red list of war criminals You must act swiftly to arrest this criminal and not permit him to escape said a long broadcast by the communist radio If escape occurs you will be punished as a conniver with no mercy shown whatsoever Impossible Demand It is physically impossible for Acting President Li TsungJen to meet this if he ar dently desires to do Chiang and almost all the other 42 persons on the reds war criminal list have fled southward The long communist statement by an unidentified official spokes man was presented as an explana tion of delay in the surrender ne gotiations which the groggy gov ernment has sought It said much preparatory work must be done and the communists will not permit war criminals to fix the time of negotiations for us Sets Example It pointed to the local settle ment in Peiping last Saturday said work there was continuing and declared this not only prepares the site for peace negotiations but furthermore sets an example for settling the peace question of Nan king Shanghai Wuchang Han kow Hanyang Sian Taiyuan and all other governmentheld areas First however it said Chiang and the others must be arrested and so must Lt Gen Yasutsugu Okamura and other Japanese sol diers still in China The statement noted with disgust that Okamura had been acquitted of war crimes charges by a government court in Shanghai on Wednesday Fire Safety Group to Meet in Des Moines Ames of the Iowa Fire Safety association will meet in Des Moines Feb 1 Rob ert Byrus association secretary said Saturday Byrus said association board members and committee chair men will meet to discuss further means of fire prevention in Iowa Snow Plow Hits Train 6 Are Injured on Southbound Rocket La Porte City per sons were injured none seriously about 4 a m Friday when a snow plow crashed into the rear end of the lounge car of the southbound Rock Island Rocket stalled about a mile and a half north of here Those injured were Boyd Hoff Santa Fe N Mex minor injuries J R Buss 434 Longwpod Drive Cedar Rapids minor injuries Fred Rhody St Paul minor in juries Burn Flora Cedar Rapids brake man on the snowplow severe scalp lacerations All were taken to Allen Memor ial hospital at Waterloo from which Rhody was released shortly afterward The others ere to re main 24 hours The other 3 injured passengers were treated in a La Porte City physicians office According to railroad officials the Rocket running about 6 hours late stalled when the air line on the diesel locomotive becami fouled SAME means no dealb In past 24 koirs Price Cut 2 Cents on Vegetable Shortenings Cincinnati Gam ble announced Saturday a 2cen wholesale price of its vegetable shortening Crisco It was the 4th 2cent reduction in 7 months A spokesman said the price de cline was due to a reduction in th prices of raw materials Meanwhile in Cambridge Mass a 2cent a pound cut in the prici of Spry another vegetable short ening was announced by Leve Brotheis Co which gave the sam reason for its reduction SPIKE JONES Spike Jones and his City Slickers will be at the Roose velt fieldhouse with their show on April 28 it was revealed here Saturday His coming is spon sored by the student activities committee of the Mason City high school Landlords in Chicago for Eviction 750 Approve Plan to Withdraw Property From Rental Market Chicago 750 Chicago landlords who said they own 98000 Chicago rental units have overwhelmingly approved a plan to withdraw their property from the rental market as a means of fighting federal rent controls The whistling clapping land lords jumped to their feet at an informal meeting Friday night when a standing vote was taken on the masseviction Tulsa plan The Chicago group is modeling itself after a similar group in Tulsa Okla which has ordered mass evictions of its tenants within 60 days However Chief Justice Edward S Scheffler of municipal court said Friday that Chicago courts will take all steps to halt any mass eviction movement Any mass movement of land lords doing away with their rental units in this manner would indi cate that they were not acting in good faith as required by law he said If the courts should allow any evictions on the landlords asser tion that the rental units involved were being taken off the market he added the landlords could be ailed for contempt of court if they vere to rent the apartments at a later date Under the law once a rental unit is taken off the market it cannot be rented again he said At the landlords meeting Wil liam Schmidt president of the hicago chapter of the Property Owners Association of America told the group to send eviction no tices out immediately with an ef fective date of March 31 This is the date the present rent law ex pires The Tulsa landlords have done the same thing but in Kansas City the association parent body of the 2 landlord groups denied that the Tulsa plan has its sanc tion Demos Ask Repeal of TaftHartley Act igure on Grain Loans Is Given Des Moines have been completed on 56475456 bush els of grain in Iowa as of Jan 1 the Iowa PMA chairman says Hervey H Hazen chairman of he Iowa Production and Market ng administration said Friday the argest percentage of the loans were made on corn There were 44402904 bushels of corn under oan as of Jan 1 Indications point to a larger number of loans and purchase agreements on the 1948 corn crop than in any year since 1939 Ha ren said The period for making loans on all commodities excepl corn expired Dec 31 1948 Corn oans may be obtained until June 30 Hazen said loans and purchase agreements on corn have been completed on over a million bush els in Calhoim Fremont Greene Harrison Monona Palo Alto Po cahontas Webster and Woodbury counties Loans and purchase agreements have been completed on 4735534 bushels of oats 5258597 bushels of soybeans 2012464 bushels of wheat 26942 bushels of barley 37597 bushels of flax and 1436 bushels of rye Truman Moves to Expand Storm Relief Washington resident Truman moved swiftly Saturday to expand federal relief to the storm swept west He authorized Secretary of Defense Forrestal to spend for blizzard relief such funds as are available in the mili tary establishment including money set up for river harbor and flood control works in the en gineering department The white house made this an nouncement and said further 1 The president will ask con gress for a supplemental appro priation to replace any funds so spent by the military branches 2 Maj Gen Philip Fleming federal works administrator will be coordinator of federal relief activities in the disaster area 3 The president sent to congress a request for a supplemental re lief appropriation of The request is to meet his request transmitted 3 days ago Half that much was ap propriated by congress at once and the president allocated it Fri day to Fleming AP Wirephoto NOT A flies like a bomb burst as bales of hay from an air force C82 land in the snow near Lund Nev Thursday on the Adams ranch Planes of the air force are delivering hay by this method to ranches in eastern Nevada because heavy snows have closed all roads in Damages in Nevada Fire Nevada was esti mated at around Saturday in a fire that destroyed a building housing a garage and appliance company here The loss included 14 motor ve hicles and a number of refrigera ors and other home appliances he destroyed included 3 iewv automobiles and4 pickup rucks owned by the Bell Tele phone company The fire broke out late Friday light in a onestory brick building lousing the Walker Motor Sales company and the Walker May ag and Appliance company It was believed to have resulted rom an overheated furnace The building is ovvned by J B Walker of Nevada and hissister VIrs James Hunter of Mason City Firemen from Nevada and Ames Battled the flames for several lours in subzero temperatures and kept them from spreading to adjoining buildings in the business district StormBattered West Will Get States in More Relief 2 Men Are Arrested After Disappearance Council Bluffs Hen drickson 23 and Bob Mathis 22 both of Red Oak were arrested on a downtown street Friday night and held for Red Oak auth orities The men disappeared from Red Oak Thursday They were booked at the Council Bluffs police station for investigation Soviet Says Atlantic Pact Aggressive Plot Against UN Moscow issued a white paper Saturday io tell the world the projected North Atlantic pact is part of a BritishAmerican plan for a new war It is a plot against the United Nations and has as its object the establishment of BritishAmerican domination of the world by force said the soviet foreign ministry The western European union was declared a link in the plans for world domination by the 2 powers Long Document The document one of the long est issued by the foreign ministry in months took up nearly 2 pages in the Moscow press It attracted the immediate interest of Mos cows diplomats who at once ob tained copies and began translat ing and analyzing the declaration Specifically entitled declara tion of the ministry of foreign af fairs of the U S S R on the north Atlantic pact the paper ac cused Britain and the United States of trying to isolate the So viet Union undermine the United Nations institute an economic boycott on the U S S R and her friends trying to start a new wai and not wanting to conclude peace treaties for Germany and Japan In short it summed up the U S S Rs present view of the entire foreign situation as it has been in tensified in Moscows opinion by the projected north Atlantic pact Pledges Fight It concluded by declaring Russia is going to fight more firmly and more insistently against the al leged attempt to wreck the U N One point observed bv diplo mats was that the white paper laid the basis for a citation of the United States and Britain before the United Nations on chargeso violating the charter The pape flatly asserts that the North At lantic pact would be a violation o the charter There was nothing in the docu ment however saying that the U S S R intended to bring the matter to the attention of the se curity council Snowplow Rescues Train From Drift Thurston Neb dozen passengers marooned overnight in a train stalled in a snowdrift were enroute to their destination Satur day after being rescued by a snowplow The passengers were on an OmahaSioux City train of the hicago and Northwestern rail road which was stuck in a snow drift a mile north of here Thurs day night Friday a snowplow made its way from Emerson with 3 engines and picked up the single coach on the mail and baggage train R E Pickering station agent said Says Cold Wave Sterilizes Bulls Scottsbluff Nebr bit ter cold wave is sterilizing some bulls in this region says Dr F W Brand a veterinarian Older bulls are being most ser iously affected Brand said Friday night The permanency of the con dition will not be known until later Brand said most of the bull were registered and all were Here fords Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clear and quite cold Saturday night Low Saturday right 12 to 15 below zero Sun day fair and sunny with a high of about 15 above Iowa Fair and continued cold Saturday night Sunday increas ing cloudiness and warmer Low Saturday night near zero south and 510 below north Minnesota Fair Saturday night not so cold in north portion Sunday increasing cloudiness and warmer IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Saturday morning Maximum 5 Minimum 15 below At 8 a m Saturday 15 below Precipitation trace Snow trace YEAR AGO Maximum 23 Minimum 5 Lincoln Nebr Ne braska governors office said Saturday it was advised from Chicago that the 5th army is moving into the wests blizzard disaster area Maj Gen John P Lucas deputy commander of the 5th army said Maj Gen Lewis A Pick of Omaha Missouri river division engineer will be in charge By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS More federal funds were on the way to the stormstricken western states Saturday but new snow and cold weather delayed relief oper ations in some areas Nebraska one of the states which suffered staggering blows from the early January blizzards was in the path of the new cold wave that extended over the cen tral section of the country The below zero temperatures followed heavy falls of snow which have seriously disrupted relief opera tions No New Snow However there were no fresh falls of heavy snow over the snow bound western disaster area where millions of cattle and sheep are stranded and facing starvation Relief operations continued unin terrupted in most of the Rocky Mountain region But in Nebraska Gov Val Pe terson told President Truman in a telegram human suffering is in creasing deaths continuing losses to cattle are mounting and poten tial losses are staggering Maj Gen Philip B Fleming Federal Works administrator said in Miami Fla an additional 000 in federal funds had been al located to the states digging out of the blizzards He said an addi tional each would go to South Dakota and Nebraska and each to Nevada Utah and Wyoming He said he told Mr Tru man was needed for the rescue work Million Needed Goy Peterson said that a con gressional appropriation of be tween and was needed to relieve the despe rate conditions in Nebraska Wyo ming and South Dakota About 135 bulldozers already have been as signed to the Nebraska blizzard area and more from the 5th army were on the way But the new snow blockade halted the relief work Two national guard companies were mobolized in Nebraska Sat urday for relief and rescue work in the blizzardgroggy area Each company will provide between 14 and 17 tenman rescue teams plus 2 trucks a jeep and in some cases an ambulance and a weasel for each team NORTH IOWANS SHIVER WHILE MERCURY DIPS North lowans shivered as they shoveled Saturday to clear away the last of the drifts from the highways and byways so traffic couH get back to near normal Waukon reported the states low of 20 degrees below zero in the morn ing with Decorah at 17 below and Mason City at minus 15 All highways in North Iowa were open Saturday morning ac cording to Raymond Zack high way commission district engineer but there was only 1way traffic in spots He said these would be widened by evening however Motorists were warned that the roads were still icy and that they should travel only if absolutely necessary and then at low speeds GlobeGazette photo J and J I Repp had just enough breath left to whistle after looking at the thermometer It registered 15 de grees below zero Saturday morn ing when most people were go ing to work The Repps father and son live at 613 12th N E There was some drifting west of Mason City The CAA weather station at the Mason City airport reported winds from 20 to 27 miles and gusty Cerro Gordo county snowplows were busy Saturday and County Engineer R E Robertson said that most farmers would be able to get out by evening although some might have to go around instead of the usual shortest route Some 55 Iowa towns still re mained isolated from long dis tance telephone service North western Bell Telephone company reported About 500 long distance circuits were still out Snow blocked roads made it necessary to postpone 2 funerals at Fredericksburg That of Mrs F E Thome Sr mother of the managing editor of the Waterloo Courier which was to have been held Friday was held Saturday The Bernard Kerkhoff funeral was postponed until Sunday r 1Package Bi Is Sent to Congress New Measure is Stripped of Court Injunction Rules Washington adminis tration Saturday asked congress to enact a new labor law stripped of the court injunction provisions which have brought such vigorous protests from organized labor The onepackage labor bill sent to the senate labor commit tee would repeal the controversial TaftHartley law and restore the old Wagner labor relations act with improvements asked by President Truman Secretary of Labor Tobin is due to go before the committee Mon day to explain provisions of the new measure which was released by the committee Saturday with out comment Court Orders Under the TaftHartley law the government has had authority to obtain court orders to bar strikes for an 80day period after other means of settlement had failed These orders can be sought where the national welfare is involved This provision was vigorously opposed by labor groups which demanded TaftHartley repeal as an issue in the election campaign last fall Among other controversial pro visions which would be wiped out with repeal of the TaftHartley law would be the requirement that union officials file affidavits swearing they are not commu nists Under the present act unions are not able to use national labor relations board machinery unless such affidavits are on file Under the new law proposed by the administration a 30day cool ing off period would be provided This is designed to avert national paralysis strikes Tobin Draft Bill The first step would be for the president to appoint an emergency factfinding board Such boards would have authority to make rec ommendations for settlement Under the TaftHartley law in quiry boardscan report only on the issues without suggesting any solution Here is the detailed procedure for handling national emergency strikes as outlined in the adminis trations bill When the president found that a national emergency is threatened or exists in a vital industry which affects the public interest he would issue a proclamation say ing so The proclamation aso would call on the disputing parties to re frain from a strike or if a strike had started to resume work in the public interest Would Appoint Board The president would appoint an emergency board The board would start immediately to inves tigate the dispute and try to ar range a settlement The board would have a maxi mum of 25 days after issuance of the proclamation to report to the president unless the board and Hie disputants agreed to take more time The boards report would in clude its findings and recommen dations The report would be made public The bill provides that prior to the boards report and for 5 days after it has been made Resume Work The parties to the dispute shall continue to or resume work and operations under the terms and conditions of employment which were in effect immediately prior to the beginning of a dispute un less a change therein is agreed to RECOMMENDS POSTMASTER Washington Senator Gil lette DIowa Friday recom mended to the postoffice depart ment the appointment o Raymond J Gilday to be postmaster at Fort Dodge Iowa by the parties There is no provision in the bill for any step by the government after the 30day cooling off 25 days the board would have to report plus the 5 day waiting period after it reports The bill which was delivered to Chairman Elbert Thomas D Utah of the sen ate committee Fri day night by President Truman also would To Labor Department 1 Restore the federal concilia tion service to jurisdiction of the labor department It is an inde pendent agency under the Taft Hartley law 2 Make it an unfair labor prac tice for union to engage in what the president has called un justifiable secondary boycotts and jurisdictional disputes 3 Make it the public policy of the United States that all labor management contracts affecting interstate commerce shall provide procedures by which either party may refer disputes growing cut of interpretation of the contract to final and binding arbitration ;