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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 16, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME ARCHIVES BE 4 tE4INCS I A HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT VOL un I Full Leued Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JULY This Paper ol Two One MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS President Truman Asks Congress to Vote at This Session FOR FLOOD CONTROL Meeting at Clear Lake May Decide on Special Session Full Rate of Income Tax in 48 Is Rapped When the governor and legisla tors get together at Clear Lakes Governors Days celebration Aug 123 aninformal legislative con ference will be held for the first time in the history of this unique observance to discuss the possibil ity of calling a special session to prevent Iowas income tax from going to a fullrate basis next year It is the one time of the year when the governor and legislators get together informally according to Rep David G Ainsworth R Spirit Lake and he expects the question to have a thorough going over before the party breaks up Last week AinsWorth sent let ters to all members of the 1947 state house of representatives ask ing whether the high rate of cur rent state income had not changed the picture and if so to write their reactions to a special session Approximately onethird of the house members already have re plied Ainsworth said and 14 members wrote him they believed a special session would be a good idea Of these 14 he said 10 added that they would want the session to be confined solely to tax legis lation either by a gentlemens agreement or by prearrangement of the house rules committee Ainsworth said 3 legislators said they definitely opposed going back to half rate collections next year but 3 others who voted for the full rate said if they could vote again they would the half rate Some of the others who said they favored returning to the half rate also may represent changes in attitude Ainsworth said but he explained he had not yet had opportunity to check the replies against the vote this spring Ainsworth said 10 legislators wrote they opposed calling a spe cial session but that several of these explained their opposition was based on the fact that such a session would involve extra ex pense He said a copy of his letter was sent to Governor Robert D Blue but that Blue had not yet replied presumably because of a full schedule at the national gover nors conference in Salt Lake City Any special session would have to be called by the governor The governor opposed returning to full rate collection of the tax when the matter was before the legisla ture Ainsworth stressed that he had not yet heard from most farm leg islators probably because they are so tied up with field work and also said he did not suggest any particular time when such a session might be held If a special session were called I personally would want it re stricted to the tax question Ainsworth commented 1 wouldnt want to see it get all tangled up in a lot of other is sues Standard highway warning signs and their shapes are Square caution diamond reduce speed octagonal stop rouno railroac crossing Marshall Reveals Turkey to Get 10 US Merchant Ships Washington State Marshall announced Wed esday the United States is taking steps to turn over10 merchant ships to Turkey as a first move n the new program of strength ening the Turkish armed forces Marshall told a press conference that with the navys concurrence he had asked the maritime com mission to sell Turkey 6 D S overnmentowned cargopas senger vessels The maritime com mission also is being asked to sell 4 surplus vessels to Turkey Marshall was asked whether this represented the first transfer under the undertak ng to strengthen Turkey and he replied affirmatively Marshall noted that the sale of the 6 cargo passenger vessels did not involve xpenditure of any U S funds They will be paid for in cash The 6 cargopassenger vessels were described as prewar built and of medium size The 4 surplus craft were built during the war and were not otherwise de scribed Marshall also discussed the situation in response to questions He said that the func tion of American representatives reported with the Greek army is to determine what is needed to strengthen the army In carrying out the military phase of the Greek aid program he explained it is necessary to determine what should be done The Greek army is engaged in guerilla warfare he said adding this is quite different from normal warfare The state department Marshall said had very little information thus far on the fighting in Greece beyond what has been published in press dispatches He added that representatives of the United Nations Balkan inquiry commis sion are flying to the frontier1 area where the fighting is under way Last weeks mass round up of suspected antigovernment com munists in Athens he said was carried out without reference to the United States and was purely a function of the sovereign state of Greece Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy with thundershowers Wednesday night and Thursday Cooler Thursday night High Thursday about 90 Iowa Partly cloudy with loca thundershowers north and wes central portions Wednesday night and over most of state Thursday but probably not reaching the southeast portion until Thursday night Not much change in temperature Low Wednesday night around 65 ex cept 65 to 70 southwest High Thursday around 90 Minnesota Local showers and thunderstorms over most of state except extreme southeast Wednesday night and continu ing in southeast and extreme east portions Thursday Cooler in northwest portion Thursday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 86 Minimum 63 At 8 a m Wednesday 76 YEAR AGO Maximum 74 Minimum 65 Paris Parley Starts Work on Resources Paris the visiting foreign ministers on their way home economic experts of 16 countries settled down Wednesday to the job of drafting a balance sheet of Europes resources and requirements under the Marshall plan The 16nation cooperation or steering committee met at the French ministry to lay out a working program for subcommit tees on fuel and power transport food and agriculture and iron and steel These subcommittees will be under a 5nation executive com mittee Delegates ofwesternrand south ern European countries approved the committee setup Tuesday in the 3rd plenary session of a 4day conference They will not meet again until the committees are ready to report probably in late August or early September British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin who was conference chair man Belgian Premier and For eign Minister PaulHenri Spaak and Italian Foreign Minister Carlo Sforta left for home by air Wed nesday Meanwhile heads of delegations were completing lists of experts for approval by their government Many of these experts already were in Paris Others were due before Thursday when the sub committees are expected to mee1 for the first time in the Grand Palais exposition hall The conference has set Sept 1 as a target date for completion of an executive committee report to be presented to the United State as a preliminary to getting Amer ican aid pledged by Secretary of State George C Marshall in a Harvard university speech June 5 There was some speculation tha a move might be made to change the target date in view of Mar shalls statement in Salt Lake City Tuesday that his program would not go before congress before January U S INVITES 11 ALLIES TO BEGIN JAP PEACE TALK Meeting Proposed Aug 19 in Washington and Without Veto Rights Washington United States has proposed an 11nation conference to begin work on a Japanese peace treaty here Aug 19 in a move based on complete abandonment of the big power treaty dictation which has been used for Germany and Austria American officials disclosing this Wednesday said they are un certain whether Russia will accept the proposal which would have the effect of eliminating a big 4 or big 5 veto control over every provision going into the treaty The proposal which went out only a few days ago and to which no replies have been received yet would not only take treatymak ing out of the hands of 4 nations and turn it over to 11 but it also would establish a 5 voting system among the 11 so that even there no veto would be permitted U S Ambassador Walter Bedell Smith on confidential instructions from Secretary of State Marshall has discussed the new treaty making plans with Foreign Min ister Molotov and Molotov is un derstood to have indicated dislike of those provisions which would end exclusive domination of the great powers in this field However Molotov agreed to ake the matter under considera ion and no Russian objection or counterproposal has been received The countries invited to the Aug 19 parley are the members of the far eastern commission set up about 2 years ago to make al ied policy for the Japanese occu jation Australia Canada China Trance India the Netherlands New Zealand the Philippines the United Kingdom the Soviet Un on and the United States These 11 were invited a high state department official said be cause the American government is determined that the Japanese peace treaty work from the out set will be carried on by the larg est possible number of qualified nations The list includes the socalled big 4 of the Pacific U Britain China and Russia I also includes nations such as Aus tralia which as American official frequently point out contributed much more to the war effpr against Japan than Russia which came in only at the last moment The meeting called here is sup posed to tackle only questions o peace treaty is creation of working committees when and where peace confer ences should be held and the like The date Aug 19 follows by only 10 days the opening of a Brit ish Commonwealth conference on Japanese peace problems at Can berra Australia Some officials be lieve that because of this the Aus tralians might favor a delay in tb Washington conference LANDMARK in 1893 Rockwells public school was in complete shambles an hour after fire was discovered late Tuesday afternoon with flames aftd smoke Lock Photo billowing from every corner of the building Adjoining is the 8 year old fireproof gymnasium which escaped dam age Building and equipment loss was estimated at Rockwell School Burns Origin of Fire Pnzzle Gym Not Damaged By RICK MEREDITH Staff Representative of undetermined origin which broke out about 545 p m Tuesday left the Rockwell independent publis school built in 1893 in complete ruins though an 3year old fireproof gymnasium adjoining was not damaged Loss was estimated at on the building which was cov ered by insurance and had re cently been reappraised and on the contents and equip ment Dr J C Kaiser president of the school board stated No one was in the building at the time the fire was first dis covered about p m by Miss Alice Menter who was walking toward town when she saw flames shooting up from the roof She returned to the Menter home across the street from the school where her sister Frances phoned in the alarm The entire roof was ablaze when the Rockwell volunteer depart ment arrived and the flames quickly licked across the attic and down into the second floor Firemen from Sheffield and Dougherty also answered the alarm Dr Kaiser who lives across from the school said he heard the alarm and before he could run to the other side of his house saw the entire upper portion of the building burning He said the fire spread quickly through the ancient brick struc ture which had wooden floors re cently refinished and veneer win dow casings The fire also shot downward through the bellfry largely of wooden construction and engulfed the lower portion ol the building as upper floors col lapsed A number of old desks were stored in the attic and some of the older records were kept there The 2nd floor contained class rooms and 100 new desks had recently been installed Smoke was visible at Sheffield 7 miles away for over an hour and the intense heat prevented workers from saving any of the buildings contents except 2 steel safes with some records None of the gym equiplnent was damaged Ernest Campbell school jani tor said he left the building only a few minutes before the outbreak and Mrs Max Sawyer incoming school secretary and Helene Jack son retiring secretary had been working on the 1st floor until about 5 p m They said they noticed nothing unusual although the building WES quite warm Campbell said the ventilating system was on until about p m and he believed he would have smelted smoke through it if there had been any then although the system doesnt go above the 2nd floor He said no one had been above the 1st floor Tuesday to his knowledge Three organizations the band Boy Scouts and school board had met in the building on Monday evening The bellfry had caught fire twice in the last 15 years when struck by lightning but little dam age resulted each time The Rockwell school had 85 high school and 112 elementary pupils last term and serves an area 8 miles east and about 4 miles in every other direction Sacred Heart parochial school several blocks away had an en rollment of about 60 the last year There were no immediate plans announced for the fall school term The gymnasium has per manent bleachers which will seat about 500 The Methodist and Congregational c h ur c h e s are across the street and there was some talk that temporary ar rangements could be made for use of these 3 units Kaiser has been on the school board for the last 8 years Other members are John Cahill Ernesl Witte John Hinrichs and Melvin Clark F C Siegfried is treas urer D V Minert starts his 2nd year as superintendent this fall Firemen worked until 6 a m Wednesday to bring the fire under control Three men were injured Justin Ryan of Dougherty was treated for a fractured arm and others received minor burns The north wall caved in early in the morning but no one was injured 1 AP MODERN caravan of 72 cars decorated like covered wagons Wednes day continued a trip across southern Iowa from Garden Grove commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the Mormons historic journey to Utah General Motors Jakes Week Off To Cost 30000 Autos GREEKS BATTLE 2000 GUERILLAS Fighting Rages 9 Miles From Albanian Border Athens close to the Greek general staff reported that the Greek 23rd brigade joined battle at dawn Wednesday against 1500 to 2000 guerillas who had jroken out of an army encircle ment near the Albanian frontier The 23rd brigade was reported have moved westward from Metsovon and supported by straf ing planes of the Greek air force intercepted the guerillas about 9 miles from the Albanian border The newspaper Estia with close connections in the general staff said the battle had been raging since dawn on the slopes of Mount amyla Tentative reports indicated that the Greek army forces stole march on the guerillas and forced on them a showdown battle which might decide the current phase of the invasion of Greece from Al bania The guerilla force of 1500 to 2000 apparently comprised the bulk of the band of more than 2 000 who had been reported sur roundedby the government troops Army sources had reported earlier thatthe Greeks had broken the guerilla invasion and were driving the enemy back toward Albania A military spokesman said 450C troops were bearing down on some 2000 guerillas near Kalpaki all of whom were trying to escape to ward Albania The Greek 41st brigade was re ported moving southward toward a junction with the 43rd brigade which was moving up toward Kal paki but there was no indication that they had met The foreign ministry denied statement published in the royalist press that Vice Premier Constantin Tsaldaris had informed the gov ernment that the United States would send troops to Greece if all other methods of solving the Greek problem including re course to the United Nations failed High government sources said that while the government be lieved American troops are not re quired at present Greece urgently needs supplies and materials to build up the army from 110000 to 250000 They said the general staff ant defense ministers were ready to begin negotiating with the Ameri can mission for supplies and pre liminary talks would begin Thurs day A United Nations investigating team planned to return Wednes day to the fighting area to inter view 20 guerilla prisoners whom the Greeks identified as foreign ers There are more than 2 millioi railroad freight cars in the Unitet States Detroit Motors orporation will take a week off r o m manufacturing passenger starting Monday because of industrys disturbed WANTS 10 YEAR PROGRAM WITH VALLEY SETUPS Quarter Billion Only to Get Started Work Costing Larger Sums Washington r e s i d e n t Truman recommended to congress Wednesday an immediate start upon a 10year program for con trolling floods and developing water resources of the Mississippi river basin He asked to get the work underway In a special mesage Mr Tru man outlined a program that em braced also navigation irrigation hydroelectric power development and other utilization of water re sources But he said floor control must come first in the light of flood losses on the Missouri and Mississippi this year that may ex ceed The president noted that many of the necessary flood control projects already have been au thorized by congress and added What we need to do is to take immediate advantage of the Mis sissippi basins authorizations totaling almost which the congress has already voted for flood control and related purposes Of this amount from 3i to 4 billion dollars is either directly or closely related to flood control Let us through the next 10 years accelerate our program and put this money to work together with such additional moneys as may he required and as our econ omy from year to year shall per mit In that way we shall save ourselves untold billions and pave cars he steel onditions GM whicb makes roughly half jf the nationsautomobiles said ts steel supplies were too short to ermit fulltime operations It lamed the coalmining situa ion of early July Ultimately 180000 workers will ie laid off from the corporations assembly lines a GM spokesman aid The corporation which em ploys a total of 265000 produc ion workers recently reached a weekly output of 30000 cars There were no immediate indi cations however that other major manufacturers of motorcars would ollow suit GMs President C E Wilson an nounced the shutdown plans Plants in Michigan employing 115000 workers will he closed first and another 65000 will he aid off as other plants become affected through lack of supplies Tom feeder plants in Michigan Wilson specifically mentioned coal mining in his explanation Due to the disturbed conditions in the steel industry caused by the coalmining situation during the first 2 weeks of July he said delivery of steel to General Mo tors has been reduced to such a low level that all passenger car production will have to be shut down for one week to allow us to accumulate sufficient working in ventory At the same time Wilson said sheet steel has been extremely short since the end of the war He explained this was largely strikesin coal steel and electricity which he said slowed both production and the construc tion of additional sheet steel mak ing facilities Truck operations will not be af fected nor will GMs household appliance plants the corporation said Truck production recently was curtailed for model changes General Motors makes Buick Chevrolet Pontiac Oldsmobile and Cadillac cars Beautiful Wedding But Bridegroom Missed It Hastings Nebr was a beautiful wedding but the bride groom missed it The organist at the First Metho dist church played nuptial music The soloist sang the candles were lighted and the bridal party wel comed some 100 guests Then the Rev Ralph Rasmussen rose to his feet and told the as semblage that Robert Kellogg and Miss Phyllis Osterbuhr had been married a few hours earlier so that Kellogg could be rushed to the hospital for an emergency appen dectomy the way lor the wealth produc tion that surely will flow from the integrated development of our valleys Specifically the president asked at this session of congress in ad dition to funds already made available for the army engineers who handle flood control work for the reclamation bureau and for the soil conservation service Formal estimates for the use of this money he said will be forwarded later Mr Truman who pub licly renewed his advocacy of a Missouri valley authority along the lines of the Tennessee valley authority made this reference in his message to such proposals This plan does not change the desirability of the ultimate es tablishment of valley authorities but the urgency of the flood prob lem is such that we must take necessary steps to expedite this program without awaiting deter mination of the administrative pattern for the various regional valley development programs Trial of Iowa Falls Actress to Be July 31 Los Angeles of Act ress Madge Meredith formerly of Iowa Falls Iowa and 3 men charged with kidnaping and as saulting her former manager Nicholas Gianaclis has been set for July 31 in superior court The state alleged that Damon Klinkenberg Albert Tucker and James Hatfield abducted beat and robbed Gianaclis a restaurant supply dealer and his companion Verne Davis on June 30 at Miss Merediths instigation She and Gianaclis who claims to have discovered Miss Mere dith and started her in films had been in litigation over some prop erty She is at liberty under 000 bond Bail was set at 000 each for her 3 codefendants In Tuesdays preliminary hear ing at which the defendants were ordered held for trial a statement taken by police from Tucker was introduced in which Tucker al leged Gianaclis himself arranged a phony kidnaping to embarrass the actress The average age of U S sena tors in 1947 was more than 56 years VACATIONER DROWNS Mahnomen Minn W Hopkins 15yearold son of Mr and Mrs Frank Hopkins of Castana Iowa drowned Monday night in Lake TulAy about 25 miles southeast of here The Hop kins were vacationing at the lake SAME White liar menu In put 2i hocn ;