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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 31, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION iiinir VOL LEU Ajiodited Jnd United Pros Full Lcucd wlnt Five a Copy I MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JULY 31 1947 Paper Consists of Two One No 250 GREECE STARTS NEW BALKAN MOVE Federal Office to Check Rent Decontrol Act to Local Boards By EUGENE B DODSON A F Staff Correspondent Washington federal rent control office with a wary eye on congress has decided against further action on its own to lift ceilings from any of the 614 areas remaining under control Future policy an agency official told a reporter privately Thursday will be for the federal office to check the decontrol question to the local advisory boards authorized under the new rent law enacted lait month Although the law provides that Housing Expediter Frank R Cree don who administers rent lations may lift ceilings if condi tions warrant it also gives the local boards a strong voice in their own areas The official emphasized that the new policy is not delaying any de control actions since none are up for approval at present However he said that should the boards set up for ridence that decontrol might be in any of the areas It likely would wait for recom lendations from the local board ther than going ahead on its iwn Another official said informa tion which might lead to decon trol of some fringe sections oi several areas is being gathered and will be submitted when the boards are ready to begin their studies Certainly congress wanted the boards to have a strong voice in operation of the new law the official said and it seems only right they should pass on decon trol matters Congress when it returns in January will have to decide short ly whether it wants to extenc controls beyond February 29 the new expiration date Control officials said it is up to the various governors to de cide how quickly the boards will begin functioning Gov Robert D Blue of Iowa before his departure from the state early in July said he had taken no action toward recommending local rent boards for Iowa The governor said he had asked the attorney general for an opinion on his authority and responsibility under the new federal rent law Under terms of the new control act which became law July 1 Creedon was directed to appoint local boards of at least 5 members each on recommendations sub mitted by the governors But in the month that has elapsed only 9 governors have submitted lists and area boards in only 2 and been approved Other recommendations received were from North Carolina Ore gon New Jersey New Hampshire South Dakota Indiana and Ala bama rent control officials said The local boards are authorized to A recommend decontrols of all or any parts of their areas B decide whether rent levels in their areas are adequate and C con sider petitions for rent adjust ments and make recommendations to the area rent offices The law provides that the ex pediter must act with 30 days on board recommendations explain ing in writing why he disapproves if he should As this new phase of federal rent control gets into operation officials estimated that between 50000000 and 60000000 persons are living in between 15000000 and 16000000 rental units still under control They said it probably will be the latter part of August before they can get a general idea of how tenants and landlords are takingto the voluntary rent in crease phase of the new law This section authorizes land lords and tenants to agree by Dec 31 on rent increases up to 15 per cent in exchange for a lease run ning through 1948 At the peak last November there were 649 areas under con trol Since then ceilings have been lifted completely from 35 areas and for parts of several other areas Iowa Woman Fatally Injured in Accident Scranton Mina V Maulsby 69 was fatally injured Thursday morning when she fell from a moving truck in which she was a passenger Mrs Maulsby and her husband who live on a farm near here were passengers in a truck driven by Francis Henning Mrs Mauls by who was sitting on the outside fell from the cab when the door became unlatched the highway patrol reported Blue Heads Home Honolulu Robert D Blue of Iowa one ol the group of governors which visited Hawaii as guests ofthe navy will leave here Thursday aboard the naval transport President Hayes Flags of all other countries and of its own civilian officials are needed by the U S government CHARLES F CURTISS in Farm Work ISC Expert on Farming Dies in Ames Ames F Curtiss 83yearold dean emeritus at Iowa State college and widely known agricultural and livestock expert died at his home here Wednesday Dean of agriculture and director of the Iowa State college experi ment station for 33 years Curtiss was creditedwith many new inno in the agricultural teach ing field during career He was one of the the International Livestock expo sition and served as its president 3 years He was a member of nearly all the national livestock associations of any consequence serving as president of a number Connected with livestock work from early childhood Curtiss was recognized among livestock men as the bestknown man in the live stock world He had judged live stock in every important show ring in this country and Canada Curtiss joined the Iowa State college agriculture staff in 1891 and became dean in 1900 succeed ing James Wilson who was ap pointed secretary of agriculture by President McKinley The dean was credited with de veloping one of the first agricul ture extension departments He es tablished one ofthe first farmers short course originated the de partment of agricultural journal ism and established a 4 year ag ricultural engineering course From a tiny department the col lege of agriculture while Curtiss was at its head rose to the front rank among agricultural schools Curtiss was instrumental in or ganizing 4H clubs He had been a member of the Iowa State board of agriculture He was a frequent contributor to livestock and agri culture papers Funeral services willbe held at 11 a m Saturday in St Johns Episcopal church The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 11 Burial will be in the college cemetery SAME Black flag means trafflo death IB past U bonri FIND BODIES OF 2 BRITISH MEN BOOBYTRAPPED 1 Man Is Wounded by Explosion as Hanged Soldiers Are Cut Down Jerusalem JP A cunningly contrived booby trap Thursday blasted to bits the bodies of 2 British sergeants hanging from a tree near Natanya 24 hours after Irgun Zvai Leumi had slain them in reprisal for the execution of 3 Irgunists by the Palestine govern ment One British soldier was wound ed by the blast and Associated Press Photographer James Pringie was knocked to the ground Fringles camera was destroyed by the explosion which blew pieces of flesh over an area of 50 yards The blackened and bloody bodies of the 2 sergeants were found hanging 5 miles from Na tanya The booby trap exploded as the first body was being cut down The remains of the 2nd body were cut down by policemen As sociated Press Staff Correspond ent Carter Davidson reported from the scene Official sources said that notes found on the spot said the 2 ser geants had been hanged by Irgun as British spies The men were members of a special investiga tion squad Thebooby trap mechanism ap parently had been attached to the arm of one of the bodies The ex plosion uprooted several nearby eucalyptus trees and pieces of the bodies were found 300 yards away Jewish settlement police were the first to find the bodies and re ported the discovery to Mayor Oved Ben Ami of Natanya about in turn notified British authorities Until the bodies actually were discovered some doubt had re mained that Irgun actually had carried out its threat to kill the sergeants despite an anonymous telephone call Wednesday to the Associated Press by a purported Irgunist saying the men had been slain The telephoner asserted that the area around the bodies had been mined and that approach was dangerous A doctor summoned to the scene said the men had been dead about 24 hours indicating they were slain within 24 hours after Brit ish authorities had executed the Irgunists in defiance of threats of revenge The slain Paice and Clifford been the objects of an intense hunt by British troops and Palestine po lice since they were kidnaped from Natanya on July 12 to be held as hostages for the con demnedIrgunists Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair through Friday Cool Thursday night Warmer Friday Low Thursday night about 55 High Friday about 87 Iowa Fair Thursday night and Friday cooler south portion Thursday night Somewhat warmer Friday Low Thursday night55 to 60 High Friday in upper 80s Minnesota Fair Thursday night Friday partly cloudy and warm IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum 89 Minimum 55 At 8 a m Thursday 68 YEAR AGO Maximum 84 Minimum 61 AP Wirepholo SIGNS PLACED ON RUSSIAN EMBASSY S Vavilow left reaches for 1 of the 4 derogatory signs that were posted on the premises of the Russian em bassy at Washington Thursday Don Lohbeck right one of the 2 men who posted the cards saying they represented the Christian Youth of America leaves Three of the signs read Beware Spies For Sale Owners Leaving Soon and Closed Rat Infested The men refused the embassy secretarys request to wait for the police IOWA COOLS OFF AFTER HOT WAVE Cool Air From Canada Makes Life Pleasant Des Moines air from Saskatchewan Canada made life pleasant in Iowa Thursday Beginning in northwest Iowa Wednesday the mass of cool air overspread Iowa during the night and brought relief from the hot test spell of the summer Wednesdays high Iowa temper ature was 103 at Lamoni and the early morning low was a com fortable 51 at Spencer The Only precipitation was a mere traceof atDes Moines Sioux City The weather bureau saida gradual moderation of the cool weather to begin Friday when the wind shifts back to the south Near the Ohio river tempera tures remained high but the U S weather bureau said cooler weather should move in to the area later Thursday Tempera tures already were considerably cooler in north Illinois Indiana and Missouri and all of Iowa but from those states southward no heat relief was in sight Kansas City saw the mercury climb to 107 Wednesday St Louis and Fort Worth reported 102 and Oklahoma City and Little Rock 100 Even the far west was more sunbaked than usual with Blythe Cal reporting 112 Phoenix 111 and Reno 110 DUCK HUNTING SEASON CUT Bag Limits Reduced to 4 Foul Per Day Washington UR President Truman Thursday reduced the duck hunting season to 30 days or less in most states The action was recommended by Secretary of Interior J A Krug as a result of a sharp decline in waterfowl numbers The shooting rules were the most drastic since the socalled duck depression of the middle 1930s The new regulations also impose strict limits on the number of wat erfowl which may be taken by hunters The duck hunting season last year was 45 days It was 80 days n 1945 when hunters were plagued with shortages of shot un shells The baglimit was cut from 7 ducks a day last season to only 4 The total may not include more han one wood duck A hunter may not possess more than 8 ducks at any one time even though they were taken on different days Hughes and Press Agent Will Appear at Senate War Probe Hollywood Millionaire and John Meyer Will Testify Side by Side Washington Howard Hughes and his globetrotting publicity man John Meyer will take the stand side by side Fri day in the senatorial investigation of Hughes wartime plane con tracts Senator Ferguson RMich announced Thursday that ar rangements have been made for the joint appearance of the Hol Irwood jnllllpnaire and the man who said he spent Jaytsh iuine to entertain government offleiafs in Hughes behalf Thomas Slack Hughes attor ney told newsmen however he is not certain whether the manu facturer will be here Friday He said Hughes told him in a tele phone conversation Thursday aft ernoon that he is still undecided when to leave California for Washington Fergusons announcement was made after a session in which the senate war investigating commit tee heard testimony that top mili tary leaders turned down a mass flying boat program in July 1942 yet contracts for 3 boats were made later with Hughes and Henry J Kaiser Undersecretary of State Robert A Lovett testified that the joint armynavy chiefs of staff de clared in July of that year that the diversion of materials to such a program would be inadmiss able because everything was needed for fighting planes Kaiser had program to build 500 huge cargo planes Two former defense plant cor poration officials who were as signed to the Hughes cargo plane project in California followed Lovett on the stand High points of their testimony 1 J H Roper who was princi pal engineer for DFC said the Hughes contract was the only project where there was any de parture from regular DPC pro cedure He said the agency had no responsibility for design or whether the materials were proper or for the cost 2 M Robert Edwards former DPC supervising engineer said he went to the Hughes plant in 1943 and after be had been there only a few days knew that the 3 flying boats could not be built for the contract cost of The contract was later cut to one ship and the committee has received testimony that some 000000 has been spent on it Hughes appearance was ar ranged by Ferguson after the Michigan senator was assured by Thomas Slack attorney for Hughes that Meyer will be avail able for testimony Friday The publicity man already has testified behind closed doors that he spent large sums to entertain many persons including Elliott Roosevelt son of the late presi dent and Secretary of Interior Krug Krug has denied being present at some of the parties where Meyer listed him as a guest in ex pense vouchers obtained by the committee from Hughes files The younger Roosevelt has made no statement onthe case Joint of staff objected to a big cargo plane construction program The mem bers were Admiral William D Leahy chief of staff fo President Roosevelt Gen George C Mar shall army chief of staff Admiral Ernest J King chief of naval op erations Gen Henry H Arnold commanding general army air forces and Brig Gen William J Donovan director of the office of strategic services Lovett gave the committee docu ments setting forth their views 22 WOMEN DIE IN PARIS FIRE 200 to 300 Prisoners Confined in Barracks Paris women prisoners were burned to death early Thursday when a flash fire swept through an army barracks where they were confined Henri Vergnolles president of the Paris municipal council said between 200 and 300 women many of them prostitutes were placed in the barracks because Paris jails were filled They were working with in flammable material and it ex ploded Vergnolles said He added that they were not locked in the barracks Army officers said they were not allowed to go near the wom en who they said worked with celluloid The officers said the women were locked in and could not escape when the fire started shortly before midnight It raged until 2 a m when firemen started removing bodies Police prefect Roger Leonard who rushed to the blaze said 21 women died quickly Another suc cumbed later in a hospital Policemen firemen and army officers were wary about giving details of thefire Soldiers report ed they received orders to say ab solutely nothing Presidential Boom for Taft Gets Kickoff Columbus Ohio Ohio republican state committee Thurs day unanimously pledged its sup port to Sen Robert A Taft R Ohio for the republican presi dential nomination in 1048 Taft in a statement to reporters thanked the committee for its compliment and said he ivould make a definite reply early in Oc tober after he has had an oppor tunity to sound out public senti ment in the country on his chances The committee called upon Rep Clarence J Brown national com mitteeman and Mrs Katharine Kennedy Brown national com mitteewoman to take all steps necessary and helpful to bring to the attention of republicans of other states Senator Tafts un usual qualifications and avail ability for the presidency The motion to adopt the resolu tion was made by P Lincoln Mit chell chairman of the republican executive committee of Hamilton county Taft dictated this statement to newsmen Im greatly complimented by the action of the Ohio state cen tral and executive committee in inviting me to become a candi date for president and tendering me their support I owe any progress I have made to the hard work and as sistance of the republicans of Ohio and I cannot adequately ex press my gratitude to them Im planning a vacation in Canada and then a speaking trip to the Pacific coast In the mean time I shall try to sound out pub lic sentiment throughout the country to determine whether there is a good probability of my nomination and election I shall make a definite reply to the com mittee early in October Nab Man Who Escaped WliH Officers Car Oelwein Odegard 22 of Oelwein who Fayette coun ty Sheriff Fred House of West Union said terrorized Oelwein police officers early Thursday after holding up a local filling station and drove off in a police squad car was captured about a m Thursday at Galena 111 after running through a road block set up at Dubuque Garry Marra supervisor at the Iowa highway patrol radio station at Cedar Falls reported At Galena Odegard said he would fight extradition to Iowa and Galena Chief of Police Merle Casper said he desired to prose cute Odegard on a charge of possessing a stolen weapon The federal bureau of investi gation also interested itself in the case it was learned probably in connection with the Dyer law making it a federal offense to transport a stolen car across a state line Sheriff House said Odegard held up William Walker night attendant at the Texaco filling station here on North Fredrick street After the robber left Walker called police and officers Don Binning and Fred Becker cor nered Odegard on South Fred rick 10 blocks from the filling station The sheriff said Odegard drew a gun on the officers and made his getaway About 4 a m according to Sher iff House Odegard came to the police station in the City hall and disarmed the 2 police officers Mike Frame a city fireman happened to be at the station Sheriff House said Odegardgave Beckers gun and his own to Frame and kept Officer Binnings gun He left his own car in front of the police station and drove away in the squad car heading east Sheriff House said Steaks Pork Chops Will Be Plentiful This Fall But Break in Food Prices Stillfar Away By VINCENT BURKE UP Staff Correspondent Washington UR Housewives were advised Thursday that steaks and pork chops will be more plen tiful this fan but that tfie family ood bill as a whole probably wiU be just about as steep as it is now That big break in food prices hat was supposed to start about his time is not even around the corner agriculture department ex perts said Last February the bureau of ag ricultural economics forecast a robable drop of 15 to 25 per cent n food prices during the last 6 months of 1947 But a lot of things have happened since then The same agency now says a de cline in food prices is unlikely in the foreseeable future Here is its price outlook for the fall much change al though some slight decline is pos sible during the period of heavy slaughter in the late faE and early winter Eggs Cheese and seasonally much change Truck Crops and sonal decline stay high Agriculture experts dont ex pect seasonal changes to have much effect on prices so long as demand remainshigh They point ed out that the period of relative abundance will be followed by a period of reduced supplies serving to level off prices The experts views on meat sup plies coincided substantially with those expressed in a bouse agricul ture subcommittee report After looking into food prospects throughout the nation the sub committee said meat supplies should increase by 15 per cent during the fall and winter months But it expressed grave concern over the effects of Americas food export program Should the program be con tinued on the same scale as dur ing the past 11 months the pros pect for lower meat prices may not be realized the subcommittee said The report noted that 445 000000 pounds of meat products were shipped abroad during that period Preliminary estimates of the governmentss bureau of labor statisctis indicate that food prices last month set an alltime high Housewives in the nations cap ital are paying almost as much for meat as they did a year ago when prices on choice cuts were at a record high Tbone steaks are selling at 85 cents to a pound in Washington Loin lamb chops are a pound in some stores compared with an 80cent top which formerly prevailed for the best grades Bacon prices range from 65 to 79 cents a pound chipped beef from to a pound and loin pork chops are about 85 cents In Chicago a spokesman for the National Association of Retail Meat Dealers said prices varied across the nation but I must ad mit that prices for the better cuts are nearly as high as they were a year ago He said many poorer cuts were going begging Meat prices in San Francisco were reported to have increased in the past few months Some markets were refusing to buy ham because of the righ cost The break in food prices forecast last February was based on an anticipated harvest of plenty a domestic business reces sion and reduced exports Agri cultural experts said then that farm prices could drop consider able even without a business re cession because exports of agri cultural products would decline But bad weather knocked Eur ope off its farming feet Instead of declining total U S exports increased U S employment shot to record heights increasing do mestic purchasing power And now bad weather threatens to re duce total U S farm production by curtailing corn and oats crops Last February the experts fig ured that farms prices this year would be about the same as in 1946 ENTERS CHARGE OF AGGRESSION IN UN COUNCIL Complaint Against 3 Russ Satellites Aimed at Countering Veto By FRANCIS W CARPENTER A P Staff Correspondent Lake Success for mally charged Russias 3 Balkan satellites Thursday with aggres sion in a drastic new move aimed at countering the Soviet Unions veto an American proposal for an 11member United Nations border commission Greek Ambassador VassiliDen dramis handed the complaint to Ivan Kerno assistant secretary general shortly after 3 p as the United Nations security council met io consider the In donesian and Balkan cases Dendramis said that he had submitted the complaint under chapter 7 of the U N charter By bringing the Balkan case before the vetothrottled security council in a more drastic man ner Greece has now charged Yugoslavia Bulgaria and Al bania with aggression Dendramis told reporters that the 3 Balkan countries were specifically mentioned in the new complaint which had been ex pected following talks in Wash ington Wednesday Chapter Vn provides for U N action in cases of aggression and breaches of peace That chapter was invoked for the first time in U N history Wednesday by Australia in bring ing the Indonesian case to the se curity council Both the Indonesian and Balkans issues are on the councils agenda for the meeting Thursday It was said authoritatively that the Greeks have bees toldby the United States aid plaiV force ofan American proposal io set yp a Balkan commission Furthermore it was said that the United States told the Greeks this country was firmly behind them in their efforts to establish a stable government and stop the disorders in the Balkans Chapter VII includes strong measures from breaking off rela tions with the aggressor up to ac tual military operations by the United Nations against any coun try the security council decides has committed an act of aggres sion However the United Nations police force which would carry out any such military orders still is in the discussion stages Not one soldier has yet been committed to the U N force U N observerssaid a significant part of chapter VII is article 51 which permits U N members to take collective action for self defense against an armed attack until the security council can act It was said this would be one way for action in the face of a Russian veto which has killed an American proposal to set up a Bal kans commission to watch over the troubled area Herschel V Johnson U S depu ty delegate on the security coun cil was back at his desk Thursday after a short visit at the state de partment in Washington during which a reliable informant said state department officials speci fically approved his conduct of the fight with Russia in the council over the Balkans The possibility that the United States might announce her next move in the Balkans case Thurs day was advanced here but some sources said the U N likely would wait for Andrei A Gromykos ex planation of the veto Gromyko was slated to speak Thursday aft ernoon The upshot of discussions be tween Johnson and state depart ment officials an informed source said is that the United States will seek every way possible in the U N to settle the Greek question that the United States will con tinue its support of the Greek governmentthat the UnitedStates is behind the United Nations with its fullest support Japs Deny Beating GIs Yokohama Japan of innocent to charges of beating and abusing allied servicemen have been entered by 7 Japanese civilians who guarded prisoners at Hiroshima during the war Among prisoners beaten was Har ris J Outzen Davenport Iowa Read The United States Army Message Today on Page 2 ;