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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 1, 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 HOME EDITION irnnn Press United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JUNE 1 1949 This Paper Consists of Two One No 201 END OF AN OIL TANKAn oil tank explodes in a mass of flame and smokedminga lire which still blazed at the Searle Petroleum company here early Wednesday An es timated half million gallons of oil were destroyed as at least 11 huge storage tanks pioded ex Oil Fire in Omaha Held UnderControl Omaha Nebr oil fire which veteran firemen called the worst in Omahas history was be ing held under control by 2 engine companies and one truck company early Wednesday more than 16 hours after it broke out at the Searle Petroleum company in East Omaha The blaze set off Tuesday by the explosion of a storage tank was whipped through a group of storage tanks and into a refinery by a brisk wind None of the 10 men working in tlie plant at the time of the blast was injured Fire department officials re ported early Wednesday that about 12 of the 33 storage tanks had ex ploded Plant Manager H A Searle said some 500000 gallons of oil had been consumed He said he could make no estimate ot the amount of damage Firemen said there were no fire hydrants or chemical firefighting equipment on the premises They said they had to string hoses more than 2000 feet Four hose com panies a ladder truck and 3 bat talion chiefs answered the first alarm House Passes Vet Pension Bill Sends It to Senate Washington house passed and sent to the senate Wednesday a World war I and II veterans pension bill after knocking out an unabletowork provision Turn Down Mock Duel for Planes Chiefs of Staffs Say Inquiry Would Violate Security Washington The mock duel in the sky between the air forces mighty B36 and the navys best Banshee jet fighters suggested by congress has been turned down by the joint chiefs of staff Cor se curity reasons The possibility remained that such a test might be conducted later in deepest secrecy But the joint command in a letr ter forwarded to Chairman Vinson DGa of the committee by Sec retary of Defense Johnson said such a battle between the 2 best planes of the 2 rival services would divulge vital Approved May 18 The showdown sky fight was first aproved May 18 by the armed services group to help settle con flicting claims by the navy and the air force The air force said the B36 op erating at 40000 feet and above could not be intercepted by any fighter plane now in existence The navy planned to build a multimillion dollar aircraft car rier from which jet planes and bombers would operate It said the jet planes can whip up to 40000 feet in 7 minutes and are good enough to lick the B36 Wanted More B36s Big 4 Take Up Issue of Control of Berlin vote was 365 to 27 Passage came quickly after a spirited fight over the un employability proposal recommended by the veterans com Refuses to Release Files to Spy Group Washington Gen eral Tom v Clark Wednesday re fused to give a senate committee the secret government files on 104 officials of foreign governments Clark told a senate judiciary subcommittee the information is extremely delicate and even in volves ambassadors and foreign ministers of European govern ments He promised to cooperate with the committee to give all the information possible Chairman McCarran DNev said the committee does not want the files he wants a revelation of the basic facts in the files Clark and Assistant Secretary of State John E Puerifoy had been subpoenaed by the group to pro duce the files on 164 persons Clark said all but 2 or 3 are for eigners BETTY BREAKS FINGER Hollywood Screen Star Betty Mutton Wednesday nursed a broken 3rd finger of her left hand injured in a rehearsal with Fred Astaire Tuesday on the set of Par am Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy and cooler Wednesday night with occasional local thundershowers Low Wednesday night 55 to 60 Thursday partly cloudy and cooler with high in low 70s Iowa Partley cloudy Wednesday and Thursday with early morn ing and late evening showers or thunderstorms Cooler north and west portions Thursday Low Wednesday 6266 South to southeast winds 1520 MPH but higher in thundersqualls Minnesota Considerable cloudi ness with local showers and scattered thunderstorms Wed nesday night and in east and central portion Thursday Cool extreme west Wednesday entire state little change mittee The provision out of the bill by a standing vote of 172 to 57 There were no other changes proposed to the bill estimated to cost in its present form 000000 in addition to what now is being paid inpensions under vet erans administration regulations The onesidedness of Che fight over the unemployability clause led to abandonment of a planned battle to eliminate World war II veterans from the bills provisions There was less than 2 hours of debate on the bill which actually writes into permanent law regula tions under which pensions now are being paid to many veterans A much more costly bill was de feated by the house in March Chairman Rankin DMiss of the veterans committee had op posed the unabletowork provi sion as unfair and discriminatory The effect of the provision was to say that a veteran who can work half a normal day or earn half a normal days pay is not eligible for a pension Suit Against Gen MacNider Gets Underway The half million dollar suit of Fred A Ontjes Mason City at torney against G e n Hanf orcl MacNider president and general manager of the Northwestern States Portland Cement company got under way in district court here Wednesday afternoon The suit has taken 13 years to come to trial since it was filed by Mr Ontjes in 1936 for himself and a number of other stockholders of the cement company The much amended and substi uted petition now asks for 883 which the attorney claims is due the stockholders because of excessive salaries and bonuses and unwarranted expense items paid to General MacNider as head of the firm from 1929 to 1936 in clusive The 5 per cent interest asked on the principal amount would bring the total to well over however if Judge Shannon A Charlton Manchester should al low the entire claim Judge Charl ton was appointed by the chief justice of the Iowa supreme court to hear the case There is no jury Associated with Mr Ontjes in trial of the case is Horace M Hav ner former attorney general of Iowa On the other side of the counsel table are John A Senneff and Robert Bliss of Mason City appearing for Gen MacNider and T H Ingersoll Cedar Rapids ap pearing for the cement company Mrs Tola B Robinson Judge Charltons reporter is the first woman to occupy such a position in Cerro Gordo county district court Both Mr Ontjes and Mr Sen nefC indicated that their opening statements would be brief and that taking of evidence would get under way in the late afternoon Man Burned to Death in Plane Crash Viuton Carl Rehnblom about 31 of Ames was burned to death Wednesday when his light plane crashed and burned shortly after he took off from the private airstrip on the Ray Van Wechel farm near here at 11 a in Wed nesday Rehnblom an employe of the Minnesota Valley Canning com pany had flown here from Ames to pick up some seed corn He had just taken off when his plane struck an REA power line crashed and burst into flames The Van Wechel farm is located a mile north of Vinton The Vin ton fire department was called but the plane was burning so fiercely it was not possible to remove Rehnblom from the plane Rehnblom was a soninlaw of the late Henry Chavis Ames can ning company executive whose slaying last Nov 8 remains un solved that the carrier be junked and the money used to buy more B36s Secretary Johnson finally ordeied work on the carrier halted But ar guments continued Thats when the house commit tee stepped in with its suggestion for a test fight The navy promptly jumped at the suggestion offering a list of 4 planes as candidates for the job of puncturing the B36s reputation The B36 bomber investigation ordered Tuesday was not directly connected with the mock air bat tle It grew out of reported ir regularities in connection with pushing this plane into top spot on the air forces defense plans Con tracts for some other types of planes were cancelled in order to boost the purchase of more B36s er nigfct and over Thursday except jn temperature near Lake Su MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather for the J4 hours ending at 8 a m Wednes day Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Wednesday 69 Precipitation 12 lowan Named to Fill Julian Post Washington E Slindee 68 became acting treas urer of the United States Wed nesday after his temporary ap pointment late Tuesday by Presi dent Truman SHndee a native of Lawler Iowa will succeed temporarily the late William A Julian who died Sunday in an automobile acci dent Slindee ranking civil serv ice employe of the treasury de partment will serve for a term not to exceed 30 days A major attraction of the American southwest is Carlsbad Caverns a national park with en trance to the worlds largest and most spectacular caves DIES UNDER TRACTOR McClelland Mills 19 died Tuesday when a tractor overturned on his fathers farm and pinned him underneath it Mills was driving the tractor when it rolled over an embankment 6 DIE IN FIRE Rome workmen were killed and 5 were injured in an ex plosion and fire in a paper factory Monday at Merate near Como dispatches from reported Tuesday Says Brahnan Plan Abandons Parity Idea Des Moines farmers have a dangerous opportunity to choose between 2 basic farm price policies President Howard Hull of the Iowa Farm Bureau told county leaders Tuesday night Hill addressed county Farm Bu reau delegates to the midsummer conference He said farmers must decide be tween a program by the govern ment to provide minimum price guarantees for farm produce with an allout effort foi prosperity to maintain 100 per cent parity or a program by the government to guarantee farm income through high and rigid price supports Hill said the first program is em bodied in the agricultural act of 1948 which has the aggressive support of the Farm Bureau However this is not to say the 1948 act is perfect Hill said It probably needs some amending It is designed to guarantee a maximum of the combination of security and difficult combination Hill said the 2nd program the Brannan plan abandoned the par ity concept and aimed at guar anteeing farm income instead oC price floors He said the Farm Bu reau has always opposed efforts to make fanners wards of the state Manager of AEC Gives Testimony Says He Kept 2 on Payroll Against Wish of Security Officer Washington a r r o 11 L Wilson the atomic energy com missions general manager said Wednesday he kept 2 scientists on AEC payrolls despite his security officers finding that the3r were bad risks Wilson told a congressional committee he made his own deci sion in these cases and had not taken the matter up with the com mission Wilson testified at the senate house atomic committees hearings on charges by Senator Hicken looper RIowa that there has been incredible mismanagement of the commissions affairs under the chairmanship of David E Lil ienthal No Names The names of the 2 scientists were not brought out Wilsons statement capped these earlier developments 1 Hickenlooper demanded that the AEC turn over to him a vast volume of records and reports in cluding memoranda of Roosevelt Churchill talks about atomic mat ters at the 1943 Quebec confer ence He also demanded FBI and security reports on an unnamed number of persons 2 Hickenlooper in long ques tioning of Lilienthal developed that there had been many shifts in important offices in the com missions organization He also produced figures hesaid showed an 87 per cent turnover in atomic project personnel in 1947 and 1948 Poor Management Hickenlooper contended this personnel turnover was a sign of poor management Admiral John Gingrich was the security officer who vas over ruled by Wilson as to the 2 sci entists Gingrich resigned from the post on May 1 Wilson said Gingrich thought the 2 men were p o o r security risks but that the Security offi cer did not regard the cases as so serious that he ought to take them direct to the commission when Wilson overruled him At Ellicotts Rock on the border of North Carolina you can rest your hand so it touches North Carolina South Carolina and Georgia at once SAME White flar meant no traffio deaths IB 4 houri AP Wirephoto FORD WORKERS RING IN were in evidence as these unidentified workers ring in their cards at Fords Rouge plant Tuesday A 24day strike was official ly ended Sunday when the agreement reached by Ford and the UAW negotiators was ratified by members of Rouge Local GOO ami Lin coinMercury Local 900 GlobeGazette Photo CORN PLOWING cultivation is under way in North Iowa as this picture of Kenneth Scott 19 taken 5 miles south and 1 mile east of Mason City reveals Scott planted his corn about May 10 on a 120 acre farm which he has rented using largely his fathers equipment in re turn for which he helps on his fathers farm North Iowa farmers are hoping for more rain They say subsoil is dry See weather story on page 3 Government Experts Predict Rash of Strikes in Summer Washington officials who keep tab on labor matters said Wednesday the nation may be in for a summer burst of strikes They pointed to mounting union demands for 4th round postwar wage boosts increasing employer resistance to added labor costs and gaining difficulties over Taft Disagree on Question of Veto Power Russians Say Rule of Reich Capital Should Be Only by Unanimity Paris foreign minis ters council Wednesday took up the question of restoring 4power control of Berlin and clashed at once on the veto issue American sources said the 3 western ministers vurged that the rule of unanimity be abolished in a revived kommandatura Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Y Vishinsky strongly objected saying that unanimous decisions were the only way to govern The kommandatura a 4power body governed Berlin in the im mediate postwar period before he cold war division of the city t broke up last year following ontinued eastwest deadlocks The issue of Berlin and the urrency situation there made up he 2nd item on the agenda of the oreign ministers council Before Wednesday afternoons icssion of the 4power representa ives the 3 western ministers con erred among themselves for about 75 minutes It was under stood that one of the questions discussed was whether the coun cil should go into restricted session Hartley law provisions These autorities list imminent negotiations in the coal steel automobile and maritime indus tries as crucial in determining if there will be labor peace or strike conflict in the months ahead But a rash of smaller strikes could break out too they said pri vately During the war govern ment controls over wages led many smaller unions to expect they could get the pattern pay awards won by the larger unions This tendency for the smaller unions to demand and get the pattern awards has continued to some extent after the war Most unions got the 18cent raise the big unions negotiated in 1946 The next year the pattern 15 cents and in 1948 about 12 cents Now the experts say collective bargaining results depend more and more on an employers ability to pay or his own economic situa tion So the variation among unions is widening all the time But this may not sit so well with some unions which see others get more A private labor relations advis ory service recently estimated 4th round wage increases given so far average just under 8 cents an hour Government officials think this may be high that the average may be closer to 6 cents The surveys show a great many 4th round settlements without any pay boost at all Others show unions settling for pension or other insurance plans or improve ments to existing plans or extra holidays Youths Hurt in Auto Accident Clyde 17 and James Miller 18 were reported in critical condition in the Cedar Valley hospital at Charles City following an accident in which a car owned by the formers mother Mrs Clint Garrison of Osage struck a culvert on highway 218 10 miles southeast of Osage at 4 a m Wednesday The boys members of the 1949 graduating class at Osage were returning home when the car swerved to the left side of the road and hit the culvert with such force that the car was still im bedded in the culvert and com pletely demolished An unidentified truck driver found the boys and went to the nearby home of Mrs Mary Schal lock who called Sheriff Ted Horn and a state highway patrolman It took half an hour to extricate Mil ler from the car Clyde was thrown to the shoul der of the road Sheriff Horn be lieves a tire blowout might have caused the accident MacNider Has No Comment on U S Post Maj Gen HanEord MacNider Wednesday had no comment to make on the report that he may head the new civilian components policy board being set up by Na tional Defense Secretary Louis Johnson An Associated Press dispatch Wednesday stated that Gen Mac Nider is reported under considera tion to head the board set up re cently to fix policy on national guard and organized reserves A representative of the national military establishment said Mac Nider is one of about 20 under consideration for the board chair manship The Mason Cityan stated that on May 18 and 19 he attended a conference in Washington called by the secretary of defense In attendance at this conference were representatives of the regu lar army the navy marines and air force the national guard the air national guard and the army navy air and marines in the re serves Purpose of the conference was to make recommendations to the secretary of defense toward the establishment of over all civilian components policy board on the secretary of defense level The board would have a civilian chairman and an executive offi cer It would be made up of the following members from the military departments national guard of ficers 2 reserve army officers anc 2 regular army officers reserve naval offi cers 2 marine reserve officers one regular naval officer and one regular marine officer Air air nationa guard officers 2 air reserve offi cers and 2 regular air officers The general purpose would be the coordination of the various branches of defense and to deter mine the broad policy matters anc programs in connection with defense branches General MacNider is a former assistant secretary of war and a former national commander of th American Legion He is a major general in the armys organizec reserve corps but if he becomes chairman of the new board he wil serve in a civilian capacity Secretary Johnsons aim it is reported is to give the nationa guard and the reserves a greater voice in the determination o major policies affecting them BEER HALLS REOPEN Tokyo halls reopenec 5n Tokyo Wednesday after 3 years closure Draught beer was avail able in limited quantities Communists Open Rivers to Navigation Shanghai ad ministrators openedthe Whangpoo and Yangtze rivers to commercial lavigation Wednesday and a num ber of ships both domestic and for eign were expected to arrive within the next few days The anouncement on the open ng of navigation stated specifical y that foreign warships would be jarred from the waters of both rivers The British sloop Amethyst still is anchored upriver where it was caught in the communist crossing of the Yangtze and shelled The port of Woosung which controls all shipping into Shang lai and is guarded by the guns of the Woosung forts was declared open to navigation by both foi eign flag and domestic shipping as of Wednesday At least 4 foreign vessels and several Chinese ships are sched uled to arrive within the next few days The first is the Dutch ship Tjibadak scheduled to arrive from Java ports June 3 Missing Man Turns Up in Staten Island New York Mar tino listed officially as dead or missing for 5 years and center of a 2family maritaL mixup was back in the army Wednesday army after he had reported for a checkup of his nebulous status announced he returned to its ranks technically May 6 when he first informed military author ities he was alive Martino who had been given up for dead in action in France in 1944 said he had no desire to see his legal wife Mrs Mary Martino 37 of Waterbury Conn In Waterbury Mrs Martino who learned that her husband had a wartime mate and one child on Staten Island announced she would seek a legal separation Martino appeared at the army recruiting station where he called a few weeks ago to get his army records straight He said he didnt know how he got home from Eu rope He was identified through fingerprints as the man carried on army lists of dead For 4 years he has been driv ing a taxicab in Staten Island and said he could remember nothing of his past He has been living with Dorothy Anna Martino 33 and a son Richard 3 Martino said he took it for granted he was discharged when he found himself in Brooklyn in December 1944 and could not re member anything about prior events MILES AN HOUR ToulAMC France UR The French jet plane Leduc 010 at tained a speed of 000 kilometers 500 miles an hour In its 2nd tevt flight Tuesday the designer Rene Leduc said Wednesday Vf v ;