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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 4, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME t 6F AND ARCHIVES tea MIMES i A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL un Auoelited PIMI tod United Preu Full Lcavl Wira Cents Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JUNE 4 1947 Thij Paper Consist o Two No 202 FLOODS HIT EASTERN COMMUNITIES SOUTHERN COAL NEGOTIATIONS ARE ADJOURNED UMW Representatives Fail to Appear for Scheduled Conference Washington Negotiations foi a new wage contract with south ern coal operators broke down Wednesday when United Mine Workers representatives failed to appear for a scheduled meeting A spokesman for the Southern Coal Producers association told re porters that the UMW had tele phoned to say they would not be present at Wednesdays meeting A UMW spokesman said the de cision not to appear made clear Tuesday when the union told the operators they could not continue negotiations if the operators made public their contract proposals The spokesman said the UMW look the position that if the oper ators were going to publicize their offer rather than negotiate on it there was no purpose in proceed ing with the secret negotiations at this time After talks recessed Tuesday the southern producers announced they had offered the UMW a a day pay scale an increase of 85 cents daily over current wages But in return the operat ors demanded abolition of portal toportal pay for underground travel time The UMW termed this offer un realistic The latest action meant the breakdown in all negotiations for a new contract in the soft coal fields with John L Lewis Contract talks with the northern and western coal operators who represent 75 per cent of the in dustry broke down last Saturday The southern operators repre sent 25 per cent of the industry They promised a statement on the situation later Wednesday The next move appeared up to the government which relinquishes operation of the mines on July 1 Government officials were studying the situation but in dicated that any formal interven tion may be delayed for possibly 2 weeks to await further devel opments U S PROBING HUNGARY OUSTER Stop HungarianRussian Airline Over U S Zone Washington ff The United States has called on the Russian occupation commander in Hun gary for copies of the informa tion he transmitted to the Hun garian government resulting in the ousting of Premier Ferenc Nagy the state department an nounced Wednesday The demand was made on So viet Lt Gen B P Sviridov by Brig Gen George H Weems American member of the allied control commission for Hungary Sviridov is chairman of the com mission In 2 other developments in the situation resulting from the change of governments in Hun gary 1 Hungarian Minister Aladar SzegedyMaszak notified the state department he intends to reject the new governments order call ing him home Diplomatic and of ficial informants told a reporter he was assured he could remain in the United States 2 In Budapest the American legation notified the Hungarian government that the joint Rus sianHungarian airline could no longer operate over the American zones in Austria and Germany without special permission Burlington Buses Are Rolling Again After Settlement of Strike Chicago drivers Wed nesday manned the Burlington Transportation companys 240 buses in 13 states after striking against the firm for 7 days Spokesmen for the company and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen announced agreement on a wage increase from 5J to 52 cents per mile for the 375 drivers The unior had sought an increase to 585 cents The union ordered its members back to work immediately Gen eral Chairman R P Ash said some minor rules still were to be ironed out but that no difficulty was an ticipated The strike had idled buses which normally operate between Chica go and the west coast with stops at Denver Cheyenne Los Angeles anH San Map Strategy to Combat 2nd Army of Crickets in Oregon Ordnance Ore for the army ordnance depot here mapped strategy Wednesday to combat a 2nd destructive army of Mormon crickets moving on the depot in a formidable pincers movement Col Raymond G Curtin commanding said the 2nd wave of crickets was crawling over the dead heaps of insects poisoned in the first attack on Oregon farms last week He said they were coming from the southwest and west in 2 bodies described as a pincersmovement The main front he said looks like a mass of black beetles about miles wide moving in an easterly direction through the grain fields of eastern Oregon A new insecticide chlordane helped the army sfop the first cricket invasion Curtin said but shipments of the chemical did not arrive from Chicago in time to halt the 2nd front Army weapon carriers towing rotary blowers were used to stop the first invasion by spreading a poison edible bait made up of so dium fluoride sawdust and bran Flooding Iowa River Covers Lowlands of Johnson County US Highway 218 of Iowa City Is Cut Off by High Waters By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Johnson county Wednesday was the states chief flood zone as roll ing waters of the Iowa river spread out over the valley low lands to a width of a mile and a half in places The waters overflowed U S Highway 218 just north of Iowa City and the state highway com mission announced establishment of a detour by way of U S No 6 and Iowa 153 A secondary flood zone existed along the Raccoon river at Des Moines where about 12 families were marooned on a 30acre resi dential plot when the stream left its banks The families were in no appar ent danger however and except for one man brought ashore in a police river boat they remained in their homes The man brought ashore Dewey Walters later re turned with a boat to be kept at the plot in case itwas needed He said the tract previously was iso lated by flood waters in 1944 At Iowa City the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research was revis ing its flood estimates and there were indications the crest would not reach the 16foot level pre viously indicated there None of the emergency housing projects including the veterans trailer camp alongside the river was con sidered in danger Several thousands of acres ol bottomland timber and cornland in Johnson countys Amana colony area were inundated and along with U S 218 several county roads also were closed Livestock had been removed from the Iowa rivers angry path however and there were no reports of farm houses isolated by the waters The floodcaused closing of U S 218 near Iowa City Wednesday was the 2nd block high waters have thrown across that important artery this week It was closed south of Waterloo earlier this week when a culvert and 70 feet of pav ing washed out The highway commission said it would be closed for a week or 2 at that point The commission also reported ihat it would be a week or more Defore repairs can be made to U S 63 closed 7 miles north ot Traer and on Iowa 58 closed north of Hudson both because of washouts DAMAGE IN CHURCH FIRE Bible Teacher Finds Blaze at Emmetsburg Emmetsburg of un determined origin which started n the furnace room of the First Methodist church here caused an estimated damage Wednes day to the church and its con ents including a pipe organ The fire started while children were assembling for Bible school it was discovered by Mrs Ray Hite Bible school teacher The church had been redec orated and remodelled following a bad fire 10 years ago Approximately 72 per cent of he area of Arizona consists of government lands or 80 per cent when military installations and defense corporation plants are added tJ S OFFICIAL Spruillc Braden resigned his office as assistant secretary of state Wednesday Braden is a former ambassador to Argen tina and Ion was at the cen ter of controversy within the administration over United StatesArgentine relations House Rejects Move to Cut Army Payroll Washington fP The house after hearing an argument that Russia only understands the language of force rejected a move Wednesday to cut 000 from the armys payroll funds The money is included in a S5 240982423 appropriation bill to run the army during the 12 months beginning July 1 Rep Dirksen RI11 proposed to cut off and was defeated on a voice vote Dirksen told the house the amendment he offered would mean a reduction of 30000 en listed men and 5000 officers in addition to cutting funds for flight pay But he argued the bill carries more payroll money than is needed because it is based on a larger force than will be ob tained House democrats were out to put 540000000 more for aircraft into the bill Anderson Sees Hope for Ending Sugar Ration for Housewives Washington ff Secretary of Agriculture Anderson told sen ators Wednesday that we are getting very close to the point where household rationing of sugar might be abandoned At the same hearing before a senate banking subcommittee Walter S Mack Jr president of he Pepsicola company contended that the agriculture department in setting forward of sugar rationing stamps is trying So dump sugar on the housewife in large quantities thus reducing stocks and making it appearthat rationing remains necessary Anderson said an unexpectedly large Cuban sugar crop furnishes a strong hope that additional sugar will be available to American housewives over and above the present provision for 35 pounds a person The question is how to al locate it if it becomes available REPORT12DEAD AS SHIP SINKS IN GREAT LAKES OreLaden Steamer Hits Rock in Lake Superior During Fog Rescue 21 Windsor Ont per sons lost their lives early Wednes day when tha oreladen freighter Emperor plowed into a rock in a treacherous Lake Superior passage and sank Operators of the vessel Canada Steamship Lines said the body of one woman cook was recovered and listed names of 11 other crew members including Z women known to be aboard and whose bodies have not been recovered Twentyone survivors were res cued by the United States coast guard and taken to Ft William Ont on the northern Lake Super ior coast The company said the normal crew of the Emperor was 35 but that 2 crew members remained behind when the vessel left Port Arthur Ont Tuesday night for Astabula Ohio The 7000 ton freighter went down at m CST about an hour after she sent out a dis tress signal Capt Eldon Walkinshaw 61 yearold veteran of 38 years was among the victims of the worst Great Lakes shipping disaster in 5 years There were no passengers aboard the ship the steamship line said The scene of the sinking was off Passage Island light where a wide but rockstudded channel con nects upper Lake Superior with Thunder Bay The area is near Isle Royale a beautiful but remote national park 48 miles out in Lake Superior from Michigans northernmost tip The ship carried 3 women cooks and the coast guard said the body of one of them was recovered The Emperor went down in about 64 feet of water Details of the sinking were meager A coast guard picket boat from Eagle Harbor Mich and a plane from Traverse City Mich set out in search of the missing crew members MAYOR HAGUE QUITS OFFICE Jersey City Political Head Retires June 16 Jersey City N J Frank Hague whose fabulous ca reer as a political leader carried into the modern scene the excite ment and fire of another era an nounced with sudden abruptness Wednesday his retirement from office The 71 year old democratic leader who fought his way out of the poorest district of Jersey City to become one of Americas most powerful of democratic figures told newsmen hastily summoned to his city hall chambers that he would step out as mayor on June 30th anniversary of his election to the post He will be succeeded by his nephew Frank Hague Eggers a city commissioner Hague said he was taking the rumored but continu ally scoffed at by the city county and state democratic because he felt the time has come when in justice to my city and my family I must pass on the heavy burden of administrative duties to younger men The mayor announced however that he planned to continue as democratic leader in the state and also would retain his post as na lional committeeman and vice chairman of the national demo cratic committee Czechs Honor lowan Washington Everett Dudley Plass head of the depart ment of obstetrics and gynecolpgy at the University of Iowa medical school Tuesday was awarded the order of the white lion by Czecho slovakia the country in which he served on a medical teaching mis sion last year AP Wirepholo BRITISH ENVOY INSPECTS Inverchapel British ambassador to U S points to a pile of freshly shelled corn cobs on the F E Newborn farm near Eagle Grove where he is spending 3 days to learn farm practices Ed Newburn explains the use of cobs for fuel Eagle Grove has plenty of room for the farmers who are drifting to the country from the cities Lord Inverchapel British ambassador to the United States told an Iowa farm audience Tues day night The movement to the farm has reduced Britains food imports he said Before the war England used to import 75 per cent of its food needs but now imports only 49 per cent the ambassador said Although England suffered greatly from the war and the past winter she still has and shall keepL the guts needed for her to re main a great nation Lord Inver chapel told his audience Theambassador was welcomed by Gov Robert D Blue in the governors home town More than 800 persons mostly farm residents attended Tuesday nights informal meeting and asked Lord Inverchapcl questions The ambassador is staying at the farm home of Francis Newburn near here Lord Inverchapel pre viously had said he planned to do some farm work but because of bis tight schedule he has only toured the farm with the New burns This is Lord Inverchapels 2nd visit to the Newburn farm He first visited here last fall after an invitation from Roger New burn who met the ambassador while in Washington on a 4H club trip Truman Will Not Act on Tax Cut Measure Before Friday President Has 10 Days to Veto or Sign Bill for Billion Slash Washington resident Trurnan will not act on the 000000000 income tax cut bill before he leaves for Kansas City Friday mornmgj Secretary Charles G Ross said Wednesday Ross told reporters he did not know whether Mr Truman would act before he leaves for Canada next Monday after his return from the midwest In Kansas City he will address the meeting of the 35th division with which he served in the first World war The tax bill he added has not yet reached the presidents desk although congres completed work on it Tuesday Mr Truman and congressional leaders of both parties conferred house Wednesday at the white but Ross said the tax legislation was not dis cussed However Rep Rayburn of Tex as house minority leader said he told the president he voted against the tax bill and still is against it Mr Truman has 10 days not counting Sundays to veto or sign the bill Ross said the president will hold a news conference Thursday morning and a regular cabinet meeting Thursday afternoon Thunderstorms Break British Heat Wave London Thunderstorms broke Britains record heat wave Wednesday Thermometers read 69 degrees at 9 a m local degrees lower than at 9 a m Tuesday The 5day hot spell longest ever recorded here in the temperature to 92 Tuesday making it the hottest June day on record VOTE MERGER OF ARMED FORCES Senate Group Approves Measure Unanimously Washington The senate armed services committee Wed nesday unanimously approved leg islation to put the nations mili tary and naval forces under a single secretary of national secur ity The bill specifies that the army navy and a separate air force are to be under unified direction to provide for their authoritative coordination but are not to be merged When announcing the commit tee action Chairman Gurney R S Dak made public a letter from Gen Dwight D Eisenhower army chief of staff endorsing the uni fication bill Gurney said that besides himself these senators voted for the bill Bridges RN Wilson R Saltonstall Morse Baldwin R Tydings Byrd and Hill Sen ators Russell Kilgore D W Va and Maybank DS Car voted for the measure by proxy the chairman reported Edward Wally in Paris Paris UR The Duke and Duchess of Windsor established a temporary residence in the Ritz hotel Wednesday before going to southern France They arrived Tuesday night from England where they observed their 10th wedding anniversary Tuesday Standard gauge for railroad tracks is 4 feet 8J inches Retired Iowa Farmer 83 Dies in Hospital With Under His Bed Cherokee State bank lere for the first time Wednesday leld the fortune of Emanuel Hurd 3 who died in a hospital at Alia Saturday with nvre than n an old black bag under his bed When Hurd a retired pioneer armer and his wife Eva 84 went to the hospital about 10 days TO Hurd took his money ith him However before roine the hospital he made arrangements with an attorney to handle his af fairs Emanuel died of old age and Cherokee County Sheriff Carl Schleff Tuesday accompanied the body here as protection for the money Mrs Hurd gravely ill with pneumonia was not expected to live throuch the dav The sheriff said early rumors that the elder ly couple suffered malnutrition were false Schleff said the old black bag which Emanuel had taken with him contained in 10 and bills cashier checks for and other securities Hurd is thought to own great quanti ties of land in Cherokee county Hurrt who retired from active farming about 25 years ago was one of the early pioneers of the county homesteading all of what is now Rock township He owned a modest cottage here The elderly couple were des cribed by residents as an unusual sight on streets here with Eman uel dressed in thin tightfitting black pants and his wife in old streetlength dresses and high top shoes Neighbors said they could only remember one time when the couple left the county and that was for a vacation 12 years ago Childless the couples only rel atives are Hurds 2 brothers Frank and William and a sister Mrs Sarah Hazzard all of Cuba City Wis See Victory for Labor Bill in House Vote Washington of the compromise unionrestricting bill laid advance claims to a 3 to 1 victory margin Wednesday as they called the measure up in the house for certain passage One more approval the bill to an uncertain fate at the white house The scn tc expects to vole Thursday President Truman then will have to make a decision that could affect the direction the big organ ized labor vote swings in next years election The democratic party has leaned heavily on union support in the past Word got around the capilol that Mr Truman is getting con flicting advance from key admin istration officials on whether to veto or sign the bill or let it be come law without signing Con gressional opinion is split as to the smartest course politically Senator Hatch DN talked with Mr Truman Tuesday And while he declined to say what they discussed Hatch told report ers afterwards he thinks the threat of a new soft coal strike has in creased the possibility that Mr Truman will sign the bill It contains several provisions that would tighten the reins on strikes and unions in various ways Examples The government could get court orders to stop strikes paralyzing national health and a coal or steel an 80 day period of mediation Some kinds of strikes and boy cotts would be forbidden So would the closed shop which compels an employer to hire only union members Chairman Hartley RN of the labor committee predicted a 3 to 1 vote for the bill noting that it takes only a 2 to 1 margin to override a veto MASON GITYANS HELD IN OREGON Detained Without Charge After Fatal Shooting Arlington Ore Ma son City Iowa men were being held without charge here Wed nesday after a shooting in the Arlington police station The Iowa men were compan ions of Harold Acheson 24 Chat tanooga Tenn who was killed Tuesday by a state patrolman who said he fired in self defense The patrolman Ray Judson said Acheson and the Iowa men David B Veech and Donald Tos been arrested on sus picion of car theft Judson said as he prepared to search the 3 Acheson drew a 45 caliber pistol that Acheson beat the patrolman when his gun failed and was trying to rid his gun of the defective cartridge when Jud son fired the fatal shot David B Veech 115 5th S W and Donald Tosevigen 613 S President were on a hitchhiking vacation according to information received by Mason City police and had evidently been picked up by Harold Acheson They have no local criminal records Squatter Jailed Goshen Ind Getz went to jail for entering a house and refusing to let the own er in He was sentenced for public intoxication Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Scattered showers ending Wednesday evening Thursday generally fair Low Wednesday night 5860 High Thursday about 80 Iowa Cloudy Wednesday night with showers or thundershow ers in east portion Thursday generally fair and continued warm Low Wednesday night 5662 High Thursday near 80 Minnesota Partly cloudy south west and occasional showers north and cast portions Wednes day night Thursday generally fair south and cloudy with scattered light showers north Not much change in temper ature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 67 Minimum 53 At 8 a m Wednesday 54 Precipitation 26 YEAR AGO Maximum 69 Minimum 38 500 HOMELESS 4 MISSING IN VERMONT TOWN Bursting Dam Sends 9 Foot Wall of Water Pouring Through City By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS With at least 4 them and up wards of 500 homeless Rutland Vt Wednesday staggered toward recovery from a roaring flood that caused damage estimated at more than National guardsmen patrolled the flooded residential area and emergency kitchens were set up to feed the homeless in Vermonts 2nd largest city Clearing weather indicated the worst was over Business virtually was suspended as everyone went to work to help the homeless and clear debris Rutland was the worst hit of several communities struck by flash floods that followed torren tial rains in Ohio Pennsylvania New York and New England A bursting clam north Rut land sent a 9foot wall of water pouring across sections of the city Tuesday night An estimated 500 families left their homes some heeded advance warnings and others were taken out by boat and canoe The city of 18000 was left without drinking water or elec tric service Wednesday Unconfirmed reports reached Rutland that Proctor a commun ity west of there also was badly hit All communications were out The Red Cross set up a relief headquarters in a Rutland arm ory Another dam burst 18 miles up the Moose river from Lyons Falls N Y wrecking a bridge span ning the main highway into the Adirondacks and flooding farm lands but the village itself es caped major damage In Oneida N Y Oneida creek receded after spreading over a 6 block area and flooding 300 homes A 4th of Elmira N Y was flood ed by Chemung river tributaries which quickly receded Rising Six Mile creek caused the evacuation of 35 Ithaca families High water took out bridsres at Noblcsboro 35 miics north of Utica and at Floyd the New York stale police reported Highways in many areas were blocked by flood damage The rains which ranged up to 4inch torrents forced the evacu ation of 50 families from homes at Springville Pa and others at Conneautville Water ran 10 inch es deep over the main street of Kerrtown Pa First to be struck by the floods was the Miami river valley north of Dayton and other lowlands of Central and northern Ohio At least 80 families were forced from their homes RITES SET FOR CRASH VICTIM Osage Woman Killed m AutoTruck Collision services will be held Thursday for Mrs David Cockrurn 63 who was killed 6 miles north of Osage late Monday when the car which she was driv ing was struck by semitrailer loaded with 23 cattle driven by Keith Marshall of Osage Mrs Cockrum was thrown from the car through the left window to the pavement suffering a skull fracture She died in a few min utes as Dr T E Blong of Stacy ville reached the scene Survivors include her husband and children as follows Irvin of Charles City Herbert of Osage Oliver of Little Cedar and Vernon and David of Osage Mrs John Pint of Osage and Mrs Edith Noble of Independence She also leaves a sister Mrs Jess Bell of Hamilton Kans and a brother William Dawson of Birstol Okla The Rev Wayne Christensen will officiate at the Osage Baptist church with burial in the Osage cemetery Mr Marshall was uninjured in the accident and the cattle were unloaded into another truck and taken to the packers the same evening SAME Black flar traffic deilh In put ;