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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 23, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME T er H I AND I Vt KWINE3 IA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION umir Associated Press and United Press Full leased Wires Five Cents a MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JUNE 23 1947 Two On NO zii LABOR CONTROL BILL BECOMES LAW One Man s Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KGLO Mutt cut sundaj n WTAD Qulncy 111 Friday T p m HOI Tutwlaj m WSUL low CUT Thord Watchful Waiting Wont Be Enough EDITORS NOTE Halls commentary this week takes the form of a reproduction of the re port made by him as chairman of the National Committee for Traf fic Safety at fhe Presidents Traf fic Safety conference held in Washington June 18 19 and 20 TT WAS here in Washington just a little more than a year ago that the National Commit tee for Traffic Safety for which I speak as chairman on this oc casion received its inarching or ders It was the judgment of the delegates gathered for the Presi dents Traffic Safety conference that our committee could and should play a vital role in carry ing the Action Program it adopted down to the grassroots of America Such a mandate was written into that Action Program is an organization of or in by one and only one common our common interest in safety Membership rolls of our con stituent nationwide groups have a some duplications of as great as the total population of the United States What the total impact on the traffic safety cause would be somehow every member of everj nationwide organization repre sented in our committee could b made an active worker in th safety vineyards is something tha would be hard to overestimate I FIND it difficult to realize tha this significant conference wa neld 13 months ago It seems only a matter of a few weeks It events are still vivid in my address of the presi dent of the United States the dramatic appeal by Clare Bpothe Luce the challenging benediction on the meeting by Paul Hoff man I recall too the ruggedness o that session by day and extended committal meetings by night Out of such effort the Action Program wa born It was I assure you a tired group of men and women com prising the executive committee of our organization which wen into session to study the battle plans handed to it by the Presi dents conference THE very existence of a Com mittee on Organized Public Support at the 1946 Presidents conference stressed the import ance and power of popular ac ceptance in the ultimate accom plishment of the Action Program goals No matter how perfect technical plan was delineated i could have no meaning unless ap plied The best thinking of engineers police teachers and others will a stake in safety is contained within the covers of the volume which comprises the Action Pro gram Its the tested road map to safety if only America can be persuaded to read and heed it Flood Drowns Out Power Plant in Fort Dodge ALGONAAREAIS THE question which faced our committee was whether we could accept stewardship for the development of the public sup port program to back up the technical proposals and if we accepted whether we could de liver the goods Such an assignment was a very real challenge to our power to expand our committee with pur pose to gain strength and scope and to show positive results The Action Program confer ence which will close today has given us an opportunity to find out exactly how good or how poor a job our country has done in giving application to the recom mendations developed at last years conference This book which I have been referring to as the New Testa ment of Highway Safety can have value only in the degree that it is read and acted upon A PRINCIPAL purpose of this conference is to determine whether a reasonable start has been made in the direction of ap plying that Action Program or whether it is just another volume gathering dust on the nations bookshelves In my humble opinion we have made a good start all along the line If I may be excused for it Ill even include the thought that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ROCKEDBYHIGH WIND RAINFALL Drenching Downpours Cause Flash Floods in 4 Cities in Iowa By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New floods the chief of which left Fort Dodge without water or power were coursing through the western half of Iowa Monday in the wake of torrential rains rang ing up to inches at Rockwell lity Windstorms of near tornado proportions accompanied the heavy rains in northwestern Iowa ind caused extensive damage in the Algona Burt and Baraum vi cinity No loss of life was reported The rains came in the form of drenching downpours which caused flash floods in the Carroll Cherokee Rockwell City and Council Bluffs vicinities Bains of nearly 5 inches reported at several points Even as Fort Dodge mobilize all available trucks to evacual approximately 300 families out reach of the swiftly rising water of the Upper Des Moines river th weather bureau predicted 2 sep arate flood crests would hit Ot umwa and other points on th ower reaches of the river in th next few days At Ottumwa where the rive stood at feet Monday morn ing a rise of another foot with 21hours was predicted and a 2n crest which may be even highe was indicated later in the week The alltime high at Ottumwa wa more than 20 feet on the week ends of June 8 and June 15 At Fort Dodge waters of th Upper Des Moines were describe as the highest in history Th river was flowing even with th 2 power dams there and flood wa ters broke into the power plan where they knocked out the tur bines Evacuees were being shel tered and fed by the Red Cross in an emergency station set up ir the junior high school building The Fort Dodge Messenger wa unable to publish but the Web ster City FreemanJournal pub lished several columns of For Dodge news for distribution in the stricken city Near Algona where 41 inches o rain fell in the heaviest down pour in55years 4 farms wen damaged by tornadic winds A large barn and other outbuildings were wrecked on the Hartley Troutman farm the farm home o Mrs Ida Reid was damaged and outbuildings were wrecked on the Conrad and Walter Heerdt farms Basements in Algona were flooded by the downpour anc during the rain streets in the city were hub deep with water The Des Moines river was out of its janks in many places At Barnum a garage roof was blown off 2 persons were injurec by flying glass and residents were sept in their basements more than hours by a terriffic windstorm which struck at oclock Sun day night Near Burt Iowa high winds moved a new house 75 feet off its foundation on the Ed Hoppc farm and blew it against a car wreck ing the vehicle Throughout northwestern Iowa which largely had escaped the se vere floods which have hit other areas of the state earlier thi month a mounting toll of damage was counted Countless small bridges and culverts were out iields resembled small lakes and many fence posts were levelled In southwestern Iowa the Nish labotna river was flooding for the 3rd timfc this month At Hirian the river rose to the highest stages since 1924 and fire men and other volunteers saved he municipal light plant through use of sandbags and carpets The ity water supply was contam nated and sound trucks Monday morning urged residents to boil heir water At Carroll the 472 inches rec rd rainfall stranded several hun Ired passengers on 6 halted Great Western and North Western rains Among the trains were the Jity of Denver and the City of ortland North Western officials ought a large supply of groceries o feed the passengers during their nforced stay The Middle Raccoon river forced or 4 Carroll families from their omes many homes had base ments full of water Mud damage vas noted in several business es ablishments and County Engineer F Maher said so many bridges out he didnt know the num er of county roads closed MAIN STREET main street of Cozad Nebr looked like this Sunday afternoon after a 7 inch rain part of a storm which swept across Nebraska and pro duced floods Cozad is about 50 miles north of Cambridge Nebr hardest hit town 21 Lives Lost in Blizzards Floods Tornadoes in Nation 13 Dead and 35 Still Missing After Flash Floods in Nebraska By UNITED PRESS The nation counted at least 2 deadMpndax from afreak 24hou combination of flash floods bliz zards and tornadoes The Sa Francisco area was shaken by ai earthquake Two Nebraska flash floods ac counted for 13 of the dead an more than in property damage About 35 persons still wen missing in Cambridge Nebr where a 12 foot wall of wate roared down from Medicine creek and the Republican river earlj Sunday Eleven persons were list ed as dead The other 2 Nebraska flood vie tims were Gene Lloyd 18 LeX ington and Leora Tieda 19 Mor rill who were drowned when their automobile plunged inti Wood creek near Miller Nebr after a bridge washed out Earth tremors broke windows and toppled boulders on to high ways along the Monterrey bay in California Sunday The quake rat tled windows in the San Fran ciscoOakland area The tremor vas described as moderate and no serious damage was reported Three members of a Yellow stone National park road crew died of suffocation Saturday nigh when their truck was buried in ifoot drift of snow piled up by a sudden mountain blizzard Many tourists in the park suf fered from exposure as the storm swirled about them The men who died were returning after deliver ng supplies to some 30 cars of tourists stranded on an 11000 fooi plateau of Bear Tooth mountain A 2nd group of workmen savec hemselves by ramming an air rent through the drift in which they were trapped A tornado ripped across North vestern Kansas and swept into Nebraska It left one dead 3 in ured and at least 6 farm houses demolished Mrs Homer Meyer 43 was rilled when the tornado destroyed her farm home 14 miles southeast if Norton Kans Her husband was njured Mr and Mrs Wally Prin en Almena Kans were injured s the black funnel roared across U S Highway 36 where they rouched in a ditch A wind storm caused the death f 4 persons on Lake St Marys i Ohio by raising high waves capsized 2 boats The dead Harold Lee 53 Lima Ohio oseph Gawson 54 Wheaton ire George Gawson Head River re and Paul Gawson Indianap lis Ind Two other persons saved hemselves by clinging to the verlurned boats Nebraska was by far the hard st hit state during the tragic dsy Rescue crews dug in the mud on ambridge streets Monday search ng for the bodies of dead and missing as result of the flash flood The water rose so quickly that many persons were believed to ave been caught in bed as they ook their Sabbath morning rest Heavy rains that fell throughout he area Saturday night and Sun ay morning continued to swell reams Monday The town of catrice Nebr was isolated and ed Cross workers were forced to into the trapped 100 houses in West fly supplies townspeople More than Beatrice a suburb were flooded The residents had been evacuated earlier as the Big Blue river rose a foot an hour for 9 hours to a record depth of 2125 feet A flashflood struck Weeping Water Nebr after rainfall meas uring 475 inches caused Weeping Water creek to rise to its highest point in history Several houses were inundated Generating Plant of Northwestern Power Firm Gutted by Fire Peterson fP Damage esti mated at upwards of re sulted when the generating plant of the Northwestern Light and Power company burned to the ground Sunday night The plant supplies power to a number of northwestern Iowa communities Fire Chief R E Sitz said the fire apparently started when an oil overflow caught fire An estimated 1000 gallons of oil stored in the plant basement ignited The plant was just com pleting installation of a new diesel generator I Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair Monday night and Tuesday with mostly sunny weather Tuesday Continued cool Low Monday night and high Tuesday 45 and 70 Iowa Generally fair Monday night and Tuesday Cooler Monday night Low Monday night 45 to 50 High Tuesday 70 to 75 Minnesota Partly cloudy south and mostly cloudy with occa sional showers north portion Monday night and Tuesday Cooler Monday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum 72 Minimum 59 At 8 a m Monday 63 Precipitation 65 YEAR AGO Maximum 87 Minimum 66 GlobeGazette weather statis tics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Sunday morning Maximum 70 Minimum 60 At 8 a m Sunday 70 Precipitation 124 in YEAR AGO Maximum 77 Minimum 53 The indicated horsepower of an engine is the total power pro duced the brake horsepower is hat available for useful work and he rated horsepower is that avail able in safe operating limits RUSSIA AGREES TO MEETING ON EUROPEAN PLAN Will Join France and Britain in Conference on Friday in Paris foreign ministers of Soviet Russia Britain and France will meet in Paris Friday to discuss the Marshall plan to put Europe back on its feet Moscow where official publica tions last week attacked Secretary of State Marshalls proposals as an attempt to extend the Truman doctrine and dollar diplomacy announced Monday Soviet agree ment to have V M Molotov meet with Britains Ernest Bevin and Frances Georges Bidault BIdaulls office announced the 3 would con vene Friday while in London Bevin told the house of commons I hope good results will follow Monday had been set by Bevin and Bidault as the deadline for Moscows answer to their invita tion to a conference on the Mar shall plan which one state department official has said may call for a year for several years Russias note agreeing to the conference said Europe needed quick rehabilitation and that this task could be helped by the United States whose production poten tialities far from declining in creased during the war Almost simultaneouly with Rus sias acceptance of the Bcvin Bidault invitation President Tru man designated 19 leaders of American business agriculture education and research to advise him how much help the United States safely and wisely could give abroad This left a plain im plication in Washington that the United States might find it neces sary to stem the flow of dollars and goods Bevin told the house com mons he welcomed R u s s i as prompt reply Asked whether the conference would be held in private he replied amid laughter In all international conferences ve have not yet found an efficient plumber to slop a lack Bevin said The Soviet government agrees that the primary problem of Euro pean countries at present is the quickest possible reconstruction and further development of their national economy which has been destroyed by the war AntiPetrillo Law Upheld by High Tribunal Washington IP The supreme court Monday decided the Lea act known as the anti Petrillo constitutional It sent the case of James C rctrillo head of the AFL Musi cians union back to the trial court however for new proceedings The case came before the high court on the governments appeal from a Chicago courts ruling that the law is unconstitutional That ruling was on charges brought against Petrillo under the law The act prohibits broadcasters to hire more workers than they need to perform actual radio sta tion services It was passed by the last con gress to curb powers of Petrillo Justice Black delivered the courts 53 decision Justice Reed dissented and was joined by Jus tices Murphy and Rutlcdge Jus tice Douglas took no part Justice Frankfurter wrote an opinion con curring with the majority on tech nical phases of the ruling Petrillo was accused of violating the act by calling a strike at Chi cago radio station WAAF The strike was in support of a demand that the station hire 3 additional record librarians although WAAF said extra employes were not needed The station later was picketed US WINS CLAIM TO OIL IN SEA High Court Upholds Ownership in California Washington supreme court Monday upheld the federal governments claim to ownership of oilrich submerged lands off the California coast The United States contended it had title to a belt beginning at low tide and extending seaward 3 miles California claimed ownership of the lands on which it has issued about 100 leases for withdrawal of oil by various companies The oil and other mineral de posits at stake in the litigation were believed to be worth many billions Justice Black delivered the courts 62 decision Justices Reed and Frankfurter wrote separate dissents Justice Jackson took no part in the case The flags of seven sovereign na jons have flown over the state of Mississippi Spain Great Britain Trance the Florida the wereign state of Mississippi and he Confederate States Republic of West United States the FIREBOAT FIGHTS LOSING BATTLEA fire boat pours water on the bfaringand broken tanker Markay hours after an explosion wrecked the vessel in Los Angeles har bor Sunday afternoon and spread a sheet of flame across the water to ignite 2 passen ger terminals Wilmington Cal least and probably 14 men were lead Monday following a 00 shipexplosion An geles harbors costliest calamity vhich only fate and foresight ap larently kept from becoming an ither Texas City The 11083ton tanker Markay Iew up with2940000 gallons of uel in a triple explosion that azed several docks uthorities igniting use petroleum storage tanks nly because of favorable winds Two bodies were recovered rom the harbor shortly after the last Sunday and searchers lanned to board the shell of the anker Monday to remove others hich were spotted by coast guard bservers Sunday night after the essel stopped burning The its height visible some 12 miles at 6 hours to bring under control The harbor since the Texas City disaster had been alerted for just such a blast Within moments fire equipment rolled from as far dis tant as downtown Los Angeles 23 miles away under an emergency disaster plan and fireboats raced out from Long Beach As investigators began their probe Monday 12 men were listed as missing with some 30 injured 12 sufficiently to be hospitalized Cause of the explosion was un determined but crew members chargedthe operating company Keystone Shipping Co of Phila delphia with negligence A com pany agent however declared that all ordinary precautions and many more were observed At least 15 crew members were believed aboard the Markay which had been loading highoc tane gasoline when the first blast split the 520foot vessel at 205 a m P S T Sunday Flames leaping 200 feet or more engulfed the ship and leaped across oil flows to the American President Lines docks The 2nd blast occurred less than 20 minutes after the initial explosion The faintest deep in the ships hold 5 hours later Property damage was estimated at about with the Mar kay alone valued at Three berths of the American lines were destroyed and another damaged The 2 Shell Oil Co berths where the ship was loading were razed Overturned Tractor Kills Iowa Fanner Siblcy Dickey 21 was killed early Monday by a tractor with which he was trying to pull his automobile from ditch 9 miles northeast of here The tractor which he borrowed from a farm field overturned and crushed his chest The car in which he and Eu gene White 24 were riding had slid off the road made muddy by 282 inches of rain A coroners jury returned a verdict of accidental death Dickey is survived by his father Thomas L Dickey of Worthington Minn and 5 brothers and 3 sisters Iowa Man Killed in CarTruck Collision Muscatine sheriffs of fice was investigating Monday a truckcar collision in which Gary L Harris 6 was killed and his father and 2 small brothers were injured The Harrises live in the Ardon community The accident occurred Saturday night at the foot of Ardon hill and involved the Harris car and a truck loaded with milk cans and driven by Rollic Safley 17 Daniel Harris 30 and his two sons Clifford 3 and Lylc 1 were hospitalized with cuts and bruises Clifford also had a serious eye in jury SAME Black flagmeant traffic dtaUi la gut Z4 holt pttltd SENATE VOTES TO OVERRIDE TRUMAN VETO 68 to 25 Count Is 6 Votes Over Necessary Margin to Enact Bill Washington senate voted the TartHartley labor bill into law Monday by overriding President Trumans veto 68 to 25 This was 6 votes more than the twothirds margin required to en act the hotlycontested curbs on la bor unions The action was taken despite an lllh hour appeal from Mr Tru man to senate democrats to uphold his June 20 veto and kill the meas ure was dangerous legislation Mr Truman wrote Senator Barkley just before the senate vote that he is convinced the bill will do serious harm to the country But Senators Sparkman D and Lucas were the only senators who voted May 13 when the senate passed the bill who changed their stand Monday Both voted to sustain the presi dents veto They previously had voted for passage of the measure Senators Tobey RN and Overtoil who were ab sent when the senate first passed the bill voted to override the veto Senator Wagner DN Y who has opposed passage of the meas ure May 13 did not vote Monday Iowas Vote Washington Sen ators Wilson and Hickcnlooper both republicans voted with the majority Monday when the sen ate overrode the presidents veto of the TaftHartley labor bill although his position was an nounced as opposing overriding the veto Twentytwo of the democratic members voted to sustain the president 20 to override his veto In adidlion two absent democratic members were announced as against overriding the veto The split among republicans was 48 for 3 against overriding the veto Immediately after the senate vote CIO President Philip Murray said The situation which now con fronls American labor resulting rom the passage of the TaftHart Icy bill will be assessed by the executive board of the CIO at a meeting scheduled for Friday June 27 in Washington AFL President William Green said the law will force wide spread warfare on the American industrial front He announced an immediate campaign for its repeal Green added Congress has made a tragic mistake The new law provides for gov ernment injunctions to halt na tonal emergency strikes for at least 80 days It also bans the closed shop and amends the Wag ner act to restrict some other union activities The result was a major victory for the republican controlled congress over Mr Truman Last week the house sustained by a 2 vote margin the presidents veto of the republican taxcut bill 6 Injured in Charles City Car Collision Charles persons were injured in a headon automobile collision just outside the White Castle club late Sunday afternoon Reports Monday were that the condition of none of the injured is critical Most seriously injured was Mrs Bruce F Dixson 1515 N State Parkway Chicago She is a daugh ter of the late Mr and Mrs George B Douglas of Cedar Rap ids Her injuries included a severe scalp injury over the left eye to the back of the head when thrown into the windshield of the car driven by her husband to whom she was married Friday night Dixson suffered a cut over the left eye The accident occurred when an lastbound automobile driven by Byron L Groesbeck of Charles City attempted to turn into the night club and collided with the Dixson car which was westbound on highways 18 and 218 Slightly injured were Groesbeck and the 3 occupants of his car Charles Crandall Vernon Jones and Francis Brannon of Charles City Mr and Mrs Dixson are in the Cedar Valley hospital at Charles City Both cars were badly damaged ;