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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 26, 1947, Mason City, Iowa MMa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME Prga United full Leased Wiiw THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NCIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA THUCSPAY JUNE 1C 1947 HOME EDITION B twn1 Ibi ppcr et Two SectionsSection On Ztt FLOOD BOUTS 1800 IN DES MOINES GREEN REJECTS REQUESTS FOR GENERALSTRIKE 1000 Coal Mines Are Closed by Protest Act of 230000 Workers Washington AFL President William Green Thursday rejected pleas from member unions for a general strike in protest against the new TaftHartley labor union control law Green called presidents of the AFLs 105 unions to a conference in Washington July 9 Green told reporters after an emergency meeting with resident members of the AFLs influential executive council that he thought it unwise and inadvisable to bow to tele grams and letters from unions Wool Price Bill Vetoed by Truman WashinBton UR President Truman Thursday vetoed the wool price support bill with the declar ation that tariffboosting provi sions in the measure would be a blow to our leadership in world affairs It appeared likely that congress would sustain the veto The presi lent said enactment of the bill over his veto would be a tragis mis take Mr Truman objected to features IB said would have an adverse ef ect on international relations vlthout necessarily supporting do mestic wool producers Mr Truman objected to such a neasure providing for additional barriers to the importation of wool t a time when this government vas taking a leading part in the United Nations conference at Ge neva That conference was called AIVUI uiuuiiA for the purpose of reducing trade throughout the nation asking that barriers and to draft a charter for i K an international trade organiza general strike be called Instead we are going to fight the measure in the courts and seek to maintain our rights under the bill in negotiations with employ ers Green said Nearly 1000 coal mines were closed Thursday by a protest strike of more than 230000 miners and an official of the coal mines ad ministration predicted that all 2500 governmentoperated pits would be shut down by Friday if the walkouts continued to spread Daily production losses were es timated at more than 1000000 tons or about half of the national output The National Coal association estimated 250000 miners were idled by the walkouts that began Monday immediately after passage of the TaftHartley labor law The coal mines administration estimated on the basis of incom plete and conservative reports that 191876 miners had quit in 951 mines The coal mines administration in Washington reported 188000 miners idle in 938 mines and a United Press statement by state survey showed 228200 miners out The spreading coal strikes were greeted in congress Thursday with angry attacks on John L Lewis and threats to stiffen the Taft Hartley labor law with new curbs on rebellious unions tion It would be a blow to our leadership in world affairs he said of the bill which was strong ly opposed by the slate depart ment It would be interpreted around the world as a first step on that same road to economic isola tionism down which we and other countries traveled after the first World war with such disastrous consequences I cannot approve such ah ac tion The house and senate votes ap proving the wool bill indicated that neither could override the veto The votes were 4838 in the senate and 191166 in the house A two thirds margin is necessary to over ride a veto Denouncing Lewis as a mutin ous citizen Rep Fred A Hartley RN J cosponsor of the new law said congress would strength en the statute if it proves ineffec tive in handling Lewis He con ceded there was some doubt it would prove effective Steel manufacturers already have announced plans to cut back production in order to make dwin dling supplies of coal last through the 10day vacation beginning at midnight Friday There was little hope the miners would return to the pits at the end of their vacation July 7 when the mines will have reverted to pri vate control John L Lewis United Mine Workers have no contract with the operators yet and they ordinarily do not work without a contract The coal mines administration reported a small back to work movement in northern West Vir ginia where 3000 miners returned to the pits Wednesday but 5000 were still out in that area Cutbacks in production were an nounced by the U S Steel Cor poration Wednesday Irgon manu facture was reduced by 13 per cent in the PittsburghYoungs rious town area BessemerSteel mak ing was cut by 1500 tons daily Three blast furnaces were banked Iowa Youth 17 Dies From CarCycle Crash Grundy Center Cal ton 17yearold son of Mr and Mrs Paul Calton of Grundy Cen ter died Thursday in Deaconess hospital at Marshalltown of a skull fracture and other injuries suffered in a motorcycletruck crash Wed nesday morning 7 miles southwest of Grundy Center 3 IOWANS DEAD IN AX ATTACK Father Runs Amuck in Home at Boone Boone members of one family are dead and 2 others are in a hospital as the result of an ax attack early Thursday in the home of P P Pete Dunn 64 a retired railroad conductor Mrs Dunn 54 and son John about 13 both killed by a blow from an ax while in bed and Pete Dunn husband and father who died in the hospital after attempt ing suicide by hanging Police Chief Lawrence Paulson said The injured were a daughter Barbara 16 and a son Charles 19 a veteran of naval service Police said they were called to the Dunn home about a rn Paulson said they reconstructed the events as Willows The elder Dunn apparently struck his wife and son John first and then to Barbaras room Charles heard Barbara scream and ran to her room where he was struck a glancing blow as he en tered the door Charles grappled with his father who ran from the house and later was found lying on the ground be neath a light pole where he had strung up an ironing cord and used a stepladder in an attempt to hang himself Barbara was said to be in a serious condition with a possible brain concussion Charles condi tion was not believed to be se POWER SUPPLY SAFESmoke continues to pour from the stack of the Des Moines power house Thursday morn ingas flood waters from the Des Moines and Raccoon riv AF Wlrepholo ers virtually surround the plant The gas supply also re mained safe in the city Thursday morning Paulson said the elder Dunn retired because of his health early last year BARRICADE BREAKSWater from the flooding Des Moines river flows tugh sandbag barricade at Des Moines Thursday morning moments after the structure gave way spilling water into a northside residential district awuciure gave Boston Mayor Weather Report SAME Black fUf tneans traffic dtrth ID pail bonr Kindness Didnt Pay Millershurg Ohio bert Hosteller is a regretful Good Samaritan He saw a man working on an apparently stalled auto mobile and stopped to offer aid Two other men stepped from the auto and robbed him of all his cash The police chief said Dunn who was pensioned by the Chicago and North Western railroad had suf fered a heart attack at Christmas time and recently had been ex tremely despondent The couple had 3 other daugh ters all now living in California ARMOUR AGREES TO 6 CENT HIKE Chicago 6 cent hourly wage increase pattern for pack inghouse workers throughout the nation appeared set Wednesday with the announcement of wage contract signings by 2 major pack ers Ralph Helstein president of the CIO United Packinghouse Work ers announced that Armour and company had agreed to a 6cent hourly raise and that it will be submitted to union membership for ratification The CIO Packinghouse Workers also are negotiating with Swift Cudahy Wilson Morreli Hygrade and other packers Shortly before tlfc CIO an nouncement the AFL meat cut ers and butcher workers an nounced agreement with Swift and company on a similar in crease for their membership Must Serve Jail Sentence Washington James M Proctor refused Thursday to suspend Boston Mayor James M Curleys mail fraud sentence anc ordered that Curley begin serving the 6 to 18 months in prison im mediately Denying the appeal Justice James M Proctor said I regard the case as ended as far as the court is concerned I think he Curley should be committed today The judge denied a plea of de fense attorneys that the 72year old mayor be given a few days to clear up pressing municipal mat ters Curley the judge declared can settle the handling of any imme diate city matters with his keepers Defense attorneys told the court that a jail sentence at this time might well have a fatal termina tion but Proctor was unmoved FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy through Friday Scattered thundershow ers Thursday night Little change in temperature Low Thursday night 5560 High Fri day near 80 Iowa Partly cloudy Thursday night andFriday with scattered thundershowers Thursday nigh and near the Mississippi river early Friday No decided change m temperature Low Thursday night 5560 High Friday around 80 Minnesota Partly cloudy south and mostly cloudy north por tion Thursday night and Friday with scattered thundershowers extreme east portion Thursday night and light showers near the Canadian border Friday Cooler north portion Friday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis ics for 24 hour period ending at B50 TEST HOP IS SUCCESSFUL Seattle UR first tes flight of the army air forces new Boeing B50 superbomber de signed to outperform the famec B29 in both speed and range was pronounced a success Thursday The plane spent an hour and 38 minutes in the air over Seattle Wednesday with veteran Boeing Test Pilot A Elliott Merril heading its crew of 6 Merrill said it was a perfect flight The giant plane rose after a takeoff run of 1500 feet and responding readily to the controls Boeing and AAF officials dis closed for the first time that the 350 powered by lorsepower Pratt 4 Iowa Men Escape as Bridge Collapses Blencoe men escaped dropping into the floodswollen Little Sioux river Wednesday by running on to the bank just as the bridge on which they were stand ing sank into the water The men were in the center of the 3rd span on a county road bridge 7 miles east of here when the west approach sagged They rushed to the east bank as the en tire bridge sank into the stream The men were Lennox Hanson MononaHarrison drainage district trustee his brother Elmer and Clarence and Eugene Fredrickson father and son 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum 79 Minimum 53 At 8 a m Thursday 71 YEAR AGO Maximum go Minimum 55 four 3500 Whitney Wasp major engines was capable of approaching a speed 400 miles per hour and has a maxi mum range greater than that of he B29 The B50 has a cruising peed of 300 MPH compared to 39 MPH for the Superfortress Until 1900 kerosene was the nncipal product of the oil in ustry and gasoline was a by roduct Strike Closes 10 Shipyards on East Coast New York and construction work in 10 shipyards 9 of them owned by the Bethlehem Steel company shut down Thurs day as the industrial union of marine and shipbuilding workers CIO called more than 40000 re pair and construction workers on strike The strike against the Bethle hem yards which were building or overhauling more than GO ves sels was called one minute after contracts expired at midnight Che Atlantic Basin Iron Works in Brooklyn joined the strike at 4 a m CSX Thursday Picket lines were established at the yards a short time after the strike dcjdlines but the union agreed to permit maintenance and security staffs to work While union officials scheduled further conferences Thursday with the Todd Shipyards corporation and the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock corporation they have predicted the strike would spread early next week to include all yards except navy on the east and gulf coasts The yards em ploy more than 100000 men John Green union president announced failure of negotiations late Wednesday after a 2hour conference with J M Larkin Bethlehem vice president in charge of industrial relations and W H Collins vice president in charge of shipbuilding Green said the company had made no counter offer on any of he unions demands which in cluded a 13cent hourly wage in crease and other contract bene fits Larkin said the present base rate of for mechanics xjosted to an average of by overtime incentive pay and other factors was to blame for a current decline in American ship building He said that Bethlehems employment had dropped from a vartime peak of 182000 to 33000 urrently and that the company ould make no offer that would ot increase costs 2 Drown at Charles City in Boat Upset Charles City The bodies of Frank C Sullivan 49 1417 E Clark street and Ansel K Colson 39 912 E street both employes of the Oliver plant were at the Mauser funeral home Thursday victims of drowning when the row boat in which they were rid ing capsized in the Cedar river shortly before 11 p m Wednes day The men had been boatnid 1 The bodies were recovered in side of an hour by the police and fire department at the rear of Joe Kichercrs cabin near the city limits Colsons body was located first Donald Roney a neighbor of Colson had been with the men in the boat but insisted on going ashore which he did a short time before at the suspension bridge The men had rented the boat at the boat house and Roney had provided the motor Lyle T Borland and Richard L Young were coming down the river in a boat about 11 oclock and nearly ran into an object which their flashlight revealed was an overturned boat The 2 men stopped righted the boat took off the motor put it in their boat and proceeded to the boat house where they turned in the alarm and notified the police and fire department Coroner Carl Hauser made an investigation and there seemed little doubt that he would give any other verdict than accidental drowning Colson is survived by his wife an expectant mother Sullivan leaves his wife and 5 children Myles J Kay F Vir ginia and Mrs Jack Stout Viv of Charles City and Mrs Jim Scoles Phyllis of Nashua It was the 2nd double drowning here this year On March 16 2 children of Mr and Mrs Melvin Baldwin lost their lives in the river ISSUE REPORT ON IOWA HIGHWAYS Several Roads Still Closed by High Water Ames slate highway commission Thursday issued the following highway report U S 64Open at Ariel U S ATo No No west of Perry U S west of U S 59 No between Ports mouth and U S 30 No between Trey nor and Carson U S west of No 385 between Nos 242 and 166 and 3 miles east of U S 71 No south of Lanes boro bridge out No west of No 21 bridge approaches out No south of Eddy ville No between Wapello and Oakville U S No north of Iowa City Closed in Des Moines were U S 6 and U S on Euclid avenue No on E Univer sity avenue Iowa Fleur at water works Pet Turtle Proves Too Much for Greedy Dogs Digestion wandered about while Tommy tried to find a new place for him a neighborhood dog came along and swallowed the turtle Tommy was heartbroken and the tears flowed longer and longer But the fates were kind The turtle proved to be too much for the dogs digestion and 2 hours later little Mike did a Jo nah and the Whale and crept up besidr Tommy nn the front lawn 7lying Publishers in apan for Conference Tokyo party of 17 merican newspaper publishers nd editors arrived in Japan hursday and immediately visited apanese political leaders for in formal conferences on local prob lems The group arrived from Shang hai at Haneda airport near Tokyo As they climbed down from the PanAmerican Constellation America they were met by Lt Gen Robert L Eichelberger com manding general of the eighth army The publishers then visited Jap anese Foreign Minister Hitoshi Ashida to air his views on the forthcoming Japanese peace treaty the occupation and foreign trade problems The meeting was off the record JULY CORN HITS NEW HIGH AGAIN Chicago corn rose to a new alltime high price on the Chicago board of trade Thursday for the 3rd consecutive day Shortly after the opening of trading July corn futures reached S203 per bushel Wednesday it hit S202J Thursdays price was the highest in the boards 99year his tory 27 Years Enough Tonjtanoxie Kans UR A woman pool hall operator has called it quits Mrs Roy Johnson las retired after running a bil liard parlor for 27 years Man Found Guilty in Decapitation Slaying of Harvest Worker Mohall N Dak Cur tis 22yearold Arkansas man was found guilty Thursday of sec ond degree murder in connection with the decapitation slaying of a fellow harvest worker near here last August The jury most of whom were farmers deliberated 10 hours be fore reaching a verdict The jury set a mandatory pen ally of 30 years in state prison for the crime CRESTSOFBOTH RIVERS STRIKE AT SAME TIME 2 Men Missing After Attempt to Rescue Wives in Farm House DCS Moincs least 2 per sons were missing and 1800 per sons evacuated from their homes Thursday as the raging Des Moines river smashed a 2block breach in alevee to flood about 30 square blocks in one area poured into several other areas totaling another 30 blocks then started receding slowly This capital city of 170000 went through the unique experience of having its 2 major rivers reach flood crest simultaneously and set an alltime record high stage at their Scott street confluence a few blocks from the business district The Des Moines and the become swollen north of here after torrential rains of last weekend After the Raccoon poured its swirling dirty waters into the ab normally large channel of the Des Moines the crest moved menac ingly south toward Red Rock Eddyville Ottumwa and Keosau communities already bat tered twice this month by record floods There was no immediate esti mate of the damage caused by Des Moines first big flood since 1944 but the U S soil conserva tion service issued a report saying that soil erosion during the states earlier June floods cost an esti mated The service said a survey showed 102000000 tons of topsoil had been washed from 5000000 acres of sloping land and that 600 000 acres of bottomland user for corn and soybeans had been flooded Volunteers policemen firemen sailors coast guardsmen and oth ers climaxed several days of work preparing for the flood by toiling all of Wednesday night laying sandbags atop levees plugging holes in dikes removing lowland residents and their property The crowd of sightseers came so large early Wednesday evening that a curfew was placed in ef fect at p m requiring all nonflood workers to get off the streets so that the job of preparing for the high water could continue The hardesthit single area in the city was a northcentral sec tion known as the Franklin area There the Des Moines river punched a hole 2 blocks long in a levee spreading 4 feet of water over a 30block section of homes and small business As far as could be learned by coast guardsmen who toured the area all inhabit ants of the section moved to safety before the break Another principal troublespot was a 12block area a halfmile below the 2 rivers junction This section stood in 4 to 6 feet of water Prior evacuation of resi dents also was carried out there James Armstrong 52 and his soninlaw Clare McNeil 29 were reported missing after at tempting in a bulldrawn cart to reach their wives stranded in a farm house They last were seen trying to swim to safety after the rushing waters swept the car into the stream Deputy Sheriff Jack Kuyper said at noon that after a thorough search of the area by boat and plane no trace had been found of the 2 missingmen that no one could have lived in that water for any length of time Kuyper said that in the same area boats were trying to reach 12 persons stranded in a hayrack which was surrounded by water on a rise in the highway The crest of the flood was placed at 21 feet by army engineers thus breaking the Scott street record of 187 established June 13 Flood stage at that point is 13 feet David Liddle Red Cross disaster director said an airplane survey revealed quite a number of per sons isolated in farm houses in Ihe county but he added that they appeared in no danger or immed iate need of help The Red Cross announced it housing and feeding close to 700 persons in 4 emergency centers in DCS Moines and West Des Moines and would continue to do so until they could return to their flooded homes A levee guarding the Iowa Pow er Light companys power sta tion No 2 southeast of the city ap parently won its battle against the Hood There was some seepage of water in the subbasement 25 feet below the main floor but the ma chinery was not damaged Residents in that area Forest avenue to College avenue had been warned earlier to leave their homes and it was assumed that all had reached safety before the I break occurred There are about ;