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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 25, 1948, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION rrnrm 1 I 1 m M VOL Associated uid United Proa Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MARCH 25 1948 This Paper Consists of Two NO m CONGRESS VOTES RENT CURB BILL I SEEK 19 TO 25 AGE GROUP FOR DRAFT OF MEN Secretary Forrestal Asks Congressmen for Expansion of Strength Washington nations top military leaders asked con gress Thursday for an immediate expansion of the armed services and the drafting of men 19 to 25 years of age Secretary of Defense Forresfal grimly outlined the recent turn of world events in urging steps to make United States military might match that of communist Russia As Forrestal spoke before the senate armed services committee President Truman announced he is preparing to give the congress a revised defense program Mr Truman told his news con ference he cant estimate yet how many additional billions dol lars the program will cost Esti mates from the defense depart ment have not yet reached him he said Forrestal said the odds still favor peace and the free nations of the world But he asked congress to ap prove immediately 1 An increase in the present authorized strength of army navy marine and air force manpower by 349500 officers and men 2 Another in cash and contract authority for the armed services to cover this ex pansion This resumably would be in addition to al ready in the budget 3 Drafting by selective service ol men from 19 to 25 years in clusive He said this would provide 1 355000 men but added that only about 220OUO probably would be taken He estimated 500000 prob ably would volunteer 4Apermanent system ot Uni versal military training which would become fully effective within 3 years Forrestal said this would provide some 850000 men each year with basic training Forrestal said some the de tails of the expanded armed serv ice program must be presented later behind closed doors Because of the world situa tion us it exists today there is certain detailed information which cannot safely disclose in open session Forrestal said The current strength of the armed services is 1392000 Forrestal indicated in his testi mony before the senate armed services committee that war vet erans will not be included in the draft plans He said the 1925 year age group includes a total of 3600000 male nonveterans Exemptions and deferments would reduce that number to 1 355000 secretary said He did not immediately explain the basis for exemptions and deferments but senators have said they would exclude married men Forrestal said the 349500 in crease in the regular armed forces would be divided this way The army by 240000 from 542000 to 782000 navy by 63000 from 397 000 to 460000 The marine corps by 11000 from 81000 to 92000 The air force by 35500 from 364500 to 400000 This would require an addi tional outlay he said which soon will be asked of congress Biggest items in this were listed as for aircraft pro curement research and develop ment for the air force and naval aviation About for military personnel costs He said the costs of UMT aJ ready are covered in the budget and include an appropriation of New Roof Surprise Causes Mixup in Identifying Firm New Hampton R Honts who was a surprised man when he got worth of new roof on his home which was intended for his neighbors house said Thurs day he was so flustered he even got the identity of the roofing company mixed up It wasnt the Wormhoudt Insu lation company of Mason City which did it it was a firm from oat of the state which grave house an unscheduled new topping We had nothing to do with the job Henry Wormhoudt head oE the insulation firm said in Ma son City And in New Hampton Mrs Minnie Kolthoff the neighbor of Honts who had ordered the roof confirmed that it was an oulof state firm which got the addresses mixed Truman Eyes Legal Action in Coal Rift Washington resident Truman said Thursday he will take whatever steps are necessary possible under the settle the coal strike He made that comment to a news conference when asked about the board he has appointed to de termine the facts in the dispute The board was appointed Mr Truman explained when the fed eral mediation and conciliation service failed to get an agreement between the coal industry and the United Mine Workers The president said he is follow ing the law when asked if he plans any appeal to the coal miners to return to work The factfinding board has until April 5 to make its report The president said he believes its members will speed their decision After that a reporter asked The president said when the board reports he will take any action that is necessary under the law The government was reported drafting new coal saving orders Federal officials still hoped the United Mine Workers rliief would call his 400000 soft coal diggers back to work before the shortage becomes acute But they were not counting on it Instead they prepared to follow the cut in passenger and freight service on coal burning railroads with a similar order to utilities to slow down their plants DImouts and brownouts to con serve power possibly would re sult The same actions were adopted in previous mine strikes The freight order effective next Tuesday reduces shipments 25 per cent The interstate commerce commission set up a priority sys tem giving top transport rating to food fuels medical supplies and other essential items Meanwhile President Truman awaited a report from his fact finding board before making his next move He named a 3man board oT Wednesday ami asked it to report no later than April 5 Under the TaftHartley law he must wait tor the boards findings before seeking a court order to halt the strike The president selected a blue ribbon panel Federal Judge Sherman Minton a member of the 7lh circuit court of appeals at Chicago Dr George W Taylor labor relations professor at the University of Pennsylvania and former chairman ol the war labor board and Mark Ethredge pub lisher of the Louisville Courner Journal Blue and Health Board Talk Hospital Building Behind Closed Doors DCS Moines Personnel problems and the state hospital building program were reportedly discussed at a secret meeting Wed nesday of the state board of health Three doctors have been lost from the health department in re cent weeks Replacements lor these doctors who took jobs in other states because of higher sal aries have not been obtained yet Those attending the conference said the hospital building pro gram was discussed Gov Robert D Blue a member of the board attended the session briefly but declined to say what the meeting was about The board is made up of the governor and the other 4 members of the execu tive council along with 5 physi cians from various parts of the state British Reject Russ Protest on Rebuilding of Western Germany London rejected Thursday Russias protest against the United StatesBritishFrench negotiations for rebuilding west ern Germanys economy A firm note to the soviet gov ernment said Great Britain wished entirely to repudiate the accu sations made by Russia that the negotiations violated the Potsdam agreement The note blamed Russia for the breakdown of 4power coopera tion for restoring Germanys eco nomic unity AP Wircphoto SAVE TRAPPED reach for Joe Harmeier alter digging him free of earth that fatally crushed his coworker Joe West 42 at Portland Ore Wednes day The victims head is behind hand of man feeding him oxygen via tube shown Raise For Fire Truck Hamburg total of has been raised for a fire truck for rural property jn the Hamburg area One thousand dollars of the total was raised in an auction sale featuring refrigerators radios farm machinery and produce do nated for the sale Measured in dollars the value of which fluctuated the con sumption expenditures of Ameri cans nearly trebled from 1909 to 1941 IOWA CIO SNUBS BAN ON WALLACE Executive Board Turns Down National Order Des Moines executive board of Iowas CIO industrial iiicn eonyiCU has refused In ro along with the national CIO un ions request for nonsupport of the third party movement At a special meetinghere Wed nesday the board hy a 53 vote re fused o comply with a request of John Brophy director of union councils to oppose any third party support Two members abstained Ben Henry regional CIO direc tor said that board members who voted to reject Brophys request did so knowing that they were making themselves Ineligible Lo continue to serve on the execu tive board Edward Filliman Ottumwa board president said the position of the majority of the executive board was to remain neutral on the question of presidential candi dates He added that some of the board members represent interna tional unions that have officially gone on record supporting the candidacy of Henry Wallace Members of the board include C W Bobbie Cedar Rapids dis trict president of the Farm Equip ment Workers Union CIO who lias been named executive secre tary of the Iowa Wallacefor Prcsident Commillee Henry declared he would sup port the minority members of the executive hoard in currying out national CIO policy in winch is not to support the 3rd party in 1948 Those who voted to reject Bro phys request were in violation of national CIO policy Henry said The board at its special meeting went on record in support of the CIOs policy in favoring the Mar shall plan It also voted a finan cial contribution to the striking United Packing House Workers and set up a system for raising ad ditional funds as the need arises Members oC the executive board in addition to Filliman and Hob bie are Ken Everhart DCS Moines secretarytreasurer affili ated with the United Auto Work ers Vernon Dale Muscatine Amalgamated Clothing Workers Stanley Smith Ackworth United Auto Workers Johnny Jordan Des Moines United Packing House Workers Robert Robertson Wat erloo Packing House Workers Raymond T e e 11 e Bcttendorf United Farm Equipment Workers Mervin Myers Cedar R ap i d s FoodTobacco Workers Clarence Olson Sioux City Newspaper Guild Mrs Esther DuPey Fort Dodge president state CIO wom ens auxiliary and Bryan Barrett Newton United Electrical Work Congress Indignation Mount Over Shipments to Russia Move Is Underway for Check Into Exports to USSR and Satellites Washington A mounted in congress Thursday over testimony that American warplane engines and other sup plies have been shipped to Russia at a time of critical world tension President Truman said Thurs day that the U S S R at the present time is a friendly nation Mr Truman told a news confer ence that many of the shipments which have drawn fire on Capitol Hill were contracted for by the Soviets 2 years ago He said the commerce depart ment is handling the situation and referred further questions 1o that department Aflci all he said Russia is at the present time a friendly nation Spurred by disclosures before his house investigating committee Chairman Rizley ROkla told reporters these moves arc under way 1 A demand on the department of commerce for a complete break down of all U S materials sent to Russia and her satellite na tions 2 An immediate check into re ports that boxes and crates mark ed for shipment to Russia arc lying all over the New York wat erfront 3 A fullscale inquiry into tlie operations of MooreMcCormack steamship lines of New York described by a witness yesterday as the American firm handling all shipments for Armlorg the official Russian purchasing agency in this country Rizley said committee investi gators are already on the spot to go over MooreMcCormacks records He said they also will check reports that 60 Russian flag ships have been loaded in New York harbor since January 1 Committee m e m h c r s gaped when Carl Anderson assistant chief of the state departments in ternational resources division tes tified Wednesday that the depart ment has not yet worked out a policy of distinction between ship ers Filliman nonvoting members of the coun cil and Mrs DuPey are Warning to Drivers Des Moines April 1 slate law enforcement officers will pick up all car owners driv ing on the highways with delin quent license plates and registra tions Commissioner of Public Safely Alfred Kahl has announced Minnesotas percapita income in 1947 was sey City N T Russia Saturday Mundt said official for the shipments due to sail foi permissioi had been granted by the commerce depart ment and that the man in charg of such export licenses is Herber U S IS SEEKING JEWISH ARAB TRUCE MEETING Truman Says Palestine Stand Reversed Because It Required Our Troops Washington resident Truman said Thursday he has in structed United Nations Repre sentative Warren Austin to call Arabs and Jews into truce confer ence to halt bloodshed in Pales ine The president told a news con ference the Ujiited States revers ed its original stand for partition of Palestine because partition could not be enforced without American troops Austin American delegate to the UN announced the reversal last Friday He proposed a tem porary United Nations trusteeship over Palestine Mr Truman said the United States proposed the trusteeship to provide a government to keep the peace Mr Truman said he still favors partitioning Palestine into Jewish and Arab states ultimately but peace must first be assured He said that the United States would be prepared to back a United Nations trusteeship but when asked it that meant troops would be needed he replied not necessarily He said he did not believe force would be required to enforce trusteeship Mass Arrest in 9 Day Old Meat Strike Chicago Sixtyeight pick ets were arrested at Omaha Nebr Thursday in the biggest mass ar rest of the 9day old nationwide meat packing strike Meanwhile pickets at South St Paul Minn continued to halt non striking office workers and others seekinff 1o enter the struck Swift and Armour plants The walkout by 100000 mem bers of the CIO United Packing house Workers had cut meat pro duction in the major plants about 50 per cent At Omaha pickets blocked rail road tracks leading into the strike bound Armour plant in violation of orders by the city council and Hint Soviet Union Submarines Sighted Off American Shores Washington of the Navy Sullivan told senators Thursday that recently subma rines not belonging to any nation west of the iron curtain have been sighted off our shores Although Sullivan named no names Russia is the only nation behind the iron curtain known to have any submarine fleet Testifying to the senate armed services committee Sullivan said I am not prepared to evaluate the significance of these sightings However we all recall that an early step of the Germans in 1917 and 1941 was to deploy subma rines off our coasts Sullivan wis before the cotn mittcc to nsk for a stronger navy as part of the administrations stop communism drive He said Russia had obtained 10 new German submarines 4 of them of the latest wartime design Not Disturbed by Rising Revolt Says President Washington Tru man said Thursday he is not dis turbed by what a reporter de scribed as the rising revolt agninst his nomination this year Mr Truman told a news confer ence he was correctly reported by Senator Hatch DN who said a few days ago the pres ident was in the fight to a finish Moreover Mr Truman pre dicted that the democrats will win in November He said that was a prophesy As to those who have walked out of the administration he suggested to reporters that Ihey wait and see whether they will walk back Ho added lets give them until November we will give them a chance to walk back police commissioner They were arrested Meanwhile international head quarters of the union at Chicago told district union officials in Iowa Nebraska and Colorado to use your own discretion in with drawing maintenance and refrig eration crews from struck Armour plants District union officials at Des MoinesIowa had asked permis sion to withdraw the crews in re taliation against Armours at tempts to operate struck packing houses Russell Bull district field representative at Des Moines said the crews would not be with drawn however unless the com pany commits further acts of vio lence against pickets He charged that company trucks forced their way through picket lines surrounding Armour plants at Sioux City Iowa At St Paul 50 workers at a 2nd small packing plant accepted an interim 12cent hourly raise and called off the strike It was the 2nd settlement within 2 days at St Paul Employes of the Bartusch Pack ing company accepted the compro mise and resumed work on the companys agreement to negotiate further increases The union had demanded a 29cent hourly raise At Cedar Rapids union main tenance and refrigeration crews bad been withdrawn from Wilson and companys plant Union offi cials said the action was in retalia tion against shipping ot a carload of beef from the plant SENATE HOUSE KEEP CONTROLS ANOTHER YEAR Modify Local Option in Compromise Version Sent to White House Washington sent to the White House Thursday legislation keeping rent controls for another year Voice vote approval by the sen ate completed congressional ac tion on the measure It came only a few hours after the house okayed 220 to 95 a compromise The compromise written by a senatehouse conference commit tee after the 2 chambers had pass ed different bills modifies the local option feature of the house version by giving a special federal court the last word on rent boosts whenever local boards and federal officials disagree As passed by the house prior to drafting of the compromise late Wednesday the bill would given the local ed by the governors of the vari ous authority to raise rents or decontrol areas completely The compromise revises the house bill provision which would have stripped federal officials of final authority in rent decisions ments to friendly countries and unfriendly Rizley said he had been told by Jess Larson war assets adminis trator that an order came through Wednesday freezing the sale of ail surplus aircraft air craft equipment and parts in the United States Other WAA officials said they had no such official notice But Rizley commented to news men Presumably the army and the navy now want to keep what ever surplus aircraft they have left until they see what turn world affairs are going to take It is ridiculous shipping poten tial war material to Uncle Joe Stalin when we may find our selves actually in need of it Rep Kearney RN Y echoed this view He said he is sickened and disgusted at the thought that this country is permitting vital supplies to go to the Soviet Union Kearneys comment followed an assertion in the house by Rep Mundt RS Dak that such things as cranes and motors are being loaded aboard a ship at Jer Starting salaries1 for college ruduatos have doubled since 1SKJ9 ilc insurance survey shows Truman for Daylight Time in Entire U S Washington resident Truman said Thursday he would be for daylight saving on a na tionwide basis But he said it only causes confusion if some cities adopt it and the rest ot the coun try doesnt The matter cainu up at his news conference when a reporter asked ii he had considered daylight sav ing as a 1ucl conservation measure during ihe con strike Mr Tru man said he had not Major Flood Danger Passes By UNITED TRESS The danger of major floods sub sided Thursday throughout the midwest and eastern states The Mississippi river was falling slowly at Quincy 111 where hun dreds of workers won their battle to save an 8mile levee from wash in K out U S engineers said the light amount of rainfall during the past few days had prevented catas trophes in the Ohio Mississippi and Missouri valleys Showers and occasional rainfall is forecast for the midwest Friday but the weather bureau said it would not be enough to cause new Hood dangers A new weather emergency de veloped Thursday however 500 residents of Mackinac Island at the junction of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron sent out an appeal for an emergency ship ment of milk and fresh vegetables Shipments into the tourist center were held up because ice over the straits was too thick for small boats to navigate and too mushy for trucks to travel over Michigan State Highway Com missioner Charles Ziegler said the ice breaker Sainte Marie would be sent from St Ignacc with supplies Thursday Residents of Mandan N Dak won their fight to save the towns business district from flooding by the Heart river Police Commis sioner King Williams said the Heart was dropping at the rate of a foot a day The only serious flood threat reported Thursday was at Bis marck N Dak where ice was weakening on the Missouri river threatening to loose water over surrounding lowlands Some farm families were driven from their homes by high water on the Big Sioux river between Sioux Falls and JTlandreau S Dak One ice jam was dynamited o save a bridge near Flandreau Seek Return of ABomb to Army Control Washington Wher ry RNebr introduced Thurs day a bill to return control atomic energy to the army The bill would abolish the civil ian atomic energy commission The secretary of the army instead would hold overall authority to direct atomic energy matters The president would be directed to make the shift 30 days after passage of the legislation Wherry submitted the prososal about the same time Secretary of the Army Roy all was telling the senate armed services committee he was not in favor of a change I am averse to changing or ganizations that are working well Royall said The atomic energy commission and the representa tives ot the military are working splendidly together We need not suggest a change Secretary of Defense Forrestal who appeared before the commit tee with Royall said flatly that Russia does not yet know how to produce atomic bombs AP Wircpholo BLIND MOTHER AND CHILDREN EVICTED Mrs Margaret Lewis 36 year old blind mother and her 4 chil dren walk out of a 55 a month flat from which they were evicted Wednesday Mrs Lewis husband disappeared 6 months ago Publicity given the eviction brought them temporary places to stay and donations of 500 The chil dren are left to right Michael 20 months Tommy 7 Jcaniiette rear 13 and Margaret Rose 10 Marshall Warns Russ Against Boycotting Council in Germany Washington Secretary of State Marshall served notice Thursday that the United States will look on further Russian re fusal to cooperate in the al lied control council for Germany as aimed against the unification of Germans He did this with a news con ference statement which also Threw the full weight of Amer ican prestige behind General Lu cius D Clays fight to keep allied machinery in Germany running and behind Clays determination to remain in Berlin Endorsed completely Clays Stop Russia political policy which denies the Russianspon sored German peoples congress the right to operate in the Ameri can area of Germany Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy Thursday night with occasional showers Partly cloudy and cooler Fri day Low Thursday night 50 High Friday 55 Iowa Showers and scattered thun derstorms Thursday night and in east and central Friday Cool er northwest and extreme west portions Friday Low Thursday night near 50 High Friday 55 northwest to 73 southeast Minnesota Cloudy Scattered showers becoming more general Thursday night and Friday and becoming mixed with snow in northwest portion W a r m e v south and east portions Thurs day night Cooler southwest and westcentral portions Friday IN MASON CITY Globe Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning SAME I no to St Maximum Minimum At 8 a m YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Thursday 63 3fi 43 41 80 ;