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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 26, 1948, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION rmrm VOL UV and United Preu Full leased Wires Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY MARCH 26 194S This Paper of Two 144 UNION BLOCKADES DECKER PLANT LEWIS IGNORES INVITATION TO COAL MEETING Pit Operators Present Threat of Subpoena Hangs Over UMW Chief Washington L Lewis although asked to appear did no show up Friday at the first public meeting of the presidents coal strike factfinding board When the meeting opened Board Chairman Sherman Minton asked if the coal operators were present and ready to proceed Charles ONeill spoke up for the operators He is leader of a 10 man delegation Is there anybody here from the United Mine Workers who ex pects to speak lor them Judge Minton asked There was dead silence Minton had told reporters in ad vance that if either side failed to respond to the invitation to at tend the hearings the inquiry board would issue a subpoena en forcible by the courts to require appearance Lewis had received 2 invitations to be sent him as chief of the United Mine Workers and another sent to him as union trus tee of the disputed pension fund It was because of the dispute between the operators and Lewis over n method of making pension payments from the that the present coal strike began The inquiry board was named by President Truman to get the facts about the dispute It or ganized at a forenoon session and elected Minton as chairman Minton said the 3man board intends to work steadily through the Easter holidays to speed its final report All the board has power to do is determine what are the facts in the dispute and report to the ARREST PACKING stand by Thursday as meat packinghouse workers file into a police car following their arrest on charges of trespassing and ob structing traffic at the Armour and company plant in Omaha Nebr Omaha more packinghouse strike pickets were arrested in this strikebound meat center Friday bringing the total to 107 Like the 68 arrested Thursday some of those arrested Friday were charged with trespassing and some with interfering with traffic Meanwhile the 68 arrested Thursday marched cnmasse Fri day to court for hearings Judge Lester Palmer in south side court and Judge Frank Nimtz in muni cipal court both postponed the hearings to Monday United Packinghouse Workers CIO officials had said the strik ers were instructed to continue picketing of railroad tracks to force a court test of the city councils ban against such picketing Late Thursday 4 more pickets were ordered off the tracks but not arrested when they sought to prevent movement of an 11car train of meat from Armour and companys plant E R Handy general manager of the Union stockyards and How ard Nielsen superintendent of the South Omaha railway terminal were on the train and called po lice when the 4 ranged themselves across the tracks This was the first train to run the strike gantlet here since the walkout began Earlier a train crew had refused to take a train through the lines but a union spokesman said the striking CIO workers had agreed with trainmen on the removal of 9 cars with the understanding that no cars woulrl cither enter or leave he Armour yards during the night At a mass meeting of strikers Thursday night District Director A T Stephens said the strike was 100 per cent eifective A representative of the Broth erhood of Railway Trainmen was present and told the Packinghouse Workers the Brotherhood would respect picket lines Jewish Agency Wants Troops to Keep Order in Palestine But such a report is necessary under the TaftHartley labor law before the government can turn to the courts and seek an order for the coal miners to stop their strike President Truman indicated at a news conference Thursday that he will seek such a court order when lie can The board resolved to work 24 hours a day if necessary to get its report to Mr Truman The president asked the 3man board to report by April 5 or sooner Easter Sunday Fair But Chilly in Iowa Des Moines Sunday in Iowa will be fair but chilly the weather bureau predicted Fri day Considerable cold weather is moving into the state Friday and will overspread Iowa by Saturday the forecasting agency reported The Saturday highs are expected to range from 36 to 42 and on Sunday the highs will range from 44 to 48 The only rain in sight is not ex pected until Monday when from n quarter to half an inch is likely to fall in southern Iowa the weather bureau said Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy and cool Fri day night and Saturday Low Friday night 20 High Saturday 36 Iowa Cloudy and considerably colder Friday night and Satur day Low Friday night 20 north west 30 southeast High Satur day 36 northwest 42 southeast Iowa 5Day Weather Outlook Temperatures will average 10 degrees above normal Normal highs 48 north to 54 south Nor mal lows 26 north to 31 south Colder Saturday Warmer Sun day and Monday Cooler Tues day Precipitation will average inch north to inch south and will occur as rain around Mon day Minnesota Cloudy Friday night clearing Saturday or Saturday night Freezing rain or snow northeast portion and showers southeast portion early Friday night Colder Friday night and in south and eastcentral por tion on Saturday Strong north erly winds Friday night dimin ishing late Saturday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Friday morning Maximum 71 Minimum 51 At 8 a m Friday 51 Precipitation 23 YEAR AGO Maximum 26 15 Asks Use of Norwegian and Danish Forces Stationed in Germany Jerusalem The Jewish agency proposed Friday that 10 000 Danish and Norwegian troops now stationed in Germany be as signed to Jerusalem to keep or der after the British mandate ends on May 15 An agency spokesman said If something of this sort is done it will insure that Jerusalem at least will be taken out of the conflict area no matter what measures may or may not be taken in respect to other Palestine areas It is our duty to warn the world what may happen in Jeru salem through no fault of the Jews if something is not done soon The Jewish agency is official spokesman for the Holy Lands Jews and official Jewish adviser to the British mandate govern ment The reaction of a Jerusalem m a ninthestreet to President Trumans plea Thursday for an ArabJewish truce in Palestine was All this talk in America does not seem to be getting us any where Holy Land Arabs and Jews with official connections stuck to their old claims For the Arabs a uni fied independent Palestine in which Arabs ivould be the ma jority for the Jews a partitioned Palestine giving them a state of their own We want a democratic Arab government with all Palestinians includes an equal right to vote said an Arab lawyer linked with the Palestine Arab higher committee whose leaders in Beirut Lebanon We must fight until partition and Zionism are dead Arabs outnumber about 2 to 1 in this country We did not attack and we are not interested in continuing the civil war but there can be no truce until we are assured of the realization of our rights which were recognized by the U N said a spokesman for the Jewish agency CIO Union Withdraws Maintenance Workers at Sioux City Plant Sioux City C I O United Packinghouse Workers or dered power and maintenance em ployes of the union at the Armour and Co strikebound meat pack ing plant not to report for work at 7 a m Friday Union leaders said that the or der to refrain fromcrossing pick et lines was issued after they as serted Armour and Co had en gaged in practices which aggra vated the strike It was described as an around the clock order and affects about 30 employes in cluding licensed engineers and temperature men No Fashion Parade at Easter Services in Illinois Church Effinghum 111 ladies of the First Baptist church will wear gingham dresses to Easter Sunday services and the men will wear overalls The preachers wife will wear a dress she made from feed sacks There will be no fashion parade and no Easter finery The Rev William AGray has asked mem bers of his congregation to put into the collection plate what they had planned to spend on clothes Gray 38 said he expects to collect about to put toward building a new church Most church members said they would comply with the pastors fashion edict But they were startled when he first made the suggestion that men wear their overalls and women their ging ham dresses and sunbonnets There were some objections at first Gray admitted The ladies were afraid theyd be behind the fashion parade But the real bat tlewas won when I convinced my wife Russians Make Bid for Southern Korea Political Leaders Seoul Korean po litical leaders Friday were invited to help establish a Sovietspon sored government of Korea The Russian controlled radio at Pyongyang headquarters of Rus sian occupation forces in North Korea invited leaders of right ist leftist and middleoftheroad parties to a conference April 14 The broadcast was repeated twice The United Nations has ap proved plans for an election May 9 in American administered South Korea It wanted to conduct a nationwide election to give Korea self government The Russians re fused to let a UN commission even enter North Korea for pre liminary discussions South Korean political leaders have been sharply divided on the UN election plan Report Rumor of Plot Against Romania King Washington state de partment said Friday it has re ceived reports of rumors for a plot against the life of King Mihai of Romania It is taking measures to pro tect him against assassination it said Officials declined to say where the reports came from or what protective steps have been taken The 26yearold deposed king is visiting here STORM KILLS 13 in OKLAHOMA Twister Skips Across East Central Section Oklahoma City least 13 persons were killed by a tornado which skipped across central and eastern Oklahoma Thursday night The storm hit mainly in farm communities No bis city was struck The twister dipped near Wetumka 75 miles east of Okla homa City near Eufala 40 miles east of Wetumka Boynton near Muskogce Checotah near Eufaula and Sallisaw near the Arkansas border The Oklahoma highway patrol listed 1 dead near Wetumka 1 near Eufaula 3 at the farm com munity of Lenna noar Checotah and 2 at McClanahan mountain community 3 miles north of Salli saw which is 20 miles west of Fort Smith Ark The tornado first was reported at Tinker Field Oklahoma City about 6 p m Eightyfour planes were destroyed or damaged there by the twister It moved gradual ly eastward finally hitting Sal lisaw near the Arkansas border about 11 p m HUNT ESCAPED CONVICT IN IOWA Albia Man Leaves Post Outside Fort Madison Fort Madison Mc Caulley 24 of Albia ran off Fri day morning from the power house where he was on duty out side the walls of Fort Madison state penitentiary Warden Percy Lainson said Mc Caullcy xvas a trusty and was a stationary fireman by occupation The warden said it was believed McCaulley is hiding out some where in the Fort Madison vici nity There is no indication lhat anyone picked him up in a car the warden said The escape occurred between G a m and a m not long after McCaulIeys shift had gone on duty The prisoner was seiving a 5 year term for malicious injury to a building The warden said he understood McCaulley had kicked a hole in the Dickinson county jail McCaulley entered the prison in October 1946 McCaulJey is wearing prison clothes is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 187 pounds A Question Raised Newark B Hock state alcoholic beverage control commissioner ruled that Easter eggnog must be sold straight in New Jersey and not in edible choc olate bunnies Is the tavern keep ers eggnog so unpalatable that it must be sugar coated he asked SLAP CONTROLS ON EXPORTS OF PLANES PARTS Truman Action Follows Disclosure of Shipments to Soviet Union Bloc Washington President Friday slapped tight con trols on exports of airplanes and airplane parts classing them with other war materials The white house made public a presidential proclamation revis ing effective April 15 the list of things vhich cannot be shipped from this country except under special license It designates as munitions such things as small arms and machine guns and fire control equipment and range finders as well as air craft Congress members have been clamoring lor tightened export controls since it was disclosed earlier this week that some air plane engines sold by the gov ernment as war surplus were eventually sent to Russia by pri vate buyers Mr Trumans action means no one can lawfully export airplanes or airplane parts without getting specific government permission He acted under a 1939 law This gives him authority to proclaim on recommendation of the nation al munitions control board articles which shall be considered arms ammunition and implements of war Such articles come under export controls At the capitol an early house investigation was promised into the disappearance of U S war supplies behind the iron cur tain Meanwhile senate air power advocates insisted Friday the high commands own expansion pro gram falls short of actual needs They declared that drafting ircn until a universal training pro gram can be put into iuil opera tion is not enough to give this country the armed strength re quired to back up President Tru mans haltRussia policy Led by Senator Lodge R himself a World war II veteran the determined backers of a mightier air force showed little alarm over testimony that Russian submarines have been seen off our shores Nor did they take specific issue with plans to draft at least 200000 men between the ages of 19 and 26 for 2year terms with eventual registration of all men up to 45 years of age But the halfdozen or more senators gave every sign of an all out fight to provide the air force with 70 combat groups The preparedness program outlined by the nations military leaders Thursday contem plates no addition to the 55 groups now planned But Lodge who sat in as a guest of the senate armed services com mittee noted in sharp questioning of the military chiefs that the original blueprint for this coun trys postwar force contem plated 70 groups He demanded to know why this figure had been cut and particu larly why it had not been restored in the light of tension with Russia Lodge drew admissions from Secretary of Air Symington and from Gen Carl Spaatz air force chief of stalf that they still re gard the larger figure as necessary Wilson Packer Moves 5 Cars of Meat ar Cedar Rapids Plant Cedar Rapids and company moved 5 more cars of meat out of its Cedar Rapids plant late Thursday total of 9 since Tuesday Pickets again protested as the rail shipment left the plant but police said the demonstration was quiet Three carloads of meat wove taken from the plant Wednesday and one Tuesday A Wilson spokesman said Thursday that the shipments have been only those necessary to prevent spoilage Only foremen supervisors ex ecutives and office workers have entered the plant since Tuesday night when the union withdrew its maintenance crews to protest shipment of the first carload of meat GlobeGazette Will Publish Poll of Political Trend Beginning April 1 the GlobeGazette will publish each week the results of a statewide poll conducted by the Iowa Public Opinion Panel This will be continued until the general election Nov 2 if interest warrants it The poll will show political trends in Iowa both regarding national and state candidates It will also show how Iowa voters feel about other issues of the day In the panel method repeat interviews are made from time to time with the same voters although an accurate crosssection of the state is always obtained In this it differs from the usual opinion polls many newspapers publish The advantage of the panel method is that any changes in voter attitudes are those who switch from support of one party or candidate to the support of another This per mits further questioning about the important reasons why voters have changed politically from one side to the other Supervision direction tabulation and an alysis of results will be done by a national or ganization with 11 years experience in con ducting public opinion studies and with high ly accurate results in its election forecasts iTTEHPTHAOE TO RUN PICKET LINE WITH CARS CIO Packing Workers Ban Entrance Into StrikeBound Company The striking CIOTJnited Pack inghouse workers clamped a block ade on the Jacob E Decker and Sons plant in Mason City Friday afternoon They claimed the ac tion was taken in retaliation for an attempt by office workers to run the union picket line in their cars The blockade will include trains going either in or out and all in dividuals except watchmen U S meat inspectors U S mail and construction workers accordingto Clarence Ramsey and Art Costello cochairmen of the unions strate gy board Anyone leaving the plant will stay out the union officials de clared including the management A call was put out at p m for all union members to report immediately to the headquarters for picketing duty and the picket line began to increase in numbers soon afterward By 2 oclock there were about 40 pickets walking about on the railroad right of way at the entrance to the Decker plant on 15th N E The immediate cause for the AP Wircphoto STRATEGIC indicate U S bases which top air force officials said in Washington Thursday could be used in operations against any part of Russia Air Secre tary Symington said B29s can take off from Alaska and Labrador bomb Russia and return bases or ones inthe Philippines and Okinawa Navy Secretary Sullivan said foreign submarines have been sighted in the Aleutians Johnston island area B and 200 miles off the U S coast Air Secretary Symington Says All Russia in Reach of B29s Air Force Develops Plan for Refueling Bombers During Flight Washington secretary W Stuart Symington blew the lid off hitherto top secrets Friday with his statement that all Russia is within reach of B29s based in North America On the heels of Symingtons SAME WblU flag traffic italk 2i htwn electrifying remarks informed sources explained that the war time flying range of the super fortresses has been vastly extend ed by Intensive crew training and plane improvement Symington intimated that the range of the B29s now is about 5000 milesTo augment this still further the air force has develop ed a technique for refueling bombers while they are in the air en route to or from a target Gen George C Kenney stra tegic air commander and officials of the Boeirg Airplane Co manu facturers of the B29 generally endorsed Symingtons statement Thursday before a senate commit tee Speak of Russia as The Enemy Symington Mid such lonjrranre operations would limited Bat by the firit of next year he said the air force will have bomber groups that could hit any part of the Soviet Union from Alaska or Labrador They could return to these bases or shuttle to such spots as the Philip pines and Okinawa This could be done Symington continued with the currently avilable B29 utilizing the most modern development of the re fueling technique which we de veloped some years ago Up to now the air force has had nothing official to say about re fueling in flight although Britain has put on demonstrations with single planes But after Syming tons statement Kenney said tanker planes could accompany bomber formations and refuel them at any time Boeing oficials said the tech nique still under development would remove many of the previ ous limitations on the transpolar warfare concept blockade appeared to be an at tempt by office workers to drive their autos into the plant after the lunch hour When they arrived Friday morning1 they were stopped by pickets and asked to walk in which they did At noon the workers who here tofore had been permitted to go unmolested through picket lines drove in cars 2 abreast down 15th N E toward the main gate of the plant They were stopped by pickets who refused to move off the street and the double line of cars stretched almost to Federal avenue ftusseii Buit Des Moines iieici representative of the CIOUPW said that he and other union men approached the cars and asked the occupants to walk into the plant and leave their cars outside Occupants of some of the cars told me that they had instructions to drive Bull declared He in sisted that the management obvi ously was attempting to run the picket line and to provoke the pickets In explaining Friday inornings action in stopping cars Costello said that cars going into the plant have been carrying supplies to a number of foremen and super visory employes who have re mained in the plant since the strike began on the early morning of March 16 Some pC the boys inside have been kidding iis about eating soup while they eat steak one picket explained Now let them eat steak Union members who have been manning the powerhouse at the plant were withdrawn Thursday evening when it was time for the 10 oclock shift to so on duty A management spokesman said this would have no effect however since supervisory employes in the plant were capable of operating the powerhouse which provides heat and refrigeration Speakers at the mass meeting ot United Packinghouse Workers local 38 Thursday night urged the strik ing CIO members in Mason City to carry out their strike to the fullest some of those on the plat form asking the strikers to go to almost any extent necessary to fulfill the unions desires Several speakers from district headquarters in Des Moines and from other unions told the Mason City picketers that they have been more lenient with the management during the strike than has been the case elsewhere Shipments of meat have not been permitted to leave the plants by rail elsewhere than in Mason City it was emphasized by the vis iting speakers Pickets here have Prison for Bad Check Den Moines Milton Campbell 37 of Des Moines Thursday was sentenced to 7 years in Fort Madison penitentiary after be pleaded guilty to utter ing and drawing a false check made no attempt to stop refrig erator cars from leaving the Deck er plant loaded with meat A local union official estimated that 11 cars have left the plant here since the strike started Russell Lasley district field representative of the CIO from Des Moines and formerly of local 46 in Waterloo issued the chal lenge Jails are for the people and by the people We may have to use them After lashing at the TaftHartley law and packers Lasley ended with And were going to have to do something about these city po lice who sit around the main gate I guess theyre there to scare us But theyll find out we dont scare Surface of the earth is computed at 196 million square miles ot which 139 million square are water and 57 million square are of land ;