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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 14, 1946, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF MUT08Y AKQ ARCHIVES UQttiCS 1 A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS uhalglfw I vol Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MAY li 1946 This Paper Consists of Two One No 1BC SENATE HEADS PUSH DRAFT ACTION Lewis Wont Budge On Welfare Fund Levy Demands FOR SOLE UNION CONTROL OF NEW FUNDS Hopes lor Settlement of Coal Strike Soon Hit by Lewis Stand Washington L Lewis served notice Tuesday he wont negotiate a new soft coal contract until operators agree to a miners welfare fund thus apparently rul ing out any chance of a settlement by Wednesday as President Tru man requested The United Mine pres idcut furthermore demanded sole union control of the fund which he proposed to raise through a 7 per cent levy on payrolls This would be paid by the operators At the white house Press Sec retary Charles G Ross told news men there had been no develop ment in the coal case there since last Friday vhen Mr Truman tolc Lewis and Charles ONeill opera tors representative he wantec them to return Wednesday with a new contract Lewis told reporters at a news conference after leaving contrac negotiating sessions that the per cent levy was ultraconser vative and its receipts would be used for these G purposes Adequate and modern me die a service properly standardize hospifalization life and health in surance at reasonable rates re habilitation and training of dis abled men financial aid in cas of distress and hardship any money is cultura and educationalwork among th mine workers j Lewis said demands so thoroughly that th operators said they desired no flu tter explanation on that issue The TJMW Lewis said reject the idea of a tripartite board management labor and govern ment i would simply become anothe bureaucratic governmental agene with the overhead eating up large part of the revenue clogge with red tape and with its award delayed after the manner of other government agencies We pointed out that it is no business of the operators to super vise this fund Lewis added The coal industry mangles these peo ple ana the tIMW wants the right to alleviate their agony and dis tress Operators would have the veto power over continuation of the fund at the end of each contract period Lewis said by their simple refusal to agree to its inclusion in a new agreement The mine workers have no in tention of negotiating any con tract now or later that does not provide such a fund It is a condi tion precedent to making any agreement Waukon Residents Assess Fire Damage Waukon of this ortheastern Iowa town Tuesday ssessed the damages from a roar ng exploding gasoline fire which urned for more than 6 hours Monday threatening a southern jortion of the town Residents of the area were evac ated and bystanders kept 2 locks dislaut after the fire rupted in a series of explosions le largest of which was described y witnesses as resembling pic ures of the atomic bomb tests Firemen from Waukon and t ther nearby towns fought the ilaze which was led from tanks ontaining 66000 gallons high est motor and aviation gasoline Their work and a strong south vind prevented flames from preading to residence and ware houses nearby The fire started apparently from a spark when a service sta tion workman threw a switch to load a gasoline truck Destroyed in the searing flames were the Cities Service Oil Co service sta tion a warehouse containing drums of aviation gasoline and 1 of G nearby large bulk plant tanks which blew up Witnesses said a huge mush room fire spreading over a large portion of this town of 3000 persons followed the explosion of the large tank There was little noise they said The ball of flame retained its brilliant orange color for about a minute and its heat could be felt half a mile away before it burned out and disappeared in a pall of smoke An unidentified boy whose hair was singed by the blast was the only casualty reported A sea of fire 50 to 100 feet across was formed soon after the pump house went up in flames Barrels of gasoline in the ware house blew up and gasoline run ning from the big tanks toward the station and warehouse to form the flaming mass Unable to get near because of the intense heat firemen concen trated on cooling tures to prevent nearby struc spread of the flames Helping fight the fire were men from McGregor Decorah Postville and Lansing FIREMEN FROM 4 TOWNS BATTLE BLAZE Firemen from 4 neighboring towns move in to fight the Waukon fire at close range The blaze started between the fire gutted building on the left and the gasoline tanks AP LOOK OVER look over a wrecked truck which was being filled from the upright storage tank at left when an explosion set off a gasolinefeel fire at Waukon Monday After the spilling gas from the upright tank burned for an hour the terrific heat caused the center tank to explode Gaping holes were torn in the tops of the tank AP Bowles Wants Draft Act Failure to Hit Food Ration Other Wartime Measures If Necessary REPORT RUSSIA SUPPORTS ARABS London Reuters dis patch from Damascus said Tues day that the Soviet minister to Syria was reported to have told Syrian officials that Russia had decided to back the Arab cause if the Arab league brought the Pal estine problem before the United Nations The league has objected strenu ously to recommendations by a BritishAmerican inquiry commit tee that 100000 Jews be admitted to Palestine Byrnes Wants Adjournment Till June 15 BULLETIN Paris IP Secretary of State ames F Byrnes said in a formal iatemeiit Tuesday he had pro posed that the council of foreign ministers adjourn until June 15 ffer considering the German question Paris JP American sources aid Tuesday that Soviet Foreign Vlinister V M Molotov proposed vithdrawal of Russian troops rom Bulgaria on the condition hat allied troops leave Italy but U S Secretary of State Byrnes and British Foreign Secretary Bevin disapproved the suggestion Both Byrnes anfl Bevin objected Molotov proposed the bar Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy and cooler Tuesday night and Wednesday with occasional showers Tues day night Iowa Mostly cloudy with occa sional showers Tuesday nigh and in east portion Wednesday Cooler Wednesday and in wes portion Tuesday night Minnesota Rain or snow north west and occasional showers south and east portions Tuesday night Wednesday cloudy in eas and clearing in west portions Cooler Freezing temperatures northwest and extreme nortl portions Tuesday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at oclock Tuesday morning Maximum 74 Minimum 48 At 8 a m Tuesday 57 YEAR AGO Maximum 56 Minimum 35 Truman Calls Conference to Avert Railroad Strike Washington Truman Tuesday summoned repre entatives of the Big Five Brotherhoods and Railroad Operators to white house conference in an effort to head off a strike called iar aturday A walkout by 250000 engineers and trainmen would lie up the nations railway transport system Press Secretary Charles GRoss announced that the president gain of withdrawing from Bu arian lines of communication to Austria the informants said Bev n declared a comparable arrange ment would be for the Russians to save Romania if the allies left ttalr He said Britain was ready o withdraw from Italy it the Sov iets left Romania The British foreign secretary further was reported to have de clared that the Russians agreed at ihe foreign ministers council in London last September to a deci sion that they would withdraw Erom Bulgaria while leaving Lroops in Romania to protect their lines of communication lo Aus tria TAKE STEPS IN TEXAS PLAGUE Corpus Christ Texas Three hundred Texas state guards men mobilized here Tuesday on a voluntary basis to block roads and keep nonresident children and youths out of the city and Nueces county while Texas polio like sickness leaped nearly 50 miles from south Texas to the Panhandle to strike 3 more vic tims one fatally Rockport 30 miles from Corpas Christi along the Gulf of Mexico also declared a quarantine as did Klcberg county which is a part of the gigantic King ranch Kle asked representatives oC ailroad brotherhoods to confer vith him Tuesday afternoon Fifteen minutes later Ross laid this conference will be oined fay representatives of the Association of American Rail roads The president indicated at his ast news conference that he would not hesitate to seize the railroads if it became necessary to keep them running Vet Building Bill Reaches White House Washington IP The emer gency home building bill finally reached the white house Tuesday but to the tune of complaints from housing authorities about amount of nonresidential the con struction being permitted by CPA Despite the partial freeze of in dustrial and commercial building 7 weeks ago the national hous ing agency contends such activity is being approved by the civilian production administration at a rate which threatens a serious drain on materials needed for new homes The longdeadlocked home building measure carrying S400 000000 in subsidies for building supply companies to spur their output spec through the house Monday by a 298 to 71 rollcall then romped through the senate by voice vote on its way to Presi dent Trumans desk TRAIN CRASHES INTO TROLLEY Philadelphia A freight train plowed into a trolley loaded TRUMAN WANTS MAY 31 MERGER Asks Army and Navy to Agree on Plan Washington Tru man has asked the army and navy to agree on a unification plan for the armed forces by May 31 the white house disclosed Tuesday Press Secretary Charles G Ross said very good progress toward unification was made at a con ference Monday between the pres ident the secretaries of war and navy and the chiefs of staff The president asked them to list their points of agreement and disagreement and he asked the 2 secretaries to get together and have all these differences ironed out by May 31 Ross said Ross explained Mr Truman made no demand and laid down no ultimatum but expressed a hope that the interservice differences on unitication could be cleared up speedily The senate military affairs com mittee has approved a bill to merge the armed services under a single secretary for common de fense with separate divisions and secretaries for the army the navy and the air forces The army favors this plan the navy opposes it Ross said a very cooperative attitude was displayed by both services and that Secretary of War Robert P Patterson and Secretary of Navy James Forrestal ex pressed willingness to work to gether Patterson and Forrestal ar ranged lo meet Tuesday to work toward Mr Trumans May 31 goal Washington OF Stabilization Director Chester Bowles said Tuesday he will recommend res toration of food rationing it the world food situation gets tighter Bowles made this statement a day after former president Her bert Hoover counselled against such action until this years crops are harvested I dont think Ihe situation is tight enough now Bowles told a news conference but if it gets tighter I think we should put It rationing on Bowles mentioned meat butter cheese and possibly bread as foods it might be necessary to ration The stabilization chief said ra oninff would assure fairer distri bution of food in this country if overseas commitments cut deeply nto the total supply We will know better in 30 to 30 days as io what should be done Bowles said Back from a clobal survey of hungry nations Hoover said he thought it too for a decision on rationing because he had hopes he worlds food production will be better than anticipated with a consequent lessening of the famine emergency The survey report which Hoover brought back with him drew warm approval from Presi dent Truman and Secretary of Agriculture Clinton P Anderson fact which influenced food experts in reaching their conclu sion that rationing would keep out of the picture at least for the present These experts who would not Washington failure lo extend the selective I service acl would end not only drafting but 1 The SmithConnally amendment to the draft law au thorizes governmental seizure of vital strikebound plants railroad or mines Congressmen dispute whether President Truman for in stance would have power to take over the coal mines even without the SmithConnally law 2 Veterans reemployment draft Jaw provides that any veteran is entitled to a job comparable to the one he held before en tering the service he applies for it within 90 clays after discharge 3 Forcible Detention of conscientious service officials say 8000 objectors now held in camps must be freed at mid night unless the draft law is extended GROUP AGREES TO CHANGE IN BILL BY HOUSE House Members Write la Ban on Father Teen Age Drafting as Time Nears Washington Hill D said Tuesday senate leaders have decided to accept house prohibitions against draft ing fathers and teen agers rather than let the draft act expire at midnight Hill reported this agreement was readied at a 2Iiour closed session of the senate military committee Tuesday We dont want to accept these amendments Hill told a report er We can fight out the perma nent provisions ot the legislation later Chairman Elbert Thomas D of the military committee was authorized to ask the senate to agree to the house amendments The house had concurred with senate action for a stopgap ex tension of the clratt from mid night Tuesday until July 1 How ever the house added the pro hibitions against draftins fathers and boys of 18 and ID Senator Edwin C Johnson D told reporters there was unanimous agreement to the house amendments because of the deadline but none the members was satisfied with the amend ments for various reasons The while house said Tuesday President Truman is prepared to issue an emergency order preserv ing selective service machinery in the event congress fails to com plete action Tuesday on draft ex tension Press Secretary Charles G Ross so told a news conference The order would preserve the machinery olthe draft system he said but it cptilcl provide for drafting anyone in event of the draft laws expiration Chairman Elbert Thomas D Utah called the senate military committee into closed session to map strategy on house changes in the expiring act Thomas agreed that the draft will die at midnight unless the senate and house agree on stopgap legislation The house prohibited induction of fathers and teenagers Monday Anderson Continues Curbs on Domestic Use of Wheat Washington of Agriculture Anderson laid down Tuesday a program continuing limitations on the domestic use ot wheat until the middle of 1947 in order to help hungry areas abroad It is designed to assure at least 250000000 bushels of wheat for famine areas It continues restrictions on the milling of wheat into flour for consumption ami pro libitions against using wheat to nake beer and whisky The program continues the RO er cent flour extraction rate and imits domestic distribution of lour and wheat products night before accepting a senate approved extension of selective service until July 1 Thomas told reporters the sen ate could accept the house changes or ask for a conference between senate and house repre sentatives The latter would re quire approval by both senate and house be quoted directly were of the opinion that the countrys fam ine relief efforts until harvest will continue to be confined lo volun tary food conservation and gov ernment restrictions on grain use and Nueces comities adjoin I juries Rail Head Dies St Louis W Bald with passengers late Tuesday in win 71 for 23 years head of the north Philadelphia There was no Missouri Pacific Lines died at his immediate report of deaths or ini home here Tuesday after an ill nf several weeks JAPANESE STAGE SITDOWN STRIKE Tokyo near riot oc curred at the east gate of the Im perial palace when more than 2000 Japanese some of them women carrying babies strapped to their backs staged a 5hour sitdown strike demanding more food The demonstrators many of whom waved red flags demanded an answer from Emperor Hirohito to their demands Sunday which included the release of allegedly hoarded feedstocks of the Imper ial household Palace guards forcibly turned back a special committee of 25 women who attempted to force their way through the east gate to press their demands for milk for their bnbie EXILE SUBMITS FRANCO CHARGE Xew York Jose Giral premier of the Spanish republican governmentinexile Tuesday for mally handed over to the United States a bulky 350page indict ment charging that Franco Spain was a menace to world peace In a brief ceremony at the Hun ter college office of Trygve lac U N secretarygeneral Dr Giral submitted the lengthy charges which he had brought with him by plane from Paris Now the documents are in the hands of the United Nations and it is up to that organization to de cide what is going to be done about the Spanish case Dr Giral told newsmen after meeting Lie It was expected by U N ob servers that the documents would 650 IOWANS UP FOR INDUCTION No Definite Orders Yet If Act Expires DCS Sloincs selec i live service headquarters said Beginning July 1 the quantity of about 650 men out of the states tour and wheat products which may he distributed by millers and manufacturers will be limited to 35 per cent of the amount they distributed in the corresponding month of 1345 At present distri bution is limited to 75 per cent Other points the program in cluded 1 Continuation of the present voluntary wheat conservation program Under this consumers arc asked to eat 40 per cent less wheat products and public eat ing places are asked to serve less bread and other wheat products o Further restrictions will be May call for 1100 remain to be inducted this month but all in ductions presumably will be stopped at midnight Tuesday night if congress fails to extend the selective service act Col Ralph A Lancaster assist ant state draft director said state headquarters had not re ceived definite orders on what procedure to follow in the event congress docs not reach final ac tion Tuesday Inductions Tuesday were going ahead with 21 men from 5 boards scheduled for induction at Fort Snelling Minn The men en trained early Tuesday from Sac Linn Poltawattamie Mills and placed on use of wheat by live stock feed manufacturers as soon Grundy counties as the general livestock iecd grain I situation improves sufficiently o f V An order will be issued under be turned over immediately to the U N security council subcom mittee investigating chargesjJ which the government will re quisition from elevators ware housemen merchandisers and other commercial buyers 25 per cent of the wheat they buy Such wheat will be used to meet ex port commitments 4 Farmers will be required to of fer for sale at least halt of the grain they deliver to elevators for storage This action will be de signed to prevent excessive amounts of the crop from being tied up in storage by producers who might wish to hold their grain for a possible higher future price The requisitioning action will not apply to farmstored wheat against Franco Spain The contents were not officially revealed However authoritative Spanish republican circles earlier had said the papers charged that Spain was a permanent threat to peace and that Generalissimo Francisco Franco has encouraged German scientific experiments in atomic fission in Grandada and Murcia provinces Alaska Mayor Finds Minneapolis Too Cold Minneapolis mayor of North Pole Alaska found Minneapolis too cold Mayor Samuel Styles 39 was in a hos pital here Tuesday recovering A variety known as creeping apples in Siberia produces more than 150 pounds of fruit per tree 1 from a slight case of pneumonia i winters of 32 below zero i Sioux City TRUMAN SIGNS AIRPORT BILL Washington Truman has signed legislation au thorizing in federal ex penditures for Iowa for airport construction during the n e x t 7 years No funds which must be matched by the state and munici pality will be assigned for cities and communities the civil aero nautics administration said on til CAA engineers determine local needs Restored to the bill before it was signed by Mr Truman Mon day was an appropriation of 541000 for the operation ot air port traffic control towers in 110 cities including DCS Moines and ;