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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 24, 1946, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA FKIDAY MAY 24 1946 Anodated PICK and United Frca Full Leased TRUMAN CALLS CONFERENCE ROCK ISLAND IS ONLY WORKING PASSENGERLINE No Trains Tied Up in Mason City Mail Service Is Curtailed There was a deathly silenc along the rightofways and in th switchyards of Mason Citvs railroads Friday with the nation wide railroad strike less than day old No trains were tied up here am trains of all kinds were not mov ing with the A pas senger trains on the Rock Islam Lines the northbound and south bound Rockets between Minneapo Us and Kansas City and train No 16 northbound to MinneapoU at a m and No 17 south bound to Kansas City at am All other trains passed through Mason City before the deaaiim Thursday and reached thenterm Jnals or remained at the last term inal prior tothe Mason City stop No 22 on the Milwaukee Roaa eastbound for Chicago remainec at Sioux Falls S Dak No II from Sanborn on the Chicago Northwestern went through Mas on City and tied up at Bell No 11 north from Belle Plalnedid not leave the termina this morning The only train op feraiing on the Northwestern line is No 15 betweenAmes Grove which does riot make con nections with Mason City Chicago and Great Western passenger trains are not running and the M St L has canceled all passenger trains All switching has stopped in Mason City leav ing the citys big industries with out facilities to move heavy freight The Mason City Warehouse cor poration terminal for 5 of the midwests largest motor freight lines as well as warehouse for many of the nations largest dis tributors was one of the busiest places in Mason City Friday Their phones were in constant use Special buses carae into Mason City on every scheduled run of the Jefferson Transportation com panys buses Thursday night and Friday morning and the office was swamped with calls for reser vations Winnebago Lines also re ported increased traffic over its lines Salesmen and persons planning to travel were making use of pri vate automobiles Many calls were received by the MidContinent Airlines for long distance reser vations But the heavy shipping for which Mason City is well known remained at a standstill Friday The Mason City post office has announced the curtailment of all 2nd 3rd and 4th class mail for destinations requiring transporta tion by railroad As far as first class mail is concerned it is re stricted to letter mail not exceed ing 16 ounces These restrictions do not apply to 2nd 3rd and 4th class mail handled entirely by Star Routes however John Deere to Close Plant at Waterloo Waterloo John Deere Tractor company will completely suspend operations at 7 oclock Saturday morning because of the railroad strike Gust Olson Jr general manager said Friday Ol son said more than 4500 workers would be laid off Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clearing and cooler Friday night Saturday warmer in afternoon fan Iowa Clearing and cooler Friday night Saturday fair Warmer in west portion Clearing and cooler Friday night with light frosts northwest and west central por tion Saturday fair and wanner IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Friday morning Maximum 64 Minimum 55 At 8 a m Friday 59 Precipitation 1 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 69 Minimum 51 CityRaHFretgMStops North Iowas Mail Service Is Curtailed With the postoffice departmen declaring an embargo on mail limiting service to local deliverie and first class mail and air mail out of town the Mason City post curtailment o office has found mail necessary The Mason City GlobeGazetit in nirinff motor transportation t north Iowa towns and communi ties has offered to carry first das mall gratis and towns in this com munity will be serviced that way Routes being covered by the GlobeGazette carriers which were formerly covered by rail include Burchmal Swaledale Thornton and Meservey Manly Kensett Northwood and Albert Lea Han lontown Joice and Lake Mills and a few towns east including Nora Springs Rudd and Charles City Postal service to the west wil be handled largely by star routes One of Mason Citys industries depending on mail service was idly hit by the embargo Centra Printing company which furnishes pictorial bills for many of the countrys circuses and car nivals weekly found itself with out a means of delivery except by truck or air mail Pireus bills go out weekly from this plant and each delivery weighs between 1000 and 1800 pounds Shipments are made early each week to reach circuses and carnivals enroute Shows within driving distance of Mason City are sending trucks here for the bills but some playing in western ter ritory may be without advertising next week TrumanJVfay Ask Broader Strike Power Washington Tru man was represented Friday as considering an appeal to congress for broader authority to deal with strikes as capitol hill resounded with calls for drastic white house action to end the rail crisis Senator Byrd told re porters after a white house call he lad strongly urged Mr Truman to to congress if he needs ad litlonal power or any legislation o punish those who have been guilty of any Infraction of the laws and to prevent strikes Mr Truman the senator added s giving the matter full consid eration In the house Rep Mundt pro Josed Mr Truman call congress into a joint session at noon Satur lowas Votes Washington B B Hickenlooper voted with the majority when the senate early Friday approv ed by a 4830 count the amend ment by Senator Byrd making health funds unlawful unless jointly administered by employes and management Senator George A Wilson R was not recorded as vot ing Earlier in the 2ong session Thursday when the senate re jected 4532 a proposal by Sen ator Green DR to legal ize union health and welfare funds operated under rules laid down by the federal security ad ministration Wilson voted for the amendment and Hicken looper voted against it Announcement to All Advertisers The present tieup of the nations railroads finds the blobeGazette with a paper stock pile amounting to ap proximately one weeks supply under normal business conditions Because of the limitations on paper inventor ies and the shortage of print paper it has been impos sible tor the GlobeGazette to do anything but live from hand to mouth paperwise for the past two years Like other businesses we had warning of the impending rail tieup but under the circumstances were unable to do anything to meet it We regard our first duty to be that of a purveyor of news We shall continue to print and to distribute as best we may an adequate amount of news It wil be im possible however to continue normal service to ad vertisers Unless and until there is a break in the present chaotic rail conditions beginning Monday except where advance space orders have been received and specifically accepted by us no advertising copy of more than two inches o day for any individua advertiser or store or company will be accepted No classified display adver tising will be accepted We regret very much the necessity of this drastic step but as we see it it is our only alternative to ceas ing publication altogether THE MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE Lee P Loomis Publisher spell out what addi plowed ay and Uonal ail A feverpitched senate piowea nto the whole field of labor legis ation Friday after voting in the arly morning hours to ban em loyer contributions to welfare unds spent solely by unions Spurred to action by the rall oad tieup the chamber stamped Is approval on the proposal aimed qttarely at John L Lewis and his oal strike by a vote of 48 to 30 Admittedly aimed at Lewiss emand for an operatorfinanced und that his United Mine Workers ould spend as they chose the Jyrd a mild la or disputes outlaw any employer donation to such unds which were not admtnis ered equally by unions and man gem ent Postoffice Deportment Puts on Nationwide Moil Embargo Washington postoffice department Friday declared a mail embargo which will limit service to local deliveries and first class and air mail out of town items Under the order a weight limitation of 16 ounces is placed on irsf class letter mail and air mail on Local mail and mail normally carried by interurban electric rail ways and other nonrailroad a riers is exempted Among some primitive tribes a erson who dies of natural causes wounded is consid red to be the victim of sorcerers nd evil spirits The vast bulk of the 10750 tons of nonlocal mail which are moved daily will be halted while the order is in effect Nonlocal letter mail and air mail have an average daily weight of only 779 tons The postoffice department rec ognizes fully the serious conse quences of the limitation Post master General Robert E Hanne gan declared in a statement The drastic curtailment of service makes possible the move ment of a minimum volume of priority items Vft shall use such rail facil ities as continue to be available and planes motor vehicles inter urban electric lines and power boats Field officials of the postal service are authorized to con tract without bidding for trans portation of the mails where ne cessary and available I ask for full cooperation from the public during this emergency Please mail nothing that is not es sential WALLACE SAYS TRUMAN TO RUN New York of Commerce Henry A Wallace stat ed flatly Thursday night that President Truman will run for re election in 3348 And I am going to support him Wallace told reporters at La Guardia field who asked him if he would be a candidate for the presidential nomination Traps Yield 9 Foxes Slorristown IV Y Mrs Pearl Delair trapping foxes for her first season found 9 red ones m her traps in one day Her urial daily take js 2 or 3 Lewis Defers Meeting With Policy Group Washington L Lewis Friday deferred a meeting of his 250man policy committee em powered to call off the soft coal strike until further clarifica tion of the miners status under the SmithConnally labor disputes act A notice to this effect was posted at United Mine Workers headquarters as the government renewed attempts to avert a new walkout at the end of a strike truce Saturday The union policy committee unanimously authorized the truce and would have to ratify any new contract or presumably any further extension of the truce The railroad strike deprived the mines of empty coal gondolas for shipping even Thursdays shrunk en output As a result an industry spokes man predicted all mines depend ent on railroads for moving their output will be forced to shut down in less tiian 24 hours The situation thus threatened to cancel out the last production under the 2week coal strike truce which ends Saturday night The bituminous miners already had been laying off in ncreasing cumbers before the rail tieup began at 4 p ra Thursday Half of the miners and about half of the 4500 soft coal mines were idle Some of the mines had been un manned all during the truce Men quit at others when the gov ernment seized control Wednesday n a last effort to keep produc tion going Even as the rail walkout be gan to spread westward the gov ernment Secretary of Interior J A Krag and Vice Adm Ben Moreell handed he governments posi tion on principal points to John L Lewis late Thursday Krug had held out some hope that with agreement between the parties on the things that make a not on specific miners could be kept at work But the secretary acknowledged that without support from Lewis and the United Mine Workers leaders it was unlikely the gov ernment could persuade them to remain on the job next week Continuation of the rail strike of course would leave any coal settlement largely ineffectual be cause more than 90 per cent of the mines are dependent on rail roads to get the coal to market About 5000 of the 18000 quali fied voters in Wyoming were Held Up TRAVELERS ARE LEFT STRANDED BY RAIL TIEUP Available Bus Air Accommodations Fail to Handle Crowds By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The rail strike virtually para lyzed transportation in Iowa Fri day Hundreds of travelers werv stranded in Iowa cities as the trains operating and available bus and air accommodations failed to handle the crowds Freight traffic except over the Illinois Central in northern Iowa long operated by the governmen and not affected by the strike was at a standstill Hoards of frantic shoppeis lined up at groceries and meat markets throughout the state while retail ers promptly clamped tight limits on purchases to stretch available supplies Manufacturing plants in dozens of Iowa cities said they faced shut down within a few days if th strike continues because ot short ages tf coal and raw materials A few cities already short o coal as a result of thecoal strike looked fbrward to brownouts or possible blackouts If the lieup goes on Widespread use of natural eas and sizable coal stockpiles however promised to avert such action in most places Nine railroads entering Des Moines were at a complete stand still with only the Rock Island operating a few mainline trains The Burlington trailways line added extra buses to handle the overflow passengers but other bus lines in Des Moines said they al ready were using all buses avail able and could add none The railroads which said they nad no service in or out of Des Moines included the Great West ern Minneapolis and St Louis Vlilwaukee Burlington Wabash Vorth Western Des Moines and Central Iowa Fort Dodge Des Moines Southern and the inter urban railway Meanwhile thc Rock Island was maintaining skeleton pas senger service on Its northsouth and eastwest main lines Several rains passed through Des Moines early Friday and others were ex jected on regular schedule The Rocky Mountain Rocket from hicago to Denver was to term natc Friday night at Council BJuffs Iowa The North railroads westbound Pacific limited spent he night on a siding at Boone but departed for Omaha at 6 a m with a crew composed of road officials Approximately 300 pas sengers spent the night on the rain Another group of 400 Burling on passengers was stranded over night at Burlington Eastbound traffic on the North Western main line apparently had come to a complete halt but 3 vestbound City of Denver City of San Francisco and Overland owa during the night A freight and a passenger train vere stalled on the Rock Island irfe at Estherville but persons aboard the latter either were des meu for that city or obtained nis transportation to continue heir journey for none spent the night there A shipment of 2500 baby chicks from Clarinda to DeWitt a dog and a cat and a quantity of fish destined for Muscatine were re moved from a Rock Island train m the Tricities but trucking ar rangements were made to deliver them Other express articles halted there were relayed by Plane from the Moline 111 air Steelman Says Rail Peace Hopes Dark Further as the grip of the rail strike grew ever tighter X DEisenhower President Trumans call lor cabinet members and ra was women miltprt when the state was in 89fl ad port causin air passenger discontinuance reservations of yatiuili Elsewhere in the state airline offices were deluged with appeals for reservations but all applicants xv ere told that priority passengers and express would interfere with regular travel The Waterloo Cedar Falls and Northern railroad which main tains general offices and shops at Waterloo cancelled 2 daily trips to Waverly and 3 to Cedar Rapids as its trainmen joiner the strike Eisenhower was told to cut short to attend an emergency conference also John R Steelman Mr Trumans right hand out sent reporters this message vacation in Savannah Ga amiii rail walk The situation looks dark It was learned that leaders of he striking trainmen and approached officials close to the president with somenew sug gestions looking toward settle ment This however was before Steel mans gloomilyphrased appraisal War department officials said Eisenhower would fly here to take part as chief of staff in a war department strike conference The army has been on a stand by basis withholding action until called on by the office of defense transportation which is in of the railroads Still in effect is presidentially granted authority for the ODT to call on the army as needed to pro tect property or men who want to work The mediators statement was ODT Clamps Down Curbs on Carriers Washington hastily im provised fleet of motor air and water carriers swung inio action Friday to keep food medicines fuel and other essential items moving across the country during the railroad strike The nations transportation czar Director J Monroe Johnson of the office of defense transporta tion issued a rfeid priority list for available sliipplruj space and appealed for full cooperation from all carriers and the public The response was immediate The army air forces banned all but emergency operations to make every plane and crew available to ODT All large army transport and troop carriers were thrown Into the emergency air fleetWava transports also were called into action Commercial airlines warned travelers that reservations would be hard to get and began adding new flights to their schedules to keep vital supplies on the move The American Truckin associa tion mobilized most of the na tions 4500000 trucks and estab lished emergency committees at important snipping centers to as sign transportation to foodstuffs and other priority freight In issuing its freight embargo ODT assumed that some trains would run and thereby made the order apply to railroads as well as air water and motor carriers In virtually all cases priorities were established in the following order 1 Food for human consumption and livestock feeding 2 Fuel including return of empty petroleum gas containers 3 Medical supplies 4 Chemicals and repair and re placement parts for water supply systems communications and public utilities 5 Newsprint G Containers for food medical supplies drugs and materials con signed to manufacturers and pro cessors of essential products i Repair and replacement parts lecessary to maintain essential ransportation operations during ne crisis 8 Articles covered by express money classifications This pre sumably referred to funds in transit between banks and other financial institutions AiaLdiidli was brought out by Cmdr Joseph L Miller Steelmans assistant as he left a meeting with the chiefs ot the trainmen and engineers broth erhoods to confer again with re presentatives of the carriers A presidential mediator worked feverishly Friday to bring the carriers and striking workers into ani agreement forending the par alyzing rail strike A grmririgurgency fed by ac cumulating reports of impending food shortages and vast unem ployment iras reflected also in 2 white house developments 1 Postmaster General Robert E Hannegan told reporters afler cabinet meeting We strikes nothing but 80ininute discussed Several Injured m Atomic Energy Work tos Alamos N M njR A laboratory accident injuring a small number of persons at the Alamos atomic energy labor atory was disclosed Friday in a brief announcement from high ifficials of the atomic project Dr J M Bradbury director of he Los Alamos laboratory and Maj Gen Leslie H Groves di rector of the Manhattan project disclosed jointly that the accident occurred Tuesday afternoon The statement made no mention f the nature of the accident in he highlyguarded laboratory vhere the atomic bomb was de veloped and where work has con inued in secrecy since the end of he war The names of the injured were not disclosed ircus Hits Road to Make Schedule Redwood City Cal clr us literally hit the f make Fridays opening The Clyde Beatty circus as a esult of the railroad strike marched its elephants horses and animals along El Camino pad from a oneday stand in alo Alto 6 miles away Highway atrolmen escorted the circus pa ade illifc strikes and we did so emphatic ally and intensely 2 Senator Byrd DVa said on President Truman that the chief executive is con sidering an appeal to congress for 3Jitional authority to prevent further nationwide strikes Steelman talked with leaders the striking trainmen and engin eers and then met representatives of the earners as negotiations were formally resumed in a doivn town hotel after a fruitless session at the white house Thursday further ile the senate debated labor disputes legislation the house la bor committee ordered an inves tigation of industrial unrest rhW1ilitC press Charles G Ross told reporters earlier when he announced fur tner meetings No one can tell how the nego tiations are going to turn out Asked whether Mr Truman contemplated going to the people 3 S 3 on the situatin Ross said he would not make any forecast as to the presidents plani sanilE5 an3ously inventoried food supplies indusiries siarled to close down and mullimillion dollar perishables An embargo ou all 5laSS Bnd air into effect in many mandatory nationwide on the countrys history the government mobilized all Avail able airplanes trucks and boats to move such top priority essVnf tials as frvods medicines and other vital supplies The length of the emergency was unpredictable Some cautious hope centered on the renewal of settlement discussions Friday be tween the carriers and the leaders of the 2oO000 striking engineers and trainmen but the last word was no progress lem5ident Truman was Warren C Keidall head of the car service division of the Associa tion of American Railroads rated close to 100 Some trains moved manned by improvised crews of railroad of ficials who had come up from the ranks and others And the stikmg brotherhoods agreed in advance to handle milk trains troop trains and hospital trains Eervce was at a standstill with travellers stranded commuters camping out in metropolitan centers and freight trains stalled in the yards It is popularly believed in Hol land that where the itork nests no fire will come ;