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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 25, 1948, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL ov Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MAY 25 1948 This Paper Consists at Two One No 195 GM and UAW Settle for 11 Cents to Avert Strike AP Wirephoto TEL AVIV AIR and smashed and burned out cars line a street in Tel Aviv after an air raid by Egyptian planes Bomb struck bus station killing 40 persons and in juring 60 others U S Rejects Arab Blockade 5 Get Terms for Release of Americans By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The United States gave notice Tuesday it will refuse to recog nize a naval blockade of Palestine proclaimed by Egypt and Syria The U S state department also disclosed that the Arab state of Lebanon has offered to free 41 American citizens who were taken from the U S Steamship Marine Carp at Beirut provided they go to the United States and not to Palestine See Removal of Ban Chaim Weizmann Israels pro visional president said President Truman gave him some sort of hope Tuesday the American gov ernment may lift its ban on arms shipments to the Middle East Weizmann talked with Mr Tru man for 30 minutes at the white house The United States now bans shipment of military equipment to any part of the Middle East The Jews contend this works a hard ship particularly on them They say the Arabs are able to get arms elsewhere Discuss U S Loan Weizmann also said he and the president discussed the possibility of an American loan of to to the newlyrec ognized government of Israel The 7 Arab states warring on Israel debated in TransJordan Tuesday a United Nations demand for a cease fire in Palestine American and British pressure bore down on the Arabs to comply Thfi Arab peoples have held that the shooting should continue until the fledgling state is erased Jews Make Claims The Israel army asserted it has thrown the Arabs out of the Jor dan valley presumably that part assigned to the Jews in the U N partition plan The Jews claimed also to have won back the area south of the Sea of Galilee includ ing Samakh Masada and ShaAr Hagolan Jewish units also were reported to have invaded Lebanon and Syria 2 of the consulting Arab states A Lebanese communique said Jews raided TaibC looted and destroyed the village leaders house and killed 4 villagers The Jews themselves said they de stroyed the Syrian village of Kafr Hareb killing all Syrian troops The Jews said their planes bombed Arabs in Fiq Syria and shot down 2 Arab planes near the Sea of Galilee Air raid sirens wailed an other practice in Cairo The British closed the port of Haifa barring the best entrance for the thousands of Jewish refu gees clamoring to enter Palestine Haifa is the evacuation point for British troops leaving the Holy Land Jews control the city Arab Air Raids Egyptian bombers dropped heavy explosives on Tel Aviv Fighting continued in the rub ble of Jerusalem The TransJor dan Arab Legion kept hammering at Jews hemmed in a corner of the old walled city The Egyptian army said it killed 500 Jews in a 10hour battle a Deir Suneid 34 miles southwest o Tel Aviv The Arabs said they took Rehel Jewish village half way between Jerusalem and Beth lehem killing more than 300 Jews The other side said Arab bodie littered the streets The political committee of the Arab league was making its fate ful decision for peace or war a The British warned th Arabs she expected them to ob serve the U N cease fire order Failure might cause treaty com mitments to be suspended Arab contended that to stop fightinj now would nullify their military advantage in Jerusalem and leav Jaffa and the Arabs of Palestin under Jewish domination Senate Refuses to Revise Soil Conservation Payments Washington The senate passed appropriation bill after re fusing to revise soil conservation payments so that western farmers would get a larger share Senator Young RN Dak tried to put in an amendment re turning the soil conservation pay ment system to one in effect prior to this year The senate turned him down 42 to 38 Would Benefit West Young said the change he pro osed would benefit northern and vestern states and give the south astern states smaller allotments han they would receive under the resent system Senator Russell DGa op osed this saying it was intended s a punitive step against Geor ia and other southeastern states Hussell Monday put over an mendment raising the amount or soil conservation from 00000 to The pay owas Vote Washington the sen ate vote Tuesday against chang ing the formula for soil conser vation payments to farmers Senators Hickenlooper and Wilson of Iowa and Senators Butler and Wherry of Nebraska voted with the majority against the proposed change ments are made to farmers for conforming to approved govern ment programs for improving farm ands Approve Lunches In another maajor vote the sen ate approved for school childrens 0000000 more than the house voted By a 44 to 39 vote the senate ndcied to the fund for experiments investigations and tests of forest products The amendment sponsored by Senator Viley raised the total or forest products work from to Senator Stewart put over the increase loi school lunches He proposed a 0000000 increasee He and Senaloi Brooks RIH floor sponsor of the farm appropriation bill agreed on the compromise 000000 boost Stewarts amendment trans ferred in import re ceipts to the lunch fund withou actually increasing appropriations under the bill 2 lowcns Die n Accidents Esfherville Boy 3 Is Killed by Truck By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Two more deaths as the result if motor vehicle accidents have eeii added to the mounting state otal for the year At Estherville 3 year old Leon rd Henningson son of Mr and VIrs Elmer Henningson of Esther ille was killed Monday when truck by a gasoline transport on iighway 9 Witnesses said the boy ran from Behind a gravel truck into the path f the transport and the driver lad no chance to stop Mrs Grace Petty 48 of Coon Rapids died in St Anthony hos lital at Carroll of injuries suf crcd Saturday when she was run over by a truck Mrs Petty mother of 7 children was working in a field where Drush was being burned Her employer Tom Mikkelson backed he truck away from the fire to cecp it from getting burned He apparently did not see Mrs Petty Dehind the truck Disaster Relief Red Cross disaster relief opera tions in 1947 renchcd the highes peak of the last decade The great est fund allocation wa for families in Louis iana Mississippi and Alabama hurricane areas Within a wee after the storm nearly 3000 fam ilies in Florida had registered fo Red Cross assistance Moslem women abandoned centuriesold tradition and dis carded their veils when they vol unteered to help construct a rail way in Yugoslavia Strikers at Rath Plant Reject Offer Resume Negotiations While Guardsmen Stay on Duty at Waterloo Waterloo attempts at settlement of the strifemarked Rath packing strike were on tap Tuesday following reported over whelming union rejection of a company offer Monday night The strike erupted last week in a riot in which a picket was killed and the national guard was called out Resume Negotiations District Director A T Stephens of the CIO Packinghouse union said the company and union would negotiate again during the day Lee Simon an international CIOUPWA representative said the union voted 1695 to 41 at a closed meeting Monday night to reject the offer He said most of the 4500 striking workers at tended and added Many of them booed and jeered when the proposals were read and did not even take the trouble to vote1 Guardsmen on Duty Meanwhile national guardsmen who took over the plant following the riot started their Gth day o guard duty All was quiet at the plant which continued limitec slaughter operations with non striking employes State Attorney General Rober Larson said in Des Moines Mon day the county grand jury woulc be presented facts about the rio at the plant The grand jury has been summoned for June 9 Lar son indicated he had evidence per sons from outside the state were factors in the violence County Attorney Blair Wooc aid he was investigating whethe here was conspiracy to inciti riot Union Welcomes Probe Stephens said the union would welcome a full and honest inves igation of the riot He said h vas confident an investigation vould bring out clearly that ac ions of the union were a force fo aw and order Wood said the case of Fred Le Roberts 55 year old nonstrikin ilath employe would be given t he next grand jury Roberts i charged with murder in connec tion with the death of Willian Farrell 40 the CIOUPWA pick et slain in the riot SAME Black flag meant trarrio death In 24 komrs put Soviet Vetoes Quash UN Probe of Czech Coup Lake Success more Soviet vetoes have quashed United Nations plans for investigating last Februarys communist coup in Czechoslovakia The United States followed up Russias 24th and 25th vetoes by calling on the security counci to find some new means of telling the world about the communis grab of power and what part i any Russia played in it War ren R Austin said the Unitec States was prepared to gather evi dence independently and read i into council records He urged other nations to follow suit Many delegates however thinh the case is all washed up Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei A Gromyko exercised his latest vetoes last night because he said the U N was attempting tc interfere in the internal affairs o Czechoslovakia AP Wirephoto GM AND UAW REACH of General Motors and the United Auto Workers union look over the terms of the new contract which averted a strike of 225000 workers Tuesday Left to right at the table are John Livingston UAW vice president T A Johnstone assistant GM director Harry Anderson GM vice president and Louis Seaton GM labor relations director Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clear and cool Tues day night Wednesday increas ing cloudiness and warmer with local thunderstorms developing in late afternoon Low Tues day night near 42 High Wednes day near 78 Iowa Fair and cool Tuesday night Wednesday increasing cloudiness and slightly warmer Low Tues day night 45 to 50 High Wed nesday 75 to 80 Iqwa 5 Day Weather Outlook Temperatures will average about 2 degrees below seasonal nor mals Normal highs 76 north 78 south Normal lows 52 north 55 south Precipitation will av erage less than onequarter inch western Iowa from onequar ter to onehalf inch eastern Iowa Fair weather continuing through Wednesday Warmer Wednesday Widely scattered developing western portion Wednesday night with local showers and thunder storms mainly in eastern por tion Thursday Clearing and cooler Friday Fair Saturday anrl Sunday Becoming warmer again by Sunday Minnesota Partly cloudy and somewhat w n r m cr Tuesday Clear and not quite so coo Tuesday night Wednesday part How Agreement Operates Detroit the way the General Motors wage raise agree nent with the ClOUnited Auto Workers operates If a man is paid an hour he gets an additional 11 cents im mediately That makes it Eight cents of the 11 is the cost of living adjustment The remain ng 3 cents covers the standard of living annual improvement The 8 cents is adjustable either up or down on a quarterly basis but at no time will it be reduced by more than 5 cents either in one or a series of cuts The 3 cents is not affected The worker is therefore guaranteed at least for the first year of the contract The contract also calls for an increase of a 2nd 3 cents in the 2nd year giving the employe This latter 3 cents also is a permanent fixture Truman Asks Federal Aid to Education and Wage Boost Washington Tru man Tuesday asked democratic congressional leaders to press for passage at this congress session of federal aid to education and a minimum wage boost to 75 cents an hour The presidents request was made at a white house conference lasting more than an hour The senate has passed legisla tion for annual fed eral aid to the states for schools The house has not acted There has been no action in Corn Planting Nears Finish 89 Per Cent of 1948 Iowa Crop Already In DCS Moines planting is well ahead of normal in Iowa with 89 per cent of the 1948 crop planted as of last Saturday the weekly weather and crop bulletin said Tuesday This compares with 64 per cent planted on the same date a year ago and a May 22nd average of 74 per cent The report said clear weather and nearperfect field condi tions allowed Iowa farmers to plant more than 5500000 acres of corn last week Iowa farmers also planted more than 500000 acres of soybeans last week Reports showed 40 per cent of the intended soybean acre age planted by last Saturday The report estimated corn plant ing would be practically pleted by Tuesday turning cooler Low Tuesday corn Pick Drake Ml C DCS Moines W Sackett a Spencer attorney has been named master of ceremonies for the annual Drake university alumni commencement dinner on May 29 ly cloudy and north portion night 38 to 45 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Tuesday morning Maximum 72 Minimum 40 At 8 a m Tuesday 65 either senate or house on mini mum wage legislation The pres ent wagehour law fixes the min mum wage at 40 cents an hour lor workers who come under the aws coverage Senator Lucas of Illinois and YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 63 45 Costly Limp Tortales N M 6 years the old milk cow on B F Holcombs farm limped and for most of that time Holcomb won dered why Then Imbedded Holcomb investigated in the cows hoof he found a diamond same one Mrs Holcomb lost 6 years ago she said Now Mrs Holcomb and the cow both feel better Squirrels Get Relief Olcan N Y the Cattaraugus County S P C A ap pealed for contributions to carry the city parks squirrel population through the winter one wholesale grocery alone donated n supply ol nuts estimated to cost at least Representative McCormack of Massachusetts assistant democrat ic leaders in the senate and house respectively told reporters after the white house meeting that the president is tremendously inter ested in legislation raising the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents Lucas said that it was the opin ion of most of the legislators at the meeting that it will be rather difficult to get the minimum wage legislation passed at this session since we democrats are in the minority Lucas said the education mea sure is bottled up in a house committee It is in the house labor com mittee The president is hopeful that the republican majority will act to get this bill to the house floor added Lucas said that the question of sending up a message on labor legislation was not discussed The presidents views on both the mea sures have been outlined in mes sages and statements he com mented At the capitol House Republi can Leader Halleck of Indiana said GOP policy framers have not decided what they will do about minimum wage or educationaid bills Approve War Plant Reserve Senate Group Votes for 254 in Pool Washington h e senate armed services committee Tuesday approved legislation to keep 254 government war plants in a na tional defense reserve pool Defense officials told senators the new law is needed to prevent many wartime plants being sold or scrapped The plants are among 1200 built at a cost of during the war Some of the 254 plants have been leased or sold under an agreement that allows the govern ment to take them back within 120 days in case of an emergency of war A pool of machine tools from war reserves also would be cre ated by the senate bill Terms Mark Adjustable Pay Pattern Agreement Breaks Big Industrys Stand Against Pay Boosts Detroit Motors corporation broke big industrys line against a third round of wage increase for labor Tuesday with an 11 cent hike to its 225000 auto workers under a precedentsetting costofliving formula GM and officials of the CIO United Auto Workers reached an agreement at dawn after some 20 hours of bargaining The com pany immediately offered a simi lar plan to its 40000 CIO United Electrical Workers and set a meet ing for 3 p m Tuesday New Approach The agreement described by GM Vice President Harry W An derson as an entirely new ap proach to the living cost problem averted a strike by GMs produc tion workers set for Friday It also is expected to set a pat tern for settlement of the strike of 73000 Chrysler corporation workers and for wage pacts in other industries Under the pact GM production workers get an 8 cent hourly cost of living increase and a 3 cent hike based on annual industrial efficiency improvement Terms of the agreement sub ject to ratification by union mem bers provide that wages be ad justed up or down each 3 months to conform with fluctuations in the consumer price index of the federal bureau of labor statistics the company and un ion agreed that only 5 of the 8 cents in the costofliving raise will be lost by reductions if the consumer price index goes down sharply Means 555000000 Raise John W Livingston UAW vice president and T A Johnstone assistant director of the unions GM department said the agree ment means a annual raise to company employes They estimated it would add a year to auto work ers payrolls if it were extended to other companies in the indus try Anderson said that the agree ment not orly was important to the company and its workers but through example was sig Poisoned Rat Bait Out Tuesday Eve in Dump and Downtown Poisoned bait is to be put out Tuesday night in the 6 square block area from 4th N E to 2nd S E between Federal and Wash ington avenues and also at the city dump on Carolina N E Nenrby residents were warned to keep their pets indoors The poisoning is the first in connection with the campaign sponsored by the Ex change club to eradicate rats from Mason City Frenchman Faces Deportation After Fooling Government to Tune of Phoenix Ariz French youth faced almost certain depor tation home Tuesday but congrat ulated himself that he is return ing much healthier than when he left Jean Antoine Navarette col lected worth of free med ical treatment at government ex pense while he posed for 2 years as an American exGI I love this country Navarette said I am lucky to have had a chance to live in the Unitei States and receive medical care I couldnt have gotten anywhere else He was jailed on federal fraud charges when the veterans admin istration and army records finally caught up with him at Whipple veterans hospital near Prescott Ariz The 24yearold Frenchman was receiving expensive highly spe cialized tuberculosis treatments at the time Navarette said he got tubercu losis when at the age of 16 he was sent to a German concentra tion camp in Frankfurt and worked 18 and 20 hours a day His home was destroyed in the war and his parents killed he said No French hospitals had room for him I took a chance at an American hospital in Le Havre he said The names and serial numbers of some American soldiers who were going home were on the bulletin board I picked one L Figueroa With the new name lie walked into the hospital and told officers the Germans had taken his iden tification papers The next thing I remember clearly he said is being on a transport ship bound for America I was too sick to know what they were doing His impersonation fooled every one Without a question he was sent to Fort Sam Houston Tex where he received an honorable discharge and mustering out pny He got veterans administra tion compensation a51 the 2 years Finally he was sent to Whipple hospital He was admitted last September as an active tubercular His weight rose from 103 to 136 Hospital authorities reported that his progress was amazing There the hoax ended The FBI stepped in and discovered the real Gustave Figueroa was living in Tucson Ariz less than 200 miles away When he goes back to France Navarette said he wants to study acting Oliver OKs Signing NonRed Affidavits Charles workers at the Oliver plant voted unanimous ly Monday night to direct national farm equipment officers to comply with those sections of the Taft Hartley relative to signing noncommunist affidavits The vote was taken by local 115 of the United Farm and Equipment Workers an affiliate of the CIO SOME TIG At Klemrne butcher Martin Barz processed a hog that weighed 930 pounds alive and dressed out G70 pounds Thats quite a lot of pork chops and was in fact the biggest hog that Mr Barz had ever butch ered The hide alone weighed 85 pounds and the hams 136 pounds nificant to other industries and labor groups in fact on the eco nomics of the whole nation Main provisions of the costof living wage formula included 1 An 8ccnt hourly raise now based on a rise in the consumer price index for 1002 in 1940 to 1G93 for April 1948 2 A 3cent raise now and an other on May 29 1949 as an an nual improvement factor to in crease the standard of living 3 Quarterly adjustments in the cost of living factor up or down with 1cent per hour added or subtracted for each rise or drop of 114 points the consumer price index The drop is limited to 5 cents Wagrcs under the formula and contract provisions cannot be changed until May 29 1950 a 2 year period There is no retroac tive feature to the contract Anderson said that the first quarterly costofliving readjust ment will be made on the first pay period after Sept 1 1948 based on the July consumers price in dex The other members of the auto motive big Ford Motor company and no comment on the agreement but said they were studying it Rate Under the pact G Ma average hourly pay rate becomes compared with at Ford and at Chrysler The variation in the Chrysler rate is explained by the fact that this company buys a large part of expensive parts in volving high labor costs Livingston and Johnstone acted as chief negotiators in the absence of UAW President Walter P Reu ther head of the unions GM partment They said Reuther has been kept advised and approved all of their actions Anderson revealed that the com pany reviewed the UAWs de mands after 37 bargaining sessions and made a general proposal for settlement last Friday The union quickly agreed to settle the dis pute Chvysler officials and the union will return to the bargaining table Wednesday at 2 p m resuming negotiations broken off May 11 the day before Norman Matthews UAW regional director called the companys 73000 workers out on strike ;