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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 15, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS VOL LV HOME EDITION WHATS NEW IN MERCHANDISE September Associated Press and United Full Lease Wires Five Cents Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15 1949 This Paper Consists of Two No 301 AP Wircphoto MR BELVEDERE GOES TO T J Childress 61yearold retired army officer of Charleston W Va sits with his 2 sons Joe 18 and Jack 20 right on the campus of Morris Harvey college at Charleston where he has enrolled as a fresh man majoring m art Joe also is a freshman while Jack is a sophomore at the college File Suit Against Food Chain A Target of AntiTrust Suit McGrath Reveals Washington Attorney Gen eral J Howard McGrath ThursT day filed suit break up the Great Atlantic Pacific Tea com panys nationwide food chain The civil action was brought in federal district court at New York Cjty It is a followup to a criminal conviction of the A and P com pany under the antitrust statutes at Danville 111 3 years ago The conviction was affirmed in the U S court of appeals at Chi cago early v pany paid fines totaling The action in New York re quests a court order requiring A and P to separate its manufac turing and processing business from its buying and selling busi ness and to separate its present 7 retail store divisions into 7 in dependently owned retail food chains Under the proposed breakup of the present national chain into 7 independent Companies A and P itself would not be permitted to own more than one such division probably covering about 800 stores in contrast to the 6000 retail out lets it now operates The department pointed out however that the final form of the proposed dissolution would be a matter for the court to determine McGrath described the A and P system as the largest enterprise in the food industry in the United States with annual retail sales amounting to about or about 64 per cent of the na tional total of retail food store sales Farmer Fatally Injured as Tractor JackKnifes Sutherland Len hart 54 a farmer was killed Wed nesday when a tractor jack knifed and pinned him to the ground Lenhart had driven the tractor to a gravel pit to get a trailer load of gravel Witnesses said a heavy load apparently caused the accident Workers at the pit used a hy draulic lift to remove the tractor and extricate Lenhart He died enroute to a hospital Attorney Dies KeokUk JP James A Hol lingsworth Keokuk attorney and member of an earlyIee county family died at ah6spital Thurs day He had been in ill health for some time He was a veter an of World wars I and II Ilaim Arson in Fire on Boardwalk Atlantic City N J general alarm fire which damaged he famed MillionDollar Pier icre was described by police in vestigators Thursday as definite y arson Detective Robert M OKeefe head of the police arson squad who investigated the blaze here Tuesday said he was convinced that the fire was set deliberately OKeefe said his investigation disclosed burned remnants of clothing and an empty lighter luid can in a closet in the iormer home of Capt John Young builder of the pier located in the center of the structure Polio Worst m 33 Years Tapering Now Washington nations worst polio epidemic in 33 years is apering off rapidly according to the U S public health service The health service said that with only Pennsylvania unreported he number of cases last week was 2628 compared to 3119 the pre vious week Pennsylvania was ex pected to raise the total to about he 2700 mark This would make the 3rd straight week that the number of cases declined So far this year there have been 26384 cases reported the greatest number listed in any similar pe riod since 1916 Last year at mid September the total was 14132 The biggest drop in cases oc curred in New York where the figure fell from 538 the previous week to 336 last week Other de clines included Minnesota 168 to 128 Power Plant Blast Kills 1 Rushville Ind Diesel ngine blew up in a lower generating plant Thursday vrecking the building One man was killed another vas missing and 3 other employes scaped with their lives state po ice said The blast blew the roof off a jig brick building and piled a heap if rubble inside Atfirst authori ies believed many persons were rapped in the wreckage Police said an engine in the east end of the turbine building which generates electricity for 11 In diana counties developed a hot piston Before workmen could top the engine it exploded Police said that John Wood 33 Rushville was known to be dead and Elbert Cross 34 Rushville missing Persons acquainted with the plant said it was converted from an old building 7 or 8 years ago at a cost of about Ten state police units sped to he scene and called for o volunteer to dig into the debris A spokesman said they expected o find more bodies or persons alive who were trapped in the de jris John Mellett public relations officer for the PSCI said his com pany was asked an hour before he explosion to be on the aler o offer standby service because the plant was having trouble He said the alert later was cancelled ndicating the trouble had been corrected Night Clubs Yield Slot Machines in Charles City Raids Charles night clubs yielded 10 slot machines and other paraphernalia here Wednesday night when local officers led by Sheriff B F Atherton raided the Castle club and HoTaerts Seven slot machines were taken at the Castle and 3 at Roberts County Attorney Alfred A Beard more said he expected to file charges of illegal possession of gambling devices against pro prietors of the 2 clubs Beardmore signed informations on which search warrants were issued Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Sunny and a little warmer Thursday and Friday High Thursday 68 to 70 Low Thursday night 45 High Fri day 75 Iowa Generally fair Thursday night and Friday Somewhat warmer Friday High Thurs day 68 east 74 west Low Thursday night 42 to 46 High Friday about 75 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics of the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Thursday Maximum 69 Minimum 46 At 8 a m 55 TEAR AGO Maximum 8fl Minimum 61 Says We Have Licked Costs of Oil Making From Shale Products Rifle Colo has licked the cost problem involved in making oil out of shale Direc tor James Boyd of the U S Bu reau ol Mines reported Thursday ManMixer Tangle Mixer Wins by a Fall Montreal Quc Boucher 24 was reported in seri ous condition Thursday after an encounter with a cement mixer Boucher toppled into the mix ing drum and was whirled arounc violently for several minutes be fore the machine was halted TOT DROWNS Cedar Falls Sydney Mc Collum one year old drowned Wednesday when he fell into lily pond near which he had been playing The child was the son of Mr and Mrs C R McCollum of Cedar Falls Indianas Minton to Court Post Former Senator Moves Up From Circuit Court to Supreme Bench Washington O S h er m a n Vlinton of Indiana who battled n vain for the 1937 Roosevelt plan o put younger blood on the su Teme court Thursday was chosen President Truman to serve on hat bench Minton in 1937 a democratic ronew deal senator now is a udge of the 7th U S circuit court f appeals That court has nead uarters at Chicago and embraces he states of Indiana Illinois and Wisconsin President Truman opened a lews conference by announcing lis choice of Minton to succeed he late Justice Wiley B Rut edge on the nations highest ourt Names Other Changes He also announced that Judge Walter C Lindley of the U S court for the eastern dis rict of Illinois will succeed Min on on the appellate court Casper Platte now a circuit udge of Illinois will succeed Lindley 58 Minton is a democrat and a Protestant His wife is Cath olic There had been speculation be ore the appointment that Mr Tru man might choose a Catholic for he high court The death of Jus ice Frank Murphy in July re moved the only member of that faith from the court Mr Truman appointed Attorney General Tom 31ark a Protestant to succeed Vlurphy Minton a lawyer of New Al Dany Ind was elected to the senate in 1934 His senate desk was next to that of then Senator rlarry Truman of Missouri and the 2 became close friends New Dealer As a senator Minton was an embattled New Dealer and a vigorous fighter for the Roosevelt administrations measures He fought hard for President Roose velts plan to add new justices to he supreme court to the number of those over age 70 who did not retire of the justices then sfood the plan would have en larged the court from 9 to 15 members The court of that time had de clared unconstitutional major legislation which the president backed as essential to the coun try With the shifting of political tides Minton was defeated for reelection to the senate in 1940 by Raymond E Willis republican Minton went back to Jndiana but President Roosevelt quickly called him back to Washington Gov Dewey Orders Investigation of Rpbeson Rioting Albany N Y Thom as E Dewey ordered an exhaus tive grand jury investigation o recent Peekskill N Y riots Thursday to learn whether anti red demonstrators at 2 Paul Robe son concerts fell into a commu nist bear trap provoked by a quasimilitary guard force The governor ordered the spec al inquiry after conferring with Westchester county District Attor ney George M Fanelli and othei aw enforcement officials Fanell said he would make application in court next week for convening the grand jury Sheffield Man Dies of Polio Iowa City death from poliomyelitis plus 4 new cases were listed Thursday by University hospitals Roland Becker 25 Sheffield died of the disease Weclnesda night New patients are Joe Specht 14 Bellevue serious condition Kathleen Lundee 7 Clinton anc Alfred Lingle 17 also Clinton both are in fair condition Warrer Johnson 5 Martelle is in gooc condition Five others were transferred t the inactive case list leaving 2 active cases under treatment Those transferred are Lydia Per zynski 19 Riceville Coleen Glenn 5 Oltumwa Kay Ormstron 1 Wa verly Merle Brockenstedt 4 Central City and Kenneth Hublcr 4 Marion SAME BUck meant traffic death In pal 24 baun Murray in Criticism of Steel Firm Head Tieups Could Force Idling of Million By UNITED PRESS The nations prospects fdr labor peace darkened swiftly Thursday with the possibility of strikes in the 2 basic industries of coal and steel threatening to throw almost a million workers into idleness Thinly veiled and bitter strike threats were issued by 2 of the nations most powerful labor lead ers President Philip Murray of the CIO United Steel Workers and John L Lewis head of the United Mine Workers In the coal mines it was feared that a general strike may already have begun despite no announce ment by the union Nevertheless soft coal operators promised a showdown fight Coal Talks in Recess to Tuesday Bluefield Va coal contract talks between John L Lewis United Mine Workers Union and southern operators broke up again Thursday for a recess until next Tuesday The recess asked by the UMW was announced after a brief con ference The talks had been re sumed only Wednesday after a 3 week lapse It was reported here that bar gaining sessions between Lewis and northern and western oper ators at nearby White Sulphur Springs also would go into recess mmediately There was some speculation that the new recess here may be to give the union time to deal in dividually with a group of south ern mine owners who have re belled against continuing pay ments to the unions welfare and pension fund in the absence of a written contract The date set for the talks to resume is the date when the next install ment of fund payments is due Lewis renewed his efforts Thursday to get the Clevelanc Trust company to force a West Virginia coal firm to make over due payment of the 20centsa ton royalty on production In a new message to the Trus companys board chairman I F Freiberger Lewis contended tha the banks onethird stock interes in Island Creek Coal company is enough to constitute control SHERMAN MINTON to Bench and named him as one of his ad ministration assistants On May 7 1941 President Roosevelt appoint ed him to the circuit court of ap peals MINTON GRATEFUL FOR APPOINTMENT TO COURT New Albany Ind Sherman Minton Thursday said he was profoundly grateful for President T r u m a ns announce ment that he would be nominated for a vacancy on the U S su preme court Im profoundly grateful for the presidents confidence in me Minton said He learned from the United Press of the presi dents announcement I hope I may prove worthy and I shall endeavor to the best of my ability to do so RUTLEDGE FUNERAL SERVICES ARE HELD Washington serv ices were held Wednesday for Su preme Court Justice Wiley Blount Rutledge The services conducted by the Rev A Powell Davies were held at All Souls Unitarian church which Rutledge had attended for some years Six members of the high court were Justice Fred A Vinson and Associates Hugo Black Felix Frankfurter Robert Jackson Harold Burton and Tom Clark as were Former Justice L Allocation of 14 Million in State School Aid DCS Moines allocation of in state aid to schools was announced Thursda by the state department of pub lic instruction Payments of general aid will be on the basis of 90 per cent of val id claims Distribution of sup plemental aid will be at the rate of only 58 per cent Payments are for costs in the last schoo year The amounts due were reducec because the last legislature lib eralized the formula on which the payments are made It also in creased the appropriations bu not in proportion Valid claims for general aid to taled There is 000000 available Valid claim for supplemental aid totaled 426744 Only is avail able General aid is paid on the basi of 17 cents per pupil per day in average daily attendance and 2i cents per pupil per day in aver age daily attendance Genera aid is also provided for junio colleges for the first time It i at the rate of 24 cents per daj for each student carrying 12 o more semester hours of work General aid allocations by coun ties include Polk Wood bury Linn Appanoose Black Hawk Carroll Cass Cerro Gordo Cherokee Clinton 532 James F Byrnes and Attorney General Howard McGrath Vin son represented President Tru man who was unable to attend Rutledges widow Mrs Anna belle Rutledge attended the serv ices with her 3 children Jean Mary Lou and Neal The justices body was to b cremated He died Saturday a York Maine where he was slrick en while vacationing BROWN GOES TO Brown left of the slaying of William J Mdldoon 35 Mason City sales man last June 6 steps to the courtroom at Marshalltown with Deputy Sheriff W L Boswell Testimony fh the case was continuing Thursday Testimony Centers Around Disappearance of Billfold Marshalltown dis cussion as to whether the billfold of a slain Mason City salesman was found was heard Thursday in district court here The testimony came in a hear ing to determine the degree of juilt of Alvin Junior Brown 20 Tulsa Olka hitchhiker who pleaded guilty to a charge of kill ing William J Muldoon 35 of Mason City A doctor testified at Wednes days openingof to hc effect he found a pocketbook on Muldoon when he was brought o a hospital here Brown told of ficers he threw the pocketbook away and officers spent 2 days looking for it Key Case County Attorney E W Adams told the court Thursday that he was sure the doctor had mistaken a leather key case for the bill fold He said hospital authorities had told officers Muldoon had no billfold when admitted to the hos pital Also testifying at Thursday mornings session was Ruby Gus tafson a nurse who told about taking care of Muldoon from the time he was brought to the hos pital June 6 until he died 35 min utes later Albert Schwinehart a farmer near Rhodes was another witness He told of meeting Muldoons car while driving a tractor down the road He said the car was com ing slowly up the road about 700 feet from highway 64 and that Muldoon was wearing a hearing aid He said a 2nd man was in the middle of the front seat facing toward the driver Schwinehart said the driver made no apparent attempt tosignal him Summoned Aid Donnell Deutsch another farm er told of finding Muldoon seri ously wounded He said the car was in the ditch and that Muldoon was lying on the ground in front of the car covered by a blartket He said he and a neighbor gave Muldoon first aid and summoned medical help Dr Earl Keyser Marshalltown testified Wednesday that he iden tified Muldoon at the hospital from articles in Muldoons bill fold He said he gave it to hospital authorities and did not know if it contained any money Police had sought the billfold in hope of establishing robbery as a motive for the slaying Nine state witnesses were heard during Wednesdays session in cluding Coroner Harold Sauer SheriffHarry Jennings and the Rev Von B Elbert of Knoxville Mr Elbert told of driving past Muldoons car and hearing Mul doon shout Help me Dont shoot A man with a gun was standing beside the stopped car the minister said The sheriff told of finding Mul doons body and car on a country road Mrs Muldoon widow of the slain man wept briefly at several points Road Worker Killed as Tractor Runs Over Him Marengo Hopp 34 Williamsburg an Iowa county road worker was killed when a tractor he operated ran over him 3 miles west of Williamsburg Wednesday Other highway workers said they did not see the accident but found Hopps body when they saw the tractor running without an operator and investigated MRS WILLIAM J MULDOON at Trial 200 Farmers Begin 15 Day Tour of 9 States and Mexico Omaha Nebr hun dred midwestern farmers and their wives set out Thursday on a Says Firms Deliberately Seek Strike Telegram to Fairless Asserts Blame Would Be With Producers Pittsburgh President Philip Murray Thursday charged that U S Steel Corp and other steel companies are deliberately seeking to force a strike upon the union and the American people a bitter telegram to U S Steel President Benjamin F Fair less Murray charged the steel in dustry with saying to the Amer ican people the public be damned Irked by Refusal If a strike ensues on Sept 25 the responsibility for such strike clearly and unmistakably will rest with U S Steel and the other producers in the industry Mur ray said He charged U S Steel with re fusal to bargain on the basis of the 10cent an hour insurance and pension package proposed by President Trumans board No amount of double talk can conceal the fact of this outright refusal on your part he said Murray said Fairless statement constituted a flat rejection of the boards recommendations and a refusal to bargain with the un ion on the basts of the boards recommendations Fairless notified the union that his company was ready for in telligent bargaining but that the boards recommendation of insur ance and pensions without em ploye contribution was unaccep table and a revolutionary doc trine Hopes No Strike Murray reiterated his hope that a strike of 500000 basic steel workers scheduled for a m Sept 25 can be averted Earlier in Washington Presi dent Truman told a press confer ence he continued to hope for a settlement He said it was his impression that all of the parties to the dispute had accepted the boar ds recommendation as a basis for negotiation However a union spokesman said that apparently only Jones Laughlin Steel Corp Pittsburgh independent employing 22000 had accepted Bethlehem Steel Corp Thurs day notified the union that it was prepared to reopen negotiations but the notice contained no refer ence to the steel boards proposal It was U S Steels similar offer 15 day tour of 9 western states and parts of Canada and Mexico organized by radio station WOW Mai Hansen the stations farm service director and tour leader said the group will travel in a pri vate 16 car train Outstanding ex perimental and practical farms and ranches throughout the west will be visited The farmers will also watch ra dio and television broadcasts tour movie studios and sight see in the cities visited Dead Manila P I local auc tioneer failed to record a single sale Thursday His wares were 11 caskets On Hickenlooper Staff Washington a t h e r i n e Billings of Red Oak Iowa has joined the staff of Senator Hick enlooper as a secre tary She is the daughter of Mrs F E Billings She was graduated in political science from the State University of Iowa last June which provoked Murrays ire Crommelin Is Removed Washington John G Crommelin the veteran navy flyer who cut loose with an un authorized blast at unification last weekend has been removed from his post onthe staff of the Pen tagon high command it was learned Thursday An informed source said the 46yearold flyer has been ordered to report to the chief of naval operations for reassignment There was no immediate indi cation whether he had been transferred to sea duty or to an other shore post CatNap Breaks Arm Memphis Tenn UR E L Frayser catnapped at the wheel while driving home from the office and awoke with a broken arm The car didnt have a scratch but a mailbox had snagged his elbow sticking out the open window EC A Approves Marshall Plan Aid to Great Britain Washington cooperation administration Thursday approved the use by Great Britain of in Marshall plan funds to buy Ca nadian wheat The recovery agency said the action is an1 effort to alleviate the critical drain on British gold and dollar holdings Easing of restrictions on Brit ains use of Marshall plan money was one of the things agreed to at the United StatesBritishCana dian talks on Britains dollar crisis The wheat purchase is the first approved by EGA from any source other than the United States since last March Wheat purchases from other countries with Marshall plan money were suspended at that time because grain was in free supply in the U S Congress when approving the Marshall plan directed that none of the money was to be used to buy farm products abroad if there was a surplus of those products in the United States Some congress members from the U S wheat belt have been protesting the plan to let Britain buy Canadian wheat with EGA funds They contend there is a surplus of wheat in the U S The EGA decision was an nounced after lengthy consulta tions between EGA Administrator Paul G Hoffman and Secretary of Agriculture Brannan v ;