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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 17, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LV jAssociated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a CopyJ MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17 1949 Await Coal Strike as Steel Brightens 12 Nations Plan Defense of N Atlantic Council Reaches Agreement at 1Hour Session Washington The 12na tion Atlantic council Saturday or dered creation of a top level mili tary committee to work out mili tary measures for the unified de fense of the North Atlantic area The council of the foreign min isters also reported they had es tablished a defense committee to be composed of the ministers of defense of each of the Atlantic powers Defense Secretary John son represents the U S on that group A communique also brought put that as members of a stand ing within the projected military committee the U S Britain and big three of the western play the dominant role in unifying western defenses under the At lantic treaty The U S by participation in a western European regional planning group can and pre sumably will take an active part in planning the defenses of western Europe from here on Acheson 1st Chairman Secretary of State Deati Ache son who presided over Satur days 60 minute session becomes the 1st chairman of the Atlantic council which will rotate its chairmanship annually In so far as the Atlantic al liance will have a headquarters it will be in Washington which was designated as the permanent site of the threepower stand ing group The whole agreement was reached in one hour The 3000 word communique re ported the council had ordered studies to be made as soon as possible of military production andsupply among the pact coun tries rj Planned Organization The study also is to cover eco nomic and financial factors in volved in developing and carrying out military plans for the de fense of the North Atlantic area At its initial session the council had not only to create the defense machinery but also to provide its own organization This it did by agreeing to meet at least once a year in either western Europe or the U S but usually near the U N general assembly by nam ing Acheson as the fjrst chairman and by making English and French the official languages Otherwise the council provided these agencies Defense commit tee military committee standing group and regional planning groups 2 Die as Navy and Guard Planes Crash Grand Prairie Texas navy torpedo bomber and a na tional guard fighter plane collided in flight Saturday and both crashed carrying 2 men to death The pilot of the bomber a TBM made an almostsuccessful attempt to escape by parachute but the shrouds tangled on the plane and he was carried down 1 Killed 4 Hurt in HeadOn Crash Des Moines man was killed and 4 other persons were injured seriously in a headon crash between 2 outofstate auto mobiles here Saturday Dead was Casper S Wingot 62 of Niles Mich who was driving west down a slight incline at the time Two persons riding in the front seat with Wingot were seri ously injured They were Eleanor Wingot 56 of Niles Mich who suffered a possible skullfracture and Margaret Green about 25 of Waco Tex who also suffered a possible skull fracture The other 2 persons injured were Walter J Kach 43 and his wife Katherine 43 of LaGrange 111 Exact cause of the accident was unknown but police were investi gating a report that Wingot lost control of his car because of a blowout SAME flit traffln death In put 14 Washington fi The danger of a nationwide coal strike next week mounted Saturday but hopes brightened for averting a less im minent steel strike The 400000 coal miners were expected to stay away from the pits next Monday because their welfare funds trustees headed by Mine Union President John L Lewis voted to suspend pension and other benefit payments This action was taken at a stormy 5hour meeting of the funds 3 trustees Friday The reason was that the fund was fast running out of money Many coal operators because their contracts with Lewis have lapsed have re fused to continue paying their20 centsaton royalty to the fund Trustee Resigns The trustees meeting was fol lowed by the sudden resignation of the operators trustee Ezra Van Horn He wrote coal own ers he wanted to step out right away In fact he warned that if they dont name a successor promptly he will go to court to force them to do so Meanwhile chances of avoiding a big steel strike a week from Saturday night looked better after the government stepped in to bring the disputing industry and CIO Steelworkers union together here Monday The steel union agreed to send representatives to the meeting with Cyrus S Ching director of the federal mediation and concil iation service The steel com panies also were expected to ac cept A spokesman for the U S Steel Corp biggest among the steelmakers said of course we will attend Chings meeting PMW Stays In Trustees for the separate an thracite or hard coal welfare fund also suspended payments in definitely thereby insuring that all UMW miners and their fam ilies would do without them for the time being This may lead to a walkout next week of the 80 000 hard coal miners too About the only union miners reasonably certain to stay on the job were the 15000 members of the Independent Progressive Mine Workers union PMW President John W Marchiando said the unions welfare fund has plenty of money and is continuing its payments As for the UMW the latest fig ures Lewis aides have released show that in the year ended last July 1 a total of about 750000 miners members of their fam ilies and widows of miners ob tained benefits from the soft coal welfare fund The sum expended for the year was About 24000 miners aged 60 or more have been drawing monthly pensions Challenge New Tax Valuations Monona County Board of Review Is Cited Onawa UR The legality of the appraisal of Monona county property was challenged in a suit filed Saturday with District Court Clerk W H Gulick Mr and Mrs W J Haubrich of Mapelton named the county board of review as defendants in the action protesting assessments based on appraisal made by E T Wilkins and associates of Cleve land Ohio The Haufarichs are the first of 1000 protestants agajnst the 1949 assessments to carry their pro tests to the courts The Haubrich petition alleges the assessments are in excess of the value of the properties and asserts the appraisals were illegal because they were not completed within a specified time A survey of the assessment rolls indicates valuations in towns and of farm buildings were increased 400 per cent1 County Assessor Omar Kilborn used the Wilkins company ap praisal to complete the 1949 as sessments The county board of supervisors authorized the ap praisal in 1948 Iowa Donations to Polio Fund DCS Moines donations to the national polio fund drive have passed the mark Local headquarters of the Na tional Foundation for Infantile Paralysis said Friday about was received up to noon It was the heaviest single days receipts reported so far The national foundation is spon soring the voluntary campaign to meet hospital costs for polio patients over the next few months TAX HIS APPETITE Saveutham Belgium goat of local farmer Auguste Schetske ate his wallet Friday It contained 900 francs Schetske slaughtered the goat to retrieve his wallet He recovered 620 francs The other 280 francs had been digested Ask Billion Dollar Arms Aid Program Senate Unit Says Russia in Arms Race Deliberately Washington special sen ate committe urged approval Sat urday for a military aid program to help rearm free nations against a deliberate Rus sian arms race The combined foreign relations armed services committee recom mended the program on a 223 vote as this nations best bet in as suring the security of the western world The senate begins debate on the program Monday The committees report was issued as the foreign ministers of western Europe met here to approve common defense plans Russian Budget Up The report revealed that the senators have received official in formation that soviet ground forces are in better condition than at any time since the war The committee told the senate that Russia has increased by 19 per cent its present military bud get over arms spending for 1948 and the Soviets now maintain more than 5000000 men under arms The soviet garrison in Germany recently was increased from 70000 to 100000 men the committee said All of this activity demon strated that in the face of the com plete demobilization of the forces of the United States and the Euro pean nations and without a com peting program of military im provement the soviet policy has been and is to increase its military strength the committee said France Gets Most This policy is apparently a de liberate one on the part of the soviet government and would ex ist whether or not a program of aid to free nations is undertaken by the United States The committee also revealed that France willreceive the lions share of the of the military assistance program ear marked for western Europe France the report said would provide the hard core of defense strength in this part of the world In this connection it was re called that Gen Omar N Bradley chairman of the joint chiefs of staff has chief initial responsibility for groiind operations in Europe Widow Tells Gem Swindle LeMars welltodo wid ow asserted Saturday that she was swindled out of over a period of more than a year by a man she said used imitation dia monds and hints of underworld re prisals The widow Mrs Clara Mieras 60 who operates an extensive real estate and insurance business told this story In 1947 she loaned the man to use in his chicken busi ness and he later repaid her in diamonds But the next thing I icnew she said he had informed me that the diamonds were hot and that I was implicated be cause I had possession of them She said the man told her his primary interest was in protecting tier and that she advanced him more and more money sometimes in cash and sometimes by checks for various purposes in connection with the gems When she had the stones ap praised she learned they were zir cons and practically valuless Then came a reign of terror she said I was told I knew too much and that unless I went along there were ways of getting rid of people like me And all the time she contin ued I was advancing more and more money in return for his promises to get everything straightened out I finally realized that I was near the breaking point Mrs Mieras said I decided to put an end to the thing no matter what happened to me and through a trusted friend federal authorities were brought into the case County Attorney Morse Hoorne man said Saturday that a LeMars man is scheduled to appear in fed eral court at Cedar Rapids Mon day in connection with the case He said he understood the man would be charged with extortion through use of the interstate tele phone The FBI and U S District At torney T E Diamond declined any comment on the case This Paper Consists of Two inmr eclion No 303 15 Contestants Try for Plowing Title West Point Nebr field of 16 contestants is expected for the 4th annual national plow ter race contest next Tuesday The contest will be held on the J Howard and Gilbert Peterson farm 10 miles northeast of here Top prize will be a savings bond Besides the contest itself there will be a concert by 4 bands a breakfast for flying farmers and a banquet for contestants 192 Known Dead as Fire V Guts Steamer at Toronto BURNED OUT CRUISE Play streams of water on the burning hull of the Noronic as she lists in her pier in Toronto harbor Saturday Removal of bodies al ready was underway Gl Insurance Dividend 55 Cents Monthly Washington veterans administration Friday announced a scale of nayments for insurance dividends next year that willgive some World war II veterans as much as Administrator Carl R Gray Jr said the figure was themaximum to be paid to the 16000000 vet erans who will draw the special dividend from a fund totaling 800000000 Other payments now being fig ured will scale downward he said The maximum payment repre sents a dividend on a 510000 pol icy in force for 96 longest possible a vet eran aged 40 or less at the time the policy was taken out This is a payment of 55 cents a month per of insurance The rates of payment will be To those under 40 years old 55 cents per month per of in surance 41 to 45 years old from 52 cents to 40 cents 46 to 50 years of age 37 cents down to 25 cents 51 to 54 years of age 24 to 21 cents and 55 years or older 20 cents per thousand The dividend will be paid on both term and converted insur ance policies VA said in a state ment will be paid only for the period that the policy was in force prior to the policy anni versary in 1948 No payments will be made for periods of lapse Belgian Freighter Sends SOS Then Says No Danger Miami FLa Belgian freighter stranded on a reef south of Cuba reported to the coast guard Saturday that she was tak ing a little water but was in no danger A commercial tug the Rescue was enroute from Jamaica to tow the ship off the reef if possible or remove her crew About 30 crewmen were be lieved aboard the 2734 ton S S Brabant which transmitted S O S signals heard throughout the United States when she struck the reef Friday night Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clear Saturday night Low near 40 Partly cloudy Sunday High near 72 Iowa Mostly fair and cooler Sat urday night Sunday partly cloudy Low Saturday night 45 northwest to 50 southeast Minnesota Partly cloudy and a little cooler Saturday night Sunday fair south considerable cloudiness and a little cooler north IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics of the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Saturday Maximum 79 Minimum 58 At 8 a m 64 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 95 06 QUEEN OF THE gutted hull of the Noronic Queen of shown after being swept by fire Saturday morning Claims Tito Spies Even in Moscow Budapest Hungary shal Tito has a Yugoslav spy ring operating in every soviet satellite country and even in Moscow it self a defendant in the Hungari an treason trial testified Satur day The defendant Lt Gen Gyorgy Palffy took the stand Saturday morning after the court dismissed Laszlo Rajk former Hungarian foreign minister as having noth ing to add to his 5hour confes sion Friday Palffy a senior officer who would have headed Hungarian armed forces in case of war pleaded guilty to government charges of sedition and plotting to overthrow the communist regime He is the 2nd to testify of 8 high communist officials on trial Palffy testified that Rajk with the aid of the U S Tito and the Vatican planned a coup to as sassinate Hungarian communist leaders and take over the coun try For this Palffy said Rajk set a deadline for late last May Rajk was arrested May 30 Speculate on Devaluation of British Pound Washington specu lation sprang up here Saturday that the British pound sterling will be devalued The onagain offagain devaluation talk has de veloped in the face of repeated denials by official sources in Lon don and Washington that Britain plans any such move It was revived Saturday on the basis of a statement made by Sec retary of the Treasury John W Snyder Friday shortly before the closing session of the 4th annual meeting of the world bank and in ternational monetary fund Snyder gave his full approval to an assertion in the annual report of the fund that when the ad justments in exchange rates needed in the face of a radical change in a countrys internation al economic position cannot be made through home prices and costs it may be necessary to change tha exchange rates Snyder said immediately that neither he nor any other member of the American delegation had put any pressure on any coun try for devaluation But his equal ly strong sfatement that to change would be allowed inthe Ameri can goldbuying price of an ounce was seen as one possible avenue of pressure applied indi rectly The treasury secretary said fur ther that he considered his ap proval of the funds comments on devaluation to be merely a sug gestion He said there had been no discussion of devaluation in the 4day meeting and that he had no knowledge of any nation that contemplated approaching the fund on the question Finds Violation of Child Labor Laws Des Moines Labor Commissioner M L Gilbert said Saturday that recent variations from state child labor law stand ards in Clinton were due to a misunderstanding of the acts rath er than to any intent to disobey them Gilbert said his inspectors found a drive in restaurant was employing girls under 16 as car hops and was working the girls until 12 midnight Both such prac tices are prohibited by one sec tion of the child labor act Gilbert said Low grade and waste coffee now yields a shampoo said to have unique value 682 Aboard Said Mostly Americans Blaze Sweeps Ship in Minutes as Hundreds Sleep Toronto middleofthe night fire roared through the Great Lakes cruiser Noronic at her pier Saturday and by noon police said 177 bodies had been removed from the wreckage In addition they said 3 persons died in hospitals and 4 were re covered from the water making a known death toll of 192 Investi gating officials at the scene of the Great Lakes worst ship fire in a century said they thought the number of dead might mount as high as 226 The fire which raced through the 36yearold vessel broke out while most of those aboard were sleeping Operating officials put the number aboard at 512 pas sengers and 170 crew members The 6905ton Noronic tied up at her pier in downtown Toronto Friday night with holiday trippers bound from Detroit and Cleveland for the Thousand Islands It was to be her last cruise of the sea son Hundreds of passengers escaped in a frantic screaming pushing mob after they were awakened by alarms and cries of fire Some leaped to the pier some to other vessels some into the water BIGGEST DEATH TOLL ON LAKES SINCE 1847 By The Associated Press Loss of possibly 192 lives in Saturdays fige a qajr d the steamship Nororilc In Toronto harbor is the biggest death toll from fire on the Gerat Lakes in more than a century In 1847 the steamship Phoenix burned in Lake Michigan with the loss of 247 lives Others were trapped and then uncounted bodies were still be lieved to be huddled in the sub merged Cdeck The death toll rose as firemen kept bringing up the charred broken bodies of the victims They said it might be 3 days before the fate of all those aboard could be established It was im possible to compile a list of sur vivors for the time being All except about 20 of the passengers were said to be Americans The vessel arrived here Friday night from Cleveland and Detroit for her last cruise of the season to Prescott and the Thousand Islands The Noronics blackened hull which settled by the stern before dawn and listed sharply against her pier went down at the bow around midmorning and straigh tened up on the bottom of the slip The name Noronic almost un blemished by the smoke and flames on her prows sank to the level of the roadway where a crowd of 2000 onlookers stood watching Cause Not Known The cause of the blaze was not known but firemen said they had established that it started in state room No 462 on the starboard side 2 cabins aft of the cocktail bar Within 3 minutes after it started witnesses said the whole of C deck was afire A pier watchman turned in the first alarm after seeing a glim mer of fire near the stern Not 2 minutes after he telephoned he said the whole ship seemed ablaze As daylight came firemen worked with pike pole and shovel in the wreckage bringing out bodies Sometimes there were 3 or 4 bodies sometimes only brok en charred parts of bodies Chief Coroner Smirle Lawson arranged to set up a temporary morgue at the horticultural build ing of the Canadian National ex hibition 4 miles west along the lake shore Relatives and friends were to go there to identify ttte dead Jump Into Water Firemen had to cut through the steaming wreckage with torches to bring out 11 charred unidenti fied bodies from the saloon sec tion by a m Several score were on hospital injured lists at least 16 seriously hurt Hundreds of others awak ened by the flames escaped by jumping to the pier into the wa ter or clambering over rails to ships tied up nearby Captain William Taylor of Sarnia Ont the ships master smashed in cabin doors to waken many passengers and carried at least one woman to safety Crew ;