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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY frAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" VOL. LV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires (Five Cents a Copy) MASON CITY, IOWA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1949 HOME EDITION Uliilf This Paper Consists of Two Sections—Section One No. 315 TANKS FLAME AFTER STEEL PLANT BLAST — A series of rending explosions damaged these benzol tanks at the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad company's big Fail-field Steel works in Birmingham, Ala., Friday. Six persons were hurt, none seriously. Blasts.were at the plant's coke works. Firemen quickly halted the spread of flames. 10 Crewmen Perish in 6-17 Crash Raton, N. M., (/P)—An air force ' B-17' into the top of a mesa in a storm near the Colorado-New Mexico border Friday night and killed all 10 men aboard.' James B. Barber, editor of the Raton Range, said the plane had been identified as an air rescue craft from Briggs air base, El Paso, Texas. The plane had been missing since Friday enroute from Biggs to Lowry field at Denver. The wreckage was located by an air rescue plane about the same time as 2 ranchers found it and reported to Mary Bartolino Black, owner .of the .mountain pasture where the, ship crashed. ""^"ber, who visited! ;thescene^ :e'd ^'the~ .wre'cRagg.'.', w,as ,,atop fdtftlliyH-vvbdd^rnesai' 7' miles north of Raton. The plane lacked only 150 feet of clearing the gently sloping table land and hit a quarter mile north of the rim. Wreckage was scattered over 400 yards. Only the. tail section remained intact. Plane Stolen From Boone Is Flown to Ohio Russians Will Try to Oust Nationalists From UN Seats Lake Success, N. Y., (UP)—Russia soon will launch a drive to oust Chinese nationalists from the United Nations and seat a Chinese communist delegation, a highly-placed soviet bloc spokesman said Saturday. "This undoubtedly will be the last assembly in which the Kuomintang (nation alist) government will participate," the spokesman said. The soviet government was expected to set the stage for its de- Steel Mills Across Nation Idled by USW Walkout mands by immediate renunciation of the Sino-Soviet treaty of friendship of 1945 and recognition of the communist Chinese peoples republic formed in 'Peip- ing. Russia also pushed a diplomatic offensive on 2 other fronts, seeking victories over the west on the issues of Korea and the former Italian colonies. •The soviet 'union scored a triumph . Friday .when, the general assembly's political committee relegated Chinese nationalist charges against the kremlin to a lowly 5th place on its agenda. In this position the nationalist charges probably will not be considered for several weeks and may not reach the full general assembly until mid-November. In delegating the issue to 5th place the 59-member committee overrode arguments by the United States and Britain in support of China. China had argued that her Zanesville, Ohio, (ff>) — Zanesville police today released without charges a 20-year-old pilot of a Piper Cub airplane reported taken yesterday from a Boone, Iowa airport. Police said the youth, Sinclair Gearing of Annapolis, Md., said he took the plane for a trip from Boone to his home, intending to return it. He said the manager of the airport in Boone owed him $100. No charges were filed. The plane, owned by Everett Scott, manager of the Scott Flying Service at Boone, was taken from the Boone airport early Friday. When the plane landed here, Gene Griffin, manager of the Zanesville airport, said a mechanic drove the pilot into Zanesville. Later the airport 'was notified by the CAA to be on the outlook for the plane. • • At Des Moines, Norbert Locke, director of the state aeronautics commission, identified Gearing as a Boone airport employe. He said Gearing had left a note saying •he was using the plane for a trip •and would be back with it. Locke said Gearing, who came here 3 weeks ago from Annapolis, Md., had talked with Scott about making a trip to Annapolis. Scott said the youth had only about 15 hours flying experience, and no cross-country experience. He described Gearing as "a good kid who : can't fly as well as he thinks he can." The Boone airport manager planned to fly to Zanesville Saturday to recover his plane. charge that Russia is threatening the peace of the Far East through aid to Chinese communists should be considered immediately after the currently-debated problem of the disposition Italian colonies. of the former IN TROUBLE AGAIN Omaha, (fP) —Stephen Rumrock, 39, pleaded guilty to a charge of breaking and entering in district court Friday, only 3 days after his release from Iowa's Fort Madison penitentiary. Judge James T. English deferred sentence. Rumrock was arrested after he had spenl hundreds of dollars which he was accused of taking in a restaurant breakin here. MOUNTAIN FOR ROBESON Moscow, (/P)—A mountain peak in Russia has been named after Negro Singer Paul Robeson, the communist party newspaper Pravda, reported Saturday. UPW Plans to Stump for Brannan Plan Des Moiiies, (U.R) — The CIO United Packinghouse Workers said 5aturday -'•; will open an "intensir led drive" in 5 Iowa congressional districts this winter to rally farth- ers arid; workers behind the {Rrtirf-- aan plan. ''."'' Clive Knowles, Iowa 'farmer -la- relations director for the union, said "the fomenters of discord be- :vveen farmers and workers did iheir best" at the national repub- ican farm conference at Sioux City last week. "Our answer to these gentlemen s going to be an intensified drive his winter to hold farmer-laoor meetings throughout the 5 congressional . districts where our union locals are situated so that n face to face talks, farmers and workers in this state can begin :o come to some agreement on who their political friends and enemies really are," Knowleo said. He said the Packinghouse Workers are "all out behind the Brannan program because we are convinced that it lays a firm foundation for a sound prosperous economy." Knowles said the Packinghouse Workers sponsored booths and displays and circulated pamphlets at 18 county fairs last summer. Fires Go Out at Homestead; Strike Is On Pittsburgh, (/P) — It was midnight. Shrill whistles pierced the foggy blackness. The midnight shift was over. Grimy men in grease smeared work clothes and carrying empty lunch buckets streamed from the sprawling homestead works of the Carnegie Illinois Steel corporation. The gates clanged shut. Silent men bearing white placards proclaiming "steel workers are on strike for pensions, social insurance" ringed the plant in a picket line. The great steel strike of 1949 was under way. Repeated Over Nation The scene at this United States steel subsidiary was repeated at steel plants throughout" the nation. But it had special significance at the homestead plant where the steel union in its infancy once was crushed. Near the Amity street entrance to the huge plant is a memorial to the 7 union men killed in the bloody Homestead riot of 1892. Three Pinkertons—dreaded company detectives—also were killed. The general gloom of the steel picture was mirrored by the dark, starless skies. The familiar orange and scarlet fires that light Pittsburgh's skies like a midnight sunrise were gone. The open hearths that spew forth the golden glory were cold. The steel making furnaces were banked. Sober View Said one picket soberly: "I hope it don't last as long as the 1946 strike. That one went 29 days." ,;'But 2 other marchers, young in #ears and, new in . steelmaking, took the wrtlkou,l : lightly. f 'I sure hope It lasts 2 weeks," said one. "That would make it a nice vacation." The other complained: "Hell, why didn't this caper start November 1st when hunting season opens? We could kill 2 birds with one stone that way." AP Wirephoto GETTING READY FOR STRIKE—Harry Esken (left) uses a heavy ^vrench to cut off gas flow to a blast furnace as the furnace is closed down at the Carrie plant of U. S. Steel's Homestead works in Pennsylvania Friday in preparation for a strike, John Fru- mara, a fellow worker, stands beside him. Former Iowa Pastor Dies in California Santa Monica, Cal., (/P) — Dr. David A. Murray, 88, retired Presbyterian missionary leader, writer and teacher, w h o formerly preached in Iowa, died here Thursday night. Doctor Murray served for 10 years, beginning in 1892, as pastor of Presbyterian churches in Chicago, Perry, Iowa, and Ottumwa, Iowa. He died of injuries suffered recently in a fall at his home here. Weather 'Report FORECAST Mason City: Partly cloudy and mild Saturday night and Sunday with some chance for local showers or thunderstorms. High Sunday 75-80, low Saturday 50. Iowa: Partly cloudy Saturday night and Sunday, scattered showers and thunderstorms northwest and extreme west portions, north portion Saturday night. Continued mild. Low Saturday night 55-60 northwest to 50-55 southeast. Minnesota: Mostly cloudy Saturday night with scattered showers north and central portions. Partly cloudy south and mostly cloudy with scattered showers north portion Sunday. No decided change in temperature. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics of the 24 hours ending at 8 a. m. Saturday. Maximum 70 Minimum 46 At 8 a. m. 53 YEAR AGO: Maximum 75) Minimum 47 Gillilland Says He Will ^dt Resign Glemvood, (/P)—State Republican Chairman Whitney Gillilland ook cognizance Saturday of rumors that his resignation w a s Bought but said he has no inten- ion of resigning. "I not only haven't been ap- jroached to resign, but I don't be- ieve there is anything to it. I don't have any present intention of resigning," Gillilland said. A report that the chairman's esignation was being sought was published in an editorial by Don 3erry, editor of the Indianola Record, this week. Berry wrote of the recent republican farm meeting at Sioux ity. "The rumor was abroad around the hotels that the Iowa Manufacturers Association and National Committeeman Harrison Spangler are trying to force the resignation of Whitney Gillilland of jlenwood as Iowa state republican chairman," Berry said in the editorial. He added: / "I don't believe they will get away with it while (Governor) William S. Beardsley is looking." 2 Defense Agencies Without Authority SAME DATE—1948—388 IWhIU f>»* weans no (rftfflo deithi In <*»"" pest 24 hours) Washington, (/P) —If American cities were attacked tomorrow the federal government would be ready with 2 civil defense planning organizations totaling about a dozen men who have no authority whatsoever. Some states and communities have gone ahead with their own plans for rescue and protection of civilian populations in event of atomic or other aerial attack under plans tentatively outlined by the federal government a year ago and since put aside for new studies. But the only civil defense planning groups in the federal set-up now are a study unit within the national security resources board consisting of a co-ordinator and one assistant, and a civil defense liason office in the defense department made up of about 10 men. In a -directive earlier this year, President Truman ended the office of civil defense planning created in March, 1948, by the late Secretary of Defense James Forrestal. The directive transferred responsibility for planning a national civil defense system to the NSRB, with William H. Gill named co-ordinator. The office of civil defense planning was headed by Russell J. Hopley, Omaha telephone company executive, and consisted of members and committees representing a cross-section of civilian and military life. In November 1948, 7 months after it was officially dissolved, this agency issued a report recommending that civil defense be a primary responsibility of local civilian organizations, with a federal agency guiding the program. In addition, the office, working with state and municipal groups, prepared a program of legislation for introduction in congress and in.state legislatures. The report and program were turned over to the secretary of defense and to the president. The program was not introduced in congress. The matter remained dormant until Mr. Truman's directive ordered new studies to be made by NSRB. There has been no indication whether the announcement tha' Russia has set off an atomic explosion will mean a speed-up in efforts to get a new program before congress. When the Hopley report was issued it was announced tha' technical training manuals instructing civil workers in defense against atomic and other types .of air attack would be issued "after passage of appropriate legislation by congress and the states." In answer to a question, civi defense planners said Saturday that because the legislation was not enacted, no training manuals have gone forth. The NSRB unit is getting organized to expand its study staf for the preparation of new plans some of which presumably wil retain features of the Hoplej recommer Jations. Construction of Pipeline to Start Here Hickeniooper Challenges Equipment ancT a crew of 90 men are being assembled in Mason City by the A. C. Holder Construction company, Tulsa, Okla., for the building of a section of 12-inch pipeline for the Great Lakes Pipe Line company. The section to be built by the Holder company with Mason City as headquarters extends from the Minnesota line southward to Clear Lake and then to Iowa Falls, a distance of 72 miles, following the route of 2 previously laid pipes. This section of pipe is part of a 900 rnile pipe being added to the facilities of the Great Lakes Pipe Line company extending from the oil fields in the southwest to the Twin Cities. Heading the construction here as general superintendent is "Red" Brown. J. C. Brown, assistant superintendent, was here Saturday to establish an office and warehouse for headquarters and to make an appeal to citizens of Mason City lor help in providing* living quarters for his crew. "We will need rooms and apartments for some 20 families and many more single men," he told Secretary Lester Milligan of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce. Washington, (AP)—A proposed report clearing the atomic energy commission of "incredible mismanagement" charges threw the senate-house atomic committee into a bitter factional battle Saturday. ' Senator Hickeniooper (R-Iowa) who made the charges several months ago against the AEC and Chairman David E. Lilienthal, branded as a "whitewash" a staff-prepared draft report which said the charges* "could not be proved." Hickeniooper also bluntly challenged a statement by Committee Chairman McMahon (D.-Conn), that "We need no change in the management of the atomic commission. The commission is not guilty of the charges that have been levelled against it." Replied Hickeniooper: "This is not a report at all. It was not authorized. The conclusions never have been discussed. The investigation is not even completed." Prepared by Borden The proposed report on the committee's investigation was prepared by the committee staff headed by William Borden, under McMahon's direction. The preliminai'y draft, which went into details of evidence presented in the hearings, made these other proposed findings, along with its contention that Hickenlooper's mismanagement charges could not be proved: 1. That if there were any leaks that helped Russia develop the atomic bomb "all occurred before the commission assumed responsibility" for the atomic project in 1947, when it took over from the army engineers. "Low Point" 2. That atomic development had reached "a low point" in 1947, and there is "strong and largely uncontested evidence" that the commissioners have put the project on its feet. 3. That there is "no foundation in the evidence" for Hickenlooper's charges that communists and fellow travelers have found their way into the atomic project. 4. That "physical plant protection and FBI investigations of personnel, considered alone furnish anti-spy insurance to a degree previously unknown in America." 5. That the shipment of isotopes —radioactive atoms — abroad is "promoting peace" and that the AEC did not violate the law by such shipments or by any of its other actions. Coal Supply Higher Than Last Year's Pittsburgh, (&) — The nation's coal strike is 2 weeks old Saturday but, ironically, coal stockpiles are higher than at the same strike-less time last year.. The Bureau of Mines reports a 48-day supply on hand. That compares with the 46-day supply in 1948. And the coal may last a lot longer than 48 days. Usually a prolonged coal strike shuts down the fuel hungry steel industry. Now the steel industry is closed by a strike of its own. That drastically reduces the nation's fuel appetite. One -5th of John L. Lewis' United Mine Workers go back to digging coal Monday. But it's stili "no pension no work" for his 400,000 • bituminous diggers in northern and southern states. Lewis Friday signaled a return to work for 80,000; anthracite (hard coal) miners in eastern Pennsylvania who walked out in sympathy with their fellow UMW members Sept. 19. Also ordered back to the mines were 22,000 western miners. The fiery UMW leader is engaged in marathon contract talks with northern and western bituminous mine operators at White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. There is no sign of agreement. ilEADS MOTOR GROUP Des Moines, (/P)—L. L. Cole, Des Moines, was re-elected president of the Iowa Motor Freight Accountants association at its convention here Friday. C. A. Anderson, Fort Dodge, and M. F. Ugarph, Clinton, were re-elected directors. No Discrimination Montgomery, Ala., (ff) — Traffic Cop Roland L. Banville wrote out a parking ticket and left it under the windshield wiper of a car. When called on to pay off in police court, he explained: "It .was a new car and I didn't recognize my license number." Plants in 27 States Are Affected Strike Does Not Apply to 4 Firms; Picket Lines Quiet Pittsburgh, (fP) —A strike by « half-million CIO United Steelworkers Saturday shut down iron and steel mills from coast to coast. The free pension and insurance walkout dealt a crippling blow to American industry. Coupled \yith the 2 week old coal mine strike, it threatens to disrupt American economy. Picket lines at mill 27 states generally were small and quiet in the first nationwide steel strike since 1946. Plant gates in Pittsburgh, Detroit and Cleveland were circled by picket lines which Storage Bin Check Washington, (fP) —The agriculture department is making a quick survey to find out whether the steel strike will disrupt its corn storage program. The strike enters into the picture because the department has placed large orders for steel bins to help store the huge crop in the corn belt. A department official said Saturday that spot check early this week indicated that most fabricators had ample stocks of sheet steel to complete their contracts for bins, even though steel production plants closed. dwindled .to ..rnere handfuls" seyeral: hours" after!"the: Strike begsiv. at 12:01 a. m. " '' A restaurant ^man in Lorain, Ohio, whose Establishment is near a giant plant of the National Tube- company, posted this sign in a window: 1-Cent Soup "Large bowl of soup, for duration of strike, one cent." Supervisory workers and foremen passed through picket lines 'without incident. They are -allowed free entrance to keep mill equipment in good shape to resume work whenever the strike ends. No violence was reported anywhere. The strike does not apply to 4 steel producing companies. They are Portsmouth Steel compsny> Portsmouth, Ohio; Allegheny- Ludlum Steel corporation, Pittsburgh; Kaiser Company, Inc., with plants in Utah, California and Pennsylvania, and Harrisburg (Pa.), Steel company. Portsmouth Steel, with 4000 workers, gave in to union demands for a 10-cent hourly package covering company-paid pensions and insurance for employes. Other segments of the industry held out for social security programs in which workers would kick in part of the costs. Harrisburg Steel's 1,500 workers are on the job because negotiations are ccntinuing under a later strike deadline. Contracts in Effect Allegheny Ludlum, which has 12,000 employes, and Kaiser, with about 4,000, are. still operating because their contracts run until October 15. Those firms have not yet received the union's demands. The strike closed 53 steel companies and 50 iron ore mining firms in what may prove to be • one of the most quiet steel strikes in American history. Mills had begun to close down operations as much as 2 days before the strike deadline. Scattered wildcat strikes dotted the nation before the scheduled end of the truce asked by President Truman and accepted by both union and industry. DIES UNDER TRACTOR West Chester, (fP) — Ralph Jay Robertson, 55, West Chester farmer, was killed Friday when his tractor overturned' on a country road near here. JAILED FOR ASSAULT Des Moines, (fP) —Robert Boyd "Bobby" Vandever, 35, well known Softball and professional football player, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily injury Friday. He was sentenced to one year in the state reformatory at Anamosa. Vandever was charged with attacking a former professional boxer with a knife. Plans Homecoming: Wheelerwood — The Wheelerwood church homecoming will be held Sunday, with services in the How's That? Winfred, S. D. (U.R)—Mrs. Nellie Barrett, 71, has been teaching school in this area for 45 years and says her job is getting easier* , all the time, "Kids' aren't f ] morning, a picnic lunch at noon hard to manage as they usedr and a program in the afternoon. »be," she observed. J 4 — FINAL FINAL Iowa : PurcM Army Penn State . . . Northwestern. II Pittsburgh . . . 3 4 — FINAL FINAL No. Carolina . Georgia 3 4—-.1 Ohio State . . . D HI 53 Indiana . V-

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