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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" HOME EDITION iiiliur VOL. LV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires (Five Cents a Co MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1949 This Paper Consists of Two Sections—Section On« No. 313 AP Wirephoto SHAKE HANDS AFTER SIGNING HISTORY-MAKING FORD CONTRACT — Walter P. Reuther (left), president of the CIO United Auto Workers, and John S, Bugas, Ford vice president in charge of industrial relations, shake hands early Thursday after signing a contract calling for a company-financed pension that pays $100 monthly, including social security, to Ford workers over 65. The negotiators stayed in session nearly 35 hours in reaching the agreement. Ford, UAW Find Pension Plan Accord Agreement to Give $100 a Month to Workers Over 65 Detroit, (/P) — The Ford Motor company and the CIO United Auto Workers reached agreement early Thursday on a history-making pension plan to be financed by the -^•••B company. It will pay $100 monthly—including social security —to Ford workers over 65. The agreement, based on a 10 cent an hour package recently recommended by a presidential fact- finding board in the steel industry, averted a strike of 115,000 Ford production workers. The marathon negotiations ran nearly 35 hours without recess and therefore set an endurance record for the auto industry. As late as midnight, when the old contract expired, UAW President Walter P. Reuther said there was still a 50-50 chance a walkout might be called. The new pact runs 2A years, giving hope of long peace in the in- Disorders Flare Up Anew in Coal Fields dustry. Unique Contract 'Nationalist Force Halts 3D. S. Ships Washington, (IP)'— The state department announced Thursday that, 3 American merchant ships are being detained near Shanghai by Chinese nationalist blockade forces. The ships are the Flying Trader, enroute from Hongkong to Sha'ng-' hai, and the Flying Independent 'and'the Flying Clipper outbound from Shanghai. All are operated by the Isbrandtsen Co., New York. The United States does not recognize legality of the blpckade declared by he nationalists for Shanghai and other China port cities. The state department-said it has asked.for full reports from American' authorities, in Shanghai befpre deciding on "an appropriate course 'of action.". ' The report of the incident came from the American consulate general at Shanghai.:-ItasaicU-ttier;'t ships were intercepteicHry -Chiriese naval craft off the mouth of the Yangtze river and "requested" to anchor. • ; ; ,' •.' ., The department's announcement said the nationalist forces had ^denied permission for these American ships to proceed to their destination and had advised their skippers that officers from the warships would board and inspect the vessels. Russia Breaks Friendship Alliance With Yugoslavia London, (AP)—Soviet Russia scrapped her friendship treaty with Yugoslavia Thursday, declaring that Premier Marshal Tito's regime has lined up with "foreign imperialist circles." The decision ending the alliance signed in 1945 was dis- Parks Airline Says It Can Handle Lanes Washington, (fP) —Parks Airline —a firm that has never started flights — presented testimony Thursday that it can handle 2,800 miles of mid-western routes it was awarded several years ago. The East St. Louis, 111., airline previously, the civil aeronautics board said, was not able to/obtain: sufficient financial backing to begin- operations. The present CAB hearing was determine whether Parks' certifications should be continued or revoked. closed in a. soviet note Yugoslavia. It .was broadcast by Moscow radio. The note declared the Budapest treason trial of former Hungarian Foreign Minister 'Laszlo Rajk, sentenced to death Saturday, disclosed Yugoslavia had been carrying on hostile activity against the 'Soviet- Union. Rajk was accused specifically of plotting with Yugoslav and American agents to overthrow the Moscow-backed -communist government in Hungary. Marshal Tito denounced the trial as a Russian propaganda move aimed at weakening his Yugoslav regime. The Russian Slap action was the UN Assembly Votes to Air C hi na^ Issue Lake Success, (#•)— The United Nations assembly Thursday overrode soviet objections and decided to ,give a full airing to nationalist China's charges that Russia is threatening peace by aiding Mao Tze-Tung's Chinese communists. The vote was 45 to. 6 for placing the Chinese complaint on the assembly's calendar. Five countries abstained. The issue now goes to the assembly's 59-nation political committee for detailed debate. Yugoslavia joined the soviet bloc in opposing U. N. intervention in the Chinese problem. The Yugoslavs; along with the Russians, contended the China war is an internal matter and did not come , within the province of the o f 'frie U. N. . Union." U. S. Delegate Warren R. Austin supported China's request for a full' hearing of her charges. Yugoslav Deputy Foreign Min-; ister Ales Bebler called .the con-, flict in China a civil war.and said it would be a blunder for the U. N. to intervene. This, he said, would be taking sides in an ideological war against communism. Soviet .Foreign Minister Andrei Y. Vishirisky called China's complaint a farce and denied Russia had violated the Chinese-Russian 1945 friendship treaty. Vishinsky said: "Ir. arsEV/er to the charges about violating the treaty, which are general, I can only say that it is a lie, a provocation, a slander." Man Is Killed When Truck Leaves Road Dewitt, (fP) — Clinton county's 4th traffic death of the year was recorded Wednesday night when Dorrance Monroe, 45, Rock Island, 111., was instantly killed on Highway 61 two miles south of here when the truck'in which he was riding went off the road. Hal Norton, 38, also of Rock Island, driver of the truck, is held in the Clinton city jail, pending results of a blood test. He was uninjured. CLOTHING TORN OFF Sibley, (/P)—Harold Vangelder, 29, Ocheyedan farmer, suffered back and shoulder injuries Tuesday when his clothing was torn •ft Jn the power takeoff of a corn picker. i sharpest ^diplomatic slap at Yugoslavia since 1 the Moscow-led com- infqrrn. (communist international information bureau) expelled the Yugoslavs in June, 1948. Since that time Russia and her eastern European satellites have clamped an economic boycott on Yugoslavia. Marshal Tito on Tuesday accused'. Russia of rattling the saber and digging trenches in the satellite, countries along the Yugoslav border in an attempt to intimidate his country. There was immediate speculation here that other communist-nations may follow Russia's lead and sever formal ties with the Yugoslavs. Mutual Aid Pacts Yugoslavia has friendship and mutual aid treaties with Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania. As a result of the Budapest trial, Hungary expelled 10 Hungarian diplomats from Budapest and Tito retaliated by expelling 9 .Yugoslav legation attaches from Belgrade. "In the course of the trial," the soviet note to Yugoslavia declared, "it was revealed that the Yugoslav government has already for a long time been carrying on profoundly hostile disruptive activity against the Soviet Union, hypocritically masked by mendacious assurances Consider Merger The board also will consider whether a proposed acquisition of Parks by Mid-Continent Airline of Kansas City should be approved or whether the routes "originally assigned Parks should be awarded to other applicants. Loyd Benefield, a Parks representative, said the firm would show it was fit, willing and able to handle the routes. The firm can do this, he said, in 2 ways: 1. With single-engine planes. Multi-Enginc Planes 2. With multi-engine planes if its proposed acquisition by Mid- Continent is approved. At Wednesday's opening session representatives of many cities along -the involved routes expressed opposition to the use of single-engine planes. They said the passenger potential required the use of larger planes and that 24-hour all-weather service also was necessary. The board might r-eeognize Parks' fitness, willingness and ability to handle the route with single-engine planes, Benefield said, and still decide that the routes should go to a firm with multi-engine planes. Effective Oct. 7, providing it is ; ratified by rank and file Ford workers, the new contract is unique in the auto industry's history in at least 3 respects: 1—It calls for the first major pension plan, and the company agreed for the first time to shoulder the entire financial responsibility for pensions. 2—For the first time, the union let its demand for an hourly wage increase go by the board in favor of security provisions. The present wage rate of $1.65 an hour will be continued. 3—The 30-month duration, a record in the auto industry. The past may \yell affect mil-lions of workers in the nation's other heavy industry—particularly the steel workers. 10 Cents an Hour Ford Vice President John S. Bugas said his firm's pension agreement was based on the expenditure of the 10-cent an hour limit recommended by a presidential fact-finding board in the steel industry. That "package" has not yet been granted to steel workers and a strike has been set for midnight Friday. . „ . V'This agreement," Reuther said, "points the way in the steel industry, where they are resisting a principle established here—that a pension should be entirely company-financed. It will lay the ground-work in our industry for moving forward." Bugas, who estimated his company eventually would be paying $20,000,000 a year for pensions, called the settlement "a very good bargain for Ford, its employes and the union." Mason City May Get 76 New Homes Council Approves Water Main for Apartment Project Ah apartment development which would add 76 dwelling units to Mason City became a possibility Wednesday evening when the, city council voted un?.n ir nously to install a water main for the prevject in Willowbrook addition adjoining Pierce N. W. The building p'roposal by the John G. Miller Construction company of Waterloo was presented to the council by Harvey J. Bryant, president of the Mason City De velopment association. He pointed out that the buildings would cost more than half a million dollars and would add that amount to the city's taxable property. Cost of the water main will be amortized over a 10 year period as part of the Willowbrook Development company's contract, it was agreed between the council and Frank D. Pearce, Willowbrook developer. Realization of the project will depend on completion of plans for government financing and approval by the federal housing administration, it was explained. Aaron Miller, Waterloo, said? however, that he hoped to be able to start construction yet this fall. •The special council meeting was attended by more than 30 members of the development association and the board of directors of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce. .AP Wirephoto BOGARTIZED!—Model Robin Roberts (center) shows bruises she says she received in a fracas in the El Morocco night club in New York which resulted in Actor Humphrey Bogart being banned from Eyeing the marks are Peggy Rabe (left), who was involved in the disorder, and a friend, Mary O'Connell. The affair, will be aired in court Friday. Berlin Airlift to End Friday Frankfurt. Germany, (U.R)—The Berlin airlift will end at midnight Friday after 462 days of operation, the U. S. air force announced Thursday. The bridge of planes that beat the soviet land blockade of western Berlin had been scheduled to end Oct. 31. But officials said it will cease operations a month early because sufficient stockpiles of suplies have been, ac- piles of supplies have been accumulated in Berlin to meet any emergency. Since it began June 26, 1948, the airlift has flown more than 2.343,000 tons of food and other supplies into Berlin for the western sectors' 2,500,000 inhabitants. Flights totalled 277,204. 16 Freight Cars Derailed Decorah, (/P)—Sixteen cars of a Milwaukee freight train were derailed near Fort Atkiason early Thursday when one span of a bridge over the Turkey river collapsed. No one was injured in the derailment. The Milwaukee dispatcher's office at Marion said 3 freight cars tumbled into, the river. The bridge span collapsed as the eastbound freight was ci-ossing it. Thirteen other cars left the rails. Only 2 cars and the caboose remained on the track. Traffic was tied up on the line. The dispatcher's office at Marion said the line probably would be out for several days. The derailment occurred about 1 a. m. The freight cars were loaded with grain, farm implements and merchandise. Two westbound passenger trains were reported arriving 5 hours late in Mason City Thursday. NOT ENOUGH MONEY Hollywood, (U.R)—Blond Film Actress Barbara Lawrence, 19, Wednesday had her final divorce decree from Actor John Fontaine, whom she charged embarrassed her by telling friends she didn't give him enough spending money. Steel Firms End Negotiations With Union Pittsburgh, (AP)—Two major steel producers broke off negotiations -with the CIO United Steelworkers Thursday and the industry started shutting down as the Friday midnight strike deadline approached. Crucible Steel company just outside Pittsburgh reported its workers had started walking out and the union established picket lines at all plant gates. Officials expected the plant to be shut down within a few* Trucks Are Ambushed in Pennsylvania Dynamite Blasts Occur in Pair of Non-Union Mines * By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Hidden riflemen ambushed a 14-truck coal convoy on Snow Shoe mountain in central Pennsylvania Thursday, firing a dozen shots at the non-union • truckers. No one was reported hurt. Earlier .dynamite blasts wrecked non-union mine tipples in Pennsylvania and Kentucky. It was the 4th straight day of violent outbreaks in the nation's coal fields. State Policeman Howard Hancock said no pickets were in sight when the heavily guarded convoy began its s 1 o w descent of the mountain. Step Caravan "We didn't know we were being fired upon at first," said State Police Corp. Robert Daily. "But after the first few shots we realized what it was and stopped the caravan." He led a detail of troopers into the thickly wooded area, found no one. An explosion at Butler county, Ky., caused several thousands of dollars worth of damage. A tipple and nearby motor house were destroyed and the countryside rocked for several miles. The Pennsylvania blast at Grass Flats was blamed by .Robely M. Smith, president of the Junedale Coal company on United Mine Workers. picket^. &>&&&&;•'..,••. 'No one'was hurt.;iri eimerSTastr The explosions, together with a state»-of-emergency directive by Virginia's governor, William- M. Tuck, provided a turbulent background for the resumption of negotiations Thursday between John L. Lewis' Mine Workers and 2 big branches of the coal indus- hours. . Bethlehem and Republic, the nation's 2nd and 3rd largest producers respectively, stopped bargaining. • -B u t ' industry leader United States Steel and Union President Philip Murray arranged another session. Big steel-Murray talks which usually chart industry's ..course apparently are deadlocked with neither side budging. Steel plants across the country meantime put into effect plans for an orderly shutdown. Banking of furnaces is under way. It takes 24 to 48 hours.for an orderly halt in steel operations. Bethlehem Steel .and the union stopped bargaining in .what negotiators called "a complete stalemate." No new sessions are scheduled. down over a 10 cent of 'friendship' for the Soviet KILLED IN COLLISION • Waterloo, (/P)—Robert Foster, 20, formerly of. Waterloo, 111., was killed 'Tuesday night in a headon collision on the main street ,of Evansclale, Waterloo suburb. He had moved to .Evansdale only 10 days ago to take a job at the Rath Packing plant. It was the town's first traffic fatality since it was incorporated in 1947. Bargaining broke union insistence on Weather Report FORECAST Mason City: Fair with slowly rising temperatures Friday. Low Thursday 38 to 40. High Friday 74. Iowa: Fair and warmer Thursday. Friday increasing cloudiness and warmer. Low Thursday night 32-38 east, 38-42 west. Minnesota: Fair and warmer Thursday. Friday increasing cloudiness and warmer south. Cloudy with scattered light showers north. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statis-. tics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a. m, Thursday. Maximum 56 Minimum (killing frost) 24 At 8 a. m. 40 hourly pension and insurance package to be wholly financed by he company. Bethlehem's pre- 'ious offer of a pension and in- urance program was rejected because it called for worker contributions contrary to recommenda- ions of a presidential fact-finding BULLETIN Washington, (/P)—A, §5,809,9901000 appropriation for foreign economic aid won house approval Thursday and was sent to the senate. It was approved on a voice vote. AP Wlrcpholo YEAR AGO: Maximum Minimum 7.7 41 LONGSHOREMEN CLASH WITH POLICE—CIO pickets pushed their way onto a Columbia river dock Wednesday at the Dalles, Ore., where pineapple from strike-bound Hawaii was being unloaded. Two AFL truck drivers were injured and trucks and a dock crane damaged in the brief battle. A circuit court judge later ordered the union to halt picketing. • . board. Republic Steel corporation at Ileveland offered a contributory pension-insurance plan which the union immediately rejected. Agreement of Ford Motor company to finance pensions and insurance for its workers added new pressure to the U. S. Steel- Vlurray negotiations. But neither :he corporation nor the union would comment on the Ford settlement. U. S. Steel and other big producers want employes to share in the costs. The union says that all companies which don't switch over will be struck at 12:01 a. m. Saturday. Traffic congestion has reduced real estate values in some down town areas of American cities. SAME DATE—1948—387 (Blick riaf mean* ir*KI« dtftlh !• pai 3i , , Tear Gas Is Used to Halt Labor Melee • Niagara Falls, N. Y., (U.R)—Sher- iff deputies used tear gas Thursday to disperse a club-wielding 'group of strikers, attempting to storm buses and automobiles carrying workers into the strikebound Bell Aircraft plant. The strikers, members of local 501, CIO United Auto Workers, vere grouped outside the' plant's nain gate whe'n a cavalcade of approximately 200 automobiles and a few buses drove up, escorted by. sheriff deputies. As the cavalcade approached, he strikers rushed forward brandishing sticks. But they were stopped short when deputies and ?lant guards tossed tear gas aombs into their midst. . ., A strong north- wind drove the gas among the strikers and .they scattered into fields, pursued by deputies. At least 12 were taken into custody. The brief disorder—it lasted about 10 minutes—completely disrupted picketing activities and the cavalcade of workers wa"s 'able' to proceed slowly into the plant. Injured Fatally as Car Hits Bike Fillmbre, (/P) — Eight-year-old John Carr of- Chicago, 111:, was injured fatally here Wednesday \vhen he was struck by a car and thrown into a ditch. The boy was riding a bicycle. He died of a fractured skull and other injuries. * Deputy Sheriff John Murphy said John apparently had turned into the path of the car, driven by Henry Pothoven of Fella, Iowa. No inquest is planned. John was visiting relatives here. try. llth Strike Day The walkout of 480,000 mine workers was in its llth day Thursday. Lewis, who isn't expected to attend meetings with the southern coal operators and with the northern a n d' western men, said it was a spontaneous demonstration, not a strike. The mine workers are angry at the cutoff of welfare and pension benefits. Reports began circulating in the anthracite fields of eastern Pennsylvania that the hard coal men would go back to work Monday. There was ne confirmation of the rumor. There was violence, too, in Alabama. There, a miner was reported killed by gunfire and another seriously wounded. The sheriff at Jasper said, however, he couldn't confirm the death. Coast Guard Planes Seek Italian Flyers Miami, Fla., (U.R)—Coast guard rescue planes were sent to an area 500 miles east of Nassau in the Bahama Islands Thursday to search for 2 Italian trans-Atlan- tic fliers reported alive and drif- ing on the wreckage of t h ei r plane. . The coast guard rescue control center here said it had been advised by New York headquarters that Trans World Airways had re- ceiyed information indicating the fliers might be alive. . TWA said the Italian marine radio had picked up a message believed to be from the lost fliers and asked that it 4 be relayed to the coast guard. . . The message said: "We are still alive. We are drifting near Bahama Islands. We can survive. Our position 68 degrees longitude,. 25 degrees, 7 minutes latitude. Insufficient food. Radio inoperative. We have seen no search planes. We will send further information." TWA said its Rome office added that "this is believed to be the aircraft Suzanna. Request relay and advise." The coast guard had no further information except the possible location 500 miles east of the Bahama capital. The search plane was ordered ouf of the San Juan, Puerto Rico air base. PROCLAIMS COLUMBUS DAY Des Moines, (U.R)—Gov. William It was estimated in 1889 that there weiie only 541 bison in 1>CS moincs, vu.r./—uuv. wuimiii mere weiiu umy u*i uisuu in ui« S. Beardsley Thursday proclaimed United States of an original 50,Oct. 12 as Columbus day. 1 000,000

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