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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION "THE NEWSPAFER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL. LIV Associated PTCM and United Presj Full Lease Wires (Five Cents a Copy) MASON CITY, IOWA, MONDAY, JULY 12, 1948 This P«B*r Consist* ot Two Section*-Section Ona No. 236 One Man's Opinion A Radio Commentary By W. EARL HALL Mo nag ing Editor Britains Charter of Social Security T HE react .on of the average American on reading of Britain's new cradle-to-grave social security plan recently made operative is expressible in the question: "It's all very nice—but I •wonder if they can afford it?" Some how the program insu*r- ln? 50 million Britons against ill health, unemployment, industrial accidents, disease or disablement and old age seems a bit inconsistent with the stories of austerity which have been flowing out of that island empire for the past 10 years. Known as the national insurance scheme, the system which became operative on July 5 is designed to provide for everybody, without exception—men, women and children, young and old, rich and poor, married and single, employer and employe. ff Everybody between the ages of 16 and 65 (60 in the case of women) is to share in both the benefits and in the costs. Some will pay as little as.45 cents a week, nobody more than $1.25 a week. That's What's Promised For this contribution, every 1 Briton is to be insured against emergency expenses for the rest of his life. That's what's promised. What is delivered, of course, remains to be seen. The actuarial soundness of the program has not been proved. Although there have been amendments and revisions, the plan just now being made operative in Britain is primarily the work of one little silken-haired old man by the name of Sir "William Beveridgei It was my good fortune to spend an hour or two with him back in September of 1944. My audience with him took place in his "lodgings" at Oxford university where he is headmaster of one of the colleges making up that great and ancient institution. Amusing' Incident Recalled Because the whole thing turned out to be one of the most amusing incidents of my life, I am under impulse to recall it here before I delve further into the details of the plan which he authored. At the appointed time I rang his doorbell and was greeted by a charming woman, apparently in her late 60's. S u ? was Lady Mary, who only a few months before had changed Sir William's status of bachelorhood. By her I was ushered into a large drawing room where Sir William awaited me. After the customary exchange of pleasantries, we got down to the business at hand, which had to do with what was referred to in those days as the "Beveridge plan of social security." Scarcely had we launched into the discussion, however, when there was a sound from the doorbell. In a moment Lady Mary returned, leading a veritable parade of guests. They were members of a theater repertory company playing in Oxford that week. Between 2 Talkers After a round of introductions, I found myself seated between a rather handsome gentleman and a charming, though somewhat over-upholstered, gal. They were charming enough—but all the while I was thinking about the interview with Sir William that I was missing. At the time I was recently returned from Paris. The woman to x ' • Douglas Declines to Run oh Truman Bill Taft-Hartley Repeal Part of Platform Democrats Reported to Have Approved Minimum Wage Plank Philadelphia, (U.R)—The preliminary draft of the democratic platform was reported Monday to call for outright repeal of the Taft- Hartley labor law which was en- Hayseth Died as Result of Fight, Coroner Reports acted veto. A AP Wirephoto IOWA GROUP—lowans gather Sunday night for a state caucus at the Adelphia hotel, Philadelphia. Top, left to right: Jesse Breon, Hedrick; Harry F. Garrett, Corydon; Mrs. Garrett; Gene Poston, Corydon, and Marion Hammer, Newton. Bottom, left to right: J. C. Pryor, Burlington; Ralph Lowe, Letts; Frances Phelan, Ft. Madison; J. C. White, Iowa City; Alberta Metcalf Kelly, Nichols, and James D. France, Tipton. over President Truman's highly-placed democratic source said he understood that the proposed platform asked repeal of the law even though the democrats in congress were split when the bill was passed last year. Tentative Draft The labor plank was contained Charles Bouline, 49, of 201 W., Main street, Clear Lake, was in Cerro Gordo county jail Monday facing a possible charge of murder. County Attorney James Brown said that no charge has yet been filed, however, pending a complete investigation of the death of Ole Hayseth, 56, bachelor farmer 4 miles southeast of Clear Lake. Hayseth died Sunday in a Mason City hospital from injuries believed received in a fight just after midnight at Clear Lake. Death was attributed by Dr. R. E. Smiley, Cerro Gordo county coroner, to "a skull fracture and bleeding from the middle men- ingeal artery, as a result of the fight." His report followed an autopsy performed Sunday by himself and Dr. John Darling. The fight occurred in the alley at the rear of the "Ward Furniture store, 309 Main street, in Clear Lake, according to Sheriff Cal Sokolovsky Believed Out Rumors Circulate of Commander's Removal Berlin, (U.R)—High level -talks on Germany, plus a stubborn rumor that Marshal Vassily D. Sokolovsky had been relieved of his Russian command here, indicated Monday that the Berlin crisis might be coming to a head. The wait for the Russian answer to the 3-power demand for removal of the Berlin blockade was producing signs of impatience if not anxiety in some quarters. This was the last day of a full week since the protest was made. To Discuss Blockade Lewis Douglas, U. S. ambassa- < dor to Great Britain, expected to fly back to London Monday after a quick trip here for talk's with Gen. Lucius D. Clay, Robert Murphy and other American officials. He said on his arrival Sunday he would discuss the Berlin blockade over the dinner table at Clay's residence Sunday night. Simultaneously Gen. Sir Brian Robertson, the British military governor, flew to London for urgent conferences on the Berlin crisis. He had no comment when he landed at London Sunday night. He was expected back here Tuesday. He probably will be accompanied by Anthony Eden, the No, 2 man of Britain's conservative party. No More Than Rumor The rumor that Sokolovsky was being recalled to Russia and the military governorship would go to somebody else was circulated by 2 German news agencies and the American-licensed radio station. But it was no more than a rumor, wholly unconfirmed. The best high American and British Democratic Convention Gets Off to Slow, Late Opening Convention * Hall, Philadelphia, (/P)—The strains of the "Missouri Waltz" echoed over acres of empty seats Monday as the democratic convention got off to a slow, late start. The waltz, a salute to President Harry S. Truman, was played twice. First, it came from the great rolling tones of the pipe organ. Then the brass band, in its section just beneath the roof and at the far end of the hall, played it again. There was no response either time, from the handful in the galleries or from delegates gossiping in the aisles. Plays Dixie But the bandleader, with a sure instinct for audience reactions, swung into "Dixie." He got his reaction. Rebel yells rang through the auditorium and southern delegates brought the 1st note of enthusiasm to the convention since people began gathering in Philadelphia, 3 and 4 days ago. But if the convention itself suffered by contrast to the republican conclave 2 weeks earlier, convention hall did not. Rug Covers Platform* A green baize rug covered the speaker's platform which had been bare boards during the recent republican tenure of this hall. Looking down on the rostrum from behind were 2 large lithographs of President Truman and the late Franklin D. Roosevelt. Mayor David Lawrence of Pittsburgh, finally brought a semblanci of quiet to the conclave and de clared the convention open a 11:13. Lawrence drew a scattered fir of applause when he recalled tha Roosevelt had received one of hi lominations in this hall. Again, when he mentioned "isolationist aboteurs" in the republican party, a few listeners applauded. some very intelligent questions— but time was wasting. It was in the late afternoon and I had a dinner engagement at Worcester college. Besides, Sir William was having to leave for the launching of his candidacy for parliament in a neighboring district. In England, you know, you don't have to face your own electorate. Revealed Disappointment Time dragged on and ultimately I had to take my leave. Sir William accompanied me to the door, helping me on with my topcoat. And that was about the extent of the interview. On joining up with my dinner host, the headmaster of Worcester college, I must have betrayed the disappointment which I felt over my abortive interview with Beveridge. As he listened, he smiled. "You don't by chance know the name of your 2 actor frie'nds?" he source here, and it was to such a source that the agencies attributed the rumor. Jews Capture Arabic City Tel Aviv. (U.R)—The Arab town of Ramie surrendered Monday, completing the army''of Israel's greatest victory of the war which :oppled 2 enemy strongholders on the southeast approaches of Tel Aviv and removed a long standing hreat to the capital. Ramie, transport hub with a normal population of 15,000, gave up a few hours after Jewish forces captured Lydda, twin citadel 3 miles to the northeast. The collapse of resistance at the 2 biggest towns the Arabs held on the coastal plain threw open the way for the Jewish mobile forces to sweep down on Latrun to the southeast. Latrun is the core of the Arab blockade of the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway. The Ramie surrender was written in Hebrew on a page torn from a small notebook. It was unconditional capitulation to the Jewish forces charging in to crush the last nets of resistance. The signers were Ismail Nahas, son of the mayor of Ramie, and Alexander Chernovitz for the army. Nahas said the main forces of the Arab Legion were pulled ou Sunday night when the fall of the town became inevitable. The Arabs retreated toward Latrun, he said. With all approaches thrown open to the converging Jewish forces, the town surrendered. ins — - velt-Triiman" platform completed by a 7-man subcommittee at 3:30 a. m. (EOT) Monday. The report on the Taft-Hartley repealer clause came from a party source who earlier had expressed doubt that such action would be taken because of the congressional split. A majority of house democrats voted to override Mr. Truman's veto, and senate democrats voted to sustain it by the narrow margin of 22 to 20. Labor Concession This source also said he understood the proposed platform carried another major concession to labor in calling for a national minimum wage of 75 cents an hour. The administration for a year has urged increasing the 40-cent minimum to 75 cents. Repeal of the Taft-Hartley aw and a substantial boost in the minimum wage have been 2 of .he major goals of organized labor during the past year. - Dwan. Hayseth , accompanied by ' Reuben Olson, 45, 409 N. Elm, Clear Lake, met Bouline in the alley and' after a brief argument Bouline 'struck Hayseth and knocked him to the concrete paving in the alley, according to the story told by Olson to the sheriff. Olson immediately notified Clear Lake police who sent Hayseth to the hospital by ambulance. He died at 9:45 a. m., about 9J hours after the alleged attack. Clear Lake police arrested Bouline and later turned him over to Sheriff Dwan. Olsor. still was being held in Clear Lake as a material witness. CHARLES BOULINE asked. I didn't remember—I wasn't that much interested. But I had their cards. Col. Wilkinson examined them—and smiled again. In the Presence of Fame "Mr. Hall," he finally observed, "it might interest you to know that the 2 people you found so boring this afternoon are just about the best known stage folk of Britain or the continent." One of them was Yvonne Arnaud, toast of the stage 5n such things as "Love for Love." The other was John Gielgud, perhaps the most competent Shakespearean actor of the present century. And to think that I should have tried to give these 2 notables the 4, (Continued MI P»»e *) Bernadotte Makes Trip From Europe New York, (ff) — Count Folke Bernadotte, United Nations mediator for Palestine, arrived by plane from Europe Monday and was met by Trygve Lie, U. N. secretary general. Lie immediately went aboard the Royal Dutch Airlines plane bearing Bernadotte and his party as soon at is landed and conferred with him for 10 minutes. A few hours earlier the United States formally requested an immediate meeting of the U. N. security countil as soon as Bernadotte arrived. Mrs. Truman, Margaret Leave for Washington Independence, Mo., (/P) — Mrs. Harry S. Truman, and daughter, Margaret, left Monday by train for Washington. The president's wife and daughter declined to say if they would go to Philadelphia to attend the democratic national convention after their arrival in Washington Tuesday. They have been at the lummer house here for the past week. Iowa Traffic Deaths Rise to 230 Total By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Two deaths in traffic accidents over the weekend raised the Iowa traffic toll so far this year to 230. Nira Dean Norman, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Norman of Ionia, was fatally injured at Nashua Saturday in a train-car accident. At Dubuque, Judith Ann Cooney, 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Cooney, died Sunday of injuries suffered when she was struck by a bus Thursday. Miss Norman died about 4 hours after the accident at Cedar Valley hospital in Charles City. The car she was driving and an Illinois Central freight train collided at a crossing and the car was carried 500 feet on the locomotive's cowcatcher. G. B. Luck, Nashua town marshal, said the car was broken in 2 by the impact. When the train reached a bridge across th« Cedar river, the body of the car, with Miss Norman inside, fell 25 feet on to an island in the river. The wheels remained on the tracks. H. R. Wardlow, the train engineer, said the train was going about 25 miles an hour at the time of the crash. High Living Cost Eats Up Wage Boosts New York, (U.R)—The National Association of Manufacturers said Monday that 2 rounds of wage increases won by the average Amer-- ican factory worker since the end of the war had not permanently improved "real" incomes. These increases "can only add to the present inflationary pressures, and aggravate the p r o b- lems they have created," the association said. The NAM said the record of "real wages" in the period since January, 1946 had been a "clear demonstration of the futility" of the policy of granting such wage increases and actual buying power had remained in a narrow range. The association reported that the average factory worker received $51.89 a week last May, compared with $23.86 in 1939—an increase of 117 in monetary wages. But the cost of living increased by 71 per cent and cut his actual gain to 27 per cent. Reuther Takes Seat With Union Officers in Ford Negotiations Detroit, (/P) — President Walter Reuther of the CIO United Auto Workers took a seat Monday among union negotiators in wage talks with the Ford Motor company, with the avowed intention of "staying until it is over." The UAW president thus took over as active head of the union group representing 110,000 Ford workers in contract negotiations with company officials under John S. Bugas, vice president in charge I of industrial relations. Reuther had made no such appearance since an unknown assassin tried to take his life by gunfire at his home last April 20. Since that time he has been under almost constant medical attention. One arm was almost severed by a shotgun blast. Bdrkley Is Mentioned as Possibility Die-Hards Determined to Make Opposition Gesture to President By JACK BELL Convention Hall, Philadelphia, (/?)— Justice William O. Douglas took himself out of the vice presidential picture Monday .as the democrats opened their convention, wrangling over naming President Truman to head their ticket and over their platform. While delegates were still Straggling into this hall for the first session, party leaders announced downtown that Douglas had given what they regarded as an "absolute refusal" to be considered for the No. 2 spot on the party's ticket. John Redding, democratic publicity chief, made the announcement. There had been reports earlier that President Truman, in a long distance telephone conversation, had personally asked Doug- Ijx. '-• „~.'"e consent •?•'./-' His name to -^- btfore the convention. Douglas is vacationing in Oregon. Talk of Barkley With Douglas out of consideration, talk of vice presidential possibilities centered on Gov. William Preston Lane, Jr., of Maryland, and Senator Alben W. Barkley of Kentucky. Truman's forces are in complete control of the convention and apparently able to write their o%vn platform and name the vice presidential candidate as well as hand the ticket-topping nomination to the president. But plenty of fireworks were in prospect. Gesture of Opposition Die-hard critics of the president are determined he shall not have the nomination without a gesture of opposition on the convention floor. Dixie rebels settled on Gov. Ben Laney of Arkansas as the man they will back. And Senator Claude Pepper of Florida declared himself a candidate. At least part of Alabama's delegation was ready to walk put if Truman is nominated or if the platform doesn't please them. This group won control of the delegation in a pre-session caucus. BITTEN BY CAT Kayfield—Richard Hutson, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Hutson, was severely bitten by a cat. He was taken to a doctor for medical attention and the cat's head was sent to Iowa City to determine if the animal had rabies. He is being cared for at his home. POSTMASTER DIES Albia, (ff) — William H. Frew, 74, postmaster at Hiteman for 20 years, and Monroe county deputy sheriff for 15 years prior to his resignation in March due to ill health, died at his home Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Frew celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on June 30. Call for Volunteers to Fight Fire in Michigan Houghton, Mich., (U.P.)— The U. S. forest service called Monday for 200 volunteers to help battle a spreading 100-acre forest fire in the Isle Royale National park. Saturday .pread to on Lake The ? starlt by a lightning boh r,:.itf the lake report region Superior islar.d, officers Hall Finds Democrats Put on Good Show in Caucuses \Vayne County Has 1st Auto Fatality Leon, (ff) —Earl Turner, 60, living northwest of Humeston, died in a hospital here Monday of injuries suffered in a headon collision Saturday night on highway 65 north of Humeston. Four persons riding in the other automobile were injured. Critically injured in a hospital here are Mildred Snook, 21, and Clara Story, both of Derby. Also badly hurt were Marvin R. Snook, 30, and Isaac Story, both of Derby. It was the 1st auto fatality of the year in Wayne county. AP Wlrepholo .PEPPER ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY—Senator Claude Pepper (right) gets a handshake from William Ritchie, chairman of the Nebraska delegation to the democratic convention, after the Florida senator announced his candidacy Sunday night for the presidential nomination. Mrs. Pepper is in the center. SAME DATE— 1947— 254 (BlMk flac •••«• train* 4«»l M h»«r») in »Mt Weather 'Report FORECAST Mason City: Mostly cloudy, warm and humid with possibility of a brief shower Monday night. Tuesday cloudy and cooler. Low Monday night 67. High Tuesday near 84. Iowa: Considerable cloudiness and continued rather warm and humid Monday night and Tuesday with scattered thundershowers. Low Monday night 65 to 70. Minnesota: Partly cloudy Monday with scattered showers or thunderstorms central and south portion. Cooler north Monday night. Tuesday clearing cooler south portion. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Sunday morning: Maximum 89 Minimum 60 At 8 a. m. Sunday 80 YEAR AGO: Maximum 85 Minimum 58 Globe-Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Monday morning: Maximum 90 Minimum 65 At 8 a. m. Monday 72 Precipitation trace YEAR AGO: Maximum 84 Minimum ft 66 By W. EARL HALL, Staff Representative Philadelphia — Different from their republican opponents, the Iowa democrats sitting in on their national nominating convention not only open their caucuses to the press but put on a show to make it worth while. It was so Sunday night in the William Penn room of the Philadelphia hotel when the lowans assembled for their 1st caucus. There was unanimous agreement, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, of course, that Harry S. Truman would be nominated and that he should be permitted pretty much to name his own running mate. Vote Count So about the only thing remaining for controversy was the question of how the delegates' vote should be counted. Some districts have 4 delegates, with a half vote each. Others have 2, with a full vote each. Lester Drennan of Des Moines proposed that as a means of avoiding fractions, each half delegate be considered as a full delegate and each full delegate be given 2 votes. Fifteen minutes of heated argument ensued. The final decision was that democrats in Iowa are capable of dealing with fractions particularly when they're no more complicated than halves. y jeck Re-Elected iVith that decided, the caucus ived on to re-electing G. G. Ber :k of Atlantic as national com- tteenum and Mrs. Florence M ,ynch of LeMars as national cpm- •nitteewoman. Their nominations vere from, the floor. A slate of nominees for other Dositions was brought in by a committee consisting of Judge Vlilton J. Glenn of Dubuque, Hary F. Garrett of Corydon and Henry J. Janssen of Eldora. Included on the list were Carroll O. Switzer of Des Moines, democratic nominee for governor, as delegation chairman, in place of Guy M. Gillette of Cherokee, previously designated for this post. Gillette Absent This action followed an announcement by Jake More, Harlan, chairman of the state democratic central committee, that Mr. Gillette, senatorial-nominee, probably would not attend the convention. Among the others on the nomination committee's slate and receiving election by acclamation were James D. France of Tipton, vice chairman of the delegation, Mrs. Ethel Peterson of Exira, secretary, Florence Lynch . and Mr. Jeck, members of the resolutions committee, Jesse A. Breon, Hedrick, credentials committee, J. C. Pryor of Burlington, permanent organization, John H. Hansen, Manning, .rules. H. J. Strong of Davenport was designated to represent Iowa at the formal notification of the presidential nominee and Mrs. Leona Busching of Nashua will perform a like mission with respect to the vice presidential nominee.

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