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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 VOL. LV Associated Pr«si and United Pre« Full Leas* Wire* (Five Cents a Copy) MASON CITY, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1949 AP Wirephoto LIGHTNING FIRES OIL TANKS—Flames from 2 blazing gasoline and kerosene tanks burst more than 100 feet into the air after they were ignited Tuesday night by a bolt of lightning. The 35,000 barrel tanks are at the Union Oil company refinery in ^Wilmington, Cal. No one was injured. Group in Legislature Wants Repeal of Iowa Assessor Act Say Condition of Egyptian Queen Good Rochester, Minn., (U.R) — Queen Mother Nazli of Egypt is in "very satisfactory" condition and will leave the Mayo clinic soon, Rad Ghali, her political adviser, said Wednesday. "Her majesty returned to the clinic for routine re-examination," Ghali said. "Treatment has been carried out, and the condition of the patient is very satisfactory. "She probably, will be able to leave soon, and probably will return for another routine re-examination." Ghali issued the statement in reply to a report ^hat the queen mother was in poor health. Television Network in Bow to Public Chicago, CJ.R)—The new co-axial cable network linking the Atlantic coast and the Mississippi valley by television was hailed Wednesday as an important step in preserving national unity. The last gap in the network was closed Tuesday night, hooking television stations in 15 eastern and midwestern cities onto a single wire loop. Video fans in homes, bars and auditoriums thrilled as civic, radio and communications officials greeted each other over the 2,110- mile network during the inaugural broadcast Tuesday night. Experts and laymen agreed that generally the reception over the long-distance loop was as good as that shown on screen when broadcast over local stations. Officials said the network, which will be extended over 12,000 miles by the end of this year, would be important in preserving the country's unity by disseminating information and culture over wide areas, thus preventing intensive regionalism. Hope Wanes for Air Quiz Prize Warren, Ohio, (/P) — James M. Kane, a mill worker, Wednesday was still waiting—but dubiously— for that $23,000 he was told he won on .a radio quiz program. A woman informed him by phone last Friday night that he had won that much cash and merchandise after Kane answered a question put to him. The caller said she represented a quiz show. Kane's elation began to wane, however, after he checked the newspapers and found no network quiz programs listed lor the time he received the call. SAME DATE—1949—11 mctni •• trmffU Kath If Des Moines, (ff")—A bi-partisan group in the senate and house is preparing a, bill calling for repeal of all or part of the county assessor act of 1947, a group of house democrats said Wednesday. Rep. Arnold Utzig (D-Dubuque) said the group is interested especially in discarding 2 sections of the act. Others said they favored some but not all the things the group seeks to do. One of the sections which has strongest opposition is that which makes the assessor's appointment permanent, with few exceptions. Under the bill being prepared, the assessor would be made an elective officer. The other section which Utzig said the group seeks to take out of the law is that which permits cities of 10,000 or more population to have their own assessor setups. He said the group wants all property in a county under the county assessor's jurisdiction. One" democrat who says he hopes to eliminate the entire county assessor law and return to the old township assessor system is Rep. Harry Ward of Davenport. He said he would file a bill to repeal the law.* Conceding that "in isolated cases some persons may have been undertaxed" prior to the county assessor law, Ward said the objections to the present law in the majority of cases are "sound and just." To Review Dispute in Palestine Britain's Cabinet Slates Meeting on Airplane Charges London, (/P)—Britain's cabinet planned a review Wednesday of new developments in Palestine, which the foreign office calls a grave threat to middle eastern peace. Israel and Britain blamed each other for the crisis. 1st Meeting The cabinet meeting was the first called since British-Israeli tension heightened over the destruction of 5 RAF planes in the Palestine-Egyptian frontier area last Friday. Israeli forces shot down the planes, described as armed reconnaissance craft. They fell in the closing phase of a long border battle between Israel and Egypt. Armistice talks between Israel and Egypt are due to start at Rhodes this week under United Nations auspices. Acting U. N. Mediator Ralph J. Bunche arrived at Rhodes Tuesday. Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, whose middle eastern policy has been criticized by some British newspapers, was slated to give his fellow ministers a review of the situation up to date. Exercise Restraint A foreign office statement, issued after Israel complained about British activities to the security council at Lake Success Tuesday, defined Britain's current stand on the Palestine problem: To exercise restraint, back up the United Nations and reserve her rights as to future action. Truman Sticks to Plans on Civil Rights Washington, (/P)—P resident Truman conferred Wednesday with the National Citizens Council on Civil Rights. And after the meeting, the group's spokesman, Herbert Bayard Swope, quoted the president that bills are being drafted to carry out his civil rights proposals. While this meeting was going on at the white house, a group of southern senators was mapping battle plans in the capitol. They discussed strategy in fighting any law against discrimination in jobs. The opposition is being led by Senator Richard Russell of Georgia. The conference was held in the office of Senator Harry Byrd of Virginia and was attended by Senator Kenneth McKellar of Tennessee, senate president pro- tern. The specific purpose of their meeting was to work out a method to prevent abolition of the filibuster. Their chief weapon against civil rights legislation is the talk- fest designed to prevent a vote. But there is a concerted move by both the administration and republicans to put through a resolution that would outlaw the filibuster. After the session, Russell said the group of 17 agreed unanimously to oppose any moves to bar the filibuster. He said all the senators present also voiced opposition to the entire presidential civil rights program. Israel Air Raid Blackout to End Tel Aviv, Israel, (/P)— Israel's air raid blackout ends Wednesday night, officials announced. Premier David Ben-Gurion, in a speech to the Palestine labor party council Wednesday, aaid there is no certainty that the war with the Arab states is ended, but he indicated he is hopeful the present peace moves will succeed. Wants More Help in Probe of Gambling Moline, III., (JP) —Barney Moran, Rock Island county state's attorney, said Tuesday he wants more public help next month in the scheduled grand jury investigation of gambling conditions. "If the grand jury is to get very far," he said, "everyone with knowledge of gambling should appear and testify." He made the statement after scores of petition signers had asked to be excused from testifying because they have "no actual knowledge" of gambling in the county. Earlier Moran had said he would invite 1,500 persons who signed the petition asking the investigation to appear before the grand jury. This Paper Consist* of Two Sections—Section One No. 81 AP Wirephoto VICKI WANTS TO CLEAR NAME — Vicki Evans, 25-year- old nightclub dancer who failed to appear Monday in a California court where she is involved in a marijuana case with movie star Robert Mitchum and 2 others, said in New York she is anxious to return to California to "clear my name." Says Rutledge Is Not Killer Doctor's Attorney Denies Confession St. Louis, (/P)—An attorney for Dr. Robert C. Rutledge asserted Wednesday that the St. Louis physician did not kill Byron C. Hattman, whom he is charged with murdering in a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, hotel room last Dec. 14. The 2 men fought in the hotel room as a result of an argument over Hattman's attentions to Mrs. Sydney Rutledge, the physician's 23-year-old wife. Hattman, an engineer for an electrical manufacturing firm here, was fatally stabbed. "Dr. Rutledge did not kill Hattman and did not inflict the wound which resulted in his death," Attorney Leo F. Laughren told a reporter. "Furthermore, Dr. Rutledge has never said he killed Hattman." Laughren refused to elaborate on his statement, saying:. "Evidence in a murder trial should be produced in court, not in the newspapers." Civil Service System Bill Is Introduced Personnel Office Would Be Set Up, Jobs Classified l>es Moines, (#•)—Legislation proposing a full-fledged civil service system for state employes was introduced in the Iowa senate Wednesday. A bill to create a civil service board of 3 members and establish tenure for all employes except elective officials and statutory appointive officers was offered by Senators George Faul (R-Des Moines), Leo Elthon (R-Fertile) and Paul E. McCarville (R-Fort Dodge). The proposal goes much further than a personnel bill introduced late Tuesday by members of the 1947 legislative interim committee. The committee proposal would create a personnel department and establish job and salary classifications without any civil service rights. It would also exempt from the job classification the em- ployes of state educational institutions. The Faul-Elthon-McCarville bill would establish a 3-member-board to be named for a 6 year term by the governor with the consent of the senate. All employes who had been in the state service for 2 years or more would -automatically receive civil service rights. The board would set up job and salary classifications and make rules for pay increases and promotions. Any employe discharged would have the right of appeal to the board and to Iowa courts. U. S. Employe Arrested on Treason Count Washington, (U.R)—The justice department Wednesday announced the arrest on treason charges of Herberts J. Burgman, a former state department employe who broadcast for the nazis during the war. Department officials said that Burgman was taken into custody by U. S. occupation authorities in Germany "very recently." They said he will be flown back to the United States later this month, and his case will be presented to a grand jury. Burgman, a 52-year-old Minnesotan, is the first civilian government employe to be accused of treason in World war II. At the same time, the department announced that the cases of several other Americans charged with broadcasting over the nazi radio have been under investigation. North Iowa Soldier Dies in Accident Frederick, Md., (#»)-—Pvt. Lloyd H. Wheeldon, 29, of Mclntire, Iowa, was killed Tuesday when he apparently lost control of the Jeep he was driving and swerved off the road near here. Wheeldon, a veteran of 3 years service in Europe during the war, was stationed at Fort Meade, Md. A Fort Meade officer said Wheeldon was driving 1 of 6 Jeeps being transported from Letterken- ney ordnance depot at Chambersburg, Pa., to Fort Meade. He said the others in the convoy missed Wheeldon when they arrived at Frederick and went back to check. They found his body lying in the road on the outskirts of Catoctin Furnace. Dr. R. W. B a e r, Frederick county medical examiner, said Wheeldon died of internal injuries. Asks Divorce Law Change 23 Measures Go Before Iowa House Des Moiues, (ff>) —A proposal to halt the granting of divorces in uncontested cases was among 23 measures introduced Wednesday. in the house of representatives. \ Author of the divorce proposal is Rep. Jacob Van Zwol (R-Paullina) a first term member. The measure would provide that a divorce cannot be granted unless both parties are in court or are represented by attorneys in good standing. "In many cases," Van Zwol said, one of the parties is bluffed, coerced, intimidated and enticed into not contesting the case and parties are actually defrauded. "Divorce is a serious thing. No individual should approach such a tragedy without competent, independent, personal counsel. "Provision for independent counsel would resule in settlements that were fair." After brief routine business the house adjourned at 11:10 a. m. until 10 a. m. Thursday. BIRD TAKES PENCILS Sydney, N. S., (JP) —Students at 2 schools complained Wednesday a crow has been swooping into windows during class and flying off with pencils. Truman Salary Raise Expected Bill Would Hike Pay of Other Officials Washington, (/P)—A bill to give President Truman a $25,000 raise and much more expense money sped Wednesday toward expectec senate approval Thursday. After the measure had received a 10-to-l okay late Tuesday in the senate civil service committee Chairman Johnston (D-S. Car.) told newsmen there is "no reasor why the bill should not pass Thursday in the senate." Its backers are hurrying the pay raise proposal because it mus become law before inauguration day Jan. 20 if Mr. Truman is to benefit. The constitution says a president cannot have his salary boosted, during his term in office. Besides giving the presiden' $100,000 a year in pay plus a tax- free $50,000 expense account—not counting the $40,000 he now gets for travel costs and keeping up the white house—the bill would raise the salaries of the vice president, house speaker, cabinet members and other top officials. Bridge at Keokuk Becomes Toll Free Keokuk, (U.R) — The Keokuk municipal bridge across the Mississippi river becomes toll free after almost 78 years at midnight Wednesday, and this city and it neighbors in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri will celebrate Thursda with a parade, band music, free lunch and free movies. Mayor Frank A. Willmering o Keokuk and Mayor Fred Tweston of Hamilton, 111., will cut a ribbon representing the toll gates in ceremony Thursday morning. Then they will join a parade through the down town area. Bill to Ask Rent Ceiling Extension TRUMAN'S INAUGURAL MEDAL—Cast of President Truman inaugural medal being struck at Philadelphia mint is held by Edwin Dressel, superintendent, while Mrs. Nellie Tayloe Ross, director, holds medal. Southern California Snow No Longer Novel—More Seen By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Winter continued to play favorites Wednesday. It slapped the far west, the Pacific northwest, west Texas and the panhandle with chilling snows, sleet and cold. And it caressed the south with balmy breezes that brought flowers into bloom. Snow—the 4th straight day of it—was predicted for one time sunny southern California. However, the forecast was that it wouldn't be so cold in the orange and lemon growing belt—a minimum of 26 in comparison with the frosty 19 of early Monday. Snow Melts Most of the snow melted from Los Angeles' downtown area but there was 8 inches of the white stuff in Orange County's Silverado canyon. Sheets of ice and sleet gripped much of west Texas and the-panhandle and large sections of eastern New Mexico also were coated. The ice—inches thick—felled telephone lines and closed all roads in the Amarillo area. Schools were shut down and bus schedules cancelled. Power and telephone lines by the hundred were down in west Texas and 2 deaths attributed to the weather were reported there. Power Shortage Prolonged cold brought a new problem to the Pacific northwest— a power shortage. The long freeze cut the flow of water in ice- clogged streams and rivers, reducing the water supply needed for power generators. Trucks loaded with supplies crashed through to the snowbound town of Gordon in western Nebraska Tuesday but the little town still was in danger. A critical shortage of fuel oil grew worse and the only routes that oil could be brought in were blocked by huge snow drifts. Vet Hospital Construction Will Continue Washington, D. C., (U.R) — Rep. Thomas E. Martin, (R-Iowa), said Wednesday that construction plans for a new veterans hospital at Iowa City will be continued despite government curtailments on other projects. President Truman's recommendations that plans for 24 veterans hospitals be canceled and sizes o: 14 others be reduced will not affect .the Iowa City hospital,.Martin said. Bids are now being received for the Iowa City project, he said Land previously was obtained and cleared, he added. $30 AN ISSUE New York, (U.R)—A magazine, "Nation's Heritage," hit the news stands Wednesday. A picture magazine of 220 pages, it will be published every 2 months without advertising. But even the publisher said he doesn't expect many persons to subscribe, It costs $30 an issue. Aviators have reported swifts circling about planes which were flying at speeds up to 85 miles an hour. AP Wirephoto CARONIA ARRIVES ON MAIDEN VOYAGE—The 34,183-ton Caronia, new Cunard White Star liner, moves past buildings of New York's lower skyline on arrival Tuesday on her maiden voyage from Southampton and Cherbourg. The 715-foot Caronia, largest passenger ship built in the postwar period, was built at a cost of more than $20 million and is intended for trans-Atlantic and cruise service. It has a capacity of 932 passengers. Truman Flies to Marshall Home for Talk Washington, (LLR) — Presiden Truman flew unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon to Pinehurst,. N Car., for a talk with Secretary o: State George C. Marshall. Mr. Truman's unannounced rflight was made in an air force Constellation plane. He left Washington at 1:13 p. m (EST) and was scheduled to land at about 2:30 p. m. at Hope Field Fort Bragg, N. Car. According to Eben Ayers, an assistant in the office of Press Secretary Charles G. Ross, "The president wanted to see him once more while he (Marshall) is stil secretary of state." S4oy Go to Senate by Thursday Also Would Put Many Homes Back Under Controls Washington, (fP) —Legislation to xtend rent ceilings 27 months and put thousands of dwellings back under rent control will be intro- luced by Senator Myers (D-Pa.), probably Thursday. Senator Maybank (D-S. Car.), chairman of the senate banking committee, told a reporter the measure might become the administration's rent bill. Mr. Truman has asked for tightening of controls and extension for at least 2 years. First Mectinr The senate banking "committee will hold its first meeting .of the session Friday. Maybank predicted hat rent legislation will get a top priority. The present law expires Vlarch 31. Myers' bill would extend control through June, 1951. Rep. Spence (D-Ky.) said he plans to introduce a rent control Dill drafted by the administration. An official of the housing expediter's office said that measure and the one Myers will sponsor appear to be very similar. Under Myers' bill as shown to a reporter, rent control would revert pretty much to its status prior to changes authorized, over Mr. Truman's protest, by the republican-controlled 80th congress. New Dwellings New dwellings, including those rented since they were de-controlled, would be placed under rent ceilings again. So would converted dwellings and permanent hotel accommodations, including apartment hotels. A rent control official said re- control of new construction alone would apply to thousands of dwelling units. Transient hotel rooms and motor courts would remain decontrolled. The bill would give the housing expediter authority to control or recontrol whole additional areas. Assessment on Weeds invalid Court Rules in Favor of Floyd Landowners Charles City — Two absente owners of land in Floyd count; will not have to pay a $1,127.61 weed control assessment leviec against them by the board of sup ervisors. Their objection to thi assessment, carried to distric court here Nov. 20 in an action seeking a writ of certiorari, wa; sustained in a decree filed by Dis trict Judge T. A. Beardmore. Thi ruling declared in effect that thi board was without proper juris diction in making the levy. S. O. and Doris Aungst, Florid; residents and owners of 480 acre of land south of Charles City, helc they had not oeen notified, as pro vided by s£ate law, that weeds on their property would be cut un der Floyd county's weed contro program. The board of supervisors' de fense was that the agent of t,h owners, Ira Marsh, of Greene, hai received notice of the propose* destruction of noxious weeds or the property. In an opinion whici accompanied his order, howevev the judge held that notice to an agent, unless specifically pro vided in Iowa statutes, is not suf ficient to comply with the wee control law. C-54 CRASHES Frankfurt, (U.R)—An America 4-engined C-54 skymaster plan returning from an airlift missio to Berlin crashed 2 miles east o Frankfurt Wednesday and firs reports said 3 crew members wer killed. The cause of the crash wa not known immediately. Jumps Track for 2nd Time Crack Train Takes Plunge Into Swamp Leesburg, Fla., (U.R)—A Seaboard Railway streamliner, the Orange Blossom Special, jumped the rails Tuesday night for the 2nd time in 2 days and plunged into a swamp near here, injuring 21 persons. Twelve of the deluxe train's 16 Pullman sleeper cars left the track, some careening down a 10-' foot embankment. The engine rolled a quarter of/a mile down the track and burned. None of the passengers or crewmen on the fast northbound train, heavily traveled by winter tourists between New York and Miami, was injured seriously. Among those hurt was Mrs, Victor Lavin, Trenton, N. J., an expectant mother. On Monday the Orange Blossom Special, using different equipment, had a similar accident near Milford, Va., and 25 persons were, injured. Railroad officials were" unable to determine the cause of either wreck. The diesel-powered train derailed Tuesday night as it whizzed past the Bay Lake water tank, 35 miles south of here. The injured were brought to 2 hospitals here. Most suffered only minor abrasions and 5 were released Tuesday night. Weather Report FORECAST Mason City: Partly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday. A little warmer Thursday. Low Wednesday,night 8 to 12. High Thursday near 32. Iowa: Partly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday. A little warmer Thursday. Low Wednesday night 10-15 northwest 20 southeast. Minnesota: Partly cloudy Wednesday night, somewhat warmer north and west portion. Thursday cloudy and warmer. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics for- 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning: Maximum 24 Minimum 17 At 8 a. m. Wednesday 17 YEAR AGO: Maximum 42 Minimum 22

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