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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 uiim Aoociated Presi and United Pre«s Full L«as« Wires (Five Cents a Copy) MASON CITY, IOWA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 1949 This Paper Consists of Two Sections— Section On* Ne, If GEORGE C. MARSHALL ******* * Marshall Quits Secretary of State Post; ^dcfieson In Washington, (U.R)—Secretary of State George C. Marshall has resigned and Dean Acheson has been appointed his successor, President Truman announced Friday. Budget Director James E. Webb was named to succeed Undersecretary of State Robert A. Lovett who also resigned. The resignations are effective Jan. 20. Pace Succeeds Wehb Frank Pace, Jr., was named to replace Webb as director of the bureau of the budget. Pace is now assistant director of the budget. Frederick J. Lawton, a career man in the budget bureau, was named to succeed Pace. Acheson, former undersecretary of state, will carry out the nation's present foreign policy, Mr. Truman, told a news conference. Accepts Resignation The president accepted Marshall's resignation "reluctantly and with deep regret," telling reporters he regarded Marshall as "the outstanding man" of the 2nd World war era. Marshall is 68. He recently underwent an. operation for removal of a kidney. He is now convalescing. His health was the primary factor in his resignation. * * FEW Head Rejects CIO Merger Order Chicago, (fP) — Grant Oakes, president of the ClO-United Farm Equipment Workers' union, Friday rejected as "a Pearl Harbor ultimatum" CIO orders that his •union merge with the ClO-Unit- ed Automobile Workers. Oakes appeared briefly before a special 3-man committee of CIO officials headed by Emil Rieve, president of the Textile Workers of America, and read a prepared statement. Rieve's committee was appointed at the, recent CIO convention at Portland, Ore., to negotiate the merger, ordered by the convention. "Your committee carries absolutely no status with our organization" Oakes told the CIO leaders. "I appear here only out common courtesy to individual officers of CIO affiliates." Sleepwalks Nearly Mile in Underwear Willmar, Minn., (U.R)—Twelve- year-old Donald Johnson is sound, sleepwalker. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ruddj Johnson, told. Friday how Donald walked barefoot, clad only in hi underwear, for nearly a mil< through icy streets in below-freez ing, after midnight temperature without waking up. DEAN ACHESON 7 Blizzard Victims Found Storm Death Toll Increased to 17 Denver, (fP) —The snow blank eted bodies of 2 families 7 per sons—were found Thursday in „ blizzard-blasted Wyoming and neexpansn ' Mr ' u ™ an Economic Message to Congress Truman Calls for Increase in Jobs, Production Boost By STERLING F. GREEN Washington, (&) —P resident Truman expressed firm belief Friday that this country can attain ts goal of continuous maximum employment, production and purchasing power." He cautioned, however, that 'our unparalleled prosperity has not been maintained by chance, and that we can lose it if we eave the future to chance." He acclaimed the halt of the long price rise as the welcome signal of an approaching "stable" prosperity, not of an oncoming depression. His annual economic report told congress that the "fair deal" program he laid before it Wednesday is a 2-edged weapon of government—that it is "anti-depression" as well as anti-inflation. Mr. Truman fixed these national goals for the year: Another million-man increase in employment, to a yearly average of 60,000,000 civilians at work; and another 3 to 4 per cent boost in production. Production last year was reported, in the dollar value of all goods and services poured out, at the historic high of $252,700,000,000. But the gain which Mr. Truman wants is in terms of actual goods and services, with the dollar inflation squeezed out. Personal Income The president's report showed that personal income in 1948 was $211,000,000,000. He said consumer income rose about in proportion to the climb in consumer prices. But he declared that profits are swollen to "excess" and that "dangerous inflationary forces" still imperil the economy. Backing up his 8-point request for control legislation, he told the democratic congress in a report that went first to the house: "We need, to have available a range of governmental measures which can be applied as a brake or as accelerator according to the need." His proposed 84.000,000,000 tax increase, to be drawn, mainly from corporation earnings, can be applied "without unduly interfering with prospects for continued busi- Children, Mother Die as Otranto Home Burns REMAINS OF TRAGEDY—Fire of undetermined origin leveled this 6-room frame home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wells at Otranto Thursday afternoon taking the lives of Mrs. Wells and 3 of her 5 children. Early arrivals on the scene thought the worst of the outbreak came from the Globe-Gazette photo living room where the heating unit was maintained. But the entire structure was a twisted mass of ruins in 2 hours' time. The brick schoolhou&e, across the road, may be seen in the background. Colorado. Thawing weather unveiled the twin tragedies that raised the storm death toll to at least 17. Wyoming listed 9 victims, Colorado 6 and western Nebraska 2. Near the northern Colorado settlement of Rockport were found the bodies of Philip Roman, 37, his wife, lone, 35, and their children, Tony 10 and Peggy 8. Gale winds and smothering snow struck them down Monday when they struggled from their stalled truck toward a residence a mile away. The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Archuleta about 30, and their 5 year old daughter were found in their snow covered automobile near Hillsdale, Wyo., 17 miles east of Cheyenne. Most of the other storm victims were elderly persons who died of heart drifts snow. attacks fighting through or overexertion shoveling The report was notably more conciliatory toward business than the state of the union message which, 48 hours earlier, stressed the inflationary hazard and failed even to mention the price declines of recent months. Friday's message had this reassurance: Not Needed 1. "It is possible that we may not, in fact, be forced to use such controls" as the standby price, wage and allocation powers he •wants on the law books. 2. The tax policy "should be GOP Has Own Housing Bill To Introduce Measure as Demo Substitute Washington, (/P)—Senate republicans laid plans Friday to offer their own housing bill as a substitute for the program proposed by President Truman. The bill is being drafted by a group of self-styled liberals who unsuccessfully rebelled against the "old guard" GOP leadership in Senator Ives (R-N. Y.), a leader of the insurgents, told a reporter about the plan and said Senator Taft (R-Ohio) had agreed to back it. Taft, a public housing advocate, was the target of the recent GOP uprising. As it shapes up now, the republican housing measure will provide 'a more modest program than the one Mr. Truman proposed in his state of the union message. Mr! Truman called for a far- reaching plan that would include the construction of 1,000,000 public housing units in the next 7 years. Democratic senators promptly introduced a bill to meet his request. Veteran Film Director Dies of Heart Attack Cottonwood, Ariz., (/P)—Victor Fleming, 60, veteran director of "Gone With the Wind" and mentor of many of Hollywood's best known players,' is dead of a heart attack. He was stricken Thursday night in his cottage at the nearby, Beaver Creek guest ranch, where he was vacationing with his family and died in a car enroute to the Cottonwood hospital. President Truman in Favor of Flexible Price Support Washington, (JP)—President Truman came out Friday for flexible farm price supports, thereby rejecting congressional proposals to continue present 90 per cent parity farm price floors. In his annual economic report to congress, the chief executive said rigid supports would in the end cut farmers' income and force rigid production controls upon them. Mr. Truman's advocacy of flexible supports came at a time when the congressional farm bloc is split over the issue of long- range government aid to farmers. 90 Per Cent Parity One group—led by the democratic chairmen of the senate and house agriculture committees— want the present wartime 90 per cent parity supports continued Indefinitely. They are due to expire at the end of 1949 under terms of a law passed by the republican-controlled 80th congress. (Parity is a legal standard of prices held to be fair equally to farmers and consumers.) Another group—led by Senators Lucas (D-I11.) and Aiken (R-Vt.) —want a system of flexible supports, along the lines of the GOP- passed law. Sliding Level This GOP law authorizes supports ranging 'between 60 and 90 per cent of parity for major crops and from zero to 90 per cent for other products. Supports would be highest in times of .shortages and lowest in times of surplus. Mr. Truman said this law, which he signed, "represents an important step forward in recognizing the difficulties associated with over-rigid supports. But he said it needs revisions to make it even more flexible. The ^resident said flexible supports would be useful in helping obtain shifts in crop production —that is, away from crops in surplus supply to those in short supply. Rigid or equal supports for all crops would hinder such shifts, he said. flexible and should be promptly adjusted to the changing needs of business and consumers"— : an implied promise to lower rates again if a recession hits. 3. Price ceilings, if they are invoked on key materials, will be selective and not the "general or over-all price control of the wartime variety."" Any legislation should encourage voluntary price cuts before ceilings are clamped on. 4. Priyate enterprise is the nation's prime reliance "for economic results," aided by a "vigorous government and the mutual respect and trust that we all hold for one another." The president demanded rent control extension "for at least 2 years." Friday's legislative recommendations followed in the main his Wednesday program, with this additional tax proposal: Some New Taxes Some new excise taxes "may be desirable," along with the rise in corporation, gift and estate levies and the possible boosts in middle and upper bracket income taxes. But the oleomargarine tex and some others "should be repealed." Mr. Truman also asked extension of the law under which steel and other scarce materials are allocated to vital industries by voluntary industry agreement—a point he failed to make in Wednesday's request for compulsory controls and priorities. He again scolcted the housing industry for "pricing itself out of the market." And again he asked for strengthened rent control, slum clearance, and a public housing program to build 1,000,000 low- rent dwellings in 7 years. "I firmly believe that this goal is attainable," Mr. Truman said. The economic message is required annually of the president by the employment act of 1946. That law binds the government to develop and follow policies leading to maximum employment, production and buying power while avoiding violent booms or depressions. The message was based on a detailed ecnomic review drafted by the president's council of economic advisers, headed by Dr. Edwin G. Nourse. The council's report was Denies Fight on U. S. Policy Truman Says Franklin Article Without Fact Washington, (/P)—P resident Truman denied Friday, emphatically and in detail, a published story that he is engaged in a fight within his cabinet to soften U. S. policy toward Russia. At his news conference the chief executive asserted that there is no change in this country's foreign policy. He said the article by Jay Franklin in Life magazine is without foundation in fact in nearly every instance and paragraph. Mr. Truman said further that he never had a private conference or interview with Franklin in his life. The president spoke out on the issue after some top administration officials had indicated belief that he would have to clarify his personal attitude toward Russia soon. Orders 1st Degree Murder Charge Filed Against Dr. Rutledge Cedar Rapids, (#0 — Distric Judge G. K. Thompson has ordered that a first degree murder charge against Dr. Robert C- Rutledge be submitted to the grand jury Monday. His action was taken late Thursday at the request of Linn Counts Attorney William C. Crissman after Missouri Governor Phil M Donnelly refused to extradite Rutledge. The St. Louis doctor is charged with murdering Byron C. Hattman, also of St. Louis, in a Ceda Rapids hotel Dec. 14. RAIL EXECUTIVE DIES Cleveland, (/P) — John Wyso Davin, 57, president of the Nicke Plate railroad and chairman o the board of the Wheeling an transmitted along with Mr. Tru- Lake Erie railway, died Friday in • u:« !_*».«... man's. i his home. AP Wirephoto WELLS CHILDREN AND MOTHER—Above are Mrs. Harold Wells and 4 of her children, 2 of which perished in a fire at Otranto Thursday. On the left is David, who survives. Barbara Ellen, 3, is dead. Harold Gary, 4, also died. Vern, on the right, survives. Leslie Keith, 19 months, another victim of the fire, is not shown. Jet Planes Make Trip in Record Time New York, (/P)—Two air force pilots sped here Friday from Chicago in Shooting Star jet planes in one hour, 21 minutes and 8 seconds, fastest trip ever made between the 2 cities. The F80C planes flashed over LaGuardia field at 12:17.53 p. m. (CST). They had passed the Chicago municipal airport, 711 air miles away, at 10:56.45 a. m. to begin their flight. The pilots were Lt. Col. Bill Haviland and Lt. Harry Howell. Air force officials said they did not "know of any jet record for the flight between the nation's 2 largest cities but the commercial airplane mark was one hour, 51 minutes and 43 seconds. Bunche Proposes Armistice Talks on Island of Rhodes Beer, Cigaret Tax Revenue Shows Rise Des Moines, (U.R)—Iowa's beer and cigarette tax revenues increased $38,000 last month over a year ago, the state tax commission reported Friday. Cigarette revenue totaled $431,147 compared with $412,025 in December, 1947. Beer revenue totaled $252,347, compared with $233,349 a year ago. Lake Success, (£>)—Acting U..N. Mediator Ralph Bunche proposed Friday that armistice talks between Israel and Egypt begin Jan. 11 or 12 on the island of Rhodes. Bunche made his proposal after reporting to the security council's 7-nation Palestine committee that Egypt and Israel had agreed on a cease fire to be followed by direct negotiations on an armistice. "I have every reason to believe," Bunche said, "that a cease fire is now in effect." United Nations observers reported to truce headquarters at Haifa Friday that the new cease fire in southern Palestine is being respected by both Israelis and Egyptians. Bunche said the Egyptian government should be commended for taking the initiative in proposing the armistice talks. Egyptian Delegate Mahmoud Bey Fawzi said: "We must see to it that no more attacks take place." SAME DATE—1948—6 (Wklt* fl»i meant n» traffic 4**th ta past £4 k««r») Grant 2 Weeks for Appeal on Land Tax Case Des Moines, (/P) —The Iowa supreme court Friday granted an extension of 2 weeks for the filing of a 3rd appeal in the agricultural land tax credit case. Counsel for Mrs. Laura Dickinson of Epworth was given until Jan. 27 to file a petition for a rehearing of the case. The ccurt last month held the act, passed by the 1945 legislature was constitutional. Last February the court ruled that the act was invalid and the state obtained a rehearing. HAS APPENDICITIS Cause for Blaze Not Determined Father and 2 Other Children Are Survivors By RICK MEREDITH Staff Representative Otranto — There was nothing left but a large hole in the ground littered with charred, unrecognizable ruble after fire burst through the Harold Wells residence here Thursday afternoon and cost the lives of 4 of the 7 members of the family. The dead are: Mrs. Harold Wells, 24. Harold Gary Wells, 4. Barbara Ellen Wells, 3. Leslie Keith Wells, 19 months. Survivors are the father and 2 sons, Vern 6, and David. 5. Otranto, population 140, is in northwest Mitchell county, 2 miles from the Minnesota border, 5 miles north and 3 miles west of St. Ansgar. What caused the fire no one was able to say. Neighbors thought the family had changed from an oil to a coal heating unit, in their living room where the worst of the blaze appeared in the early stages. Had Oil Burner But Wells, composed as he sat Thursday night at the farm home of his father 4 mile north of town, said the 6-room frame structure was still being heated by an oil burner. The home, more than 40 years old, sat directly across from the brick schoolhouse. Teachers kept pupils in school during the early stages of the fire, first discovered at 3:15 p..m. Mrs. Wells was at the postoffice about i block away and ran quickly to the home when smoke ' was seen billowing from it. It appeared she had attempted to rescue 2 of the youngsters in the kitchen and had turned to get the infant in the living room when overcome by smoke as her body was found lying in the doorway from the living room to kitchen. The bodies of Harold and Barbara were found nearly 2 hours later, a short distance away in the kitchen. Z Children Away Mr. Wells, who farms 400 acres with his father, H. G. Wells, was on his way home from work; Vern was in school and David, 1$ blocks away at the grocery. First to arrive at the scene after Mrs. Wells were Charles Crane, Arthur Saltou, and George Ransom. Crane said all he could see at first was smoke and then flames seemed to engulf the entire house rapidly. Ransom, of nearby Rose Creek, Minn., was able to crawl in on the floor, after hearing the baby's cry, and hand it out to Des Moines, (U.R)—Two-year-old Eugene Smith had his appendix removed in a Des Moines hospital Friday after an attack of acute appendicitis. His condition was described as fair. Weather Report FORECAST Mason City: Increasing cloudiness and continued mild Friday night and Saturday. Low Friday night about 30, high Saturday 40-45. Iowa: Increasing cloudiness and continued mild Friday night and Saturday. Low Friday night 32 to 36. Iowa 5-Day Weather Outlook: Increasing cloudiness and continued mild Friday night and Saturday. Light rain or snow and turning colder Sunday. Monday clearing and cold. Tuesday warming again with a little precipitation, followed by colder Wednesday. Temperatures will average near or somewhat above seasonal normals, and precipitation will generally total less than one-tenth of an inch. Normal highs 26 north, 33 south. Normal lows 7 north, 14 south. Minnesota: Partly cloudy, windy and mild Friday night. Saturday much colder with snow flurries northwest by morning and over remainder by afternoon. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending o'clock Friday morning: Maximum Minimum At 8 a. m. Friday YEAR AGO: Maximum Minimum at 8 36 30 32 31 14 Crane through a window the latter smashed. The infant was rushed to St. Olaf hospital in Austin by. Roger Campbell of Otranto but, badly burned, died about an hour later. Firemen Helpless Fire departments from Carpenter, 4 miles away, and St. Ansgar answered the call quickly but were powerless to save any of the home. They did prevent flames from spreading to the home of Mrs. Charles Howard next door and to the sfhoolhouse. Sparks aided by a strong southwest wind showered the roof of the school, across the road to the east. The firemen were hampered by lack "of connections. Chief Leonard Larson and several men from Carpenter arrived first at 3:30 and hooked on to an automatic pump in the home of John Klusmeier, 2 doors north. A red glow from minor outbreaks was still in evidence at 9 p. m. The loss was estimated at between $3,500 and $4,000 and was partially insured. Thte Wells family moved here from Riceville in March, 1945, when he went into fanning partnership with his father. Their home had been completely refurnished last summer. Mrs. Wells was the former Margie Stevenson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Stevenson of Elma. She was born at' Roceville, May 27, 1924, and was graduated from high school at Chester, The Wells were married in ^October, 1941, and lived at Ricevflle before coming to Otranto. Harold Gary was born at Riceville, Dec. 26, 1944; Barbara Ellen at Otranto, Dec. 12, 1945, and Leslie Keith, June 3, 1M7. David and Vern were put to bed early at their grandparents' farm Thursday night, not fully aware of the tragedy which had taken place.

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