Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on January 6, 1949 · Page 1
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

A Publisher Extra Newspaper

Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 1

Mason City, Iowa
Issue Date:
Thursday, January 6, 1949
Page 1
Start Free Trial

NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" ROME EDITION VOL. LV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires (Five Cents a Copy) MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, JANUARY G, 1949 Start Push for Truman Goals Brush Off Charges of Socialism By JACK BELL Washington, (/P) — Democratic leaders shrugged off republican cries of "socialism" Thursday as they opened a drive to rush the bulk of President Truman's tax- welfare-labor program through congress. With the idea that the first 100 days are the easiest, administration lieutenants charted swift action. They intend to have some of the wide range of white house proposals ripening into final form about the time Mr. Truman takes the oath for a full 4-year term January 20. Senator Lucas (D.-I11.) the upcoming majority leader in the senate, keynoted the hurry-up refrain. With Speed The senate, Lucas said, "will proceed with all convenient speed." Republicans saw threats of national bankruptcy in the Truman spending proposals. They blasted the president's idea for government-built steel plants as "socialism." They bemoaned his failure to ask for any savings in government costs. The GOP will get another crack at this latter subject Monday when Mr, Truman submits to congress a budget expected, to reach $41,900,000,000 for the year beginning July 1. But general congressional reaction, indicated that Mr. Truman stands a good chance of getting many of the things he proposed Wednesday in his personally-delivered state of the union message. The chances for passage in some form, looked good for: A tax increase, but possibly not the full $4,000,000,000 he asked (largely from big business) and in a form that may suit congress but not be fully pleasing to the president. Labor Law Repeal Taft-Hartley labor law repeal, with the modifications of the Wagner act that Mr. Truman suggested and possibly some others— including the non-communist affidavit in some form. Economic controls, but possibly not the standby price-wage authority or the steel-plant building power he requested. Welfare legislation, such as aid to education, social security expansion, housing and raising of the minimum wage level. His plan for prepared medical insurance, however, remains in the doubtful class. Introduce Measure for Law Repeal Washington, (ff) —Legislation to repeal the Taft-Hartley law anc restore the Wagner labor relations act was introduced in the senate Thursday. Senator Elbert Thomas (D.- Utah), chairman of the senate labor committee, offered it. Thomas told the senate that his measure would retain only 1 feature of the Taft-Hartley act—the section which increased the national labor relations board from 3 to 5 members. Thomas said, however, that repeal of the Taft-Hartley law wil call for enactment of other new labor legislation. He noted tha the president, in his state of the union message asking for repeal also "called for other legislation.' HONORS NEWSPAPERS New York, (U.R) — The United States lines named one of its new cargo -vessels American reporte Thursday as a tribute to the news paper profession. BULLETIN Jeffeison City, (U.R)—Gov. Phil M. Donnelly Thursday refused to grant immediate extradition of Dr. Robert C. Rutledge, wanted in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the slaying of his wife's alleged lover. Truman Visits Congress as Votes Counted Washington, (U.R) —- President Truman unexpectedly visited the louse of representatives chamber as a joint session of congress counted the electoral votes which officially made him president. Mr. Truman, at the capitol to attend a birthday luncheon for Speaker Sam Rayburn, walked into the rear of the chamber just as members were informed of- Icially that South Carolina's 8 ilectoral votes went to Mr. Truman's states right party opponent, Gov. J. Strom Thurmond. Mr. Truman stood behind the •ail at the rear of the Chamber and shook hands with members and page boys as they filed by. Hte remained inside only a few minutes and then left the cham- 3er. Some members joked that he had come to the house to make sure of an "honest count" of the votes cast by the electoral college. He had a big smile on his face and joked with the members as they shook his hand. His attention was so diverted by well-wishers that he had little chance to find out what was going on. This Paper Consists of Two Sections—Section On« No. 7* IT'S SKATING TIME IN PASADENA—Tuesday night's cold spell in California hadlts bright side for these Pasadenans. Warned that it would be below freezing again they flooded a badminton court Tuesday night and Wednesday enjoyed a rarity in thes* parts —outdoor ice skating. Left to right: Jean Dunham, Mary Knight, Emily Bridges, Roy Knight. . J -# Seeks Ideas From Labor Des Moines, (#>)_The Iowa Republican Veterans league is about to do something one of its spokesmen said has never been done before in G. O. P. politics throughout the nation. • The league's resolutions committee has invited Iowa labor spokesmen to tell the organization what labor expects of the party. The league also wants to know what labor expects from the 1949 legislature. "After a meeting here Saturday, we will have some labor legislation recommendations to make to the lawmakers early in the session," said William R. Kendrick, vice chairman of the league's resolutions committee. He also is assistant chief clerk of the house of representatives. The committee was set up recently to revitalize the party in Iowa. The committee already has made veterans legislation recommendations to the Iowa lawmakers, who will convene next Monday. "We're not going to be mealy mouthed about our recommendations, either," Kendrick continued. "We're either going to be for or against repeal of the closed shop and union shop act of the 1947 legislature. Or we're going to be for or against amendment of the act. "We believe we owe labor something politically. Labor now is an important part of the party, since the election of William S. Beardsley as governor. We want to know how labor expects to be paid back." KILLED ON ERRAND Detroit, (#>) — Twelve year old Clara Ann Jodoin tripped off to a drug store Wednesday night to buy a "get well" card for a relative who was ill. On her way home she was struck and killed by an automobile. De-Icing Test on Highway Is Satisfactory Detroit, (U.R)—The nation's motorists soon may en.ioy safer winter driving due to a highway "deicing" experiment now being conducted here. Michigan now has a 500-foot section of "hot road" which has melted snow as fast as it has fallen this winter. Operation costs have been, about $1 per hour. The Detroit public lighting commission and the state highway department installed the electrically heated sections last fall on a heavily traveled highway at the edge of the city. Harold F. Wall, PLC assistant general manager, said the heating element used was 98-foot, 14-gauge wire installed in 2 tracks, 18 inches wide. As a further test, one track was imbedded in "blacktop" and the other in concrete. Wall saiti he had discovered no appreciable difference. West Digs Out After Storm; Frost Stays in California "Young Turk" Republican Is Named to GOP Policy Group Jews Agree to Cease Fire But May Refuse to Withdraw Troops Tel Aviv, (U.R) — The Israeli cabinet has agreed to accept the United Nations cease-fire order but will refuse to withdraw Israeli troops from positions along the Egyptian frontier, reliable sources reported Thursday. These sources said the cabinet agreed to give Foreign Minister Moshe Shertok full power to reply to the security council's order. The reply will be forwarded to Lake Success within 24 hours. Authoritative sources stressed that the reply would be sent by the foreign office and not by the Israeli government. The note will contend that it is impossible for the Israeli command to evacuate territory from which the Egyptians might renew the battle. These sources said the cabinet also heard a report on the recent American note, which reportedly warned Israel against any invasion of Egypt, and the reply sent by Shertok. The cabinet's decisions were taken Wednesday night while enemy planes were reported over both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. There was a 20-minute alert in Tel Aviv and later a 2-hour alert in therfewish sector of Jerusalem when 4 planes passed overhead. No bombs were dropped on either city. By The ASSOCIATED PRESS Distress signals flew over wide areas Thursday on the nation's weather map. The worst victims of weather's elements were the Rocky mountain and western plains states; 4 southern states and the rich citrus area of California and Arizona. The snow-bound Rocky mountain and plains states struggled against seemingly insurmountable odds in dramatic manner in attempts to recover from the winter season's worst blizzard. Floods in South Flood waters spilled from rain- swollen rivers in 4 southern states —Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia—forcing thousands from, their homes and isolating several communities. More sub-freezing weather hit areas in ihe California-Arizona citrus belt and losses in the industry were estimated at $20,000,000. There also was the threat of new floods in the northeastern section of the country. Heavy rains fell from the Carolines northward along the Atlantic coast to New England. Blizzard Ended The blizzard had finally blown out of the Dakotas and western Nebraska. No fresh snow fell, winds diminished and temperatures were in the 20's. The coldest areas in the country Thursday were in Utah and Nevada—10 below at Milford, Utah, and -10 at Ely, Nev. The cold air from Utah-Nevada spread into Arizona and Cali- iornia and sent the mercury to jelow freezing in some areas for the 3rd straight day. Washington, (/P) — Republican senators Thursday, named one of their "young turks" and the only woman senator to the powerful GOP policy committee. They are Senators Ives of New York and Margaret Chase Smith of Maine. Ives was one of those who led an unsuccessful revolt against continuing Senator Taft of Ohio as chairman of the policy group. Taft was re-elected as chairman on Monday. The membership of the policy committee was completed at a meeting Thursday of all republican senators. Want More Members Senator Millikin of Colorado, chairman of the republican conference, said the republicans will propose to the democrats that the size of several major senate committees be increased "in order to give freshman senators a better break." Most senate committees are re- itricted to 13 members. An excep- tion is appropriations which has 21. The republicans have been particularly upset by the democrats' decision to claim 8 of the 13 places on the foreign relations committee. The 8-5 party division froze out Senator Morse ((Ore.) who was to be the 6th republican if the committee was divided 7-6 as it was when republicans controlled the senate. Quick Opposition The idea of increasing the size of some senate committees met with quick opposition from Senator Lucas (111.), who will be democratic leader when Senator Barkley (D.-Ky.) is inaugurated as vice president. Lucas commented: "I am unalterably opposed." In addition to Mrs. Smith and Ives, the GOP elected Senators Bridges (N. H.) Cordon (Ore., Hickenlooper (Iowa) and Vandenberg (Mich.) to the policy group. Weather Report FORECAST Mason City: Clear Thursday night, with a low of 22 to 26. Friday warm and sunny, with a high of 40. Iowa: Generally fair Thursday night with low temperatures 22-28. Friday fair and warmer. Minnesota: Partly cloudy Thursday night and Friday. Light snow near the Canadian border late Friday. Warmer Thursday night and south and central portions Friday. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Thursday morning: Maximum 23 Minimum 9 At 8 a. m. Thursday 22 Trace Trace Precipitation Snow YEAR AGO: Maximum Minimum 38 12 Reds Break Lull in Chi n Hearing for Ashford Is Continued Preliminary hearing for Franci; M. Ashford, 36, 119 Connecticut N. E., in connection with the stabbing Dec. 23 of Arthur Ashburn, 44, of 20 4th N. E., was continued from Thursday to Jan. 22 at 9 a. m. The continuance was requested by County Attorney James R. Brown and his assistant, Murray Finley, representing the state. It was made in belief that Ashburn, now hospitalized, may be able to appear-at the later date. A charge of assault with intent to commit murder was placed Dec. 27 against Ashi'ord who is free on $7,500 bond. He is represented by M. L. Mason. Ashburn, former husband of Ashford's wife and father of a 9 year old boy in Mrs. Ashford's custody, was not expected to live for several days after the scuffle in which he was stabbed twice with a paring knife in front of the Ashford residence. He is now reported in fair condition and past danger of pneumonia. 3rd Test on Land Tax to Go to Court Extension on Motion for Rehearing of Case to Be Asked Des Moines, (JP) —The agricultural land tax credit case is on its way back to the Iowa supreme court for the third time, it was learned Thursday. A source who declined to be identified by name said the court would be asked first for an extension of time to file a motion for re-hearing. The motion itself would be filed later. The source said it was customary with the supreme court to grant an extension of time when asked by an attorney involved. The present deadline for a_ petition for re-hearing is next Thursday. The supreme court last month by a 6-3 decision held the act of the 1945 legislature is constitutional. The court thus reversed itself on. a 5-3 decision handed down last February in which the act was held invalid. The act provides for state reimbursement of school taxes on agricultural lands of 10 acres or mor« where the levy is more than 15 mills. The 1945 legislature appropriated $500,000 for refund on such axes paid in 1947. The 1947 legislature appropriated $2,000,000 for refunds on such taxes paid in 1948 and 1949. j Opponents on Price Supports Both Happy Washington, (IP) —Both warring camps in a congressional battle over government farm-price supports claimed President Truman's backing Thursday. Chairman Elmer Thomas (D- Okla.) of the senate agriculture committee, \vfio favors changing present farm laws to assure a permanent high level of government price supports, said Mr. Truman's state of the union message "could not be better." Senator Aiken (R-Vt.) who as previous agriculture chairman wrote the existing legislation call- ng for flexible supports, commented: "The president's message SKATER DROWNS Oregon City, Ore., (/P)—Keith Wayne Keeney, 18-year-old ice skater who came here recently [rom Chariton, Iowa, drowned Wednesday when he plunged through the ice. A passerby tried to throw some boards to Keeney, but he sank before he could get a grip upon them. Airline Plane in Hew Speed Record Chicago, (U.R) — An American airlines plane Thursday held what was believed to be a new unofficial commercial record for a scheduled airline flight from Dallas to Chicago. A DC-6 flagship, aided by 100- mile-an-hour tail winds, made the 960-mile flight in 2 hours and 12 minutes Wednesday night. The transport, piloted by Capt. Charles Curray, Fort Worth, Tex., averaged 430 miles an hour. The scheduled time for the flight is 3 hours and 5 minutes. AP Wirephoto "WITH MY COMPLIMENTS"—A smiling President Truman hands copies of his address to Wednesday's joint session of congress to House Speaker Sam Rayburn (arm outstretched), Texas democrat, and Senate President Pro- Tern Kenneth McKellar (at Rayburn's right), Tennessee democrat. Taft Thinks Housing Plan Is Too Big Washington, (/P) —Senator Taft (R-Ohio), a leader of the fight n congress for public housing, Thursday called President Truman's program for 1,000,000 low- rent dwellings in 7 years "too big." So did another republican advocate of public housing, Senator Flanders (Vt). But 7 democratic senators put :heir names on an administration bill designed to give Mr. Truman just what he asked for on housing in his state of the union message. They introduced the measure 15 minutes after the president outlined his program to a joint session of congress Wednesday. doubt about it at all—90 per cent parity will be approved." Said Aiken: "There is no surer way to guarantee a bust than 90 }er cent of parity." Stockpiling Grain Planned See Something Like Ever Normal Granary Washington, (U.R)—The adminis- ration is rushing plans to build a luge government storage system for stockpiling surplus grains, it was revealed Thursday. Administration sources said the project calls for rebuilding on a nammoth scale a system similar to the "ever-normal granary" developed in the 1930's by former Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace. This would provide a place for the government to hide away price-depressing grain surpluses and hold them aga'inst the day oJ grain shortages from crop failures Administration sources said President Truman soon, probably within the next few days, will ask congress to approve the idea. At present, the government owns storage for only 50,000,000 bushels of grain. This compares with its prewar storage potential of 300,000,000 bushels. Car Crash Fatal to Ruthven Man Spencer, (/P) One man was killed and another injured when their automobile went out of control 8 miles east of here Wednesday on Highway 18. Dead was Norman Broadwell, Ruthven. In a Spencer hospita] with injuries described as not serious was Floyd Smith, 50, Spencer. Muscatine Man Dies in Wreck Muscatine, (/P)—William Figg v about 50, operator of a Muscatine tavern, died early Thursday from injuries suffered Wednesday when his car struck a pole. Figg was alone at the time of the accident He received a skull fracture anc other injuries. Figg's death was the first fatality from an automobile accident in Muscatine since Dec. 20 1947. Dies of Injuries After Car Crash Davenport, (fP) — Injuries re ceived Dec. 27 when his automo bile collided with a switch en gine here proved fatal to Henry Puls, 60, of Davenport. Puls died in a hospital early Thursday o: internal injuries. Coroner Frank C. Keppy said an inquest will be held next week SAME DATE—1948—5 (Black fl»f mean* truffle death !• part 'U homri) very reassuring. Said Thomas: 'There is no Navy Helps Soldiers on Furloughs Des Moines, (/P)—The navy lent a hand to a group of 51 soldiers stranded here enroute to For Lewis, Wash., after a 14-day Christmas furlough. The virtually penniless teen-age recruits from east coast states were-delayed here after their C-46 plane was grounded Wednesday night in Des Moines because o: weather conditions farther west. A 2-day delay in Pittsburgh had sapped the reserve funds o many of the soldiers. Lt. Com. E. C. Edrington, in charge of the naval reserve training center here, was notified o their plight. He ordered the men quartered at the reserve center The national guard providec blankets. The soldiers left New York City Monday morning, but their plan was grounded at Pittsburgh 3 hours later. The plane is one of a group of chartered ships which flew servicemen to the east coas for the holidays. Fight Barrage on Tiensten Is Peace Reply General Fu Rumored Seeking Separate Settlement in North Nanking, (&) — Communist roops, turning a deaf ear to na- ionalist peace pleas, Thursday light reportedly poured shot and hell into besieged Tientsin in the north and into encircled government armies southwest of Suchow. The firing broke a 2 weeks lull, " J eace overtures, including a mes- ;age from President Chiang Kai- ihek at year's end offering to negotiate "if the communists •eally are sincere," had flooded :he country.- The latest was made by the 3 eiping city council which voted to ask communists surrounding ;hat city for terms. The north 3hina commander, Gen. Fu Tso-Yi, gave permission for an air drop of the Peiping peace plea. He has been rumored seeking a separate settlement of the north China wax-. Nanking sources heard that red roops commenced shelling Gen. Tu Li Ming's • surrounded armies southwest of Suchow from 2 sides after vocal barrages from loudspeakers failed to persuade the nationalists to surrender. The Independent Nanking People's Daily said that Gen. Sun , Yuan-Liang, commander of the 16th army group under General Tu, had reached the Honan province temporary capital of Hsin- yang on Jan. 4 after passing through the communist lines in disguise. The newspaper said General Sun reported the encircled troops, numbering between 150,000 and 250,000, had eaten all of their horses and other animals and that hundreds of men were deserting General Tu. This account was in contrast with the statement of government military spokesman Teng Wen-Yi who said General Sun and "some of his men" broke the encirclement and reached Hsinyang. Reverse Nazi Convictions 3 Faced Death, 8 Others Life Terms Frankfurt, (U.R)—A review board has reversed the conviction of 11 Germans sentenced to death or life in prison for the Malmedy massacre of 71 American prisoners of war during the battle of the Bulge, it was learned Thursday. A memorandum from Washington, dated Oct. 27, 1948, said American Military Governor Gen. Lucius D. Clay had approved the findings of a review board that "evidence did not sustain their convictions . . . which is, in effect, equivalent to a finding of not guilty." Although the verdicts against them apparently were reversed last year, the Germans still are in Landsbtrg prison, it was learned. Three had been sentenced to death and 8 to life terms. The information that Clay had approved the reversal of the United States war crimes tribunal's verdicts was confirmed by responsible officials here. , Education, Health, Housing Program Tiny Part of Budget Washington, (&) —P resident Truman's new education, health and housing programs will account for less than $500,000,000 of his nearly $42,000,000,000 budget for fiscal 1950, administration officials said Thursday. The trio constitute key items in the "re-new deal" program Mr. Truman set out in his presidential campaign and hammered home to the friendly 81 st congress in his state of the union address Wednesday. Although they make up only 1 per cent of the spending total, they are enough to account for around one-third of the budget deficit the president is expected to forecast for the fiscal year, starting next July 1. Seeks Tax Hike He already is seeking a $4,000,000,000 increase in taxes, principally from corporations, to wipe out the deficit outlook and permit about a 1 per cent reduction in the $252,000,000,000 federal debt. His budget message next Monday is said authoritatively to call also for a raise in some postal rates, particularly those applying to magazines and newspapers, a* a further means of keeping the government out of the red. Biggest factor in the budget total is "defense"—the combination of military and foreign aid items that will make up over half of the budget total. Military Costs Legislative leaders said after a white house conference Wednesday that military costs, including a revived proposal for universal military training, and the cost of stockpiling strategic materials will come to $15,000,000,000. ' Administration officials said the president's proposal for education aid—grants to the states for grammar and high school costs—will b« the big "re-new deal" item at a cost of around $300,000,000 in 1950 and in each subsequent year. The long-range housing program, which the president said should provide 1,000,000 low-rent public housing units over the next 7 years, reportedly will carry a first-year price tab of under $100,000,000 though the cost would go up later as the program unwind*.

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Publisher Extra Newspapers

  • Exclusive licensed content from premium publishers like the Globe-Gazette
  • Archives through last month
  • Continually updated

Try it free