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i 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 Press and United Press Full Lease Wires (Five Cents a Copy* MASON CITY, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 1949 This Paper Consists of Two Sections—Section One No. 75 AP Wirephoto SANCTUARY —Truckers, tourists and traveling salesmen milled in and out of the one general store in the crossroad hamlet of Peckham, Colo., Tuesday, seeking warmth, hot coffee and food. Nearly 100 were marooned here when the wind whipped drifts across U. S. 85 along the 9 miles north to Greeley, then trapped them with more drifts to the south. Snowplows, working their 2nd 24-hour shift of the blizzard, eventually freed them. * ****** ******* MacNider Is Chosen for Federal Post Royall Names Group to Make Examination of National Guard Brig. Gen. Hanford MacNider of Mason. City has been named by Secretary of the Army Royall to a special committee to determine whether the present national guard and organized reserve setups are "adequate" for national defense needs. The Mason, Cityan, who was called to Washington, was named to the committee from the organized reserve corps. The committee will have 12 members, headed by former Secretary of State James F. Byrnes Royall said in an announcemenl that the army wants to find oul what forces would be needed to "implement joint plans for security of the United States. Currently authorized strengths of the national guard and of the organized reserve corps were formulated shortly after V-J day," the announcement said. "Since Truman Asks More Taxes, Authority for Money Control Both Murray, Green Pledge Co-operation Washington, (U.R)—-The CIO and AFL. Wednesday promised that once the Taft-Hartley act is repealed they will accept new restrictions on some strikes, including those that might endanger the national welfare. Terming President Truman's message to congress "constructive," both CIO President Philip Murray and AFL President William Green said they would work closely with the administration aafd congress to put the white house program into effect. In his message, Mr. Truman asked congress for a quick repeal of the Taft-Hartley act and a return to the old Wagner labor law, which first gave labor the right to bargain collectively. But Mr. Truman said congress should amend the Wagner act to prohibit strikes that would tie up "vital industries which affect the public .interest." He also said that jurisdictional strikes and "unjustifiable" secondary boycotts should be prohibited. Worst Blizzard of Winter Leaves Thousands Stranded * Resume Rail Wage Parley . Union Says Plans for Strike Unlikely Chicago, (U.R) — Representatives of 1,000,000 non-operating railroad employes ineet Wednesday with officials of the nation's railroads to resume wage negotiations. A presidential fact-f i n d i n g board recommended that the railroad employes' work week be reduced from 48 to 40 hours beginning next September with a 7-cent hourly pay boost retroactive to last October. The 16 railroad brotherhoods affected neither accepted nor rejected the board's recommendations but agreed to use them as a basis for renewed negotiations with the carriers. Strike plans were called off temporarily Dec. 21 when the rail unions voted to resume negotiations and the railroads agreed to pneet with them. A strike could be called legally Jan. 16, but union spokesmen said It was unlikely that such action would be taken as long as "any hope remains of a peaceful settlement." By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The winter season's %vorst bliz- bard abated over parts of the western plains Wednesday, indicating some relief from the paralyzing effects of the 3 day storm. The Dakotas and western Nebraska still battled the storm. In Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Utah and Idaho the monumental job of digging out of the huge drifts was started. But as the blizzard subsided, federal weather officals said the storm would blow out of the Dakotas and Nebraska within 24 hours. Temperatures generally were above the zero mark over the snow and wind swept plains states. Forecasters said no severe cold blasts were in prospect immediately. The citrus belts of California and Arizona had more subfreezing weather Wednesday. The punishing blows from the raging storms across the plains states left many segments of business and industry staggering. Thousands remained marooned in trains and autos. The Red Cross' midwest headquarters estimated 8,000 were stranded by the huge snow drifts in parts of Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. There were another 2,500 travelers stranded in parts of Utah and Idaho. The Union Pacific railroad said 8 trains in the 2 states were halted by the heavy, drifting snow. Colder weather hit Utah and Idaho. * * * 2 Rescued From Snow by Airplane Scottsbluff, Nebr., (U.R)—A Scottsbluff couple was rescued by a ski-equipped plane Wednesday after they had been snowbound in their car between here and Crawford since Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Plummer told their rescuers that they had kept alive by eating corn from a nearby field. Wednesday was Plummer's birthday. The rescue plane.JwasvSpwfieEed by Scottsbluff radio station KOLT and the Hogan Flying Service. It was flown by Earl Dillard, Mitchell, who took off from the Mitchell airport early Wednesday. The couple was bundled aboard the plane and flown to Mitchell. GENERAL HANFORD MacNIDER Bus Drivers Stage Strike ' Milwaukee, (U.R)—About 2,400 bus and streetcar drivers, defying the orders of their union leaders, •taged a wildcat strike here Wednesday, paralyzing the city's tprawling transportation system. Some of the drivers took out their runs when the strike was called off early Wednesday but then returned to the barns a couple of hours later and announced they Temperature Rise Seen for Most of Iowa Des Moines, (/P)—A cold wave, accompanied by up to an inch of new snow in the northwest corner of the state, moved into Iowa Tuesday night. The mercury dropped to an Iowa low of 5 above at Sioux City early Wednesday morning. Other lows included 6 above at Spencer, 7 above at Atlantic and 8 above at Council Bluffs. The low at Mason City was 11 above. The weather bureau said it would be colder in extreme eastern Iowa Wednesday night but that western Iowa would enjoy slowly rising temperatures Thursday. The highway commission said highways in northwestern Iowa were icy in spots as a result of the new snow which fell Tuesday night. Highways elsewhere in Io%va are practically normal. Reds Deliver Radio Threat Warn of Assault Against 3 Cities Sau Francisco, (/P)—The Chinese communists Wednesday threatened an "imminent" assault on Peiping and offered Gen. Fu Tso- Yi guarantees that his life and property would be spared if he surrendered at once. Gene'ral Fu, commander in north China, has been branded a "war criminal" by the communists. A communist broadcast said, however, the red army "will permit him to atone for his sins and will that time the national and international situations have changed considerably." Gen. MacNider,' who distinguished himself in both World war I and war II, rising to the rank of brigadier general in the latter, is now commanding general of the 103rd Infantry Reserve division, made up of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Mason Cityan also is a member of the legislative committee of the Reserve Officers association. Says 1952 to Mark End of Aid Funds ECA Official Sees ERP to Be Closed as Previously Slated Washington, (#>)—A top Marshall plan official said Wednesday that the general European recovery program "will end on schedule" in 1952 despite the plea of western Europe that it cannot stand alone on its economic feet by that time. Richard M. Bissell, deputy assistant administrator of the economic co-operation administration, made the forecast at a news conference. He implied that longer-term U. S. aid may be made available to individual countries, depending on their needs but declared: "It is still very definitely my view that the European recovery program will end on schedule." "There is no evidence" in a report from 10 European Marshall plan recipients that the program should be continued after June 30, 1952, Bissell said. He referred to a long range plan for European recovery released Tuesday in Paris by the organization for European economic cc- operation. The report declared that the countries receiving American foreign aid under ECA still will need as much as $3,000,000,000 in assistance after the plan, as now constituted, comes to an end. AP Wirephoto SEEK POSSESSIONS—Survivors of the tornado that battered the lumber mill town of Warren, Ark., Monday were out at daybreak Tuesday seeking possessions in the ruins of their homes. This scene is near the Bradley Lumber company plant in an area hard-hit by the storm. * * *. * Low Temperatures Follow Tornado Into Arkansas Town guarantee his life possessions if he and personal quickly sur- Decorah Man Will Be U. S. Marshall Washington, (IP) — Iowa's U. S. Senator Guy M. Gillette has approved reappointment of Fred Biermann as U. S. marshal for northern Iowa. Both are democrats. Biermann, a resident of Decorah, has been a marshal since 1940. He was an Iowa congressman for 3 terms and served in congress with Gillette. Yule Tree in Statehouse Goes Up in Flames DCS Moines, (fP) —A Christmas tree in the statehouse, from which warnings of the danger of Christmas tree fires were issued to Iowa citizens during the holiday season, caught fire Wednesday. The 12-foot tree in the statehouse rotunda went up in a flash of flame as workmen were removing its decorations. No one was injured, but there was slight damage to a balcony. It was believed that tinsel caught fire in a light socket and set off the blaze. would not work. George Kuemerlein, superintendent of transit for the Transport company, said shortly after 0 a. m. that there was "not a bus or streetcar on the streets." Union local President George Koechel said that the union was sticking by its decision to obey a court injunction against the strike. Tt was continuing to broadcast appeals for the men to return to work, he said. Neither the company or the union would venture a reason for the spontaneous action of the drivers. However, at some of the ear stations, non-wcrking drivers GOP Plans Farm Vote Campaign Washington, (/P) —• Republicans are going after the farm vote with a grass roots campaign, and National Chairman Hugh D. Scott, Jr., predicted Wednesday it will pay off in 1950 and thereafter. Scott told a reporter he will pick a "dirt farmer" to head a permanent subcommittee which has the job of finding out what happened to the republican ticket last November in the farm belt. He is looking ahead, first to the congressional elections 2 years from now, and then to the presidential race of 1952. Most politicians think the GOP's loss of several agricultural middle western states turned the tide against Gov. Thomas E. Dewey. The committee will be directed to study the special needs of farmers, Scott said, .and to report what renders." The broadcast also promised a "general assault" on Tientsin and Tangku, the 2 other north China positions still holding out against red encirclement. The broadcast, heard by the Associated Press at San Francisco, said the warnings to the 3 cities went out Wednesday to the government commanders in north China. "The message," the broadcast added, "guarantees the lives and property of all the trapped kuom- intang (government) officers and men if they surrender." Weather Report FORECAST Mason City: Clearing and cold Preliminaries to Opening of Legislature to Start Wednesday night with low near zero. Clearing and cold Thursday with near 18 above. Iowa: Fair Wednesday night Colder Wednesday night. Thursday partly cloudy. Low Wednesday night zero to 10 above west and 10 to 15 east. Minnesota: Snow flurries Wednesday night colder south and east portions. Drifting northwest portion. continuing Thursday were heard urging their colleagues the republicans, as a party, ought (a refuse to work. 1 to do about them. snow flurries northeast. Clearing south and west portions. Slowly rising temperature in afternoon extreme west. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning: Maximum 35 Minimum 11 At 8 a. m. Wednesday 11 Precipitation .25 YEAR AGO: Maximum 30 Minimum US By DWIGHT McCORMACK Des Moines, (7P)—Preliminaries to the opening of the 1949 legislative session begin Thursday. But already the lawmakers have a big portion of their work set out for them. The session will have its formal opening at 10 a. m. next Monday. When the legislators convene there will be about 100 bills awaiting action. That is considerably more measures than usually are ready for the opening day. This is because of pl%>osals of several study committees and legislation wanted by state departments and agencies. The preliminaries begin with a meeting at noon Thursday for the 35 new republican house members. It was called by Rep.-Elect James G. Armstrong (R-Waterloo), as a "get acquainted" session. Nicholas in Charge On Friday the 56 new house members, republicans and democrats alike, will meet for an orientation session. It will be directec by W. H. Nicholas of Mason City a member of the house last session but not this one. Saturday will climax the preliminaries. House republicans wil caucus for the unofficial election of a speaker. Candidates are Speaker G. T. "Gus" Kuester o Gris%vold, M. F. Hicklin of Wapello, and Fred Schwengel of Davenport. Seasoned observers give Kuester a good chance of renom- ination. The caucus also will select a speaker pro tern, a chief clerk, and a majority party floor leader. To Select Speaker The speaker will be selected of ficially on Monday. But becausi of the heavy republican majority the G. O. P. caucus selection vir- ually is final. Of the 108 house members, 79 are republicans and 29 democrats. On Saturday afternoon the louse republican patronage committee will meet to nominate about 75 to 80 house employes. They doubtless will be confirmed by the louse on Monday. They include the assistant chief clerk, other clerks, the sergeant-at-arms, doorkeepers and pages. Senate republicans will caucus Saturday afternoon. They will nominate a president pro tem and a majority floor leader. The president pro tem nominee undoubtedly will be elected when the matter comes up Monday, because of the 50 senators, 43 are republicans and 7 democrats. ******** United Press Staff Correspondent Warren, Ark., (U.R) — Freezing weather multiplied the suffering in this grief-stricken town Wednesday as dazed residents began the long job of cleaning up after a tornado that killed at least 54- and left hundreds injured. As if the howling, killing twister that tore up some 250 homes were not enough, the elements continued to plague this broken community. Hail, Rain Come Hail and heavy rains followed the hop-skip tornado Monday night. Thunderstorms and a heavy downpour kept up all .day Tuesday. Tuesday night the skies cleared, but the temperature dropped. By qarly Wednesday, weary cleanup crews battled freezing weather to get this once-bustling lumber town back to "normal." The furious, whirling tornado rushed across 100 miles of northwest Louisiana and Arkansas late Monday leaving wreckage and injured in its wake everywhere, bul this town near the end of its path was by far the hardest hit. 49 Killed Of the 54 known dead, 49 were killed here. Only haphazard estimates of the injured could be made, but they ranged from 270 to 400. Mayor James Hurley, after a survey, estimated the damage in Warren conservatively at $1,000,000. W. H. NICHOLAS Propose Free Medical Care 4 Demo Law Makers Sponsor Legislation Washington, (A 1 ) —Three administration-supporting senators and one house member jointly proposed legislation Wednesday for increased social security benefits and a national system of pre-paid medical care. The sponsors—S e n a t o r s McGrath (D-R. I.), Wagner (D-N. Y.) and Murray (D-Mont.), and Rep. Dingell (D-Mich.)—said the legislation calls for: 1. Health insurance for 125,000,000 persons with "free choice of doctor, local grass-roots administration and full use of voluntary plans providing medical services." 2. Extension and liberalization of the existing federal old-age and survivors insurance program by "extending coverage to some 25,000,000 more persons and doubling the average benefits." 3. Extension of the insurance system to provide benefits when an insured individual is out of work due to sickness or disability. 4. Extension, simplification and liberalization of the existing unemployment insurance and employment service programs. Great Britain Raps Drive Into Egypt London, (U.R)—The government accused Israel Wednesday of deliberately violating Egyptian territory in an armed invasion from Palestine, and said the situation in the border area was "grave." A foreign office spokesman said dispatches to London disclosed that Israeli troops pushed about 20 miles into Egypt. The "bulk" of the invasion force has been withdrawn across the border, he said, but there was no evidence all had been pulled back. "This withdrawal gives some local relief to the situation, which continues grave for the peace in that part of the world and which continues to cause anxiety," the spokesman said. The official spokesman derided reports that the Israeli forces "accidentally" crossed the border. 4-H Lamb Show Is Slated at Northwood Ames, (U.R)—Iowa 4-H boys will complete 1948 projects at 5 western lamb feeding shows scheduled for January and February, it was announced Wednesday. Shows will be conducted at Cedar Rapids, Jan. 7-8; Spencer, Jan. 15; Des Moines, Jan. 22; Northwood, Jan. 29, and Waterloo, Feb. 12. Boys participating in the events purchase lambs, feed them for about 100 days, and then exhibit them in the regional shows for ribbon honors. President in State of Union Talk Also Calls for Repeal of Tafr, Hartley Labor Law Washington, (IP) —President Truman laid his "redeal" program before congress Wednesday: $4,000,000,000 of new taxes and a vast extension of government in social and economic fields. The president went before a joint session of the senate and howse and read a 3,500-word "State of the Union" message. In effect, it asked the new democratic-controlled congress to redeem the campaign pledges which swept Mr. Truman and his party into full national power in last fall's election. The chief executive asked: Authority to impose sweeping economic controls, including regulation of some wages and prices. Power for the government to build steel mills and other plants if congress finds that must be done to get materials in "critically short supply." Repeal of the Taft-Hartley labor law. Universal military training. Civil rights laws. Aid to farmers, aid to educatioa and aid to public housing. Bigger social security benefits and a system of pre-paid medical and health insurance. Packed Galleries Packed galleries heard the president's address. It was broadcast by major networks and was carried overseas by the state department's "Voice of America." On the house floor, women members made a spot of color. Orchid shoulder corsages turned up on Reps. Mary Norton (D-N. J.) and Edith Nourse Rogers (R-Mass.) Initial reaction from the legislators ranged almost as widely as the message itself. Senator Lucas, of Illinois, the senate's democratic leader-elect, said the program is in line with Mr. Truman's campaign pledges an/3 is "designed to meet the needs of the great majority of this country." Senator Taft of Ohio, the re- Driver Killed in Headon Collision Iowa City, (/P)—Gerald E. Sims. 43, of Newton, was killed in a headon collision of a semitrailer truck and automobile west of here Tuesday night. The accident happened on highway six 15 miles from Iowa City. Wilbur Legg, 42, of Marshalltown, driver of the truck, told officers that visibility was poor and the highway slippery. He said Sims apparently had been bothered by one or both. publican policy leader, said he believes government spending could be cut so that there would be no need to boost taxes. Business Taxes Mr. Truman suggested that most of the proposed $4,000,000,000 increase be in business taxes. Representative Cox (D-Ga.) interpreted the message as meaning "we are going into a socialistic state." "It looks as if we are going the way England went and without the restraint and caution," he told a reporter. "We're making a violent turn to the loft." Representative Doughton (D-N. Car.), who will head the tax- framing house ways and means committee, said he is glad the president laid down no "hard and fast rules" for a new tax program. "The country will not look very favorably on increased taxes until the people are convinced we are not wasting money," said Doughton. "The president's tax proposal is interesting and worthy of serious consideration." The State-of-the-union message gave only a general outline of what Mr. Truman wants. More details will be supplied in later messages and in programs which cabinet officers will present to congressional committees. The president will have an economic message on Friday and will send his proposed budget to the legislators on Monday. Many o£ Mr. Truman's recommendations repeated things he has asked unsuccessfully before. SAME DATE—1948—5 (Black tl»t neftni traffic deal* la 24 h»n> Juror Refuses to Cast Ballot in Damage Suit Charles City—Milton Dye, Allison farmer, declined to participate with the 11 other jurors when it came to casting a ballot in a $221 automobile damage case. Charles City District Court Judge T. A. Beardmore recessed the jury until attorneys agreed to accept a verdict by the remaining 11 jurors. "I felt that both parties in the accident had violated the laws of our highways and so could not vote for either one of them," Dy« said.

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