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»\*H*««W^^ NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" HOME EDITION irrnni VOL. LV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires (Five Cents a Copy) MASON CITY, IOWA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 1949 Tills Paper Consists of Two Sections—Section On* No. 74 Globe-Gazette Photos TROUBLE COMES IN BUNCHES — Dallas Smith, driver of this semi-trailer truck owned by the Des Moines Transportation company would just as soon not see Mason City again for awhile. Peacefully making his way south on highway 65, he couldn't hold the truck on the road when it hit an icy spot in front of 2817 S.-Federal at 3:44 a. m., Tuesday. It jackknifed and broke the powerline pole a workman is seen repairing. The truck suffered damage only to a sander and its operator escaped injury. But Driver Smith went on to city limits road, near the Hy-Cross hatchery to turn around and come back to Mason City till daylight. While doing so, at 6:13 a. m., his truck was hit by the 1935 Ford shown below. The Ford, driven by August Ruhnke, Sheffield, ran under the semi and received quite a mangling. Ruhnke was hospitalized and treated at Mercy hospital for an eye cut and shoulder injury. He was on his way to work at the Jacob E. Decker and Sons packing plant. Driver Smith and his truck again escaped unscathed and a daylight try to get out of town was successful. Mason City police investigated. Denies U. S. Forces Will Leave China Admiral Badger Spikes Rumor of Troop Withdrawal Shanghai, (/P) — Vice Admiral Oscar C. Badger Tuesday denied American forces were being withdrawn from China. Admiral Badger, commander of the western Pacific fleet, said the "Rumors were based -on reports U. S. marines had terminated their lease on the Shantung university campus where they maintained their barracks." Cables Statement Badger made his denial in a cabled statement from his Tsing- tao base to the Associated Press in Shanghai. His statement admitted discussions between the Chinese ministry of education and the navy as to "the feasibility of returning the campus to the university for educational purposes." The admiral said he ordered an end of the negotiations "upon learning these discussions were being used as a basis for withdrawal rumors." No Agreement Reported The statement did not say whether any agreement had been reached before negotiations ended for returning to the university the buildings the marines have leased since the end of the war. A Tsingtao report had said marines were preparing to pull out because peace talks were already underway between communists and the national government. in 46 Are Kill Arkansas Tornado Asks Stronger Security Laws Forrestal Sees Added Guards for Secrets Reds Admit Holding War Prisoners London, (U.R)—Russia admitted Tuesday she still was holding a number of German war prisoners in violation of a 4-power agreement but said that all would be released this year. The Russian statement, carried by the official TASS agency and distributed here by the soviet monitor, was made in answer to a joint American - British - French protest. The protest demanded to know how many prisoners Russia still held and asked why they had not been released on Dec. 31, 1948, as agreed by the council of foreign ministers in Moscow in 1947. At that time Russia admitted holding 890,532 prisoners. • The TASS statement denied that there ever had been an ironclad 'agreement to release all German prisoners by the end of 1948. The Russians said the agreement \vas to refer the matter to the allied control council for Germany. There the agreement was killed by the British and French, the statement said. The western protest said all German prisoners held in the United States, Britain and France had been released. The TASS statement contested this, charging that the British and French still held large numbers of prisoners under the pretext that they were hired help. Battle Breaks Out on Long Silent Iraq Frontier Front Washington, (/P) — Secretary of Defense James Forrestal Tuesday asked congress to put new and stronger force into laws protecting the nation's secret codes and intelligence activities. Forrestal said existing legislation is "far too limited in application to afford needed protection to certain highly secret government activities." This assertion was made in a letter to house Speaker Rayburn accompanying a proposed bill to tighten security measures. The bill would set fines up to $10,000 and imprisonment up to 10 years, or both, for violations, Forrestal's proposal not only would outlaw publication, communication or use of restricted materials and codes, but also the disclosure of any information regarding preparation of codes, or the construction, repair and maintenance of machines used in transmission. AFL Will Discuss High Court Ruling Decision Upheld Bans on Closed Shop by States Washington, (/P)—The supreme court's decision upholding state bans on the closed shop Tuesday transformed a routine meeting of the AFL's legislative council into a high-strategy session. The high court ruled Monday that states have the right to enact laws restricting or outlawing the closed shop. Union attorneys believe the ruling also upholds prohibitions on other forms of compulsory union membership. Since the decision left open the question of a union worker's righl to walk off the job rather than work alongside a non-union em- ploye, the AFL plans to find such a case and take that up to the supreme court, too, if necessary, Attorney Herbert Thatcher said. The court ruled only on laws in Arizona, Nebraska and North Carolina, but there are at least 1; other states which have statutes putting varying limits on union security agreements. The closed shop is one in which 'only union members may be hired. Other common forms of union security are the union shop—in which the worker must join the union within about 30 days in order to hold his job—and maintenance of membership. The latter form was brought into frequent use during the war. Non-union workers may continue in their jobs. Those who choose to join the union, however, must keep up their membership, usually by a check-off from their pay, for the period of the union contract. AP Wirephoto IN TORNADO WAKE—National guardsmen and state police examine wreckage of the Church of God, demolished by Monday night's tornado in Warren, Ai'k., which swept through 3 counties in southeast Arkansas. Tel Aviv, Israel, (/P) — Fresh bloodshed in a Jewish-Iraqi battle left Israel's central front tense Tuesday. Israeli 'and Iraqi troops fought for 2 hours Monday on the potentially explosive Sharon Valley sector. Both sides suffered casualties. An army spokesman said a Jewish punitive expedition clashed with Iraqi regulars. Jews said the Israeli troops were hunting Arab raiders accused of killing 2 settlers, kidnaping 2 women and rustling cattle in the area of Tira, a Jewsh village 16 miles northeast of Tel Aviv. (Tira lies in Israel about a mile west of the Arab-Jewish parti- ion line. This dispatch, which massed through Israeli censorship, did not say whether the battle was 'ought east or west of the line.) The central front has been quiet under the United Nations truce 'or weeks, while attention cen- tred on warfare in the south between Israel and Egypt, another of the Arab nations which sent .roops into Palestine last spring. However, an Arab league report from Cairo that Iraqi troops bad been ordered to join the Egyptians in the renewed fighting drew official attention here last Wednesday. An Israeli army spokesman said: "Many Israeli commanders will be only too happy if the Iraqi army commanders xxx start fighting." Former Sioux City Man Killed in Air Crash in California Tracy, CaL, (/P)—A man whose body was found in the wreckage of an airplane near here, has been Identified as Colonel F. Betz of San Luis Obispo, formerly of Sioux City. The plane had been missing since Thursday when Betz left San Luis Obispo to bring a construction crew payroll to Tracy Betz, 29, was a sub-contractor on the Delt-Mendota canal. Betz was born in Sioux City Aug. 3, 1919, and was the son ol Paul Betz, a Sioux City contractor. Says Debts of Tucker Firm Can Be Paid Chicago, (U.R)—An attorney for the Tucker Corp. said Tuesday that the car manufacturing firm has a client who is willing and able to assume Preston Tucker's debts and "save the company." Federal Judge Michael L. Igoe granted a 60-day stay of bankruptcy proceedings against the company Monday when Lawyer Lewis Jacobson told the court that an unnamed manufacturer was willing to shoulder Tucker's debts. A consolidated hearing on several suits filed against Tucker by stockholders and creditors had been scheduled for Tuesday. Jacobson declined to reveal the clients' name in open court, but said he would tell it to the judge privately. Igoe said the action was 'quite mysterious," but agreed to postpone the hearing. To Return Airlift Flyers to America Frankfurt, (U.R)—More than 400 veterans of the Berlin airlift will be sent back to the United States this month, air forces headquarters announced Tuesday. The veterans made up 134 of the crews who have been flying food and fuel into Berlin. They have been replaced by flight teams newly arrived from the U. S. Plains Blizzard Expected to Bypass Most of State Raps Excise Tax on Women's Handbags Washington, (U.R)—An excise tax oil a woman's handbag is no more ustified than a tax on the pockets of a man's suit, according to Rep. John M. Dingell, D., Mich. He therefore introduced a bill to reduce or repeal existing federal excise taxes on luggage and hand- Dags, theater tickets, jewelry and telephone and telegraph charges. 8 Lutheran Groups Negotiate on Union Minneapolis, (7P) — Representatives of the 8 church groups participating in the national Lutheran council Tuesday atory discussions a union. began explor- looking toward The talks, of an informal nature, were closed to the public. Taking part in the meeting weri representatives of the Evangelical church, church, the American the Augustana Lutheran Lutheran Lutheran church, the Lutheran Free church, the United Evangelical Lutheran church, the Danish Lutheran church, the United Lutheran church and the Finnish Suomi Synod. 2 Children Die in Blast of Kerosene Blanchard. (U.R)—Two children were burned to death and their mother was injured seriously Monday in the explosion of a kerosene stove. Linda Hall, 1, and Frances Hall, 12, died in a Maryville, Mo., hospital shortly after they were taken there with their mother, Mrs. G. G. Hall. Mrs. Hall was burned seriously when hot oil splashed on her and her daughters. She held Linda in her arms as she attempted to light the stove. Frances was standing nearby. The family had just returned to their hor.ie near here after a holiday visit with Mr. Hall's parents at Tarkio, Me. Official Asks Taxpayers to Delay Paying The Cerro Gordo county treasurer, Miss Ethel Ridgeway, is suggesting to property owners that they delay payment of current taxes until Jan. 20. This would give the state legislature time to act on the soldiers bonus bond tax, she pointed out Tuesday, and may save refunding the tax later. Cerro Gordo is one of about 70 counties out of the state's 99 which has completed preparation of the 1948 tax lists, according to John Barnes, Des Moines, property tax director of the state tax commission. He said that several counties have asked taxpayers to hold up payment because of delay in revising the tax lists to include the 1.95 mill levy for the bonus. Merrill R. Smith, Elkader, president of the Iowa County Auditor's association, threatened last month to bring court action to force a 1-year delay in the bonus levy on the gi'ounds that it was not certified by the state to the county auditors by Aug. 1 as the law requires. The suit later was called off. The Cerro Gordo treasurer's office was accepting tax payments from those who were clearing abstracts, selling property or leaving town so that delayed payment \vould be inconvenient. Des Moines, (/P)—Iowa was hit by hard rains and freak thunderstorms Monday night but the state apparently has been spared the blizzard which lashed Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota. Iowa's 5 northwestern counties, which were on the edge of the blizzard, got from 2 to 4 inches of snow but the storm did not reach into the state to any appreciable extent. Blizzard Continues The severe great plains sno%v- storrrv which was accompanied by winds ranging up to 60 miles an hour and snow ranging up to 22 inches in depth, continued to move northward Tuesday but its edge was blunted. The weather bureau said, however, that sharply colder air would move into Iowa from the southwest and gradually overspread the tate by Tuesday night. Tempera- ures are expected to drop to 5 elow zero in northwestern Iowa. iOws in the eastern Iowa counties- re predicted at 5 to 10 above ero. Iowa highways, meantime, were n considerably better shape Tues- ay. The rains of Monday and VLonday night cleared the ice from horoughfares except in northern nd northeastern areas where .riving conditions were only about 0 per cent of normal. Hard Rains The hard rains which fell Monday and Monday night ranged up o HG1 inches of moisture in Cedar Rapids and 1.24 inches at Council Bluffs. Other Iowa precipitation figures ncluded: Estherville .84, Mason City .82, Fort Dodge .81, Cherokee 79, Albia .63, Marshalltown .60, Atlantic .59, Charles City .55, Ames .54, Lamoni .52, Waterloo 45, Spencer .44, Des Moines .39, Oskaloosa .40, Iowa City .17, Ottumwa .16, Davenport .14, Sioux ity .09, Dubuque .07. Rayburn Says No Priority List Made on Legislation Washington, (JP) — House Speaker Sam Rayburn said Tuesday he expects all of President Truman's legislative proposals to be received "with considerable favor." No priority list for legislation has been set up, however, Rayburn told reporters. At his first news conference since he was chosen to head the house in the 81st congress, Rayburn said there has been no high level discussion of the future of the house un-American activities committee. Declines Prediction He declined to predict what President Truman will ask in his annual state of the sage to congress union mes- Wednesday. Pending receipt of that message, Rayburn shied away from expressing his personal views on expected legislation. However, in response to a question, he said he did not think congress would repeal the Taft- Hartley law outright without enacting something in its place. There has been discussion on capitol hill of alternate proposals to repeal the Taft-Hartley law and restore the Wagner labor relations law intact, and simply to repeal the Taft-Hartley act anc enact nothing to replace it. , Does Not Air Views "I think he (the president) won this election; not me," Rayburn said when pressed for his view on what congress should do. Rayburn said he has not dis cussed with anyone proposals t change the makeup of the un American activities committe specifically to maneuver Rep John E. Rankin (D.-Mass.) out o his present committee post. Decisions on committee assign ments, he explained, must b made by democratic members o the ways and means committee subject to approval of the entir democratic membership. Chavis Case Problem for New Sheriff Ames, (U.R)—The unsolved murder of Henry W. Chavis greeted Story county's new sheriff, Ivan Shalley of Nevada, as he took office Monday. Chavis, 55, owner of the Ames Canning company, was fatally shot as he walked toward the back door of his home the night of Oct. 8. Story County Attorney Ed Kelley, who still is working on the case with state agents, said no motive has been established and there are "many strange angles to the case." Kelley said no revenge motive can be established, and that although robbery may have been the reason for the slaying, it would have been difficult for a thief to hide from neighbors. Southern California Temperature Drops to Low of 20 Degrees Los Anpreles, <U.R) — Southern California shivered Tuesday morning on the coldest day in its history. Temperatures dropped in Los Angeles to 27.9 degrees. The weather bureau said it believed this was an all-time low. Citrus ranchers smudged all night to save their multi-million dollar fruit crop and the trees themselves. It was 20 degrees in Pomona, in the heart of the orange belt, and record 24 and 25 degrees at Riverside and San Bernardino. Refused to Fly Charter Plane Pilot Testifies in Air Crash Inquiry Seattle, (U.R)—A licensed transport pilot said Tuesday that he refused to fly the chartered DC-3 transport that crashed at Boeing Field Sunday night and killed 11 Yale students and 3 crewmen. Emrnett G. Flood, Jr., Seattle, a pilot for Trans-Alaskan Airlines, said he "felt ice had formed on the wings" of the plane so he refused to fly the ship. The plane had been chartered by the Seattle Air Charter Company, a non-scheduled airline, to 27 Yale students returning to school after the Christmas holidays. The ship crashed into an earthen hangar on the take-off. In addition to the 14 killed, 13 students were hospitalized with burns. Three students escaped uninjured. Flood made his statements Monday night before a civil aeronaut- tics board investigation. Hit Town of Warren Late Monday Doctors, Nurses From Nearby Cities Rush to Lend Aid Warren, Ark., (/P) —This weeping and torn timber town. Tuesday counted 46 dead and nearly 300 injured in the wake of a tornado which hit with a thundering roar late Monday afternoon. Two other tornadoes killed 4 persons and injured more than 60 in northern Louisiana and near El Dorado, Ark. All through the night dazed survivors at Warren (population 7,500) stumbled through the ruins of a 20-block industrial and residential area, many aimlessly, others in search of relatives. Warren is 100 miles southeast of Little Rock. Doctors and nurses from nearby communities and from Hot Springs and Little Rock rallied s in the stricken area. They worked through the darkness, rain and hail by lamp and candlelight to treat the stream of injured. The dead, gathered by common consent at a single funeral home, overflowed the small morgue into a garage. Probe Wreckage At daybreak Tuesday morning 150 national guardsmen and state policemen began the backbreaking task of prying through the wreckage in search of additional bodies. Mayor Jim Hurley expressed fear that other bodies would be recovered and predicted the death toll,would reach 50, maybe more. Convicts equipped with' "bulldozers, picks and shovels aided in the task of clearing the debris. Mayor Hurley said damage, conservatively estimated, would reach the $1,000,000 mark. Identification of the dead was developing into a difficult job. Many of the bodies were cut to ribbons by falling or flying timbers and other debris. So far only 27 have been identified. The storm struck at 5:45 p. m., and lasted only 15 minutes. Its arrival as most of the town prepared for supper was heralded by an ominous roar. Shielded by Engine 'W. Parker Brown, watchman at the Bradley Lumber Co., said 11 men saved themselves by taking refuge around a locomotive in one Oi the shops. The engine was covered with timber afterwards. Brown said he saw one man wrapped around a utility line "like a coil." Two persons perished near Haynesville, - La., northeast of Shreveport, and a score or more were injured. Two dead and nearly a score injured was the toll of 2 storms near El Dorado, Ark., southwest of here and north of Haynesville. The storm hit once more after leaving here, striking Dark Corner, northeast of Warren about an hour later. Two persons were hurt Former Newton City Clerk Gets 10 Years for Embezzlement Newton, (U.R)—District Judge Frank Bechly Tuesday sentenced former Newton city clerk H. J. Lammers, 50, to a Fort Madison prison term not to exceed 10 years and fined him $751.78. Lammers recently pleaded guilty to embezzling thai amount from city accounts. An audit of city accounts showed shortages totaling about $30,000. Lammers was slated to begin his prison term Tuesday night. Cholera Epidemic Kills 147 Hogs Oxford, (U.R)—Dr. F. E. Rugger, Oxford veterinarian, said Tuesday a cholera epidemic killed 147 out of 150 hogs on a farm here. Hogs owned by Frank Grabin had not been vaccinated. Grabin's loss was estimated at $6,000. SAME DATE—1948— f, <Wfci(« flat mean, no traffic 24 Weather 'Report FORECAST Mason City: Much colder with a a few snow flurries Tuesday night and low temperature near 20. Clearing and cold Wednesday. High near 20. Iowa:i.,Much colder overspreading stafe Tuesday. Snow flurries Tuesday night. Clearing and quite cold Wednesday. Low Tuesday night zero to 5 below extreme west to 5-10 above east. Iowa 5-day weather outlook- Temperatures will average 5 to !) degrees below normal. Normal highs from 27 north to 37 south. Noimal lows from 9 to 16 south. Much colder Wednesday. Continued cold Thursday. Slowly rising trend Saturday and Sunday, but still below normal. Snow near end of period, averaging one-tenth to one-quarter water content. Minnesota: Snow flurries with shifting west to northwest winds and considerable blowing snow and decidely colder Tuesday night. Clearing and cold Wednesday with diminishing winds, IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning: Maximum 35 Minimum 32 At 8 a. m. Tuesday 34 Precipitation .92 YEAR AGO: . Maximum 31 • Minimum 17

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