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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME -TMI NIWSfAMR THAT MAKES AH. MORTW »OWAS*i HOME EDITION VOL. LV Associated Pren *nd United Pret* Full Leas* Wires (Five Cents a Copy) MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1948 N«.1t r AP WLrephoto PRESIDENT GREETED ON ARRIVAL AT WASHINGTON — President Truman talks with Senator J. Howard McGrath (left), Leslie Biffle (2nd from left) and Presidential Counsel Clark Clifford (right) on arrival at National airport in Washington Wednesday. The president explains he was not worried by an hour delay in landing due to bad weather. Catholics in Priest Arrest Are Expelled Vatican City, (JP) — A Vatican source said Thursday all Roman catholics who had anything to do with the arrest of Josef Cardinal Mindszenty, primate of Hungary, have been excommunicated. The communist-run government of Hungary announced the arrest gf Cardinal Mindszenty last Monday and accused him of plotting against the government, spying, treason and black market money dealings. It said Mindszenty was a "sponsor of Hungarian fascism." Ten other church figures also are held. Excommunication cuts members of the church off from all sacraments. As a punishment, it is surpassed in church penalties only by the pronouncement of "anathema" •—an ecclessiastical curse. McGrath Wants Republicans to Leave Ives in Labor Post Bouline Goes to Prison for 1 Year Term Charles A. Bouline, Clear Lake, will start the new year in the state penitentiary at Fort Madison. He was given a one year sentence in district court Thursday morning by Judge William P. Butler. Bouline was convicted by a jury on a charge of assault with intent to inflict great bodily injury in connection with the death of Ole Hayseth at Clear Lake, July 11. Before imposing the sentence the judge asked if attorneys had any statements to make. County Attorney James R. Brown replied that since a death was involved he did not feel that he could recommend anything but the maximum sentence of 1 year in the penitentiary. The law was intended to cover many types of assault, he pointed out, and so gives the judge -considerable discretion. Bouline has a wife and 3 children, Defense Attorney M. L. Mason told the judge. He stressed also the fact that Bouline had not run away after the fight in an alley which resulted in Hayset.h's death but had remained until officers came and that he also seemingly had told on the witness stand a true story of the happenings as he remembered them. It was within the court's discretion to grant a parole, he said, asking for whatever consideration the judge felt he could give. Judge Butler told Bouline that he was aware Bouline did not go into the alley with the intention of killiing anyone. He added that "a man in your drunken condition is a very dangerous thing as this case proves" and that Bouline obviously had no control of his emotions at the time. Considering that a man was killed, the judge said, he could not impose less than the maximum sentence even though he was aware that the family sitting in the courtroom, would suffer as much or more than Bouline. Washington, (IP) — Democratic Senator McGrath (HI) said Thursday he hopes GOP leaders can find a way to keep republican Serfator Ives (N. Y.) on the senate labor committee in the new congress. Ives, generally regarded as a labor relations expert, is slated to be "bumped" from the committee when the democrats resume control next week. 8 Democrats McGrath, the democratic national chairman, told a reporter the committee "almost certainly" will be made up of 8 democrats and 5 GOP members. That would reverse the division which,prevailed in the republican-dominated 80th congress. In getting down to 5 members, the republicans will have to drop only 2 from their labor roster because a 3rd member, Senator Ball (Minn.) was defeated in the November election. Under a strict application of the seniority rule, the axe would catch both Ives and Senator Jenner (Ind.). Ives could stay only if some other republican with greater seniority yielded his place. No Stepping Aside So far there is no indication that anyone will step aside. But McGrath, calling Ives "one of the ablest men on labor matters the republicans have," expressed the hope GOP leaders will arrange to let him keep his committee post. One reason the democrats want Ives retained is that he led a sue- Beardsley, Education Board Meet Des Moines, (fP) —A delegation from the Iowa state board of education met again with Gov-Elect William S. Beardsley this week in an attempt to show that its 194950 budget askings are not excessive. The meeting followed reports that Beardsley was disturbed over the requests of the board for the next biennium. Taking part in the unscheduled budget hearing last Monday were Henry Shull, Sioux City, board president; W. S. Rupe, Ames, board member, and David Dancer, secretary. A proposed budget of $25,000,000 a year for operating its 5 institutions, including the University of Io%va and Iowa State college, has been filed by the board. This is double the appropriations made by the 1947 legislature for the board. Sees End to Negev Area Hostilities Jewish Sources Say Military Objectives Already Attained Tel Aviv, (U.R) — A spokesman for the Israeli foreign office said Thursday that fighting in the Negev probably would be ended by the time the United Nations security council's cease-fire order reached the Israeli government. The official order is expected to arrive some time Thursday. By the time it arrives "there will be no cause for firing," the spokesman said. Tight Censorship Maintaining the censorship on the battle of the Negev, the military spokesman said the situation there was practically unchanged, and all other sectors were quiet. Military circles said the week- old Negev battle was successful. These sources indicated most Jewish objectives had been attained. Reports from Cairo said the Jews had attempted to make a wide sweeping encirclement movement around the Egyptian right flank in ;he Negev. The attempt was defeated, the Egyptian report said. Flanking Movement The Cairo report said the flanking movement was attempted with tanks and armored cars. Egyptian planes inflicted heavy losses on the armored column, this report said. Reports that a Jewish force had driven 25 miles inside Egypt, coming within 7 miles of El Arish on the Mediterranean coastal road, were denied b^ 1 cua Israeli spokesman. He did not elaborate on the denial. Wait for Decisions on Continuing War Indonesians Reject Talks Say Prisoners Must Be Released Prices on Food Show Drastic Cut Retail Figures Keeping Pace With Wholesale Costs By UNITED PRESS Grocers and butchers have slashed prices of basic foodstuffs drastically during the last 6 months in line with a corresponding decline in wholesale food prices, a survey of 25 cities revealed Thursday. The statistical firm of Dun and Bradstreet reported Wednesday that wholesale food prices dropped more than 14 per cent in 1948 as result of a 23-week decline from the all-time high reached July 13. The Dun and Bradstreet index for the week ended Dec. 28 stood at $6.21 compared to the July 13 peak of $7.36. Follow Decline Thursday's survey, conducted by the United Press, showed that retail prices generally have kept pace with wholesale prices on the decline. The only item to show an increase in the average retail price was milk. But even in this case, Gross and Family Move Into New Washington Residence re- the im- L. cessful fight in the 80th congress to keep certain union-restricting provisions out of the Taft-Hartley law. Production of 1949 Chevrolets to Start Jan. 10 Cincinnati, (U.R) — New 1949 Chevrolet passenger cars will start rolling off the assembly line at the General Motors plant at Norwood on Jan. 10, company officials announced Thursday. The plant will return to production and normal employment after a holiday week shutdown for m- and change-over. Morrell Sales Reach Record Packing Firm in Annual Report Ottumwa, (fP) —Sales and operating revenues of John Morrell & Co., meat packers, reached a record high of $296,122,859 in the fiscal year ended Oct. 30, President G. M. Foster reported to stockholders Thursday. The previous high was $286,072,041 set last year. . Net income of $2,587,741, wmch included an $88,350 dividend from the firm's English subsidiary, equalled $3.23 per share compared with a net of $2,889,017 equal to $3.61 a share last year. Stockholders received $1.87i a share or a total of $1,500,000 in dividends. "New records were set for dollar volume of sales, amounts paid for livestock and wages paid to employes," Foster reported. He said that through its 3 plants at Ottumwa, Sioux Falls, S Dak., and Topeka, Kans., the company paid $237,646,134 for livestock and produce or approximately 80 per cent of sales revenue compared to 71.69 per cent in 1941. His report listed the company's current assets at $30,169,718 and its liabilities at $12,055,809. Net worth of the firm climbed to a new peak of $29,469,495. Expenditures for plant additions and improvements totaled approximately $3,000,000 during the year. Foster observed that some decline in tonnage volume resulted from the 104 week CIO-UPA Given New Post With Phone Firm Omaha, (£>)— Russell B. Gray, former lowan, was appointed Thursday as assistant to the president of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company, Russell Hopley, president, said. Gray will be in charge of business research and rate and regulatory matters. He succeeds A. F. Jacobson, who recently was elected vice-president in charge of Nebraska and South Dakota operations. Since June of 1946, Gray has been commercial engineer at company headquarters here. Previously he had served both as district commercial and district branch manager at Waterloo, Iowa. Graduate of Grinnell college, Grinnell, Iowa, Gray became associated with telephone work in 1924 at Storm Lake, Iowa. Until his appointment at Waterloo, he did commercial and plant work in Iowa. Paris, (fP) —The Indonesian public will not deal with Dutch while its leaders are prisoned, Indonesian delegate N. Palar said here Thursday. Palar, who represented his country at the United Nations meetings which ended Wednesday, told a news conference: "No negotiations with the Dutch are possible as long as the leaders of the republic are imprisoned, and as long as the Dutch troops have not been withdrawn to the original truce lines." President Soekarno and other Indonesian leaders were captured when the Dutch took their capital, Jogjakarta, Dec. 19. Wednesday the security council got a report that they had been "assigned residence" in "mountain resorts outside Java." Dutch Ambassador Jan Herman Van Royen said they would be released if they promised not to make trouble. This would be done, he told the council, after military action is over in the Indies—about Jan. 2 or 3. The United States, Russia and other nations expressed displeasure Wednesday night at the Dutch statement. the increase amounted to only four-tenths of a cent. Here is a table showing the average prices on various food items Thursday as compared with July 13: Today July 13 Hamburger (per Ib.) .. 53.9 cents 62.4 cents Lamb 66.8 cents 76.6 cents T-Bone 83.7 cents $1.07 Bacon 67.1 cents 75.9 cents Butter 73.9 cents 87.6 cents Potatoes (5 Ibs.) Milk (qt.) By ROBERT H. LYON Washington, D. C.,—H. R. Gross, new representative of the 3rd Ipwa district in congress, and his family, are busy settling down in their new home here. "I roved Washington and nearby towns for 2 weeks until I found this house," Rep. Gross said in a visit with this reporter. "Then I sent for the rest of the family in Waterloo. We moved in here Dec. 15—in the rain," he added. The Gross address is 1721 Girard street, N. E. The home is a new 2-story, 6 room, brick house. It is 3 miles from the United States capitol and house office building, where Mr. Gross will work. Mail Floods In Mail has been -flooding the Girard street residence, and, as the congressman said, "It's not all Christmas cards." "I'm anxious to open my rooms in the House Office building," he emphasized, "so I'll have some place to answer these letters from constituents and other people. I have other duties to fulfill there, also. As it is, I have to wait until a defeated representative from the old congress moves out." Mr. Gross will attend preliminary meetings of congressmen this week. From their house, Mrs. Gross walks 2 blocks to large grocery stores and Alan, 11, can see his grade school from their living room window. Phil, 15, is 20 min- 24.7 cents 26.6 cents 20.9 cents 20.5 cents Some retailers said they expect the trend to continue into the new year. utes by streetcar from a large city high school. Mr. and Mrs. Gross said they are satisfied with the rent and food prices they pay here, that they are about the same as in Waterloo. On Christmas day the family was invited to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jarvis, she be- fart/i Tremors Continue to Shake Reno Reno, Nev., (U.R)—Hotels, airlines, railroads, and buslines reported an departures 'unusual number" of from capital Thursday, mg Cuts Sentence for Robbery in North Iowa Des Moines, (U.R)—Gov. Robert D. Blue Thursday cut the life sentence of Peter H. Peters, sentenced in Mitchell county in 1941 for entering a bank with intent to rob, to 50 years. The commutation, the 15th made by Blue this week, opened the way to parole eligibility for Peters. He was 21 years old when sentenced. When the governor cut the life sentences of 13 Fort Madison prisoners and 1 Anamosa reformatory inmate to definite terms of years earlier this week, he said they were the only commutations he 48, f Bremer county republican would make, with one "possible • • —• .-!*- -•- —•-!_-<. exception," out of a total of some 60 cases studied by the parole board and a special committee. The cases of the prisoners whose terms were cut by Blue will be reviewed by the parole board beginning in February to determine whether they should be paroled. the former Sarah Glass of Cresco, Iowa, Mrs. Gross' home. Well and Happy The Grosses seem well and happy. Mr. Gross seems eager to start representing the 3rd district nationally. Although Phil and Alan attended school here for only a few days before Christmas recess, they noticed differences from the Waterloo schools. Phil's first impression of high school was that it was 3 times as large as the one he attended at home. Studies being much the same, however, he was not confused. •'One thing I don't like about school here," Phil said, "is lunch time is at 12:45 instead of 12, so my mouth waters overtime." tremor, which came morning. Prof. Vin- Republican Leader Dies of Heart Attack Sumner, (U.R)—Paul Wilharm, chairman whose wife is assistant chairman of the republican state central committee, died Wednesday of a heart attack. Wilharm operated a produce firm here. He was formerly Sumner postmaster. Funeral services are scheduled Saturday. May Ask Extension of Rent Controls for 2 More Years Washington, (fP)— A 2 year extension of the rent control law may be asked of congress. A spokesman for Housing Expediter Tighe Woods said Thursday that is a possibility if a current study of housing supply indicates a long-term shortage. He said Woods has informed staff members that 2-year legislation is being "seriously consid.- this divorce as earthquake tremors continued to shake the area with minor shocks recorded about every 30 minutes. Residents of this city of 30,000 wondered, if the series of small disturbances were advance warning of a destructive quake. The big question on everyone's lips was: "when's the big one coming?" So far the widespread shocks, shaking the earth in western Nevada and northern California, had caused only minor damage and no loss of life. The first jolt in the series was a "severe" Wednesday cent Gianella, University of Nevada seismologist, placed the epicenter of the shakeup 12 miles west of Reno. The jolt opened 2 pencil-width cracks in the earth, one across U. S. Highway 40 just east of the Nevada-California line. Brunt of the shakeup was borne by 'the small town of Verdi (pop. 250) where damage was estimated at $15,000 or $20,000. James Campion, engineer in charge of the transmitter for FM- statiou KWRN, located on 8,270- foot Peavine mountain 7 miles north of Reno, said that the building there was receiving "gentle tremors every 4 or 5 minutes." The transmitter is the highest in the United States. The building is bedded in solid rock which rises directly from a major fault. Chiang and Leaders in Conference Comparative Quiet Reigns on Front as Reds Watch, Wait Nanking, (fp) —All China Thursday awaited a decision by President Chiang Kai-Shek and his top military commanders whether the new year will be ushered in by continuing war or peace. The decision, Nanking sources said, may be made at a conference of Chiang and his top military men here. The militarists gathered from all parts of China reportedly to decide whether to keep trying to stop the victorious communists or bid for peace. On the war front itself there , was comparative quiet—a strange quiet for China which has known countless wars through the centuries and has been involved in almost continuous strife since the 1911 revolution when Sun Yat Sen overthrew the Manchu dynasty. Watch Conference The communists themselves seemed to be watching the Nan- king conference with great interest. Their forces, now besieging Peiping, Tientsin, Taiyuan and the approaches to Nanking itself, reportedly were re-grouping. If the Chiang decision is to continue the war, an all out attack by the communists might burst with great fury in early January. They hold almost all of north China above. the Yangtze and are not likely to let the advantage slip while the hard pressed Chiang tries to mold new armies and defenses below the broad river at Nanking's doorstep. Chiang's decision, which will affect directly the lives of 450,000,000 Chinese, may be" world shaking. Already one of the largest battles in Chinese history—at least on paper—has been fought between 1,000,000 combatants around Suchow. That battle, still simmering with remnants of 100,000 nationalists surrounded by the reds, was lost by Chiang. Urge Surrender Field reports from the encircled force 50 miles south of Suchow said the reds were bombarding the government troops with loudspeaker appeals to surrender. Desertions from the government force there are said to run around 200 a day. Airlift supplies are being sent to the trapped government forces. But the communists have turned automatic and artillery weapons on the planes, forcing them to higher altitudes and consequent inaccuracies in their supply drops. Some of the supplies are now falling in the communist lines. ered, but will not mended until the known.'" be recom- ne«3s are strike at its Ottumwa and Topeka plants last spring. He said basic wage rates for unskilled male labor are now $1.15 an hour in Morrell plants and that "for the most part, relations with our employes have been excellent." There were 8,731 persons employed by the firm as the fiscal year jyided. Weather 'Report > FORECAST Mason City: Partly cloudy and warmer Thursday night and Friday. Low Thursday 15. High Friday 32. Iowa: Increasing cloudiness with slowly rising temperature Thursday night. Friday partly cloudy and windy, warmer south and east portions. Low Thursday night 15-20. Minnesota: Cloudy and warmer Thursday night with a little light snow northeast portion. Friday partly cloudy; colder extreme north. Rather windy north portion Thursday night. IN MASON C!TY Globe-Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 May Extend Assessments ITU Members Finance Strikes o'clock Thursday morning: Maximum Minimum 22 11 below At 8 a. m. Thursday 11 below YEAR AGO; Maximum Minimum 31 23 AP Wirephoto ROAD BLOCK—A 3-story frame house, being moved to a new site in Elizabeth, N. J., has be«n abandoned temporarily in the middle of a residential street. When wet live wires loomed in their p'ath, workmen decided to halt the moving project until the wires were dry. The house is 3 blvjcks from its destination. ^ Chicago, (£*) — Woodruff Randolph, president of the AFL International Typographical union, Thursday advised the union's 87,000 members it may be necessary to extend strike assessments beyond February, 1949. The union membership voted the assessment last February to finance ITU strikes against 48 newspapers in 29 cities in the United States, Canada and Alaska. Included is the strike of the Chicago Typographical union, local 16, whose 1,500 members walked out of the composing rooms of Chicago's dailies Nov. 24, 1947. Writing in the current issue of the Typographical Journal, the ITU periodical, Randolph said that "as matters shape up now" it may be necessary for members to vote to extend the 4i per cent strike assessment after next February. A report by Don Hurd, ITU secretary-treasurer, showed that union expenditures from Aug. 22, 1947, to Nov. 24, 1948, first anniversary of the Chicago strike, totaled $8,711,680.30. Of this sum, $4,582,113.30 was expended in Chicago. Kurd's financial report showed union funds total only $2,690,000 as of Nov. 20, 1948. The weekly 4J per cent assessment on ITU members, plus a 4 per cent strike assessment in effect prior to February, 1947, brought the union an estimated $1,000,000 a month. Woman Killed in Jeep Accident Story City, {/P)_ Mrs. Glenn Dudley, 51, of Nashua, riding in a jeep, was .killed Wednesday night in a 3-car. collision a half mile north of here on highway 69. Highway Patrolman M e 1 v i n Hove said Mrs. Dudley and her husband were riding in a jeep. The jeep skidded on the slippery highway, Hove said, and clipped 2 cars traveling in the opposite direction. Dies After Crash on Christmas Eve Des Mo!nes, (fi>) —Mrs. Raymond Dawson. 57, Des Moines, injured in a Christmas eve accident, died at a Des Moines hospital Wednesday. Her husband was injured fatally in the same crash. The automobile went out of control on highway 64 near Dallaf Center and crashed into a signpost. QUEUILLE ILL Paris, (U.R)—P r e m i e r Henri Queuille, 64, was ill Thursday with the grippe. He was stricken in the French senate Wednesday afternoon. SAME DATE—1947—571 (Bteck ttoc BUB* trulfU 4*»tk ta j

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