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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1947, Winona, Minnesota                                w EITHER Full Leased Wire News Report of The Associated Press BOYSCOUTWEEK FEBRUARY Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations become] VOLUME 46, NO. 304 WINONA, MINNESOTA. THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 13, 1947 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES Plainview Stores Burn, Loss Britain on War Footing In Coal Crisis Some Progress Reported in Clearing Drifts By Robert Ilcwrtt Great Britain was plwcrd on n virtual war footing today us Prime Minister Attloo clamprd strict new controls on the nation's millions to enforce island- wide .electric power cuts ordered to combat a "desperately critical" coal shortage. A national defense act carrying penalties ranging up to a flno of and Imprisonment for two years for violators was Invoked as the dally five-hour bun on the use of electricity for homcn and other domestic consumption was extended to all or England, Scotland and, Wales shivering in the bitterest I cold wave In half a century., j Attlee, calling for measures asi urgent as for a major military operation to speed the mining and transport of coal, set up a special nine-man "coal cabinet" and order- ed Labor Minister George Isaacs to organize Immediately additional civilian labor to help in clearing thr snow-locked arteries of trans, port. Streets Blacked Out G. O. P. Refuses to Yield on Plans for 6 Billion Budget Cut Secretary Patterson ,A blackout of street lighting comparable to that of the war re- turned to Britain as all street and highway lights except those at dangerous intersections were order- ed extinguished. It remained uncertain whether It would be necessary to restore Wartime Ties Extended by U. S., Canada Washington The United States and Canada were disclosed] today to have agreed on a full ex- change of military Intelligence Information on what other nations ate up to. The provision1 Is one of a series of point-by-point agreements under- lying a goncral accord to extend In- Patterson Warns Against Slash in Army Funds By Francis M. Lo May fis- cal managers refused to yield today on their decision to slash the 1948 budget by despite army-navy protests that cutting their funds will endanger the na- tion's security. Secretary of War Patterson de- clared last night that If the army s made to take a cut 'the current and long-term missions of the army. Including those of Gen- eral MacArthur In Japan and Gen- eral McNarooy In Germany, will bo Icopardlzcd." Patterson Issued his statement ioon after the navy sent a report jo congress saying that even a drop in its funds might make tlon of the nominee. LilienthaFs Name Not to Be Withdrawn President Seen Insisting on Senate Approval Washington (IP) The Whit House said today that Freslden Truman "hasnt the faintest Intcn tlon" of withdrawing David nomination for chair man of the atomic energy commls sion. In response to a question as whether the former TVA chair man has asked withdrawal of hi name from the Senate. Presiden lal Secretary Charles O. Ross re ilicd with a blunt, "He has not." Ross spoke after Senator Hatch D.-N. n Lilienthal supporter aid that during a talk with Mr Truman he got the Impression the President would Insist on conlirma- Babies Saved From ;JFire fighting fleets "Immobile and mpotent as an instrument of na- lonal defense." Pressure Campaign Instead of giving ground, Repre- entatlve Dlrksen of the House appropriations committee de- bcrlbed the armed forces' protests s part of a pressure campaign "to eep the fat and padding" in Fresl- cnt Truman's bud- This calls for for army and for the "I came away with the very definite Impression the President has no Idea of withdrawing his (Lillen- thal's) Hatch told re- porters. "My conviction Is that Mr. Lillen- thal should be Hatch said. temporarily thrown out of work by the industrial shutdown, enough laborers to unload coal cars and ships. Isaacs was directed to confer with tho Trades Union Congress on this problem and Arthur iri, general secretary of the Trans- port and General Workers union, last night that "emer- gency steps" taken through la- bor exchanges to get volunteers. The spirit which carried Britain through the dark days of the blliz reflected In a fuel and power ministry communique entitled "The Battlo of the Power Stations." It Announced that tho power embargo, effective since Monday in 3s of the 64 English and Welsh counties, had resulted in saving somo coal but that the five-hour dally blackout was being extended to the whole island and Its people, ef- fective today. Eire racing Crisis Industries outside tho 38-county nrea were not affected by tho new ban. Tho former cut shut down everything but projects essential to definitely the wartime collaboration forces, persons familiar with the year-long negotiations said. They asserted privately that more than a score of specific understand ings were reached before Washing ton and Ottawa Jointly announce the over-all agreement late ycster day. health and welfare counties. Northern Ireland from the embargo on power, but Sir Roland Nugent, northern Ire- land's minister of commerce, ap- pealed for drastic volunteer re- ductions and warned that tha "posi- tion Is critical." Eire, too, was facing power cuts. Sean Lcmass, minister of Industry and commerce, told the Dnil last night that Eire have a "first class coal crisis" It bad weather continues to keep dwindling peat supplies 'from drying. An announcement from 10 Down- ing street last night after the first meeting of the "coal cabinet" head- rd by Attlee saict the "situation remains critical" and that coal sav- ings in the first three days of the embargo were "sufficient to bring stocks up to the safety margin." Plane Drops Food "The prime minister emphasized that production and movement of coal to meet the emergency must be regarded by nil concerned as The formal statement made reference to this background. Bu tho disclosure of a compact for In tcrchango of military Intelligence has deep significance for at leas two reasons: 1. Canada'! reofraphlc posi- tion alone tho polar cap air route. 2. Canada herself Is a recent victim of an atom bomb espion- age plot involving Soviet Rus- sia. While- remaining officially silent on these points, both governments Ktressed two others In announcing tho plan to continue their six-year collaboration for "tho defense of the north of of the Western hemis- phere." The agreement Is not formalized In a treaty; and the decision Is "a its essential to contribution to the stability of-the In those 38 world and to tho establishment of tho United Nations of an effective was excluded system of world security." There was, nevertheless, some speculation in diplomatic circles over the timing of the announcement less than a month before the "Big Four" for foreign ministers meeting In Moscow, Those who should know Insisted, however, that the negotia- tions actually started at least a year ago and the timing of yesterday's announcement March 10 mere coincidence. navy. The showdown will come tomor- row when a 20-maii subcommittee submits to the 102-member Seijate- Houso budget committee its formal recommendation that Mr. Truman's spending estimate be pared to Dlrksen, one of tho leaders In the budget-cutting drive, gave reporters this statement: "We were ever mindful of our na- tional security and believe the re- ductions proposed will not Jeopardize national defense in any way what. soever. 'One need only scrutinize the Items In the budget for 1948 which provide for acquiring or supplies equipment, new material and items for research and civilian' personnel, but what it becomes evident that substantial reductions can be made.1 Representative Engel chairman of tho House military ap- propriations subcommittee, said he :s confident a billion or more dol- lars can be trimmed from the War department's budget without im- pairing the army's fighting qualities. Army Cut Opposed Republicans leaders gave no de- tails of how they planned to dis- ribute the cut among he various government depart- ments. Chairman Gurney of Woman Wounded Routing Bandit In Minneapolis Minneapolis A woman pen shop operator was shot In the right arm last night when she attempted to thwart a holdup by a bandit po- lice have Identified In a scries of raids this week as the "Crazy Eyed" gunman because of his pecu- liar blue eyes. The victim was Miss Fanny Pried man, proprietor of the Good Serv Ice Pen shop, who suffered th wound when she pursued the ma to the door of her establlshmen hurling Inkwells, ash trays and olh or missiles. Her condition was sa: to be poor by General hospital at taches. Miss Friedman told police th bandit had entered the shop bran dishing a gun and had ordered he to turn over the money. When sh demurred, telling him "I work toe lard for he pushed his way t :he register back of a counter Grabbing an inkwell, the woman hi he bandit with it, spilling the con ents over his coat, she told of fleers. Alter he had grabbed a handfu f bills, Miss Friedman grabbed thi other handy missiles with which sht pelted him until, near the door, ho he Senate armed services commit- i He ee said the proposed a iudget slash, for the year beginning uly 1, would takfi rom the armed services directly and nothcr from the civil and fled down an alley witnesses said. Earlier last night, a man iden- tified as the same "Crazy Eyes" hac obtained from a grocery store unctions of the army, such as rlv-inhere forced Max Duneavsky rs and harbors improvements. Of the military budget submitted y Mr. Truman, Patterson said, 58 er cent Is for the air forces, enough o support 55 combat groups of lanes. The proposed reduction lent and the approaching I would reduce the number or groups session In Moscow was alto 35, he declared. nn absolute priority and that ef- forts to overcome the crisis must be planned and operated with the same speed and urgency as a major military operation during the the statement said. More coal began to reach Lon- don and other power stations yes- terday as nearly troops, German prisoners and Polish re- settlement corpsmcn aided rond gangs in clearing deep drifts across the rail lines of northern England. Ten coal ships from Newcastle ar- rived In the Thames last night and 52 more were reported on the way despite dirty weather In the chan- nel. Railroads canceled some express trains to provide locomotives for, coal trains. Schools were closed in some parts of the country for lack of fuel. An R.A.F. bomber dropped food to the Staffordshire village of Longnor, cut off for moro than a week, but canceled other drops to additional Isolated villages because of bad weather. Fourteen food- laden planes stood ready for more drops as soon as the weather breaks. Prime Minister W. Mackenzi King emphasized the significance o the pace In a report to the Canadian parliament at Ottawa yesterday. "It is apparent to anyone who ha reflected even casually on the tech nologlcal advance of recent year that new geographic factors havi been brought into King de Glared. The announced agreement em- braces a five-point general program designed to provide: 1, Interchange of Individuals "so as to increase the familiarity of each country's defense establishment with that of the other country." 2. General cooperation and ex- change of observers in connection with "exercises and with the devel- opment and tests of material oi common Interest." (Both the United States and Canada have had observ- ers at the Arctic-tests conducted by their respective 3. Encouragement of standardized arms. equipment, organization, training methods and new develop- ments. 4. Mutual nnd reciprocal availa- bility of military, naval and air fa- cilities In each country. 5. An underlying principle recog- nizing that none of the cooperative arrangements will Impair the con- trol each nation exerts over its own territory. A Mouseterptece the proprietor, to lie on the floor until he and a companion fled. Po- lice said his description answers that of the gunman who robbed two loop business places of Mon- day night. Two suburban taverns were lo- cales for other crime forays last night. At Lexington avenue: north and Lake Johanna road, Larry Kuehn said he and seven patrons were robbed of by e. black- masked gunman in soiled clothes. At Mendota, thieves got more than 100 pounds of meat and 50 cartons of cigarettes after breaking Into the Lookout tavern. Richard tbe mouse catches cameraman's attention at tho 25th annual pet show of tho Madison Square Boys club in New York where Owner Thomas Haydcn wanted judges to open Uie door to on award. Radio Tower Collapses at Stevens Point Stevens Point. The 450-foot steel transmitting tower of Jcadio Station WLBL. owned and operated by the department of agriculture, collapsed early today, putting tho .station off the air for ini indefinite period, according to y. K. Calvcrt. station manager. I Four Injured in Fire In Barracks at McCoy Camp McCoy, WIs. A fire of undetermined orljrin NWupt through a two-story of- ficers' barracM yesterday, in- juring four men and destroying most of tho belonging's of the 50 officers housed there. Army officials salt! the four men, whose names were not released, were burned when they kicked In tho door of a locked second story room where the fire apparently had started. Tho officials said tho looked room belonged to an officer as- signed to Task Force Frost who had been away from the base on cold weather maneuvers for several days. Five other officers, who were In the building when the fire was discovered, escaped without Injury. The blaze spread throughout the entire building In the three minutes it took the post fire department to respond to the alarm, officials said. Truman Offers Aid to Britain In Coal Crisis Tru man said today that the Unite States is ready to do everythin within its power to relieve th plight of the British people in the! present fuel emergency. In a statement, Mr. Truman said it may be possible to divert t< Great Britain a number of collier at sea In the vicinity of the British isles now carrying coal to other European countries. The President said that coal thus diverted to England would be re- placed for other countries as rapid- ly as shipping schedules -can be adjusted. He said the country has done remarkable Job" in stepping up ex- port shipments of coal, increasing these from tons In De- cember to tons in January with prospects for this month. While flames shoot from the windows on the third floor, two women, guided by a fireman, carry their infants from ft Newark, N. J., apartment house. Six other children wore rescued from the second floor. The fire wns Tbrourht under control before any serious damage was done. (A.F. Seven Jews Hart in Skirmish With Arabs By Carter L. Davidson Jerusalem Seven Jews were reported wounded and fou tldnaped in skirmishes between Arabs and Jews and between Jewish extremist and moderate elements in troubled Palestine las night. Reports of the skirmishes, lacking official confirmation, canii from private informants. General Asks Data on American Dead Gen- eral Robert L. Eichclberger today ordered that all possible Informa- tion be obtained from the Japanese people about unrecovered remains of Allied war dead In Japan, Polish Soldiers May Remain in England soldiers who came to England after the war will be allowed to settle down in the country under a bill passed by the Hoaso of Commons last night. "rippled Youth ield for Shooting 'oliceman Father New York An 18-year-old rippled youth who police said shot nd critically wounded his father fter warning him not to "talk that ay to mom" was held today on a harge of felonious assault. Shot In the chest by a bullet from is own service revolver, Patrolman obert J. Smith, <1, the father, was a critical condition In a Brooklyn ospital. Assistant District Attorney Vic- r Levin of Queens said the youth, Dseph Smith, told him he could no nger stand bickering between his arents and shot his father alter e patrolman and his wife had been quarreling for half an hour yester- day morning. The patrolman had just come off duty and had tossed his revolver on- to Joseph's bed while undressing, Levin said.-Mrs. Smith, 36, lay In an- other bed In the room and was be- Some 100 Arabs carrying knive and sticks were said to have raided the Jewish village of Bnal Gculim wounded seven inhabitants and tib ducted one knife BIri, 35. Informants said tho raid evi- dently grew out of a quarrel over grazing lands around Bnai Geulim ten miles east of Nathanya between Haifa and Tel Aviv, and the nearby Arab village of II Amrak. Ten armed Jews believed to be- long to the moderate Hashomir Hatzalr (young guard) political party were reported to have kid- naped a Jewish underground fight- er from an orange grove near Re- hovpth. Soon sifter, two Hashomir party members were said to have been abducted, from the evidently all-Jewish in revenge, city of Tel Aviv, where 12 persons were hurt night before last in an underground raid on Hashomir party headquar- ters. Hashomir Hatzair has voiced strong opposition to underground violence. Meanwhile, Irgun Zvni Lcuml, the larger of Palestine's two gressive underground armies, Ing berated by her husband because breakfast was not prepared, he said. Treasury to Pay 06 More of Debt Washington The treasury announced today It will pay off in cash in public debt certificates next month. This will have the effect of fur- iher lowering the national debt, which now stands at 000, but will also reduce the treas- ury's cash working balance by The March 1. redemption will bring to the total Of cash pay-offs of marketable government obligations over a 12- month period. ag- dc- clared in a secret-radio broadcas that "The British must pay with their blood for all Jewish bloo shed." Major General G. H. A. MacMil Taxes Yield U. S. During Past Year By James C. IMunn Washington taxpayers last American year deposited In Uncle Sam's till the largest peace- time tax payment In history and the third high- est on record. The 1940 collections, the Bureau of Internal Revenue reported today, were exceeded only during the war years of 1945 and 1944. In" 1945, the surcau said, payments totaled and in 1944, collections amounted to All fig- ures were for calendar years. As usual, heavily populated New York led all states and the ten-l- ory of Hawaii by paying in during the 194C calendar Three Fire Departments Fight Blaze Largest Downtown Business Structure Destroyed By Staff Writer Plainview, disastrous eru'ly morning fire today wiped out Plain view's largest; downtown buildJiip and, rm ndjacoiit two- story building, causing a loss es- timated from to Destroyed were the Lyle Spooler building, housing seven. stores and ofriccs, and the adja- cent two-story frame containing the MarshaJl-WeJls tore. Discovered about .1. m.. the blaze quickly .spread through the one-story brick .structure, about HO V CS feet, and fire fighting ef- forts or the Plainview rur.il and city truck men, and the Rochester and Elgin fire departments -were of no avail. Little was saved from he two buildings. At noon today the Spooncr build- ng was leveled and only the frame- work of the wooden Marshall-Wells tore was standing against a sky which still held the smoke from he ruined It was the second time in seven that u large building on the ite had been destroyed by a fire. The Spooncr building replaced the voenig block, :i three-story brick tructurc, which was leveled by a fire July 4, 1940. Destroyed In the Spooner building were the Laagum Produce Com- pany, operated by Nathan Langurn; the office of Mr. Spooncr. who is .1 certified public accountant; Vincens (King's lied White store, operated 'only about a month by a Montlcello 'Minn., purchaser; the Men's shop, operated by Jack Magnussen: a four-lane bowling alley, operated by Mr. Spooncr, and the bus depot and Tip Top lunch. Jointly operated by Miss Mabel Wood. at the MnrxhaJl-Wellj building and business arc Prod Green and Charles Dcazcr. Their loss waj estimated up to Mr. Spooner, a. World War u vet- eran and commander of the Ameri- can Legion post here, estimated building loss at and the bowl- ing: alley loss at Stock, Buildings Insured All stock and buildings were in- sured, but there was not complete coverage. Incidental losses in this major was a item, representing numerous plnball machines, stored in the basement of the structure by Patrick Griffin, and an unestimated figure to cover the inconvenience caused by the destruction or 200 to (Continued on Page 12, Column 6.) FIRE Sister Kenny Silent on Report She May Retire imong the leaders by Illinois. Call- Ian, who stormed the Rhine witi the 51st Highland division, tool command of British troops in Pal estine and Trans-Jordan today, sue ceding Lieutenant General Si Evelyn Barker. The change of command came In the midst of a now outbreak o violence in the Holy Land. Tho British army, battling tin elusive Jewish underground, ar- ranged to clamp-on the most rigid security measures yet invoked in th Jerusalem into full new cantonization of the city into four heavily secured com- pounds, where limited restrictions have been in effect for a week. hloover in Vienna :or Food Studies Hoover car- ied his survey of Europe's food leeds today to Vienna, where he scheduled to confer for three ays before proceeding to Rome. celand Seeks tor Juy Coal in Britain of a trade elegation from Iceland arrived in ondon today. They want to buy coal. Merrillan Disposal Plant Project Gets Federal Works Aid Washington (JP) Federal ad- vances to finance the preparation of drawings and specifications for local public works In Wisconsin were announced today by Major General Philip B. Fleming-, Federal Works administrator. The funds arc to be repaid, without interest, when construction is becun. The list Includes two advances for pump house improvements sand in- stallation of water softening and Iron removal equipment at a cost of and and sanitary sewer extensions and disposal plant at :i cost of and 1'or Mcr- rlllau In Jackson, county. ornia and Pennsylvania in irdcr. Individual income taxes of constituted the major hare of the 1346 touil. Collcctior I corporation Income taxes wer :ext, at to make tl1 otal for all income taxes a decline of rom 1945. The brcakdowiipby states, listin he grand total sources, 194 compared to the 1045 collection nd with 194G individual and corpor Won Income tax payments bracket d in that order, includes: Minnesota: vs. and Wisconsin: vs. ana 3-Cent Cigarette Tax to Be Asked St. bill providing fo a three-cent cigarette tax has bcci drafted and will be introduced with in the next day or two, Reprcsenta- ;ive Fred Memmer, St. Paul, said ioday. Under the proposal, one-third of tile tax collected would go to cities villages and boroughs, with the state getting two-thirds. The measure has been recom- mended by Governor Luther Voung- dahl in his inaugural message. The ;overnor estimated thnt a three- cent tax would yield about o a year. 100 Jap Soldiers Still Holding Out than 300 wcll- rmcd Japanese soldiers, apparcnt- y unaware the war is over, have arricaded themselves on remote 'alawan island, in the southeastern 'hilippines, Major R. R. Prcwltt aid today. Prowitt, chief inve.stlsator for the S. army's war crimes legal KCC- hcre, said plnncs would drop neither confirm nor reports from the West coast night that she planned to an- hor retirement from active in her infantile paralysis work in aji appearance before the city council on Friday. "I have aji announcement to make but it will be made to the council." she declared. In Sail Francisco, E. O. Hubbard. chairman of the Northern California state committee for the Sister Elisa- beth Kenny foundation, issued a statement in which he said: "Sister Kenny has said that the stair ot the Kenny institute is now fully qualified to cany one ar.d teach" her work. She feels :hat she must, because of her age, place most of the responsibility upon that staH'." He said she had chosen to make the announcement to the Minne- ipolis council "because of -the as- sistance given her by the city of Minneapolis." He added that she ntcnded to visit Europe and Aus- ,ralla before again returning to Min- neapolis. Weather FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Partly loudy tonight nnd Friday; con- Inued mild temperature. Low to- light 35; high Friday 45 to 48. cloudy tonight nd Friday, a. little colder north ortion tonight. cloudy tonight; riday partly cloudy, continued tiild south, a liUle colder with a Jew iow flurries north portion. LOCAL WEATHSR Official observations 1'or the 24 ours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 43: minimum, 33; oon, 43; precipitation, none; sun ets tonight at sun rises to- IOITOW at TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE Max. Mln. ret. hlcago.............42 23 os Angeles ........70, lain! ..............70 pis.. St. Paul......37 cw Orleans........52 York ..........37 ,41 caflcts over the holnout, camp warn-! Phoonix ig them that troop.s will be .............GO o rout them unless they surrender. Washington ........45 2-1 48 .50 f   

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