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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1947, Winona, Minnesota                                w EATHER fair and coJd lonljrht umlay. Low VOLUME 47. NO. 5 Full Leased Wire News Report of The Associated Press' F Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations WJNONA. MINNESOTA. SATURDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 22. 1947 FIVE CENTS PER COPY OLLOW Steve Canyon On Om HACK PACK FOURTEEN PAGES Death of Wisconsin Man Here Probed 17. S. to Get More 17 Pounds Additional Seen in '47 World Supply Divided Among 24 Nations Wa-Oilnfrton The United Slates accepted today a dlvWon or the world sugar supply for 1047 which will give Americans about 37 pounds nplecc more than last year. This country's share o! the world's export supply, coupled with own production, will provide ft per capita supply of about 00 pounds of refined sugar this year. Consumption last yoar was 73 pounds, while usage in the prewar period was about 07 pounds. Tho allocation was made last nieht by the International emc.r- Kfnry food council, and Inter-gov- crnmcntal aftency representing more than 20 nations, charged with the responsibility of apportioning scarce foods among tho nations of the world. 00 rouTHl.i Ttr Capita United was granted C.ROO.OOO short tons, ruw value, of n tot.M world export supply of (The refining process diminishes rnw sugar nbout. flcvcn per This compared with tons allotted this country last year and with nn average an- nual prewar consumption of 000 tons. OI the 1047 per capita supply of 90 pounds, individual con- sumers probably will get 35 pounds through ration stamps and the remaining pounds In the form of candy, bakery products, other foods, soft drinks and similar Last year the Individual con- sumer ration allowance was 23 pounds. Division of tho domestic mpply among various classes of user will bn mado by tho Agriculture de- partment and the Office of Price Administration, providing of course, these agencies obtain congressional authority and funds to continue rationing. To Decide on Katlonlnjr The rationing authority will ex- pire March 31 unless Congress ap- proves n request by President Tru- that It be continued until the end of this year. In dividing the world export sup- ply abong 24 principal Importing notions the food council adopted thp rule of grating cuch cnought t allow iv por capita consumption a least 71 per cent of tho prcwa fKrure. Exceptions to this rule were al locations to the United States Cnndft and Great Britain, which will receive enough to allow abou 90 per cent of prewar uscacc. 12 Injured in Utica, N. Y. Blast L'llca, At least 12 persons were Injured today when u terrific explosion demolished a t wo Ktory knitting machinery manufacturing plant and two other buildinss and shuttered windows in a seven-block area In downtown Police listed one man as missing, Five persons were hospitalized and the others were- treated near fhc scene for cuts and minor injuries. Cause of the explosion was not officially determined at once. Fire Chief Leo R. Carry theorized the blast may have bnen caused by a break in r. RU.H line under the mimufucturlnv; plant occuplng an urra approximately CO to 100 feet. Mute glsiss windows of more than 35 stores in tho vicinity were shat- tered. Not Staid Affair Los Angeles Explosion Had Force of One- Ton Blockbuster Los, Angeles Chemical experts agreed today that a 300-gallon mixture of chemicals equivalent in explosive force to that of a one-ton blockbuster bomb caused the downtown Los Angeles explosion which killed 15 and injured 158 Thursday. A mixture of perchloric acid and acetic anhydride was the lethal potion -which disin- tegrated the O'Connor electroplating plant, nearly a block of buildings and rat- tled a square mile of the city, said Police Chemist Ray Pinker, Captain Carl Halter of the flro department arson squad and G. L. Cheney, analytical chemist. Workmen still searched today for two others still missing. Captain Halter said the mixture of the two chemicals was first used at the plant last September to put a high shine on aluminum articles. The report on the explosion was. made after a' two-hour conference last night of the three experts; R. J. O'Connor, son of the head of the electroplating firm, and O'Con- nor's attorney. The arson squad captain said the per- chloric acid alone was a dangerous explosive when exposed to air or any oxidizing agent and that the acetic anhydride Is-an oxydiz- iug agent. Captain Halter said the force of the blast was demonstrated by the crater it left. "It was about seven or eight feet deep and some 15 feet he safd. "But first it went through four inches of concrete." Halter said jthe full story of the explosion be told to the national board of flre un- derwriters. He said the Interstate Commerce commission forbids the transportation of per- cholric acid in larger amounts than eight pounds. Cold Wave Grips East As Blizzard Blows Out to Sea The Front End Of A Greyhound bus hangs precariously over the water of tho Nansemond river after crashing through the railing of the bridge near Churchland. Va. Note Greyhound painted on-side of bus, looking ns though It's Jumping railing. (A-P. Wlrephoto.) Most of Estate Left Dogs Los Angeles Cfirleton R. e, 63, veteran attorney, left most of hlB estate to his two "bt'lovrd" Irish setters. Put and Gunner. BulnbrldKo died Thursday and his1 was dated just two be- !orr. on February 18. The will, fllcd for probate yesterday, bequeaths i ranch to hi.i brother, Sherman, and 51.000 to Hollywood Masonic lodge No. 355, The rest was left In trusl U.N. to Discuss U.S. Plea for Pacific Isles By John A. Parrls, Jr. Lake Success, N. sources said today that the United Nations security council would up next Wed- nesday America's request that the Japanese-mandated islands in the Pacific be placed under a U.N. strategic trusteeship. Under the U. S. plan, the 623 islands-including the Marshalls, Carolines and be .administered by the United States, which would be allowed toi fortify them. 48 Deaths From Storm Reported Along Seaboard By The Associated Press Freezing winds and falling tem- peratures gripped the Ease today moving In the wake of a snow- storm which blew out to sea yes- terday after, causing at least 48 deaths and eastern seaboard from the Carolinas north to Maine under a thick coating; of white. The storm raged in many sec- tions 'for almost 24 hours, snarling air and surface .transportation and retarding Industrial activities. It! blew a few final flurries In Man- hattan yesterday afternoon, headed northward toward New- foundland and the sea. Snow drifts on roads to Lake Success, Long Island, N. Y., forced postponement of a meeting of the: United Nations security counci yesterday. Traffic accidents on drift-choked Tax Studied State Legislators Ponder Proposals to Raise Revenue St. Paul "Money, money, money Where's the money com- ing continued sto be the chief question Friday before Minne- sota legislators adjourned over the weekend. Developments in the state's fiscal picture, mostly In the form of sug- gestions, included: A proposal by Senator Karl Neu- meler, Stillwater, that a refer- endum vote be called for on a sales tax, Its proceeds to be used Initially to pay off any state sol- diers' bonus and later to-supplant the personal property and real es- tate levies. A hearing by the house tax com- mittee on a proposed three-cents per pack cigarette' levy, estimated to raise per pear. Repre- sentative Curtiss Olson, Roseau, proposed an amendment raising the tax to five cents per pack, but neither this nor the main issue was acted upon. A bill by Representative Emil Ernst, Lester Prairie, .and others, calling for a tax of flvo per cent of the Invoice value of liquor pur- chased by off-sale dealers; 15 per cent for that bought by on-salc dealers and ten per cent on that bought by combination stores. Dunn Favors Vote Under the sales tax proposal, the legislature -would be called upon to impose one of from one to three per cent If the vote favored it. Neumeier estimated that each per cent would yield a yeay. Majority Leader Roy E. Dunn in the house who last week said he saw no need for a sales tax at this session endorsed the Neumeler pro- posal because he said It would al- low citizens to vote their prefer- nces. A bill bolstering the anti-vice cruoado by tightening up Music, Dancing Liven Old Settlers' Party You'd expect a meeting of old of whom could count the houses In Wlnona on their toes and fingers when they came be a pretty staid affair, with all the old ladles and gentlemen sitting com- fortably back In their chairs and content to be spectators. That's what you'd Imagine, but you're wrong. The 400-odd members of the Winona County Old Settlers association, holding their annual meeting at the Red Men's wigwam today, were hardly in the mood for set- tling In their chairs. There was music and dancing. L. U. Todd, whjD is neartng the end of his ninth decade, choso one of the younger maidens from the crowd and turned a few lively steps. Perhaps, a lit- tle Inhibited by this younger partner, he decided to jig the next number alone to the ap- plause of the crowd. One elderly lady, who did need some assistance coming up the steps, barely waited to re- move her coat (with assistance) before getting In step with the music, it seemed cosier to dance than to merely stand. At a. m. the auditorium of the wigwam was still nearly empty, but within an hour sev- eral hundred old-timers were? there, Including such peren- nials as Oscar Johnson, colored pianist, who has entertained at this annual meeting for many years, and Walter Dunston, who was singing Irish ballads before the meeting was even officially opened. The hfippy noise of conversa- tion, music and dancing added up to something which would make any hostess smile with pleasure. Over In one corner quietly re- membering their hark back to the Cyrus Stinson, 86, Huff street, and George Cooper, nearly 83, 327 Enst Fourth street. "Oh, we're not really old- chldcd Mr. Cooper, "it was oUr parents who were the real settlers. They cleared and broke the ground, and when they left we took over. They're the real old settlers. They just call us that because we're the oldest now. We'll .carry on a little longer, and then there'll be other people." Nevertheless, Mr. Stinson can recall one winter day In I860 when he and his mother rode a stagecoach up the river from Ln. Crosse to Wlnona and found a few houses on Front and Sec- ond streets, plus a few business places. They had taken n. train from Adams, Wis., to La Crosse, the nearest railroad point. Mr. Stln- son's father, Henry, meanwhile, loaded his sleigh at Adams with all he owned and made the cross country trip. It was un- dertaking. The Stinson family chose Pleasant valley and there his father and broUicr-ln-law start- ed the tremendous task of clear- ing '100 acres, thick with heavy timber. Their equipment for the first five years: A two-foot clearing plow, pulled by ten Ktout oxen. He recalls In those days how farmers drove watcons of wheat nil the way from Preston to Wl- nona, where they sold It for 45 cents a bushel so they could pay their taxes. Not far away, south of Rldgc- way, he learned to know a boy named George Cooper, whose father was Joseph Cooper. Thnt Continued on Pare Column 4.) OLD SETTLERS Body Found In Excavation Near Hotel highways and over-exertion from snow shoveling accounted for mosi of the deaths. A record fall of 27 Inches was reported at Dickenson county. Va In New York city, snow crews (Continued on Page 11, Column 4.) COLD WAVE But whether the security council approves the plan or not, the U. S. government has mode it clear that she Intends to keep this strategic chain of Islands because she consi- ders them essential to American se- curity. Meanwhile, the "Big Pour" of tho security United States, Britain, Russia and ed to be near to naming a candi- date for the governorship of Trlste tough police Job. Five Considered An authoritative source who would not be Identified said five represent- Weather FEDERAL FORECASTS Wlnona and vicinity: Generally fair and rather cold tonight and Sunday; low tonight five above, high Sunday 20 to 24. Minnesota: Partly cloudy and continued cold tonight and Sunday. Occasional snow Hurries northeast and extreme north. Wisconsin: Partly cloudy and rontinued cold tonight nnd Sunday. Occasional snow Hurries in extreme north. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for tho 24 iK.urn ending nt 12 m. today: Maximum. 21: minimum, 5; noon, M: precipitation, none: Mun sets tniilKht ut 5M1; sun rlst-'s tomorrow lives of small countries were be ng considered for the Job. The ire: i General Henri Gulsan, command T in chief of tftie Swiss army from 03D to 1945, considered the strong st man In Switzerland. Lelf Egeland, a South African o Norwegian parentage who Is now South African minister to the Neth rlnnds, Alberto Lleras Camargo, forme: 'resident of Colombia and one-timi mbansador to tho United tSatcn. Lieutenant General Bcngt Ous- tnfsson Nordenskjold, chief of the Swedish air force. Alfred Emll Frederick Sandstrom of Sweden, chairman of tho bureau disposing of Axis holdings In Swe- den. The "Big Four" 'representatives hope that the governor can be named before March 1, but there is no deadline, It was said. The pres- entation of other candidates, sources said, is not ruled out. 3 Killed in Pile-Up of Six Cars on Bridge San Frunclnco Three per- sons were killed and five Injured .n the pllcup of six automobiles on the fog-shrouded San Francisco- Oakland bay bridge today. The resultant tleup of traffic caused another automobile to ram the machine waiting In line uhcaci of It Hotting It on flre and Injuring a sixth person. iDoad were Elmer VIcCunc. 55, Mary Wood, 30, and Theodore Cole 42, nil of San Fran- cisco. Truman to Fly Over Volcano on Visit to Mexico Mexico Tru- man will .be flown over on active volcano in the course of his visit to' Mexico City March 3-6, Mexican officials said today. Officials who made his program public said that because he had ex- pressed special Interest In the vol- cano Parlcutln, youngest in Mexico, he would be given an air view of it on the third day of his visit. He and his party the same day will go by automobile to see the Teotlhua- can pyramids. Otherwise, hell be occupied with receptions, state dinners and fes- tivals. The first night, he will dlno with Mexican President -Miguel Alcman In the National palace. The third night, President Truman will ?lve a dinner for Aleman at tho Jnltcd States embassy, where Mr, Truman will stay. Army Superfort Is Missing on Alaskan Flight Ladd Field, Fairbanks, Alas- ka An army air force B-29 Superfortress of the 46th reconnnnissnnco squadron on a photographic mission over northern Alaska north of the Arctic circle was miwilnfr today, Ladd field army officials re- ported. Tho lost radio' contact with the plane was made by the Point- Barrow station. A mes- sage said the piano was low on and .a forced landing might have to be made. The number of men on the' plane and their names were not Immediately' announced. New Camera Turns anti-vice cruoado by tightening upl 1 t W controls on tho liquor .business .was f If Ar f If) f C Oft n (Continued on Page 9, Column 4.) I f f ft O f M I LEGISLATURE f Jf Truman Leads Within One Minute U. S. in Tribute To Washington New revolutionary new camera, which, turns out a finished picture one minute after the shutter Is snapped, accomplishing in a single slop all the processing- operations or ordinary photography, was demonstrated yesterday. _ The camera, which can. be carried by anyone, was announced Washington President Tru-i to toe Optical Society of America by its Inventor, Edwin H. Land, man led the nation today In cere- monies honoring tho memory of George Washington. The chief executive motored to Mt, Vcrnon to lay a wreath on Washington's tomb, commemorating the 21st anniversary of the birth of the first President. Veterans organizations were In charge of the ceremonies at 'the Virginia shrine overlooking the Po- tomac river, as well as parades, ban- quets and parties that marked the national capital's observance. The Presidential yacht WiUlams- burg, gleaming In a new coat of white paint In contrast to the battleship gray so familiar during war days, preceded the President to Mt. Vernon and was ready to take Him and members of the White House staff aboard for a weekend cruise on the Potomac. Boy in Alabama Killed by Rats Birmingham Infant boy was found dead in his bed today and City Detective C. L.'Pierce said ;he child had been killed by rats. The 'victim was fourrmonth5-old Lonnie Eugene Mathews, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Mathews. of Boston, tho discoverer of Polarolc Several types have been bulli Land said, and announcement wil be made In a few months when the cameras will be' available and what they will cost. The Inventor, demonstrating a portrait typo and also ono of thi size frequently carried by newi photographers, said tho process could Be adapted to any camera and possibly to making motion pictures. The camera produces a fully- fmlshed picture, of the same qual- ity as If developed and printed by dark room technique. It Is described In the published program of the optical society ni "a new kind of photography as revolutionary as the transition from wet plates to daylight-loading film- ago. more than a half century Comes Out Dry Boy Saved After Bight Hours in Empty Cesspool Valley Stream, N. Y. (if) After eight hours at the bottom of a snow-covered empty cess-. pool where he had fallen while at play, eight-year-old Leonard Gaughran was rescued at a. in. today, so numb he couldn't talk- but apparently otherwise unharmed. More than 100 Nassau county police and volunteer firemen and neighbors were ucourtnr the Long Island rural neighborhood when a fireman, Charles Porter, found tho boy on a recheck of cesNjiools that had been dug for new houses being built near the Gaughran home. Snow had drifted over boards protecting the top of the cess- pool. When F-47 Burnt Into flames while on a routine flight, Cap- tain W. H. Madoles of Wlnfleld, La., brought it down on wheeler Field, Hawaii. Violent braking stood craft on nose (top) and pilot scrambled to safety.. Flames ate through fuselage and tall dropped off (bottom) as. craft burst into flames. (A.P. Wlrephoto.) The turn of a knob produces a positive print In permanent form. The camera contains no tank; the picture comes out dry, and requires no further processing. "With the new Land's announcement said, "it will be pos- sible for the amateur to make a snapshot and compare it with the scene before he leaves the spot. He can ask his subject to hold the pose until he sees the result. If he is not satisfied with the expression on the subject's face, or anything else, he can retake It and correct the fault. "The new cameras will make 1 possible for any one to take pic tures anywhere, without spccia equipment for developing and print Ing. and without waiting for hi: films to be processed. They can be used for making quick snap shots of the family, quick X-ray pictures, quick pictures of horse race finishes or anything else tha' can be photographed." How Camera. Worku The one-step camera, which uses ordinary .silver-bromide film, has its secret Jn a tiny capsule of chemicals that produces all the ordinary developing and printing steps inside the camera. After the" picture is snapped, the inventor explained, the film rolls onto a piece of special photographic paper, with the two face to face, and In contact, and with the cap- sule between them. The capsule breaks and the contents spread between the film and photographic paper. The capsule spreads out the ordi- nary developer of the silver Him and the "hypo" so familiar to photographers. Also contained are chemicals which control the size of the silver grains that make the picture, the color of the print, that jrcvent discoloration, and that make the process work over a wide of temperatures. Land said motion pictures and color pictures have not been made, but that the principles are appli- cable to. both. Attorney Terms Minister's Arrest Terrible Mistake' Milwaukee Attorney Harry V. Melssner today described ns a "terrific mistake" the arrest of the Rev. John Lewis, 72, pastor of one of Milwaukee's oldest and largest churches, on a charge of arson in connection with a flre at the church where he has been pastor for nearly 12 years. The elderly pastor of the Calvary Presbyterian church appeared In district court on the arson chamc yesterday and was released on Jond pending a hearing March 10. SIclssner, his counsel, said the dls- ;rlct attorney's office was "wrong as t could be In the. Interpretation It had placed on evidence In the flrc." Dr. Lewis, who has held pastor- ates and college posts In both the Jnlted States and Great Britain, las denied the charge in an oral itatement to Joseph Tlcrncy, asslst- mt district attorney. Tierney said the warrant w.is ls- :ucd upon complaint of William Rossiter, deputy state flrc marshal, who alleged that Dr. Lewis had pur- based two quarts of kerosene on January 23. two days before the Coroner Plans Autopsy, No Verdict Given Arlan I. Bowon. 39-year-old manager of the Bangor Lumber Company at Bangor, Wis., was found dead here at TrSS a- m. today in a five-foot excavation at a rear door of the Washing- ton liotcl, 119 Washington street. Bowcn. whose presence to Wlnona, has not been explained, was found wcdRod Into the narrow excavation, head first, A cement step had been put In at the door, adjacent to an alley on Washington street between the hotel and the Feiten, Imple- ment Company, but the excavation had not been filled. The excavation, was made for the step and tha man's head was wedged at the base of the step. To Conduct Autopsy County Coroner R. B. Tweedy, who Is conducting an Investigation of the cose, said while he suspected there was no foul play and there was no evidence to substantiate any such theories, the cose Is "so un- usual that I am going to ask family's permission to have post- mortem examination made of. body." Any ofEcial verdict, he said. would have to nwult Hie comple- tion of tho autopsy. He was un- decided n.t 1 D. m. whether or not Inquest would be necessary but said If one is he'd. It cannot icld until Monday because n. cor- oner's Jury cannoc be called on a cgal holiday such as birthday. A mark on the dead man's head, the coroner was undoubtedly caused when he struck the. stone but he said "it Is most unusual to find a body, head down, in a hole." The coroner notified the family at Bangor and early this afternoon was-awaiting their arrival In Wl- nona. Police, noUng that tho body smelled of alcohol, theorized that, Bnwcn had been drinking and stopped on his way through the al- ley on a pile of dirt beside the ex- cavation, then toppled Into the excavation, hitting his head on tha cement stoop as he fell. However, no official interpretation was given to the accident. Saw Body In Hole Police were notified by Evan Lloyd, 474 West Fifth street, who was dolnc; remodeling work at the hotel and who saw the body in the hole. Bowen hnd Rone to Milwaukee Monday to attend a convention, accompanied by hla wife, associates nt Bangor sold to- day. Returning by train Thursday, the couple separated at Sparta, Mrs. Bowen returning to BnnRor and Mr. Bowen continuing on. Mrs. Bowen said her husband hnd business In Winona and that she expected him home Friday. In addition to his wife, two chil- dren, Arlnn, Jr., ahd Pntrtda; a sli- ter and his mother survive. All re- side at Bangor. Mr. Bowen lived In Banftor all his life, .1 lumber company employe stated, and hnd been manager of the lumber concern about six years. Among papers found on the body was a bunk book. Indicating that Bowen hnd made regular deposits at a Bangor bank. He also had currency in his pocket. Bowen Identified by a draft card and other personal papers In his billfold. The coroner said the body hod apparently been In the hole most of the night but considered it Improb- able that freezing had caused death. flre of the Wisconsin avenue church near the downtown district. The prosecutor said that the elderly minister has admitted pur- chase of one quart of kerosene but he has denied setting flru to the 70-year-old church. A organ In the church was destroyed In the early morning flrc. Tierney said that the state was prepared to offer a motive for the minister's alleged act, but he raid Taft Opposes Lilienthal By Francl.s J. Kelly Washington Supporters of "It will not be disclosed until the trial." Arson Is punishable by a prison term of one to ten years under Wis- consin law. Dr. Lewis! who came to Milwau- cee In 1935 from Scranton, Pa., was born In Brecon, Wales, but he re- ceived his -American citizenship in 1911. He has held pastorates In London, Manchester and Cardiff, Wales, and was a lecturer at King's college in London and at the Unl- ersity of Wales. Mother and Four Children Flee Fire Otto Ga- was burned on the hands and ace when flre destroyed the Galow lome live miles southwest of sub- urban Hopkins early today. Mrs. Galow and her four children were orccd to flee as tho flumes burn- d the structure to the basement oundatlon. Oalow was staying at farm near Anoka where ho has been employed. David E. Lllionthal for confirma- tion as chairman of the atomic energy commission expressed con- fidence today he will win despite a blast -from one of the Senate's top Republicans, Robert A. Taft of Ohio. Taft nnouncod he Is going to vote against Lilienthal because he considers liim a "power-hungry bu- reaucrat" who Is "temperamentally unfitted" for the position and "too soft on Issues connected with Com- munism and Soviet Russia." Senator McMahon member of the atomic energy com- mission which Is considering the former TVA head's nomination, commented to a reporter: "While I recognize Senator Taft's influence and power as chairman of the Republican policy committee, I dp not believe his stand -will be persuasive with respect to his col- leagues in toe face of the record of the hearing, which demonstrates Mr. Lillenth.iTs complete suit- ability." Inquest Ordered in Ellen Wilkinson Death H. Neville Staf- ford, Westminster coroner, an- nounced today that he would hold an Inquest next Friday Into the death of Miss Ellen Wilkinson, min- ister of education In the labor cabinet. Miss Wilkinson died February 6. Her death then was attributed to a J heart attack.   

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