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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 18, 1947, Winona, Minnesota w EATHER t ft nil foddy, cubtlnurtl cotU. Full Leased Wire News Report of The Associated Press Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations s OKOLSKY Read IBs New Column Daily on Editorial VOLUME 47. NO. 25 WJNONA, MINNESOTA. TUESDAY EVENING, MARCH 18, 1947 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWELVE PAGES Errors Found in County Tavern Lists Congress Tackles Housing, Rent Control Hearings on New Measure Streamlined Maximum Building by Private Firms Aim of Program I'.y Marvin Arrowsmllh squar- ed away today for n fresh start on twin housing to cn- courncf big-scale cons true 11 on or new homes and what to do about rent control. On the first, the Senate banking committee turned to streamlined on a slightly revised ver- sion of the Wagncr-Ellender-Taft Ions rnniTP hous- ing bill passed by the tw-nate last year but pigeon- holed In thu Hou.'.t.-. To open the dis- cussion.-; the com- mittee culled Sen- 5 in One Room Dead In Massachusetts Fire Tcwksbury, The five younr children of Mr. and William boys and a irlrl crowded Into a nlngle bedroom by the hotmlng short- were (lend today, victims of a Hash (Ire. The ranging from one to live yours of ago, nnc- cumbcd to burns suffered when nwept their tiny second- Jloor bedroom ycnterdny. Overcome by grief, the 35- yeai-'old mother was treated at Tcwkxbury hospital for shock. Fire Chief Alden Halnes Raid an oil ntove In the bedroom ap- parently exploded and Ignited the bed clothlnr. Mm, Farrell was aideep on couch on the ground floor but the flames blocked the stair- way leading- to the children's room. Timothy, aged one, was be- yond aid when firemen reached his crib. Physicians- at the hospital, aided by a Boston specialist on burns, kept vigil during the night In an unsuccessful effort to save the others. One by one the terribly burned youngsters chael, two; Jeffrey, four; Wil- liam, -Jr., five, and their little Lynnc, three. Farrell, a box factory worker said he had been house hunting but had been unable to find larger accommodations. Tsft otors Taft (R.- and Ellen- dcr (D. LiO. sponsors of the measure a 1 o n (f n'lth Senator Wagner It sets up n goal' Wajrncr of 35.000.000 new dwellings by 1958. xMeanwhllc, a banking subcommit- tee made ready to get down to work on a bill by Taft and Senator Mc- Carthy which -would handle rent controls this way: 1. Continue the celling- pro- gram generally until March 1. 1948. 2. Allow no across-the-board building by private cn- authorlzes n national 2. Set up a three-man adjust- ment and decontrol board which rould authorize rent increases or removal of ceilings on an area bails. The board would replace OPA In the rent picture. Klimlnathp rent controls on nrw hoaxes, hotels, motor courts, and dwellings which were not rented during the last two yrars. Chairman Tobcy raid the Senate banking committee plans to hold only three days of hearings on the W-K-T housing bill and re- legislation. The reason for this, he explained. Is that the sub- ject mutter was covered extensively a year tico. Th'- bill is aimed at construction o.' 5..000.000 new homes during the lirs: .'our years after enactment. Its objective, according to the spon- !.r. to encourage a maximum arr.our.t of ttrnnse. Th" bill commission which could coordinate t.he" programs of existing feder.il hoaslne aitenclc.s. Unlike In.'.! year'.'-, measure. It provides for Do ,'ioirlniT The bill also would: (inint frclrral aid to states anil loc.ilitlrs fur low-rent pub- lic housing projects. These sub- sidies uoulil amount to 400.000 annually for the first four jr.-irx following enactment of (he hill. Providr frelrral assistance for slum clearance. Seek to rncouraKc private huildrrs to construct rental housing for moderate Income available special help on morteace Insurance for low- Ineomr families. Krqulre public hoiiNlni; nffen- eirs to fflve preference to veter- ans in sclcctlne tenants. Srt up a rural home loan program under the secretary of ajrrirulture.. The Tart-McCarthy rent bill, in- troduced yesterday, is Intended as the an.-.-.ver to bank committee ob- jections to a general rent Increase. The proup recently rejected a meas- ure calling for a flat ten per cent Senator Hurk chairman o: a n-nt .-.iiix-ommlttcc, said his Kroup will meet within the next few day.-, to consider the new measure. Special Treatment for Small Incomes in New <t __ ____ Tax Bill Recommended By Francis M. te May G.O.P. leaders gave increasing signs today of leaning to the conclusion that small incomes must re- ceive preferred treatment In any bill to slash income taxes this year. One high-ranking Republican told reporters privately he doubts the votes can be mustered to pass the measure by Chair 'man Knutson the Mother Saves Child in Well Beeds Sprints, Mo. A yauag mother was credited to- day with tiling her life by ellnirinc to a rope for three hours while holding the 17- month-old child above the frigid waters of a cistern. The child tumbled Into a cis- tern containing elcht feat of wa- ter. Mm. Luther Fly, the moth- er, fastened a rope to the top of the cistern, let herself down to the water and grasped the boy. She braced herself affalnst the walls, clang to the rope with one hand and held her son with the other until her husband ar- rived home three hours later. Truman Ready to Return Tomorrow To Washington By Ernest B. Vaccaro Key West, Fla. President Truman took a last fling at play today before returning to grips with International developments which brought his call for a shown down with world Communism. The President, who had his first swim yesterday since, he flew down from Washington, last Wednesday, made no plans beyond morning and afternoon swims and a couple of hours of sunbathing, except to view n Bob Hope film after lunch. He returns to Washington tomor- row, boarding his special plane in the early nrtornoon, in time to have dinner at the White House tomor- row night. The chief executive has main- tained silence on the international, situation since his personal message; to Congress Wednesday urging au- thority to lend to the Greek and Turkish governments to ways and means committee which would give taxpayers large and small a cut of 20 per cent across the board. The majority's steering commit- Wheat at Second Time In 99 Years Shorts Scramble for Cover on March Futures wheat appeared on the Chicago Board of Trade today for the second time in the 99-year history of futures trad- ing- here. March wheat reached to S3.05 a bushel at the start of trad- Ing, and advance of as much as eight and a cents, as brokers with short March delivery commit- ments continued their almost fran- tic efforts to cover them. In the face of this heavy demand, little March wheat was offered for sale. At the opening of trading yester- day there were short contracts to- taling bushels outstanding, There isn't that much wheat in Minneapolis Mayor Target Of 3 Shots Margin Raised Chicago A minimum margin requirement of 60 cents lor wheat and 24 cents for corn was voted ycntcrday at a special meeting: of the directors of the Chicago Board of Trade. The action followed a govern- ment request that speculative traders be required to put up a minimum of 25 per cent of the value of the grain involved. hicago. Result: The shorts must ;et wheat somewhere or cancel Durant, Organizer Of General Motors Corporation, Dead Hubert E. Humphrey Minneapolis Mayor Hubert E. Humphrey apparently was the ;arget at whom three shots were fired the night of February <7, the mayor.said today. The shooting occurred as Hum- phrey approached the door of his acme at p. m. There were ;hrec sharp reports and three ob- ccts whizzed through the air close i to the mayor. They seemed to come rom close by. The shooting Fortune at One Time Near New York William C. Du- rant, 85, shrewd "bull market" op- erator who twice held and twice ost control of General Motors, died ;oday in the quiet Gramcrcy Park apartment where he spent his last years after a declaration of bank- ruptcy., Only his wife and a nurse were present when he died at a. m. He had been ill since October, 1942. A super-salesman of ideas, n dar- ing plunger in investments, Durant was also an able Judge of the auto- motive, industry, knowing the trade from its earliest transition from wagon manufacturing. Ill and in reduced circumstances, though far from Impoverished, Du- rant retained an active interest in American business. On his 85th birthday last December 8 he said he saw a big future for American industry at home and abroad, de- claring, "quality is more Important today than ever Started With He was organizer of the General; Motors Corporation in 1908. Start-, ing in 188G with a capital of William C. Durant by bUylns Publicly: burden (part of it borrowed, he built anc was not reported lost successive fortunes which at tee, at a meeting in the office oj Speaker Martin dis- cussed revising the Knutson bill to give small incomes a 25 to 30 per cent slosh. Martin, said "we reached no deci- sions during the huddle but he disclosed he will call all House Republicans together this week to discuss the tax tiuestion. Special Relief Asked Some of those who, were present jidicated that considerable discus- sion had centered around a plan to provide special relief for persons with incomes up to about or Knutson summoned the ways and means group to Its second straight Closed-door session today, still pre- iictlng the members will agree on his bill by Thursday. Representative Kcefe :old reporters he would support no .ax cut at all until the international :ituation clears _up. "We've got to balance the budget he said. "We haven't seen brought to his- attention, the mayor said: "There was an incident at this time which might well have been bullets fired in my didn't give it much direction. I consideration soaring market. Many of the shorts, unable to ob- tain actual grain, have bought fu- tures, causing'a spectacular upturn] in March wheat. Up 80 Cents In March Since February 1 March wheat has advanced more than 80 cents a bushel.' Traders say only two upturns In a similar period of time arc com- the First World war In 1917 and after the start of the Spanish-American'war in 1898. The top price was in 1917. Trading ends in March futures at the close of March 22. The'shorts have until then to cover commit- ments by making1 purchases. After that, they've got to-deliver the ac- tual grain by March 31. Mills buying cash wheat in order to fulfill government contracts for flour, complicate the problem for shorts. Railroad box car shortages, curtailing shipments, provide tional difficulties. One result is thatj cash wheat has soared with Cash wheat sold as high as j at Minneapolis and at Omaha yesterday. Mtesoula, persons The situation in March wheat y'cfiterday when rumors were (one time amounted to because I figured it was all in the life of a. man in political office." Humphrey said he knew of no reason why anyone would try to shoot him. Humphrey had just returned. from St. Paul where he had attended a meeting of Twin cities and Duluth city officials. Humphrey's driver had let him out of his car at the curb and he was unaccompanied as he walked to the porch of his home. Six HorFWhen Olympian Hits Montana Slide In February, 1936, however, he filed a petition in bankruptcy, list- ing assets of against liabilities of Alternately commanding the en- thusiastic cooperation and cold dis- trust of America's greatest banking interests, he always had the loyal backing of personal friends. To thousands he brought wealth or gave .employment. But to thou- sands of others he personified the age-old hope to "get rich quicki" Durant quit school in Flint, Mich., at 17 to work in his grand- father's mill at 75 cents a -day. Eight years later he bought a car- riage factory. Soon his firm had 14 plants scattered throughout the country producing buggies a year. He got into the automobile busi- (Continucd on Page 4, Column 4.) DURANT Weather Chicago Union Head Shot, Wife Killed by Gunmen Crowlcy, 44, president of the Chicago Bartenders union, was shot and seriously wound- ed and his wife was killed by gun- men who fired shotgun into their automobile in front or their south side home early today. Crowley's wife, Elizabeth, 44, who was in the driver's seat, was shot in the left temple and was dead when police arrived. Crowley, who was struck by six shotgun pellets in the right shoulder and arm, was re- moved to a hospital. The couple had driven in front of their home at 7225 Merrill avenue when they were fired upon, appar- ently, police said, by assassins who had been in hiding awaiting their return home. The car was riddled with shotgun pellets. Crowley became president of the union in 1940 after opposing factions among the membership had accused each other of gangsterism. Previous- Plan to Take Away Licenses Hits Snag Stamps Destroyed or Returned by Some Operators Revocation of licenses of 3.2 beer taverns in Winona county which hold federal liquor stamps direct result Governor Luther Younffdnhrs state-wide law enforcement a siing Monday when it was found that the list furnished, authorities by the state liquor con- trol division contained several cr- Under the terms or the state law, tnvcrn licensed to sell only beer, Is breaking the law U it or ny of its employes has a federal liquor stamp. The errors were discovered when Sheriff George Fort and his depu- ties checked on alleged violators, and when the list was submitted to the city council by Chief of Police A. J, BinRold. Port, who contacted every person listed on the commission's list, said in many cases he found that per- sons named arc now out of busi- ness. In other cases he said he found that the liquor stamp had been issued to employes of taverns who are no longer employed. Errors Shown In the city list, several errors, several misspellings and at least one omission were pointed out to the city council at the meeting List nlRht. The list was presented to the council because It is the body charged with the responsibility or revoking the beer licenses if viola- tions are found. In incorporated villages anci cities, the government which issues the beer licenses must do the revoking. Outside incorpo- rated municipalities the revocaUoa Is up to the county board of com- missioners. When errors in the state commis- sion's list were discovered the city council decided to del'er licenses until a certified revoking copy o' ]y he had been treasurer. FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Generally Chicago resembles an my capacity to balance the budget cornerV although grain" experts "said xccpt by talk. We've got to put u differs from such an operation omething away for a rainy day. iVe've got to pay something on the lebt. Many Republicans feel just Ike I do." Representative Dawson oined G.O.P. dissenters against the ECnutson bll! with the declaration in n interview: "I'm not going along. I can't vote or that kind of bill. If we are go- ng to make a tax reduction, it nould apply only to the smaller axpaycrs." Reductions Estimated Colin P. Stam, head of the con- rcsslonal tax staff, was reported to ave given the' ways and means ommlttee an estimate that cuts of 5 to 30 per cent for small incomes nd 20 per cent for. other brackets ould cost about more hnn the over-all re- in that there is no clique attempt- Ing to manipulate prices. A corner develops in grain when one individual or a group purchases futures contracts and then goes out in the country and buys up all the actual grain, a manipulation which (Continued on Page 4, Column G.) WHEAT Former Albert Lea Mayor Suffers Stroke ciflc cast-bound Olympian passen- ger train struck a mud and rock slide 25 miles west of here, up- setting four cars a few fest from the bank of the icy Clark Fork river. Most seriously hurt was Express Clerk Harry Gale of Spokane, who suffered several broken ribs and serious shock when he was beneath shipping crates and other articles in an express car. The locomotive, mall car, express car and baggage car were thrown the the fair tonight and Wednesday. Tem- peratures continuing slightly below off the rails, and wrecked by slide. One passcager coach Albert tea-Edgar L. Hayek for- but 'not overturned. seasonal normal. Low tonight 18, high Wednesday 35. Minnesota: Generally fair tonight and Wednesday. Colder southwest and west central portions tonight. Warmer west portions Wednesday. Wisconsin: Generally fair tonight and Wednesday. No decided change in temperature. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: union secretary- House Committee Approves 3-Cent Natural Gas Tax St. Paul By a vote of 15 to nine, the tax committee of the stntc house of representatives to- _______ __ day approved a three-cent tax on aiso" be'obliged "to" rcvoke'licenscs persons holding federal stamps could je obtained from the collector of in- ternal revenue. City Recorder Roy G. Wildgrube was instructed to write for such a copy. Sheriff Fort also deferred asking the county commissioners to act on the state commissioner's list un- til he could get a certified copy. According to the liquor commis- sion's list sent authorities here, 61 tavern operators in the county were reported violating the law by having in possession federal stamps. Of the touU 43 were in the city and 18 in the county. When the council is provided with a certified list it will be obliged to revoke the beer licenses of those operators holding stamps, which ex- pire June 30, this year, under terms of the state law. To Ask Uevocation The county commissioners will 34; precipitation, none; sun sets to- each cubic feet of natural gas. The ignored claims of Representative Joseph Dnun. St. land "discriminatory" and th.it it mer Albert Lea mayor and official with the Trades Publishing Com- pany and Radio. Station KATE, suf- fered a stroke at his home Satur- bolster their tarlanlsm." resistance to "totall- Russia to Keep Kurile Islands State dcpart- ir.rr.: oKlcials said today the United States conceded in advance that will keep the Kurile Islands undi-r the peace treaty with Japan which General MacArthur has urg- ed be nc-cotiatcd quickly. will fulfil! the terms of the :MJ Yalta agreement which trans- ferred the islands from Japan to Daughter of Rep. Hull Dies Black River rails. Win. Miss Lois Hull, 50. whose father Is the veteran congressman from the ninth district, died last night at a hospital here. Alter a brief illness. Miss Hull entered the hospital Saturday to undergo a major operation. Previous to joining the staff of icr father's weekly newspaper, the Black River Palls Banner-Journal, she had been a secretary in Madi- son and Washington, D. C. She was a Lawrence college graduate. Surviving arc her parents, Rep- resentative and Mrs. Merlin Hull. Service arrangements will be com- pleted on the return of the con- gressman from Washington. Wisconsin Flier on Missing Plane New York The Atlantic division of the Air Transport com- mand released yesterday the names of the three men aboard an army C-04 plane which has been miss- ing since Wednesday in the snow wastes of Labrador. They Included Sergeant Patrick J. Hayes, Green Bay, Wls., engineer. Bad weather has hampered search operations, the ATC said. uctloii proposed in leasure. Backing President Truman's A. E. Schutz Resigns As State Game Warden day but is reportedly much improved I St. slate division today. The family physician was culled and the energetic civic was to "take Hayek Is president of the Trades stand, House Democrats appeared to be lined up heavily against an; tax cuts at this time. The Presi- dent has asked Congress to allow any treasury surplus this year to be used to begin payment on the na- tion's debt instead of trimming taxes. Senator George predict- ed strong Senate sentiment for amendments along three lines: 1. Graduating the cut so tha smaller taxpayers would get greater percentage reductions than large nes. 2. Increasing the basic exemption now each for the taxpayer anc each dependent. 3. Nation-wide application of the community property system now the rule in nine states. Under that 3lan, husband .and wife can split ;heir income between them, oven :hough one has no income, and get ;he benefit of lower rates on sep- arate returns. Plans for Natural Gas Line to St. Paul May Be Withdrawn Washington Mld-Con- ,lnent Gas Transmission Company has asked permission to withdraw ts application to construct a natural gas pipeline from Kansas o near St. Paul, the Fed- eral Power commission said yester- lay. The line would have touched Eau Claire and La Crosse, Wis., and en cities in Minnesota, including it, Paul. The company said it had jcen unable to obtain commitments o supply it with the gas reserves needed. i it easy." Mr. Publishing Company and president and general manager of KATE. of game and fish announced the resignation effective today of A. E. Schutx, veteran game warden for many years and who was recently appointed ilolcl supervisor for state bureau of rough fish removal. Schutz is a native of Hutchinson. night at EXTENDED FORECAST Minnesota, Wisconsin Tem- peratures will average near normal, slow rising trend Wednesday and Thursday. Colder Thursday night and Friday, little change Saturday, warmer Sunday, precipitation win average .02 to .03 Inch north and near .25 Inch south, occurring as rain south and snow flurries north Wednesday night and Thursday. TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE Max. Min. Fct rises tomorrow at bc The measure originally called for a seven-cent tax but it was amend- ed in committee to provide a three-cent levy after a motion for five cents failed. A move to refer it to an interim committee which was 'interpreted by Representative of any violators found in the county when Sheriff Fort presents n. certi- fied list. The sheriff will also ask that councils of other incorporated villages and cities in the county re- voke the licenses of any violators in their municipalities. In neither case would the pro- cedure involve arrests. The licenses would merely be revoked, in the city of Winona for 30 days, and in the county for tin was explained. a-s live years. It Chicago Denver Los Angeles Miami Mir.neapolis-St New Orleans New York Seattle Phoenix Washington 36 56 75 CO Paul 35 10 38 68 80 44 20 34 55 54 ,19 46 2G 43 -18 -30 Thomas O'Malley. Duluth. chief I Kvou jn winonn. at the end of the author, ns "designed t.o kill the period the council could not w.-vs defeated. Well issue a new license 10 Under the bill, one-third oi! City Attorney Harold K. tax will BO to the .suite General: lirehnier pointed out. since the fed- revenue fund, one-third to stamps would continue to be cipalitles and the remaining forcc untn junc 30. If a new third toward school aids. I license is procured by an operator The seven-cent levy was would throw himself open to rc- CJJifHcd to raise a. ior holding a federal so it was estimated the three-cent I stamo __ 1 RIVEK BULLETIN Flood Stage 24-Hr. Stage Today Change Red Wing H 2.9 Lake City 6.9 Reads 12 3.3 Dam 4, T.W....... 4.2 Dam 5, T.W....... 2.4 Dam 5A, T.W...... 3.5 Winona 13 5.4 Dam C, Pool....... 9.4 Dnm 6, T.W....... 5.1 Dakota Dam 7, Pool....... 9.4 Dam 7, T.W....... 2.5 La Crosse 12 4.8 Tributary-Streams Chlppewa at Durand.. 4.8 Zumbro nt Theilman. 3.9 An Army "Quack" (foreground) plows through Hood waters in Maidenhead, England, on its way to rescue stranded residents as tor- rential rains and melting snow inundated large areas. Left back- ground, crew of Sherman tank stands by to aid stranded motorists. A roaring gale sweeping In from the Atlantic later, brought many deaths and millions in property damage to already hard-hit Britain. (A.P. Wirephoto.) Buffalo above Alma... Trempealeau at Dodge Black at Neillsville... Black at Galesville... 3.9 2.8 4.3 4.8 .3 .2 -4 .5 .2 .6 .C H- .9 1 -r- .1 .7 lax, if approved by the legislature, will yield slightly In excess of annually. Attempts by Rob- ert Sherun, Mankato; Representa- tive ,Roy Cuinmlng. Beaver Creek, nncf Representative Daun to kill the measure failed by :i vote of 14 to II. Then, Representative Stanley W. Holmquist, Grove City, ottered an amendment to make the tax five cents but it failed also. Representa- tive O'Malley followed with a three-cent offer and it pn.sscd. The bill then was recommended to pass and will bo sent to the house floor for debate. addition, said the city attor- in lieu of council action, the In "oy, operators could lac picked up by po- lice on a misdemeanor charge for (Continued on Pace Column KKRORS .3 Root at Houston....... 6.5 .1 RIVER FORECAST (From Hastings to Guttcnbcrfr) During the next 36 hours the river will fall about .3 foot at Hastings, remain practically stationary from Red. Wing to Winona and fall slightly from Tremp.ealeau to dam No. 10. Tributaries will change very little. Winona Firm Mentioned in Freight Case Boston The Kulin Waste Company of Worcester, Mass.. was named today in a criminal informa- tion announced by Assistant U. S. Attorney Alfred G. MnlaROdl chars- IIIB it obtained illegal concr.ssions on andi'HVAlexiind'cr Smith freight rates for shipments to the Miller Wast Mills. Inc.. of WJnoiia, Minn. MalaROdi said the information charged rate concessions ranging from ?2-l to S100 were obtained from March. 19'H, to early in 1946 from the Boston and Maine, Canadian National, Ann Arbor Railroad Com- pany and Green Bay and Western Railroad Company, among other Bill Asks Power Over Strike-Bound Plants Washington Republican Senators Homer Ferguson closed today they arc considering legislation to restore t.hc govern- ment's power to strike-threa- tened vital industries. This would be a companion meas- ure to their bill setting up a .sys- tem of federal labor courts which they plan to introduce tomorrow. The labor courts under tcrm.s of the Ferffuson-Sinith draft would be given Jurisdiction over all disputes arising out of interpretations of ex- isting contracts <ris well as all ques- tions stemming from federal labor laws. The Worcester firm, he said, is charged with misrepresenting the value of certain waste material to get lower rates.