Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1947, Winona, Minnesota w EATHER Light ruin nr nnow s Full Leased Wire News Report of The Associated Press Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations OKOLSKY Read His New Column Dally on Editorial Pago VOLUME 47. NO. 51 WINONA. MINNESOTA. THURSDAY EVENING. APRIL 17, 1947 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES 650 Dead; New Blasts Hit Texas City Republican-Herald photo Bernle J. Burkclt Winona State Teachers college student from Galveston, examines photo- graphs of the Texas City, Texas, chain explosion disaster, in which at least four of his relatives were possibly Involved. His grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Alexander, live only ten blocks from the Monsanto Chemical Corporation, which went up In explosions and flames, and both his grandfather and an uncle, Jack Alex- ander, are employes of the Republic Oil Company, which may have been affected in the catastrophe. Another uncle. Ivy Durbln, also lives In Texas City. In Burkett's own.home town, Galveston, windows were shattered from the terrific series of blasts. He was there last In September. The T. C. student wired relatives Wednesday, but up to noon today had received no reply and was awaiting word. Oil Town Like Ploesti After Bombing Raid By Hal Boyle Over Texas City, Texas Flaming Texas City today looks from the air like a peacetime parallel to war-bombed Ploesti Romanian oil capital. It is now a. central standard time. We are making our third fllRht over tho burning town. The fire-ravaged Industrial section and the peaceful residential areas offer the contrast be- tween life and death. One Is a two-mllc-wlde torch. The other is the living pattern of a deserted village, its fate stil dependent on whether, the present favofable wind Boyle holds. Angry smoke towering to feet spread from the city Ukc a gigantic black wing deep and dense where it Joins the ground, feather-thin where the wind has dispersed it. Captain J. P. Talton of Atlanta, Ga., turns the two-engined Eastern Air Lines Sliver Liner on one and skirts the edge of the burning industrial zone. At least a score of raw-oil storage tanks, each holding hundreds o' '.housands of gallons, are blazing furiously, engulfed In orange and black waves of hurrlcanc-flre. They are studded through of othor storage tanks, still Intact but which may flame up momentarily. Many of the tanks have been so badly battered by the Wast that they look like tin cans crushed by children in a game of street hockey. Our plane circles low toward the devastated area, keeping Just, far enough nway so that If a tank explodes its blast won't our craft down. The waterfront urea Is In charred ruins. Only remnants re- main of the Moiisnnto chemical plant that went up after the French vessel Granclcamp exploded yesterday Truman Moves To Eliminate 3 War Agencies By Eugene D. Dodson Wmhlnrton President Tru man was reported readying an ex ocutlve order today to wipe ou ;hree major wartime emergent agericJes and transfer rent control from OPA to the housing expedi ter. Officials familiar with a tentatlvi draft of the order said It will com- plete liquidation of the Office of Price Administration, the Civilian Production administration and the Office of War Mobilization nnd Re- conversion. It also would put. the skids under the Office of Temporary Controls the agency set up last September to start the liquidation process. OPA's controls over sugar, syrups and rice recently were transferred ;o the Agriculture department by :ongresslonal edict. These are all ;hat are left of thousands of war- time price curbs. morning. White pillars sticking up from the ghastly wreckage bear a startling resemblance to row after row of military graves. And many do mark the death agony or scores of men whose bodies can never be n-covered, A light wind ripples the muddy waters o' Galvesiton bay, but there is no trace of the Grandcomp or the High Flyer, a second rJtratt-carrylnc vessel that exploded early this morning. The waves have swallowed ships, cargo and erewmen .com- pletely. The fires are threatening high- octane storage tanks that can turn the whole area Instantly Into one colossal candle. On the ground small groups of men, re- covering the dead, are also pre- paring to'sot off demolition blasts If necessary to try to save tho rest Sauk Center Bribery Case Reported St. Cloud. charging brlbrry of a public oCl- clai were filed today against Peter L. Donm, owner of the Sauk Cen- tre Palmor House hotel, and Jesse A. Rose, retired machine oper- ator of Sauk Centre. The complaints were signed by Otu-son. mayor of SauK Centre, who claims the two paid turn a total of to Influence his jiclion as well a.s city council mcm- bcrs !n the r.'-.tribll.-.hmiMt or a munl- rijml. linuor store. The mayor nl- Icccri the two men Insl.'ilrd that he in hu; rampuliin to establish jroofuci like white'-wa'lled of the city of So far the wind luckily 3s blow- ing the heat, smoke, fumes and flumes south from the stricken In- dustrial area and away from the residential section. A change In the wind might cost thousands of famil- ies their homes, as the flames nl- rotidy have taken their livelihood. Few Cam on Streets Only a few cars move slowly along the silent, sunlit streets. Sol- diers patrol against looters, waving up occasionally at planes overhead, The empty owners In lonely red- 5% Tax Provision Added to State Sonus Bill St. Paul The house tax committee today ordered a redraft of the veterans' bonus bill incor- porating the proposal of Speaker Lawrence Hall for financing by a five per cent surtax on nil state tax levies. Strong support from committee- men for the Hall proposal pre- ceded the action, which was taken "to enable the commltee to better study this tax plan." The committee adopted another motion striking the proposed one and one half mill gross earnings tax provision from the bill, The committee rooms were jam- med wfth more than 100 persons ns the committee began considera- tion of the soldiers bonus toll. Representative Hall, in explaining his proposal, said it would apply to all taxes save motor vehicles li- censes and gasoline, and he esti- mated it would liquidate the bonus obligation in ten to 12 years. The bonus excitement grew with disclosure that a group of Minne- apolis veterans have called a mass meeting In the capital rotunda for 8 p, m. today to which legislators have been invited. A Nurse Goes About her duties with wounded persons In the wreckage of Texas City. Other rescue workers are at left. (A.P. Wirephoto.) Bodies Are Shown Being Carried from the Monsanto's chemical plant in Texas City. A series of devastating..explosions, felt 100 miles away, was the-worst explosion iai Texas history, (A.P. Wirephoto.) Aid Offered Hast Victims Austin, offering aid and condolence to the people of Texas and par- ticularly those of Texas City poured into the governor's of- fice today. They came from private citi- zens nnd officials both In the United States and abroad. General Dwight D. Eisen- hower, in a message to Gover- nor Beauford H. Jester, said: "I offer deepest condolence to you and the people of Texas In this tragedy. I am informed that General Wainwrlght is al- ready in touch with you and is sending assistance. As chief of staff of the army I assure you. that we arc willing and anxious to give any aid within our power and resources. Do not hesitate to call on us." Oil Fires Threaten Gas Tanks By TIio Associated Press Texas City, oil fires sending walls of blacfc smoke a mile high crept close to eight leaking tanks of high oetana gasoline hero today and Texas City. rocked yesterday and today by five major explosions, waited tensely for more. The death toll stood at an esti- mated 650. with 3.000 Injured, ac- cording to Dr. Clarence Quinn. medical coordinator appointed by Mayor J. C, Tralian. Govcrnor Bcuuford H. Jester said .he American Red Cross had plven Urn tills estimate of the casualty Senate to Vote On Greek Aid Program Tuesday This Is An Aerial View Of Burning1 Industrial plants in Texas City, (A.P. Wirephoto.) Holy Land Curfew Partially Lifted Jerusalem British authori- ties ordered today a partial lifting of the strict curfew which had held more than Jews under virtual of Palestine's house arrest n rr.un'.clpiil liquor store. is holder of an on-salc and off-Mile liquor license. Boih RO.SP and Doran, according If. County Attorney David T. Shay of county were to bo ar- sometime today on the charge, which curries a pen- alty of up to ten years in prison, a SS.OOO fine, or both. The story of the alleged bribes wn.v made nubilo by Governor Luth- er W. Youriffdnhl in his office at the capitol this morninc. toys. Those nearest the devastation have shattered windows, and their yards are littered with debris. Those on the outskirts bear no sign of the tremendous blasts. The line of major damage is strikingly marked, as If it had been done by perfect precision bombing. Chunks of to bomb- blown shrapnel in in street and yard. One chunk the House floor that "No one wants, to be unjust- to labor, organ- ized or ur.orEaiiizcd, but no one ought to want continued unrestrict- ed power in the union labor bosses nicer the demonstrations we have had in the past few years as to how they use It." Friday. Colder in extreme south portion Friday. to Galveston. LOCAL WEATHER towns. Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: caused Maximum, 43; minimum, 35: noon 38; precipitation, .07 of an inch; sui sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at RIVER BULLETIN Flood Stage 24-Hr Stage Today Change Red Wing 14 10.4 .1 Reads 12 0.4. Winona, 13 10.5 La Crosse 12 10.4 H- .1 Tributary Streams Black at Nelllsvllle 5.4 .6 RIVER FORECAST (From Hastings to Cuttcnbcrg) The Mississippi will become near- nearby residential and business sections. The city's residents hud dwindled to about today, A. R. Duncan, Houston policeman said. Alaiiy made homeless have moved to a nearby army cnmp and Houston other would resign at the close of to look for Erie early in the evening school year to move onto a farmland that they found his car, but near Lanesboro, Minn. could not locate him. bill has been amended to a .form identical with the measure that passed the house. U. of M. Salary Hikes Advanced St. 15 per cent in- crease in academic salaries nt the University of Minnesota was ap- proved last night by the house ap- propriations committee. ly stationary throughout the dis- trict tonight at ino.st gauging ,ions and will remain high over tho weekend, before a general slow recession starts by April 22, in ab- sence of effective and additional precipitation. All tributaries will fall slowly. The river will crest to- night at La Crosse at slightly under 10.5 feet. TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE Max. Min. Pet. The fear of chlorine gas last night others to leave. A false (Continued on Paijo 3, Column 1) G50 DEAD 43 Los Angeles.......... 81 Miami ..............81 Mpls.-St. Paul .......49 .New Orleans.........77 .02 New York 51 Phoenix 96 Seattle............... 84 Washington .........69 32 55 76 34 trace 56 44 .52 58 50 43 A3 Yugoslavia Asks Slice of Austrian Carinthia Area By John M. Highlower council of for- eign ministers heard a demand to- day thnt a large .slice of Austrian Carlntlila be turned over to Yugo- ilavln In any peace settlement, Tho four-power council's first necting session of this conference vas addressed by Yugoslav Vice- Premier Edward Kardclj, who re- peated his nation's previous charges hat a third of the German army vhich fought in Yugoslavia was lli.it there were SO Aus- rian generals in the German army nd tli.it an Austrian general com- manded the air forces which bombed Belgrade at tho war's start. Austrian Foreign Minister Karl Gruber lias insisted that his gov- ernment never would sign a treaty ceding southern Carinthia. Gruber has American support, and the Yugoslavs arc supported by Rus- sia.