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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 30, 1947, Winona, Minnesota W EATHER Kttlp cooler tonllhtl Tundur rule, N EWS PICTURiS Best In Local and Wlrcpbotm Dally Full Leased Wire News Report of The Associated Frew Member of the Audit Bureau'of Circulations WINONA. MINNESOTA. MONDAY EVENING. JUNE 30. 1947 CENTS PER COPY SIXTEEN PAGES Truman Signs Rent Control Measure ______.____ I .M. Mississippi at 103-Year 3 Levees in Danger; Homeless Missouri Crest Moving to Mouth Adds to Peril St. climbing to highest peak here in 103 years the Mississippi dropped slightly today but tr. S. army engineers warnec that tho battlB for three critical levees in the area was "far from ovrr" with another crost pouring down from mouth of the Mis- souri river. A brief earthquake lost night brought the threat of breaks to water-soaked barriers holding buck thr river from thousands of acres of rich farmland on tho Illinois side but the engineers said no lovecs were reported damaged by tho tremors which lasted about five seconds. Fresh appeals for volunteers were raado by the engineers in their ef- fo.-ta to save dikes north and south of East St. Louis and 100 miles south at Chester. HI., while hundreds of persons were evacuated from their homes ahead of the flood. Drop Only Temporary Tho river reached 30.25 feet, then fell .OS of a foot, but engineers said tho drop was probably a temporary one. Harry F. Wahlgrcn predicted the Mljsslzslppl would climb to 30.5 of ft foot ovor a previous high in 1044. The all-time record Li 41.3 to 1844. At least 1.000 persons wcro home- leas in St. Louis and St. Louis county with the Red Cross setting up four temporary shelters to house the vlcj tlms. The earthquake added to the tenseness of the situation although It apparently had no connection with the flood. No heavy damage was reported. The hardest battle on tho leveos was being carried on In tho Ohou- Island district, opposite -North- where tho dike protects" lowlands around nearby indus- ureas of .Oranito City, HI. Heavy Rains Other .barriers termed critical by the -were the East Caron- delet and Dupo lovees south of East St. Louis and the Dcgognia barrier south of Chester. Both Chester and Cape Olrardcau, Mo., prepared for the Mississippi crest which is due at the Illinois town tomorrow and the later point Wednesday. Meanwhile, heavy weekend rains brought a sharp rise in streams in Illinois and northern Missouri and a fourth crest moved down tho Des Moines river threatening to kocp the Mississippi out of ltd banks for at least another ten days. Rail traffic north and west of St Louis was halted temporarily when flood water Inundated or washed out sections of truck and only one high- way remained open between St. Louis and Kansas City. Lawmakers in Wisconsin to Speed Closing Madixon, Both houses of tho WUconsln legislature wore to meet at 0 a. m. today In an effort to expedite activities toward an early adjournment. Tuesday Is the usual opening day for weekly sessions. The assembly faced a 23-blll cal- endar left ovirr from Friday. The senate's calendar was up to date and included ten measures. Measures on the assembly cnlen. dor affected Jurtsdlctlonal strikes and deer hunting. The senate was to act on Acting Governor Os- car Rennebohm's appointment of Charles D. Oelatt, La Crosse. to the univemlty board of regents. White Bear Lake Publisher Dead While Lake, Minn. (IP) Funeral services for Warren A. -Cap" Stickley, 74. former editor and publisher of tho White Bear Late Press win be at 2 p. m. Tues- day here. He died Saturday. SUckJey retired from tho business last November. He served in the Spanish-American war and later WHS connected with newspapers at Lisbon. Fargo. Wimbledon, Fosscn- den and Kenmarc. N. D. At one :lme he was managing editor of the Bismarck. N, D. Tribune. MacArthur to Review Troops July 4 Tokyo General MacArthur will take tho salute from Al- Ufd troops in a July 4 review during which the formation of ulr- scon horo since the surrender will be overhead. Britain to Cut Tobacco, Gasoline, Other Imports London The chancellor of the exchequer. Hugh Dalton, an- nounced today that Britain would rat Imports of tobacco, gasoline anri newsprint OurinR the year begin- ning tomorrow to conserve her dollar supply. An Avalanche Of Water moved into the St. Louis, Mo., area yes- terday, bringing the highest stage In 100 years. The high water mark shows 39.25 feet reached yesterday. By tomorrow Mlsslsiippl 1, expected to creep by the 30.14 fect-mark of April, 1944, Oower arrow) The top arrow Is the feet, all-time high reached in 1844. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Anniversary of OPA's End Finds Many Record Prices Chicago On this first anniversary or the end of federal price controls, pork; on the dinner table costs 78 per cent more than It did a year and. veal 62 per cent more. Other food, clothing, and living costs general a so have Russ Objection to Over-All Aid Dims Hope for Program By Joseph Dynan that Bri- tain, Franco and Russia might igreo upon common action .on the Marshall old-Europe program ministers' .of t nations entered what authoritative sources described as "critical stage." Theso informants predicted a showdown which may determine the fate of the conference when British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bcvln, French Foreign Minister Qeorgcs Bidault and Soviet Foreign Minister V M Molotov meet In an attempt to reconcile their differences. French sources said .the foreign ministers wcro confronted with a virtual impasse and. saw little hope of their reaching agreement. The gulf between 'their views was emphasized yesterday when Russia, n a surprise announcement de- clared her embracing" Europe. opposition to any economic program all for The announcement, broadcast from Moscow by the oSicial Toss news agency during a recess in the negotiations, asserted that the sole purpose of the conference was to decide the amount of financial aid needed from America and whether aid could be obtained under the Marshall plan. French, British Proposition It rejected French and British proposals for special international committees to administer over-all aid as unwarranted interference in the domestic affairs of European Diplomatic quarters immediately began speculating what Britain and Franco would do should .the talks collapse. A British spokesman re- iterated that his government was determined to take advantage of ;he Marshall plan without Russia f necessary, and French quarters voiced hope that this nation might go along. Overshadowing the French atti- tude, however, was the question of whether the strong French Com- munist party would endorse par- ticipation In the program In the face of Soviet opposition. Wisconsin Luther League Elects Wauwatoaa Youth Applcton, Nelson of Wauwatosa today was elected president of the Luther League of ;ho United Lutheran church In Wis- consin, in convention here. Ships Collide in Fog Off Nantucket army trans- port, and a Danish freighter were dlimblcd today In a col- lision In the for-nhrouded Ktcumer lane about GO mllea nonlh of Nantucket Inland. The count iruaril reported af- ter nn aerial survey that the transport St. Victory was stovo In amidships unel that a five-foot section of the bow of the motor- ship Bolivia wan demolished. Aboard the St. Albana Victory, In addition to a crew of 70, ten soldiers and a woman, wore 80 "K. troopers." members of tho army's canine corps. As tho fojr lifted, the const ruurd said those aboard the ships appeared In no Immediate danger und that' although the transport had launched life- the ship was not abandoned. undergone sharp rises, trade and government figures show.. Within the year many prices zoomed to record peaks, topping the highs of the 1919-20 postwar, period. Market and retail supplies higher In many lines, but farm supplies of livestock are'lower than a year ago and cold .storage stocks of many'foods are lower. Such commodities as steel, oil and lum- ber still lag far, behind demand requirements. Referring to meat prices, the American. .Meat .institute, said In a meat would be reasonably adequate: However, on unprecedented demand has made the average supply level Inadequate." Per Cent Increase With 1D20-prices as a base aver- age of 100, The Associated Press wholesale prices index Friday was 175.04. A year ago the figure was 122.28. This represents an Increase of 43.6 per cent in the year. The highest was reached in March at 184.32. All cost of living items included in the index averaged 16.0 per cent above last June, with major items like food 28.8 per cent higher, clothing 17.3. and household fur- nishings 16.3. Trade groups assert the various indexes arc unrealistic because, they say, these compute prices dur- ing the OPA period oti the. basis of ceilings when prices in "black markets" were above celling. Spring' wheat at Minneapolis closed -up to vi a bushel last Thursday: a year ago it was Dark hard wheat Saturday at Kan- sas City was up to compared with a bushel under ceiling. Within the last week No. 2 yellow corn'at Chicago was Vj a. bushel on the cash market, compared with Vj under the celling. J. O. McCllntock, president of the Chicago Board of Trade, said "tremendous buying operations" by the government was a factor in the price action of grains. Livestock Highs In livestock this month the high- est average price In history was set on beef steers at Chicago at about a hundred pounds. Since controls were removed all-time rec- ord top prices of on cattle und S30 a hundredweight on hogs have been established. Butter was up to. about ten cents a pound to 6614 and 67 for the better grades, not counting a federal subsidy of 15 cents a pound during controlled prices. Large extra eggs were 3814 to 40 cents' a dozen a year ago and 49 to 51 cents now. Although a number of .farm ani- mals and poultry was lower on January 1 than the year previous, the slaughter was higher. Out of the production figures came part of- the explanation for .he sharp prices rises, but not all of it. Beef supplies were much larger yet prices had advanced nearly as proportionately as pork, which was actually in smaller sup- ply. ______' U. Problem Drinkers New per- sons in the United States are "prob- lem the Research Coun- cil on Problems.of Alcohol said yes- terday :in announcing a nation-wide campaign to spur research into what makes chronic alcoholics drink and now to cure them. Hiroshima Plans Fete on A-Bomb Anniversary Tokyo The news agency Kyodo reported today that the city of Hiroshima is planning a three- day "peace festival" to mark the third anniversary of ,its atom- bombing, Augus 6. The prefectural govern Is expected to invite Em- peror Hirohito to attend. 19 Killed in Minnesota, Wisconsin Drownings, Traffic Mishaps Take Weekend Death Toll By The Associated Press Nineteen persons met death in accidents in Minnesota and Wis- consin over the weekend. Ant poi- son, drownlngs and a "hot rod" uuto race were among the causes of the weekend toll of fatalities. In addition, four passengers and a pilot were injured, none seriously, when an amphibian airplane flip- ped over during a landing on a bay In Lake Mille Lacs Saturday, and three Kenosha, Wis., residents were hurt in a six-car crash in Joliet, 111. Minnesota fatal accidents num- bered eight. Dies of Poisoning Lonnie. Melton, 22-month-old son of Mr, and Mrs. Cecil Melton of Minneapolis, died Saturday night following an attack of acute, gas- tritis. A bottle of ant poison was found near the baby. Gerald Hoveland, 26, of Bricelyn was killed Sunday when his "hot rod" racer and another machine tangled wheels on a track at Farm- Ington. Wayne Fish, Jr., five, drowned Saturda'y in a pond near Ills home at Hopkins. Sherman Mathlsen, 19, Lutsen, drowned in Lake Hiawatha In Min-- neapolls where he had gone swim- ming. Frank Orvis, 76. was killed by an automobile while walking near Pine City early Sunday. Police said the driver failed to stop. John Wallberg, 35; of .Wyoming, Minn, was. fatally ,when struck by an automobile! 'in St. L.OUIS drowned in the Milaca municipal swimming pool Sunday afternoon. Ht was believed to have suffered an attack of cramps. Arthur Bowser, six, drowned In Crane lake near Virginia when he fell off a dock In front of the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Bowser, Saturday. Injured and taken to a hospital at Milaca were Sharon Daby, 20, of Mankato and her sister, Vonne, 19, and Delores Broecher, also, of Man- kato, Injured in the amphibian plane crash. All were reported Inj good condition today. Mrs. Nick Eggert of Isle, the fourth passenger, was treated for a head bruise and released. The pilot. _ homes. (A.P. Wirephoto.) Government Returns Coal Mines, Attempts to Mediate New Contract Washington The government.lowered-.the'Amerlcan flags over more than 2.50C) soft coal mines today and formally restored the owners after 13 months Of federal opera- tion. The contract dispute prompted: federal setoure.of. the mines. May 22, 1946, still was irn- Russ Refuse to Estimate Size formant said trie Soviet delegation lad declined to submit an1 estimate to the United Nations military staff committee today on the ;size. of the proposed global police force. -_ It was understood that the United States, Britain and Prance had of- fered individual-estimates calling lor a force ranging from to men. The- informant said China sub- mitted no flgureaKpf her own, but was of these estimates' or- majority view on the question. The generals and admirals, on .the "Big Five" power military commit- tee met here this morning with the Soviet delegation in attendance. The Russians had walked out-of ACCIDENTS Mass Sedition Dismissal Upheld U. S. court (Continued on Page 14. Column. 4) I the ]ast mmtary staff committee meeting here in .disagreement over a question Ofi.procedure and jority-supported ruling of'n. S. Gen- eral Joseph T. McNarney, commit- tee chairman. The estimates were being drafted into a report for presentation at-a meetlnc of" the Security council, w, w of appeals today upheld a district which would command, the court's dismissal of the wartime so-' called mass sedition case. The court's majority opinion, by Chief Justice D. Lawrence Groncr, said "where there has been a lack or due diligence In the prosecution of a case, the trial judge may dis- miss and his order wiJJ be sustained on appeal." The case was dismissed last No- vember, by Justice Bolitha J. Laws. Indictments returned in 1944 charg- ed 30 defendants with subversive ac- tivities. Death or dismissal of charges subsequently removed four defendants from the list. The case was the biggest attempt during the last war to bring to trial Americans accused of conspiracy to undermine armed forces' morale, in- terfere with the draft and set up a Nazi regime in the United States. 27 Nabbed in Mass Gambling Raid at Deadwood Deadwood, S. Court ap- U. S. Has First Balanced Budget in 17 Years better- than-bolanced budget on which the government closes Its fiscal year books "at midnight will be the -first in 17 years and only the 74th in the nation's history. A check of treasury records disclosed today that there have been 83 years in which the gov- ernment operated in the red, compared with 73 in the black, not counting the year just end- ing. Latest available ng-ures show a surplus of for all but the last five days of this year. But officials said that even- with mid-June tax receipts still coming in, an interest payment of more than today on the national debt will bring the final balance well below the surplus President Truman fore- cast two months ago. The exact sum will not be known'until Wednesday. The- Dlggest recorded just 20 years ago today, when Calvin Coolidge was president. pearance were ordered for Tuesday morning here for .27. operators and dealers arrested Saturday night m a mass raid upon this Black Hills town's gambling establishments. Sixteen officers, including the en- tire attorney general's law enforce- ment staff, swept down upon five establishments simultaneously, con- fiscated in cash found on gambling tables, and loaded two moving vans with dice tables, rou- jlette wheels and other equipment. Patrons in the five places were not picked up, it -was reported. Gaming activity in Deadwood, widely" known for the extent... to which gambling operations have been carried, was. resumed weeks ago after having been shut down last summer when complaints'1 against the opening of a new "club" a crackdown against-all establishments here. The equipment seized by the of- ficers was estimated to" have a 000 to value, Attorney Gen- eral Sigurd Anderson said. Ball Gives Views on Recovery Aid in Europe Washington Senator Jos- eph Ball. (B.-Mlnn.) .said. Saturday night in a radio discussion that Congress is "not anxious to" ap- propriate funds to keep people over there (in Europe) on, a dole while communists .use their "power to block any realistic for recovery." Screen Writer Dies at Laguna Beach Home Hollywood P: Med- bury, 54, radio and screen writer and former newspaper columnist..died of heart disease yesterday., at .his, Laguna Beach, Calif., summer; home. settled, and- another, strike at current, ten-day, a, definite.-pros- r'1 With -the .government stepping aside: up to the owners to... .-.make found. of s-v Conciliation Service... Forqed 'to'stepvoutVof at the..expiration of. the; Smith-Con- nally war Jaboridisputes act, :one federal gets rid .'.of the coal headachesvbut" another is ready, step'.: the unsettled contract war between. John L. Lewis The- folds up of: govern- ment, leaving'-. Secretary of Labor Lewis'SchweUenbach and his only official the dispute. Schwellenbach mediate a new contract .to avert the threat of 'a full-blown-'strike eight days hence. Seized.. May 22, 1946 The. mines.: were .seized May 22, 194G, after- futile, efforts to settle a strike whlclrhad been in progress since week later, Lewis signed ;a contract with Secretary of- the.Interior-.J. A. <Krug, ending the 400.- 000 soft'.r coal'; to work for Unclei-Sam: v- Now the operators still are. at" odds, over .terras of-a "..the mines could be worked next week. The pits currently are closed down for a ten-day vacation which start- ed Saturday-under terms, of the contract. Each miner (Conlliraed on Pate 3, Column 1) i GOVERNMENT Sturit Escapes in Janesville Crash; Jancsvllle, thOU- sand.-p'ersons watching an' air circus yesterday.isawja stunt flyer, crash but escape with, minor The 'pilot; Howard C.-Llbersky, 34, Mason City, Iowa, bareJy missed several trees "before 'bringing his smaU.'plarie- down in a field, after a bexdamaged-- dur- ripped-' :down telephone'- and- was- damaged badly'la'itheicrash.'-'; "J. Hospital Head at Milwaukee Succumbs Milwaukee Dr. Benjamin J. 'Birk, ,52, of'Thiensyllle, former chief of.staff :.of the'-Mt. Sinai hos- pital, died at: his -home' Saturday of a heart Dr. Birk became; chief of staff at at Mt. Sinai -in held that post until 1942 'when, -.he entered active duty with 'the medical corps. Paty-Free {Lumber Importation Eridt Waihlnrton Truman today .'..ilcned.. a pro- clamation 15 duty-free importation' of lumber or 'lumber certified- by: the 1 for, coMtructloiU The proclamation oneAof-: j which authorUed the of, the now that It wonldDe In public -in tcreit -to -terminate Plans for French Coup Uncovered; Arrests Made BdouardirDepreux announced today the discovery of'a "very widespread" plot by an organization known as the Black. Maquis to overthrow the French republic and set up a mili- tary, dictatorship. vDepreux.sald General Gulllaudot, Inspector general of the French gendarmerie; Major Jean Loustau- rightist resistance leader who before the war acknowl- edged that he was a member of the anti-republican Cagoulards (hooded and other officers and civil- ians had, been arrested. A usually reliable serni-offlclal source said earlier that four "French generals and several civilians had been implicated. Depreux told a news conference that whole units of the French army might have been involved. He said first details of the clandestine organization of former right wing resistance leaders, mon- archists and Vichy collaborationists became known to French police forces late in 194G from police in- formers. From documents uncovered during a top secret Investigation which has been going on since May, an Interior ministry officials said, it was learn- ed that the plotters planned to carry out their coup some time tills month. Increases of 15 Per Cent To Be Allowed Hits Measure As Asks Action on Housing Tru- man today signed into law an. ex- tension of federal rent controls but said Its provisions "arc plainly in- adequate." Ill A message to Congress. Mr. Trumnn slid he was confronted, will! the choice of "this bill or no rent control at all." The new law extends federal con- trols eight months and permits landlords to negotiate rent In- creases up to 15 per cent in cs- changc for leases running through December, 1948. As between the rent control voted by Congress and none at all, the President siiid: "I have chosen uie sesscr of two evils." The new act. Mr. Truman said, "marks a step backward in our ef- fort to protect tenants against un- justified rent increases arising out of war conditions." He added: "For millions of families it will result In substantial increases In, rents which until now have been, held ftt reasonable levels. The coss of living is already too high, with- out this additional burden. Cites Housing Shortage 'Without any rent control mfl- lions cil American families wocld face rapidly soaring rents and wholesale evictions. "We are still suffering from a, critical housing shortage. Even this Inadequate law represents fewer dangers than v.1th the complete lack of rent control." Mr. Truman said he was forced to sign an unsatisfactory price control law last July 25 in order to prevent complete destruction of price con- trol. he said, "effective control was Impossible under the new law." The President said that 11 had vetoed the rent bill the pros- pects of another measure being sent to him was "negligible." -Voluntary" The pro vision., permitting -volun- tary" "increases of 15 per cent where landlord ;and tenant agree on lease through December 31. ISMS. the President said, "is voluntary only so far as the landlord is con- cerned." He commented: "The tenant will naturally fear that unless he enters into such a lease he will be subjected to even more exorbitant increases when rent control is ended." Mr. Truman also protested, the 'virtual elimination of controls which have prevented the division of building materials from homes to non-essential and deferrable construction." This reference was to a provision (Continued on 14, Column 4) RENT CONTROL State Interim Commission to Meet Tuesday 21-mcmber com- mission created by the 1947 legisla- ture to study and make recommen- datlons.for revision of the state con- stitution was summoned by Gover- nor Luther W, Youngdahl to hold its first meeting in his office at 10 a. nr.' Tuesday. Governor Youngdahl. at the same time, announced his choice of four persons to serve on the commission. Eight have been named by the state house of representatives, eight by the senate, and one by the chief jus- tice of. the Minnesota supreme court. The governor's appointees are, Pro- fessor Lloyd M. Short, University of Minnesota: Mrs. Mcbeth Hurd Paige, Minneapolis, former member of the house; George W. Lawson, secre- tary-treasurer of tlie .Minnesota Federation of Labor, and Earl Berg, recently-named state commissioner of administration, i The senate-named senators elude Henry A. Larson, Preston. Truman Extends Recruiting Program Tru- man today signed a extending indefinitely' the army's voluntary enlistment age of 17 years and carrying." other, provisions designed to '-stimulate recruiting. The bill permits original enlist-, two. three, five or six. years and re-enlistments lor terms up' to six-years In tlie regular army. Noncommissioned officers could unspecified terms and- get. a bonus at the end of each .year of their terms. Under present law, the maximum enlistment period is three years. Weather FEDERAL FORECASTS For Winona and vicinity: Clear- ing and a little cooler tonight: low 58. Tuesday fair; no Important temperature change; high 78 to SO. Minnesota Clearing and cooler tonight. Tuesday fair and some- what warmer. and thunder- storms this afternoon and tonight. Fair Tuesday. Cooler in the wess portion, tonight. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 89; minimum. 65; noon. 70; precipitation, 39. For the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 86; minimum, 58; noon. 61; precipitation. 1.05; sun sets to- inlght at sun rises tomorrow 'at _____ TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE Max. Min. Pet. Bemidji ............72 Des Moines........82 Duluth .............j_7 Los Angeles Mpls-St. Paul New Orleans ......93 Seattle 73 Washington .......83 Phoenix 106 RIVER BULLETIN Flood Stage 24 hr. Stage Today Change 54 71 55 57 74 50 73 65 T .07 .41 .01 Red Lake City......... Reads 12 Dam 4, T.W....... Dam 5, T.W....... Dam 5A, T.W..... Winona '3 Dam 6, Pool...... Dam S, T.W....... Dakota in- Dam 7, Pool Dam 7. T.W. La Crossc 12 7.5 Tributary Streams Zumbro at Theilman.. 2.4 Buffalo above Almn.----3.0 Black at Nclllsville-----3.0 Black at Gnlesvillc 6.fl 6.1 5.1 G.2 7.2 8.8 6.8 8.3 9.7 .1 .1 3.1 .1 ,1 f-5.8 Ln. Crosse at W. Salem 8.0 Root at Houston 7.7 J RIVER FORECAST (From nasllnjrs to Guttenberc) During the next 48 hours the river will not change much above Alma but a general rise .will set in from Fountain City to below Prairie du Chlen with greatest rises of J to foot dally from Lynxvflle to Dam. 10. The Trcmpealeau and lower Wisconsin will show a definite rise with some doodlne in the La Crosse river from West Salem to the month.