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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 2, 1948, Winona, Minnesota You Have Time to Vote; Polls Open Until 8 P. M. VOLUME 48, NO. 219 WmONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 2, 1948 FIVE CENTS PER COPY FOURTEEN PAGES Voting Heavy in Industrial Areas Eau Claire Authorities Return Slaying Suspect From Seattle Eau Claire, authorities were returning a. 32-year-old man here today :for further questioning in a doub'le murder while more than 600 high school students searched the slay- ing site for the murder weapon. Sheriff Lloyd Thompson left Seattle, Wash., by train last night, accompanied by Marshall John- son, an Eau Claire roofer, who agreed to waive even offered to pay his own ex- penses to the Wisconsin city. Johnson was arrested in Seattle Sunday on an open charge at the request of Wisconsin author- ities, who said he had gone hunting j------------------------------------------------------------------------------- with a 22 calibre rifle October 23, returned home without the gun that night and left town the following morning. On the afternoon of October 23, Raymond Smith, 18-year-old ban: clerk, and his 17-year-old girl com panlon were shot to death. The! bodies were found late Sunday alon a river on a remote corner of a country club golf course. Four 22 calibre slugs were re moved from Smith's body and threi from the girl's. After Johnson's arrest Sunday Detective Pat Kenyon, of Seattle quoted the Eau Claire man as say- Ing. "I was out hunting Saturday (October I met a fellow and he bought my gun. He had a shotgun I had a 22. He was a farmer from Mondovi, Wis., and was pheasan hunting in the woods outside the <Eau Claire) city limits, east ol town. I had been hunting squirrels and rabbits. I sold him the gun for Kenyon further quoted Johnson as saying he had planned for three weeks to go to the West coast and had left Eau Claire by bus the day the bodies were found, (October Sheriff Thompson said last nigh' however, that Johnson told conflict- Ing stories. He said Johnson told him yesterday that he sold the rifle to two men, but could not describe either or Identify either by name. Thompson further quoted John- son as saving yesterday that he hitch-hiked from Eau Claire to Min- neapolis and then to Jamestown, S. D., where he wired his mother for money to complete the trip by bus. Johnson had denied any knowl- edge of the slavings and, Thompson said, offered to pay the cost of his return trip to Wisconsin, "Even if I have to borrow some money." He was assured later, however, that Eau Claire county would bear the cost of a trip. Thompson, and Eau Claire Detec- tive Harold McLaughlin said John- son would not be questioned further until after their return to Wiscon- sin. They also said he was not ques- tioned directly about the crime yes- terday, but only In connection with his whereabouts on the day of the slaylngs and since. Meanwhile, more than 600 volun- teers from the local public and pa- rochial high schools were searching the murder area under the direction of three policemen and Chief of De- tectives, Norman Brandrup.. Brand- rup said the hunt was made pos- sible through arrangements with Voting Expected To Top Average Congress Races, Weather Lure PecpPe to Polls Marshall Johnson, 32, right, Eau Claire, Wis, agreed to return to his home In connection with an Investigation of the. slaying of a teen-aged couple there October 23. Sheriff Lloyd Thompson of Eau Claire, center, said the man would not be questioned further his arrival In the Wisconsin city. The man in the background was not Identified. (AJP. Wirephoto.) residential Race Tops Wisconsin Voter Interest By The Associated Press The weather failed to endorse the election In Wisconsin today but Interest in the presidential race was expected to offset damp and cloudy skies in getting people to mark their X's.. In addition there were state and local contests varying in in- from shoo-ins to red-hot battles. On the eve of the general balloting the Badger state's 12 elec- St Two hotly fought congressional races, a close division on the presidency and the promise of fair skies lured what was expect- ed to be a larger than average vote into Minnesota's precincts to- day. Four years ago the'general elec- tion turnout was The sec- j retary of state prepared for 1000 ballots this time. i The state has 11 electoral votes. Top interest focused on the effort 'of Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey of ,i 'Minneapolis, Laborite, to unseat Republican Jos- eph H. Ball from the U. S. Senate. This race set Minnesota up as one of the keys to control of the nation's upper house in January. Second congressional tilt claim- ing attention was that wherein Re- publican William Berlin seeks the lower House berth occupied by John A. Blatnlk, Minnesota's sole Demo- cratic congressman among nine, In the eighth district. The eight others are up for re-election. Governor Luther W. Youngdahl heads the list of Republicans bid- ding for a return to state offices and a soldiers' bonus enabling act is one of four constitutional amend- ments veing voted on. Polls, opened at 7 a. TO. close at 8 p. m. Lines formed at every St. Paul precinct in the first hour. The same situation obtained in many Minne- apolis precincts. The first hour vote In 23 test precincts in St. Paul was compared with 1.404 in the presidential election of 1944. A sample vote in 50 precincts indicat- ed votes would be cast in Minneapolis by noon, a new high. The heavy early turnout led ob- servers to predict a total vote of more than in St. Paul, com- pared with in 1944, a Min- neapolis total Of to as against the high mark of established in 1940. Duluth reported Republican-Herald photo At 7 A. M. Today Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Henn, 1151 West Fifth street, walked into the Jefferson school to cast their ballots. They were greeted by Election Judge James Fraser, 1108 West Fifth street, right, and Republican-Herald Photographer Merritt Kelley. Mr. Fraser issued the ballots while Kelley with his camera recorded the Henns as the city's first voters in the first precinct of the first ward. ton Man Loses In Swindle Mason City, Iowa A tran- sient and his wife, who police and the F.B.I. said admitted obtaining In a. confidence game! balloting may prove to be one of th worked on bachelor farmers and city's heaviest, eligible widows in six states, were ordered held in jail Monday In lieu of bonds of each. They are William Stanley, 36, and his wife, Minnie Marie, also 36, parents of five children. After their arraignment before 17. S. City Morning Vote Heaviest in Years Unseasonably warm fall weather and keen Interest in severa state races today were credited with stimulating one of th heaviest morning voting periods at local polls In recent years. By noon today, slightly more persons had cast the ballots at 15 precinct polling places In the city's four wards an election judges and clerks were generally agreed that today an unusually Commissioner Nathan Levinson a large early vote, with some pre-1 preliminary hearing was set for cincts having voted one-third of j Thursday. rpsrfitTnnt.1! hv in-sn a m xhe Stanleys were charged with "obtaining through a fraud oral college votes for president were [aimed by both Democrat and Re- had publicly turned to the publican leaders. However, In 19441 Democratic candidates for these two City Superintendent of Schools Sam G. Davey. The students split into three groups, each supervised by a police officer. One group searched the im- mediate slaying area, one the outer extremities of the area and the third followed the course of the river. Water In one deep portion of the river, close to the scene of the slaying, was lowered yesterday through tha employment of coffer dams and city pumps. But a search of the river bottom failed to yield the murder weapon. The spot, near a railroad bridge, was believed to be a likely place for the slayer to have thrown his gun. Peru Outlaws Reds Lima, Pern The Peruvian Communist party has been out- lawed by the new government o: General Manuel Odria. A decree was Issued last nlghi banning the party and reiterating a previous ban on the leftist Apra party. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity Mostly cloudy tonight and Wednesday. Oc- casional light rain Wednesday. Not much change in temperature. Low tonight 42; high Wednesday 60, LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 70; minimum, 46; noon, 60: precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises tomor- row at EXTENDED FORECAST Minnesota, Wisconsin Temper- atures will average near normal northern Minnesota to three to six degrees above normal southern sec- tions. Normal maximum 41 north to 55 suth. Normal minimum 24 north to '34 south. Cooler north Wednes- day general warming Thursday. Cooler Friday and Saturday and warming again Sunday. Precipita- tion generally light one-tenth to one-fourth Inch northern part and moderate one-fourth to three-fourths inch southern part. Rain northern sections Wednesday and again over most of the area Saturday and Sunday. Additional weather on page 12. i Thomas E. Dewey carried 54 coun- ties for the G.O.P. while the late President Roosevelt led in 17. Ticket-Splitting In the state itself It was a ques- tion of whether folks wanted more of Republican Governor Oscar Ren- nebohm's government or whether they thought Democrat Carl W. Thompson could do a better job than the G.OP. incumbent. Social- ists could vote for Waiter Uphoff and adherents of the Peoples' Pro- gressive (Wallace) party had Henry J. Berquist on their ticket. Each of the four parties offered a full slate of candidates for state offices. the Ticket-splitting, however, was ex- pected to mark the race lieuten- ant governor and attorney general. Some Republican leaders and news- papers with a record of G.OP. sup- posts, declaring them better quali- fied than the two candidates ad- vanced by their own party._ The situation arose when George M. Smith and Donald J. Martin were given the Republican primary nods for lieutenant governor and attor- ney general, respectively. Those Re- publicans who favor Democrat An- thony Gawronski over Smith and Democrat Thomas E. Fairchild over Martin declare candidates are that both G.OP. political unknowns who may have been confused with John M. Smith, former state treas- urer, and John E. Martin, former attorney general in the minds of voters. Nine of Wisconsin's ten Republi- can representatives were seeking to return to Washington. In the third congressional district, Incumbent William Stevenson was defeated In primary registrants by a. m. Clear skies and abnormally warm weather were conductive to a large rural vote. The secretary of state predicted a total vote of about 000 more than the state cast four years ago. Stassen Ends Drive Charlotte, N: 13. Stassen said he planned to fly back to Philadelphia today after having ended the Republican campaign for votes in North Carolina last night. He said he had voted already by ab- sentee ballot in Minnesota. scheme from one Curtis Larson of Kasson, Minn., the sum of and transporting it to New Hamp- ton and Cedar Rapids, Iowa." Mason City Police Chief Harold E. Wolfe said that although the pair admitted seven cases, the Minnesota case Is the only one on which the Stanleys are charged. Wolfe said Stanley posed as a furnace repairman, that Mrs. Stan ley proposed marriage to fanners she met, and that Stanley sough out widows. The police chief said the pair admitted getting from a widow at Manning, Iowa, Election Returns Beginning at p. m. today, Radio Station KWNO and The Republican-Herald will combine their facilities to give resi- dents of this area one of the most comprehensive coverages of elec- tion returns ever attempted locally. The American Broadcasting Company's staff, featuring Walter Winchell, Drew Pearson, Dr. George Gallup, Elmer Davis, Earl Godwin, H. R. Baukhage and many others will give the nation-wide returns with a careful analysis of the trends. Local returns will be gathered by The Republican-Herald staff, tabulated and broadcast over KWNO at five minutes before the half hour and hour throughout the night, starting at p. m. The polls locally close at 8 p. m. The Republican-Herald office will be closed and no returns will be available by telephone. Listen to KWNO for election returns. Polls opened at 7 a. m., and, fou hours later, one election judge com mented that "This is the heavies morning voting I've ever seen in th many elections at which I've servei as judge and clerk.1" Approximately of the city' qualified voters registered fo this year's presidential resenting a slight increase over thi who registered for the presi dential election in 1944 but still les than the who registered in 1940. The voting by wards and pre cincts follows: FIRST WARD Voted BerUtered by Noon 1st Precinct 958 165 2nd Precinct......... 779 175 3rd Precinct 200 4th Precinct .........309 250 5th Precinct .........864 250 SECOND WARD 1st Precinct .........853 260 2nd Precinct......... 589 145 3rd Precinct 877 225 THIRD WARD 1st Precinct 863 300 2nd Precinct ........820 240 3rd Precinct 584 200 FOURTH WARD Precinct 606 175 2nd Precinct......... 784 300 3rd Precinct .........757 250 4th Precinct .........457 75 U. S. Citizen Hurt In Saigon Blast Saigon, hand irenade' exploded, in a restaurant in Cholon yesterday and injured 17 persons, Including Charles Bie- busch, a 27-year old U. S. citizen. Biebusch, a bookkeeper with the Carltex company of Saigon, suf- ered a fracture of the left leg. I Extended Duck Season Assured, Senator Claims St. Paul Senator Edwari Thye (R.-Mlnn.) said today he ha been assured by the assistant direc tor of the Fish and Wildlife service that Minnesota's duck hunting sea- son will be extended. The senator said Dr. Clarence O tottam, assistant director of the wildlife service, telephoned him to- day that he had recommended ex- tension of the season for the five days lost through a ban imposed by the Minnesota state executive coun- cil because of the forest fire men- ace. Minnesota's duck season closes Saturday, November 6. Senator Thye said he believed the season would be extended to November 11. Good Weather May Encourage Record Ballot First Precinct To Give Report Goes for Dewey By The Associated Press Good voting weather encouraged a possible record turnout or Ameri- cans today to ballot for a president and a new Congress, Heavy forenoon, voting was re- ported from many Industrial cities. And good weather helps bring out a big farm vote. For the country as a whole, It was fair with mild temperatures. There was some rain In the central valleys, the northern Rockies and the state of Washington. A vote going over In this 41st presidential election would be a record. The biggest vote In the past was in 1940. It fell nearly under that four years ago when many Americans were overseas at war. First to Report The usual race among small pre- cincts to be the first to report their vote was won this time by Hart's Location, N. H. Backers of the Democratic Pre- sident Harry S. Truman and Re- publican Candidate Thomas E. Dewey both found something to cheer about In the first trickling returns. Hart'M Location went 11 for Dewoy and one for Truman. Franklin D. Roosevelt carried the precinct 6-4 over Dewey in 1944. Cataloochee precinct In North Carolina's Smoky Mountains pop- ped In for Truman and zero for Dewey. Dewey got two votes there four years ago and Roosevelt got eight. Brown's Farm precinct In south- ern Florida reported four for Tru- man and two for States Rights Can- didate J. Strom Thurmond. First of the presidential candi- dates .to get his own ballot Into the box was Henry A. Wallace. The early-rising Progressive party can- Udate put his vote In shortly after a. m, (CST) at South Salem, N. Y. Heavy. Voting: The early rush at Baltimore brought predictions from election fflcials that the total of ballots Jiere would reach about more than four years ago. Such cities as Columbus, Akron, Philadelphia and Newark also re- wrted heavy voting. Alone, with a president, the voters are picking a Congress. Democrats and Republicans disputed op to the end the com- plexion of the Senate. It now has 51 Republicans and 45 Jemocrats. Republicans said they will hold control. Democrats replied hey will take over. Barring upsets, the House would tay Republican. The two major candidates wound p their campaign drives In much Alma Center Resident :ound Dead Norwalk, Wis. Milo Man- el, 54, of Alma Center, Wis., was found dead from a bullet wound the chest about one mile here yesterday. Monroe east ofI coum Coroner M. J. Lanham said Man nel apparently was shot accidentall while hunting pheasants. Voters In Hart's Location, New Hampshire, were the first to register complete returns from their precinct and went for Dewey, 11-1. Here, left, voters stand outside the polling place awaiting their chance to cast ballots. Center, Governor Thomas E. Dewey and his wife stand in front of a voting machine after casting their ballot in today's presidential election at a public school in New York city. Right, President Harry Truman places his ballot in the box at Independence, Mo. Awaiting their turns are the chief executive's daughter anrl his wife. Wirephotos to The Republican-Herald.) same language they used at the tart last September. Both were on .tional radio hookups last night. There are nine other presidential andldates. But only two of them adc news. One is Governor J. Strom Thur- ond of South Carolina; the other enry A. Wallace. The civil rights revolt Thurmond with his Spates' Rights party ems likely to cost. Truman Ala- ama, Mississippi and South Carc- and possibly to help give Dewey one or two states in tho once solid Democratic south. Wallace's Progressive party is ac- corded a scattering vote that could Influence the presidential result In New York state. But even Wal- lace's friends aren't counting pri- vately on a single electoral college vote for him. Generally fair weather was in prospect for most of the country. But here and there rain, and even some snow, threatened to Join with what ixjllticians describe as voter apathy to cut down the ballot total. The Senate race was the hottest article of the day nationally. Some other control in Massochuetts, a proposal to per- mit divorces in South Carolina and a wet-dry fight in up local campaigns. But it Is In states with critical Senate races that the balloting is xpected to be heavy. These Include toss-up contests In Tew Mexico, Minnesota, .Montana Wyoming and West Virginia. Re- publicans now hold three of these nd Democrats two. Others where upsets would have bearing on Senate control includa Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, owa, Illinois and Colorado. Re- ublicans hold four of these, Demo- crats two. Thirty-two senators in all are be- :g elected today, but in most cases Is no-contest, for all practical purposes. One already elected, Eepresenta-- ve Margaret Chase Smith, Maine cpubllcan, appealed for a G.O.P victory to "make the teara" Washington complete la every ay."