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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 24, 1949, Winona, Minnesota                              VOLUME 48, NO. 287 WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 24, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY EIGHTEEN PAGES May. Garsson Convictions Upheld __ j M Seven Cases On Federal Court Docket Owatonna Firm Sues for Loss Otlll Fox The age-old question as to whe- ther a land owner has domain over the air surrounding his property will be one of the factors in a damage suit which will be heard in federal court during the winter term opening February 1. Five civil and two criminal ac- tions are listed on the court calendar and jury trials have been designated in at least three of the cases. The United States is the de- fendant in one action which finds the Gold Star Pur ranch of Owa- itonna, Minn., seeking damages to- taling for losses allegedly j sustained as a result of Air Force FOUR-STATE ICE RINK Freezing Drizzle Coats Area, Zero Weather Due Tonight _______ When A Rock Island Freight train and the Mlnneapolis-to-St. Louis Zephyr-Rocket collided headon at Marble Rock, Iowa last night, the impact caused the streamliner to buckle, and pushed the cab of the engine more than 20 feet into the air. The Marble Rock fire department removed the injured fire- man and engineer by means of a ladder. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Trial of 'Axis Sally7 Opens in Washington By Karl R. Bauman "Axis Sally" treason trial got under way In U. S. district court here today. The treason charge against Mildred E. Gillars, a Dative of Portland, Maine, grew out of the German propaganda broadcasts known to GJ.'s as the "Axis Sally" program. She also is xeferred to In the ten-count indictment as Mildred Elizabeth Sisk. jured, three seriously, in the head- _____________ Vi> ____i i. _ -i l. nnllief nn Q sfTPaTYlTiTlfir fl.Hfl H. Score Injured In Iowa Freight, Zephyr Collision Marble Rock, Iowa More than a score of persons were in- maneuvers. In its complaint, the fur ranch where silver and mutation foxes and other fur-bearing animals are raised alleges that it had warned Air Force authorities that the sound of flying airplanes frightened the animals and caused them to destroy their young. The ranch management explaini that on April 12, 1947, 111 recently- born fox pups were in the ranch area when a flight of 12 P-51 fighter planes flew at low altitude over the ranch on maneuvers. Fox Killed Young The Owatonna firm contends that The Alsops Italians May Want Into Atlantic Pact By Joseph Alsop one sees an old friend after a long separation, room was set aside for them the silver-haired I on collision of a streamliner and a a possible death If convicted, defendent faces sentence. The minimum penalty for treason is five years' imprisonment and a fine. The court room of Judge Edward M. Curran was equipped with about 40 sets of earphones in advance of the trial's opening. The unoffi- cial explanation was that the pro- secutors plan to play Nazi propa-j ganda records that could not bej heard clearly without them. "broken" freight train last night. The Zephyr-Rocket, bound from Minneapolis to St. Louis, carried many whose scheduled airplane flights had been canceled because of bad The train is operated jointly by the Burlington and Rock Island railroads. Nineteen of the injured were and By Adolph Bremer Tliis area's working people skidded to work today on a perfect sheet of glare ice; the mercury was skidding, too, but not to work. destroyed their pups judge, other court attaches, jurorsj and news reporters. No Room for Cowt Fans It was a bad day for court fans. plumper or more haggard cheek, the receding or more auburn hair, fly to the eye. In the same way, when one returns to this enchanting city All space went to prospective jurors, court officials and lawyers and re- porters covering the trial. After the after 14 months of change in atmo- sphere seems downright aston- ishing. I n November. 1947, before this country could be sure of American aid, the members of the Italian gov- ernment were talking absence, about cheerfully with good reason) as the Roman Senate must have and mutation fox pups were killed or destroyed and the value of many female adult foxes for breeding pur- poses was impaired or destroyed." The ranch pointed out that It had reported the incident and pre- sented a bill of damages to head- quarters of the 15th Air Force in Colorado' Springs, Colo., but had been told that.the War department has no authority to settle claims amounting, to mpre -than In reply to these allegations, Uni- ted Sfates District Attorney Victor Anderson has stated that "owner- ship or right to air space over the fur ranch is subject to the greater right of the The government contends that the nurses were summoned to duty to airplanes cited in the complaint The "ain't nature wonderful" could marvel at what nature 111 silver (had fashioned over the weekend with ard ceary wou em city, 15 miles northeast of The earphones were for the trial h. doctors and 12 oHor-ViPC ext'a aOCLOri d-UU it. treat them, only three of whom were described as seriously hurt. The three are: Worthington Street of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, engineer of the Deisel- powered streamliner: James P. Hill of Minneapolis, a chef, and Mrs. jury has been chosen a few seats F. Noltlmer, 53, of St. Paul will be available for the curious on a first come, first serve basis. A hundred and ten residents of the District of Columbia were called for jury duty. More will be sum- moned if prosecuting and defense attorneys are unable to select 14 jurors from among them. In addi- tion to the 12 regular jurors, there will be two alternates. This is a precaution frequently taken in federal courts here in trials expected to be prolonged. In the event a juror becomes HI or has to leave the box for any other talked when Alaric was at the an alternate takes his place But now, the threatened communist without any interruption in the triumph in Italy is no longer pos-' sible and problems of foreign rela- trial. James. J. Laughlin, who has tions are the main preoccupation, peared in many of Washington's The problem of Italy's adherence {widely publicized criminal trials, is to the projected Atlantic pact is of chief defense counsel. course pre-eminent. And although this problem Is being discussed in an entirely new atmosphere, the effect on the American observer is none the less to emphasize again the vastness of the new world re- sponsibility of the United States. (Continued on Page 13, Column 7.) ALSOPS WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Cold wave tonight with temperature falling to near zero In the city and in the country. Clearing skies tonight. Tuesday increasing cloudiness and cold; high 12. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 23; minimum, 0; noon, 28; precipitation .08 Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 32; minimum, Trial May Last Two Months Laughlin told a reporter he ex- pects considerable difficulty in se- lecting a jury and estimated the trial will last about two months. The chief prosecutor, John M. Park, Minn. Inadvertant uncoupling of several! cars of the freight train apparently' caused the .accident. Bob Fullemer, station agent, said the freight, op-' erated by the Rock Island, heading onto a sidetrack when cars became detached from the train. The streamliner bore down upon the scene before the freight could back up, hook on the loose cars, and clear the main line again, Fulle- mer said. The engines met head-on, and both were badly damaged. Fullemer said a brakeman's flare, intended to flag down the passen- ger train, was obscured by fog and sieet. It was the second streamliner- freight train accident in Iowa in two days. Saturday three power units and 11 cars of the North West- ern-Union Pacific's City of San Francisco were derailed at Blairs- town in a collision with a freight train leaving a siding. Several pas- sengers were shaken and bruised, Kelley, Jr., declined to predict how j but orjy one person, a chef, was long the trial might last; how many injured seriously, witnesses he will call, or to say how many witnesses will be brought from Germany. Miss Gillars, a self-styled actress has made several brief court ap- pearances since being flown here from Germany, last Au- gust 21. In her last appearance, September 24, she stood motionless for 12 min- utes during the reading of the in- dictment accusing her of giving aid and comfort to this country's ene- mies during the war. Then she was asked how she wished to plead, "Certainly not she replied in a low voice. Army officials found her in Berlin more than two years ago, living in noon, 9; precipitation, .28 (rain, sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at cellars and grubbing out a precar- 9; ious living, she was released, but rearrested when the Justice depart- ment took over the case. The indictment charges she made TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE 'broadcasts for the nazis from De- Max. Min.PrecJcember 11, 1941 through May 8, Chicago 39 36 Denver.......17 5 Des Moines .35 10 Duluth.......25 18 Kansas City 44 17 Los Angeles 48 34 Miami 81 70 Mpls.-5t. Paul......25 5 New Orleans 79 65 New York .'.........42 36 Seattle 32 15 Phoenix 55 42 Washington ........42 35 Edmonton .f...... -14 -27 Regina -14 -31 The Pas.......... -17 -31 Winnipeg 3 -13 .4411945, .011 .22! Cop Killed, Record Falls .44 Kansas City Kansas City I set a goal of 100 days without fatal .10! traffic accident in 1949. I It counted 22 days. Then an auto- .241 mobile and a motorcycle collided. .24! First traffic fatality of the year .jwas the motorcycle rider, Robert Delane Edmunds, 22. His job: Traffic safety patrol- .08 man. complied with all rules and regula- (Continued on Page 9, Column 4.) FEDERAL COURT Navy Plane Crash Kills Two Crewmen Toledo. for a landing in murky weather, a twin- engine Navy plane crashed and burned just east of Municipal air- port last night. Two crew members were killed. The pilot was critically injured. Lieutenant (junior grade) Louis D. Robinson of Dill, Okla., was in critical condition. Killed in the ac- cident were James William Murphy, 29. of Paterson, N. J., a chief ma- chinist's mate, and Charles Adrian Doiron 27, of Sulphur, La., an avia- tion machinist's mate, 2nd class. The craft was an R-4-D, the Navy version of the DC-3 commer- cial airliner, based at Qlenview naval air station, III. Two Men Were Killed and one seriously injured last night when a Navy transport plane crashed one-half mile east of Toledo, Ohio, Municipal airport. Killed were Chief Machinist Mate J. W. Murphy, 29, Paterson, N. J., co-pilot, and A. J. Doiron, 27, aviation machinist mate second class. Sulphur, La, plane captain. Lieutenant (j.g.) Louis D. Robinson, 34. Dill, okla., pilot, critically injured, was pulled clear of the wreckage. Plane was en route from Norfolk, Va., to Glenview, El. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) sleet and rain and a temperature just below the freezing point. Nature made a universal skating rink. It was a wonderful one, but unfortunately some people and all cars don't skate. And the weatherman says that na- ture's natural rink will stay for a while. He sees cold tonight, cold Tuesday, cold Wednesday; he sees cold all the way to the Rockies, and he can feel it all coming this way. Zero Forecast Tonight It'll be zero in the city tonight and five below in the country. Ex- pect no more than 15 above tomor- ow. The mercury seemed to be in a hurry to get to those low marks. Starting with a 32-degree reading Sunday afternoon, the mercury had skidded to 16 at 8 a. m. today and nine at noon. Meanwhile, everybody was skid- ding on nature's rink. Street Com- missioner Thomas Gile described the ice as "the worst we've had for a long time." For the second time this winter the street department was at work sanding every street in the city. Highway department crews were out sanding but difficul- ties arose nevertheless. Near Homer two large semi's stalled on a steep grade and' could not move until maintenance crews arrived, Traffic Curtailed Except for truck and bus travel, traffic on highway trans- portation artery in this negligible. The Winona State Teachers col- lege basketball team, traveling from Bemidji in two cars, fought a snow storm from that city to the Twin Cities yesterday, then skidded home on ice the remainder of the way. It was a 13-hour trip. At least two people fell on the ice here yesterday and fractured arms. Buses were a little late. Over at Durand one Twin Claire bus failed to show yesterday. Huge Toe Rink The Ice rink was a big one. The La Crosse station of the Weather bureau said it covered all of south- ern Wisconsin and part of northern Illinois, northeastern Iowa and Southeastern Minnesota. In Minne- sota the iced area extended az least as far west as Albert Lea. Over in that city, incidentally, some cold-blooded thief had stolen the city's official government-tested thermometer. A quick substitute thermometer showed 2 above there today. Compared to other points, parti- cularly to the west and north, Wi- nona's reading of 16 this morning was mild, prince Albert, Canada, had 44 below. Lemmon, S. D., had six below this morning. The temperature hasn't been up to zero there lor nearly a or It was six below at Yankton, S. D., ten below, at Fargo, N. D., and seven below at Huron, S. D. Light snow fell in South Dakota yesterday; the Twin Cities had about six inches, and most of Minnesota, with the exception of the ice area, had a snowfall Sunday. Temperatures In Minnesota were reasonably mild this morning, Just before the new onslaught of cold. Low for the state was eight below, at Alexandria; Willmar had six be- low and St. Cloud zero. In Duluth it was 18 above. Republican-Herald photos An Ice-Encrusted windshield and hood almost obscure the car above. It was typical of the appearance of cars which were out la Sunday's freezing rain and sleet. Motorists found that razor blades and plastic scrapers were almost as essential as gasoline for yester- day's driving. Homeowners and members of the city street de- partment were busy this morning applying sand to slippery side- walks and streets. The lower photo above shows one of the city trucks on Second street as John Overing, 563 East Mark, and Art Slegler, 267 West Third, feed sand into the mechanical spreader. Truman Asks Columbia River Project Plans Tomah Man Shot to Death In Own Kitchen Sparta, Earl Jackson, 40-year-old Tomah salesman, was shot to death In the kitchen of his home today with a single shot from a big game rifle. District Attorney William Gleiss said that Jackson had been struck In the stomach by the slug from a .30-06 re. proposed legislation Oarssons tnrougn 01 LUCIT cum- The district attorney said he was presidential Press Secretary Char- panies, the Erie Basin Metal Pro- questioning members of the family ies G. Ross said that it may take dacte company, and the Batavia about details of the shooting. Jack- several weeks to get the draft in Metal Products Company, both, la enn .Tampc t.nlrt shane. Tllinnls. proposed legislation ready. son's 21-year-old son, James, told him, Gleiss said, that Jackson shot himself. The younger man said, according to Gleiss, that he was sitting in the kitchen about 4 a. m. today clean- ing the weapon when his father rushed into the room, snatched the gun and shot himself. Auto Dealers Ask Buying Checks Be Eased San Francisco A drive for immediate extension of the time period on installment buying of cars from 18 months to 24 marked the opening today of the four-day Na- tional Automobile Dealers associa- tion convention. It was described as a move to aid low-income buyers. The association's executive com- mitted, to a statement renewing earlier pleas, called on the Federal Appellate Rule May Go to U. S. Supreme Court Bribery, Conspiracy To Defraud Government Charged Washington The TJ. 8. court of appeals today upheld the convictions of former Representa- tive Andrew J. May of Kentucky and Henry and Murray Garssoa on charges of bribery and conspir- acy to defraud the government dur- ing the war. The appellate court decision was by a two to one vote. Judges E. Bar- rett Prettyman and Henry White Edgerton voted to uphold the dis- trict court verdict. Chief Judge Harold M. Stephens dissented. May, chairman of the House mili- tary affairs committee in wartime, and the Garsson brothers, oper- ators of a munitions combine, were convicted by a federal jury July 3, 1947. Each was sentenced to serve eight months 'to two years. They have been free on bonds each pend- ing action on their appeal. Charles J. Marigotti, counsel for the Garssons, said to Lewisburg, Pa., that he would appeal today's decision to the V. S. Supreme court. May Found Guilty The trial jury found May guilty of taking In bribes from the Garsson brothers as payment for using his congressional influence to get favors for the Garsson shell- making enterprises. The Garssons were convicted of conspiring to defraud the United States of May's services through bribery. The government contended that the Garssons set May up to the lum- ber business, as head of the Cum- berland'Lumber Company to Ken- tucky, using that as a "blind" to conceal bribery payments. The jury of seven men and five women required only an hour and 50 minutes to reach its verdict after a trial which lasted 11 weeks. Maxi- mum penalty on the charges would have been six years In prison and fine for each defendant. The appeals court's majority opin- ion was written by Judge Pretty- man. Chief Judge Stephens dissent- ed principally on the ground that he believed the Indictment of May and the Garssons was improperly drawn. He said the government should have tried the defendants either on a general conspiracy charge or under the statute relating to acceptance of money by a member of Congress for services to citizens and companies. Hold Trial Jrj -e Fair The majority held, how- ever, that the J'.aictment "clearly and properly" charged one conspir- acy embracing all three defendants. It held that May was properly tried at the same time under statute concerning unauthorized ac- ceptance of money by a member of Congress. The majority decision, rejecting nine specific points raised by Jde- fense council, also brushed aside defense contentions that trial Judge Henry A. Schwetahaut was unfair. May and the Garssons and the late Joseph Freeman were brought to trial to the war fraud case. Free- man, who died just a year ago In California, was acquitted by a di- rected verdict of the court on the conspiracy charges. May was a Democratic congress- man from Kentucky for 16 years before he was defeated in the 19.48 elections. May, now about 74, was Washington-m-President Tru- all matter. man today directed government was the ixum Henry Garsson, 02, was tne so- agencies to begin work immediately called of the big munitions on legislation for a Columbia Val- combine, which operated several ley Authority. plants and held government wartime The White House announced that contracts.. Although May allegedly the President intends to send a received at least through special message to Congress calling the Cumberland Lumber Company, for such an authority as soon as the government contended the the agencies can get a draft of money actually came from the Garssons through two of their corn- ever for an M.V.A. Murray and others are now working on legis- lation covering the Missouri Valley. However, some of the governors LJlCilO, vitiiCU. Ull LiiC f CUCial j WA UAAV Reserve board to revamp regulation In the Missouri Valley states have W. indicated opposition to an M.V-A. shape. The President wrote the heads of the Departments of Interior, Army, Agriculture, and Commerce, the' Director of the Budget and the1 Chairman of the Eeconomic Ad- visory Council, asking them to work on the draft. The Columbia river discharges into the Pacific and is the border line between Oregon and Washing- ton. Its basin reaches into Montana, Idaho and Canada. Mr. Truman has long been a backer of the general idea of devel- .njoumer jjmseuKer, oping river basins along the lines killed in the accident. of the T.V.A. Ross told reporters he does not know whether the President intends to push a similar proposal for a Missouri Valley Authority to the early future. Senator Murray (D.-Mont.) said after a recent White House visit _ Youth Dead of Injuries Hastings, Minn. Edward Mollick, 18, died yesterday of in- juries suffered Saturday night in an automobile accident. The car In which he was riding left highway 10 three miles northeast of Hastings. Another passenger, Earl Church, 19, School Fire Loss Set at Mountain, N. D. A fire aioer a. reueui, vyiiiue jauuae viaiu that apparently started in the fur- that the President is as strong as nace room destroyed the Mountain public school Saturday at an estim- ated loss of The blaze spread rapidly through the building, which was destroyed. School officials said classes would open today In the community hall.   

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