Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1949, Winona, Minnesota VOLUME 48, NO. 295 WINONA, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 2, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY SIXTEEN PAGES Winter Carnival Program Thursday Afternoon Arrival of Wisconsin snow queen candidates at Hotel Winona. Arrival of Centennial queen candidates at Hotel Wlnona. Arrival of snow queen contest judges at Hotel Wlnona. Evening p. for Wisconsin, Centennial and local snow queen candidates and judges at Hotel Wlnona. 7 p. baton twirling contest at Senior High school auditorium. 8pm snow queen contest and crowning at High school auditorium. Music by Wlnona Civic chorus and Winona State Teachers college swing band. Friday Morning Breakfast for Wisconsin and Centennial snow queens at .Hotel Winona. Luncheon for Wisconsin and Centennial snow queens at College of Saint Teresa tea house, Evening p. for Centennial and Wisconsin queens at Hotel Winona. 8 p. Centennial queen contest at armory. 8 p. game at Athletic park rink, Winona Bolands vs. St. Thomas college of St. Paul. 9pm of Snows ball at armory. Music by Henry Bur- ton's orchestra. Winona Snow queen to reign at ball. Saturday Morning Breakfast for Wisconsin and Centennial queens at Hotel Winona. Arrival of out-of-town parade units. Luncheon for Wisconsin and Centennial queens at Hotel Winona. Afternoon Arrival of more out-of-town -parade units. Arrival of St. Paul Winter Carnival king and queen. Arrival of Brainerd and Little Falls snow queens and delegations. Skiing and tobogganing at Silver Slopes Ski lodge. p. parade. Skiing and tobogganing at Oliver Slopes Ski lodge. 4 p of snow modeling contest. 6pm at Winona Athletic club for out-of-town march- ing units and Winona Activity Group members. 7pm at Oaks club for visiting dignitaries and out-of- town queens. Music by Little Falls quartet. Sunday Morning Breakfast at Hotel Wlnona for visiting queens. Church services for queens. Noon Dinner at Hotel Winona for visiting queens. Arrival of St. Paul and Rochester ice show units. Arrival of St. Paul East Side Post American Legion drum and bugle corps. Afternoon 1 p. of East Side Post drum and bugle corps and Winona Activity Group members from Hotel Wlnona to East rink. p. Slopes Ski jump, skiing and tobog- ganing. 2 p. annual ice show at East rink. (Winona, Wisconsin and Centennial queens to be honored guests.) Entertainment by St. Paul drum and bugle corps. 2 p. park rink, hockey game between Wlnona Bo- lands and North Mankato. 4 p. Carnival photography contest Music, Sports To Headline Color, pep and step will dress the 13th annual Winter Carnival Which opens tomorrow. For four gay days queens will walk and bands play. Skaters and skiers, majorettes, drum and bugle corps and marching units will take over Wlnona. A long line of queen candidates will glide Into the Hotel Winona Thursday to take over the beaut; phase of the Winter Carnival. The Queen of the Snows dinner is sched- uled for p. m. In the hotel pre- ceding the contest at 8 p. m. in the Senior High school auditorium Guests also will include Centennia: queen candidates and Wisconsin queens. General chairman of the Wlnona Activity Group Carnival committee West Backs The Alsops 3rd Answer Of Stalin Significant By Stewart Alsop Washington Stalin's answers to the first, second and fourth questions submitted to him have about as much significance as if he had come out flatly In favor of an early spring and a late fall. But according to those who are equipped to pick over the dicta- tor's words for possible hidden meanings, there may be some real signif i c a n c e In Stalin's answer to the third question. In this answer Stalin names post- ponement of the German gov- ernment as his price for lifting the Berlin blockade, but makes no men- tion of, the Berlin currency issue. What makes this answer Interesting Is that the United States has re- cently advanced a formula for set- tling the currency issue. The new proposal has been made to the United Nations committee of neu- tral experts, meeting in Geneva. It can be reported on good au- thority that this new American formula calls for control by the Western powers over the currency orse Stand 36 Escape in Dodgeville, Wis., Hotel Fire Blaze Second In Wisconsin In Two Days Ripon Ruins Searched for Bodies of Victims Dodgeville, Wis. (IP) Thirty- six guests fled into the bitter cold as Dodgevllle's three-story Grand hotel was gutted by fire this morn- ing. No one was missing and I.one of the guests was Injured, power, It was Wisconsin's second hotel j fire in two days. The historic Grand View hotel at Ripon burned to the ground early yesterday with the loss of six lives. The fire, cause of which Is unde- termined, apparently started near the roof of the brick veneer struc- ture and worked down three flights to the lobby and dining room. It also gutted the Kroger food store which Is housed on the first. floor of the hotel building, the Shea shoe shop, Lee radio shop and the Jack Harrison tavern which is In ths basement. Roof Collapses Navy Gets Huge Commercial Airliner Alameda, 92-ton, 180-passenger Lockheed Constitution, the world's largest commercial-type land plane, is under the Navy's care today. A commissioning ceremony was held at a. m, at the Alameda Naval Air station, followed by a 15- minute demonstration flight accom- panied by a squadron of fighter planes. The four-engine, double-deck air giant flies 300 miles an hour at an altitude of 12 miles. It can carry enough fuel for a flight from San Francisco to London. Using Jato (jet assisted the Constitution can get into the air in feet and can land on most regular airports because reversible propellers which furnish braking At o'clock firemen from Dodgeville and Mineral Point still were pouring water Into the building but the fire was well under control. The walls remained standing but the roof and large sections of the floors had collapsed. The fire was discovered at a. m., by Mrs. Russell Kunzi who occupied a room on the third floor. She said she saw sparks shooting from an electrical fixture in the celling. She opened the door and saw smoke. Mrs. Kunzl and hotel employes pounded on doors and roused sleep- Ing guests. They, were able to leave the building down the front stairs as the rear stairway was filled with smoke and flames. Many were clad only In their night clothes but some had time to carry coats and hats. Most of the guests, however, lost all of their belongings. There were four or five apartments In hotel Today's reading of 16 Dodgeville residents opened their Ion the official Weather bureau homes to the flre victims. The a new record low White House Cool to Reported Stalin Bid For Meeting Truman in Eastern Europe BULLETIN Prime Minister Stalin offered today to meet with President Truman east of the iron curtain, pleading that his health does not allow him to journey farther. The White House, informed of the offer, stood pat on its insistence that Mr. Truman is willing to see Stalin only in Washington Too Cold for Mr. Groundhog By Adolph Bremcr It was 16 below in Winona this morning; cold enough so that H. C. (for holy cow, ain't It Ground-hog didn't even bother come above ground. I His official report "or Ground- hog day: "I heard on the radio it was 16 below up there this morning; that's too cold for me, even if it's all clouded up, I'm staying down here." He should come out for his an- nual observation tomorrow. An- other weather United States Weather that it'll get no colder than five above j tonight.and by Thursday noon it'll be 24 above. A little very light snow may be mixed with that warmer weather. It'll be reasonably mild Friday, too, and the snow will be somewhat heavier. But late Saturday the next cold wave is due. That's after the Winter carnival parade. Wasulnjton The White House said today that President Truman has received no invita- tion from Prime Minister Stalin for a meeting to discuss United States-Russian differences. The President's position against leav- ing the United States for such a discussion Is unchanged, it was added. Presidential Secretary Charles G. Ross, asked about a published re- port that the Soviet leader had suggested a meeting In Russia, Po- land or Czechoslovakia, told a news conference that Mr. Truman has not received any communication from Stalin on this subject. He added that what Ross told newspapermen Monday "still stands." At that time, Ross said that Mr. Truman had given his latest word on the subject at a recent news Term, Fine Given Farm Owner On Slavery Conviction Berryman restaurant gave shelter for this old-fashioned winter. The La Crosse had a reading of 18 ence ov below In the city, 24 below at its ol Uni0n ACIljUiail w iii. j I i_ and provided coffee and sandwiches, reading outdid Saturdays by The hotel was operated by Eli Witte. Ripon Hotel Ruins Searched Ripon, Wis. Firemen kept an all-night watch over the smok- ing ruins of the Grand View hotel where six persons were trapped early yesterday by flames. One body, as yet unidentified, was recovered late yesterday. Equipment from a Fond du Lac Truman Labor Bill Overrides State Curbs By Marvin t. Arrowsmlth The chairman of the national labor relations board said today that the Truman ad- ministration's labor bffl would over- ride state bans against the closed shop, NLRB Chairman Paul M. Herzog testified before the Senate labor committee, which is considering the bill under a new "hurry up" order calling for night shifts. Secretary of Labor Tobin was to follow Herzog to the stand. _______ _ Herzog said in his prepared state- at its way up out of thejment that the new measure would frigid zone. specifically restore federal preced- state laws in the field security anangemenfc _______ _____ airport. Bemidji was coldest including the closed shop, in which Minnesota: 40 below, but Brainerdj oniy union members are hired. This and Virginia had At St. appiy only in interstate corn- construction company was pressed !Angeies Calif., did not report. into service this morning to clear In winona, half-frozen reside Cloud It was at Willmar andjmerce. states could still forbid Duluth at Rochester and at the Twin Miami, Fla., was the warmest in the nation yesterday with 82; Los Walter Janda, announced today that! ice-covered debris and aid In the a theme of the festival is "Let for other bodies. Be So there will be music! Isadore State-, supervisor of flre at the Snow Queen dinner. Civic Chorus .The Wlnona Civic chorus, directed by H. Irving Tlngley of Minneapolis prevention for the state industrial commission, was on hand as a rep- resentative of the state. Burroughs, chief of the said the of Fred Heyer will give out with some "hot notes." building had not been residents could read with fond recollection today how warm January at least the first few weeks. The official on page four reveals that the mean temperature for the month was four degrees higher than the nor- mal of 14. Precipitation was above normal, too. The ten and a half inches of snow melted down to 1.82 inches of water, compared with The hotel, built in 1870, had been the normal precipitation of 1.03 Inspected "about a month police guests had occupied 40 rooms inJFebruary, 1948, outdid that by one the hotel, operated.by Mrs. Mamie 1 degree. One day last February it Kuhn, The hotel register was was 52 68 degrees a. m. yesterday a a nearby factory In their sectors and over trade be- j entered the local snow queen contest. tween these sectors and the Western I Winner of the distort Centennial zones, and similar Soviet control over currency and trade in the Soviet sectors. Moreover, the for- mula calls for high level negotia tions for the establishment of a single currency, and a single freely elected German administration of the city. WHEN THE RUSSIANS first blockaded Berlin last year, there (Continued on Pagre 9, Column JL) ALSOPS Pigs Is Pigs, 325 of Them La Crosse, is really pigs on the Fred Scheidel farm near Ossian, Iowa. Since January 14, 40 sows owned by Scheidel have far- rowed 325 pigs. Scheidel thinks it's some sort of a record. contest will enter the state contest to be held in .connection with the St. Paul winter carnival at 3 p. m. Sun- day, February 13. Friday Schedule Friday morning there will be a breakfast for Wisconsin and Cen- tennial snow queens at the Hotel Winona. A luncheon is scheduled for the young women at the College ol Saint Teresa tea house at noon. The evening's events will Include a dinner for the Centennial and Wis- consin .queens in the hotel followed by the district Centennial contest in the armory at 8 p. m. The Queen of the Snows ball at which the new Winona Snow Queen will reign opens in the after the district contest Henry Burton's orchestra, will play. Judges of the contest are Judge G. L. Pattison, Alma, Wis, (Continued on Page Column 3.) CARNIVAL burned but Dunham said all but six guests had been located after they had escaped or had been res- cued from the flaming hostelry. Some were taken to hospitals with injuries and exposure. Dunham listed as missing and presumed dead: Lloyd Wasserbach, 27, Madison; Albert Bleich, 60, Madison; Robert Wingler, 32, Iowa City, Iowa; Charles Wendtland, 80; Alice Cal- lan, 52, and Clara Solverson, 62, all of Ripon. Around watchman at turned in the alarm when he saw flames breaking through the roof and licking from fourth floor win- dows. Many guests said they had been awakened by a woman's screams. Amid scenes of utter confusion, they groped through smoke filled halis to flre escapes or jumped from win- dows, clad only in then- night clothes. Others climbed or were carried down ladders by firemen and townspeople. Fire departments from Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Berlin and Prince- ton sent equipment to help subdue the blaze. H Anoka Man Injured Fatally in Elevator Armster Stev- ens, 45, of rural Anoka, was fatally Injured yesterday when he was struck by a counterweight on an- other lift while repairing an eleva- tor at the General building here. office warmer than today. Another day, however, it was 14 below. That's not much better than tcday. Got any room down there, C. Ground-hog? Directly following the Snow saidi and The'outlook for February? The dinner, the children s baton-twirling poli CWeI Dunham satd 48! normal temperature is 18.9 degrees, contest will open In the Senior High school auditorium. The Snow Queen contest will open at 8 p. m. and the crowning of the new queen will follow. Judges are C. T. Hagman, Harold J. Anderson and Miss Eleanor Owens, all of Min- neapoUs. The new 'Queen of the Snows not only will reign over this year's Carnival bnt will enter the Centennial queen competi- tion with other girls from Hous- ton and Winona. counties to be held at the armory Friday night prior to the Winter Carnival ball. The Winona-Houston county dis- trict contest to select a candidate for the state Is a "Miss.Minnesota Cen- tennial" selection. The two contests are held separately because of the large number of Winona girls who closed shops in work affecting only commerce within a state. A number of states have banned such arrangements, and the Su- preme court recently upheld those bans. The Taft-Hartiey law, which the Truman bill would replace, gives precedence to the states in such matters. The board official argued for the continuation of a five-man NLRB in place of the three-man agency which existed during the 12 years of the Wagner act. The ad- ministration's proposed law woiild continue the larger body, and Her- zog argued that it was more ef- ficent, and able to dispose of 23 per cent more cases than the three- man board. Herzog also told the committee that under the new legislation the board could step Into a jurisdictional dispute before the actual walkout by the opposing unions. At present the board may Intercede in a juris- conference. The President reiterated then that he would be happy to receive Stalin in Washington, but that his position against leaving this country for such a conference was unchanged. Ross' conference with reporters today began with a question about a report by the International News Service, to the effect that Stalin would be happy to meet President In Russia, Poland or Czechoslovakia. "Mr. Nixon gave me that re- Ross asserted referring to Robert G. Nixon, IKS. White House correspondent. "Has the President received any invitation from Mr. Stalin to meet him a newsman asked. "Officially Ross replied. "Would the President go to Po- land or Czechoslovakia or Russia to meet with a reporter pressed. "No Ross replied. "Period. That ends the subject. As far as I'm concerned, I'm not an- swering any questions on that sub- ject." Francisco A. Rodriguez. Associated Press Wlrephoto George Stark Mankato, Stark, Gibbon farmer convicted of slavery, today was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of Sentence was imposed by TJ. S. District Judge Gunnar Nordbye. Stark, 56, faced a possible maximum of five years and a support of the measure. Opposing were eight Republicans. toj.nev' fine. A jury made up of 11 men and a woman, convicted Stark last night after eight hours and 40 minutes of deliberation, He was charged with holding in slavery Francisco A. Rodriguez, 49, a native of Mexico. On the stand for the prosecution, Rodriguez said he had been kept on the farm withou! pay, except for occasional smal amounts. In his defense, Stark told jurors he hirod Rodriguez in 1941 with an oral agreement to provide his room and board plus a rronth in winter and in summer. The case, first of Its kind la Min- nesota, came to the attention of authorities in late 1947. Members of a migrant grain-grinding crew told Sibley County Attorney Everett Young that Rodriguez said he want- ed to leave the farm but was afraid. Young turned the matter over to federal authorities, and Rodriguez was taken from the farm In March, 1948. Last fall, Stark was indicted by a federal grand jury in St. Paul and placed under arrest. Neighbors of Stark and buslness- men in nearby towns were among (Wash.) joined 15 Democrats in 25 called by James J. Committee Reciprocal Trade Restoration Bill Washington (F) Democrats drove through the House ways and means committee on a 17 to 8 vote today a bill restoring until June 12, 1951, the full powers of the old re- ciprocal trade law. President Truman requested the legislation, telling Congress it is needed to remove hobbles put on trade negotiations by the G.O.P. tariff law passed in 1948. He said full operation of the trade act would build world commerce and promote peace. Two Republicans Representa- tives Kean (NJ) and Holmes Giblin, assistant U. S. district at- While Three policemen, circle, crouch behind car and another, right, holds a rifle in readiness, a tear gas bomb explodes on sidewalk in front of house on East 69th street, New York, as police closed in on Elmer Stanford, 40, suspect'In the rifle shooting iof a Catholic priest in confessional of a nearby church Saturday night. Police had failed to talk Stanford into surrendering and attempted to toss the tear gas bomb into his second floor window. The bomb struck the front of the building and exploded on the sidewalk. (AJP. Wlrephoto.) Judge Nordbye stayed the prison term until February 14 to let Stark adjust personal affairs. Stark's bond of was raised to and he left for his home. Henry H. Flor of New trim, Stark's chief defense attorney, said it had not been decided whether to appeal the case. About 125 spectators were pres- ent when Judge, Nordfaye passed sentence which apparently failed to stir the elderly farmer. Stark was instructed to report to the 17. S. marshal's office in St. Paul at 10 a. m. February 14. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Mostly cloudy with rising temperature to- night and Thursday. Occasional light snow tonight. Low tonight five; high Thursday 24. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 13; minimum, noon. 0; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE Max. Min.Prec Chicago ...........25 2 Denver 18 International Falls. 10 Los Angeles .......57 43 Miami 80 74 Mpls.-St. Paul.....10 New York..........37. 27 Winnipeg Norway Firm In Reply to Soviet Note Italy, Portugal May Be Included In New Treaty By John M. Hightower Washington The United States and other Atlantic powers were expected today to give Norway speedy support in her resistance to Russian pressure against joining the projected North Atlantic alliance. Diplomats predicted that the seven nations already negotiating the pact here would lose no time in making Norway one of their group. This pre- sumably would have the effect of fix- ing Norway's position firmly and might thereby strengthen the hand of the Oslo government in any fur- ther exchanges with Moscow.. The fact that Norway and several other countries will soon be invited to discuss the military alliance proj- ect was officially disclosed yesterday by the State department. The State department has not yet made public a list of the nations which it and the other negotiating powers hope may be Included In the expanded pact. They are reported to include Italy, Portugal, Ireland. Iceland and probably Denmark, In addition to Norway. Already in the negotiations are United States, Canada, Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Of all these 13 nations Norway 35 the only one which has a common border with Russia. This comes about as the result of two occurrences. Last Saturday night the Russians expressed to Nor- way their strong opposition to North Atlantic security project. They asked whether Norway intended to join and If so whether membership would obligate the Norwegians to grant bases to foreign powers. The Norwegians were reminded that they were neighbors of the powerful Sov- iet union. Last night the Norwegians an- nounced the reply. In effect it re- jected Russia's implied warning not to join the pact by stating that Nor- way Intended to examine the possi- bilities of an Atlantic security ar- rangement. As for bases, the Nor- wegians said they did not intend to grant any unless they were attacked or threatened with attack. What the Soviets might do next was a subject of considerable specu- lation here. It appeared to diplomatic authori- ties that the quicker the question could be decided the better, and the first move toward deciding Jt will be to Invite Norway to take a hand In the talks which have been under way here for many months. On several previous occasions the United States and Russia have gen- erated a sharp conflict Interest over Russia's neighbors. Generally. (Continued en Page 4, Column 5.) ATLANTIC Wisconsin Bill Proposes County Deer Season Veto prominent sports- man says a bill giving county boards authority over deer hunting regula- tions "would set up 71 conservation departments with separate regula- tions In each and result In confusion and bitter feelings." Richard Hemp, of Mosinee, chair- man of the State Conservation Con- gress appeared with representatives of the State Conservation depart- ment and sportsmen's groups oppos- ing the measure yesterday before the assembly conservation committee. A bill introduced by Assemblyman Zillinger (R.-Phillips) would enable any county board to veto a Conser- vation Commission hunting season order on other than spike or fork horned male deer in such counties. Zellinger and Assemblymen dersen (R.-Gilman) and Rowe (R.- Sturgeon Bay) said they favored the proposal, holding that residents of a county should have the right to say what they want done with deer in their area. "This is not a pet bill. It's wanted by all people of northern Zellinger declared. Ernest Swift, director of the con- servation department, said the deer population was tied up with the state's economy and belongs to all the people in all the state. "If counties can regulate in deer management, then they should ab- sorb the cost oi feeding deer and paying for damage done by he said. Leslie S. Woerpel ol Stevens Point, president of the Portage county sportsmen's club and temporary chairman of the new state-wide Fed- eration of Conservation Clubs, pre- dicted the bill's passage would cause confusion between counties and urged efforts "'.o stop selfishness and promote over-all conservation." Roman Papka of the Milwaukee County Conservation Alliance approval of the measure would result in additional efforts to legislate con- servation matters on a local scale" and' create "71 iron curtains within, the state."