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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 3, 1949, Winona, Minnesota MILD TONIGHT, FRIDAY WARMER VOLUME 49, NO. 13 WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 3, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY SUPPORT YOUR Y.M.C.A. TWENTY-TWO PAGES 10 Dead in Lake wood, Mich., Fire Water to Russ Mission Cut Off Given Paper Telling About Bomber Flight Police Cordon Maintained Around Frankfurt House BULLETIN United States government, In a note- to Russia, today gave General Lucius D. Clay full support In his demand that the Soviet repatriation mission be with- drawn from the American zone of Germany. By Richard O'Regan Frankfurt, po- lite but firm blockade thrown around eight holed-up Russians de- nied them water today, but pro- vided a morning newspaper. American authorities ordered a street dug up In front of the head- quarters of a besieged __ Russian repatriation mission to make surej no water reached the men Inside. I But when the front door opened! at S a. m. (2 a. m.. E.S.T.) and af Russian officer poked his head out to ask: "Can we have a newspa- They got a paper. Mrst Lieutenant Edward L. Co- vak, Duluth, Minn., In charge of the military police cordon around the mission house, said only Stars and Stripes, an English-language paper, was available. "That's said the Russian, so Covak handed him the paper. A reporter told the Russian "there's an interesting story on page about the American bomber flying nonstop around the world. "This Is through courtesy of American mili- tary Covak added politely. The Russian graciously thanked Mm. Only One Visitor The Russians camped In the house have had only one visitor since the siege started. A Russian colonel, accompanied by Colonel Sterling A. Wood, American pro- vost marshal, went there last night. The Russian visitor reported those Inside had only one request- water. But Wood said later he had orders to shut off the water. The digging up of the street to cut the pipe emphasized that stand. There were no Indications either sldif was backing down In the lat- est miniature war of nerves. The blockade around the Russian mission was slapped on yesterday. General Lucius D. Clay several weeks before told the Russians to pull their mission out March 1 since Its work of getting Russian House Retards Bill Increasing Winona Licenses Attack on '14' Dice Game Sets Back Vote a Week By Adolph Bremer The bill that would double the number of on-sale liquor licenses In Winona suffered a setback In the j I Minnesota house of representatives Wednesday afternoon, but the "drys" were unable to kill It. The Winona bill was a victim of a series of parliamentary maneuvers by Representative (Rev.) Clarence G. Langley, Red Wing, and Wilhelm Holm, Tyler (Lincoln which were directed principally at the "14" dice game bill In the opinion of City Representa- tive A. R. Lejk, who was able to save the bill for later action, the 30 on- sale license bill was "caught in the middle." The bill now Is at the bot- tom of the list of general orders and Francis Cardinal Spellman, center, Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, watches two seminary students dig graves this morning at Calvary cemetery In Queens, N. T., where grave diggers have been on strike for seven weeks. Student diggers are Daniel Peak, left, and William Boldt of St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, N. Y. In rear Is the Rer. Henry Cauley. One hundred seminary stu- dents went to Calvary cemetery with Cardinal SpeUman this morning to overcome the effects of the- strike of grave diggers who seek a five-day week and the game pay they have been getting for six days work. (A.P. Wlrephoto to The Republican-Herald.) law- makers today welcomed as a boon again "about the middle of next to business a _govemment_ order per Representative Lejk said. Last week Friday, after the house the automobile Industry, which saw liquor and temperance committee in the move a possible lift to lag- had unanimously recommended the ging car sales. Nonstop World Hop Factor in War By John M. Hlghtower today assigned the nonstop round-the- world flight of an American bomber a significant and highly dramatic place In the grand strategy of the cold war. An Important fact In terms of international politics Is that the State department had opportunity to block the flight but did not do so. Skeletons Found In Army Hospital Buried in Blast to- displaced persons back to Russia, I day dug into a subterranean Ger- Clay said, had dwindled to nothing. The Soviets sent a note to the American government saying the mission's work was indispensable ar.d Insisting on its right to stay. Members of the eight-man mission man army field hospital, burled since Two and a half years ago a some- what similar project was vetoed by the diplomats. Thus the changed attitude may be taken as a measure of the extent to which relations between Russia and the West have gone downhill. The decline started at the peak of hopes for east-west cooperation in peacemaking. Its present low point is characterized by the belief of the western powers that military readiness to strike back is now an absolute essential of peace. What V. S. Can Do In this sense the B-50 trip which ended yesterday at Fort Worth pro- vides a single dramatic instance. the patients and doctors were suffo-llt shows what the United States and cated when a shell sealed off their other western powers are trying to Johnson Slated To Succeed Forrestal Today By Ernest B. Vaccaro Washington President Tru- man is expected to accept today James V. Forrestal's long-pending resignation as secretary of defense and name Louis A. Johnson, West Virginia lawyer, to the post. White House informants said the action probably will be announced at.Mr. Truman's news conference which began at 3 p. m. An ex- change of letters between the Pres- ident and Forrestal has been pre- pared for release, they added. Forrestal, 57, is the nation's first secretary of defense. He is the 'ast cabinet holdover from the Roose- velt administration. He was secre- Only The Iron Beds and a few other articles were left as fire swept through a frame house at Lakewood, Mich., 14 miles from Muskegon at 9 a. m. today, claiming at least ten lives, a mother and eight children and a roomer. (A.P. Wlrephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Confident of Passage He's confident of its passage, based on one vote taken yesterday. Here's what happened: bill for passage, the 30-bill was placed on general orders, a proced- ure in which the house considers poration said "It Is not bills sitting as a committee of the whole. The Winona bill, as well as the bill which would legalize the "14" dice game and other games, came up on general 'orders yesterday after- noon. The "14" bill was approved by the house, as a committee of the whole, by a standing 51 to 50 vote. The Winona liquor bill was then also approved, but by an "aye" and "no" vote. Representative Lejk said it was "not too and estimated that the "ayes" represented three- fourths of a "light" house. Not a single legislator had asked a ques- tion after Representative Lejk, who is guiding the bill in the house, ex- plained its provisions. Later the house went out of com- mittee of the whole session into reg- ular session. Dice BUI Killed Mr. Langley immediately moved that the dice bill and the Winona on-sale liquor license bill be "ex- cepted" from the report of the com- mittee of the whole. Meanwhile, his nstallment Buying Controls Eased Expected to Act as Spur To Lagging Sales By Francis M. LeMay Washington Many mitting smaller monthly ments on a list of items install- ranging from cook stoves to automobiles. The Federal Reserve board's ac- tion also was warmly greeted by However, Edgar Kaiser, general manager of the Kaiser-Frazier Cor- and a similar sentiment was ex- pressed by Representative Patman who has been demand- ing an extensive easing of curbs on Wreckage of Missing C-47 Found in Mexico Del Rio, Texas Sheriff A. E. Steinmetz said today that a missing- C-47 crashed in the Colorado mountains south of here in Mexico and that all aboard were killed. The plane had been missing for several days on a flight from Hamilton Field, Calif., to Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas. The had been the object of an j i LULU uccu. LJUQ vx The board's order was issued test h both b Jand and rtoAiB i-vT <ro T.nOr.! Kelly Air Force base at San Antonio yesterday announced the names of those on the trnsport. They included: Major Lucian N. Youngblood, 30, Houston, Texas, who was one of General Jimmy Doolittle's pilots in the first bombing raid on Japan, and Second. Lieutenant Glen J. Werden, 23, Warroad, Minn. The night on the heels of its report installment credit outstanding had dropped In January for the first time in three years. The order be- comes effective Monday. It affects these consumer items now under "anti-inflation" controls: Cook stoves, dishwashers, ironers, refrigerators, washing machines, automobiles, air conditioners, radio and television sets, phonographs, sewing machines, vacumm cleaners, furniture and rugs. What Order This Is what the Reserve board order does: 1. Reduces the down payment for all the controlled items, except automobiles, to 15 per cent from the present 20 per cent. The down pay- ment for autos will remain at one- legislative friends were rounding up third of the total price. missing colleagues. This motion won 2. Allows 21 months to pay n-n an "own" ortr? "nn" t.hp hflJanCB dUC after the Cash. 1 approval on an "aye" and "no" vote. Then, he moved that the dice bill be "indefinitely tanta- posed Atlantic security treaty, unless and came from until their orders to superiors. The orders didn't least! none from top U. S. military police cracked down with a new "little blockade." Water, gas, electricity, telephone outside shut off. The besieged Russians consoled themselves in the darkness most of the night by singing native songs. Apparently they had no candles. Two of them peered from an up- stairs window from the three-story the heart of the Am- erican community the dig- gine started in the street. The decision to cut the pipe off completely was made after German officials from the city water works that was the only way to make sure no water reached the Rus- sians. The valve had been turned off, but, they said, it's always pos- sible some water might leak through an old valve. Since the Russians were believed to have plenty of food on hand, American authorities apparently were concentrating on blocking off water supplies. There was snow on the ground outside the mission but so far the Russians have made no move to use it as a source of water. In Berlin. Soviet Marshal Vassily D. Sokolovsky denounced the block- ade as "shameless police opera- tions." through His S.N.B.. statement, made the Soviet News Agency, said nothing mission pulling out. about the Tucker Corporation Asks Trustee Be Named Chicago The Tucker Cor- poration today asked the federal court to appoint a trustee under the federal bankruptcy act to act as a receiver in a proposed reorgani- zation of the firm. In a petition filed in the court of Judge Michael L.- Igoe, the com- pany said its total assets as of De- cember 31 were com- pared with liabilities of .96. found on along the walls. helmets were stacked by the door. purpose of that treaty as being to underground field hospital (confront any potential aggressor- top defense job. Johnson long has figured In specu- lation as Forrestal's successor. He I is a former assistant secretary of was found yesterday by a rabbit hunter who broke through the dug- out's crumbling roof. Its location was an old rock quarry that hasn't been used for more than 40 years. The hunter, M. Fleury Leblond, said he was pushing his way through foliage that had grown over the quarry when his foot broke through the ground. Peering inside he saw skeletons and returned to Arras to report his discovery. A skeleton or two were thought those of doctors. One patient was apparently being operated on when the shell struck. A communication trench, between the hospital and another dugout nearby, had been hit and buried by an Allied artillery shell. The pa- tients and doctors died of suffoca- tion. Arras, near Lille, was in the Brit- ish sector when the great offen- sive began in 1918. Airliner Makes Forced Landing Pittsburgh WV- A two-engined Capital airlines Capitaliner made a by which they currently mean Rus- such "overwhelming" force that he would not dare attack. In the flight of the B-50 bomb- er the Soviets can now read unpre- cedented evidence of the range of American strategic air power. They may reason that no single one of their cities, should war ever come, would be safe. General Curtis E. Lemay, chief of the strategic air command, was ask- ed at Fort Worth whether the round-the-world flight means "you can deliver an A-bomb anywhere in Russia." Never Near Russia He put his answer this way: "Let's say any place that would require an atom bomb." Chairman Tydings (D.-Md.) of the Senate armed services commit- tee commented solemnly: "This flight offers some measure of what another world war would mean to all peoples." However, the Air Force was metic- ulous In laying out its flight plan for the B-50. It made sure that sion. ality of more than 20. The house was In confusion by forced landing in a farmer's field; Russia was hundreds of miles to near here today without injury tojthe S0uth, when the bomber flew passengers or crew. The airplane landed 12 miles from the greater Pittsburgh airport in a coW pasture on the farm of Frank Myers at Frankfort Springs Robert Matterfleld, operations superintendent for 'the airline, said the ship was flight 40, from Chicago and Akron, due at Pittsburgh at a. m. (C.S.T.) It was bound for Newark. Airline officials said they under- stood the plane had encountered engine trouble. A Capital pilot said both engines had failed. The list of passengers and their destinations as announced by the Washington office included Mr. Top American officials define the war and served as chairman of the Democratic finance committee in the 1948 presidential campaign. Presidential associates disclosed during the campaign that Forrestal was expected to step down after the election. The only question was one of timing. The President Is known to have delayed action because of his ob- jections to publicity given his plans. He and Forrestal have discussed the question of Forrestal's resigna- tion from time to time. White House officials look for Secretary of the Army Kenneth Roy- all to be the next to step out of the administration, but they are not sure how soon that may be. Secretary of the Air Force W. Stu- art Symington, for whose resigna- tion some of Mr. Truman's associ- ates had been pressing, is now ex- pected to stay on indefinitely. Johnson, a Clarksburg, W. Va., res- ident, is World War I veteran and a former national commander of the American Legion. He served as assistant secretary of war in the Roosevelt regime from June 28, 1937, to July 24, 1940. Rumors that Forrestal would be replaced date back to the 1948 presi- dential campaign. He kept strictly out of the campaign picture, and un- like some other cabinet and top ad- ministration officials made no stumping tour for Mr. Truman. Forrestal's friends later explained that the President himself wanted the secretaries of defense and state to stay out of politics. (Continued on Page 3, Column 1.) HOUSE off the balance due after the cash pay- ment on all items. The time limit in force now is 18 months where the credit amount is more than or 15 months when it is less than The action followed by only a few (Continued on Page 10, Column L) INSTALLMENT Mother, Eight Children and Roomer Perish Flames Engulf Residence After Oil Stove Blast Muskefon, mother, eight of her children and a roomer perished today when flames de- stroyed their flimsy frame north of here. The fire roared through the after an oil stove exploded whlla the mother, Mrs. Maude Clover, preparing breakfast. The scene of the tragedy was ths little resort community of Lake- wood, 12 miles north of Muskegon. Firemen and deputy sheriff! found the bodies of the 46-year-old woman and eight children ranging- in age from three to 15 years la the ruins. A romer, August Taskey also was a victim. Mrs. Clover, whose estranged hus- band lives in Grand Rapids, also had three other children who at first were feared to be -victims of the blaze. Later it was learned they were not at home at the time. Two grown sons survived the fire ,but were badly burned before they plane was found approxl-! could escape from the burning mately 100 miles southwest of Deljbuilding. One was taken to Mercy Rio, a border town, in the Sierras hospital in Muskegon. Coloradas, rugged mountain coun- try. Admiral Halsey III in Philadelphia Philadelphia Fleet Ad- miral William F. (Bull) Halsey is in Philadelphia Naval hospital with] a window and pulled his 21-year-old In critical condition and almost incoherent, -n-year-old Howard Clover said the flames leaped out of the stove at about 8 a. m. when the widow and her family were pre- paring breakfast. Most of the chil- dren were sleeping at the time. Within a few moments the wood- en house, once used only as a sum- mer resident, was all aflame. Young Clover said he stumbled to a respiratory infection. Navy officials said Halsey, 66- year-old wartime commander of the U. S. Third fleet, would remain at the hospital until the infection Is cleared up. ,er Russia or Soviet-held areas, nearest the B-50 came to failed to get back here. Mohler, Gary. Ind., bound from) It was reported last about 90 miles lover the subcontinent of India. Refueling Plane Missing in Philippines Manila Air Force officials revealed today that a B-29 missing in the northern Luzon was one of the tanker planes that refueled the globe-circling Lucky Lady n on its historic flight around the world. Brigadier General Jared V. Crabb, commander of the fighter wing at Clark Air base, said the missing B- 29 with its crew of nine, met and re- fueled the world-circling B-50 but wood. His plight was discovered by Sparta Farmhand Found III in Woods Succumbs Sparta, Wis. Humphrey Williams, 60, a farmhand found un- conscious in the woods near Isham valley ten days ago, died last night at the Sparta hospital. Williams collapsed while cutting Chicago to Pittsburgh. jfrom Clark air. base. hospital. Williams was suffering ifrom .pneumonia. He was ..unmarried. Crew of Lucky Lady II Sleeping Off Quarantine By Wilbur Martin Fort Worth, Texas (JP) The crew of Lucky Lady n by chance the first men to fly nonstop around the world, slept off a 24-hour quar- antine today. The 14 men landed at Carswell air base yesterday, 94 hours and one minute after standby orders became operational. They had crossed seven seas and four con- tinents, covered more than miles, refueled in, mid-air four times and circumnavigated the globe at nearly its greatest girth. Chance placed Lucky Lady n, its pilot, Captain James Gallagher, and crew In history. Another plane was to have made the flight. The B-50 bomber which started what the Air Force chose to call a "routine training mission" got as far as the Azores after taking off last Friday.. The engine fire which forced this plane down sent Lucky Lady n aloft. Gallagher and his. history-making crew had been on stand-by orders for any emergency that might arise. Their B-50 an Improved ver- sion of the B-29 superbomber, was airborne at p. m. (E.S.T.) Sat- urday. The sleek, silvery plane returned to its starting point yesterday at a. m. Shortly after- ward its crew was placed under a 24-hour quarantine, ending to- day noon. The quarantine was part of' the flight and "training mission." The 14 men were weary-eyed when they drop- springs and sheets instead of G. I. a motorist who brought him to the ped out of escape hatches and bomb bay doors, although beam- ing good physical condition. General route of the Lucky Lady IL question the men only briefly yes- terday before they went into quar- antine. Official times and distan- be computed today. But .medical officers wanted check the effects of a to give the men a chance to beds with blankets, thin cot mattresses and a bomber floor. Hewsmen were permitted brother. Ward, out with him. Victory Harvey of Montague, one of the first persons to reach the scene, said the two youths "were like human torches." Tax Division Bill Passes Assembly Madison, Wis. Without de- bate, the Wisconsin, assembly pass- ed a bill to transfer the and cigarette tax and oil inspection divisions to the state department of taxation. The divisions at pres- ent are in the state treasurer's of- fice. Subject of bitter argument last week, the measure was approved, 88-10, and immediately messaged to the senate today. The bill was introduced by Pfen- nig at request of I Governor Rennebohm. Warren R. Smith, state treasur- er, assailed the bill February 21, when he said, "This apparently Is an organized attempt to create I prejudices against my office." WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Cloudy and rather mild tonight. Friday partly cloudy and wanner. Low tonight 32; high Friday 45. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 40; minimum, 32; noon, 40; none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE Max. Min. Prec. Bemidjl ...........24 Chicago ...........35 Denver ............60 Duluth 31 Kansas City ......38 Los Angeles ......57 Miami 74 ces were to The Air Force had Mpls.-St. Paul 34 New Orleans 51 New York 37 as ap- Seattle 55 proximate figures 94 hours and one Phoenix ...........76 minute for a statute-mile Washington........42 iWinnipeg 23 33 30 16 35 40 62 29 47 29 39 43 36 2 .04