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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 26, 1949, Winona, Minnesota RAiN TONIGHT, MILD SUNDAY SUPPORT YOURY.M.CA. VOLUME 49, NO. 33 WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 26, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY EIGHTEEN PAGES Eloping Youth Admits Killing Girl Taft Promises G.O.P. Aid On Housing, School Bills By Jack Bell Republican help was promised the admin- istration today by Senator Taft (R.-Ohio) in passing housing, aid to education and school health bills. But Taft.. who heads the Sen- ate G.O.P. policy committee, told a reporter he thinks most of the Republicans will line up against the reciprocal trade agreements program. Senate administration leaders are understood to have decided on new housing legislation as the next item in President Tru- man's program to be passed upon after the Senate diposes of the European recovery authorization bill next week. Before that, however, the Sen- ate must consider a deficiency appropriation bill carrying a controversial fund for a TVA steam plant. That and other issues may involve a couple of days of argument. Taft and Chairman Maybank (D.-S. C.) agreed that there should be little difficulty in get- ting the Senate to okay a meas- ure calling for construction of up to housing units over a six-year period. "We are going to give the ad- ministration some help on Taft said, adding with a grin: "It seems they're about to get around to passing the Taft pro- gram for housing, aid to educa- tion and school health." Chairman Thomas of the labor committee, which officially approved both the last named bills yesterday, urged speedy action on them. The education bill provides up to in yearly grants to states. The other measure calls for annual ex- penditures to improve the health of school children. Slay Tomah Ready for ing Case Jury Sparta, Wis. U. S. Arrests Three Peace Delegates Charges Illegal Entry to U. S. By Canadians New York The arrest of three Canadians by federal agents at a session of the tension-charged 'world peace" conference was re- ported today as-the parley's key- note session began. Immigration officials were said to lave taken the trio into custody ast night at a conference banquet D the grand ballroom of the Wal-j orf-Astoria hotel. They were to be] uestioned about the legality of beir entrance into the country. The three were named as Barker 'airley, vice president of the Can-1 dian Council of American-Soviet Friendship, his wife, Margaret, a nember of the cultural committee Alma Mayor Hurt as Car Leaves Road Mayor Edmund Hitt, Alma, Wis., suffered a severe neck laceration when his automobile skidded off highway 35, about five miJes south of Fountain City, Friday night. The accident occurred at about 8 p. m., when Hitt ap- parently failed to negotiate a curve while driving home from Winona. After leaving the road, the car rolled over once before coming to rest in the ditch. Winona police were notified of the mishap and a squad car was dispatched to the scene while the injured man was brought to the Winona General hospital by a Fountain City physician. Admitted to the hospital shortly after 8 p. m., 'Hitt was released after receiving treat- ment for the cut. f the Canadian Labor-Progressive Communist) party, and John GOES, :tor and theater director, Conference officials said only oss Is a delegate and that he was ot disturbed at the dais last night here he sat as an honored guest. Immigration officials in Washing- A circuit court jury met to hear final pleas from defense and prosecuting attorneys today prior to determining the f ate I of 21-year-old James Jackson, of Tomah, n sala Goss and Mrs- Jackson is charged with the first degree murder of his father, The father, a Tomah salesman, was shot to death In the kitchen of to Can to Can- Jackson home January 24. James has pleaded innocent and innocent by reason of insanity. The defendant told the jury yes terday he was unable to recall wha happened in the room the night his father was killed. He said he knew his father was in the room but didn't know exactly where. He said he heard the gun go off and then "there was a lot of confusion The Alsops Leadership Of Taft Not Surprising By Joseph and Stewart AIsop Washington The simple act Of turning to page 169 of the Congres- sional Directory is enough to dis- close one of the really significant political facts of the moment. Sena- tor Robert A. Taft is up for re- election in 1950. The directory does not add that the senator's op- ponent will prob- ably be Ohio's appealing and progressive Dem- ocratic governor, Frank Lausche, but this is also worth remembering. Such coming events usually cast their shadow before in rather trivial, ways. Senatorial and congressional I Terence building is a homely, often in- glorious and seldom earth-shaking activity, having mainly to do with patronage and pork, In this case, however, the policy of the 81st Con- gress and the future of the Republi- can party are both certain to be in- in the Brother Testifies He told the court he had been drinking earlier in the evening. Jackson's brother, Lionel, testi- fied previously he heard the shot and ran into the room. He said his father was slumped on the floor and James was standing about eight feet away holding a' gun. Li- mel said James began to cry and le took the gun away and put it n the next room. James also testified his father beat him frequently as a child and once hurled his pet cat against a wall. The defense placed Dr. Edward Burns, 37, of the University of Wis- consin's Bradley hospital on the stand late yesterday. Dr. Burns said he had examined Jackson and :ound the youth suffering from 'acute pathological intoxication." Falrley, whom they described as a visiting guest professor at Columbia university, was released and allowed to remain in this country. No reason was given for the ques- tioning of the trio. Picketing to Grow A dozen pickets were on hand at Carnegie hall as the morning ses- sion began. Catholic War Veterans officials, leading the opposition to the meeting, said more than pickets eventually would demon- strate. A U. s. magazine editor told the janquet last night Americans "do not want peace at any price." Hisses and jeers broke out six Jmes in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria ..hotel last night as Norman Cousins, editor of the Sat- urday Review of Literature, spoke. He accused the conference of ow- ing allegiance to an "outside gov- ernment." There was some applause when he sat down, but boos and hisses almost drowned it out. Then Playwright Lillian Hellman began her address, saying: Shostakovich Speaks Rankin Submits New 'Request' Pension Bill By Barney Livingstone Washington A still dizzy House was back on the veterans pension merry-go-round today. Representative Rankin (D.- Miss.) stepped back to the controls! yesterday to introduce a limited I pension bill for veterans of World) Twisted And Scattered lumber, clothing and furniture is all that is left of four homes flattened by tornado at Desdemonia, Texas. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Military Influence Lessened Leahy Quits as Member Of White House Staff By John M. Hightower Washington The Truman administration is now virtually ripped of the military men who once played important rules in the atioa's foreign policy. President Truman apparently did not plan it that way, despite the Tornadoes Kill 7 in Three Southern States By The Associated Press More damaging storms swept often severe criticism leveled at him during his first term for the "mill- jareas m tne western Low- tary influence" which some columnists and lawmakers saw in U. S. War I. Only Thursday, after the House! buried his multi-biJlion dollar sion bill for all World War EC servicemen, a disappointed Ran- Irin had said no pension legislation could pass at this session. But just a day later he bounced sack with his new proposal, in- troduced, he said, "by request." 3e said the American Legion and "many members" of the House veterans committee, of which he s chairman, had urged the new bill. Rankin told the House he hoped :o have his new bill up for con- sideration "in a short time.' Whereas the Mississipplan's first bill provided a month pensions at age 65 to all World "I would recommend, Mr. l veterans, the second that when you talk about your hosts ls considerably less inclusive and at dinner, wait until you have gonelprobably less costly- home to do it." It is limited to the approximately Outside, pickets, protesting He explained this meant that the conference, tramped and chant- while under the influence of alco- wl, Jackson would give way to certain impulses he could other- wise control. The state, In rebuttal, called Dr. Robert Fitzgerald, Milwaukee, who said In 36 years of psychiatric experience he never before had come in contact with "push-button. Insanity which can be turned on I nd off." Dr. Fitzgerald, in answer to a ed in the rain. About the same number of writ- ers, artists and scientists from many parts of the world filled the con- ference room to capacity as the three-day affair opened. foreign affairs. It has been a series of res- ignations, most of which he accep- Father Seeks Son's Arrest For Shortage Madison, .Wis. father's signed complaint against his son resulted in a federal warrant issued yesterday for the arrest of John K. Gill, former assistant cashier of the Bank of Madison. U. S. Attorney said the warrant was issued after Irregularities were found In the bank's general ledger during a rou- tine examination this week. Cashin said he Issued the Dean Acheson, an attorney and er Mississippi river states today. Earlier, 'tornadic winds over Tex- as, Mississippi and Louisiana killed seven persons, injured more than 50 ted reluctantly, which has substan- ,v tially changed the character of Mr. !others and caused Property Truman's team of advisers on in- damage. ternational matters. The latest came yesterday when Admiral William D. Leahy, 73, re- tired as a member of the Presi- dent's White House staff and Gen- eral Walter Bedell Smith quit one of the nation's most important dip lomatic assignments, that of am bassador to Moscow. Backed 'Tough.' Leahy, who during the war was U. S. envoy to Vichy France, was Mr. Truman's chief of staff. In th few York Jack Kapp, 47, president and founder of Decca _. Records, Inc., died last night of a j orderly "throughout toe "remainder cerebral hemorrhage. of the trial, he would clear the Kapp founded the Decca concern courtroom in 1934. Formerly, he was general! Before both sides rested their' tries' armistice negotiators have agreed in principle to reduce troops in disputed areas, but Israel also in- sists on reduction of transfer of British troops garrisoning the Trans-Jordan seaport at Aqaba. A reliable source said Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, acting United Nations born. manager of the Brunswick Recordicases, the defense called Ivan has asked-U.N. Secretary Company m Chicago., where he wasimerman, James' uncle to the General Trygve Lie to use his in- fluence with the British to reduce tension in the Aqaba area. St. Paul Hit, Run Driver Surrenders St. Paul Vernon Peck, 21, St. Paul, surrendered yesterday n- adrnitted to police he drove the car ger to make certain it was empty HNpH TMVe WlUJom TT _._., i, ___ .J (stand. Zimmerman demonstrated he could poke his finger info the breach of the gun while a bullet was in the chamber and still not feel the bullet. A state witness.Taxi Driver Don- ald Schroeder, had testified earlier that he unloaded the gun the nigh committee, termed the new bill! a "fair approach" to the problem have to undergo complete rest be but added that It needs "careful ifore his military duties, i attention and extended The general, who is temporaril; assigned as presiding officer of th joint chiefs of staff, has been unde medical care at his hotel apartmen since Monday, the national militarj establishment said. The ailment was diagnosed as a "severe case of acute gastro-enter itis" by Major General Howard Snyder, the general's doctor. The lining of the stomach and intestlna tract Is inflamed In such an illness General Snyder said Eisenhower may be able to leave Washington soon to take a complete rest before taking over his work again. He is on leave as president of Columbia university. gives us a chance to consider it he declared. Noted Texan Dead Fort Worth, Texas Ross Sterling, 74, former Texas governor and oil man, died yesterday. He had been in a hospital since September suffering from a heart ailment. I which killed Mrs. William E. Shep- herd. 38 and seriously injured James and then gave the weapon back Wedding Bell Booth, 45. Officers had conducted an intensive search for the car, which failed to stop after the ac- cident. Peck was accompanied byj _ _ his father and the Rav. Herbert KmqS Rationed Lindeman when he gave himself up. Maltby, England bells had to be rationed today in this Yorkshire town. The Rev. William Surtess, vicar of Maltby, has 11 marriages to perform before nightfall, his busiest day. So Se worked out a schedule, and told the church bell ringers just how much time they can devote to ring- ing the chimes before and after each Iraq Considering Break With Russ Cairo The weekly news- paper Akhbar El Yom said yester- day the Iraqi government is con- sidering whether to break diplomatic relations with Soviet Russia, i ceremony. Two Killed, Three Injured In Double Crash Near Sparta Sparta, Wis. Two men were killed and three others injured seriously last night when two cars collided on highway 12, some 12 miles north of Tomah and then a third smashed into parked track at the accident site. Sheriff's officers said Hans Reimer, 35, Madison, died at a Sparta hospital as a result of the headon collision and Tom Mnld, Baraboo, was killed when his car crashed into the truck. Muld's car was dcmolislied and had to be taken to Tomah before his body could be freed. Maurice Harmon, Madison, was taken, unconscious, to a, Sparta hospital and Frank Sawacki, Madison, and Thomas Smith, Black River Falls, were taken to a Black River Falls hospital. AH were hurt' in the headon collision which involved Smith's car and a state depart- ment of public welfare car. The truck a had stopped at the accident scene before the second crash took place. Riemer was supervisor of cor- rectional services for the state youth service division. He was named to the Job in'1948, coming- from Chilllcothe, Ohio, where he served two years as education supervisor in a federal reforma- tory. At the time of the crash, Rie- mer, Harmon, member of the youth service division staff, and Sawacki, graduate assistant in social work at the University of Wisconsin, were returning from Ban-on where they made a youth where they directly affect foreign policy. Barrage Of Propaganda The charge in this country that the President was relying too heav- ily on men with military back- grounds was more than matched by a barrage of propaganda from Moscow. The Russians denounced alike, those who advocated American re-1 armament and those who in any other way contributed to the devel opment of a firm policy toward the Soviet union and its efforts to spread communism over toe world Actually the basis for that policy was worked out to a considerable extent by former Secretary of State James F. Byrnes. It was while Byrnes was secre- tary that the United States became convinced that lack of Soviet co- operation left this country only one choice: To strengthen the nonconi' munist world, particularly the area threatened by Russian expansion. That is still the basic policy of the [overnment, as expressed in the economic recovery program, the Atlantic treaty and aid to such Thursday and Friday were accom panied by heavy rain In some areas Six Negroes were killed and 33 oth er persons were injured near Green wood, Miss. A painter was blown of a roofto and killed in El Paso, Texas, whici was hit by one of its worst sand storms. Winds reached a velocity o 65 mHes per hour. Trees were up rooted and power lines broken. Eighteen persons were injurec when a tornado ripped through Des demona, a small community 60 mile .outhwest of Port Worth. Sora streets in Fort Worth were flooded Rainfall measured 3.40 inches a' 'ackson, Miss.; 2.89 at Vicksburg and 2.20 inches at Fort Worth, the tr, S. Weather bureau said. Early spring snowfalls n northern Minesota and extreme northern North Dakota. Snow also ell in the area near Denver. During the snowstorm last night in Denver n Air Force C-45 plane crashed in- o an unoccupied building at the locky mountain arsenal, killing al trate on military matters, except men aboard. An arsenal executive ifficer said three Air Force personnel -ere aboard. The arsenal is about our miles from the Denver munici- al airport. Finns Accused Of Violating Peace Treaty Moscow Tass quoted a Hel- sinki communist newspaper today as accusing Finland of four violations of the Russian-Finnish peace treaty including the importation of jet mo tors. The dispatch was printed In Pravda, Communist party organ. <This dispatch'from Moscow gave no details of the other three al- leged violations.) This is the third successive day that Finnish news has been promi- countries Iran, as Greece, Turkey and Acheson has given every evidence ht he intends to carry forward the same plan, with the objective of making the western world so strong that Russia may be compelled to come to terms with it. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Milton Babich Accused Of Murder Young Man Admits Seeing Girl Day She Disappeared Milwaukee A 19-year-old bridegroom admited today he mur- dered 16-year-old Patricia Birming- ham while planning to elope with her older sister. Milton Babich dictated his state- ment to District Attorney William McCauley a short time after his habeas corpus hearing on another charge was recessed for issuance of a first degree murder warrant. The former student's admission came as climax to a chain of events started by a fantastic coin- cidence. Pretty Pat's trussed and weighted body was dragged from the Milwaukee river last Sunday by iremen hunting lor a suicide. She lad disappeared February JO. Babich told the district attorney ie killed Pat because the younger girl knew that Kathleen, her 17- ear-old sister and Babich's fiancee, was pregnant and threatened to tell aer parents. The break came after Babich fac- d 45 hours of frequent quizzing: y police. He hald been held in ustody on a charge of contributing Q the delinquency of Kathleen, in urging her to elope with him two ays before Pat's body was found. Patricia's bullet riddled and con- rete weighted body was pulled from le Milwaukee river last Sunday. he had been missing since Febru- ary 10. Detective Captain Adolph Kraemer said Babich told him he saw Patricia the day she disap- peared but did not speak to her, Babich eloped with Patricia's sis- ter, Kathleen, 17, last Friday. Two days later Patricia's body was fish- ed from the Milwaukee river. She had been shot twice with a .22 cal- Thunderstorms struck today ove parts of eastern Texas, Louisiana Arkansas, moved into the southern plains and headed for the Ohio riv er valley. High winds were reporte in some parts of the storm belt. The tornadic winds which hit th Texas-Mississippi-Louisiana regions ibre gun and a concrete building nently featured in the Soviet press Previously there has been critical comment about a recent wolf hum n Finnish Lapland, adjoining the Xussian border. Dispatches impliet ihere was more than a wolf hunt going on. They said many photo- graphs were taken. Vapaa Sana, popular democrat newspaper in Helsinki, was quoted as saying four sections of the peace treaty lated. were being especially vio- Tyoksan Sanomat, Finnish com- munist paper, was the source of the jet motor report. This paper, ac- Winona and and (cording to Tass, said the Finnish ather windy tonight; low 38. Clear- ing and rather mild Sunday; high 2. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 ours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 50; minimum, 36; oon, 44; precipitation, none; sun ets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at Additional weather on Page 3. aviation alliance was importing mo- tors, of the German V-l type, in violation of the peace treaty. This was done apparently with knowl- edge of government officials, in-- j eluding Premier Karl August Fa- gerholm, the paper added. Another Helsinki dispatch refer- red to Vice-President Seim Penna Tervo's rejection of proposals to em- ploy legal measures to assure Fin- land's fulfillment of the peace treaty.i block had been tied to her feet. Kraemer said Babich "abandon- ed" an earlier story that he failed to keep a date with Patricia afternoon of February 10, the day she disappeared. He quoted Babich as saying he had made inquiries about her in the neighborhood In which they were to meet and that had seen her from a distance, but did not talk to her. Previously, Kraemer said, Bab- :ch termed "impossible" the story of a girl witness who said she saw Jim in a car near the Birmingham lome that afternoon. Changes Story He originally told authorities. traemer said, he had made a date 0 see Patricia in hopes she would )e able to patch up a quarrel he lad with Kathleen. But he saw Kathleen first, Kra- emer quoted him as saying, and did not keep his date with Patricia. le said he went shopping with bis mother and then spent the rest of the afternoon in the public library. Babich and Kathleen were re- urned to Milwaukee by air Thurs- day after they were apprehended in Minneapolis. He told authorities hey had been married at Kalama- oo, Mich., Friday. The coupe was taken to police leadquarters for questioning. Kath- een was released after a long ses- ion with Kraemer, but Babich was eld in the county jail. He was charged with contributing 1 the delinquency of Kathleen by ersuading her to elope with him gainst her parents' wishes. Girl 'Innocent' Captain Kraemer said it was the ast time Kathleen will be ques- oned. He said he is convinced ae had no part in her 16-year-old sister's death. Earlier, three teen-age acquain- ances of Babich and the murdered irl were called before detectives to .restate testimony given to sub- urban West Allis police between February 10, when Patricia disap- peared, and last Sunday, when her body, weighted with concrete blocks, was found in the cold, murky waters of the Milwaukee river. Mrs. Sees Spots George J. Ott, who lives outside the Milwaukee city limits, about five miles from Patricia's borne, told newspapermen late yes- terday that on her way to work the morning- of February 11 she saw blood-spots in the snow of the Hillcrest schoolyard. Owen Bain, a neighbor of Mrs. Ott, said he heard two shots the previous night. Other develop- ments yesterday included a report ,hat a stolen car recovered near Dconto, Wis., may have been used jy Patricia's killer. The car's owner, Walter Lilly- dahl of Milwaukee, said some stovepipe wire was missing from the car, along with five shirts. Remnants of a sixth shirt, fleck- ed with blood, were left hi the car, he said. When the girl's body was recovered from the river, Pat- ricia's feet were bound with strips of a man's shirt and her body weighted down by concrete blocks ied with stovepipe 'wire. Captain Kraemer denied that here was any connection between the articles found in tne LUlydahl ar and the murder.