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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 28, 1949, Winona, Minnesota                              GENERALLY FAIR, SOMEWHAT COLDER VOLUME 49, NO. 34 WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, MARCH 28, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY SUPPORT YOURY.M.CA. TWENTY PAGES Republican-Herald photo Warm Spring Sunshine flooded Winonans today after a wet, gray weekend. Among those enjoying the weather was Miss Myrtle Kratz, 267 West Mill street, a student at Winona Teachers college. She posed with pussy willows for Staff Photographer Merritt Kelley, By noon today the thermometer had edged up near 60 degrees. It was quite a change after freezing rain had coated Winona streets early today. The weatherman predicted that cloudy weather would return later today. Twisters Leave 28 200 Hurt, Many Homeless spring calm had returned to virtually the entire nation today after a weekend of widespread death and destruc-j tlon by tornadoes in the South. The twisters and lesser windstorms left 28 persons dead, about 200; injured and many homeless in the states of Oklahoma, Texas, Ten-j nessee, Kentucky and Missouri. Property damage was heavy although! storms generally hit sparsely- populated areas. On the basis of field workers re- ports, the American Red Cross esti- mated at least 300 homes had been destroyed or damaged. New Rent Bill Gives Landlords 'Fair Income' Conferees Agree To Extension Of 15 Months Washington Senate-House conferees agreed today on a 15- month rent control extension bill requiring a "fair net operating in- come for landlords. The agreement clears the way for House and Senate action on a new rent control law before the present iaw expires Thursday at midnight. Senator Lucas of Illinois, the Democratic leader, said the com- promise bill will be brought up in1 the Senate as soon as a draft of the agreement is put in shape. 01 The provision requiring a "fair inet operating income" for land- 1 lords is the one the Senate insisted on for handling possible rent in- creases. The House conferees re- jected it Saturday. That caused a deadlock over the weekend. Adoption of that provision tosses out: 1. The section in the Senate bill which provided for some rent in- creases up to ten per cent. 2. The provision In the House bill which required the government to Ifix rent ceilings at a level to assure I landlords a "reasonable return on I the reasonable value" of their prop- lerty. The measure, as finally agreed on, is considerably short of what President Truman had asked for. He wanted a 24 months extension of, controls and a tightened law. However, congressional, leaders said Mr. Truman made no criticism of the bill, as it was shaping up, when they had their weekly confer- ence with him this forenoon. Babich Mute at Arraignment, Preliminary Hearing April 12 Detective Captain Adolph Kraeraer and Milton Babich. Centralists Hold French Election Lead By The Associated Press France's centralist coalition held a wide lead today over communists and De Gaullists In the count of yesterday's cantonal, or county, elections. The De Gaullists, how- ever, won more seats than any single party. The parties making up the pre- sent government were credited with seats to 389 for the De Gaul-, lists and 37 for the communists. The Independents were given 99 seats. j At noon today, the De Gaullists! Weather conditions today indi- cated the fury has ended. Rain and strong winds which whipped a wide area of the Mid- west yesterday also had vanished. The only rainfall today was a nar- row band east of the Appalachians, but showers and thunderstorms were in prospect tomorrow for most of the Plains states and Mississippi valley area. Snow was reported in the Lake Superior region and at high eleva- tions in Utah and Nevada, Tem- peratures were around normal over the nation generally except in the southwest where they ranged slightly below seasonal. Burgman Indicted On Treason Conn! claimed to have elected 536 coun- cillors instead of the 389 officially reported for them. The popular Louis Johnson Takes Over As Defense Chief Babich (without hat) takes newsmen to edge of Milwaukee river where he threw the body of Patricia Birmingham, 16, and death gun into water February 10. Youth indicates spot where he tossed weapon while detective on right points to place where slayer threw girl's body. Little Hoover Commission for State Proposed St. Minnesota sen- ate today approved, 56-0, a reso- lution for appointment of a 19-mem- ber "little Hoover commission." The commission would be direc- ted to make a study of the state government to try to eliminate waste and duplication. Two members would be named by the legislature from each of the state's nine congressional districts and the. governor would name thejwar into office, Chief Justice Fred 19th. None could be members ofJM, Vinson administered the oath. By Elton C. Fay Louis John- Son came to the Pentagon today and took over the job of secretary of defense. All around the Pentagon head- quarters of the frequently squab- bling Army, Navy and Air Force, the brass and semi-brass were ask- ing: How tough will he be? Is it true that he intends knocking heads to- gether? Will there be some new faces about the council table? Those who know Johnson said he held no thought of belligerency or of immediate wholesale changes in the personnel of the national mil- itary establishment. But they ad- vised strongly against any contin- uation of the interservice quarrel- ing. To induct the 58-year old lawyer and onetime assistant secretary of the legislature. Appropriations for the proposed commission will be asked in a sep- The ceremony, rather elaborate, was at 10 a.m., If the ceremony seemed preten- arate bill if the house approves the tious, its planners did not design resolution. jit for Johnson's sake. The swear-! Thirty-two bills were introduced iing-in could have been handled in the senate today, last day matter of minutes. putting in proposals 'Without con-j But the Pentagon wanted to say sent of the governor. The bills a military goodbye to the outgoing Kathleen Babich, 17, is restrained by her mother, Mrs. Albert Bir- mingham, from following her husband, Milton, when he was returned to his cell at Milwaukee, Wis. Mrs. Fabian Babich, Milton's mother, stands behind Kathleen and Albert Birmingham is shown at right. (A.P. Wirephoto.) brought the total for the session thus far to defense secretary and it was forj James Forrestal that the totals were not mediately. made public im- The election for general council- jury today Indicted Herbert John! Senator Harry Wahlstrand of Will- the bands, the ruffles and flour- mar offered a bill to freeze theiishes of drums and bugles were! number of liquor licenses that may! ordered. The Air Force, the Navyj be issued at the present level. This: and the Army each may have re-i would be done by retaining in thejsented the restraints the first de-! the 1940 population instead ofjfense secretary sought to put on Burgman, former employe of the U, S. embassy in Berlin, on trea- son charges. ja the totals shown thelthem, but Forrestal personally was lors, who help run the departments! He is acclised of broadcasting equivalent to American nazi propaganda during the important chiefly as an indication of popular feeling. It had no bearing on the organization of the national government. No Paris Voting: There was no voting in Paris where the communist vote is gen- erally large. 1950 census. The number of licenses permit- ted in any community is determin- ed by population. respected and liked.. Burgman. 52, and a native of Hokah, Minn., was employed for 20 years as a clerk and statistician in the Berlin embassy prior to the out- break of World War II. Sandwich The gray little man with the! 12-Year-Old Admits Fatal Fond du Lac Strangling Fon du Lac, Attorney Herold Murphy said yester-i day that a 12-year-old boy has admitted he killed Michael Strobel, Seven Airmen Rescued From Arctic Island Remanded to Police Custody Without Bond Identification Of Shirt Leads To Break in Case Milton Babich was arraigned today on a first de- gree murder charge but stood mute. The 19-year-old youth is charged with killing Patricia Birmingham because the girl wisecracked about her sister's pregnancy in a love af- fair with him. Preliminary hearing was set for S p. m, April 12. District Judge Har- vey L. Neelen, after disputing with District Attorney William McCauley whether bail was allowable in a first degree murder case, remanded Babich to police custody without bond. Babich stood silently while Arthur Richter, chief defense counsel, asked for his release on bond. State law does not require a plea by a de- fendant until the preliminary hear- ing, but Richter said previously Ba- bich would plead innocent to the charge. Wife Waves As the youth left the courtroom, his 17-year-old wife, Kathleen, with whom he eloped five weeks after Patricia was slain but two days be- fore the body was found March 25. called and waved to him. Edmonton, AHa. A equipped U. S. Air Force late yesterday rescued as he taken away. American airmen from the barren) McCauley said police attention waste of Ellesmere island focused on the youth after his the Arctic circle. The seven had crash-landed Thursday, in a. U. S. C-82 cargo plane while on a flight from Frobisher bay on Baffin is- land to Resolute bay on Cornwallis island. Their plane was 700 miles off course when it ran low on fuel. Names of the rescued men were not announced. Details of the rescue were lack- ing-. Air Commodore Martin Cos- mother, Mrs. Fabian Babich, identi- fied a shirt which bound the dead girl's body as one belonging to her husband. arraignment took only a few minutes. McCauley said Babich signed lengthy statement Saturday In which he admitted killing Patricia, February 10, the day she disappear- ed on her way home from school. Statement Admitted Richter said Babich told him he __ _________ ___ tello in charge of rescue opera- had made the statements attributed tions for the Royal Canadian Air to him in the document, but denied force, sent a two-word message: "Evacuation successful." Earlier reports from the downed plane said the men were unhurt and well. An armada of U. S, and Cana- dian planes joined in a search for the cargo plane after it reported by radio it was forced to land be- he had signed it. The statement released by Mc- Cauley gave this version of the slay- Babich picked Patricia up at a West Allis intersection the afternoon of February 10. He drove to a se- cluded spot, and told the girl he 'wished she would stop making all about Kathleen's cause of diminished fuel supply, j remarks" ed Saturday Patricia started laughing. Babich The Dakot'a which took the ma- a piS'01 he rooned men out was flown to the Purchased "ten days or two weeks area from Thule, Greenland. The earlier on the seat between them downed plane was on the coast of Eilesrnere island on Smith sound and said, "Pat, we don't want you to do that." The statement continued that Pa- course. It was in the general area iby strangling last Wednesday. ings of magnetic compasses and fighter's face came to Washington! Mm; Bh -sald the boy a to Michael, sobbingly related that thus makes navigation choked'the child by twisting a belt around his neck and dangling! Jhe men we e to be tak the small band of men Franklin D. Roosevelt chose to help him at the White House because they had ia "passion for anonymity." He moved from there to .the Navy de-! restaurant owner has raised the partment to become under secre- mmabove the floor untU the boy became limp. E.n to Thule and thence to Goose The indictment charges that after] lowly sandwich to a higher income Itary, then secretary. He didn't en-i Pearl Harbor Burgman refused ter the government service to makej The four major groups to the United States with! The operator of a sandwich shppjmore money. The banking firm! up the government brick are the j other American diplomatic person socialists, the popular republicans (M. R. the radical socialists! Instead, it said, he sought and (moderates) and a small rightist obtained employment with the Ger- group. Radical Socialist Henri 'QUO- man government radio service. Islices of white or ullle is premier. Italy's Count Carlo Sforza today! led a parade of foreign ministers converging on Washington to sign the North Atlantic security alliance. Sforza flew to New York one! week ahead of the time when 10! to 12 foreign ministers are slated! to sign the pact which would linkj their nations into a tight defensive alliance. Approve Treaty Italian adherence to the treaty; was formally assured last night asj the Italian senate voted its appro- val in Rome. The government-con- trolled upper chamber then turned down a leftist proposal for trea- ties of friendship with Russia and her satellites. The foreign ministers of Britain, Belgium. Holland and Luxembourg, meantime, neared the United States aboard the liner Queen Mary to be on hand for the signing. A second group, headed by France's Robert'Schuman, is slated to reach the U. S. by plane Thurs- day and Friday. Charlie Chaplins Have New Daughter Santa Monica, Chaplin's young wife. Oona, pre- sented him with another daughter today. The six pound, 13 ounce baby was born at Sr. John's hospital. They have a daughter, four, and a son, three. at 48th and Spruce streets is dis-1 business pays better. Even the an-i playing this window sign these days: jonymity is better. "Bombshell complete delicatessen store between three It all happened, police said the boy explained, because he had bumped his head as he tussled with Michael to get him into bed and "when I) bump my head it makes me mad." Police said the boy broke down and made his tearful admission as they rechecked his story in an effort to throw more light on the mystery. The boy's father, present during the quiz, also wept as his son poured out his story. The admission secured the im- mediate release of Michael's fa- ther, Urban, 33, who had been de- tained without charge since his son's body was found Thursday in Russ Captain Warns West Of Invasion Soviet army strobei bedroom. Review Granted Labor Leader on Contempt Case Washington Harold Christoffel, Milwaukee labor leader, today was granted a supreme court review of his conviction on a charge that' he lied in telling the House iTaegliche Rundschau, that such an labor committee he never had been mvasJon wouM be undertaken cnly a communist. J I if it were "forced the Rus-'Mrs. became alarmed Christoffel was convicted in U. S.j11 1C were lorcea we "us whpn shp frnm wnrk and said today Russia would invade some Western European countries n the event of a war. The officer, Captain A. Morosov, wrote in the red army newspaper The boy faced a juvenile court hearing today. Strobel had maintained an 'un- known intruder had slain his son. Body Hidden Michael's body was discovered wrapped in a blanket and hidden under two pillows in a corner after Bay, Labrador. The Alsops Vaughan Influences Truman By Joseph and Stewart AIsop President's mil- itary aide. Major General Harry Vaughan, has been customarily re- garded as one of the comic char- acters o" the Washington scene. His private talent for bar jokes is only his i Christoffel was convicted in U. S.r when she returned from work for equaled district court here and was sentenc-jsians. ed to two to six years. The U. S.j He said the Russians would drive court of appeals upheld the "in pursuit of the imper- tion. iialist and her The Supreme court set the weekiayjes_ found her son not in his bed. This is the story the 12-year-old lad told as related by Murphy: The boy put Michael and Urban, of April 18 for hearing the case. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity: Cloudy, be- coming generally fair tonight and Tuesday; somewhat colder Tues- day. Low tonight 35, high Tuees- day 48. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for' the hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Grandma, Escaped monkey from a park at Marshall, Minn., peers from doorway of a barn which she and four other monkeys used as shelter last winter. The monkeys put on weight and appear to be healthier than usual despite the rigors of a Minnesota winter. Wirephoto to The _ Morosov contended that in a (Continued onPase 12 Column 3.) between Russia and the West the Soviet could count upon communists in Western European countries to aid them. He cited recent state- ments by communist leaders in the West. The red officer said his entitled "Just in a reply to various hypothetical writings in "warmongering" Western papers which speculated on the outcome 24 of an East-West war. He attempted to disprove that Maximum, 48; minimum, noon, 42; precipitation, .61. 37; I Russia and her satellites were in- 'dustrially weaker than the West Officials observations for the 24! and that the U. S. has a monopoly hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 58; minimum, of the atomic bomb. He also denounced claims that noon, 58; precipitation, .02; sun Russians never would have tonight at sun rises Berlin without the lend- ,at i Additional weather on Page 10. lease arms and equipment given them by the U. S. and Britain. 12-YEAR-OLD Snow, Fog Delay B-26 Crash Rescue to six feet of new snow and a fog today ham- pered ground parties in their search for the wreckage of a B- 26 light bomber that crashed yes- terday on the slopes of Mount Fu- jiyama. The plane carried a crew of four. Wreckage was spotted by search planes. Four soldiers of the U. S. Third Rescue squadroa were near- est the wreckage "-when the search was halted for the day. They were feet up the foot moun- tain. The plane crashed at feet. public gaffes. He does not wear the solemn mask statesmanship. Seemingly just one boys, one of the President's oldest friends, one of the all too human details in the grand panorama of the government. It is time to realize, however, that there is more to Vaughan than meets the eye. He has always been a sort of crumb in the bed of the Presi- trigger and it went off. After the shooting, the statement added, Babich drove to a house under construction, and took a building block. Then he drove to the river, and tied the block to Patricia's feet with shirt and wire scraps. He dragged the body to the river and dropped it in. He returned home at p. m. and 15 minutes later got a call from Kathleen that Patricia was missing. He went at once to the Birmingham home and remained there until 2 a. m. "aiding in the search." Babich and Kathleen eloped to Kalamazoo, Mich., where he said they were married March 18. They were found last Wednesday at Min- neapolis and returned here the fol- lowing day. Richter said no decision had been reached, but that Babich might waive trial by jury because "it would be hard to find a jury of people who haven't read about this unless they couldn't read." Meanwhile, the slaying of bobby- soxer Patricia Birmingham an almost perfect likened by District Attorney McCauley to Theodore Dreiser's great novel of 1927. "An American Tragedy." In the fictional version, a young girl was murdered, her weighted body sunk in a lake, to prevent revelation of the fact that she was an expectant mother. In the real Milwaukee tragedy; the young girl was murdered, her weighted body sunk in a river, because she had threatened to tell her parents that her sister was pregnant. McCauley, however, was not speaking of circumstantial simi- larities when he described Patri- cia's murder as "An American Tragedy." He was speaking of what soci- dent's more serious advisers, everiologists call "the teen-age prob- srace Truman succeeded to his of-llem" as represented by the Heir- fice. Robert E. Hannegan, architect of Truman's fortunes, made the first of a long series of unsuccessful attempts to persuade the President to get rid of Vaughan, back in the days when he was postmaster gen- eral and chairman of the Democra- tic national committee. But the election last November 2 altered the position of this friend (Continued on Page 12, Column 5.) ALSOPS _ ens case, the Eau Claire ROlf club killings and the other Patricia Bir- minghams who have made sordid" news in the years since the war. "These confused and seldom un- derstood youngsters are not limit- ed to any single bnlrket in our social or economic Mc- Cauley said. "They come to polite attention (Continued on Page 15, Column 1.) MILWAUKEE   

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