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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1949, Winona, Minnesota                              PARTLY CLOUDY, WARMER SUPPORT YOURY.M.CA. WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 5, 1949 thY 50 Dead in Illinois Hospital Fire Mayor, Council Victors Rear View of St. Anthony's hospital in Efflngham, HI., at height of fire where at least 47 persons lost their lives in one of the nation's most serious conflagrations in recent years. Republican-Herald.) (AP. Wirephoto to The 12 Babies, 9 Elderly Persons Among Victims Farmer Bound Over on Charge Of Threatening to Kill Sheriff Only Walls of Effingham Structure Remain Standing EffLneham than mn" 81 questing O'Connor's appearance in 50 persons were believed to jj ft civll matter_ perished today in a spectacular fire, to O'Connor wasiwas held awaiting arraignment be- which destroyed the 40-year-old St. standing af0p a load of hay whenjfore Judge E. D, Libera this morn- _il. ____ t, n f fVl fl frtTTn "Wh PT1 fh P I 1 Tl A Pleasant Hill farmer who ategedly threatened to kill Sheriff George Fort when he visited his farm to serve a court summons was bound over to district court following his arraignment in municipal court this morning on charges of threatening and resisting an officer. Taken into custody late Monday afternoon was William P. O'Con- nor, about 50, who operates a farm about 19 miles south of here near Ridgeway. Charges against O'Connor stem- med from an incident at the farm Saturday when Fort drove to the farm to serve the summons re over to a manger before he Sheriff Fort said, "but we were suspicious of the request so we handcuffed him and brought him back to Winona. Accompanying Fort yesterday were Deputy Sheriffs Anton Kamla and Frances Jensen, each of whom was armed. The man was taken to the Winona county jail where he WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS U.S. Tightens Surveillance Over Commies J. Edgar Hoover Reports Sharp Increase in Work Gener- al Tom Clark has assured Congress that if war came now the nation would be "in pretty good shape" so far as subversives are concern- ed. At the same time, F.B.I. Chief J. Edgar Hoover reported that his agency's work on subversive ac- tivities has increased 230 per centj in the past year. "The peristent threats of com- munism in this 'country have nec- essitated a comprehensive domes- tic intelligence coverage in the gen- eral security Hoover said. Their statements were published i in hearings made public by the i House appropriations committee as it approved a money bill to run the Justice department during the 12 months beginning July 1. Step Up Investigations Clark told the committee his de- partment is working out a system for keeping track of every alien in, the country. A close check is not necessary in all cases, he said, but the government wafcts to know where all aliens are "at all times." Hoover, in later testimony before the committee, said that as .the year started the P. B. I. had 679 security investigations pending. The F.B.I, co-ordinates domes- tic intelligence work under a dir- ective from President Truman, Hoo- ver explained, adding: "These projects are, of course, not local. For instance, the activ- ities of the communist party and its affiliates extend from coast to coast, as do the various espionage rings that have operated in this country." He said that for the current trial of 12 communist leaders in New York the F. B. I. prepared a1 report on the party's ac- tivities. The F. B. I. investigates every- Cyril Smith Mayor Joseph E. Krier Alderman at Large William F. Holden First Ward, Alderman Henry V. Parks Second Ward Alderman Parking Meters Favored; Krier Defeats Fort Hartner Namsd School Director At Large (Complete unofficial returns of the city election, in table lorm, will be found on page Jour.) Winona elected the youngest mayor in its history Monday. He is Cyril "Cy" Smith, 34 years old, a World War n veteran and off- sale liquor store owner. He defeated J. Roland Eddie, for- mer president of the Association of Commerce and Junior Chamber ol Commerce, an active civic worker and laundry owner, by 469 votes, 'complete unofficial city election re- j turns gathered by The Republican- Herald and Radio Station KWNO i show. i Smith's strength was mainly in the fourth ward where he led Eddie i by 922 votes. Eddie carried the first. second and third wards by small margins and won out in nine of the city's 15 precincts. I Ten years ago Floyd Simon, who (was then 35 years old, was elected i mayor over Mat Wagner to be the 1 city's youngest chief executive in the city's history.. Mr. Smith, in taking office, will be one year younger than was Mr. Simon. i The vote by wards in Tuesday's i election for mayor was as follows: i Ward Eddie Smith First Second.......... 870 Third 764 Fourth 368 Winona and vicinity Partly tonight 35; high Wednesday 58. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 62; minimum, 32; noon; 44; precipitation, ,01; .sun sets to- night at rises tomorrow at Anthony hospital. Dr. George Wood, a staff physi- cian at the city's only hospital, placed the number of dead between 56 and 58. Earlier, officials said the death toll ranged from 30 to 60. The bodies of the he arrived at the farm. When ing. sheriff approached, the farmer de- manded to know who he was. Abusive Language "I explained that I was the sher- ff." Fort related, "and had come serve the summons. O'Connor In municipal court today, O'Con nor waived his right to a prelim- inary hearing and was bound over to district court. Famer Contrite He appeared contrite over his ac tions and explained to the court that "Saturday was just a bad day for me all the way around. George body who tries to get a job with i the I LilC cloudy tonight and Wednesday. jyer sald_ Up to tne end of last, Somewhat wanner Wednesday. Lowjvear, it had been asked to make -r. i..-_v. KB nanno investigations and had com- William F. Theurer Third Ward Alderman L. Robert Frondzinski Fourth Ward Alderman Additional weather on Page 13. investigations and had com- pleted of them. Red Denied Job A leading biochemist who sought an important laboratory job was found to be a card-carrying mem- ber of the Communist party. Hoo- ver related, adding: "Obviously that man was not cleared for ap- pointment." 541 693 lue DOulcS Ul tilt: serve Ulc auiuiiivno. v WIM.W. elderly men and women and sis-j immediately told me not to come ters living in the hospital wereja step nearer and began to use among the dead in the rubble language." for me all the way around, eeorge the three and one-half-story brick port continued to walk Fort) was a gentlemanj building. the load of hay on which O'Connor jwhen he came out to see me and The bodies were not removed be- was standing, whereupon, the sher-jj was just a jack. I want to plead cause of the intense heat and the iff said, the farmer raised his pitch- guilty and throw myself on the mer- fear of the walls toppling. Only ancj threatened to throw it at cy of the court." walls of toe old the officer. Judge Libera explained that it was not within the jurisdiction of the municipal court to hear a plea for the complaint which is a gross misdeameanor and ordered that O'- Connor be bound over to district court on bond. Later this morning, County At- torney Nissen and District Court as the fire smouldered five hours after breaking out shortly before ,jrew his revolver and demanded midnight. State police and firemen planned to start removing the bod- At this point. Fort said that he O'Connor drop the pitchfork. planned 10 icmuvms wic fanner obeyed the command ies and place them in a recreation but remained atop the hay load hall near the hospital. the pitchfork and continued May Pass 60 speak abusively, Fort alleges. "The latest estimate of dead isj A conversation between the two from 50 probably not morejmen ensued for the next few min- than said. Lieutenant port said, and O'Connor Earlier. Police Chief J. H. Green said: "There's just no way of tell- ing how many people died in the fire." He added, "The toll is heavy. There's never been a tragedy like this in Effingham all the years I can remember." There was .wild confusion at the scene as scores of persons leaped from their flaming rooms. Police said that many of those who jump- The mer to and maybe we can get this straight- 'Cool Down then vided that he promises that he the far- will appear in district court tomor- 'lerm uien me down. Bill. Cool downjrow at 2 p.m. ed were killed. Police said that ened out." Fort observed that O'Connor be- came enraged and shouted, "You I'm going to kill poised the pitchfork in a throwing position and appeared ready to hurl it at the sheriff. Fort drew his Sentence Suspended Cited in a complaint brought by his wife charging third degree as- sault and battery, Thaddeus B. Rud- nik, 309 Adams street, pleaded guilty when he was arraigned in municipal court this morning and drew a 60-day county jail sentence which was suspended on the con- dition that his behavior is good during the next six months. Budnik was arrested Sunday night by patrolmen who were call-1 en who occupied the top floor, custody without a possible ed to the family residence by Mrs. sisters of the Order of St. Francis, {fle sheriff p0rt returned to Wi-JRudnik during a domestic squabble, in charge of the hospital, also per-! nona conferred with county Mrs. Rudnik charged that her ished, police said. They were asleep! w Kenneth Nissen and the i 34-year-old husband twisted ner in their rooms when the fire, be- forlnal 'warrant for O'Connor's and scratched her during the; ViQuii cfnrtpri in fl. laundrv JTUUL.C oaiu m0r babies, in the nursery on the sec-jdrop ond floor, were burned to death, It at tne snemi. .ru.ii. gun from his holster again and once at least commanded the farmer to fori-_ _ determined that he on oor, er eermne a So were nine elderly men and be ulmDie to take the man en who occupied the top Hoor. Some! into custody without a possible .-it.tAi.c' nf nrripr rif St.. Francis. ___ tn Wi- lieved to have started in a laundry chute, swept up an elevator shaft and enveloped the entire building. Karl Alt, 66, who lives across the street from the hospital, in the northwest residential section of the south central Illinois community, and a neighbor, aided in the rescue of between 12 and 15 persons. "I heard a commotion, heard screams and got Alt said. (Continued on Page 7, Column 4.) HOSPITAL FIRE _ rest was drafted. Before he left the farm Saturday, Fort stated that he told O'Con- nor, "BUI, I'm coming back to get you'" and the farmer is reported to have replied, "You do and you'll never walk off this place alive." Return To Farm When the sheriff's party return- ed to the farm Monday afternoon, O'Connor was working in a cow asted that we let him gojseries of cars. altercation. Nash Car Prices Cut to Detroit The downward movement in car prices continues. Effective last midnight, Nash- Atlantic Pact Heads For Senate Debate By John M. Hightower Truman is expected to send the North Ste treSy to the Senate before the end of this week with an appeal three major steps which officials forecast today for rying out the pact that the President acclaimed last night as a mile- ta The treaty was- signed by 12 Western nations In a i solemn, fast-moving ceremony yes- Iterday afternoon. How soon the Senate might act is uncertain; the issue is contro- verial and other major legislation is crying for attention. land, Portugal and Italy. The signing ceremony was held in the government's departmental auditorium before an audience com- posed largely of diplomats, mem- crying for attention. posed largely 01 diplomats, mem- The other two steps in prospect berg o{ congress and top govern- to implement the treaty are officials. There was some un- 1 Completion of an on Capitol Hill that all arms aid program, costing close members of Congress were not in- to Mr. Truman is ex- pected to recommend this to Con- gress early next week. 2. Discussions among the 12 treaty powers on organization of a council and a committee. Their assignment would be to un- ify the defenses of the non-com- munist Western world under the new alliance. The arms program probably will provide between and for American help in rearming the European members of the alliance. The balance of the lilCIlll-'GJ. t3 WA ..__., vited until almost the last minute. Including the speeches the cere- mony took less than two hours. The actual signing of the historic document, which gives a new turn to the course of post-war world history, required approximately 12 minutes. Secretary of State Dean Acheson signed for the United States with Mr Truman and Vice President Alb'en Baridey standing at his right hand. funds would go to aid other non- communist countries such Greece, Iran. The first signature was affixed by Belgium's Premier and Foreign Minister Paul-Henri Spaak, who Officials said -that no action to- asjwas called to the front of the ros- trum by Acheson, acting as master Uj of ceremonies, immediately after (JII1C1S1S iSOilU. liilAb Ui. ward forming the 12-nation council Mr. -Truman spoke. can be taken until the treaty comes into force, but plans for the organ- ization and the defense committee under it can be worked out ahead of time. The actual enforcement of the i pact depends on its being ratified I by the seven nations which origin- drafted it. That, in turn, de- One Of The Child victims of the St. Anthony's hospital fire in Efflngham, HI., is being lowered from the second story nursery room. (AJP. Wirepboto to The j The President, like all 12 of the foreign ministers, sounded- the theme of peace as embracing the major purpose of the new alliance "In this he said "we hope to create a shield against a-ggress ion and the fear of bulwark which will permit us to ge to the real business of govern Ally OrallcU. w pends mainly upon its approval by ment and society, tie business two-thirds of the IT. S. Senate be-J achieving a fuller and happier lif< cause without Senate consent our_citizens." Total Joseph E. Krier, realtor, was elect- ed alderman-at-large, William F. Holden, alderman from the first ward, Henry V. Parks, second, Wil- lam P. Theurer, third ward, and L. Robert Prondzinski, fourth ward. Clarence P. Hartner won the school director-at-large contest, and Hale A. Stow was elected first ward school director, Arthur F. Bowman; second ward director. Dr. Philip vB. Heise, third ward director, and Har- ry P. Zywicki, fourth ward school director. The voters of the city endorsed parking- meters by a vote of to There were votes cast in the election. Early in the evening, after fourth ward returns were received, Eddie congratulated Smith on his victory and assured him of his lull co- operation in civic matters. Fourth ward precincts were among the first In the city to report. "Naturally, I am Smith" stated on being informed of his vic- tory, "and I want to thank the vot- ers of the city and give them my assurance that I will do my utmost to provide an active and progressive administration for the city of Wi- nona." 3 Krier, Holden Strong In the alderman-at-large race, Joseph E. Krier proved to be a strong vote-getter, carrying the city's 15 precincts by a substantial majority. The total vote in this contest was Krier, and Hallie R. Fort, neighborhood grocer, Likewise William F. Holden, West End druggist, was a powerful can- didate, winning from Antone Guen- ther, labor endorsed candidate and Watkins Company employe, by to 732 in the first ward aldermanic contest. In the second ward, Henry V. Parks, dray line foreman and lormer alderman, staged a comeback by de- eating R. F. Potratz, engineering ompany part owner, by 308 votes. The vote was Parks 847 and Potratz 39. William P. Theurer, banker, pre- ent third ward alderman and pre- ident of the city council, had no opposition in the third ward. L. Robert Prondzinski, grocery, store owner and former member of the board of education, was elected 'ourth ward alderman over Joe 'Val" Karsina, truck driver, by 104 votes. The vote was Prondzinski 908 and Karsina 804. .Board President Defeated Control of the board of educa- tion passed to newly elected offi- cials in Monday's election. The two present members seeking offices on board, Arthur L. Kitt, first ward director seeking the director-at- large position and A. G. Lackore, third ward director and president rf the board, were defeated. Clarence P. Hartner, former city representative in the state legisla- ture defeated Kitt by 531 votes. Hartner carried 12 of the city's 15 precincts. The vote by wards in this contest was as follows: Ward Hartner Kitt First Second...... 714 664 Third 793 613 Fourth...... 846 778 President cannot formally declare this nation's full adherence to the allies. In addition to the United States, the other nations which must rat- ify the pact are Britain, Canada, Mr. Truman, in his talk at tb late afternoon signing ceremony called the pact a simple document but added: "If it had existed in 1914 and in 1939, supported by the nations liy tne pact, arc -Dutaiii, France, the Netherlands, Belgium which are represented here today and Luxembourg. The other five which signed the pact here yester- day were Norway, Denmark, Ice- I believe it would have preventet the acts of aggression, which led t two World In the first ward director race, Hale A. Stow, county employe der feated Carrol Syverson, Junior Chamber of Commerce president, by 211 votes. The vote was Stow and Syverson In ttie second ward, the only wo- (Cootinued on Page 3. Column 3.) ELECTION   

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