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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 23, 1949, Winona, Minnesota                              COOLER TONIGHT AND TUESDAY READ DICK TRACY BACK PAGE DAILY VOLUME 49, NO. 82 WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, MAY 23, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES Faribault Man Slain. Girl Attacked Inquiry Ordered Into Suicide of Forrestal 46 Killed in Ten-State Storms Scattered Fury Injures 229, Smashes Homes Cape Girardeau Hardest Hit, 21 Left Dead By The Associated Press A rapid succession of tornadoe: and other weather fury killed 46 persons and caused millions of dol liars of property damage over the j weekend in widely scattered areas The storms raked ten states, in- jured at least 229 persons and smashed 900 houses. In Washington Basil O'Connor, president of the James V. Forrestal 57-year-old first Ameri- can secretary of defense, is dead at Bethesda, Md., following a 13- story leap from the skyscraper Naval hospital where he has been under treatment for "occupational fatigue" since he retired from his cabinet post on March 31. Forresters body fell from the 16th floor and landed on a third floor escarpment (arrow) of the mod- ernistic hospital building. He left behind a scrawled epitaph: "Better to die. .and sleep the .never-waking sleep than linger on." Mrs. Forrestal and a son, are returning from Paris aboard 'the presidential plane Independence, placed at their disposal by Secretary of State Dean Acheson. By Elton C. Fay naval board of inquiry was ordered today to Inquire into the suicide of James Forrestal, but his friends among the nation's great wrote their own verdict: He died because he worked so for his country. Forrestal, 57 year old cabinet I member tinder Presidents Roose- and Truman, ended his own f'life early Sunday morning by leap- ing from the 16th floor of the Navy's towering hospital in Beth- esda, Md. He left as his farewell only an ancient Greek poem of [despair and death. He was the first secretary of de- fense a wearing job that he gave up as a sick man in March. Be- fore that, he h.xd been secretary of the mightiest Navy the world has The Alsops U. S. Policy Of Far East Now Likely Snow in Montana were added today to the wide var- iety of the nation's weather, which included disastrous tor- nadoes over the weekend. Snow was falling steadily at Great Falls, Havre and Living- ston, Mont., the Weather bur- eau said. Temperatures were as low as 32 degrees at Great Falls and 35 at Minot, N. D. The cold weather was expect- ed to push eastward and south- ward and hold the mercury to a, high of 60 tomorrow at Chicago and most of the Great Lakes region. Low readings tomorrow morning were expected to be in the low 40s. General showers were falling all along the east coast from Georgia to New England. Thun- dershowers, some of them fair- ly heavy, also were reported in Oklahoma and Texas. Elsewhere temperatures were seasonably mild and skies fair. By Joseph Alsop Washington For four long-, sorry, years, American policy in the Farmer seen, and before that he had East has floated, to put it plainly, jserved as an assistant to Franklin like a chip of driftwood on a slug- D- Koosevelt in the White House. gish open sewer. The result has been the disaster in China. But this disaster has at least had a certain shock value. It has at least just led to the decision to formulate a This spring, his health bro'ien by more than nine years of nerve- wracking service, he decided to seek release from the strain. A few days in Florida after his resignation, and clear, non-floating Far Eastern pol-ithen he entered the Hospital April icy. And this is a great gain, even 2. Capital Shocked although it is not yet known pre- cisely what the new policy will be. The decision has just been taken with the blessing of President Tru- man. Ever since he took office, His death and the manner of it shocked the capital. President Truman said "this able Secretary of Defense Louis John- and devoted public servant was as a casualty of the war as if American Red Cross, said the or- ganization had set aside for relief of the many hundreds left homeless. Hardest hit were Missouri, nii-j nois and Indiana where a total ofj 44 persons were killed. Other deaths jwere reported in Kentucky and while West Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, Iowa and Mary- land reported heavy property dam- age. Cape Girardeau, in southeastern Missouri with 21 dead and prop- erty damage estimated at between three and four million dollars suf- fered the most. A survey of that hard-hit city showed 202 houses to- tally destroyed, 231 damaged, 18 business buildings and a church destroyed, and 12 business buildings and another church damaged in the city of population. More than 200 persons were injured and hundreds left homeless. Three other Missouri towns, not directly in the path of the twister, each reported one dead. They are Clarksville, Bessville and Cabool. Indiana's 11 dead and 47 injured are at Shelburn, Terre Haute and Clay City. Ralph C. Werner, a Red Cross spokesman, said the state's damage would run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Eight persons were killed at Shel- burn, two near the outskirts of Terre Haute and one near Clay City. The twister missed the busi- ness districts of the two cities. In the west side of Shelburn, a town Two Duluth Men Escape Death, Plane Demolished in Crash Here Two Men, Both Six-Footers, walked away from this airplane wreckage alive Sunday afternoon after the plane crashed in a farm field on the old Minnesota City road a mile and a half'west of the new municipal airport. James J. Courtney, young Duluth attorney, and his passenger, Ed Lee, Jr., wholesale food distributor at Duluth, said the plane was on top of them when they struck the ground and they squirmed their way out of the wreckage. 'When spectators at the Winona Sportsman's club trapshoot in progress nearby, ran toward the scene, Courtney and Lee were walking toward the high- way. "Know any good bone doctors around Courtney asked Tom Hengel, 526 Chestnut street, who was first to arrive at the scene. George "Spike" Graham, next to arrive, helped Hengel take the two men to Hengel's car and Hengel then took Courtney and Lee to a physician's office here and later to the Winona General hospital. When the plane, an Ercoupe, came to a rest, its tail was pointing skyward. The entire front end was demolished. Republican -Herald photo of the tornado demolished 65 and definition of our Far Eastern in-j, terests and program. Last week died on the firing line." He he is understood to have raised sued a proclamation ordering that flags fly at half staff from all pub- the question again, pointing out the need for some sort of action before policy-making was suspended by the departure of Secretary of State Dean G. Acheson for the council of foreign ministers. Concurrently, the State depart- ment was also moving away from its previous hand-writing passi- vity toward the Far East. Other in- fluences were no doubt at work as well. At any rate, Acheson wise- ly agreed that could no longer go on "waiting for the Far Eastern lic buildings, forts and warships. severely. Illinois had a total of nine dead, River and four at five at Wood Palestine. At Wood River, up the Mississippi So far as was known, the former! (Continued on Page 13, Column 6.) secretary left no note. But on a radiator, near his hos- pital bed, was found a book, "An Anthology of World Poetry." A ret ribbon lay between the pages openec to Sophocles' "Chorus From Ajax.' That poem tells of profound and hopeless tragedy. In the back of the book was a TORNADOES Babich Pleads Innocent on Insanity Basis Milwaukee Milton Babich pleaded innocent and innocent by reason of insanity today to a charge of murdering his bride's pretty sis- ter. Municipal Judge Herbert J. ___ _ ___ __ _ Steffes, accepting the 19-year-old corporated, was the first witness! Courtney, who broke his bacK former honor student's first plea as hearings were resumed on the playing1 football several years ago in the death of 16-year-old Patricia phone company's application for suffering from a Wrenched back Birmingham, adjourned the ar-j 14 per cent average rate increase land multiple bruises, and contu- Bell Telephone Asks Rate Boost St. that the Northwestern Bell Telephone Com- pany is entitled to a six per cent return on its investment was given today before the state railroad and warehouse commission, Ralph E. Badger of Detroit, pres- their return trip to Duluth when ident of investment Counsel In-j the accident occurred. Two Duluth young men who pulled themselves from the twisted wreckage of a small airplane after it crashed on the Archie Halverson farm a mile and a half west of the new Winona municipal airport Sun- day about 4 p. m., were on their way to recovery at the Winona General hospital today, marveling at then- incredulous escape from death and the fact that their injuries are not serious. They are James J. Courtney, Jr., 28, an attorney and president of! the Duluth Junior Chamber of Com- j merce, pilot and owner of the plane, and Ed Lee, Jr., 37, a wholesale food distributor. They had been in Winona since Friday attending the state convention of the Minnesota Jaycees and had just taken off on raignment until May 27. I for its Minnesota exchanges. sions but has no broken bones and At that time, the court said, a! Badger, who also is a partner is recovering, from general sanity commission would be namedlthe firm of Ralph Badger and As-'shock, bruises and a deep cut. on to examine the youth. Defense Isociates, economic consultants, right leg. lounsel Arthur W. Richter also will! titled that a six per cent return] be permitted then to argue on his would be fair and reasonable, right to reserve a motion to quash The telephone company has claim- ,he warrant on grounds of insuf- ed its present return is five per ficient evidence. cent and that if its petition is Steffes also set June 8 at 9 a. m. granted the return would amount to as tentative date for the first de-j seven and one-half per cent. gree murder trial to open. City Attorney Harry Welnberg of Pretty Pat's body, shot twice, Duluth, Corporation Counsel Bruce trussed and weighted down, wasjsrody of St. Paul and City At- dragged from the Milwaukee John Boner of Minneapolis two days after Babich eloped with were expected to cross examine1 Pat's older sister, Kathleen. I witnesses later in the day. piece of hospital memorandun paper on which Forrestal hac dust to as the earlier atti- copied, in a firm hand, the first 26 tude was euphemistically described, nines of the doleful poem. THE CHANCES are rather heavy that this does not mean any serious effort will be made to save the remains of noncommunist China. The task in China seems to be regarded as too even al though Major General Claire L. Chennaulfs visit to Washington, to urge aid for China, helped to bring the matter to a head. On the other hand, the new decision very definitely means that all the rest of Asia wiH not be permitted to fall into the grip of the Soviet union without protest or obstruction from this country. This was, hitherto, the great dan- ger. As G-eneral Chenault very co- gently argued, the loss of China directly threatens all of Southeast Asia. And if the wide, rich terri- tories of Indo-China, Siam, Malaya, (Continued on Page 7, Column 2.) ALSOP The 26 lines contained such as these: "Worn b.v the waste of time, "Comfortless, nameless, hopeless "In the dark prospect of the yawning grave." Further on, in the uncopied part of the poem, occurred lines telling of one who: "Wanders as now, in darkness and disgrace "When reason's day "Sets in cold decay, "Better to die, and sleep "The never waking sleep, than linger on "And dare to live when the soul's lije is gone." The man who found solace in the poem and then In the never waking (Continued on Pape 5, Column 3.) FORRESTAL Milton Babich, 19-year-old honor student, pleaded innocent today in municipal court at Milwaukee to a charge that he murdered his bride's sister, Patricia Birmingham, 16, last winter. Pleas of innocent and Innocent by reason of insanity at the time of the act were accepted. Others, shown above, left to right, are District Attorney William McCauley, Defense Attorneys E. T. Berkanovic and A. Richter. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Tail of Craft Drags The pilot had taken the craft, an Ercoupe, aloft twice earlier Sundaj afternoon and had experienced no difficulty. On his final takeoff and with Lee as a passenger, he had trouble gaining altitude, he said to- day. The tail of the craft seemed to drag, he said, and he couldn't get it leveled off. "I had my choice of continuing to attempt to get altitude and head for the bluffs or of turning down- wind and trying to get back to the field." He chose the latter course. After the final turn which put him on an east heading, the craft went completely out of control. He was flying at 200 feet, he said, and in an attempt to reach the airport had the ship on full power. He believes he was flying about 125 miles an hour when the tail hit the ground, then a wing. The ship then nosed into the ground and overturned, 'its tail pointing skyward. The propeller gouged a hole in the ground and was splinter- ed off near the hub. "The ship was on top of both Courtney and Lee said today. "We had to pull ourselves out of the wreckage. We know we're lucky to be alive." Cable May Have Snapped Courtney doesn't know what .caus- ed the accident but 'thinks his el- evator cable may have snapped when he struck a soft spot on the new airport while taxiing to a runway. He checked the ship ,from a wing, however, before taking off. The engine, he said, was working perfectly and was tuned up to revolutions per .minute.' Both men.weigh well over 200 Police Search Started for Assailant Couple's Car Stalled on Rough Road, Lonely Spot Faribault, 19-year- old Faribault youth was slain last night and his girl companion raped, Coroner A. W. Nuetzman said. The attacker was still at large today. Dr. Nuetzman identified the dead youth as Fred Morsching, farmer near here. He withheld identity of the girl. Sheriff John Simon of Rice coun- ty said she is a 17-year-old farm girl living near here. Parents of the dead youth are Mr. and Mrs. Leon Morsching, the sheriff said. The coroner gave these details: Morsching and the girl had driven to an isolated spot just east of here near Croemer's creek about midnight. The road was rough ancfy the car stalled. As Morsching was attempting to start it, a man about 23 years old opened the door on the girl's side. He appeared excited. He rushed around to Morsching's door and. opened it. Morsching was shot three limes with a .22 caliber revolver. He was struck In the head, chest and thigh. The girl was raped. She then ran to a Faribault sandwich shop and called police. Dr. Nuetzman said a widespread search had been started for the slayer. He described him as about five feet, six or seven inches in, height and wearing an overall jack- et. The coroner said authorities trad only "faint" clues on which to work. Sheriff John Simon set up a four man patrol around the area where the shooting occurred on the chance Morsching's slayer might still be hiding in the woods. The incident occurred in an abandoned stone quarry about a mile and a half from the city limits. Searchers found footprints in soft earth in the area and arranged for jloodhounds to be brought here from La Crosse to aid in the hunt. Two agents of the state crime bureau, William Bennyhoff of Ro- chester and Charles Reiter of St. Paul, came here to help local offi- cers. The girl, who was still hysterical, told officers Morsching's assailant came to her side of the car first, then ran around to the other side. "Who are you and what do you she quoted Morsching as ask- ing. The man made no reply but wrenched open the door, which was not locked, and shot Morsching. She said he forced her into the back seat of the car and attacked her. She made her way to a ham- burger shop and called police. Movie Star Wins Golf Meet just goes to show you: Anything can happen in golf. A movie star won the Philadelphia Inquirer tournament yesterday from a field studded with many of the sport's top stars. And young Joe Kirkwood, in Hollywood he's the movie version of Joe it in a fashion that convinced spectators and oppo- nents alike. His 276 score for 72 holes was 12 strokes under Big Four Begin German Peace Talks in Paris Big Four council of foreign ministers met today to begin an attempt to settle the prob- lem of Germany. Secretary of State Dean Acheson of the United States, Foreign Sec- retary Ernest Bevin of Britain, Foreign Minister Robert Schuman of France and Foreign Minister An- drei Y. Vishinsky of Russia asseml- ed in the flag-festooned pink mar- ble palace at three minutes before 4 p.m. This was- the sixth meeting of the council of foreign ministers since the war and the fourth on I a new competitive record for White- the German question. It was their'marsh Valley Country Club's first session since the council layout. Along the victory road deadlocked in London in shot a 66 on the second round 1947, on a German peace treaty, that also was a stroke better than The three Western powers were {the old course record, expected to press Russia for im- Jos finished all by himself. John- mediate and urgent consideration ny Palmer of Badin, N. C., carded of Berlin. The lifting of the Soviet 280, a shot better than his own blockade of Berlin and the Allied counter-blockade of Soviet-occupied eastern Germany opened the way for these new talks. The first session ended at p.m. a.m., Germany alone was on the agen- da, although there has been spec- ulation the ministers might range nformaUy over the related prob- ,em of Austria and other questions farther afield. American and French conference sources forecast' that the Western ministers would seek to list the Berlin situation as the firsi prob- lem for discussion. They said the West would argue that continued division of the cap- tal is, a menace to any future set- tlement of Germany as .a whole. One source pointed out that the problem of two currencies in the of a Berlin railway workers' strike that broke into riot- ing .last was directly related to the blockade Itself. Once there is an "ironclad" agree- ment on Berlin, the Western sour- ces said, the conference can pro- hours ending at 12 m. today: ceed to other questions. Other major items involve with- drawal of occupation forces and (Continued on Page 8, Column 1.) the question of Germany's final PLANE CRASH j frontiers. winning total in 1948. It was just good enough to pick up sec- ond money. Kirkwood got Back of these two came Bobby Locke, the South African, with 281; Fred Haas, Jr., New Orleans, 282, and Lloyd Mangrum, Chicago, 283. That 66 score Saturday, added to aa opening round of 68, put Joe far in front of the field. And when he added another 68 yesterday he was out front all alone. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity Partly cloudy and considerably cooler to- night, low in city 43, 36 to 38 in country. Tuesday fair and quite cool, high for day 60. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 67; minimum, 52; noon, 67; precipitation, trace. Official observations for the 24 Maximum, 71; 64; precipitation; .04; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow at (Additional Weather on Face 13.)   

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