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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 19, 1949, Winona, Minnesota                              FAIR, CONTINUED COOL FM RADIO IS PERFECT RADIO VOLUME 49, NO. 129 WfNONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, JULY 19, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY FOURTEEN PAGES School Building Fund Hike Vetoed Supreme Court Justice Murphy Dead at 59 Man Drowns In River Here, Body Sought Identified As Albert Thompson Of Houston Winona police department and sheriff's office rescue squads' this morning continued dragging opera- tions in the Mississippi river in an effort to recover the body of a man who was seen drowning near Levee park shortly after 3 p. m. yesterday. While scores of persons looked on, a man tentatively identified as Albert Thompson, 43, of Houston, Minn., entered the water fully< the foot of Center and threshed about in the water ten feet off shore. At this point, witnesses stated, he turned back toward shore, began to sink and cried for help. A few moments later he disappeared be- neath the surface of the water and was not seen again. One eyewitness, Mrs. Gay Edel, 225 East Third street, observed that "I was sitting on a bench in the park and had seen this man in the park during the afternoon. AH of a sudden he took off his shoes and started walking toward the water. "I said, '111 bet that man's going to Jump into the water' and a few seconds later he did." Identified by Several Several persons in the park identi- fied the man as Albert Thompson of Houston, Police called Mrs. Thompson to police headquarters at 10 p. m. yesterday and she con- firmed the fact that her husband had been in Winona yesterday. She returned to Houston last night and asked that she be notified when the body is recovered from the river. One unsuccessful attempt to res- cue the drowning man soon after he had entered the water was made by a 24-year-old Winona man who was sitting on the Levee park bank when Thompson walked into the river. Robert Bnsel, 555 Vila street, told authorities that he noticed Thomp- son walk Into the river. "When I saw him going down, I took off my shoes immediately and dived into the water. The current is awfully strong there, though, and I was unabls to locate him so I re- turned to shore." Meanwhile, some one in the park shouted for police aid and police and fire department rescue squads arrived with boats only a few min- utes after the drowning had occur- red. Police wert called by Elmer Guenther, 407 East Wabasha street Sheriff George Fort and Deputy Sheriff Anton Kamla arrived with dragging and Arthur Kerrigan, A member of the United States corps of engineers, came to the scene of the drowning with equipment to determine the direc- tion of current-. Drag Until Dark Dragging of the river bottom in the vicinity of Levee park continued throughout the afternoon and eve- ning until the last police rescue squad left the scene at about S p. m. Later in the evening, patrolmen were sent to the river to investi- gate whether the body had been washed ashore by txvo river boats that passed the area but their search failed to reveal the location of the body. One clue to the man's identity was a gray felt hat which he was wearing when he entered the water. The hat floated downstream and was recovered by a fisherman who was standing on the bank when the man disappeared beneath the water. A large barge loaded with fertiliz- er was moored near the spot where Thompson drowned and this barge was moved yesterday to allow drag- ging parties to search that portion of the river. Police, sheriff's authorities and private boat owners resumed their dragging this morning and at noon today were pulling grappling hooks along the river bottom about a mile downstream from Levee park in continuing efforts to locate the body. Worked in Winona A neighbor of the Thompson fam- ily in Houston said this morning that Mr. Thompson had been em- ployed by a construction company in Winona and had been here for the past week. Senate-House Group Ponders Britain, Canada A-Bomb Bid Washington A meeting of the Senate-House Atomic Energy committee has been called for to- morrow to discuss relations with Britain and Canada in the field of atomic energy. In announcing it, Chairman Mc- Mahon (D.-Conn.) confirmed that the hush-hush meeting President countries are co-operating in a limit- Truman had at Blair house last Thursday night dealt with that sub- ject. Although Senator McMahon did is reported to be Britain's view that of how to produce the atomic bomb. A majority of the joint congres- sional committee is understood to be opposed, at the present time, to passing this "know how" on to any foreign Britain. McMahon said in a statement that the committee will meet in a closed door session at p. m, (E.S.T.) partment of State, the national military etsablishment and the Atomic Energy commission the con- tinuing problem of our relations with the United Kingdom and Canada in the field of atomic en- ergy." He added: "At the present time, the three ed number of specifically defined areas of information, as well as on matters of raw materials supply. "At the meeting Wednesday, the Heart Attack At Detroit Hospital Fatal Coronary Occlusion Cause of Death, Doctors Report not say so, the principal problem committee will discuss with the three Truman Optimistic About Prospect for World Peace Speech to Shriners Pledges Continuing U. S. Crusade By Ernest B. Vaccaro Chicago President Truman said today that "tensions and con- Frank Mur- fucts appear to be increasing" in phy of the United. States Supreme) areas controlled by communist ty- she should be given American secrets problems which lie ahead in our agencies most directly concerned the court died here today of a heart jranny. He said he is optimistic the relations with the. United Kingdom and Canada in this field." The jurist, appointed to the high jjis condition had not been tomorrow "to explore with the De- secrets with Britain or Canada. McMahon said the committee tribunal in 1940, had been ill in meeting was a follow up to the jjenry hospital for about a Blair house conference which also brought together State department military and congressional leaders. Congress would have to act if this country was to share its atomic Coalition Rejects Farm Plan Trials By Francis M. LeMay Washington A coalition of Democrats and Republicans today flatly rejected administration compromise efforts on farm legislation. Its leaders signaled instead for a finlshm fight to defeat even a re- stricted three-crop trial run lor Secretary of, Agriculture Brannan's Man Charged With Aiding Wife's Suicide Tulsa, Okla. described in deaf mute farm subsidy plan. As the House members gathered for the opening of the important farm debate, administration forces offered to give ground in an effort to save the bill. They proposed new restrictions oh the "trial run." But Representative Gore (D- usually an administration supporter but leading the opposi- tion to its farm bill, said "this retreat" merely is "an admission of a basic fault in the Gore already has offered a sub- stitute bill continuing the present considered serious. Murphy's Supreme court service was marked by r.umernus dissenting opinions in the liberal tradition. A religious man, he had a devout Justice Murphy faith in democracy and saw in each) or ano ther sign language yester- Hous aftertwo days if SIUC of general debate, will approve his pact that he failed to keep. lmeasure on Thursday. Chairman He told officers he lost his nerve jcooley (D-N.C.) of the House agri- after his 27-year-old wife, also committee just as confi J__, i. Married, Thompson Is the father of a daughter, 14-year-old Delores, who also lives at Houston. The neighbor stated that 'the Thompsons lived in Winona for sev- eral years and had resided In Hous- ton for the past two years. She added that Thompson's mother is a Winona resident. Mrs. Thompson is reported to have made.the identification of her husband by a description given by witnesses of the drowning and by the hat recovered from the river. den adrmmstration bill deaf mute, killed herself with a shotgun. Samuel L. Billups, 32, said In a statement to Assistant County Attorney, James P. Devine that he and his wife, Vivian, agreed to take their own lives, using two shotguns. "She fired the statement said. "I was to use the other shotgun. I picked up my gun, but then I looked at her. "I couldn't stand the sight of her dead, nor could I go through v-t with it. I stood there a few min- sidies) in the hog market, utes, then threw my gun down and Previously has listed one of the first crops.he preferred for with a modified Brannan plan trial run, will win. Restrictions Proposed Cooley announced last night that the administration bill would be re- vised to restrict the Brannan sub- sidy plan trial run to two years, with the experiments limited spec- ifically to three tatoes, eggs and shorn wool. If the House approves, this would drop all plans for an experiment with production payments (or sub- ran away. Billups' mother summoned offi- cers after he told her what had happened. The Billups lived at the home of his parents with their two children. The statement said that his wife was just couldn't get well and said she would rather die than be sick." Billups was charged with aiding a suicide. He pleaded innocent at his arraignment. A preliminary hearing was set for July 26. Cooler Weather Over Midwest Chicago Cooler, drier air moved into parts of the midwest today to break a brief spell of hot, humid weather. But the warm, sticky weather continued from Texas eastward and northeastward into the New England states. The cool breezes such a trial. As approved by the House agri- culture committee, the administra- tion bill would permit the secretary !to choose three perishable crops or 'two perishables and wool, for the trial run. It did not specify the number of years he could experi- ment on a three-crop basis. Support Prices at Present The present farm program that the Gore bill would continue, sup- ports farm prices by government loans and purchases that keep price-depressing surpluses out of the markets. By this method the government maintains rigid sup- ports at 90 per cent of parity. The present program props up the farm market prices. It does not make direct price subsidy payments to farmers. (Parity is a price intended to give the farmer a purchasing pow- er in fair relationship with the prices of thinga he must buy.) The Brannan plan would let the price of perishable foods drop to whatever levels the markets would pay, instead of holding them up spread over the Northern government purchases and and headed into the Great Lakesjloans. To keep farm income up to region. The mercury was at 45 in Jamestown, N.D., today. Temperatures are comparatively farmers. a predetermined level, the govern- ment then would pay subsidies to cool in Washington and Oregon and generally seasonable in other parts of the Far West. Mankato Prep Field Construction Halted Mankato, Minn. A single picket resulted in a work stoppage yesterday on the Me- morial field high school project. Thirty-four carpenters, electricians and plumbers walked off when the picket appeared, carrying a sign reading "unfair to the St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council." The Hagstrom Construc- tion Company, St. Paul, has the contract for the building. The work! stoppage apparently was an out- Brannan contends this would mean lower food costs for consum- ers and stable income for farmers. Japanese Naturally Polio 'apanese apparently Tokyo have develejfed a natural immunity to polio, MacArthur's pub- lic health chief said today. 1947, said Brigadier Gen- eral Crawford F. Sams, the dis- ease wasn't reported because of its relative rarity. Last year, when there were cases In the United States, Japan had only 980. "Occupation personnel may con- tract the disease from one, anoth- Sams said, "but it is unlikely rrowth of the Twin City construe- that polio will be transmitted be- tion trades walkout. 'tween the races." world may yet achieve peace with- out a war. Communism may have tem- porary triumphs" Mr. Truman said, "but in the long run it must either destroy itself or abandon its at- tempt to force other nations into its pattern." Mr, Truman flew here to address the diamond jubilee Shrine convo- cation, and made it an occasion for a major speech on foreign policy. He pledged this nation to continue its "great crusade for peace" with action along two lines: 1. Maintaining a strong and stable American economy "as the primary source of strength of the free world." He said "we must make all our plans, private and pub- lic, in such a way as to give us more jobs and more output." 2. Take steps to "insure that the hard-won economic recovery of other nations does not revert to stagnation and despair." European Recovery Vital "One of the most foolish things we could do right Mr. Tru- man said, "would be to slash our appropriations for European re- covery. If we did that, we would be deliberately throwing away gains for peace and freedom that painfully -made. Only the commu- nists would profit if we took such a short-sighted course." I Mr. Truman's address was broad- cast by major networks and was short-waved around the world. Not once in his speech did he decision another _step in bringing Russia by name. But he J 'filled it with repeated clear refer- ences to the men in the Kremlin. On the possibility of war, thej President said: "Some people would have us be- war is inevitable between which are devoted to his creed into practice. He began his public career as a judge in Detroit. National promin- ence came when President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him gover- nor-general of the Philippines In 1933. Hi; rose rapidly. He became the first Philippine high of 'international organT- Democratic governor of Michigan, I zation and concept wmcb. now United States attorney general and b of" communism, finally Supreme court justice. Throughout his brilliant career, Murphy remained a bachelor. Death came at a. m. (E.S.T.) His family had been reticent to speak of his illness, and the an- nouncement was totally unexpected. Doctors said a coronary occlusion blocking off of blood to the death. Born at Benton Harbor, Mich., April 13, Frank Murphy was the son of a country lawyer. His mother wanted him to become a Roman Catholic priest, but Murphy said he felt he was not worthy. Hi went to the University of Michigan where he received his bachelor of arts and law degrees. The first thing friends usually mentioned in describing the red haired Murphy was his piety. He at- tended mass regularly and neither smoked or drank. Patterson, O'Mahoney Mentioned for Post Washington The death of Justice Frank Murphy opens the way for President Truman to name his third appointee to the Supreme A Column Of Smoke Pours from-the Swift and Company glue plant, as firemen fight blaze in the five-story building in stock- yards district of Chicago. Two firemen were injured and two others were overcome by smoke. Company officials, estimated dam- age at in. the -plant which they said had not been operat- ing for about two months, but was used for Wire- photo) But the choice may not be an easy one. By tradition, the post would go to a Roman Catholic since Murphy was the only member of that faith on the tribunal. However, there has been wide- spread speculation for months that Robert P. Patterson, New York lawyer and former secretary of war, would get the nod when the next vacancy occurred on the high court aench. The religious angle dampened but did not still this talk. But .t did bring at least one other name into the of This is not the case. Freedom Attractive "I am optimistic as I look toward the future, because I believe in the superior attraction for men's minds and hearts of the democratic prin- ciples which have been tried and tested in free nations, and which are now winning the allegiance of men throughout the world." The President said that those 'who rule by arbitrary, power" in other nations do not understand the slow processes by which United States foreign policy is formed and do not realize "the strength" be- hind it. Howard Gains In G.O.P. Race For Scott Post "All the agitation in the work by the Communist party in the United States during the years of full employment bore almost no Rieve said in remarks prepared for the meeting. 'During the past few months, however, it is clear that in despera- tion many of the unemployed work- ers are at least. giving an ear to demagogic appeals of the com- munists. "You don't have to like com- munism or be sympathetic to it to realize that so long as unemployment continues and grows in the United States, the communists will have a field day." Joining Rieve in voicing appeals D. jomt action by businessmen, decision to quit as Republican na-1 workers, farmers and government Jobless Heed Red Talk, Rieve Says By Norman Walker Washington A labor leader said today that many Jobless workers already are paying attention to communist preachings. Emil Rieve, president of the C.I.O. Textile Workers, told a "full em- ployment conference" of Americans for Democratic Action that cities and towns hard-hit by unemployment make "a wonderful breed- ing place for communism." The A.D.A. is a political organi- zation including many who were once prominent in the Roosevelt New Deal; its rules bar commu- nists from membership. jtional chairman today found A. "Bert" Howard, Nebraska state chairman, gaining strength as his likely successor. Friends of Howard talked of a compromise under which the Neb- raskan might be named chairman, with former Senator John Danaher of Connecticut chosen as executive director of the committee. Scott, brought into office by Gov- ernor Thomas E. Dewey of New York at last year's national conven- tion, announced last night he will Senator Joseph C. O'Mahoney (D.- hand his resignation to the national O'Mahoney is a Catholic committee at a meeting here August and. an ardent supporter of what 4. I Hr. Truman has labeled his He beat what some committee deal" administration. It was taken for granted that for resignation, after which a Mr. Truman will make every effort ;o pick a successor who will carry on Murphy's general philosophy as Tennessee, both former chairmen, a champion of the and friendless' and of. re- igious La Crosse jCountj Road Bill Signed Madison, Wis. contract _or grading and furnishing a gravel or crushed stone base for 5.832 miles of U. S. 14 and 61 in La 3rosse county for was signed by Governor Rennebohm yesterday. members called a deadline to today group headed by Harrison E. Spang- ler of Iowa and Carroll Reece of had threatened to force a meeting of the committee. They previously had been reported as having set the deadline for last Tuesday. Scott's decision to quit came with- out any final settlement on his successor, although Howard appear- ed to be the candidate most gen- erally acceptable to those outside the Spangler-Reece group. Howard's candidacy is being push- ed by Senator Wherry of Nebraska, the G. CX' PJifloor leader, and by his colleague, Senator Butler of Neb- raska. planning for an expanded eco- nomy to provide jobs and pur- chasing power were Leon Keyser- ling, vice-chairman of President Truman's council of economic ad- visers, Senators Murray (D-Mont.) and Humphrey Sec- retary of Labor Maurice Tobin, and Charles M La Follette, A.D.A. national director and former Re- publican congressman from Indi- ana- Governor Chester Bowles of Con- necticut, former federal price con- trol chief, headed the list of offi- cers for the conference. Bowles said in his prepared speech that Russian leaders know "their best hope of a smashing, bloodless victory in the cold war lies in an America beset with severe economic problems." The Connecticut governor said 'all the New Deal achievements, while great, never succeeded in eliminating large-scale unemploy- ment" and more detailed economic planning is needed. He said Ameri- ca's real test will come when "our cold war spending program is cut back severely." The A.D.A. speakers called gen- erally for integrated nationwide planning by all elements of the economy to avoid joblessness and reach the annual national income goal suggested by President Truman In his July 11 message to Congress. Florida Mob Burns Down Three Homes Groveland, Fla. A mob of armed white men burned down three Negro homes last night in an outbreak of racial violence that terrorized this central Florida farming section. Feeling had been running high since Saturday when two Negroes were arrested on charges of raping a 17-year-old white woman and beating her husband. A third Negro was taken In custody Sun- day and a fourth Is being sought, As far as could be determined no one was in the buildings when the angry band set fire to them. Their occupants had moved out before nightfall. Earner, Lake County Sheriff W. V. McCall hurled a tear gas bomb into the midst of a heavily armed mob of about 5p men who rode through Stuekey's Still, a Negro Get Survey Report First, Says Council Aldermen Point Out Big Surplus in Special Fund By Adolph Brener The city council said-no again to the board of education last night. No, said the council to the board, you shouldn't levy ten about your school building sinking fund, especially when you have so much money in that fund already and when taxes are already so high. Why not wait until your survey is completed this fall and you ac- tually know what new buildings, if any, are required? That was the sum of the city council's views last night as it ve- toed the board's request for a ten- mill levy for the building sinking lund which will have a balance of about next April 1. The council scaled the levy down to two three under the current year. Levy Approved The council, however, approved the board's levy of for the general school iund. which is about under the levy for the cur- rent year, although estimated ex- penditures next year will be about higher. The board can make a lower levy for its general fund, although ex- penses are up, because of increased state aids. Specifically the council's finance committee, headed by Third Ward Alderman Howard Baumann, re- ported on the ten-mill levy: "It appears that there are no plans for school building construc- tion in the immediate future. Ths school board has authorized a city- wide survey to determine future needs, and the city council feels that a report of this survey should be had and studied before authoriz- ing an increased levy for the school building .fund." So nowvln a familiar pattern, the school board has the ball again. Last year, the board asked for eight mills, the council said two, the board said five and voted five, the council vetoed five and the board ended the game by over- riding the council for five. The board can override by a two- thirds vote. Taxes Too High, Says Mayor In vetoing the ten-mill levy last night, councilmen referred to the higher state mill rate next year, and the higher county rate and its own intention to keep the city expenditures at the same level as this year or lower them. Mayor Cy Smith, who had his first experience on the board of equalization last week, commented, "If you'd sit on this board of equalization a little while you'd hear from the taxpayers. Person- ally I'm convinced taxes are too high now. "We must have schools, but I don't see why the board should levy for something that they're not sure about." He pointed out that the board's school survey, which will point up the city's long-range school build- ing needs, will be presented some- time this fall, and suggested that ihe board wait for this report be- fore levying ten mills. And Council President William P. Theurer mentioned that if the aoard now has specific plans for buildings, they should be present- ed to the council, since it must approve plans. Asks Five Mill Levy Fourth Ward Alderman Robert Prondzinski, former school board member, said the board does have plans for a new Lincoln school. He recommended a five-mill levy. Alderman-at-Large -Joseph Krier, after hearing Alderman Prondzin- ski defend the board's pay-as-you- go building plan at lengbh, ad- nonished the fourth warder that he was no longer on the board, but on the council. It was President Theurer's sug- jestion that the council also levy ;en mills for a sinking Tund. He was sure that the council could Jnd spots to spend it in the fu- :ure, just as the board of educa- ;ion feels sure it will find a place io spend the fund it is building up. Pfeiffer Misses Meeting First Ward Alderman William community about five miles west Holden noted that if the survey of Groveland, firing shotguns and does not show a need {or a Lin. pistols. coin school, there will be other The three Negroes under arrest neeijSr maybe a new school in the lave been charged with rape, kid- napping and causing bodily harm n connection with the Saturday offense. McCall said they have ad- mitted the crimes. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and and continued cool tonight, low 56; Wed- nesday partly cloudy, high 82. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 89; minimum, 62; noon, 77; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at Additional weather on page 9. 'ar West End. TWrd Ward Alderman Baumann urged particularly strenuously that ;axes shoulld be kept down, and Second Ward Alderman Henry Parks warned that the high tax rates are keeping industry out of the city. The council president contended hat with a fund of the board could begin construction of a building and quickly secure any additional amount required. First Ward Alderman Loyde 'feiffer missed the irst since he took office in April, Fourth Ward Alderman 'ames Stoltman left at p. or work, and missed the board dis- .ussion, The council begins its owq, budget hearings in September customarily.   

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