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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 25, 1949, Winona, Minnesota                              FAIR TONIGHT, COOLER FRIDAY VELVET VOICE OF RADIO VOLUME 49, NO. 161 WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENI.NG, AUGUST 25, 1949 FIVE .CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES Beach. Roberton, Preston Guilty Vaughan Memo On Wartime Trip Revealed Truman's Name Used to Obtain Air Transportation British to Attempt 5% Slash in Budget By Arthur Gavshon The British to limit her social services and has asked all government depart-] drop the tax-supported medical pro- ments tb cut down spending. It Ihopes to save at least ton next month end in failure. Britain's social services, together or five per cent of the nation's bud-jwitn food subsjdieSi cost one quar- the next year. jter of the country's whole annual A government source, of this today, said the treasury action! on doctors the 13- Britons now can call was prompted by Britain's financial feef Washington Senate mvcs- The treasury controls govern- month-old national health service, tigators today turned up a memo! ment spending. from Major General Harry Another informant, close to. the] Vaughan to State department au-JLabor government, said Britain may thorities saying President Truman was "personally interested" in a prospective European trip for Jim Maragon in August, 1945. Agents of Senate investigating subcommittee introduced into its records a memorandum by Vaughan, dated August 3, 1945, which said that Maragon was interested in visiting Italy lor the Albert H. Verley Per- fume Company, of Chicago. The memorandum contained this pencilled note in the lower left hand corner: "Colonel Vaughan informed Mrs. Shipley (Mrs. Ruth E. Shipley, chief of State department passport bur- eau) that the President is person- ally interested in Maragon's trip to S. agrees that he is 1 D." It was signed J.F.S. The military permit procedure in effect that the time listed as "1 D" persons "whose travel is authorized by the Trip Investigated The senators, digging into the question of whether there has been Improper Influence in 'the conduct of government business, have want- ed to know how Maragon and other agents of the perfume company managed to get passage on military transport planes in Europe in 1945. Winds Help Forest Fire Fighters By The Associated Press The battle against fires ravaging North American forests took a favor- able turn today. Rain and diminishing winds aid- ed the fire fighters. The situation is still serious, how- ever, in many areas. Flames have though each pays up to six shillings, eight pence weekly to help support it. If the Washington parley fails, th" informant said, British leaders may have to consider having each person pay a shilling (20 cents) for each visit. He explained that the calls on the service have far exceeded advance estimates and, if Britain might tighten her belt, she cannot go on spending so much on the service out of general taxation. The source said Laborite leaders are waiting until the Washington talks are over before deciding whether to call a quick election this year, or carry on until near the end of their five-year term next July. He disclosed this as Paul G. Hoff- man, American head of the Euro- pean Co-operation administration, began talks with British officials before the Washington parley Sep- tember 7. The informant said the govern- Committee agenta also put Into acres. ern United States, New England and Canada. One person was killed and four were injured yesterday in Californ- ia's forest fires. Harry T. Meyer, 32-year-old lumber crewman, was killed by a falling tree in Stanis- laus National forest where flames have blackened more than acres. Fire fighters In Idaho's .Na.tipn.al forest still were running Into trou- ble. One of four major blazes in Payette National forest broke loose yesterday and ran over an estimated the record documentary evidence to the effect that: 1. Vaughan, the President's Army aide, gave a.letter of in- troduction to David Bennett, president of the Albert Verley Perfume Company, and an as- sociate, to make a trip to Eur- ope in May, 1945. The trip was made in an Army air trans- port plane. 2. Three other representa- tives of the company, Including John F. Maragon, Washington man-about-town who formerly had entree to the White House, made a trip to Europe in July, 1945. This trip also was made in an A.T.C. plane. The total Payette fire area spread to acres. An additional 125 men were being added to the attempting to check the flames. Two of the main fires were under control. Black Hills Windy The outlook in the Black Hills of South Dakota was promising. Rangers looked for favorable winds to blow the flames back over burned out areas. An estimated acres of timberiand and acres of grassland were hit. Backfires saved Tilford, a South Dakota village of 100 population, ifrom destruction yesterday. About a dozen forest fires still serves to sag more than one fourth by September to At the end of June Britain was down to her last The treasuury's goal had been to keep the reserves at a "safe" margin of The informant said Britain's bal- ance-of-payments position for the current quarter looks "very grim" import cuts. He' predicted that new cuts In British dollar spending on food, to- bacco and other items would be bound to follow failure of the Wash- ington talks to solve Britain's grow- ing dollar crisis. Foster Faces Suspension It was on the return from burning in New England but July i-rip that Maragon got into i none was reported as -serious, difficulties with customs agents who j Scattered showers fell over New found he had valuable perfume oils i England yesterday but there was champagne for the j not enough rain to alleviate the j dangerous parched condition of the Hand. The committee was informed to- j Maine Forest Commissioner Albert day that Maragon settled that Nutting said the worst of eight for assessed fires burning in his state was in disguised as White House. Settlement Revealed as a penalty. Francis D. Flanagan, assistant the Flagstaff-Dead River area. Rains Help Yellowstone counsel, introduced the various doc-! Heavy rains also fell in the de- ument, including the State depart- ivastated Yellowstone park area. Of- Ificials believe all four fires there ment memorandum. Flanagan said "J.F.S." was ajmay be "Mr. assistant to Mrs.jor two. controlled within a day Shipley. Senator Mundt (R.-S.D.) com- mented that he thinks President Truman "probably" had no personal In Canada, the Ontario depart- ment of lands and forests reported all that province's 151 fires were under control. No effective relief knowledge doing. of what Vaughan the current dry spell was fore- least, however. St. By Jack B. Mackay Paul Charles Foster, under fire ia the Arkansas bond controversy, will be suspended as secretary of the state investment board, pending a hearing to de- termine whether he should be dis- charged, The Associated Press has learned. The move for his Duluth Bear Skips Before Trip to Texas Duluth Apparently some bears like it here in Dul- uth, so Texas will have to find itself another animal. The one scheduled to go to Texas took off for the woods yesterday. In response to a request from an amusement park owner Longview, Texas, for a bear, Ralph Bang, Route 3, Duluth, offered to donate a three-weeks- old cub. King notified Police Chief Ray Keating, who had received the request, and Keating relay- ed the message to the Texan, Burke Campbell. Campbell was advised to contact King to make shipping arrangements. That was enough for little bruin. No one is going to make a Texas longhorn out of a. Dul- uth bear, particularly this one, so he broke his chain and left. "There are a lot of other bears around here Mrs. King said last and maybe we can capture another" so Mr. Campbell will not be dis- appointed." Truman Asks Southerners For Support Washington Tru- man put out the welcome mat for southern party bolters today, but demanded that those who cross it get in step with the 1948 Demo cratic platform. He delivered the Invitation strictly on his own rousing dinner of the Democratic national committee a few hours af- ter it had read five southern states' rights members from the high com- mand. Leaving the door open to non- Truman Democrats in Congress to fall in line with the Truman pro- gram, the committee exempted them from the party purge. In a counter move, states' right- ers announced they are opening Washington headquarters. Civil Eights Issue The whole thing was sparked by southern dislike for Mr. of Defense Johnson's an- Gensmer Collapses With Heart Attack Commissioner From Bethany Stricken In District Court Before Arraignment; Four Men Waive Preliminary Hearing 'Not Critical' August H. Gensmer, Jr., resigned Winona county commissioner from Bethany, is shown being carried, from the courtroom shortly after 11 a. m, today. He was stricken with a heart attack prior to his arraignment in district court and was taken to Winona Gen- eral hospital. Republican-Herald photo Constituents Protest Military Cutbacks By William F. Arbogast of Congress found themselves squeezed today between a military economy drive many of them had demanded and the outraged cries of constituents affected by the proposed cuts. A typical example was offered by a Western house member. He said he has been deluged up to now with letters urging him to vote for cuts in appropriations. Now, he said, the same people are complain- ing1 bitterly against military cut- backs in his district. The. predicament' resulted from civil rights program. jnouncement yesterday that the I and not suspension more." ner of his "give 'em hell" stumping of last proclaimed his party of today "a national party, a sectional party any will come Friday when the state executive council meets in Gov- "The tail no longer wags the he said. ernor Youngdahl's office a half) He went on to say that he won hour before a scheduled 1948 witnout New York, "without of the state investment board. Theithe industrial east and without the council has the authority to south" and that he was or fire a person who acts as Of that than anything .that retary for the council, the ever uappened to me." rnent board and the pardon board. A 90-minute conference took place Wednesday between Govsr- nor Youngdahl and Attorney Gen- eral Burnquist. The attorney gen- eral proposed that a referee be named to hear charges by the governor that Foster falsified the minutes of the investment board to conceal a commitment to buy of Arkansas bonds. Then came the invitation: "And that doesn't mean that we are not inviting the industrial east and the solid south and all the rest of the country to join the party of the people, the country go forward. That is exactly what we want, and that is exactly' what we are going to accomplish in the next two" years." while returning reserve of- ficers from active to inactive stat- 200 Million Saving That program aims at a saving during the fiscal year which started July 1, and sav- ings of a year there- after. It would help bring next year's military budget down to The 1949 budget totals Johnson said- the cuts are those proposed by 'the three armed ser- vices themselves. They will result in the closing of about 50 defense installations and the slimming down of a number of others. Congressmen whose home dis- tricts are involved got the lowdown from Johnson yesterday: Many of them complained bitterly. Others An Interurban Car Split At Milwaukee as it crashed into the rear of another car backing to a sta- tion to up passengers. Both cars were en route to the downtown area. Police said no one was killed but 19 persons were hospitalized, some in critical condition. (Story on page 12.) (AP. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Praises Committee At .the same time, he praised the national committee, which ele- vated William M. (Bill) Boyle, Jr., former Kansas City police official, to the chairmanship and purged the five southern states' righters from its rolls for deserting the Tru- man ticket last year. Boyle, who took over from J. Howard McGrath, the new attor- ney general, said he plans no purge of non Truman Democratic con- gressmen. While a number of them are not giving the President solid support 'Boyle said it is up to the people to elect the right kind of men to Congress. The committee applied the boot to Marion Rushton of Alabama, William H. Talbot of Louisiana, J. B. Snider and Mrs. Hermes Gau- tier of Mississippi and Mrs. Anne A. Agnew of South Carolina, for 'bolting last year to the states' rights presidential ticket of Gover- nor J. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina and Governor Fielding Wright of Mississippi. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and fair tonight and Friday. Moderate temperature, becoming cooler Fri- day night. Low tonight 68; high Friday 88. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Maximum, 100; minimum, 68; noon, 90; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow' at' (Additional Weather on Page 11.) It Was Hot approved. Representative a leader of the Taber House economy bloc, said his only complaint is that the cuts aren't larger. Representative' Rankin (D-Miss.) called Air Force .reductions "absol- utely unjustified" and said the mil- itary is following the pre-Pearl Harbor policy 'of too much cutting- down. Representative Miller (R-Neb.) backed the reduction proposal 100 per cent" and said there should be more cutting in other agencies. Some critics said the program outlined by Johnson was false ec- onomy. Expense Protested Senator Knowland (R-Calif.) as- serted that closing .of the Long Beach, Calif., naval shipyard ac- tually would cost money because of the expense of mothballing it and reactivating it later. Senator Tobey (R-N.H.) said the proposed saving of a day by disposing of jobs would create in that 'commiseration and misery number of homes in the country." Several members, including Sen- ator Bridges (R-N.H.) and Repre- sentative Sikes questioned the wisdom of cutting down on sub- marine programs at a time when Russia is reported actively build- ing TJ-boats. Despite congressional protests, military officials were reported pushing ahead .with plans for the cutdown. As the first step, they were pre- paring quotas to be used as a guide by unit commanders ordered to cut down reserve officer strength. The citizens committee for the Hoover report greeted the economy move as a "strong and courageous step." Mercury Hits 100 Degrees It was hot yesterday in Wi- nona an even 100 degrees but the night was cool down to 68. That is in contrast to July 3, the only other day that the mer- cury has hit 100 here this year, It was 101 that holiday, but with two more hours of sunlight than cow, the mercury during the night dropped only to 80. Just a year ago it was hot, too. Last August 22 it was 102, Aug- ust 23, 103 and August 24, 99. That was the' last hot spell of the year, although in mid-Sep- tember the mercury edged over 90 several times. The current heat, combined with dry weather, hits hay fever sufferers. Daily ragweed counts are now pushing the count. By Gordon Holle Questioning prior to sentencing of two resigned Winona county board members and one former board member continued in district court this afternoon. The case of a fourth commissioner, August H. Gensmer of Bethany, had been halted when he suffered a heart attack in the courtroom shortly before he was to be arraigned before Judge Vernon Gates of Rochester. The 47-year-old Gensmer was to have been the first to be arraigned on a charge of asking and agreeing to receive a bribe when he was stricken by a recurrent heart ail- ment at 11 a. m. today. Gensmer, Board Chairman Fred J. Roberton, William K. Beach and former Commissioner Frank J. Preston had aU appeared in muni- cipal court earlier this morning to waive preliminary examination on charges that provide for maximum penalties ranging up to fines or ten years in prison or both. When each of the accused men stated that he wished to waive pre- liminary examination in the lower alone was repre- Gensmer's The condition of August H. Gensmer, Jr., Bethany, 47-year-old Winona county commissioner, was described as "not critical" by his physician early this afternoon. Gensmer was stricken with a heart attack in the district court- room here this morning just min- utes before he was to be ar- raigned on a bribery charge. Gensmer, who had been bound over to district court following his arraignment in municipal court earlier this morning, collapsed in the courtroom at about 11 a. m., today while 'he was awaiting the arrival of Judge Vernon Gates of Rochester who presided at this morning's session.. One of four men arraigned in municipal court this morning, Gensmer had submitted his written resignation from his post as third district commissioner to County Auditor Richard Schoonover ear lier this morning. At p. m., today, Gensmer's physician stated that the Bethany man had suffered a recurrent at- tack of the heart ailment. His con- sented by an attorney, Harold K. E. D. Libera order- ed that the four be bound over to district court at 11 a. m. today. The district court session got un- der way about a. m., because of the late arrival here of Judge Gates. Beads Charges It took less than 20 minutes for County Attorney W. Kenneth Nis- sen to read the charges against the three men. In each case, pleas of guilty were entered. Judge Gates ordered that the commissioners re- turn to court at 2 p. m. for ques- tioning prior to sentence. Absent from the group of commis- sioners this morning was Carl J. Goetzman, another member of the present; board. He is cited in a re- cently released 36-page report by State Public Examiner Richard A. Golling as having received from an equipment salesman during a. convention of county commissioners at a St. Paul hotel early this year. County Attorney Uissen stated" this morning that inasmuch as the alleged offense took place in St. Paul, authorities in Winona have no jurisdiction over the prosecution of dition was not changed from whatjcharges_ He expiained that any pro- it was when he was carried from the courtroom. However, the physician explain- ed, Gensmer is responding to treat- to bave ment. It will be several days be- fore it can be determined when Gensmer can leave the hospital. Gensmer, who arrived early, was seated in a chair 'at the front of the courtroom with his attorney, Harold K. Brehmer. He complained of feeling ill, and Brehmer beckoned to Mrs. Gens- mer in the gallery. She stepped for- ward to speak to her husband. As Mrs. Gensmer stood beside her husband, he began to gasp convul- sively and straightened in Ms chair so abruptly that his glasses were knocked awry. The Bethany man was carried from the courtroom and permitted to lie in an adjoining chamber. A few moments later, an ambulance arrived at the courthouse and Gens- mer was carried on a stretcher and taken to the Winona General hos- pital. Mrs. Gensmer stated that her husband had suffered from a heart condition for some time and had been receiving continuing treat- ment. secution that might be made would have to be Instituted in Ramsey county where the offense is alleged Golling Questioned Questioned regarding the matter this morning, Golling said emphat- ically that the material contained in his report will be made available to Ramsey county authorities and that it will be the responsibility of the Ramsey county attorney to pro- secute if he wishes. Also absent this morning was Raymond McMullen, Minneapolis, a salesman for the Ken S. Gold Com- pany. He is cited in a formal com- plaint prepared by Nissen as having offered bribes in the amount of to Preston, Roberton and Beach on or about December 2, 1947. When McMullen failed to appear in court this morning, Judge Libera ordered that a bench warrant be issued to guarantee his presence in court to hear a formal reading of the charge. Colling stated that there also will (Continued on Page 17, Column 3.) BEACH Four Accused County Commissioners wait, with spectators, in the city building courtroom before their arraignment on bribery charges. Three of them are sitting in the second row, left to right: Frank Preston, with his hand to his nose; Fred Roberton and William Beach, who is turned toward Roberton. In the row behind them and partly visible between them, is August Gensmer. Sitting to the right of Gensmer is an examiner in the state department of public examiner, although the examiner George no connection with the department's report on Winona county bribery transactions. He and two other examiners are here for a routine examination of the city of Winona records. Board of education records are .also being examined. 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