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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1949, Winona, Minnesota SHOWERS TONIGHT, TUESDAY COOLER THERE'S NO STATIC ON KWNO-FM 97.5 MEGACYCLES VOLUME 49, NO. 199 W1NONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 10, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES TODAY- 65-MileW Three Hurt at Wabasha; Roof Blown Off Building Wabasha, Minn. Three yonnp persons were in- jured, one seriously, when the roof was blown off the old Hir- schy opera house on the main business rireet of Wabasha at p. m. today. Knocked down by flying bricks and debris were the two sons of Charles C. McDonald of Reads and Joan Riester. The McDon- ald boys are high school athletes. One was seriously injured about the head and shoulders and the other received a severe scalp wound. Up to 2 p. m. the injuries of the Riester girl, a former Wa- basha beauty queen, had not been determined. The roof was dumped into the street by the strong wind. The building now houses the First State bank. The itfjured were walking on the sidewalk when the roof blew off. Appeasing Russia May Mean War By Joseph and Stewart Alsop Washington Through no fault of the Air Force, there is an im- portant nrain of truth among the volumes of dusty chaS that are being so angrily blown about the capital by the embattled naval avia- tors. Our defense has not been bal- anced since the war: it is not bal- anced today, and if present plans are followed, it will not be balanced! for a long time to come. j This is so because our civilian leaders have chosen to gamble on the deterrent effect of our strategic aviation and our stockpile of atomic weapons. The joint chiefs of staff have not recommended this gamble, any more than they have approved! Admiral Radford's fantastic proj-1 ect for defending ourselves against a nonnaval power by investing the bulk of our resources in the Navy. The gamble has been chosen as the easiest way out of a dilemma. The dilemma is. of course, wheth- er to meet the challenge of Soviet rearmament, with all the attendant effort and expense; or to avoid the, effort and expense, and not meet the challenge. The gamble on strategic aviation plus an atomic1 stockpile represents an attempt to! escape both of the dilen.jia's ex- tremely uncomfortable horns. By the standards of modern war, it is not only moderately expensive to maintain the necessary groups of B-29's and B-36's and to push for- ward with the atomic energy pro- gram. Yet it can be <and is) ar- gued that the Soviet union will never risk aggression, while the masters of the kremlln know their country "can be put back into the 14th century in a matter of weeks." THE MAIN REASON why we have drifted into this immense gam- ble on a simple deterrent, is prob- ably the most obvious reason. In the past four years, only three lead- ers of the administration have real- ly believed in rearming in earnest. But Robert A. Lovett is now in New York; Averell Harrlman is in Paris and James V. Forrestal is in Arling- ton cemetery. THEY alone asked, "What needs to be The ques- tion asked nowadays is, "What can be which, being interpreted, means, "What Is it convenient to In rart, it is understandable why the underlying question of all poli- cy-making is being rather different- ly phrased nowadays than in the past. Even under Lovett, the State department staff was always primar- ily pollticpl-minded. They regard-. ed the wjrld-contest with the Sov- iet unlor as chiefly a political con- By Douglas B. Cornell test. They feared that the defense! Navy electronics expert told House Investiga- eflort would be competitive today that radar can track rockets and reach the moon so it cer- ffets Winona This Tree Gave Way before the strong wind this morning and leaned heavily against the home of Howard Bartz, 702 East Fourth Damage to the home was negligible and a window in the second floor of Prondzinski's grocery store next door was broken. Naval Officer Calls- B-36 Vulnerable w ttons under the.free world. They Lieutenant Commander E. W. Harrison continued before the House came perilously close to deprecating I armed services committee the Navy's attack on the giant, six-engine such purely strategic developments I Bomber that is the pride of the Air In our foreign policy as the At-1 Gaping Holes In Two Walls Of The Standard Foundry, 1175 East Broadway, show where the force of today's storm hit. Eight work- men inside the structure fled to safety when the back end of the building collapsed. The wind switched then, according to reports, and the side wall was almost demolished. When the above picture was taken at p. iu. the roof was sagging more and more, threatening to crash or be blown off at any moment. Republican-Herald photos lantic pact. Now, moreover, although in Dean G. Acheson we have a secretary of state of the greatest attainments, Force. Admiral Arthur W. Radford led off for the Navy last week with a contention that the B-36 con- Now other Navy men are giving supporting testimony on the gen- eral theme that too much of limit- ed defense funds are going into the B-36 and too little into naval avia- tion. Members of the committee have indicated deep concern over re- is hard enough for Acheson to pro-! contends, carry out bombing mis- j ports that Secretary of Defense it Column fi 11sions without detection and Johnson plans further cuts (uominuea on -'i losses. Radford said the claims Jin spending for the Navy and Its are not true. lair arm. it is not possible for Acheson to take struction program must be labeled the part that Lovett did in "billion dollar blunder" unless, can defense planning. Indeed, it the plane can, as the Air Force FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity Mostly) cloudy, occasional showers with strong winds shifting to northwest tonight; Tuesday clear and cooler. Low tonight 50, high Tuesday 64. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 78; minimum, 52; noon, 71; precipitation, .05. Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: arson Bound Over After Innocence Plea La Crosse, Wis. Arnold Larson pleaded innocent today to a charge of first degree murder in the slaying of Dr. James McLoone and was bound over to county court for preliminary hearing. The 35-year-old automobile sales-; Maximum. 75; minimum, 53; noon, man was ordered returned to the 65' precipitation, .39; sun sets to-j county jail without bond pending night at sun rises tomorrow the hearing which County Judge Roy V. Ahlstrom set for 2 p.m. (Additional Weather on Pagi: 18.) October 31. The arraignment took only a few moments before Judge Ahlstrom, who also will preside at the pre- liminary hearing. Larson, a former La Crosse resi- dent, waived extradition last Fri- day following his arrest in Minne- apolis. He was returned here that night by Sheriff Verne Lamp and spent the weekend in the county jail. Although This Big Maple Tree uprooted the boulevard and side- walk and crashed onto the L. K. Woodworth home, 402 West Wabasha street, during the height of this morning's violent windstorm, it caused only minor damage. Ey a freak of nature only one window was iiroken. "We were at Mrs. Woodworth said, "but no one even heard it." At noon workmen were removing the tree. Storm Damage Widespread; Wires Downed Two Men Rescued From Mississippi; Trees Blown Down Winds up to 65 miles an hour bat- tered Winona and vicinity this morning. They crumpled several small buildings, pushed trees against houses, virtually disrupted long dis- ance telephone service, cut off elec- ;rical service for wide areas, pushed in show windows m downtown stores and littered streets with de- bris. The winds even knocked globes off several downtown light standards. No one was injured in Winona, but a pedestrian narrowly missed injury I when bricks fell from one down- town building. Two Winona fishermen were res- cued from the Mississippi river near the sewage plant this morning after their craft was swamped in mid- river at 11 a. m. They clung to their boat until the wind blew them to a sandbar where Winona firemen res- cued them. They were Clarence Cisewski, 68 Mankato avenue, and John Lewinski, 817 East Front street. The entire area, including Ro- chester and La Crosse, was alter- nately battered by wind and rain, amounted to .40 of an inch. Winds Intensify After the winds had blown stiffly in the early morning, they suddenly stepped up to near-hurricane pro- portions about 10 a. m. For 90 minutes they raged, but by a. m, the sun was out. During the height of the storm the winds averaged between 45 and 50 miles an hour. Show windows were blown out of the Sherwin-Williams Company store, 167 Center street; Miller's ladies ready-to-wear store, 54 East Third street, and-iatsch Son- Company, 50 West Second street. Tree Hits House A large maple tree fell against the L. R. Woodworth residence, 402 West Wabasha street, but miracu- lously only one window was broken. A garage at the house owned by Anthony Classen, 1662 West Fifth I street, was twisted out of shape, and the vegetable stand owned by W. J. wemecke, 1649 West Fifth street, was collapsed. Carls traveling on the highway in the storm were buffeted by the high- velocity gusts, and streets were vir- tually deserted. The Winona Flying service had a hectic time to secure their small planes, but they accomplished it with the assistance of volunteers. Poles Downed Numerous telephone and electric light poles In the city were top- pled sidewise, and along the railroad tracks at the airport a dozen poles were out of line. Police reported that numerous dangerous electric wires were on many streets, and said that at Ham- ilton and Howard streets, motorists were driving across a wire carry- ing volts when they arrived. The fire department was called to the Peerless Chain Company, 50 Walnut street, at 11 a. m., when a downed electric wire was sparking. Despite the unusually high winds reminded many of the Arm- istice day storm nine years the Weather bureau said Winona was on the edge of the storm. Thex center was northwest of here. Hundreds of duck hunters and fishermen were on the river and in the sloughs when the winds hit suddenly like nine years ago but no reports of loss of life or in- (Continued on 18, Column 2.) STORM Collapsed garage at the Anthony Classen residence, 1862 West Fifth street Trees and branches were down at numerous points. This was at Laird and Third streets. Directional sign, pointing to downtown area, at West Broadway and highway 61. Republican-Herald