Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 1949, Winona, Minnesota CLOUDY TONIGHT, SUNDAY THERE'S NO STATIC _ ON KWNO-FM 97.5 MEGACYCLES VOLUME 49, NO. 239 WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 26, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER CO PI SIXTEEN PAGES TODAY- Lincoin Boosted in Ohio H. G. Putnam Quits As City Fire Chief H. G. Putnam, a member of the; Winona fire department for nearly! a quarter of a century, this after- j By Joseph and Stewart Alsop Jnoon his resignation fromj Kroll, position of chief which he has! man of the C.I.O.'s Political since January 25, 1932. committee, paid a private, unan-l Chief PutnanV's resignation wasj nounced call on President by the board of fire andi last week. Other recent callers'police commissioners at a special: have been Secretary of called shortly after 1 p. m.j Trai n Kill s onan ture Charles Brannan and Iriterior Secretary Oscar Chapman. C.I.O. today. After accepting the chief's resig-j nation "with the board ap- President Philip Murray is expect-1 proved the appointment of Frank P.j ed to make a similar visit to 820 West Fifth street, to the White House shortly. And the chief j vacancy, w j 1937 purpose of all these callers is the been a member of the depart- persuade President Tru- man that Ohio farm leader Murray Lincoln is the best man to beat ment since April 1, 1920. Chief Putnam entered the local fire service July 10, 1917 and served j ,as a fireman until February 23, 1923! Senator Robert A. Taft in the cru-i ,hen he resigned from the force; clal Ohio election next year. jtg accept a position as manager ofj The White House calls represent'motor truck sales of the Interna- thc culmination of the efforts byjtJonal Harvester Company the liberal and labor groups to Southern Coal Operators Ask New Wage Talks Hopes of Avoiding New Strike December 1 Held a strong candidate to oppose Taft. These efforts have had their hu- morous have been a little like the famous lines from By Harold W. Ward bid from one group of coal operators for re- newed contract talks with John L. Lewis bolstered hope today for avoiding a new mine strike Decem- ber 1. ____ ___ Joseph E. Moody, president of the December 17, 1932, and Putnam j but explained that he may possibly Southern Coal Producers assocla- nrtnninfar) o f nllntuin Cf visi t a. brother in California. -Vip m-rMln "fait- if Time H. G. Putnam Resigns as Fire Chief chief c. Norton. Norton diedj this afternoon. He explained that he had made: Chief Putnam is eligible for re- no definite plans for the future: tirement pension benefits. was appointed the following j visit a brother in California. jtion, said -his group "felt it was nonth. The resignation of the chief, to resume negotiations." Chief Putnam gave no reason I is 61 years old, will become effec- xhe contract discussions were "Horatius at the his unexpected resignation tive December 31 and the off by southern opera- behind cried forward, and those j when he appeared before the board ment of Witt takes effect January as well as by representatives before cried back." Except for a run-of-the-mill politician. State Auditor Joseph Ferguson, and a few political eccentrics, none of Ohio's leading Democrats has been eager to take on the redoubtable Taft. LINCOLN HIMSELF has shared this reluctance, although he has been the labor groups' favorite Horatius from the beginning, Lin- coln's reluctance has sprung large- ly from two sources. In the first place, he is a registered Republi- can, and he feared that he would of mine owners in the North and West, during October. "Mr. Lewis can advise Us if he thinks it's possible to come to terms on a Moody told reporters last night after telegraphing the mine leader that he was willing to reopen negotiations. Reports persisted, despite some denials, that other operator groups also might invite peace talks with Lewis. There have been broad hints that! Lewis is ready to extend the present By Marvin L. Arrowsmith strike truce beyond next Thursday, Washington A high government official said privately tne operators show some signs of that a senator's television discussion of atomic weapons helped touch ofx lmakjng a contract proposition The a presidential crackdown on talk about defense secrets j three-week truce which Lewis not get real support from the White j But the senator Edwin C. Johnson denied empnati- Qn November 9 expires next House and the_national Democratic! cally that the broadcast had any part in President action late Wednesday at midnight. Atomic Safeguards Ordered Tightened organization. In the second place, he feared that lacking this support. Ferguson, who has a considerable personal organization in Ohio, would beat him in the primaries, before he had his crack at Taft. The labor groups and their liber- al allies are convinced that only Lincoln, who Is an excellent, color- p ful speaker, and who has ti real: farm following, has a chance to! beat the detested author of the Taft-Hartley net. Hence the calls on the White House, which are part of the determined campaign to overcome Lincoln's hesitations. Ths White House calls are re- ported to have elicited no more yesterday. And Johnson reiterated that he thinks there has been too little too the atomic energy program. The President late yesterday di- rected Attorney General McGrath to tighten up the safeguarding of atomic and other national security information. McGrath and Senator McMahon chairman of the Senate-House atomic energy committee, told newsmen about the order after conferring with Mr, Truman for more than an hour. Neither McGrath nor McMahon would say what prompted the direc- tive. They declined to answer ques- tions about Johnson. Reasons for Order But an official entirely familiar with the reasons for the crack- down order told a reporter: "There has been a series of inci- dents endangering security which New President For Panama Takes Office portea 10 JHWC OIUILCU muic, Panama, Panama-WV-Panama's than guarded expressions of sym-lstrong man police chief Colonel pathy for the Lincoln Antonio Remon, and two of President Truman has no his aides last night submitted their OoTof interfering overtly in the I resignations to President Amu f o Ohio primaries in favor of a reg- Arias whom they swept into office ,dislurbed xhe resident, but it is istered Republican. However, Wil-'two t ._ fc .safe to say that the whole thing liam Boyle, chairman of the na-l The new president said he Would ,was brought to a head by the tional Democratic committee, now plans a trip to Ohio in the next week or ten days, during which he will confer with Lincoln about his chances. Boyle will not at-jarmed force. tempt, any more than Truman, to Arias' regime already was harried dictate to the Ohio Democrats, j by both internal and foreign diffi- but undoubtedly he will delicately convey the President's preference act on the resignations "in telecast." course." Meanwhile Remon. maker] xhe television program to which York Lewis has called his 200-man policy committee to meet in New York Monday. Those plans may be changed as developments warrant. Meetings of soft coal operators in Pittsburgh failed to produce any big decisions as the truce deadline approached, leaving it up to Lewis to make a move. Instead of extending the truce an- other 30 days or so, Lewis could al- low the miners to resume their strike. But they were believed to have little stomach, for another long test of economic strength. Christmas is less than a month away and the miners have had short rations since their contract expired last June SO. President Truman conferred yes- Taylor Protests A GOOD FELLOWS EDITORIAL By M. H. White, Publisher In the midst of plenty, there are many children, who, through no fault of their own, have little to look forward to this Christmas. Hundreds of them, right here in Winona, do not have adequate clothing for Minnesota's bitter winter weather. Many are the causes. In some cases it's just a matter of there being too many mouths to feed. Illness of the breadwinner is another contributor to the condi- tion. Unemployment soon wipes out savings, and there are 500 more unemployed in Winona than a year ago. Death or desertion of the husband has left many a Winona mother without adequate means to properly take care of her little ones. In too many cases, improvidence of the parents brings on this sad state of affairs, but the children are not to blame. But whatever the cause, and there are many more, there should not be an ill clad child in this city on Christmas day. Last year the Good Fellows Club received contributions totaling less than entirely inadequate amount. Gifts to each child had to be limited to one item, while most of them needed three, four or five. If a youngster needed shoes, overshoes, stockings and a coat he had to settle for the one that seemed to be needed most. This year, with unemployment a factor in so many homes, a tremendously larger job must be done if no needy child is to be missed and all are to be given everything they need. Good Fellows workers, in order to cover the ground, must be able to begin their work immediately and they must know that they have adequate funds early or they must limit purchases to one item per child. Because of present high prices of most needed items and because many more things must be bought this year, we hope that there will be more Winona Good Fellows than ever before and that contributions will be larger. Three or four times as much money as was raised last year will be necessary to insure a 100% Merry Christmas for Winona's threadbare and overshoeless young fry. The drive for funds has started, and because we realize the need (dollar- wise) is more than ever, The Republican-Herald has substantially increased its own contribution to Won't you please give more too, and do it early? well D. Taylor filed a strongly word- ed protest with the Russians today on the fatal shooting of an Ameri- Extreme Caution Urged Fatal Shooting Of For Drivins in Winter U. S. Soldier Because of numerous traffic accidents in the Winona area during the Thanksgiving holiday, authorities here today joined In urging motor- ists to use extreme caution while driving on streets and highways made hazardous by winter conditions. Referring to statistics prepared byj Major General Max- police Records Clerk Marvin Meier, during whichland breaker of presidents, still referred originated in New "X Lincoln the nation's onlyjon November 1. The subject of _____ ...........___ _____ panel discussion was: "Is there too the possible use of the Taft-Hart- There was Murray he and the President might have talked over !j organized labor's attitude toward Larson Trial on the fatal shooting of an Ameri- Philip can Air Force sergeant by a Russian j ation of aU motorists in ouril inPllV IVlfiilOnV itenant of Lew-'sentry last night. The Army identi-j j t maintain a death-free WMVl IJ I IVlliHU J iflnA cnlHioT a c Sfnff Rpr-! T 6 _. j At La Crosse Isadore Weaver; Lifelong City Resident, Victim Watchman Unable To Reach Man Before Mishap Sixty-four-year-old Isadore "Slip- pery" Weaver died in the Winona General hospital shc-tly after 3 a. m. hours after he was struck by an eastbound passen- ger train near the Main street cross- ing of the Milwaukee road. A lifelong resident of this city and long familiar with police and court attaches here, Weaver is reported to have returned to Winona only yesterday from Eau Claire, Wis., where he had been employed re- cently. Hospital records give his address :as 601 East Wabaslm street, a j brother's residence, bit he had no 'permanent residence in the city 'during recent years. The accident occurred at p. m., as the Chicago-bound fast mail was approaching the Milwau- kee station. Seen Sitting on Track A railroad tower flagman. Al Pur- vis, 604 Lafayette street, told police Lhat he noticed Weaver sitting on the tracks about 150 feet west of the Main street crossing shortly be- fore the train came into sight. He explained that he was unabls to reach the man before the train arrived at the crossing. Two train- C. A. Stenson and Fireman Charles Morley, both of authorities that the train whistle was blown at the approach to the crossing and that apparently Weaver made an effort to get up from the tracks. As the train came closer to tha crossing at a speed of about 15 or 20 miles an hour, Stenson said. Weaver appeared to be unable to move from the spot and was struct by tie front of the engine. Thrown 21 Feet He was thrown approximately 21 feet by the impact and an am- jbulance was summoned to take Chief of Police A. J. Blngold re- marked that "thus far this year the city has recorded only one traffic) fatality and we are asking the co-it terday with C.I.O. Pre, Murray, one-time lieutenant of Lew-1seuwy iasi, mguu .inc is, and the mine leaders' successor traffic for the city during head of the CJ.O. _ e m T11 ibltuiiu AUI HUG igeant John E. Staff, of Ramsey, 111.; h remainder of tne year. General Taylor charged the sen- guilty of "senseless brutal- for Lincoln as Taft. the man to beat cultles. much secrecy in our atomic pro- ley act the coal disputei gram johnson, a member of the Join: The United States announced it [atomic committee, argued that did not recognize the new govern- j there is not enough secrecy. But t The act's provision for court In- I ment should be no cause for alarm and Arias told the public this! during the debate he asserted that. 1. This country s scientists have: snouia ue no cause ior aiarm ana i. -nus uuuuu.v AS FOR LINCOLN, he has been i predicted that Washington would developed an A-bomb which subjcrted to an avalanche of per- recognize him "sooner or later." Isix times the effectiveness of junctions forms Mr. Truman's ma- jor weapon in the event of any walkout that threatens the nation's The President has said use that weapon if he con- national coal emergency suasion. He made a hugely sue- A widespread fiare-up of strikes I bomb dropped at Nagasaki in 1945. on hand. chief executive is not cessful speech at the recent C.I.O.jnnd a call for a generai strike to! 2. The United States is Lewis has not made his full con treasurer James Carey police chiefs have offered their j 3. American scientists have gone on him in a body to urge him to'resigr.itions. (far toward finding a way to demands known even to the my possession." AriasUn enemy bomb before it reaches coal operators. He says his "mod- ____ fief T nrtTi I i-om On frc TFmiln nnn -til CiT challenge TaJt. Subsequently he come to Washington, and the ings of Br.innnn, Chapman j0 me ;n a gesture of self-j other administration insiders, ns'sacrlnce and of loyalty to my gov-i well cis labor men like the A.F.L.'s eminent by the chiefs of trie na- TrUITI3n ADDointS fYtrft Joseph Kecncui, have added extra tional police. j r> j 'I shall act upon them in due'CKicagOan tO Board president added. est" requirements would add 30 or J35 cents to the cost of producing a ton of coal, but that this could be absorbed by the mine owners out of profits. pressure. Moreover, the effort? of the labor coursc, men have not been limited to per- suasion. As soon as The wants operators to double are sure Lewis the present 20- President Tru-'cents-a-ton royalty financing the ity." The American commandant car- ried the protest personally to Major General Alexander Kotikov, Soviet commander in Berlin. XI. S. Army authorities, after an inquiry, "Every motorist should observe the simple, sensible rules of driving dur-j ing the dangerous months ahead ofj he said. "Everyone driving on: Crosse, Wis. Arnold Larson, Minneapolis automobile mer and his appeal.at fatally injured man to the hospital where he died at a. m. Born in Winona April 4, 1885, Weaver was employed with the United States corps of engineers on river projects in this area for many years. More recently he had no steady employment in the city but was a familiar figure around town and was well-known to most Winona res- dents. He was employed by the Milwau- kee road for some time this sum- employed incident through a spokesman: The sergeant, two soldier comrades and a German girl were "joyrlding" 'get the feel of th starting on any trip and should ad- just his speed to the road and wea- ther conditions. The windshield and in an official Air Force automobile windows should be kept clear of ____ in the British sector near snow and tire chains should be day afternoon airfield. They came to the Rusisan zone border without knowing it until a Soviet soldier halted them at ,an obscure checkpoint. I used for driving on ice and snow." Truck Drivers Sheriff George Fort and the state tf in ratooad Circuit Judge Roland Steinle ruled in Milwaukee, Wis., yester- hat the trial will Monday Injured by Train Years Ago Several years ago, they exp'.ain- .Larson maintained it would tracks here but received only impossible for him to get a fair mnor injuries in the accident. _ _ Wnnct-Q I corvifpc tin 11 La Crosse, home of the': (highway patrol also emphasized theitrlal The driver "spun the car around j observance of these safe driving j victim" James" McLooneV TheiMonday at a- m- at lhe E toward the British sector and re-1 procedures and the sheriff jefj' tne 'way open for mortuary and at 10 a. fused to heed a command to halt.jspecial mention of the if attorneys are unable the St. Stanislaus church, the The Russian shot through the back I habit of "tailgating" practiced ,_ -r TJ -p nfriciaMnir held Bor- m., of the car and hit the sergeant the head. He died later in the R.A.F. hospital at Gatow. The spokesman said the Russian to I agree upon a jury in La Crosse. i Rev. N. F. Grulkowski officiating. truck drivers. Larson is accused of killing Dr. Burial win be in the St. Mary's The sheriff stated that "I in 1947 to avenge thelcemctery. received a great number of com-jdeath of Larson's son, who was un- Friends may call at the mortuary iplaints recently that truck driversider the doctor's care. are not following other vehicles at some way or another that the car are not IOIIOIMIJB ouiei should come inside the Russian a safe mstanee on the highway. should come inside the Russian zone." This the driver refused to do. Two "Virtually every over-the-road Larson's petition for a change of Sunday afternoon and evening and a rosary will be said by Father and dicnted in Cleveland that he handed to him Thurs- tempted. but was worried by tne.. in the second Rem0n-led coup rivalry of Fergu.-on, the bent-Tattld.etat in Iive days_ strategy committee in Ohio went: into nction. This committee, which: includes the A.F.L.. the machin-. ists, and the railway brotherhoods as '.veil as the C.T.O., put renew-; ed pressure on Fertrusan to bow; out. The labor men gently pointed out to Fei'suson that he could not hope to pet anywhere without en-1 thusiaslic labor support. THE BETTING IS NOW VERT; HIGH that as a result of all thisj Herculean effort on his bchslf. Lin-j coin will run whether or not Fer-j pusor. withdraws. He will not an-j nounce his candidacy until after he confers with Boyle, and he will certainly want of all- out support apaiust Taft despite his vaKiicly Republican back- ground. But the chances now are that these assurances will be forth- comh'.sr, and that Lincoln will an- nounce his decision to run. prob- ably early in December. A" Lincoln-Taft contest will be the most exciting, and deeply nific.ir.t, election in many years. The two are diametrically opposed on foreign a? well as domestic pol- icy, and the emotional slightly consciously Lincolnrsque Lincoln will make' a dramatic contrast to the dry. downright Taft. But more than this. Lincoln, despite the fact that his farm background and his farm support arc major assets, be pre-eminently the candi- date of the labor groups. His can- he is at last persuaded to make up his mind to be a measure of the extent to which the Democratic party is now on the way to becoming an authen- tic labor party. coup chairman of the Defense his miners S15 for a seven-hour 'ment's munitions board. work day. Minnesotans Work Day Out Of Three for Government By Jack Mackay St. Paul cit- izens are working nearly one day out of every three for the government. This was stated today in an analysis of Minnesota's income tax by Harold L. Henderson, executive director of the Min- nesota Institute of Governmen- tal Research. Henderson disclosed that Min- nesota has the sixth highest in- come burden in the nation. He reported that 58.3 per cent of all local, state and federal taxes in Minnesota were obtain- ed from income taxes. The federal income tax re- ceipts in Minnesota for 1948 were while state receipts amounted to 000. The federal government collected 13 times the amount of the state. "The tax problem is again a major issue before the citi- zens of Henderson said. "This comes about for a number of reasons. "In the first place, the 1949 legislature increased taxes In 1948 all levels of government collected in taxes local, S157.552.564; state, and federal, in Minnesota. This was 29.2 per cent of the total income pay- ments of the state. This is higher than the national aver- age of 27.1 per cent. "In other .words, Minnesota citizens are working nearly one day out of every three for the government. This indicates that they are paying nice per cent more of their income af- ter federal taxes than the av- erage in other states. "Secondly, the 1949 legisla- ture used of surplus funds to balance the current biennial budget. These funds will not be available in 1951. "If expenditures and reve- nues from present sources re- main unchanged for the next biennium. it will therefore be necessary to raise approximat- ly per year in new revenues. "Thirdly, the 1949 legislature was uncertain as to the sound- ness and equity of the current tax system and created a spe- cial interim committee of five house members and five sena- tors to study the entire tax system of the state and to make an investigation of tax laws of other states for the purpose of reducing inequities and improving the tax struc- ture of the state in the best interests of all the people of the state." For many years, Henderson emphasized, Minnesota has had one of the highest state income taxes. Moreover, the income tax at this time raises more revenue than any other state tax source and is there- fore an important cog in our state tax machinery. In Henderson's opinion, a state income tax has a num- ber of weaknesses, such as conflicting tax jurisdictions, high citizen compliance costs, expensive administration, in- ter-state competition and mul- tiple taxation. Henderson pointed out that 27 states have sales tax laws as a major source of revenue. Sales taxes brought in more revenue to state treasurers in the fiscal year 1948 000) than income taxes UVC1J J, J JI J trucking company requires that its because of detailed radio and a. distance of reports of the case, lind any Steinle spent an hour and 33 participate in the shooting. Thel 17 _ J minutes reading affidavits and Russian fired several shots at the (Continued on Page 13, Column 4.) newspaper clippings before mak- venue contended La Crosse at the mortuary at residents are prejudiced againstjp. m., Sunday. He is survived by two brothers, Bert Weaver of Winona and Peter Weaver, Milwaukee, three nephews retreating automobile, the spokes- man said. Chinese Seize Aide of Ward Washington Angus Ward's chief aide in the American consulate at Mukden has been seized by com- munist authorities in connection I with "spying charges." The information came to the State department today in a report from I Consul General Ward, just released jby the Chinese reds after conviction on a charge of beating a Chinese worker in the consulate. Ward himself and four members of his staff were held for a month before they were sentenced, their] sentences suspended, and they werej ordered out of the country. They! were freed last Monday. Ward reported that his vice consul, j 26-year-old William N. Stokes, ai native of Hartford, Conn., had been; taken to "court" without warrant, j The State department ordered! Consul General O. Edmund Clubbi at Peiping to file "the strongest protest" with the national Chinese communist leaders "over this un- warranted treatment." At the same time the department declared that "any allegations that members of the consulate general staff in Mukden engaged in espion- age are ridiculous and absolutely false." and one niece. Reporters Interview Miss Margaret Truman at a news confer- ence in Washington today as the daughter of the President and Mrs. Truman disposed of rumors of her engagement. Miss Truman said if people are going to start such rumors she wishes they'd "at least pick someone I Wirephoto to The Republi- can-Herald.) Mrs. Anderson Making Trip By Freighter Minneapolis Mrs. Eugenic Anderson, newly appointed ambas- sador to Denmark says she's going to sail for her post at Copenhagen in a freighter, She said she and her artist hus- band John Anderson, will leave Rcl Wing, Minn., their home, December 7 and sail from New York on an 11- day ocean trip a few days later. "It will be more fun. if slower, to go by said Mrs. An- derson. She is the first woman ever i to be appointed to an ambassador's !post. Minnesota members of the Amer- icans for Democratic Action of which she was state chairman for itwo years, held a reception in her honor here last night. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Partly cloudy tonight and Sunday. Some- what warmer with diminishing winds tonight, becoming colder Sunday af- ternoon. Low tonight near 20; high Sunday 35. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 35; minimum. 20; noon, 35; precipitation, trace; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at Additional weather on Page 13.