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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 1949, Winona, Minnesota SNOW TONIGHT, SUNDAY; COLDER VOLUME 49, NO. 251 WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 10, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY GIVE TO THE GOOD FELLOWS SIXTEEN PAGES Larson Acquitted; JuryOut5 Hours Cheers Rise From Packed Courtroom Defendant Aroused From Sleep To Hear Verdict Freeing Him By Gordon R. Closway la Crosse, Wis. "NOT With the reading of these two words in circuit court here 12 minutes before midnight last night, Arnold Larson became a free man. Wild cheering broke out from the packed courtroom with the reading of the verdict. It continued despite vigorous pounding Oi the cavel by Judge Roland J. Steinle of Milwaukee. The decision, acquitting the dapper 35-year-old automobile sales- man of the November 14, 1947, slaying of Dr. James McLoone, prom- inent La Crosse physician, apparently satisfied the crowd. It was not too unexpected. Most i persons who had sat through the 12-day trial had predicted either a I verdict of not guilty or disagree- ment of the jury. Few thought from the evidence there would be a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree. Larson, beaming as the verdict was read, ran forward and thank- ed the jurors, 11 men and one woman. The jury, which had a choiae of two of murder In the first degree or ac- .arson Sidelights Struggling to control their Arnold O. Larson, 35-year- old auto salesman, and his elderly father, Arthur Larson of Waukon, Iowa, embrace in the circuit courtroom at La Crosse last night fol- lowing Larson's acquittal on n charge of murdering Dr. James E. McLoone, La Crosso physician. The Jury deliberated five hours and ten minutes. The elder Larson was a defense witness. This picture was taken about midnight, soon after the jury returned with its verdict of "not guilty." <AP. Wirephoto special to The Republican- Herald) Serious But Happy, Arnold O. Larson, shakes the hand of Juror M. G. Munkeby of La Crosse, in circuit court at La Crosse at mid- night last night shortly after the jury freed, him of a charge of murdering Dr. James E. McLoone. In the left background is A. E. Sheridan, Waukon, Iowa, one of Larson's attorneys. At the right is John Bosshard, La Crosse, another defense lawyer. In -the back- ground are other jurors, newspaper reporters and part of the crowd which packed the courtroom and broke into cheers when the ver- dict was read. (AJP. Wirephoto special to The Republican-Herald) Heavy Water Sent Russ, Probers Say- By Doutlu B. Cornell Washington The House un-American activities committee dug out today what it considers proof that the Russians got grams ol heavy for atomic 1943. The committee also Is thinking of caning in the head of a Cana- dian firm for questioning about pounds of uranium compounds the Soviets got in the spring of 1943. The heavy water was the fourth- wartime atomic shipment to the Soviets the committee believes it has nailed down. Additional checks have shown that a report of a shipment of uranium compound in mid-1944 was a dud. Australians Vote to Oust Socialist Rule Sydney The Australian Leaving China Sunday Taku Bar, China when the boy Idled in 1944. Death was listed 03 due to a bowel obstruction, Denies Dl-WiU to Doctor The state claimed that Larson brooded over the boy's death and I that this provided the motive for I the slaying. 4 rari'o sta-l But on the stand Larson denied A Cedar Rapids, Iowa, rao.o sia mwnrrt the press representatives immediate- y after the case went to the jury :or their opinions of the verdict. Result: Nine slips of paper stated 'hung jury" and six said "not guil- ty." Not one predicted a conviction. Judge Roland J. Steinle was a favorite with the press. He al- lowed time exposures to be taken in the courtroom throughout the trial except on the final day, bad no objections to posed pictures and flash shots taken daring recesses and on two oc- casions, when Mrs. Larson and later when larson took the stand, let photographers take pictures of the witnesses in the witness box before they began giving testimony. the physician. He said he and Dr. McLoone were on good terms aft- er the child's McLoone went so far as to say he did not expect to be paid for his medical services. He stated that he saw McLoone only two other times after that and that both were chance once on a street and once on a train platform. Larson's pretty brunette wi.e, Nola, took the stand and said that he had told her that he killed Dr. McLoone. She said he admitted the slaying to her last August two months after she had been grant- ed an interlocutory divorce decree. The divorce later was set aside because papers were not properly served on Larson. She also testified that Larson (Continued on Page 9, Coliunn 6) SIDELIGHTS 12 When a note was dropped in front threatened to kill McLoone in the 'presence of a number of relatives the day of their son's funeral. She stated that Larson was away from home most of the evening of the slaying. Told of Minneapolis Trip Larson denied all of his wife's accusations. He said he did not ever tell her that he bad killed the physician. He denied that be had threatened to kill Dr. McLoone, and other relatives took the stand to back him up and say they had not heard him, make any such statement. Larson told the jury that be was home all evening until 9 p.m. the night the doctor was shot. (Mc- Loone was shot to death between and 9 The only excep- tion, he said, was a period of from (Continued on Page 9, Column 3) LARSON