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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 15, 1949, Winona, Minnesota                              WARMER TONIGHT, FRIDAY CLOUDY GIVE TO THE GOOD FELLOWS VOLUME 49, NO. 255 MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, 15, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY THIRTY PAGES U.S. Excise Tax Repeal Weighed Blast Toll at Sioux City 16 Ruins Sifted, Three Persons Still Missing Escaping Gas Suspected Cause Of Explosion By Al Dopkine Sioux City, Iowa M) Amid a I scene of ruin "just like the place v j u u u _, i Jprn 92S West Fifth street had been workmen 326 West nntree Youthful Bandit Gets From West End Tavern An armed bandit early rooming obtained STO in cash from ed near v H After a west JLna tavern, ed Truman Silent On Plans for New Levies Balanced Budget Aim of Experts, President Claims Key West, Fla, President Truman said today that Treasury Wetzel's station wagon park-iafter they left the car, they staff experts are tavern. >ed along the highway to the Wood-. ree had entered thejlawn cemetery but their attempts making studies to determine wheth- station wagon, Wetzel was in-! to rouse the caretaker of the er wartime excise taxes can be re- a station wagon and ordered jstructed to drive south on South cemetery were unsuccessful and pealed. a surprise vacation news con- the tavern's two bartenders atj Baker street to highway 61 and gunpoint to accompany him across j thence east to Huff street across Lake them away. William Winona before from the car he and forced! Lake Winona, the men said. drove! When the trio had crossed the they notified police of the incident the President Declined lake, the gun brandishing youth ______ Lattimore and Earl) told. Wetzel and Lattimore to leave Wetzel, bartenders at Neeck's car and walk away. The hold. -ft." Republican-Herald photo A Winona Man Was Injured when his car was involved in a head-on collision with another auto- mobile shortly after noon today on highway 14, about lour miles west of the city. B'. G. Robertson of Minneapolis was driving the car shown at the right west on highway 14 when his automobile collided with a car driven by Gorman Winston, 193 Mechanic street. Winston taken to Winona General hos- pital for treatment of facial cuts and possible other injuries. Gorman Winston Five Detroit Stores Wrecked in Blast, Hurt As Cars Crash Near City Two men were pos- sibly their cars collided head-on at a curve on highway 14, about four miles westj of the city, shortly after noon to- Six P ix rersons Injured gas exploding in flaming fury wrecked five stores and Injured six persons here last night. Quick warnings before the barrage-like blasts let go, police said, llce man wearing a, tavem late Wednes dug through rub- ished In a violent explosion yes- terday. As sorrowing families of the iu I identified dead went about funeral! He drank the. beer 2 yf preparations the search at i.! up man drove back across the JHuff street dike toward Winona. was described by the two mders as about 18 years of day night and ordered a glass of j age, five feet ten Inches tall, slim and bareheaded. they walked back to the city and; stopped at a dairy store where1 at a.m. About one-half hour later. jsay whether he will ask new taxes Pa-! of Congress. trolmen George McGuire and Xsa-j However, he said it was always dore Wieczorek were searching the Lake park area and noticed his wrn to balance the budSet- the station wagon abandoned at Reminded that he had told a the foot of Franklin street near news conference in Washington re- cently that he knew of no way to- the Lake. Thus far, however, police inves- tigation has failed to reveal the JLattimore and Wetzel stated that'identity of the holdup man. Four firemen and a policeman, along with a store employe, were hurt.! The explosions shook northwest Detroit for three miles around Swift Company packing plant continued for three persons still missing. Nine of some 90 other persons injured remained in critical condi- tion at hospitals. Leaking gas which had hamper- ed search operations was stopped last night. Workmen who labored through- out the night under floodlights us- ed blow torches to melt away twisted girders. The searchers were able to dis- card their gas masks after am- monia fumes from the plant's shattered refrigeration system were cut off at their source. The blast rocked the building shortly before the noon hour yes- terday. There were about persons in the building. The front of the building was hit hardest. The first and second floors which housed the office staff company restaurant got the business neighborhood at Wyoming and Schoolcraft avenue. Firemen! Coal Dealers Ask day. Colncldentally, both men involved battled gas-fed flames for more in the mishap were employed by than an hour before bringing them insurance companies Gormaniunder control. Winston, 46, 193 Mechanic {lrst explosion occurred at is a representative of the short-j Steam Boiler Inspection and In- Jy after g p m. Witnesses said itlT surance Company while R. G. smoke and name mushroom- I HI 171311 ertson. 40, Minneapolis, is ern-jlng {rom. the one.story brick build- ployed by the Mutual Insurance mg CTnsToyn the Wi- Then other explosions ripped nona General hospital in a Stevens Service ambulance and is being ex- amined to determine the nature and extent of his 'injuries. He is known to have suffered facial cuts and bruises and possible chest in- juries when he was thrown against the steering wheel of the car. Robertson escaped with only a'as a crew of four company urged President Tru- cut Up but was arrested by Sheriffjptoyes were installing a regulator] man tQ tafce inimediate actlon to George Fort on a charge of at-Jon a line leading into the more coal to smal] tempting to pass another car in a Wyoming market. 'consumers. To End Shortage Chicago inter- same block. They were Tom's Grill, the K-John Camera shop, Ridley Cleaners and the Brighter t g j u Homes Paint shop. The Michigan Consolidated coal shortage, the Amen- Company said gas from a highjcan Retail Coal association says, pressure main got out of control! The association, after a meeting no-passing zone. Gas shot into the building. The! association's executive corn- shortage of coal 14 when he tion" threatens to leave thousands According to Sheriff Fort, Rob- gas company workers fled, said -son was traveling west on; a warning, turned in a fire alarm retail st cr highway pass another car while ___.....___..... _ roundingJA company spokesman said it had sharp curve on a hill west of'not been determined how the gas St. Mary's college. (was ignited but a small spark was in. A reinforced concrete loading dock at the southwest corner of the building fell into the basement. Several bodies were recovered there. Guardsmen on Duty National Guardsmen still patrol- ed the area around the plant. It is located in the heart of the Sioux City stockyards, one of the na- tion's major terminal markets. It seemed unlikely any mass funeral would be held for the vic- tims. Private arrangements for til near closing time when he walked into the A few minutes men's restroom. later he reap- peared this time with a gun in his hand and demanded that the bartenders give him "all of the money in the place." The bartender removed all of the paper money from the cash drawer and handed it to the hold-! up man, asking whether he want-j St. Ralph Rossen, Rossen Named State Mental Health Chief wipe out a deficit other than by raising taxes, he was asked if he ed the silver also. i superintendent In Station Wagon The young man replied that hejstatf Hospital of the Hastings today was named j did not, and he repeatedly order-! by Governor Youngdahl to be Min- ed Lattimore and Wetzel to lock) nesota's first commissioner of men- the tavern door and follow him tal health. He will take over the a year post on January 1. The governor said Dr. Rossen, who always has been first choice for the position, had to be drafted for the post. As commissioner of mental health, Dr. Rossen will direct the program proposed by the governor and approved by the last legislature. The program involves a complete overhauling of the state's setup for caring for the mentally ill, with! .-special emphasis on achieving cures where that is possible. The governor said Dr. Rossen will have a completely free hand Ingrid Bergman Has 'Difficulties' Obtaining Divorce New York The New York Times in a Rome dispatch today said Him Star Ingrid Bergman had told its correspondent "some difficulties" had prevented her get- ting a divorce from Dr. Peter Lind- strom. Times Correspondent Camille M. Cianfarra wrote that Miss Berg- man told him she planned to marry in directing- the program. Italian Film Director Roberto Ros- sellni as soon as she is free, having decided "to give up my artist's ca- reer because I now want to live Refused Candidacy The governor explained today Dr. Rossen has consistently re cause last rites already had been made own life just as any other to permit himself to be by two families. The couple's romance began last considered as a candidate for the A Swift Company spokesman [spring when Rosselini directed the! Position although be was always said the plant would be shut downlSwedish actress in the film "Strom-1the flrst choice. Dr. Ralph Rossen "for some time.' Investigation Begun jboli." made on a bleak, volcanic is-1 "This the governor add (land off Italy's west coast. Jed, "has been based on his unwill- Assistant Fire Chief Clarence Concerning published reports !ingness to leave his patients, either Chappelle said last night he Miss Bergman is going to have pected to find four more bodies a baby in February, the Times in the debris. This figure was re-'quoted Rossellini as saying: duced to three today after one of! "Whether she is or is not is no- the four missing persons was affair. I think that report de- ported safe. [serves neither denial nor confirma- Fire Chief Charles Kuhl, wholtion because it is an attempt to pry of small householders, estimated the damage "at morejinto the private life of a woman weather. man man While 'Robertson still was in the! all it took. eastbound lane of traffic, the! Before the gas let go, police halt- Winston car appeared around traffic and warned residents to curve and the two cars their homes, head-on. Food market clerks and custom- ,.a orisis createci Robertson staled that the car he ers were warned to get out. L_ Lewis attempting to pass did the other business places worlc stop after the accident which oc- closed for the night, currcd in a no-passing zone desig- schools and commercial buildings j blamed escapingjwho, to assert her right to her own without heat during severe winter [natural gas for explosion. (life, has given up her career-which who can ly one man, Mr.j: e present of the United! (County authorities said they what an would another probe. Gas mains lead-jthat enough? artist regards as the! thing in life. Isn't! for the a year position of the commissioner of mental health or for the even higher inducements of private practice." Dr. Rossen is 40 years old. He was born in Hibbing. He Is married and has two children. A graduate of the University of Minnesota medical school, he took an intern- pediatrics which was fol- still felt that way. He said the whole matter was un- der consideration by a Treasury committee of experts and by staff experts for the House ways and means committee. He said they j were working harmoniously. j Walking into the press room, the suddenly went Into a press conference without warning. 'Some of the reporters were In their pajamas. Experts Consulted A recent statement by Secretary of Commerce Sawyer suggesting elimination of wartime excise 5 taxes to aid business was called to his attention. Asked if he [agreed with Sawyer's proposals, lie I said the question was under consid- by the experts. I Budget Director Frank Pace said I last week he saw no way to balance !the i951 fiscal year budget without new taxes. Did the President plan to ask new taxes? will have to be covered in the budget message that goes to Congress in January, he replied. Would the budget be balanced? It has always been his aim to have a balanced budget, Mr. Tru- 'man said. The President said flatly he had not set any ceiling above which the !1951 fiscal year (starting next July ID budget could go. Personnel Problems Under questioning on other mat- ters, the President: 1. Denied revising a Navy list of recommended promotions from cap- tain to admiral to eliminate Cap- tain Arleigh A. Burke for his op- position to some phase of the uni- fication program. He said the list was still on his desk, that no name had been added or subtracted and that It was the only list. 2. Said he hasn't chosen success- ors to David B. Lilienthal as chair- man of the Atomic Energy commis- sion or Dr. Edwin G. Nourse as chairman of the economic advisory council. Nor was he ready to an- a successor to Clark M. Jessup to Study U. S. Far East Policy On Tour By The Associated Press U. S. Roving Ambassador Philip nounce C. Jessup is off today on a who is leaving as his spe- study tour of the Far East. His] jcial counsel. 3. Woudn't say whether he is re- the building were being spokesman for 12 company of- auirck witted wife of a the came here from Chi- ine quicK-wittea wue 01 a lavem vide harelv enoueh.coal to i i barely enough coal to nv t by a double yellow line at1 operator was credited with cars and trucks delivering >ntpr of thp hlcrhwav. keen down the casualties. ;fl., tn chartered Chapman Says U.S. Has Plenty Water the center of the highway. ling keep down the casualties. fue! to househood furnaces. The front end of each car was Mrs. Mae Spaulding, 46, was miEven {ull week production of coal extensively damaged in the crash, the tavern near the scene of {aU 0{ actuai Robertson stated that he was blast. Immediately upon smelling it said driving about 35 miles an hour at pas, she told the customers to clear1 the time of the collision while no out nnd went outside to warn peo- estimatc! has been mncie of the pie on the street to flee to safety. speed of Winston's car. "I remembered what I read Winston was recently elected about the Birmingham president of the Westfield golf said. and has been prominent in Winona Five persons were killed in a area golfing circles for explosion at suburban Birming- years. ham Sunday night. Patrolman John Coy, directing traffic at the street intersection smelled gas and halted the traffic I "You could smell the gas for 200 j yards around the buildings." Coy isaid. "I called the fire department. Washington Despite the The buildings went up just as the severe shortage in some parts went into the market." the country, tiie United States will! "When It blew." Coy said, "the "never run out. of water in the-flames reached right out to me in foreseeable future." middle of the street. I don't So said Secretary of the Interior'see how those firemen inside kept Chapman yesterday. He issued a'from being burned crisp." statement after receiving a flood Coy was treated at Mt. Carmel of queries, most of them prompted Mercy hospital for hums about the by New York city's water 'and hands. Others taken to bles. jthe hospital were Paul Downing, 50, market employe and Firemen Thomas MacDonald, 35; Joseph Missel. 42: Andrew Pozinak, 34, 'and Donald Murray, 48. FFDFRAL FORECASTS burned handS' FEDLKAL J-OKti ASIS -neck and ears, was in serious con- Wraona and vicinity Mostly, dition cloudy and warmer tonight: lowest in toe market 15 in the city. 10 in the country. thff exploded, said "The findings are expected to shape !appointing j. America's future relations withjmember of the national labor rela- by a fellowship in psychia- neighboring countries of communist] tions board. 1936 he entered state serv- china, and with communist China! 4- Said llew housing legislation "By making that decision hasn't Ingrid as good as said to both herj admirers and detractors: 'Look, I've! ice as clinical director of the St. fallen in love with a man who is! hospital. Young- Superintendent In May, 1938, when he was only sajd not my husband. As an artist I have investi- !28, he was appointed superintend- gation to determine the cause of the explosion. He said the officials rlsht. s the no longer Iwant to be an artist. I want to be (Continued on Page 13, Column 6.) !a happy wife with the man I love.' SIOUX CITY not, my nusuaiiu. till x ua.vt: ,.i.0tA a certain responsibility toward the of the Hastings state hospital, public and I may be criticized. All WEATHER i sure we had it." for srs now 28 pressure of gas going into resi-j be superintendent of any of the state hospitals. During the war he was lieutenant commander in the Navy. He was (chief of the electroncephalograhic division of the U. S. naval hospital at Portsmouth, Va. He returned to itself. iwas under discussion, but that no definite decision has been made. Jessup probably will confer with! 5. Reversed until his "state of the General Douglas MacArthur message to Congress any dis- cussion of further developments in the foreign aid program. 6. Referred all queries on a con- troversial ruling aimed at tight- ening restrictions on Federal Hous- ing administration loans to deter discrimination against race and religion to Housing Administrator Raymond M. Foley. 7. Refused comment on a recent speech by Secretary of Labor Tobin in Boston suggesting that every jfumu UA i nuiii wjc tjucnu mat.person over 65 should get a. pension Neurology as a specialist in both week criticized Jessup for at least a month, psychiatry and neurology slow boat to China." He has a! 8. Disclosed that there will be serves as an examiner for this well prepared program before him j further study end recommenda- Tokyo. In Bangkok he will meet top American diplomats from Far Eastern posts. They will discuss moves that may be made to con- tain the spread of communist pow- ir. The U. S. global trouble shooter will embark on a ship to sail from the Hastings hospital after the war. San Francisco, Administration crit- Dr. Rossen is certified by the ics who looked for quicker action American Board of Psychiatry and from the State department last board. He also serves as psychia- tric consultant to the council of state governments, the state prison at StiUwater and the state training school for boys at Red Wing. A lecturer at neuro-psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Rossen is a member of the follow- ing professional societies: The American Psychiatric association; American, State and County Medi- cal associations; American Acad- emy of Neurology, the Society of Experimental Biology and Medi- cine; the American Association of Electroencephalographers, and the Central Association of Electroence- phalographers. Doctor Purchased Machine for Hospital St. Touag- and a record of success in ticklish j tions to Congress on legislation to diplomatic spots. Jessup helped en- carry out point four for the devel- gineer the Soviet lifting of the Ber- lin blockade. A responsible British source in London said Britain is pressing the United States and Canada to help launch a gigantic new aid program for the Middle East and Southern Asia. The idea is to save strategic potentially-rich regions from falling into the Soviet orbit. This source said the program is now being discussed at top-secret three power talks'now going on in Washington. Delegates of 16 Indonesian states flew to Jogjakarta in Java today io pick a president for the United States of Indonesia. The Indonesian Republic, the parent of the new union, was threatened by a com-j opmcnt of underdeveloped areas aboard. dahl disclosed today that when Dr.lmunist uprising last year. Observ- ers said the rubber and oil-rich is- American and aid to bolster at Additional weather on page 15. dcnces and business places. Firemen And Rescue Workers use hack saws to cut away the debris as they probe the ruins of Swift Company's main office building at Sioux City, Iowa, last night, seeking additional victims of an explo- sion which rocked the plant. Rescue efforts were continued throughout the night. (AJP. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) Ralph Rossen, newly-appointed commissioner of mental health, re- riirned to the Hastings state hospi- jtal after his war service, he used his mustering-out pay to buy an electroencephalograph. for the hos-. UWUB, tiuwwu- pital. firmed reports that Britain will This is a machine for recognize the Chinese corn- brain impulses. Dr. Rossen's gen-jmunist regine. Eight of Major Gen- erosity made it possible for the eral Claire L. Chennaulfs civil air Hastings hospital to be one of the transport planes left unexpectedly lands will need Western financial their economy against future com- munist infiltration. In Hong Kong, there were flrst in the nation to use such a device. for Formosa on hearing these re- ports. 1 2 3 4 S 6 7 S 11 12 1314 151! 181920, 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Dates in Indicate Evenings Stores Will Be Open   

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