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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 22, 1949, Winona, Minnesota MUCH COLDER TONIGHT, FRIDAY DOWNTOWN STORES OPEN TONIGHT VOLUME 49, NO. 261 WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 22, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY SIXTEEN PAGES Good Fellows Fund Grows The following Is a list of contribu- tions to the Good Fellows fund to date: Previously TransitStrikeSnarlsCleveland listed Gladys, Edna, Gladys 3.00 L. P................... 2.00 From the Homer Carol- ers 2.40 Members of Tommy Sherman's band ___ 2.00 Al Bartz 25 Sandra, Kay and Darrel Lee 5.00 A friend 1.00 Inner Circle, Winona Senior High school (firls ten boxes of clothing and 37.50 Becky-Butchy 1.00 Karen and Cheryl i.OO Pozanc Trucking Serv- ice 5.00 Dr. J. D. and 5.00 A friend 15.00 Rural Youths toys and .40 From Biss 5.00 From S.A.L........... 1.00 No Name 2.00 Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Searle 30.00 Carol Bcnedctt 5.00 Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Cribbs 10.00 Two friends 2.00 A rural teacher 2.00 Sandra and Marilyn 1.00 Winona Rotary club 50.00 E. S................... S5.565.67 Mrs. VV.H.G. from Bluff Siding Mrs. cloth- ing. Schuler Chocolates, cases of candy bars. B. J. Williams and footwear. Chautanqua and shoes. L. M. Marilyn, Carrol and Nancy Johnson, Mabel, Ing, Green Bay of fruit. A friend from From a friend, Alma, Wis. clothing. From Winona Mrs. Phil V. Senn, La Crescent boxes of clothing. Mamie Bredeson and Carl and clothing. Mrs. Charles Hickloy, St. Char- Mr. and Mi's. and clothing. F.B.I. to Probe Dynamite Plot Against U.A.W. Detroit The F.B.I, mov- ed in today to Tiave a look at the dynamite plot against the C.I.O. United Auto Workers union. It marked that federal agency's first formal Intercession in what the big labor union calls a "ter- roristic campaign." At the same time Detroit police disclosed they were without any sound clues to the origin of Tues- day night's defective dynamite plant at union headquarters. The F.B.I., acting under the civil rights law as well as other federal regulations, was ordered to investigate by Attorney Gen- eral Howard McGrath. The government's Intervention was unprecedented in the U.A.W.- C.I.O.'s troubles. Quarter-Million Rewards This came as the union guard- ed its doors and boosted Its re- wards total to nearly a quarter- million dollnrs. Neither in the attempted assas- sination of U.A.W. President Wal- ter Reuther, nor that of his broth- er, Victor, (lid the F.B.I, inter- vene. Under the government policy the F.B.I, enters a case 'only when there is evidence or other reason to suspect a violation of federal laws. Various courses were followed in the investigation, including a De- troit newspaper's private effort. The Detroit Times, one of whose reporters was "tipped" to the in- tended dynamiting, invited his anonymous telephone informant to call again on a promise of "ab- solute protection." Seeking a lead, police checked with the Wilmington, Del., manu- facturers of the dynamite, and with retailers. But they admitted their clues were slim. Thirty nine wrapped sticks of the explosive were planted in cardboard box nt a side door ofj the U.A.W. building. Ordinary Dynamite Chief of Detectives Jack Harvill It Is probable continue to that pay consumers the same Republican-Herald photo His Ears Were A Mite Chilly but in the best traditions of the postal service, Frank Bambenek was wading through the snow today to get Christmas cards and letters to Winona residents. Bambenek lives at 740 44th avenue, Goodview. Zero Weather Due In Winona Tonight By Adolph Bremer Blowing snow today; .colder to zero; just as cold Pri- (for those who insist on snow and cold er telephone bills: cheaper trans- fer theYuletlde) forecast of the Weather bureau chief. and He doesn't foresee any more snow than the four inches that fell last other things as electric light bulbs, night but he did forecast winds for today, up to 25 and 30 miles an hour, cosmetics, leather goods and jew- Drop Expected In Pork, Egg Prices in 1950 Easier Installment Terms Indicated, Money Plentiful Washington There were! some signs today of a happy New Year ahead for consumers money more plentiful, a drop ex- pected in pork and egg prices, and] the easiest installment terms since! the war. This word came yesterday from the Department of Agriculture. It; reported prospects of a record-! breaking peacetime pork supply in! 1950, along with, a possible eight! to ten-cent-a-dozen drop in the cost] of eggs. The Federal Reserve board fol- fowed that up today with a report that: 1. "The tendency seems to be toward progressively easier terms for all borrowers" who are buying goods on the in- stallment plan. 2. It expects an expanding money supply next year. This Includes bank deposits (both checking and saving) and cur- rency In circulation. It will be swelled by large public outlays by federal, state and local governments made with the use of bank loans since tax income doesn't cover the cost. Koaring Flames which swept through their frame house, burning It to the ground, took the lives of three small children of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sonheim of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis, The victims were Nancy, seven months old; Gary, two, and Robert, 14. Their parents and five other children escaped. The fire apparently started in the basement. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) rate of income taxes and also the cost of steel products and coal is 50 Philadelphia Whalan Fire Drives 5 Into Storm Firemen Sick In Arsenal Fire firemen were sickened today as they strug- gled through smoke and acid fumes to extinguish a fire in a compart- Whalan, late Wednesday evening drove five people into a heavy snowstorm and caused an estimated damage to their large frame apartment dwelling here. Volunteers from the Whalan and Lanesboro fire departments battled the blaze, confined largely to the walls, from p. m. until about 2 a. m. Nobody was injured in the fire------- which broke out in the upstairs apartment occupied by Mrs. Lena mented "experimental building atiAnderson owner of the two-story the Prankford arsenal. A cloak of secrecy was thrown The alarm was spread by Milford Bladgsvedt, tenant in a first-floor I apartment. He, his wife, one child; and a niece were in the house at! the time, along with Mrs. Anderson.1 A third occupant. Miss Amelia congressional -fire-fighter, hours later, authorities said thejwhen the was diECOVered. around the windowless, three-story structure by arsenal guards and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. expected to rise. However, these clty firemen were summoned increases may be offset in part (shortly before midnight to aid the by the mounting _ on so-called "luxury Savings Cited That would bring somewhat low- frame structure. that will whip the snow around on: the ridges, but not too much in the valleys. Tonight's predicted lows: Zero in the city, five below in the coun- try. That makes it a "near cold in the weatherman's lan- guage. Highway 61 Virtually Cleear At this time of the year, the weatherman cries "cold wave" when he foresees a drop of at least 20 degrees in 24 hours and at to zero. Wagner Plans Suit Against Tipster city was 18, last night's At noon it was 11. Meanwhile, area roads were monthly bulletin that installment terms already have eased consid- erably since government credit controls ended last June most notably in the cases of new automobiles and refrigerators. The one thing which would keep the supply of money from expand- ing, the board study commented, would be a "marked decline in over-all credit demands of busi- nesses, farmers, real estate own- ers and consumers." The money supply, it noted, fell low H.jWagner, Fargo, said Wednesday Off in 1949 for the third year in a Yesterday afternoon's high in the! Fargo, N. D. -W- Theodore B. elry. The Reserve board said In its Army Reserve Drill Program Faces Reduction Furniture in the first floor apart- was removed before smoke verything greatest damage was done. Firemen had. difficulty fighting fire because it spread through the walls and continued to smould- er and smoke without much open flame. blaze was extinguished and the I building cleared of fumes, No details of the cause or dam-i age were given, however. Firemen were hampered in their efforts by the fact the building in- terior consists of a number of vault-like compartments, at leasi some of which are lined with heavy- armor plating. Workers using air hammers drilled several holes in the concrete roof of the building to release smoke and1 fumes. The firemen, despite the use of masks, were able to remain In the structure for only a matter of minutes at a time. Many became ill as they emerged for air. Fire officials blamed this partly j get out of control and _ spread ic- on a dense fog that covered the area at the time, retaining much I of the potency of the fumes escap- ing from the buildnig. New and other training for Army reservists will Thousands Left Stranded by Night Walkout Mayor Attempts Settlement Talks; Traffic Hampered Cleveland An unexpected transit strike caught the city flat- footed today, stranding thousands of persons and causing major traffic snarls. The walkout was approved shortly before midnight by a 496 to 287 vote by members of the Cleveland Tran- sit System. The system has workers in the striking A.F.L. Transit Union, but only a small per- centage attended the meeting. Share the ride plans were quickly pressed into use, but thousands of persons were left stranded. The city's taxi companies, which op- erate only 650 vehicles, were swamped with calls. The prospect for stores expecting Christmas shopping was aleak. A spokesman for the transit company estimated it would have hauled more than shoppers today. So many calls were received at the transit company that operators started answering with "strike Is on." Bumper to bumper traffic was common throughout, the downtown area and Traffic Commissioner John R. Saznmon estimated that more automobiles than usual were on the streets. Less than one-fifth of the A.F.L. Transit Union's members In local 268 voted a strike Just before last midnight. They want the Cleve- jland Transit System to continuo its policy of vacations. The vote was 496 to 287 against deferring the walkout until January 16. This meant complying with a midnight strike deadline. In making this decision, the union- ists Ignored: (1) A plea by their lost in the upper story, where the redueed sharply beginning January 1, the New York Times said today in a dispatch from Washington. The retrenchment, which will af- fect both enlisted men and officers, was approved Monday by the De- The interior of the upstairs was partment of the Army, the newspa- charred. Water damage to the downstairs was extensive. Walls remained standing. per said. local president, Thomas P. to hold off until the January is date; and (2) The Ferguson act, an Ohio law that provides heavy penal- ties for public employes who strike. said Meaney, these men are not disturbed about that bit of legislation." The strike of the main means of public transportation in the nation's sixth largest more than as such undetermined. too bad, although some snow the wind was Fargo, who had accused Wagner was virtuallyjof being wanted in a 26-year-old clear. The snowfall extended north he is preparing to file suit for "The total amount of curren- 000 against James E. Dolan, also I c? outside banks at the end of No- w KfLlfl WH.S as far as Weaver. In Winona the street department unsolved murder case. Dolan, a fellow worker of Wag- at a West Fargo packing deferred the start of plowing until jner this morning, since it snowed most plant, had accused Wagner of be- of the night. Erdman Olson of Prairie du The downtown area will not sought by authorities >r murder since 1926. As a result of Dolan's charge, uuiuuguv, .-'agner last week was taken to quested not to park their cars for questioning. He was the downtown section overnight. missioner Thomas Gile said. The rotary will go into action after midnight, and motorists were re- Wagner the board said, "was less than a year ear- lier and below No- vember, 1946." Pigs to Be Plentiful Like money, pigs were expected to be plentiful in 1950. The Agri- culture department said the fall crop this year is ten per cent bigger than In the Aid of Motorists Asked v iiLig utiv For that matter, he added, "poison. and SUDmitting to night time snow clearing ion is considerably more efficient! ,f no cars are parked on higher than last year's, while next spring's crop is due to be six per cent spring of 1949. Those two crops will make up the bulk of the 1950 pork supply, conTpletely" cleared after confront-j and the increase probably will be g relatives of the victim, aara.lfeflected.uijower prices paid by consumer. In a second announcement, the streets immediately after a snow court and will charge mali- He pointed out that it is possible jr most motorists to park their cars off streets at night. Although the snow and cold werej causing some difficulties in the' area, it was fortunate in having iie cold. Southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, having warm- icious persecution, said Lyle Huseby Wagner's attorney. Board of Parole Member Appointed St. Pan! Governor Luther em.. Youngdahl yesterday named the 111., vis virtually isolated by the H Engstrom of Mtaneapolis to j department said it will support action will be uea in <-asslegg prices at a jevel intended to (Continued on Page 5, Column 5.) PRICES Water Too Cold picked up a sleet storm. -the state board of parole to succeed It in eastern Kansas, jttetote Rev. Welte. Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa and per Michigan. All the treated at the scene or at the arsenal infirmary. Arsenal officials said there was some ammunition stored in the building, but declined to state the amount or type. Nor would any spokesman say what sort of experi- ments are carried out there. F.B.I. agents would not com- ment on their presence at the scene. The Frankford arsenal is a sprawling government establish- ment in the northeastern section of Philadelphia and consists of a number of buildings used in the manufacture and testing of ammu- nition. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and Clearing Chief George Zeller of the WJia- being sent to Reserve commanders Ian department said the cause is'throughout the country and will [reach units at a time when many them are conducting recruiting other residences in Whalan, a call drives. was made to Chief J. C. Austin andi Reason for the action was said the Lanesboro fire department for I to be that appropriations for the ;lp. current fiscal year are insufficient Cold wind and blowing snow also to cover training pay of the large hampered fire fighters. The occu-j number of men already In the Re- pants of the house have moved in] serve program, It added that cutback orders surprise that Mayor Thomas A. help. with, relatives and friends here, Rail, Truck Rates in State To Be Increased St. Paul The Minnesota railroad and warehouse commission today authorized railroads and i Burke had to be roused from bed. Obviously angry. Burke hustled down to city hall and opened a meeting with Meaney and Harry C. Lang, local secretary. He called the strike a "complete violation" of a promise by Meaney, Lang and the union's International representative, Robert Stack of Detroit. This pledge, he contended, was that there would be no strike until they conferred with him again. Typo Union Violated Act NLRB Rules Present appropriations provide for drill pay for the fiscal year ending June 30. If training (continued at the present rate, the iTlmes said, the Army would ex- ceed this amount by 54 per cent. The number of active Reservists was reported to have jumped from! at the end of 1948 to last October, while total drill-days increased from last July to in October. Under existing law, a Reservist gets one-thirtieth of his monthly base pay for each drill period of The National four hours. j Labor Relations board ruled today Under present prospects, the that the A.F.L-, International Typo- Times said, all the Army's avail-1 graphical Union violated the Taft- for drill pay will be Hartley act by insisting on the clos- mon carrier truckers in Minnesota :needed for the remainder of the shop in contract negotiations with and much colder tonight, tempera- j to increase freight rates by year to train units made commercial print shops in Balti- tures falling to near zero in the city and five below in the country; diminishing winds. Increasing clou- diness Friday and continued cold; highest 22. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: nude and shivering couple scamper- Maximum 6 18; nuumwz, 11; noon, ing out of the icy waters of palpitation, 26 (four inches Grunewald forest lake. "We were going to commit side the man said, the water was too cold." f 1 sets tonight at at Additional weather on page 13. Planes Collide In Air, None Hurt Edcnton, N. Ma_ pointed out that the dynamite fignter and a transport plane c might have been purchased by Uded ta flight near nere today _____. ___ui___i i i__L: v-.- j Edcnton, N. Marine col- ill AJctvi HCiC twunji, but anyone without Identification. Itjthere was a happy landing for was of a type commonly used on, everybody. farms, he said, Tjie transport, also a Marine Attorney General McGrath said; piane, crash landed at Eden ton base in Washington these federal a damaged tail. The fighter might have been violated: Crashed, but the pilot tl) Transporting, within the to safety. The public information office at United vehicle States, dynamite in any operated as a common Cherry Point Marine Air Station passenger carrier such as a street said an R4D transport on a photo car, bus or train. i mission from Cherry Point collided (2) The civil rights law penaliz- with an F4U Corsair fighter from ing conspiracies to injure, the Edenton Marine Air Base, press, threaten or intimidate anyj Major Walter Warren and Mas- citizen's rights under the Constitu- ter Sergeant H, Fscheepz were aboard the transport. The Norfolk, Va.. naval air sta- tipn or federal law. (3) The law forbidding a person to cross a state line with the in- tention of avoiding prosecution f or j Lieutenant Ward, violation of certain federal laws, safety unhurt. tion reported the fighter pilot. First parachuted to. Destitute Mountain Town Spreading Christmas Cheer Sliallmar, Md. The spirit of Christmas burned brightly, in this little mountain town today. Aad it is spreading to other poverty stricken communities of the mountain area. All but a few of Shallmar's 200 residents were utterly des- titute a few weeks ago. There had been no wort in the community since its only mine closed down In March for lack of orders. Thin, scantily clad children became faint in school for lack of food. Some families had sub- sisted for weeks on a diet made up mainly of potatoes and ap- ples. Then the plight of the town and its 80 children leaked into the outside world. Soon trucks loaded with food and clothing started bumping their way over the narrow mountain road to Shallmar. The packages were sent from all sections of the country. Hundreds of toys arrived and the mails brought letters from each, of the 48 states. Many contained a. coin or a check. More than is on hand now. It will be used to assure hot lunches for the children. In all six and one-half tons of clothing and foodstuffs have been sent to Shallmar. That -would have been enough to carry the community for a long time. But Christmas is and many families of nearby Maryland and West Virginia been communities also have facing a cheerless Yule. So Shallmar is dividing its gifts with less fortunate neigh- bors. Seventy neighboring families have received Shallmar food baskets in the last day or two. The children of 30 families have been clothed from Shallmar stocks. Many toys are being repaired by the men of the town. They will be sent to mountain homes where Christmas stockings would have been empty. Shallmar has given so much that there is just enough food left for the weekend. But this is a big weekend. The folks here are glad they have had a chance to spread tile spirit of Christmas. mately eight per cent, January 26, 1950. Otto Radke, commission rate ex- pert, said exceptions would result effective according to authorized tables organisation and equipment. These units, which are required by law to receive 48 drill periods in an increase in revenue of aboutia year, are supposed to be main- five per cent. Itained in a state of readiness that The increase is the third to permit their immediate mo- granted since June, 1946, and brings I oilization, the total increase in rates to be-j Other units probably will have tween 48 and 53 per cent. This com-'to go without drill pay at least pares with increases aggregating June 30, the Times said, per cent authorized during that! These latter units are in effect period by the interstate commerce pools in which Heserv- commission on the interstate opera-lists are kept in z. moderate state tions. of training. The railroads had asked permis- sion to raise rates 13 per cent. The interstate commerce commission on HnllfiaV September 1, 1949, authorized crease approximating nine per to offset wage increases and a I uu maj Hit High of 435 Chicago The nation's death toll in traffic accidents over the three-day Christmas holiday may reach 435, tbc Na- tional Safety council says. The pre-holiday estimate is the largest ever made by the council. It said the estimate covers only immediate traffic kiCed between 6 p. m. Friday and midnight Monday. Ned H. Dearborn, council president, said: "We are forced, to make this estimate by mathe- matics. It certainly is a terrible thonght for the Christmas sea- son. But OUT hearts tell us the toll win be the Am- erican people will not permit such a tragedy. I hope Our mathematics are wronff, and our hearts are right.0 hour week. The Minnesota commission per- mitted no increases in the rates on coal, coke, cinders, slag, live- stock, pulpwood, jack pine and as- pen tiber, rough quarried granite, sugar beets and switching charges on coal in the Duluth switching dis- trict, or on switching charges gen- erally which exceed per car. The interstate commerce com- mission split Minnesota Into east and west zones. It authorized in- creases of nine per cent in the east- em territory and eight per cent in the west. The Minnesota commission fixed the lower Increase for the entire state. Carriers other than those operat- ing in and out of the Twin Cities may maintain rates lower than set for Twin Cities' carriers. The commission found In the case of truck operators that the increases are necessary to cover increased wages, of truck dirvers. of more. The board's decision was unani- mous, and affirmed conclusions reached earlier in a case brought by the American Newspaper Publishers association. The board now is trying to en- force its month-old ANPA decision in the U. S. circuit court of appeals on complaint of the publishers that the union still is insisting on closed shop hiring in negotiations with newspapers. The Baltimore case was the first to be heard In the 28-month-old, fight between the I.T.U. and news- paper and commercial employers. Crash Victim Dies received November 28 when he was struck by a car while crossing a street resulted in death Wednesday for Bolesaus Szablewski, 63, of Mil- waukee. LEFT