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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 7, 1950, Winona, Minnesota                              FAIR, COLDER TONIGHT, SUNDAY WATCH FOR 'INSIDE RUSSIA' VOLUME 49, NO. 273 W1NONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY 7, 1950 TODAY- Acheson Close to President By Joseph and Stewart Alsop far, the For- mosa mess has cast far morel light on the future of the Truman administration than on the future! of Asia. Indeed, the general tur- moil has produced only one seri- ously significant result to date. Secretary of State Dean G. Ache- son has scored a rather spectacu- lar triumph over Secretary of De- fense Louis Johnson. It Is certainly time for some one to come out with'-the plain truth, that Secretary Johnson has been one of the chief insplrers of the, campaign against the State depart-l ment's Formosa policy. The other, of course, has been General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. For a very long time. Secretary Johnson has been indicating dis- satisfaction with the State depart- ment's passive response to the communist victories in Asia. For an even longer time, General Mac- Arthur has been making the same point to all his visitors, with spe- cial emphasis on the importance of holding Formosa. Bather re- cently, the joint chiefs of staff 37 I in lowa Floods Mount In Ohio Valley, Cold in South Hundreds Homeless, Many Others Without Heat By The Associated Press Flood waters rose to new dan- ger points in the Midwest and ice storms crippled parts of middle Dixie today as property and crop damage from this week's weather soared into the millions. The floods and ice storms in- centlv the Joint cmeis 01 siau flicted severe hardship on thou- me joint, ti sands. Hundreds were made tern- to the public. attributed to storms or the floods. THERE IS EVEN SOME m the flood CATION that MacArthur a n d Johnson have been concerting the effort to make Formosa a hot pub- lic issue. The existence of a State department paper warning foreign service officers abroad that For- mosa might soon be lost, was re- cently reported, from Tokyo. Yet there was no reason why this docu- ment should have reached Tokyo for some weeks, if at all. The nat- ural inference is that some one in Washington took special steps to transmit the document to General MacArthur's headquarters. And the further Inference is that this may probably have been done by the chief MacArthur sympathizer here, Secretary Johnson. In such ways, and by such de- vices, the Formosa issue has been heated up In the public mind. In the early stages of this process, Secretary Johnson also began to press for a National Security council meeting, at which a clear American policy for Asia, includ- ing Formosa, would at be out- lined At this meeting Johnson let It be known, that he would make a last ditch fight for an aggres- areas have been lost or are in danger. Cold weather this week caused millions of dollars damage to crops In Southern California and Arizona but a break in the abnormally severe cold was expected, Farm Lands Flooded Meanwhile, as a sheath of ice en- veloped wide areas and icy waters surged over farm lands and in- vaded communities, most of the eastern and southern states enjoy ed summer-like weather. Tempera- tures climbed to record marks. A forecast of warmer weather in the Midwest flood belt brought a new threat of a quick thaw and faster flooding. Bain and sleet over the Ohio river valley to the gulf heightened the peril of developing floods In major streams. Memphis was locked in the worst ice storm to hit the Mississippi river of in 17 years. Rain-swollen streams spilled out over thousands of lowlands in parts of Illinois, Indiana and Mis- souri. Floods also were reported in middle Tennessee and northeast Mississippi but were regarded as slve program. not serious. Many schools through- WHEN THE SECURITY COTJN- t area have been closefl. CIL meeting was scheduled, it al most appeared as though John out the area have been closed. In Indiana alone, the Red Cross reported 500 families already had son's long struggle to take a hand been forced to leave their homes in foreign policy-making might fi- nally be crowned with success. Then the defense secretary learn- ed that the President had already made up his mind. Perhaps he al- so heard that Truman had been Informed of the real origins of the Formosa row, and was irritated thereby. in a dozen communities. Army to Aid The Army prepared to send 800 soldiers from Fort Knox, Ky., to Vincennes, today as the crest of the Wabash river's worst flood since 1943 surged toward Terre Haute and Vincennes. The Wabash, on the Ulinols-In Shown Above Is A General View of the fire which destroyed a women's mental at Mercy hospital In Davenport, Iowa, early today. CAP. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Additional fire pictures on Page 5. G ensrner Case Tops Calendar Of District Court By Gordon Holte The state will wind up its pro- secution of the last of four Wi- nona county board bribe cases neieuv. me wauas.-, _- __ At any rate, to the complete borderi the white river and tonishmcnt of his former streams have overflowed dants. Secretary Johnson did notjthelr banks at many points. The go to the Security council Intjiana's iargest river, ing. He vanished into inundated parts of Logansport leaving even his personal staff Delphi. Water poured four feet nor.-xnt of his whereabouts. over highway 41 at Attica, field was thus left to Secretary i cutting the town from the north nona county board bribe cases The term win open ai n jurors in Acheson. who quickly secured west FOTly prisoners from this montk when August H. Gens-Monday with, the reading 01 t5eitrial rnmnlete acceptance !the state penal farm at mer, Jr., 47-year-old third calendar. Judge liari Judge Opposes Farm Mishap Kills Charges Against Houston Boy Mrs. Martinson Milwaukee Circuit Judge Koland Steinle advised Friday he By AI Olson Houston, Minn. A boy's eagerness to help his father death for 11-year-old Eugene Botcher on a farm near here afternoon. I Fire Blaze Sweeps Mental Ward At Davenport Women Trapped Behind Barred Windows Perish By William Ebcrline and Francis McWane Davenport, Iowa Twenty- eight women were known to have perished early today in a fire at a mental hospital and the coroner said the toll undoubtedly would climb to 37. Nearly ten. hours after the started Coroner C. H. Wildman sivid the bodies of 28 women had been recovered. The remainder of the 37 sup- posed victims, he said, undoubt- edly were in the debris. The sister superior of the hospital said 31 other patients had beea treated for burns or injuries, ac- counting for the 65 women and iiree men known to have been in the building. The path to safety for many or the patients was blocked by barred windows. Except for a nurse's aid, all the dead and missing were patients. They were asleep In the three-story St. Elizabeth's ward building of Mercy hospital when the flames broke out at 2 a. m. The fire was brought under con- trol in a four-hour battle. The flames spread- rapidly through the 60-year-old brick structure, one of f outbuildings comprising this eastern Iowa's city's largest hospital. Screams Spread Alarm Screams of the trapped women spread the alarm. Aid was sent at once from nearby five-story main Mercy pital building and 14 fire com- panies came Immediately. As.tha flames swept upward the scene became one of horror. The women patients, many of them infirm, ol both body and mind, beat against the barred windows and screamed their ter- ror. Some fainted away into smoke and flames. A white-robed Sister of Mercy nun stood outside the blazing building, weeping bitterly. Her arms held blankets which firemen toot to cover bodies as they were re- moved. Catholic chaplains moved sha- dow-like about their solemn duties as the flames outlined their fig- ures. Some of the rescued fought to return to the burning ward. In the tragic illogic of catastrophe they wanted to go back for little things -a picture, their shoes, a coat. Heroic Rescues There were heroic rescues. Fire- rtts T three criminal actions on tne not believe contempt charges "e pushed against a La hors' cases includn divorce cases including 11 Qivon.e The term will open at 11 a.m. i A policeman called for hose lines to from the rig of a manure spreader drawn by a team him wjth water Then he Botcher was run over by the machine, suffered a crushed disappeared through a window into oke and flames. He re turn- who dropped a note recent Larson a 57.year.0id dish- President's complete Indiana state penal farm atimer, Jr., 47-year-old third dls of his more carefully went to Terre from Bethany, is policy, I last night to help strengthen ralgned in district court or SuSS STSSt week of the se, been drawn lor ine January of a and jurors have been instructed to; charee in the line because of the contrast in on river along thei character between the contestants. boundary. The Em-j Although he has often the Kaskaskia rivers courage in dealing with the were Out of their banks at services, Secretary Johnson is a manv p0ints. pretty adequate symbol of every-j while. Memphis reeled from the thing that is distressing about the Damaging ice storm, other nearby oic-n Vn? Loss skull, and was killed instantly. The only son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Botcher, farm work was fun for him. His eagerness to help his dad was known by friends and neighbors. For an ll-year-old, he was more than "at home" around the farm- in the bam helping with chores, or chicag-o Attacker Slays Paralytic in Bed the smoka and flames. He return- ed with a woman in his arms. The three men patients escap- ed, two by leaping from an un- barred window. The survivors were being treated in ths main Mercy hospital building. Fire Chief Lester Schick said the fire apparently started in a j second-floor room on the east side A hpri-ridden the building. A bed nacten   the hos- None of the jurors saw the note, in the bam helping witn mores. 011 cbacajro -w- Mary Annunziata> the hos- Larson was found innocent of a in the fields doing what he could i year-old parlytic was found superj0ri told a reporter it first degree murder charge in offer jtssistar.ce. eoned to death today in his possible someone had been shooting of Dr. James McLoone thjs dgslre to pltch and m palos Park. Police said! smoking a cigarette and dropped said a mental ex- work that prompted him to hitchja 23.year.old stable-hand employed it on Truman amnsraon. "cornmunjties also were h y r.ej he has sometimes occn indecisive, :sevcre weather. Thousands in the] Dayton, Ohio particularly about Far niid eastern part of 'still pour matters. Secretary Acheson is nn nessee were reported without POW-MQV on thp ru arraignment of, have adequate defense by reason I city. Damage was estimated board transactions. to her note, she did not have any i city, .uarr.age was estimated Some families and livestock at more than IN THE CHOICE between Ache- information about the case. Gensmer also was to have been Judge Gates ue said a mental ex- work that prompe m a .year.o s- Although Judge Finkelnburg is amination showed that the the team to the spreader the dead man made an oraij presiding at the January term, it js "mentally but stated he wnerl his father had to several hours later thatj seems likely that Judge Vernon ueved that "should she be cited vnied the helpless man during] W Eours seems likely that Judge Vernon Gates of Rochester will be on the that "should she be cited) contempt of court she would' after flre was firemen worked j   About 5.000 people at that time, but he was i the long hours of the rainy j stricken with a heart attack Au- ne sat in the district; awaiting the start of session. _____....., _____ ______ was placed on the fall) wnen ins uxpeciea in either Tennessee or Ward, was reported in serious term calendar but held over whenj wished to run the State department Mississippi, governors of both condition. ihis attorneys pleaded that the without White House supervision. stntes alerted National' For a time, an entire man's condition was such. Truman and Acheson are now Guard units for emergency dutyJblock was threatened. as to prevent him from appearing! warmly attached TO each other. On the other hand, the Presi-; dent's disillusionment with Secre- tary Johnson seems to have be- pun shortly after Johnson went to the defense povernmeat. Washing- ton now rings with stories, of; which a hifrh proportion are au-j thentic. of Presidential manifests-! tions of displeasure with the de- fense secretary. One such was Truman's pointed refusal to ask; Johnson to Key West, when John-i son wished to report on his recent European trip. Whatever his reasons, nothing] could be more important than thej choice the President has now al-i most openly made, of Acheson: over Johnson. Every sign sug Inside Russia Since 1917 there has supposedly been a new Russia, but the old tyranny lingers Czarist wolf in communist sheep's clothing. Consequently, no sifrnificant photographs have been taken there in recent years, always excepting the carefully retouched ones of Joseph Stalin Company. The censors, not to overlook the secret police, would never per- mit anyone to photograph the incidents of brutality, starvation and slave labor that are part and parcel of Soviet Me. But man's memory cannot be blacked out. The has been fortunate to obtain exclusively 13 drawings by Sergei Grigorievich inside Russia from his sketchbook. Mr. Korolkov was a prominent Russian artist, assigned to snch over Johnson, iivery sign important jobs as decorating the Soviet Pavilion at the New York that this choice is permanent, and: World's Fair and illustrating the best-seller, "And Quiet Flows the that Acbeson's views will continue j to prevail in policy disputes of the: future. And this is bound to have! the most far reaching ranging from Asiatic polic. decision about building a hydrogen' bomb. been arraigned in municipal court. He waived a preliminary examina- tion on the charge and was bound over to district court. Bribe Charge Specifically, Gensmer is charg- ed with having agreed to accept a bribe in a transaction which, however, was never consumated. Don. n. While servinjr in the red army he was captured by the Ger- mans and later liberated by American troops. He chose freedom and the most far reacnini: came to New York last summer. Sir. Korolkov's drawings are ar- ranging from Asiatic policy to the thcntic because he knows at first-hand the oppression he portrays, Follow this startling series of dr.iwinss on The Republican- Herald editorial page starting Monday. 6 Children Die In Farm Fire ex- staiement seveim iiremeii wumeu at killed the helpless man duringj carrying out melted iron beds, la burglary. still-flaming mattresses, .and other The slain man was Clement A. by Te san man by Lesicki, owner of a riding stable slsters Of Mercy, a Catholic who had been confined to his bedjorder- it was established in 1868 Planned Surprise According to friends, the young- ster had "begged" all morning to drive the team. When afternoon wllu :uiuw.. came and Eugene had an oppor-jfor several years. Accused of the1 by persons of all creeds. evidently thought he'dlslaying and surprise his dad. i who lived with his bride of two about four hours. Suffering severe The boy's hopes were short-lived, j nnfh. j_ another building on the burns, they were said to be in critical condition. Only one of them was immediately Mary Ruth Flnnerty of Ottunwa, Iowa. Hospital attendants said all the) survivors were calm. Some went to sleep in the lobby of the main hospital building. Others, sat aulet- ly with expressions of horror on their faces. In all, firemen said that 25 or 30 persons were removed from the blazing ward early, in the fire. me uvy a "V.I.C in though. It was only a short distance i property, from the barn that a neighbor dis-j covered Eugene's body on the; ground. j George Olson had been working! on his neighboring farm when he: heard the sound of runaway horses from fields on the Botcher place. He dropped his work and ran Investigate. It was then that he, found the boy. uston doctor and Houston j Coroner John Potter were; Army Better Beef were re r County Coroner John poter were; Wa in a fire that destroyed a Ths fonner C0uld do house during a snowstorm. !ihl lalter that death Mrs. Grace -Jones, 45, and had occurred about mother of the children. Was m_ Igrade o in j.- __ Coroner on Washington Meat industry Ths fonner C0uld do that the armed forces have lalter that death buin rade B beef for mili- w. to a hospital in critical condition. The fire broke out about 10 a.m the old structure h had converted from a schoolhouse to The two other criminal cases with having sold cattle without A Wheel 01 tne US jjitaaciu j-i-j iUAlluiao aaiu, head, killing him Instantly, Potter (meets the class B classification. license and James A. Brady, who allegedly cashed a check with- out sufficient funds. The largest single suit on this term's calendar is that brought by Wayne B. Martin, a Proviso, Japs Healthier The Japanese are getting healthier. General MacAr- thur's health and welfare section buying grade B beef for mili- feeding, instead of mixed I grades B and C, means that the to explain the fa- Army buying will be limited mainly said he sus-ito grain-fed cattle, m sui' away from the] Grass-fed beef will largely be him to the outi Agriculture department because little of added. The Botcher family is widely known in this area. The father serv- ed as clerk of Mound Prairie town- ship for some time. Under the Array's grading syftem, quality is given alphabetical desig- nations starting with A and ranging downward. H. E. Reed, director of From the south section of the structure firemen lowered the forms of six patients down aerial (Continued on Page 5, Column 5.) FIRE WEATHER Federal Forecasts Winona and -vicinity Generally fair and colder tonight; lowest near in the city, to in the Sunday fair and. Quite Their farm is six miles from livestock branch, declined on route two. to comment on the Army on route TWO, (to comment on Lue Axmy uiuve MJ Besides his parents, Eugene is i limit future buying to higher grade thur's health and welfare section survived by four sisters, all at home, beef. A spokesman for the Army says in a report that "progress'and a number of other relatives injsaid yesterday that some Defense has been made in controlling dis-! the area. Funeral arrangements are i department officials now believe __ ___11 Iwf TTill frATrrifoc Wayne D. jaaruii, a report ffiat anc yard conductor for the Chicago jjjag jjeen made in controlling the th Western i CC.DKT death rates are down and being handled by the an. 'ease death raes are ow a OCIYIOW (Continued on 5, Cotann U some once-feared diseases are and are incomplete, tain a higher quality lor troop Jeed- longer a menace. that military services "main- cold; highest 16. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 25; minimum, 5; noon, 10; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- on page 8.   

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