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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 12, 1950, Winona, Minnesota SLEET TONIGHT, SNOW FRIDAY SEE'INSIDE 10 VOLUME 49, NO. 277 WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 12, 1950 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES Iowa Hospital Fire Laid to Patient Swelling Cargo Perils Ship Acheson Calls Aid Attempting to Make Tsingtao British Vessel Shadowed by Chinese Craft By Wayne Richardson Aboard the Flying This American freighter, her No. 5 hold about to explode, weighed an- chor this afternoon for Tsingtao, Chinese communist port on Shan-j gunt peninsula. i Water used to extinguish a nrel In the hold caused expansion of the cargo of jute, baled cotton and caustic soda. Her master said the danger of an explosion was so pressing he considered It dangerous to wait and try to get Into Chinese Nationalist blockaded and mined red Shanghai. The ship's owners, the Isbrandt- sen line of New York, also order- ed the vessel to Tsingtao. The Flying Arrow was hit by some 40 Nationalist gunboat shells Monday on the high seas off Shanghai, her destination from Hong Kong. She is carrying a car- for the To Formosa Futile of State Acheson challenged today a statement by Senator Taft (R.-Ohio) that a small amount of aid now could save Formosa from Chinese communists. The secretary of stata took a jab at the Senate Republican policy not by the National Press club. He referred to Taft only as a "dis- tinguished statesman" who had said ij" i 4 he had no doubt that some sincere MlnnOClllH I ZUll aid to China sometime ago would rilllllWJVlQ I till have resulted in different condi- In 1949 Total Tax Collections St. Paul Minnesota rank- go valued communists. tions now, and no doubt that a small amount of aid now can "solve the problem in Acheson jibed that this statesman was a man who switches between a position of some doubt and "no Taft, addressed the Senate yester- day on Formosan and Asiatic policy. In that speech he once moie sug- gested that the American Navy be used to keep Chinese communists invading the big island which Reaches U.M.W. Retirement Age Executive Board Expected to Retain Leader By Norman Walker x In population and 13th in the in-1 is the last retreat of the Chinese come'received by its residents. (Nat onaUst government Taft also said that "Formosa is a O. Howard Spaeth, state wnere a small amount Of aid commissioner, made that state- ment today in reply to "recent criticisms of Minnesota's tax sys- tem." He said the analysis shows that and at very small cost can prevent the further spread of communism." After describing Taft as a person who can "jump from doubt to no Acheson said he was re- ______ ___ __. Minnesota's taxes are comparable j minded or a one-time Supreme Two American destroyers, which had coma to the aid or the Flying] Arrow after the shelling and sub- sequent fires aboard, were order- ed by the Navy to depart from her vicinity after she was seawor- thy. Shelling Defended However, Captain David Jones, Chicago, said one of the destroy- ers, the Baussell, would accom- pany the Flying Arrow on the 350- mile voyage to Tsingtao, onca the base for the American Far Eastern fleet. The Tsingtao "harbor is be- lieved full of mines, (In Taipei, Formosa, Nationalist Chinese the Chinese navy would try to keep communist ports closed even at the risk of further incidents. (Foreign Vice Minister Shlh t thej to its population and income. The tax commissioner said crit- ics of Minnesota's state income tax fail to take into account the fact that tax systems of various court justice who said "this court Is often in error, but never in doubt." Secretary Acheson also said Rus- sia now is busy detaching the north- states differ widely. In many ern provinces of China and "at- states he said, general sales orjtaching them to the Soviet Union." selected sales taxes, property taxes, paramutuel and miscellane- cess is complete in Manchuria and ous taxes are used to a greater extent than in Minnesota. Minnesota, is among the states that rely heavily on Income taxes. If its Income tax is compared with that of other states relying primarily on such a revenue source, Minnesota is only slightly above the median, Spaeth said. Minnesota has a per capita in- come tax of compared with a high of in Oregon and a low of in Georgia. Turning to corporation income step in the enf closure order." I Minnesota. "When both types of corporation into he "Minnesota ranks 14th The secretary said that this pro- nearly so in Outer Mongolia. Six Found Dead In Hammond Fire Hammond, Ind. Six per- sons died today in a fire on the southeast side of Hammond. Police said they found blood In the bedrooms where the bodies were found, as well as several butcher knives and discharged .22 caliber rifle shells. Spectators and reporters were barred from the premises while United Mine Workers union onej month from today unless his own top aides decide to keep him. They probably will. But a compulsory retirement proviso of the U.M.W.'s constitu- tion could conceivably provide a challenge to Lewis' grip on union miners. Lewis himself had "nothing to say" when confronted with the TJ.M.W. constitutional clause say- Ing that officers must retire on reaching their 70th birthday. The same constitution says the retire- ment shall be on a pension, but nobody would say how much that would be. Lewis turns 70 February 12. The clause which would make it pos- sible for him to continue at the helm of the TT.M.W. after that date is one which specifies: "Exceptions to this obligatory retirement age may be made by the international executive board if it finds it necessary to continue the services of an The 32 members of the execu- tive board, who get paid a year plus expenses, invariably agree with Lewis. It very likely will turn out that they "find it necessary to continue the serv- ices of an officer." "The same printed constitution, a booklet, also says that Lewis gets a year salary, plus expen- ses, as U. M. W. president, it provides that in case the office of president becomes vacant, the vice president succeeds. The tT.M.W. vice president now is Thomas Kennedy, one time lieu- tenant governor of Pennsylvania. If the TT.M.W. executive board has no other reason for keeping Woman Admits Starting Blaze, Murder Charged Police Question Authenticity Of confession Mrs. Lottie Williams, right, mother of 14 children, dishes out food to part of her brood and other children, who are living temporarily In a school house at Orville, Ind., after being evacuated from farm homes because of flood waters. Kay, two, stands patiently next to her mother, waiting her turn. Mrs. Williams' husband, Cyril, Is in background. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Reformatory Escapee May Lose His Feet St. Cloud, prison break from the St. Cloud reformatory probably will cost one of Tuesday's three escapees amputation of his toes and possibly more of his feet. Warden H. C. Whlttier said Ar- den J. Schroeder, 19, of Minneapo- lis, suffered severely frozen leet in his attempt to escape through open country after the trio's stolen car Carmi and in highland homes Fear of Wabash Levee Break Routs 500 By The Associated Press Evacuation of nearly 500 persons started today to beat a threatened IPVPP tonnine or breakthrough by the Wabash river in southeast Illinois caused by broken transom glass. AWV VWt't' O ___, .__.__ TtfViH-A nt-4-T-n n4-tlia Davenport, A young woman patient in a mental hospi- tal which burned, taking the lives of 41 women, was reported today to have confessed setting the fire. She was charged with murder. A psychiatrist said the woman, Identified as Mrs. Elnora Epperly, 23, was a "schizophrenic." Author- ities said they were checking her story. Rock Island (111.) State's Attor- ney Bernard Moran said be has doubts about the woman's "admis- sion." He said she had told the story previously to her physician and he had discounted It on the ground It was normal for a person. in her condition to tell such a story. Scott County Attorney Clark O. Fllseth of Davenport said he had charged Mrs. Epperly, whose home In Rock Island, with "murder committed In the perpetration of arson." Moran said the woman told thii story: She set fire to the curtains in her room in the hospital mental ward where the fire tragedy occurred. The fire was touched off with a cigarette lighter. When the curtains were well ablaze she smashed the transom over her room's locked door and climbed Into the hallway. Rescuers helped her from the blazing building and she was treated lor severe arm cuts Completion of this latest evacuation from 'lowland White county farms in the Mauni-Rising Sun area would bring the approximate total of flood-dislocated persons to in Illinois. The figures were based on best estimates provided by local' Red Cross officials and state police. National Guardsmen, Red Cross, state conservation and po- lice workers housed the new refugees in boxcars at Maunle and struck a bridge at Fairhaven, Minn. His two companions, both suffer- ing from exposure In below-zero weather, are Adrian. L. Anderson, 22, of Minneapolis, and Raymond Hurd, 19, St. Paul. The three broke from the reform- police investigated. Lewis, one would be that the un- atory about p. m. Tuesday in ion is now in a climax stage of work truck, stole a Minneapolis seven-month fight against the coali salesman's car at knife-point four has the right to prescribe tions for its ports and for ships violating them regardless! of their nationality." (Shlh disclosed that Robertj" Strong, U, S. charge ..Although the legal rate of Min- Four bodies were identified as every possible pressure on tneiuw discussed the Flying Arrow mci- t Cornoration income tax Is those of the family of Felix Samas, coal operators to bow to union de- sen. u _ _____n_l_t 4__1..JnJ nt i nnal W'abash Kiver Rising- Officials reported the Wabash rose three Inches near Rising Sun over night and that another three and "a half inches would top the levee "sometime tonight." A rain- fall of 6.6 inches there was report- ed for the 24 hours ending this morning.. Rising Sun Maunie levee against free movement of milk and throughout the country these states. cover up a multiple slaying. I His strategy has been to putjsteal his truck, but broke across I water.SOaked areas along the In- Four bodies were identified as every possible pressure on the the fields when he delenfled nimols boundary line ex- dent on Wednesday with Foreign Minister George Yeh. Shih said
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