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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 14, 1950, Winona, Minnesota                              WARMER TONIGHT, SNOW SUNDAY BUY A WINTER CARNIVAL EMBLEM VOLUME 49, NO. 279 WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, JANUARY 14, 1950 FIVE CENTS PER COPY FOURTEEN PAGES TODAY- Taft Won't Lack Funds For Drive By Joseph mnd Stewart AIsop Washington Finding a Demo- cratic candidate to run for the crucial Senate seat of Robert A. Taft of Ohio is becoming a sort of political comedy. On Thursday, Democratic National Chairman William Boyle returned from Col- umbus after being told by most Ohio leaders, "It looks like Fer- guson." This meant that Taft's op- ponent would be the amiable. In- Lowrie Duped of Snow, Warmer Following Storm By Adolph Bremer More snow will fall on the area's roads, already incrusted -with ,a treacherous layer of rain, sleet and snow, the Weather bureau pre- dustrious, totally undistinguished! dieted this noon. State Auditor Joseph Ferguson, The bureau forecast two or three inches of snow Sunday afternoon whos chief qualification for the as-! or evening. signment Is his intense thirst for it. The same day, without consult- ing either the local Democratic organization or the anti-Taft la- bor groups. Dr. Henry Bush, a professor at Cleveland college and chairman of the Cuyahoga County Americans for Democratic Action, hurled his relatively unknown hat into the ring. As this Is written, farm leader Murray Lincoln, the original candidate of the labor leaders (who have distinctly cool- ed to him because of his long re- fusal to commit himself) is expect- ed to announce his candidacy. FINALLY, THE ALWAYS UN- PREDICTABLE Governor Frank Lausche has suddenly begun show- ing signs of interest in the Senate race. He has said he would come to Washington to talk things over with President Truman, who, os tenslbly at least, is interested In finding someone to beat Taft. He Season's Worst Storm Lashes Western U. S. By The Associated Press The winter season's worst storm dealt staggering blows over wide areas of the western and central parts of the country today. A snow-wind storm, after strik- ing with full force across the Paci- fic northwest, roared into the has already talked with certain of Rocky mountain states. Oregon, the labor strategists, including C. I.O. chieftain Philip Murray. Since he rarely makes up his mind about running for any office until the last hour for filing, Lausche can- not be absolutely ruled out. Ncnethelesss, although the labor strategists are "wistfully wondering whether Dr. Bush may not be "an- other Paul it still looks like Ferguson. This simply means that the great Ohio election, hith- erto billed as one of the grand contests of the century, will be- come a competitive display of the political techniques Ohio knows best. These are the techniques of the late Mark -Hanna. Ohio will hardly hear a grave debate of se- rious Issues, If the Taft opponent Is Ferguson. But perhaps Ohi- oans will be consoled by the many millions of outside money the struggle.'ought to bring into their Washington, parts of Idaho, north' em California and northern Ne- vada reeled from the Impact of the blustery weather. Blizzard conditions were forecast for Montana and Wyoming. The storm hit western Montana last night, with strong winds and blow- ing, drifting snow. Temperatures ranged from 20 to 25 below zero in northern Montana. A blizzard blew Into Minnesota and colder weather spread across most of the north central region. The storm which struck over the northern great lakes region was accompanied by winds of 40 to 50 miles an hour throughout the north central states and gusts of 60 to 80 mph. Heavy snowfalls were reported In upper Michigan. THE ONE HAND, If they back Ferguson, the C.I.O., mtatw, ON must -A.F.L. and all other labor groups are perfectly prepared to do so. The labor strategists remember the extreme narrowness of Taft's victory In 1944. Ferguson is cele- brated as a good vote getter. His labor record is almost as good as his record on home and mother. Therefore the labor war chests will be open to Ferguson. So will those of the Democratic national committee. And the national and local Democrats and labor groups are already uniting in an Intense, expensive effort to get out their Ohio vote. On the other hand, Senator Taft's campaign is attracting infinitely more business cash than the sad coffers of the Republican nation- al committee. His campaign treas urer, Ben Tate, has leg men la- vented a great accumulation. Many Games Canceled 2. Many basketball games were canceled, and at Canton, the Lanes- boro-Canton game was canceled with a few minutes to go, when the lights went out. 3. Nearly every parking meter in the city was frozen shut, according to Maintenance Man Alfred G. Berndt, but by noon he had cleared about 50 per cent of them. Locked, parked cars suffered In the same way. Turns Cold The cold weather covered the Chicago, Philadelphia. Detroit every other center where the writ- Ing of large checks is at all cus- tomary. The Taft organization Is ex- tremely secretive about this effort, preferring to emphasize dollar con- tributions from "little and talking rather piously about the "outside money" of tie labor groups on the other side. But judging by what can be learned In the places where the money comes from, Senator Taft ought to have the largest individual cam- paign fund of any man who has run for the United States Senate in a great many years. THE MAJESTIC MUSTERING of financial resources on both sides can lead to only one thing in the Pacific northwest, tha northern Rocky mountain, states, the north- ern great plains and the upper Mississippi and Missouri valleys. The below zero readings extend- ed into Washington and Oregon. The mercury dropped to 19 be- low at Ellensburg, In central Washington where there was 14 inches of snow on the ground. Spokane's snowfall measured 21 inches and the mercury dropped to six below. In Mlnot, N. D., the low was -26, and -24 at Great Falls, and below zero tempera- tures were general throughout the storm belt. The colder weather also was ex- pected In the flooded areas of the Ohio river valley, sending temper- atures down' to around normal from yesterday's spring-like read- ings. Rain stopped but more fam- ilies left their homes as waters spilled over lowlands. Other river areas braced for major floods. The blizzard which hammered lithe Pacific northwest was blamed for at least five deaths, all In Washington. Highway traffic was It will be warmer, however, up to 26 above Sunday afternoon. The rain, snow and sleet yester-1 day put the area's roads In terrible! shape, and, despite grading by city, county and state crews, most of them still were treacherous. Roads weren't the only casualties: 1. Shortly before noon, Harold Law, manager of the telephone service, reported that the damage was "not but toll lines to Houston, Rushford, Caledonia, Ro- chester and Preston were down. Some area Wisconsin points were isolated temporarily, too. He said that the quick mercury dropped over 20 degrees In two hours early last pre- Reds Seizing S. Consulate At Peiping American Official Personnel Recalled From Red China Washington The State de partment announced today tha the Chinese communists are selz ing U. S. government consular property at Peiping. It said the United States is re calling "all American official per sonnel from communist China." Chinese communist police and civilian officials, the announce ment said, "invaded that can consular compound" Ameri agalnsl angry American protests at a.m. January 14 China time p. m. JaJnuary 13, C.S.T.) 36 Officials There are 36 American officla personnel in Peiping, including Consul-General O. Edmund Clubb Communications with this group have not .been Interrupted so far The 36 had not been arrested a the time .the announcement was made. There are 135 American officials and dependents throughout com- munist China at Peiping, entsin, Shanghai, Tslngtao 4. Trams and buses were on time or only a little late, except for the Burlington's and Milwaukee's coast trains which were fighting bad weather all the way In. They were three to four hours late. Little Snow At La Crosse Winona was nearly on the edge of the snow, and La Crosse was nearly out of It. La Crosse had about a half Inch of snow, Wlnona had two inches, jut at Whitman dam, 13 miles north, at least four Inches fell. Around Minnesota and Wiscon- sin it -was really winter. Temperatures .ranged la Minne- sota from six below zero at Eiter- Ti- and Nanking. In addition there are an I estimated nonofficial Ameri jean citizens in communist China and the State department an nounccd: Evacuation Finns "Any facilities for evacuatlor from China -which are arranged for our official personnel will be made available for all American citizens who desire to depart." Assistant Secretary of State Walton Butterworth said of the recall order, "No one can keep representatives In a foreign coun- try if the foreign country does not wish them to be there." Butterworth said there are four national Falls to 17 below at Bemidji and Alexandria early in the day. The winds which last night hurl- ed two to eight inches of snow into traffic-paralyzing drifts were sub- siding. Winds as strong as 55 miles an hour swept the state. New Ulm reported gusts of an 80-mile vel- ocity. The highway department report- ed that all main roads In southern Minnesota, which bore the brunt of the storm, were open today. Heavy Going: However, it was heavy going on the secondary roads. In Wisconsin, the snow piled up to 14 inches at Land O'Lakes and In the Rhinelander area. The night's lowest temperature was 11 below zero at Superior, while Milwaukee's 47 was the mildest reading of the day Other overnight lows were -9 at Eau Claire; -5 at Wausau and Stevens Point, and -4 at Park Falls. Madison reported winds as high snarled throughout the storm 69 miles an hour Friday Milwau- Alr travel was halted and train kee had 56 mue-an-hour gusts. service curtailed. Washing-ton Coast Hit The storm hit hard on the Wash- ington coast. Winds reached a ve- locity of 60 to 70 miles an hour and at Redmond, Ore., it howl- ed at a velocity of 78 miles an hour. Seattle's said the storm Weather was one bureau of the worst in the city's history. The ci- ty was blanketed with a ten-Inch snowfall. The mercury was 131 Warehouse Fire Loss Minneapolis Loss was set at about In a fire which swept the warehouse and salesroom of Minnesota Toro, Incorporated, distributors of mowing machinery, at Lake street and Du Pont avenue above last night. A dozen or (South last night. The damage esti- end. Organization, which is money really buys in politics, will be undertaken a scale with an intensity quite unprecedented in such contests. The organization will be more significant than the campaign speeches Yet this will not niter the two central facts in the Ohio situation. If Ferguson is the nominee, Taft will be more likely to win. And if Taft wins, he will be in the! best possible position to gain the! Republican Presidential nomina-j tion. Only two developments nowj in sight could then dash from) his lips the cup he has so oftenj grasped for. His own victory ini Ohio might be dimmed by the! simultaneous defeat of most of the other Republican conservative Senators. Or he could suddenly be confronted with the much-bruited Presidential candidacy of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. At the moment, however, despite the general's speeches about the "welfare State." the Eisenhower market is slumping. The plain truth is that the organization of Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York has offered Eisenhower next year's gubernatorial nomin- ation, "and he has indicated, thus far, that he is determined to re- fuse. U General Eisenhower will not run for governor in New York, and will not admit any desire for the Republican presidential nomi- nation. Taft may well round up too many Republican delegates to let a draft-Eisnehower movement get off the ground. grounded or sank. The coast guard (Continued on Pape 7, Column 4} STORM of the city's fire fighting equipment was summoned before the blaze was, quelled. O. Edmund Clubb American compounds buildings or groups of buildings enclosed by a wall in Peiping and that the American personnel had been forced out of one of them and ,into another adjoining. The compound from which they were forced out was the one hous- ing the official consulate offices. Butterworth said that some of the United States archives have been destroyed by the consulate staff and some have been removed from the evacuated compound, al- so that some of the extremely v able code materials have been de- stroyed and some retained by the Peiping Americans. He called the communist seiz- ure "A completely unprecedented action." Wehrenberf photo When The "Lake Social Club" began operations in a basement room of the Terrace cafe near Lake City in November, 1S48, It stayed In business about 20 minutes. Raided by Sheriff John Jacobs of Wa- basha county at the direction of County Attorney Arnold Hatfield who had been tipped off that gamblers were about to operate there, the devices shown in this picture were confiscated. They In- clude a roulette wheel, dice table and blackjack table. They are now stored in the casement of the Wabasha county jail at Wabasha, Successful Farmer These Sheep, Blinded And Lost, stand huddled in the snow on the wind-swept prairie northwest of Grand Forks, N. D. The blizzard drove snow into the fleece, forming a face mask through which the animals could not see. They were still in this predicament, and unable to find their way, when this picture was taken. An airplane pilot had spotted Wirephoto to The Republican- Herald.) Hollie Cliffs Barn, Cattle Famed in Area Hollle Cliff a mccessful and progressive farmer, Herbert Feld man Wabasha county agent, de- clared Friday. The Cliff modern barn and his fine herd of Holstein cattle are show points In the county's devel- opment. The farm, located on highway 63 near Zumbro Falls, reflects the latest steps In housing for top dairy herds. It Is well lighted, has the atest in sanitation facilities and the ierd is one of the high producing lolsteln herds of the county. Cliff is a member of a cow testing as relation, Cliff has been active in Farm Sureau affairs In the county, and is an adult Zeader in 4-H club work. His farm is managed under a soil conservation program. Cliff has been an active farmer :ince he sold his pinball and slot machine business to John E. Low- rie of Lake City in 1942. He was named In the state public exam- ners report made public today as he man who duped Lowrie out of for alleged "protection pay- Dffs" in the gambling racket. Cliff drove a Cadillac car and las a television set on his farm, one of few in the rural area of Wabasha county. Cliff, according to the examiner's report, was not aware that the Ter- race Cafe of Lake City had been raided November 6, 1948, and went here a few days later to collect he December 1 payment from Lowrie. He told Lowrie, the report says, hat he had already paid pro- ;ectlon money out of his own poc- cet, sure that Lowrie would repay him when he called. Lowrie declared that he was a little short of funds, but gave Cliff with a promise that the other would be forthcoming shortly. Cliff was taken by surprise when County Attorney Arnold Hatfield, Sheriff John Jacobs of Wabasha county and Lowrie called on him on his farm shortly before the offi- J. E. Lowrie County Attorney Hatfield Sheriff John Jacobs Bulgaria Arrests 64 Yugoslavs Sofia, Bulgaria Bulgarian authorities say they have arrested 64 alleged Yugoslav spies. The government press depart- ment said 70 Yugoslav security po- licemen were sent Into this country recently to spy for Marshal Tito's anti-Soviet communist regime. Sixty-four were arrested and the spokesman said Bulgarian police ex- pected to catch the other six soon. 13 Killed in Crash Of Air Force Glider Fort Benning-, Ga. The unexplained crash of an Air Force glider here brought death to 13 of Uncle Sam's top-flight rough and fighting men. Five of the 17 men aboard the gilder survived yesterday's crash, but one of the survivors died of Injuries early today. Three of the re- aining four survivors are in critical condition at the Lawsoa Air Force Jase hospital. Among the victims were 11 stu- dent paratroopers ready for their final hitting the silk in one more jump. Also killed were aj ergeant-instructor and the glider's! >ilot, Second Lieutenant Robert D. lenley of Columbia, Mo. The crash was the first fatal accident in the He did not know Hatfield, and dropped his cigarette when he was Introduced. The glider, one of two released by a C-82 tow plans, was settling ,i T, on the runway normally when, wit- "We asked him, Hatfield stated jnesses reported, one wing dipped Friday, "to whom he had paid the protection money. He said he did not pay it to Sheriff Jacobs or me, or any other county official." Lowrie then demanded that Cliff pay him back the money he bad paid htm since 1943 and a chattel mortgage to secure a note for 300 was filed with the Wabasha county register of deeds December 18. The mortgage was on Cliff's herd of Holstein cattle, his 62 Ches- ter White hogs and hla modem farm machinery. Cliff left for the east December 18 to visit relatives in New Jersey for the Christmas holiday period. The Investigation was delayed by bis absence, and finally John R. Foley of Wabasha, and Lawrence R. Lunds of Lake City, attorneys, telephoned him there and asked to return to Wabasha so that the Investigation could be completed and the two county officials cleared. He consented last Tuesday. and arrived home He was than questioned by the ing as paratroopers. examiners In the presence of Foley: and Lunde. sharply and struck the ground. First Lieutenant Melvin L. Min- nix, pilot of the companion glider, said the crack up came at a 30 de- gree angle and scattered wreckage over the field "like confetti after a parade." "His gliding speed seemed nor- Minnix said. "His altitude looked perfect and his angle to glide appeared the same as mine. "He was still in his turn though, when I noticed his glide angle had become fairly steep. He alti- tude fast 'and then hit the ground at about a 30-degree angle with his left wing down." Other witnesses reported the glide nit the runway, bounced Into the air and began to disintegrate. Debris and bodies were scattered over 700 feet of the runway. Captain A. C. Parker of the in- fantry training center public in- formation office said 15 of the men were taking glider training in con- junction with their six weeks traln- The students all were members of Company A, Airborne Battalion, surface. Blast Boosts Hope for Two Trapped Miners Mahanoy City, Pa. Rescue workers trying to reach two brothers trapped in a mine cave-in reported today they heard a dynamite blast far below the surface of the earth. The rescue men said the blast, shortly before noon, seemed proof that at least one of the men trapped was alive nearly 24 hours after the cave-In, and was attempting to dy- namite a path to safety. A second dynamite blast was heard less than an hour later. "There's no doubt about said one rescue worker. "Somebody's try- ing to blast his way out." Workers were spurred on by tap- pings believed made by the trapped men, Joseph Burda, 30, and his brother, Edward, 25. The cave-in oc- curred yesterday at the old Boston colliery on. Broad mountain. Another brother, Frank, 19, was caught up to his knees by the fall- ing debris but managed to save him- self by literally jumping out of his boots. Ee reported the first onrush of debris almost trapped his legs. But he was able to squirm out of his boots and. make his way to the Celling Report Clears Wabasha County Officials Zumbro Falls Man Kept Money Paid For 'Protection' (The compete report of Statg Public Examiner RicTiarO. A. dotting in the Wabruha. county investigation will found, on page 5.) The story of how a former slot machine operator duped John E. (Jack) Lowrie, operator of the Ter- race Night club at Lake City, into making in "protection pay- ments" was the topic ol conversa- tion in all of Wabasha county to- day, following a report by State Public Examiner Richard A. Coiling. Investigation of the case was un- dertaken by Golling's office at the request of Arnold W. Hatfield, Wa- basha county attorney, whose name, Gelling said, was used as the man. to whom the "pay-offs" were go- Ing. examiner's report said that Hollle C. Cliff, prosperous fanner who lives on highway 63 near Zum- bro Palls in Wabasha county, con- fessed taking the under false pretenses from. Lowrie over a three- year period. He had told Lowrie, the report continues, that the money was be- ing given by him (Cliff) to County Attorney Hatfield as "protection pay-off" to keep Lowrie from being prosecuted on gambling charges. Neither Paid The report shows, however, that Cliff has admitted that neither Hat- field nor Wabasha County Sheriff John P. Jacobs ever was paid a cent. The whole story developed fal- lowing the arrest of Lowrie on ft gambling charge November 9, 1640. "When I took Lowrie In ens- Sheriff asked me why he wu being- pro- He he wai payinr protection mnd had given eotraty attorney thous- and. dollars." The sheriff then reported this statement to Mr. Hatfield and the later Immediately demanded that the sheriff accompany him to sea Lowrie to disprove any such charge of bribery. When they got to Lake City, Lowrie told them of the pay- offs to Cliff, who Lowrie thought Was paying the money to Hatfield. The three then drove to Cliffs home where Cliff then admitted, the report says, that he had been accepting the money but he had kept it and did not pay any of It to Hatfield or any other county official. Colling Steps In Because the rumors had spread widely, Hatfield and Jacobs then asked the state examiner to step Into the picture and make a com- plete Investigation. This was done by Mr. Golllng, hla chief agent, Karl Neuremberg, and other agents. The probe was not completed until early Wednesday morning of this week. When Lowrie was being question- ed at Lake City, two attorneys, John S. Poley of Wabasha and Lawrenca R. Lunde of Lake City, were pre- sent. Both have represented him on former occasions. Whether or not any will be filed si a result of Urn report eonld not be learned to- day. Mr. Hatfiold Mid Sheriff Jacobs eft Wabasha at noon Friday to at- tend the meeting of the Federation of County Fairs In Minneapolis. They planned to retura to Wabasha (Continued on Pagre 7, Column 1.) LOWRIE WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and with slowly rising temperature tonight; lowest 5 in the city, near zero in the country. Sunday cloudy with snow beginning In the afternoon or night; not to cold, high Sunday afternoon 26. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 32; minimum noon, 0; precipitation, .72 (two inch- es of sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE Max. Min. Prec. Alexandria Bemidjl 11 4 DulUth 24 Int. Falls........ 3 Mpls.-St. Paul 28 Rochester 33 St.'Cloud........21 Willmar 15 Abilene 64 Chicago 51 Denver Des Moines Kansas City Los Angeles New Orleans 36 39 56 53 76 79 New York 55 Seattle Phoenix Washington Edmonton Regina 20 55 55 -15 The Winnipeg.........g -17 -17 -8 -6 -11 -9 -14 -15 39 16 14 2 17 36 69 60 46 9 31 48 -45 -33 -25 -14 .09 .04 .11 .14 .12 .65 .35 .03 1.00 .15 .29 .28 .04 .04 .17   

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