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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 16, 1950, Winona, Minnesota FAIR, NOT SO COLD TONIGHT BUY A WINTER CARNIVAL EMBLEM VOLUME 49, NO. 280 WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 16, 1950 FIVE CENTS PER COPY SIXTEEN PAGES 7QD4Y- Nafion In Arms Over Sex Crimes By Jack Weinberg St. Paul The entire nation Is up in arms over the wave of sex crimes which has broken out. Here In Minnesota numerous instances of attacks have been reported In recent months. The issue was point- ed up at the January meeting of the state pardon board when 11 sex criminals sought their freedom and Governor Youngdahl pointed out that the public demand is growing for more severe penalty Instead of for leniency. But Is this a question of penalty and in it one of medical attention? Is a sexual at- tacker a criminal in the same sense with a thief or forger or Is he suf- fering from a disease? Medical men believe it is a question of ill- ness which requires proper care and treatment, not incarceration In a prison or reformatory. The state bar association is con- Minnesota's sex crime law 52 Deaths Linked to Storm Hap Arnold, First General Of U. S. Air Force, Dead Sonoma, Calif. General Henry H. (Hap) Arnold, ranking airman of World War and a pioneer of U. S. military aviation, is dead at 63. The nation's first general of the Air Force died suddenly at his ranch home 40 miles north of San Francisco. Death was caused coronary occlusion, a clotting the arteries that give blood to the heart. He retired to that quiet Valley of the Moon June 30. after periodic heart attacks two years. Arnold's physician, Dr. Russell V. Lee of Palo Alto, said the gen- eral should have retired after his first heart attack in 1944, "but things were hot then and he de- cided to take his chances with the I B1UCUUK OCA U11111G law real UI t C for possible revision by the 1951 leg- to duty." Islature. The next session of the The wartime chief of the Air. state's lawmakers will have to give Forces will be buried in Arlington careful consideration to this very cemetery, Washington. D. C. The serious problem. From all Indica- tions, sex criminals probably should be placed In medical Institutions rather than In penal Institutions and It will be up to the next legislature to make Minnesota statutes conform D. C. The funeral is set for 7 p.m. (C.S.T.) Thursday. The body was resting today at General Henry M. Arnold to handle this problem. MEANWHILE, what about an ef- fort to avoid sex crimes? The great- est number of victims are little children, both boys and girls, who are sought out by these perverted Individuals and who suffer the most. Society must form vigilante com- mittees to guard against such at- tacks. The little children who are the Innocent victims must be pro-i tected.. Modern policing methods, through the use of the automobile, apparently are not geared up to handle the problem, as one nation- ally-distributed magazine has been pointing out in a recent series of articles. Is the method of prevention up to the legislature, too? Will the state be required to allocate funds to help finance vigilante groups to help guard and protect the children on their way to and from school or to their places of recreation and play? Political aspirants who plan to seek election to the 1951 legisla- ture would do well to start think- ing now about this very grave prob- lem which has every parent In America worried. MINNESOTA TAXES The oft- repeated claim that Minnesota's tax structure Is one of the highest in the nation was refuted by O, How- ard Spaeth, state tax commissioner, who declared that taxes In this state are neither the highest nor the Mt, all things considered. Where- M Minnesota leans heavily on to come taxes, some other states utilize such assessments as general sales flown D. C., Tuesday. Taaght by Wright The family had not at Arnold's ipraised him as the man most 'sponsible for A m e r i c a 's air strength and said he was a key figure in the Allied defeat of the whether to hold services here. The nation's military from Secretary of Defense John-, son down expressed shock and1 Arnold was taught to fly by the (Continued on Page 9, Column 3.) HAP ARNOLD Truman Asks Insurance Against Tire Shortage By Douglas B. Cornell President Truman asked Congress today to pass a _________ ___ j__j. c-VtrM-4-atTA WflT i Accidental Shot Fatal to York Farmer, 61 Gun Discharged While Crawling Through Fence Pigeon Falls, Wis. (Special) 61-year-old York farmer accident ally killed himself while huntiri rabbits near here Saturday after noon. Edward Olson's body was discov ered in the snow near a fence abou 20 rods from his farm home a suppertime Saturday by his sister Olga. He had gone out earlier in th afternoon to hunt and when he di not return for the evening meal hi sister became alarmed. She found his gun case on th fence and rabbit tracks in the im mediate area, Indicating that Olso. had attempted to cross the fenc in pursuit. Jackson County Coroner Sidne; Jensen said Olson had died as a re suit of an accidental shooting. Born January 5, 1889 in the town of Northfield, he was living witr his mother, Mrs. Annie Olson, an his sister on a farm near York an had been working at the Yor creamery. Also surviving are four other sis ters: Mrs, Agnes Barry, Minneapo Us; Mrs. Albert Steen, Mrs. Edwin Eide, Mrs. Edwin Moe of the Yor area; two Brothers, Melvin, Blac River Falls, and Orville, Northfield Funeral services will be held Wed nesday. at 2 p. m. at the South Bee River Lutheran church the Rev E. B. Christopherson officiating new insurance ag'a'lnst a" rubber shortage in another war. j Burial will be in the church ceme The President wants authority now to start shifting at least ..i i _J J. of the government's to synthetic rubber industry to private First Veterans Insurance Check In Mail Today Washington The first taxes, higher property taxes, mutual betting levies and excise nlt taxes of various sorts to gain heavy revenues. He explained that the much-complained of corporation tax in Minnesota Isn't out of range when compared with the heavier license and privilege levies assessed on cor- porations In other states. Spaeth pointed out that Minnesota is far more liberal In its allowable deduc- tions on Income taxes than, for ex- ample, Wisconsin. Thus, while this state's tax rate is higher than in the deductions actually bring the yie'd below that of our neighboring state. POLITICAL PIE The Republi- cans apparently are going all-out to assure a 1950 state victory, as evidenced by the hiring of Cyril Sheehnn as full-time G.O.P. state central committee executive secre- tary. Bobbing up again are reports that State Auditor Stafford King hasn't given up the idea of trying to wrest the G.O.P. gubernatorial I trickle of a Insurance refund starts going out to World War II veterans today. The Veterans administration and the Treasury department hope to one-million-checks-a-week pace, which would mean that pay- ments to the eligible vet- erans would be completed by June The first batch went out In bundles over the weekend to post- offices all over the country. ownership. At the same time, he said there; must be enough production in anj emergency for "adequate protec-' tlon of the national security." Mr. Truman's recommendations went to Congress in a message. The President also sent along a report by his assistant, John B. Steelman, on a study syn- Swajlbeck retlred st. Peter dfintis thetlc rubber problem and what battered was found lr should be done about it at this apartment was beaten to deatr Dentist Slain At St. Peter St. Peter, Georg point. "It Mr. Truman said, 'that our present plant capac- ity of nearly a million tons a year should be emergency rubber. maintained needs for to meet synthetic Asks Stand-By Plants by "unknown person or coroner's jury held Saturday night Swanbeck's body was found by Mrs C. D. Alton, a neighbor. Mrs. Alton testified at the inques she had visited the doctor's apart ment to inquire whether he wantec some lunch and on leaving had me It is not necessary, however, a heavy set man entering the plac that all this capacity be in a package in his pocket, tion. Maintenance in a stand by Swanbeck's body was found in condition of those plants which are lus wrecked apartment, indicating not being used should, therefore, a violent had taken place be authorized." There was no plant-by-plant list of those that might be kept by the government or those that might be converted to stand-by status. Steelman's report said the syn- thetic plants have a capacity of The checks vary in size from tons a year- consump- cents to S528, averaging about of all types of rubber, both each. They are being paid for an natural and synthetic, was es- nf rash collected on timated last year at tons. of cash collected on represents of the accumulation national service life insurance. The VA said premiums were far in ex- cess of the amount needed to pay ran much lower than originally expected. To avoid any charges of discriml total tonnage. The report emphasized that since the most critical raw material shortage of the last war was in rubber, a substantial stockpile of the natural product must be built nation, the order of payment was UP-, determined by the last three digits! a rubber of a veteran's serial number. Those] whose serial numbers ended The government is- operating a a law nomination from Governor Young- !cojject dah'i. A month or so npo it seem- ed almost a certainty that King was going to stick to his own last and seek re-election as state auditor once again. But reports currently making the rounds are that he's still interested, even though realiz- ing all the hazards of trying to upset Youngdahl. Meanwhile, the Dcmocratic-Farm- er-Labor party is having its own three-ring circus over n gubernator- ial designate. State Chairman Or- vilie Freeman has just about made up his own mind that he will be a candidate. But Charles Halsted of Brninerd. who polled more than a half million votes in defeat in 1948, seems to think he can do It again, but in victory this time and appears to be determined to oppose Freeman. AH the while ef- forts are continuing to induce Su- preme Court Associate Justice Har- ry H. Peterson to enter the lists a's the D.F.L. standard bearer. As yet Judge Peterson has not said "no" openly and officially so per- haps he still is interested. Loss As Elevator Burns Aberdeen, S. D. The Shel- don F. Reese gram elevator was destroyed by fire Sunday, a 25 mile an hour wind whipping the the flames out of control in 13 be- low zero weather. Otto Freitag, general manager, said the loss would be about 000. He said the elevator contain- ed bushels of ly wheat and flax. An office build- ing and store was saved. The elevator was owned by Rie- be Riebe Company, Minneapolis. be: paid 999 group wijl be the last to (Continued on Page 9, Column 5.) TRUMAN Swanbeck died of internal hemor rhages, the coroner said. 3 Iowa Fliers Killed in Crash Rldgely, Iowa businessmen flying home from a vacation trip to Cuba were killed near here yesterday in the explo- sion of their private plane. The victims, all residents of Da- venport, Iowa, were identified as Verne Malcolm Johnson, 36, own- er of the plane ana garage opera- tor. William Frederick Clough, 29, a real estate and investment broker Harlan Deem. 34, a trucking and hauling contractor. The Sheldon F. Reese grain elevator at Aberdeen, S. D., looks like this today, with what yesterday's fire left sheathed in ice. Firemen had to fight a 25-mile an hour wind and 13-below-zero temperature as well as the flames. (A_P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) 250 Fishing Cars Marooned On Lake Winnebago Ice Floe Worst Cold Wave of Winter Grips Area Some Relief Due, Blizzard Drifts Side Roads Shut By The Associated Press The screeching storm which hammered the northern plains, Rocky mountain and northwest states has veered over into Canada but it left the area with its worst cold wave of the winter. At least 52 deaths were attribut- ed to the storm, ten of them In Canada. Ninii died In the North- iwest blizzard, seven In crashes of I two small planes in rain and fog, and a woman and her three small daughters in an automobile crash on an icy MLchigan highway. Oth- er fatalities were caused by the winds, floods isad traffic accidents. Temperatures were far below normal all the way from the Great Lakes to the Pacific coast, while the remainder of the nation Some Of The 250 Automobiles which ice fishermen were forced to abandon yesterday drift on a giant floe in Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh, Wis., today. About persons were taken off the floe last night after a high wind broke the ice field loose. Open water can be seen along the store In the above picture, taken from an airplane. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Oshkosh, Wis. W) More than 250 abandoned automo- biles were afloat on the frozen crust of Lake Winnebago today. A strong, Sunday west wind ripped the giant ice sheet loose from shore and blew It out into the lake while thousands of per- sons were Ice fishing. Officials believe all reached shore safely. Nearly ice fishermen were brought to safety by boat In Winnebago county. Almost 200 other cars escaped to the shore shortly after the break-up began. Some drove off by way of Blackbird Island near Nee- nah and others at Fond du Lac on the south end of the lake. But eventually, even these avenues were cut off and pilots reported the surface of the 30- mile long inland lake was "an island of ice." The stranded au- tos will have to remain on the cap until it is blown back to shore or until the gap of water freezes over. Deputy Sheriff Marshall Muskavitch said the break came suddenly, and the opening stretched to 100 feet in ten minutes at some points. "At one he said, "four men were ready to jump. Two of them leaped across and by that time it was too far for the other two to try it." Sheriff's officers, police and volunteers commandeered boats along the shore to use in the rescue effort. "In some Muskavitch said, "we had to break into boat houses and then return the boats after the res- cue work was finished." Several persons waded ashore, he said, where the Icy water was not too deep. At one time an ambulance with blankets was dispatched on a report that a man was going to try to swim the 50-foot gap to shore. The sheriff's office, however, heard nothing further and assumed the man changed his mind. Muskavitch explained that "there always is a crack in the ice either on the east or west side of the lake." When a strong wind breaks up the ice, the en- tire cap breaks loose and is blown toward the opposite shore. Sunday's crack ran virtually all along the western shore line from a few feet to several blocks from shore. When the chunk floated away it left wa- ter gaps ranging from 25 to 150 feet wide. The west wind which caused the breakup reached 65 miles an hour in gusts, according to the Winnebago county airport. A number of planes from the field flew over the scene on spotting duty. Some maintained radio contact with police squads while others tried ;o warn the fishermen and head them to- ward rescue points. Used in the latter capacity was a plane belonging to Rac- ing Pilot Steve Wittman, who was In Florida winning the Continental Motors tro- phy race at the time. Paul Wolf, a flight instructor, borrowed Wittman's plane and flew over the ics attempting to drop warning cards to the ma- rooned ice fishers. No rescue landings were attempted by the flight planes because of the gusty conditions. Decision on Prosecution In Wabasha Case Pending Wabasna, of calling a grand Jury in the "protection payoff" probe revealed here Saturday by State Public Examiner Richard A. Colling, was indicated today by County Attorney Arnold W. Hatfield. Hatfleld, In a statement to The Republican-Herald at noon, said that if an accusation is not brought to the attention of the court on the filing of a criminal complaint, Three Buildings On Farm Near Arcadia Burn Arcadia, (Special) Sparks from a chimney were be- lieved to have started an early morning fire on the Anton Feuling farm near here today, in a blaze that leveled three buildings. No one was hurt in the fire which destroyed a garage, containing a 1948 automobile, a tractor shed housing a tractor and other equip-and Sheriff John P. Jacobs had ment and an old granary with been suspicious of each other for a some worth of tools in It. Mrs. Feuling saw the flames from her kitchen window about he will confer with District Judge Karl Finkelnburg at Winona on the calling of a grand jury. In his statement Hatfield ex- pressed, appreciation for the inves- tigation made by the state office. He lauded the state investigators as being "painstaking, diligent and prompt" in discovering that accusa- tions against two county public of- ficials were false. Hatfield said that Golling's office cad done a "great service" to the to all public officials in the state. Praises Examiners He added that it was "hearten- ing" to know that public examin- ers are as prompt in proving rum- ors and accusations false as they are in exposing corruptness. Quite 3 Change Winona iras given "bumps" ir. weather over the weekend. The ranged from a balmy 3S Jo a shivering; seven below. Motorists who swept the slush off their cars early Sunday morning found the watery snow turned to left a few hours later. The mercury read 38 Sunday forenoon and by noon had dropped to 12 above. In the evening it bad slid to a minus three and Suring the night went to seven below for the lowest of the weekend. Generally fair and not cold Is the forecast for Tues- day. generally had season or balmy weather. In the Southeast particu- larly, readings were well above normal. High Wind Lessens The gales which caused con- siderable damage along the north- ern half of the nation had abated today. Damage included disabled power lines at Buffalo and Syra- cuse, N. Y., and losses of hundreds of head of livestock in the northern, plains and Rocky mountain Federal Forecaster J. Badner at Chicago said the high winds had cut over into Canada north of the ireat Lakes but that the mass of ThT story of how both Hatfield cold air in its wake would continue The story 01 now ootn eastward toward the Atjantic forefront was over period of months as a result of the ugly rumors was revealed following the release of Mr. Golling's report.! o'so" aTm. Good friends for years, both ad- St. Cloud Couple touted by Fire St. Clond, last husband who was in the barn milk- ing. The Arcadia fire department was called and managed to save the farm home and barn, threaten- ed by sparks and blowing embers. P'nball games. Everything in the three buildings mitted they had suspected each other of getting bribes from John manager of the Terrace Cafe at Lake City to allow him to operate slot machines and cash pay was lost in the blaze. The loss is partly covered by insurance. St. Paul Woman Stabbed to Death Instead, as the report from Goll- ing showed, the "protection" money had gone to a farmer who suppos- edly '.vas a who pocketed the money himself. After at least two raids by the sheriff and state men at Lowrie's cafe, Lowrie spread the story that he had been double-crossed by the county officials, according to Goll- ing's report. When the last raid was made Miss Mary Kabascka St. pretty 26-year- old St. Paul woman was found stab- bed to death In an alley snowdrift early yesterday. Police said today they were un- able to ascribe a motive for the Brutal slaying of Miss Mary Ka- bascka, telephone company employe and music lover. Dr. Roy C. Heron, Ramsey county coroner, said the girl had been Lowrie was charged with making payoffs In cash to pinball machine players, a violation of the state gambling law. Hatfield said he was told that If he pressed charges against Low- rie, "the Ud would blow off." "I wasn't getting any money, so I of course suspected the sheriff." Recall Suspicions The sheriff, also learning of the statements by Lowrie, said he had not been receiving any suspected Hatfield. Both men smiled today as they looked back over the story of their tense suspicions. "Finally I called on the (Continued on Page 14, Column 4.) WABASHA F. H, Stinchfield, Noted Minneapolis Attorney, Dead San Diego, H. Stinchfield, 68, Minneapolis at-' torney, died here last night. He collapsed from a heart ail- ment and died at the La Jolla Beach club, where he and his wife had been guests for two weeks. The La Jolla mortuary said the northern Indiana and Michigan early today but it was expect- of its sting be- east coast. Sjuthern California had another narrow escape from cold weather damage to the citrus crops. At Ri- verside, near Los Angeles, ths mercury dipped to 36 degrees ear- ly today but Los Angeles had a safe 42. Beaumont reported 33 de- grees, Daggett 27 and Silver Lake 32. The Pacific northwest, hard hit by a record blizzard over the weekend, had the gloomy prospect of at least two more days of snow and cold. Estimated property damage was 'placed at millions of dollars. Temperatures still were at subzero levels today In central Washington. The Southern Pacific railroad was unable to operate its stream- line daylight train, the Shasta, (Continued on Page 14, Column 4.) STORM WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity Fair and not so cold tonight; lowest 8 in the city, near zero in the country. Tuesday increasing cloudiness; con- tinued rather cold, highest in the afternoon 24, LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 37; minimum, 0: noon, 12; precipitation. .09 (one ir.ch of Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 12; minimum, noon, 0; precipitation .03; sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE Max. Min. Fcp. Alexandria 1 Bemidji 1 Duluth 23 Intl. Fails 9 Mpls.-St. Paul 26 Rochester ........35 St. Cloud 12 _.. ._ night drove a St. Cloud couple into stabbed from behind but had Mrs. Elizabeth S. Stinch- Denver 12 below zero weather. Their home was destroyed, along with furnish- ings and clothing. combination wood-coal stove was iclieved to have started the fire. been molested sexually. The woman was slain shortly after attending a ballet perforrn- field, would accompany the to Minneapolis. Firemen, hampered by freezing ance at the University of Minne- lose lines, fought the Maze for four sots. A bus driver, Ray MfUJgan, ours. Occupants of the home, Mr. and Mrs. John Biggerstaff, took with neighbors. An overheat- body Des Moines City Mr. Stinchfield was president -of .Los Angeles the American Bar association 1S36-37 and was one of the leaders'New Orleans 67 49 38 44 55 57 75 79 _____ __________ ____ __ told police he recalled Miss Ka- in the successful fight against York 51 bascfca leaving his bus near her ident Roosevelt's proposal to en- Seattle 21 home close to a fashionable resi- dential district but the body was found several miles from her home. large the U. S. Supreme court. Phoenix 60 He was president of the Minne-1 Washington .....48 sota Bar association in 1927. 'Winnipeg ........-10 -22 -26 -20 -33 -14 -10 -19 -18 28 9 16 -1 13 35 71 66 40 18 31 46 -24 .01 .02 .14 .13 .06 .19 .09 .03 .01 .05 .Oi
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