Winona Republican Herald, February 13, 1950

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February 13, 1950

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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1950, Winona, Minnesota SNOW FLURRIES, COLDER TONIGHT VOLUME 49, NO. 304 WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY TODAY- Johnson Not Telling The Truth By Joseph and Stewart Alsop Washington It is a grave act to charge a high official with de- liberately misinforming the nation. But it is graver still for the na- tion to be grossly and persistently misled about vital matters, as we are now being misled by Secretary of Defense Louis A; Johnson's smar- my misrepresentations. The time has come to call a spade a spade. Johnson has not been telling the truth about the national defense. Specifically, on December 7, Johnson told the National Associa- tion of Manufacturers that his sav- ings in the defense budget were being made "without any reduction in our state of preparedness." He then reiterated this claim in his official annual report, stating that we are "obtaining greater na- tional security at less expense." All precautions are being taken, he said, to "increase rather than diminish the overall combat cap- abilities of the armed forces." Many other similar statements of the secretary of defense might al- so be cited. ONLY A FEW of the facts that flatly and utterly refute these claims of Johnson's can be com- pressed Into the space of a news- paper column. Yet even these few facts are sufficient to prove that the secretary of defense has been practicing what amounts to a con- fidence trick upon the nation. As between the services, the Na- vy is, of course, the heaviest suf- ferer from Johnsonian "economy." Taking the 1949 strength as the base, and ths new budget as the comparison, the fleets at sea are being reduced from eighteen cruis- ers to thirteen; from eight heavy carriers to six; from five light anc escort carriers to three; from 155 destroyers to 140; from 79 sub- marines to 70; and from 439 oth- er active ships to 414. Naval man- power Is being drastically cut, and the strength of the Marine Corps, never noted for its overhead, is being reduced by nearly the equiv- alent of ft division, down to men. In the air, the Navy's attack car- rier groups are being cut from fourteen to nine, with further weakening of the fighting strength of each group. Antisubmarine es- cort carrier squadrons are being cut from eight to seven with sim- ilar inner weakening. Patrol squad rons, also vital for antisubmarine work, are being cut from thirty to twenty. And the Marine air arm has been chopped down from twen- ty three fighter squadrons to twelve. Overall, Naval and Mar- ine aircraft in commission have been reduced by more than NOB IS TffiS the worst. John- son has also taken his ax to the vital replacement of obsolescent and obsolete aircraft. The 1951 budget will give the Navy only about 60 per cent of the new planes which are needed to keep even the shrunken naval and Mar- ine air arms' continuously provided with fully modern types. If this reduced replacement rate is main- tained, as Johnson 'plans, Navy and Marine air strength will not merely suffer as it has suffered already. It will also be further crippled by the equipment of a large proportion of its groups and 47 Dead in Southwest Storms Hit By The Crack Streamliner Of The Chicago North Western the au- tomobile shown above. Mrs. Leander Piel, Trempealeau area, was thrown violently through the back of the car after the impact. Her husband and daughter were riding in-the front seat and escaped unin- jured. A trailer attached to the rear of the car, hauling a new stove, was demolished. Only grates and a twisted frame remain from the stove. Bepnbllcan-Herald photo squadrons with modern war. planes unfit for The case of the Air Force is less dramatic, but hardly less grave. As 400 Crash Fatal For Woman At Trempealeau Mrs. Leander Piel Dies Today of Crossing Injuries By Al Olson Trempealeau, Wis. A Trempealeau farm woman died -at p. m. today at a La CrosM hos- pital from a skull fracture suffered tr a train-car crash here at p. m. Saturday; She was Mrs. Leander Piel, 54, who was thrown violently from the rear of the car. The machine was struck by the streamliner of the Chi- cago and North Western at one of seven crossings within the village. Mr. Piel and a daughter, Virginia, were riding in the front seat and escaped Injury. Mrs. Piel was alone In the back seat and was thrown about 35 feet. The train hit a trailer being haul- ed by the car and swung the auto- mobile across the tracks, ripping out the back section of the car. Mrs. Piel was hurled through this open- ing, landing on a village road in a small snowbank. Although there were no eye wit- nesses to the accident, Mrs. Lawr- ence Wood of Trempea'ieau was on ihe scene seconds after It happened. The Wood home is located about 75 feet from the crossing, and Mrs. Wood ran outside when she beard the crash. Mrs. Wood said that Mr. Piel and ils daughter told her they did not he.ar a warning whistle. They also said their vision of the tracks at the left of the crossing was im- paired by a high bank. everyone knows, all competent nu-l The Plels apparently did not the aware of the oncoming thoritles, including Chiefs of Staff, have established I train until their automobile was Brannan Plan Test Urged on Surplus Potatoes 400 Million Cost Yearly Seen as Proposal's Pitfall Washington Congressional critics of the Brannan farm plan said today they are considering applying it to the surplus potato issue. "Economists tell us it probably would backfire and cost about this said one lawmaker, who would not permit use of his name. "That' ought to (blow the Brannan plan to pieces for ever but it might be worth it." Secretary of Agriculture Bran- nan touched off a political explo- sion recently by asking senators what should be done with some bushels of surplus pota- toes taxpayers paid for ;Under the present price-support program. Later Brannan announced that good part of them probably w be dyed blue to keep them off the market for human consump- tion and resold to farmers for livestock feed or use as fertilizer. He' explained it might cost just to move the spuds to places where they could be given away to hungry people or used.for industrial purposes, such as mak- ing alcohol. Opposes Present Flan Brannan opposes the present farm1 program, under which the surplus potatoes accumulated. Last year he suggested that per- ishable foods, such as potatoes, be allowed to find their own market price levels without price supports. government He said farmers would get "pro- duction payments" if market re- turns Jailed to provide a fair in- come, adding that consumers would benefit from lower food prices. Congressional critics protested that this was an attempt to sub- sidize consumers' grocery bills Photo by Charles Dale A Concerned Husband And Daughter are pictured above waiting for the ambulance to arrive at Trempealeau, WIs., following Satur- day afternoon's train-car crash In which Mrs. Leander Piel suffered a skull fracture. At left, is Virginia Piel, while Mr. Piel is at the right. Mrs. Piel, under the blanket, was thrown about 35 feet Former Plainview Woman Dead in Crash at Tomah Plainview, former Plainview woman was killed i uuuiu uuncwii auuuo a and nine other persons injured, one fatally, In a head-on car crash j production payinents on the as well as treasury. Both the House and the Several Homes Were Leveled and wrecked in Hughes Springs, Texas, when a tornado swept through, the community and injured several persons. This is one of the many towns which suffered from torna- does this Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Angry Miners Continue Strike soft coal miners continued their nation-wide 'no contract no work" strike full blast today. They Ignored both John L. Lewis' work order and a federal court injunction, In some areas, lack of official notification is delaying a decision by United Mine Workers locals on obeying their chieftain's order to return to the pits No mines are operating in the large bituminous (soft coal) produc- ing areas except unorganized or in- dependent union pits and those covered by new contracts with the U.M.W. Pennsylvania, West Virginia, In- diana, Illinois, Alabama, Ohio and other important coal states all re- port the strike is as strong this week as last. Determined strikers vow they'll stay out until they get a contract. Over the weekend, Lewis bowed I Montana Students Killed When Car Plunges Over Cliff Bozeman, Mont. Seven Montana striking and directed back State to work. But with telegraph offices e dosed on Sundays in many small communities, several lo- reasury. o e ouse an communities, several lo- ate rejected even trial runs on thejcals were iate m receiving the of- Brannan plan, agreeing instead on Hcial a new farm price support pro- gram. Under this program, Brannan has announced he will again sup- port potato prices at an average of a hundred, pounds this year, or about nine cents below the average for the last crop which included the much publicized Bur- plus. Support Costly It cost to support potato prices from the 1948 crop and the 1949 cost is estimated to be about The Brannan- proposal- listed supports for potatoes at about a bushel. Recent crops have been above bushels. Opponents of the Brannan plan believe potato prices, without gov- ernment supports, would skid down to 50 cents a bushel or pos- sibly even lower. That could mean potato farmers could collect about a bushel to an Air Force of seventy groups early Sunday near Tomah, Wis. on the crossing. Then it was too The victim, Mrs. Glenn Hartman, 30, of Sparta, Wis., died en route as the minimum needed to provide late. The trailer with a new a gparta hospital She was the former Faye Stettler, daughter-of adequate offensive striking purchased In Winona earlier that mained of the stove. Mrs. Piel was taken to La Crosse by ambulance. Her husband and daughter were examined at Winona General hospital and released that afternoon. The tracks at the left of the cross- Kroups, Including light bomber and i ing are hidden by a sharp rise in fighter, were reduced from for traffic heading east, al- hvo to twenty-seven, and troop -jthough vision to the right is not carrier groups were c- t from en to six, THIS WAS FRIGHTENING enough. The denctivatlon of tacti- cal groups has virtually deprived our pround forces of hope of ef- fective, close air support only one light bomber group is left for this essential purpose. Yet John- son's main nttack on the Air Force has been in the concealed form ofi another slash in the replacement] rate similar to that inflicted on Navy air. The Air Force retains as many planes as in 1949. But the Air Force, like the naval air arm, is not being permitted to keep its group continuously provided with The train was approaching from munity. aaequiue onensive siriKinp ui WUUHIH, ctuuci mat -n-prirv Maiwald of this com reasonable air support for ourlafternoon was smashed to Malwaw ol tms com ground armies, and minimum air Only grates and a bent frame re- defense. Working toward this goal, the Air Force had activated (but not equipped) more than fifty-four groups. Then came the cutback to forty eight groups. The fifteen activated heavy bomber groups were maintained. But tactical of Tomah shortly after midnight. Her husband, 33 years old, was! Driver of the second- automobile hospitalized. He is also a former was Bernard Heinz, La Crosse. Eld- Kl-rvi TWl-c Plainview resident who manages a Gamble store at -Sparta. Mishap near Tomah Eartman was driving one auto- Stanley Erickson, 23, Shirley An- mobile, with his wife and Mr. and Person and June Bastien, 21, all of Mrs. Wymann Mossholder, Sparta, as passengers. They were reported- bushels. Both Senate and House leaders expect some new potato control legislation to be offered soon by the administration. Senate Major- ity Leader Lucas (D.-m.) has urg- ed removal of all government price props on potatoes unless some ef- fective control legislation is enact- Johnson, 20. Tomah, who died this afternoon ;t, a brain concussion; James McCauley, 22, Tomah; Tomah. Mrs. Hartman was a graduate of the high school here and had the left, headed for La Crosse, and iting at Tomah. ly headed towards home after vis- j been born and raised in the Flain- (Continucd on Page 21, Column 6) WOMAN The accident occurred on hlgh- Iways 12 and 16, four miles east Dollar Day Bargains Await Shoppers Here Wednesday Hey, you! Wanna dollar? Go up the street and holler! Remember that schoolyard verse? bade when. cMldren have more than was re.! been puling that on their school- jview area. Surviving are her hus- band, her mother, two sisters, Mrs. Alfred Gusa of Plainview and Mrs. Edwin Morten of St. Paul, and a brother, Virgil Stettler of Plainview. Funeral Wednesday 'Funeral services will be held in Sparta Wednesday and in Plain- view at the Foley and Lindsay chapel Thursday. No definite time has yet been set. Two other Wisconsin persons met death over the weekend. Ernest Progreba, 34, Milwaukee, Shoppers may board buses to ride downtown from a. m. to 11 The Merchants bureau committee [was injured "fatally Sunday when _ .._ _ quested when the budget was And stm event. In addition, today's for Dollar Day has distributed "dol- his car smashed into a tree after lar bills" advertising the bargain colliding with another vehicle on prepared, der the The figure allowed But Wlnonans won't have to do Johnsonian "economy" program is Sl.300.000.000. any hollering Wednesday to get their dollars' worth when 49 down- This means that the Air stores participate in the sec- replacement rate has been cut ap-jond annual February Dollar Day prsximately 25 per cent event, what is thought necessary to keep] Every one of the half-hundred re- the forty eight authorized air groups fully ready for modern war. We may officially continue to possess an Air Force of forty eight groups. But it "Is calculated that somewhere between ten and fifteen of these groups will have only obsolete weapons by 1955. tail establishments is featuring special bargains to attract shop- pers from Winona and surrounding area. Stores are to open at 9 a. m. Downtown stores In co-operation with the Winona Transit Company have.arranged for free bus trans- portation to the downtown section, pointed out. lican-Herald contains yertisements by each of ticipating business firms. i uuu.u_uo ub- Milwaukee's south side. Sheriff Herman Kubiak said the other driver, .Charles H. Haas, 29, Mil- waukee, was booked on charges of In charge of arrangements-1 for Wednesday's Dollar Day are S. Johnson and James A. The sale is one of two bargain held annually. Dollar Days have been termed successful, both for stores and cus- tomers, by Merchants bureau offi- cials. The sales attract large num- bers well out-of-town shoppers local residents, offld driving after his license had been revoked and failing to give his ..name and address at the scene of sSfttie accident. Lester, 20. of Madison, was- killed and his brother, Claire, 26, wa% injured seriously Saturday when iHeir car collided with a Grant county highway truck near Bine river. The truck turned over but its two occupants were not In- jured severely. The government indicated it will not seek contempt of court cita- tions if all the diggers fail to re- port immediately. An official ex- plained this is because of the time required to get the back-to-work orders to the fields. While the soft coal strike con- tinued some anthracite (hard coal) miners continued to work in eastern Pennsylvania un- der the three-day work week im- posed by Lewis on the industry at large. And about miners covered, by new contracts secured by Lewis with minor soft coal op- erators also were ready to dig. Sanderson Endorsed As Wiley Opponent college students an auto which plunged over a mountain cliff near here last night. An eighth was hurt critically. The coeds and members of a Sigma Chi fraternity basketball Phyllis Birkeland, Fort Benton; Donaleen McRae, Forsyte; Harvey M. Eide, Scobey; Gerald W. Early, Laurel; John W. Stinchfleld, Erans- ville, Ind.; James K. Schrumpf, Glendlve; and Leslie Greenwell, Sheriff-Coroner Charrles E. Rice said one of the girls was driving when the car plunged off U. S. highway 10, west of. Bozeman. The 200 Injured, Hundreds of Homes Crushed Shrcvcport, hop-scotched through four states over the weekend killing at least 47 persons and injuring 200 or more. Nine persons, six of them mem- bers of one family were killed in the littie Tennessee farming com- munity of Hurricane near Ripley early today. The Red Crow said at least eight persons were killed at Grand Cane. The twisters previously had struck 38 persons with death in northwest Louisiana, east Texas and southern Arkansas. Twenty six were believed dead in Louisiana, all in a 40 mile five radius of Shreveport. There eight known dead In Texas. Louisiana's injured was estimat- ed at 100. So was'the number of persons hurt In Texas. Hundreds of homes and other buildings were smashed. The tornadoes spawned Satur- day when a mass of cold air col- lided with a mass of warm, moist air struck at least 20 times in less than 24 hours. The number of dead In Texas car hurtled over a bluff and "pan- and Louisiana had been reported caked" on Northern Pacific Rail- as high as 42 at one time last night, way tracks. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity Cloudy with occasional flurries of snow and colder tonight. Tuesday cloudy, not much change in temperature. Low tonight 15 "in city, 10 in country. Eau Claire, and High Tuesday 26. co-op representatives Sunday en- dorsed William Sanderson of Black River Palls as candidate for the U. S. Senate. He is secretary for Republican Representative Merlin Hull, also of Black River Palls. The meeting was attended by about 350 persons and was billed as a state-wide, nonpartisan, grass roots uprising of farmers to defeat the incumbent, Senator Wiley who Is up for re-election this ed by Congress. year. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 29; minimum, 8; noon, 26; precipitation, none. Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 29, minimum 18; noon, 23; precipitation, inch of snow; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at (Additional Weather on Paje 21.) The Eastern Portion of the nation will have rain and snow today and tonight. Northern New Eng- land, New York and from the Greaf Lakes to the Ohio river will have snow while rain will fall south of these areas to the Carolinas. be cloudy in the central part of the nation. The Pacific North- west will have light rain or Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) But Louisiana state police at Bos- sier City scaled this figure ddwn with a recheck that caught soma duplications. Texas Hit First First to feel the twisters lower East Texas. A tornado smashed Laporte, Texas, and Al- vin, Texas, Saturday afternoon. Another twister hit later that Baileyville. At midnight the tempo increased and with machine-gun rapidity the twisters struck at Corley, Groesbeck, Jericho, Fel- lowship, Haslam, Gill, Salem, and Hughes Springs, all in Texas; at Soytown, near Castor, Sligo, Shreve- port, and Grand Cane, in Louisiana. The Shreveport Times gave this breakdown of Louisiana dead: At Roytown, nine; Slack Air Force depot near Shreveport, six; Sligo, four; Hood's Quarters, on the outskirts of Shreveport, two; Shreveport, one; Grand Cane, four. Twisters in Texas killed three women near the little sawmill town of Haslam; an 18-month-old boy and his father in a commu- nity southwest of Lufkin, a wom- an in the Hericho community near Haslam, an elderly woman at Cor- ley, near Texarkana, and an ex- slave at La Porte. Arkansas reported much less damage and no Injuries from a single tornado. Patrolman Saves Seven in Fire Minneapolis partolman was credited today with saving six small children and then- mother from a fire which swept the Lyndale apartments at 701-3 west Lake street Sunday. Seventeen other persons fled to safety. Summoned when fire broke out. Patrolman William Peltola ran to the second story apartments where he found Mrs. Charles Theros and her six small children. Peltola wrapped a blanket around three year old Speros and then led the mother and the other five children to safety. The children In- cluded Thia 7, James 16, Zoi U, Tula 14, and Angelina 12. Hie fire caused an estimated 000 damage to the drug store. ;

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