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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 22, 1950, Winona, Minnesota                              Fair Tonight; Showers, Warmer Tuesday Baseball Tuesday p. m. KWKO-FM VOLUME 50, NO. 81 WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, MAY 22, 1950 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES NEIGHBOR ADMITS PEALOFSKI SHOOTING TODAY- Peace Pact For Japan Necessary By Stewart Alsop Washington The apparently terminable row between the State I and Defense departments over Japanese peace treaty is the sort of thing which raises the question! whether the United States is really capable of having a foreign policy at all. An immediate consequence of the deadlock between the two departments has been to place Sec- retary .of State Dean Acheson in a thoroughly ridiculous position in London. Acheson has had to tell his Bri- tish and French opposite numbers that he really cannot talk about Japan simply because the Ameri- can government cannot make up its large, amorphous, mind. Since it is nonsense to discuss the Far East without mentioning Japan, the London discussions on the Asi- atic situation have been about as meaningful as a production of "Hamlet" with the title role elimi- nated. This is bad enough. But the fu- ture consequences could be a great deal more serious. A full eight months ago Acheson agreed with British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin that a Japanese peace treaty had become urgently nec- essary. The Defense department then intervened, objecting to a treaty .on security grounds, and the present deadlock began. And In the eight months' Interval of delay, precisely those things have begun to happen which Acheson, Bevta and their advisers feared might happen. NEITHER' ACHESON, Bevin, nor anyone else In his senses ever proposed that the United States should withdraw from Japan en- tirely. Instead. vetoless peace conference (because vetoless, not mbject to Soviet obstruction) was to confer on Japan all the trap- pings of sovereignty. When he took over the occupa- tion of Japan almost five years General Douglas MacArthur shrewdly predicted, in effect, that the occupation would begin to lose its usefulness within three years, and would be threatened with dis- aster if it lasted five years. Any recent visitor ot Japan can attest MacArthur's remarkable pre- science. The occupation has long since lost Its initial drive and enthus- iasm. The attempt to supervise ev- ery aspect of Japanese life Is be- ing politely sabotaged by the Jap- anese. And beneath the surface po- liteness, the contrast between the standards of life of the conquerors (most of whom "never had it so and the conquered is con- tributing to tensions which could, 50 Dead in Peru Quake 178 Injured, City of Cuzco Badly Damaged Survivors Camping In Streets of Town Following Disaster Lima, Peru An emergen- cy airlift today rushed doctors, medical supplies and food to the] ancient Andes city of Cuzco, de- vastated yesterday by a 12-second earthquake. At', least 50 persons were- reported killed and 178 oth-j ers injured in 'the once-thriving seat of Inca civilization, Peru's President Manuel Odrla Amoretti dispatched rescue crews to the stricken city, 340 miles southeast of Lima. The Peruvian health director called on all avail- able doctors and nurses to go to In time, become explosive. THESE TENSIONS are largely subterranean, and only a few months ago it would have been possible to make the arrangement for bases without serious trou- ble with the Japanese. This is no longer the case. An election is scheduled in Japan on June 4, And not only the Communists, but powerf'.'.l anti-Communist parties, are campaigning on a "no bases for any foreign power" line. Thus even if Secretary of De- fense Louis Johnson and General Omar Bradley, after their trip to Japan next month to confer with MacArthur. decide to reverse the present Defense department stand, great harm will already have been done by the delay. Whatever the results of the forthcoming Japanese election, powerful forces within Japan will have been com- mitted to opposition a bilateral security treaty with the U.S. THERE IS SOME MYSTERY about the attitude of MacArthur Cuzco at once. The quake, which struck at p.m., sent many of the city's residents rushing into the streets while centuries-old stone buildings crashed down. Terrified citizens knelt in prayer before a statue of Christ in Cuzco's main plaza, a radio broadcast from the isolated provincial capital said. Until the rescue parties search the Cuzco ruins the number of casualties will not be known, but a radio broadcast from there late last night said the deaths "have risen to 50" and the number of injured to 178. Damage Heavy A government communique said the nearby town of San Sebastian also had been hit by the quake and had suffered heavy damage. The communique said the casu- alty toll In Cuzco probably would have been far greater except for the fact that some persons were watching a football game in the town stadium when the quake struck. None of the spectators were believed hurt. It was reported that the hotel Turista, where most foreign visit- ors stay, was not damaged. Cuzco is a popular center for tourists who come to see the ancient Inca ruins and historic churches. Much of archeologically-rlch Cuzco was reported "The restaurants and shops were almost totally Cuz- co radio reported. "The task of removing the debris is extremely difficult." "Until the broadcast said, still "it has been Impossible to calcu- late the damage, since almost ev- erything has been destroyed." The quake disrupted communica- tions, making It difficult for1 offi- cials to get a complete account of the disaster. Authorities said they expect the death toll to mount when rescue workers are able to dig their way into the wreckage of many resi- dences. Camping in Streets One estimate said 40 per cent of the buildings in the city were damaged and up to 30 per cent completely ruined. Cuzco radio said the southeastern part of the town was hardest hit. The broadcast said many per- sons were camping in the streets while others had fled to the coun- try apparently In fear of renewed quakes. It could not be learned immedi- ately whether the famed Inca sun temple, which stands almost in the center of the city, had been dam- aged. The towers of Santo Domin- go cathedral, which adjoins the in these circumstances. But the State least, on the basis of talks between MacArthur _ and Assistant Secretary of State temple, were toppled to the Walton Butterworth, is convinced that MacArthur recognizes the need for an early peace treaty. Mac Arthur's public statements would seem to support this as- sumption. As for the Defense department, Jury at Wabasha Revives Murder Indictment of 1918 Watasha, first degree murder indictment Issued by a grand Jury here In 1918 today became the grounds for district court action against Harry Jacoby, patient at the state pital at St. Peter the past 32 years. Jacoby pleaded not guilty when arraigned before Judge Karl Finkelnburg this morning and trial was set to begin at p. m. The" 1918 indictment and tour new ones issued by the current grand jury were grounds for action in court this morning. Two indictments were returned against John E. Lowrie, Lake City night club for attempted bribery and the other, setting up a gambling device. He is awaiting district court trial on the latter charge already. Carmen Davidshofer, Homer farmhand now confined to the state prison at Stillwater, was indicted on a second degree assault charge. He pleaded not guilty. In the fourth indictment heard this morning, Richard Laqua, East Albany, was accused of issuing a check for without sufficient funds to Lester Schwirtz. He is ont on recognizance bond. He pleaded not guilty. Murder Startled Area Jacoby's arraignment brings to light a murder case that startled this area 32 years ago. Seven-year-old Leo Schultz of Minneiska was struck on the head with a claw hammer on May 24, 1918, and died at St. Elizabeth's hospital here the next day. Six months after the attack a. grand jury met and issued its in- dictment against Jacoby, accusing him of "willfully assaulting with a claw hammer" the Minneiska, boy. Jacoby was about 14 years old at the time. ._ Brought before Probate Judge Frank Goss by Sheriff Julius Bohlke and -County Attorney Michael Mara, Jacoby was declared insane and sent to St. Peter. Jacoby has now been released from the state hospital there, according to reports, and is in the custody of Wabasha County Sheriff John Jacobs at the present time. County Attorney Arnold Hatfleld re-read the 1918 indictment the arraignment this morning. The present grand jury did not issue a new Indictment; it brought action on the grounds of the old one, according to attorneys. Move to Quash Indictments The law firm of Foley and Foley, representing John Lowrie, moved to quash indictments against their client this morning. Both John R. Foley and his son, Dan, claimed that the indict- ments were based on statements Lowrie made to ihe state public examiner. Thus, they contended, he was in fact a witness against himself. County Attorney Haifield said he was not prepared to argue against this move and requested time to prepare counter affidavits. Judge Finkelnburg granted him until Wednesday to dd this and set Thursday or Friday morning for final arguments in the case. Davidshofer allegedly assaulted a 21-year-old Lake City Charles July. He was out on parole from Stillwater on 3 carnal knowledge charge at the time and was returned to the prison on the grounds he had violated his parole boundaries. Davidshofer reportedly hit Kirtz on the head with a wrench near Maple Springs and dragged Kirtz' Fay Rober- son, 19, toward his car. She escaped and memorized the assailant's car license, which later led to Davidshofer's arrest. St. Paul Girl Tops V.F.W. Orators ground. A government communique is- sued In Lima reported at least five churches damaged, the national college in ruins and the local pre- fecture partly destroyed. The na- tional school of sciences and a bos- there could In fact be only onejpital were reported severely dam- intelligible justification of Its posi- aged, tion the expectation of war with- in the very near future. But if the defense planners really expect war soon, then the policy of reducing American military strength has been more than foolish it has been downright criminal. It is more likely the De- fense department's stand has de- rived from inertia and the instinc- tive military reluctance to dis- pense with a direct chain of com- mand. Republican adviser John Foster Dulles has been assigned to take over from Butterworth the task of negotiating with the De- fense department on Johnson's and Bradley's return. Presumably some time this summer the issue will be settled by the National Se- curity council and the President. But if It is left unresvolved much longer, the price of the deadlock may well be a universal anti- Americanism in Japan, which will undermine all the undoubted ac- complishments of. the occupation. and soften Japan -for ultimate sey, Butler, Mrs; G. A. Communist -conquest. That a heavy price to pay for inertia and indecision. Pilot, 3 Sisters Killed in Crash St. Charles, Mo. The pilot and three sisters returning home from a wedding died in a plane crash near here yesterday. The crash occurred during a thunderstorm. Witnesses said the plane plunged to the ground and broke into flames just after a flash of lightning. Three of the bodies were burned beyond recognition. The fourth was thrown free of the wreckage. The pilot was William Sturm, 28, of Oklahoma City. The sisters, who had left their niece's wedding party at the air- port Just 25 minutes before the crash, were: Miss Pauline Guern- Anderson, Enid, Okla., and Lee Caffey, 56, Mangum, Okla. Accident Near Austin Kills 3 Crashes Kill 16 in Minnesota, Wisconsin By The Associated Press Sixteen persons were killed over the weekend in an upsurge of Min- nesota and Wisconsin accidents. Three of the victims, including two lowans, died in a head-on acci- dent near Austin. Two others were in a collision near Hutchinson. One victim died in a railroad grade crossing accident near Clearwater. The dead: James Wick, 12, and'Henry Loef- fers, 60, both of Stewartf Minn. The j tersen commercial fisherman, op- Dnluth Mitzl Wallgren of St. Paul won first prize of Saturday night in the Veterans of Foreign Wars' state-wide oratorical contest finals here. Other winners were Virginia McElfish, Eveleth, second, and Wilfred Lepeska, new Prague, third. Rainy Lake Open International Falls, Minn. New Explosions Rock Dock Area In South Amboy Land Mirfes Among Wrecked Barges Set Off by Fire South Amboy, N. J. MV- Band- aged citizens are still hearing ex- plosions today In the ruins of the South Amboy waterfront. Twenty tons -of phosphorus shot flames 100 feet into the air yes- terday, setting off scores of land mines amid the wreckage of the weekend blast disaster that took 27 lives. Army demolition officers, comb- ing the area with mine detectors, said blasts would continue for an- other day or two before the water- front is safe. They had picked up over mines at a late hour yesterday. Four barges, laden with muni- tions en route from Newark, Ohio, to Pakistan, exploded Friday with a roar heard across the state. The blast left a death toll of 27, wreck- ed the waterfront of this port 21 miles southwest of New York, in- jured 350 persons with flying glass in all parts of the town, and did property damage estimated at The phosphorus fire startled res- idents anew as a fast-spreading blaze zigzagged through about 50 drums, raising a pall of ominous white smoke over the stricken city. State police said the phosphorus drums may have been cracked open by Friday's blast, or by a mine detonated by Army men. Phosphorus ignites when exposed to air. The burning chemical set off about 100 more mines. The fire was in the blast-shattered grounds of the American Agricultural Com- pany, adjacent to the area of Fri- day's explosion. For a time it was feared that a shift in the wind might blow harm- ful fumes over the city. However, police said later that there was no panic and no danger of a general evacuation. Exploding mines kept firemen at a respectful distance, but the fire was brought under control within a short time. It was finally de- cided to let it burn itself out over night. Firemen played their hoses from behind a nearby bank building for protection. The 27 men lost in-Friday's blast were mainly employes of the Jer- sey City stevedoring firm which contracted to load the munitions. Only four bodies have been re- covered, one of them mangled be- yond recognition, and officers said it was doubtful if any more would be found whole. Insurance men looked over the smashed waterfront structures andj broken windows throughout the1 A Confession that he fired a shotgun blast at his Minneiska neighbor during an unsuccessful holdup attempt last Wednesday was made by Charles Lorenz, right above, to Sheriff George Fort here yesterday. The sheriff is shown above as he scans the confession signed by Lorenz. Republican-Herald photo Truman Raps Russ Boycott of U. N. Sees Widening Of East-West Differences Tru- man today assailed Russia's boycott j of the United Nations over the Chinese Communist issue as a "will- ful flouting" of the U. N. charter. He told Congress the world organ- ization is sensibly carrying on "busi- ness as usual." The chief executive attacked the Russian refusal to attend U. N. ses- sions with Chinese Nationalist dele- gates, in a report to Congress In which he also said that the year 1949 produced a tightening of the East-West conflict. 2 Kansas City Men Indicted On Tax Counts Kansas City Sam Hayden, former assistant Jackson county prosecutor, and Thomas (Tano) Lccoco, identified as gambler, were indicted today by a federal ast-West conflict, erand jury on income tax evasion After reviewing numerous specific j u issues on which he said the Soviets j charges. Marking the first time the lakei has been open since last Novem- ber, Eddie Peterson Saturday made a 25-mile boat trip in Rainy Lake to International Falls, a Pe- city and estimated damage at blocked constructive action in the U. N. last year, Mr. Truman de- clared: "The year ended with a deep- ening of the tension which has marked international relations throughout the postwar period." He said this was true for many still hold good in the middle of ld50. Among them he listed failure to agree on an atomic control plant, failure to progress toward ending the armaments race, and the tendency of the Soviets, while blocking German and Japan- ese peace to isolate themselves increasingly from the rest of the world. In this connection the President noted for the Jirst time in a United Nations report that Russia now has car in which they were returning from a fishing trip was involved in a two car collision seven miles west of Hutchinson about 6 p. m. Sun- day. Their car and that of Gordon Boelke, 17, of Corvuso, collided and overturned. Harold Wick, father of James and driver of the car, and Herman Loeffers, 59, of Stewart were Injured seriously. Boelke suf- fered minor injuries. Miss Bernice Watts of Clearwater and Jack Kane of St. Cloud were victims of the grade crossing acci- dent. Their car was struck by a Great Northern Railway freight train at a crossing near Miss Watts' home. Miss Watts was killed out- right. Kane died in St. Cloud hospi- tal last night, 3 Killed Near Austin Mrs. Nina Austin, Mrs. Henry Bolt and Ralph Rockwood, both of Janesville, Iowa, killed in the Austin collision. Mrs. Bolt's hus- band was seriously injured. Oliver Hendrickson, 32, Minnea- polis. His car hit a tree in Minne- apolis and rolled over after hurtling from the road. He was pinned in the car. Mrs. Beulah Cuffel, 80, Robbins- dale, killed in the collision of two cars at the edge of Minneapolis. Her husband, Albert, was injured. The crash in which three persons died occurred about ten miles north of Austin on highway 218. Patrol- men said a car driven by Reuben Pierce, 34, Ellendale, Minn., and one driven by Bolt collided. Mrs. Pachall was a passenger in Pierce's car. The Bolt car was driven by Rockwood. Mrs. Rockwood and Pierce were injured. Mrs. Elsie Lawson, 39, Duluth, was killed in a head-on crash of two cars near Two Harbors. Five other persons were injured. Six persons were killed in acci- dents in Wisconsin over the week- end. crates on Lost Bay on the lake. v uuu of the atomic Officials of Hartford, Conn., in-JHe gave the world the first official suranee firms said they would pay (Western report last September 23 to policy he announced an atomic on Page 15, column 2.) I (Continued on Page: 15, column 3.) EXPLOSIONS TRUMAN Thte'Sa-Ton Sherman Tank, out of conttoi, smashed three civilian vehicles during an armed forces demonstration in South Haven, Mich. The tank, driven by Sergeant Raymond Glbler, 27, sheared off the rear of a pickup truck and crushed an unoccupied new car against an automobile occupied by Mrs. Wil- liam Tatt and her two children. They were shaken but hot injured. Wirephotc to The Republi- can-Herald.) Charles Lorenz Signs Full Confession Arrested Through Detective Work Of Sheriff Fort By Gordon Holte Sheriff George Port today iden- tified the shotgun assailant or John Pealofski as a 62-year-old Minneiska neighbor who allegedly staged the attempted robbery in a fruitless effort to secure funds with which to purchase a tavern. Held in the Winona county jail for arraignment in court on a charge of assault in the first de- gree is Charles Lorenz, a Minneiska nursery employe who Sunday signed a confession relating details of last Wednesday's shooting in which Pealofskl narrowly escaped death or seripus injury. At first adamant in his denial of any responsibility for the shoot- ing, Lorenz finally made a full statement admitting his guilt fol- lowing .a day-long questioning ses- sion with the. sheriff-yesterday. Arrested Saturday The Minneiska man was arrested by the sheriff late Saturday after- noon after Sheriff Fort had learned that Lorenz owned a shotgun similar to the one believed to have been used by the visitor at Pealofski's cabin shortly after midnight Wed- nesday. The arrest culminated an inten- sive investigation by the sheriff of circumstances relating to the in- cident in which Pealofski suffered minor facial wounds. The 64-year-old bachelor told the sheriff Wednesday that he had been awakened after midnight by a per- son who pounded on his door and asked for aid in moving his stalled car. When Pealofski asked who the visitor was, the caller identified himself as "Reuben a neighbor and close friend of Pealojsld. Light Beamed in Face When Pealofski opened the cabin door, a flashlight was beamed in His face and a moment later he was staggered by a shotgun blast fired from close range. Pealofskl slammed the door and his assailant fled. The two major clues studied by the sheriff in the shooting were footprints found in a garden behind the Pealofskl cabin and an empty shotgun shell discovered near site of the shooting. The sheriff made a plaster cast of the footprints and found that they showed a marked similarity to the shoes worn by Lorenz at the time of his arrest and the shotgun shell has been the gun owned by the laboratory of the state crime fur- ther examination. At Sheriff Port's request, an agent of the stata crime bureau was sent to Winona for two days last week to assist in the Investigation. The arrest of Lorenz was made by Sher-. iff .Fort and Weinmann. deputy, Helmer Hayden who was discharged as a prosecutor when the federal grand jury identified him as a gambling house partner, was said by the jury to have filed an In- come tax return of in 1948. Actually, the jury said, his income for the year was Lococo was Indicted on five counts, the alleged evasion of pay- ments covering the years 1944 through 1948. The true bill set forth that he made returns of 588.39 for those years, while ac- tually his return should have been Red River Inching Down In Winnipeg Winnipeg The rampaging Red river eased its hold today on Maximum 66; minimum 55; noon the twin cities of Winnipeg and St.J66; precipitation, trace. The sheriff stated that while (Continued on Page 3, Column 3) NEIGHBOR WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Fair to- night. Tuesday increasing cloudi- ness followed by showers in the late afternoon or night. Warmer Tues- day. Low tonight 50; high Tues- day 78. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. iBunday: Boniface as the flood-swollen wa- ters slowly began to ebb. Early this morning the official reading here had dropped one Inch in the last 13 hours. Still greater drops were reported all along the river's tortuous course from flood- ed Emerson at the international border. The weather forecast brightened hopes, too. Drying winds were pre- dicted, with only occasional scatter- Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum 74; minimum 51, noon 74; precipitation, trace; sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at DAILY RIVER BULLETIN Flood Stage 24-hr. Stage Today Cbgr. Dam 3, T.W....... U.5 Red Wing 14 10.8 ed showers river valley. throughout the Red 12 It seemed apparent that the Red's wobbly crest had passed beyond the metropolitan area toward lake Win- nipeg. The public was cautioned against overoptimism, however, The Army, directing flood control operations in the river valley, warn- ed that there is a long way to go before all danger ends. Their warning was pointed up today when the river knocked out one of three bridges connecting the twin cities. Only two were left in Redwood and Proven- cher, reopened by a temporary gra- vel causeway. only a few days ago. D M. Stephens, provincial min- ister of natural resources, said in general the official outlook is "en- couragingly good." Yesterday ttie river, after hov- ering for 32 hours within 1% Inches of its 30.3-foot peak, slid a hali- Inch. At m, it nad dropped to lowest It has been since May 16, although still nearly 12 feet above the flood level stage. Stephens said the river can be expected to continue to "inch its way downward if good weather stays with us." Lake City Reads Dam 4, T.W. Dam 5, T.W. Dam 5A, T.W..... 10.5 Winona 13 11.4 Dam 5, Pool...... 10.7 Dam 6, T.W....... 10.1 Dakota 10.3 Dam 7, Pool...... 10.3 Dam 7, T.W. La Crosse 13.7 9.7 10.5 8.8 9.8 11.0 Tributary Streams 4.6 2.8 1.6 .4 3.7 3.4 Chippewa at Dunmd. Zumbro at Theilrnan. Buffalo above Alma Trempealeau at Dodge Black at Neillsville... Black at.Galesyille La Crosse at Root at Houston Salem 13 6.3 Root at Hokaii ......40.1 .3 .2 .2 __ o .2 .2 .4 .3 .3 3. .3 3 2 .7 i .1 .1 .1 -i- .1 RIVER FORECAST (From Hasting! to Guttcnbcrg) The Mississippi will continue fall- ing throughout the entire district with falls averaging 3 of a foot per day for several days. Gates at Dams Nos. 2, 5 and 7 will be In by .mid- week and most of the others by the end of the week, unless effective rains occur. Additional weather on Page 15.   

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