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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 26, 1950, Winona, Minnesota                              Generally Fair Tonight and Saturday Baseball Sunday p. m. KWNO-FM VOLUME 50, NO. 85 WINONA, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY EVENING, MAY 26, 1950 TWENTY PAGES Highway 35 Bids Asked by June 27 Bids for the construction of 142 miles of grading on highway 35 between Galrsville and Fountain City will be opened by the Wisconsin' highway department in Madison June 27, it was announced today. The bids asked are in the follow- ing three groups: Highway 35 5.7 miles of grading in Buffalo county be- tween Fountain City and Bluff Siding. Highway 35 Six bridges on highway 35 between Fountain City and Bluff Siding-, all in Buffalo county. Highway 35 8.5 miles grad- ing between west line of Trem- pea.sau county (Marshland) and Galesville, all in Trempea-_ leau county, Work on the project will get under way early in July, it was an- nounced. A detour between Bluff Siding and Fountain City for highway 35 is now being surfaced with crushed rock. More than cubic yards of new surfacing is being used. The routing will be on a county trunk road from Bluff Siding to a Junc- tion with highway 95 then on high- way 95 to Fountain City. The river 'road will be closed to through travel during the construction period which probably will extend into 1951 con- struction year. Western Allies Hail Middle Eastern Pact By John M. Hijhtower department officials said today the new American-British-French agreement covering the sale of military weapons to the Middle East should end any danger of an arms race be- tween Israel and the Arab states. At the same time, they declared, the three power commitment to act against any threat of aggression by either Jews or Arabs, coupled _____________iwith the arms agreement, should head to a new decree of stability TODAY- West Can't Relax Work For Peace 33 Die in Chicago Crash lead to throughou- the whole region. If these results are in fact ac- complished, these officials said, the Western powers will be able to count on much greater secur- ity in a part of the world second only to the North Atlantic area in its strategic importance in the cold war with Russia. Result of Talks The Middle East agreement, an- nounced yesterday, Is an out- growth of the recent meetings in .London of Secretary of-State Ache- Partl ison British Foreign Minister Be- By Joseph Alsop London A rather sad _ __ cipant at the recent London and prencn Foreign Minister all too" neatly summed up the gcnurnan. One of their purposes difficulty now confronting us. accomplishments since the have said, "The been so he 'that it is hard to remember how much remains to be done. The temptation to relax, our efforts Is what may ultimately destroy the Western world." Expounding this remark in re- verse order, what remains to be done was very well expressed in paper that emanated from the London meet- tags. This was a directive, as yet unpublished, addressed by all the Atlantic pact nations to the new executive chairman of the Commission of ex- pediter and spurrer-on of the de- fense of the West. Under this directive, the existing military plans are to be stream- lined, so that they are based on the most economical employment of the most modern weapons for the defense of the West as a whole. Second, the production of equipment and the provision of man power to realize the new plans are to be fairly sub-allocated among the Atlantic pact nations. Third, the Atlantic pact nations are to be induced to put up the cash and find the men for these purposes. And fourth, the Atlantic pact nations are also to be in- duced, in the Interests of economy, to suppress whatever parts of their existing military establishments that may not fit into the over-all Western defense plan. THIS IS A SUPERHUMAN TASK. As has often been empha- sized in this space, the very heart of the task is to get the Atlantic pact nations to put up the needed additional cash probably be- tween and 000 a year during the emergency period in the case of the United States. Right here, moreover, is where one finds the conflict be- tween what remains to be done, and what has been accomplished already. In the case of Britain, Sir Staf- ford Cripps ought probably to in- crease the defense appropriations in the next budget from the pres ent level of pounds an. in trying to reach an understand- ing on the problem was to elimi- nate a conflict of interests between the United States and Britain which has long irritated their rela- tions. Up to the time they met, Bri- tain had been selling arms to the Arab states and the United States Israel. had been Each .of selling arms to the big. powers nually pounds. to about Looking around one in London in the fifth year after the war, it would seem that the British government ought not to have too much difficulty finding this much more money. To be sure, the old arrogant lux- ury of pre-war London, which was always so superbly visible at this time of year, now wholly belongs to the past. In the spring dusk, music no longer pours from the tall, open windows of big houses, to fill the squares luminous with spring green. There is no one to live in the big houses nowadays, let alone fill them with dancers. ON THE OTHER HAND, the scars of war are at last being re- paired. The whole city, for so long so at last being repainted. Flowers are blooming everywhere in the window boxes. Doorknobs and brassware are pol- knew in general what the other was doing but no formal agree- ment covered their actions nor were French interests in the area adequately taken into account. That the danger of an arms race existed was recognized as long ago as August, 1949, when representa- tives of the three governments said in the United Nations _ security council that they were opposed to such a development. Yesterday's agreement, against the background of the fact that the United States and Britain have been arming the Middle Eastern countries, made three major points: L.The Western powers, evi- dently with one eye on Rus- sia, said that' the Arab states and Israel "need to maintain a certain level of armed forces" both to protect their individual security and also for the defense "of the area as a whole." Arms will be supplied to these countries to maintain the necessary "level." 2..Each of the g-overnments purchasing arms must give as- surances that it does not In- tend "to undertake any act of aggression against any other state." 3..The United States, Britain and France declared their in- tention to act immediately "both within and outside the United Nations" if they find that any of the Arab states or Israel is preparing to. violate the frontiers or the armistice lines of the area. I Tiny Linda Hyson, two and one-half, told the magistrate in court at Baltimore, Md., that the reason she was bitten by a dog was because she put her finger in his eye. When asked if she'd do it again she replied, "No, I'll pull his hair-out." The reason the dog with her, above, looks so unconcerned about it all is because he isn't the one involved. The dog that's in for the "hair pulling" is at the pound under observation. (A.P. Wirephoto.) Populations of More Minnesota Cities Reported Minneapolis re- ports on the recently completed federal census indicate a notice- able shift of Minnesota's popula- tion to urban communities. Whereas four of the first five counties reporting their tentative count of noses show population de- clines since 1940, 17 towns of or more people show decided gains. The reporting counties and their population, with the 1940 popula- tion in parentheses, are: Isanti 211 Red Lake 6.805 Chlsago Ben- ton Carlton county showed a gain of 1950 count was pared with in 1940. Following are the population fig- ures for 19 towns of the first to report their totals, with 1940 fig- ures in parentheses: Columbia Heights Detroit Lakes Bemid- ji -Sauk Rapids 397 Cloquet Montevideo Marshall Eight Arrested In Counterfeit Plot Group Linked With Caribbean Revolution Talk New York Seven men and an attractive blonde have been seized in a crackdown on an al- leged counterfeit smug- gling ring supposedly linked to a Caribbean revolution plot. The fantastic scheme, according to an authoritative source, was to sneak in bogus U. S. bills into Cuba's national treasury, exchange them for good Cuban money and then finance a revolt in the Dominican republic. The blonde and four men were arrested here and one man was apprehended in Miami yesterday. Two Cubans were held in that country.. .An indictment returned by a federal grand jury here alleged a conspiracy to buy money from a big American counterfeit ring. They did not mention the reported Dominican revolution connection. The indictment named the two Cubans as plotters. The alleged plan, to milk the Cu- ban treasury was revealed before U. S. Commissioner Edward W. McDonald here as five prisoners were arraigned. "What was to be done with the in Cuban the commissioner asked. "Thatls enough to start a revolution." Assistant U. S. Attorney Roy M. Conn replied: "There has been speculation." But he added that his boss, U. S. Attorney Irving H. Saypol, "will not comment on that." The speculation to which Conn referred was about a revolution plot. Those arrested here were: Char- lotte Whitehurst, 25; Jesus M. Bo- Ian, 39-year-old restaurant worker; Henry Chavarria, nio Roche, 50, Schmidt, 53. Roche's brother, Oscar Roche, 50 was seized in Miami. The Cu- bans are Dr. Jose Manuel Fern- andez Hernandez, 60, said by Cohn to be prominent in Cuban politics, and Jesus Mon, 38. All the U. S. defendants were charged either with passing or con- 55; Jose Anto- and Rudolph slightly more than 300 The coun- counterfeit money, 19cow All were'held in high bail All eight sr pects were bagged by u. S. sec- ret "Service men and Cuban secret police. The alleged plot, according to Saypol, was to work this way: The ring planned to get in ad- vance a batch of old Cuban cur- rency destined to be burned, and substitute the counterfeit Ameri- can bills, which presumably would be burned instead of the valid but aged Cuban money. The switch was to be made by Cuban government workers with access to the treasury at Havana. Saypol said most of the bogus U S. bills that reached Cuba were seized by the secret police there. He said he did not know whether Litchfield Worthington Fergus Falls Thief River Falls Pipestone Crookston Redwood Falls Luverne St. Cloud Breckenridge Winona Other communities of them got into the Cuban treasury. were Willmar Sandstone A increase in the popula- tion of Fargo, N. D. from 1940 to 1950 was reported. Fargo's 1950 figure was given as compared with ini 1940. Present population of Deadwood, S. D., was put at and of) Some State department officials] Rapid'clty, s. D., liti that thp effect of the aeree-l said that the effect of the agree mer.t could be actually to reduce the amount of arms going into the Palestine-Arab part of the world from the Western powers. That ap- parently would depend on what the Western powers and the military leaders of the Middle Eastern states determine to be the desir- able level of armed forces for the security of the area. Deadlock In U.N. May Be Eased Snow Covers Western Area I covered north- Colorado and Wyoming today. I In Denver, nig tree branches, 'broken by weight of a seven-inch WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS t Winona and vicinity: Generally Uttered thestreets; C, y Foi-- cer do it? Smoke Pours From The Burning building at the left as a stream of water towers above the gutted street car after the trolley struck a gasoline truck and ignited. This scene is looking south on State street near 63rd street on Chicago's south side. (A.P. Wirephoto) to The Republican-Herald.) (Additional pictures on page 12.) State to Count Shctsky Freed, Plans Street Car Rams Gasoline Trailer Truck Memorial Day Traffic Flow St. state highway department was all set today for a virtual car-by-car count of the ex- pected heavy Memorial day traffic flow. Twenty-seven "electric eye" de- vices have been spotted on high- ways throughout the state to pro- vide what P. R. Staffel, acting man- ager of the highway planning sur- vey, says will be a 90 to 95 per cent accurate traffic count. Traffic on the trunk highway system is running six and a half per cent higher than in 1949, Staf- fel said. A nine per. cent increase was shown in 1949 over 1948 traffic. To Live in Chicago Glencoe, Minn. Rubin Shetsky was on the way to Chi- cago, his old home, today after a McLeod county jury freed him of a second degree murder charge after four hours deliberation yes- terday. By their verdict, jurors accepted Shetsky's story, told from the wit- ness stand, that he shot Albert Schneider, Minneapolis labor lead- er, in self defense. Schneider was slain July 27, 1945 during an after hours party at the Casablanca night club, which Shetsky operated in Minneapolis. Spectators in the crowded court- room applauded as the jury ver- dict was read to Judge Joseph Moriarty by Carl Spellum, the foreman. Spellum, a Lester Prairie rest home operator, told newsmen five ballots were taken. He said the vote was nine to three for acquittal on the first three; 11 to one for acquittal on the next, and finally unanimous. Judge Moriarty complimented the Jurors, who had listened to more than four weeks of testi- mony. "It was a just he said. Shetsky, wiping tears from his eyes, shook hands with the nine men and three women jurors, mur muring, "Thank you, thank you" as he went along. Asked what he thought of the verdict, Michael J. Dillon, Henne- pin county attorney and chief pro- secutor, merely shrugged his shoulders. Dillon gained a conviction at Shetsky's first trial, in October, 1945. The defendant was sentenced in absentia to a life term in Still- water prison when he fled before the trial had ended. He was later recaptured in California and re- turned to Stillwater. BINGE WITH BLONDE Naval Officer Caught After Theft of By James R. Bacon Los would make a navy officer, with 19 years of Carson city 2 orable service, rifle a ship's safe of and then blow it all in a where I and then to Salt Lake honorable wild six-month binge with a blonde? Lieutenant Bascom B, Boaz is in the county jail today accused ol just that. Broke, he is there in lieu of bail awaiting preliminary learing on federal charges of em- bezzlement of government funds and desertion from the U. S. Navy. What made the 42-year-old offi-j lost them. He hit Los Angeles just in time Chicago A flaming col- lision of a crowded street car and a gasoline truck killed 33 persons in the worst traffic disaster involving a motor vehicle in the nation's hia- tory. The collision last night touched off explosions and a block-long flood of fire that wrecked five build- ings. The truck was loaded with gallons of gasoline, which flooded the street, flaming up as it spread. Investigators today tried to find whether Jammed, rear doors of the trolley made it a blazing prison on wheels for many victims. At least 30 persons were three critically. Twenty were in hos- pitals. Many of the dead and in- jured were Negroes. All are from Chicago. Nearly 200 persons mostly Ne- groes were made homeless. But it appeared that all occupants of the fire-swept buildings escaped death. Autos Scorched Blazing gasoline fumes and spray engulfed store-front structures and flats above southeast of the wreck scene. Half a dozen automobiles, the street car and the twin tank semi- trailer truck were scorched into twisted, blackened piles of metal. The bodies of 32 trolley passengers and the truck driver were charred into unrecognizable, blackened fig- ures. The National Safety council said fair tonight and Saturday. No im- portant change in temperature. Low tonight 46; high Saturday 76. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 72; minimum, 55; noon, 70; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at DAILY RIVER BULLETIN Flood Stage 24-hr. Lake Success CB- General Trygve Lie said today he hopes for a definite break by June or July in the United Nations dead- lock over China. Dam 4, T.W. Dam 5. T.W. City ished. The whole scene speaks of Lie made his statement at his a healthy recovery, achieved byifirst news conference since moderation and self-denial. ijng -from talks with Prime Min- La More dryly and statistically, the ister Stalin, Prime Minister Alt- British recovery is also demon. ]ee_ premier Bidault and Presi started by the great improvement of the British hard assets position, and by the abandonment rapid, progressive of economic con trols. Devaluation of sterling has worked infinitely better than any- one expected. Britain is now viable again, as the economists say, bar- ring a sharp downturn of the whole world economy. But Britain, although viable once rnore, is still operating on an in- credibly narrow margin. Taxes now consume 40 per cent of the (Continued on Page 4, Column 4.) ALSOP dent Truman, Lie also declared Russia still has full confidence in the United Nations and wants it restored to its normal functioning. This has been disrupted'by the Soviet walk- out-strikes which started January 10 over the China representation, question. The secretary general' said he has not taken any proposals from President Trruman to Stalin or brought any message back to Mr. Truman. He expects to see the President and Secretary of State Acheson next week. Reads Dam 5A, T.W...... Winona" 13 Dam 6. T.W........ Dakota Dam 7, T.W........ Crosse Stage Today 9.7 8.0 13.0 12 Chg. .3 ester Earl Sirmamon said of I the trees lining the streets! were seriously damaged by the Storm, Some of the falling limbs broke power and telephone lines. One child, Elaine Davis, 13, was taken to a hospital after a falling branch struck her on the head. Limbs bashed in the tops of several automobiles. Telephone service was disrupted in Denver and in Fort Collins, Long- mont, Loveland and Greeley to the 12 9.1 9.4 10.3 9.2 9.6 9.0 10.2 .1 _ 1 _ 2 .2 .1 and went aboard. I had a right to. I was the paymaster. I left the ship 20 minutes later, drunk and with mostly in small bills. _ 2 north. Heaviest snow reported was an unofficial 11 inches on U.-S. high- way 287 near the Colorado-Wyoming line. _ Snowplows battled to keep main _ 2 highways open over the mountain _ 2 Passes. Tributary Streams Chippewa at Durand Buffalo above Alma 1.6 Trempealeau at Dodge 0.4 Black at Galesville ___3.2 2, La Crosse at W. Salem 1.7 Root at Houston 1.7 -f .1 Root at Hokah ........40.1 RIVER FORECAST (From Hastings to The Mississippi will continue fall- ing throughout the district for sev- eral days at an average rate of 03 foot daily at most stations. The gates are lowered at Dam No. 5 and will be lowered at Dresbach dam I tomorrow. Additional weather on page 12. The snow forced a herd of big- 'horn sheep out of the mountains _ olirito the town of Georgtnwn, Colo., jwest of Denver, in search of food. Scaffolding Mishap Kills Silo Worker La Valle, Wis. Cecil Rob- erts, 29, Mazomanie. was killed Thursday when he was struck in the chest by a lever which slipped from a movable scaffolding on a silo. The accident occurred on the Al Dreschmeier farm north of this Sauk county village. Roberts was employed by the Madison Silo Company. "Domestic trouble started me he said, "and drinking magnifies all trou- bles. That kept on until I felt like I was cracking up." Tall, sturdy and looking very I could buy a television set for his led a cab and told the head north. I handed him gave him more on the way. I also tipped him so he I 1- driver much like a Navy officer with his iron gray hair, Boaz said he drank, very little before the war but took it up strong alter he separated from his wife in 1941. He said there would have been a divorce then but the war came. He didn't want to go into combat legally separated from his two children. He served most of the war on the battleship Idaho in the Aleu- tians, Gilberts, Marshalls, Saipan and Guam campaigns. "Combat action had no effect on my mental condition but my drink- ing did. I did crazy things when I drank. "I knew I was slipping. I wasn't doing the service any good. Only the help of my fellow officers got me by." In March of 1949, he said he of- fered to resign his commission but was retained because of his record. A'native of Marion, Term., he first enlisted in the Navy as an apprentice seaman. "I guess they'd take my resigna- tion-new." His current trouble started last Thanksgiving when he got drunk in a Long Beach hotel and felt the urge to continue the binge. "I went over to the ship (the Navy tanker Navasota) boy. "In Oakland, I gave him another to go out and buy me an automobile. That's the last I ever saw of that guy." Boaz estimated that he spent 000 of the cash on taxi fares. His reason was simple: "I don't drive." At Fresno, Calif., on the way up to the San Francisco-Oakland area, he picked up blonde Pearl Rosemary Carter. "She befriended me but she nev- er knew that I stole the money." Miss Carter was with Boaz when the F.B.I, and naval intelligence officers arrested him early yester- day. She was not held but told agents of the trip: "It was great while it lasted. We had a great time." Boaz said they hired more cabs and took in the gambling casinos at Reno and Las Vegas. "My luck was bad and the mon- ey went fast. Especially when I was buying champagne for the house at four bucks a bottle." A month later, he and Miss Car- ter came back to the Los Angeles area. "I figured it was the safest place. The F.B.I, almost nabbed me at Reno but I took a cab to for Santa Anita's winter meeting, the death toll is the greatest ever to "You never heard of such bad luck on the horses. A cou- ple of nags I bet on brolte their legs. I even ha..; dough on War Coin, who dropped dead. result from a motor vehicle collision. The previous record high total was 29 killed in a 1940 truck-train col- lision ill Texas. The spreading flames from-- the i thousands of gallons of gasoline in eight I two-story buildings and several au- 'tomobiles. No bodies were found in the wrecked buildings. The accident occurred near end of the evening rush hour p.m. near the heavily pop- ulated 63rd and State street dis- He went broke several weetejthe huge ago and considered giving himself up but "I was afraid I'd lose my citizenship." He said he made no effort to hide. Several times former friends saw him but evidently couldn't place him. Just recently, he got up and sang with the orchestra in a suburban South Gate night club. One night he called up a friend. That was about two weeks ago. He thinks that call may have led to his arrest. The F.B.I, won't say how they tracked him down. He got a job a few days ago with a nursery in Pomona, digging ditches. "It was hard work and only paid 85 cents an hour. But it made me quit drinking and for the first time in vears, I felt fine. "For years, I had felt like a lit- tle boy rolling down a hill trying to grab at a bush that would stop me but none of them were strong enough. "I got one now that will stop me." He said he expects to wind up in federal prison but the idea doesn't seem too bad. "After ten years of the mental strain I have been under, it al- most seems enjoyable." He said the federal agents were waiting for him when he and Miss Carter returned from the movie. He gave up without a struggle and made only one comment: "What took you so trict, on the city's south side. Panic Follows Crash The crash and a deep roar were followed by black smoke and bil- lowing flames that surged along .State street like rolling flood wa- ters. Panic followed the crash. And there was terror and con- fusion, at the scene long into the night. Thirty-three pieces of fire equipment answered the extra- alarm fire. Four hundred police- men were on duty. Traffic snarled as more than 000 persons milled in the vicin- ity, flocking to the scene of CM- cago's worst street car accident. The frantic, trapped passengers screamed hysterically as they fought to flee from the flaming street car. Thirty-two of the es- timated 48 passengers burned to death, their lives snuffed out in a matter of minutes after the col- lision. Many of their bodies were piled in a charred mass at the rear doors. Hours after the crash only 15 of the dead were identified. Many were burned beyond recognition. (Continued on Pare 12, Column 2.) U DIE   

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