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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 15, 1950, Winona, Minnesota                              Much Colder Tonight and Saturday VOLUME 50, NO. 255 FIVE CENTS PER COPY FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 15, 1950 W1NONA, MINNESOTA, Buy a Winter Carnival Emblem TWENTY PAGES Red Attack Cuts Into Beachhead Woman Claims 'Affair' With Murder Defendant By Cordon Holte and Al Olson Wabatha, Lorenz, 62, on trial for murder, took the stand in his own defense this morn- ing and denied accus. 'Jons from a self-styled sweetheart that he had planned to shoot his wife and "make it look like it was an accident." The accusations were made by Miss Camilla Eremyer, 42, Minneiska, final witness to be called by the state before it rested its case. She told of Lorenz making love to her "many and of men- tioning marriage in the death of Mrs. Lorenz. She was about 25 years old then, Lorenz about 45. "He (referring to the defendant) said he had planned how he could shoot her and make it look like it was an asserted Miss Eremyer under questioning by Wabasha Attorney Arnold Hatfield. 'Undue Familiarities' The Minneiska woman also ad- mitted, under cross-examination, that Lorenz had "undue familiari- ties" with her. "You were so completely in- fatuated you were completely sub- missive to asked Defense Attorney John R. Foley. replied Miss Bremyer. "Did he have any undo famili- arities with was her answer. "Many questioned Foley. And again the answer was "yes." "Was that kept a asked the attorney. she said, "some persons suspected it and I had told a cousin and another girl. Lortni was emphatic in his denial of these accusations when he took the stand at u. m. as the first defense wit- ness. Attorney Foley gave his opening statement at 11 a. m. He outlined plans to prove that Lorenz had only an eighth grade education, was slow mentally, easily confused, and that threats made by Winona Coun- ty Sheriff George Fort had prompt- ed him to make a confession of the alleged murder March 31, 1933. Denies Having 'Affair' Lorenz denied having any "af- fair" with Camilla, except in a "friendly way." Until after his wife's death, Lorenz said he never took Camilla out alone at night. "Did you ever make love to asked Foley. "Only in a kidding way in a tavern or on the be an- swered. Foley asked the defendant "you heard her (Camilla) tes- tify that you told her that you had plans to kill Louise and make it look like an accident. Is that "I did not say wai Lorenz' answer. "Did you ever say anything like queried Foley again. "I never said Lorenz. "Did you ever mention any- thing unkind about your first wife or say that you wanted to get rid of continued Foley. replied the defend- ant, "I never did. I never had any reason to. We lived hap- he said. "And you have the highest regard for the memory of your asked Foley. "That's was the answer. Lorenz was still being question- ed when the court recessed at noon. Attorney Foley was in the process of drawing a diagram on a black- board of the Lorenz tavern as it appeared in 1933 at the time of the shooting. Schleicher on Stand The first witness to testify this morning as the murder trial en- tered its fourth day was August Schleicher, who was Wabasha county coroner in 1933. He told of ruling that the death was accidental. The body had been taken to a mortuary when he arrived at (lie scene, Schleicher said. Miss Eremyer was next on the witness stand. She told of know- ing the defendant since she was 19 (Continued on Page 3, Column ,5.) LORENZ 100-Division Army, 80-Group Air Force Urged Russian Strike Feared in Europe At Any Time Miss Camilla Bremyer Claims Affair With. Lorenz photo Wilson Accepts Job As Boss of War Production New E. Wil- son, president of the General Elec- tric Company, has accepted a call to become the nation's war pro- duction chief. A G.E. spokesman announced last night that Wilson, who was executive vice-chairman of the War Production board during World War II, had agreed to accept his second wartime post. Selection of Wilson, one of. the nation's outstanding production ex- perts, was part of President Tru- man's program to turn the United States toward mobilization. The offer of the post and Wil- son's acceptance still are on an informal basis. And there has been no indication when the appointment will be made official. Wilson, apparently with Presi- dent Truman as his only boss, is slated to head a war production agency similar to the War Produc- tion board of World War II. The agency will take in various control units "now spread out in several government departments. During World War II Wiison was credited with a major share of credit for mobilizing the same task that conies to him again in an hour of crisis. Communist Air Activity Stepped Up Over Korea Tokyo There are indica- tions the Chinese Communist air force may be getting ready to come out of hiding and fight, Russian-built jet fighter planes in increasing numbers have ap- peared over Korea in the past ten days. The Korean air war has been a one-sided shew. United Nations planes have held practically un- challenged mastery of the skies. An engagement between 24 Rus- sian-made MIG-15s and four U. S. F-80 jets Thursday near the Man- churian border was by far the big- gest aerial engagement of the ten- day period. It ended as the others did, with the MIGs fleeing across the Yalu river into the "privileged sactuary" of Manchuria. F-80 Shooting Star pilots said they damaged one MIG. Four F-SO pilots engaged ten MIGs in a 20-minute battle at 000 feet near the Manchurian bor- der today. The Communist planes fled across the Yalu river after one had been hit along the fuse- lage. None of the American planes was damaged. All However Small Work for Good Fellows New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey last night de- manded an immediate mobiliza- tion of American military and pro- ductive might to stem the spread of Com- mu n i s t ag- gression. In a speech be- fore -the N e w York County Lawyers associa- tion, the gover- j nor urged uni- v e r s a 1 mili- tary training, U. S. Army 100 divisions, all- r out production for arms and a Thomas E. Dewey p a y-as-y o u-g o policy to crack down on inflation. The governor also urged immedi- ate call-up of 25 now inactive Na- tional Guard divisions. Speaking as the titular head of the Republican party, Dewey said: "Let us get rid of the idea we can stop Russia by appropriating billions of dollars, setting up new government boards and then con- tinuing wage rounds as usual, price increases as usual and pol- itics as usual." We cannot "sit down and do bus- iness with Stalin while we are weak and he is the gov- ernor said.. He proposed immedi- ate action on the following: 1. A 100-division U. S. Army, an 80-group Air Force and a full strength Navy. In connection with our own arm- ed forces buildup, Dewey urged enlistment of all possible Allies, whether we "agree with their do- mestic policies or not." "Tito has 30 divisions and we think he will fight on our he said. "We know Franco will fight and he has 22 divisions. We think we know that the Germans and Japanese would fight under some kind of arrangement." Britain and Turkey would, fight by our side, Dewey predicted, while France is "waging a hard fight in Indo-China." "Many other nations in Europe, the Near East, in Asia and the Americas stand ready to fight for freedom and we should encourage them to the he said. 2. General registration of all U. S. men and women above the age of 17 for national service, and universal military training of at least two years. Legislation for U.M.T., Dewey said, should be "enacted now this month. 'not next and he added: "Even if we mobilize all pos- sible fighting manpower we shall still be outnumbered by the hordes of Russia, to say nothing of Red China and the other satellites. "But fortunately in modern war- fare, victories are not won merely in the fighting lines but also on the production lines. We can beat Russia five to one in production but we can't save our freedom with automobiles and washing ma- chines." "As a he said, "we should set an immediate goal of 25 per cent of our productive ca- pacity for defense production." 3. Appointment of an econ- omic mobilizer, who should be "the ablest business executive in our country." "To avoid the dreadful waste of (Continued on Page 11, Column 3.) DEWEY Be a Good Fellow Previously listed A friend 10.00 The Busybodies 2.00 Winona Rotary club 50.00 Anonymous 10.00 Emily and Bill 3.00 Izaak Walton League Ladies Club 4.00 A friend 3.00 Room 240, Jefferson school, Fifth grade 5.00 Striking Yardmen Face U. S. Contempt Charges There probably are many kind-hearted people in this area who recognize the impor- tance of Good Fellows work, but who have struggles of their own and feel that they can't contribute enough to make their effort worthwhile. Any contribution no mat- ter how small will greatly help the Good Fellows in their drive to see that no needy child is improperly clothed this Christmas. If only 15 persons contrib- uted a quarter ,each, a pair of new shoes could be purchased for some needy child. Only 25 half dollar gifts would buy a warm, new snow suit for a shivering tot. The most important thing is that you give whatever you feel you can afford to help these unfortunate children who otherwise would face a Christmas of rags and drab- ness. Won't you help by sending or bringing your contribution to THE GOOD FELLOWS in care of The Republican-Her- ald? Pre-Christmas Postal Business Threatened Washington The govern- ment announced today it will bring contempt proceedings in Chicago, and probably in Cleveland, against I railroad yardsmen striking in de- I fiance of court orders. Attorney General McGrath told reporters of the decision after leav- ing a cabinet meeting at the White House. The government obtained a re- straining order against the strik- ers in Chicago Wednesday and sim- lilar orders here and in Cleveland last night. I Successful contempt action could 'lead td heavy fines against the union. Officers of the union have con- tended, however, that the strikes were unauthorized and that the un- ion was in no way responsible for the walkouts which have delayed mails and movement of war ma- terials.- Officials of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen told reporters they thought personal intervention by President Truman might be the only hope for a quick end to the strikes. Shipments Disrupted The strike, which in two days has disrupted vital shipments of freight and mail and slowed some industrial output, hit on the home front. The Postoffice department last night clamped a pa-rtial em- bargo on parcel post mailing. The order, coming at the peak of the Christmas mailing rush, in- cludes all parcel post and is effec- tive immediately in hundreds of postoffices throughout the country. Airmail and air parcel post is not affected. The Postoffice department classi- fied as restricted all second class (except daily third class, fourth class and all first class mail weighing more than eight ounces. The order came af- ter the strike had "effectively crip- pled the mail distribution system." Strike Spreads The strike, which started on a small scale in Chicago Wednesday morning and snowballed into a full-grown stoppage, yesterday spread to Washington, St. Louis and Alexandria, Va. About rail workers are off the job, the bulk of them in Chi- cago. But the strike has made id- le hundreds of others in some rail- related industries. Continuation would cut deeper into movement of vital war shipments and curtail production in steel and other key industries. Some shipments of meat to military forces in this country and overseas have been delayed. Passenger trains were operating but many were behind schedule. The railway express has embargo- ed shipments of perishables or live- stock from Chicago and St. Louis. Air express shipments were heavy. Truman to Call A and rugs. Mrs. A Donnie and and toys. Friends from Rollingsfone clothing. A and shoes. Mabel school, sixth grade, Mabel, For Greater Defense Effort President Tru- man calls on Americans tonight to unite in greater sacrifices be- hind the critical effort to build up the free world's military might. Mr. Truman, speaking at p.m. (C.S.T.) on radio and tele- vision, plans to outline the home front sacrifices he thinks are nec- essary to meet the grave crisis of military defeats in Korea and the threat of new Communist aggres- sion elsewhere. A declaration of national emer- gency to speed up military con- tract letting and put the country nearer to a war basis seemed certain either as a prelude or af- termath of the President's speech. This could be accompanied or fol- lowed by selective price and wage controls. Most speculation was that their application would be gradual while personnel is being built up to administer them. Administration officials said the declaration of an emergency may be quickly followed by calls for a army and an even- tual expenditure of a year for defense. The Wildcat Strike that began in Chicago quickly spread to Washington where Howard R. Phipps, top, posts an "in- definite delay" notice while Christmas mail and freight piles up on the Union Station platforms. Xhe.strike forced rerouting of trains to avoid the Capital. (International Soundphoto.) Postal Restrictions Hit Winona Mailing Winona was experiencing one of the effects of a railroad workers' strike as mail service restrictions for some eastern states were im- posed this morning. The partial embargo on parcel post mailing comes at the peak of the holiday rush. Airmail and air parcel post, however, are not affected by the national postal department order. Postmaster Leon L. Bronk said this morning that restricted mail includes all second class (except daily third class, fourth class and all first class mail weighing more than eight ounces. This means, he explained, that Christmas cards sent with two-cent be re- stricted. Cards mailed first with three-cent stamps on will go through. 14 States Affected Postoffices in 14 eastern states are covered by the order, and they will not accept matter of the re- stricted categories for delivery. Postmaster Bronk said that some been received here this Government Employs One of Every 4 Britons London One British work- er out of every four is employed directly or indirectly by the gov- ernment, Labor Minister George Isaacs reported today. Giving figures up to last June 30, Isaacs said the total working population is of which work for local or national authorities. State-owned industries alone em- ploy he said. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Partly cloudy and much colder tonight. Five below in city, -10 in country; Saturday increasing. cloudy and continued cold. Highest in after- noon 15. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 21; minimum, 7; noon, 15; precipitation, .09 (1V4 inches sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at Additional weather on Page 18. morning, destined for the restrict- ed states, before the official order was received. "We accepted the parcels and processed he explained. "But they will go no further than the terminal; they will not be de- livered until the embargo is lifted." As soon as the official notice ar- rived this morning, the local post- i office stopped accepting restricted mail. Included under second class re- strictions are magazines and week- ly newspapers; the third class group covers unsealed advertising matter and merchandise under eight ounces; fourth-class matter is post over eight ounces. Some Items Exempted The 14 states cpvered by the or- der are: Main, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, New jersey, Pennsylvania, Dela- ware, Maryland, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. Postmaster Bronk pointed out that the restrictions do not apply to local delivery, including rural routes, star routes and highway I postoffices, in those states. I Nor is there any restriction onj mails "originating at and destined] for delivery at points between which it is known no interference with transportation the of- ficial order declares. In Chicago, St. Louis and Wash- ington only mail for local delivery is being accepted today, Postmas- ter Bronk revealed. Besides the partial embargo, the local office is facing a Christmas rush with a staff hard-hit by ill- ness, the postmaster said. Mail Slowed Up As a result, some delivery trucks have had to be called in so that drivers could work first class mail in the office. I Some mail has been slowed, he added, especially fourth class mat- ter. Deliveries are still on a once- daily basis in Winona, although stepped-up deliveries will proba- bly be necessary next week as the vojume 'master revealed. the post- Major Attack Launched on Hungnam Area Censorship Hides Progress of U. S. Evacuation By Robert Eunton Tokyo Swarming Red Chi- nese attacks drove into the shrink- ing Allied beachhead in the north- east Korea today and roared on tonight with the aim of annihilat- ing the U. S. Tenth corps defend- ers. Many Chinese were reported kill- ed in headlong charges of Red in- fantry and cavalrymen under Al- lied tank, artillery and air counter- attack and against withdrawing doughboy defenses. But the Reds kept coming onto the blazing flatlands of the Sea Japan coast in the Hamhung-Hung- nam port area. The first major attack was made by some shouting mounted and foot soldiers who leaped aboard American tanks and tore at them with small weapons and their bare hands. Bigger attacks were expected to- night out of the force of Chinese ringed around .the United Nations forces backed up against the Sea of Japan. Last Refugt The beachhead was the last re- fuge in the northeast for around Allied troops who were forc- ed to retreat by the Chinese en- try into the war late in Novem- ber. The bulk of Allied forces in the slimming beachhead southwest of Hungnam withdrew to new defense positions set up in depth to the sea- shore. two-week lull on the Eighth army's Western Korea front above Seoul seemed also about to be broken by the Chinese. U. S. Third division outposts six miles southeast of Hamhung fought desperately to ward off an initial attack force estimated at more than mounted and foot troops. Reinforcing Chinese still were swarming down the valleys. American artillery and pounded at the Red forces. Warm Up For Battle The Chinese warmed up for bat- tle in a drum-beating, bugle-blow- ing and singing mass rally at Oro, a town six miles northwest Harnhung abandoned by Allied forces 24 hours earlier. Doughboys heard the racket and stealed them- selves for attack. Associated Press Correspondent Stan Swinton, with the Tenth corps, reported one U, S. Third division platoon normally a rifle unit of 40 men and one junior of- ficer was cut off by the ad- vancing Chinese and was presum- ed lost. Two tanks trying to rescue the platoon failed but escaped after Chinese clambered aboard and tried to pry hatches open with rifle butts and their bare hands. Major Thomas; Cleary, a Third division regimental staff officer, said: "The Chinese hit first last night and apparently hoped to make a breakthrough in the night hours. However, the heroic platoon which is now cut off stayed out there directing the artillery fire and the Reds were kept back until Friday morning. Entmy Jets Active "Then they kept coming in day- light." The new jet-powered aerial war- fare continued over northwest Ko- rea near Manchuria with indeci- sive results. Fifty-seven sorties in Russian-made Red Jets have been counted over that area in the last ten days. General MacArthur in his daily official war summary took the un- usual course of quoting the Red (Continued on Page 11, Column 4.) KOREA Downtown Stores Open Until 9 O'Clock Tonight   

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