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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 1950, Winona, Minnesota Generally Fair, Somewhat Warmer Want Ads Reach Readers Every Day VOLUME so, NO. 260 FIVE CENTS PER COPY THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 21, 1950 WINONA, MINNESOTA, TWENTY PAGES Lorenz Convicted, Gets Life Term Verdict Reached After 26 Hours Of Deliberation By Cordon R. Closway Wabasha, Minn. Charley Lor- enz, convicted of murder in the first degree for slaying his wife at Minneiska 1" years ago, was back in the state prison at Still- w-ater today, there to remain for the rest of his natural life. The verdict of guilty, reached by the jury after hours delibera- tion and after what appeared cer- tain to be a disagreement, was re- turned in district court here a p.m. Wednesday. Sentence of life imprisonmen mandatory under the state law conviction of murder in the firs degree, was immediately impose by Judge Karl Finkelnburg of W nona and by 7 p.m. Lorenz, in th custody a state prison guar and Wabasha county deputy sher iff, was being whisked back Stillwater where he already wa serving a five-to-ten-year term o an assault charge. No Shew of Emotion Lorenz, who is 62 years old, re ceived the sentence without of emotion, "Has the defendant anything t< say before sentence is asked the court. "No, I have replied Lor enz. The former Minneiska tavern and cafe operator confessed to Sheriff George Fort of Winona in May that he had shot his wife a the tavern May 31, 1933. At the time her death was ruled as an accident. During the trial Lorenz repudiated his confession. In the courtroom when the ver- dict was returned were Wabasha County Attorney Arnold Hatfielc who prosecuted the case, Sheriff John Jacobs of who with Sheriff Fort was a principal state witness, and John R. Foley and Dan Foley, attorneys appointed by the court to defend Lorenz. Triumph for Hatfield The verdict was a triumph for Mr. Hatfield but courtroom ob- servers all admitted that Defense Attorney John R, Foley's strong argument to the jury such that the case nearly ended in a disagreement. Mr. Hatfield, not a candidate for re-election, will complete his sec- ond terra as county attorney De- cember 31. Minneiska residents generally expressed approval of the verdict last night. Many admitted when the trial was over they had been suspicious of Lorenz for years and a few went so far as to say were "afraid of him." All expressed sympathy for Miss Camilla Breni- yer, No. 1 witness for the state who admitted on the stand she and Lorenz had been intimate be- fore his wife's death and that he planned his wife's death so he marry her. The jury, composed of six men and six women, received the case at p.m. Tuesday. When they filed into the courtroom at last night. Foreman William Ros- chen, Lake City farmer, was ask- ed by the court, "Have you agreed on a verdict." "We he replied. "We find the defendant guilty as charged." Jury Polled The senior Mr. Foley then ask- ed for a poil of the jury after which each one individually was asked, "is this your Each, in turn, answered "yes." Judge Finkclnburg then thanked them for their services and said it was well they were able to agree and that the case was determined at this time. "This has been an unpleas- ant and difficult case for you to hear and decide, but that is why we have courts and ju- ries and you. of course, real- ize that." he said. Jurors then left the courtroom and went to the Hof.el Anderson for dinner before returning to their homes. Judge Finkelnburg indicated he would impose sentence immediate- ly and Mr. Foley said he had no objection. Lorenz. who had been sitting with his head in his hands next to his Senate Confirms Mrs. Rosenberg 3-YEAR RAIL PAY PACT SIGNED Senate Voles Funds for New Army Projects By Edwin B. Haakinson Washington OB Without de- bate, the Senate gave approval today for the armed forces to carry out of defense con- of it so secret that even the legislators were not told its nature. The Senate voice vote sent the .egislation on 4o President Truman. The House passed it yesterday. Immediately after the vote, Sen ator Russell acting chair man of the armed services committee, asked the Senate to consider a big bill providing for defense funds. The spending bill, Russell ex ilained, contains the money for more than 90 per cent of the proj- cts in the authorization bill. In a burst of speed, his commit- ee had approved the authorization ill in a brief session this morning. The House, meanwhile, was ex- ected to override Republican op- xisition today and vote Mr. Tru- man the additional powers he ants to speed the preparedness rogram. G.O.P. objections put a rake on this legislation in the enate. In a home-for-Christmas drive, ie House passed yesterday and ent-to the Senate two other meas- ures on the "must" st: bill setting up a nation- wide civil defense system to deal with a possible atomic at- tack. This program is expect- ed to cost in fed- eral and state funds over the next three years. military public works authorization, much of it for top-secret pur- poses. Senator McKellar eteran chairman of the appropria- ons committee, pushed the emergency defense bill irough the committee with war- me speed yesterday. He expect- d to repeat the performance on e Senate floor today. The bill is larger ian similar legislation already ap- proved by the House. Lake City Man Killed When Car Strikes Bridge Senate to- day confirmed Mrs. Anna M. Ros- enberg as assistant secretary of defense by voice vote. Action came after the Senate armed services committee twice had unanimously recommended such action. Testimony that she had Communist associations 15 years ago was rejected by the com- mittee as false. She said it was a case of mistaken identity. By Staff Writer Donald Bercher Dies In Mishap on Dike At Wabasha Bridge Nelson, Wis, A Lake City, Minn., father was fatally injurec near here early today when a car smashed into a timber bridge on the Wabasha-Nelson dike road. Dead is Donald Belcher, about 32 years old, who was a passenger in a car driven by William Mickow, 22, also of Lake City. 3M Two young girls were injured, I one of them seriously, and they are in St. Elizabeth's hospital, Wab- asha. The attending physician said their names are: Miss Helen Blattner, about 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Blattner, Lake City, who has a possible fractured spine and cuts. Miss Alvina Gerads, about 19, of Sauk Rapids, Minn., who has been employed as a wait- ress in Lake City. She has a fractured right ankle and cuts. A ten-foot-long 3-by-10-inch tim- ber was driven into the car when it crashed into the timber bridge. Buffalo County Traffic Officer Hen- ry Zeichert said that the timber was driven from the front of the car, through the seating compart- ments, and into the trunk. Dozed Off But because the timber drove through the car near the right side, it apparently did not hit any one of the four passengers directly. Mickow who is the son of Charles Mickow, Lake in explaining the accident, "I dozed A 3 By 10 Inch Plank was driven the length of this "death" car. of the door. The plank can be seen in the front seat; its tip is just to the right on page 3.) The plank extended into the truvk. (Another picture Republican-Herald photo back off to sleep.' He received a wrenched but was not hospitalized. Mickow said that the group had driven across the ice of Lake Pepin, from Lake City to Stock- holm. Arriving there, he had sug- gested that they drive back by way of Nelson and Wabasha, that is by the highways. Just out of Nelson, and a little ways from, the trans-Mississippi river bridge at Wabasha, the ac- cident happened. It was about a. m. Mickow and Miss Gerads were sitting in the front seat. Mickow said that he had a little trouble flagging down help. The :irst car which came along passed lim up. The next one stopped, but the identity of the driver was not learned. Belcher died about Acneson Hoover Urges Fortifying Of Western Hemisphere m Acheson Defends Action as Only Hope for Peace By John M. Hightower Washington Secretary o: State Acheson returned from, his shortest and most decisive mission to Europe today to face a stif new Republican challenge to his policy of European rearmament as (Continued on Page 9, Column 4.) LORENZ Be a Good Fellow Previously listed Winona Musicians Association 152.25 Dorothy and Adolph 20.00 Langenberg's and employes 25.00 From a friend 1.00 Rose and Newton 5.00 A friend, Caledonia 1.00 A friend, Rushford 1.00 A friend, Kellogg 10.00 Lecie and Timothy J 1.00 Happy Dan 5.00 Your Skelly Bulk Man R. D. Cone Company 50.00 The B and D Shoe Store 25.00 Pupili <nd Teacher, Dist. 39 school, Houston county ____ 2.00 Lewiston Shamrocks, 4-H club 5.00 Jay Epstein 2.00 Mrs. E. F. K., clothing 2.00 Northern States Power Company employes 12.00 4 a. m. at the hospital, Hangs on Edge Traffic Officer Zeichert said that he car ripped off about 40 feet of he 3-by-10-inch railing on the right hand side. The first ten feet were driven into the car, and the remaining 30-odd feet were pushed down on the ice, he said. The timbers were supported by 6-by-6- inch posts about every ten feet, he added. When the car, a 1940 model, came to a stop it was hanging on the edge of about a ten-foot drop to the ice covering the backwaters of the river. A native of Lake City, Betcher i was married and was "the father of one young child. Funeral serv- ices are tentatively set for 10 a m Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic church here. well as his continuance in office. Flying about 15 hours behind schedule because of bad weather landed at Washington's national airport at a.m. He had left here only last Sunday and Schuler Chocolates, Inc. six cartons of candy. Soroptimist infants cloth- ing. Mavis, Bluff clothing. Ehman family clothing. A friend from cloth- ing ind toys. Fred clothing. A friend from overthoits. A friend an overcoat. Bailey and dry goods. Cub Scout pack 14 Den 7, Jef- ferson School toys and clothing. Who's New club, toys. William Boettcher, Dakota One bushel of nuts. Sim radio. in the intervening three days had 1, Agreed, as American rep- resentative on the North Atlan- tic treaty council, meeting at Brussels, to creation of a international Eur- opean defense army, which will include both American and German units, under General Dwight Eisenhower as su- preme commander. 2. Worked put with British Foreign Minister Bevin and French Foreign Minister Schu- man a final draft of a note to Russia expressing readiness for a big-four meeting to dis- cuss East-West differences on a wide range of issues. Asked by newsmen at the airport he thought the accomplishments at the meeting had contributed to world peace, Acheson replied: "This is the only way we can possibly do it." He added that he thought the conference was "very successful." H. Freeman Matthews, deputy undersecretary of state for politi cal affairs met the secretary at the airport. The White- House had announced earlier that President Truman would call off plans to I meet the plane because of the late trainmen were hurt, neither hour. The temperature at the field of them seriously. was below Asked if he intended to see Mr. Truman later in the day, Acheson said he always has a p.m. conference with the President on Thursday. He was asked to comment on a New York speech last night by former President Herbert Hoover but said he had not heard of it before and would have to read it before commenting. This speech was assessed in some quarters as a new challenge to administration foreign policy. The speech drew from Senator Lehman (D.-N.Y.) the charge that Hoover was pleading "for a re- turn to complete isolationism." Senator Taft who said he agreed with some of the prin- ciples of Hoover's position, re- marked that some people probably would consider it "isolationist." Empire Builder Derails in Idaho Bonners Ferry, Idaho {.ft A fast traveling Great Northern rail- road streamliner struck rock slide 25 miles east of Bonners Fer- ry yesterday and the first unit of the diesel engine plunged nose first into the Kootenai river. Responses Favorable New York Herbert Hoover's office today reported a "tremendous, favorable re- sponse" to his speech last night proposing a Western hemi- sphere defense against Com- munist aggression. "The telephone hasn't stop- ped said an office spokesman. "Telegrams are ar- riving in floods. They started coming in even before Mr. Hoover returned to his office from the broadcasting station. "Not one message has been unfavorable." Asked whether the former President had consulted any- one in the national administra- tion prior to the speech, the spokesman said: "I would doubt it. Mr. Hoover always writes his own speeches and expresses his own views." Opposes Sending Men to Fight Reds in Europe New York Former Presi- A Great Northern official said none of the 220 passengers aboard its Empire Builder streamliner was injured. All the train's passenger cars remained on the tracks. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity Generally fair and somewhat warmer to- flight and Friday. Low tonight 15 in city, 12 in country; high Friday near 30. LOCAL WEATHEfc Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 20; minimum 10; noon, 23Vi; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight sun rises tomorrow at Additional -weather on page 10. Butter U. S. Paid 60 Cents (or Sold To Italy for 15 Washington The Agricul- ture department announced. Wed- nesday the sale of pounds j of government-owned butter to Italy for relief feeding in that country. The butter was sold for 15 cents a pound. It cost the government slightly more than 60 cents. It was bought under a dairy price support program. The sale was made at a time when government stocks of butter are declining rapidly. Because current production is inadequate to _supply consumer demands, distri- butors are buying large quantities from the government to make up the deficit in the market supply. Government stocks, which had climbed to nearly pounds by midsummer, are now down to about pounds. Trade pur- chases from the government to supply consumer needs is expected to continue until the heavy milk production season next spring, when butter output normally ex- ceeds consumer rrjquirements. Most of the butter to be supplied Italy will be from supplies bought in 1549. Officials said the depart- ment is anxious to dispose of the older stocks before they deteriorate too much. dent Herbert Hoover urged the na- tion last night to concentrate on fortifying the Western hemisphere as a "Gibraltar." He called on his fellow-country- men to "arm to the teeth" to hold the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, with the island outposts of Britain, Japan, Formosa and the Philip- pines. Mr. Koover, speaking on radio and television, said it would be "sheer folly" to engage in land war with Communist hordes in As- ia or the continent of Europe, He urged the United States :o "arm our air and naval forces to the teeth" to defend the froL- tiers he laid out. Can't Reach Washington Mr. Hoover said the Communists could never break through Ameri- can sea and air power to invade he Western hemisphere. "They can no more reach Washington in ores than we can reach he declared. At another point, he expressed the opinion that the atomic bomb is "a far less dominant weapon than it was once thought to be." The only living ex-President, making one of the most important addresses of his long public career, said "it is clear that the United Nations are defeated in Korea." It would be "inviting another Ko- he declared, to send more to Western Euro- pean nations before they had arm- ed themselves as a "sure dam against the Red flood." Up to Europe Defense of Western continental Europe rests primarily on the Eu- ropean nations themselves, the 76- year-old former chief executive told his audiences across the na- tion. "We have little need for large armies unless we are going to Eur- ope or he said. Land war with the Communist masses in As- ia or Western Europe "would be the graveyard of millions of Amer- ican boys and would end in the ex- haustion- of this Gibraltar of West- ern civilization." Mr. Hoover said W-estern Euro- pean nations should arm them- selves with combat divisions of Big Firms Asked To Give Notice On Price Hikes Charles E. Wil- son took office today as director of defense mobilization and im- mediately appointed General Lu- cius Clay and Banker Sidney Wein- berg as his assistants. Wilson said Clay and Weinberg will serve without compensation. The oath was administered to Wilson by Chief Justice Vinson in Mr. Truman's circular office. The three men stood beneath a large portrait of George Washington. Confirmed by Senate Wilson took the oath of office well under 24 hours after the Senate rushed through confirmation of his appointment. Already, in another step toward cushioning the shock of the de- fense buildup on the nation's economy, the government had ask- od 250 large corporations to give ;it least seven days' notice be- fore raising prices on any major products. Wage Increase For Yardmen Set Agreement Will Permit Return of Roads to Owners Washington The White House today announced a three- year peace pact between the major railroads and four operating rail unions. The agreement provides: For railroad an immediate increase of 23 cents an hour, with another two cents on January 1 and cost of living adjustments every three months beginning next April 1. The ad- justments are to be made at the rate of one cent an hour for every rise or fall of one point in the gov- ernment's consumers price index. The 23-cent pay boost is retro- active to October 1. For about road service immediate increase of five cents an hour, also retro- active to October 1, and another five cents effective January 1, plus the same cost of living arrange- ment. The settlement was announced by Presidential Assistant John R. Steelman, who took over negotia- tions in the months-long dispute after the government seized the railroads last August to avert .a threatened nation-wide strike. Steelman said union leaders had agreed in principle after a 26- hour overnight conference to a moratorium on any further de- mands by the four unions. The agreement probably will lead to quick restoration of the rail line operations to their own- ers. The army has been running the roads. As drafted, the settlement rep- resents a compromise between some of the union demands and what the railroads offered. One of the chief demands of the trainmen, conductors, and firemen, and enginemen was a 40 hour-work week without loss in the present 48 hours pay. There was agreement in prin- ciple on this, but the compromise provides that the 40-hour work schedule would be put off at least until January 1, 1952. At that time, the manpower sit- uation will be studied by both sides with the help of Steelman, If it should be put in effect then the workers will get an additional four cents an hour, Steelman could not say immedi- ately whether he would recom- rcend ending government opera- Jon of the railroads. He said he would consult with the leaders of he 16 other so-called non-operat- ing rail unions who are asking for a 25 cent hourly pay increase, to decide whether a strike might be under consideration. Beachhead Quiet, U. S. Casualties in Month By Olen Clements Hungnam beachhead lay quiet today after AUied land-sea-air barrages mowed down and rolled back the Reds' most menacing attack on the perimeter. Frozen bodies of Chinese and white-robed Korean Reds littered the snow-crusted east flank cf 'the United Nations defense ring where the attack was made. Communist survivors apparently were numbed to a standstill by the fury of 'round-the-clock bombardment Wednesday by Allied war- ships, planes and land artillery. "huge numbers" before the Unit- ed States lands "another man or another dollar on their shores." His demand for a new foreign arms policy came one day after President Truman named General Dwight D. Eisenhower as supreme commander of Western European forces and said additional U. S. troops would be sent there as soon as possible. Field dispatches reported shattered survivors were thrown back from the point of gravest peril to the Allied forces holding their last sliver of northeast Ko- rea around Hungnam on the Sea of Japan shore. Quiet also was reported on the western Korean front. General MacArthur's headquar- ters reported the Chinese had suf- fered heavy losses at a ratio of 10 to 1 during the darkest days of the Allied retreat from most of north Korea, November 27 to De- cember 12. The United Nations commander reported U. N. casualties in the November 27-December 12 period at not including those suf- fered by Republic of Korea (ROK) forces. All of the Allied killed, wounded and missing during the two-week period were American except from other U. N. forces. American casualties totaled 314 killed, wounded and missing. Before that period, the Defense department in Washington had list- ed American casualties in Korea at through November 24, in- cluding dead. The Chinese have been around the Hungnam beachhead in great farce for days, but it was apparent that the battling retreat of U. S. Marines and Tenth corps dough- boys farther north had badly crip- pled an estimated ten Red divi- ons. Red efforts to reorganize their forces were progressing top slowly to hamper the planned withdrawal of American forces on, the Hungnam beach, U. S. losses there are reported extremely small considering the action in- volved. General MacArthur's late Thurs- (Continued on Page 9, Column 3.) 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