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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 15, 1952, Winona, Minnesota                              Generally Fair, Colder Tonight and Wednesday VOLUME 51, NO. 279 FIVE CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY SIXTEEN PAGES Train Snowbound, 226 Aboard Freight Trucks line snowbound transcontinental Highway 40 near Baxter, Calif., awaiting word that the road ahead toward Dormer Summit, highest point in the Sierras, is open, photo to The Republican-Herald.) (A.P. Wire- Banks Indicted For Tax Evasion ST. PAUL W. (Tom- my) Banks, Minneapolis night club operator, will be arraigned Jan. 28 on a federal indictment charg- ing him with evasion of some 000 in income taxes. Banks, indicted by the jury yes- terday, posted bond. He accompanied to the federal building by John Graff, former TJ. S. district attorney for Minne- sota. Graff said, however, that no arrangements had been made yet for him to defend Banks. Jurors returned the indictment within two hours of their meeting time. The true bill charges that Banks: Declared a 1945 income of 170 on which he paid a tax of whereas he should have paid a levy of on a 363 income. Paid in 1946 on a report- ed income of whereas the true figures should have been 342 tax on a income. Reported a income for 1947 and paid taxes of against the government's claim of income on which should have been due. The indictment came only 72 hours after C. U. Landrum, U. S. district attorney, held a law en- forcement conference of nine fed- eral agencies last Friday. Lan- drum said any drive undertaken as result of that parley would be aimed at "known racketeers." He has scheduled another con- ference along similar lines for to- morrow, with several state agen- cies, including the crime bureau, to send representatives. 19 Miners Dead In Canada Blast STELLARTON, N. S. da's worst mining disaster in 11 years killed 19 coal diggers yes- terday in a gas explosion they fear- ed and were working to prevent Every man in the blast area in the McGregor mine here was kill- ed. Their broken bodies were brought out "of the pit last night and early today. Three others, working farther from the blast, were brought out alive. Many tons of coal were blown from the mine roof by the explo- sion, hampering rescue efforts. But mine officials indicated even im- mediate arrival of rescuers would have been futile, saying there was evidence all the men died imme- diately. The blast occurred at the "very bottom of the mine, about Uk miles down the slope" from the pithead, a mine official said. Many of the miners had been pulled out before the explosion. Fire warnings already had been put into effect. Miners reported the odor Of gas yesterday morning and about 100 men were put to work erecting hardwood and con- crete barriers. ..It was Canada's worst mine bJast since.a colliery explosion in 1941 at Nordegg, Alberta, in which 29 died. i The mine is owned by Acadia Coal Co., a subsidiary of Dominion Steel and Coal Corp., Eastern Can- ada's biggest coal producer. Pictou county, where the mine is situated, has been an important coal min- ing district for more than 200 years. i -M- Thomas W. Banks Storm Over Wide Areas By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Stormy weather hit wide areas of the country today. An intense storm centered in Up- per Michigan and caused strong winds throughout the Great Lakes region westward to the Dakotas and southward to the Ohio Valley. A fresh cold wave and snow swept across the northern Rockies and parts of the plateau states and in the Sierras. The cold air pushed southward across the northern Rockies and northern plains and eastward into the Upper Mississip- pi Valley. It was below zero in Montana and parts of North Da- kota. Snow fell from the Eastern Dakotas eastward to the Western Lake Superior regiorf. Rain pelted the Ohio Valley northeastward into the Appalachi- ans and Eastern Great Lakes re- gion, ilore rain hit the Pacific coast areas. In contrast to the stormy weath- er, it was mild from the gulf states northward to the Middle Atlantic states. House Votes 10% Pay Hike For Services WASHINGTON W The House today voted for a 10 per cent pay raise for all those in the military services, both active and retired. Salvage Crews Raise Plane From East River NEW YORK Salvage crews today raised a Northeast Airlines plane from the East river so -in- vestigators could find out why it crashed yesterday with'36 persons aboard. All were rescued. After night-long operations, a diver succeeded in fixing a cable to the almost completely submerg- ed plane. A water-borne crane hoisted it out of shallow water. The plane, on a flight from Bos- ton to New York, plunged into the river as it was coming into La Guardia Field for a radar-directed landing in an early morning fog. Investigators want to know why the plane's image flickered off a radar screen at the field as it was being guided through a routine bad weather landing. Radar, considered one of avia- tion's top safety devices, is used by ground crews who watch an ap- proaching plane on the screen and guide its pilot by voice on his land- Joseph Fluet, of the Civil Aero- nautics Board, said the plane ap- parently "undershot" the runway. He told of the plane's disappear- ance from the radar screen and added that "we assume" it struck the water at this point. Pilot Al Marsh of Winthrop, Mass., said only that "it was very sudden. It looked to be a fairly easy landing and then it happen- Only five passengers remained in hospitals today and none was reported in serious condition. All on board were from New England, mostly from Massachusetts. Surface ships plying the river waters near the airport picked up the survivors in about 15 minutes. The passengers, including five remained calm through- out. Kefauver Talks Politics With The President Humphrey Reports Truman Still Undecided WASHINGTON (M- Two men who will have a lot to do with se- lecting the Democratic presidential candidate this year President Truman and Sen. Kefauver (D- Tenn) met today at the White House. Friends of the tall, soft-spoken Tennessean already have Kefauver- for-President groups working in most of the 48 states. "I have not encouraged but I have not discouraged the senator said, adding that he hoped to make a decision about the first of February. Few politicians, including Kefau- ver, expect any immediate word on whether President Truman will or will not be a candidate for re- election. Nationally Known Nationally known because of bis work as chairman of the Senate's special crime investigating com- mittee last year, Kefauver has said his decision on whether to seek the Democratic nomination would not be influenced by Mr. Truman's plans. Sen. Humphrey (D-MINN) emerged from a private confer- ence with the President late yes- terday saying Mr. Truman told him "he is positively undecided about seeking re-election." The President again asked Hum- phrey to be a "favorite son" candi- date for the presidential nomina- tion in Minnesota, the senator said. "The President said he wants a liberal platform, a liberal party liberal Hum- phrey .continued, adding that be would confer with Democratic Na- tional Chairman Frank McKinney before deciding. "I'm not interested in running in any preliminary Humphrey said and added that he was a candidate for re-election as sena- tor and not seeking the presidency. Plans Favorite Sons Humphrey said Mr. Truman hop- ed to have a number of "favorite son" or uninstructed state delega- tions at the Democratic conven- tion. These could be aimed almost at will in the direction the Presi- dent and his party leaders wanted to throw support. Mrs. India Edwards, vice chair- man of the Democratic national committee, emerged from a White House conference saying about what Humphrey did. "My own hunch would be that the President hasn't made up his mind she told report- ers. Sen. Tobey of New Hampshire, a Republican member of the crime hunting group, said Kefauver Army Rescue Teams Hope to Bring Aid SAN FRANCISCO Army rescue team pushes into the blizzard-blasted high Sierra today hoping to bring out 226 persons stranded on the luxurious stream- liner City of San Francisco. Three jeeps with full caterpillar jeeps and four ambulances were in the Army convoy, which carried food for meals. The swank westbound train was a victim of a mighty storm which lashed the West coast from Canada to Mexico. The howling gales piled deep snow drifts in the mountains, dumped flooding rains CATifOKMA :G SAN FRANCISCO The Above Map Donner Summit near which the stream- liner City of San Francisco with 226 passengers is marooned by high snows in the blizzard-swept Sierras today. Two rescue trains are attempting to reach the stalled passenger train. (A.P, Wire- photo to The Republican-Herald.) Churchill Assures Canada West United By JOHN SCALI OTTAWA Prime Minister Winston Churchill leaves for Washington today after declaring that the West will stand shoulder- to-sboulder against aggression "should our hopes of peace be blasted. Churchill is primed to deliver a tough-talking second in three a joint session of Congress Thursday. tf wind up his visit to Canada and the United States. While in Washington, he is ex- pected to renew Britain fight to block the naming of an Ameri- can admiral as commander of the Atlantic pact Navies. The prime minister reportedly wants the command split among the British, Americans and Canadians. It will would make dent." a wonderful Presi- WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and fair tonight and Wednesday. Colder tonight with low of 12. High Wed- nesday afternoon 20. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 41; minimum, 24; noon, 29; precipitation, .38; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at Additional weather on Page 13. Thirty-Six Persons were rescued a North- east Airlines plane 'which crashed in the East River in New York Monday.., Persons narrowly missing death included Caroline Hull, lower right, of College Point, N.Y. Approaching the .field in 3' heavy fog on instruments, Pilot Alva V. Marsh, lower right, and Co-pilot Austin Briggs under- shot the runway. Extremely fast rescue action saved all aboard with only minor injury to a few and a chilly dunking to.alL Churchill Churchill ended his weekend of conferences with Canadian govern- ment leaders last night with a full- fledged speech which hailed the 12-nation Atlantic alliance as the W e s t's "surest guarantee" o f peace. Speaking at a lake trout and roast beef dinner given in his hon- or by the Cana- dian government, he peered into the future and declared: "No one can predict with cer- tainty what will happen. "Peace does not sit untroubled in her he added, with a typical Churchillian flourish. But this time, he said, in con- trast to the days of Hitler, the key Western nations already have started to mobilize their vast eco- nomic and military strength. "We are all united from the be- he said. "We all mean to stand by each other, here in Canada, in the U. S., in Britain, in Western Europe. With the help of an all-European army bolstered by German units, he said, "We stand with the United States ready under the supreme NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Or- ganization) commander to face whatever aggression may fall upon us." The Atlantic treaty, he declar- ed, "is the surest guarantee not only of the prevention of of victory, should our hopes be blasted." The 77-year-old British leader, because of bad weather, canceled plans to fly bact to Washington this morning. Instead, he planned to leave by train, arriving in the capital .about noon tomorrow. He is tentatively scheduled to sail for Britian aboard the Queen Mary on Jan. 23. His departure will follow 19 days of reviewing urgent problems with .President Truman, Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent and other top American and Canadian Quads Born In Arkansas NASHVILLE, Ark. sur- prised, 38-year-old farm wife who was expecting twins gave birth to quadruplets last night. The babies, three boys and a girl, were born to Mrs. Haggai Ponder, the mother of eight other children, at her small farm house ZVt miles north of Murfreesboro, Ark., 20 miles from Nashville. The first child arrived at The others followed at and Dr. M. D. Duncan, who was with Mrs. Ponder at the time, said the mother was doing nicely. He said he was just as surprised as the mother. He also was looking for twins. Mrs. Ponder didn't have much to say when she came out from under the anesthetic. It was a dif- ferent story for her husband, Leon- ard Ponder, 41. Accompanied by three women neighbors, Ponder drove to a Nash- ville hospital with the babies. Pon- der reported to the night nurse on duty with these words: "I've got four little babies and they're all mine." The infants were placed in incu- bators. They have not been weigh- ed. A hospital attendant said they were doing well. on already sodden lowlands and sent towering' waves smashing against sea walls. A Southern Pacific spokesman, Carl Olson, said from 25 to 30 per- sons on the snowbound train need immediate medical attention. Two doctors are with the rescue party. Not Without Food However, the group is not with- out food. A weasel from a utilities company maintenance crew and a group of skiers reached the stream- liner from Soda Springs, some 14 miles away. The weasel carried 400 pounds of food, blankets and medi- cal supplies. Olson said it was snowing with winds from 25 to 50 miles at the train site. An Air Force doctor, who refused to be named, said many litter cases were on the suf- fering from shock caused by ex- posure. There were reports wood from the baggage car was being burned. Hundreds of and residents were marooned. Exactly how many was anybody's guess. Communications disrupted in many places. Some communities were cut off. Avalanches roared into canyons, killing at least three persons. In Millions' The storm's toll in life and property damage not be reckoned because of poor commu- nications. Damage was expected to run into the but cas- ualties appeared at a minimum. A rancher was missing and fear- ed lost. A parson whose car was stalled in a snowdrift died of ex- ertion after making his way up a steep grade on foot. The Red Cross reported about 120 motorists were stranded by a blizzard on Highway 395 northwest of Reno. They found shelter at Stead Air Force Base, now being reactivated. Only a few airmen were there and food was reported low. A Greyhound bus took 42 of the motorists to Reno. Thirty passengers of a Grey- hound bus, stranded since Friday at Lake Audrain near Echo Sum- mit on U.S. Highway 50, were re- ported evacuating cabins in which they had taken shelter. Continu- ing drifts threatened to bury the cabins. Only one eastbound Southern Pa- cific train was scheduled today. The City of San Francisco was to leave on a southern route and then proceed northeastward after crossing the mountains. The east- bound Overland and Gold Coast runs were canceled. The California division of high- ways reported it temporarily had given up trying to clear transcon- tinental Highways U. S. 40 and 50 over the Sierra except for rescue operations. Strong winds piled deep drifts behind the snowplqws. The Army convoy, from Sixth Army headquarters in San Fran- cisco's presidio was loaded aboard flat cars in a relief train at Col- fax. The train included a diner, coaches and a rotary plow. Mental Exam Ordered in Baby Kidnaping MANKATO, Minn. Judge Milton Mason today author- ized a psychiatric examination for Mrs. Leonard Scheid, 34, New Ulm, held here on a kidnap charge. Mis. Scheid waived a preliminary examination and pleaded innocent when she was arraigned. She spoke only the two words: "Not guilty" after answering to her name. She appeared composed. Who Ate General's Candy Busted to Private TOKYO Lsnwood E. Smith, Purple Heart veteran of Korea whose sweet tooth cost him his corporal's stripes, good conduct.. ribbon and honor guard post at Gen. Eidgway's headquarters, has a bride to console him. But not for long. Smith said the Army first denied and then granted him permission to marry Jean Marck of Baltimore, a clerk in its special services division. They were wed Friday in a civil rite at the U.S. consu- late and a religious ceremony the next day. Smith, of Fredericksbnrg, Va., said, he expected to be sent to the United States in a day or two for reassignment. Jean has to stick to her job until August, or reimburse the Army for her fare to Tokyo and pay her own way home. '.'That's 223 she sighed. Smith's troubles began Jan. 3 when he dipped into a candy box in the supreme Allied com- mander's outer office. He said he sampled four honey nougats and one mint and took a few more pieces for his pals. The Army investigated. Smith owned up, be said, to save -the whole honor guard company from   

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