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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1952, Winona, Minnesota                              Snow Tonight And Tuesday, Colder Tuesday VOLUME 52, NO. 1 FIVE CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 18, 1952 Write, or Visit Us to Place Your Want Ad SIXTEEN PAGES Water Resources Report Released Grade Fields Wed To Capri Radioman ISLE OF CAPRI Bt Gracie Fields, vivacious British veteran of stage and screen, and Boris Alper- ovici, who won her heart as a radio repairman, were quietly married today in St. Stephen's Cathedral. For Gracie, who is 54, it was the third marriage. Alperovici, who was born in Romanian Bes- sarabia, is 48. It was his first marriage. The wedding was celebrated at p.m., shortly after the cou- ple's return from Rome earlier to- day. The marriage took place in front of the -high altar of Capri's St. Stephen's Catholic Cathedral Its pastor, the Rev. Luigi Lem- bo performed the ceremony. Gracie and Boris said "yes" at Two minutes later they exchanged rings. The church was thronged with people of Capri who had met the couple at the dock an hour and a half earlier and accompanied them to the church. But because of the unexpected- ness of their arrival there were no flowers on the altar. They had gone to Rome Thurs- day night amidst rumors of a rift in their romance. Gracie was indignant that report- ers and photographers were wait- ing for her at the station. "I won't say she said angrily, holding a black scarf over her face as photographers flashed for pictures. The next day she gaily report- ed "everything is perfect" and ex- 1 plained she came to Rome "to do a little shopping." I Sunday night Gracie and her 200- pound fiance slipped out of Rome for Naples. Because the seas were rough, they caught the Capri-bound boat at Sorrento. Gracie was dressed in her fav- orite Boris wore a gray suit. The two witnesses at the cere- mony were Edwin Cerio, elderly writer friend of the couple, and Aldo Aprea of Capri, another friend. An earlier call to Cerio and Aprea telling them that they were arriving had spread like wild fire through the island. Reds Want Russia On Inspection Team MUNSAN. Korea Communists today challenged Allied rejection of Russia's nomination to a neutral inspection commission which would help police a Korean truce. The Reds declared that by every standard the Soviet Union qualifies as a neutral. Minutes earlier the Communists called off a full dress meeting of truce as Allied delegates prepared to leave for Panmunjom. to learn whether the Reds had accepted U.N. terms for a Korean peace conference. There was no explanation. TODAY St W Spott range eapons ed By JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP WASHINGTON What is non- sense and what is worth reporting? Are facts to be taken seriously if they are undoubted as facts, and have already caused a considerable stir among the government's intel- ligence chiefs and technical ex- perts? Or are 'they to be laughed off, because they may mean noth- ing, and quite probably do not mean as much as their sheer mys- tery suggests? All these questions are raised by facts that follow: On Jan. 29, one of our B-29 bom- bers performing a solitary mission But I the Communists asked for another plenary session at 10 a.m. Tues- day. Red staff officers demanded that the U.N. command explain its ob- jection to Russia's nomination. The neutral nation commission would make behind-the-lines inspections during an armistice. Red Argument The Communists argued that So. viet combat forces have not fought j in Korea and that if Russia cannot be considered a neutral "there would be no neutral nation at all existing in the world." An Allied staff officer replied only: "I note your statement." Soviet experts trained the North Korean army before the outbreak of war and the Reds are using Russian-type planes and other war materiel. Saturday an official U.N. spokes- man, Brig. Gen. William P. Nuck- ols, said both sides agreed that each must approve all nations nominated to the neutral commis- sion and there is nothing to com- pel the U. N. to say why it op- poses Russia. in Korea, was flying at somewhat He addedi however, that this did more than feet above mean Allies wouid refuse town of Wonsan. The bomber's speed was slightly under 200 miles per hour. The time was shortly before midnight. Simultaneously, two members of the B-29's crew, the lonely rear gunner in the tail and the fire control man in the waist, saw the same peculiar ob- ject. Report Checked to give their reason or reasons. U. N. Nominees The U.N. has nominated Switzer- land, Norway and Sweden as its representatives on the inspection commission. The Reds named Pol- and and Czechoslovakia in addition to Russia. Vice'Adm. C. Turner Joy Sun- It was round, and both accepted a revised Commu- it was disc-shaped. It was proposal for a post-armistice orange in color, and around its Peace conference subject to three circumference it seemed to have a conditions: series of small bluish flames, sub- sequently described as being like the flames of a gas stove. Judging its distance and size was natural- ly difficult, but both airmen thought it close to their B-29, and only about three feef in diameter. To both of them, it seemed to fly with a revolving motion. For a full five minutes, this object moved parallel to the plane or at least the two airmen thought it then it disappeared. When the B-29 completed its mis- sion, the two airmen reported what they had seen to their squadron intelligence officer. Both men had experience in combat in World War II as well as in Korea, and both were' considered steady, sensible fellows. Hence the intelligence of- ficer, who might otherwise have been inclined to ignore their tale, rather gingerly transmitted a routine report to headquarters. At headquarters, the report might also ignored, as the product of fancy, if another, almost closely similar report had not been almost simultaneously re- ceived. This second report, which came from an entirely" different B-29 squadron, also concerned the observation of a fire control man and waist gunner in a B-29 on a mission on the night of Jan. 29. Spotted by Second Plane This second B-29 had been fly- ing, again at about feet, over the town of Sunchon, which is con- siderable distance from Wonsan. (Continued on Page 5, Column 5) ALSOPS J (1) That a discussion of withdrawing foreign troops from Korea include all non- Korean troops, Chinese as well as U. N. command forces. (2) That peaceful settlement of the Korean question be restricted to Korean problems and not embrace sweeping Asiatic issues. (3) That final recommenda- tions be forwarded to the U. N. General Assembly and to the Republic' of Korea, which is not a member of the U. N. Red acceptance of the U. N. stipulations would virtually clear the way for approval of the final item on the truce talks agenda- recommendations to governments concerned. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Cloudy with snow tonight and Tuesday, becoming colder Tuesday night. Low tonight 25, high Tuesday aft- ernoon 28. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 41; minimum, 18; noon, 35; precipitation, none. Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 38; minimum, 19; noon, 35; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at Additional weathejyjn Page 13. f Committee Backs Hoover Reform Plan Legion Head Criticizes Proposal For Changing VA WASHINGTON (B-The Citizens Committee for the Hoover Report assembled today to mobilize .a -last-ditch effort at further gov eminent reforms before going out of business May 31. Among the committee's ma jor targets are the government's two billion dollar a year medical services, the Herbert Hoover massive Veterans Administration and the sprawling Department of Agriculture. President Truman sent a mess- age of welcome. He voiced hope that the committee would push ahead for "greater economy, effi- ciency, and effectiveness in gov- ernment operations." The privately-supported com- mittee is headed by Dr. Robert L. Johnson, president of Temple Uni- versity, Philadelphia. Former President Herbert Hoover will ad- dress tonight's final session of the one-day meeting. He headed the bi-partisan commission which draft- ed the reorganization plans for the entire executive branch of the gov- ernment and submitted them to Congress three years ago. Soon to Disband Johnson announced yesterday that the Citizens Committee, form- ed to lobby the Hoover recom- mendations into law, 'win disband this spring to "avoid becoming in- volved in politics" during the elec- tion campaigns. .About 55 per cent of the Hoover recommendations now are in force, he said, and are responsible for perhaps two' billion dollars annual- ly in savings. Enactment of the remaining, and more controver- sial, proposals, could increase the savings total to he estimated, adding: "We will drive hard for comple- tion of the program in the coming months." The national commander of the American Legion, Donald R. Wil- son, declared Sunday that the report is supporting "fantastic" and "outlandish" proposals for overhauling the Veterans Adminis- tration. Wilson challenged Dr. Johnson to show by specific figures that the committee's proposals would re- sult in better services to veterans at a lower cost. The committee has said waste and inefficiency in the Veterans Administration could be corrected by an overhaul of insurance pro- grams, administration of GI edu- cational benefits and the VA medi- cal program. Wilson said the American Legion is "constantly engaged in a close appraisal of the needs of the American veteran and of the im- provements which can be made to meet those needs." French Assembly Votes Germany in U.N. Western Army PARIS The French govern- ment has won from the National Assembly conditional approval of a European army with Germans in it. To its approval, the lower house tacked a stipulation that no Ger- man troops are to be recruited un- til after five other nations have ratified the Army treaty. This means that mobilizing Germans for unified Western defense will likely be delayed at least until early sum- mer as ratification is slow. Premier Edgar Faure scraped through with a 327 to 276 vote in a heated and -confused 13-hour ses- sion that finally broke up in the early hours Sunday morning. B Youth Saves La Crosse Girl From Drowning LA CROSSE, Wis. ert Woodruff, 26, plunged into the icy Black River Saturday and pulled eight-year-old Don- na Larson to safety. Donna and another girl had fallen through the thin ice. Her companion, was unidenti- fied, climbed out of the water but was unable to rescue Don- na. L I Merlin Hitts, 35, of Fort Atkinson, Wis., lies on the ice Sunday after he was thrown from the light plane, right, after it crashed on the ice of Lake Geneva near the shore. Bystanders work to remove the pilot, Percy Leonard Jr., 33, of Lake Geneva, who was killed in the accident. Hitts was taken to Lakeland Hospital in Elkhorn, where physicians said his condition is fair. (A.P. Wire- photo to The Republican-Herald.) Boyko Threatens To Take Own Life MINNEAPOLIS today watched John 'Boyko, charged with the slaying of his wife, closely today, following his threat to kill himself. The threat was made after he took five anti-sleep tablets contain- ing caffeine and pleaded with police to "get me out of this me any place but here." A doctor said the only effect of the pills was to speed up the prisoner's pulse. The 22-year-old Boyko was placed in a jail cell early yesterday morning after being returned from Del Rio, 'Tex. He was captured near that town by border patrol- Successful Lisbon Parley May Permit Ike to Come Home By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS What results from a conference beginning this week in Lisbon, Portugal, might affect the outcome of the Republican presidential nominating convention in Chicago next July. Here's the way Jack Bell, As- sociated Press political reporter, .ooks at it: In Lisbon, representatives of the North Atlantic Treaty Organiza- tion (NATO) nations will try to work out a plan for unifying West- ern European defenses. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, head of NATO forces, has said he will accept the GOP nomination for President but will not quit his post to seek' it. Prevailing opinion, even among some of his most ar- dent backers, is that Eisenhower can't win unless he comes home and airs his views on major is- sues. If the Lisbon conference shows signs of progress- toward unifica- tion of Western Europe, then Eis- enhower could relinquish his NATO command. If not, he would have to stay or critics might say he was .eaving his job undone. Eisenhower is not scheduled to attend the Lisbon meetings. In- stead, he has sent his aide and possible successor, Lt. Gen. Alfred "ruenther. Other political developments: 1. In a Washington interview, Sen. Taft of Ohio said he and Gen. Douglas MacArthur see alike on many Far Eastern issues. But he added: "I wouldn't ask Gen. Mac- Arthur to come out for me in any jublic statement." Taft seeks the Republican nomination. 2. Sen. Tobey of New Hampshire said he doubts Taft will get more han one delegate in the New Hampshire primary. Taft backers said the Eisenhower boom there would be destroyed if Taft got four. Tobey is backing Eisenhower. Fallen Power Line Kills Family of 4 DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. A father, a mother aad their son were electrocuted anoth- er yesterday in a futlfeattempt to ;ave a second son sspb. a fallen high-tension electric A third child narrowly escaped the same fate. He stopped just short of the deadly power line af- er seeing the. four, members of his family in the Sunday tragedy. The dead were Tommy Chap- man, his wife Esther and their sons Charles and Bryan. Police said one of the children wandered into a' field where the ugh voltage line bad fallen. As IB leaned over to inspect the siz- zling line, it snapped across his waist and killed him. The others died in succession as hey tried to pull one another away rom the deadly wire. men. The body of Boyko's petite, 18- year-old wife was found shortly af- ter noon last Monday. She had been sho_t in the head. Detective Inspector Charles Wetherille said Boyko continued to maintain that the shooting of his wife was accidental and climax- ed an argument the couple had all evening before she was shot. Boyko told the police officer he had obtained the gun only to fright- en his wife and that it discharg- ed as the two struggled for pos- session of the weapon. He told Wetherille that he was unaware his wife was dead when he left the couple's soutbside Min- neapolis house shortly after the shooting and headed southward. Wetherille said Boyko blamed their argument on family interfer- ence and that the young man had told his wife, just before she was shot, that she would have to choose between him and her par- ents. O'Konski May Run Against McCarthy WASHINGTON Rep. O'Kon- ski (R-Wis) said today he may run against Sen. McCarthy (R- Wis) in the Sept.. 9 primary but his final decision will not be made until after he talks with the voters in his district. He said in a statement that sev- eral score delegations have called upon him during the past year and expressed the wish that he oppose McCarthy, who seeks re-election to a second six-year term. BIG THREE OFFERS PLAN TO GERMANY Adenauer Told Nation Would Share In West's Decisions LONDON Big Three for- eign ministers met with Chancellor Adenauer today to tell him that West Germany so far. can share in Atlantic Pact planning and strategy only as a member of the European army, not as a full member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization The British, French and Ameri- can diplomats joined Adenauer at Britain's foreign office to tell him their answer to the West German Parliament's demand for an equal voice in NATO in exchange for German troops for Western de- fense. Acheson Present Meeting here yesterday, U. S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson, British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and French n___ _ _, Foreign Minister Robert Schuman approved a plan outlining relations j between the six-' nation European Defense Commu- nity (EDO and NATO. Today the Big Three meet here with Adenauer to tell him about the Adenauer plan and get his reactions. Though the peace contract now being negotiated pwmises Ger- many eventual NATO member- ship, the plan approved yester- day would let her participate in NATO decisions for the time be- ing only as a member of the pro- posed EDC, which will be the con- trolling body for the projected six- nation European army. Informed sources at Lisbon, Por- tugal, where the NATO council meets Wednesday, said they be- lieved the plan provides for the whole EDC to have one vote in a joint NATO-EDC policy group. Plan Approved The plan approved by the three foreign ministers was drafted by the NATO council's deputies for consideration at the Lisbon meet- ing. By giving Germany a voice in NATO decisions, they hope to get her troops for the European army. By keeping the voice par- tial, they hope to quiet French fears of a rearmed Germany. Other candidates for the six-na- tion EDC are France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and Lux- embourg. The Big Three were reported nearly, but not quite, agreed on a proposal by the NATO deputies to let the EDC determine how much arms German industry should produce. France fears that the German munitions industry may revive and spark another German aggression; the Germans demand freedom from all occupation eco- nomic controls. Mrs. Dorothy Dillard Martin, above, 27, of Fair Bluff, N. C., said she was carried across the state line to Horry County, S. C., and flogged by a hooded group on the night of Oct. 6. The FBI arrested 10 former Ku Klux Klansmen and charg- ed them with kidnaping and flogging. (A.P. Wirephoto.) Rancher Bill Wellcr tosses another bale of feed (upper right) to a lonely steer (circle, lower left) trapped in a South Dakota badlands canyon near Kadoka. Blinded by snow, the steel fell -into a crevice during a recent blizzard. Weller figures the steer will be freed when spring melts heavy snow barriers now blocking canyon entrances. In years past hundreds of cattle have plunged to their death over the canyon wall during blinding snowstorms. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Army Wife, 22, Slays Husband At El Paso EL PASO, Tex. A pretty young blonde, charged with slaying her Army officer husband, told of- ficers last night she shot him fol- lowing an argument over aid her wealthy parents gave them. Mrs. Richard O. Parsons, 22, said her husband contended her parents had done too much for them "in every way." "I her written state- ment said, "I went to a closet in the bedroom and got my gun. I put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger twice." The slaying of the 24-year-old lieutenant occurred in the couple's apartment Saturday morning. Dist. Atty. William Clayton said he would ask that Mrs. Parsons, charged with murder, be held with- out bond at her examining trial. But Defense Attorney W. H. Fryer said he would file a writ of habeas corpus if bond is not set by to- morrow. The examining trial probably will be held later this week. Mrs. Parsons' statement said she shot her husband after the pair had argued about the amount of aid her wealthy parents have given the couple. From the time she shot him, her statement said, until she surren- dered, she chatted in her living room with a. neighbor, visited a neighbor, went to a nearby gro- cery for a magazine to read, and then phoned her parents in Tulsa. Parsons was found in his bed Saturday night with two .32 caliber pistol bullet wounds in the head. Mrs. Parsons, in her statement, said she shot him about a.m. Saturday. She surrendered to El Paso County pob'ce after her fath- er had arranged legal counsel for her by long distance telephone. It was about p.m., the state- ment said, when she phoned Mrs. A. B. Fleeger, her mother in Tul- sa, and told her she had shot her husband. Her father called back in about 15 minutes, she related, and told her not to call police until he had arranged for an attorney. Lat- er, "Mrs. Parsons and her attor- neys showed up at the sheriff's office here. Snowslides Claim 4 More Austrian Lives VIENNA, AUSTRIA Snow- slides claimed four more victims during the weekend, raising the winter weather death toll in Aus- tria to 37. William A. Ayres Dead in Washington WASHINGTON William A. Ayres, 84, a member of the Fed- eral Trade Commission and a former congressman from Kansas, died last night at his apartment in the Kennedy-Warren Hotel. Announcement of Ayres' death was made today by the FTC. Ayres, a Democrat bad been a member of the commission since 1934 when be was appointed by President Roosevelt. Prior to that appointment, Ayres represented the 8th Kansas district (now the 5th) in the House of Rep- resentatives for eight terms. He served for many years on the House Appropriatiwis Committee. Program Left On Truman's Desk for Year Commission Calls For 15 River Basin Commissions WASHINGTON a year on President Truman's desk, a plan to develop the country's wa- ter resources has been brought out into the open. Calling for 15 river basin com- missions to chart future develop- ment, it is the work of the Presi- dent's Water Resources Policy Commission, headed by Morris L Cooke. Saying be had the consent, Cooke released the com- mission's final report carrying its recommendations yesterday, al- though it was given Mr. Truman a year ago. It does not name the river basins for which commissions would be established. The proposal has been under study in the executive de- partments for months but has not been sent to Congress. Complex Problem Rep. Engle chairman of the House Committee on Irriga- tion and Reclamation, called the plan the "first definite step to try to resolve the very complex prob- lem of a national water resources policy." "Whether we agree with all of it or he told a reporter, "the porposed bill certainly is a good starting place. It should have been started a long time ago." However, a spokesman for local watershed and conservation groups said the commission's program al- ready is a "dead duck." David J. Guy, executive vice president of the American Watershed Council, said Mr. Truman has asked the bureau of the budget to draw up substitute legislation. Seeks Federal Control Guy said the commission propos- als aim for "iron-clad federal con- trol" in that there would be seven federal representatives on each of the proposed nine-member basin commissions, leaving only two to be named as regional represen- tatives. The commission's draft of pro- posed legislation calls for an over- all federal board of review to co- ordinate all federal activities re- lated to water resources. It also proposes numerous changes in ex- isting laws dealing with flood con- trol, reclamation, navigation and other water projects. It would require states or local communities benefitting from flood control projects to reimburse the federal government to the extent of such benefits. It would permit owners of more than 160 acres of land, now barred from participation in fed- eral reclamation projects, to get water for their land by paying their share of the cost of the project plus an additional charge representing interest. Provides for It would permit states or local communities to help repay federal reclamation investments by col- lecting taxes to pay for "second- ary regional benefits." Engle said: "The first inquiry Congress will want to make is whether the crea- tion of these additional agencies will provide for elimination of any existing agencies or any functions of existing agencies. If not, then we would be only pyramiding the bureaucratic edifice and in all probability compounding the con- fusion." The bill, he said, has some "good points." "First, it recognizes basin wide development as superior to the present piecemeal system. Second, it considers and requires payments for secondary benefits, where heretofore water and power useri have paid for all." Experts Trying To Cap Gas Well RENOVO, Pa. work- ed amid explosive gases trying- to cap a huge natural gas well that blew itself out after burning 36 hours. A massive cap, capable of with- standing pressure of pounds, per square inch, was being rushed from New York to get the wellr under control before there is" another explosion. The well, believed to be one of." the largest in the nation, blew out a pound cap Friday like a cork, igniting the gas. It blew the flames Sunday with an earth-' chairing roar just before a Texas expert was to use 100 quarts of, nitroglycerin on it. The drilling is located 10 miles', north of this central community in an- isolated area jaeept to the new Leidy gas, fields.'!   

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