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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1952, Winona, Minnesota                              Snow Tonight; Wednesday Cloudy And Colder VOLUME 52, NO. 2 FIVE CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY Winona High vs. Cotter Tonight 8 p. m. EIGHTEEN PAGES 33 Seamen Cling To Half A Ship West Germany's Way Paved Into NATO LONDON foreign ministers of the three Western powers and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer of Western Germany said today they have removed obstacles to Germany's entrance into the Euro- pean community. United States Secretary of State Dean Acheson, British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden" and French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman listed in a communique seven points which they said assured a successful conclusion of talks now going on in Bonn and Paris. The three ministers and Adenauer have been engaged in con- ferences here since Saturday in an effort to smooth out German- French relations, open the way for creation of a European Army in which German and French armed forces would be unified, and pave the way for a "peace contract" between Western Germany and the occupation powers. _______________ Blizzard Whips Area Roads Visibility Only Few at Times Winter unleashed its fury on Winona and surrounding area today as more than four inches of snow fell in a blinding blizzard. Traffic was slowed in some instances. Meetings have been postponed, schools closed, and one accident reported as a result of the storm. Visibility this morning was zero on most ridge roads in the Winona area. Plows of the state highway department kept main thorough- but motorists found it difficult to' see more than a few! yards ahead. I Strong winds whipped the fresh-1 ly fallen snow into huge drifts, blocking many country roads, and making walking in town difficult. District court was unable to con- vene here this morning because four jurors could not reach Winona. Some witnesses scheduled to ap- pear had the same trouble. Blinding snows on Lewiston Hill on Highway 14 were responsible for the collision of a passenger car with a state highway depart- ment motor grader at a.m. to- day, Sheriff George Fort said, John B. Kaufhold, 721 W. King St., told the sheriff he driv- ing to'ward Winona when his auto- mobile crashed into the motor grader. His vision was obscured by wind-whipped snow, he said. sam ue uau uecu ule au. Damage was estimated at to sence a witten signature was Kaufhold was not injured. an oversight and that a pr0perly Driver of the motor grader was j si d letter was being sent fr-om not identified. It was a rather "freak" storm in one sense: There was lightning and thunder at 1 p. m. as the blind- ing blizzard, growing in intensity, enveloped the entire area. Station KWNO and KWNO-FM Gen. MacArthur Asks Holm to Withdraw Name ST. PAUL A request from Gen. Douglas MacArthur that his name be withdrawn as a candi- date for the Republican nomina- tion for President in the Minnesota presidential primary was received by Secretary of State Mike Holm today. The short letter bore only a type- written signature, however. Holm said he had been advised the ab- went off the air immediately after the lightning strike. It was not immediately known what the cause of the failure was. A 220-volt line supplying the trans- mitter washout and until that can be repaired, it will be impossible to determine whether any other damage resulted. The sudden change in weather brought an end to 18 balmy days that found previously accumulated snow drifts shrinking rapidly. More Snow Tonight And the weatherman said Wis- consin and Minnesota residents can expect more snow tonight, although the storm will diminish into flur- ries by Wednesday morning, he added. With the snow came colder tem- peratures. the mercury rang- ing around 20 most of the morning after reaching a high of 37 Monday here. At La Crosse six inches of new snow had fallen by 11 a.m. today. Winona's total snowfall this winter has now increased to inches. The last snow recorded here was Feb. 8 when two inches fell. The cold and blustery front was moving eastward today, according to A. D. Sanial, La Crosse weather forecaster, into the Chicago and Great Lakes areas. He added that a frigid wave hit- ting Montana today is not expected here. Temperatures, he predicts, will remain close to 20 degrees, with a high of 28 Wednesday. Meeting Postponed A Highway 61 Association dinner and meeting scheduled for tonight at Winona was postponed one week because of the bad weather. At Trempealeau, Wis., an FHA demonstration program at the high school, scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed until March 7 at 1 p.m. Just as streets were being freed of ice and snow, the new onslaught occurred. As a result City Street Commissioner Tom Gile announc- ed that snow would be remov- ed after 11 p.m. today and warn- ed motorists not to park in the business district after that dead- line. It started snowing here about 10 p.m. Monday and continued during the night, 'with two inches on the ground by a.m. Another two had fallen by noon. Bus and train service continued uninterrupted here today despite the storm. Bus drivers reported "terrible, however, and were about 15 minutes behind schedule. MacArthur's New York office. The second letter would set the stage for a test of the validity of the withdrawal section of the Min- nesota law. This requires anyone who wishes to withdraw to make an affidavit saying he is not a candidate and would not accept if nominated. The MacArthur letter received by Holm today does not do this. This is the text: "It is reported that my name has been entered in the Republi- can presidential primary in the state of Minnesota. This was done without consultation with me and without my approval. I request, therefore, that my name be with- drawn mary.' from the Minnesota pri- Man Throws Bomb At U. S. Embassyf Leaps to Death SANTIAGO, Chile Eston- ian artist leaped to death from the seventh floor of the U. S. embassy after throwing two home-made bombs to "blow the whole place up" because he was repeatedly re- fused a visa to visit wife in Florida. The exploding bombs only burn- ed a rug and a sofa. Consular officials said the Eston- ian, 43-year-old Richard D. Pallas, returned to the embassy yesterday afternoon with the bombs after a visa to enter the United States was again denied during the morn- ing. An embassy spokesman said the visa was refused Pallas because consular officials thought he had been deported from the United States." His wife, Irene Teresa Pallas, is a U. S. citizen who lives in Miami, Fla. An embassy spokesman said Pallas was one of a group of Estonians who entered the U. S in 1945. He had lived in Chile for eight months. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and to- night, diminishing to flurries by Wednesday morning; snow accumu- lating an additional two inches. Wednesday mostly cloudy and a little colder. Low tonight 20, high Wednesday 28. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 37; minimum, 20; noon, 21; precipitation, 4 inches snow; sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at Committee Asks 6-Point Federal Reform Program Sickening Conduct Of Government Officials Flayed WASHINGTON Lfl Urged by former President Herbert Hoover to help wipe out the "humiliation" of government scandals, the Citi- zens Committee for the Hoover Re- port today launched a lobbying ef- fort in behalf of six major federal reform proposals. Heading the list of projects it will push is a Senate-approved bill to remove many jobs from political patronage, provide for advancing able workers in government careers, and facilitate the removal of incompetents. Hoover told the National Reor- ganization Conference last night that the "sickening conduct" of some officials recently exposed is Giri, 13, Saves Baby in St. Paul ST PAUL A 13-year-old St. Paul girl was credited with saving her 16-month-old baby brother from fire that made a family of 11 homeless yester- day. Jacqueline Huseman seized her brother David from his flaming crib and herded two other Huseman children, Jim- my, 5, and Gail, 3, to safety. The five other Huseman chil- dren were in school. Mrs. Clarence Huseman, the mother is in the hospital. The father was at work. The fire gutted the family's home. De- fective wiring apparently caus- ed the blaze. NATO Vetoes Drop in West Detense Goals LISBON, Portugal Military chiefs of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) refused to- day to approve sharp reductions in 1954 goals for the international de- an indictment of the government's fense force the West is raising, method of choosing and managing I The cuts were recommended by its million emoloves NATO's Temporary Council Cora- its 2V2 million employes. (TCC) under U. S. mutual Sickening Conduct security administrator W. Averell "No one can ignore the flood of j Harriman. Its job was to recom- exposures of less than sacred mend how much force could be honor or real patriotism by em- j supported by Europe's hard-up ployes in many agencies of the gov- economies. NATO informants said the com- (mittee urged a 15 per cent cut in and land force goals and up to 20 per cent reduction in Air Force plans. Generally accepted estimates of Airview Of The Tanker Pendleton as it rests on a sandbar off Chatham, Mass. The ship cracked in half in a northeast storm Monday. Thirty-two survivors were taken off it by the Coast Guard. Note rope ladder over which res- cue was made. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republi- can-Herald.) These exposures one thing: that ernment during these recent the ex-President told 500 civic and business leaders government officials. "Daily, Congress and grand juries are turning up sickening conduct of federal civil officials, can mean only our method of selection and organization of, fed- eral employes is badly at fault somewhere. "Surely the nation has a right to a better system of choice and management of its employes than one which has produced these months of humiliation." Hoover was head of the Congress- created, 12-member, bi-partisan commission which in 1948 pro duced recommendations -for streamlining virtually the entire executive branch of the govern- ment. Yesterday's strategy meeting was told that about 55 per cent of the recommendations_ have be- come law in the last three years; that the resultant savings can be estimated at around two billion dollars annually, and that adoption of the remaining Hoover propo- sals Can save about another 3Vi billion. Changes Listed The other proposals which the conference decided to include in its "big six" legislative targets for the 1952 session are: 1. A unified medical administra- tion, combining the 34 agencies which provide medical services, in- cluding the armed forces, Veterans Administration and public health service. 2. A reorganized Agriculture De- partment. The committee reported the department now spends S32 for every SI it spent two decades ago. 3. A reshaped Veterans Adminis- tration. Pending legislation would consolidate all veterans' insurance programs in a single corporation, tighten the standards and supervi- sion of all GI training programs, merge pensions and other benefit payment systems into a single service within the VA, and give to the Interior Department the re- (Continued on Page 5, Column 1) COMMITTEE V NAVAL HEAD-Admiral Lynde D. McCormlck is the sea-going counterpart of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, as Com- mander of the Supreme Allied ommand for the Atlantic, what the military men are demand- ing by 1954 include a land force of 100 divisions. NATO sources said the final de- cisions between military requests and economic resources now will have to be made by the NATO council of foreign, defense and fi- nance ministers, which begins meeting Wednesday. A NATO source said France led resistance to the military desire to stick to its goals. Taft Optimistic Over Outlook in Western States WASHINGTON UB-Sen. Taft of Ohio said today his political tour of the West has convinced him he has "a bubstantial majority of pop- ular support among Republicans" there. Back from a five-state speaking trip in behalf of his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, Taft told reporters he thinks he will get "the predominant majority" of convention delegates from Wash- ington, Utah, Wyoming and Colo- rado. "This Western trip has con- firmed my most optimistic hopes" the Ohio senator said. "The Eis- enhower people are putting on a fight everywhere but I feel we are still far in the lead." Taft said he will repudiate any efforts to enter him in the May 16 Oregon primary because he doesn't have time to campaign in the state. A candidate's name can be en- tered in Oregon without his con- sent. Jack Travis, Hood River publisher friend of Sen. Morse (R- Ore) has started circulation of Taft petitions. Morse is supporting Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for the nomination Taft seeks. Eisenhower's followers, headed by Morse and Gov. Douglas Mc- Kay, have predicted the general will win Oregon's preferential pri- mary popularity test and also will get all of the state's 18 conven- tion delegates. Taft said he thinks he will get almost all of the 24 Washington del- egates, to be chosen in convention, probably in May. Iowa School Head Car Crash Victim ARMSTRONG, la. Daw- son, 41, principal of the Armstrong Junior High Schools was killed in an automobile accident near here last night. Geraldine Billings, Armstrong teacher and driver of the car, suf- fered shock and bruises. May Ton- derum, another teacher, escaped injury. The car left the highway on an icy spot four miles east of here and overturned several times. The three were returning from a basketball game at Swea City, la. All three were .thrown from the car. Dawson died of a broken neck and fractured skull. N.Y. Fugitive Who Eluded Police 5 Years Captured Willie Sutton f U.S. Preparing To Test 'Bargain Atomic Bombs WASHINGTON (.fl-The United States may be planning to test "bargain" is, A- bombs packing full-scale power but with lesser amounts of precious atomic explosive. This is an unofficial view, be- cause both the Atomic Energy Com- mission and the Defense Depart- ment, in .announcing yesterday a new series of atomic tests will be held at Eniwetok, offered no clue as to their nature. Not even the date of the start of the tests was announced. The unofficial view goes this way: The United States, at its Nevada proving grounds last fall, success- fully tested a series of weapons generally presumed to be relative- ly small atomic bombs, perhaps designed for tactical uses in sup- port of troops rather than for long range bombing of enemy industrial targets. And, from lessons learned in the development of such smaller-type bombs, America's atomic weap- oneers may well have devised pos- sible means for getting greater ex- plosive efficiency out of the city- blasting types. In other words, the bomb mak- ers may have found theoretical ways of using less explosive and yet getting as much explosive wham as was produced by the full-scale models previously tested at Eni- wetok. If so, they may now be planning to put these theories to a test. Queen Greets Acheson, Schuman and Adenauer LONDON W) Queen Elizabeth n will receive U. S. Secretary of State Dean Aeheson in audience at Clarence House this afternoon. 'She also will give separate aud- iences to French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman and West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. Willie Sutton Found Living in a Week Room NEW YORK Willie (The Actor) Sutton emerged today from the role of an obscure miser with a room, and was called before a judge as the na- tion's most-sought bank robber. Two alert young policemen rec- ognized Sutton on a Brooklyn street yesterday to end a vast five-year manhunt launched when he made the second prison break of his car- eer. Police were taking special pre- cautions today as Sutton, 51, was to plead before Queens County Judge William B. Groat on an in- dictment accusing him of a bank holdup here in March, 1950. Sutton, whose exploits and dis- guises have become criminal leg- end, also has been mentioned by police in many other recent big the IVfe million dol- lar robbery of Brink's, Inc., Boston armored car service, in 1950. Denies Brink's Job Asked about the Brink's job yes- terday, Sutton affected a toothy, theatrical smile and told newsmen: "I don't know anything about it. I'll probably be blamed for any- thing unsolved in the books." Police Commissioner George P. Monaghan called Sutton "the Babe Ruth of bank robbers" and "the world's number one criminal." Sutton was listed by the FBI as one of the nation's 10 most-wanted men. But he went along with police meekly yesterday although he was armed. Monaghan said the arrest "ends the greatest manhunt in history." Then he gave immediate promo- tions to the two young patrolmen who made the arrest, Joseph J, McClellan, 28, and Donald Shea, 26. He also promoted Detective Louis Weiner who aided them. Sutton was spotted tinkering at his automobile battery because he did not want to pay a garage me- chanic to do the job for him. But police found in cash in I his pocket and another in his room. The room, just a few blocks from Brooklyn police headquarters, was small and with a minimum of fur- nishings. Sutton lived there as "John Mahoney" and was describ- ed as "quiet and clean" by his 70- year-old landlady, Mrs. Inez Mar- san. In Brooklyn 18 months Asked how he eluded capture during the 18 months he lived in Brooklyn, Sutton told newsmen he kept away from uniformed police, never ate twice in the same restau- rant, avoided old friends and "ducked women" who "can also get you. in trouble." He said he worked on Staten Is- land here for several years after his escape, then went to Brooklyn because he was born there and knows it "better than any part of the country." Sutton earned his .name of "The well as "Slick from the disguises he used in his bank jobs. He has pulled robberies dressed as a Western Union mes- senger, mail carrier, private chauf- feur and even as a policeman. His police record goes back 31 years. But his first big job did not come off until October, 1930, when he and his confederates pull- ed a jewel robbery here. Allies Destroy 4 Locomotives, One Red Jet SEOUL, Korea Allied pilots reported they destroyed four loco- motives and one Red jet plane to- day as the Korean air war showed signs of growing hotter. In a morning fight, 27 Ameri- can Sabre jets clashed with ele- ments of a flight of 100 MIG-lSs. The battle raged seven to eight miles above northwest Korea. Lt. John C. Friend of San An- tonio, Tex., reported he knocked down one MIG. Allied losses are announced weekly. F-80 Shooting Star pilots, sweep- ing down the main Communist supply route from the Yalu River city of Manpojin, reported they de- stroyed at least four locomotives. They said they probably got an- other. Communist flak, night fighters and searchlights tried unsuccess- fully Monday night to break up an attack by five B-29 Superforts on the Sinanju rail bridge in north- west Korea. One Red night fighter made a pass at one of the B-29s. Far East Air Forces said all Superforts re- turned safely. On the ground three Allied raid- ing parties and one counterattack- ing U. N. force ran into stiff op- position Monday. Tanks supported two of the raiding parties. Red attacks dropped down to three probes, each by about 40 men, along the entire 150 mile front. Allied tankers, riflemen, artil- lery and mortars killed or wound- ed an estimated 129 Communists in a two hour fight around Silver Star Hill south of Pyonggang, apex of the old Red Iron Triangle on the central front. A U.S. Eighth Army briefing of- ficer said the Reds suffered casualties in seven days of ground action ending last Thursday. Allied troops fought eight hours Monday on the central front before regaining a hill east of the Pukhan River on the central front. Big Stone City, S. D. Hit by Fire BIG STONE CITY, S. D. A 40-mile wind Monday night fan- ned a roaring fire which raz- ed three business places here in less than one hour. Firemen from Ortonville, Minn., and Milbank, S. D., aided the Big Stone City department in keeping the flames from spreading farth- er. Loss was set unofficially at about Destroyed were the two-story Lauster Brother Grocery the news- paper offices and the pool ball and tavern operated by William Red- des. Occupants of apartments above the firms escaped safely but lost all belongings. Firemen said an overheated stove in the Reddes dwelling above the pool hall started the blaze. Men Reported Safe In Frigid Aflanf ic Battle 32 Others Saved In Daring Rescue From Howling Storm CHATHAM, Mass, three seamen were reported safe today on one of three sections of two broken tankers drifting on wild courses off Cape Cod. Seven are known to be dead and 13 are still unaccounted for. The 33 seamen were spotted aboard the stern section of the tanker Fort Mercer with the first crack of dawn by the military transport boat Short Splice. Thirty-two seamen were rescued from the fourth section by the light of flares in a daring, split-second operation carried out in the face of a screaming northwest storm off perilous Chatham Bar. A moment after the rescue, that section of the split tanker was smashed against Chatham Bar by breakers 25 or 30 feet high. The two Pendleton and the Fort broke up at almost the same time yesterday in the winter's worst storm off this little fishing port. Swallowed by Angry Five, and possibly six, men per- ished early today when they leap- ed from the tossing bow of Fort Mercer and missed the bounc- ing life rafts put out by the Coast Guard Cutter Yakutat. One man was lost while heroic Coast Guards were taking the 32 seamen from the stern of the Pen- dleton. Still another, although clad in lifejacket, was swallowed up by tha angry seas when he leaped from the Pendleton's bow in an attempt to reach a nearby Coast Guard motor lifeboat Positive identification of the lost men could not be determined im- mediately. Some 38 men are believed aboard the two sections of the Fort Mercer but their fate is not defi- nite. Its stern was last reported 48 miles off Chatham, separated from its bow by at least 12 miles. The Pendleton's bow, with possi- bly eight men aboard, was last re- ported about a mile due west of the Pollock Kip lightship in Nan- tucket sound. Ship Breaks in Half One of the survivors of the Pen- dleton, Douglas B. Potts, 31, of Pasadena, Tex., said the ship "broke in half all of a sudden a.m." "I looked out and saw the bow of the boat floating to he said. Ray Sybert of Norfolk, Va., the Pendleton's chief engineer, said the noise of the vessel breaking up sounded "like the roar of thunder." Sybert had great praise for the Coast Guard rescue crew. "Their work was nothing short of he said. The rescue crew braved buffet- ing seas to make repeated passes at the Pendleton's stern as a plane dropped flares to light the scene. Each time the lifeboat passed, one man leaped off the derelict stern. Sections Riding High All three sections of the two tankers were reported riding high. The stern of the Fort Mercer was reported by the Coast Guard as in j better condition than the other two severed sections. Its lights glowed and its steam was up. The Pendleton cracked so swift- ly she didn't have time to send out a distress signal. The Fort Mercer had radioed that her plates were cracking and that she was down by the stern. Both the Fort Mercer and the Pendleton weighed tons and carried oil. The former was headed for Boston and the latter was bound from Wilmington, DeL, to Portland, Me. Board Clears John Vincent WASHINGTON Career Dip- lomat John Carter Vincent was reported today to have been given a clean bill of health by the State Department's Loyalty and Security Board. He will shortly return to his assignment as U. S. diplomatic agent at Tangier. Vincent returned here late last year, demanding a public hearing on a long series of accusations made against him by Senator Mc- Carthy Last month he tes- tified before a Senate subcommit- tee and denied that he is a Com- munist, or has been a Communist, or has Communist leanings. In his attacks, McCarthy has made much of the fact that Vin- cent was chief of the State partment's Far Eastern division during the time when U. S. policy called for a merger of the Chinese Communists and Nationalists into, a coalition government.   

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