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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 8, 1952, Winona, Minnesota Cloudy, Windy .Colder, Rain Tonight, Wednesday River Stage Today Year Ago 14-Hour 10.96 .21 6.79 .09 VOLUME 52, NO. 44 FIVE CENTS PER COPY W1NONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 8, 1952 TWENTY PAGES eizure in Steel Strike Council Hopes To Pick Mayor Wednesday 13 Winonans on Suggested List For Appointment Winona's new mayor will be se- lected Wednesday the nine aldermen who have the responsi- bility of picking him can agree at one session. It'll be a and if agree- ment on J. Roland Eddie's suc- cessor is reached at that time, ar- rangements will be made then to officially elect the chief executive prior to April 15. That's the day Eddie's resignation is effective. The actual election will require a formal meeting of the Council. Normally the next wouldn't be un- til April 21, so that unanimous agreement to call a special ses- sion will be required. The discussion about the possible j successor was limited Monday least within the Council chambers. Suggestions Submitted Council President William P. Theurer said he had received a number of suggestions as appoint- ees. He read those and asked the Threat of Rain Adds to Flood Peril at Pierre High Water Drops Slightly At Bismarck A Part Of The Huge, 82-mile-long ice jam in the South Saskatchewan River piles up against this bridge at Swift Current, Sask. The pressure of the ice was too much for the bridge which had been built only a year ago at a cost of a million dollars. The tremendous pressure tore three spans from the center of the structure. (AP Wirephoto) other aldermen if they had .any suggestions. The resulting list, compiled by the aldermen in an informal and hurried manner: Ted Mahlke, Harold Doerer, James Jeresek, Cy Smith, Wil- liam Galewski, John Bambe- nek, John Schlaefer, K. A. Mc- Queen, C. Paul Venables, Jo- seph Kricr, Joseph Dettle, Loyde Pfeiffer and William W. Gurney. The list includes two former mayors, Galewsfci and Smith, both of whom were at City Hall Mon- day to transact business ax co-manager of the Mu- nicipal Airport and Smith as a visitor. The list also includes a defeat- ed candidate for mayor, Schlaefer, who lost to Eddie a year ago. Roy Benedict, 521 Washington St., a musician and secretary of the Musicians Local 453, presented a petition with some 800 signa- tures for the appointment of Schlaefer, president of the Winona Trades Labor Council, as' the new mayor. Benedict told the Council that seven years ago, when John Dru- ey, a defeated candidate for may- or, was appointed to the mayor's office on the death of James Rice, "the City Council set a precedent. It should be followed." Service Continues In Phone Strike NEW YORK CIO communications workers are caus- ing few delays to telephone service across the nation, but a union of- ficial says picketing will multiply the jams starting tomorrow. Coupled with a Western Union strike, now in its sixth day, an effective stoppage of telephone service would leave airmail as the nation's chief means of relatively quick long distance communication. A clearing of the clouded communications picture was not an Flood-Bound Man 44 Hours In Farm House BISMARCK, N. D. "The ice was pounding the house so hard I Flood Warnings For Minnesota And Mississippi By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Weather Bureau in Minne- apolis issued flood warnings for the Mississippi and Minnesota Riv- ers today. The Bureau predicted a stage hree feet above flood level at Ait- cin by April 14 and a foot above he flood line between St. Paul and he Hastings dam by the same date. A continued slow rise was fore- cast for the Minnesota, with a tage three feet above the flood ine expected at Montevideo by ipril 15 and four feet above the lood line at Mankato on April 10. A At New Ulm, above Mankato, the He said the signers to the peti-1 Minnesota continued to rise today. tion were secured Sunday and Mon- him and about 10 assistants. "I believe we have a good representation of the he added. Advice from Eddie Benedict recalled that Eddie won over Schlaefer to Third Ward Alderman Howard Baumann, the Council's handy- man on figures, promptly correct- ed him: The vote was to 3- 093. The presentation of this petition was the only official overture for the office of mayor by any of the self-announced and friend-announc- ed candidates for the office. The list, hastily compiled by the The river at Winona registered 10.96 today and A. D. Sanial, fed- eral weather observer at La I Crosse, predicted a 13-foot reading 'or flood stage for the city within 10 days. 9-Year March Low Set in Traffic Deaths immediate prospect. Federal medi- ators were working on both the telephone and telegraph disputes, but their efforts were fruitless. The unique situation that caught the telephone and telegraph serv- ices simultaneously stems from union demands for wage increases, but the strikes are not related. Some members of the CIO Communications Workers of Amer- ica (CWA) went on strike yester- day in the dispute against Bell Telephone systems in four states and the Western Electric Company in 43 states. Nation-wide picketing is scheduled to start tomorrow. Out Since Thursday In the Western Union walkout about members of the AFL Commercial Telegraphers Union have been out since last Thursday. Western Union claims it has re- stored service between 82 key cities. But the CTU says it has "the country sewed up" outside of New York, where an independent union employes. The full impact of the telephone trike was not immediately felt. 'he CIO .strikers posted few pick- ets at telephone exchanges, and in the four states where operators left their jobs supervisory personnel took over. Sixty to 80 per cent of the na- tion's phones are on automatic dial thought Art Zumbaum. He wiped tears from his eyes as he was helped from the helicopter which rescued him from the roof of a flooded farm house yesterday. The 51-year-old farmhand had spent 44 hours flood-bound on a farm, four miles south of Bismarck, before he was lifted from the house by a Coast Guard helicopter. Zumbaum, trapped in th'e house since Saturday night, a PIERRE, S. D. of rain posed an added threat today Lo this capital city of popu- lation, already girding itself against the bank-bursting Missouri River. Rampaging waters of the "Big Muddy" swept upon Pierre with the added volume of runoff from swift melting snowdrifts, cut down by yesterday's 70-degree temper- atures. Rain, pouring onto the still fro- zen ground, would add to the hazard. Red Cross Aids Nils P. Jensen, Pierre Red Cross chairman, said the city was pre- paring for a water level of 22.8, seven feet above flood stage. Weather forecasters predicted it might reach 24, for the worst flood conditions in 71 years, If forecasts hold true, about 20 blocks of Pierre would be under water. Flood waters dropped slightly last night at Bismarck, N. D., but 'large low-lying sections of that city and neighboring Mandan were fall over." said stm "undated Some per- sons were made homeless when systems, so the strike affected chiefly long distance calls and manually operated phones. But a prolonged strike could hurt dial service, too, by curtailing main- tenance. Last night, Henry Mayer, New York attorney for the CIO strikers, ST. PAUL 9-year low for said nation-wide picketing would aldermen, is not complete, for not I motorists. Minnesota traffic deaths for the month of MarcH was set last month when 21 persons were killed in the state. Two of the traffic victims were pedestrians, the other 19 were a single alderman, certainly to be reckoned with in any vote within the Council, mentioned as a candidate. Should an agreement on a new mayor fail, the president would become acting mayor. The State Highway Department reported today that 66 traffic deaths were reported in the first three months this vear, the iowest first-quarter traffic death toll for the state since 1943. Last year 106 persons were killed in traffic acci- Mayor Eddie, attending his final dents in the state during the first Council meeting before "departure lhree months- for Texas, had a word of advice about the selection: "I hope you get somebody to represent the city. He's just front man for you. I don't have any vote, but they put a lot of heat on you, and they expect you to be every place." He indicated that he believcs'the mayor should be able to talk in public. "Sometimes you go to meetings and discover that you're supposed to be the 'he explained. Of those formally mentioned Monday evening, all are business- men except Smith, who became a salesman last week for the Owl Motor Company: Joseph Dettle, a signal maimeMnceman for the Milwaukee Road and former sec- ond ward alderman and alderman- at-large, and Schlacfer. Medal of Honor Awards WASHINGTON Three heroes of the Korea war will get Medals of Honor Friday from President Truman. James E. Wilson, Birmingham. start tomorrow. He did not say why it was not scheduled yesterday or today. To Honor Picket Lines Union officials have said previ- ously that CIO telephone workers and thousands of inde- pendent union members would hon- or the picket lines, which would be manned by the Western Electric installers and salesmen striking ia 43 states. John A. Broderick, president of the United Telephone Organiza- tions, an independent union, said member repairmen and in- stallers would respect the CIO lines in the New York City metro-1 politan area. Western Electric is a telephone company subsidiary. It has plants n all states except Maine, Ver mont, New Hampshire, Rhode Is and, and Montana. These' states are not affected on intra-state hole through the roof piece of railroad rail Monday- morning. He was on top of the roof when spotted from the helicopter. Zumbaum, taken to a Bismarck' hospital for treatment of shock and exposure, said he helped his em- ployer remove eight head of cattle from the farm to higher ground late Saturday. After he returned to the farm on a tractor Saturday night, he found he was trapped by the rising waters from the flooding Missouri River. Although water surrounded the house, there was none on the floors until Sunday afternoon, then it began rising fast. "It came up about an inch a min- Zumbaum said. He quickly :ook a bed and bedding to the attic. Sefore he could get much food ie water was knee-deep over the first floor. Zumbaum then began his 28-hour vigil in the attic. Sleep proved impossible as huge cakes of ice pounded into the side of the house, rocking the entire milding. He placed a kerosene lantern in i window of the attic, hoping to at- ract attention. But no one saw the ight. The floor below him was cov- the Missouri hit its highest crest for 42 years Sunday in Central South Dakota. At Linton, 65 miles southeast of Bismarck, some of the resi- dents were forced from 20 homes last night when Beaver Creek, a Missouri tributary, swept from its banks to cover part of the com- munity with three feet of water. Red River Up Eastern North Dakota also faced a flood threat from the Red River. R. W. Schultz, federal meteorol- ogist, said the stream would hit the 17-foot flood stage at Fargo today, and would crest 34 feet next week- end. The Big Sioux, a Missouri tribu- ;ary, continued its slow drop at Sioux Falls, S. D., after smashing1 down an earthen dike to flood part of that city and drive from their homes over -last weekend. Cosfello Draws 18-Month Term And Fine Truman Weighs Value Of Last-Minute Appeal By STERLING F. GREEN WASHINGTON public appeal by President Truman or top stabilization authorities was weighed today as a possible llth-hour move to head off a nation-wide steel strike tomorrow. Seizure of the mills still was officially called a but disagreement con- tinued as to the legality of a government take-over. There also was a new flurry of reports that stabilization leaders were inclined to permit puncture of the steel price ceiling to ease a settlement. This was denied in official quarters. It was known, however, that price and profit data were being assembled for use, if necessary, in a message or statement intended to focus public pressure on steel negotiators working in New York against the midnight deadline. A government official told a re- porter the figures would support the "reasonableness" of the 17V4- cent hourly wage increase recom- mended by the Wage Stabilization Board. The study, it was added, would show that current steel industry profits would cover the added wage costs "several times over." The implication was plain: The government statement, if made, would put new heat on the steel industry to give ground, rather than on the CIO United Steelwork- ers Union which has accepted the WSB settlement formula. The steel industry has estimat- ed that price increases up to a ton would be needed to cover the added cost of the pay increase With Prospect of heading off a nation-wide strike, Big Steel across the land banked its fires and the creeping paralysis of the vital industry began long before the strike deadline. Above, workmen at Republic Steel at Cleveland, Ohio, tidy up in the casting room as down" process on itk blast furnaces, open hearth, and coke ovens began. Steel Industry Near Shutdown By WILLIAM G. SMOCK PITTSBURGH America's NEW YORK Frank Costello was fined and sen- tenced to 18 months in prison today for refusing to testify before the Senate Crime Investigating Com- mittee. Sentence was pronounced by Fed- eral Judge Sylvester J. Ryan. The sentence would be served in a federal prison. Ala.; 1st Lt. Lloyd L. Burke of service. Stuttgart, Ark., and Cpl. Roldolfo Nevada phone workers have P. Hernandez, whose mother lives in Fowler, Calif. fused to join in the strike as long as negotiations continue. Politics at a Glance B' THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Illinois voters, in primaries, express presidential preference elect Bambenek has been the Catholic convention delegates and nominate candidates for gover- diocese representative on the city's state offices and the U. S. House. Athletic Board: Gurney has beenL Estes of Tennessee, candidate for the Democratic a member of the Board of Fire President, campaigns in Los Angeles, Calif. and Police Commissioners- Krier i Gov- Stassen of Minnesota, candidate for the has been a member of the board nomination as President, speaks in Summit, N. J. Df park commissioners, the second I T5 supporter of Gen. alderman and 'W RePubhcaD Presidential nomination, speais of of CaJifonlia' for the Republican nomi- of Oklahoma candidates for the Democratic nomi- as President, on a recorded radio show. ;red with five feet of water by 9 It would be the first time Costello, m- with a long career as a rackets "I couldn't he said. "I was hungry but I couldn't Sunday afternoon he heard planes overhead but each time he dashed out of the bouse to wave from the front step, the planes would be flying away. Monday afternoon he pounded a hole in the roof with the railroad rail. He climbed through and was standing on the roof when the heli- copter came along. A cable and harness was lowered to him. "I got it on wrong the first Zumbaum said. "I guess I was excited about that airplane. never saw one of those things before." A Civil air patrol amphibious jeep was a scant 100 yards from the house when the helicopter made the risky pickup. great steel industry rushed toward a complete shutdown today. Gov- ernment, industry and labor lead- ers held out scant hope of averting a defense-crippling strike at the stroke of midnight. Mill shutdowns already have idled more than of the CIO United Steelworkers members ordered to strike some boss, has served time behind the bars since 1915, when he spent 10 months in jail for carying a gun. The punishment handed to Cos- tello included four terms of one year each, to run concurrently, and three of six months each, also to run concurrently. The twp sets of sentences are to run consecutively. Costello, convicted last Friday on 10 counts of contempt of the Sen- ate, could have received a maxi- mum of 10 years in prison and in fines. Immediately after the sentencing Costello's attorney, Kenneth M. Spence, announced he would ap- peal. He said he also would ask bail for the big time gambler pend- ing the appeal Costello, asked if he had any- thing to say, replied with a "no comment" Seaway Date Considered In Senate WASHINGTON Wl The Senate Foreign Relations Committee de- cided yesterday to put considera tion of a St. Lawrence Seawa; authorization bill on its agendi Frem Eyes is Art Zumbaum, 51, who was reamed by helicopter after being marooned for 44 hours at a rural Bismarck, farm when the Missouri River.went on a rampage yesterday. To the left of Zumbaum is Gil Gaisler, Red Cross disaster director of Henneptn County, ilinneapolis. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) April 22. A committee aide said, however the seaway measure might not bi taken up until later if work on thi Foreign Aid Bill were not com pleted by that date. The group completed taking o testimony on President Truman's foreign aid program last Friday, but postponed voting on the measure until late next week reportedly because of the desire of several senators to leave town over the Easter weekend. Wisconsin Upholds Legislature's Right MADISON W The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld today the right of the 1951 legislature to pass a law that would defer reapportion- ment of legislative districts until after voters had a chance to ex- press their sentiments. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity Cloudy, windy and colder tonight with oc- casional rain. Wednesday cloudy and colder, some rain in forenoon. Low tonight 40, high Wednesday 45. LOCAL WEATHER I 98 steel-producing companies across the nation. Allied industries, like railroads, also are laying off workers in the expectation of losing business. Already the walkout is on at Lone Star Steel Company in Northeast Texas. Some 900 of the plant's workers quit last midnight, said Lone Star Vice President W. R. Bond. Reject Last- Proposal He said the stoppage 24 hours before the union deadline came after USW representatives rejected an llth hour company proposal for a hourly wage boost retro- active to March 7, plus a raise in six months and a similar hike six months later. Hectic mediation efforts in New York, where union and industry leaders are huddled, have pro- duced some faintly optimistic statements but nothing potent enough "to slow the shutdown process. CIO President Philip Murray, who also heads the United Steel- workers, took time out from the New York sessions to declare over an NBC radio network: "At midnight, the nation's pro- duction" of steel will come to a halt." Murray blamed industry for the deadlock and said steel executives (Continued on U, Column STEEL Ike's Removal Request Believed Already Made PARIS at Gen. Eis- enhower's headquarters here today leemed to think the general has asked to be released from his post s supreme Allied commander in Europe, although no one wanted i be quoted. Officially, there was no com- ment on a report published in the Mew York Times that 'a letter rom Eisenhower, asking for his elease, is en route to Defense secretary Robert A. Lovett in Washington. "If and when any such letter Official observations for the 24 j were sent, any comment on its hours ending at 12 m. today: contents would obviously come Maximum, 65: minimum, 42; jfrom said a SHAPE noon, E5: precipitation, none; relations officer. j sets tonight at sun rises to- I morrow at I Additional weather on Page 17. (In Washington, toe Defense De- partment declined comment on the Times and other benefits proposed by WSB for some steelwork- ers. Stabilization officials insisted that their position on this point u unchanged. Commerce Department Ready to Take Over WASHINGTON h e Com- merce Department today was re- ported ready to operate the strike- threatened steel industry in the event President Truman decides on government seizure. Officials gave this word to reporters today on the heels of public disclosure that the Presi- dent has asked Secretary of Com- merce Sawyer to interrupt a Mid- Western tour and return here im- mediately. These officials said seizure or> ders have been drafted for Tru- man's signature. Hopes in official quarters ap- parently had been all but aban- doned for a settlement in the in- dustry's wage dispute with the CIO Steelworkers Union. However, there apparently had been no definite decision to seize the industry. A spokesman for the Office of Defense Mobilization said Truman- wanted Sawyer back to advise on government policy in the steel cri- sis. The spokesman described; seizure as only one of several "possibilities." Justice Department attorneys and other government lawyers have said privately that they had some doubts about the legality of seizure. Several laws, including the selec- tive service act, give the govern- ment powers to take over and op- erate an industry under certain conditions. The question is whether the conditions in the current steel controversy fill legal require- ments. U.S. Meets Steelmen NEW YORK Federal Wage Chief Nathan P. Feinsinger held an lllh-hour meeting with steel in- dustry representatives today in bis desperate fight to ward off a mid- night strike. Feinsinger, "Wage Stabilization- Board chairman, did not mention' the possibility of further here with officials of the CIO Unit- ed Steelworkers. Since he was rushed here from Washington last Friday, Feinsing- er has not ceased to press for a solution in the wage dispute. Last nigbt he still was expressing cau- tious optimism and told newsmen that his efforts appeared "worth while." But other government sfeel industry spokesmen and un- ion' members had none of this op- timism as the deadline approach- ed for the strike of iteel- workers. Officials of the union and steel's" "big six" companies met here last- week to try to resolve their dif- ferences by using the WSB'i recommendations as a basia for discussion. The talks broke down" Thursday when the union insisted on the WSB car .__.j A_ tumid down increase proposal, and ._ a smaller company offer As of the two sides we- pared to leave New York Actini? Defense Mobilization Director John R. Steelman then sent FcinsinKer here to salvage the and; maintain a contact between the" two sides. c Feinwnger remained in con- rtant telephone touch with SteS. fflflfl
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