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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 20, 1952, Winona, Minnesota                              Light Snow, Colder Tonight; Partly Cloudy Sunday Be a Goodfellow VOLUME 52, NO. 260 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 20, 1952 EIGHTEEN PAOtS Plane With 130 Crashes, 101 Dead Hardly Apparent Here are the results of a fire which caused between and damages to the Houston Feed Produce Co. eleva- tor Friday evening. The elevator portion of the building was completely burned off, and the por- tion of the building remaining is gutted. (Repub- lican-Herald on Page 3) Loss Over In Houston Blaze HOUSTON Minn, Houston Feed Produce Co. elevator was" nearly destroyed in a five-hour fire of undetermined origin here Friday evening. Falling snow which quenched the embers showering over the vicinity, helped prevent the fire from spreading. Three companies fought the blaze. Loss in the fire, partially covered by insurance, was estimated at between and this morning by Martin Breyig, co- partner in the business. He said the elevator was burned down to the roofline of the frame mill building and that the lower build- ing was gutted and its feed ruined by fire and water. He and Maynard Nelson, his partner, plan to- rebuild in the spring, he said. filling station. Brevig said the fire broke out in the very top of the elevator, in which customers' grain was stored for grinding. Commercial feed was ___ot_______ kept in the lower, attached build- was discovered about ing. 7 p. m. by an unidentified person, Brevig stated that all master who notified the Houston fire de partment. Departments from Cale- donia and Rushford assisted the local volunteers in controlling the blaze. They stayed at the scene until 1 a. m. today. Within 700 feet of the fire were grouped three bulk stations Standard Oil, Co-Op and Pure and within 100 feet was the Co-Op switches are pulled before the mill is closed at night so that all elec- tricity is turned off. The building, about 20 years old, was extensively remodeled at a cost of about two years ago. Aluminum roofing was used. Brevig has been owner of the mill for nine years. Nelson became his partner two years ago. Siamese Twins Still In Critical Condition CHICAGO Two words spoken by Rodney Dee Brodie, one of the separated Siamese twin's, today gave a slight lift to hopes that he will probably" was brought on by gas used to subdue him after he went berserk and threatened "everyone in sight with a table leg." ___________--, Dr- McCarten said he could find Rodney, the stronger of the two, showed signs of improvement. nothing wrong with the way prison recover. Both Rodney and his brother, Roger, are on tbe critical list. But 1st Complaint Issued in State Prison Inquiry STILLWATER, Minn. Ufl The first criminal complaint as an. put- growth of the current investiga- tion of conditions at the Stillwater prison was issued Friday. Signed by Warden Leo.F. Utecht, the complaint charges John F. Frawley, 72, smuggling three bottles of whisky into the prison. Frawley was discharged as chief engineer at the prison after he admitted to Utecht that he bad- brought in the whisky. He is in a hospital with a head injury suf- fered while at work in the prison pow_er plant. Questioning of inmates and pris- on employes went forward under the direction of Jarle Leirfallom, head of state public institutions. Investigators are trying to check reports certain prisoners held par- ties and that other contraband be- sides the whisky was brought into the prison. In' other developments Friday, State Rep. Al Otto, St. Paul, indi- cated he might demand a legis- lative investigation of the prison, and Washington County officials answered questions about the re- cent death of a prison inmate. Rep. Otto issued a statement de- fending Utecht's work as warden. The Washington County coroner, Dr. Francis M. McCarten said the Cuban Revolt Seized in N.Y. Grenades, Bazooka Shells, Rifle Clips Discovered MAMARONECK, N. Y. Wl-West- chester County police raided an abandoned gasoline station in this New York City suburb yesterday and seized a large cache of muni- tions which authorities linked to a planned Cuban revolution. The descent on the boarded-up station yesterday uncovered about two truckloads of napalm grenades, rifle grenades, bazooka shells, rifle clips, gunpowder, parachute flares and a drum of napalm. powder After the raid police arrested munitions dealer Alfred Manheim. Westchester County Sheriff John E. Hoy and Asst. Dist. Atty. M, Morton Edmiston said Manheim told them he -was collecting the arsenal in behalf of ex-President Carlos Prio Socarras of Cuba. Later, however, Manheim denied to newsmen that he mentioned Cuba and said he was getting the munitions for an unidentified customer. Prio Socarras fled to Mexico, then to Miami, Fla., from where he and his followers have been taking political potshots at the Ba tista regime. The raid was staged after police became suspicious of unusual ac- tivity around the supposedly de- serted gas 'station. Manheim, who lives on plush Park Avenue in NeV York City, was seized when he drove up to the station with Frank Connell, 49, of Brooklyn. Although Connell claimed he was just along for the ride, he was accused of being in charge of shipping the cache. Last night a third man, 35-year- old Jose Duarte, was arrested in nearby s; N. Y. Hoy named Duarte as purchaser of the munitions. Police said at least two others were being sought. All three men were arraigned and charged with felonious posses- sion of firearms. Maaheim was re-, leased in bail, Connell and Duarte were held without bail in Westchester County jail pending a hearing for the trio next Tuesday. Manheim, saying he bad federal, state and New :York City licenses for the storage, possession and transportation of arms and ammu- nition, added: "It is standing procedure in the arms business to accumulate in- ventories for a customer pending his getting licenses and documents for them." Manheim said the cache was death last July 18 of prison inmate surplus Army materials. LeRoy Brown, .41, "evidently-! ?oy and Edmiston said Man Rodney is starting to respond when his nurses speak to him. The chief nurse showed him a pencil! and asked "What's The 15-month-old lad repeated the words. But surgeons warned he has not yet passed his "first hurdle." Roger remains in a "very pre- carious" condition. Rodney regained consciousness Thursday, a day after a. team of surgeons separated him from his twin. He smiled and cried. He began to take nourishment- water and milk from a bottle- Friday, Doctors and nurses attending them maintained an anxious vigil in the Illinois Neuropsychiatric In- stitute. Brains Exposed Portions of the brains of the twins were exposed during the 12 hour and 40 minute surgical mara- thon that give them separate lives A spokesman for the University of Illinois said there has been some leakage of .spinal fluid, but not much. One of the major functions of this fluid is to provide a cushion for the brain. The spokesman said a loss of such fluid is to be expected and the amount lost through leakage so far has not been large enough to be important. The brains of the and a three-ply pro- tective coating of a plastic substance, a layer of alu- minum foil and gauze bandages that are wrapped about the heads in turban fashion. Surgeons are greatly concerned about the possibility of cerebral edema of cerebral anoxemia. A spokesman reported that, if the twins do die, the deaths most likely will be caused by one or the other of these possible develop- ments. In cerebral edema cases an ex- cessive amount of body fluids ac- cumulate in the brain. Cerebral anoxemia is a lack of oxygen in the brain, Source of Worry Another source of worry is that spinal fluid in the brains, coming into contact with the plastic cover' ing, may lead to an infection and that may lead, in turn, to spinal meningitis. But there was one hopeful note. Rodney, the stronger twin, is start- ing to respond to nurses when they talk to him. The chief nurse held up a pencil before Rodney during the night and asked: "What's Rodney, a natural mimic, re- peated the words, "What's this.' But, the spokesman cautioned, attending doctors say Rodney is not yet past his "first hurdle." One of the twins, Roger Lee, has remained unconscious since the operation. His condition was termed "very precarious." A spokesman at the University of Illinois said the other twin, Rod- ney Dee, was "doing better than his brother." But his condition also was critical. Some physicians have said they never observed such remarkable recuperative powers as those ex- hibited by the twins. The mother, Mrs. Marjorie Brodie, 30, a former nurse, told reporters: "I think it's a miracle that they've gone this far." A bulletin by the university's medical center last night said there had been "no great change for better or worse in the last 24 hours." The critical period for both boys, doctors said, will continue for an- other four to six days, at least, despite any day-by-day change. Rodney was able to drink water and milk from his bottle yester- day. He is conscious except for fitful sleep, doctors reported. Road Worker Killed GLENWOOD, Minn. UP) One Pope County highway department worker was killed and another in- jured when a tractor tipped over Friday. Sverre Femrite, 44, was killed. Roy McCann suffered a broken leg. authorities handled the case, that Brown could not have been sub- dued without gas. Questions about Brown were raised by Orville Freeman, DFL candidate for governor at the last election. beim told them he was approached several months ago by a man who represented himself as an agent of Batista, but that he learned sev- eral weks ago the man was work- ing for Socarras. Manheim was further quoted as saying the man gave him for expenses and a letter of credit on a New York City bank for the purchase of 100 garand order he was unable to fill. Westchester County officials examine bazooka and other shells seized in. a raid Friday on an abandoned gasoline station in Mamaroneck, N. Y. About two truck loads of ammunition were found in the building which officials said were destined for a planned Cuban revolution. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) This Is One Of The C-124 military transport planes, the type that crashed and burned on a takeoff at Moses Lake, Wash., today. First reports said that about 130 persons were aboard and a U. S. Air Force spokesman said some persons got out alive. Officials at Larson Air Force Base said the plane was eastbound with hitch-hiking military personnel heading home for Christmas leave. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) FBI Reportedly Has Second Man In Brink's Case BOSTON FBI today re- portedly has in custody a second man identified as a participant in the Brink's-holdup. Reports last night said FBI af- fidavits named the unidentified man as having been in the group of hooded gunmen who escaped with the largest American cash haul after tying up five employes in the armored car firm's vaults on Jan. 17, 1950. The man is described as 37 years old and having a long rec- ord. He is said to be in custody of the FBI but not necessarily in a penal institution. The inference was drawn that the man might talk." But U. S. Atty. George F. Gar-, rity had no comment. Based on Facts The information, learned by re- porters, was said to be based on FBI affidavits no longer available. The papers reportedly said the man at one time had approx- imately of the Brink's hold- up money in his possession. First swore affidavits, made available Thursday night, named Joseph "Specs" O'Keefe, 44, of Boston -as one of the Brink's robbers. But since then, all papers laving any connection'--with the aoldup have been removed from files and bidden. Be A Goodfellow Previously listed Paul and Tom Pietsch 2.00 Mark, 0. J. and Ray- mond Bolar, Robin, Buster, Mart, Casper Cara- sell and Skipper-... Inner Circle of Winona Senior High cloth- ing and 25.40 Home Eco nomies Classes, Room 109, Central Junior High Westminster Club, Col- lege age youth, Pres- byterian group H. B. Kilstofte A Friend David and Susan A Friend F. C. B............... Ole In memory of the Christ Child Carpenters Local Union No. 307........... Jim S. and H. Mrs. Oscar Christopher- and Marigold Dairies and employes 136.50 Curley's Tile Co...... 10.00 KWNO Staff 26.00 Fourth Grade, Phelps School Rose and Newton Eddie, Lucille and Gregory Pletha A. Holehouse.. In memory of Lloyd S. Belville Great Grandma In memory of A. H.... Sandra and Gary..... Gordon L. Weishorn... Valley Inc................. Ladies Izaak Walton.. Catholic Student Mis- sion Crusade Map Locates Larson Air Force Base at Moses Lake, where a huge military plane with about 130 persons aboard crashed and burned on a takeoff today. The C-124 Globemaster, biggest U. S. military plane in service, was eastbound with hitch-hiking military passengers heading home on leave. (AP Wirephoto to The Repub- lican-Herald) Military Air Crashes Kill 300 in 6 Weeks 5.00 5.02 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tbe crash of a giant military transport plane near Moses Lake, Wash., today brought to nearly 300 the number of lives lost in a dis- astrous six weeks for military avi- ation around the North Pacific Rim. t 50 I Ten planes have crashed or dis- appeared on Northern routes from Korea to Alaska and Montana in of tragedies starting 5.00 50.00 3.00 2.00 2.00 15.00 1.00 2.00 15.00 1.50 1.00 1.00 5.00 1.00 2.00 1.00 1.00 25.00 5.00 10.00 20.00 3.00 10.00 the series Nov. 7. In the nine prior to today's crash a total of 211 persons died. The Air Force estimated 86 dead in the Moses Lake accident, which would make it the worst single mishap in aviation history. The accidents: Nov. 7 C119 hit a mountain top on a flight from Elmendorf Air Force Base at Anchorage, Alaska, north to Big Delta, Alaska. Five crewmen and 14 soldiers were aboard. Nov. 12 Navy patrol bomber crashed near Sheltoa, Wash., kill- ing 11. Nov. 14 A C119 crashed on a mountainside 18 miles east of Se- oul, Korea, killing 44 passengers and crewmen from Tokyo. aboard returning Nov. 15 A C46 transport dove into the sea off Japan off the coast of Korea. Eleven men were lost; seven rescued. Nov. is Another CU9 "Flying Boxcar" disappeared 'on a flight from Anchorage to Kodiak, Alaska, with 20 aboard. Nov. 17 A fourth C119 cracked up near Billings, Mont. Nine of the 16 men aboard perished; seven survived. Nov. 22 A C124 "Globemaster" disappeared near the South Central Stores Open Tonight Until 9 Alaska coast on a flight from Mc- Chord Air Force Base to Anchor- age, with 41 Air Force and Army personnel and 11 crewmen aboard. Nov. 24 A Royal Canadian Air Force bomber crashed and burned at Comox, B. C., killing eight of the 10 crewmen. Nov. 28 A C5< inbound from Alaska crashed near the McChord Air Force Base field, killing 37 of the 39 aboard. Dec. 20 C124 Globemaster with 132 aboard crashed near Larson Air Force Base at Moses Lake, Wash. Air Force estimated 86 dead. Strangles Father ATLANTIC CITY, N. J. Trapped by a chest of drawers he was trying to move, Richard Keep- er, 31, died in his home day after he bad become a father for the third time. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and snow- fall ending this afternoon or early tonight. Mostly cloudy and a little colder tonight.' Sunday _ partly cloudy, not much change in tem- perature. Low tonight 24, high Sunday 32. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 31; minimum, 15; noon, 31; precipitation, .26 3 inches of snow; sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at Snow to date this year 9 inches, to same date year ago, 15 inches. AIRPORT TEMPERATURES (North Central Observations) Maximum temperature, 32 at noon; minimum, 29 at a. m. Noon broken at feet, overcast at visi- bility, 12 15 miles from north; barometer, 30.00, steady: humidity, 92 per cent. C-124 Christmas Special Loaded With Servicemen Big Globemaster Falls After Takeoff In Washington State MOSES LAKE, Wash, on A giant Globemaster "Christmai flying servicemen for the holidays crashed with about 130 aboard today and the Air announced there were 101 known worst accident in avia- tion history. Maj. P. W. Wassum, Air public information officer, an- nounced the toll four hours after the four-engine C-124 crashed burned only moments from the time it took off at a. m. PST a. m. CST) from Larson Air Force Base. He said some of the 29 survivori escaped unhurt. Wreckage Set Afirn Gasoline from ruptured wing tanks spilled as the big plane bit and flames trapped some in wreckage. The announced deaths number 21 more than in the worst previoui single aviation disaster. That Second Lands Safely SUNNYVILLE, Calif. VFl A giant Navy ConsteUation largest land plane in the world landed safely Friday after a fire knocked out one of iU engines in flight. The plane, carrying up sengers and 18 crewmen land- ed on three engines at nearby Moffett Field. March 12, 1550, at Cardiff, when 80 soccer fans returning bomt from a game in Ireland killed. There was confusion over exact number aboard. The Air Force first said 132, then 134, then 130, An officer said the number might be changed slightly after a recheck. There was no immediate break- down on the crew and passengers. A C-124 normally has a crew of about a dozen; Maj. Wassum said most of the passengers were military men hitchhiking a ride home for Christ- mas. for Texas The Globemaster had taken ofl for Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex., just as a light began to fall. There was no way as yet to de- termine what caused the plane to go down about two miles off the base runway. Officials laid, how- ever, weather conditions were not a major factor. The Air Force in Washington, D. C., reported the Globemaster belonged to the 62nd wing of the Tactical Air Command, and based at Larson which is about four miles from Moses Lake. The crash was the second by a Globemaster in six weeks, and 10th in a series of tragic military plane disasters around the North Pacific rim since Nov. 7. The nine previous crashes took 211 lives. Maj. Wassum said the Globemat- ter was making the hop to Texas as a "routine training with servicemen taking advantage of tbe trip to get home for the holi- days. The C-124, big as a five-room house and capable of carrying as many as 200 combat troops, crashed only moments after the takeoff from its Eastern Washing- ton base. Gasoline spilled from broken wing tanks and flames shot up. ____ New Ulm'Vet Misses 'Free Ride' NEW ULM, Minn, Vetter Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. George Vetter, New Ulm, thanked lis lucky stars today after realizing ie could have been a victim of the M24 transport plane crash at Moses Lake, Wash. He had arranged a ride on the transport, but changed his mind when he found out its nearest scheduled stop was Chicago. He decided instead to -fly in t commercial plane which would pat urn in Minneapolis, and he arrived jorne Friday. Vetter is an airman irst class stationed at Larson Air Base, Wash. SHOPPING DAYS   

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