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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 2, 1953, Winona, Minnesota                              Partly Cloudy Tonight, Saturday, Colder Tonight Dial 3322 To Place Your Want Ad VOLUME 52, NO. 269 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 2, 1953 SIXTEEN PAOfS Senate Picks Taft, Rules Fight Near Criminal Charges Possible In Death of Youth on Highway 16 Near Houston HOUSTON, Minn. that a charge of criminal negligence will be filed against the driver of a car involved in a fatal accident near here New Year's Eve were expressed today by Houston County Coroner JohirW. Potter, Caledonia. The charge, Potter said, is being prepared by the Minnesota Highway Patrol against Joseph M, Burke, about 24, Rushford, the driver of a car which crashed into a concrete bridge abutment on High- way 16, seven miles west of here, at about 7 p. m. Wednesday. The accident resulted in the death of Earl Martin Knutson, 24, Rushford, one of three occupants of the automobile. Burke- and a second passenger, Warren Dubbs, 22, also of Rushford, are hospita ized at Caledonia for treatmen of less serious injuries suffere in the mishap. Knutson, the coroner reportec apparently died instantly of a nee fracture, compound leg fractur and internal injuries. Holds Conference The statement that a crimina charge might be brought agains the driver was made by Potter thi afternoon after s lengthy confer ence with County Attorney L. L Roerkohl at the latter's office i, Caledonia this morning. The conference was called to dis cuss several unusual aspects the- accident investigation, Potte said. The coroner explained that when he arrived at the acci- dent scene a short time after the crash, he found that the body of Knutson and the two Injured occupants of the car had been removed. Potter, who was accompanied t< the accident site by Deputy Sheriff Robert Westerhouse of Caledonia said that only the. .wrecked car was there when they arrived. Later investigation, the coroner declared, revealed that the re- moval of the body had been order ed by a Rushford physician, Dr. Ike Expects To Work Over Truman Budget Some Cuts Seen In 80-Billion Dollar Document M. J. Woltjen, and had been taken to a Rusbford funeral home. The coroner found that the two injured occupants of the car hac been taken to a Caledonia hospita" by a passing motorist. Attorney General Called The removal of the body prompt ed this morning's conference with the county attorney, Potter said and a telephone call was made to the state attorney general's office. As a result of the conference Potter issued a statement in which he declared, in part, that "on in quiry I found that the body had been taken to Rushford by order of Dr. M. J. Woltjen oi Rushford. Upon conferring with the county attorney and the State Highway Patrol, I have been in- formed that a complaint is bein? prepared charging the driver o: the car with criminal negligence." In view of these facts. Potter continued, the coroner has de- termined that he will hold no inquest into the death and that he will not sign the death cer- tificate. Potter pointed out that the acci- dent occurred in Houston County and that the body was transported into Fillmore County to the Rush- ford funeral home. The coroner said that the car in which the three men were riding apparently was traveling at a high speed when it smashed into the bridge structure. Survivors Interviewed He said that interviews with the two hospitalized accident vic- tims indicated that they were in Houston earlier and had left here at about p. m. The accident is believed to have occurred sometime between and 7 p. m. A preliminary investigation, Pot- ter said, indicated that the car struck the bridge railing on the north side of tie highway and tore most of the right side of the car away from the body. Investigating officers includ- ing six members of the patrol from Winona, Caledonia and Preston, Deputy Sheriff Westerhouse and Potter stated that they were unable to find any skid marks on the highway near the bridge ap- proach. After striking the concrete abut- ment, the automobile continued to slide along the side of the bridge and finally came to a stop 115 feet past the point of impact. Knutson on Highway The automobile had; turned par- tially around when it came to rest on the highway and Knutson's body was on the road in the left lane of traffic about ten feet from the de- molished car. Before the crash, Burke, who suffered a fractured knee cap, lacerations of both knees and his lip and bruises, was sitting behind the wheel; Dubbs, hospitalized with lacerations about the eye, leg and (Continued on Page 3, Column 7.} CRIMINAL CHARGE 3 Senators Wind Up Long Careers By JOE HALL WASHINGTON Wi-r-Three veteran senators whose congressional service totals nearly 100 years are winding up careers on Capitol Hill tomorrow. All Democrats, they are: Kenneth D. McKellar, Tenn., 83, Senate president pro tern and chairman of the powerful appropriations com- mittee for five years. Tom Connally, Tex., 75, chair- man of the foreign relations com- Federal Judge Denies Appeal Of Doomed Spies NEW YORK federal judge today denied an appeal to save Jie atom spy team of Julius Ros- enberg and .his wife, Ethel, from death in the electric chair. The denial was made by Federal Judge Irving R. --.n after, learing a clemency plea for the two. are in Sing Sing prison, scheduled to die the week of Jan. 11. Kaufman said in denying clem- ency: The Rosenbergs' only appeal ww is to the White House. If President Truman should stay the execution, the case might become President-elect Eisenhower's re- sponsibility because of the Jan. 20 inauguration. Kaufman, who sentenced the couple to death, said in his opin- ion: "I have meditated and reflected long and difficul; hours over the sentence in this case. I have studied and restudied the record and I lave seen nothing, nor has anything jeen presented to me, to cause ne to change the sentence original- ly imposed. I still feel that their crime was worse than murder." The Rosenbergs were convicted by a jury March 29, 1951, for con- spiring to transmit atom bomb data to Russia. The U. S. Supreme Court al- ready has refused to intervene. Earlier this week their attorney went before Kaufman and made an mpassioned appeal for clemency. The Communist party has spear- headed a "save the Rosenbergs" campaign. fallion Once Ridden 3y Eisenhower Dies LANCASTER, Wis. Clin- quant, a chestnut Arabian stallion mce the mount of president-elect Eisennower, is dead. Owned since 1947 by Tom Nie- mer, file horse was 30 years old, 'Clintf died quietly in his stable this wlek. mittee for 10 years. Joseph C. O'Mahoney, Wyo., 68, chairman in the last session of the interior and insular affairs com- mittee, the appropriations sub- committee which handles all mil- itary funds, and the Senate-House Economic Committee. They are among 11 senators whose service expires at noon to- morrow with the death of the 82nd Congress. McKellar Beaten McKellar, who was beaten in a primary fight by Rep. Albert Gore plans to retire in Mem- phis, his home. He holds the all- time record for the longest con- tinuous service in. the-Senate, 36 years, and" -the .second highest mark for over-all Senate service. McKellar told a reporter political career was finished his but that he might write a book about his Washington career. He entered the Senate in 1917, the year Amer- ica entered the first world war. he had six years in who decided against Before that the House. Connally, running for a fifth term in the face of strong primary opposition this year, plans to keep his Wash- ington home and rest for a while. His colleagues expect he may be employed by the new Repub- lican regime on delegations to United Nations meetings and other gatherings where it has been cus- tomary to name bi-partisan rep- resentation. Connally was closely identified with the postwar bipartisan foreign policy, the founding of the United Nations, the Marshall Plan and the resulting mutualsecurity program, the ratification of the Japanese Peace Treaty and West Germany Peace Contract, and other steps in the developing role of the United States in foreign affairs. The Texan, a sharp-tongued orator of the old school, served in the House for 12 years before he went to the Senate, Close Fight O'Mahoney, beaten for re-elec- tion in a close fight, plans to re- open law offices here and in Cheyenne. He maintained similar offices before he came to the Sen- ate in 1933, the year Franklin D. Roosevelt first was inaugurated. Three other Senate veterans who lost out for re-election end their service W. Mc- Farland the Democratic leader for the last two years; Hen- ry Cabot Lodge Jr. and Owen By MARVIN L. NEW YORK incoming Eisenhower administration already is at work trying to find ways 'to cut the federal budget which Pres ident Truman will submit to Con- gress next week. President-elect Eisenhower's fis- cal specialists reportedly are con- fident -some reductions can be made, but are guarding against any talk of big slashes. The proposed budget which goes to Congress a week from today will be solely the work of the Tru- man administration, which hands over the government to the Eisen- hower regime Jan. 20. The docu- ment deals with spending for the fiscal year starting July 1. Although the budget total won't be announced officially until Tru- man sends it to the Capitol, there has been speculation the spending estimate is around .80 billion dol- lars. Eisenhower has been kept in- formed of the outgoing adminis- tration's budget planning through reports submitted to him by De- troit banker Joseph M. Dodge, the general's pre-inauguration repre- sentative in the Budget Bureau. Those reports are the basis for the confidence of Eisenhower aides that some cuts can be made. But, i as GOP congressional leaders also have stated, they feel there prob- ably will be no substantial reduc- tions in federal spending until the fiscal year starting July 1, 1954. Among those on the President- elect's calling list today were George Yeh, the Chinese ambas- sador to" the 'United-Nations, and John Fo_ster Dalles', secretary of state-designate. Eisenhower's appointment list also included Lt. Gen. Raymond S. McLain "and six others." McLain is a member of the Na- tional Security Training Commis- sion which endorses a plan to give military training to youths in the 18-year age group. The plan was rejected by the House of Rep- resentatives last March. In Washington last night it was reported that another Eisenhower visitor today 'would be Adm. Thomas C. Kincaid, another mem- ber of the training commission. Eisenhower has said in the past that he favors universal military training. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Partly cloudy tonight and Saturday. Colder tonight. Low tonight 12, highest Saturday 28. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Thursday: Maximum, 35; minimum, 28; noon, 30; precipitation, none. Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 33; minimum, 27; noon, 28; precipitation, V4 inch snow; sun sets sun rises tomorrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (North Central Observations) Maximum temperature, 31 at p. m. Thursday; minimum, 26 at a. m. today. Noon read- broken feet; visibility, 15 miles; wind, 15 miles per hour from northwest; barome- ter, 29.93, steady; humidity, 72 per cent. "On Wisconsin" was the title of the float en- tered by the state of Wisconsin in Thursday's Tournament of Roses. Seated on the throne is Beverly Steffen of Appleton in the role of Alice in Dairyland. The float is a floral tribute to the state's dairy industry, the resorts and its football team, which lost to Southern California, 7-0, in the Rose Bowl at Pasadena. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) Traffic Mishaps lake 130 Lives Across Nation By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Traffic accidents led the list in he nation's mounting toll of vio- ent deaths over the New Year's loliday. The fatal mishaps on the high- way were running behind the rec- ord mark set in last week's ex- tended Christmas holiday, but nearly three full days of the New Year's holiday remained. Traffic accidents claimed at least .30 lives compared to more than !00 at the same time in the Christ- mas holiday. Sixteen persons lost heir lives in fires and 27 others Immigration Act Revamping Urged WASHINGTON By EDWARD E. BOMAR A presidential commission last night urged annually. These and scores of other rec- were killed accidents. in various types oil Violent Way ommendations proposed by the group would require a complete overhaul of the McCarran-Walter legislation which Congress enacted last June over Truman's veto. Since then President-elect Eisen- hower has joined in criticizing provisions of the act. He said during the campaign these should be repealed. The commission, headed by for- mer Solicitor General Philip B. jPerlman, assailed the McCarran The 173 violent deaths reported I in terms as sharp as those c tn Truman used in his veto message. from 6 p. m. Wednesday to early today compared to 274 in the same period of the Christmas holiday. Traffic fatalities soared to a rec- ord high 556 during last week's four-day Christmas holiday. There were 744 accidental The violent death deaths, toll for the jfour-day New Year's holiday last year was 611, including 375 in traf- fic mishaps, 69 in fires and 167 in miscellaneous accidents. The National Safety Council has estimated traffic accidents will kill 410 during the New Year's holi- day period ending at midnight Sun- day. Fatalities on the highway av- eraged 102 every 24 hours in the first 11 months of 1952. This figure included days or deaths which occurred weeks after the victims Part Of The Crowd estimated by police at watched the Glendale, Calif., float pass down Colorado Boulevard in the Tournament of Roses Thursday. The float, a floral version of the Puccini opera "Madam won the sweep- stakes as the most beautiful entry in the parade. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) were injured. Deaths by States Deaths by states, listing traffic fires and miscellaneous: Alabama 003; Arizona 500; Arkansas 200; California 14 0 2; Colorado 002; Florida 300; Georgia 401; Illinois 811; In- diana 200; Iowa 200; Kansas 100; Kentucky 201; Maine 010. Maryland 200; Massachusetts 301; Michigan 511; Minnesota 400; Missouri 400; Montana 110; Nebraska 0 1 0; Nevada 200; New Hampshire 1 0 1; New Jersey 201; New Mexico 200. New York 6 4 2; North Dakota 100; Ohio 16 2 1; Pennsylvania 10 2 0; South Dakota 201; Tennes- see 400; Texas 915; Utah 1 0 0; Vermont 010; Virginia 6 0 0; Washington 214; West Virginia 100; Wisconsin 300. Kittson County Attorney Dead HALLOCK, Minn. W) Kittson County Attorney Burt G. Sundberg, 36, died unexpectedly Thursday in a Minneapolis hospital. Sundberg, who served as a naval officer in World War II, was named county attorney in 1950. He at- tended Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Minnesota and was graduated from-the Uni- versity of North Dakota law school. Cents Subscribers receiving The Republican-Herald by car- rier will pay five cents less this week because of the New Year's Day holiday. Its report to the President was based in part on public hearings in 11 cities. 'Injures Our People' The consensus of the hearings, the commission told Truman, was that the legislation which went into effect Dec. 24 "injures our people at home, causes much re- sentment 'against us abroad and impairs our position among the free nations." "Our present immigration laws are rooted in the period of Amer- iga's blindest the group said in its 316-page report. The McCarran Walter act, wrapping up previously scattered immigration laws, employs the same national origins system' for alloting quotas which has been used since 1921. This bases quotas for individual countries on the size of racial groups already in the U. S. as indicated by former census reports. Critics contend it reflects racial discrimination fa- voring Northern Europeans who do not fill their quotas and ex- cludes those from other countries. Sen. McCarran co-au- thor of the act, replied to the re- port in a statement declaring the legislation "does not contain one iota of racial or religious discrim- ination." He said opponents.of the act were trying to arouse a "wave of raciaj and religious bigotry." He contended the act was "tough, very tough, on Commu- nists, as it is on criminals and other .subversives, and that is why they are squealing." The senator declared that well-meaning but mis- guided liberals and the dema- gogues who would auction-the in- terests of America for alleged minority bloc votes" were acting as colleagues to the "out-and-out Reds." Quota System McCarran said a Senate commit- tee worked five years on the act and its enactment was recom- mended by federal agencies deal- ing with immigration. The presidential commission in its report proposed as a substitute for the national origins quota sys- tem: 1. A "unified quota which would allocate visas witt- (Continued on Page 3, Column 5.) IMMIGRATION the new Congress to reverse its predecessor and revamp the con- troversial McCarran-Walter Immigration-Act "from, beginning to end." The seven-member commission named by President Truman callec for (1) abolition of the 31-year-old national origins quota system and for (2) lowering existing bars to admit some additional immigrants m i Allied Raiders Hit Red Points SEOUL (fl) -Allied raiders fur- iously attacked a Chinese Com- munist position near Bunker Hill on the frozen Western Korean Front, then withdrew early today. The U. S. Eighth Army said the raiders killed or wounded an es- timated 45 Reds in a bitter rifle j and hand grenade battle before racing back to their own Hnes. On the Eastern Front, Allied rifle and machine gun fire halted seven thrusts by North Korean Communists in sub-zero weather today and Thursday. The probing Red units, ranging up to 70 men, were tossed back northeast of the Punchbowl area. Heavy artillery barrages support- ed the Reds. The Communists probed Allied positions at three other in the center and one in the west. The temperature dipped to six be- low zero in the Central sector. Man Charged With Stealing Own Car MILWAUKEE (St- William Fal- lon faces a federal grand jury on a charge of stealing his own car. On Dec. 22 the Internal Revenue Department impounded the vehicle for non-payment of in back income taxes. The FBI said Fallen earlier this week went to the garage where the car was stored and drove it away while an attendant wasn't looking. Be was arrested at his home and charged with illegal seizure of gov- ernment impounded property. U.S. Court Commissioner Floyd Jenk- ins released Fallen on. bond and ordered him grand jury. held for a federal Moody Drops Request For Ballot Recount LANSING, Mich. UP) Former Sen. Blair Moody Thursday night asked that the request for a re- count by the U. S. Senate of his Nov. 4 election defeat be aband- oned. Moody made the request at a Democratic inaugural banquet for Gov. G. Mennen Williams, Military Transport Docks SAN- FRANCISCO The trans- port Gen. A. W. Brewster docked n a drizzling rain Thursday with Army and -Air' Force veter- ans returning from the Far East Humphrey Leads Move to Change Filibuster Law New Rule Would Aid Solons Seeking Civil Rights, FEPC WASHINGTON Republican senators today unanimously cbose Sen, Robert A. Taft of Ohio to their floor leader'in the new Con- gress. The choice of Taft was announc- ed after a two-hour closed door session. The Republicans agreed to meet again at 1 p.m. CST to deal with touchy questions of membership on key committees and proposals to revise Senate rules to make it easier to choke off filibusters. Also picked for key Senate by unanimous votes at the morn- ing meeting were Sen. Bridges of New Hampshire to be president pro tempore; Sen. Wil- liam Knowland of California to chairman of the Senate GOP Pol- icy Committee; and Sen. Eugene D. Millikin of Colorado to be chair- man of the GOP Conference which includes the 48 Republican sena: tors. Meets Saturday The new Congress convenes at 11 a.m. CST Saturday and shortly thereafter these selections are ex- pected to be made official by formal vote. Today's meeting was what is known as a caucus. That is, the Republican senators got together to agree on the slate they will of- fer when the Senate organizes. Senate Democrats and Senate and House Republicans also were meeting to pick such slates. Since the Republicans have majority in each branch of Con? gress, their slates. are assured of election when vthe_. Senate and House formally organize. Taft the title of majority leader. Whoever the Dem- ocrats choose will become minor- ity leader. Overshadowing the selection of leaders was a move to force a rewriting of Senate rules at the outset of the session. The aim: To make it easier to put a halt to device for talking civil rights measures and other legislation to death. Humphrey Hopes Sen. Humphrey a lead- er in the move, told reporters that if the conference-of Republican sen- ators turns thumbs 'down on the proposal, any chance for success will vanish. He said he was hopeful that the GOP not take a party stand against the plan but would leave it up to individual Republican senators to vote as they pleased when the issue is put be. fore the Senate. Republican Senate leaders planned a full discussion of the matter at their party conference but declined to predict what the outcome might be. If they should decide to get be- lind the plan, however, they would je slapping at the very start of the new Congress against South- ern Democrats with whom they have worked closely in the past and whose support they may need in the session ahead. As it is, the Republicans will lave oply a one-vote margin in he Senate. The lineup will be 48 Republicans, 47 Democrats and one jidependent, Sen. Morse of Oregon. Horse has said he will vote with he GOP, with which he split dur- ng the presidential campaign, on Senate organization. Change Denounced Sen. Russell of Georgia, leader of Southern Democrats, has de- nounced the rules-change as "goon squad tactics" and said that Sen- ate approval would shatter un- broken precedents, of 160 years. Be and other Southern senators have relied for years on the fili- buster to block fair employment practices legislation and such other civil rights as anti-poll tax and anti-lynching bills. At the conference of Republican, senators, Sen. Taft of Ohio was unopposed for post of majority floor leader. Thus to Eisenhower's chief rival for the GOP presi- dential nomination will go the job of guiding the new administration's legislative program through the Senate. Sen. Millikin of Colorado was slated to be continued as chair- man of the GOP conference and Sen. Bridges of New Hampshire to be selected for president pro tern of the Senate. Similarly, Sen. Knowland of California was ticketed for chair- man or the Senate Republictn Policy Committee despite some talk that Sen. Ferguson of Mich- igan might be put forward as a candidate. On the House.side, Republicans were called together to name Rep. Joseph Martin of- Massachusetts for speaker and.Rep. Halleck of (Continued 3, Column I.) CONGRESS   

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