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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 8, 1953, Winona, Minnesota                              Snow, Freezing Drizzle Tonight, Warmer Friday Buy A Winter Carnival Button VOLUME 52, NO. 274 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 8, 1953 TWINTY-fOUR PAOB Wreckage Of A Rying Airline DC-4 plane burns In a deep hole it plowed in a farm field near Seattle after it crashed Wednesday night on a flight from San Francisco to Seattle, killing 7 per- sons. Firemen stood bj- helpless, left, unable to put out flames shortly after the crash. Note plane's identification number, center. Large piece of wreckage at upper right is all that's left of tail section. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) Crashing Plane Plunges 7 Into Flaming Death SEATTLE 191 Off course and afire in a storm, a commercial airliner from California carried seven persons flaming death at the foot of a mountain 15 miles east of here last night. Two of the victims were chil- dren and two were women. The three men aboard were crsw mem- bers. The four-engine DC4, owned by the Flying Tiger Airlines of Bur- bani, barely missed foot Squak Mountain as it wander- ed 'about in one of this winter's worst wind and rain storms, appar- ently seeking Boeing Field here. Nosed Down Then, witnesses said, it ap- peared to catch fire at an alti- tude of 500-600 feet, nosed down and roared straight into a plowed field. Vincent Herlihy, a farmer, said his son Michael, 15, saw the plane from a window of their home and shouted, "There's a plane on fire out here." Herlihy reached the window as the plane hit the ground, sending up a huge flash that lighted the area "like daylight" He ran to the burning wreckage 600 feet away as explosions sent scraps of metal flying through the air around him. He said any res- cue attempt was impossible. Airline officials said the plane was flying from San Francisco to Boeing Field. Pilot and Co-Captain Those aboard were identified as: The pilot, Capt. Charles E. Greb- er, 33, Wortendyke, N. J. The co-captain, Capt. Budlong Merrill, 49, South Pasadena, Calif. The co-pilot, Warren C. Lowe of Burbank, Calif., and Brookfield, Mo. Stewardess Janet Woodmansee, 20, Santa Monica, Calif. Three passengers: Mrs. E. K. McLinden, fprmerly of Los An- geles, and her two young sons Gary and 'Kelly. Stillwater Prison Strike Averted STILLWATER, Minn. prison officials were braced for a sitdown the institution's 999 inmates Monday morning, it can be reported today. r The trouble did not develop, however, and prison tension appeared eased following an early-morning, secret gathering of the prisoners Churchill in Washington to WASHINGTON Winston Churchill, came here today for meeting with President Truman. Fresh from a series of talks with President-elect Eisenhower, the minister ai from New York in the Independ White House plane which President Truman had sent for him. It was an ugly day for flying Rain was pouring down and the ground temperature was near freezing. Churchill was greeted at the airport by Secretary of State Ache son and a group of top American and British officials. There was also a handful of spectators.. They applauded as Churchil stepped from the plane and walked under umbrella held by a guard through the drizzle to the airport terminal to shake hands with en- voys of the British Commonwealth countries. Sir Roger Makins, new British ambassador, greeted him as he stepped from the plane. The 78-year-old prime minister said he had come to pay his re- spects to the President and refer- red to Truman as an old friend with whom he had "worked a great deal both in and out of office in the past few. years." Missing Sought in Plane West MONTPELIER, Idaho sheriff's posse and airplanes, from three states searched the rugged area where Idaho, Wyoming and Utah join today for a twin-engine "troop special" plane that van- ished yesterday with 40 persons aboard. The craft carried 37 veterans of the Korean War and a crew of three. It was en route from Seattle, Wash., to Ft. Jackson, S. C., where the veterans were to be re- leased from service. Even while the search spread, another craft crashed near Seattle, killing all seven persons aboard. This plane, a four-engine C54 of the Flying Tiger Airline, Burbank, Calif., ploughed into the ground and burned near the foothill town of Issaquah, at the foot of Squak Mountain 15 miles east of Seattle. If the troop-carrying plane, be- lieved missing in the Bear Lake area of Southeastern Idaho, met with disaster it would .be the llth crash of military or military-char- tered planes around the rim of the Pacific Ocean in more than two A months, jeep-mounted sheriff's posse headed into the mountains east of Bear Lake last night to investigate a report by a farmer and his wife that they saw three red flares. The posse turned back because of deep snow and the rugged'ter- rain after several hours but planned to try again after day- light.: Jesse Schidegger his wife. who live near Paris, Idaho, on the west side of mile-high Bear Lake, reported they saw the flares across the lake. This would approximate the course of the plane after its pilot radioed his position near Malad City, Idaho, in the predawn hours of Wednesday morning. Bear Lake County Sheriff Gil- bert Arnell led the search party into the wild country. Searchers planned to attempt a crossing of brushy Antelope Flats, which is more than feet high, in the daylight hours and to scour the jagged mountains in the area. Air-rescue planes were sched- uled to take off from Lowry Air Force Base at Denver, Colo, to search the air route from Malad City to Cheyenne, Wyo., weather permitting. searches had been organized in Idaho, Wyoming and Utah by owners of private planes and the Civil Air Patrol three states. addressed by Jarle Leirfallom, acting director of- state institutions. Leirfallom, obviously concerned over prison security, refused to permit an Associated Press re- porter to hear and report the speech, but agreed to let the news- man into the prison Auditorium only if he promised not to write about the session. However, the story of Monday events was made pub- lic in the Twin Cities today. Leirfallom drove to the prison shortly before 7 a.m. and con ferred with Deputy Warden Fiske in the outer offices of Leo the Excess Profits Tax Unlikely to Be Renewed Levy Imposed Shortly After Start Of Korean War By CHARLES F. BARRETT WASHINGTON UB-Several vet- erans on the House Ways and Means Committee today predicted that excess profits taxes, now yielding about 2Vi billion dollars a year, will be allowed to expire June 30. But Rep. Eberharteir a sponsor of the tax, forecast a fight by some Democrats to ex tend it. The tax, which can run the government's take up to 82 per cent of business profits, was im- posed shortly after the Korean j War started in mid-1950 to help pay for defense expansion and diminish any war profiteering. The present law carries an automatic June 30 expiration date. Congress can extend the contro- versial tax as is, rewrite it or simply let it die. Tough on Business Chairman Reed (R-NY) of the House Ways and Means Commit- tee, where all tax legislation must start, already has called for "a natural death." He spoke against what he called the law's throttling effect on business, and unfair, arbitary and discriminatory tax provisions. Two other veteran Republicans on the committee, Representatives Kean (NJ) and Simpson said in separate interviews today they share a view the tax hurts rather than helps the will be dropped. Rep. Martin (R-Ia) said he'was; "very strong" for dropping it. They picked up support from some Democrats. Rep. Mills (D- a strong backer of the pres- ent law, told a reporter he prob- ably will favor letting it die be- cause of inequities. Many of the largest corporations benefiting from defense contracts are escaping the tax due to special exemptions, while many smaller firms are being penalized, Mills protested. Rep. Dingell (D-Micb) said he favors tax relief for "the little man" more timn for business bu probably will go along with the move to let the excess profits tax prison. After a change of guards, at 7 a.m., Leirfallom, accompanied by Fiske, went through three barred gates into the heart of the prison, past the mess hall where prisoners were finishing break- fast. Heir Rumblt A loud rumble from the nearly eating prisoners was heard, but the sitdown strike did not develop. I o f Old _ Lien Asked Carl Sandburg the prairie poet and historian, strums his guitar for some of the 500 friends and admirers who honored him in' Chicago .with a 75th birthday celebration. Left to right: Sand- burg; Ralph Newman, chairman of the sponsoring committee, and Mrs. Sandburg. The Sandburgs came to' Chicago from their Flat Rock, N. home for the celebration. Later this week he will visit his home town of Galesburg, 111., where festivities are planned. CAP Wirephoto) ______ die. Reed, Simpson and others agreec that individual income tax payers should be given some relief at the same time. Levy Explained The excess profits tax is piled on top of regular corporate incdme taxes like this: The formal tax takes 30 per cent of income up to a takes 22 per. cent of all income over total of 52 per cent; Leirfallom and Fiske went into then an additional 30 per cent levy the wings of the auditorium stage and waited tensely while the tiris- oners filed in and took their seats. spotted at close intervals. Fiske introduced Leirfallom, ask- ing the inmates to give the state official close attention. Leirfallom walked to the center of the stage and the prisoners re- mained quiet. However, when he announced that Warden Leo Utecht would re- tire in July, loud shouts of approv- al arose from the prisoners. Leir- fallom kept a fixed, serious gaze on the crowd. The prisoners quieted again and Leirfallom told them he had called them together to give them a brief summary of what he planned to tell a news conference in St. Paul at a.m. He said he had received tips that some of the prisoners wanted to demonstrate 'their feelings about an investigation he had conducted of prison affairs and that he under- stood some of them, were concerned about press reports about the probe. Leirfallom, interrupted from time to time by light applause and laughter, said he knew some of the inmates might not have con- fidence that a new program of re- habilitation work. jn the prison would He warned them "it would be a dirty shame, when we are on the verge of making improvements and going to the legislature, to have something happen. "It would be a shame if you up- set the whole program, which easily could be done; by a demon- He said the governor is "going all-out" for the program and "we are going to the legislature because we need legislative support." Leirfallom attempted ;-to. excuse limself from the rostrum after the >rief talk, saying he had to leave o attend the news conference. However, several prisoners arose asking to be heard. One Threatened One declared he had been threat- ened with a blackjack despite Jromises there would be no re- aiiation if the prisoners gave in- ormation to Leirfallom's investi- gators. Another said he had been called an ugly' name by prison jersonnel. Still another said he lad "been locked up" after writing etters to Orville L. Freeman, Continued on 22, Column 1.) STILLWATER is imposed on income determined to be excess profits. Mrs. Vanderbilt Dies in New York NEW YORK Cornelius Vanderbilt, recognized leader oi New York and Newport, R. I., society for half a century, died of pneumonia at her Fifth Avenue home last niglit after a long ill- ness. Mrs. Vanderbilt, who was in her 80s, had been inactive in recent years but never lost her top so- cial standing. She was the widow of Brig. Gen. Cornelius Vanderbilt, great-grand- son of.Commodore Cornelius Van- derbilt, founder of one of Ameri ca's greatest railroad empires with the New York Central as the key- stone. Gen. Vanderbilt, who did not share his wife's fondness for so ciety in his later years, died aboard his yacht in Biscayne Bap, in 1942. Mrs. Vanderbilt entertained and was entertained by more mem- bers of European royal bouses than any other woman in Ameri- ca. She was considered one of the last remaining links between the regal pre-World War I American society and the larger and more democratic post-world War n so- ciety. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and snow or freezing drizzle tonight, Friday mostly cloudy, not quite so cold. Low tonight 22, high Friday 32. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 29; minimum, 6; noon, 29; precipitation, done; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (North Central Observations) Max. temp. 27 at inin. 8 at p. m. Wednesday. Noon sky overcast at feet, visibility 7 miles, light snow, wind 7 miles per hour from north- east, barometer 29.94 unsteady, humidity 88 per cent. Anti-Filibuster Forces Crushed By JOHN CHADWICK WASHINGTON anti-filibuster leaders today claimed some benefits from their opening-session fight despite overwhelm- little if any chance of success by the senators who battled in vain to persuade the Senate to start off new GOP-controlled Con- gress with a revised set of rules, r Sen. Neely (D-WVa) said Pres- ident-elect Eisenhower was "the only man on earth" who could bring it about and appealed to him to call on GOP senators "to go down the line" for a change in Senate rules so that a majority would be able to enact civil rights ing defeat, by a combination of Republicans and Southern But they made clear they .were thinking of ultimate victory in an- other Congress and not counting on Republican promises of At- tempts later this year to make it easier to choke off filibusters. Sen. Jenner (R-Ind) told a re- porter, however, that as chairman of the Senate Rules Committee he would work for early Senate action on a resolution he intro- duced to modify present require- ments for limiting debate. Any such attempt was given Comment Favorable On Anderson Talk By JACK B. MACKAY ST. PAUL of the old age lien law, a highly controversial issue before every legislative session since its enactment in 1939, it asked in bills introduced in the Minnesota Legislature today. Rep. Thomas O'Malley, Duluth, staunch foe of the law, handed the repeal measure to Speaker John A. Hartle'so that it can be labeled '3ill No. 1" when the' House form- measures. Just after Neely injected Eisen- hower's name into the debate, the Senate voted 70-21 to kill the anti- filibuster effort initiated by a bi- partisan group of 19 senators. With that fight disposed of, the Senate quit until Friday, when it will take up the knotty question of what to do about committee assignments. The GOP leadership is backing a plan to enlarge 10 major committees and reduce five others. When it came up for ap- proval late yesterday, Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, the Demo- cratic leader, blocked action. He called parts of the plan entirely unsatisfactory. 'Death Dust' Bomb May Be Next Weapon By FRANK CAREY Associated Press Science WASHINGTON (Si Could it b that the atomic scientists will turn next to a "death dust" bomb, now that work on the hydrogen boml appears to be in the home stretch President Truman, in his stat of the union message Wednesday made clear the H-bomb effort i at least well in hand and he sail "We have no reason to think tha the stage we have now reached in the release of atomic energy will be the last." "We are being hurried forwarc from one discovery to an he said. The "death dust" bomb is a fear some scientists sa; is theoretically whic: the tremendous explosion of a hy drogen bomb would also be use  glad to go along on a good share of it. It's a sound program." The conservatives and liberals enerally agreed on'the governor's other 'major recommendations penal reform, reorganization of several units of state government, creation of commissions to study he tax structure and -highways, enactment of an employment on merit (FEPC) law, and abolition tax assessments on household goods. At a short session, the Senate eceived its second bill to abolish he personal property tax on house- iold goods. Sponsors are Sens. Thomas Welch, Buffalo, and Don- ald Wright, Minneapolis. On Wed-, nesday, Sen. George Siegel, St.. 'aul, submitted a similar proposaL Today, Sen. Siegel offered a bill autboriie the Legislative Re- earch Committee to hire an audit-, r to audit accounts of state de- lartments, Short Session Such now are made, by the state' public examiner, who a esponsible to the governor. Sie-', el's bill would give the job to a man who would be responsible to the Legislature. Little Hoover Commission as recommended such a change. The commission recommendation _ that the public examiner be" ransferred the executive to the legislative department Gov. Anderson submitted to the enate for confirmation. a list of early notaries public who ave been appointed the' last', ession of the Legislature. .1   

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