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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 15, 1953, Winona, Minnesota Cold Wave Tonight, Inches of Snow Buy A Winter Carnival Button VOLUME 52, NO. 280 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 15, 1953 TWENTY-TWO PAOiS La onression Hoax The Locomotive and passenger cars of the Pennsylvania Rail- road's Federal Express from Boston rest amid the wreckage of the Washington, D. C., Union Station concourse floor which col- lapsed from the unintended great weight of the train after it crashed its track-end barrier, smashed through the stationmaster's office and stopped just short of entering the waiting room, center rear. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) Pope Caps 16 New Cardinals In Rome Rites VATICAN CITY W Against a background of blazing light and the color of' medieval pagentry, i Pope Pius XII today placed red hats on the heads of 16 of the 24 Roman 'Catholic cardinals he cre- ated this week. r Among those honored in the cere- mony in St. Peter's great basilica was the United States' first Far- Western prince of the church James Francis Cardinal Mclntyre, archbishop of Los Angeles. The Pontiff smiled affectionately at the American prelate after re- citing over his bowed, cowl-covered1 head the ancient Latin words which accompany the presentation of the red the special symbol of cardinal rank. Cardinal Mclntyre's face was radiant as he returned to his place among the other new princes of the church. Some pilgrims and Ro- mans of high and humble rank thronged' the world's largest church for the ceremony. They broke into triumphant cries of "Viva il Papa" as the Pope apneared in the basilica moments after blasts from silver trumpets heralded his approach. The Pontiff, robed in red and white, was borne into the church on his portable throne. A gleaming golden mitre was on his head. Shouts of praise broke again and again from the faithful, held back from the middle aisle of the basil- ica by uniformed Swiss guards carrying ancient halberds and wearing medieval helmets. Plane Carrying 18 Crashes Near Malta VALETTA, Malta An RAF Vatette aircraft crashed into the sea off Malta today. Air Ministry officials in London said the plane was carrying 18 men, Wreckage was found floating near the scene of the" crash as air-sea search crews began a hunt for survivors. The Valetta left Malta early this morning for Marseille, France, and home base in Britain. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Cold wave tonight and Friday. Snow tonight with accumulation of 3 to 5 inch- es. Friday mostly cloudy and con- tinued cold! Low tonight near zero, hieh Friday 15. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 40; minimum, 24; noon, 37; precipitation, .60; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (North Central Observations) Max. temp. 35- at a.m. to- day. min. 33 at a.m. Noon sky overcast at 600 feet, visibility 2 miles with light rain and fog, wind '8 miles per hour from northwest, barometer 29.63 unsteady, humidity 97 per cent 49 Injured in Train Crash in Washington WASHINGTON runaway passenger train, its horn screech- ing a warning, crashed through a barrier into Union Station today. At least 49 emergency patients-were rushed to hospitals but no one was reported killed..... v Frank J.' McCarthy; assistant vice president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, said the station master listed six persons as seriously in- jured and 10 who might have been seriously hurt. The train, the Pennsylvania's Federal Express from Boston, demolished the stationmaster's of- fice and smashed a newsstand in the center of the an am separating the tracks from the main waiting room. The electric locomotive and one car then plunged through the rein- forced concrete floor into a bag- gage room in the basement. There was no immediate expla- nation as to why the brakes ap- paijently failed as the train approached the station through the yards. Passengers estimated its speed variously as between 30 and 50 miles an hour. Only the long, continuous warn- ing blast of the horn and the plunge through the concourse floor saved a heavy human toll. Had the floor not given way, the tram would have plowed on into the main passenger waiting room. The concourse separates the train sheds from the station pro- per. It usually is crowded with early-morning commuters, but the crowd at a.m. did not begin to compare with the- thousands who will be jamming the station begin- ning this weekend. The visitors will be coming here for T u e s d a y's, inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower as Presi- dent. Union Station is three blocks north of the Capitol. Nathan Lickerman, Chicago busi- ness broker and a witness to to- day's crash, said the scene remind- ed him of "the fall of Rome as I have seen it in the movies." The train howled into the station "like he added. The horn, blaring continuously from far out in the railroad'yards, warned railroad employes the train was out of control. Word was flashed to employes in the newstand and station master's office. Work- ers and bystanders rushed to safe- ty. Otherwise, a station official said, the loss of life would have been "appalling." Casualty Hospital, nearest the station, reported 40 ambulance pa- tients. Emergency Hospital bad nine. The Red Cross said Emer- gency Hospital had called for "all the blood you can spare us." Engineer Henry W, Bower of Philadelphia rode the train to the end, vainly trying to check it. Six of the train's 16 coaches left the rails as the engine plowed through the concourse floor and rested only a few yards from the crowded waiting room. One coach slithered off to one side across the concourse. The floor crumpled beneath it, too, land; a steel post from the basement, peeled off its chrome sides as if they had been ripped by_a can opener. One rail was broken 100 yards; from the end of the track, other; rails were twisted and ties were: splintered. A concrete embankment which runs along the track was smashed. Ike Wants Reds Probed Without Witch-hunts' NEW i YORK W President- U.N. Limits Immunity on Red Convoys MUNSAN UP) U. N. Com- mand today sharply reduced the immunity from attack granted Communists' for truck convoys' supplying the Red truce delega- tion. The U. N. said the Reds "have abused the daily convoy privilege by using it in direct support of their war effort in the Kaesong area." Kaesong, on the Western Front, is the site of Communist truce headquarters. The U. N. Command informed the Communists that immunity for the daily nine-vehicle convoy be- tween the North Korean capital of Pyongyang and the Red armistice camp at Kaesong will be limited to versial law but said he favored one day "a week beginning Jan. 25. amending'it.' elect Eisenhower: -reportedly has told his Cabinet he wants a zealous search made for anjrvGommunists or Red sympathizers in federal without use of any "witch hunt" tactics. He also is understood to have made it clear he wants a new loyalty program set up promptly for tighter screening of govern- ment employes and applicants for positions. The matter, it was learned to- day, was discussed at length at one of the conferences Eisenhower held with his Cabinet and other top appointees last Monday and Tuesday. General Outline Tentative decisions reportedly were reached on the general out- line of a new screening program, but the nature of it is being kept secret. by those who attended the conference. Eisenhower arranged to confer today with Rep. McConnell new chairman of the House Labor Committee. Indications were that the Presi- dent-elect and McConnell planned to get each other's views regard- ing possible amendment of the Taft-Hartly Act. During the campaign Eisenhow- er opposed repeal of the contro- Mrs. Eugene H. Fender., Fargo, N. D., was.killed and her husband seriously injured wfien their car crashed .through a guard rail on an icy viaduct and plunged to the ground. The broken guard rail is at the top of the picture. A frigid mass of air swept over North Dakota today, cutting down visibility to one mile at some (AP Wirephoto to'The Republican-Herald) Brannan Warns Farmers Need Foreign Marts Sharp Production Only Alternative To Curtailed Selling By OVID A. MARTIN WASHINGTON Wi Secretary Brannan, in his final report as head of the Agriculture Depart- ment, said today farmers face re- strictions on production unless they can keep big, foreign markets built up by World War II. "American he said, 'is tooled up to export at the highest rate in jour history." After expanding to record pro- portions during and after World War II, exports of many farm products started declining in 1952. Foreign trade restrictions, a short- age of dollars abroad, and a re- duction in U. S. economic aid to foreign countries contributed to this decline. Need Exports Brannan said American produc- tion.of tobacco, wheat, cotton, lard, dried and fresh fruits can.be main- tained at present levels only if exports ranging from 25 to 50 per cent of total production of these commodities can be achieved. "The alternative to maintaining the present level of he said, "would appear to be the re- institution of production allotments and a general cutback all along the line with all-of the inevitable and unpleasant consequences which such action would have for the American economy as a whole." Brannan said many foreign coun- tries, historically among America's most important markets for farm products, have built up "an in- creasingly complex web of con- trols on imports and-exchange." These actions, tie said, are mak- ing ft difficult to find markets for surplus farm products. In his report to the President, the secretary praised farm price support programs developed under Democratic administrations. He said, nevertheless, these pro- grams have "grave" weaknesses in that they provide no satisfac- tory method for supporting pro- ducer prices of nonstorable and perishable commodities, such as meats, dairy and poultry products, fruits and vegetables, Supports Limited Present supports are largely limited to such products as grains, cotton, peanuts, which can be stored. A satisfactory method, Brannan said, would be one which would "make perishables available to consumers at prevailing market prices, would benefit producers by working more directly for their interest, and would benefit the na- tion by permitting full consumption of perishables in large-production years." Brannan did not mention it, but this definition fitted a proposal he advanced in 1949 and which be- came known as the "Brannan Plan." It was rejected by Con- gress. The incoming Eisenhower admin- istration is committed to develop- ment of price support programs for perishables. Building on Fire Explodes, Killing 1 WASHINGTON Wl A burning building, in northeast Washington suddenly exploded with a great roar at noon today, knocking down people in the streets nearby. There were reports of one killed and at least 12 injured. The blast blew five firemen all the way across the street. The building was a battery and appliance store at 10th and H St., N. E. This is about 10 blocks from the Union Station on the route out towards Baltimore. Ambulances and fire fighting equipment rushed to the scene the second emergency in downtown Washington today. La Crosse State 'VV. Senator Applies FoflTax Post MADISON GB-State Sen. Ru- dolph Schlabach (R-La Crosse) said late Wednesday he is a can- didate for a job on the State Board of Tax Appeals. A vacancy -has existed on the three-man board since the death of S. B. Schein, Madison, two months ago. Members to the board are ap- pointed by the governor, subject to Senate confirmation. The job pays a year. Schein's six-year term will ter- minate next May. Apparently Proud of the story he has told in the murder con- fession, Donald Steele, seated, poses this morning with Sheriff George Fort. This noon the former La Crosse man repudiated his confession. (Republican-Herald photo) Snow, Rain, Wind, Cold Sweep State By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Snow fell on most of Minnesota today, with rain falling in another sector In between the two was a band of freezing rain that slicked highways and brought dangerous driving: conditions _. a -iiTijfrtvtYi filiation will deveiOD D SHCJieu DiKnwwya auu The Weather Bureau said, a uniform situation will develop before nightfall. By that time, covered the entire state Moreover, blizzard conditions likely will prevail in Western Minnesota. Heavy, snow, fell throughout the north and west, including such far- flung points as Duluth, Redwood Falls and St. Cloud. Follows Line In the southeast, Rochester and other cities had rain and above- freezing temperatures. However, lower temperatures and snow were forecast. Freezing rain followed a line ex- tending from the Pine City area, the northeast point, southwest to Mankato. By forenoon the mercury had skidded to at Minot, the cold- est spot of North Dakota's major cities. Williston and Dickinson had a Grand Forks Bismarck Jamestown and Fargo Pointing out that strong winds can be expected to whip up the new-fallen snow, the State Highway Department urged extreme caution in driving. Roads were slippery in the south central, southeastern and eastern parts of the state. In addi- tion, blowing snow reduced visi- bility to practically nothing in the southwest, western and northwest sections. Windows Caked Sleet, which pelted the snow-rain dividing line, caked car windows of Twin City motorists and glazed streets. Crews got an early start 6 Ex-Nazis in West Germany BONN, Germany a sur- prise midnight swoop, British po- lice last night arrested six former Nazis and accused them of plotting to-regain power in Western Ger- at sanding. Great Northern and Northern Pacific reported their trains on schedule, throughout the state, but Greyhound buses were having dif- ficulties with road conditions. Many (Continued on Page I8, Column 8) STORM many. British public safety officers, assisted by armed military police, hauled the men out of their homes in the Hamburg and Duesseldpri areas, in, the British occupation zone, and carted them off to an undisclosed jail. A British Foreign Office an- nouncement, issued in London, said the plotters promoted anti-Western views and propaganda which threatened the West German fed- eral government as well as Allied policies. The statement added that investigation would continue of the group's activities and "contacts within and without the federal republic." Britain's high commissioner m Germany, Sir Ivone Kirkpatrick, ordered the arrests under a law empowering occupation authorities to act against threats to the secur- ity of the Allies. The announcement said' British authorities have known for some time that a group of former Nazi leaders in the British zone were plotting to regain power. 'Murderer' In Prison at Timeof Slaying Makes 'Confession' To Sheriff Fort; Names Another By CORDON HOLTE RepubMcan-Herlld Staff Writer An ex-convict who Wed- nesday night told Sheriff George Fort that he was responsible for the murder of a La Crosse bar maid six years ago, admitted this afternoon that his lengthy confession of the details of the fatal shooting was a hoax. Donald E. Steele, a 35- year-old La Crosse native who earlier today had sign- ed the "confession" in the murder of Mrs. Bessie Moore in a La Crosse tavern Dec. 17, 1946, admitted the hoax this afternoon after being confronted with records that show- ed that he was confined in the Waupun State Prison at the of the tavern employe's death, the sheriff said. Sheriff Fort declared that as yet Steele has furnished no reasons for identifying himself as the Moore woman's slayer after he had been arrested by the sheriff Wednesday for questioning regarding the pass- ing of two forged checks at St. Charles. Steele, the sheriff said this af- ternoon, contends, however, -that his opus by him as a "Hugh allegedly serv- ing time now at re- sponsible for the death of, Mrs. Moore. Ltirnt Dete.Hi, Siyi Sheriff Fort said that Steele told him that-' he became acquainted withithe details of the 'killing after his cousin .admitted to him that he was the slayer. Steele also intimated, the sher- iff continued, that his cousin wai responsible for another killing in La Crosse. The disclosure of the hoax devel- oped after La Crosse County au- thorities began checking details of Steele's confession this morning. They discovered, the sheriff said, that Steele was confined in Wau- pun on the day the Moore woman's bullet-riddled body was discovered in the North La Crosse tavern. Earlier, Steele had admitted that he was. somewhat "confused" as to the exact date on which he bad shot the woman. Confuted to When he began dictating his statement of admission of the crime to Sheriff Fort Wednesday night, he gave the date of Dec. 24, 1947, as the day on which the crime had been committed. A check of case records showed that the woman had been killed a year earlier and, when Steele signed the confession this morning, he said that he "probably had been confused" as to the exact time. After admitting that he cashed two forged checks in St. Charles earlier Wednesday, Steele went on to present full details of the fatal shooting in ,1946 of Mrs. Besie Moore. Although scores of tavern pa- trons were questioned regarding the shooting, the death has been listed as unsolved in La Crosse County police files since the 35- year-old brunette's body was found sprawled at the foot of a stairway (Continued on 4, Column 5) MURDER Sharp Cut Predicted In Foreign Aid Fund By RUSSELL BRINES WASHINGTON Rep.' Vorys (R-Ohio) predicted today that Pres- ident-elect Eisenhower, first super- visor of the European arms build- up, would be lucky to get 5V4 bil- lion dollars for next year's foreign aid program. And Rep. Zablocki (D-Wis) said President Truman's request for might be whittled as low as five billion 35 per cent slash. There has been no indication of an amount Eisenhower will .support. Last .year he spoke out against proposed deep cuts as fraught with peril. Tough Going A Republican pledge to cut gov- ernment spending, plus growing anrioyance with the results ,of E u r o p e's rearmament drive, seemed certain to confront foreign aid program with tough going. _ No action on foreigft aid is ex- pected for several weeks. The Eisenhower administration first must submit its own budget re- quests, and many Republicans ex- pect the GOP budget to call for smaller foreign aid appropriations. Congress appropriated a little over six billion, dollars for the fis- cal year ending next June 30; Tru- man .had asked for The year before, Congress ap- proved 'Vorys, a member of the House Foreign Committee, told a reporter an effort would be made this year to eliminate almost all purely economic assistance, to cut Point Four technical assistance funds "to the bone" and to reduce arms aid appropriations Vorys, jwho led the successful House fight for reductions last year, predicted :a cut of at least two billiwo dollars in Truman's figures. Zablocki, also-a -member of the foreign affairs committee, told a reporter the final figure "might be closer to five Tired "Congress is getting tired of the way the Europeans are dragging their Vbrys said. He re- ferred specifically to political de- velopments in France and. Wett Germany which apparently have reduced the chances of forming an international European army to include German troops. Military aid so far has been criticized less than economic and technical assistance outlays. Last year, .however, a 25 per cent cut was made in military for Europe, 22 per cent for-the Far East and 18 per cent for the Middle East. Vorys said further European de- lay in forming an international army might lead to heavier slathei in the military budget. I