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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 23, 1953, Winona, Minnesota                              Partly Cloudy Tonight, Saturday; Temperature Same Welcome to Winona's 17th Winter Carnival VOLUME 52, NO. 287 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 23, 1953 EIGHTEEN PAGES Winter Carnival Program Today 5 p.m., Hotel contestants assemble for preliminary judging. p.m., The contestants dinner, open to the public. Selection of Snow Flake III. 10 p.m., of Snow Flake III by Miss America of 1953. 11 p.m., Hotel for Snow Flake, attendants and other queen contestants and Miss America. Saturday 11 a.m., interview with Miss Amer- ica, Miss Neva Jane Langley. Noon, Hotel for queen, attend- ants and contestants. v 2 p.m., Downtown 5 p.m., Winona Senior High School Baton twirling contest. p.m., St. Stanislaus for queen, attendants and contestants. 8 p.m., Winona Senior High School Auditorium- Stage show. Sunday a.m., Hotel attendants and candidates meet to attend luncheon at Hot Fish Shop. 2 p.m., Gabrych Follies. 6 p.m., Hotel for queen, attend- ants and candidates.________________________ Ask Benson to Halt Sliding Farm Prices By RICHARD P. POWERS WASHINGTON Ml New Sec retary of Agriculture Benson wa asked by Sen. Young (R-ND) to day to move quickly to halt slidin, farm prices. Young unsucesfully opposec confirmation of Benson Wednesda; when the new secretary and seven other Cabinet members won Sen ate approval. He told the Senate he did not think that Benson be lieved in farm price supports. However, in a letter to Benson in which he made no reference t( the Wednesday incident, Young sai( "the steady decline in farm prices Blizzard Bfcws Across Texas Panhandle Are AMARILLO.-Tex. shallow but vicious norther packing a heavyweight from the Panhandle-plains area deep into the Texas midlands today. Power and telephone lines and poles sagged and snapped under the weight of ice and snow in the Panhandle where a dangerous glaze of ice made driving "ex- tremely hazardous." The snowfall ranged from 2-3 inches at Lubbock to around 10 inches at Akin. Hundreds of motorists soughl refuge in farm homes already crowded in some instances by school children who couldn't make it home after buses stalled in deep snow-drifts. Driving Condition! The highway patrol warned that "extremely hazardous driving con ditions" existed from the top of the Panhandle to extreme East Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast, Where there was no ice or snow in the region, drenching rains and winds of up to 80 miles an hour had battered the countryside. No stormy or severe cold weather was reported in other parts of the country. However, there were some other wet spots. Light snow fell over the Western Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi Valley'into eastern sections of the Northern Plains states. Temperatures outside the Texas storm belt were generally around seasonal levels. Buses Stalled At least 13 towns shivered in isolation Thursday night in the ice- locked, snowbound Panhandle. Blasting winds, and driving snow extended from Dalhart in the Pan- handle as far south as Dallas about 500 miles southeast of Dal- hart. Hundreds of automobiles, trucks and buses stalled in deep snow drifts on the flat Panhandle coun- try. Police said they believed most of the motorists were towed to safety or abandoned their cars to spend the night in nearby farm homes. Between 400 and 500 school chil- dren were stranded in Plainview when buses were unable to return them to their rural homes. Many remained in Plainview homes for the night. A Plainview radio sta- tion repeatedly broadcast their names to worried parents. Rochester Studio Fire Causes Damage ROCHESTER, Minn. UP) Fire that broke out in the darkroom of the Earl L. Irish photo studio to- day caused damage to equip- ment and supplies. The blaze was confined to the darkroom. through the last year indicates that our new Republican ad- ministration has inherited serious headaches which, if untreated, could well lead to an agricultural depression." Cash Comparison Young said recent quoted cash prices compared with a year ago showed: Corn down 34 cents a bushel, wheat 12 cents a bushel, oats 15 cents, rye 20 cents, soy- beans 11 flax 55 cents, but- ter down 13 cents a pound, hogs up slightly, but cattle sharply down. Of the six basic wheat, corn, cotton, tobacco, rice and rice and tobacco are today selling at more than 90 per cent of parity, Young said. Young made these two recom- mendations to Benson: 1. That President Eisenhower, Benson and Republican leaders in Congress "must immediately re- move any doubts concerning the' Wilson, Giving Up Stock, To Get Prompt Senate OK 3 Killed When Train Hits Truck Near Owaforo Fireman From Goodview, Engineer's Home in Waseca OWATONNA, Minn. Ufi Three rural Steele County residents were killed at a. m. today when leir truck and a Chicago North Western passenger train collided on a grade crossing at Meriden, about 10 miles west of Owatonna. Sheriff Don Christiansen identi- fied the dead as Arnold Ewald VoU, 25, Rt. 1, Owatonna; Harold Lewison, 48, Rt. 3, Owatonna, and Marlow Schroht, 18, Rt, 1, Owa- tonna. The farm truck slid onto the tracks just as the west bound train, No. 515, known as the Ro- reached the cross- Car Dragged Eight Blocks by Train, Passenger Unhurt LANNON, Wis. A 25-year- old Milwaukeean stayed in his car as it was smashed to junk being dragged eight blocks by a freight train Thursday- night in Waukesha County. He walked away unhurt. Eugene S. Jeske told Sheriff's officers he didn't see the North Western eastbound freight as he neared a crossing on Highway Y a mile from Lannon. His auto crashed into the train and was entangled with a freight car. After eight blocks the car, pounded to pieces by the 50 mile an hour ride, fell from the 'train onto another pair of tracks. Jeske walked away and phoned the sheriff's department. Rail officials said two were due to pass the first freight near the scene of the mishap but were behind .schedule, thus pre- venting an almost sue fatal crash. Train crews were not aware that was hanging onto Rebel Convicts Surrender in Pennsylvania Release 6 Hostages Before Filing Back Into Cells By LEONARD A. UNGER BELLEFONTE, Pa. A band of 325 rebel convicts, mindful of a tightening ring of heavily armed state police and unnerved by the Jeske's car their train. ing. new administration's .-.farm graia." pro- 2. That the Commodity Credit Corporation should remove from the opea markets "price depress- ing surpluses." Young said heavy importations' of farm commodities, particularly grains from Canada, were putting an unnecessary strain upon Ameri- can farm prices and the support program. Canadian Oats He continued that imports of Can- adian pats when dumped on the domestic market broke the oats prices and affected other grains on the American market. The secretary was asked to check into this and to place a complete embargo on imports of feed wheat. Young said Eisenhower's farm speeches during the campaign were but added that "I be- lieve it is of utmost importance Lhat he move quickly and boldly to implement these pledges." The victims were thrown clear. Most of tie wreckage was impaled on the diesel locomotive and car- ried several hundred feet down the tracks. Engineer G. S. Chesney, Waseca, and Fireman A. J. Goergen, Good- view, Minn., escaped injury. Mr. Goergen lives at 745 45th Street, Goodview, VoU was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Voll and Schroht the son of Mr. and Mrs, Albert Schroht. Lswison was married and the of a son. The train, which operates be- tween Chicago and Huron, S. D., was halted more than an hour while the truck wreckage was re- moved and a heating fine to the locomotive repaired. Divers Search Plane Wreckage for Gold .VIENNA, Austria have found deep in an Austrian lake the wreckage of a German transport plane rumored to be load- ed with the gold and platinum hoard of several Nazi bigwigs. A Junkers transport plane was shot down over the Attersee a few hours before the end of World War II. The pilot was killed, but two crewmen were rescued and later disappeared. The Junkers was reported to be the last courier plane of the Wehrmacht. roar of National Guard fighter j trains planes overhead, surrendered un- conditionally last night to the "get tough" orders of Gov. John S. Fine. The rebels released six guard hostages shortly before 7 o'clock, then filed meekly back into their cells from the barri- caded building they had turned into a fortress. None of the hostages had been harmed, although one was near the point of exhaustion from his 72-hour ordeal.' Holdout Segment The convicts a holdout segment of a riot that started last Mon- I tossed out through the shat- tered windows of the cellblock the eight revolvers, five hundred rounds of ammunition and tear gas equipment that had been one of the main concerns of .the prison officials during the insurrection. Their surrender made unneces- sary a planned attack on. the cell- block strong point by state police- men and alerted National Guard units. Earlier in the afternoon while planes were buzzing the building the prisoners dropped a note Ike and New Cabinet Hold First Meeting WASHINGTON W) President Eisenhower and his Cabinet held their first formal meeting a two hour and ten minute session from which the new administra- tion's high" command departed un- der orders not to talk. Vice President Nixon told report- ers it is the understanding that there will be no mention, even of general subject matters, about what happens in Cabinet meetings. Nixon did say, however, that there will be a meeting of Repub- lican legislators and the President some time next week. He said the date has not been set. First out of the Cabinet meeting today was Mrs. Oveta Gulp Hobby, federal security administrator. Charles E. Wilson, left, on hand this morning for the Senate Armed Services Committee "hearing in Washington, shakes bands with Sen. Harry Br'yd who first found the. law that put a stopper on Wilson's nomination to be Secretary of Defense. Now, Wilson has volunteered to dispose of his General Motors stock, con- forming with the law and easing his way to the cabinet post. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) London Riled Up By Pea Soup Fog LONDON (SI Normally easy- going London is finally getting really riled up about one of its long-time winter city's famous pea soup fogs. In the last three months, four to see the Catholic chaplain, Rev, Richard. .Walsh. When Walsh went to the wall Father of the building, the men shouted down that they were willing to give up if state officials would agree to an earlier offer that there would be no reprisals for the'riot. The governor made that offer two days How was your first Cabinet! ago and it had been accepted by a reported asked. She smiled, waggled a shushing finger in front of her lips and re- plied: "Don't do that to i me." Secretary of Labor Durkin rush- ed by, declaring "I have nothing to tell you" in response to the same question. When Nixon came along be was asked: "Is, the policy to be that no one who participates ill Cabinet meetings is to discuss what goes on, even as to general subject mat- "That's the the vice president replied. Nixon said an understanding as to a rule of silence was reached when Eisenhower met with bis 'Cabinet in New York before his inauguration. To a "How did it Mutual Security Administrator Harold E. Stassen responded: "Fine." Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield told reporters to see White House Press Secretary James C. Hagerty. He said he was" assuming Hager- ty would have some sort of state- the men in two adjacent cell- blocks. Unconditional Surrender State Atty. Gen. Robert E. Wood- side, after a conference with the governor, replied in a note that "only an unconditional surrender will be accepted." He ordered the prisoners to turn over their guns and ammunition to the priest or to the hostage guards who were to be released immediately. Shortly thereafter the- convicts shouted they were willing to give up and started dropping the guns and ammunition from the win- dows. The guards emerged "with- out a scratch" from the building. Five were taken to their homes and one, Paul Gingher, was re- moved to the prison hospital. He was not injured but appeared suf- fering from nervous exhaustion. State police then converged on the building and the convicts re- turned to their cells without a word. One of the hostage guards, Mel- vin E, Williams, 46, said at his home last night he believed the turning point of the situation was the psychological effect of the dron- ment on the Cabinet meeting. ing planes overhead. Morse Blocks Confirmation Of Sf assen WASHINGTON tfl Sen. Morse (Ind-Ore) today blocked Senate confirmation of Harold E. Stassen as head of the Mutual Security Agency. He said he was acting to pre- vent Senate confirmation of Stas- the nomination went to the Senate floor the same day it was approved in committee. Under Senate rules, action on nominations cannot be taken on the same day they are reported by committees except by unani mous consent. Stassen's appointment was ap proved by the' foreign relations committee earlier today. So "was President Eisenhower's nomina tion of Sen. Henry Cabo' Lodge to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Morse said he would not objeci on Lodge's nomination since al members of the Senate were "ful- ly familiar" with the record 01 their former colleague. But he said he objected to' con- sideration of Stassen's nomination at this time on the ground that the case provided a good example oi :he importance Senate rule. Caught In Mid-air by the pumera during a plunge from a sixth- floor hotel window into a firemen's net below in St. Louis, a man identified by police as Elmer B. Vail, SO, of Pontiac, HI. Hospital attendants said Vail was seriously but not critically in- jured. (AP Wirephoto to The Hepublican-Herald) Police Said Elmer Vail hung by Ms fingertips from tfie-window sill for about one minute before he dropped from the hotel window in St. Louis while about 200 horrified persons fooked on. Fire- men hold the man after he fell into their net. (AP Wirephoto.to The .Republican-Herald) big sulphur-laden smog blankets have led to an estimated deaths and seriously crippled com- munications in the world's biggest capital. During one week in December, when -the worst fog in recent mem- ory muffled the city, the death rate jumped by more than doubling the normal figure for the period. Most of the-deaths have been attributed to bronchitis, pneumonia and heart ailments touched off by the king-sized overcast. The gov- ernment says it probing the fatalities with "the gravest urgen- cy." Costs Money, Too A fog costs big money, too. On each of 16 dark days thus far this winter, the big international air- lines using London's two main air- ports lost an estimated pounds through delays and diversions. The squeeze on the airlines is so bad that they are pressing the British government, which runs the airports, to bring back the wartime fog disposal system known as "Fido." Under this system, gasoline or diesel oil is set afire in blazing rows alongside airport runways. The heat shifts the fog, "Fido" is expensive, but airline officials say its cost is small in comparison to.their losses. Peter Masefield, boss of the nationalized British European Airways Corp., Said: Move Will Give Eisenhower Full Cabinet Sen. Byrd Praises Decision of Industrial Chief WASHINGTON (fl Charles E. Wilson said today that .as secre- tary of defense he will sell General Motors holdings and con- sult with President Eisenhower on any matter that "might be the subject of misunderstanding" be- cause or his former connection with the auto firm. Wilson walked out of the Senate Armed Services Committee after being questioned by members for nearly three hours, and handed re- porters A formal statement he said he made to the senators. Early approval of Wilson's nom- ination for the defense post was forecast by some senators as a result of Wilson's reversal of his previous refusal to dispose of more Than 2Vz million dollars worth of General Motors stock. Top Defense Contractor General Motors, formerly headed by Wilson, is the largest defense contractor and Wilson previously was quoted by senators as saying that he would not disqualify him- self in government transaction! with the firm. However, a law bars any federal official from transacting business with any company in which he holds even an indirect interest and Wilson's testimony today was aim- ed at meeting that situation. Wilson said his agreement to dis- pose of his GM holdings included shares of stock he is to receive in the future as part of a retire- ment bonus. Senators have said "A fog costs us pounds a day. We are all in favor of Fido." Supply Copies The National .Smoke Abatement a voluntary organization supported by hundreds of munici- palities, has called for a full-scale investigation of the fogs. good example 01 Tne society has been studying of applying the reports of a U. S. government in- vestigation into the 1948 smog dis- aster at Donora, Pa. The U. S. Embassy here also has offered to supply copies of the official re- port to members of Parliament. The deadly smoke and fog that cost 19 lives in that Pennsylva-nia city was laden with acid fumes from industrial plants in the area. Similar chemical contamination also has characterized the London fogs. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Partly cloudy tonight and Saturday. No decided change in temperature. Low tonight 25, high Saturday 33, A little colder Sunday. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 38; minimum, 29; noon, 32; precipitation, .11 (1 inch sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Maximum temperature 34 at i. m. Thursday; minimum 29 at :30 a. m. today. Noon Jlouds overcast at feet; vis- jility 8 miles; wind 8 miles from northwest; barometer 29.86, fall- ing; humidity 89 per cent. Stock Drops NEW YORK (ft General Motors common stock lost SOe share in the first hour of trade on the New York Stock Exchange today on total sales of shares. Turnover in GM was shares In Thurs- day's session. these aggregated worth about each, in addition to a cash bonus of more than 000. Names Deputy Announcing that Roger M. Keys, designated as his chief'deputy, al- so would dispose'of his GM hold- ings, Wilson added in his state- ment: "If, during my term of office I must deal with any matter of bus- iness which I may feel might be subject to misunderstanding on ac- count of my previous relationship with General Motors, I have been assured of the privilege of discus- sing the matter fully with the President of the United States with reference to any action that may be The White House announced Thursday night that Wilson had, volunteered to dispose of his stock. Wilson's retention of a financial interest in the company had aroused strong opposition in the Senate. As a result, Eisenhower left out the defense secretaryship when he submitted the names of his other Cabinet choices on Tues- day. Would Deal With GM In the defense post, Wilson would be in position to deal with GM, the department's biggest private contractor. And a federal law long on the statute books bars any federal official from transacting business with a firm in which he holds even an indirect, financial interest. Chairman Saltonstall summoned Wilson to a.closed ses- sion of the; Senate Armed Serv- ices Committee today. Sa.'.tonstall" said the Cabinet designec would "clarify" his previous that he would not give up his GM stock and would deal, as with the. firm he once headed. Saltonstall told a reporter he be-" lieves this anticipated switch in Wilson's stand will win him ap-._ proval oy the committee. Senators Byrd who first cited the" legal ban, and Rusjell agreed. "I hope the Senate will follow, the recommendation of the armed (Continued on Page U, Column 1.) WILSON   

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