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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1953, Winona, Minnesota                              Partly Cloudy, No Important Temperature Change VOLUME 52, NO. 295 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 2, 1953 Dial 3322 To Place Your Want Ad EIGHTEEN. PAGE! Ike F rees Chi lang Raids 850 Dead as Storms Lash Britain, Holland, Belgium Low Countries Suffer Heaviest In High Floods .-A Small Herd Of Sheep huddle together on a small spot of high ground seeking refuge from flood waters that have caused millions of dollars in damage to English cities. The sheep, and the AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands three-day death toll from floods passed the 850 mark today. Holland was the worst hit with 464 dead in her most calami- tous floods since the 15th century. Britain counted 395 dead, Bel- gium 17 and 10 other died at sea when a trawler went down. Holland mustered all its strength to meet the disaster. Flood waters whipped up by hurricane winds over the weekend poured over crumbled dikes in the sorely-strick- en southwest area. The waters reached 40 miles inland. Damage in the British Isles, Bel- gium and The Netherlands ran into the millions of dollars. One sixth of Holland was under water. More than a million persons were homeless in Holland, Belgium and the British Isles. Danger Great The danger to The Netherlands remained great. Gale winds which combined with abnormaDy high tides to cause the floods continued to whip the waters over hundreds of miles of sand dunes and connec- ting dikes which had held back the North Sea for centuries. Scores of bodies floated among vast seas of debris along Britain's battered east coast. Rescue offi- cials feared the death toll might pass On one British island- tiny Canvey at the mouth of the persons were missing. British troops and civilians rush- ed by land and sea and air to snatch survivors from possible death in new tides. la Holand, where much of the country is under sea level, some cf it as much as 21 feet below, all resources were mobilized for the battle of the dikes. These are made of clay, tree branches, stone and asphalt. Behind them the Dutch have grown rich crops in the bot- tomland and built prosperous cities. To the mounting toll on land was added 133 persons drowned in the sinking of the ferry Princess Vic- toria off northern Ireland Saturday. A U. S. Third Air Force spokes- man said the known dead in Eng- land included six airman, ar airman's wife and four children all drowned at their homes in the area of the U. S. bomber base of Sculthorpe, near Hunstantoa on the North Sea Coast of Lincolnshire. The spokesman said eight other Americans were missing, seven in the Hunstanton area and a ser- geant at Bentwater base near Ip- swich. There was also an uncon- firmed report that a 14-year-old American boy was missing in the Bentwater area. The Air Force withheld the names of all the dead and missing, pending notification of next of kin. Here in Holland and Belgium, the death toll mounted rapidly last night as the stricken little nations mustered all their resources to meet mounting dangers of disease and starvation. Search teams still were unable to contact many flooded areas. The Dutch weather bureau warned that high would continue to _______________ ____ broken dikes. In Britain, the fore- bills introduced in the Minnesota Legislature today. cast was for fresh winds tending _..... to "moderate slowly." More Feared Lost In England grim-faced official feared that many more resident along the Eastern Coast had beea swept out to sea. The money cost of the week-end disaster one of the worst flood victims in a tiny rowboat, upper right, were spotted from the air along the coast of Kent. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) Transit Workers Call Off Strike In Twin Cities MINNEAPOLIS dft Offered an 18-cent wage hike and other bene- fits, some members of the AFL Transit Employes Union called off their threatened walk- out which was scheduled for 4 a.m. Dulles Carries European Unity Plea to French France Worried Over New Trouble Over Formosa By TOM MASTERSON PARIS (fl U. S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles met French leaders today with a spate of questions about France's reluc- tance to push for European unity. The French, worried over Pres- dent Eisenhower's reported de- cision to withdraw the U. S; Sev- enth Fleet's neutralization of For- mosa, also were expected to ask iome questions about this. They ire worried that this may spread ighting in the Far East. French Foreign Office sources .ave said Foreign Minister! teorges Bidault certainly will ring up the matter during his alks with Dulles and U. S. foreign id chief Harold Stassen. Dulles and Stassen, who are making a flying 10 >Jsy tour of n European capitals, were prepared for the all-day ses- ion with the French, including 'resident Vincent Auriol, Premier ,ene Mayer and Bidault. When they flew in from Rome esterday at noon, they hurriec nto briefing sessions with Amer :an officials and military leaders ationed in Europe. The meetings :Sted well into the night. The French admittedly are wor ed that the new policy toward President Eisenhower stands at a rostrum in the House of Representatives chamber today to deliver his first speech as President before a joint session of Congress. Behind him are President Nixon, left, and House Speaker Martin. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) Blackened Areas along the British, Netherlands and Belgian coasts outline approximate localities hardest hit by floodwaters as gale-lashed seas caused a large loss of life and property. Tidal waves overwhelmed Britain's eastern coast towns and some American Air Force men and their families were feared among the lost. Storms were adding to the toll of 133 lives lost when the steamer Princess Victoria sank in the Irish Sea. In Holland and Belgium scores of sea dikes burst to create national dis- asters. (AP Wirephoto Map) today. The strike, had it come off, would have affected an estimated residents of the Twin Cities area who ride the trolleys and buses daijy. The time for the strike had been set after two mass meetings of ormosa waters might mean the nited States is thinking of put- ing Chinese Nationalists into the orean War. In this event, the French fear ed China might send troops to :lp the Communist-led Vietminh ?hting the hard pressed French rces in Indochina. The Chinese Reds already are helping the Viet- minh rebels with arms and sup- plies. Dulles, on the other hand, wants to find out from the French what they intend to do about getting Western European unity to working. The French have been dragging their feet on the proposed Euro- pean Defense Community Bill to Abolish State TC Board Offered Senate ST. PAUL UB A bill to abolish the State' Teachers College which would rearm West "Germany Board and transfer its functions Four Jets Crash Near Madison, Wis. MADISON fleet of 52 planes conducted an unsuccessful dawn to dusk search Sunday for two Air Force pilots who vanished Satur- day night after a squall caught six F-84 Sabre jets as they came in to land at Truax Air Field here. Two of the jets landed safely. The remaining four, running out of fuel, could not set down because of the storm. Three of them crashed I but two of the pilots parachuted to j earth. There was no trace of the pilot of the other ship that cracked up or of the fourth plane and its pilot. Missing are Capt. Hampton Boggs of Harris, Okla., and 1st Lt Donald Van Ells of Milwaukee. sessions stepped up and were cul- minated by a new offer made late Saturday by Twin City Rapid Tran- sit Co. President John G. Seidel went Bill Would Fire Officials For Refusing to Testify By JACK B. MACKAY ST. PAUL public official or employe refusing to testify be- winds today fore a grand jury in a criminal action would be fired from his job threaten the j and disqualified from holding public employment for five years under introduced in the Minnesota Legislature today. Chief authors of the measures, which have strong backing of the Council of State Governments, are Rep. Roy Schulz of Mankato and Sen, A. R. Johanson of Wheaton. The council includes representa- tives from all 48 states. Officials whether elected or ap- pointed, and employes of any political sub-division state, coun-_________________u ty, or local would be affected j against "shall by the proposal with the exception be removed from the office or em- of judges and state constitutional j payment by the appropriate au- Europe's peacetime history ran into uncounted millions of dollars Breaching Holland's hi s t o r i c dikes in countless places, the flooc waters poured inland as much as 40 miles at some points. Hardest hit were the provinces of Zeelanc and Northern Brabant, in Southern Holland, the Frisian isle of Texel, and the island of Walcheren, a( the mouth of the West Scheldt. At some points the swirling floods were 30 feet deep. Farmers faced months and years of hard toil to reclaim the salt-damaged acres for agriculture. Authorities estimated that areas populated by four million Dutch and Belgians were flooded. The waters poured south into Belgium, flooding even wider areas of Flanders and turning the great port of Antwerp into a city of confusion. Telephone and elec- tric lights were knocked out. Ships in drydocfcs were overturned. More than 50 cities and towns messaged for emergency aid. Many others could not even be contacted. Emergency radio cir- cuits crackled with a confused ing made." jumble of calte for aid. The bill that "if a person refuses to testify on matters relating to his office or employment on the ground that an answer may tend to incrimi- nate him or to compel him to be officers. "Men like the several Minnea- polis aldermen who refused to testify before a recent federal grand jury or like Prof. Joseph Weinberg, who was fired by the University of Minnesota after he declined'to testify before a Wash- ington committee would not be able to hide behind a cloak of immunity if this bill passes. Schulz and Johanson said in ioint statement. Schulz and Johanson are two of Minnesota's 15 representatives on he Council of State Governments, They said they believe "it's bad >olicy to allow public employes or officials to .harbor evidence or fact elating to their office in employ- ment." "These the legis- ators said, "have a public trust nd it should be their duty to come orward and help the public, not linder, when investigations are be- specifically provides thority." Immunity Where the removal of the em- ploye may not otherwise be accom- plished, the measure provides, the attorney general must bring an action to effect the removal. If a person refuses to waive immunity, that also would be grounds for removal. "In addition to being removed from his the Schulz- Johanson proposal decrees, "he is disqualified from holding a public office or employment for a period of five years from the date of his refusal to testify. This disqualifi- cation applies even though the per- son is not in the public service at the time he refuses to testify." The authors, asked whether their bill would not conflict with the state Constitution, said: "Illinois has such a law. It was tested in the courts and the Illinois upreme court upheld its constitu-' tionality." before his AFL local at two meet- ings Sunday, explained the propos- al, and announced that the union's executive board recommended ac- ceptance. Late Sunday, Seidel announced the vote was "overwhelmingly" in favor of accepting the offer. B declined to say exactly what th vote was. The 18-cent hourly increase will be spread over two years. A cur rent six-cent cost-of-living paymen will be added to the present base pay, making the new base There will be a three cent increase on March 1, a two cent hike on Oct. i, another five cents on Jan. 1 1954, and two cents more on July 1, 1954, bringing the scale to Liquor Tax Receipts Up From Last Year ST. PAUL and beer taxes brought in more in January, 1953, than in January a year ago, but less than in December, 1952, State Treasurer Val Bjornson re- ported today. Total January collections were This compares with 778 in January, 1952 and in December. The tax yield is divided among the general revenue fund, munici- palities, and the fund is to pay off the World War II soldiers' bonus. Anderson Reappoints Officials Anderson ted two state offi- terms. to help defend West Europe. The I French, who thought up the plan in the first place and then stallec after giving it a second look, fea a rearmed Germany, In a radio address on his arriva yesterday Dulles saluted tb French leaders for inspiring the "constructive and imaginative' [Schuman Coal-Steel Plan and the EDC. But he pointedly added: "Such creative thinking anc planning has caught the imagina tion of the American people anc we want to know more about your purposes and plans for the future so that we can take them into account in our Dulles already has been told in Rome that Italy will continue to support the defense plan. After his visits here and in London, he will go to the other nations involved in the six-country army Germany, The Netherlands, Bel- gium and Luxembourg. Another thing bothering Dulles is the tendency by France and some other North Atlantic Pact nations to slow down on their military defense buildup. He was thorough- ly briefed on this by such Ameri- cans as Ambassador William Dra- per, Jr., U. S. special representa- tive in Europe, and Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, Supreme Allied Com- mander in Europe. Other French questions coming Dulles' way include how much economic and military aid the United States is going to give France, how much for Indochina and whether the United States will 'ower tariffs so France can sell more goods in America. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Partly cloudy tonight and Tuesday. No mportant change in temperature. Low tonight 12, high Tuesday 25. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 :ours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 31; minimum, to the State Board of Education was introduced by Sens. A. L. Almen, Balaton, and Harry Wahl- strand, Willmar. Sen. Almen said he felt a board chosen from the state at large, rather than composed of resident directors of the teachers colleges, would be more interested in the teachers college setup as a who and would result in better co-ore nation. Another new hill, by Sen. Don aid 0. Wright, Minneapolis, wou make it possible for persons wii incomes up to to use th simplified state income tax form which uses standard deduction. Un der present law, the simplifie form can be used only by thos with incomes up to Starch Operation Major R. C. Stanton of the 49th Air Rescue Squadron of Selfridge Field, Mich., who is directing the search operation from Billy Mit- chell Field at Milwaukee, said the air patrol came in at sundown Sun- day with nothing to report. The Invites Congress To Disavow PR's Secret Treaties Cautions Against Tax Cuts, Would Drop All Controls By ED CREAGH WASHINGTON an President Eisenhower announced today he is ordering the V. S. Seventh Fleet 'a stop shielding Communist and, in a surprise, move, he in- vited Congress to disavow any Roosevelt-Truman "secret under- standings" which permit enslave- ment of people anywhere when present authority for them the present Berg, state com- missioneryof administration, and John J. of the state bureau of1 crimiiSa. apprehension. The governor sani he had made his decision in the case of State Insurance Commissioner A. Her- bert Nelson, but was not ready-to announce it. Nelson's term, like those of Berg and Tierney, expires Saturday, Under the law, he will continue in office until he is re- appointed or some one else has been named. oon, 1; precipitation, trace. Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 18; minimum, 1; noon, 18; precipitation, .16 (2.5 inch- es sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 15 at a. m. to- day, min. 0 at p. m. Sunday. Noon readings sky overcast at feet, visibility 8 miles, wind calm, barometer 30.01 steady, hu- midity 95 per cent Fritz Kuhn's Death Year Ago Reported MUNICH, Germany GB Th. eath of Fritz Kuhn, once the noisy U. S. leader of the Nazi German merican Bund, was disclosed Sun ay more than a year after he diet "ere in obscurity. Otto Gritschneder, Kuhn's for mer lawyer, said in answer to in uiries that Kuhn died Dec. 14 1951, at the age of 55. Gritschneder did not know the cause of his death Kuhn went to the U. S. -from Germany in 1928, was naturalized two years later and became na- tional leader of the bund in 1936. He was convicted in 1939 by a New York jury of stealing bund funds and imprisoned. In 1945, he was deported to Germany. Kuhn's widow is reported to be in Mexico with her daughter and a son, Walter, 25, who is in the Mexican army. M Milwaukee RR Engineer Dies MILWAUKEE (ffl Joseph Mu- rawsky, 62, a Milwaukee Road en- gineer for. 30 years, died Sunday with his hand on the throttle. He was found dead in the cab of a switch engine he was operating on a spur track of the Milwaukee Road depot. The air fleet is composed of Air Force, Civil Air Patrol, Air Na tional Guard, Coast Guard and pri vate planes. It scoured an area of some square miles from Mad ison to a point 15 miles east of ihe Lake Michigan shore and from Beaver Dam to Freeport, 111. In addition a ground search went on until midnight Sunday in Waukesha County, in which two of the planes crashed. Fliers who parachuted to safe- ty were Major "Otto Kemp, 36, Madison, whose plane went down near Little Muskego Lake in Wau- kesha County about 70 miles east of Truax, and Lt. Kenneth Holker, 23, Chicago, whose ship crashed in a field six miles southeast of Ore- gon in Dane County. The third plane plunged to' earth near.Gene- see in Waukesha County about 15 miles from Kemp's was identified as the ship flown by the missing Boggs. Sudden Storm The six jets of the 432nd Fight- er Interceptor Squadron at Truax, lit the sudden storm as they came in to land about p.m. Satur- day after a routine framing flight. Squadron Commander Lt. Col Harry W. Shoup said he ordered the planes to land. One of th ships, piloted by Capt. Howard Mattes of Milwaukee, set down safely. The other four "made i >ass" at the field but couldn't land Shoup said. He then landed' his plane. expires on April 30. Eisenhower said effect of the Truman order "neu- Nationalist to protect tralizing the Chinese island of Formosa is One-fjlier said it was "just luck': that the two planes landed safely. The four pilots still in the air were on their own after their un- uccessful pass at the field. They vere under no orders. They had een up over an hour on the train- ing flight and their high grade ker- was running danger- sene fuel usly low. Holker said headed south from ruax so bis plane wouldn't crash in a heavily populated area. Air orce authorities at Truax said temp, Boggs and Van Ells head- for Mitchell Field .80 miles to the east to try to land there. Kemp said when he was sure make Milwaukee he re- orted over his plane radio he was oing to parachute out. He said oggs and Van Ells both declared we're going too." He 
                            

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