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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1953, Winona, Minnesota                              Fair, Somewhat- Warmer Tonight And Saturday River Stage Today Year Ago (Flood Stage 13) 9.20 7.63 24-Hour .26 .08 VOLUME 53, NO. 121 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 10, 1953 EIGHTEEN PAGES Steamboat Days Program TODAY p. m. Dinner for queen candidates; Hotel Winona. 7 p. m. _ Winona Municipal Band concert; Levee Park stage. S p. m. Levee Park stage show, queen coronation. p. m. Queen coronation ball; Armory. SATURDAY Noon Rivermen's homecoming banquet; Hotel Winona. 1 to 5 p. m. Public inspection of U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Fern, Levee Park. 2pm __ 3rd Street parade followed by Osman Patrol exhibition on 3rd Street between Center and Lafayette. 7 p. m. Osman Temple band concert; Levee Park stage. 8 p. m. Levee Park stage show, award of trophies to parade float winners. to midnight Northwest square dance festi- val; Main Street between 3rd and 4th streets. SUNDAY 9 a. m. to noon Public in'spection of U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Fern, Levee Park. 10 a. m, Trial runs of boats entered in afternoon races; Levee Park. I p. m. Motorboat races at Levee Park. 7 p. m. Rushford High School band concert; Levee Park stage. p. m. River regatta. 8 p. m. Levee Park stage show. p. m. Fireworks display; Levee Park. All three days noon to closing Midway rides and shows on Center Street. Minimum Wage Hike Cleared for Women, Minors in Minnesota ST. PAUL Minnesota Supreme Court today handed down a unanimous decision paving the way for issuance of an order by the State Industrial Commission raising minimum wages for women and minors in retail stores from 10 to 20 cents an hour. The new minimums would make the lowest wage paid in Minnea- DOlis St Paul and Duluth to women and minor workers of ordinary ability 75 cents an hour. This is the same as the federal minimum wage for persons employed in industry involving' interstate com- Gmerce. M C Minimum wages approved by the thrill MM 9 [commission for women workers! I and boys and girls 18 to 21 years old with ordinary abilities on the job were: Cities over raised from 55 cents to 75 cents an hour. Cities to 55 to 70 cents. Cities to from 50 to 65 cents. Cities under 45 Be na as Mai en kov Tightens Hold on Russia Five Winona Men Held Here on suspicion of an extensive series of thefts of copper wire and scrap metal are questioned by authorities. Left to right with Sheriff George Fort, extreme left, are Allen Todd, James Tomashek, Elroy Mase- pohl, William Eckert, and Valery Ronnenberg, all of whom are in custody for questioning re- garding the thefts, and State Crime Bureau Agent Michael McGinnis and Wabasha County Sheriff John Jacobs, who assisted in the ques- tioning. (Republican-Herald photo) Boil Under Red Rule Boy, 3, Killed, 6 Hurt in Crash Near Little Falls LITTLE FALLS, Minn, Wl Three-year-old Arthur Marty was killed "and six other persons were inonans confess Conf< 6 in Thefts, Sheriff Fort Says Matthews Quits After Ike Raps Slap at Clergy McCarthy Accepts Resignation of Committee Executive By G. MILTON KELLY WASHINGTON (J) A vigorous blast from President Eisenhower, fired over the head of Sen. Mc- Carthy has blown J. B. I Matthews out of the investigating job in which McCarthy had sought to keep him. "Alien to the Presi- dent said in obvious reference to the statement in a magazine ar- ticle by Matthews that Prot- estant clergymen are "the largest single group supporting the Com- munist apparatus" in this country. McCarthy promptly accepted the resignation of Matthews, whom he has called "a star spangled Amer- as executive staff director of the Senate investigations sub- committee which the Wisconsin senator heads. The fast breaking developments missed a sharp curve in a highway I with the self-styled nickname of "The Wire and Cable Gang, Sheriil near Elmdale in rural Morrison George Fort revealed today. Countv The sheriff said that statements taken from four of the six mem- Mr, "and Mrs. Michael Marty and bers of the group now confined in the county jail contain confessions their four children were riding in i the thefts spanning a period the auto, driven by Albert Hen- ij February, 1951, until last drickson, 42, Flensburg. After leav-' ing the road, the machine plowed By STEWART ALSOP BERLIN What has been hap- pening in East Germany has transformed the whole world situ- ation. The best way to understand what has been happening is to consider in some detail certain re- cent events in the small industrial city of Bitterfeid, in the Soviet zone of Germany, as seen through the eyes of two brave men. These men are Wilhelm Fiebel- korn, a schoolteacher who looks like a high strung, unhealthy, very intelligent American Indian; and Horst Sovarda, a skilled electrical worker who looks like a genial, ham-fisted football tackle. Fiebel- korn and Sovarda arrived a few days ago in the safe haven of West Berlin, after being condemned to death by the East German Com- munist regime. For Sovarda, the worker, and Fiebclkorn, the intel- lectual, were the leaders of a re- volt which actually seized and for a time exercised power in the city of Bitterfeid. First Part of Story Sovarda tells the first part of j 80 feet into a cornfield. The Martys live at Burtrum. Most seriously injured was one- year-old Joseph Marty, who has a skull fracture. Hendrickson suffer- ed a broken shoulder and head in- juries. Elmdale is 34 miles southwest of Little Falls. Norway Air Crash Kills 10 Americans STAVANGER, Norway (JPI U. S. military plane and a Nor- mission from hiking minimum j wegian Thunderjet fighter collid- wages in the Hennepin county ed today over Sola Air Field, just cents to 55 cents. The State Industrial Commission at a special meeting today voted to file a new order with revised minimum wages for women and minors in the merchandising in- dustry with the Secretary of State "as soon as the attorney general approves the order as to form." The new minimum wages would become effective 30 days after the order is filed. The high court rejected an ap- peal by C. B, Thomas, Pipestone merchant who unsuccessfully sought to block the industrial corn- district court. Commission members said the new minimums will be ordered into effect promptly, but they do not become effective until a 30- day lapse. However, it is regarded as almost certain that such an order by the Industrial Commis- sion also will be attacked in the courts and the matter held up further. outside Stavanger. A spokesman of the Stavanger police said 10 Americans were killed and two persons were re- ported missing. The Thunderjet and the Ameri- can just get- ting into the landing pattern over the field when they tangled. All aboard the DC3 were reported kill- ed. month. Taken mostly from industrial firms and construction job sites in the Winona area, the loot from these forays ranged from the more than three tons of copper wire tak- en from a Rushford firm to loads several hundred pounds obtained in other trips by the group, the the story. Towards the beginning I A nine-member State Women's of June, when the Communist Wage Advisory Board voted, 6 to 3, to recommend the commis- sion make an upward revision of minimum wages in the retail regime was announcing all sorts for the the workers in the big Bitterfeid electro-magnetic combine learned that their "production norms" were to be increased. Already, Sovarda and other workers' lead- ers had organized an elaborate cell system in their plant, precise- ly patterned on the Communists' The Norwegian fighter -went down like a rocket and exploded nearby. The sole occupant, a Nor- wegian flight lieutenant, perished. The exact number aboard the Although only one or twq mem- bers of the gang were involved in some of the thefts, the sheriff ex- plained, the methods of operation were similar in each case and all of the offenses fit into the general pattern. Sold to Junk Yards In questioning by Sheriff Fort and Michael C. McGinnis, an agent of the Minnesota Bureau of Crimi- nal Apprehension in St. Paul who has been in Winona most of the past week, the members of the 1 gang indicated that they confined their operations to the theft of wire and metal which could be disposed of as scrap at junk yards through- out southern Minnesota and West- ern Wisconsin. Sheriff Fort and McGinnis said that although the statements have been obtained from four mem- bers of the of them had been signed this morning, of the two re- merchandising trade because of in- American plane was not known, creases in the cost of living. The commission accepted the recommendations but Thomas' suit held up issuance of an order to change the minimums. Thomas contended the commission erred in but police thought there were be- tween nine and 13. by the sheriff as: James J. Tomashek, 33, 621 E. 3rd St.; Valery T. Ronnen- berg, 29, a native of Homer who has been staying recently on Winona Street; Allen G. Todd, 20, 257 W. 2nd St.; William Eck- ert, 35, W. Mark St., and Elroy Masepohl, 42, National Hotel. The sheriff declined to identify the sixth member of the group un- Lavrenti Beria Jenkins Given Life Sentence For Killing Wife ROCHESTER, Minn. Ster- ling Henry Jenkins, 51-year-old barbershop porter, today was sen- tenced to life imprisonment for ,uc which marked Matthews' depar- 1 the slaying of his 31-year-old wife ture underscored seemingly strained relations between Eisen- hower and McCarthy, who several times have seemed on the verge of head-on collisions. Two Other Disputes McCarthy, for years the center of controversy in Washington, was No. 2 Red Will Stand Trial as Soviet Traitor Accused of Trying To Seize Leadership Of Communist Party By THOMAS P. WHITNEY MOSCOW P. Beria, longtime head of Russia's police forces and first deputy to Pre- mier Georgi M. Malenkpv, has been fired from the Soviet gov- ernment, expelled from the Com- munist party and turned over to his nation's highest tribunal as a traitor. The party newspaper Pravda de- nounced him today as an agent of international imperialism and an "enemy of the Communist party and the Soviet people." A party communique said Mal- enkov himself outlined the case against Beria at a recent meeting of the party Central Committee, which took away party member- ship and office from the 53-year- old veteran Red. A separate communique said the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (Parliament) had removed the dis- graced Beria from his posts first deputy premier of the Soviet simultaneously involved in two I'l6v, Pr hrnshPs with ttm arlmini.stratmn but that if Jenkins needed er brushes with the administration. These came when the senator: 1. Moved to call before his sub- committee top officials of the Cen- tral Intelligence Agency in- aid in an appeal to the pardon board the judge would do what he could. Jenkins was convicted of second some possibly explosive question- ing. McCarthy accused Dulles, a brother of Eisenhower's secretary of state, of refusing to let the Mc- Carthy subcommittee question a CIA employe. 2. Aimed sharp criticism at a new State Department directive declaring that some Communist writers' books may be used in the U. S. overseas libraries, He got a swift reply indicating the depart- j kJl. JTCIUI, .LJCIU viaiic, mainmg members will continue and and Qther dties gheriff Fort said both officers said that they believed that additional thefts would come to light in the subsequent question- ing. Five of the men were identified avviii. icuiy iiiunaiiUK ujc ucudi i- til he has-been questioned further I en{ jntends to ;ts guns regarding his connection with the Matthews, whose article about gang. Up to noon statements had, Communism jn the ranks been dictated by Tomashek Ron- p r clergymen had nenberg, Todd and Eckert, the sheriff said. "The amount that these men ob- tained in the sale of the stolen wire and cable can't be estimated until a full accounting is the sher- iff said, "but the total value of the wire and metal that they have ad- mitted taking thus far totals over and I don't think that we're even close to through with this case yet." Can't Recall Amounts He said that the difficulty in de- termining how much the stolen ma- terials was sold for stemmed from the fact that the prisoners were un- able to recall the exact amounts that they had been paid by junk dealers in an area that extended to St. Paul, Eau Claire, La Crosse apparently acknowledged defeat within a few minutes after the White House made public Eisenhower's denun- ciation of his views. He submitted a new letter of resignation as executive staff di- rector of McCarthy's subcommit- tee, with a defiant declaration that his article in the American Mer- cury magazine "is completely fac- tual and fully documented." He has emphasized that he wrote that the vast majority of clergymen are loyal, McCarthy, who had filed away an earlier resignation, accepted this one. cell system in capitalist cour tries j naming Florence Burton, commis- The time had come, they decided j for 32 vears until to risk everything The Older to h in Dece-mberi 195l cdl %nTonTeSmor f f June 10 the whole plant closed down. member of the board was Sovarda and the others expect- M a t s o n and affirmed District ing arrest, canmly refused to meet Judge Levi M- Hall of Minnea. polis. the Communist functionaries who came to the factory. Then on June 11, the Communists capitulated i completely and astonishingly. All j Fire LOSS the workers' demands were met, i. Li-i-l Ci D I and the men went back to work. I Mr nOTBI Jr. raul All Plants Struck ST_ pAUL A fire blamed For three days the _ workers j on a cigaret smoker who fell quietly absorbed this evidence of asleep did damage to the the regime's weakness. On June ioth floor of the Hotel St. Paul 15 they struck again, with increas- ed demands, and again the factory closed down. Again, the regime failed to react with the expected violence. Then, on the evening of June IB. RIAS. the American ra- dio station in Berlin, carried word of the construction workers' strike in East Berlin, and the word spread rapidly throughout Bitter- feid. Until then, the strike had been confined to the electro-magnetic. plant. Now every factory in the Bitterfeid area struck, and on the (Continued on Page 4, Column 1) ALSOPS early today. Firemen credited Cornelius Mc- Goldrick, 25, Minneapolis, with averting a more serious fire. Mc- Goldrick, who works as a bell boy in the hotel while attending law school at the University of Minne- sota, fought the fire with a water hose until firemen arrived. The fire started in a room occu- pied by W. G. Stole, 47, Evan- ston, 111. Stole was charged with violating the city's fire ordinance prohibiting smoking in hotel beds and released on bail. District Fire Chief Albert G. Hartmann made the damage estimate. President Eisenhower joked with Rep. Clarence Brown (R- Ohio) at a White House bill-signing ceremony today shortly be- fore the chief executive flew to Texas to talk over the drought situation with Southwestern governors. Brown has his hand out for a handshake with the President, who pointed his finger at the legislator and called attention to the fact that Brown had his pen. The occasion was the signing of a bill setting up a commission to study reorganization of the government. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) that he and McGinnis now were seeking to obtain information from the firms to which the materials were sold regarding canceled checks and company records so that some sort of an evaluation of the total take can be attempted. Although Sheriff Fort and law enforcement officers from other counties in the Winona area had conducted investigations of the thefts for the past 2v2 years, the matter became one of greater con- cern this spring when there was a sudden spurt in the number of such thefts reported to sheriffs' offices. "We were all in on this Sheriff Fort explained, "with Sher- iffs Donald Cook at Preston, Gerald Cunningham at Rochester, Beryl Kerrigan, Caledonia, John Jacobs, Wabasha, and myself exchanging information on all of the develop- ments we came upon in an effort to determine the persons responsible." Sheriff Fort recalled that for sev- eral months this spring and sum- mer he had made nightly patrols of the county in an effort to find some of the stolen materials being trans- ported. St. Charles Break "I can't even begin to guess how many hours we put in on it at the sheriff said, "but Depu- ties Helmer Weinmann, John Jen- sen, Clarence McElmury and myself were out almost every night. Dur- ing this entire time, too, the Wi- nona police department was check- ing down leads and we were ex- (Continued on Page 9, Column 4.) 6 WINONANS WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Fair and warmer tonight and Low tonight 56, high somewhat Saturday. Saturday 84. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 81; minimum, 56; noon, 77; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. Temp. 78 at a.m., min. 52 at p.m. Noon read- ings Scattered clouds at feet, visibility 15 miles, wind 12 miles per hour from west north- west, humidity 54 per cent, barometer 30.30 steady. that heard more than a week of testimony. During the trial, the landlord, James Williamson, 59, denied in- timacies with Mrs. Esther Pearl Jenkins. Williamson is paralyzed from the waist down because of wounds suffered at the time of the shooting, May 24. Mrs. Jenkins died two days later. Forest Fire Kills 75 in California WILLOWS, Calif. UP! A flash fire driven by a sweeping wind killed 15 firefighters in Mendocino National Forest Thursday night. Bulldozers worked into the black- ened, seared area today and recov- ered all the bodies. By mid-morn- ing all but one had been identified. Thirteen of the dead were mem- bers of the New Tribes Mission, a religious organization with Pa- cific Coast headquarters near here. They were in their camp at Fouts Springs, in the mountains, and went to work on the firelines. The wind-driven, explosive flames- trapped the 15 as they ran toward safety. Nine men managed to es- cape. 3 Billion Bushels Of Corn Forecast fairs. Criminal Actions "It was decided also by the who, he claimed, he found in bed j union and minister of internal af- with their landlord. Jenkins covered his face with his hands and asked that the court "have mercy on me" before Olm- sted County District Judge Arnold W. Hatfield pronounced sentence. Judge Hatfield said he was im- life term "pursuant to WASHINGTON The Agri- culture Department today fore- cast. this year's corn crop at bushels and the wheat crop at This was the first estimate of the year for corn. It compares Presidium that the case on the criminal actions of L. P. Beria should be turned over to the Su- 'preme Court of the the announcement added. His downfall left Malenkov with' three deputy premiers: Foreign'. Minister V. M. Molotov, War Min- ister Nikolai Bulganin, and Laz- arus M. Kaganovich. The party accused Beria of "criminal activities designefl at subverting the Soviet state in the interests of foreign capitalism" and of trying to put his Internal Affairs Ministry "higher than the government and Communist party of the Soviet Union." Pravda said he had planned se- cretly to "seize the leadership of the party and the country" in order to restore capitalism. (In Western capitals, non-Com- munist observers speculated that Beria was the first victim of the power struggle within the Kremlin following Stalin's death, and also that he possibly was being made the scapegoat for the recent East German uprisings and other unrest in the Soviet satellites.) The charge that Beria acted in the interests of foreign imperial- ism was viewed here as a clear reference to the recent riots in Berlin and the release of North Korean prisoners of war by South Korean President Syngman Rhee. The Russian press has charged that these events were related parts of a Western plan to prevent peace. Appointment Announced The government announced Ser- gei N. Kruglov had been named internal affairs chief. He had head- ed the ministry until Stalin's death, when it was combined with Beria's Ministry of State Security and Beria took over. Pravda called for the party to "regularly verify the work of all organizations and institutions, and the activity of all leading offi- cials." It added: "It is necessary to take under systematic and un- weakening control, the activity of the organs of the Ministry of In- ternal Affairs." Pravda gave these details of Beria's offenses: He advanced officials in his min- istry on the basis of their personal loyalty to him. with last year's crop of He "put the brake by every 000 bushels and the 10-year 1942-1 means possible on decisions of tha 51 average of Of-'most important and urgent ques- ficials have said that a crop of I tions in the field of agriculture more than bushels this 1 in order to undermine the collec- year might require use of produc-1 tive farms and create difficulties tion controls next year. [in our country's food supply." 3 Alaskan Erupt ANCHORAGE, Alaska (in A black pall of acrid, sulphurous smoke spread for hundreds of miles over this land of the mid- night sun today, and a thick blan- ket of ash sifted down from five volcanic eruptions. The violent upheaval from three, and possibly more, newly active peaks in the Aleutian range SO miles west of here was touched off early Thursday. In the next 10 hours, five heavy explosions sent flame, smoke and i lava chunks shooting miles into the sky. An Air Force pilot said 1 the smoke columns reached up- ward at least feet. Known to have ripped off their tops were Mount Spurr, Mount Torbert and an unnamed cone nearby feet I high. The Air Force said other [volcanoes in the wilderness region I across Cook Inlet may have come to life. The spectacular volcanic display was described as the most awe- some since Mount Katmai, in the Valley of smokes, went on a rampage 41 years ago. Tons of ash fell on this city of largest. Runways at Emlendorf Air Force Base were covered with four inches of reddish dust. City lights were turned on as the black cloud blooted out the almost perpetual light of the sum- mer months. Townspeople donned slickers and carried umbrellas for protection from the dust.   

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