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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1953, Winona, Minnesota                              Cloudy Tonight, Sunday Fair And Cooler Read 'Green Water' Page 2 Today VOLUME 53, NO. 187 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1953 SIXTEEN PAGES Capt. Fugina, Veteran (f r Seeking New Riverman, Dead at 85 One of Last of Upper River Pilots, Captains, Operators Speed Record EDWARDS, Calif. A trian- gle-winged jet will roar over the Edwards Air Force Base proving grounds today in an attempt to wrest from Great Britain the speed Capt. Frank J. Fugina, one ofjrecord for combat planes. the last of the pilots, captains and Douglas Aircraft Co. in Santa steamboat operators on the Upper j Monica, which built the Navy F4D Mississippi and author of this !Skyray interceptor, said last night "OF Man River" col- I" will make Passes. two in leach direction, over a three-kilo- i record for Britain earlier this month by flying 727.6 miles an (hour. At Tripoli, Libya, Lt. Mike Lithgow of Britain claimed a new i unofficial record of 737.3 m.p.h. in a Super-Marine jet yesterday. umn, St., at p.m. Friday after an Verdin will pilot the combat- illness of five days. He was 85. i equipped craft. It is designed for Born a block from the river at I aircraft carrier operation Fountain City, Wis., Jan. 21, 1868, i A Hawker Hunter ]et took the Capt. Fugina had spent his entire life on the river or along its shores. His career spanned a period of 70 years and began during the era of early river development when he was a frequent visitor aboard the government steamboat Emily which towed brush and stone for the construction of wing dams along the river, The Emily's captain noted the 15- year-old's interest in the river and permitted him to do some daylight steering. Since that time Capt. Fugina had been intimately associated with the river first as a raft clerk, lat- er as a pilot, excursion and packet boat operator and finally as a well- known figure in engineering and construction for the deepening and improvement of the river channel. Wrote Two Books Following his retirement a.s the oldest living contractor in the pack- President Faces New Threat to Balanced Budget Possible Democratic Drive to Lower U.S. Revenue Looms Ahead WASHINGTON Eisen- hower administration today faced a new threat to its goal of a bal- cratic drive against keeping nue even up to present levels. Rep. Jere Cooper (D-Tenn) got out a statement yesterday urging that some eight billion dollars in tax cuts be allowed to take effect as scheduled next year barring any Democrats Looking to Farm Vote By STEWART ALSOP WASHINGTON Democratic strategists unanimously concede the continuing and even per- haps increasing personal popu- Isritv of i resident JJ. j. i-. PL. i j iu i pnhower But thev are neverthe- the book "Lore and Lure of the recommendation 01 the trial jury. sure on tne administration to pro- enhower. But tney are i But he smiled as usual for news KnmK form nf national sales et trade in the St. Paul district in 1938, Capt. Fugina began a new career as author and newspaper columnist. I Drawing from his experiences of more than a half a century on the river, Capt. Fugina first prepared j CANANDAIGUA, N. Y. (.W-Fred Eugene McManus, 19-year-old con- fessed killer of five persons, was sentenced today to life imprison- ment for the murder of William Allen Braverman. The VaHey Stream, L.I., youth faced the bench calmly and appar- without emotion as State Justice H, Douglass followed the Cooper also announced opposition to any new taxes to make up the loss in revenue. Cooper is senior Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee and usually works closely with House Demo- cratic leaders. The Eisenhower administration has asked Congress to cancel a scheduled two billion dollar cut in corporation income taxes and a one billion dollar reduction in ex- cise or sales taxes. Both reductions are scheduled under present laws for April 1. Chairman Daniel A. Reed (R- NY) of the Ways and Means Com- mittee already has vowed opposi- tion to postponement of tax cuts. He and Cooper would make a for- midable team. Normally their committee must start all tax bills through Congress. Accepting the losr of the three billion dollars in revenue involved in these two tax cuts not only would jeopardize plans for a balanced budget but might put more If H urncane weeps less remarkably hopeful already j seCfedKion about the 1954 elections. When j anj had compieted the manuscript they discuss these elections, they j of a ,second voiume, "Old Man like to linger lovingly on the six j Rlver which has not yet seconds of tepid applause accord-ibccn published ed Secretary of Agriculture Ezra For the years nis news- Benson, when he made a ma-1 column, "OF Man jor speech at a recent farm rally I nas appeareci eacn Saturday in The in Wisconsin. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee .sent out a scout to feel the farm pulse at this meeting the national plowing contest at Augusta, Wis. The scout timed the applause for Benson with a stop watch, and jubilantly reported that even during the short six seconds, hardly one farmer in ten bothered to clap. This frigid reception for Benson suggests the major reason why the Demo- crats believe that they can cap- Republican-Herald. The Winona river captain receiv- i ed national recognition in 1951 when he was selected to receive the award made annually by the Propeller Club of the United States for the best entry in the news and features division for the Middle Western States in the club's fifth annual American Newspaper Con- test. Capt. Fugina was awarded the S150 first prize and offered a 3-day all-expense trip to New York to at- ture at least one House next year. ,cnd annual convention Month after month, farm income and American Merchant Marine conference but because of his age i he declined the trip. Business Associations Outside the scope of his longtime has steadily falling. The Democrats claim that the result! has been a sort of creeping disil- lusionment among farmers, not with the President himself but activitieSi -Cant Fuqina at with the Administration he heads j one time was associated with the and the party he leads. They point; River Sand and Graye] Co o{ wj_ to recent farm polls m Minnesota i nona and ]ater wjth the Delta Fish and elsewhere to support this parms claim. And they claim further that In hjs newspaper columns he even a rather minor shift m the :had roealled incidcnt.; during the tu. farm vote next year will give and pioneering them control of the House, and; d flf river traffic Hin whjd] perhaps of the Senate, Certainly True It is certainly true that there is i only one way for the Democratic j party to go in the farm areas, j and that way is up. It is not sen- i erally realized how frightful was the licking the Democrats took in the farm districts last year, while they were holding (heir own rea- sonably well elsewhere. Exclusive of Missouri, there is now just one lonely Democratic member of the House of F.core- sentatives from a heavily agricul- photographers as he was led quick- ly from the half-filled courtroom. The 10 men and two women of the jury Thursday found McManus guilty of first-degree felony mur- der after deliberating more than pose some form of national sales tax. But a sales tax already has been denounced by a dozen or more leading congressional .Republicans and Democrats, including Reed and several GOP members of the Residents Of The Tallahassee, Fla., area took shelter in public buildings today as the hurricane from the Gulf of Mexico pounded the coastline. C. R. Green waved cheerfully after spending the night on a cot in the National Guard Armory. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) Cross-Counfry Call Ends in he had been engaged since he was completing school, he ob- tained employment as a clerk on the old raft boat Silas. Wright and three years later, when he reach- ed the age of 21, he received his license to pilot boats between Keokuk, Iowa, Minneapolis and Stillwater. His first boat was the U. S. Elsie. He Continued rafting for a dee- before forming a with Capt. William Henning in the j" 13 hours. But they recommended j senate Finance Committee, life imprisonment instead of death in the electric chair. Tried on Charge McManus, who confessed four other killings, was tried on a charge of first-degree premeditat- ed murder in the pistol-slaying of a 19-year-old Hobart College student from Rochester. He pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. During the trial, which began Sept. 8, the defense did not con- test the state's evidence of the crime. M. Maurice Chacchia, court- assigned attorney for the youth, portrayed McManus as dangerous- ly insane as a result of an un- happy childhood. Psychiatrists called by the pros- ecution said McManus was psycho- pathic but knew the nature and quality of his act and knew it was wrong, 2 Spring Valley Women The former Marine, while AWOL from Camp Lejuene, N.C., killed Braverman March 27 after he hitched a ride with his victim. McManus stole Braverman's new red convertible for a. murder- scarred trip through the Midwest with his 16-year-old sweetheart, Diane Marie Weggeland. She is now imprisoned as a wayward minor. McManus' other victims were George Bloomberg, 56, and his v.-ife Florence 55, at Kennyville, III., March 2S; and Mrs. Harriet Horsman, 43, and Mrs, David 43, at Spring Valley, March 30. 'Go 61 'Progressives' Shouf at Allies PANMUNJOM Wl American and South Korean prisoners who refused repatriation shook their Believed Dead n Far East Typhoons tural district, north of the Mason and Dixon Line. This is Rep. Fred Marshall of Minnesota, who beat crusty old Harold Knutson in 1948, and hns held on since. v. r The Democrats need to gain only i five seats to orcark'p the .'-louse, and one to organize the Senate (assuming Gov. Frank Lniische of Ohio finally makes up his mind to appoint a Democrat to the seat of the late Sen, President Eisenhower may still be popular a vear from now, the Democrats and short-line packet: excursion business. The firm operated the steamers Columbia, Fountain City and H. L, between Lansing, Iowa, and Still- organ- Operation Heads Up' Staged in Norway OSLO, Norway Oslo caught TanTOion aerial attack today as Britih, which operated five boats in the American and Danish jets piled on tne defending Norwegians i a.nd Canaaians in NATO's "Opera- point out. but he won't be heading j any Republican's ticket. In view of the Eisenhower landslide, the Dem- j ocrats claim that their represen-1 tation outside the farm areas is I their rock bottom strength. Let farm prices and fnvm income drop a little more, and the farm- ers' disillusionment crcen a little further, the Democrats reason, and the farmers will hand the Repub- licans the sort of unpleasant sur- prise they received in 19-18. when the farm vote was generally cred- ited with mskinc possible Truman's victory. For their part the Repub- licans, while making en" Dem- ocratic claim of a brewing farm revolt, arc admitted1-.- worried. Farm Program The Republican farm nroCram must be unveiled to the next ses- sion of Onsrress. Ken. Clifford Hope is presently touring the- country on his own milse-fceling expedition, and the Administration is cotintins heavily on him lo come excursion and packet trade. One of the best known of these TT boats was the steamer Ideal which Hcajs UP- ran for 15 years between Winona I Norway will continue to be un- der attack today and Sunday. On (Continued on Page 10, Column 2.) Monday Denmark will go on the FUGINA i defensive. Sid Hughes Los Angeles Reporter LOS ANGELES UP) A Los An- fate. M, the Jury1 Playing FBI Agent, B Gun Battle in Uses Tape Recording to Return ALDEN, Minn. Minnesota mother was hopeful today that a tape recording of an appeal asking him .'don't take any chances with your soul" would reach her soldier son over in Korea. The appeal by Mrs. Portia Howe of Alden was recorded by radio as j station KROC of Rochester and is directed to Pfc. Richard Tenneson, j A Communist correspondent Thursday listed young Tenneson one of the 23 American prisoners of war refusing repatriation. "It's been a long time since I've been able to say hello to I Mrs. Howe said on the recording. "And oh, how many times I've 1 wanted to. "Rick, I want you to make up your own mind as you were brought up to do. But before making a final decision, remember I that when you accept Communism you reject God. And that affects up with some sort of politically i your soul welfare, not your body, acceptable answr to the ancient "Rick, don't take any chances with your soul." farm problem. Meanwhile Secre-1 Others joining in tlie recorded appeal were his brother and sister tarv Benson and i-ts asdrs are j Jan and Eben, 10-year-old twins, and his grandmother. Mrs. Jenson. wresting unhappily with new; They spoke of life in the farm home the young soldier left three j years ago. how he talked by long distance telephone for almost an hour with an ex-convict in a Baltimore movie house phone booth Friday night while the call was traced and the FBI closed in and killed the des- perado. The reporter, Sid Hughes, told of his tense experience in a copy- righted story in the Los Angeles Mirror today. Hughes wrote that he had known the ex-convict, John Elgin Johnson, for some time and had tried to aid in his rehabilitation. Friday Hughes received a call from John- son in Baltimore. The reporter said he asked John- son to call Turn back in an hour. Hughes, in the meantime, notified the FBI. An hour later the news- man received a second call from Johnson. Hughes wrote of the second call as follows: "Sid, I got a funny Johnny kept saying. r "What do you mean "Well, when you live like I do you get these kind of feelings and you play he answered. c_________ As we talked in friendly, amiable I to Los fashion the origin point of his call Angeles was John Elgin Johnson, to me was being traced by the j 34.year-old former bank robber Baltimore telephone company. j wanted for parole violation and as To this house of entertainment a murder suspect, squads of FBI men armed and Agent J. Brady Murphy, 36, of ready for whatever developed Ithe local office, was shot in the By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Perhaps 1.10U persons were dead today and hundreds of thousands homeless in the wake of typhoons which lashed central Indochina and southern Japan. The screaming wind and rain- fists at U. N. observers today and I storms wrought untold property shouted "Go home, American im- damage and destroyed food sup- perialists go back where you came from, stuffed shirts." j erican soldier drowned in southern Earlier, angry anti-Communist j Japan during the storm, prisoners delivered by the Allies Gov. Pham Van Giao of central to Indian custodial troops seized an Indian major and held him hostage for 90 minutes. He was finally released when the Indian commander chided the Chinese for lack of hospitality. Sixty-nine other Chinese prison- ers mostly officers announced they have changed their minds on repatriation and now want to re- turn to Red China, If the Repa- triation Commission agrees to their request, it will bring to 102 the number of Chinese and Korean prisoners who decided to go home j after all. This is the largest single group to switch. The Chinese as well as 23 Amer- icans, 1 Briton and 335 South Ko- reans are being held for inter- views by representatives of their old sides. Maj, Gedward A. Morrer of Ta- coma, Wash., one of the Allied observers, reported the show of hostility by captured Allied sol- diers held in zone awaiting final action on their pidly falling; WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Consid- erable cloudiness early tonight, clearing late tonight. Sunday Residents Flee Storm-Struck Coastal Area 80 M.P.H. Wind, Heavy Rain, High Water Reported PANAMA CITY, Fla. UP) A powerful gulf hurricane swept across the Florida coastline west of here at 9 a.m. and raked a long but thinly populated area with roaring hurricane winds. Harold Parr, Associated Press reporter telephoning from a Long Beach cottage settlement 15 miles west of Panama City said winds struck with "very great forte." "The wind is shaking the tele- phone booth so hard I am getting out of said Parr, breaking off his call. Grady Norton, chief storm fore- caster at Miami, confirmed that the storm center began to cross the coastline at 9 a.m. One small settlement, Shalimar, near Valparaiso, reported winds of about 80 miles an hour, but this WES not definitely confirmed by experienced weather reporters, said Norton. Viet Nam reported nearly known dead and said the toll may reach as a result of a ty-! .The State Highway Patrol said v v. T, -j j-i j j ..u !it believed all residents had been phoon which Friday flooded the evacuated frorn the Long Beach entire region around Hue, on In- area where the storm struck. dochina's South China Sea coast. Famine and typhoid epidemics were feared in the central Viet Nam state of Annam, where con- tinued rain hampered relief. Strategic bases of the Red-led Vietminh were reported damaged. A roaring typhoon began break- ing up in the North Pacific after sideswiping the teeming Tokyo area and leaving at least 115 dead and millions in property damage. Japanese national police also re- ported 2S8 missing and 259 in- jured, with hundreds of thousands erally fair and cooler. Low to-1 homeless, and shipping and corn- night 50, high Sunday afternoon munications snarled. 66. American bases in Japan suf- LOCAL WEATHER jfered damage estimated officially Official observations for the 24 at millions of dollars. hours ending at noon today: Maximum, 60: minimum, 43; Name drowned of at the U. S. soldier Camp Maizuru in noon, 64; precipitation, .01 of an j southern Japan was withheld and inch; sun sets tonight at p m.; sun rises tomorrow at 6 a. m AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) details were not immediately avail- able. (No. Central Observations) i _ i Max temp. 64 at noon today. Low I Never I 00 Uld tO Learn QUAPAW, and one broken at feet, visi- adults figure they're never too old bility 15 miles plus with wind from to learn. east-southeast at 12 miles per hour i There are loO adults, only and gusts to 23 miles per hour- fewer than the town's elementary of commission and radio cars were The center of the tropical storm thundered across an area of small beach settlements on a coastline indented by bays. Inland along its course were a number of small towns, much forest land and a few creeks and rivers. Rain fell in Panama City at a rate of more than an inch an hour, totaling 3.66 inches in three hours. Fishing Town No late reports were received from Apalachicola, a fishing town, midway between Panama City and the Tallahassee area, which had been isolated by high water. The radio telephone in a State Highway Patrol car was its only means communication with the outside world. Hundreds of persons were re- ported in shelters along the coastal stretch. First reports gave infor- mation on very minor damage. Most of these reports came before the storm center moved inland. Parr, returning to Panama City, said that community apparently was missing the brunt of the storm. Quapaw "The winds don't compare with the blow at Long he said. The highway patrol said its ra- 25 j dio station at Pensacola was out lCU nlllcu out- UJJU gual-o LW C.U inm..; R neutral dew point, 43; barometer 29.72 ra- school enrollment registered for I cent. per j night high school classes, I Clyde F. Deaton discloses. Supt. being used to maintain contact with the patrol station there, at the western edge of the danger area. azrng BALTIMORE West Coast desperado was killed and an FBI agent fatally wounded last night in a blazing gun battle at a down- town movie house. Most of the movie audience, ab- sorbed with the crime picture on on the screen, didn't realize a squad of FBI men was shooting it out with the trapped gunman. Another agent was seriously wounded in the battle on the mez- zanine of the Town Theater here. Shot to death in a phone booth swarmed like bees. (lower abdomen and died about 4 The shooting itself had a weird, a_ m. today at Mercy Hospital. farrn program. Benson has made no secret of j the fact that he opposes "ricrirl" j Pictures of the family were also taken to be sent to young Tenneson. farm supports, mandntorv M The recording was made after Mrs. Howe had told newsmen she like the present thought that she" could at least n- c-nt of "make a -dent in that kind thlriking., if she could with hw son fflr 10 or lg minutes_ (Continued on Page 10, Column 8) The disheartened mother said she had received no official word ALSOPS i from the Army that her son had refused repatriation. half-world quality as it sounded to me over the long distance. The gun shots had a "jingling coin" tone, as though someone with a handful of quarters had poured them into the phone booth in six blasts. It was like slugs shattering a coin box. I'll never forget that sound, fol- lowed by a terrible kind of silence. "Operator, I've been disconnect- I finally said, half-shouting. of i And from far-away Baltimore the operator quietly answered: "I'm sorry, out of order." sir, the phone's Agent Ray Fox, 39, was shot in the hip. They were leading a squad of FBI men up the steps whan John- stalled by a Los An- geles operator on his call until officers could get turned and opened fire through the glass door of the booth. Brady sagged to the floor and his gun rolled under a chair. Fox fell backward toward the stairs. Other agents moved up emptying their pistols into the booth. Johnson, hit by two bullets in the right side of the chest and one which grazed his face, slumped against the door of the phone booth, jamming it tight. "He didn't get out of the not till wa pulled him said Scott Alden, special agent in charge of the FBI here. Johnson was dead when he ar- rived at University Hospital. It was over so quickly only a few theater patrons sensed any- thing amiss. A small crowd of curious, near the back of the thea- ter where they could hear the shots, was in the lobby when Johnson and the wounded agents were taken out. The movie, "I, The on a best seller by Mickey Spil- started only a few minutes before. One patron, Francis O'Brien, said he thought someone "had let off a string of firecrackers." He said the man next to him, how- ever, threw himself on the floor and said someone was firing a pistol. Alden said Johnson had a record going back to 1935. FBI records show he drew a 15-year sentence for bank robbery in 1941 and was sent to the McNeil Island federal prison. A "rough he was later transferred to Alcatraz pris- on. He was conditionally released from Alcatraz last March 20. In addition to violating that re- lease be was wanted for question- ing in the death of a Huntington Park Calif., man found strangled around the in his shower Aug. 4. i About Mrs. F. Di Gennaro Shows Where Bandit Died Alden explained setting of the trap this way: The Los Angeles FBI called the local office yesterday to say John- son was here, had made a phone call to the West Coast city and was supposed to call back last night. Alden spotted groups of agents city last late yesterday. night, Johnson ington. walked into the Town Theater and placed his call. (Alden said he thought he was calling someone on I a Los Angeles The Los Angeles operator stalled 1 him while the call was traced in i Baltimore and the word flashed to 1 the FBI here. The group nearest j the theater headed for the phone I booth. Agents said Johnson seemed to I half turn, as from an instinctive warning, just as they reached the top of the stairs. And the firing began. He was carrying a P-EI German automatic in a hip holster. Also found on him was in bills and in change, most of it in quarters apparently for use in the phone call, as well as five diamond rings in his pocket. Johnson was a native of Lynn Grove, Iowa. In addition to his federal prison sentence he had served time in New Mexico and Wyoming for burglary. Shortly before his robbery sen- tence for holding up Los Angeles bank, he was arrested by FBI agents in Sioux City, Iowa, after holding up a store and disarming two policemen. Agent Murphy, a native of Balti- more, was married and had three children. He was a graduate of Loyola College and made his home in nearby Ellicott City. He pre- viously had served in FBI offices in Cleveland, Chicago. San Fran- cisco, Savannah, Detroit and Wash-   

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