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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1953, Winona, Minnesota                              Partly Cloudy Tonight, Sunday; Cooler Sunday Support Your Community Chest VOLUME 53, NO. 205 SIX CENTS PER COPY MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 17, 1953 FOURTEEN PAGES Hultkrantz Named City Treasurer Oke Hultkrantz TODAY Balanced Council Decides Contest on 4th Secret Ballot A native of Sweden who later fought for his adopted country dur- ing World War II is the new city treasurer of the city of Winona. He is Oke Hultkrantz, 43, 414 Center St., a life insurance agent here recently and previously treas- urer and manager of the Winona branch of the Personal Finance Co. Hultkrantz pronounced Hull- krants was named on the fourth secret ballot at a City Council meeting Friday evening. For three successive ballots, Hultkrantz had received four votes; 4th Ward Aid. Daniel Bambenek, 40, 260 Mankato Ave., three, and Oscar II. Lindstrom, 23, 710 Main St., one. On the fourth ballot, the Lind- i strom vote switched to Hultkrantz, making the count 5 to 3 for Hult- krantz. Bambenek Not Present Not present during the balloting in the Council committee room U.S. Must Build was Aid. Bambenek. However, for sagging prices. President Says Foreign Friends, Imports Vital, Ike Says at New Orleans By ED CREAGH NEW ORLEANS President Eisenhower declared today this country must build strength in its friends abroad or else put itself "at the mercy of those who hope for our destruction." The President, here to help New Orleans celebrate the 150th anni- versary of the Louisiana Purchase, said the United States must help its Allies become "independent of di- rect aid from wealthier nations." Obviously he meant a tapering off of outright American aid and an increase in American buying that other countries, in return, can "buy from us what we must sell to the Eisenhower flew to an already- celebrating New Orleans from Kansas City, where he had en gaged in two days of earnest talks with cattlemen and farmers about their twin problems of drought and Unlikely By STEWART ALSOP WASHINGTON will be a strange turn of events if the first Republican administration in 20 years ends its first term in office with the heaviest deficits in peace- time history. Yet the logic of the situation in which the Eisenhower administration finds itself is begin- ning to point rather clearly in this direction. Some days ago, the top govern- ment policy-making body, the Na- tional Security Council, met to con- sider the level of the national de- fense effort, in the light of the Soviet hydrogen bomb. No final decision on defense spending was, apparently, taken but the trend is suggested" by the fact that the dan- ger implicit in the growing Soviet air-atomic threat was officially de- termined to be ''absolute." More- over, the Council agreed at least in principle that continental defense must "have a very high priority, and that a major continental de- fense .effort, stretching over a pe- riod of several years, must be un- dertaken. THIS MEETING occurred after the formal election of the new treasurer, Bambenek moved that it be made unanimous and the mo- tion was seconded by the other 4th Ward alderman, Joseph Kar- sina. Election of Hultkrantz, who will be in his City Hall office Monday morning, followed the removal from office of Otto P. Pietsch, A Long Meeting The City Council set a record for endurance several years ago, when it met from p. m. to about 3 a. m. the next morning, but the meeting that was adjourned Friday night at p. m. was longer in a way. It started at p. m. Oct. 5. That night it recessed to the evening of Oct. 6, for the hearing against the city treasurer, and the night of Oct. 6 it recessed to the following afternoon, when it was recess- ed again to last night. Monday night the Council meets again in regular session. charged with taking parking meter nickels from bags stored in the city recorder's vault. Evidence against the former city treasurer was presented at a Council hearing Oct. 6. It was ad. Secretary of Defense Charles E. journed to last night when Pietsch Wilson had predicted at a press his physician asked adjourn conference that defense spending in the next fiscal year could be held to something like less than current spending. Whether this prediction is to be revised in view of the National Security Council decision remains to be seen. But the fact is that even a reduc- tion in defense spending is much less than W7ilson, Secretary of the Treasury George Humphrey, and other Administration policy-mak- ers hoped for. It is not many weeks since the talk in the De- fense and Treasury Departments was all about reducing defense penditures by more. Moreover, the Security Council decision, if it is acted upon, obvi- ously involves a continued very heavy level of defense spending throughout President Eisenhower's first term. This raises the ques- tion: Where is the money to come from? Treasury experts who have been trying to find an answer to this ment of the hearing. Neither Pietsch nor his coun- sel P. S. Johnson was at the adjourned hearing. After Vice President William F. Holden had failed to receive any response to their names, the reso- lution removing Pietsch was pre- sented and passed unanimously. Pietsch was charged with unau- thorized removal of nickels from the city recorder's vault "at least one time each week" during Sep- tember. Another Charge In a completely separate pro- I ceeding, Pietsch is charged with I second degree grand larceny by State Public Examiner Richard A. Coiling. The discharged city treasurer has asked for a prelimin- day. Hultkrantz will succeed Roy F, Carpenter, 456 Main St., who was named acting treasurer after Pietsch was suspended Oct. 6. Car- penter was not an applicant for to mgincly considered a Fed- eral retail sales tax. But careful Congressional soundings indicated which Only two technicalities remain for the new treasurer to assume that this was politically L11B usurer 10 assume ml President Eisenhower i Obtaining of a bond, for (rill, illlU 1 1LO1U1.11L W C.1 v i i has now killed the proposal once i whlc.h ,he, was making amngo- and for all today, and swearing in by HE HAS' BEEN CAREFUL not i G. Wildgrube. to kill an alternative proposal, a (Continued on Page 14, Column 1) ALSOPS a Governor to Take Part in School Fete NISSWA, Minn, Cov. Ander- son will play a leading role Sunday in dedication of the new Nisswa grade school building. The structure houses eisht classrooms, a gymnasium and library. The An- derson summer home is nearby on Gull Lake. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Vi'inona and vicinity Partly cloudy tonight and Sunday. A little cooler Sunday. Low tonight 52, high Sunday SO, LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum. SS: minimum. 63; noon, 75: precipitation, trace: sun sets tonight at 5.21; sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. S5 at p. m. Fri- day, min. 67 at a. m. today. Scattered layers of clouds at feet, broken layer at Visi- bility 15 miles, noon temperature 73. wind 13 miles per hour from south southeast, barometer 30.00 j steady, humidity 50 per cent. The Philip Eaumann .Agency, Inc., which wrote the (Continued on Page 11, Column 7) He hit at that same theme today in a speech prepared for delivery at New Orleans old Spanish city hall, after a parade through the gaily-bedecked streets. New Orleans ail but turned it- self inside out to welcome the President, who paused here a few hours on his way to Texas for Monday's dedication of the inter- national Falcon Dam on the Mexi- can border. Whole Economy In his speech Eisenhower said America's whole economy, from the tin used in canning food to the manganese that goes into steel manufacture, depends on imports from abroad. And he declared: "This dependence is sure to in- crease as the tempo of our indus- try increases. It highlights the most compelling practical reason why we must have friends in the world. "We know that nations of hostile intent would not trade with us ex- cept as it suited their own conven- ience. "And this means that hostile rule of areas us essential imports would place the American production line at the mercy of those who hope for our destruc- tion." The President arrived here after a three-hour flight from Kansas City. He did a little speaking last night a brief visit to Abilene, Kan., where he roamed through his boyhood home and delighted the citizenry by kissing a long ago sweetheart, Mrs. Gladys Brooks, in the middle of a main street. The occasion for last night's speech was the dedication of a new headquarters for the American Hereford Assn. And the President told a chuckling audience of cattle- men and their friends, is properly pronounced "Herford" and not "Hairford" as some very culti- vated people, to use Eisenhower's own phrase, would have it. The chief executive spoke from a floodlit outdoor platform sur- mounted by a full size, full color figure of a Herelbrd bull. Mostly, the spent part of his boyhood on a chat- ted with his audience about cattle. Few Scrubs Left "You he said "the old scrub cattle on the prairie began to disappear when I was a very young boy. There were all sorts of new breeds appearing short Ca rner A Small Amount Of Smoke seeps from the bow of the aircraft carrier Leyte at the South Boston Naval Shipyard Annex after an explosion aboard the vessel. (AP tepioto) Big 3 Ministers Giving By SEYMOUR TOPPING LONDON Big Three for- eign ministers carried on their study of global cold war problems ,oday with the question of whether o offer Russia a sweeping non- aggression pact at the top of the agenda. U. S. Secretary of State Dulles, British Foreign Secretary Eden and French Foreign Minister Bi- dault scheduled their crucial sec- ind day huddle in the grey old Foreign Office off Downing St. In addition to the nonaggression iact, the ministers faced decisions in several other touchy problems is they neared the half-way mark if their three-day session. Among hese were: 1. An urgent British proposal to iring an Israel attack on three iorder Jordan villages before the United Nations Security Council. Fifty-six Arabs reportedly were killed in the assault which Britain blasted Friday as "apparently cal- horns, Angus, this white Iculated." and the has I 2. Practical means of allaying happened to the Galloway? He was [Yugoslav anger over Trieste in a big black cow, you know, bigger view of the ministers' reported agreement Friday night to stand by the British-American announce- ment that Italy would be given Zone A of that strategic territory. A nonaggression pact offer than that Angus, and sort of woolly-haired. And the people who advocated him said he was going to give a lot of milk and a lot of beef, too and was going to be a better cow than any of the rest. "But the white face seems, at least in this section, to have ta'ken over very greatly. to guarantee Russia's security in return for a green light on re- unification and looking toward free elections throughout Germany could be made in these notes. Om: Of The injured crewmen aboard the aircraft carrier Leyte that was rocked by a bomb-like explosion at the South Boston Naval Annex, late Friday afternoon, was taken down the gangway to a waiting ambulance by rescuers. (UP Telephoto) 36 40 Others Hurt; Fires Rage for ver Three Hours Minnesota Tax BOSTON investigators swarmed over the wounded carrier Leyte today seeking an explanation of a violent explosion and fire that spread death and destruction in her compartments yesterday. The known dead numbered 36 and at least 40 more were injured. Many of the latter were critically burned. Asked about published reports that Navy Intelligence men and agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation were investigating the possibility of sabotage, the FBI answered, "No comment." As the Navy made plans to con- vene a court of inquiry possibly Monday, Rep. Thomas J. Lane (D-Mass) wired Defense Secretary Wilson a sharp demand for an "im- mediate and thorough investiga- tion." "I am at a loss to understand ST. PAUL W-James E. O'Hara how such a tragedy could pccur_in today was under a suspended sen- tence of seven years in the state reformatory after paying a our own Boston Naval he said, "when your department has at its disposal every precau- 1 LJUI JUU LUI (iJ-i-Vi jvttjii't, fine Friday for state income taxjtionary measure to guard Against evasion. O'Hara, 65, St. Louis Park manu- facturers' representative, was the first person against whom the state has brought criminal charges in connection with the income levy. Judge Robert Rensch, in accept- ing O'Hara's guilty plea to a charge of failing to file a tax return, warned him that any future lapses would make him liable for serving the prison term. O'Hara admitted that he had filed no returns for "about 10 years" but charged it to carelessness on the part of his office staff. He paid the fine. Judge Rensch ordered also that O'Hara make a settlement of his back taxes, including penalties and interest. The state claims that, in 1950 alone, O'Hara had a gross income from sales of plumb- ing supplies. His attorneys told the court O'Hara estimates he owes about in back taxes while the state is claiming as the figure closer to the mark. They said he will pay up as soon as some defin- ite amount is worked out. lo Aid Convict such unfortunate occurrences, es- pecially while the carrier is in port." The blast occurred forward on the port side of the big, carrier that cost 90 million dollars when she was launched at Newport News, in 1945. Unofficial re- ports said officers and men were on board when tragedy struck. It was the worst Navy explosion in peacetime since 48 men died aboard the battleship Mississippi off the California coast June 12, 1924. A court of inquiry was expected to be convened by Vice Adm. John J. BaUentine, Atlantic Fleet air commander. The 856-foot-long Leyte, docked for overhaul after combat action off Korea in October-December, 1950, came here last Dacember and was almost ready to go to sea again. She had been out for a trial run only Wednesday. Cause Not Known The cause of the blast was not known. The Leyte's skipper, Capt. Thomas A. Ahroon, 46, of Norfolk, Va., in command of the ship less than three weeks, said the fire I may have started on the deck im- mediately below the hangar deck. But he could not be sure, it happened so fast. i In his cabin when the blast shook the dull rumble like a j.subway train going Ahroon found the second deck cut I off by smoke and climbed through an escape hatch to the hangar deck. Damage control and firefighting parties already were in action, he said. Capt. Ahroon timed the explosion at p.m., EST, and the first to the shipyard. Virtually every available ambu- national administration to me unsuccessfully in the inter- est of Joseph Fay. I always thought the boy (Wag- national administration." Dies A Escape President Eisenhower, second from left, was met on his arrival in New Orleans today by, left to right: John Wisdom, Gov. Robert Kennon, La., Lt. Mayor de Lesseps Morrison, and E. V. Rich- ards, director of the Sesquicentennial. The Presi- dent is in New Orleans to attend the Louisiana Purchase Sesquicentennial celebration. (UP Tele- photoj BOSTON W A Navy pilot who matter-of-factly told his story from a hospital cot Friday night as doctors fought to save his life died today. He was Lt. Leonard De Rose, a pilot aboard the explosion racked carrier Leyte. His home is in East Greenwich, R. I. "I was going to give a report to the operations he said. "I heard an explosion. Maybe it was the catapult machine room. I don't j know." He tried to move his right foot, the one to which a plasma bottle was attached. "Better keep that leg a doctor ordered. "You can move the other one." "I felt a blast of hot air rush over Derosier continued, "I dove to the deck and stayed flat. "There was another officer with me. I remember he said, 'It's hot in here it's unbearable.' A nurse placed a transparent oxygen mask over his head. He breathed deeply. He went on: "I tried to tap on the bulkhead in Morse code. I wanted to find out if there was anyone near me, and how they were doing, "I don't know what happened to the officer. I don't remember too much after the flames that hit us. and got out by myself." Doctors said" Derosier was burned over 90 per cent of his body. They said he wasn't in pain because nerve endings had been burned. They placed his name on the danger "list. Some workmen and sailors aboard the Leyte said they heard no explosion; just the fire whistle. Others described'the blast as loud. Salvatore Impeduglia, a civilian welder from Boston who escaped unscratched described himself as no one disagreed with him. "I was in a storeroom with three other men at the time of the ex- he said. "We had just finished our work and had cleaned up. Then we heard the "Seconds later flames came roaring through the small com- partment where we were. The fire drove us back. We got down on the floor and opened several air tanks to get some air. "We were in that compartment j for two and a half hours. "How did we feel? We pounded at the compartment bulkhead. We yelled for help as loud as we could. I prayed throughout the time we were trapped there. I "The lights in the compartment j went out. We were in darkness for j Somehow I found an escape hatch j what seemed like a mighty long NEW YORK Gov. Thomas E. Dewey has denied a charge by Democratic mayoral candidate Robert F. Wagner Jr. that one of the governor's "closest political j fire alarm was sounded a minute associates on the national scene" j later. At a second alarm was tried to get parole for a convicted sent in. More than 50 Boston fire labor extortionist. trucks and rescue companies raced Wagner, in an "emergency" radio broadcast Friday chal- lenged Dewey to deny the allega-1 lance in tion. Dewey promptly denied it I ed on the area a.s officials dis- and added: I covered the extent of the disaster. "Apparently Wagner is trying to Civilian doctors and nurses joined charge that some member of the j Navy hospital corpsmen from appealed other vessels. Hospitals rushed whole blood and plasma. -.....j- -----U-- The injured, many so charred ner) was stupid, but never before I battered as to make identifi- thought he was crazy. No such cation difficult were taken to City appeal has ever been made to me Hospital, to Carney Hospital in by anyone connected _ with Lie, soutn Boston and to the naval hospital in Chelsea. The Navy, following regulations for notifying next of kin, withheld Mb .am announcement of casualties' malm S3 names until today. But of those mm J5 taken to the two civilian hospitals, a high proportion were Navy of- ficers and enlisted men, with some civilian workmen included. Fire Described The fire was described by Dr. James W. Manary, superintendent of Boston City Hospital, as the city's worst disaster since the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire that snuffed out 492 lives Nov. 28, 1942. Lawrence T. White, 27, a Boston fireman who was burned on arms and hands, said when he went be- low decks he found "a raging in- ferno." White said he went down two decks and "anybody below there was a goner." Navy fireman Elwood Rawlings, who went aboard the carrier with respirators from the carrier Saler- no Bay tied alongside, said "No- body was alive when we arrived. Fumes were heavy and smoke thick. "Sailors and civilian firemen were staggering out on all sides with lifeless bodies. As we groped through the smoke we came across two unrecognizable bodies- -char- red black. We knew our respirator apparatus would be of no help to them." I Salvatore Impeduglia, of Boston, j a civilian welder, said he and three other men were trapped by flames for two and a half hours in a storeroom. The fire raged for more than three hours. It was under control at but it was not until that Boston Fire Chief Uohn V. Stapleton sent the all-out signal. Flames time. We were reaDy lucky guys when the rescuers reached us." Impeduglia described two ex- a loud one and sec- onds later a shorter one. "It was terrible being in there and not knowing what would hap- pen. I don't ever want to go through such an experience again, believe me." Twenty-one-year-old Frank Gar- avuso of Brooklyn, on watch in the engine room, recalled the scene below decks as "horrible." "I heard no he said. "I heard the fire whistle and then saw the smoke. "Smoke in the compartment was so thick you couldn't see your hand in front of you. It was horrible. Men in there were burnt to a crisp. "I couldn't get one hatch cover open because there were two dead men on the other side. It was hor- rible. They must have smothered trying to open the hatch io escape." The Navy corpsman who sound- ed the alarm for doctors and am- bulances said he didn't hear the blast. Jud Price of Seneca, Kan., said he was in sick bay when someone told him. "Then I went down and started helping the corpsmen on duty. Sick bay was pretty crowded."   

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