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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 1953, Winona, Minnesota                              Fair Tonight And Wednesday; Cooler Wednesday NINETY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 305 SIX CENTS PER COPY WJNONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 17, 1953 SIXTEEN PAGES -.V- ruman W on 'tFa ce Facts. Browne 11 Says Today Was The Warmest Nov. 17 in 57 years of weather record-keeping in Winona. And if any- one doubts it, the imposed picture above is offered as solid proof. The touch foot- ball at 11 a.m. today in the high school intramural sports program at Windom Square (First Ward dressed only in shorts. They testi- fied the game was just plain HOT! Official temp- erature in the city at noon today was 65 degrees and headed for an estimated 75 by mid-after- noon. It was an all-time Nov. 17 temperature record for the second day in a row. Monday it was 62 at noon rising to a high of 72 in the afternoon. Oldtimers were nodding their heads in disbelief today. The youths are, foreground, left to right: William Busse, 0. J. Fawcett and Lowell Goss; rear, left and right, Robert Bate- man and William Swearingen. Not bad for Nov. 17 in Minnesota. (Republican-Herald photo) UN. fe Vote On Plan lot Cutting km By TOM HOGE Racine Baby Sitter Saves Three in Fire Death Asked for Kidnap-Slayers Sickening Confession of Slaying By Hall and Heady Shocks Jurors By AL DOPKING KANSAS CITY grim story of how Carl Austin Hall shot and killed little Bobby Greenlease as he struggled for his life was told today in the ex-convict's confession. I The confession -was made public for the first time when it was read at the federal kidnap trial of Hall and Mrs. Bonnie Brown 'Heady, the alcoholic divorcee, jury called to determine _ _ GOP Leaders To Work on Ike's Program RACINE, Wis. sitter from their burning home. Carol Morin had to make two trips through smoke but finally fore a jury called to whether they shall die for their crime. Hall, the 34-year-old playboy who turned to crime when his inherited fortune was squandered, showed little sign of emotion as the 36 pages of gruesome detail was read by A. S. Reeder, one of two FBI agents who took the confession. Hall related how he had driven the boy and Mrs. Heady across the state line into Kansas soon after 6-year-old Bobby had been abducted from a private Catholic rounded up her three small charg- The 14-year-old girl was baby sitting for Thomas Bruder Jr., 4, j N Resistance brothers, Peter, 2V4, and UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. W) __j es Monday and shepherded them The 60-nation U.N. Political Com-1 mittee headed for a vote todsy on U. S.-backed disarmament pro- posals, including a plan to set up big power arms talks. The balloting had been held over from yesterday when Russia, faced with certain defeat on her own proposals, asked a 24-hour postponement so she could study the Western resolution. The Soviets seek an immediate ban on atomic and hydrogen weapons followed by the establishment of controls. The West wants controls arrranged first and then the ban imposed. Dean Willing to Admit Neutral Nations to Talks By SAM SUMMERLIN PANMUNJOM S. envoy Arthur Dean told the Communists I today the United States .would be requested delay j willing to invite neutral nations to Dennis, 4 months, while Mr. and Mrs. Bruder were shopping in Milwaukee. Carol told firemen she returned from an errand to the basement to find the first floor thick with smoke. She ran to the sun porch where Thomas and Peter were trapped and told them to cling to the legs of her blue jeans. Then she made her way into the living room where she picked up Dennis from his baby buggy. She found the front door, but it was locked. She had to lead the children through the house to the rear door. When she could see she discov- ered one toddler had lost his grip on her jeans. She returned to the smoke-filled rooms and retrieved him. gave rise to speculation that the Soviets might not oppose the West- ern resolution. Deliberately worded in a non-controversial manner, this simply asks the U.N. Disarmament Commission to continue its work and suggests the big powers might hold private arms talks. The Russians refrained from op- posing a similar resolution last spring. Although this move was hailed at the time as a Soviet contribution to lessening of inter- national tensions, it had no prac- tical effect since the commission still was unable to make much progress. Meanwhile, a Big Three call for U.N. censure of Israel for the massacre of 53 Arabs in Kibya, Jordan, sparked angry reaction from both sides in the dispute. The Arabs complained the rebuke should be stronger and the Jews labeled il unfair. The resolution, framed by Brit- ain, France and the United States, was slated to go to the Security as "totally unacceptable" a Com- munist proposal to hold the con- ference at Panmunjom with Rus- sia, India, Burma, Indonesia and Pakistan attending as nonvoting observers. The U. N. delegate to prelim- inary peace talks told the Reds the United States would ask its allies to consider asking neutrals to the full-dres." conference if: 1. The belligerent nations reach agreement on the Korean question and want to move on the broad Asian questions. 2. The conference bogs down and it appears that progress on Korean problems is impossible. The talks resume Wednesday. Meanwhile, Communist inter- views with Chinese and Korean war prisoners who refused to go home were called off again today Council today or tomorrow. It re- j when the Reds called for POWs bukes Israel for the raid and de-1 skipped by persuaders Monday. _. .v. TT-K, Neytrai Cations Repa- triation Commission called off in- terviews for Wednesday when the Reds had not filed a request for prisoners from a new compound by 10 a.m. deadline. mands strengthening of the U.N. truce team that watches over the Palestine armistice. Fire Loss At Oak Park, Minn. men saved the rest of the house. Asst. Fire Chief Ted Smith said the boys apparently had been play- ing with matches. Badger Restaurant Destroyed by Fire PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. Fire swept the widely known Smith Brothers sea food restaur- ant and market early today caus- ing damage estimated at The flames gutted the restaurant itself, the market building, the Shanty Bar and moved on into the adjoining Janeshek tavern before it was halted at an alley by the combined eforts of five fire de- partments. Oliver Smith estimated the dam- age and local fire officials agreed that it would be "at least" 000. Origin of the blaze, discovered at a.m., was not immediately determined, but it apparently be- gan in or near the market build- ing. willing 10 mvue iiuuuua ui mm. ctransle him the Korean peace conference un-i Minor burns on Thomas' face der certain sharp re- were the only injuries, versal of his earlier stand. The living room and sun porch At the same time Dean rejected were wrecked by flames but fire- "Bobby had not ottered any re- sistance and had not made any the confession read, "but seemed interested in his ride and appeared to be enjoying him- self during the trip. "After stopping the car, I got out on the driver's side, went to the rear and let the tailgate down, then laid out the blue plastic sheet. I then went around the car to the side opposite the driver and en- tered the-car. "Bobby was still sitting on the front seat but Bonnie had left the car and was walking up a hedge- row at the rear of the car. "I had a piece of rope which was part of a clothesline I had obtained from Bonnie's home. I then placed this rope around Bobby's neck and endeavored to rope was 12 inches or 15 inches long and was too short for me to hold in my hands and get a good twist. Bobby was struggling and kicking, so I took my .38 caliber revolver and fired what I believed to be two shots at Bobby's head at close range. First Shot Misses "I missed him on the first shot, the second one entered his WASHINGTON moved today to broaden the base of congressional participation in drafting the GOP program Presi- dent Eisenhower will recommend next year. Sen. Knowland (R-Calif) an- nounced after telephone confer- ences with Rep. Halleck (R-Ind) that chairmen of the regular com- mittees of both houses will be in- vited to attend White House ses- sions Dec. 17-19 when subjects in which their groups are interested come up for discussion. Originally White Kept to Permit Inquiry, Nation is Told Blasts Brownell's Charges as Phony and False By CLARENCE A. JOHNSON KANSAS CITY (ffi Former President Truman told the nation last night that he kept Harry Dex- ter White in government service despite charges of disloyalty be- cause he did not want to endanger an FBI investigation of subver- sives. This was Truman's answer to accusations stemming from a speech 11 days ago by Atty. Gen. Brownell. The former president spoke over a nationwide radio-TV hookup. Brownell had charged that White had been retained in an important post in 1945 "though he was known to be a Communist spy by the very people who appointed him." White died in 1948. Truman, jaunty and confident as ever, made a step-by-step sum- mary of the White case, and prefaced and followed it by blast- ing Brownell's charges as as "false" and a.s "shameful Charges Desperate "The manner and timing of what has been Truman said, "makes it clear that the powers have Harry S. Truman Speaking From Kansas City Hoover Won't Take Blame on White Decision GOP policy makers of the Senate and House. Knowland and Halleck are Re I gain. No election is worth so .1 head, causing him to bleed pro- cnairman was regarded in some fusely and subsequently die. I do Truman's first answer to Brown- publican floor leaders of the Senate charges was that the Repub- and House, respectively. The White House legislative talks, to be conducted by Eisenhower with Cabinet members present, are expected to bring final decisions on most of the major subjects to be covered in the President's annual State of the Union message to Con- gress. Knowland said in an interview he hopes that by having both com-1 mittee chairmen and Republican leaders of both houses sit in, it will be possible for Congress to get to work earlier than usual on legislation. Although Knowland didn't say so, the move to include the commit- McCarthy to Answer NEW YORK Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis) said to- day he would demand "radio and television time to answer former President Truman's at- tack upon me last night." not remember exactly what quarters as aimed at softening de- not rememer exacy wa Posi- mands for of the Sen. tion Bobby was m j atg Republican Pohcv committee. pushecPhim down on the floor of Chairman _ Capehart (R-Ind) of u _ the Plymouth (Mrs, Heady's sta- (the Senate Banking Committee has nn, J. j cniil ha 11MH canlr in liiiro tion I said he will seek to have chairmen U.N. and Communist proposals Aiding Port Washington firemen for setting up the Korean peace I were crews from Cedarburg, Graf- ton, Fredonia and Belgium. Pump- conference came after three weeks of maneuvering and Dean told ers taking water from the harbor OAK PARK, Minn, i.fl Fire i ing be a long horse trade." swept three business buildings in j this Benton County village early! today with loss e s t i ma t e d at i The buildings house a Seventh Day Adventist Church meeting place, the Postoffice, and Simers Cafe. Also destroyed was a two- car garage. Firemen said they believed the fire started from an oil stove in the cafe. Oak Park firemen were helped by fire fighters from Milaca, Fo- ley and Foreston. Oak Park is about nine miles southwest of Milaca. Drought Areas Get Railroad Cut Rates CHICAGO Western rail- roads Monday extended their half- rate tariffs for shipment of hay to drought disaster areas of Mis- souri and the southwest until Dec. 31. The lines had been shipping hay at half-rates to cattlemen in offi- cially designated disaster areas under a'h emergency tariff sched- ule which expired today. Under the extension of the low rates, hay wili be shipped to the drought areas from the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. newsmen afterward, "This is go- continued to work on small blazes i m the rums today. Because of his profuse bleeding i of all the 15 standing committees made members of the policy group. Knowland has opposed this pro- posal on the grounds that it make the present 15-member group "un- wieldy." Truman Gets Big Response to Speech KANSAS CITY Tru- man's office looked like a messen- ger boy's headache today as tele- grams poured in with comments on his "tell all" speech in the I Harry Dexter White controversy. (Continued on Page 13, olumn An office staff of five persons i was busy opening a stack of wires they estimated at several thou- sand. They estimated that 95 per cent of the wires they had read by a.m. were commendatory. "The American people have al- ways been for fair Truman said in a statement after reading some of the telegrams. "I am highly pleased by the re- sponse to my statement as indi- cated by the thousands of tele- grams coming in from every state in the union." from the head, I pulled him out of the station wagon on the side oppo- site the driver aijd placed him on the ground. I was certain at this point that the victim was dead. So I picked him up and placed 'him on the, plastic sheet at the rear of the station wagon, wrapping him in this sheet and covering the body over with the old comforter which was in the station wagon." As the gruesome story was un- folded in the packed courtroom, Robert C. Greenlease, the multi- millionaire father of the little boy, sat just inside the court railing. He was less than eight feet from Hall at the defendant's table. Greenlease's close associate, DEATH jlicans were "desperate" because i of their election reverses in New York and New Jersey. At one point he lashed out with this: "It. is now evident that the present administration has fully embraced, for political purposes, McCarthyism. I am not referring to the senator from Wisconsin- he is only important in that his name has taken on a dictionary meaning in the world." As to the action he took in the White case, he said, it was the best for the nation. He said he wanted the "Ameri- j can people to understand that the I course we took protected the public j interest and security and, at the same time, permitted the intensive I FBI investigation then in progress to go forward. No other course could have served Both purposes." He admitted an error in a previ- ous statement made after Brownell issued his charges. Then Truman declared that, a.s soon as he learned White was he fired him by allowing him to re- sign. "Although my recent offhand (Continued on Page 14, Column 2) TRUMAN NEW YORK New York j Herald Tribune said today that'j FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover re- fuses to accept any responsibility for former President Truman's de- cision to retain Harry Dexter White in the government after an unfavorable FBI report on him. A Washington dispatch to the i newspaper by Homer Bigart said: Even though Hoover was present at a luncheon conference on the issue, it was learned that he be- jlieves he was there simply as an observer. Hoover's boss, Tom C. Clark then attorney general and now a Supreme Court justice and the late Fred M. Vinson agreed witb Truman at the conference that the proper course was to let White take an International Monetary Fund post. Vinson, who later be- came chief justice, was at the con- ference because as secretary of the Treasury he had proposed White as executive director for the United States of the monetary fund. Hoover does not interpret his job as one that would have per- mitted him to take issue with j Truman once Truman had de- cided that White should have the j post for which the Senate had just' confirmed him. Hoover interprets his job as one I of simply reporting the facts and j letting the attorney general and j the president do what they will with them. Hoover had already made plain his belief that White should be removed from the gov- ernment. But Hoover believes that, after Clark and Truman had made up their minds, it would have been presumptuous of him to have dis- puted their decision. J. Edgar Hoover To Testify in Harry White Quiz Stevenson Terms Attack on HST Malicious, Infamous By JACK BELL WASHINGTON Gen. Brownell declared' today that for- mer President Truman showed an "unwillingness" to face the facts about Communist espionage in high places in government, Brownell, in what amounted to a reply to Truman's blast at him last night, testified before the Sen- ate internal security subcommittee with FBI director J. Edgar Hoover also on hand. Chairman Jenner (R-Ind) told reporters that Hoover also would Although interest centered on the Harry Dexter White case and Brownell's charge that Truman promoted White despite an FBI re- port naming White as a Soviet spy Jenner emphasized the broader nature of the committee's study. Brownell said in a prepared statement that it had been said that he implied in his Chicago speech of Nov. 6, touching off the whole controversy, "the possibility that the former president of the United States was disloyal." "I intended no such inference to be Brownell said. He added: "When this subcommittee com- pletes its investigation, I believe that you will conclude, as I did, that there was an unwillingness on the part of Mr. Truman and others around him to face the facts, and a persistent delusion that Commu- nist espionage in high places in our government was a red herring." "And I believe you will conclude that this attitude, this delusion, may have resulted in great harm to our he added. Brownell went on to challenge Truman's assertion that he kept White on in government service FBI Firemen Poured Water on the fire that de- stroyed the famed Smith Brothers restaurant in -8srsiT Port Washington, Wis., early today. Estimated damage was set at (UP Telephoto) WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Fair to- night and Wednesday. A little cooler Wednesday. Low tonight 40, high Wednesday 60. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 73; minimum, 40; noon, 65; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 70 at noon, min. 38 at a.m. Wind 12 miles per hour from south, sky clear, visi- bility 15 miles, barometer 29.79 falling, humidity 44 per cent. 7 Killed in Army Plane Crash in North Carolina FT. BRAGG, N. C. Army reported that a big C119 Globe- master troop transport plane crash- ed on the Ft. Bragg reservation today, killing at least seven. President Eisenhower admires the live 39-pound torn turkey which was presented to him at the White House from the National Turkey Federation and the Poultry and Egg National Board. Left to right: President Eisenhower; Roscoe, Hill, president of the federation, Lincoln, Neb.; C. F, Smith, board member, New York, and Mrs. Roscoe Hill. (UP Telephoto) the plan in 1946 to continue in office so that he and others in the alleged spy ring might be trapped, "arrangements would have had to be made to insure absolute control of the subjects and the situation." Truman's fighting speech split political reaction squarely down the middle. Democrats including some who have been critical of him in the past rallied around him. Republicans scoffed at his defense, promised more disclo- sures to come, Adlai E. Stevenson, the 1952 Democratic presidential nominee, said in Chicago that "it is in- famous that the man who has done more than anyone else to organize and fortify the free world against Communism should be subjected to such malicious political attack." Hall Denies Charge Leonard W. Hall, chairman of the Republican National Commit- tee, termed false Truman's as- sertion the GOP organization had worked "hand in glove" with Brownell on the White case. He said the committee learned of Brownell's original Chicago speech on the subject only 10 minutes be- fore it was made on Nov. 6. "If Mr. Truman's statement is representative of the truth of the balance of his presentation, then no reliance whatsoever can be put on anything in the former presi- dent's Hall declared. Sen. McCleUan (D-Ark) said he had often disagreed with Truman "but I have never questioned his loyalty to his country." McCleUan, a member, said it will be up to Brownell to prove before the Senate committee "his position that White was promoted when President Truman knew he was a spy." "Unless he can show that, I think maybe the public will feel that President Truman acted in good McCleUan said. Chairman Jenner (R-Ind) of the Senate internal security subcom- mittee said that group is "inter- ested only in fact and is not con- cerned with political byplay." "We intend to make a complete record in the While case.. and let Congress and the American peo- ple be the judge of what the true facts he said. Rep. Moulder a mem- ber of the House Un-American Ac- tivities Committee, said Truman had given a "crystal-clear state- (Continued on Page 13, Column 6) DEMOCRATS   

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