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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1953, Winona, Minnesota                              Fair, Warmer Tonight, Friday It Was a Great Day for All Good Fellows NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 29 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 24, 1953 FORTY-FOUR PAGES SIX DIED IN THIS WRECK -iw France Warned Don't Spoil Your Christmas Threaten i Defense Pact This Is The Tangled Wreckage of an automo- bile in which a Gary, 111., couple, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Galle, and four of their children were killed when the car collided with a Soo Line train near Wheeling, 111., a Chicago suburb. Another child was critically injured. The National Safety Coun- cil estimates that 510 Americans will be killed over the Christmas holidays in the United States. They believe 11 will die in Minnesota mishaps. National Safety Council President Ned H. Dear- born said the estimate could be cut to 400 or less if drivers will observe the following rules: ONE. Don't drive if the weather is bad. TWO. Start early. Take it easy and allow extra time. THREE. Always give the other fellow a break. FOUR. Don't drink if you drive, and watch out for others who may not be as wise. Hopes Austin Bars Serve Coffee 'For the Road7 AUSTIN, Minn. UP) Beginning New Year's Eve and continuing every night thereafter, the "one for the road" in Austin's 10 onsale liquor establishments will be a drink on the The proprietors agreed today to serve free coffee before closing as; warned today. reminder to patrons that drivers j The State Highway department who drink should Keep Holiday From Being Horror Day If motorists drive as they have in the past the odds are there will be no Christmas joy in 11 Minne- sota homes over the holiday week- end, President Roy Carpenter ol the Automobile Club Safety Coun- Driver Killed Near Mankato road near here, .struck _------, driveway, hit a tree stump and j then rolled another 60 feet. Sampson's body was found about 50 feet from the wreckage. He was alone at the time. Plea Follows Country's Election Of New President WASHINGTON Ei- senhower gravely told France late yesterday the United States will reappraise its basic European poli- cies unless the proposed European Defense Community providing for German rearmament is set up soon. The President expressed this view in a statement as the third move in an extraordinary cam- paign directed by Secretary of State Dulles to carry the EDC is- sue directly to the French people and win their support of it. Eisenhower acted little more than an hour after the French Par- liament, on the 13th ballot, elected Sen Rene Coty to be the new pres- ident of the French Republic. Thus the first important foreign policy step of the American gov- ernment following Coty's emer- gence as a figure on the world .stage was a sharp reminder that the United States is counting on EDC to provide peace and security for Western Europe. EDC is a proposed six-nation army, to include a united com- mand and in one uniform troops from France, West Germany, It- aly. Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. Originally proposed by France, it has been stymied by inaction of the French Parliament. The reason usually cited is French fear of a rearmed Germany. At the time of his election, Coty's j mas spjrjt Of bright hopes and position on EDC was not publicly president Eisenhower j known. The 71-year-old lawyer, an j the American people to join connMipan Kv nartv. I jjjm today jn prayers for peace the blood of those we love no longer spills on battlefields abroad." It was on this note that the which France has changed govern-1 presjdent delivered, his first Christ Peace righter Casablanca Bomb Blast Kills 16 CASABLANCA, Morocco A bomb exploded in a butcher shop in Casablanca's central market to- day, killing 16 persons. Thirty others were injured. Police immediately began search- ing the crowded market for mem- bers of the outlawed anti-French Istiqlal party, a nationalist group seeking independence for Morocco. In the teeming native quarter of Rabat, capital of this French pro- tectorate, a 45-year-old native po- liceman was shot and killed. The killer escaped, President Cites U.S. Blessings In Yule Message WASHINGTON a Christ- MANKATO, Minn. Sampson, 21, St. Peter, was killed independent Republican by" party early today when his car left the has been interested primarily in j and Oj thanks that Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield, right, chairman of the Red Cross drive in government agencies, enrolled President Eisenhower in the drive and pinned a Hed Cross button in his lapel in Washington Wednesday. (UP Telephoto) Beria and 6 Red Henchmen Executed farm I constitutional matters. He Js de- j scribed as favoring a revision of I the present .constitution under Millions Abroad Feel Threat of War Diminishing Traditional Yule Celebrations Being Prepared By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Christians the world around looked forward today to one of the most joyous observances in years of the birth of Jesus. They were buoyed by the greatest hope for or the start of the cold war. Although officials were skepti- cal, millions in Europe felt the threat of war had ebbed with the signing of the Korean truce and indications that the Soviet govern- ment was paying more attention to the welfare of its people at .home than to spreading the Com- munist gospel abroad. The end this year of the fighting in Korea and the release of thou- sands of Communist-held prisoners ments so often in recent years. The presidency, however, is by law a figurehead job and theoret- White House just before the cere- exercise ex- treme caution. The dealers were giving some thought to a suggestion that when a patron insists on liquor instead of coffee for a nightcap, he be re- quired to leave his car keys as part payment for the drink. The keys would be returned to the driver tie next he was then in shape to drive. Winona Traffic Authorities Issue Warnings Special attention to safe driving practices during the' Christmas holi- day was requested today in a joint Bingold and the way Patrol. The prospect of thawing daring the next two days prompted a spe- cial warning for motorists to be on the alert for icing conditions. Sheriff Fort specifically called attention to the icy glaze that of- ten develops during the afternoons on portions of highways shaded by bluffs. The sheriff pointed out that in noted today that 11 traffic deaths is the average on Minnesota high-j ways over the Christmas week-1 end for the past five years. The lowest number was eight killed in 1951 and the highest was in 1949 when 16 died. 'It is impossible to understand why so many of our motorists in- sist on making a horror day out of what is supposed to be a holy said Arthur V. Rohweder, president of the Minnesota Safety council. i He urged motorists to avoid j drinking before driving and to con- i sider winter road conditions. j The National Safety council pre-1 dieted 510 persons will die in' Christmas weekend traffic through- out the nation. In Minnesota it was noted that the state may avoid setting a new record for highway slaughter this year but the final figure for 195; won't be far from the 1936 record of 649 killed. The 1953 total today was 620 compared with 522 killed by this same-date in 1952. The State Highway department released totals for November and statement to motorists by Winona the first 11 months of 1953 today traffic authorities. and noted that 15 of the 63 persons The joint plea for a safe Christ- killed in November traffic were mas weekend was made by Sheriff pedestrians. In the same month George Fort, Chief of Police A. ,T. four accidents alone took the live Minnesota High-1 of eight persons. Failure to adjust to winter driving conditions took the lives of nine persons in seven j accidents on icy roads last month, i The 602 persons killed in the first 11 months of 1953 compares with 487 killed in the first 11 months of 1952. The figures for the same period in Ramsey coun ty were 42 killed this year, 30 in the first ll months of 1952. Henne- pin county traffic took 73 lives by the end of November, 1953; 62 in near-freezing temperatures por- the same period of 1952. In Da tions of the highway in bluff shad-1 kota county the figures were the ed areas may have a treacherous same for both years, 15 dead, coating of ice while other stretches of highways are ice-free. "A driver who encounters these icy stretches unexpectedly while i FRANKFURT, Germany traveling at excessive speeds in- variably risks loss of control of his SVa-Foot Greeting car and a serious sheriff warned. jPfc. Clyde A. Miller, 24, of Read- ing, Pa., today displayed a huge the i foot Christmas card from his 'wife, parents and neighbors. No Paper On Christmas Day In order that Republican-Herald employes may observe the Christmas holiday with their families, no issue of this newspaper will be published Friday. Continuity of features and comics will be main- tained by publishing those missed on Saturday. Regular news broadcasts will be heard through- out Christmas Day on KWNO-AM and FM. We wish to take this occasion to wish our many readers, wherever they may be, the very best of the joys of this Holiday season. Be a Good Fellow Following Is a list of contri- butions to the Good Fellows fund to date: Previously listed Dort and Adolph 2.00 Jane 3.00 Weisman Dan's" Skelly Boys 10.00 Suianna Kay Laak 2.00 Sandy Sue, Becky Ann and Roddy 3.00 Fred Wilson......... 5.00 Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Florin, Cochrane 2.00 Bert's Ginger Bread Tavern, Fountain City 10.00 A Friend 1.00 Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kohner 5.00 Fountain City FHA Carolers So Big 1.50 The ing and 6.00 M.G.S.............. 5.00 E.F................. 1.00 Barry and Ricky 2.00 A friend 2.00 Communications Work- ers of America 10.00 Annie, Jim, John, Wes and Mike Streater 10.00 The Lower Looney Val- ley Helping Hand Club 20.00 Donald, David, Marie, James, Jerome 3.00 Ricky and Donna 2.00 Philip Baumann Agen- cy, Inc., and em- ployes............. 25.00 Donnie and shoes, toys and ___ 2.00 R.M.L.K............. 5.00 Eagles Club 5.00 Suzanne, Lucretia, Donn and Amy Seitz 10.00 The Wine House, Bluff Siding, Wis. 5.00 Hillside Tavern, Marsh- land, Wis........... 5.00 Anita, Billy and Greggy Schuh 3.00 Tommy and Mary Ann Buck Billy Christensen 20.00 i. J VV lilt.IS .T11ILI3E JU3L UV.JU1 U LlIU ically Coty's attitude toward EDC i monial lighting of the national corn- might not have too much bearing. j munity Christmas tree on the south Obviously, though, he is in position j lawn to exercise considerable influence j ,.For President said both through personal prestige and Christra2s is..truly a season guiding the formation of new gov- Q{ d wju _ and Qur {irst ernments-a task he will tackle for one 1Mg Qur the first time immediately after and indivjdual' blessi are mani. he takes office Jan. 17. Qur hopes an, _ even By RICHARD KASISCHKE MOSCOW Soviet Union closed the books today on Lavrenty P, Bcria. The government announced that the longtime boss of the secret police aad. six of his henchmen were shot by a brightened homes throughout The Soviet Su- i prosperous America. Here, as in other lands, traditional Christmas Eve festivities and ceremonies mas message to .the nation. It was broadcast and telecast from the firing squad yesterday after a secret five-day trial. preme Court found them.guilty of high treason. U.S. officials thought the presi- dental balloting went on so long j antagonistic parts." as to harm France s prestige: as precisely ]n other world power. They _were thFe Presfdent sald( "prayer places freedom and Communism in opposition to one another. Re- dation free government and Winona County Rural Youth Mrs. Margaret and Betty and shoes. Plasti industries. Inc. 10 cartons of plastic protector footwear. Valley and candy. equip- ping of a family of six, includ- ing new clothing, articles, gro- ceries, meat and toys. Karen and Larry clothing and overshoes. when it ended but fearful that the deep political divisions demon- strated by a week of balloting will mean .serious trouble in the organ- ization of a new government to succeed that of Premier Joseph Laniel. Laniel will resign when Coty takes over from President Vincent Auriol. In Paris early last week Dulles told the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO) Council that EDC would have to be set tip-that West m man forces would have to be re- all men and women on this earth armed under that the United iof whatever nation, and of every States would be forced to 3nd creec-to ask that he praise its policies. He stated these help us and teach us and U.S. to Retain Okinawa, Island Defense Links WASHINGTON Secretary of State Dulles today announced the i United States will retain its con- prayer is "an indispensable part trol rf okinawa and all but a small though the world still stands di- I portion of the Ryukyu and Bonin "Tonight, richly endowed in the ,.for the foVeseeabIe fu- good things of the earth, in the 1 ture fellowship of our neighbors and DuUes said in a statement that, the love of our families, would itj of the Ryukyu islands, only the not be fitting for each of us to Amamj Oshima group, just south Father Japan, has been returned to Beria, 54, held the Soviet Union's highest honors and had been ele- vated to the No. 2 Kremlin post of first deputy premier and interior minister after Joseph Stalin died nine months ago. Three months later, in June, Premier Georgi Malenkov's government arrested him and denounced him as a trai- tor to the state and Communism. The execution announcement to- day was the first disclosure that Beria's trial had been going on since Friday behind locked doors. The hearing opened two days sf- ter the Soviet press published in- dictments against Beria and an were the order of the day. But some trouble spots still blotched the world's face as the faithful prepared for the birthday of the Prince of Peace. French Union troops struggled on in their war against the Communist-led Vietminh rebels in Indochina. Brit- ish forces stood guard in Malaya against jungle forays by Red Chi- nese guerrillas and in Africa Kenya colony against attacks by' the anti-white Mau Mau tribesmen. Mail Delivered In Korea, a special airlift flew tons-of last-minute Christmas mail to the thousands of American troops still stationed in that war- torn country. Special services, in- cluding more "than a dozen Masses Arrangements relinquishing U.S. rights to concluded this small group were ,______ in Tokyo today under same views to a news conference j strengthen receive our artjele 3 of the Japanese peace to give them the widest possible thanks. j treaty. publicity in France. I "Should we not pray that he Okinawa, scene of bloody fight- Yesterday, Eisenhower threw the i help us? Help us to remember! in World War II and now a weight of Ivis prestige behind the that the founders of this, our coun-1 majn U. S. defense installation in pressure campaign his foreign pol-1 try, came first to these shores in the Pacific, is the major island in icy chief has been waging. His j search of of the Ryukyu chain, There have been statement was issued after a meet- man to walk in dignity; to live persistent reports in Japan that the ing of the National Security Coun- without fear; beyond the yoke of I United States, under article 3. cil at which, the statement said, tyranny; ever to progress, Helpj he was briefed by Dulles and oth-! us to ers on the Paris NATO sessions, i us and nounced the names of the six other celebrated by visiting Francis Car- defendants. The papers at theidinal Spellman, Roman Catholic same time started Wasting the i archbishop of New York, marked seven as the vilest kind of betray ers and reported that mass meet j Christmas Eve observances on the now quiet front. ings throughout the country were In line with unanimously calling for "J deaths. ny; ever to progress. Help! might up its rights to most of 1 compieieiy proven m u cherish freedom, for each of j the Rvukvus and the Bonins. But in evidence and also by oral and id for all nations." his statement, ten confessions, the govern The Seven Boys in Mr. and Mrs. John Bas- quez's Il-child family will have new shoes for Christmas, compliments of the Reddy Kilowatt Club of Minneapolis, an electric power company organization. Besides the shoes, the club is furnishing the home with seven beds, 15 chairs, a ten-piece set of dishes, blankets, clothing, toys, a Christmas tree, candy, and cash. (UP Telephoto) (In past cases of executed trai- tors, the bodies have been cre- mated and disposed of without further announcement.) The eight-man tribunal, under Marshal Ivan S. Koniev, a World War II hero, passed sentence after "The guilt of all the accused was completely proved in court by the writ- government newspaper Izvestia said. The official announcement said Beria and those who had conspired with him tried "to put the Ministry of Internal Affairs above the party and the government for the pur- pose of seizing power" and aimed "for restoration of capitalism." As early as 1919 Beria "occupied the post of secret agent" in Azer- baijan, acting with groups "under the control of British intelligence the announcement said. It added: "In the following years up to his arrest, L. P. Beria continued and extended his secret connections theiri'ty and relaxation throughout the world, pilgrims poured into the little town of Bethlehem, the birth- place of Christ. Fears that Arab- Israeli tension along the border di- (Continued on Page 22, Column 2) HOPES FOR with foreign intelligence services." per cent. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and fair and warmer tonight and Fri- day. Low tonight 22, high Friday afternoon 40. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 38; minimum, JO; noon, 38; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 37 at a. m. to- day. Low 24 at a. m. Noon 37 with a broken layer of clouds at feet, vis- ibility 15 miles, wind is calm, ba- rometer 29.96 falling, humidity 61 100 Feared Dead In Train Wreck AUCKLAND, New Zealand plunged 20 feet into the river when A railroad locomotive and six cars carrying 275 passengers plunged into a river 250 miles from here early this Christmas morning. Thirty-one persons were hospital- ized and 172 were not yet account- ed for. It was feared the death toll might exceed 100. The Wellington to Auckland train a cloudburst washed away a bridge. Some of the missing were known to have escaped and were being cared for by nearby farmers. The tragedy appeared to be New Zealand's worst railway wreck. Prime Minister Sidney Holland went to the scene from Auckland by automobile.   

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