Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 26, 1953, Winona, Minnesota Snow Late Tonight; Windy And Colder Wear Your Winter Carnival Emblem NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 30 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 26, 1953 SIXTEEN PAGES I Dead, II Hurt in rea Gathered Around The Family Christmas tree in Augusta, Ga., were, left to right: Barbara Ann 4; President Eisenhower; Mrs. John Dowd, the President's molher-in-law; Mrs. Eisenhower; Mrs. John Eisenhower; Susan, 2, and Major John Eisenhower, the President's son. On the couch with the President and examining a gift of golf clubs is Eno'.her grandchild, David Eisenhower, 5. (AP Wirephoto) Russ Reject Jan. 4 Date, Urge Jan. 25 For Big 4 Meeting MOSCOW Western sources reported today the Soviet Union has rejected the proposed Jan. 4 date for a meeting of the Big Four foreign ministers in Berlin and proposed instead Jan. 25 or later. Western diplomatic sources said the Soviet stated there were "ad- ministrative difficulties" in the way 7 OD4 Y the Jan. 4 date proposed by the i west. Burmese Won't Be Left Alone 362 Dead in Christmas Rail Wrecks 166 Perish in New Zealand, TOO In Czechoslovakia By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Four countries around the World counted a death toll of possibly 362 persons today as a result of hristmastide train wrecks. Two of the rail New Zealand and among the worst in history. The other accidents were reported 'rom Peru and Pakistan. In New Zealand, an estimated 166 lives were lost when a speed- ng Wellington-Auckland passen- ger train plunged into a river gorge Thursday night after a >ridge had washed out 250 miles south of the capital. The catas- rophe cast gloom over the little country at the time it was enter- aining Queen Elizabeth on her commonwealth tour. The Bratislav-Prague express in Czechoslovakia smashed into an- other passenger train near Sak- killing from 100 to 186 per- ons according to unofficial piece- reports from the Iron Cur- ain country. The wreck, also on Christmas Eve, may have been the hird worst train crash in history. A heavily loaded ore train umped the tracks on an Andes fountain grade 12 miles from ima, Peru, and six crewmen vere killed. The seventh man board the train was seriously njured. Another freight train derailment n Pakistan took the lives of four Measurements are being made by authorities at the scene of a fatal traffic accident on Highway 61. near the Whitman Dam, Christmas Eve. At the left, about to be towed away by the wrecker, is the car in which Joseph Homola, Farmington, was fatally in- jured. On the highway shoulder in the background at the right is a station wagon which was involved in the headon collision with the Homola car. In the center of the highway, ahead of: the wreck- er, is a third car which crashed into the Homola car a few mom- ents after the initial collision with the station wagon. Wearing a storm coat and standing near the Homola car is Sheriff George Fort while Highway Patrolman Oscar Krenzke, left, and Deputy Sheriff Clarence McElmury are at the right taking measurements at the scene, (Republican-Herald photo) Ike Working on January Talks To Congress rewmen. This accident occurred esterday about 30 miles from uetta in the western part of the ountry. In Auckland, Queen Elizabeth, roadcasting her annual Yuletide lessage to nations of the common- ealth around the world, paused i express her .sympathy to the i The Soviet counterproposal was of the New Zealand wreck British and French ambassadors in Moscow at noon. The notes were dliaster- reported'very brief. They have not! yet been officially published. 1 reply3 i as soon as he was noti-1 Washington yesterday afternoon iwinc the Big Three con- earl-v yesterday. Internal Af-1 after a brief stopover at Ft. Ben- as she spoke of the Prime Minister Sydney Holland rushed to the j scene of the accident on Mt. By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH AUGUSTA, Ga. IffU-President Eisenhower, 'refreshed by a merry Christmas with his family, turns Four Other Traffic Deaths Mar State's Christmas Holiday By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Four deaths marred the Christmas holiday in Minnesota and sent Traffic Death Toll Headed For New High By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nation's traffic death toll appeared headed for a new Christ- today to work on 'a sheaf of state's 1953 traffic toll to short of the figure for 1941, mas holiday record today. ary messages to he The President and Mrs. Eisen- hower arrived by plane from ''the worst i sent following the Big Three con- v.v. _, ference in Bermuda fairs Mml'ster W. A. Bodkm was I nmg, Ga., to pick up their son, The sources added the Soviets i in attendance 1 Maj. John Eisenhower, his wife the state's history. a round of golf Tne tol-al was 96 rao.re than for the same period of 1952. ''was 24 less than the all-time record set in 1936. Harold Salk, 35, Waite Park, died Christmas Day of injuries suffered in the crash which the night before killed two of his children. It also appeared to object to the Ito the Queen. and jt was announced I Barbara, and the three By JOSEPH ALSOP (Western proposal that the Berlin jthat the schedule of her royal tour 1 Eisenhower grandchildren. RANGOON, Burma Here in i conference be held in the former I wouM not be altered. i They Burma, more than anywhere else .'Allied control authority rho in the Far East, you feel the tra- j in the American sector of gedy of the present trend of events divided city. Killed in the collision of the Salk and Mrs. Eisenhower's The engine and five cars of the mother, Mrs. John S. Doud, as- t'h'e I train, which was traveling about i sembled around the Christmas tree 150 miles an hour, shot into the 1 last night at the Little White young car and a Great switch engine on the St. Cloud outskirts, in Asia. Everything and every one It was reported the Russians pro- in this small, hopeful country with i posed instead that the four high its young, hopeful government i commissioners in Germany confer seems tc say with one voice, j in advance on an alternative site. "We'll be OK in the end if we're i The Soviets, however, are still in Berlin, which flood. their suggestion.! to develop into the sturdy, pros- They had previously agreed to the Qffoer 'idea of a four-power ._ just left alone." But what are Bur- willing to meet ma's chances of being left alone i was originally swollen Wangaehu River shortly j House st the Augusta National after floods had swept away a i Golf Club. section of the railway bridge. An- i The President was in a happy other car tottered on the brink a mood and the first lady asked him few moments and then toppled into to tell newsmen what he had told perous, independent country Burma ought to be? Not too appears to be the answer. On the one hand, there is that i idea of a four-power conference ood, but did not specify a date. i Train Wrecks The Soviet note, coming only to- the day, gives the West short notice problem of the Chinese Nationalist for altering the Jan. 4 plan. It refugee troops of Gen. Li Mi. Most I was believed here that the delay people suppose that these troops in the Russian reply might have are at least a genuinely anti-Corn- been caused by uncertainty over muniiit force. They have" been spon- the recent prolonged French presi- sored before the world by General- dential election. issimo Chiang Kai-shek. From their i In their last note, the Western lairs in the North Burma moun- j powers suggested that the ques- tains, they have carried on_ small tions of Germany and Austria be operations Communis Whore coi of anti-Communism? Unhappily, however, this Chinese meeting with force in Burma that WP.II-S the pan. label of Chiang Kai-shek is in f.icti one of the biggest current assets j of the world Communist conspir- j acy. After the recent cxacuation pro- gram, at least of th-ese Chin- j ese troops remained in Burma, as a sort of state within a state. No j government on earth could safely i tolerate this kind of gross viola- tion of its sovereignty. If the Chin- ese in Burmn will not go to For- mosa, the Burmese government must and will use force against them. This is all the more neccs- sary, since the Chinese have now that two Army 'divisions will be re- formed an alliance with the Karen j turned to this country soon "as an By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Here are the train wrecks in- her Christmas morning before leaving Washington. "I Eisenhower laughed, "that I was not going to be mad at anyone today. I was so happy to get away." The President remarked that the last month has been a particularly grueling one for him. In it were were Robert Salk, 4 months, and Beverly, 3. Their mother, 31-year- Final Good Fellows Following is a list of final con- tributions to the Good Fellows volving 100 or more fatalities this j crowded such events as the Ber- cemury with date, toll, place: muda Big Three conference, his 1917, 600, French Alps; July 9, atomic pool speech to the United 1918. 101, Nashville, Tenn.; Dec. i Nations, and a series of confer- 24, 1933, 160, France; May 2S, 1948, 173. Formosa; Sept. 15, 1948, Pukow, China; Oct. 22, 1949, Red China taking row, England; June 1953, 100, ences with Republican congres- sional leaders on the administra- tion's 1954 legislative program. Also to be put together here is the television and radio report he will make to the nation Jan. 4 on the administration program thus Indochina. far. He also goals. outline future Orders Cut in U. S. round Forces in Korea ALGLSTA, Ga. President! An Eisenhower aide who asked Eiscsnhower today ordered a pro- i not to be named estimated there gressive reduction of U. S. ground are upwards of men in the forces in Korea and announced' two divisions, which were not iden- rebels. who are in turn allied with the Burmese Communist insur- gents. On the other hand, the Burmese government was just about to liqui- date the Communist and Karen re- bellions when it had to divert over half its armed forces to dea! with the Chinese guerrillas. The able minister of war, U Ba Swe, is con- fident" he can bring order to Burma in the end. But if he has lo fight the Chinese as well as the Karens initial step." In a statement issued at his vaca- tion headquarters here, Eisenhow- er declared: tified. The President stressed that the United States is "acting in good faith to preserve the armis- tice and accomplish its he also emphasized that "the a'c- military forces in Korea "will be tonight 28, high Sunday 32. "The fighting in Korea was end- itlon bolnS taken does not impair ed by an armistice which has now i our readlness and capacity to re- been in effect five months. We do j m a way should deter, not need as much ground strength I aSgression and, if aggression j to fulfill the commitments which I "iTnT Friday" i I .___ Cnnil n nOT7OrfhalQrr> -_ lit- TT'i_J t _ I________J 1___ J I With less than half the long I weekend holiday over 255 persons have been killed in traffic acci- old Mrs. Elaine Salk, remained That is more than in the critical condition. Another daugh- j comparative period during last ter, Barbara. IS months, was re-1 year's record toll of 556 in the 3 Cars Involved In Accident Near Whitman Dam Two Other Serious Mishaps In or Near Winona ported in fair condition in a St. ifour day Christmas holiday. Last Cloud hospital. total for (he fjrst 33 houj.s iwas 225. Joseph c. Homola. 32, Farming- ton, died in another Christmas Eve j crash. Five persons injured in the nation's violent accidents collision were hospitalized. They were Frederick Bailey, Bigfork, driver of the station wagon which collided with Homola's car; Mrs.; Viola Homola and three children, i Persons Perished tion to the Sandra, 9, Sheila, 7, and Stephen, 3. Wisconsin Accidents Eight Wisconsinites died in ac- Previously listed James Schernecker Norm Thingvald Mary Jo Roemer Judy Suglestad Tweed, Ans, Dick Gerry Susan and Stewart Korpela Ray O'Laughlin Timmy, Anh, Mike Foreman Ann Marie R. W. and B. A. Miller A Rex Turkey, Al- tura Tom, Ben and Cord Cassandra, Heidi, Ger- maine and Teddy Howard Achley, Blair, Wis M. E. U G. S. Kewpee Lunch and employes 2.00 5.00 2.00 1.00 1.00 .25 1.00 1.00 3.00 1.00 100.00 20.00 .62 10.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 22.00 ly stated they would remain unit- ed and prompt to resist any re- newal of armed attack. These j countries also pointed out that the "consequences of such a breach the armistice would be so grave that, in all probability, it would Total H. S. Choate Co. clothing and overshoes, WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Cloudy not be possible to confine hostilities with light snow beginning late -to- within the frontiers of Korea." night, Sunday The President said today U, S. flurries, windy occasional snow and colder. Low maintained at appropriate levels to i take account of the foregoing and j LOCAL WEATHER official observations for the 24 and the Communists, restoring or-! stantially built up during the war. der may well take a long time. In j "Also our growing national air short, the presence of these Chin-1 power poses greater mobility and ese troops in Burmn has given j greater striking force than ever be- Burma's Communist insurgents an fore, invaluable new lease on life. j This is not all. As the extremely j realistic Burmese leaders frankly j should nevertheless occur, to op- the United States has undertaken ...v uuc with even greater effect in that area, and which are vital of the capabilities of the Republic !ttlan heretofore. to the security of the United of Korea forces which were sub- j James C. Hage there now as when there was fight- ing. That is the more true because gerty, presidential I States." others were killed in miscellaneous accidents. The National Safety Council had estimated 510 persons would be holi-i killed in traffic accidents alone i day began. j during the 78-hour period ending i Mrs. Emma Gerlach. 65, of midnight Sunday. London, was killed near her home But Ned H. Dearborn, council Christmas Eve when struck by an president, noting the rising toll j automobile as she was during the first 24 hours of the I a Christmas gift. .holiday, said: Harold J. Curtis, 25, of Green, "Unless motorists put on the I Bay was injured fatally Friday i brakes, it's going to be the most when his automobile struck a util- tragic Christmas in history for ity pole in Green Bay. !traffic accidents" Robert Warrington, 54, of Neopit, Fairly pleasant winter weather died Friday morning of knife prevailed over most of the country wounds inflicted during an argu- ment at a Christmas Eve party on the Menominee reservation. streets in .some sections of 'he Mrs. Veroi.ica Whitbeck, 48, of Midwest, Rocky Mountain region and the Northeast made driving Palmyra, died Friday of injuries suffered Wednesday in a car-truck collision near here. Mrs. Whitbeck was a passenger in a car driven by Raymond Glisch, 41, of Mil- waukee, who was killed in the col- lision with a petroleum transport truck. Lance Hedrick, 16, died Fri- day of injuries he received in an automobile collision in La Crosse. Mrs. Florence Collins, 35, of Hubertus, Wis., died Friday of in- juries suffered. Wednesday when her car .skidded on icy pavement and struck a tree. I Mrs. Laura C. Hodges, 64. of Madison, Wis., was killed Friday j when the car in which she was riding collided with another on U. j S. Highway 30 five miles east of Valparaiso. Her husband, Ernest, By GORDON HOLTE Republican-Herald Staff Writer Winona County traffic au- ;horities witnessed a grim be- ginning of the holiday sea- son when a series of Christ- inas eve accidents resulted in the death of one man and injuries to 11 other persons. The fatality and seven of :he injured were members of three families, en route to hristmas reunions, whose cars were involved in a pile- up on Highway 61, a half mile north of the Whitman dam, early Thursday eve- ning. The eighth injured motorist was hospitalized after his car spun off he highway near Lamoille, a pe- destrian was injured in an acci- dent on West 2nd Street and two ither persons were hurt less seri- iusly in a two-car crash on Main treet. The casualties in the Whitman mishap were: Joseph C. Homola, 32, a na- tive of Farmington who had been living with his family at the Red fop Cabins while he was employed as a member of a temporary holiday crew at the Winona postoffice. Homola died of a severed jugular vein suffered when he was hurled through the windshield of the car driven by his wife. Mrs. Homola, 28, confined in the Winona General Hospital with multiple fractures and head injuries. Her condition was described today as "fair." Sandra Homola, 9, hospital- ized with possible abdominal injuries, cuts and bruises. Her condition is also fair. Sheila Homola, 7, receiving treatment for a fractured right leg. She is in good condition. Steven Homola, 3, bruised but the least seriously injured of the family. Elwyn Frederick Bailey, 33, a Big Fork, Minn., teacher and the driver of a station wagon involved in the head-on col- lision with the Homola car. He is hospitalized with leg injur- ies, cuts and bruises. He is in fair condition. Frank Fivecoat, 73, Prairie du Chien, Wis., the driver of a third car that crashed into the HomoJa automobile a short time after the initial crash. He suffered knee and leg bruises but was not hospitalized. Mrs. Fivecoaf, 65, released after examinations at the hos- pital indicated she suffered only bruises and no serious in- juries. The accident occurred sometime between and 6 p. m. while the Homolas were driving north on Highway 61 en route to Farming- ton to spend Christmas with Homo- la's parents, and Bailey's south- bound station wagon was ap- proaching Winona. Sheriff George Fort said that the condition of the surviving ac- cident victims has made it im- possible for him to interview them at any length at the hospital and the circumstances of the accident must be reconstructed largely, from evidence at the crash scene, Hit Icy Stretch The sheriff said, however, that he learned that Mrs. Homola re- portedly told a relative that she highway when her car struck an icy stretch (Continued on Page 3, Column 5) ONE DEAD since 6 p.m. Thursday have taken the lives of 317 persons. In addi- traffic in fatilities, fires and yesterday and millions of motor- ists headed for the highways. Icy conditions hazardous, resulting in hundreds of accidents. Traffic deaths this year have averaged about 102 every 24 hours. In a recent sample pre-holiday sur- vey for a 78-hour weekend period, there were 310 traffic under the council's estimate for this weekend. Panic in Qiurch Kills 23 Mexicans were three other vehicle had skidded on icy pavement. TOLUCA, Mexico of, This little town mourned today for 23 friends and neighbors killed in a panicky the local church. Some 200 Miss Carol Weii 23, dTed worshipers were injured in dav of ?n "a car "Accordingly I have directed recognize, der is the strongest temptation to be i duced as circumstances warrant. As an initial step, two army divisions (Continued on Page H, Column soon will be withdrawn and return- ALSOPS i uvwn we WILilUJaWJl aJj led to the United States." press secretary, told newsmen Eis- j He added that these forces "will enhowers decision to reduce the (feature highly, mobile naval, air strength of U. S. ground forces in i and -amphibious units." Korea was communicated to Pres- ident Rhee of that country this week by Walter S. Robertson, as- sistant secretary of state, and Ad- miral Arthur W. Radford, chair- Eisenhower concluded his state- ment by saying his announcement means "We move forward in pur- suance of our broad policy to make evident to all the world that Maximum, 48; minimum, 25; noon, 40; precipitation, none. Official observations for the 24 1 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 43; minimum, 31; _ noon, 36; precipitation, none; sun UllCKS mnOSpltable set tonight at sun rises to- __ morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER Central Observations) Max. temp. 41 at p. m. snffprprt Thnrsrlav ttle rus" for y Muee ?e, tragedy was touched off by Friday, min. 35 at a.m. today, j Day. Visitor Finds S.D. PIERRE, S.D. A stray white duck landed on the warm artesian fed lake between the Capitol and the executive mansion Christmas -v- u i A 1 luaj WJlll, 01, U a. 111. LUUa J man 01 tne Joint Chiefs of Staff, [we ourselves have no aggressive in-i Noon readings-temp 36 scattered They were in Korea at the time, jtentions and that we are resource- In his statement, Eisenhower not- iful and vigilant to find ways to re- ed that United Nations membsrs i duce the burden of armament and which had forces in Korea recent-1 to promote a climate of peace." layer of clouds at feet, wind 15 miles per hour from west, baro- meter 29.94 steady, humidity 67 per cent. Gov. Sigurd Anderson said the duck was a friendly sort and tried to join the flocks of mallards and Canada geese but the other birds just swam away from the visitor. a failure of the church's electric lights. Many of the faithful jammed in for the midnight Mass early yesterday were country peo- ple unused to electric lights. The parish priest, the Rev. Jose Cruz, .said'he tried vainly to quell the panic-stricken crowd pushing toward the churches' two doors. "The loudspeaker system has its own batteries and was still turned on. I told them there was no danger and to go out in an Orderly man- at- by the But they didn't pay any tion. We couldn't see much ner. tention the light of the candles on altar and around the shrine. "Then when the lights came on again, there was nobody in the church but me and the victims. I went around and administered the last sacraments to them. There was nothing else I could do." Bodies of the victims, who in- cluded a 2-months-old baby girl, were brought here from nearby "Mass was just he Temoaya for burial. Most of them said, "and the congregation was apparently died of asphyxiation but leaving the church. Somebody I autopsies will be held, stepped on a wire laying on the Authorities of this Mexico state floor. There was a blue flash and capital, 40 miles west of Mexico the lights went out. They rushed j City, went to the village yesterday for the doors. make the official investigation.