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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 3, 1954, Winona, Minnesota                              Partly Cloudy Tonight; Thursday Fair, Warmer Want Ads Cost as Little As 65 Cents NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 62 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 3, 1954 EIGHTEEN PAGES Wi nona rowns in Mississippi Five-Year-Old Gene Barum Jr., left, was credited with saving his sister, Sandra, right, from drowning in the Mississippi River near their home Tuesday afternoon. The youngster was unsuc- cessful, however, in his efforts to save a young companion who plunged through the ice. (Republican-Herald photo) Ike Won't OK Any Changes in Capita! Setup Senate Heads Toward Showdown On Bricker Plan Ike Rea Says dju Eisenhower said today he believes the United States is going through a period of economic adjustment but he is confident everything will turn out all right. A readjustment has always fol- lowed in the wake of a defense emergency, the President told a news conference. His administration, he added, believes the prosperity of a country lies in the prosperity of its masses, not in the wealth of any small groups. His statement followed an ex pression of opinion by Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey Tues- day that the country is undergoing WASHINGTON W! President Eisenhower said today he will un- compromisingly oppose any at- tempt to change the traditional Balance of power among the branches of the federal govern ment. The President's general com ment at a news conference cann as the Senate headed toward show down votes on the Bricker consti tutional amendment on treaty pow ers. Eisenhower declined specifii comment on various proposals pu before the Senate as possible sub stitutes for the plan by Sen. Brick er The President said, however that this is a very, .ery intricate question which should be studiee decision "be "wise ?ober'y and a bas U.S. in stment Period By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH a "rolling readjustment" which is WASHINGTON UP) nothing to be disturbed about. In response to a question, Eisen- hower said he is sticking by his Molotov Has New Proposal For Germany BERLIN UP) Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov proposed today that 68 million Germans choose in a general plebiscite be- tween alliance with Western Eu- rope and an immediate peace treaty. The Russian fired his new broad- side in the Big Four conference, apparently engaged irr a running battle to ward off a United Ger- many tied to the West. Molotov led off the ninth day's session of the Berlin parley with a sharp at- tack on EDC and then unloaded his plebiscite plan. to try to raise the minimum wage J of 75 cents an hour at this time of economic transition. "Ray Scherer of the National Broadcasting Co. asked for com- ment on what Scherer described as a feeling-in some quarters that it is practically un-American to say there is a recession going on. Eisenhower laughed and then said this is a free country and people are entitled to use what- ever language they like. As for himself, Eisenhower said, d.f ermine what is good for ld Slates.Jin th? run the President declined to he supposes we have receded from something since not everything is at its peak, In a conference covering a wide range of subjects, Eisenhower also: 1. Announced that he has in- structed aides to make a thorough study to determine whether any endorse a move by the Senate Re publican leadership to revise the Bricker amendment. The Republican high commanc in the Senate battle is of Sens. Knowland Fergu son Millikin and SaltonstaU The stiffest threat to their lead- ership was from Sen. George. George appeared to have rallied a majority of the Senate's 48 in Democrats behind his action breaking off bipartisan negotia- tions for a compromise. He off- ered in the Senate yesterday as'a substitute for Bricker's proposal amendments of his own to which the White House has raised objec- tions. This left Knowland and his aides breakdown can be made public j dependent on the Senate's 47 -Re- showing how many persons of I only a segment of doubtful loyalty were among the let out by the administration as security risks since Eisenhower took office. 2. Asserted he deplores any spread of hysterical fear in con- nection with America's possession of atomic weapons. Big talk and bombastic statements are not the way to deal with the situation, the President said, adding that a calm attitude is the better course. 3, Said that if the people of Indochina are determined they want to be free, they probably will be in the long run. If they don't have such determination, the Pres- ident declared, the outcome of the struggle against Communists here may well go the other way. them if Bricker does not go along support proposed constitution- al changes to which Eisenhower would agree. U. S. Told of Red Spy Ring in Japan By ROBERT PROSSER TOKYO trustworthy American military source said today a Russian diplomat-spy reported missing last week is revealing se- crets of a Red spy ring in Japan to U. S. intelligence agents on Oki- nawa. The source, who cannot be identified, said inside secrets from the "highly efficient agent" are Helping crack the spy ring. The diplomat, Yuri Alexandro- vich Rastovorov, apparently fled in terror from the defunct Russian mission in Tokyo, the source said, helping "set up a spy. network that has already penetrated some of the highest levels of the Japanese government." "Rastovorov left out of fear for his the source said. "The! claim of the Russian mission thatj he was kidnaped by the-Americans I is ridiculous-." I Rastovorov disappeared Jan. 24. The American source said he fled after being ordered back to Moscow because he apparently was found "softening" toward Americans. The source also said two other telligence agent accompanying a Russian ice-skating team here in January brought orders for Ras- tovorov to return home. The source also said two other Russian agents in friends of to give themselves over to the Amer- icans, but are being sent home guarded by five other Russians. The American source said Ras- tovorov is believed to be a lieu- tenant colonel in the MVD (secret Such a rank would make him a key figure in a spy ring here. There has been no official Amer- ican comment on the case here or in Washington, other than de- nials that Rastovorov's where- abouts are known. The source said Rastovorov has bep under close American sur- veillance more than a year. 209 Hindus Die In India Holy River Stampede NEW DELHI, India esti- mated 200 Hindu pilgrims were crushed to death and at least were injured early today at Alla- habad when a crowd three million strong stampeded into the holy waters at the joining of the Ganges and Jumna rivers, according to reports reaching here. Eyewitness accounts said 200 square yards along the sandy banks of the Ganges were strewn with bodies after the police cleared away the panic-stricken throngs of Dathers at the Kumbh Mela fes- tival. Official sources at Allahabad de- clined to comment on any aspect of the tragedy and would give no official casualty figures. King Boreas XVIII, Walter V. Dorle, crowned Mary Lou Lipke Queen of the Snows at the St. Paul Winter Carnival coronation cere- mony late Tuesday. A sellout crowd of in the St. Paul audi- torium witnessed the coronation program. (UP Telephoto) Stephen D. Posey Student Admits Setting Beloit College Fire 2EL01T, Wis. igi Stephan D. Posey, an 18iyear-old college fresh- man, who Police Chief George E. rriffin said admitted starting the fire which destroyed Be- loit College's chapel, Tuesday was ordered to undergo a mental ex- amination. Municipal Judge Arthur Luebke committed the youth, who is from Wilmette, ill., to the state hospital at Mendota, for an observa- period not to exceed 60 days. Posey's attorney requested the lommitment late Tuesday when he student, described as brilliant )y his instructors, and as having he I.Q. of a genius by a Chicago isychiatrist, was arraigned on ar- on and check forgery charges. No plea was entered. Admits Starting Fire Griffin said Posey, whose fath er, Rollin, is chairman of the Po- itical Science department at Northwestern University, signed i statement admitting he started he blaze Dec. 12 by inserting a ighted cigarette inside a book of Hatches and placing them on a jasement shelf in a closet con- aining cleaning materials. Posey is the grandson of the late Clarence Dykstra, who was presi- ent of the University of Wiscon- in from 1937-44. Reinstatement Hearing Set for Mrs. Carlson ST. PAUL UP! The State Civil Service Board today set May 5 as the date for a hearing on the re- quest for reinstatement of Mrs. j Lillian Carlson, former head cash- I ier in the state Department of Em- ployment Security. Mrs. Carlson recently was ac- quitted by a Ramsey County Dis- trict Court jury on charges of em- bezzling state funds. The board .also set a hearing, for Feb. 17 on the dismissal oi George A. Fisher, a farmer on the staff of the Owatonna State School, Fisher was discharged Feb. 1 on charges of insubordination and in- efficiency. Mrs. Marrin Harrington Beard, Minneapolis, was elected board chairman for 1954. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Partly cloudy tonight. Thursday generally fair and warmer. Low tonight 25, high Thursday 44. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: 46; minimum, 27; noon, 33; precipitation, .04; sun sets tonight at. sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER i No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 44 at p.m. Tues- day, min. 29 at a.m. today. Moon 33, visibility 15 miles, sky overcast at feet, wind 6 miles per hour from west, barometer 30.04 steady, humidity 58. Hours Elapse Before Parents Hear of Tragedy Father Finds Body Of James Decker Near Hamilton Street By GORDON HOLTE Republican-Herald Staff Writer A 4V2-year-old Winona boy was drowned when he and bis younger cousin broke through an area of rot- ting ice on the Mississippi River near the foot of -Hamilton street Tuesday afternoon. The drowning victim was identi- fied as James Decker, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Laverne Decker, who live near the foot of Hamilton street. Rescued from the icy river wa- :ers by her older brother :ailed in his attempts to drag the, Decker boy from the water was I ZVz -year-old San- dra Barum, the daughter of Mr. I and Mrs. Gene jf fiarum, 29 Ham ilton St. Although t h e f drowning appar- e n 11y occurred shortly after p.m., the parents jtf of the three chil- dren did not learn of James' death until early Tues- day evening. The young survivors of the river tragedy, shocked and distraught by the events of the afternoon, fear- fully failed to disclose the fact that James had drowned until a search was launched for the young- ster some four hours after the ac- cident, Home Near Share The site of the drowning was about 20 feet offshore and only a short distance from the Decker home which is built near the bank of the river. James, Sandra and Gene Barum Jr., 5, are cousins and had been playing together during the day. Decker said this morning that he had warned his children about playing on the ice at the river's edge and Mrs. Decker recalled that shortly after lunch Tuesday she noticed the children near the river and warned them not to go near the ice. A short distance off shore an ice- Two Winona Patrolmen inspect the hole in the river ice near the foot of Hamilton street where a child drowned in 18 feet of water Tuesday aft- ernoon. Patrolman Fred Brust, .left, and Gordon Cooper stand at the edge of a boathouse moored offshore at the drowning site. Another child who fell into the same hole was rescued from the water by her brother. The streaks on the picture are caused by snow falling Tuesday evening. (Repub- lican-Herald photo) Manslaughter Case Goes To District Court Jury Vatican Paper Denies Rumors Pope is Worse By FRANK BRUTTO VATICAN CITY Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, in evident effort to allay growing concern over the health of Pope Pius XII, said today that "the state of the Supreme Pontiff, thanks to God, continues to im- prove." The newspaper also described as short distance from the boathouse. i "absolutely unfounded" reoorts in 4 5 feetithe Italian press that an "English Deckers said that recently there had been a small area of open water, perhaps 5 feet in length, a north of the boathouse. There is a plank running from the shore to the boathouse and there is a narrow wood deck around the outside of the house. Playing at Boathouse During their play the children walked down toward the boathouse and apparently were playing at times on the wooden ledge. Early in the afternoon James and Sandra stepped out on the snow- blanketed ice which had begun to rot during the recent period of thawing weather. The thin sheet of ice crumbled under the pair and both- plunged into the water at the edge of the hole. Sandra apparently was nearest So Gene at the time she fell into the water and her brother manag- ed to grasp her hand and pull her to safety. Later, Gene related thai- James "was standing up in the water and I couldn't get him It is believed that when the specialist who attended the late King George VI of Britain had been called consultation. This report, printed in II Messa g g e r o and H Tempo of Rome, conserva- tive newspapers, had heightened worry in Vatican circles that Pontiff may suffering from cancer. King George died of a throm- bosis in 1952 af- ter he had been Pope Pius operated upon for cancer of the lung. Tha Vatican newspaper, in its lengthiest comment upon the Duchess' Jewels Down LONDON UP) Light-footed burglars robbed the Duchess of Argyll of furs and jewelry worth more than pounds Tuesday night while she entertained a gay dinner party two floors below. Police said the thieves ap- parently climbed up a drain- pipe on the outside of the Argyll residence in the fash- ionable Mayfair District. The loot was taken from a third story bedroom. Ejector Seat Helps Pilot Escape Crash GRAND PRAIRIE, Tex. Judge Discusses Nature of Charge As Jurors Retire A jury of seven women and five men. began its deliberation shortly before noon today on evidence pre- sented during the two-day trial Norman Henze, 32, 1057 E. 4th St., on a charge of first degree man- slaughter. The jury retired to its chambers at a.m. after being charged by Judge Karl Finkelnburg. The court's instructions were de- ivered after County Atty. W. Ken- neth Nissen and Henic's attorney, H. M. Lamberton Jr., addressed iheir final arguments to the jury. Arguments began at 10 a.m. fol- lowing an adjournment taken at 1 p.m. Tuesday after final wit- nesses had completed their testi- mony. Motion Denied Before adjournment Tuesday, moved for a dismissal of the charge against Henze on the rounds that the state had not A proved beyond a reasonable doubt j Pope's condition forced to cancel SJ-nce ae was a big general Decker tato (Continued on Page 12, Column 5.) WINONA BOY audience just a week ago today, said during the pas a part of the press aUeSed in the "P his ejector seat into action and j formation arejiecessary to threw himself clear of the flam- ing crash here yesterday of his F80 Shooting Star jet. The pilot, Capt. James C. Smith, 31, of nearby Dallas, was not be- lived seriously injured, but two workers in the boat factory stor- age yard where the plane fell were killed and four others injured. Eyewitnesses said Smith's eject- or seat catapulted him away from the crash almost at the momen of impact. The plane, which faltered on takeoff from Hensley Field, acros a heavily traveled Dallas For Worth highway from the boat fac tory, sarrowly missed a building in which 100 men were working. "conjectures that were arbitrary I Tex. and inconsistent with the news." Workers killed were George Lee Tucker, 54, Arlington. Tex., anc had made I William H. Slagle, 51, Trenton A Spectacular, brilliant explosion, right, fol- lowed the crash at Grand Prairie, Texas, Tues- day of an F80 National Guard plane into the Lone Star Boat Works, setting the works on fire and killing two workmen. The pilot ejected him- self before the crash and saved himself. (AP Wirephoto) sustain a verdict of guilty. The mstion was denied by the court. In his instructions to the jury this morning, the court pointed put the elements of a charge of first degree manslaughter. A species of homicide, man- slaughter may be involved when a person with no, intent to effect a misdemeanor affecting the person of another and the latter is killed. The court explained that to sustain a charge of manslaugh- ter it must be proved beyond a reasonabie doubt, among other things, that the defend- ant's act was the prcximatt cause of the victim's death. Homicide is excusable when, committed by accident, when ordi- nary caution is exercised and when no unlawful act is Jurors were told that no man lias a right to strike another as pun- ishment for an insult or a quarrel- some attitude but that it is justifi- able when done to .protect one from imminent personal injury when the act appears to be reason- ably necessary to prevent injury. On Stand an Hour Lamberton rested his case after Henze had been on the witness stand for about an hour Tuesday afternoon. The defendant told of leaving work at noon on Sept. 26 in the company of his foreman, Norman Tudahl, 1017 E. 4th St. He told of events of the after- noon leading up to his arrival at the George Erpelding tavern, 505 W. 5th St., where he a'nd Tudahl met the Verdicks. Henze said that a "friendly con- developed with he, Ver- dick and several other patrons 'kidding" a fellow employe who lad not been at work during the morning. During this time, Henze said, Mrs. Verdick sat in a booth "and lidn't say a word." From George's Tavern, Henze aid, he and Tudahl went to the Continued on Page 3, Column 4.) MANSLAUGHTER   

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