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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1954, Winona, Minnesota                              Colder Tonight, Fair and Much Colder Tuesday Memo to Caesar A Lenten Feature Starting Wednesday NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 84 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, MARCH 1, 1954 SIXTEEN PAGES ongressmen oun by Pistol ouse rrage 9 Capitol Police and aides carry Democratic Congressman Ken- neth Roberts of Alabama from the House side of the Capitol in Washington. Roberts was shot in the leg by pistol-wielding spec- tators in the House gallery today. (UP Telephoto) A Policeman shows the Puerto Rican flag that was carried by one of three Puerto Ricans who stormed into the House chamber in Washington today and wounded five congressmen. (UP Telephoto) TODAY Firm Hand Of Ike Needed By JOSEPH and STEWART AUSOP The greatest po- litical decisions of the Eisenhower administration are quite literally being made behind President Ei- senhower's back. The final proof of this curious state of affairs was given by the events of the last week. From start was never on the helm. The ship j There are a number of statements was sailing through a violent j which do not appear to be factual LaCrossePolice Quiz New Hartley Suspect LA CROSSE investigating the disappearance of baby sitter Evelyn Hartley scheduled further questioning today for a 36-year- old former railroad laborer brought here Sunday from Fond du Lac. Authorities, who locked the man in the county jail, answers so far have contained many inconsistencies. "This does not mean we have I established anything Acting Sheriff Robert Scullin said} Sunday after the man agreed to come here, "but we feel we can accomplish more in La Crosse where we can check the informa- he has already given us. AEC Explodes 'Atomic Device' WASHINGTON W) Atomic Energy Commission said today an atomic device has been deto- nated at its proving ground in the Marshall'Islands. Chairman Lewis L. Strauss said said his detonation was the first in a series of tests. storm, but the captain usually did not even know what was going on. The facts tell the story. ITEM: Secretary of the Army Stevens issued his defiance of Sen- ator McCarthy without consulting the President or anyone else. Al- though this act insured a hurri- cane, the President was officially described as "standing aloof" af- ter the press tickers brought tha news to Palm Springs. ITEM: The President was not told, either, that Secretary Stevens was going to the fatal luncheon with Senators McCarthy, Mundt, Dirksen and Potter. The Presi- dent's own subordinates helped to arrange this meeting, with the con- scious purpose of procuring Ste- vens' surrender to McCarthy. But again, the President's first know- ledge of Stevens' surrender at the luncheon table came from the press tickers. ITEM: Far from desiring a sur- render, the President wanted to fight. He that this was the moment for a final showdown with McCarthy. He was planning to back Stevens to the hilt at the very moment when Stevens was surrendering. He was a bitterly angry man, when he at last took charge of the desperate damage-control party that was formed at the White House after the surrender was known. This is not the first time, either, that- the Administration ship has sailed onto a reef while "the cap- tain was somewhere down below'" The last major political drama staged by the Administration was the Harry Dexter white case. That time, Attorney General Herbert (Continued on Page 11, Column 2) ALSOPS Nehru Rejects Offer NEW DELHI, India m Minister Nehru blisteringly reject- ed President Eisenhower's offer of arms aid for India today and de- manded that American observers with the U. N. cease-fire team in disputed Kashmir be withdrawn. and he is very vague about cer- tain times and places." No charges have been placed against the man. Scullin and Detective Bernard Sauer of the La Crosse police de- partment said ihe man could not give a consistent account of his activities from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, the day on which Fond du Lac police said he arrived there. The 15-year-old Hartley girl van- ished from the home where she was baby sitting last Oct. 24. No trace of her has been found, al- though searchers discovered arti- cles of clothing, bloodstains and a pair of shoes believed to have been worn by her abductor, Sauer and Scullin questioned the iormer railroad laborer for two hours in Pond du Lac. They saic le told them he went to Fond du Lac last September. But Fond di Lac Police Chief James Cahill saic j a check of his story convinced him I that the man arrived in Fond du JLac by bus at noon, Oct. 25. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Partly cloudy and a little colder tonight. Tuesday generally fair and much colder. Low tonight 20, high Tues- day 28. Wreckage of Missinc Plane Found; 9 Deac NEWCASTLE, Wyo. Wl All nine persons aboard a Western Airlines plane missing since Fri- day were found dead today when a search party reached the shat- tered wreckage in the rugged "breaks" of the Rochelle Hills. The plane smashed into desolate, snow-covered country about 40 airline miles southwest of New- castle in the oil and cattle area of northeastern Wyoming. mile from a dirt road. Officers blocked the roadway while postal inspectors and other officials sort- ed mail and other valuables aboard. The plane, bound from Los An- geles to Minneapolis, vanished soon after its pilot radioed that bad weather prevented his landing at Casper, Wyo. The first eyewitness accounts of the crash scene were given here by Robert Engle, Newcastle ranch- State highway patrolman George I er, and Clyde Ice, who operate Wilcox notified the sheriff's office I a flying service, by radio that the four women and j They said the plane appeared five men aboard the craft had per-1 to have struck the ground at a ished. "It's a Wilcox ad- angle at terrific speed ded. "and the plane and the people The crash was about a quarter-! aboard were smashed to bits." 5 Dead in Philadelphia Blast, Fire PHILADELPHIA Wl _ Five per sons, including three children in a neighborhood luncheonette, were killed last night when a violen- explosion destroyed two buildings in a crowded section of South Phil- adelphia. A 17-year-old girl, Ruby Mosley, trapped for six hours in a public telephone booth under the moun- tain of rubble, escaped unharmed Twenty others, including four fire- men, were injured. The blast, of undetermined or- igin, occurred on a quiet Sunday night in one of the most densely populated areas of the city. Deputy Fire Chief George E. Hink said it was "amazing" that the death toll was not higher. The roofs of two adjoining three- story brick buildings were lifted into the air, turned halfway around and dropped on the rear of the structures. Not a wall was stand- ng when firemen arrived and lames licked at the pile of debris. Seme 500 persons were routed from their homes and Red Cross authorities estimated 50 families ivere sheltered for the night. AIRPOP-T WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 38 at p.m. Sun- day. Low 16 degrees at a.m. today. Noon readings temp. 37, scattered clouds at feet, visi- bility 12 miles, wind calm, barome- ter 29.84 steady, humidity 59 per cent. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, .13; minimum, 28; noon, 33: precipitation, none. Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 40; minimum. 22; noon, 40; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- Lake Search Continues For Winona Navy Pilot More than 100 planes and Coast Guard surface craft were search- ing a square-mile area- at Chicago today for a Winona Navy pilot. Ens. Ronald J. Pingle, '22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carlton E. Pin- gle, Pleasant Valley, has been missing since late Saturday short- ly after he was instructed to land his Navy Banshee jet plane at O'Hare Field, a large airport south of Glenyiew, 111. Pingle was low on fuel while flying in poor weather. Late Sunday an internal fuel tank from a, jet plane was washed up on the beach near Gary, Ind. Find- ng of the tank indicated the plane iad broken up upon hitting the water, officials said. Flying from Florida Pingle and two other Navy offi- cers were on a routine training light from Cecil Field in Florida. ?heir destination was Glenview i Naval Air Station, a few miles northwest of Chicago. As the three planes approached Ens. Ronald J. Pinglt Attack Linked With Freedom for Puerto Rico woman, fired shots. Graham said Rep. Benjamin James who was seated next to him exclaimed when the shooting began: "My God, this is real." Rep. Van Zandt who WASHINGTON Wl A group of men and a woman shouting "free Puerto Rico" fired pistols from a House gallery at Congress members today and hit at least Eive. In milling confusion, the mem- Ders first ducked, ran, then turned jack to aid their injured col- .eagues. Spectators grappled with the pistol wielders in the gallery and police leaped after them. The lawmakers wounded were: Alvin M, Bentley Ben F. Jensen Clifford Davis Kenneth A. Roberts CD- and George H, Fallon (D- Bentley was struck through the chest. He dropped to the House floor apparently seriously injured. Jensen also was on the floor in big pool of blood. Roberts was carried out on a stretcher. Davis, hit in the leg, remained m a seat, being treated by a nurse, after the wounded were o hospitals I Bentley's body on the left side be- Fallon also was reported to have low the heart and went through hit in the leg. j to the right side He said the bullet Guards said four or five per-1 penetrated the stomach, addition to the two men and the i Republican leaders. One hit the table end and one smashed into I am sure I saw four persons the wood a few inches in front of Rep. Louis E. Graham Rep, Arends the assistant (R-Pa) told reporters. "The wom-j GOP leader. Arends said splinters an was shooting into the ceiling of the table flew into his face. but I am sure that three men were j House GOP leader Halleck of In- shooting down into the chamber." diana> seated beside Arends in his customary place on the floor, told a reporter: "Those two shots were designed for somebody here at this table, sure as hell." Marks of several shots could-be rushed from the chamber, said j seen bullets zinged past Mm He R Long wh brotb. Reps. Fallon (D-Md, and Roberts er> HueV] was slain' by an assas. (D-Ala) were hit. sin's bullets, ducked behind the Van Zandt said bullets were speaker's bench when the shooting sprayed across the House floor to i started the left of House Speaker Martin, those first bullets He estimated there were 20 to ed right over my head L P5 shnte altnoettipr i 25 shots altogether. Van Zandt said he raced up to I p0rters- j first term congressman, told the gallery, to the left of the speak- er, and seized one of the men who had been firing a caliber 45 Ger- man Luger automatic. Rep. Walter Judd (R-Minn) a physician, said one bullet entered "I was sitting right in the front row. Someone behind me yelled, those are just in play. I said: "The hell they are. Those are real bul- lets." "So I got behind the Speaker's Glenyiew in very poor visibility conditions, one of them, Ens. W. H. Blasek, Chicago, reported en- gine trouble and received emer-. gency landing clearance from wa.sj Glenview. The two others, low on fuel, were instructed to land at O'Hare Field, a large airport south of Glenview. The flight leader, Lt. C. Albers, Jacksonville, Fla., set down at ons joined in the shooting and they had captured three. The woman identified herself to eporters as Lolila Lebron. "I want freedom for my coun- she shouted. "My country is Puerto It was on Nov. 1, 1950, that two 'uerto Rican revolutionists tried o shoot their way into Blair House the temporary White House President Truman was tak- ng a nap. One was killed. The ther was wounded, recovered and vas sentenced to die in the electric hair but Truman commuted the entence to life imprisonment. A White House policeman also O'Hare. Out Over Lake The last radio fix of Pingle's position made by Glenview radio men placed him about 15 miles northeast of the .air out over Lake Michigan, about 10 miles off the shore line of Ft. Sheridan. At Speaker Martin .rapped for order, asking the members to take their seats. They ordered the galleries cleared of all visitors. A nurse from the Capitol dis- pensary came on the floor to give first aid. liver and one lung. Judd, who was at Bentley's side shortly after he fell, said there was not very much external bleed- ing, but there may have been con- siderable internal bleeding. Speaker Martin of Massuchus- etts, presiding, ducked for cover with other members and visitors. But Martin resumed the rostrum a few minutes later, asked the members to take their seats and formally recessed the House. A group of men, apparently FBI agents, moved into the chamber sometime later. Several seat cush- ions, ripped by the bullets, were inspected and a search made for bullet slugs. Raymond C. Cole of Mt. Rain- er, Md., told reporters he disarm- ed one of the men who had done (present. He said two men and a woman came rushing out of the entrance with guns. He said neither of the men said anything but the woman shouted that she wanted indepen- dence for her country and when asked what country she replied Puerto Rico. Frank Wise of nearby Takoma Park, Md., a spectator in the gal- lery from which the shots we're fired, said the trio with the-guns were sitting in a back row. Wfse said he jumped up and grabbed the arm of one man, then the other and about that time police rushed in. Often during House debates, the floor is almost deserted. But just before the shooting start- ed, a point was raised that no quorum was present. Speaker Mar- tin counted the House, and an- nounced that 243 members were the shooting. A man, more than six feet tall, ran out: Cole said he and two other doorkeepers threw him to the floor. Two men and the woman who Cole said he grabbed the man's wielded pistols were seized. One of the gunmen was grabbed by a door keeper when he .at- tempted to his gun. The shots were fired from auto- matic pistols as the men and woman shouted for freedom for Puerto Rico. They fired at random fuel tank was- found about fr0m a corner of the visitors' gal- lery while the House was debating 50 miles to the south. A search for the Winona pilot was conducted Sunday. A graduate of Winona Senior High School, Pingle has been in the Navy a little more than two years. He also attended Hamline University and Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa, before his enlistment a Mexican farm labor bill- As police seized the group and rushed them to police headquar- ters in downtown Washington, one of the three tossed a Puerto Rican flag into the air. There were some differences of opinion as to whether others, in arms and took the gun from him. He said it was a Luger which was loaded but which had jammed. He said the man also had a handful of cartridges, which he took. Rep. Benson (D-Tex) was seat- ed directly behind one of the wounded congressmen, Davis (D- "I think a lot of those shots must have been said Ben- son, "since so few of them struck targets." Other congressmen standing near- by said they thought many landed in the floor and ceiling. Two bullets were found in the mahogany table reserved for House The Senate recessed at p.m., as an expression of concern over the shooting. Speaker Martin told reporters he understood that Jensen was the most seriously wounded besides Bentley. Jensen was hit in the back, near the spine, the speaker said. Bentley was sitting in the front row next to Rep. Keating (R-NY) who was not hit. Both stood up .when the shots rang out, Keating said later, ad- ding: "I thought it was firecrack- ers. Bentley dropped right at my feet, then I dropped to duck the bullets." v Keating said he looked up and saw the .woman in the gallery; "She was' pumping bullets .aid, waving the gun right and he said.   

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