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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 4, 1954, Winona, Minnesota                              Fair Tonight And Friday, Warmer Friday GIVE HOW! NINETY-E1GHTH YEAR. NO. 87 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 4, 1954 TWENTY-TWO PAGES, 14 Cars era at St. Charles Fight for Farm Plan Votes Starts By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON uphill battle to win congressional approv- al of main features of the Eisenhower administration farm pro gram gets under way today with the start of hearings by the Senate Agriculture Committee. The chairman, Sen. Aiken concedes the program, which he supports, has strong opposition but he said "we have a hard- working and fair-minded commit- i tee-" t Main controversy centers around W thc administration proposal to ffireMXTOflRMBBK. shift to a system of flexible price supports on farm products to re- place tlie rigid price floors for basic crops which expire at the end of this year. President Eisenhower and Sec- retary of Agriculture Benson are backing flexible supports ranging from 75 to 90 per cent of parity {for major crops in place of the present fixed 90 per cent. Parity is a computed price said by law to give a farm product a fair relative purchasing power. Opponents who contend that the effect of this shift, although cush- ioned, would be a further sharp decline in farmers' income got some new arguments today in the form of a report from the Agri- "lie Hit-By Arthur Edwards, 2, of Manchester, Conn., explained to his mother. She found him with his face covered with blood beside the railroad track in front of her home Monday, but she was "so upset" she didn't report it to police until Wednesday. The child received only minor in- juries. (AP Wirephoto) culture Department. It said the income of the farm population last year averaged S882 for each person compared with for the nonfarm population. The department said this repre- sented a drop of S23 from 1952 for the farm population and an increase of for the nonfarm population. The record high for the farm population include the value of farm products consumed at home, the rental value- of farm dwellings and returns from nonfarm sources. Sen. Young senior GOP member of the Senate committee next to Aiken, said he favors re- tention of the fixed 90 per cent supports Two Of The Cars derailed in a Chicago North Western Railway accident at St. was injured and the cars involved were not seriously damaged. The diesel engine Charles this morning are shown here. West of this string of ears is an open space and 50 other cars in the train continued on to Winona after the mishap. (Republican- of about 100 yards and then the group of 12 other cars that left the tracks. No one Herald photo) Puerto Ricans Face Terms of 75 Years WASHINGTON Four Puerto Ricans accused of wounding five congressmen in a wild outburst of pistol fire in the House chamber were under indictments today that carry a possible total sentence of 75 years imprisonment. Rep. Alvin M. Bentley the most gravely injured of the was still in serious condition, but no longer on. the criti cal list. The others were improv- Federa) prDsecutors and a grand e ixe per cen jury took mle more min. for at least another imum yme Wednesday to go over the evidence on Monday's shooting. "I think it's the only thiag we v s_ Atty_ Leo A- Rover used sfx fael C. Miranda, 25. Speedy House OK Seen for New Tax Cuts WASHINGTON W-Speedy .and overwhelming House approval was forecast today for a bill to cut a wide range of excise or sales taxes almost one billion dollars. But the bill, okayed by the Ways and Means Committee over oppo- sition by the Eisenhower admin- istration, threatened to set off a storm in the Senate over another issue. Sen. George (D-Ga) said today he might move to tack onto the excise tax it hits the controversial pro- posal to increase individual in- come tax exemptions and thus lower taxes, particularly for low income families. Debate Assured The administration argued the government cannot afford now j BOSTON guests were I ties there declined to say such broad and sweeping revenue j assisted down ladders and some further action they plan to take, reductions as are provided in the 1500 others were evacuated down bill to cut to 10 per cent all excise elevators and a staircase- as taxes now above that level, ex- swept the fifth floor of the cept for liquor and tobacco. !famed 14-story Parker House early can he said in an interview. "With our economy slipping at some places I think it would be wrong to adopt a lower farm price support system." Tied to the flexible price sup- ports is an administration proposal some 214 billion of cotton, wheat, butter and other surplus products now in government hands. The intention is to isolate these from market-depressing influences already obvious by disposing of them through foreign aid, foreign and domestic disaster relief, and similar nonmarket operations. The Senate approved yesterday and sent to the House a dollar increase in farm price sup- sort funds to raise'the Commodity Credit Corp.'s total authority to billion dollars. Aiken told the Senate that added 'unds are .needed to carry out ligh-level supports promised on his year's crops. Fire Sweeps Floor 01 Boston Hotel witnesses, including ona member of Congress, Rep. Paul W. Shafer to present the case in one hour and 45 minutes. Almost immediately afterward the grand jury voted indictments charging a.ssault with intent to kill and assault with a dangerous weapon against Mrs. Lolita Lebron, 34; Irving Flores Rodriguez, 28; Andres F. Cordero 29, and Ra-1 Midwest under a heavy cover f 1 f 4 M Storm Strikes Departing Blow; 1 8 Dead in Ohio By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A storm that buried parts of the struck parting blows at snow- All were held in S100.000 bail i plagued Cleveland and western York as it moved northward into Canada today. Two more persons perished in the Ohio storm, bringing the storm death toll in that state to 18 in five days. High winds and three addi- tional inches of snow hit Cleve- land. All greater Cleveland schools were closed. A total of 16 inches of snow fell at Cleveland Sunday and Monday. The blizzard that swept western New York Wednesday night caus- ed Lake Erie to flood highways and seized at the Capitol, but later at a bus station. Rep. Shafer told newsmen, before he testified at the closed grasd jury session, that he could identify Rodriguez as one of the quartet involved in the shoot- ing. The shooting had repercussions Wednesday night in Havana and Chicago. In Havana, Cuban military in- j telligence officers arrested for questioning Juan Juarbes, foreign affairs secretary of the Puerto Rican Nationalist party. They also seized another Nationalist, Carlos Padilla Perez. Chicago police picked up five Girl Killed as Car Plows Into School Children ST. VINCENT, Minn. UPI A fast-moving auto plowed into a group of eight St. Vincent school children crossing the street here late Wednesday, killing one girl and injuring three other young- sters. The other four, tumbled into the street by the impact, suffered only cuts, bruises and torn clothing. Elaine Fitzpatrick, 11, daughter of Mr, and Mrs. John Fitzpatrick, died at the scene. Taken to the hospital at Hallock in critical condi- tion was Martin Gardner, 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gardner. Less seriously hurt were Connie Goose- lau, 12, hospitalized at Hallock, and Richard Clem, 12. taken to Al- tona, Man, When the car failed to halt its mad dash, witnesses obtained the icense number and the driver was ;afcen into custody at Hallock, 20 miles south of St. Vincent, Sheriff Oscar Pearson of Kittson lounty said he was holding on suspicion of drunken driving John Slater, 59, Stony Mountain, Man., a community north of Winnipeg. The sheriff said he had been un- able to get a coherent story from "llater. Coroner Andrew Larson said he expected to convene an inquest this afternoon. The death brought Minnesota's highway toll to 39 :ompared with 80 on this date on Hall Seeks to Mend Ike-McCarthy Breach By JACK BELL WASHINGTON UP) Republican National Chairman Leonard W. Hall sought to step into the breach between President Eisenhower and Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) today by discounting the GOP's "family differences." McCarthy himself, soon after he rejected presidential criticism in a crackling statement .of his own, said in.an interview, "I have no fight with Eisenhower at _all I hope the issuing of statements back and forth will drop here." Eisenhower, without naming McCarthy in a long statement clearly aimed at him, spoke out yesterday against "disregard of fair play." McCarthy fired back that the President and be "appar- ently disagree only on how we should handle those who protect Jommunists." Hall, who had anticipated the President in publicly taking issue with McCarthy's investigative methods, said in a speech pre- pared for a New York luncheon of the National Republican Club that "we are not a divided party." "Our opposition, naturally, has made much of the party's 'family differences' during the past he said. "They would lave you believe that we Repub- licans have split irrevocably over a problem involving personalities. "That's nonsense, of course. On Hundreds of Messages WASHINGTON White House reported today that President Eisenhower has re- ceived "hundreds" of tele- grams praising his call for "fair play" in congressional call widely accepted as a rebuke to Sen. McCarthy James C. Hagerty, president- ial press secretary, told news- men he had no exact count but the total was "in the hundreds" and they ran nine to one in praise of the President. "They are very much in favor of the Hagerty said. come when a president is expect- ed to agree with every senator, and every senator to agree with the President on Mc- Carthy said. No Reason for Row "There is no reason on earth why any Republican and I should be arguing on this Communist is- sue. I think Eisenhower feels as strongly about fulfilling his cam- paign promises "to get the Com- munists out of government as I Secretary of Defense Wilson about 100 homes along the shore. VeaT It was below zero, in the northern Plains states and the upper Mis- sissippi Valley today. It was 9 be- low zero in Minot, N.D. and -8 at Puerto Ricans in a roundup of international FaUs Minn international rails, Minn. local Nationalist leaders. Authori The changes would be effective April 1. They would cut on movies and other admissions, tele phone bills, rail, bus and air pas senger fares, jewelry, cosmetics pocketbooks, furs, luggage, tele grams, sporting goods, cameras pens, mechanical pencils, lighters and other items. Presumably prices also woulc drop on many of these goods, al though perhaps not on movie tick ets. Committee Chairman Danie A. Reed sponsor of the said the tax reductions woulc be a stimulant to consumer buy- ing and thus would help the na- tional economy over its present dip. The Reed bill also would cance' about in cuts in other excises scheduled April 1 on liq uor, tobacco, automobiles, gaso- line, buses and trucks, auto parts, and beer and wine. Will Raise Deficit Other things being equal, the bill would add almost one billion dollars to the deficit President Eisenhower has predict- ed for the fiscal year beginning July 1. House Republican Leader Hal- leek of Indiana said he planned to bring the excise bill to the House floor next Wednesday, add- ing "the vote for it will of course be overwhelming." Eisenhower had urged canceling the April 1 excise reductions scheduled under present law, but is opposing the across-the-board cuts called for in the Reed bill. Sen. George said in a separate interview he personally favors many of the excise cuts provided in the Reed bill, but not neces- sarily all of them. today. Joseph C. Fitzgerald, 47, of Coral Gables, Fla., one of three men brought down ladders, suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at Boston City Hospital. There were no other casualties. Most of the in overcoats thrown over nightclothes refuge in the hotel lobby. fo ReDOrt ro iveporr j Qn State Government ST. PAUL Iff) Anderson announced today he will give a report on progress of state govern- ment over a network of Minnesota radio stations Friday, March 12. He said the talk will cover various aspects of the state gov- ernment. The exact time has not been arranged. early morning low was 30 at Jack- son, Miss., and 29 at Atlanta. Chicago and other Midwest areas dug out of the early March snow- storm with a promise of warmer weather by Friday. Chicago's fall of 12 inches was the heaviest in 15 years and the heaviest hi the storm-swept area. A blizzard swept southwestern Ontario Wednesday with nearly 8 inches of fresh snow in areas al- ready hit by a two-day snowfall. Eight deaths were attributed to the three-day storm. Pedestrians In Cleveland, Ohio, fought against winds that reached speeds of 50 miles per hour in the Cleveland area Wednesday. Highways leading into the city were closed by snowdrifts and ice. Traffic throughout the city was at a standstill. (UP Telephoto) Harris Resigns As President of Northwest Airlines NEW YORK W Gen. Harol R. Harris resigned today as pres dent of Northwest Airlines. Malcolm S. Mackay, executiy vice president of Northwest Air lines Inc., announced that Harri submitted his resignation as pres dent and as a member of the air line's board of directors "whic was accepted by the board witt The board elected a new direc tor, Lyman E. Wakefield Jr., 42 banker and civic leader of Min neapolis, Minn. He takes the place on the 15-man board made vacan last summer by the death of Wil liam Tudor Gardiner, banker ant former governor of Maine. Mackay said, "Mr.- Wakefield joins, the board at the request o important Twin Cities interests who recently acquired substantia holdings in Northwest Airlines stock." St. Paul Bus Boy Held as Suspect In Hartley Case ST. PAUL UP) A 31-year-old Renville, Minn., man who has been working in St. Paul as a restaurant bus boy was held by police here today as a suspect in the disap- pearance of Evelyn Hartley at La Crosse, Wis., Oct. 24. Police said a woman acquaint- ance of the man reported he "talked about the Hartley ease all he time" and that he often went to fortune tellers to discuss the case. Det. Lt. Joseph Schmitz said the man, near collapse from nervous- ness, would be taken to Ancker lospital today "to get him calmed down" and that he will be given a lie detector test later. many issues there are degrees Chairman SaltonstaU (R. opinion, emphasis and approach j Mass) of the Senate Armed Serv- In a vital matter like com- i ices Committee yesterday there is batting the endless- dangers of "an immediate and pressing need Communism, both on the home to clarify laws which have per- front and at the council tables! mitted Communists and other un- abroad, we are in earnest accord." Despite Hall's prediction that the Republicans are going to dis- play "team there wasn't too much evidence of unity in par- ty reaction to the exchange of statements yesterday by Eisen- hower and McCarthy, The Senate Republican Policy Committee gave no evidence, after a closed meeting yesterday, of any material progress toward agreement on a code of ethics for conducting hearings. McCarthy, one of those present, made it clear he intends to pro- ceed as he has in the past despite anything Eisenhower or the Presi- dent's friends might say about his methods. "I'd hate to think the day would desirables to enter the armed Sen. Ferguson of Michigan, head of the GOP policy group, told re- porters he thought the President's statement "indicated he was not entirely satisfied with the meth- ods" used by McCarthy. Ferguson said he wouldn't have handled in the same way McCar- thy did the questioning of Brig. Gen. Ralph W. Zwicker, who said he carried out orders to give an honorable discharge to Maj. Irv- ing Peress. Peress had refused to answer questions about possible Communist connections. McCarthy conducting an investigations sub- committee hearing, told Zwicker among other things that he should be removed from command. President Eisenhower enjoyed a hearty laugh in Washington today after signing endorsement to "Know Your America Week" sponsored by the AH American Conference to Combat Communism, and designated for June 13-19. Left to right are: Sen. Karl Mu'ndt President Eisenhower; Dr. Daniel Poling, chairman of the conference council, and Joseph Wolfson, New York, chairman of the observance. Telephoto) Broken Brake Rod Wedges Into Switch Point None of Five Members of Train Crew Injured By CORDON HOLTE Republican-Herald Staff Writer ST. CHARLES, Minn. Fourteen units of an east- bound Chicago North Western Railway freight train were derailed this morning when a broken brake rod from one of the soxcars wedged into a switch point just east of the station here. The derailment was the second major railway acci- dent in Winona County in .he past ten days and occur- red at about a.m. while the 76-car freight from Ra- City, S.D., was en route ;o Winona. None of the five members of the :rain them Engineer E. J. Giel, 520 Sioux St., was injured in the mishap and, except for wheel assemblies that were torn off several cars, none of the boxcars appeared to have been seriously damaged. Only one of the boxcars was overturned. Another was tipped off the tracks and leaned put at about a 45-degree angle while the remaining dozen cars'that figured m the derailment remained up- right, though off the tracks. 450 Fest of Track Damaged Approximately 450 feet of the north rail was ripped out and twist- ed out of shape or broken but the south rail appears to be generally ntact. Walter K. Riggs, bridge and juilding supervisor of the in Winona, arrived at the scene a short time after the accident and notified division headquarters of the derailment. A work train was sent out from lochester in mid-morning and rail- way wreckers from Madison, Wis., and St. Paul, were dispatched here fia Mankato to assist in the track learing project. Riggs said that it would be im- jossible to determine immediately ow long would be required be- ore full service could be restored i the line. There is only the single set of tracks on this section and arrange- ments were made this morning for a rescheduling of train service until the tracks are cleared and repaired. Another eastbound train was stopped at Mankato as soon as notification of the accident had been received and railway officials said that no attempt will be made to run anything east until p.m. today. The railway's "400" passenger train due here at p.m. was stopped at Rochester, 'passengers were placed on buses and taken to Winona where they boarded a Mil- waukee Road train. The westbound train due here at p.m. was to be stopped here where passen- gers were to board buses for Rochester where they resumed the trip. Brake Rod Snapi No freights are being moved and the interruption of service also af- fects the Great Western Railway which also uses the tracks. The broken brake rod that caused the derailment apparently snapped off some distance west of the station here. It dragged along the road 300 feet west of the depot and ripped out a plank at one of the street crossings near the business district. The broken rod continued to drag along until it reached the switch point (known as a about 400 feet east of the station. There the metal assembly lodged on Page 3, Column 4) WRECK WEATHER "FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Fair to- night and Friday. Continued cool tonight, warmer Friday. Low to- night 8 above in city, 5 in country; high Friday afternoon 32. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 23; minimum, 2; noon, 19; precipitation, none; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 21 at p.m. Wed- nesday, low six degrees at a.m. today. Noon 18, clear skies with visibility of 15 miles plus, the wind is from the northwest at 20 miles per barometer at 30.33 steady and the humidity is 38 per cent.   

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