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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 16, 1954, Winona, Minnesota Fair Tonight Arid Wednesday, Warmer Wednesday Winona Sportsmen's Show Opens Friday NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 97 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, MARCH 16, 1954 SIXTEEN PAGES Harmony Woman Killed at Preston an Caught Trying To Extort From Max Factor LOS ANGELES FBI agent, made up to look like make- up manufacturer Max Factor Jr., helped, trap an unemployed man accused of trying to extort from Factor under threat of blast- ing him and his family with a time bomb. Wendell Martin Ringholz, 47, of Northridge, father of three chil- dren, was arrested yesterday as he picked up a dummy bundle of in an orange grove in San Fernando Valley. The arrest climaxed week-long negotiations by letter, telephone and a newspaper ad and marked the third time the package had been planted at .spots designated by the would-be extortionist. The first two times he apparently had been frightened off. Last Thursday night Factor, head of the cosmetics firm found- ed by his father, his wife Mildred and their son Donald, 19, left their Beverly Hills mansion after a man telephoned that a time bomb was hidden in a wall. Another soiv Public Hearing Set on Army, McCarthy Issue WASHINGTON The Senate investigations subcommittee voted today to explore at public hearings, with the witnesses under oath, the bitter charges and counter charges between Sen. McCarthy its chairman, and Army officials. McCarthy himself agreed to take a seat on the sidelines with Sen. Mundt (R-SD) sitting as the acting chairman. McCarthy accuses Secretary of the Army Stevens and John G. Adams, the Army's general coun- tactics of al- leged Reds in uniform. Army officials accused Mc- Carthy and Roy Cohn, the sub- committee's chief counsel, of ex- erting improper pressures to win Mark, 15, is in private school. Came From Cleveland The FBI quoted Ringholz, who came here last November from Cleveland, Ohio, as saying he se- ected Factor after reading about him in "Who's Who." Ringholz was swiftly arraigned before U.S. Commissioner Howard Calverley and held under bond on a I ask the Senate to vote on whether Pentagon May Offe Juicy Cash Bonus For Re-enlistment WASHINGTON Arthu W. Radford, chairman of the Join Chiefs of Staff, disclosed todaj that the Pentagon may offer a juicy cash bonus to anyone wh wants to re-enlist in the armed 'orces. Noting that Pentagon officials are disturbed about the drop in re-enlistments, Radford said in an interview that a program to adc incentives to keep people in the armed forces would be submitted to Congress next month. Among the ideas being consider- ed, he said, was offering a cash bonus far in excess of the S300 now given to those who perhaps Senate Will Be Asked to Vote on Chavez Ouster WASHINGTON W) The Senate Rules Committee decided today to special favors for a drafted pal, diately. wealthy Pvt. G. David Scnine, a former member of their staff. Leaders Worried Worried Senate Republican lead- ers called a closed-door huddle of their own to consider their course in the blazing fight which pits Re- publican against Republican in this campaign year. McCarthy has agreed to step aside temporarily and let another senator preside as chairman of the subcommittee in the inquiries, but declared firmly he would fight for the right to sit in the hearings and participate in the questioning charge of using the mails in an extortion attempt. His preliminary hearing will be April 8. Factor said he received the first extortion letter last Tuesday. He was told to place an ad in a news- paper, bundle up in small bills and await further instruc- tions. He notified the FBI imme- of witnesses the same as any other member. Sen. Mundt the man Mc- Carthy has picked to preside at the inquiry, started a last-ditch effort to induce McCarthy to let some other committee take over. Mundt is a member of the sub- committee, second senior Repub- lican to McCarthy. "I still think the country, would be best satisfied by having a neu- tral committee handle he said. But failing in he clear- ly expected to said he will demand that the subcommittee hire a temporary, small special staff to handle the investigation, thus short-circuiting Cohn and other aides who are under the Army's fire. The Army' has accused both Cohn and Francis P. Carr, the subcommittee's staff chief through whom McCarthy handles person- nel matters, of improper tactics, An Army report said Cohn used threats. Mundt said it is "stretching credulity too far" to expect the American people to look on staff- ers under Carr's control to "probe impartially into the conduct of their boss." McCarthy Plan McCarthy reportedly was plan- ning to propose, instead, that the subcommittee invite Cohn and Adams to sit as opposing "pros- with equal rights to cross-examine witnesses. McCarthy yesterday flatly re- jected broad hints from Senate GOP leadership and from within his own subcommittee that he call off a speaking tour and move for a swifter showdown on the issues involved. Clearly counting on the Senate's unwritten code of senatorial court- esy to forestall any move to in vestigate a senator in his absence he announced he would leave Wednesday noon on his four-day speaking tour, and added: "I will be gone Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. There wil be no hearing Wednesday, Thurs- day and Friday." Mill Citian Draws Workhouse Sentence MINNEAPOLIS tf) Einar M. Welton, 28, Minneapolis, Monday was sentenced to two years in the workhouse after he pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal negligence in the traffic death of Carl Beehler, 64, also a Minneapolis resident. "This sentence is severe and is intended to be said District Judge Paul S. Carroll. "The public has stood all it is going to from Last Thursday, following publi- cation of the ad, Factor was" told over the telephone to drive to a vacant lot in nearby Reseda in a small red British sports car and leave the money behind a small white fence. An FBI agent, disguised as Fac- tor, carried out the instructions with a dummy bundle of money. Told Bomb Planted After the delivery was made, Factor got another telephone call to unseat Sen. Chavez The committee, voting on straight party lines, adopted 5-4 an invest! gating subcommittee report which recommended that the 1952 New Mexico senatorial election be void ed because of "flagrant" irregu larities. Patrick J. Hurley, former sec- retary of war, was the Republican candidate in the election. The subcommittee said there was an "appalling" lack of secrecy and Jther transgressions during the bal- loting. If Chavez were unseated, New Mexico's Republican Governor Ed- win L. Mechem, would name a successor undoubtedly a Repub- French Battle To Keep Fort In Indochina Communists Reported Killed In Fanatical Attacks By LARRY ALLEN HANOI, Indochina ffl lullet-riddled bodies of thousands 'f crack Vietminh troops dangled ike scarecrows in the barbed vire of Dien Bien Phu today as eavily outnumbered French Jnion troops fought desperately to eep their last big fortress in orthwest Indochina out of rebel ands. It was the most savage battle the seven-year Indochina war. iarly today the have a major effect on the eneva conference next as still in doubt. The fighting which began Sat- rday afternoon raged furiously hrough last night as thousands of ildly screaming Communist-led ebels; backed by artillery from ommunist China, charged "repeat- dly into the bristling, American- rmed defenses of the fortress ain. The Ike Attack on Democratic Tax Cuts Assures Qose House Vote 'Do or Die' "do-or-die' Charges fanatic rebel shortly after midnight Friday tell-1 Tne Chavez issue could affect the ing him a time bomb had been 1 control of the Senate. There now planted in his home and was set j are 4? Democrats, including Cha- to go off at a.m. He was told that if the would-be extortionist re- ceived the money, he would get a phone call disclosing the bomb's location along with instructions on how to disarm it. A search failed to undercover any bomb, FBI agents watched the package behind the fence for 24 hours. No one tried to pick it up. They re- trieved it. They took it to a park in Santa Monica Sunday after an- other phone call but again it was not picked up. j Yesterday Factor received a I special delivery letter and a tele- phone call telling him to place the money on a white sheet he would find in a certain orange grove, His impersonator drove the red I sports car to the grove and the j money was placed on the sheet. Several FBI agents were hidden in the.area. .Minutes later, the FBI said, Ringholz walked into the grov and picked up the package. H was arrested immediately. Agents quoted him as saying h family knew nothing of the plo that he was deeply in debt. vez, 47 Republicans and one in- dependent. Dulles Says Ike Has Power to Act In Enemy Attack WASHINGTON tf) Secretary of State Dulles said today that Presi- dent Eisenhower has authority to retaliate against an enemy attack on Paris or London, without speci- fic congressional war declaration, just as he has power to retaliate against an attack on New York or charges over the mounting bodies of their own dead resembled the Communist onslaughts on United Nations troops in the Korean War. For the first time in the long Indo- china war, the Vietminh aband- oned their guerrilla tactics for an all-out frontal assault In the first 48 hours of fighting, the Vietminh wrested two northern and northeastern strongpoints from the French Union defenders. But the French high command said the center of the Vietminh- encircled plain was still intact and the balance of the outer per- imeter also was still holding. They predicted the defenders would hold until the rebels had worn themselves out. The French said they had killed attack- ing Vietminh and wounded as many more. They admitted "ap- preciable" losses out of their own French, Moroccans, Algerians, German :arrison of Vietnamese, foreign Legionnaires tribesmen. and Thai Chicago. Dulles said the President has reckless drivers under fluence of liquor." the in- Model, Benny's Daughter Claim Same Husband NEW YORK Ufl Joan Scot Baker, a 21-year-old model, claim she is still legally married to th> man who last week married com edian Jack Benny's daughter in a lavish Hollywood wedding. The blonde, blue-eyed mode said a Virgin Islands divorce granted Jan. 29, 1953, was no good because neither she nor New York stock broker Seth H. Baker, 26 was a bonafide resident of the is lands at the time. She filed a .suit in New York State Supreme Court asking tha' the divorce be set aside and that she be granted a separation plus support and maintenance. She said she and Baker were married in Florence, S. C., July 19, 1951, when he was an Army private. honeymooning with Benny's adopted daughter Joan 19; in Hawaii a denial through his attorney, claiming the divorce was valid and that Miss Scott had accepted a settle- ment. In Hollywood, a spokesman for 3enny said the comedian's at- torneys had checked Baker's div- >rce before his wedding to Miss Senny and "found the divorce en- tirely legal." such authority under the North At- lantic embraces 14 countries from Canada through Turkey and under the Inter- American defense treaty covering all the American nations. The French in Saigon predicted he Vietminh could not maintain heir intense attacks of the past 48 hours longer than two more days. By that time, they said, the troops and t'neir the latter painfully trekked by oplies over the hundreds of jungle miles from Chinese exhausted. Senator Estimates Jobless WAUKEGAN, 111. Doug- j las (D-I11) estimates the nation's Few Votes Likely To, Decide Issue, Leaders Believe By CHARLES F. BARRETT WASHINGTON Ei- senhower's head-on opposition to Democratic tax cut plan sent Republican and Democratic House eaders scrambling today for the 'ew votes that may decide the ssue. The President carried his oppo- ;ition to the country last night in i radio and television address in which he denounced the Demo- :ratic proposal to boost individual ncome tax exemptions as unsound ,nd politically inspired. House Speaker Martin (R-Mass) aid he is "quite sure the Presi- ent's address will have the effecl of rallying many Republicans anc Democrats to his stand." But Rep. Rayburn the Democratic House leader, indica- ted by his comment that his party plans to press the tax cut cam- paign in the House, He said the Eisenhower tax program gives "favored treatment to a few tax- payers but not to the Rayburn was picked to state the Democrats' case in a radio and TV broadcast tonight on the eve of the House battle opening tomor- row. Aiding him will be S-en. George of Georgia, senior Demo- crat on the Senate Finance Com- mittee, and Rep. Cooper of Ten- nessee, ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Commit- tee. Ask Higher Exemption! House Democrats are pushing a proposal to boost individual tax exemptions to from the pres- ent George has proposed an increase to this year and in 1955. Eisenhower asserted last night that this would lead to "bigger and bigger deficits further inflation." An increase in the personal tax exemption would save taxpay- ers about and add that much to the budget deficit that the administration is strug- gling to keep down'. Under the Democratic plan, more than four million persons with low income or heading large families, would be relieved of all income tax payment. The per cap- ita saving for most families in the middle income brackets or be- low would come to about It would be more in higher brackets. Eisenhower urged Congress now to go no farther in tax reduction than the huge GOP-sponsored bill to overhaul most of the nation's existing tax laws. He said this bill, liberalizing many deductions, would benefit millions of individ- uals and encourage "the growth and expansion of industry, the creation of It would cost the Treasury nearly a year. Lines Drawn Tightly It is to this bill that House The Flat-Bladed, jet-powered counter rotating props of the Navy's new vertical take-off plane dominate this picture as the revolutionary aircraft prepared for taxi test on its test landing gear Monday. The plane is designed to sit upright on its tail and take off straight up. The conventional-style landing gear shown here is being used only in preliminary tests. The Navy said both Lockheed Aircraft, which made this plane, and Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft, are making vertical take-off planes. (AP Wirephoto) Burnquist Reported Set for Senate Race By JACK MAC KAY ST. PAUL MV-Atty. Gen. Burnquist has been persuaded to file for the United States Senate seat held by Hubert Humphrey, The Associated Press was informed today by a reliable source. Asked if the report is true, Burnquist admitted'he is giving the matter "very serious consideration" and indicated he would make a public statement, probably this week, concerning his political in- tentions. Close associates reportedly in- duced him to make up his mind to try for the Senate seat when he was assured that Gov. Anderson will be a senatorial candi- date but intends to file for re- election, Burnquist made it clear to friends, it was learned, that he would not go into the race if Anderson en- tered. In a speech at St. Cloud Feb. 12, Gov. Ander- son said he had Burnqufsf no intention of becoming a candi- Canada Assured Liberal Tariff Policy by U.S. WASHINGTON UP) top estimated last week. In an interview here Monday Douglas said the estimate of unemployed by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was I "most conservative" and failed to At a news conference, Dulles de-1 include as unemployed these two fended his policy'of deterring pos-' sible new Soviet aggression by building up ma.ssive power of re- taliation in the United States. He said that uncertainty on precisely when, where and how the United States would retaliate is the key to the success of the policy. groups: An estimated workers who were temporarily laid off in February and another 800.000 who he said worked less than 40 hours weekly. Douglas said the latter group works an average of from i to 25 hours weekly. at 000 just j Democrats hope to tack the boost more than the government personal exemptions. party lines looked tightly drawn as the test drew near. Republicans have only a four-vote edge over the Democrats in the House. Leaders of both parties privately expressed uncertainty over the outcome of the key vote Thurs- day. Some Democrats conceded they may lose as many as 10 or 15 members to the other side Earlier, they had estimated all but five or six Democrats would stay in line. Some Republicans on the other hand, said 10 or 12 of their group appeared ready to cross over. Another eight or so were regarded as doubtful, Magsaysay Revamps Strategy Against Huks MANILA President Ramon Magsaysay conferred with his top military leaders'last night on re- vamping the government's strate- "would not stand anyone interested.' Burnquist has that hedoors iabinet officers were reported to assure Canada today the Disenhower administration intends o pursue a "liberal" tariff an trade policy. The American delegation, head ed by Secretary of State Dulles arranged to meet behind close in the way of served three terms as governor and eight terms as attorney general. He has a rec- ord of being one of the best vote- getters in Republican history. Voters in the 1952 presidential election gave Burnquist bigger plu- ralities than President Eisenhower, Gov. Anderson, or any other of the elected state officials. He achieved this despite the fact a high-ranking Canad an government group led by For eigri Minister Lester B. Pearson Pearson in a speech yesterda before the National Press said Canada and other North At lantic Pact allies would insist on being consulted before the Amer lean government adopted any de cision for "instant retaliation' against any foe which broke th uneasy cold war peace. But, since today's conferenc was set up as strictly a financia that the attorney general was listed h aPPeared un in seventh position on the ballot, which usually results in a smaller U. S. Border Guard Richard McCown shows how he lifted the hood of an auto at the Mexican border Monday and found Felipe Ramierez Perez, 6-foot alien, curled up on the engine. Perez was held for illegal entry and deportation and Felix Mercado Gutier- rez, driver of the car, was charged with suspicion of attempting to smuggle Perez into the U. S. (AP Wirephoto) gy in its campaign Communist-led Huks. against the The move followed discouraging reports on the three-week drive against rebels in central Luzon is- land. Operations by troops have killed 16 Huks, the army said. The conference agreed to revert to guerrila warfare, reshuffle army battalion commands and con- tinue rewards to informers. Anderson 42 Today ST. PAUL Gov. Anderson ibserved his 42nd birthday anni- versary at bis desk today but ook time out to have coffee and :ake with staff members and friends. A group of school children from Bloomington, Minneapolis suburb, n tour of the State Capitol, a-s- embled in the governor's recep- tion room and sang "Happy Birth- ay." for received votes against for Eisenhower and for Anderson. Burnquist's plurality was as against for Eisenhower. He also exceeded the pluralities of Sen. Thye, Lt. Gov. Ancher Nel- sen (now REA director in Wash- ington) Secretary 'of State Mrs. Mike Holm and Treasurer Bjorn- son. Although he has not spoken out I merce win ask ti publicly, Burnquist has confided to! and to likely that Pearson would seek an; assurances from Dulles at this ses' sion about America's new defense policy. Federal Aid to Airports Asked WASHINGTON a long look, the Department of Com- close friends that he believes it is unfair for any "small group or clique" to determine which candi- dates shall have the support of the Republican party in advance of the primary election. Burnquist has shown his close associates a copy of the Republi- can party constitution relating to Budget Bureau resume the fed- eral aid-to-airports program this year. Undersecretary of Commerce Ro- bert B. Murray said in a prepared speech today the department has accepted such a recommendation by its transportation council. He did not say what the depart- ment's next step would be. But it can be regarded as certain it will efforts by party officers to sup-, port selected candidates. It pro-! ask the Budget, Bureau to vides that "no party officer shall I approve an appropriation request by any official act or by the tte program's resumption. of his official position or influence, avor or promote the endorsement any candidate for public office at any party convention, or favor >r promote the candidacy at any primary election of any candidate who has not been endorsed." Burnquist feels that it is a vio- lation of the spirit of the law for a Republican party officer to pick the candidate who shall have "un- official" support. He believes the people should make the decision at the primary election. Murray told a reporter the air- port part of his speech for the Washington chapter of the National Transportation Assn. was approved by the Budget Bureau. The program started after World War II consists of giving states federal matching money to help build airports. The administration held up all requests for such funds last year, pending the council's study. On the basis of Murray's past statements, it is understood be Truck-Auto Crash Fatal To Passenger Mrs. Oscar Knudtson Dies in Accident; Cousin Hurt Seriously PRESTON, Minn. (Special) One Harmony woman was killed instantly and her cousin was in- jured seriously Monday night in a car-truck crash on Highway 52 near the city limits. Mrs. Oscar Knudtson, 66, pas- senger in the car driven by Frank Burmeister, Harmony, engineer at the Harmony Public School, wai crushed ,to death by the truck driv- en by Earl Alderman, 37, Preston carpenter, after being hurled from the auto. Mrs. Burmeister, 58, who also was pinned by the truck, is in ser- ious condition at St. Mary's Hos- pital, Rochester. She has eight broken ribs and possible internal injuries. She received a third blood transfusion this morning. Neither of the drivers was in- jured. The accident occurred at p.m., when both, vehicles were headed east, returning from Ro- chester. Burmeister said today that his car was struck from behind by the truck in a 40-mile zone on the hill just north of Preston. Guard Rail Hit The collision forced his car off the ro.id and through a guard rail, he said. This spun his auto, he added, and the women were thrown from it into the path of the panel truck which also had left the road. Burmeister and Alderman re- moved Mrs. Burmeister from un- derneath the truck and she taken to the hospital by a Preston ambulance. Mrs. Knudtson was pinned under the fender of the truck, which was tipped on its side, according to Fillmore County Sheriff Donald Cook. Her body was removed by a crowd which had gathered at the scene. She had suffered a fractured skulJ and crushed face, according to Dr. J. P. Nehring, Fillmore County coroner. "An inquest is Dr. Nehring said. "We were never aware that an- other vehicle was behind us until we were Burmeister said this morning. Alderman was questioned this morning by Sheriff Cook and De- puty Walter Kruegel. Burmeister will be quizzed as soon as possible, they said. The officers investigated the accident last night, Both machines were damaged ex- tensively. Born at Harmony Mrs. Knudtson was the former Miss Anna Marie Thompson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thompson, and was born Oct. 24, 1897, at Harmony. She had lived in this community all of her life. She attended grade, high school and teacher training classes at Harmony and later taught in rural schools of the area. She was mar- ried to Oscar Knudtson, Amherst Township, April Mrs. Knudtson was an active member of the Greenfield Lutheran Church, where she was baptized and confirmed. She was also a member of the Harmony American Legion Auxiliary, the Priscilla Cir- cle of the Lutheran Church and Harmony Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. James (Ordell) Sulpepper, Minneapolis, and 5aphne Knudtson, Marshall, Minn.; hree grandchildren; two sisters, Miss Karlotte Thompson, Minne- apolis, and Mrs. N. M.' Hatlie, Col- N. D., and a brother, Arnold, Preston. Funeral arrangements are not :orapleted. The body is at the 'eterson Funeral Home, The Burmeisters have three flanley. Spring Valley; Darrellf Bloomington, Minn., and Keith, at iOme. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Fair to- ight and Wednesday. Not quite so old tonight, warmer Wednesday. Low tonight 25, high Wednesday 48. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 ours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 41; minimum, 19; noon, 41; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 37 at a. m. to- 16 at a, m. Noon He obviously was referring to j wants between 30 and 40 million announcements from time to time I dollars for the coming fiscal year day, by certain Republican party offi-----a larger figure, with the ex-1 readings temp 37 visibility 15: cers indicating who would get the ception of one year, than has ever miles, wind calm, barometer 30.55' support of the party. been requested before. dropping, humidity 57 per cent.