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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 26, 1954, Winona, Minnesota                              Fair, Colder Tonight; Light Snow Saturday Dial 3322 To Place Your Want Ad NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 106 SIX CENTS PER COPY W1NONA, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 26, 1954 EIGHTEEN PAGES 5 Dead, 3 Missing in Crookston Fire Bigger H-Bomb Blasts Planned This Spring By ELTON C. FAY AP Military Affairs Reporter WASHINGTON wy_American nu- clear weaponeers, whose predic- tions about the runaway H-bomb fired at Bikini missed the mark ______ millions of tons of force, propose I been upwards of 14 to go ahead with their schedule for energy equivalent to that produced in the explosipn of 14 millions tons to be unleashed in subsequent H-bomb tests. On the basis of comparisons made by atomic authorities in Congress, the March 1 thermo- nuclear explosion appears to have more and mightier blasts this spring. For those tests of the spring series which are thermonuclear, or involving hydrogen bombs, they will rely on two things: 1. An enlarged danger area and improved warning system. 2. A better estimate of the force of TNT. The old atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima had a energy release of tons, i 20 kilotons. First Test Using information gained fro: the first, exploratory test of a h. drogen device in the fall of 195 Violent Weather, With Rainfall, high winds and tornadoes in some sections swept across the country' early Thursday, bring- ing flooded underpasses and traffic disruption to Chicago. Cleveland, Ohio, experienced the heaviest rainfall in 39 years as the storm area moved eastward. Spring Windstorm Lashes Milwaukee By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A vicious spring wind storm swept across Wisconsin Thursday, concentrating most of its punch in the southern and eastern portions rind slamming into the Milwaukee area with near hurricane force. In Milwaukee, where weatherman Howard Thompson said gusts reached 80 miles an hour, 14 persons were sent to hospitals with injuries. Losses Imperil Operations, Says North Central MINNEAPOLIS Cen- tral Airlines claims its operations through west csntral Minnesota to Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D. re- sulted in a loss of for 1953. The line is seeking to abandon service on its so-called "Segment 5" which serves the Minnesota communities of St. Cloud, Alex- andria, Brainerd, Thief River Falls. Bemidji and Frank W. Buttomer, traffic and sales vice president, testified at a Civil Aeronautics Board hearing Thursday that the routes the firm seeks to quit represent 13 per cent of operating costs while producing only 3 per cent of North Central's revenue. Buttomer said a projected profit and loss estimate for the year ending March 31, 1955 showed op erating expenditures of against potential receipts of but He added that such losses would imperil the company unless some relief was afforded. Earlier this witnesses for the affected communities said the line's service had been unreliable and plane arrival and departure times had been scheduled at awk- ward hours. All are united in fight- ing the company petition for aban- donment of service. and adding to it new and Intricate computations from laboratory stud- ies, the weaponeers made an ini- tial forecast for the March 1 weap- on which was substantially less than half the force eventually attained. This first, estimate was revised upward but even the re- vised estimate fell several million tons below the power scientists now believe was loosed in the ex- plosion. President Eisenhower, in an, _.. understatement, said Wednesday of Vow involving Chairman Mc- something must have happened c.arthy (R-Wis) and top Army of- that we never experienced before, and must have surprised astonished the scientists. and Expect to Pick Counsel Today In Army Quiz Charges' Have Gone Too Fa.r to Be Dropped, Mundt Says WASHINGTON Wl Senate In- vestigations Subcommittee mem- sers said today they hoped to pick >y nightfall a special counsel for he proposed public investigation What happened? Probably not even the nuclear scientists who devised the weapon and supervised its tests know many of the answers yet nor will Reported behind-the-scenes ma- neuvering to head off such a wash- ing of linens, for which big-scale television and other coverage is planned, ran head-on into opposi- tion from a majority of the sub- committee's seven members. Sen. Mundt named to coloration of light in the explosion second m'zed. timing, must be scruti- Will Check Trigger Then, too, it seems probable that the scientists will take another look a full public scrutiny to show where the truth lies. They went ahead with plans to choose a special counsel and to complete the writing of the special ground rules which an investiga- tion involving the group's own at the fusionable _material used in j chairman and staff members would require. At issue are: 1. An Army report alleging that Twenty fishermen were rescued from possible death in Green Ba when 55 to 60 mile an hour wine broke up the ice floes on whic FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity Fair and colder tonight. Saturday increasing cloudiness and warmer followed by light snow Saturday evening or night. Low tonight 24, high Satur- WASHTNGTON B) The Army j day 40. said Thursday it has turned down LOCAL. WEATHER Army Turns Down Schine School Bid they were fishing. A group of volun teers led by Marinette County Un dersheriff Marriner Kohlman man ned three boajs to reach the me marooned on rocking floes in freez ing water. Kohlmann said the me were fishing about 1% miles from 6hore southeast of Marinette whe the ice broke. They were force to leave five of their trucks be hind along with nets and othe equipment. Strong Wind Gusts up to 62 miles an hou were reported at Madison where a State Office Building window wa blown out and boating installation: were damaged. A 900-foot section of heavy roofing was ripped off the Rock Hill Canning Co. plant at Jackson in Washington County. The roofing was hurled onto a power transfer mer, temporarily knocking out the "lectricity supply in the immediate area. Large chunks of ice from Stur- geon Bay were tossed onto the lawns of bayside residents. A hotel sign blew down al Green Bay, injuring a pedestrian. Six-year-old Thomas Ferrian was treated at a hospital for a head gash after the wind knocked him down at Kenosha. A garage was upended and a tree sent crashing onto an unoccu- pied car at Burlington. Winds up to 45 miles at Racine toppled television antennas and rip- ped down wires and tree branches. WEATHER an application by Pvt, G. David Schine for assignment in May to its criminal investigators school at Camp Gordon, Ga. Maj. Gen. W. H. Maglin, provost marshal general, said the former McCarthy subcommitee aide now is seeking admission to the school at a later session, however, and this request will be passed on in due course. Schine's Army career is a key point in the controversy between Sen. McCarthy and high Army officials. Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 44; minimum, 24; the weapon and its triggering de- rice before they predict the power if the next thermonuclear bomb. The disconcerting and embar- thing about the March 1 thermonuclear tests- was not the errific blast (there has been no vidence that anyone Was injured r killed by the explosion which ot out of hand) but the erratic nd far-flung atomic cloud that aced, outward from the scene. It "Ttfuched with radioactive ash )e crew of the Japanese, fishing raft Lucky Dragon sailing 70 miles east of Bikini, supposedly pwind from the explosion. There were reports that Japa- ese fishing boats hundreds of miles to the west had been dusted nth atomic matter. In Japan, iere were claims that a fall-out om the westward drifting frag, ent of the cloud had left traces n the homeland of Nippon, There ave been published protests. And plomats have watched to see how oviet Russia's propagandists ould use the incident, I American radiologists, on the asis of reports received so far, believe no fatal or critical injury has occurred either to the Japa- nese caught under the drifting cloud nor to Americans and na- tives of the Marshall Islands who also were within its reach. Many Exposed The Atomic Energy Commission McCarthy and Roy M. Cohn, the subcommittee's chief counsel ex- erted pressures on the Pentagon in efforts to get favored treatment for a drafted associate, Pvt. G. David Schine. 2, McCarthy's countercharge that Secretary of the Army Stevens and John G. Adams, assistant Army counsel, used "blackraail" tactics in efforts to block the sub- committee's investigations of Reds in the Army. McCarthy said Adams considered Schine "a hos- tage." McCarthy, Cohn, Stevens and Adams have al! denied the charges against them. There have been persistent re- ports of quiet maneuvering to test whether the resignation of Cohn and Adams, and perhaps of Stev- A Freight Car Hung over the street on the near southwest side of Chicago Thursday after it became detached from a freight train. Note the front trucks which have fallen from the car. A policeman puts up a warning sign. (AP Wirephoto) Ike's Public Housing Plans Pared to Bone WASHINGTON Iffi President Eisenhower's plans for a four-year public housing pro- gram were all but scuttled today by a House appropriations committee Excise Tax Cuts Due Next Week recommendation. cuju miauia, diiu. UJ. oLc ens these could be ar-1 The GOP-dominated committee be enough to head Iasked tne House to cut the program off the public hearings Ito an estimated units and to McCarthy, Cohn, Stevens and! terminate it in two years. Adams all are among those ex- pected to testify if the hearings are held. It was learned through inter- views the controversy was dis- cussed by some senators in the presence of White House aides at a private luncheon yesterday in the office of Mark Trice, secre- announced March 11 that 28 Amer- tary of the Senate. icans and 236 residents of the! Sen. Malone (R-Nev) said he for Marshall Islands were exposed to one had discussed the case with radiation on an atoll to which they had been taken as a precaution before the March 1 test. The com- mission said none were burned and "all are reported well." Its recommendation was contain- ed in a omnibus ap- propriation bill sent to the House floor for debate next week. The total amount in the bill is less than the President cut of 6.2 per cent It is below what the same agencies received this year. The bill carries funds for the fiscal year starting July 1, A deep cut was made in funds recommended for the Atomic en- others after McCarthy left the room, but has "no knowledge" of reports one senator suggested that resignation of Cohn and Adams the AEC's construction and wea- By JOE HALL WASHINGTON about a billion dollars yearly on mise version. a wide range of federal excise or sales taxes seemed assured today with Senate passage of a reduction bill. The cuts will take effect next Thursday. I cuts on many items, so they are cut of certain to be in the final compro- They include furs, jewelry, hand- bags and luggage, cosmetics, sport- ing goods, admission tickets to movies costing over 60 cents, train- bus-plane passenger fares, tele- phone bills, telegraph charges, The Senate approved the bill last j mechanical pens and pencils, light- night 76-8 after two days of lively j ers and electric light bulbs. debate filled with political over- tones in a congressional election year. It was sent to a Senate-House conference, which cannot take place before next Monday after- noon, since both branches are in recess until then. Many Identical Cuts But Sen. Millikin head July 1. Millikin and other Republican leaders predicted the President will sign the bill, although the administration urged against the excise' cuts. The billion-dollar loss in revenue will add that much to the deficit already forecast for the new financial year starting of the Senate negotiators, said in The bill also extends for a year, might avert an investigation. ergy Commission, but Rep. Phillips Eisenhower. The deadline for the said no reductions in President's signature is next the AEC's construction and wea- Wednesday midnight. 1 pons programs are involved. 'HERE TO ETERNITY' BEST MOVIE an interview today he is confident i to April 4, 1955, a series of 1951 the conferees will act speedily and increases in major excises. These rush the measure to President will bring in in added revenue. But the President had counted on this in figuring his next year's budget. Involved are auto- mobiles and trucks, gasoline, to- bacco, liquor and beer. As the House passed the mea- sure, it cut a variety of excises by 912 million dollars. The Senate Both branches voted identical Hepburn, Holden Top Performers William Holden Semi-Heel Portrayal Wins Audrey Hepburn Princess Takes Prize Walt Disney Hits Jackpot on Oscars By JAMES BACON HOLLYWOOD Hoi- en, the movies' favorite average speech due to the television time commitments. "They told me to say 'Thank noon, 36; precipitation, none- sun I toP acting Oscars last night, sets tonight at sun rises to-1 The movie "From Here to Eter- tying the all-time record of morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max.. temp. 38 at p. m. Thursday. Low 24 degrees at a. m. today. Noon -readings temp. 36, skies clear with visibility over 15 miles, wind from the west j3t 10 miles per hour, barometer 130.20 steady, humidity 52 per cent. uy, and Audrey Hepburn, its fa-1 you' and get he said. "I orite princess, won Hollywood's wanted to give credit to Billy Wilder (the director of 'Stalag 17') for having so much faith in me. eight awards, was named the best picture of 1953 at the 26th annual Academy Awards presentation. Holden, who played a semi-heel in the movie "Stalag was "Stalag" was one that he wasn't particularly thrilled with during the making of the picture. "But I see the light now. In fact, I'm holding he said, raising his golden Oscar. really meant it. "It's too she said. "It's like being given something to wear that you have to grow into. Some- thing to work toward." Someone asked: What next? "I still have the same I think they could have held off I Miss Hepburn, in stage makeup j the exejted actress replied, smll- the closing commercial just a lit-1for her Broadway role of a water tie longer so that everyone could know how much Wilder was re- sponsible." Holden, a youthful'36, said he both happy and upset about his "was pretty leery" before the pre- first O-scar. He was happy, of course, for winning the top honor but said he was "very upset" for having to hurry his acceptance seritation of the award. "I thought Burt Lancaster would He admitted that his role in nymph in the play re- ceived her award in the New York portion of the show. Her first mov- ie starring role was that of a prin- cess on the loose in "Roman Holi- day." Visibly touched, the 24-year-old ex-ballerina said, "I am truly, truly She said it like she ing. "To be a great "Yes, to be a really good one." So she would be1 free in time for the announcement, the manage- ment of her stage play had ad- vanced curtain time 10 minute? (Continued on Page 9, Column 4) OSCARS Vote on Tax Bill WASHINGTON it way Northwest Senators voted Thursday night as the Senate', by a 76-8 vote, passed the ex- cise tax reduction and exten- sion bill. It sent the measure back to the House for action on Senate amendments. Minnesota: Hum- phrey. Wisconsin: For McCarthy, Wiley. Blaze Sweeps Through Old 3-Story Hotel 6 Others Injured as Guests Leap From Windows to Escape CROOKSTON, Minn. Iffi Fire spread from the kitchen of the old North-wood Hotel and burst through the three-story structure early to- day, causing at least five deaths and injuring a half dozen other persons. Firemen were searching for three more bodies. At first the fire was thought to be a small one, but it soon flared through the frame and brick build- ing. Most of the 38 guests came down a fire escape or got out through second and third-story windows. One of the dead was A. F.'Sowl, 44, Duluth, who had jumped from a second-story window. Shortly before he died in a hospital he was able to phone from his bed to relatives in Duluth. Dies in Hospital One of the other dead was tenta- tively identified as Nettie Hedberg, 38, Blackduck, Minn. The woman also died in a hospital. Unaccounted for were Mrs. Lars Takle, Kasota, wife of a salesman; Timan Gussensrud, Gary, Mian.; Mrs. John Quam and Curley Greg- ory, both of Crookston; a man known as Col. Horn, Grand Forks, N. D., and a man believed to be Algelo Pacifico, about 26, 5808 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis. A man named Pacifico could not be found at the fire scene and Mr. Ken Opstein, Minneapolis, a sis- ter, said Pacifico had been stay- ing in the hotel. Three unidentified bodies had been taken from the smoking ruins by noon and three more were pre- sumed to be still there. Others Hospitalized Still hospitalized at noon were Lars Takle, 65, Kasota, husband of the missing woman; Dooley Cec- chi, St. Paul; and Milton Jensen, 37, Baudette. Others who were treated in a hospital and released included Clarence Kuppi, 28, Du- luth; Norton Googins, Wyoming, Minn.; and H. T. Welter. Crook- ston. Welter, a volunteer fireman who was directing a hose nozzle into the blazing building, suffered sec- ond degree burns on a leg and arm despite the fact he was standing across the street. Harold Larum, about 40, a reg- ular fireman, attempted to catch a woman as she leaped from the hotel. The woman, who was not immediately identified, fractured a leg. eliminated a few House reductions, but made other big ones of its own. The House voted reductions for admissions to horse and dog tracks and to night clubs and other caba- rets, and for club dues, safety deposit boxes and pistols. The Sen- ate rejected these. They will have to be threshed out in conference, Items in Dispute The two biggest items in dispute will be a 100-million-dollar slash roted by the Senate on such house- lold appliances as refrigerators, stoves and electric irons and a 65- million-dollar cut through wiping out of the admissions tax on movie ickets and others costing less than 60 cents. The House voted to cut he admissions levy from 20 to 10 per cent. Some congressional sources indi- :ated one likely compromise on his might be to eliminate the re- luction on appliances but to accept the Senate provision on the lower priced tickets. Senators Byrd (D-Va) and Wil- iams (R-Del) won a surprising mount of support in the Senate ast night for a move to knock out II of the cuts in the bill except he 217 million on admissions. H. R. Knudson, secretary-treas- urer of the volunteer fire depart- ment, said some of the guests land- ed on concrete when they jumped. Hurt in Jump A woman brought to St. Francis Hospital was in critical condition. She was reported to have jumped from a third-stocy window. Many guests hung from windows by their finger tips hoping for lad- ders but were forced to drop when heat became intense. Firemen and spectators .said the 40-room hotel, with levels ranging from one to three stories, burned like a paper box. Al Uhl, Crookston Times report- er, said he' could see flames shoot- ing from the roof when he was two blocks away. By the time he had driven the two blocks the whole structure was aflame and walls were collapsing. About eight or ten occupants were able to grope their way through smoke filled staircases to ;seape. Others who fled success- fully went out windows. The alarm was turned in by Mike Malone about a. m. after he smelled smoke. Kitchen on Fire. Two firemen drove a pumper truck to the hotel. They found the ceiling of the kitchen, a one story lean-to at .the back of the hotel, blazing. A police squad car that had followed the truck turned in a general alarm. The entire structure burst into flame moments after- first hose streams were trained on the kitch- en blaze. Windows blew out at the second-story level. One person, believed to be a woman, appeared at a second- story window gasping for aid. Be- fore a ladder could be raised flames engulfed the opening and the person disappeared. "The place went like a torch one fireman said. "The building was practically burned down be- fore additional regular and volun- teer firemen could get there Loss to the old building was es- timated at Housed on the ground floor besides the hotel lob- Red by were a cafe, a tavern, nm Cross headquarters and offices of the Valley Farmer, a magazine was so intense windows in a savings and loan building across the street cracked and fell out. (Continued on Pig. 13, Column 2.) FIRE   

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