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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 1954, Winona, Minnesota                              Fair, Cool Tonight, Warmer On Saturday Farm News From Eight Counties Pages 10, 11, 12 NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO, 124 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 16, 1954 TWENTY PAGES Ike Says Yanks to Stay in urope Children At Elsa, Tex., wade through deep water today, note car at left, near their home as continued rains cause more floods in'the Rio Grande Valley. Four thousand people have been driven from their homes in the area which was almost waterless a week ago. Meanwhile, high winds are kicking up dust storms in arid West Texas, 600 miles northwest. (UP Telephoto) Reds Set for New Indochina Attack Fresh Troops Around Dien Bien Phu By LARRY ALLEN HANOI, Indochina Viet- minh shoved- tens of thousands of fresh troops into attack positions around Dien Bien Phu today. The bird round of the savage battle for the French Union stronghold ap- 30 Residents Flee Racine Hotel Fire RACINE, Wis. An extra alarm fire broke out in Big Ed's Hotel near the North Western de pot early today, but all 30 resi- dents escaped without injury. The building also houses a bowl- in? alley, and restaurant. The fire was discovered in the women's locker room in the three-1 brick building about unbloodied" regulars to k.m. and. was under control within I bolster his badly battered force in hour. Cause of the blaze was the low hills encircling the fortified not determined immediately. and along its fringes. Five engine companies, two truck companies and a rescue gquad were sent to the fire. Dam- age was estimated at by Fire Chief Rudolph Anderson who said the blaze started from a cig- arette discarded in the women's washroom. Mundt Hopes to Open McCarthy Hearing on Time Senator Irked Over Advance Army Charges By G. MILTON KELLY WASHINGTON Mundt (R-SD) pushed ahead today with scheduled plans for a televised probe of the McCarthy-Army row in the face of demands from the McCarthy camp for another inves- Contract for Flood Control Project at Aitkin Awarded ST. PAUL (fl Eugene Luhr Co., Columbia, Mo., was ap parent low bidder at for construction of an inlet contro' and other work at the upstream end of the flood diversion channe on the Mississippi River near Ait- kin. Bids were opened Thursday in the office of the St. Paul District, Corps of Engineers. Five other bids were submitted. Excavation of the channel was started in July, 1952, under a separate contract and'now is 80 per cent complete. Col. A. H. Bagnulo, district engi- neer, explained that the purpose of the project is to provide a cutoff :o expedite movement of flood tigation before "the public hearings I waters by increasing the slope of get under way. i.the channel. Mundt, acting chairman of the Senate Investigations Subcommit- tee during the inquiry, professed hope the public hearings would start next Thursday as planned despite those demands and reports the Army would be asked to re- work its case. The call for a pre-ir.vestigation came from Chairman McCarthy (R-Wis) and Roy M. Conn, the subcommittee's regular counsel, j following the release yesterday of the Army's 29-point "bill of par- ticulars" against the senator and his aides. Cohn telegraphed from New York for "an immediate investi- gation" to find out who violated Twisters Smack Alabama Towns MONTGOMERY, Ala. UP) Tor- nadoes spun into two communities 100 miles apart in south and cen- tral Alabama early today, tearing up at least four buildings and dam- subcommittee decision Matthews Gets 80 Years for Robbery, Escape aging several others. But no one was reported injured. One twister struck in and near Wetumpka about 6 a.m., smash- ing two buildings there, while an- other storm hit two miles north of Enterprise in southeast Alabama ;wo hours later and tore up two louses. Wetumpka is a town of in central Alabama a few miles north of Montgomery, the capital. En- terprise has a population of The weather bureau 'at Washing- ton and regional bureaus through-, t peared to be days or even hours out the South early todav warned f, away. Reliable sources said rebel Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap had rushed up at to make public the Army charges until McCarthy's accusa- tions against the Army also had been submitted and could be made public. Cohn made clear he was not re- ferring to Sen. Symington the subcommittee member who gave out the Army list of charges. Symington said he did so because of previous "piecemeal leaks" to newsmen about -the Army docu- ment. But in his jn TODAY Story of Informer Doubted reinforcements and for the thousands With these replacements killed by murderous French fire in the past five weeks came or more youthful rebels just out of training camps. It appeared certain here the Viet- minh in their next all-out assault would outnumber the defenders at least 6 or 8 to 1. r an investiga- McCarthy said __________, ____ that he was of a danger of scattered tornadoes "very surprised that Symington in parts of Alabama and Georgia, j violated the Senate rule." And he said any Pentagon officials who "leaked" parts of the report earli- er should be cited for contempt. The Army report, sent to the subcommittee as a basis for its case in the public inquiry, alleged that McCarthy and his aides "sought by improper means" and by "threats" against Army people to win favored treatment of draftee, Pvt. G. David Schine, for- merly an unpaid subcommittee in- ST. PAUL 10 Donald J. Matthews, 31, one of five prisoners who escaped from the Ramsey County Jail March 28, today was under a prison sentence of up to 80 years. Judge James Otis of Ramsey County District Court Thursday sentenced Matthews to 10 to 80 years for first degree robbery and 2 to 14 years on the escape count. The terms will run concurrently. The robbery charge involved the- holdup of the Mounds Park Tavern here Jan. 8. Andrew Berna, 23, a native of Nova Scotia, Canada, drew up to five years in St. Cloud Reforma- tory. He was accused of 30 rob- beries ta fte Cities' Berna Japs Believe Ocean Waters TOKYO Japan Fishery which have spearheaded the hard I fighting around the fortress since the first Vietminh push March 13. Resting Up The veterans fell back a short distance, presumably to rest up for the next anticipated massive charge. The stoutly defended French for- tifications faced more critical .mo- ments today as the garrison force By JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP j of the mam of tte main Dien Bien Phu air- j -i.WiiJ.W lilf-----1 11 O Uf Ut-l J- J The Communist-led reinforce-1 Board said today it feared that ments went mto forward s_ hvdrogen tests have to relieve units of the four divisions i ro. contaminated the Pacific with ra- dioactivity for miles east and west of Bikini Atoll. It said Japanese fishing boats iwas not among the jail breakers. Berna and Terrence Rex Farrell, 20, Manitoba, were known as the "trenchcoat" bandits. Farrell, one of the escapees, is still at large. Murl R. Jarvis, 29, Richmond, Ind., another of the escapees, was returned here Thursday to await trial on robbery charges growing out of a bank robbery at Cannon Falls, Minn. Jarvis was taken into custody in Iowa. Another escapee, Arland L. Ger- berding, Madelia, Minn., is still sought along with Farrell. He had Mrs. Kathleen Angle, right, 28-year-old Chicago waitress, was restrained by a policewoman Thursday after a coroner's jury recommended that her estranged husband, Charles Angle, 30, be held on a manslaughter charge in the gun deaths of two persons. The victims, Lloyd Veach, 29, a cab driver, and his sister, Kath- erine Veach, 30, were shot to death last Tuesday in Veach's west side apartment. Police said Angle shot them after he had gone to the apartment to look for his estranged wife. (AP Wirephoto) Windshields Damaged Byilnknown Substanc SEATTLE Superbomb, supernatural or superstition, there was no doubt about it today, the one million, people in the Puget Sound country were stirred up by the case of the pockmarked windshields Some were even blaming H-bombs. And the mayor of this city of was trying to stir up the 'resident of the United States. The mayor, Allan Pomeroy, apparently was among the believers that something, rather than someone, is damaging thousands of automobile windshields with an unknown sub- tance. The mayor asked the President o "instruct appropriate federal gencies to cooperate with local uthorities on an emergency asis." vestigator. Except for pointing up j been convicted of first degree rob McCarthy's reported role in the i beiT shortly before his escape, affair, the new bill of particulars j Matthews and the fifth escapee, was generally similar to the j Bruce M. Brown, 26, were cap- charges contained in the lengthier document made public in mid- March. McCarthy at that time put out countercharges that top Army of- tured by Tulsa police March 31 as they rode into the Oklahoma miles southwest and jficials were using Schine as a miles northeast of the Bikini Atoll j "hostage" to ward off a subcom- test site had become radioactive. j iflittee probe of Army treatment of In all, 20 fishing boats including three whalers from the antarctic showed radioactivity, the board said. The government planned to send a survey boat out next month to check a area out- side the Bikini danger zone. accusations which has been leveled stnn The French lunomo at the A -j n. at Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer is Sated with bayonets i A spokesman said he survey ibst he attended a closed meeting grenaderand mach uns to rnmrni.nut hpiri in fuf_ _ fears held by the Japanese people of the Communist partly held in his home in Berkeley, Calif., in 1945. The story of this charge, and of the man who made it, is inter-! fjeid them yesterday from about half the trenches they had dug and blasted witjl high explosives on the pocked esting. But the rebels still clung to dug- alleged Communists, and that they attempted to divert the subcom- mittee's attention to other branch- es of the armed services. Both sides denied the others' ac- cusations, and it is this swirl of charges and countercharges that the investigations Mc- Carthy temporarily stepping aside as trying to clear up. A further barrier to getting the about fish being orought back from probe under way on schedule'came the south Pacific. i to light today with reports the new The man who made the charge is I outs orUy feet from the heart ?I1, le Paul Crouch. Crouch is a the French bastion. These split few days- than a ton of files and office equipment, main island of Honshu reported a eral" in some of its language to j The full Russian delegation to Meanwhile, two areas on the j Army document itself is "too gen- There are doubters, too, who think an awful lot of people are victims of mass hysteria, suddenly conscious of something that may have happened days, weeks or months ago. Unusual Breaks exploded Dr. D. M. Ritter, assigned by the 4 _ ut IYI tjj nit city in a car stolen at Seneca, chemistry department of the Uni- Kan. A shotgun, rifle and tear gas weapon were found in their car. Soviet Delegation Arrives in Geneva GENEVA, Switzerland _ four-engine transport planes of the! One thing is certain: The claims Soviet air force arrived here today I of damaged windshields are with the seven-man advance guard I mounting into the thousands. And of Russia's delegation to the April j one thing else appears certain: No 26 big power conference on Asian I other glass objects seem to. be suf- problems fering, not even side windows of The planes also carried more versity of Washington to assist au- thorities seeking an answer to the riddle. "There isn't anything I know of that could be causing un- usual breaks in be said after examining several and residue found on the cars. "These people must be dream- fall of radioactive rain in the past ing light in the new profession of ex-Communist informers. The Jus- tice Department apparently con- siders Crouch a reliable practition- er of this depart- spli the east-to-west network of defense communications on the north and posed the most serious threat to the fortified plain since the Viet- minh first struck. suit ,some subcommittee members I the conference is expected to total and staff lawyers. some 200 persons. ment regularly employs Crouch at The foothoid on' the airstrip was S25 a dav. as an exoert witness. i. a day, as an "expert witness. But is Paul Crouch reliable? won this week after Vietminh night raiders blasted craters with nitro- _ If he is, then Dr. Oppenheimer glycerine. Rebel troops then rushed is a bar, since he hasjlatly denied jn and hacked out a sys that any such meeting took place. What is more, if Paul Crouch was telling the truth, Dr. Oppenheimer was a secret Communist through- put the whole wartime period, with implications almost too hair-rais- ing to think about. Therefore, Paul tern of connecting trenches. The Vietminh also kept up their steady fighting around the outskirts of the Dien Bien Phu plain today, relentlessly pushing their web of trenches and foxholes closer to the French barbed wire barricades, Giap was believed to have roun- Crouch's reliability as an "expert r 'ill UCUCVCU LU ildVt; 1ULL111 witness ,s a matter of considerable ed reinforcements beuat national intent ing throughout nortnern Original Charge Indochina, Apparently he The original charge against Op- penheimer was made by Mrs, Crouch (who works in tandem with her husband in the informer's in May 1950, before the California State Committee on Un- American Activities. Mrs. Crouch's testimony, later confirmed by her husband, was to the effect that not only Oppenheimer but another scientist, Joseph W, Weinberg, had been present at the alleged Com- munist meeting in Oppenheimer's hp Crouch drew on the regulars who have been fanning out in repeated scat- tered attacks against the French and their Vietnamese allies in the vital Red River delta, about 150 miles to the east. Well Supplied The French gave no information on the numbers of defenders they still have at Dien Bien Phu after the five weeks of pounding. The high command here said only that In September 1952, Weinberg (who had been known as "scien- tist was indicted on the charge of having perjured himself in testi- mony before the House Un-Ameri- Continued on Page 2, Column 2) ALSOPS of the fortress' six main de- positions had suffered tny food or ammunition shortages. All supplies and reinforcements for the garrison of several thou- sand men must be parachuted in. The remote fortress is completely surrounded by the enemy, and con- stant artillery bombardment makes its two airstrips unusable, even for removal of wounded. Ribbing's First triplets girls get ac- quainted with their mother, Mrs. Rollo J. Wild- man, 26. The Wildmans live in a one-bedroom, 27-foot trailer house. Holding the babies are, left to right, nurses Ardelle Anderson, Karen Doyle and Mrs. Wanda Glover. The Wildmans, formerly of St. Cloud, have two other girls, 4 and 6. The triplets were born Tuesday. (AP photo) cars. The description of the damage varies from actual holes to pit marks covering every known shape. Chips, scratches, mars, pits, holes, crumbling, blemishes, blurs, blots and cracks. Some peo- ple even claim the damage has happened before their eyes. Law enforcement officials are convinced that some vandalism was involved in cases reported at Bellingham. Some, but not all, be- lieve the vandalism spread. Then, this week, other communi- ties south of Bellingham said they had suffered an outbreak of the trouble. Wednesday night it broke out in Seattle. The police switch- board couldn't handle the com- plaints; neither could the news- papers. Some police officers said it even happened to them. Others took the Dr. Ritter attitude. A state patrol official, who asked not to be named because "so many high of- ficials appear to have been taken said he hadn't found one ac- tual case outside of Bellingham that couldn't be laid to normal travel damage. Blemishes Show Up He pointed out that winter, with its heavily sanded streets, has just passed. Windshields were dirty, the atmosphere dark and murky. Blemishes didn't show up then. "It's clearer, brighter, he said. "And with this wave of hysteria, people are inspecting their windshields closely and find- ing spots they never knew were there before." On the other side, persons not mown to be the hysterical type their autos had been hit. Some said a graphite-like sub- stance had been found on the cars and that it reacted in a magnetic fashion. Kohler 'Sitting on' Forestry Scandal, Proxmire Charges WATERTOWN, Wis. Proxmire declared today that "for more than three months Gov. Koh- ler has been sitting on an official report by State Auditor Jay J. Keliher of outright thievery and incredible mismanagement in the Forestry Division of the state Con- servation Department." Democratic candidate for governor said in a radio address that "Kohler's only contribution to correcting the shocking disclosure of the state auditor was to collabor- ate in the promotion of the admin- istrator whose gross mismanage- ment permitted the scandalous situation to develop." Proxmire said that "C. L. Har- rington was promoted to acting state forester through the interven- tion of Kohler although Harring- ton twice failed competitive exam- inations and never passed the ex- aminations required by law for the position." "The report of State Auditor Keliher for the period from Jan- uary 1, 1947, through Aug. 31, 1953, and forwarded to Gov Kohler on ulc Dec. 28, 1953, disclosed that these j security of the United States." In irregularities had taken place in j such event_ president said, the Harrington's division: United States would consult with "Shortage of about at Pota- j other North Atlantic watomie State Park. i nations "Embezzlements totaling more That 'promise obviously was de- Promises Troops As Long as Red Threat Remains France Reassured; May Now Approve EDC Project By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH AUGUSTA, Ga. Ufi President Eisenhower pledged today that, a "fair share" of American troops will be maintained in Europe as long as a threat to the security of the Western nations exists. In a six-point message, to the prime ministers of six Western Eu- ropean countries, the President sought to assure French ratifica- tion of the European Defense Com- munity (EDC) project by promis- ing in effect that rearmament of West Germany would not be per- mitted to endanger France. France long has sought such for- mal assurances before joining in the creation of a six-nation army designed as a bulwark against any Russian aggression. The proposed EDC has been ratified by Belgium, West Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Only Italy and France have yet to act. The President also pledged con- tinuation of efforts to provide for sharing with U. S. allies more in- formation about the use and tha effects of the hydrogen bomb and atomic weapons on military and civilian personnel. to 6 In an administration statement of policy, he messaged all six na- tions from his vacation headquar- ters here that: 1. The United States will continue to maintain in Europe, including West Germany, such American troops "as may be necessary and appropriate to contribute its fair share of the forces needed for the joint defense of the North Atlantic area while a threat to that area exists 2. The United States will consult with fellow signatories to the North Atlantic Treaty and with the EDC nations "on questions of mutual including the armed forces strength to be placed at the disposal of the supreme comman- der in Europe, Gen. Alfred M. 3. The United States will encour- age the closest possible integration >etween EDC forces on the one land, and U. S. and North Atlantic treaty forces on the other. 4. The United States will con- tinue, "in conformity with my rec- ommendations to Congress, to seek means of extending to the Atlantic community increased security by sharing in greater measure infor- mation with respect to the military utilization of new weapons and techniques for the improvement of the collective defense." James C. Hagerty, Eisenhower's press secretary, told newsmen that that pledge means sharing of in- formation regarding the use and effects of hydrogen bombs and atomic weapons on both military and civilian personnel. The pledge does not apply, Hagerty added, to production secrets. Promises Full Support 5. In line with its policy of "full and continuing support for main- tenance and the integrity and unity of EDC, the United States will "re- gard any action from whatever quarter which threatens that integ- than at Peninsula State Park, "Failure to turn in money re- ceived, gross errors in billing, failure to collect accounts for more than a year at various state parks. "Rental of dwellings in state Darks for nominal amounts; to Harrington's brother-in-law for a year; to Assemblyman Frank Graas (R-Sturgeon Bay) for a signed to allay French fears that a resurgence of German armed under EDC won't be per- mitted to threaten the security of France itself. It amounts to a U. S. guarantee that American troops won't be pulled out of Europe after Germany is rearmed. As in the case of the North At- lantic Treaty itself, the President's ment employe for and many others." a year WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Fair and quite cool tonight. Saturday gen- erally fair and warmer. Low to- night 32, high Saturday, 58. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 70; minimum, 38; noon, 48; precipitation, .10; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 69 at p.m. Thursday. Low, 37 degrees at a.m. today. Noon temp. 49, scattered layer of clouds at feet, visibility over 15 miles, wind from the west northwest at 22-miles-per-hour with gusts up to 26, barometer at 29 89 steady, hu- midity, 59 per cent. sion by Russia. 6. The United States regards the North Atlantic as at the time of its a pact of "indefinite duration." On that point the President said: "The United States calls atten- tion to the fact that 'for it to cease to be a party to the North Atlantic Treaty would appear quite con- trary to our security interests when there is established on the conti- nent of Europe the solid core of unity which the European Defense Community will provide." There have been some French demands for a treaty amendment saying specifically that the pact is of indefinite duration. He alluded to the principles he set forth and said: "The United States is confident that, with these principles in mind, the Western European nations con- cerned will proceed promptly fur- ther to develop the European De- fense Community through ratifica- tion of the (EDC) treaty."   

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