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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 1, 1954, Winona, Minnesota                              Cloudy, Cool Tonight; Light Rain Sunday Orphan Annie Nick Haliday 2 Big New Features NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 137 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, MAY I, 1954 IIOHTEEN PAGES Heavy Rains Swell Area Streams Beulah Schocl, near Lufkin, Texas, was damaged by a tornado Friday. Forty-five pupils tnd two teachers were in the building at the time. Four were injured but only one seriously. (AP Wirephoto) Tornadoes in lowa, Five Other States LITTLE ROCK, Ark. tft-Torna- does and vicious winds lashing six states in the Southwest and Mid- west left one person dead, at least 56 injured and caused dam- ages estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Texas suffered the most damage injured in 23 towns and com- munities. Other states hit yester- day included Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Iowa. Mrs. Doot Sowell, 73-year-old Ne- gro of Many, La., was the only fatality reported. Her body was found draped around a fence post. Six in the Sowell were injured. home Eleven separate but small tor- TODAY Appeasing McCarthy Deplored By JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP ignoble dra- ma of Joseph R. McCarthy versus the U. S, Army must be mystify- ing the great majority of the Am- erican audience, who do not have the hidden clew to the plot of these unending hearings. For once in a way, Sen. Everett Dirksen was right when he remark- ed that "the real weakness" of the Army case was Secretary Stevens' long record of extraordinary at- tempts to appease Sen. McCarthy at almost any cost. But the Secre- tary of the Army was not alone in trying to mollify the Wisconsin senator. In fact He was following nadoes struck in eastern Iowa. One twister injured five mem- bers cf a family near Cedar Rapids when it tossed thsm about 100 feet into a field. Their farm home was destroyed. Damage in La Fayette The same tornado swept through LaFayette, Iowa, wrecking cars, uprooting trees and stripping houses of their roofs. Two were hurt in Arkansas, three at Versailles, Mo., and one in Oklahoma. Eleven children were hurt in an east Texas twister that struck the Beulak schoolhouse, 12 miles south- east of Lufkin. West of Lufkin, another tornado swirled past the Grapeland, Tex., school building, in which 600 chil- dren 'were attending classes. The school escaped damage, but de- struction in downtown Grapeland was estimated at Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas, San felt the force of the spring storms that damaged a Ne- gro housing project in west Dallas so extensively that 18 families had to be evacuated, A protective wall over the state fair auditorium at Dallas was de- ated at Senators Want To Keep Out of Indochina War By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON Demo- cratic senators said today Con- gress is in no mood to approve in- volvement of U. S. fighting units in the Indochina war, A Republican, Sen. Flanders agreed that the thought of direct American intervention is un- popular in Congress. But he the United States and the United Nations may be forced to take di- rect action, if the Communists threaten to overrun Indochina. Sen. Edwin C. Johnson (D-Colo) took note of President Eisenhow- er's news conference statement Thursday that this country will not get into a war except through the constitutional process, involving a declaration of war by Congress. "If the President waits for Con- gress to give him the go-ahead on sending U. S, troops to Johnson said, '.'he will wait for a .ong, long time. There is no senti- ment in the Senate for intervention in Indochina." Sen. Monroney (D-Okla) said in Dulles Meets Molotov for Atomic Talks Meeting Second Secret Session With Red Delegate By MAX HARRELSON GENEVA S. Secretary of State Dulles scheduled another private meeting today with Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov to discuss President Eisenhower's world atomic energy proposals. This will be the second meeting French Report Half Foot of SnOW At International Falh Power Lines Hit the approved at the time. adimistration line The Eisenhower high command took a long time learning that you could not appease McCarthy. They needed fourteen months to make the inevitable choice between ab- jectly surrendering to him or fight- ing him vigorously. As late as the beginning of the present session of Congress, the President and vice president were stifi trying, in their own ways, to do just the sort of thing that poor Stevens also tried to do. Charasteristic Response Alert newspaper readers may remember how Vice President Nix- on sought a meeting with McCarthy at the opening of the congressional session, and later passed the word that "Joe was going to be good." The story Nixon gave the Capitol Hill reporters had hardly hit the front pages, before McCarthy res- ponded in characteristic fashion. Nixon's hopeful theme had been that McCarthy was going to give up Communist-hunting, and would concentrate instead on investigat- ing corruption in the Truman ad- ministration. "Who ever said that is a was the amiable com- ment of McCarthy, who knew quite well that Nixon was the direct source of the original report. Even after the vice president had thus been publicly charged with untruth, the President himself also had a try. McCarthy was press- ingly invited to the White House for a long, private talk with Eisen- hower. Like Nixon, Eisenhower thought his friendly persuasions had made the desired impression. The White House staff was jubilant, until McCarthy showed his con- tempt for Eisenhower's overture by telling all and sundry at the Capitol, "Ike's really learning, now he's asking my advice." To this kind of thing, add the (Continued on Page 18, Column I) ALSOPS Home, farm building and power line damage was extensive throughout the five-state area. In northwest Arkansas, Sheriff Bruce Crider said loss in the heart of Washington County's major chicken producing section would run above The Arkansas storms hit first at Mineral Springs in 'the south- west, where a high school build- ing wall was blown into a study hall. The pupils had just left the room to report to the gymnasium. A few minutes later, Nashville, in Arkansas' jittery tornado-alley, was bit, and the storms hurled on; into at least 11 more Arkansas cities. High winds or tornadoes were r ported in West Monroe, La., Hugo Okla., and Linn, and City, Mo. Other cities hit by windstorms TEXAS: Bryan, Tyler, Mineola Bremond, Eloise, Franklin, Coup- land, Kyle, Taylor, ByersviUe Gause, Jones, Prairie, Minerva Hanover, Splawn and Lone Star ARKANSAS: Goshen. Greenland Baldwin, Clarksville, Hot Springs Fort Smith, Massard, Bismarck Hoxie, Portia and Beech Grove The tornado threat for the area sounded first about mid-mornini yesterday, was lifted at pm (CST) when the U. S. Weather Bureau warned that Tennessee anc Kentucky could expect "locally severe thunderstorms" night. during the WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity: Mostly cloudy and cool tonight and Sun- day. Light rain Sunday afternoon or evening. Low tonight 38, high Sun- day 52. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 59; minimum, 42; noon, 48; precipitation, 1.24; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 58 at p. m. Fri- day. Low 44 at a. m. today. Noon temp. 48, Overcast at feet, visibility 15 miles with wind from the west at 12 m.p.h. Baro- meter 30.00 rising and humidity 72 per cent. has been made as yet for the use of American troops" in Indo- china and he added: "There is lit- tle likelihood that Congress would give such authority now." Sen. Holland (D-Fla) said he would have to know much more "about the immediacy of the situa- tion (in Indochina) before I'd con- sent to sending our combat troops there." In taking his somewhat different position Sen. Flanders said: "We can't pass off all our dan- gers and troubles to our children and grandchildren. We must face them." i Flanders is a member Senate Armed Services Commit- tee. Earlier in the week, the House defeated 214-37 a proposal by Rep. Coudert (R-NY) aimed at barring use of American combat forces in Indochina without sional assent. have held since the Geneva Conference opened last Monday. Molotov indicated earlier this wee'k n his request for today's meeting hat he was ready to deliver a reply to the super-secret "con- crete" proposals made by the Jnited States March 19. These talks between the Ameri- cans and Russians have been go- ing on behind the tightest cloak if secrecy since Eisenhower pro- posed an international pool of tomic energy raw materials and mow-how for peaceful uses in his ddress to the U. N. General As- embly last Dec. 8. There is nothing that would pre- ent Dulles and Molotov from go- ig over other problems, including he currently bogged-down discus- ions on Korea and the projectec alks on Indochina here at Geneva Dulles has a full weekend chedule before he leaves Monday to return to Washington. This in- ludes a meeting with Undersecre- ary of State Walter Bedell Smith, vho is arriving today to head the S. mission at Geneva after 'ulles departs. On his way to Washington, Dulles rst will stop off in Milan, Italy, confer briefly with Prime Min- ter Mario Scelba on mutual U. S.- alian problems. Although the formal meetings on ar Eastern questions here at eneva have bten recessed during e weekend, there was the usual mount of behind-the-scenes diplo- atic activity. Among other meetings scheduled was a conference of the 16 nations which fought in Korea under the 'Calm' Night at Dien Bien Phu By LARRY ALLEN HANOI, Indochina W) The French today reported a "calm1 night at the embattled fortress of Dien Bien Phu after a series of lightning charges against Vietminh attackers. Units of the garrison force struck Friday in raids which drove the rebels from an undisclosed num- ber of entrenchments and gun posi- tions nestled close to the French barricades. Twenty Vietminh sol- diers were reported killed and some prisoners were taken. The French high command ac- the United Nations banner. This group is working out its strategy for the remainder of the Korean dis- cussions here. The Allied group has appointed a subcommittee to draft a resolu- tion outlining plans for free elec- tions in Korea designed to unify the war-torn peninsula. Members of the subcommittee are the United States, Britain, France, South Ko- rea, Thailand, Australia, Colombia, the Philippines and Turkey. There still was no definite in- dication when the talks will get started on the 7-year-old war in Indochina between the French Union and the Communist-led Viet- minh. If the delegates agree the Ko- rean and Indochinese talks can go on simultaneously. The Indochina question could begin next week. Vietminh masses surrounding the remote mountain position were con- tinuing to dig their web of trenches and foxholes ever closer to the shrunken key areas of the fortress. The diameter of the bastion now is only about a mile and rebel en- trenchments are within feet of French headquarters. As the battle for Dien Bien Phu went into its 50th day, there was no sign when the Communist com- manders of the rebel force would launch another mass infantry as- sault to try crushing the fortress. It still was expected, however, that they would try to score a big victory to sway the Geneva con- ference in its Indochina negotia- tions. French planes took advantage of a brief letup in the monsoon rains yesterday to parachute reinforce- ments, food, ammunition and medi- cal supplies to the hard-pressed little stronghold. Both sides kept up mortar and artillery dueling. I By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS May Day In northern Minne- sota was greeted with up to half a foot of wet snow freezing temperatures. At International Falls, resi- dents called "Merry Christ- mas" to each other at motor- ists skidded and get stuck in six inches of new May record. The old mark was two inches, on May 3, 1950. Graders were used to clean. streets. Before tfiey pushed back the heavy snow many motorists put on chains. Some drifting was reported. The temperature dropped to 30 at International Falls dur- ing the night, but Bemidji took the "ice box" honors' with 29. The Twin Cities recorded 1.07 inches of rain, La Crosse, Wis., 3.84, St. Cloud had .93, Rochester .91 and Redwood Falls .54. Three Top Labor Leaden talked to reporters after a luDcheon meeting Friday, and announced an informal alliance of their com- bined three million members to cooperate politically and prod the government into a spending program to combat unemployment. Left to right: Dave Beck, AFL Teamsters Union; John L. Lewis, United Mine Workers, and David J. McDonald, CIO Steelworkers. (AP Wirephoto) Ways Sought to Shorten McCarthy-Army Hearing By JACK. BELL WASHINGTON W) Mundt (R-SD) said today an attempt may soon come to shorten the public probe of the flaming dispute be- tween Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) and his aides and top military offi- cials. Mundt, chairman of the Senate Investigations Subcommittee dur- ing the televised inquiry, said the hour may shortly be at hand for efforts to narrow the issues that have now been pitied before the senators in seven days of under- oath hearings without signs of let-up. Secretary of the Army Stevens, who first took the witness stand the opening day, April 22, was still there when the group recessed for A major obstacle in the mak of the up of the conference was remove prior congres- when the Viet Nam chief of state ex-Emperor Bao Dai, agreed h: representatives' would sit in meeting with the Vietminh. It had been feared he might or der a boycott of the conference i the rebel representatives were in vited. Pamela Schmidt, 5, was visited by her father, RonaM, left, and mother, Mary, right, at University of Minnesota Hospital Fri- day. Pamela, who once had a gaping hole between two heart chambers, underwent an operation last week which will enable her to lead a healthy, normal life. The new "loaning" healthy hearts and lungs to stricken hoped to promise normal lives to hundreds of babies each year. Mr. Schmidt is one of three fathers who have served as donors to their children in the operation. (UP Telephoto) Benson May Have To Boost Some Dairy Supports By OVID A. MARTIN WASHINGTON (PI Secretary ol Agriculture Benson may have to raise government price support levels for such dairy products as butter, cheese and dried milk. A department report on price, received by farmers in mid-Apri showed today that dairy farmer were not getting the average o for 100 pounds of manufac turing milk testing 3.95 per cen butter fat promised them under the dairy support program. Instead, average prices receivec for this type milk, used mainly for making butter, cheese, driec milk and evaporated milk was for milk averaging 3.78 per cent butter fat. This price was equivalent to about for milk testing 3.95 per cent butter fat or 9 cents below the support level. Benson has stated several times the weekend yesterday, although several others have testified for briefer interludes. Stevens was listed for another appearance Mon- day. As the hearings closed yester- day, Ray H. Jenkins, special sub- committee consul, drew from Ste- vens when an the acknowledgment Army secretary that was thinking of relieving Maj. Gen. Kirke B. Lawton from command at Ft. Monmouth, N. J., he so in- formed McCarthy "to find out how Sen. McCarthy felt about it." Ft. Monmouth, a radar research Warren Gl Exposed To H-Bomb Radiation HONOLULU tffl A soldier from Warren, Minn., was among 30 listed by the Army Friday as exposed to "moderate" radiation at the March 1 H-bomb tests at Eniewetok. He is M. Sgt. Ronald E. Pletach. The men are undergoing check- center, was then a target in Mc-i Carthy's hunt for alleged es- ups at Tripler General Hospital as Flash Floods Hit Isolated pionage. Still in Command prices at which the buys butter, cheese ;hat if the government _ ____7 and dried milk under the' support program fail to reflect for manufacturing milk and 56 cents a pound for butterfat to dairy- men, he will raise the federal buy- ing prices of the dairy products lecordingly. The price report showed ver that dairymen received an verage of 56.8 cents a pound for 'Utterfat or almost 1 cent above Jie support level. Dairy state congressmen have ried unsuccessfully to get Benson o raise dairy support levels ever ince he announced he was cutting rice props from 90 per cent of arity to 75 per cent, the lowest gure allowed under the law. The ontroversial action' took effect pril 1 for the marketing year nding March 31, 195K Stevens, under stiff questioning, said that McCarthy wanted Lawton continued in command because the general was "cooperating fully" with McCarthy's investigation, and that in fact Lawton was left in command at Ft. Monmouth and still is. But the secretary said he was "not afraid" of a McCarthy repri- sal if Lawton was removed, that le gave McCarthy the information on Lawton as part of his own policy of cooperating with the Sen- ate probe, arid that he decided to retain Lawton strictly "on the merits" of his case. Stevens has charged McCarth; and his associates with seeking fa vored Army treatment for Pvt. G David Schine, a former McCarth} committee non-salaried consultant McCarthy has accused Stevens anc his aides of attempting to stop his investigation of alleged Commu m'sts at Ft. Monmouth's radar cen ter. Both sides have denied the others' charges. Closed Session Mundt said the inquiry group discussed in a closed session yes- terday the possibility that opposing counsel could get together to nar- row some of the issues in dispute. Asked about the possibility of some compromise, McCarthy saic before he left for weekend speak- ing engagements in Wisconsin that "off hand, I wouldn't know of any way it could be done." Army coun- sel was unavailable for comment. McCarthy was also asked about reports that he might try to end the inquiry by claiming that the Army had failed to prove its charges and then walking out. "I will be with the committee until the investigation he declared. "I will be available at any time, not only to appear on he stand, but available for ques- ioning in closed session of the :ommittee, if that is desired." The Wisconsin senator is the ubcommittee's regular chairman, lut has stepped off the group for mrposes of the inquiry. However ioth his side and the Army's have Continued on Page 9, Column 2.) MCCARTHY a "precautionary measure." Maj. Gen. P. W. Clarkson, com- mander of Atomic Task Force 7 which conducted the tests, em- phasized that the men suffered no apparent harm. 20 Perish in Greek Quake, Many Homeless ATHENS, Greece offi- cials reported today the earth- quakes which struck central Greece Friday and crumbled whole towns killed at least 20 persons and in- jured 130. More than were made homeless. Earlier official reports had the death toll as high as 150. Light tremors continued through- out the day g.fter the violent initial shock lasting 20 seconds. King Paul and Crown Prince Constantine cut short an inspection of army units in Thrace to fly to Volos in the Gulf of Pegasai, where the earthquake destroyed the town hall and split open a section of the quay. The quake disaster was the worst since the shocks that devastated the Greek Ionian islands last August, killing up to persons and de- stroying the homes of Yesterday's stricken area stretched from the East Coast into the Pindus Mountains, where shat- tered villages could be reached only over donkey trails. Destruc- tion appeared to center around Granitsa, 135 miles northwest of Athens, with the towns of Sofad- :es, Farsala, Karditsa and Domo- cos hardest hit. Thousands of persons slept in >pen because they lad no home to return to and others because they were afraid to go back to the towns they had fled. The government sped supplies and medicine to the earthquake ictims and dispatched troops to repair communication lines. Mississippi River Rises Two feet; To Crest at 12 Southeastern Minnesota' and Western Wisconsin were drenched late Friday by near-record rainfalls touch- ing off flash floods and boosting the already swollen Mississippi River by a spec- tacular 2 feet since Friday morning. At Hokah, rains tumbled from already-saturated farm lands to bring a flash flood on the lower Root River and Thompson Creek. Dry runs went wild with water in the Brownsville and Caledonia ares, flooding highways. Houston and Rushford residents spent sleep. less nights after flood warnings were issued late Friday Central TREMPEALEAU COUN- TY was awash with what resi- dents in the Ettrick area describ- ed as the "heaviest rainfall in memory." The county highway commissioner said damage to county roads and several state highways will be extensive. Near Ettricfc a motorist plunged nto swollen French Creek where a bridge approach had been swept away moments before. He and a jassenger suffered minor injuries. Blair, Ettrick and Whitehall areas ill reported flood conditions al- most without parallel. At DURAND, where flooding was thought to be past, residents were warned today to expect ,ew high flood crest Sunday after. noon. La reported 3.84 inchei if rainfall, most of it within a few lours late Friday. Eau Clairt lad 2.7 inches in 24 hours, and 60 >er cent of that fall is expected o run off. At 7 a.m. today, rainfall in Winona had reached a total of inches in the last 24 hours. ibout 1.28 of the total came after oon Friday. It brought- tht April total to 8.29 inches, tht highest month total sinct August 1928 precipitation totaled 8.38. The highest total for a single the records dating back to 1900-is the 14.2 inches that fell in June 1944. In all, 1954 has been a wet year ith a total of 10.82 inches of pre- pitation here in the first four wnths. Normal for the period is 97. The Mississippi River stage at Winona stood at 10.3 feet this 1.7 feet below the flood stage. A. D. Sanial, La Crosse meteorologist, said the river will crest at slightly over 12 feet Mon- day at Winona. Two years ago today it was 13.88. The river stage this morning represented a 1.9-foot jump in 24 hours. At Lake City the stage was 13.1 feet, up 1.2; at Red Wing 10 feet, up 1.1, and at Alma 10.9 feet, up 1.3. Minnesota HOKAH, Minn. Torrential rains late Friday sent' the lower Root River and Thompson Creek roaring out of their banks at mid- night to do extensive damage on Hokah's north edge ?nd flood high- ways extensively in the Browns- ville and Caledonia areas. Both Rushford and Houston re- ceived flood warnings, but water damage was limited to the lower reaches of the Root. Extensive washing was report- ed, A dry run erupted on Highway 16 3 miles west of Hokah, partial- ly blocking the highway. Highway crews cleared the road early to- day. Damaged in the Hokah flash flood were facilities of the Hokah Midget Mill operated by Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Stellick, the Deep Rock Service Station operated by Happy Welsch, the Hokah Cheese Factory managed by W. Potter, the Stand- ard Oil Station by Tony Tschumper and the Horse Shoe Bar operated by Mr. and Mrs. Ar- thur Olson. Basements Flooded Basements were flooded, and all were cleaning out first floors which were covered by up to 5 inches cf mud. Worst damage was reported ia the feed mill where expensive elec- tric motors in the basement were inundated. Some feed was carried out. Pumps were put to use this morni.ng to rid the basement of water. Some seed corn was dam- aged. The flooding at Hokah reached its height about midnight, highways in the area suddenly be- came crowded with streams of (Continued on Page 7, Column 3.) HEAVY RAIN   

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