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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 12, 1952, Winona, Minnesota Snow or Rain Tonight, Continued Cold Sunday River Stage 14-Hour (Flood Stagt 13) Today 14.72 Year Ago 10.99 VOLUME 52, NO. 48 FIVE CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, APRIL 12, 1952 FOURTEEN PAGES City Dikes Against River Mark Van Diialen, 2, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Van Daalen of St. Paul, is being transported to a San Rico, hospital in a military ambulance yesterday after being rescued from shark- filled waters off the Puerto Rican coast following crash of a New York-bound Pan American airliner. His parents and 50 others died in the disaster. Seventeen persons were saved. The liner plunged into the sea after one of the plane's engines failed. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) 17 Saved, 52 Lost In San Juan Crash By TOM CHASE SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Coast Guard said today there is "practically no hope" of finding alive any of 39 persons missing in the Caribbean's shark-filled Milwaukee Deep after the crash of a Pan- American airliner full of New York-bound Easter vacationists. That put the toll of dead or presumed dead at 52. Thirteen bodies were picked up from the waters, three miles outside San Juan harbor, shortly after the plane broke in two and sank shortly before noon yesterday. i But a near-miracle saved 17 of the 69 aboard on the Good Fri- LJ day flight. I 3 IT I III ail 'One of to610 was tie pilot, Capt. IWB i it 11 wi i ijohn c Buni) husband Of singer Jane Froman. A similar Burn sav- ed Miss Froman after landing in the Tagus river near Lisbon, Por- tugal, nine years, ago, fostered their romance and marriage. Burn's flight would have brought him home for a wedding anniversary celebration today with TODAY larnman Could Be Candidate issippi At Record High In St. Paul 500 Low-Lying Homes Evacuated By Red Cross By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS By JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP WASHINGTON is more than meets the eye to the plan to make W. Averell Harriman New York's favorite son. The immedi- ate purpose is to hold the New York delegates in line for Gov. Adlai Stevenson of Illinois. But if Stevenson finally talks himself out of the race, Harriman will imme- Miss Froman, whose singing ca- reer and flying romance is the subject of a current movie, "With a Song in My Heart." Instead, Burn again was in a hospital and Miss Froman, weep- ing, nervous and shocked, flew to an anniversary by his bedside. Most of the dead and missing to Stevenson. An ambitious man, Harriman has brilliantly discharg- ed the highest duties under two presidents, and he has every right to regard himself an important po- litical figure. Yet he himself re- gards Stevenson as the best avail- able candidate, and he has had a good deal to do with keeping Stev- enson in the race thus far. Immediately after the Jefferson- Jackson dinner, at which Presi- dent Truman made his surprise withdrawal announcement, Harri- man and Stevenson, who are old friends, sought each other out. Stevenson had no prior inkling of Truman's intention to withdraw then, and he had of course been put in an uncomfortable spot. He was therefore in a disgruntled mood and he talked seriously of taking himself out of the race once and for all. Reasons for Stand Harriman argued eloquently with him, especially when Stevenson in- dicated that lie thought Dwight D. Eisenhower would be the Republi- can choice, and gave his reasons for not wanting to run against Eisenhower. Harriman is himself an old friend and admirer of Eis- enhower. Yet he argued that Eisen- hower would prove by no means unbeatable: that Eisenhower's election would also elect many re-' actionarics to Congress; and that domestic and foreign policy were equally important and wholly in- ter-dependent. For these reasons, he argued, it was Stevenson's duty to make the race, even against Eisenhower. Stevenson may not have been wholly convinced, but at least he did not withdraw the next day, as some of his friends had feared. And it is significant that Harri- man's own arguments apply to himself, if Stevenson for one rea- son or another is counted out. Moreover, in this case all sorts of powerful support will almost auto- matically gravitate towards Harri- man. Harriman, although he has been generally identified with foreign policy, is a more passion- ately convinced New or Fair Deal- er than is generally realized. The Northern liberal wing of the Demo- (Continued on 12, Column 3.) ALSOPS One whole family of Puerto Ri- cans was wiped out. The father, Pedro Brignoni, 45, of Brooklyn, N. Y., had flown to San Juan to bring back his wife and six chil- dren after a two-year separation. One baby was saved, but be- I came an orphan. He is Mark Van j Daalen. His parents. Mr. and Mrs. Leo Van Daalen of St. Paul, Minn., both -arc missing. Missing also are Mr. and Mrs. Juan Jenrfsky of Dayton, Ohio. All the crew survived. Besides Burn they are First Officer Wil- liam Thomas Hutchins, 30, of iPeckville, Pa.; Third Officer Jack R. Laubach, 34, of Bloomsburg, Purser Alfred Perez, 33, and I Steward Rene Torres, both of New jYork City. j The survivors included Mrs. No- j vetah Davenport of Hastings-on- Hudson, N. Y., a leader of the National Girl Scout movement in New York. Her family had no im- mediate information on her con- dition. They said she had been j visiting relatives in Puerto Rico. I Ten other survivors were iden- tified as Augustine Rosade, Salva- Idor Ayah, Emilane Cruz. En- jrique Garcia, Juan Nieves, j Alande Pereira, Gloria Rosario, IVictoriana Riera. Nelda Rivera, 'and Roblede Zoila. i Pereira, who listed a New York j address, said he noticed a motor i was giving trouble, then felt the j plane hit the water. "I heard cries, lots of cries." he !said. "I searched for a young lad, Juan Cruz Nieves, who was ac- companying me, and saw him being carried out by an American. "I heard Captain Burn ordering I the passengers to 'put on lifebelts i and get out of the he said. "Then I was swimming." j Burr had sent a message saying ihe was trying to return to the air- port after one of the plane's four engines conked out. Eyewitnesses at historic old Morro castle, overlooking the har- j bor, saw the plane swing around land glide toward the choppy sea I in a futile effort to reach safety. Two employes of the Puerto Ri- can transportation authority, An- itonio Perez and Victor Ortii. re- i ter. hit big wave, broke in Wo 1 and sank within two minutes. The Mississippi river rose to a record height in St. Paul today and swept through or around a levee, forcing evacuation of scores of homes. The main business and res- idential areas of the city were not threatened. The U.S. Army engineers said that at 8 a. m. the river touched 19.75 feet, topping the previous high of 19.70 in 1881. The engineers who had not been expecting the sharp rise, said they were unable to say how much higher the Missis- sippi would go. Robert Ridder, St. Paul Red Cross disaster chairman, estimated about 500 low-lying homes had been affected by the flood before the water swept beyond a levee near a Northern States Power Com- pany plant, near the High Bridge about a. m. Boats in Action Ridder said another 108 homes would probably be flooded out. Amphibious_ vehicles and boats went info action to evacuate flood victims. Police went through the area, speeding the operation. Elsewhere along the Mississippi flats, dike workers tried to keep up with the steady rise. The South St. Paul stock yards appeared to be in no immediate danger because of a diking system built following last spring's high water. The stockyards were forced to close then. Meantime, the Minnesota river I kept rising at two critical New Ulm and Mankato. At 9 a. m. today, the_level was 23.64 feet at up'twoTncTies in 24 hours. At 8 a. m., the New Ulm reading was 26 feet 5 seven and a half inches in 24 hours. Dikes were still keeping back I floodwaters at Mankato and North Mankato, but Mankato was not without water trouble. About 7 I p.' m. yesterday, a water main burst, cutting off drinking water from some Mankato homes. The break was repaired about 7 a. m. today, but an hour later, an- other break occurred. The second break was expected to be fixed about noon. Highways in Danger Near New Ulm, highways 14-15 which crosses the river bottoms on a fill, was in danger of being wash- ed out The water was nearly up to the shoulder on the upstream side. Water was lapping at floors of two bridges. Crews were dump- ing gravel and rock onto the high- way shoulders in an attempt to keep back the water. At the New Ulm Eagle Roller Mill, closed earlier this week by the flood, workmen were apparently losing a fight to keep an elevator pumped out At Delano, efforts continued to save the municipal power plant from the flooding Crow river, a Mississippi tributary. About 40 families were temporarily home- less. Most of Mankato, which is await- ing a flood crest on the Minnesota river, was without drinking water today. Within an our after repairs had been finished on a broken water main in the downtown area, an- other break occurred not far from the first The second rupture sent a geyser of water 40 feet in the air, soaking workmen still filling up the hole at the spot of the first The second break left all but the hilltop district and North Man- kato without water. The first was repaired at a. m. after a 12- hour drought The second occurred at about a. m. j Water flowed just long enough j for Mankatoans to prepare break-1 fast. Water department officials j said they hoped to have the second j fixed before lunch time. Officials urged special precau- tions against fire, and Dr. A. F. Kemp, city health officer, ordered everyone to boil water after service is restored. He feared the water may have become contaminated by the main break. Flood Waters Virtually Surrounded the Mississippi Valley Pub- lic Service Company main generating plant at 32 Liberty St. today, but company officials said operations are continuing normally. Republican-Herald photo photograph pictures the west side of the plant where coal is taken from the river jetty out of the picture to the left and piled at the side and rear of the plant to the right Thousands Will Attend Sunrise By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Songs will echo across the moun- tainsides and fill the churches to- morrow in memory of the resur- rection of Christ. Thousands of Americans will swarm to sunrise services at parks, shrines and outdoor amphi- theaters across the country. Churches, small and large, planned special Easter devotionals. The annual Easter parades, on Fifth Avenue in New York, on Con- necticut Avenue in Washington, and on fashionable streets in other cities will draw their usual crowds, and the kiddies will hunt colored eggs. But it is the pageants, and pas- sion plays, and massed choruses, in outdoor areas from Maine to California, that will combine with churches tone. in setting the religious WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity: Snow or rain tonight, ending by Sunday morning. Sunday partly cloudy, continued cold. Low tonight 35, high Sunday 40. "LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 43; minimum, 25; noon, 38: precipitation, Trace of snow; sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at Additional weather on 12. At a natural amphitheater in the age-worn Wichita Mountains near Lawton, Okla., are expected for the 27th annual Easter Pageant, which starts at 1 a. m. A cast of performs until sunrise. Atop San Francisco's 938-foot Mt. Davidson, under a huge cross, services begin at As many as have attended in the past. In Indianapolis, about are expected for the 30th annual Sun- rise Service at Indianapolis Mon- ument Circle. Near Ringe, N. H., colorful serv- ices begin at a. m. at the Cathedral of the Pines, a non- sectarian outdoor shrine dedicated to U. S. dead of all wars. At Yosemite National Park's Mirror Lake, the National Broad- casting Company will carry annual evening services. It also will broadcast in the morning the serv- ices from the "Shrine of the Ages" on the rim of the Grand Canyon, where Gov. Howard Pyle of Ariz- ona, will give a five-minute talk. Vatican Bells Toll Easter Joy VATICAN CITY The great bronze bells of St. Pe- ter's Basilica rang joyously to- day to mark the end of Lent and the beginning of the Easter celebration of Christ's resurrec- tion. Holy Week's mournful ob- servance of Christ's passion and death on the cross ended when, at the end of a Ponti- ficial Mass, the choir broke into an exultant Gloria. Then the first deep-toned note was struck from St Peter's bells. All the bells of Rome's more than 400 churches joined. Immediately after that, the pnrple drapes that have cov- ered and hidden crucifix and pictures and statues of Christ were removed and the work of gladdening altars with flow- ers for Sunday's Easter serv- waxbejm. Ike Won't Resign Army Commission Until Nominated SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED POWERS IN EUROPE (ffl Dwight Eisenhower said today he would resign his Army com- mission only if he is nominated by the Republican party for President. Meanwhile, he said, he has made no plans for making a political campaign for the nomination after he is relieved June 1 as supreme commander in Europe. Eisenhower told a news conference he had asked that his request for inactive status be made public so "I can devote my time to finish- ing the job I was sent here to do." Eisenhower disclosed today he aims to be home in Ailene, Kan., by June 33 days before the Re- publican National Convention. After the Abilene celebration, he added, "Mamie Mrs. Eisen- hower and I 'would like to take a brief vacation if circumstances per- mit." The general will leave April 16 for Brussels to begin a series of farewell visits to the North Atlan- tic Treaty Organization capitals in Europe. "If I should be nominated I shall promptly submit to the President Flood-Encircled Fargo Hospital Evacuate: 100 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Mass evacuation and discharge of patients started today at St. John's Hospital in Fargo as the my resignation from the armed i swollen waters of the Red River be said. to Speak I should then be free to speak, surged toward a record 20th cen- like any other citizen, on any sub- Eisenhower's retirement from the NATO at his own was approved by Presi- dent Truman and announced yes- terday in Washington. As a five star general however, he holds permanent rank in the Army, and upon his retirement tury high mark. The admitting officer at St. from command he will merely re- j nome John's, Sister 'Ana Elizabeth, said upwards of 100 patients were to be evacuated to the Veterans Hos- pital in Fargo today. Patients not requiring personal medical attention were being sent home. Sister Elizabeth said the number of patients moved to the Veterans hospital would depend on the number able to be sent vert to inactive status. He held similar inactive rank while holding his pre-NATO job as president of Columbia University. Eisenhower told reporters that in the next he remains several will devote himself entirely to the affairs of his command. "I am not going to discuss any kind of political questions, so I can devote my attention to this job. "I must prevent politics from af- fecting this vital job. "There are important things to do which I believe I can he said. Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (R- manager of the Eisenhower- for-president campaign, was at Eisenhower's headquarters for four days early this month, returning to the United States April 8. The two held lengthy conferences. As to his possible successor as supreme Eisenhower asserted, "I have not the slightest information on that matter." His chief of staff, Gen. Alfred M Gruenther, and the Allied com- mander in Korea, Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, have been prom- inently Mentioned in speculation about the new NATO boss. He said he has made no detailed plans for activity after his return to the United States, but that he would jo to bis hometown of Abilene, Kas.. early in June for ceremonies opening the Eisen- hower Foundation, a good-citizen- ship organization founded by him and Ui brother. The Red reached a level of 29.40 feet at the Fargo gauge at 8 a. m. A crest in excess of 34 feet is now expected. Sioux City Next Target of Record Missouri Flood OMAHA, Neb. (SI. muddy water, like a Tons of slow moving avalanche, rolled relentlessly at flood levels and higher along nearly miles of the Missouri River today. The unprecedented flood crest, which dealt a smashing blow to the capital city of Pierre at mid- week, still was in South Dakota. It was two days away from Sioux City, la., its next major target, and about five days away from the Omaha-Council Bluffs, la., met- ropolitan area some 100 miles be low Sioux City. But already hundreds were homeless even in those down- stream areas. Thousands of acres of rich farm land were awash. Damage estimates ran into the mil- lions. For Omaha and Council Bluffs, with metropolitan area res- idents, there was just a chance that the worst flood disaster of local record could be averted and the cities were making the most of it. Evacuations and dike strengthening operations hit a fe- verish tempo in the two cities in anticipation of the historic 30 foot crest expected next Thursday. Two National Guard companies were called ut at Omaha. Forecast Adds Half-Foot to Flood Crest Workers Recruited For Sandbagging At Two Locations By FRED UEIGHTON Republican-Herald Staff Writer The city engineering and street departments pulled out all the stops late Thurs- day, moved to mobilize vir- tually all of the city's earth- moving machinery and gird- ed to meet the challenge of a snarling Mississippi River which swept out of its banks Thursday heading for a flood crest next Wednesday almost sure to equal and possibly to exceed any other flooding in the city's history. The river was swirling up- ward at a rate in excess of a foot a day, to a stage of 14.72 feet at noon today. And A. D. Sanial, federal meteorologist at La Crosse, said the river will continue to rise a foot per day until it crests at 17 feet Wednesday. 'Severe flood warnings are tinued throughout the river dis- Sanial said, "with substan- tial increases continuing at a rata of one foot a day above La Crosse." Sanial't 17-foot prediction it .5 of a foot higher than he was willing to predict Thursday, but city official! felt the offi- cial observer too conserva- tive. W. 0. Cribbs, city engi- neer, said, are preparing for at least 17.5 feet." These developments came in quick succession Thursday lifter- noon and late today: Heavy road-building machin- ery worked at top speed on the dike structure 900 feet east of Man- kato Avenue, beginning in mid- afternoon. Crews worked through- out the night The structure was nearing completion this coon, and is intended to be adequate to with- stand a 17-foot crest. A second electrically-operated centrifugal pump went into at the new storm sewer pumping station at the foot of Olmstead Street, raising to gallons per minute the pumping capacity at that point The city started to open tht Prairie Island water gate gradu- ally this morning, permitting flood waters to ease into Crooked Slough and relieving pressure on the from a six-foot head of water at the gate. Crews began sandbagging op- erations at the west end of Prairie Island pjad as a precau- tion against a 17-foot crest. North Western Railway Com- pany cars, loaded by city shovels, were moving hundreds of cubic yards of fill onto the roadbed beginning at the North Western yard office and extending to the west feet. Extensive sandbagging operations also began there this morning. A pump operated steadily throughout the night 'and today pulling seepage out of the area at the extremity of East 5th Street j _ _ _ j me extremity ui JLIJ oucci it into the river. City mighty effort to add at least two feet of additional protection atop the 23 miles of levee protecting Council Bluffs. The levee height now ranges from 29 to 31 feet. But downstream at Yankton, S. D., Sioux City and its cross- river neighbor, South Sioux City, Neb., and along the Iowa-Nebraska reaches past the flood sit- uation worsened. trucks were dumping fill at that point to stave off possibility of washout comparable with the break in the spring of 1951 which Hooded adjacent low residential areas. At least 100 volunteer and (Continued on Page 12, Column 2.) CITY DIKES Dike-Building At Worst is pictured here 900 feet east of Mankato Avenue where a 15-foot wide structure is nearing completion today. The area is tow and marshy, and trees had to be re- moved in order to widen and raiM A truck owned by a private contractor and on lease to the city is damping fin hauled in from, one of 'several in the Sugar Loaf ;