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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1954, Winona, Minnesota Fair Tonight And Tuesday; Temperature Same Lowdown on Indochina Begin It Today On Page 7 NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. T26 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA. MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 19, 1954 Holding His Bunny, Danny O'Neil, 20 months old, walked in the Easter Parade in Bos- ton Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. O'Neil, and his eight sisters, left to right, Fran- ces, 5; Danielle, 7; Julie, 9; Mary, 10; 11; Evelyn, 14; Maureen, 16, and Jane, 21. (AP Wirephoto) Alan in Rochester i Shooting Caught SALINA, Kan. said a young newlywed arrested at his apartment here Sunday confessed in a signed statement that he shot. and robbed Darrell Hall, 23, of rural Pine Island, Minn. Held for Minnesota authorities was Joe Bassett, 21, formerly of Olmsted County, Minn. Bassett was married to.a 19-year-old Cres- co, Iowa, girl only about two months ago. Bassett's mother, Mrs. Harriet Bassett, lives in Pine Island. Police Investigator John Moore said Bassett waived extradition'. Chief Deputy Jud Reifsnider of the Olmsted County sheriff's office was enroute here today to pick up Bassett and return him to Minnesota. Hall Still Hall is still hospitalized at Ro- chester. He was taken there after being shot and slugged near Orono- co, Minn., about 2 a.m. last Thurs- day. The bullet went through Hall's arm and lodged in his chest. (WliwiM police and Sheriff George Fort 'think the gun TODAY Rebels Menace French Positions At Dien Bien Phu By LARRY ALLEN HANOI, Indochina (jfi The French fought furiously today to 3old back Vietminh assault troops stabbing toward the center of Dien Bien Phu's fortifications from the northwest. The rebels were in a newly men- acing position after weekend fight- ng widened their break in the There was one discrepancy be- northwestern rim of the fortress tween Bassett's statement and the version related by Hall. Hall told Olmsted County of- ficers that his assailant shot him used by Bassett, a .25 caliber automatic revolvei, was stolen from a Winona home last Tuesday. Entrance to the home on West Sarnia street was gained by breaking a rear window. A short time later a hitchhiker bearing Bas- sett's description was seen on Highway 14 in the city limits about noon. Nothing else was taken from the Winona home.) McCarthy Wants To Question All Quiz Witnesses Senator's Case Not Yet in Final Form WASHINGTON McCar- thy meeting with fellow senator.? on "ground rules" for :heir investigation of his row with :he Army, insisted today on the to question witnesses at the lublic hearings scheduled to start Thursday. "I think that it's necessary for me to question all Mc- Carthy told newsmen just before atering the closed meeting. "That ncludes members of my staff and the Pentagon politicians, too. 'No one' need worry about my uestioning as long as they are elling the Some members of McCarthy's ubcommittee, which is to conduct the hearings, are opposed to his questioning witnesses. Sen. Mundt acting chairman, said the issue might have to be put up to the Senate. Senators at Meeting Attending the meeting with Mc- Carthy were Sens. Mundt, Potter (IWU) and SIXTEEN PAGES U.N. Move Asked To Aid Indochina McCarthy said he expected he would be asked to file a bill of particulars outlining bis charges against the Army. "I'll file whatever they McCarthy said. He added that if he did file such a bill he would GrsffirWSrJK 2P W by private planet Some of World Sure To Survive By JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP is a cheer- ful at least it is more cheerful than some which have appeared in this space. Its burden is simply will always be some of us left. To put it another way, the best qualified experts have rather re- cently come around to the. view that it is on the whole unlikely that the human race can be wholly extinguished by the new weapon. If this does not seem all wildly cheerful to the reader, it should be pointed out that this is a marked change of view among the experts. Until quite recently it was rather generally believed by the special- ists in such matters that there might be none of us left at all, after the next war, or after the war after the next. There have been two reasons for thinking-this, both related to the radioactive side-effect of nuclear weapons. C-Bomb Theory Simple One reason was the cobalt bomb or C-bomb. The theory of the co- balt bomb is simple enough. In place of the steel jacket of a hy drogen bomb, there is substitute a much thicker jacket of cobalt, metal which can be radioactivate rather easily. The purpose of th cobalt bomb would be to rende human life impossible over vas areas. Theoretically, the cobalt jacke is transformed into heavily radio active dust when the bomb ex plodes. This dust at first enter the atmosphere, and then falls t earth, rendering all the area where it settles lethally radioactive. This theoretical possibility has given rise to apocaliptic vision o: whole nations, whole continents (Continued on Paqe 4, Column 4 ALSOPS Tribute Paid Pvle, Chronicler of GIs IE SHIMA, Ryukyu Islands Ernie Pyle, who believed the little, personal story was just as import- ant as the big one, was honored again today on the ninth annivers- ary of his death. More than 300 Americans joined island officials and residents in paying tribute to the memory of the beloved chronicler of the American foot soldier in World War II. Pyle was cut down by a Japan- ese machine gunner as he was heading for the front lines on this tiny island near Okinrwa April 18 1945. offer him a ride during a heavy rainstorm. Bassett's statement, as related by Moore, said the Kansan got a ride with Hall near Pine Island and rode about 12 miles to a tavern where he pulled a gun and fired one shot at Hall. Moore said Bassett added that le then took Hall's billfold, con- aining and drove the car to Rochester, where he boarded a bus or Salina. Bassett had lived here only a short time and was not employed, police said. They quoted him as saying he quit a job as hotel bell- hop in Rochester April 1 and came here April 11, then went back to Minnesota. Bassett told police he bought a gun in Rochester for S20 on the main Dien Bien Phu air- strip. Vie.tminh pressure also was re- ported increasing against the 5f the French-held plain. Bayonet-wielding French infan- trymen had driven the Vietminh from airfield entrenchments for a few hours Sunday. But the latest infiltration re-established their foot- hold in the shadow of the French headquarters bunkers, just 800 yards away. A terse French army communi- que said heavy fighting in the sec- tor still raged today. French tanks Texas to deliver a San Jacinto Day speech at Houston Wednesday. Asked whether he thought the investigation might start Thursday determi- ._____ right to quiz witnesses, McCarthy said: "As far as I know, yes." Roy M. Cohn and Francis P. Carr, staff members involved with McCarthy in the' row with the Army, attended the closed door meeting. Conn said a bill of particulars outlining their not in fina form." Whether he and Carr wil file a separate statement or join In Their Easter Finery, President and Mrs. Eisenhower pose with their family after attending church services in Augusta, Ga., Sunday. Left to right: Major and Mrs. John Eisenhower; Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower; her mother, Mrs. John S. Doud; and the President. In front of them are the major's children, Susan, Barbara Anne and David. (UP Telephoto) j w" OaiLL and pawned it here Saturday night thus far there had been "losses for on both sides." An army spokesman said the Vietrainh still, in the airstrip _ i -----------1 trenches "were not in considerable from Bassett, police said. They strength." But they were bitterly reported the man first denied any resisting knowledge of the shooting, but them itigcu Luutiv, r i enciJ in and artillery blasted at the Viet- minh troops taking cover in trench es running across the northern par of the -airstrip; French Union troops charged them in hand-to- hand encounters. French army spokesmen sait Trace Pawn Ticket It was the pawn ticket for the gun which brought a confession attempts to dislodge wrote his brief statement in long- hand after his wife, Barbara, show- ed officers the pawn ticket for a .25 caliber automatic. Moore said a tip from Sheriff Gerald Cunningham of Rochester led officers to Bassett's apartment. In Rochester, Cunningham said WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Generally fair tonight and Tuesday. No im- portant temperature change. Low an anonymous call from a truck! tonight 42, high Tuesday 60. driver led to suspicion of Bassett's implication in the crime. The trucker phoned Cunningham to say he had picked up a hitch- hiker last Wednesday between Wi- nona and Rochester, and that the man showed him a pistol he car- LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 72; minimum, 33; noon, 58; precipitation, none. Official observations for the 24 man showed him a pistol he car- hours ending at 12 m today ned. The truck driver said he j Maximum, 65; minimum' 47- dropped the man off at Rochester, j noon, 57; precipitation, none- sun Cunningham and his deputies next learned that a man had been showing a pistol around Rochester too. The man's description tallied with that of Bassett and Cunning- ham heard that Bassett m.ay have .returned to Salina. He contacted police here and Bassett was arrest- layer of clouds at 25.000 feet, visi- PH "ftn------ bility more than 15 miles, dew- ed Sunday afternoon. sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 64 at and p.m. Sunday, min. 47 at a.m. today. 56, scattered ment was not explained. Senator Accused The Army has accused McCarthy and two of his aides of attempting to use improper pressure to win favored treatment for a former non-salaried subcommittee consult- ant, Pvt. G. David Schine. They in turn have charged Army offic- ials with blackmail tactics to es- cape investigation. The subcommittee, with Mc- Carthy temporarily turning over the chairmanship to Mundt, has scheduled televised, public hear- ings starting Thursday in an ef- fort to get at the truth. McCarthy has insisted that, as subcommittee member, he should have the right to cross-ex- amine Army witnesses and has urged that the same privilege be extended to the Army. Mundt has been urging him not to press the request. This is a key issue to be settled by the subcommittee in laying down the "ground rules" for the srobe. Mundt said McCarthy would have a right to appeal to the Sen- ate if he felt the rules adopted by the subcommittee were unfair. Similarly, he said the subcom- mittee itself might want to take he issue to the Senate if an im- passe were reached in discussions Ike, Dulles Confer On Indochina Plans By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH AUGUSTA, Ga. Eisenhower and Secretary of State Dulles confer here today on American efforts to bolster Indochina against the Reds and save the rest of Southeast Asia from Communist the PresidentTand the Eisenhower Family Has Happy Easter At Georgia Retreat AUGUSTA, Ga. was a aggression. The President sent his private plane, The Columbine, to Washing- ton for Dulles, who will give a' first-hand report on his London and Paris negotiations last week to work out a Pacific defense alliance. Dulles planned to lunch with the President at his Easter holiday headquarters at the Augusta Na- tional Golf Club then fly back to Washington in the late afternoon. One aspect of the Eisenhower- Dulles conference may be the con- troversy touched off in Congress by Vice President Nixon's state- ment Friday, in reply to a hypothe- tical question, that American 'ith McCarthy. Mundt emphasized, however, hat he was hopeful that agree- ment could be reached. He said he onsidered an appeal to the Sen- Miiitj AU llllica, UCW- w LUC ucii- isassett told Salina police he had point 36, humidity 47 per cent wind .te for a decision only "an out- :rved an 18-month tprm at ft tha IT side nnssihilitv served an 18-month term at Ft. Leavenworth for robbery while he was in the Air Force. from the at 17 miles a hour and the barometer 30.14 an steady. Robert Gefman, 16, Racine, believed to be the youngest Wisconsin youth to fly a jet, is greeted by Capt. Roland Ruetz, commander of the Civil Air Patrol of Racine, after a flight Sat- urday. Getman, in cockpit, piloted the jet T33 for a few minutes after it was airborne by 1st Lt. William C. Gatschet, jet veteran. The flight took place at Truax Air Force Base in Madison, Wis., home of the 432nd Fighter Intercepter Squadron. (UP Telephoto) side possibility.' Aside from the question of ground rules, the subcommittee also was looking to McCarthy and his two aides who are- involved, Roy M. Cohn and Francis Carr, fof a detailed statement of their side in the dispute. The Army filed a "bill of par- ticulars" last week in support of its charges, outlining what it ex- pects to prove in the forthcoming hearings. A similar statement has been re- quested from the McCarthy camp. Mundt said Cobn and Carr had ad- vised him they expected to have their statement ready today. Mundt said he did not know whether McCarthy would file a separate statement of his own or join in the one submitted by Cohn and Carr. This was'one of the mat- ters the subcommittee wished to discuss with McCarthy, he said. McCarthy has been vacationing n Arizona and Texas, recuperating rom a virus infection. He re- urned to Washington over the veekend. Stewart Missing On Greenland Flight STEWART, Minn. UP) _ Mr. and rs. Robert Streseman were noti- ed by the Navy Department Sat- rday night that their son, Wil- am, a Navy enlisted man, was International Ban On Atomic Weapons Use Asked by Pope VATICAN CITY Pius XII has called for an international agreement banning the use itomic and hydrogen bombs es ept in self-defense. The head of the Roman Catlv lie Church, broadcasting his an nual Easter message Sunday, ap pealed for outlawing of the "dc structive arms of unprecedente violence." He'said the new bomb and germ and chemical warfar have brought "the fear of a thir world conflict and a dreadful fu ture" to the people of the world The 79-year-old Pope, convalesc ing from a serious stomach ail ment which has curbed his activit since Jan. 25, spoke from his Vati can apartment. Shortly afterwar he appeared briefly on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to pro nounce his Easter blessing. More than pilgrims and tourist: cheered from the square below. His 10-minute Easter messagt was his first major address since his illness. happy Easter for all the Eisenhow- j First Lady right on through to 'their youngest grandchild in her perky new bonnet. The 6, Barbara Anne, 4, and Susan, started the day at the Little White House with a rousing egg hunt which the President got up to watch shortly after 6 a.m. The grownups went to church later, and when the President got home he and David put on their "little as Grandfather Ei- senhower termed it. It went like this: The President, a big grin on his missing with nine others on a ane in Greenland. The plane dis- ppeared while on a routine ice atrol. Brush Fire Burns Acres, Home In Anoka County ANOKA, Minn. W Some acres of Anoka County are black- ened today as a result of a brush fire that got out of control Satur- day. The fire burned along Highway 65' north of Johnsville, destroying a farm house and a. couple of small farm buildings that were in the path of the wind-driven flames. Nikolay Seeks Badger Attorney General Post ABBOTSFORD, Wis, Frank L. Nikolay, 31, former U. S. attor- ney, announced today he would be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Wisconsin attorney general in the September primary. Nikolay served as federal attor- ney for the Wisconsin western dis- trict from July 1952 to December 1953 with offices in Madison. Vernon Thomson, a Republican, holds the office Nikolay seeks. troops might have to be sent into face, clapped his hands smartly, [ndochina if the French withdraw. David pulled open his navy blue Nixon prefaced his answer, how- ever, by saying he doesn't think the French will pull out. Identity Leaks Out The vice president spoke at a meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and stipulated at the time that his remarks were suit coat in a twinkling and whipped from his buckle inscribed man size six-shooter cap gun. The youngster was just about as fast on the draw as a real live cowboy, and the President got a hearty laugh out of it. leaked out. Eisenhower's headquarters has not to be attributed to him. But But Resident or not, he couldn't the identity of the speaker later C0nce? a !t of caught-ui-the-act 'uneasiness when David's mother, Mrs. John Eisenhower, showed up. "Don't tell your the President said in an aside to his i grandson. "Cover up the gun." Back it went David's belt, and the blue coat whisked over it. But mother saw it and said to the two of them in a tone declined comment on whether Nixon's statement represents ad- ministration policy, James C. Hag- erty, presidential press secretary, refused comment specifically last night on a demand by Sen. Gore (D-Tenn) that Eisenhower make lis policies clear with respect to Indochina. The State Department, in itatement Saturday night prompted by Nixon's remarks, said it 'highly unlikely" that U. S. forces will have to replace French forces in Indochina. In his talks with the British and 'rench last week, Dulles won agreement they would join with the United States in working to- vard a Pacific defense alliance Dulles' goal is a 10-nation pact imilar to the North Atlantic col- :ctive security program. Both the French and the British ave shown reluctance, however, o take any definite steps in that irection in advance of the Geneva onference opening April 26. Dul- !S and the foreign ministers of Jritain, France, and Russia will ttend the conference. Red China ill be represented but not in the ole of )oting. a participant on equal Dulles also plans to consult with President regarding the eneva meeting and a NATO con- Tence he will attend in Paris he- re going to Switzerland. He aves for France by plane tomor- iw night. Eisenhower plans to fly back to 'ashington Thursday afternoon for brief informal talk at a meeting the Daughters of the American evolution, then go on to New York for a major address that night before the American News- paper Publishers Assn. !of "This is not much of a religious theme." All of this took place on the lawn in the bright sun in front of the Little White House at the Augusta National Golf Club. Senator Opposes Plan to Have U.S. Go Alone Says 16 Nations Signing Korean Truce Involved By JACK BELL WASHINGTON Kuchel (R-Calif) proposed today that America seek United Nations action and avoid any single-handed mili- ary attempt to save Indochina rom the Communists. Amid a growing controversy over Vice President Nixon's statement hat this country might send troopg o Indochina as a last resort, iuchel said, "I don't believe we can put fires out all over the world single-handedly." "We ought to take the case be- fore the United Nations and ask for united action he said in an interview. "The 16 nations that signed the Korean he said, "pledged themselves to a joint effort to pre- vent aggression and our allies should be called upon for help." Nixon told the American Society of Newspaper Editors last Friday he thought French withdrawal from Indochina unlikely, but that if that'Tiappened and other means failed the United States might have to send troops. France so far has opposed- submitting the Indochina matter to the United Nations. Would Co It Although Nixon's statement in- dicated to many in Congress that 'the administration is resolved to hold Indochina even .at the cost of going it alone, State Department officials insisted that the basic pol- icy is one of "united action" such as Secretary of State Dulles called for in a March 29 speech. In a statement issued Saturday, the department said Nixon had "enunciated no new U. S. policy toward Secretary of State Dulles, returning to Washing- ton yesterday from a brief vacation at Lake Ontario, had no comment. Despite this, there are reports that the administration asked for but did not receive assurances from Democratic well as Repub- lican leaders that if the worst comes to the worst they would back single-handed intervention in Indochina. Democrats were said to backed away from giving In ad- vance what some of them called a blank check for presidential' action. Sen. Knowland of California, GOP floor leader, said in a week- end interview he is confident the President will ask prior approval by the lawmakers if it becomes advisable to use any American combat units in ing air and sea task forces. "It is my belief that prior to the commitment of any American armed forces, the President should and would come to Congress to lay the facts and his recommendations before Knowland said. Program piscufscd Rep. Judd a member of the House Foreign Affairs Com- mittee, said Eisenhower had as- sured his group that Congress would be consulted. Speaking on a television program last night, Judd said "every step" of the administration's foreign pol- icy actions toward Indochina "has been talked over with both Republi- cans and Democrats in my presence." PLENTY OF PROBLEMS New Weapons Give Army Mote Firepower By ELTON C. FAY AP Military Affairs Reporter WASHINGTON Uft New weap- cannon, guided mis- siles, rocket giving the Army firepower undreamed of not many years ago but they also are creating serious problems in the already intricate business of run- ning an orderly, efficient battle. These are among the problems o be worked on in manuevers, in- giving Army and air men, tarting this week in the Carolines. They are the first big-scale exer- ises involving the firing or simu- ated use of virtually all new weapons. Deciding, what weapons to shoot t what target has been a source f argument even with convention- al artillery and aircraft. The ad- vent on the battlefield of "artil- lery" that can range out from 20 to scores or even hundreds of miles and has a much greater demolition radius is compounding the problem. The Army's new 280mm. cannon, which like the Corporal missile or the Honest John heavy bombard- ment rocket, fires either atomic or conventional explosive, is an ex- ample. The approximately 11-inch gun has a maximum range of about 30 miles. Under present organization, the gun is considered "corps artil- lery." That means that control of batteries of the gun rests with- the headquarters of a corps (a corps usually is composed of two or three Arniy divisions.) ;