Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 21, 1954, Winona, Minnesota
Cloudy, Colder Tonight; Partly Cloudy Thursday Orphan Annie Starts Friday On Back Page NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 128 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL 21, 1954 U.S. Air Force Ferrying French Troops to Indochina CHARLES C. LANE PARIS U.S. Air Force is ferrying French paratroopers to Indochina for, dropping into besieged Dien Bien Phu, authorita- tive sources said today. These sources said the American pilots would land the troops in a noncombat area, where French pilots or American civilians would ferry them on the northwest Indochina fortress. The paratroopers were flown from Paris' big Orly Airfield Tuesday in U. S. Air Force transports. They have not yet arrived in Indochina. The number of jumpers being ferried and the route followed are military secrets. The U.S. Air Force provided the airlift at the request of the French government. The American government considers this action compatible with U.S. policy and the American military assistance program to France and Indochina, competent American sources said. It was learned that the U.S. Air Force also will ferry French troops from North Africa to Indochina, though American sources here considered the France-to-Indochina operation a "one-shot" affair. The departure point from North Africa, meanwhile, was kept secret. Although officials would not say how many troops were being ferried, French Army Secretary Pierre de Chevigne addressed the 7th Battalion of French commando paratroops at Quimper Sunday and told them they were leaving immediately for Indo- china without the month's leave usually granted before overseas duty. leave in exceptional Chevigne told the troops after a parade, "which have forced us to call on you for sacrifices. "To aid our comrades at Dien Bien Phu we are putting into the battle all our forces." He added these reinforcements would permit throwing troops already in Indochina into the Dien Bien Phu battle immediately. The United States already is supplying the French with fight- ers, attack bombers and transport planes for their fight against the Vietminh. Some 200 American Air Force ground personnel have been stationed in Indochina to help maintain these planes. Twenty-five or more American civilians' under private contract also are piloting some of the transport planes carrying supplies to Dien Bien Phu, but no American Air Force personnel have taken part in the flying operations in the combat zone. In Washington Defense Secretary Wilson, confirming the as- signment of U.S. Air Force planes to carry French troops to Indo- china, said it "is in line with present United States policy and in conformity with our existing military assistance program." He said that the action is being the request of the French government." Wilson was asked if he knew of any plans to send American troops to Indochina, a report wh'ich has been denied before. He said that "I know of no such plan." The secretary was asked if Gen. James Van Fleet, who will leave Washington next month on a survey of military assistance in Korea and Formosa, also might go to Indochina, Wilson said "that has not been decided." Wilson said that he himself expects to leave on a long-planned trip to the Far East about May 11, This All That Was Left of an Air Force C119 Boxcar plane that crashed and burned on Oat Mountain near Chatsworth, Calif., Tuesday, killing all seven men aboard. The plane was on the last leg of its approach for landing at Lock- heed Air Terminal, in Burbank, when it crashed. (AP Wirephoto) Geneva Failure Will Speed PacificNATO By JACK SELL WASHINGTON MV-Senators Wiley (R-Wis) and Ferguson (R-Mich) said today any failure of the Geneva conference to bring agreements on Korea and Indochina may hasten American efforts to build an anti-Ooinmuuist military alliance in the Pacific Wiley, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ferguson, chairman qf ihe GOP Policy Committee, said ia separate interviews they see little prospect of either uniting Korea or bring- ing peace to Indochina at the Geneva meeting. But each said he expects Secre- tary of State off to Paris for a North Atlantic Treaty Or- Home Builders Deny Charges Of FHA Fraud Mill City Loan Firm Teller Held ganization meeting before the Switzerland conference to Press U.S. allies for commitments aam pledged Charles Hawthorne MINNEAPOLIS When he left here last night, Dulles said in a statement he will seek an honorable peace in Indo- china and a free, united Korea. But he said recent "reckless as- saults" by the Reds in Indochina are ''not a good prelude." Dulles was reported to have em- phasized to congressional leaders both parties at a conference yesterday that one of his chief hopes is to effect a Far Eastern alliance to offset the threat of all- out Chinese Communist participa- tion in the Indochina war. Ferguson, one of the conferees, said he doubts that much will be accomplished in attempts to agree with Russia and representatives of Red China at Geneva. "If this conference fails to bring an agreement, I don't see how our friends of the free world can help but see the need for a Pacific alliance." he said. Wiley said that while he is some- what more optimistic about pos- sible results at Geneva, he aiso feels that failure there would stim WASHINGTON National Assn. of Home Builders today dis- puted charges that the -govern- ment is millions of dollars out of pocket or that too high rents have resulted from alleged widespread abuses under the government's loan-insurance program. The association's views were ex- pressed by its president, R. G. Hughes, as the Senate Banking Committee turned to hear what industry spokesmen have to say about allegations "that some apart- ment builders raked in huge and "unconscionable" profits by ob- taining oversized government backed loans either through the dishonesty or inefficiency of Fed- eral Housing Administration (FHA) officials. "The impression that the gov- ernment has lost millions of dol- lars and that tenants have been charged excessive rents is, in my opinion, Hughes said in prepared testimony. Yesterday. Commissioner T. Cowman Andrews of the In ternal Revenue Service told the Senate-House Committee on Reduc tion of Nonessential Federal Ex- penditures that builders of apartment projects under a now- defunct "middle income" housing program piled up 65 million dollars t in excessive profits by the inflated [loan guarantee device. Andrews said his agents so far have found no evidence of tax fraud. Charles E. ulate action toward a "NATO of Hawthorne, heaci teller at Twin the Pacific." City Federal Sayings Loan Assn., Sen. Jenner (R-Ind) told the Sen- was held for Federal Grand Jury j atc yesterday that the United action today after admitting ought not to link itself in htj ----i u uusuu "01 10 imK iiseil m y P thc onlv with military "weak 'Sisters" and with "European last week. FBI agents said thc taken by Hawthorne was recovered from a hiding place in the basement of bis girl friend_'s home. He was charged with violating the Federal colonial powers." Jenner said that "we must not a single American to be- engaged in fighting on the Reserve Act and ordered held both the under S10 000 bond Chinese Nationalists and the South Hawthorne first told officers two I a Chance to ff n- d0wn Cmnese Communists in area' land of California, the GOP floo leader, that while the two coun tries had not been among the 11 invited to join in an alliance, tha would not necessarily preclud the mally at the annual convention Secretory Robert T. the Daughters of the American Stevens and Army counselor John Revolution. Immediately after the talk he Hearing on KWNO The McCarthy-Army hear- ings scheduled to open in Washington Thursday will locally by KWNO each day of the hearings from to a.m. and to p.m. that he was about to expose "mis- conduct" and "possibly law viola- tions" by Hensel led Army officials to attempt to discredit him. The Army officials chiefly in- will fly on to New York for an ad- dress at a night meeting of the G. Adams. Backi Hensel A reporter asked whether Wil- son "agreed" with McCarthy that dress at a night meeting of the -51 UK.L American Newspaper Publishers I was gullty of law Association. Friday morning he will fly from Washington to Kentucky where he I will: chuckled, paused, then no He added that he didn't want to (1) Review the tank command at! comment about anything pending t. Knox; (2) visit Abraham a congressional committee. j- vote of con- coin's birthplace cabin at Hodgeii- Ee Chippewa Falls Woman Killed in Auto Crash CHIPPEWA FALLS vaca- tion trip to Indiana ended tragical- ly early today for a Chippewa Falls family with the death of a 27-year- old mother in an auto accident. Mrs, John Couey was killed when the car driven by her husband veered off Highway 53 near the south city limits and struck a tree Couey suffered a broken leg and chest injuries.j-Three children, aged one to five year, were also injured. But the hospital said the condition of all four was "satisfactory." Bassett is accused of robbing Darrell 'Hall, 23, Pine Island, near Oronoco last Thursday. Sheriff George Fort said this afternoon that he has been in- formed by Rochester author- ities that Bassett has admitted that the gun used in the Oron- oco shooting was one he stole from a West Sarnia street apartment the day before the shooting. (Bassett was to be arraigned In District Court at Rochester at p.m. today.) In a statement taken by the sheriff's office today, Bassett said Hall gave -him a ride from near Rochester to combination tav- ern-filling station about 12 miles away. Bassett .said he became emotionally .upset when Hall de- clined to "talce him to Pine Island and took from "him and shot Bassett was arrested at Salina, Jan., over the weekend and con- fessed shooting, beating and rob- >ing Hall, Sheriff Gerald Cunning- lam of Olmsted County said. Hall is still hospitalized with ism. "It was not a true test of Mc- said Widnall, who de- feated Thomas by ,a to vote in the standout congressional lontest of yesterday's primary Jection in New Jersey. "I think the results show that you need more than McCarthy as a platform on which to make a successful he said in a vie tory statement. He said he thought pro-McCarthy sentiment had fal len off recently. Thomas, who had served seven terms in Congress before he was jailefl in 1949 for payroll.padding, had campaigned as "a per cent" supporter of Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy "I campaigned as a supporter rf President Eisenhower and I be- 'ieve the vote reflects confidence in what he has been Wid- nall said. New Jersey voters selected Re- jublican and Democratic candi- dates in the state's 13 other con- gressional districts and voted on wo gambling referenda. All major cities and most of the ither 566 municipalities in the tate authorized local licensing of bingo and raffles for charitable lurposes. Democratic contests in five con- gressional districts and one Re- ublican fight were settled. Two incumbents. Rep. Alfred D. A bullet in his chest has not yet been removed. roin haying to send American 30ys to fight in Indochina or.any- where else if we possibly can." If Indochina falls to the Com- munists, he warned, "the balance rf power in the world may have hifted tf the Communist side suf- ficiently that the men in the Krem- and Pekin may think that now a Democrat, and Rep, the time has come when they can Frank C, Osmers Jr., a Republi- begin a world war and have a can, won' renomination. 1 chance to win." But he said: "I think Struve Hensel is a com- memorial Ifu r speak at Transylvanir College's Ibeheve so .he wouldn't be on his _A T present assignment. As to the general effects of the whole row, Wilson said that it not only had done no good to military morale, it has also, he commented, added to his problems in his ef- forts to "get some fine, capable men to come down here at personal sacrifice, I don't think it's going to help." Hensel, a government official for much of the time since 1941, was named to his present post by Presi- CINCINNATI President! dent Eisenhower and confirmed by noiyl _Ui. fJid Conato convocation at Lexington. Hold Indochina Without GIs U.S. Aim, Nixon Says Nixon said Tuesday night the aim of the Eisenhower administration in Indochina "is to hold it without a war involving the United States if we can." He left unanswered what the United States would do specifical- ly if Indochina could not be held without direct American interven- tion, Nixon outlined the administra- don's foreign policy at an annual University of Cincinnati dinner. He declared it 'was the adminis- the Senate without objection on Feb. 19. "Bare-faced he shot back to a statement by McCarthy saying that he was seeking to dodge in- vestigation "for misconduct and possibly for law violations." He accused the senator of an "at- tempted smear a diversionary move." McCarthy Challenged Hensel also challenged McCarthy to repeat his accusations in some forum where he would not have the ration's aim and purpose "to de- immunity which covered the for- velop policies which will keep us mal statement to the subcommit- tee. If McCarthy does that, Hensel said, "I will guarantee a law suit." McCarthy, in Houston, Tex., for a speech late today, said, wouldn't cooperate in any delay like and he "Hensel knows it would take years to do this in a trial. We will be under oath when the committee hears this case and the witnesses will be under oath. He can call any witnesses he wants to."