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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 4, 1949, Winona, Minnesota FAIR, WARMER TONIGHT, FRIDAY VOLUME 49, NO. 143 FM RADIO IS PERFECT RADIO WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, AUGUST 4, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES T m AidC A id to Bootleggers Charged Ex-Georgia Governor Part Of Ring, Claim Counterfeit Tax Stamps Seized, Prosecutor Says By Mercer G. Bailey Atlanta Former Governor M. E. Thompson and other Geor- gia political leaders were accused last night of protecting bootleggers who flooded the state's dry counties with illegal whisky. A counterfeiting angle was added to the already sensational develop- ments today. State Revenue Commissioner Charles Redwine exploded the po- litical bombshell. He said he based his charges, on the testimony of a former revenue department official, a special state investigator and other state agents. Redwine already has made his In- formation and exhibits available to a Fulton (Atlanta) county grand Jury. The testimony, as quoted by Red- wine, centered on the 1947-48 Thompson administration. The com- missioner also mentioned former Governor E. D. Rivers, Thompson's political friend, former revenue com- missioners Glenn Phillips and Downing Musgrove, former liquor enforcement chief T. M. Price, and big liquor dealers, A two-foot stack of records were turned over to Fulton Solicitor Paul Webb. The exhibits show more ttian in illegal sales to dry counties in a six-month period, from June 14, 1948, to January 5, 1949, Redwine said. He added they were seized in a raid on an Atlanta liquor wholesale firm. Seven cases of whisky also were confiscated. Redwine said the state tax stamps on this liquor were counterfeits. The far-flung liquor ring appar- ently flourished under state protec- tion, the commissioner charged Three witnesses, he added spoke of a 50-cent per case "fee" ori the boot- leg liquor. Special Investigator Charles Blaum was quoted as say- ing the fee "was added to the Its' price to go Into fund.' Elton Bishop, supervisor of fielc forces for the alcdhol 'control unit from 1944 to June, 1948, was quoted by Redwine: "Information came to me that there was an organized operation of selling tax-paid liquor in dry counties with the knowledge and consent of state officials. "Revenue agents under me said they had instructions from 'higher- ups' not to bother with tax-paid liquor. "I heard reports of this 50-cent fee. It was described as a 'slush fund' to me but that's all I know about it." Thompson, Phillips and Musgrove Reds Imprison Czech Priest For'Treason' Last Sacrament Denied Communist, Officials Claim .V1 Two OfTnalf-Bozen CapercaiUe, big European grouse, are shown in St. Paul .today before leaving by plane for Outer Island in Lake Superior near Ashland, Wis. An attempt will be made to introduce the game birds into Wisconsin. Helping them on their migratory plane flight from Sweden are, left to Tight George C. Halazon, Wisconsin state biologist; Ozzie Geuett, St. Paul, pilot; Tom Evans, fleld man, Wildlife Management Institute, and James Coutts, .Minneapolis, Fish and Wildlife service. (A.P. Wirephoto to Toe Republican-Herald.) Breathing Spell Seen In Business Decline By Charles Molony built up today of a breathing probably not a permanent business downturn that has run 'produce by a top-flight official poup of economists working as a team boiled some "ifs" this. 1. The immediate.outlook is that economic activity likely will hold at the mid-year level for the July- August-September quarter, and per- haps may rise a bit in September. 2. Longer-range prospects are darker, because it seems that, on the whole, fundamental readjustments had not been completed and em- ployment, production, income anc prices may continue to draft down- through mid- icans Near Vote on New Chairman By Jack Bell Washington of The men who drew up this .ap- praisal would not be quoted by name Some Upturns Seen The longer-range downdrift, it was Guy G. Gabrielson of New Jersey noted> probably will be obscurec today brought out Axel J. Beckjfrom recognition by its piecemea of South Dakota as their dark horse candidate for Republican national chairman. Beck, 55, denied any part in lined by Redwine. the ring out- Strike Idles Toy Plant at Sheboygan Sheboygan, Wis. Produc- tion workers at the Ge-rton Toy Company left their jobs today, Members of local 1115 U.E. C.I.O. had authorized strike action ear- lier this week to enforce contract demands. Orderly picket lines were form- About 350 workers wards from October 1950, By Richard Kasischke Prague, Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia's communist-ruled government has carried out its threat to imprison Roman Catholic priests accused of supporting the Vatican decree excommunicating Catholics who are militant commu- nists. The official Prague radio announc- ed last night a village priest had been sentenced to eight years im- prisonment for treason: He was ac- .cused of refusing to administer the last sacrament to a sick old woman until she resigned from the Com- munist party.' The priest, Rev. Alois Fajstl, de- nied the charge. It was the first test of the Czech government's defiant stand against the excommunication decree. The Vatican announced last month that all Catholics who milltantly support communism would be excommuni- church penalty barring them from receiving the sacraments and associating with faithful Cath- olics. The government, through Justice Minister Alexei Cepicka, promptly threatened that priests who carried out the excommunication decree would be tried on treason charges. Action Challenged Dr. H. Richter, president of the state court which sentenced Father Fajstl, called, the priest's action high treason. He said any priest refusing religious rites to any per- son because of political party mem- bership or loyalty to the state "is in the service ofi an, the to destroy the people's democratic regulations of our In Rome, a Vatican source sug- gested the Czech trial may have been a "communist trick to try to discredit the church and its faith- ful." Vatican officials have said ,that excommunication is primarily The large game birds, which directed at the consciences of way- game management men will try to -ward catholics and requires no of- Introduce into Wisconsin, were scheduled to leave St. Paul by plane! shortly before noon for Outer is-1 land in the Apostle group near Ash- land. Europe's largest grouse, the birds reach weights up to 12 pounds. Tom Evans of St. Paul, field representative of Wildlife Man- agement, Incorporated, who met the birds on their plane flight from New York to Minneapolis late yes- terday, said the six were about half grown. Wisconsin's Huge Grouse Arriving St. Paul, half dozen Japercaille, super-sized European jrouse today were headed for their ,ast lap on a long distance migra- ion flight by plane from Sweden ;o Wisconsin. ficial execution by priests The Prague radio gave this ac- fche charges against the Fajstl, a priest in the count of priest: Father village of Sebranice, 90 miles east of Prague, was called on July 16 nois to administer the church's last sac- amendment. And raments to Zofie Paclikova, 67, who was gravely ill of pneumonia. The Account priest asked the woman whether she belonged to the com- Charles Bonaldson, 21, and his newspaper-advertisement bride- to-be, Miss Irene .Krebbs, 18, walk hand-in-hand down a street at St Joseph, Mo., yesterday after announcing they will be married 'Saturday. They met for the first time Tuesday night, after Donald- son earlier Tuesday advertised in a local newspaper for a wife. He said he had placed an advertisement because he wanted to be mar- ried in a double ceremony with a friend who is being married Sat- urday. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Spanish Loan Ruled Out of Foreign Aid Washinrton-W-Vice-President Barkley today ruled in Pact Countries Need Strength, President Says Blank-Check Power Executive Adds Washington