Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1949, Winona, Minnesota
FAIR, WARM TONIGHT, SUNDAY FM RADIO IS PERFECT RADIO VOLUME 49, NO. 145 WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, AUGUST FIVE CENTS PER COPY FOURTEEN PAGES Ambato, Ecuador. Quake Kills500 1 I _______ 'Nature Boy' at Bay Bloodhounds, Posse Trace Bearded Stranger to Barn Rennebohm Signs Veterans Housing Bill State to Provide for Building Loans Republican-Herald photo Mrs. Theresa Williams, at whose farm near La Crescent, the bearded man has been seen during several prowls, points to a water trough from which the man snatched bottles of soft drinks, beer and milk during prowls in the last six weeks. Mrs. Williams' daughter, Miss Marie Glynn encountered the stranger on one oc- casion and gave authorities a description of the man. Republican-Herald photos An armed guard was station- ed at the barn on the Al wieser farm near La Crescent, Minn, today where a mysterious beard- ed prowler is believed to have taken refuge after a chase by bloodhounds and a sheriff's posse last night. Shown hi up- per photo in front of the barn, left to right, are Wieser, Ronald Shepardson and Charles Boma, both of La Crescent, Houston County Deputy Sheriff Elmer (Happy) Hill and Special Depu- ty Wellington Stinson. In lower photo, right, Stinson points his shotgun at the haymow in which the stranger is believed to be hiding while one of Wieser's daughters looks on. The Alsops U.5. Well Digger In India By Stewart AIsop New Delhi, an Indian village on 'the outskirts of New Delhi, a little crowd is gathered round an awkward-looking piece of machinery which comes from far- away California. It is a well-driller, Credit' Move Benefits Government By Charles Molony Washington The government, which this week began bor- rowing to-meet: its ba the. chief gainer from the newest Madison, Wis. A Wiscon- sin veterans' housing bill, provid- ing for loans and grants, became law yesterday with the signature of Governor Oscar Rennebohm. Eighty per cent of the I veterans' fund is earmarked for j loans under the new law. The other '20 per cent is for grants to county, jcity or village housing authorities. Veterans will be able to borrow up to to build a home. They can have the money for 20 years at two per cent interest but Imust have a five .per cent equity I in it before the state will provide additional money. Veterans' non-profit corporations or veterans' cooperative associa- tions wm be eligible for loans is 20 per cent per. unit. The state cannot grant a local housing authority more than ten percent of a project's cost. In case there is a light demand for loans between now and June 30, 1950 the emergency board can change the division of the veterans' fund, providing 60. per cent for loans and 40 per cent for grants. The veterans' fund was set up two years ago for grants to hous- ing authorities. The state supreme Heat Wave Kits Western U.S. Chicago The hottest weather of the summer season has hit some of the Western states. The hot belt covered the north ern plains, the Rocky Mountain and plateau states. The mercury topped 100 yesterday at several places and was in the high 90's over wide areas. Similar readings were forecast today and some of the hot weather-was expected to move into parts of Minnesota, Ne- braska and Iowa. Glasgow, Mont., and Phoenix, Ariz., reported a high of 105 yes- terday and the top of Salt Lake City was 102. Topping those marks was Las Vegas, Nev., -vith 109. Temperatures were above nor- mal in the northeastern states and about normal in other parts of the country. Skies generally were clear but there were some thundershow- ers In the South Atlantic states and light rain in eastern Wisconsin and upper Michigan. 'easy credit' move by the Federal Reserve board.. The board yesterday ordered a cut in reserve requirements the pro- portion of deposits that banks may not order to make an extra available for loan or investment this month. It was the third time this year of biting down hundreds through earth and solid capable of feet rock, in a few hours. The peasants from the nearby village look at it with curiosity mixed with awe. It is mercilessly hot. This is be- fore the monsoons have begun to take effect, and as far as the eye can see the earth has a Bracked dusty di'yness. The sweating In- dian crew does something com- plicated to the driller. It bites deeper into the earth down to more than 300 feet. Then suddenly out of a big nozzle comes a thick, dirty, steady flow of water. It runs down shallow ditches, out and over the parched land. This scene may have been singed such scenes have been staged before by governments anx- ious to Impress foreigners. But un- less this reporter is very easily duped, there was nothing staged aboat the reactions of the village peasants when the water poured out over the fields. They made odd little praying gestures .with their together before their faces, diking 'stieir heads and grinning, jrhey were so ob- viously happy that they made the onlooker smile sympathy. THIS WELL; WOULD TRIPLE or quadruple thij yield from their fields, would gJive them two or three crops a instead of one. By Gordon Holte La Crescent, Minn. A light-fingered "Nature Boy' whose pilfer- ings have plagued distraught farm residents near here for the past six weeks apparently was at bay today trapped in the hayloft of a barn where he is believed to have sought refuge after a moonlit midnight chase by bloodhounds and a sheriff's posse. Described as bearded and un- kempt, the stranger has been for- aging about the country side for nearly two months, existing on fruits and nuts picked from the thickly wooded bluffs and farm produce snatched in raids "on vari- ous farms in the area. With no clue -as to the man's identity or reason for his roaming, in the area, authorities of both Houston and Winona county lasl night received a report that the 2 Killed While Fighting Forest Fire in Montana owned by Mrs. Helena, least three men died and about seven are miss-1 Bit ing m a forest fire which roared un-1 Bloodhounds from the George 6 Calves Hide In Silo Pit As Barn Burns Shawano, Wis. Farmer Howard Ladwig figured his six calves were lost when a fare swept his barn last night, but the enterprising bovines weren't so Reds Prepare Followers for Greek Defeat Trieste, Free Territory The Italian news agency Astra said today that communist guerrillas had decided to appeal to the United Nations to halt the war in Greece. Astra said the decision was court declared it was unconstitu- reached in an extraordinary meet- tional hut did not rule on the cpn-jjjjg leaders shortly af- stitutionality of the taxes that pro- ter vided the funds. Liquor and wine taxes were doubled in 1947 to raise the money. Governor Rennebohm also signed a bill setting up a five-day 40-hour work week for state off Ice. employ r es at Madison. At- present, they work 38 hours spread over six days. The new law also calls for an ef- for to work out plans for a 40-hour sure. Ladwig 22 cows escape, but the calves, in and neighbors helped theVoardTartnus the-rk week for employes in penal, supply of loan funds available, be- charitable and educat on- sides taking such other business- bracing steps as removal of con- sumer credit restrictions, and mak- ing it easier to buy stocks on cred- another part of the barn, couldn't I investors. it. Neither of the previous cuts in bank reserve requirements, the latest of them in early May, made even a dent in the record-making, 27-week-long. drop in bank loans to business. That drop lasted until this past week. As businessmen shied away from borrowing money for the purchase of goods they might get stuck with Jn a price decline, they sought other ways to invest their money. One result was heavy purchases of government securities from other' be reached. The farmer stood byj helplessly while the hay filled building burned to the ground. Then they heard sounds of move- ment in the six-foot deep concrete silo foundation attached to the barn. There packed into the cool depths were groggy from six calves, smoke and slightly lack of al institutions and field services. leaders shortly af- Greek government launched 70 Per Cent Of Houses in City Destroyed Relief Rushed To Mountainous Inland Region Washington Five hundred persons died in an earthquake which destroyed 70 per cent of the homes in Ambato, Ecuador, yesterday, the Ecuadorean embassy said It was informed in an official bulletin from its government today. Dr. Alfonso Moscoso, minister counselor at the embassy, gave this account based on the bulletin re- ceived by radio: Ambato, a city of which is the center of the textile industry in the highlands of Ecuador, suf- fered greatest damage in the quake that struck a number of mountain cities and towns yesterday. Five hundred persons died in Am- bato alone. Seventy per cent of its homes were destroyed and the remaining 30 per cent were made uninhabitable. Other smaller towns nearby were shaken but did not suffer much severe damage. Cathedral Towers Fall Centuries-old cathedral towers were shaken down, a military bar- racks collapsed on conscripts and in one area a train was derailed. An eyewitness broadcasting from Ambato said many of the dead were children who were studying their catechism in the cathedral when the quake knocked over the stone structure. The Quito observatory said the earthquake's destruction was cen- tered about 60 miles south of Quito, a big drive in the Mount Gram- mos-Vitsi sector. Astra claimed' that chief aid to the guerrillas now is concentrated in Albania and Bulgaria following Yugoslavia's decision jto- seal its borders with Greece. Meanwhile the agency added, all the cominform's propaganda guns are preparing for a possible guer- rilla defeat in Greece with broad- side attacks against what they call the "double-faced" treachery of AiloWulALlWiAO OiiUi ov-i rnJi. Also approved was a bill adding Yugoslav Premier Marshal Tito. 15 men to the state traffic patrol, bringing the total to 70. The traffic patrol has been oper- ating with 43 men who did all state traffic work, including the check- ing of trucks. The executive bud- get provided enough money to bring the total to 55 men. The new law adds 15 men and appropriates The governor also signed a bill authorizing the board of normal Ford Asks Delay In Strike Vote By Court Ruling high in the Guayaquil, on Andes mountains, the coast, reported I air, but none the worse for their experience. Farmer Ladwig and his neigh- bors spent the morning pushing and pulling calves out the narrow pass- ageway. man had been seen at the farm Theresa Williams east here" Bloodhounds- Used controlled through timber in a pri- mitive area northeast of here today. The U. S. Forest service's regional 'orester, P. D. Hanson of Missoula, said poor communications from the jreclpltous area, held up complete nformation on casualties. Brooks Kennels, at La Crosse and a posse including .Winona County Sheriff George Fort, Houston Coun- ty Sheriff Beryl Kerrigan and his deputy, Elmer (Happy) Hill and several farmers went immediately to the Williams farm where the blood- His statement said: "Our infor- Ihounds picked up the man's scent If the would monsoonjf failed, the Well make, qfcte literally, the lack of communications. difference betweim life and death. No witnessing this scene could help feeling a twinge of pride in the miraculous drill ful parachute leaps yesterday. which only the United States can mation at present is that out of 15 (parachutists) who jumped, two are n the hospital and two bodies have >een recovered, one is uninjured and ten are unaccounted for." The names are withheld pending notification of next of kin. The exact casualty totals could not' be immediately obtained due to at about 11 p. m., Friday. The bloodhounds led the posse 60 a circuitous route through the ra- vine in which the Williams farm is located, across several bluffs and finally to the Al Wieser'faim about one and miles from here. The -hounds led the party to a large barn at the rear of the Wieser Forest Supervisor A. D. Moir said Brooks, whose Jiounds one of the smokejumpers who es- J caped told him all 15 made success- "Then, said the 'jumper, "we were make. And no American could all enveloped in flames." He doesn't help feeling something more than know what happened to his corn- regret that the drills will not beipanions. allowed to do their miraculous! Dr. Amos R. Little, Jr., Helena, work on anything like the scale former Army paradoctor, said the which India's hunger demands. The -scene could be repeated many times, for throughout vast areas of ihis huge, sun baked land there j is known to be water not far below the surface. But the (Continued on Page 8, Column 1.) ALSOPS two' hospitalized men are in fair condition. They are Joseph Silvia, a University of Minnesota student, and Bill Hellman, Kalispdl, Mont. All boats in the Helena area ,were being used to rash reinforcements down the Missouri river to men battle desperately.in the pic- turesque gates ol the mountain area. been used on countless man- hunts in Wisconsin and Minnesota, told authorities that he believed that the man had hidden himself somewhere In the 106-foot-long in the large hayloft that is nearly filled with hay. The dogs were kept at the farm until daybreak but were unable to pick up any scent of the man that might indicate that he had left the barn, Soon after authorities reached the barn last night, the group en- tered the hayloft'and conducted an (Continued on Page 3, Column-3.) NATURE BOY Export Subsidy Rates Changed Washington The Agricul- ture department yesterday an- nounced changes in the export sub- sidy rates on wheat sold under the international wheat agreement. The rates until the grain mar- kets close Monday are: 29 cents per bushel at gulf ports compared with 26 "cents today; 23 cents at east coast ports compared with 22 today; and 31 cents at west coast ports, unchanged from today. The changes reflect correspond- ing changes in prices of wheat at the respective port areas. Duluth Holding Centennial Fete Dnlnth Hundreds of spec- tators and costumed participants are expected to gather on the green of Leif Erikson park today for the Duluth Centennial folk festival, complete with exotic foreign jpods, lively native dance steps and ful folk costumes. Beginning at 2 p.m. the lour festival Will include Finnish; Serbian, Swedish, Greek and Irish dances; Italian, Norwegian, Swed- ish, Serbiaztf Greek, Scotch, and American music, and an old world market featuring foods from 20 na-, ions, handicraft and needlework of; foreign origin. The Duluth saga singers, _ headed; by Ruth will offer'on sale an international variety of cookies, cakes and other delicacies. Financial experts here think the same thing will occur this time, although business ing finally taken its first mild up- continue to climb un- til November while businessmen build up inventory for the fall and Christmas season. The government, on the other hand, is just getting started at bor- rowing to make up the gap be- tween its income and its gap that is expected to run to or more in the current! arts course of study colleges from two years and to grant bachelor of arts de- grees. Rennebohm vetoes three minor measures which would have: Prohibited reckless Hying or op- erating an airplane under the in- fluence of alcohol or drugs. The governor said the wording of this bill actually would have weakened existing federal regulations on the same subject. St. Cloud Has First '49 Traffic Death The first fiscal year and already has put the cloud today with the death n government over in the red.. The order will reduce the re serve requirements on time depos- its (savings accounts) from six to five per cent, on August 16 at country banks and on August 11 at all other banks. On demand deposits (checking requirements will be re- duced as follows: of I Cloud Goenner, 22, in St. hospital. She was injured Motor j Company prepared today to ask .the Michigan supreme court for a stay of the state-conducted strike vote set for Monday. It was understood, however, the company claimed the election woulc be unfair because it would be held near CI.O. United Auto Workers headquarters. In the important election, employes at Ford's Rouge and Lin- coln plants will either approve or disapprove a strike. They will vote Monday through Wednesday. This is the last legal obstacle to a full-scale walkout. Ford has announced a slight eas- ing of its previous proposal that wages be kept as they are for 18 months. The company now suggests a 12-month wage freeze. late Friday when the car.in which she was a pasenger, missed a turn, struck a tree and turned over. John Beumer, 22, St. Cloud, driver, escaped serious injury. Miss Goen- ner was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Goenner. It was St. Cloud's first traffic death since January, 1948. Rennebohm Denies Profit on Rental Boosts Madison Bennebohm says that reports he'll make extra a year under the new Wisconsin rent law are "pure The governor added that rents will not be raised in units with which he is connected and that those units were not given boosts when the federal law per- mitted 15 per cent increases two years ago. His statements were made last night in reply .to published re- ports that .the governor would benefit from the rent bill which he signed into law Saturday. The measure permits irintal boosts of, 15 or 30 per cent. The reports quoted C J.O. Na- tional Housing Director .Leo Goodman, as saying Bennebohm told a "secret meeting" in Mil- waukee July 15 that if he sign- ed the rent bill his own annual income from property he owns would-be .boosted by a year. Goodman was further quoted as saying the meeting included the governor and representa- tives of labor and religious and welfare groups. In reply, the governor brand- ed the increase as "pure' nonsense" and stated: "I do not directly own any residential property except my own home. I do have an invest- ment in a company which owns some residential property, but the total Income from the rental of these properties is little more than a year. "Furthermore, the tenants and properties that these cqm- panies control were not raised the 15 per cent allowed under the federal rent control act in 1947 and 194B and they will re- ceive no boost under the new state act." Governor Re'nnebchm added that there was "nothing secret" about the July 15 meeting in Milwaukee. U.A.W. President ney (B-S.D.) rejected this idea as he had rejected the previous proposal. The company and the union have been negotiating since June 2 on U.A.W. demands for monthly pensions, health benefits and a cost- of-living increase. Little progress has been reported. The U.A.W. conducted a strike vote among its Ford mem. bers across the nation last month and reported 7-11 approval. The state-conducted election, of course, applies only to employes in Michi- gan. It is a sort of double check by the government. Denfeld Calls Pact Arms Talk Success Paris Admiral Louis Den- feld, TJ. S. Navy member of the joint chiefs of staff, today said there is "great unanimity of opin- ion" on the way the Atlantic pact defenses should be organized. Denfeld spoke at a news confer- ence in the American embassy, which followed the talks by the American joint chiefs of staff with French, Belgian, Dutch and Por- tuguese military leaders. At the conference with Denfeld were General Omar Bradley, Army, and General Boyt Vanden- berg, Air Force. Denf eld'described as "most suc- cessful" the talks of the American officers with Western European military leaders this week; He emphasized that the talto views "to get ideas on military or- ganization" and said no decisions were made. the first shock came at p. n> (C.S.T.) and a second one followed at p. m. Although reports from other areas were still vague, Ambato appeared to be hardest hit. The Ambato broadcaster said a thirj of the city was destroyed. President Galo Plaza Lasso left for Ambato to take personal charge of rescue work. Troops were mobil- ized to give aid and to put down looting that was reported going on in the ruins of stores and homes. Residents Panic Stricken Thousands in the area were panic stricken. Many spent the night out- doors, fearing a recurrence of the earth tremors. The governor of Chimborazo pro- vince reported numerous dead and many injured to the provincial capi- tal, Riobamba. The city, with a population of is 100 miles south of Quito. The nearby town of Guano was reported almost destroyed with an undetermined number of dead and injured. A report from Guayaquil said one coach of a passenger train was over- turned near Luisa. A government announcement is- sued at Guayaquil 40 persons, mostly soldiers, were killed when a military barracks for conscripts col- lapsed at Ambato. Gurney Asks Boost In 'Hopper Funds Washington U) Senator Gur- said today he will ask Congress to approve an addi- tional appropriation to combat the grasshopper infestation in South Dakota and other agri- cultural states. The House recently approved a appropriation for grass- hopper eradication. This was in- creased by the Senate to However, conferees this week se.t ihe amount at "This Gurney said, 'simply will not do the job." He said he has conferred with agricultural authorities at the South Dakota State college who ad- vised him the situation is critical. There are so many grasshop- pers in South Dakota right now hat heavy damage to corn and alfalfa could still be caused this year, and additionally all signs joint ,1 toward an extremely heavy nfestation next he said; Gurney said he intends to ask he Senate appropriations commit- tee to add the to one of the deficiency bills which are now Congress.' WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity Generally 'air and continued warm tonight and Sunday. Low tonight .70, high Sunday 92. _ LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 92; minimum, 71; noon, were confined to an exchange of 89; precipitation, sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow .additional weather on Page 5.