Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 11, 1949, Winona, Minnesota
SHOWERS TONIGHT, WARM FRIDAY FM RADIO IS PERFECT RADIO VOLUME 49, NO. 149 WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, AUGUST 11, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES Mundt Charges'Bribery Invitation Ali-Night Search Fruitless Nature Boy at Large In Hills Near LaCrescent By Staff Writer La Crescent, and weary, three Republican-Herald staff members willingly called a halt to an all-night search for Nature Boy at 2 a. m. today. What started as a lark was transformed into an almost terrifying experience. The jour- nalists agreed unanimously that further phases of the man- hunt will come to pass in the reassuring company of Sheriffs George Fort and Beryl Kerri- gan. From the sloping pasture of the Lloyd Williams farm, three miles east of La Crescent, we began our ascent up the south bluff, away from the deep ravine. It was 10 p. m. Within a half hour, we were soaked to the bone with rain and sweat. Our three-cell flash- light had gone haywire, and Photographer Merritt Kelley had dropped the flash mechan- ism off his camera in the dense, soggy brush. We climbed steadily at the start, but about half way up the steep, wooded bluff, the flashlight konked out. There was no trail. Unlike Tuesday night when the' sky was clear and the countryside was bathed in bright moonlight, there was a dense, wet mist blanketing us. Should we turn back? Unani- mously we agreed to press "a bit farther at least." In the silent darkness, we felt our way, sometimes crawling, sometimes slipping. When the hillside became so steep had trouble get- ting sufficient footing, we trav- ersed to the north and groped across a rocky cliffside. We had to pause for wind. It was about that time that the mist lifted and there was (Continued on Page 9, Column 7.) NATURE BOY Lesion Told Nation Gasoline Famine Will Depend on VetsNes Chicago in For Civil Leadership Truckers Strike Chicago possible gaso St. of the nation in 20 years and for a long time thereafter will rest almost exclusively in the hands of the present veteran group, Perry Brown, American Legion national commander, said every phase of national life, veterans will hold down key Brown said in a speech prepared for the 31st annual convention of the 3Ka department of'the Legion. Approximately were.on hand for the start of one of the largest gatherings In the departments history. Since April hound strike Brown predicted that "at least one-third of the country's total vote" will be cast by veterans and mem- bers of their immediate families 20 years hence. "The nation has a right to ask: 'How will these fellows think? What is their reasoning? What will they offer in the way of "There are some who worry about the age-old the xveteran considers himself a citizen or veteran first. The answer is very Brown said. Citizen First "When he took off his uniform he had a new understanding of demo- cracy. Because he had learned it the hard way, it stuck with him and now he Is a better, more reliable and more valuable citizen." Speaking of communism, Brown said, "I think the American Legion can be pardoned for taking pride in the record we have made down through the years. You know, there was a time not so long ago when it was considered unfashionable to oppose communism and the other un-American doctrines in this coun- Modern Drugs Help Conquer Bubonic Plague Santa Fe. N. M. science is achieving a smashing victory over bubonic plague which once brought death to more than famine faced the nation's second Cities run. largest city today as drivers of tiucks carrying gas to filling sta- tions went on strike. The strike was voted unanimous- ly last night at a ten-minute meet- ing of members of local 705 of the A.P.F. International Team- sters union. They decided because of a wage. dispute not to wheel their tank half its victims. Two cases of the' disease have Greyhound Bus Strike Ended, Service Resumed All Routes to Be In Operation By Next Week The Northland Greyhound bus I strike, which has caused serious in- convenience particularly to short- trippers in the area, is over. Today will see the partial resto- Iration of bus service'into Winona land intermediate points in three di- jrections. j At 6 p. m. today a Greyhound ibus is scheduled to arrive from Man- kato at the bus station in the Park hotel. That will mark the restora- tion of service. At p. m: a second bos will arrive: From the Twin Cities. At the Mankato bus will re- turn on that route and at p. m. the Twin Cities bus will lecve for Chicago. Other buses are slated to re- sume the remaining schedules to- morrow. When all schedules are in opera- tion, Winona has daily: Two buses from Mankato, two to Mankato, three on the Twin Cities-Chicago and on toe Chicago-Twin War Assets Employe Aided Hunt, Claim TOO Million Surplus 'Deal' Hinted in Letter 27, when the Grey- began, Winona has only had the into-Wisconsin serv- ice of the Badger State Transpor- tation Company and the Stewart Bus the latter has a Nelson, Wis.-Rochester bus, with which the local bus makes direct connections. End of the Northland Greyhound strike was announced last night, and the firrt of its buses were back Families Diy Out their dead at Pelileo, Ecuadorean town smashed by earthquake. Hundreds died amid such desolation. Violent earth movement shook off plastered walls and tiled roofs and collapsed the homes. (A. P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) A A -v _ U1.1C J.1H li UA ILd C rigs to the gas stations that on tije highways in the Twin Cities supply the city. i vicinity this morning. E. Wood, secretary-treasurer! A o Olson, Nort Olson, Northland general of the local, said that arrange-1 manager said full schedules on all ments had to supply routes woula probably not be re- sumed until early next week. He reported equipment must be re- jasoline and oil for essential pur- poses, The-police department, fire de- partment, newspapers, motor bus line, funeral home vehicles, am- bulances, taxicabs, and livery cars would get gas, Wood said." Union officials estimated the ci- ty's gas stations would run dry in three days. Wood reported that locals in Ga- try. found in New Mexico, butjry sufferers are getting thanks to modern drugs. Dr. Vernon Link, plague spec-; ialist who diagnosed the two Newjieaa. Mexico cases, said yesterday _mod- j ern drugs have brought a drama- tic improvement for both victims. The plague was known as black and Hammond, Ind., and sub Maywood, W____ South Chicago, and to follow furnished and stations organized. In some cases, he said, former em- ployes have taken other jobs and must be replaced. Michael Mastrian, president of the A.F.L. Amalgamated Motor Coach Employes local 150 declared the strike ended at 6 p. m. Wednesday after employes had voted to 112 to accept the company's latest just Bus Crash Death Toll Rises to 16 are in these Wood told the ____ that their demand for an hour raise had not been Legion bucked the tide. We death in the middle ages when i more than 50 per cent as we saw them ing it. And yet, history will show that the current national awareness of communism's threat was stimu- lated at almost every step by Amer- ican Legion activities. As far back as 1921, the Legion at its national convention urged passage of legis- lation to provide severe penalties for inciting the overthrow of the government by violence. The foltow- ing year, the convention came out against recognition of Russia by the U. S. on the grounds that the Soviet government was 'a.dangerous experiment tending to the destruc- tion of the national commander said, New Laws Asked Brown called for new laws regu- lating communism if the ones on the books prove ineffective. Brown, whose home is in Beau- mont Texas, ivas flown to St. Paul last niBht by Roscoe Turner, former speed pilot. drug strepto- mycin saved the life of a ten-year- Wood said that the employers had offered cents. The chairman of the employers a top rate of 6.45 cents per instead of the previous six 25 cents daily for making out starting next January 1. drew a 12 Mr 11 cents of amount retroactive to January and another cents hourly border The is a, 87- wr penicmin l I e _ nf tSrT f treated! An employer-union meeting has H trated eande aTeomycinejbeen tentatively set for 1 p. m. to- week" slated at the start of 1950. The company's 450 buses operate i Minnesota, North and South Da- L kota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, i Wisconsin, Montana and Manitoba, Canada. strike is expected to halt de- Harriman Cites Russ Toughness In Arms Talk SHIIwater Man Library on war, revolution peace, founded in 1915. 75th Birthday Celebration The occasion was his 75th birth- day celebration, sponsored by the university in tribute to its most famous son, a graduate of its first class in 1895. President Truman's message of congratulations and good wishes was among the [thousands which came from all over 'the world. Some of, them oame from foreign lands where Hoover's administration of (Text of Address on Page 8.) Palo Alto, nation today had the sober warning of its only living former President that its spending policies, if unchecked, will rob posterity of its inheritance. Former President Herbert Hoover, in a, significant address, asserted last night, that the United, States "is blissfully driving down the back road to collectivism at top speed." "We have not had a great sociali- zation of he said, "but we are on the last mile to col- lectivism through governmental collection and spending of the sav- ings of the people." The country's President from 1929 to 1933 spoke before an esti- mated persons in the beauti- ful grass-carpeted Laurence Frost Memorial bowl on the Stanford un- iversity campus, virtually In the livery of about gallons of gas a day in the struck area. Killed Dy I Tain Airline officials stated that if the istrike began to hit their operations St. Paul Stinger, 50, they would fuel outside the Chi-IStillwater, a Washington county cago area. Railroads haul fuel oil road worker, was_ killed nearWitn- for diesels operating here in their own tank cars and would not be affected. There has been no previous strike of this kind in the Chicago area. Washington W. Averell Harriman, Marshall plan ambas SPIn an interview last night. Brown sador to Western Europe, said to- Jri vouth ii "taking over" the Le- day that the U. S. faces a "deter- know of no" Legion post in mined, ruthless and persistent" op- the nation that has not had at least one veteran of World War II as its Brown said, "and that is as it should be." A torchlight parade last night by the 40 and 8, Legion fun organiza- tion, preceded the convention open- ing. The annual memorial parade is set for tonight. At a joint session of the Legion and Auxiliary later today, a 000 check was to be presented to the University of Minnesota for heart disease research. the administration's foreign arms pro Idaho Forest Fire Under Control McCall. Idaho Despite high winds. weary men were re- ported gaining in their battle to corral a forest fire on the Salmon river which has charred morej than acres of timber. John T. Mathews, Payette forest supervisor, said last night if the 35-mile-per-hour wind eased his shock troops would get the blaze under control. Meanwhile smoke jumpers srround crews were sent to worst of 37 smaller blazes set by lightning in the Payette and Boise National forests. More than men are work------------------- irur around the clock to clear a nowhere near winning his fight on fire line around the Salmon river the pact but he gave it plenty of blaze. trouble. and the pouent in Russia, and urged full approval of gram. "These forces must be met with equal determination and persever- he told the Senate foreign relations and armed services com- mittees. "We cannot relax with ear- ly Harriman said lhat he has been "gravely concerned over the threat to freedom and peace" that it posed by Russia, and added: "I am today convinced that through the actions we have taken and are proposing to take, the maintenance of peace and freedom is within our reach." Harriman who once was ambas- sador to Moscow, said it is his conviction that U. S. security "can be immeasurably increased" by arming the military forces of West- ern Europe. Backers of the arms program have been cheered by: 1. Word that Senator Taft (R- Ohio) won't lead a fight against it. 2. Strong support from the mili- tary chiefs. Taft, chairman of the G.O.P. po- licy committee, told a reporter he probably will vote against the plan of arming friendly nations'. But he the the added he will not spearhead opposition as he did against North Atlantic treaty. Taft came row yesterday when his motorized grader was' struck by a Soo Line passenger train. Stinger's was the sixth death recently along the 15- mile stretch of Soo Line tracks in that area. Hoover Cites Danger Earth Shocks Of U. S. Collectivism Bloomington, Ind. A 30- Cause Panic In Quake Area Quito, Ecuador earth shocks were reported las night in already ravaged Ambato center of the area struck by series ,of disastrous earthquake which began last week. s? Washington Senator Mundt (R-S.D.) heatedly charged today that a letter written by a War As- sets administration employe to James V. Hunt, in August, 1947, was a "blatant invitation for brib- ery or connivance of some kind." Mundt, a member of the Senate investigations subcommittee, spoke out after a committee investigator had read the contents of a letter which he said was written by Clar- 'ence H. Oehler to Hunt. Another letter told of Oehler ob- taining for Hurt match covers with "White House" "H. H. and "H. S. T." printed on them, Hunt, now a Washington business counselor, has been a prime figure :n the committee's inquiry into ac- ivities of "five duals who seek out government contracts for others for a fee. The committee investigation pre- viously has developed that Hunt or- dered books of match folders bear- ing the imprint "swiped from Har- ry S. Truman." Hunt said then hat he was acting at ;the request of the White House. Vaughan Mentioned "H. H. V." are the initials of Major General Harry H. Vaughan, President Truman's military aide, whose name has figured in the in- quiry. Francis D. Flanagan, committee investigator, said- Oehler was warehouse specialist for the W.A.A. in the western area at the time he wrote letters to Hunt, for- strong merly a- consultant for W.A.A. in Washington. Oehler, now with the American a Industrial Development corpora- tion of St. Louis, was in the room during Flanagan's testimony. The committee also planned to houses, previous tremors, collapsed, broadcast did not say whether there were any new casualties. Relief forces meanwhile pushec additional supplies into the stricken area, where the government esti- mates persons were killed last week. Witnesses reported today one of the most fantastic pranks of Ecua- iversity campus, virtually In the the most fantastic pranks of Ecua- shadow of the Hoover Institute and year-old Army sergeant died today earthquake the on war. revolution and buras suffered yesterday f uttle village of Libertad and its Greyhound bus in which 15 other persons death. He was Sergeant Dale Aikman of Kokomo whose wife and two children died in the burning bus. He had-been the only one of the 13 survivors to be seriously injured. Sergeant Aikman and his family were returning to Camp Campbell, Ky., after visits with relatives in Kokomo and Laporte, Ind. of investigators, fragments of aj surrounding fields sank feet straight down into the eath. The town, with a population of about 100 persons, just disappeared Where it once stood is a gaping hole half mile in diameter and feet deep. The strange tale was told by Three crews charred where Hoover's administration of Greyhound bus today in an attempt relief established his name as a t why it carried 15 persons military and medical officers re- turning from the quake area south I of here near Pelileo, hardest hit [city where thousands died. They !said they were shown the big sink troop great humanitarian." Hoover headed a special com- mission on government organiza- tion which recently completed a two-year study with a report re- commending economies of four bil- lion dollars a year. In his talk, broadcast by the four major networks, he said: "My word to you, my fellow citi- zens, on this seventy-fifth birthday is this: The founding' fathers dedi- cated the structure of our govern- ment 'to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our poster- ity'. We of this generation inherited .this precious blessing. Yet as spendthrifts we are on our way to rob posterity of its inheritance." tl. S. Qualities Alive "The American people have solv- inthe region ui me ICSIWAI. Flames Shooting hundreds of feet in the air at Palmer, Mass., attracted people as far away as Springfield, Mass., after two large storage tanks of illuminating gas and several smaller tanks blew up at the plant of the Home Gas Corporation. (A.VP. Wirephoto to The Republicaa-Herald.) ed many great crises in national to learn why it carried 15 persons to flaming death yesterday. An even grimmer investigation moved slowly ahead at an emer- gency morgue in the National Guard armory. There weary officials and dazed relatives tried to identify the last of the bodies of the victims. Five bodies remain unidentified. Investigators for the Interstate Commerce commission, Indiana state police and Greyhound Lines were going through the wreckage at the Greyhound garage in Indian- apolis. They would say little, but Super- intendent Arthur M. Thurston of state police stated that .a prelimin- ary examination had disclosed "no evidence of mechanical' failure." Earlier, Driver Wayne Cranner, 25, o------------------------ Indianapolis, had said, "it seemed j charged the state investment State Investment Group to Meet With Youngdahl St. Paul Governor Young- dahl today scheduled the initial meeting of the advisory commit- tee on investment of state funds for a.m. Wednesday, August ?4. The advisory committee was cre- by the governor after he had The qualities-------------- of integrity, of conscience courage still live in our people. It is not too late to summon these qualities." Assailing new federal and state (Continued on Page 8, Column 7.) HOOVER Radke Accused By Golling St. Paul F. Radke of Sanborn today became the latest on the list of county commission- ers accused of taking bribes. Richard Golling, state public ex- aminer, last night filed a complaint charging Radke with-accepting in connection with the purchase of a grader for Cottonwbod county last October. Golling reported Jerome Butler, salesman for the George T. Ryan Company, St. Paul equipment deal- ers, paid Radke the last March after selling the county the motor grader at a price of Radke's term as county commis- sioner expires in 1953, steering gear went out, Either that or we had a tire blow- out. I don't know what happened." Mrs. Arminta Brown, 61, Indian- apolis, one of those killed, was the mother of the late Wild Bill Cum- mings, who won the 1934 Indian- apolis Motor Speedway 500-mile race and was killed just ten years ago in a traffic accident. Her hus- Homer G. Brown, 55, also died in the wreck. The bus, southbound from In- dianapolis to Evansville, burned jmimttee on SULLC oianapoiis "The unanimous response that W.A.A. in a reduction of personnel, after striking a bridge abutment i received from such a distinguish- "I was trying to build myself north of Bloomington on state road led group of men indicates the high up with Colonel Hunt so I would board's minutes were falsified by its secretary, Charles Foster, to conceal a commitment for pur- chase of in Arkansas bonds. committee on state investments. 37. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and able cloudiness with local showers tonight, low 72. Friday partly cloudy, local afternoon. Rather warm 5nd humid, high Fri- day 88-90. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 90; minimum, 72; noon, 84; precipitation, .48; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow at Additional weather on page 17. of organization and to discuss any Youngdabl to Talk the Chamber of Canadian club. Commerce and last July 16. Flanagan said the correspond- ence which he read to the commit- from Hunt's files, was aroused when the investigator read a letter dated August 15, 1947, which referred to an August 7 letter from Hunt to Oehler. In the letter, Oehler told Hunt of plans to sell in his area automo- tive parts worth about in acquisition value. Oehler wrote ihat "I will direct the program." He added that "I carte blanche to sell them now on nego- tiated or bid or add lot sale." Confidential Information The letter said "This is confiden- tial information." Flanagan said the words "confidential informa- tion" were underlined. The letter told Hunt "the time is ripe" to get into operation. It went on to say that he thought some manufactur- ers and dealers "can make a good deal procuring these parts." Mundt then spoke out. He also wanted to know if there was any- thing in the letter that offers "any justification for a War Assets ad- ministration employe passing along this secret information." Hunt's earlier letter quoted him. as saying "our good friend Harry" sent me an autograph of one of our ambassadors and asked about getting some match covers made for him. Oehler's reply said: "You say Harry V. wants to have match sets for an ambassador. Okay can do." Oehler went on to say he had had a "long talk" in Detroit with Bufus Matthews, whom he identified as General Feldman's "right hand man." (This was an apparent reference to Major General Herman Feld- man, Army quartermaster general suspended by secretary of the Army1 Gordon Gray along With Waitt July The proposed sale of the auto- ULLuS f The governor sent the following matic parts then was disclosed, letter to the seven committee Oehler Wanted Security members: Oehler took the witness stand "I want to take this opportunity and in reply to questions said he for expressing rny appreciation to never received any pay or promise you for your acceptance of my In- of pay. from Hunt. He told the vitation to serve om the advisory Senate subcommittee he was con- cerned he might lose his job with iCU. ineui sense of public service that you have a future Oehler declar- men have. ed. "In order that the work of the In reply to a question by Sena- committee may get started with- tor Hoey (D.-N. Oehler said out too much delay, I am calling Hunt never had solicited any of an initial meeting on Wednesday the information furnished to him morning, August .24 for the purpose by Oehler. He added: "Any information I gave Colon- matters that may have relevance el Hunt was of a public nature. to the work, of the committee." None of it was confidential." Hoey asked: "Did you mark it confidential just to fool Mr. Oehler: right." William Rogers, chief committee Fort William, Ontario (51 Gov- counsel, saying he was reading ernor Youngdahl of Minnesota last questions submitted by Hunt's at- night accepted an invitation to be torney, asked Flanagan if there the principal speaker here August was any Indication that Hunt ever 22 at a joint luncheon meeting of Oehler any money. j "None that we Flanagan answered.