Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 15, 1949, Winona, Minnesota
GENERALLY FAIR TUESDAY VOLUME 49, NO. 152 WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, AUGUST 15, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY r" PERFECT RADIO EIGHTEEN PAGES Saved in Sea Air Crash Safe Stolen at Whitehall Officers Study Similarity in Three Break-ins 500-Pound Safe Disappears from Peterson Firm Whitehall, Wis. (Special) Chewing gum, candy, 60 cents in pennies and a 500-pound safe con-, taining about in cash, checks] and bonds disappeared early Sun-j day morning in a series of rob-i beries here and at Independence. Authorities, headed by Trempea- leau County Sheriff Charles Keil- holtz, are continuing their investi- gation today, aided only by one set of fingerprints. The thefts all followed an identi- cal pattern, the sheriff pointed out, in that entrance was made by break- ing glass in the doors and opening the locks. At the Peterson Implement com- Fisherman's Luck An abandoned and locked car discovered on the highway between Independence and Whitehall, Wis. Sunday was be- lieved to have some connection with the series of robberies In that area early Sunday. Investigation showed, how- ever, that the machine was owned by Edward Maciosek, 3037 47tb Avenue South, Minn- eapolis, who left it on the side of the road while he went flsh- insr........_.. The car was towed to White- hall by authorities where finger- prints were taken before It was discovered that the owner had merely gone fishing. F.B.I. Nabs Public Enemy No. One pany the safe was: blown open with an acetelyne and then at two gas oline service stations in Independ- ence, the same procedure proved successful. x Entry Foiled However, at a third gasoline sta- tion in Independence there was a double lock on the door, and the attempted entry was foiled. Although the break-ins were not Louisville, Ky. A man tab- bed by the F.B.I, as "public ene- my No. 1" was held here today! The discovered until late Sunday morn-jai.oid confinement for robbery and (Continued on Page 10, Column had been convicted in Tennessee SAFE The Alsops Collapse Of Britain Possible By Stewart Alsop is now entirely pos sible that the collapse of Britain as a great world power will take] place within the next 12 to 181 months. That is the real mean-j ing of all the figures, all the talkj about sterling balances .and trade! deficits. If this is allowed to happen, plans for halting Soviet expansionj in the Far East, or for placing! Western Europe in a position defense, will become sheer blith- ering nonsense, simply because a strong Britain is the essential in- gredient of all such plans. If it is allowed to happen, the pre-condi- tions for a third world war will have been met. It cannot be allowed to happen. Yet it is being allowed to hap- pen. It is being allowed to happen because the threat of collapse is being met with melancholy wear- iness on this side of the ocean, and with scolding timidity on thej other. The first thing to understand) about the men who are governing! England is that they are unutter- ably weary. Sir Stafford Cripps is in a Swiss sanatorium. Ernest Be- vin has had to go to the south of France to rest. Herbert Mor- rison has been unwell for a long time. Prime Minister Clememt At- tlee, on whom the whole burden has now fallen, is being driven to toe point of exhaustion. And on the faces of the lesser officials who are trying to grapple with the British crisis you can read a grey fatigue. Like Paralysis This aching weariness in the midst of towering trouble has led to something like paralysis. As one British official said to this report- er, "If anything is really-to be done, the initiative has. got to corhe from you." The kind of initiative the United States is taking was (Continued on Page 2, Column 1.) ALSOFS Former President Herbert Hoover chats with reporters Sunday as he leaves train at Chicago's North Western station. He termed the concern aroused by his gall bladder disturbance on the train while crossing Nevada, the day before, "much ado about nothing." With Hoover is his secretary, Miss Bernice Miller, left. He is en route from his Palo Alto, Calif., home to New York. (A.P. Photo.) Hoover By New Yorkers New York Former President Herbert Hoover drew applause and cheers from a crowd at Grand Central term- inal when he arrived today from Chicago on the Twentieth Century Limited. Hoover, now IS, went directly to his suite at the Waldorf- Astoria. He said there was "much ado about nothing" over the gall bladder disturbance he suffered on the train from Cal- ifornia. The ex-President whiled away the hours on the trip playing gin rummy with his secretary, Miss Bernice Miller. Hoover was 32 cents ahead at Chicago, but wasn't sure of his standing by the time he reach- ed New York. "I think I lost a he said. Miss Miller said she was the one who lost, however. wounding of another last night. Police Chief Carl Heustis identi- fied the man as Earl D. Bircham, 45, and said he was charged with murder malicious shooting. A woman identified by Heustis as BLcham's wife, Mrs. June Birch- am, held without charge. An F.B.I, ckcular said Bircham was wanted for fleeing Kansas to on bank robbery charges. He was captured 15 minutes af- ter the officers were fired upon! as they approached an automobile! they had chased as a speeder. j Patrolman John H. Tennyson, 32, died shortly after being taken to General hospital. Patrolman John A. Boss, 22, was reported in a critical condition at the hospital today. He was shot twice under the heart. Bad Luck Still Hounds Exploration of Depths By i Heavy Smuggler's Cove, Call it bad luck or just coin- cidence, the secrets of the deep are still but a new try is coming up. After two days of delay due to rough weather and defects in mechanical equipment, Ma- rine Explorer Otis Barton will try again today to lower him- self in his "benthoscope" div- ing bell to a depth of 6000 feet below the surface of the ocean. The benthoscope itself has twice descended more than a mile. Saturday it reached 5800 feet. Yesterday it went 200 feet farther. But each time Barton elected to remain topside. He sent a motion picture camera down in the diving bell yesterday but something went wrong. The camera did not function properly. Man's hopes of peering into the mysteries of the depths again met disap- pointment. The experiment being made off Santa Cruz island at a point 35 miles southwest of Santa Barbara, Calif., has been dog- ged by a series of what a super- stitious sailor might call bad omens. Yesterday Barton lost his good-luck charm and ordered a thorough search. One just like it was found and given to Barton to relieve his anxiety. He doesn't know that the charm he now has is a dupli- cate. the 13th of August black cormorant flapped down out of the sky and landed on the benthoscope as the five- foot hollow steel ball was being hauled up from its 5800-foot dive. To some sailors, a black cor- morant is a symbol of evil. But Barton insisted on captur- ing the big, ugly sea bird and keeping him as a mascot. He has named him "Benthy." Depite the fact that the steel cable which raises and lowers the diving bell from a barge was specially designed to pre- vent the benthoscope from spinning in the water, the ben- thoscope still spins. So much so, that telephone and power lines running down the cable to the diving chamber have been damaged. The cable itself kink- ,ed and had to be cut and re- paired. If the cable should break with Barton in the diving bell, he probably would die before the benthoscope could be locat- ed on the ocean bottom and brought to the surface. Barton himself believes this is his greatest hazard. The danger from the crush- ing pressure of water at 2700 pounds per square inch compared with 15 pounds of atomspheric pressure per square inch at sea apparently has been whipped. In both deep dives, the ben- thoscope remained dry inside. Barton may not have much longer to attempt his dive. The Navy plans to set off huge" charges of T.N.T. Thursday and Friday off nearby Santa Rosa island. The will be great enough windows on the mainland 20 miles away, the so they presumably could inter- fere with the benthoscope op- erations. Mrs. Truman's Conduct Upheld In Senate Probe McCarthy Cites Deep Freezer 'Smuggling' By Marvin L. Arrowsmith Washington Senator Mc- Carthy (R-Wis.) said today an em- ploye of the company reported to have sent deep freezers to Mrs. Harry S. Truman and a number of other notables had engaged in "at- tempted smuggling activities." McCarthy emphasized that he does not think there was anything "even remotely improper" on Mrs. Truman's part. j The Wisconsin senator made hisj statement at the opening of today's! five per center hearing. The Senate j investigating committee is trying to find out whether improper influence with government officials figures in the activities of persons who charge fees for help in landing government contracts. Gross Tells Orders Albert J. Gross, a Milwaukee manufacturer, told the committee last week that his company sent deep freezers to Major General Harry H. Vaughan, President Tru- man's military aide, and a number of other prominent Washingtonians. He said the units were paid for by the Albert Verley Company, a Chi- cago perfume house. In a. statement to newsmen Sat- in-day, Vaughan said two old friends of his one of whom is associated with the Verley Company and the other reported to have been asso- ciated with it formerly gave him seven freezers in 1945, and that he Rubber Raft, arrow, with passengers from four-engined U. S. bound airliner which crashed into sea off western Ireland early today, lies alongside British trawler Stalberg as rescued come The trawler carried 47 survivors of the crash into Galway, Ireland. This airview was made by TWA plane which aided in search. (A.P. Wirephoto via radio from Paris to The Republican-! in turn friends. made gifts of them to Vaughan said he had one of the freezers sent to the "little White House" at Independence, Mo. A committee member has said he was told that Mrs. Truman sent a thank-you note for this freezer to Gross, thinking he was the donor. Mrs. Truman Cleared At today's session McCarthy said: "I feel there is nothing in the record suggesting that there was anything even remotely improper on the part of Mrs. Truman. She is the type of lady who is incapable of do- ing anything improper. "I don't think she knew anything about the" perfume company's con- nection with John Maragon. "I am sure, for example, she knew nothing about the attempted smug- gling activities on the part of an I employe of this company." Maragon is a former Kansas City (bootblack who once had a V'hite [House pass and who has said Vaughan is a good friend of his. Two weeks ago the committee be- gan investigating a report that Ma- ragon was involved in a customs duty incident in 1946. The committee based its investi- gation on a story which appeared in the New York Herald Tribune. The newspaper said it was report- ed that Maragon had been charged duty on a supply of valuable perfume essence he was said to have brought back from Europe. The paper said the customs charge was made after an alert customs guard had discovered the essence. Wisconsin Has 28 New Polio Cases By The Associated Press House Group Approves Full Foreign Aid Washington House for' eign affairs committee today ap- proved the full, amount President Truman for Western Eu- rope arms aid. The committee, however, split it up between cash and contract authority. The committee also refused to- include any authorization for an arms-aid program for noncommu- nist China. It split the Western Europe fund into two allotments, one to be used up to next March 31 and the other to finance the program between Syrian Rebels Shoot President, Premier Plane Misses Airport, Falls Near Ireland Gas Runs Out As Craft Follows Another to Land Oalway, Ireland Its fuel- exhausted, an American four- engined air liner bellied into the Atlantic off western Ireland in dark- ness early today. Nine of its 58 oc- cupants were killed and the rest were saved in a dramatic sea-air rescue. Among those saved was Ruth Nichols, 48, noted American avia- trix. The big Skymaster was on the Bome-to-Shannoii leg of its flight and overshot the Shannon airport. I The pilot radioed he was lost and i running out of gasoline. i Transocean Airlines, owners of the (chartered plane, said the British. j fishing trawler Stalberg and an I Irish steamer raced to the scene land soon picked up survivors. The Stalberg headed to Galway with the survivors. Forty-seven passengers were Ital- ians emigrating to Venezuela. Dived, Swam Away Some of the passengers dived into the sea and began to swim when the big four-engined Skymaster plopped down through a heavy cloudbank. Others put off from the plane in life rafts. The Stalberg found the survivors scattered over a quarter mile square of sea. Many of them suffered from shock. The Royal Air Force air-sea res- cue wing and surface vessels search- ed the area for persons still missing. Captain Edward Bessey, pilot of tne Plane- lost and nearlv two March and June 30, 1950. The President had requested to help Atlantic pact nations arm against aggression. He wanted it all in cash. The committee decided to give it this way: Cash: to be used up to next March 31, and to be used between March 31 and June 30. Contract authorization: through the explosive middle east. Colonel Sami Hennawi, 51, Syrian hero of the Palestine war the group of senior army officers who overthrew the government of thundered trying to nurse his meager gasoline supply until he reached land under led Marshal Husni Zayim. A sharp burst from a firing] 20 Red Army Officers Killed In Potsdam Plot Hamburg, Germany The British licensed German news- paper Welt Am Sonntag says 20 Soviet .army officers were killed July 25 in a plot aimed at Soviet Marshal Konstantin Rokossovsky. There was no confirmation from other sources. Nor has there been any indication of such an incident them Zayim was guilty of "con-iin reports of Rokossovsky since ceit and despotism." He said squad at the great Mazza military j barracks ended the rule of the! stocky little Zayim who had seized power four and a half months ago. Zayirn's bespectacled premier, Muhsen Bey Berazi, generally con- sidered the brains of the regime, died with him. Colonel Hennawi issued commu- niques telling of the shootings. They called the dead rulers "trai- tors" and and ordered the army and police to join forces to maintain calm. (Dispatches from Syria are sub- ject to Leaders Meet Colonel Hennawi summoned a meeting of about 50 prominent Sy- rian politicians last night. He told revolution was forced by the pres-jary cmzen Of Wroclaw, Poland, ident's reckless spending of gov- 000 000 from The House committee acted shortly after Senators Vandenberg (R-Mich.) and Dulles (R-N.Y.) had moved to shave off the European arms program. The two senators also proposed! eminent funds and his failure to up to March 31 and through on promises of re- from March 31 to June 30. L _ form. The assembled politicians, includ- ing Faris El Kliouri, Syria's dele- gate to the United Nations, called date. He was made an honor- last week. The newspaper yesterday quoted "reliable sources in the German provincial government of Brand- enburg." It said a time bomb was placed in the Potsdam marble pal- ace, timed to coincide with a on Former President Hasem Beyjception for Kokossovsky, chief of the Attassi to form a new government, i Soviet western armies. It did not say a series of amendments aimed at IHe accepted, meshing the program into a North j Hasem Atlantic defense plan to be drafted under terms of the recently-approv- ed security treaty. Vandenberg told a news confer- ence the he and Dulles', have; drafted would per- mit recapture of any equipment furnished by this country "if the program goes sour." They also would permit Congress, acting by concurrent resolution to his I whether Rokossovsky was at the time. in which does not require a presiden-ithe same position tial signature, to end ald to any) soloed The waiter who planted was said to have escaped. Forty- five other waiters who were em- ployed at the palace in a Soviet officers' club have not returned to their families since the incident, the newspaper said. A high American intelligence of- ficer in Berlin said the first his office knew of the report was from the newspaper. "We know nothing of such politician. He served as president of the republic from 1936 to 1940. Cabinet Named He named 11 men to serve in his cabinet, including Former Sy- rian Minister to Washington Nazem Kudi as minister of foreign affairs. General Abdullah Attfeh, top offi- cer in the Syrian army, was named minister of defense. Attfeh held nation at any time. Vandenberg and Dulles proposed to limit aid to Western European countries to instead lot the SI, proposed in the Zayim. or council of ministers, will assume all execu- tive as well as legislative powers until the return of parliamentary the escort of another American air liner. His engines started cutting out and he informed his escort he to ditch the plane on the sea. The plane was put down near the Aran islands, 15 miles off the west central coast of Ireland at the mouth of Galway bay. Galway is about 25 miles away. The airliner was due at Shannon at a. m., British summer time p. m., C.S.T., Sunday An hour and a half before the plane was scheduled to land the control tower here lost radio contact with it. All aircraft in the area were alert- ed to be on the lookout for the missing plane. Plane Sighted Shortly before 4 a. m., the pilot of a British Overseas Airliner re- ported he had sighted the lost plane flying 30 miles out at sea, west of the Irish coast. At about the same time, a Trans World airliner, bound.t'rom Shannon to New York, arrived on the scene. The pilot of the Transocean plane. Captain Edward Bessey of Wethers- field, Conn., radioed he was lost and running out of gas. Captain Charles Adams, at the controls of the T.W-A, plane, radio- ed back: "Follow me." He swung around and started back for Shan- non, with the Transocean plane tne following. Fifteen miles from land, Bessey reported his engines were beginning to cut out. "I'll have to ditch he told Adams. Adams followed him down to within 300 feet of the water, where he ran into a cloud bank. Bessey continued on down and bellied the big Skymaster to a landing on the water. Adams dropped flares to light the area and returned to Shannon, ___ explosion or he said. "Andjwnere he unloaded his passengers we seriously doubt that such prepared to lead the rescue thing could have occurred practi- search. cally in our own back yard with- Meanwhile, the Stalberg reached out our learning of it." the scene of the emergency landing rule to the country. Speculation immediately Potsdam is about 15 miles began picking up survivors. in the Soviet zone. "There is no security the officer said. "We are diet that the program won't be Twenty-eight new cases of polio) cut by the House, but told news- were reported to the state board] men: would be most unfortu- From January 1 to August opponents may Trans-Arabian Oil Company. tigating the report as a matter of Zayim granted permission for thej procedure, but it is my frank opin- line to be built after previous that it is not founded on fact." Plane a. A j F i J, He Dill 5 IUay gcuiiwu A fl H .as Kills the program but letting Israel join Shclbyville Tenn. Bay reported two new victims. Waukesha county reported three and Chippewa and 'Dunn counties two each. Single cases were reported by: Ashland, Columbia, Dodge, Grant. La Crosse, Rock, Sheboy- gan, Vilas, Winnegabo, Wood, Wai- worth, Buffalo, Dunn, Jackson, Marathon, Langlade and Taylor counties. An iron lung was flown to La Crosse Saturday night for a victim in that National Founda- tion sent theUgmg from Kansas City. Minnesota 25 New Cases reported in Minnesota over the weekend. There were j two deaths, one in St. Paul and one in Minnea- polis. The new cases brought the have been 32 deaths. ate a single dollar to finance It would allow the reconstruction finance corporation to put on, on a reimbursement basis, 000 to get the program started. A separate appropriation bill must follow to furnish the money. A two- Letness Heads Flying Farmers Austin, Let- Neilsvffie; Saturday was elected president of the Minnesota Flying Farmers association at its annual meeting here. J. H. Poole, St. Paul Twenty five new (winnebago, was named vice-pres- cases of infantile paralysis were ident; E% R. Mertesdorf, Vernon Center, secretary_-treasurer, and Don Rugg, Rus- sell Lene, De Let- ness and T. H. Olson, Benson, were state's total for .1949 to 568. There named directors of the national engine plane from Cbanute field, communists entry. group. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST For Winona and vicinity: Gen- erally fair with little change in tem- perature tonight and Tuesday. Low tonight 65; high 'Tuesday 84. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 95; minimum, 67; noon, 84; precipitation, none. Official observations for the 24 hours ending m, today: Maximum, 92; minimum, 70; noon, 83, precipitation, none; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow at Additional'weather on Page 10. Sing two occupants. The plane came down in flames near this Bedford-county commun- ity on the Lewisburg highway, eight miles from. Shelbyville. I Cecil Bums, a nearby resident, said he saw the plane as it flutter- ed down and that he saw the bodies of the two occupants trapped in the wrecked and fiercely burning craft. The victims were not immediate- ly identified. Four Women Survivors Galway police said they under- stood, there were four women among the survivors. Three were Ameri- cans, one an Italian passenger. There were no children aboard. Transocean is the largest non- scheduled air carrier in the world. Much of the early information on the progress of rescue operations came from the line's president, Or- vis Nelson, who was at Shannon on an inspection trip. Nelson, said: "We just can't figure out what happened. The weather was fine, it's a great airplane and it had a veteran crew aboard. It looks as though they got lost some- how." The accident was the third in recent months involving a charter flight. The others were a transport which crashed into the ocean off San Juan, Puerto Rico, last June 7 with a loss of 53 lives, and a C-46 transport which crashed in Los An- geles July 12, killing 36. In addition to Bessey and Miss Nichols, the Americans, on the pitched plane 'were James Bauman, navigator; Richard Hall, co-pilot; John Moore, second officer; Ralph Albert Fisher, purser; Herbert radio operator; Robert Thomas, flight nal Order of Eagles as the group ended its national convention here. St. Cloud Man Gets Eagle Post Detroit, Mich. Schmitt of St. Cloud, Minn., Satur- day was named mid-continent re- commander; Luigina Cerabona, sec- gional vice-president of the Frater- ond stewardess, and Mrs. Grace Derr and R. M. Derr of Oakland, Calif., both company employes.