Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 16, 1949, Winona, Minnesota
GENERALLY FAIR WEDNESDAY VOLUME 49, NO. 153 WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING AUGUST 16, 1949 VELVET VOICE OF RADIO FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY-FOUR PAGES Council Asks Parking Meter Bids Wiatt Asserts Vaughan Asked Successor List 'Cocktail Party' Request Related To Senate Group Washington Major General Alden H. Waitt said today that Major General Harry H, Vaughan asked him to prepare a memoran- dum on eight officers eligible for Waitt's job as chief of the Army chemical corps. Waitt told the Senate investiga- tions committee that he thought! Vaughan, who is President Tru-j man's army aide, asked him to do so at some social haps a cocktail party." He said he could not recall the date, but said he thought Vaughani asked him to "give my my personal officers; most likely to be considered for! the post. j Further, Waitt acknowledged to] the committee, looking into activi- ties of so-died live percenters, thai he dictated the memorandum to the secretary of James V. Hunt Washington management counsel- or. Hunt has been a prime figure in the inquiry. Senator Mundt (R-S.D.) said when the memorandum was placed in evidence last week that Waitt had "cut the throats" of his broth- er officers who might succeed him as the army's chemical chief. Waitt in Uniform Waitt, a small, slightly-built man, wore his uniform with four rows of decorations as he testified. He has remained silent publicly since he was suspended. Waitt and Major General Her- man Feldman, quartermaster gen- eral, were suspended July 16 by Secretary of the Army Gray pend ing further investigation. Gray act- ed after the names of the two of- ficers were brought out In the Sen- ate Inquiry. Waitt today called Hunt "a close personal friend." Before Waitt tes- tified Lieutenant Colonel Roy themselves in a stormy ses- sion today and ordered hearings re- opened on the administration's foreign arms program. Chairman Connally (D.-Texas) of the combined Senate foreign re- lations and arms services commit- j tee, announced after a closed session Gencral Omar N. Bradley, right, takes oath as chairman of joint chiefs of staff in a Pentagon cere- mony today with Defense Secretary Louis Johnson, left, officiating. Mrs. Bradley watches at center. In rear are General Hoyt Vandenberg, left, Air Force commander, and Admiral Louis Denfeld, Navy chief of operations. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Resurfacing of Main Street Likely to Start in September Senate to Reopen Foreign Arms Talk Washington Senators re- Evans testified that Hunt claimed to have been responsible for as chemical Waitt's appointment chief. Evans said Hunt, former officer in the quartermaster corps, made the claim at a social gathering within the last year and a half. He said Hunt tried to "impress peo- ple'1 that he knew many prominent that the groups will hear a half persons. Hunt Boasts Evans said Hunt also said at the party that he was responsible 'or the appointment of Tighe Woods as housing expediter, and Jess Larson as War Assets administrator. Hunt formerly was special consultant for the W.A.A. Woods already has appeared be Council Passes Resolution to Join State Project Mam street, will be surfaced soon, probably next month. The city council Monday night passed a resolution in which it joins the Minnesota department of highways in a award for the surfacing of highway 43 in the city: On Main street from Sarnia street to Fourth street, and on the post office bridge. By previous agreement with the state, the city will pay for the post outside of the center 24 feet. dozen witnesses. They will include Henry A. Wallace and Thomas, both former minority par- ty presidential candidates. The city's share of the cost is -M I compared with an esti- jNorman matei made several months ago, of for the eight-tenths of fore the committee looking into thejsenate activities of "five a mile of bituminous paving. That Connally said the additional hear-estimate including a charge for -11 i engineering services, but the com- ings, starting tomorrow, will reoeived by the coun- about two days. jcil last night did not indicate wheth- He said he doubts now that thejer engineering costs are included can vote this week on in the bill. Winning bidder is Fielding five percent, for their help in seek- ing out government contracts. The committee yesterday also questioned: Albert J. Gross, Milwaukee manufacturer who told the committee last week that he shipped the home freezers to Vaughan and other prominent Washingtonians. Robert Quirk, vice-president of a Cudahy, Wis., firm which made some of the freezer cab- inets. Harry Hoffman, Milwaukee advertising man named by Vaughan as one of the donors of the freezers. Barton Calls Off Foot Dive Smuggler's Cove, rine Explorer Otis Barton has called off, at least temporarily, his attempt to descend feet below the surface. Beset for three days by mechanical difficulties and rough weather. Bar- ton yesterday had himself hauled back to. the surface after being low- ered in his diving bell to feet. This is probably the deepest any man has ever gone alone. He and Naturalist William Beebe set the current diving record of feet off Bermuda in 1934. In yesterday's dive, Barton said he saw a sausage-shaped light, ap- parently some sort of fish; a "beau- tiful eel" and a jellyfish giving off a golden glow. No U.S. Depression, A.F.L Council Says Toronto, Canada ex ecutive council of the American Federation of Labor said yester- day there was no depression in the United States. It blamed "a good deal of the talk" of a business recession on a "deliberate propaganda cam- paign to clamp the brakes on wages." The council is holding its quart- erly meeting here. for the House foreign affairs committee. Senators scheduled an afternoon closed session to talk over with Sec- retary of Defense Johnson a re- port from General Douglas Mac- Arthur covering the strategic situ- ation in the Japan-Korea area. Administration acceptance had been forecast earlier for some of a series of amendments offered by Senators Vandenberg (R.-Mich.) and Dulles (R.-N. Y.) to the for- Sheply, Inc., St. airport surfacing City En- gineer W. O. Crlbbs told the coun- cil that he had been informed that the contractor will start about Sep- tember 15. It is the Intention of the coun- cil to ask the contractor for a bid on surfacing Main streets between third and Fourth streets and pos sibly also that portion of -Main street south of Sarnia street. The communication from the de- partment of highways said that ------------o DuHes proposed: cf that the Senate slice bid, a St. Cloud off the total principally through iflrm- wmch bld cutting out aid to West- ern European countries to get their own arms production going. By a vote of 14 to five, the House foreign affairs committee last night approved a bill carrying the full total, although split between cash Monday after police testified they and contract authority. House lead- ers, encouraged by this vote, aimed at floor action on the bill tomorrow or Thursday. Gets 15-Day Term Wausan, Wis. Paul Megan was sentenced to 15 days in jail found him beating his 87-year-old tog with Prime Minister Stalin in mother. Neighbors who heard the elderly woman's screams called po- lice to the Megan home. the Kremlin last night was a shortly before midnight Monday. 'courteous pleasant visit." The conversation lasted about 45 minutes. It was the first time any Double Airing Likely On Arkansas Bonds St. Paul The Arkansas bond deal possibly may get a double airing in Governor Youngdahl's office on August 26. The chief executive already has called the state investment board to meet that' date to con- sider investment of which State Auditor King yes- terday certified is not required for current state business. Last night, it was indicated the governor may summon a council meeting to act on tim- ber permits, as requested by the conservation department. But the meeting could consider other matters. For instance, the Arkansas bond deal wherein the governor has demanded the resignation of Charles Foster, investment board secretary. The council is the agency which has authority to hire and discharge in that office. The governor seeks Foster's discharge, charging that he fal- sified records in connection with the Arkansas bond pur- chase while the chief executive was absent from the city. The council, at its last meeting June 22, refused charge Foster. Attorney Gener- al Bumquist, a member, said he wanted more time to study the case. He has been silent since regarding any findings as result of what he said was his "independent investigation." in his letter to the gov- ernor concerning the surplus funds, said "I know of no cir- ;cumstance which would justify a delay in making1 the invest- ment of this Even at one per cent, that amount will return the state in E, year, or more than per day." An Infant With Sharp Appetite Kansas City, Kan. Mike was hustled to a hospital yesterday because his mother thought he had swallowed a safety pin. Physicians found the pin, stuck in a tonsil, and removed it. Nine-months-old Mike grin- ned happily and his mother, Mrs. Maurice O'Shea, remark- ed he is quite a lad for swal- lowing things. "The first time it was his she recalled. "I got to him in time to grab the toe. Another time he bit the nipple off his bottle and swallowed half of it. "The time he cleaned out an ash tray full of cigarets and pa- per matches he was slightly green. I put some adhesive tape on. his thumb and he swallowed the tape. He also ate the feet off a plaster of paris doll." Physicians, on general sus- picions, eyed Mike thoroughly with an X-ray. They found a metal fence staple in his in- testines. The doctors decided to leave the staple alone. It has already passed into the lower intestine. U. S. Ambassador Talks With Stalin By Thomas P. Whitney Moscow S. Ambassador Alan G. Kirk said today his meet- Truman Calls Reorganization Plan Conference 130 Mil! Employes Of Bay State Plan Strike at 4 P. M. A strike of 130 employes of the'pany representatives met all Mon- Bay State Milling Company, mem- I day afternoon with. Conciliator E. bers of the American Federation of I M. Thompson of the state labor Grain Millers local 133, is schedul- conciliator's office. ed to begin at 4 o'clock this after- At the conclusion of the meeting, noon. i Lhe company said it proposed a Decision to strike, said Albert J. j wage increase, for all employes of Miller, president of the union, was reached late Monday at a meeting at the Labor temple. tiation since June 1. Six Democratic Senators Asked To Lend Support Washington Tru- man'took personal command to- day of the administration's fight to rescue. two controversial gov- ernment reorganization plans. He did so by summoning six Democratic senators to the White House and appealing for favorable action on the proposals. Senaotr who served as spokesman for the six, told reporters afterwards that some of the group have been op- posed to the plans. Shortly after the White House meeting broke up, the Senate open- ed debate on Mr. Truman's reor- ganization plan No. 1. This calls for a new department of welfare. Plan No. 2, next on the Senate schedule, would shift the Bureau of Employment Security from the Federal Security administration to the Labor department. Appeal For Approval Beyond disclosing Mr. truman's appeal for approval of the plans, Hoey would not discuss the White House conference. The other sena- tors at' the meeting were Spark- man and Hill of Alabama, Ful- bright of Arkansas, Johnson of Tex- as and Maybank of South Carolina. The fate of plan No. 1 in the Senate rested on whether foes could muster 49 votes against it. One administration leader pre- dicted privately that the Senate would hand Mr. Truman a setback. The opponents were not so opti- mistic. "If'all members of the Senate are here and voting I think the resolution of disapproval will be Chairman McClellau (D.- Ark.) of the Senate executive ex- penditures committee, said cau- tiously. His committee reported the plan adversely to the Senate, seven tojdown'by a automobile on five cents an hour, effective July 1, 1349, and to renew all of the other terms of last year's contract. The The dispute has been under nego-1 company proposal was then sub- mitted to a meeting of the union Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell Dead of Injuries Mitchell, The union committee and com- membership and was rejected, andj the strike was announced. I Rumors of a union meeting at 3 o'clock this afternoon to discuss the strike were denied by Mr. Miller. "There will be no he said. ''The strike will take place as scheduled1, at 4 p. m." Earlier, however, five members of the union told The Republican- Herald a meeting would be held at 3 p. m. Meeting with the union executive board Monday were George Zipoy: national vice-president, and Rollie Meyer, district vice-president, both with offices in Minneapolis. Frank J. Allen, vice-president of the company, said that the union rejection of the company's offer of a five cent wage increase was a "shock and disappointment." "The company already pays the highest wages of any independent mill in the state and has been more successful than most in giving the employes steady Mr. Allen said. He also reported that the man- agement's position was that the strike was unfortunate because of its effect not only on the, company and its employes, but also because of its indirect influence upon the income of the citizens of Winona and the farmers of the community. In this respect, Mr. Allen pointed out that, besides the Bay State em- to weekly wage Second Trial Will Affect Limited Area 250 Instruments To Be Sought For Downtown By Adolph Bremer The Winona city council has asked for bids to furnish parking meters for about 250 parking spaces. Bids will be opened September 6 n the automatic one-hour type, with one or two heads on each post. The planned installation: On to Wal- nut; on Main, Center and La- fayette streets Second to Fourth streets. That involves about 210 parking spaces, and the council has under [consideration a small installation on Second street to complete the tntal iof about 250. The specifications call, for a six- month trial installation, and it is expected that if the installation is made that the cost will be paid out of revenue. 'The vote to advertise for a clear demonstration of the coun- cil's intent to make the installation without a word of protest, and the vote was unanimous. It will be the city's second try at meters. Shortly before the begin- ning of World War II, an installa- tion was made covering an area about twice the size now proposed. They were removed' after a. six- month trial. three. Senator Fulbright one of the authors of the disapproval resolution (which required a con- stitutional majority of 49 senators to become was equal- ly cautious. He agreed that a heavy turnout was necessary if the 49 votes were to be obtained. Group Activities tivities welfare, education and public health into a welfare de- a movie near her home. partment under a single head with cabinet rank. Oscar Ewing, pre- Five Freight Cars Derailed at Ellendale Albert Lea, cars of a northbound Bock Island freight train were derailed at Ellendale C. E. Harding, Albert Lea agent for the road, said the line would high American official had seen noon, Stalin in nearly a year. It was reported that Stalin and Kirk 'sat at a long table in the prime minister's office and talk- ed in an informal and relaxed man- ner. Kirk said the conversation dealt with "general subjects." :Kirk said he had requested the interview with Stalin and described his visit as a "courtesy call" ac- cording to protocol. It wag the first time the 61-year-old American envoy had met the Soviet leader. Kirk, a retired admiral who suc- ceeded Lieutenant General Walter Bedell Smith as ambassador to Moscow arrived in the Soviet capital in June. "All Moscow morning newspapers carried front page stories on the meeting. Soviet-American relations always are a subject of interest here. A complete version of the meet- ing is being sent to Washington today. Minister Counsellor Wai- worth Barbour and First Secre- tary George Morgan accompanied Kirk. On the Soviet side at the meeting, besides Stalin, were For- eign Minister Andrei T. Vishinsky and Foreign Office Translator Jan Troyanovsky, son of the ion's first ambassador to the Unit-! ed States. the author With the I losses, the company would not be today. She was struck spending its money for electricity, freight, or local grain. Normally the company handles about 700 freight cars a month and is the largest user of electricity in Winona, he jPeachtree street last Thursday night. Miss Mitchell died at a. m, (E.S.T.) in Henry Grady Memorial hospital. Doctors said she had a fractured skull, fractures of the pelvis, and other injuries. Mr. Allen also said that the un- I ion's demands for a wage increase The hospital listed her age as 43.j..beyond tnat whicn tne company The quiet author of the famous believes to be is particu- Civil war novel was hit by a car as she and her husband, John B. The plan would group three ac- Marsh, an advertising executive, crossed the street while walking to Police charged the driver of the car, Hugh D. Gravitt, 28, with sus- sent Federal Security administra- picion of manslaughter. Gravitt, a tor, is expected to be President taxi driver, was off duty at the Truman's choice for the new to his Privec' j inet post should it be set up. (records show he has had 23 traffic Democratic 'Leader Lucas (HI.) called the Senate into session an hour earlier than usual, to debate the plan. A final vote was sched- uled for 8 p.m. unless an agreement was reached to vote earlier, which appeared unlikely. I Under the reorganization act a' presidential reorganization plan will be come effective within 60 days after its submission to Con- gress, unless disapproved by eith- er House. The deadline for Senate action on both reorganization plan No. 1 and plan No. would trans- fer the Bureau of Employment Se- curity from Federal Security to the Labor Wednesday. Margaret Mitchell turned the Civil war tales she heard as a child into "Gone With the a book out- sold only by the Bible. But, she scoffed at any idea it was an easy job. "Actually, I began writing at the age of six years. I worked 12 years on 'Gone With the Wind' and threw j away a lot of novels I had written before she once said. Miss Mitchell began her career as a newspaper feature writer. "Gone With the Wind" was pub- lished in 1936. Since then the book has sold some copies in 40 countries and 30 different languages. restored to service this WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS For Winona and vicinity: Gen- erally fair with little change in temperature tonight and Wednes- day. Low tonight 66; high Wed- nesday 85. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 2-1 after-jhours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 93; minimum, 67; noon, The 90-car train was bound precipitation, none; sun sets to- Minneapolis from Iowa. The derailment was due to a burned our journal in the axle of one car. night at sun rises tomorrow at Additional weather on Page 9. larly disturbing at this time" in view of the fact that the cost of liv- ing has been steadily falling and the ability of business to pass along cost increases to the customer is a thing of the past." "We are caught between the mill- stones of wage demands and price- cutting Mr. Allen concluded, "and it looks to me like our employes are playing into the hands of cur competitors." Kanshien Falls To China Reds Canton Radio contact was lost today with the defenders of Kanshien, about 200 miles northeast of this Nationalist provisional capi- Bid to Testify Turned Down By MacArlhur Washington Doug- las MacArthur has formally de- clined an invitation to return to the United States to give Congress a report on the Far Eastern sit- uation. The Senate foreign relations and armed services committees had voted'13 to 12 to ask MacArthur ;o come home from Tokyo to test- fy in connection with the admin- istration's foreign tal. bill. Secretary of Defense Louis John- son today made public the text of a reply from MacArthur in which the general said: "For the best reasons set forth in my public statement of August 11, I believe I can best serve the national interest by remaining at my post of duty here." Johnson had forwarded the re- quest of the Senate committees to MacArthur and Vice-Admiral Ar- thur C. Badger, also wanted for the Far Eastern sit- uation. Johnson did not oi-der either to return. MacArthur in his reply to John- son said that this statement of Au- gust 11 was as follows: "I could not help but be deeply appreciative of honor reflected in the desire expressed by certain distinguished members of the U. muted Tthe unportant rail timt I proceed to Wash- center to advancing troops. Many foreigners fled Canton aboard the British steamer Wuseh as private reports placed commu- nist troops only 155 miles northeast of Canton. At the same time authorities here! said American naval planes would! evacuate Americans from this Na- tionalist provisional capital if other facilities proved inadequate to get them, out ahead of the reds. There are about 73 Americans here. They include 15 in the embas- sy, 19 in the consulate general and most of the others in the Joint com- mission on rural reconstruction. A Loaded Beer Truck derailed a locomotive and four freight cars late yesterday at Bay City, Mich. Truck Driver Vern Hanson, Kingsford, Mich., suffered only minor bruises. The trailer swung into the train as the truck went into a ditch. (AJP. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) issue of United States arms aid to the government of China." No reply has been received from Admiral Badger. Tobin Forecasts Million More Jobs Washington Secretary of Labor Tobin forecast today an in- crease of a minion jobs by the end of the year and a corresponding drop in; unemployment. Tobui reported to President Tru- man that the employment situation is improving steadily. He told reporters on leaving the White House: It looks very much like there, will be a decided increase in employ- ment during., the next six months and that by the end of the year payrolls will be increased by ap- proximately persons." This does not take in the possi- bility of a major strike in coal or steel, he said. Tobin said there would be a sub- stantial increase in employment and a drop in unemployment figures be- ginning about the middle of Sep- tember, He said he based his forecast on the fact that purchasing orders to. build up depleted inventories al- ready are increasing and will con- tinue to accelerate. He also said the employment situation would be helped "by many workers returning to school in the fall. Asked if he thought a steel and coal strike- could be averted, he re- plied he devoutly hopes so.