Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 23, 1949, Winona, Minnesota
SHOWERS TONIGHT, FAIR WEDNESDAY VELVET VOICE OF RADIO VOLUME 49, NO. 159 WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 23, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY SIXTEEN PAGES Two ommissioners Quit Posts Army Buying Data Given By Feldman General Denies 5 Percenters Got Confidential Facts By Oliver W. DC Wolf Washington Major Gener- al Herman Feldman acknowledged today that he gave James V, Hunt information on Army buying plans in 1947 but declared It was not con- fidential and he did not know of "Hunt's position as a so-called five percenter." In the witness chair of a Senate investigating committee, the sus- pended Army quartermaster gen- eral swore: "At no time have I abused my position or misused the influence of my office." The short, balding officer said, too. that he welcomed the inquiry and prepared to "justify every ac- tion I have taken and every deci- sion I have made." Feldman had a long prepared statement, the gist of which was that he had done nothing wrong and was motivated at all times by what he believed to be good for the service and for the country. Immediately after he finished reading it, the hearing was reces- sed until tomorrow when he will take the stand for questioning. The committee had set the stage for his appearance by developing from documents that he sent the buying information to Hunt and also advised an Army purchasing officer to get in touch with Hunt. He told the officer that "Hunt has ready entree to the White House." Hunt is the management counsel- lor whose activities led the Senate investigations subcommittee to or- der a general inquiry into "five who get gov- ernment contracts for others for a fee, usually five per cent. Letters Cited Feldman, suspended Army quar- termaster general, was waiting to testify when Francis D. Flanagan, assistant committee counsel, read two letters into the record. Both were written by Feldman. One letter was to Hunt. Dated July 23, 1947, it accompanied the in- formation on Army buying plans. Witnesses earlier in the hearing had told of this letter. The second letter was to Briga- dier General Wayne R. Allen. This letter was dated November 19, 1947 when Allen was chief administra- tive officer and purchasing agent for the quartermaster corps at Los Angeles. Feldman at that time was a brigadier general in the corps in Washington. Feldman suggested that Allen "drop a note to Colonel Hunt, let- ting him know what the problems of the county of Los Angeles may be, for I am sure that he could be of considerable help to you if you can interest him." McCarthy Sees Attacks Roberton, Beach Submit Notices At a special meeting of the Winona county board of at the courthouse at 3 o'clock this afternoon, two members accused State Public Examiner R. A. Colling of accepting bribes, turned in their resignations. Those resigning were W. K. Beach, Dakota, fifth district and Chair F. J. Roberton, Lewiston, fourth district. j The board had met as the county welfare board at p. m. arid mediately upon completing business, met in special session as Major General Feldman Miners Resume Contract Talk With Operators By Max Fnllerton White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. one eye on the slowly dwindling stockpile of soft coal, the United Mine Workers- and op- erators gathered here for morej contract talks today. There were reports that Johns L. Lewis, himself, might show up for today's talks. If the U.M.W. chief does take part, it could mean that some concrete developments might come about quickly. He was absent from recent contract ses- sions. There was no immediate in- Drive to Cut Excise Taxes Gains Force Democrats Aid G.O.P. Movement For Repeal Soon the county board. f items such as jewelry and lug- dication, however, whether he planned to attend the contract talks. In previous negotiations rounds since the soft coal contracts ex- pired, little or no progress towards new pacts has been apparent. Three-Day Week Lewis, in a sharp departure from the U.M.W. tradition of "no con- tract, no has kept union] members in mines east of the sissippi on the job three days a week. Mines west of the river are on a five day week. Under the three day week, pro duction has averaged slightly bet- ter than tons weekly, or about tons less than nor- mal. This means a loss of about tons in the six weeks the "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday" Washing-ton new drive if or a slash-by-Christmas in war- Their resignations were Sfv.TdS- by the remaining three members of ed in the face of a forceful state- the H. Gensmer, by chairman Doughton (D- Bethany, third district; Carl df the tax-framing House Goetzman. West Burns valley, sec-jways and raeans committee that ond district, and Teofil Peilowski.ijjg sees no prospect for such a tax first district. icut this year. Two of these three also were Doughton said the threat of a named in the state examiner's re- federal deficit of or port. They are Mr. Goetzman in the present fiscal year Mr. Gensmer. Both were asked if j virtually forecloses hope for such they planned to resign from theja slash now. board and both said they did not] But House Republican Loader intend to do so. of Massachusetts, author County Attorney W.K. Nissen an excise cutting bill, said: nounced this morning that charges i "Maybe if'we bring enough pres- against all four men, based on evi-jsure still get something dence iu Air. Golling's report, be filed in municipal court Two Democrats Representa- day morning jtives Multer of New York and Da- The vacancies must now be filled venport of Pennsylvania -took the by a board of appointment consist- Hous.e, reduction ing of the heads of the govern- tnwartime raws, mental units in the districts. J i ball jfurs, cosmetics, I gage. Still, the best bet right now is Ithat Doughton is right-that there [will be no slash before perhaps I sometime In 1950. j "I believe it is said I Doughton, the No, 1 congressional tax spokesman, "to make this [clear so that consumers will not postpone the purchase of goods subject to tax in the hope of an immediate reduction." However, Doughton did hold out some hope for excise tax relief in 1950. he has instructed the Congress staff of tax experts to begin a study of possible tax revisions and reductions, for con- sideration by Congress next year. But if excises are lowered, there is a possibility other taxes may be upped, to make up the differ- ence, Doughton said. A cut in federal spending would help a tax cut most, he declared. The wartime excise levies yield upward of annually. The Senate finance committee has approved a bill that would cut the rates back by about This would affect all the wartime rates except the levy on liquor. When the committee resumed week has been in force, hearings today there was first aj The existing stockpile (coal round of general discussion the ground is estimated at which Senator McCarthy (R-Wls.) said he expects "personal attacks" to be made this week on members of the committee. McCarthy said the purpose would be to divert at- tention from the "facts" being de- veloped in the inquiry. It was also disclosed that Hunt between and tons by various industry sources. It is being whittled down at the rate of about tons a week, as the country is now consuming; about tons weekly. When the weather turns cool, the rate will step up. and David Bennett, whose name] The smaller the stockpile, the also has figured prominently in the j stronger Lewis' hand will become hearings, have given the committee certificates from physicians saying Lewis May Many operators Stall believe that their health would be endangered Lewis will not put his new con if they should testify. I tract demands in concrete form Bennett is the president of the Albert Verley Perfume Company. He paid for seven mechanical freezers which, it has been devel- oped, were sent to Major General Harry H. Vaughan, President Tru- man's military aide, and friends of Vaushan. William P, Rogers, committee counsel, said Hunt's physician had certified that an appearance might endanger Hunt's health. Rogers said Hunt probably would submit a statement to the commit- tee. Chairman Hoey (D-N.C.) said that al! committee members were "anxious" that Hunt testify if he -is "physically able to do so.' Chiang Kai-shek Arrives in Canton Canton Chiang Kai-shek arrived in Canton today. The Chinese communists pre- pared to strike into the. province holding this National refugee cap- ital. The rumor was that the top Na- tionalist came here to squelch any move for a local peace with the reds a move which has been ad- vocated by some influential persons. Chiang will preside at a meeting of the kuomintang (Nationalist party) emergency council, a supreme war cabinet which was created dur- ing his month. eight-day stay here until the stockpiles are well down. They set a possible time for a showdown at "well after Labor day." The talks here are between the U.M.W, and northern and western operators representing about tons of annual production The last session was August 11. At Bluefield, representatives the Southern Coal Producers as- sociation gathered to see if they could reach an agreement. The U.M.W.-S.C.P.A. talks have gone on intermittently since late May with no sign of progress. W. U.M.W, and members of Operators of both groups have described the three-day week as costly and illegal. There is nothing to indicate that toe short week will end until Lewis gives the signal, however. Lewis has given only a general outline of his demands. He wants Generalissimo the 20-cent-per-ton royalty that goes into the union welfare fund for each ton of coal mined increas- ed to 40 cents per ton. He also wants higher pay and a shorter work week. Madison Man Heads CROP in Wisconsin La Crosse, Wis. Donald N. McDowell, Madison, a state depart- ment of agriculture official, today last was named state chairman of the Christian Rural Overseas Program. Board Members Slated to Face Court Thursday County Attorney W. Kenneth Nissen announced today that he plans to file charges against four Winona -ounty commis- sioners and one former com- missioner In municipal court Thursday morning. However, he said to confer by telephone with State Public Examiner Richard A. Gelling early Wednesday regarding the definite arrange- ments. Since Colling must sign the complaint against the commis- sioners, it is expected that he will be present when they are arraigned in municipal court Before Judge E. D. Libera. The specific charges have not yet been revealed by the county attorney. 500 Casualties In Ship Blast Canton Approximately 500 persons were killed or injured precipitation, .10; sun sets to- colling, state public examiner, said last night. the explosion of an ammunition I night at sun rises tomorrowj Colling, whose office initiated the actions, said he was especially WEATHER Republican-Herald photo Lightning Struck The Chicago North Western Depot at Trempealeau, Wis.. early this morning, starting a fire that threatened to destroy the village landmark. Shown above is the side of the depot facing the tracks. It is believed the bolt hit the control tower, traveled down telegraph wires to an inside control panel, and set the walls afire. A hole in the roof and openings in the wall by the main office windows show the intensity of the electrical charge. The interior of the office was burned out and the waiting room to the right was charred by the blaze. Gary F. Thompson and Kenneth Drugan are looking at the damaged building. (Story and additional pictures on page three.) LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: j 54 Maximum, 90; minimum, 63; noon, undoubtedly get Collins to Ask New Curbs on Bribery recent wave of bribery cases in Minnesota will the attention of the 1951 legislature, Richard A. ship in the harbor of Takao, south- eastern Formosa, the official Chin- ese central news agency said today. The agency said ammunition was being unloaded from the Chinese steamer Chungli. There was a huge explosion, which was followed quickly by others. at FEDERAL FORECAST For Winona and vicinity: Mostly cloudy tonight with local showers.) Wednesday generally fair and what cooler. Low tonight 64, high) concerned with officials who admit taking part in bribery and who utilize the statute of limitations to Wednesday 78. (Additional Weather on Page 12.) 1r000 in Search For Lost Boy McGregor, force of about men, including several units of the Minnesota Na- I tional Guard, beat wild Brush lands in this area today in a renewed drive to locate three-year-old Larry Coleman, New Brighton boy missing since Saturday afternoon. Many of the search party concen- trated on the numerous waterholes in the swampy area in which the boy disappeared. j Others returned to the spot where stay in office. The examiner said present legis- lation creates a paradox. Under the bribery laws, a public official must forfeit his office if he is con- victed. But, under the present statute of limitations, he is privi- leged to stay in office and be free from prosecution if the offense is not discovered until three years discovered its Colling said he would recom- 'bloodhounds of Sheriff Elvin B. jsillerud of Roseau picked up a I likely trail yesterday. Three times the hounds returned to the same spot. Weary searchers dropped to tneix hands and knees and crawled about the area hunting for a possi- ble trace of the youngster. As the searching party sweUed, residents of nearby communities endeavored to meet the problem of feeding the large number. yesterday many of the searchers, tired and hungry, had only bread and butter sandwiches. Nearby church groups and residents brought what food they could get but it was [not enough to go around. The child disappeared into Congress. Oscar G. Abern, regional admin- istrator, said lack of funds would Mr. And Mrs. Alfred Birnbanm, holding their'pet cat in their apartment in New York city, are the owners of a dream house they'll gladly return for the 50 cents they paid for a winning ticket in a raffle. The house is standing in a paiting lot with a daily parking fee of It will cost more than to move the house to a permanent site. The Birnbaums have no lot and can't find one. And they may have to pay income tax on the value of the house. (AJP. Wirephotg, to The Republican-Herald.) thickly-wcoded section Saturday while picking up pine cones at his grandparents' farm, 30 miles north of here. The troops, equipped with two- way radio and floodlights, blvouack- !ed at the Coleman farm last night, A fsw parties deployed in trucks 'and ieeps through the darkness when Sheriff HjaJmar Hulin of Aitkin county said he doubted night after returning from a Wash- tot could survive the third-night in the wiids. The missing child is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Coleman of New Brighton, Minn, a suburb of St.. Paul. mend to the legislators that the three-year limitation on prosecution be made to start from the time an official leaves office instead of from the time of any offense. The examiner reported that in one case recently uncovered a com- missioner "continues to do public business with impunity, despite testimony of a fellow commissioner, who has himself been convicted, that he (the fellow commissioner) gave the one still serving money for his vote more than three years ago." Rent Controls In St. Cloud May End Soon The regional nous- Tito Plotting Balkan War, Reds Charge By The Associated Press London Charges of plot- by increasing the parity level. Advisers Split On New Farm Price Plan Grange Supports, Farmers Union Flays Proposal Washington A compromise bill to set up flexible farm price supports got a half-tiearted boost from the National orange today but ran into opposition from the National Farmers Union. J. T. Sanders, legislative coun- sel of the Grange, told the Senate agriculture committee the compro- mise has "many weaknesses" but is preferable to: 1. The House-passed bill, by Re- presentative Gore to continue for another year rigid, high-level wartime price supports. I 2. The flexible support program (provided for, effective in 1950, un- jder an act passed by the Republi- can Congress last year and named for Senator Aiken (R.-VU. The compromise between the Gore and Aiken plans is now under study by the committee. It was worked out by a subcommittee headed by Senator Anderson (D.- former secretary of agri- culture. Prices Stable It would keep support prices at about the same level as the Gore bill in 1950 but would allow them to drop In later years if crop sur- pluses piled up. Sanders told the committee the Anderson measure is preferable to the Aiken bill for "two main rea- sons" (1) It includes the cost of farm labor and determining parity and (2) It permits greater flexibility in support schedules. (Parity is a price Intended to give a farmer a fair return for his pro- ducts in terms of what be has to buy.) Angus McDonald, speaking for the Farmers union, said he hoped that neither the Anderson nor the Aiken plan would go Into effect. He testified the union opposes slid- ing scales of support prices and be- lieves all commodities should be ac- corded equal treatment and support at 100 per cent of parity. Charles P. Shuman of Sullivan, m., president of the Illinois Agri- cultural association, opposed the Gore bill but said he was not pre- pared to take a stand between the Aiken and Anderson measures. Senator Anderson said the Bureau of Agricultural Economics figures that including farm labor costs in the parity formula of his plan would add about six percentage points to the index. He added he wasn't clear on the details. The committee decided to call in bureau officials for a full explana- tion after Senator, Lucas (D.-I11.) said the committee should find out how much it would cost taxpayers ting a Balkan war were hurled at Prcr.-.ier MarshfiLTito of Yugoslav, ia last night as the Russian-led campaign against him took a new turn. While diplomatic and other sources still sought to fathom the implications of Russia's threat to Lucas previously had said he prob- ably could support the Anderson plan, although "it contains some features I do not like and would not vote for." Lucas also passed out a warn- ing against the government going too far in holding up farm prices. Unless Congress slows down, he Farmers tell the legislative committee what iar pattern of attacks on "Ameri- can-British imperialism." The new comlnform assault "fol- lowed a day in which Western and ing expediter is laying plans to endjneutral diplomats in Jugoslavia rent controls entirely in North andjwere reported jittery, although dis- South Dakota and two Minnesotajcounting a of rumors about and St. movements near the Yugo- to a drastic appropriation cut by sjav borders. also force closing of local offices in guage used by Hitler as he pre- Duluth, Rochester Minn., arid eight and other Virginia, Midwest cities, although controls will stay last on, in those communities. Abern disclosed his plans ington conference where the neces- sity for retrenchment was discussed. He said the policy would be to lift controls in those sections where available rental housing most' near- ly approaches current needs. take "effective measures" againstjsaid, "people will be so bitter that the Tito regime, a Romanian com- w'll break the whole federal farm munist leader made the new ac-jprogram down.'" Anderson Hopeful Anderson, in a separate 'iier- said: believe that eventually something very similar iden- tical with the bill our subcommit-. tee worked out will finally be re- ported to the Senate by the full committee. Chairman Elmer Thomas (D.- Okla.) of that committee has a different idea. Thomas today Invited spokesmen for major farr Farm Bureau, the Grange and the farm they thought of the Anderson compro- mise. 1 For himself, Thomas says "there is no chance Congress will ap- prove" the Anderson compromise. He the Senate to go along with a House-passed plan for an- other one-year extension of the ri- gid, high-level, wartime price sup- ports. All of this appears to leave Sec- retary of Agriculture Brannan out in the cold as far as Congress is concerned about Brannan's subsidy plan aimed to please both consum- ers and farmers. He suggested that market prices of some perishable farm products, such as meats, fruits and vegeta- bles, be allowed to reach their own levels. without present government price props. If fanners need help cusation. The Romanian was Vice-Premier Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, who Bald' Tito was "plotting to set ablaze the Balkan powder keg." He spoke at 5tul a rally attende4 by some "se.- ect" Romanian reds in Bucharest. Speaks at Bally Marshall Klementi Voroshilov, a member of Russia's politburo, spoke at the same rally and assail- ed Tito as a "traitor who has be- come the most bitter enemy of the Soviet Union and the people's dem- ocracies." Following the lead of recent So- viet notes assailing the Yugoslav sought to fink Tito with fascism. Similarly, he accused him of negotiating with the West "behind the backs of the Soviet Union and the people's dem- ocracies." Both speakers fell into the famU- British newspapers, commenting on the Soviet threats against Yugo- slavia, likened them to the Ian- pared to march against Germany's smaller neighbors. Most diplomatic sources, how- ever, felt the new moves by and cominform (Communist Inter- nationa1 Information, bureau) spokesmen were only part of a war of nerves. Borba, mouthpiece of the Yugo- slav Communist party and of the government, retorted defiantly to Russian charges. on income, should get Brannan said they production payments from the treasury. Brannan yesterday refused to ex- press a preference between the one-year, high-level, rigid price support voted by the House and the compromise measure develop- ed by Anderson.