Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 2, 1948, Winona, Minnesota
VOLUME 48, NO. 244 THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER FIVE CENTS PER COPY THIRTY PAGES Fire Destroys Eau Claire Buildings Post Office Department Under Fire 12-Man Commission Making Survey Of Federal Services New York Representative Clarence J. Brown (R-OMo) hinted today the Post Office department] is one of the chief targets of the bipartisan commission now study- Ing government reorganization. Brown, a member of the 12-man commission or organization of the executive branch of the government told the 53rd annual Congress of American Industry sponsored by the National Association of Manufac- turers: "Without divulging too much in- formation as to what the commis- sion will recommend, let me sug- gest that you keep your eyes open for some interesting developments in our greatest federal 'service agency the Post office depart- ment." NAM. estimated that nearly of the nation's top industrialists and businessmen are attending the three-day session, which ends to- morrow night with a speech by Secretary of Commerce Sawyer. Sawyer hinted In Washington Tues- day he might disclose some details of the anti-Inflation program Pre- sident Truman will give to Congress In January. Former President Herbert Hoover heads the government organizatio commission that was set up b Congress. It was Intent, Brown said, to promote economy, efficienc and Improve services in the ex ecutlve branch of the govemmen by: 1. Limiting expenditures. 2. Eliminating duplication and overlapping zervices. 3. Consolidating services, acti- vities and functions of similar nature. 4. Abolishing unnecessary ser- vices, activitjes and functions. 5. Defining and limiting ex- ecutive functions, services and activities. "We have found many peculiar U. S. Going Slow On Chinese Pleas For Military Aid governmental Brown "For Instance, there are over 43.000 postmasters throughout the United States who report directly to the postmaster general In Wash- ington rather than to any regional or state supervisor" He pointed out that such cities as New York, Cleveland, Boston have one postoffice with integrated branches, "while in California we have found a single county which contains 129 separate post offices.' In addition to naming the Post Office department, Brown mention- ed specifically federal corporations, government lending agencies, gov- ernment statistical agencies and federal participation in educational matters- He said the federal government has 19 different departments and ..agencies dealing with higher educa- tion alone; 35 different statistical agencies and departments: 48 dif- ferent lending agencies and 50 acti- vities carried form. on under corporate Mother and Child Drown Under Overturned Wagon Wanseon, Ohio A fanner's wife and her two-year- rid daughter drowned in IS inches of water yesterday after they were pinned in a shallow ditch by an overturned wagon- load of corn. Victims of the freak accident were Mrs. Eugene Pontius, 27, and her daughter, Judy. Mrs. Pontius, Jndy, and her son William, four, were riding on the wagon which was being pulled by a corn picker. When her husband, who was driving the picker, came to the end of the field he swung too wide. The wagon overturned in the ditch, trapping; Mrs. Pontius and her two children. Pontius raised the wagon enough to allow his son to crawl out. The mother and daughter were removed la- ter after help arrived; fcut they were dead. Coroner H. Milton Warner mid the deaths were accidental. Economy Eyed For Military Seek Savings In Unification Congress Must Act on Any Program Drafted By John M. Hightower Washington Top Ameri- can officials Moved slowly today in the face of urgent appeals from the' Chinese government for help before it IS too late. Authorities said there is no doubt here that the situation created by communist advances in China is critical. But they said these two factors work against any speedy American action: 1. Congress which must authorize any additional aid will not meet for another month, 2. Military and political con- ditions in china are considered so unstable that officials be- lieve any program worked out now probably would not apply a month from now. There are no indications that either the economic cooperation ad- ministration or the State depart- ment has yet presented President Truman specific plans for helping Kai-shek's nationalists in their battle with the Chinese reds. No Hint of Plans China's desire for swift American action was heavily emphasized by Ambassador Wellington Koo In a speech before the China Institute n New York city late yesterday. The same theme probably will be stressed by Madame Chiang, wife of the nationalist president who arrived here yesterday. She gave 10 hint of her plans, however, be- ore going into seclusion at the Washington Senator Me- JLeesburg, Va., home of Secretary JCellar advised the" arm-'i of State and Mrs.-Marshall. ed services today their financial "As the grave situation stands rating with the new Congress may Koo said, "time Is of the rest on whether they can show a essence. It may be a little late, bu mification savings dividend. it is not too late yet." Firemen Spray Water Into the Walgreen drugstore building at Eau Claire as flames destroyed two buildings in the heart of the business district early today. Besides the drugstore, the Sears, Roebuck Company building was destroyed along with offices above the two concerns. Cause of the blaze was not Immediately deter- mined. (AP. Wtrephoto to The Republican-Herald.) The veteran lawmaker is slated 'or a key role in settling the mount- ng dispute over how much this country will spend on defense next year. He is due to become chair- man of the Senate appropriations committee, which must give clear- ance to federal spending requests. Backs Trnman staunch administration sup- Mrter, McKellar indicated he Is >acking President Truman's plan o hold military outlays within a limit In the fiscal 'ear starting July 1. Secretary of The ambassador hammered two other points as well. The Chinese people, he are fighting the battles of the United States- and all other noncommunlst countries in their war against the Chinese com- munists. And, he added, they will continue that fight even if they get no American help although that would mean a very long struggle. "The very urgent In the present critical situation aid of a moral, ma- Need for Aid need of Increased aid Is defense Forrestal had proposed aiterial and military he radget allotment ranging' up "The quicker this aid is given, the more effective it will Koo previously had carried his appeals both to the State depart- ment and to Mr. Truman. Officials undoubtedly were well aware of his views before he stated them publicly. One factor affecting considera- tion of China aid Is the widespread uncertainty here over Chiang's po- McKellar told reporter he b "greatly interested hi learn- ing If consolidation of the Army, Navy and Air Forces has produced savings by elimination of duplications and overlap- ping. I certainly hope they have." The Tennesseean added that his Row Formula To Get Test By Joseph E. Dynan Paris Renewed mediation efforts in the Berlin deadlock were under way today. The committee of neutral finan- :Ial experts who are to dralt a formula for solving the Berlin cur- rency tangle scheduled a meeting within 24 hours of the group's crea- lon by former security council Pre- sident Juan Bramuglia. At the same time a high French official warned that "something lew" will be needed to end the Russian-western power rift over the blockaded former German capital. The official said a mere formula ommittee "is going to get to theSlitical future. Reports reaching to end currency problems would not ottom of this" with "full and com-i Washington to the effect that his The corporate structures, he said, "should be put on a sound ac- counting basis and made self-finan- cing and self-liquidating at the earliest possible moment." Only "an aroused he declared, can bring clency, economy and about effi- "the use of common sense" In the transaction of government business. Slayer's Gun Recovered At Eau Claire Ean Claire, 22 cali- ber rifle with which authorities be- lieve two young people were shot to death was found today in ten feet of water in Dell's pond. Diver Carl Cause of Robbinsdale, Minn, found the rifle In the ap- proximate place Marshall Johnson, 32, charged with first degree murder in the shootings, pointed out he had thrown it. Police said the death weapon would be taken to St. Paul, Mian.. for tests by a ballistics expert. Dr. John Dalton, with portions of three bullets taken from the bodies o Raymond Smith, 18, and his 17- year-old girl companion. The rifle was about 50 feet from the south shore of the pond, police Earlier Johnson had Indicated be tossed the weapon'Into the pond- about 200 feet east of where it was discovered. The first search was futile, but Johnson changed his story several days ago and Cause came up with the rifle after only a few hours hi the water. lete hearings." Opposition to boosting Mr. Tru- man's defense fund celling was voiced last week by Senator Tyd- ings who said the 'tax- payers "must survive." He is a member of the appropriations group and is slated to become chair- man of the armed services com- mittee. Vinson View The continuing quarrel of the merged military services meanwhile received fresh attention on the oth- er side of the capital. I more "liberal" followers are puffing away from Mm have raised doubts about how much longer he can remain In power. St. Paul Holdup Attempt Failure Representative Vinson told a reporter that If the generals! and admirals can't settle their ar- guments Congress will take what- St. Panl VPj A holdup attempl didn't run smoothly for a- "true be enough to cope with the division of Berlin into rival governments. Russian Stand Bramuglia, who has led mediatlo efforts by the six neutral nations the U. N. security council, instructe the committee to draft Berlin cur rency regulations acceptable to bo sides before the end of December. TMs would provide four-pow control of the Soviet zone mark as Berlin's only currency. The Rus slans have said they would en blockade of Berlin when th GRAND CHAMPION STEER BRINGS RECORD PRICE Chicago (IP) The grand champion steer of the Interna- tional Livestock exposition was sold today for an all-time high price of 110.75 a pound. The highest previous price was at the 1946 show. The estimated, Aberdeen-Angus, "Old which won the grand champion- ship for C. E. Yoder and Sons, Muscatine, Iowa, was bought by Glenn McCarthy, president of the Shamrock hotel, Houston, Texas. McCarthy, wealthy Texas busi- said the steer will be served customers for the open- Ing of the new hotel March 17, Cattle buyers at the ringside said they never had witnessed such an auction before. The auctioneer, Colonel' Roy Johns- ton, Belton, Mo., started the sale with an Initial bid of a pound. It progressed slowly to where' it remained for sometime while Johnston at- tempted to stir up greater- Inter- est. After much coaxing Johns- ton succeeded in getting a bid from McCarthy. After a jump to Johnston pleaded for a new record high, suggest- ing a price to top the 1948 mark. After a conference among asso- ciates, McCarthy gave the nod that he was willing to pay the record price. Based on his estimated weight, the steer stood to bring his owners approximately Last year's grand champion "Big a Shorthorn shown by Claude Millwee, an 18-year- old junior livestock exhibitor from Ft. Cobb, Okla., was sold for a pound. He brought his owner a total of "Old a junior yearling, was acclaimed the finest beef animal of'North America-Tues- day. He beat out more than 400 other baby beeves to cop the title. ever action is needed. The sharp-tongued Georgian, who was re-elected to Ms 19th term in Congress last month, is sched- uled to head the House armed services commlttea.- Vinson did not comment on the military budget dispute. But he said "the country may just as weU make up its mind" the defense pro- gram "is going to cost money." He said that if the services can't work out their differences over wartime assignments his committee, "If will ask Congress to pass "laws which clearly define the ove" gunman Wednesday night. Patrolman Robert J. Preischel captured the man shortly after L. A. Even, manager of a used car lot for the downtown Ford Motor Com- pany, spread an alarm. The captured man gave his name as Richard O'Kasick, 21, (2301 Thirteenth avenue south) Minne- apolis, Detective Lieutenant Tomas Jansen said. Jansen said O'Kasick admitted the attempted holdup- On the back of O'Kasick's hands were tattooed the words "true love." Russian mark is accepted. The French official said the com mittee would have to base its re commendations on the present situa tion in Berlin, where the Russians have encouraged communists to se up an administration in their sec tor of the city to claim authority over the whole city. The official pointed out the dl vision still would exist even if th Russian mark became the city's cur rency and the Russian blockad were lifted. Even said the and a com- panion entered his office brandish ing guns .and ordered him to "put 'em up." Even ducked behind a door and phoned for help. He said the murder charges, although Sher- iff Lloyd Thompson has quoted M admitting he shot both In a wooded glen near the Eau Claire mature'greeting. Country club golf course. The bodies, both nearly nude, were found the next day. Bathtub Dessert Shunned by Pair Pneblo, Colo. Mr. and Mrs Jack Halstead have a bathtub full of dessert the kind they don't like. They returned home from a Den- ver trip yesterday to find that some prankster had mixed approxl- Johnson has pleaded innocent to mately 30 gallons of cherry-flavored gelatin In the bathtub. The glassy red stuff was inscribed n whipped cream with this pre- responslbility, role and mission of lytog on his desk was I touched. The companion escaped. Jansen said no charge had been filed. each branch." "Merry Christmas." Said the Halsteads: "We never eat gelatin for dessert" 5HOPP1NG LEFT Government Formed A high State department official in Washington said .yesterday tha creation of a separate communist dty government In Berlin has mad a solution more difficult, If no impossible. established the seven- man committee of experts one from each of the six neutrals and one representing U. N. Secretary- General Trygve Lie as his last act as security council president. He left last night for Rome Lisbon and Buenos -Aires after turning the presidency over to Bel- gium's Femand Van Langenhovt. Other U. N. developments yes- terday: The TJ. N. legal committee fi- nished' a draft convention outlawing genocide mass crimes against iroups within a country. The draft now goes to the general assembly 'or approval and then to member countries who would be asked to sign the convention.. Argentina formally proposed a general conference on revision of the TJ. N. charter to modify the big power veto in the security council. Reds Claim Capture Of Suchow Threat to Truman Brings Sentence Of Three Years Farm Product Demand Seen Highinr49 Chicago A strong demand '.or most farm products is expected in 1849, the Federal Reserve bank of Chicago said yesterday. The bank said there was "consid- erable assurance of high levels of employment, income payments and demand, at least for the first half of next year." "Prices might rise appreciably ifj international tension and the vol- ume of military aid expenditures were stepped up from the levels now the report said. But it added, "It Is expected such urtber price advances would be principally In nonagricultural com- modities." The bank said, "If International tension should ease sufficiently, sub- tantial cutbacks might be made in he rearmament and foreign aid dattoiTtbjit is good for wnmnwin fffhto stmilr) wni-iilt- Two Firemen Hospitalized; Damage High Two Downtown Business Firms Burned Out Claire, de- stroyed two buildings in the heart of the downtown business section today. The loss was expected to amount to several hundred thousand dollars. The blaze, which was discovered shortly after 11 o'clock last night, wiped out the stock and fixtures of the Sears, Roebuck Company de- partment and the Wallgreen drug store. It caused heavy smoke and water damage to the People's Cloth- ng store. Two firemen were overcome by smoke while fighting the spectacular fire in the two-story brick buildings at the city's main intersection. Grand avenue and Barstow street. The flre fighters, William Dangers and Bernard Rldlnger, were hos- pitalized. Their condition was good. Coven Half Block The area of the flre covered about hair a city block. A janitor In tho Sears store turned In the alarm that summoned the city's entire flre fighting force. The blaze raged out of control lor nearly three hours and firemen still were pouring water into the ruins ten hours after It was discovered. Fire Chief Oliver Books called la all off-duty firemen at p. m. At 2 o'clock this morning roof of the Sears building col- lapsed. Firemen succeeded In pre- venting the flames from spreading to adjoining structures, however. Came Unknown Only the walls of the Sears and Wallgreen buildings remained standing today. Chief'Books said the cause of Bre, one cl the worst in a decade, aad.not been determined. The L-shaped building occupied the Sears store was owned by Charles J. Kepler. It formerly was iie Kepler department store. The Wallgreen building, located at corner of Grand and Barstow, was owned by the Culver-Arnold Com- pany. Display windows of the People's Clothing store, adjoining Sears, were shattered. The A. H. Schu- macher law offices over Wallgreena were destroyed. Medical Group Approves Spas Health Resorts Get Guarantees By Howard W. Btakeslee St. soon now you can go to American health resorts where you have an unofficial guar- antee of the American Medical asso- rograms. This could result in an ppreciable weakening of the de- mand for farm products in the see- nd half of 1949." The bank gave the following 1949 utlook for specific commodities: you. Nanking The Chinese com munlsts laid claim tonight t Suchow, Important government 211 miles northwest of Nanking. This exposed the rear of thre government army groups !movin slowly southward in an effort it support other nationalist armies iso ated under communist attacks in the Suhslen and Pengpu areas ranging down to 100 miles from The communist broadcast hean In Nanking said Suchow fell at p. m. Wednesday. A few minutes -before the com munist broadcast, the govemmen military spokesman, General Teng Wen-Yi, had said all govemmen troops in a about concentrated for march southward. He denied lowever, that this meant Suchow had been abandoned. Claire Channault's China air lansport pilots who dropped rice o Suchow had reported com- munists within one of. the city and that refugees were pouring out o the westward. Main's Draftees ace Longer Term Future draftees in will serve 18 London ritain's aimed months instead of only 12 months under a bfll approved by the House Commons last night. The bill was given Its second reading, virtually assuring final assage. Defense Minister A. V. Alexander said the government had scrapped the 12-month plan be- use of the tense international nation. _ expected to rise less than New young man usual next summer, but may decline pleaded guilty to a charge of threa ening the life of President Truman was sentenced to prison for thre years, then told a federal Judge h still intends to carry out his threa Twenty-year-old Dennis E. Porte was sentenced yesterday by U. Herbert Christen District Judge berry. "I feel that President Truman Is not adequate to supervise the peopl of the United Porter sal after he was sentenced. "And a lo of other people probably feel th same way but don't say so." Then he added: "The trnltei States doesn't mean anything tc me anyhow." Japanese Miners Seek Pay Boost three-day strike by apanese coal miners neared an enc oday with about workers off the job. Mines in various sections of Japan each shut down for a day as part of an over-all three-day strike to en- orce wage boost demands; Union aders said new strikes may be or- dered unless a new proposal is made by tfie mine operators. Meanwhile, the metal miners union entered a 48-hour strike to emphasize wage demands. About miners are Involved. Japanese seamen ended a 48-hour rike last night, a, walkout which led more, than 400' ships in nine lorts. The seamen's union announc- d a new 72-hour strike may be called Friday unless a 30 per cent wage Increase is granted. more than usual In the late fall "as marketings increase sharply in the fourth quarter as a result of the an- ticipated large -spring pig crop." Dairy Products: Prices will prob- ably average about the same as this year. Milk production is expected to exceed 1948. Butter production and consumption, although showing some increase, would continue near the low levels of recent years. Eggs Production will' about equal 1948, but lower In the first half than in the second. Prices higher in the first half, but lower in the fourth quarter. Chickens: Production ceed current year by 18 per cent. Alices expected .to average lower iian In 1948 with the greatest de- cline coming in the fourth quarter. Grains: Wheat prices expected to, 'all below the government loan leve it harvest time, even if loan is five o ten cents a bushel lower than in MS. Carryover of feed grains into The. first'Sign of this new mova In American health is shown here today in an exhibit at the winter meeting of the association. Diction te ProP08811 to lnecUoftl Proval to 170 American health re- sorts and spas, or as many of them that want it'and can qualify, just the same as the majority of Ameri- can hospitals are now approved for quality of service. Four Approved Four resorts have been approved and are listed In the new exhibit. Nineteen others are listed where ap- proval will be given as'soon as for- malities are finished. The exhibit shows what you really get at a health retort, from tha doctors' point of view. Air, min- eral waters and baths are rated good but not important compared with rest. What does you the most good is sleep without drugs. And relaxa- tions, baths, massages, sweats and other things are arranged so that you are cure to be sleepy after- ward. may ex- he 1949-50 crop year will be very large. fats and Oils: Increased domes- te production expected to result in ower prices. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Wlnona and to- night, Friday partly cloudy and continued mild; low tonight 30, high Friday 46. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 dan in charge of medical facilities hours ending at 12 m. today: MaTtmmr 43; 30; nOOU, t; precipitation, none; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow t Additional weather on page 17. Qualifications for approval are: "To be located where special cli- mate and other natural healing agents are found, to have a physi- cian as medical director, to have a plant suitable to administer physical treatments, and with the natural agents, mineral waters and pelolds." Name (or Hod Peloldi is the doctor's name for mud. Accredited resorts also'are required to be equipped to give new physical medicine treatments. The four approved resorts are the Saratoga Spa, Saratoga N. The Baker, Mineral Wells, Texas; The Majestic, Marlln, Texas, and The Homestead, Hot Springs, Va. The resorts not yet inspected or accepted but which have a- physi- iuclude: Conn-Barnard sanitarium, Martinsvllle, Ind.; Kndpp Springs sanitarium, Rome City, Ind.; Orig- inal Mineral Springs, Okawville, EL, and St. Joseph's Health resort, Wedroo, HI.