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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 7, 1948, Winona, Minnesota VOLUME 48, NO. 248 WINOMA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 7, 1948 FIVE CENTS PER COPY EIGHTEEN PAGES M.V.P.S. Expansion New Ward Urged In West End of City Because the first ward Is inadequately represented on the city council and board of education In proportion to its population, the city council should immediately create one new ward. That's the view of William Codman, retired Wlnona attorney who has long been Interested In city government. He expressed the view, and the reasons for it, In a letter to the city council Monday evening. Mr. Codman declared that the boundaries of wards may be changed! and new wards may be created by ordinance adopted by an afilrma- tlve vote of three quarters of ail members of the council. Councllmen and Commissioner of Elections Boy G. Wildgrube appear- ed to agree with him. Said the commissioner, "Redls- trictlng has been under considera- tion for some time. According to Early Gifts Aid To Children opening headquarters week. The Good Fellows or- ganizatio n launches Its an- Chrlstmas task of bringing Christmas joy to needy chil- dren of this com- munity. The purchasing of articles has al- ready got under way, and will continue as the funds become available. Under such a program, no articles can be pur- chased until the workers are assured third wards. He does not favor the 33 Pacific Crash Survivors Saved state law an election precinct should not have more than 700 reg- istered voters, and we have a num- ber of precincts that exceed that imlt. The proper time to under- take the redlstricting Is after the city election next April." Council Study Urged President William P. Theurer concurred. He said the proposal should be given "study" and suggested that the western boundary )f the third ward should be moved to Center street, that the second ward's western boundary should be moved about six blocks west and hat another precinct should be added in each of the second and Four Missing Offlll-Fated Army Plane Dramatic Air, Sea Search Proves Success of sufficient money to make th purchase. That is the reason, we urge so strongly that you contribute to the Good Fellows fund early, helps the workers materially. Throughout the city school teach- ers are cooperating In the work of selecting the children, who need aid checking lists and letters. The Good Fellows organization always has be- school teachers who with the children are lived, that work dally excellent Judges of their needs and of the children within the range of the organization's activities. As In the past, the children will be taken directly to the stores for fittings and for the purchase of the articles. In all, it is a big tasfc, and the de- sire of the'Cood Fellows workers-is to reach every needy child in this community. No empty stockings on Christmas morning in Wlnona Is their slogan. So please cooperate with them by mailing or bringing your contribu- tion for the Good Fellows fund to The Republican-Herald early. Be a Good Fellow, bring a little Joy to a needy child this Christmas. Be a Good Fellow Previously listed.........J477.ll Brozlk Meat Market 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. W. L, H. 5.00 E. D. Keyes........ 5.00 Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Walker 5.00 addition of another ward. First Warder Loyde, Pfeiffer said It made a 'lot of good sense." However, City Attorney S. D. j. Bruskl pointed out that since filings had already started for the April election action on the redistricting By Erickson Honolulu A Navy aircraf carrier last night rescued 33 ex hausted survivors of a mld-Pacifi plane crash, ending a dramatic 4 hour air-sea search. The Air Force men were plckei up to shark-infested waters from two overcrowded life rafts. Four others were given up dead. Today the Navy issued a list of the 33 men picked up by the escor carrier Rendova in rolling seas. T did not include the names of thesf four men, previously listed as amonj the 37 passengers on the ill-fatec Air Force C-54 transport. Staff Sergeant Joseph L. Smit Stockton, Kansas. Staff Sergeant William A. Col- vin. Jr., Cross City, Fla. Sergeant Robert C. Harrell, MU1- edgeville, Ga. Sergeant Charles T. Millapaugh, Port Jervis, N. Y. The survivors were all to should be postponed until after the i advanced state of exhaustion from election. The last change to the precincts was to 1940, when the fifth precinct of the first ward was created. In his letter, Mr. Codman said 'There has been a pressing need 'or several years for a re-adjustment of the wards of the city, and new wards created. There has been a heavy growth of population. and mllding operations to the last few years tolhe west half of Wlnona." He pointed out that the registra- ion for November's election was: Pets. Total Lynn and toys and books. Barbara 'Ann Korte, Fountain Palestine Peace Seen in Offing Tel Aviv, Israel Peace in Palestine In not far off, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, acting United Nations mediator, said on his arrival from Paris yesterday. "The biggest hurdles have been taken" said Bunche after confer- ring with Israel's premier Davi Ben-Gurion and Dr. Chalm Welz mann, of the state coun ell. "The uqestlon of a Jewish stati to Palestine is settled" he said. H added that the next step will be a translation from truce to per manent peace. First Ward.........4.238 Second.............. Third Fourth.............. Total Mr. Codman continued, "The first ward is two and one fifth miles wide from Harriet street to the west city boundary of Winona. The sec- ond ward is eight blocks wide; the third ward is eight blocks wide, and the fourth ward is about a mile wide. The first ward covers about All of the 'men got seasick. Bu 40 hours on or clinging to the life rafts. Two were unconscious ami had to be hoisted aboard the carrier to a boat. Almost all the others had to be helped aboard the Ren- dova. All 33 were crammed on or around twc life rafts, each built to accommodate only seven men. Those two rafts were all they could find and inflate after.the plane "ran out of attitude" and crashed into the ocean miles southwest of Honolulu to the early darkness last Sunday mom- tog. The two rafts were lashed to- jether, Lieutenant Colonel William 3. Calhoun of Birmingham, Ala, the plane's reported to a radiophone interview from the Ren dova. New Electric Power Plant To Be Built The Plant expansion proposed Monday by the Mis- steam plant. Valley Public Service Company would be an addition to this picture. The addition would be on the side in full view to this Republican-Herald photo V one-half of the total area of the city. "The ward boundaries are very much out of proportion, and should be remedied at once without fur- ther delay. The need of action Is so patent, self-evident and impera- tive that the city council should take action Immediately. "The first ward Is represented in the city council by two aldermen; the other three wards have six al- dermen. One alderman is elected at arge for the whole city. The sec- ond, third and fourth wards could, If they wanted to, gang up on the (Continued on Page 4, Column 4.) NEW WARD While sharks circled them, men took turns hanging on outside the rafts in the ocean or resting on the crowded sur 'ace. At one time, the pilot said 18 men were packed onto his raft. they were always confident of res' cue. Nevertheless Calhoun issued (Continued on Page 9, Column CRASH Gurney to Face Justice Court Mnskogee, Okla. Senator Gurney (B-SJ3.) will face justice court here Wednesday on a charge of reckless driving, lodged Sunday by a deputy sheriff, who said he chased the senator at 90 miles an hour. Gumey, freed on bond denied there was a chase before his arrest. He was accompanied by his wife at the time. CHOPPING DAYSLEFT Errol Flynn Nabbed for Kicking Cop New Flynn, 38- year-old motion picture star, was arrested early today after he al- legedly kicked a' patrolman on the shin to station. an argument to a police Flynn was charged with third de- gree assault. Police said the kicking occurred to front of the lieutenant's desk after Flynn and a companion had gotten into an argument with two radio patrolmen who had halted a taxicab to which they were passeng- rs, Flynn's companion, who identified imtpif as Robert Graham Wahn, 36, a motion picture publicity writ- was booked on a disorderly con- duct charge. After a short time to cells at a police station, Flynn and Wahn rare released on bail of each 'or hearings later today to magis- trate's court. Bail was posted by John Perona, operator of the El Morocco night club. The charge against Flynn was made by Patrolman Joseph Bergeles. He and Patrolman Joseph Gardner said they stopped the cab to ques- ion the driver, Henry Brtokworth, 22, of the of his unusually youthful appearance, As the driver stepped from the cab and produced his credentials, jollce. said, Wahn jumped out, rushed one of the policemen and used abusive language. Flynn did .ot participate to the discussion. At the station house, police said, Flynn kicked Bergeles as the po- ceman walked behind Postage Rate Boost to Be Asked in'49 Washington (IP) Postmaster General Donaldson said today he will ask the new Congress to boost rates on all mail except first class. Donaldson told newsmen that higher rates "will have to come on all low revenue-producing mall." He talked with reporters-at the White House after conferring with President Truman, but said he had not discussed the matter with Mr. Truman. He said the President is "not ac- quainted" with the situation, "but he will In reply to a question, Donaldson said he would ask Congress to In- crease rates after clearing the mat- ter through the White House and the budget bureau. He said Increases will be asked for second class man, newspapers and magazines; third class, circulars and advertising; fourth class, parce post, and special .services, such as money orders. Donaldson told reporters the Postofflce department will have an all-time record deficit of at the close of this fiscal year next June 30. He said that compares with a def- dt of for the fiscal year which ended last June 30. Flees )n Bicycle Monde, Ind. A bicycle served as a handy getaway vehicle for a gunman fleeing with a bag containing he had stolen in a daylight holdup yesterday from two officials of Muncle's largest de- partment store. The robber was chased by M, Bay Applegate, advertising agency owner, a passerby. But the gunman jumped on a bicycle left in an alley and sped away. Meanwhile, one of the holdup vlc- ims, Fred Staver, credit manager of Jail stores, chased a second rob- ber a block and a half before he was outdistanced. Staver and William Jones, assist- ant credit manager, were taking the money to a bank when a man walking ahead of them turned around and drew a gun. He barked, that bag. m shoot you. I'll kill you." Staver'said he dropped the bag. rhey were ordered to turn and fac the other way. Staver told polic a younger man who stood behln them held his hand in a topcoa pocket as though he had a gun ones said the armed man picked u] the bag and ran down an alley. Hi ounger companion'ran in the op josite direction. Pearl Harbor Memories Dimmed After 7 Years Pearl was .more interested in the rescue of 33 Air Force men from the mid-Pacific than it was in today's seventh, anniversary of Pearl Harbor. But from elsewhere came remembrances, and strange coinci- dences. (In Tokyo today Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida called on-par- liament to support his government "for the rehabilitation and re- covery of the Japanese empire." It threw members of parliament into a turmoil. And a socialist rebuked him lor use of the once familiar word "empire." It was the empire Japan was trying to expand when it bombed Pearl Harbor December Grand Jury Three Found Dead In Plane Wreck Columbus Ohio A Dayton, Ohio, businessman and two women employes were found dead to the wreckage of their near here yesterday. They had been missing since Saturday on a flight from James- town, N. Y, to Dayton, The victims were W. J. Blanch- ard, 48, general manager of Gen- eral Motors' Aero products division; Miss Vivian Johnson, 29, and Miss Betty Charles, 23, all of Dayton. Germans Sentenced Berlin Five men accused f black market trade with western Germany were sentenced to death oday to Russian-occupied Saxony the Soviet-licensed German news agency ADN reported. The agency said three of those condemned were tried to absentia having already fled west from the Russian zone. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Fair to- night and Wednesday. No decided change to temperature. Low to- night 15; high Wednesday 29. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: 25; minimum, 14; noon, 23; precipitation, none; surf sets tonight 'at sun rises to- morrow at EXTENDED FORECASTS Wisconsin and Minnesota; Tem- peratures win average near normal. Normal marltmtm 18 north, 36 Marshall Tine After Operation At Walter Reed Washington Secretary of State Marshall was operated on for a ailment today at the Army's Walter Reed hospital. Hos- pital-authorities reported the opera- tion was successful. j The eventual results of the opera- tion may determine whether the 67-year-old Marshall will remain very much longer as President Tru man's secretary of state. The State department announce that the operation was perfonne and the hospital then reported: "The operation was success- ful. The secretary is doing ex- cellently. No complications are anticipated." Both the State department am jospital called it a "kidney opera Hon." Neither would say specific ally what the trouble was or how serious the operation was condd ered. Bulletins Promised The operation was performed a 8 a. m., by Colonel James 3. Kimbrough. The hospital said t would issue periodic bulletins on the secretary's condition since Mar- shall had authorized those before- hand. will be 68 years old De- cember 3L He has been secretary of state since January, 1947. Be- ore that he ran the American Army as chief of staff and helped plan south. Normal two north, south. No marked fluctuations north but somewhat colder south portion Friday. Precipitation will av- erage one to three tenths inch oc- curring as frequent light snows to extreme north and rain or snow else- ois nation's global strategy against lie axis. In Marshall's absence from his ffice, Undersecretary of State Rob- ert A. Lovett runs the state depart- ment. where Wednesday or Thurs- day and over some sections again around Saturday. Additional weather on page 13. ireeks Executed Athens Three women and four men were executed by a firing squad today at Salonika. They were convicted of treason to con- nection with the communist guer- rilla revolt. In Washington Madame Chiang Kai-shek, wife of China's president, issued a statement to remembrance of "this sacred day" and the dead who "gave their lives for human liberty." In San Diego, Calif., the new formed "Veterans of Pearl Harbor will meet. (Formal anniversary services San Diego were scheduled aboard th seaplane tender Curtis, a veteran the 1941 attack.) Tokyo Crowded (Seven years ago crowds of Jap anese stood in amazement on Toky street comers while newspape: flashed news of the attack. (The rutted streets of Tokyo were crowded again today. The peop' had a new surprise to discuss ami their talk of high living costs the Supreme Court of the Unite States had decided to consider whe ther to hear appeals of their war lords. (There was no special recollec tion of Pearl Harbor day excep to individual memory even amon American combat veterans sti sprinkled to occupation forces. Ther are no monuments to Japan t that day except for the wa maimed on the' streets.) Of Chambers By John G. Winant New day of questioning before a spy-hunting federal grand jury today confronted Whittaker Chambers, confessed cour- ier for a pre-war communist espion- age ring. Chambers testified before the Mill City Voters Reject New Charter For 'Strong Mayor' Minneapolis Voters yester- day rejected a new charter which would have created a "strong mayor strong form of city gov- ernment. Complete unofficial tabulation showed yes votes and no's. The proposal needed 60 per cents of the votes cast but received only 42. About one-third of the registered 'oters went to the polls. The vote yesterday paralleled that on a school finance amendment, defeated October 7. Opponents of the charter proposal claimed it would lead to "boss rule" and higher taxes while proponents claimed similar charters have proved more successful to other cities. At present, Minneapolis has a so- called "weak mayor, strong council" orm of government. grand jury yesterday and. was clos- eted until early this morning with members of the House un-American activities committee, who hastened lere to talk with him. Chambers' appearance before the grand jury coincided with the com- mittee's disclosure that the ex-com- munist previously had accused Alger Hiss, former State department offi- cial, of slipping him "restricted" documents for delivery to a Russian agent. The New York Herald Tribune said today that Representative Rich- un-American activities subcommit- tee, had disclosed he will ask the before It. Nixon, the newspaper said, wants to submit Information he and other members of the committee have about the controversy Chambers and Hiss. If allowed to testify Nixon will ask the jury to urge appointment of Council Asked to Facilitate Project By Extending Franchise The Mississippi Valley Public Service Company announced Mon- day night that it will build a plant in Winona, The plant would almost doubla the size of its present structure at the foot of Liberty street and more than double the kilowatt capacity of its steam plant. In order to facilitate the project and permit satisfactory financing the city council was asked to ex- tend the company's franchise, ex- piring in 1957, to 1982, The announcement and the re- quest for the franchise extension were made by E. H. Flnkelnburg1, vice-president and general manager, at the city council meeting. There was no Indication among the council that a stogie "no" vote would be cast against the 25-year extension. The request for the ex- tension was laid over for two weeki. Date Only Change Alderman Dettle pointed out that there would be no change to the franchise except the expiration date, la 1948 the city accepted th8 company's offer to submit to a five per cent gross earnings tax on Its Winona electrical operations but cut down the company's request for a ten-year franchise extension to one year. The company then indicated that It wanted the ten-year exten- sion to facilitate its planning for the giant expansion finally an- nounced last night. The proposed plant, to be an ad- dition on the east side of the pres- ent structure, would contain a )00 kilowatt turbine, which would boost the capacity of the local plant to kllowatU. Mr. Flnkelnburg- said that the company had secured a place In production line for the turbine last spring, but that confirmation of the order must now be made. High Presinre Plant Ground for the new plant would be broken late to 1949 or early to 1950, and the plant would be to op- eration late to 1951. The turbine would not be delivered until the summer of 1951. Mr. Ftokelnburg said that the pro- posed plant Is a high pressure, high temperature one. Steam pressure would be Increased from 250 to 650 pounds. Said he, "The construction of new plant will provide ample capa- city to handle the rapidly growing oad thrown upon it by our present customers. It will also have suffi- cient capacity for industries which may want to locate to Winona to the future. It will place Wlnona to the enviable position of being able to attract new Industries because of a modern, dependable source of elec- tric power. "By adding this capacity to our steam generating station in Wi- nona instead of to our hydro station at Hatfield Wlnona will have central station service rather than ard M. Nixon, chairman of the House service from a long transmission line. It will have a dependable, mod- ern source of power within its city grand jury for permission to appear limits which is not subject to Inter- ruptions caused by lightning and transmission line failure. The addi- a special assistant attorney general in the case, according to the Herald involving course accrue to the benefit of the city. for Labor "Labor and the merchants to the Tribune. Chambers and Hiss went before ;he grand jury yesterday to a fol- low-up to committee reports of new and startling, evidence of a pre-war communist underground. Neither 3hambers nor Hiss would disclose lie nature of their testimony. This same to hollowed-out pumpkin on Cham- bers' Maryland farm, is the object of today's House committee session, to which Chambers was summoned. While Chambers and Hiss were testifying to secret before the grand ury, the House group to Washing- ton was publishing sworn testimony by Chambers that Hiss got govern- ment documents for a Russian agent. Hiss countered Immediately by tying, "I deny without qualification the accusations made to that testi- mony." Representative John Rankto (D.- a member of the House com- mittee, said he is "convinced" the lussians fed purloined T7. S. secrets tional taxes against the which will be levied Improvement will of Wtoona area will benefit material- ly since approximately of the cost of the plant will be spent for labor alone." In his references to taxes, Mr. Flnkelnburg noted that to 1948 it was estimated that the five per cent gross earnings tax would yield MO, but because of the Increased load, It Is estimated, It will yield this year. Consequently, the company will pay about in taxes to the city of Wtoona year. o the Japanese before and -during le war. This, he added, to a statement at Washington, "contributed to bring- ing on Pearl Harbor." Rankto said: "Someone to the tate guilty of es- ionage." But he did not name any ne. Chambers' charges that Hiss piped ut government papers which went the Russians were disclosed by he pointed out. tepresentatlve .Nixon. The testimony came from prelimi- nary proceedings to a libel uit Hiss has filed against Cham- jers, and named a "Colonel Bykov" a Russian agent to whom Hiss al- jgedly gave the documents. "Wtoona should be particularly happy "about the proposed expan- sion, the manager said, noting that many cities were now having their power rationed. He did not foresee any local shortage. The power company has the steam plant here, the hydro plant at Hat- field and, to addition, buys power from Northern States at certain periods. Financing of the expansion is dif- ficult, he said, because M.VJS. is "not a subsidiary. It's Just a purely local company." "It will be particularly hard to sell either bonds or stock with our Wtoona franchise expiring to 1S57. This is a difficult time to sell either bonds or stocks on favorable and extremely difficult with a short- term franchise." By extending the franchise for 25 years its term would "then coincide with the maturity of 30-year The present steam plant was bunt to 1917 and the last turbine was to- stalled to 1628. Mr. Ftokelnburg was accompanied by 8. J. Pettersen, vice-president of the company, and Harold. K. Breh- mer, attorney for the company, i ;