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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 8, 1949, Winona, Minnesota COLD-TONIGHT, FRIDAY WARMER Basketball Tonight KWNO-FM VOLUME 49, NO. 249 WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 8, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY-FOUR PAGES illing Fails to Shake Larson Story MOPPING IIP OF THE WATER AND DEBRIS was under way in the Houston, Minn., community building auditorium this morning. The fire was discovered about p. m. Wednesday. A tin ceiling in the auditorium portion of the old opera, house saved the Interior from further damage. Flames burned through portions of the ceiling as shown at upper right portion of the photo. Past work by the volun- teer firemen prevented what might have been a much more serious flre.1 Damage was estimated be- tween and Houston firemen were joined by the Eushford flre department in battling the blaze in near-zero temperatures. Republican-Herald photo Blaze Chars Houston Auditorium Houston, old opera serves as a community a sorry sight today after flre swept through the upper portions Wednesday night. The valiant work of volunteer Bremen In near-zero weather saved the landmark from destruction. Damage today was estimated to run Neenah Rag Plant Burns, Loss between and accord- ing to Fire Chief P. F. Johnson. wash their cars. New York Bans Car Washing To Save Wafer New York The world's biggest city doesn't have enough water today to let its residents Man Wounded in Burglary At Brainerd in Jewelry Recovered Along Route of Flight Brainerd, Minn. A 36-year- old Backus man was wounded in the chest and captured early today by a Brainerd patrolman who an- swered an alarm that a jewelry store was being burglarized. Police Sergeant Joe Nolan said the roan identified himself as Tracy G. Berkey. He said he had recently been employed in Minne- apolis as a roofer and that his wife lives in Backus. Berkey's wound was not believ- ed serious. Nolan received a phone call at a.m. from a woman who said she could hear glass being broken! at the Time jewelry store on Laurel street, Brainerd's main business thoroughfare. Nolan dispatched an alarm by 'radio to Patrolman Robert Fitzsim- mons who was cruising in a police car only a short distance away. Fitzsimmons said he drove up to the store just as a man dashed away. The patrolman jumped from his car and fired two pistol shots over the man's head, ordering him to halt. The man continued running how- ever, and fled down an alley with Fitzsimmons in pursuit. As the man ran close to buildings in the alley, Fitzsimmons said he fired a shot from about SO feet. The man staggered, but did not stop. Believing him to be hard hit, Fitzsimmons said he withheld his fire. As the chase continued another block to Front street and Seventh streets. Fitzsimmons said Berkey started, throwing away jewelry Defense Rests In McLoone Case BULLETIN 1 La. Crosse. defense in the Arnold Larson murder case rested at p. m. today. The state immediately began rebuttal testimony. By Gordon R. Closway La Crosse, 'composure of a smooth successful auto sales- 'man wore a little thin today after hours of questioning, but Arnold 'Larson maintained his innocence in the murder of Dr. James McLoone and held to a general denial of virtually the entire case against him. 1 Larson was cool, calm and collected yesterday afternoon when his attorney led him through a pomt-by-point denial of the body of the state's case, but by this noon, after several hours of cross-examination, the state's attorney had frayed the i edges of composure. I The state's attorney. Robert Johns, led Larson through the same denial patera again in an obvious attempt to irritate the 35-year-old murder defendant. Johns was successful several La Crosse, Wis. Photographers' times. are allowed by Circuit Judge Roland: Larson flared up when Johns ask- JJ. Steinle to take pictures at any ed him if he _had everjjeen cpn- itime during the Larson trial if not use flash bulbs. however, are permitted when a wit-l- ness is being sworn. Larson Judge Pictures saw the man run f J attic. A tin roof and a In New York's fast-emptying "red ceiling helped to contain barrel, new restrictions were imposed to conserve remain- ing supplies. kJLUC JJdljiUlllittil uni- o the Northern Pacific tracks and When Larson was called to the stand yesterday afternoon there was' ja flurry throughout the courtroom.! jPhotographers jumped to their feet! land flashes popped all over the iThe court made an exception in this I case and allowed several flashes lo I be taken of Larson after he was I seated in the witness chair. There are more than a dozen Bring Lunches La Crossc, Wis. Most of the 300-odd spectators stayed in the courtroom here dnrinc the noon hour. They had brought their lunches. A.P, Wircphoto Arnold O. Larson "No sir, I did not (kill Dr. blaze in the attic section of the newly remodeled building. However, the chief said .-beneath a box car, As-J'itz- approached, gun drawn, the man climbed up on a depot platform, and started running again. Fitzsimmons shouted another or- Witness Tells Of Mystery Car In McLoone Case For the first time, the pinch real- to halt, threatening to shoot c. A.'Early, filling station at- By Staff Writer La Crosse, Wis. The deiense for Arnold Larson turned the jury's attention to a mystery car late this why he had checked out, of a. Min- iilcic llluic neapolis hotel the morning after porters from newspapers and radio! the murder and then had checked stations throughout the Midwest into the same hotel at night. ering the trial in addition to thej Courtroom Packed photographers. Seats at the press! Johns had the overflowing court- table are at a premium. room tittering occasionally, too, to the great displeasure of Circuit Judge Roland J. Stelnle. But the denial of the state's casa was clear-cut and, in making it. Larson was stacking his word against that ol his estranged wife, luola. The 11 men and one woman on the jury wil soon, prob- ably tomorrow, be asked to decide Is lying. Larson stepped o2 the stand at H-30 o'clock this morning, and then Larson Composed On Witness Stand drug at that time and he wanted morning. damage was extensive. A dancehy was being felt directly by the was in progress downstairs in the public. auditorium when the fire was dis- All 'nonessential" use of water covered. The alarm was turned in was out. by order of Water Com- jabout p. m. imissioner Stephen J. Carney. j The short circuit in the wiring j He has directed: Xcenah, Wis. A spectacu- had rendered useless the village again. Berkey surrendered. tendant near the Dr. James Mc- He was taken to Brainerd police Loone murder scene, testified that headquarters and given 8 and o'clock the night aid. Berkey was being held without! of the murder a car turned into his charge. station at high speed "on two It was the second time in three j wheels" and hurried him into La Crosse, is a partial transcript of questions asked of and answered by Arnold Larson Wednesday during his trial on a charge of murdering Dr. James McLoone: Interrogation by Arthur Sheridan, defense counsel. Q What is your name? A. Arnold O. Larson. Q .How old are you, Arnold? A. Thirty-five. Q. Where were yon born? A. On a farm near Decorah, Iowa. mire witnesses before the noon ad- j i Jsiren mounted atop the building, raged several hours Volunteer flremen summoned through a downtown rag plant thCir homes by telephone by lar That all automobile washing bejyears the store had been bur-j giving him of gasoline, "completely stopped." glarized. In the previous The driver, Early testified, w; That there be no flooding of ten- nis courts or filling of pools for nesday night before it was the operator, Mrs. Hazel Smith. As winter ice skating. bv flreiren from fovr cities. soon as the first firemen got thei xhat the cleaning of tiled walls Flimr.; shot 50 fpct into the to the blaze' the .siren subway stations be halted for Flames s.iot 30 feet into tne ai. Lounded to bring volunteers run- duration Of the shortage. from the 'plant of Meyer and Sons, located only 50 yards, RUshford's fire crew raced the 12 glarized.__..._ _________- the robber was captured about to know if he could make the hour after the store was entered. ;gas metering machine work faster. He was sentenced to St. Cloud re-i Early said" he looked into the rear formatory. of the car and saw a woman seated It appeared that the would not come until tomorrow. to see the effects of that. Basis of Q. He wanted that autopsy to be performed, did he say why' he! The state is basing: ts case wanted to see the effects of this against Larson on his wiies ac- drug? A. He said it would help in the !case of some other child tha count of a conversation in a La Crosse park August 16, 1948. Nola says that at that meeting Q. Are you the husband of be in the same conditionjLarson carefully told her how he 11__L i_______ in t.hp YPUT Larson? A. I am. Q. Did you kill Dr. McLoone? A. No, sir, I did not. Q. And was your child in the hos- pital in February 1914? A. Yes. off Neennh's main street. miles to Houston to aid local volun- Water Saving Urged At the same time, the police de- partment was mobilizing an army An nllnisjht vi-il wis rnaintained'teers in subdoing the blaze. Of several thousand civilian "wa-j in sub free-in- tomDC-Vires to' The building also houses the vil-jter wardens" to canvass homes and, in sub umpe.a.aies to Qffl Amerjcan LeJUrge dwellers to save water. j prevent the smouldering clubrooms> community! Wearing armbands marked "po-j story building from flaring up kitchen and auditorium. some of the wardens already again irecords and furnishings were on the job. 'Dnmnw was estimated at SiSO.-'rlea from the building and so were; n they find leaky faucets or resi- 000 bv Fire Chief John Zick. He not damaged. j dents who thei said Vans in the ruins probably: The opera house was built in 1912.Iare to report the conditions to aa- wonld smoulder for a full day. jit has a stucco exterior and wasjtnonties. Fifty plant workers escaped be- extensively remodeled fore flames roared throu-h the ls PartliU buildins. Only fireman injured was nKc- Josi'ph' Mjiiralski. 32, Mermslia. Chief Johnson lauded his fire- who was released from n hospital'fighters for their work in the three- after a sprained ankle was treated, hour battle under severe The flames and their intense conditior heat drove fircmrn off the roof of.'o the the plant. They coiitinued cascad infr water onto the building; from thr ground and the roofs of ad- joining builriinps. J. D. Burstrin. co-partner in the company, s.iid the fire appare started a rag machine. was discovered about p the upper floor ot the plant, used mostly fnr storing thousands bale-; of rat's. recently Coupled with this, the city has cover-raised the fine for leaky plumbing from to for each day of the offense. But the penalty for other water wasters could be more. A Brook- lyn magistrate collected a SIO fine Girl With Rare 'HSDisease Succumbs in front of his home. The new restrictions stemmed from what Carney called an "in- creasingly acute situation." Rain Needed Badly The city's upstate and Westches- ter county reservoirs, sapped by unusually heavy consumption com- bined with a season of light rain- fall, were down to about Chieaffo Patty Owens, a ooo.OOO gallons, about one-third of frail little girl who suffered a rare capacity. the blare, which drew disease most of her young life.' York could become a "ghost Canada Sent Russ Uranium, Howe Reveals Ottawa Trade Minister C. D. Howe said today that a ship- ment of Canadian uranium oxide and uranium nitrate went to Russia in May, 1943. In a statement to the House Commons, Howe said the was valued at and made through normal commercial chan-; nels by Eldorado Gold Mines, Lim-j. ited, a private firm which sold its uranium-producing property to the: Canadian government in 1944. I He said it was treated as a "nor-i mal" transaction, then that tests ion the right hand side and some Q; did your child pass large object, covered with a large object, covei cloth, on the floor. The car speeded north on high-1 way 16 after getting the gasoline, that he was in secreted himself in the rear seat Q. On the afternoon or evening of Dr. McLoone's car the night of of February 8. 1944, were you in [November 14, 1947, permitted him the Herman Kricwald home after to drive out to a lonely stretch of Early said. The driver was not Larson, and the car was not Dr. McLoone's, Early testified. The defense also recalled Dr. George Reay, county coroner, who admitted that he removed three in February 1944? A. Yes. Q. Dr. McLoone was your and >ctor, is that right? !this in the funeral? A. I was. Q. Did you on that ei'Cninjf be- tween C and 7 o'clock In the pre- sence of Kriewald and in the presence highway 18 and there shot him, all in revenge for the death of the Larsons' son three years before. Larson does not deny the meet- of his rare of your father and moth-ibut did deny making any such ac- McLoone A j did not to! When Larson stepped up on the j witness stand in his own defense 'yesterday afternoon at o'clock, rihe became the defense's "Oh, ness- The state 41. Q. Did Frances, your sisler, sayjhe became the defense's 24th wit- A. Yes. Q. Were you at the Kricwaldj' home on the day of your child's! funeral? jujs or tnjs in substance, A- I was- land turn around and start to cry? Q. Previous to the child beinpri No buried, was there an autopsy per-; Q' thc did you timcs was tne iformcd on the child? Dr McLoone" I state's attorneys because he was but got four back later. A- ...I a' week later I was inhering more than the question Final defense witnesses this after-! Q- Will you tell us how_ it h3.p-ihis office j went lhcre to pay theiPutJ-o him. An excellent witness, Larson volunteered much testimony and Missing Airliner to the funeral home he could iThe witness will answer only to the inpr our daughter being born. perform an autopsy on my child, j Sighted From Air He said he wasn't satisfied as wjth Dr McLoone? the chest condition he had at the time he was in the hospital. I told part on Question put to him." San Franeisco Few people knew'of a missing commercial disrnembered. z wanted to! leading to the with seven aboard was sighted from, th t th Thevi atomic bomb were under way and; the air today by a U. S. it was considered wise not to call: Guard search plane. attention to the project by refusing: The pilot, Lieutenant Jerry Rea, reported by radio that the wreckage I beg your said Larson trial continued. After that time had you ever! Within a minute after the start ten Dr. IHcLoonc? !of his testimony, Larson was asked A. Once just outside of his office (ConUniied on Pagc 3j Column 3.) on Page 4, ColunJD LARSON usmg a relatively new sulfai QUESTIONS j orders for metals, he added. The policy in 1943 was to four miles southeast of Napa fire fisilitir.ST units iron! Menasha. Appleton and was n crowd estimated than 5.000 persons. Neenah, tiled yesterday, ending her hope.cjty_" says chief Water Engineer'all possible'aid to warring about ten miles from Fairfield Oshkosh. of celebrating one more J. Clark, if the needed at more Patty, ill with a fibrocystic don-t come. ease since shortly after she was joining with the city in its con- Howe said. He said the Russians on a direct line between the two asked in cities. This is 40 miles northeast the normal way for 500 pounds San Francisco. -lused in the prosecution of the war. i considerably to t oxide was to be used in pro-.costa county. it first had been reported that e plane was down near Pacheco, he south in Contra born four years ago. died shortly 'servation efforts, the American! black uranium oxide and 500; after an operation on her wind- association told its of uranium nitrate to pipe at Illinois Research hospital. bers to turn off in mouth-! She was brought to the hospital washing bowls, except when in use, me oxiae was iu uu f" i____ Tuesday after a cross country by patienw jduction of armaments, the nitratej The Coast Guard pilot reported train ride from California. American Society for theifor medical purposes. jthat he could see no signs of life i The fibrocystic disease caused prevention of cruelty to Animals i (about the plane. There were four I her lungs to fill with a heavy sec- began modifying control valves to! 'retion which was smothering the now Of water in Surgeons opened a small hole in waterrns troughs. her windpipe to make her breathing' The board of education ordered, easier and aid in removal of the Sivjmlmng pools, which re-i cretion. But the advanced stages of freauent reflllinsrs. left emptv. her disease and her long train ride j made the operation unsuccessful. Heiress Selects Monthly Payments ir49 Cotlon Crop Estimate Boosted WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS passengers and three crewmen aboard when the plane disappeared In a rain storm last night on a flight from Oakland to Sacramento Hamilton Field air-rescue in Mann county said a helicopter and ground crews were being rushed to the area. Agriculture'. department, in its final report of the year, today estimated the 1949 cot-: 16X35 LOUDie ton crop at bales of 500 Dallas UP) Mr. and Mrs. Rea compares also (B. Moseley say kids have destroyed! 5112131415 18 262728293031 Los Ancclcs Over- ell Ccirvnon. ncQuittGu 01 3. moiii.ii UKU. charges with former boy friend'cold. Light snow likely Friday 14377000 produced last year! the peace and quiet of then- neign- Georjre Gollum in the 1947 vacht'night. Highest Friday 26. land with a'ten-year (1938-47) aver-! borhood and they re going to draamitin? of her parents." has' LOCAL WEATHER !age eight neighbors, all elected to receive S300 monthly for; Official observations for the 24 year-s Cr0p has produced one or more crmdren. life instead of outright'hours ending at 12 m. today: 'surplus supply above market needsi The couple says tne EOS nav'e from insurance policies i Maximum. 29: minimum. 5: noon, and a reserve deemed by law to be j "destroyed the peace and quie. wltn This was disclosed vesterday in! 12: precipitation, none; sun sets ample. AS a consequent. Secretary jhprns, and espe- final accounting of "assets held tonight at sun rises tomorrow Brannan has set planting allotments cially screaming at the top of then- __ Innrrc- in O TYlQ'nYlPT' Tintl TinTTTlfl KA Be Open for the heiress, 20, bv her mater-iat inal uncle, Emmacuel Jungquist.i Additional weather on page 13. (calling for a 20 per cent reduction j lungs, in a manner not normal to lie 1950 production. [usual play Dy saia cnuaren. Lorraine Larson of Lansing, Mich., testifies that she and other members of her family did not hear Larson threaten to kill Dr. James E. McLoone. Miss Larson is a sister of Arnold, who is charged with murder in the slaying of the La Crosse doctor. Listening intently in the background is Judge Roland. Steinle, while a court reporter takes down Miss Larson's testimony. (A.P. Wirephobo to The Republi- can-Herald.) ;