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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 9, 1948, Winona, Minnesota VOLUME 48, NO. 250 WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 9, 1948 FIVE CENTS PER COPY THIRTY-TWO PAGES ruman Raps Congress Spy Quiz Big ArmyB36 Makes Hop Collision Fatal For Woman Near Preston Three Youths Injured As Car, Truck Crash Preston, 72- year-old Fountain, Minn., woman was dead and three teen-agers were injured following a crash between a car and a semi-trailer here Wednes- day at p. m. Mrs. Elizabeth Walsh, who was riding in a car driven by her grand- son, William Walsh, 16, died in an ambulance while being taken to a Rochester hospital. The youthful driver this morning was in serious condition at St.j Mary's hospital, Rochester, with skull fracture and other Injuries. Also hospitalized were Phyllis Walsh, 14, his sister, and Larry Hunt, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hunt of Fountain. Both were treated for severe shock, cuts, bruises and other Injuries. Miss Walsh had a possible wrist fracture. Investigating officers said the Walsh car was driven onto highway 52 from a side street. The Walshes were heading from Preston to Foun- tain. Their car was struck on thej highway by a stock truck and trailer going east. Driver of the big vehicle was Vernal Johns, Chatfleld. Silas Ravell, Chatfleld, was riding with Johns. Both were uninjured. Mrs. Walsh was treated at the scene 'uy a Preston physician. Depu- ty Sheriff Walter Williams and the state highway patrol investigated. in Air 35 Hours With Useful Load Craft Taken to Honolulu and Back to Texas This Picturesque Expanse of the Mississippi river was a gray sheet of ice this morning. Republican-Herald Photographer Merritt Kelley stood on the High bridge, pointed the frigid nose of Ms camera westward and snapped. River dam attendants reported that farther upstream an inch and one-half of ice coated the main channel. This morning's sunny skies were overcast by noon, and weathermen reported that subzero weather is heading for this area from the Plains states. Letters Ask Aid of Good ows YPICAL letters Of the received since the an- nouncement of the Good Fel- lows program for this year are the following appeals from mothers and children. These letters tell the need for you to be a Good Fellow much bet- thing else that might be written in this space. Pear Good Fellows: Can you please help me as I have five children and they all go to school and some of them need shoes very badly. One of my boys just came home from school with cold feet on account of his bad shoes. Now is you can help them out they will appreciate it very much. We have to pay S40 rent, be- sides our fuel. 'I just don't know where it is going to come from to buy food and clothing, not to say anything about Christ- mas gifts for the children. Three of my children ten, nine and five, go to Madison school, one 12, to Junior high and one 13 to senior high. B. L. Dear Good Fellows: Could you help me a little this year. Daddy works but there are so many bills there won't be much Christmas at our house. My brothers would like shoes and mittens. Thanks. S. A. These are just two of the many reasons that the Good Fellows are Missouri to Lead Fleet in Caribbean Drill Washington The battle- ship Missouri heads an impressive fleet that will put to sea next Janu- ary on a Caribbean training cruise. Two carriers, four cruisers, eight destroyers and four mine-layers will complete the flotilla. This will be the first assignment for the battlewagon since President Truman last week vigor- ously denied reports that the Navy was sending her to join the "moth- ball" fleet. The Navy announced today It Is taking reservists from the eastern half of the United States I on three cruises to the Caribbean, the bulk of them in the Missouri group. The cruises are all of two- weeks duration. Sailing from East coast ports legislation program to be'presented to the 1949 state legislature was being mapped here today ati the biennial conference of the League of Minnesota Municipalities; Several hundred proposals were being studied with one of the most important that of the proposed new RIVER FREEZES OVER Subzero Weather Heading This Way Dig put the longles and the ear muffs, brother, that bitter chill is coming soon, A cold air mass building up on the north central plains is heading east from Montana and the Dakotas. Tonight's read- ings here are expected to be close to zero. Chinese Force In Red Trap Cut to Pieces By The Associated Press. Chinese army sources said today communists threatening Nanking By William C. Barnard Fort Worth, Texas The biggest bomber has made its great- est flight. The Air Force announced today that its giant pride, a B36, flew nonstop from Fort Worth to Hon- olulu and return, breaking its own record. At 7 p. m. (C.S.T.) last night, 35 hours and more than miles after takeoff time, the great silver ship touched down at this city's Carswell air field. And it had carried "a useful bomb load" to the halfway mark, drop- ping the bombs in the ocean off Honolulu. Brigadier General J. B. Montgom- ery of the strategic air command made the announcement here after hours of official silence. "It is the best the B36 has ever done, but it was a routine training flight will within the capabilities of the said the general. Tt was in excess of miles." 15 Men In Crew Guided Missile Flights Planned Eflln Field, FJa. Officials said today that a series of guided missile flight test runs to Honolulu have been transferred to the United States. The project is classified, which means details cannot be published, but Public Information Officer Wil- liam D, Gilchrist said one flight had been run to Honolulu last week and that results showed compar- able tests could be made in conti- nental United States without sub- jecting personnel to unnecessary risks over long stretches of water. He said one flight was in the air now to San Francisco but that he had no further details on that Colonel Gilchrist explained that any plane flown by remote control Investigation Of War Secret Leaks Pressed Move to Silent Un-American Committee Charged By Morgan Tru- man said today he still believes the congressional inquiry into commu- nist spy activities is a red herring. That was his reply when asked about it at a news conference. At the same time, he said that Attorney General Clark will see that the law Is 'a'guided missile and that the is enforced in connection with doc- present tests are of equipment In standard planes. .He said three other flights ha been planned but no details of tho were available. Last Iron Ore Cargoes on Way To Lower Lakes last iron o: cargoes of a record-breaking ship ping season headed down Lake Su perior today in the holds of th steamers Eugene Buffington an George Crawford of the Pittsburg Steamship Company fleet. When the ore is unloaded at lowi lake docks in a few days, it wi _, bring the tonnage carried in th Crewed by 15 men, the ship season to Approximately 82 from Fort Worth to Honolulu grOSS tonSi tne iargest peace way of San Diego, Calif., and re- Ume ore movement in history, turned via San Francisco. "From San Francisco, it did not fly directly to Fort said Breaking of the av erage moved in the war years noteworthy in that fewer ship Montgomery. "It flew to the east of were the trade this season. Fort Worth and then returned." j saje Of freighters to Canadian In It was a Pearl Harbor day night terests and conversion of others "Winona dam" attendants reported today that although wiped out one of the four ies channel is open below the dam, one and one-half inches of ice had sealed the main channel above the dam. The locks are open lor business pending orders from St. Paul. Temperatures had wobbled -upward a Uttle at noon today, but the read- ing was still a frigid 19. Low for last night in Winona was ten above, and at 8 a. m. when Winonans head- ed for work, the mercury was about 12 above. Fuel oil dealers in Winona re- ported that there are ample supplies of oil at present and demands are only average. Most oil users have been placed on a contract basis and are having needs met. Coal dealers also reported sufficient stockpiles To Carry Plans To Legislators St. Panl A comprehensive will be billeted aboard the Missouri, the carriers Kearsarge and Leyte, the cruisers Fargo, Portsmouth, ter than any-JHuntington and Juneau, the eight destroyers and the four mine lay- rs. Sailing the same day from Newj Orleans will be four destroyers with; state constitution drafted by the 330 reserve officers and men from j Minnesota constitutional commis- the eighth naval district. The third cruise, by four des- nationalist army groups they had trapped on the outer approaches of the capital. The communists asserted they in- flicted casualties. Govern- ment sources said the 16th army group was about lost. It was part of the garrison which tarried too long in outflanking Suchow. that began about 8 a. m. December Built to carry pounds of bombs miles, the superbomb- er staggers the imagination of the public and the men who fly it. It's as big as three five-room houses and it's 67-foot-tail is as high as a four-story building. It has groan- ed into the air at its weight of pounds. No other plane ever toted such, a load. Its amazing wings stretch 230 feet the length of a football they flap lazily in flight. And the B36 is so long 163 feet crewmen use a little scooter on uiaw 01 j-iuuit. owvsw Whether Nanking could be held raUs to zi from nose to depended largely on whether the other trapped troops could snap SS 10! miles northwest of Nanking. There were ao more government claims Has Six Engines pusher engines shove the for any cold spell. Calls for coal that units of the 12th army group deliveries have increased in the if ought out of an encirclement, as troyers with 550 eighth district re- servists aboard, will leave New Or- leans January 23. past few days. Record readings were Eau Claire seven, La Crosse nine, Superior 11, Green Bay and Madison 14 and Mil- waukee 17. Land O'Lakes' ten de- gree reading was surpassed by Its Eive below mark December 1. Early morning lows included 15 below at Havre, Mont., at Glas- 350 miles per hour. different type carriers has reduci the American ore-carrying capacit The tonnage loaded into the tw Pittsburgh ships at Duluth brough to more than tons th amount of ore moved by vessels the company, a subsidiary of th United States Steel Corporation and established another peacetim record. Last year Pittsburgh vesse carried tons. The season was marked by an un usually early start and unusual] fine late sailing. Complete absence of work stop rages and greater participation o Canadian vessels in the trade th: rear also were cited by John T Sutchinson, president of the Lak terriers' association, as factors in the record movement. Only in 1942, when the all-tim Hours before the Air Force r.iadejrecord of tons was set was reported yesterday. The government, which frequent- ly tosses out reports which have no relation to the facts, said the communists also are suffering heavy losses and are plagued by shortages! of supplies and munitions. Israel's bid for membership in the United Nations appeared doom- the general assembly meets ed A section of the new constitution would permit consolidation of city and county governments in thickly populated areas. gow, Mont., and -10 at Williston, again ta ApriL It was locked up in Havre the security council which ad- .1 journs Saturday night, The Palestine Arab gevermnent, headed by the exiled mufti and Bartender Admits Slaying Madison House Painter said a 29-year-old bartender con- fessed today to the hotel room slaying of Charles J. Bines, Madi- son, Wis., house painter, for his ring. Assistant Chief of Detectives Robert V. Murray reported the oral confession. Murray said the man told he struck up an acquaintance with the 48-year-old Hines in a tavern and went with him to his Ambassador hotel room Tuesday night after noticing the expensive diamond ring Hines wore. The ring was urging you to make your contribu- tion to the fund early. Be a Good Fellow. Mall or your contribution to The lican-Herald today. Be a Good Fellow The following is a list of contri- butions to the Good Fellows fund to date Previously listed (found in the bartender's room. 'T wasn't going to Mur- ray quoted the man as saying. Hines' body was found yesterday. Police had suggested that a miss- prove to be A friend Mr. and Mrs. George A. Engstrotn Arenz Shoe Co........ Wesley Brown K. L. M................ The Six Grand Children A friend Kicselhorst. IJtica Mr. and Mrs. J. Rivers 5.00 3.00 15.00 2.00 5.00 25.00 LOO 1.00 5.00 Total ring the motive for the jailing, other valuables were missing. No Following an autopsy, Magruder MacDonald told Dr. A. re- porter a handkerchief, stuffed down Hines' throat before he was tied up with a tightly knotted bed sheet, asphyxiated and was the im- mediate cause of death. The coroner added that Hines also had been struck on the head, suf- fering cerebral concussion and hemorrhage but no fracture. Hines' body, grotesquely bound to his bed, was found by a maid as she was making her rounds. Medical ex- aminers placed the time of death at George W. about 3 a. m. Detective Sergeant Cook, among the first on the scene, said the victim's hands apparently had been bound together with his belt but that he had managed to day was nine above. Tonight's lows, federal forecasters said, will include readings from 25 to 30 below in North Dakota; 15 to 25 below in South Dakota; 5 to 15 below in Minnesota and sub-zero marks In Wisconsin and parts of Iowa, While northerners suffered 42 below at Fort Nelson, was a sunny 80 at Miami, Fla. Trucking Company Facing Charges Chicago A trucking com- pany executive was ordered into together with a necktie, to which felony court today on charges of its announcement, there were un- confirmed reports of an historic flight. But Air officers over the nation remained mum. Montgomery, based at Offutt Field, Omaha, Neb., made the first announcement to The As- sociated Press in Dallas at a. m. today. Montgomery happened to be in Fort Worth, and after several calls from the A.P. and his own phone check with Washington headquar- ters, .he chuckled and said: "I can't tell you everything, but 111 tell you what I can." The flight was not a record for work one hand free. The belt was fastened to a towel, which was tied to a post at the head of the bed. Cook said nines' feet were bound a shirtsleeve was attached and knot- ted to the foot of the bed. The dead was clad only in under- wear. A whiskey bottle, two thirds-full, and several empty beer bottles were found in the room. A couple in a nearby room told police they had heard a man call- ing for help about 10 o'clock Tues- day night but associated the screams with the sirens of fire trucks pass- ing about the same time. Another guest said be had heard what he thought were drunks In the hall. A hotel waiter told of taking an order of four beers to Hines' room at about 4 p. m. Tuesday and see- tag two or three men there. Hines was returning from Camp Lejeune, N. C., where he had visited his son. Marine Corporal George Hines, who told the Washington Evening Star by telephone that his rather left alone by train for Wash- ington Monday. Hotel employes said Hines checked in Monday night. The dead man's widow, Mrs. Laura Hines, arrived last night from Madi- son. malicious mayhem and conspiracy to commit assault .'and battery with intent to kill. Elmer W. Sims, 49, head of the Motor Transport Lines, Chi- cago, is accused of hiring Earl Harris, 27, a Chicago Negro, to throw lye into the face of a com- petitor. Similar charges have been filed against Harris. Sims denied the charges when he surrendered to police yesterday. He. was freed on bond. The complaint charged Norbert D. McCue, 50, president of the Steel Dispatch Company, Gary, Was at- tacked in his office last March 27. McCue said he was burned severely and lost much of the vision in his right eye. The court today continued the charges against Sims to December situated at some unknown place, distance. In October, 1946, a Navy announced opposition to Trans-1 Lockheed Neptune patrol bomber flew from Perth, Australia, to Co- lumbus, Ohio, miles. Fire at Willmar Willmar Fire caused damage early today at the B and C cafe here. Mrs. Bertha Carver, owner, said the blaze was believed to have started from an explosion near the oil heater. Jordan's plan to proclaim King Abdullah as monarch of the Holy Land. The U. N. political committee ap- proved, 41 to six, a resolution en- dorsing the U. N. Korean commis- sion, providing for a new commis- sion, recognizing the Korean re- public of the U. S. occupation zone and recommending occupation troops practicable." withdrawal of "as early as and in 1943, when ton were carried, has more tonnage been moved. Shipments last year totalei tons. November shipping of iron ore coal and grain, amounting to 16, net tons, was the largest in history, the lake carriers announced The month also marked the larges postwar November movement o; grain totaling tons. CHOPPING EAY5 -LEFT 23. McCue has filed a damage suit in federal court against Sims, claiming the Chicago trucker hired Harris to inflict the injury. McCue alleges Sims wanted the exclusive jusiness of transporting steel be- tween Gary and Chicago. Second-Year Marshall Plan Costs to Be By Sterling F. Green second-year spending for the Marshall at around its first scrutiny today from bipartisan foreign policy leaders in Congress. Senators Connally who once again will head the foreign relations committee, and Senator Vandenberg the retiring chairman, arranged a meeting with budget experts uments stolen from the State de- partment. The House un-American activities committee, probing into alleged com- munist espionage, has received from Whittaker Chambers a bunch of documents allegedly stolen from the State department back in 1937 and 1938. Chambers, now a senior editor of Time magazine, says he was a cour- ier in those years for a red spy ring. Chambers has testified that Alger Hiss, then a State department offi- cial, was among those who slipped him documents. Hiss has denied that. Hiss is now president of the Carnegie Founda- tion for International Peace. Papers Reported Taken Alluding to the papers Chambers produced, a reporter told Mr. Tru- man that there seemed to be incon- trovertible evidence that highly se- cret documents had been taken from the State department. The President repeated that the attorney general will take all steps necessary in the case. A reporter wanted to know wheth- er Mr. Truman felt that the inquiry is still a red herring. The President called it that on several occasions during the sum- mer and fall when he was campaign- Ing. He asserted at that time that the Republican-directed investiga- tion was intended to divert atten- tion from lack of congressional ac- tion on high prices. In reply to today's question, Mr. Truman- said the people seem to think the inquiry still is a red her- ring. "Do a reporter persisted. The President replied that yes, hi did. Wlille Mr. Truman was holding his conference, the House committee was meeting in a closed session at the capital. In the background was: 1. A member's charge that the administration is trying to "silence" the House un-Ameri- can activities committee. 2. Testimony that "many more than ten" Soviet spy rings either have been, or still are, operat- ing in this country. Representative Mundt acting chairman, told reporters he lelieves the mystery of the pilfered documents will be fully solved be- ore the committee hears out the 1 witnesses it plans to summon luring the next few days. Mundt called the committee into losed door session this morning to map a speed-up strategy for tho learlngs. He said additional night essions will be held if needed to wind up the inquiry. It was at a meeting last night hat Russian-born Isaac Don Le- ine a repeat witness outlined is estimate of the extent of Rus- ian espionage in this country. Levine, now an American citizen, was the go-between for Whittaker hambers when the admitted for- mer communist courier decided to ake his story to the government 1939 two years after breaking ith the reds. Found in Pumpkin It was from a pumpkin on Cham- ers' farm that rnicrofllm copies of ome of the pil'ered document! ere removed -only last week. From last night's session, too, ime the blast by Representative ixon (R.-Calif.) at what he call- d administration efforts "to silence ifs committee." Nixon said the Justice depart- ent "has made it very clear" it oes not want the House group to ear any witnesses slated to tes- Continued on Page 6, Column 3.) SPY PROBE of the Economic Cooperation administration. The best available spending estimate for the year beginning July 1 is about less than the present appropriation lor European recovery. But the figure Is neither official nor final. Officials said it Is sim- ply "as close as anybody's guess right now." If economic aid to China is in- creased and lumped with the Eu- ropean spending, the total will rise. Also, ECA expects to take over from the Army the administration of Korean relief, which now runs about a year. To Program Connally indicated to a reporter in advance of today's talks that they would be concerned more ECA's money problems than with the sums involved. The agency started operating last April 3. By current reckoning Its present funds will run out next April leaving three moneyless months before the start of the new fiscal year July 1 and ECA's Bocalled "second annual program." ECA Chief Paul G. Hoffman has said be win ask about to fill the three-month gap. He has made no statements on the second annual program, except that it probably will cost less the because of progress so far made. Most of the comment from members of Congress on the eight-month record of operations has been favorable. But Vandenberg has said the recovery program certainly will face a "critical showdown" early in the session. He told a reporter earlier this week that in his own opinion ECA has "vividly justified its existence." However, he said, its operations should and undoubtedly will be subjected to an "exhaustive survey." WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity Partly cloudy and colder with a few local snow flurries tonight. Low 5 in the city, near zero in the country. Fri- day fair and cold; high 18. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 incurs ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 24; minimum, 10; noim, 18; precipitation, none; sun sets .to- night at sun rises tomorrow at TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE Max. Min. Pjcp. Duluth International Falls Chicago 31 Des Moines 28 20 16 Kansas City 37 Mpls.-St. Paul.....20 New Orleans ......67 New York .........54 Edmonton 3 8 Winnipeg 13 16 20 11 11 29 4 53 35 -26 -31 -2 .08 T ;