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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1950, Winona, Minnesota Snow Flurries; Not So Cold Buy a Winter Carnival Emblem VOLUME 50, NO. 254 FIVE CENTS PER COPY THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 14, 1950 WINONA, MINNESOTA, TWENTY-FOUR PAGES Reds Threaten Charlns Lorenz, left, on trial for the murder of his wife in 1933, confers with his Foley, center, and John R. Foley, right, Wabasha. Republican-Heraid photo Marshall Asks Rapid Build-up Of War Plants Washington A rapid build- up of the nation's war plants is essential to meet the serious threat ot a global conflict, Secre- tary of Defense Marshall has told Congress. Whether an all-out shooting war might erupt within the next few months was described by Marshall at "very hard to answer." He laid this country is doing all it can to avoid full-scale hostilities, but, he added, "We realize that an all-out war can be initiated by a single word from the other side." While this uncertainty exists, he "c-mphasls on production is the wry to begin" to strengthen the nation's sinews. He said the important thing is "to lay down the assembly lines, the tooling, the jigs and so forth, so that we can quickly build up what may be necessary." Marshall expressed these views In secret hearings before the House military appropriations subcom- mittee on an emergency request for more military funds. The subcommittee made the testimony of Marshall and other military officials public today. The huge money bill assured of congressional approval this year boosts to the amount sought to fight the Korean war and to expand and maintain the military forces through next June 30, Bachelor Dies In Cottage Fire Milwaukee A middle-aged bachelor died in the flames of his three-room frame cottage early today despite efforts of an interur- ban motorman to save him. The victim was Otto 48, who lived alone in the town Wauwatosa. Busch's body was found under his bed, burned badly. Firemen said apparently he tried to crawl out of the house but was felled by smoke. Murder Statement Entered as Evidence By Staff Writer Wabasha, court has accepted Charles Lorenz' confes- sion that he deliberately shot and killed his wife Li Minneiska 17 years ago, but the defense is still fighting it. The confession, obtained by Winona County Sheriff George Fort last May, was the center of discussion all morning as the Lorenz first degree murder trial entered its second day. Sheriff Fort took the witness stand late Wednesday and con- tinued his testimony this morning and afternoon. Testimony was concerned almost entirely with the manner in which Sheriff Fort obtained the confes- sion. Denies Using Force The sheriff denied emphatically that he used any force or made any promises in getting the state- ment from Lorenz. Court was recessed for more than an hour late Wednesday as attorneys argued in Judge Karl Finkelnburg's chamber whether the confession could be introduced and accepted. Jurors were temporarily excused during that period, which lasted from before 4 p. m. until almost 5 p. m., after which trial recessed until this morning. The judge ruled that the state could submit the confession. Sheriff Fort was on the stand at the time the question arose. The courtroom here fill- ed to overflowing this morning with more 60 persons lis- tening to the case. About ten spectators even stood in the rear of the room. Cross-Examined Lorenz, calm and composed, has been brought here from the prison at Stillwater where he is serving an indeterminate sentence (five to ten years) on a first degree assault charge. He is confined to the coun- ty jail here each night during the trial, under custody of a special guard from the prison. Under cross-examination by John j (Continued on Page 3, Column 1.) LORENZ Be i Good Fellow 20.00 10.00 Previously listed A friend Rusty, Linda and Brian Employes of Froedtcirt Grain and Milting Company Good Fellow Mary and From Bruce From a Good Fellow A friend A friend Catholic Daughters of America M. T................. Candy and Melody A Mother and Daugh- ter Dakota Northern Field Seed Company 15.00 Homer Atomic Work- ers 4-H club D. C. O.............. From a friend From a Good Fellow A friend Owl Motor Company Workers Union Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Rasmussen Caral and Carl Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Watkins 2.00 5.00 1.00 2.W 2.00 20.00 5.00 2.00 10.00 1.00 5.00 5.00 1.00 2.00 1.00 20.00 5.00 1.00 Court Edict Issued Against Rail Strike Chicago Workers Seek to Beat Freeze on Wages BULLETIN Washington The Post Office department today con- sidered a partial embargo on parcel post mailings in view of the spreading strike among railroad, yard employes, Chicago W) A sudden, crip- pling strike by railroad yardwork ers spread today from Chicago to Washington and St. Louis despite a federal court order to end the walkout. Freight traffic was disrupted in St. Louis and Chicago, but pas- senger, mail and express service were affected in Washington. But early today there was no back-to-work movement by some striking yard workers in the nation's biggest rail center. There was a hint from rail union chiefs the strike may spread. A federal judge last night order ed the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen to end the one-day strike. The government, which seized the nation's carriers last August after a strike threat stemming from a wage hour dispute, said the stop- page was "seriously Interfering with the war effort." The walkout, which the union termed unauthorized, virtually halted freight movement. It caused some passenger train cancellations and disrupted other industries. Con- tinuation of the stoppage threaten- ed a major delay in the Christmas mails in Chicago, which is a major transfer point for transcontinental mails. The steel industry was hit almost immediately. Some blast furnaces were banked. There were shut- downs and curtailment of opera- tions throughout the Chicago in- dustrial area. At the same time, presidents of four operating rail unions, includ- ing the B.R.T., said in Washing- ton the Chicago strike may spread unkss White House and govern- ment mediation efforts are stepped up to settle the wage-hour dispute. They blamed the delay in reach- ing an agreement on John R. Steel- man, President Truman's assistant who has been conducting the ne- gotiations. They said the White House has been told of the "un- rest" among rail yard workers. A railroad spokesman said the strike appeared to be an attempt to force settlement of the dispute before any wage freeze or presi- dential declaration of a war emer- gency. The union seeks a 40-hour work week at 48 hours pay for its yard workers. The dispute has been before Steelman and the Na- tional (railway.) Mediation board for more than four months. 25.00 Total Larry and Sharon and Jimmy Kobyj clothing. F. J. A A Don and cloth- ing. Herman Noren, Blair, clorhing. Red Planes Starting All-Out War in Korea Air Force spokesman said today there are indications the Communist Air Force is starting to wage all-out air war in Korea. He said that increased enemy jet fighter activ- ities during the last few days suggests "The enemy may now intend to exploit fully his air potential concomitantly with his ground success." "The pattern now he aded, "may reveal a steady increasing tempo of air activity as additional aircraft become available from Com- munist China or the Soviet Union." A dispatch from Korea today said 24 Russian- made MIG-15 jet fighters and four American jet Shooting Stars exchanged, fire near Sinuiju in northwest Korea. None of the American planes was reported damaged. The U. S. pilots said one Communist plane was hit. The United Nations forces in Korea might be particularly vulnerable to air attack in their pres- ent positions concentrated in relatively small areas, especially in the northeast where they have only a small beachhead around the port of Hungnam.. This Is A General View showing row after row of Marine crosses at a solemn burial ceremony at Hungnam, North Korea, of boys who won't be home for Christmas. The Marine firing squad is shown in the background against snowcovered hills. (A.P. Wirephoto via Radio from Tokyo to The Republi- can-Herald.) WEATHER FEDERAL. FORECAST Winona and vicinity: Mostly cloudy, occasional snow flurries to- night and Friday. Not so cold to- night. Low in the city 8 above, in the country, four above. Colder Friday. High Friday afternoon 12 above. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 16; minimum, noon, 7; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at Additional weather on page 10. Fire Damages Reformatory At St. Cloud Communist aggression. The group called to today's ses- sion with the President is made up of top Democrats and Republicans on the Senate and House banking committees and the joint economic and atomic energy committees. Key administration officials also were called in, just as they were yesterday when another group of congressional leaders met with the Job Half Done Two. Witnesses for the state who testified Wednesday at the Loreni trial are Jacob Wolfe, left, and A. J. Hartert, both of Min- neiska. Wolfe is a brother of Mrs. Lorenz who was killed in 1933. Hartert was a neighboring businessman. Republican-Herald photo 400 Needy Children Many More Look to Good Fellows Today was a school day, but a number of Winona children didn't go. They weren't play- ing hookey, either. They sim- ply didn't have enough warm clothes to face this morning's blast of below-zero weather. As of today about 400 of the needy children in Winona have been equipped with warm snow suits, trousers, dresses, mittens, shoes and overshoes by the Good Fellows workers. This is about half of the needy children who will need! help. All of the 400 who have been taken care of so far have been children from the city's public and parochial schools. Still to be equipped are more school children, city children of pre-school age and children from the near-by areas around Winona. The Good Fellows workers are depending on continuing contributions from kind citi- zens who realize what improper clothing means to children who find themselves in dire cir- cumstances through no fault of St. Cloud, which broke out while inmates were lock- ed in their cells, severely damag- ed the auditorium at the state reformatory here late yesterday. No one was injured. The fire forced officials to move delinquent prisoners to another cell block. The auditorium is located on the third floor of the main build- ing. Delinquent prisoners who were housed on the floor above were moved without incident, officials said. There was no disorder among inmates locked in other cell blocks, officials said. The auditorium was vacant when fire was discovered at p.m. Defective wiring was given as the cause. Firemen from St. Cloud President, fought the fire which started on the After ttat meeting the White auditorium back stage. House said there appeared to be The reformatory has about unanimous agreement among the conferees that "our military strength he built up with the ut- most speed." Need Doubted The Republicans present backed up that statement, but Senator Taft said on their be- half some members of the G.O.P. group had doubts about the need for proclaiming a national emer- gency. Mr. Truman is considering such a step and may announce his de- cision in a nation-wide radio broad- cast at p.m. (C.S.T.) Friday. The speech also will be carried by some television stations and it will be beamed abroad by the State department's "Voice of America." At the first White House session leaders of both parties endorsed plans for a rapid build-up of U. S. military might. Senator Maybank one Truman Continues Conferences on Economic Controls By Marvin L. Arrowsmith leaders plugging for wage-price con- trols said they would tell President Truman today that such curbs must be invoked swiftly to safeguard mobilization speed-up plans. At Mr. Truman's request, leaders attended a White House confer- ence, the second in as many days, on bolstering the nation against inmates. their own. Most of the money that has come in has been spent on clothing for the children al- ready taken care of. The Good Fellows workers are operating on a very close margin, and only through your help can the Good Fellows objective be met see that every needy child has the winter clothing he needs this Christmas. Won't you help by sending your contribution to THE GOOD FELLOWS in care of The Republican-Herald? On KWNO President Truman's Friday evening address will be carried locally by KWNO AM and FM, beginning at o'clock Wi- nona time. of those invited today, that no such build-up declared can be achieved without wage-price con- !Continued on 14, Column 1.) TRUMAN Blast Wrecks Concrete Tunnel At Navy Yard Charleston, 5. tunnel apparently filled with gas explod- ed at the Charleston Navy yard last night. Windows half a mile away were shattered. Persons 11 miles away said they felt the blast, but no one was injured. The Navy said "seepage of some type of gas" apparently had ac- cumulated in a large concrete tun- nel and was set off by a spark or by static electricity. The blast blew out a 30-foot section of the tunnel where the concrete was six inches thick. One large transformer was knocked out by the explosion and the southern section of the Navy yard was without electricity for some time. A Navy spokesman taid there was no other extensive damage. Chinese Mass Near Hungnam Evacuation Soviet-Made Jets Chased Out in Probing Attacks By Olen Clements Tokyo Allied forces pull- ed deeper into their northeast Ko- i rea beachhead today before the I menace of an estimated j Chinese Reds massed on an arc around them. Across the peninsula in the north- west near Manchuria the biggest jet-against-jet air battles ever fought were waged during the day. The jet dogfights rendered no clear-cut decisions. On the northeast beachhead the U. S. Third division abandoned the town of Oro, six miles north of Hamhung, and withdrew inlo the slender perimeter strip extending another six miles to the east coast port of Hungnam. It is the United Nations' last toe- bold in the northeast. Puerto Rican troops attached to the Third division dynamited three spans of a 500-foot concrete bridge over the Songchon river after Oro was abandoned, A railroad bridge other spans on the outer defense perimeter also were blast- ed. These were the first reported large demolitions on the outskirts of the beachhead. Oro was in flames from predawn fighting. This was believed to be the scene of a light Chinese probing attack report- ed earlier but not pinpointed. Ene- my reconnaissance planes scouted the beachhead Wednesday night. Beachhead Quiet tense beachhead was quiet Thursday. Riflemen and machine- gunners, testing their weapons in the dock area, caused one flurry of excitement. A Red convoy of 100 trucks was reported moving south from, the Manchurian border toward the Changjin reservoir, where thou- sands of Allied troops now at the beachhead recently smashed through Red traps-. A briefing officer said the con- voy was believed to be carrying supplies for the Reds massed around Hamhung and Hungnam. In the far northwest, another threat appeared in the growing strength of Red jet fighter planes streaking into action from. Man- churia. Twenty-four Russian-made MIG- 15s tangled with four American F- 80 Shooting Stars in the biggest aerial dogfight of the war thus far. The flashing battle was waged for nearly a half hour over the Sinuiju area on the Korean side )f the Red Manchurian border. Pi- lots reported one hit on a MIG and no damage to their own planes. Earlier in the day 14 to 16 MIGs largest number to appear lighting in a single formation up to then engaged U. S. jets in brief clash in the same srea. That fight was broken off without damage to the eight American jets involved. Farther south, the U. N. north- west front was generally quiet. A security blackout settled over .he general picture in the critical Hamhung-Himgnam area of north- east Korea. But a U. S. 10th corps spokesman there estimated that en Chinese divisions were putting pressure on the slender beachhead rom three directions. A. P. Correspondent Stan Swin- on reported two light ground at- acks on the perimeter, which em- >races Hamhung and its Hungnam port on the sea of Japan coast. Both attacks were repulsed. Chi- nese in company strength w o r e captured American uniforms in the first probing attack. The perimeter is manned by ele- ments of three American and two South Korean divisions plus Bri- (Continued on Page 4, Column S.) 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