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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1948, Winona, Minnesota VOLUME 48, NO. 258 WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 18, 1948 FIVE CENTS PER COPY SIXTEEN PAGES '400' Kills Trucker at Trempealeau RUSS FREE SIX BRITISH SOLDIERS Squabble Over Radio Berlin Continues By Thomaj A. Reedy Berlin A British-Russian frontier Incident appeared settled today, while the squabble over Radio Berlin went on. Six British soldiers, held by the Kussians since a border clash Wed- nesday, were returned last night. A seventh, Private Charles Knlll, who shot In the chest in a discus- sion alter one Briton was detained for crossing the zonal border on a rabbit hunt, is In a British zone hospital at Duderstadt. Officals at Bad Oeyhauscn announced Knlll is Improving, General Sir Brian Robertson, British military governor, described the Incident as regrettable, but ol no great Importance. In Frankfurt. U. S, General Lu- cius D. Clay commended the French for blowing up the towers of Soviet- controlled Radio Berlin. The tow- ers stood near Tegel air field In the French sector and their destruc- tion kept the communist mouth- piece off the air 12 hours. Grateful to French "I am grateful to the French for their action in removing a real source of danger to our pilots on the Clay told newsmen, Asked if he cared what tte. threatened Soviet retaliation might be, Clay replied: "No." The Russians were still mad about the incident, however. The Soviet military administration denied through its official news agency that the French had asked it to remove the towers of Radio Berlin before they were demolished Thursday. The French blew up the structure after describing them as a menace to airlift planes landtag at Tegel Communications Disrupted By Freak Highway Mishap Republican-Herald photo A Telephone Pole and a new car that was thrown from a semi-trailer are all "wrapped up" In each other, as evidenced in the scene above. The accident Friday noon at Kellogg, Minn., resulted in a major communications break as 26 lines went down on highway 61. Four new cars, the semi-trailer and tractor were damaged in the mishap, but the driver escaped with only a minor knee Injury. airport. They said they had told the Russians last month the towers have to be removed, but the Soviets Ignored the notice. Slim Christmas East-west differences threatened to make It a slim Yuletide for Germans in, the Russian area. A new Soviet-American disagree- ment has blocked delivery of more than Christmas gift parcels to Germans in the Soviet zone and American officials said they will not CoW Brings Appeal for Clothing Cold sharp north winds that cut to the bone when one is not pro- perly dressed for our northern win- ters Is one of the reasons why the Good Fellows give warm winter the needy children at properly dressed for winter, get enjoyment out of snow and ice. These natural winter con- ditions provide for a wide range of clothes to Christmas. Children Additional photos on Page 3. By AI Olson freak accident Involving a semi-trailer carrying four new cars, one of which flew through the air and hit a telephone pole, caused a major communica- tions break here Friday. Approximately 26 lines were sev- ered when the pole split and wires fell across Highway 61. Calls on the Hastings-La Crosse section of the Minneapolis to Chicago routing were delayed six hours. The mishap occurred at p. m., when the semi-trailer and its tractor left Highway 61 Just at the edge of town, plunging through guard railings some 35 feet along an embankment. Driver Robert A. Hiles, 25, escap- ed with a minor knee injury in the accident which damaged four new None of 240 On Derailed Train Injured Ogden, Utah The west- House G.O.P. Bucks Packed Committees Warns Democrats Against Changing Seniority System By William F. Arbogast Washington House Re- publican leaders served notice on the Democrats today they had bet- ter not try to "pack" any commit- tees or tamper with congressional seniority. A rip-snorting fight will break lout if they do, one top Republican said. There have been rumblings of moves in both directions ever since the Democrats regained control of Congress in last month's election. The party's leadership has given no outward sign, however, that it intends to go along with any such [suggestions from the ranks. Behind the rumblings are these two factors: 1. Even when the Democrats were in the saddle before the G.O.P. dominated 80th Congress took over in 1946, both the Roosevelt and Tru- man administrations frequently were stymied by a Republican- southern Democrat coalition within the powerful rules committee. Touchy Situation 2. A number of other Important committees are due to have south- ern Democrats as chairmen In the new Congress. But some of those southerners either were lukewarm in their support of President Tru-j belief persists that the historic city I man or actively opposed his election I will be spared the agony of battle. Republican-Herald photo The Remains of a La Crosse refrigerated truck after driving into the path of the Minnesota "400." Fight to Death For Peiping Now Under Way By Tom Lambert Nanking A fight to the death for Peiping was pledged in North China today, although strong bid. Hence there have been suggestions from some administration support- ers that the party's House leader- ship: First, add enough Truman Dem- ocrats to the rules committee to make certain that southern mem- bers canont team with Republicans to block legislation funneling bound streamlined train City of San j through that group on Its way to Francisco was derailed five miles west of Lakeside, Utah, last night but none of the 240 passengers was seriously hurt. Thirteen of the 15 cars on the speeding luxury train left the rails u_i jy.i. u 4U1 a rriws; itiiigc T. IT AI_ outdoor recreations, build cars as well as the tractor andjand ran for half a mile across the young bodies and eliminate many a trailer. jflat desert just west of Great Salt parent's worries. Parents realize this and many of Brakes Locked According to Wabasha County .end. say more railway cars to the appeals coming from mothers Sheriff John Jacobs, and Highway Soviet-occupied Germany, because jwho see poor prospects for their the Russians don't return them. children at Christmas time ask for Major General Seminikhln, chief warm clothing. Here is a typical of Soviet communications wrote to letter of this type. the U. S. communications chief, Eu< gene E. Merrill, protesting the stop- page. Merrill retorted that the Rus- sians apparently used the gift parcel system to hold on to rail cars belonging to the American and British Unheard of Air Speeds Possible, Experts Declare Dear Good Fellows: I am asking for a snowsuit for my little boy, age five, and one for my little girl, age three. They have been ill with whoop- ing cough and when they want to go out and play they have not any warm clothing to wear. I would not ask for anything but we have had so many doc- tor bills this last year that it is Impossible for us to get the children the warm clothes they need, so will you please help us out this year. B. R. Many other letters carry the same appeal this year and as every one is aware it costs real money to pur- :hase snowsuits, heavy winter shoes Patrolman Ralph Potvin, the semi was headed toward Minneapolis carrying the cars from Kenosha, Wis. Hiles asserts that the trailer brakes locked, causing the machine to Jacknife. He was just entering the approach the House floor. The present division Is eight Re- publicans to four Democrats. In- stead of simply reversing the rep- resentation, there has been talk of setting up the committee with 11 Democrats to five Republicans. Second, punish the Dixie revolters by denying the committee chairmanships that would fall to j them under the time-honored seni- AU of the cars remained on their ority or length of service wheels and they came to rest still in a straight line. The derailment occurred In a snowstorm at as the crack train was traveling about 70 miles per hour. The Diesel power unit and two baggage cars remained on the tracks. lake. The promise came as Nanking's own position grew worse and a new peace story cropped up. This time! in Hong Kong a foe of Chiang Kai-j shek said peace was possible if! Chiang Kai-shek'is ousted "right! away." The pledge to defend Peiping was made by General Fu Tso-yl, com- mander in the north. Nationalists and communists are fighting only three miles from the isolated city on the west. The reds were re- ported thrown back on the east and south. The communists admittedly reach- ed the air field seven miles soui.ii of Peiping, but Fu's headquarters said the red force was wipe'd out. It was known the field is being used part time. General Chu Hsl-chun, governor of Hopeh province, announced in Warships Anchored At Naples for Holidays major portion ofj the U. S. Mediterranean squadron is anchored in Naples harbor today lor the Christmas and New Year holi- days. The carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt and three destroyers arrived there yesterday, dispatches reported, to Join the heavy cruiser Albany, squad- ron flagship, the destroyer Beatty and two supply ships. Transfer of NLRB to Labor Department Asked Madison, Wis. An assist- ant secretary of labor today pro- posed that the National Labor Rela- tions board be placed In the Labor Wiemer, of Independence. Lakeside Is 48 miles west of here. J. W. Corbett, vice-president to the railroad viaduct crossing here when the trouble occurred. Padfic railroad' through sUe tapping around1 j aboard the train. Corbett said the' telephone pole at the left of thej Most frequently mentioned In this category Is Representative John E. Rankin who actively back- ed States' Right Candidate J. Strom Thurmond in the election campaign. Theoretically, the majority party can do anything it wants about committe assignments of its own members. But invariably it has fol- the seniority system. Must Be Approved tne cnolces mad6p the panic i recommendations must be approv- highway. A relief train was dispatched from The trailer and cab careened off here for the passengers. Tempera- the left side, and through the guard tures were near ten degreees above railing. Hiles crawled wreckage, unaided. The telephone pole from the i zero and there was two inches of wires !snow on the ground, fell I it was assumed a broken wheel across the two-lane highway, block-1 caused the wreck, the railroad said. Ing traffic temporarily. Wooden Frame A make-shift wooden frame was hurriedly constructed and used to Rome Without Gas and overshoes. lirt tne rtiK up whenever cars So again, we ask you to be ajtrucks appr0ached. It was held up When Workers Washington (fl The man Good Fellow and mail or bring your by men whose company built the 1.000-mile-Contribution to The Republican- Huee semi-trucks squeezed be- an-hour Bell X-l rocket plane says Herald. Do St today. aircraft "two or three times" as; fast are now possible. i The engines needed for such speed! are available. Plane Manufacturer Be a Good Fellow Lawrence D. Bell said last night. The following is a list of contribu and "stability and control at really tions the Good Fellows fund to high speeds already have achieved." Bell, president of the Bell Air- craft Corporation of Buffalo, was one of three men awarded the Col- lier air trophy for achievement in as pan of a celebration marking the of the Wright brothers' first night. He told the Aero Club of Wash- ington that the rocket plane has flown successfully in three different speed ranges below, through and beyond the speed of sound "in Its original configuration without a single change." At high altitude the speed of sound is about 660 miles an hour. Unofficial reports say the X-l has! bettered that by half again as much. Bell said the experimenta: craft needed a great deal of completely unconventional equipment top- ped, of course, by an airspeed indi-! cator. with higher readings than; any ever before used. "The knowledge that we have gained in this research opens an entirely new frontier of flight here- tofore not dreamed he said, adding: "The success of the taught us much in the beenjdate: i Previously William White 5.00 Winona Republican- Herald employes 33.00 Nancy Gorman 5.00 Gladys 3.00 Jack and Henry Dnlek 2.00 Gary Ruehmin 1.00 Fern McKnight 2.00 Northern Field Seed Company 15.00 Jon and Ann 5.00 Roy Riska 10.00 Mrs. F. S. James..... 2.00 A Good Fellow 5.00 Winona Athletic Club Auxiliary............ 5.00 The Merchants Bank of Winona, employes 26.50 Lillian and Leo....... 5.00 Total................. .C. O. Olson clothing. C. N. W. Yard Pilot At Eland, Wis., Killed Eland, Wis. John Hones, 71, yard pilot for the Chicago (North Western, railroad, was Hlled X-l has'instantly last night when he fell realm ofj from the tender of a locomotive, speeds faster than sound that now Shawano County Sheriff Winiam makes it possible to build man-'seering said the fall occurred as earning airplanes with speed or three times that of the X-l." two i the locomotive iload of coal. was taking on a neath the frame with only an inch or two to. spare. Dozens of people lined both sides of the highway watching the operation. Flagmen, posted at each approach to the scene of the accident, kept traffic moving slowly from each direction. Linemen arrived, on the scene and (Continued on Page 3, Column 7.) HIGHWAY MISHAP WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and and milder tonight with intermittent light snow. Clearing and colder Sunday, much colder Sunday night. Low tonight 26; high Sunday 30. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 22; minimum, 15; noon, 22; precipitation, .05 (inch of sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE Max. Min. Free. Chicago 32 Denver 38 Duluth 18 Int. Falls 15 Kansas City ......33 Los Angeles 56 Miami 81 Mpls. St. Paul New Orleans ......72 New York.......... 45 Seattle 40 Phoenix 63 Washington .......52 Winnipeg 24 17 5 34 38 70 12 66 29 24 48 34 0 .01 .70 20 .96 was not general- ly cooking with gas this morning. Employes of privately-owned gas companies in Rome, Milan, Naples, Florence, Venice and Turin struck ed by the entire House membership, Democrats and Republicans alike. In the past, this approval has been routine. However, a high Republican dis- cussing the reports that efforts might be made to deprive Rankin of the veterans committee chair- manship said privately: "If the Democrats attempt to do this, they will have to abandon the department as well as the con- ciliation service and the unemploy- Iment compensation system. The five man NLRB has been an independent agency since it- was created by the Wagner act in 1935. The three other services at one time were In the department but Vehicle Hit On Rail Crossing Hurled 300 Feet relief driver for a La Crosse meat firm was killed here Friday after- noon when he drove his trucjc into the path of the speeding North Western Minnesota "400." The driver was Edward O. Larson, 41, La Crosse, employe of Farley's Quality Sausage Factory and the father of two children. Parts of the refrigerated truck were strewn over an area of 300 feet, and the body of Mr. Larson was found about 200 feet from tho point of impact, according to Trem- pealeau County Coroner Martin A. have been sifted elsewhere in recent left hand. The body, according to the coro- ner, was found against a car parked adjacent to the tracks. A severe skull fracture was tho only major Injury, said the coroner. Only other marks on the body were a superficial cut on the right fore- arm and a small abrasion on the years. John W. Gibson, former C. I. O. Peiping that the garrison of director In Michigan and now as- 000 men was opposed by reds sjstant secretary of labor, said in and the city had plenty of food for a siege. Ruin of City Feared Associated Press Correspondent Spencer Moosa in Peiping said Fu's announcement of a defense to the last man caused worry among the a speech prepared for the Wiscon- sin state industrial union council (C. I. O.) that "to continue to maintain the NLRB as a separate The witness to the.fatal accident quoted by Wlemer as saying that the truck did not hesitate in driving onto the two-track crossing en route into the village. In La Crosse today an official of the meat firm said that Larson was citizens, who want the city spared tnat tne board, if ihe Taft-Hartlcy from the ruin any such js repealed, "will be operating agency is both unjust and unecono-jsubstituting for the regular driver jwho is on vacation, although he had I. O. audience! driven the route before. mical." Gibson told his would bring. I without the restraint of the past Just before Larson drove onto the tracks and into the path of the eastbound train, his vision was ob- Moosa said machinegun and mor-j18 months. The Taft-Hartley the North Western Eta- tar fire could be heard Just out-j side the walls on the north. More' trenches were being dug inside the walls. In Hong Kong, exiled Marshal LI Chi-shen, communist spokesman, in an interview with Associated Press Correspondent James D, White, de- clared that Fu was bluffing about __ ______ ___________ the defense of Peiping in an at- cize" the board tempt to drive a hard bargain carrjes out the functions of tlon, Wlemer said. However, the track can be observed In that di- rection for some distance previous to that point. The Minnesota which does enlarged the board, separated its Judicial functions from its prosecut- ing arm, and extended Its duties. "It should be placed in the Labor department as soon as it Is ex- peditious to do so with the least was 15 "'nutes inconvenience to the when it speeded through the crossing about 4 p. m. It came to a It is 'not my Intention to critl- after collision and backed J'ip. The truck was half-loaded with son said. its surrender. LI Insisted that that this agency, seniority rule. That will make it knows the communists do not want even only for housekeeping pur- a matter not only of party procedure to destroy the ancient capital, but AIWU Uiijj Vi j but of interest to Republicans as could take lfc time they wlshed well, since it involves a departure to do so. LI told White he had been ap- proached by a spokesman for a Nanking political figure who might replace Chiang as president of from custom. "In that event, you can look for the Republicans to actively oppose the committee recommendations of the Democrats and there will be many Democrats on our side." What would the Republicans re- ceive In exchange? Southern Democrat backing to for 12 hours last midnight, to back their demand for the wages and benefits recently granted workers In municipally-owned plants. This was the latest of many lit- -f j uuc. I. I "J tie strikes harassing the country. to four Republicans usually occupy. He added that contended that the department can count on at least two otherwise must bef0re had administered it poses, will be much more effective if placed in the department of labor under the secretary of he said. Gibson said that Federal Security Administrator Oscar R. Ewing had stated that the employment ser- China. vice and unemployment compensa- The marshal, Chiang's former tion functions under him "definlwly chief of staff, said he told the In the Labor department." sary Chiang must go and if ror t that happened nationalist troops wnlch was ror tne Conciliation service, an independent keep tne committee divided could remain in the areas they the Taft-Hartley act, Gib- The next big one is set for Sun- day midnight, when, most of the country's million-plus government workers will quit for 24 hours to protest that wage increases recently granted them are inadequate. L.UU110 Uil members of that committee to and order must be main- witfl them on such Issues as hous- ing, aid to education and similar highly controversial issues. A tie vote keeps a bill bottled up. Recluse Found Near Death In Shack Has Cash Trenton, N. aged recluse who found lying near death in. a frame and tin shack filled with rubbish and in pennies and silver was report- ed in fair condition In St. Fran- cis hospital today. Ee was identified as William Howard Higgins, 84, the father of 11 children, most of them prominent in local business and professional circles. He moved out of his wife's neat brick house seven years ago to live in a Junk-filled shack near a ceme- tery waD. The coins, which police had to rake out of the rubbish, over- flowed a bushel basket and po- lice needed several hours of work with an automatic coin counter to add up the totals. Police Captain John Gress said the EC- cumulation contained nickels, dimes, quar- ters, 646 half dollars, and pennies. Police said Higgins apparent- ly collected his vast horde of coins from motorists who left their cars in the vacant lot where the shack was located. He had painted a sign saying "IS cents" on the shack and collect- ed from parking motorists. Police said his wife, Louisa, 65, told them Higgins bad left home in 1941 because of her complaints about his habit of collecting rubbish. tained. Believed Fighting Nearly Over Li is head of the exiled Kuomin- tang revolutionary committee. He did not identify the Nanking polltl-, clan, but it might be Vice-Presi- impartially. Ha asid that, as assistant secre- tary, "I personally played a part In the peaceful settlement of save- fresh meats and sausage, an official for the firm said today. New Indonesian Government Set Up by Dutch The Dutch gov- ernment Issued a royal decree today providing for establishment of a new Indonesian government with- out the Indonesian republic. The government said the decree, called "regime of Indonesia In the dent LI Tsung-jen, often mentioned as dickering with the reds for before the Conciliation, service was spirited away from us 18 months coalition government. "The fighting in this civil war is about LI told White. "Therfi will be no more big battles be- few nationalist generals have many troops left. Those who do cannot get them to fight." Plenty of Oil Seen for Winter Washington The govern- ment soon may lift all bans against the use of oil. Unless there is a serious emer- gency, one official said, there should be plenty of petroleum for every- body this winter. Secretary of Interior Krug is known to be preparing a news an- jnouncement on the industrial and I home-heating outlook for oiL "I know how it operated under the department of labor and I am firmly convinced that It will func- tion under the same high standards when we get be said. BUY CttRISTMAS tablishment of a government for all Indonesia (the Netherlands East Indies) which in Dutch opinion is closest "to the wishes of the great majority of the Indonesian people." (The United Nations good offices committee in Indonesia announced It had cabled to the security coun- cil In Paris a special report on the latest exchange of ietween U. S. delegate Merle Coca- ran and representatives of the Netherlands and the republic. The committee has sought to reconcile differences between the two groups.) The Dutch broke off negotiations with the Indonesians last Saturday and announced they would set up an interim United States of In- donesia without the republic. In Paris later, an Indonesian resentative declared before the United Nations that the Dutch plan to invade the republic. The republic claims Jurisdiction over about a third of the Island territory making up the rich Dutch, colonial possession of Indonesia. ;