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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 1950, Winona, Minnesota Generally Fair, Somewhat Warmer Want Ads Reach Readers Every Day VOLUME so, NO. 260 FIVE CENTS PER COPY THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 21, 1950 WINONA, MINNESOTA, TWENTY PAGES Lorenz Convicted, Gets Life Term Verdict Reached After 26 Hours Of Deliberation By Cordon R. Closway Wabasha, Minn. Charley Lor- enz, convicted of murder in the first degree for slaying his wife at Minneiska 1" years ago, was back in the state prison at Still- w-ater today, there to remain for the rest of his natural life. The verdict of guilty, reached by the jury after hours delibera- tion and after what appeared cer- tain to be a disagreement, was re- turned in district court here a p.m. Wednesday. Sentence of life imprisonmen mandatory under the state law conviction of murder in the firs degree, was immediately impose by Judge Karl Finkelnburg of W nona and by 7 p.m. Lorenz, in th custody a state prison guar and Wabasha county deputy sher iff, was being whisked back Stillwater where he already wa serving a five-to-ten-year term o an assault charge. No Shew of Emotion Lorenz, who is 62 years old, re ceived the sentence without of emotion, "Has the defendant anything t< say before sentence is asked the court. "No, I have replied Lor enz. The former Minneiska tavern and cafe operator confessed to Sheriff George Fort of Winona in May that he had shot his wife a the tavern May 31, 1933. At the time her death was ruled as an accident. During the trial Lorenz repudiated his confession. In the courtroom when the ver- dict was returned were Wabasha County Attorney Arnold Hatfielc who prosecuted the case, Sheriff John Jacobs of who with Sheriff Fort was a principal state witness, and John R. Foley and Dan Foley, attorneys appointed by the court to defend Lorenz. Triumph for Hatfield The verdict was a triumph for Mr. Hatfield but courtroom ob- servers all admitted that Defense Attorney John R, Foley's strong argument to the jury such that the case nearly ended in a disagreement. Mr. Hatfield, not a candidate for re-election, will complete his sec- ond terra as county attorney De- cember 31. Minneiska residents generally expressed approval of the verdict last night. Many admitted when the trial was over they had been suspicious of Lorenz for years and a few went so far as to say were "afraid of him." All expressed sympathy for Miss Camilla Breni- yer, No. 1 witness for the state who admitted on the stand she and Lorenz had been intimate be- fore his wife's death and that he planned his wife's death so he marry her. The jury, composed of six men and six women, received the case at p.m. Tuesday. When they filed into the courtroom at last night. Foreman William Ros- chen, Lake City farmer, was ask- ed by the court, "Have you agreed on a verdict." "We he replied. "We find the defendant guilty as charged." Jury Polled The senior Mr. Foley then ask- ed for a poil of the jury after which each one individually was asked, "is this your Each, in turn, answered "yes." Judge Finkclnburg then thanked them for their services and said it was well they were able to agree and that the case was determined at this time. "This has been an unpleas- ant and difficult case for you to hear and decide, but that is why we have courts and ju- ries and you. of course, real- ize that." he said. Jurors then left the courtroom and went to the Hof.el Anderson for dinner before returning to their homes. Judge Finkelnburg indicated he would impose sentence immediate- ly and Mr. Foley said he had no objection. Lorenz. who had been sitting with his head in his hands next to his Senate Confirms Mrs. Rosenberg 3-YEAR RAIL PAY PACT SIGNED Senate Voles Funds for New Army Projects By Edwin B. Haakinson Washington OB Without de- bate, the Senate gave approval today for the armed forces to carry out of defense con- of it so secret that even the legislators were not told its nature. The Senate voice vote sent the .egislation on 4o President Truman. The House passed it yesterday. Immediately after the vote, Sen ator Russell acting chair man of the armed services committee, asked the Senate to consider a big bill providing for defense funds. The spending bill, Russell ex ilained, contains the money for more than 90 per cent of the proj- cts in the authorization bill. In a burst of speed, his commit- ee had approved the authorization ill in a brief session this morning. The House, meanwhile, was ex- ected to override Republican op- xisition today and vote Mr. Tru- man the additional powers he ants to speed the preparedness rogram. G.O.P. objections put a rake on this legislation in the enate. In a home-for-Christmas drive, ie House passed yesterday and ent-to the Senate two other meas- ures on the "must" st: bill setting up a nation- wide civil defense system to deal with a possible atomic at- tack. This program is expect- ed to cost in fed- eral and state funds over the next three years. military public works authorization, much of it for top-secret pur- poses. Senator McKellar eteran chairman of the appropria- ons committee, pushed the emergency defense bill irough the committee with war- me speed yesterday. He expect- d to repeat the performance on e Senate floor today. The bill is larger ian similar legislation already ap- proved by the House. Lake City Man Killed When Car Strikes Bridge Senate to- day confirmed Mrs. Anna M. Ros- enberg as assistant secretary of defense by voice vote. Action came after the Senate armed services committee twice had unanimously recommended such action. Testimony that she had Communist associations 15 years ago was rejected by the com- mittee as false. She said it was a case of mistaken identity. By Staff Writer Donald Bercher Dies In Mishap on Dike At Wabasha Bridge Nelson, Wis, A Lake City, Minn., father was fatally injurec near here early today when a car smashed into a timber bridge on the Wabasha-Nelson dike road. Dead is Donald Belcher, about 32 years old, who was a passenger in a car driven by William Mickow, 22, also of Lake City. 3M Two young girls were injured, I one of them seriously, and they are in St. Elizabeth's hospital, Wab- asha. The attending physician said their names are: Miss Helen Blattner, about 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Blattner, Lake City, who has a possible fractured spine and cuts. Miss Alvina Gerads, about 19, of Sauk Rapids, Minn., who has been employed as a wait- ress in Lake City. She has a fractured right ankle and cuts. A ten-foot-long 3-by-10-inch tim- ber was driven into the car when it crashed into the timber bridge. Buffalo County Traffic Officer Hen- ry Zeichert said that the timber was driven from the front of the car, through the seating compart- ments, and into the trunk. Dozed Off But because the timber drove through the car near the right side, it apparently did not hit any one of the four passengers directly. Mickow who is the son of Charles Mickow, Lake in explaining the accident, "I dozed A 3 By 10 Inch Plank was driven the length of this "death" car. of the door. The plank can be seen in the front seat; its tip is just to the right on page 3.) The plank extended into the truvk. (Another picture Republican-Herald photo back off to sleep.' He received a wrenched but was not hospitalized. Mickow said that the group had driven across the ice of Lake Pepin, from Lake City to Stock- holm. Arriving there, he had sug- gested that they drive back by way of Nelson and Wabasha, that is by the highways. Just out of Nelson, and a little ways from, the trans-Mississippi river bridge at Wabasha, the ac- cident happened. It was about a. m. Mickow and Miss Gerads were sitting in the front seat. Mickow said that he had a little trouble flagging down help. The :irst car which came along passed lim up. The next one stopped, but the identity of the driver was not learned. Belcher died about Acneson Hoover Urges Fortifying Of Western Hemisphere m Acheson Defends Action as Only Hope for Peace By John M. Hightower Washington Secretary o: State Acheson returned from, his shortest and most decisive mission to Europe today to face a stif new Republican challenge to his policy of European rearmament as (Continued on Page 9, Column 4.) LORENZ Be a Good Fellow Previously listed Winona Musicians Association 152.25 Dorothy and Adolph 20.00 Langenberg's and employes 25.00 From a friend 1.00 Rose and Newton 5.00 A friend, Caledonia 1.00 A friend, Rushford 1.00 A friend, Kellogg 10.00 Lecie and Timothy J 1.00 Happy Dan 5.00 Your Skelly Bulk Man R. D. Cone Company 50.00 The B and D Shoe Store 25.00 Pupili