Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1947, Winona, Minnesota
Winter Of Wlnona are brought back to all during the YuletlAe teuton as residents and visitors of the city celebrate the Christina, Day with, prayer and tettto right, above, are some of the more familiar scenes in Wlnona. They are the Central Methodist church, corner of Broadway' aviewatopaarvn Heights, Chapel of St. Mary's of the Angels at the College of Saint Teresa, a view of Lake from Heights and Wttt'Broadway, decked out 'toith the usual Christmas decorations. Republican W EATHER rntr Innlfh( FM IS COMING mra your new radio can It. Full Newt Report of The Associated Membor of the Audit Bureau of VOLUMF. 47. NO. 262 WINONA, MINNESOTA. WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 24, 1947 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES Christmas Spirit Reigns Supreme__ As Gifts Go Forth Violators KIIKY CHKITMAH rung throughout Wlnorui and (iron toctny mobllod charitable organizations Institutions and individuals wont forth lfU to the needy, employes and their Thn Chrlntmiis spirit ruled nuprome In thn city. The Good organization Muppllnd KlfU to morn thun 3BO children up to noon, and workers were still on tho Job. Trucks manned by Boy Scouts distributed 01 baskets for the Rika lodge, Tho Salvation Army gave an addi- tional 47 bnsKot.i, Other charitable organizations Addrd food and clothing to the lint KOlnR to the needy of the community. In tho past, tho Oooct Follows K'f-5 consisted of now shoes, cloth- Ing, and food for children in needy homes. The headquarters In thp city building wn.i a beehive of activities this forenoon. U. S. Troops Leaving Panama A Wk 1 Be a Good Fellow following IA K Hat of contri- butions to dnto: r.. A. o A, A. Illumnnlrltt, A frlrnrt llfwufrt on Woluml Mamifnctlirlnir Company fur citp, WlMinnxin fir. itntl M. M. A frlrnrt from Alma A friend A frlrnil llorkcy A friend N. Ndrvmnn, Grow Mm. C, J, Kruw Jmncltr, Prvdrlo Ilartmrft I.uthrr Olton, Judith Virginia KmployrM of Vallry' Public Hervloe Company Jt.oo S.OO 70. (10 8.00 Mr. and Mm. C. France C. O. olothlnr. Ornihy, elolh- Injr. St. while irlfts. Trn of Mm. Vodrnnkn. KxllnKK clothing. Weather TTDXIIAT. KOKKCA8T8 Tor Wlnorm and vicinity: to- night nntl Thursday: somowh.U warmer, txiw tonight 10; high 3-1. Mlnnpsotn: Tartly cloudy tonight and Thurwliiy with flurries nortlwKst. Not cold northwont and rxtrtimfi southrnst tonight, nrul noiith Thursdny, Wisconsin: I'urlly dourly tonight ami Thursday with n few unow flurrlcn In nxtrcrnp north. Not so cold wulhwrsl tonlxht. Warmer south itnd central Thursdny, LOCAL WKATIIKK Official oUirmitlotm for tho 84 finding nt 12 m. todny: Maximum, 30: minimum, a: noon, 13: precipitation, nonp; sun dots to- night nt rises tomorrow at TKMI'KllATt.'KKS KI.KKWlfftKK MM.X. ruin. I'm. ,.24 13 ..an an ,.34 it Truer ..IP in ..77 on Thnnks go forth to all thn Good who made this work pos- sible, to the Oood worokrs nnd all thoM who cooperated in the program, to Thomas Light- foot, In charge of the Oood Fellows and her aMlntnnt, Mm. n, Hnrrls, Janet Sill, yptornns aervloe who turned ovtir the facilities of ner to thn Oood Fellows, to the olty and county welfare workers, to the Janitor staff of city building, to thn clerks and of the various Wlnona stores, to the city council for making available for thn Oood Follows In thn city building, to alt thn school touchers nnd of the olty for their niwlstivnoe In thn work, and espe- cially to all Individuals who contributed to the fund. Complete Trucks loaded with heavy boskets of Christmas din- the Elks olubrooms early todny on a delivery trip to tho homes of the needy. A group of Boy Scouts was assigned to nach truck to thnt prompt and careful dnllvery of each basket was made. Members of tho Klks committee In ohtirKo of the baskets were J. O, nntnhnrcl, Roy Larson, W, L. Hod- gins, Wllllum i.loyrt Dreiui, Jntul Xnll.i I'aul New Orlrnns Nrw York ____ Thr .26 .30 .43 Kl 40 35 20 I Hell, George Arnold JCstergron, Bnrrott. Virgil Whyto, Robert Stoln, Donald nihs, 811 Koh- nor, nulph Pnlublokl, James Bnm- bonuk, Ctoorgo Mark Mod- Joskl. Jack J. K, Peterson u n (I Clifford Jung, Bnlvntlon Army workers packed 47 full baskets and they wore being delivered personally todny to homes of tho noddy. Tho Salvation Army iilno had it Christmas party sched- uled (or needy children, Muny other organizations nnd churches, through tholr various groups nnd units, wore nlio busy todny dlfitrtbutlng gifts. Tho Qood organization will koop open for a short tlmo uftcr to tnke cnre of anyone thnt mny hnve been missed, uncl for dupplomontury work In homos nlronclv reached, Totnl contributions to tho Oood Follows fund noarod tho mnrk nt noon, to sot an all-time record. In addition to on.ih con- tributions many articles of clothing, food and toys wore received. Of Draft Act Get Pardons Amnesty Board Selects From Long List Waihlniton Prealdentlal pardons restoring full citizenship rights aro en route to- dny to men convicted of violat- ing the wartime.drtift act, Including (tome who contended they were oonHlontloui objectors. The lucky ones wore culled from a lint of by an amnoity board headed by Owen J.1 Boberts, former AMOclnte Justice of tho Supremo court, of them have completed tholr nentenow, but undor a proc- lamation Jmued Tueiday night by President Truman they., now will regain "political, civil and other Similar amnesty has been granted from to. time In the to n total of 618 who, after being sentenced, served at least a year In tho army, Roberts and his amionlntei, At- torney WHIM Smith of Halolgh N, C., and National Commander Jnmes O'Noli of the American said approximately of service viola- tion cases were "wilful violators." The balance Included Je- hovah's WitnesMi, religious conscientious objectors and BOO oth- MacKinnon Asks List of 71 Known Government Traders MacKinnon today the Agriculture depart rnent of 71 local, state and federal employes who were trading on the grain In Sep temberv MacKinnon called on Secretary Anderson In a. telegram to disclose the of the 71. His action coincided with a request by the Senate appropriations committee that five goyernmen hurry up with rcporl on whether any of their official have beon gambling on commodlt The committee Is checking o that "government insld era" made use of official Jnforma tlon to profit In commodity trading MacKinnon said In a stotcmen that J. M. Mehl, administrator o the Commodity Exchange authority Pope Pius Hits At Among Nations ATICAN CITY XH, In his an- nual Christmas mosvagc. declar- ed today that a "polloy of Insin- cerity'' among 1 nations was blocking the path peace and er types, Reject General Amneity Tho board said It rejected sug- gestions for a general amnesty be- cause many classed RS wilful vio- lators hud prior criminal records nnd others had "ulterior motives" for draft dodging which Indicated they had little respect for civil rights. Some who claimed con- scientious objections, the report iiaUl, actually wcro moved by "fear, tho doslro to evade military Kervico or tho wish to remain UN long nr, possible In highly paid employment.' Still others, tho board continued bnsed their objections to military service on "Intellectual, political or Moolologlcal resulting from tho Individual's reasoning nnd personal economic or political phll- osophy." Irnoranee Exouied Pardons wore recommended for n number of violators whoso of- fense wan found to hnve stemmed from "Ignorance, illiteracy, honest misunderstanding or carelessness not rising to the level of criminal Tho board ruled favorably on a number of Americans of Japanese ancestry who refused to serve with- out full recognition of tholr citi- zenship rights. Those, thn report said, "deeply resented" wartime classification as In the of Jehovah's Wit- nesses, who claimed exemption on (Continued on B, Column 4) PAKDON8 GIVEN for 'league of hon- ist men" to aafeguard tho against The Pontiff specifically blamed "a growing tendency toward Insin- cerity" for collapse of the recent foreign ministers conference in London, which he said had left the world "further than ever from the true He sharply condemned those na- tions which, he said, had adopted 'the lie and the garbled word" as 'accepted weapons of offensive" in an effort to "win nt any cost the battlo of class Interest and theo- ries, of Ideologies and power poli- The Pontiff named no In placing 'tho blame for the present state of world affairs, but his word address contained many passages which western listeners, at least, Interpreted as condemnation of communism and of tho postwar policies of tha Soviet Union. Tho Pope spoke from his apart- ments In tho Apostolic palace and address was broadcast to the world by tho Vatican radio and Italian stations. It was to be re- broadcast In 12 languages today and tomorrow. Speaking of current International dealings, tho Pope said: "The lie, the garbled word or fact and trickery have come to be ac- cepted weapons of tho offensive, which some people wield with the Hklll of professionals, boasting even of their competence. So, clearly as they view it, has tho suppression of all sense of right and wrong come to be part and parcel of mod- ern technique In .the art of form- told the Joint congressional commit tee on the economic report on November 24 that as of Scptcmbe 17 the 71 public employes wcr "long" on bushels and "short In the wheat future market. (A long trader In wheat one who to buy wheat a a certain price at a future date, A short trader one who to deliver It.) MacKinnon Mehl's Informa tlon was based on an Agrlcultun department report. A short time Inter tho Agricultun department acknowledged MacKln non's statement and promised to disclose the 71 names. Senator Knowland (R.-Calif.) told reporters the only reply to the committee request for such Information received no far was from Secretary of the Army Royall and that it was not com- plete. The State, Agriculture, Com- merce and Interior departments have yet to be- heard from, Know- land said. He added that he has asked the committee staff to prod for action and hopes to get results next week. Meanwhile Chairman Andresen (R.-Minn.) of a House special com- mittee making a separate investiga- tion of the same subject said his group Is not going to rely heavily on it-ports from within tho govorn- .36 OAIt.V IlIVMt Itl'I.LKTIN flood Stacu 24-Hr, tuuito Tociity ChnnKf Dnm 3. TW........ Krrl Wl'ig 14 iMkp Clly.......... 12 4. T. W. Dnm 5, T.W Diiiri f.A, T.W..... Wlnoriit ID Hum (t, T.W....... DivHo'. fi Dam T. f'cxil Dnm 7, T.W........ LA Cros.ir 13 Tributary Sirmms Chipppwu ui Duruncl 4.1 Zurnbro nt Thellmiwi 2.8 IiufTnio ubovo Alrniv 2.8 Trrmpfilfuu at Dodgn UlarK lit GnlftKvllIn 3.2 Crti.w ut W. Mutant Iloct HouKton O.P 2.-1 3.1 0.2 7.3 2.1 Dr. John Lewis Gets Pardon For Burning of Own Church Ing public opinion, or controlling It nnd of making it serve their poli- tical ends. "For they aro bent on winning at any cost tho battle of class In- terests and theories, of Ideologies and power politics." Tho Pope said again he was pain- ed to see "hostile propaganda" dis- torting his thoughts nnd words "embittering men's and "hindering tha peaceful exchange of merit. "We're going to get Commodity exchange records and going into brokers' offices on our own ho declared. It was Royall's response to the Senate committee which led to the disclosure that one of his assist- ants, Edwin W. Pauley, held some bushels of grain futures when ho entered tho department on September 3. Pauley said ho was disposing of his holdings as rapidly as good business practice permitted. Royall told the committee the de- partment questioned about 300 em- ployes In a position to gain advance information about grain purchas- ing, and that they all denied any .7 ,a '.i .a -I- .8 -r- .0 Miicllnon, Os cur Honnobohm todny granted an absolute pnrdon to Dr. John Lewis 73-yonr-old Presbyterian minister, nerving a one to five yonr term In tho 'Wisconsin State prison for arson In thn burning of his own church liut Jnnunry, Tho governor nnld the pnrdon was Ituuocl largely because of tho pastor's IIKO, his xtnto of hoAlth nnd tho fact 10 hud to submit to a series of oprrntlons recently. Dr. Lewis was from thn state prison to Wisconsin Gen- eral hospital here early this month nnd n week ago submitted to major fiurgory. His condition hns boon re- ported good. Authorities said the elderly clorgy- num would romnln In tho hospital until his honlth warranted dis- charge. It was reported ho intended to spend a vacation in tho south while convalescing. Dr. Lewis was sentenced in Mll- waukoo Inst Juno 38 by Municipal Judge Herbert J. Stcffos after a jury hnd found him guilty of firing his church, Calvary Presbyterian, Jan- uary 2B, 1047, Tho fire gutted tho ancient rod-brick edifice on tho fringe of tho downtown district: The building, redecorated, was reopened for .services for the first time last Sunday. Tho elderly pastor, who repeatedly denied his guilt during tho long trial, entered the .prison on Septem- ber 30 after a long stay of execution granted to permit filing of nn ap- peal from the verdict. .Shortly after tho appeal was filed, Governor Ren- nebohm declared he could do noth- ing about n pardon while It romnln- od ponding. Defense Attorney Harry V. Mels- sner later withdraw tho appeal. Spanish Communist Head to Be Executed Madrid Acustln Zoroa Sanchez, unofficially Identified as the head of tho Communist party In Spain, and four others have been sentenced to death and probably will be executed soon, It was learned from reliable quarters today. Charges against Zoron included: Possession of a letter from the general headquarters of tho French Communist party, possession of ex- plosives, and direction of commu- nist activities In Spain as secretary general of tho party. market trading. Five acknowledged they owned or had interest in small farms which sold grain. In addition to the department reports and a list of heavy trader being made public by Secretary o Agriculture Anderson, Knowland said, the committee "will subpoena such additional Information as we believe Is necessary to get all the facts." The Callfornlan said he had in mind uncovering any relations bo- twoon timing of big purchases and announcement of government buy- Case of Rabies Reported in Olmsted County Minneapolis The BtaU Health department today announcec discovery of the flrnt cose of rablei In Minnesota Mnce IDA4. Victim wan a cat In BUwartvllle Dr, R. L. Weit, officer o the State Banltary' board immediately ordered all In Stewartvllle and an Pleasant Grove townships In Olm stcd county quarantined. The order that In the area mualed or confined. 'Even though case appeared In a Bald Dr. West. "If the Hjironds we can expect to find dogs Involved. And other than economic losses Incurred If cattl become Infected, we must remember ;he potential danger to human Presence of rabies In the Stewart- vllle area was determined after the cat had clawed and bitten a farm woman. The woman now Is recelv- ng Pasteur treatments from Stewartvllle physician. Diagnosis of the disease was con- firmed In examinations by Dr Paul Kabler, chief of the Section of Medical Laboratories of the Minne- sota Department of Health. Meanwhile, Dr. D. S. Fleming, chief of the Section of Preventable Diseases, Joined Dr. West In empha- sizing that owners of animals sus- pected of being Infected should not clll the but should con- Ino them securely. If a suspected mlmal does not die within two weeks, said Dr. West, it has not jeen Infected. Symptoms of the disease Include mexplalncd changes in behavior, ollowcd by excitability and paraly- is. Owners of the suspected ani- should contact veterinarians I health officers Immediately. Last serious outbreak In Mlnne- ptn. occurred In 1938 when 138 cases ivere reported. Announces Dividends St. Paul Northwest Alr- ncs directors Tuesday declared the egulnr quarterly dividend of 4.6 er cent on shares of pre- ercnce stock, amounting to nd payable February 1 to holders f record next January 16. Wifconiin Rapid: Fire Guts Stores WlMonkln Firemen battled for fire in Miren-bclow itarly today before brlng-lnr un- der control a nflan In wood block In the heart of the downtown dlilrict. Fire Chief A. C. Miller mated the at "In exoeu of Fink drugitore, one ot baitnew In the 50-year-old two-ntory brick bnlldlnr, ratted completely with a hare Christmas a total low. The Iniur- anoe agency, directly-above ratted. The alarm turned in at B a. by Bertha Hayea, night telephone operator, who noticed the on her switch- board flashing furlourty reached the Batty, occupant of an. apartment on the floor of bnildlnr, neaped tajnry. Fin ChlaT> MUfer the originated In the naument of Fink but that unknown. American Plane b Trouble Over Atlantic Halifax, N. American seaboard and Western Commercial jlane flashed distress to- day aaylng one of Its engines was wild" at a position over the Atlantic 400 from Its des- tination at Gander, Newfoundland. American and Canadian air search forces -went Into immediate action to succor both craft. Reports from the distressed com- mercial airliner were skimpy. The plane, of undetermined type, was i flight from Shannon, Eire. The commander's message made no mention of passengers aboard. Meanwhile a flying fortress which lad been dropping Christmas mall and packages to remote air trans- port command weather stations re- xjrted today It had made a forced an ding safely on a frozen river 95 miles north of Goose Bay, Labrador. The pilot, who had radioed he being forced down by engine trouble, reported, "we're on the round. All safe." The number of persons aboard the ;-17 not reported. Minneapolis Man Dies As Result of Burns Wilfred Koy, 3. Minneapolis, died In General oslptal today from burns suffered December 8 when he threw a var- nish rag into a stove at the furnl- ure refinlahtng shop where he was employed. Ing. Anderson said more names wil be made public soon, possibly late this week, and that the total of about should be ready before the reconvening Congress on January 6. No Paper Tomorrow Due to observance of and to permit em- of The Republican-Herald to ipend the day with their there will be no paper tomorrow. HOLIDAY GREETINGS of many of the business houses of Wlnona and vicinity are one of the features of this evening's issue. You will want to- read these messages, particularly of the concerns which you have patronized during the past year, so for vour convenience an index of them appears on Page 6 tonight. Bethlehem Is Oasis of Peace Despite Jewish-Arab Strife Bethlehem Tho little town of Bethlehem remained an of peace In the strife-torn Holy Land today as Christians of al faiths assembled here to celebrate Christmas with traditional religious ceremonies. Untouched thus far by the bitter Jewish-Arab which has turn- ed Palestine Into a land of fear and hate, this hillside community only six miles south of Jerusalem extended Its customary welcome to the pilgrims who came from near and far to pay their annual tribute to the Prince of Peace. Mcscage for World Behind the Christmas eve prepa- rations lurked a hint of anxiety for tho future thnt Imparted a tense- ness to the occasion, but outwardly there appeared little change In the ageless town which has weathered wars far more serious than the communal feud now convulsing the and. Bethlehem's and portly Issa Effendl upon tho occasion to give this mes- sage to the world. "From the midst of the new trou- bles In the Holy Land tho Chris- tians of Bethlehem call for peace. Could we but focus our eyes on the true undistortcd light that came out of Bethlehem years ago, this world would be a more har- monious and less troubled one." Carol Singing Planned As usual, members of the various Protestant faiths will usher in Christmas eve with community enrol singing nt the Church of the Nativity. Later both Catholics and Protestants will make a pilgrimage to the Field of the half mile from Bethlehem. It was there, according to tradi- tion that three frightened shep- herds heard that first song of Christmas: "For unto you Is born this day :n the city of David a Savior which. is Christ the Lord." Tonight and tomorrow services rich with traditional color will be leld in the shrines of the various faiths, where preparations for the occasion have been under way for days In disregard of tile situation throughout tho Holy Land., B-29 Bomber Base First To Start Move Decision Follows Panama Assembly's Lease Rejection Quarry Canal Command headquar- said U. S. troops began with- drawing at daylight today from de- fense bases In Panama, which tha republic's national assembly refused Monday to least to United States. The huge B-29 bomber at Rio Hota and a chemical testing site on 8nn Jone Island, the largest of the 14 Involved out- aide the JO-mlle wide canal strip, the first to excavating. The other are comparatively small.> Personnel and equipment la them being ready for withdrawal. The evacuation Issued Tuesday night after receipt of In- structions from Washington. Received Lieutenant General W111U D. Crlttenberger, commander of U. 8. forces In the Caribbean sea, said hod been instructed b? Washington to start withdrawal of the Ameri- can troops at once. The unexpected action followed the Panamanian assembly's unani- mous rejection of on agreement that would have given this country the right to use the war-built bases for periods of from five to 20 years, In the midst of these rapid de- velopments In Panama City and Washington, demands arose on Capitol hill for survey work on-ik new canal. Senator Knowland (R-- Callf.) suggested a new water across Nicaragua and Representative Engel (R.-Mich.) said there should bo one "outside Panama." The decision to withdraw entirely from tho 14 bases, including huge B-29 bomber base nt Rio Halo, was made known late Tuesday alter a top level huddle of government policy makers. There hod been no previous Ink- Jng that the United States was con- templating any such step. In fact, officials earlier In the day had said flatly but privately that this country would continue to occupy the bases on grounds that it pos- sesses such rights until one year alter World War U pence ore signed. However, the State department to formally announcing tho decision noted the Panamanian unanimous rejection of the bases agreement and added: "The necessary steps will be token Immediately with a view to evacua- tion of all sites In the Republic of Panama outside the canal where United States armed arc now stationed." An administration official explain- ing the decision to newsmen but asking not to be quoted by name sold tills country felt It should full recognition to Panama's sover- eignty wid to the overwhelming op- position of tho Panama people to the agreement. In addition, he added, "We feel it essential not to accept an agree- ment that Is Inadequate. It would be worse than no agreement and would lead to a false sense of se- curity." "We freely admit the contradic- tion In saying previously the bases are essential for protection of canal and then pulling he sold, "But we believe no agreement better than an Inadequate arrange- ment." The United States, It was disclos- ed, scaled down its original de- mand for a 90-year lease to 20 for the Rio Hato air base and five years for the other 13 sites. The army now must fall back on its own defenses within the ten- mile wide canal zone to defend the waterway. Its main airfield in the zone is Albrook field which Is too small to accommodate any sizeable number of B-29's. The only other big air base In the general Caribbean area is In Puerto Rico, over ml away.