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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1953, Winona, Minnesota Not So Cold Tonight, Snow, Colder Tuesday Your Winter Carnival Emblem N1NETY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 31 Holiday Death Toll Hits 711 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 28, 1953 TWENTY PAGES By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nation counted a toll of 711 1953 Allies Ready to Accept Delay in 4 lated that 510 fatalities would oc-, cur during the 78-hour period be-1 tween 6 a.m. Thursday and mid- accident during its law njont Sunday Christmas holiday weekend. I This year's traffic toll fell short The final tabulation today listed lot the 1950 record of 545 for a 519 traffic victims, 81 who died in I three-day Christmas period. The fires and 111 victims of all other greatest Christmas traffic death Russians Release Germans Held Since War BERLIN WV- The Russians have released another Germans held in the Soviet Union since the war, the German Red Cross in Ber- lin disclosed today. The group brings to the number of Ger- man prisoners of war and former civilian employes of the Third Reich turned loose by the Russians as part of last summer's announc- ed amnesty of minor war crim- inals. Anderson Warns Communities on Enforcing Laws By JACK MACKAY MINNEAPOLIS (.11 An- derson today told the state's A British Foreign Office spokes- j sheriffs that he is a firm believer ay me rucaa oaiu UIVH.IPIO man expressed confidence the i in the principle of home rule but Six persons died on Minnesota j en route to a friend's home for Sun- three Western powers, which had j that he would not hesitate to have highways over the Christmas, day dinner. proposed Jan. 4 for a meeting in the state step in if local law en- weekend, raising the 1953 toll to Victims earlier in the weekend WQuld accept the Russian I forcement breaks down. 627 and making this the fourth were Harold Sake, 35, Waite Park, counte'r suogestion that it be held Speaking before the Minnesota worst traffic year in the state's Minn.; his children, Beverly, Jan 25 or later Sheriffs Association, the governor i_- v___ q onrl A mnnrnc sli k-iMprl U.N. types of fatal accidents. Lives lost on the streets and highways exceeded a pre-holiday estimate by the National Safety Council. The Council had calcu- total ever recorded was 556 during four-day holiday. Neverthe- Will Call Russ Bluff on Holding Session Jan. 25 By EDMOND LEBRETON WASHINGTON United minutes during year. Traffic Accidents Kill 6 in State By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS j ty coroner, said the brothers were thn tinliriav this I sideriiig their reply to a Soviet the holiday this, for postponement Of a Big Four foreign ministers' con- ference, amid signs they will agree to the delay and keep pressing for the meeting. The State Department indicated this is the U. S. attitude, even though it implied the Russians might be maneuvering to lessen the chances of France joining the European Defense Community (EDO. history. 13, and Robert, 4 months, all killed Five of the victims died in two j in a car-train crash, and Joseph separate accidents where cars; Homola, 32, Farmington. were struck by trains. i Wisconsin Deaths The total topped the 626 figure of Twelve persons died as the result 1941, the previous fourth worst j Of traffic accidents in Wisconsin as year, and exceeded by 97 the fatal- j tne Christmas holiday weekend ked to POW s French official sources said only j declared: that the note Russia sent the three "Local officials are elected and, Saturday would have to be studied appointed_ tojoThey ive carefully. last year. The 627 total was 22 under the all time record, set in 1936. Two bachelor brothers died Sun- day when their car was hit by a westbound Milwaukee passenger train one mile west of Sacred Heart, in west central Minnesota. The bodies of Edwin Chelin, 46, and Peter Chelin, 35, were badly mangled. Both were of Sacred Heart. One was flung 95 yards by the impact, the other about 60. Dr. D. R. Miller, Renville Coun- TODAY out on the highways. But in Bonn yesterday Chancel- lor Konrad Adenauer of West Ger- many, whose future would be I I among the subjects discussed with their problems from day to I day and know them better than anyone at the state level ever could. vcai, tiiiu cAuccutu if- icimi inQ cnriyuiiaft nuiiuiiy VYCCACUU ities during the comparable period j mjid weather drew thousands i many, whose future would be high ver when iocai law en- T._t____ thu ciiVnpptc rlisrnsspd at i iiuwt.vci, fprt forcement breaks down, the strong 1 adherence to home rule must be set aside It is then time, in my In addition one man died in a j fire, and another suffered fatal I wounds in an argument at a Christ- j mas Eve party. Tr-hroeder 78 of OsK I yesterday that could be a prop- Scnroeder, 78. ot Osh prelude conference> in a broadcast belief for the state to step into _ ____ thp situation. kosh, was killed Sunday night when he was hit by an automobile as he walked along a road south of Oshkosh, A two-car collision in Calumet County Sunday took the life of Two Mrs. Anna Kelliher, 67, of Rivers Carol Anne Zeigler, 13, of Jeff- erson, was killed early Sunday when the car in which she was riding left a town road near Jeffer- son and overturned. Two automobiles collided near Hartford in Washington County Saturday, killing Mrs. H. H. Hil- gendorf, 54, of Burnett. Mrs. Berthy Bertuch, 80, of Bur- lington, was injured fatally Satur- day when the car in which she was a passenger hit an icy spot in the I road south of Burlington and plung- ed into a ditch. Ike Just Natural Worrier By STEWART ALSOP WASHINGTON President Eis- enhower, in his Little White House in Georgia has been putting the Jtooen j. ivieister, tv, m oaslej ia an imeiview finishing touches on his State of was fatally injured Saturday morn- ted frankly that the White case I J; the Union message. Meanwhile, as! ing when his car turned end over "has hurt the Democratic nart.v. i v ._i_ _ T7DT Wnito blasted away again at the Western plan for free all-German portions. Moscow radio, heard in-.'xmdon, aired an article from the official publication Izvestia saying "false talk about 'free elections' is needed (Continued on Page 3, Column 1) BIG THREE Democrats Hurt By White Case, Mitchell Admits CHICAGO na- i mio a until. tional chairman Stephen Mitchell, George Harmon, 71, of rural said Sunday his party lost ground Sparta, was struck and killed by I in Illinois during 1953 and was hurt a car on a highway near Sparta generally by the Harry Dexter White case revelations. Robert'J. Meister, 26, of Bagley in an interview Mitchell admit- he news the end of his first year in office, what is the state of the President? According to those who have al- most daily contact with him, the state of the President is good, and getting better all the time. During Eisenhower's first months in of- fice, there were many reports that he detested. Washington and his end into a ditch. Hit by Auto The FBI reported White, a Treas- I ury Department official in the Tru- uo ury Joseph Kresse, 64, died Friday man administration, was a "cur- of injuries suffered when he was ity risk. i hit by an auto on a Milwaukee! Speaking of Republican f street m judicial elections in Cook Coun-, Dale Weber, 20, of Two ty and in the Rock Island supreme was killed Friday night when his I court district, Mitchell said: car left the road near Two Rivers "I think these recent elections in hp detested Washington and ms and overturned. Illinois have been rather discour- ?ob S was certainly some An auto crashed through the rail- aging to the Democratic party truth in these stories at least ing of a Milwaukee viaduct Friday, They concern me very much. I enough truth so that friends and killing Alphons-e Voegtline 19, a i think we have lost ground euuus" i Tho I Mitchell said Sen. McCarthy (R- chairman of a Senate in- vestigating committee, was a "Re- the situation. No Super-Police But, the governor quickly added, he wanted to make it clear that! he does not believe the state j should involve itself in such a i situation as a "super-police pow-i er." Gov. Anderson said the state must become the force to fill in the gap which local enforcement agencies fail to fill, adding: "It should come as a protector of the public safety and welfare provided under the laws, when local officials fail to fulfill the oath of office to which they have sub- scribed. "It should come into the situa- tion when it becomes apparent that there is flagrant violation of law for the public protection or that there is non-feasance or malfea-i sance because of fear." Anderson said he feels it is his] sponsibility as governor to see .....'of law all. ____ is not have one degree of __________t jn one county and another degree in the county next Anderson asserted. "It isn't fair to the citizens of one county those of another." me of his chief concerns of law enforcement has been "in that area where strict Neutral Nations Group Makes Divided Report Swiss and Swedes Refuse to Sign Majority Document By WILLIAM C. BARNARD PANMUNJOM three-mem- ber majority of the Neutral Na- tions Repatriation Commission to- day turned back to the U. N. and Communist commands the question of what to do with more than 000 war prisoners who have re- fused to go home. An Indian Command spokesman said that if the two commands reach no agreement by Jan. 22 "We do not appear to have any legal right to hold them (the pris- The majority report was signed by the Indian chairman and by Czechoslovakia and Poland. Switzerland and Sweden filed a minority report saying it was "ap- propriate" to refer the prisoner problem back to the two com- mands. But the Swiss and Swedes said they could see no reason for a formal report at this time. They refused to sign the 44-page major- ity document which also charged South Korean interference in anti- Communist compounds and criti- cized the U. N. Command. Settlement Doubted Official sources said there was little prospect that the majority report would lead to settlement the bitter prisoner dispute. The Allies hold that the armis- tice provides specifically that un- repatriated prisoners be freed as danaerine the lives of 75 persons A spoilsman sam LUC ucu-iaiuu uu v.. j civilians 30 days after the close of inrludinsmanv women and cW-1 visions in Korea would be withdrawn initially from the armistice- a period for explanations, including many women anu C.IL. f th F -h nrisnncrg It Took Roberta Gundsfrom, 19, only a few steps to decide that skis would be much more useful than skates for winter play on the 5-inch snowfall that covered Duiuth over the weekend. (UP Telephoto) Fire Destroys City Block at Holyoke, Mass. HOLYOKE, Mass. pre- dawn fire raged through a block of apartments and stores today en- dangering the lives of 75 persons Far East Command Will Decide What 2 Divisions Returning WASHINGTON Army set out today to carry out President Eisenhower's order for reducing infantry forces in Korea, a dramatic first example of the "new look" military policy going into effect. A spokesman said the decision on which two of the six army di- dren before it was brought under control. Four hours after the flames silenced front was one for the Far East Army Command to decide. Officials of that command said departure of the divisions could not come immediately. There were in- dications that a procedure used in Europe at the close of World War buildings forming a city block on j It woljld be fojiowed in Korea. At High street all occupants were j tnat time, men whose overseas flashed through the structures four four-story accounted for. duty was nearing an end were CUUUgll v.--- t. i supporters became convinced that'soldier home on leave. The car would under no circumstances run landed in a factory yard _below. again. Harold J. Curtis, 25, of Green -fe still takes no pleasure in the j Bay, died Friday when his --j hit a utility pole at Green c Mrs. sures of life in the White House. "I am not going to be mad at anyone he remarked on Christmas Day, "I was so happy to get away." The chances are that President Eisenhower will never come to love the presidency as Franklin Roosevelt loved it or Harry Truman, after his first few humble and awe-stricken months. Does Not Relax blood spilled in auto accidents, He also re- written on the records of our police ferred to the senator as an "Amer-! courts and penal institutions, and ivirs JLHllila DJ, ut j ludij piuuicm, emu i London, died Thursday evening McCarthy had made headway in parents. when she was hit by an automobile some parts of the country. Wnen was nit oy an automuune i some parKi ui me on a street there. Mitchell predicted big Democrat- or not such behavior is the fault Fred Stark, about 80, died Fri-' ic gains in the 1954 congressional of parents, the offenders become day in a fire that destroyed his I election, but said it was too early the responsibility of those of us in nt cil-pp npar T.nrti tn mnk-p snpfific claims. i government. GUI WIHGOWS 1IJLU U1K ui enforcement is needed to protect rescuers on sidewalk and street our growing generation.___ below. Approximately 35 were carried SSJ-MS the governor said, i "The results are written in human Late Good Fellows Following are late contributions to the Good Fellows fund: Fire Chief John Rohan said "My transferred into a division ear- men can't get through those I marked for return and men in flames. It looks like the building i that division with short service were assigned to an outfit sched- uled to stay. That process takes several weeks at a minimum. The high level de- cision to start cutting Army ground will be reduced to ashes. Several children were thrown out windows into the arms of "The fact remains that whether trailer home at Okee near Lodi Robert Warrington, 54, of Neopit, died Friday morning of knife wounds inflicted during an argu- ment at a Christmas Eve party on uoes NOT Keiax j jlenominee reservation. Eisenhower, according to those i who know him well, does not relax easily under the weight of tremend- ous responsibility. "He's a natural one of his aides has re- marked. His tendency to worry probably had a good deal to do with the stomach cramps which briefly troubled him in the spring and again in the early autumn. But these cramps had no organic origin at all, and it can be report- ed on undoubted authority that the President's health is amazing- ly good. What is more, he now worries far less than he once The reason is quite clear. Eisen- hower is now really getting on top of his job. The country knows it, and he knows it, and both are re-1 lieved. All those who participated are agreed that the President put on a downright remarkable perform- ance during the recent conferences with his congressional leaders. He displayed charm, tact, force and a (Continued on Page 12, Column 2) ALSOPS West Protests Border Shooting BERLIN three Western allies in a sharp protest to the Russians today demanded punish- ment of Soviet border guards for the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old West Berlin youth and the wound- ing of his mother Saturday nigtit. The youth, Joachim Wozniak, was hit in the chest when guards open- ed fire at a car in which he ap- proached the West Berlin border. His mother, Isa, 40, was injured, and his father, driving the car, es- caped unhurt. should hold their minority position in Congress and give the Eisen- hower administration opportunity 1 for leadership. to make specific claims. government. Mitchell said the Democrats i "Just as the state must step into the situation when local law enforcement breaks down, so must government step into the situation when the duties of parents to their children are neglected. "Consequently you peace officers I and I as governor must be a lot more concerned about protection of young people from those things which can wreak their futures. This calls for, more statutes to provide that protection and more policing to carry out their provi- sions." He warned that, as governor, he would do everything within his power to seek strictest enforce- ment of laws dealing with minors. He said he becomes aroused when he receives reports of laxity of local officials resulting in violation of laws pertaining to minors. "I can have no respect for a person who an oath to uphold the laws and then finds it easier to close his eyes to what goes on around him as a matter of con- Anderson declared. Banks to Begin Serving Sentence Sitting In A Courthouse at Dania, Fla., are Dr. Francis Field- ing-Reid, 61, retired Baltimore physician, and his wife, Frances, Police Chief William N. Horgan said they are being held on first degree murder charges in connection with the death of George Lee Crim, 27. Horgan said Crim drowned early Saturday after a drinking party aboard his boat and the doctor's in the yacht basin at Dania and that the doctor admitted striking Crim with a pop bottle early in the morning. (AP Wirephoto) ST. PAUL Thomas W. (Tommy) Banks, Minneapolis night club personality, was to report to the U.S. marshal's office here to- day, from where he was to be taken to a jail preparatory to the start of his three-year sentence i for income tax evasion. Banks also must pay a fine of The attorney general will desig- nate the penitentiary or reform- atory in which Banks, 58, will serve his sentence. Banks was con- victed of evading payment of more than in additional taxes from 1945 through 1947. He has been at liberty since June of 1952, but his several ap- peals have been rejected. 4.00 Previously listed Radio Program Bailey and dise. pairing the combat effectiveness of the Army, by reducing support and service troops. The return of two divisions from Korea can reduce some of the high maintenance required for troops on foreign station. Despite the expressed alarm of proposed U. S. ground force reduc tion, it was obvious that Eisen- hower felt the political impact of troop withdrawal from that area would be less serious than to cut forces in Europe. There the United States is committed to maintaining current strength so as to encour- uespue uie eApiesseu aiaim w. oners remain in cusiooy pending South Korean officials over the action by the peace conference, re- MT-nnnCoH TT S PrOIlnH fOTPft redUC- n ip lat would mean the prisoners .jst be freed Jan. 22. The Communists just as firmly contend that they are entitled to 90 days 'of actual explanations rather than a 90-day period which ended Dec. 23. They have used 10 days. The Reds also insist that the pris- oners remain in custody pending cision to siari giuuuu force strength was not reached the buildup of forces by the til about 10 days ago and the de-j Western European nations tailed instructions began to filter i Although Eisenhower's statement down to the working level of the said nothing about the manpower reduction portion of his program, it did hit hard upon another the growing dominance of weapons and new techniques in strategy. Thus Eisenhower commented: 1. "Our growing national airpow- Army only over the weekend. Eisenhower, in the formal state- ment he issued at Augusta, Ga., left out all reference to overall military manpower policy changes. But the action obviously could have eventual influence on the size of the Army. The goal of the Defense Depart- ment under Secretary Wilson is 01 ule to reduce total Army strength from N7atjons members of Allied forces gardless ot when a conference is convened. In addition to turning the pris- oner question back to the two commands, the majority report said: 1. A secret South Korean head- quarters in Seoul reached into all 55 compounds of the South camp holding anti-Communist Koreans and exercised a powerful influence over the prisoners, 2. South camp compound leaders used "coercive methods" and "acts of violence were committed against prisoners wanting to go home." 3. The commission could "find 1. "Our growing national airpow- no of such a similar or. er possesses greater mobility and ganization m the North camp hous- greater striking force than ever i tag AmericanSj South Koreans and nr the alert for an in- one Briton although prisoners 2. lo be on tne aiert. lui there seemed "under strong dis- a present level of about mil- lion men to by July 1, 1B55. This, Wilson ha.s contended, can be accomplished without im-' INDOCHINA TV m. Phanoroa! T H uc .11 JKg --ffT.vL !-V THAILAND- VH J. U UK UH I.UV- V fhpfp Cf fraction of the armistice, the United "--.tions members of Allied forces CJpune' Korea were agreed it might be impossible "to confine hostilities within the frontiers of the President said.' That seemed a plain hint that these highly mobile forces of which the President spoke might carry any resumed war to Red China. British Civilians To Replace GIs At U.S. Air Bases LONDON Four thousand American servicemen at U. S. Air j mands to the report. Force bases in Britain will be re- placed by British civilians within the next 6 to 12 months, an Air Force spokesman said today. Th'e airmen will return to America. Some civilians will be hired at the giant Burtonwood in Arrow Indicates Route and objective of the Communist-led Vietminb. drive climaxed with the capture of Takhek, on the Me- kong River border of Indochina and Thailand. The fall of Thakhek, cutting Indochina in two, put the rebels ii; position to drive south toward Savannakhet French-held air base, or northwest to Vientiane and Luangprabang capital and important city re- spectively of the Laotian kingdom. French forces also expected a rebel drive on Dienbienphu (C) in north Viet Nam. (AP Wire- photo map) 4. The commission could not say that even the prisoners who went through the explanation tents were "completely freed of force or threats of force." 5, Both commands were entitled to hold explanations "for a period of 90 statement interpret- ed by the Indian spokesman to mean what the Allies claim it to mean: The 90-day period ended Dec. 23. (A footnote signed only by the Czech and Polish delegates contended the Communists are en- titled to 90 days of actual explana- tions.) There was no statement that the Indians would screen prisoners not yet interviewed. The Indian spokes- man said such a step would de- pend on reaction of the two corn- WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Mostly cloudy and not so cold tonight. Tuesday cloudy with light snow and turning colder, reaching near cold wave proportions Tuesday night. Low tonight 22, high Tuesday 30. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 38; minimum, 29; noon, 35; precipitation, none. Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 39; minimum, 18; noon, 29; precipitation, trace; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No, Central Observations) Max, temp, at p. m. Sunday 39 degrees. Low of 18 at a. m. salu I today. Noon readings temp. 27, Under the arrangement the air j overcast at feet, wind from ministry will pay the civilians in i the south southwest at 12 miles per sterling" and will be reimbursed by hour, barometer 29.70 falling and the United States in dollars. 1 the humidity 52 per cent. Lancashire. The remainder will be spread over various bases through- out the country. The spokesman said both the United States and dollar-hungry Britain will gain from the ex- change. America will save 14 million dol- lars annually and the British treas- ury will be paid the dollar equiv- alent of the civilians' wages, the spokesman said. He added it costs an estimated to maintain an American airman Britain for a year whereas a British civilian's wages will average only about The civilians will work as labor- ers, clerks, storekeepers, drivers and mechanics, the, -spokesman ;