Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 1952, Winona, Minnesota
Generally Fair, Warmer Tonight and Sunday VOLUME 51, NO. 301 Phone, Write, or Visit Us to Place Your Want Ad FIVE CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA. SATURDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 9, 1952 SIXTEEN PAGES Bribery arged in TODAY France Going Broke Chicago Cracking Down tftf UAAMIA On Political Hoodlums By JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP WASHINGTON French are quietly going broke, and no one seems to know just what to do about it. This seems to be the best way to sum up the newest crisis, in this city surfeited with crises. The facts, as usual, are repellent- ly technical. But the essentials of the situation are simple enough. The rock bottom of the French financial system is the reserve of hard currency, less than a billion in gold and dollars, which is used as backing for the franc. For various reasons, including the strains of rearmament and the balance of European payments, the French treasury is scraping this rock bottom. The French experts themselves believe 'that, unless some way out is found, it will be necessary in a matter of four or five weeks to make an impossible choice. Either the government can dip into the reserve, with fatal effects on the already enfeebled franc. Or the whole French armaments program can be gutted. If the choice is be- tween economic disaster or stop- ping rearmament, the latter course will be chosen. Program Threatened This means, of course, that the whole NATO program, which is squarely based on the French de- fense effort, is in serious danger. The American experts believe the danger can be dealt with somehow, largely by spending as quickly as possible the alloted for defense purposes in France this year. A junior State Department official, Henry Labouisse, has been sent to France to investigate the possibilities of keeping the situa- tion glued together, and no doubt in the end the gluing operation will be made to work temporarily in I one way or another. I Yet the fact that this sort of imminent three or four years ago would have had this city in an now treated j wholly as a matter of course, says Slaying of Ward Leader Arouses Public indignation CHICAGO and political leaders, aroused by city-wide pub- For George VI in Country Church Villagers and Farmers Pay Last Respects SANDRINGHAM, Eng. the darkened hush of a little country lie indignation over ed killing of a ward leader, plan an all-out war aimed at destroy- ing hoodlum political power. The shotgun slaying Wednesday .night of Charles Gross apparently i was politically motivated. Since his iv u M j i church, villagers and farmers, car- the cold blood- lpenters and woodsmen, tciday fiied in reverent last respect past the candlelit bier of King George VI. Early this morning the tenants and workers on the big Sandring- ham estate and the townsfolk from villages nestling near its walls be- gan gathering to look for the last President Truman and the Boy Scouts have a good time at the White House as the chief executive receives from them a bronze miniature of the Liberty Bell and a similarly designed report on the 42nd anniversary of the organization. Making the presentations are William Sibley Jr. (left Union, S. C., and Richard Lee Huntt (right Fairfax, Va., person to join the scouts. All except Huntt are Eagle Scouts. The group also in- cludes David Rogers, Holyoke, Mass.; John Hoare Jr., Watkins Glen, N. Y.; Joseph Mcllroy, Huntingdon, Pa.; Carroll Moran, Fair- mont, W. Va.; William Sugg, N. Little Rock, Ark.; Richard Angus, Quicy, 111.; Richard Gustafson, Scottsbluff, Neb.; Romeo Limon, San Antonio, Tex.; Paul Barker, Fargo, N. D.: David Garrison, Mercer Island, Wash.; Peter Allen McCuen, Bafcersfield, Calif.; Eddie Morales, Puerto Rico. (A.P. Wirephoto-) Big Ike Re New York Surprise NEW YORK thousand cheering, singing "Ike" rooters something rather important about today told Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower they want him to be the nation's the world situation and the current! next President. American response to it. In fact, i Undaunted by his absence in Europe, they came from as far away an increasing number of the high- est American policymakers have been having a hard new look at the whole range of the American security program, and they are coming to the view that there is something radically wrong with it. Congress willing, the United men from New Hampshire paraded States will be spending something close to billion for straight mil- itary purposes this year, including appropriations to the armed serv- ices, the expanded atomic pro- gram, base construction, and ex- clusively military overseas aid. In contrast, only about billion is being asked for economic- political purposes, in order to deal with a whole series of economic- political soft spots of which that in as Texas and as close by as Brooklyn to say it. An unusually youthful crowd, led by equally youthful politicians, converged on Madison Square Garden late last night by plane, train, subway and bus and stayed until the early hours in the morning. Colorfully clad Texans, placard- carrying Long Islanders, a score of Louisianans, winter-clad sports- France is only a sample. And the! The crowd Congress is honing its knife to cut j d'dn t fill Madi- even this amount. !son Gar' Two Dangers There are, in fact, two Live and Die By Faith, Plea Of Billy Graham WASHINGTON can make the difference in how a per- son dies as well as how he lives. Evangelist Billy Graham told an estimated persons last night. The young preacher spoke at the National Guard Armory, where he is conducting a five-week revival through Feb. 17. He told two stor- ies: 1. A young man from Georgia had rejected Christ. He fell ill and, __ a few hours before he died, he be- three or four "thousand" could have I screaming "Lost! Lost! dan-1 gotten Eisenhower leaders i 2- An .old grocer, a friend of the through west side streets to the arena for thel president year's first major, political rally. It didn't under w'ay until after 11 p. m. It lasted until, 1 o'clock in morning. l d e n another Eisenhower gers to our security. One is the were overjoyed at the turnout. danger of Communist military ag- gression, to which the aggression in Korea, invited by Louis A. John- son's disarmament plan, awaken- ed the country. The other is the danger of economic-political col- lapse at some key point in the world. This danger still exists, per- haps even more than in the days of the Marshall Plan, but since Ko- rea we have increasingly tend- ed to shove it under the rug. It is easy enough to show that (Continued on Page 2, Column 1.) ALSOPS Ike 2 to 10ver Taft in Primary Preference Vote WEST HARTFORD, Conn, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower won an informal Republican presidential preference primary here yesterday by an overwhelming margin, poll- ing votes to for his near- est rival, Sen. Taft of Ohio. A scattering of 171 votes among eight other candidates included 76 for former Gov. Stassen of Minne- sota, 39 for Gen. MacArthur and 36 for Gov. Warren of California. The primary, staged by the Re- publican committee in this well- to-do Hartford suburb of some 000, was wholly unofficial. It has no bearing on the 22 delegates Connecticut will name in May to attend the Republican national con- vention. "I think it's the most spectacu- lar thing in political said Arthur H. Vandenberg -Jr., national chairman of the new "Citizens for Eisenhower." "A turnout of this proportion at this stage of the campaign is un- heard the son of the late Re- publican senator from Michigan added. "Without prec- was the comment of Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., (R- manager of the E i s e n- hower campaign. "Usually we have to work to fill the Garden Irving Berlin at the of a cam- paign. Now we're doing it with our man miles he said. Flying Movies to Paris Aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran, a co-sponsor of the rally with Tex McCrary, is to fly to Paris later today with movies of the affair, the first of a series planned for different parts of the country. The next will be in 'Fort Worth, Texas. Eisenhower will see the rally movies on Sunday, the audience was told. Song Writer Irving Berlin stood in the center of the ring to sing an Eisenhower campaign song. It goes, in part: take Ike, "A man we all of us like; "Tried and "Courageous, strong and human; "Why even Harry Truman "Says, 'I Like Ike.'" evangelist's father, died clasping the elder Graham's hand and say- ing, "Frank, don't you hear the music? It's wonderful." time at the lined face of the sov- murder there has been an ev er-swelling storm of civic outrage. ereiffn tnev served Gross, 56, acting Republican B committeeman of the west side 31st ward, was a candidate for the post in the April 8 primary. He was not one of the city's top GOP leaders. But his brutal slaying in gangland style has stirred front- ranking politicians in both Repub- lican and Democratic parties. Demand War on Gangsters Chicago's four major daily news- papers in editorials demanded both parties purge gangster elements from their ranks. The Sun-Times offered reward for arrest and conviction of Gross' slay- 'ers under its "secret witness" plan. The Tribune offered a re- ward of Gross' murder was the ninth po- litical assassination in Chicago in the last 25 years. Seven of the eight previous slayings still are unsolv- ed. Gov. Adlai E. Stevenson yester- day proposed a meeting of both political parties "to consider ways and means of destroying hoodlum political "I am glad Chicago has awaken- ed to this said Steven- son, a Democrat. "I hope it stays The plain oaken coffin bearing his body lay across trestles before the silver altar in the 16th century gray stone church of St. Mary not far from the coun- awake until we are creeping menace. I rid of this have never bowed to these people and never will." Cook County (Chicago) Republi- can leaders said committeemen in eight wards of the so-called "west side bloc" will be stripped of their party patronage, including an es- timated 300 jobs. Patronage Cut The unprecedented action was announced by William N. Erick- son, who as Cook County board president controls most of the county patronage, Erickson, a Re- publican candidate for governor, said he had "watched with alarm the spread of undesirable influence in our city and state." A meeting of 126 civic organiza- tions to unite in an all-out cam- paign against gangland's invasion of ward politics was called for next Tuesday by the Association of Commerce and the Chicago Crime Commission. "This meeting will reflect the moral indignation of community leaders to what is said Guy E. Reed, association presi- dent. Meanwhile, city and state's at- torney's police were ordered to "grab every known hoodlum on try home where .the king died in his sleep Wednesday morning. The royal standard, flown from wherever the monarch is in resi- dence, lay draped over the coffin, which bore a silver plate engraved, "Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor born 1895 died 1952." On the coffin, too, lay three wreaths bearing the catds of his daughter, the new Queen Elizabeth II; his widow, the queen mother, and his only other :hild, Princess Margaret. The body of the king will lie in the church until Mon day. Then it will t be taken by spe cial train to Lon- Queen Mother don for its last lying-in-state at Westminster Hall. The 25-year-old queen came home to her dead father at dusk yester- day afternoon. After pledging faith- ful sovereignty and being proclaim- ed through the land, she had been driven 130 miles from London in her green Rolls Royce limousine. Composed but misty-eyed, Eliza- beth greeted her mother, her sister and her two children with embraces and kisses. Then she walked to the bedroom where lay her father. Wheeled To Church Soon after, while a sharp wind whispered dismally from the east and the moon cast silver over the dark pines and yew trees, the body of the dead sovereign was wheeled slowly to the little church, 250 yards away. Screens of sack- cloth shielded the sorrowful proces- The Casket Containing the body of King George VI is flanked by four green-jacketed game keepers as it rests in St. Mary Mag- delene's Church at Sandringham. The late monarch's royal stand- ard is draped over the casket. On top is a wreath of flowers from the Queen Mother Elizabeth and at the foot is a wreath from Princess Margaret, their youngest daughter. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) sion from the view of silent, watchful subjects along the road- way. The king's piper preceded the cof- fin. From his bag- Edinburgh pipe came the saddest of Highland laments, "Flowers of the Forest." Behind the coffin walked Eliza- beth and her mother, heavily veil- ed, arm-in-arm. Then came Mar- garet and the queen's husband, fol- lowed by a few others of the royal sight." They seized 19 minor po- entourage. lice characters yesterday. All were j On the porch of the church, its held without charge for question-j rector, the Rev. Hector Anderson, mg. received the cortege. Nancy Louise Rupprecht, S months old, in- spected a metal holder for .hot table dishes yes- terday; ended up wearing it as a collar she couldn't get off. Nancy, held fay her mother, Mrs. Everett Rupprecht, wails as Patrolman Earl Anderson nips the collar with tin shears in the Rupprecht's Minneapolis home. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Post-Armistice Talks Approved MUNSAN, Korea U. N. command today agreed to a high- level conference after an insisted that discussions be limited to strictly Korean affairs. The Allies also insisted that South Korea be given a voice in the peace talks. The Communist proposal last Wednesday ignored Presi- dent Syngman Rhee's government. Vice Adm. C. Turner Joy made the Allied counter-proposal in a 10-minute plenary session. North Korean Gen. Nam II asked time to study it. The senior envoys Germans Driving Tough Bargain on Troops for West BONN, Germany Allied of- ficials said today West Germany's high priced demands for joining Western defense will set back a peace settlement with the ex-en- emy and stall plans for welding German troops into a six-nation European army. The price includes an end to Al- lied occupation, full sovereignty for Germany, an equal voice -in Western strategic councils, and freedom for many criminals. The restive parties in Chancellor K o n r a d Adenauer's- government hung these conditions on their ap- proval last night of Adenauer's pro- posal to recruiting to 000 troops for Western defense. The Bundestag (lower house) agreed to it only fay the slim mar- gin of 204 to 156. No Immediate Draft The vote was taken only on the principle of the proposal and does not mean immediate conscription of soldiers. That can come only after Germany agrees to a peace I prisoner" exchange! settlement, joins the European H Sen. Taft Enters will meet again at 10 a. m. Sunday in an effort to hammer out agree- ment. The U. N. command communi- que said modifications in the Allied proposal "were only those essen- tial to bring the original proposal j into conformity with U. N. com-] mand views or to provide addi-j tional clarity." There was no disagreement on the first two points of the Red proposal. The Allies agreed that the post-armistice talks should in- clude discussion of (1) Withdrawal of foreign troops from Korea and j (2) The peaceful settlement ofj the Korean question. j The joker was in point three, j The Reds wanted the talks to in- clude "other problems in Asia re-1 lated to the Korean question." The Allies proposed that this be! changed to read "other Korean j questions related to peace." j This apparently was designed to German war i prevent the Reds bringing up such j topics as Indochina and Formosa. The Allied plan proposed to the belligerent governments "that steps be taken within a period of three months" to deal with the listed problems "in a political confer- ence" or by "such other political means as they (the countries con- cerned) deem appropriate." This reference to "other politi- cal means" could mean direct negotiation on a diplomatic level rather than a political conference. When the plenary session ended, staff officers met to continue the debate on truce supervision and army it has been negotiating over, and votes formal ratification of a defense bill ordering formation of troops and raising the money for defense. Even with the "price tags" at- tached, the vote of approval was considerably smaller than that giv- en Adenauer last month for rat- ification of Germany's entry into the Schuman plan to pool her coal and steel with five other Western European nations. The powerful Socialists fought the army plan tooth and nail. The vote revealed a sharply-split par- liament reflecting sorely-divided public opinion. Changes Assured The conditions themselves were sponsored by the parties in Ade- nauer's coalition, not by the oppos- ition. Allied officials agreed the de- mands called for the Big Three to re-assess their policy towar3 Western Germany. Already they were debating what concessions they might make to help Adenauer win final ratification of his rearm- ament plans. W. Virginia Primary CHARLESTON, W. Va. Sea. Taft (R.-Ohio) formally entered the West Virginia primary today for a test of strength with Harold E. Stassen for the Republican pres- idential nomination. Deadline for filing for the May 13 state primary is at midnight WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Generally fair and warmer tonight and Sun- day. Low tonight 25, high Sun- day 42. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 36; minimum, 23; noon, 36; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow Additional weather on 11. ram Employes Got Gifts, Loans, Probers Find Millions Frittered Away on Worthless Training, Belief By WILLIAM F. ARBOCA5T WASHINGTON A congres- sional committee said today "an excessive number" of Veterans Ad- ministration employes accepted "bribes, gifts, unusual loans, grat- uities, services and ownership in schools" in connection with educa- tional programs under the GI bill of rights. These employes, the committee said, yielded to temptations offered by "certain unscrupulous schools and individuals." The committee, a special Housa group headed by Rep. Tague (D- made its comments in a lengthy report which recommend- ed writing of a new law to extend educational benefits to veterans of the Korean conflict. At Work a Year It has been investigating the World War II GI program sinct early last year. Among its conclusions were these: 1. For several years, new schools started after 1944 were permitted to levy "unreasonable and exces- sive charges" which the govern- ment paid. 2. Some schools falsified cost data and attendance records, over- charged for books and tools, and billed the VA for students not en- rolled. 3. At the college level, the train- ing program "has been carried out successfully." 4. Many veterans took courses "for the obvious .purpose of secur- ing subsistence payments rather than a bona fide interest in train- ing." Conspiracy Cited 5. "A minority of veterans havt conspired" to obtain benefits to which they were not entitled and "engaged extensively in the prac- tice of selling or pawning the tools issued them for training purposes" at government cost. 6. The Veterans Administration did not exercise adequate control over "irresponsible veterans." 7. A majority of states have car- ried out effective approval pro- grams but there has been "serious failure in some states, particularly Pennsylvania." Many VA employes owned in- terest in or derived profit from schools under contract with the VA. 9. Many institutions "in all fields of education took advantage of the lack of regulation and supervision to adopt unreasonable supply re- quirements and excessive charge practices." 10. A majority of the seven and a half million veterans who avail- ed themselves of VA training bene- fited from the program. Graft, Cited The committee said that wbilt the program has been of great ben- efit to millions of veterans, "there is no doubt that hundreds of mil- lions of dollars have been frittered away on worthless and "graft and waste plagued the pro- gram." The committee cited a case in which a school had a supplier bill it for sets of tools for each when the tools actually cost the school Kidnaped St. Paul Girl Returning Home ST. PAUL UP) here to- day awaited the arrival home of a 17-year-old St. Paul girl who said she was forced to accompany a rejected former suitor to Bellevue, Neb., yesterday. Norma Kerr called her mother, Mrs. Robert Kerr, last night to in- form her that she had been re- leased unharmed in the Nebraska city, an Omaha suburb. Mrs. Kerr had reported her daughter's disap- pearance after the girl had failed to return home all of Thursday night. Norma said the man, a 23-year- old truck driver, had picked her up early yesterday in front of the Kerr's St. Paul home as the -girl returned from a date. She report- ed she was forced into the "man'i car. Norma said the man slapped several times when she attempted to flee the auto during the trip into Nebraska. She said he had taken out a marriage license and insist- ed that she join him in using it, Whe she refused, Norma told her mother the man had dropped her- off at the home of bis sister in Bellevue. He was then reported as having driven off the west coast. Police said any charges- in the case would depend upon the story tott by Norma when the returns.