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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1953, Winona, Minnesota Rain Tonight, Moderately Heavy Snow Friday Brotherhood Week Feb. 15-22; Make it Live VOLUME 53, NO. 2 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 79, 1953 A Landmark in the Minneapolis loop district, St. Olaf's Catholic Church was heavily damaged by fire Wednesday night. This picture, taken from the 28th floor of the Foshay Tower, shows how much of the roof fell into the interior of the structure. Damage to the 75-year-old building was set at upwards of (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) State Farmers Calm On Price Problem, Don't Blame Benson By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Minnesota farmers are giving a lot of attention to tumbling farm prices, but so far there's no real worry or alarm.among many of them about present price levels. However, the men of the soil would like some assurances fiom Washington that things aren't going to get much worse. None of. the farmers or agricul- tural leaders questioned by The Associated Press placed the blame for the price drop on the Eisen- hower administration or Secretary Reward Offered in Shooting of Girl MINNEAPOLIS thousand dollars in rewards were offered Wednesday by AFL and CIO un- ions in the shooting of a 10-year-old girl, linked by her father to a dis- pute within a union. The girl, Virginia Adams, still was in fair condition, Deaconess Hospital authorities reported to- day, suffering from a bullet wound in her thigh. A reward was posted by district 77 of the International As- sociation of Machinists, a union from which Adams is facing ex-, pulsion because of pro-CIO activi- UP lne. Pnces 01 fj K i supplies and equipment stay St. Olaf Church In Minneapolis Swept by Fire MINNEAPOLIS UP) Ash Wed- nesday worshipers hardly had cleared St. Olaf Catholic Church when flames swept the structure shortly before midnight to cause damage set at upwards of 000. The interior of the 75-year-old building was gutted and several large sections of stone-faced walls collapsed. Fire Chief Reynold Malmquist called out 25 pieces of equipment before the flames were controlled. i The building is located at the south of Agriculture Benson. Here's what they had to say about the situation: Henry Snow, on whose farm j edge of the loop district on Second Stevenson spoke at the National Ave., S. Plowing Matches during the cam- paign lay, fall "I personally am concerned with beef prices. I don't think there's anything to do but keep on feeding my cattle and hope for the best. "I don't blame the administra- tion for the price slump it has- n't had time to get its feet on the ground. We'd like some assurances things won't get worse." Hugo Weyrens, who operates a 450-acre farm near St. Cloud "I'm not disturbed by what the, administration has done so far. Malmquist also ordered evacua- tion of 50 girl roomers from the adjoining Pillsbury Club when the blaze threatened it. A section o) the club roof was burned and there was heavy smoke and water dam- age. Fathers George Garelts and Michael McDonough said they carried out the Holy Sacrament and other religious objects immedi- ately they smelled smoke. Fr. Garelts said the congrega- tion purchased the church for 000 in 1940 and since has spent Democrats Plan To Push Farm Issue in '54 Taft Warns Drop In Prices Must Be Checked By JOE HALL WASHINGTON iff) Democrats displayed quiet confidence today that they have found an issue which may win them the 1954 elec- tions and perhaps lay the basis for a return to national power in 1956. Many Republicans take issue with lat appraisal. The issue is falling farm prices and the views pf Republican Sec- retary of. Agriculture Benson, which Democratic lawmakers as- sert are opposed to high-level, mandatory price supports. GOP Senate Leader Taft of Ohio conceded yesterday that "if the Republicans don't do better than the Democrats did in the last two in checking farm price drops, "we probably will lose the next election." But Taft scornfully added this should not be a hard task because, said, "under the Democrats, arm prices have beei going down or the last two years." The Agriculture Department, meanwhile, reported an advance n hog prices and officials there cited it as evidence supporting their contention there is a firm foundation under the agricultural situation. A department market survey showed prices of hogs paid pro- ducers on eight major Midwestern markets have gone up an average of for 100 pounds since mid- January. That is about 9.7 per cent. Further, the department said, hog prices on those same markets now average about for 100 pounds above those of a year ago. Democratic congressmen made no secret of their plans to con- tinue the sort of drumfire attacks on Benson which followed a con- troversial speech the secretary made last week. Some Democrats contended Benson indicated little sympathy with present farm price support programs. Democrats from farm states say they already are getting letters from dirt farmers attacking Ben- son, some demand that he be fired. Sen. Fulbright (D-Ark) came to the floor yesterday with a word speech .sharply critical of Benson's utterances as secretary. Taft remained on the floor for Ful- bright's talk and repeatedly en- gaged in heated exchanges with him. The GOP leader said the Demo- crats must take responsibility for falling farm prices of the last two years. The Arkansan retorted that the Ice Patch Spins A La Crosse Man Was Injured fatally Wednes- day afternoon while he stood beside this car after it had slipped into the shallow ditch on High- way 61, near Lamoille. The accident victim, Eugene Meyers, was standing near the front Spring" Valley Man Hit, Killed by Car AUSTIN, Minn. An auto- mobile struck and killed a pedes- trian, Ott Winter, 60, Spring Valley, about a quarter mile south of Ra- cine, Minn., Wednesday night. Al Reinarte of Austin, Mower LaCrosseMan Fatally Injured Standing on 61 Second Auto Goes Out of Control on Same Icy Stretch By GORDON HOLTE Republican-Herald Staff Writer LAMOILLE, Minn. (Spe- In an ironical turn of events, Death "Wednes- day afternoon turned its back on a motorist whose car plunged over a 90-foot embankment near here but returned to exactly the same spot less than 15 min- utes later to claim the life of a La Crosse man whose automobile had slid into a 2-foot ditch. Fatally -injured while he was standing beside his stalled car on the shoulder of Highway 61, two miles' north of here, was 60-year- old Engene J. Meyers, 1601 Market St., La Crosse. A car spun out of control on the ice-slicked highway and careened into the La Crosse man and three members of his family who were standing beside their car. About a half hour later, at 3 p.m., he died at Winona General Hospital. List of Injured Injured in the mishap were: Miss Lila Meyers, 36, 1601 Market St., La Crosse, who is re- ported to be in critical condition at the Winona General Hospital where she is being treated for By ED CREAGH multiple fractures of one leg, WASHINGTON leaders of 'both parties re-1 severe cuts and other injuries, viewed the global military situation with President Eisenhower to-1 Mrs- Dorothy McConnell, 37, day, and a House member said afterward it was a portrayal of same address, who was given first of the car when another automobile skidded off the icy pavement and crashed into him. The torn and crumpled right front portion of the car shows where the second automobile slid into it. (Re- publican-Herald photo) Global Picture Grim, Congress Leaders Find Count; sheriff, said no Inquest wUl Waf strategy and the military and ,be held. The sheriff said the car diplomatic situations elsewhere. sharpest price drops came after J was driven by Curtis Spande, 22, A presidential assistant, Robert "a grim picture." The Republican, and Democratic leaders of the Senate and House spent an hour and a half with Eisenhower at the White House session. Korean Strategy They were briefed on Korean with him to see what he can do "But if the decline in pries keeps up and the prices of farm ties. A second was offered by the CIO union in the Minneapolis- Honeywell Regulator Co., local 1145 of International Union of Electri- cal Workers, Robert I. Wishart, un- ion business agent, announced. Meanwhile, officers of the Hen- sheriff's criminal di- vision continued investigating the case. Deputy Stanley Hurley said no new clues or eyewitnesses have been found to the shooting, which took place as Virginia welcomed her father, Joseph Adams, home Tuesday night. Hurley said the bullet, apparent- ly a 32-caliber, came from a rifle. He now is waiting to talk to Virginia, hoping she may have some clue to the identity pf the assassins who apparently waited in an automobile parked across the street. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Cloudy with rain tonight, changing to moderately heavy snow Friday. Not so cold tonight. Low tonight 20, high Friday 36. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 42; minimum, 21; noon, 28; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 40 at p.m. Wed- nesday, min. 21 at a.m. today. overcast at 000 feet, visibility 12 miles, wind 12 miles per hour from east, baro- meter 30.13 falling, humidity! cent. I per Benson had a big load thrown in i Bother remodeling and his lap I'm willing to go alon refurnishing it. It was he who set the damage estimate. Jewelry Robbery in N.Y. NEW YORK W) One of the biggest jewel burglaries in recent the loot worth an ap- proximate reported today on Manhattan's fashionable East Side. Police said the gems, plus in cash, were stolen Wednesday night from the eighth-floor 'apart- ment of Mr. and Mrs. John Ba-j ruche at 1060 Park Ave. they are, there will be a lot o farmers who won't be able to maki it." James Gordon, manager of the Minnesota Cheese Producers Asso ciation dairy at Pine Island "The situation so far isn't too serious the drop isn't stop th .sartly i ministration." Armand Spoden, who operates a small farm near St. Cloud "So far, we haven't felt the price drop too much. We think that if there's a drop in the prices of things we sell, there's going to be a drop in the prices of things we buy. Benson is well fitted for his job and is doing all right." Herman Skyberg, who raises mostly potatoes on his 720-acre farm near Fisher: "There isn't too much to worry about with assurances on parity through 1953 and 1954. The administration hasn't had time enough to really tackle the problem." Dr. 0. B. head of the department of agricultural econo- mics at .the University of Minnesota said that although farm prices have been edging downward for the past two years "it is the sharp break of the last few months which causes the real concern." According to Dr. Jesness, the reasons for the price breaks are largely the following: 1. The cattle production cycle has been on the way up for several years, so marketings have increas- ed decidedly. Drought in the South- west has added to receipts. 2. Agricultural output last year was very good, so supplies are ample. 3. Exports are down because of agricultural recoyei-y overseas and .ess aid money is in prospect for food uses. the Republican triumph last No- vember. Strike at Atomic Energy Plant Ends AUGUSTA, Ga. workers at the Atomic Energ Commission's Savannah Rive plant are returning to work today pending settlement of a disput between management and 78 painters. The strike ended with the an nouncement that all craftsmen 'would return to work, pendin further negotiations on travel al lowances" in the painters' dispute 6 Killed in Bus, Train Collision BRAWLEY, Calif, South ern Pacific train crashed into a jus loaded with farm workers o Mexican descent early today am Police Chief Joe Gabard said six were killed. Gabard said 12 persons were :aken to. a hospital here, six of them in critical condition. Austin. Racine is about 15 miles south of Rochester. Identical Bills Introduced on Seaway Project WASHINGTON (B Virtuall identical bills proposing creatio of a development corporation t finance, construct and operate St. Lawrence seaway and powe project were introduced Wednes day in the House and Senate. Sen. Lehman (D-Lib-NY) wa_ joined by nine other senators in introducing the Senate bill. Hep Roosevelt offered th House counterpart. Lehman, explaining his measuf e said in a statement: "It is a. proposal for a dual pur pose project in association anc partnership with con struction of the seaway and power project. "The seaway would be operated ointly wjth Canada and the power jroject would be turned over to tew York State to be operated lointly with the province of On- :ario." 'Important Feature' Lehman said an "important eature" ,pf the bill is that which would require New York State, be- bre being allowed to take over1 the power facilities, to agree that afeguards for preference consum- ers and domestic and rural con umers be set up. The corporation proposed by the )ill would be self-liquidating and inanced through issuance of reve- ue bonds. Lehman said, "the tax- 'ayers are assured that the proj- ct will not cost them anything. The whole project is designed to e self-liquidating. And it will be elf-liquidating." The Largest Sturgeon ever reported in Wisconsin provides a novel riding' horse for Larry Schroeder, 4, of Appleton, Wis. His father, Elroy, speared it in Lake Winnebago Tuesday. It weighs 180 pounds and is 79 inches long. The previous record was 151 pounds, 77 inches long taken in 1948 by Maurice Olson, Neenah. (Winona area fishermen said that from the picture it looked more like a channel or mudcat to them) (AP Wirepboto to The Republican-Herald) led ROW Wounded TOKYO un A Communist civil- an iaternee was shot and slightly Bounded Wednesday while at- empting to escape from an Allied risoner of war camp on Korea's ongam Island, the United Nations Ommand1 said today. J. Cutler, also took part in the} briefing. He is in charge of liaison j with the National Security Council. I After the session, Rep. Halleck j House floor told j reporters: "Everybody knows it is a grim picture." Another Congress member who sections of Kansas, Oklahoma and ___-j __ ___T- J.6Xas are CuttinP into thA nahnn'c Southwest Gets 3rd Major Dust Blow in 10 Days By The Associated PreM New dust storms swirling across attended said no conclusions wer reached at the session, "unless yo might say we are in a hell of fix." He asked not to be namee Senate Republican leader Ta: brushed by reporters, declaring h had "nothing, nothing at all" t say. Then he tossed back over hi shoulder: "It was a briefing on a lot o facts, military and diplomatic." Halleck called it "a very in formative which he sai covered the whole military out look. He added that it dealt with both the Korean and the Indochina wars among other things. World Situation When Halleck declared tha everybody knows the world situa tion amounts to a grim picture a reporter asked whether he mean on a military or economic basis Halleck said he meant both and added that the situation represent ed "a burden on the economy.' "The President said he wantec :o tell us about the 'hot spots Sen. Bridges (R-NH) said on arrival at the White House or the session. Bridges, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee -and president pro-tempore of the Sen- ate, was one of 12 senators and 13 louse members invited. Vice-President Nixon also joined iie meeting. Eisenhower called on Gen. Omar Continued on Page 9, Column 4.) CONGRESS Offers iconomy Measure WASHINGTON A bill de- igned to assure greater economy n government operations was of- ered Wednesday by Sen. Hum- hrey The bill would provide for a onsolidated cash budget, a separa- on of operating from capital ex- enditures, the scheduling of legis- tive action on appropriations, oil call votes on appropriation 11 amendments and a presidential aid treatment for facial cuts. Miss Doris Meyers, 37, Dor- othy's twin, who suffered shock and bruises. (All three women are sisters and the daughters of Eugene Meyers.) Miss Dorothy Drake, 21, Gays Mills, Wis., who is a mem- ber of the nursing staff at St. Mary's Hospital, Minneapolis. driver of the car that ran into the Meyers group, Miss Drake was hospitalized for treatment of an arm fracture, cuts and bruises. Pamela Drake, 4, Gays Mills, the .driver's sister who suffered leg injuries. Mrs. Sidney Drake, 44, Gays Mills, the mother of Dorothy aad Strong winds yesterday kicked up the third major dust storm in 10 days 'in the three states which supply most of the country's wheat. In one Oklahoma county alone, it was estimated that damage amounted to about one-third of the crop. And last year's crop in that North-Central Oklahoma 18V4 million doil- lars. County Agent J. B. Hurst, who made the estimate, said there reported yesterday's blovu "the worst they've ever .seen." In Russell, in Central Kansas, County Agent Gale Mullen said most of that area's wheat crop is doomed unless moisture comes immediately. A drought during the latter half of 1952 and insufficient moisture this winter left the soil dry and loose. The high winds can easily whip the soil from around young! wheat plants, killing them. The new dust storms brought memories once again of the black jlizzards of the 1930s when wind erosion put thousands of farmers and ranchers out of business. Yesterday's gusts up ;o 50 miles an hour, sent up clouds of dust wer Western -Kansas. Al Great Bend, visibility was cut to one-eighth of a mile at times. In Oklahoma motorists at Enid in the central part of the state eported dust so thick they couldn't ee their hood emblems. Winds up to 45 miles aa hour veto. ticked up dust in the Panhandle nd West Texas, but light rain fell in North and East Texas.' Southern California also suffered rom winds. Gusts up to 82 miles n hour whipped up dust from arched fields that have been with- ut rain for 29 days. 'ope Pius on Mend VATICAN CITY (ffl L'Csser- atore Romano said today the ope's health is steadily improv- ing. the Vatican newspaper said he Pontiff's private physician has dvised a "prudent and gradual return" to activity. cuts, bruises and shock. First Accident Sheriff George Fort said the fast-moving series of events actual- ly began at about p.m. when Harold P. Arnston, 62, Merchants Hotel, Winona, driving north on Highway 61 lost control of his car as he passed over the crest of a hill, skidded more than 350 feet over the jcy highway, tore through a series of four guard rail posts and dropped over t'.ie embank- ment. The bank falls off almost verti- cally for a distance of nearly 90 feet to the railway tracks below. Arnston said that his car slid backwards down the precipitous, brush-covered bank and did not roll over. The Winona motorist extricated himself from the wreckage of the car, found that he was apparently unscathed except for minor bruises of his legs and hands and managed to scramble back up the steep em- bankment to the highway. There he stopped a passing motorist and obtained a ride to Winona to call a wrecker. Arnston, then, had left the of his accident only five minutes or so before another northbound automobile driven by Doris came over the crest of the same hill. At Top of Knoll Sheriff Fort described the acci- dent site as a comparatively straight stretch of -highway at the top of the kaoll that is bounded on the west by rocky banks that foot almost directly on the high- way shoulder. the day, thawing weather iad left areas of water on the highway but by afternoon the bluffs and rocky bank had shaded this sortion of the highway and an icy >laze had begun to form on the road. Miss Meyers told Sheriff Fort and Deputy Sheriff Helmer Wein- inann that as she drove up the lill and reached the crest- her car iegan to slide on the ice that bad 'ormed in the shaded portion., Skidding out of control, the au- Continutd on 3, Column: 3) MAN KILLED ;