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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1952, Winona, Minnesota Snow and Windy Tonight; Colder Want To Vote? Register Before February 27 MINNESOTA. WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 20, 1952 On Thursday VOLUME 52, NO. 3 Pow EIGHTEEN PAGES ATO Urged byAch WORST STORM OF WINTER Snow, Freezing Rain Block Roads in State Slippery Area Highways Slow Down Traffic Mix 10 inches of new snow with freezing rain and you've created misery for motorists and pedestri- That's the situation in the Wi- nona area today, as residents dig out from the winter's worst storm. Cars and trucks were stalled on many county and state roads this morning as a result of the ice which formed on top of the snow. All main highways in the area have been plowed open, but are extremely icy. Bus traffic was moving slowly, but kept within half an hour of schedule; trains were only slightly behind arrival time here. Two large semi-trucks jackkmfed on Stockton Hill, on Highway 14, about 1 a.m., and were unable to make the icy grade until sanding crews went out from here. Cars were reported stuck, in drifts and unable to climb hills on Highway 14 and Highway 61 this morning, according to Sheriff George Fort. No Serious Accidents No serious accidents were re- ported around Winona, today, al- though there were two collisions reported in the city Tuesday. One man was injured near Whitehall, Wis. Tuesday, as the result of the storm. C. C. Mock, 59, Chippewa Falls motorist, suffered chest injuries and facial bruises when his car rammed the rear of a Trempe.a- leau County motor patrol grader clearing off snow on Highway 53. All the sand and gravel being hauled by a Minnesota Highway Department truck didn't prevent it No parking will be allowed in portions of the downtown bus- iness district tonight while city street department crews are engaged in snow removal oper- ations. Slated for snow removal are all cross streets from Wash- ington to Kansas streets, be- tween the river and 4th street, and 4th street from Washing- ton to Kansas streets. The no-parking order goes into effect at 11 p.m. and all vehicles left in the area after that time will be tagged for a parking violation and owners will be required to pay towing charges. Macomfes Get Thrill, Taste of Northern Winter MANITOWOC, Wis. blizzard which blew off Lake Michigan Tuesday gave 30 Macon, Ga., High School stu- dents a real taste of northern winter. "Macon was never like they said as they frolicked in the pelting snow. It hadn't snowed back home for nine years, they added. Most residents went to work shoveling and clearing walks and, roads as the Georgians whooped it up. During the day they visited a large milk condensery and were the guests of the city rec- reation department at a recep- tion at night. Some time after their re- turn home, a similar number of Manitowoc students will visit Macon under the student ex- change Coast Guard Takes 25 Off Tanker Half 13 Others Stick With Ships in Heroic Salvage Try CHATHAM, Mass. Heroic Joast Guardsmen steamed to port oday with 25 survivors from the broken tanker Fort Mercer. Thirteen other seamen passed up rescue last night, electing, instead, to stick with the Fort Mercer's stern as volunteers in a salvage attempt. Efforts will be made to tow that half of the ship to port. The Fort Mercer was one of two 10.000-ton tankers which broke in halves about the same time in a terrific northwest storm off this little" fishing port Monday. The other tanker was the Pendle- ton. Both her halves have gone aground. TnC iJaLtoi, brought to 57 the number rescued from the four drifting sections. Six are listed as dead and eight are missing and presumed dead. 57 Rescued Eighteen of the 25 men res- cued last night were due to arrive in Boston aboard- and Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet. The cutter had been due to reach port at 7 Soldier Blamed In Death of 2 SPARTA, Wis. coro- ner's jury Tuesday held that two Camp McCoy soldiers died in a collision near Tomah Feb. 10 because one of them, Sgt. Carleton Peterson of Phillips, Wis., operated his car "in wanton and reckless disregard of the rights and safety of others." The other victim was Sgt. Sherman Edwards, 25, Battle Creek, Mich. The car in which they were riding collided with a truck driven by Leland E. Davis, 43, Mauston." Reds Insist Russ Supervise Korean Truce MUNSAN, Korea Commu- Inist insistence that Russia be in- latest batch of survivors as a neutral nation to help supervise a Korean truce stalled armistice talks today. The Allies offered "in the inter- est of progress" to pare their troop rotation figure from month- ly to But the Reds would not even talk about it. No specific progress was report- This Tangled wreckage was a school bus on its way back to school for a second load of students today when a two-car freight smacked into it near Yakima, Wash. The bus driver although pinned in the wreckage, escaped with minor injuries. (A.P. Wire- photo to The Writing on the Wall Republican Elected N.Y. Congressman Bv THE ASSOCIATED PRESS g! exilian -Ul -v yj wall for the Truman administration. No specc progress wa r- wall for the ruman amini. ed from another truce meeting on i This New York city district has chosen Democrats in tnree oui prisoners of war. And no. dale was j fl e eiectjons in its eight-year history. saff 01 main fo due 10 resell port yi had to revise its esti- set for a third committee of of arrival because of officers to work out technicalities a, nit mated time of arrival because of rough seas. Three others, also rescued from the Fort Mercer's stern, were on board the cutter Eastwind standing by at the scene. The Other four were taken oft the bow section of the Fort Mercer and put on board the cutter Yaku- tat, expected to reach Portland, Drifts High As Man at Paynesville By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Wind-driven snow and freezing Me., sometime tonight, rain combined in one the win- j Two of the four taken off the bow ter's worst storms blocked or slow-! were hauled aboard the Yakutat ed travel in central and southern Minnesota today. The Minneapolis Weather Bureau saw little immediate relief. The state highway department said roads were generally blocked by drifting in a band between an east-west line through the Twin Cities and Brainerd. from life rafts floated by the toss- ing derelict. The other two were saved by the breeches buoy method. The Acushnet and! the Eastwind teamed up to rescue the 21 men from the stern half of the Fort Mercer. The two rescue vessels floated Stassen Charged With Running Ike Out of State Race By JACK B. MACKAY ST. PAUL, Minn. A new alignment of the Republican party was demanded today by Leonard E Lindquist, member of the Min- this morning. Greyhound Bus Lines' Minneapo- lis office said its Fargo-to-Twin Cities buses had halted operations during the night. Three buses, carrying a total of about 70 per- sons got as far as Royalton, be- tween Little Falls and St. Cloud. At Fletcher, in northwestern Hennepin a wedding party of about 150 persons were snow- bound all night. This was the situation in other communities in the storm area: PAYNESVILLE: Since Monday night 14 inches of new snow has fallen.- A man could hardly see over some drifts in Paynesville. It was still blowing and snowing as ss i wind. nesota Railroad Commission. and Warehouse this morning. GLENWOOD: snowbound this morning. The snow was armpit deep in drifts. A milk shortage has developed because farmers are unable to reach town. Cars were stuck "all over town." MILACA: A number of school children were stranded in town overnight. Highway travel this morning was virtually impossible. When that operation proved "too the Acushnet made two dan- gerous passes alongside the Fort Mercer. She took five men off the stricken craft on the first pass and 13 on the second pass. The rescue operation was car- ried on 53 miles south southeast of Nantucket. The bow of the Fort Mercer capsized after the men were rescued from it some 30 miles from the stern. 5 Lose Life Five men lost their lives from the forward section of the Fort Mercer in an earlier rescue at- tempt. The sixth was crushed between a rescue craft; and the stern end of the Pendleton. The eight seamen presumed on the final truce mendations to governments. Reds Insistent Red negotiators were insistent that the Soviet Union be the third neutral nation nominated by the Communists. The United Nations command already has approved Poland and Czechoslovakia. U. N. negotiators refused to in- dufge in a debate on the neutral- ity of Russia in the Korean con- flict despite repeated Red hints they would like such an argument. The Allies said simply that Rus- sia, as sponsor of Red Korea and Communist China, was "not ac- ceptable" as a neutral supervisor. Col. Andrew Kinney said the Red nomination of Russia was not "ac- ceptable to both sides" as called for in previous agreements. He said the Communist stand "is in direct violation the agreement reached between the delegates and in violation of the instructions giv- en to the staff meetings." Communist staff officers insist- ed the nomination was "fully con- sistent with the agreed principles of the nomination of neutral na- tions" and did not need Allied ap- e eecons Ross> conducting his fourth campaign for the seat ran platform which he expounded to voters by direct mau, proval. J. 1IC The city was j dcad were wasned overbornrd from the bow of the PendletonS Agreement Oral The Reds said the proposed draft for selecting neutrals did not spe- cifically mention that both sides must approve. That agreement was oral. The draft provides merely that neutral nations must not have con- tributed combatant forces in the Korean war. No mention was made of the fact that Red air forces in Korea are supplied exclusively with Rus- rl _ __ At_ tilltl Ai LUliti-" telephone and door-to-door calls. He had served in Congress from 1946 to 1948. Loss of this first congressional race in a presidential election year cut the Democrats' margin in the House to 28 seats. special elec- tion was held to fill the seat va- cated by Demo- crat T. Vincent jQuinn, who re- signed to become Queens dis- trict attorney. Ross polled 300 votes to 442 for his Dem- ocratic opponent, Guy Gabrielson City Councilman Hugh Quinn. Liberal Party Candi- date George F. Cranmore got votes and the American Labor party-independent candidate, Mrs. Thelma Bearman, The dis- trict has eligible voters. In Washington, Rep. Leonard W. Hall of New York, chairman of the Republican Congressional Com- mittee, called Ross's victory "the handwriting on the wall for the Truman administration." Chairman Guy George Gabriel- son of the Republican National Committee said, "This significant Republican victory in a Democrat- ic stronghold reflects the -deter- mination of voters everywhere to replace Trumanism with sound, honest government, competent to achieve peace and preserve our freedom." In Louisiana, the forces of Gov. Earl Long were unseated by Rob- ert Kennon, an appellate judge Newboid Morris Shared in Ship its, Charge WASHINGTON inves- tigators called Joseph E. Casey before them again today to tell about his if with Newboid Morris, President Tru- man's corruption sleuth. Casey, a former Democratic rep- resentative from Massachusetts and now a Washington lawyer, al- At the same time, Commissioner Lindquist lashed out at Harold E. Stassen and charged that the for- mer Minnesota governor was at- tempting to "choke off" an Eisen- hower slate in the Minnesota presi- dential primary. from becoming stuck on ice and in a drift on Highway 61 Tuesday. The truck was unable to negoti- ate Homer Hill and a motor grader was dispatched to the scene to pull the truck out. Schools in the area, many of which were closed Tuesday, re- mained closed today in most in- stances. Some were operating just for the city or village students, with rural buses unable to go out. At Galesville, the Gale-Ettrick School system buses ran only on the main roads again today. Schools announced as closed in- cluded ones at Wilson, Arcadia, Lewiston, Stockton, Minnesota (Continued on Page 3, Column 2) SNOW Meanwhile, three commercial tugs sped to the scene in the hope of salvaging the wreck of the Mer- ccr The Coast Guard had suggested' taking all the men off and sink- ing the hulk by gunfire as a men-' but the own- aic .IT, eri till sian-type planes, or that their who overwhelmed Long's hand ;3iciii-fcj fw _ WllO U VCl lllCU- ground forces use Russian-type d candidate for governor n-iinr tanks r _ _ navigation ut e ow- ALEXANDRIA: "Completely opportunity to Dttled up." The school at Hoff- j bottled up." man, 20 miles southwest of here, known to be operating. Wind velocity for two days has been about 25 miles an hour, with gusts up to 37 miles per hour. anti-aircraft guns, artillery, tanks and other equipment, or that the North Korean army was Russian trained and advised. North Korean Col, Chang Chun- saa insisted there was "no rea- son" why the U. N. command should object to the Soviet Union. Sen. Hoey so will be asked for more details on a surplus ship deal in which he piloted a cash investment into a million dollar profit for himself and some prominent friends. Casey's group is reported to have paid large fees to Morris' New York law firm for its coun- Warns Strength Will Insure Peace for West Portuguese Ask Assembly to O.K. Spanish Membership LISBON, Portugal A grave- faced Dean Acheson told the At- lantic allies, opening their ninth council session today: "We must take actions that will strain all of us to the utmost." "It is a task for governments and for the U. S. secre- tary of state said. "We must de- velop the concrete military strength which alone can insure our people against the destruction and suffering of another war." Two new members, Greece and Turkey, joined the 12 Western Al- lies in a meeting of the North At- lantic Treaty Organization council composed of foreign, 'defense and finance ministers. Portuguese Foreign Minister Paulo Cunha, in the role of host, broke into the usual welcoming pleasantries with a plea for the admission of Spain to the alliance. He blasted Spain's exclusion as a strategic absurdity, and said de- fense of the Iberian peninsula was indivisible. The session is faced with the necessity of producing enough concrete results in Western mili- tary and civil co-operation or risking a possible slash by the Unit- ed States Congress in multi-billion dollar aid. Greece and Turkey are attend- ing for the first time as full mem- bers, swelling to 14 the nations linked in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The other members are the United States, Britain, France, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, It- aly, Norway, Denmark, Canada and Iceland. Secretary of State Dean Acnesoa flew in last night with one a "Big Three" agreement with Ger- many's Chancellor Konrad Ade- nauer on German affiliation with Western defense through member- ship in the six-nation European Army. A communique issued in London Tuesday said Acheson, British For- eign Secretary Anthony Eden, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman and Adenauer reached agreements during weekend con- ferences that "marked a decisive turning in the cause of peace. Adenauer said "the way is now ear" for Germany to sign a peace greement with the big three oc- upiers. But the communique significant- omitted any mention of German emands for membership in ATO. Diplomats here wondered wheth- r the compromise reached by the reign ministers might not snag in he German and French Parlia- aents. ers asked lor an opportune w snuuiu study the salvage possibilities. The question assumed The HaUfax Commercial Tug the. proportion of a third major AIIU A.iai4iinv MnnL- tmimrrt -final gusts up to av mues per nour. Lindquist, appointed to the plows were busy with about twp missionership by former Gov. j dozen emergency jobs, including T ..4-UAw T17 VnlintfHnhl and SUD- nnonintr TnaHe TloiiHinrt Luther W. Youngdahl and sub sequently elected for a six-year term, has been mentioned promi- nently as a possible candidate for governor. Lindquist is a delegate on the Eisenhower slate filed with the Secretary of State in the Presi- dential primary. "Stassen would have you be- Lindquist said, "that he is for a strong, united Republican party interested in defeating Tru- manism' on the national level and continuing .the Republican objec- tives in the state of Minnesota. "But his stooges, stirring dis- unity in the party, have asked for the resignations of Roy Dunn, na- tional committeeman, and myself as state office holders because our ideas don't square with Stassen's personal ambitions in the primary opening roads for persons needing medical attention. Snow let up about a.m. today. Low Flying Plane Kills Wife of Diplomat on Mexican Pyramid Mexican Volcano URUAPAN, Mexico husky infant volcano celebrated its ninth birthday today with a shower oi stones and ash. ed early today that the bow of the Fort Mercer be "sunk immediate- ly" rather than try to salvage it. Officials of the Trinidad Corpora- tion of New York, owners of the Fort Mercer, said they would con- fer with the vessel's underwriters before making a decision. stumbling block toward final agreement on an armistice. Nego- tiators already are stalemated on (1) Voluntary repatriation of pris- oners of Reds insisted again Wednesday on forced re- patriation-and (2) Whether Reds shall be allowed to repair bomb- pocked airfields during a truce. MEXICO CITY summit of the cen- turies-old Pyramid of the Sun was stained today with the blood of a U. S. diplomat's wife, killed by a low-flying private plane which hit her as she stood atop the 216-foot monument 28 miles from here. The dead woman was Mrs. Eleanor Werm- mont, of Aurora, 111-., wife of Agricultural Attache Kenneth Wernimont of the U. S. embassy here. Her sister and William Bailey of Yorkville, 111., and Geraldine Bailey, 20, to whom she was showing the historic pyramid, were injured by the plane. The 18-year-old pilot of the plane, Jose Galil Velazquez, of Bogota, Colombia, landed his air- craft safely amid the ancient ruins surrounding the pyramid. He and another 18-year-old flying with him, Francisco Atayde Garcia of Mexico City, were held on charges of homicide by negligence. The pilot said he got his private flying license last month and was flying low to take pictures of the pyramid. Mrs Wernimont had taken the party to see the ancient ruins at San Juan Teotinuacan which archeologists believe date from at least vears ago. As they stood on top of tne little plane's wheels dashed through Joyce xnomas, 21, of Geneva, HI who was with Mrs. Wermmont's party, did not chmb the pyramid and thus escaped injury. The oyramid and a smaller one nearby are the largest of their type in this hemisphere. Archeologists are not certain, however, what race built them or what they were used for. Carlos Spaht, in a Democratic pri- mary runoff. .Long was ineligible to succeed himself. Kennon, who campaigned as an independent, had the support of an anti-Long coalition formed by sev- en candidates who lost out in an earlier primary. Unofficial returns from of the state's pre- cincts showed Kennon bad votes to Spaht's In the big race for the Republi- can there were these developments: Sen. Taft of Ohio said he wel- comes' Gov. Earl Warren of Cal- ifornia into the April 1 Wisconsin primary. He added, "My only re- gret is that Gen. Eisenhower hasn't decided to come into the race." Sen. Morse an Eisen- hower supporter, said he would like to see the general entered in Wisconsin. He padded, "If a man is holding him- self out for the presidency, he ought to be will- ing to run in [every primary On the Demo- icratic side, W. Averell Harriman 'Averell Harri- A. Harrimanman was men- tioned as a possibility on the party's ticket. Paul A. Fitzpatrick, New York state Democratic chair- man, wasn't specific in mentioning the 60ryear-old diplomat's ,name after a White House visit yester- day. But he mdicated Harriman was being considered for either the vice presidency or a Senate seat nowy sel on some aspects of the deal Morris is expected to be called for testimony later. Morris has denied receiving any money in the case. The New York Herald Tribune today quotes his law partner, Houston H. Wasson, as saying Morris shared in a "nor- mal division" of the law firm's in- :ome. Sen. Hoey chairman of the Senate investigations subcom- mittee, described the inquiry as me which might: 1. Set off sweeping moves for federal seizure of ships sold by the U. S. Maritime Commission after World War H to Casey's group and oth- ers. 2. Bring a tightening of the tax laws as a result of.testi- money that profitable ship charter rentals were exempt from U. S. taxation. Casey yesterday defended th ship deal before the subcommit tee He said "there was nothing up the sleeve" in any of the complex manipulations. He denied any "tax escaping" schemes, but con ceded the transaction "undoubted ly was advantageous from a tax standpoint" WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and snow and windy, with considerable drif ing and blowing snow tonight Cloudy with occasional flurries o snow Thursday morning and dun inishing winds in the afternoon colder. Low tonight, 18; high LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for tne hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 29; minimum, 2( noon, 25; precipitation, (6 inche, sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at Additional weather on Page 10. Ambulance Stalled On Way to Mayo Clinic With Boy ROCHESTER, Minn. An am- ulance carrying a three-year-old oy to the Mayo Clinic here was tailed in deep snow drifts for six hours last night during the storm hat swept across most of Minne- ota. Little Kenneth Backen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Backen of Downsville, Wis., was being trans- erred to the clinic after doctors at Eau Claire, Wis., said they be- ieved he had a brain tumor. Mayo Clinic doctors said today the boy was evidently "none the worse" after spending most of the night in the stalled ambulance. When the ambulance became stalled about 11 p.m. last night, he driver went to a farm house near South Troy and telephoned ilochester, asking that snow plows sent to clear a path. Farmers turned out with shovels to try to dig through the 10 and 12-foot drifts, but were unable to make much headway. The ambulance was able to move only a quarter of a mile before the snow began drifting up against its doors and engine. State highway plows, a rotary plow and wrecker trucks that left Rochester as soon as the call was received were unable to chew a path through the deep drifts until dawn. The blinking red light atop the ambulance guided the rescuers on then: last few miles through the storm. "It was such a relief to see lights of the plows shining through the Mrs. Backen said. "Our driver had, turned on the engine every few minutes to .keep the am- bulance warmy but couldnt keep it running steady because the gas getting low. "Kenneth slept through most Of the ;