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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1947, Winona, Minnesota w EATHER Cloudy not quite no rohl tonlfhti MaturiU eloudy Full Leased Wire News Report of The Associated Press Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations s OKOLSKY Read BUs Xcw Column Daily on Editorial Page VOLUME 47, NO. 10 WINONA. MINNESOTA. FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 28, 1947 FIVE CENTS PER COPY FOURTEEN PAGES Referendum Asked on City Bond Issue Hawaii-N.Y. Takes 144 Hours Seeks Aid for Greece "BETTY JO" TO MAKE flghUr hlilory? New York The Betty Jo, nonstop flight from Hono- lulu nt 10.-OC n. m. (C.S.T.) today in approximately minutes. Just two minutes and 44 seconds after the twin-engine fighter roared out of a blue .sky over La Ouardla It mndo n perfect It took ofT from (it a. m. Pilot Thackcr Co-Pilof Ard Lava Flow to Miss Village Palermo. Sicily Mt. Etna continued to erupt lava for the fourth day today, devastating for. at p. m, (C.S.T.) last night. Emergency equipment lined the runway of the big airport as the Betty Joe zoomed in, prepared for an emergency landing. The pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Thackcr of El Centra, Trying for Record Burbank, Paul Muntz, winner of Bendlx race to Cleveland, took off for New York a. m. C.S.T.) today, trying for a new tramicontlnentil record for propeller-driven craft, A record for propeller-driven planes was established May 12, 1914, when Colonel C. A, Feter- flew the route ID m 7-51 In six hours, 31 mlnutci, 30 seo- nnd.i. Wants U.S. To Take Over Obligations Hoover Reports American Food Needed in Europe By Alex II. Singleton Washington Britain, her domestic economy near the breaking point, was reported in congressional and diplomatic quarters today to have proposed that the United States take over her commitments In Greece on a large scale. Although there was no White House confirmation, this was un- derstood to have been the subject least In a highly se- cretive White House conference yes- terday among President Truman, his diplomatic advisers, and key legislators. One source said that 'the United States would issue a statement soon, on what part, If any, it would as- sumo in helping bolster the shaky Greek government. Wabasha Woman Will Contest Return of Nephew, 8, to Mother Calif., and the co-pilot. Lieutenant John M. Ard of Ingle wood, Calif., won a daring bid against 65-mile headwinds over Pennsylvania and dangerous low fuel tanks to reach their New York objective. "We'ro going to take a shot at "Jew they said by radio over western Pennsylvania. An hour later they hit their mark. 400 M. P. II. Speed The Betty Jo is a now typo long- angu fighter which looks like two '-51 Mustang fuselages built into single wing. The plane was amed after Colonel Thacker's wife. Continued on Page 3, Column 3) FLIGHT 2 Critically Burned at Rochester Rochester, Minn. (IP) Four members of the Peter O'Hara fam- y were burned today, two critic- .ly. In an explosion in a cabin at he Travelurc motor court a mile outh of Rochester. Twenty-scven-year-old Mrs. O'- ara was most seriously burned. sVs and vineyards and menacing Doctors at St. Mary's hospital said villages. I second and third degree burns cov- The molten flow thus fur more crcd 75 per cent of her body. She or hflcl within deep channels gouged out by Etna's 1028 eruption Clsterna dlCollabasso, a hamlet about two miles from Posso Pl.cel.iro. The latter village threatened for three days appeared defin- itely out of dancer as the lava channeled away from It. Weather FKDERAL FORHCASTS Winona and cloudiness tonight: not quite s rold: low 12 to 15. Saturday, mostl cloudy: somewhat wanner wit light snow in late afternoon or a night; hlcch 30. Minnesota Partly cloudy to night unct Saturday, light snow flurries southwest and extrem west, portion. Colder extreme wes Saturday. Generally fair to- nlcht, becoming partly cloudy Sat- urday, continued cold. LOCAL. WKATHKIl Official observations for the 2- hours ending nt 12 in. today: Maximum. 25; minimum. 4: noon 21: precipitation, none; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow Bt KXTK.VOKD FORECAST Minnesota, Wisconsin Tompe.ra- turos will average live degrees be- luw normal in Minnesota and Wis- consin, continuing on the cold side except for :v brief warming about Monday, precipitation will avnrn less than one-tenth inch, occurring us Hurries Saturday anc. local snow Montlav. TFMPKUATIWKS F.LSKWIIERF, Max. Mln. Pet. Chicago .____ Angeles Miami Mills -St. Paul N-v.- Nrtt Yi..k ___ .20 .BO m 20 3.') 65 SG 8 44 .08 .01 was reported in critical condition. James O'Hara, six months old, was" burned about the face and hands. He was described as In serious con- dition. Daniel, five, suffered burns on the right foot, face and hands while his three-year-old sister, Mary, was burned on the face and hands. They were reported In good condition. The Rochester police said the family apparently was asleep when the blast ripped the cabin shortly after 2 a. m. acne Elliott and Rob- ert Lowcy, drivers for the Merchants Transfer Storage Company of Minneapolis who hart parked their trucks nearby on highway 83, wit- nessed the explosion. They broke windows in the cabin and rescued the family. The police said the blast appar- ently was caused by gas, probably coming from the cabin stove. The fire which followed was extinguish- ed before It caused much damage to the structure. (In London, a foreign office spokesman said British and United States discussions were under way in Washington on the problem continuing the economic and military obHffa- tions in strike-torn Greece now 'borne bv Britain. (The spokesman implied one aspect of tha talks was the continued provisions of foreign currency with which Greece could purchase arms and mili- tary equipment. (The discussions, he added, arose out of the ending March 31, of Britain's commitment to maintain the Greek armed .forces. The same spokesman said he saw no prospects of U. S. military forces being sent to the country after Britain's forces (Other government sourcest- said Foreign Secretary Ernest i' Bevln was planning to withdraw Brttan's remaining -troops from Greece within the next three months.) It was learned from diplomats in Washington that the whole prob- lem o! Greece, together with a re- port on Britain's waning resources, was laid before Secretary of State Marshall by Lord Invcrchapel, Brit- ish ambassador to this country, at a recent conference. Muy Change Plans Should the United States decide to take over a large share of British commitments in Greece, and per- haps elsewhere, to help restore Eu- rope's stability, it could well force a complete redrafting of this na- tion's plans for foreign relief ex- penditures. This in turn might force an up- ward revision of-both President Tru- man's budget estimates, a problem which in turn would affect the cur- rent congressional drive for trim- ming his figure, tax cuts and debt reduction. One key phase of relief costs, the problem of feeding occupied Ger- many, has brought a report to Mr. Truman from former President Herbert Hoover. After a personal review abroad. Hoover reported to the White House yesterday and (Continued on Page 3, Column 4) GREECE Republican-Herald Fho Here Is The Youngster, eight-year-old Claude Carpenter, whose custody is scheduled to be deter- mined in district court In. Wabasha March 12. His aunt, Mrs. George Billings, is shown here with him on, the outskirts of V Claude 's mother, Mrs. Maxine Audry Farsdahl (shown at the Upper has started proceedings to regain custody of her child, who has been with Mrs. Billings Bince early in 1942. Flash Fire Car Broken Loose From O'Hara at work in the Roch- ester dairy nt the time of the ex- plosion. Three Killed in Highway Mishaps In Minnesota By The ARSocialed Press Three persons were killed Friday In two traffic mishaps on Minne- sota highways. Victims were: Ray McGu'rk, 46, Graceville, nnri Leroy Peterson, 18, Morris, killed in a two-car collision near the lat- ter city. Morris Crosby, 21, Madella, who died when highway patrolmen Kara his car apparently went out of con- trol and rolled over five times south of that town on highway 00. John Warner, Graceville, riding with McGurk in the Morris mishap, and EarllGrotjohn and Wavren Pow- ers, passengers In the Peterson car, were Injured and token to the hos- Sweeps Pearl Harbor Dock Pearl Harbor The navy sought to find the cause today of a flash' fire which swept a huge Pearl Harbor dock, sent 25 fire- fighters to the hospital and laid a smoke pall over the giant base. Damage was expected to run Into hundreds of (thousands of dollars, and it might far higher but for 500 navy and marine firefighters who confined yester- day's blaze to a quajter-mlle-long wooden dock. At the height ol the roaring fire, civilian workers moved more than tons of supplies to a place of safety. Fire broke out without warning In the' oil-slick waters between, the dock and the supply ship Oberon at a. ni. and within a few minutes had raced the length of the dock on the submarine side of the yard. Train Jumps Track at Scene of Altoona Wreck Gallitzin, Pa. The last car of the Pennsylvania rail road's New York-to-Texas Sunshine Special tore loose from th train at the peak of the AHeghenies In predawn darkness today careened wildly down the mountainside and plowed into an em bankment, killing a Pullman porter and injuring 11 passengers pltal at Morris, near whose airport along highway 28 the accident oc- curred. Move Ships to Safety Crews of the Oberon and nearby destroyer Sierra got their ships under way quickly and out into the safe channel as the flames spread along the oily waters. Four firefightirig tugs and dozen smaller craft equipped with liose moved in and shot water into the mass of flames, while shoresidc firefighters poured on water and chemicals. Twenty-five firefighters were overcome by smoke and were taken ;o navy hospital. None was believed in serious condition, Navy authori- ties estimated that 100 others were treated for minor burns. Approximately four hours after the flames broke .out the fire was brought under control. Change in Divorce Regulations Asked St. Paul Divorced persons would be permitted to remarry be- fore expiration of the six months waiting period under a bill intro- duced in the house today. Senate Committee Votes Against Confirming Clapp The Senate jublic work-s committee voted, seven o five, today to reject the nomina- lon ol Gordon Clapp as a, director if the Tennessee Valley authority. Chairman Revercomb (R.-W. Announced the committee's action iut declined to saw how individual members voted in the closed mect- ng. Revercomb said, however, that he oted for confirmation of Clapp, iow general manager of the author- ty- Clapp was named to succeed David E. Lllienthal, who has been nom- inated for chairmanship of the Atomic Energy commission. The nomination was opposed in prolong- ed hearings by Senator McKellar on grounds that Clapp permitted Communistic activities among TVA employes. Clapp denied any connection whatever with the Communist party or any sympathies with its princi- ples. Revercomb said the committee's Sponsored Louis Hill, by Representatives St. Paul, and Alf L. Bergerud and George R. Matchan of Minneapolis, the measure would grant an exception to the present statutory requirements cf a six- month wait before divorced persons may marry again. Episcopal Church at Willmar Burns Willmar, Minn.' Fire today jutted St. Luke's Episcopal church, 75-year-old Willmar landmark. The contents were a total loss. The Rev. Ernest C. Blller, rector, said the fire apparently started from an overheated furnace. The car, racing backward fo three and a half miles, remained o the tracks until it reached Benning ton curve exact spot where th P.R.R.'s Red Arrow wrecked tt days, ago and killed 24 persons. Striking the bend of the treach erous curve, the sleeper's whee flew oft the tracks amid scream of occupants and the car plowe into a dirt embankment. The victim of the crash toda was identified by the railroad a L. Keys, a Pullman .employe wh Works out of the Houston, Texa P.R.R. district. Begin Investigation Railroad officials at Plttsburg the began an Immediate investigatior centering the probe principal! around why the car's automatic air brakes failed to operate. The train had stopped outsid Gallitzin to take off one of two en gines used to pull it up the treach erous an'd tough mountain climb. Passengers in the other sleeper and coaches did not know the trail had lost a car until it reached Pitts burgh, about-100 miles west of here Harry G. Willis, Jersey City, N. J. passenger who suffered a fracture of the right leg, said he was thi first passenger to awake. "I noticed the car racing down the mountainside but couldn't tel which way the car was he declared. "The brakernan told all the pas- sengers to get out of their berths and lie In the aisle. "Most of the passengers did this but some-were too afraid to get out And some refused to leave their rooms. "We raced along for about five or seven minutes. Not Much Screaming- "There wasn't too much scream- ing. Considering the terror, the people did marvelously well. "The brakeman tried to apply the emergency brake but it wouldn't work. Finally the car crashed as It reached a curve and rolled over on. its side. I was on the under side. Something struck me. I don't know whether it was a person or something .that broke loose. "The brakeman asked the passen- gers to dig up newspapers so he could go out and light flares to warn other approaching trains. "It was "dark inside and out for It was about a. m. We lit the newspapers and in their glare we jots, one or the sponsors, said pur- ose of the bill, which has the sup- ort of the State Hospital associa- on. it to insure uninterrupted hos- tal service. Co-authors are Sena- rs Magnus Wefeld of Hawley ana Iiomas Welch of Buffalo. The annual license fee for manu- cturcrs and wholesalers of wine sntaining less than 24 per cent of many thousands of dollars, was had dropped from the car. We lit alcohol would be increase from "to a year under a bill intro- duced by Senator George L. Sticgel of St. Paul. The fire, which caused damage of; saw several flares that fortunately Senate Votes For Cut in National Debt Washington The Senatf voted today to write into a budget- cutting pledge a promise to apply of any savings to- ward reduction of the natlona, debt The vote was unanimous, 82 to 0 The action came after Senator? Knowland (R.-Calif.) and Taft (R.-Ohio) had compromised two different proposals on -debt pay- ment. Knowland at first wanted to earmark for debt pay- ments and Taft only Senator Milllkin (R.-Colo.) ob- ;ained the compromise fit one per cent of the debt of about The debt payment pledge was ittuched congressional bud- get resolution whoch proposed to ut off President Truman's recommended 100 expenditures for the yenr bc- ;inning next July 1. Prior to action on the com- iromise, the Senate beat down 49 o 33 an amendment by Senator Green (D.-R. I.) to apply 'all of ny surplus in the 1948 fiscal bud- et to the public debt. nd Tennessee. The Agriculture department. Jill Would Outlaw iospital Strikes St. Paul Strikes and lock- uts involving charitable or. non- refit hospitals and their employes ould bo outlawed under a bill intro- uced In the senate today. ____________ The proposal would extend thelw rf, acilities of the state labor concilia-1LUXUITV 1 AXCS or's office to such hospitals and) J heir employes as a means to avoid 111 1946 rlKGS. M Senator Daniel Feidt of Minnc- Widow of Sailor Now Wants Son in Her Family By Staff Writer Wabasha, Minn. The mother an eight-year-old brown-eyed joy, who has been reared by his mnt here since he was two and a half, wonts her boy back but the tVabasha woman he calls "Mama Cora" will not yield the lad. The mix-up is headed for the iourts, and the judiciary will be asked to determine whether the mother of young Claude L. Car- penter has greater right than his aunt, who has reared her brother's son. Asking such determination. I; Mrs. Maxine Audry Farsdahl, Ta coma, Wash., mother of Claude who has remarried since youngster was born to her anc Charles Carpenter, who later died at sea in a submarine. She is asking Mrs. George (Cora) Billings, aunt of Claude, to demon- strate in district court here what claims she has on the child. Dis- trict Judge Karl Finkelnburg has set the hearing on the writ ol habeas corpus for March 32 at 10 a. m. The heart-brcnking trxlc of two women who desire the same child jegan one day shortly before Pearl Harbor, when Claude's parents were farming near Fall Creek, Ore. One factor or another caused a separation, and it was decided that the take the'child. Claude and his dnd came to Minnesota. Soon America had entered the war, and Charles, hav- ng had more than five years of peacetime service in. the navy, quickly was back in uniform. He left his youngster with his iister, Mrs. Billings, who Jives with ler husband and two children in a small home on the outskirts of Wabasha. Mrs. Billings contends hat her brother made her guardian, the early in 1942 when he ntered the service. At any rate, the boy's father rho once lived in Winonn. did not ome back from the wars. He was Legislative Committees Ask Ballot View of Winonans Disregarded at St. Paul Hearings By Sfcifl' Writer Su Paul, city of wl- nona will bo authorized to issuo in bonds lor extension of sewer linns, completion of the dredging project on Lake Winona lor construction of an airport protective road to Prairie island, but only if approved by a majority of voters here nt a special election. This procedure was reeomznend- d today by the senate committee m municipal affairs and the corre- ponding house committee, after at the state capital, de- ,pite the vigorous protests of a rep- resentative delegation of Winona itizens. The move to tack a referendum der oil the Winona, bond bills was ed by Senator Henry Sullivan, St. Cloud. House Agrees The house committee on munici- al affairs, hearing of the Senate ommittee action, took similar steps t its hearing: on the bill which fol- iwed immediately after the senate caring. The referendum amendment in 10 committee was offered by fcprcsenlaUvc Thomas P. y, Duluth. Undoubtedly the legislature will illow the pattern established by icse two committees, and the vot- here will be nskcd to vote on I the projects. It was presumed that the city council would put the ref- erendum to a vote April 7, the data for the city election. Asked by Cordon R. Closway. ex- ecutive editor of The Republican- Herald, If he represented any group or individuals in taking a step which was contrary to the wishes of the Winona delegation. Sullivaa. took pointed exception to the ques- tion and asserted he would not be 'accused of representing any pressure group or groups." Brchmcr Speaks "We asked that these bills be passed without a referendum H. K. Brehmer, Winoaa city at- torney, told the senate committee. "We feel that a referendum is un- necessary because there absolutely no opposition to any of the projects." Roy T. Patncaude, chairman, of the Association of Commerce air- port committee, told ithe senate committee. "You asked us to come up here and state our wishes. We are a completely representative group. We tell you what the citi- zens of Winona desire, yet you IK- lore us. There wasn't much sense n our coming up. T think we as citizens know what 'eclared dead more than a year go after having been missing with ie submarine Albncore since cnrly 945. His son, Claude, thereby nc- Continucd on P.iffc 3, Column 3.) WABASHA WOMAN School Lunch :unds Low million children may soon have to o without hot lunches or pay higher rices because a federal chool lunch appropriation is run- ing out. Thirteen states hove reported lat the federal funds allotted them ill be used before the end of the resent school year. Some will be ithout federal money next week. The states facing financial diffl- ultlcs Include Arizona. Inols. Georgia, Louisiana. Mlnnc- ta, Missouri, New York. North Cn- lina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas we want: probably even better than does the senator from St. Cloud." In explaining his action. Senator Sullivan said the policy of the legls- ature Is to require- n. referendum on Mils of this type, and he added that le introduced his amendment as a matter of policy. Groups Represented The need of the bonds was stress- >d by the Winonans present, who -epresented the city government, abor, the Winona Community 'lanning council and other organ- zations. In the delegation which, appeared before the committee vcre Mayor John Druey; XVilliam. Galewski, former Winona mayo" and co-chairman of the Associa- tion ol' Commerce airport commit- tee: Mr. Brehmer: Car] Frank, Wi- nona city engineer; Stanley Wie- czorek, n member of the Winona city council; Mr. Patnenudc; John Schlnefi-r, representing the Winona Trades Labor council: E. G. Scherneclcer, n member of the Wi- nona Community Planning coun- cil, and R, J. Verchota, a member of the same council. XVhen the scmnte committee voted to add the amendment, the only opposing vote was cast by Senator Leonard Dcrnek. Winona. a mem-, bcr of the committee. Winonans who spoke for the bill included Mayor Druey, Mr, Gaicwski. C. A. Choatc, president of the Winona Community Planning council, and Mr. Frank. City Attorney Brehmer informed the committee that two of the is- sues, the lake dredging project and airport road project, passed. with ix majority vote of citizens it a sentiment vote ember. He stressed taken in No- thac the cs- hich supervises the program.find pportions federal funds among the atcs, said it Is powerless to pro- de further assistance unless Con- ess votes additional money. "unfavorable report" on President fought for several hours by the] these and a New York train (the Truman's nomination of Clapp would I Willmar fire-department before It j Jeffersonlan bound for St. Louis) RO to the Senate "nromotlv." 'was broucrht under cnntirnl. name alnntr and nlckort us un." come along and picked us up." Washington Federal tax receipts from sale of "luxury" goods Jumped sharply in postwar 1946, Internal Revenue bureau fig- ures showed today. The 20 per cent tax on retail prices yielded on jew- elry compared with JISS.SOJ.OOO In 1945, on furs iigalnst and on cos- metics against Admissions to theaters, concerts, night clubs and the like yielded compared with in 1945. sentiality of the .sewer project can- iot be questioned if Winona Is to grow. He declared that no one has ever appeared before the city council in opposition to the bond bills and added that no requests for a refer- endum vote have been made. "We have been .1 forgotten Mr. Gaicwski asserted. "We have been at a. standstill but are now advancing. We need the bond is- sue if we are to progress." Mayor Druey pointed out to the committee that the sewer project is so important it is even a heallli proposition. In. summing up the hearing Mr. BroJjmer said, "It appeared that the matter was all decided in ad- vance. The committee might have well voted first and let us talk afterward." 40 Sheep Maimed arid Killed by Wild Dogs Fergus Falls. Minn. Forty sheep on the Walter L. Olson farm __..... ii-ar Pelican Rnplds wens maimed killed by marauding dogs, au- llhoritles were notified today. ;