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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 11, 1952, Winona, Minnesota Cloudy, Warmer Tonight, Colder On Saturday Read 'Hollywood' By Hedda Hopper Starting Monday VOLUME 51, NO. 276 FIVE CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA. FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY SIXTEEN PAGES CAPT. CARLSEN'S OWN STORY Tells of Jump From Funnel of Enterprise Into Sea FALMOUTH, Eng. Kurt Carlsen, whose stubborn courage spurned repeated offers to take him off his broken freighter Flying Enterprise, quietly related today he finally knew it was time to give up his ship "when the wheelhouse door exploded from the pressure of the water." The most hurtful moment in all his two week vigil came 38 minutes after he and Kenneth Dancy, first mate of the tug Turmoil which towed him almost to port, saved themselves by leaping into the sea off the funnel of the Flying Enterprise. Before a packed news conference In the courtroom of the City Hall, he recalled "the moment that the Flyinfl Enterprise really hurt me." Affectionately, he spoke of his ship, and firmly said, was a very well built ship." She was put together, part welded and part riveted, by the Consolidated Steel Corp., at its Wilmington, Del., yard in 1944. "I commanded that ship for three years and made 44 crossings of the Carlsen said. His survival was a hungry affair for a while. "I found down in the storeroom a big pound cake with a big hole in it, and I put my arm through it and brought it he related in his slow, Danish-accented drawL "The first week was a little bit skimpy, but after the destroyer came along, it was a little brighter. I even had chicken." Some nights, especially the six nights he was all alone on his bucking, careening vessel, he stayed awake reading a book called "The Seaman and the Law." But heavy reading and heavy seas couldn't keep him awake around the clock'and "I slept about four to six every night." Carlsen kept his hands folded in front of him and spoke quietly, in tones so low they often were hard to bear through the big court- room. The thing that finally beat him and his ship, he said, was "this last gale, these past few days." Quietly he told of the terrible moment when he and Dancy jumped off the funnel into the churning seas. "We had agreed to stick together in the water in order to make rescue easier. "We had lifejackets on and we actually swam hand in hand toward the TurmoiL "We were in the water at the most nine minutes, according to Capt. Parker (Dan Parker, master of the "I kept the log day by day but it went down with the ship. "I had my ship's papers and accounts In a watertight con- tainer and had attempted to transfer it to Hit Golden Eagle, but they were lost at sea." The Golden Eagle is a U.S. Navy supply ship which stood bjr him for a time before the U.S. destroyer Weeks arrived. Carlsen said he saved nothing from the Flying Enterprise except the clothes he was wearing and his wrist the watch was ruined. Vehemently Carlsen denied rumors that he was trying to bring the Flying Enterprise to port just to make money. "It's absolutely not true. The master of a ship cannot claim salvage. "I want to impress on everybody here, the_thought of. com- mercial advantage has never entered into my mind at all. "I don't want to make two men's honest efforts to save the ihip commercial in any way." Capt. Kurt Csrlsen, right, and Kenneth Dancy, heroes of the Flying Enterprise, wave to crowds welcoming them safely ashore at Falmouth, England. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Captain Given Hero's Welcome By EDWARD CURTIS FALMOUTH, England Kurt Carlsen, the sea's newest hero, came ashore to the cheers of thousands here today and apologized for not bringing his Flying Enterprise with him. The Enterprise, his freighter, lay 37 miles away beneath the Atlantic, where she finaEy sank yesterday. Carlsen's heroic stand aboard I'm towed or two weeks had fired the Western world with admiration for his bravery. The courageous, 37-year-old skipper was as calm as ever as he stepped onto the Prince of Wales pier in an oversized black raincoat loaned to him by one of his res- cuers on the tug TurmoiL "I deeply regret I was not in position to bring the Enterprise back with he told the waiting crowd. At the top of the steps were his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Carlsen, who flew from Denmark to greet their hero son Kidnaped Baby Recovere TODAY litions May Bring In Truman By JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP WASHINGTON after taking over the Democratic Na- tional Committee, Chairman Frank McKinney frankly told President Truman that he would have to know the President's own future intentions before he could plan party strategy. Truman replied that he had not as yet reached any firm decision about running again, but that he meant to do so within 60 days. The President add- ed that he would pass the word to the faithful at that time. The foregoing report bears every mark of gilt-edged reliability. Hence, if the President keeps his word, the second great uncertain factor will be removed from the political picture before the end of next month at the latest. Gen- eral of the Army Dwight D. Eis- enhower has announced his Re- publican candidacy, with effects even more electrifying than had been foreseen. When President Truman also reaches his decision, even if he merely communicates it to the Democratic inner circle, the whole picture will begin to come clear. The Republican response to Gen. Eisenhower's announcement, which is already so is likely to influence the President's deci- sion considerably. For Truman is also known to regard Sen. Robert A. Taft as the only serious Repub- lican candidate whose election would be genuinely disastrous, and he has publicly described -him as the man he like to run against" As the probability of Sen. Taft's nomination grows less, therefore, the President will be more and more inclined to fol- low his own undoubted personal in- clination, which is not to run. Preference for Vinson On the other side of the equation, however, is the simple fact that with Gen. Eisenhower's Republi- canism now openly professed, the President will have a very hard time finding any other reasonably available candidate acceptable to himself. His own preference, of course, is for Chief Justice Fred Vinson, and he certainly indicated this preference to his friend of the high bench. But the Chief Justice, (Continued on Page 14, Column 1) ALSOPS when it looked like he and bis ship might be towed in. With them was Falmouth's Mayor T. L. Morris. Cheered By Thousands Only American, British and dip- lomatic officials and newsmen and photographers were allowed on the pier. From the head of the pier, stretching about two blocks to the municipal hall, thousands of Fal- mouth residents and visitors stood in orderly rows about five deep. Carlsen, after greeting his moth' er and father, moved over and pos- ed for newspaper and newsreel cameramen. The pier, built for pleasure boats plying from this summer resort, was decorated with streamers and bunting. Decorations ran down through the center of the town. The last of them had been com- pleted only this morning. Carlsen was accompanied ashore by Kenneth Dancy, mate of the tug Turmoil, who snared the skip- per's fight to save the Flying En- terprise during the last six days the freighter was afloat. Rode Ship To End Only a hurricane that broke his ship and a gale that bashed her crippled hulk to a watery death brought him to this strange port he never., meant to see. He rode his battered ship Flying Enterprise un- til just 38 minutes before she plung- ed to the bottom of the stormy Atlantic yesterday. While Carlsen watched, his ton freighter, still flying the Stars and Stripes from the deckhouse staff, had turned on her side and ;one down, 37 miles southeast of his little fishing town. Carlsen and Dancy had walked ie plank along her horizontal fun- nel into the sea. Line Owns Two Score Ships A Winonan dug up some interest- ng history today about the Is- >randtsen Line, owner of the Flying Snterprise. The line owns some two score ships and is headed by Hans J. Isbrandtsen, president Three of its ships have been fir- ed on trying to get past the Na- ionalist blockade into Shanghai: The Sir John Franklin, the Flying Cloud and the Flying Arrow. Isbrandtsen has denied his ships were carrying contraband to Red China but charged that attacks on them took place outside of Chinese erritorial' waters and demanded protection from the State .Depart- ment and U. S. Navy. U. N. Plans Disarmament Commission PARIS United Na- tions General Assembly voted 42 to 5 today to set up a 12- nation disarmament commis- sion. The body will study step-, by-step reductions in arms and armed forces, climaxing at some, future date' with pro- hibition of atomic weapons. The Western Big Three pow- U. S., Britain and the meas- ure, the major achievement of the sixth U.N. assembly here. Four weeks of debate in the assembly's political committee private big four talks with Russia and Assembly President Luis Padilla Nervo for one week in an attempt to reach today's decision. MenIndicted At Owatonna in TwoSlayings OWATONNA, Minn, w o young men face court here a week from today on first degree murder charges returned against them yesterday by a Steel county grand jury. Both slayings came in- the week immediately preceding Christmas. Ralph Crippen, 19, was accused in the holdup-slugging death of Royal L. McAninch, 47, Owatonna liquor store clerk. MeAninch died of head injuries after being beaten Dec. 19 with a heavy metal toy pistol. Crippen earlier was charged with first degree robbery for the holdup, which netted from the Bion liquor store till. Second true bill was returned against Thomas G. Underwood, 26, of Blooming Prairie. He was charged with slaying Neil Johnson, Blooming Prairie town marshal, on Dec. 22. Johnson was felled with a bullet in the head when he answered a call to quiet a domes- tic disturbance. Judge Axel B. Anderson, to whom the indictments were re- turned, delayed the arraignments so the prisoners could obtain at- torneys. Both are held without bond in the county jail- here. Korean Truce Negotiations Near Deadlock MUNSAN, Korea Allied truce negotiators handed the Red a virtual ultimatum today. They demanded an explanation of an al leged contradiction in the Commu nists' announced stand on construe tion of airfields during an armis tice. Maj. Gen. Howard M. Turner said negotiations for supervising a Korean truce could not continui until the Reds explain the appar ent discrepancy. Turner said the Reds last month announced they planned to built and repair airfields while a truce was in force, but denied yester day that this is then- intention. Chinese Maj. Gen. Hsieh.Fani insisted .that '.the.Communist posi tion never has changed and de clared: "You win never get a satisfac tory answer to your unreasonable demands." Meeting Short The truce subcommittee met for only-34 minutes. The subcommit tee on prisoner exchange adjourn ed after four hours and 20 min utes. Both will meet again at 1 a.m. Saturday in Panmunjomi Rear Adm. R. E. Libby told newsmen that in the prisoner sub- committee, "We are still trying to get them to explain their sudden shift on the doctrine of free choice they justify it and then re pudiate it." Thursday Libby accused the Communists of insisting on forcet repatriation of war prisoners after the Reds said thousands of South Koreans had joined the Red ar mies of then- own free will follow- ing capture. Brig. Gen. William P. Nuckols. official U.N. spokesman, said, "The basic question we are trying to de- cide is the question of freedom for the individual versus slavery for the individual." In the truce supervision session Turner quoted the senior Commu- nist delegate, North Korean Lt. Gen. Nam D, as saying Dec. 2: "I can assure Admiral Joy that the Korean people will certainly reconstruct and reinforce their air- iields during the period of a mill tary armistice so as to prevent the Dossibility of any further wanton jombing by your side and to safe- guard the security of their armed iorces." Tons Of Water surge upward as the bow of the USS Wisconsin plunges through heavy seas in a rainstorm off the east coast of Korea. The big battleship is one of the U.N. ships blasting Red- held eastern ports. (U.S. Navy photo.) No Trace of Freighte r And 45 Men in Lifeboats Ending of the Flying Enterprise saga m the Atlantic in rescue of courageous Capt. Henrik Kurt Carlsen, halfway around the world the family, right, of Capt. George P. Plover of the S.S. Pennsylvania, left, await word of his fate. He had ordered abandonment of his badily leak- fag craft 750 miles northwest of Seattle, Wash. Ships and aircraft are searching the area for the Pennsylvania's- lifeboats. With the 42-year-old skipper's wife in their Portland, Ore., home are his children, Pat, 14, left, and Timothy, 10. SEATTLE A widening sea air search for the freighter Penn sylvania and the 45 men who aban doned her wallowing hulk Wednes day was under way today over a large North Pacific area. Three ships continued to comb the area and seven airplanes were alerted to participate in the sec ond day of searching the windy surging ocean spot where the men last were heard from. Canadian and U. S. ships and planes yesterday conducted a day- long criss-cross search of the re- gion 465 miles northwest of Van- couver island where the broken and water-logged freighter last re- ported being in difficulty. They found nothing. Not even a scrap of wreckage, a drifting bil of clothing or a life preserver. Just wind and waves and snow flumes. The surface search for the four lifeboats from the Pennsylvania kept up all night as ships crews maintained a ceaseless vigil, searching the wild swells and troughs with the air of lights and flares. Airplanes were forced to return to their bases at nightfall The flyers said they felt little hope that the Victory ship was still afloat. "You can't imagine the size of those one Coast Guards- man said. "An abandoned ship would have a slim chance in that." Man Wounded, Four Captured MINNEAPOLIS sher- iffs wounded one man and captured four others when they discovered a safe cracking in rural Oxboro early today. Two deputies, Lawrence McMul- en and Fred Rosnow found evi- dence of the breakin' when they made a routine check at the Gar- ner Brothers-Webb Oil Co. garage. The safe was turned on its side and loaded on a dolly. McMullen, armed with a shotgun, took a stand near the station. Ros- now began a survey of the neigh- jorhood and discovered two men tad stopped at a nearby gasoline station to call a tow truck. About that time McMullen spot- ted three men running from the vicinity of the garage. He gave chase, firing when they refused to stop. A man identified as Melvin H. )fllOQ, 23, Minneapolis, dropped. !he other two kept on running but were caught a short time later. The pair who had phoned for a tow truck were captured when they retained to fiw itation. Ike Asked to Come Home, Join Campaign By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON (fl-Sen. Aiken (R.-Vt) said today that "if Gen. Eisenhower wants to be President he should ask to be relieved of his present job and make his views on domestic issues known." "He should come out swinging and not be so Aiken said, adding "and I'm from an Eisenhower area." Aiken's comments attracted attention here because he long has battled what he calls "The Old Guard" in the Republican party. Aiken's proposal differed sharply with President Truman's news conference statement yesterday that he will keep Eisenhower as supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe as long as the general will stay. Mr. Truman, after repeating his previous praise of Eisenhower, said the general would have to resign if he wins the Republican nomina- tion. Ask Ike's Views Many supporters of Sen. Ta'ft (R.. Ohio) for the GOP nomination have said that Eisenhower should take off his uniform and get into the primary contests. Aiken, who has not yet joined other New Englanders in booming Eisenhower, said the "voters are entitled to know Ike's views." "He certainly can't differ too much with administration foreign policies because he's been carry- ing out part of Aiken said, adding: "I want to know, for instance, where he stands on .-the St rence seaway. I also wonder about his views on labor, health, educa- tion and farm programs." President Truman repeated, yes- terday his hope the Republicans will nominate Sen. Taft Taft had no comment on this today although it was recalled that he once ob- served he hopes President Truman would be the Democratic nominee. Congressmen See Atomic Gun Model WASHINGTON military today showed to the Senate-House Atomic Committee a model of an artillery gun designed to. handle atomic shells. The model was enclosed in a concealing when car- ried into and from a closed-door session of the committee. Chairman McMahon (D-Conn) declined to comment when report- ers asked him whether the model was that of a gun already actually constructed or was made from the riueprint of a gun still to built 1 HtsCollide Over Superior SUPERIOR, Wis. Two F-S1 fighter planes collided in mid-air over the city today. One crashed and burned in a residential area and the second made a "belly landing" on Lake Superior ice, about a mile from shore. Early reports said the first pilot bailed out and that no one had been injured. The planes were from the 109th fighter-interceptor squadron based in St Paul, Minn. DeTassigny, Famed French General, Dead PARIS (ffl-General Jean de Lat- tre de Tassigny died tonight, the French news agency announced. The 61-year-old French com- mander in chief and high com- missioner in Indo-China had been in a state of coma for the past two days following two operations for a tumor of the prostate gland. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Mostly cloudy tonight and Saturday. Warmer tonight, turning colder Saturday. Low tonight 25, high Sat- urday 30. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 36; minimum, 17; noon, 36; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at Additional weather on U. i New Ulm Wife Held for Taking Mankafo Child 18-Day-OId Infant Will Be Returned To Mother Unharmed NEW ULM, Minn. 18- day-old baby boy, who police said had been kidnaped yesterday by a childless woman "desperate" after a miscarriage, was found un- harmed today and returned to mother. The auburn-haired woman, about 35, sobbed to police and newsmen she had recently given a bar-room acquaintance some to "buy" an illegitimate child. When the ac- quaintance failed to produce a child, the woman drove to nearby Mankato with a gun and took the Chief of Police Ed Lar- son, New trim, "said. The infant, yet unnamed, Is CM of six children of Mr. and Mrs. Eu- gene Callahan. The woman, being held without charge, was identified by Chief Larson as Mrs. Leonard Scheid. Chief Larson- and Chet Gebert, reporter for the New Ulm Daily Journal, said Mrs. Scheid related this story: After she lost her baby about four months ago, she got drunk in a New Ulm" bar and struck up a conversation with a woman she knew only as "Mrs. from nearby Springfield. "I told her about losing my baby. She said there are a lot of illegiti- mate babies born in Minneapolis that are not wanted. "Why should you go on suffer- Mrs. Scheid said "Mri. Alice" asked her. Paid Woman Mrs. Scheid gave "Mrs. that night and in the course of four or five subsequent meetings gave her more than "Mrs. Alice" promised to bring the baby to Mrs. Scheid last Mon- day, but didn't Mrs. Scheid became "desperate." "Mrs. Alice" contact- ed her again and said she was going to see her again last Wed- nesday, but failed to. "I didn't know what to Mrs. Scheid said. Finally, she decided to take her husband's car and a .38 caliber po- lice special pistol, owned by a former husband, to Man- kato. She told her husband she waa going to see a doctor. She went to the Callahan and took the baby boy and return- ed to New Ulm. The baby was found in Mrt. Scheid's apartment over a tavern in downtown New Ulm. Calls Police Chief Larson said he got his first tip from Mrs. Frances Pregler, a neighbor of Mrs. Scheid. Mrs. Scheid told Mrs. Pregler, "I'll feel better if I tell someone about it" A short time later, Mrs. Scheid herself called police, sobbing, and asked that someone be sent over.. When she returned to her home yesterday afternoon from Mankato, however, she had told another neighbor who asked her where got the baby, "Oh, I had it" A police matron took care the baby who has not. yet been his mother arrived. Mrs. Callahan, 35, mother of six children, said that a strange wom- an who said she was pregnant, ap- peared at the Callahan home yes- terday about 1 p. m. to seek ad- vice on childbirth. She arrived shortly after four of the Cillahan children had left for school Stanley W. Christ, Mankato lice chief, .said Mrs. Callahan re- lated this story: She chatted a few minutes with the woman, and then the baby be- gan to fuss. Mrs. Callahan .went to the kitchen to prepare a bottle and then heard a shot The bullet made, a hole in the bedroom wall. At gunpoint, Mrs. Callahan and her four-year-old fon were forced into a-closet and a chair was placed under the knob. i When' Mrs. CaHahan had freed herself, 20 minutes later, the? And the baby wert ;