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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 14, 1952, Winona, Minnesota Snow Flurries, Colder Tonight; Wind Tuesday Read 'Hollywood' By Hedda Hopper Starting Today VOLUME 51, NO. 278 FIVE CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 14, 1952 TWENTY-TWO PAGES rea oun By ng Plane Falls in New York East River All Aboard, 36, Befitted Saved By Rescue Craft Most of Passengers Reported Suffering From Cold, Shock NEW YORK Northeast Airliner dived out of heavy fog and crashed today into the East River in the middle of New York city. The airline said all 36 aboard were saved, but rescue workers said they could account for only 34. The two-engined Convair plane, flying near-blind and trying to make a radio landing at La Guard- ia Field, hit the River just north- west of the field near the juncture of three metropolitan boroughs. The plane sank swiftly in the rapid current. The Port of New York authority said it counted only 34 saved. A swarm of police, Coast Guard and private vessels worked to haul out survivors and take them ashore. The airline said it was advised by the plane's pilot, Capt. Al Marsh, that he was the last to leave the plane and none was left behind. Stewardess Carolin Hull al- so advised that all were rescued. Two Injured Two persons were reported se- riously injured. The plane, apparently trying to- mato an instrument landing in murky weather, plunged into the river as it headed for runway 26 at La Guardia Field. Police harbor launches, Coast Guard vessels and two helicopters raced to the scene, and began re- moving passengers as the heavy plane sank swiftly. The crash, at a.m., was at a point near where the river joins the borouehs of Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens. The current, swift and deep at this spot, shoved the plane downstream. Witnesses on Ricker's island, a small strip in the river near the crash, said that only the tip of a and tail of the plane remain- ed above the water. Heavy Overcast The La Guardia Field control tower said it lost radio contact with the plane as it was making its runway approach. A heavy overcast limited visibil- ity to a half mile and the ceiling to about 600 above minimum flying conditions. The plane roared down out of the fo? and into the wa- ter an hour and 25 minutes after it took off from Boston. A tug first pushed, and then tow- ed the almost-submerged plane toward shallow water on the east bank. Northeast Airlines said in Bos- ton that it had not had a fatality Part Of The Tail and wing section of a North- east Airlines twin-engine plane stick out of the swirling waters of the East River in New York this morning as a helicopter skims over the wa- ter. The plane, inbound from Boston, plunged into the river off Rikers Island while trying for a landing at La Guardia Field in a heavy fog. All 36 aboard were saved. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Whodunit? in 'flown. passenger miles Di Salle May Run For Senate in Ohio BATAVIA, N.Y. V. Di Salle, Director of the Office of Price Stabilization, says he will announce next week whether he will seek election as Senator from Ohio. Di Salle, a Democrat, said yes- terday he was considering re- run against Republican Senator John W-e-feicker Columbus. Hoax Hinted in Pepin Abduction PEPIN, Wis. or gangland shooting? Pepin County authorities were studying stories by two Pepin resi- dents that they saw a car drive up to a man walking along a street at about Three shots, they said, ,were.fired from the car which contained" two "men who then got out, hauled the pedestrian into the car and sped off westward on'Highway 35. Sheriff Victor Seline of Durand, who with Pepin Marshal Alex Pfeiffer and Mrs. Seline, the undersheriff, are incident, Baby Perishes In Fire at B. River Falls BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. Michael Amos Thundercloud, 9 months old, was burned to death here Sunday afternoon when a fire destroyed the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Thundercloud. His two brothers, Elliot, 6, and Leland, 2, were pulled out of the blazing home, apparently lifeless, by Jackson County Deputy Sheriff Robert Rhodes. They began to breathe again after 25 minutes of artificial respiration applied by Rhodes and an unidentified Minne- apolis man. Both youngsters were hospitalized. Police found the parents in a Tomah, Wis., tavern. .The boys' older sister, Karen Lee, 12, who was supposed to be baby-sitting, had left them unat- tended to visit a nearby restaurant. Officers believe the fire started half an hour after she left the bouse. Ann Thomas, Mankato, Named PSI Kap of '52 LA CROSSE, Wis. Ann Thomas, a member of the Physi- cal Education Department at La Crosse State College, has been named "Psi Kap of the year." The honor to the Mankato, Minn., natives-was announced by the Na- signing his-government Delta Psi Kappa Fraternity. ntiA timo taiifjhfr Miss Thomas at one time taught at Madison, S. D. Gamble on Tank? Won, General Collins Says FORT KNOX, Ky. of Staff Gen. J. Lawton Col- lins said today the Army was forced to "gamble" when it ordered production of new tank designs before service tests were made but that ini- tial "serious deficienees" have been overcome and the gamble won. A speech prepared by Col- lins for delivery at the annual meeting of the United States Armor Association clarified a situation produced by reports many light and medium tanks failed to pass inspection. The chief of staff said in part "It is history now that we did find serious deficienees in both the new light and medium tanks. And, as was expected, they were generally confined to the turret components. of the deficienees could not have been foreseen as was to be expected in the production of untested'vehicles. "All the deficienees have been corrected in the vehicles now coming off the production lines." "Despite our troubles we are still a year ahead of the time schedule we .would have been on had we waited for complete test and development before going into production. In other words, it has been worth the gamble." said, that several aspects of the "abduction" indicate that it may all have been a hoax. A pocketbook later was found in the roadway, the sheriff said, and in it was found a card bearing the name of a "Michael Bartell" whose Chicago address has proved ficti- tious. Note Found A printed note in the pocketbook warned that "the gane" was after the man and that he had better be ready to shoot. Sheriff Seline said that no per- sons have been reported missing and neither blood stains or empty cartridges were found at the scene. Mrs. Seline commented, "I'm sure that Mrs. Bob Church and Carvel Severson actually saw the man pulled into the car and heard the shots. But from the investiga- tion we've made so far, it seems to look like it might have been staged by a group of pranksters. "We're continuing the investiga- she added, "in an attempt to determine who was responsible and what the motive was." One of the witnesses is Severson, 35; a state highway department employe. He was seated in a parked car on Lake side street between Main St., and highway 8 p. m. when he saw a man leave a Lake St. cafe. A car drew near the man and Severson said he heard three shots and gun flashes. Then the car stopped and two men jumped out, forcing the unknown victim inside. Woman Witness Mrs. Church, who lives across the street from the spot where the incident occurred, verified hearing the shots and said she saw the car. She did not see the man being forc- ed into the vehicle, however. The note in the man's billfold stated: mob from Chicago got a line on you. They know you're in Pepin. So get out fast Come to Mpls. and get'in touch with the boys. That horse is worth.30 Gs so don't let them, get it The 'Kid' won't like it if you lose the H. (Continued on Page 9, Column 5.) HOAX WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and 'Vicinity Freezing rain this afternoon and evening, turning to snow flurries and colder by midnight. Cloudy and colder Tuesday with strong shifting winds. Low tonight 22, high Tuesday 28. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 31; Minimum, 12; noon, 28; precipitation, none. Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 32; miniimnn, 17; noon, 32; precipitation, .30; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at Additional weather on page 9. Not Candidate, Justice Douglas Informs Truman NEW YORK Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas says he has informed President Truman that he'TvOTtiorbs a candidate for president or vice president in 1952. Douglas, who eliminated him- self twice before as a possible Democratic can- didate, adds that his current deci- sion is a perma- nent one and does not apply for this year justice, Wn, O. Doug.a, verifying publisher reports of his unavailability as a candidate for either office, told a newsman last night that he had written President Truman of his position in a letter sent "sometime during the sum- mer." In recent months, Douglas' name has been mentioned frequently as a possible running mate with President Truman or as a possible presidential nominee if Mr. Tru- man does not choose to seek re- election. Both in 1944 and 1948 Douglas was in the political limelight as a possible Democratic nominee. President Roosevelt in 1944 re- garded Douglas, among others, as a possible running mate. But Doug- las declined to run. At the Democratic convention in Philadelphia in 1948, Douglas was considered a potential presidential candidate. There also were reports that President Truman had asked him to take the vice presidential nomination. But again Douglas said he was "not available for any public of- fice." He added that he felt "no person, while a member of the Supreme Court, should seek polit- ical preferment." Douglas, 53, has been a member of the Supreme Court for more than 12 years. He previously was chairman of the Securities and Ex- change Commission. War Prisoner Exchange Row Becomes Heated Red Negotiators Charge Allied Spokesman Lying By OUEN CLEMENTS MUNSAN, Korea (ffi Commu- nist negotiators shouted "lie" in a heated debate over prisoner ex- change today and charged that Al- lied planes flew over several ci- ties in northeast China Sunday. Allied negotiators on the truce supervision subcommittee switch- ed tactics Monday after failing for three straight days to get an oral statement of the Communist stand on airfield reconstruction. Instead the U. N. asked the Reds to agree to restrictions. The request got a chilly re ception. The Reds charged that Allied planes flew over Mukden, Wushien and other Chinese communities but did not say any were attacked. A U. N. spokesman at Panmun- jom said "we assume the charge is similar to a lot of other alle- gations they have made and com' pletely irrelevant to the meeting." Flights Denied A Fifth Air Force spokesman at Seoul denied that any Allied planes flew over northeast China Sunday. The outburst of Communist tem- per came after Rear Adm. R. E. Libby explained that the Allied vol- untary prisoner repatriation plan would be advantageous to the Reds as well as the XJ. N. "If your statement has been pre- pared in order to deceive a part of the people of the world who are ignorant, it would be all said North Korean Maj. Gen. Lee Sang Cho. "But it would not suit us. "You had better not say any more that you would do us any favors. "Should you continue to say so, it .would mean that you tell a big lie." Admiral Libby retorted: "I do not know whether I have personally been called a liar, but I got a strong inference. I shall study the record and make sure." Both subcommittees agreed to meet again at 11 a.m. Tuesday. "There is one action that your side could take which would clear- ly overcome tfie evidence of your apparent desire to gain a cease-fire for the purpose of developing air Maj. Gen. Claude Feren- baugh told the Reds. "You could agree with the Unit- ed Nations command that there be no developments of military air- fields on either side during the armistice. When you take that step the world will breath. easier, for you would have given your first positive indication of sincerity to- ward a. stable armistice and therefore toward peace." Communist negotiators Sunday accused the U. N. command of violating the Geneva convention by insisting that prisoners of war be permitted to reject repatriation. Neither Red China nor North Korea signed the agreement de- tailing how prisoners should be treated, and both have refused to abide by its terms. Nonetheless, Lee asserted that articles 7 and 118 of the agreement stipulate that prisoners do not have the right to say whether they wish to be exchanged. General Dwight D. Eisenhower chats with Belgian Deputy A. Joria during a visit to Eisenhower's headquarters near Paris. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) WILL TRY AGAIN Truman Withdraws Clark Appointment WASHINGTON Truman has definitely decided to buck widespread opposition and nominate a U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. But he has withdrawn the name of Gen. Mark W. Clark for the post. A terse 43-word White House announcement last night said Clark's name was being withdrawn at the general's request, and added: "The President plans to submit another nomination at a later time." More Rain On Flooded Areas Of California By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A new storm'today brought more :ain to the soaked lowlands of Cal- fornia and more snow to its snow-choked mountain areas. It added to the discomforts anc inconveniences of that section's worst winter in half a century. Weekend rains flooded per- sons out of their homes in the San Francisco bay area. Main lighways in the Sierra Nevada are >locked by snow and transconti- nental trains are either stalled or running as much as 40 hours late. The storm is expected to bring more rain to sopping Los Angeles and more snow to the San Ber- nardino mountans in Southern Cal- ifornia, where snowdrifts and earthslides tied up traffic. Light snow covered most of northern New England and light rain fell in the northern Appala- chains. Fog and drizzle, freezing n some places, shrouded sections of the upper Great Lakes region. The storm in the Far East also wrought rain or snow along the coasts of Oregon and Washington. Some early morning tempera- ures: Caribou, Me. 5 above; New York 42; Atlanta 53; Miami 67; Jalveston 68; Oklahoma City 61; Jhicago 33; Bemidji, Minn. 9 be- ow; Jamestown, N. D. zero; Hav- e, Mont., 1 above; Seattle 37; San Francisco 50; Los Angeles 9; Salt Lake City 24, and Den- ver 45. Rushing Flood sweep past evacuated homes at Davis Camp, near Brentwood, Calif., after torrential rain storms poured creek waters over gardens and into lower floors of many of the residences. Two weeks ago, a similar storm flooded the Los Angeles area. Sources close to the White House emphasized that Mr. Truman's granting of Clark's request not to involve him in the controversy was not a first step in a move to drop the whole idea. But they said they did not know who Mr. Truman might have in mind for nomina- tion as the first full-fledged U. S. ambassador ever sent to the Vati- can, seat of the Catholic church in Rome. Gen. Mark W. Clark They said they weren't sure that Mr. Truman himself knew at this time. In any event it is not likely to be another military man be- cause of the extra complication of requiring special legislation to en- able him to retain his military status while serving in a diplo- matic post. Clark's appointment, announced just a few hours before Congress adjourned last October, drew fire from both Protestant churches and Congress members. Catholics gen- erally approved. Gen. Clark said the widespread religious criticism is what influ- enced him to ask Mr. Truman not to renominate him. "The controversy that has devel- oped has impelled me to ask the White House to withdraw my he said through an aide at Fort Monroe, Va., last night. He made no other comment ex- cept to say that "the statement from the White House just about covers the situation." It is almost certain that who- ever is named by Mr. Truman to the Rome post will face the same opposition Clark did. The criticism was almost entirely against the policy of sending an ambassador to the Vatican. Few were against the move because of Clark, personally. It is also likely that Mr. Truman will consult with his congressional leaders beforehand the next time. Sen. Tom Connally chairman of the Senate foreign re- lations committee, said Saturday would oppose Gen. Clark or "anyone else" as U. S. ambassador to the Vatican. He had no com- ment on the latest development. Connally and his committee would pass upon the nomination. And the Senate as a whole must confirm it. Clark's nomination was sent to Congress just a few hours before t adjourned, without prior warn- ng. No action was taken on it by he Senate. The Protestant opposition was based on the argument that ap- pointment of an ambassador to the Vatican would be a blow at the traditional American policy of sep- aration of church and state. Catholics took the position it would serve- the interests of world leace and welfare. Mr. Truman relieved an ambassador to the Vatican would strengthen American interests in areas threatened by Communism as well as provide a listening post" at world information. a center of TRAFFIC AT STANDSTILL; SNOW COMING No Letup In Rain Before Midnight Says Forecaster Freezing rain glazed high- ways throughout Southeast- ern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin today, bringing automobile traffic to a vir- tual standstill. No letup in the rain is in sight before midnight, ac- cording to A. D. Sanial, gov- ernment weather forecaster at La Crosse. Rainfall to p.m. totaled .45 of an inch. Walking was treacherous and all bus and truck traffic into Winona was canceled at noon. Motorists were tied up by the ice on hills and in various communities throughout the area. A warning to stay off the high- way was broadcast by radio sta- tions at the request of the weather bureau, highway officials, sheriffs offices and police. It will continue to rain, with the temperature remaining below freezing until midnight when rain will turn to Mr. San- ial stated. Traffic throughout most of Southern Minnesota also is at a standstill, E. R. Boyce, Minnesota Highway Department district en- gineer at Rochester reported after making a telephone survey shortly before noon. "Dresbach, Lake City, Cannon Falls, Spring Grove, Decorah, la., and he said, "report high, ways a glare of ice, rain falling, and traffic stopped. Trucks are sanding the hills." Boyce reported Rochester streets a glare of ice, and said all air serv- ice and bus service there had been canceled. In Winona, travel on the streets was extremely slow. Cars were stuck throughout the city. For a while during the morning, ice was so bad on the interstate bridge ap- proach that cars could not the grade and were forced to slide back. County Engineer E. P. Effertz re- ported county roads "terrible." All equipment was out sanding the hills. Street Commissioner Thomas Gile ordered all city crews to work sanding streets and sidewalks. Falls were common during the morning hours downtown. Ice piled on the sand almost as soon as it was scattered. Motorists had difficulty even at extremely low speeds. Bad road conditions forced postponement of a college basketball game at St. Peter. Freezing rain also hit southeast- ern South Dakota, turning the area into one big sheet of .ice. Covers With Area The storm area this morning, ac- cording to the La Crosse Bureau, covered all of Iowa, north- ern Illinois, southern southern Minnesota, and southern Michigan. It was moving north- ward. Conditions in the Twin Cities were bad at noon. No serious accidents had been reported by the Minnesota High, way Patrol to its Rochester office up to noon. Sheriff George Fort reported traffic on the highways was mov- ing at snail's pace. Trucks were tied up at terminals. A Greyhound bus, driven by Harold Haymaker, arrived from the Twin Cities an hour late at noon today. It was very slow going, he reported. "I hit the ice at Red he said. "It was a solid glare of ice from there to Minneiska. It had softened south of Minneiska, prob- ably it got a little warmer. There were no trucks on Highway 61 from Red Wing south, and very few cars. Everybody was tying up." Wire Trouble Up to noon telephone service in this area had not been affected by the freezing rain. In western Mitf nesota and Iowa reports of wire trouble came from telephone com- panies and REA corporations. Cresco REA lines were hard hit during the morning hours. The RusMord REA office reported a few outages in the Spring Grove area. Telephone exchanges throughout the area were jammed with calls by individuals canceling appoint- ments, and calling off trips. School buses generally arrived: through the area this morning, but many superintendents were, sending the buses out early, fear- ing conditions would become worse toward evening. i It was snowing in South Dakota and ther.atonn was moving easfe ward, the Weather. Bureau report ed. Local predictions are "freezing rain this afternoon and turning to snow and colder, by mid- night Cloudy and colder Tuesday. Low tonight 22, high Tuesday ;