Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 23, 1947, Winona, Minnesota
W BATHER Partly r tonight F OLLOW Steve Canyon Full Leased Wire Report of The Associated Press Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations On HACK PAGE VOLUME 46. -NO. 286 WJNONA, MINNESOTA. THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 23. 1947 FIVE CENTS PER COPY EIGHTEEN PAGES Cut in State Voting Age to 18 Asked First Suspect Exonerated by Kidnaped Girl Studio Operator Not the Man, Alice Tells Police Lodl, Calif. Alice Dean Devine today met and exonerate! Eurl Shelton, a San Francisco ex convict and studio operator, in he kidnaping, and her search was re doubled for a smooth-talking, mid die-aged man who held her a daj and- demanded ransom. "This is not the declarer the pretty and popular 17-year-old Lodl High school student upon con- fronting Shelton. Her mother, Mrs. John Edward Dcvinc. who said she had seen the man have who sent for Alice Dean to her picture taken Monday A.P. WlrrphoUi to Thr Rrpubllcan-Herhld Earl Shelton night when the girl disappeared Joined In exonerating Shelton. The girl returned home Tuesday night unharmed except for minor bruises and told police she hat freed herself from rope bonds and escaped from an auto court In the absence of her captor. Shelton, 40-year-old operator of a photographic and modeling studio in San Francisco, come to Lodl voluntarily with Lodl Police Ser- geant Pat Coon last night. She Dismissal of Key Portal Pay Suit Indicated Justice de- partment said today that tho fa- mous portal pay suit of tho Mt Clemens (Mich.) Pottery Company's employes should be dismissed un- less new evidence gives more sub- maaico to their claims. It was the Supremo court's dccl- ulc-n In thin which touched off the current series ot portal pay fuita. now aggregating more than The Justice department took Its In ft brief nled with Federal Judge Frank A.. Picard, the trial Judge whose original finding In fa- VOT at the pottery employes was Kuxtaincd by the Supreme court. The Justice department's position, in effect. Is that as the record now the amount of time the Mt. Clemens employes spent In prepar- ing for work Is so trifling that It Is unworthy of consideration. By that argument, the amount of claims the workers would be cn- tttlfd Is to zero. However, the Justlc deportment mid PJcard should take further evi- dence to determine whether more time Is Involved than has been brought out in the legal proceedings thus far. Bidault Back As France's Foreign Minister By Rembcrt James Bidault, back In his old post of foreign minister was reported today to have been promised virtually a free hand ftl (.he Moscow conference in n deal nhich brouRht his Popular Repub- lican Movement (MRP) into the ntw French cabinet. Premier Paul Kamadler, Socialist, formed tho six-party cabinet last night after flve days ot negoLIatlon toward a permanent setup to re- place tho aJl-Sociullit 30-dny inter- im government of Leon Blum. This stop completed France's po- litical 'reconstruction under the constitution for tho Fourth republic, approved by voters last October, and gave thu country tv full consti- tutional parlia- mentary and tho first time in seven years. The cabinet Js made up of nine Socialists, five Communists, flvc of the MRp, flvu members of thtf Leftist Rally (the radical Socialists and the Democratic anc Socialist Union of Resistance) anc two Independent Republicans. earlier had said his picture "looked like" her kidnaper. He met Alice Dean and other members of the wealthy Devine family secretly at 2 a. m. on n rural road west of here and confronted her In the glare of automobile headlights. Shelton said little at the Inter- view and deported soon after for San Francisco. He was not under arrest or detention in the case. Enrller his explanation of his where- abouts was backed up by 30 models who said they were taking a danc- ing lesson from him Monday, at the time of the girl's- disappearance. Alice Dean disappeared after she had gone to n photographic studio hero to have her picture taken for what she was told would be part of a scries of national magazine articles on tho typical American girl In high school. She was returned to her home 26 hours later by the California state patrol after having spent a night in a motor court near Sacramento trussed on a bed, she said, while her nbductor smoked cigarettes and watched over her. State police today renewed their Taber Wants U.S. Budget Balanced Now Term Opening Tuesday Claims Many With Government Jobs Are Idle By Francis M. Le May Washington Adopting a 'why wait until next at- titude, Representative Taber (R.- N. said today he Intends to Balance the federal budget "this year." Taber, chairman of both the House appropriations Senate-House budget and joint committees, already has disclosed plans to (1) Use a "sledgehammer" on the 1948 budget and (2) Rcsurvey all 1947 spending programs tfhich still are awaiting actual outlays of money. Today Taber said he will go one step digging Into ap- propriations actually voted by the ast Congress, The objective will be o recapture some of the money not yet spent. Shaking a finger at OPA, th Commerce department and th army and navy, the New Yorker old a reporter: "My studies Indicate very larg urns that can be cut back from appropriations already made, af ectlng many government depart ments, 'Also I believe the admlnistra ion has underestimated revenue In the current year by Budget Balanced Now "So I believe we can balance the mdgct this year as well as nex ear." The treasury now estimates cur< ent year spending at nd revenues at caving a deficit of around Mr. Truman's bud- ot for the fiscal year beginning for thi udget since 1930. But Taber contends that Js too ong to wait. 15 Criminal, Civil Cases Scheduled in U.S. Court House Bank Is Reopened "I have talked with represcnta- .vos of many government depart- ments and members of e said. "Why over at OPA thoy till have employes, with 600 doing absolutely nothing here's a sample of what I mean. "Then there's the Commerce de- artmcnt. Anybody can walk over nd They don't have to take ly'word for It. A lot of the new units are sitting around doing noth- ng. There are setups In the Social pickup message for a man who had Security administration that need rented the motel cabin where Alice Dean spent Monday night and most of Tuesday. The man, representing himself as the agent of a nationally known publishing house In the East, ar- rived in Lodl Saturday and ex- plained that he was making the survey of "typical" girls and high schools for a series which would be nationally published. After discussing the articles with various persons, he arranged with i Alice Dean's mother, Mrs, John Edward Devine, to have the girl's picture tnkcn for the series at a Lodl picture studio. Lodl police said Alice entered the studio shortly nftcr 7 p. m. and left 30 minutes later after several pictures were taken. She was not seen here again until she returned home at p. m. Tuesday. A neighbor, who told of seeing the ransom note left by a woodshed trimming. "Over navy they have some setups where five men are doing what one man should. "One man I know took a walk through the Pentagon and he counted until he got to 65 officers and other (army) employes.' He couldn't count five per cent of them working. House of Representatives "bank" re- opened today after an enforced 17-day holiday, and, despite a shortage, managed to dig up enough money to chnng-a a bill so a congressional secretary could buy breakfast. The bank was closed on Janu- ary 6 for an audit. The auditors reported shortage of in the accounts of Kenneth Komney, former sergeant-al- arms. Several bags of "long green" were sent to the "bank" late yesterday in preparation for the reopening. The cashier didn't blink an eye when Lyle Siiadcr, secretary to Representative Leo Allen walked up to the win- dow and requested change for a bill. General Geiger, Pacific Marine Commander, Dead Washington Lieutenant General Roy S. Geiger, ono of the top marine corps leaders of World War II, died today In Bethesda (Md.) Naval hospital. His death, at a. m., came only eight days before he was due OPA Action Filed Against Four Men United States district court will open In Winona Tuesday with a calendar consisting of five criminal actions and ten civil cases. Of the ten cases five are scheduled to be jury actions and the remainder court trials. Judge Matthew M. Joyce, Minneapolis, will preside. Two of the criminal cases are ac- tions which have been carried over from previous calendars; two charge violations of the food and drug act and the federal seed act, and the fifth Involves an alleged Office of Price Administration violation. Five of the.ten civil actions ate OPA suits; four are personal injury suits and the tenth is an action over collection of a bill. The criminal actions which have been carried over Involve three men who are listed as fugitives from justice. They are Roy.E. Jorgenson, Mower county man charged with failure to report for selective serv- ice induction, and Edward P. Tucker and Kenneth A. Koel, charged with transporting a stolen auto In Inter- state commerce. The men were originally arrested at Caledonia but broke out appeared. to retire from ac- tive service. He was 61, Qelgcr, who commanded the Tenth army on Okinawa and la- ter the fleet ma- rina force Jn tho Pacific, :cntcred- ,he hospital last Thursday. Physi- cians said he suf- fered from Inflam- m a 11 o n of the veins and pulmo- nary complica- tions. Gclgor entered Gen. Geiger Answered by Fleming' "I am rinding that these samples represent the usual picture." Spokesmen for most of the agen- cies Taber cited were reluctant to comment. However, Major General Philip B. Fleming, head of the Of- fice of Temporary Controls, said of the lawmaker's criticism of OPA: "I don't think that's a fair state- ment." Fleming, whose OTC was set up ;o take over expiring war agencies, 'old a reporter OPA "still has a do" with rent and some vet- the marines as an enlisted man and rose to general rank during 40 years of service In both world wars and assignment around the globe. pioneer of marine aviation, hie was known as a tough, hard-driv- ng. commander willing to take on iny Job he gave his men. In World War n, he commanded he marines air forces In the inva- lon of Guadalcanal, and then led ombined- army-navy forces In their sland-hopplng assaults across the Pacific. Ho took over on Okinawa after Lieutenant General Simon Bo- livar Buckner, Jr., was killed and held the post until relieved by Gen- eral Joseph W. Stilwell of the army. He was a native of Florida. Sur- viving are his widow, Mrs. Eunice Renshaw Geiger of Bosemont. Pen- sncola, Fla.; n son, Roy S. Geiger, who Is in the army at Fort sill, Okla., and a daughter, Mrs. Robert Jackson of Pensacola. of jail there and dis- OFA Coses Scheduled to be heard as crim- inal actions are OPA cases against Peter K. Miller, Jacobson, Peter M< Callum and John Doe, all of Gfand Meadow, and an action ag'alnst the Lake Como Cooperative Cheese Company. Tho Northern Field Seed Com- pany, Inc., Winona, is due to ap- pear for sentencing on charges of violating the federal seed act. The flrm pleaded guilty to the charges when arraigned in St. Paul In De- cember. At that time the case was referred to a probation office for presentenqe Investigation and the right was given the nrm to enter a nolo contendere at the time of sentencing. The government charged the Wlnona firm Improper- ly labeled varlqus sacks of seed. The cheese company Is charged with violations of the federal food, drug and cosmetics net, and the Grand Meadow men are charged with overceiling sales of farm ma- chinery and equipment. In this latter action the govern- ment cites 28 separate Instances where the men allegedly sold now and used farm machinery and equip- ment at prices In excess of the cell- Ing. The overceiling prices ranged from to as high as It Is charged. Auto License Fee Increase Suggested Senate Finance Committee Starts Hearing on Budget St. Paul Minnesota legis- lators Wednesday discussed propos- als to lower the voting age from 21 to 18, add more than to motor vehicle license fees annually and cut the membership of both nouses from 198 to 116 by rcappor- tlonment. Representative -Curtiss Olson, Roseau, proposed the constitutional submission to vot- ers in the age limits, asserting that 18-year olds of to- day are better educated than those of 21 when present franchise lim- its were set. Claiming auto license fees were cut as a depression measure and kept there because of gas rationing, Representatives Emil C. Ernst, Les- ter Prairie, and August B. Mueller, Arlington, sponsored the bill rais- ing them to from for pas- senger vehicles under pounds, and from to for those above that poundage. Membership Cut Asked Senator Milton Lightncr, St. Paul, sponsored the measure which would reduce house membership from 131 to 78 and the senate from 87 to 38 by reapportionlng the state into 36 legislative districts Instead of the present 67. Tho emergency anti-eviction bill, called for by Governor Youngdohl May and Three in War Munitions Combine Indicted Wnsliinfrlon General Thames Clark an- nounced today the indictment of former Representative An- drew J. May (O.-Ky.) and three officials of a. wartime munitions combine on charges of conspiring to defraud the government. Clark said those named with May in the indictment, re- turned by a srand jury here, arc: Henry M. Garsson, Murray Garsson and Joseph F. Free- man, all former officers and employes of the Erie Rosin Metal Products, Inc., Elgin, and of Batavia Metal Products Inc., Datavia, 111. He said one count that May, wartime chairman at the House military committee, "did airrce to receive" front these firms "a. total of 634.07." May was defeated In last election after n. campaign in which his relations with the Garsson brothers had figured. Now 71, he h.id served In Con- KTess since 1330. The Indictment wax returned to Chief Justice Bolltba. Law of the federal district court. Clark said that a. conviction under the conspiracy statute provides for a maximum of 000 fine and for imprisonment of not more than two years. Woman Caught After Robbing Iowa Bank DCS Moincs, 35-year- old mother of two tccn-ago daugh- ters was seized yesterday loss than an hour after she staged a daring dnylight holdup of ,1 downtown bank using as a weapon a hypodermic syringe filled with n mouthwosh. Police Chief Jack Brophy said the woman, Mrs. Opal Dixon, a waitress, In his Inaugural address, was up-1 signed a statement admitting the proved In the senate, sitting as a holdup of the Des Moincs committee of the whole. Under it evictions which would work undue hardship would be forestalled until April 15." Final passage on Friday is possible If the senate meets. Representatives Irvln Talle, Albert Lea, and Thomas S. Dunlap, Austin, Introduced a bill to extend trunk highway 65 from near Clarks Grove eastward to connect with 218, and (Continued on FORB 4, Column 3} VOTING AGE at tho Devine home, said it de- ernns housing controls 03 well as sugar Wisconsin Minister of Injuries pearancc at a certain Sacramento bnr txt 8 p. m. Tuesday with the money. Before the deadline, however, Alice Dean had freed herself of bonds and under guard of police awaited the appearance of the kidnaper at the bar. When he failed to appear she returned home and a search for her abductor has said previously he wants to separate persons from tho federal payroll. Chairman Knutson (R.-Mlnn.) of of the House ways and means committee, author of a bill to cut Individual Income taxes 20 per cent, said that, if Taber makes the savings he foresees then tax cutting will bo Troy, The Rev. Lloyd Peterson, 31, pastor of the St. James Methodist church here, died at Elkhorn yesterday of injuries he received Tuesday when the car in which he was riding collided with a Milwaukee road train at a Springfield, Wis., crossing. A native of Rockford, 111., Mr. Peterson was a pastor at Racine before coming to East Troy. Now, Who'll Be Next? 11 1 Mayo Clinic Sued A civil action brought by a Plain- field, HI., man against the- Mayo clinic, Rochester, in which damage of was sought Is In the process of settlement. The plaintiff, Dale Reece, a rail- road engineer, charged in hts com- plaint that foreign matter'was left in an incision made when he was (Continued on Page 8. Column 1) V. S. COCKT Committee on Un-Americanism Plans Program, By DOIIJCUUI IS. Cornell Republicans running tho House committee on un-American activities talked today of using the State department as the starting point of their hunt foi Communists In government. Several members told a reporter privately they think this should be one of the first big projects of the committee under o.O.P. guidance. But while the committee Is com- mitted to "exposing and ferreting out" Communists and their sympa- thizers In government. Chairman J. Parnell Thomas (R.-N. plans to move in another direction first, "The first order of business will have to be something else." Thomas Rdvlsed newsmen. 'It is as hot as a hot potato and will break in about two weeks." He gave na clues, even to rank and file committee members, as to what he has in mind. I Tax Collections In Georgia Tied Up by Dispute Georgia revenue collections and the operation of the state's highway department have been .tied up by the dispute over the governorship. State Treasurer George B. Hamilton disclosed today. Hamilton, who receives tax collec- tions from the revenue department and pays out warrants for Its op- eration, and who receives all fed- eral funds allotted to the Georgia highway department, sold difficul- ties over bonding of key officials raised legal obstacles to his recog- by Research Council Plan in State Legislature Hit By Cyril W. Plattcs St. lines were drawn In the Minnesota legislature today on the majority's proposal for a legislative research council when liberals termed it "a glorified rules committee" and proposed a measure of their own. In place of Speaker Lawrence M. Hall's bill for an 18-man council composed of legislators, the liberals, headed by Representative Ed Chil- gren of Llttlcfork asked lor a leg- islative reference bureau as an In- dependent state agency. Both bills had the goal of a gov- ernmental research' agency to probe into state activities between ses- sions and make recommendations for legislative action. But they dif- fered on the mechanics of execution. The liberal bill provides for crea- tion of a legislative reference bu- reau within the state government. The director, appointed by the gov- ernor at o salary of per year, would be responsible for its organi- zation. The bureau would conduct gov- ernmental research, summarize and! Bank Trust Company and also the armed holdup of the United Bank Trust Company In St. Louis last December 26. Brophy said Mrs. Dlxon would be charged with bank robbery under Iowa state law which carries a man- datory life term upon conviction. Shortly after 1 p. m. a woman, black-haired, hatlcss and wearing a fur coat entered the bank, went to a teller's cage and startled 40 cus- tomers and 20 employer; by shouting: "This Is a stlckup. This place Is covered." Flourishing the syringe, she threatened to "blow this place to pieces." Teller Rex Cisco had first placed in an envelope for tho robber but when she protested he placed an additional currency In it and she walked from, the bank. Within an hour Mrs. Dixon was seized and at first denied the hold- up. Brophy said when confronted jy her two daughters she admitted the robbejy and also the holdup of the St. Louis bank. "I simply was tired ot living with- out having money. That's why did she said. All of the money except was recovered by FJ3.I. agents n. short time after the holdup in a women's rest room at the Equitable build- ing. A.P. Wlrculioto to Tin- Amendment to Ban Closed Shop Sought St. bill for a con- stitutional amendment to bar the closed shop In Minnesota was made ready today for introduction In the senate of the Minnesota legislature Monday. Under its terms the following nitlon Herman of appointees named Talmadge. Rival administrations were ap- pointed both to the state revenue commission and the state highway department by Talmadge, who was elected governor by the legislature Additional provisions now in ef- and by M, E. Thompson, whoirect in Hennepln, Ramsey and St. claims to be "acting governor" counties would bring the pay digest information on operation of the state, aid in drafting bills, and work with legislative Interim com- mittees on specific investigations. Salary Hikes Sought for State Judges St. Paul Salary increases for Minnesota Judges were proposed in a bill readied for house intro- duction today by a group headed by Representative Emll Ernst of Lester Prairie. Asserting the measure has the support of the state bar and district judges associations, Ernest said the pay of district court Judges would be increased to per year. proposed amendment would be sub- mitted to the voters nt the 1048 gen- eral election: "The right to work shall not be denied or abridged to any person in. this state on accounc of mem- bership or nonmembcrship in any labor union or labor organization, and any agreement, cither oral or written, mode and entered into after this section is adopted, in violation hereof shall bo void." Promotion of River Trade Is Suggested succession to Ellis Arnall, resigned. Weather FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Partly the chief Justice from to of district judges there to 500 per annum. The basic district court salary scale now begins at Associate justices of the state EU- _____ preme court would be increased cloudy and warmer tonight and Fri-jrrom to and that ot day. Low tonight 25; high Friday near 45. Minnesota: Partly cloudy and warmer tonight. Friday partly cloudy and mild. Wisconsin: Partly cloudy and warmer tonight and Friday, LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 40; minimum, 21; noon, 40; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE Max. Min. Pet Washington Mayor Dc- Lcsseps Morrison, of New Orleans, yesterday asked fellow mayors of cities along the Mississippi river valley to unite for promotion of This Hereford steer broke'aivaj- while beinj; unloaded at packing plant at St. Louis, and started a chose that extended several miles. Here the anrry animal has knocked one policeman down and is all set for the next challenger. A policeman finally balldofced It and killed it. (A.r. Wirepuoto.) Chicago Los Angeles Miami New Orleans Mpls.-St.Paul I New York Seattle 26 75 65 5-1 31 22 51 Washington ........25 I Winnipeg 14 18 49 47 33 23 17 49 15 10 Workmen Remove Communist Flag Over Ohio College Obcrlin, Ohio The Communist flag- no longer flics from the flagpole of Obcrlin college. It was removed by workmen yesterday after having been hoisted by unknown persons during last weekend. Delay in removing- the flag was caused by the fact that the rope used to run It up the pole had boen cut. ..j College authorities attributed .44 the incident to pranksters, Ober- lln college is a liberal arts, coed .03! school. river trade and to oppose the pro- posed St. Lawrence seaway. Morrison, who arrived yesterday from St. Louis, Mo., where he ad- dressed the Mississippi Valley asso- ciation, called a meeting of six other mayors at the conclusion of the an- nual conference of mayors. He said they discussed closer co- operation in building up trade on the Mississippi river, continuing its flood control program and lighting the St. Lawrence seaway proposal. Among the mayors meeting with the New Orleans chief executive was Paul Grassle, Rochester, and Hubert Humphrey, Minneapolis. Germany and Japan Won't Be Invited to 1948 Olympiad London The organizing committee for the 14th olympiad closed the door to Germany and Japan today with an announcement that the two countries "wouJd not be invited to compete." Invitations for the Olympics, scheduled for London from July 29 'to August 14, 1948, will be mailed soon. Other former enemy coun- tries, including Italy, are expected to be invited. Ball Asks Senate Committee to Endorse Bill By Max Hall Joseph Ball told the Senate labor committee today that tha wrong approach, to labor union, problems is to give the government vast power to deal with Industrial crises. He said the Ball-Taft-Smith bill takes the "sound and liberal" ap- proach to correct in the law "the underlying causes that breed the crises." That is, he said, to elim- inate "special privileges" of unions and make "their vast economic pow- er responsible public inter- it." Also scheduled for testimony at the opening ot a live-week hearing was Senator Jnmcs Murray (D.- who. with Secretary of Labor Schwcllcnbach takes n more moderate position on changing the labor laws than does Ball. Schwellenbach, abed with a se- vere cold, was unable to appear. He has prepared a 30-page statement detailing his position and may be able to read it before the commit- tee next Tuesday or Wednesday. The 13-m.an committee started hearings on ,a tangle of complex labor questions but not on the quesUon of preventing strikes la essential industries. Not a single bill has been intro- duced in the Senate that would out- lnw strikes In public utilities or com- pel unions and employers to settle their disputes peaceably. Several "compulsory arbitration" bills have been introduced in the House, where hearings may begin next week. These measures arc opposed by Ball and some other Senate Republicans, Boy Drowns in Big- Stone Lake nine, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Benshoof, drowned in Big Stone lake Wednes- day when he skated onto a patch, of thin ice wlicrc railroad crews had been harvesting ice. He disappear- ed into the water before compan- ions could reacli him, they reported. Peat Converted. Into Sugar in Sweden Duluth The Swedes havis developed processes whereby peat can be converted Into sugar, gaso- line and oils In addition to its for fuel, Bcngt Christiansen, Stock- holm chemical engineer here to In- vestigate Minnesota's peat uses, said last night.