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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 1947, Winona, Minnesota W BATHER Fmfilf flloudy, cold tonicht: Ilrht nnow F OLLOW Steve Canyon Full Leased Wire Report of The Associated Press Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations On BACK PACE VOLUME 46, NO. 290 W1NONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 28. 1947 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWELVE PAGES St. Paul Fireman Dead in Blaze New Mexican B-29 Crash Fatal to 11 Engine Trouble Blamed; One of Crew Survives Albuquerque, N. trouble was officially advanced to- day a.i the likely of a B-2D Superfortress crush which curried 11 men to fiery drains tit the army's Kirtland Field. Laden with secret equipment, thcl blK ship wavered on the takeoff climbed no more than 200 .feet nn cracked up itnd burned In n sully yesterday Just south of th field's mile and a half-long mal: runway. One member of the 12-man crew survived, rescued by a pair of O. firefighters. Hospital attendants gave him a fair chunco to recover May Honor Klremen Officers said soldier's medal clta lions were being considered for th flrrmcn Corporal Isabel Guzman 23. Laredo, Texas, and ScrKoan Eldon C. Hawkins, 30, Oxnard, Calif Risking an explosion, they alsc pulled another crewman out but he died soon afterward. Colonel Perry M. Holslngton Klrtland commandant, reported one cnplne of the plane was seen smok- Jnp and probably'1 caught fire. Ho ventured a guess that another on tho aide, also may have gone put of commission. Thin, ho ob- nervrcl, would navo left the pilot 37-year-old Captain nobcrt F. Klecl- of El Paso. Texas, without dlrcc- tlonn.1 control. Ulcd.iof. a 20th bomber command vrteran who flew the hump from India to China and figured In early nlr strikes at Japan and Ita bases, was one of the dead. Identified Two were former prisoners of war William A. Hatcher, Jr., 38. of Albuquerque and Cleveland, early B-17 group commander raiding Germany irom England who 18 months captive after be- ing down and Moster-Scrifoant G. B. Thacker, 31, from GalcsburR, 111, who liberated from tho Japanese. Other Identified dead were Mas- ter-Sergeant Fremont R. Alford, 42, Albuquerque; Master-Sergeant Ar- nold J. Guntcr. 33, Bolon, N. M., Corporal Ocorgo W. HufTs, 21, JTint. Mich. Namea of tho re- mainder, Including tho survivor, Krero withheld pending onnuranco that word of tho tragedy had reach- ed their Agreement on Burma Reported by British London The British government announced today It had reached an agreement with llurmu that will permit the Asiatic dependency to attain In- dependence. Lord Pethlck-Lawrence, secre- tary of sin to for India and Bur- ma, said that an interim gov- ernment similar to that estab- lished for India would admin- ister uffalrs during the transi- period for the nquarc-mllo region and its Inhabitants. Burma lies just east of India. It was a battleground in the war against Japan. Lord Pethlck-Lawrence an- nounced the accord in the House of Lords. He said a constituent assembly made up entirely of Burmese nationals would be elected next April. Bender Asks 25% Cut In Federal Spending By Francis M. to May Washington Representative Bender pro- posed today that Congress slash spending for "normal government functions" 25 per cent below the 1932 outlay. "I want to do what President Roosevelt promised to do In his first campaign for Bender told reporters as he an- nounced that he is preparing legis- lation to carry out this latest econ- omy suggestion. Bender did not make clear imme- diately how much of a saving his proposal might effect If adopted. Total government spending in 1932 amounted to But of that amount only is listed under "civil and miscellane- ous" Is exclusive of defenses, pensions and Interest Wed 75 Years Mr. Mid Mrs. Sum Mercer, 03 and 02 respectively, Monday at Sioux Falli, S. U., observed the diamond munlveraary of their weddlnjr at Arena, Wlx., In 1872. They took up South Pnknta homestead In 1001. (A.P. Wlrcrphoto to The Republican- Herald.) Colonel Ilolsington the piano was starting on a two-hour trala- ine flight. Great Britain to Import Potatoes London John Strachey, minister of food, told a news con- ference today that Britain would tho Importation of potatoes this year from various countries "Including possibly America." He Mild potato consumption in tho Is- lands had risen 20 per cent since the imposition of bread rationing. State Anticlosed Shop Bill Introduced St. rani Introduced In the state senate late Monday wns the anticlosed shop bill. The measure, by Senators Sletvold of Detroit Lakes, Neumcler of Stlll- watrr and Ooodhue of Dcnlson, would bring the question before the Minnesota electorate as a constitu- tional amendment to be voted on in 1948. iVorst Storm Of Winter .ashes Europe winter's worst storm swept across Britain1 and the European continent today, claiming at 11 lives and causing wide- spread suffering. Snow drifts four to five feet deep halted road traffic and snarled train schedules In Britain. Tho weather threatened new food and fuel crises in tho American oc- cupation zone of Germany. Snow and freezing temperatures extend- ed over most of Portugal, whcroj at least nine persons died of th cold. Two fugitive German prisoners t war, tho United States constabul ary announced, were found froze to death in tho Bavarian Alps. Inland waterways throughou Germany, France and tho low coun tries wero locked by ice, haltln shipments of food and coal. In Thuringla, in the Russian oc cupatlon zone, the mercury sllppe to one below zero (Fahrenheit) Continued snow was predicted fo northern Italy, where drifts blocke hundreds of motor cars. All schoo were closed until further notice the province of Ancona. Tass Raps British Ties With U. S. Urges England to Live Up to Spirit of Russian Treaty London Tass, tho official Russian news agency, urged Britain ;oday to live up to the spirit of her treaty of alliance with the Soviet union and at the same time criti- cized Britain's close ties with tho United States. "One cannot say that British policy towards the U.S.S.R. con-! forms to the principles and de- mands of the treaty of Tass declared, a few hours after Four Killed When Wire on Track Wrecks Indiana nr- on debt. President Truman's budget for the next year includes only for "general-gov- ernment" but some Is allotted for items other than de- fense, veterans and debt. Sent Brooms to It was Bender who, at tho outset of tho first G.O.F.-dominated Con- gress in 16 years, sent each Repub- lican member a new broom bearing this tag: the Job." "Here's yours; let's do The Ohlon's proposal came In the midst of thcso fiscal developments on Capitol hill: Chairman Knutoon (K.-Minn.) of tho HOIIBO ways nnd means commlt- ,00, 'to prohibit workers from recovering bnclc wages under portal-to-portal pay suits. Knutson said If tho billions claimed by unions in these suits were grant- id there would be no hope for tax this year. Plans ware, completed for the Houso to vote tomorrow on tho first ill! to reach tho floor of cither hamber this measure reezlng excise taxes at their war- time rates. This presldentlally re- uestcd action applying to liquor, urs, Jewelry, luggage and many oth- r prevent an annual oss of to the treasury nd indirectly aid republicans in ihcir drive to cut individual Income axes. Soviet Ambassador Oeorgi Zarubln held a long conference with Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, presumably about Prime Minister Stalin's com- plaints concerning "reservations which weaken" the 20-year friend ship pact. "Actually there are no few oc caslons when Britain and th United States have come out in bloc against the Soviet th news agency added. No Pact With TJ. S. "Britain has not formally con eluded a treaty of alliance with th United States; nevertheless no on con doubt the existence of intimat relations between Britain and th United States, which in fact hav assumed tho character of a mill tary alliance. "The time has come to stand by the spirit of the treaty, by that part according to whlcl both countries undertook to wori jointly for the organization of the security and economic prosperity o Tass said. Tho new Tass statements seemed to Indicate there was to be no re- laxing of the pressure on Britain which began when Fravda Inter- preted a statement by Bevln thai Britain "docs not tie herself to anyone" as a repudiation of the treaty of alliance. Weather FEDERAL FORECASTS Wlaona and vicinity: Partly cloudy and rather cold tonight: low 20 to 22. Wednesday, increasing cloudl- nc.v. followed by light snow; high about freezing. Minnesota: Mostly cloudy, snow bcKlnninf: southwest portion this afternoon or evening and continuing in most of south portion tonight end Wednesday. Continued rather told north portion. Wisconsin: Cloudy this afternoon nnd tc.-lKht, followed by snow cast and south portions Wednesday be- near tho Mississippi river Little change In tempera- ture. EXTENDED FORECAST Minnesota. Wisconsin: Tempera- tures will avcrano five to ten dc- crfcj; below normal, little change Wednesday, colder Wednesday r.lKht and Thursday. LUtlc change I-Tldny and Saturday, warmer Sat- urday nlKht and Sunday. Precipi- tation will average from one-tenth inch north to one-fourth to onc- h.ilf Inch south, occurring as light to moderate snow south Wednesday nlKht and Thursday, snow llurrlca north Thursday night and Friday uncl Kenr-ral snow flurrle.s Sunday. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 35; minimum. 18; noon, 2fi: precipitation, none; sun sets to- nlKht at sun rises tomorrow n! TKMl'Elt US n.SKWIIERE Mux. Mln. Pet.. 51 24 .02 Prlivrr ,10 21 MuiiEii 77 (if) Mlils-Kt. F'iUll 40 IB New Orleans......... 73 -New York 55 Wii-htncton CO British Women, Children May Leave Palestine Colonial Secretar; Arthur Creech Jones told the Hous of Commons today British womei and children might be removed from Palestine to protect them from ex trcmlst violence. A concentration of British civilian personnel also is "under active con tho colonial secretary announced. .03 40 13 '12 Woman Hurt in Wreck at Perham Continues Trip Ferham. Minn. (XP) Mrs. Charles Nlcholan, 69, Duluth, Into Monday continued her jour- ney to Seattle, where she will visit a daughter. The trip was Interrupted hero January 14 when she suffered B broken icf in the collision of two sections of tho Northern Pacific rail- road's North Coast Limited in blizzard. IlrouKht to the station In an ambulance, Mrs. Nicholas told railroadmen she had been rid- ing In lower 13 on a ticket bought January 13 when the mishap occurred. Tho rallmen llnlxlifd thn xlory hy Informing her tliut all the Injured were covered liy an Insurance policy numbered ISl.'l. Tlic two mottt seriously in- jured Master Serecunt 11. T. Weaver, St. Louis, and Ernest Luther, Hooper, rccov- Intf nnd expected to be released from Hie hospital Soon, physi- cians said. Antigambling Jill Introduced St. Paul Governor Luther Youngdahl's antlga'mbllng bill, which would affect individuals and co-partnerships as well as corpora- tions, fraternal, social, charitable and veterans' organizations and clubs, whether Incorporated or un incorporated, was introduced in thi house of representatives late Mon- County Housing Boards Asked In Wisconsin Madison, WIs. Establish- ment of county housing boards that would havo power to act In all eviction cases was proposed In a bill introduced in the Wisconsin senate today by Senator Schlabach (R.-La The bill would set up at least one aoard in each county, with mem- :ers being named by the circuit or county Judge, and would be com- posed of three members. Each 4 Overcome In Apartment i rainjjouse Wrecking; crews are shown above (left) beginning to clean up the wreckage of a pusscngcr train nt Walton, Ind. In the picture at tho left an Associated Press reporter looks at a. tangled bale of fencing wire which railroad officials said caused the mishap. (A.P. Wlrcnhotos to The Republican-Herald.) By Merrill Swcdlund Walton, The death toll or yesterday's wreck of the Penn- sylvania railroad Union passenger train was revised to four today after a thorough examination of a bat- tered day coach of the eight-car ;rain. A bale of fencing wire jammed Into a switch caused the wreck Indiana state police said. State police and wrecking crews lad reported seeing two bodies in ;ho coach in the darkness, bu shortly after daylight it was de- termined the only dead were the ocomotlve fireman and three pas- sengers whose bodies had been taken out in the night. Scoro Injured Nearly a score of persons were njured, one of them seriously. Dr. M. B. Stewart, Cass county 3oroncr, said, an Inquest would be and railroad ummonod. held at 9 n. m., Friday and that 2 witnesses, Including state police officials, had been State" Pollco lieutenant John K. 'isher and .A. P. Mclntyre, Penn- ylyonla superintendent, said, that he roll of wire was found Jammed nto a switch and that caused the rreck. Several rolls of the wire were stor- d in piles along the railroad track t the scene of tho wreck, Fisher aid. "Apparently one of these either ell or was placed on the track and e want to know said Jsher. The roll of wire was about two- Judge Rales Against Sugar Rationing Plan Washington Federal District Judge F. Dickinson Letts today ordered OPA to stop rationing sugar to industrial users under the "historical use" formula. The order, effective immediately, was issued in. connection with Judge Letts' rinding or last week that the formula is illegal. Carl Auerbach, chdef OPA counsel, said the ruling might ----------------------------------------------threaten tho entire sugar rationing O' 1 program. He served Immediate no- subcommittee To Write Bill On Portal Pay eet across and weighed around 400 j the problem. Senate Judi- ciary subcommittee buckled down today to writing its recommendation on legislative proposals to meet the portal pay problem. Chairman Wiley of the 'ull committee counseled "speed and adequacy" as the group headed by Senator Donnell went to work on testimony received in hear- ngs which began January 15. In the House, Chairman Mlchener of the judiciary commlt- ee said he will call witnesses soon in a number of bills dealing with ounds. F. B. I. Making Probe W. W. Patchell of Chicago, gen- ral manager of the western region f the Pennsylvania, said that the board would hear eviction cases and I Bureau of Investigation is decide what rents should be paid, working with state police. day. Chief author of the bill is Rep- resentative Anderson of Bock. Co- authors are Representatives Rund- qulst of Dawson, Clem of Pine City Johnson of Benson and Andersoi of Duluth. The bill would outlaw slot ma- chines, plnball machines, roulette wheels, punch boards, coln-operatec and mechanical gambling devices of any kind. Two senate Senators Almen of Balaton and Wahlstrand of WUlmar, today introduced the bill in the senate. Wermuth, Hero of Bataan, Ready to Re-enlist in Army Denver Major Arthur W. Vermuth, 32, one-time resident of Irfiko Geneva, Wis., a hero of Ba- aan and a holder of tho Congre'ss- onal Medal of Honor, today awaited i decision by the war department on his offer to rejoin the army. The "one man army of Bataan" who now lives at Hill City, S. D., vants to enlist as o master sergeant, jut tho Denver recruiting office told ilm the highest grade it could give lim was staff sergeant. Tho office put the question of aklng him as a master sergeant up ;o tho War department. whether a landlord would be per- mitted to evict his tenants and set- tle all other housing problems. Members of the board would re- ceive per diem in cities of the first and second class and in all other places. Chairmen would pet in first and second class cltlus and elsewhere. The board could Issue emergency orders of six months or less and could renew such orders of six months. No orders could be issued that conflict with OPA directives and the board's power would ex- pire February 16, 1849 or at such time before that the governor ordered. Treasury Claims Morgenthau Diajry A roll of wire is missing from the Wiley, author of one bill to out- law suits for portal back pay total- ing more than said at tho final session of the Donnell subcommittee yesterday the claims "menace the public interest." The suits followed a Supreme court decision that worker time stock along the track and "It is "necessarily" controlled by employ- presumed to be the one found :crs is work for pay under the Wage wedged in the said Patchell.1- (Continued on Pape 7, Column-5) TRAIN WRECK Washington The treasury held fast today to its claim that a 'major part" of the long but lively diary of former Secretary Henry Morgenthau, Jr., is public property and belongs in the government's flies. Morgenthau told a news confer- ence at Los Angeles "If I've got something Mr. Snyder wants and needs, he can have it." But the question apparently re- mained how much of Morgenthau's words, in 900 bound vol- umes, this might Include. Bishop Charles Gilbert to Succeed Manning New York Suffragan Bishop 'harles Kendall Gilbert was elect- d today to succeed Bishop William T. Manning as bishop of the Epis- opal diocese of New York. Tho election was announced by Bishop William T. .Manning, head f the diocese since May 11, 1021, rho resigned last December because f his age. Overpay Social Security Tax Wisconsin Rapids Man Reported Beaten by Robber Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. Sheriff Arthur E. Berg said today that Paul Zurfiuh, 61, route 4, Wis- consin Kaplds, was in a .critical condition from injuries which may have been caused by a beating administered by a robber. Zurfluh, who was suffering from a deep gash on top of his head, was at first believed to have been the victim of a hit and run driyer, Sheriff Berg said. He was found Sunday night at the side of a road near' here. However, Sheriff Berg stated, there were no skid marks or other indications to show that he had been hit by a car. No wallet was found on Zurfluh's person, the sheriff added. Mikan Agrees to Drop Suit, Rejoin Gears Chicago Lanky George Mikan, former De Paul university star, agreed to drop his suit to break a five-year contract with the American Gears of the National Basketball league and will rejoin the club. An out-of-cqurt settlement of the case was announced after a series of conferences between Mikan and the Gears before Circuit Judge Harry M. Fisher. Mikan had charged his contract was unilateral, permitting the Gears to fire him at any time but pre- venting him from quitting the club. hour act even if it is nonproduc- tive. Proposals the subcommittee heard included: 1. 1'rohlblt the suits by retro- active legislation. 2. Amend the wage-hour to define work for pay M pro- ductive activity. 3. Amend tho act to permit out-of-court settlement of the claims. 4. Write a statute of limita- tions into the wage-hour law rovernlnir claims of all kinds. 5. Authorize the wagc-nonr administrator to define (be law. 6. Prohibit future portal suits. 7. Leave the law alone and let the claims take their course tn court. Still another bill, before the fi- nance committee, would tax work- ers 100 per cent of anything they win and let the employers deduct any payments from their Income taxes. tico of appeal to the circuit court of appeals. Letts overruled a motion to stay judgment on Auerboch's contention that "Irreparable damago to the public" would result and told the attorney: "I am not Inclined to take that view. I havo held that the ration- ing order Is Invalid. It scorns Im- proper that I should authorize the invalid order to bo used for any period of time." The ruling -was handed down In a suit brought by the Moberly Milk Products Company of Mobcrty, Mo., which contended (.hat the "his- torical use" on that amount of sugar used by a com- pany in previous Illegal under the war mobilization and re- conversion act. Auerbach, pleading for a stay of judgment, declared the ruling "will All Occupants Escape; Flames Start in Basement St. fire captain died of smoke suffocation nnd four other firemen were overcome today In an apartment house fire at 1003 Grand avenue. All occupants escaped. Captain Jack Wclmer, 48, mem- ber of the fire department rescue squad died shortly after arrival at Anckcr hospital. Others overcome were James Charbonncau, 31, Prank Lokowicli, 38, Mike McDonough. 32. and Henry Drcls, 40, The fire broke out in the base- ment of the two-story, brick build- Ing, housing four families, and first firemen arriving at the scene sum- moned additional equipment. Wclmer spent nine days In tha hospital last December after being overcome while fighting a grocery store fire. He had been a member of the rescue .squad since 1943. The fire was the second bad :n .1 week in tlic Twin Cities. Thrrn Minneapolis firemen were killed and seven Injured Thursday night when T. fires and explosion wrecked a. gar- ago. The victims were trapped in heavy smoke In the basement of the showroom when the first floor caved in. Schwellenbach Asks Study of Labor Problems Washington Secretary of Labor Schwcllenbacli urged senators todny to approve President Tru- man's proposal for creation of commission to study labor problems, but criticized most other pending bills designed to iron out labor- nitnnRcmcnt trouble. He told the Senate labor corn- require scrapping the system of rationing and the development of an entirely new system." Parents Warned to Keep Children in School or Go to Jail SUIlwater, of Stillwater children who have bad truancy records face Jail terms if their children continue to play "hookey." t The parents of two boys who have been skipping school were haled into court and both parents sentenced to jail terms by Judge William No- lan. He suspended the sentences on condition the parents see that the boys attend school regularly. Stimson Defends Use of A-Bombs Against Japs New atom-bomb- ng of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945, was thin nation's "least abhorrent choice" of n way to end a war thnt otherwise would have lasted until late I9'IG, says former Secretary of War Henry L, Stimson. American forces not orjy would have suffered an additional OOu casualties if the war had lasted that long, but the Japanese would have suffered greater jOss of life and property than they did, Stim- son says in an article of Harper's magazine's current issue. Stimson says the two bombs used were the only ones the nation then possessed, and the rate of produc- tion was "very small." Two Pounds of Metal Taken Out of Bull's Stomach Frccport, veterina- rian operated on W. T. Raw- lelgh's prize bull, Inka, yester- day and removed from the ani- mal's stomach's two pounds of scrap metal located by a mine detector before tlic operation. D. T. If. Ferguson of Lake Ge- neva, WLs., who performed the surgery, said the items removed from Inka's first and second stomachs included 13 pieces of baling wire, one boll, a piece of sheet metal, and a dozen peb- bles. -Be said he thought Jnka would live. By Charles Molony Washington An average of workers are fattening the ovcrnmcnt's cash box year by overpaying social sc- urlty taxes. Social security board officials dls- osed the figures today with some ps on what to do about it. The maximum any worker owes r social security a year re- ardlcss of what his salary may be. he tax is one per cent on the em- t ployer and one per cent on the em- ploye on wages up to a year. The total of overpay- ments averaged In recent years isn't all "gravy" for the government, for Home employers, when the overpayment results from a get refunds. These amounted to for the last year reported. No one gets a refund without ap- plying for however, and. with- out convincing evidence that his taxes were overpaid. The Gears filed a cross-bill accusing Mikan'of violating his contract and seeking damages. Mlkan quit tho Gears on De- cember 11 after averaging 23 points per game from the start of the season. U. S. Accuses Poland of Breaking Election Pledge Washington The United House Committee to Probe G.I. Complaints Washington