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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1953, Winona, Minnesota Much Colder Tonight And Sunday Dial 3322 To Place Your Want Ad VOLUME 52, NO. 294 CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, JANUARY 31, 1953 SIXTEEN PAGES Boy Killed Crawling cross Rail s 700 Drown as Ferry Sinks Off Ireland When Nashville, Term., Police Investigated a telephone threat to "jump off the Shelby Street Bridge at 8 p.m. they found Allan A. Herring, 27, Parkersburg, W. Va., pacing a narrow beam high i.bove the Cumberland River. For more than an hour they and firemen pleaded with him. Finally, a volunteer cornered him, saying "Jump or fight, and firemen trussed Herring up and lowered him thus. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) New FEPC Bill To Be Proposed By JACK B. MACKAY ST. PAUL new approach to fair employment practices FEPC legislation, patterned after the conciliation procedure in the state labor relations law, will be proposed in the Legislature by Rep. Clar- ence Langley, Red Wing minister. Rep. Langley, a staunch advocate of a strong FEPC bill in the last three sessions and aligned with the conservative majority, has agreed to become one of the spon TODAY Democrats Binding Up Wounds By JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP sors of a measure approved by the Minnesota Council for Employment on Merit, but he proposes to offer an amendment in committee. The "employment on merit" proposal is scheduled for introduc- tion early next week by Rep. P. Kenneth Peterson of Minneapolis in the House and by Senator Gerald T. Mullin of Minneapolis in the Senate. Both are conservatives. However, Rep. Langley plans to offer an amendment in committee. While anticipating that his new idea will provoke considerable de- bate, Rep. Langley believes his WASHINGTON It is too much plan of enforcement to say that the Democrats ra Con- j power-. and it will be accept. 'Mighty Mo' Pours Shells On Korean Port Bombers Dump Destruction On Wonsan By ROBERT B. TUCKMAN SEOUL from three U. S. carriers and the battleship Missouri the Mighty dumped destruction on the North- east Korean port of Wonsan, al- ready rubbled by the longest siege in American naval history. The Navy said that' Vice Adm. James Clark, U. S, Seventh Fleet commander, planned and was watching the big attack from the Missouri. Two destroyers joined the mas- sive bombardment against the once-great east coast metropolis. Swarms of planes were roaring off the decks of the big carriers Kearsarge, Oriskany and Philip- pine Sea in what the Navy termed a "vicious bombardment" and "an all-out aerial bombardment." By late afternoon, no details had been released. Mighty Mo The weather was clear. But a thin layer of ice coated the decks on the M'ghty Mo. Allied fighter-bombers ranging across the frozen Korean battle- front caught a large group of North Korean troops 'in the open today and reported killing 50 of them. On the ground, Eighth Army headquarters reported only scat- tered patrol skirmishes as the mer-1 cury dipped below zero for the second day over the 155-mile line. The Western Front was the cold- below zero. The Air Force reported five U. N. warplanes, including a B29 Super- fort bomber, were lost this week over North Korea as against six MIGs. A Superfort normally car- ries a crew of 11- men. One F86 Sabre jet was shot down in a dogfight with Communist MIGs and enemy ground fire knocked down an FSO Shooting Star jet. A Sabre and an Austral- ian Meteor jet were lost to "other probably mechanical trouble. The Missouri opened the attack on Wonsan shortly after sunrise. The warship's secondary batteries laid down a protective fire to dis- courage Communist shore gunners in the harbor area. The Navy said there was no answering fire. Carrier Planes Carrier planes then streaked over j Pointer Locates the approximate spot in the upper reaches of the Irish Sea where the captain of the British passenger steam- er Princess Victoria ordered his 123 passengers and 60 crewmen to abandon ship in a hurricane today. Reports indicated that rescue vessels had sighted people clinging to life boats. The vessel was on its regular run from the Scottish port of Stranraer to Larne, Northern. Ireland. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Her- ald) Ship Swamped By Hurricane in North Channel Rescue Vessels Standing By in Bitter Cold STRANRAER, Scotland Ufl British steamer, Princess Victoria j capsized and sank in a hurricane today, carrying an estimated 100 to 130 persons to their deaths in raging seas off the northern Irish coast. The first exhausted survivors of 183 aboard were landed at Donag- hadee, North Ireland coast town 15 miles from Belfast, but, their number was not disclosed immed- iately. They said the Princess Victoria went down very quickly, I at about 3 p.m. I The British Destroyer Contest messaged she had picked up other survivors, but did not give the num- ber. Four merchant ships were with the Contafs, Several airiEwiRs, reported to in- clude an American aircraft, were helping spot survivors by dropping flares in the dark. By the time lifeboats came into the light of the flares, however, the survivors us- ually had disappeared in the boiling sea. The Princess Victoria, a car ferry owned by the British Rail- ways and operating on the 36-mile run between this Scottish port and Larne, Northern Ireland, w a s, caught in a 113-mile an hour hurri-1 _ V British Seek Saboteurs in 'Mystery' Fires LONDON, England (tfl Suspi- cions of British shipboard sabotage were heightened today following a fire aboard a merchant ship and another mysterious "incident" on a naval aircraft carrier. The fire broke out last night aboard the steamer Ri- bera at Hull. The blaze was small, Man Pays Half Of Traffic Fine MINNEAPOLIS "Half guilty and half said John Mel- by, Minneapolis, when he appear- ed before Judge Tom Bergin in Minneapolis traffic court today on a parking ticket. "No half pleas said Train Crew Moves Cars As Youngsters Attempt Short Cut By CORDON HOLTE Republican-Herald Staff Writer Eleven-year-old Bruce Beckman, the only son of Winona's Central Junior High School and Lincoln School principal, was killed early Friday evening when a railroad car under which he was crawling was moved along a switching track. Bruce and a companion, Landis Doner, 11, were re- turning to the home of Bruce's parents, Mr. and Mrs. I Charles Beckman, 422 Wilson St., the accident occurred. Bruce Bcckmin Killed by Train the cane' that' IriSTSea 'ah'dT Scotland. The master, James Ferguson of Stranraer, sent out an SOS and gave orders to abandon ship. Many rescue ships rushed to the scene about 12 miles off Port Patrick. But it was almost impossible to get life rafts off the steep decks. The first dazed survivors who were landed said the stricken Princess Victoria went down in five minutes. But apparently there was no panic, even among the women and children. The 662-tim Belfast steamer judge. Bergin allowed Melby to ponaghadee, in a message received plead guilty and explain. "My car was out of a no-parking zone, Melby. "All said the judge, "the usual fine is but I'll make it here, said she had picked up 20 t, IF ,nj half i survivors and had sighted two or half in and more. clinging to a mast 12 said but smoke drove off workmen re fitting the freighter. A fireboat had j to be called. At the same time, a high naval the port The action is the first I official announced in Plymouth for the Philippine Sea since the [that "minor defects of an unex- carrier returned to Korean waters "In addition- to establishing the Of strong support in Congress for rs. for example, are dis- j principle that employment should his expected move opening the in defeat that i after all j be purely on the basis of wav for Nationalist forays from still Democrats For the Rep, Langley said, "I believe the aeamst the Communist gress, who have been fighting each other like Kilkenny cats for so many years, are now one big hap- py family. But it is at least true that the Democrats are acting much more like a family than they have for a long time; and that they seem a good deal happier than might have been expected so soon after their crushing defeat in No- vember. This defeat itself accounts in part for the new atmosphere. The Southerners, for example, are dis- covering they are first time in 20 years the bountiful southward flow of White House pat- ronage has been cut off. What is more, the great movers and shak- ers of the recent past, the chair- men of powerful committees Southerners almost to a movers and shakers no longer. Ac- customed to page one in the news- papers, they now find themselves among the want they are lucky. Opposition Aroused All this ha-s tended to arouse the instinct of opposition, even among the conservative Southerners, es- pecially as Harry Truman is no longer around to satisfy this in- stinct. It was Sen. Harry Byrd, af- (Continued on Page 7, Column 2.) ALSOPS for its third tour of duty. The Navy said the city of Wonsan has been in a state of siege since Feb. 16, 1951, making this "by far the longest effective siege in United States naval history." The siege of Vicksburg during the Civil War stands next on the list, the Mavy said. Wonsan slackened columns which formerly were the smoke stacks of busy industrial plants, the Navy said. plained nature involving machin- ery in the carrier HMS Triumph was described as a mass, marked only by have been discovered. "No damage has in fact oc- curred and the ship remains fully he added. "The mat- ter is being investigated." Detectives from the Admiralty's criminal investigation department were reported to have boarded the Triumph at Bangor, Northern Ire- land, four days ago to investigate the incident. The carrier arrived in Plymouth yesterday after com- pleting a training operation. Liquor Tax Hike Strikes Wisconsin MILWAUKEE The hike in federal liquor taxes is causing the State of Wisconsin a .substantial loss in tax revenue, a spokesman for the alcoholic beverage industry declared Friday. Clarence N. Dufek of Minneapo- lis, regional representative of li- censed Beverage Industries Inc told the Wisconsin Spirits Club that. {ina.nce s r Walter state liquor taxes dropped over Smile aa ulster unionist member million during the first 11 months parliament- and Sir Walter of the increased federal tax. L miles off Portpatrick. A tanker from Belfast hove to in the 113-mile an hour hurricane and began emptying her oil bunk- ers in an effort to calm the waters sufficiently to aid rescue by several vessels which rushed to the scene. Many Children Among the 183 persons aboard were many children. Rescue ships messaged that the weather was bitter cold and visi- bility low. High .seas washed benumbed survivors off rafts, and .the rescue ships themselves took a heavy pounding in the northern neck of the Irish Sea. Veteran sailors said the seas were the worst in their memory. Irish Leaders Among the passengers were Maj. M. Sinclair, Northern Ireland's able to a majority of the Legisla ture. Langley will propose that the now existing labor conciliator's office provide facilities for conciliation- just as it does in the case of labor disputes. The conciliator's office, may, up- on failure to achieve conciliation, refer such cases to the District Court in the county in which the dispute arises. Chiang Raids on China Favored in Congress By JACK BELL WASHINGTON tf) President Eisenhower apparently is assured heart of the employment on merit bill is to be found in its provision for conciliation when charges are made of discrimination in employ- Formosa against the Communist China mainland. Four authoritative officials told this reporter a last- ment because of race, color, creed I minute change in plans-the Presi- and national origin." I dent wl" announce in his State of The lawmaker said the labor con- ciliator is willing to accept such new responsibilities upon provision by the Legislature of one additional deputy to handle any complaints. The Minnesota Council for Em- ployment on Merit bill asks an appropriation for the next biennium. This measure calls for a Com- mission of nine members. The gov- ernor would appoint the commis- sion, with the advice and consent of the senate. Gov. Anderson has urged enactment of fair employ- ment legislation. the Union message Monday he is releasing the Seventh JTleet from its duty at Formosa. This would wipe out a June 27, 1950, order by former Truman under which the fleet has neutralized Formosa. It has stood by ready to defend Nationalist- held Formosa from attack and at the same time has prevented Chiang Kai-shek's forces from carrying out air and sea opera- tions against the mainland. One effect of the expected move would be to release Chiang's Na- tionalists for commando-type raids land possibly air the mainland. Would Draw Off Reds This could draw off Chinese Communist troop strength from Korea and is regarded as Eisen- hower's first step toward the ad- ministration's announced goal of making it unprofitable for the Reds to continue the struggle there. Secretary of State Dulles, who left with Mutual Security Director Harold Stassen yesterday for a 10- day inspection tour of Western Europe, put that goal into words in his televised speech last Tues- day: "The enemy thinks he's getting an advantage by continuing the war. I believe Gen. Eisenhower will find the ways and means to make the enemy change bis mind in that respect so that they too will want peace." Eisenhower's reported decision to go ahead with the plan appar- ently represents a new and much strikes against tougher attitude toward the Chi- nese Reds than any the Truman administration was willing to risk. The assumption in Congress was that America's allies had or were and their reaction will be studied closely. No Advance Word There was' no advance word from the White House as to why Eisenhower called fleet Adm. Wil- liam D. Leahy to there today. Leahy, like Gen. Douglas Mac- Arthur, is on active duty without assignment. The admiral was World War II chief of staff to Presidents Roosevelt and Truman. He is seeing the President one day before Adm. Arthur' B. Rad-- ford, commander-in-chief of the Pacific fleet, returns to Washing- ton. The Navy announced he is due Sunday, to remain for a week. Scott, permanent secretary to the Northern Ireland Finance Ministry. Gusts which whipped over Scot- land at 113 miles an hour tipped the little steamer over at a 35 degree list, radio messages said, and Capt. James Ferguson sent out an SOS. He then ordered the 123 passen- gers and 59 crewmen to abandon ship in the hurricane. One whole side of the five-year-old vessel was awash, however, and it was evi- dent her lifeboats could be launched only with the greatest difficulty. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Partly cloudy and much colder tonight. Sunday increasing cloudiness and continued cold. Low tonight 6 above in city, near zero in coun- a conference try, high Sunday 20. 1 LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 33; minimum, 19; noon, 19; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 32 at a. m., min. 20 at a. m. today. Noon MacArthur was relieved by Tru- man as Allied commander in the Far East nearly two years ago. In (Continued on Page 7, Column 1.) CONGRESS readings clouds scattered at 500 feet and -overcast at vi- sibility 15 miles, wind from west at 15 miles per hour with gusts up to 25. Barometer 30.02 rising rapid- ly, humidity 94 per cent. Ike to Revive Cost of Living Index System By ROWLAND EVANS JR. WASHINGTON Eisen- hower administration's first de- cision in labor revive an abandoned cost-of-living index headed today for both protest and approval from large segments of organized labor. Yesterday's presidential order had been opposed by Walter Reu- ther, president of both the CIO and the Auto Workers Union, amid hints of dire things to come in the auto industry if the order went through. It was sought by many employ- ers and a number of unions, among them the railroad brother- hoods with over a million mem- bers, a.s well as President George Meany of the AFL. More than three million workers have their wages tied by contract to the cost of living as measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS brought out a new kind of index this month, saying it more accurately r e s e n t conditions. However, most of the affected industries and employes the significant exception of Reuther's auto they wanted the bureau to continue for a time with the old index as well, while they worked out a change- over in their contracts. The mattejr went to. the President and he ordered the bureau to con- tinue the old index through June 30 of this year. BLS Commissioner Ewan Clague said in an interview his agency would do its best, although there would be difficulties because some of the information needed for the old-style index had not been col- lected. The auto workers' contract with the industry clearly states that it may not be changed in any way befors 1955 unless the old index is discontinued. Reuther already had made substantial demands on the industry for higher wages and better pensions. To press these demands he must argue that the next old-style in- dex, due out next month, is not a valid continuation of the old series. This position would certainly be resisted by .the industry. If matters went far as to threaten a strike, a court might have to decide on the validity of the revived index. A finding that the bureau had accurately contin- ued the old series would make a strike breach of contract. The outcome of the index row is the second defeat Reuther has suf- fered at the hands of the Eisen- hower administration. After the new President appointed Martin Durkin, an AFL union official as secretary of labor, Reuther sug- gested that the number two post of under secretary go to a CIO man. Instead, Eisenhower appoint- ed another AFL A. Masbburn. member, Lloyd when The two youngsters had been at the home of Landis' parents, Dn and Mrs. M. H. Doner, 577 Chest- nut St., for dinner and left tht house shortly before p.m. Confronted by Cart The surviving youth said that and Bruce walked north away from the Doner home and found a line of railroad cars on the switching spur of the Milwaukee Road near Chestnut Street. Unaware that any switching op- erations were contemplated, pair decided to crawl under one of the cars rather than walk around the section. Landis was in the lead and crawl- ed under the car at .the crossing. The first youth had successfully negotiated the crossing when Bruco began to follow and was just cross- ing the north rail when there wai a sudden movement of the train. The movement caused by prepa- rations for the switching operation was short-lived but the car rolled far enough to pass over the young- ster's body. When Landis noticed thir companion had been pinned be- neath the wheelt, he crawled back under the ear and ran to his home near the tracks. There, he alerted" Dr. Doner informed him of the mishap. His father accompanied Landis to the and saw 'body un- der the car. Dr. Doner, believing that the Beckman boy perhaps was net seriously injured, crawled be- neath the railroad car and re- moved the child's body. When the body had been taken from the tracks, Dr. Doner de- termined that Bruce was dead and went to the house to notify au- thorities. While Dr. Doner was in house, the train crew, unaware of the accident, moved the line of cars easterly down the switching track to a rendezvous with south- bound freight. It is believed that there approximately 27 cars In the string near the Chestnut cress- ing before the tccident occurred. There had been 25 can on tht east pickup track since about 3 p. m. Friday and tt yard engine kicked in two additional early in the evening. During the day there had been a break in the line of cars at Chestnut Street but, after the two most recent additions to the string had been made, a member of ths switching crew had coupled two sections together. Crewman at Mishap Point The boys apparently began crossing only a short time after the coupling of, the two section! had been accomplished. The employe who made the coupling said that when he had completed his job he walked back toward the engine and at that time (Continued on Page 3, Column 4.) FATALITY Worth Of Jewels Stolen NEW YOKK at Dante Brig- iante, a gem merchant, told police :oday that worth of unset jewels he placed in a 10-cent pub- ic locker had been stolen. He said iey were not insured. Brigliante said he placed the em- eralds, diamonds, sapphires and rubies in the locker Friday while negotiating a deal for them. When returned, the locker and a half dozen others had been jimmied open. 2 Farmers Arraigned On Tax Indictments ST. PAUL Minnesota farmers were arraigned Friday on federal indictments involving in- come taxes and illegal liquor. Maurice Laleman, 60, Minnesota, was accused of evading nearly in taxes by failure to re- port in income for period 1946-49. He posted bond for court appearance Feb. 23. Clemens J. Heibel, was accused of operating a 25-gal- lon liquor still illegally. He posted bond and will appear in court at the June 2 federal term in Mankato. ;