Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 8, 1949, Winona, Minnesota
LITTLE CHANGE IN TEMPERATURE VOLUME 49, NO. 120 WINONA, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 8, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY SIXTEEN PAGES H ousing BillG toT ruman Five Of 100 Persons aboard this Chlcago-Duluth, Minn., train on the Chicago North Western line were hospitalized after it was derailed near Wascott, Wis., yesterday. The washout was blamed on a break in a dam in the Totogatic river, whose waters tumble beneath these cars. A wrecking crane is in background. The locomotive and six of the train's nine cars were derailed. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) The Alsops Politics Happy in Bus! mess By Joseph AIsop Washington the vast panorama of world events, it may seem a rather trivial matter -that the alien property custodian is ne- gotiating with Swiss interests for a final disposition of the General Aniline and Film Corporation. The Chicago Boyf 75, Re-enacts Hanging Of Young Neighbor Snyder Opens Crisis Talks In London Confers With British on Dollar Shortage By Edward Curtis .London TJ. S. Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snyder met the chiefs of Britain's labor gov- ernment today and talked over the United Kingdom's dollar Crisis, Snyder arrived at 10 Downing street shortly after 10 a.m. to see Prime Minister Attlee.. Also present were trie top plan- ners of Britain's economy. They included Chancellor of the Exche- quer Sir Stafford Cripps, Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, Harold Wilson, president of the Board of Trade, and Philip Noel-Baker, sec- retary for commonwealth rela- tions. U. S. Ambassador Lewis W. Douglas also attended, as did Douglas Abbott, finance minister of Canada, another dollar country. Snyder was accompanied by Wil- liam Me Chesney Martin, assistant TJ. S. treasury secretary, and W. Averell Harriman, roving ambas- sador for the European recovery program. After a short meeting at the prime minister's residence, Snyd- er, Cripps and Abbott, accompa- nied by their financial experts, moved to the treasury building. I Causes Studied There in a high-ceilinged com- mittee room they began a study of the causes and possible cures! for the sterling area's dollar short- age. Neither Snyder nor Cripps dis- closed the specific points they in- Chicaso -tfft- In a dark and Some 300 persons stood silently dingy basement of a shabby two- flat building headquarters of a boys' "hangmen noose club" a 15- year-old boy last night re-enacted Lhe hanging of a three-year-old neighbor boy. The boy, Robert Munday, showed no apparent concern as he negotiations are necessary, be-j demonstrated to police the hang- cause the Swiss compnay, I. G. ling of Thomas Chemic, claims to own most of General Aniline. But Alien proper- ty Custodian David Bazelon asserts that General Aniline was in fact German-owned, and therefore fair- ly seized by the U. S. in war time. If and when a settlement is made. General Aniline will be sold to private purchasers by the alien property custodian. Victor Eman- ucl, the financier who fancies poli- ticians almost equally with race horses, is mentioned as a likely (Whitey) Laux. Keenan Named Top Investigator In B-36 Inquiry Washington in- outside the two-story frame build- ing in the south side. stockyards district, Munday, the leader of the "hang- men noose said the death of the little, white-haired Laux boy Wednesday night was accidental. He gave police two versions of the death in the hasement of his home. Earlier, his brother, Charles, 13, told police he strangled and hanged Tommy and stuffed his body into a sack where it was found yesterday morning. Later he retracted his admission and said he told the story because he was 'nervous and afraid." Chief of Detectives Timothy 0' Connor later said Charles' story "does not stand up." Both boys were held without charge in the juvenile dentention home.' State's Attorney John S. Boyle said they, will be questioned further today. At last night's re-enactment of the hanging for police and state's old newsmen in Paris he planned, to discuss with the British chancellor "basic policies of the recovery program" that wiii help make world trade freer. The British treasury chief pre- sumably will tell his American counter-part as much as he can about plans for future buying of such American products cotton, tobacco, gasoline and items that Britain imports from America. Part of Needle Removed From Child's Heart Los Angeles Five- raonth-old Dickie Morse had a removed a five-eighths inch fragment of a sewing needle from his heart. The delicate operation, the first of its type on record at Children's hospital here, was performed last week. And yes- terday, six days later, little Dickie sat up perkily for photo- graphers The needle was imbedded in the muscle of the heart with only one thirty-second of an inch protruding. Surgeons worked for 90 minutes before removing the needle with for- ceps after making a five-inch incision in the baby's back. Doctors theorized that, Rich- of Policeman and Mrs. Billie D. Morse of San Diego, rolled on the needle in his crib, breaking it and pushing it into his skin just below the breast bone. His mother said he had been ail- ing for about two months. The broken needle apparently worked its way through the heart sac and into the muscle. Dickie, now a husky 14 pounds, is scheduled to go home this weekend. Part of Nation Gets Relief From Long Hot Spell By The Associated Press There was some relief in parts of the nation's heat belt today but there's still lots of hot weather around and more coming Thundershowess ajSanadian breezes helpedcool off some' of the hot spots in the eastern states and the Great Lakes region. But the hot and humid weather of the last week persisted from the Rockies southward into Texas. There were no 90-degree 'read- ings yesterday over the eastern areas. Rain fell in some sections. But there was not enough rain in the northeastern states to break Clearance of Slums, Farm Aids Included Public Housing Units Part of Plan A Relaxed Alger Hiss leaves federal court at New York city last night after the jury which is trying to decide whether or not he lied when he said he did not betray his country announced it could not reach an immediate verdict. The jury recessed at noon (E.S.T.) today without reaching a verdict after eight hours of deliberations. They resumed discussion at (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Cripps already has announced seven week old drought. Farm three-months "standstill" of all but crops have suffered millions of dol- (Continued on Page 7, Column 4.) SNYDER Fairmont to Open Grade School Bids lars damage from the long dry spell. The mercury hit into the 90's in Montana, the Dakotas, Iowa, Minne- sota, Nebraska, Ohio and Oklahoma. It was about 100 in parts of Texas, buyer. Another claimant is the Vestigati0n of the B-36 bomber officials, Robert admit- Remmgton Rand Corporation, I Since the company made the slowly today wlth million net last year, it is worth a couple of lawyers at the con- having. ALL THESE FACTS might bet- point. The history of General Ani- line, since it was taken over by the U. S. government after Pear Harbor as a concealed asset of I. G. Farben, has been a strategi- cally political history. In the be- ginning, it was a main prize in the embittered contest for control of enemy assets between former Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau Jr., and former cign Economic Administrator Crowley. Morgenthau had the edge ini- tially, and named General Ani- line's first goverr.mentaUy chosen president and board of directors. The Morftentlmu epoch in General Aniline did not last long, however. In 1942. Crowley got what he want- ed, and was named alien property custodian with full authority. Al- most immediately the Morgenthau named president of General Ani- line. Robert E. McConnell, and all the Morgenthau-named directors, were tossed into the discard. They were replaced by a new group with what can only be call- (Continued on Page 6, Column ALSOP Iowa Flier's Body Recovered From Lake Waukegan, boy re- covered from Lake Michigan has been tentatively identified as that of Jack Russell, missing Hom- boldt, Iowa flier. Russell and his wife, Marilyn, both 22, dissappeared May 1 after taking off frim Chicago's Melg's airport on the lake front for Hum- boldt. The body was washed ashore near Fort Sheridan. HI., about 35 miles north of the Meig's field. Coroner Garfield Leaf of Lake county said it was discovered by a group of children. Neither the plane nor Mrs. Rus- sel's body has been found despite an extensive search shortly after the couple disappeared. A wheel of a plane believed to be the Rus- sels' was found along the lake shore. trols. It isn't expected to hit cruising speed until late this month. Chairman Vinson (D-Ga.) of the House armed services committee, land associate counsels for the probe yesterday. The top job went to Joseph B. Keenan, one of the government's ace crime busters during the 1930's and chief Allied prosecutor for the Japanese war crimes trials in Tok- ted he put the noose around "Whitey's" neck as he prepared to initiate him into the club as a mascot. The rope was tied to a rafter. Then, said Robert, he left the basement to get a hammer. with the rope around his neck was standing on a couch. The youngster was quoted fay pol- ice as saying: "I told him to wait a minute, that I had to go upstairs for a hammer. I was gone maybe 15 minutes and when I came back I found that Whitey had slipped off. the couch and was kicking. Working with him will be James I "I unfastened him and began rub- M. Gillin of Bangor, Maine, a Re-jbing his neck, and then I took him publican upstairs and threw water on him. Each will be paid at the rate of After a while, he didn't move and a year, Vinson said, and (Continued of Page 9, Column 7.) they will go to work at once. Public hearings are scheduled to start July 26. Fairmont, The school board, for the Fairmont dis- trict will advertise July 21 for bids on construction of two grade schools. The cost is estimated at Bids, will be opened Aug- ust 24, The plans are being re- vised to eliminate reference substitute materials which were-'al-; lowed under specifications drawn at the time the citizens 'approved the expenditure tljjjf years ago. WEATHER FEDERAL FOEECAST Winona and vicinity: Mostly cloudy, little change in tempera- ture tonight 'and Saturday; low to- night 69, high Saturday 85. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours.ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 91; minimum, 73; noon, 84; precipitation, trace; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow jat (Additional Weather on Page 9.) E Bond Purchases At Postwar High By Charles Molony American people bought more of the govern- ment's series E bonds during trie first half of this year than similar period since the war. Purchases of these bonds totaled for the six months that ended June 30. This topped 1948's previous postwar record by two and one-half per cent, treasury of- ficials said today. At the same time that they were saving more in E bonds, people were spending less in department stores. The dollar volume of department store sales across the country was shown in a federal reserve board report for the first half of 1949 to have fallen four per cent uncer the first half of last year. Lower got some cooling off, too, as showers brought temporary relief. Yesterday's high was 85. Thundershowers fell over widely scattered parts of the country. No rain was forecast for New York, which has not'had a heavy general rainfall for 43 days. Yesterday's highest temperature was 107 at Yuma, Ariz. The Weather bureau said the country's lowest reading was 60 at Eureka, Calif., and' Duluth, Minn. Pennsylvania .Mine Workers Stay Home Pittsburgh Start-to-work Robert Munday, right, 15-year-old pupil at a Chicago school for retarded children, has confessed he killed three-year-old Thomas Laux, son of a neighbor, by hanging him to a basement rafter while initiating the child into the juvenile "Hangman's Club." The child's body was found stuffed into a canvas sack in the basement of the apartment building where both Jived. Robert's confession came sev- eral hours after his brother, Charles, 13, confessed before .the slain child's father, left photo, that he had committed the crime. Charles later admitted he was attempting to shield Robert. vania soft coal mines nobody showed up at the pits. Obey John L. Lewis'' order to work only three days a week dur ing'current contract negotiations miners stayed at home. They worked Wednesday and Thursday, After this week they are heeding the United Mine Worker president's edict to work Monday, Tuesday and then stop. Coal operators over the nation had said they would post work or- ders for a normal work week de- spite the Lewis order. They contend the three-day a week order prob- ably is illegal on the grounds it restrains trade. Drivers Get Wisconsin Penalties Madison, Wis., Drivers' licenses of persons were for- feited for varying periods during the first six months this year, the state motor vehicle department re- ported today. Of the total, were convicted of serious traffic violations and lost driving privi- leges for one year. Mayor of Willmar Has Heart Attack Willmar, Minn., Mayor B. J. Branton, who suffered an attack of heart disease last night, was reported in fair condition today. He was under treatment at Rice hospital. Dr. Branton, who is 65, was stricken while at his summer cated to be home at Eagle lake. 'while drunk. Washington Congress to- day completed action on multi- billion dollar long range housing legislation and sent it to President Truman. The Senate shouted approval of the compromise measure shortly after the House okayed it by a voice vote. That gave Mr. Truman the first major victory for the far-flung do- mestic program he calls the "fair deal." But housing: was about the easiest on his program. On this issue he had with him Senator Taft (R.- Ohio) who has been the administra- tion's arch-foe on some other meas- iures, particularly labor legislation. iTaft got a similar housing bill 'through the Senate in the Repub- lican 80th Congress but the House refused to pass it. The legislation sent Mr. Tru- man provides for a vast slum clear- ance program and sets up funds for farm housing aids. It also provides for public housing units. There was no debate in the Senate and only a brief flurry in the House. Senate Democratic Leader Lucas told newsmen soon as the House acted, the Atlantic pact "was put aside temporarily" to toss the housing measure to the White House. Then the Senate resumed its debate on the treaty. Previously, congressional leaders had hoped to complete action yesterday but other things interfered. Meanwhile, Chairman Spencs (D.-Ky.) of the House banking com- mittee, introduced a stood to have adjninistration back- enlarge' federal help for construction of privately owned homes. Spence said his committee will open hearings on tile bill Monday. The big housing measure, ready for final action today, is a com- promise, trimmed-down version of what Mr. Truman requested. But it' still calls for construction of publicly-owned dwellings in six years, with annual federal rent subsidies running up to a year for the low-income families who will occupy them. Mr. Truman asked for construc- tion of local housing seven years, with the rent subsidies up to annually. Farmers Don't Cause Slumps, Economist Says St. don't cause de- pressio'ns and shouldn't have to take :he full brunt should one occur, _a University of Minnesota agricultural economist told 70 administrators and educators at University Farm Thursday. "There is considerable justifica- tion for protecting farmers during depression Dr. O. B. Jes- ness, chief of the university's divi- sion of agricultural economics, told the group at their economics work- shop evening meeting. Jesness pointed out that present farm price support system plan- ners have two courses to choose be- tween in helping farmers. They can assure farmers a given share of the nation's income and thus 'try to keep them in clover" at a wartime market level indefinitely, or a system protecting farmers against disastrous depressions can >e set up. Farmers actually help the econ- omy during depression periods by continuing to produce, rather than 'curtailing production and thus mak- Madison, Wis.-OfV-Charges that he was "roughed up" by three ing the situation worse, he added. Madison policemen as he returned from a night club were filed yesterday continuous price supports by Assemblyman Mark Catlin, Jr., Appleton Republican, to be maintained, the nation happened Capitol square, Catlin asserted, when he stop-jmust Prepared to linut produc- ped his car to avoid hitting a policeman at a, m. yesterday. tion and the amount of Produce sold He said ihe policeman took his-------------------------------------------b? farmers- he told the license and ordered him out of the car. Catlin refused. Then, he said, a squad car arrived and three po- licemen dragged him out. During this tussle, the lawmak- er said, his face was' scratched and blood marked his shirt. He Lucky Luciano Exiled to Small Sicilian Village Rome Charles "Lucky" hitting 101 at Abilene and Amarillojprices were a considerable f actor j Luciano, onetime New York vice and 100 at Houston. Milwaukee wasjjn the decline. Iking, will be "exiled" to a vil- in line for some of the cool airj Treasury-Federal Reserve lage in Sicily "because his pres- and the day's high was 72. Chicago confirmed Commerce de- partment findings that, although their income shrank somewhat in 1949, Americans saved more than they had when they were taking in a larger total. Furthermore, Treasury offi- cials said, people liung on to their savings more tenaciously in the first half of 1949. Cash-ins of E bonds, totaling for the first six months of this year, dropped a solid lOte per cent under the rec- ord for the first half of 1948. For June alone, when depart- ment store sales slumped 8.4 per cent off last year's in part to the heat wave over much of the bond pur- chases were up 5 per cent over whistles blew at western Pennsyl- June, 1948, and cash-ins were down per cent. Treasury officials said the bond set for the six-week "opportunity drive" that ended June 30, but figures for that period alone were riot available. ence in Rome is a crime Italian authorities announced to- day. The 51-year-old Sicilian was picked up yesterday in his fashion- able Rome apartment. He was questioned in connection with an international drive on drug traffic, but "no evidence was found against police said. Nevertheless, they said, he will be sent to the tiny village of Lereara Friddi, near Palermo. The village was his home once before. When Luciano was deported from the United States in 1947 and arrived here, he was restricted to Sicily. Later, however, he was per' mitted to circulate freely. Luciano was questioned for hours yesterday in a Rome jail about possible links with an inter- national drug ring. The ring was uncovered June 25 with the arrest sales had surpassed the goal of at Rome airport- of a man identi- fied as Charles Vincent Trupia of New York. Police said Trupia was carrying about 20 pounds of1 co- caine, valued at Wisconsin Assemblyman 'Roughed Up' fey Police said the officers then "Jostled" him to the squad car. When he asked whether he might ask a question, the answer was a blow to the back of the head, Catlin claimed. He added he believed he was hit by a hand. Police Lieutenant Richard H. Rossmaessler said the officers told him they "used the amount of force necessary to get him to co-operate." Police Chief Bruce Weatherly said Catlin was released because Rossmaessler decided the assem- blyman was not suffiently intoxi- cated to be charged with driving introduced after William T. Evjue, editor of the Capital times at Mad- from Texas. Rossmaessler said Catlin refused to take a breath test for intoxi- cation, but walked a straight line, picked up a coin from the floor and placed his finger on his nose, in response to police instructions. Catlin told newsmen He had had five drinks. The assemblyman declared he had been told several times that ain has secretly agreed to buy nearly "Madison police are out to get me." Policemen of lower rank re- Russia sent his advocacy of a bill per mitting Wisconsin cities to hire out -of-state residents as chiefs of pol- ice, Catlin said. Britain Agrees To Buy Russ Grain London Dollar-short Brit- official sources disclosed today. The informants added that part of a barter deal agreement was initialled in private in Moscow last few days before Present law requires a year's economic planners announced a state residence before appoint- three-month standstill on dollar ment. The Catlin-backed bill was spending. Talks for a one-year British- Russian trade pact have been going ison, challenged the appointment On for some time. The grain deal of Chief Weatherly, who came would form part of that year-long pact.