Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 22, 1947, Winona, Minnesota
w EATHER mrliy cloudy wnrmitr tontfhtl Full Leased Wire Newt Report of The Associated Press Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations 103 DAYS VOLUME 47. NO. 131 WINONA, MINNESOTA. TUESDAY EVENING, JULY 22. 1947 FIVE CENTS PER COPY SIXTEEN PAGES River of Fire at Minot Four Dead in Blast, 3 Hurt; Flames Seen for 50 Miles nts in U.S. All Spies, Congress Told 00 Equipment Dutch Marine Forces Land In East Java and Sumatra The Charred Ruins of the Westland Oil Company filling station at Mlnot, N. D., with the Bridge- man Russell creamery in the background is shown above. Mlnot, N. Nelson, Minot fireman, died in a hospital here this morning bringing to four the number'of'deaths growing out of fires set off Monday by an explo- sion at a gasoline service station and bulk plant. Fires were still burning this morn- ing and no estimate of the damage figure had been made. 'Dr. P. E. Wheelon, Ward County coroner, said that the question of an Inquest into one or more of the deaths will depend on the outcome of any investigation by States At- torney Joseph J. Funke. Cause of the original blast, which was followed by several others, re- mains officially unexplained.- However, Mrs, M. L. Bueehler of rural Sawyer told police that as sho left the Mandan Creamery House Republicans to be given b the party's state committee nt Co lumbus July 31, This Is looked upon in some quar ters as the start ot a Tatt-for-Pres ident campaign Inasmuch us a n'a tlonal radio hookup will bo provided In fact, most Ohio politicians ex pect the state committee to en dorse Taft formally as the state favorite son a week or so later, wltr Senator Brlckcr simultaneously bow ing out of the race In favor of hi senior colleague. But Taft told a reporter, wlthou forecasting ar.y action the state committee might take, that h doesn't want to make any persona decision until he has gone West In September after an August vacation in Canada. Thus far the Ohio senator has three definite speaking dntes on the Paciflc coast. He said he had re- ceived "numerous Invitations" for talks and may accept engagements in Idaho. Wyoming, Nebraska and other states. His trip thus would parallel, In part, the western vacation excur- sion of Governor Thomas E. Dcwcy or New York, another political O.O.P. presidential nominee. While Dewey has maintained that his trip was "nonpolttlcal" nnd has kept publicly silent on major inter- national and domestic issues, Tail said frankly that he Intends to dls- CUM affairs both at home and abroad as they relate to his work in the Senate. As chairman of the Senate CkO'tP: policy committee charged with steering party action on legislation, Tourists reported seeing the smoke and flame from as far as 50 miles away and airmen saw the smoke from Bismarck, more than 100 miles away.. Ray R. Burchul, manager of the Westland plant, had no comment on possible cause of the holocaust. Corn Crop Shows Gain Since July 1 order- to be- ready when and if President Truman signs the bill per- mitting veterans to cash their ter- minal leave bonds Is drafting reg- ulations to let banksydo the Job. Under the plan the nation's banks would cash the. bonds in 'the Washington ture department, in Taft apparently Intends to base his port, today forecast this expected bid for the nomination weather-plagued corn crop The Agrlcul a special re largely on his congressional record. Besides a large share of respon- sibility for the Taft-Hartley labor act nnd his espousal of the twice- vetoed tax reduction bill, this rec- ord includes co-authorship of such ponding measures as the Taft-El- lendcr-Wagner housing, a federal aid to education bill and legislation calling for state grants for health aid. Potato Price Support Set Washington The Agri- culture department announced yesterday It will support grower prices of late crop potatoes from minimum of to a maxi- mum of 93.25 per hundred to carry out legislation- BMurlng not less than SO cent of parity. Late potatoes are crown in the northern tier of states, in- cluding Wisconsin, from New England and New York .west- ward to northern California. Officials said, however, that because of a prospective short crop thin year, .the department mar not have to carry ont ac- tual-support operations. year at 2, bushels on the basis o July IS conditions. This estimate compares with 2, bushels previously fore cost on the basis of July 1 condl tlons, with last year's record of 3, and with a ten-year (1936-45) average of The prospective reduction from last year was said 'to reflect one of the most adverse planting sea- sons of season of exces- sive rain and floods and coo weather. The government's corn crop goa for the >year is bushels Officials said at least bushels of good quality corn will be needed to maintain 'livestock and poultry production at present levels A lower level of livestock and poultry production, would tend to boost consumer prices providing, of course, demand continued' strong. Children Born to Twins on Same Day New J. Donahue and Joseph Murphy, who married twin sisters and .share a .double house In Brooklyn, can start stringing-up-matching-clothes lines. Their wives gave birth ...to their first children Saturday at a Brook- lyn hospital, attended by the same doctor who' delivered the mothers 33 years ago. "We all did very nicely." said'Dr.l Henry Aronson. I same manner as they handle gov- ernment savings bonds. The meas- ure to permit cashing of more than terminal leave bonds after September 1 cleared Congress Saturday night. In event the legislation is ap- proved, the treasury plans to send the banks tables showing at a glance the amount of Interest due. The bonds carry two and a half per cent interest. Originally the bonds were not to be cashable until five years from the date of a veteran's discharge. But they could be applied as pay- ments on veterans' government life Insurance premiums or cashed im- mediately by survivors when a vet- eran died. Treasury officials said today that, under these provisos, over 000 worth already have been cashed.' Bonds are continuing to be issued at the rate ot a day and checks at the rate of dally. Tlio pending bill extends the time for applying for the bonds from September 1, 1947, to September 1, 1048. Child Lone Survivor 6f Fire; 4 Dead St. ixfois Seven-year-old Donald Dunlap, only surviving ehil of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Dunlap lies in a hospital bed surrounded colorful balloons and bright new playthings and keeps cheerful think ing of the day when "Daddy and are going, Donald's ttym younger sister died in the flames when their farm home near Baletn, Mo., burned a week ago. Mrs. Dunlap was confined to a mental institution after authorities said she admitted starting the fata fire because "It was God's will thai they die." But Donald doesn't know today his father also died from burns re- ceived In the fire. "We haven't had the heart to tell him about his father the boy's grandmother said. Burnquist Rules on Liquor Stamp St. Paul Attorney General J. A. A. Burnquist advised State Treasurer Julius Schmahl today that refunds for liquor stamps pur- chased at the old rate should be made out of the general revenue fund. The 1947. legislature increased the hard liquor tax from a gallon to effective July 1. Schmahl said some persons pur- chased stamps tax at the old rate are returning them for refund and bltylng stamps based on the new rate. I republicans call It a "colonial the- Dutch "local 'police action." Dutch troops, mainly United States-trained marines, were, said to have captured four-east Java coast- al points after going ashore from naval vessels in a large-scale opera- tion yesterday. They were reported to have established bridgeheads along, a SB-mile coastal road be- tween two-of those linggo and Sltoebondo, First reports from Sumatra aaid Dutch troops Jumped off In local actions yesterday at three towns on that big island northwest of in the north, Falem- bang in the southeast and Padang In the had completed the Padang operation without cas- ualties. 1 Under Way On Java itself, most populous! aland .of the East Indies, news mlletlns and communiques from both sides Indicated that at least seven Dutch operations were tinder way in what observers interpreted ,s an attempt to pinch off the republic into isolated segments for final cleanup. These operations were: In west- rn Java, drives south from Buiten- zorg, east from Bandoeng and west ram Bandoeng; in central Java, Youth Caught In Des Moines Admits Killing movement south from Semarang, nd, in eastern Java, a push south rom Soerabaja, a movement In- and from Probolmggo and a stand t last to pre- sent any republican flight eastward the island of Bali. A Dutch army communique this fter, while withholding geograph- al details, said that "all objectives or the first 24 hours were reached and at many points our troops ven advanced much further." The onununlque reported resistance ss than expected. It listed Dutch Continued on Pace 14, Column 4) DUTCH 'general, persons holding a position- In nection with economic affairs mr- (Continued on Page 14, RUSSIA 4) Weather FEDERAL FORECASTS Wlnona and vicinity Partly cloudy and warmer tonight; low 62. Increasing cloudiness Wednes- day with local showers in the aft- ernoon or at night; high 80. Minnesota: Partly cloudy with scattered showers In extreme north- west tonight and in northwest and extreme north portions Wednesday. Warmer. Wisconsin: fait and warmer-to- night, except little change in tem- perature southeast. Partly cloudy and warmer Wednesday. LOCAL WEATHER Official observation for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 71; minimum. 46; noon. 71; precipitation, none; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow at TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE Max. Mln. Pet. Chicago Denver Des Moines Duluth Kansas City Los Angeles Miami 85 Mpls.-St. Paul.....69 New Orleans i......93 Lincoln, Neb. Lancaster New York .........80 Wlrephoco to Republican-Herald George Thomas Lee 68 84 74 68 77 81 County Attorney Frederick Wagener sold George Thomas Lee admitted in a dictated statement today the mutilation slaying of eight-year-old Charles Mulholland. Wagener said the 18-year-old Oconto, Wis., youth related he choked the boy at about 10 a. m. July 14 and then wrapped a neck- tie around the boy's neck three times before leaving the scene. Seattle ............78 76 104 Washington Phoenix 4B 56 51 53 58 61 77 49 72 68 54 64 80 .91 -I! Air Crash in Argentina to Be Investigated Buenos Aires The Argen- ;lne. air force today launched an Investigation of the costliest acci- dent in.its wreck of a >rand-new Douglas transport that killed 17 persons and Injured 18 yesterday. The plane, attempting a takeoff rom El Falomar air base! 20 miles rom Buenos Aires, failed to. rise rom its runway, crashed across a allroad and burned at the edge of Argentina's military academy. It ripped through a crowd of spec- ators watching from the railroad. Of the dead, three were specta- ors, five civilian employes of the tir ministry and nine air force en- sted men and noncommissioned of- leers. Of the> injured, seven were on- Authorities Split on Boy's Story He Killed Two Babies Massillon, Mrs. Roger Que of Navarre, mother of the six- year-old boy reported by Police Chief Stanley W. Switter to have admitted the accidental killing of two babies in City hospital last month, said today her son again had changed his story, and. that she did not now .believe her son dropped the infants. Mrs. Oue said the boy reverted last night in questioning by his parents to his original story, told authorities earlier this month, of seeing a big boy In a white coat enter the nursery. "If Roger continues to stick to his original story of seeing trip boy In the white coat enter the nursery, we plan to call Prosecutor. D. D. McLaughlln to inform him of the child's change of she said. She added she did not believe the boy's story, released by the Massillon police chief yesterday, of dropping the. babies accidentally while playing nurse. To Police Chief Stanley W. Swlt- ookcrs and five were occupants oflter, the 47-day-old mystery "cer- the plane, including the pilot, whojitjOnly" was. solved after little Roger: .thrown clear. I Quo told him yesterday ha was playing with the infants In a ward and accidentally let them fall, Roger was a patient at the hos- pital at the time with a broken right arm encased in a cast. But Stark County Prosecutor D. Dean McLaughlin declared: "Our investigation continues. The con- fession reported by two newspaper reporters does not close the case for us. "I talked with Mr. and Mrs. (Ro- ger) Oue in their Navarre (Ohio) home. Both expressed doubt that Roger was telling the truth." (Earlier in the day Chief Switter said the child's parents were rea- sonably convinced the story was ac- curate.) The Jean Brand, eight weeks, and Rosemary Morton, ;en found dying in their cribs of fractured skulls June 6. Almost from the start, Chief Switter has believed their deaths accidental and McLaughlin has stuck to a theory of murder. In young due's statement, he ad- been filed here against Lee, who was returned here last night from Des Moines, Iowa, where he was arrested In a Salvation Army hotel The stripped and mutilated body of the Mulholland boy was found in a hayloft hero July 15 about a block from the Salvation Army cita- del where he and his mother, evict- ed from their home, had been staying. Lee had been given cloth- Ing at the citadel. Wagener said Lee related he ob- tained the necktie In Denver and had been carrying It in his pocket. The young transient said the boy EXTENDED FORECAST Minnesota-Wlsconrto Tempera- ture will average near normal west to three degrees below normal east portion. Normal minimum 57 north. to 68 SOUth. Normal Tnqylrmirn 82 north to 81 south. Warming trends through Friday except little First degree murder charges have change northern Minnesota Thurs- was; with him when he was given a change of clothing at the Salva- tion Army citadel .and then fol- lowed him to the barn where Lee Dam day. Precipitation will average around one-third inch quite irregu- larly distributed occurring as scat- tered showers northern Minnesota Wednesday and rather generally Thursday and Friday. Some scat- tered showers in extreme south Sat- urday or Sunday. RIVER BULLETIN Flood Stage 24-Hr. Stage Today Red wing Lake City Reads Dam 4. T.W. Dam 5. T.W. Dam 5A, T.W. 14 Dam 6, Pool Dam 6. T.W. mltted playing with the babies and said there was no one in the room at the time. changed clothing, according to the county attorney. Lee said he grabbed the boy from jehlnd and choked him and at- tacked him afterward, Wagener said. Police Chief Joseph Carroll had said shortly after discovery of the body under a piece ot tin that the boy had been "criminally attacked." Joan Davis Vacationing at International Falls International Falls. Joan Davis, the screen and radio actress, arrived here Monday for a brief vacation with her parents. Mr. and 12 12 3.8 7.1 33 4.8 2.4 S.I 8.9 4.4 9.3 2.4 4.8 .4 .2 L3 Mrs. Lerby Davis, St. Paul, who bad driven to Lake Kabetogama viler. Dam 7, T.W. La Crosse Tributary Streams Chlppewa at Durand 1.5 Zumbro at Thcllman 2.4 .4 Buffalo above Alma 1. 2.O Trempealeau at Dodge 0.6 Black at Nclllsville 2.5 Black at Galesville 2.2 La Crosse at W. Salem 1.7 Root at Houston ----62 J. RIVER FORECAST (From to Gnttenberg) The river will fall the next hours at most tailwatcr gauges, greater fall occurring at the Genoa dam and holding nearly stationary from leau. Fountain City to Trempea- Only a slight further will occur at La crosae.