Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1947, Winona, Minnesota
W EATHER Cltirlni lonlfkl. N EWS PICTURES Bert la Local and Wlrephotos Daily Full Leaved Wire News Report of The Associated Press Member of Audit Bureau of Circulations VOLUME 47. NO. 100 WINONA. MINNESOTA. SATURDAY EVENING. JUNE 14. 1947 FIVE CENTS PER COPY FOURTEEN PAGES Wreckage of Plane Carrying 50 Found the Des New Floods Threaten Ottumwa Hundreds of Iowa Families Forced From Homes DM MolnM The flood spot- light swung again today to Ottum- wa and the lower DCS Moines river valley as residents rushed final preparations to meet new flood crests only slightly less severe than those which ravaged the valley last week, making thousands homeless Meanwhile, cities on the lower Iowa river and the Cedar river, eastern Iowa tributaries of the Mis- sissippi. also braced to fight off new flood waters. Several hundred fam- ilies in many communities hove been forced from their homes. A snail army of volunteer work- ers, national guardsmen, navy and coast gmrd personnel worked fever- ishly setting up temporary sandbag dikes in Ottumwa. scene of most disastrous flood in the Moines river history. The Weather bureau reported the city of could expect a crest of about 20-20.5 feet Sunday noon. This would be below last week's rec- ord 20.24 but still well above flood stage. DlkM Built Ottumwa flood director Herahel Loveless nald he did not hope to keep the lloodwatcrs from the city, but that dikes were being built "In hopet that we con cut down the current that proved so disastrous lust week." E. N, Mcllrath. state Red Cross public relations officer, said the Red Cross was housing 460 persons at Ottumwa in three shelters, and had served meals yesterday. In southwest Iowa, hard hit by flood waters of the NIshnobotna and Nodaway rlvors, the flood crests appeared to have passed at Red Oak, the Nlshnnbotna drove 100 to 150 families from their homes yesterday, and at Shenandoah, a record crest on the 'Nod- away was recorded. C. O. Tucker, government weather observer at Burlington. lown, pre- dicted that by the end of next week a 100-mllo stretch of the Mississippi river from Keokuk, Iowa, to Louisi- ana. Mo., would experience Its great- est flood In history. Kail Service Cut The Nlshnabotna river brought roost disastrous flood In history to Hamburg, in the extreme south- west Iowa. All rail service was dis- rupted and all highways except highway 275 under water after a dike broke lost night. The river appeared to have ranched a crest of 20.35 feet at Wa- terloo, Iowa 4n the northeast, last i-lgnt, but about a foot more of wa- ter was expected from the northern part of the river. City oJIclala said 300 persons had been evacu- ated from their homes. Some 243 persons were taken to Red Cross shelters. Iowa river, which earlier had flooded Marshalltown, was expected to reach a 17-foot crest at Iowa City. Sandbag dikes have been set up around several University of Iowa buildings, the university high school and the heating plant, and the city power plant. Swollen waters of the Missouri river reached their highest level In history at Rulo. Neb., today as thousands of additional farmland acres went under water. Farm land was covered with wa- ter as far as the eye could see. There are no population centers in the inundated area nnd farmers had evacuated as much of their livestock as they could, but crop and farm porpcrty damage was great. The Missouri reached 20.DO feet At B a. m. and still was rising slow- ly. Before the current flood the record Itvel was 20.50. set In 1944. Over the rest of Nebraska tribu- taries were In moxt part receding. Lowland residents of Grand Forks. N. D., toddy prepared for the second exodus this year as the Red river apaln approached flood stage, after having reached a 20- yewr high of 40.7 rcct on April 21. .Flood stage is 28 lect and this morning the official rending showed 27.36 at 9 ft. m., a rise of 12 inches In ten hours. The river still was ris- ing, but city officials do not expect any serious trouble Except in the lowest places'in the residential dis- tricts. Kirk Brown, 33-year-old actress and model, tells her side of the story at Patrolman Brian McDerrnott after her arrest at New York last night on a disorderly conduct charge. The complaint was dismissed today after she apologized to Betty Bunetta of Passiac. N J for it hair-pulling match during the Charley Pusarl-Tony Pel- lone fight at Madison Square garden. Patrolman Mcpcrmott said Miss Bunctta's cheers for Fusarl, who was outpointed by Pellone, the favorite of MlM Brown's party, led to name-calling by Miss Brown nnd a hair-pulling scuffle followed. Wlrephoto to The Repub- lican-Herald.) ._____ President Refuses to Hint Action on Tax-Cutting Bill Washington President Truman, back from his good will trip to Canada, kept mum today on whether he will slap the widely predicted veto on a bill to cut Income taxes a year. Nagy Doubtful of U.N. Power to Help Hungary Shannon, Eire Ferenc Nagy, the exiled former premier of Hungary, expressed doubt today that his country's troubles were a matter for the United Nations but said he hoped that "all the great democratic powers" to Hungary's aid. told reporters that come He would ho be- Student Pilot in Pennsylvania Dies After Crash Lock Haven, Richard J. McDonough, of Cleveland, a stu- dent pilot, died last night In n hos- pital here or injuries suffered in the crash of his plane In a field about seven miles from hern yester- day. Schacht Removed for Special Questioning Frankfurt. Germany HJal- mar Schacht. former German fi- nance minister, has been removed temporarily from n German Intern- ment center to "undergo'a special interrogation." United States army headquarters said today. "For security reasons, that-is all can an army spokesman added. llcvcd the recent communist coup in Hungary, which resulted In his resignation, was a "direct result of American Intervention in Greece and Turkey" and that the some political crisis "has been reproduced in all the southeastern European countries." Speaking to reporters through an Interpreter shortly before taking off for tho United States In a Pan American airways plane. Nagy said he wanted to present to the American people the "truth of Hungary's case." He arrived here by plane from Switzerland, where he was vaca- tioning when communist pressure forced his resignation. Publicity in U. S. Nagy said he doubted that Hun- gary's troubles were a" matter for the United Nations. "As you he said, "there is little they can do. "But I have my own project- wide publicity In the United States I know that an old European counU-y like Hungary will be given a hccjlng, for I have the truth of Hungary's case. "I hope, In fact, that all the great democratic powers will open their cars and lend assistance. "I have not been invited to the United Nagy continued. "I chose to go there of my own free will." Similar Crises The former premier said Hun- garian developments and similar crises in other Balkan countries were communist counter-moves ngulnnt American aid for Greece nnd Turkey. His words on this subject, trans- lated from hi.s native Charles Levy, an air- port official, were: "Recent events In Hungary have been an example of stimulated crisis and I believe they are the direct result of American Interven- tion In Greece and Turkey. "The same political crisis already has been reproduced In all the southeastern European countries. Communists in all countries are using the same methods. Alt of those troubles are directly related to each other." President of Saxony Dead of Heart Disease Berlin Dr. Rudolph Prlc- drlchs, minister president of the .state of Saxony In the Russian occu- pation zone of Germany, died in Dresden last night of mcnt. a heart all- Heavy Ten Feet Deep Blue, 28, jumped Into his car during lunt downpour and start- ed to drive out of a parking lot on Belle IMe. inland recreational park. Water rose quickly around his auto and the windshield wiper totally Ineffective. "Wont rain I ever nald Blue he f ot out of the car to Investigate. lie discovered ho had driven ten feet into one of Belle lagoons. He gave no inkling either of his intentions toward the less im- mediate problem of .the Toft-Hart- ley labor bill, on which he Is known to have received conflicting advice from his counselors. Republican leaders in the House were so confident Mr. Truman will reject the tax has un- til Monday midnight to they went ahead with plans for a vote Tuesday on a motion to over- ride. This would be followed by a similar attempt a day later In the Senate, where chances for success are considered poor. Meftiage to The White House announced to- day that President Truman_wlll act "sometime Monday" on the tax reduction bill, He will send a message to Con- gress, a secretary sold, rsgardless of whether he vctos or signs the measure. Eben Ayers, assistant press secre- tary, told reporters about the Pres- ident's plans to acnd a message but was mum as to what it will say, Ayers said communications re- ceived by the White House on the labor bill, on which the President must act by June 20, have- now exceeded the mark. There are letters, cards, and telegrams. 'A vast majority of these urge a Ayers added. As for his decision on the labor bill, which he must approve, reject or permit to become law without his signature by Friday midnight, tnost members of Congress professed to be In the dark. As the chief executive returned to the capital, the big debate over the controversial bills had reached the boiling point.- Taft Talk Chairman Robert Taft (Ohio) of the Senate Republican policy com- mittee took to the air to declare there Is "no sound reason" why Mr. Truman should veto the tax bill. "The New Dealers in the admin- Taft asserted, "don't want to reduce taxes because they figure that, if less money is col- lected from the people, In the long run the New Dealers will have less money to spend." The bill would slash Income taxes 10.3 to 30 per cent In various brackets. Meanwhile Chairman Pred Hart- ley (R.-N. J.) of the House labor committee, co-author of the labor bill, said In another broadcast that John L, Lewis "Is going to call the United Mine Workers on strike- make no mistake about Unless the labor bill becomes law. Hartley said, the government "will be powerless to deal with Mr. Lewis." Wholesale Price Index Advances New York The Associated Press weighted index of 35 whole- sale commodities sold in spot mar- kets advanced Friday to 175.40 from 172.80 a week earlier, the second wcek-to-week gain in a row. A year ago, the Index, which is based on 1926 as 100, stood at 120.64. Advances were recorded for cattle, hogs, lambs, corn, butter, coffee, co- coa, eggs, cotton, wool, cotton cloth, steel scrap and cement. Lower prices were posted for rub- ber, turpentine, flour, lard, wheat, oats and rye. Poor Crop Prospects Cut Denmark Imports crop prospects caused Denmark to an- nounce today new restrictions on Imports and an intensified program of Industrial exports. Because of a long winter and dry spring, the export of agricultural products in expected to decline by about crowns, and the na- tion may have to import cereals, an official statement said. Bipartisan Study of Relief Asked Vandenberg Advises Long-Range Inquiry Into European Aid By Jack Bell Arthur Vandenberg (R.-Mich.) served friendly notice on the administra- tion today that the time has come for Republican and .Democratic leaders to size up together the long- range Job of setting the world's economy to rights. The United States, he said, can- not go on trying to meet "unantici- pated crises" one by one. The chairman of the foreign rela- tions committee said there should be an advisory council on top men from both parties to take a balance sheet of the world's needs and the ability-of this country's taxpayers to meet them. Over-All Policy In a statement beamed for con- sumption abroad as well as at home, Vandenberg last night cautioned "our foreign friends" not to "de- pend upon us as a substitute for depending upon themselves." nded "a sound over-all _______ Jl our own resources to determine the latitude within which we may consider these foreign "If America ever sags." he said, 'the world's hopes sag with her." His proposal won prompt support from both leading Democrats and Republicans in Congress, although chairman Robert Toft (Ohio) of the Senate Republican policy com- mittee was, perhaps significantly. silent. Taft Refuses Comment Declining comment on the Van- denberg statement, Taft told re- porters that the Senate-House eco- nomic committee which he heads plans to make Its own full-scale In- quiry into the effect of possible foreign aid programs on the do- mestic economy. "We want to find out the effect on taxes, production and'prices of those proposed programs to re- habilitate foreign he said. "Wo expect to get some expert tes- timony on the amount of money likely to be involved as well as the volume of goods which might be shipped abroad." Taft, who recently clashed-verbal- ly with President Truman over thoj effect of foreign aid programs on domestic prices, said the commit- tee will begin Its general hearings June 23. Vandenberg's look-before-we leap admonition won the support of Chairman Styles Bridges (R.-N, H.) of the Senate appropriations com- mittee, which -must approve foreign aid expenditures. "I think it's on excellent the New Hampshire seniator told a reporter. "I hope the adminlstra- Truman Signs Four Treaties Washington President Trnman today signed1 the In- strument of ratification of the Italian peace, treaty and said It marks "the beginning of a new era for Italy to which the Ita- lian people can look with hope and confidence." Mr. Trnman also signed the treaties with Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.' The Senate rail- fled all four Instruments several. days ago. Great Britain and France also have ratified, leaving Soviet Russia the only nation of the necessary big four signatories to act. Anti-Communist League Seeks to Bar Wallace Talk American Anti-Communist league headed by Representative Alvin E. O'Konskl (R.-Wls.) asked the federal, district court yesterday to bar former Vice- President Henry Wallace from using the Watergate amphitheater for a speech Monday night. The league brought Its the form of a request for a restrain- ing Secretary of the Interior J. A. Kriig, whose depart- ment has jurisdiction over the out- door theater. George Perkins, executive secre- tary of the organization, said that arguments on the motion will be heard In the district court Monday. O'Konskl told reporters he suc- ceeded George Earle, former gov-- ernor' of Pennsylvania, to the league's presidency. .O'Konskl said the association has approximately members, and its principal chapters are in Los Angeles. Seattle and New York. He said the membership is made up of businessmen, most of them Insurance agents, and that, Its vice- president Is Frank Strunk of Wash- ington, general agent of the Co- lumbia Life Insurance-Company--... The motion said that the South- ern Conference for Human Welfare, the organization sponsoring .Wal- lace's scheduled speech, has been listed in a report to the House com- mittee on un-American activities, as among communist and commu- nist front organizations. U; S. Scientist Worked on New Weapon Engineer Joined British Scientists in New Zealand Cincinnati James Marion Snodgrass, 39-year-old blophyilclst. confirmed today In an Interview he was one of a group of scientist! tha developed a secret Anglo- American weapon he said was awesome in its- effects as the atomic bomb." Reluctant to discuss the: weapon, Snodgrass'said it was not.connect- ed In any way with the atom bomb and was not a biological weapon. He would not comment when Mked whether It was for use against aircraft or sea vessels. Snodgrass gave the only hint as to the nature of .the weapon as he disclosed development of the weap- on started after American forces landed on Tarawa Island In the Pacific 'and turned to a reporter attention." Eagles Hear Ottumwa Man on Disaster Crews The regional director" of the fraternal order of Eagles came to Minneapolis today, for the annual convention .of the Minnesota aerie with more Infor- a reporter. .L uwpc "nation than he expected to have tlon will give this suggestion prompt concerning the organization of dis- aster relief teams. The director, H. U. Mathews of Ottumwa, Iowa, where the Des Molncs river has caused extensive flood damage, explained that the organization's new civic service pro- of disaster relief to Iowa before' the Ottumwa team had been fully or- ganized. He added, however, that the ex- perience gained will be helpful to organizing, training and equipping the unit, and in extending the pro- ject into Minnesota and other states of the region.. The activity will be launched in Minnesota at a Atlanta Artist Held in Wife's Death County Po- lice Chief Neal Ellis said today that Paul Rcfoule, French artist husband of Peggy Refoule, slain Atlanta so- cialite, had been arrested on a sod- omy charge. Ellis said he had ordered the ar- rest of the 35-year-old Refoule after twice submitting him to question- Ing under a lie detector, about the murder of his pretty 31-year-old wife. tabllshcd by -tho order to provide education and care for the-children I did not love my Ellis said the sodomy charge was the outgrowth of admissions made under the lie detector test by a young woman who at one time had of members who died in war service. A total of children already are yUUilg been an art student of Refoule. (certified to receive the help, he said, and said: "You remember there was heavy- loss of Military-Problem The newsmen: asked U the weap- on had anything: to do with the casualties or some military prob- lem encountered on the island and Snodgrass replied: "Could be." Existence of the weapon was dis- closed when Professor T. D. J. Leech of -New Zealand was mentioned in the birthday honors list of King Qeorge VI In London and a. news dispatch reported Dr. Leech as cay- Ing the weapon was an effective alternate to the atomic bomb. Asked about the' weapon as an alternate to the atomic bomb, SnodgrMS said only: "First reports are substantially true but perhaps they arc- exaggerated a little." is chief engineer of the motion picture, sound divi- sion of 1 ho Day ton. Acme Company, a Cincinnati consultant engineer- ing firm, said he Joined, British and New Zealand, scientists in de- velopment of the weapon while he was a civilian attached to tlw; Na- -council. Professor Leech project, he added. British Work He said tho weapon was conceived by the British, and although United States naval were not enthusiastic, the British pressed work, first on an Pacific Margaret Kneppen, 17, St. Paul, was listed as a passenger on the Capital Airline plane which crashed in Virginia. She was on her first flight, a gradu- ation gift from her parents. (A.P. Wlrephoto to The Repub- Shipping Tieup Threatened by Maritime Union By The Associated Fran The nation today faced the pos- sibility of a coast-to-coast strike by 3J.O. unions In the vital maritime ndustry on Monday while other xouble spots In the labor picture ncluded two crippling- transit strikes and .a dispute that has slowed Ford Motor Company production. C.I.O. President Philip Murray that "to all likelihood" flvc 3J.O. unions representing maritime workers would walk out when their contracts expired mid- night Sunday. A federal.conciliator at New York was hopeful a settlement could be reached between the unions and employers. Two of the unions Involved have reached agreements but all have agreed to walk out If the others do not have contracts by the deadline 4meV ,Tho" -National Maritime union it 30 per cent wage hike nnd ,he two other groups which have not yet reached an -agreement are continuance of present con- the tracts. Contract Talks Continue Shipowners' negotiators on island In Zealand. 1943 and later In New Fears of. espionage-resulted In cen- tering the experimentation in'' New Zealand, Snodgrass said, although it had been to- transfer work on the project The U. S.. navy received reports on .the said.. Snodgrass .formerly was ainocl- ated with Oberlln college in Ohio. Before the war. he htr did considerable effect of electrical currents on the human body. Tat. Laud. U. S. Speaking Tour said.today In a New York dispatch that Henry Wallace's speaking .the United States had been a success, and had raised the possibility that tie might run for president as a third party candidate In 1948. The official news agency added that Wallace, regarded here as a good friend of Russia, did not stand much .chance. of receiving the Democratic presidential nomination. Mann Rejects Invitation to German Youth Meeting Frankfurt, Germany The Dana News agency said today that Thomas Mann, German, author who to'llve In the United States, had rejected an Invitation to attend a German youth conference in Munich June 38.. strong to ward Mr people from foreign wrong: PrU, and gloni live in the colors to stand or fall. JTom 'Tho OMI Hotoomb West coast continued contract talks with three unions and indicated they were hopeful of a although union spokesmen spoke dolefully of a shipping tleup. The strike of streetcar operators and bus drivers in St. Louis went nto Its second day. Public trans- portation was Immobilized and more ,han persons felt the ef- fect. 'A.F.L. union employes of the St. Louis Public Service Company left their Jobs when a demand for re.- conslderatlon of a disputed arbltra- Jon wage award was rejected by the company. Transit workers also were out In Oakland, Calif., where 'transporta- tion for 500.000 riders was tied up. However, a truce appeared In sight between A.F.L. unionists in their four-day dispute with a transit Search Pilot Believes All Aboard Dead DC-4 Blue Ridge Mountains Near Washington By The Associated Preu Leesbarr. splattered wreckage of a Capital airlines plane. missing since last night, was located on a mountain top northwest of here today and there appeared no hope that any of the 50 persons aboard had survived. James Franklin, maintenance di- rector for the airlines, sighted the wreckage from a small search plane. "It looks as though it exploded nnd was torn all to pieces." he said. The wings arc imbedded in the mountain. No Seen As for survivors, Franklin said. T don't sec bow there could be any." Rescue parties were making their way through the brushy, rugged country to the scene but it was ex- pected to be hours before they could reach there and return. The ship, flying from Chicago to Washington on a murky, rainswept course, went silent late yesterday after making a routine radio ex- change with a station at Martins- burg. W. Va. As the hours passed without fur- ther word, hundreds of men were enlisted In a night ground scnrch throughout this area on the Vir- ginia-West Virginia border. At daybreak, as these panics still scoured the hills. Franklin took o2 In a light plane from Winchester. Va.. and found the airliner by fol- lowing its normal course. Two Other Cnuhec The big ship was a Jour-engine plane of the type known to commer- cial fliers as a DC-4. Like two other planes which crashed with heavy loss of life In the last 17 days, it was a former army military C-54 converted to civilian use. Forty-two persons died May 29 In the flery crack-up of a similar plans taking off from La Ouardia Field, N .Y. The next day another of the same type crashed near Port Deposit. Md., killing S3. Investigations of both those crash- M still are under way. Some Indi- cations developed that a structural failure Jn the tall assembly caused the Port Deposit disaster and the army and navy ordered their temporarily grounded pending in- spection of this assembly. Aboard the Capital airlines ship were 47 a ten- montb-old a crew of three, pilot, co-pilot and hostess. Among the passengers was Dr. Courtney Smith, for the past two yearn medical director of the Amer- ican Red Cross. Ho was returning to his home in Washington from the Red Cross national convention in Cleveland. Another was David P. Godwin. 55. chief of flre control for the U. S. forest services. Also among the passengers -were honeymoon couple. Dr. and Mrs. (Continued on Pace 12. Column 3.) WRECKAGE company. Ford Strike I In Detroit the Ford Motor Com- pany, which" shut down its body and Inal assembly lines in the face ot an alleged slowdown, indicated It would resume operations' Monday on two assembly lines. The company is Involved in a dta- pute with the Foremen's Association >f America. A strike of 85 workers at De Solo division oC .Chrysler Corporation ended after only one shift, leaving only striking Ford foremen and U.A.W.-C.I.O. employes Of Continental Motors Corporation still Idle in the automobile Indus- Syracuse. N. Y.. C.I.O. try. In electrical workers at the Reming- ton Rand plant quit work yester- day following dismissal of their iresldent from his job. The Idle factory was reported up for sale at an undisclosed price. Last State Guard Unit Muttered Out Albert Lea, Minn. The last company of the Minnesota state guard, the Albert Lea service company, was mustered out of service last night. Colonel Wilbur A. Miller ot the adjutant general's office, conducted the ceremony. Cuban Hands Out Sugar on Good Will Tour Miami, Rod- riiqnex Aconta began his one- man good will tour of the United States east coast today to spread 5.0M sample of Cuban nigar. Aeosta, a Havana cab driver, be U taking hli vacation to further the cause of Cuban-American good nelghbor- and to "propagandise Cu- ban sugar." Aimed with small of sugar, with a little Cuban flat; out of the top of each, Acorta to ride by bus up tha Bart coast to Washington and Now York. 1 Weather FEDERAL FORECASTS For Winona and vicinity: Clear- tog tonight. Sunday generaUy fair; warmer. Low tonight 50; high Sun- day 76. Portly cloudy and somewhat warmer tonight; SuntSay warmer with scattered showers west portion in afternoon. Wisconsin: Generally fnir wuh little change in temperature tonight. Sunday partly cloudy and warmer. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 56; minimum. noon. 58; precipitation, .02; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow "TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE Max. Mln. Pet. Bemidjl ............JJ3 DCS Moines..........'3 Los Angeles........K2 siinneapolis-St. Paul 49 New Orleans....... New Phoenix ...........103 05 RIVER BULLETIN Flood Stage 24-Hr. Stage Today Change 52 fiO 79 .33 C.O 9.3 53 6.4 __ 4- -3 Red Lake City......... Reads 32 Dam 4, T.W....... Dam 5. T.W....... Dam 5A. T.W. 5.9 Winona 13 6.7 _ Dam 6, Pool...... '3 .1 Dam 7, T.W....... 6-5 -f -1 Dakota (C.P.) 8.2 Dam 7, Pool...... 9-6 -1 Dam 7, T.W....... 5.7 .3 La Crossc i- 73 -r 3 Tributary Chippewa at Durand. 5.4 J3 Zumbro at Theilman. 3.6 .8 Buffalo above Alma... 3.1 -f- Trempcaleau at Dodge 3.0 Black at Nclllsvillc 6.7 -4-1.1 La Crosse at W. Salem 4.3 -H2J Root at Houston ......S.8 RIVER FORECAST (From HacUnex to Guucnburei The Mississippi will rise in this district up to the middle or near the end of next week with crests aver- aging IS to 2. feet above present levels, the greater rise occurring southward from Genoa. The lower Wisconsin and Black rivers will rise the next 38 hours but all smaller tributaries -will recede from, near flood levels. r'