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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 24, 1949, Winona, Minnesota PARTLY CLOUDY TONIGHT, SATURDAY ST. PETER HAS A SWIMMING POOL VOLUME 49, NO. 109 WINONA, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 24, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY EIGHTEEN PAGES Man Injured in Blast Atop the Issue, SWIMMING POOL, The boss man Smith he stands; Shiv'ring behind, his buddies, too, Say "BLANK" to voters' demands. Young lowan InW, Held Coplon Shouts omans Death The Alsops By Dwight McCoramck Morrison, young man whom authorities said admitted to his mother he killed and fiendishly mutilated a 22-year-old woman, was held in the Grundy county jail today. Sheriff John A. Meyer said he would question the man, Edward J. (Buddy) Beckwith, 27, of Morrison, and- probably would file a first degree murder charge against him today. The nearly, nude body of Mrs. Irma Jean Stahlhut, mother of a 13-month-old son, was found early yesterday morning by her husband, Harvey, in a large walk-in refrig- erator of the tavern they operated here. Both breasts had been cut off the body, her throat cut from ear to ear and her body cut open "down the the sheriff said. There also were two stab wounds in the heart. One of the breasts, Meyer said, was found in a bloody slip and brassiere tangled around her Red Drive In Far East Perils U.S. py Joseph Alsop crucial debate is now going on within the State de- partment. The issue can be crudely stated as follows: Will the Far Eastern division, having made its mess in China, at last adapt its views and actions to the foreign policy this country has been fol- lowing in the rest of the world for the last four years? The outcome, it may be added, Is still i-j doubt. A symptom, a passing sputter from this debate, was the guarded 'Frame Charge Af Prosecutors Truman Urges End of Postal Political Jobs Congressional Action Asked on Other Matters Tru- man today recommended legisla- ipn aimed at removing postmaster appointments from politics. In a special message to Congress he urged-enactment of a law to authorize the postmaster general to appoint all postmasters subject only to provisions of the civil 'serv- ice and classification acts. This would mean that the time- honored custom of the President appointing first, second .and third class whom there are some be aban- doned. Senate confirmation of the presidential choices likewise would no longer be a part of the routine. The new legislation requested by Mr. Truman is in line with a rec- ommendation of the government re- organization commission headed by Former President Hoover. To put the Post- office department on a more ef- 'icient and businesslike basis, the President urged anew that postal rates be brought in line with in- creased costs of operations. He pre- dicted a deficit for the fiscal year M50 starting July 1, on the basis of current rates, of more than }00.000, Other' recommendations made the President also in line with the Joover commission placing the postal department un- der the government with a, busi- ness type budget, audit and ac- :ountinff procedures as prescribed ly that act. As a corollary, he added, the egislation should give the depart- ment degree of finan- ial and operating, flexibility as is low possessed by most federal bus- iness enterprises." The President also asked today that legislation now before Con- 'ess authorizing the postmaster general to establish a research and levelopment program be passed iromptly. These studies would be d improve and introduce new quipment, methods and procedures in the postal service. The President said he is in "agreement with the our principal objectives of the i-V- neck and shoulders. Beckwith was identified by three patrons as the last person besides Mrs. Stahlhut remaining in the tav- ern when they left Wednesday night. He was seized by a posse of four men in a corn field near Morrison, a community of 150 per- sons in north central Iowa. He of- fered no resistance. Sheriff Meyer said Beckwith Judith Coplon Washington Judith Cop- Ion screamed "I've been framed" statement issued by the department when found was lying face down n a muddy cornfield and was "soaking wet" from heavy rain which had fallen shortly before, on Tuesday, expressing cool but Beckwith asked the posse, led by unfriendly interest in the new gov- ernment being established in :tndo- China by the Emperor Bao Dal. This sort of tiling must seem im- mensely remote and trivial to the average American. But the unfor- tunate truth is that this sort of thing may later turn out to have all the importance of war or peace. In brief, as reports from the scene have indicated in this space, the communist power in Asia has reached the uttermost limits of safety. If the Soviet union can ex- Town Marshall Jesse Algood, of Morrison, if he might be allowed to spend the night with his mother. The request was denied. At the Grundy county jail in near by Grundy Center, Beckwith aske Sheriff Meyer not to let anyon see him. Beckwith, who told th sheriff he iad nothing to eat a; day, ate a big meal last night Sheriff Meyer said it was to hi widowed mother, Mrs. E. M. Beck with, that the World War n veter an admitted the slaying. Beckwith left home early yesterday, mom ing, the sheriff said, after telling his mother, "I'm taking off and tend its sphere beyond China, into you'll never see me again." Indo-Chlna. a chain reaction will I Meyer said a search of Beck become highly probable. All Southeast. Asia will be threatened if Southeast Asia goes, Japan and India will be immediately menac- ed. And if this situation arises, the odds on war will be far better than oven. It is tiresome to rehearse this series of grim probabilities, yet they must be daily borne in mind INDO-CHINA IS THE KEY for two reasons. First, it is the state in Southeast Asia most accessible to China. And second, French folly has caused the communist-nationa- list movement of Ho Chi-minh to gain great strength among the In- do-Chinese. The new regime of Bao Dai is the last chance to win over the Indo-Chinese people to an inde- pendent, non-communist govern- ment. On all sides it is acknowledg- ed that if Bao Dai fails. Ho Chi- minh will succeed. Such are the bleak basic facts. The debate in the State department concerns the extent of American support to be given to the new Bao Dai regime. As has also been reported from the scene in this Ojiwith's clothing did not reveal any weapon with which the brutal slay ing could have been committed. Meyer and State Agent Max stu (Continued on Page 11, Column 7.) ALSOP der said they were unable to saj whether Mrs. Stahlhut had been raped. Mrs. Stahlhut was working alone in the tavern Wednesday night, her husband said. Stahlhut, 27, said he had been tending a booth at a cele- bration in nearby Dike, Iowa. The couple's child, Dean Arthur Stahl- tiut, was being cared for by neigh- bors. Loss As Barn Burns Beloit, Wis. Lightning has been blamed for a fire that destroy- !d a barn two miles northeast of here today at a loss estimated at more than The Rock county sheriff's office said that in addition to the born and equipment the loss Included five calves, 360 boles of hay, 20 tons of oose hay and 200 bushels of oats. The farm is owned by Mrs, Helen i Lathers, Rockford, HI. jover and over today at the end of cross-examination in her age trial. When Prosecutor John M. Kelley, Jr., finally said "that's Miss Coplon remained seated on the witness stand. Then for nearly ten minutes she shouted that she had been "entrapped" and "framed." "This case is so smelly that It smells to high she cried in hysterical tones. Earlier, in another emotional out- burst, she had shouted that I'm not a communist and I've never been a communist." When she shouted there was "this This Is of the kitchen at Leslie Jennings home, 603 Harriet street, where gas exploded in the basement. The air blast, accompanied by some fire, came up the basement stairway, which is to the right, of the buffet. It tore one door off -the buffet, singed the plastic curtain above, ripped the plaster off the wall above the sink, ripped one door apart, tore.another door off the Hinges across the room, ripped the small back off a chromium chair next to that door and singed adjacent curtains. There was, ;how-. ever, no damage in the basement. Bepublican-Herald photo Hoover commission regarding the ostal service. :ather, 2 Sons fescue Boy Hit By Moving Train Philadelphia father and his two sons carried on a dramatic rescue under a moving freight train yesterday to 'save the life of a 12- year-old boy whose feet had been cut off by the train. The boy, Joseph Ligilisci, was pitched into a string of Pennsyl- vania railroad cars as he returned home on a truck with a group of picnickers. He was hurled off as Hurry-Up Arms Aid Hiss Denies Opposed in Senate By Don Whitehcad resentment smoldered in the Senate today against the State department's pressure for action on a arms-for-Europe' program. j Certain Senate leaders -said privately the administration is asking1 for too much too Soviet Spies Mdnkato Bridge Club Outlaws Malicious Gossip gard to the political "timing" of the i reS'has been talk that Presi- ared aed dent Truman will send the arms aid plan to Congress before the to Chambers, Senate has given its approval to the North Atlantic treaty. Secretary of State Acheson has Mankato, Minn. Tired of! told Congress the arms program hearing reputations "chattered" to [must be approved at this session shreds, eight young Mankato maintain the United States' day as his own star witness to deny Chambers' charges of espion- tiave organized a bridge club for Dridge playing. Irene Baxter, a secretary, said the club has outlawed malicious gossip. She refused to identify the other members, adding: "Goodness, the girls quit other conspiracy to frame me" she nam- the truck hit a bump in the because they were too gabby. ed those she said had taken part.. She learned forward in the wit- ness chair, and obviously directed Raymond Wearty, another prosecu- Hearing the shouts of five other If I told their names they'd lose boys on the back of the truck, Jo- seph Tomczak, 49 and his two sons, her remarks primarily at Kelley and Raymond, '.21 and Stephen, 24, stop- ped thir truck to investigate. tor who used to call her They found the Ligilisci boy un- the moving cars, 200 feet be- hind the truck. when. she worked for hini In the Justice Screams Innocence "I don't understand this whole too many friends. '.'In our club, we can actually walkout of a room and know the rest of the girls won't pick us apart." "firm policy against Russia. Sen- ate leaders told a reporter they feel this action will tend to put too much emphasis on the arms plan thus lend weight to the argu- ments of treaty critics who say the pact Is nothing more than an- other military alliance. One senator put it this way: "The real value of the treaty is that it marshals the vast military, industrial and spiritual power of the United States against aggres- Instead, the members will talk sion. The value of that-cannot be a liar. Hiss, former State departmem career man, took the stand yester- about their children, homes or boy friends. And even play bridge. she screamed. "I am inno-j cent. I will always say that I'm! innocent and that- I am being framed." She said that she did not'know whether Valentine A. Gubitchev the Russian with whom she was ar- rested, was in the "conspiracy" bui she screamed that Gubitchev had ;eft her to make a phone call only ien minutes before .the F35J. seized them. Kelley finally managed to ask her low many persons participated in the "frame-up." She said that she did not know nit shouted that she was certain iat Whearty and H. P. Shapiro, a Justice 'department attorney with whom she fcad' admitting holding all-night trystslswere among them. She also named William E. Foley, ler last Justice department boss. Selley was seeking to show that sketches Miss Coplon wrote about hree acquaintances included just iie information tne Russians want- d to know about possible espionage ecruits. The biographical sketches were ound in Miss Coplon's pocketbook when the 28-year-old government worker was arrested last March and .ccused of pilfering RBi secrets to jass'to the Russians. one, Miss Coplon had written that Lorraine Elkin Sinderbrand I "remembers me as a communist." calculated in dollars. "But the administration comes along and puts the emphasis on a measly figure of 'It's absurd to shift the empha- sis to the equipment which will be distributed among 11 pact na- tions. The arms program is being given an importance completely out of relation to its value." Senate leaders had planned ear- lier to get the pact ratified by a two-thirds vote of then take up the arms program. By moving In this fashion, they felt the-treaty would escape the' opposition which has built up against the arms plan. But now! lhoTT faav ftirn moTr Asphalt Storage Tank is lifted to the air on a billowing moun- tain of flame which trapped and killed two volunteer firemen at a waterfront plant of the California Refinery Company at Perth Amboy, N. J. An explosion and flash fire swept through the adja- cent tanks after this initial burst. CAP. Wirephoto to The Republi- they fear the two issues may be- Intermingled that greats J to prove that Chambers, self-styled former courier for the alleged spy ring, is not telling the truth. Stryker declared he does not be- lieve Sayre. ever had any red con- nection. Sayre, reached at Lake Success, said "I give an absolute and un- Mlnneapolis Efforts to set-qualified denial." Sayre is a U. S. United Nations opposition will be aroused against the treaty. m Greyhound Bus Wage Talks Restime session yesterday. James Spillane, Chicago director for the Federal Conciliation "ser- vice, and Carl R. Carlgren, its Minneapolis agent would not com- ment on the Thursday discussions; Representatives of the company and union were likewise noncom- mittal. age. The 44-year-old defendant said he never gave government secrets to Chambers to be passed on to a prewar Russian spy ring. He also said he never saw Chambers after January 5, 1937, until the current espionage investigations started. Hiss was indicted on perjury charges for denying these things before a federal grand jury which had heard Chambers' accusations. Hiss declared his grand jury test- imony "was and is true." He still was making a point-by- point denial and tracing his gov- ernment career when the federal I court trial was adjourned to today. His attractive wife, Priscilla, kis- sed him as he left the court room. She has been a constant attendant at the three-week-old-trial. Before Hiss took the stand, defense witness quoted Chambers as saying in 1940 that former As- sistant Secretary of state Francis B. Sayre, Woodrow Wilson's son- in-law, was a leader of a prewar communist underground in Wash- ington. The testimony was given by Mal- colm Cowley, a Sherman, Conn., writer. Defense Counsel Lloyd Paul Stry- that the testimony in -a further attempt Gas Heater Explosion Rips Through House Doors Torn Off, Plaster Knocked Prom Upstairs Wall An accumulation of gas in the basement of a Winona home ex- ploded this morning, severely burned ;he man who was apparently tinker- ing with or attempting to light a water heater and ripped doors and plaster off the kitchen directly above'. In the Winona General hospital with second and third degree bums on his arms and face is Leslie J; 39, 603 Harriet street. In addition, he has at least second degree burns all over his chest, his knees and part of his legs, according to the attending physician. He is in shock and was being ad- ministered plasma almost continu- ously. In Front of Heater The location of the burns indicat- ed that Mr. Jennings was directly in front of the burner opening when the explosion occurred. Whether he was attempting to make an adjustment on the burner or was attempting to light it had not been determined at noon. Mrs. Jennings said that her hus- band went into the basement after mentioning that there had been no hot water for his morning washup. Since he had exhibited extreme care in previous difficulties with the heater, Mrs. Jennings does not be- lieve that he would have attempted light it. At any rate, when the firemen ar- rived later, they, ironically, found ithe heater burning and extinguished jit. j Pilot Light Out I According to a Northern States [Power Company official, who made Ian investigation, the explosive situ- ation "appears to have been created by the improper functioning of the safety cut-on gas valve, which did not close when the pilot light, for some unknown reason, went eut" He said he believed Mr. Jenninis must have been attempting to re- light the pilot light, but had not been able to talk to him. .The explosion, in the way of fire, only set a few nearby curtains aflame; but it caused a terrific blast of air. Little Danube in Basement The burner opening in the heater is pointed directly at the basement stairway, and virtually no damage was caused in the basement. But widespread damage was caused di- rectly upstairs in the kitchen. It appeared float the explosion occurred in the burner area, under he water container, and drove the blast of air upstairs. The blast ripped the door off buffet, set at the head of the base- ment stairs, and lighted a plastic curtain shielding a cupboard above. Then the blast veered to the left into the kitchen. There a large section of plaster was ripped off the wall to one side f the basement door and split down he middle an.'- outside door to the ther side of the basement entrance. Then slamming across the kitch- n the blast tore another outside oor off its hinges, tore the small ack off a chromium kitchen chair which was backed against the wall) nd singed nearby curtains. Wife Hears Cry for Help Mrs. Jennings was standing in omer of the kitchen outside the ath of the blast. She believes that she simultaneously heard her hus- and cry, "Help, and the sound f the blast. Believing there was a fire, she Continued on Page 3, Column 8.) BLAST tie the strike of Northland Greyhound bus employes continued lere today with no word forth- coming on results of a day-long asked him: "Are you now ;or have delegate to the trusteeship council meeting there. )octor Explains )anger in Noise Chicago Continued loud oise con hurt your brain and your erves as well as your ears, ililwaukee doctor says. Dr. W. E. Grove declares the esnlts of long continued clamor re "not incomparable to battle atigue." Writing in the current journal the .American Medical associa- tion, Dr. Grove says "the nervous system Is not constituted to take this-sort-of battering, one becomes jumpy, jittery and'Irritable under the impact of continuous noise. "Exposure to extremely loud sounds over a long -period results in- impaired hearing, the louder the sound, the greater the impair- ment over a similar period." WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity Partly you ever been a member of the Com-! munist 'Tarn not and I never have Hiss replied. Q. Or a fellow traveler or a sym- pathizer? A. never have. .Chambers has charged that and has wife were communists. When the stand, Stryker cloudy, tonight and little change'in temperature. Low tonight 65, high Saturday 78. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m, today: Maximum, 88; minimum, 68; noon, precipitation, none; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow at (Additional Weather on Page 15.) ;