Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 10, 1949, Winona, Minnesota
VOLUME 49, NO. 19 WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 10, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY-TWO PAGES W. Virginia Train Bandits Confess v I Cuba Breaking With Russ 2 Blistering Notes Handed Red Embassy Sale of Carnival Masks of Stalin's Face Permitted By Ben Meyer Havana. early rup- ture in Cuban-Soviet relations was predicted today after the Cuban government handed two blistering notes to the Soviet embassy here. The notes, made public last night, accused the Russians of "brazenly aggressive" propaganda and totalitarian methods. They said communism seeks des- truction of "the world democratic system" and bluntly added: "This situation cannot persist." President Carlos Prio Socarros' government also rejected a Soviet protest about the sale here of car- nival masks of Prime Minister Sta- lin's face. The Cuban notes said there was no violation of law in such sales. They added that efforts of the So- viet legation "to apply the total- itarian repressive measures It sug- gests is unacceptable." This was taken to mean that the legation had asked the Cuban gov- ernment to ban sale of the masks. Cuba formally protested recent statements by communist leaders In various countries that 1st sympathies to these nations He! with Russia. j These statements were made, the notes said, "in obedience" to or- ders from Moscow. They added such action by "disloyal Is "unacceptable" to democratic governments. There was no indication when the expected formal break in diploma- tic relations might come. But a high authority said Cuba Is "sick of this unwholesome relation- number of on-sale liquor licenses in Winona to 30, won preliminary approval of the senate in St. Paul today, after the first wet-dry tussle of the session. But the tussle was a brief one. Winona County Senator L. W. Der- nek said the bill has the support of the Winona city council and that he regards it as a control measure. He said city law enforcement off- icers feel they will be better able to control 30 on-sale liquor places than the present 70 three-two places. The taverns, he said, now are a serious problem. He predicted that Preliminary Senate O.K. Given Winona License Bill The bill which would double the I he said, "to say that you can im- prove law enforcement by doubling the number of liquor places. "The demand for this bill is a frank admission that Winona offi- cials can't enforce the law. If that is true, they should have help from the state and we should give our liquor control commissioner law en- forcement power." Senator Wahlstrand is author of a bill to give agents of the state liquor control commissioner the power or arrest. The senate advanved the Winona bill to the calendar by a voice vote. It will come up for final many of them would close if morejpassage Saturday if is liquor places were open. Senator Harry Wahlstrand, Will- mar, leader of the senate drys, made the only talk against the bill. "It simply doesn't make in session then. Otherwise it will receive final consideration Monday In the house, a companion bill is awaiting consideration on the floor after receiving committee approval. South, Central U. S. Battered by Storms By The Associated Press Late winter storms and floods left damaging blows over southern and central states today. At least three persons were killed, some 40 others injured and hun- dreds still homeless from trie battering by weather's elements. Property United Nations, One count said Miss Coplon de- livered to Gubitchev "information relating to the national defense, unnatural, Soviet legation sources could not be reached Immediately for com- ment on the notes. Train Robberies Dramatic Chapter batun streets, ter in the railroads' storied past. Yesterday's robbery of a Balti-i-, more Ohio train near 110065 Indicted on Spy Charges New federal grand jury today returned-a four-count espionage indictment against Judith Coplon, Department of Justice analyst, and Valentin A. Gubitchev, Russian engineer employed by the damage was widespread. Tornadoes which ripped through six southern states killed one school girl and injured 40 persons. The worst blinding snow storm of the winter season struck the Missouri Ozarks yesterday. Traf- fic was snarled on all roads and there were scores of accidents. At least two persons were Jellied, in Nebraska, Montana and Iowa. But a cold snap checked, at leastJNeb.) to permit two thirds of those! temporarily, the flow of flood to wit, documents, writings and notes containing re- ports relating to espionage and counter-espionage activities in the United States." The two were arrested here last Friday night after F.B.I, agents had trailed them through Man- burg, W. Va., was Just one in longj string of railrad holdups that be-1 gan as far back as 1866. Jesse James probably was the best known train robber. The Missouri outlaw and his fol lowers picked up first try in 1873. In their The bandits usually wore masks and rode horseback. The first big robbery involving a train occurred near Stamford, Strike May End Barkley Ruling Counted On to End Filibuster Expected to Hold Two-Thirds Vote Can Close Debate Washington Wl Democratic leaders trying to break a southern filibuster bet heavily on an expect- ed ruling by Vice-President Bark- ley- today that a two-thirds vote can gag Senate debate any time. Senator Lucas of Illinois, the Democratic. leader, all but said outright that if this move fails, there is no hope now for errly enactment of President Truman's civil rights program. "If we can't stop this filibuster, done all we can he said. He said he plans to push the issue to a vote sometime tomorrow but this schedule was subject to last-minute changes. Senator East- land (D.-Miss.) was ready to keep the Dixie filibuster going. Lucas contended that adminis- tration forces are gaining in through picking up some Republican support theyj hadn't expected. "I have never given up hope I Pair Trapped In Pawnshop, One Wounded F.B.I. Files Robbery Charges After Capture Police- Remove On An Ambulance Utter, left above, Luman Ramsdell, one of two men who police said confessed 'daring train robbery at Martinsburg, W. Va., last night. RamsdeU was shot during holdup of S, W. Pawnshop at Washington, D. C., this morning. His companion, George Llewellyn Ashton, right above, was also-captured by police at the pawnshop. At lower right, Willie Davis, a cook aboard the B. O. Ambassador, peers through a large hole in the kitchen window of the diner through which a bandit's bullet had passed while the train was being robbed. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican- Herald.) that we can break the he said. Lucas indicated strongly thatj even if the Senate supports Bark- ley's expected ruling on a debate- limiting cloture petition to be filed today, efforts to change the Senate rules may be dropped at this time. That's how the filibuster started -in a southern attempt to block High waters still plagued areas action on .a resolution by Senators Grand Jury Indicts Gambling Crusaders Bock Island, Claude J. Taylor and the crusading Van Meulebrocks, who struck terror in the hearts of tavern owners last fall, were indicted yesterday by a special grand jury; The jury, called to investigate alleged gambling in'-Book Island county, charged Taylor with nonfeasance and perjury, and the Van Hayden (D.-Ariz.) and Wherry (R.- ers. Many, however, homeless. Temperature Drops Snow and rain fell over many Conn., in 1866. Three men broke ovnrAQQ r.nr nn n. run Spellman says he hopes a cemetery strike that has left more than bodies unburied may "soon be set- tled." i The Roman Catholic archbishop for a week has led seminary stu- dents and young priests to digging graves at Calvary cemetery to areas to the South, Midwest and Plains states. Temperatures drop- ped to below zero to parts of Mon- tana, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Michigan. Fembina, N. D., report- ed a low of -10 and the- mercury dipped to -8 at Miles City, Mont. Below freezing weather extended from the Oklahoma-Texas panhan- dle across most of the central states and northwestward to east- ern Washington, A heavy band of snow fell from Springfield, Mo., northeastward to St. Louis and there were fairly heavy falls in parts of southern Ultoois and to Indiana. Light snow fell today to parts of the Dakotas, Wyoming and Nebraska and there! was rain or snow to areas of Gal- But Lucas noted that if Barkley remained noids that two-thirds can do it now is sustained by the it will have the same effect as the Hayden-Wherry resolution. A ruling of this kind would let the administration take up civil rights measures at any time with the guarantee that two-thirds of those voting could halt a filibuster. Lucas indicated that he might recommend in such a turn of events that the Senate get busy now on'legislative measures that have been piling up during the nine into an express car on a run be tween New York and Boston and made off with cash, bonds, and He said yesterday that action of the striking gravediggers in switch- a C.I.O. international mane un ing from a C.I.O. international jewels valued at Caught ujjion flTnPTR later, they implicated seven others, Including the messenger who rode the car. j As recently as 1937, two Easter- ners, dressed as cowboys and fir- ing revolvers, failed in attempting to rob passengers of a train speed- tog across the New Mexico desert. One of the men smashed a pas- pistol fi but he added that he still Is a shot grazed another passenger's clothing. But trainmen and other passengers tripped the two in the aisle, bound They hauled the pair into Doming, N. M., and turned them over to authorities. Two attempts in California were more successful. Ten sections of rail were pried loose near Saugus, Calif., in 1929, derailing an engine, baggage and mail cars, and two passenger coaches. Seven other cars remain- ed upright. Two armed men herded passen- gers together and escaped with about taking only cash, A few months earlier two men boarded a train near Pittsburgh, Calif., shot the engineer and forc- ed him to back his train to a ren- dezvous with a third bandit. The bandits took nothing from the passengers, but took pouches con- taining about from the mail car. For armed and masked bandits terrorized and robbed about 80 pas- sengers aboard a train enroute from Chicago for the Gulf coast In 1935. They fired a shot into the ceiling of each cars as they went through the train to scare the pas- sengers and got away with less than a tousand dollars. After finishing their search they rode the train for half an hour before dropping from the train near Kankakee, 111. i Passenger Knifes Streetcar Motorman Milwaukee Otto Carrus, 59, j streetcar motorman, was reported recovering at a hospital last night from a knife wound which he told police had been inflicted by a pas- overpowered them, andj er yesterday. them to the coach seats. Carrus was quoted by authorities as saying the passenger, a Negro about 30, caught his foot In the front exit door as he entered the vehicle. The passenger later accused Car- rus of closing the door purposely and after threatening the motor- man, began scuffling and then fled. Carrus discovered the wound in his back after driving the trolley three miles. and The tornadic winds days that talk has stopped all action. A housing bill is ready for the Senate. The House-approved re- ciprocal trade agreements act may be ready next week. Rent controls expire March 31, All of these have been impelling the Democratic leaders toward a showdown. N.E.A. Asks U. S. Aid for Education Meulebrocks, Mrs. Helene and her daughter, Marie, 26, with extortion and perjury. In a lengthy statement handed up with the indictments, the jury criti- cized law enforcement and other public officials for what'it called a "tolerant attitude" toward gamb- ling. The statement aded that such an attitude "is tantamount to the en- couragement of jury said it was The Chilean government has rented them hectares of land and is considering their request for hectares more. There the Belgians will grow livestock and saw lumber in the virgin forests. The colony Is the result of a visit one of Its leaders, Paul de Smet, made to Chile about a year ago. De Smet came from his home in Eppeghem, surveyed the possi- from Deridder, to southwest Louisiana, through Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, and then struck at Co- lumbus, Ga., and nearby Phoenix City, Ala. At Terry, .Miss., part of a five-room school was demolished and one pupil killed and 23 others hurt. Heavy rains accompanied the high winds in many areas. Floods Receding Some of the flood victims in the Beatrice, Neb., area began mov- ing back to their homes as the Big Blue river receded. The river earlier this week hit the southeast Nebraska community of with a flood crest causing hundreds to flee their homes. the Red Cross declared Beatrice a major diseaster area and offered its resources to rehabilitate flood victims. In the northeast por- tion of the state ice Jams held back, temporarily, the heavy wa- ters of the Elkhom and Platte riv- ers. Colder temperatures also check- ed the thaw and run-offs of streams to Montana, but Ice jams to the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers to the northeastern section sent waters spilling over some 000 acres of range land. Belgian Colony Set for Chile Santiago, lone- ly but fertile southland is to have a Belgian hamlet of 38 souls. The Belgians are on their way to their new home in the Murta river valley from the southern tip of Chile and from Argentina, where they arrived some weeks ago. Their overland journey in motor trucks started after they received permission from Buenos Aires to pass through Argentine territory.iBambling when professional train- C, TMIOOQ nffnoTC VlOXfo O rWVTOr gambling." 'convinced" The that antigambling laws could have been better enforced "if there had been a sincere desire to enforce them. The jury reported that its con- viction "is further supported in noting the accomplishments of sev- eral amateur crusaders who, unaid- ed, have successfully curtailed curb American communists picked up strong support to the Senate today. Members of both parties lined up behind two different proposals which would require communists to register with Justice depart- ment or face stiff fines and prison terms. The Senate last year pigeonholed a somewhat similar measure passed by the House, but Chair- man McCarran (D-Nev.) of the Senate Judiciary committee said he expects action this time. "It's not a question of civil Gabriel rovtog children to the United States i de Hall Brussels, and 36 i are without proper schooling; the i women and children. TTotinTiol hlHnnonnn ASRnr.lfttinn _ ._____ National Education Association said They are the children of an es-i timated army of migratory farm workers, the private agency said in a survey. Without federal aid to education, the association said, there can be no positive program for basic schooling for these children of wan- derers. on a British ship, others at Buenos WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity Partly cloudy tonight and Friday. Rather cold again tonight with a low of 16 in the city, 14 in the country. Ris- ing temperature Friday afternoon, high 35. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 37; minimum, 15; noon, 25; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at Additional weather on page 19.. set an example for others. Aires on a Belgian ship. They ed peace oficers have a poorer rec- ord of accomplishment." The statement did not identify the "amateur but the Van Muelebrocks supposedly are among those so described. For several weeks last fall, the mother and daughter intermittently paid night-time, visits to taverns wher they gathered evidence against owners of illegal possession of gambling devices. With evidence in hand, they demanded arrests of the owners. The women were accused of te- at Punta Arenas to tacttcs because ot arrived at ruuia. AieuaB f t. to live priest, a doc- tor, a schoolteacher, motor .trucks, tractors, electric generators, a saw mill, even their household utensils. For there is no town near the site of the new colony. The Belgians have chosen to set- tle in an Andean valley near the large Lake Buenos Aires which straddles the Chile-Argentine fron- tier. The site lies In wooded, rainy Aysen province whose hec- tares are populated by only about persons. President Gabriel Gonzales Vlde- la is especially anxious to colonize Aysen province. His minister of ag- riculture, Victor Opaso, estimates it could produce a minion bead.of cattle and two million sheep in five or six years. Carlos del Rio, dir- ector general of lands and colon- ization, has ordered that every facility possible be given the new Belgian settlers, whose colony may MURDER HEARD OVER PHONE refusal by the tavern owners to con- tribute to their project to build an animal shelter. its indictment, the grand jury held that their campaign to real- ity was a means of extorting money for the project. The women were convicted to January of trespassing and peace disturbance on one of theiv sorties and were placed on six months pro- bation. Tot Fractures Leg In Sliding Mishap New Hartford, late-winter sliding party Tues- day afternoon ended unhappily for seven-year-old Audrey Witt when she broke her leg two inches above the 'ankle. Audrey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs, Joseph Witt of this area, was slid- ing down the schoolhouse hill with two friends when she fell. She was taken to a'La Crosse hospital and returned to her home Wednes- day afternoon. By George W. Cornell New York Two men and a woman died Ina blast gunfire last night while a mother miles away lis- tened by telephone to her daugh- ter's dying screams for mercy. Police said Emory Holt, 32, apparently suspicious of a love triangle, called his wife's moth- er in Hollywood, and said: "I am sorry for what I am going to do." With the telephone circuit still open, police said, he shot his attractive brunette wife, Norma, 34, and David Whit- taker, 32, an executive in the firm where she worked, then killed himself. It was a call from the panic- stricken mother, Elsie Thomas, that led police to the scene of the triple-shooting in Whittaker's 16th-floor apartment in London terrace, a huge apart- ment house. Mrs, Thomas left Hollywood by plane for New York shortly after the shooting. Neighbors at her Hollywood home (at 60-18 Carleton way) said she told them she had pleaded with Holt not to carry out his threats, but he replied, "It's too late, mama Police said Mrs. Thomas heard her daughter crying and plead- ing with Holt for mercy, then screams and a series of shots. Silence followed. Mrs. Holt's body was found on a couch. She was shot in the chest and behind the left ear. Beside her was Whlttaker. He had been shot in the left fore- arm, right temple and left side. Holt's body was collapsed over a chair, a bullet hole through his heart. An automatic pistol still was grasped in his left hand, police said, and a box of cartridges was found .in his pocket. A medical examiner listed the case as a double murder and suicide. Police said Whittaker, a for- mer Californian, was an as- sistant to the president of the Universal Camera Corporation here. Mrs. Holt, they said, was secretary to the firm's presi- dent, Otto Githens. The Holts lived in Brooklyn. Police said Holt apparently had taken his wife to Whit- taker's apartment at 465 West 23rd street last night "for a Occupied Countries Rule May Change over possible change-overs from milit- ary to civilian control in the oc- cupied areas of Japan and Ger- many has been increasing. What touched it off, apparently, was the State department's annou- ncement a week ago of reorgan- ization of its branches specializing of Japanese and German policies. However, responsible administra- tion officials said today they knew of no decisions so far to shift to civilian occupation, control Jn Ja- pan or Germany., Red Curb Bills In Senate Gain Strong Support Washington Measures to Washington Two youthful of them clad in a. zoot today to the daring Martinsburg, W. Va., express train robbery. One was shot and -critically wounded Just before their capture n a downtown pawnshop near the White House. The Federal Bureau of Investiga- tion promptly filed train robbery charges against the pair: Uman Ramsdell, 23 year old ough guy who has been in and out of Ohio reformatories since he was 16. He Is in a critical condition with a bullet wound in the stomach. Police shot him when he drew a pistol. George Llewellyn Ashton, 21, who also served time for a series of robberies in Youngstown, Ohio, lometown of both. Both men were armed when Washington police trapped them in he pawnshop. The arrests came barely 15 lours after the holdup which halted he Baltimore and Ohio's west- )ound passenger train, the Am- bassador, near Martinsburg. Over Taken The two bandits terrorized more than 100 passengers on the train and escaped with more than after shooting a chef. Police said they found on about J700 in small bills on Ashton. Police Lieutenant John E. Win- ers reported the pair confessed. Winters said the bullet that felled Ramsdell was fired by Officer El- wood Lomax. Ramsdell and Ws partner were found in the pawnshop by officers searching' the area on a tip that ;wo young men. resembling the Train robbers had got off a bus from the train robbery area. The first tip came from Martins- police, who were informed that two suspicious looking men, lad been questioned by a Leesburg, Va., policeman. The latter, un- aware of the train robbery, let the pair go after they explained they iiad been in an automobile acci- dent. The be told a reporter.' "It's a question of legal loopholes that harbor spies and representatives of our enemies." Other senators agreed. They said two recent developments, if noth- ing elst, may force Senate action: First, a strong- hint by commu- nist leaders in this country and western Europe that they would not fight for this country to event of war with Russia; and second the arrest of Judith Coplon, a Jus- tice department employe, on char- ges of passing information to a Russian citizen. The Coplon case also was get- ting close attention on the other side of the Capitol. Chairman Wooc (D-Ga.) of the House un-American activities committee said yesterday the group received information about Miss Coplon's employmen more than two years ago. Wood said the did not say what it in eluded hi a letter from a Midwest- ern professor who told the com mittee something funny was going on in the foreign registration sec tion of the Justice the section in which Miss Coplon worked. "Manipulation by certain Individ the informant wrote, had en abled certain persons and groups to- avoid registering under the for eign registration, act, when they should have done so. Wood said his committee wil look into the matter soon. Mean while, four (D Olin.D. Johnson (D.-S.C.) Ferguson (R-Mich) and Mundt (R- S, McCarran in pred icting that there will be action on the communist question in the Sen- ate as well. Last year the Senate failed to act on a communist registration bill sponsored by Mundt and Rep resentative Nixon (R.-Calif.) after i had passed the House by a 319 to 56 majority. Yesterday Mundt and Nixon 'in troduced a revised bill which thej said "sharpens the teeth and ex pands the bite of the legislation we introduced last year." Johnston joined with Mundt as a Senate sponsor. At the same time Ferguson in troduced a similar -bill.' He said his measure contained no provi sions which could be "construed as persecution." Both Mundt and Ferguson sale that these sections, which causec much criticism, have been revised or eliminated in the new measures Leesburg policeman told Martinsburg authorities the men boarded a bus for Washington. On. arriving to Washington, the driver of the bus reported his two Leesburg passengers had left the bus at 21st and K streets. North. Police patrol cars to that area were alerted immediately. Crew Spots Men The crew of one spotted the two men to the pawnshop and began to question them. References to the days of Jesse James were many and frequent as officers pieced together an account of how the Baltimore Ohio's westbound Ambassador was stopped- and the. passengers ter- rorized last night. Shots were fired while two men ranged the coaches of the fast train. Exactly how many shots was not determined. but pass enough to make the shocked passengers certain the bandits meant business. One of the worst train robberies of the 20th century caused a loss of more than to passengers and crew, and. resulted to slight injury to" some. Road blocks were set up around West Virginia's jutting eastern pan- handle by men from Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Bloodhounds came to from Vir- ginia on the chance the daring bandits were .hiding somewhere in the vitiis. They picked up no trail. Two stolen' cars apparently fig- ured in the getaway. Both were found abandoned. The train was en route from Baltimore to Detroit. For several hours after the ex- press was held up there was some confusion as to how many robbers there were. Passengers and others were cer- tain there were only two. The Baltimore Ohio could only find a report of two. But a tavern robbery which oc- curred nearby soon after the hold- up caused to spend some time looking for four. They more or less abandoned that theory later. Fireman 'Shanghaied' Because the .train's fireman was and taken to the tavern, city'police said it seemed fairly certain the train bandits also looted the roadhouse. The fireman, R. B. Purdue, of Baltimore, later fled the tavern and rejoined his train. The B. O. said it had reports of the two men boarding the train at Washington with tickets from Fla., to Youngstown, Ohio. Stunned passengers told to graph- ic words of how they were faced with an unbelievable situation and how the men ranged from diesel locomotive' through the the coaches and a what they could find. Walter Epps, 30, of Baltimore, (Continued on Page 13, Column 2.) TBAtti HOLDUP.