Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 11, 1948, Winona, Minnesota
WliTnlilill Hi EATHER unil FM IS COMING Be your new radio can tU Full Lenied Wire Newi Report of The Associated Preis Member of the Audit Bureau of VOLUME 48. NO. 20 WiNONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENJNG. MARCH 11. 1948 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY-SIX PAGES 18 Here Coldest March D Die in Chicago Plane Crash DC-4 Falls In Flames Near Airport 33-Year-Old Mother Is Only Survivor Chlrum A Deltn Airline DC-4 plnno ornshed nnd burned OX plwlvely IntP lust night ft few sec nfirr It took off from Chicago' municipal nlrport, Twelve of 1 ubrtfird werp killed, Thp only survivor was u 33-yenr fild mot.her whose nrvi-n-ypnr-oltl (toi firrlHhPd In the fiery wreckage, Hlr K-reiuiird hyntprlpiilly for her chili us the was pulled from thp flames Trip woman, Mrs. Trlpollnn Meo na, or Mitmrtmn Onk l.nwn. III., mif fprpd spvprp burns, lloth of her leg Hnd both of her arms were brokrn. All four members of tho c.'ow wor klllPd. Tho nlatio was bound fo Mlnml. nu. It splashed Into un or unite-colored, flaming mass on i npnrby prnlrlp nt p. m. (C.S.T. from n height of 500 to fool during a unow flurry, wlane.ww snld It Delta's first nceldrn In scheduled operations slnoo in Liist yenr tho airlines received nppcinl cltntlnn from tho Nntlona Bufpty eounrll. Something Wronic "Something wont wrong" and thi huKp craft caught flro only A frw fept above tho runway, Delta'j district traffic rnnnagpr wild. There no further explanation, ThB piano had n capacity of 44 pruwngprs. At least two persons who hftd rrwrvntlons for thp. flight can- celed thpm shortly bpforo it took off Thn plnnn burned fiercely for more thun nn hour. Some of th pulled out by firemen vero btirnpd nr manglpd beyond Immedl- rrrognltlnti. PM Smith, an airport cargo hand- Irr, on Id tho pluno "r.nmn strnlgh rtiwn In n, vrrtlenl dlvp find splat- tered rind exploded on tho now flflth Ktrppt nnd Olopro Avenue I.lkp I'liiKiftkp Thp plniin flopped to earth 'like snld nnothpr witness C. K, Firth, a gasoline dealer who helppd revue Mrs, MPO. Mrs. Men's son's Ixidy waft founc rlutchPd In thr> nrrtin of another Uoth bodies wero badly bUTTlfd. An Inquest wixs scheduled for m. Friday, Coronor A. L, Brodlo imld ft "blue ribbon" Jury of aviation would bo summoned, Mirl crew mnnbors nbrwrd thp TX'ltn. Ali'llnps plnnn crashed werp Identified by thp nnd police nn follows: J, Courtney, 1Z, Applnlon WU. Mn. C. Itlrhnrds, Clnrlnnnil, Ohio Albrrt I1'. Kiililn (or Knulr) Cln- rlnnntl, rmployfil by HIP Conllncn- Ul Muchlnrry Company, Cincinnati Krcil .in, Ouk l.Hwn, 111. rn ronU to IMIuml to pick up HUtomohlln for hln rmployer. (Hotly Idrntiriril Itnlph llnyinonil I.rvy, 41, Chlcniro Inxiirixnrp broker, pn route to Ml- to visit rrltldilly III fntltpr, Alhprt II. Meo. Jr.. seven, Chlomo. f. K, fliirvln, llliinrhmt Ohio, u trnrnfer pnoseiiKer from a 1'nltrd Air fllirtit from Knn Humid r.pvy, 47. prnmlnmit Clil emttt prlmlnul litwyer en rontp with hln brother Kiilph lo bedside. Of fa- ther In Miami. Thp crew: f'nnUiln Orover I.ec llollowny, 30, Collpfce I'nrk, On., the pilot. rtrnt Offlrer .form N. 28, AtliinU, On., ft ml Hollywood, I'ln., Mlw Hue Voting. I'liyptlevlllp, N. f'., utrwnrdew. Murvln O. 21, purser Avonilulo Gu. Weather FKOKIIAI. KOIIKC'ASTS Wlnonu and vicinity; Pulr nnd very cold tonight, six to eight do- Krrrs below; iTUIny cloudy imd wurmrr, 22 to 25 decrees above, I.Of'AI, WKATIIKU Official nhsprViitlniiB for the 24 cndlnt: at 12 rn. today: Maximum, o: minimum. noon, inTclpltntlnn, noun; sun tonlKhl. nt. sun rlws to- morrow m KXTKNOKf) KOHKCAST Mlniirwtiv: fair and not quite so cold tdtilKht. I'YIdivy mostly cloudy and warmer with snow flur- rlr.t nnd we.il-ccrUl'lU por- tion-.. Wi'-connlM: Kalr mid vrry cold tnniKhi. l''rldny mostly cloudy nnd wurmrr with unow northwest TKMJ'KKATffKKS jtrmidjl Molnrs Dilhith IntrrnnUntml Fulls KIUIMI.S C'liy Los AiiKdi-.H Mpln.St. f'litll ____ New Orleans New York Mm I tip Max. 2 IM (I M in (17 (U no 72 C7 0 7 Mta -34 II -HI II 20 -30 -2fl (10 MO '10 ;m 43 -24 -20 TCP .04 .13 ,6i In This View Of Tlio wreckage of n Delta airlines DC-4 which crashed after taking off from the Chlnnxo municipal nlrport last night, the proximity of the> nil-port Is indicated by a hangar vlslb background. A twisted propeller is in the foreground. (A.P. Wlrcphoto to Tho Ropubllcan-Hcuua.) Nine Perish in N. C. Mental Hospital Fire Axhevlllr. N. women patients perished here early to- day In tho blazing Inferno of a mental hospital fire. Soven Of tho victims were trapped helplessly on upper floors of tin four-story central building of the Highland Hospital for Nervous Dis- eases, Dr. B. T. Bennett, medical director, reported. ....._ Two others woro evacuated by firemen who dashed into the Eery structure but they died soon afterward. Tho flro, discovered about midnight, started In the kitchen of th hospital's central building. It quickly spread to an elevator shaft and --------------was Hewing the building s roof when firemen arrived. Screams of trapped women rang out above the roaring flames ai doctors, nurses, firemen and pollci ran through the blazing structure risking tholr lives in an effort to save tho 20 patients in tho building Senate ERP Vote Due by Saturday Night-Wherry A leading Sen- ate critic nald today tho Senate will vote on tho Marshall plan thi; week, Tho European Recovery Program bearing his name Is ono of the naln remedies Secretary of State Marshall Is urging for ft "very, verj icrlou.1" world situation, But without referring to tha ummatlon by Marshall of com- nunlst-lnducod "terror" abroac ind rising "passions" nt home, Sen- ator Wherry (R.-Ncb.) said of the ocovtry plan debate: "Wo will finish up horo Satur- day night without a doubt." Wherry Is tho acting Republican floor lender. In that capacity he lans to hold his colleagues in Ight session today and tomorrow n u dl'lvo to Roinplnto Sunato ac- lon on tho assistance irogrivm, Urvl.slonl.it Group Tho Nobra-ikan also Is head of roiip of somo 20 O.O.P. senators who hitvo tivun highly critical of hn prnfci'tim its It, slautl.'i. In Unit nlo, Wlii'iTy planned In n aimmdtnont today lo limit Mar- hall plnn spending to no more than during Its first year, Wherry said, however, the Senate 111 not act on that major test un- it tomorrow. In tho Senate, meanwhile, there 'cro these other developments: I. A 7-1 to 3 vote swept aside a substitute) bill by Senator Taylor (D.-Iclaho) to carry out nil forulKn nlfl prognims through tho United Nations, Tho pro- posal also represented tho views of Henry Wallace, whom Tuy- Inr It no Joined on a third party ticket, Only Taylor and Sen- ators Pepper nnd Langcr D.> voted for It. C.'lllTO VrsMiil.i i. A voice volo eliminated from tho pending bill a provision which would have permitted this country to charter 300 dry cargo vcssoln to participating nations. II. fjrmtlnr O'Danlel (D.- Tcxun) criticized thn whole Mar- shall plan IVN unconstitutional, Impracticable and iilmecl at scat- tering "billions, billions and more billions tn the fcur Senator Dall said In a weekly newsletter to his home slate that to enact tho program without trying to solve tlir problem of European se- curity Is to dcKlKii "para- mount. Isslln, naiuiily, thai Illl.s- cdmmimlst aggression Is fowboat Husky rozen Fast At Keokuk Krokuk, iow- lioltt Minnesota Husky pushing two ImrKeft cnrrylitfr tons of icusollnc, wits frozen fast In the Ice hero lust night and of- llulnln It might bo several ilnys before It could be freed lo proceed to Wlnonu. They riulckly huddled the res cued pallcntn Into another building where some sat .silently nnd other, yelled hysterically. The death toll was announced bj Dr. Bennett after ho and hosplla uuLhorltles checked tho list of pa- tients in the building. Police Captain Harold Enloo was tho first man to reach tho building "I could hear screaming on the third he related. "Flames by then were lapping through the roof of tho building." Every available piece of the city's fire lighting equipment was called out and ctfl-duty llrcmcn were rushed to the scene. About spectators, many o: them dressed in pajamas, mlllec helplessly nrotind, unable to nwslsl the trapped women. The hospital was n unit of Duke University hospital tn Durham. U. S. Proposes Drastic U.N. Veto Curb Miko Success The United lutes tndity proposed drastic re- strictions on the big power veto In tho United Nations. The proposal would exclude all the Issues on which Russia used tht veto 22 times in the Inst two years It was laid before the Little As- sembly as the first move toward currying out a declaration made by Secretary of State George C Marshall before the U.N. Assembly a.st September. Marshall snlcl at that time the United States was willing to limit the veto to questions of pi-line Im- portance If the other big powers would agree. The Assembly refer- red the entire veto question to the Little Assembly, Russia, along with the other Slav countries, is boycotting the Little Assembly. Any changes In the veto ise. however, would have to go be- orc the regular Assembly and then would have to be agreed upon by tho Security council, including nil .he five grout powers. Four'DfefaTN. D. Farmhouse Fire llathk'iile, N. mem- bers of the Lclnnd Browor family vero fatally burned in n fire which Icstroycd their farm home near iei-n this morning. Dnntl nro Urowiir, his wll'r nnd wo children. The lire occurred tween 4 nncj 5 n. m. School Strike Negotiations Stall Negotiations n the prolonged Minneapolis school trlke were at a standstill today. Union officials and Superlntcnd- nt Wlllfird E, Goslln met last night mt reported afterwards that no >rogrcss had been made. Today Goslln was out of the city nnd his iffico snld he is not expected back icforo Monday, Tho Rev. Morris C. Robinson, of the board, said there vero no meetings scheduled with union, officials. 3 More Czech Diplomats Resign Posts London Three more Cze- choslovak diplomats resigned their posts today amid repercussions of Jan Masaryk's death. Prince Frantlack Sehwarzcnbcnr hero of the Czech resistance against the Nazis, quit as first secretary of the Czech legation at the Vatican. "It Is obvious my resignation means I do not recognize the Gott- wald government which has usurped he declared. Schwarzenberg said that, in his last visit to Prague, ho talked with Foreign Minister Masaryk and found Wm "o broken man." "I do not Schwaraenbcrg "Ho could have committed sui- he could have been killed." Dr. Emll Walter resigned as Cze choslovakian minister to Norway. Nicholas Vlcst, Czechoslovak trade representative attached to the Lon- don embassy, announced his resig- nation, hcoiuise of the policies of the communist government In Prague. Europe's non-communist press hailed Masaryk as a martyr in a fight of free- men against oppression. The communist press said the Czech Ica'der was a victim of foreign slan- dur. "They killed sold, the Right- ist newspaper Lc Pays In Paris. "We whose voice cannot yet be choked, we say to GotUvald and to his Kremlin masters: 'You assassinated Jan Masaryk'." L'Humanltc, French communist newspaper, said Masaryk was a vic- tim of "foreign reaction's slanders." It said "He suffered deeply from the altitude of a certain number of his former friends during the recent events." In Brussels, Belgium, the Inde- pendent newspaper La Lanerne said: "We know why Masaryk died, but we do not know how he died." Communist Strikes Expected in Austria Vienna Informed govern- ment sources said today that a wave of communist-Inspired strikes Is expected throughout Austria next week. Informants said the communists are expected to bring fabout work, stoppages through groups similar to ,he "action committees" of Czecho- slovakia. Bulletins House Told Oleo Tax Cuts Butter Frauds Dairy Industry Spokesmen Heard by Congressmen WaKhineton A dairy indus- try spokesman told Congress today that federal taxes on oleomargarine help prevent Its sale as butter. The House agriculture committee received this testimony from Charles W. Holnmn, secretary of the National Cooperative Milk Pro- ducers federation. Holman wn.s the first dairy witness to appear before the group considering IB bills to repeal the margarine tax laws. The committee previously has heard from consumer and industry groups fav- orlnK repeal. Earlier Representative Puller N. Y.) said the head of the coast guard is against servlnpr oleo to his men because It would lower morale. Holman. cited an example which he said showed how the fcdcrn taxes operate to block "wJdesprenr fraud and deception" in sales of margarine. Cites Tax Evasion Suit He said an unnamed New Orleans operator bought wholesale oleo at 16 to 22 cents a pound, colored it in a washing machine and sold It wholesale as country butter at 45 to 50 cents. Eventually, he said, it was sold in stores at 60 to C5 cents. Before Internal revenue nfients seized the man, Holman said, he Imd made and cvnded In taxes. The operator pleaded fiull- ty, and was given a suspended three- year prison term and placed on probation. On the other hand, Hol- man said, the state courts lined him only Earlier the committee was told that use of margarine In tho coasl guard might hamper recruiting ef- forts.. Admiral J. P. Farley, commandant of the coast guard, RIWC his views today to Representative Puller CR.- N. Fuller, a member of the House agricultural committee, thinks Parley has the right idea. WnntH Tax Continued He said ho will put a letter from Farley in the record of the commit- tee's hearings on in bills to repeal oleo taxes, rullcr, who represents a rich dairying section, thinks the taxes should continue. Farley, however, told Fuller that ItepubllcBii-UcnvliI Photo "Mlchty said Jailer John MaLosh, above, of the Winona police force, as he checked the weather outside tho station today. On the force for 24 years he said this Is the coldest March day he 8 ever seen as he blows a. breath, of white frost to prove it.__________ "personally" he against oleo. has no prejudice But whore the coast guard Is con- cerned, the admiral said, It is dif- ferent. It follows navy food re- quirements. These coll for use of butter. He added: "The coast guard, along with the other armed services must make persistent efforts to keep up to Its authorized strength. "Every Inducement must be made to point up Uie attractive features of service life. In my opinion the substitution of margarine for butter, while It would effect, a .saving, would bu clclrlmentiil (a morale." WashlnRton Prcnldcnt Truman toddy u.sknd for an additional to help tide Western Europe over until the European Recovery Program Is enacted. Congress voted temporary aid litxt fall, including for China. New York Russia threatened today to walk out of the MK power Palestine talks if the JCWN and Arabs were In- vited, to take part in the dis- cussions. Russia's Andrei A. Gromyko rebuffed new Amer- ican attempt to call the Arabs of PiilcMllnii and thn Jewish Atreimy linfore the bltf power conferees. Baltimore A federal grand Jury today indicted Henry N. and Murray W. Gai-sson, operators of a wartime Illinois combine, on of Illlng fal.su llnanclal .state- ments In connection with their jfovcrnment contracts. Wichita, mately 12 test drops, the first which already lias been made, are planned for the world's larecst bomb. The bomb weighs 21 tons. The initial test was made March 5 at Muroc Base, Calif., the Army announced yes- terday. Tho bomb was not charged with explosives. Jewish Agency Building Blasted By James M, Long Jerusalem The closely- guni'dcd Jewish agency building was mdly damaged by an explosion to- day soon after a car flying an American flag was seen entering its courtyard. Early reports said the death toll, would be high. Six persons were known to have been killed and close to 100 injured. None of the casualties was a top of- ficer of the agency, official spokes- man for Palestine Jewry .snld, though three of those slightly hurt were minor officials. Jews in the building at the time said the automobile with the Amer- ican flag entered the court yard through the guarded with two men Inside. The men parked the car, walked out past the guard and drove awny in a waiting taxicab, the witnesses said. The building caught fire ufter the blast. The gate guards said that because the car showed the American flag and the occupants "seemed Eng- lish or American they let it In without a careful chock. A HOiiiT.il In JiiiKarmh. the Jowlsh agency's mllltla. sulcl examination of wreckage Indicated the automobile was that of United States Consul General Robert B. MaCatee, stol- en yesterday. First reports from police nt the scone of tho blast said an exploslvc- laden two trucks evidently had been driven into the courtyard and touched off. The semicircular two-story stonc- nnd-concrete building had hundreds of rooms and was one of Jerusalem's finest. The right wing, said persons on the scene, was utter ruin. It still was burning an hour after the blast. All the rest or the structure was badly damaged. Windows were shattered, walls cracked and the roof blown off. U. S. War Planning Now in Top Gear By Elton C. Fay developments in the United States reflect the "very very serious" world situation, noted by Secretary of State Marshall. High command conferences new -weapons quests for mili- tary manpower congressional warnings against cutting defense funds All these coincided today with Marshall's grave summation of the just as the secretary voiced an. implied plea to the American people to keep cool, other top officials to both the diplomatic and mlll- tary branches of the took pains to stress this: All efforts to build up the United States' armed might arc aimed solely at guarding against aggressive at- tack. These officials shun tho idea of a "preventive" war to beat any would-be attacker to the draw. Sec- retary of Defense Forrestal told a news conference yesterday that it Is not tho nature of democracies, "par- ticularly this to plan a war deliberately. But the United States is deter- mined to put its military house In order. Military Efforts Here arc some of the latest ef- forts: HIGH COMMAND: Forrestal has ordered the joint chiefs of staff to n-.cet with him and tell him whore they disagree about what service should do what in a war. WEAPON'S: Wlille making ready for further tests of atomic weapons in the Pacific, the military has be- gun experiments in California with (Continued on Column 6.) WAR PLANNING (17th) (17th) (5th) (flth) (3rd) (5th) 1902 1312 Jim 1917 1918 (10th) 1919 (2nd) 1920 (Cth) 1922 (2nd) (19th) J925 (2nd) 192G (13lh) 1932 (6th) 1941 (1'tli) 1943 (2nd) 1945 (7th) 194B (llth) Tickets will soon go on sale in Los Angeles for the .first appear ancc of the Metropolitan opera And I'll be there with bells on Yes, sir, 'bells on I have the concession in the bal- Esklmo pie not going to be some second- its satellites. rate rond com- Stassen told a Philadelphia aud- pany. The orig- icnce that the continued policy of top-notch our government In permitting ship- New York stars mcnts of electrical machinery, elcc- wlll sing In fact, tronic devices and machine tools to they are even i communist-dominated countries Is sending along the original garlic. The usual Cal- ifornia informal- more scarce electrical and electronic ity will be out machinery to Russia than to Euff- an d everything land and France combined, will be strictly' Tne former Minnesota governor formal. In fact, even the girls in the lobby will sell, Ilo'iio nothing but i starched popcorn. The Metropolitan is the most suc- cessful and artistic musical organ- znllon the world and should draw capacity crowds, but you know Angeles audiences. So, as an added attraction, during intermis- sion the management is putting on hot rod races in the nlslcs. Of course, there won't be any diamond horseshoe. Cnllfornlans will do their own way. They'll have an orange pulp horseshow, studded with sardine scales. All the Hollywood stai's are cnger- ly looking forward to the event and getting ready for it. In fnct, Esther Willlnm.s has already ordered her ermine bathing suit. When my friends heard I was going to attend the Metropolitan, they asked if I were going to take opera glasses. That seems so un- necessary. I usually drink the wa- ter right out of the fountain. Colonna has been approached sev- eral times by the Metropolitan and they made him a very good prop- osition. And Jerry was so impressed he almost weakened and took out a policy. to Russia than was Record Temperature Also New Low For Winter Break in Cold Wave Forecast for Tomorrow This la the coldest March day In the recorded weather history of Winona. But March II, 1343, has another claim to immortality in the Weather bureau records: It is the coldest day in this long bitter winter. Just before dawn today the mer- cury sank to degrees, three de- grees colder than any reading lor any March day In the recorded weather history here. That record begins in 1902. Today, then. Is the coldest March day In at least 46 years, and the coldest of the winter. Twice before In those 46 years the mercury has dipped to on March fl, 11120, nnd March 5. 1917, but today It dropped three degrees more to set the new record for the month that ushers in spring. No Immediate Relief Tonight will be almost as bad. At La Crossc Federal Forecaster A. D. Sanlal predicted a temperature of about tonight. Tomorrow, however, it will bo wanner. A reading of between 22 and 2b is forecast for Friday alter- noon. La, Crossc was considerably wann- er than Winona, The downriver city had an official reading of In the city and at Its airport. But Sanlal said It Is the coldess March 11 in La Crosse's recorded history, and within one degree of the extreme record for all of March. Here's how the mercury sank In Winona to set the new record: At noon Wednesday It was one above, at 5 p. m. zero, at midnight and Just before dawn At the Winona dam it was By 8 a. m. the mercury had Inched back to and by noon it was up to five above. That climaxed n. long hard winter. The first below zero in Winona was noted on November 29 four months to- day's below zero reading was the 26th bolow zero reading of the winter. New for Fuel OH To Mayor John Drucy the new cold brought new applications for old In getting fuel oil. Two distress cases appealed to him Wednesday and two more appealed this mom- ing. Said he, "It appears that only one dealer Is unable to satisfy the demands of all his customers, and I believe we will be able to help all real distress cases." He repeated his recommendation for conversion to some other type of fuel. Ono large fuel oil supplier com- mented, "I'm not worried anymore for the fuel oil shortage this win- ter. The curse is off. That warm spell we had helped." 39 Below at Braincrd The record low temperature that was slowing down activity In Wi- nona was part of a cold air mass hanging over the central nnd south- western portion of the nation. New cold records were set at many points. Sub-zero marks were recorded as far south as the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico. In Kansas, highways already were blocked by snow, schools were closed and acute gas shortages reported. A heavy snowfall also hampered Missouri and Oklahoma, although not NO seriously. Among Kansas cities reporting record Mnrch lows were Hayes, Garden City, and Dodge City, -15. The coldest spot on the Chicago Weather bureau map was Bralnerd. Minn., with Minneapolis and St. Paul had the coldest March, day on record. Austin had Grand Forks, N. D., reported St. Cloud had Record March lows spread through Iowa, with at Atlantic, and-25 at Mason City. In Nebraska It was at Valentine and Scotts Bluff. PeUston, Mich., was among the nation's coldest spots with It was 81 at Miami yesterday. Furtlicr eastward, the extreme cold was ex- pected to move In tonight and tomorrow night, on the heels of a snowfall. ___________ 'Item by Price Cuts Urged St. Louis Price reduction, item by item, bit by bit, whenever and wherever possible" was urged on manufacturers and dealers, wholesale and retail, today. The request was made by Jny D. RunkJc, Detroit, chairman of the National Retail Dry Goods associa- tion. In nn address at tho opening of the National Marketing confer- ence. A strange phenomenon exists, he said, with business relatively slow- both at wholesale and retail prices, and textile manufacturers still plan- ning higher prices for next autumn's .rade. "Manufacturers frankly admit in many cases they arc not going to reduce prices until- they have to, and that they would rather curtail jroductlon if necessary to maintain nc present nigh price Run- dc said. "There is little evidence that many manufacturers are trying seriously jo reduce costs or prices. This Is the ,tuff'out ot which booms and busts. arc made." -15 Previous Low in March Since 1308 there have been only 18 years when below zero readings were recorded hero In March. Here arc those years with the day of the lowest read- ing In March in parentheses: 4 3 9 8 1 15 7 9 -15 1 3 7 5 7 -10 2 Stassen Scores U. S. Economic Exports to Soviet E. Stas- sen last night charged the Truman administration with economic ap- peasement of the Soviet union and comprehension." He cited figures he said showed the United States In 1947 exported said that during the same period the U. S. exported more vital industrial machinery. Including machine tools. exported to Italy corn- France, Belgium and blned. More than ten per cent of our total European export of steel and Iron products were to Russia, Stassen said. Soldier Dives Plane Into Sea After Shooting Honolulu One shoe Is all that police have found of a young soldier they critical- ly wounded his estranged bride, then NUiclde-dlvixl a stolen piano into the sea. Five terrified children, wmlcned the shooting. One of them, nine-year-old girl, dared to slap the man in the face. Detective Eugene A. Kennedy said the case is closed and that the soldier. Private Samuel A. Wong, 24, certainly died in the crash dive. The plane hit the water near the inbound liner Matsonia yesterday an hundreds of passengers watched.