Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 22, 1952, Winona, Minnesota
Heavy Drifting Snow Tonight, Colder Sunday VOLUME 52, NO. 30 FIVE CENTS PER COPY W1NONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 22, 1932 TWELVE PAGES Tornado Rips Mid-South; 214 Dead HISTORY REPEATS Blizzard Lashes Winona; Up to Foot of Snow Seen Visibility in Winona was "near zero" during East Third and the height of this morning's snow storm. Shoppers morning, arc shown above as they bucked the blizzard at Lafayette .Streets during mid- Republican-Herald photo Interest Mounts In U. S. Elections By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Presidential campaign skirmishing was most active today in up- coming primary Wisconsin, and blasts andr booms were echoing elsewhere. Once around the country turns up these events: NEBRASKA The April 1 primary campaign got a shot in the arm with the arrival of Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee and announcement of a write-in drive for Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio. Kefauver, who opposes Sen. Rob- ert Kerr of Oklahoma for the Dem- _, g ocratie nomination, talked at North L I t _ V Platte and Scottsbluff yesterday. TODAY If No One Wins U.'S. tion ly JOSEPH and STEWART ALSO? WASHINGTON President Harry Truman does in the end de- cide to run again, a downright nightmarish constitutional crisis may quite possibly result. For the Republican professionals still want Sen. Robert A. Taft, despite the recent events in New Hampshire and Minnesota, and a Truman de- cision to run would encourage them to believe that Taft could become President The Southerners have already served notice that they will bolt if Taft and Truman are the major party candidates. And it is only too easy to see what all this might mean. Some Southern strategists make no bones about it. In case of a Taft-Truman race, they intend to throw the election into the House of Representatives, by denying to both Taft and Truman the consti- tutionally required majority of the 531 electoral votes. The Southern- ers expect to take at least 98 elec- toral votes with such a candi- date as Gov. Alan Shivers of Tex- as, and the South's whole quota of 129 votes if Sen. Richard Russell, of Georgia, agrees to become the Southern candidate. This means that either Taft or Truman would have to beat the other by a decisive majority of as much as 266 electoral votes to 136, and at least 268 to 167, in or- der to be elected. If Taft and Tru- man ran even fairly close, no one would be elected, and the night- mare crisis would be on. History is not very helpful In trying to determine what might happen then. The election has been thrown into the House twice before in the past The first time was in 1800, when Thomas Jeffer- son and Aaron Burr tied in elec- toral votes. The second time was in 1824, after the passage of the 12th amendment, when Andrew Jackson led the ballot with 99 votes, but failed to get the neces- sary majority. Yet neither of these previous crises provide an exact precedent, partly because the 20th or "lame duck" amendment has been passed in the-meantime, and partly be- cause other circumstances were so different On both these past oc- casions, a third party acted as a (Centinutd on 4, Column 5} ALSOPS He scheduled stops today in Al- liance, Sidney and Lexington. Taft, seeking the Republican nomination, got a double boost. Omaha supporters announced plans for a Taft write-in campaign and a Lincoln group readied a program to teach voters how to cast write- in ballots. Republican ballot en- tries: Former Gov. Harold Stas- sen of Minnesota and Mrs. Mary Kenny of Lincoln, a supporter of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. WISCONSIN The state supreme court's re- fusal yesterday to consider taking California Gov. Earl Warren's name off the April 1 ballot left Taft and Stassen backers arguing over who started it. State Attorney General Vernon Thomson, a Taft delegate candi- date, said Stassen supporters in- spired the action. Stassen delegate Loyal Eddy, a candidate, at- tributed Thomson's statement to "the crumbling of the Taft orga- nization." At Berlin, Stas- sen called it "unfair" and de- signed to "confuse the people of the state for Sen. Taft's benefit." Taft has denounced the move to take Warren's name off the bal- lot. Taft was stumping northern .Wis- consin, Stassen the Fox River Val- ley industrial area and Warren the populous southern nosha, Racine and Milwaukee. John B. Chappie, national lead- er of the "Draft MacArthur" move- ment, suggested Taft announce willingness to be vice presidential running mate to MacArthur. ILLINOIS Eisenhower backers announced in Chicago they will not sponsor a write-in campaign in the April 8 Illinois presidential preference primary. Their reason: The state GOP organization "has been stead- ily working" for Taft Taft work- ers retorted: "Alibi." NEW JERSEY Former Gov. Charles Edison, in a statement issued in New York, urged Eisenhower to disavow the "ill-advised" support of Gov. Al- fred DriscoIL Edison, a Taft back- er, said he cabled the appeal to the generaL Taft withdrew from New Jersey's April 15 primary aft- er Gov. Driscoll announced sup- port of Eisenhower. In Washington, D. C., Taft head- quarters said the Ohio senator wifl ask formally that his name be stricken from the ballot. Buzzards and state basketball tournaments must be directly re- lated. Or maybe the weatherman clocks his storms on a repeating calendar basis. At any rate, southeastern Min- nesota and western Wisconsin were in the blustery grasp of a snow- storm today that parallels almost exactly the one a year ago. Predictions call for from five to 12 inches of snow in much of the Winona area; on March 19, 1951 a 12-inch fall shattered yearly rec- ords here. It was state basketball tourney weekend a year ago when traffic was paralyzed by the wintry blast. Motorists were stranded in towns between here and the Twin Cities; trains were late, meetings canceled. Now comes another such storm, promising to be every bit as bad, according to weather officials in La Crosse. By 11 a.m. more than three inches of snow had come down in Winona and winds already were whipping it into drifts. Hazardous Driving Motorists coming into Winona told of extremely hazardous driv- ing conditions on highways; many got hotel rooms this morning, not wanting to risk traveling any farther. The snow is supposed to con- tinue, weather forecasters say, un- til tonight when it will diminish into "flurries." Colder tempera- tures are promised for Sunday, adding misery to woe! Should 12 inches fall here, the all-time record of 83.75 inches listed in 1950-51 may be broken. Already 70 inches have come down this winter, plus three more this morning. Spring came to Winona and area (Continued on 2, Column 8) STORM Hurt; 148 Killed In Arkansas Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi Hit; Damage in Millions LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Tor- nadoes and floods blitzed five South- ern states on the Mississippi Riv- er with a terrible fury yesterday and left 214 dead and more than injured. Rainstorihs swirling on the per- imeter of the storms flooded creeks and at Scottville, Ky., seven mem. bers of. one family drowned when their home was washed away. Even as the "rescue workers scrambled through the mud and debris of the storms, the Washing- ton Weather Bureau warned that fresh tornadoes might hit late this afternoon in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. By nightfall, the Bureau added, the storm conditions would reach into the Western parts of Virginia and West Virginia. Up and down the Mississippi Riv- er in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mis- souri and North Mississippi large sections looked as if they had been hit by a vast artillery barrage. Worst hit was Arkansas where the rain and lighting-laced black funnel killed 148. Forty died in Tennessee, eight in Mississippi, 11 in Missouri and seven in Kentucky. The dead, by states, of yester- day's tornado: Arkansas: White County 92; Cot- ton Plant, 22; England, 9; Dierks, 7; Center Point, 5; Hazen, 3; Me- Crory, Carlisle, Marked Tree and Hickory Ridge, 2 each; Truman and Wattensaw, 1 each. Kentucky: Scottsville, 7. Mississippi: Byhalia, 7, and Ma- nila, 1.' Tennessee: Henderson County, 9; Dyersburg, 14; the town of Hen- derson in Chester County, 9; Mos- cow, 6; and 1 each in Medina and Chesterfield. Missouri: Caruthersville area, 11. Damage to homes, factories, public utilities and farms was ex- pected to run into millions of dol- lars. Throughout the night rescue workers stumbled through the muck and debris seeking victims. The screaming sirens of am- bulances added to the nightmare. Cat! Guardsmen Arkansas snapped 440 national guardsmen to active duty over- night, keeping 100 in reserve at Camp Robinson, and putting the others to work in the tortured areas. The Red Cross poured disaster workers into the region. A Little Rock bound plane was loaded with 250 pints of blood plasma in St. Louis to replenish the supply dis- tributed by blood centers here. The storms, forecast by the U. S Weather Bureau, blitzed Arkansas from the southwest section to the northeast tip. White County in the strawberry country of Arkansas alone had 73 dead. The towns of Judsonia and Bald Knob, about 50 miles north- east of here, were leveled. Only the Methodist Church in Judsonia escaped unscathed.- "It is Awful" "The damage and human suffer- ing is said Marvin Crit- tenden, director of relief services for the Arkansas Welfare Depart- ment. "The whole highway south from Searcy looks like picture (Continued on Page 10, Column 5) TORNADO W. F. Red Cross worker at England, Ark., gently covers two injured and frightened. children brought into an emergency first aid center after yesterday's tornado. (AP Wirepfcoto to The This Is An Air View of Judsonia, Ark., showing the extensive area. (AP Wirephoto to The damage after a tornado swept through and virtually flattened the ________ Fire Sweeps Alaskan Town 44 Perish In Dutch Plane Crash By RICHARD K. O'MALLEY FRANKFURT, Germany Forty-four "persons perished today in the flaming wreckage of a Roy- al Dutch (KLM) airliner in a Frankfurt suburb. It was West Germany's worst plane disaster since the war. Four of the 48 persons aboard escaped death, but two were hurt so badly they are not expected to survive. The death toll was announced by U. S. Air Force officials who helped direct rescue work. They said the plane, a four-engined DC-6 inbound from Rome on a flight from Johannesburg, was carrying 38 passengers and a crew of 10. A partial passenger list re- leased in Rome carried the name of an American, John Bickford, but no address. The crash occurred two miles from Frankfurt's big Rhine-Main air base, where the plane was scheduled to land. Cause of the crash was not deter- mined. The day was gray but not Foggy and the plane named "Queen making an instrument landing. The ship was the one Queen Juliana bad intend- ed to use on her flight to Washing- ton, where she is to start a state visit April 2. Frankfurt firemen and rescue crews from Rhine-Main had to put down flames in the plane and in surrounding trees before the bod- ies of the dead could be removed. A U. S. Air Force chaplain stood jy, giving blessings. Search crews dug from the wreckage three cases of gold con- signed from Johannesburg to Am- sterdam. They also found a book: 'Point of No Return." Senators Charge Lattimore Lieo WASHINGTON senators accuse Owen Lattimore of telling "untruths" under oath and of contemptuous conduct. And he charges they made a "savage" and unfair attack on him. Lattimore, Far Eastern affairs specialist and one-time occasional consultant to the State Department, was bitterly and unanimously denounced by the Senate security subcommittee late yester-> day. The barrage of criticism came as the group concluded weeks of stormy sessions at which Latti- more, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, underwent intensive questioning and swore he never has been a Communist or a Red charged by other witnesses. On behalf of the seven-man sub- committee, Chairman McCarran (D-Nev) read a scathing statement accusing Lattimore of having been "flagrantly "outspokenly discourteous" and "persistent in his efforts to con- fuse and obscure the facts." And then: "That he has uttered untruths stands clear on the record." Lattimore sat silently as McCar- ran read the long statement, then heard the chairman's gavel rap an end to the hearings. Just before Mc- Carran started to read he asked the witness whether he had anything more to say. Lattimore said no. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Moderate to heavy blowing and drifting snow this afternoon, chang- ing to snow flurries tonight; little colder tonight Sunday, cloudy and colder. Low tonight, 20; high Sun- day afternoon, 30. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maxi- mum, 43 minimum, 27; noon, 27; precipitation, 3 inches snow; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at Additional weather on page 2. Marijuana Seed, Powder Found on 2 Rochester Men ST. PAUL Rochester, Minn., men were held for ques- tioning here today after police said they found worth of mari- juana seed and powder in their car last night. Inspector Frank Mondike Identi- fied those held as Norman A. Mill- er, 36, alleged owner of the car carrying the drugs, and Charles Papenfus, 23. Police reported a 35- year-old St. Paul woman was also in custody as a material witness Minneapolis Girl Choked to Death, MINNEAPOLIS 19-year- old Minneapolis girl was found dead in a downtown hotel early to- day and police were holding a 27- year-old companion. The Hennepin County coroner's office said the girl was Marilyn Fitzbenry and that she apparently had been choked and beaten. She and man companion had check- ed into the Milr.er Hotel yesterday. Later he was arrested when he created a disturbance on a street- car. Chinese Troops Reported Sifting Into Indochina By RUSSELL BRINES and C. YATES MeDANIEL WASHINGTON disclosure that Chinese Communist forces are in French Indochina raised congressional questions today whether the Chinese are pre- paring for "another Korea." But top Pentagon sources and French officials in Paris and Saigon quickly denied that Bed fighting forces have crossed the Indochina border. Pentagon sources say some arms supply officers and truck drivers probably have a ar less serious situation. A report from Saigon, Indochina, said reliable sources estimate to military advisers and technicians from Red China are making a "slow invasion" of ndochina. The impression both here and abroad that fighting forces had crossed into Indochina .stemmed from testimony by Defense Secre- tary Lovett before the House For- eign Affairs Committee yesterday. and from a statement by of State Acheson before -the same group Thursday. Lovett, appearing to testify in favor of President Truman's Foreign Aid Bill, said "some" Chinese forces had been in bloody Indochina "for some time." Acheson the day before said, "I believe some Chinese nationals are involved in the fighting in French Indochina." His was the first bint that Chinese Reds may have join- ed hostilities against the French in tbis gateway to rich Southeast Asia. First denials came from the Min- nistry of the Associated States in Saigon. It said: "We have receiv- ed no information allowing us to suppose'that Chinese troops have crossed the border." A similar statement came from Paris. But congressmen were worried, recalling that the Chinese sifted across the Yalu River border into North Korea during tbe Allied push in October, 1350, then re- grouped and forced the United Na- tions backward 100 miles. 21 Business Buildings Go Up in Flames Waterfront Side Of Main Street Left in Ashes WRANGELL, Alaska burned out 21 business buildingi early today and threatened de- struction of the one-street down- town section in this community of No casualties have been report ed. The entire waterfront side of the main street had been destroyed by 2 a. m., 3V4 hours after the fire mushroomed from a hardware store. Firemen said a boiler explosion was the apparent cause. Officials of the city, 800 miles north of Seattle, said the 21 razed buildings were .nore than half of those in the business area. Every able bodied man in the town turned out .to fight the flames along with a construction crew working on a high scboal pro- ject and men from the Wrangell station of the Alaska Communica- tion System. Use Dynamite was brought from the high school and a number of build- ings in the path of the.blaze were blown up in a vain effort to stem the fire's advance. Water pressure was low because so many hoses were drawing streams from the small mains. Efforts were being directed to- ward saving the structures on the opposite side of the street. Fire- fighters said it was a "tossup" whether they could succeed. Among the buildings destroyed was Wrangell's only hotel, a three- story frame structure. All bad sufficient warning to flee. Also homeless were members ol six families living in apartments above the business bouses. The town also lost its only bak- ery, only barbershop, only frozen food locker plant, only theater, and only cold storage plane The Elks Club and bowling al- leys, Red Men's Lodge, one of the three largest groceries and two liquor stores also were destroyed. Near Frozlng The cold storage plant included the approach to the city which was to be blasted at shore end in an attempt to it The fire hit as temperatures nov- ered near the freezing mark and firefighters estimated it would another ten or 12 hours to bring the flames under controL Two Coast Guard cutters were en route here to combat the blaze from the water side. One was re- ported at 2 a. in the Wrangell narrows, the seaway to the town from the inland passage along the southeast panhandle of Alaska. The other is en route from Ketchikan. Wrangell is approximately midway between Ketchikan and Juneau. Not since 1908 has Wrangell been hit by a major fire. Then on the shore-wide side of the main street were razed. Wrangell sits at the base of'ar; steep range of hills with on the main street sitting on on water aide.