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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 24, 1949, Winona, Minnesota RAIN, WARMER TONIGHT, FRIDAY SUPPORT YOURY.M.C.A. VOLUME 49, NO. 31 WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 24, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY-TWO PAGES Levee Breaks Near Baton Rouge House Shelves Vets Pension Bill, 208-207 Plan Returned To Committee For New Study Ran kin Views Decision as Killing Measure Washington By a one vote margin, the House today shelved Hankin Veterans' pension bill. i A roll-call voie of 208 to 207 sent: the measure back to ths veterans' committee for further study. It Is possible for the veterans' committee to write a new bill send it back to the House at a later date. But Chairman Rankin (D.-Miss.) told the House the vote to recom- mit meant that the bill is dead. "That kills this legislation for this Rankin said. Rankin's bill already had been BO amended that it bore little re- semblance to his original proposal for a month pensions at age 65 to all World War I and World War U veterans. The vote to throw it back to committee climaxed a series of maneuvers on the floor. The House vote to shelve the pen- sion bill Included: Minnesota: For Blatnik, Mc- Carthy, Marshall, Wier, Judd. Against: Andresen, O'Hara, Hagen! Wisconsin: For Blemiller, Za- blockl, Byrnes. Against Hull, OTConski. Murray, Smith. As originally called up, Rankin's bill provided for a pension of month to all World War I and n veterans at age 65, regardless of financial need. Changes Acceptedv As it come back before the House! for its third day of debate, it look- ed something like a combined pen- sion-bonus bill. Before adjourning, the House tentatively accepted an amend- ment by Representative Jacobs (D.-Ind.) knocking out the pen- sion figure and substituting what Classmates Of 16-Year-Old Patricia Birmingham form an aisle as body of murder victim, followed by grieving family, is carried from St. Rita's Catholic church at Milwaukee, Wis., after funeral sen-ices today. The girl's bullet-riddled body, weighted with a con- crete building block, was found in the Milwaukee river Sunday. Patricia had been missing since February 10. The killer has not been found. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Question Winonan In Death of Tomah Man in Road Crash _ ____ Sparta, Winona man Is being held in the Monroe amounted to a deferred bonus -lal1 here under bond for questioning regarding an auto- Sister of Slain Girl Discovered In Minneapolis Eloping Couple Agrees to Return To Milwaukee n eloping young couple, seized by police af- ter an intensive four-day search, told authorities they can offer no help in solving the mysterious slay- ing of Patricia Birmingham. The couple, Patricia's sister, Ka- thleen, 17, and Milton Babich, 19, awaited removal to Milwaukee to- day for further questioning in the slaying of the 15-year-old high school student. The bullet-pierced and weighted body of Patricia was recovered from the Milwaukee river near her home in West Allis, Wis., last Sun- day. Police have established no mo- tive for the slaying of Patricia, who had been missing from her home since last February 10. Last Friday Kathleen and Babich dis- appeared from their homes. They told police that they were married in Kalamazoo, Mich., last Friday. Babich was hunted by police, throughout the Midwest on a war-; rant charging him with contributing to the delinquency of a Kathleen. Both have agreed to turn to Wisconsin. Detectives plan-j ned to take them to Milwaukee after they formally waive extradi-l tion at a district court hearing. Babich and Kathleen were seized by police yesterday in a rooming} house at 2633 Emerson avenue south where they had rented light house- keeping quarters on Tuesday. After they heard of the finding of Patricia's body Sunday, they told police they did not attempt to com- fort Kathleen's bereaved parents because she had misrepresent- ed her age in applying for a mar- posal. The Jacobs plan provides that all veterans would be paid a flat a month at age 65, plus an additional month for each month of war service and another a month for each month spent in an overseas theater of combat. The House also adopted an amendment b y Representative Rogers (D.-Fla.) establishing a financial need yardstick. Pensions would be barred to veterans whose Income is over a year if unmarried, or if married or with dependents. Twice the House refused to ex-! elude World War U veterans from pension benefits. It first rejected an omnibus sub- stitute for the Rankin bill offered by Representative Huber (D.. and then turned down an amendment b y Representative Kearney (R.-N. Y.) to limit pen- sions' to World War I servicemen. Also voted down was another amendment b y Representative Camp (D.-Ga.) to cut pensions to a month, and a proposal by Representative Van Zandt (R.-Pa.) which would have established com- pensation benefits for disabilities incurred out of the service. mobile accident near here Wednesday night in which Ruben Rosa, Tomah, was killed. Emil J. Kujak, 28, who resides at 766 East Fifth street in Winona, was arrested by Tomah police and charged with having failed to stop: at the scene of an accident follow- ing the fatal mishap on trunk high-! way 12-16 abcut 25 miles east oft here. According to Monroe county au- Family of Five Dead in Fire Circleville, family of five persons burned to death early today when fire destroyed their ten- A Circle Of all that remains of the 45-year-old round barn on the Elmer Reiter farm a mile north of Plainview which was destroyed early today after lightning struck the building. The-frame struc- ture, a landmark in this area, was leveled within two hours. Loss, estimated at Is partially cov- ered by insurance. Republican-Herald photo riage license. She will not be 18 until March 31, Kathleen did no (Continued on Iff Column 1. SISTER Lightning Fire Destroys Barn Near Plainview Lewis Orders Miners' Return To Pits Monday L. Lewis to- w-ut: x1 Talipes, zo. ana ineiri iiu- e J__ :e children, Jean six- Beverly Iticed the collsion, notified Tomah! da7 ordered hls coal and Ljoie Lee, 17 months. of the mishap and stated mifers to to work. Monday. thorities, Rosa, a 58-year-old night telegrapher for the Milwaukee rail- i road at Camp Douglas, was driving ant house on a farm, 12 miles north- lfrom Tomah to Camp Douglas late west of here. )last evening when his car was struck The victims were: jfrom behind by another vehicle. Leonard Estep, 28, tenant far-1 An unidentified motorist who was mer; his wife Frances, 26, and their; JrivpS, accident site no- three four A neighbor discovered the fire about 5 a.m. Wisconsin Studies Doubling Fee for that the driver of a truck which Aci executive order to district of- struck Rosa's car did not stop said: the accident but continued to travel I "The memorial period will terminate Monday, March 28. Pro- toward Tomah. A few minutes later, Tomah au- thorities stoped Kujak's semi-truck in Tomah and asked the Winona man whether he knew that date." duction may then be resumed In all! mines and all members should', make themselves available for 40 feet to the north By Al Olson Plainview, struck with an estimated million volt blow on the Elmer Reiter farm a mile north of here early thi morning, destroying a large round barn in a fire." Lost in the flre were 15 dairy cows, a bull, eight calves, six sow and their litters, totaling 45 ten- day-old pigs. The flre was discov- ered by Mr. Reiter at a. rn. Reiter and his oldest son. Allan were able to pull six cows and a rid- ing horse from the barn before moke and flames made further res- cue work impossible. Dogs Escape Two dogs also escaped death, run- ning out, of the barn door when Reiter opened them. Stored in the frame barn were about 25 tons ol hay which went up in fire. The barn, round-shaped with a 60-foot diameter, was a land- mark In this area. Built In 1904 it was an attraction for passers- by and was believed to have been the only one of its kind within a, radius of many miles. The square two-story farm home, I about the reported accident. The order was directed to miners 100 per cent boost although he in license fees is all right he mieht have Those amendments written into Mississippi river commercial fish-1 a pndge or roadside pole. ie bill, however, must still come.'ermen. He explained that he was ap- KuJak replied police said Jeast of the Mississippi who have I that he was unaware that he had the to the final test on a roll-call vote, House Reverses Self So their representatives, Jack Johnson, of Prairie du Chien, and The House or. Tuesday voted off ;E. C. Newcomb, of Pepin, declared time that he felt the impact and! of Mines. been idle since March 14 in a work stoppage Lewis said was meant as a memorial to dead and injured workers. Lewis said it also would protest appointment of Dr. James truck at theiBoyd as head of the S. Bureau that he saw no other automobile YWI.CWI .cj. w. ui .repin, declared AI the record to kill the entire at a legislative hearing.! Lr but it suddenly reversed its field' A bill provided such a boost Glenn Van when the members answered by th conservation depart-! a Crcsse' was follow- The mine closings, have cost the Singed But these two dogs pictured above who escaped death in this morning's bam flre on the Elmer Reiter farm near Plainview. Reiter It shown petting the animals. Lost in the flre were 15 cows, 45 small pigg, eight calves, a bull and six sows. Home Rule Rent Bill vjoes to Conference By Marvin I. Arrowsmith leaders today called the Senate-ap- J.IM, YG IMIC j diggers some in wages.! s at tne nome- of the round barn, was saved, as were machine sheds and the hog house, adjacent to the barn. Plainview Firemen Firemen from Plainview were aid- ed in fighting the blaze by a strong wind which blew flames away from the house. Firemen were called by Allan Reiter, who drove to a near- of Ag- aU Bratman testified roved bill to extend rent controls 12 to 15 months "a pretty good job." owever, they didn't like a provision allowing "home rule" decontrol ny time. The Senate passed the bill last night, 68 to 10. It permits some rent increases up to ten per cent. Senate action sent the bill back to the House, which already hasj approved a measure to continue rent controls 15 months beyond Three Feet Of Water Over Highway Sugar Plantation Workers Forced To Flee Area Baton Rouge, La. Ths Missisippi river broke through evee today and sent residents flee- ing from their homes. The break ocurred about i. m. about three miles lorth of Port Allen, across the rlv- r from Baton Rouge. Port Allen is a town of about J.OOp. The area being flooded Is oc- .upied almost entirely by sugar ilantations. it is sparsely populated, "here was no report of casualties immediately. The break came as a complete urprise, as the river stage had not >een considered dangerous. Yesterday's river stage at Baton louge was 34 feet, a foot below .ood stage. The river had fallen alf a foot in the previous 24 hours. has been falling for several days, illowlng a crest reached as the esult of the Ohio river flood com- ing down the Mississippi. Within three hours the water had moved three miles in from the river. Highway 190 was covered to a depth of three feet. Sheriff's deputies and patrolled the roads, knocking on doors and urging residents to leave their houses. The Red Cross set up a reception center in Port Allen to care for refugees. The break occurred at a large bend where the river washes direct- ly against the levee. The U. 3. Army engineers rush- ed men to the scene. Estimates of the size of the break varied. Three hours after the break, deputies reported water going through a gap 200 feet wide, with the levee crumbling on either side. Army engineers said it would at least a week to close the gap. Covernor Earl K. Long called up- on ill ttatte departments to render every possible assistance, and went to the scene himself. The Coast Guard sent 20 boats to the area from New Orleans, Gal- veston, Texas, and Biloxi, Miss. It also dispatched a truck to- facilitate radio contact. Army helicopters were reported en route from San Antonio, Texas. The weather made news elsewhere about the nation today. An early spring snow storm swept over areas from Minnesota into the central Rockies. The snow belt extended into parts >f the Dakotas, western Nebraska and sections of Montana, Colorado and Wyoming. More than a foot of new snow fell at Lander, Wyo., .nd it measured more than six niches at Minot, N. D. Heavy falls ilso were reported In some parts f western Nebraska. Temperatures stayed near the reezing mark in the snow belt, now and sleet accompanied a thun- erstorm at Minneapolis. A blizzard which piled up threi i four-foot drifts struck southern daho yesterday. The rest of the country had fair weather and moderate temperatures. to Corn Quotas Seen Until '50 During the mine shutdown, coal-j deafening crash woke we need jday that "only God can tell whether carrying railroads laid off morei i said Reiter as he looked at the quotas" for I smouldering ruins, "and I noticed a blown the bulb from a wall he continued. "Then I noticed a light on in the milk shed, and, grabbing; an overcoat, over my nightclothes, ran side, shouting to my family as I went." their names for the record. Irnent, was considered bv the the trues believed to have been! than employes. _ At the conclusion of yesterday's ate conservation comm'ittee Dr Kuiak. was Questioned by I Lewis, asked about the order glow in the next room, hectic and sometimes unruly ses-Edward Schnebereer department' ,m poe' J Washington, said he would have no I got up and ran in there, to sion, the House was obviously un- superintendents, said'licenses paid ml and aU of comment- discover that the lightning had certain just where it stood. jby commercial fishermen In the sudden z saw fire fl? ahead of Representative Halleok river area amounted to me a'ot of sparks in the said the confusion .was caused The deapartment spent ,5 re.ated. liberately by foes of the bill in for 10 men to work in the areaL. -1 .to hs contln- attempt to "sabotage" it. 'last year, he said d Iolmd tms car lvmS in a pond of water beside the road and a man lying dead on the bank. r ..dtiMBfetei "The semi that hit the car went off on the right shoulder of th road, then came back to the cente and continued west without stop Van Brunt said. Kujak, who operates a trucking agency with his brothers in Wi nona, was arraigned before the jus tice of the peace in Tomah where he was charged with failing to stop at the scene of the accident and then brought to the county jail heri for further questioning. The accident occurred on the dual highway which is a main route from St. Paul to Chicago. f BOAR D-U. S. Senator Edwin C. Johnson (D-Colo Western Baseball League president, displays a schedule pegs sbowing dates each team clays.., University to Honor 3-M Chief Engineer Minneapolis Lee S. Whit- son, chief engineer for the Minne- sota 'Mining and Manufacturing Company, will be honored tomor- row at a dinner at the University of Minnesota. He will receive the Gilbreth medal, the nation's top. award in the field of motion study. WIRED Ed Donegan is the envy of his young friends in Brooklyn as he wears a 20-ounce radio with an earphone. marketing there will before 1950, he added, and the far- mers will vote any controls that do go on. Brannan also told a House .ag- riculture subcommittee tht he ha broad enough authority to withhol price supports for cotton, tobacc or other crops from a farmer wh refuses to co-operate in controlling production and marketing of com Representative Sutton (D.-Tenn, March 31, when the present rent law expires. The House bill differs in several respects from the senate's, so con- ferees from the two branches of Congress have to work out a com- promise before the legislation can go to the White House. The Senate-House conference group plans to get together tomor- row. n C VJ-'. O.CJ-UI' Reiter at once Discovered fire near whether a farmer could b. the fuse box in the pump room of ineligible for price supports the bam and grabbed a can of for otner crops lf he refused b water to flght the flames. The lightning had blown out the farm transformer, shutting off the water pump, so that there was no pressure, and Reiter's efforts were 'in vain." He managed to free two cows and his son, Allan, freed four-asmoke prevented further attempts. Help Arrives "Our neighbors began arriving, the flre department I knew it was too Reiter said. "I went nside couldn't stand to hear; he animals bellowing and mg." The lightning blew a wall switch from the kitchen completely across ie room, scorching the walls. An electrician on the scene said that it co-operate on any restrictions tha might be imposed on corn. "I think the authority is tha Brannan answered. Brannan promised to make rec ommendations early next month for a general farm program. Sfassen to Address M.I.T. Conference Cambridge, E, Stassen will replace President Tru- man as a -speaker at the mid-cen- tury convocation of Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Boston Garden April 1. _., The .President canceled his ap- one of the strongest lightning pearance because of pressure ilts in this area in some time. Loss is partially covered by insur- ance. The rescued animals are be- ing kept at the nearby Mike Pletsch ms and one daughter make their ome on me 160-acre larni. of official duties. Former Prime Minister Winston Twenty-three Republicans joined 45 Democrats in ramming the Sen- ate bill through. All the ten votes against it Were cast by Republi- Bricker But- ler Cordon Ecton Gurney Kem (Mo) Mundt Wherry Wil liams and Young Democrats Desert Administration leaders succeedec in batting down most amendments they contended would cripple ren control. But they came out on th short end of a couple of counts, too In one case, the Democrats de serted President Truman in largi numbers. That was on an amend- ment by Senator Magnuson (D- Wash.) to continue rent controls ;wo years as Mr. Truman asked That proposal was swamped, 75 o 10. Among others, Senator Lucas (Continued on Page 5, Column 3.) RENT DILI, J. of W. Fraternity Negro Pledge Madison, .Wis. en- rance of a Negro in a University f Wisconsin fraternity was report- d today. Churchill of England, who speaks Phi Sigma .Delta, heretofore all- the night before Stassen, .will re- white social 'fraternity, announced arm. Mr. Reiter, his wife, three ceive an honorary- appointment as I it had pledged Weathers Sikes, lecturer at M.I.T. after chemistry student from Chi- address. i. j UVMVIW4-AU WiAi- J-l-1 V--iC Oii VCi IJ-UUil TO. YVIHUV cage. Sikes accepted the bid.___i Additional weather on page 12. :arm Equipment Shortage Easing of most items of farm equipment should catch -up with demand in the last half of 1849, a commerce depart- ment report said yesterday. This disappearance of another seller's market "ser- ious interruptions in was predicted with the explana- ions that: 1. Farmers are expected to buy .ess of this equipment than in record setting 1938 because of "the decline in prices of farm products and the expected drop in net farm income." Their demand will "con- tinue to be however. 2. The farm equipment industry's output Is now more than three times the 1939 rate and 22 per cent above 1947. In addition im- ports, mostly from Britain and Can- ada, have been large and will con- tinue so until TJ. S. demand eases. The total value of factory ship- ments of farm machinery and trac- tors in 1948 was listed at 000 This represented an in- crease of 37 per cent over 1947 and 417 per cent over 1939. WEATHER LOCAl WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending- at 12 jn. today: Maximum, 45; minimum 19- noon, 45; precipitation, .01; sunsets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and rain anight and Friday. Somewhat wanner tonight with a low of 41 urning colder late Friday, highest In the afternoon 46. Windy ;