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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1953, Winona, Minnesota Showers Tonight And Colder; Fair Tuesday River Stage 24-Hour Change (Flood 13) Today .05 Year Ago; 5.0? .14 VOLUME 53, NO. 35 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, MARCH 30, 1953 TWENTY PAGES 2 Women Killed at Spring Valley Reds Offer Compromise on Prisoner Issue Hobo Jungle Party Kills 3 at Willmar WILLMAR, Minn. transients died and a fourth was in fair condition in a Willmar hospital today apparently from drinking denatured alcohol at a hobo "jungle" party. Police Chief Robert McLane said the three dead men were tenta- tively identified as Jack Peter Demel, about 30, International Falls; Walter Touslee, about 45, i O'Neil, Neb.; and Oscar Gubrud, j house wjtriout registering, as re- Redwood Falls, Minn, ui at the police station, also The fourth man, in (air condi- j were taken to the hospital. tion today at Rice Hospital in j Gubrud died last night and Willmar, was tentatively identified as James Patrick Riiey, about Ottumwa, la. Demel and Touslee this morning. Autopsies were ordered on all the bodies. A pathologist was en route Chief McLane said Demel was from St Cloud picked up at the Great Northern I McLane said the four men ap- depot in Willmar Sunday after- i parently had attended a '.'jungle' All Asking to Go Home Would Be Sent Back Others Would Go to Neutral Nation Under Plan noon for drunkenness. He was lodged in the "bunkhouse" section party near the Willmar railroad yards. of the Willmar jail, a separate Remains of a pot of beans the building. He became violently ill j men had cooked at the "jungle" 'and was taken to the hospital. j and a milky white liquid the men Shortly afterward, the other] apparently drank were being held three, who had gone to the bunk-' for chemical analysis. Interest Mounts Over Sales Tax By JACK MACKAY ST. PAUL big questions reverberated through legisla- tive hails at the State Capitol today: "Will the Legislature pass a sales tax "Will the governor sign a bill if it is The answers depend on the legislators asked the questions. _____________________________I If it's a supporter of the 3 per cent sales levy proposal, he'll say "It's got a swell chance." If it's an I opponent, the likely answer is i "It'll never get through this Legis- ilature." i The governor? Well, Gov. Ander- i son said he is opposed to it as a "haphazard" way of solving the tax problem, but on the other hand he left the door open for a "yes" answer. Also, the cost of state gov- TODAY Ike Willing To Meet Malenkov By JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP ernment must be met and it's the Legislature which decides how it should be done. Means Business "I mean business. We're headed plan for an! into a chaotic condition. We may Eisenhow'er-Maienkov meeting now far enough advanced to have cia] probiems." So spoke the House been discussed with our allies, j majority leader Roy E. Dunn, Pel- This does not mean that a meeting i ican Rapids, who introduced the will take place tomorrow, or j of the powerful Rules very soon. It does mean that the sharing Dunn's opinion is the Sen- Eisenhower administration wants a j ate majority leader Archie Miller, meeting of East and West if one! Hopkins. He said: "I think it has can be arranged with any hope of! enough votes to pass in the Sen- success i ate a complete replacement Actuallv President Eisenhower ifor tne Personal property tax and has had iVin mind to sit down and 'r 'f talk matters over with the Soviet rulers from the very beginning. When British Prime Minister Win- ston Churchill made his flying visit to this country shortly a tier the election, Eisenhower broached the were not listed as voting on a move idea to him. Churchill's response j in the House to block introduction was warmly favorable, but he i of the sales tax bill. All other area if it exempts food." He charged that the governor is Area Vote Winona County representatives made two points with his accustom- ed vigor. Two-Way -Meeting Opposed He strongly opposed any two- way Soviet-American meeting, on the ground that this would shake representatives voted to support introduction of the measure. They were Moppy Anderson, Preston; Lloyd Duxbury, Caledonia; Frank Furst, Lake City, and Leo D. Mad- den. Eyota. Rep. John D. McGill, the confidence of' America's allies, i Winona, and Rep. George P. Daley, He also insisted that any East- j Lewiston, were among 17 listed as West meeting would be worse than not voting. useless without very thorough ad- vance preparation, preferably through normal diplomatic chan- nels, and preferably secret. After Eisenhower's inaugura- tion, the idea of talks with the "playing politics" with his office, but he admits that the governor's opposition will be an obstacle. As drafted, the bill abolishes all i personal property taxes and ex- I empts food purchased for the home. mediate, pressing problems. Then the death of Joseph Stalin, which occurred during British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden's visit to this country, brought the matter to the forefront again. Some Administration advisers, reportedly including C. D. Jack- son, psychological warfare chief, urged an almost immediate ap- proach to the Kremlin, to catch the Soviets off base. On being con- sulted, Eden was sympathetic in principle but v.gorously reiterated rhnrrhi 11's nlea for mter-alhcd con-1 through enactment of some bills now pending. A strong group of liberals and a sprinkling of conservatives have vowed to fight the bill "to the By JOHN RANDOLPH TOKYO China Premier Chou En-lai tonight offered a com- promise solution to the knotty pro- blem of repatriating Korean War only issue blocking an armistice agreement. It was the first break in the Reds' previously unyielding de- mands- that all prisoners be re- turned. Chou proposed that both sides return those prisoners who insist on going home and hand over the others to a neutral state "to in- sure a just solution to the question of their repatriation." He did not propose a neutral state by name, presumably leaving that question to be decided at the armistice site of Panmunjom. j The United Nations walked away ifrom Panmunjom last fall after telling the Reds to accept the i principle of giving their prisoners their choice of returning come up with an acceptable solu- tion. Chou's to plans ad- vanced in the United Nations As- s e m b 1 y came in a broadcast, heard here, over the Communist Peiping radio. S Spokesman for Gen. Mark Clark, U. N. Far East commander, said "we are not selling the state- ment short but so far it is just a Communist radio broadcast." The spokesman said as far as he knew no formal communication from Chou had been received. I Some Allied officers said pri- vately and unofficially that the j proposal, if it meant what it seems, might end the Korean War. But they had their fingers crossed and there was a feeling of super cau- tion among the command. The Reds had made an earlier overture Saturday, accepting a Feb. 22 U. N. proposal for ex- change of sick and wounded war prisoners and asking that the truce talks be resumed. The U. N. has 1 not yet answered the Saturday proposal. Chou said tonight: "Both parties should under- i take to repatriate immediately af- ter the cessation of hostilities all those prisoners of war who insist upon repatriation and to hand over the remaining prisoners of war to a neutral state so as to ensure a just solution to the ques- tion of their repatriation." However, Chou also said: "We by no means relinquish i the principle of release and re- I patriation of war prisoners with- out delay after the cessation of hostilities "Nor do we acknowledge the assertion of the United Nations Command that there are among the prisoners of war individuals I who allegedly refuse repatriation." In Washington, the State Depart- i ment made it clear it believes the prisoners can be exchanged with- j out formally reopening the truce 1 talks. A spokesman said it is too early to comment on going back to the armistice tent at Panmun- jom. j The best Army opinion here is I that necessary talks for POW ex- I change would be a "working level" I arrangement and not by any means a resumption of the truce talks. Wide Hunt Started For Red Ford Car By FRED LEIGHTON Republican-Herald Area Editor SPRING VALLEY, were alerted in a five-state area early today for the calculating killer and a companion who shot to death a waitress and the wife of a road-side restaurant owner at dawn and then sped northwestward on Highway 16 in a red Ford car. Eobbery apparently was the motive of the gunman who pumped two .45 caliber bullets into Mrs. Harriet Horsman, 49, from an automatic weapon at point-blank range and then turned his gun on Mrs. David Beaston, b________________________wife of the owner of the Four Motorist Saves La Crosse Boy From Drowning LA CROSSE, Wis. passing motorist rescued an 11-year-old La Crosse boy from the Black River Sunday and applied artificial res- I the piration before a fire department tne Winds Cafe one mile west of here. Mrs. Beaston apparently heard the first two shots. She ran into the kitchen from the Beaston apart- ment and was struck in the chest by a bullet fired through a serving window. Both women are believed to have died almost instantly. The cafe, widely known in South- ern Minnesota, is open 24 hours a day. It caters to truck drivers. The double murder was committed at an hour when business is at its a. m. The body of Mrs. Horsman, waitress, was found behind counter at the opposite end squad arrived to complete the treatment. Paul Knutson and another boy launched their raft from a bath- from the cash register. Her body lay partly out into the customer area. Mrs. Beaston was lying on the Mrs. Harriet Horsman lies where she was turned his weapon on her in the robbery of the felled by a killer's bullets at a.m. today, Four Winds Cafe, carrying with her the secret of why the gunman Scene Of A Double Murder at a.m. was this widely-known roadside restaurant, The Four Winds, one mile west of Spring Valley. The kill- ers sped away with a red Ford which had been parked at the left of the building. (Republican- Herald photos) ,-1 British Recall Moscow Envoy finish." Detests Bill "I'd stop at nothing to defeat this bill. I detest said Rep. Joseph Prifrel, St. Paul, a leader bloc. WEATHER Churchill's plea for inter-allied con- sultation and patient preparation. Dulles and the State Department staff on the whole agreed with Eden. The shooting on the Soviet air borders made the time seem unpropitious. Pledge to Britain Thus immediate action was cided against, although early action was not ruled out. At the same time, a fairly strong commitment was given to Eden that when and if this country acted, it would not do so without bringing in Britain and France. to attempt to block introduction of the bill. His motion to "reject" intro- duction Saturday, the deadline for bills without the governor's con- sent, got 49 votes with 65 favoring introduction. Seventeen members were absent. Dunn and others point out that local communities and counties would get back more under the "package" tax plan than they re- ceived in 1952 from personal pro- perty taxes. That tax raised 52 million based on 1952 collections i with the state returning f K- i t i c t to local governmental units. He In the abstract, bi-lateral Soviet- 1 w b t 60 a. w b t 60 a. American talks were, and are, ra- 1 ti (Continued on Page ]5, Column 4} mated to yield about 75 million [a year. i AUSOPS FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and with occasional showers or thunder- storms ending before midnight and then turning colder. Tuesday gen- erally fair and somewhat colder. I Low tonight 39 high Tuesday 45. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 55: minimum, 27; noon, 52; precipitation, none. Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 59; minimum, 33; noon, 39; precipitation, trace; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (North Central Observations) I Max. temp. 54 at p.m. Sun- jday, min. 37 at noon. Noon read- overcast at feet, visibility 10 miles with light rain, wind 10 miles per hour from east, barometer 29.98 falling, humidity 90 per cent. MOSCOW Oft The British For- eign Office today recalled Ambas- sador Sir Alvary Gascoigne for what is described as urgent cpn- sultation. The envoy is leaving here Tuesday morning. The recall of Gascoigne was a complete reversal of previous in- structions. The ambassador expected to take a leave just after Easter, but be- fore the weekend the Foreign Of- fice told him to remain here. For an unannounced reason the Foreign Office today ordered him immediately to London. The ambassador always leaves here on a special British plane, but Tuesday he is going on the regular Soviet air line to Berlin and then on to the British capital. The urgency- of his consultation apparently made it inadvisable for him to wait for a British plane to come and pick him up. An embassy spokesman said the ambassador planned to return to his Moscow post "in just a few days." This indicated the Foreign Office wants him in Moscow these days. The embassy would not discuss the reason for this quick recall of the ambassador. Speculation centered around the developments in Korea and the general conciliatory atmosphere prevailing. Car Fumes Kill 2 St. Paul Men ST. PAUL faulty exhaust j system that allowed carbon monox- ide gas to seep into their car was i blamed for the deaths of two i young St. Paul men early Sunday. Victims were Irvin 0. Evenson, 127, and Halvor G. Lynghaug, 28. I Police found their bodies in the i machine which had_ halted on Marshall Avenue nea'r Syndicate Street. The car lights were on and the engine was running. Police Captain Waives Hearing i LA CROSSE W) Police Capt. Clarence Kublitz, charged by a patrolman with perjury, waived preliminary hearing when he ap- peared in County Court today. Judge R. E. Ahlstrom set Kub- litz' bond at and named April 110 for his arraignment in Circuit Court, where he will enter a formal plea. James Christie has accused Kub-j litz of giving false testimony when j the captain testified before a police and fire commission hearing on gambling charges involving Christie. The commission -dismissed the I charges and disqualified itself in I the case without ever completing i the investigation or issuing a deci- sion. Airmen Die n Azores Crash SAVANNAH, Ga. airmen were killed and nine were injured in the crash of a Hunter Air Force Base plane in the Azores Sunday afternoon, the public information office of the base announced today. The plane, a B29 Air Force bomber, fell in flames on takeoff from Lajes Field. Aboard were 11 crewmen and four passengers, all military personnel. The four-engine ship was return- ing to Hunter Base from a training mission in North Africa and was part of the 375th Bomber Squad- ron of the 308th Bomber Wing. Seriously injured included A2C Daniel L. Browder, Sibley, la. Eau Claire-La Crosse Power Line Approved MADISON, Wis. States Power Eau Claire, re- ceived Public Service Commission authorization today to build a 000 volt transmission line between Eau Claire and La Crosse. The project will cost The commission also announced a hearing would be held in Madi- son April 22 on the application of the Lake Superior District Power Co., to build transmission lines be- tween Ironwood, Mercer, Rest Lake, Cable and Hayward. Esti- mated cost is felled by the single bullet. The killer apparently fired at a range of no more than 6 feet from the waitress and no more than 10 feet from the restaurant owner's wife. Fillmore County Sheriff Donald L. Cook ordered the restaurant closed to business. He impaneled a coroner's jury immediately and placed a guard over the cash regis- ter and women's bodies until a State Bureau of Criminal Appre- hension fingerprint and baUistici iaUnCneu UleU lUIl. UUiU a uim ;tiia. ucamuti lyiue-, ing beach in the city. Paul fell off kitchen floor, where she had been and the other boy, trying to rescue him, fell in too. The second young- ster reached shore but Paul was unconscious when Harry Viner Jr., who was driving past, saw the situation. Viner stopped his car, stripped off his outer clothing and plunged into the river to save young Knut- son. McCarthy Harms Work of MSA, Stassen Charges WASHINGTON Harold E. Stassen, mutual security director, today accused Sen. McCarthy (R- Wis) and the Senate investigations subcommittee of "undermining" the work of executive agencies seeking to cut off trade between the West to Iron Curtain areas. McCarthy retorted that his staff has "accomplished what you and Dulles did not accomplish." And, he said, he and his sub- committee will go right on nego- tiating agreements for the removal of ships from Red trade. "You are in effect undermining and are our Stassen told McCarthy to his face at a televised hearing of McCar- thy's subcommittee. There was a sharp edge in Stas- sen's voice as he spoke. Stassen was referring to McCar- thy's announcement Saturday that the subcommittee staff had nego- tiated an agreement with Greek owners of 242 ships that they would break off all trade with North Korea and Communist China. McCarthy's move had raised a constitutional question, since it is the President who is charged with the conduct of foreign affairs under the Constitution. It was not clear whether Mc- Carthy's subcommittee, in bypass- ing the executive branch of gov- ernment to negotiate an agreement with foreigners, had infringed upon presidential prerogative. Harold E. Stassen, Mutual Security Director, today ac- cused Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the Senate Inves- tigations Committee of "under- raining" the work of executive agencies seeking to cut off trade between the West and Iron Curtain areas. Stassen ap- peared as a witness before Mc- Carthy's subcommittee. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican- Herald) f Sheriff Donald Cook expert could examine the scene in detail. Beasfon told the sheriff and his wife heard the shots. Mrs. Beaston, who slept part- ly dressed in order to help waitresses in sudden of business during the night, rose and hurried out into the kitchen where she was met fay the fatal bullet. Beaston rush- ed into the restaurant, but the gunman and his companion fled. He saw the red Ford scream out of the driveway of the all- night eating establishment and speed away on Highway 16. Sheriff Cook indicated at 1 p. m. today that folding money had been swept from the cash register by the robbers. They left change in the machine. Officials were count- ing the money with the help of Mrs. Arthur Krahn, Spring Valley, waitress on the 6 a. m. to 2 p. m. shift. Following the crime, Beaston drove immediately to Spring Valley where he notified Constable Vincent C. Keenan who in turn called Cook. In the meantime Mrs. Krahn, coming to work at her accustomed time, walked in on the scene. "I thought it was strange when Mr. Beaston's car was not here. It usually she said this morn- ing. She said she saw the two bodies at once. A truck driver, Harvey Srick- son, 27, sleeping in his truck ap- proximately 3 0 feet from the restaurant, slept through the shooting. Beaston and Mrs. Krahn roused him. Erickson said, "1 got here about 4 a. m., had breakfast and went out to my truck to sleep. Erickson I didn't hear the shooting at all. It was just about 6 a.m. when they woke me up. Maybe I'm alive be- cause I'm a sound he said ruefully, referring to the trig- ger-happy killer. Erickson said he heard several (Continued on Page 3, Column 4) 2 WOMEN KILLED ;