Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 1954, Winona, Minnesota
Freezing Tonight; Generally Fair, Warmer Tuesday Orphan Annie Nick Haliday 2 Big New Features NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 138 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, MAY 3, 1954 EIGHTEEN PAGES 3 Kill in ear Stevens, McCarthy Clash On Communist 'Cover Up7 A May Day Storm, accompanied by six inches of snow, cre- ated this wintery scene Saturday at International Falls, Minn. Snowplows and shovels were called back out of springtime retire- ment to remove the heaviest fall ever recorded so late in the sea- son at the Canadian border city. Here Dale Lundgren pushes the snow from the sidewalk in front of a downtown store. (AP Photo) Quizzed on Peress Case, Secretary Denies Protecting Anyone WASHINGTON of the Army Stevens flared today "I'm not covering up anybody at any time" when Sen, McCarthy suggested someone in the Army- was "covering up" Communists, The clash came with Stevens in the witness chair on the eighth day of Senate-hearings into the McCar- thy-Army row. McCarthy was seek- ing to explore the case of Maj. Irving Peress, the Army who got an honorable discharge Second Team Takes Over At Geneva Dulles Stopping At Milan on Way Back to U.S. By MAX HARRELSON GENEVA West's second- string diplomatic captains began taking over from homeward-bound Dosses at the Far Eastern confer- ence today. No break was in sight 'or the Korean deadlock and talks dentist j on Indochina still were confined to despite papers. refusal to sign loyalty Ray H. Jenkins, special counsel to the Senate Investigations sub- arrangements for the future nego- tiations. U..S. Under Secretary of State Walter Bedell Smith assumed lead- ership of the American delegation committee, objected to McCarthy's as Secretary of State Dulles headed line of questions. Jenkins said the for Washington by plane. En route French Repulse New Assault on Fortress By LARRY ALLEN HANOI, Indochina Communist-led Vietminh broke off their third massive infantry assault on Dien Bien Phu last night, giving the weary and battered defenders of the French Union bastion in northwest Indochina a new respite. The French took immediate advantage of the slack in the fighting to parachute tons of ammunition and supplies into the beleaguered fortress. TODAY WeC Clo ame se oWar By JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP WASHINGTON Last week the Eisenhower administration came within an at least within a vote of the British asking Congress to approve Ameri can intervention in the Indochinese war. This remarkable fact may per haps be denied, but it is now re- vealed on the highest and most un- doubted authority. It remains in- tensely significant. It is the best indication of the extremely som- ber American official view of the type of negotiation now going on at Geneva, which our policy makers had hoped to prevent. The signs suggest that the ad- ministration was not just reluctant- ly ready to intervene in Indochina, but had firmly concluded we ought to intervene if we could carry our A Hanoi dispatch from the French news agency, received in Paris, said last night passed "calmly" at Dien Bien Phu. There was no immediate ex- planation for the rebel pullback, a startling development since pre- vious reports of the fighting had indicated the Vietminh probably could overrun the besieged French position whenever they threw the bulk of their much greater num- bers into the charge. The Vietminh had launched their wave-on-wave infantry as- the fortress Saturday third sault on night. Overrun Outpost Before they broke off their wild present hearing must "steer clear" of the question of the loyalty of any individual who came under scruti- ny during McCarthy's inquiry into alleged subversive activities in the Army." McCarthy argued it was a "cru- cial" matter and the "whole heart" of his controversy with Army of- ficials. He said Army officials cooper- ated in the investigation of individ- ual Communist cases but threw up "every conceivable obstacle" when the committee moved into what McCarthy called the "far more im- portant" field of who was respon- sible for putting up a "protective cover" over Communists. McCarthy threatened Dulles -scheduled a stop at Milan to meet Italian Premier Mario Scelba for a talk on the stalemated European array treaty and Italy's wrangle with Yugoslavia over Trieste. Australian Foreign Minister Rich- ard G. Casey also scheduled his departure for home today, to take part in his nation's coming parlia- mentary elections. Several other foreign ministers are expected to leave in the next week or two. The Soviet Union's V. M. Molotov was understood -to have said he would be here two more weeks. Last Appointment Dulles' last appointment before his departure was a conference of the Western Big Three ministers with Viet Nam Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dinh on the pro- cedure for invitations to the Indo- china conference. A St. Paul Couple was killed when the car in which they were riding, shown above, col- lided head-on with another automobile near Wa- basha Sunday evening. One of the occupants of the other car, an Eyota girl, also was killed and a second critically injured. (Wehrenberg Studio Photo) said Army officials "smear reports" against his investigating commit- tee staff when the committee press- ed for the names of those respon- sible for "protecting" Commu-j The West "and the Communists nists. [have agreed in principle that nine It was then that parties should participate in the straightening up in the witness Britain, the Unit- chair, clipped put his denial that led States, the Soviets, Communist he was "covering up" anyone. China, the three Associated Indo- In the upshot, Jenkins held that! Chinese States of Viet Nam, Cam- questions about the Army's hand-ibodia and Laos, and the Commu- ling of the Peress case were nist-led Vietminh rebels, proper but that the inquiry should But the Western Powers are not go into the merits of the case, backing the Viet Nam government is, the question of Peress' insisting that the invitation to Oklahoma Has Million Dollar Tornado Damage Auto Crashes Kill Two States 13 in By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Ten persons lost their lives in traffic accidents in Minnesota over the weekend. This brought tlie state 1954 traffic toll to 190 com- OKLAHOMA CITY I pared with 153 to this date a year ago. Unseasonable snow figured in estimates range up to a million I several accidents. dollars today in the wake of tor-! Three persons were killed in a head-on collision near Wabasha. Two nadoes and floods which hit Okla-1 others drowned when their car went off the highway and landed in a lake. homa over the weekend, taking! four lives and injuring at least 64. Latest reports showed twisters were seen at, or struck, 29 commu- nities. A fifth death was indirectly caused by the weather. Billy Shearler, 30, and his 84- The victims: Mr. and Mrs. Gust Warolin of Milaca. The car in which they and their son, Leonard, 30, were riding went off Highway 169 south of Princeton and plunged 100 feet out into Lake Catlin. The younger that loyalty. Sparring Exchange the Vietminh should carry no rec- j ognition of Ho Chi Minh's regime For the most part, the forenoon as a government, session was a sparring, wrangling! French Ambassador Jean'Chau- exchange which produced little presented a written proposal throw new light on the basic issues 110 Deputy Soviet Foreign Minister m dispute between McCarthy and Andrei Gromyko last night on this Army officials. subject. Details of the proposal These revolve about Army not disclosed immediately tention that McCarthy and his j North Korea's Pyongyang radio charges from all sides of shrunken French perimeter, aides sought by improper means to secure preferential treatment for j. David Schine. Schine, a wealthy Vew Yorker was an unpaid con- the I sultant to McCarthy's Investiga- the rebels had choked off three more of the strongpoints guarding the bunkered command headquarters tions subcommittee before he was drafted last fall. McCarthy and his aides, denying the Army charge, contend the of French Brig. Gen. Chris'tian de j Army tried to use Schine as a Castries and "also overrun "Isa-1 "hostage" to influence the subcom- an isolated outpost three! mittee to stop its investigation of miles south of the main fortress I alleged subversive activities in the defenses. j Army. A later French announcement! The main developments of the said Dulles' departure for home "proves how the United States is insincere for solution of the Korean year-old grandmother, Mrs. Annie 1 Warolin was taken to the Prince- Rubottom, were killed as they tried j ton hospital where it was reported to outrun a tornado in a truck near j his injuries were not serious. Grandfield in Oklahoma. Donald R. Plaisance, 31, Cleve- The twister caught up with the I land, Minn. He died Sunday in a truck, demolished it and killed both occupants. Frankie La 21, of Miami, Okla., and Shirley Jester, 13, of Pocasset, drowned in flash floods. A Tulsa woman died of a heart attack as she raced to a neighbor's storm cellar when the sirens began to blow, warning a tornado was overhead. She was Mrs. Ethel Olive Bowman, 57. The state headquarters of the Mankato hospital from injuries suffered Friday night when his car missed a curve and crashed into problems." The broadcast said Salvation Army, which sent rescue North Korea would accept no other crews into the storm areas, esti- plan for Korean unification except mated property damage at over a its Foreign Minister Nam Il's dec-1 million dollars. laration to the conference that all foreign troops must withdraw from I T the peninsula and Korean-wide LlQUOT I 3X elections name a new government, Rpwpniip without any foreign supervision of! the vote. ST. PAUL drop in state said the defenders in a counterattack had recaptured Isa belle. violent !se'ssion: vioieni Thg committee had'some talk about what could be done to speed up the hearings, but this was The battle raged at close range j dropped wnen McCarthy said it for hours Saturday night and take him iea-sr three terday as the garrison force, out-: days raore to compiete his examin- numbered about 6 to 1 and ation stevens and that he might allies with us. The Congress would now be de- bating a resolution allowing the President to send American armed i forces to Indochina, if the British j government had not turned down American proposal for "united ac- tion" at the emergency cabinet meetings held in London last Sun- dav. squeezed into a trap less than a Here in Washington, the draft resolution had been prepared. A provisional commitment to ask for Congressional approval had been given to the French government. If the British had Sone along, the thing would have been done. Background The immediate background of this conditional administration de- cision to enter the Indochinese war such it be sum- marized as follows: First, the French government presented an urgent appeal, to- wards the beginning of the previous week, for a massive American air effort to relieve the fearful pres- sure on the heroic defenders of Dien Bien Phu. Tho official appeal was accompanied by an unofficial warning, from American quarters, that the fall of Dien Bien Phu would bring in its train the fall of the Laniel government in Paris. The next French government, it was emphasized, would then almost inevitably seek the kind of "com- promise" in Indochina that would amount to complete surrender to the Communists, Some hope was mile across, fought for their lives .Tith bayonets, knives and hand renades. French army command said were heavy but claimed the enemy toll was "extremely" high. The fortress, France's last stronghold in northwest Indochina, (Continued on Page 11, Column 6.) MCCARTHY Backs South Korea I liquor tax The United States has just as today by emphatically backed South Korea's treasurer. receipts was reported Val Bjornson, state insistence that elections for North Korean members of the present South Korea Parliament be held under U. N. supervision. South Korean Foreign Minister Pyun Yung Tai was the only speaker listed for the continuation of the Korean debate in today's general conference sessions. For the last 10 months of the current fiscal year, total liquor tax revenue was or a decrease of from the corresponding previous period. For last month the liquor tax receipts amounted to a drop from the total of for April, 1953. Ohioan Kills Wife, Two Children in Row Over Church CANTON, Ohio UPI A retired! nlant worker who disapproved of i bseu a curve aim ti-aaueu miu and the sheriff said that he believed tree as he was coming into ms s church shot and kllled that it was probable that the St. EyotaGirUS, St. Paul Couple Die Instantly Lake City Man In Serious Condition WABASHA, Minn. per- sons were killed and a fourth ser- iously injured in the head-on col- lision of two cars on Highway 61, three miles south of here, early Sunday evening. The dead are: Edward McCulloch, 46, St. Paul, a Chicago and North Western Rail- way section foreman who was driv- ing north, apparently en route to his home. His wife, Mrs. Jeannette McCul- loch, 42, the only other occupant of the car driven by her husband. Miss Rosemary Nickelsen, 18, Eyota, a passenger in a southbound car driven by Frank Blattner Jr., 22, Lake City. All were killed instantly when the two cars ground into each other during a snow and sleet storm at about 6 p.m. Blattner, the only survivor of what is described as the worst traffic accident in Wabasha Coun- ty history, was unconscious when he was taken to a Wabasha hospi- tal for treatment of his injuries. He was found to have suffered a skull fracture, compound frac- ture of his right thigh, multiple bruises and lacerations and possi- ble internal injuries. He regained semi-consciousness this morning and was reported to be in serious, but not critical, con- dition. Cause Undetermined Wabasha County Sheriff John Ja- cobs sajd this morning that as yet authorities have been unable to determine the cause of the crash and no actual eyewitnesses are known. The accident site was on a com- paratively straight section of high- way just north of a curve. The sheriff, who was accompan- ied by Deputy Sheriff William Harp on the investigation, said that aft- er a day of heavy rain snow be- gan to fall during the late after- noon and ice was beginning to form on the highway at the time I of the crash. A married daughter of the Mc- resides in Baraboo, Wis., Mankato. Engel Peterson, 81, retired Inter- national Falls logger. He was struck by a car during a .snow- storm early Sunday as he stepped from another car to cross a street in International Falls. Edgar Lyls Olson, 26, Minneapo- lis. He was thrown from a car Saturday night as it careened out of control around a curve on High- way 169 three miles north of Onamia. His brother, Clifford Sel- mer Olson, was in critical condition in an Onamia hospital. Dean Od-egaard, 25 Moorhead. He died Saturday in the flaming wreckage of the cab of his gasoline filled semi-trailer near Detroit j her and two of their childrei. yes- j Paul couple themselves former terday before falling under slugs! residents of Menomonie, Wis. from a sheriff's submachinegun. I weje returning home after a week- All who took part in the last fara-1 visit with their daughter when ily quarrel are dead, but neighbors the accident occurred recalled earlier disputes over the Vnter llves wife attending the First Friends and lf ls believed that Church, an organization opposed! she and Blattner were en route to to war and violence. at tirae of the mishap. Police and Coroner E. B. Mozes, i _, TMee.t Heaf t reconstructing the tragedy, said: i Jacobs said that the two William 0. Henry, 72, shot collided virtually head-on I but the condition of the highway and the fact that both cars were an killed his son Elmer, 39, as they stood outside the father's home. A daughter, Mrs. Ethel Lowry, Ialmost demolished prevented exact determination 33, stumbled and fell trying to run away and died after two bullets on__ej struck her. Henry's wife Daisy Mae, 63, tried of the point where the crash oc- curred. When the wrecked cars came to a Lakes. The truck collided with the to escape by running'around their they were both in the west rear of another semi-trailer at the white frame home, but was Partially on the shoulder. white frame home, but was caught bottom of an icy hill. Both vehicles j by Henry, who ran around the .t nlirnPn. i i-ifhaT lumf tiic fTiin i The Blattner car tippc-d over on burned. I way. Bullets" from' his gun jlts side the cra.sh Daniel Dostal, 12, Hopkins. The struck her in the abdomen and I er. automobile remained upright. car in which he was riding over-1 body. j turned Saturday near Detroit! Neighbors, who said Henry ap-1 had withstood 51 days of constant hammering by the Vietminh, in- cluding two previous attempts to overwhelm it by sheer force of numbers. Tanks of Little Use Bitter French counterattacks drove the Vietminh from positions held briefly on the southeastern rim yesterday, but the other cap- tured bunkers and the east, northeast and the attackers new protected firing held out, as well, that the drama- tic gesture of American interven- tion would greatly change the poli- tical climate in Paris. The worst political consequences might then be prevented, even if the air relief (Continued on Page 2, Column 2.) ALSOPS French tanks, clustered in the heart of the fortress, were of little use in the fighting at ciose quar- ters. French bombers and fighters swooped over the battlefield but could not blast the rebels at close range without killing their own troops. As in their first big attack, on March 13, and the second, two weeks later, the Vietminh opened up Saturday with a heavy artillery I and mortar barrage before j striking. j The Vietminh infantry hit the main French positions from three sides at 10 p.m. At the same time they drove against isolated "Isabelle." As the rebels pushed toward the center of Dien Eien Phu by at- tacking again and again, the French threw up new defense I lines. But all the time losing pre-l cious ground. Lakes. Three persons died in Wisconsin weekend accidents. Lem Cummings, 26, of Milwau- peared quite calm during the shooting, called police. Sheriff Harry W. Grossglaus or- dered tear gas shells fired into the None of the accident victims was thrown out of either of the cars and Sheriff Jacobs said that some (Continued on Page 10, Column 6) THREE KILLED kee, died Sunday night at hospital house, where Henry had retreated. there of injuries received earlier when that failed to bring him in the dav when the car in which he was riding pavement and tree. Donold Rozek, 23, skidded crashed The Body Of Dem Odegaard, 25, Moorhead, Minn., had to be cut from the gutted wreckage of the cab of this gasoline filled semi-trailer Satur- day, after it collided with the rear of another semi-trailer at the bottom of an icy hill near De- troit Lakes, Minn. The second truck carried sugar. Both burned furiously, preventing Odegaard's rescue. Clarence Wynn, St. Paul, driver of the second truck, escaped serious injury (AP Photo) (Green Lake was killed Sunday when the car in which he was a passenger went out of con- trol as it rounded a curve and crashed into a ditch 10 miles southwest of Oshkosh on Highway 116. Romy Novak, 19, Maribel, was killed early Saturday about seven miles north of Manitowoc when his car went off a country road and overturned. 3DieatRedby As Home Burns REDBY, Minn, ffi chil- dren and a teen-age girl burned to death early today when a one- room home was leveled by fire during the worst May snowstorm in more than 40 years. The mother of the youngsters escaped a few seconds before the home was enveloped in wind-driven flames about 1 a.m. Dead are Barbara Roy, about 3; a IVfc-year-old baby, whose name was not immediately available; and Catherine Gurneau, 17. Mrs. Genevieve Roy, about 35, was in the Red Lake Indian hos- pital. The small board house was lo- out, the sheriff fired 14 slugs on wet through the front door, into a Coroner Mozes said the bullets hit Henry in the left chest, under of Princeton tne ieft arm and in the lower abdomen. Heny, a big-boned, gray-haired man, was dead, sitting upright in a large easy chair with his rifle across his chest, when deputies broke into the house. cated on vation. the edge of the reser- WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Mostly cloudy and unseasonably cold to- night. Tuesday generally fair and a little warmer. Low tonight 28 in city, 25 in country; high Tuesday afternoon 48. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 53; minimum, 40; noon, 40; precipitation, .75. Official' observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 43; minimum, 29; noon, 33: precipitation, snow .04; sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (Mo. Central Observations) Max. temp. 41 at p.m. Sun- foot overcast, visibility seven miles with light snow showers, 3 Safe Burglaries Reported at Austin AUSTIN, Minn, dfi Three safe burglaries here over the weekend netted loot totaling more than 000. Chief of Police George Roope said he believed all three were the work of the same gang. He said the burglars apparently used a burning torch stolen from the Austin Coca-Cola Bottling Works to burn into safes in all three places. Entered besides the bottling works were the Eckhardt Imple- ment Co. and the Moose Lodge. More than was taken from the safe in the Moose Lodge. Loss in the other two places has not been determined. Mrs. Knurson Enters Congressional Race OKLEE, Minn, ffl bonnet was tossed into Minnesota's 9th Congressional District race Satur- day, when state Rep. Mrs. Coya Knutson, announced she will seek the Democratic Farmer Labor nomination. Mrs. Knutson, one of two women in the state House of Representa- day. Low, 30 degrees at a.m. tives, seeks the seat now held by today. Noon 33, Rep. Harold C. Hagen, Crookston Republican. Curtiss Olson, Roseau, whom Hagen defeated in the past wind from the west northwest at! two elections, is also an announced 24 miles-per-hour with gusts up to candidate for the DFL nomination. 30, barometer at 29.84 rising, hu- midity 73 per cent. Mrs. Knutson is now serving her second term in the House.