Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1949, Winona, Minnesota
PARTLY CLOUDY, WARMER SUNDAY VOLUME 49, NO. 75 FM RADIO AT ITS BEST WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 14, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES Crash Kills 2 La Crosse Ball Players Scotland Yard Arrests Eisler on Polish Ship West Berlin Self-Rule Plan Approved U.S., Britain, France Grant Limited Control By Daniel de Luce Berlin The United States, Britain and Prance today approved self rule for Western Berlin under limited Allied supervision. It was announced that the three Western commandants had signed a self rule statute in the form of a "statement of principles." The statute grants the Germans direct administrative control of the West- ern portion of the city but reserves wide supervisory powers to the three commandants. One clause retains for the occu-! pation authorities the right to in- tervene "in an emergency and issue orders to insure the security, also were believed I to have made the order and financial and itnp. The American embassy of Top U.S. Communist Faces Spy Charges In New York London The U. S. em- bassy announced tonight Scotland Yard has arrested Gerhart Eisler, communist fugitive from New York, aboard the Polish ship Batory at Southampton. An embassy spokesman said Eisler "offered some personal resistance." "He is en route by tender to the Southampton docks the spokesman said. That was shortly after 9 p. m. (2 p. m. The United States wants Eisler returned. The embassy earlier had announced that a Scotland Yard in- specter was going to the Batory with a warrant for Eisler, after once returning empty handed. Representatives of the British immigration department and of the United States and Polish embassies London said William H. Beck, U. S. consul general at Southampton, and Felix Beck, an assistant attache from London, were believed to have gone to the Batory. Special Court Called A special court session had been called in Southampton for p. m. a. m. apparently in the expectation that Eisler would be brought ashore, but the agents proviso 'is broad enough to keep the doori Workmen On Portable Scaffolds repair communication lines in fire and blast-scarred Holland tunnel at New York city. They wear steel helmets as protection against concrete falling from shattered rool of Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) did not return until almost moment, and without Eisler. that for the Western Allies to action at any time on any subject. A four-power conference was called to seek to clear away some of the confusions and differences remaining as a hangover since the lifting of the Berlin blockade Thurs- day. Trade Discussion The economic chiefs of all four Berlin major military governments in scheduled the meeting. A Here Is A Genera] View of the collapsed bleachers at the Indian- apolis 500-mile Speedway at Indianapolis, Ind., today. Thirteen persons were Injured in the collapse. The stand was crowded with about fans watching the opening of qualification trials for the May 30 race. None of the injured persons appeared to be hurt seriously, a Speedway official Wirephoto to The.Re- report as saying: "I will land him in Gdynia." That is the Polish port for which the ship will head after leaving Southampton, Radio Correspondent Richard Yaffee, who also is aboard, that only instructions from Five-Billion-Dollar U. S. Deficit Seen By Jack Bell Washington An estimate that the government will go into the red by in the year beginning July 1 may be laid before I Polish ship in British legal waters, the Senate-House committee on revenue and taxation today by presents legal and diplomatic The Southampton magistrate, Al- subject before them is the Russians' fred Bedford, called the special insistence on reviving old East-West court session. j German trade agreements, sus- The captain of the Polish shipSPended wljen the Soviets imposed Batory on which Eisler escaped as P18 blockade last June. a stowaway, was quoted in a radio rrtie Western Allies do not dis- said- the ship's owners or the Polish diplo- matic service would make him change his mind. Not To Dock The Batory is not scheduled to dock here, but merely will cast an- chor. In Cowes road, between South- ampton and the Isle of Wight. pute the Russian claim that the agreements still are valid but they do contend the agreements are outmoded. Kuss Clamor Soviet, sector of Berlin, the Soviet press and radio clamor- ed for. "one Germany." All communist propaganda means Bulldozers Clear Holland Tunnel of Debris in Blast Aerialisf Killed In 90-Foot Fall Battle Creek, Mich. The body of a 31-year-old aerialist who were devoted to persuading millions rf fv, of East Germans to vote "yes" to- to nls death before "yes morrow and Monday for a so-called aj stunned Crowd of 200, was being By Arthur Everett New scrap- ed through deep ooze and matted wreckage today to clear the blast- seared Holland tunnel for its daily load of cars and trucks. A big truck, rolling towards New York with a cargo of chemicals, blew up Friday morning. It spewed fire and poisonous gas through 300 feet of the traffic-clogged tunnel. However, the tunnel was expect- New Pension Bill Slated for House Action German people's congress which i returned to his Indiana home las will claim to be the voice of Ger-l many. The said the United States wants to ex- tradite Eisler, pointed out that this would involve taking him off German people, who had experts. difficulties unless he agrees to leave The estimate, regarded as "alarming" by some members who had an jtne ship. advance peek at the figures, was said to forecast a substantial drop in I An American embassy spokesman federal income because of sagging business. I is to board the same tender that .carries Scotland Yard agents out to The Alsops Shanghai Ripe for Communists In the face of increasing demands of Congress for money, one com- mittee member said that for the first time in many years the expert staff, headed by Colin Stam, may estimate a lower tax receipt figure than the treasury does. the Batory. Scotland Yard said only that the embassy had approached it concerning extradition, "and any The United States want to return him to New York as a stowaway who left New York illegally. He stowed away on the ship in New President Truman predicted in York. but is reported to have paid his budget message last that income would reach for the year starting July! 1, or less than the ex- Nixon to Probe pected in Escape ment spending. Since that time, however, addi- tional budget requests have been sent to Congress which would in- crease the spending total. And some By Stewart Alsop (The following dispatch ivus written in Shangliai but cabled from Hong Kong to avoid cen- sorship.) Shanghai -Like any frightened raoney the city. Shanghai is a city of wild, military appropriations mea- muhmlly contradictory rumors. It passed by Ukely to increase it even more, is ciifficu.lt enough to find out what is really happening in Nationalist Shanghai, which is so soon to die. It is impossible to do more than guess what is likely to happen in communist Shanghai, which is so soon to come into being. Yet out' Current receipts are of all the darkness and confusion, under they one can discern a few firm "facts] The Senate-House committee re- port is expected to show that re- ceipts aren't keeping pace with spending in the present year and are likely to fall even further be- hind in the 12 months ending June 30, 1950. and a few reasonable probabilities. The Nationalist generals still as- sert, rather wearily, that Shanghai will be defended to the last man. But it is a fairly firm fact that any serious intention of really de- fending the city has been aban- doned. Generalissimo Chiang Kai shek 'is known to have favored a "scorch- ed-earth" policy for Shanghai, and a hopeless fight to the finish. He is also known to have been here recently, first on an island in the Whangpoo, and then in the Officers Moral Endeavor hostel in the, city. But it is now generally believed that he- has left the city on his personal plane, and all likelihood of a real defense of the city has left with him. Instead, war materials and valu- ables are being shipped out to For stance, are short of the total for the same date in 1948. The Senate-House committee re- port thus may give new impetus to Representative Nixon (R-Calif. 1 said today Attor- ney General Clark owes Congress an explanation of Justice depart- ment "laxity" in the escape of Com- munist Leader Gerhart Eisler. Nixon is a member of the House un-American activities committee, which once called Eisler the top communist in this country. But since a Senate judiciary sub- committee already is working on legislation to curb operations of reds and subversives, Nixon suggested t it call Clark for an explana- would bring swift end to their busi- ness depression and rationing, seem destined for disappointment. Food and money both are scarce, and the Germans' own economic experts say it probably will be some time before the situation improves much. Lucky Friday Ada, J. Davis found a dollar bill in a sack "of cow feed here last week. He used it to buy a ticket for an American Legion raffle. Yesterday the told him he'd won the new Ford sedan. "I guess I'll have to learn how to said Davis, a 45-year- old quarry worker. George Wesley Lanning, Marion a highwire performer since the age of 16, fell 90 feet when a cable supporting' his trapeze broke dur ing his feature act at the Work of Pleasure show here last night He died immediately. His wife, Donna Marie, had per- formed with him until about two weeks ago. She had left the prem- ises only a few minutes before her husband fell to his death. With her here is their six-months- old son, David Courtney. Another son, George, Jr., 11, is with her parents in Minneapolis, Minn. Lanning had been performing in the Schoonmaker's California show in San Francisco before coming lere May 5. He had performed his stunt successfully for six Battle Jreek audiences before the fatal seventh show. Senator McCarran head of the Senate group, indicated running meanwhile that he's having his own difficulties with the Justice depart- ment. Newsmen told McCarran there a faltering economy movement which has developed in the Senate. It also may furnish fuel for the relatively few Capitol Hill sup- porters of President Truman's re peated demand for in new taxes. Abilene Has 702nd Accident-Free Day Abilene, the new. Abilene last midnight passed its 702nd day without a.- city traffic death. No other city can make that claim. have been reports that the depart- ment had refused to co-operate with the subcommittee staff in making available information about persons the group wants to ques- tion. "It has not developed to a point where I can call it Mc- Carran replied. "We have been try- ing to get co-operation and we shall continue to try." When a newsman said Mcpar- ran's remarks seemed to indicate dissension between the subcommit- tee and the Justice department, the Nevada senator agreed that they did indicate that. mosa, the Generalissimo's last- west Texas city of some stand island off the South Schenectady, N. days with- out a traffic midnight Thursday. coast. The leading Nationalists politicians, bankers and have already left on Chiang's or- ders. (Of five key Nationalists toL Cfi5fn? whom this reporter had Fnday the 13th spoil tions, four had already fled.) Four tte Clty's chanee of breaking the WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and and quite cool tonight -r lowest 44 in city large Chinese ships' are lying off (Continued on Fa? c 17, Column 1) ALSOPS Tney started celebrating with a parade during the afternoon and wound up with a program in Blue Sox stadium last night. j and 40 in country; Sunday partly cloudy and a little warmer, high- est 74. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 88; TniniTnnTn_ si; noon, _ 72; precipitation, .71; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow at Additional weather on Page 11. i ed to be ready for normal Washington Quick action tions by late this afternoon. Dam- was Promised Friday for another go-around in Congress on the warm question of veterans pensions. Youthful Vandals yesterday tipped over and broke a pedestal and bust of Cushman K. Davis, former senator and Minnesota in the state capitol rotunda. Attorney General Burnr quist is shown examining the damage, reportedly done by a group of teen-aged youths. Davis, the state's chief executive from .1874 to 187S, died in age may total Minor explosions and small fires hampered workmen throughout last night but added little to the al ready severe damage. Repairmen said 250 feet of the tunnel's inner ceiling would have to be replaced. New Jersey authorities sought to determine if criminal negligence led to the concentrated destruction of the underwater highway that links New York and New Jersey beneath the Hudson river. However, the cause of the blast could not be pinpointed in the wel- ter of debris. New York fire offic- .als said atmospheric pressure in ihe tunnel may have touched off the truck's cargo of carbon di- sulphide. Sixty-six persons, mostly firemen and tunnel workers, collapsed or staggered groggily from the tun- nel's smoke.fogged depths during a five-hour battle with fire anc Ximes. Twenty-six were taken to hospi- .als with burns or gas poisoning. None was reported in danger. A priest, the Rev. John Shields, was one of several clergymen who went in to aid the injured. He gave he last rites of the Catholic church five men during two hours in- side. All lived. "It was awful in Father Shields said as he came out. Experts said only the 84 power ul blowers in the walls kept gas umes from building up a blanket c; hat might have turned the tunnel into a deadly gas chamber. The evil-smelling, yellow fumes were drawn out and replaced by fresh air before they cost any lives. Firemen .wore gas masks or oxy- gen helmets as they braved the 3 Others Hurt In Accident At Eau Claire Students in Car Plow into Side Of Semi-Trailer Eau Claire, mem- bers of the La Crosse State Teach- ers college baseball team were kill- ed and three others injured early today in an auto-truck crash near this city. THE DEAD: William Benedict, Jr., 19, Sparta. Harold G. Baurslad, 21, Black River Falls. THE INJURED: Larry Leroy Mitchell, 19, Route 1, Wilton (Monroe conn' brain concession, possible fractured ribs, unconcious at Eau Claire hospital. Raymond J. Gripentrog, 24, Marshfield, taken to Chlppewa Falls hospital, suffering from brain concussion, broken jaw, severe cuts. Ronald E. Engler, 19, Fort Atkinson, in Eau Claire hospi- tal, suffering from brain con- cussion, lacerations. The accident occurred at ft. m. today at the intersection of highway 12 and county trunk T at he western outskirts of the city. Chief Deputy Sheriff w. H. Keller and County Traffic Officer James Golden said the driven north on county trunk T by Mitchell into the side of a semi- trailer truck traveling on the state highway. The impact knocked off the rear wheels of the trailer mnd the passenger car plowed under the truck. The truck, owned by Consolidated Freight-ways, was driven by John Tremaine of Mauston. He was not injured. Officers Keller and Golden theo- ized with the roads, did not see arterial sign at the intersection of highway 18 until it was too late o avoid a crash. The La Crosse baseball team had efeated the Eau Claire State 'eachers college team here yester- day and remained here overnight, eing scheduled to play Stout In- Armed with a new stripped-down! stitute today at Menomonle, 20 pension bill he wants to enlarge, Representative Rankin (D., Miss.) said he was calling it up for ac- tion in the House next Tuesday or Wednesday. As privileged legislation under called up at the option of the com- mittee chairman without need for clearance through House leaders. Rankin heads the veterans' committee. miles from here. The La Croise Teachers nine played Winona State college Athletic park in Wi- nona April 19. William Benedict, who was killed, House rules, pension bills can be played the last three innings against the Warriors. He was a catcher. Larry Mitchell, a pitcher who was seriously injured, was one of affairs four La Crosse twirlers seeing ac- tion. Ronnie Engler, also Injured The House in March beat down in the crash, played the entire game Rankin's original pension bill to pay at shortstop. S90 a month to all veterans at 65, The La Crosse team had won its regardless of need. This measure, game with Eau Claire, 17-0. La sent back to committee by a teetery Crosse needed only victories over one-vote margin, was estimated to Stout and River Palls Teachers to cost 125 billion dollars during its win the State Teachers College con- smoky, relays. steaming semidarkness in At least 23'trucks rumbled to an abrupt halt in bumper'to'bumper confusion as a mushroom of fire signaled the 'explosion. -They were sprayed with flaming cHemical and damaged or destroyed. The intense heat, fused.some of them together, melting "their metal frameworks into an almost solid wall of wreckage. Their cargoes 'of meat, rags, chem- icals, butter and eggs Were stewed into a thick, stinking mess. Panic-stricken private motorists abandoned their cars and stumbled for the tunnel exists, handkerchiefs clutched to their smarting eyes. Telephone, television, radio and jress cables melted away in the leat and darkness of the eastbound ube. The American Telephone and Telegraph Company called it the worst communications failure in its history. Although weakened, the tunnel failed to crack. Fire boats skim- med the river surface during the ire, seeking tell-tale bubbles that might indicate a leak. The tunnel, two miles long and 3 feet under the Hudson, was com- pleted in 1927. It cost and is insured for j title. The game with Stout The new bill would pay was postponed because o: month at age 65 but would tragedy. Most of the playerj benefits only to unemployable returned to La Crosse. erans earning less than one of the boys killec year if unmarried, or if the accident, was a brother o: had a pitcher with the Rankin promised a fight on Paul American Association club. employability qualification. was placed in the bill by a jority of the committee over his violent objection. Rankin said he would ask the House to kill it Payments before the bill comes to a vote. As approved by committee, the bill liberalizes and writes into pension law the scale of benefits During Week ready being- paid by the The number of administration to servicemen drawing jobless insurance abled from nonservice fell off last week, the drop in a month. These benefits, in addition to decline brought the total at age 65, also include to during the week month to wholly disabled May 7 as compared with under 65 and to helpless for the preceding period. erans requiring an the Federal Security agency Cost of the bill has been yesterday the number of newly ;o add about ten billion dollars workers filing claims for the next 50 years to all compensation rose benefits now paid by the to in the same Narrow Pages Necessary For Next 3 Days ONLY The Eepublican-Herald asks the indulgence of its readers to- day, Monday and Tuesday for the "short pages" which of ne- cessity must appear in these three issues. After Tuesday, howe v e r, "short pages" will be a thing of the past. The newsprint shortage is not it has eased. During the extreme shortage when this newspaper was rationed as were all newspapers in the country, the management was able to purchase some rolls of newsprint from the Kenora, On- tario mills of the Minnesota Ontario Paper Company. These short rolls were above and be- yond our quota. To use up the remaining rolls of print standard white newsprint we now have on hand, the "short sheets" are necessary for these three days. To zneet the situation during the period of extreme shortage, we occasionally resorted to a newspaper only seven columns of the convention- al eight-column size. We do not now have enough of the rolls of news- print left to publish an entire issue of seven the two short pages are therefore necessary for the next three days. We ask your tolerance promise this will end this emer- gency situation.