Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1952, Winona, Minnesota
Partly Cloudy, Continued Coo! Tonight, Sunday River Stage (Flood 13) Today 7.86 .33 Year Ago 8.58 .14 VOIUME 52, NO. 78 FIVE CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 17, 1952 TWENTY-FOUR PAGES ruman emands Full Defense Bil Dark Clouds Of Smoke rolled skyward Friday a blaze started after explosion in tank con- taining kerosene spread to other tanks on South- western Farm in Corpus Christi, Tex., and the ad- joining American Tank Co. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) Shotgun Blast Kills Chief Brinks Suspect WEST WARWICK, R. I. A man identified as the main suspect in the unsolved Brink's robbery in Boston 28 months ago was slain by shotgun blasts outside his home early today.. The body of Carlton M. O'Brien, 49, a roadhouse proprietor, was found near his Cadillac car about 5 a.m. (CST) and Police Chief Hec- tor Groleau said he had been mur- dered. Massachusetts Attorney General Francis E. Kelly and Boston Po- lice Lieutenant Inspector James V. Crowley immediately tabbed O'Brien as the chief Brink's sus- pect. Providence police quickly picked up another man, once questioned in connection with another slaying. Police did not identify the man. Both O'Brien and the man nab- bed by Providence police were named, Kelly said, as Brinks' rob- bers by Alfred A. Gagnon who was interviewed in Rhode Island state prison at Howard May 14. At that time neither Kelly nor William E. Powers, Rhode Island attorney general, would comment on Gagnons' conversation but Kelly ordered Massachusetts state police to put a 24-hour guard on the home Raging Oil Fire At Corpus Christi CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. hundred badly handicapped fire- men fought frantically today to keep a raging oil fire from spread- ing from a tank farm to adjacent residences and a refinery. Oilmen estimated the damage at a million dollars. The fire-fighters ran out of foamite, a carbon dioxide extin- of Gagnon's burg. family in Williams- Gagnon also is said to have told investigators he received as his share of the Brink's loot in a payoff at O'Brien's home but was robbed of the money almost im- mediately in a holdup. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Partly cloudy, continued cool tonight and Sunday. Low tonight 42, high Sun- day 64, LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. tociay: Maximum, 67; minimum, 44; noon, 66; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at Additional weather on page 22. guisher, soon after an tank Ions of kerosene exploded with a blinding flash just before midnight. At least two of the 10 burning- tanks on the General American Tank Terminal were of the barrel variety. Winds up to 30 miles an hour also hampered the tired firemen who came from the Corpus Christi Naval Training Station, the Corpus Christi Coast Guard Station, local companies and from oil firm squads. Residents Moved Police asked residents of a large Negro housing unit to evacuate the area and some of the 300 families moved out as the fire sent red flames billowing high into the air. Thick black smoke added to the scene of destruction. The low-cost housing unit's near- j est structures are about 100 yards from the blazing oil and kerosene, j but most of the houses closest to the fire are unoccupied. Three or four of them caught fire but were quickly extinguished. While more foamite was awaited from Houston, firemen poured water on nearby dwellings to keep them from igniting. Steam was forced into stills and tanks at the adjacent Southwestern Oil Re- finery Company's refinery. The nearest corner of the refinery was just over 100 yards from the fire. Spread Feared Late reports from the scene said it was "possible" the fire would spread to the residential area and to the refinery. Another large gallon tank, the Corpus Christi Caller Times said, might blow up "any minute." Southwestern Refinery officials refused to estimate the damage but oilmen said it easily would reach a million. Such tank farm fires rarely are dangerous unless great quantities of gasoline are stored in the area. containing gal- Ike Assured of (0 Oregon Delegates By MORRIE LANDSBERG PORTLAND, Ore. Oregon primary vote for Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower rolled higher and higher today to bolster his race for the Republican presidential nomination. How much of a boost he got in yesterday's heavy polling awaited the delayed count on contests involving eight unpledged delegates- candidates supposedly favorable to. Sen. Robert A. Taft. The Ohio M. Sgt. Anthony Herbert, 22, of Hermine, makes amends by telephone in New York Friday after forgetting his date with top Army brass at a news conference. Herbert with 27 decorations, is the most decorated soldier to come out of Korea. It seems he had another date with an at- tractive New Jersey State Teachers College coed whom he met two years ago on a vacation at Asbury Park, N. J. While the brass waited, Her- bert dated and, for an hour, related his experiences to a grade school class. (AP Wire- photo to The Republican-Her- ald) 25 Million More Asked for Flood Control Defense WASHINGTON President Truman yesterday asked Congress for an additional 25 million dol- lars for flood control work, espe- cially in the hard-hit Upper Mis- souri, Upper Mississippi and Red River basins. The money would go to the Army engineers for use in the current fiscal year ending June 30. Truman also requested an ex- U.S. Liner Tops Speed of Queen Mary ABOARD SS UNITED STATES This great ocean liner came home triumphantly Friday 'from sea trials which fulfilled predictions that she would prove herself the speedi- est passenger ship afloat. The vessel, largest this country ever has built, bettered by more than two knots the 3T.8 knots Britain's Queen Mary averaged on her record transatlantic run in 1938. And the United States did it without using all the horses in her power plant. Crack Infantry Regiment Moved To Prison Island TOKYO (tt-Gen. Mark Clark to- night said the U. S. 187th Airborne j Infantry Regiment has been sent to Koje Island to reinforce United Nations troops guarding Commu- nist prisoners of war there. Clark, commander of the U.N. Command in the Far East, said he ordered the reinforcements to Koje to prevent mass outbreaks by the prisoners "which inevitably would result in additional violence and bloodshed." "I do not propose to countenance for one moment further unlawful acts on the part of these prisoners of war and civilian Clark said in a statement. He said the 187th had completed its movement to the island 30 miles off Southeast Korea. Clark, who took over the U.N. Command one week ago today, said he ordered the paratroopers to Koje at the request of Gen. James A. Van Fleet, U. S. Eighth Army commander. He said they would temporarily reinforce the troops already there. U. S. troops and South Korean guards have in the past been guarding the POW's on Koje. La Crosse Man Pleads innocent Of Embezzling LA CROSSE, Wis.' John F Walljasper, 58, steadfastly main tained his innocence Friday in Cir cuit Court in connection with the disappearance of a quarter of a million dollars from the firm where he formerly was employed Walljasper was arrested Thurs day on a warrant charging he em bezzled "in excess of while an official of the Commu nity Sales Service, a local firm which finances purchases at auc tion sales. But a check of financial records Dist. Atty. John Bosshard said, I showed the actual ampunt missing was around Walljasper had been general manager one handled most of the bookkeeping for the firm from 1940-50, Boss, hard said. The shortage was discovered some time ago, Bosshard said, when other officials of- the firm began receiving complaints from persons who said they were being dunned for bills that already had been paid. I Auditors and accountants, called by Sweet Shop Operator James Howard and Cecil Allen, stockhold- ers in the firm, inspected the books and found a short- age, with possibly more, the dis- Constitutional Curb Asked on U.S. Spending Taft and Ferguson Would Limit Funds To 55 Billions By JOHN CHADWICK WASHINGTON ufi Sen. Taft (R-Ohio) and Sen. Ferguson (R- Mich) estimated today a constitu- tional amendment they propose would hold federal spending to about 5 billion dollars a year. This would be some 30 billion dollars less than President Tru- man's budget requests for the 1953 fiscal year starting July 1. Taft, a.candidate for the Republi- can presidential nomination, and Ferguson introduced a resolution yesterday, proposing a constitution- al amendment to curb the power of Congress to appropriate money and to hike the public debt. Military Spending It would prohibit the lawmakers rom authorizing expenditures in excess of 5 per cent of the esti- mated national income, except for military spending and interest pay- ments on the federal debt. Military spending would have, to be defined by law, and could in- ilude outlays only for raising, pay- ing and equipping the nation's irmed forces, and providing mili- ary equipment for U. S. Allies in time of war or to fulfill a .treaty. Another part of the proposed mendment would bar Congress rom raising the public debt ex- ept by a two-thirds vote of both Houses and then only to offset the ifference between estimated rev- nues and actual tax receipts in a iscal year or to meet the needs of rar or other emergency. In outlining the proposal to the enate, Taft said: "We are convinced that we can- ot maintain a free economy in United States if we spend more tan approximately 25 per cent of le national income on government f all kinds. "Since state and local govern- ment take about 7 per cent, this ould leave 18 per cent for the ederal government. "The limitation of 5 per cent im- osed in tbe amendment on all ex- enditures outside of military ex- enditures and interest on the pub- c debt is approximately what the ederal government is spending at he present time. "A reasonable reduction of mili- ary 'expenditures during the next j At Communist insistence, the svo years should bring the total) armistice negotiators will meet Harry Stoebe, 40, steelworker, sobs and holds his daughter, Florence, 13, and his sister, Jewell Stoebe, after a jury convicted him Friday of second degree murder in the hammer-knife death of his wife in January. Defense Attorney N. H. Stone comforts the little girl also. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) UN. Makes Final Truce Negotiation By SAM SUMMERLIN MUNSAN, Korea Na- tions truce negotiators told the Reds today the U.N. Command has made its "final negotiatory effort" and suggested the Reds re-evaluate their behavior in the "tragic situa- tion you are creating." Vice Adm. C. Turner .Joy, senior Allied delegate, bluntly declared in today's 50 minute session at Pan- munjom: "We have made our final ne- gotiatory effort in the interest of an early armistice. We will not consider further concessions or counter-proposals." April 28 Proposal The issue of how to exchange prisoners of war blocks an armi- stice. North Korean Gen. Nam II de- clared tbe Reds will never agree to the Allied over-all proposal of April 28. It calls for return of only those Communist prisoners who are willing to go back to Communist- held territory. Fewer than half the captured Reds and internees have expressed willingness to go back. Allied screening of prisoners showed this fact. during an armistice and insisted on voluntary repatriation of pris- oners. Joy told newsmen he made the review "in order that there might be no misunderstanding." "In return, we got the usual propaganda blast accusing us of maltreating their (Red) prisoners of Joy said. "It was full of invective and accused us of all the crimes in the book." Joy told the Red general: "Your tactics, attitude and ir- responsible words reveal an in- sincerity and ill-will which make increasingly difficult the consum- mation of an armistice and lead all the world to suspect that you have never genuinely desired an armistice." xpenditures of the federal govern- ment down to 18 per cent." A limit of IS per cent on federal again tomorrow at 11 a.m. (9 p.m. Saturday Joy reviewed the Allied offer of senator himself was not on the ballot. Eisenhower is sure of at least 10 of Oregon's. 18 GOP delegates on the basis of his tremendous plural- ity over five other GOP candidates position move, Oregon Democrats gave Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee a big vote of with 12 delegates. He had no real opposi- tion. Supreme Court Justice Wil- liam 0. Douglas and Gov. Adlai -only two of whom actually cam- Stevensoni on the Demo. paignea. icratic ticket over their protests, Excepting 8 (repudiated their candidacies. Fragmentary returns showed] Of the Republican hopefuls, Gov. Eisenhower partisans leading the Earl Warren of California came eight uninstructed delegates. Ex- cept for the eight, all other dele- gates on the ballot signed pledges to support the preferential winner. Eisenhower forces fielded their own slate of 10 to head off the op- closest to Eisenhower, He cam- paigned the longest and hardest of any of the candidates from either party in hopes of brightening his darkhorse prospects at the national convention. trict attorney said. Sawyer Asks 27 Million for U.S. Airport Projects tea 20 million dollars for soil con- WASHINGTON WV-Secretary of servation work bv the Agriculture I Commerce Charles Sawyer yester- jday asked Congress for authority servation work by the Agriculture Department. Earth Tremors PANAMA, Panama (tf) Brief earth tremors were picked up last night on the Panama Canal seismo- graph. Observers plotted the center of the quake about 110 miles away, probably off the Pacific Coast. No damage was reported. 90th Birthday A special section about the Peter Bub Brewery, Inc., in connection with its 90th anni- versary, will be found on pages 11-20 in today's editions of The Republican-Herald. to make federal grants during the year beginning July 1 for work on 140 airport projects to cost about 27 million dollars. The federal government will pro- vide-, approximately half the cost of each and local sponsors the rest. Sawyer said in a letter to Con- gress the projects should be under- taken in the coming year, or in the year beginning July 1, 1954, if not possible earlier. The projects proposed by the'Civ- il Aeronautics Administration in- clude: Minnesota Minneapolis St. Paul Interna- tional: strengthen run- ways, taxiways' and apron, im- prove drainage system. Rochester: install lights. pending, on the basis of the cur- April 28. In it the Allies offered to rent national income of about 284 withdraw their objections to re- billion dollars a year, would hold lhabilitation of Red airfields if the government outlays to some 51 j Reds withdraw the nomination of billions annually. Striking Oil Workers Slow In Returning DENVER back-to-work movement of a large portion of the nation's refinery and pipeline oil industry workers was a slow trickle today. Meanwhile, some industry sup- plies continued short, especially Soviet Russia as a neutral observer aviation gasoline Settlements, which were expect- Loss In Warner Fire BUHBANK, Calif. area two blocks square in the vast Warner Brothers studio lay in blackened ruins today after a fire that caused damage officially estimated at 1'.4 million dollars. Destroyed by the flames yesterday were the studio's Sound Stage 21, largest in the movie industry, several large exterior sets ed to be quick if not completely satisfactory, are slow in coming. General disappointment was ex- pressed over the government's ceiling offer of a 15-cent hourly wage hike. The coalition of 22 AFL, CIO and independent unions had been asking 25 cents plus other benefits. Refineries much valuable equipment anc scenery. The fire started during the lunch hour and burned over eight acres before being brought under 'contro two hours later. A series of ex plosions punctuated the spread of the flames. Firemen said the blasts came from air compressor tanks that power wind machines and other equipment. Thousands of spectators were at- tracted by the huge, splraling cloud of black smoke. Gordon Macrae, Ray Bolger, Burt Lan- caster, Virginia Mayo, director Bruce Humberstone and studio boss Jack L. Warner were among those watching the fire at close range. The fire started on New York Street, a permanent set built of wooden false fronts 15 years ago. A stiff breeze fanned the flames away from the center of the multi- million dollar studio's main build- ng, and carried them instead into Brownstone Street, used for tene- ment house scenes. The fire then spread to sets used for foreign street scenes and from there to ,he giant Sound Stage 21, which was used for filming sea and rustic outdoor pictures. Stage 21 was built originally-for :rrol Flynn's "Tbe and many memorable scenes have )een shot there. Humphrey Bogart tilled a whole boat crew, including Mward G. Robinson, in "Key Bette Davis let her twin ister drown there in "A Stolen Flynn only recently dived into the sea there, looking for unken treasure in "Maru nd Doris Day and Gordon Mac- ae paddled a canoe in "On Moon- light filmed on tbe stage. reporting operations under way again today included the Standard plant at Sugar Creek Mo.; Globe's at Lemont, 111., and Panam Corp. refinery at El Part Of A Wall of an outdoor set on the Warner Brothers studio lot in Burbank, Calif., crashes to the ground during a fire which swept through a sound stage and several outdoor sets. There were no reported casualties from the blaze. (AP Wirephoto) Tells Congress Cash Needed to Win Cold War Denies Defense Spending Will Bring Bankruptcy By JOHN M. HIGHtOWER WASHINGTON iff) President Truman confronted Congress today with a demand that it vote every dollar tbe administration has asked for defense, lest the mobilization program falter and the nation be plunged into World War'III. "To win the cold war Congress must give what we the Pres- ident told a national Armed Forces Day dinner here last night. He branded as "poppycock" the argument that defense spending will bring on national bankruptcy. He said the only citizens who have suffered in the defense. effort so far are the men fighting in the Korean War and their families. "You must not do anything that will cause those men to get shot in the Truman said. Follows Acheson The President spoke briefly and extemporaneously at the .dinner after Secretary of State Acheson had delivered a full-dress speech on the theme that only the com- bined efforts of the United States and its Allies can prevent Russia from "engulfing the world." Both men stressed their belief in the need for increased American military strength. The power which this country has generated so far in its defense drive, Truman said, has made "the path of an aggressor'.. much more difficult, and that means that the chances of a third world war are just that much less." He said he had worked for more than seven years to prevent a third world war and establish peace "and I believe we are on the verge of success in what we started out to do." Would Upief Program But he argued this could all be upset if the mobilization program which he said has gained expedi- ency by men "in and out of Con- gress who played petty politics and hamper our efforts." "If the defense effort is not car- ried forward on an orderly the President declared, "it just won't work and we will step right into World War HI. And it can't be carried forward on an orderly basis without the necessary appro- priations we need. "And these appropriations should not be hamstrung with fool legislaT tive riders. There is no use making tbe appropriations if you tie them up so that they can't be used." Then Truman added, aiming his remarks directly at Congress: "I am here to tell you that I am not going to stand for it I am in a position to cause you some trouble if you do it. And I am not running for office, either. Before Congress "The defense program that' has been put before the Congress is well within the economic capacity of this nation. That budget is a. tight budget, and an honest one...." The Senate has not yet acted on the Defense Appropriation bill the President referred to, but the House last month cut the total sharply. The President asked for for the 12 months beginning July 1. The House cut this to a 9.2 per cent reduc- tion. Although the administration pro- tested the cut in new money voted, major criticism centered around a House provision which would limit military spending for the year to 46 billions, regardless of whether it was financed by the new funds or money already on hand. The Pentagon had planned to spend about billions during tbe fiscal year, and has an accumu- lated backlog of unspent funds of about 58 billion to help finance the program. The measure is now being stud-, ied by a Senate committee. Killer Flushed From Canefield By Fire, Slain SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico's long-sought pub- lic enemy No. 1, Antonio Cor- rea Cotto, is dead. Police; touched a torch to a sugar cane field in which the fugitive killer was hiding last night, then shot him as he came running out. Police Chief Beningo Soto said the 31-year-old escaped lif- er had killed five persons last Monday near where he was shot down in the Ponce vicinity 45 miles- southwest of here. He already had at least four other killings and one rape on hit record.