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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1950, Winona, Minnesota Cloudy, Warmer Tonight; Showers Friday Saturday Is Armed Forces Day VOLUME 50, NO. 78 WINONA, MINNESOTA. THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 18, 1950 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY-FOUR PAGES Lowrie Indicted on Bribery Attempt FIRST TIME IN 16 YEARS Play at Oberammergau By James Devlin Oberammergau, Germany The centuries-old passion play was staged today for the first time in 16 years, with a schoolgirl playing the Virgin Mary and an innkeeper cast as Christ. A capacity audience of watched as a cast of vil- lagers put on the dazzling spectacle with all its 300-year- old pageantry. Dignitaries attending the premiere included West Ger- man President Theodor Heuss, and American and British High Commissioners John McCloy and Sir Brian Robertson. The officials sat in a special rear box of the arch-roofed am- phitheater. From there they looked over the audience and out upon the open stage back- dropped by the Bavarian Alps, dotted with cottages. The attention of the audience was focused chiefly upon An- ton Preisinger, brown bearded villager innkeeper in the role of Christ, and Annemie Mayr, 16- year-old wood carving student portraying the Virgin Mary. Christ, clad in a pale yellow robe with a crimson cloak thrown over his right shoulder, appeared in the first scene-driv- ing the money changers from the temple. Preisinger's per- formance was forceful. Mary was demure and saint- ly when she stepped onto the stage for the first time a short while later. One American boy has a part in a crowd scene. He is six-year-old Johnny McMahan, son of Major and Mrs. John McMahan of Boise, Idaho. Ma- jor McMahan is stationed here with the U. S. Army. The voices of the cast rang clearly from the open stage in- to the huge covered theater. No microphones or other mechani- cal aids were used. The play which lasts from Seventeen Per Cent Of Greater Winnipeg is under water as of now. Here are some of theTnain areas so affected. St. Vital shown 'from 'the'bottom of the picture to the Red river, center; left on the first bend Is the Rivenriew district; directly above that bend is the Norwood area with the Lvndale dike- beyond that ta the left :of the river is Winnipeg proper with only a (small part of the business 'district water; directly across from the business district is St. Boniface. Top right ij the east KUdonas area. (A.P.. Wirephoto.) W Drop in Red River At Winnipeg Near Winnipeg flood-weary residents hope- fully looked today for the first slow drop in the Red river's muddy waters that have driven persons from their homes in the last three weeks. The peak of Manitoba's worst flood in more than a century held steadv at feet, unchanged for more than 30 hours. One provincial w, i o Azores B-29 Crash Kills 16 Fonta Dclgada, Azores A B-29 bomber crashed off the run- way at Lagens Field last night and burst into flames, killing all 16 per- sons aboard. Unofficial reports said the U. S. Air Force plane hit an automobile parked off the field. The plane caught fire immediately and burn- ed in a few minutes. Fourteen men were' burned beyond recognition. The plane carried a crew of 11 and five passengers, believed to be military personnel. Its home was Barksdale Air Force base at Shreveport, La. Captain Salvadore Pelle, public information officer at Barksdale, said the plane had been diverted to Lagens Field when it developed engine trouble. The bomber was en route to England as part of the Air Force rotational plan to provide overseas training for regular Air Force groups. Horsemeat Shipper Put on Probation Dallas Louis K. Risken, Minneapolis meat dealer sentenced and fined here last week in a horsemeat shipment case, was released Wednesday on probation, with the condition that he pay his fine within 30 days. Federal Judge T. Whitfield Da- vidson told Risken he would pro- bate the six-months jail term for one year, but that he must pay his fine "within a month. Meyer Gilgus, of Kansas City, co-defendant with Risken, paid his fine Monday and Was given a like probated jail term. a.m. until 6 p.m. opened with a prologue read by Alois Lang, who played Christ in the last Oberammergau play. Now gray haired, Lang wore a golden robe. He was accom- panied by a gray-robed choir of 50 men and women lined up across the 60-yard wide stage. As they filed from the stage the curtain fell back revealing a street scene in Jerusalem. Hundreds of inhabitants strolled into view. They are clad in a colorful array of red, blue, green and yellow cos- tumes. Among them were the chil- dren of the town, bare-footed despite the early morning chill. Both the men and boys in the cast had gone without hair- cuts for a year to obtain a Biblical appearance with hair falling to their shoulders. As Christ stepped into the milling scene his first words were: "What do I see here? Is this the house of God? Or is it the market The stage crowd muttered angrily. But the children, undaunted by their first stage appearance shouted "hosannas" in loud clear voices that echoed through the amphitheater. Christ reminded the crowd that out of the mouths of chil- dren came wisdom. Switchmen On Ten Railroads Threaten Strike Penn Vote Heartens G. O. P. Progressives By Edwin B. Haakinson Washinfton-W-Talk of electing a "progressive Republican as presidentinl952 grew louder today among top senators who like that 'iel for the Pennsylvania Republican primary gave Governor James H. Duff the nomination as and a strong hold on one of the most powerful parts of the national G.OJP. machinery. Republicans of all political shades agreed that Duff had dealt a stun- ning blow to what some call the "old guard" among Republicans. Chicago Ten Midwestern and Western-railroads .were threat- ened today with a strike Tuesday morning by switchmen. The walkout was .called last night by the A.F.L. Switchmen's Union of North America in a wage dispute. It came less than 48 hours after settlement of the crippling six-day firemen's strike against five of the nation's carriers. The threatened walkout is not directed against any of the recently struck lines. Rival Airlines Bid for Control Of Parks Route Winona Among Connections Sought At CAB Hearing By Dillon Graham A.P. Special Washington Service Washington Rival airlines carried to the Civil Aeronautics board today their final arguments in the Parks investigation case. Choice Midwest feeder airline routes are at stake. Fourteen airlines, including three which were recommended for por- tions of these routes by a CAB ex- aminer, are scheduled to tell the five-man CAB board their objeC' tions to the examiner's report. These three are Mid-Continent of Kansas City, recommended by Ex- aminer Ralph L. Wiser for the north central area; Turner Airlines of Indianapolis, named for the Great Lakes portion and Ozark Airlines of St. Louis, listed for the Mississippi valley routes. And an added, unexpected, con- tender "Is Parks Airlines itself. This East St. Louis, HI., firm did not file an exception to the examiner's report but it made two moves yesterday which showed it still is battling to retain this big feeder empire awarded it several years ago. It announced purchase of twin- engine planes and said it would start service soon, pointing, out Its certificate has not expired. It also questioned the board's authority to transfer Parks' certificate without new findings and said a legal ques- tion could be raised by petition for review. Financial Because of financial troubles, Parks has never begun operations over its routes. Other airlines ask- ed that the award cases be reopea- ed last year after Parks had re- quested CAB approval of a plan i trois. Once taken off, no rent ceil- to merge with Mid-Continent. -----J name, explained it this way: "In recent years no one has been able to get the Republican presi- dential nomination without the sup- port of Joe Grundy, Joe Pew and the Pennsylvania old guard. But the heavy G.O.P. primary totals in Pennsylvania as evidence that they can recapture control of Congress this fall. Duff's victory over John C. Kun- kel was a defeat for the veteran and long powerful Joseph R. Grun- dy 87-year-old former U. S. senator who has been a leading figure in state and national G.O.P. affairs. It was this angle that brought smiles for Republican senators who enjoy being called progressives, such as Lodge and Saltonstall of Massa- chusetts, Ives of New York and Aiken of Vermont. Another of the same category, who would not permit use of his ___ a. progressive Republican can get the nomination and also be elected." All of this, of course, rests upon Governor Duff defeating Democratic Senator Francis Myers in the No- vember election in Pennsylvania. Myers, now deputy Democratic Senate leader, discounted all Re- publican claims. He even suggested that some Republicans stayed away from the primary in order to vote Democratic this fall. Senator Brewster who heads the G.O.P. campaign commit- tee for tliis year's Senate races, said "he is very confident that Governor Duff will win in November." NIGHT CLUB OPERATOR IN CUSTODY Bench Warrant Served Following Grand Jury Action Minn. (Special) Wabasha county's involved gam- bling pay-off scheme exploded into public prominence again this morn- ing when a grand jury indicted Lake City Night Club Operator John E. (Jack) of attempting cials. official predicted the waters should begin to subside soon. Flood control officials continued to keep a weary, wary eye on the area's weakening, over-strainedj dikes. They emphasized the surg- ing Red and its tributary Assini- boine and Seine rivers still could break through and bring new dis- aster to the water-logged greater Winnipeg area. Gradual Drop Forcast The forecast that a gradual drop was in sight came from D. M. Committee Votes Rent Control to Dec. 31 -OT-The House banking committee voted 13 to four vote to continue them until sponsored by Chairman Spence (D.- has these main provisions: 1 Continuation of the federal control powers to June 30, 1951. 2. Increased "local option" pro- visions whereby localities can de- termine whether' they want furth- er controls. A city would have the power at any time to vote out con- The examiner's report on this long hearing, month, frowned announced last on the merger West Allies Form Defense High Command London Atlantic pact for- eign ministers set up a permanent high command tonight and ordered it to develop the armed forces for the defense of Western Europe. Each of the 12 member foreign ministers will appoint a deputy to serve on the permanent committee. The appointments will be made "with the least possible delay" so that the deputies can proceed to appoint a full-time chairman from among their members, the for- eign ministers announced in a was announced as 6 a.m. recommended that Parks' certifi- cates be canceled and parceled its routes among Mid-Continent, Turner and Ozark. The Parks routes crossed 11 states and extended from Minneapolis to Tul- Unluu President Arthur J. Glpv-jsa and from Kansas City to Mem- er said in Washington the strike jphis. was set to enforce demands for1 48 hours pay for a 40-hour work- week. The union, one of the five operating brotherhoods, was not affected by the 1949 decision by presidential emergency boards giving the 40-hour work week to nonoperating workers. The strike action, Glover said, will be directed against the Chi- cago Great Western; Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific; Daven- port, Rock Island and Northwest- em; Denver and Rio Grande West- ern; Great Northern; Minneapolis and St. Louis; Northern Pacific Terminal Company of Oregon; St. Paul Union Depot Company; Sioux City Terminal Railway Company, and Western Pacific. The strike ings could be reimposed in a par- ticular locality. 3. Rent controls to end automat- ically in December in all localities where the local governing body or the people in referendum do not decide to continue the controls to June 30, 1951. Governors of the various states would have no authority to veto the action of cities taking them- Romania Putting Squeeze on U. S. Legation Staff London Romania has be- come the latest Soviet satellite to demand that the United States cut its diplomatic staff within the coun. a Charg8 county offi- Besides Parks, Mid-Continent, Turner and Ozark, the objecting rent ceilings. Dispatches from Bucharest today said the Communist-led Romanian m unique at the close of their four local time. selves out from under the federaligovermnent has accused U. S. dip- carriers are Northwest, Eastern, Chicago and Southern, Braniff, Wisconsin Central, American, Con- tinental, Central, United and Con- tinental Southern. Additionally, a number of cities chiefly in Illinois will be intervenors. Winonn Connection Among the three portions of the routes once assigned to Parks and the division as recommended by the board's examiner was the North Central route, to Mid-Con- tinent: (1) Chicago to Sioux City, Iowa via Elgin, Rockford and Freeport, HI., Dubuque, Waterloo and Fort Dodge, Iowa. (2) Chicago to Min- neapolis-St. Paul via Elgin and Rockford, HI., Beloit-Janesville, ister of resources. He had antici pated a slight drop yesterday but! it failed to materialize. Stephens said last night that the river must fall five feet before further hazards to the area are eliminated. -That would take at least ten days after the waters def- initely start receding, he added. day session. This was in line with an agree- rf Western Railways said switch ment to set up a high command to tenders y a r d f0remen, yard block Communism, whether it toesjbk and helpers would be affected by the strkei The he said, represents about ten per cent of the men doing this class of work on the nation's carriers. The others some are Madison, Baraboo-Portage and La A spokesman for the Association] w, winona, Rochester nt-l _ horse A different attitude in The communique said: "A year's experience has shown that on the political side the meet- ings of the council have been too in- frequent to permit a sufficient ex- change of views on matters of com- mon interest within the scope of the treaty. "On the military side the strate- workers on the dikes appeared sharply cut, at least for the pre- sent. Radio stations no longer blar- ed flood warnings and official not- ices. The noise of trucks and bull-! adopted and a defense plan drawn up, and the corresponding estimate of the necessary forces is being established. "The next step is to put these dozers was waning. Talk of rehabilitation and future flood control gained mo- mentum. In Canada's House of Commons at Ottawa Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent announced fact-finding commissions would study financial aid needed by the flood victims, and waysoto prevent similar dis- asters in the future. Politicans Assailed Defense Minister Brooke Clax- ton, said the international joint flood commission made up of representatives of the United and Canada has been to speed recommendations States asked for control of the Red. The river rises in the United States and flows north into Lake Winnipeg. The commission has been studying the problem of its control for two years. Some Winnipeg officials felt Manitoba's government, a coali- tion of Liberal-Progressives and Progressive Conservatives, had been unusually slow in dealing with the rehabilitation of the flood- ed areas. Alderman C. E. Simonite said Premier Douglas L. Camp- bell's handling of the flood situa- tion "comes pretty close to crimi- nal neglect." plans into effect by taking further measures in the direction of com- mon defense, the division of finan- cial responsibilities and the adapta- tion and development of the neces- sary forces." The communique said the per- manent high command will execute policies and be responsible "for formulating issues requiring de- cisions by the member govern- ments." The highest priority tasks of the permanent council will be: 1. To co-ordinate the work, of the north Atlantic council's defense committee, its defense financial and economic committee and all other agencies established under the treaty. the steps necessary to gefco-or- dinated plans into operation for the defense of the North Atlantic area. Carletoh to Present May Fete Saturday Carleton college will present its 43rd annual members of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. All mediation machinery under the national (railway) labor act has been exhausted, Glover said, and the union was free to call a strike. a presidential fact- finding board in a report to Presi- dent Truman on April 19 had sug- gested the switchmen's case would be passed upon after hearing sim- ilar cases by two other operating unions, the trainmen and the Or- der of Railway Conductors. The board has been holding hearings here for two months and its report is due June 1. The switchmen contended Its case de- served a separate board. 3 Fishermen Fined for Spearing ,c Grand Rapids, 2. Recommend to governments is expensive if you do It the wrong way. Richard King and and Red Wing, Minn. (3) Chicago to Des Moines via Aurora, La Salle, Kewanee and Galesburg, HI., and Burlington, Ottumwa and Os- kaloosa, Iowa. (4) Galesburg, El., to Moline, in. (5) Milwaukee to Des Moines via Rockford, Sterling, Clinton, and Moline, HI., and Mus- catine, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Marshalltown, Iowa. James Sterile of Deer River and Ronald Serfleld of Minneapolis each paid fines of and costs lor il- legal spearing. Game Wardens Walter Heina- men of Big Fork and Robert Griegg of Deer River said King and Ser- fleld had four northern pike weigh- ing more ten pounds each and 21 walleyes from two to seven May fete on" Theater island here! pounds. Storlie, the wardens said, Saturday afternoon, to include the traditional queen coronation. had 19 walleyes and 31 northern pike. President Truman asked for a renewal of the rent law in a spe- cial message to Congress, April 21. He said "a sudden and simul- taneous removal of rent controls on a national scale would precipi- tate a wave of exorbitant rent in- creases." Labor groups also campaigned strongly for continuation of con- trols. Spokesmen for the C.I.O. and A. F. of L, told the committee yes- lomats there of spying and de- manded that the legation staff be reduced to ten members. Last month the Czechoslav gov- ernment demanded that the U. S. legation staff in Prague be cut by two-thirds. Washington countered with an order for a similar re- duction of Czech personnel in the United States. Romania told the U. S. to close its information center in Bucharest in March charging "activities hos- tile to the Romanian people" were terday that if controls were drop-centered in the office. Retaliating, the U. S. ordered the Romanian commercial attache's office in New ped labor certainly would ask for a new round of wage increases. Austin Bus Fare Hike Approved St. Paul An increase in bus fares in the city of Austin was_____ approved today by the Minnesota (internal affairs, "slanderous at- railroad and warehouse a hostile sion. The present ten-cent cash fare is increased to 12 cents, effective im- mediately, with three tokens for 30 cents. The five-cent children's rate remains unchanged. A bench warrant for Lowrie's ap- pearance in court was issued by District Judge Karl Finkelnburg at a, m. today and the Lake City man was brought into court by Sheriff John Jacobs less than one- half hour later. Represented by John and Dan, Foley of Wabasha, Lowrie was or- dered to appear in court for arraign- ment on the bribe charge at 11 a. m. Monday and bail bond was set at He was committed! to the sheriff's custody until the bond is furnished. The indictment against Lowrie was one of two major actions by the grand jury this morning. Earlier, the 23-man first to be impaneled in Wabasha county hi the past 18 Robert Dunlap of the Plalnview law firm of Burkhardt and Dunlap to serve as assistant county attorney whilt the jury is In session. Dunlap was appointed to the grand jury during its investiga- tion of the conduct of public offi- cials in Wabasha county. Karl Nuerenberg of the public examiner's office was in Wabasha this morning and court observers expressed belief that he may be called to testify before jury sometime this afternoon. Second Time in Court The jury has continued its secret since it was impaneled Monday morning. morning's grand jury Indict- ment marks the secofld time within seven months that Lowrie "has ap- peared in court In connection with alleged gambling activities at Terrace Night club in Lake City. Last November he was arraigned in justice court in Wabasha on a charge of setting up and operating a gambling device at the. Terrace. The .charge was dismissed by Jus- tice of the Peace R. C. Schurham- mer but the case was reopened in 'ebruary when he was arraigned in municipal court in Lake City on a charge of setting up the gamb- ling device last November 9. After waving his right to a pre- minary hearing in the lower court, jowrie was bound over under to await the action of the district court during the May term which opened this week. Today's indictment Involves the pay-offs allegedly paid by Lowrie o the late Hollie Cuff of Zumbro 'alls for "gambling protection" Cliff was to have arranged with Wabasha county officials. A probe of the pay-off scheme was touched off by the publication (Continued en Pete 21, Column 3) LOWRE York closed. Romania made Its demand for reduction in the legation personnel in a note refusing a U. S. request for visas for new members of the legation. The note charged the U. S. with efforts to interfere in Romania's on the country, a hostile attitude toward her in the United Nations, official support of refugee "traitors" and cited recent treason trial testimony that members of the American legation in Budapest have been spying. Supreme Court Order Bans Deportation of War Bride New York An order from a U. S. Supreme court justice halted the deportation of a Ger- man-born war bride yesterday just 20 minutes before her plane left for Europe. Signed by Justice Jackson in Washington, the order allows Mrs. Ellen Knauff to remain in this country pending the outcome of an appeal of her case to the high court. She was given until May 25 to file such an appeal. Jackson followed up his order with a bluntly-worded statement criticizing Immigration and Just- ice department officials for "bun- dling this woman onto an airplane to get her out of this country with- in hours" after the circuit court of appeals had granted clearance to the deportation move. Such haste, Jackson said, 'leaves no doubt that the purpose is to defeat the jurisdiction of this court as well as the determination of Congress." The House unanimously approv- ed a bill last month to allow Mrs. Knauff to enter the United States. This measure is now pending wants to deport Mrs. fore the Senate. Knauff and why she has not been Mrs. Knauff, 35, has been of TJ. S M- on Ellis Island since "1948. She tified before a congressional com- mittee last month that she believ- ed the expulsion order was insti- gated by a former girl friend of her husband, Kurt. He was a civ- ilian employe of the U. S. military government in Germany. Jack-jn took pointed notice of the Justice department's refusal to make public its reasons for bar- ring Mrs. Knauff other than its report that "she would be a haz- ard to internal security." He said he would have refused to sign the delay, order if the de- partment "had at any time shown even probable grounds to believe that presence of this woman a few days more in this country might jeopardize national security, even infinitesimally." He added that neither Mrs. the courts nor Congress had been able "to learn what the specific charges against her are." Asked by a reporter ,why the torney Irving H. Saypol replied: "Our knowledge, of the facts in this case is based on reports ol investigation not only of the Army intelligence division but also of the P.B.I. "From these the attorney gen- eral made his decision that Mrs Knauff should not be admitted. To disclose to her the reason for her exclusion would be inimicable to internal security." In Washington, the House judi- ciary committee, which initiatet the move to grant Mrs. Knauff residence in this country, sent a note of rebuke to Attorney Genera McGrath. Chairman Celler (D.-N.Y.) wrote McGrath that if the woman is ex pelled before the Senate acts on the measure his committee would consider such a step ous of the House of Represents tives." Mrs. Knauff was taken back to Ellis island pending the outcome of her appeal to the high court WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona aud vicinity Partly cloudy and somewhat warmer to- night with local showers beginning early Friday morning, becoming occasional Friday. Warmer Friday, tonight 52; high Friday aft- ernoon 75. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 71; minimum, 48; noon, 71; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at DAILT RIVER BULLETIN Flood Stage 24-hr. Stage Today ChDf. Dam 3, T.W....... 12.8 Red Wing 14 10.2 Lake City 15.0 Reads 12 Dam 4, T.W....... 11.9 Dam 5, T.W....... 10.0 Dam 5A, T.W...... 12.3 Winona 13 13.1 Dam 6, Pool....... 12.2 Dam 6, T.W....... 11-5 3akota 11-0 Dam 7, Pool....... 11-6 Dam 7, T.W....... H-0 La Crosse.........12 122 Tributary Streams Chippewa at Durand Zumbro at Theilman Buffalo above Alma Trempealeau at Dodge Black at NelUsville Black at GalesviUe -0.3 -0.4 -B.4 -0.4 -OS -0.4 -0.4 -0.3 -0.4 -03 -03 -03 -0.2 -0.5 -0.1 -0.2 -02 5.6 2.4 1.7 0.5 4.0 4.0 La Crosse at W. Salem 1.7. Root at Houston .....6.4 RootatHokah ......-.40.1 RIVER FORECAST (From Hartinji to Gnttenberr) The Mississippi is cresting at Dam No. 9 today and by tomorrow morn- ing it will rise an additional foot at Dam No. 10. After this, the riv- er will fall throughout the entire district with daily rates of creasing to 0.3 to 0.4 foot from St. Paul to La Crosse. There 'will be little change In f the tributary streams. Additional weather on Page ;