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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 20, 1949, Winona, Minnesota WARMER SATURDAY WELCOME JAYCEES VOLUME 49. NO. 80 WINONA, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY EVENING, MAY FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES 14 Accused in MeekerCounty Fraud Jaycee Parley Hits Registration Heavy Today By AI Olson The wheels of the state Jaycee sions and were held. National Republican-Herald photo Sombreros, Flashing Cap Pistols and a variety of Latin American dialects have injected a colorful stimulus into the 1949 state Jaycee convention being held in Winona. The fiesta theme has been brought here by a large delegation from Brainerd, which is seeking the 1950 convention. The Brainerd armed with buttons, hundreds of Brainerd-version pesos, and cap pistols, are shown above as they regis- tered in the lobby of the Hotel Winona, convention headquarters. Registration opened Thursday after- noon and continues through Saturday. Approximately 500 delegates are expected to attend this year's meeting, which closes with a Dutch breakfast Sunday morning. J. C Program TODAY p. and resolutions committee..........Hotel Winona to p. for local Jaycee officers.....Hotel Winona 7 to 10 p. dinner and stag party..........The Oaks H. Irving Tingley, master of ceremonies. SATURDAY 8 a. continues.......................Hotel Winona 9 a. committee meeting. School for candidates...........................Williams Hotel 9 a. committee meeting...............Hotel Winona 9 a. city committee meeting..........Hotel Winona a. training forum................Hotel Winona 12 luncheon..............................Hotel Winona p. 1949 business session................Hotel Wir.ona 7 p. banquet ..............................The Oaks p. ball ................................The Oaks SUNDAY 9 to 10 a. breakfast.......................Hotel Winona 9 a. executive board meeting.................Hotel Winona WOMEN'S PROGRAM TODAY 7 to p. dinner and fashion show......Hotel Winona 10 p. frolic. SATURDAY 9 to 12 open for hairdresser, etc. p. and address........Masonic temple to p, hour and gab-fest........Hotel Winona 7 p, banquet...............................The Oaks p. ball.................................The Oaks SUNDAY 9 to 10 a. breakfast.........................Hotel Winona Atomic Bomb Security to Be Tightened Ban Asked on Funds for Educating Communists By Oliver W. De Wolf moved today to tighten up atomic energy security from two directions. Senator O'Mahoney (D -Wyo.) said he will "close any technical gaps" which might permit atomic energy commission's funds to be spent for the education of commu- nists. And Senator McMahon (D-Conn.) said the Senate-House atomic en- ergy committee, which he leads, will meet behind closed doors Mon- day in an effort to learn how the Argonne National laboratories in Chicago happened to lose an ounce of uranium-235 last February. O'Mahoney is chairman of a Sen- ate appropriations subcommittee which is considering a 000 spending bill for the Atomic Energy commission for the year beginning July 1. Commission of- ficials testified again today. O'Mahoney has said that the sub- committee is going to write lan- guage into the money bill to bar communists from taking part in the atomic agency's multi-million dollar scientific education program. The issue has .raised a storm Jin Congress since it was disclosed ja few days ago that Communist IHans Freistadt had received a f el- convention machinery were speed- ed up today as initial business ses- the Keynote banquet and other national Jaycee leaders ar- rived in Winona this morning to augment the 200 state delegates al- ready registered. The national offi- cials were scheduled1 appear at the Kndy Starkcenter and Max Grimley, right, were shocked yesterday when they discovered five Ameri- can flags discarded on a former Austin, Minn., dumping ground. The two veterans summoned Leland Hanna (wearing Americanism chairman of the Olaf B. Damm Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Hanna disposed of the flags in the proper by burning them. There was no evidence as to how the flags, still in fair condition, got there. (A.P. Photo.) Duluth Has Minimum of 31 Degrees By The Associated Press Turbulent weather, including thunderstorms, tornjidoes, and snoW in California, swirled across most The disclosure of ur-Jof the nation today along with un- seasonable chill. Keynote banquet at He said he will propose to the Hotel Winona this noon, at which time William Collins, a national vice-president from St. Paul, was to deliver the principal address. Opening business session of the three-day convention was held this i morning, when annual reports from i state officers were heard. Annual Dinner i The convention opened Thursday with an executive committee meet- ing, the annual dinner of the Ex- jhausted Roosters (ex-Jaycees) and I a carnival dance attended by about 1250 persons. Local Jaycee Off to Fast Start BrainerJ, Moorhead Seek 1950 Meeting By Bill Powell The Jaycee convention opened with a bang. It was from a bunch of peons from Brainerd. colored They marched through the "Blue Blazer' shooting the blue blazes out of everybody. "El senors are making a lot of was even their own opinion. convention corn- committee that the matter be airec at public hearings. O'Mahoney, talking to reporters, about the Freistadt case, comment- ed: "It is my understanding that no stipend or fee has been paid to 'comrade' Freistadt as yet. There- fore there has been no acceptance and no violation. The committee will make sure by appropriate lan- guage that no payment of any kind will be made to him out of the funds carried in this bill." The reference to a "violation1 was in connection with a question raised yesterday by Senator Sal mittee members expressed consid-j tonstall Saltonstall sug- erable surprise at the exceptionally jgested that Freistadt might have ..__ J large opening day registration anc attendance at last night's social function In the Flamingo_ Room. The heavy registration yes- terday indicates that the 1949 convention may be a record- (Continued on Page 11, Column 6.) CONVENTION 1949 appropriaions act by accepting the award. The act sets stiff penalties for anyone who advocates or is a member of an organization that advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States by force or violence, if he accepts employment which is paid for out of money appropriated in the bill. scious-rectitude. Nothing quite like this perform- ance has been seen since the ail- ing, peevish Woodrow Wilson help- ed the Lodge-Borah-Brandegee jun- ta to beat the League of Nations, by refusing to have any dealings with the mild reservationists. In view of the drumfire of con- trary propaganda, it cannot be too often repeated that the underlying (Continued on Page 5, Column 4.) ALSOP The Alsops President's Stand Perils Labor Bill By Joseph Alsop the queer tangle of labor policy, one fact stands out. President Truman still has an excellent chance of victory over the supporters of the Taft-Hartley act. But he isi gravely imperiling this chance of victory, in order to preserve his odd pose as the persecuted-politician-exhibiting-con- ist is trying to cover it all with Then someone brought in a sac' of potatoes. (That was excusabl on the grounds that Moorhead is very proud of their potatoes.) Someone else shouted: "Fiest: in That was the beginning. Anyon within earshot of the Hotel Wi nona would know in five minute there was high pressure politicking in progress. Moorhead and Brain erd seemed to figure In it promi nently. They both want the Jay cee convention -in 1950. If you know nothing of the quali fications of either city stand casu ally Gradually your coal becomes heavy with buttons clipp ed to your lapel. Cards full o. secret propaganda are slipped sec retly into your pocket. Smoothly and endlessly comes the conversa- jon about Brainerd's hotels. Moor- head's motels. All the while a beautiful organ- sweet harmony. Retired J. C.'s Active Across the street at the Williams he Exhausted Roosters (retired Jaycees) were scratching up'the dirt. At the order of the Exuber- ant Gizzard they filed in to dine, uroed their backs on the table, 'owed low and crowed. Then they tarted scratching. A new Gizzard had to be elect- Coutiaued on Page 13, Column 3.) in Oklahoma and Missouri. The all of which has been recovered on the heels of the Freistadt flurry, and Tornado wreckage dotted the map commission officials have had a busy time explaining both matters to congress. McMahon reported the F.B.I, be lieves no espionage was involved in the temporary loss of the fis sionable material. But he told the Senate yesterday he is not satis fied with the commission's explan ation of the loss. Russ Blame West For Berlin Crisis By Eddy Gilmore Placed the blame for the "Berlin crisis" on the Western powers today, declaring the situation never would have devel- oped if they had not "boycotted" the council of foreign ministers. Almost on the eve of the Paris meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, the United States, Britain and France, the official communist newspaper devoted almost a half page to an editorial setting forth the Russian position. "There is no doubt whatsoever! the 'Berlin crisis' would-not have taken place if the United States, Britain and France had not set out at the demolished his home. high school building, and caused other damage estimated at to but did not injure any- one. Three tornadoes struck in the Bartlesville, Okla., area, but no in- juries were reported. Twisters also hit in Kansas and Missouri. One person was killed and an- other injured in Ohio windstorms which damaged scores of homes throughout the state. High winds also did extensive damage in Kan- sas, but without fatalities. Up to three inches of snow fell In the mountains of southern Cali- fornia. Most of it melted as r fell, but it marked the llth con- secutive day of precipitation with more showers forecast for today. In the East temperatures fell sharply as the cold breath of the Canadian air pushed across the country. In New England, where marks of 90 were reported, the mer- cury fell into the 40's with scat- Lewis Angling For Bid to Re-enter A.F.L: By Harold W. Ward Cleveland A.F.L. leaders said today that John L. Lewis is tried to partition Germany and I dickering to return to the Ameri- draw the Ruhr into an can Federation of Labor. death of an 11-day-old baby, Sam- verv beginning on the road of ig- mie Kay Stewart, was reported Parma, Mo., when a high windj The editorial said the Potsdam [conference had laid down a pro- At Fisk, Mo., wind unroofed the gram based on the assumption j there could be no peace in Europe unless Germany were transformed Into a peace-loving democratic state. The Western powers, Anglo-American bloc instead of i forming a united, w H he does> he Wl11 face strone democratic German state, Pravdai opposition to any effort to come charged. iiuto power again in the A.F.L., The editorial summed up the; these influential men predict. Russian view (jf the present situa-j presldent William Green report- tion in this fashion: peace settlement for Ger- many is being postponed and the is being regarded more more permanent. is divided, notwith- standing the pledges of the big pow- ers. The editorial added it was not accidental certain foreign news- papers were suggesting a new de- unity without po- litical unity. Germany is in a dif- ULUV AG11 lllliU OUC i> W1L11 tered showers helping douse economic situation. The Brit- ish military governor, Sir Brian Robertson was quoted as saying that anyone who thinks the situation in western Germany is good is a jack- fires in Maine. Early morning temperatures reg- stered 21 at Duluth, Minn., 33 at Traverse City, Mich., 49 at Cleve- and, Ohio, and .'.'.yracuse, N. Y., 46. Autopsy Report Awaited In Tom Heggen's Death A past state Jaycee president from Detroit Lakes was elected president of the Exhausted Roosters Thursday night. How- ard Myhre, above, was named Exuberant Gizzard as about 60 members of the organization met at the Williams hotel for their annual banquet. The Exhaust- ed Roosters was set up on a state-wide basis a year ago as an organisation for ex-Jaycees. Last night about 40 new mem- bers were initiated into the fToup at ceremonies in the Ar- lington club basement. Myhre succeeds Conrad Ertz of St. Paul. Mr. Ertz was unable to-' be present last night and was represented by William Klett of St. Paul. The annual meeting, presided over by State Jaycee President Allan Heuennan of St. Cloud, was held in connection with the state Jaycee conven- tion being; hdjj in ..Winona. New York An autopsy re- port was awaited today in thi death of Thomas Heggen, 31, war- veteran author of the best-seller "Mr. which be helpec convert into the Broadway smash hit. Heggen was found drowned yes- terday in a half-filled bathtub in bis apartment. A nearly empty bot- tle of sleeping pills' was on a wash- stand. Dr. Leopold Bellak, a Manhattan psychiatrist, said Heggen has been receiving treatments from him for some time. The doctor said he could not divulge details of Heggen's case except to say the author had been mentally depressed. He said he had prescribed sleeping pills for insom- nia. "His condition had improved re- Dr. Bellak said. "The in- dications are his death was an ac- cident." Heggen reportedly drew more than a week from the play "Mr. which stars Henry Fonda. The play, which already has net- ted Heggen a reported still is drawing packed houses after 65 weeks on Broadway. Another com- pany is playing it in Chicago. Heggen wrote the book while on Navy combat duty in the Pacific during the war, and later collab- orated' on the play version with Joshua Logan. Police theorized that Heggen might .iave Jaken an. overdose. of Thomas Heggen sleeping pils, entered the batb. to ry to overcome his drowsiness, iien dozed off arid drowned. Heggen, a native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, was divorced In 1946 from the former Carol Lyrua Gllmer of Ok- mulgee, Okla. His book is dedi- cated to her. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. rhomas O. Heggen, now live at ,BZl Beard avenue south, Minne- morrow at ass. division of Germany has rekindled reactionary groups in western Germany and at the same time sharpened the opposition of "progressive" elements in western Germany to Anglo-American policy. La Crosse Jury Awards Six Cents In Damage Suit la. Crosse, Wis. A., circuit court jury yesterday returned the smallest verdict in court history six cent award in a damage case. The verdict returned before Judge Carl Daley, said the amount should "reasonably George and Erma Petrosik for damages to their property by Set- phen L. Pavela, La Crosse con- tractor, in December, 1946. The case has been in litigation for two years. The Petrosiks asked for damages allegedly suf- fered while Pavela was working on a project at a brewery adjoining their property. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity Mostly cloudy and not so cold tonight, low- est 50; Saturday cloudy with occa- sional showers and a little warmer, highest 75. ____ LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 59; minimum, 47; noon, 59; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- i (Additional Weather on Page 17.) ed to the A.F.L. executive council on a meeting with Lewis two weeks ago. Green had indicated earlier that the session with the mine workers' leader had been devoted principally to the fight over repeal of the Taft-Hartley act. But one top A.F.L. leader said State Examiner Charges 'Deals' In Purchasing Coiling Names Commissioners, Manufacturers By Jack B. Mackay St. Paul persons were accused today by Richard A. Golling, state public examiner, of complicity in "incredible graft" and widespread corruption. The examiner named three pres- ent members of the Meeker county board of commissioners, one for- mer commissioner, four officials of equipment companies and six salesmen for firms which sold ;rucks and equipment to the coun- "Evidence was Gol- ing charged, "indicating that cer- equipment and a number of trucks were purchased pursuant to unsavory collusive deals, and that incredible graft and widespread corruption flourished. "Witnesses testified about many other bribe transactions, unfolding an astonishing account of sordid, clandestine agreements, undercov- er deals, graft and corruption. "Testimony reveals the complicity if 14 individuals in polluted deal- ings involving the disposition of ifficial business and public funds." Golling said that testimony has been given that certain members of the county board "collected more than in graft during be past 12 years." He points out, however, that the report covers a special Investiga- tion of truck and equipment pur- chases by the county board durine the past three years. Men Accused The county commissioners and former Commissioner accused by Golling are: Frank Ecker, Kimball, board chairman; William F. Schulte, Cor- vuso, O. N. Danielson, Grove City, and J. W. Miller, Darwin, former commissioner, Golling explained that the statute of limitations forbids prosecution for offenses committed more than three years ago. Officials and salesmen of equip- ment firms charged with complicity by Golling are: Harvey J. Nolan and Sherbume B. Flowers, president and vice- respectively, of the Min- nesota Four Wheel Drive Company, of St. Paul. Donivan D. Tollinger, representa- tive of the Ruffridge-Johnson Equipment Company, Incorporated of Minneapolis, and former sales manager of the Ken S. Gold Com- pany, of St. Paul. C. T. Johnson and R. E. Huber, Jr., president and secretary-treas- urer, respectively, of the Ruffridge- Johnson Equipment Company, with offices at Minneapolis. Arnold Jude and J. Russell Hibbs, Meeker county salesmen for the William H. Ziegler Company, In- corporated, equipment firm with offices at Minneapolis. P. X. Wiemerskirch of Litchfield, that Lewis was anxious to come salesm'an for the George T. Ryan back to the organization "on any Minneapolis, equipment minr Imnnilfn nf -fVm 1 w f I r terms" now because-of the Immi- nence of his own contract show- down with the soft coal industry July 1. Also, any new labor law enacted in the next two months may carry provisions directed squarely at Lewis, the A.F.L. lead- er thinks. i firm. Peter Foss, Litchfield represent- ative for the Mlnar Motor Com- pany, Minneapolis. Arnold Anderson, representative (Continued on Page 3, Column 1) FRAUD President Truman, left, bids Secretary of State Dean Achesoa a smiling farewell at National airport in Washington today before the cabinet member took off for Paris and the foreign ministers' meeting. Mrs. Acheson, center, accompanied her husband. (A.P. Wirephoto to The ;