Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1949, Winona, Minnesota
COOL TONIGHT, WARMER WEDNESDAY READ DICK TRACY BACK PAGE DAILY VOLUME 49, NO. 83 WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 24, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY EIGHTEEN PAGES uss Sincerity Tested at Paris Eisler Hearing Reset for Friday Bandits Rob Janesville, Wis.r Firm of Roadblocks Fail To Trap Trio After Holdup Janesville, arm- ed men, using a pattern familiar in this area, staged a hold- up of the Thorp Finance Com- pany In downtown Janesville late yesterday. Roadblocks in Dane, Walworth, Jefferson and Green counties and a network of Illinois police, failed to turn up the fleeing bandits. Janesville police said the system used by the men matched reports of similar holdups of the House- hold Finance Company, Lake Gen- eva; the Viner and Shields Fin- ance Company, Rockford, HI., and the Household Finance Company, Clinton, Iowa, in recent months. In each case the robbery was staged by three men after one had made earlier inquiries in the of- fice, police said. Bernard Poole, manager of the Thorp office, said the men obtain- ed mostly in bills, from Sheriff John Simon points to the spot near Faribault, Minn., where Fred Worsening was slain Sun- day night. Morsching had parked his car, in which he and a 17-year-old girl had gone riding, in an abandoned stone quarry. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) (Story on Page 13.) the office safe and in small bills from a cash drawer. Here is the story of the holdup as told to Janesville police by Rose- Dorr. 21, the cashier, who reported Two other persons was alone in the office at the were wounded and hospitalized, but Two Men Killed In Berlin Riots uneasy truce settled over embattled Berlin again today after a bloody riot last night resulted in two deaths. The violence erupted suddenly after a comparatively quiet day. A liowling mob of about striking railway workers and their sym- pathizers tried to storm the zoo elevated railway station. Soviet-controlled German railway police fired on them. A 45-year-j old man, shot in the head, died instantly. A 16-year-old youth also was time, A man, about 25 with dark curly hair, a good looking round face and wearing a navy blue sport coat, apparently was the leader. He stopped at the office about a week ago and inquired about mak- ing a loan. He left, saying Would "talk it over with his He later released. More bloodshed was averted by firm action on the part of British authorities, who demanded that 200 eastern polige evacuate the station. The Russian-supported railway po- lice yielded and west Berlin po- e nce took over the two-story struc- i i.. Yesterday morning the man ap- peared again, but once more said he wanted to talk to his wife be- fore making the loan. About 3 p.m. Miss Dorr entered the office after talking with another client and the man and two com- panions, also about 25, were wait- ing. One man was short and dark, wearing a railroad fireman's cap and the other was "sharp featured and needed a shave." The man again asked about a jture. While the negotiations were go- ing on, the angry mob was not Provoke incidents. stationed at the west Kreuz station1 offered to withdraw because of the menacing attitude of "action squads" of strikers. Western Berlin police were sent to maintain order and cleared the station grounds of communists. The British felt the eastern police were entitled to remain as long as they had the situation under control strained by western police and This was in line with the view New Date Set At Request of United States Fugitive Communist To Be Held In British Jail extradition hear- ing for Gerhart Eisler was post- poned today until Friday at the request of the United States. The communist leader who fled the United States while under sen- tence on two criminal convictions was brought into London's Bow street magistrate's court today for a hearing on a U. S. request that he be returned to America. But F. Graham Maw, British lawyer representing the American; embassy at the hearing, said the United States needed more time to Tfce tank connected tQ prepare the case against Eisler, I end of the cable, plunged down Maw suggested an eight-day de-jan incline of timbers into the 12-' foot deep excavation. Young Sharp was in the north-! Tank Falls in Pit, Kills Disco Youth Taylor, father saw his 17-year-old son crushed to death here Monday afternoon while he and two other men narrowly escaped death. The accident occurred when an empty fuel tank weighing pounds plunged into an excavation on the south side of the Taylor Co- operative Creamery where the men were working. Dead is Charles Sharp, who was crushed against the wall of the excavation. He was killed JDSlaiitJy, according- to Jackson County Coroner Sidney Jen- sen of Hixton. His father, Hugh Sharp of Disco, seven miles from here was in the hole. Injured were: Gunder Gunderson, 58, Taylor, who suffered chest and head in- juries and was hospitalized at Whitehall. His condition today is re- ported as "fine" and his injuries as "not serious. Eddie about 60, Tay- lor, who suffered a bruised hip, facial injuries and two fractured ribs. He was treated at the Krohn hospital at Black River Falls and sent home. The four men were in the ex- cavation about p.m. helping unload the huge tank from a truck. Hook Unfastens The hook holding a cable attach- ed to a large winch came loose. Motorists Asked To Park Within Yellow Lines The Winona police department today requested the co-operation of all motorists in parking with- in the yellow lines recently painted in parking areas in the business district. "Parking spaces have been designated by the yellow mark- Chief of Police A. G. Bin- gold explained, "to afford space for the most cars possible. All motorists are instructed to park within the spaces designated by the markings and those not complying with this regulation may be tagged for improper parking." lay. Eisler's attorney, Dudley Collard, protested that the case should cornert the pi> hif father i ion the east slde and Lambert and heard immediately. Gunderson on the south side with 'It is intolerable that Eisler a 12-foot ladder between them. The] should be kept in a British prison ladder is believed to have saved while the United States take their j1116111 from death or more serious leisurely preparation of this he told Magistrate J. P. Eastwood. The magistrate compromised on a three-day delay and refused for the second time to set bail for Eis- ler. Question of Bail He said the question immediately before the court injury. Lambert said he was able to jump against one end of the pit, thus escaping the full force of the tank. Young Sharp, however, was crushed against the dirt wall. Minneapolis Man Operating the winch at the time accident was Curtis Ander- Wiley Claims Seaway Bill Action Delayed Senator Wiley (R-Wis.) said today the adminis- tration is ducking the St. Lawrence Vishinsky Acts Agreeable at Opening Talks West Schedule Of German Unity Begins Discussions admit Eisler to bauVHe added of Minneapolis, employed by would not go Into the merits of the Lambert Transfer Company, t-t-ia itnr-n 4-Viin f ion leaders armed with clubs. The station near the Berlin zoo: has been a stronghold of com- munist strikebreakers and eastern German police trying to get the elevated railway system running. The system has been paralyzed since the workers struck Saturday, chiefly over a demand that they be paid in west marks, worth four "t; fjtuu J.1J vrulLll .IUU1 loan and she began put times as much as Russian-backed east marks. The British intervened a second time when the eastern police force an application form. He gave his name as Joseph Simmons. She look- ed up and found herself staring at a gim. The man told her to "put your head down on the desk and you won't get hurt." She compiled and the man and his companions rifled the cash drawer and safe. Then he told her he either would have to lock her up or "knock" you over the head." They finally permitted her to go into a wash- room after placing her on her honor to remain there five minutes. She came out of the room after the men fled, but was unable to see how they made their escape. Employes of the Janesville Gaz- ette told police a dark man asked for change to operate a parking meter and for a detailed Rock county map a short time before the holdup. The robbery, itself, took place on the second floor of a building only a half-block from this city's busiest intersection. Three men in a car were picked up at Monroe, Wis., about an hour after the robbery, but police re- leased them after a half hour's questioning, saying it was a "case of mistaken identity." Meyers Perjury Charges Dropped government has dropped its perjury charges against former Major General Ben nett E. Meyers. The wartime Air Force purchas ing- officer, now serving 15 months to five years for inducing another man to commit perjury, still faces an additional charge of income evasion. He will be eligible for pa role from prison September 15. All three charges developed af- ter Bclolt Lamarre had told a Sen- ate committee that Meyers, while an Army Air Force officer, hac been secret owner of a war plant In Ohio, with Lamarre serving as its dummy president. Lamarre tes- tified that Meyers had induced him to testify falsely about the plant's ownership. In the perjury charges which it dropped in district court yesterday, the government had accused Mey- ers of giving false testimony about his interest in the company, Lamarre, who pleaded guilty to perjury, is now on two years pro- bation. Martha Vickers, Mickey Rooney Plan to Marry Las Veras, Nev. Martha Vickers and Mickey Rooney will get their divorces within five days of each other so they can marry next expressed after a meeting of the! three western commandants yes terday. They refused a plea from the west Berlin city governmen- for intervention in the strike. The Russians were given control over the railway system throughout Ber- lin by four-power agreement in 1945. The commanders authorized in- tervention by western police only to quell outbreaks of violence at in- dividual stations. British intelligence agents who mingled with the crowd at the zoo station said the attack by the mob was carefully planned in an effort to force intervention by Western Allied forces. The agents said the strikers had gathered their tough est men for the job. An official list compiled before last night's riot showed approxi- mately 60 Germans had been in- lured seriously since the walkout. Twelve thousand railway workers are on strike. St. Cloud Man Drowns in River St. Cloufl, parties today resumed a hunt for the case at this time and contin-! ued: "Here Is a gentleman who on called' p.m. the face of it has been convicted, released on bail and has disappear- ed from America. As far as this court is concerned the matter has been expedited as much as pos- Isible. I don't feel Mr. Eisler has any complaint with the proceedings which have taken place so far in this country." The 52-year-old communist wore the same tan suit, now badly crumpled, as when he was carried bodily from the Polish liner Ba-. tory ten days ago. He entered the j prisoner's dock quietly and watched 'the short court proceedings intently. Maw said the official U. .S. re- quest for Eisler's extradition hadj When questioned by Jackson County Coroner Jensen, who was yesterday, Anderson said: "I had just put the cable in reverse and was preparing to Jet the tank slowly Into the hole. All of a sudden, the hook came loose and the tank shot into the hole." Cornoner Jensen released Ander- seaway issue. Wiley is one of the main Senate backers of construction of the seaway which President Trurhari has endorsed several times. The Wisconsin senator, a mem- ber of the foreign relations com- mittee, said in a speech prepared for the Senate: "President Truman has repeat- edly indicated his full support of the seaway and I have no criticism what soever of him on this point. By Joseph E. Dynan Big Pour foreign ministers' council got down to the business of deciding Germany's fu- ture today with Russia determined least agree- ment shall be reached. The United States, Britain and Prance expected to learn at to- day's second session, scheduled for p. m. a. m. C.D.T.) how far the Soviets mean to go with surprisingly agreeable attitude. Russia's normally fire eating Andrei Vishinsky spoke with oil on his tongue at the opening ses- sion yesterday in a pink marble palace near the Arc de Triomphe. Vishinsky, quickly agreeing to a Western agenda proposed by For- eign Minister Robert Schuman of Prance, told Schuman, Ernest Bev- in of Britain and U. S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson: "If I am not absolutely convinced by your argument, nevertheless I will consent to your proposal." The Soviet foreign minister agreed without argument to a West- ern proposal that if there is time after German problems are dis- cussed, the council should try again agree on an Austrian treaty. Bevin asked if Russia considered full agreement on Germany a pre- condition to taking up Austria and Vishinsky replied, smiling: "We are going to agree on all questions here." Conciliatory Line Western conference sources who reported these exchanges after the meeting noted that they followed the conciliatory line on Germany Russia has taken since her pro- posal last month, carried out May 12, to lift tie Berlin blockade. But they were nonetheless, they reported. The Western sources said they expected to get a better line today on bow long Vishinsky will keep on smiling, and agreeing. Under the first agenda item, "the problem of German the West plans to propose discussion first of its plan for unifying- Ger- 'However, his directives havejmaP? Politically been sabotaged by the Tius involves extension to all Ger- son after taking pictures and con- the lethargy, tb? apathy of of me west German constitu- ducting- intensive questioning. The! alleged supporters who perpetuallj coroner said evidence indicated the mishap was purely accidental. However, he plans to confer with Jackson County District Attorney Larry Gilbertson of Black River Falls before making a decision on an inquest. Fuel Storage the body of Don Plantenburg, 27, arrived in London only last night. The tank was to be ful stalling by the administration St. Cloud auto mechanic drowned j ands ha.d no tlme, for fuel oil storage by the last night in the Mississippi river. Plantenburg perished despite the rescue efforts of Reverend James Minette. He was testing put an outboard motor he had repaired for the priest when he was thrown from the craft on a sudden turn. Reverend Minette, watching the test from shore, got into another joat, went to the place where ?lantenburg disappeared and dived in. Once he grabbed the drown- ing man's hair but lost his grip as the swift current carried the two toward a river eddy known as devil's hole. Her attorney said yesterday Western-licensed Berlin newspa- pers claimed meanwhile that em Police and firemen Thursday from A. C. Lyles, Holly- ployes of the railway system in jody without success wood publicist. Rooney's wife, Betty the Soviet sector of the city were Reverend Minette is chaplain at Jane Rase, gets her final California leaving their jobs in sympathy with divorce papers next Tuesday. ing occurred off Hester park. copies before it was handed to thejcrearnery. it was 76 inches in di- home office. iameter and 18 feet long. Work on Collard said the U, S., "with its the excavation had been under way should have had no dif-iseveral days ficulties in getting ready for the protest that they are 'too busy with other things to take up the seaway. "I challenge the administration to get busy in the fight for the Great Lakes seaway. The people of the Middle West are sore and sick about the continued disgrace- on seaway legislation in the 81st Congress." Wiley said it has "become ob vious" that it is too late in this session to expect more than ap Young Sharp had just returned j proval by the foreign relations com- from a trip to the West Coast "The defense, with its limited re-j with a group of friends Saturday sources, has been able to prepare its Collard said. He declared he Jiad copies or transcripts or photostats of all doc- uments in the Eisler case. Perjury Denied "We are prepared to demonstrate and had begun working on the job yesterday morning. mittee. Even this, he said, will re- quire an "uphill fight" to attain. "Of Wiley continued, "in spite of the administration's The truck was parked about we will be fighting- hard feet from the hole when the passage of the seaway bill in came loose and the tank slid down i both houses of the Congress during an incline timber into the pit. jthe second session which will pre- William Halstad, manager of thejsumably open next January. now that no extradition offense atipreamery7 ancj two other "The people of the Middle West all has been committed by Basil Osegard and Clayton Hanson, I and of the nation should how- lall of Taylor, were watching the un-lever be informed that the admin- This Is The Scene in the Pink Marble Palace conference room in Paris as the Big Pour foreign min- isters begin their initial meeting of their attempt to settle the German problem. Seated at extreme left at table is British Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin. Andrei Y. Vishinsky, Soviet foreign minister, can be seen directly behind man standing in left foreground, (wearing Secretary of State Dean Acheson. is at extreme right. Seated next to him is Dr. Philip Jessup of the U. S. delegation.' (AJP. Wirephoto via radio from Paris.) Collard declared. "Eisler has never been guilty ofj perjury. He was never charged! with perjury and; never convicted. United States has adopted a policy of 'shoot first and ask questions afterwards.' The formal tr. S. request for Eisler's return-said he was wanted for making false statements under oath. Maw suggested a postponement until next Monday or Tuesday. Col- lard suggested Friday.. The magistrate said he had just received copies of the documents in the case and added "clearly there must be a remand" delay. He then ruled the case would be heard Friday. Eisler was brought in from Brix- ton prison where he has been for the past eight days. Communist pickets marched in front of the court building as de- tectives brought the German-born fugitive in. Other communists pass- ed out leaflets demanding "end this persecution." Home office officials said this morning that the American request that be returned was "un- der study." Home Secretary James Chuter Ede, whose department has juris- diction over aliens, has told the afouse of Commons he will stop the extradition proceedings if he decided Eisler is justified in his claim that he is a political refugee. 3 Midwest Airlines Cited for Safety Chicago Mid-Continent, Capital and Wisconsin Central Air- lines were among 27 cited last night by the National Safety Congress for completing scheduled runs In 1948 without a single passenger fatality. loading operation and witnessedlistration has done a miserable job the accident. of stalling and subterfuge thus far." Screen Actor. Jimmy Stewart assists Mrs. Gloria Hatrick McLean with her coat at a Hollywood night spot. Earlier, Stewart announced their engagement and said tfcey plan a simple wedding in August. tion signed at Bonn yesterday by representatives of the 11 states in the Western occupation zones. Two German communist dele- gates refused to sign and there have "been indications Russia will support a rival government expected to be formed soon by a "people's con- gress" elected last weekend In the eastern zone. The Western sources said it Was bard to believe Vishinsky would re- main conciliatory when this matter comes up. Four-Power Control The Soviet foreign minister urged, sut mildly, in yesterday's meeting iiat future four-power control of Germany and economic unity should be the first items for dis- cussion "under the agenda. (Tass, the Soviet news agency, iistributed a account of lie opening meeting to the Rus- sian press and radio. It was a fac- ial account, differing little from those of Western news Vishinsky threw one surprise into he opening meeting by proposing that the foreign ministers' council, with China added, should set a date or discussion of a peace treaty 'or Japan. This revived a Russian proposal of two years ago when the foreign ministers met in Moscow. The four ministers finally agreed study the Japan treaty case again before leaving Paris. I On Austria, they agreed to a pro- posal by.Acbeson to invite their deputies to report by June 1 on progress toward agreement on an independence treaty. The deputies have met well over times on the subject since the last foreign ministers' council deadlocked at London in December, 1947. Free Milk Would Cost 12c Quart Washington If the farmer gave away his milk, it would cost the consumer 12 cents a quart delivered to the door, fed- eral experts estimate. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity Fair and cool again tonight, low in city 42 38 in country; light frost only la' deep valleys. Diminishing winds to- night. Wednesday partly cloudy and warmer, highest 68.. LOCAt WEATHER N Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 65; minimum, 42; noon, 58; precipitation, none; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow at Additional weather on Page 15.