Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 26, 1954, Winona, Minnesota
Local Showers Tonight and Thursday Chiefs vs. Gabrych Park Sunday 8 p.m. NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR, NO. 158 SIX CiNTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 26, 1954 TWENTY-FOUR PAGES 100 Killed, 220 Hurt in Carrier Fire (f Puerto Ricans Seized in Roundup WASHINGTON Gen. Brownell today announced the ar- rest of 11 leaders of the Nationalist party of Puerto Rico on charges of seditious conspiracy to overthrow the U. S. government. Brownell placed detainers against six other members of the Nationalist party, including the four in jail here charged with shooting five members of the House of Representatives on March 1, The other two detainers were placed against two Puerto Ricans now imprisoned in the federal cor- rectional institution at Danbury, Conn. The roundup resulted from TODAY Russians Catching Up in Air By JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP WASHINGTON The Soviet heavy bomber program is now ap- proximately two years ahead of the schedule forecast for it by the American military intelligence analysis. Because of this unforeseen suc- cess, the air-atomic striking pow- er of the Soviet Union, now being reinforced with hydrogen bombs, may soon be fairly close to catch- ing up with America's air-atomic striking power. An American lead can no doubt be maintained. But two years are perhaps allowed, before this coun- try is as gravely threatened by the Soviet strategic air army, as Soviet Union is now threatened by our strategic air command. This short run prospect, com- bined with the somewhat longer run but no Jess bleak prospects in the field of inter-continental guid lengthy FBI investigation into Na- tionalist party activity extending back to 1936. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover noted in connection with today's roundup that members of the party were responsible for a bloody revo- lutionary attempt in Puerto Rico in October and November 1950, for the attempted assassination of former President Harry S. Truman at Blair House in November oJ that year, and for the recent shoot- ing affray in the House here. On Subversive List The Nationalist party of Puerto Rico long has been "n the attorney general's subversive list, described as an organization seeking "to alter the form of government of the United States by unconstitutional ed missiles, can be have far-reaching expacted to effects on American and free world planning snd policy. The world knows only the facts that form the basis of the foregoing new assess- ment. In the Day air show at Moscow, the Red Air Force some- what ostentaciously exhibited a new four-engined jet bomber. This plane, called the Tupolev-39, is comparable to our own B52. Ready for Production The plane shown was undoubt- edly a prototype, but the proto- type is thought to have passed the flight test stage. Thus the Tupolev- 39 is probably ready to be order- ed into full production. Building this new four-engined jet would have to be regarded as major and fairly chilling Soviet achievement, even if there were not more of the same. After all, although our own four-engined jet has been supposed to be in produc- tion fcr more than a year, the American Air Force actually has only two B52s in service. The real danger signal, however, was not the appearance of the Tupolev-39, which has already been described, but the discovery of the Tupolev-37, which has not been re- vealed until now. The Tupolev-37 is also a jet en- gined strategic bomber, similar in size to our B47. Its very large air intakes have caused some argu- ment among the analysts. The point disputed is whether this is actually a two-engined jet, like the B47; or whether it has two sets of two engines each, coupled to- gether so that each set can be served by a single air intake. Hoover said the party, founded in 1922, has a history "filled with vio- lence." Its long-term leader, Pedro Al- bizu Campos, was arrested again by territorial authorities in Puerto Rico after the shooting of the five congressmen on March 1. He pre- viously 'had been in prison. The leaders rounded up today were: Carlos Aulet, 28, Chicago, a bodyguard for Nationalist party of- ficials, picked up in a parking lot at the rear of his residence. Jorge Luis Jimenez, 34, Chicago, former president of the executive board of the party in Chicago, ar- rested at his home. Armando Diaz Matos, 39, vice president ward. of the party's Chicago Tax Liens Filed On Heim Property MINNEAPOLIS federal government today held tax liens for against any property Russell R. Heim, former Hennepin County coroner, may own hijre. The liens, filed Tuesday, cover unpaid taxes the g o v e r nment claims are due for the years 1949- 52, together with interest and pen- alties. Heim recently was freed from a federal institution where he served a term for narcotics law violations. Loyalty Board Questions Dr. Bunche NEW YORK Ralph J. Bunche, a top United Nations of- ficial, spent most of yesterday and last night closeted with a U. S. loyalty board, and the board chair- man said "no inference should be drawn from the fact." Bunche, who won the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for achieving an ar-' mistice in the Holy Land, is now principal director of the U. N.'s Department of Trusteeship. While Bunche was meeting with the loyalty board, two former members of the National Commit- tee of the Communist party were admitted to the hearing room in the Federal Building. The two were Manning Johnson and Leo- nard Patterson. After the 12-hour session bi'oke up, a statement was given to newsmen by Pierce J. Gerety of Southport, Conn., chairman of the Angel Luis Medina, 26, Chicago, former secretary-general of the Chicago branch. Gonzalo Lebron Sotomayor, 33, Chicago, the brother of Dolores Lebron, who led the party mem- bers in the assault on the House of Representatives. Others Named Manuel Rabago Torres, 32, Chi- cago, former vice president of the Chicago branch, arrested en route to work. Rose Collazo, 43, the Bronx, New York, wife of Oscar Collazo, who is serving a life sentence for the attempted assassination of for- mer President Truman, She was arrested at her home. Juan Bernardo Lebron, 31, New York, former president of the New York City's branch of the party, arrested at his residence. Jose Antonio Otero, 34, Brooklyn, vice president of the >arty's municipal board, taken in- o custody at his home. Carmelo Alvarez Romen, 45, Jrooklyn, member of the party's >few York municipal board, arrest- ed at his residence. Francisco Cortes Ruiz, 31, of _. _. Ponce, Puerto Rico, described as .phu suddenly veered a long-time party member, arrest- north today m an Apparent attempt Schine AWOL Over NewYear's, CommanderSays Allowed to Stay At Home Because Of Cohn's Call WASHINGTON UPl-Pvt. G. David Schine's company commander tes- tified today Schine took New Year's :eave from Ft. Dix, N.J., in vio- lation of instructions but was al- owed to remain at home after Roy Cohn telephoned the fort. Capt. Joseph J. M. Miller said he reported Schine as "absent without leave" but that no discip- .inary action was taken against Schine, and Schine's service rec- ord does not show he was AWOL. During his testimony Miller also said he never gave any "preferen- tial treatment" to Schine, and that neither Sen. McCarthy nor any of McCarthy's aides ever asked him to do so. Miller's story of the New Year's incident capped earlier testimony that Schine once apparently tried to offer him a trip to Florida, and also told him he was in the servic "to remake the American mill tary establishment along modern lines." For Guard Duty Miller said he had schedule! Schine for guard duty Dec. 31 am had specifically instructed him hi was not to leave the post withou Miller's authority. Miller said he also had advised Schine that be cause Schine had a Christmas pass _ he would not be entitled to a pas: U. S. International Organizations for New year's Day Employes Loyalty Board He said he considered that Schim Gerety said Bunche, like every other American citizen employed by the 40-odd international organ-r izations to which the United States belongs, has been investigated un- der executive orders issued by for- mer President Truman and Pres- dent Eisenhower. Reports of these investigations are turned over to the Internation- al Organizations Employes Loyal- ty Board, he added, and then stated: "Therefore no inference should be drawn from the fact that he had a meeting with the board to- day. As a matter of policy the board does not make any comment concerning any individual. The re- ports of the board's determinations are }n all cases submitted to the secretary general or the executive head of the appropriate interna- tional agency through the State De- partment." Reds Seek to Circle French On Red River HANOI, Indochina troops imving east from captured ed near Ponce. The detainers were placed here against Miss Lebron, Andres Fig- ueroa, Rafael Cancel Miranda and rvin Flores 'Rodriguez, involved in he March 1 House shooting. The detainers at Danbury prison were placed against Julio Pinto and Juan Francisco Ortiz In any case, the comparison to Medina, who are serving time for contempt of a New York federal court for refusing to answer ques- tions about the Nationalist party. The seditious conspiracy charge lodged against those rounded up today involves maximum penalties of six years' imprisonment or a fine of or both, upon con- the B47 is thought to be crudely accurate. Getting 30 a Month Moreover, nine of these new air- craft have been observed flying in formation together. For this and other reasons, the Tupolev-37 is supposed to be in full production already. Pentagon analysts now give an official estimate that the current output is approximately 30 planes per month, Our B47 production rate is of course higher than this; and a good many groups in the Strategic Air Command have already ex- changed the obsolescent B50s and B29s for the new twin-engined jet. But with the Tupolev-37 coming (Continued on Page 4, Column 5) ALSOPS Rochester Bus Drivers Get Raise ROCHESTER, Minn. UP) _ AFL union bus drivers early today ac- cepted a nine-cent hourly wage in- crease, averting a possible strike against the Rochester bus line. Shortly afterward, Mrs. Margar- et Trenholm, president, said that, tentatively, the line intends to seek a straight 10-cent cash fare, in- stead of 6 tokens for 45 cents. With the increase, the 28 drivers will receive S1.47 an hour after two years' service, plus some ad- ditional fringe benefits. viction. Atty. Gen. Brownell said it is estimated that the Nationalist party of Puerto Rico has about 500 mem- bers, largely concentrated in the island, with about 100 living in the United States. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and cloudiness, local showers begin- ning late tonight and continuing at intervals Thursday. Warmer. Low tonight 55, high Thursday 76. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 71; minimum, 48; noon, 65; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 70 at p.m. Tues- day. Low, 52 degrees at a.m. today. Noon readings temp. 63, broken layer of clodds at feet, overcast at feet, visibil- ity over 15 miles, wind from the east at 10-miles-per-hour, baromet- er at 30.09 falling, humidity 42 per cent. to encircle French defenses in the vital Red River delta. The shift of Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap's Communist-led legions was believed designed to form a giant pincers squeezing the delta's north- ern perimeter while other Viet- minh troops threaten it from the west. The French sent out U.S.-sup- plied B26 bombers and Corsairs to pound the columns. The air strike was concentrated on troops bunched near Nha Phu, about 90 miles southwest of Hanoi. In the delta itself only light ac- tion was reported. Twelve rebels were killed as French warplanes pounded Vietminh forces harassing outposts southeast of Hanoi, Meanwhile, the airlift of French wounded from Dien Bien Phu con- tinued. The French command said 148 were flown out last night, bringing the total evacuated to 710. The French hope to wind up the shuttle today. The rebels have given permission to evacuate a to- tal of 858, The French command in Saigon said it will build up 13 new mili- tary units from the reserves of Viet Nam battalions lost at Dien Bien Phu. A spokesman said, with reinforcements expected from France, the new units will total some This is about the num- ber lost at Dien Bien Phu. Scientist Agrees to Enter Mental Hospital PHILADELPHIA Roy K. Marshall, nationally known scien- tist, was placed on five years pro- bation yesterday after voluntarily agreeing to enter a mental hospital. He pleaded no contest in U. S. District Court here to a charge of sending obscene letters through the mails to five teen-age girls. was absent from the company area without permission, and ordered search for him which disclosec Schine had signed out of the for on a pass to New York as o a.m., but that actually h had left prior.to a.m. when the search was begun, Miller said the arrangement was that all passes for Schine were to clear through Miller and Schine was not to leave on any other au thority. Miller said Roy Cohn, chie: counsel to the McCarthy subcom- mittee, called at 3 o'clock that aft ernoon to say Schine would be working on subcommittee business "throughout the weekend." Absence Reported Under questioning by Sen. Sy mington Miller said he considered Schine's absence was absence without leave" and so reported to his regimental com- mander, who in turn reported to Maj. Gen. Cornelius Ryan, the fort commander. Miller quoted Ryan as directing that if a member of the Mc- Carthy subcommittee called and requested a pass, Schine was to be given one. Miller said Schine had been given a "pass form" on his first day at the post, but this form was merely to prove to people off the post that Schine was legally off the post. Normally, Miller added, he kept such forms locked in a safe but gave Schine one so there would be no administrative delays. He said this was "indicative of the trust I placed in Pvt. Schine" to use the form only when Schine had specific authority to leave the fort. Sen. McCarthy protested that much of Miller's testimony was ir- relevant to the issue of whether he and his aides pressured for prefer- ential treatment of Schine. At one point, .McCarthy arose, announced he was leaving until the "drivel" was over, and stalked from the room. He came back in about 20 minutes while Miller was still testifying. McCarthy and Symington CD- Mo) got into a brief hassle when McCarthy referred to James A. Wechsler, editor of the New York Post, as a one-time "top ofiicial of the Communist party." Symington said there was "no justification" for the statement. Symington said it was his under- standing Wechsler has testified that when he was "around 17, 18 or 19 he was a member of the Young Communist League, that he left that organization, and that since then he has been more and more active against Communism." The McCarthy-Symington row blew up when McCarthy ques- tioned Miller about a series of ar- ticles in the New York Post on Schme's life at Ft. Dix. McCarthy called the Post "a Communist sheet." Miller said he had no personal knowledge of the Post articles, that he was away from the post when reporters called there. At one point, Symington said the McCarthy subcommittee had em- ployed "former Communists" on its staff. He put it as a question Miller: "Did you know that former Communists in the past 18 months have been paid staff mem- jers of the "No, sir, I did Miller re- plied. This Is An Aerial view of the aircraft carrier Bennington coming into Quonset Point, R. I., today after the fire at sea that killed more than 100 men. (UP Telephoto) Crewmen Today Were removing victims of the fire at sea aboard the aircraft carrier Bennington after the ship docked at Quonset Point, R. I. (UP Telephoto) tove for Peace In Indochina Tried at Geneva GENEVA UP) dele- ates got down to brass tacks on possible Indochina cease-fire to- ay in a series of private huddles. scheduled session of the stale- mated Korean negotiations was ostponed until Friday to clear the ecks for the discussions. Britain's Foreign Secretary An- lony Eden was expected to meet rivately with Russian Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov to discuss a four-point proposal Eden sub- mitted to yesterday's closed-door session of the nine parties involved in the Indochina question. Other delegates also planned private huddles to hash over de- tails of the proposal. It was under- stood Eden's plan included detailed suggestions for creation of assem- bly zones in which the opposing be concentrated, if cease-fire is estab- forces would and when a lished. The plan was described as a "summing up" of Western and Communist proposals on the cease- fire question. The question of creating assem- bly zones will be taken up at the next formal conference session on Indochina, set for tomorrow. Two Explosions Aboard Craft Off East Coast Helicopters Move Some of Injured To Land Hospitals QTj ONSET, R. I. VP) More than 100 men died and 220 were injured early to- day in two explosions and a fire aboard the aircraft car- rier Bennington as she cruis- ed along the Eastern coast- line. The huge craft came into this port shortly after noon today, her decks lined with tired crewmen, their faces blackened by smoke. Ensign Robert Grant of Brooklyn, N. Y., his own ankles bleeding, told news- men "All I can say is, God I'm lucky to be alive." He was directing the evacuation of the casualties as he spoke. Grant estimated the first of two explosions occurred about a.m. today. He said: "I was in the forward hangar bay when 1 heard general quarters alarm sounded. I listen- ed for a moment and suddenly it dawned on me that there was no report that this was a drill." Wounded Hospitalized The disaster probably was tht) second worst in naval peacetime listory. There were 178 men miss- ing or killed in 1952 in a mid- Atlantic collision between the de- stroyer Hobson and the carrier Wasp. A shift of helicopters carried many of the seriously injured ashore to the Newport Naval Hos- pital across the bay from here the ton Essex class carrier moved toward port. There was no immediate explan- ation of the explosions but one re- port said high octane gas was in- volved. Grant said the fire evidently was caused by two explosions, one be- fore the general quarters alarm was sounded and one afterward. Grant said: "Five guys went to the hatch and I saw them pulling on it. The hatch seemed to be stuck. Suddenly a terrific explosion shook the ship and blew the hatch in. The five guys just vanished." Grant said the hangar suddenly filled with smoke and that there must have been 30 or 40 men around, some choking and some coughing and others "just plain screaming." "I he said through grim lips, "this was worse than war." Grant said some one formed a chain. He went on: How They Escaped We all gripped another's hands and the lead man made his way ;o an opening to the starboard 'orward, I guess plenty of the guys made it out. I must have been unconscious when I got out. Someone must have dragged me up. When I re- gained my senses all I could say was- 'Thank God, I had my clotbei on.' Grant's hair and eyebrows were singed. He had no socks on, so his ankles got seared by flames. "My ankles are raw and bleed- he said, "but that is nothing, lothing at all compared to what lappened to some of my buddies.'1 Grant said the fire crews braved their lives in going deep into the forward lower deck to fight the blaze. "They fought it almost as soon as it started and were still fighting it at the time the carrier docked at Quenset." The carrier reached port at p.m., more than six hours after the estimated time of the explosions. Capt, William F. Raborn Jr. of Oklahoma City is skipper of the Bennington. Secretary of the Navy Charles Thomas flew on from Washington to meet him and begin the Navy's investigation. Ike Sends From Washington President Ei- senhower sent his personal and of- ficial condolences to the officers and crew of the carrier and to their families, many of whom waited anxiously for the big ship to dock. Another survivor, Aviation Elec- trician Mate Francis Toth of Phoe- nixville, Pa., was a volunteer in the first fire control crew that went into action on the 4th deck. "They wanted a crew and I was not a member but I just couldn't stand there. I had to he said. Toth estimated the fire burned about four hours. He was blacken- ed and shaken by his experience. He had been aboard the Benning- ton only three days. He said there was good order but that it was an hour before the crew could get at the bodies of the victims. "After that we just dragged out he said solemnly.