Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 2, 1953, Winona, Minnesota
Fair Tonight And Tuesday; Cooler Tuesday Are You Wearing a Red Feather? VOIUME 53, NO. 217 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 2, 1953 SIXTEEN PAGES Boy Steps Up Wound With Finger 19 Hours John Kieselhorst, 16, sits in the Winona Coun- ty jail and tells Sheriff George Fort how for 19 hours he held a finger in the wound in the head of his hunting companion, Martin Larson, 12. (Re- publican-Herald photo) Doubt Tennis Shoes Important Clue in Search at La Crosse BULLETIN MINNEAPOLIS blood-stained car with a pair of pale blue panties tht front was found in the Minneapolis loop this noon. The stains in the back seat were being examined, police said, K> determine if they were from human blood. Police said two teen-aged youths in the ear told them they were from Wisconsin and that the blood was from a rabbit they had hit this morning near Webster, Wis. The car had no license pistes. LA CROSSE, swarmed out over the roads, hills and bluffs of the La Crosse area-again Sunday in another all-out drive to find out what happened to Evelyn Hartley. Meanwhile, the importance of a clue in the disappearance of the 15-year-old baby sitter from a home here a week ago Saturday night began to fade. Dist. Atty. John Bosshard said Charles Wil- son of Madison, head of the State Crime Laboratory, indicated au- thorities may never -be absolutely certain that a pair of black tennis shoes found near here are those which made prints at the abduction scene. Discovery of ihe shoes along Highway 14, about 15 miles south- TODAY rmosa Policy Puzzling east of La Crosse, was announced Saturday. Police Chief George Long said the sole pattern Matched footprints found near the Viggo Rasmusen home from which the girl disappeared. ormosa JJ. The La Crosse police depar't- can trace a connecting thread of ment estimated that well over a logic in the current American thousand persons fanned out from policy on Formosa, he is By JOSEPH ALSOP TAIPEI, Formosa If anyone better on Formosa, man than this reporter. Can UJUUiciHU icuiucu UUL .LIUIH far the Rasmusen home Sunday and UcLlc-L What has been done, has served a Uao uccu -------.r.r useful purpose. But what we vers and throughout La Crosse _ _T_____4 .unlrn M nt rtn 1 fllW sense. The veij uociui are doing now just does not mase iuc statement may seem ex- treme, but it is unfortunately jus- tified by the facts. As to the past, American aid came just in time to prevent the generalissimo's gov- collapsing from ernment from sheer economic anemia. Keeping Formosa out of enemy hands was certainly well worth doing. But as to the present, consider for a mo- ment what the situation really is like. First of all, American aid has cow reached a level where the Am- erican taxpayer is footing more than three-fifths of the annual bill for keeping Formosa going. The Chinese budget is about 000 of which are miraculously stretched to pay and maintain more than men in uniform. American aid to the tune of more than pays the rest of the bill for the armed forces and provides a little economic sup- port as well. It is a fine bargain to get 21 divisions, eight air groups and other military sundries for when a single American division costs a year. But the purchase of bargains just because they are bargains is a short- road to bankruptcy. The antique barrack or the lowestoft umbrella stand may be wonder- fully cheap at the price, but is (Continued on Page 4, Column 4) ALSOPS WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Fair to- night aid Tuesday. Cooler Tues- day. Low tonight 38, high Tuesday 55. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 60; minimum, 32; noon, 60; precipitation, none. Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today; Maximum, 68; minimum, 34; noon, 68; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Centra! Observation) Max. temp. 66 at a.m. to- day. Low 38 at a.m. today. Skies overcast a: feet, visi- bility 12 miles. Wind from south- southeast at 10 miles per hour with gusts to 25 miles per hour. Barom- eter 29.84, rapidly falling and hu- midity 48 per cent. tramped the areas along the Mis- sissippi, Black and La Crosse Ri- County and parts of nearby non County, Other important clues in the case are bloodstained girl's under- wear, found beneath a railroad un- derpass two miles south of the city, and bloodstained men's trousers, discovered along a highway about 12 miles south of where the under- clothing was found. It was determined that Type A human blood was on the trousers. This was Miss, Hartley's type and also the kind found near'the Ras- musen home. About 45 per cent of all persons have Type A, au- thorities said. Rewards in the case jumped to here Saturday. Since Friday, when was listed, notices have been received from firm and organizations of additional money being posted. Indian Guard Slays Charging Chinese ROW PANMUNJOM erratic Communist efforts to woo back anti-Red Chinese and Korean war prisoners are on again for tomor- row following a tense 24 hours of no interviews but bloodshed and a change of mind by a score of Chinese. Indian guard troops shot down a charging Chinese prisoner today while investigating reports of a murder of a POW in Chinese Com- pound 28 Oct. 3, The Indian com- mand said all prisoners had been warned not to rush toward the guard soldiers. Monday's explanations were called off because the Reds were refused permission to make loud- speaker broadcasts to North Ko- rean POWs awaiting interviews. The custodial Indian command said previous Red broadcasts bad been too exciting to the POWs and said it did not have the manpower to handle any threatening situa- tions that might arise. However, the Communists de- cided to try again Tuesday morn- ing with 500 North Koreans. The slaying of the Chinese pris- oner came after the Communists brought back two former Chinese POWs who had lived in the com- pound but who later had asked for repatriation and were turned over to the Reds at Panmunjom. The two, who said they were "eyewitnesses" to the alleged slay- ing, identified 7 POWs as suspects and 16 as material witnesses. The compound's prisoners loud- ly refused to march through an identification line on Sunday. How- ever, Monday morning, a battalion of Indian guards marched into the stockade and surrounded other compounds nearby. The POWs had been warned to stay inside their tents and keep quiet and told that bullets would meet any effort to1 rush Indian guards. But one prisoner bolted out of his tent five minutes before the identification parade started, i He ran straight into the middle jof about 50 Indian soldiers, lined [up double file. Two rifle shots rang out. The prisoner's momentum carried him through the ranks of guards be- fore he fell dead on the ground. By GORDON HOLTE Republican-Herald Staff Writer UTICA, Minn. Twelve-year-old Martin Larson died at a Rochester hospital late Sunday night, the tragic ending to the almost incred- ible devotion of a teen-age hunting companion who maintained a 19- hour vigil beside his stricken friend after the younger boy had been mortally wounded by a bullet from a .22 caliber rifle. From p.m. Saturday, when the Utica youth suffered the head wound in the accidental discharge of the rifle, until a.m. Sunday when a search party reached the two boys in a clearing of a thickly- wooded area two miles southwest of here, John Kieselhorst, 16, St. Paul lay beside his unconscious friend, pressing a finger against the bullet hole to stem the flow of blood. Despite freezing cold and with unflagging patience, the older boy refused to relax the pressure of his finger against the forehead wound. He strip- ped off his own shirt to cov- er his scantily-clad companion and curled his own body against the wounded boy to provide additional warmth. Winona County Sheriff George Fort, who late Saturday organiz- Chief Of Police George Long, left, and Sheriff Ivan Wright ex- amine tennis shoes of the type found.today by searchers seeidng clues to the disappearance of Evelyn Hartley, 15-year-old baby sitter missing since last Saturday night. The shoes the searchers discovered were about 13 miles southeast of La Crosse, along Highway 14. (AP Wirephotc) boys after they failed to return home from a squirrel hunting trip, said that Martin was struck in the forehead, just above the left eye, by a bullet accidentally discharged from a rifle held by Kieselhorst when the St. Paul youth tripped on a small branch. When the young hunter fell un- conscious to the ground, Kiesel- horst went to the side of his friend and remained there until the res- cue party arrived the following morning. The accident occurred in a wood- lot on the Rex Sanders farm. Yards From Home Although a farm home is a scant yards from the accident site and a road nearby, the repeated cries and shouts of the surviving youth and even several shots he fired during the night to attract attention went unnoticed. It was Saturday evening that Martin's mother, Mrs. Josephine Larson, and relatives of Kiesel- horst became alarmed at the fail- ure of the two youths to return from their hunting trip. At about 11 p.m. Sheriff Fort was notified and he and his depu- ties began the organization of a searching party composed of near- ly 50 volunteers from the Utica area. After the nightlong search failed U Ul L WUU laUC Ota-mi uaj ed a' night-long search for the two to produce any evidence as to the whereabouts of the two missing youths, a Utica area resident re- called that he had heard some shouts, from a woodland near his home Saturday afternoon. The farmer said that he and a group of friends at the time thought of the possibility that the cries were from another farmer, Ted Thompson, who was operating a corn picker in a nearby field. Fearing that Thompson might have been injured by the corn- picker, the group went to his fields but, after they determined that Thompson was not injured, they dismissed the shouts as having merely been friendly calls made by one group of youngsters to an- other. Look North of Utica The failure to consider the possi- bility of the cries having been made by the missing boys stemmed part- ly from the fact that when the search was organized Saturday night the rescue group was work- ing on information that the boys had been seen walking north from Utica. Sunday, however, a decision to investigate the area in which the cries were heard was made and a short time later eight volunteers came upon the two boys. Sheriff Fort, accompanied by Mrs. Larson, took the injured youth to the Winona General Hos- Benson Orders New Farm Program in Effect WASHINGTON Wl Benson today ordered that his controversial reorganization plan for tie Agriculture Department be put into immediate effect. Bensotj told a news conference that President Eisenhower ap- proved of his action. The plan will abolish seven re- gional offices of the Soil Conser- vation Service and place greater responsibility on state conserva- tion offices for carrying out con- servation programs. Outlined as a proposal on Oct. 13, the plan had stirred bitter opposition. Some congressmen had requested that Benson delay putting the plan into operation un- til after Congress had a chance to look it over. Delay Asked Only last week, Rep. Bender (R- Ohio) announced that a House gov ernment operations subcommittee The agriculture secretary said would conduct hearings this month I opposition to the organization plan conference whether he had satis- fied the Republican members of Congress who had suggested that he hold up on the plan'. The secretarj said most of the lawmakers who had entered the matter had done so on the basis of information only from his cri tics. The agriculture secretary said pital where examinations of his wound were made and agreement reached to take him by ambulance to the Rochester hospital. At Rochester it was found that it would be inadvisable to per- form surgery immediately for the removal of the bullet until the boy's condition improved but he died there without regaining con- sciousness Sunday night. Attracts Nation While efforts were being made at the hospital Sunday to save the life of the gravely-wounded young- ster, millions of radio listeners and television viewers throughout the nation thrilled to the details of the Kieselhorst youth's heroic ef- forts to keep alive the spark of life in his longtime friend. Without food for more than 24 nours, the 16-year-old returned to Winona with Deputy Sheriff John F. Jensen, St. Charles, had a light lunch at a roadside cafe and then came to the Winona County jail where he was served a full meal by Mrs. Fort. Recovering somewhat from ex- posure and the weariness of his long wait for help, the tall, slender bespectacled youth began to relate the story of the fearful sight. A tenth grade student at Me- chanic Arts High School in St. Paul, Kieselhorst told Sheriff Fort that he had three days' vacation from school during a teachers convention last week cmd came to Utica to visit his grandmother, Mrs. Amaze- lie Kieselhorst, and other relatives. The youth and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vernoc Kieselhorst, were Utica residents until they moved to St. Paul last: January. Hunteu Every Day Thursday, Kieselhorst told the sheriff, he and Martin and the latter's older brother went squir- rel hunting in the morning, re- turned home at noon so that the older Larson boy, George, could go to work in Winona and, after lunch Martin and John continued their hunting in the afternoon. Kieselhorst went hunt- ing alone and another trip by John on the plan. Bender asked that Benson de- lay the plan until after the hear- ings. Benson was asked at his news e> State SCS Leader Hits Reorganization HAYFIELD, Larson, area vice president of the Na- tional Association of Soil Conservation Districts and a prominent Dodge County farmer, told The Republican-Herald this morning Sec- retary Benson's reorganization plan for the Agriculture Department will "definitely cut the effectiveness of the U. 5. Soil Conservation Service. The national association is the only organization which has stead- fastly disapproved the secretary's plan which will abolish seven re- gional offices of the SCS and place greater responsibility on state con- servation offices. Larson said this morning, "The plan will simply reduce the effectiveness of the SCS, and ifs going to do it without saving any money which is the principal objective of re- organization." The Hayfield farmer said the Washington office of the SCS will lose one agronomist, one range management specialist, one biolog- Store of A-Bombs Planned in Spain, Talboff Declares MADRID, Spain U. S. Air Force eventually will have supplies of atomic bombs stored in Spain for use against "a.common ene- U. S. Air Force Secretary Harold E. Talbott declared here today. came from one group, the National Association of Soil Conservation Districts. He said "certain officers" of this organization had issued "mislead- ing and unfounded" statements and in some cases had made "false- hoods" about purposes of the re- organization plan. Critics have contended the plan would destroy the soil conserva- tion service. Benson said the "principal area of complaint" resulted from the proposal to change the field or- ganization by eliminating seven regional offices. "I am confident that the great majority of soil conservation work- ers and the members of the .boards of soil conservation districts appre- ciate the sincerity of our purpose to advance soil Benson said in a statement. Up to Eisenhower Newsmen put several questions Martin Larson and Martin was started at Saturday morning. "We hunted all morning and in the afternoon we decided to go over the ridge and try Hinkley's Kieselhorst told the sheriff. They walked through a field and as they approached a fence Kieselliorst noticed a squirrel some 30 or 40 feet away, "Marty was a little distance be- hind me, maybe 15 feet or Kieselhorst continued, "and I turn- ed around to him to motion to him to come on up. "I was facing him and I took about two steps backward when I suddenly tripped on a Sheriff Fort was told. "As I fell backwards the gun went off and I saw Marty fall to the. he added. Sheriff Fort inquired as to how the rifle was discharged and Kieselhorst replied that he mis- takenly believed that the safety (Continued on Page 3, Column 2) UTICA BOY Politicians Watch Three Key Elections By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Observers anxious about which way the political winds are blow- ing will be-holding up fingers tomorrow in the directions of New- Jersey, Virginia and New York City New Jersey and Virginia elect governors. There is also a special House election in New Jersey's 6th District. New York picks a new mayor, as do a number of other cities, including Pittsburgh, Cleve- land and Little Rock. In no case, perhaps, is there a clear-cut test of the popularity of the Eisenhower administration be- cause of the many state and local issues involved. But the results to Benson as to what effect his wjn be- closely watched, particular- wii rfUf nn "RotinnliPflTl _ action might have on Republican chances in next year's congres- sional elections. Benson said that would be a ly in the wake of the upset Demo- cratic victory in a Wisconsin spe- cial House election three weeks isenson saia uiai wuum ue a. Q matter for President Eisenhower 6President Eisenhower is on rec- ord in support of all the Republi- can candidates. His press secre- tary, James C. Hagerty, said so last week after some confusion had developed in the wake of the Presi- dent's statement at a news con- to determine. Benson also said the President will have "no resistance if he ever wants to make a change" mean- ing he was ready to step out of the Cabinet if the President de- sired. Benson said he had been "de- management specialist, one biolog- toaay. lighted" with approval given the ist, one forester, one engineer, 14, Talbott told a news conference plaW conservationists and five soil scien- this atomic base for the strategic and other the lists Regional offices will lose 13 air force will be established only agronomists, four range manage-1 with the approval of the Spanish ment specialists, 63 engineers, 12 geologists, seven biologists, 172 soil conservationists and 18 soil scien- tists. "Those men are the best we've Larson said. But state offices, he said, will pick up an additional 38 soil scien- tists, eight engineers and 15 soil conservationists. "Even he added, "the reorganization will mean a total reduction of 220 high- ly-skilled men who will absolutely be let out." Larson said the reorganization will set up "repercussions that will be felt throughout the service." He explained, "All of these men who are losing their Washington and regional jobs are far up the civil service ladder. They can all 'bump' off men who are not so high. This means that a lot of loyal men down the line in the state and area or- ganizations are going to be thrown out of work. It's going to be felt very definitely at local levels soon." Larson said, "We have been con- sistently opposed to it all along the line." Expressing surprise the reor- ganization was ordered "so ab- Larson said, "I under- stand Cong. Hope's committee had asked for a delay and un- derstood the delay had been granted." government. Any use of these atomic weapons by the Spanish air force would be the result of negotiations between the two governments, he said, em- phasizing that Spanish use of these weapons is not in the picture at the present time." Talbott is at present studying sites for five proposed bases in Spain for the U. S, Air Force. plan by agricultural ther than the of Soil Con- servation Districts. He said the plan had been dis- cussed thoroughly with congres- sional committees, farm organiza- tions, commodity groups and oth- ers interested. When Benson publicly outlined the plan on Oct. 13, he invited com- ment from interested parties and said he would put the plan into effect about Nov. 1 unless the com- ments led him to change his mind. U. S. Air Sec. Harold E. TalboN, center, talks to G-en. Gonzales Gallarza, left, Spanish air minister, through an unidentified inter- preter after arriving at an airport in Madrid today. Talbott hinted that the U. S. will stockpile atomic weapons at its new bases in the Spanish government approves. (UP Telephoto) ference that he was interested in seeing the GOP retain control of Congress next year. In brief, this is the picture: New Jersey Troast opposes Robert B. Meyner for governor. Both are relatively unknown po- litically. Troast is chairman of the authority which built the New Jer- sey Turnpike; he has never run for office before. Meyner made an unsuccessful bid for the State Sen- ate in 1951. Democrats are not counting too heavily on wresting the State House from the GOP, nor in winning the 6th District House seat. Democrat Harrison A. Williams Jr. is running there against Republican George F. Het- field. Rep. Clifford Case, a Repub- lican, resignad to create the va- Tito Reported Set to Bargain Over Trieste By ALEX SINGLETON BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Persons close to the Yugoslav for- eign office are circulating reports that President Marshal Tito is will- ing to bargain with the West on Trieste. They say he might offer close military cooperation, possib- ly joining the Atlantic Pact, in return for concessions on the dis- puted territory. The reports over the weekend may have been trial balloons to test reaction. However they came from sources so closely connected with the foreign office that they could not be discounted. Yugoslav demands were uncer- tain. But as a minimum, it was said, Tito probably would expect outright 'annexation of Trieste's Zone A, which contains the im- portant port city of Trieste. cancy. Yugoslavia already has military voice confi- Contr0l of Zon. territory dence they will hold the governor- ship in the face of the first de- termined GOP campaign in a quarter of a century. Dalton's Democratic opponent, backed by the regular state organization headed by Sen. Harry F. Byrd, is former Rep. Thomas B. Stanley. New York are three major candidates: Riegelman, Re- publican, former acting postmas- ter of the city; Robert F. Wagner Jr. Democrat, Manhattan borough president; Rudolph Halley, Liber- al, City Council president. Wagner is generally conceded to have the edge. Mayor Vincent R. Impellit- teri, who lost the Democratic nom- ination to Wagner, sought to run as an independent but his name was ruled off the ballot on grounds his nominating petition had insuf- ficient valid signatures. surrounding the poit. Zone A is held by Britain and the United States, who have announced their intention of turning that area over to Italy. Strong Yugoslav opposi- tion has caused the two Western allies to postpone this move. Meanwhile, Yugoslavia awaited an invitation to a proposed five nation conference among the United States, France. Britain, Italy and Yugoslavia, which has been suggested by the Big Three as a method for solving the thorny Trieste quarrel. This country already has indi- cated its willingness to take part in such a meeting provided there are no conditions attached.