Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1948, Winona, Minnesota
VOLUME 48, NO. 237 WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 23, 1948 FIVE CENTS PER COPY EIGHTEEN PAGES Tito Turn to West Rumor Doubted Breen Safe; Escapade Called Publicity Gag Sheriff Set To Ask Full Explanation Hundreds Risked Exposure in Search For Movie Star GUdden, Wls. Sheriff Wil- liam Sands said today that Singer Bobby Breen's weekend disappear- ance was "a publicity gag that's going to require a lot of explain- But the 21-year-old former child movie star said, "Honest to God there's nothing fishy." Breen and his pilot were located last night at the Northwestern hotel here, where Breen registered Surr day night under the name of Bene- dict. The sheriff said yesterday's day- long search for the single-engined Stinson monoplane which carried Breen and Ws pilot, Kenneth Thompson, from Thompson's home field at Waukesha, Wls., was a "travesty." "Hitndreds of men fought their through the woods looking for Sands said. "And Les Schul- tls, the local pilot, risked his life by spending eight hours in the air during weather that turned back outside search planes. Something ought to be done about it." Sands, who had been directing the search through remote, snow covered wilderness, said first word of Breen's whereabouts came from newspapermen who had been called by Ernie Both, the singer's mana- ger. The sheriff sent deputies the 60 miles from Hayward to Glidden he was unable to get a call through busy telephone circuits last night. Denies Flight a Gag In a 45-mlnute telephone inter- view with The Associated Press to- day, Breen pleaded, "Get it right, will you? Tell everybody it wasn't a gag. "We Just were lucky enough to land the plane without hurting any- thing after we ran out of gas. We thanked God we got out of it all right, and Sunday night we came to town. We went across the street from the hotel and laughed for an hour and a half at an Abbott and Costello movie." Thompson, the Waukesha charter pilot, went to Hayward with deputies last night to meet his wife, who had traveled the 300 miles north yes- terday. He said he hadn't known of the search or that "there was go- ing to be any fuss." Breen said, "It was Just an Inno- cent little trip. I was tired and thought a few days hunting would be good for me. My buddy, Ernie Both J trip." Stammering frequently, Breen told of leaving Waukesha in threatening weather, of running into icing con- ditions and fog near Hayward, then INFLATION BELIEVED PAST PEAK Two-Month Decline Shown In Living Costs Allen Hanson, left, Wisconsin supervisor of conservation enforcement, points to map of the Hayward area and tells Sheriff William Sands, center, and Captain Al Boelter of the search authorities made for Bobby Breen before learning that he was safe at Glidden all the time. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republi- can-Herald.) Blood Clot in Leg King George Ordered To Take Complete Rest By Russell Landstrom forced King George VI today to take a London- complete rest for at least six months. An official announcement from Buckingham .jialSfe said the 52-year-old British sovereign is suffering from a-'tlrculatory ail- ment to his legs that "only recently has His 1949 tour of Australia and New Zealand has been postponed. A medical bulletin signed by five! doctors and Incorporated in Murray Lashes Reds at Convention Cabs Seized For Payment Of U.S. Tax St. federal govern- ment today held all assets of the Brown White Cab Company here, seized last night for nonpayment of In employe withholding taxes. Elmer F. Kelm, internal revenue collector, said the deficit had been j iv. Increasing over the last two years came up and arranged the that the seizure order was is- sued when "our division learned the firm could not possibly pay up." By Max Ball Portland, Ore. C.I.O. con-j ventlon delegates trooped back into! session today still exclaiming over Philip Murray's historic eruption ist the communists and eager Buckingham palace said "a defective blood supply to the right foot causes anxiety." Palace informants said there was reason to believe a blood clot caused this condition. The announce- ment, which came as a complete sur- prise and shock to the British empire and common- announcement i for more wallops at the CiO.'s left wealth, doctors said his had ord- ered complete rest for the king. Pal- Klne ace sources said George would fill no public engagements lor at least six months. The doctors stressed that the wing. By Charles Molony Washing-ton There are new signs today that inflation has reach- ed its perhaps even passed it? Among the latest indications emerging from government reports in the last few days are these: A two-month decline in the con- sumer (cost-of-living) price index until, in October, it was only mod- erately above last January's level. Also, a dip since August in the general index of wholesale which are more of a guide on future costs at retail until in October the index dropped slightly below the level of last January. Not all prices have gone down. Those for metals, which play a major role in determining the price course of many goods, have been rising even more sharply than In 1947. Prices, however, are only one fac- tor on the Scoreboard showing how the inflation contest between sup- ply and demand has been getting along. Federal Reserve board in its latest bulletin, "is now in better balance with demand at current prices than at any time since before the And demand itself hasn't been showing the old zip It had in earlier postwar periods. People have been spending less of their after-tax income and put- ting more of it into savings. Busi- ness has slowed 'down Its buying, too. Trade Talks Under Way In Moscow Credits With Italy Used Up, Observers Say President Truman today received a 16-pound prize turkey for his Thanksgiving dinner from Ned P. Selanders, right, of the Poultry Science club of Ohio State university. Lester E. Lehmkuhl, center, also of the club, looks on. (A.P, Wirephoto to The Bepublican- Herald.) Saving China Could Cost U.S. Five Billions By John Scali top administration official estimated today "Supply of many says it would cost the United States around to try to save China from the communists. This official, asking not to be quoted by name, told a reporter he is convinced that only a program of that size, and one com- bining both, military and economic help, would stand any chance of success. He added the figure has been mentioned by sev- eral cabinet officers in discussing be done to help the hard-pressed nationalist government of. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. Department store sales have drop- ped below last year la dollar volume for two consecutive weeks, and re- tail sales in general haven't been showing their old month-by-month climb. construction been of new Starts on homes have been declining since At the same time Senator Wayne I April suggesting, as the Federal Morse, Oregon Republican, In a! Reserve board put it, "resistance speech prepared for delivery, called upon the CJ.O. for "statesmanship" in helping to write a new labor law that would be fair to both unions and industry. Morse commended the CJ.O. lead- ership for Its "forthright stand" The official did not profess to know, however, whether President Truman and Marshall got Secretary of .State around to talking about any such specific estimate In their first post-election conference yesterday. The Reviewed White House reported that the two men reviewed only the the part of buyers to current high prices." Price-resistance is a factor in the retail and department store sales picture too. officials say, although they add that unseasonable weath-, er and perhaps a return to the Marshall's report "very atomic" enerev ohricfmnc shnnn no-i _........... ___i__i united wauons awnuc energy whole range of foreign relations, in- cluding China, all of Asia, and Eu- rope. Press Secretary Charles O. against phies." last habit "extreme leftist philoso-lto do with it. minute" Christmas shopping sald the secretary might have as much or more Washington economists are view- This "forthright stand" had the ing all this with extreme caution, convention in an uproar of cheering and booing yesterday. Murray in three speeches ham- mered at the Communist party, Hen- ry Wallace supporters, plan opponents, and C.I.O. unions which he accused of "obvious in- ability" to organize the unorganized of concern for the gas supply. "We got off he said, "looking for a place to land. The en- gine was acting up, too. We made a pass at a couple places, then land- ed on this field in the snow." Land at Farm It was about 4 p. m. Sunday when they landed at the Bill Burdick farm, five miles from Glidden. Bur- dick was hunting. Breen said, and they waited for him to return. Sun- day night Burdick took them into Glidlen. "I registered for a couple of said. "I used the name Bob Benedict. I always do that when I'm on the road. I wanted to monarch's general health, including I workers in certain fields. ..Ihis heart." gives no reason for con- The company took its fleet of gave no speciflc medl. cabs off St. Paul streets at last night, effective hour of the or- der. Emil Barbeau, owner of the firm, said the move would put 110 persons out of Jobs. He added, how- ever, that the government had been very fair in its effort to collect. He said the dilemma arose out of a slump in business and rising costs. Barbeau said Income had drop- ped 30 per cent in the two years while operating costs were up 50 per cent. WEATHER around. thing else. Then I tried to call He was at Hayward. He al- ways registers as Dick Farr when we're traveling. I left calls all over for Dick Farr to call Bob Benedict. Later I found out he wasn't stay- Ing at a hotel or anything. He had a cabin. "Then yesterday we hiked the five miles to the plane and one of Bill Burdick's youngsters told us there was a big search on for me. (Continued on Page 12, Column 6.) BREEN Sedatives Blamed For Deaths of Two Los Angeles (IP) Coroner Ben Brown says barbital sedatives caused the recent deaths of two show busi- ness figures, Screen Wriser Jerome J. Cady, 48, and Mary Nolan, 42, former cal name to the Five doctors have been giving the king leg massages therapy for more and than electrical a week. These will be continued. About two weeks ago the king first complained of a loss of feel- ing in his right foot. More recent- Hls assorted victims fought back, as they were expected to fight again today when the convention begins debating resolutions. But they were hooted, heckled, guffawed at, attacked by Walter Reuther and James Carey (two of Murray's more vocal and finally swamped with votes. The voting was on the question of approving Murray's annual re- been feeling pain in the foot. Messages of sympathy from all over the world began flowing into the palace early today. The doctors are permitting the king to read and pass upon state papers and receive his ministers and other distinguished persons. FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and with occasional rain or snow tonight; warmer. Wednesday partly cloudy; no Important temperature change. Low tonight 30; high Wednesday 39. LOCAt WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 33; minimum, 20; noon, 28; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at EXTENDED FORECAST Minnesota, tern- a long-sought waterfront welfare perature will average near normal stage and screen actress; Autopsies and chemical analyses were made since the death of Cady two weeks ago aboard his yacht in Avalon bay, Catalina Island, and of Miss Nolan three weeks ago in her Hollywood home. Brown said Cady took his own life and the examinations also disclosed he had cancer. The coroner said Miss Nolan died >f an overdose of deeping tablets. Shipping Tieup In East Continues New York (JP) Hope for set- tlement of the east coast shipping tieup was today as leaders of striking longshoremen rejected a compromise proposal providing for Minnesota and northwestern Wis- consin and about three degrees above Iowa and remainder of Wisconsin. Normal maximum 27 northern Min- nesota to 42 southern Iowa. Normal minimum 16 north to 27 south. Cold- er north Wednesday night and all sections by Thursday night. Rising trend Iowa Saturday, colder again Sunday with rather wide fluctuations and northern Wis- consin occurring daily. Sub-zero temperatures'indicated locally over snow-covered sections of north and central Minnesota Thursday and Saturday night. Precipitation will average one tenth inch northern Minnesota and Wisconsin and less than one tenth inch over Iowa. Fre- quent light snow Minnesota and Wisconsin. Some very light rain or snow over Iowa tonight and in northern sections Friday and Sat- urday. Additional weather an page 16. fund. Union negotiators turned down the employers' proposal last night saying it was "too vague" and was no better than an offer previously rejected. recalling that there were wrong fore- casts when some similar develop- ments occurred in the spring of 1947 and in the opening months of 1948. The Federal Reserve board says, for instance, that "many of the un- derlying forces operating to bring about further (Inflationary) ad- vances" are still present today. A couple of major ones it cited were heavy new demands for goods, materials and labor resulting from increasing foreign aid and a. mili- tary expansion program that so far has hardly begun to make itself felt. Without these two programs, many Washington analysts say, the inflationary period already would have ended. Marshall plan of European aid. Donald Henderson, president of the food and tobacco workers, had! brought in a minority committee report objecting to the Murray doc- ument. Murray did not aim his attack at the United Electrical Workers. This union, the largest and strong- est CJ.O, union whose leaders sup- ported Wallace, stayed aloof from yesterday's fury. Its delegation voted in favor of the Murray re- port, Marshall plan and all. Reports persisted today that Mur- ray was turning thumbs down on the efforts of some right-wingers to oust Albert J. Fitzgerald, president of the Electrical Workers, from his post as a CJ.O. vice-president in the elections coming up Friday. Convention observers were noting today that times have changed tre- mendously in the labor movement Two or three years ago, a CJ.O. leader publicly criticizing commu- nists in trade unions was likely to be accused promptly of "red-bait- ing" and looked upon with con- Thc proposal called for the tempt, not only by the pro-com- striking members of the A. F. L. International Longshoremen's as- sociation (LL_A.) to return to work immediately, with the union and employers then working out details of a welfare plan. The rejection came shortly after union and employer groups had met jointly to discuss the proposal. John V. Lyon, chairman of the stevedore employer group, said his bargaining committee would meet again today 14th day of the crippling strike which grew mainly from a pay dispute. Union negotiators also scheduled a meeting today. plan. munists but by many ordinary trade unionists. But yesterday Murray shouted: "Let these apostles of. communism stand up and be counted like And a tremendous roar burst from the delegates. Yesterday's all-day battle whirled around two main questions. The discussion kept moving from one to the other. The first was Murray's demand for a change in the structure of unions that have done an "insuffi- cient" organizing job. The second issue was the Murray report and the Marshall might return for further talks to- day. Diplomatic authorities described Mr. Truman as eager to reach a decision on China quickly so he can reply in greater detail to Chi- ang's urgent appeal last week for more American help. state are these: 1. Whether it is too late, as some government officials are known to feel, to help Chiang's nationalist armies, and 2. Whether the cost of an "ade- quate" China aid program could be fitted into the budget without forcing the treasury to dip into its] aestroy its atomic bombs. red Ink. Make Take Yean The official who told of the think- ing in terms of a undertaking said It has not been determined how many years the program might require. Thus, he did not offer a guess on what the cost might be in any one year. The State department has esti- mated total wartime and postwar American help to China at including lend-lease and military and economic aid in the form of both loans and outright gifts. The current program Involves an outlay of Four youngsters among nine persons quarantined in .small government built war housing trailer at Akron, Ohio, peer out the door. They want to come out but health department says not until November 29. They are left to right: Patty Conrad, four. Tommy Conrad, five, David Muncy, five, David Con- rad, seven. Members of three families are living in the tiny dwelling. (AP Mars Flying Boat Safe After Mishap San Francisco The Mar- shall Mars, giant four-englned fly- ing boat, returned safely to Alameda naval air station today after one of its engines failed en route to Hawaii. The crippled flying boat landed at a. m. The Mar- shall had taken off from Alameda about midnight (EST) and lost I the engine about three hours later 1600 miles off the mainland. 1 On board were seven passengers six Army personnel and one Navy man and a crew of 14. Kansas City Street Renamed for Truman Kansas City Kansas City's busiest east-west street will be re- named In honor of President Tru- man. The dered city council last night or- 'Fifteenth street" changed to "Truman road." The change be- comes effective January 20, the date of the President's inauguration. By Osjjood Canithcrs Belgrade Informed sources brushed aside today a rash of rumors Inside and outside Yugo- slavia that Premier Marshall Tito is turning to the West and that country is suffering a critical eco- nomic crisis. Some tried to read into Tito's speech last week before the Slovene Communist party congress a warn- ing to Russia and the cominform that unless they stopped their at- tacks and discriminatory trade acts, Yugoslavia would turn to the West for the, goods she needs. But most people here found no threat. Evidence available in this country, where economic data Is considered a state secret, shows no such turn is taking place. There Is no speed up of trade talks with western nations. Some trade nego- tiations are going oa with western nations, but these are considered normal and were started before the cominform came to grips with Tito. Negotiators in Moscow Indeed, Yugoslavia's first team of negotiators presently Is in Moscow trying to renew the annual short term trade agreement. There ara no reports on how the talks are go- Ing. The fact that the delegation had to wait months for visas and have been three weeks in Moscow without signs of progress indicates the Yugoslavs are not faring so well. It Is difficult to guess how far Russia is willing to go In economic sanctions against Yugoslavia. Tito charged however that countries in the Russian orbit and the Soviet union are treating Yugoslavia "worse than they did the capital- ists." Tito Is known to have bought considerable oil from the British and Is now trying to get more from a Trieste firm. Yugoslavia has been unable to get large quantities of new machinery for her five year industrialization plan. A manpower shortage and poor transportation seem to be the great- est drawbacks to industry. This has been pronounced in the coal mines. The standard of living of work- ers and state employes and the city dwellers in general Is lotr. Farmers Better Off To counteract reports of economle crisis, Boris Kldrich, president of the state planning commission, said the farm people who make up 80 per cent of Yugoslavia actually are "getting rich." By this he meant they had surpluses of food and money. Railroads are overburdened and worn out. There Is a vast shortage of trucks. These factors work against prosperity In the cities. The Yugoslavs are working under difficult financial conditions. They know that to get machines and goods they have to export food and raw material. In trade with Italy and some other countries they have al- ready used up credit margins and therefore cannot buy more until the credits are paid. You! h, 16, Kills Father Peoria, HI. A 18-year-old boy told police he shot and killed his father early today because he was beating the boy's mother. Detective Captain Fred Nuss- baum said Charles Anthony Set- lech told him he fatally shot father, Nicholas J. Setlech, 30, when the boy found him beating his wife, Mrs. Melba Setlech. But Charles added: "I didn't want to. kill my father I only wanted to scare him with the shotgun.' Nussbaum said the youth related the following story: "My mother came into the kit- ,chen and turned on the light about Oelkers, 38, of rural Red Wing, in his 2 a. m. She was followed by my American Raps Briton's View On Atom Control Cambridge, England on An the mission has challenged a British physicist's claim the Russians are justified in rejecting present atomic control plans. The American, Frederick H. Os- born, took Issue yesterday with a recent book by Dr. Patrick M. S. Blackett, professor of physics at The main factors confrontingj Manchester university and 1948 the President and his secretary of I Nobel prize winner for his work in nuclear physics. The book "Military and Politi- cal Consequences of Atomic Energy" that American proposals for atomic control would give XJ.N. in- spectors access to Russia's military and Industrial establishments with- out assurance the United States Blackett also suggested that the United States dropped the first bomb on Japan to beat Russia to military control of the Orient. Osborn, speaking at Cambridge university, said "Almost every de- tail In that book is wrong because it is based on false premises or tendenious arguments." Osbom said Soviet leaders may decide eventually to accept west- ern plans for atomic control "rather than to continue in a heavily armed world and In face of a strongly op- posed public opinion." If so, he added, "the greatest dan- ger would then greatest good." be turned to the Red Wing Man Found Dead in Wrecked Auto Bed patrol- men found the body of Clarence J. wrecked car on highway 38 a mile east of here last night. Officers said several times. the machine evidently missed a curve and plunged into a ditch. Man Rounds World Within Seven Days Copenhagen, B. Handeil has achieved his ambi- tion 'to fly around the world by commercial airlines In less than a week. He made it in six days and 23 hours, completing the journey to- day. Hendeil, associate editor of the Copenhagen newspaper Ekstrabla- det, landed here at a. m. on a flight from New York. He left Cop- enhagen eastbound last Tuesday. father. I saw him strike my mother 'My mother tried to hit him back. She then backed into my bedroom and when I saw my father coming after her, I grabbed the shotgun against the wall. I put a shell into it and told him to stay out. I pulled back the trigger and in an instant there was a blast. That's when everything went black. It's all Just like a nightmare." The youth told police he quit school recently to help support the family by working in a chain gro- cery store. The father was an em- ploye of the Caterpillar Tractor Company. Young Setlech was held by police without charge pending an inquest late today.