Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 3, 1953, Winona, Minnesota
Low of 55 Forecast Tonight, 76 Friday Noon Dial 3322 To Place Your Want Ad VOLUME 53, NO. 168 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 3, 1953 TWENTY-FOUR PAGES West Germany Girds to Battle Ballot Busters Police Capture Toughs From East Zone BONN, Germany mil- lion of West Germany's youth girded today to battle Communist invaders threatening to upset their nation's crucial parliamentary elections Sunday. Police have nabbed over sabotage-bent toughs from the Soviet East zone, but the influx continued unabated. A spokesman for the Bonn gov- ernment "announced last night that two big youth organizations have volunteered to help combat what he said was a Kremlin plot to sabotage the balloting by creating chaos. The two volunteer groups are the Federal Youth League (Bundesjugendring) and the Ger- man Sport Assn. (Deutsche Sport Ordered Across Border The government has turned up proof, the spokesman said, that the troublemakers have been ordered across the border in droves to raid voting booths, steal ballot boxes and beat up election officials. Cap- tured agents have even confessed assassination plans, officials claimed. Despite tight frontier checks, mass arrests and an emergency police alert throughout West Ger- many, thousands of the Red agents were believed to have evaded the police blocks. The chief target of the Commu- nists, from Moscow down through the ranks, is the Christian Demo- crat regime of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and its policy of cooper- ating with the West to build up military defenses against possible Communist aggression. Vigorous political campaigning by candidates for 484 seats in the lower house of Parliament was carried on without disorders yesterday. Border Town In the Bavarian border town of Coburg, however, West German police had to use clubs to protect arrested Soviet zone terrorists from an anti-Red crowd. The jeering throng hurled rotten tomatoes and cucumbers at 400 Communist agents being marched through the streets "to an interrogation center. One Bed who spat at the spectators was almost lynched, officials said, and several fist fights broke out before the club-swinging police moved in. The number of agents that may have slipped across the 600-mile frontier in unguarded areas could not be determined. But it was known that thousands had boldly tried to ride into West Germany by train, using forged travel per- mits. About were arrested on a single train at the border city of Helmstedt last night, 400 more on a train out of Berlin and 656 on a train in Bebra. West Germany's two leading political and his Socialist rival Erich Ollen. their campaigning today in Bonn and the densely populated key Ruhr industrial area. Max Conrad Near End of Visit to Every State Capital In less than 24 hours, Max Con- rad will complete the 19-day "Paul Revere" flight during which he has stopped at every state capital in the nation. Conrad is scheduled to land at Sacramento, Calif., at p.m. Friday, the last stop on the mile flight. The flight, first of its kind since Anne and Charles Lind- bergh visited every capital city in 1929 over a period of several months, is being made in observ-1 ance of the 50th anniversary of the Wright brothers' historic flight at Kitty Hawk, N. C. Joe Lubin, field representative of the National Anniversary Commit- tee, is accompanying Conrad. Today, Conrad and Lubin left Boise, Idaho, at 7 a.m. and landed this noon at plympia, Wash., the 45th capital city on the agenda. This afternoon, they were sched- uled to stop at Salem, Ore., for an overnight stop. Going into the 19th and final day of the flight, the pair has stopped j at 46 state capitals and flown miles. Before arriving atj Sacramento Friday, they will make a two-hour stop at Carson City, Nev. Stassen to Speak At State Plow Meet MINNEAPOLIS E. Stassen, Foreign Operations Ad- ministration director, will be prin- cipal speaker Sept. 26 at Minne- sota Soil Conservation Day and Plowing Matches to be held be- tween Buffalo and Maple Lake in Wright County. Stassen will talk on foreign aid as it relates to U. S. agriculture. Ronnie Olgers, 11, carried his piggy banks to the bank by the wagon-load at Richmond, Va. The savings, given the lad during a long illness, filled 17 fruit jars. Here Ronnie pushes some of the money through the teller's window to Teller George Martin. After nearly an hour's work at the coin counting machine, Martin wrapped the last of the coins and credited Ronnie's account with a deposit of CAP ____ Lesion Floor Fight Over Air Force Cuts ST LOUIS WV-A floor fight over the Eisenhower administration's five billion dollar Air Force budget cut shaped up today as American Legionnaires headed for the windup of their national convention. Col Roscoe Turner, chairman of the legion's Aeronautics Commit- tee servd notice he plans a finish fight on the issue when he charged last night his committee s report criticizing the cuts had been "emasculated and bottled up" by the Security, Committee of the legion. Turner said in a statement he wanted to see whether the dele- gates should decide legion policies, or whether they should be settled by "the pronouncements of a few legionnaires, past legion officers and present public office holders." He declined to identify the men he meant by that. The Security Committee yester- day cut out all reference to a 143- Must Maintain Armed Strength, Wilson Declares ST. LOUIS (ffi Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson told the closing session of the American Legion national convention today that in the foreseeable future "We must not again let our military strength drop to anything like the low level" that existed after World Wars I and II. Wilson gave the legionnaires what he called a "six-months prog- ress report" on Defense Depart- ment activities. He said there has been "consid- erable discussion and some criti- cism" of the, current Air Force program, largely because the mon- ey planning, the personnel plan- ning and the aircraft production planning were not in balance and wing Air Force recommended by Turner's 'committee. Instead it called for "the best possible Air Force." Turner's committee had passed a resolution calling for re-estab- lishment of a force. It was cut back to 120 by the budget reduction. Legionnaires hear progress report on a six-month the Defense Department from Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson today. Walter Reuther, president of the CIO, was also scheduled to specie, marking the first time a CIO pres- ident has appeared before a na- tional legion convention. Also on tap was the election of national officers. The campaign headquarters of Arthur J. Con- nell, Middletown, Conn., claimed the facts were not well understood. yesterday he is assured of election Wilson emphasized that this as the next national commander, country must "continue to have air power second to none." Wilson, who presented the legion the Defense Department's meritor- ious award for exceptional and outstanding service, said the re- duced .budget for fiscal 1954 "an- ticipated progress in making in- telligent savings and in improving the effectiveness of the entire de- fense organization." Train Conductors Postpone Strike WASHINGTON Lfi The govern- ment today announced the Order of Railway Conductors has canceled a strike called for Sept. 10, The National Mediation Board said representatives of the carriers and the conductors' union had agreed to postpone negotiations on the issue until after Oct. 1. That is the date other major railroad unions are expected to file new demands for increased pay and improved working conditions. The conductors' union, which claims members, had pushed a demand for new pay rates grad- uated to the relative size of loco- motives. Russians to Spend Billions to Rebuild North Korean Plants Lawrence J. Fenlon of Chicago, who has been generally mentioned with Connell as a leading candi- date for the post, has declined to predict the outcome of the elec- tion. The legionnaires heard Secretary of State John Foster Dulles warn Red China yesterday that it might provoke a war between itself and the West by aggression against Korea or Indochina. Just before this warning note was sounded, the legion itself demanded full-scale action, includ- ing use of atomic and hydrogen bombs, to drive the Communists out of Korea if the pea-ce nego- tiations there fail. "There is the Dulles said, "that, as in Korea, Red China might send its own army into Indochina. The Chinese should realize that such a second aggres- sion could not occur without grave consequences which might not be confined to Indochina, "I say this soberly in the inter- est of peace and in the hope of preventing another aggressor mis- calculation." Dulles sounded another warning note when he said the Communists could not count on "privileged sanctuary" in Manchuria if they renewed aggression against South Korea and when he said this coun- try would riot sit a peace conference with the "We are always ready to nego- tiate in good faith but we expect TOKYO ffl- Communist China's I good faith to be he Peiping Radio said today Russia j sald- will spend one billion rubles to re-! build war-wrecked industrial plants I Pnlin in -North "Korea, including rOIIO Stand at great Suiho hydroelectric plant. There is no realistic rubles-to- dollars conversion date, making it impossible to estimate the size of the program in terms of dollars. Peiping said Russia also plans to aid North Korea's shipping, which vanished in the war, and to rebuild wrecked oil refineries. MINNEAPOLIS Wl With addition of 42 Wednesday, polio cases in Minnesota today stood at compared with on this date a year ago. Total 1953 deaths reached 46 against the 67 recorded Sept. 3, 1952. First Jet Pilot Shot Down Over Korea Released Says Russians Were Flying MIGs Early as 1950 BULLETIN PANMUNJOM Com- munists and the United Nations command today agreed to com- plete the prisoner exchange by Sunday. This means the early ex- change of Maj. Gen. William Dean, the highest ranking Allied captive in Red hands. PANMUNJOM UP) The first American Sabre jet pilot shot down over North Korea returned to free- dom today and said Russian pilots were flying MIG- jets in combat as early as December 1950. The Reds, meanwhile, hinted broadly they may free their prize captive, Maj. Gen. Willliam bean, in a few days. A South Korean general said Dean would be re- leased within a day or two. Capt. Lawrence V. Bach of1 Grand Forks, N.'D., reported he> was questioned by a Russian flier' who said openly that fellow Rus- sians were leading flights of MIGs against American Sabre jets. Bach, who was shot down Dec. 22, 1950, said he was taken across the Yalu River into Manchuria for questioning by Russian officers after several Russians had ques- tioned him in North Korea. Communist news correspondent Wilfred Burchett of the French newspaper L'Humanite said Gen. Dean has been held the past three weeks in a special villa near Kae- song awaiting repatriation. Burchett gaye no hint as to when Dean might be repatriated but said he is in good health. Red China's Peiping radio also reported Dean was in Kaesong and said he gained 60 pounds in cap-j tivity. Pictures of Dean brought) to Panmunjom by Burchett Thurs- day showed him tanned but thin. No American prisoner thus far exchanged has caught even a glimpse of Dean, former command- er of fhe U. S. 24th Division, who was captured near Taejon early in the war. The Communists returned 89 'Americans Thursday, plus 5 Can- adians, 6 Britons and 200 South Koreans. The Reds have promised to turn over 300 more prisoners the third straight day they have failed to meet the 400 per day rate they themselves set when the POW exchange began Aug. 5. Fri- day's group will include 95 Amer- icans, 5 British, and 200 South Ko- reans. Among Americans freed Thurs- day was Lt. Col. Aldrich Zacherle of Tacoma, Wash., and Des Moines, Iowa, the highest ranking officer sentenced to Red prisons just be- fore the armistice. The Commu- nists also liberated one other Am- erican officer, a British officer and 13 enlisted men sentenced to jail and "no repatriation" at the same time. Zacherle said he could give no reason for the wave of trials and jail sentences given Allied prison- ers just at the time an armistice was being concluded. He speculat- ed, however, that the Reds wanted to have some in jail as a lever to win the return of certain Chinese and North Korean prison- ers if necessary. Heat Wave Ends; Snow in Montana Fire Destroyed the Union Pacific roundhouse at Huntington, Ore., near the Idaho border Wed- nesday. Union Pacific officials estimated the loss at Six locomotives can be seen in the shell of the building, where they were trapped. Officials said all six could be repaired. (AP Wire- photo to The Republican-Herald) Maj. Gen. William IF. Dean, Berkeley, took a walking exercise clad only in shorts and combat boots. According to the Red correspondent who pro- vided this recent picture of the American leader, the general is held at a "special villa" at Kaesong, apart from other POWs awaiting repatria- tion. Gen. Dean was captur- ed in 1950. This picture was re- leased for publication today. (AP Wirephoto via radio from Tokyo to The Republican-Her- ald) Postmaster at Rochester Dies Of Blast Burns ROCHESTER, Minn. W John W. Feller, 60, Rochester post- master, died today in St. Mary's Hospital of burns suffered Aug. 22 in a storm sewer explosion. Feller suffered burns over 60 per cent of his body. He struck a match to check the water level in the sewer for his brother who is a Rochester contractor. A civil engineer by profession, Feller had been postmaster in Rochester since 1935. In 1934 he was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Congress from the First District. He had served as commander of the Rochester American Legion Post and also for the district. Surviving are his widow and three sons. Funeral services will be Satur- day. Nurse Dies Tonight For Poisoning of Alabama Child, 2 By REX THOMAS MONTGOMERY, Ala. UP! A nurse who poisoned the infant niece she had insured for then calmly watched the body cut open for an autopsy, dies in the electric chair tonight unless Gov. Gordon Persons intervenes. If she pays the penalty, 55-year- old Mrs. Earle Dennison will be the first white woman ever elec- trocuted in Alabama. One other white woman was sentenced to death, but the verdict was re- versed on appeal. A Negro woman was put to death in 1930. The haggard, graying widow was convicted by a male jury at We- tumpka. in August 1952, but the death sentence was set aside pend- ing an automatic appeal to the State Supreme Court. The court upheld the verdict last June and then denied a rehearing a month later. Gov. Persons then postponed the execution from Aug. 21 to Sept. 4 to give psychiatrists time to deter- mine the condemned woman's mental condition. She had pleaded insanity at her trial. Doctors de- cided three days ago that she was sane. Mrs. Dennison, who had been chief operating room nurse at the Wetumpka, Ala., hospital, was arrested May 8, 1952, seven days after Shirley Diann Weldon died in convulsions at the hospital. She admitted in two signed statements that she gave arsenic to the blonde, curly haired child in a soft drink during a visit to the Weldon home near Wetumpka May 1. Mrs. Dennison recalled that Shirley Diann had climbed affectionately into her lap and hugged her around the neck_just before she swallowed the poison. While the child lay dying, Mrs. Dennison said, she drove to the home of an insurance agent and paid an overdue premium on a policy on the child's life. The aunt was the beneficiary on that policy and on another one for Dramatic Blonde Bilks 2 Cashiers OKLAHOMA CITY dumpy blonde with a flair for histrionics yesterday bilked two cashiers of Her act, according to police re- ports, went like this: She made small purchases at four establishments, paying at each with a bill and vociferously demanding change for a It worked twice. "She yelled so one cashier said, "that we were trying to shortchange her, we just gave her the money to save embarrass- ment." Posse Captures Berserk Parolee At St. Peter ST. PETER, Minn. (J) A posse of about 50 male residents Wednes- day night chased and felled with a shotgun blast a young man re- leased on parole only 24 hours earlier from the State Hospital here. Sheriff Clifford Witty said the patient had wielded a knife against several residents and made threats to kill them during the chase through back lots and between houses. The man surrendered only after he was wounded in the left foot by shotgun pellets fired along the ground. He was taken to the Nicollet County jail and Witty said he would seek his re-commitment to the hospital. No one else was hurt but the community was in an uproar for about two hours. The sheriff said the man, 25, was an honor graduate of an Iowa col- lege and had been studying for entrance to the University of Minnesota, where he planned to take a medical course. He was committed to the hospital several weeks ago. He was paroled Tuesday to his parents, who live here, and ap- parently went berserk 24 hours later. Residents were first alerted when they heard their dogs bark- ing. Attention was brought to the man when he waved a knife at a resi- dent who remonstrated with him for teasing a dog. Residents who know the man said he apparently had been studying too hard. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Clearing and cooler tonight, Friday fair and cooler. Low tonight 55, high Fri- day afternoon 76. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 98; minimum, 70; noon, 70; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 94 at p.m. Wed- nesday. Low 71 at a.m. today. Temperature at a.m. 75. Two broken cloud layers at and feet. Visibility 15 miles, wind from the west at 15 miles per hour. Barometer. 29.80 steady and humidity 56 per cent. Fair Attendance Trails Behind '52 by ST. PAUL the final days about behind 1952. at- tendance figures, Minnesota State Fair officials today were hopeftt that promised cooler weather would take up the slack at the gate brought by earlier 90-degree temp- eratures. As the turnstiles stopped click- ing Wednesday night, vis- itors had paid admissions compar- ed with at the close of five days last year. The Wednes- day gate was off about from that 1952 day. The 4-H Club building attracted a full house for finals of the an- nual Talent Hunt. Named first from among, a field of 15 competi- tors was the Wadena quartette made up of Lavern, Edwin and Eldo Eckert, and Lola Jean Krue- ger. They won a cash award, to be presented to their home club. Two piano soloists, Bill Wedge, Albert Lea, and Juiy Peschken, Winsted, took second and third places, in that order, for S75 and prizes. Three girls were named grand champion food preservers Wednes- Myrne Andrews, 14, Akeley; Elaine Bergemann, 20. Triumph, and Janice Berg, 16, for 4-H ex- Dibits of everything from canned sausage to beets and peaches. j Calvin Penz, 16, Route 4, Ro- chester, took the mechanics trophy !for the cedar chest he built and finished, and Lynden Langen, 12, Kennedy, was named grains grand champion for his showing of a gallon jar of Redman wheat. I In the adult poultry show, where judges finished their work Wednes- day, Henry G. Plagge was among the leaders with eight awards for his Wyandottes while Ransom Couch, Grand Forks, N. D., was claiming an equal number in that and the American Bantam class. Rochester Nursing Student Set for 3rd Plane Jump ROCHESTER, Minn. about supper time tonight, thous- ands of eyes will be turned sky- ward to see if a pretty French mademoiselle makes it three in a row. Wednesday night and the night before, Rose May DeLaBesse, 23, Paris, an exchange student anes- thetist at St. Mary's Hospital, has jumped from a plane high above the state hospital and floated down in a big -parachute. The jumps, she says, are "just for zee fon of eet." She shuns pub- licity and will not tell newsmen when she will make the next leap. Tuesday night things went real well and she landed in an open field. But Wednesday night she landed in a tree in a farmyard. The fire department was called to rescue her, but she managed to climb down on her own before the fire laddies arrived. She jumps from feet and reports "eet ees more fon if you fall feet before you open zee chute." A commercial plane takes her up for the jumps. Eastern Half Of Nation Still In Hot Belt Cooler Air From Canada Cools Midwest Somewhat By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The first cold weather of season chilled the Rocky Moun- tain region today while of the eastern United States swel- tered in record-breaking beat. A cold air mass from Canada moved rapidly across Montana, Wyoming and Colorado last night The northeast entrance to Yel- lowstone National Park was closed by snow, sleet and ice. Park offi- cials reported Beartooth Pass, near Cooke City, Mont, was cover- ed with 2 to 4 inches of snow early yesterday. Later it turned to sleet and froze on the highway. Snow also fell in the Gallatin Mountains near Bozeman. Elsewhere in Mon- tana, heavy rains were reported. Cold in Montana Montana temperatures early to- day were generally in the lower 40s and ranged down to 37 at Dillon. Scattered rain storms hit Wy- oming too, and spread generally along the mountains from Denver south in Colorado. It dropped to 32 at Eraser, Colo., on the western rim of the tinental Divide, where President Eisenhower concluded a week's outing yesterday. Meanwhile, hot, sticky weather held its vice-like grip over most of the eastern half of the nation today. There probably will be no cooling in the eastern areas until the weekend. And Weather Bureau' officials said it was too early to say if the cool air mass would get as far as the heat-stricken Atlantic Coast by that time. Not'Moving Fair The cool air mass is not'moving fast, as indicated by the forecast for Midwest areas today. Chicago, wilted after two- straight days of 1101 and readings of 95 or higher since Aug. 25, was in the path of the expected cool air. However, before it arrives, tem- peratures in the Midwest metropo- j lis today were expected to reach 98. The forecast for tomorrow was for "near 80" after -a low of 62 tonight which, in view of the blis- tering heat, was regarded as a pre- dicted cool snap. Showers were expected to ac- company the cooler air. Readings were 20 to 32 degrees lower yes. terday in parts of Montana. It was 53 yesterday in Helena compared to a high of 85 on Tuesday. Sharp drops also were reported in parts of North Dakota. But it was the same story, tem- perature-wise, in scores of cities in the hot belt as heat records for the date and for September top- pled. Readings above 100 were not uncommon and generally they were above 95 over the entire eastern half of the country. One of the nation's hottest spots was Elmira, N.Y., which reported a reading of 107 in the downtown district. It was 104 in .Kingston, N.Y., and many cities in New York state reported readings of above 100. Ohio Swelters Portsmouth, Ohio, sweltered for the second straight day in temper- atures of 107 and it was 105 in Newark, N..J., and Salisbury, Md. Louisville baked in readings of 103. It was 102 in Cleveland, Cin- cinnati, Springfield, Ohio, and Harrisburg, Pa. The lOi at Hart- ford, Conn., was the city's highest mark. It also was 101 in St. Louis and an even 100 in Boston, Wash- ington, Philadelphia and Albany, N.Y. The mercury shot to 99 in New York City, breaking records, and it was the same in Dayton and Akron, Ohio. New York City water officials said reservoirs are only 72 per cent filled and citizens were asked to cut down waste. Water consump- tion in the metropolis has been running 300 million gallons above the normal daily average. Deaths from heat prostration or heart attacks aggravated by hot weather mounted to at least 111. Illinois led the nation in heat deaths with more than 30. Sixteen died yesterday in Chicago as the mercury climbed to 101. Other heat deaths included Pennsylvania, 17; Massachusetts, 12; New York, 8; Maine and 'New Hampshire, 6 leach; Connecticut, 5; Texas, Min- nesota, Wisconsin and New Jersey, 3 each, and 2 each in Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont.