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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 17, 1949, Winona, Minnesota COOLER TONIGHT, SUNDAY FAIR VOLUME 49, NO. 180 WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 17, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY FOOTBALL TONIGHT KWNO FM FOURTEEN PAGES 192 D ea in Toronto Boat Fire Fall Court Calender To Be Read Monday An damage suit resulting from a highway collision in which Otto L. Stock, widely known Rochester orchestra leader, was killed 18 months ago is one of 51 cases listed on the calendar lor the September term of district court which convenes here Monday morning. Judge Karl Finkelnburg will preside at the session which is slated to get under way with the reading of the calendar at 11 a. m. Monday. will be selected but will not Steel Outlook Eases As Coal Threats Mount Bv Norman Walker be required to appear until a weekj later. September 26. I Of the total number of cases! scheduled for trial four involve' criminal charges and 11 are di-i vorce actions. The Stock case is being pressed by his widow, Mrs. Anna Stock, as special administratrix of the or- chestra leader's estate, against William Pease, Chatfleld farmer, owner of the truck involved in the fatal collision. Also named as a defendant in the action is Harry iJ. Pease, William's son and the danger of a' driver of the truck, nation-wide coal strike next weekj Counterclaim Filed mounted today but hopes brightened! Mrs gtock asks damages totaling lor averting a less-imminent for expenses( damages and! strike. Scosts following the accident while] The coal miners were in a counterclaim, requests i pected to stay away from the damages for the next Monday because their welfare i resulting to his truck in the acci-j fund's trustees, headed by the Mine j dent. Union President John L. Lewis, vot-1 Each charges negligence on the! ed to suspend pension and other of the Other driver as contri- beneflt payments. buting to the accident. j This action was taken at a The mishap occurred on highway five-hour meeting of the fund's near Chatfleld at about trustees yesterday. The reason Was a.m. May 15, 1948 while Stock and that the fund was fast running out six other members of his band Passengers Are Shown coming dovm aerial ladder from the Noronic as it burns at Toronto. These unidentified men escaped without clothing. (A.P. Wirephoto to Tiie Republican-Herald.) of money. Many coal operators, be- cause their contracts with Lewis have lapsed, have refused to con- were returning from a dance en- gagement near Chatfield. Stock and another member of the band, 18-year-old Michael Hoov- er, also of Rochester, were killed tinue paying their 20-cents-a-ton royalty to the fund. The trustees'meeting was the accident. Two other mem- by the sudden resignation of the bers of the orchestra were injured, operators' trustee, Ezra Van Horn. A year ago, Harry Pease was He wrote coal owners he wanted to arraigned in district court in Ro- step out right away. In fact, he i Chester on charges criminal negli- warned that if they don't name ajgence in connection with the acci- successor promptly he will go after a coroner's jury's invest-! court to force them to do so. jigation revealed causes for the Meanwhile, chances of avoiding altion. big steel strike a week from tonight looked better after the government stepped in to bring the disputing in- dustry and C J.O. Steelworkers Union together here Monday. The Alsops British Plan To Fiqht for Serving Term The Pease trial opened October 5, 1948 and three days later, a 12- man jury returned a verdict of guilty after a deliberation of 12 hours. Pease received a sentence of from one to five years In the state reformatory which he is serving at the present and attempts to appeal the decision to the state supreme court were un- successful. While the criminal trial was in I f progress, Mrs. Stock had already tstr i begun her civil action against the I 1X111 rOl Peases. The case was scheduled for trial I i I in district court at Rochester but i attorneys for the defendants suc- I IWIIX INWlIX jceeded in securing a change in j venue to Winona. By Joseph and Stewart Alsop j Attorneys for Pease contend that significant un-l publicity at the criminal trial had reported disagreement arose in the I made the matter wellknown to allj The Gutted Hull of the Canadian Steamship Lines Noronic is shown as she lay in Toronto harbor this morning after being swept by fire. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Heroism Filled Fire Scene in hospital corridors and the lobby of a downtown hotel, passengers Of the Noronic told today of a night of horror and heroism in which they were haujed or scrambled from the burning ship. For a half hour after flames enveloped his ship, Captain William __ Taylor was still standing on the bows, throwng ropes to passengers] Major Disasters New York Peacetime maritime fires and explosions have cost hundreds of lives in the last half century. Among the major disasters were: June 30, at Hobo- ken, N. J., destroyed or damaged several _ steamships and piers with 145 lives lost. June Gen- eral Slocum destroyed by flames in New York's East river with clambering over the side. As he was being taken ashore on a fireman's j ladder the ladder broke and he fellr into the icy bay and had to be pulled out. Passengers said that before the the Hamonic fire in which one man was drowned and damage caused. An Unidentified Woman passenger of the ill-fated Noronic tells reported disagreement arose in tiiei-uinuc IILO.MH vtf tl vitally important talks on Asia pol- j residents of the Rochester area and; her fellow survivors of her narrow escape. The survivors shown are- icy this week between Secretary Pease would not be able unidentified State Dean Acheson and an unprejudiced Jury there.] Secretary Ernest Bevin. There wasj "Tried by Press" general agreement on policy ini The attorneys, in their Japan, Southeast Asia and a change of venue, Moreover, contrary to report, "the defendant has already; (AP. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) was no dispute about Hong Kong. Bevin flatly told Acheson that the British mean to defend Hong Kong been tried and convicted by the; press of Olmsted county and as a result, it is the general belief ings in China, want only to control the shipment of war material and munitions. This disagreement, which deeply affects Anglo-Ameri- can policy in Asia, clearly springs from the desperate economic plight if it is attacked, but that there is j and conviction of the public gen- no present intention of asking for erally that the defendant Pease was American help. i guilty of negligence causing the However, Bevin refused to go accident and as a consequence along with Acheson on economic policy in China. The State depart- ment wants the power in effect to cut off China's trade with the West. The British, with their vast hold- Eau Claire Maj Saved in Cave-in York Driver Dies in Road Mishap captain left the ship he burst in j "People were screaming and jump- cabin doors, hauling women out without he said, deck. were falling all around me Lucille Roberts of Detroit said (on the deck and soon the screams she saw a man on an upper deck [were mingled with the moans ofj surrounded by flames. !the injured." "As I watched the fiames licked] Special Officer D. P. R. around him and you .could hear him: of port Arthur was at the cap-1 scream the last Then he dis-j tain's side during most of the fire.; "One woman became hysterical; S. J. Orth of Detroit I and put her fist through the huddled in a waiting room scan-i he said. "When we got to her she ning stretchers as they were brought was a mass of blood but we freed ashore. her." Mrs. Orth rushed suddenly to A man in a torn blue shirt stood I door. "Here's one of she shout- Eau Claire, road and rolled over three fair ai36- llad time for a frantic crv (times. Witnesses said he appar- at the dockside moaning, "Oh, no, I no, no." As police took him awayi ed. On the stretcher was her sis- from the water's edge, he fought ter, Irene. After Irene was put and shouted: got seven peo- an ambulance Mrs. Orth waited, I pie on that ship." Scholtz 20, York, was killed near i watching for her sister-in-law, Mrs. j Jack Feingold of Cleveland said ihere early today when his car left Lucille Orth. jhe ran from his cabin screaming. 1 Mr. and Mrs, Harold Stover of i As he stood safe on the dock minutes Neillsville, Wis. Clarence Sombra, near Sarnia, Out., said, j later he realized he still held a Pease also claimed that Judge'40 his wife before the ]ost control of the machine me; they were awakened by the shout- rummy hand. Vernon Gates, who presided at thejsand walls of a nine-foot hole Passengers told of the heroism of criminal trial and would preside if the civil case were tried in Ro- chester, "took a very active part in the trial in behalf of the state, assisting the county attorney in examination and cross-examination of the witnesses. We believe that of the British. It will only end Gates is prejudiced and was digging buried him today. That his his life, j Pafel's wife, EfSe, 36, phoned po-j lice and then rushed to the holei and began clawing through the sand. A foot from the surface she! reached her husband's head. Effiei the threat of British economic against the defendant and' lapse is ended. (cannot secure a fair trial if her hand f ef he tried to pass another car, Suspect Admits Slugging, Robbery YET "MOKE REALLY significant! jury is presided over by and the eight Pafel children) Madison, Brant- Ikept a fearful vigil at the hole untiljmeyer, 23, a construction worker, than the outcome of the Bevin talks .is the simple fact that! The motion for change in and firemen arrived. Pafel j admitted to police today he had "We went hand-over-hand along !crew members, of Chick Yates of hawser from the ship to who lowered two women! Mrs. Stover said. Passengers Dazed over the side and then found him- 1 July 21, explosion on the U. S. gunboat Bennington at San Diego, Calif., took 65 lives. January 21, 1906 Brazilian battleship Aquidaban sank near Rio de Janeiro when powder magazine exploded; 212 died. March 12, on French battleship Jena killed 117. October 9, 1913 Steamship Voltorno wrecked by fire and explosion in mid-ocean. 135 died. August IS. explo- sion on excursion steamboat Mackinae on Narragansett bay caused 47 fatalities. May 16, passen- ger motorship Georgies Philip- par burned and sank in Arabian sea -with 41 dead. January 4, new French steamer L'At- lantique burned in the English channel with 17 fatalities. January 21, 1934 Chinese steamer Weitung burned and sank on Yangtse river with 216 dead. September S, steamship Morro Castle en route to New York from Havana burned off Asbury Park, N. J., self trapped and had to dive into with loss of 134 lives. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Maurer, of ask-! ed for a nickel to call Florida 8980.) Told there was no such telephone Survives reached the outside saw Elmina (his wife) IJUffln ff exchange in Toronto, she n j da but it became( "Toronto? isn't this Cleveland? from so many try-! A. sflf) How did I get t et on it she got Angled At a positive and vigorous granted by Judge Gates. [was freed within 30 minutes of the policy in Asia is now at last being! In her action, Mrs. Stock evolved able Jessup, ed by Acheson range In a downtown hotel lobby. Joel Bailey of Kalamazoo, slugged and robbed a Chicagoan I sobbed for her husband. "I don't know where he is. He told police he had beaten! get nose and mouth and enough air fil- Rodney Burns, 46, taken his car tered down along her arm to keep and wallet containing and then than the blaze that destroyed the policy, and to come up with series of recommendations American action. for route one, Winona, was injured. Seeks The work of Jessup and his staff j is still in the thinking stage, and there is a wide gulf between think- In one action, her husband, the driver of the car in which Mrs. Kieffer was a passenger, is suing Pafel, a railroad brakeman, was shaky but unhurt. Police had to argue him into being hospitalized ing and action But at least the; for driver of the other car, Lloyd if or a check. He was digging the thinking has been intelligent and i Ashland of St. Paul, for down to his sewer line, imaginative. One project which of which is for permanent sup and his staff have been con-i injuries allegedly suffered by Mrs. sidering calls for an American Kieffer and the remainder for Kief- ureine commander for the injuries, loss of employment! for Asia. damage to the Kieffer car and Through no efforts; of its own, bills. j State department will now get In the second action, Mrs. Kief- discretionary kitty of million jfer is suing Ashland for under the military aid program, to for personal injuries and fight this battle. If this money is to left him on a country road. Identified "positively" by Burns, to "get on it. She got tangled trapped. I swung down a rope ___ler side and got her free. We _. [managed to get to the dock The i Mildred Briggs of Detroit thought fire were a joke, was sometimes a on board but I could- anyone could be so 1 stupid. She praised the rescue work of crew members as the fire 1 along the corridors. Earl E. Boettger of Cleveland said Brant'nieyer was charged with un- Noronic's sister ship Hamonic thought the fire started in a armed assult and robbery and with'Point Edward near Sarnia July 17. j stateroom near his, on the third (stealing Burnb car. 11945. CtUWal U HCcli Peterson was a survivor of I deck down from the top. Washington A Navy pilot flipped himself out of a plane doing more than 600 miles an hour last month and para- chuted safely to earth. Officials think.he was the first man to do it at that speed. On August 9 Lieutenant Jack L. Fruin was flying his twin- jet Banshee fighter at feet near Charleston, N. C., when it went into a swift spiral dive. Fruin blew himself clear of the plane by using a pilot ejector seat. for loss of wages. fop G. Insurance Dividend 000 World War II veterans can now be spent in dribs and drabs, with- Mrs. Kieffer contends that she nut'anv coherent plan or central [suffered a sever brain concussion authority, it will be wasted. It is in the accident and "falls into figure out the life insurant divi- proposei'instead that a man ofjsleep so heavy that it is near a dend checks they may exiyct with- creat stature be found to spend of amnesia." money where it will do the mostj She further contends that she has good He could use it to spells of uncontrollable the centers of resistance to the j crying and experiences difficulty in communists in China, or to arm j walking because of permanent and Washington Some there is a descending scale, noncommunists'in Southeast Asia, or to promote American interests in such other ways as he saw fit. MOREOVER, he would control all American trade with China. And (Continued on Page 2, Column 3.) ALSOPS disabling leg injuries. She also asks for restitution for in the next nine months. Under the deceptively simple formula announced by the Veterans Administration yesterday, a minor- ity of a minority of months that followed, many get a maxi- iwith a minimum rate of 20 cents a month for each taken out by a man of 55 or over. The top checks go to .the 40-or- under policy-holders who Took out the maximum amount of in- 1940, When it first became available and (B) Re- planned to make the dividend! V. A. officials warned that inters. Some already have formula public next Sunday. There'many cases the formula is not as been sent m. Death Toll May Rise As Rescue Work Continues Cruiser Noronic Tied to Pier When Tragedy Hit Toronto A middle-of-the- night. fire roared through the Great Lakes cruiser Noronic at her pier today and by noon, police said, 185 bodies had been removed from the wreckage. In addition they said three per- sons died in hospitals and four were recovered from the water, making a known death toll up to noon of 192: Investigating officials at the scene of the Great Lakes worst disaster in a century said they thought the number of "dead might mount -as high as 226. i The fire, which raced through the '36-year-old vessel, broke out while most of those aboard were sleeping. Operating officials put the number aboard at 512 passengers and 170 crew members. The Nor- onic tied up at her pier in down- jtown Toronto last night with holi- day trippers bound from Detroit and Cleveland for the Thousand Is- lands. It was to be her last cruise of the season. Hundreds of passengers escaped in a frantic, screaming, pushing mob. after they were awakened by alarms and cries of "fire." Some leaped to the pier, some to other vessels, some into the water. Bodies Huddled Others were trapped and their uncounted bodies were still believed to be huddled in the submerged C- deck. The death toll rose as fire- men kept bringing up the charred, I broken bodies of the victims. I They said it might be three days before" the fate of all those aboard 1 could be established. It was im- possible to compile a list of sur- [vivors for the time being. The total number aboard was not accurately because neither passenger inor crew lists were available. I Two women died in hospital. One j of them was identified as Mrs. Eu- inice Dietrich of Cleveland, Ohio. All except about 20 of the pas- isengers were said to be Americans. The cause of the blaze was not known, but firemen said they had established that it started in state- room No. 462 on the starboard side, [two cabins aft of the cocktail bar. I Within three minutes after it start- led, witnesses said, the whole of C ;deck was afire. Fire Struck Quickly A pier watchman turned In the first alarm after seeing "a glimmer of fire near the stem." Not two [minutes after he telephoned, he isaid, the whole ship seemed ablaze. As daylight came, firemen worked [with pike pole and shovel in the i wreckage, bringing out bodies. Some- only broken, charred parts of j bodies. I Chief Coroner Smirle Lawson ar- I ranged to set up a temporary morgue [at the horticultural building of the Canadian National Exhibition miles west along the lake shore. Relatives and friends were to go there to identify the dead. Several score were on hospital in- jured lists. Captain William Taylor, of Sar- nia, Ontario, the ship's master, smashed in cabin doors to waken many passengers and carried at least one woman to safety. Crew members said he leaped over the bow as flames closed in on him. The ship tied up here last night. Record Disaster It was the worst Great Lakes disaster since 12 crew memhr-is died when the Canadian freighter Em- peror vammed into the Super- ior rocks and sank June 4. 1547. Survivors told graphic stories of how screaming, pushing men and women fought to get off the ship. Sylvia Carpenter, of Detroit, saw smoke and flame billowing along I the passageways. She. screamed and j headed for the outside rail. I "Someone had thrown a rcpe lad- der over the dockside but it was all she said. "A rope was toss- ed over the rail and I put a hitch knot on it to hold it to a stanchion. (AS I did so, three men pushed in [front of me and shoved some [screaming women out of the way. The men went down the rope.' Alberta Agla of Detroit described a "mob of men and women surging jback and forth on deck. Men were pushing women around and many ;were knocked to the floor. The i screaming filled the air. There was (so much panic that I don't, know how these people got segregated, to ifiad a way to safety. I slid, down, a Jil_iU U wages lost on the grounds that sheimum of S52a each_ will be unable to work for at leastj For the younger ex.G 'j _.s_ the one year. She was employed by a (Continued on Page 7, Column 5.) DISTRICT COURT rate is 55 cents a month for each of insurance. For those over 40 when the policy was was a mix-up over release time, however, so that the announcement was moved up. The formula: simple to apply as it appears. V. A. officials pointed out that The reason is that many veteransjwhile the typical monthly premium changed the face value of theirjon term insurance at age 21 is policies several times and many al-jfor ordinary commercial life insur- For those age 40 or younger at lowed them to lapse several times.iance, that for national service life issue, multiply 55 cents times A. has the exact dates of these insurance was 65 cents. times each month the policy tained it in full force for the 96 was in effect before its 1948 an- niversary date; age 41, 52 cents; LUIililla Liiaij tw. jiiii i The special 49 cents; 43, 46 cents; 44, 43 same rate on both term and con-j veterans. i be paid in the first six montnslcents; 45, 40 cents; 46, 37 cents; 47, verted policies. It is not subject to: Gray said the locn on nofinnoi 4R 31 nents: 49. 28 cents: income tax. Veterans must to insurani of 1950 covers all national serviceJ34 cents; 48, 31 cents; 49, 28 cents; life insurance policies through 25 cents; 51, 24 cents; 52, 23 arjiiversary date in 1948. cents; 53, 22 cents; 54, 21 cents; 55 The Veterans Administration over, 20 cents. changes, but few veterans are be- WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and Vicinity Partly cloudy and cooler tonight. Sunday __ _ Now the dividend rate on such! fair. Low tonight 50, high Sunday lieved to have kept accurate records, a policy is 55 cents, making for The dividend will be paid at thejtremely cheap insurance for LOCAL WEATHEB Official observations for the 24 formula does not hours ending at 12 m. today: apply to insurance on a permanent! Maximum, 76; minimum, 54; noon, plan which has been surrendered 76; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow Application blanks are available at if or a reduced paid-up amount. Such all postoffices and. veterans cen-icases will be calculated separately. at ft ;