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JANESVILLE DAILY GAZETTE VOL. 113. NO. 83. 113th YEAR JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1957 34 PAGES. 2 SECTIONS SIX CENTS Plainfield Slayer Facing Lie Test Girard Found Guilty; Given Suspended Term Scheduled to Leave for U. S. With His Bride Soon MAEBASHI. Japan A^'-Gl William S. Girard was cpnvicted today of shooting down a woman scrap collector to satisfy a "momentary caprice." A three-judge Japanese court gave him a three- year suspended prison sentence and put him on probation for a fourth year. Girard called the verdict after the three-month trial "kind of tough" but said he was glad the court "gave me another chance." The 22 -year-old soldier from Ottawa, III., and his Japanese bride are scheduled to leave for the United States quickly if neither prosecution nor defense appeals the verdict during the next 14 days. The court said the probationary period would apply only if he remained in Japan. Girard also was ordered to pay the court costs of the Japanese witnesses, about 520. Plan No Appeal Chief defense attorney Itsuro Hayashi said the defense does not intend to appeal unless the prosecution does. A prosecution spokesman indicated his side also would not challenge the court ruling, saying, "We are happy that all our contentions were accepted." The prosecutors had asked for a five-year sentence, which under Japanese custom would have ruled out a suspension. Girard, a specialist third class, told a news conference he woulH like to re-enlist when his term expires Jan. 27. An Army spokesman said any re-enlistment application would be judged on its merits, although conviction for a felony normally rules out an applicant. Visa for Bride U. S. officials said a visa application for Girard's wife Haru (Candy) "is being processed norr mally and we see no complications." Candy, meanwhile, was hiding fi'om reporters. Although the case at its outset had created a furor in Japan and America and a crisis in U. S.­ Japanese relations, there was little immediate public reaction to its outcome. The newspaper Asahi said the friends and neighbors of Mrs. Naka Sakai, victim of Girard's shot last Jan. 30 on an Army firing range, were "almost heartlessly indifferent and said they could not understand why there was So much fuss about it." The Girard case attracted world wide attention wh e n veterans groups and some newspapers and congressmen in the United States protested the Army's turning the soldier over to a Japanese court. The State Department was particularly concerned about congressional attacks on the status-of- force agreements providing for foreign trials of servicemen for offenses committed off duty. The fuss finally subsided after the U. S. Supreme Court ruled there was no constitutional bar to letting Japan try Girard. Presiding Judge Yuzo Kawachi said after the verdict he hoped Girard "will become a better man." He added: "After all, the court's job is not to sentence a man to jail; it is to try to keep him out of jail so that he will reflect how to become a better m«in." Crack Train Is Wrecked; Two Of Crew Killed Express Derailed on, Overpass North of Boston; 20 Hurt MEDFORD, Mass. JP - The crack Montreal • Boston express train, "Red Wing," was wrecked today in a derailment at a highway overpass in this suburb si,\ miles north of Boston. The engineer and fireman of the fioslon & Maine Railroad train were killed and « score of passengers injured. It was raining at the time. One half of the two-section diesel locomotive plunged over the side of the bridge to the street 15 to 18 feet below. Tracks and ties were torn up for a quarter of a mile from the bridge back to a siding switch. The nine-car train was made up of Pullman sleepers, coaches, and milk, mail and baggage cars. Cars Are Scattered Only two of the cars remained on the roadbed, but they were astride it, their sides smashed together. The others were scattered along the embankment. Two of the cars punched through the wall of the Converse Rubber Co. warehouse at the side of the tracks, knocking out supports and dropping sec- lions of the floors and roof of the four story building. William H, Kirley, director of the Railway Division of the state Public Utilities Department which investigated the wreck, said construction work was going on at the scene and a detour track was being used. Killed in Cab The engineer was pulled from the wreckage and was pronounced dead at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was identified as Harold J. Danforlh, 65, of Somerville. The dead fireman, identified as George D. Murphy, about 30, of Manchester, N. H., was trapped in the wreckage of the locomotive. Two automobiles passing under the bridge were smashed by the plunging locomotive. The drivers were injured. All Gummed Up KEYESPORT, 111. JP Thieves broke into the State Bank of Keyesport but all they got was 316 in loose change and a few sticks of chewing gum from tlie bank president '3 desk. Their fruitless efforts fo get into one of the vaults lett its door badly damaged. The hank president's name—G. W., Gum. Snow, Ice Add Touch of Winter Winter weather took a bite at Southern Wisconsin today in the form of temperatures far below normal, light snow and the first icy roads of the season. And winter is still 33 days away. Snow that fell overnight boosted precipitation for Monday and Tuesday to 1.20 inches. Rain, of course, accounted for most of it, 1.13 inches.'but there was .07 of an inch of moisture from the snow, it was reported at the Wisconsin Power and Light Co. substation, official weather station. Early morning travelers found the rain and snow coriibination frozen to the highways but it was a light coating which disappeared as the roads became more heavily traveled. The early morning low temperature of 27 and the noon reading of 29 indicated that this would be one of the coldest Nov. 19's on record. Maximuin temperatures on this date are ordinarily in the upper AOs or lower^ 50s though it was 72 on this date in 1930. Today's cloudy skies and cold weather are to continue tonight though the winds will diminish tonight, the weatherman claims. Wednesday will be partly cloudy and not quite so cold. A low temperature of about 20 is forecast for tonight, a high in the 30s for Wednesday. Dies After Car Rolls Into Lake MADISON JP - Edward Evans, 64, Madison, died Monday night in a local hospital several hours after he was pulled from his car which rolled into Lake Monona. Evans apparently suffered a heart attack before his car rolled into about four feet of water. Rocks stopped it from going farther. Red Chinese Army Trainer Replaced HONG KONG /P-Marshal Liu Po-chang, Red China's "One-eyed Dragon" and top military strategist, has been replaced as superintendent of training for the Chinese armed forces. A brief announcement in the official Peiping People's Daily gave no reason for the change. * Striking Civil Workers March Thousands of French Demand Increases in Salaries PARIS JP — Several thousand striking civil servants marched on the French Finance Ministry today, shouting demands for higher pay- First reports indicated .that more than one million government workers had joined in the 24-hour warning walkout, third such in France in just over a month. Strong police forces were on hand to control the marchers and there was no trouble. Postal services were hit particularly by the strike. No mail was sorted. Many Paris buildings were reported without water, but railroad, bus, electric power and gas ser \Hces were not affected. Debate Ended Across the Seine in the Parliament Building, the National Assembly had'already ended its debate on Premier Felix Gaillard's plea for special powers to fight the nation 's mounting inflation. The deputies were to meet this afternoon to vote on the measure. Gaillard called for a vote of confidence. He was expected to win by a small margin. Gaillard plans about 210 million dollars in new taxes and about an equal amount slashed from government spending. Schools Are Closed Schools were closed by the strike and the two big Paris airports, Le Bourget and Orly, were shut down. But gas and electricity were distributed normally throughout the country. Telephone service also appeared normal to the main provincial cities. The- civil servants are asking a minimum basic annual wage equivalent to about $520 and a minimum monthly salary in Paris equivalent to about $82. Prices on Corn, Soybeans Go Up Cash grain prices took a sharp jump on the Janesville market Tuesday, following the Midwest trend and upward movement of future markets on Monday. Corn, No. 2 yellow, was up 3 cents here to $1.05 a bushel, and soybeans jumped 5 cents to $2.10 a bushel. The higher prices, it appeared, resulted from continued wet weather which has hampered the harvest, and on report of increased quantities of corn of high moisture content. Novotny Elected Czech President VIENNA ;P - The Communist- controlled Czechoslovak Parliament today elected Communist party chief Antonin Novotny Czechoslovakia's new president. New Parking Ramp Opens Tomorrow Much of tonight's two-section, 34 -page paper is devoted to news and advertising heralding the big increase in Janesville's downtown parking facilities occasioned by the opening tomorrow of the new Municipal Parking Ramp, with space for 244 cars. One article on Page 1 of Section 2 gives instructions to motorists on the use of the ramp and lists the fees to be charged on various levels of the seven- level structure. Other articles and pictures tell of the city's plans for additional parking facilities and reveal what has been accomplished in the past few years. Syria, Egypt in Federal Union Move DAMASCUS — ;P — Syria and Egypt moved closer to a federal union today. Joint committees are expected to begin drafting a constitution soon. Forty visiting members of Egypt's National Assembly joined Syrian deputies yesterday in voting unanimously for speedy completion of the union, agreed on in principle 16 months ago. About 2,000 persons crowded into the circular hall of the Syrian Parliament building. There was applause when the joint session approved a resolution calling on both governments "to go into immediate joint negotiations for the complete realization of this federal union." The federation looks toward joint foreign, defense, economic, financial and cultural policies. The two countries would maintain independence in internal affairs. Syrian Premier Sabri Assali told the parliamentary session that the merging of the armed forces of the two Arab countries was practically realized when Egyptian troops recently landed in Syria. Syrian Parliament Speaker Akram Hourani asserted that the United States has launched *'a slanderous campaign aimed at picturing Syria as a tool of international communism and a base for the Soviet Union." Syria, he declared, never will be "a base for anything other than Arab nationalism." WRONG PASTE DALLAS —Dwaine Young Jr., 1, was treated at Parkland Hospital after he found a tube of rat paste at his home and practiced brushing his teeth. Stoughton Site Urged for Big Atom-Smasher Midwest University Research Group Favors Area By RICHARD P. POWERS WASHINGTON ^-The Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) was urged today by Sen. Wiley (R- Wis) to decide on a site at Stoughton, Wis., for a proposed trillion - volt equivalent super atom-smasher. The site at Stoughton, near Madison, is favored by members of the Middlewestern University Research Assn. (MURA), which has been co-operating with University of Wisconsin scientists on operation of a new model atom- smasher. The AEC, a Wiley aide said, has been leaning toward the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago as the site for the new atom-smasher, estimated to cost between 60 and 100 million dollars, if it is built. Appeals to AEC After a conference with William F. Libby, acting chairman of the AEC, and Libby's assistant, Alfonso Tammaro, Wiley wrote Libby: "I am glad that you confirmed that the AEC very definitely fa vors the construction of a trillion- volt equivalent atom-smasher (or accelerator) unless, of course, the operating models should unexpectedly disclose that the big machine would not work. However, I was sorry to learn that controversy clouds the proposed location of the giant atom-smash­ er." The AEC has not stated publicly that it will build the huge new machine. Wiley told Libby that members of the MURA have long favored the Madison area as a site even over their own universities. ^. Readily A,yailable "Besides, it was MURA scientists who discovered and developed the new design which would give the new machine the power equivalent of a trillion-volt old- fashioned machine," Wiley said in his letter to Libby. "This fact supports placing the machine where these scientific minds are available to operate it, just as previous placing of the models there so recognize." Member institutions of MURA include the University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Ohio State University, Indiana University, University of Illinois, Purdue University, Michigan State Univer- (Continued on Page 2, Col 9) Wild Storms Pound Country Tornadoes, Floods in South; Heavy Snow in North Areas By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS An outbreak of wild November weather dealt destructive blows to broad areas in the South and mid- continent yesterday. Tornadoes, snow, rain and windstorms pounded many areas. Floods menaced some Southern states, forcing hundreds of persons from their homes. Deaths attributed to the violent weather numbered at least 19 and an over-all total of 30 since the weekend. Several persons were injured. Property damage, mostly from tornadoes and floods, mounted into the millions of dollars. The season's heaviest snowstorm which hit the Midwest appeared tapering off today but strong northwesterly winds, with gusts up to 50 m.p.h. caused much drifting. Visibility was sharply "-e- duoed and highway travel was considered hazardous in many areas. Snowplows in some places were unable to make much headway because of the steady drifting. Snow Piles Up Snow piled up to more than a foot in sections of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. While the heavy snow diminished in eastern parts of South Dakota and Nebraska, more snow fell from Iowa and southern Minnesota into northwestern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Depths of 8 to 12 inches were general. The deaths attributed to the stormy weather since the weekend included Nebraska 6; Alabama 6, with 2 missing and presumed dead; Minnesota 5; Illinois 5; Kentucky 4; Mississippi 2. Tornadoes ripped across areas in Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi. More than 20 persons were injured in Alabama. The twisters hit the Birmingham area and several small Alabama com- muntiies. Twisters in Kentucky Central and western sections of Kentucky were hammered by tornadoes and electrical storms, while Hopkinsville was hardest hit by floods as the Little River overflowed. Some 150 families were evacuated. Waters appeared receding and some roads into the city of 12,526 were passable. Floodwaters covered about GO per cent of seven counties in the Missouri "Bootheel," forcing the evacuation of more than 150 families from farms. The overflows extended over thousands of acres of cotton and soybeans. In Tennessee, a flash flood near Portland halted service on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad between Franklin, Ky., and Nash-^ ville. Windstorms hit rtiany areas. More than 100 families were forced to leave their homes in sections of southeastern Tennessee (Continued on Page 17, Col. 3) HOUSE OF HORRORS Above, house on the farm of Ed Gein near Plainfield, where portions of ten bodies were found. State Crime Lab technicians' truck is in background and police car in foreground. Below, Gein in handcuffs, escorted b^' Sheriff Art Schley. (JP photos)' U. N. Disarming Talks Stalled Soviet Rejects Plan to Add 14 Members to Commission UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. JP- U. N. disarmament talks appeared today to be headed for a complete breakdown as the Soviet bloc formally demanded that Communist and neutral countries be given more representation in future negotiations. The new move came after Soviet delegates had announced their rejection of a compromi.?e plan to add 14 new members to the U. N. Disarmament Commission, bringing its total membership to 25. Despite Soviet threats to boycott future talks "unless the'As­ sembly accepted Russian terms for enlarging the commission, the V/estern nations pushed ahead for a vote. One high Western source sx'- pressed the belief that it was useless to try further to prevent a Soviet boycott. This source said the Soviet Union apparently had decided to break off the talks no matter what the West agreed to. The new countries proposed by the Soviet bloc were Austria, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Romania, Sudan, Finland and Ceylon. Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister V. V. Kuznetsov told newsmen the enlarged group proposed by the West would be stacked at least 16-9 against Russia. He demanded that at least half the members of any such group be Communist or neutralist. THE WEATHER JANESVILLE ZONE -Cloudy, cold and windy with snow nufrie« this sfternoon. Cloudy and coider with diminiihlns winds tontght. Wednesday paitly cloudy and not quite so cold. Low tonitht about 20. High Wednesday In the 30s. .Sunrise, 6:S4: sunset, 4:3.1. Monday 's low, 30 at midnight; high, 47 at < p.m. Temperature range to noon today, 27 at S a.m., to 29 at noon. Precipitation, .64 inch rain and snow. Barometric pressure, ( p.m., 28.65i 8 a .m., 29.90; 12 noon, 29,0.1. Low a year ago today, 34; high, 46. WEATHER ELSWHERE High Low AtlanLa, cloudy 75 51 Bo.'itan, rain ^4 45 Chicago, cloudy >....5g 32 Cleveland, cloudy 64 41 Denver, clear 40 22 Des Moines, clear ...........31 22 Detroit, cloudy 59 36 Fort Worth, clear 49 33 Helena, cloudy 37 24 tns Angeles, clear ...69 S2 Miami, clear , 79 75 Reduction of at Least $115,000 Proposed at Council Meeting Budget cuts of $115,000 were proposed at a meeting of the city council, sitting as a committee of the whole, at the city hall Monday night. The reductions, wliich roughly would amount to a $1.50 decrea.-je in the proposed $42 tax rate, are "basically cuts in capital expenditures," Council President Vernnn F. Ramsdell said today. "The council felt that all expenditures as originally proposed by the city manager, were important and should be made, but felt that some of them could he postponed for a year in order to overcome the present financial crisis," Ramsdell said. The crisis is precipitated largely by a $476,000 income tax claim by Milwaukee and a big increase in the county tax levy. The regular meeting of the council, at which time the proposed $5,151,919 budget will be up for consideration is scheduled for Monday nighl. The capital outlay for 1958 as proposed in the original budget is $257,000. Tax levy indicated when the budget was submitted was $3,170,355 as compared with the 1P56 levy of $2,241,007. The council also unanimously adopted a resolution Monday night requesting that the Board of Education, Library Board and Vocational School Board "conscientiously re-examine their 1958 proposed budgets," The resolution continues: "In view of the unexpected setback caused by the possible substantial loss of income tax revenue 'ha council is desirou,s of having all departments effect all possible economies particularly in the items consisting of capital outlay. It is hoped that a reduction of 5 per cent can be effected." Record of Gein's Statement When Questioned by County Authorities WAUTOMA iP-Wauslmra County Dist. Atty. Earl Kileen has released the following stenographic record of a statement made- by Edward Gein Monday afternoon when questioned by county authorities. (Mr. Kileen first warns him of his constitutional rights and that everything he says will be used against him.) Kileen: Now you start from the time you went into the Worden Implement Store. Tell us exactly v /hat happened, the best you can recall. Gein: When I went into Mrs. Worden's, I took a glass jug for permanent anti-freeze. When I entered the hardware store she came towards me and said, "Do you want a gallon a anti-freeze?" and I said, "No, a half gallon." She got the anti-freeze and pumped it out, and I held the jug ..for her to pour it in and then she pumped out another quart and I was still holding the jug while she poured that. Then 1 paid her with a dollar bill. She gave me back one cent because it was 99 cents. This is what I can't say from now on because I don't know just what happened from now on, you see. She glanced out of the window towards the filling station across the street and said, "They are checking deer there." Then she looked- towards the west, out of the west and north windows, and .said, "There are moi'e people up town than i thought there would be." She might have said something about opening of the season, she might have said that. Kileen: Do you remember striking her or shooting her? Gein: No. That is what got me; whether I took my anti-freeze out. That is what I can't remember. It is hard for me to say from now on. My memory was a little vague, but I do remember dragging her across the floor. I remember loading her body in the trunk; then I drove the truck out on the East road at the intersection where 51 and 73 separate East of Plainfield. I drove the truck up in the pine trees. Then I walked to town and got my car and drove it out there and loaded her body in the back end of the car, and also the cash register. I loaded the cash register in the (Continued on Page 17, Col. 3) Murder Charge Waits Study of Body Remnants Gein Is Held Under Bond on Robbery Count for Present By DION HENDERSON WAUTOMA, Wis. .?-A diffident little man who admitted in puzzled tones yesterday that he had opened fresh graves over .-i period of years to collect human heads and finally butchered a neighbor woman—"while in a daze-likc"-— faces a polygraph test of his itory. Edward Gein, a 5i-year-old Plainfield bachelor handyiriai\ is scheduled to go to Madison today for a lie detector test at the stalo crime h;boratory. He is being held under ,S;o,00O bond for the armed robbery of Mrs. Bernice Worden last Saturday. Dist. Atty. Earl Kiieen said the filing of a murder charge in the death of the 58-year-old widow, whose disemboweled corpse was found hanging like a deer carcass CHECK WECKLER ANGLE JEFFERSON — A connection between the disappearance of three persons from the Fort Atkinson area and the Plainfield murders was being investigated today by Dist. Atty. Harold Eberhardt, Sheriff Roger Reipel, Undersheriff Mike Heilmeier and Deputy Reichert, according to Eberhardt. They are Georgia Jean Weckler, who disappeared May I, 1947; Irene Mae Keating, mother of four children who left her husband. Warren, Aug. 20, 1957. and Theodore Poole Jr.. who disappeared, leaving a wife and children, the same day. in Gein's woodshed Saturday night avyaits only a complete sifting of the gruesome remnant.? found on his secluded farm, about 120 miles northwest of Milwaukee, Questions Awaiting Here are some of the questions the lie detector test may answer; Did Gein mould hideous death masks from the faces of new-buried dead? Did he fabricate upholstery for furniture in his cluttered farm house from human skin? Did he intend to eat the one victim he admits killing, the one of whom he said, almost apologetically, "I am not too sure that I killed her"? "That is what I can't remember," Gein said in a question-and- answer session with Waushara County officers. A "daze," he said, came on him when he did such things as dig up the graves from which he took at least 10 heads. Once, he said, the daze left him while he was digging in a burial mound. "I quit then," he said. Will Study Heads Investigators, who found Mr<;. Worden's decapitated corpse, discovered the heads of four other persons in Gein's house Sunday and found six more there yesterday. Some were packaged neatly in plastic bags, others were tossed under furniture. In a signed statement, Gein said he had not "collected any for two or three years." Kileen said Gciii look hiin to cci-nclcries he had visiled. At Madi-soii last niphl, Charles Wilson, state crime laboratory di" rector, said that; when all the human segments had been collected from Gein's farm, technicians would study them in an effort (o identify the victims of the grave robberies. Gein said lie had followed death notices published in the local newspaper and then opened the graves from 1944 to 1953. He indicated that on other occasions he snapped out of his "daze" and went horns without violating a grave. Can't Remember Killing In his statement, Gein recalled visiting the Wortlon hardware store Saturday morning and paying 99 cents for some antifreeze. He also remembered transporting Mrs. Worden's body to his farm home. Asked whether he i-cmembercd killing her, he said, "No, that is what I can't remember; my memory is a little vague." Gein said he tlid remcrnbor hanging the body from its heels in the shed and butchering it, "because I thought I was dressing? out a fleer," In the stateiiieiif, lie said. "Iliat is as close as i can remember. I (Cpntinued on Page 2, Col 9)

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