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THE WEATHER FORECAST Fair and mild tonight and tomorrow. TEMPERATURES Star Minneapolis Midnight 68 1 67 2 a.m. ...66 a.m. ...66 4 a.m.

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239 MINNEAPOLIS, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1947 Copyright, 1147 Tha Minna poll Hit Price 5 Cents Ilfghest year ago, 64; lowest, 46. 0HW 1 mad Of Woman Killed, 7 Hurt by Twister in Le Center Area By GORDON MIKKELSON Minncapoll Star Staff Writer LE CENTER, MINN. A LeSueur county farm woman was dead today and seven other persons were two seriously, as tie result of a tornado which ripped through this area Sunday night. Five of the injured were hospitalized at St. Peter Comrnu-nity hospital.

Two were released after treatment. In addition, several farm homes lay in ruins and crops were damaged extensively. Le Center is about 50 miles southwest of Minneapolis. Dead was MRS. RALPH CUMMINGS, 33, who was killed when4 the twister leveled her farm home near Cordova, south of Le Center.

In Community hospital at St. Peter are RALPH CUMMINGS, 33, her husband, who suffered multiple lacerations and abrasions; the Cummings' MARGARET ANN, 3, whose skull was penetrated by a wood DEBRIS FROM DESTROYED FARM HOIKEC' 'IA FOUNDATION feBCsSt V'C-i'W il into her brain; M. M. CUM Air Service Flane THPFARM HOME AND BUILDINGS OF RALPH CUMMINGS, NEAR LE CENTER, Minneapolis Star Photo by Wallace Kammann from Dick McCuIIum DESTROYED WHEN TORNADO RIPPED THROUGH THEM Communists 65th Labor Day Messages Stress Need for Unity Pretidenf Bockt Labor-gttting Measures in 194t: Paga 10. Key state and city labor leaders were unanimous today in NORTH AMERICA GJfTinC 11 REFUEL HERE SOUTH 7 r- 1 A AMERICAj mo jMtoi TRUMAN r--f-ROUTE ji Huge Crowd Expected at Fair Windup Preparations for handling one of the largest crowds in history were made by Minnesota State fair officials 'today, as Gen.

Dwight D. Eisenhower "took over" at the exposition. By 11 a.m., 42,601 had passed through the gates. Presence the Allied wartime leader, plus a combination of Labor day, automobile races and ideal weather, was expected to attract a crowd in excess of the 136,902 who jammed the fairgrounds Sunday. This was the largest Sunday crowd to attend the fair since it was expanded to 10 days.

The all-time attendance for one day is 186,000, set in 1919. Sunday's attendance sent the declaring that the new federal rallying point for the next year's programs. AFL. and CIO officials called the Taft-Hartlesr-Jaw the key to new political activity by unions. On the 65th annual "Labor day the 55th since congress established it as a legal holiday, the officers called for unity in defeating government representatives who voted for the new law.

Their statements Robert A. Olson, president, Minnesota State Federation of Labor: "We in Minnesota have every reason to be proud of our record of achievement. We have built up the standard of living of workers ari have made them better citizens and Minnesota a better place in which to live. "We' have helped farmers by making city workers able to buy more of the farmers' products at good prices. We carried the load splinter that was driven an inch MINGS, 69, father-in-law of the dead woman, who suffered a fractured left "shoulder, a lacerated scalp and right leg and multiple lacerations and abrasions; MRS.

M. CUMMrNGS, 65, "who suffered a fractured pelvis and ribs and possible internal injuries. Mrs. Mi Cummings and the baby were listed as in serious, con-dition. The splinter was removed from the baby's head.

Also hospitalized were DONALD HOFFMAN, 26, who suffered a fractured pelvis and possible spinal Injuries; 'MRS. DONALD HOFF MAN, 24, and JUNE CASEY, 17, Albert Lea, both of whom suffered lacerations and abrasions. Mrs. Hoffman and 'Miss Casey were released from the hospital today. The latter three were injured when the twister demolished the Hoffman farm horn two miles southeast of the Cummings farm.

All suffered numerous contu sions and abrasions. The path of the. storm lay southeast ot Cleveland in LeSueur county and extended generally eastward 'south of Cordova through Kilkenny and into Rice county. It followed' a skipping pattern peculiar to twisters. Despite the seriousness of her condition, the Cummings baby smiled in her hospital bed in St.

Peter and asked about "Daddy" and "Mama." Her father, Ralph Cummings, gafve an eye-witness account of the storm. "I had just finished milking, he recalled, "and had come into the house. My father and mother lived upstairs and my wife and I farmed the place. had helped my mother downstairs when I saw an awful black cloud, right on the ground, it seemed. "There was an awful roar.

I looked out, saw the cloud again and slammed the door. Then it hit. "I grabbed the baby and I guess I was knocked out. Somehow, I let go of her. "We all came to in a field about 200 feet from the house.

"The baby was sitting up and calling She had some' thing in her head. My wife and mother were there too, but I don't know where Dad was. "After what seemed a long time, we saw the lights of a car coming down the road. I yelled and two men (Raymond Smith, Le Center, and a farmhand identified only as Harvey) came over. They called Tornado Continued on Page 18 I v.

4. -3 a S. 66 MINNESOTA if tllNNAP0LI5 Wide Damage Caused by Area Storm Widespread wind damage was caused by a severe electrical-storm that struck the TwiA Cities area late Sunday. In addition, rain flooded base ments throughout Minneapolis, and traffic was tied up in places when storm sewers could not handle the downpour. A Minneapolis woman died ot a heart attack believed induced by fear of lightning.

Several homes were struck by bolts and trees, branches end power lines were blown down. The heart attack victim was Mrs. Zoe M. Belair, 73, 72 Adams street who collapsed and died during height of the storm. She was the widow of John G.1 Belair, a police officer for many years before he retired in 1931.

Myron Reigert, 37, 3848 Thirty- seventh avenue suffered a broken leg In a basement cave-in at a new house under construction near Portland avenue and Eighty-fifth street, Bloomington. He was taken to Deaconess hospital. Police at the East side station were kept busy when water, short circuited five burglar alarms. Trees were blown down at 4145 Portland avenue, 2517 Bryant av-j enue S. and on First avenue S.

between Thirty-first and Thirty-second streets. I Two men escaped Injury when 40-foot tree fell on car tn. front of 3029 Eighteenth avenus They are Peter Anderson ofj that address and L. E. Geisler, 3913 Portland avenue, the driver.1 Top of the automobile was damaged.

Bloomington was without lights for about six hours when power lines broke. Golden Valley a1so; was blacked out, for several hours. The roof and most of one wall were torn off by winds at Hoff Manufacturing Co. on the old Sha-kopee road, between Morgan and Newton avenues in Bloomington township. Lightning struck a houss at 5609 Fifteenth avenue S.

but only damage was a burned-out fuss box. The basement of the Keller drugstore, Chicago avenue and Tenth street, was flooded when a' storm sewer backed-up. Firemen pumped it out before serious dam age was done. Rainfall here totaled .85 of an inch within 50 minutes. The temperature dropped 11 degree from 82 to 68.

Wind gusts reached miles per hour at the airport here. POLLEN COUNT RAGWEED: 270 grains per square centimeter. CHENOPOD- PIGWEED: 7 grains. GRASS: 16 grains. 1 WORMWOOD SAGE: 4 1 grains.

OTHERS: 4 grains. i TOTAL: 301 grains per square centimeter of surface area. (A centimeter is a shade 1 less than two-fifths of an Count tak.en from 8 a.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. today at University of Minnesota botany department.

I labor relations law will be theirj Olson Smith Car Runs Over 3 Asleep, Kills Boy GEARIIART, ORE. UP) An eight-year-old boy was killed and his parents injured when an automobile was driven across their bodies as they lay in a sleeping bag near the beach here. Sheriff Paul Kearney identified the child as Stanley Donald Hes-gard, of Cascade Locks, and said the boy's mother, Mrs. Nels G'. Hesgard, suffered a fractured shoulder but that the father apparently was not seriously injured.

The Hesgards were laying in front of their parked car. The sheriff said he was questioning a minor who was believed driving the automobile. mm 03 RALPH CUMMINGS Suffered bruises MRS. M. M.

CUMMINGS Injured in tornado I A' MICHAEL CUMMINGS Tornado victim I It 4 IPWMJ JfcSWN? WBff ll 'v r- -'I 'Win' Election in Hungary From Lata DlspaUhrs BUDAPEST. HUNGARY The four leftist parties form ing the coalition Hungarian government won a 3-2 victory over the combined opposition in Sunday's election. And the official final totals listed the Communists as the country's strongest single party. A close second was the Catholic Democratic People's party, opponents of the government. American observers denounced the election as "the greatest vote fraud ever perpetrated." They reported use of as many as 750,000 fraudulent voting cards.

The Social Democrat party an ally the Communists admitted mat xne communist total was achieved through fraud. The announced final returns gave the coalition 3,007,027 to the opposition's The Communists received 1.0S2.597 to for the Democratic People's party. The Small Holders, who won a majority in the previous election, were third with 757,032. Official returns i-aid 4,996,186 votes were tabulated as follows: Government coalition Communists 1,082,597, Small Holders "57,082, Social Democrats 732,178, National Peasants 435,170. Opposition Democratic People's party S05.450, Hungarian independence party 718,193, Independent Democratic party Radicals 93,273, Citizens Democratic (Liberal) party 48,055, Christian Women's Camp, 67,792.

It was the second Hungarian election since the war. The most conservative politicians anticipated a Communist victory, and many predicted a more rigid police liquidation of opposition after the election formality was over. The Communists replaced the Small Holder? 3s Hungary's leading party. This year, as Communist influence has grown, several of their leaders have left the country. The election decides the distribution'' of seats in the parliament to meet Sept.

15; each party will get one seat for every 14,000 voles. Some opposition politicians expressed hope 'that the I'nited States and British governments would place official protests over the election. In Nagykoeroes, 50 miles southeast of here, an American observer reported anti-Communists were talking civil war and hinting they would like weapons from the United States. Many persons reported truck-loads of "flying electors," whom they took to be Communists, voting time and again in one place after another. An American who visited Kecskemet said that though the ballot supply there was 62,500 for 50,000 local citizens entitled to vote, the supply ran out by 3 p.m.

while 12,500 citizens still waited to vote. Mrv A. Aodron, of 2.1ril At. withr4 to Ewald's Golden Guernsey World' Finest Milk. Adv.

Rio All Set for Truman RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL CD President Truman landed at Ponta do Galeao airport here at 1:47 a.m. (Minneapolis time) today and thousands of Brazilians lined the streets to welcome him. BELEM, BRAZIL UD President Truman's plane, the Independence, made a refueling stop here this morning on his flight from Trinidad to Rio de Janeiro. The plane touched down at 8:23 a.m. (5:23 a.m.

Minneapolis time) and departed 49 minutes later. President Truman, who is fo spend a week in Brazil on a state visit, said he was happy to reach Brazilian soil. He was welcomed by Brazilian news men, members of the United States colony and Brig. Gen. Dyott Fontemelle, commander of the Valdecans air base.

The plane left immediately afterward for Rio de Janeiro. At Rio, a big welcome was planned for the President, his wife and Margaret. There was business as usual this morning, but employes were promised they could leave later to witness the President's arrival. The plane is too large for munici pal Santos Dumont airport and was to land at the military air drome of Ponta do Galeao across Guanabara bay. Says Ike' added, with a smile, "that's the reason I take trips like this one." In his address before the grandstand crowd at the fair late today, the general said he plans to stress his beliefs in the necessity for preserving the American system.

"Our system is the dearest thing to our hearts," he said. "That, along with our blood and our natural resources, have made us great. "Dictatorship does not like us wherever we are. We must defend this system from without, as well as from within, else we will lost it. Democracy and co-operation are interchangeable." The general expanded on what he regards as the wider duties of General Continued on Page 10 of war work and reconversion efforts to increase production with a minimum of friction employers and employes.

"But one wonders whether it is all worth while. Ten out of 11 of our representatives in Congress passed legislation that can only serve to cripple labor. "The majority in our state legislature and the governor expressed their appreciation by passing state laws that are designed to hamstring the efforts of labor and which can lead only td more turmoil and confusion. "The demand for these laws came from employers who attempted after World War I to crush the labor movement by main force. Now they hope to accomplish by law what they failed to do then.

They hope to tie up our organizations in the courts and break us financially. "Every man who voted for the unfavorable legislation in congress and both houses of the legislature and that includes Senator Joseph II. Ball comes up for election in 1948. I have no fear of the outcome if all our membership will vote. "Unless we see to it that a reasonable number of those who.

voted to set the labor movement back are returned to private life, it may not ba long before there is no point in celebrating Labor day." Walter J. Smith, president Minnesota CIO' council; Rodney Jacob-son, secretary-treasurer, and John Jacobsen, state Political Action committee director: "American labor celebrates Labor day with a new determination, grimly resolved to end once and for all the rule of monopoly corporations over the lives of the people. "The Taft-Hartley law, sponsored by the organized monopo- Labor Continued pn Page 10 On the Editorial 22 Radio Page 26 Comic Pages 26, 27 Theaters Page 28 Sports Pages 34, 35 Weather Data Page 23 Women's News 30, 33 fnine-day total to 790,988, setting a new exposition high. The previous record was 762,228 registered in 1941. An estimated crowd of 35,000 watched the automobile races Sunday.

Spectators overflowed onto the grandstand stage platform and into the infield. The fair was left in near darkness when lightning shut off electricity for a few minutes during Sunday's storm. Thousands jammed buildings as they sought shelter from the downpour. The new Agriculture-Horticulture building on the fairgrounds was dedicated Lee hall in ceremonies Sunday. The structure is named for Raymond A.

Lee, secretary of the state fair board for 17 years. Eisenhower, after visiting exhibits at the fair, was scheduled to address the grandstand throng before start, of the automobile races. W. S. Moscrip, president of the fair board, was to give an address of greeting.

Gov. Luther Young-dahl was 'to introduce the army chief of staff. The grandstand show at 6:30 p.m. will conclude the 10-day exposition. far as possible, before I do any talking about them." Eisenhower declared there was no possible connection between his retirement as chief of staff of the army and his accepting the presidency of Columbia university in a political way.

The time will be up within a year and a half for him to retire from the position he now holds, the general said, and while he still has years of usefulness ahead of him, he wants to avail himself of the opportunity to help in education of American youih, rather than enter the commercial field for which he frankly declared he feels He has no particular preparation. He indicated was embarrassed by all the talk about him entering the political field and he Politics? Not for Me! Picture on Page 10 By M. W. IIALLORAN Minn'eapolli Star Polltlrxl Writer Gen. Dwight D.

Eisenhower ha3 no political ambition, he declared at a press conference at Minnesota State fair today. The general expressed himself as reluctant to discuss the matter of his possible injection into the presidential race next year. "I am a soldier," the general said, "and as such we are neither Democrats nor Republicans. We are trying to work for the people as a whole." "I have a horror of people talking about things they know nothing about," he said. "The few sabjects that I do know about," he added modestly, "I want to have the answers for, MARGARET ANN CUMMINGS, whose mother was killed In the LeSueur county tornado, was critically injured when a stick hurled by the wind became imbedded in her head.

The little girl's cousin, Patricia Rain, 405 Bryant avenue is shown with her at Community hospital at St. Peter, Minn. V-1 i.

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