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Monday New York Market Today's Quotations Aoff. 81 mmtm Poultry Producers, Quotations Pacific Specials 28-29 tfc DAILY EVENING-EDITION , to retailers , 77 VOLUME 12 PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA. Monday, August 21, 1939. NUMBER 23 PETALUMA ARGUS, VOL. 82, NUMBER 279 PETALUMA COURIER, VOL. 79, NUMBER 23 FLASHES ..' AN ASKES Bjr Associated Press a ; ; : : a I Heavy Casualties a, $, SHANGHAI The Chinese and Japanese commands reported to' day they had Inflicted heavy casualties on each other In recent months' fighting in China. 22,527 have been killed or- wounded be tween April 1 and Aug. 1 f Fit Sees "Battle" s ABOARD U. S. S. LANG President Roosevelt, vacationing on the cruiser Tuscaloosa, watched his ship engage in a miniature mimic battle with this destroyer this morning. Mongol Planes Downed -4 TOKYO A Dome! (Japanese news agency) dispatch from Hsinklng, Muiiehoukuo, today said 40 Mongol planes were downed by Japanese - Manchou kuoan forces In three battles Sunday on the troubled Mancliou- kuo-Outer Mongolia border. $ Six Drown dfc $ RYE BEACH, N. H. The sea cast up six bodies on the beach today, revealing the tragic end of an all-Cay fishing party, -4 Maestro' s Daughter Slain & : , ZURICH, Switzerland The slaying of the daughter of Bruno Walter, famed conductor and refugee from Germany, ,at the bands of her husband, who then committed suicide, was disclosed here today. -4 I U. S. Chapels Razed, 8 CHUNGKING The U. S. embassy was informed today two chapels of the United States Reformed church mission at Yuan-ling, Hunan province, were destroyed -Friday in a Japanese air raid. $ , $ Aid To Understanding MOSCOW Prediction the new trade agreement between Germany and . Soviet Russia might lead to Improvement of their political relations appeared today in the communist party news paper Pravda as the entire Soviet press hailed the new pact. 1 Strong Hungary Needed BUDAPEST County Csaky, Hungarian foreign minister, issued a statement early this evening in which he declared "an independent and strong Hungary Is an indispensable factor in the political ' balance of central Europe." - Warned From Moscow WARSAW The British embassy has circularized its nationals in Warsaw in general terms, advising them to leave Warsaw as soon as-possible in lview-f the considerable danger of a run- . tu . 1 a 4.1 tt -8 Rail Scion Suicides NEW. YOK C. J. Ryan, 56, a "son of the late Thos. F. Ryan, multl-mllIiona:re railway magnate, was found dead at his home off Fifth avenue today, a victim of illuminating gas poisoning. Mussolini Silent ROME Premier Mussolini refrained today from giving any indication that he would intervene with a plan to avert possible war over German demands for Danzig. -S I Zionists In Huff q, . $ GENEVA The General Zionists "B" party of moderates stomped out of the World Zionist Congress today in a huff over charges against them of election irregularities in Palestine., tire Moves North SEATTLE British Columbia Mid Washington forests were closed today as Pacific northwest Are fighters continue desperate battle against multiple blazes that taxed available manpower. WEATHER jj nocvwn.vu San ; Francisco" bay .region--ParUy"cloudy tonight and Tuesday, becoming unsettled; morn: ing fogs; moderate west wind. - Northern California Partly cloudy tonight and Tuesday, becoming1 unsettled on coast; little change in temperature; gen-tin northwest wind off . conRt. any Die In Worst Flood At Tientsin TIENTSIN, Aug. 21. (JP) The toll of death and property destruction leaped today as the worst flood in Tientsin's history submerged much of the city un der constantly deepening water With the flood crest believed still to be a day away, the over flow of the swollen Hai river and other streams put the city's elec trical facilities out of commls Bion and isolated it part of the time from the outside world. Au all-night rise in the flood level inundated the few remain ing dry spots in the British con cession when the water was three feet deep in the shallow est places. . Telephones were dead. Small boats were the only transporta tion through streets. Many persons braved waters often waist-deep to carry out vital errands. The water system still func tioned, but authorities warned its failure was possible momen tarily. Except for a slight increase in milk supplies the result of herds being driven to shallower water within the British conces sions the food situation was acute. As flood , waters within the concessions reached an average depth of 9 feet over most of the area, British authorities commandeered all small boats, and officers were assigned to trans- porting ill and exhausted victims of whatever race to hospitals or improvised refuges. Because of a shortage of doctors,, they were' able , to attend only those in most urgent heed. Many refugees were swimming muddy torrents in struggles, to reach safety. These conditions, officials said, were taking a high toll of life, but it was impossible to make any accurate survey. Huge property losses were ig nored as the community centered Its efforts solely on preserving life. Heavy loss of life was expected also beyond Tientsin and its en virons, where a large Chinese population lives. Thousands of men, women and children both Chinese and foreigners fled into this War-beset city. Hundreds came on rafts made from timbers, doors, or anything else that could stay afloat. Youth Badly Hurt Here Edgar Potts, local youth, driv ing south on Bodega avenue high way, was badly Injured about 2:30 Monday afternoon; when- a car said to be driven - by Charles Hickey, was involved In a collision with the Potts auto. The Injured youth was taken to - the office- of Dr.- .-A.- Stlm-son where he was given" emergency treatment and then taken to the Petaluma General hospital. Captain Harry Clodfelter investigated. Lloyd Denham of Ray's garage brought the Potts boy to the office of the physician. MAJOR LEAGUE SCORES By Associated National league R. H. E. St. Louis 000-000-010 1 8v. 2 Brooklyn 110-031-lOx 7 14 1 Sunkel, Warneke and Padgett; Hamlin and Todd. Cincin. .... 000-040-030 7 9 0 Phlla. ....000-000-000 0 7 1 Niggeling "and Hershberger; Pearson, Harreil and Davie. Chicago ..300-000-010 4 7 4 N. Y 002-000-100 3 7 0 French and Mancuso; Lohr-man and Danning. (Only games scheduled). Results Sunday St. Louis 7-7, Cincinnati 1-5. jNew York 8-2, Philadelphia 4-3. " , Chicago 9-0, Pittsburgh 5-5. "Brooklyn atBoston,-rain? - ' American league No games- scheduled. -- -Results Sunday . : . "Philadelphia 5-1, New York 4-6. .. .;' Chicago 6, ' Cleveland 6 (10 innings). -.'.'. St. Louis 6, Detroit 6 (2nd game, rain). r Washington 2-B, Boston 0-10. Efforts To Link Bridges Witness To 'Reds' Fail SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 21. (JP) An attempt to link a wit ness for Harry Bridges with the communist party brought denials as the west coast CIO leader's deportation hearing went into its seventh week today. Spencer Austrian, Los Angeles ; lawyer and notary public called by the defense to support Its contention the case against Bridges was based on a shipowners' conspiracy, was the witness. "Aren't you a member of the communist i Dartv?" he was asked by R. J Norene, Portland director for the U. S. Immigration Bureau. "No," he answered. "You never have been?" "No." "As a matter of fact aren't you a members of the lawyers' unit of the communist party, Hollywood branch?" "I am not." ' The witness said he knew two men named by Norene as Emil Freed and David Price but denied he had attended communist party meetings with either of them. He said he had been dropped from the Elks lodge for non-payment of dues, that he was a member of the American Civil Liberties union and the Municipal league of Los An geles. Austrian came under the gov ernment's cross-examination fire, in its effort to prove Its charge (Continued on Page 3) Woman Dies In Crash; Six Are Injured One person was killed, a woman, and six others injured in an automobile crash at the Four Corners, one mile south of Sonoma, Sunday night at 9:00 o'clock. The dead: Mrs. Margaret Bresciani, 47, of Marshall, Marin county, suffered a fractured skull. She died at the Burn dale hospital, Sonoma, at midnight. The Injured; Mrs. Mary Boccaleoni, 610 East Washington, wife of Albramo Boccaleoni, m 1 n o r cuts, bruises and shock; -Mrs. F. Lafranchl. East Petaluma, slightly Injured; Joe Duraudo, Peta luma, broken collarbone and bruises; Mrs. Louise Vanucci, wife of Paul Vanucci, possible fracture of shoulder; Mr. and Mrs. J. Hutt, San Francisco, minor bruises. The auto victims were . taken to the Burndale hospital, Sonoma, where they were attended by Dr. E. J. Flnnerty, two of the injured remaining, Mrs. Vanucci and Joe Durando. Mrs. Bresciani, Mrs. Boccaleoni, Mrs. Lafranchl and Joe Durando, were returning from Sonoma where they had attended an Italian picnic when at the Four Corners south of Sonoma, the Bresciani car was allegedly struck by the Vanucci machine, when Mrs. Bresciani failed to stop at the intersection, according to Officer Fred Eberhardt of the State Highway patrol, who with Officer De Martini, investigated the accident. ' Mrs. Bresciani was the widow of Frank Bresciani who died in 1933. The couple resided for many years - on - a ranch- In" the CbHenoalliydistrict. Theauto victim is survived by four sons, (Continued on Page 8.) D n rurauna urange Increase In Sonoma Co. At Two Rock Valley Meeting Meeting with Two Rock grange- Saturday at Grange hall, members of the Sonoma County Pomona; Grange took initial steps toward requesting county tax levy reductions. After discusslnit assessments during an all-day meeting the county grange named committee to confer with county supervisors Wednesday morning at Santa Rosa. The committee: Kuniee Peterson, of Sono ma, chairman; C. A. BodwellT Lakevllle; T. G. King, Petaluma and L. A. Johnson, Bellevue, mas ter of the grange. The committee will meet in the Johnson home Tuesday evening to perfect presentation of its tax reduction claim to the' Sonoma county board. Protesting raising of ' the re serve fund and also the county's financial contribution for publicity to the state chamber of commerce and the Redwood Empire Association, the grangers ' plan a mass meeting In the courthouse when supervisors meet ' In comparingr dona tions of re- pectlve counties to the Redwood Empire grou prgrangers pointed out-San -Francisco county jhag been contributing $12,000. and Sonoma county $7,600 in recent years. The new -year's donation from Sonoma county has been reduced. Participating in. the discussion was OenrEo E. Sohlmeyor ot Elk New Violence Flares In Milk War NEW YORK, Aug. 21. (JP) New violence, accompanied by milk-dumping sorties, flared in New York's 7-day-old milk strike today as Mayor Laguardia called an emergency meeting of striking farmers and distributors and personally appealed to them not to imperil the health of "innocent parties" the people. Frequent skull-cracking clashes between pickets and police marked the strike's tightening pinch. In Syracuse, 30 dairy farmers overpowered and beat up two (Continued on Page 3.) Sonoma Auto Train Crash Board Probe Continues CARLIN, Nev., Aug. 21. (JP) Company witnesses were lined up today for resumption of the closed - Southern Pacific inquiry Into the1' wreck of a $2,000,000 streamlined train Aug. 12 near Harney, In which 24 persons were killed and 108 injured. Interstate- commerce ' commis sion representatives also are par ticipating in the hearing. Southern Pacific officials say the train, "City o San Fran cisco," was wrecked deliberately by someone who moved a 1,950-pound rail four inches inward at one end and fastened it to the ties in that position. The company has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading . to arrest of the guilty person. Al yesterday's'session," government representatives - questioned witnesses." hd Xfluppbrtedzthe mpanyheory7nddInCTed with railroad officials on several points.. M r rroiests tax Grove, state master. - Following action of the board of supervisors Saturday morning In continuing the hearing until Wednesday at the request of several organizations, Pomona grange members issued a call for a mass meeting of ail granges at that time to protest any increase In the tax rate. Informed of the call for the mass meeting, Chairman E. J. Guidottl of the board of said: "We previously have declared our stand that all constructive suggestions will be welcomed and given the most careful considera- tion. -;. atnrallyrwrw11t"welcome all j such auggesttons that the Grange era 'may offer to provide the nec-essary county government functions at a minimum of cost to the taxpayers." 1 ' The migrant problem in California was discussed in 'detail by John C. Henderson, regional chief of migrant program. Political 'Big Shot' Indicted For Fraud NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 21. (ff) Abraham L. Shushan, powerful Louisiana political and former close associate of Huey P. Long, was Indicted by the federal grand Jury here today with four other persons on charges of using the malls to defraud. The indictment concerned an Orleans levee board bond refunding action in which Shushan allegedly received $132,740. Named with the 300-pound former president of the levee board, whose name was stripped from Shushan airport here two weeks ago where R. J. Newman and M. T. Harris, Jr., member of the prominent investment firm of Newman, Harris & Co., H. W. Waguespack, member of the levee board at the time of the transaction, and Henry Miller, an accountant, all of whom allegedly shared in a $496,000 fee paid in the refunding. Two other indictments were handed down today, one naming State Senator C. A. Lorio, prominent Baton Rouge politician and former aide to Huey P. Long, and the other Dr. J. ' M. Smith, former head of Louisiana State univenlty. Lorio was charged with using the mails to defraud, Smith with income tax evasion. Newman, Harris & Co. is one of the largest investment firms in the south. The indictment alleges the fraud grew out of an arrangement whereby the firm would receive 25 per cent on all savings effected through refunding operations in 1936 and 1937. The government alleged that Waguespack, as 'a member of the board "urged and influenced 6th-ef 'lnembera, of, the board -'-!f rom which Shushan hadshortly before retired as president to accept the plan, and that the fee charged the board was exorbitant and far in excess of the value" of services rendered, inasmuch as the defendants pretended there had been a $2,000,-000 saving, whereas actually the (Continued on Page 3) Peter Madsen Found Dead In Cabin Believed to have been stricken with a heart attack, Peter L. Madtjen, aged resident, was found dead in his cabin at 221 Wilson street - on Monday afternoon by hia. neighbors, H. H. Hampton. special patrol officer, and Hans Hjortwho JbadT mjsfedlraWul the yard' of his home for-the-- past two days. Deputy Coroner John C. Mount on being called to the home said that there was a wound on Mad- seu s head, indicating ne naa fallen ' against the kitchen stove after going to a window to call for aid on being stricken. Identification of the dead man's first name was made through a tax receipt found in his cabin by Mr. Mount. Madsen was born in Lebykob- bel, Denmark, on November 22, 1866. He arrived in New York from Hamburg, Germany, on the1 steamer Bohemia, on June 9, 1913. More Poultry Suspects Are Seeing a person moving about with a flashlight after midnight Saturday, Mrs. Fannie Zemori, wife of Dave Zemon of Route 4, Box .119, became alarmed with the thought of poultry thieves and called Petaluma police who In turn notified the sheriff's office -in Santa Rosa. , Deputy Sheriffs Stuart Rich and Ted-Lewis, sped to the vicinity wbertfthe allegedj)t0JKlerwas about but In a thorough check of the chicken houses found nothing amiss. ; The sheriffs officers patrolled the district for several hours hoping to pick up the trail of .the vanished man-wtth-a-flash-light, but no suspicious persona were seen. Hunted Europe Balances &n Brink Of War; Wo rd Expected Th is Week Full British And French Cabinet Meetings Show Allies Ready For Joint Action; Belgium Calls Foreign Ministers Of Six Neutral Countries To Significant Danzig-Poland Discussion LONDON Aug. 21. (JP) A decision to hold a full British cabinet session tomorrow coincident with a French cabinet meeting indicated important joint action was intended in the grave European situation as Belgium today suddenly called seven small powers to a conference Wednesday to consider a possible peace move. Full cabinet status was given to tomorrow's meeting of British ministers after Prime Minister Chamberlain, returning from a holiday in Scotland, had conferred with Lord Halifax, foreign secretary. The Belgian move in calling the foreign ministers of the six other neutral states associated in the Oslo trade convention to a conference in Brussels Wednesday offered the possibility of some British-French action toward a settlement ot the German-Polish dispute over Danzig. A joint statement by Britain and France reaffirming in strong terms their" pledge to aid Poland in event of an attack-upon her, but at i the same time advocating negotiation . by Germany, and, Poland, was considered another possibility. - ' In some political quarters there were suggestions the British parliament should be recalled immediately and used as a medium for a new British warning to Germany. Some Britons discounted the effectiveness of any move toward mediation or a peace appeal by the small Oslo powers pending some Indication of a more conciliatory atitude by Germany. The foreign ministers of The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Den mark were called to Brussels to meet with representatives of" Belgium to confer on the plea. Thirty-seven-year-old King Leopold was reliably reported to have called the meeting. - Meanwhile, a British government spokesman, referring to a statement of policy by Foreign Secretary Ford Halifax July 29, declared -"the position remains as stated and is unchanged in any respect. In that statement Halifax said tBerabcIrmefridrce3BarX3n'e. (Continued on page "3 ) Neils P. Hanson Ends Life With Gun At Penngrove; Is Mystery Neils P. Hanson, 65, ranch hand employed at the Hans O. .Hanson ranch north of Penngrove, committed suicide at the farm early on Monday morning. He shot himself through the head with a single barrel shotgun, it was revealed by Deputy Coroner John C. Mount who said the suicide victim left no notes In explanation of the det'd. Arriving at the ranch for eggs on his cus- Construction Renewed In Marin Co. SAN RAFAEL, Aug. 21. () Ending a two-weeks' tieup of construction work in Marin county; , 800 AFL unionists were ordered back to work today while an arbitration board of three men started deliberatious to decide whether unskilled workmen should receive1 6 or $6.50 a day. 2 J I The-werk-8toppage began With the - walkout ..of the Laborers & Hod Carriers union, which demanded the wage Increase. Skilled workmen followed them In quitting work. Under an agreement .reached Saturday, the men will receive their old wage scale -pending a decision by tho . board. , . German Troops Push Into Slovakia By DANIEL DELUCE ZILIN, Slovakia, Aug. 21. (JP) German army divisions, geared for lightning action, pushed on to northern Slovakia today. Mo- BERLIN, Aug. 21. (JP) The German official news agency announced tonight that Germany and Russia will conclude a non-aggression pact. The German foreign minister, J. von Rlbbentrop, will arrive in Moscow Wednesday to conclude the negotiations, DNB said. torized troops, fully equipped with aircraft guns and light artillery, massed at the frontier. Slovakia's most traveled roads to Poland were commanded by German arms. As large-scale operations continued. Involving a force estimated at 250,000 men, observers asserted the strategy was plain. . If the Danzig dispute should start another war, German forces now are in position for a sweeping action against Poland's southern flank. Silenced by the government, the controlled press left Slovakia's public in almost complete Ignorance of the developments on the... vital- northern frontier.; Newspapers printed German reports of new- fortifications on the Polish side I the- boundary but reported nothing of ' the in tense activity In the German hiilltary zpne . in Slovakia.- !: Youths unexpectedly summoned for military service, however, discovered Slovakia's army was being ., mobilized gradually and without official acknowledgement. The mobilization, according to an authoritative report, was approved by the national council under German pressure and against the opinion of General Ferdinand Csatlos, . minister of war. : '". :" The reservists called up for duty. It was said, were being sent north to areas not now held by German troops. What role the Slovak army would be asked to play in the event of war was a question unanswered by Slovak officialdom. Differing but persistent rumors psread concerning the "defense agreement" by the national council. Some quarters believed the agreement was three-fold, em-braclng military, economic and political measures! " The ' council " met again" today, but its discussions werelbehlnd closed doors. vtomary call, Ben Brian of the Poultry Producers found the body in the granary. Members of the Hans Hanson family, who ' were entertaining company, were en joying breakfast at the timeand were shocked on' learning f the suicide I Hanson, the step-father of Mrs. Helen Hughes of this cjty, was a native of Denmark and for the past six years had resided in the Penngrove district. He located in the United States 45 years- ago and practically all of that time had been spent In California. Two other stepdaughters; Alma Void, of Oakland, and Margarete Steen, of San , Francisco, also survive. His wife, Alma, died some years ago. ' "";' -s-Fpp soveralyearg Mr-Hanson hadjjesided JnNllesJand San Francisco, where he was a member of the Odd Fellows and the Danish Brotherhood, respectively. He was well known. In the Penngrove district where he was highly regarded by his ' numerous friends.' . ." ; Coroner Fred Young, of Healds- Feverish Diplomatic Activity, Military Preparedness Indicates Crisis Is ; At Hand; Germany Greatly Strengthened By Barter Pact With Soviet Russia Europe today "faced, . a week which many believed would bring developments pointing the . way to peace or war.:-:C r-hi' As it started statesmen were puzzled by sudden annonucement of a new trade , agreement 'between communist Bussta and nazi Germany. There was feverish diplomatic activity and military measures for possible conflict. Troops were reported massed on both sides of the Polish-Slovaklan and Polish-German borders, r ' ' . Belgium, headed by. a ' king who takes an active part In government affairs, 37-year-old Leopold suddenly invited the foreign ministers, of The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland to fly to Brussels for a hurried conference to formulate a peace plea to the larger nations.' Political, and economic sources in Berlin said the, German-Soviet agreement probably would give Germany access to much-needed materials for strengthening the . reich's ' hand ' in Europe's power pontics.. ,.;,;:, .'.v,,:", :'v? In Moscow the newspaper Pravda, organ of the communist party, said tne. trade pact ; was expected to "'dispel" an; atmosphere 'tween the two countries. . Further,' .Pravada eald, "it .inay tie- come a serious step in the direction of- further Improvement of not only economic - but also political relations' between the U. S. S. R. and Germany." Meanwhile Great Britain and France, attempting to win Russia Into a mutual assistance pact' for which they have been negotiating since April, appeared no nearer agreement with Moscow. Military staff talks among the three powers were resumed " In " the- Soviet capital. Prime Minister Chamberlain' returned from his Vacation for a meeting . of . cabinet ministers in London tomorrow to review the world situation, v , Germany's presB stated Germany's "day of reckoning" with Poland over the" Danzig situation was approaching. "German patience" was said to be fast dying under "Polish insolence, (Continued on Page 3) WorldMarkefe! Affected By War Fears By Associated Press ; Securities slumped in . world markets, wheats rose sharply, and copper and rubber stiffened in London today as European, war tension mounted and continental capitals saw Gennam demands for Danzig and Polish : territory speeding toward an open showdown. ' " '' ' ., .. .... Stocks in the New York Stock Exchange dropped:1 fractions to around $ 3 a share. Declines accompanied slipping values In London, Paris and Amsterdam securities markets. - . . Wheat. ' vital foodstuff, rose nearly 2c a bushel at Chicago to the highest in six weeks, the jump accompanying advances - at Winnipeg, Liverpool and Rotterdam., -f'.r-... Copper ; and rubber, ' '"war staples," were higher In London where heavy recent German purchases of both commodities bsvs created empire criticism. ' burg, and Sheriff Al Wllkie. of Santa Rosa, have been nottfud. Mr. Mount said that the circumstances of the case show a clear , 1 . - ' l.v' -,i 1 ' The body has bees removed 16 " the Mount chapel where an la-" quest will be held later. f : Members of the Hughes family were returning hers from their 0 vacation to attend the funeral of the late Edward B. Marlon when they learned of their relaUri's dsfctb, , '! . ! ' ' ' V ' . ..' . W - . 1 . ' 1: v ;":' 77

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