The Ludington Daily News from Ludington, Michigan on September 9, 1939 · Page 1
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THE LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS VOLUME XLIX, NO. 265. LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN, SATURDAY, SEPT. 9, 1939. PRICE, THREE CENTS. WARSAW FALL DENIED PROFITEERING MAY BE HIT BY NEW LAWS Hint Government May Take Steps if Food Prices Go Too High WASHINGTON, Sept. 9.—</P) —The capital speculated today as to whether the administration might ask Congress to enact "anti-profiteering" laws at its regular session in January if prices rose to an extent officials considered unjustified. Present laws are inadequate ."to do a real job" of checking undue rises, Attorney General Murphy said Friday. He added he had about completed a study undertaken after the government received complaints against food cost increases since war started in Europe. President Roosevelt told reporters Friday there were sufficient food supplies to meet any demand. He intimated there should tie no hoarding and said Americans had no need to fear any shortages. The president said some food prices might go up a little, but that they were not going through the roof as Ihev did in World war days. Most food prices, he declared, were still below the parity figures sought by the farm program. One of the objectives of that program is to elevate the purchasing power of farm products to the 1909-14 level. Murphy would not .indicate whether new legislation would be sought, but Mr. Roosevelt told his press conference he had heard of no proposals. (I'lcase turn to Pace 6, Column 4) Canadian Opposition Supports Entry In War OTTAWA, Sept. 9.—(Canadian Press)—Two of the three opposition parties in the House of Commons have swung their support behind Liberal Prime Minister W. L. MacKenzie King's' effort to have Canada stand shoulder to shoulder with Great Britain in the war against Germany. MacKenzie King told a cheering House Friday, "if the House will not support us in these policies, it will have to find another government." Leaders of the conservative and social credit parties pledged their support, but J. S. Woodworth, leader of the Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation, said he could not give his consent "to anything that will drag us into another war." He said, however, he spoke for himself and not for his party. No motion regarding a war declaration was offered the emergency session of parliament, and observers said such action probably would not come for a day or two, at least. The prime minister declared, however, wartime steps must bo taken immediately by the dominion. He urged the defense of Canadian territory aimed at Germany and the furnishing of arms and supplies to Great Britain. It was indicated Canadian airmen may enter the war at once. They are expected to be the first dominion fighters to see active service. The prime minister said the government proposed to institute immediately plans for the "raid expansion of air training and of air and naval facilities and the dispatch of trained air personnel." The question of an expeditionary force for service overseas would require the fullest examination?' he told the House He sharply criticized war profiteers as belonging "to the underworld." As Nazi Warship Shelled Polish "Alamo" M IN CITY Curb and Gutter Job on North Staffon Street Is Near Completion Curb and gutter, sidewalk, sewer and grading jobs in various parts of the city are on the list of WPA projects under way in .Ludington at the present, Charles Baggott, city engineer, announced Friday. One job is near completion. State Route Will Reach Ludington and Neighboring Cities Early in Day W. H. Cuthbertson, Ludington postmaster, announced a new rapid mail schedule for Ludington to take effect immediately after discontinuation of the summer schedule Sunday, Sept. 10. Hereafter, Mr. Cuthbertson pointed out, mail leaving Chicago and Detroit as late as 7 p. m. will reach Ludington via Star route about 8 a. m. the next morning, in time for the first city and rural delivery. Mail will 'be brought here from Muskegon via the Star route which will connect with trains at Muskegon. The new service will deliver mail as far north as Manistee, stopping also at Scottville. Mail will also be picked up on the return trip, giving Ludington a 9:30 a. m. dispatch service. Mail leaving here at that time will arrive in Detroit in time for special delivery the same day. Connections can also be made at Grand Rapids with airmail for all points, east and west. Airmail special delivery will be delivered In Chicago and Detroit the same evening. Mail leaving on the regoilar noon train will arrive in Detroit Chicago in time for morn- delivery. In view of all these changes afternoon mail, Mr. Cuth'bert- son said, to be dispatched the same day, must be in at 4:30 p. m. Instead of 5 p. m. • It was also announced that the general delivery window, at the Ludington post of flee, open until 3 p. m. on Saturday during the summer months, will hereafter close at 2 p. m. The mall-order window jjflll continue to close at 1:30 p. m. on Saturdays. The new mail service will also benefit Scottville. J. Jay Cox, Scottville postmaster, pointed out that mall leaving Chicago and Detroit as latte as 7 p. m. will arrive in Scottville in time for the morning city and rural delivery. The curb and gutter crew working on North Staffon street is expected to complete the job today or early next week, Mr. Baggott said. Four other projects now under way arc in various stages of completion. A large crew is engaged in grading South Rowe street between Loomis and Danaher streets for the purpose of putting in a permanent foundation in preparation for paving at future date. The crew engaged in laying a sewer in the alley between Harrison and Rowe streets from Pere Marquette to Court streets has about 10 more days to go 'before completion, it was •learned. Two or three more days' work remain for men working on North William street between Haight and Fitch streets where sidewalks are being laid. Work commenced Friday on curb and gutter work on Pere Marquette street between Park and Ferry streets. How long thi; job will take is not definitely known at present. Mr. Baggott also -stated that painting of the city water tank located east of Oriole field is expected to get under way about Sept. 15. Oscar Nelson Is contractor for the job. OF APPLE Tax for Advertising Purposes Must Be Paid on All Sales Apple growers of this region were advised today of rules and regulations of the Michigan State Apple commission regarding collection and operation of the apple advertising fund set up by recent state enactment. According to the rules, apple advertising stamps must be affixed to all apples sold by growers. The stamps, now on sale at the National Bank of Ludington and the State Savings Bank of Scottville, are issued~in units of one-quarter cent, one cent, five cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents and $1. The one-quarter cent stamp, the announcement says, is made available especially to take care of retail sales from roadside stands and direct from the farmer in quantities of less than one bushel, the stamps to be affixed to bags or other fractional bushel containers. According to the law, no apples can be sold by growers unless the stamps have been attached. Proceeds from the stamps are used by the commission to promote and advertise Michigan-grown apples. Athuorized sales agents for the stamps in Mason county, at present, are the two banks, one in Ludington, one in Scottville. Full revised regulations governing their use will be able was .by Monday, announced. Sept. avail- 11, it Describe Stamps LANSING, Sept. 9.—(/P)r—The state department of agriculture said today the official trademark for U. S. grade No. 1 apples sold under the sponsorship of the state apple commission will be an outline map of the Lower Peninsula divided horizontally into three colored bands. Tffe top and bottom bands will be green, the top bearing the words "State of Michigan," the bottom marked 'apples." The white center strip may contain the grade designation or the packers' own ;rade-mark. .JU ,_ •*-•*- -*-« T * * BE SURE to Collect Your TICKETS When You Make Purchases in Mason County YOU MAY GET THE CAB NEXT FRIDAY! i #_.#-#-#-* ,* ft_ # _ # _ # _ # State to Eliminate Extra Telephones LANSING, Sept. 9.— (ff>)— Gus T. Hartman, state budget director, today carried forward his plans to trim state expenses by eliminating unnecessary telephone expenses. Hartman wrote to all department and institution heads asking for a statement of the number of telephones in their jurisdiction and "also the number which in your candid opinion can be dispensed with." He said he did not plan to eliminate necessary phones but those which in recent years "have been installed as a matter of convenience." "There's no reason why, in a roomful of five clerks each one should have her own phone just to save a little walking," he declared. Hartman said he (believed the state's average rental of phones was $5.00 per Instrument per month and that there were many thousands in state use. DIES" OF INJURIES HASTINGS, Sept. 9.—(/P)— Melvin Morse, 65, of Bowling died Friday of injuries 'suffered in, an autompblle accident Aug 31. He is survived daughters, Mrs. Viola Story behind this picture, a radiophoto from Europe, will go down in history as one of the most heroic stands in the new war. The picture shows a German cruiser, Schleswig-Holstein, shelling the Westerplatte fortress on a spit of land near Danzig. Only a handful of Poles, fighting a 1939 version of the "Alamo," defended the fortress. Germans claim a surrender of the fortress after several days oi attack by air, sea and land. The Poles, fighting with desperate courage, were simp/y overwhelmed by vastly superior forces, as was the case in 1836 when a small band of Texans defended the Alamo against Santa Anna's much greater Mexican force until the last man was killed. Urge Farmers to Continue Normal Production Plans SIDES CLAIM POSSESSION CITY Conflicting Radio Reports Sent to World on Wave-Length of Polish Capital Station BUDAPEST, Sept. 9.—(#•)—Rival broadcasters, both speaking on the Warsaw radio station wave length, let the outside world take its choice today whether the Polish capital was in Polish or German hands. One, speaking Polish with a German accent, said Warsaw was being entered by German troops. The other denied the capital had fallen. "The Germans," he said, "have taken over our wave length. "Everyone in Warsaw is at his post." (The German supreme high command announced in Berlin Friday night that fast-traveling Nazi armored cars forced entry into Warsaw at 5:15 p. m., 11:15 a. m., EST,) Friday.) The purportedly German announcer warned all residents of Warsaw they faced punishment, if found with weapons when the city finally falls. He ordered janitors to collect guns and store them in basements. "Germans will hold all those" responsible who have weapons in their possession when we enter," he said. "We don't wish to d'e- stroy you. In your own interest, listen to reason." The German announcer told the populace its city was surrounded, all communications were broken, and that "stores and banks are closed and will Eddie T. Moran Is, Honored by Association in Convention Here SCOTTVILLE, Sept. 9.—(/P)—i United States during the World American farmers are urged to I war years reached a peak in the proceed with their normal production plans as if the outbreak in Europe had not occurred, according to information received this week by Loyal Bagley, chairman of the Mason county soils conservation committee. "American agriculture is in a much better position to meet the shock,of war than it was 25 years ago," the report said. The machinery which farmers have used, to adjust production to decreased demand in peace-time can be used in war-time to increase production if and when that becomes advisable. (1) "In 1914 at the outbreak of marketing year 1914-1915 year when world production outside of the U. S. fell below two billion bushels). The exports then declined each year during j the rest of the war. (5) "Wheat prices rose during the first year of the World war, but fell in the second year. The marked increase in wheat prices occurred during the general inflation that began in the third year of the war and ended in the price collapse and depression of 1921. (6) Series of Addressies to Be Presented from Sept. 28 to Oct. 19 'The United States in 1939 harvested a crop from 55 million acres, and for 1940 has a national An Institute of International understanding, consisting of, a series of addresses by persons competent to speak on world affairs, is being arranged by Ludington Rotary club and is to be held in Ludington, Sept. 28 to Oct. 19. According Annual fall nn-oting of the Michigan Secretaries' association, a two-day session, was due to close here early this afternoon with a luncheon and election of officers at 1 p. m. Members present termed the meeting one of the best and largest in the past 10 years. Slightly under 75 members registered on the guest list at the Stearns hotel. New officers elected at the luncheon are: President— Ambrose Maxwell, secretary of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce; first vice president -*Don Weeks, Traverse City Chamber of Commerce; second vice president — Jason Hammond, Lansing, manager of the Michigan Retail Dry Goods association, and secretary—"Ben Wright, secretary of the Alpena Chamber of Commerce. Shortly before noon, members held their annual business session. Action was taken, at this time, to create an executive committee of five members to knit the association more close(Please turn to Page 3, Column 7) to H. H. Hawley, South Dakota Won't Change Thanksgiving PIERRE, S. D., Sept. 9.—(#>)— Although the president has set Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving day, it looks like South Dakota will stick to tradition and observe it Nov. 30. Pleading assistance for business, the president proposed abandoning the traditional last Thursday of November for the holiday but Gov. Harlan Bushfield, Republican, while he has not made a proclamation, declared opinions expressed to him thus far "are unanimous that Thanksgiving be left as it always has been." the World war, the world had a I wheat acreage allotment of 62 wheat supply of 3.7 billion bushels. This year (1939-40) the supply of 5.3 billion bushels is largest in all history. Present world surpluses are more than enough to supply a year's export needs. (2) "Since the time of the World war, European countries have expanded their wiieat acreage and production. They are now more self-sufficient in wheat production than at the opening of the World war. (3) "The increased production and the tremendous reserve supplies of wheat stored by European countries make it probable that there will be little immediate increase in world wheat trade over that of the last few years. (4) "Exports of wheat from the million acres—adequate for all prospective needs. (7) "To a July 1 carryover of 254 million bushels, United States wheat farmers added a 1939 crop of 731 million bushels to make a supply of 985 million bushels. This compares with the average president of the club, this community program is being developed by the Rotary club for the purpose of giving the citizens of the community an opportunity to learn about some of the outstanding problems confronting the world today and to discuss their relations to the daily lives of our people. One of the objects of * Rotary clubs is "The advancement of international understanding, annual wheat supplies of about good will and peace through a 913 million bushels, for the period of 1923 to 1928. (8) "The average farm price (Please turn to Page 6, Column 6) French Liner Reaches New York From France Unless appears some why "good reason" it should be changed, he said it was likely that South Dakota would keep to the last Thursday date. WEATHER Lower Michigan; Mostly cloudy; showers tonight and probably in east portion Sunday morning. Cooler Sunday night. Detroit and Vicinity: Mostly cloudy, showers tonight and probably Sunday morning; cooler Sunday night; mostly moderate northeast to east winds becoming variable. Weekly outlook—region of the Great Lakes—Sept. H to 16 Inclusive: Cool beginning of week, with mostly seasonable temperatures during middle and latter parts; generally fair first half of week, precipitation period likely within latter half. T -. 1 ' ^ * i * 44C 1 nun BDbO l<uut»jr nu u.u« miu Jiatro Kennedy, Sunday at 6:07. The moon sets Sunday The sun sets today at 6:52 and rises Flint, and Mrs. Mildred Marshall,! morning at 3:37- a. m and a Morse, .Battle Creek. wuhnr Temperature at coast guard station wuuui {or 24 hours ending at 7 a. m.: Maximum 70, minimum 59, NEW YORK, Sept. 9.—(/P)— Freight rates on cargo from Atlantic ports or the United States to Great Britain were increased 331/2 percent today .by the North Atlantic-United Kingdom conference. The conference, composed of principal American and foreign lines operating to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, said the hike was necessary because of increased war-risk insurance costs. The North Atlantic-Baltic conference earlier this week suspended all contracts with shippers in some instances and advanced other rates 100 percent. Meanwhile, American war- risk underwriters here reported their first loss since the outbreak of hostilities in the sink- Ing of the British Freighter Olivegrove with a cargo of sugar valued at $250,000. The craft was sunk toy a torpedo off the coast of Ireland Thursday. NEW YORK, Sept. 9.—i(/P)~ With canvas hung over her deck windows to black out lights during her crossing, the French Liner lie De France arrived today, bringing home 1,294 Amer- cans. There were 2,668 persons aboard, 1,801 of them passengers. Cots filled all the public rooms, the gymnasium and even space near the engine room. The liner, scheduled to leave Havre last Friday, remained there 26 hours, sailing late Saturday. She left Southhampton Sunday. As far as passengers could see, she had no convoy. News of the sinking of the Athenia had been picked up, passengers said, "by the ship's grapevine." Only one salon was well lighted at night. Most of the passengers went to bed early. Foggy, cold weather led passengers to believe the ship took the northern route. On Thursday, they said, some Canadian airplanes flew over the ship, but were not seen after BULLETINS world 'fellowship of business and professional men united in the ideal of service." The institute is at the same time an adult study course in international affairs and a youth project, for the institute speakers, in addition to their addresses at the public forums in the evening, will speak during the day at Ludington high school. It is an effort to explore the friendly method of ironing out world problems in terms of sympathetic understanding of FRENCH ADVANCE PARIS, Sept. 9.—(AP)—Military observers said tonight the French army attacking Germany's western frontier was in possession of approximately 200 square miles of German territory, including :!l> square miles of the YVurmit forest, west of Forbach. remain closed'" On the other hand, the supposedly- Polish broadcast ,said banks would open, reported a general order to the army .from the chief of staff commanding Polish soldiers to "defend the capital with all your strength" and issued instructions for resisting the German advance. . ( Admittedly, however, Warsaw was suffering heavily ( under German ah* raids, and 'defense forces facing . a German army advancing irom the southwest were falling back under 1 pressure. A broadcast, which the announcer said came from Warsaw, reported shortly after 1.1 p. m. (5 p. m., EST) Friday night that German warplanes were bombing steadily the center of Warsaw. He said bombs were raining on the theater square and principal streets. An announcement 40 minutes later said the Germans we're bombing "purely non-military objectives in the central and most densely populated sector of town." This broadcast was in English. German planes were said then" to be dumping loads of bombs on Vistula river bridges and in the city. "Due to constant heavy air raids on bridges," the English; speaker continued, "inhabitants have moved to the center of Warsaw, where there are now severe bombings. other peoples. In this effort the Ludington that. The Johan Van Oldenbarne- velt, Dutch Netherlands liner which the Holland America line chartered'to take Americans home from Europe, docked at Hoboken, N. sengers, 502 J., with 635 pas- of them Americans, The ship left Amsterdam Aug. 30 and made a stop at Southampton. . - . Rotary club is bringing to its community an opportunity to participate in a discussion of world affairs. Those attending the institute sessions will study international relations under leaders of -thought who are qualified and well-balanced (Please turn, to Page 6, Column 7) Holland Floods Area for Defense SAYS WARSAW SAFE | COPENHAGEN, Sept. 9.—(AP) — A Stockholm dispatch to the Danish news agency said the Swedish foreign office today received a telegram from the Swedish legation in Warsaw to the effect that Warsaw was not occupied and that the Polish army still controlled the city. PROTEST EMBARGO BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 9.— (AP) —Foreign Minister Jose Maria Caqlo delivered Friday night to the British embassy a note expressing Argentina's objection to any inclusion of foodstuffs in goods listed by Britain as war contraband. STEAMER SUNK AMSTERDAM, Sept. 9 — (AP) —A message from the Netherlands Steamer Kennebec today reported that the 5,548-ton British tanker had been sunk by a torpedo but the entire crew of 32 had been saved. AMSTERDAM, Sept. 9.—(/P)— The Netherlands today inundated a "small basin" in Utrecht province, about 20 miles southeast of Amsterdam, as a defense precaution. The 'exact location of the flooded area was not announced but it was said to be roughly in the center of the country. An official announcement said the step was taken "to ascertain th£ inundation possibilities of Holland at any time in relation to the existing water level." It emphasized there was no immediate reason for flooding the basin other than as a precautionary measure under their defense plans, The government said it would see that the civil population of the flooded district suffered the least possible inconvenience, CONSULATES CLOSED WASHINGTON, Sept. 9.—(AP) —Owing to the hostilities abroad, the state department has closed its consulate at Breslau, Germany, and Strasbourg, France. This was made known today in the state department's weekly report on Foreign service activities. County Leaders and Officers from 11 Counties Will Attend Session Republican state officers, members of the state central committee of that party and Republican county leaders and officers from each of the 11 counties in the Ninth Michigan congressional district will convene in Ludington for a district party conference Monday evening. About 15,0 persons are expected at the meeting, which, will be held at the courthouse commencing at 8 p. m. George E. Dorrell, chairman of the Mason county Republican committee, is in charge of arrangements. A number of state officers from Lansing will be here, he STEAMER REX SAILS ROME, Sept. 9—(AP)—Two thousand persons, mostly American refugees from the European war, sailed today on the Italian Liner Rex for New York. The Rex was not only loaded to capacity but her sun deck was converted into a temporary dormitory to accommodate as many passengers as possible. Huge Italian flags were painted on her sides and decks for identification. son, chairman of the "party'4 state central committee, and Mrs. Fern S. Hammond of Saginaw, vice president, will be present. Arnell Engstrom of Traverse City, chairman of the district organization, will also attend, Remainder of the group, Mr. Dorrell said, will be made up of chairmen, vice chairmen, secretaries and treasurers of the various county committees ana Republican office holders of the' 11 counties in the district. DETROIT, Frank Cleveland, was injured fatally Friday when he fell beneath a truck. , ' .

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