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THE LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS VOLUME XLIX, NO. 266. LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN, MONDAY, SEPT. 11, 1939. PRICE, THREE CENTS. REPORT GERMAN PREPARATIONS FOR FAIR ARE BEING RUSHED Five-Day Exhibition Will Open on Tuesday at Mason County Fairgrounds Ferris wheels, tents, concession stands, exhibitors' displays and all the other colorful paraphernalia of Fair week were being put in place rapidly today as preparations were rushed for Tuesday's grand opening of the fourth annual Western Michigan fair. Starting Tuesday on the Ma"son county fairgrounds east of Ludington on US-31-10, the fair will continue each afternoon and evening for balance of the week, winding up Saturday night. Agricultural and other local exhibits, on display In the General Exhibits building, the 4-H club building and in the three livestock buildings, will be the largest In the four years during which the fair has been staged. Due chiefly to the fact the fair is being held In September this year, instead of in August as previously, a much larger list of horticultural and other exhibit entry applications have been received, committee officials said. Shows on Grounds Midway attractions this year are In charge of the World of Pleasure shows, Quinn & Miller, managers. Frank Miller, who arrived Sunday, said his shows began arriving Saturday, most of them being now on the grounds. Crews were busy putting the rides and tent shows In place this noon, with possibility that some of the rides would begin operating tonight, Miller said. He said the carnival would consist of 10 rides, live tented 4jho\vs and a variety of concessions. The World of Pleasure shows come here, he explained, after exhibiting at the Livingston county fair at Fowlervllle and the Michigan Peach festival at Romeo. Hazcn Clark of Ludington, racing chairman, said this noon the race horse barn is already filled and overflowing with race horses, about 25 already being on J,he grounds. Others, he explained, will arrive later today and Tuesday, ready for Wednesday's opening of the three(Please turn to Page 2, Column 3) Arms Embargo Invoked As Canada Enters War WASHINGTON, Sept. 11.— (ff), —This country's arms and airplane factories were closed as a source of supply for Canada today by a presidential proclamation invoking the arms embargo provision of the neutrality act, which President Roosevelt hopes Congress will soon repeal. Within little more than an hour after the British dominion had declared war on Germany Sunday, the state department made public the proclamation banning shipments of arms, ammunition and implements of war to her. A few hours later a high authority reported at Hyde park, N. Y., where Mr. Roosevelt spent the week-end, that the president had decided to issue a call this week for a special session of Congress. The administration wants to limit legislation for the session to revision of the neutrality act and, primarily, to elimination of its provision that the chief executive shall forbid arms exports to warring nations. It was agreed generally in the capital that this provision's operation in the case of Canada would be a factor in Congres- CULLS SECiH sional controversy over the president's program. Critics of the embargo contend that it handicaps Britain, France and their allies in their struggle with Germany. Some argue also that, if it is not repealed, arms and plane factories will be built up in Canada, take business that otherwise would come to the United States and, when the war is • over, turn to peace-time products in competition with plants in this country. Supporters of the embargo argue, on the other hand, that to repeal it would be to take sides in the European conflict and to lead this country eventually into full participation. CANADA JOINS ENGLAND IN EUROPE'S WAR 'Parliament Studies Question of Sending Expeditionary Force to Aid Allies SOLDIERS, SAILORS OFF TO WAR Daughter of One-Time Socialist Leader in United States Is Accused At the request of fair association officials, Ludington merchants have agreed to close their places of business Wednesday afternoon for "Ludington day" at the fourth annual Western Michigan fair, it was announced today. The fair opens Tuesday and continues through balance of the week. "Merchants' committee of Ludington Chamber of Commerce has contacted all its members," said Frank Jerome, fair association secretary, "and Wednesday will be the day of general closing of all stores for the fair. "Mason county is going to have M fine fair, naturally, and we expect everyone, merchants and all will co-operate to make it the .best fair ever staged in this region. If everyone does co-operate, there will be no question about the result." Merchants are requested to close at noon and remain closed for balance of the afternoon. Customers, in turn, are requested to make their purchases accordingly, doing their Wednesday buying during the morning hours. By action of the board of education, Ludington public schools will also close Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday being also Kids' day at the fair. All school children will be admitted to the grounds without charge during the afternoon period. WASHINGTON, Sept. 11.—</P) —A witness told the Dies committee today that a confidential secretary at the Russian embassy in Washington was the "connecting link" between the Russian government and the erfccan Communist-party. , ien Gltlow, the witness, identified the secretary as Beatrice Hyman, daughter of Julius Hyman, a one-time socialist organizer in the United States. Gitlow is a former secretary of the American Communist ' party. Testifying for the fourth day, Gltlow discussed the Communist International's interest in the American trade union movement. "The trade union attitude was impractical at the start," he said, "because the Communists supported tne IWW and fought the AFL. Lenin himself admonished the leaders that this line of activity was all wrong. He instructed Communist organizers to hide their identity and try to win over the trade unions." In 1930, he continued, Communists organized unemployment demonstrations "to create a revolutionary attitude among the American masses." STRIKE IS Production at Michigan and Wisconsin Plants Can Be Resumed SOUTH BEND, Ind., Sept. 11. —X/P)—Approximately 3,000 em- ployes of the Bendix Products corporation were to go back to work here today after an eleven day strike, thus clearing the way for the resumption of work in several automobile factories in Michigan and Wisconsin. Either directly or indirectly, the strike had caused an estimated 18,000 men to be thrown out of work. The striKe ended Sunday night when members of Local No. 9, United Automobile Workers, ratified an agreement reached with the company only a few hours earlier. Representatives of the company, and the union and Thomas HSutson, state labor commissioner, conferred throughout Saturday night before the contract was signed. Spokesmen for both the company and the union said the contract included the major demands o fthe workers—vacations with pay and seniority rights provisions. It was the first contract ever entered into by the company and the union. The closing of the Bendix plant shut off the supply of brake drums and the Packard Motor Car company factory in Detroit and Nash plants in Wisconsin were forced to suspend operations. Approximately 10,000 persons were thrown out of work at the Packard plant alone. Quebec Startled by Backfiring ST. BENOIT, Que., Sept. 11.— (Canadian Press) — Backfiring engines which war jittery villagers mistook for an air raid were blamed today for three chil- drens' colds. The children were drenched by cold rain Thursday night when 10 families fled into fields following a rumor Ottawa had been attacked by air raiders. The backfiring of engines being used on construction was too realistic an accompaniment for the rumor, and the people of St. Benoit thought they too were under attack. City Council Faces a Crucial Problem BALTIMORE (/P)—Too Frequently In the .past, weighty lawmaking labors of Baltimore's City Council have been interrupted by the collapse of a councilman's chair. To end these disturbances— municipal economy drive or no economy drive—Council President Richard O'Connell is putting in for 18 new and modern chairs. OTTAWA, Sept. 11.—(Canadian Press)—The question of sending a major expeditionary force to Europe remained to be decided today as Canada offered her resources to Great Britain under a declaration of war with Germany. Canada's first formal war proclamation in history came in three swift steps. Thirteen hours after the House of Commons approved the government's war stand, Lord Tweedsmuir, governor general, issued a royal proclamation. The proclamation then was cabled to London where it was quickly approved by King George. { Upon Britain's entrance into the World war in 1914 the dominion government merely published the British war proclamation. The dominion followed Great Britain by just a week in going to war with Germany. Three other dominions—New Zealand, Australia and the Union of South Africa—preceded Canada with war declarations: India was considered automatically at war with the Reich upon Britain's declaration. The prime minister said the ! dominion's first contributions to ! the war will be to safeguard Brit- j ish and French possessions in the North Atlantic, train and send Canadian airmen overseas and dispatch food and munitions to the allies. The question of sending an infantry expeditionary force to Europe is to be decided, he added. During the World war, Canada enlisted 619,000 men for service and the expeditionary force eventually reached 450,000. The nation's casualties were 55,634 dead and 149,732 wounded. World war costs to the dominion were estimated at $3,000,000,000. Director of Immigration F. C. Blair said the declaration would jnake no difference to United States citizens entering Canada unless they were Germans and that there would be no change in customs regulations. ARMIES CLINCHED ON WESTERN FRONT Budapest Dispatches Say Invaders Are Massed for Attack on Lwow in Southeast Poland (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) " The Poles today broadcast the assertion that after lour days of bloody fighting they had forced German invaders "to retreat from some Warsaw suburbs." • ....... r Friday a swift German motorized column reached Warsaw from the southwest. Since then the Poles have .battled desperately against the enemy at the gates of their capital. While the battle for Warsaw went on German and French armies see-sawed inconclusively on the western front. Concerning Poland, for the first time the German high command admitted "a great battle" was in progress. A communique said this was nearing "its climax, the destruction of the: Polish army west of the Vistula river," and reported other .German gains against the "doggedly defending" Poles...•', Budapest dispatches said planes, tanks and- artillery were being massed for a quick drive on Lwow, in Southeast Poland, to cut communications to Rumania, Poland's only possible land line for help from outside. On the western front heavily- entrenched French and' German forces struck at opposite Grandson of Former Senator McAdoo Dies in Fashionable Settlement DEVON, Pa., Sept. 11.— rifle 'bullet killed Clayton Platt, 3rd, 20-year-old grandson of former U. S. Senator William Gibbs McAdoo, and the police of California, chief of this 01 TODS! OFFICE SCOTTVILLE, Sept. 11. — Ground was broken this morning for Scottville's new postof- fice, with expectations that Postmaster J. Jay Cox and his assistants will be able to take possession in time to handle Christmas mail at the new location. The new building, to be located on the east side of Main street, south of City Food market, is being built by George M. Mack of Scottville. Designed solely for the post office, it will be built and leased to the government for that purpose. Crew of men, aided 'by a power shovel, went to work at the site this morning, excavating for the foundation and basement. Sub Is Sighted on Fishing Grounds BOSTON, Sept. fishing schooner 11,_ (#)u_ The Frances C, •*—*• <•- •*—*—*—#—» BE SURE T * to Collect Your TICKETS When You Make Purchases in Mason County YOU MAY GET THE CAR NEXT FRIDAY! #—#—#-» #—#—#—#—* — »—#—*—#—# FIN and FEATHER * CLUB MEETING ^ Wednesday, Sept. 13, * AT EAGLES'HALL ' — #— * ) *— at 8 p. m. v , EVERYBODY OUT! Secretary. —#—* '» *—#—#— Denehy, docking at the fish pier today, reported sighting an unidentified submarine on Georges Banks—about 50 miles east of Cape Cod—last Wednesday. Declaring submarines never before had been seen on the fishing grounds, veteran fishermen said the submersible was sighted at 9 a. m. and again two hours later. They said there were many shoals on the Georges which would,make under water travel of a submarine hazardous. WEATHER Lower Michigan: Increasing: cloudiness; not so cool tonight. Tuesday mostly cloudy; possibly showers in Extreme west and warmer. Detroit and Vicinity: Increasing cloudiness and not so cool tonight; Tuesday mostly cloudy and warmer; gentle to moderate shifting winds, becoming southeasterly. The sun sets today at 6:49 and rises Tuesday at 6:08. The moon sets today at 5:30 p. m. Temperature at coast 1 .guard station tor 24 hours ending at 7 a. m.: Maximum 68, minimum 50. Fair Notes British soldiers and sailors leave London for the front—whether It be on land or sea. Top photo shows a detachment of British troops •boarding a bus which will take them to the boat train—the first step in their journey to the front lines on the Franco-German border. Lower photo shows British sailors going up the gangplank of H. M. S. Chrysanthemum at the Thames embankment, London. Soon they will be at battle stations somewhere on the open sea. Shippers Accused By Attorney-General LANSING, ¥eptTll.—(/P)—At- torney General Thomas Read and an assistant, James W. Wil. liams, will leave for Washington i today to accuse four steamship >i «jj j RR im-ii n M nnr j n ,j i conferences of discrimination No Added Men Will Be Needed | against Michigan shipping m- Four-H club activities for Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the fair are: 10 a. m.—Livestock judging in front of the grandstand. 11:30 a. m.—Showmanship contest in front of the grandstand. 1 p. m.—Demonstration contest at the 4-H building. 2 p. m.—Canning, food preparation, clothing, handicraft, garden, crops judging at the 4-H building. Four-H club members are requested to note carefully the program. Garden club officials, who will arrange the annual Fair Week Flower show in the General Exhibits' building Wednesday morning, are , anxious to have entries from all sections of the county. Entries are to be brought to the building between 9 a. m. and 1 p. m. Wednesday. To get as many Ludington entries as possible, Mrs. H. H. Hawley, committee official, has set up a ward-by-ward flower canvassing committee in Ludington, as follows: First ward, Mrs. Elbert Keene and Mrs. C. C. Caswell; Second ward, Mrs. Joseph Sahlmark, Mrs. Elmer Anderson and Mrs. Lawrence Carrier; Third ward, Mrs. A. E. Johnson and Mrs. Jacob Lunde; Fourth ward, Mrs. Peter Copeyon and Mrs. Jay Lyons; Fifth ward, Mrs. Earl Schrink. One of the features of this year's fair, it was evident today, will be the greatly augmented farm implement exhibits. Dozens of shiny new implements and other articles for farm use were already on the grounds at noon and exhibits were being rapidly arranged. iStolen Articles Held by Police Chief of Police T. J. Barber announced this morning that police had in their possession at the city hall a vacuum cleaner, girl's bicycle and two padded blankets used in moving furniture, articles found and turned in to the office in recent weeks. Owners of these articles can regain them by calling at the city hall and identifying same. to Patrol Detroit Port DETROIT, Sept. 11.—(/P)— Martin R. Bradley, collector of said today he did not terests. Read and Williams will appeal- before the United States maritime commission to demand that the steamship conferences be compelled to modify rules atc pate aypaticula dim- ft restrain free commerce from culty in em'orcing the arms em- ! the Great Lakes to the Atlantic 1 „ _ j j i_ : i. j;_11 .: „, 4-ti n ' OCGJX11, fashionable residential township said today the death "undoubtedly" was "suicide." With an inquest scheduled, Chief of Police Charles Clemson said "we have only a couple of questions we want to ask the father." ' .. Chief Clemson-said the'.youth and his father had been sitting in the kitchen of the home, after entertaining guests most of the day, and young Platt was examining a .22 calibre rifle. The father, Clemson said, several times tried to take the gun from his son and when the | elder Platt's back was turned there was a shot. The bullet pierced the youth's heart. Young Platt's mother is the former Harriet F. McAdoo, a spokesman for the family said. She married Platt in 1918, three years after the death of her first husband, Charles Taber Martin, of Philadelphia. A resident of near.by Whitemarsh, she is visiting in California. The spokesman for the family said the Platts have .been separated four years. ends of a 100-mile sector between the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The French reported that the front was generally quiet but that they had scored one "local advance." This was on the eastern end of a sector between the saar river and the Vosges mountains. At the western end of the Saar basin line, where the first French advances were made, French were said to be holding off German counter-attacks with bayonets. Germany said French artillery was firing on the Saar- bruecken airdrome, which the Germans had abandoned pre- bargo at this port following the Canadian declaration of war upon Germany. "We have not yet received official word of the application of the neutrality act," he said. "But there should be little trouble. We do not believe we will need any extra men. The need for vigilance on exports will be counterbalanced, I believe, by a lessening of imports from Canada. "The dominion needs many things for herself, and fewer goods will be shipped from England to Canada for trans-ship- ment to the United States. "The embargo will be enforced to the best of our ability." Across the river at Windsor calmness prevailed although recruiting continued at a faster rate. The Essex Scottish battalion now has enrolled more than 500 men. It probably will The rules compel shippers to use vessels that are members of one of the conferences, imposing penalties for the use of other boats. All were Mason county schools open today with Scottville, Custer, Freesoil and fountain resuming classes this morning. All other Mason county schools, including Ludington (public and parochial schools, resumed classes last week. The later opening gave students at the four out-county have its full quota" of 688 by Wednesday. The Royal Canadian air corps j all good things must end. started to accept enlistments _in j Attendance figures for Windsor today. The Essex tanks, a militia outfit, may be the next to go on an active basis although no decision has yet been made. Vending Machines Must Be Licensed LANSING, SeptT'll.-- (ff)— The state board of tax administration today ordered the licensing of all vending machines I and moved to collect the three percent sales tax from machine proceeds. Walter F. Reddy, managing director, said each vending machine must have a location license and that owners of them must make monthly reports of their sales. Each vending machine owner must have a general sales tax license and pay the tax on its gross proceeds. Reddy said that if an owner already is a licensed retail •dealer he will not have to pay for individual machine licenses, but must include machine sales in his .monthly report. schools a longer vacation tout the four schools will not be available until later in. the week. According to advance indications it is expected to be near last year's figure. Scottville high school is being serviced this year by two new school buses. This morning 78 students were brought in by bus, giving roughly an estimate of the number of rural students attending Scottville high this year. A new bus is also in use at Custer high •school. and declared planes* ^_h 'three been.,*. Bell Returned Stolen Article, Minus Rope, Is Discovered Near Eagle School viously, French downed. Swiss reports said the German Siegfried line was "perfectly ,prepared" to meet attacks with highly mobile units ready to dash wherever needed. French aerial scouts reported German troop movements were Ibeing "bothered" toy French raids on communication lines. Many observers believed that no knockout blow had been delivered the Polish army even though the lightning German assault packed terrific force. Military experts said the moment was critical and that much depended on how the army had withstood the shock. ~ ' of the Polis.fr air in doubt, but the was believed to have saved the bulk of its mechanized equipment. The Polish general staff in a communique said the Germans were continuing relentless bomb attacks around Warsaw, where 40 air raids were reported Sunday. Stolen the night of Sept. 2, Eagle district's school bell "came back" just one week later, apparently having been returned by the person or persons who stole it. Theodore Brandt, Eagle school board member who issued a request in The News last week that the bell be returned, said SAGINAW, Sept. 12.— (IP)—. Gov. Luren D. Dickinson, at a Church of God meeting here Sunday, asked church members was found near the school Sunday morning. "It 'was sighted by Harry Foreman at the side of the road near the school," Mr. Brandt reported, the bell apparently having been returned late Saturday night or early Sunday—exactly one week after this morning the 100-pound bell to begin a campaign for the ,„.,„,! M™ „„!,„„! o,,,,_ re turn of prohibition. The 80-year-old governor said temperance workers were not united at present and 'reviewed their long campaign which led to the establishment of national prohibition two decades ago. He said the liquor traffic was responsible for crime and disease. A million dollars spent to produce something else, Gov. Dickinson declared, would offer employment .for four times as many workers as in the liquor business. He called the liquor bills of Belief clients one .of the causes of increased governmental expenditures and" • said it was estimated that the average family spent $91 a year for alcoholic drinks. it was taken. "It was somewhat damaged," Eighteen Bodies Taken from Sub LONDON, SeptJLl.—(/P)—Eigh- teen bodies have been takeri from the sunken Submarine Thetis, in shallow Moelfre bay off the north coast of Wales, and divers hoped for good weather today to recover the remaining 81. Sixteen were brought ashore Sunday. When the Thetis sank in a test dive June 1 only four of her 103 occupants escaped. Brandt said, "and the rope was not returned. But we were glad to get the bell. It was put in place on Eagle school in 1891— 48 years ago. Now it will go back in place to do duty, we hope, for another 48 years. "Our only remaining hope," Mr. Brandt concluded, "is that the persons who returned the bell and kept the rope don't use the rope for any desperate ends such as hanging themselves." Sound travels 1,089 miles a second. NOTICE! ALL STORES IN LUDINGTON are asked to close at 12 noon WEDNESDAY—SEPTEMBER 13th To allow .owners and clerks to attend Ludington Day at the WESTERN MICHIGAN FAIR 1 Retail Committee

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