The Ludington Daily News from Ludington, Michigan on September 12, 1939 · Page 1
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VOLUME XLIX, NO. 267. LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN, TUESDAY, SEPT. 12, 1939. PRICE, THREE CENTS. MICHIGAN U. S. SHIPPING IS WARNED BY GERMAN SUB American Vessels Will Be Sunk if They Disregard Order to Halt WASHINGTON, Sept. 12.—(/P) —State department officials studied in silence today a report that a German submarine commander had served notice that all American shlpi which disregarded commands 10 halt would be fired upon. They considered as well a *6atement that Great Britain Viad seized as contraband a cargo of resin consigned to Hamburg, Germany, on an American vessel. Officials declined any immediate comment on these reported incidents, whlcW recalled to some persons the shipping troubles that kept this country's diplomats busy writing notes and protests during the early years of the World war. The officials indicated there would be no comment until reports were received from American embassies in the countries Involved. Capt. N. Nicolson, executive vice president of the Waterman Steamship corporation, reported that its steamer, Wa- costa, had been halted Saturday for three hours off the Irish coast by a German submarine. After a thorough search, the ship was permitted to proceed on her voyage from Glasgow to New York, he added. Nicolson said the ship's master, Capt. G. Self, cabled that the submarine commander warned him American ships would be fired upon in the future if they disregarded orders to halt. 4 In formed quarters in 1 Berlift, meanwhile, reported that Germany would sink any ship attempting to carry to Great Britain any of the articles on the British contraband list. The British list, Issued last week, Included virtually all war materials on a list of "absolute contraband." Food and clothing were listed as "conditional contraband." Experts on international law pointed out that the British list was almost word for word the list issued by the United States when It went to war in 1917. Germany Reports Sweeping Advances While Poland Says Nazi Invaders Have Been Brought to Standstill (By THE ASSOCIATED .PRESS) Germany reported sweeping advances for her armies in Poland today while a major battle on the western front seemed to be foreshadowed by action of British-French forces. A German communique said forces closing around Warsaw had crossed a railway due east of the capital. Another announcement said Poznan and other former German cities of Western Poland had been captured, cutting down a huge loop of encircled territory which had held out despite German penetration into further parts of Poland. Contrary to the German claims, however, the Polish general staff said Germany had been fought to a standstill, at least temporarily. FIRST MJ1UETTE Campaign to Raise Funds for Memorial at Deathsite Gets Under Way Miss Agnes MacLaren, secretary of the Pere Marquette Memorial association which is conducting a membership drive to obtain funds for construction of a permanent memorial to Father Marquette, announced this morning that the drive is under way and first memberships have already been sold. Ludington Lions' club at its regular Monday night meeting voted the first contributing mem- bership.oL$25.. The German supreme army command declared, however, that Its alrforce had "shut off the eastern outlets of Warsaw" and that its land forces had crossed the Warsaw-Siedlce railway, due east of the capital. "A big battle in Poland west of the Vistula river is nearing its end" with extensive Polish forces surrounded, said a German communique. A London announcement disclosed for the first time officially that British troops were in action alongside French soldiers on German territory on the western front. French forces were reported to have maneuvered into position to threaten Saarbruecken, German industrial city between the Maginot and Siegfried lines. German counter-attacks were said to have been thrown back. A French communique reporting "a calm night along the entire front" indicated they had not followed up their ad- The first membership"" was*] Vantage immediately. WASHINGTON, Sept. 12.— (/P) —Bumber crops of peaches, pears, apples and grapes were predicted for Michigan today by the crop reporting board. The state's apple crop was estimated for this year at 8,300,000 bushels, as compared with 4,800, 000 actual yield last year. A sharp increase in the production of peaches also was indicated, with a forecast of 2,790,000 bushels against actual production of 1,341,000 last year. The ten year average, 1028-37, was 1,558,000 bushels. The board estimated the grape crop would be Increased, but •we no bushel estimates. A 'ight drop was predicted only in pear production, with a forecast of 1,398,000 bushels against last year's bushels. yield of 1,411,000 Scottville Store Bobbery Studied SCOTTVILLE, Sept. 12.—Police are working on the recent entering of the N. V. McPhersbn Drug store, which occurred some time between closing Friday night and opening Saturday morning. • A small pane of glass had been taken out of the back window and the door opened. About $7.00 in cash; eight cartons of cigarettes and eight or ten pockotbooks were taken from a show case. . ••-' • taken by Miss Eleanor Hillman, Ludington public library librarian. The first associate membership was taken by Eddie T. Moran, who recently resigned as manager of the Stearns hotel. "Several other memberships have been received and will be listed later," Miss MacLaren said. "In addition we placed the first 500 membership invitations and application blanks in the mail Monday." Invitations and blanks are also being placed in Ludington stores, she stated. Officials of the association urge everyone in Mason county to become a member. "This will be the only solicitation for members we will make," A. W. Church, president, said this morning. "Mason county is fortunate in having a site of such historical importance as the deathplace of Father Marquette, and our aim— to mark this site suitably—Is one in which ev.ery civic-minded person should be interestedi" Freesoil Barn Is Burned in Night FREESOIL, Sept. 12.—A large barn on the farm owned by William Kowalclk, located three-fourths mile south of the corner of Main street In Free- soil, was struck by lightning early this morning and burned to the ground. The building was 40x70 with a tool shed 25x40. Three hundred and fifty bushels of wheat, 300 bushels of oats, 70 tons of hay, one horse valued at $175, 35 chickens, 35 pidgeons and almost all of the farm machinery were lost in the fire. Mr. Kowalcik estimates a loss of $2,000 above the insurance he has. Of western front operations, Germany reported only that "there were local skirmishes with vanguards." Germany's main attention still was focused on Poland, in the hope of cleaning up the eastern campaign before devoting greater force to the west. EXPECT FIGHT OVEREMBARGO DURING WAR Republican Lawmakers Oppose President's Plan to Change Neutrality Law WASHINGTON, Sept. 12.— (IP) —An historic Senate struggle appears in prospect over President Roosevelt's proposal to repeal the arms embargo provision of the neutrality act— a step which many legislators | say would benefit England and I France in their war with Germany. I Senator Borah (R-Idaho) j and several of his Republican colleagues discussed the issue j informally Monday and one of them predicted afterward that the president would have to "fight -for everything he gets" if he calls a special session to revise the neutrality act. Mr. Roosevelt has said he would call such a session between now and January, but he has not yet disclosed when the call would be issued. Indications were that the opposition to repealing the embargo would lose no time in getting its campaign under way. Borah already is arranging to make a radio address on the subject although the date has not been set. The Idahoan, senior minority member of the Senate foreign relations committee, served notice that he would insist on full opportunity to debate the issue but added he had no desire to "kill time." The administration program, he asserted, would "inevitably bring up into war." Senator Nye (R-ND), another of those who attended Monday's meeting, said he was "greatly heartened" by the strong sentiment he found in favor of retention of the embargo and predicted there WESTERN MICHIGAN FAIR WEEK OPENS TODAY WILL SIT Blind Snails Found in Skyline Caverns ,'FRONT ROYAL, Va. (/P)—Dl. Leslie Hubright of the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, reported he had discovered a species of blind snail in Skyline Caverns, near here. It has been found in only seven places in the United States. Dr. Hubright is engaged in collecting rare insects from an underground stream which flows through the cavern. *—*—#—#—* - *—#—#—*—* *-#-#—*—* ,- .*—#_„_#-. T Ludington Banks Will Not 'ti^ Opftri WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, SEPT. 13th, Because of Western Michigan fair. BE SURE to Collect Your TICKETS When You Make Purchases in Mason County YOU MAY GET THE NEXT FRIDAY! would be a "determined fight" to preserve it- On the other hand, Senator Thomas (D-Utah) joined in Mason county fairgrounds, scene of this week's fourth annual Western Michigan fair, was a hub-bub of activity today, official opening day of Fair week. The program of events will con- nesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Weather conditions today were, ideal and President George M. Tyridall said Monday night's heavy rain was a help rather tinue tonight and all day Wed- than a handicap—"providing it Housewife Is Assured Of Ample Food Supplies —Daily News Photo. got it out of its system Monday." The rain, he said, settled the grounds. Horse races don't begin until Wednesday and the track, he added, will be in excellent shape then. WASHINGTON, Sept. 12.—(/P) —The agriculture department gave the nation's housewives new assurances of ample food supplies today in a crop report forecasting harvests of bountiful proportions. Furthermore, President Roosevelt heeded complaints that sugar had become too costly and too scarce in this country since the outbreak of war in Europe, and the with Congressional a declaration discussion that the United States should base its neutrality policy on "the fundamental rights of a nation to carry on its peaceful pursuits even during a war without being a party to the war." He criticized the neutrality law on the ground that it was based on a theory of "impartiality" which "in a practical sense is utterly impossible." Proposed Work Will Be Financed Jointly by State and County Further improvement work on the Mason county airport, located east of Ludington, is expected to get under way in the near future, it was announced this morning by Robert Lunde, county surveyor. The work, it was learned, will be financed jointly toy the state and county and will commence as soon as the state .board of aeronautics can move its equipment here from Cadillac. (Plans call for building a new northwest - southeast runway and completion of the present east-west runway, at present about half completed. State board of aeronautics equipment will be used on the project. In addition, county trucks will be hired. Completion of the east-west runway will make it 3,500 feet long, the longest runway at the airport. The new northwest-southeast runway will be one half mile in length, same length as the present north-south runway. In addition to this work the present runways will 'be leveled and stabilized. The state aeronautics board has its equipment at the Cadillac airport at present. With the work there practically completed, it is expected to be moved to Ludington in a few days. Completion of the new runway will provide planes with required facilities for landing or taking off against any prevailing wind. EIGHT KILLEDJ STftTE Auto Craslhes Kill Five; Assorted Accidents Responsible for Other Deaths : -; Amber may be picked up on {•he coast of Lithuania on the Baltic. ,...,' WEATHER Weather Forecast Lower Michigan: .. Unsettled tonight and Wednesday; showers probable; warmer. Detroit and Vicinity: Unsettled tonight and Wednesday, • showers probable; warmer; mostly fresh southeast to south winds. The sun sets today at 6:47 and rises Wednesday at 6:10. The moon sets at 6:17 p. m. Wednesday. Temperature at coast guard station for 24 hours ending at 7 a, m.: *—#—#—#—# mum 73, minimum 56. (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) At least seven persons met violent death Monday in Michigan, five of them in traffic accidents. DETROIT—William Good, 9 years old, was killed when he fell to a sidewalk while climb- Ing a tree and Patrick T. Rocheleau, .10, was crushed to death when a truck loaded with seven tons of limestone overturned on him when the truck driver had swerved to avoid hitting the boy. Charles Pray, 83, was struck and killed by an automobile Monday night in East Detroit a few minutes after he had been reported missing from his home in St. Clair Shores. NEW HAVEN — A Grand Trunk train Monday night struck and killed Max Moffett, 55, of New Haven. NILES—Harold Reames, 34, of Niles, was killed Monday when a Big Four freight train struck his automobile. JAOKSON—Fay Mix, 16, was killed and Albine Dellobaugh, 47, was seriously injured Monday when; a flywheel broke as they were preparing to cut wood with a buzz saw outfit. MONROE — Stanley Steffes, 39, Carleton farmhand, was struck and killed by an automobile Monday night, while walking along Stony Creek north of Monroe. STANTON — Frederick Pakes Jr., 38, was killed instantly Monday when he was struck by a piece of metal which flew from an exploding silo filler oh his. farm-two and one-half m/aes southeast of here, Approximately 100 Party Members from 11 Counties Attend Ses'sion Discussion or party plans and policies constituted the principal business conducted at a district Republican party conference which drew about 100 party members to the Mason county courthouse Monday evening. The conference was attended by various Republican state officers, members of the state central committee and county committees from each of the 11 counties in the Ninth Michigan congressional district. Arnell Engstrom of Traverse City, chairman of the district organization, presided over the meeting. Representative Albert E..Engel of Muskegon, congressman for this district, also attended. Other state officers here included Senator Don VanderWerp of Fremont, Ruth Thompson of Muskegon, George Bird of Newaygo county, Rupert Stephens of Scottville and Felix Flynn of Cadillac, president pro-tern of the state senate. James Thompson, chairman of the state central committee, and Mrs. Fern Smith Hammond of Saginaw, vice-chairman of the committee, were also present. Dr. L. R. Way of Traverse City and Miss Gertrude Eastman, Mason county school commissioner, were the only members of the state central committee present. lifted legal limitations upon the quantity which may be sold in the domestic market this year. Officials said that a presidential proclamation issued Monday would permit American processors to market some 500,000 tons which had been refined but which the marketing quotas suspended by Mr. Roosevelt had held off the market. The government crop report indicated that the production of :such crops as corn, barley, rye, rice, beans, fruits, vegetables, sugar cane and sugar beets, grain sorghums, hay, peanuts, sweet potatoes and tobacco is expected to be the largest in 10 years. Supplementing this year's harvests will be larger than normal surplusses from previous years. Farm officials said they expected the crop report, based on conditions Sept. 1, to help stem a consumer rush to lay in supplies and to check the tendency of some distributors to raise prices too sharply. "The production of food crops," the department reported, "will be even larger than seemed probable a month ago, and in all lines, supplies appear adequate for ordinary needs." Officials said that the president's sugar proclamation would lift quota limitations not only on continental sugar but on that of so-called offshore areas such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the Philippines. Mr. Roosevelt said his action was necessitated by the increased world demand for sugar due to the European war, by unusually heavy purchases by consumers and by "apparent" speculative activity. City Commission Approves Plans at Special Meeting Held Monday Night Ludington city commission at a short special meeting Monday night passod three resolutions pertaining to ll.o PWA waterworks reams t .ruction project, now practically completed. ANNUAL EVENT BEING HELD AT FAIRGROUNDS Secretary Frank Jerome Expects Exhibition to Be Biggest in History Fourth annual Western Michigan fair opened today on the county-owned fairground east of Ludington amid a maze of activity and last-minute preparations in all departments. Exhibit chairman said the entries far exceeded those of any other year, taxing exhibit space to the limit. "It will be our biggest fair from the point of view of local interest in exhibits," commented Secretary Frank Jerome. "We have far more entries in every division and, while we will be crowded in some department, we aim to get everything in line by this afternoon." General exhibits- Building, 4^H club building, livestock exhibition buildings, grandstand, midway and all the rest were teeming with people and preparations this morning, with exhibits and concessions going into place 1 rapidly. Program Planned Official Fair week program , was scheduled to get under way shortly after 2 p. m., with a big amateur vaudeville program in front of the grandstand. The program, on an augmented basis, was to be repeated tonight at 8 p. m. Contestants have been entered from all parts .of the region in a variety, amateur talent program that is the most ambitious ever attempted locally. Harness racing and the professional grandstand vaudeville show will get under way Wednes- / day, two races of three heats Huge Nazi Plane Seen Near Boston BOSTON, Sept. 12.—(£•)•— Sighting of a large airplane with a German swastika clearly visible on us underside was reported today by a trawler from Georges Banks, 190 miles east-southeast of Boston, where previously an unidentified submarine had been seen by fishermen. Captain Morton Selig of the Trawler Delaware said, upon docking today, that during a talk with Captain Michael Shea of the trawler Storm, Shea told him that a "big plane flew over the Storm" Monday morning, with the painted swastika easily seen from below. Shea was quoted by Captain Selig as saying the plane nalt- ed its flight temporarily to circle above the trawler, as though to identify the craft and its nationality. Michigan's GOP Senator 'Plans to Oppose Repeal of Arms Embargo WASHINGTON, Sept. 12.— (/P)i—Senator Vandenberg (R- Mich) said today he had cancelled all his speaking engagements except one to be given at Grand Rapids, his home city, next Saturday and would return to Washington next week to remain until the war is over. "I have decided," the Senator said, "that the duty of a United States senator lies in Washington, whether Congress is in session or not, and I am coming back here a week from next Thursday to remain for the duration of the war." The Grand Rapids speech will be given in connection with a celebration Kent county Republicans are holding in his honor. "That speech," he said, "will deal with the war situation in all its phases." The senator is a member of the Senate foreign relations committee. Declaring his intention to oppose repeal of the arms embargo, Vandenberg said: "My position can toe summed up in one sentence: We must stay all the way out of the war unless and until the country deliberately and consciously is ready to go all the way in. First resolution provided for changing -the point of injection of the chlorine from the suction- well to the two suction pipes feeding the two new diesels and the remaining steam pump. The resolution also provided for repairing of the roof over the pumping station office, for pouring a 4" concrete sidewalk between the pumping station and suction-well house and for the erection of two bronze commemorative tablets in the pumping station office. All these changes involved a $394.19 increase in contract price. The two other resolutions passed approved estimates of $4,270.01 and $247 to the Love Construction Co. in winding up the waterworks project. The latter sum is subject to PWA approval. Love Construction Co., it was reported, finished its work Wednesday of last week. Frank Novotney, resident engineer in connection with the PWA waterworks reconstruction project, stated that scraping and painting of the city water tank would get under way sometime this week. Commissioners also discussed briefly the proposed small craft haven and driving of new piles for mooring purposes at the sewage disposal dock. Three building permits were granted: Walter Chadwick to construct a $60 frame addition on North Harri.'on street, Ruth Meyers to construct a $20C dwelling on Olmilead street and Everett Taylor to construct a $250 dwelling at 919 East Ludington avenue. Wednesday Is Kids, County Day at Fair Wednesday is Kids' day and Mason county Merchants' day at the Western Michigan fair. In most instances, schools are closing for the afternoon so pupils may take advantage of the fact that they will be admitted to the grounds without charge Wednesday afternoon. Merchants, in turn, are also closing for the county-wide Merchants' day observance. Scottville merchants will close at noon, as will •• those of Ludington. Those elsewhere in the county are requested to follow suit. "We want all merchants ot the county and their employe; to visit the fair Wednesday afternoon and see for themselves the great variety of exhibits that have been assembled," said President Geo. M. Tyndall. Only the kids are free, however, he quickly added. The Big Event—Nyal 2 for 1 Sale starts Wednesday. Watch for your circular. Sahlmark's each being scheduled to start at 2 p. m. Vaudeville-acts, will be presented between the heats. (Please turn to Page 3, Column 2) NEW YORK, Sept. An unidentified submarine was reported operating off Nantucket lightship Monday, officers of the British Arandora Star said today when the liner arrived from Cherbourg and Southampton with 441 passengers, 260 of them Americans. Captain Edgar Wallace Moulton, on orders of the British admiralty, declined to discuss the hazards of the 11-day voyage, but other officers said the shrp; received warnings nine times that submarines were in. its' vicinity. The last warning spoke of an undersea boat off Nantucket. The Arandora Star, a 15,500- ton vessel operated 'by the Blue Star line, is a cruise ship chartered by Cunard-White Star to •bring refugees back from Europe. She also carried $14,000,000 in gold. Officers said the shipi had no convoy of any kind, and thei first naval vessel sighted after the declaration of war was the United States Destroyer Goff, about 150 miles from Nantucket. Minor Accident Reported Monday Three people escaped injury when cars driven toy Hans Nicholsen of Scottville and R. R. Blucher of Ludington sideswiped each other at Brye's corners in Riverton township about 7:30 a. m. Monday. Except for minor bumps and bruises, neither Blucher nor Nicholsen were injured. A passenger riding with Nicholsen also escaped injury. According to sheriff's department, Nicholsen was coming from the east and Blucher from the south at the time of the accident. Damage to tooth cars was nominal. . *—*—#—*—* — *—#—#—*—» There is no middle ground." Pharmacy.—Advertisement. SCOTTVILLE MERCHANTS, Will Close at Nppn WE'DNESpAY in Honor of Merchants' D:*y at V;, t Western 'Michiga|i Fair

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