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THE LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS VOLUME XLIX, NO. 277. LUDINGTON, (MICHIGAN, SATURDAY, SEPT, 23, 1939. PRICE, THREE CENTS. ANTI-REPEAL BLOC TO 'G NO SOLUTION EXPECTED IN STATCJTRIKE Electric Service Is Maintained Except for One , Short Break on Friday Is Acquitted BAY CITY, Sept. 23. The ClO-Utillty Workers Organizing committee strike, called Friday against the Consumers Power Co., after the breakdown of negotiations on the union's demand for wage equalization, continued today with little likelihood of further at-. tempts at settlement before AMonday. Electrical service, 'broken only at one point for less than an hour Friday, appeared likely to continue but there was some fear of a gas ' shortage at Flint when factories reopened after the weekend. Governor Dickinson said at Lansing that he planned to ask the state mediation board, the union and the company to resume their interrupted peace conference "after a day or two of rest." The governor renewed his warning to the CIO-UWOC that strikers and pickets must do nothing to interfere with continuous service and observed that so far in the strike, which began at 8 a. m. Friday, there had been no "determined effort" to discontinue service. Arthur E. Raab, cnalrrjan of the state labor mediation board, had reported to the governor that it was "regrettable" that "inadequacies" In the new industrial relations act made it impossible for the board "to decree any action." "The members of yovr commission are sincere," the, board's report said, "in the hope that, in spite of the present impasse, some way may still open for this agency to render further ijfcrvice toward ultimate. adjustment of grievances and tne building of some plan upon which mediation may be based and peace brought to employes, employer and the people of the state of Michigan. The largely automatic operation of the electrical plants in which skeleton crews remained assured power for some time but since man power Is necessary for the manufacture of gas a shortage appeared likely at Flint. Ten of the 15 men working on an early night shift in the company's gas plant there walked out when automobiles carrying strikers and strike sympathizers . arrived. A company official reported that a number "sufficient to continue operations" reported for work at 11 p. m. Friday. Red Cross To Organize For War Relief Service Local Chapter Is Notified to Recruit for Aid to Humanity Once again the women of Ludington and Mason county are called to render volunteer service under the banner of the Red Cross for relief of war victims in Europe. In other words, the Mason county chapter received word this week to be prepared to go on a war-time production basis for' hospital garments, children's clothing, surgical dressings and other similar relief materials. Steps were taken at once by Rev. J. A. Landin, president, and Mrs. Elna Schumacher, executive secretary, to set up committees and otherwise get Mason county geared 'to a program similar to that which it carried on so generously and ably 22 years ago. Relief Is Neutral "It should be made plain," Mr. Landin stressed, "that the Red Cross is a purely neutral organization. Its present preparations are not in anticipation of war for j us, but solely in fulfillment of the 'Red Cross obligation to relieve human suffering wherever it may occur." "War, long threatened, is now a reality in Europe," wrote Norman H, Davis, president of the American Red Cross. "I need not dwell on the tragic potentialities of human suffering certain to result as the conflict is prolonged. Mrs. Velma Fink Sanity Hearing at State Hospital Stands Between Her and Freedom SIT 01 Preparations were complete today 'for an Institute of International Understanding, to consist of four talks by internationally - known speakers at Gray hall commencing next Thursday evening. The institute is sponsored by Ludington Rotary club, , tickets being on sale at a nominal « 'large for the four talks. The ur meetings, to take place on succeeding Thursdays, will be in the nature of forum discussions. Reservations for the talks, it was announced today, can be made at the Chamber of Commerce office Monday or any day thereafter. , Thursday night's opening talk, on "The Struggle for Raw Materials," will be presented by Dr. Allen. D. Albert of, Chicago, world traveler and emissary to European nations "for the former Chicago Century of Progress. Dr. Albert is known as one of the nation's ablest platform speakers. Roscoe C. Ely is chairman of the committee in charge of arrangements. FREMONT, O., Sept. 23.—(/P) —Pretty Velma Baker Fink, acquitted on first-degree murder charges in the slaying of her 10-week-old baby, today faced a sanity hearing as the final step to freedom. Judge A. V. Baumann, point- Ing out that the jury had found her innocent, by reason of temporary insanity, said she would be taken to the state hospital for the criminal insane at Lima. "If Mrs. Fink is found sane, she can go free," he declared. The jury of eight women and four men, 10 of them parents, deliberated three hours and 22 minutes. "I thank you," the 22-year- old divorcee said weakly as the court clerk read the verdict. Prosecutor A. L. Hyzer, had demanded the death penalty for the brown-eyed defendant. The trial required 10 days, with the defense calling 49 witnesses and the state 11. Mrs. Fink confessed June 17 that she threw her Caesarian- born baby, Haldon, into Green creek from a bridge near here on the night of June 13. Touring Officials Visit Here Friday A group of 60 officials from the U. S. department of agriculture, forest service; Civilian Conservation corps and Federal Land Bank organizations visited in Ludington briefly Friday aft- erqoon before embarking for Manltowoc, Wis., on a Pere Marquette carferry. Ten of the officials were from Washington and the remainder from, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, states in which they are inspecting government field projects. The group arrived in 20 department of agriculture cars. The tour started at Detroit. Permanent Neutrality Committee May Result from Meeting at Panama PANAMA, Panama, Sept. 23.— (XP)—Representatives of American republics here for the opening today of the Panama conference to study effects of the European -war said the discussions might lead '-o a permanent neutrality committee for the Americas. Such a committee, it was pointed out, might be composed of members of the governing i board of the Pan-American union. Delegates from all 21 countries represented at the opening of the conference seemed of the opinion definite steps should be taken. Informed sources indicated these steps might include: 1—Policing the American coastlines with navies of larger countries. 2—A closely-knit system ol economic exchange and monetary measures. 3—Limitation of privileges extended to ships of belligerent nations in neutral American waters. Foreign Minister Zuniga Mon- tufar of Costa Rica said the principles outlined at the Pan American conference in Buenos Aires would prove applicable to the joint neutrality program. The delegates commented on the importance of safeguarding the Panama canal. War is the name of a town of 1,392 persons in West Virginia. NOTICE TO BOND OWNERS! Bond owners may pay the specific tax of J X: percentum of the face value of their bonds on or ,before Sept. 28, 1939. , These bonds will be exempt from further general taxes under the laws of this state and are not taxable under the new intangible personal property tax law which becomes effective Sept. 29,1939. The specific tax on mortgages and loan contracts must be paid on or before Sept. 28 to be exempt from further taxes. Further Information Inquire at the county treasurer's office. • HELEN J. BENNETT OSLO, Norway, Sept. 23.—(/P) —The Finnish Steamer Martti- Ragnar, loaded with woodpulp for England, was reported sunk today by a submarine off the southern coast of Norway. Members of the crew, all safe and unhurt, said the submarine was German. It was said to have stopped the 2,262-ton steamer off the coast town of Arendal, ordered It to approach territorial waters so the crew could reach shore easily, then set fire to the ship 'by .placing explosives in the hold. ' WEATHER m Weather Forecast Lower Michigan: Generally unsettled this afternoon and tonight, with cooler tonight; possibly light local frost in north portion; generally fair and cooler on Sunday. Detroit ana Vicinity: Unsettled this afternoon and tonight with cooler tonight, fair and continued cool Sunday; moderate to fresh winds, mostly north- vest-to north. Weekly outlook—Region of the Great Lakes—Sept. 25 to 30 Inclusive; little precipitation Indicated for the week; cool at beginning, followed by warmer middle of week and probably cooler towards close. The sun sets today at 6:28 and rises Sunday-at 8:21. The moon sets Sunday morning at 2:36. Temperature at coast guard station for 24 hours ending at 7 a, m.: Maximum 66, minimum 55. In accordance with the Treaty of Geneva, the American Red Cross has asked the Red Cross societies of the belligerent nations how we may assist in alleviating suffering. Already we have been called on to aid stranded and ship-wrecked Americans. Chapters are entering upon a preliminary program for production of surgical dressings and garments." Impartial Plan Each chapter should now announce, a bulletin said, that the American Red Cross will receive contributions in connection with the present conflict, to be expended for needed supplies which will be distributed impartially. Persons may designate the countries for the relief of which they wish their contributions, either in work or money, utilized. Local organization for production of garments for war relief (Please turn, to Page 8, Column 5) ANNABELLA, DAUGHTER RETURN Ceremony Will Mark Official Corner-Stone Laying That Afternoon Program details were set today for the 'public corner stone ceremony Monday in connection with erection of a new hospital building for Mason county. Laying of the corner stone will take place at 3:30 p. m., a brief public program having been arranged to take official recognition of the event. Music will be furnished by Ludington high school band, which will march :fj-om the high school building about 3 p. m. to be at the hospital site in time for the ceremony. The program which follows will be in charge of A. R. Vest- ling, member of the advisory building committee, who iwill serve as master of ceremonies. Brief talks will be given by Peter Madison, president of Mason County Hospital association, by a representative of the county medical society and by Mr. Vestling. It 'Will be concluded with a prayer by Rev. Erling Edwardsen, president of the Mason County Ministerial association, following which there will be a concluding number toy the band. During the ceremony Mr. Madison -will place documents relating to the new hospital building and to the work of the hospital association in an airtight copper box which in turn will 'be sealed into the corner stone. Space around the site will be cleared for the ceremony and all interested (persons are urged to attend. It will take place, Mr. Vestling said, promptly at 3:30 p. m. at the site of what will be the main entrance to the building, located on South Washington avenue at Fourth street. "Even yet, many persons do not realize that we will soon have one of the (finest hospital buildings, for its size, in the United States," said Mr. Madison. "We hope as many persons as can will take the trouble to come to the site Monday afternoon, take part in the corner stone laying ceremony and see the progress that has been made to date." NATION Will Start Radio Drive To 'Educate' The Public Neutrality Battle Lines in Sharp Opposition; Tighten Bans in Proposed Repeal Amendment Annabella, motion picture actress and wife of Tyrone Power, movie star, is pictured with her daughter by a previous marriage, Ann Murat, as they debarked at Port Washington, L. I., from the transatlantic flying boat, American Clipper. At the outbreak of war Ajinabella flew to Europe to get the child. >^^ > ^^>^'^^^>^^^^'>^^>'^'^^^^^^^~^^»^^-W>^^vy~^^vv^^^>^v>^N^^V>^N^N^NX>XNX>^>XN/ Michigan Political Race Slow In Getting Start I LANSING, Sept. 23.—(/P)— 'Politicians are using barbs for | bombs in the preliminary skir- imishing of the 'great war of ^'••ords that will soon be raging Jin Michigan's own back-yard '—the gubernatorial free-for-all which will culminate in a decisive battle of ballots in November, 1940. That other war, over in Eur- lope, has been one factor in retarding the conflict that is now overdue on Michigan's forensic front. Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg's fate, and U. S. Attorney General Frank KILLED IN B1TI1I Report Former Commander of German Army Is Slain at Warsaw I BERLIN, Sept. 23.—(XP)—Adolf Hitler's headquarters announced today Col-Gen. Werner Von Fritsch, former commander-in- chief of the German army, had been killed in battle at Warsaw. The announcement said Von Fritsch died Friday. Hitler ordered a state funeral for the slight, energetic general, who had a large part in rebuilding German's postwar army. As supreme war lord, the fuehrer issued an order of the day honoring his memory. Further details of how Von Fritsch died were not divulged immediately. | Murphy's, are bound up with the fight over national neutrality. Other luminaries in state politics are waiting to see how, the wheel will turn. Two years ago, in September, ithe 1938 state campaign was fast taking form. Harry s. Toy had fired the opening' Republican gun at Kalamazoo, taking outspoken issue with the labor .policies of Murphy, then governor, and was from that time regarded as a candidate for the nomination which the late Governor Frank D Fitzgerald, not yet an announced candidate but already beginning quietly to work for support, later won. Democrats also opened hostilities in August, with the first of a series of sectional rallies and with Murphy as an unannounced candidate for re-nomination. They held the second such rally in September, and in that month the Republicans opened their campaign with a flourish, gathering for a "grassroots" conference in Bay City to hear Vandenberg propose a coalition to overthrow the New Deal. But to date the 1940 campaign in Michigan is ah undeclared war, and figures on the •political state are moving with all the mystery that cloak's Russia's steps in the world conflict. Fr. Marquette Campaign Continues Toward Goal Listen to what a, few more Ludington citizens have to say in regard to the membership drive the Pere Marquette Memorial association is conducting in an effort to raise funds for the erection of a shrine to Father Marquette in Buttersville: Fred Swanson, president of the Ludington Chamber of Commerce—"I believe the erection of a memorial will be a grand thing and will benefit Ludington immeasurably. Every citizen who has the interest of this community at heart should get behind the drive 100 percent." W. H. Cuthbertson, Ludington postmaster—"it is a very worthy undertaking, one that deserves recognition of both Ludington and Mason county. It should be supported by all." Joe Buck—"i<ather Marquette provides Ludington with closer ties with the earliest days of our country than anything else we have. The erection of a, memorial to Father Marquette is definitely a project that I feel should be completed as early as possible, it would be too bad if the present effort went uncrowned after the many years it took to reach the present stage." Mrs. J. L. Boone, president of the Mason County Garden club— "Erection of a monument is a tribute we should certainly pay to Father Marquette. I am very interested and hope the shrine will be built in the near future. (Please turn to Page 8, Column 5) Cooler, 'Football' Weather Is Here Genuine fall, "football" weather arrived in Ludington this morning after three days of comparatively warm weather. Temperature reading at the Ludington coast guard station at noon today was 55 degrees as compared with 70 degrees Friday noon. Coast guard readings show the temperature started falling about midnight and dropped an average one degree an hour from then on. German Drive Repulsed On West Front (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Three German attacks on the western front were reported today to have 'been thrown back by the French while on the eastern front the Germans announced the loss in battle of their former army comm.and.er- in-'Chief, Col.-Gen. Baron Werner Von Fritsch. Military dispatches to Paris said the new activity on the western front coincided with the presence there of Fuehrer Hitler and the army commander-in-chief, Col.-Gen. Walther Von Brauchitsch. Hitler only Friday had .been reported on heights overlooking Warsaw. French said the Germans made three separate attacks in an effort to regain German territory held 'by the Poilus near Saarbruecken, but were cut down by lethal fire. German artillery paved the way for the attacks with artillery bombardment described as "more intensive" than any before on the front. The German army high command announced the fall of Lwow to a division of German mountaineers "as they were being 1 relieved by Russian troops. Through this, fighting, in Galicia virtually was ended." WASHINGTON, Sept. 23.— (/P)— Opponents of President Roosevelt's neutrality program arranged today to open a national campaign against repeal of the arms embargo next week. Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, American war ace, will start the drive, it was disclosed, in a radio address ' Tuesday night (NBC hookup, 7:45 p. m.). Meeting in the office of Senator Nye (R-ND), Senators Nye, Vandenberg (R-Mich) and Shipstead (FL-Minn) conferred with Rickenbacker and Jay C. Hormel, Austin, Minn., meat packer, on plans for a national anti-repeal committee, to function independently of Congress. A strict prohibition against American vessels carrying "any articles, materials or passengers" to any belligerents was incorporated today in the administration's bill to repeal the embargo against arms shipments KILLED 1 TURKEY Earthquake Said to Have Caved in More Than 1,000 Buildings ISTANBUL, Turkey, Sept. 23. —(#>}—More than 200 persons were reported killed today in an earthquake said to have caved in more than 1,000 buildings in the Smyrna region. Steadily increasing casualty lists included many injured at Smyrna, Turkish seaport on the west coast of Asia Minor. The shocks were said to be continuing, accompanied by thunderous underground noises causing panic among the population. The government and Red Cross were sending assistances to the stricken localities. The temblors were felt here and at Ankara, but in neither place was there loss of life or property damage. Move to Mop Disorders In Rumania BUCHAREST, Sept. 23.—(;P>— Rumania's virtual military dictatorship worked to check any possible disorders in the country as plans for the slain Premier Armand Calinescu's funeral were completed today. Slight disturbances were rumored in the provinces, but they could not be confirmed. The nation as a whole ap- ipeared to foreign observers to be reverting- to calm, with Rumanian authorities asserting- confidence that retaliatory measures—in the form of a purge of Iron Guardists— have provided an effective object lesson for any dissident elements. The entire nation will be in a state of mourning Sunday during Calinescu's funeral services at the atheneum in the presence of high officials and members of Calinescu's family. The body then will be taken in a procession to the railway station for the journey to Calinescu's family home at Curtea De Arges, 90 miles northwest of Bucharest. There, in accordance with Calinescu's wishes, the body will 'be taken in a peasant cart and drawn by six oxen to the grave. While the government said 292 members of the pro-Nazi Iron Guard have been executed in 'punishment for the assassination Thursday informed sources ojf Calinescu, said the executions totaled "nearly 2,000," including some women. Californians Seek Relief from Heat LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23.—WP) —Cities throughout coastal California spilled their populations into mountain and beach resorts today as thousands sought relief over the week-end from the state's longest, most oppressive heat wave. Mountain temperatures, 100 miles inland, have remained normal—from 50 degrees into the 70's—and ocean Breezes somewhat cooled the immediate shoreline. In Los Angeles and other cities, however, temperatures remained near or above 100 as the state's death toll from the week-long oven-like heat rose to more than 90. The weather bureau said "somewhat cooler" temperatures were in prospect late today. SUB SIGHTED MEXICO CITY, Sept. 23.-4/P) —A ship s crew reported today it had sighted a submarine in the Gulf of Mexico about five miles off Punta Delgada, on the Veracruz coast. to warring nations. Some senators thought the new provision was designed to win the support of legislators who, like Alf M. Landon, the 1936 Republican presidential candidate, report strong sentiment in the country for a gen-r eral "cash and carry" system of sales to belligerents. It was said reliably that the bill would also tighten up on presidential discretion, using the word "shall" instead oif "may" frequently in outlining the chief executive's duties under, the legislation. Chairman Pittman (D-Nev) of. the Senate foreign relations committee added the ban against American ships carrying anything to warring nations as a "seventh point" to his bill translating the administration's six-point neutrality revision program into legislative terms. He called all democratic members of the committee, except Senator Clark of Missouri, an anti-repeal leader, to a meeting (at 10:30 a. m., E.S.T.) to explain it. The full committee will not meet until Monday. Pittman expressed the belief the group would .sent the measure to the Senate floor, with a favorable report, in three or four days. Some opponents of repeal have .said they would vote to place a bill before the Senate, but with reservations to oppose it on the floor. The Nevadan said he believed President Roosevelt would sup(Please turn to Page 8, Column 4) Change in time of arrival and departure of Pere Marquette Railway Co. trains in and out of Ludington was announced today, the change to be effective Monday, Oct. 25. Eastbpund train will leave daily except Sunday at 12:50 p. m., reaching Saginaw at 6 p. m. Westbound train will leave Saginaw daily except Sunday at 6 a. m., reaching Ludington at 11:25 a.m. In the past the trains, running daily except Sunday, have arrived in Ludington from the east at 11:30 a. m., and have departed for Saginaw at 12:50 p. m. In other words, under the new schedule the morning westbound train will arrive in Ludington 15 minutes later, leaving Saginaw 50 minutes earlier. The noon eastbound train will leave at the same time, 12:50 p. m., reaching Saginaw at 6 p. m., 50 minutes later than the previous schedule. The new service, Pere Marquette officials said, will be a combination "mixed-run" freight and passenger service. Jury Rules Crash Was Unavoidable A coroner's Jury, consisting of six Scottville men, brought in a verdict of death due to up- avoidable accident at the Inquest into the fatal accident in which Gillard Beebe, 14, of Sugar Grove, was kiljed when his bicycle was struck-by a car driven by Charles Kocher, chief-of-police at Benton Harbor. The fatal accident occurred last Sunday afternoon on US-3I near Sugar Groye. Coroner Llo"cJ Stephens o' Scottville presided at the inquest which wa^ held in Scottville Friday afterripon. The jujy consisted Of Ehiery I$nudse,n, Frank Sterling, Pf\ul, Loye, Kenneth Mee, Art Bearqsley aha Floyd Slaughter, all of Scottville. , •

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