The Ludington Daily News from Ludington, Michigan on September 26, 1939 · Page 1
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Ludington, Michigan
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Tuesday, September 26, 1939
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THE LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS VOLUME XLIX, NO. 279. LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN, TUESDAY, SEPT. 26, 1939. PRICE, THREE CENTS. WOMEN CONSERVATIONI OPEN MEETING CORNER STONE FOR HOSPITAL LAID MONDAY Several Hundred Gather for Brief and Impressive Ceremony at 3:30 P. M. e "/n laying this corner stone, I dedicate this building to the people o} Mason county; may it serve them well." Thus spoke Peter Madison, Mason County Hospital association president, as the corner stone for a new hospital touild- inR for Mason county officially went into place at 3:30 p. m. Monday, as several hundreds of persons gathered in the cold wind to witness a brief and Impressive corner-stone - laying ceremony. The corner piece, of white limestone, 'bears the inscription "A.D. 1939" engraved in large Oriole Field Lights Go in Place Rapidly Electrical wiring for the Oriole field gridiron floodlights was virtually completed and mounting of the reflectors was started Monday by a crew of Michigan Public Service workmen. Fifty-two reflectors in all will be set up on the 10 poles which surround the field. Each reflector will be powered with a 1,500 watt bulb giving the entire system a light output of 78,000 watts. This figure is roughly about three times as much light as was used in illuminating the softball. diamond this summer. Everything is expected to be in readiness for the Opener with Scottville, Saturday at 9 p. m. A large crowd is expected for the first night game ever to be played Ludington. on its letters and numerals front surface. "Started in 'A. D. 1939'," Mr. Madison noted; "finished, we hope, late in the spring of 1940, if sufficient funds are available." Monday's corner stone ceremony took place at what will be the building's main entrance, fronting on South Washington avenue at the intersection of Fourth street. Used as Platform Using completed concrete work as a platform, the program was opened by Ludington high school band, under direction of L. F. Peterson. The full band had marched from Ludington high school to the hospital site to participate in the ceremony. Swinging through the crowd of onlookers, the student musicians drew much applause. Following the opening music A. R. Vestling, master of ceremonies Scottville's Harvest Home Festival Opens Thursday Continued 'Jockeying' Is Reported on Major Western Siegfried Sector ( By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) A new German assault on Warsaw was launched today while German and French forces were locked in heavy fighting on the western front. French and German artillery exchanged fire south of Zwei- bruecken and across the Rhine frontier. Paris dispatches said French cannonading at the south end of the -western front was aimed at breaking up German troop concentrations reported near the Swiss border. Reports reaching Switzerland said heavy losses had been sustain,ed by both France and Ger- GOES TO RUSSIA MOSCOW, Sept. 26.—(/P)—Tass, the Officials Russian new agency, announced today that Joachim • ^- •-* —««*"t> t *»»***»v\»i. \j* \**;it- t_3_ a A* , spoke, toriefhr of the vol- Von Ribbentrop. German foreign work of lite MasOh minister wouid arrive in Moscow SAYS LEADERS HOPEFUL FOR 'PEACE BREAK' Believes Present 'Mad-Hatter' War Not Yet in Real Military Swing SCOTTVILLE, Sept. 26.—Plans were set today for Scottville's eighth annual Harvest Home lestival, to be held here Thurs- SHE IS —Courlpj-y Philip Fulmar .7' clay and Friday of this week. | year's program opens Thursday Typical of the crowds that-attend | morning and continues afternoon is the picture shown above, tak- and evening through Friday, en during la-st year's festival and closing with two annual dances, showing Scottville's main street i one modern and one old-fash- lined with festival visitors. This honed, Friday evening. Four Marquette Inmates Caught After Wild Flight Consider Calling National Officials Together to Seek Settlement MARQUETTE, Sept. 26.—>(/P) perience were Warden Marvin —Recaptured after a desperate L. Coon and Gerald Bush, par- bid for freedom in which' they ole board member A. Ross abducted and held as hostages Pascoe, chairman of the board. County Hospital association, tracing its history as a not-for- profit organization which has undertaken the task of maintaining the Mason county hospital since 1906. Mr. Vestling in turn introduced Dr. L, J. Goulet, who spoke briefly as representative of the Mason County Medical society. "The new hospital," he said, "while not extravagant in appearance, is unique in design. It will be one of the finest smaller hospitals in the United States, comparing favorably in healing efficiency with those of many much larger communities. The reason is that, while economically set up, every cent is being spent where it will do the patient the most good." President Speaks Mr. Vestling then Introduced Mr. Madison, who spoke in tribute to the work of Mason county women in creating and supporting the hospital for the past 33 years. "The credit," he said, "goes almost exclusively to the tireless effort of the women of our community." At conclusion of his. remarks, Mr. Madison placed documents in a copper box, which in turn was sealed and placed in the corner stone, the top stone then being cemented in place over It. "I hereby dedicate this building to the people of Mason county," Mr. Madison stated. "We hope it will serve them well. These documents may toe here 100 years; they may be here longer. Whatever period it is, we hope they find this building relieving human suffering in an ever more efficient manner." List of Documents The documents included plans and explanations of :the new touilding, a history of the (Please turn to Page 7, Column 6) PRpTEST^LOSllS" WPA COUNTY ROAD • PROJECT Between 75 and 100 persons attended a meeting, held at the courthouse Monday night to protest against , recent closing of a W'PA project on county roads. The meeting was held under auspices of CIO union, Local 115.' After talks by Oscar Peterson,' recording secretary of the local unit, and Charles McQuire, members of the audience were ih- tomorrow "to discuss with the government of the Soviet union problems connected with developments in Poland." many when French troops repulsed a German counter-attack attempting to relieve pressure on key forts near Zweibruecken. On the eastern front, a German communique said operations had started against Warsaw "after all efforts failed at convincing the Polish commander of the gruesomeness and uselessness of resistance!" Winston Churchill, first lord of the British the House of admiralty, told Commons that a naval convoy system was in full operation protecting merchant shipping from planes and submarines. "In a short time the immense mercantile marine of the British Empire will be armed," he said, adding that German submarines were being attacked with the "utmost vigor." Prime Minister Chamberlain declared vital supplies "in evei increasing volume" were being made available to Britain by the Dominions. Britain emphasized that a major part of her war strategy is in attempting to convince the German people they cannot win the war. Officials drew attention to a Sunday flight of the royal air LANSING, Sept. 26.—(/P)— Members of the state labor mediation board held little hope today for an early settlement of the Consumers Power strike, now in its fifth day. The board brought spokesmen for the three the warden and three other officials of the Northern Michigan branch prison, four long- term convicts face solitary confinement today. leaped from the speeding car before it overturned and escaped injury, while Deputy Warden William Newcome was released earlier by his captors Less than five hours after in a vain effort to stall off they had walked into a meet-i pursuit. u . . - - , The prisoners were returned , immediately to the scene of , ^ • w , „! their break. They were Jo, - ., when their 10- seph M _ Mushro. 24, of.Detroit tending factions in another at- year-old car overturned at ] anc i Thomas McCarthy, 27 of tempt to solve the complex I high speed on a curve near ! Memphis Tcnn both ' serving State police andhif e sentences for a poolroom deputies, hot in pur- holdup-murder at Hamtramck: ling of the state parole board 'and forced the officials to ac- back .company them, their con-I flight ended DEWITT "MAC KEN/IE) The further Europe proceeds with its mad-hatter war, the more apparent it becomes that both sides are discreetly inclined to ho-pe that there may be an easier road to victory—or shall we employ the revised version of "peace with honor"— than through a bleak " and bloody hole torn in the German west wall or the French Maginot line. True, artillery duels and costly local engagements are proceeding on the western front They did Monday night. A major offensive presumably will develop in due course That's almost inevitable in any event for the psychological effect if nothing else. An army, like a dictator, has to keep itself in the limelight 11 it is to hold its following.. You'd be surprised to know how many times big attacks are made on orders from the home government with the idea of providing propaganda to buck up the civilian morale, or for use abroad. However, tooth the Anglo- French allies and the Germans are trying to crack the nut with their fingers, rather than use steel. The allies are relying greatly on two expedients—cutting off vital German supplies by naval 'blockade, and inspiring the German people to revolt and throw Herr Hitler out. The English again have bombarded Germany from the air with pamphlets. This time they said, among other things: "The British and French fleets have swept German, merchant shipping from the oceans. Therefore your supplies of a whole range of essential war materials such as petrol, copper, nickel, rutober, cotton, wool and fats are almost gone and (Please turn to Page 3, Column 7) War Situation at a Glance (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) BERLIN—Germany launches new assault on besieged Warsaw; communique reports "2,000 prisoners taken" in pocket outheast of Warsaw. PARIS—French and German artillery exchange fire across Rhine; dispatches report Nazi troop concentrations near Swiss border as western front activity increases. BASEL — Reports reaching Switzerland say French repulse German counter-attack designed to relieve pressure on important fortifications near Zweibruecken; both forces sustain heavy losses. COPENHAGEN — Scandinavian nations upset by sinking of two Swedish, two Finnish vessels within week. BUCHAREST—Survey shows Polish air force lost between 600 and 700 planes in first 19 days of warfare. LONDON — Britain reports new propaganda flights over Germany for distribution of leaflets warning Germans they face serious shortages of vital supplies and cannot win war. GATHER HERE FOR TWO-DAY CONFERENCE About 100 Visitors Open Session, Spend Day in State Park Opening activities of the sixth annual Michigan" worn- ens' conservation conference which opened in Ludingtpn today got off to an auspicious start this morning with close ;o 100 visitors registering at Stearns hotel. After registration, the scene of activity shifted to Luding;on State park where the morning's activity was climaxed with a luncheon at CCC Camp Ludlngton-Pere Marquette at 1 p. m. Principal speaker at the luncheon, presided over by Miss Audrey DeWitt of the Michigan flT LIST SO Property Damage in Southern California in Excess of $1,000,000 LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26.—(/P) —A death toll of at least 50 and property damage $1,000,000 was in excess of counted by Southern California today as the tropical storm: which torought the death and destruction moderated. Still unaccounted for were 15 ocean - going craft, manned principally toy amateur mariners, which put to sea before the storm-'bi'oke Sunday afternoon. More than a score of persons were believed aboard the puzzle the strike presents, but admitted the peace conference Menpminee. sheriff's was in a deadlock and that a resumption of negotiations Monday resulted in no headway. Before the t>oard lay the task of reconciling viewpoints of the CIO Utility Workers Organizing committee, the union that called the strike; the AFL International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, a rival union that has refused to have any part in the strike, and the employers. Chairman Arthur E. Raab said attempts to arrange a settlement have been handicapped because the negotiators lacked authority, j He announced Monday he expected "the governor's office" to take a hand and communicate with high officials of the unions and the company, but Governor Dickinson's secretariat said the executive had adopted a policy of intervening no further than Monday, when he prodded the three groups back into a peace conference. Raab considered asking Walter Samis, of New York, vice president of Commonwealth and Southern, parent company to , , ~ . ill 1 f ' * 1 v/ * Wt V* l-» i iA I* i. V4 V- A IV U XJ.Llli.lUi-t4.i.l. J. V> J/V , suit, surrounded them before | Ra lph Stearns, 37, of Daggett, they could recover from the shock of the crash. Bruised and shaken, but otherwise unharmed by their ex- force over Germany where more propaganda leaflets were dumo- i vited to present the problem. their views on Pefore conclusion of the meeting, a committee of five; instruce- ed to interview road commissioners and supervisors to determine why, the project was shut .down, was nominated by persons present. Nominated to the committee were Leonard Taya, Adolph Blalik, Ernest Ross, Oscar Bentz and John Pawlukaztis. All were ed warning Germans that many of their vital war supply reserves "are almost gone" as a result of British-French maritime activity. Berlin dispatches indicated German strategy still aimed at trying to woo France from her alliance with Britain. There were unconfirmed reports that French prisoners in the Reich might be released as a 'friendly gesture. Scandinavians were upset by the sinking of two Swedish and two Finnish vessels by German submarines in less than a week. Three of the ships carted wood pulp bound for England. Supervisors' Ass'n to Meet Thursday LANSING, Sept. 26.—(A 1 )—A study of the new welfare laws will face members of the Michigan Association of Supervisors at a meeting scheduled to be held here Thursday. Spokesmen said the supervisors hoped their discussions would help them to decide how county welfare commissions should be created when that section of the new welfare laws becomes operative Nov. 1. County boards of supervisors must create the county commissions Consumers Power; Allan Haywood, New York, national chairman of the UWOC, and Dan Tracy, Washington, national president of the IBEW, to come to Lansing to lead the negotiators to a settlement. Alpena Gas Blocked ALPENA, Sept. 26.—(/P)— This city's gas supply was completely blocked early today when water flooded the main feeder line to the gas mains. W. C. Borrian, local manager for the Consumers Power company, said the water evidently had been poured into the company's line by some person or persons who knew intimately the operation of the mains. Resumption of service was delayed for several hours for fear householders might have neglected to close gas jets while the supply was cut off. Aim to Reconstruct Present Government, Now Interned Mich., serving life for robbery armed, and John Thompson, 30, alias Eugene Freeman, serving 20 to 30 years for a holdup. Mingling with prisoners who i were scheduled for appearance j before the parole board, the four men entered a meeting in the isolated classification building of the prison early in the afternoon after slugging a guard. One carried what appeared to be an automatic pistol. They forced Warden Coon to order a car sent around and to (Please turn to Page 7, Column 4) BUCHAREST, Rumania, Sept. 26.— (/P) —Authoritative Polish sources said today Ignace Jan Paderewski, world famous pianist and former Polish premier, was a likely choice for president of Poland to succeed Ignace Moscicki. This was learned as refugee polish political leaders negotiat- Neutrality Issue in , Conference ing to reconstruct the govern- Stage as Check-up on Peace Delegates at Panama Conference Get Down to Prac-* tical Business ment—whose leaders now are held in Rumania—were reported near a successful completion of their plans. Authoritative sources disclosed the plans called for: 1. Resignation of Moscicki, Steps Start WASHINGTON, Sept. 20.— (/P) -Six cabinet officers were summoned to the White House today for a conference on neutrality measures and domestic WEATHER Weather Forecast Lower Michigan: Considerable cloudiness tonight and Wednesday; probably occasional rain in extreme south portion, frost in north portion tonight. Somewhat warmer Wednesday. Detroit and Vicinity: Considerable cloudiness tonight and Wednesday with probably occasional rain; somewhat warmer Wednesday, mostly moderate north to northeast winds. The sun sets today at 6:23 and rises Wednesday at 6:25. The moon sets .and provide funds for them• at Wednesday morning at 5:28 now living in "restricted resi- problems born of the European tience" at King Carol's hunting | war lodge at Bucaz. 2. Appointment of a new president by Moscicki, acting under President Roosevelt, it was reported, desired to review with these six—the attorney general. 'formerly employed on the coun- their annual meetings in Octo- ty WPA road project ber., the power .granted by tfie Polish the actinp^nayy .secretary^and constitution permitting the president to designate his successor pending a new election; Poland has no vice president. 3. The new president's organization of a completely new government with an "absentee capital" at Paris, co-operating with the allied governments. Informed sources reported the election of a new president had narrowed down to a choice between Paderewski and August Zaleski, former foreign minister. Paderewski is believed to be in Switzerland, Zaleski in Paris. Final decision on Moscicki's resignation and the appointment of a successor, was expected later today or tomorrow. i With Moscicki's resignation he would revert to -the status of a private citizen. Then, it was expected, the Rumanian government would remove restrictions on his residence and movements. It was thought that Smigly- Rydz and Foreign Minister Jozef PANAMA, Panama, Sept. 26.— (/P)— Representatives of 21 American republics, hailing assertions the Western Hemisphere never can concur in an "oppressive peace," turned today to consideration of practical measures to protect their own neutrality in the European war. Delegates apparently were almost unanimous in approving the keynote speech of Panama's Foreign Minister Narciso Garay, who declared Monday the neu- traility conference would gain "imperishable glory," if "through our efforts we may declare peace throughout the world." Garay, president of the conference, added that the Western Hemisphere would resist all attempts to establish an "oppressive peace toased on the points of toayonets and the mouths of cannon." Meanwhile, diplomats who attended the Pan American conference in Lima last December voiced belief European hostilities had .brought the American nations much closer together. INDIAN EXHIBIT A fine exhibit of Indian handicrafts, including baskets of almost every imaginable size, shape and color, snowshoes, bows ana arrows, wooden utensils and otftier Indian handicraft is on display in the lounge room at Stearns hotel and will be during remainder of the sixth annual conservation conference of Michigan women. Objects displayed are the work of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in the northern part of the state. The work was done as a WPA project sponsored by the Michigan department of conservation. Also on display is a splendid miniature reproduction of-Ludington State park.with the dunes, buildings, lakes, river, etc., in re-' lief. The model is the work of the Ludington WPA recreational department. Ten bodies have been recovered from the ocean, which claimed most of the victims in department of conservation, was C. Lawren<ie Lind, -secire* •, tary of Ludington Chamber of • 1 Commerce, who talked on Ludington State park and its development. The afternoon was to be spent with groups being conducted through the park on a wrecks of .pleasure and fishing | series of special trips over se- craft. Missing and given u;p for lected trails arranged--, by Robert drowned in similar were 33 persons. The death of Lieut. mishaps Commander James Coatsworth, U. S. Navy, of Coronado, Calif., was tolamed toy the coroner on the storm. He died from a heart attack due to over-exertion in an attempt to free the fouled pro- pellor of a 50-foot yacht as the storm toroke at Catalina island. Traffic accidents, which police said resulted from storm conditions, took six lives in Los Angeles. The storm torought 5.46 inches of rain and winds that reached a velocity of 65 miles an hour. The weather bureau forecast only "occasional rains" for today. the secretaries of the state, war, agriculture and labor—the progress made on "preparatory" work assigned their de- Dartments in the interest of keening the United States at peace. Meanwhile, Senate leaders were reported authoritatively to have advised the White House'and state department to continue their "hands-off" attitude toward the administration neutrality program. Thpsf:",leaders were described as holding the view that if the executive branch made no attempt to influence Congress the neutrality program, built nround the nroposal to repeal the arms embargo, would have a better chance of enactment. Administration aloofness from the congressional controversy, Coast guard cutters, patrol boats and United States navy destroyers .breasted gigantic seas today as they carried on the search for missing craft. Storm warnings of a southeast gale still were displayed today. The weather toureau said there was no likelihood of a repetition of the floods of 1934 and last year. In a 24-hour period in 1934, 7.36 inches of rain fell and last March 1-2, 6.28 inches were reported. Two Die" When" Car Crashes into Train NORTHVILLE, Sept. 26.— (yP) — Edward Bauman, 52, of Washtenaw county, was killed and hj s son Reynold, 24, and Qhes- G. Madill, project superintendent at the CCC r camp. Camp officials will act as guides and visitors will have their "choice of several different trails. High point of the first day's session is expected to be reached at an informal dinner at Stearns hotel at 7 o'clock tonght. Mrs. R. J. Seator of Battle 'Creek, conservation chairman of the Michigan Federation of Women's clubs, will preside. Principal speaker at the dinner will be Mrs. Ormond E. Hunt of Detroit, director of the Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan, whose topic will be "The Dust Bowl," a talk illustrated with slides. Another feature of the dinner will be a motion picture cartoon titled "Once Upon a Time," created by jay N. "Ding" Darling, famous cartoonist. The newspaper picture will be shown through courtesy of Mrs. Clarence W. Avery of Detroit, president of the Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan. Wednesday morning will be devoted to a series of discussions and speakers. talks by prominent A luncheon at the a K e , n Northville m todav . follow - hotel at noon will wind up the sixth annual conference of the association. Harold Tijus of Traverse City, prominent wildlife author and Michigan conservation commissioner, will be principal speaker at the luncheon which will be presided over by Mrs. Arlie L. Hopkins, president of the Portage Lake Garden club. . 0 ,. -. European observers indicated au B tomobnX « n* u "°4 vm ? thev were imnrpsspri with pvi ! autom ° Dlle s and a Pere K " " im o pres ,^ a ™ th ot™; ette Passenger train. Mar- as suggested by the Senate leaders, was hinted at bv the president himself last Thurs•day. Cnngress, he said, should its own choipfi of the mum 55, minimum 42, "."Sft Max™ Beck wduld remain interned in- mot.hqd 'of safeguarding neu- definitely. trality. dences of a united stand against violence and the business-like manner in which the conference settled down to discuss concrete means of guarding neutrality of the,two American continents. Among proposals expected to receive consideration were: 1—Estatolishment of a co-operative patrol of American waters to protect shipping lanes against 'belligerent activity threatening normal maritime commerce. 2—A common neutrality declaration to supplement previous individual (proclamations and strengthen continental solidarity. 3—"Reproval" of all actions toy belligerents tending to carry hostilities to American waters. 4—Mutual commercial aid where required, supported by Vern " Taylor, a Washtenaw county deputy sheriff, said the elder B to beat crossing, three miles" west "of here. Zeder was in the second car directly behind the two Baumans. P. W. Oberling, Grand Rapids, the engineer, stopped the tram 500 feet from the crossing. Report Car Stolen from Rath Avenue Ludington city police reported this morning the theft of an 1 automobile belonging to Merl Van Volkentourg-, 401 North William street. The car, a 1930 model A Ford, was taken Monday night while parked on South Rath avenue bilateral arrangements to re- j between Ludington avenue and lieve the problem of in many countries. surpluses, Loomis street, investigating. City police are Muskegon Group Pushes Harbor Plan WASHINGTON, Sept. 26.—(/P) —Representative Albert J.Engei (R-Mich) and a Michigan delegation presented pleas Monday to the war department for thai development of a harbor ; fou recreational craft at Muskegon Heights. They asked reversal o| unfavorable findings of an army engineer -who reported adequate shelter for small craft was al-f ready provided at Muskegon an4 Grand Haven. ,•' ? Witnesses heard, however, argued that established harbors in that vicinity were used, almost exclusively by com-? mercial vessels and were of little use to pleasure boats. * * Others in the group wem Robert Grace, of Norton town-* O: ship; John C. Beukema, tary-manager of th Muskegon, Chamber merce; Cjteprge Ljddle, o| kegon Heights; ^nd Boy representative of marine ests.

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