The Ludington Daily News from Ludington, Michigan on September 28, 1939 · Page 1
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THE LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS VOLUME XLIX, NO. 281. LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN, THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 1939. PRICE, THREE CENTS. AWAIT NEW SEES GERMAN WEST FRONT AT m HAND American Newspaperman Is Taken to Siegfried Line for Eye View (By LOUIS P. LOCHNER) WITH THE GERMAN ARMY ON THE WESTERN FRONT, Sept. 28.—(/P)—Camouflaging has become a fine art in the Saar sector of Germany's powerful 'westwall. You approach a bridge, for instance, and see a gasoline filling station with all normal equipment just before you. But before you go onto the bridge you sec it isn't a filling station at all. If you look closely enough, you see machine-guns pointing ominously at you from behind a facade that hides a pill box. You sec a group of trim little houses built in native Saarland style near an industrial plant. You take it for granted they are intended for company em- ployes. Then you come closer- and see that windows and curtains simply have been painted against armor plate. Your eye travels up the beautiful slope of a valley and you sec a green and white peasant's home. But strong field glasses show guns of various caliber protruding from the windows. Less than a mile from the French at Saarbruecken, several hundred camouflaged bunkers and other defense stands have been built. Their steel plating is about six inches thick and their concrete walls six to 12 feet thick. To the layman, the word of Fuehrer Hiller that "the west- wall is unconquerable" assumes a new meaning as he inspects the defenses against possible French attack. They are infinitely more nu- Monarch 111 Conservation Men Here on Wednesday Three officials of the Michigan department of conservation, P. J. Hoffmaster director of the department; William H. Loutit of Grang Haven, chairman, and Harold Titus of Traverse City, visited in Ludihgton Wednesday in connection with the sixth annual Michigan Women's conference held here Tuesday and Wednesday. Mr. Titus, a prominent wildlife writer and one who has been interested in conservation activities for many years, was prin-; cipal speaker at the closing luncheon held Wednesday noon. REFUGEES CROUCH IN DITCHES TO ESCAPE WAR BIRDS King Christian Fears were expressed for the life of King Christian X of Denmark, seriously ill at Copenhagen. King Christian is 69. He Is the tallest living monarch, standing six feet six inches. STRIKE i SOLUTION YET Several Communities 'Blacked-Out' Wednesday Night; Strikers: Gather (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) The Consumers Power strike, entering its seventh day, gave no indication today of yielding ; to solution. i There was no conference | scheduled in Lansing, where j peace efforts of the state labor - „ .. , . „ , .mediation board Collapsed merous than those against Bel- 1 Tuesday night glum and Luxembourg. One finds them everywhere, even on the square opposite the village church. The banks of the Saar river are profusely studded with them. Building and strengthening of | fortifications continues all the , time. | Pioneers (engineer corps) and j the labor service work together ; Neither the ClO-Utility Workers Organizing committee, which called the strike, nor the company announced a new move for settlement. Each apparently waited upon the other for the next step, and the board made public no plans. Meanwhile, at least seven Crippled Children of Three Counties Will Be Examined Plans were completed today for I i the Mason county crippled chil- I ! dren's clinic to be held at the | Community churchhouse start- j ing at 8 o'clock Friday morning, i In addition to Mason county, the j clinic will be open to children of i Manistee and Oceana counties. ! Two orthopedic surgeons, Dr. i Donald C. Durham of Saginaw jand Dr. Jerome T. Jerome of the ! Traverse City state hospital will i be in Ludington to conduct the jail-day clinic. I Children examined, it was I learned, will be classified into | two groups; those that constitute i urgent cases and require immediate treatment and those not so urgent that can be treated at a later date. In addition to this classification, it will be determined what treatment each child will need and what expense would be incurred in treating him for his individual case. Rehabilitation of crippled children in such a manner is expected to enable them to overcome handicaps and not continue as public charges. Mason County Nurses' association has agreed to provide four trained nurses to assist the doctors. Expenses of the orthopedic surgeons and clinic personnel will be paid by the state. Ludington Rotary club has agreed to take care of any transportation expenses that might be incurred in bringing children to the clinic. Probate Judge Owen J. Gavigan is acting as chairman of the clinic, assisted by Miss Jeane Godfrey, Mason county children's worker. Other chairmen of various committees include: Highway Allotment $21,760 for Mason i LANSING, Sept. 28.—(/P)_ Vouchers totalling $2,000,000 for county road commissions today were sent to the auditor general 'by the highway department. They represented the second half of funds paid under the McNitt law. The proposed allocations include: Mason, $21,760.27, and Occ- ana, $34,488.47. BRITISH SAY IS'POPPYCOCK' Further Defense of Poland Is Believed Definitely Abandoned These terrified Polish refugees are hiding in a road- Bide ditch beneath shielding bushes as enemy planes drone overhead. When the hawks of war have passed on, they scramble quickly onto the road to resume their mad flight to the border of Rumania and safety. ; Scottville Festival Is Opened This Morning basket dinner was held. Early this afternoon a lon' r SCOTTVILLE, Sept. 23.—Perfect weather greeted Scottville this morning for the opening of Jine of ]>e rsons was wailing to its eighth annual Harvest Home rc gi s ter at Community hall in with the free gifts Convicted in Break-Up of Philadelphia Insurance Murder Ring PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 28.—(/P) A full afternoon's program ! —Two convicted "poison widows" was in prospect. Scottville high ; tac ^d the electric chair today as afternoon ; Prosecutors of the Philadelphia- v/ore connection with the free this w hic.h will 'be given away during van - the festival. communities in ...if»i- i -iu ~r tv> !?..„ «w ?„„ i northeastern counties of Low- within sight of the French, for i Michigan reported "black- nothing seems to happen to dis- I Oll t s " i as ting all or Dart of turb them. i Wednesd ay night because of i ^nic equipment committee, Dr. : power failures W.S.Martin; transportation, A. i Those, with'total population ^"^eSf'o&e/Sn Si WSfSSS anTrSl, a&.SSM&.S They have ceased to worry about the French. They say they are convinced that no enemy can penetrate their wall. With similar unconcern, families go back to abandoned towns and villages to fetch their belongings while factories and plants send big trucks every day to cart away stocks and machinery. So far, in this first month of war, no French artillery or aircraft has tried to interfere. Police Are Called in Alpena Strike ALPENA, Sept. 28.—(/P)—Police Chief Guy H. Green said today he had asked for state police help in maintaining order at the strike-bound Alpena Garment in Ogemaw county; Turner, Twining, Omer and Ay Ores, Arenac county, and Whittemore, losco county. Townspeople reported a chain had been tossed over power lines four miles north of Turner, but unionists denied any responsibility. Power was restored to West Branch, largest of the affected communities with a population of about 1,500, through a hookup to a small auxiliary-plant. veloped at the key Zilwaukee plant in the Saginaw valley early today when a force of several hundred strikers and company plant because he did! sympathizers surrounded the not have enough men to keep | P lant and hurled taunts at pickets from blocking non-strikers within. Sheriff's deputies said an estimated 60fl men began arriv- services in various capacities. Apple Growers Ask Federal Aid EAST LANSING, Sept. 28.— (IP) —A conference of Michigan apple growers sought the federal government's help today in relieving a depressed, glutted apple market. i The group paved the way for A flurry of excitement de- compliance in the proposed ap- festival. Although there many persons on hand morning' looking over the ous displays, the crowd did not start to gather in earnest until shortly after noon. , , .- ,- ... ._ . . school band got the Concessions were set up pvi.rly, activities off to 0 flv;--.< this morning as were the i^fi-is I,\vith a-band concert'at 'f H ,, . 41 4 .,.„, , ., - , wheel, merry-go-round and sa me time the concessions and i S P C H death to a little tailor dc- loop-o-plane. Everything was in \ rides opened for business ^ ' Relives call a "master mind" of readiness for the large crowd! Fvpnt< . snh prliilpri 'fnr Vliis nf PXnPPtPri this nftprnnnn nnH .HiVtllIS faCllCClUltCl 1O1 1111S ai- expected tnis aiteinoon and | tenioon . >s prog ram include a men's corn husking contest and women's nail driving and roll- contests in addition to Lansing Assembly Hears That Only Alternative Is Higher Sales Tax LANSING, ~~Se~pt. 28.—(/P)— Chairman Melville B. McPherson of the .state tax commission, rural Kent county Republican leader, warned county supervisors in a meeting of their state association today that local welfare agencies must look to county boards, and not to the state, for additional relief appropriations. Failure of county supervisors to make adequate provision for their local relief needs in their regular October sessions would mean only one thing, McPherson said—that the legislature would be compelled to increase the sales tax from three to four percent. "If the legislators are called into special session," he declared, "there is only one .place they could go to get mone'y for relief needs and to get money quickly. That is an increased sales tax." McPherson outlined the state's financial condition and expressed the belief that "the counties will be willing to help out, so long as they are permitted to run their own business." He advocated a dual administration of local and state relief funds on the one hand and of federal contri- APPROVE BILL WASHINGTON, Sept. 28.— (AP) —Senate foreign relations committee approved today the administration neutrality bill to permit the sale of American armaments to belligerent nations. Senate debate on the measure is scheduled to start Monday. Belligerents, would be required to take title to all armaments and other goods purchased in this country before they were shipped, and would have to carry the purchases home in their own. vessels. butions on the other to preserve tuall V complete control "homo riiip" imripr hVio wmifavn land. 'home rule" under the welfare reorganization adopted by the n C(>nt . cl ,'S d insurance murder" ring "1939 legislature. c ' r ''"' ;f ' or ;;i verdict which wou'lu^' "The biggest j evening and Friday. An impressive floral and farm produce display at the Weippert; mg-pin building drew a goodly number j another band concert. of persons this morning. A large crowd gathered at Community hall this noon where a JEFFERSQi BUIL1Y Also scheduled was a costume elimination .contest and free entertainment by vaudeville artists. Later in the afternoon $100 in free prizes was to be Supreme Court Appeal Only | Hope of Avoiding Eloc- | tric Chair i Mtu .., _ - job ever handed to anyone was handed to us by the legislature at our own request," McPherson said. "It is now up to us to make good." First of Lecture Series Tonight Dr. Allen D. Albert of Chicago. first of four speakers scheduled to speak in Ludington on succes- Thc women doomed to die byjiive Thursdays at the Institute given away, followed by a con- jury findings that they poisoned of International Understanding, cert by a comic band. their husbands are Mrs. Jose- itrrived this morning and every- This evening, when a record! Phine Romualdo and twice-mar- i thing is in readiness for the first , 'crowd is expected will be l'ea-! ried Mrs - Grace Giovanetti, both j lecture to be held at Gray hall ' ' tured with 'band concerts free • stout and in tll eir forties. Mrs. : at 8 o'clock this evening. vaudeville and old-fashioned' 9 iov l u l eUi>s cdnv 'ction Wednes- Dr. Albert, a noted speaker on and modern dancing. ; dav ^llowed by less than two economic a n d International Another romnlete oro-rim is ' wceks a similar vel ' dicl Against problems, will have as his topic, (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) European hostilities lagged : today with expectation that Warsaw's capitulation would bring a new "peace offgnslve" from Adolf Hitler. A German communique reported "a heavy British cruiser was successfully attacked" by a German air raider near the British coast. A British admiralty spokesman termed the German claim "all poppycock." Berlin said that Poland's capital, shattered by 20 days of German siege, was prepared to surrender, probably Friday. German announcement of the city's unconditional sur- ; render was borne out by a Po- ! lish .news agency dispatch indicating further defense had been abandoned with German, and Russian armies in" vir- of Po* ' .. .-• The Warsaw radio was silent after telling the dramatic story of the city's valiant defense,.; 1 the plot. The women were just minor characters, investigators say, in a conspiracy that spread into four eastern states and took "up to 100" lives. Paul Petrillo, the tailor, was a "big shot," they charge. The trial of Petrillo in one of six deaths in which he has been indicted rounded out its second week today. are 1 2SS& to an women entrances. The chief said about 250 women milled around the entrances today, disregarding Instructions from their own leaders and making it impossible for Alpena's nine-man police force to handle a situation in 'which clubs, guns and riot equipment could not be used. Sheriff Fred W. Stinson joined the police chief in the appeal to state authorities for help. State Police Commissioner Oscar G. Qlander ordered the six state policemen of the Alpena post to co-operate with the local . authorities. Chief Green estimated that 200 women wanted to go to work today but were unable to get through the gates. He said the plant employed about a thousand workers and estimated that about half were involved in the strike. DiETR'OIT PLAINT CLOSED DETROIT, Sept. 28.—,(/P)—A dispute between company officials and the ClO-United Automobile Workers Wednesday closed the long manufacturing plant of the Borg-Warner Corp. About 500 workers were affected. Company spokesmen said refusal of a union demand for a closed shop had led to a strike call, but this was denied by E'lchard Frankensteen, CIO regional director. ing by automobile at the plant shortly after 2 a. m. All available deputies were called out for fear an attempt might be made to enter the plant, but after demonstrating for nearly two hours the crowd dispersed. Will Elect Legion Commander Today CHICAGO, IJept. 28.—(AP— Raymond J. Kelly, corporation counsel of Detroit, was elected national commander of the American Legion today. CHICAGO, Sept. 28.—(/P)— The American Legion today set about its concluding tasks of electing a national commander and committing to him the task of directing the veterans' newly defined policy of seeking well- a.rmed neutrality. By mandate of the 21st annual convention the Legion's new leadership will 'be pledged to pursue efforts immediately to strengthen the army, navy and air force. Its administration likewise will be bound 'by the WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sf«pt. 28.—(/)>—A bogus theatrical promoter who lured two WASHINGTON, —The American cabled $25,000 to pie buying program of the Federal Surplus Commodities Corp., setting up an executive committee and sectional committees to co-ordinate activities. The group asked that the corpora-1 tion buy only US No. 1 grade apples, promising that for every 'bushel so .purchased another ibushel would ibe diverted from the market into toy-product channels. • The group said the state apple tax would 'be paid on each bushel sold to the government for distribution to the poor, well as on those diverted growers. moviestruck girls from Miami i with glib promises of fame, and then killed one of them, looked with but faint hope today toward a supreme court appeal that might save him from the electric chair. A circuit court jury of 10 mar- i in ^' hcav i' i tional Red Cro.vs committee in In addition to the two con- ( The Institute of International Sent 28 —(/I'r vlc . tecl "Poison widows," Paul Pet- j Understanding, a series of four Red Cross i r , lllo> ' s c ; ou - sm > Herman, was con- outstanding public forum lec- dcmned to death by a verdict lures, is being sponsored by Ludthe inteina- Geneva today to help care for Polish refugees. Red Cross headquarters here announced the need was in Rumania with Hungary, last spring making that penalty lington Rotary club, mandatory. ' In a Massachusetts city secretly marled teachers are dismised when their marriage i.s discovered, and are required to re- Latvia and Lithuania, also carry-1 turn all salary received since the burdens. marriage. as by COMMITS SUICIDE WHITE CLOUD, Sept. 28.— (#>)—Sheriff Bob Hart said today that Cleveland Matthews, 50, of Denver township, hanged himself in his cell at the county jail Wednesday night. The body was discovered today by another prisoner. Matthews was awaiting sentence for a statutory offense of which he was convicted Wednesday. Athenia Survivors in New York after New Scare by False Alar: WEATHER Weather Forecast Lower-Michigan: Showers beginning tonight or Friday. Not so cool in south portion tonight. Cooler Friday, much cooler at night. Detroit and Vicinity: Showers beginning tonight or Friday; not so cool tonight; cooler Friday, much cooler at night; Increasing south winds becoming fresh. to southwest The sun sets today at 6:19-find rises NEW YORK, Sept. 28.— (/!') Still-nervous survivors of the Atheniu disa.ster told today of the hysteria caused by a J'aLsn alarm in the night while they were enroute home aboard the liner Orizaba. The Orizaba's alarm bells began clanging .suddenly early last Sunday morning. The Athenia survivors, remembering how a torpedo crashed into the side of Hit 1 British liner Sept. 3, dashed from their cabins. Women an..! children screamed. Several fainted. Stewards and officers hasten- i friend's hand, the lady silting : next to me, and .we waited until I a steward with a candle showed | us the way, and someone threw a \ life belt on rne. | "Tho morale of the ship was ' wonderful. I climbed into one' 1 War Won't Solve Job Shortage, Says- WASHINGTON, Sept. 28.—f/P) —The European war will not solve the American unemployment problem, in the opinion of Col. F. G. Harrington, WPA commissioner. If the United States remains at pence, Harrington said in a radio i-peeca last night the number uf unemployed might 'be reduced by one-sixth or even one-fourth toy next summer. "That will still leave us with a very large number of unemployed," he said, adding that the .present total is about 10,000,000. "There has been some im- cm ploy men t is not very much higher than it was on Jan. ]." lifeboat, and it wouldn't work, j provement in business, 'but cer- .so I had to climb out and get in j tainly no boom. In fact, private another. I don't know how I| cmolovment is not verv much managed. After five or six hours the Kuuto'Nelson picked us up. "1 iHiv'n- saw .such ri gorgeous i'.i : 'hi. Tiie moon was full, and ! in- • -u.a rs were the brightest I ev< ;• .-::;. w. God was with us that National Guard to Be increased Two University Charles Jefferson ried men and two bachelors last night convicted Charles Jefferson, 29, on a charge of slaying 17-year-old Frances Dunn in a ipalmetto thicket near the beach at Boca Raton last Aug. 8. The verdict of first degree murder without a recommendation of mercy made the death sentence mandatory, and Judge C. E. Chillingworth was expected to impose it this week. His court-appointed attorney, Jack Salisbury, said he felt ed to explain the ship's electric of Michigan coeds arrived on the Orizaba. system Had been short-circuit-1 They were Miss Barbara Brad- ed, but it was -some time before! llcld ot Grand Rapids and Miss the passengers were quieted. Dr. Rudolph Mueller, the j Jean Outhvvaite oi' Benniiigton, i Vt., both of whom were returning from a tour oi' Europe when LANSING, Sept. 28.—W)—The Michigan National Guard has received orders to recruit 992 more men, Col. John S. Bersey, adjutant general, said today. Col. Ber.sey said the new enlistments will bring the Michigan National Guard to approximately 6,000 men, short of its full peace-time orders are part strength. The of the presi- delegates' decision to favor' Friday<aT6:27 B The moon^ sets Friday "duty-ibound" to appeal. Salis- _j4.i . , _.._ ., -. „.„, bury- told the jury the crime Maxi'- was unpremeditated and that no motive was proved, neither congressional camp in UAW-1 the current dispute arms embargo. over the morning nt 7:25. Temperature nt const gunrd for 24 hours ending nt 7 a. m.: mum 66, minimum 54. Orizaba s physician, said he wasj tho Athsnia was torpedioed. kept bu'-y. treating prostration; others from Michigan on the and hysteria cases. ! Orizaba were: The Orizaba arrived here late! Mrs. Alice A p e r s, Mrs. I dent's preparedness program" Wednesday with 352 passengers, Elizabeth Brown, James, Mary Bersey said ' the enlistments 240 of them Athenia .survivors, j Anne and Jeannine B'jyle, Mr.] W ould be divided among the The senior .survivor was 80-1 and Mrs. William Hunter and] various companies of field ar- vear-old Mary Little, who had j Margaret Hunter, 5, Robert tillery, infantry and engineering been abroad 11 times before and Hunter, 3, Mrs. Julia Martin and was returning to her home in Philadelphia. Describing the torpedoing, she Miss Isabel Martin, John and Jessie Morrison, Mrs. Caroline and Miss Virginia Prine, Mr.s. corps in Michigan and would not require additional commissioned officers. .said, "I kept quiet. Many! Ann Tovatt, all of Detroit; and Twelve presidents of the Unit- s"reampd. but I never do any- Mrs. Margaret Ford, East Dear- ed States, including Franklin D. and ruin. hos- thing like that. I took my born. On the western front tilies were slow-paced. "There were no noteworthy fighting activities" on the west, ' said a German communique reporting "one enemy plane" had been downed near Saarbrueck- en. The official Soviet agency reported the second attack in two days by an unidentified submarine on Soviet shipping near Estonia. The steamer Pioneer was forced on" tho rocks' without loss of life, Tass . said. ' "I Diplomatic circles in London and Paris expressed belief Hitler was preparing a new" peace move, possibly backed by threat (Please turn to Page 12, Column 1) DirecFRelief Load Rises, JiVPA Falls LANSING, Sept72€.—(/P)—The state .social welfare department surveying an increase of 2,355 cases in the state's general relief burden in a .single week/toot comfort in the fact the gain was not even greater. The current weekly survey showed WPA had dropped 2,445 persons from its work relief rolls in Michigan. The welfare department, comparing the rise in relief rolls and the reduction in WPA employment, said the • difference reflected an opening of more jobs in private enterprises. In Wayne county, where a drop of 1,800 was noted in the number of persons employed toy the WPA, the general relief burden rose only 650 cases. The survey showed 60,207 cases on the general relief rolls, in addition to 79,582 receiving old age assistance, 14,238 aid to dependent children and 751 aid to the blind. The WPA case load was set currently at 76,990.- Marquette Quiz Continued Today MARQUETTETsept. 28.—tfP)— Investigation of conditions at the state branch prison at Marquette by Attorney General Thomas Read continued today with emphasis upon the methods used in searching cells. The four convicts who fled from the prison Monday taking four state officials as hostages i carried knives and a crude pistol carved from wood. Thomas McCarthy, one of convicts, said the daggers made from table knives down. The handles were ed from tin foil and tape. Read quoted the guard as ing that he believed no gene: search of the prison had made in more than a year. Warden Marvin L. Coon holdover appointee from Roosevelt, have been Masons. Frank Murphy administration^

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