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•ft'5: VOLUME XLIX, NO. 284. DAILY NEWS LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN, MONDAY, OCT. 2, 1939. PRICE, THREE CENTS. DIPLOMATS WORK ARGUMENT ON ARMS BAN IS BEGUNJODAY Senator Pittman Takes Initiative in Administration Drive to Kill Clause WASHINGTON, Oct. 2.— (&)— Senator Pittman (D-Nev) began a momentous Senate debate over the nation's neutrality policies today by asserting the existing arms embargo was "a discrimination in favor of Germany." Speaking as chairman of the foreign relations committee, Pittman offered the administration's neutrality bill to repeal the arms embargo as "the most important legislation that has ever been proposed to Congress" and said it was designed "for the purpose of keeping us out of a European war.' Long before the Nevada senator opened debate for proponents of new neutrality legislation, crowds had ignored a cold rain to throng the capitol. After Pittman concluded, Senator Borah (R-Ida), dean of the Senate and leaaer oi forces opposed to repeal of the embargo on the sale of arms to warring nations, was scheduled to make the first address for his side of the tense neutrality controversy. (The administration bill would wipe out the present embargo against the sale of armaments to warring countries, would require belligerents to take title to goods purchased in this country before LL.^:nent and -would require that American goods be carried to belligerents in non- American vessels. In addition, the president would be .authorized to designate combat areas which American vessels and citizens could not enter.) his colleagues Cardinal Dies CXVRDIMAU x~MJNOe.l-e.IN Sipirea Blooming in Local Garden i As evidence of the warmth of sunny October weather, spirea was 'blooming today in the yard of Mrs. Louise Loomis, 909 South Madison street. Spirea, it was pointed out, ordinarily flowers in May and June. Encouraged toy today's pleasant temperatures, however, it w.as blooming a second time. October warmth, if it continues for several days, is certain to bring out similar activity in other shrubs, flowers and fruits, leading to a variety of second growths. season buds and I DELEGATES LEI Pittman told no such Was One of Best Church Leaders in United States Will Take Plans for Proposed Yacht Basin to Chicago Meeting C. Leonard Pell, Ludington commissioner and chairman of the special harbor improvements committee; Fred Swanson and C. Lawrence Lind, president and secretary, re- Known jspectively, of Ludington Chamber of Commerce expected to CHICAGO, Oct. 2.— (/P)— George Cardinal Mundelein, 67, archbishop of Chicago, died suddenly today. He was found dead in his bed at his residence in Mundelein, 111., by .Msgr. Patrick Hayes. Father Hayes had gone to the Cardinal's room to call him when the prelate did not appear lor his customary morning devotions. The Cardinal, who won wide notice for building the Chicago diocese into one of the largest and was wealthiest in regarded as the world, in "perfect health" as late as Sunday. The diocesan office said he history" a^e cuTre^'^ni^urday^and _saidta^n^ e situation] The diocesan ^ leave this afternoon for Chicago to attend a federal hearing on proposed small craft havens to be held Tuesday. At a meeting of the city commission last week, Mr. Pell was authorized to attend the hearing and take a few local citizens with him to present Ludington's views as to why it should be included with cities that will receive appropriations for development of such projects. A brief, containing necessary applications and data concern- ATTEMPT Tfl BREAK PRISON SUPPRESSED Second Plot in 48 Hours Is Discovered by Institution Guards) JACKSON, Oct. 2.— (fP\ — Southern Michigan prison guards today thwarted the second attempt to break at the institution within 48 hours. Four dangerous convicts housed in a detention block for disciplinary reasons were involved in the latest .plot. Three escaped from their individual cells but were rounded up before they were able to get out of the •block. | Warden Harry L. Jackson said that William Holwig, a guard, heard a noise at 1:10 a. m. antf discovered that Peter Goff, 27, a negro; Kenneth Olin, 28, and Eugene Plouff, 29, had sawed their way out of their cells. They had cut five 'blankets into strips and had fashioned the cloth and pieces of cell bars into a ladder. The guard notified Capt. J. J. Freeman. Additional guards quickly rounded up the trio and began an inspection of cell block No. 6, the detention block located in the south wing of the main buildino:. They discovered that bars in the cell of Russell Macklin, 30, who was involved in last Saturday's 'plot, had 'been cut and that he apparently had 'been ready to join the others. The warden said the four convicts had hack saw blades and pliers in their possession. The two attempts to break out of Southern Michigan pris- HITLER SALUTES U-BOAT, WHICH SANK COURAGEOUS Reichsfuehrer Adolf Hitler salutes the German submarine which torpedoed the British aircraft carrier Courageous, the outstanding naval victory —Central Press Radiophoto for Germany in the war to date. This picture was taken during an inspection trip by Hitler of the German naval base at Wilhelmshafen, First Hunting Season Is Opened On Sunday ing Ludington's proposed small I on came within a week of the craft haven has been prepared fantastic seizure of four state and will be presented at the abroad. He said these develop(Please turn to Page 6, Column 7) MILAN. Oct. 2.- -^—"Smoking mothers" drew a rebuke from Governor Luren D. Dickinson Sunday as he deplored what he called the failure of women to make proper use of women's suf- ad dress before the Tri- Methodlst Brotherhood frage. In an County meeting, the governor declared: "We voted women the franchise so that they could help us out on moral lines, and now where are they? Have they helped us? ' "If we could reach those sitting around tables wine and smoking drinking wha't a nation this might be! "You don't have to go very far to find women sitting around tables and making the air blue with smoke. Just where are our smoking girls? "People mothers leading their ask us to balance a budget over at Lansing but -they are giving us a class of people that fills our state institutions and adds a great financial burden." as was his custom, at the seminary in Mundelein. One of the best known of ;he Catholic clergy in the United States, Cardinal Mundelein was mentioned as a papal candidate on the death of Pope Pius XI this year. Historical Group to Meet Tuesday After recessing for summer months, Mason County Historical society will reconvene Tuesday night for the first meeting of its regular fall and winter programs. The initial meeting, it wasjan- nounced by Mrs. G. Pearl Darr of Freesoil, president of the society, will be held at the courthouse in Ludington, commencing at 8 p. m. All interested persons, whether regular members or not, are invited to attend. Organized two years ago, the society has been active in ferreting out and preserving Mason county historical traditions. "There has been great interest, both locally and elsewhere in the state, in our work," noted Mrs. Darr. "Dr. George Fuller, state historian, considers the Mason county organization one of the most active and resultful in the state. We are striving to live up to our .reputation and we urge interested persons to join with us." Five Men Added at Goast Guard Capt. Charles, Bon tekoe of the Ludington Coast Guard Station announced this morning that five new men, all new enlistments who had been assigned to this station, arrived Saturday. The new men, all .from Illinois, are. rated ' apprentice seamen. They are Stanley Lockton, Robert J. Manley, Charles Vogelsang, William C. Steroski and Onnl Hietala. Adding more men to the coast guard personnel is part of an action, recently instituted, to Increase the ? um »« 1 f , coast guardsmen on Lake Michigan as In other parts of the/nation. Regular Meeting Tuesday Night, 7 fig , TO. I Meeting by a complfementary lunch. Eveiyone -Out! , E. A. Miller, Se<s'y Motorists Warned They Must Appear All motorists who received tickets Saturday for violating the new city parking ordinance but failed to appear in justice court were cautioned this morning by Chief of Police T. J. Barber, who said it would cost them extra if they did not appear in court within 48 hours after the time the -ticket was issued. "Those who appeared were assessed $1 by a justice of the peace," Mr. Barber said. "There were some, however, who did not appear on the ti6xet and if they do not within 48 hours after the time the ticket was issued, a complaint will be signed by the officer and the offender will have extra, court costs to pay. A Twelve., tickets in all were handM out Saturday, Mr. Barber aidded, The new ordinance parking on specified streets. auto- near- WORTHY 2.- d In an 'lUslott at - ,00 'irOV&w •*.: 24 w of _, father, Ed•was killed in hearing. Ludington's chances of gaining federal approval of the project,, depend to a great extent upon the result of Tuesday's hearing, it is 'believed. At an unofficial hearing held in Ludington on Sept. 8, Representative Albert E. Engel of Muskegon, congressman for this district, urged the local harbor group to draw up exact plans and specifications and present them at a federal hearing. In addition to Chicago, hearings will toe held in Buffalo, N. Y., and Duluth, Minn. Lesser Lights Parade to Stand Following Conviction of Leaders PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2.— (JP) —The lesser lights in the insurance murder case start their parade to the stand today — many of them widows of victims. Already 11 defendants have either 'been convicted or pleaded guilty, including a trio dubbed as the "big shots" by investigators who estimate 50 to 100 persons were ipoisoned or slain by other means in the last decade. The -big three are the Petril- los, Herman and Cousin Paul,' and Morris Bolber, self-styled witch doctor. None was able to cope with the tight-spun evidence unfolded toy the commonwealth. During this month and officials by four fleeing convicts at the State Branch prison at Marquette. The four were | rounded up after a flight across the Upper Peninsula to the Wis4 cousin border. Their hostages were unharmed. Governor Calls on Factions to Make Attempt to Reach Agreement LANSING, Oct. 2.—(#>)— Governor Dickinson called on contending factions in the strike of employes of the Alpena Garment company at Alpena today to avoid any action that might precipitate disorders after he received reports that the situation was ""threatening." The governor's legal advisor, Emerson R. Boyles, informed counsel for the company that Dickinson felt it would be wise for the employers to close their plant pending negotiations in Lansing with the International Garment Workers' union for an amicable settlement. Boyles told Carl Henry, attorney for the company,' that the governor insisted that' earnest attempts be made to settle the strike through negotiation. "The state police are not going to pull anybody's chestnuts out of the fire," Boyles said, "by The first of the three fall hunting seasons, the wildfowl campaign, got off to an auspicious .start Sunday with hunters in all parts of Mason county reporting a very successful first day, many bagging their limits. i The cannonading started on Schedule Sunday ' mofHmg; '"At 7 a. m., the zero hour, the firing along Mason county's marshes, j swamps, rivers and lakes started and the birds on the game list had no peace until firing ceased late in the afternoon. Reports seem to indicate thatj there was a larger army of hunters out for the first day this year than last. Oct. l, falling on Sunday, undoubtedly enabled many, to get out on opening day who otherwise would not be able. The tangy brown meat of the Manager of Nash Automobile Plant -Says Walkout Is 'Uncalled For' a strike unless making a ser- intervening in both sides are ious attempt to settle Ihe controversy amicably. The state labor mediation board is at 12 of the 23 persons indicted on homicide charges will go on trial. A middle-aged fortune teller, Mrs. (Provldenza Mlcclchl, goes on trial today charged with plotting with Domlnlck Cassetl to slay his wife, Jennie, toy "seasoning" her food with a le- the service of-the company and next | the union and we feel it would thai "witch's has ipleaded potion." guilty Cassetl to the murder and with the others awaits sentence. BARRYTON GIRL KILLED BARRTTON, Oct. 2.— (JP)— Miss Marine Lutz, 16, of Barryton, was killed Sunday when she was pinned beneath the wreckage of ah overturned automobile on M-68 north of here. Weather Forecast Lower Michigan: Fair and somewhat warmer tonight and Tuesday., Detroit and Vicinity: Fair and somewhat warmer tonight and Tuesday; light northeast anaT east winds becoming southeast and south. The sun seta today at 8:12 and rises Tuesday at 6:31. worn In The moon rises today at 8.36 p. m. r«'in Central JW8rtWSft TO: "SSgffi mum C7, minimum 48, , for both sides to action that would trou'ble. We are be '. proper avoid any precipitate ... „._ recommending that representa- tlyes of the company and the union meet in Lansing with the mediati9n board at the earliest possible opportunity." State Park Model J on 'Display He^re JA miniature reproduction of Ludington State park, the work o| the WPA recreational department, is on display in the Qnamber of Commerce window where It is ' attracting a great deal of attention. |The model is made to scale and has all geological features liii relief. The buildings of the C€C camp Ludington-Pere Marquette, the bathhouse, Point S^ble lighthouse, Lakes, Michl- gajn, Hamlin and Lost and the Hamlin river and dam can be plainly discerned. jParticularly realistic looking ai;e the sand dunes, both barren ahd wooded. The model was displayed In the lobby of the Stearns hotel during the s&th annual women's conservation •conference which was held in Ludington last week. . KENOSHA, Wls., Oct. 2.— (JP) •A peace conference between company and union officials of the strikebound Nash automobile plant was called for today as R. A. De Vlieg, plant works | manager, charged the strike was "uncalled for" and that union leadership was "radical." De Vlieg issued a statement attacking union leadership as he announced the company I had accepted an offer of the 'striking United Automobile Workers union local (CIO) for a resumption of negotiations. No attempt would be made | to open the plant for produc- 'tion today, De Vlieg said. Indications were that effects of the strike, which began at noon Sunday, would spread to other plants as supplies were curtailed. The strike was voted Saturday as the local endeavored to substitute a current working agreement with a formal contract. About 3,100 employes were Immediately affected here. De Vlieg declared that "radical" elements in the union had been responsible for "malicious" damage to ears and machinery in the plant, a division of Nash-Kelvinator Corp. Citizen Applicants Will Be Examined Sidney Freed of^the U. S. department of immigration and naturalization in Detroit, will be in the, county clerk's office at the, courthouse Tuesday, Oct. 3, .for the purpose of examining citizenship applicants. To date 12 citizenship applicants have been called to file their applications between the hours of 9 -a. m. and 2 p, m. After that time Mr. Freed will be free -to answer, questions of persons seeking naturalization duck family made it the most sought after of all species coming across Michigan, but other fowl were reported falling in goodly numbers. The weather for the opening was ideal from a hunter's standpoint—cool and clear. , •_ . .. - . |ji; After the first day's firing, it appears the duck experts may have known what they were talking about when they said the 1939 duck season had possibilities of becoming the best in recent years. Target of the hunters was the bigfrest flight of waterfowl to wing down from the flat provinces of the Canadian northwest and the Hudson bay country in 10 years. The state conservation department reported that 538,954 ducks were killed in Michigan last fall; that 4,768. geese were brought down, that 18,017 shore birds fell and that 55,156 woodcock died for Michigan tables. On that basis, the department is able to estimate the chance each hunter has of bringing home a bag in reward for long, cold hours spent in the duck blind and punt. The average hunter this year, the department believes, should kill 6.8 ducks, 2.8 geese, 5.3 shore birds and 2.? woodcock. After a brief survey this morning it seems certain that Mason county hunters did at least this well. Fifty Men Engaged in Interviewing Business Places and Individuals Forecast Stormy Debates on Various Questions as Delegates Meet at Cincinnati CINCINNATI, Oct. 2.— (JP)— The American Federation of Labor opened its 59th convention today amid forecasts of stormy debates on such issues as labor peace, threatened.sus- pension of two of its oldest unions, and a proposal that the United States offer to bring about peace in war-torn Europe. The executive council, in its annual report issued on the eve of the convention, made the whole topic of war and neutrality a definite subject for convention action by advocating the role of an international peacemaker for .this nation. The council's report avoided any statement on President Roosevelt's program for revising the neutrality act and employing a system of "cash and carry" tor sale abroad of American munitions and planes. Some union leaders, however, voiced the hope the convention would support the complete program of the'; administration. ":• Trss council report contained strong criticism of totalitarian governments and called or*, the convention to declare itself "emphatically and decisively" against "autocracy In government, let, it be Nazi, Fascist or Communist.",' f < With over 200 persons taking par tj' committee- setups •<• wefe nearly complete today for the current campagin to construct a new hospital building for Mason county. Initial part of the drive 'began in Ludington this morning, with over 50 men engaged in interviewing places of business and other individuals in regard to raising funds to complete the building. This week's drive committees, under general direction of A. W. Church, K. B. Matthews and Steve Godin, were to complete their work the forepart of the week, so a general house-to- i house drive in Ludington and 1 elsewhere in Mason county could gefc uncier way a week from, today, Monday, Oct. 9. Committees for .the general drive were nearly complete, full announcement 'being scheduled for later in the present week. Speed Drged Messrs. Church, Matthews and- Godin urged their respective committees to complete this wee'k's work as rapidly as possible, so final check-up . may be made. Each drive worker is. to report directly to his team captain. "The hospital problem is well known in Ludington and Mason county," commented the general ways and means chairman, Frederic Read. "As a community we have discussed it for years. We know the condition of our present hospital building — that it is seriously out-dated j and cannot long continue to bej used. As a community, we must either unite in a plan of fin(Please turn to Page 6, Column 6) FIGHTING Of) FRONTS HELD TO MINIMUM Count Ciano's Visit to Berlin Is Interpreted as 'Peace Offensive' (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Diplomats took the offensive in a European war devoid today of major military developments. The British air ministry reported scouting planes had made night flights over Berlin, but did not say when. : On the Eastern front a Ger-. man communique reported the first German troops had moved into shattered Warsaw "without incident." Defenders of the Hela peninsula forts, "the last point of 'Polish resistance," were said to have surrendered unconditionally. Soviet Russian forces pushed communication of Eastern 'Poland -which the Red army occupied hi dividing Poland with, Germany. On. the Western front, a French communique said, "the night was relatively calm." Germany reported "merely local artillery and reconnoitering activity" in the west, but said one British scouting plane had been shot down. ' French dispatches indicated the British-French forces were consolidating their positions and had removed thousands of small mines left behind by the Germans. On. the sea, Britain lost her first merchant vessel in more than a week. The information ministry announced the 5,051- ton Clement had been sunk by a "raider" in the South Atlantic. Diplomatic activity centered in Moscow and Berlin. '. : Foreign Minister <3 o un t Galeazzo Ciano of Ital ; y,e;nde visit-with Adolf 'ffltlerwhlctf interpreted by Berlin sources part of a "peace offensive" : the fuehrer to end the war with Britain and France now th&t Poland has been conquered. Some observers expected that Ciano's father-in-law, Premier Mussolini, would assume the role of mediator in such peace efforts. Britain and France, however, gave indication such a peace would be unacceptable since both have pledged to restore 'Poland and destroy "Hitlerism." "We are going on to the end," Britain's first lord of the admiralty, Winston Churchill, said in a vigorous Sunday night speech. Churchill's words were backed up by a royal proclamation calling up an additional 250,000 men to the colors. i October 'Court Term Is Under Way October term of circuit court was scheduled to get under way i at 2 o'clock this afternoon before Judge Max E. Neal of Man- j I istee. The calendar for the term which lists 31 cases is considerably heavier than that of the June term. Of the 31 cases on the docket, four are criminal cases, 14 are non jury cases and two are civil jury cases. There are also 11 other cases due to come up, including eight divorce actions, This afternoon will be devoted to arranging the term calendar. Four Local Men on Federal Jury Four Ludington men have been drawn for jury duty on the grand or traverse juries of -the Western Michigan Federal court which opens -its term in Gx;and Rapids on Nov. 7. E. B. Nelson for service on and Jpseph Bertram an have thfc, HONGKONG, Oct. Several hundred casualties were reported today in the wake of a surprise Chinese attack on Japanese guard posts along Hongkong's mainland .border. A hard rain grounded Japanese planes and resulted ,in comparative quiet along the front tonight, except for occasional machine gun fire near, the scene of Sunday's encounter. Japanese communications were disrupted. Chinese forces were reported to outnumber the Japanese 10 to one and the Japanese situation was described by observers as precarious unless reinforcements arrive from Canton or Swatow. Auto Is Stolen, Recovered in Night Ludington city police reported this morning that a car owned 'by Carl Jepson, reported stolen from in front of his residence at 1213 South Madison street about 11 o'clock Saturday night, was recovered within , • & half hour after the theft oA River road, just outside the south city limits, • > John Hegstrom, about 50, of Ludington, arrested for thg- theft, was found in the , CM asleep and intoxicated. He is° ibe arraigned Upon the'chj either this afternoon or, day. > The car, police officers had 'been driven off side of the foa.d deal of 'barb wire thicket. I

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