The Ludington Daily News from Ludington, Michigan on October 13, 1939 · Page 1
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\ VOLUME XLIX, NO. 294. LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN, FRIDAY, OCT. 13, 1939. PRICE, THREE cENfS. UNITED ATTEMPT TO HALT STRIKE IN AUTO PLANT Principal Question Is Who Shall Control Speed of Assembly Line DETROIT, Oct. 13.—(^-^Mediation efforts by both state and federal agencies were pressed today in an attempt to settle the dispute between Chrysler corporation and the CIO United Automobile Workers which has brought idleness to more than 50,000 workers. With two conciliators of the United States department of labor already on the scene, filing of a strike Intention notice by the union threw into motion the machinery of the state labor mediation board. Members of that body, organized only a few months ago and credited with the solution of several smaller disputes, planned to confer with union and company officials today. The principal problem confronting the mediators appeared to be bringing the two sides into agreement on the question of who shall control production speed in the Chrysler plants. The UAW-CIO has demanded that it be given a voice in setting production schedules. The corporation hasi vehemently insisted that such) matters are a function of the management alone. K. T. Keller. Chrysler presi- Warn Pranksters • i •>• i •. i'. , ' ~ ••' * to Watch Actions Due to numerous recent complaints about Hallowe'en pranksters starting their annual activities a bit .premateurely, Chief of Police T. J. Barber this morning cautioned all youngsters and others about the seriousness of the matter. "We've had numerous complaints lately of youngsters cutting up and In general creating a lot of mischief," Mr. Barber said. "Fun is fun but this business of destroying other people's property and letting the air out of motorists' tires has to stop." "The police department will be on a constant lookout and TAFT FAVORS ABOLISHMENT OF EMBARGO Republican Senator Says Act to a Benefit to Aggressor Nations WASHINGTON, Oc.t. 13.— (/P) —Senator Taft (R-Ohio) deem- favoring ag- peaceful na- nounced today an arms policy as r*^**f*^* t j**±*\s*j\j\s\s\^^s*-*^*\s****^^ li -s*^*^*+^*^^ J ^'^^ t *****^*^^s"^^ IROQUOIS HOME—SAFE AND SOUND anyone apprehended for such ft^Tand urged tne Senate"to A x«4-l*»l Mnr* ***I11 ,V»« VM*ritmrtti4-<*f4 *' V\ Q ! «*v**" •_%-•«. U*.-QW» ~ adopt the administration bill activities will 'be prosecuted," he added. Young people on scavenger hunts are also urged to be more courteous to people whom they repealing the ban of ..munitions shipments. He voiced approval visions which would disturb while trying to fill their American ships from lists. "The police had numerous this account lately and if some persist in their conduct, we shall have to take action on the matter." of pro- prohibit carrying goods to warring countries, but department has i recommended elimination of a complaints on | section permitting 90-day credits on arms sales. "We should prohibit our ships from going to Europe," he said. "That policy is no more cowardly than it is to keep people out of a burning house.. It is simply good sense that we prevent American citizens not only from risking their own lives, but from pHmging us into a war -which i may involve millions of other lives." Taft is one of a half dozen Republican senators favoring repeal of the arms embargo. He told the Senate repeatedly i that he believed the United I States could remain out of the European war. "The president of the United States," Taft said, "would make a tremendous mistake if he regarded the passage Snow Flakes Reported to Have Fallen with Cold Rain Ludindgton and parts of Mason county were given a preview of the approaching winter season shortly before noon today of the sea- Rails, Riding Business Boom, Widen Activity CHICAGO, Oct. 13.—(XP)— America's railroads, given the "highball" by an upsurge in business, have pulled the spending .'throttle and are pouring more than $80,000,000 into their property to keep the nation's trade and travel moving. How much this will mean in jobs is incalculable, railroad men said. Contracts are scattered over a wide range of industries, much of the repair work can be maintained by done by crews individual lines, Health 'Unit Request for Additional Funds Is Tabled Until April Session in which he said: We are the object of an at- consisting only of a tack commonly called the 'slow flake5 - was P art of of ,this bill as in any way a son was reported. The snowfall, i symbol of popular approval of few the wet rain down'. The 'slow down' is a blood relative of the sit down." Keller said that after the National Labor Relations 'board poll of Chrysler employes, which resulted in" victory "for * the UAW-CIO in most of the Chrysler plants, "slow downs" increased. "We could not mistake thej fact that we were confronted] with an organized campaign on the part of the CIO Union to curtail production," he said. The union's answer to Keller's statement was contained in a letter written to the company today by Richard T. Franken- steen, UAW-CIO regional director. "The Chrysler Corp. within recent weeks, has arbitrarily undertaken to fix production standards without .consideration of the workers' capacity to per,form respective operations and without consultation of the workers' chosen representatives," he wrote. "These arbitrary standards have been fixed on new work concerning which the corporation can have no reliable data on which to base production standards.": GAME GOES ON The Ludington-Petoskey football game, scheduled to be played at Oriole field this evening, will go as-per schedule, it was announced this noon. Fans are urged to come well-equipped with blankets and coats In order to enjoy the game despite cool weather. DETROIT, Oct. 13.—</P)— Twenty-three Ford Motor com- whlch fell most of the morning. Scottville- also reported a few snowflurries as Its contribution toward the generally unsettled weather in this section of the state. Rain fell all morning and had indications of continuing all afternoon. Temperature at the Ludington coast guard station at noon today was 38 degrees, a new low this fall. The forecast was for continued cloudy with freezing .temperatures tonight. Forecast for Saturday is fair and continued cold. Continue Apple Tax Despite Suit interference in Europe. "The popular opposition to this bill, as far as it exists, is based on suspicion of the president's tendency to interfere in the European war. He has publicly pledged his determination to keep, America at peace; and we can surely accept the pledge." Taft, son of the pre-World war president, urged that Congress remain in session to act promptly "on any emergency which may arise." He declared that nothing The steamship Iroquois is seen, above right, as she neared New. York harbor, ending a harrowing voyage from Ireland. A convoy of American naval vessels met the Iroquois in mid-ocean following a warning to the United States government by the German navy that it had knowledge the Iroquois was to be sunk by a "country now at war with Germany." Of greater alarm to the passengers was a v storm which menaced the ship for several days. Automobile Club Urges End Of Justice Courts would be democratic United States so destructive to government in the war. Oct. 13.— (fl 3 ) 1 — The commission said LANSING, state apple today that its activities, including the collection of the state apple tax, were continuing in all but Berrien county where a court test of the constitutionality of the law has been instituted. The commission said it had suspended its advertising program pending a settlement of the suit but that all other functions were being carried pany employes, dismissed in on organize Ford Ford spokesman any 1937" and ordered reinstated by the National Labor Relations board, have returned to work, but union and company opinions on why they were rehlred differed. The CIO United Automobile Workers hailed their return to work as a "clear cut victory" in connection with the union's campaign to workerSj but a denied the incident "had particular significance. Increased production had paved the way for recall of many former employes, he said. The National Labor Relations 1 board found that the men were dismissed because of union activity, and has on file with the U. S. court of appeals at Cincinnati an application for an order compelling their reinstatement. • Richard T. Leonard, regional director of the UAW-CID, said "re-employment of the 23 men Is a clear-gut victory for the UAW-CIO and will enhance our organizing efforts among Ford employes. TWO' ' Members explained that they had made advertising' commitments and would need the tax receipts to meet them. Pike Designation Withdrawn from P.M. LANSING, Oct. 13.—'(/P)—The state observation commission today withdrew pike Jake Body of Former Teacher Is Found in Bog 'Near Grand Rapids GRAND RAPIDS, Oct. 13.—(/P) —Kent county officers continued their investigation today of the apparently weeks-old swa,mp slaying of William Marshall, 35- year-old former school teacher. Marshall's decomposed body, with a leather belt arottnd the neck, was found in a wog near here Thursday. Police said the fact that the'body lay face down, with arms at its sides, indicated an assailant had killed him. Marshall, a former teacher at ,he state reformatory in Ionia, vanished Aug. 21 when his arrest was sought on a felony charge. Marshall was a native of Lawrence, in Van Bui'en county, ' Two young men were ques- ,ioned Thursday night and re"eased. designations from m.__ the follow- DIE IN CRASH MONROE, Opt; ney Revels, 65, arid hie* 8bh; Louis, 18, both of Frenchtown, were killed Thursday : nlght %heri a Michigan CentraF' 'passenger train struck their -automobile at a crossing north of 'her&'A second son escaped , injury wheri he leaped from the car, •;,••• ; '' ing waters directly connected with Lake Michigan. MaCatawa (Black lake) Ottawa county; Mjuskegon and White lakes, Muskegpn county; Pere Marquette lake, Mason county; PentwateV lake, Oceana cbunty; Manlstee, Bar and Portage lakes, Manlstee county; Betsie lake,"Behzle county and take Charlevoix in Charlevoix county. The commission took no action on a petition that if'Close Big Portage a,nd Little Portage lakes l and Mud bay. in Wash- tenaW and Livingston counties to winter fishing for bluegills. The • fish division had • recommended that the commission await the completion of a creel census in. the^Lower Peninsula that' would show "the relation^ship as tq' winter ve?su.S'stun* mar fishing" before jtnakihg any decis,iqn. , LANSING, Oct. 13—(/?)—The Automobile Club of Michigan, opposing conditions which it said resulted in automobile "speed traps," suggested today that the state constitution be amended to abolish the justice court system. The club addressed its suggestion to Governor Dickinson, who said he would consult with the State Bar of Michigan and the judicial council before answering. "The justice court originated in days when communication \ gations of and transportation bility created a demand for them," the letter, signed by W. A. Brush, of Detroit, club president, said, "I am certain an inquiry and study as to whether or not justice courts are the proper tribunals to meet existing modern conditions will divulge an entirely new story. It might suggest a constitutional change." Brush suggested a "county court, utilizing the existing structure of our present court system." Referring to pending investi- Sum of $5,000 was approved by the Mason county board of supervisors today for the Mason county hospital ' association to assist in constructi9n of a new hospital for this region. The amount, made up of $1,500 previously approved for the same purpose plus an added $3,500 voted today, was unanimously authorized by the board. It was voted, specifically, in payment for detention quarters included at the request of county authorities in plans for the new structure. According to terms of this morning's action, an advance of $1,500 of the sum will be available to the association Jan. 1, 1940, the $3,500 balance to be paid on completion of the quarters, subject to acceptance by the supervisors. When constructed, it w^s voted, the dentention quar r ters will always be available withi put further charge to the county .•for such: uses as the county. wishes to make of them. The quarters are especially constructed to house insane cases and others, pending their transfer to other institutions. In the past, such cases have been handled at the county jail and the steel mills, sources of new rail, are rolling at capacity. Nor is this multimillion-dollar spurt caused by lagging operations and depreciation during slump times. " Streamlined fleets of trains have been built up during depression years and the roads have spent millions to keep their systems operating properly when income was low. Railway Age, the carriers' traces magazine, reported $80,000,000 worth of contracts for supplies and work were placed during September. New'build- ing and modernization programs, many of which won't be completed until next year, more than equal that figure. The industry-wide program of preparedness to handle any size load of new business was begun last month in Washington when rail leaders announced immediate action to put their cars and locomotives in shape. • . Preparedness was described by J. L. Beven, president of the Illinois Central system, in a speech to businessmen as "the best insurance against the possibility of government ownership" of the carriers. THINK MIGHT MAKE PEACE Germany Says Plan Is Last Chance to Avoid Bloody Conflict Fred Reek, Sherman Township Chairman, Announces Names of Committee county poor farm, neither justice court condi- inaccessi- ! tiohs in Southeastern Michigan, counties, Brussh said: or of these "being properly equipped to handle them. Discuss Reports Balance of this morning's session was taken up with discussion of committee reports. Following a discussion of the tax situation in townships where portions of land have been removed from the tax rolls by reason of being; purchased for national forest purposes, it was voted unanimously to waive the county tax involved in rejected taxes on land federally owned for national forest purposes. To- Committee for Fountain and Sherman township in the current drive for funds to complete a new hospital building for Mason county was announced Thursday by Fred Reek, Sherman township drive chairman. . It-^includes Mr: and Mrs, John Randall for Elm Flats district; Mr. and Mrs. George Lorenz for Sugar Grove district; Mr. and Mrs. J. Ward Paxton for- Mills district; Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Wagner for Reek district; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mavik for Lincoln River district and Mr. (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Germany looked anew to the ' United States today for mediation of the European war now in its 41st day. A week ago Hitler proposed a peace on his terms, an offer which was followed 'by Nazi suggestions that Washington use its good offices to end the war. Washington was'cool. The aew effort for American intervention followed Upon. Prime Minister Chamberlain's rejection of a peace on conditions stipulated by the fuehrer. Hitler was represented toy. Dr. Otto Dietrich, his press chief, as holding that mediation by the United States was the last hope for averting "the most gruesome bloodbath in history." . It was indicated in Berlin that there might still .be a.lull on the western front if there was any sign of American action; otherwise there would toe a fight to the finish. At almost the same time an official German press release attacked Chamberlain's -speech as "an unheard of insult to Germany" and asserted the Briton "and his clioue" desired war, The lack of a formal request for American mediation was seen in Washington as among the obstacles to any peace effort. And even if such a request were received, many persons believed, the TJnited States government would want the advance assent of Great Britain and France. In ' Moscow, Soviet Russia Three Face FIRST SN'OW FALL HOUGHTON, Oct. l3'.— The first sribw v of the season fell 1 here Thursday afternoon and evening. It melted as soon as it reached the ground, ' in Power Strike SAGINAW, Oct. 13.—(fi>)— Charges against three men accused of tampering with a Utility pole during the Consumers Power strike will 'be changed from misdemeanor to conspiracy, Assistant Prosecutor Rolland N. Montgomery said Thursday. The three, who would face sentences up to five years and fines to $2,000 under a conspiracy conviction, are Ace Mitchell, Dan Robinson and Robert Lenox. Jbseph Mason, who. pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge, was sentenced to 90 days and.fined $100* •'•• •'WEATHER Weather Forecast Lower Michigan: Partly-cloudy And 5 colder, with freezing temperatures tonight; Saturday fair ahd colder Ih southeast and extreme east portions. ••" Detroit''and Vicinity:' Partly cloudy and cblder with freezing temperature tonight; Saturday fair and colder; fresh squtbwest shifting tp northwest Winds. The sun sets toddy at 5 !54 and rises Saturday at 8:44. The 1 moon rises Saturday fit 8:44 a. m Says Legislature Alone Can Grant Money to Crippled Children LANSING, Oct. 13.—i Governor Dickinson turned deaf ear Thursday to pleas for increased state aid for crippled and afflicted children, which he said would be granted only by the legislature in a special session. Dickinson told advocates of a more extensive crippled children's .program that no state funds were available, and that the problem was one for county .governmental, units and private charities to solve. The governor received a delegation headed 'by Mrs. Gus Barris of Saginaw, who sponsored a "teddy .bear" fund to supplement the state's contribution for the care of crippled youngsters, and Robert G. Greve of Ann Arbor, assistant superintendent of University hospital and' executive secretary of the Michigan Hospital association. Acquitted in Death "by Dynamite Blast BAD AXE,' Oct. 13.— (JP)— Ar- Again the spotlight of public tal amount so waived, it was es- disfavor has been focused upon timated, was around S400 for all | Michigan's justice court sys- townships involved. tern. It is a matter of common Report of the committees of j knowledge that some' justices of < please .*"."» to Pa * e »•• Column 2 > the peace split fees with constables, which, it must be agreed, is not in the interest of good government." Brush complained that the "speed trap" victimizes tourists who have been estimated to spend $350,000,000 in Michigan annually. * Blind , in 67-year-old Sebawaing, was, acquitted Thursday of a thur Von Wende, former butcher of murder charge in connection I tage. Welcomes James F. Thompson as, Candidate for Chief Executive's Post LANSING, Oct. 13.—(/P)—Governor Dickinson, a political enigma in Michigan for four decades, "welcomed" James : F. Thomson, chairman of the Republican State Central Committee, Thursday as a candidate for governor and further confused observers who have wondered if the 80-year-old chief executive would be a candidate. The observers were confounded by these two statements: "I don't know why I should take any harm. I'm not a candidate," Dickinson said, referring to Thomson's candidacy. Then he said: "There's a lot that are not candidates now who will be in past campaigns, friends have thought a large field was to my advan- Child Is Put to Death New York Apartment with the death of Grant Pitcher, of Bayport. Pitcher was killed last November by an explosion when he started a furnace fire in the home of Von Wende's divorced wife, Mrs. Marie Von Wende, of Saginaw. The prosecution had contended that Von Wende placed dynamite in the furnace as part of a plot to kill his ex- wife." Dickinson said he was not endorsing Thomson nor inviting him to enter the race. "I have no criticism of Jim. Jim and I always got along together and he's got just as good a right as anybody to run for office," the governor said. SMART UMBRELLAS. Special at, $1.25., 'Snow's., — Advertisement. NEW YORK, Oct. 13.—(/P)—A dozen canaries sang unheeded today in a drab cold-water flat in Upper Manhattan where police said a mentally tortured elevator operator had chloroformed his blind 13-year-old son, feeble-minded since birth. Neighbors said Louis Re- pouille, 38, had raised the canaries to augment his small income and provide for the dead boy, Raymond, and • four other younger children. After an all-night questioning, Repouille was charged with homicide and illegal possession of a dangerous weapon. Police said a revolver had been found in the apartment. . The body of the frail 45- po.und 'boy, clad in a gingham dress and sweater, was found Thursday in the steel bedroom crib from which he had been unable to move without being lifted or carried. Repouille was sitting dazed on the bed. An empty chloroform bottle was on the dresser. Detectives Harry Roedel and James Harrison said the father described how he had held a chloroform-saturated cloth to the -boy's face and told them: "I couldn't stand it any longer. He was just like dead all the time. He couldn't walk or talk or see." The boy became blind after an unsuccessful brain operation five years ago. His parents had saved $500 for the operation. Delaware. Mr. and Mrs. Reek for Fountain. Custer township committee, of which Mrs, Charles Reader of Custer village is chairman, includes in addition: Resseguie district, William Bacon; Riverside district, Mrs. Ray Nash; Wilson district, Mrs. Herman Wilson; Menninger district, Mrs. Roy Camfield; McCellan district, Louis Boyer; Weldon Creek district, William Shoup; Custer village, Mrs. Joe Sanders and Mrs. Russell Littell. All committees are urged, as far as possible, to complete their reports by end of next week, or as much earlier as possible. Scottville committee likewise is asked to complete its report by end of next week. .Ludington ward committees are urged to make their reports as early next -week as possible, and not later than the end of the week. Ludington's 10 special committees, working for the past two weeks, are requested to turn in their results to committee chairmen or to H. T. Stolberg, funds trustee, immediately. "Insofar as humanly possible, we want all results by end of the week so we will know exactly where we stand," said Frederic Read, ways and means chairman. Study Situation of Tax Property LANSING, Oct. 13—(/P)—The state conservation commission attempted today to formulate | policies affecting the future of thousands of acres of Northern Michigan land which will revert to the state Nov. 3. At the top of the agenda was a decision on whether persons from whom property was taken for failure to pay taxes may redeem their land under a land contract payment plan. The lands are those for which there was no bidder at 'a forced sale in May, 1938, and lie in the northern counties of the state. Sfimilarly reverted lands in 36 southern counties go to the state land office board which will dispose of them in a "scavenger" sale in February. Owners ; of l&nd in the northern section: which pass to the conservation commission will have 30 days in which to ask the commission to offer the property at public auction. Should the owner be outbid at the auction, he would have another 30 days in which to,redeem the property by matching the higher bid. A certain ranch at Klngsville. Tex., is larger than the state of ences" with Finland, whose cause had evoked friendly action on the part of the United States and the Scandinavian nations. Three other nations on the Baltic had gone to Moscow on Russia's invitation and had granted the Soviet union widespread concessions. But Finland, her foreign minister saidj "cannot submit or comply with the dictates of an outside factor which would result in her- international and political activity being dependant on -something other than her own free will." Scandinavian countries heard that Russia wanted some small Finnish islands, a military assistance pact, stranger economic and political ties and expulsion of Germans. BENTON HARBOR, Oct. 13.— {/pji—JDurward w - Ewing, resigned vice president and cashier of the Union State -Bank of Buchanan was at liberty under $20,000 bond today following his arraignment before. U. S. Commissioner Elizabeth Forhan here Thursday afternoon on a charge of embezzling bank funds. Ewing's bond was 'signed late Thursday afternoon by Johh Russell, Buchanan automobile dealer, and J. T. Raukowski, Buchanaia truck line owner. . * Ewing waived examination. He will be arraigned in the U. S. district court at Grand Rapids by FBI; Nov. 7. Ewing was . arrested agents Thursday morning :on federal, warrant charging a $3,500 false entry in the banfc ledgers. The maximum penalty is five years imprisonment and $5,000 fine. . John S. Bugas, head of the Detroit .FBI office, said federal auditors reported the shortage* "due to Ewing's defalcations" already has reached $49,816. Fliers JJuck Jinx , to Continue Flight MUNCIE, Ind., Oct. 13.— (/P>— Robert A. McDaniels, 25; of Muncie and Kelvin F. Baxter, 23, of Richmond bucked the FrJ-s ,' day the thirteenth jinx today a* ( they flew toward a new-ligw'' airplane endurance record. «>> They were in the thirteenth, day, of their second effort s,l^ less than a month to surpass ihft performance of - Hunter < Humphrey .Moody, brp who in August at Springfield, 111., flew 343 hours, 46 minutes,* <", Their ground crew expressed •, the opinion they were good ftjfc / at least 500 hours. The paiCttoqj^C'": off at,10:53 o'clock in the mojn T -y; ingOct. 1, r -- v

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