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THE LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS VOLUME XLIX, NO. 295. LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN, SATURDAY, OCT. 14, 1939. PRICE, THREE CENTS. U-BOAT SINKS BRITISH SUPERVISORS END SESSION, VOTE BUDGET $5,000 Appropriation Friday Insures New Bridge at Scottville In Mercy Killing After a busy five-day session, Mason county board of supervisors adjourned its regular October term Friday afternoon following adoption of the annual county budget and appropriation of $5,000 to insure construction next spring of a new bridge across Pere Marquette river south of Scottville. Annual budget of $84,000, unanimously approved for the fiscal year from Jan. 1, 1940. to I Dec. 31, 1940, is: Salaries, per diem and committee work, $29,000; medical and hospitalization expense, $25,000; county agent's office, $1,225; Starr Commonwealth services, $100; Michigan Children's aid, $150; Salvation Army Evangeline home, services, $100; Mason County Tourist & Resort association, $300; annual bee inspection, $50; county health unit, $1,000; dental assistant, $18; administrative expense, welfare department, $5,700; welfare relief, county funds, $7,200- county infirmary, $5,000; general fund, $8,995. Total, $84.000. The $84,000 total is obtained by applying the county tax rate of seven mills against the county equalized valuation of $12,000,000. Total county tax funds, if all taxes were paid, will be $84,000 next year as compared to $91.000 for the current year and $98,000 i for the previous year. For New Bridge i Sum of $5.000 of county funds ' for construction of a new bridge * south of Scottville was voted the ] county road commission to sup- , plement other road commission ; funds in bearing the county's | share of cost of the project. Total cost, according to preliminary estimates, will be about $25,000, aboitt half of -which, wlli'be furnished by federal grant. Actual construction work, it is expected, will start as soon as weather permits next year, the new bridge to be completed before opening of the tourist season. A re-inforced concrete structure, the new bridge will replace a present iron structure of the now outdated overhead arch type. Final plans for the project, the road commission reported, will be completed in the near future, engineers now being at work on .soundings, etc. Officials said that, due to fills to be made at the south end, the new bridge will be about 45 feet shorter than the present 165-foot iron structure' Vote Fair Money Taking up the question of the Western Michigan Fair association, the board pf supervisors voted prior to adjournment Fri day afternoon to grant the association $800 for advertising purposes plus $489.49 for permanent improvements made to the fairgrounds during the past season. The appropriations, much discussed, wefrr'passed as separate motions vote on the former being 14-to-7 in favor of approval, vote on the former being 14-to-7 i in favor of approval. Vote on i the permanent improvement ap- I propriation was 17-to-4 for ap- ' proval. A final fair association report, submitted to supervisors, showed a deficit for the season of $1,246.64, the Friday's two appropriations being sufficient to offset the figure. Both sums faced considerable debate before final enactment, most supervisors expressing disapproval but taking a view that this year's fair was a good one and, in view of this, little else could be done. In the light of past experience, they agreed, a more business-like administration must be arranged for future fairs, bringing them within expected revenues. Kills Daughter, Wife_Woimded DETROIT, Oct. 14.—(/P)—A jealous father shot and killed his two-year-old \ daughter, seriously wounded his entranged wife and then fatally wounded himself here Friday night. The dead were Howard Crump, 22, an automobile factory worker and his daughter, Barbara. In a hospital with wounds in her neck and head was Mrs. LaVern Crump, 18, who told Police Sergeant Anthony H. Olech her husband was jealous over a man she had seen but once. Olech said Crump had gone to the resident where his wife was staying, forced her Into the bedroom of the child and then shot them both; Lewis Repouille, 38, New York hospital elevator operator, was held by police after admitting he had chloroformed his 13-year-old son who was hopelessly blind, deaf and crippled since birth. SOVIET TERMS FOR FINLAND DEEP MYSTERY Finnish Foreign Minister to Address U. S. on Radio This Evening HELSINKI, Oct. 14.—(/P)—Indefinite postponement of further Finnish-Soviet Russian talks in Moscow led diplomatic circles to believe today that Finland had been faced proposals she would find cult to accept. While the foreign maintained silence on the prog- | ress of the conversations, reports circulated in the capital that Russia had asked the right to establish naval bases on cer- I tain Finnish islands in the Gulf I of Finland. j However, government quar- j ; ters noted with apparent satis- • faction that Russia's negotia- • tions with Finland were taking I much longer than those with Latvia and Estonia. with diffi- office Route of the Bremen? SEPT. S: WAR DECLARED W ALLIES. BREMEN'S MASTER ORDERS SHIP TO 8E SUNK AUCi 30-. BREMEN SAILS AFTER DOAV THROUGH U.S. SEARCH FMAPMAVEKT4S04RD This Central Press map shows the route the German luxury liner, Bremen, is believed to have taken in order to reach Murmansk, Russia, where the ship is believed to be in port for the remainder of the war. Find Girl's Decapitated Body in Swamp Near Cleveland NEW CASTLE, Pa., Oct. 14.—(/p»__An autopsy disclosed today the body of a mutilated victim found in an eerie "murder swamp" near here was that of a rrjan and not a woman as ffrst believed. , Coroner Charles P. Byers <«made the anounceme^lfMm- mediately after the autopsy. It was explained that the headless torso, which had been burned on a wood fire after the slaying, was in such condition that it was mistaken for that of a woman. Spokesmen said they did not think it likely the Finnish delegation would return from Mosi cow before the Stockholm conference Oct. 18 in which the kings of Sweden, Norway and Denmark and the president of Finland are to discuss their mutual interests. Foreign Minister Eljas Erkko, whose radio speech to the United States early Friday morning was cancelled because the German government-controlled radio declined to relay a "political" program, will address the j United States Sunday at 2:45 a. ! m. Helsinki time (7:45 p. m. 1 Saturday, E.S.T.) ! | Finnish spokesmen said Erk- I ko's second speech would be re-' j layed through Germany by tele- ! phone to Basel, Switzerland, where it will be transmitted to the United States. There was a general belief that a week or more might elapse before the outcome of the negotiations would become known. UK'S FfllR NEXT LINDBERGH'S FOUR-POINT PLAN DEBATED i Friday Night Radio Speech j Backs Herbert Hoover | Proposal I WASHINGTON, Oct. 14.—(#>)— ! Herbert Hoover's proposal that j the United States retain an em- I bargo on "offensive" weapons gained support today from Col. Charles A. Lindbergh, who suggested also that this country must demand ultimately that Britain and other European powers get out of the western hemisphere. Members of the Senate, who are considering President Roosevelt's request that the ban on arms sales to warring nations be lifted, refrained from immediate comment. However, their reaction to the idea of continuing the embargo on "offensive" weapons such as bombing planes—to use Lindbergh's example—while repealing it as to "defensive" weapons like anti-aircraft guns was indicated when former President Hoover made the sug- Divorces Coogan SM * • n • • i i coiuuiit nuu veu Chairman Announces Bonded j gestion Tuesday. Indebtedness Cannot Be Reduced NEW YORK, Oct. 14.—(XP)— Officials of the New York World's fair, the most costly in history, estimated the $155,000,000 exposition will close its first season Oct. 31 with $500,000 cash on hand but with $23,982,808 in bonds outstanding. Harvey D. Gibson, chairman of the board, said it would take Chairman Pittman (D-Nev) of the Senate foreign relations committee, a leader of administration forces in the current controversy, commented at that time that "that's piddling around with immaterialities." Senator Borah (R-Idaho), a leader of the foes of embargo repeal, said the first thing that occurred to him was how the plan coud be made feasible; and Pair of Aviators Land Plane, Die | PARIS, Oct. 14.—(/P)—Military authorities announced today that soldiers inspecting a French observation airplane which landed safely behind the lines found both the pilot and observer dead. Both were riddled with bullets Apparently, authorities asserted,] the ship had been in a dog fight i but the pilot lived long enough | to make a landing A camera in the plane was undamaged. The French said it contained "valuable" photographs of German positions. u,s, E SOVIET SPIES Senator Nye opponent of (R-ND), another repeal, said he $3,300,000 to maintain the fair agreed with Hoover's suggestion during the winter and reopen it next spring. He said this would be obtained from advance rentals from exhibitors and concessionaires, other sources and the $500,000 cash balance. Gibson said that an economy reduced daily operating expenses from $60,650 to $41,000 but that in principle but that it might be difficult to draw the line between aggressive and defensive weapons. Col. Lindbergh, in an address Friday night over a radio network, recommended a four-point program: drive by the management hadl 1. An embargo on offensive Blond, shapely Betty Grable, motion picture actress, is pictured on the witness stand during the divorce trial in Los Angeles, Cal., in which she won a decree ending her marriage with Jackie Coogan, one-time child movie star. 'weapons and munitions. 2. The unrestricted sale of Say Sound Movies Aided Conviction NEW CASTLE. Pa., Oct.—(/P)— LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14.—(/P) Finding of the headless and nude —Jurors who convicted DeWitt body of a young girl in a dreary Clinton Cook, 20, of first de"murder swamp" developed thejgree murder in the bludgeon- no additional payments would 1 "purely defensive" armaments. be made this year to reduce the! 3 - Tne prohibition of American .shipping from the belligerent countries of Europe and their danger zones. 4. The refusal of credit to belligerent nations or their agents. bonded indebtedness. KILLED BY RIFLE Await Word of Russia and Italy Before Widely .Heralded 'Big Push' ing of Anya Sosoyeva told Superior Judge Thomas L Ambrose sound pictures aided possibility today that Cleveland's "mad Butcher" had claimed another victim. ,., ,..,,Coroner Charles Byers ^ i ^ver^T'* V in the girl had been slain probably; Tne „!! ' m oi p « lirv j ir i ,, n( . two weeks ago then partially h Jommtnd^enieicy" and" the burned in an apparent attempt mandatory sentence of death to conceal her identity. A single ln the gas chamber w m b e stocking found nearby offered | pronounced Tuesday investigators their onlv clue. The head, severed cleanly with either a sharp knife or ax, was not located in a hurried search of the desolate marshlands along the Pennsylvania-Ohio state line. A detail of state police was asked to aid in the hunt. The .scene was the setting of six similar slayings of men and women, one of them decapitated, in the past decade. All of these crimes remain unsolved. The swamp us 100 miles from Cleveland where a cruel slayer's j headless victims have turned up in dumps the last six years. Cleveland authorities were summoned on the theory the girl's death might be linked with the torso murdersd. Three boys hunting walnuts Friday stumbled upon the gruesome form on dry ground secreted by weeds six feet tall. They ran breathless a mile and a half to notify police. Ford SterlingToid Movie Clown, Dead HOLLYWo6K~~6ct. 14.—(/P) —Ford Sterling, police chief of the old Keystone cops, is dead, but the typ\ of comedy he popularized years ago soon may be revived. Sterling died late Friday of a heart attack. He had been in a hospital since June, 1938, for treatment of thrombosis. Last August, in an effort to save his life, his left leg vj;^ amputated. Cook originally confessed killing the former Follies dancer for what ever money she might have in her purse". Police made sound pictures as the Hollywood printer re-enacted the slaying with the aid | of a girl who voluntered to pose as Miss Sosoyeva. Motion pictures have been used here before in trials, but this was the first sound film shown a jury. 1 To Buy 200 Cars Michigan Apples LANSING, Oct. 14.—(£>)—The Federal Surplus Commodities corporation announced today that it would buy 200 cars of Michigan apples in the state's principal producing areas during the week beginning Monday and ending next Saturday. SUB ~CHASErT6~RDER OWOSSO, Oct. 14.—f/P)—Har- old Alberts, 14, was killed Friday by a rifle shot while he and two cousins were shooting target, phan. Belgium is smaller than the state of Maryland, and two Belgiums could be accommo- The boy was an or- dated in Illinois. BERLIN, Oct. 14.—(/P)—The lull in military activity on the western front is expected here to continue a little while longer— at least until Italy and Soviet Russia have spoken. Dies Committee Hears Testimony of Former Amtorg Employe WASHINGTON, Oct. 14.— (fP\— A former official of the Soviet trading corporation in the United States told the House committee investigating unAmerican activities today that some Americans were members of the Ogpu, Russian secret police. The witness, Robert Pitcoff, now a New York electrician, gave the information during testimony on the operations of Am- tor, the Soviet trading organization, and the extent to which it co-operated with the Communist party of the United States. He i said he had been transport control manager for the agency for four years. "The Ogpu agents are not all Russians," Pitcoff said. "Some of them are Americans." He then related that in 1931 he had been offered a position as a Russian secret service agent in the naval forces of "some foreign power." He said the offer was made by an official of the Communist party but he demurred against revealing the name. Rhea Whitley, committee counsel, said, however, the name was in his possession. In response to questions by Chairman Dies (D-Tex), the witness said it was the practice of the Communist party to recruit American members as secret agents because they would have "better access" to industrial plants and other places in this country. Pitcoff declared that in the early days of the party's history in the United States, a special attempt wa.s made to establish CIO and AFL Both End Their Nat'l Conventions German conversations with j "factory nuclei" in American paants and tha't "particular stress was laid on war industries." CIO Surveys It's Strength; Lewis Warns Rival AFL Unions SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 14.— (/P)—Delegates to the second annual CIO national convention turned homeward today carrying instructions to organize the AFL Adopts Policy of 'Continued Labor Peace Efforts' CINCINNATI, O., Oct. 14.—(/P) —The American Federation of Labor left the scene of its 59th convention today carrying a program that called for strict BARGE IS SINKING TOLEDO, Oct. 14.—•(#>)—Three officers from the Marblehead coast guard station today were standing by the Steamer Lake Traverse and a barge Swedehqpe off South Bass island while cfew members were using pumps to prevent sinking of the barge. The barge struck an obstruction In the south passage while being towed -by the steamer. The vessels, owned by the Nicholson Transit corporation, Detroit were bound for that city. "unorganized millions of Ameri- aloofness from war and the can workers on an industrial i continuation of its established basis." i policies toward labor peace, The last convention word of! partisan politics and revision of John L. Lewis, whom the 385 ; the Wagner act. WASHINGTON, Oct. 14.—(/P) —Dafoe Boat and Motor Works. Bay City, has a $1,122,400 contract to build the hull and fitting of a 170-foot submarine chaser for the U. S. navy. The navy awarded the contract Friday for the vessel which is, to be the last of a 12-boat mosquito fleet for which Congress appropriated $3,000,000 last year. WEATHER Lower Michigan; Fair and colder ir\ extreme southeast portion and freezing temperatures tonight. Sunday fair with rising temperatures. Detroit and Vicinity: Pnlr and cooler with freezing temperature tonight; Sunday fnlr with rising temperature; fresh west and northwest winds, diminishing tonight, backing to southwest Sunday. Weekly weather forecast, region of the Great Lakes, Oct. 16-21 inclusive: Considerable cloudiness with fairly frequent periods of light precipitation; warmer beginning of -week; somewhat colder about Wednesday; warmer Thursday and Friday; colder end of week. The sun sets today at 5:53 p. m. and rises Sunfluy at 0:45 a. m. The moon rises Sunday nt 9:50 a. m. and sets iU 7:56 p. m. Temperature at coast guard station for 24 hours ending at 7 a. m,: Maximum 46, minimum 38. delegates tumultuously re-elected president, was a warning to the AFL to "beware" of the rising potency of the CIO. In the closing hours of the convention Friday, trade union delegates topped off two weeks of debating and speaking on the these countries were said already to be under way. Only a few high-ranking Nazis, however, can predict Adolf Hitler's next step now that Prime Minister Chamberlain has rejected his terms for ending- the war. Informed German quarters said that nothing more may be expected from France or Britain, but they expressed belief the door still is open for a neutral nation to step in as an intermediary. Meanwhile the impression prevailed that Germany would launch vigorous attacks from the sea and from the air on the British navy and coastal points —which some Nazi strategists apparently believe are vulner- j able. . i As in World war days, Bri- "We must not believe that be- j controversial issue of revising cause we have a great multitude the neutrality act by adopting a of members that all is well, or stand tnat f ore i g n powers mak- that our enemies are asleep just ing purchases in the United because they are silent for the• states should be required to ac- day—and that goes for the AFL' cept title here and carry them as much as for the National As- away in their own ships. C?r*oir5t"ir\n r\f Affoiin i fr»/>t'iit»o»*c'* t T ,. - . • , > . In the course of its two weeks | meeting, the federation took the | following action on some of its \ tain is generally regarded here as Germany's chief enemy, and alone is responsible for continuation of hostilities. Quarters close to the government declared it is "completely clear now that England wants war under any and all circum-l their Young Dems Open Port Huron Meet PORT HURON, Oct. 14.—(XP)— Charles Porritt, chairman of the Michigan Democratic state central committee, declared today that revision of the civil service act bv the present state administration is "one chapter of the Republican record that smells to high heaven." Porritt made the keynote address at the Michigan Young Democrats' convention, now in session here. "That chapter (civil service revision) was written this year by a Republican-dominated leg- 370 OF CREW OF 1200 ARE SAFE TO DATE hi Second Major English Sea Loss as Result of Sub Activity LONDON, Oct. 14.—(/P)—The admiralty announced today the sinking of the battleship Royal Oak and placed at 370 the number of survivors known—so—far of the total crew of about 1,200. The number missing, 830, far exceeded the 515 who lost their lives in Germany's first major sucess in the sea warfare, the sinking Sept. 17 of the British aircraft carrier Courageous. First announcement of the disaster by the admiralty expressed belief the $10,000,000, heavily-armored warship was the victim of "u-boat action." A second admiralty commun- ique issued this afternoon said: "The secretary of the admiralty announces that so far as is at present known the number of survivors from Hms Royal Oak is approximately 370. "As already stated, lists of survivors will be published as soon as the names have been received. The complement of the ship was approximately 1,200. The above figures include both officers and men." The Royal Oak was a veteran of the World war and its battle of Jutland. Where the sinking occurred was hot disclosed immediately. A first list of Royal Oak survivors contained 15 names, including a lieutenant and three lower grade officers. All already had been brought ashore. None •were gravely injured. Additional lists were expected to be issued during the day tout it was indicated that several days might elapse before a complete list is complied. The Royal Oak's defensive armaaltient > included deep -bulges extending almost to the gun batteries. (Bulges are armored air spaces designed to explode torpedoes without fatal damage.) Vessels of her class were fitted with special internal .protection and, with the protective bulges, their defense against underwater attack had .been considered strong. With acknowledgment of the loss, responsible British naval sources 'amplified the government's "Friday the thirteenth" announcement that three German submarines had been sunk Friday. They described two of the three as of the enemy's largest ocean-going type. islature," he told more than 1,000 delegates to the convention. "It was designed not to improve state service, not to Auto Negotiations Resume Monday DETRpIT, Oct. 14.—(#>)— Negotiations in the Chrysler Corporation-CIO United Auto Workers' production speed dispute were in week-end recess today with more thaji 50,000 employes still in the dark as to when they would return to jobs. Meanwhile, despite the corporation's flat refusal to assent to a union shop. UAW leaders made plain they would continue to press the point. "The corporation's refusal to give the people of Michigan j negotiate on our proposal for more for their tax dollar, but to ! ' • - • *'••"--rip competent employes from them at sociation of Manufacturers," Lewis said as the delegates shouted approval. stances." "As you grow in strength and; ma j or questions: grow numerically, you will find more and more people wanting to be friendly with you, and that goes for the AFL as much as for any Politician." Lewis told the convention there were now 4,000,000 CIO members, and promised that five years hence there would be 10,000,000. Among the 79 resolutions submitted to the convention, and all adopted unanimously, were those urging the concentration of labor organization activities in aviation, utilities, bank and insurance fields, and the international executive board meeting today after the four-day conclave had plans for this work 'before it for discussion. Lewis declared that the CIO "is an American institution. No policy that it has espoused originated or was conceived from within any group except a group Reaffirmed its "open door" policy on the question of peace with CIO after President Roosevelt urged continued peace conferences as "a patriotic service for national unity;" Readopted its program for Ask Hunters Spare Special Pheasants When hunters take to the woods and fields Sunday morning they are asked by members of Mason County Fin and Feather club to co-operate with the organization by taking care not to shoot any of the black pheasants released by the club a few weeks ago. Black pheasants are a hardier, revising the Wagner act, put- I faster but slightly smaller bird ting special emphasis on an | than the ringnecked pheasant, amendment to provide a new ] Sixteen pairs were released by jobs and place Rethe disposal of successful publican candidates." The convention is scheduled to close tonight. ! stoppage, a "rush" Chrysler employes on of Americans. "They are just as their Americanism as five-man labor board; Added Russia to its German- Japanese boycott list; Turned down a proposal for a blanket endorsement of the New Deal; Warned against premature intervention of the United States as a peacemaker in Europe; Continued the one cent "war chest" assessment and refused to seat the international typographical union for refusing to pay it. The action was regarded as tantamount to suspension. dustrialist who ever received a corporate "income." proud of | Men and animals working any in- about 10,000 feet altitude are the Fin and Feather club Sept. 24. Hunters are requested to spare these birds to give them a chance, to propagate. Being solid black in color, they are easily distinguished. PLOWS~BUSY IN CADILLAC Trial of Gestures Brings Jail Term DETROIT, Oct. 14—W—Buster Williams, 29, a deaf mute, today was under sentence of seven and one half to 15 years in prison after a trial conducted in pantomime. Records Judge Christopher E. Stein sentenced Williams Friday when detectives testified with gestures that Williams robbed a woman of a $3 wrist watch. Williams has a criminal record dating to 1929. a union shop is not final, as far as the Chrysler workers are concerned," said Richard T. Frankensteen, regional director of the union. In connection with the work by idle the state unemployment compensation commission was reported. Commission officials • said more than 8,000 men, at the rate of several hundred a day, had filed requests for unemployment benefits. subject to a malady called i mountain sickness. Cadillac, Oct. 14.—tfP)— City snowplows were in operation here today, the earliest ever remembered by city officials. Seven inches of snow had fallen during the past 24 hours and branches on many trees were broken by weight of snow on the trees. DETROIT BRIDAL PAIR HURRIES TO FINLAND 1 DETROIT, Oct. 14.—(/P)—Dr. j and Mrs. Erkki Leppo to- | day were on their honeymoon, i back to their native Finland. | To speed them on their way the probate court Friday waived the five-day marriage law and Judge Thomas C. Murphy married them. "Finland needs us and we are going back," said the bride, the former Miss Helmi Pearl A. Toivonen. Both are graduate doctors. The toride is a University of Michigan graduate. Placed on Probation on Larceny Charge Louis Bradley, 22, Mt. Clemens Negro, was placed on eight months' probation and ordered to pay $50 court costs after he pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny from a dwelling when brought before Judge Max fi. Neal at this morning's session of circuit court. Bradley, a former enrollee fat manded examination when arraigned In justice court Oct. 9. He has been confined in the county jail. Two divorce decrees wero granted by Juda;e Neal at Friday's session of court but trn decrees have not yet been HUH with County Clerk Albert E. Johnson. Cpurt will reconveno Monday morning to complete the regular October term.

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