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THE LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS VOLUME XLIX, NO. 303- LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN, TUESDAY, OCT. 24, 1939. PRICE, THREE CENTS. TO DEMAND U.S. STEAMER GRAND JURY WILL PROBE $80,000 DEAL Charge Money Used for Tax Sales Advertising Was Illegal Expenditure LANSING, Oct. 24.—(#>)— Ingham County Circuit Judge Leland W. Carr launched a one- man grand jury investigation today into charges by the State Bar of Michigan of an illegal expenditure of $80,000 in connection with the advertising of the 1938 and 1939 tax sales. The state bar, co-operating with Attorney General Thomas Read, presented their petition to Judge Carr during the night and he granted it this morning, immediately issuing subpoenas for witnesses. The expenditures Read said were made during the administration of former Auditor General George T. Gundry, adding that Martin J. Lavan was Gundry's legal advisor at the time. "My investigation has disclosed that a sum of upwards of $80,000 was split between certain persons during a 13-month period," Read said in a formal statement, "the last $25,000 of which was taken from the treasury on the last day of the last administration by means of Louisiana Governor Uses Militiamen to Remove Attorney General of State « Ten Years Ago Today Depression Was Started NEW YORK, Oct. 24.—(#>)— Remember this day 10 years ago? It may not mean much in a nings. The .banker said: "Sure" when you came around for a loan. The sky seemed the limit, except— hundred years, but Oct. 24, 1929,! The federal reserve upped the was that grim Black Thursday I cost of borrowing money "—' a special meeting of the administrative board." state Records of Auditor General Vernon J. Brown who succeeded Gundry indicated that the $25,000 was an advance payment on the publication of the 1939 tax sale in Wayne and Oakland counties, which Brown described as an "unheard of procedure." The investigation centers largely upon expenditures in connection with the advertising of the sale of tax delinquent lands in Wayne and Oakland counties. Read said. He declined to say who he accused of having illegally divided the $80,000 mentioned in the grand jury petition, declaring "it is now in the hands of the court and It is not proper that we discuss it." at the end of the Wall street rainbow when— A deluge of selling wrecked the stock market house of dreams. Countless hopeful Americans playing the Wall street wheel for the first time saw visions of a yacht and a modest 40-room villa vanish in the thin air of collapsed paper values. The sun set on post-war prosperity and the era of apple-selling and job-hunting began. The front page was wreathed in black headlines as the golden glow faded from the stock lists. Remember- Most people said it was just a "healthy reaction." Prosperity had come to stay. Business and j political leaders said so. Market experts chimed "ditto." Only those who were "sold out" in the first yells for "more margin"— more cash to prop a crumbling market—were skeptical. Business and the market had been going up for five years. A | lot of comfortable citizens hadj acquired two cars for the rented | garage and were headed for the ness was getting groggy Busi- from the dizzy ride. A British promotion bubble burst, scattering bits in Wall street. A few wise men took the hint and began selling: The historic slide started, slow at first, gathering headway in October. When the gong rang on the stock exchange the morning of Black Thursday, the rout was on. That was ,the day, it seemed, the depression started. Remem- BACK HOME TO CELEBRATE Southern State Again Sees Tactics Made Famous by Late 'Kingfish' j NEW ORLEANS, La., Oct. 24. I —•(£>)—Governor Earl K. Long is streamlining the kind of militaristic aggressiveness with which his late brother, Huey, kept Louisiana in an uproar for years. The governor moved in typi- j cal "Kingfish" fashion Monday, using militiamen to remove from office Attorney General David Ellison and James O'Connor, Ellison's assistant. Long Announced he ordered the removal because he had discovered they were holding office "illegally." In another swift move Monday night, a company of Na| tional Guardsmen assembled in | their barracks in Baton Rouge. The governor said he had not called them, but a score or more remained in the barracks over- third when "radio" came through with more winnings. You. gave the broker $1,000 margin—and promptly saw it balloon into $10,000, on paper. Federal Agents Uncover Evidence of Anti-Trust Violations in Detroit DETROIT, Oct. 24.—(#>)—Dis- John C. Lehr an- 'CITY OF FLINT' IS SEIZED BY GERMANY, Freighter Bound For Great Britain; Was Taken To Russian Port Bv Nazi Prize Crew ! —Daily News Photo. Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Calkins of | ered at Amber townhall Saturday Sturgis, former Mason county I to take part in the pleasant fes- residents, came "back home tivities The Calkins former night. State police 1 swarmed around the capital. Martial law and troops were familiar sights in Baton Rouge and other parts of the state when Huey was setting up his dictatorship. The state had enjoyed a respite for several years after Long's death when former Governor Richard W. Leche went into office. When Leche, now indicted, resigned as the political scandals .broke several months ago Earl succeeded him. The gubernatorial campaign is now in full swing with six again" Saturday to celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary, a large party being arranged he would take I candidates Includtag Earl In immediate steps to call a special I federal grand jury to consider evidence uncovered by department of justice agents who have You borrowed on the paper i been investigating anti-trust profits and pyramided the win- ( violations in Detroit's building LANSING, Oct. 24.—(#•)—Auditor General Vernon J. Brown called a meeting of the state land board today to consider a plan for relieving home-owners who will lose title to their property to the state for non-payment of taxes from the hardship that would attend actual eviction. Governor Dickinson, whose office had been deluged with pleas and protests, called upon state officials in his Sabbath message last week to proceed in such cases only after thorough investigation. Brcwn said Monday he believed he had a plan which would make it unnecessary to evict needy families from homes they />ccupy, even when title to the property actually passes to the state. The auditor general said his plan was based on a section of the law enabling the state to withhold from sale for one year property which local governmental agencies seek for public purposes. He said local governmental agencies might be asked to certify that occupants of certain properties were receiving relief or public aid of some other sort, such as old age assistance, or that they would be eligible for such aid if deprived of their homes. Funeral Planned for Zane Grey PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 24.— W 5 )—'Relatives and close friends of Zane Grey, novelist of the old west, will gather in a mortuary chapel here Wednesday afternoon to bid him a last farewell. At the close of the private funeral services, his body will be TJ1LKS ON IUT1ITY BILL Called Political Issue and Will Not Be Discussed at Convention LANSING, Oct. 24.—(/P)—C. H. Bramble, master of the Michigan State Grange, announced today he would permit no discussion of the neutrality bill at the annual convention of the Grange at Traverse City Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 and 2. "That is a political and controversial issue," Bramble declared, "and as such I shall rule any discussion of it or any attempt to adopt resolutions about it as out of order." The political influential secret society of farmers, celebrating the success of much of its legislative program in the 1939 Legislature, planned to devote much attention, however, to a reverse it suffered in the revision of the state school aid formula. Bramble said he felt the Legislature was unfair in a provision reducing tuition grants to some school districts, and that the Grange would discuss the matter thoroughly. Other topics before it will be the intangible tax and s renewal of the attack on the sales tax as unfair to persons of modest income. industry. The * department of justice agents have been at work secret- the Democratic nomination in the Jan. 16 primary. Nomination is tantamount to election in Democratic Louisiana. The deadline for the j for them by their family and friends at Amber townhall. "It's been 19 years since we lived in Mason county," Mrs. Calkins said. "But we had to come back home again to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. It wouldn't have seemed right any where else." About 150 relatives, and former Mason county neighbors gath- residents of Custer township, moved to Flint 19 years ago. After residing there for five years they moved to Sturgis where they have lived the past 14 years. The picture shows the honored . couple, their two sons and a large j wedding cake, left to right: Rev. R. G. Calkins of Scottville, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Calkins, Horace C. Calkins of Sturgis. Gathering for a potluck dinner at noon, the anniversary festivities continued at the hall throughout the afternoon. WASHINGTON, Oct. 24.—(#•)—The American government was expected today to demand that Russia release the 'Freighter City of Flint which was taken into the Soviet harbor of Murmansk by a German prize crew. It was reported in official quanters that the government would base this request on the ground that Germany, in the absence qt extraordinary circumstances, had no right to send the 4,963-tori vessel into a neutral port, regardless of any contraband she might have carried. While this international aspect of the seizure of the American vessel was fast developing, the White House was represented to have taken the view that, in so far as domestic law is concerned, the City .of Ftfnt was on a "perfectly legal and lawful voyage." Stephen Early, presidential press secretary, explained that in making this statement he was speaking only of Americari laws and did not mean that Germany had no right under international law to seize the freighter. The question of right of seizure—apparently supported by the Germans on their belief Two Attempts Are Made To End Chrysler Strike filing of candidates expired last i DETRO rr, Oct. 24.— (IP)— Two Tvi 1riv\ifrr^t' . . . } . . . ' midnight. Long's removal Aff™~ 0 ,- £ e P arate attempts to en$ 1;b£,dis- AUO , rnej 'i pute' that has closed Chrysler ed Monday, following a two hour . corporation plants were in pro- -r> -v, - -"ii, -- a^Pen heannB gress today, of charges that District Attor- conference W. Arnold. between head of Thurman the anti- cremated. The 64-year-old writer who thrilled two generations of readers with 82 novels and true adventure stories died Monday at his home in nearby Altadena. Because no -physician was in attendance, a post mortem examination was ordered. BOYER MAY RiETURN PARIS, Oct. 24— (ff>)— Charles Boyer, the movie actor, now stationed with the army of the center in Southwestern Prance, probably will be recalled to Paris to undertake a jpropaganda mission to the United States, it was leported reliably today, Hartman to Study All State Buying LANSING, Oct. 24.—(#>)—Budget Director imposed, a Gus rule T. Hartman today under which all requisitions will pass through his hands for approval or veto before they reach the desk of the state purchasing director. Hartman said it was an economy measure that "returns us to the procedure employed •before the stream-lined buying policies of former Governor Prank Murphy." He said the system was vital to his plan to see to it that all departments live within budgets and, if possible, have a cash balance to turn back to the general fund. He said it does away with a procedure under which the purchasing division would approve requisitions, call trust division of the U. S. department of justice, and Allen Dobey, an asistant to Attorney General Frank Murphy who has been placed in charge of the inquiry, said he had compiled a list of more than 50 witnesses who would be subpoenaed to testify before the jury. Lens said he hoped 'the 23-member jury could be convened early next month. Although secretive about evidence uncovered thus far in the Investigation, Arnold said it was indicated that certain contractors, jobbers and labor unions had conspired to keep up prices and wages. Socialite Furnishes Bail for Browder NEW YORK, Earl Browder, a Oct. 24. mustached former Kansas bookkeeper who heads .the Communist party in this country awaited release from jail today on bond supplied by a woman of ter. the social regis- Mrs. Hester G. Huntingdon put up $7,500 for him Monday night, but the judge had gone home and the release papers were put away unsigned while Browder disposed himself to spend the night in 'the cheerless federal house of detention. Mrs. Huntmgton, meanwhile, was subpoenaed to appear this afternoon before the same federal grand jury that indicted the politician Monday for fraudulently obtaining and using passports. She dropped the paper in her purse and laughed. The specific grand jury accusation against Browder was that in obtaining permission to go abroad in 1934 and in having the passport renewed in 1937 he had sworn falsely that he never had such a document before. FATAL ACCIDENT ney Charles A. Byrne of New Orleans hindered the work of a grand jury. Two of the seven jurors who made the charges were dismissed. Switch Engine Tears Side ' Out of Coach in Crack (Passenger Train FORT WAYNE, Ind., Oct. 24.— (ff>) —TWO men were killed and 1 at least 11 persons hurt early today in the wreck of a fast eastbound Pennsylvania passenger train pulling into the station here. The dead were Robert M. Brydon, 50, of Chicago, and Erven B. Salkeld, 46, of Birmingham, Mich. The train, the Mid-City Express from Chicago, was -crossing from the Pennsylvania to paralleling Wabash tracks to continue to Detroit when a backing switch engine ripped off half the side of the steel-constructed third coach. Two conductors and nine passengers in the coach were hurt. None of the 11 cars turned over. The accident happened about 2:35 a block and a half west of the station. J. H. Cooper, Pennsylvania's Fort Wayne division superintendent, began'an investigation. License Plates oh Sale Today LANSING, Oct. 24.—(£>)—The sale of 1940 automobile license plates started today with •branch managers throughout the state instructed by Secretary of State Harry P. Kelly to James F. Dewey, conciliator of the United States department of labor, met in downtown Detroit with officials of the corporation and of the CIO United Automobile Workers to discuss the dispute over plant production rates. With members of the state labor board attending as observers, other negotiators continued their .daily meetings in the Chrysler j institute of engineering in sub| urban Highland Park. Absent from today's conference there, for the first time, were Herman L. Weckler, Chrysler vice president in charge of labor relations, and Richard T. Frankensteen, UAW-CIO regional director. Dewey's meeting was the first direct federal intervention in the Chrysler dispute which has left more than 57,000 workers idle. It followed the appearance of. a compromise plan submitted by the union and described by Frankensteen as "a recession from our position." Continue to List Names of Those Who Contributed to Fund A list of employes of Pere Marquette carferries was added today to the total of funds collected to date in a current campaign for money with which to complete a new fire-proof and medically-modern hospital building for Mason county. Included in the list to date: Henry Nelson, William Zygai, James Strong, H. Swanson, W. Fortier, Margaret Young, H. Miller C. Guenthar.t, R. Langwill, Jack Wieland, L. Sorensen, H. Shields, C. Kickland, C. Boals, M. Boals. L. Maclam, V. E. Matthews, C. that contraband was aboard — was 'being investigated by the state department. The first move of the government, however, will be to seek release of the ship and her crew of 42, in command of Captain Joseph Gainard. The City of Flint was captured ,by the German Cruiser Emden as a prize of ,war last week. She was out of New York, bound to Liverpool and ports. other Glasgow, English BreitS'Chneider, Dexter Kieler, Gerald Morris, A. Altschwager, Allies Plan To Strangle Herr Hitler (By DEWITT MACKENZIE) The Anglo-French Allies have made it abundantly clear that their land strategy from now on in Europe's fantastic war is to sit tight and pay out plenty of rope to Herr Hitler in the belief he will hang himself in for bids and determine the low encounter the of a budget bidder. Then embarrassment director's veto. "That's just so much wasted time, effort and money," he said. •Hartman's letter to the heads of state departments, institutions and commissions announced that "no purchase orders will be finally released by the budget office unless funds are available." SAGINAW, Oct. 24.—(#>)—Benjamin McNiel, 40, of Poritiac, died in St. Luke's hospital at midnight Monday from injuries suffered a few hours earlier when an automobile was ditched nine miles wesfy of Saginaw. McNiel's brother, James, 29, the driver, said a broken steering gear caused, the accident. WEATHER Weather Forecast Lower Michigan: Intermittent rains with rising temperature tonight and Wednesday. Detroit and Vicinity: Intermittent rain with rising temperature tonight and Wednesday; moderate northeast and east winds becoming southeast and south and increasing. The sun sets today at 8:37 and rises Wednesday nt 6:56. The moon, sets Wednesdayftt'ij'.n &. m. Temperature at coast guard station for 24 bows e»4l»MF a,t 7 a. m,: mum 47, minimum 38, the long run. the Being convinced that only sort of conflict the Nazi leader originally was equipped for was a blitzkrieg (lightning war), which became a pet phrase of his, the Allies have reached the comfortable conclusion that he already has lost the opportunity of waging such a war and is beginning to feel the lack of sinews for a protracted session. The allied policy of watchful waiting on front, however, grant no special awarding numbers. favors in Plates, he said, must be issued consecutively. He warned the managers that any employe who violates this order would be dismissed. County Clerk Albert E. Johnson announced this morning he had received a telegram from Harry F. Kelly, secretary of state, ordering him to put 1940 plates on sale immediately. One important change has has been made in the regulations concerning the sale of plates, Mr. Johnson stated- "Starting with No. 1, plates must be issued consecutively. Any manager violating this rule-will be dismissed." The 1940 plates are silver with black numerals. Last day motorists can drive with 1939 plates is Feb. 28. Bermuda boasts that she has 49 forts but not one has ever fired a shot in anger. < the Western doesn't mean that the war has died at birth, as a lot of folk mistakenly believe. It's a crazy war taut it's still alive. The Anglo-French (mainly English) naval blockade represents the fiercest offensive they are capable of waging against Germany at this time. It isn't spectacular like a land-operation. But it's there just the same—a noose which Observance Will Be Staged in Afternoon Because Holiday Is on Saturday Preliminary plans for Ludington's annual Armistice Day parade and observance were drawn at a recent meeting of the Allied Veterans' council at the DAV coach. . Because Armistice Day falls on Saturday this year, it was decided to stage the event in the afternoon instead of in the evening as held last year. Tentative plans call for the parade to get under way at 1:30 p. m. Henry Ernst was appointed marshal of the day and Lester Blodgett, assistant marshal. Wilfrid Hocking is to arrange for a speaker. Further plans will be discussed at the next Friday, Nov. 3. Local organizations that would like to participate are urged to get in touch with either Mr. Ernst or Mr. Blodgett. Feature of last year's observance was a spectacular torchlight parade. Scottville Home Gutted by Fire SCOTTVILLE, Oct. 24.—Fire, shortly .before seven o'clock this morning, virtually destroyed a home owned by Mrs. Anna Walloger and occupied by two families, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Walloger and child and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Andre and three children. Flames, believed by Fire Chief Fred Reader Jr. to have started from a defective chimney, completely gutted the building before being brought under control at nine o'clock. According to Mr. Reader, the building, together with most of the furnish- H. Larsen, Ole Sievertson, Ittg- vald Iverson, Knute Nelson, Tony Konetsky, Sylvester Spacek, John Turner, Arnt Johnson, H. Altschwager, Frank Bailek, E. Jergensen. Lloyd Faevyear, S. Anderson, Myron Deake, Ralph Parks, H. Wojtanowski, Julius Benko, C. Hammond, J. Meissner, M. Thomson, Patrick LaFluer. Already the American embas- / sy at Moscow has asked the 8d- r t viet government what 'became of the crew and,at, 'Berlin tKe^ embassy sought an explanation of the seizure. The White House, like some legislators, apparently viewed the incident as strengthening the argument for amending the neutrality law. The situation as regards the City of Flint, Early said, divides itself into these three parts in the White House view: 1—She was on a perfectly legal and lawful voyage under existing laws. 2—Under the neutrality act requested of Congress, she could not have sailed on that voyage Others whose names were add- I to a belligerent port. ed to previous lists of contributors: Gas Corporation of Michigan, Judge Max E. Neal, Dan Soli Co., R. B. Fenton, Fred C. Schroeder, Ludington Hi-Y Club, Mrs. B. K. Hussey. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ayers, Mrs. Robert P. Ostrander, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clough, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Pollock, Mrs. Stella Bryan, Mrs. P. Holkeboer, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Ekstrom, Mr. and Mrs. W, A. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Neil MacIsaac, Xenia Mason, Mrs. Geo. A. Murray, C. F. Gaudet, Mrs. Frank Lindenau. James McElroy and family, Mrs. Axel Grundmark, George meeting, i Warden, Mrs. A. H. Burch, Irma 3—The state department has sent cablegrams asking its rep- . resentatives at various points abroad to develop the facts and, report.. The reports now aria being awaited. ings, was wreck. almost a complete is calculated Reich unless it. to strangle the Hitler can break The fuehrer is devoting his chief energies to torpedoing his way through this hunger-ring, and at the same time is trying to sink enough British merchant shipping to squeeze an England which is dependent on the outside world for three- quarters of her own food supplies. ! DECORATIVE CANDLES in all shades and sizes at Snow's.' —Advertisement. Temperature Drops to Low for Season Cold weather mark of the season was tied at 6 a. m. today at the Ludington coast guard station where the thermometer dropped to 36 degrees, four above freezing. On Oct. 18, a temperature of 36 degrees was also recorded. A. bright sun all morning boosted the temperature to 50 degrees at noon. Forecast was for slightly warmer tonight and Wednesday. i C. Kennedy, Gertrude D. Kou' delka, L. S. Anderson, L. J. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Mel. Johnson, Eleanor Wisen, G. M. Kelly, Ernst Lind Johnson. Miss Mary E. McDonald, Mrs. J. B. Conrad, Corienne Pitcher, J. Wrege, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hartman, Mr. and Mrs. Amuel Baltzer, Miss Anna Larsen, Mrs. R. Beckstrom, Miss Katherine Newtaerg, Mrs. Anna Moore, Frank Flodine, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Lindquist, C. Johnson, Mrs. W. Sherlock, Mrs. Walter Johnson, G. Shunk, Mrs. G. A. Eastman, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Robinson, Raymond Cross, Mr and Mrs. G. B. Wright, T. Brunhardt. Fifth Baby Dies in Nursery Tragedy PERTH AMBOY, N. J., Oct. 24. —(/I- 1 )—A tiny nine-day-old boy, sole survivor of a nursery tragedy, cried healthily in his hospital basket today as police blamed a defective radiator valve for the steam asphyxiation of his five infant companions. Four of the infants never regained consciousness and the fifth, six-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Hatarick of Perth Amboy, died in the general hospital several hours after being revived. Only the child of Mr. and Mrs. MUNCIE, Ind., Oct. 24.—(/P)— Bewhiskered, leg weary Robert A McDaniels, 25, of Muncie and Kelvin F. Baxter, 23, of nearby Richmond, brought their yellow and black monoplane to a bumpy landing at 7:38 p. m. (E.S.T.) Monday night establishing a new light land airplane endurance, record of 535 hours and 45 minutes. The Hoosier fliers bettered the 343-hour mark established this summer by the D.ecatur, 111., brothers, Humphrey and Hunter Moody, at Springfield, 111., but were more than 100 hours short of the world's aircraft endurance record of 653 hours and 30 minutes set in 1935 by Fred and Al Keys of Meridian, Miss. .Baxter and McDaniels claim their mark will^stand for light land planes. They contend, Wes Carroll and Clyde Schleipper 'of I Long Beach, Calif., who still are in the air and with approximately 48 hours more flying time, will have a record for seaplanes since their ship is equipped with pontoons. Cause for the landing, Earl Luker, chief of the ground crew speaking for the fliers said, was Andrew Abary of Carteret survives. He was reported in "good" condition and in no danger. DIES OF INJURIES FLINT, Oct. 24.—(/P)—Injuries suffered in a truck collision caused the death Monday night of C. E. Stewart, 34, of Jackson. CENSORSHIP AND INDEPENDENCE News from warring nations is subject to strict censorship. It may sometimes be misleading. It is the right and duty of every American • citizen to do his own thinking, bold to his own beliefs and not permit himself or M4 country to become a victim of emotionaUam or propaganda. THE NEWS, I ,n .,.„,«*.,,.!•.,.j

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