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THE LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS VOLUME XLIX, NO. 304. LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25, 1939. PRICE, THREE CENTS. GATHER INFORMATION ON EIZURE BALKANS BAND AGAINST RED INFILTRATION Think Long Plans Coups In Other State Offices NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 25.—W —Governor Earl K. Long's militant seizure of the state attorney-general's office indicated today he might be planning further coups against foes he says are attempting to indict him. Long, a candidate to succeed himself in the Jan. 16 Democratic primary, said he had been informed that enemies were trying to get charges brought against him in Alexandria and Monroe where grand juries have been in troops on the Polish side of the i session in recent weeks. Carpathian mountains is forg- The governor used National ing unity among Hungary, Yu- i Guardsmen Monday to dlspos- goslavia and Italy to prevent j . ses s Attorney-General David any • - - '----- • Hungary Is Uneasy as Russian Troops Gather Just Across Border BUDAPEST, Oct. 25.— (/P)— The presence of Soviet Russian march of Communism into Southeastern Europe, it was indicated in authoritative quarters today. Ellison and his assistant, James O'Connor, declaring they were in office "illegally." He named Lessley P. Gardiner to succeed It was said authoritatively Ellison and Edward M. Heath to that should there materialize! replace O'Connor. Under an old Huey Long "dictator law the state attorney not been indicted by state or federal grand juries. "I got a report," Long asserted Tuesday, "that somebody wants to indict me at Alexandria, saying I stole some cows from a state institution, or something like that." Long came here Tuesday night from Baton Rouge and made final preparation for his opening campaign rally here tonight. Five other candidates, mean- 'while, were in different parts of the state Long. voicing opposition to any threat of a Russian advance into Ruthenia, the former Czecho-Slovak province which Hungary occupied last March, Hungary would have the aid of Italy and Yugoslavia, if it became necessary for her to take j up arms. ' aid Hungary i such assurances and Yugoslavia. I Hungary, an anti-Communist \ stronghold since the Communist rule of Bela Kun in 1919, it was said is determined to make the' Carpathians a .barrier to any further westward advance of Communism. This objective, it was said, is supported by Italy and Yugosla-j via, the one Fascist, the other i strongly anti-Communist, be-' general may take over the office of any district attorney in the state and assume any investigations direction of or prosecutions. ^ Governor Long and Mayor Robert s. Maestri are two of the few former leading figures in administration ranks who have dtlUIJULV till tl-V/UUlUlUiliOU, Ut~ . o —. , , « • ,. . f*nf* cause they fear trrit if the Red (Say That Association Of 236 army once passed t*.L natural bulwark, it would find little to stop it short of the Adriatic. It also was said authoritatively that should there be a Russian invasion of the Rumanian province of Bessarabia, Hungarians probably would be impelled to march to the Carpathian range in that country— through the Western Rumanian province of Transylvania. Violated Trust Laws Anti- a new So far, there has been no clear panics. WASHINGTON, Oct. 25.—(/P)— Attorney General Murphy announced today that he had authorized filing of a complaint charging violation of the Sherman anti-trust act against the Association of American Railroads, its officers and directors and 236 member railroad com- indication that such a tnreat, to Ruthenia or Bessarabia, would develop. Rumania has received official assurances that Russia does not intend to make any demands against her, and the Russian press has been emphasizing a desire for more friendly relations with Hungary. SEATTLE, Oct. 25.—(^—Dissolution of the Seattle unit of the German-American bund was reported today by Paul Stoll, named as unit leader in Dies committee testimony last week. A few hours earlier he said he had quit the bund because of announcement from Washington that members must register under the alien registration law and he refused to be classified with any group whose ^members were designated "foreign agents." Stoll said in an interview the membership was in agreement to disband, feeling its purpose had been misinterpreted. "We are all American citizens," said the little cabinet maker, who lost his job Tuesday. "No alien has been permitted to join. We are citizens by choice, not by, shall I say, inheritance. To become citizens it was necessary for us to study American history, the constitution. We jledged ourselves to uphold the constitution. Now we k are told that the bund is opposed to the constitution. We pledged our- are for it. Our unit is dissolved." The bill of complaint charges, the attorney general said, that the railroads had combined to restrain trade by agreeing not to extend to motor carriers the same co-operation in carrying freight and passengers which the roads customarily extended to each other. Another allegation was that ing motor trucks, truck bodies, "all rates, container the railroads had jointly refused to establish rail rates on carry- trailers and commodity" and similar rates, and had jointly refused to. establish through rates, joint rates and fares, and joint billing arrangements with motor carriers, in order to eliminate competition. Murphy said the complaint would be filed later today in the district court for the District of Columbia. Japan Increases Purchases in U. S. NEW YORK, Oct. 25.—(/P)— The Wall Street Journal says Jananese purchases in the United States have increased approximately one-third since the outbreak of the European war. Increased orders are being concentrated mainly in petroleum, machinery and iron and steel. Part are orders Japan would normally place in Europe, notably in Germany. "Decision of the Japanese government Tuesday to link the yen to the dollar, instead of the pound, is partly based upon the heavier purchases being made in this country and hence the need of a more stable unit of List of Contributors Is Submitted as Drive for Funds Nears Completion With the drive there nearly completed, returns from Scottville began to come in today in considerable volume in a current Mason county drive for with which to complete hospital building. Included in the list of Scottville contributors to date: Scottville Creamery Co., State Savings Bank of Scottville, Stephens Funeral home, Scottville Lumber Co., W. H. Robinson, F. J Reader, George Mack, Scottville Cheese Co. by Paul Heike, Lawrence Mattix, Reed & Kieth, Glenn Wallace, A. Schoenberger, W. G. Alway, Chriss Arentzen, Frank Claveau, Pete's Eat shop, Sam Sincoff, Bob Nelson, J. J. Cox, Mrs. Margaret Cox, H. H. Brooke, A. Benow, Max Jenks, Alex Andersen, Matt Urka, Kenny & Bently, Cliff Orth, N. V. McPherson. Mason County Press by Harry Kruse, Henry Chinnery, Western Michigan Electric Co. by Frank Comstock, Leslie Bragg, Howard Thifel, Vogue shoppe, C. W. Smi^h, Shell Oil station. Other Ludington contributors, added to previous lists, include: Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Christensen, Mr. and Mrs. Alton Granger, Mrs Frank Beebe, Winslow Foster, E. A. Flanelly, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Rohrmoser, Mrs. Charles Grotemat, Marcius Obel, Mrs. Roy Johnson, Mrs. Anton Lilgeholm, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wanderer, Mrs J. F. Swanson, Mrs. Albert Weiner, Mrs. R. P. Miller. Mrs. Daisy Reek, Mrs. Ernest B. Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Johnson, Fred Eriksen Sr., Mrs. Hilda Mann, Martin Olson, George Bowne, Homer B. Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Fee, A. H. Lidberg, Edith Schwartz, Leonard Augustson, Oscar Lund, Mrs. Theodore Strawn, Rathbun & Sons. A. R. Tuinstra Colonial Sinclair station. Peter Borski, Lloyd Barnett Standard station, Reliable Tire & Accessory Co., Roy Beebe Sinclair station, Betka garage, T. J. Barber, Charles Baggott, Mrs. Maude Love, H. T. Stolberg, Dean Thompson, Geo. Ackersville Jr., Henry Seeba, Bertram & Cross, Fred Rohrmoser. County Receives Money from State County Treasurer Helen J. Bennett announced this morning that the county received SCAN RECORDS IN ALLEGED STATE FRAUD Two Former Officials and Newspaper Publisher Are Brought into Court Today LANSING, Oct. 25.— (/P)— Copies of the bank statements and personal records of two former state officials and a weekly newspaper publisher were ordered brought into court today as Circuit Judge Leland W. Carr continued his one-man grand jury investigation of charges $80,000 in state funds were criminally misused. Former Auditor General George T. Gundry of Flint; Martin J. Lavan, Brighton attorney and former legal advisor to Gundry; and Hyman Leyinson.l publisher of a Farmington newspaper, were ordered by sub-, poena to produce copies of their bank statements over long periods of months and any books | or memoranda which might con-1 cern the advertising of a state "funds i tax sale in 1938 ana 1939 The grand jury was called suddenly Tuesday morning in the Ingham county circuit court upon application of the State Bar of Michigan and Attorney General Thomas Read. Reaa declared that a "sum upwards of $80,000 was split between persons." The money was appropriated to advertise the tax sale. Gundry, Lavan, Levinson and Charles S. Seed, publisher of a Rochester weekly newspaper, were called to the stand Tuesday. Gundry was the only one to comment publicly when he left the jury room and he asserted only that the matter was "all Greek to me." Read said that the tax sale in Wayne and Oakland counties was all that was being considered at present, but that it might be extended later. AMERICAN SHIP SEIZED AS CONTRABAND CARRIER PLAN TO TAKE FORMAL STEPS TO GET BOAT Russia Can Furnish No as to Whereabouts of American Crew 5 S. S. City of Flint rhe freighter City of Flint, owned by the United States maritime commission, is believed held in Kola Bay, near Murmansk, Russia, following her seizure by a German raider as a contraband car- rier. The vessel was en route from New York to Liverpool, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, when taken. Inset is map showing the port to which the City of Flint was believed taken. , Industrialists Warn War Profits Are Short-Lived CHICAGO, Oct. 25.—(/P)— participation in the European i Representatives of the motor war might cause ai> economic | car, steel, and meat packing dislocation that would end "in | industries told separate Chica- ;our economic ruin." When the | go audiences that war offered | war is over, he added, "Europe I no lasting profits for Ameri- again will be so poor it will j can businessmen. !be forced to exist on what it i The speakers were William S. Knudsen, president of General" Motors Corporation, C. M. White, vice president in charge can produce within its own economy. American workers engaged in war business will again be thrown out of their Records of Auditor General of operation of the Republic ; jobs. Vernon J. Brown showed that) stee l corporation, and Jay C. • Knudsen, reviewing industrial more than $200,000 had been Hormel, Minnesota 'meat pack- ] conditions during recent years, • • • — ' said, "Some day we will probably wake up to the fact that spent in those two countries to advertise the sale. Gundry, as auditor general, in the last administration, de- ers signated the newspapers which were to receive the advertising. CHARGED WITH MURDER BAY CITY, Oct. 25.—(/P)—Peter Mountney, 73, Bay county farmer, was bound over to circuit court on a murder charge in connection with the death of Samuel Ruse, of Bay City. Mountney is accused of fatally wounding Ruse with a shotgun in an argument over the ownership of a load of hay. #—#—#—#—* — #—#—*—*-# ther notice. Plates were to Dr. D. A. Swift T Dentist •I* i Will be out of. the I city until *p i Monday, Oct. 30. * #—*—*—#—# — #_#_#_#_.* only one inch high. purchasing power" tion adds. the publica- due third snow "For the last five or six years the yen had been pegged to sterling at IS 2D. Consequently the yen fell sharply here when the pound dropped." Must Surrender Old License Plates Motorists who purchase 1940 license plates now, have to bring their 1939 plates as well as registration certificates, County Clerk Albert E. Johnson said this morning. Otherwise plates will not be handed out. This is necessary, it was learned, for the reason that 1939 plates will be good until March 1 and must be picked up as an aid to law enforcement officers, This will be necessary until fur- have been put on sale Tuesday, but the supply did not arrive. They are certain to be here today, it is believed. Gold is the most malleable metal known. It has been .beaten into gold leaf so thin that today $23,605.34, money from the state for the quarter weight tax and removal money. Mason county's share of the weight tax amounted to $2,170.93. The remainder, $3,534.41, is the amount allotted Mason county by the state for snow removal purposes. Hunter Who Beat Farmer Confesses HASTINGS, Oct. 25.—{#>)•— Sheriff Glenn Bera ^said today that George Mueller, 22, of Grand Rapids, had confessed attacking Fred Bugbee, 47, when the latter ordered him not to hunt on his Baltimore township farm last Sunday. Bugbee suffered a fractured jaw. Prosecutor A. D. McDonald said Mueller would be charged with assault with intent to go great bodily harm. WEATHER , Weather Forecast Lower Michigan: Cloudy tonight and Thursday. Intermittent rain probable. Warmer in south and central portions tonight; somewhat cooler in extreme north portions Thursday. Detroit and Vicinity: Cloudy tonight and Thursday, Intermittent rain probable; warmer tonight; fresh southeast nnd south winds. The sun sets today at 5:38 and rises Thursday at 6:58. The moon sets Thursday fit 5:16 a. m. SCOTTVILLE, Forbes, 22, of Oct. 25.— Carl Scottville, was <!hpfit,<! wnnlri mcitn o «na Temperature at coast guard station sneers woum maice a pile , OI . 24 hours end i ng pfc 7 n . m.: Maxi- seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when a truck semi-trailer, owned by McVicker Bros. Motor Freight lines, was wrecked near South Haven while enroute to Chicago. The accident, according to Floyd McVicker, manager of the firm, occurred when a rim broke, blowing out a front tire and throwing the outfit into the ditch. Forbes was removed to the City hospital in South Haven where ' extent of his injuries could not immediately be determined. Robert Forbes, brother of the driver, a passenger in the •truck, was not injured. The tractor unit was considerably damaged while damage to the trailer was -nominal. This was the first accident in the history of the firm, Mr. McVicker said, in which any driver or employe of the firm was injured. Borg-Warner Strike Extension Approved DETROIT, Oct. 25.—(/P)—R. J. Thomas, president of the CIO- United Automobile Workers of America announced today he had authorized strike action in four additional plants of the Borg- Warner corporation, automobile parts manufacturers, following a breakdown in negotiations over a dispute in the Long manufacturing plant, a Borg-Warner subsidiary. The union began a strike at the Long plant three weeks ago, demanding a union shop and wage adjustments. Threats of strikes at other Borg-Warner plants have been made during the period. "There are many grievances which have gone unadjusted," Thomas said, "and we have come to the conclusion that Borg-Warner is trying to smash the union." The Detroit plants affected are the Detroit Gear Co., Norge Heating and Conditioning Co. and the Morse Chain Co., employing a total of approximately 1,700 men. The Muncie plant, the Warner Gear Co., employes 3,800. About Knudsen, addressing the Institute of American Meat Pack- Tuesday, said his corporation "could not possibly make sufficient money out of the war to offset the losses our regular business would suffer through the upsetting economic conditions caused by war. "The popular assumption j that business likes war because I it can make huge profits is shameful and false," Knudsen said. : I Addressing the National | Metal congress, White called | war "stupid, wasteful, and unnecessary." "To many people the "idea that business doesn't want war co-operation, and I mean just that, between industry," labor and government, will be a surer and more practical way to the more abundant life and the pursuit of happiness." LANSING, Oct. 25.—(/P)— Homes owned by recipients ol is new and revolutionary," he j public assistance were exempted February tax sale Tues- the state land office , added. "They conceive of the I from the February tax sale Tues- average business ing for war so make profits. experience there man as pray- that he may We know by are no per- the net day by board. The board declared that needy n™ TO , x Union League club of the American families may continue to occupy Tip Js Received by That Sabotage Would Be Attempted NEW YORK, Oct. 25.—(/P)—A doubled police guard today protected the British- Queen Mary and French Normandie, largest passenger liners in the world, against possible sabotage. Squads of 25 police and two sergeants were assigned to pier guard duty after Lieut. Commander Cqddington of the U. S. naval intelligence rejjorted his office had learned one of the two ships would be" sabotaged "within the next few weeks." The 81,245 - ton, 975 - foot Queen Mary, camouflaged a battleship gray, and the 83,1423-ton, 981-foot Normandie, i still flaunting her bright red funnels, are tied side by side in their Hudson river berths. Both ships have been retired from passenger service by the war. The mysterious tip to the naval intelligence department did not say whether an attempt would be made to blow up the vessels, scuttle them or disable their engines. High police officials were WASHINGTON, Oct. 25.—(^ —Full information about German capture of the American; Freighter City of Flint was sought today before the government takes any formal steps to obtain her release from a Russian Arctic port. President Roosevelt told reporters late Tuesday that he hoped to get back the vessel, seized by a Nazi cruiser while carrying contraband to Great Britain. A report from United States Ambassador steinhardt in Moscow, he said, explained that all the facts were not yet known there. Mr. Roosevelt added that he had no information as to the whereabouts of the American crew of 42, supplanted by Germans on the trip to Murmansk. Washington officials expected no difficulty from Russia in getting the City of Flint and her crew released. They pointed to three factors in support of their view: 1. Word from Moscow that Russia had interned the German prize crew aboard the freighter. 2. A statement at the same time that the American ship was being detained only temporarily. 3. The willingness with which the Russian government promised Ambassador Steinhardt to get all possible facts from Mur- mansk port authorities. The case appeared to some officials to be a likely means of clarifying Russia's position either as a neutral or a virtual ally of Germany 1 in the European war. The United States contends that a neutral-country should not permit her ports to toe used as a repository for ships taken by a belligerent. If Russia permits her ports to be used as a refuge for German vessels and their prizes which are unable to reach Germany because of the British blockade, she, in the American view, would be going beyond the limits of neutrality. Must Give Up Cars to ~ their homes even though the title passes to the state for nonpayment of taxes. The homes will not be advertised for sale, the board said. Clarence W. Lock, executive . - , secretary of the board, 1 said the .Receive Relief I decision would affect fewer I than 400 of the 500,000 parcels of i ] property which will revert to \ the state Nov. 3 and be subject j to public auction in February. The decision was embodied in a resolution by Auditor General Vernon J. Brown. It agreed to withdraw homes of the needy from the sale upon certification not disturbed by the report, however, they made a personal inspection of the ships and assigned roaming squads of detectives to each. Cleveland relief clients must give up their motor cars. Recipients of relief, except in certain cases, will get no more aid until their automobile license plates have been im- International at-a-Glance pounded at relief headquarters. Relief officials said the move would be an incentive for clients to leave public rolls. Supervisors estimated between 8,000 and 10,000 automobiles were owned privately by persons in relief families. Robot Pamphleteer Found by Swiss BERNE. Switzerland, Oct. 25. — (ff>) —Swiss military authorities marvelled today at a new German invention—a "robot pamphleteer." They exhibited a balloon, 100 feet in diameter and equipped with a large clock operating a mechanism designed to drop propaganda pamphlets at hourly intervals. Appa,rently destined for France, the balloon was driven over the Swiss border bv adverse winds and found by farmers in a field near Lake Constance. For some, reason, the Swiss said, the mechanism failed to release the packaete.s of pamphlets, still attached to the balloon. The pamphlets contained copies of Adolf Hltler'.s Oct. 6 Reichstag by county welfare boards or old age assistane bureaus that the occupants are bona fide owners and are receiving some form of public assistance. Man Arrested, Here for Wisconsin Police Russell Hanson, 26, formerly of Ludington, wanted in Oconto, Wis., on a non-support charge, was picked up by city police Tuesday night. He is being confined in the county jail pending arrival of Wisconsin authorities who are to take him back. Hanson has (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) BERLIN—United States told that Germany and Russia are consulting on captured Freighter City of Flint. LONDON—Air ministry re- NEW YORK, Oct. 25.— (IP)— Trial of Communist Earl Browder, charged with obtaining a passport through false representations, has been set for Nov. 27. ' The head of the Communist party in this country appeared nervous Tuesday on his release from a federal detention cell after bond of $7,500 had been posted by Mrs. Hester G. Huntington. Mrs. Huntington, society woman and sister-in-law of Robert Minor, a Communist leader, said she furnished bail "as a matter of principle." ' Responding to a subpoena, she testified later in the day before the federal grand' jury that indicted Browder in its inquiry into the reported operation of a "passport mill" supplying fake American traveling credentials to Communist agents and foreign spies.' Browder blamed Republican concerned by more merchant ports night scouting flight over P artv national committee "in- ±_ , . ipL ., *-^ _ . ra*»tmr-\Tirt>-»" 011 ****AV^ s4 n*< f\f XT***** Berlin; Britons loss of four ships. PARIS—Only sporadic fighting flares on Western front. BUDAPEST—Italy and Yugoslavia reported to have promised military aid to Hungary in event of trouble with Russia. College Pays Bill Sent to Governor been employed quette railroad on Pere Mar- carferries. mum 55, minimum 36. 800 are idle at the Long plant. speech—printed in French. Muskegon Man Is Arrested in N. Y. GRAND RAPIDS, Oct. 25.—(/P) —U. S. Attorney Francis T. McDonald announced today the arrest in Brooklyn, N. Y., of Russell Strom, 23, formerly of Muskegon, on a charge of forging and negotiating a WPA check at Muskegon last March. Strom will x be returned to Grand Rapids to await action by the grand jury Nov. 7. LANSING, Oct. 25.—W—C. O. Wilkins, treasurer of Michigan State college, hastened today to pay a gas bill which had been charged wrongly to Governor Dickinson. The bill, for $21.30, was sent to Dickinson Tuesday by the Consumers Power company with the statement that it was for service in "the Michigan State college governor's house" from Dec. 22, 1938, to Oct. 6, 1939. Wilkins said the bill was "an obligation of the college," since former Governor Frank Murphy, who had occupied the house on the M.S.C. campus for some months, had moved out before the service was rendered. tervention," surrender of New Deal liberals to reactionaires of the "Martin Dies stripe," and imperialist war mongers for his prosecution. BULLETIN RUTH JUDD ESCAPES PHOENIX. Ariz., Oct. 25.— (AP)—Winnie Ruth Judd," trunk slayer of two women companions in 1933, has escaped from the Arizona state hospital Governor Jones disclosed today. 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, hold to his own beliefs and not permit himself or his country to become a victim of emotionalism or propaganda. THE NEWS.

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