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THE LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS '/I VOLUME XLX, NO. 4. LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN, THURSDAY, NOV. 2, 1939. PRICE, THREE CENTS. HEAR Rob Death LONG ILLNESS FOR LUDINGTON RESIDENT ENDS Body to Be Brought Here Monday from Tuscon, Arizona Atlantic Ocean Search Discontinued OWNERS RUSH As Ship Is Reported Safe On Voyage Telegraphic word was received in Ludington today of the death early this morning of Robert L. Stearns, prominent industrialist and artist and member of one of the early lumbering families of Michigan. Mr. Stearns, who had maintained his home in Ludington for much of his life, died early this morning at Tuscon, Ariz., State Official Seeks to Soothe Grange Barbs TRAVERSE CITY, Nov. 2.—(/P) I three-tenths of one percent of —Melville B. McPherson, chair- its face value. They contend the man of the state tax commission, "ceiling" is inequitable, and Mc- poured oil on troubled waters at Pherson agreed with them, the state Grange convention Before the convention lay a here today, seeking to pilot plea by Governor Dickinson, a member for more than 50 years, through a mildly worded resolution demanding a revision of the new intangible property tax. McPherson's "friends said he contemplates a campaign for governor in 1940 if Governor Dickinson retires from the Political picture, and that he dislikes the thought of a resolution that would criticize the Republican-dominated Legislature for passing the law in its present form. A blistering resolution was being prepared before he appeared on the scene as a peace make He is a Granger. The veteran Lowell Republican told C. H. Bramble, the Grange master, and members of the organizations committee on taxation that he was instrumental in having the intangible tax law adopted. He added that he and other proponents were compelled to make concessions, and that they accepted because they felt the law still would be better than none. Bramble and other Grangers have criticized a provision of the law that no income producing intangible property may be Jtaxed to an Amount more than that the Grange make no "hasty charges" against state officials. "We are not perfect," he asserted, "b.ut we do the best we can." A scheduled banquet speaker, he visited the vention unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon, and left immediately after a brief speech. Message Was Received Which Indicated Freighter Had 1 Been Attacked GET NEW ITALIAN ARMY POSTS Estimate 500,000 Parcels of 'Property Will Revert to State Tonight E. L. STEAKN5 where he had lived the past year. He had been in ill health for many months. He was 08 at the time of his death, having been born March 14, 1871, at Conneaut, O. Came Here in 1874 He came to Ludington with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Justus S. Stearns, in 1874. As a young man Mr. Stearns studied art in the United States and Europe, his work having achieved considerable acclaim for him both as painter and humorist. He was also author of a number of humorous sketches and books, the best-known being his "Ossawalcl Crumb" stories of early lumbering days. Many of Mr. Stearns' best-known paintings are a part of the interesting collection at Hotel Stearns. Following his career as a stu- (Please turn to Page 8, Column 2) Administration Makes Determined Fight for (Embargo in Neutrality Measure WASHINGTON, Nov. 2.—</P) —The House moved toward a showdown on the neutrality issue today, with opponents of the administration making a last determined fight for either a complete or partial em- WASHINGTON, Nov. 2.—K The Western Union/ Telegraph company has been ordered by the national labor relations board to disestablish its association of Western Union employes as a bargaining agency and reimburse employes for dues deducted from pay envelopes since July 5, 1939. The board order, issued Wednesday night, was based on a finding that the 20-year-old association was "supported and dominated" by the company. The board ruled that the company had discouraged membership of its employes in labor organizations other than the Association of Western Union Em- ployes by giving employment preference to those who 'were willing to join the association. The board's decision did not disclose the amount of dues to be repaid but Joseph P. Selly, vice president of the American Communications association (CIO) said in New York that it would be "more than $500,000." The case was filed by the AC A. Preliminary Meeting Is Held at Ludington High School i Wednesday Night Thirty-two persons attended j a preliminary meeting at Ludington high school Wednesday night to arrange for a course in vocational training of salespeople and merchants being sponsored by the retail merchants' committee of the Ludington Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the state board of control for vocational education. Thirty of the group registered for the course with more expected to enroll before regular classes start next Tuesday. It was decided to take up "Effective Selling." Through the efforts of Lawrence T. Thomson, supervisor of distributive education of the business education division of the state vocational education bureau, who was present, a competent instructor is being secured to conduct classes on that topic. The instructor's name will be announced later. In Mr. Thomson's opening review of the type of work that would 'be taken up he pointed out that the first six weeks' course is a preliminary to eventual courses that would be more specific in their content. He stated it was always advisable to open such studies with such preliminary work, preparing the student for more intensive work to follow. The course will cover a variety of subjects relating to retail selling with each session developing new thought on effective selling. Those present were enthusiastic in their desire to take the course. Anyone in this region, interested in retail selling, is urged to contact W. E. Rynerson, chairman of the retail merchants' committee. Registration fee is $1 for six weeks. bargo on crms sales to warring nations. Against administration estimates of a 15 or 20 vote margin for repeal, the foes made no outright claims of victory, but forecast a "very close vote." They figured they would get about 200 votes, which is not quite a majority of the present 429 members. Democratic Leader Rayburn of Texas decided to move formally to shut off further discussion at 2 p. m. (EST) and .begin balloting immediately. JHe failed Wednesday to get an agreement to limit debate at ,hat hour. The aim of administration eaders was to send neutrality legislation to a Senate-House conference committee without tying the hands of the House, delegates with any specific instructions. The Senate has voted to repeal 'the arms em- aargo, and lacking directions to the contrary, a j£,ajority of the House conferees could be >ected to support fhe Senate action. WASHINGTON, Nov. 2.—<(ff)— The coast guard received word today that the British Freighter Coulmore was safe. The word was received by the Coast Guard Cutter Bibb from „„, „_ a Canadian radio station at I said county treasurers reported Camperdown at 2:30 a. m.,| a general rush today to get tax E. S. T. The station said it had heard directly from the Coul- more that she was safe. The search for the vessel was suspended. The Bibb was the leader of a squadron of coast guard and con- j navy vessels scouring, the Atlantic for the freighter about 680 miles east of New York after the interception early Wednesday morning of a distress signal which indicated the freighter might have been attacked by a submarine. , bv the 1 Thereafter there will be only indicated ! one " vvav ^ or owners to redeem it was just inside the neutrality! j^?™^ 1 ' VmltcWng tat £ safety belt around the Americas P^^^ riltrp . t S v - ma ., n pn ft eoes fixed at the recent Pan Ameri- highest bid received when it goes can neutrality meting in Panama. The Bibb relayed the Camperdown information to Washington at about 9:30 a. m., saying that the radio information "justified closing the search." The Bibb also heard from Camperdown that, for some unexplained reason, the Coulmore appeared able to send messages to Gamperdown, but could not) receive messages, from Canada. LANSING, Nov. 2.—(/P)—Auditor General Vernon J. Brown payments for 1935 and prior years under the wire before midnight, 'when title to an estimated 500,000 delinquent properties will automatically revert to the state. The midnight deadline will automatical!;: cancel between $50,000,000 and $300,000,000 in delinquent taxes and penalties. State oficials are wary of giving a more definite estimate, in view of the rush that has left ac, countants far behind in their ' work. ARE MADE PUBLIC BY MOLOTOFF Marshal Graziani General Starace Marshal Rodolfo Graziani, left, has been named chief of the army general staff, succeeding General Alberto Parian! and Ueut. Gen. Achilla Starace, right, has been relieved of his post as Fascist party secretary and been named chief of staff of the Fascist militia by Premier Benito Mussolini in a drastic Italian cabinet shakeup. Pleads Guilty and Receives Life Term in Surprise Move Wednesday JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Nov. 2. — (A>) — The eccentric flying career of a Hoosier farmhand who had a passion to toe an aviator ended in a forced landing here today as Earnest (Larry) Pletch began a life term in the state prison. In a surprise move at Macon, Mo., Wednesday, Pletch, 29, pleaded guilty to slaying Flying- Instructor Carl Bivens one mile above Macon county and was under the hammer at so-called "scavenger" sales on Feb. 13. But the taxpayers' rush does j •mean that the state's budget problems are solved, the auditor general pointed out. The vast bulk of the delinquent payments before the midnight deadline will go to counties. The state will receive the revenue from approximately 12,000 parcels of improved property included among the $500,000 that rJrci!:*~revert to the goverttrrjv.jt, but it will also have the problem of managing them. The sale itself will yield .the state only $5,000,000 or $10,000,000 in the next fiscal year. Several communities already •have asked the state to withhold from-sale properties which may later bs suited for public use. In 3ome cases, this is a legitimate subterfuge to avert the eviction of families, aged or unemployed, who are already dependent upon some form of relief. Andy Devine's Home Damaged by Blast Prison Management Condemmed by Official LANSING, report made Nov. 2.—(/P)—In a public today, Edward G. Heckel, state corrections director, condemned the administration of the Michigan Branch Prison at Marquette. The report was released by John W. Miner, of Jackson, chairman of the state corrections commission. Referring to a prison break Sept. 25 in which four convicts seized four officials as hostages, Heckel declared: "It is amazing to know that Martial Law Is Declared In Holland no arrangements had been made prior to that hour to attempt to stop the inmates after they had gotten out of the prison." Heckel reported it was fortunate that someone with the ability to "think under fire" had delayed the ' prisoners for an hour while state police set up traps to intercept them outside the prison walls. "But such a plan should have been thought out months, yes years, ago," Heckel said. He recommended installing gas equipment to defeat attempts at escape and automatic searching devices to disclose weapons concealed by prisoners. Charging that some convicts were given special privileges because they were serving life sentences, Heckel said many phases of the prison administration done 'because Little Nation May Make Con* cessions if Guarantees Are Made by Russia MOSCOW, Nov. 2.—(£>)— A Fin- „ nish delegation trod the familiar path to the Kremlin today with. a decision imminent on Soviet Russia's request for military and territorial concessions. The Finns, who already had made two trips here, arrived this morning and were expected to resume negotiations late this afternoon in an atmosphere sharpened by Soviet Premier- Foreign Commissar Vyacheslaff Molbtoff's public declaration Tuesday of the Russian aims. These were: Soviet acquisition of a strip of Finland north of Leningrad; a Soviet naval base on the Finnish mainland at the entrance to the gulf of Finland; cession by Finland of certain islands in the gulf and of, part of the Finnish Arctic coast; and demilitarization of the Finnish frontier. In exchange, he offered Finland a portion of Soviet Karelia twice the area of the proposed Finnish grants; and Soviet withdrawal of objections to Finland alone fortifying the Aaland islands in the gulf of Bothnia. (Foreign Minister Eljas Erkko intimated in Helsinki that Finland was willing to conciliate provided guarantees were given with a treaty.) Russia meanwhile continued to move toward commercial coalition with Germany. Semi-official German quarters reported a Nazi economic delegation would return to Berlin today, having completed arrangements for major items to be obtained from Russia. ^ It was rumored in some diplomatic circles that'the trade talks had not gone as well as the Germans said, and it was indicated the German delegation had urgent business to discuss /with a similar Russian mission in Berlin. "appear to be VAN NUYS, Calif., Nov. 2— (fP) \ p ar ts of Eight Provinces Are ! tnev always have been done A »-» rtxrv-iirioioi-* i %i An r3ir T^nTfi wn'c 1 . —An explosion in Andy Devine's basement caused the gravel- voiced screen and radio comedian's many dogs to set up wails that broke the quiet and serenity of the San Fernando valley. Devine's shouts didn't do much to calm matters. His given a'Tife sentence by Circuit | handy-man Paul Banks, 26, was International at-a-Glance (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) LONDON — Chamberlain calls Molotoff speech a "disappointment" to "Germany; says Britain is confident submarines can be vanquished. MOSCOW—Finnish delegates return for new talks on Russian territorial and military demands. HELSINKI—Finland ready to make some concessions, but says Russia asks too much. THE HAGUE—Martial law declared in strategic areas to guard against war. Judge Harry J. Libby. Earlier, Pietch had waived preliminary hearing and promised Judge Libby never to apply for a pardon or parole. The judge said the sentence was in accordance with the wish of Bivens' widow. Later at Frankfort, Ind., the youth's parents, Mr. and Mrs. ! injured seriously in the blast, caused by a gasoline-drenched blanket being ignited by a gas heater. Andy grabbed a fire extinguisher and started for the basement door, then thought of his dogs and let them out of the house. When he started back the dogs, apparently thinking Included in Preparations for Defense that way' ever since the prison was opened 50 years ago." Guy Pletch, expressed tion. Said the mother: "Guy had hoped maybe we could save Earnest's.life. We're thankful to learn about it. It is a great burden off my mind." Appeal for Clothing Is Issued Here satisfac- I And y was deserting them, tripped him on the lawn, climbed on him and licked his face. Andy finally shook loose and went back to extinguish flames that caused minor damage. In order to meet ever-increasing clothing demands made upon the Ludington Salvation Ar- PARIS—French military com- j my post, an appeal for any type mentators predict winter stale-1 of winter clothing was made by Opening Carnival Dance At Branch Gymnasium Saturday Night, November 4 With the "LUCKY STARS" ORCHESTRA mate on western front. BERLIN—German-Soviet negotiators arrange for increased trade. ROME — Italian newspapers reaffirm German-Italian military alliance. KILLED IN TEXAS DALLAS, Tex., Nov. 2.—(#>)—A woman killed by a skidding automobile Tuesday night was identified today as Miss Lisa Lindstrom, 35, of Battle Creek, Mich. The automobile skidded after colliding with another car. WEATHER Lower Michigan: Unsettled, slightly colder in east portion tonight; Friday partly cloudy, somewhat warmer in northwest portion. Detroit and Vicinity: Unsettled and slightly colder tonight with lowest tempera, ture about 28 degrees; Friday partly cloudy and cool; moderate winds, mostly north and northwest. The sun sets today at 5:25 and rises Friday at 7:08. The moon rises Thursday at 10:13 p. m. Adjutant Kyle Piercy this morning. Anyone having any type clothing suitable for winter wear is urged to contact Salvation Army headquarters on South Rath avenue. If unable to deliver it themselves, call the Salvation Army headquarters at 572 and the articles will be picked up. "The call is an urgent one," Capt. Piercy stated. "Anything at all will be appreciated. Most persons have no idea how such contributions are appreciated by the needy." ' Used furniture, even furniture in need of minor repair, will •be greatly appreciated. The Army, Capt. Piercy declared, can repair such items in its own handicraft shop. AUDITORS ItERE W. B. Towns and E. J. Robinson of Lansing, state examiners, arrived in Ludington this morning to commence the annual audit of | Mason county's books. The work Gr. M. Lawyers Plan Appeal if Necessary SOUTH BEND, Ind., Nov. 2 — '(/P)>—Lawyers defending General Motors from anti-trust charges in federal court here are laying the groundwork for a possible appeal in event of an unfavorable verdict. The corporation, three affiliates and 17 officials were accused of plotting to force GM| dealers to use corporation- sponsored finance companies in installment selling of automobiles. Judge Walter C. Lindley of Danville, 111., has ruled that the jury may not consider testimony of persons now holding General Motors dealerships as to how the corporation hatf treated them. Wednesday defense counsel put 44 such dealers on the witness stand, asked each three questions and, when the court sustained government objection's, read the record as offer of proof the answers he would have given if allowed to testify. THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, Nov. 2.— (fP)— A martial law decree embracing every strategic point on land or water in the Netherlands gave the nation's high command authority today to exercise supreme powers if Holland is caught in the northern pincers of the European war. Covering parts of eight provinces, or all but three in the northeast — Groningen, Drente and Overijsel—the order affects approximately half of the German - Netherlands frontier. It also applies to centers for flood defense, to virtually all North sea territorial waters and islands, and to the long dyke which locks the northern end of the Zuider Zee. In general, the regions named in the decree already are occupied by troops. Official sources said the decision was not due to a fear of invasion, but designed to facilitate defenses, including a flood line upon which the nation depends to prevent war from spreading to its rich and ipopulous western sections. years in prison today by Swiss judges who found COLUMBIA, S. C., Nov. 2.— (/P>—An eccentric, absent-minded 'burglar is being sought by mum 31,'minimum 32. weeks, it was learned. police. He stole victrola. Then pistol. broke into a house and a coat, a curtain and a he forgot and left his as Spy in Geneva [GENEVA, Nov~ 2.—(/P)—A 35- year-old dancer known as "Nina" was sentenced to five five her guilty of espionage and treason. Roger Joel, a former drafts-man in a Swiss arms factory, jointly convicted on the} same charges, was sentenced to three years imprisonment. The convictions carried loss of civil rights for three years in the case of Joel and 10 years in the case of the dancer, who was on the docket as Virginia Capt Rota. Paul Rochat, a Geneva detective who went to trial at the same time, was convicted of political activity in behalf of a foreign state and sentenced to 15 months in prison. His wife, Dolly, received "a 10- Mass Break Is Staged at St. Charles Home Illinois in ST. CHARLES, 111., Nov. 2.— (/P)—A state police radio blockade covered the entire northern third of the state today in a hunt for 13 inmates of St. Charles school for boys who engineered a mass escape from the unwalled institution Wednesday night. The wholesale break was made from a basement exercise room. Supt. William T. Harmon said that at an apparently prearranged signal several boys rushed Fletcher Thompson, 25, a negro, assistant recreational director, overpowered him and forced him to unlock an outer door that permitted them to escape. Seven boys refused to join the break. The fugitives included three negroes and 10 white boys and Harmon said they were "the biggest boys we have at the school." All but two were parole violators. They ranged from 17 to 20 years in age. MT. CLEMENS, Nov. 2. Prosecutor Ivan A. Johnston summoned a coroner's jury today to conduct an extensive investigation into the knife slaying of Mrs. Herbert C. Patterson, wife of a Detroit automotive engineer, in Suburban St. Glair Shores. Johnston said he expected to subpoena 15 witnesses and to place before the jury testimony already gathered in the week since Mrs. Patterson was slain. He said the inquest might continue for several days. "I am calling the inquest to assemble evidence under one roof and to give a jury of six citizens a chance to fix cause of death and to fix blame, if possible," Johnston explained. "The purpose of the coroner's jury procedure also will be to get the witnesses to make their statements under oath." Blanket of Snow Falls in Region Word has 'oeen received of the death of Ervin Manley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Manley of 813 South Washington avenue, who died of injuries suffered in an automobile accident which occurred at Elecen- tro, Calif. Mr. Manley was born in Ludington. He was 34 years of age. Funeral arrangements, to be made by Dorrell funeral home, will be announced later. Ludington and parts of son county awakened this morning to find the heaviest fall of snow so far this season on the ground. Snow, continued to fall intermittently during the morning, adding a Christmas-time air to the city. Ludington, apparently., received the heaviest fall in the county, an estimated inch falling here. At Scottville, it was considerably lighter and little rus wue, .uuuy, icueiveu a, iu- vuiiaiucia,uiy ugiibci imu. uuiuw . month suspended sentence on snow had fallen in the eastern] the same charge. part of the county. 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 his country to 'become a victim of emotionalism or propaganda. THE NEWS. 5*1 I J „ ;', .c , t s-

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