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THE LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS XOLUME XLX, NO. 9. LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8, 1939. PRICE, THREE CENf S. DISPUTE OVER SHIPS COMING HEAD PENSIONS ARE DEFEATED IN TWO STATES California and Ohio Bury Proposals Under Top- heavy Majority (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Pension plans combining increased grants to the aged with unorthodox methods of raising the money were rejected Tuesday by topheavy majorities in California and Ohio. In other off-year elections, New York voters sanctioned pari- mutuel race betting and gave Tammany control of county jobs, while Kentucky chose a Democratic governor. None of the contests for office held nationwide political significance. Ohio ballots snowed under the pension proposal advocated by Herbert S. Bigelow, Cincinnati clergyman, to assure income of $50 a month to those past 60. The plan, which called for a state income tax and a levy on valuable real estate, was defeated by a margin of more than 3 to 1. Returns from 7,641 of 8,589 precincts gave 394,639 for the pension plan and 1,318,509 against it. Opponents contended that the vote showed Ohio "would not be deluded by suggestions of this kind," but Bigelow announced a new proposal even before all the ballots killing the old one were counted. "I will continue the fight until we win," the 69-year-old preacher-politician said, adding that he would try to put a variant of the rejected plan before the voters next year. The California returns buried the "ham and eggs" pension program by a tremendous margin, but there, too, sponsors said a further fight was planned. The proposition would have paid the unemployed past 50 up to $30 a week, and would have been 11- iuincfcd by & system of istAU script. The proposal trailed in every county even Los Angeles county—its birthplace—turning in almost a 2-to-i total against it. Reports from 9,046 of 11,165 precincts showed 504,286 votes for the plan and 1,008,282 against. Pension leaders declared they would start a recall movement against Oov. Culbert L. Olson, who fought the plan. They contended that he had been elected by "ham and eggers" last year. Olson -said the plan's defeat would help his administration plan the employment of "all per- .sons willing and able to work at useful and productive employment." Election Day Briefs (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) CALIFORNIA — "Ham and eggs" pension proposal defeated decisively. OHIO—Old age pension plan beaten 3 to 1. NEW YORK—Pari-mutuel betting at horse race tracks approved; Tammany won New York county offices. KENTUCKY — Gov. Kenn Johnson (D) defeated King Swope (R) in gubernatorial contest. PHILADELPHIA — Robert E. Lamberton (R) elected mayor ever Robert C. White (D). DETROIT—Edward J. Jeffries defeated Mayor Richard W. Reading. SAN FRANCISCO—Mayor Angelo J. Rossi re-elected for third term over a field of seven. CLEVELAND — Mayor Harold H. Burton won third term. First Meeting of Season Is Held at Victory Tuesday Evening With between 40 and 50 persons in attendance, Mason Coun- REJECTION OF PEACE PLAN !S EXPECTED Monarchs of Belgium and The Netherlands Had Offered to Mediate War (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Preferred mediation by the monarchs of Belgium and The Netherlands raised only scant hopes today for European .peace. 1 , . The three nations who received the offer ..Britain, France and Germany, said only that they would consider it. Britain said consulations with France would be held before replying. Unofficial French. quarters and the Paris press predicted "no" would be the French answer. Germany's reply was pondered by Adolf Hitler, who 1' welcomed" a similar offer Aug. 29, three days before the German invasion of Poland started. Speculation immediately arose whether Queen Wilhelmina and King Leopold made their sudden move because they feared imminent military develop- ty Historical society held first meeting of its regular the fall and winter period Tuesday evening at Victory townhall. The meeting, with Mrs. Sam Hjortholm as chairman and Victory township residents as hosts and hostesses, was a pleasant and delightful session, the program being staged by Victory township people in tribute to the history of that region. Mrs. G- Pearl Darr of Freesoil, president of the society, presided at the opening business session, when further discussion took place regarding the permanent marking of historical slt.es in Mason county. A list of eligible sites, it HERE ARE ARMY'S NEW POSTERS UNITED STATES - ARMY \ «&t ,&tedfoat CW«r for ' J f j f -ENLIST N'OW ' $<,AJU*Y FOfi NATIONAL SECURITY Enlist TKe U. S. ARMY - APPLY AT ANY RECRUITING OfJMCfc. Say Browdee Has Raised Question of Conspiracy would embroil or whether they pro- con- announced, is in process of preparation and is expected to be ready for the society's December meeting. Design of suitable markers, is also expected to receive final consideration then. Tuesday's program included musical numbers by Mrs. Louis Peterson, pianist; Donald Peterson, violinist and Mrs. Raymond Heyse and Sam Hjortholm, vocalists. This was followed by ments which their nations considered circumstances pitious for ending the flict. ICautious optimism was evident in The Netherlands, based on reluctance of the belligerents to start major land offensives. A few hours before the offer reached London, Foreign Secretary Lord Hallifax broadcast a speech repeating a broad outline of war aims for "a new world in which the nations will not permit insane armed rivalry to deny their hopes of a fuller life." His speech had been planned several days ago. Authoritative German sources asserted the Halifax speech I made a German reply scarcely necessary and interpreted it as a negative British answer to the mediation offer. The German high command reported "livelier" activity on the Western front by artillery and scouting patrols. They said Germany had lost five .planes and the Allies seven during the first week of November. Unofficial French dispatches asserted 12 or 13 German planes These posters soon will appear in street cars, _ busses, subway and elevated trains throughout the United States. Twenty-five thousand reproductions of the poster at top—"Streamlined Miss Columbia"— have been printed. Fifty thousand reproductions of the lower poster —"Wings Over. America"—will be distributed. Wind Up Investigation of Sunday Prison Break JACKSON, Nov. 8.—(/P)—Attorney General Thomas Read wound up his investigation into Sunday's attempted break at Southern Michigan prison today with a conference with Warden Harry H. Jackson. At the conclusion of his first day's inquiry Read said Tuesday night he had found nothing to criticize in the prison's administration. He placed a large share of the blame for the break, in which a guard inspector was killed, on Guard Russell Day, and voiced the opinion that Day "ought to be replaced." Day, already under suspension; has been a prison employe for six years. The six convicts involved in the break duped him into believing his relief . guard was at hand and he opened the door which led to freedom. All six were recaptured within an hour. Read talked to two of the convicts and heard their own story of the melodnamatic escapade. He said they had no complaint WASHINGTON, -A combination Nov. 8.—</P) of circum- . stances, including the approach of a presidential election year, may put a quiet end to the House investigation of the WPA. A report on the committees findings is 'being prepared for submission to Congress In January. . Rep. Woodrum (D-Va), act- Ing chairman, said he had found "no enthusiasm" among Republican members for reopening public hearings in the meantime. J. O'Connor Roberts, committee counsel, said no decision would be reached on the committee's future course before early December. Just 'back from Indiana where he conferred with committee investigators, Roberts said that "bad" conditions had ibeen found in the relief set-up there and In Louisiana. Much of what the agents found in Indiana has been turned over to the federal district attorney. To Seek Recruits in Ludington Visit Ludington will be visited Friday by a recruiting detachment of the U. S. Army, in the field for the purpose of procuring' new enlistments for the expanded army, according to a notice received from district headquarters at Grand Rapids. The recruiting detachment, consisting! of nine enlisted men under command of Lieut. D. B. Billings of Fort Wayne, Ind., is visiting 19 Western Michigan counties. Headquarters in Ludington are expected to'toe at the ipost office, although Postmaster W. H. Cuthbertson has not yet received notice to that effect. Further details will be announced Thursday. which Donald Peterson played i two violin solos accompanied by' his mother at the piano. A paper presenting the history of Victory township in a most interesting, complete manner, prepared by Mrs. Hjortholm, was read by her. It will become part of the society's permanent collection of township histories. Jacob Lunde of Ludington concluded the program with a talk on early Mason county lumbering days illustrated by a panorama painting created by him showing the lumber woods, the villages of Lincoln and Hamlin, and the shoreline of Pere Marquette lake in Ludington as it period between existed in the 1884 and 1900. Mr. Lunde's vivid sketches gave rise to interesting discussion, several of those in attendance commenting on the period in question. Julius T. Loxen, it was brought out, is the oldest present resident of Victory township in point of years of residence. He was born and reared on the farm where he still resides. Second longest resident, it is believed, is Louis Anderson, resident of Victory continuously for 63 years. Coming to Mason county as a baby, he lived for two years in Ludington before moving to Victory. previous official claim was that nine of 27 German planes were downed. a clear memory of early Mason county life, he was present Tuesday night to take part in the discussions. Following' the program, refreshments were served by Mrs. Hjortholm and her committee. State Farmers' Union Holding 'Convention GRAND RAPIDS, Nov. 8.— (IP) —Adoption of a new constitution and toy-laws and possible restoration of its national charter were, expected today as the Michigan ~ opened Its vention. • Approximately 500 farmers are expected to attend the two- day convention, drafting the new Farmers union fourth annual con- The work of constitution was started Tuesday. The Michigan organization has been operating with temporary officers since Its state charter was suspended nearly two years ago. A representative of the national union was expected to come Incomplete Report of Votes Assure IParty Control of State Administration LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 8.— (IP) —On the basis of unofficial votes in Tuesday's general election in Kentucky Democrats were assured of control of the state administration. In addition Democrats will have substantial majorities in both houses of the general assembly in January. Gov. Keen Johnson, who succeeded J,o the office in October, when G'OV. A. B. "'Happy" Chandler resigned to go to the United States Senate, was far ahead of his Republican opponent, Circuit Judge King Swope, on trie basis of returns from more than a third of the state's 4,347 precincts. With 1,902 precincts reported Governor Johnson had 225,250 votes to 139,042 for Swope, who lost to Governor Chandler in the 1935 general election by a majority of 93,000. Johnson's majority was 86,208. Democratic candidates for eight other state offices were well ahead of their Republican rivals. / concerning the treatment they received at the prison. The attorney general said Sunday's events, coming as they did on the heels of a similar break at the northern branch prison, would have ho efect on his recommendation that Warden Marvin L. Coon of the Marquette prison be dismissed. After investigating the northern prison escape, Read charged Warden Coon with "laxity" in his administration, and recommended his removal. Coon is a Democrat, a holdover appointee from the administration of Governor Frank Murphy. Warden Jackson is a Republican. HYDE PARK, N. Y., Nov. 8.— (/P) —White House sources represented President Roosevelt Tuesday as believing that Earl Browder had raised a question as to whether he and the American Communist party were conspiring against the American government. To this question, made by persons close to President Roosevelt on the basis of a speech by Browder in Boston Sunday night, the Communist leader retorted in New York. "The greatest danger for the American people is the threat to muzzle them, which is contained in the statement of the 'close friend' of the President." Browder asserted it was "not clear" whether the White House expression had been based on "what I actually said, or the forgery in the New York Times and (New York) Herald Tribune, which constructed a new speech for me which I did not deliver." Asked Tuesday at a press conference whether he has read the Browder speech, the president said he had seen only the headlines. However, persons in a position to interpret his views said it was difficult to draw a definite line between the words "quick transition"—as used in the Browder speech in connection with a transition to socialism in this country—and "revolution." "The president's 'close friend,' " Browder said in a statement, "expresses his perturbation about my use of the phrase 'quick transition,' thus following the line of thought of the Herald Tribune editorial of today. That is precisely the phrase reported entirely out of its context by the New York Times and others, although they had the exact text in their hands. What I actually said was as follows: " 'How can we explain the reactionary hysteria that is gripping the American bourgeoisie in ' fact itext) of the imperialist wax? They know quite well that the conscious and clear-headed movement for Socialism in this country is still quite small in relation to the whole population. '"Why, then, do they display such fear of the Communist party which heads this movement?' The answer is: Because they know quite well the extremely precarious .situation of European capitalism. They know that this war is placing the Socialist revolution on the order of the day there as a practical question." Inquest into Death of Marline Haynes Will Be Held Thursday Further developments in the investigation of an accident fatal to Marline Haynes. three- year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Haynes, .of Ludington were reported this morning.' The accident occurred Thursday, Nov. 2. City police said they are holding, a 1933 gray Plymouth coach, owned by Joseph Masse, 1007 South Washington avenue, with conclusive proof that it is the automobile they have oeen seeking. According to a laboratory analysis, conducted by Michigan state police headquarters at East Lansing, fibres found on the rear right <wheel of the car correspond in texture and color with garments worn It is estimated that total taxes levied on motor vehicle users totaled $1,601,000,000 in the year ending September 30, 1939. WEATHER Weather Forecast Lower Michigan: Generally fair tonight and Thursday. Colder tonight. Generally •• Thursday aftejrnoon and west portions. Detroit and Vicinity: in central Pair tonight and Thursday; colder tonight with low- eat temperature about freezing; fresh to strong west to northwest winds this afternoon and tonight, becoming moderate by Thursday. The sun sets today at 5:18 and rises Thursday at 7:15. The moon rises Thursday morning at 5:11 a. m. Thnrqdav* to rpqrnrp tho Temperature at coast guard station inursaay DO restore tue for 34 hours ending, at 7 a. m.: Maxl- charter. mum 47, minimum 30, the the little girl accident. at the time by of late Tuesday after- an inquest will be Police are continuing the investigation. In line with recent developments, Coroner George Dorrell announced noon that held at the courthouse in Ludington at 10 a. m. Thursday. Muskegon Cracks Down on Gambling MUSKEGON, Nov. 8.—(#>)— Chief of Police Peter Hansen moved today to enforce a prohibition against all forms of gambling in the city, Including slot machines, poker games, punch ,boards and dice. The chief ordered card room operators to remove their tables and chairs and warned clubs that if they allow slot machines on their premises the state liquor control commission will be notified. The cruder also prohibited the rolling of dice in cigar stores to see who pays for the cigars. From 1900 to T939 total production of motor vehicles in the U. S. Six-Year-Old Paul Timm in Hospital Following Accident on Gaylord Avenue Paul Timm, six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Timm, 309 Gaylord avenue, was in Paulina Stearns hospital this morning with a broken leg and a badly cut arm as a result of an accident which police said occurred when the boy ran into an automobile driven by Dr. C. A. Paukstis. The accident occurred shortly j in trans-Atlantic before 7 p. m. Tuesday in front' could continue on of the Timm residence. Dr Paukstis was driving south. According to the accident report the boy ran into the street •from in front of Mr. Timm's parked automobile. Dr. Pauk- £tis told police officers it hap- DECISION IS DELAYE COKTROVERSEY Senator Borah Says Movd Would Defeat Purpose of Neutrality Act WASHINGTON, Nov. 8.—(#•)-The controversy over proposed transfer of eight American merchant ships to Panamanian registry appeared to be growing today despite President Roosevelt's order to the maritime commission to hold up a decision. •. Senator Borah (R-Idaho) promptly look issue with a presidential comment to reporters at Hyde Park, N, Y., that, neutrality questions are not involved. , . "Suppose Panama, in spite 01 her great navy, fails to protect these ships and they are sunk?" Borah asked in a statement. "Will we not go to the protection of Panama? • "Panama, from a viewpoint of national defense, is a part of the United States. Besides, she comes under the good neighbor policy and the Monroe Doctrine. The Senator, who took a leading part in the fight against the new neutrality law, called the proposal "manifestly a subter-, fuge" to evade provisions in the act forbidding American ships from entering belligerent ports. The eight vessels owned by the United States Hold Old Ground and Make Some Gains in Control of Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA, — Pennsylvania Nov. 8.—(/P) Republicans, holding old ground and making and Canada units. totaled '78,000,000 Two Crew Members Are Rescued During Storm on Lake Michigan CHARLBVOIX, Nov. 8.—(/P)— Capt. John Oling lost his life and two crew members were rescued early today when the Tug Badger State foundered in Lake Michigan off Fox island during a storm. The Freighter Carl D. Bradley picked up the survivors and the body of Captain Oling, who apparently was swept overboard toy heavy seas when the men took to a small Iboat. The rescued men were Jerry Neville, engineer, and Chris Nelson, deck hand. Information received by the coast guard here indicated the Bradley was continuing on j through the Straits of Mackinac to Rogers City, before docking with the men. The coast guard said the tug sounded a distress signal shortly after 9 o'clock Tuesday night, at the height of the storm which drove snow and rain before a 40-mile-an-hour wind. The freighter responded and took the tug in tow near Grand Traverse light. Towed into the lee of South Fox island, the tug. began to sink, forcing the men into a small boat Youth Murdered by Two Bandits DETROIT, Nov. 8.—(/P)—Sixteen-year-old Howard Rucker was stabbed to death Tuesday night when he resisted two bandits in his father's filling station in Suburban Lincoln Park. A friend of the boy, .George McClellan, 14, who apparently entered the station within a few minutes after the stabbing, was knocked unconscious by the men, who fled from the station with $21. Police said Rucker's body bore knife wounds in the throa't and abdomen. A bloodstained hunting knife which they said was used by the slayer lay in one corner of the station. McClellan told police he entered the station and found two men lifting Rucker's body, struggling with the men, he wrested the knife away and hurled it into a corner before a blow on the head knocked him out. A neighboring station operator found the two boys when he noticed the some gains in year" election, Democratic-fusion wrest control of Tuesday's "offbeat down a attempt to Philadelphia and swept statewide races, nearly complete returns showed today. Jubilantly, State Republican i Chairman James Torrance de"When Pennsylvanians voted Republican (after four years of Democratic state rule) last year, they meant it. The victory points unmistakably to a Republican landslide in Pennsylvania next year for the party presidential nominee." Republicans elected the mayor in Philadelphia as they have done regularly since 1881, achieved numerous local party victories in communities throughout the state and saw their candidates triumph in the only statewide contests — for one state supreme court seat and three places on the superior court. A Democrat, John E. Sheridan, defeated Republican Boies Penrose, second, nephew of the late U. S. senator, in a contest for the unexpired term of the late J. Burrwood Daly, U. S. representative from the Pennsylvania district. The vote was 51,152 to 47,654. Newstand Entered During the Night City police reported this morning that Pell's News stand, 112 South James street, had been entered either late Tuesday night or early this morning tout as far as could toe determined, nothing of value was The thief or thieves, police said, entered toy forcing a rear window. A stamp machine was found missing tout after further investigation it was discovered in the alley near the rear of the building. Police are continuing the investigation. PEDESTRIAN KILLED KALAMAZOO, Nov. 8.—(£>)— Wm. Eaton, 64, died this morning in Bronson hospital of a fractured skull he received Tuesday night when struck by an automobile driven by 14- year-old Albert J. Schanz. The pened so suddenly he was unable to stop in time. Taken to Paulina Stearns hospital, examination disclosed the boy's injuries.- were serious but not critical. His condition was pronounced today as fair. Second Accident A second accident was reported to police about 6 p. m. Tuesday when cars driven by Henry Shagway, Ludingtort Route 5, and Mrs. Joseph Mark, 204 North James street, crashed head-on at the intersection of Ludington avenue and Rowe street. Shagway, who was going east, told police he was attempting to pass another car when the accident occurred. The Mark automobile was being driven west Shagway received slight cuts about the face as a result of flying glass. There were no other injuries, it was learned. Both automobiles were nominally damaged. Strike May Cause Sale of Factory DETROIT, Nov. 7.— (IP) —A strike called against the Morse Tool company Monday brought a threat from President William S. Morse that he .would close the plant permanently and offer it for sale. The plant normally employs 90 men. Mathew Smith, general secretary of the Mechanics Educational Society of America, which called the strike, said Morse's threat was "just a bluff." State Labor Conciliator Edward M. Owen said no notice of intent to strike had been received by the state labor mediation board as required by law, though Smith said such a notice had been mailed. Owen termed the strike the first called in Michigan without the required five-day notice. Morse declared the union demanded wage increases out of proportion to his ability to pay and to the rate of pay of competitors. Lines, have been service, and that route if sold to a foreign corporation. Mr. Roosevelt expressed the belief Tuesday that the United States could not be involved in an international incident if one of the transferred -vessels was sunk while flying the Panamanian flag. He pointed out that no Ameri-f cans, under the neutrality law; could serve as officers or crew members of ships entejfj^, Western European w a t e xss. ~ Furthermore, he said, any At* merican has a right to sell property or transfer its title to a neutral. The president said, though, that he had asked the maritime- commission for a delay so that he could check personally on the relation of the proposed sale to defense plans and to foreign shipping competition. In commenting on defense interests, he made plain his belief that the United States was in no danger or becoming involved in a war. station was dark a short later. driver was and police taking a time was 'crossing foot. properly licensed released him after statement.' Eaton the street on Bound to Circuit Court in Assault [Arraigned before Justice Henry Seeba this morning on a felonious assault charge in connection with a sudden attack on a neighbor last Sunday, Herman Schoenbeck, 56, Ford lake, waived examination and was bound over to the next term of circuit court. Unable to furnish bond of $500 he was committed to Mason county jail. Schoenbeck was arrested last Sunday by sheriff's department for an assault on a neighbor and companion, Ernest Fitzpatrick. The attack occurred in a cabin near Ford lake. Fitzpatrick, struck about the head and shoulders with a shotgun, received scalp wounds and a shoulder injury, but was not seriously hurt. Sixty-eight percent of the world's automobiles are in use in the United States. DEftTH PE1LTY LANSING, Nov. 8.—itfP)l—Gov- ernor Dickinson, revealing himself as a firm advocate of capital punishment for extreme crimes, said today that Sunday's break from the Southern Michigan prison "might neve,r have happened" if the statehad the death penalty. "Those men knew they were alive," he said, "and while they lived they could hope for freedom." Dickinson referred to the ,Old Testament passage, "A Ufe for, a life," as Scriptural justification for the death penalty. The governor said the state was powerless to impose a more severe penalty upon Samuel Sawaya, blamed by a coroner's jury for the fatal shooting of a guard in Sunday's 'break. Sawaya already is serving a life term for another crime. Michigan voted down capital punishment in a referendum in 1931, the last time the perennial issue was before the people. The vote then was 269,538 yes, 352,594 no. STRUCK BY AUTO MT. CLEMENS, Nov. 8.—(fl 5 )— An automobile struck and killed Edward Schwerten, 52, early today .as he crossed a street near his home in VanDyke. CENSORSHIP AND INDEPENDENCE News frojn warring nations is subject to strict censorship. It may sometimes be misreading. It is the right and. duty of every American citizen to do his own thinking, ..held to his own beliefs and not permit himself or his country to become ,% victim of emotionalism or propaganda. • THE NBW*. 'II

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