The Times from Streator, Illinois on February 6, 1940 · 1
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Streator, Illinois
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Tuesday, February 6, 1940
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STREATOR DAILY TIMES-PRESS VOLUME 14, NO. 31. an. PRICE POUR CENTS. IS EXONERATED BY WILLIAM COUNCIL AGAIN DEBATES WATER CO. PURCHASE CM Reunite From Pint Would Help Pay for Sew- Tn the wake of demands by the Illinois Sanitary Water Board that the city of Streator offer definite evidence of its sincerity toward halting tee pollution of tee Vermillion river at this point. Commissioner R. E. Hendrickson caused a resolution to be presented at last night's meeting of tee city council which proposes the eventual acquisition of the water supply system here, as a means of complying with the state's request. The resolution, which has as its primary purpose, the hiring of engineers to present a factual study of the entire situation, was unanimously adopted by the council. Question Obligation, There was considerable discussion on the proposal, principally gn tee wisdom of obligating the city at a time when its financial status is a trifle wobbly. .In his resolution, however. Commissioner Hendrickson included a stipulation which provides teat the engineers do not receive any compensation whatsoever unless the property ' of tee water coi)ny is actually purchased by the city of Streator. Whether such an agreement can actually be effected without a definite assurance of remuneration gave rise to doubt on the part of various members of tee council, but with the adoption of the resolution, the entire body is apparently willing to do some investigating. US W MV All were agreed that consideration of tee acquisition of the water company property by tee city would be a judicious step, and the revenue migt be advantageous, in defraying its cost, as well as paving the way toward a sewage disposal plant. Mayor Halfpenny, however, felt that inasmuch as tee city was making rapid strides toward completion of the basic structure of the sewage treatment system, the state should be satisfied with its sincerity to eventually meet its demands. Virtually every section of the city Is being provided with sewerage facilities through WPA projects, he said, and in view of the fact teat many intercepting sewers are already installed, it Is apparent that the city is gradually working its way to the plant itself. Without a PWA grant, such as the city has already applied for at Washington, TJTCrthere is scarcely any hope of acquiring the approximately $450,000 necessary to install the system, he said. Engineers engaged by tee city, are still concerned with tee project, and are in constant touch with Washington in tee belief teat if any additional grants are approved, Streator will be in direct line. Mayor Halfpenny explained. The grant itself amounts to $189,000, while tee bond issue approved by voters two years ago, was in the amount of $250,000. Considers As tor tee purchase of the water company. Mayor Halfpenny agreed teat such a step would be advantageous to tee city, but insisted that before any action be taken, that a citizens' committee be made a part of the movement, and the taxpayers fully informed on every phase of tee proposition. Commissioners Gus Baar and J. Er Hall were of a similar opinion tee latter, however, insisting that it would be unwise for the city to go to tee expense of hiring engineers without stSme indication of what the cost would be. Commissioner George McGrath felt the resolution was too hasty, but once it was brought to a vote, was in favor of tee investigation tor which it provides. It is tee belief of Commissioner Hendrickson teat by purchasing tee water company property, and fixing a sewer rental fee, there would be sufficient revenue from tee two to defray tee cost of bote the water property and the disposal plant In any event the city will investigate the possibility of engaging engineers to study the situation, and if such a plan can be worked out with "any obligation on tee part of tee municipality, present tee findings to the citizens. Governor General of Canada Hurt In Fall OTTAWA, Feb. 6. W - Lord Tweedsmuir, 64, governor-general of Canada, suffered a concussion today as the result of a fall. An announcement from government house, however, said he was resting comfortably after the accident Sails for Annual Visit to Kaiser o CHAS. DENEEN SUCCUMBS FROM HEART AILMENT Funeral Rites for Formef U. S. Senator Te Be Held Browder Seeks Congressional Seat in First 1940 Election With New Deal As Major Issue "ill m- NEW YORK, Feb. 6.-0P) In the Thus Fays declaration Presl-first election of 1940 to have tee dent Roosevelt likes Michael Edel-rw.1 o. tein and wants him to go to con- Roosevelt New Deal as tne v press' has sharpened the interest major issue, Earl Browder, the com- cf politicians in tee struggle, which munist leader under a four-year Fay called tee first battle-ground prison sentence for passport fraud, of the presidential campaign. IhhmAI . . . ..... Poultney Bigelow, noted American historian of Maiden-on-Hud-son, N. Yn pictured as he recently sailed from New York tor his annual visit to his life-long friend, former Kaiser Wilhelm II. Bigelow recently made public a letter from toe Kaiser advising warring nations to make "peace and unitedly crush Russia. BIG CANADIAN LINER SUNK BY GERMANS Beaverburn Torpedcsd But No Details Han Been LONDON, Feb. -W-Loss of a big Canadian freighter by totpedo-ing was reported today as Great Britain and France shaped their national structures for an unremitting battle of bread and meat this spring. The admiralty informed officials of the Canadian Pacific Steamship company teat its 9,874-ton Beaver-bum, of London registry, had been sunk, but gave no details. The authoritative. British Press Association said tee ship, built in 1928, and used in fast freight service between Canada and tee Uni ted Kingdom, was understood to have been torpedoed off the southern coast of Ireland. Another merchant ship was reported to have rescued 76 of the crew of 77. Indications were toe sinking occurred yesterday. The sinking pointed up the opin ion of military experts that food must be the war's main sinews, and teat exhaustion is the weapon which eventually will determine tee victor. Military power of the belligerents is approaching the deadlock of equality, these experts said, obviating Germanys chances for a successful blitzkrieg and giving broad modem significance to the assertion attributed to fJapoleon, teat an army travels on its stomach. Allias Hold War Council. The Allies, who held a supreme war council meeting in Paris yesterday, issued a communique teat toe question of food stocks was notably studied, and mentioned no other specific matters. Naval observers saw in Germanys aerial attacks on shipping a renewed effort to blockade Britains imports of food and materials, and looked for greater submarine activity. The British food ministry announced that a statement would be made this week on tee date for beginning fresh meat rations. Most of the 20 ounces of beef and eight ounces of mutton which the average Briton consumes weekly is imported. Hie Allies are known to be preparing for the possibility of a German spring-time thrust, or for a drive of their own. Fred Smith, general secretary of the Amalgamated Engineering Union, said after a conference on the armaments program with Labor Minister Ernest Brown, it is the most ambitious program I have ever seen. It means an immense new labor force will be needed. THIRD SET OF TWINS BORN. ASTORIA, DL, Feb. m Mrs. Harold Gilson gave birth to twin girls yesterday, her third set in seven years. There are five girls and one boy In the family. CHICAGO, Feb- fi. (AV-Charles S. Deneen, former United States senator and a dominant figure in Illinois republican politics for 20 years, died suddenly yesterday. He was 78. He collapsed as the result of a heart ailment at his home a few hours after visiting a physician. Friends said-he appeared to have been in excellent health except for a slight cold during the past week. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p, m. Thursday at the EngJe-wood Methodist church at 64th Street and Stewart Avenue. Burial will be in Oak Woods cemetery. Deneens political career spanned a half-century and included two terms as governor from 1904 to 1912. He served in the senate from 1924 to 1930, Only recently he was organizing his followers for the impending Cook county (Chicago) and Illinois primary elections. Leaves Widow. Four Children. He was survived by his widow, tee former Binay May Maloney of Mount Carroll, 111., a son, Charles A. Deneen of Chicago, and three daughters, Mrs. Almond M. Blow, Tulsa, Okla., Mrs. Carl Birdsall, Chicago, and Mrs. Thomas W. House, Jr., Houston, Texas. After serving in the Illinois general assembly and as states attorney of Cook county, . Deneen won tee gubernatorial nomination in tee 1904 republican state convention. His selection ended a 21 -day convention deadlock, Deneen supported Theodore Roosevelt for the republican nomination for president in 1912 but refused to follow him into tee progressive party. The party schism cost Deneen a third term. He was defeated by democrat Edward F. Dunne. For 12 years thereafter Deneen devoted more time to his law practice than to politics but in 1924 he emerged to defeat Senator Medill McCormick in tee primary and teen win tee senatorial election. Senator $JcCormicks widow, Mrs. Ruth Hanna McCormick, checked Deneens ambitions for a second term in tee senate. Mrs. McCormick won the nomination but lost the election to James Hamilton Lewis. Perhaps Deneens most dramatic political battle was the 1928 primary campaign in which he vanquished tee faction led by Gov. Len Small, Mayor William Hale Big Bill Thompson of Chicago and States Attorney Robert E. Crowe. The bitter fight was marked by toe bombing of Deneens home and the slaying of two Deneen followers. Deneen, born May 4, 1863, in Ed-wardsville. III., studied at McKen-dree College in Lebanon, 111., where his father once taught Latin, and at the Union College of Law at Chicago. He was admitted to the bar in 1888. Senator Deneen, known to his colleagues as one of the most industrious members of the senate, served as a member of the finance, judiciary, claims, agriculture, manufacturers and elections committees. Governor in Statement. SPRINGFIELD, 111., Feb. 6 JP) Govemor Henry Horner said today in a statement that in the death of former Senator Charles S. Deneen yesterday, Illinois, lost a great citizen and a public servant of highest type. The governors statement said: Charles S. Deneen held a prominent place in the life of Illinois for almost half a century. His trained mind, his conscientious industry, his marked ability to make and keep friends alike contributed to his fine achievements. His long career embraced service as a member of the general assembly, as state's attorney for Cook county, as governor of Illinois for two terms, and as United States senator from Illinois. In his passing tee state loses a great citizen and a public servant of highest type. Elliott Roosevelt Talks At Peoria sought a congressional seat He was opposed by bote K ael Edelstein, a Tammany di declared by Rep James H. Fay be the president's choice, and by Louis Lefkowitz, republican. It was a special election for place in fhe house of representatives vacated by the death of Rep. William L Sirovich, democrat. Fay was the only white house candidate to win in Mr. Roosevelt's attempted party purge of 1938. He defeated the veteran Rep. John J.' OConnor, who was then chairman of the house rules committee. interest beyond all this, how-was tee candidacy of Brower. the most bitter Roosevelt critic the race and a man headed for a urn stay of three years in a ral penitentiary allowing time for good behavior unless tee higher courts should upset his con- in. :lstein and Lefkowitz made substantially conventional campaigns along party lines. Lefkowitz was endorsed by District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey, a candidate for tee republican presidential nomination. DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION TO BE IN CHICAGO SMh of City Represents Victory lor Roosevelt Forces. McReynolds, at 78, Won't Retire MEfiRY FADRNEY WAGNER ACT GIVEN DIVORCE PATENT MEDICINE HEIRESS STATES SHE IS THROUGH WITH TITLES. NEW" YORK, Feb. 6y-Merry , Fahmey, four times married and four times divorced, suggests she is through with wedded life or at least fed up with titles. Her fourth divorce was granted yesterday from Count Oleg Cassini, whom she charged with infidelity. The cout said she was guilty of ika, nlnaan g linmnftn Pniirt i i c ouAiav nuc xjxxpxn . w. Justice Aaron J. Levy, with an oblique knock at foreign entangle ments, dismissed th,defense testimony as "wholly unworthy of belief. The maxim of no foreign entanglements, debated pro and con in foreign affairs, appears to beat no application to the sad situation presented her, Levy said. He said tee evidence fully" sustained Merrys charge that the count held a rendezvous with a showgirl in a hotel room and teat the testimony of her butler teat he saw her in amorous situations with several men was unsupported and contained many incongruities and contradictions. Merry said: . ' - 1 - I am so thrilled. Its heavenly. The decision is marvelous because it vindicates me of all the dreadful charges Cassini made. She indicated she wasn't thinking AMENDMENTS UNDER FIRE HO Sfflcial States They Turn Balance of Power Back To Employer. WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (P) Philip Murray, chairman of the littti wuikcis Uigancemg vcnpiiR' (C. I. O.), charged today teat of any more marriages, but that in any case she was through with titled foreigners. Her third husband was Baron Arturo Berlingieri of Italy. GRAFT EXISTS IN MIAMI AREA, DECLARES FBI WASHINGTON, Feb. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has announced that his staff found "evidence indicating local graft, corruption, and inefficiency in the Miami, Fla., area. This charge and another that police authorities of the resort failed to cooperate with the justice departments investigation, were made before a house appropriations subcommittee in testimony made pub-lie today. Hoover said his staff found that in the Miami Beach police department there were six officers with previous police records and that some of them had served time. Although this was made known to the department, he said, these officers continued on toe force. We have good reason to believe, Hoover added, that tee operations of confidence men in tee Miami area are carried on at least with the 1 knowledge of some law enforcement officials. proposed amendments to the Wag-pp' nrt nrr motivated by a desire on the part of certain interests to reduce workers to their former status of weakness in pre-Wagner act days. Testifying before tee seriate labor committee, Murray said he presented the viewpoint of John L. Lewis, C. I. O. president, as well as his own. The C. L O.s preference, the witness declared, is that no amendments be made to tee act However, if any are made, he said, they should strengthen penalties for employer violations. The proposed amendments to tee ct are unfair, the C. I. O. vice-president added. They are unfair ecause they propose to turn the balance of power back to employers so they can force the workers Jck 4o their former status of weakness." The senate committee became the third congressional group studying the Wagner act and its administration. The house labor committee and the special Smith committee are the other two. Chairman J. Warren Madden of the labor board told the Smite committee today teat the board had ordered only one collective bargaining election at the request of an employer since it granted employers the right to ask for such balloting, about six months ago. In response to questions by Chairman Smite (D) of Virginia, Madden recalled that the board formerly had denied employers tee right to petition for an election to determine with which of two disputing unions they should bargain. BEACH PROPERTY THREATENED BY HIGH BREAKERS WASHINGTON, Feb. HA-1 The scrap for the democratic presidential nomination was on in earnest today after the partys national committee picked Chicago for tee nominating convention and authorized Chairman James A. Farley to fix tee date. Third-term advocates hailed tee choice -by a single majority vote -as an initial victory for President Roosevelt, who favored Chicago, over toe forces of Vice President Garner, who was believed to have preferred San Francisco or Houston. Tirad of Third Jsrm Talk. The chief executive, described by party leaders as wanting to have an important part in picking the nominee if he does not run himself, told reporters at Hyde Park, N. Y., while the national committee was in session here yesterday, that he was getting tired of answering third-term queries. He added teat when anything was to be said about tee question, he would say it himself at a time of his own choosing. This did not stop third-term talk in tee capital, however. Charles Awyer, committeeman from Ohio, told reporters that the President by all odds is the most popular candidate in Ohio. Other third-term advocates contended that Chicagos selection as the convention city played right into their hands, since they said teat tee center of tee draft Roosevelt campaign was represented there by Mayor Edward J. Kelly and National Committeeman Pat Nash. These two men have filed petitions preparatory to placing Mr. Roosevelt's name in the Illinois primary April 9. As if in reply to Chicago's selection, Garner announced immediately after the committee session, which he attended as a vice chairman and Texas committeeman, an acknowledgement of thanks to supporters for filing a slate of 24 delegate candidates pledged to him in Wiscon-sin. Only Garner Has Filed. Gamer, the only candidate thus far to challenge a possible third-term bid, already had sought to prevent a New Deal coup in Georgia by favoring a primary there instead of hand-picking delegates by state committee. Gov. E. D. Rivers said today that he still favored an uninstructed delegation from Georgia' Frank McHale, national committeeman from Indiana and campaign manager for Paul V. McNutt, said the Presidents statement at Hyde Park would have no effect on the campaign work now under way for McNutt We have always said he would be for Roosevelt if he rap," McHale said. He announced that he would start next week on a tour of the south. O. S. Warden, national committeeman from Montana, said: We have a candidate in Senator Wheeler. Montana is for a progressive democrat and is speaking first for our home son. He says he wont be a candidate if Roosevelt runs. Fazliy To Select Dele. The unprecedented action of the COES BEFORE CLOSED SESSION OF COMMITTEE Moyne Also Appearing States PEORIA, Feb. 0.-W The dangers to America, Elliott Roosevelt told an audience here last night, do not lie across the seas. The danger todays is from rats and termites within our home, he said. Newspaperman Is Suicide Victim SOUTH' BEND. Ind., Feb. 6. (Pi Coroner Samuel Bechtold said today the death of Mortimer P. Reed, 67, prominent business man and former business manager of the defunct South Bend News-Times, was caused by a bullet fired from a revolver found near the body. The body was found last night. The wound was near tee heart. The coroner said Reed left three notes to his children which Indicated financial difficulties had troubled him. REDONDO BEACH, Calff., Feb. 6. tjf) Hundreds of workmen labored desperately today, throwing up bulwarks along tee ocean-front against an expected assault of towering waves threatening to smash shops hnd homes with tee next high tide. ; . - , ' C,:...-. Damage estimates, all unofficial, ran as high as $50,000 as the tide receded last night. Old-time residents said tee breakers their origin unexplained were the highest in 25 years. At time they reached 15 to 20 i (Continued on Page 8.) TheWeatherl Japs Advance In Far Northwestern China SHANGHAI, Feb. 6 (Japanese military spokesmen today announced their northern forces had penetrated Ningsia provihee, In far northwest China, for the first time since the war started. The Japanese also' said 10,000 Chinese had been killed in fighting in Suiyuan province, just east of Ningsia. since December 25. For Streator: Cloudy tonight, becoming fair Wednesday; little :hange in temperature, lowest tonight about 28; moderate to fresh northwest and north winds. Illinois: Cloudy, becoming generally fair late tonight and Wednesday; somewhat colder in central tonight. Indiana: Cloudy tonight, becoming generally fair Wednesday; colder in south tonight. Wisconsin: Mostly cloudy, snow flurries and somewhat colder in extreme north portion tonight; Wednesday generally fair. Today's Temperatures. ( a. m. 26 degrees. 1 p. m. 30 degrees. Justice Jambs C. McReynolds, oldest member of the U. S. Supreme Court and last of the "conservatives," pictured n Washington on his recent 78th birthday. His friends say he will not retire until after next election. TOLEDO POLICE ARE CALLED IN LABOR DISPUTE Guards and Striking Workers Engap In Skirmish it 6as Plant. TOLEDO, Ohio, Feb. 6. - ( Toledo city officials stationed strike-seasoned police at an Ohio fuel gas company plant today after a stone skirmish between armed guards and striking workers. Safety Director Edward A. De-Angelo described feeling as "tense. He ordered shotguns put away and instructed patrolmen to prevent a recurrence of the midnight outbreak first in the six-day labor dispute. Appearance of about 10 shotgunbearing guards at the firms West Central Avenue plant, in the heart of the industrial district, precipitated the stoning. The guards took their stations three in a tower high within the fenced plant about dusk, The pickets grew in number from a dozen to 300 until, in a flare of tempers, the stoning began, Throng is Dispersed. Police reserves dispersed tee throng quiekW as the guards ducked to covert without injury. There were no arrests. DeAngelo feared that failure to reach an accord today might bring more trouble, the plant continuing in operation with workmen brought in from company units in other cities. However,, a? federal labor conciliator, David T. Roadley of Cleveland, predicted todays conference between the company and C. I. O. union officials would effect a settlement I have asked both factions to remain on the job as long as necessary to settle this thing. he said, reporting them "near agreement on the issues involved seniority, wages, closed shop and a signed contract. The strike was called against Ohio fuel and a subsidiary last Thursday by the Gas and By-Products. Coke and Chemical Union. Service to industrial consumers, several of teem automobile factories, had been curtailed prior to yesterday when the West Central Avenue plant reopened with an emergency crew. BULLETIN. WASHINGTON. Feb. 9-Wh-Rep. Hook (D-Mich) announced today that be believed letters upon which he had relied to show a connection between William Dudley Pvllvf, Silver Shirt leader, end Chairman Dies (D-Tex) of the house unAmeri-can committee are forged" end that he would ask their withdrawal from the congressional record. WASHINGTON, Feb. 6-(A) Wil-liam Dudley Pelley, leader of tee silver shirt legion, dropped in on the Dies committee today after months of silence to give its chairman, Rep. Dies (D-Tex.) an absolutely clean bill of health with regard to charges of collusion between Dies and himself. riie slender got teed resident of Asheville, N. C., who had long been hunted by the committee, surrendered himself to Robert Stripling, clerk, for service of a subpoena and then went before a closed session of the group to tell what he knew about certain letters, allegedly forged with his name, which recently were brought forth as evidence of a connection between Dies and the legion chieftain.. A few minutes later Pelley talked with reporters. t- Admires Work of Dies. Im giving Martin Dies an absolutely clean bill of health, he declared. I admire the work hes done. He declined to discuss his brief testimony before the Dies committee directly but members told newsmen he had declared the letters purporting to link him to Dies were forgeries. From the Dies committee room Pelley marched over to a hearing being held by a rules sub-committee on whether the letters should be ordered expunged from the house record. They were placed there by Rep. Hook (D-Mich) during an attack on Dies and the committee. Calmly puffing on a pipe the surprise witness said after he had been sworn ip that none of those letters were written by me, or signed by me. 1 dont know anything about them, he added. Mayne appeared before the subcommittee shortly after Pelley left the stand. He war shown tee letters. I manufactured these documents, he declared. "These are not signatures of Mr. Pelley. I traced each and every one of teem. ARREST ELEVEN FOR RECRUITING SOLDIERS HERE DETROIT, Feb. p fFV-The Federal Bureau of Investigation today arrested 11 persons in Detroit and one in Milwaukee on a charge of recruiting soldiers In 1937 and 1938 for tee Spanish republican army. Ten men and one w6man were taken into custody. They were indicted secretly Saturday by Judge EdWafd J. Moinet in United States District Court here. Announcement of the arrests was made by John C. Lehr, district attorney at Detroit Lehr said the defendants were accused of violating section 22, title 18 Of the United' States code It forbids citizens of the United States from recruiting for foreign countries, he said. Charge Horner Is Blocking Cdl for Special Session SPRINGFIELD, 111., Feb, 6 (&) Asserting that Illinois relief administration must be revised, Ray Edmundson, downstate CIO director, last night said Governor Horners Brain Trust was blocking a call for a special session of the legislature. The governor's brain trust, and you all know who I mean, has taken advantage of the physical condition of the governor Of this state and has refused to call a special session, Edmundson told the Sangamon county unit of labors nonpartisan league. Edmundson, state United Mine Workers of America president, said a special session of the legislature was needed because the present system of relief was inadequate, wasteful and Incapable of being corrected under the present ar rangement. Blanket of Snow Covers S. Illinois CENTRALIA. II, Feb. 9.-tPh-A three-inch blanket of snow covered most of southern Illinois today and no slackening of the heavy snowfall was promised by overcast skies. Officials at the Du Quoin state police headquarters said the hdbvy snow was general as far south as Anna but was lighter' at Cairo. They reported the highways to be dangerously slick throughout Egypt where snow plows were being used to clear the pavement. THURSDAY

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