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Racine Times Bulletin (Newspaper) - September 17, 1939, Racine, Wisconsin it Reading a Columnists Mail SUNDAY JOURNAL TIMES BULLETIN -With Ttx RtfnoUs- "Mind Our Own Businets." Dear Tex: I heard your radio broadcast the other night in which you paid sentiment toward the war had changed among many citizens of Racine during the last two or three weeks. I agree that there are more people today who seem resigned to the idea that this country must get into the war eventually, on the side of Britain and France. But I am one of those who still believes it's a lot of bunlc to talk about the need for "helping to save democracy against dictatorship." Look what it cost us to "help save democracy" once before, and look what happened- democracy suffered its greatest blow a.� result of the World war! I believe in democracy, I am a natuial born American, u.sed to my personal liberty. So 1 hate the thought of dictatorship. But I say the best way to save democracy is to remain at home and mind our own business. Atlev the war, no matter who �win.s, this country will be the last real bulwark of democracy in the world. That is, it will be if we .staj- out of war. If we get in, then democracy is surely gone. Why? Let me e.xplain. We'd have a form of dictatorship here during the war. Then after the war would come a depression. And our democratic form of government never would hold together in the face of such a blow. I repeat, by all means let u.= .>:lay at home and mind our own -L. A. W., Main street. � * � Matter of Money. Hear Te.\: I think perhaps the Racine Insurance association has a good idea. I mean the idea that bright-colored clothes �will help to protect children on the streets, especially at dusk or on dark, ffggy, rainy days. But there is one little detail that bothers me - what'll I use for money to buy such ciofhe.<! for my little young-slers? My husband is on WPA. 'Nuff sed! , -JUST A MOTHER. * * � Firecracker Under Car. Dear Tex: As I rode past Mon-jmnent square with my wife and children last Thursday evening, a firecracker exploded just under the wheels of my car. "I"was so startled that I just barely missed ramming into the car ahead of me. The next day I read where eight high school students among the hundreds who jammed the square for a football game "pep demonstration," had been arrested for disturbing thfe peace. Now there are .some who will say, "Oh, kids will be kids! The police should let them alone." But while 1 am no killjoy, and believe in giving youngsters a Jot of leeway, 1 think when some of them become menaces to traffic safety (like the one who threw the firecracker at my car), the police are perfectly rigiit in stopping them. In fact, it's the duty of the police. If the authorities had failed to do anything, and .someone had been injured, they would have been held to blame. -WORKER AT WALKER'S. *   Plea for Peace. Have so few years made us forget The last World war, the dead, the debt. Battlefields strewn with the slain, Bathed in mud from constant rain. Mothers, children, sick and well. Fleeing from this man-made hell? If war in Europe will not cease, Let's save America for peace! -C.\ROL QUIMBY, . Washington Park High, Sophomore A. * *  School Board Defender. Dear Tex: I think those parents who jammed the' school board meeting the other night made spectacles of themselves, most all trying to talk at once, and getting all heated up and excited. Here's the idea: no' matter what rules are adopted in; regard to school sntry age, or the promotion s.v.steni, some youngsters are going to be inconvenienced. The school board couldn't hope to please everyone, or makes rules that .would exactly "^uit eVerv child. I think the thing to remember is that the school board members are � giving their time and effort without pay, as a voluntary service to tliis community. Parents ought to keep ihal in mind. -ALSO A PARENT. Death Ends Laughing Of Famous Kingfisher MELBOURNE, AusUaliai Sept. 16.-^CU.PJ_.Tacko, the "laughing jackass," is dead. Jacko was the most famous jackass, Kookaburra or-^to be sci-' entific^laughing kingfisher in Australia. It was believed to be the only one that could,tm-n,ott a laugh to ordei-. Jacko was just'a fledgling wrieii Mr. and Mrs. Jtiry ofHealeis-ville, nea r 1 Melbotime, t�scued; it from some small boys. They taught the :kmgfi^er.:toJ�ugh^|or biscuit crumbs. * ' " 1 " VOL. 10, No. 18. RACINE, WIS., SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1939. 12 PAGES Describes ^Blackouts^ on Polish Ship Racine D. A. R. Formed Here 40 Years Ago Twelve Women Mode Up Chapter's Charter Membership By .lACK ROBERTS Since its organization Feb. 22, 1899, the Racine chapter of the D. A. R. has done much in promoting matters of civic, historic and educational interest both in this city and Wisconsin. Mrs. D. A. Olin was the organizing regent and there were 12 charter members. They were Mrs. D. A. Olin, Mrs. J. I. Case, Mrs. William H. Crosby, Mrs. Percival Fuller, Mrs. Frank Fish, Mrs. Henry Hurlbut, Mis. Vincent S. Stone (Mrs. J. B. Simmons), Mrs. T. J. Emerson, Mrs. J. S. Clement, Mrs.. L. W. Philbrook, Mrs. Charles Erskine and Miss Eliza Cooley. Those who have served as regents since Mrs. Olin's tenure are. Mrs. 'Vincent Stone (Mrs. J. B. Simmons) Mrs. Frank Fish, Mrs. S. M. Hart, Mrs. AV. H. Crosby, Mrs. .Tohn Sogard, Mrs. Willard Lan-nard, Mrs. John Pearce, Mrs. John NeCollins, Mrs. H. C. Lawton, Mrs. W. W. White, Mrs. L. J. Evans, Mrs. W. J. Geer, Mrs. C. E. Edmund, Mrs. F. M. Longanecker, Mrs. J. H. Martin, Mrs. B. J. Smollen, Mrs. F. J. Hall and Mrs. H. U. Wood. On Sept. 9 the chapter resumed its meetings with Mrs. Harrison U. Wood as regent for the third successive year. Aids Surfcren. Soon after its organization in 1899, -the -Racine -chajiter -sent clothing to Porto Ritd. for sufferers from the war between the United States and Spain. Members were active iiuring thfe World war giving money through'the Red Cross and supporting a French orphan for three years, ' In 1900 the chapter united with other organizations in petitioning the Racine city council to purchase a strip of land along the lake near Racine college for park purposes, in the same year, it purchased patriotic song books for use in the public schools. In more recent years the chapter has given an award each semester to the best student in American history in the Racine high schools, and has sponsored a Girl Scout troop. Among the programs given during these years was one of Italian dialect readings in June, 1911 by Fred Bickel (Fredric March) at the home of Mrs. Stone and Miss Sage. When new citizens are naturalized, members of the D. A. R. are present to distribute manuals on citizenship. In former years when citizenship classes were smaller, the Racine chapter gave parties to new citizens and their families. There always was" a program and refreshments.' Much money and thought have been given to finding and marking places of historic interest in this section. The first placebo marked was the grave in' the Sylvania cemetery where Helmont Kellogg, a .soldier of the Revolution, is buried. Graves of other Revolutionary heroes so mairked are those of Elisha Raymond, Lot Search and Rufus Carver in Mound cemetery. 'Graves of a son and daughter of Revolutionary soldiers, Caty TradeweU, daughter of Charles Edwards, and James Bones, son of Thomas Bones, in this same cemetery also have been narked. Marker At Ban. On Highway 38, near Horlick's dam, stands a marker commemorating erection [ of the � first, grist mill in Racine county, that operated by William See. . When George Washinjgton's' bicentennial was ob.served in 1932 the Racine chapter planted an elni tree in his memory near Washington Park high school and marked it with a tablet. Memorial hall, dedicated to soldiers of all U. S.- wars, had no special marker in honor of soldiers of the Revolution' until one was placed thereJuly 4, 1934 by the chapter during observance of Racine's centennial. ' With the financial aid of their respective families, markers have been dedicated; by'this society in three sciiools named lor men who were active in;the-^dty's history, Gilbert Knapp, JR. P. Hovel! and ;N. D. Fratt  A similar mark^ will be .placed "in th?iJ new Henry Mitchell school at some later date, Trhe Racine.chapter has,co- AWTON Discussing its programs I been engaged. This young artist, � past summer in Milwaukee and; who has already successfully per-; Washington park, and also holding the first rehear.sal for the | formed with the New York Phil- i featured in one of the Grant park 19.39-1940 season during the past 1 harmonic orchestra and who will I concerts in Chicago. The fourth j lore members of the League ot I Wisconsin Municipalities at Wau-sau last week, explains clearly the work his department and members ot the board of health have been putting forward in revising the milk ordinance of the city. At the last city council meeting the ordinance was introduced and : referred to the committee of the j whole where it will be thoroughly i discussed by every alderman and ^gj, I interested parties before being put week, the Racine Symphony orchestra has planned a series of concerts which will bring to patrons outstanding symphonic music, as well as guest artists of international reputation. The orchestra this year, embracing full symphonic instrumentation, will number about 50 players. appear with the Chicago Symphony on Dec. 26, will play a concerto with the orchestra as well as a group of solos with piano accompaniment. Members of the E.xchange club will usher at the Travers' concert. to a final vote. When the new ordinance is pianist, composer, radio star, in-; terpreter and musical authority, i Abram Chasins. ' The week ot Sept. 25 has been set aside for the pre-season drive i for member. ar8 of the American drum and bugle;: corps will act as ushers. For the .second concert.' Patricia virtually every merchant in Racine pays from $300 to .$1,500 a year. Most of the money is wrung from protesting or fatali.ctic victims under veiled or polite threat of boycott or of business. A bunch ot boys organize a tournamennt. They need prizes. So they swoop down upon the merchants. "Our parents trade To this army of solicitors, cam- j with you," they remind their vic- tims. So the.v walk away with promises ot merchandise prizes. ""What Can We Do?" A group ot women,-all good customers, at least they say,- appoints committees to solicit prizes for a bazaar. Another organization hits the storekeeper for money with which to buy , advertising space in a program. ATLANTA, Ga., Sept. 16.-(INS) j ^nd the victim shells out as -Miss Shirley Motley, 18, has, ^,ii,ing,y ju^t as gracefully started her legal career-the . ^e would if an armed bandit youngest person ever admitted to ^ade similar request for a "dona-the Georgia bar. I tion." The modern Portia is in every sense feminine. Tall, thin and brunette, Motley has her own design for living. As an attorney, she thinks that women lawyers should tiy to smooth over family troubles, cement disrupted families, and for herself, she does not intend to deifend either of the disillusioned parties if a divorce case comes along. . Upon the shoulders of Motley rests the responsibility of an invalid mother and a family of three children. But she is ambitious. A high school graduate at 15, she decided to study the law because .she liked it. She says she had not intended to take the bar examination until friends urged her to do so. She passed, and is ready to practice. guest artist wiilTeThe well-known I f' ^^'i" '^P'^'l^ by the council Jan. 15, 1924, and revised in 1925, 1926 and 1927. Dr. Thompson's views on the work his department is doing to protect the health of the city by closely guarding its milk supply is reflected in his talk before the league. He stated: "We have one milk in.sgector, full time,, and the veterinarian gives assistance In any special need or activity. A]l cows are tuberculin tested. A goodly portion have been tested for Bang's disease and the reactors removed from the herds. Most Milk Pastenriced. -'Sixcepf foi- certified milk,-'all milk sold in the city of Racine iS pasteurized. We admit there is some milk bootlegged by farmers on the outskirts of the city that is not pasteurized, and there" are always some city people who go into the country for their milk. The amount of raw milk thus consumed is small, however. "Practically every farmer who is bootlegging milk is on a farm that has been shut off from the local market because he was unable to produce clean milk. "I see the approach of milk inspection from a different angle than do most health officers. 1 believe it is a waste of time to cover all the farms in a regular routine manner on a regular routine schedule. I believe in starting supervision with the milk delivered at the door of the consumer. Is that milk properly pasteurized? If not, investigate the plant. "There is a simple test to determine this point. When the plants are all properly pasteurizing the supply, then you know you have safe milk. We wish to a.ssure our citizens that we are making safe milk from good, clean milk. "We check the milk as it b; delivered ^o the plant. Among the 400 producers.-a certain number of cans will be rejected. To these we add a small amount of buttermilk and return them to the farmer with the pad showing the dirt in the milk.  Third Tettt Decisive. "As soon as possible after the milk is returned, a visit is made by the inspector to that farm and an effort is made to discover the reason for the dirt in the milk and ways that it may be prevented from entering. We feel it is more important to prevent dirt getting (Turn to Page 3. Column 1) In fact many of the merchants say they would rather be robbed I in the good old-fashio;ied way for ' they can . insure against burglary, theft and banditry. "What jan we do?" sigh the merchants. For instance: In rush four or five enthusiastic but determined youngsters. Their church is raffling off a ton ot coal. So the merchant takes a chance. In comes a committee rcpre-"senting a well known club. The merchant shells out. Again And AgftiR. A little girl is selling flowers. The merchant kicks in. A man is raffling off a radio set, some golf clubs and a fishing outfit. The store-keeper gives (Turn to Page 11, Column 3) A number of motor caravans also may travel from Ottawa to Buenos Aires when the Pan-American highway is opened. Vote Districts Are Outlined Information Given In Answer to Reader's Letter EDITOR'S NOTE: In an-xwer to a letter published Thursday in "Reading � Col-nmnist'ii Mail" on the editorial pace of the Racine Joumal-Tlmea. the following information has been compiled. Referring to Racine county only: 1. What are the boundaries of the different districts for state elections? (a) AMembly districta. The .First,- Settond, Third,: Sixth, Tenth, Eleventh," Thirteenth' and Fourteenth wards of the city of Racine constitute the First district. 'The Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Twelfth and Fifteenth wards of the city of Racine constitute the Second district. The towns of Burlington, Caledonia, Dover, Mt. Pleasant, Norway, Rayipond, Rochester, Waterford and York-ville; the villages of Corliss, Rochester, Union Grove and Waterford; the city of Burlington and the Ninth ward ot the city ot'Ra-cine constitute the Third district. (Each district is entitled to elect one assemblyman.) (b) Senate district. The county of Racine constitutes the Twenty-first state senate district and shall be entitled to elect one state senator. According to the state constitution, the numbeir of the members of the assembly shall never be less than 54 nor more than 100. The senate shall consist of a number not more than one-third nor less than one-fourth of the number of the members of the a.ssembly. (At present there are 100 assemblymen and 33 state senators.) Members of the state assembly are chosen biennially, by single districts, on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday of November-The state senators shall be elected by single districts at the same time and in the same manner as members of the assembly are required to be chosen. 2. What are the boundaries of the different districts for federal elections? (a) Concressional districts. Unless otherwise provided by law, the state is divided into 10 congressional districts, each of which is entitled to elect one representative in congress. The cotinties (Turn to Page 7, Column 1) Signatures on Old Tavern Licenses Trace Names of City's Mayors as Far Back as 1889 By PAUL FRETE Names make news. Newspaper editors and reporter.s believe that and at least one Racine tavern proprietor agrees with them. Especially does he think so when the names are those owned by former chief e'xecutives of the city. Moreover, he says, it might be news when those names come out of a hosteli-y whicli achieved quite a name tor itself in the halcyon days of Racine. � Out of tlie dark basement recesses of Little, Bohemia on Douglas avenue recently came to light a batch ot old city, .state and federal liquor licenses. Those of the city bore the signatures of Racine's mayors and were dated from the years of 1889-'gO to 1912-13. The first name wais that of Prank L. Mitchell who was the city's mayor fo.r one year, 1889 and the last Walter S. Goodland who was mayor then and who now is the Lieutenant Governor of the state of Wisconsin. .' The licenses were discovered by Johnny Kropa who acts as "mein host" at Little Bohemia. He points out that the first license, issued in 1889, was just 50 years old this year when he stepped into the business. The licenses were issued when the establishment was known as the Musil Hotel and owned by Louis Musil. The place became Little Bohemia in 1912 when Vladimir Altman, called- "Louis" because of his father-in-;law, Louis Musil, took over the business and built the palm garden which is now being used.  In the days of Little Bohemia many famous people came to visit pitality of the hotel, went there to stay. Thomas Masaryk, president of Czechoslovakia, stayed there. Chaliapin was a guest, Schumann-Heink, probably making the first of her farewell tours, stayed there as did Mary Garden, Roald Amundsen, Ruth Bryan Owen and many others. "The mayors whose names are on the licenses include Frank L. Mitchell, 1889; Adolph Weber, 1890; Jackson I. Case, 1891-93; David G. Janes, 189&; Fred Graham, 1897; Michael Higgins, 1899-1901; Peter B. Nelson, 190.1-05; Alex J. Horlick, 1907^; and Walter S. Goodland, 1911-13. Proprietor Kropa said that he would, in all probability^ give the licenses to the county historital museum. Louis Altman, now fhe operator Travers, 10-yeat-old violinist, has jiame of ^^t^^ that of Racine and ail, hearing ol the bos- of a bake shop, is a Bob'einian him'- price ot it self, hence the name of Little Bo-iiemia which he ran until 1931. In telling of the people who visited his hotel, Louis said that all never failed to be impressed with the indoor garden which he had built. Henry Dodge, C. W. Nash, both of automobile fame, stayed there. Others were V: Kofac, vice president of Czechoslovakia, General Wood, governor of the Philippines and J. Liska, the famous landscape artist. Mr. Altman also gave the name of Count Lustig as a guest. Now, he said, the count is a guest of the government because (^alleged counterfeiting activities.::.'' 'Johnny Kropa is^proud of his findinc the old licenses. He compared the oldest one, from 1889-90, with his new one of 1939-40. The only difference, he says, is the Passengers Had Jitters, Says Racine Woman Curtains Over Windows Veiled Light from Subs  By A'ERNE HOFFMAN It's great to be in the United States, according to Mrs. Christine Wanggaard, 1043 Lake avenue. Mrs. Wanggaard was on board a Polish boat on the Atlantic ocean when hostilities between Germany and Poland began September 1. "We were in the dark-in two ways," she said. "A blackout was in effect on board ship and all ship radio receivers were silent." Passengers heard the latest news, however, Mrs. Wanggaard declared, through a "bootleg" portable radio which a young American couple had with them. Passengers Jittery. Mis. Wanggaard was in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she visited friends and relatives for sevieral months, when she decided she had better return to the United States. Efforts to transfer to a Swedish line failed, so she returned to the United States on the same boat on which she went over to Europe, the Polish boat, Batory. As it was, the Batory was the last boat to leave Europe lor this country before the war broke out "Being on board a Polish vessel naturally made the passengers even more jittery than -we pro-abl.v would have been aboard a boat ol a neutral country," Mrs, Wjfnggaard asserted. Among the precautions taken ijE ,lhe-. Polish, crew .she -listed.-tBiL.-placing of Ijlack iron plates-bver all portholes, drawing of light-tight curtains over windows, si^ lencing ot radios, absence 'of lights of an.y kind on deck and absence, at times, of music. Sh* said: Crew Was Silent "During the first part of'^the voyage we -were able to tell whoref we were by a movable flag on a map of the Atlantic ocean, but after we were out at sea the fliag was removed. Even the doclcs were left unchanged. "Evidently precautions were taken to prevent enemy vessels from knowing our location and to prevent anyone sending messages as to the boat's location. Mem- ' bers of the crew were mum aboiit every thing, when questioned." . Mrs. Wanggaard who first visited a son, Lars, at the naval academy at- Annapolis before sailing to Europe, said she could not help but compare her first crossing with the return trip. "Everyone was gay and happy on the way over," she said, "but on the return trip a sort of nervom tension seemed to press on everyone's shoulders. Such news as the sinldng of the Athenia didn't help to dispell that gloom." , The Batory left Copenhagen Aug. 25 and went down thelSnglish .Channel, stopping at Cherbourg, France, to pick up 80 passengers, bringing the total passenger list to 642 as :Mmpared with 440 on the easttKiund trip which Mrs, Wanggaard had taken in June. Had British Escort 'When the boat neared Dover, England, a British destroyer approached but learning the identity of the Batory, did not stop it One of the passengers taken on at Cherbourg was a 18-year-old Polish girl^ who was bom in the United States but -was taken to . Poland by her parents when she was still a baby. The girl, unable to speak a word of English,,was on her way to an aunt in Chicago. "Although we didn't know it," Mrs..-Wanggard said, "when -we neared North America, we had a ^ British destroyer and sUbmarme for escort." -� " The Batory first, went to St Johns, Newfotmdiand, and then proceeded south to New York, ; arriving there Sept S. . "As far as I know," Mrs. Wanggaard said, "the Batory remains ? tied up in New York." Maybe He'd Given, The Wrong-Address OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 16.---(A")-It was September, but EddiB y Burks suggested'to his 3-year-old, A; ^ son, Lynn, tijat if he wrote eailjf Si; enough to Santa'Claus he'inigh^.;?' get a bicyde next ChEbtmwi'S;; 'Tm not writing Santa any more^ said Lynn. "East year^l lor a xylophone and he brouwti;fl!j to a kid in the next block." "ciif 1