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Stevens Point Daily Journal (Newspaper) - January 23, 1939, Stevens Point, Wisconsin teueire Jlmnt latin journal CU EDITI' EDITION FORTY FOURTH YEAR FULL LEASED WIRE SERVICE OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STEVENS POINT, WISCONSIN, MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 1939 10 PAGES INVESTIGATE FATALITY IN MEEHAN FIRE Government Orders Evacuation of Barcelona BylkuL MALIGN, (Woild Copyrlffbl 1938 by Kims Eradicate IDC. All Beterred. BeprodBclion in Imlt or U itrtctly prohibited.) Washington, D. strato- sphere pass is in favor with Quar- terback Roosevelt this season. It's a new one and the most deceptive of all touchdown plays. The quar- terback throws the ball so high in the air it is lost in the clouds, then when the opposition figures the game has been called on account of a lost ball, Mr. Roosevelt moves to the spot near tbe goal where he knows the ball will come down, catches it, and steps across the last line for the score. That's the play on the neutrality act. The senate foreign relations com- mittee threw the administration piogram into the clouds by lefus- ing to consider it now. When loy- al Franco and other 'ists have quit shouting and charging in upon con- gress, late in the session, Mr. Roos- evelt will be found in the corner of the field, waiting to catch it. If the play works he will get more auth- ority than be now has to select ag- gressor nations for the play works. PLACE HOPKINS IN BOLE OF MEDIATOR It Is very difficult sometimes to tell just where the ball may come down. For instance, since Com- merce Secretary Hopkins' nomina- tion was sent to the senate, the air has been full of floating spheroids. Some of these apparently are in- flated with helium and may never conie down. First was that one about Mr. Hopkins being commissioned to g peace between AFL and CIO, ,s soon as he la confirmed. The CIO and AFL were more interested in finding out where that one was going to land than anyone else. They investigated and found that while the ball came from the gen- eral direction of the White house, no one knew who threw It, As near as they could make out the only idea In throwing it was to let the senate opposition notice how good Hopkins looked in profile against the sky, particularly as Hopkins knows nothing whatever about the subject and does not have the con- fidence of both sides. Yet no one is sure just what this play is. Hopkins might be able to do something if he used the coming Wagner labor board amendment situation as a bludgeon to make John Lewis amenable. But this is pro football and Lewis gave a lot of money to the team, SECBETAEY INVOLVED IN POWER DEAL TALK The one tossed up from the same side suggesting Hopkins was com- missioned to make a deal with Wendell Willkie to close the TV A- Commonwealth and Southern argu- ment, was not full of helium but apparently of lead. Some say the weight which held It back was TVA Commissioner David Lilien- thai, but he is too big to get into anything smaller than a trial bal- loon. Lately he has been suffering from undulant fever contracted by drinking goat's milk or unpasteur- ized milk and he has not been able to get around much. It is a rather serious illness, A deal between illkie and Hopkins, therefore, is considered possible, (Hop- kins never thought much of the power but not probable, as long as Mr. Lilienthal and his backer, Senator Norns, object. TO MEET WITH BOPER'S BUSINESS HEX Mr. Hopkins has a ball he can run with in the coming meeting of (Continued on page" two) Want Ad Readers! Contest! Prizes! Another contest for Want Ad readers! Two cash prizes and 20 free theatre tickets to the movie. which appears at the Fox theatre this week wilt be given to the 22 persons who win. Rules arc simple: Today and Tuesday 14 ques- tions and answers pertaining to the "Kentucky Derby" will be listed on the Want Ad page, Clip ail these questions and answers out Arrange questions and answers correctly, paste them on a single sheet of paper and mall to the Daily Journal Contest Editor, Accuracy and neatnus will decide the winners and all en- tries MUST be mailed no later than midnight Wednesday, January 25. Winners will be announced on ths Want Ad page. Thursday. REBEL ARMIES 15 MILES FROM GATESJJF CITY All Civilians Told To Leave at Once; U. S. to Remove Americans Hendaye, the Span- ish. Frontier) Jan. 23 LPJ The Spanish government today ordered evacuation of the civilian popula- tion of its capital, Barcelona, under the threat of insurgent armies a little more than 15 miles from the city gates. Premier Dr. Juan Negrm's cabi- net, after a long night meeting, an- nounced the ministers themselves would remain at the capital to fight to the bitter end. Proclaims "Slate of War" The government pioclaimcd a "state of war" throughout the terri- tory. The effect of this measure, AIB HAIDERS BOMB FIVE BRITISH SHIPS Barcelona, Jan. surgent air raiders today bombed five British ships, sink- ing one and killing two offic- ers, in attacks apparently in- tended to choke off Barcelona's food supplies. The five vessels were the freighters Dover Abbey, Stan- brook, African Mariner, Thorpe Bay and Huntress. The African Mariner, which had been hit in an earlier air raid, sank. The Htanbrook was attacked seven miles off shore, the others In Barcelona's harbor, William McClellan, second mate of the African Mariner. and the second mate of the Thorpe Bay, whose name was not given, were killed. taken after two and one-half years of civil war, was not at once appar- ent but border observers believed it meant full martial law. Generalissimo Franco's armies pressed on persistently In the cam- paign to take the great coastal city, which became the capital after the government moved first from Mad- rid and then from Valencia to es- cape the insurgent menace. Both Madrid and Valencia remain In government hands. City Bombed Three Times Insurgent planes bombed Barce- lona three times this morning fol- lowing repeated air raids yesterday which killed 49 and wounded 100 persons. Meanwhile, the insurgent armies which yesterday captured Sitges, beach resort near Barcelona, pushed along the coast. Inland columns converged on the capital. A cabinet communique from Bar- celona said the ministers appointed a committee comprising officials "f the national government, the pro- vincial regime of Catalonia and the Barcelona city administration to organize the evacuation of the cap- ital. The announcement explained that civilians otherwise would be "ham- pered by the work of fortification and defense." With most men called to the col- ors and many women working be- hind the lines, the evacuation was expected to be confined largely to many thousands of refugee children and aged women who could be sent into northern Catalonia to escape air raids and leave the defenders unhampered. The government, while insisting it would "maintain residence" in Barcelona, acknowledged that steps pad been taken "to face any even- tuality and to assure the continued work of the administration." For several days, it was learned at the border, the government min- istries have been moving archives out of the capital and provincial courts already have been trans- ferred to northern CatalonU. Many prisoners formerly held in Barcelona have been sent north- ward. In case of actual Insurgent entry into the capital, government offi- cials were expected to follow this movement toward the French fron- tier. The mountainous region from Barcelona north to the border of- fered ample refuge in towns like Gerona and Figueras. TO REMOVE AMERICANS FROM BARCELONA Barcelona, Jan, States authorities decided today to remove Americana from Barce- lona area as the Spanish govern- ment threw all its resources into a last-stand defense of its capital. The United States officials here arranged to summon the United States crusler Omaha which Is at Villefrancie, on the French Riviera, about 12 hours vailing dis- tance from northeast Spain. Walter D. Thurston, American charge d'affaires said he would call for tbe Omaha tonight. Vice Con- sul Douglas Flood notified Ameri- cans to prepared for the ship. He said about M> would leave. (United States officials in Barce- lona were to have a list of 100 (Continued on tight) DRAMATIC RESCUE OF OCEAN PLANE'S SURVIVORS Rescuers and rescued of New York-Bermuda flying boat Cavalier tell dramatic story of survivors clinging to rubber life belts in stormy Atlantic for 10 hours prior to rescue by the tanker Esso Baytowo. Above, ill-fated plane, map of scene, and left tu right, M, R. Aldcrson, plane's captain, rescued in critical con- dition; Robert Spcncc, steward, missing; Patrick Chapman, radio officer who called for aid; Neil Richardson, first officer, and Charles Talbot, Brooklinc, Mass., one of rescued passengers. The steward and- TAVERN, HOME DESTROYED BY CARSON FIRES Riverside on Highway 10 and Nearby Residence Burn to Ground The Riverside tavern on Highway 10 northwest of Stevens Point and the residence of Andrew Zaija, a few rods south of Club 10, were com- pletely destroyed by fires over the week-end at a loss of several thou- sand dollars. The tavern burned about 11 o'clock Saturday night and the residence burned about o'clock Sunday morning. Both were located in the town of Carson. Patrons wore in the tavern when the fire was discovered by one of the patrons who had stepped out- side. He ran inside and notified the proprietor, Arlo Fenrich, and other pations, that the roof waa afire. Lights in the place went out almost immediately and the proprietor and several volunteers were able to car- ry out only the cash register, a pin- ball machine, an electric phono- graph and a small quantity of liquor. Liquor Carried Off While the place was burning, by- standers cat ried off the liquor and a woman, it was reported, kicked the top off the cash register, apparent- ly attempting to open it. The tavern burned to the ground and no attempt was made to ex- tinguish the flames as a high wind fanned the names throughout the entire building in a few minutes. The proprietor said stock in the building was valued at The building, owned by Mrs. T. B. Kansen, a Stevens Point resident who la now visiting in Minneapo- lis, was valued at It was a large frame structure, a story and a half in height. The Zalja residence fire was dis- covered after Mr. Zaija had built a fire in a heater. He roused his wife and five children after he dis- covered the fire and they were able to save nearly all of the household effects. Shift In Wind Saves Barn Wind which was blowing from the northwest the fire broke out threatened to spread the flames to a large barn nearby, but the wind shifted before the conflagation reached Its peak and the barn saved. The family is at present occupy- ing a house trailer on its property. The house was a four-room, one- with an attic. Sever- al items stored in the attic destroyed. The low was partly cov- ered by Insurance. Defective wiring or a defective chimney aa the probable of the residence fire. The fire at tbe tavern, it reported, Is believed to have been caused by defective wiring. This theory was advanced because of tlfe sudden- ness with which the lights went out after the fire tar ted. May Dispose Of Sidley Case Out of Court Racine, Wls.. Jan. Tha strong possibility of an out-of-courl settlement of the suit of William Hortick Sidley to break the will of his mother, Mrs. May belle Hor- lick Sidley, loomed today as the hearing was postponed to Wednes- day, The attorneys in the case were in conference in the chambers of Judge J. Allan Simpson at 9'30 a the time the hearing was sched- uled to resume after a week-end re- cess, While the lawyers conferred, Judge Simpson waited in another office. Following a half-hour conference in chambers, Simpson was called m at the request of the lawyers, and he emerged 10 minutes later to an- nounce postponement of the heating until Wednesday "at the request of both parties." Later Judge Simpson revealed the conference of the attorneys was a result of his suggestion. When the lawyers gathered at the court house for the beginning of to- day's session, Simpson told news- papermen, he informed attorneys that in view of the nature of the tes- timony being presented, they should discuss the matter of an out-of- court settlement now if such an agreement was being considered. Reports have been in circulation since the middle of last week that such a settlement was being negoti- ated. The possibility of a settlement, Simpson further told the attorneys, would become more remote with the continuation of testimony lawyers. for Young Sidley began Introduc- ing last -week intended to show his mother was mentally incompetent and under undue influence of W. Perkins Bull, Toronto, Canada, bar- rister. when she drew the will. Amlie Named to CommerceCommission Washington, Jan. R. Amlie of Elkhorn, former Progressive member of the house, was nominated by President Roose- velt today to be a member of the inter-state commerce commission for a term expiring December 31, 1945. Amlie would succeed a veteran commission member, Batthasar H. Meyer, also a Wisconsin ite. Meyer was appointed to the commission by President Taft in 1911. His last term expired recently. Midwinter Parley at Rhinelander Rhlnelander, Wis., Jan. annual midwinter conference of the Wisconsin department of the American Legion here this week- end will draw more than 400 gates, T. J. Sanxteman, local chair- man, forecast today. The three-day conference opens Friday, 10 SURVIVORS OF PLANE CRASH NEAR NEW YORK No Trace of Two Passengers, Steward; Wives See Hus- bands Sent to Death New York, Jan. Safe aft- er one of the most dramatic les- cucs in the annals of trans-oceanic air travel, five men and five women, survivors of the sunken flying boat Cavalier, approached New York to- day aboard the tanker Esso Bay- town. They had been expected to arrive about 9 a. m., cst., but later ad- vices indicated the tanker might not reach its Ndtth river pifr until about 3 p. m. because of rough weather. Gale Slows Gale-swept aeas which slowed the sturdy rescue vessel to eight knots revived anew for the 10 the memory of nearly 10 terror-filled hours they spent clinging to rubber lifebelts until the tanker hove to In the darkness, drawn by their cries, Joy over their own miraculous rescue was tempered with sorrow at the fate of three other persons- two men passengers and a plane who slipped beneath icy waves, apparently too weak from injuries for the long struggle against tempest winda and batter- ing water. Eight coast guard vessels gave the three up Tor lost last night after a through search of the seas where motor trouble forced the giant Bermuda bound Imperial British Airways craft to pancake into the Atlantic ocean 300 miles southeast of Cape May, N. J., dur- ing a gale Saturday afternoon, Into Water It sank in 10 minutes, forcing the 13 persons aboard to leap into the water before they could don life- saving equipment. Among tbe survivors were the wives of the two missing passen- gers. They were recuperating from hysterical horror engendered when, helpless to aid, they saw their weakened husbands slip from hast- ily-crabbed lifebelts to certain death. All survivors were reported In "fair however, except Cnpt. M. R, Anderson, pilot of the 19-ton, flying boat, who suf- fered more from shock and expos- ure than the others, Two tugs carrying supplies, fresh clothing, relatives, officials and newspapermen were ready to steam down the channel and take the survlvofen clad tf> borrowed sea off the tanker, Motor cam were waiting at pier to speed them to a hospital for medical examination, Mountainous waves had prevent- ed the transfer of a doctor from the navy gunboat Erie to the er after the rescue, and the numbed passengers and crew members re- (Continued on pagt two) Circuit Court Jury Finally Decides Case A verdict WHH brought In Siitiuday nftrititjon In circuit couit here in thn CJIHO of Fied Ferg, Al ban, versus the General Casualty company, a Wisconsin insurance company, and David Am- hcrst, by a juty In whose hands the c.isc had been placed nt 12.37 p. m. Fnday. Thn Jury found that Ferg, whose car wan Involved in a collision with tho defendant's truck on County Trunk A northeast of Amhcrst Dec 9, 1H37, Buffered personal Injuries, that IOHB of services and medical cure for hlti son, Frcdctlck, amounted to find to his car, Thf> defendant, found to 60 pel cent mgllgfnt and the plaintiff, 40 per cent. On the bfisia of this finding, thr plHinllfT would be entitled to collect 60 per cent of tho amount of the vrrdlct, or The Jury found the defendant negligent as to excessive speed, not keeping a proper lookout and in driving on the Bide of (he highway, and found the plaintiff negligent In not keeping a proper lookout and in driving on the side of the highway. Trial of the case started last Monday moininff before Judge Herman J. Sevoison, Of lola, and the case continm-J through the week until Fuday noon. Thirty- one witnesses, a tecotd for damage cases here In teeent years, testified, AMHERSfWOMAN MEETS TRAGIC DEATH Amhfirst, Jan. 23 Death under tragic circumstances came to Mrs. Thomas Peterson, age 43, at her home here early Sunday morning, Mrs. Peterson, who had been in ill health for about a year and wan to have been taken to Madison on Sunday for motlicnl treatment, was found dead by her husband, her body suspended with A clothesline from a rafter in tha unfinished sec- ond story of the family home. Mr. Peterson remained up Sat- urday night In order to administer to his wife. At four o'clock she was asleep In her bed, but an hour later, after Mr. Peterson had dozed while silting in a chair, Mrs. Peter- son was not m her room. Going to the second floor he found his wife's body, Mrs. Peterson, whose maiden name was Agnes Joanna Diver, was born at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Diver, near Nelsonvillc on January 25, 1896. Her marriage to Mr. Peterson took place nt the Methodist-Episcopal parsonage in Amherst on August 31, 1916, and she had since made her home In Amherst Surviving; besides her huaband and her mother are three children, George tawis, age 10, Marfe, age 16, and Cbarlei Leonard, ago 12, She Three Below Over Sunday; Higher Today The fliht below zero weather In 1939 amvod in Stevens Point over the week-end a colrf wave that was, fotectist Saturday for the Great Lakes region swept lap Idly over cential Wisconsin. The minimum m Slcvns Point, three degioca below zero, was rc- coidcd both Saturday and Sunday nights. This leprcsrntod a 35-de- giee drop m the temperature, from II maximum of 38 on Saturday. Snow and ice melted Saturday win id the mercury stayed above the freezing mark, but the change in weather was noticeable by late af- ternoon as sharp, cold northwest winds came up, Satmday night WHS blustery us well us eotd, with high winds making the weather bitter. Sunday constantly cold, the tempeidluro stay I UK within ;i Ihrce- K'C'L- range mid icudiing an even foi the official maximum. The weather began to moilctute early toUity und the mei cut y climbed above ?.cio Mils morning after the wind hud switched to the south- west. This winter to date has been com- paratively mild and lacking In any prolonged cold wave. There have neen nix below zero daya so far, .he two this week-end and four in December. The coldest writher, Ifl below, <-amc on December 30 and 31. I'BOSl'KCT OF SNOW IN SIGHT FOU STATE Milwaukee, Jan. Slowly rising temperatures, with a prot.- prct of snow tonight and tomoirow, wr-io In sight today for Wisconsin after A cold week-end which broke ait nbitormully wnrm spell. Park Falls with 10 below zero (ind WauHnu with below wrrc tho coldcfiL rtpots in the slate over- night. Green Bay reported zero and LaCvoase and Madison four above. Downtown Milwaukee's minimum overnight wan B, recorded at 3 a, m. but tho temperature had climbed to 11 at 0 o'clock. A low of one bolow 3rro waa reported at tho Mltwau kco county airport shortly before midnight. 10LA MAN DEAD AFTER UNUSUAL AUTO ACCIDENT Skull Fractured as Mail Box Tost Pierces Wind- shield Albeit Hfnry WHnmann, 40, of loin, died Saturday afternoon at 5 nVlnck ut the Tola hospital from injiirleM sufff rod Friday ntght about 10 o'clock in a ficnk automobile accident, Wcinmnnn was riding with Har old Nelson of lola when the car NplHon was driving1 left tho road nl curve about two miles north nf lola, in the Hatch inkc vicinity, on what is known as the old County Trunk Highway A. The car struck an oak post that was crr-ctcd for a malt box. The post went through the windshield, striking Wein mftnn'.t head, and the car wont into the ditch. Nelson, who was uninjured went to the Gust Gil- bert home tiefiiby find spent tfic night, believing that Wcinmann was not seriously Injured and intended to wall: to his home. Found Jt'ext Morning Wclnmann walked across the road 'and laid down in brush where he was found the next morning by Mr. Gilbert in fin unconscious condition He was taken to his home at Iota and then to the hospital where an operation waa pei formed. He suf- fered a skull fracture. Mr. Wcinmann was born on June 23, 1898, a son of Albert Welnmann, supervisor of Tola, and Mrs. Wein mann. He was graduated from the tola High school and later entered the service and served with the navy during the World war. After the war he returned to lola and followed his trade of painter. Surviving are his parents, two brothers, Ed Wcinmann, village clerk ol lola, and Herbert of North land, Funeral Wednesday Funeral services will he held Wed- nesday afternoon at 2 o'clock ai the lola Methodist church. Burial will follow in Riverside cemetery at Tola. The body is at the O, S Bwenaon undertaking parlors at Tola. also leaves the following brothers and sisters: Louise Jane Diver, an instructor in u univeistty at Athens, Ohio; Jesse C, Diver, Whitcfish, Mont.: Royal S. Diver, Plainfield; Joseph Diver, Stevens Point; Dew- ay Diver, Peru, Wfs.; Mrs. John Welsbrot, Mrs. W. M. Ehrlich and Charles Nelsonvlilo. Funeral arrangements hnd not been completed this forenoon. BURNED BODY OF MAN FOUND IN TAVERNDEBRIS Hans M. Johnson the Victim; Authorities Check on Circumstances Circumstances attending a flra Sunday night in a tavern building at Mechah station, in the town of Plover, in which a man perished, were being investigated today by Tort age county authorities. A the- ory that loul play may have been employed was advanced. Victim of the blaze was Hans Morton Johnson, whose body. burned to a crlap, was found after flames rapidly enveloped and de- stroyed the frame building, located south of Highway 54. Coroner Called When Coroner Victor 3. Praia, who was called, arrived at the scene the fire was in an advanced stage und this remains Ol the vic- tim were lying partly across a stone foundation wall at the north- west corner of the structure. John- son was 59 years old. He had bean residing in the Meehan neighbor- hood tor a time and was reported to have been an employe of a roadhouse near Meehan, The Plover fire department called and responded with its equipment but the property could not be saved. Hinds Body Charred Investigation of the fire and ragic death of Johnson wai being made today by the cor- oner, Sheriff Joe Heltzlnger and District Attorney John A. Me- leeki. The coroner went to Meehan Sunday night with an ambulance, after being told that a man in building had been burned. The cor- oner, who took charge of the body. reported that when he arrived Iw found that the body had been charred in the the legs off and the face destroyed by thtj fire. The clothing was destroyed. Origin Unknown The fire is reported to havtj started at about p. m., of un- known origin. Near the structure on the cast was a dance hall, which, also buined. Started In Back, Bcport Residents of the neighborhood reported that the fire started In the back end of the tavern. place where the victim's body wai rouml was in a front corner of tha tavern. Among the questions on which authorities sought answers whether any other person or per- sona had been In the building with Johnson immediately prior to thti time the fire started. Jury In Drawn A eoronet's jury was impanelled, preparatory to holding an inquest. Members of the Jury are J. M. shall, Harry Staples, C. W. Swan. Nat Kinney, Caaimir Fhkus and Fran It Grabin. Doors Bcportcd Locked William Flatofr of Moehan re- sided In the building, which waa ownod by a mother in Milwaukee. authoiitles were Informed. It waa heated by a stove. Authorities wera told t-hat the doors were found lorkcd by neighbors after the was discovered. Flatoff waa report- ed to have been elsewhere In tha neighborhood when the fire was dis- covered. Johnson formerly worked for far- meis in the Meehan vicinity, It waa stated, and also worked at odd Jobs and as an employe of a road- house. He left the roadhouse Sun- day and moved his belongings into the tavern building. Attempt is being made to locate leiatlves, including a sister, a Mrs. Becker, who is understood to be a resident of Empire, Mich. DEMONSTRATION OF RADIO IS DELAYED A representative who plans to demonstrate short wave radio equip- ment here will not be in Point for about a week, It was re- ported today by Alderman Sylvester Jurgella, chairman of the police and fire committee of the council. It was originally planned for today or tomorrow. When the exact tima of the demonstration Is arranged members of this committee and the police and fire commission will ba notified. A short wave system has been proposed for the Stevens Point po- lice department hut action has been delayed pending further study of equipment find costs, aa estimated costs have been higher than anti- cipated. TOT OUT Firemen extinguished a chimney fire at the residence of Andrew Ossowski. 722 Sixth avenue, Satur- day night. There wasnodamage. WE FOKECAVl Snow beginning toolfht or Tnrsdar; rising Highest and lowest during the last H Miami and Orteam W, Park Wts,
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