Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, October 28, 1938

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

October 28, 1938

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Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Newspaper) - October 28, 1938, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin PHONE NO. I The Society Edit- or you to call tier with your loclety Bud per- Items. Vour CrlendB, too, will It. Rapids Daily Trflnme AI_ CON S T R U C T I V E fcTM K------ E 3 PV P E R Twenty-Fifth 7764. Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Friday, October 28, 1938. Stenographer Quit? You can easily find a com- petent one through Tribune Want-Ads. Single Copy Five Cents BOLENS ASKS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST Major Utilities Take First Step in Huge Expansion Program Washington, Oct. of a dozen leading utili- ties companies announced "definite commitments" today to place immediate order for power generating equipment for kilowatts. They said it was the "first in a program of expenditures esti- dollars a year mated at a billion for the next two years. Floyd L. Carlisle, of the Consoli- dated Edison company of New York, said this would be approximately double the national outlays for the purpose in the last two years. Part of Defense Program The commitments were given as a part of the administration's efforts to strengthen power facilities of the nation's strategic war material man- ufacturing centers. Announcement of the program came from a session of the national defense power committee headed by Louis Johnson, assistant secretary of war, which has been making a sur- vey of power needs since early this year. Involves Government Financing Carlisle, acting as spokesman for the group of utilities executives which met with the power commit- tee, said "substantial" government financing was involved, but would not be in the form of grants. The government, he said, would "do nothing more than lend money or buy securities, in the same man- ner as a bank." The utilities executives said the new equipment for kilo- watts of generating capacity repre- sented about one and one-third mil- lion horsepower equivalent to the total power produced by any two or three middle -western or southeast- ern cities. New York City's gener- ating capacity, they estimated, is about horsepower. "Not Final Step" Stressing that were "not the final step" Johnson in- dicated the administration hoped other utilities would agree shortly to enter the expansion program. The areas directly affected by the projected construction are in part those in which the production of munitions and other war materials would be in great demand in event of hostilities, a war department an- nouncement said. Some of them were listed as Balti- more-Washington, Birmingham, Bos- ton, Bridgeport, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, Chicago. Cincinnati, Cleve- land, Detroit, New York, Philadel- phia, Pittsburgh, Rochester, St. Louis and Schenectady. Government Has First Call "It is understood that for war, or other emergency purposes, the gov- ernment shall have first call upon the facilities of the industry, both public and private and that in peace time they will be coordinated for the purpose of making them quickly the war department said. Two Traffic Mishaps Here; No One Injured Two traffic accidents, one involv- ing a bicycle but resulting in no per- sonal injuries, were reported to the city police department Thursday. Mrs. Arietta Thirkill, city, driving east on Dewey street about p. m., collided with a bicycle on which Robert Tessmer, 8, city, was riding. The cycle was damaged, but the boy suffered no injuries. A Central Wisconsin Motor Trans- port company truck and an automo- jile driven by Peter Rciland, city, crashed on First avenue south about I p. m. Thursday. The truck, driven by Frank Clark, city, was backing 'rom a loading alley onto the avenue when the collision occurred. The right side of the Reiland car was considerably damaged. Dil Thrown in Furnace Explodes; Man Burned James Sullivan, city, suffered severe second degree burns of the lands and face Thursday night, as he result of an explosion of oil ;hrown into a furnace in the base- ment of his home at 1811 Wickham avenue. Sullivan threw the mixture ofv gasoline and kerosene, in which he lad soaked paint brushes, from- a jail into the fire hole of the fur- lacc. An explosion resulted, the flames burning both hands above the >vfists, his chin, and singeing his lair. The fire department was call- 2d and Fire Chief A. C. Miller rush- id Sullivan to Riverview hospital vhere he was treated and later dis- missed. No property damage result- id from the blaze. PLUNGES TO DEATH Milwaukee, Oct. Schultz, 49, died in a three story ilunge from a sunroom window in he Deaconess hospital today, Jchultz had been at the hospital ince Wednesday for treatment aralysis. of Conducts Girl Scout Course Miss Sally Stickney, above, of Chi- cago, member of the Girl Scout na- tional 'staff, Great Lakes region, will be in Wisconsin Rapids to con- duct an adult training course at the Library club rooms on Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2, from 7 to 9 p. m. Marsh- field and Stevens Point Girl Scout leaders have been invited to attend, and the course is open to anyone over l8--ivhb" is interested in" Girl Scouting. CZECH-HUNGARY TENSION EASED NEW HUNGARIAN NOTE AC- CEPTS CZECH OFFER, PAVING WAY FOR PEACEFUL SETTLE- MENT OF DISPUTE. Nazi Organ Assails U.S. "Meddling CALLS AMERICA 'ENCUMBRANCE' TO CONCILIATION BITTER ATTACK BELIEVED OUTGROWTH OF ROOSE- VELT'S ADDRESS AGAINST "PEACE BY FEAR." Berlin, Oct. 28 _( The Budapest, Oct. gary and Czechoslovakia appeared today to be on the way to a peaceful settlement of their long-standing and often-threatening territorial dis- pute. The Budapest government in a new note last night accepted the Czechoslovak offer to cede to Hung- ary about square miles of land with predominantly-Hungarian pop- ulation. Hungary also agreed that military experts should meet immediately to organize Czech evacuation and Hun- garian occupation of the area and that a German-Italian arbitration commission should deal with eight disputed districts. Czechoslovakia had demanded that the mediators settle the entire dis- pute and fix a time for the occupa- tion of the whole area demanded by Hungary. Diplomatic circles believed, how- ever, That this would be no major obstacle because German and Italian mediators were likely to permit Hungary "to occupy the undisputed regions as soon as the arbitration committee was formed. Hungary also adhered to the orig- inal demand that plebiscites be con- ducted in autonomous Slovakia and Ruthenia, but it was understood the government felt the request neces- sary to satisfy Hungarians. German foreign office mouth- piece, Deutsche Diplomatisch- Politische Korrespondenz, to- day accused the "United States of being1 "an encumbrance to European conciliation efforts" since the peace of Munich. In a bitter attack on "Amer- ican meddling in European af- the publication said "it al- ready has gone so far that author- ized English sources have found it necessary, in the face of American objection, to justify the conduct of western European powers." Prompted by Roosevelt Talk The attack apparently was prom- pted by President Roosevelt's Wed- nesday night address against "peace by fear." The Nazi press has treat- ed the speech with derision. "It appears more and more the in- tention (in America) to lay down the law to European countries on how a state of peace is possible for them and how it is not the publication declared. "It is time America remembers she is a daughter of Europe who physically and culturally took with her a sizeable dowry from the old J "It is not the task of the new world to lecture Europe. "Groundless Suspicions" "Much less is it the new world's task to set people in countries from which it sprang against each other and by groundless suspicions throw them once more into enmity." It concluded with this statement "American meddling in European affairs to the degree it has reached today begins now to be irksome, all the more so because it in fact ap- pears to go so far as to be an en- cumbrance to the European concilia- tion policy." HANES PROMOTED Washington, Oct. President Roosevelt announced to- day that John W. Hanes, now assist- ant secretary, had been made under- secretary of the treasury. Arrest Bancroft Man for Knife Assault Stevens Point, So- ward, Bancroft, was on his way back to Stevens Point from Clinton, 111., with Deputy Sheriff Ed Kubi- siak today after being apprehended by Clinton police on a warrant is- sued here charging him with as- sault, armed weapon, with bodily harm. According to Deputy Martin Lar- son, Soward is alleged to have used a pocket knife in an attack on Ralph Bentley of Bancroft on the night of October 15 in the Soward- Reader tavern at Bancroft. A fight resulted from an argument and af- ter an exchange of blows, Larson said, Soward brandished the knife and inflicted deep cuts on two fin- gers and the chest of Bentley. with a dangerous intent to do great Merrill Box Factory Destroyed by Flames Merrill, Wis., Oct. 28 Fifty men were out of work today because of a fire which de- stroyed the Lincoln Box Four women, employed on the second floor, nearly were trapped by yesterday's blaze, which Supt. William Piskc blamed on friction in a waste conveyor. Firemen saved a warehouse filled with butter containers and cheese boxes. Tip by Paroled Convict Solves Qeorgia Slaying Brunswick, Police today Ga., Oct. credited a paroled woman convict furnishing in- formation which led to the arrest of four men in connection with the cight-months-old mystery-slaying of Dr. Charles H. Lee, 71-ycar-oU Episcopal clergyman. Police Chief J, E. Register yes- terday renounced the arrest of two St. Simon's Island resort operators, Henry J. Gofer and W. H. Gofer, and two Negroes, identified as George Cleyborn and Willie Green. Woman Supplies Lead Last night, Chief of Police Ben T. Watkins, of Macon, credited by Glynn county officials with playing an important part in the investiga- tion, said Mrs, Carrie Stevens, who with her husband, H. Grady Stev- ens, was sentenced on robbery Hold Lawyer in Brooklyn Bail Racket New York, Oct. state Assemblyman Jacob P. Nath- anson, 37, was arrested today on the way to his law office and charged with grand larceny, subordination of perjury and forgery in connection with a Brooklyn bail bond racket. Taken to police headquarters for fingerprinting, Nathanson was quot- ed by police as saying- :'If I'm convicted, I'll blow the lid off this bail bond business. LABOR ATTACKED BEFORE COUNCIL OF AGRICULTURE MILWAUKEE SPEAKER CHARGES FARMER-LABOR ALLIANCES UNPROFITABLE TO AGRICULTURE. Milwaukee, Oct. Or- ganized labor was attacked sharply by a state Building and Loan execu- tive today who told the Wisconsin Council of Agriculture's meeting The former Democratic assembly- here that farmer-labor alliances had man yesterday was called before the j worked out profitably for agri- grand jury investigating alleged bail culture, bond frauds but was not questioned when he refused to waive immunity. Nathan appeared before Supreme Court Justice Algernon I. Nova last July and asked him to accept a 000 bond for a client, Albert Fitz- gerald, who was awaiting sentence as a violator of the anti-gun law. A signature on the bond found subsequently to have forged. was been KENTUCKY GIRL, 10, WEDS MINER MOTHER LIE- OBTAINING ABOUT AGE IN- LICENSE FOR CHILD'S MARRIAGE TO YEAR-OLD WIDOWER. 34- "Unjust Demands" "Labor has used brutality, force, threats and law violations to en- force its unjust demands for an un- fair share of the consumer Carl Taylor of Milwaukee, a farm owner and executive secretary of the Wisconsin Building and Loan league, declared. "The assistance which agriculture has given labor in the proposed part- nership in the legislature has result- ed in a constantly increasing return to labor and a constantly decreasing return to the Taylor charged. "lsTow the farm laborer can com- mand about 10 cents an hour for heavy physical seven days a week, while the law of the land sets a minimum price of 25 cents an hour and 44 hours a week as the minimum standard for city labor." Charges "Vicious Practices" Taylor charged labor had "legaliz- practices and -apparently ed Prestonsburg, Ky., Oct. _ Columbus'haS-clianged adopted a sys- child playthings for a husband. tem of anarchy to enforce demands beyond the and added: "Proof of this may be seen in Ra- cine county, where labor ruthlessly disregarded rights of farm labor and farm capital to enforce the closing of a. canning plant until the farmer lost his crop." Denies Conflict of Interests Presenting labor's viewpoint, Ar- thur S. Zander of Madison, repre- senting the American Federation of Labor, asserted there was no conflict of interests between the farmer and laborer. "Any antagonistic attitude be- tween farmer and laborer is all he said. Zander urged that groups produc- ing the nation's wealth should har- monize their activities to receive a fair share. Not "Anti-Labor" Milo K. Swanson, secretary of the council, said agriculture was not an- ti-labor, but warned that "the Wis- consin farmer, through the Wiscon- sin council of agriculture, is going Dr. L. B. Sheppard, Johnson coun- ty health officer, said today records in his office showed the girl is 10 years old. She was married Mon- day to 34-year-old Fleming Tackett, a. widowed coal miner. Mother Obtaine License The marriage license was obtained at the Floyd county courthouse here by the girl's mother, Mrs. Grace Co- lumbus, who gave Rosie's age as 13. At Paintsville, Dr. Sheppard said health office records showed the girl was born in Johnson county Feb. 12, 1928. The Rev. W. G. Ratliff, employr-d as a coal mine blacksmith, said ho pionounced the marriage vows in a simple hill country ceremony in front of a newly-constructed log cabin near here the couple will lue. Coal-blackened inineis looked on silently during the ceremony. The two-room cabin is located on Abbott creek three miles north of Prestonsburg in an isolated section of rugged eastern Kentucky mountain country. In it, with Rosie and her to do his own thinking and not be "Flem." will hve the girl's mother dominated by any one group." and father, Jim, two younger broth- Prof. B. H. Hibbard, economist ers, an older sister and some in-laws. But it means luxury to Rosie. A from the University of Wisconsin college of agriculture, urged that la- dozen miners said Rosie and her bor, farm and factory prices be family had Ined Tinder a rock cliff on a hillside near the cabin for "two, winters." Minister Amazed Mr. Ratliff, the blacksmith-min- ister, said he first believed Rosie's elder sister was the bride-to-be he was summoned to the cabin. He was amazed, he said, when the younger girl stepped forward in- stead, but performed the ceremony because the license appeared to be "legal." Huge Fire Breaks Out in Heart of Marseille counts shortly after Dr. Lee was shot, had supplied the needed lead. Mrs. Stevens, Watkins said, in a .casual remark to relatives while she was seeking a parole, told of observ- ing as an innocent spectator one. of the Gofer brothers pay a Negro the night Dr. Lee was shot. Officers questioned her further about the case and she was paroled October 12. Her husband, Chief Watkins said, is still in prison. Asked Vice Investigation Chief Watkins said Dr. Lee went before the Glynn county (Bruns- wick) grand jury about 10 days be- fore his death with a demand for an investigation of gambling and vice on St. Simon's Island. Watkins reported one of the Cof- er brothers was heard to say "we've got to get rid of that preacher." Marseille, Oct. huge fire broke out in the heart of Mar- seille today and spread to Hotei Noailles, where Premier Daladier, most cabinet members, and delegates to the Radical-Socialist party con- gress are staying. The fiie destroyed a big depart- ment store on Boulevard Canebierc and spread across the street to the hotel and adjoining buildings. It was accompanied by a number of gas explosions. Twenty persons reported in- jured. Daladier and other prominent guests were at the party congress hall, which was untouched. Japanese Air Attack Kills American Child Hankow, Oct. Am- erican child was killed nnd her mo- ther and sister wounded during a Japanese air attack 'October 24 on a Lutheran brethren mission, belat- ed reports here disclosed today. Phoebe Olive Nyhus, 3, was killed and her sister, Ruth, 8, and her mo- ther were wounded, the report said, when Japanese planes destroyed the mission at Tungpei, in southern Honan province, despite American flags marking the buildings. brought into a better balance, either through expansion of foreign mar- kets or effective curtailment of pro- duction. Osborn Lauds FDR's Defense of Murphy Jackson, 'Mich., Oct. 28 Chase S. Osborn, former Republi- can governor of Michigan, made public today a telegram he sent President Roosevelt, applaud- ing the president's defense of Gov- ernor Frank Murphy and asserting that he would vote for Murphy's reelection in November. The telegram, which referred to the president's criticism of actions of the Dies committee investigating un-American activity, was dispatch- ed from Albion, Mich., yesterday. Husband to Divorce Poisoner John Peters (left) has a divorce action pending against his wife, Florence 38, -nho confessed poisoning her first husband eight years ago and trying to kill her present mate in the same manner. Mrs. Peters pleaded guilty to a murder charge and was sentenced to a life term in the women's state prison at Taycheedah today. Peters recovered last summer after being seriously ill of poisoning. Woman Prisoner Receives Life Term at Taycheedah Madison, Wis., Oct. 28 Mrs. Florence Peters, 38- year-old mother of four children, was sentenced to a life term in the women's state prison at Taycheedah today for the poi- son of Tier first husband, Henry Kessenich, of Waunakee, eigh years ago. She was given a concurrent term of 1 to 10 years for attempting to take the life of her second husband, John Peters, by administering- poi- son to him. Mrs Peters, who has been wrack- ed by nervous convulsions since the body of Kessenich was exhumed last week, entered pleas of guilty before Supenor Judge Roy H. Proctor yes- terday. Asks Immediate Sentence She was to e been held for sentence next week but today she called the keeper of the Dane coun- ty jail and told him she wanted to have her case disposed of at once She said she had been spending sleepless nights in the jail. Prompt arrangements were made to bring her before Judge Proctor. She fainted in the courtroom times before sentence was pronounc- ed. Mrs. Peters was taken into cus- tody about a month ago when she Avas found in Madison with a young farmhand, while her second husband was in a local hospital. She was detained on a morals charge pending investigation of the myster- ious illness -which affected her hus- bands. Mrs. Peters confided today to Po- licewoman Pearl M. Guynes Liiat she "wanted to get it over apparently not realising that she was headed for a life term in pris- on. Only a few spectatorj were on hand when she walked into the courtroom, unassisted. She collapsed when she reached the bench and was placed the clerk's chair. The proceedings delayed about half an hour while Mrs. Guynes and others worked over her Faints On Desk Then, when Judge Proctor said: "It is mandatory that I sentence you to life she sob- bed softly and slumped in a dead faint over the clerk's desk. Mrs. Peters was revived again, but had to -be carried from the courtroom. Within two hours she was on her way to the Taycheedah prison. Chappie Challenges Wiley Endorsement by Jeffery Fond du Lac, Wis., Oct. (IP) B. Chappie, independent Townsend Republican candidate for U. S. senator whose candidacy has been denied the endorsement of L. W. JcCfery of Chicago, national vice-president of the Townsend old age pension organization, telegraph- ed the attorney general's office last night as follows: Sees 3-Cornercd "Deal" "The facts just revealed have cor- roborated in every detail my predic- tion of Tuesday concerning the Hcil-Jeffery-Wiley deal to smash up the Townsend vote in Wisconsin and make it ineffective. The facts already indicated to you concerning the activities of a Milwaukee under- cover worker will be amplified by me. "I now demand lhat before you complete your investigation of vio- lations of the corrupt practices act that you put Julius Heil (Republi- can candidate for L. W. Jeffery of the Chicago Townsend office, and Alexander Wiley (Re- publican nominee for U. S. senator) under oath and force them to ex- pose this ugly deal by which efforts are made to break my Town- The poison death of Henry Kesse nich. above, eight years ago result ed in the sentencing today of hi now Mrs. Florence Peteis foe first degree murder. Plot Is Related by Spy Witness New York, Oct. unfinished story of how two high of ficials of the German v.ar ministr; in one breath praised Presiden Roosevelt as "the greatest navy ma in the world" and in the next broach ed a plot to open a Nazi propagand salon in Washington was resumed in federal court today. Mrs. Kate Busch, testifying' for the government against three alleg- CHARGES MISUSE OF MAILS AND WPACOERCSON, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE PETITIONS FEDERAL; DISTRICT ATTORNEY PROCEED AGAINST ..GOV- ERNOR. Milwaukee, Oct. state Senator Harry Bolenst Democratic candidate for gov- ernor, today asked the federal irosecutor in Milwaukee to :ake "legal p r o c e e d i n g against Governor Philip F. La-. Follette on the ground of use" of the mails in the "re-- cent pension scandal" and againsti those -he said had coerced WPA1 workers to "vote the Progressive ticket." Attorney Declines Comment Bolens' request was addressed to' LT. S. Attorney B. J. Husting. Thel latter declined comment other than that he had received Bolens' com- munication. The text of Bolens' request fol-< lows: "I request that you take legal proceedings against Governor La-< Follette and others. "First, for misuse of the United States mails in the recent pension scandal, which I have exposed. I be-1 lieve that if it was illegal for tha governor to have obtained the list of pensioners, the use of the mails constituted a conspiracy against the United States, and mail was sent to' people in your district. Charges WPA "Coercion? "Second, I further ask you to taka legal action against those who have attempted and are attempting to prevent a free ballot by coercing WPA workers to vote the Progres- sive ticket. Threats, entreaties, cajolings and various means have been used to induce those who ara compelled for their livelihood to work on WPA, to vote the Progres- sive ticket. A large number of such complaints have already been filed with Howard Hunter, one of the federal agencies investigating this matter. "I herewith present to you affi-i davits and a statement and names, all indicating to my mind a clear violation of the law. For the protec- tion of those who have furnished.me the information, I request that their names be not made public until: there has been a judicial proceeding. Cites "Flagrant Instance" "One of the flagrant instances that I call attention to is that in the! middle of September, 193S, a dinner given at South 7th street and West Cleveland enue, by all the? foremen on the WPA upon an invi- tation by means of postal cards, which in substance read: 'From' those who have received, to those who did not.' That was a dinner by all the foremen who had received art increase in salary, and during thab dinner candidates for the Progress sive ticket were permitted to attend and the foremen were told in sub-( stance that they were to vote for LaFollette and his ticket, using such Ian callage: 'Well, you have got to go to bat for them, or "Another of such instances was on October 21st, at a which was given by the timekeepers, foremen and engineers of a certain WPA project, and late in the night, when all were feeling hilarious, a group of Progressive politicians came in, took (Continued on Page Seven) "Bugs" Moran Can't Raise Bond; Jailed Chicago, Oct. Moran. notorious figure ot prohibition now accused ol heading a counterfeiting gang; with conspiracy to pass ed German spies on trial, said the in money orders 1 anc railroad bonds, was jailed today when he failed to make bond of 000. With him, likewise for inability tot provide bail, were seven others, named as members of the gang. Six scheme was proposed to her in 1937 by Lieut.-Commander Udo Von Bon- in and Lieut.-Commander Hermann Menzel, both attached to the espion- age branch of the Reich war minis- try. Von Bonin and Menzel arc fugi- tives from a federal indictment charging them with directing a plot to steal American military secrets. Mrs. Busch said the German offi- cials were interested in her because they-had heard she had many friends in Washington. "Did they discuss that you rent a villa in Washington to entertain these she was asked. "Yes, I was to be the hostess." because efforts to buy me off have send strength bribe me ?.nd failed. Relationship "Clearly Indicated" "My sworn statement to you al- ready indicates clearly the relation- ship between the latest Heil-Jef- fery-Wiley deal and the efforts to force me to quit the race." In letters sent to secretaries of Wisconsin Townsend clubs, the or- ganization's national headquarters urged club members to support Wiley. Chiang Declares China Will Continue to Fight Hongkong, Oct! gen- eral news agency (Chinese) dispatch from Chungking today said General- issimo Chiang Kai-Shek had declar- ed China fight on and that "a decisive battle" between a united China and the Japanese armias would be fought west of the present area of Japanese conquest. cases were set for trial November 2S. THE WEATHER CLOUDY For Wisconsin: Partly cloudy to- night and Satur- day; cooler along the Miscijwippt river and' some- what warmer in extreme' cast tonight; colder Saturday. Today's Weather Maximum temperature for 24- hour period ending at 7 a. m., fiO; minimum temperature for 24-houit' period ending at 7 B. TO., 35; Ature at 7 rtt, ;