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HXRRISBTTRG flgJ TEEEOHXPH DECEMBER 8M939 Miner Convicted of Slaying Mother FRIDAY EVENING Jury Suggests Life Sentence Accused Man Still Faces Trial For Two Other Murders Greensburg, Dec. 8, W) A jury today had convicted Martin Vnuk, 55 - year - old miner, of first degree murder in the slaying of Mrs. Catherine Machulsky, mother of 12 children, and recommended life imprisonment. The accused man, who still has murder charges against him for the slaying of two other neighbors in the mining village of Tin - town, near Salina, displayed no emotion when the verdict was returned. The defense counsel in summing up the case described Vnuk as an insane man; the Commonwealth called him a deliberate killer. Vnuk testified he was drunk at the time and did not remember anything that occurred. Defense Attorney Patrick McKague told the jury Vnuk was both drunk and insane. Assistant District Attorney C. Ward Eicher charged in his address to the jury that Vnuk slew Mrs. Machulsky for vengeance after an argument. He contended Vnuk was sane. "It was deliberate, premeditated first degree murder," Eicher declared. In addition to Mrs. Machulsky, the State charged Vnuk killed Philip Rosko, 60, and Michey Ka - raffi, 38, and wounded Mrs. Risko, her son, Frank Risko and Constable P. L. Tussey. ' ' " IT'S CHEERY MAIL EVEN IF IT ISN'T FROM SANTA Miss Lena Steerman, 902 Hummel avenue, Lemoyne, packs bundles of mail at Job Mobilization .Committee headquarters, while Miss Ruth Tischler, 504 North Second street, Harrisburg, "holds the bag." More than six bags of mail are sent out from committee headquarters daily. Yule Clearing Bureau Opens Welfare President Appeals For Check Against Duplication The generous community spirit of Christmas giving in Harrisburg AND WHAT NOT! Pittsburgh, Dec. 8, (JP) Walter L. Reddy, a salesman, seeks a divorce claiming; his wife Pulled out his hair by - the roots. Stabbed him with a carving: knife. Punched him. Threw iodine in his eyes. Forced him out of the Harris Pupils Conduct Fair Fashion, Flower, Vaudeville Shows and Dancing on Program A fashion show by Bowman and Company, a flower show by Dan F. Vollmer, and several acts of vaudeville are the highlights on the entertainment tonight and tomorrow night at 8 o'clock at the John Harris Fair held at the school for the benefit of the band and other projects. , Tomorrow afternoon a special matinee program will be presented in the auditorium at 2 o'clock featuring the Ley School of Dancing, a German Band concert, Colta and Colta, magicians, John Harris Male Chorus, and a concert by the John Harris Concert Band. In addition to the programs both evenings and Saturday afternoon, there will be dancing in the two gymnasiums from 8.30 to 11.30. j Also there will be many booths and displays in the various rooms and in the hallways catering to these in attendance such as a museum, fortune - telling, candy and refreshment stands, a Country Store, a fish pond, a novelty shop, and a pie and cake stand - by members of the John Harris Forum. The doors will open evenings at 7 o'clock and for the special matinee tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock. The activities of the Fair will be directed by the general Chairmen, Walter Q. Bunderman vand Miss Florence E. Beck. As a climax to the preparations, the John Harris band paraded over the leading streets of the Hill section yesterday afternoon after school. Treasury Receipts Washington, Dec. 8, (AP) The position of the Treasury, December 6: Receipts $18,101,309.15, expenditures $34,506,955.94, net balance $2,134,639,427.01, working balance included $1,429,934,711.95, receipts for fiscal year (July 1) $2,283,627,856.89, expenditures $4, - 061,958,113.78, excess of expenditures $1,778,330,256.89, gross debt $41,362,278,021.36. A LIMIT, INDEED! By Associated Press " Perkasie, Dec. 8. A dead skunk is worth 25 cents at police headquarters in Perkasie 's "purge." The Branch Valley Fish, Game and Forestry Association voted the bounty to check killing of game ani - ' ma Is by skunks. Furthermore, members complained, the wood pussies have taken to coming into town. The catch is' limited to 400 skunks "There's a limit to everything," the association explained.' Judge Jails Three Men Two . Lewi&town Prisoners Sentenced on Counterfeit Charge Damage Suit Dismissed Judge Charles C. Greer in Dauphin County Court today refused to reinstate the damage suit of John Elshide, Harrisburg, against A. J. Dewhirst, Penbrook, for damages following a collision April 1, 1935, on the State street bridge at Royal Terrace street. Federal Court cleared its criminal docket here with the sentencing of four men, three on counterfeiting charges and the fourth for attempted bank robbery. In the counterfeiting cases, Judge Albert L. Watson sentenced Cloyd A. Metz, 28, Lewistown, R. D. 2, manufacturing counterfeit coins, to two months, and on aiding in manufacturing, a suspended sentence of a year and a day and placed on probation three years; Charles N. Price, 36, Lewistown, passing coins, two months; David C. Kitting, Lewistown, R. D. 2, manufacturing coins, year and a day suspended sentence and placed on probation three years. John Yodock, 35, Catawissa, was PAUPER TUT! York, Dec. 8. Herman Hemmerle, West York, attempted to escape responsibility by swearing that he is a pauper. He isn't, so he paid $93.30 to the clerk of the courts to settle costs. His automobile, impounded by order of the district attorney, was thereupon released to him. Hemmerle was found not guilty of operating an automobile while intoxicated at the October quarter sessions court, but the jury ordered him to pay the costs. sentenced 'to fifteen years in a Federal penitentiary, to run consecutively with a ten - year term he started last - year after he was recaptured as an escaped prisoner from the Schuylkill county jail. Yodock was accused in Federal court of attempting to rob the Plymouth National Bank. He k now in the Eastern Penitentiary. is for such as these ...

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  1. Harrisburg Telegraph,
  2. 08 Dec 1939, Fri,
  3. Page 3

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