The Record-Argus from Greenville, Pennsylvania on May 7, 1940 · Page 1
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* VVt 1 ' £Wr»^ n^ „ ^ ^ , » \^ f i" v-i, '' BrUum'UN/'aWK BRtOHTOM 1A EVENING RECORD Storteboro Citlwn THE RECORD-ARGUS flbtoartee JAMBSTOWN WOMLB NINETY-SECOND YEAR—No. 107 NEWS OP THB WOULD MAftKET RBPOKTS GREENVILLE, PA., TUESDAY, MAY 7. 1940 COMPLETE ASSOCIATED PRES8 LEASED WrRI3 REPORTS ESTABLISHED 1*40 '• >•*•?* CHAMBERLAIN DEFENDS NORWAY JAMES GIVES MOTOR CAR KEY CLUE IN KILLING Found Slain Program Includes Shift- in g of Present Idle Treasury Balances. ASKS HARMONY, BRIEF SESSION Bills to Put Entire Plan Into Operation Introduced in House. By The Associated Press Harrisburg, May ^ 7—Democratic legislators today organized opposition to the James administration's fund transfers for relief and voted in caucus to insist on public hearings on the Republican money-raising plan. House and Senate minority j members caucused today with j Democratic State Chairman | David L. Lawrence, The five Democrats on the House appropriations committee said they opposed the bills providing for the transfers. Republicans on the committee had more than enoujth votea. however, to bring the measures out for first of three readings In the House later today. "Wo want to study tho measures," Lawrence said after tho caucus. "We are going to ask for public hearings with department heads to determine what curtailment of government la Involved In the transfer of funds." The program was placed before Republican members of the State Senate In caucus today. - As the House tho 17 ndm Ing thfc major item appropriating 171,850,000 for public assistance, the majority party started to clear the way for action in tho senate. Republican senators took up the bills onfe by one In their closed conference. Meantime, tho Democratic senators discussed their stand on confirming executive nominations. The administration's entire plan to provide money for the needy by transfers from other funds, without new taxes, was introduced last night In the House shortly after the governor In a half-hour speech outlined his recommendations. The governor told tho House and Senate In Joint session that there are "two reasons which Incline me to believe that the present session can be harmonious and brief. The first Is that the administration has tho money It needs. In the main we propose' merely to take the money we already have out of one pocket and put it In another, "Tho other reason," he added, "Is that the subject under consideration Fay Gates (above), pretty 26- yoar-old match factory worker, was found brutally slain along an Isolated rood near Bellefonto, Pa. Her body was found 12 miles from the scene whoro Rachel Taylor, Pennsylvania State College freshman, was killed about flvo weeks ago, Inves- tlgato'rs said they believed the two girls were slain by the same person, whom they describe as a sex fiend. / DIES IN PLUNGE which the two of this state are (relief) Is one to political parties both pledged." The governor's speech, in which ho listed various funds from which • he expects to finance tho relief appropriation without new taxes, brought applause from Republican leaders and criticism from tho Democratic side. Under the governor's program, the largest transfer of funds contemplated Is $31,000,000 from the motor license fund, which 'ho- declared "under no circumstances could be expended on highways until the summer of 1941. Highway construction is a long-range matter. The department must plan months ahead," "We are in infinitely '_ sounder position today than 18 months ago," the governor declared in bis speech, broadcast state-wide. James listed these revenue sources bi addition to the motor, license fund; ' General fund balance, $7,900,000; motor license fund, |31,QOO,000; Increase In estimate of motor license fund, revenue J6,OpO,QOO; transfers from five Insurance tax fund, fa, 300,000; from liquor license fund, f7,260,000; , from liquid fuels tax fund, $11,000,000; from state school fund, $2,000,000; reduction in department appropriations in the 1939-41 (Continued on page 10) Mrs. Anna McCommon, Formerly of Greenville, Meets Tragic End. Mrs. Anna McCommon, for many years k a resident of Greenville, plunged to her death late yesterday from a window on tho eighth floor of the Hotel Lawrence, Erie, according to tho report of Coroner W. G. Stroble. Cab drivers and a doorman, who heard tho crash on the metal roof of the marquee, called police and firemen who summoned an ambulance. Mrs. McCommon died on the way to the hospital. /' Her husband broke through the crowd at tho hotel entrance and identified his wife. Ho told police that ho had left her a block from the hotel and that she had indicated she was going on a shopping tour. Mrs, McCommon had Just been discharged from a private hospital.- where she had been a patient for three weeks, the husband said. They had planned to stay at the hotel for a few days before return- Ing to their homo hero, he told police, Mr, and Mrs. McConjmon came to Greenville in September, 1899, from Plain Grove. He entered the Bessemer service as. a trainman Sept. 25th, was later transferred to yard service and was a. conductor for many years, retiring on pension April 1, 1033, They lived, here for some time afler that, eventually moving to Brie. Their home while In Greenville was at 149% Main Street, first door west of Race Street. Official Asks Reward Increase for Killer's Capture. THINK MUitDERER OF GIRL LOCAL MAN Bellefonte, May 7—District Attorney Musser W: Gettig to day asked that a $5,000 reward be posted for apprehension of the "sex maniac" who killed two young women, identical crimes which have aroused residents of this area. The official's request accompanied demands by citizens for "measures to end such a violence"—the ruthless slaying ol Fay Gates, 25, a factory worker, and Rachel Taylor, 17-year-old coed at the Pennsylvania State Col lego. Oettlg asked tho Centre County commlsslouers to Increase the present reward of $2,600. The county put up $1,000 of that and Penn State students offered the other fl,600 after tho killing of Miss Taylor, March 28. Oettlg's request was followed by a plea from the Rotary Club for a county reward of $10,000 for the slayer In order to stop what the club termed a "reign of terror and panic among young women and parents of the community." State .motor police continued the search for a tan automobile believed owned by the man who criminally assaulted and fatally beat Miss Gates Sunday. They checked up on several hundred cars of that color. Clues to Identity of the slayer have been meagre, but State Police Commissioner Lynn Q. Adams disclosed last night a "small key" was found near the site of the latest slaying. Efforts are being made to trace'the k'ey "through "Its turera. Official opinion prevailed that tho killer lives in Centre County and "huudrcda of persons here undoubtedly know him him perfectly normal." "In both slaylngs the killer has been, able to make bis escape unseen," a county official said. "He knows this countryside thoroughly," About two dozen persons, Including officials and newsmen, attended an Inquest last night. Coroner Charles Sheckler said evidence Indicated the slayer blocked the road with his car, pulled Miss Gates from her auto and killed her in front of her car. Then, be said, the man moved her car to the side of the road, running over the girl's leg. . Police obtained plaster casts of the killer's footprints la soft earth Where Miss Gates' body was found. Coroner Sheckler, expressing confidence police would "get the killer this time," said he believed tho Taylor girl knew the slayer but that Miss Gates did not. Much of the investigation yesterday centered around State with Col. Adams and some staff there. College, of his 3 Ore Cargoes Reach Conneaut With the arrival of three cargoes of ore at the Coiineaut Harbor docks yesterday the ore season, .so far as :he Bessemer Railroad ,ls concerned, opened yesterday. The boats were the R, V, Llnda- jury, P. Roberts, Jr. and Two Harbors. The first two cleared the same day, light, as did the lake Superior. NORWEGIAN CABINET MINISTERS CONFER WITH BRITAIN Two key cabinet ministers of. the'fugitive Norwegian government —Foreign Minister Dr. Halvdan Koht (center) and,Defense Minister CoL Birger LJungberg (right)—are shown being greeted by Erik A, Cplban, Norse minister to Great Britain, when they arrived iii London for consultations with the British government. The men made! the voyage on a British battleship. This picture was cabled from London to New York. . • ••->''.' •-.'-.. • •: . . ""•,-• : • ANNOUNCE FIRST CENSUS FIGURES BRIDGE First Rails Over South Main Expected to Be Laid About'June 1. Work on the under-pass has the first track South Main Street progressed so that .of the Besscmer's KO line will be laid over that-structure * about June 1. Tho second track will be laid during that month. Laying of .concrete and other work on the highway, is expected to be done not later. than In August, although there. Is likely to be an Interim in which traffic will be permitted, pending tho permanent Improvements, Greene School 16 Mills The Greene Township School board mot last night at Dowllng School and set the tax millago at 16, which is the same as levied last year, with F5 per capita tax also retained, The board Is composed of ';. John Anderson, president; Free R. Wald secretary; Lacey Enterline, Harry Horrlek and Oscar Pry. Return of Four Districts PERSONS MISSED ASKED TO REPORT MAD PRINCIPAL SHOOTSSEVEN D e posed Schoolman Turns Gun on Self After South. Pasadena, Calif., May 7— (ff) Death'hbvered near today for three critically wounded survivors of a deposed school principal's bullet-spew- If first returns from the 1 940 ' l " B tax ^ t plsto1 that cost the lives . ,. ... .,, of four other education authorities. census indicate anything, Mercer County will go well over the 100,000 mark. Preliminary announcement Slain werfe George C. Bush, 62, for 35 years superintendent of schools here and in nearby. San Marino; t. LI. a- -"i c i i John E. Alman', 50, principal of the ot the official returns from L. South Pasadena-San Marino High School for 25 years. William Speer 45, business manager of the combined school district, and Victor V. Vanderlip, 45, manual arts and printing Instructor at South Pasadena D. Gent, district supervisor of the Census, released today, show that two boroughs, Jamestown and Jackson Center, and the two townships, Otter Creek and Fairview, all show gains. The figures in detail: 1940 1930 Fairview, .Township ..... 644 580 Otter Creek Township . . 816 327 Jamestown , ............ 816 710 Jackson Center ......... 264 243 Supervisor Gent said today: "The Bureau of the Census ,be- Junior High School. Hospital authorities described as critical tho condition of "Berlin Spencer, 38, who suddenly went berserk after being: told his Junior high school contract would not be renewed, and mowed down the six school attaches and then turned his .22 cali- bre pistol on himself. Little hope also was held for the possible means for Including all per-| other survivors of his mad outburst sons in the 16th Decennial Census of eunfire. Miss Ruth B. Sturgeon, of Population which has just been! 45 - *** instructor at the.Junior high taken in this community.. However,! sch ° o1 . antl 1Ilss Dorothea Talbert, in spite of all the care and effort I 30, secretary to Superintendent Bush. 1VAB IN EPBQPJ! London, May 7—WV-Failure to display tall lights on their baby carriages during the blackout cost four women four shillings (about 80 cents) each, They were fined In magistrate's court at WalsaJl, Staffordshire, "yesterday. * GOOD WEATHER HELPS TO GET GREENVILLE ONTO MOVIE FILM Aided by favorable weather the past few days, the home talent movie which is being- produced under the auspices of Greenville ' Post J40, American Legion, la fast shaping up. Cameraman Kenneth Roberson already has , filmed the municipal building, Greenville Country Club, the community's churches, the airport, post office, police and fire de^. partments, etc, yesterday Roberson was on hand as the Thlel College board of trustees inspected the foundations of the new dormitory for women, while th!» forenoon he was kept busy "shooting" an automobile fire staged at Mala Street and Fenn Avenue, the Penn High band assembled at the Riverside Park amphitheatre, the Penn High football and basketball squads and the Thespians. Greenville Rotarlans posed for the cameramen today and the Kiwaniana will follow sujt oo Thursday noon. The Lions Club's meettog was filmed yesterday. , The shooting schedule calls for shots of the student activities at Thlel, the shop and home economics classes at Penn High, the St. Michael's ballet, borough council, etc. Yesterday the company foijjid. time to motor to Pynoatuntny '; Lake to view and film the now-famous flab at the LinesYHle eplllway, It la planned to complete the plc-r ture by Thursday evening, Mlia Lola P. Benton, the directress, pointed out this morning that due to the unfavorable weather last Friday and Saturday they have been fcresg to operate somewhat behind "cfee4ute and as a, result some Individuals and organizations might be slighted. If so. It will not be because of any discrimination, she pointed out, bu.t solely because of lack of tlm.e. pictures will be shown on, May 16 May auditorium, Matinee and fti* Fernj Predict Fleet WillI _ Survive Air Raids Washington, May 7— (if) —United States naval experts were said by Secretary Edlson>,,today to believe ;hat Germany will 'not be able to destroy or even "seriously damage" the British fleet by aerial bombardment despite her superiority in the air. The chief of the navy department also told the Senate Naval Committee that cooperation between aircraft and surface vessels of the American fleet was much closer than had been displayed-by British aircraft and ships }n the Scandinavian campaign. . Despite the advancement made in aircraft, Edison declared, the Navy expects the battleship t9 remain «the backbone of pur first., Une of defense" for many years'to come and be predicted that improvement ^ battleship design and advances ln<3e*" fense tactics eventually would wipe out the advantage aircraft now hold over surface ebips. Sharon Prieit Able to Leave Hotpital Bey. Jam.ea tyurphy, pastor of Sacred Heart Church. Sharon, able Buhl Hospital yoster, day after being confined since Marpb. IS when he received 4, painful fcnee Injury In an automobile accident pfl exercised in the conducting of this tremendous task within the limited time provided by law, it is quite possible that s a few persons have inadvertently been missed. "If you have any reason to believe that you have not been Included In this current Census,'it is ro-j quested that you. fill In the blank provided beh>w and ' forward it immediately to , the Census Supervisor named therein so that steps can be promptly taken "to' add your name to this very Important Government document," "'.'.•'•'.•Mr. Larry P. Gent Supervisor of the Census Straub Police Chief Frank Higgins reported Spencer, an expert marksman, had had numerous recent altercations with school authorities following a nervous breakdown a year ago. Warns Commons of Attack Threat Prime Minuter Lays Part of Blame for Failure in North to Lack of Cooperation by Norwegian; Op* petition Says His Statement Is Excuse; Chamberlain Announces New War 'Authority Given to jChurchill. X By Til* AjsocIateV ?rem With a warning that England itWf, may soon face attack "in the most violent form," Prime Ministe*rsChamberlain told «t, f House of Commons today that the campaign^ in Norway is no't'J yet finished. \ He also announced the designation of First' Lord of'I. Admiralty Winston Churchill to direct British military opera« f lions hereafter "with promptness and energy." \ T "{•, Clement R. Attlee, the Labor opposition leader, assVil^Td <1 Chamberlain's speech in defense of the war as merely "one "of^ 1 excuse and explanation." The Allies, Chamberlain said, were "helpless to prevent the German stroke" because the Norwegian government would not permit an Allied expeditionary force to land in advance of the Nazi invaders. Hinting broadly that Germany may soon attempt to carry out Napoleon's dream—an actual land invasion of England for the first time since William the Conqueror in 1 066—Chamberlain declared gravely: "I do not think the people of this country yet realize the extent or imminence of the threat which is impending against us." Greeted by opposition shouts of "resign!" Chamberlain acknowledged that the news of the Allied withdrawal from Central Norway came as a "shock and disappointment." The opposition interrupted the grave-faced Prime Minister, so frequently that he once sat down »• —— until o;-der was restored. As Chamberlain opened Oil City, Pennsylvania, To the beat of my knowledge and belief, I have Bpt been included in the 46th peceimlal Census of Population wblqh has Just been taken in this community. In addition to myself there are also ..,,.,.,members ow my family who have been omit' ted. Signed, .,,..,, Street Address »MI •• «i "State ;; Note: }f you have moved to the ove address einoe 'April 1, 1940, Plsale.' give the following informa- TOB5 Former Addresi&j •<,„ .,,,,,,, Pate of Change, „„„„„„.,,,,,, Erie, P*. census tabulations show the popula. tion of Brie Increased, from 116,987 to Ua,247—a fain of 280 persons—from 1930 unti) thjg year, pistrlct Census pirector |V J, McDonald reported National created, March J, j$7?. 'Paris Thiel Trustees Hold Meeting The Thlel College board of trustees convened here yesterday but had only routine business matter •'.<> consider". Rev. H. Reed Shepfer, of Rochester, presided at the meeting, Oklahoma gets its name from an Indian name meaning "land of red men." his. mo mentous defense of the war, th Netherlands government cancellec virtually all army leaves and order ed the men to report for itnmediat duty. New support for Germany was in dlcated meanwhile hi Budapest where the controlled press • sploshe •headlines,, announcing .that ,Hun gary was "definitely deciding \with Germany." In Rome, Vatican authorities in dlcated . that Pope Pius still sees little hope for an early peace. Premier Mussolini was expected to voice his answer, on Thursday to the challenge of Allied fleet concentrations In the Mediterranean, where scattered reports hinted that Germany and Italy might be planning a . concerted thrust into Yugoslavia to spread the war into southeast ern Europe. The controlled German press published under glaring 1 headlines the story of an alleged telephone conversation between Chamberlain anc French Premier Reynaud which purported to Indicate that May 15 or soon thereafter the Allied Near East? command would be set for "ordered action." No direct statement was made on what that "ordered action" might be. Official London circles said the whole story was "fantastic." A French official communio.ue said the German story was "a question of purely lying allegations." Those in touch with tho German scene saw two purposes in the German press story, first, to implant in German minds Allied responsibility if tho war should spread to tho Balkans or the Near East; second, to draw the Allies into revealing their Intentions. In Egypt, vital area about the Suez Canal, preparations for defense hit a higher pace. From British official circles in Egypt came a hint that any change that is to come in Italy's neutral status as an ally of warring Germany could be expected within seven days, Practice air raid warnings were in force, a blackout was ordered, antiaircraft and coast defense guns were manned constantly and a re- infroced Allied fleet, ready for action, lay anchored In Alexandria harbor. About 70,000 Italian residents in Egypt grew restive. It was reported that hundreds of anti-Fascist Ital«t ians were applying for Egyptian cltU zenshlp. Communication channels were kept; clear to Rome, London, Paris and Washington. The hope that appeals by Pope Pius XII or President Roosevelt might keep the war out of the Mediterranean was cherished by Egyptians and. .British sources alike. : "^^^^?|*|fff^SP"^^ ^Balkan:, capitals .remained alert against a spread pf the war In their direction. (KamaAla, wound up her • moves" to nip any ; "flfth column"' activities which would make her vulnerable internally. In the continuing air-sea warfare off the northern Norway coast, Germany announced, another British cruiser was struck by a bomb ol medium caliber and one of'Britain'* big Sunderland flying boats also was bombed. The German high command said German troops pushing north from Namsos to reach between j 3,000 and ' 4,000 German troops under Allied siege at Narvik had readied Mosjon, 210 miles below Narvik. Thla would , mean the German force had travelled- about a third of the distance from Namsos to Narvik, The Allied forces there were' the last remaining British-French op« position on land to complete German control of Norway, ' ' British and French troops brought back to northern ;England told' stories of a losing fight against Ger-* man air supremacy In'Norway. They were charged by General Sir* Edmund Ironside, chief of^the ImV perlal defense staff, to remember they were ordered out of Norway—* not driven out HATCH BILL GIVEN NEW LIFE BY ACTION OF COMMITTEE Washington, May 7— W) —The House Judiciary commltttee voted 14 to 11 today to revive the Hatch political practices bill and give it further consideration. The motion that the committee reconsider its previous action on the legislation was made by Representative Murdoch (PrUtah). The vote revoked the committee's 14 to 10 decision last Wednesday to table the measure. In contrast to the previous action when the vote was secret the roll call today was announced. Representative Francis E. Walter <p-Pa.) Pa.) ,aga|nst reconsideration, The committee's refufrectlo.n of the measure came after Rep. Dempsey (D-NM) had led a movement in the House either to force some such action or else have the House itself lift the measure from the table and bring It up for action. The bill, which would extend to state employes drawing federal funds the political regulations now applied to federal employes by the Hatch law, enacted last year, won President Roosevelt's unqualified endorsement hut night. Dempsey said this enhanced its chances of House passage,' it already has won Senate approval. Mr, Roosevelt told reporters on his Washington-bound train that hoped very much the bill wouW brought before the House, voted p« and passed. Race Driver Dies In Practice Spin Indianapolis, May 7—(#}•—Qeorgts Bailey, 38, Detroit race driver, died ,oday In a hospital soon after be was injured in the wreck of a car in which he was practicing fop the an* nual 500-mile race at the Indiana.* >olls motor speedway, Pailey, driving a rear-motor speed* ster designed by Harry Miller of Los Angeles, had Just finished four laps on the two-andr|irhalf<Rill6 track, the last at 128 miles an hour, when the car hit a wall and caught fire. i The accident was the first to prao. tlce for the race on Memorial Day, Stone Dreiser at Work Get Crushed Carl Tale, 47, of R, D, treated at the Greenville' at 10 a. ra. today for a cru»h«d finger on the right hand. Tate, a stone dreeeer, la emp{oy«<j by Alvln Kittle, FredonU* R» p* ft. and was at work, ' " ~ • road when injured! •Lsi'..73nX«!-L l ,., ing c}ou4Uws«l tonight central Wea

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