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ii Society Women's and MagazinePages The Pittsburgh Press Financial Radio and Comic Pages "Always in the Lead" PITTSBURGH, PA., MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1928 m TWO SECTIONS. SECTION TWO. "A Press in Every Home" WOMAN'S DEATH PREVENTED HER NAMINGSLAYER Officers Testify Mrs. Held-man Tried to Speak as She Died. Bomb Wrecks McKeesport Apartment PARTY BATTLE TO CUT TARIFF Bruise Fatal It Seems To Me by HEY WOOD BROUN BEGUNBY HULL ssues Statement Predicting Disaster With Higher Rates. Ideas and opinions expressed in this column are those 01 one of America's most interesting -writers, and are presented without regard to their agreement or disagreement with the editorial attitude of this- paper. The Editor. , ! Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick, writing on "The Christian Ministry" in The Atlantic finds several things amiss with organized evangelical religion but he adds, "Say what evil one may about the churches they are still the reservoirs of moral enthusiasm and serious ethical interest to a degree not true of any other institution." I dissent. In America the newspaper has become a far more effective ethical and moral instrument than the church. Our newspapers may disagree on many subjects but I take i that there will be no denial that by and large they are on the side of the angels. In the last twenty years, the churches have had little to do with progressive movements in this country. Prohibition is almost the lone achievement of evangelical Christianity. Even if this reform is half as beneficial as its adherents maintain the work accomplished by the churches would still seem somewhat slim. Moreover, it is not unfair to add that newspaper aid has not been inconsiderable in the prohibition movement although some of the most influential journals are uncompromisingly wet. The greatest failure of organized Christianity has been in the matter of world peace. Only a handful of ministers stood out against the war and neither the League, the World Court, nor the Kellogg Pact, have been much aided by the churchmen. If I were promoting some cause which seemed to me right and true 1 would rather have the help of one able editor than of a dozen preachers. Granted that the clergymen do their best, it still isn't good enough. The power of the pulpit is completely overshadowed by the power of the press. The pulpit reaches a smaller and a less attentive audience. Even radio cannot save it. The Zest of the Job. But, of course, Dr. Fosdick was not confining his dictum to capacity for leadership. His generalization was based upon the belief that ministers are, on the whole, our most public-spirited citizens. And that 1 would also deny. The average minister does not begin to take his job as seriously as does the average newspaperman. Moreover, the ethics of journalism happen to be upon a much higher plane. I will gladly contribute five dollars to any pastor who can prove to my satisfaction that he has worked as hard or done as much good for this country as H. L. Mencken. There is no accident in the fact that so many sermons are preached about the sage of Baltimore during the course of any year. All these discourses are derogatory. The animus of the preachers does not depend entirely upon opposition to the views of Mencken. It goes deeper than that. Men of the cloth realize that Henry is working the same side of the street and doing a better job. The average minister is probably at base just as good human material as the garden run of reporters. If he falls lower in the moral scale the fault is not his own but that of the conditions under which he labors. Lack of income is the greatest factor in the production of insufficient self-respect among the clergy. Newspaper pay is low enough, as we all know, but a pretty good reporter gets at least twice as much as a pretty good preacher. Even the most humble of us do not have to depend upon showers and tips at funerals and weddings. The Roving Reporter. There is far more possibility of movement in journalism. Undoubtedly there are papers fully as subservient to their advertisers as are the churches to the richer deacons but the reporter can leap about from one job to another with an ease denied to the preacher. The press of America is largely conservative but this conservatism is red radicalism compared to the standpat atmosphere of American churches. Consider, for instance, the late Frank Crane. Dr. Crane at an important moment in his life had to decide whether he would conform to dogma which he did not believe or quit the ministry. With great courage he threw up his job. In course of time he became one of the most influential and successful of columnists. His power as a syndicated feature writer was vastly greater than that which he exercised while he wore a twisted collar. But chiefly I want to point out that this man who seemed a firebrand in clerical garb was regarded by fellow journalists as a sort of woolly lamb. Money and property rights bulk larger in the pulpit than in the press. Nobody, 1 trust, will deny that the entrance requirements of Journalism are higher than those exacted by the ministry. Indeed the ministry is the only learned profession in which a man may close his mind forever at the moment of ordination. He does not have to keep up with new developments like a doctor, a lawyer or an editorial writer. All too often his appointment is for good behavior. , For such irrelevant things as immorality and high jinks he may be set down, but ne can easily get away with offenses much more serious. For instance. I have never heard of a case in which a minister was dismissed for downright stupidity. Just as long as he maintains a sufficiently sanctified look he can dodder on till death releases an all too patient congregation. Of course, no eloquent exhorter can possibly practice everything rie preaches but the churches make a mistake in demanding that all clergymen shall lead lives which are apparently exemplary. This bars from the service of God many a man who might be a powerful force in the pulpit. Newspapers are wiser in this matter. No journal would fire an able columnist just because some breath of scandal attached to nis name. Action might be taken if nis misdeeds were sufficiently flagrant to be celebrated in front page stories but every editor realizes that each employe is entitled to a private life of his own. Vacations in the Valley. Some such concession should, be granted to the preacher. He is asked to live upon a plane which provides atmosphere so rarified that he cannot get sufficient oxygen to maintain his vigor. Years after his death the biographers began to study the life of Henry Ward Beecher. Some of these investigators felt that they had good reason to believe that there was fire as well as smoke in the accusations made against him. And these conclusions were trumpeted about as if to show that Beecher was a monster who should have been expelled from his pulpit. I can't see that. If Beecher sinned that is too bad, but 1 do not see that his transgressions have in any way invalidated his message. The Plymouth Church would have been insane indeed if it had dis missed a brilliant and inspiring Surely he was much more valuable to the community than any good man who was also stupid. If statistics were available it could probably be shown that newspapermen and ministers transgress in about the same way and in the same proportion. Even so I continue my contention that the journalist is generally a higher type of person. He doesnt have to pretend to a godliness which is not in him. Among use there are fewer hypocrites. I suppose the closest newspaper equivalent to the preacher is the daily columnist, but the job offers greater opportunities than any pulpit. The strain is less and for that reason it is possible for the columnist to be much more effective. He is not compelled to fight to righteousness except on those occasions when the fire's burning. II he doesnt feel It there is nothing compelling him to make a pretense. A clergyman's task is to promote the love of God and the love of man. But even the most saintly must have their Sunday mornings when the tides of devotion are rather slack. On such occasions it should be the privilege of the preacher to pick an All-America football team or discuss the proper stance for a long mashie shot. After such a digression he could come back upon the following Sunday with renewed fervor to move the hearts of sinners. I rather think the clerical collar is a mistake. It doesn't give the wearer room to nod. CCorrrUM, 10C8. ... leader because of human weakness. CORONER TESTIFIES Bullet Location in Auto Is Offered as Evidence Against Husband. BULLETIN Canton, O., Dec. 31. Wilbur O. Heldman was bound over to the grand jury without bond this afternoon on a charge of murder in conenction with the death of his wife. Special to The Pittsburgh Press. Canton, O., Dec. 31. Mrs. Margaret Heldman was trying to tell the mhow she was shot just as she died, two police officers testified today at the preliminary hearing of her husband, Wilbur O. Heldman, who is ' charged with her "moral murder." Heldman told police his wife shot herself as he was driving her here from Lorain to surrender for the murder of Vernard Fearn, coal broker. Patrolmen Henry Oster and Louis Derby testified before Justice of the Peace Donald Smythe that they stood beside Mrs. Heldman's bed at the hospital, asked hed how she was shot and that as she moved her lips in an effort to speak she died. Coroner C. T. McQuate testified as to the autopsy and course of the bullet. FOUND FATAL BULLET. Deputy Sheriff Albert Ball testified that he found the fatal bullet in the Heldman car and that its location indicated that Mrs. Heldman was facing her husband, when the gun was fired. Prosecutor Henry W. Harter Jr. read two-hour statement of Heldman taken by a court stenographer after his wife's death. The statement said Mrs. Heldman shot herself as the husband was bringing her to Canton from Lorain to surrender. Robert R. Hartman, newspaperman testified Heldman told him he bought the Fearn-Heldman death gun from a mail order house. Heldman in court was calm and interested in the proceedings. He flushed when details of his life were read from his statement. Sheriff Ed Gibson . testified as to how Heldman drove up to the curb outside the sheriff's office on the night of Dec. 13 and yelled for aid. Gibson said he jumped on the running board of the car and directed Heldman to Mercy Hospital. He told also of how Heldman described the shooting later, saying that his wife shot herself with the same gun she used to kill Fearn, according to her confession to her husband. MYSTERY WOMAN. Miss Mary Stenger of Akron, who thus far has been a mystery woman in the case and who is said to have been friendly with Heldman since he was married to Margaret Heldman, appeared at the office of Frank N. Sweitzer, attorney for Heldman, Saturday and held a lengthy conference with him. The nature of the conference was not disclosed. However, Sweitzer said that she had offered to do "anything 1 can for Heldman." Miss Stenger successfully eluded all efforts of the authorities to locate her during the probe of Mrs. Heldman death. She was not expected to testify at today's hearing. Sweitzer made a close check of newspaper files here yesterday of letters published by a local newspaper which were said to have been written by Heldman to relatives of Mrs. Heldman and by Mrs. Heldman herself to members of her family in which she is said to have admitted relations with other men, particularly Fearn. SUNDAY AMUSEMENTS IN Y.M.C. A. ANNOUNCED Sewickley Branch Allows Sports to Avert Harmful Play, Head Says. Members of the Sewickley Young Men's Christian Assn. swim, use the gymnasium, play billiards or bowl every Sunday between l.p. m. and 4 p. m Glenn Cope, secretary, announced today. Practically all the ministers in the town approved the Sunday amusement plans yesterday, he said. These plans are believed to be the first of the sort devised for any association in the country. "Our purpose is merely to afford recreation for those who might otherwise find more harmful ways to amuse themselves on Sunday," Cope said. The announced disapproval of Rev. W. L Wishart of the Eighth United Presbyterian Church, North Side, was coupled with an announcement of Rev. Robert M. Blackwood, president of the Sabbath Assn. of Allegheny county, that "if we find the law is being violated the necessar" steps will be taken by our organization." FIVE FAMILIES ROUTED IN BRADDOCK BLAZE Firemen Estimate Damage To Store At $2,000. Fire of undertermined origin resulted in damage estimated at $2,000 to a dry goods store at Braddock ave. and Ninth st, Braddock, early today. rhe fire started on the second floor of the three-story building, forcing five families to flee when smoke filled their living quarters. Most of the loss was confined to the store on the first floor of the building, where stock was damaged by smoke and water. .ujiu ml wni i mm " i ' - -.' t ifnrn tti rfMMiMMMiMfch5 PRESS SEARCH FOR BOMBERS 17 Rescued as McKeesport Building Is Wrecked. Although several clues are being followed, no arrests have been made in the bombing of a three-story frame business and apartment house at Fifth ave. and Sheridan st., McKeesport, early yesterday, police of that city admitted today. The blast, which made 17 persons homeless, caused the structure to collapse. Damage was estimated at $40,000 by McKeesport police. Firemen spent two hours battling flames which followed the blast. The force of the explosion broke many windows in nearby buildings, according to police. Two bombs exploded almost simultaneously in the basement of the building, police learned. Gas from broken mains ignited and hampered the work of rescuing persons who resided on the upper floors. Samuel KalKstone, owner of the building, who operates a tailor shop on the first floor, could ascribe no reason for the bombing. Those rescued after the explosion are: Albert Scott, his wife, their children, Jean, 18; Herman, 14, and William, 12; T. J. Phillips, his wife, and four children; E. C. Barnes and his daughter; John Fravago, his wife, and their son, and Steve Lukes. Part of the first floor was occupied by the Briskman Fruit & Produce Co. store. SOLONSJEND DELAY City Safety Head to Proceed With Traffic Signal. The finance Committee of Council today withdrew, after a hearing, the request for a delay by Public Safety Director Clark in the awarding of a contract for the equipment and installation of the downtown electric traffic signal system. A special committee of council was informed by represenatives of the Duquesne Light Co., that the company would not care to assume the task of operating the system. Council has raised a question as to whether the i city should provide a force of employes to operate the system or whether a contract should be entered into with the Duquesne Light Co., or the company obtain ing the contract for the equipment and installation. A sub-comittee of the Better Traf fic Committee, headed by John M. Rice, expressed the opinion that it would be well for the city to operate the system for a yeor or so, in order to work out fully the details of operation. After that, the sub-committee held, the work might be done by contract. The sub-committee recommended that the contract for the equipment and installation be given to the General Electric Co., though it's bid is somewhat higher than others sub mitted. The sub-committee gave detailed reasons for the recommen dation. AUCTIONEERS FINED Four Accused of Conducting Sale After Expiration Date of Permit. Arrested on warrants charging them with operating an auction after their permit had expired, four auctioneers of 403 Smithfield st. were fined $50 each by Alderman Thomas A. Flanigan of Grant st. today. Louis Schuck, Samuel Farreris. John B. Levison and J. J. Albert were the defendants. They were arrested Saturday after warrants had been sworn cut by order of the Jewelers Association of Pittsburgh. Attorney Harry I. Miller, counsel for the association, said that the jewelers' organization would proba bly ask City Council to determine why the police did not stop the auction after the permit had, expired instead of waiting for Jewelers to take action. ACT TO REMOVE SOLDBSHAFT Monument Hill Marker to Be Placed in Park. The City Council, in a budget session today, voted an appropria tion of $30,000 for removing the soldiers monument from Monument Hill and placing it in the West Park, North Side. The action, taken on motion of Councilman Little, was in anticipation of the cutting down of Monument Hill, the dirt to be used in raising North Side streets in the flood district. An appropriation of $3,000 also was made for cleaning the monument by the sand blasting process. An appropriation of $2,500 to pro vide free bus service in the larger parks on Sundays and holidays was voted on motion . of Councilman Herron. There was another discussion of the budget estimates for engineers, Council having questioned whether there is justification for transferring to the appropriation accounts paid from current taxes a number of en gineers who have been paid from bond funds during the past year. it was finally decided not to pro vide for any specific number of ad ditional employes to be paid from tax funds; A contingent fund of $95,000 was set up in the city clerk's office for the use of the Bureau of Engineering and this will be used to pay employes decided to be nec essary. Motorcycle Policemen August Smith and Peter Copolo, on motion of Councilman Malone, were added to the list of the Hays borough employes, to be absorbed into the city service when the borough becomes part of the city next Monday. " Match Youth, Age. New York, Dec. 31. A duel of checkers between an 55-year-old player, Robert Frazer, and a youth of 18, Willie Ryan, will take place here tomorrow night, when Ryan plays 40 matches simultaneously. MRS. ARNOLD DIES WITH 18-YEAR VIGIL IN VAIN x Mother of Vanished Girl Succumbs Without Mystery Being Cleared Family Lawyer Advances Theory of Suicide Over Literary Disappointment. By The- United Press. New York, Dec. 31. Dorothy Arnold's mother will be buried today after waiting 18 years, heartbroken, for word of the young, happy, wealthy girl who stepped from the door of her luxurious home Deo 12, 1910, and never was heard from again. Mrs. Mary Martha Parks Arnold, the mother, died Saturday at 72. Day by day, since Dorothy's disappearance, she had waited for her return. She thought Dorothy must be deaa. She could not oelieve that the home-loving girl would have left her so abruptly voluntarily, and she tried not to contemplate other possibilities. FATHER DEAD FOUR YEARS. Francis Rose Arnold, the father, died four years ago, his later life also an uninterrupted tragedy. Two sons and a daughter survive. After Mrs. . Arnold's death, John Keith, the family lawyer, who had done all he could to comfort her. told for the first time a theory of his own regarding Dorothy Arnold's disappearance that she had killed herself because the manuscripts of two short stories- the only ones she nad written- had been returned to ner by publishers. She had determined to be an author and had set her heart on success. One story was returned; then the second came back. She wrote one letter in the few days that intervened between the rejection and her Here is shown the wreckage of a three-story frame business and apartment building: at Fifth ave. and Sheridan st McKeesport, wrecked by a bomb early yesterday. The upper inset shows Jean Scott, one of those rescued. The lower inset is a picture of Albert Scott. At the lower right are P. J. Phillips, another of those saved, and Mrs. Viola Scott. At the lower left is William Scott and Fluffie, a dog. NEW LICENSES AREREQUIRED Autoists Must Have 1929 Plates for Tomorrow. Several thousand motorists of the Pittsburgh district will have to put their cars in the garage before midnight tonight and wait until their 1929 license plates arrive, or else risk arrest by local police or state highway patrolmen. There is another class of motorists who will have to take a different course, the Automobile Club of Pittsburgh pointed out this morning. In this district there are several hundred cars bearing foreign plates, belonging to people who have moved into the city or its suburbs within the past year. They will not be able to navigate legally after midnight tonight, unless they have secured Pennsylvania plates for 1929. It Is customary for Pennsylvania to grant an extension of time to the cars of any state whose authorities request Pennsylvania to allow an extra period, but no extension has been requested this year, so every for eign 1928 plate will be outlawed at midnight. 94 The Pennsylvania motor code specifies that when a resident from another state establishes a legal residence in this state, he shall at once take out a Pennsylvania license, but most new residents disregard this, and there has been no check on the practice of using the old plates. The holder of a 1928 foreign license must apply on Form No. 158 for Pennsylvania licenses, and those who have not yet done so may se cure this blank at either office of the Automobile Club of Pittsburgh, 5905 Baum bivd. or 440 Oliver ave. The Automobile Club of Pittsburgh offers to expedite the securing of Pennsylvania plates for any new resident of Pittsburgh who has as yet neglected this formality. OFFICERS ELECTED Overbrook Trade Board Chooses Directors and Delegates. Officers and directors of the Over- brook Board of Trade were elected and delegates chosen to the Allied Board of Trade at a meeting Thurs day. Officers elected were: Richard Owen, president; J. P. Fnck, vice president; George T. Cloney, secretary; Edward A. Opfer- man, treasurer, and Robert R. Lewis, Ernest E. Meier, P. C. Mayfield, Jo seph Willi and J. J. Demskie. direc tors. Delegates elected were William B. Hodby, Meier and Willi. disappearance. She revealed deep depression and spoke of her "fail ure." One morning she left home with about $30, to do some casual shop ping. She never returned. For six weeks the family kept her disap pearance a secret from the public, trying to find her through friends and finally through private detectives. It was decided finally that the police must be consulted and the newspapers utilized. GREAT SEARCH STASTS. There began a hue and cry that extended through the world. It was the really great search of the age and one that did much to develop moaern newspaper "police" cover age. Every resource was used to trace the girL The various agencies soon picked up her trail from the house. She went to Park & Til ford's, then to Brentano's to buy a book. She was seen two hours later by a girl friend in the street. The search went on for months. Doro thy Arnolds turned up in almost every civilized country between here and Chile. But no clue ever was ob tained. Dorothy's mother held the law yers theory perhaps the least tra gic one that she was dead. The father believed she had been kid naped and murdered, perhaps on the inference that she would not have started her shopping.. Newspapers advanced other theories but none to date has been proved or disproved in any degree. WILL LEAD IN FIGHT Stand Contradicts Position Taken by Gov. Smith in His Campaign. By HERBERT LITTLE, United Press Staff Writer. Washington; Dec. 31. An inter- party tariff battle which will last through most of 1929 was assured today by the action of Representa tive Cordell Hull of Tennessee, former Democratic national chairman, in calling his party to battle for a downward revision of high protec tive tariffs. Hull issued a statement predict ing a disastrous economic future, in ternationally and domestically, for the United States, especially If the Republicans raise tariffs generally as advocated by some leaders. This is a departure from the position taken by Gov. Smith in his campaign. In his position on the Ways and Means Committee, which will start hearings a week from today on tariff schedules, Hull will be in a position to lead the fight against the Republican measure which Chairman Hawley plans to have ready in April for the anticipated Hoover extra session of Congress. HITS G. O. P. PLANS. Hull struck at the Republicans' chief tariff thesis in a passage as serting that increased tariffs on farm products held to be neces sary for farm relief by the majority party will really Injure farmers more than it will help them. New and changed post war con ditions demand foreign markets rather than excessive tariff protec tion, he said, characterizing present rates as too high. This contradicts the stand made during the campaign by Smith, who advocated what he called a competi tive tariff and promised to give the farmer protection as well as in dustry. HULL'S ARGUMENT. Hull analyzed the increases in foreign trade since the Republicans enacted the Fordney-McCumber tariff in 1922. The increases have not been as large proportionately as they were before 1922. he said. And the exports have been paid for with great amounts of American money. much of which has been injudi ciously loaned, he added. "American economic policy can no longer ignore the fact that since 1914 we have changed from a debtor and small surplus nation to the greatest creditor and actual or po tential surplus-producing nation in the world; that, due, not to tariffs, but to our superior labor, machin ery, horespower and to mass production, we maintain higher wages and living standards and lower production costs in an increasing num ber of industries than any other country, Hull said. PREDICTSDEFICIT Head of House Fund Com mittee Is Pessimistic. By The United Press. Washington. Dec. 31. Chairman Anthony of the House Appropriations Committee said today the treasury now faces a deficit of $35,- 000,000 or $40,000,000 at the end of the current fiscal year. He said this figure would be con siderably greater should the rail way mail pay case now pending in Supreme Court be decided against the government. In event the mail case is decided in favor of the United States and treasury revenues continue at the present pace there is still chance to break even, he said. "Every appropriation bill reported out this year is well under the budget for 1930 and Congress in stead of being considered a spend thrift is really miserly," Anthony said. SEEK KIN IN SHOOTING Police Say Wounded Braddock Man Accuses Brother-in-Law. Sylvester Destafano, 30, of 546 Coney ave, Braddock, is in the Braddock Hospital suffering from three bullet wounds, and his brother-in-law, Dominic Fiorintine 28, is being sought by police, as a result of a fight last night at Desta fano's house. Hearing the shots, neighbors sum moned police who found Destafano lying unconscious on the floor of his home. Fiorintine had fled, accord ing to the officers. The wounded man claims that he was shot during a dispute with his relative, accord nig to police. TWO HURT IN COLLISION Man, Girl Injured As Autos Meet At East Ohio And East Sts. Bernard Reese, of 10 Hemlock st. and Miss Betty Cooper, 21 of 17 East La cock st. were injured early today when an automobile driven by the former and another machine col lided at East Ohio and East sts. Both of the injured were taken to the Allegheny General Hospital where it was said Miss Cooper prob ably had suffered a fractured skull Reese had been cut and bruised. J. H. Clayton, of 1746 Warren st. driver of the other car, escaped in Jury. JOSEPH J. BRADAC. A slight bruise on his ler, suffered when his limb came in contact with a table in the university dining: hall at Cornell, yesterday resulted in the death of Joseph J. Bradac, 21, of 1410 DeHaven st. North Side. Blood poison developed from the abrasion. The mishap occurred four weeks ago. Bradac is a graduate of Oliver High School. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9 a. m. in St. Wenceslaus Church, Progress st. FLU-PNEUMONIA CASES ON WANE Nearly 1,000 Contracted Ill ness Since Dec. 15. With a gradual decrease In the number of new pneumonia cases reported during the past five days, Dr. P. E. Marks, of the City Bureau of Infectious Diseases is hopeful that tne peak nas passed. One hundred and twelve new cases were reported for the 48-hour period ending at noon today. This includes cases of Saturday and yesterday. One hundred new cases were reported Saturday, 114 on Friday and 141 Thursday. Dr. Marks said approximately 1,000 cases of pneumonia, which de veloped following influenza, were re ported to the health department since Dec. 15. He said that death resulted in about 40 per cent of the cases, which is an unusually high rate. The largest number of deaths on any one . day during the epidemic was 54 on Dec. 26. The following day 41 deaths were recorded. Dr. Marks said that cold weather would have a tendency to cause a decrease in the number of new pneumonia cases resulting from In fluenza. COLD WEATHER !S HEADED HERE Ten Ab'ovei Zero Expecte'd Early Wednesday. A cold wave, which caused n. rirm of 36 degrees in the temperature in tne nortnwestern part of the country is sweeping eastward and is expected J to arrive here tomorrow night. " By early Wednesday local Fore- caster W. S. Brotzman predicted today the temperature likely will bo near 10 degrees above zero. The disturbance causing the frigid wave is moving rapidly and likely will cause the cold to set In here tomorrow. Light rain tonight probably will turn to snow with imi temperatures prevailing. Tomorrow New Year's Day will be cold and a further drop will occur tomorrow night. The disturbance caused the mercury to drop to x aegrees Deiow zero at Devil's Lake, N. D., today, a drop of 36 degrees. Temperatures of near and hfinv zero were reported from North Da kota, south Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado, indicating the cold wave covered considerable territory. ENTERTAIN ORPHANS K. C. Stage Affairs At Crafton And Emsworth Institutions. Children of St. Paul's Orphanage, Crafton, and of the Holy Family Orphanage, Emsworth, were entertained yesterday by the Knights of Columbus, the St. Paul's children being guests of Chartiers Council and the Emsworth children being guests of Fort Pitt General Assem-bl;'. Fourth Degree. "im F. Dunn and Thomas J. Bjtnes were chairmen. The annual dixP er and entertainment for children in the Little Sisters of the Poor Hot& , North Side, has been put off tem,-arily because of the flu epi-demjU. New Year's eve welcome partir nd dances are scheduled to-nighi Duquesne. Bellevue and SharpsDurg councils. REPORT TWO ROBBERIES Homestead Park Residence, Store Visited By Burglars. Two robberies were reported to Homestead Park police today. John Pastrick, of 147 Virginia ave. Homestead Park, fired two shots at two fleeing negroes early today after he was awakened to find his home bad been ransacked and robbed of approximately $60. Thieves broke into the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. store at Main st. and Miller ave.. Homestead Park, and stole $30 in cash. Entrance was gained by cutting a hole through a rear door and unfastening the bolt from the inside. 0 77

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