Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut on January 21, 1939 · 1
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She Local Temperatures Maximum Temp. 30 at 4 p. m. Minimum Temp. 14 at 6:50 a. m. Mean Temp. 22. Normal Temp. 25. Full Report, Page 7 U.S. Weather Forecast Connecticut Cloudy, followed by light snow Saturday; Sunday cloudy, followed by rain or snow. Full Report, Pasre 7 ESTABLISHED 1764, VOL. ( EgN ) CIII HARTFORD, CONN., SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 21, 1939.-16 PAGES Mcmbn of th Associated Press PRICE 4 CENTS ialdwin Budgets General Fund For $49,476,842 Total Ixpcnditures Held Within Income by Economies, New Allocations, Governor Reports Highway Money For State Police fersonnel Reduction Sur vey to Re Continued, Looking For Further Payroll Cuts BY ROBERT I. BYRNES. Governor Baldwin Friday submit-d to a joint convention of the leneral Assembly the state's first lecutive budget, recommending a neral fund expenditure of $49,- 16,842, which is within the esti- ated income of the state for the 'xt biennium and balances the -neral fund budget. The general fund -budget contem-iates the reduction of state gov-i nment personnel to degree as yet hdetermined, the elimination of pme services, and the transfer of me funds, together with changed liethods of financing some of the :tivities retained. The program presented by the governor provides in addition to the Iteration of the government, the mlntenance of the new or expand- i state institutions, the paying of deficit estimated at $1,500,000. Iirgely from hurricane and relief -penditures in the Cross Adminis- ation, and the state debt amor- zation and service charges which r.aldwin has called a "mortgage" on he state in existence when the pres- Int government took office. No New Taxes. No new taxes are necessary for he program presented, according p the Governor. The budget bal- nce is achieved, however, by as- ! lining that the Oeneral Assembly ill make the changes in present Iiws recommended by the Governor - carry out his financing program. The Governor proposed all the bepenses of the State Police Department be paid from the highway and, pointing out that the rapid xpans.on of the state police has een "directly proportionate to the xpansion of our highway system nd the increased numbers ana use f automobiles." Tills change would elieve the general fund of what otherwise would be an appropna- ion of $1,288,760 for the next bi- nnium. The Governor asserted there Is no eason for placing the money paid iy violators of the motor vehicle aws in the highway fund, and ecommended this money, estimat- d at $380,000 for the biennium, be hlaced in the general fund. There seemed to be more disposi-ion, among legislators to question hese recommendations, on the kround that such changes would re- iuce the highway fund, than any pther proposals of the Governor. p5ome legislators raised questions Ubout the result of such action on Federal aid for roads, but the Gov- (Conrluded on Page 4.) $20,000 Damages Aw arded For Bus Accident Injuries Jury Gives $10,000 to Mrs. Lillian Reid, One of 34 Hurt Sept. 20, 1937 Finding the Greyhound Bus Lines Corporation liable for a bus acci dent in Hartford September 20, 1937, in which 34 passengers were injured, a Federal jury late Friday afternoon awarded damages totaling $20,000 to three plaintiffs. After deliberating two hours and 45 minutes, the jury, through its foreman, Louis V. Silver, announced it awarded damages of $10,000 to Mrs. Lillian Reid of Worcester, Mass.; $5500 to Mrs. Vivian Char-bonneau, also of Worcester, and $4500 to Miss Isabel Izzi, 18, of Philadelphia. In charging the jury, Judge Edwin S. Thomas stated the jurors were to be the sole judges of the credibility of witnesses and questions of fact in the cases. He told them to draw upon their own personal experiences in reaching their conclusions. He also instructed the Jury to consider the manner, bearing, intelligence, character, interest, bias and prejudice of witnesses besides weighing the evidence brought out during the five-day trial. In the event they were to include in damages awarded the amounts listed as special damages, adding to them amounts for future expenses, compensation for pain and suffering and compensation for permanent injuries. The special damages, announced by Attorney Joseph F. Berry for the plaintiffs, were; Mrs. Reid. $2400 to $2500; Mrs. Charbonneau, $1241.73, and Miss Iz7i. $143.53. After the jury returned its verdicts, Judge Thomas announced there would be no further jury trials this term and excused the Jury. Hitler Drops Schacht For Nazi Liberal Walther Funk, New Reichsbank Head, Favors Shifting Trade From U. S. to Balkans Jewish Refugee Plan Sidetracked Washington Experts Say Change Has No Rearing on German-American Trade Berlin, Jan. 20. (AP.) Adolf Hitler dropped his orthodox financial pilot, Dr. Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht, from the presidency of the Reichsbank today and gave his post to Economics Minister Vralther Punk to bring the powerful financial institution under full Nazi control. The startling breakfast-time dismissal was seen in informed quarters as a forerunner of five broad developments in German economy: 1. Acceleration of credit inflation to finance Nazi rearmament and gigantic programs under 48-years-old Funk, a longtime Nazi. Schacht, who is 61, opposed this course. 2. Crossing off of the United States as a possible source of raw materials for Germany. 3. Intensification of Germany's economic drive through the Balkans toward the Near East and South America, 4. Increased difficulties for American and other holders of German bonds in salvaging some of the money,. lentGermany., before . the Nazis came to power January 30, 1933. 5. An end, for the time being, at leart, to hopes of several hundred thousand Jews that they would be able to emigrate with aid of the intergovernmental refugee committee. Negotiations with George Rublee, American executive director of the committee, had been conducting with Schacht broke down quickly after the Reichsbank president's dismissal when official notification was made that the conversations would not be continued. Jovial, rotund Funk, in assuming control of the Reichsbank as well as keeping the economics ministry, thus united under Field Marshal Hermann Wilhelm Goering, director of the four-year plan to make Germany self-sufficient the important jobs of financing the Nazi government and selling its products abroad. Schacht, who had the confidence of foreign bankers because they felt he spoke their financial language, once held this same double-barrelled position until he quit as economics minister October 26, 1937. Funk succeeded him in the economics post a month later. Schacht's predecessor as Reichsbank president, Hans Luther, who had succeeded him on March H, 1930. resigned March 16, 1933. shortly after Hitler's rise and in his letter of resignation said political developments made it necessary for the Reichsbank to wwk closely with the government in all financial matters. Conversations with Hitler had convinced him there were obstacles to his execution of those duties, he said. Schacht had guided the Reichsbank since 1923 w-ith the exception of three years. Thanked By Hitler. In a letter today to Schacht, Hitler said he took "the occasion of your recall from office" to thank him for his services and to say that Schacht's name "above all will be connected forever with the first epoch of national rearmament." A communique said that in the (Concluded on Page 2.) Today's Index News Page Washington correspondence 2 Purebred dogs and show news 3 Obituaries 4 Steamships 4j Radio 5j Society, personal notes 7 Theaters 8 Sports and sports comment 9, 10, 11 Greater Hartford N3ws 12 Finance and business 13, 14 Reai Estate Church services , 15 16 Editorials, People's Forum Features, Frank R. Kent Mark Sullivan Whose silhouet.e Paul Mal'.cn '. Walter Lippmann Woman's Page Crossword Puzzle Feminine Topics W.nning Cn'.ract Classified Advertisements Frederic J. Ha-kin The Holy Terror Spectacular Windsor Fire At it Courant Photos. Photo shows f.re in Windsor Friday night at its height. Flames leaping more than 100 feet in the air lighted the sky for miles around and drew hundreds to the scene. House Trips Try To Probe Drug Scandal Fair Trade Lobby Cited by Alcorn in Debate Over Proposal to Investigate McKesson Case " The House Friday adopted a resolution requesting state's actorneys to report to the Attorney General any inadequacies of state laws revealed by. the McKesson. Sp Robbtns tangle and sidetracked an attempt of Democratic Representative Benjamin Tonkonow of Meriden to have the Attorney General investigate the giant drug firm. Majority Leader Hugh M. Alcorn, Jr., noting that Tonkonow's resolution also called for an investigation of McKesson lobbyists, reminded the House that "the gentleman from Meriden defended the Fair Trade Act in 1937." The fair trade act was cited as an example of influence of "secret lobbyists" in the Waterbury grand jury investigation in which Alcorn served as an assistant prosecutor. Denies Eeing Influenced. Tonkonow replied hotly that the Fair Trade Act had been in the Democratic platform and declared that "no one can insinuate or say that I was influenced by any McKesson fe Robbins lobby." A'corn, he added, would "have had me over to the grand jury," if he had been connected with the lobby. Tonkonow introduced a resolution directing , the Attorney General to investigate the affairs of the giant drug firm of Fairfield, to report to the House whether any violations of the criminal statutes of the state had been committed and to determine how much money had been paid to McKesson lobbyists. Majority Leader Alcorn offered an (Concluded on Page 2.) Goebbels Censures United States On Lack Of Courtesy Propaganda Minister Lashes Jews, Decries Ickes Handling Berlin, Jan. 21. (Saturday) (AP.) Propaganda Minister Paul Joseph Goebbels today admonished the United States in its own interest to "return to ths old established methods of international courtesy." In his customary language the fiery propaganda minister wrote in Adolf Hitler's Voelkischer Beobach-ter that American criticism of German affairs was caused "mostly by Jews or men who, up to both ears, are dependent upon the Jews." He appealed for a "fundamental change in the American attitude," recalled recent (anti-Nazi) utterances of Secretary of Interior Ickes and Senator Key Pittmann and mentioned United States rejection of a German protest on Ickes's statements. The anti-G?rman campaign, he said, was carried on by "unscrupulous international instigators who provoke Germany partly for foreign political reasons but partly for too transparent inner American reasons." The United States, he said, should adopt toward Germany "the methods usually applied between cultured nations." Goebbels .statpd that he viewed future developments in German-American relations with "deep apprehensions." The article, which broke a long 'Concluded on Pr 2- .'s --f "v'' Iowa House Page Pages Mr. Quorum Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 20. (AP.) Those six years "out of power" have played havoc with the political terminology of Iowa's younger generation of Republicans. A. C. Gustafson, chief clerk of the state's predominately Republican House of Representatives, sent a page boy to a House committee today to see if a quorum was present. "Tile boy stunned the committee chairman by asking: "Is Mr. Quorum here?" HAW Group Plans Martin Impeachment Eight Charges R r o u g h t Against Leader After He Suspends 15, Removes Records . Detroit, Jan. 20. (AP.) Anti-Martin majority members of the United Automobile Workers' executive board, retaliating after their suspension by President Homer Martin, voted unanimously tonight to impeach the president of the big CIO union. The board preferred eight charges against Martin, who locked the international union's headquarters here this morning, removed records to his hotel and announced he had suspended 15 members of the board who have opposed him. Those 15 and two other board members not disciplined by Martin joined in the unanimous vote to bring the union president to trial with a view to removing him from office. Opponents Act Quickly. Martin's opponents also acted quickly. Charging that the youthful president violated the UAW constitution by two board members overlooked in the "purge," they issued this statement: "The international executive board will not let a madman surrounded by gangsters run the UAW." Nicholas Dragon, a guard assigned to union headquarters by the anti-Martin faction, charged he was assaulted when he encountered the group of men that aided Martin in removing UAW correspondence. Dragon, on crutches after the incident, said Martin told his assailants, "don't kill him, boys," and (Concluded on Tage 4.) Goat Disappears, Probably Victim Of Glastonbury's Elusive Glawackus Victim of the Glawackus, it was?ingham Congregational Church, who believed, a goat has disappeared owns much land in the sect'on from a shed at the home of George j where the Glawackus has left evi-Hutchinson on Hebron Avenue, dence. He said it was about f aur Glastonbury. feet long, a little over two feet high, Hutchinson told 'Glastonbury po- i with cat-iike head and a long tail lice Friday night that he was al- and brown in color. Its general ap-most certain that the beast, called j pearance has been termed like that the Glawackus until identification is of a slinking cat, larger than a positive, had carried off the goat I wildcat. The report gave new stimulus to J Given a description of the animal hunting parties which scoured wild , John P. Benson of Nashua. N. H., country in the Buckingham, Matson I owner of Benson's Animal Farm, de-Hill and Hopewell sections into the clared in a telephone conversation night, but hunters quit, discouraged. I Friday night that he did not be-Some will go out again Saturday, j lieve the Glawackus was a mountain Believed by many in Glastonbury i hon. but more probably was a large to be a small mountain lion or a wildcat. large wildcat, the Glawackus has' Mr. Benson said that if it were been blamed for wounding and kill-! a mountain lion it probably had es-ing dogs and for sending chilling i caped from a "roadside stand zoo" screams in the night. 'or from a traveiing show. Several persons have reported see-l He described a medium sis?d ing the beast, Best description of it I mountain lion as four to five feet came from Wells" Strickland of j Manchester, a deacon of the Buck-1 (Concluded on Tage 2.) Its Height ! I t l nil r Barns Burn In Windsor, Loss$25,000 Three Horses, 25 Ducks Die in Spectacular Two-Alarm Rlaze At Rava-lese Farm A two-alarm fire, Windsor's most spectacular blaze in recent years, Friday night caused damage estimated! at approximately $25,000 at the PalUadoFarrns , cn Palisado Avenue, owned by Joseph Rava-lese. Three horses and about 25 ducks were last in the flames which destroyed four large barns. The farm is operated as a market garden and Mr. Ravalese reported that $5000 in farming implements together with 120 tons of hay were also destroyed. More than 1000 produce baskets, a like number of burlap sacks, a small delivery truck, harness and other miscellaneous farming accessories were lost. Two Autos Saved. A farm truck and a pleasure car were the only things saved from the flames, Michael Ravalese, son of the owner, after getting the machines cut, attempted to rescue the horses but the intense heat drove him off. Members of the Ravalese family, with the exception of Michael and his sister, were at the theater when the fire broke out. Mr. Ravalese said the loss was only partially covered by insurance. The four barns lost in the fire were built close together and the flames spread easily from one building to another. Flames Visible from Afar. The blaze was discovered shortly before 8 p. m. by members of the Keily family who live across the avenue. They notified the Ravalese family who turned in the alarm. Members of the Ravalese family reported that blaze started at the north end cf the barns and within 10 minutes the four buildings were a mass of flames. Flames from the burning barns leaped high in the air and were noticeable tor miles around. The reflection in the sky drew hundreds of people to the scene. Members of the Windsor Fire Company fought the flames for more than an hour before any headway was made with the burning buildings. More than 1600 feet of hose was laid from the last hydrant on Palisado Avenue to the farm and the LaFrance truck was used to (Concluded on Tage 2.) Decide To Hold Relief Rolls Till Winter Former Chorus Girl, Share Riches of New York. Jan. 20. (AP.) One of the hundreds of small -town girls who came to New York in 1920 dreaming of theatrical fame and fortune today was given the real-life role of an heiress to one-third of the vast fortune lef; by the mul- i ti-millionaire bachelor, Colonel Ja-! cob Ruppert. She is Miss Helen Winthrope i Weyant, na;ive of Winthrop, j Mass., a striking brunette in her late thirties who appeared as a I chorus girl in several Broadway j productions under the name of Winthrope Wayne. In addition to an outright bequest of $300,000 she will receive one-third of the Ruppert baseball, brewing and building fortune estimaied variously at from $30,000,000 to $70,000,000. Unofficial estimates indicated Federal and state taxes might reduce the estate to about $12,000,000. Colonel Ruppert's will, admitted to probate today, named two nieces, Helen Ruppert Silleck (Mrs. Joseph Holloran) and Ruth Rita Silleck (Mrs. J. Basil Maguire) both of Greenwich, Conn., as the other major beneficiaries. The Lenox Hiil Hospital was bequeathed $150.- 000 and the Colonel's art collection goes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. So shocked at first by the news of her inheritance that she would talk to no one, Miss Weyant finally yielded to the requests for interviews. "I don't know why he did it," she said, "I can't understand it. I had no idea that I was going to be remembered in that way. Colonel Ruppert was an old friend cf my family and I have known him since 1 was a child." Asked what she would do with her millions, Miss Weyant said: "Good, I hope." She is one of four children. Her father, George W. Weyant, died five years ago. In business in New York at one time, he knew Ruppert, IVritaSays 'Open Door' Not Closing Japan's Foreign Minister Raps 'Selfish Motives' of Others in Address to Diet. Tokyo, Jan. 21. (Saturday) (AP.) Foreign Minister Hachiro Arita today criticized international opposition to Japan's plan for a new order in Eastern Asia and declared such opposition was prompted by "selfish motives." Without naming the United States, Britain and France, Arita said hi the customary annual foreign policy address to Parliament that there were many causes for international anxiety and added: "But. there Is no doubt the principal causes lie essentially in efforts to maintain a status quo which (Concluded on Page 4.) $35))()Sought As State Share In Rehabilitation Baldwin Prepares Bill to Match Prospective Federal Money Governor Baldwin announced Friday he would ask the Legislature next week to provide an appropriation of $350,000 for rehabilitation work resulting from the hurricane of last September. The Governor i anxious that early action be taken to reduce the forest fire hazard resulting from the storm, and tha'. repairs be made at the shore parks and beaches before the vacation sea son arrives. He is still awaiting J word, he said, from WPA Administrator Vincent J. Sullivan of Federal aid. The Governor received from Attorney General Francis A. Pallotti Friday an opinion that the General Assembly would be within its powers in appropriating money to match Federal funds for hurricane rehabilitation, even though in some instances private properties may be incidentally involved. The opinion was sought, Governor Baldwin revealed to the legislators Friday in connection with his budget message, after a telephone call from one of the state's representatives in Congress, who told of the possibility of Federal funds. Associated Press dispaU'hes Friday reported New England Congressmen failed in an effort to secure a $3-000.000 appropriation, to be matched by the states, for flood and hurricane rehabilitation, but that the House voted an appropriat.on of $3,000,000. The bill now goes to the Senate. Greenwich Nieces i Ruppert, Bachelor! 0 --fcVs AP Photo HELEN WINTHROPE WEYANT. and through him others in the family met the Colonel. In recent years. Miss Weyant said, she had seen Colonel Ruppert with increasing frequency, serving as hostess at week-end parties on his estate and visiting him almost every' day during his long illness. Miss Weyant lives with her mother and her brother. Rex, who has been assistant traveling secretary of the Yankees Baseball Club for several years. Born in Winthrop, Mass., she attended school at Stamford, Conn., and Springfield, Mass. After graduation from high school, she came to New York to go on the stage and appeared as a chorus girl in "Three Cheers" with Will Rogers and "The Merry' Malones" with George M. Cohan. Her last stage appearance (Concluded on Page 2.) Insurgents Closing In On Loyalists Quickly Capture Two Main Keys to Barcelona's 'Mystery Line' of Defenses Hendaye, France (at the Spanish Frontier), Jan. 20. (AP.) Spanish Insurgents announced in quick succession tonight the capture of Igua-lada and Vendrell, t -o towns of high military importance to the Barcelona defense lines in Eastern Spain. Igualada was one of four main keys to the government defense and Vendrell a government outpost and control point for coastal highway traffic leading to Villanueva and Villa Franca. The fall of Vendrell. 32 miles southwest of Barcelona near the Mediterranean coast, was reported shortly after the Insurgents announced another force had taken Iguaida, little industrial center of 10.000. Igualada is 28 miles northwest of Barcelona and the first of four main keys to the government's "mystery line"' of defenses. Its capture cuts the government's main north and south line of communication, which ran just behind the full length of government fortifications. Other main defense points are Manresa, northwest of the capital; Villanueva, on the Mediterranean coast, and Villa Frahca, between Villanueva and Igualada. Insurgent military headquarters said the fall of Igualada placed (Concluded on Page 2.) Colt Hobby Show Wilt Be Continued Week Continuance for another week of tlie Colt Hobby Show, arranged and carried out by the employees of the Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company at the employee's ciubroom, is announced by the committee. The hobby show will be open, as this week, from noon until 10 p. m with the exception of Sunday, when the opening hour will be delayed until 2 p. m. Thousands have visited the show with pleasure and the Colt employees'" club has been urged to give others a chance to enjoy the exhibits. Most visitors, many of whom are well acquainted with hobby shows and the collection of all sorts of antiques and unusual objects, or with the handicraft arts, have expressed amazement that the employees of one manufacturing institution should be able to gather together from their own possessions so many interesting and unique i items. j There is no charge, of course, for j attendance at the hobby show. Adjoining the exhibition room is the Co;t Company's very modern and delightful restaurant for Its employees, which is opn for the public convenience. WPA Intact Is Over Senate Subcommittee Approves House Cut With Proviso Intended As Compromise Fail to Satisfy New Deal Group Roosevelt Supporters Plan to Fight on Floor to Restore $875,000,000 Figure Washington, Jan. 20. (AP.) A reduction in relief funds was approved today by a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, but with the added proviso that work relief rolls shall be maintained almost intact through the winter months. This action, intended as a compromise, was nevertheless followed, by definite indications that it had served, if anything, to sharpen the controversy over Ihow much shall d made available for WPA for the remainder of the fiscal year. President Roosevelt 'asked lor $875,000,000. The House, with a coalition of Republicans and conservative Democrats in command, cut the figure to $725,000,000. The latter sum was approved today by the Senate subcommittee. Rolls Not to Be Cut. At the instance of Senator Byrnes, Democrat, South Carolina, however, the subcommittee added an amendment requiring that: , The number of relief workers shall not be reduced by more than 5 per cent before April 1. That, regardless of prior restrictions. WPA may apportion the $725,000,000 over the period between February 7 and June SO as it sees tit ....... That if an emergency arises. President Roosevelt may submit a request for an additional appropriation, with a statement of the facts. The administrator of WPA shall make an immediate investigation looking to the elimination from the work relief rolls of "those not in actual need." New Dealers , Dissatisfied. Administration Senators were obviously dissatisfied. They planned an effort to restore the $875,000000 figure when the Issues goes to the full committee tomorrow and. thafc failing, a second effort to raise the appropriation on the Senate floor. They thought they had a fair chance of success. Since the House - approved the lower figure, there has been an evident trend of Senate sentiment toward backing the appropriation asked by the Chief Executive. This trend has been based upon an argument that the relief roils should not be reduced during the cold-weather months. The proviso against such a reduction was apparently intended to check this movement. "We don't want anyone put off the relief roils and into the snow.1 Byrnes said. "But, on April 1, when building will be picking up and farmers will be needing help, then, enough should be put off to (Concluded on Page 4.) House Members Offer 1560 Bills For New Record Total For Session Is 2530, Less by 103 Than 1937 Total The 1939 Legislature, which ended the period for the introduction of new business with its sessions Friday afternoon, failed by 103 of equalling the record-breaking number of bills introduced in the 1937 session, but it was not the fault of the 267 members of the House who produced this year 78 more bills than their colleagues did two years ago. There have been 1560 bills introduced in the House, in comparison with 1432 in 1937, but the Senate thus year has received from its 35 members only 970 bills, while two years ago it received 1151 measures. The total of bills this year is 2530 and in 1937 it was 2633, a record. Friday's session alone produced more than 900 bills for the legislative clerks to read and the presiding offers to refer to committees, there being 491 introduced in the House and :o in the Senate. There are 431 Joint resolutions, mostly ued to propose candidates for appointments, in this session, as against 493 at the end of the new business period in the 1937 session. The total of bills on hand for this session, while it is rot a record, comes close to doubling the total for the 19J9 session a decade ago, when the total number of bills wai 1363, of which 880 ere offered in the House and 483 in the Senate, Twenty years ago. in the 1913 session, the total number of bilLi offerd was 1274, with 643 in the House and 533 in the Senate.

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