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LAST E AST COITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. - F 'RICE ..2= . VOL. 37, NO. 41. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17, 1870. Tlio Dally Courier, Founded November 10, 1 I jufc'iiTiwa. CONNELLSVILLE, PA., TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 3, 1939. TEN PAGES. Congress Strikes Out at New Dea As Session Opens One Resolution Will Call For Impeachment of Secretary Perkins. G. O. P. GAINS ON COMMITTEES By LYLE C. WILSON United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Jan. 3.--The 76th Congress convened today and immediately opened a scattering fire upon the Hooscvelt Administration, aimed principally at the New Deal's labor and Works Progress Administration spending policies. Representative J. Parnell Thomas, R,, N. J., announced he would introduce a resolution for impeachment ot Secretary" of Labor Frances Perkins on charges ot failing to enforce the alien deportation laws--specifically Dies Committee Avers Communists Definite Menace By United Press, WASHINGTON, Jan. 3. --The House committee investigating un- American activities today renewed its challenge of members of President Roosevelt's Cabinet and reported to the House that communists Chain Store Leader have invaded the Federal Government. The committee said Nazi and Fascist groups also are a definite menace to democracy and asked for $150,000 to continue its investigation for two years. All seven members of the com- j ^mitlee, headed by Representative failure to deport Harry Bridges, j Martin Dies, D., Tex., signed the re- West coast Congress ol Industrial | port, which asserted that: Organization leader. ! Communists arc trying to over- John A. Hartford (above), president of the Great Atlantic Pacific, Tea Company, predicts the proposed Patman chain store "death sentence" tax bill will bo defeated when it conu's before ConKre.is. N. L Williams, Dunbar, Killed In Mine Blast EXTEND HOLIDAY PERIOD AS SCHOOL UOOF IGNITES WAYNESBURG, Pa., Jan. 3.-Classes were suspended indefinitely today at the Rich Hill Township High School following a fire that swept the roof of the school building a few hours after students had returned to classes from the Christmas and New Year holidays. No sooner had the 110 students filed into classroom yesterday when (ire was s-ightcd spreading through the root of the structure, at Wind Ridge, 18 miles from here. Instructors led the students to safety and residents of the little community earned out books, desks, manuscripts and equipment. Firemen j confined the blaze to the roof. Damage was estimated at $4,000. School directors said classes would be .suspended until repairs are mode. S\. Senator H. Styles Bridges, R., N. H., insisted he had corallcd sufficient votes to reject the nomination oj Donald Wakcficld Smith for another term as member of the National Labor Relations Board. Report* were current that 'Mr. Roosevelt might find a substitute for Smith to avoid a battle. Both houses met at noon. The Senate adjourned half an hour later after routine organization ceremonies but not before its campaign expenditures committee had reported evidence of WPA political activity in the 1938 campaign. William B. Bankhcad, Alabama ' Democrat, was rcclected speaker of the House in the opening formalities there. He defeated Joseph W. Martin, Republican, of Massachusetts, 250 to 167. The House committee investigating un-American activities reported also, striking again at Miss Perkins and Secretary o£ Interior Harold L. Ickcs and warning the Nation of fascist and communistic perils here. Parnell, who would impeach Miss Perkins, is a member of that committee. Preliminary to the session. Senator Charles L. McNary, R., Ore., was rcclected Senate minority leader. He promised that his forces would "cooperate with any group to decrease government expenditures." Democratic leaders acknowledged the shift of sentiment indicated by last November's general election and agreed to increase Republican mem- thiow the Government, seize control of the labor movement and form a farmer-labor party. Communists have used the writers and theatre projects of the WPA to disseminate class hatred propaganda. David J. Saposs, chief economist for the National Labor Relations Board, is "cither a communist" or "sympathetic to communist teachings." Nazi and Fascist consuls in the United States engage in propaganda and arc linked to subversive activities. Coroner's Jury Exonerates Two In Auto Death Norman L. Williams, ,47, of Dun- b«r, a mine electrician with over 20 years experience, was killed Monday in a gas explosion followed by fire which also injured seven others who were trapped in the mouth o£ the Hubbard mine ot the Tube City Collieries Company in Versailles township near McKcesport. Struck in the head by a flying piece of debris, Mr. Williams lost his life. A native of Pittsburgh, he had spent the greater part of his life at Dunbar. For IS years, he was chief electrician for the American Manganese Company at Dunbar and for eight years had been employed by the V//*^kl ITLJC f~*CT Pittsburgh Coal Company at Suter- | ^/U I F l O VJC I ville. Mr. Williams was a member o Waynesburg Chapter, Blue Lodge, F. A. M. He is survived by hia wife, Mi's. Nannie Bosley Willinms: three children,' Norman Earl of the Medical Corps. United States Army, in thcj Phillipincv. Ruth Kloise and Martha UN1ONTOWN, Jan. 3--Four Van J.inc, both n't home; one brother, i Meter young men who confessed to John W., of Dunbar and a sister, Mrs. i l he armed holdup ot the H. W. Refuse Recognition To G. O. P. Leader; Lock Chamber Doors PEN" TERMS FOR HOLDUP ; Ministers Urge "Attendance For £ OT borship on House about 40 per cent. committees' by They excluded f the rules committee where anti-New Deal Democrats caused the~Administration trouble last session. There are j rules vacancies to be filled and the : Administration evidently intends to '. keep Republican membership small and place safe New Dealers in the vacated Democratic -scats. The Congress met in an atmosphere ot impending political strife. Treason Trial Begins in Nazi "People's" Court By EDWARD W. BEATTIE, JR. United Press Staff Correspondent. BERLIN, Jan. 3.--The greatest treason trial held since the Nazi accession to power six years ago started today before the dreaded "people's" court. , In all more than 100 persons were involved and of these it was forecast that 17 or 18 would be sentenced to ' death by beheading. There were 22 principals, and of these the chief figure is Ernst Nickisch, a prominent writer and political partisan ot pro-Nazi times. The principals were charged not only with disseminating propaganda against the Nazi regime but with actually plotting the death of high Nad leaders. v Nickish and two men charged with aiding; him in leadership of a treasonable Nazi movement were put on trial in secret this morning. It was understood that during the first few hours the court heard the personal testimony of" the three defendants. An official told the United Press that he expected the trial of all 22 principals to last only two or three days. The official news agency, in a dispatch which apparently foreshadowed the line of evidence to be offered against Niekisch, said: ' "Long before 1933 Niekisch antagonized national socialism and Jronv Adolf Hitler's ascent to power until Us arrest he combined the political and economic aims ot the national socialist state, indulging hi foul vituperation against leading personalities of the Reich." The Week ot Prayer services which opened Monday evening will continue throughout the week. The services will be held tonight at Trinity Lutheran. Church, the Baptist Church and the Presbyterian Church. The theme for the services will be "Reconciling Our Home Life With God." The pastors who will present the meditations will be Rev. O. G. Cook, Rev. L. S. Elliott and Rev. C. G. Shupe. Two laymen will present the situation as it is and the ministers will show how God wants it to be. It was reported that the attendance was only fair last evening. "An earnest plea is made that in view of the many circumstances and enemies, silent or manifest, invisible or visible, that a^e jeopardizing the welfare and the growth of the church of Christ in our own land, the members of the Protestant churches rise up during the New Year to take a renewed interest," says a Ministerial Association announcement. "Let it not be said that the Protestant churches and their memberships are not interested in the future ot their church ot Christ. Paul's stentorian cry resounds-down through the ages 'It is high time to awaken.' Knowing the times, it is high time to awake out of "sleep, for now is our salvation nearer than we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand, therefore let us cast off the works o; darkness and let us put on the armor of light." The speakers at Monday night's service were J. B. Henderson, layman, and Rev. W. S. Hamilton of Dunbar. Rev. Merrill L. Cadwel presided. Mrs. Lcland S. Whipkey contralto, sang "Heady." Mrs. M. L Cadwell was at the organ. FIRST NEW YEAR BABE ARRIVES AT 4:05 A. M. SUNDAY ConnelLwille State Hospital's firs birth of 1938 came at 4:05 o'clock Sunday morning when a daughte: was born to Mr. and Mrs. Georg Smith of Connellsville, R. D. 2. Six hours earlier, at 10:34 o'clock Saturday night, a daughter had been born to Mr. and Mrs. James Snyder also ot Connellsville, R. D. 2. A son arrived at 8:11 o'clock Fri- dry night for Mr. and Mrs. Frank Roy or North Jefferson street. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs George Foreman of Dawson at 12:0,. o'clock Monday morning. Hospital Patricnts. Robert M. Gray ot Dunbar, Frank Kelly of Pittsburg street, South Con nellsvillc, Clarence C. Nicola of Con fluence, Sylvia, Henry and Margare Ingram of Moncssen, Thomas Evan ot 603 West Gibson avenue, Warren Decker ot 1218 Chestot street, Gil ^ert Layman of Normalville, Louis Switzcr of Melcroft, Adelaide Hougr of, Perryopolis and Mrs. Anna Sulli van ot 329 McCormick avenue hav beein admitted to Connellsville Slat Ho.Apital for treatment. o.-lpita William Baughman, of Morrcll. The funi'r.il service will be held J at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at Die William.-, home in Railroad street, ; Dunbar. Olllciating will be Rev. O. G. Cook, former ptistor o[ the Dunba- Method' t Episcopiil Church, and Rev, Jc.ssc R. Lonw'ngcr, pastor of thi.- First Presbyterian Church. In- teiment will be in Hill Grove Ccmc- teiy in ConnclKvillc in tliarge Special 1o The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 3.--A wronei's ury, in charge of Dr. Samuel A. . _ Jallz, heard testimony in two auto- j I-'uncral Director James T. Bu; mobile fatalities in the Conncllsville. ot Dunb.-sr. district and found thai no one was j Six ot the seven mcr injured in the responsible in cither instance. i blast that killed the Dunbar resident Nicholson grocery store in Connellsville last month were sentenced to terms of from one to two years in Western Penitentiary by Judge H. S. Dumbauld this morning. The quartet included Steve Gluz, 25; Joseph Evon, 24; Jo.seph Court- Mrs. Hilda Grimm, 25, ot Prospect street, Connellsville, it was found, came to her death December 9 in Conncllsi'ille State- Hospit.il of pneumonia that developed after injuries were received in a fall from an auto; mobile owned by James T. Prinkey of Normalville and operated by Eddie ·licholson, 15. also of Normalville. "We find that Hilda Grimm con- ributed to the accident by tqlicjting nid from Eddie NichoLvon, n minor, ncligible and unauthorized to drive," he jury's verdict read. "We, there- 'ore, exonerate the owner. Jumps F. ^rinkcy, ana the operator, Eddie Nicholson, from responsibility for the fatality." According to testimony of witnesses, the Prinkey machine .stalled on the highway near Normalville. While the owner was absent seeking assistance, Mrs. Grimm, a passenger n the car, solicited several boys, including Eddie Nicholson »nd George Rltcnour, to "help shove the car and get it started." The boys declared the \vimm then asked Nicholson to get in behind the wheel. After several shoves, they said, the car went about_ a mile, skidded around in a circle "and Mrs. 'rimm fell out on the sidewalk." The victim was taken to the Hospital by Mr. Prinkey where she died December 9 The coroner's jury found that Mrs. Anna Shaffer Frcebcrg, 62, of Connellsville, n. D. 2, came to her death December 9 in Connellsville State Hospital of pneumonia after being injured in an accident November 21 on Breakneck road. The woman was carrying coal from a wagon into her yard and stepped into the path of a machine owned and operated by .Frank Hcmmmger of Mount Pleasant, R. D. 2, who was exonerated in the verdict of all responsibility for the fatality. Both accidents were investigated by State Motor Policeman K. H. Delbrook, who testified neither was reported until after the death ot the women. Western Maryland Brakeman Killed; . Resided at Liberty were tnkrn to MrKeeiport Hospital. The injured arc: Joseph Bortozzi, 45, of Walnut trcct, Versailles-, scriouily burned on ils lace and body and hands. Joseph Vozar, 42. of Walnut street, ^ersailk's. senc-mly burned on his ody, hands and fac- Alex Ludorf, 49, of Sn.ike Hollow ·oad, McKeesporl, burned on his ic.id and hands. 'Paul Jones, 32, of West Newton, mrncd on his face and hands. John Sedler of First street, Ver- ailic 1 ;, buincd on his body and hands. D. K. Kelso of Center avenue, suf- ercd flight bruises and shock. Ch.irles Balko, 47, of Railroad itrcct, Boston, suffered bruises and hock. , A triple investigation into the cause of the explosion was started, nvcbligntors for the United States Bureau ot Mines and the State Department ot Minra and Allegheny county coi oner's deputies were all making inquiries. Although representatives ot the nvestigating agencies refused to make tUitements advancing a theory 'or the blast, Coroner P. J. Henney mnounccd in Pittsburgh that "there s a possibility that arrests may be made" as a result of his inquiry. A deputy reportedly confiscated 'mine records and interviewed the injured men. The coroner, however, gave no nkling why he threatened to make irrcsts. One theory advanced was that n ;as pocket had been formed on the inside ot the mine, 1,000 feet from the mouth, and that sparks from a mine car may have ignited the gas. The gas is believed to have seeped in from a nearby gas well, long abandoned. The explosion occurred at 7:30 A. M., during changing ot shifts. A part of the iron "guard door" in the mine struck the Dunbar man, crushing his skull. The fire which followed burned others as they scrambled through flames and fumes to the shaft. None of them knew iJiat Mr. Williams had been injured. A company official said the men were rock-ducting the mine fixing electrical equipment to make it safe for the miners. Walter Dale Dunlap,- 26 years old a Western Maryland btakeman, died at 3:17 o'clock Sundfl3' afternoon in the Potomac Hospital at Keyser, W. Va., as a result of injuries sustained Saturday afternoon uhcn he was. crushed between two 1'reiyht cars. The pccidcnt occurred in the yards ot the West Virginia I'ulp and Papci Company at Luke, Md., while cars were being switched. One lung was. punctured, his chest was crushed and several ribs were broken. A resident of Liberty, near Van- dcrbilt, Mr. Walters is survived his wife, Sarah, and one daughter Daleen. He also leaves his fathci and step-mother, Mr, and Mrs. C. G Dunlap of Dickcrson Run and the following brothers and sister: Lcland and Eugene Dunlap of Dickcrson Hun, Wade Dunlnp of Ncmacolin and Mrs. Ray Fornwalt of Cumberland Md. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon with a prayer for the immediate family only at the home at 2 o'clock followed by a service a' the Vandcrbilt Christian Church a 2:30 o'clock. Chester Williamson pastor of the Scottdale Christian Church, will ofiicn,;- Burial will be in Dickcrson Run Union Ccmcter; in charge of Funeral Dirc'-tor Johi ,H. D. Sibcl. ney, 23, and Charles Zwolcnifc, 22, all of VanMctcr, Westmoreland county, near Jacobs Creek along the ge of Youghloghcny River in the vicinity irhans f the Fa ettc-Wcstmorcland divid- ng line. Three of the four entered the store, ntl with drawn pistols, obtained np- iroximately S13. A fourth sat in a vaiting car outside the store. The defendants, who signed statements admitting the holdup, claimed hey had been drinking. They said hey were "scared" when they pulled he Connollsvillc job, their first. Defense Attorney Wade K. Newell rc.id numerous letters from Westmoreland county residents asking lor he court's leniency for the defcnd- mts xvho, it was set forth, "never bc- "orc were known to have been in any ·uml of trouble." "How could four boys of this char- tcter and reputation go into Con- nellsvillc and commit this crime? asked Judge Dumbauld. 'I don't know myself,' 1 returnee Attorney Newell, "but they insist ii was because they had been drinking.' The court declared that while he .IMS impressscd with the reputation of the defendants it was impossible '.or them to escape punishment for their set and then handed out the prison terms. On the first count of assault anc battery with intent to rob the cour suspended sentence and then ordcrcc them committed to the ponitentiao on the holdup and robbery charge. P. G. tdismondi Heads Upper Tyrone Board Of Road Supervisors P. G.. Gismondi was elected chair man of th'e Upper Tyrone Townshii Board ot Road Supervisors at the organization meeting held Monday. The board, composed of N. W Kreinbrook and W. H. Hankin in addition to Mr. Gismondi, elected Harry A. Rankin, .secretary; First National Bank of Seottdale, treasurer; K. E. Younkin, attorney, and W, H. Rankin, roadmastcr. Two Children Die When Mother Attempts Suicide SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 3.--A espondcnt young divorcee was scued from the bay oft a pier. to-. iy after she had leaped in with her vo small daughters. They were ·owned. Their bodies were not.re- 3vcred. ' . . . The shock of the icy water made er involuntarily fight for life, she iid. For 45 minutes she struggled keep the children and herself float. "I tried my best," she cried hys- rlcaliy. "They were crying. They ung to me. I decided I didn't want hem to die. But I got so tired. I ouldn't hold them any longer. I creamed." The girls, Marilyn, two, and Barara, four, slipped beneath the water 'ore a harbor police boat arrived. !re was no trace o£ them under he powerful searchlights. The mother, who said she was Mrs. rtarjorie Montgomery, could not give connected account of why she eaped into the bay with her children. Police learned that she had been ivorced in November from her hus- and, Robert. He left the city. The mother and children took residence .·ith an aunt, Mrs. Ada Hanford. Mis. Hanford told police that lontgomery had written a "very ad" letter to his former wife during Christmas holiday. She became lorosc. She left home last night, say- ig she intended to "walk around a 'it" with the children. City's Airport Starting Point For Miami Race Connelisville Airport was chosen as the assembly point for 18 filer enroute to Miami, Fla., for the races but one ot the pilots narrowly escaped injury when his ship crashec near Uniontown when he missed th flying field. The other 17 planes wer hangared at the airport Sunday nigh and took off for the Florida dcrbj Monday morning. Fred Wilkins o£ Canton, Ohio, ha missed the flying field in the darknes and his ship "sat down" on the Ale: Romesburg farm at Uniontown. Th landing wheels hit a rough spot in th ground and one wheel was so badl damaged that it was necessary t make repairs before the pilot coul continue to Miami. Fliers from Western Pennsylvania eastern Ohio and northern West Vir ·ginia had agreed beforehand to mee at Connellsville Airport Sunday nigh to begin their trip to Florida. Th itinerary was to .include stops Winchester, Va., Raleigh, N. C Savannah, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fli The Weather Cloudy tonight and Wednesday with intermittent light rains in south and' rain or snow in north porticns Wednesday: slightly warmer tonight is the noon weather 'forecast for Westein Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 193S Maximum . 5-1 CO Minimum 32 28 Mean . . . _ « 4 4 SUPREME COURT IN SESSION By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jon. 3.--The Su premc Court, meeting in its first sea sion of 1939, today agreed to hear i first challenge of constitutionality the Administration's new AAA pro gram. An expected decision on con stitutionallty ot the Tennessee Valle Authority power pr'ogram. was n presented. Miss Stella Hart Dies. Miss Stella Regina Hart, 48, daugh tcr of Mrs. Anna M. Halt and th late John \V. Hart and a sister John Hart of Connellsville, died Sa urday night at her home in Oaklau Md., after a short illness. She \va a clothing store clerk.' Besides mother, she leaves two brothers ;/n six sisters. /The- funeral mass we held this morning at Oakland. njuries Suffered When Thrown From Horse Cause Death Special to The Courier. MOUNT PLEASANT, Jan. 3.--Inured when thrown while riding a icrsc from his farm in the Manor /alley to an adjoining one Friday light, Logan Fisher Blank, 37, prom- nent farmer and widely known hroughout Western Pennsylvania as ^ horse fancier and breeder of fine lock, died Saturday in Wcstmorc- nnd Hospital at Grccnsburg ot racturcd skull. Mr. Blank, who was born at United n Mount Pleasant township on NO' member 28, 1901, had been manage: if the Blank farm in the Mano Valley for the past 16 years. Yhen he failed to return home "a I o'clock, Friday night, a search was jegun and he was found unconscious n a field: Suffers Eye Injury. Mrs. Mary Vargo, 28, wife of Andy Vargo of 215 West Crawford avenue was admitted to the Hospital Satur day night suffering with a laceratior of the left eye received from flyinj ilass. It is said a brick hurlcc through a window sent glass flyin over a room, a piece of which hit th woman. Has Thumb Amputated. Ja«k Pellish, 14 years old, son Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Pellish Adah and grandson of Mr. and Mr Joseph Bodis of Vandcrbilt, under went an operation for the mnputotio o£ his left thumb this morning at th Uniontown Hospital as the result o an accident. " -ieut.'Gov. Kennedy Denies Right of Court to Settle Issue; Says- Senate Itself Sole Judge. LONG CAUCUS : :: 'CAUSES DELAY HARRISBURG," Jan. 3^-Licutent- nt Governor Thomas Kennedy di- cclcd the sergeant-at-arms.-of the cnate todayj_to;. obtain from. Secre- ary ot the Commonwealth David I,, Lawrence the certification ot Herbert , Levin, Democratic senator-elect, 'Men the Supreme Court has ruled lust be withheld until an election ontest is adjudicated. Refusing to recognize Republican ' loor Leader G. Mason Owlett on ny question, the presiding officer ot " he Senate inquired of the Deputy :ecrctary ot the Commonwealth Isaac leim whether he had the complete returns of the November 8 senatorial lection. Keim replied he did not have those of the Second District ot 'hiladclphia because oj a Dauphin ·ounty court injunction, preventing ' lim from certifying the' results of. Levin. "The Senate is the sole judge o£ the qualifications of its members," Kennedy said, "and therefore I instruct he sergeant-at-arms to proceed to he Secretary of the Commonwealth and obtain the certification for tl.e Second District. Levin, whose 47-vote margin was challenged by his Republican oppo- ent, Samuel W. Salus, was escorted to his seat by Democratic senators after their two-hour caucus which delayed the Senate convening an hour and 15 minutes. ..At the opening session. Sheriff .Will-,,TM- iam J. Hamilton " of Philadelphia walked to the rostrum beside'Ken- nedy and attempted to serve him k- 1 copy of the resignation of, Allegheny bounty Coroner P. J. Hcnncy from his Senate seat. The resignation was delivered to the Supreme Court in compliance with Its order that the two public jobs were incompatible. Hamilton also had the court orders against seating ot Levin. The scrgeant-at-arms promptly returned to the Senate with the certification o£ Levin's November 8 vote and the Senate secretary progressed with the reading of all returns as Republicans attempted to gain recognition from Kennedy. Kennedy ordered all doors ot the Senate locked, preventing members o~ spectators from leaving or entering the chamber. Greensburg Policeman Refires.Affer 30 Years GBEENSBURG, Jan. 3.--After 30 years service as a member ot the Greensburg Police Department, Lieutenant James A. Bowman has re- ·tired from active duty-with a pension He served as a patrolman for fivo years and then became night lieutenant which capacity he' held for 21 years until four years ago"when' ha became desk sergeant at City Hall. Monday Mr. Bowman" celebrated his C5th birthday.' . .' ' = ' '. '.Injured in Fall. Larry Walker, six years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walker'of Normalville, R. D. I, fell while'running ar d fractured- his left forearm. He was taken to Connellsville State Hospital for .treatment. Robbers Cut Through Postoffice Vault To Get Loot of $26,OOO By United Press. CLEVELAND, Jan. 3--Robbers cut through a 15-inch brick wall ot a large vault in a postoRkc substation sometime during the holiday week-end and took at least $26,000 in cash, stamps and registered mail, it was discovered today. Police and postal inspectors said the work was that of a gang of "experts" who had been in the building probably five or six hours. They said it was the largest and most daring postal robbery in the history of Cleveland. In another postal robbery today, two men and a woman tortured and slashed with a knife'a 22-year-old woman before escaping with SI,100 in cash. Other details were not available immediately. Fred Ohlrieh, 60-ycur-old clerk in the registry department, discovered the week-end robbery at 5 A. M. when he found scores ot opened letters strewn on the floor when he reported for work. The station had been closed since 1:30 P. M. Saturday. The gang had entered the build-" ing; by prying half-inch steel bars which form a grill over a basement window. From the basement they apparently had ascended a stairway to v tho first floor and walked into the 'women's washroom, one wall of which is formed by the vault. ' Using sledge hammers,' chisels · and crowbars, they'had cut a hole 18 inches square through'- the vault wall. Police believed this alone re-" quired four hours. " Alter crawling through this opening, the raiders had access to- five . steel cabinets containing stamps and cash, the safe which held ,, blank money-orders and another ,'strong-' box" containing'ttamps atid - petty cash, · · . i

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