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PAGE POUK. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNELLSVILLB, PA. TUESDAY, JANUARY s, Jf3s. iatlg (ttnurar James J. Driscoll ,, R. A. Doncgan Walter S. Stimmel . James M. Driscoll J. Wylic Driscoll _ __. President and General Manager , SecrctarjTand Treasurer :il_-_"_ ._ Editor ,, ., Associate Editor . Advertising and Business Manager IF THAT'S VICTORY, WE'D HATE TO SEE DEFEAT! MEMBER OF .. . _ ; Audit Bureau of Circulations^ " -Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishcfs'"Associatiori" Bureau of Advertising, A/N. P. A. Served by United Press and International News Service - ' SUBSCRIPTION RATES Two cents per copy; 50 cents per month; S5 per year, or $2.50 tor six months by mail If paid in advance; 12 cents per week by carrier. k Entered as second class matter at the Postofficc, Conncllsville.-Pa. TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 3, 1838 THE SEAV LEGISLATURE . A New State Legislature moves into the limelight to-day. Again, after a lapse of only four years, the Republicans are in control--of both houses. There were reasons for the drastic shift four years ago, after some 40 years of uninterrupted success of the Grand Old Party at the polish There were probably numerous reasons. Mistakes had been made during the four decades. Whatever were the reasons back of victory for the Democrats when the Earie Administration came into power, . the flush of victory must have caused the new regime to lose · all sense of what is necessary to inspire public confidence, , or there would not have been revulsion sufficient to oust it by a vote of landslide proportions. What the Republicans need to do now is follow a course' that will avoid what the public appraised as the . mistakes of the Earle government. The Legislature and Governor-elect Arthur II. James will have their fingers on the pulse of the people and be ready ,to carry out the · principles of their party which were so immune to criticism that the Democrats did not attempt it during a campaign -· marked with unusual bitterness. - -There will be many problems to solve, just as real as ' they were for the Democrats, perhaps more so, for it can hardly be expected the Administration at I-Iarrisburg will have the support of that at Washingdon which Earle and his associates enjoyed. It will require cool heads to succeed. His associates believe Judge James has the qualifications of a real leader. GER3IA' PEOPLE KEPT IN BARK Adolf Hitler's' principal newspaper asks whether the United States "insists upon unleashing a conflict with the German people?" That question can be readily answered if the "Gorman people" are. as broadniinded as Americans. The answer would be that the American people have no quarrel with democratically-minded German people. That does not hold good for some of their leaders who are bent on setting aside the rules of humanity. The German nation desires to live in peace with the American nation and refuses to believe that the American nation "approves of the present hysterical and provocative" policy in Washington, the newspaper asserts. It can be repeated that the American people want to live in peace with the German people and every other people, but it may also be said that the same American people stand back of their government in Washington in its protests against what appears here to border on barbarism. That stand is directed against the leaders of the National Socialist party which should not be confused with the German people as a whole. * It is regrettable that press censorship has thus far kept the facts from the German public. So long as a dictator is allowed to say what a people shall be permitted to read and what it shall not, misunderstandings may be expected. Suppression of the freedom of the press and enslavement of the people go hand in hand. Even when the German public is let in on the state of affairs it is in words that belie the facts, as the following quotation from the Hitler-authorized statement_will_rey.eal: ·"The United States Secretary of Interior, Ickes, made a speech bet'ore the Zionist League in Cleveland_beforc Christmas in which he launched an undescribable~attack against German leaders, together with invectives upon the Third Reich." . . ' ,, There was nothing in Ickes' speech, which reflected only his personal opinion, that was "undescribable" in the free American newspapers. - " , . . · · · . " " What the German people need is more knowledge of just "what is going' on in the world. That should come through an unfettered press. , . THE GUARDIAN OF FREED 031 "Scorned In many lands, assailed even here, the Bills of Rights are the final -safeguard of the individual," is the message contained'in an article by James Truslow Adams in the New York Times magazine. "In a time when personal liberties are being trampled under foot and when-personal vengeance is not- only condoned but .encouraged by totalitarian leaders," .writes 'this eminent American^'historian, ."the greatest democracies must look again and with new concern · to their Bills of Bights-. In such'documents live the sum of man's victories over the forces-of barbarism and,oppression, and in their preservation/lies the hope of man as a free individual. "The Bills of Rights-have been abandoned in the totalitarian countries. In Great Britain and in France there has been ^complaint against unofficial censorship. In .our own America we have seen free speech and free assembly challenged--and upheld by the courts. Seeing these things, ·we cannot fail to realize that our own Bill of Rights, under the protection of the courts; is the sole guarantee of the liberties of the individual." .In this, country, the Bill of Rights is, the body of principles' contained in the lirst 10 amendments to the Constitution. : And it is by all odds the most vital section of that great document "of human freedom. The right to worship as one. desires--the rights.of free speech and-free press-the, rlght^to-petition--the "government* for a redress of- grievances--the right of trial by jury. All these and other rights without which human freedom is an empty term, are specified and'guaranteed--the tenets of democracy, in firm, clear phrases. AXOXHEK SAFETl" GOAL ATTAINED Figures are not available to determine just where Connellsville stands among cities of tine United States with regard to motor .traffic safety, but it becomes evident that a community which can go for four years without a fatality from this cause has established a record which others will do well to emulate. If it were possible for every community of comparable population-to do as well the National toll would be very materially reduced. Our goal should now be another year without a fatal accident. -That can be more easily accomplished.if every driver will be alert, not only to the dangers of increasingly heavy traffic but to the regulations which govern the opera- -tlon of motor cars. The more safety minded we are, the fewer will be the serious accidents. What's What At a Glance By CHARLES P. STE\VART Central Press Columnist. WASHINGTON, Jan. 3.--Harry L. Hopkins is tackling plenty of difficulties in his new post as Secretary of Commerce. To begin with, his appointment had no more than been announced before it began to be hinted that he might find trouble in getting himself confirmed by the. Senate. Regardless of the merits of these suggestions, they just go to show that President Roosevelt's se-1 lection of liim for a Cabinet berth by no means was unanimously popular. Moreover, it has been common talk that he had to have a Cabinet portfolio in order to get him out of the WPA picture when Congress starts' investigating charges of improper politics in said WPA during his rulership of same. But supposing that some of such charges me substantiated? How will "Harry the Hop" be relieved of responsibility simply on the ground that he subsequently has been boosted Into a higher position? It would seem to me that, the greater his current prominence, the more he will be embarrassed by flaws, if any, in his pasi record. I emphasize--"if any." I do not intimate that there arc any. But if there arc, I do not see how his promotion will help him. Additionally, what does Hopkins know about commerce? Approximately ns much as I Mo, I should guess. ' I am quite familiar with his past. He is a native of my old home town --Sioux City, Iowa. He was too young for me to associate with, but I am acquainted with what our mutual home folks say concerning him. He is n temperamental welfare worker. In olden days lie would have been the local, poormaster. This was a worthy stunt. Far be It from me to belittle it. "Hoppy," as he was called out in "Soox City," glorified it--inflated it to national proportions. All O. K! I indorse every bit of it. But how does It make Harry commercial expert? Ex-DanlcI C. Roper. Retiring Commerce Secretary Daniel C. Roper was not a commercial expert, either. Theoretically he was a kind of a liaison officer between Northern business and industry and agriculture and Southern ditto. The truth is, he came up to Washington from South Carolina in 1892 and has been engaged ever since in nothing except politics, which he was good at. However, he never did learn the North-or the South, cither, except from recollection and an occasional visit to his Carolina plantation. Essentially he always has been a Washingtonian --and, as a matter of business, purely a politician. "Uncle Dan" is an exceedingly likable old' fellow. But as a Secretory of Commerce? That is another matter. He never pietended to understand a thing about business. All the same, there was widespread personal regret in Washington at his departure. Hopkins likewise is popular among the boys who have had intimate contacts with him. I have known him to pass up appointments of his own with the President in favor of newspapermen who were in a hurry. The journalistic gang swears by him. But, what the heck does he know about commeiceV Harrington and Williams. The choice of Colonel F. C. ("Pink") Harrington as Hopkins' WPA successor is well received on all hands. As an army officer, conservatives accept him as something of a conservative; liberals accept him as a wonderfully liberal army oflicer. In the engineering handling of WPA projects there has not been a word of adverse criticism of him. That chop ought to feel complimented. Cut CCC Administrator Aubrey Williams .doesn't feel complimented. He thought ho was about to sue- STRENGTH FOR YOUR TASK By Earl L. Douglass, D. D. WASHINGTON, Jon. 3.--The,] mysterious 1 goings-on in the Vlce- Presidi-nt's' office lately signify only that Mr. Gniner is trying to reform Democratic policies after the electoral setback--: id Mr. Roosevelt is willing to let him see what he can do. Hai-curling yarns have seeped out through the cracUs in the door. Stones of infighting between the V. P. and the Cabinet are easy to hear. Tales that Garner has seized control, that Hoosevclt is nngry, that everyone is cursing everybody else, are getting around--and are not wholly imaginary. Bui from all trustworthy inside accounts, the situation has not worked around to any of these prospects yet. It seems to be this way: For all their bold front, the White House crowd has been confused by the last election results. They talk big, but, they know their methods seem to have been booed. Furthermore they have found no clear course fir repopularizing their policies. Into this confusion breezed the Sage of Uvalde, A man of longer political experience. His months of fishing and hunting while the others here were fighting each other, had caused the white hair-awning he wears over his eyes to bristle with conviction and energy. He said he knew what to d\ and set about doing it. There are some statesmen who privately believe the President is ^ laying back until the congressional leadership gets in difficulties; then he will step forward again. AH who arc cautious are wailing to sec how the current initial steps develop, before deciding whether this to be a major harmony movement or a tussle in which "fur will fly" (the latter prospect has been mentioned in these words by Mr. Garner in some of his conferences.) ot only bad policy but bad fiscal management to continue appropriat- ng money out of the general tax re- eipts for special benefits to farmers . It is bad for taxpayers who bc- ieve they are being dealt with un- airly and bad for farmers because ome day the Treasury is not going 0 be able to -land the drain . . . f payments must be. made ior farm clief, some permanent source of evenue to support such payments hould be found to put the farm irogram (n a common-sense basis . . Also it seemed to be evident thnt 1 great n.any farmers do not like compulsion or crop curtailment pro- rams. It may surpiise you, but Wallace agreed with the raiding idea. Three years ago Wallace came out firmly n a press conference against un- Inanced farm raids on the Treasury. He wanted processing taxes, still wants them, and said so. Garner did not agree processing taxes were the solution. The conference ended on an inconclusive note. THE PLUS SIGN A little girl some time ago saw the picture of the cross nnd called the cross the plus sign. She had just begun to study arithmetic, and to her the cross n religious symbol, looked like the symbol in arithmetic which represents addition. She was not, of course, for wrong. The cross was and always is the plus sign. It means going the second mile, overcoming evil with good, enduring pain for the sake of others, putting self aside, laying down one's life day by day in neighborly service, and being perfectly content to lay it down for all time on any day in behalf of a great cause. For some people multiplication is the most desirable of all processes in life. They like to multiply their thrills, their influence, their money. Fo/ others division is' the most intriguing of all processes. They want others to divide with them--to share privilege, position, possessions. Some folks think in terms ot subtraction and their only idea is to evade as much responsibility in life as possible. True Christians, on the other hand, think in terms of the plus sign. To · them life is an opportunity to do moic than duty demands. The Christ who died on the Cross met the demands of life with more than they asked. His Cross indeed was the plus sign. All right* reserved--Babcon Newspaper Syndicate. Sidelights The Uniontown News Standard appeared Friday in an 88-page edition in observance of its 50th anniversary as a daily in the Faycttc county newspaper field. It was Mori- day, peccmbcr 17, 1888, that, as Editor O'Ncll Kennedy, puts it, the Weekly Standard "ventured forth as a daily." The weekly already had been In existence for 61 years. It had been planned for a considerable time, the editor says, "in the belief that the hustling little countyscat, of (3,000 people needed and would support a dally newspaper." O. J. Sturgn was editor. The business end was guided by J. K. Ewlng, Jr., nnd T. S. Gorlcy. A rival, the News, appeared, but soon afterward the two were merged under the name' o£ the News Standard. On the death of Editor Sturgis in 1908, William H. Cookc became editor. Four years later Mr. Sturgis' son, Harold G., out of college, succeeded to the desk. All this time the paper was staunchly Republican. Then in 1014 it was sold to a group of Democrats. It has remained Democratic since. As Others Think COLOR IN THE CHUKCH (Cumberland News.) An appeal for more colorful %-est- mcnts for church choirs has been made by Dr. H. Augustine Smith, of Boston, and as it is being sent out by the publicity department of the National Federation of Music Clubs, it IE gathered that this organization is interested in the movement. Dr. Smith is head of the department of music in Boston University and also chairman of the department of music in religious education of the federation. While much old personal mud is unstirred at bottom, the clear facts ol tha current situation are evidvent in what happened during the rccen Garner-Wallace conference. Considerable mystery has been made of the meeting but probably because the participants could not think of anything affirmative to say about it afterward. Agriculture Secretary Wallace asked for the conference. In view o remarks Garner had dropped abou the farm program in Cabinet, Wai lace wanted to find out what Con gress was likely to do to agricultura appropriations this session. As Wai lace well knows, men of Gamer' mind control both House and Senat appropriations committees. Wallace came away with the im pression that Garner does- not be lieve It is a good idea for farmers to raid the U. S. Treasury . . . It i Mr. Garner has been free but confidential with other advice to his government associates. Among other unpublished things he has urged Mr. Roosevelt to withdraw .the nomina- :ion of Donald Wakefleld Smith for the National Labor Relations Board. Polls have been made Indicating Smith cannot be confirmed, certainly not without a terrific struggle, which will open all labor wounds. (Miss Perkins, the Lr'.or Secretary was up to see Garner about this and other labor matters before the other cabinet members started passing in single file before his desk.) Most Democratic politicos agree 1 that if the President! sticks his chin out for the expected blow on the Smith appointnent at the .outset of the session, the ill effects will last through the year. There can "be no question about Garner's cancstncss in seeking-governmental ocmomyj but there Is considerable roan for doubt as to how far he will )e really effective. The V. P dropped in to see one of the leadng southern advocates of common-seise fiscal management the other day md said: "I just came by to tell yol to keep up the good work." Tie V. P. particularly liked an onti-spnding speech which the senator lid just made. But whn the time comes to cut particular items, the votes may be hard to fid. As one of the leading appropnalons makers in Congress remarked! "For fie years, there has been nothing but economy talk and money spoding, and frankly I do not' see how i can be any different this time." Stray Thoughts By S. M. DcHUFF John O'Donncll became the first editor of the Democratic sheet. In 1928 Mr. O'Donnell resigned to go with the Oil City Derrick and was succeeded by the present editor, Mr. Kennedy. In 1932 the paper became part of a chain. In 1937 it was "again acquired by Uniontown owners, its p re s e n t manager (Stanley W. Calkins) and its editor." Congratulations, with the hope your paper may weather another 50 years. City Hall park project is far from complete but the additional parking facilities provided on North Arch street are appreciated by motorists. During the Christmas shopping period, the section was always jammed with cars that went away laden with things Santa Claus eventually distributed. It is a step in the right direction. The park's completion will be a big pleasant surprise as was the East Park skating pond. Both arc sponsored by the City Recreation Board. "Color in the Church," under the heading "As Others Think," on this page, furnishes something for study by church leaders--especially those connected with the choirs. It proposes we get away from the sombre black, in the interest of more life in the church services and greater appreciation on the part of the public. Read it. ceed Harry Hopkins as WPA head : amounting to a virtual Cabinet post the WPA directorship--due presently to become the department of public welfare. And is Williams sore! It's an intia-Ncw Deal row. Dr. Smith has urged that pastors and church committees exert their utmost effort to make the interior of churches more attractive, saying that only In this way will they be able to compete with the comfort and aesthetic charm of the better motion picture houses. He prophesied that bigger congregations and more enthusiastic choirs would result from a change In the conventional choir garb. "The present subdued black and white vestments are depressing, particularly to young people," Dr. Smith says. "They would enjoy singing in the choir more, and certainly would enjoy going to church more, if the nembers of the choir dressed in blue, red or purple--something that would relieve the monotony of the inevitable black and white. Color is used tor the robes ot bishops and cardinals. Why not for the young people whose music lends so much spirit and charm to our church services today? The church is crying out for more young blood. Even so simple n device ab colored costumes for the singers would help to attract rnore young people into our churches." One ordinarily would not suppose that color would exert such an influence, and yet there is something to be said for the attitude of the young people in that connection. The proposal, however, is likely to cause considerable debate among churchgoers as tradition and custom have taken deep root in many things religious'. And'there will be some to say that a little more color in the discourses and the twanging singsong that have too often characterized them would be more welco-ne than a change of robings. But we live in a modern world and all serious suggestions are entitled to consideration. Kinda nice to be back to normalcy again, isn't it? A jar of cold-packed venison from Harry Jobcs to start the New Year with. If you've ever noticed, it's not near as much fun taking down Yuletidc decorations as it was putting 'em up. A positive guarantee against at least one 1839^ disappointment is to look for more ego and arrogance, and less meekness and humility, from the Executive Mansion at Washington, D. C., after January 1. And why not start the New York of! by adding Bishop James Cannon, Jr., to that list of forgotten folks? Tickled pink, is the only way to describe it--and R. E. Wllhelm knows why. A postcard from a guy that's been hounding me worse than a G-man, and addressed to a woman I adore, carries a picture of a St. Augustine, Fla., Indian burial ground with the bones of hundreds of redskins scattered about, in the midst of which is penned: "See if you can pick Stewart DcHufT out of this lot." Add Richard H. Gingrich to that collection of toy electric tram addicts. Last week's big wind didn't improve the outward appearance of a Water street manufacturing establishment. Let's go to press. QUATRAINS Just a Thought. In vain 'twill bo Till Kingdom Come To look for peace Where there's, a drum. * * * 4 The Difference. A man can drag about the place And not be tn the least distressed, But woman feels it a disgrace If she's not always at her best, M M * Failure. " My New Year's resolutions fly Not strong enough I seem to be. Each year, no matter how I try, I can't do anything with me. # * * uird-llouse Experience. I've learned from these few UUle houses I own. When the cold winds ol winter begin That after the sons birds and martins have flown The quairclsomc sparrows move in. Facts About Our Busy World According to statistics, women in Turke/ outlive the men. A total of 19,690 persons attained their 90th birthday in that, country last year, and 66 per cent of them wore women. Sixty-throe per cent of the 7,285 Turks who reached the ripe old age of 99 also were women. Syracuse, New York, once produced the bulk of the salt used in America. .Knew Your State Prepare* for The Courier by P. A. Pltfcln Excuttvc Director. Pcnn- sylunta Plannlnc Board. Cly Pnducts Industries. Pennylvana has abundant supplies o! most of the lower grades of clay. Iuch i the best pottery clay n .the State las long been brought n frcn othei states or even from ubroai, and although enormous quanlties of te clay o.ccur associated vMi the oal beds of Pcnnsyl- vani; the quality of high grade ftre clay.'in the Stte appears to be quite imitd. Cly producs consist of common sric, paving bick, face brick, hollow .lie, terra cott sewer pipe, roofing tile, refractorie (heat resisting pro- dues,)'etc. Tb raw materials used n he manufafure of many of the cla; products at not required to pass rigd specificatins as to properties. Otler products^uch as refractories, Pennsylvania's particular specialty, mist be made from clays of high purity, which njkcs it necessary In pnctice to discrd, or not to mine at all, large prosrtions of the avail- alle Hepostts. · Preliminary 4idy has convinced is that if proctses could be de- TOloped that woid make possible the removal of somcaf the objectionable impurities in clus, not only could he properties o the finished products be Improve, but, in addition, argc quantities C raw material now discarded or negbted could be used ;o manufacture /aluable products. This is especially rue of refractories or heat-resisting brick and other shapes that are bsolutcly essential n furnace constiction in the iron and steel and oth metallurgical industries, in by-pduct coking vjmd glass mnking. Ricarch to develop such benefication .recesses is essential if Pennsylvaia is to maintain its high standir, in the clay- products Industrie Safety jonnets Redwing blackbirds which ore con sidered pests by fanners because th. birds eat their crops, are Wf 5 '"^ J the Florida celery grower. «o blackbirds and tree swallows cat the Icaf- tyer moths which destroy *" celery. Betsy Ross of Philadelphia, fla. --UonoI Sejiy Caiaalt

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