The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on January 4, 1939 · Page 1
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 1

Connellsville, Pennsylvania
Issue Date:
Wednesday, January 4, 1939
Page 1
Start Free Trial

7 LAST E DITION Had 2 The Best Advertising Medium in Jh'e YougH Region. VOL. 37, NO. 45. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17. 187D. Tho Daily Courier. Founded November 10. 1002. I Merced I July 18. 1523. CONNELLSVILLE, PA., WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY -1, 1939. TEN PAGES. G. O. P. Secures Senate Control But Loses "Gravy" One Opposition V o t e Enough to Elect Republican as President Pro Tern, But Switch Allows Rules Change. NEW SENATORS YET UNSEATED Americanization Rally at Elks Home Sunday Afternoon By JAMES SHEPLEY United Press Staff ^Correspondent. HARRISBURG, Jan. 4.--A violent, rulcs-Kjff struggle between Democratic "strong-arm" parliamentary tactics and greater Republican numbers over organization of the Senate for the 1939 legislative session ended early today in an astounding division of the spoils. Senator Frederick T. Geldcr, R., Susquchanna, was elected president pro tempore, giving Republicans control of Senate committees, through the aid of a.deciding vote by Democrat William J. Eroc, Lawrence. Democrats, on the'other hand, renamed Secretary John C. Morlock and Chief Clerk Dennis J. Mulvihill, and elected former chief clerk of the House, Thomas J. Callahan, librarian and more than 75 other Senate employes as Eroc suddenly switched his position. Democrats also passed their set of rules preventing changing, of the elections or the new rules except by two-thirds vote of all elected senators. A majority vote of senators present was sufficient for such changes in the past. The break came after hours of relentless floor fighting. Behind the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Thomas Kennedy, presiding officer, the Democratic bloc had defied the courts and scaled Senator-Elect Herbert S. Levin Philadelphia, whose election is being contested by his Republican opponent, Samuel W. Salus. The Democratic bloc then prevented seating of Ihrce "Republican sen- alors-clecl--J. Fred Thomas, Mercer; A. H. Lclzler, Clcarfield, and John G. Snowden, Lycoming--on eligibility questions. With two Democrats -- Senators Joseph P. Dando, Schuylkijl, and P J.~" Henncy, Allegheny--absent, this maneuvering left a vole of 23 Demo- crals and 22 Republicans. Henney's , absence was explained by a Supreme Court ruling that his position as Allegheny county coroner and senator were incompatible. He chose to hole the former. Dando's absence was no' explained. Eroe's early absence from the Senate chamber had brought an even party division after the three G. O P. senators-elect were forced to step aside. Kennedy could have swunj any tie vote to the Democrats. Eroi later appeared in his-scat but refused to attend a Democratic caucus. A. the Senate met for the organization session the G. O. P. had a potcntia strength of 25. The Democratic strategy, mappe' after indications that organization o the new legislature would be an all Republican affair, hinged on the wide powers held by the lieutenant govcr nor before the Senate became an of flcial body. Kennedy's ruling that only thosi senators who already were sworn including 14 Democrats and cigh Republicans, elected in 1936, coulc participate in the organization pro liminaries and a well-timed defens to the counter maneuvers of Rcpub lican Floor Leader G. Mason Owlet threatened for a while to give Demo crats the upper hand despite th absentees. But as the organization reached it climax, Eroe appeared unexpected! on the floor with the word out tha he would vote with the Republicans Dcmocrals caucused hurriedly, re turning more than an hour later resigned to the fact they apparentlj had lost everything. The air ta the chamber, its door bulging ivith crowds on hand i watch the show, sparkled with poll tical drjma. Democrats nominate John S. Rice, Adams, for prcsiden pro tempore, with their floor leade Harry Shapiro, Philadelphia, chare ing his party had the Senate major ity and "if we leave with a minorit it is because it was stolen from us President Pro Tempore Gclder wa nominated by Senator George Wood ward, R., Philadelphia. A tens nervous quiet fell over the Senat chamber. Both iidcs knew Eroe's vote wa the one that would decide the clec tion. When his name was called 1 rose to his feet and the Senate wa still for the first time since the gav Continued on Page Six. Just Off the Wire NEW YORK, Jan. 4.--Altornc: for Albert N. admitted I Federal Court loday that he \v; guilty of smuggling but that he w: entitled to diplomatic immunity i bringing in Parisian finery wlthoi payment of duty on Ihe ground In he ivas a commercial attache of tl Nicaracuan government. An Americanization meeting will e held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday aftcr- oon at Elks Home under the spon- orship of Milton L. Bishop Post of 10 American Legion, it was an- ounccd today. A special invitation is being ex- ended to all World War veterans and le public is welcome to hear the rogram. Theie will be three prominent pcakers, a Protestant minister, a abbi and a Catholic priest. toss J. Medcalf New President Of Waltonites Billion, Half Deficit Shown By Government By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. 4.--The Fedral Government ended the first six months of the 1939 fiscal year with a ross deficit of $1,001,920,303, the 'reasury disclosed today. In the corresponding six months ast year the gross deficit amounted a $552,541,774. Spending in the first six months otaled $4,529,205,700 as compared vith $3,728,755,290 last year. Income vas $2,927,285,396, a decrease of almost $250,000,000 from the compar- ,ble period last year. The net deficit totaled $1,576,936,03 as against $514,174,124 in the ame period last year. A Heat, Death" Trials Begin; 10 Defendants By United Press. PHILADELPHIA, Jan. D. -- The trials of 10 officers and guards ·hargcd with murder and manslaugh- .er in the "heat deaths" of four inmates of Philadelphia county prison began today. Although all the defendants were ;o appear in court, Assistant Distric Attorney John A. Boyle said that Deputy Warden Frank A. Craven would go on trial first. Boyle estimated that Craven's tria! would last about 10 days, and rcvel- ·xtcd that he expected to* call abou GO witnesses for the prosecution Among the witnesses, Boyle said will be 21 prisoners who were In the radiator-lined "Klondike" punishment cell when the Jour convicts mel their deaths during the week-end oi August 20-22. URGES JAPAN BE OSTRACIZED WASHINGTON, Jan. 4.--Chairman Key P i t t m a n , Democrat Nevada, of the powerful Senat' Foreign Relations Committee pro posed that the United "States "ostracize" Japan if she continues action against which the State Departmen has protested. He said he cannot conceive a declaration of war by "the Japanese government against this Nation be cause of any moral sanctions which the United States might level in thi interest of international "justice." "Miracle" Saves Babies Ross J. Medcalf was elected presi- Icnt of the Connellsvillc Chapter of the Izaak Walton League at the annual meeting Tuesday night at the lome of James H. Banning in jjrandview avenue. He .succeed; loward E, Wclsxerbcr, who icrvcd for three years. Mr. Medcalf ind been a member of the board of directors for several years. Other officrs chosen wore: J. Austin Wills and W. S. Slimmc!, vice-president*; Edgar J. Oglevcc, secretary snd treasurer. Directors arc John G. Hayncs, H. E. Wcisgerbcr, Rev. L. S. Elliott, R. 3. Wcisgerbcr, J. Donald Reid, Albert S. Sllcox, John Smith of Indian Head, Russell Blair of Perryopolis ,nd Joseph Critchficld of Confluence. Progress was reported on plans 'or the annual sportsmen's banquet under the auspices of the Waltons, to e held the evening of February 23 it the First Methodist Episcopal Church. The committee In charge was not yet ready to announce the speaker. It was unable to get Dr. 'reslon Bradley of. Chicago. Colonel Paul C. Hunt of Pittsburgh will exhibit motion pictures of the Norlh- and, taken last summer. J. A.-Wills was awarded a cup donated by the G. C. Murphy Company for the largest bass caught in ocal waters during Ihe last season. It measured 19 inches and weighed three and a half pounds. It was Uiken on a hair frog. The retiring president, Mr. Weisgerbcr, made the presentation. The report of Treasurer C. G. Herzberger showed receipts for the yoaV to have been $?66.07 and expenses $234.41, leaving a balance of $31.66. New memberships and renewals in the campaign started recently numbered 40, Chairman R. B. Wcisgcrber reported. Considerable time was devoted to discussion of means of clearing the "city forest" in East Park of grass and briars. The rpalter was left in the hands of the new administration. Plans for erection of a cabin on the plot were also considered and left with the new ofllcials. Host Banning and his committee served lunch after the business session. There were upwards of 40 persons in attendance. SPEECH MAY SPLIT NAZI RELATIONS New hopn for survival of prcmnturc-born babies Is held by a treatment in uso at Beth Israel Hospital, Newark, N. J. Doctors, reluctant to discuss if, admitted six infant lives had been saved by daily Injection of hormones taken from their mothers. Ono of tho babies, Sylvia Mlslor, born July 22, U shown above with her older sister. Sylvia weighed two and a hall pounds at birth and little hopo was held for her survival until tho hormone treatment began. (Central Preii) DALADIER INSPECTS DESERT FORTIFICATIONS OF FRANCE Dy United Press. BERLIN, Jan. 4. -- Responsible Nazi quarters today asserted that utterances before the United States Congress might determine the future of relations--already close to the breaking point--between the United Stales and Germany. They awaited President Roosevelt's speech on the state of the Nation and the remarks of members of Congress for an indication whether relations ith the United States would become irther .strained. The speech of Mr. Roosevelt was of articular interest to leading Nazis. Nazi officials summed up their allude with "it is up to the United iatcs, not us." admitting that Ger- an-Ameiican relations were close the breaking point. By United Press. GABES, Tunisia, Jan. 4.--Premier Edouard' Daladicr today inspected France's Mareth line of fortifications ·hlch stand between French North fnca and Italian Libya. The line, icgardcd as for all prac- cal purposes invincible, is burrowed ndcr the de.sert .sands south of the Ijcnd salt lakes. It offers a defense g.unst any invader from the .sea and Road Supervisors Endorse Thompson UNIONTOWN, Jan. 4.--Fayctte C o u n t y Road Suirervi iors and Auditors Association went on record by unanimous vote as favoring the appointment of H. A. Thompson of New Castle, secretary of the State association, for the position of chief engineer in the State Highway Department. The county group's resolulion is lo be dispatched to Governor-elec' Arthur H. James. Committees were named to make arrangements for the annual association convention in the courthouse Uniontown Saturday, January 21. DOG'S HEAD, APPEARING ON WINDOWS, ATTRACTS CROWD By United Press. NEW YORK, Jan. 4.--Images of a dog's head which have appeared nighlly on the two front windows of the Charles Rauschcr home dicw a stream of sight-sccis today. Rauscher, estimating that 2,400 persons have come to see the windows in the past two weeks, not to mention the three scientists from Polytechnic Institute, Brooklyn, who decided that the images had been etched on the pane, said he was going to have the windows removed. Mrs. Rauscher objected: She said the scientists were mistaken, that the images were those of her wirehaired terrier, Duke, who went blind and was destroyed three years ago, and that Duke probably had returned in spirit to haunt the house. The images are life size. They arc formed by white marks about five inches wjdc. One shows a dog's head and shoulders, cars creel facing west. The other image face cast. Mrs. Rauscher said that thi image facing west was at the exac position that Duke used to sit from 5:50 to 0:05 P. M. every day watch ing for their daughter, Elizabeth, t come home from work. If there is any natural explanation Mrs. Rauscher said, it could only be that the acid from the dog's breat! had made the images. Dr. Raymond Eller Kirk, head o Polylechnic's deparlment of chemis try, Dr. Charles Waring, assistan professor of physical chemistry, an Dr. Roland Ward, departmental ad viser in chemistry, inspected the win dows last night. They said the insid of the panes was smooth but the out side, over the images, was rough an when scraped with a penknif' proved that they were etched. from Italian Libya for a distance of 100 miles inland. The exact number is secret, but an estimated 25,000 men man the line. The premier, here on a visit which is regarded as a warning to Italy to keep its hands off French territory, found that cvety feature of the great Maginot line in France which could be adapted lo desert warfare had been applied to the Mareth line. First Slope Mine Death in 25 Years Near Waynesburg By United Press. WAYNESBURG, Jan. 4. -- The oroner's ofHcc today reported the rst death in a "hill" or slope mine n more than 25 years with the death f Frank P. Morris, 63, who died ycs- crday of injuries suffered in a ircmature powder blast about 10 lays ago. Morris, a blacksmith and veil known in Greene county, was vorking a mine near the Waynesburg air grounds. JAPANESE CABINET RESIGNS Franco Redoubles Barrage Afier His Troops Are Halted By United Press. HENDAYE, Jan. 4. -- General rancisco Franco redoubled the Spanish insuigent aerial and artil- ery barrage on Ihe soulhern Cala- onian front loday after his tioops were thrown back in heavy fighting on the road to Borjas Blancas. The 13th day of the insurgent of- 'cnsivc against Barcelona found the Franco armies advancing on the north wing affcr capture of the communications center at Artcsa Segie, but correspondents with the loyalist army icportcd that eflorti lo move forward loward Borjas Blancas on- the south wing - were floundering. Tho main aclion was on the Alfcs, logull-and 'Ccrvla sectors where rebel foiccs, paced by Italian troops sought vainly to storm strategic iicights held by crack loyalist units. Council Talks Police Problem; Troopers Make Raid Half Block Away Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 4.--As courjci was discussing the city's police sltua tion in Municipal Building Tuesday night, four State troopers swooped down on an alleged gambling resor a half block away and arrested 1! persons on charges ot being common gamblers and arrested the asserte operator, Fred Garrow, who was ic leased on $1,000 bond. Bonds ot $10 were accepted from 12 of the players and the seven others were taken to jail. TOKYO, Jan. 4.--Baron Kiiehiro liranuma, picsidcnt of the priv ·ouncil, was ordered by Emperor iirohito today to form a new cabinc' o succeed the government of Prince I'umimaro Konoyc. The long awaited cabinet rcorgan- zation was initiated this morning vhen Konoyc went to the impcria alace and presented the collective resignation of his ministcis to the empeior. Baron Hiranuma, a former cabine nembcr was summoned to the palac it 10 o'clock tonight and received the instructions oC the emperor. It was bclivcd in some quarter .hat Toyotaro Yuki, president of In Bank ot Japan, would take the fi nance portfolio and Suehiko Shionc .he home ministry. Rail Counsel Asserts Full Crew Law Invalid Because No Need For I HARRISBURG, Jan. 4.--The 103 Legislature's full crew law is invalic because there was not sufficient ncei for the legislation, Pennsylvani Railroad Counsel William Dickinsoi told the Dauphin county court to day. The argument was advanced dur ing the windup of tho constitution ality test ot the enactment, requirin extra brakcmen on freight trains o more than 50 cars and passengc trains o£ more than 10 cars. Th act has been set aside by temporal- injunction. New York Taxicabs To Operate Frida The Weather Rain tonight and Thursday, warmer tonight and in west portion Thursday; colder Thursday niglit is the noon weather toiecast for Wcstcin Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1930 1938 Maximum . . 82 -13 Minimum . 48 32 Mean . . . - 5 5 J38 NEW YORK, Jan. 4.--Mayor F. I LaGuardia announced today tha striking New York taxlcab driver had agreed to return to work Fr day. The agi cement, calling for an elcc lion lo determine the bargainin agent for the drivers, was rcache during a conference between unio leaders and operators in the rnayoi office. Alleged Foster Murders Held Without Bond n d i c a fr c s Economic Steps, I n s t e a d of Armed Force, Will Be Taken Against Those Who May Wage War. DEFENSE NEEDS MOST STRESSED By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. 4.--President Roosevelt warned Congress today of a "deadline of danger" to democracy from within and without, and unmistakably threatened e c o n o m i c sanctions, against aggressor states. He said the United States would decline to "intervene with arms" to prevent aggression. But then in his annual message on the state ' o£ the Union message Three Connellsvillc men were rdercd held without bond for action f Ihe grand jury al Ihe March lerm f criminal court on charges ot mur- er and robbery growing out of the atal assault on Henry D. Foster, re- red 69-year-old farmer of Franklin ownship, in North Arch street Satur !ay night, December 3. Arraigned before Alderman Fred ilunk Saturday on informalions prc- crred by Counly Detcclivc John C. Vail, Lulher (King Kong) Royston, 5, colored: Clyde (Blue Top) White, 5, coloied, and John Turza, 26, vhile, were remanded lo the county ail at Unionlown t!o.await legal pro- cedings. The county dctcclivc inlroduccd a latcmcnt signed by Royston in which le admitted he and the two others lad planned Ihe holdup after Foster vas seen to have flashed a "fat roll" n a beer parlor, of the attack he Royston) made upon the man and he subsequent splitting of $675 on a ·oad near Mount, Braddock. Royston testified before the alderman and incriminated both. White md Turza, claiming each received $200 while he had taken $275. Both Royston and White in stale- mcnts to Line counly detective declare they were at home dunking when Turza came in and told of seeing Foster.with, a "fat roll" and ironically enough Foster was., waylaid by Royston in front of- this same building near the bridge over the Pennsylvania Railroad. The force of Royston's fist knocked theJJarmer's head:against a'brick'In: thersidc of the. building a,nd caused'a skull fracture which "ended" In the man's" death the following day at the Hospital. that bristled with bold challenge to dictator states--the President added: Words may be futile, but war is not the only means of commanding a decent respect for the, opinions of mankind." Mr. Roosevelt delivered his message in person before a joint session of House and Senate in the former's chamber on the second day of the first session of the 76th Congress. He spoke not to Congress alone but to the Nation and to the world. His words were broadcast in. Europe and Latin America as- lie uttered them. At hourly intervals today hiJ thoughts and his defense of democracy washed the world in translated versions. Following are the highlights of Mr. Roosevelt's message: War which threatened to envelop e world in flames has been averted --but it has become increasingly clear lat peace .is not assured. All about s are Ihreats of new agrcssion-- ilitary and economic. Storms from ^abroad directly chal- cngc three institutions indispens- ble to Americans, now as always. The first is religion. It is the source the · other two--democracy and ntcrnational good faith. JOHNSON HELD; · MAY BE WITNESS IN MURDER CASE UNIONTOWN, Jan. 4. -- George (Jingling) Johnson, colored, of, Con- nellsvillc, was being held in jail here by County Detective John C. Wall amid speculation as to the reason for his incarceration. One report was that Joluison was to be a material witness in the He:ry D. Foslcr murder in Connellsville but the counly detective declined to make a statement. Given Prison Term. BROWNSVILLE, Jan. 4.--Howard Miller ot Perryopolis was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail by Burgess William J. Long on charges o; drunkenness, disorderly conduct ,ani resisting an officer early " Sunday morning. Yukon Miner Injured. John Cooper, 49, ot Yukon, suffered a fractured right" leg under i fall of slate in the Magee mines ant was taken to Westmoreland Hospita at Grcensb'jrg. ONLY THREE VACANT POSTS REMAIN IN JAMES CABINET By United Press. PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 4.--Gover- i or Arthur II. James has completed make-up of his cabinet except for three posts, it was reported in political circles today. According to reports, the only unfilled places in Ihe new cabinet arc those of attorney general, secretary. of banking and secretary of high ways. It was expected that Judge Jame might announce some ot Ins cabinc appointments at the end of this week His first appointment was considere likely to be that of J. Paul Pedigo Philadelphia newspaperman, gubernatorial secretary. The world has grown so small and ,-eapons of attack so swift that no lation can be safe in its will lo eace so long as any other single lowcrful nation refuses to settle its rievances at the council table. We stand on our historic offer to take counsel with all other nations . . U the end that agrcssion among hem be terminated, that the race of rmamcnts cease_ and commerce be encwcd." T ' · '. if "any government bristling vith implements of war insists on olicies ot force, weapons of defense live the-only-safety-. . , - _-_-- --~ - There-are many'~melhods_shqrt_p£ war .-." ."of bringing home to-aggres- or "governments the aggregate sentiments of our own people . ... When we deliberately} Iry lo legis; ale 7iculrality,-our neutrally laws may-~bpcrate unevenly -and-unfairly --may actually give aid to an aggressor. -~ - -- Adequate ^defense .-means, armed 'orces arid defenses strong enough-to_ ward oir sudden attack against stralegic positions and key facilities. Time is of paramount importance." The-^deadlinc of danger from jwithin" and withput_is_ not within .our conr :rol. The-hour-glass may be in the- lands, of_olhcr_~nations. ' O u r OWA lour-glass tells us that we are off on a race to make, democracy work. Our.Nation's. program ot social and economic reform is ... a part of defense as basi.c, .as armaments them-", selves . . . We arc a wiser and tougher nation than we were in 1929, or 1932 . . . Over 1,000 Bills, Resolutions First Day of Congress By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. 4.--Senators sent a flood of measures into the legislative hoppers: today as House . bill clerks reported that 1,011 bills and resolutions were introduced in the lower legislativp branch during yesterday's opening session. Introduction of new Senate bills and resolulions was delayed until lo- day by Senate Majority Leader Alben W. Barkley, D., Ky. Many of the House bills were private measures, granting relief'to individuals with- claims against the Government,

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 8,600+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free