The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on January 5, 1939 · Page 1
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, January 5, 1939
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LAST E DITION The Best Advertising Medium in t?ie Yough Region. VOL. 37, No.-1C. Tho Weekly Courier. Founded July 17. 1870. Tho Dally Courier. Founded November 10. 1902. Merged July 18. 1020. CONNELLSVILLE, PA., THURSDAY KVKNING, JANUARY 5, 1930. TWELVE PAGES. OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE GETS NEGRO IN JAIL Wall Asserts "Jingling" Johnson Tipped Off Murder Suspect Police Were "Hot on Trail." DATA GLEAN ED FROM PRISONER Special to Tho Courier. UNIONTOWN. Jan. 5.--County Detective John C. Wall said that he was going to charge George (Jingling) Johnson, coloicd, 44, -of Conncllsville, with obstructing justice and compounding a felony in connection with the investigation in the murder of Henry D. Foster, 69, Franklin township farmer, in Connellsvillc on the night of December 3. Johnson was arrested Tuesday by the officer and it was not until late Wednesday night that the detective revealed why the man was being held although rumors were prevalent in Connellsville that was one ot two counts--interfering with justice or material witness. Wall charged Johnson, a former local dog catcher and a World War veteran, with "tipping off" a friend police were seeking to question regarding the fatal assault and robbery of the farme.-. In the county jail awaiting arraignment at the March term of court for alleged participation in the Foster case arc Luther (King Kong) Royston, 25, and Clyde White, both colored, and John Turza, 26, white, all of Connellsville. The cr--nty detective declared'that while he and his assistant, Wilbert N. Minerd, were questioning one of the prisoners Johnson's name was mentioned. A statement was given by one of the suspects, Wall said, to the effect that he was "tipped oft" by Johnson that the police were "hot on She trail" and he'd "better skip." Wall said that he encountered Johnson in the Connellsville post- office several weeks ago and asked him if he knew one of the three suspects, and the latter said he did, -promising to inform Wall if he saw the hunted mnn. "Instead," declared Wall, "Johnson went directly to the home of one of the suspects and told him the police were hot on his trail and he'd better beat it." Wall said that one of the prisoners substantiated the allegation. Police said it is a serious felony for a person to interfere with the law or to obstruct justice in any way. ROBERT SMITH BADLY INJURED IN AUTO CRASH Robert Smith of East Apple street suffered a possible fracture of the ·skull'and abrasions to the face when the truck he was driving collided ·with an automobile in the Wheeler cutoff about, 0:20 o'clock this morn- i 2. According to witnesses, Lewis Sykes, colored, of Olipharit Furnace was traveling toward Connellsvillc behind a string of three cars when he decided to attempt to pass around them. As he pulled out into the other line ot traffic, he saw Smith too late to avoid a collision. The truck is owned by Swan's G. E. Appliance Store.. , Damage to both machines was heavy. UMW District Heads Disavow Wage Meeting By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 5.--A proposed meeting called by the Fred- cricktown Industrial Union Council, Washington county, to consider proposed mine wage adjustments was disavowed today by two district presidents of the United Mine Workers of America. The council, chartered by the Contress of Industrial Organizations, culled the meeting for Sunday. President Ernest Elby invited all UMW locals to send delegates. P. J. Fagan, District 5 president, nnd William Hynes, District 4 president, branded the proposed meeting as without sanction by the UMW. "The council has nothing to do with the United Mine Workers, Fagan said. "If any local union wishes to propose wage^adjustments, let it do so by resolution "and the district scale committee will give the resolution proper consideration." He pointed out that the union's scale policy had been formulated at the last international convention through 444 resolutions, some proposing wage increases ranging from 10 to 50 per cent. International officers were empowered to negotiate for the "best possible contract" without committing negotiators to any specific terms. Negotiations are scheduled to com mcnco in New York in March. Makes History in The House Frankfurter To Court To gavel-swinging Gone Cox, 13-year-old daughter of Rep. E. E. Cox, ot Georgia, went the honor of being first girl page in the history of the House. Her job lasted three days, at $4 a day. Un-American Propaganda Under Fire of V. F. W. Dissemination of un-American literature in the Conncllsville district came under the fire of Walter E. Brown Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which adopted a resolution to be on the alert for such distributions and be prepared to take action. The resolution adopted by the post follows: "Resolved, that Walter E. Brown Post No. 21, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, in Con- ncllsville, Pennsylvania, positively oppose and discourage to the fullest extent the distribution, sale or dissemination o£ pictures, leaflets, literature or other matter of an inflammable nature, depicting or intending to convey to the youthful mind suggestive, pro-Communistic and un- American activities. "Be it further resolved, that all veterans be on their guard and report immediately to this post the source of distribution of this material for immediate consideration and action by this post. "Be it further resolved, that n copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Pennsylvania State and National departments of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America, recommending their approval of similar resolutions by all posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and, that a copy of this resolution be published in the official monthly organ of the Veterans of Foreign Wars--Foreign Service." Pope Nominated As Successor To Morgan on TVA WASHINGTON, Jan. 5.--President Roosevelt today nominated former Senator James P. Pope, D., Ida., as a member of the Tennessee Valley directorate to fill the vacancy created by ouster of Dr. Arthur E. Morgan. Pope, a staunch New Dealer and co-author of the New Deal farm program enacted by the 75th Congress, was defeated in the Idaho Democratic primary last year. Mr. Roosevelt, also sent to the Senate the nominations of former Works Progress Administrator Harry L. Hopkins to be Secretary of Commerce and former Michigan Governor Frank Murphy to be Attorney General. Brewing Firm Bankrupt. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 5. Tarr Brewing Company of Tarrs, Westmoreland county, filed a voluntary petition in bankruptcy in United States District Court. Judge R. M, Gibson granted 10 days in which to file a schedule of assets and liabilities. The bankruptcy proceedings were referred to Referee J. Raymond Sowash of Grcensburg. Firsl "Double Jinx" Day of Year Comes Hex! Friday, 13th Next week will give the world its first of two Black Fridays in 1939. After Friday the 13th in January, there will be no more until October when the year's second "jinx" day will be offered. And for the benefit of the calendar holiday enthusiasts, it is pointed out that Easter comes on Sunday, April 9. Memorial Day, May 30, and Independence Day, July 4, fall on Tuesdays while Labor Day, always a Monday, comes on September 4. The other double holiday will be at Christmastide for the Day of the Nativity, December 25, falls on a Monday. Connellsville's Hallowe'en celebration will be held Friday night, October 27. Armistice Day, November 11, falls on a Saturday. Thanksgiving Day, the lost Thursday of November, comes on the 30th. By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. 5.--President Roosevelt today nominated to the United States Supreme Court Pro£. Felix Frankfurter, outstanding legal liberal whose influence long has been an important factor in New Deal policy mak ; ng. Frankfurter, a Jewish scholar whose liberalism attracted a broad following, was named for the vacancy created by dpiith of Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, another Jewish liberal of legal renown. The nomination was sent to the : Senate, which must confirm the ap- | pointmcnt of the 56-year-old Harvard j University law school professor. Senators generally predicted that the nomination would be confirmed with little opposition. It was indicated, however, that the nomination would be sent to the Senate judiciary committee for con.Mder- atjon. Republican Leader Charles L. McNary, R., Ore., announced that he would require all major appointments to undergo committee scrutiny. A keen and erudite student of the law, a conscientious lawyer and a personality who sent young attorneys into the New Deal, Frankfurter has been termed "the most influential single individual in the" United States." Frankfurter is the third associate Supreme Court justice named by President Roosevelt. The other two appointees were Stanley F. Reed and Hugo L. Black. Frankfurter will not be able to assume his place on the Supreme Court until he is confirmed. His appointment will have no effect on the conservative-liberal division of the court since he replaces Cardozo, another liberal. C W. Lininger Ends 43 Years With B. O. Forty-three years of continuous service with the Baltimore Ohio Railroad have come to a close for Clinton W. Lininger of Baldwin avenue with his retirement on a pension, as of December 20. During all that time he was a brakeman and a resident of Connellsville. Mr. Lininger entered the service September 1, 1895, running from Connellsvillc to Cumberland. That was before the day of the airbrake. Speed ot trains was regulated by the hand brjke. There were no automatic couplings. The old "link and pin" were in use. After five years on the road Mr. Lininger was transferred to a yard crew. There he had bcun since. He was among the first members of Yough- ioghcny Lodge of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, wearing a 40- year button. He also was one of the onginal nrnbjrs of the Baltimore Ohio Veterans Association, his name being proposed by the late James, Wardley. Charles H. Balsley Again Health Otficer Charles H. Balsley of North First street, West Side, was rcelected city health officer for a term ot four years at a salary of $100 a' month at the annual reorganization meeting of the Board ot Health Wednesday night. Mr. Balsley's selection was unanimous. There were no other applications for the post. Dr. Earl C. Sherrick was reelectcd president of the board, John M. Young vice-president and S. T. Benford secretary. The health officer's report for 1938 was presented. Greek Catholics SViark Christmas Jan. With many citizens engaged in dismantling Christmas decorations or having completed this, theie's another group busy in getting ready for a Yulctide holiday. For those who observe the Feast of the Nativity in accordance with the Julian calendar, Christmas falls 13 days after the December 25 event on the Gregorian calendar. Accordingly, Russians, Urkamans, Syrians, Serbians, Slavs and Greeks are looking forward to Ssturdoy, January 7, for their Christmas observance. Rev. Father Ivan P. Komza, pastor of St. Stephen's Greek Catholic Church at Lciscnring No. 1 and St. John the Baptist Greek Catholic Church at North Seottdalc, has scheduled special masses for the Yuletide. At Leisenring No. 1 a mass will be held at 10 A. M. Friday with a special midnight mass being scheduled to begin at 11:45 o'clock Friday night while high mass Saturday morning (Christmas Day) will be at 11 o'clock. There will be a special Christmas service at 7:30 o'clock Friday night at the Scottdcile church with hisl: mass at 9 o'clock Saturday morning. Father Romza said. 300 Millions Asked for WPA By President By United IVcss. WASHINGTON, Jan. 5.--President Roosevelt today asked Congress for an immediate $875.000,000 appropriation to provide WPA jobs for between 3,000,000 and 2,700,000 persons until June 30, the end of the 1939 fiscal year, He asked for these funds in a special relief message, while in his regular budget message, also submitted today, he projected a relief and recovery program of $2,260,105,000 for the new fiscal year beginning in July. Talcing cognizance ot growing congressional criticism of administration ot the Works Progress Administration, he called for statutory restrictions against improper political practices in relict. But he pleaded against return of relief administration to local authorities and against imposition of restriction that mighl infringe upon political rights ot relief recipients. "No one wishes more sincerely than I do that the program for assisting unemployed workers shall b completely free from jwlitical manipulation," Mr. Roosevelt said in his special message. "However, any one who proposes that this result can be achieved by turning the administration of a work program over to local boards is cither insincere or is norant of the realities of local American politics." The recommendation for $875,000,000 for WPA for the five months from February to June, inclusive was materially above previous predictions of the cost of financing the relief program for the balance ot the fiscal year. Eight Directors Elected by County Red Cross Chapfei UNIONTOWN, Jan. 5.--Eight directors were elected Wednesday afternoon at the annual meeting oJ Fayettc County Chapter, American Red Cross. Dr. C. H. LaClair, chairman of the county chapter, announced those selected for three-year terms are J Sidwell Hackney, C. M. Shank Charles W. Reed, Walter L. Risbeck David H. Binns, A. A. Clarke, E. M. Hansell and Dr. M. J. Fast. Judge D. W. Henderson has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the board and M. A. Burriss of Brown ville succeeds the late T. D. Hann. The next regular meeting of the board will be held Monday night January 16, at 8 o'clock at which time officers will be elected. The Weather Rain this afternoon and tonight warmer in extreme east portion tonight; Friday light rain changing to mow flurries, colder Friday and in extreme west portion late tonight i the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 19M 1!K8 Maximum ... 70 53 Minimum . . 51 33 Jlcon Cl 43 F. R. MESSAGE STIRS NAZIS; IS DENOUNCED Hardly Would Be Called Peaceful, Retort of Mouthpiece. MUCH BITTER PRESS COMMENT By United Press. BERLIN, Jan. 5--The Nazi foreign office mouthpiece Diplomatische Pol- .Ucal Korrcspondenz todny denounced President Roosevelt's chal- cnge to dictatorships as "destructive." Climaxing a blast of bitter press comment directed at the United States' President on the grounds trial ic was under influence of "war ;nongers," the Diplomalische Kor- ·cspondcnz declaration appeared to je tantamount to an expression of official reaction to the message to Congress which Nazis privately admitted was directed chiefly at Germany. "it can hardly be maintained that .uch aims and methods--as contained in Mr. Roosevelt's speech-correspond to what Europeans would call peaceful," the statement said. Mrs. Isnbcllo Denny of Rices Land- ng had a new experience when in her 99th year she saw her first mov- ng picture. A holiday guest of a nephew, Samuel P. Weaver, at Wayncsburg, she attended a movie and expressed keen jlcasurc, saying she thought motion )icturcs were wonderful. By EDWARD W. BEATTIE, JR. United Press Staff Correspondent. BERLIN, Jan. S--President Roosevelt, in his message to Congress, "showed himself to the world as a man who, realizing that his own plans and ideals have failed, has adopted the most grotesque and unscrupulous methods* of publicity for himself," the newspaper Boersen- Zeitung said today. An official spokesman, atter studying those parts of the message which criticized dictatorships, said: "He might have made a lot more unpleasant speech. In fact, when American conditions arc taken into consideration, it mlflht be called reasonable." The spokesman intimated that there would be no official reaction, beyond possible inspired comment in the publication Diplomatic and Political Correspondence, which often speaks the mind of the foreign office. The Boerscn-Zeituns. in It's afternoon edition, headlined its message story, "Roosevelt Sets Up Record As Orator of Hate." "His speccli sets a new high mark of that organized campaign against authoritarian states which in Washington is being passed off as the newest foreign policy of the United States, and which is based on the sole principle of preaching blind hate and unscrupulous alienation amongst nations," said the newspaper. "This campaign against reason and against necessary peaceful cooperation has been conducted for a long time. Today, as at the beginning, its motto is a grotesque lie, namely, the assertion of an allegedly threatening attack upon America, an attack which in fact will never occur anywhere." Montague Norman, head of the Bank of England, arrived today to confer with Dr. Hjnlmar Schacht president of the Rcichsbank, particularly as regards emigration of German Jews. Officials said they had no knowledge of the message which President Roosevelt sent to Benito Mussolini through William Phillips, American ambassador at Rome, which at least in part concerned the plight of Jews in Europe. "A proposal for Mussolini to use his good offices would be a little silly Continued on Page Six, James to Announce Cabinet Next Week By United Press. PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 5.--Announcement ot Governor-elect Arthur H. James' cabinet has been deferred until cavly next week, it was announced today. James, who is conferring witl Republican leaders here is reportct to have completed the makeup ot the cabinet except for three posts- Attorney General. Secretary o Banking and Secretary of Highways Coal Miner Injured. Harry L. Williams, 21, of Dunbar r R. D. suffered an injury to hi; pelvis and spine when caught undei a fall ot slate while digging coal in the Juniata Coal Company Wednesday afternoon. The slate knocked him backward. He wa taken to Connellsville State Hospital Hospital Patients. Anna Ruth Kopf of 503 West Gibson avenue, John Ford, Jr., of 101 West Peach street and CIcvclanc Smith of Scoltdale have been admitted to Conncllsville State Hospita for treatment. R. O. A. Elects ToniBhl. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 5.--Yearl; business meeting and election of oflfi cers of Fort Necessity Chapter, Reserve ' Officers Association, will be held at 8 o'clock tonight in Whiti Swan Hotel. Young G. O. P. Meeting. There will be a meeting of UK Tri-Tomi Young Republican Club a 7:30 o'clock tonight at the Vanderbil Y. M. C. A. Officers are to b elected. Defense, Recovery Hine Billion Budget RICES LANDING WOMAN, 98, WITNESSES FIRST MOVIE Roosevelt Foreign Plan Hits Opposition By RONALD G. VAN TINE United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Jan. 5.--Conservative Democrats and Republicans prepared today for a fight on a wide front against the foreign and domestic programs President Roosevelt outlined in his state of the Union address to Congress. Isolationists charged that the President desired to appoint the United States as "world policeman," and that such a policy eventually would plunge the country into war. Economy bloc leaders protested continuation of large-scale spending, and were ready to challenge budget recommendations. Legislators clamoring for drastic revision of New Deal laws, particularly the National Labor Relations Act, deplored the absence of specific White House proposals. Lending Administration opponents predicted that Congress would "accept the responsibility" for reducing Government activities. They interpreted as heralding the end of New Deal experimentation the President's assertion that "the past three Congresses have met in part or in whole the pressing needs of the new order of tilings." Until the Administration prepares specific recommendations on foreign policy and accompanying questions of National defense and neutrality, congressional leaders will concentrate on proposals for broad changes in existing laws. The President said "the Nation looks to the Congress to improve the new machinery which we have permanently installed, provided that in the process the social usefulness of the machinery is not destroyed or impaired." He placed great emphasis upon the word "permanently" which brought cheers from New Dealers. Franco Armies Smash Catalan Defense Lines By United Press. HENDAYE, Jan. 5.--The armies of Rebel General Francisco Franco re- poi led today they had smashed both ends ot the loyalist Catalan defense line and were advancing "on all sectors" after occupation of the strategic highway town of Borjas Blanca. Dispatches from the loyalist front admitted some gains by the insurgents after fierce fighting. They said the rebels lost 2,000 men on the Borjas Blanca front alone but later brought up new Italian reinforcements, additional airplanes and artillery, as well as 60 tanks, in order to advance their lines "slightly." Loyalist dispatches said that the insurgents had been repulsed with heavy losses in Thepobla do Granadella and Cubells sectors. Announcements made at Franco's headquarters said loyalists were firing villages along the front and were forcing civilians to evacuate as they withdrew. Margiotti And Shelley Hold Conference By United Prcis. HARRISBURG, Jan. 5.--Former Attorney General Charles J. Margiotti, Punxsutawncy attorney, whose charges against the Earle Administration led to a grand jury probe came here today to confer with District Attorney Carl B. Shelley. Although the former cabinet officer made his appearance at the headquarters of the grand jury probe into charges of graft and corruption in the Earle Administration just before the investigating body resumec scFsions, it was not learned immediately if he would be summoned to testify. Margiotti said he came ncre j to "confer with Shelley." President's F i n a n c i a l Set-Up Bolsters Defiance of Dictators as Economy Bloc Shows Hostility. REFUSES TO CUT FEDERAL COSTS By LYLE C. WILSON United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Jan. 5.--President Roosevelt bolstjred his defiance ot dictators today with a message. to Congress proposing a $9,000,000,000 budget for 1940 to arm for defense id spend for recovery. A congressional economy bloc is ictively hostile-. But he rejected economy pleas of conservative New Dealers to qut Government costs. He asked $422,000,000 in new taxes. He proposed a $2,000,000,000 military nad semi-military defense program. * This annual budget message sharp- y reminded Congress that Mr. tooscvclt not "been throwing the taxpayers money out.the window." ' He projected for next year the 10th successive year of Federal deficit-$3,326,000,000 this time--and the second highest spending program in (few Deal history. The current year s tops at $9,492,000,000. The 10-year dcprcsslon-rccovcry- depression cycle, beginning in the Hoover Administration and projected ihrough the next fiscal year, makes this kind of a record: Total receipts, $41,033,000,000. Total expenditures, $08,312,000,000. Aggregate net deficit, $27,279,000,000. Notional debt increase, $28,273,000,000. Mr. Roosevelt said "well spent." "Let us all fix that fact in our minds," he said, "so that there shall be no doubt about it and so that Xve may have a clear and intelligent idea of what we have been doing. "We have not been throwing the taxpayers' money out of the window or into the sea. We have been buying real values with it. "Let me repeat: The greater part of the budgetary deficits that have been incurred have gone for permanent, tangible additions to our National wealth. The balance has been an investment in the conservation of our human resources, and I do not regard a penny ot it as wasted. "It would be unwise cither to curtail expenditures sharply or to impose drastic new taxes at this stage of recovery." The budget message pointed the National debt close to $44,500,000,000 as of June 30, 1940, which is but $500,000,000 short of the legal Federal debt limit. It will be necessary at this session to ask Congress to increase that limit. Mr. Roosevelt called for enactment ot $1,000,000,000 in taxes of which $422,000,000 would be new revenue to pay farm subsidies and emergency National defense costs, and $500,000,000 to $600,000,000 a continuation of expiring manufacturer's excise taxes. Mr. Roosevelt did not stipulate new revenue sources but is understood to favor the inheritance or estate tax type of levy to a processing tax or other impost which" would reduce consuming, power, r. : ~ 1 ',, ^ z " " ' , His other recommendationslwere: 1. Continue three-cent l e t t e r postage. 2. Make the Civilian Conservation Corps permanent and appropriate $285,000,000 for it in the next fiscal year. ~, . The 1940 sum will be distributed in part as follows: ' . r. 1. WPA--$1,500,000,000. 2. National Youth Administration --$125,000,000. 3.- Farm Security Administration --300,000,000. It was stated that -no -National defense spending was concealed in cither WPA or NYA spending plans. In addition to the $422,000,000 new revenue requested, Mr. Roosevelt po'mtedly remarked that no revenue provision ever has been made to cover Federal grants to states for various social security purposes and that these will cost $288,000,000 in the next fiscal year. This message projected a new Federal bookkeeping system, .one which might enable the budget to be set up in the last Roosevelt year without a deficit if Congress approved. Brownsville Brewery Company Bankrupt PITTSBURGH, Jan. 5. -- Federal Judge R. M. Gisbon today declared the Brownsville, Pa., Brewing Company bankrupt, terminating efforts to reorganize the company. Judge Gibson's order was entered on the petition of Robert C. Sproul, Jr., trustee of the brewery, who stated that efforts to refinance the firm had failed. Judge Gibson referred the liquidation proceedings to Fayctte County Bankruptcy Referee J. G. Carroll and continued Sproul as trustee pending selection of a bankruptcy trustee by the brewery's creditors. According to Sproul, the brewery has not operated for several years.

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