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LAST E DITION PRICE 2 C The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. a?, NO. 47. The Weekly Courier. Founded July n, 1870. Tlio Daily Courier. Founded November 10. 1 i Merged Ki. I July IS. 1920. CONNELLSVILLE, PA., FRIDAY EVKNIN'G, JANUARY 6, 1930. SIXTEEN PAGES. S C O T T D A L E MURDER MAY BE S O L V E D Wall Says Double Charges Will Be Filed Against Local Men. NO STATEMENT IN FORENOON Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 6.--The mysterious Naum AchcfT murder at Scottdale was believed solved today with the announcement by County Detective John C. Wall that the three Con- ncllsvillc men who are being held for the grand jury in the killing of Henry D. Foster in Conncllsvillc the William C. Hood Named Successor To Clay F. Lynch William C. Hood of Gary, W. Va., formerly of Uniontown, has been appointed general superintendent o£ I the H. C. Fnck Coke Company, President Harry M. Aloses announced : in Pittsburgh late Thursday afternoon. Mr. Hood succeeds Clay F. Lynch of Greensburg who retired after hav- night of December 3 would "charged with double murder." be The detective said there would be an additional statement in the afternoon about the developments of the questioning o! Luther (King Kong) Roybton, 25, and Clyde (Bluetop) White, 10, both colored, and John Turza, 27, white, all of Connrllsville, in the" Auhefl robbery and shooting. Acheit was beaten and shot in his confectionery store, presumably by two Negroes, and his place ransacked. The couity detective would not. amplify his statement except to indicate that Royston, White and Turza would also be charged with the killing of AchefT as well as Foster. On the latter fatality, the trio has been ordered held for the Fayette county grand jury. Assisting in the questioning of the three who are being held in the county jail are State Troopers Charles A. Moffatt and P. A. Brick- clmeycr and Scottdale Police Chief Frank Ganoe. The detective revealed that Richard Warmack, 19, also colored of Connellsville, was being held pending further investigation. Another, George (Jingling) Johnson of Connellsville, colored, is facing charges of obstructing justice by allegedly tipping off one of the defendants that the police were "closing in on him." Royston, according to officers, admitted that he had struck ' Foster, 69-year-old farmer of Franklin township a vicious blow on the chin, knocking his head against a brick in the side o£ the building resulting in a fatal skull fracture. He claimed White and Turza shared in the $675 loot taken from Foster in North Arch street, Conncllsvillc, after the trio had planned the holdup in the building in which both Negroes resided. Acheff was slain late the night of December 14. He was shot through the right breast and the right side of his head was mashed in, apparently by a-blunt instrument. Pockets in his trousers were ripped out by the killers. Chiet Ganoe said he found SI.30 on the floor of the store where the merchant's body was found. Police declared- they had unearthed a revolver believed used in the Acheff shooting. A pocketbook, said to belong 1o Achcff, was found along a road near Seottdale. Officers also said they found a wrench that had been used to bash in the man's head. District Attorney James A. Reill nnd Westmoreland County District Attorney Charles Copeland, Jr., were scheduled to go into conferences here to have the murder cases 'of Achcfl and Foster tried in Fayetlc county. According to a statement issued bj Wall, officers were successful in obtaining information from Turza involving the three men in the killing of the Westmoreland county storekeeper. According to the county detective, Turza drove Royston and White to Scottcale on the night o: December 14 and left the two Negroes out of the machine while he continued to drive around the town as the two went to "knock oft" the storekeeper. Royston, it was charged, admitted upon returning to the automobile tha he (Royston) had shot the storekeeper and White cracked him on the head with the wrench he was carrying as a weapon. Warmack may be charged with with being an accessory before the fact as he was alleged by the offlcer with having turned over to Royston the revolver vised in the shooting. On Trial in Prison Deaths ing been with the company for 35 years, 23 of which was in the capacity of general superintendent. Mr. Hood, a former resident of eannette and Bridgeport, ' near Brownsville, where he was superin- endent of the company plant before going to Uniontown, returns to the 'rick Company after an absence of a year during which he was general superintendent of the United States Coal Coke, like Frick, .a subsidiary of the United States Steel Corporation. Mr. Hood, whose appointment was : effective at once, has been with the Frick Company for approximately 40 yeais, for 20 years having been assistant general superintendent prior o going to Gary, W. Va. He had jcen located at Bridgeport for a short time before. He started In the or- [anirolion as a shipping clerk and las held many various positions in it general advance. Mr. Lynch's rcthcment was eflec- :ive December 31 and since that time Ihc general superintendent' duties have been handled by C. J. Maher who succeeded Mr. Hood when the latter went with the United States Coal Coke Company. Mr. Maber will continue in his present capacity as assistant in the Fayelte county district. Mr. Hood has been very active in civic affairs at Uniontown. His wife took an active part in the Children's Home Association there. They have two sons, William C., Jr., and Richard B., both of Pittsburgh. The new general superintendent is a brother of Paul O. Hood of Trotter, superintendent of the Leiscnring No. 1 plant of t^.e Frick Company. MARGIOTT! TELLS GRAFT PROBERS OF ERIE SCANDAL HARR1SBURG, Jan. 6.--Former Attorney General Charles J. Margiotti, originator of the graft chatges against Governor George II. Earlc and 13 political associates, testified today before the Dauphin county grand jury investigating the accusations. Meantime, there were strong indications that the presentments in the road materials phase of the inquiry would be considered by the grand jury within 10 days. The jury has concentrated thus far on the so-called Erie gravel scandal. The scandal developed from charges that sub-standard road materials were sold to the highways department for use in its Eric district by the Pioneer Materials Company, Kittanning, now in receivership. Appropriations Cuf Would Hamper WPA, Assertion WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.--Colonel F. C. Harrington, Works Progress administrator, said today that a cut in the new relief appropriation to $500,000,000 as urged by some congressmen would mean "very drastic reduction" in relief employment this spring. Harrington testified before a House appropriations sub-committee in connection with President Roosevelt's request for 5875,000,000 to continue work relief for about 3,000,000 persons until the end of the fiscal year June 30. Present funds will barely last through January. Chairman Clifton A. Woodrum, D. Va., of the sub-committee, has advocated making $500,000,000 the outside limit for the new fund. Secret of Milady's Curls Divulged; May Be Kept In Shape for Few Cents Week By FREDERICK C. OTHMAN United Press Hollywood Correspondent. HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 6.--Sydney Guilaroff, probably the highest-paid hair dresser in the world, today used Miss Ina Claire' to demonstrate how a rcomfln, any woman, can keep curls in, her hair at a total cost of perhaps three cents a week. "Maybe it wouldn't even cost that much," Guilaroff said. "I guess I really should put it up in bottles with fancy labels and sell 'em for around $4 each. All 1 use is a mixture of .sugar nnd water and I probably could make o fortune with the right kind of labels, but I'll be foolish and tell all." Guilaroff, who earns $25,000 a year at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. keeping beautiful the tresses v of such stars as Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Hcdy Lamarr, Miss Claire and many another, said the trouble witU curls is that they won't stay put. "Particularly in damp weather,' 1 he continued, "the curl comes riglv out unless you take drastic measures to keep it in. Some women use sticky and expensive lotions whicl dry, something like glue. That keeps the curls in, but they look artificia and as soon as a comb touches them blooic! "So I take a glass ot warm watK and dissolve in it five tcaspoonsfu of granulnted sugar. I dampen th hair with this mixture, make tin curls, and let them dry. "The bugarcd-watcr ants almost like an invisible lacquer. No amoun of dampness in the air can ruin a cur set with it. There's no reason wh any woman couldn't roll up her hai on curler^, with sweetened water to set it, and achieve perfect results.' Deputy Warden Frank A. Craven of Holmosbttrg County prison, . Philadelphia, confers with his attorney, John R. K. Scott, us they arrive at court for Craven's trial on charge of manslaughter. Four convicts were alleged to have been literally cooked to death in the Klondike section of tho Holrocsburc- prison lost summer when steam v/ns turned on. CRAVEN "IN CONTROL" WHEN PRISONERS DIED OF HEAT, COURT TOLD Hitler Weaning Poland Away From Russia, Report S l i g h t F a l l i n g Off in Beehive BERLIN, Jan. C.--Fuehrer Adolf Hitler wab reported by Nazi sources today to have successfully started weaning Poland away, from : program of close cooperation with I Soviet Russia. I Well-informed Nazis, commenting on Hitler's three-hour talk yesterday nt Berchtcsgaden with Polish Foreign Minister Josef Beck, argued that the fuehrer has assured Warsaw in regard to Germany's intention toward Eastern Europe. Oven Operation 350 SWOC Pickets, Donora Workers Clash in Streets DONORA, Pa., Jan. 6.--Pickets for the Steel Workers' Organizing Committee and employes of the American Steel Wire Company, plant here, skirmished in front of the main gate last night In what was described as n controversy over union membership and payment of dues. The pickets lined up at the gates nnd tried to prevent non-union members and union members who arc, delinquent in their dues from entering the plant. The resultant skirmish became so sciious that n detnchment of State Motor Police was cnUcd to help local By United Pna. Jicciw--which he said he would never PHILADELPHIA. Jan, 6.--Deputy ' forget--in the radiator-lined "Klon- .Varden Frank A. Craven, 39, was dike" punishment cell the morning accused today of full responsibility j the four bodies were discovered, and n the "heat deaths'' of four hunger- j charged that Craven was "in full striking inmates of Philadelphia ) control." county prison last August. i The prosecution Indicated it would j officers restore order at the midnight Dr. Ftcdorick S. Bakii. prison ' ask for a verdict of murder in the I change of shifts. physician and acting supeiintendrat' v.-cond degree. Conviction would! Police said about 350 men partici- -.incc suspension of Craven nnd other j carry n maximum penally of 10 to i Pn'ed '" tllc melee. None hurt officials, described yesterday the 120 years in prison. .verious-ly, they reported. Only about 50 pickets were at the gates today, police said. GIANT OVENS USED TO OKV PLASTER: 3,000 MEN 1VOIIK TO FINISH CHANCELLORY BERLIN, Jan. C.--Three enormous ovens devouring more than 100,000 pounds of coal dally, nrc blowing hot air on plaster in the new Reich chancellory In an attempt to dry it in time for the New Year reception of foreign diplomats on January 10. Three thousand men are working day and night to complete the building. Inadequate transportation f.icilitie.s from the Ruhr pitheads have made It impossible recently for many Berlin households to get a regular .supply of coal. I Young Boy Killed " In Trap Set For Extortionist Levin Under State Supreme Court Rule PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 6.--State- Senator Herbert S. Levin, Philadelphia Democrat, today was under n Pennsylvania Supreme Court rule to show cause why a petition to restrain him from taking his legislative seat .should not be renrgucd. The rule, made returnable January 1C, was handed down shortly after witnesses in common picas court had testified to receiving bribes It) vole for Levin instead of his Republican opponent, former Senator Samuel W. Salus. Levin won the November 8 contest by 47 potes over Salus, nnd his seating by Lieutenant Governor Thomas Kennedy, who tulcd that the Senate was the sole judge of its membership, in defiance of a Supreme Court order caused a political furore. Murphy Late, Delays President's Party Dy United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.--Arriving 15 minutes late, Attorney General Frank Murphy last night delayed the start of the annual reception given by President nnd Mrs. Roosevelt for members ot the United States judiciary. Justice and Mrs. Hugo L. Black, who arrived too late last year to be formally icccived, were the first to knock on the White House door last night. The reception was attended by 953 guests. All Supremo Court justices except Pierce Butler, Louis D. Brandcib and James F. McReynolds were present. Prof. Felix Frankfurter, named to the court yesterday, has not arrived in the capital. RETIRED OLIVER WORKER DIES AS HE DRIVES AUTO UNIOMTOWN, Jan. 6.--Charles Adlcr, 05, retired employe ot the Oliver Iron Steel Company, dropped dead while driving his automobile in-West Peter street shortly after noon today. The car crashed into a fire hydrant and stopped. The man was rushed to tne hospital where, upon arrival, he was pronounced dead. KAST ST. LOUIS. Ill, J..n. S.-A 13-year-old boy WHS shot »nd j killed by a detective waiting to trap ! an extortionist \vji identiCcd early | today as David K^t-mpf, a junior j high school .student. Kucmpf \v;« killed 1.1M night by a shot Died by Dctcctue .Sergeant Clifford Flood, who «.·!· waiting, with two policemen, near the home ol Mu-s K.-ithrj-n W.ilsh, 25, for an cxtorlioniit to attempt to take a dummy pack.ige from a milk bottle on the porch. Police thcori/ed that the boy was Mint to the Walsh home by the writer of the not' 1 , and that he wan paid perhaps a dime to pick up the package. No inquest has been ordered. Not to Be In James Cabinet, Says Torrance HAIUUSBURG, J.m. hcan State Chairman 6.--Rcpub- F. Swerves Car When Dog Gels in Road; Two Persons Hurt Two persons werp injured when the automobile in which they were riding went oil the highway near NormalviIIe in an cflort to avoid striking a dog nt about 5:30 o'clock Thui sduy evening. They were treated at Conncllsvillc State Hospital. Helen Ruth Henry of ConnellsviUe, P D. 2, who was driving the car, suffered lacerations of the forehead, upper lip and chin and had a tooth loosened. Mrs. Bessie Bailey of Ohiopyle, who was riding with Miss Henry, suffered lacerations of the scalp and brti'jh burns of both knees. The accident occured as Miss Henry, teacher In Ohiopyle High School, was cnroute to her home. Mrs. Bailey, who entered the machine at Ohiopyle, was traveling to Connellsville to a sister. In Normalvillc, it was said, a large dog r,m on to the highway from behind u cnr paiked on the driver's side of the road. Fearful that to strike the dog would overturn her car, Miss Henry attempted to swing the vehicle, which left the highway and crashed into a tree after she temporarily lost control. Partially stunned by the force of the impact, the women crawled from the wreckage and separated, each going to nearby houses for assistance. First aid was, given Miss Henry, who was losing considerable blood from the seriousness of the cuts about her face. Torr.mcc, who mamiged Superior Court Judge Arthur H. Jamcb' buc- hCul goveinoi.ship campaign, told the L'. P. todny he "would no*, be a member of the James cabinet. That brief statement oflieially confirmed (or the first time rumors that the incoming Administration would ignore the custom of making the Mrty chairman Secretary of the Commonwealth and keep Torrance in State G. O. P. hviidquartors to handle matters strictly political on a full- time basis. U v,'!ii. understood TorranccV salary will be increased to within the cabinet range, $10,000 to $12,000 a year. Mentioned prominently as a likely choice for Secretary of the Commonwealth is E. Arthur Sweeny, Greensburg publisher who was defeated in the J030 race for State auditor general. James, who will be inducted into ofllco January 17, resumed cabinet and policy conferences with Republican leaders in Philadelphia today. His cabinet appointments were expected to be announced curly next week. There were 410 beehive coke ovens in operaUon Saturday, December 31, in the Conncllbville Region, a survey by The Courier revealed today, the number reflecting a slight decline after the industry had advanced to its highest level since last April. While the week ol December 24 showed a total of 502 ovens in the region, the subsequent period which saw the passing out of 1938 was marked by the of 02 ovens in the active list through the blowing out of 9G at Allison and the addition of four at Leith. Christmas week saw a gain of 16 in the number of active ovens ns compiircd with the preceding week when 486 were reported. The increase was through the addition of live at Leith, seven at Stambaugh and four at Puritan. When production reached 502 on December 24, it was the first time since April 30, last, that the 500-mork hod been hit in active operation in tho Connellsville Region when the industry was in the heart of a decided downward trend. January 1, 1938, saw 993 ovens in operation at a late of four days a week and a month later this number had dropped to 777. Another month saw n loss of 69 nnd n survey on April 2 revealed 657 in blast. When April had passed out there were 519 in operation. May 7 saw the list cut to 423 and on June 4 there were 186. July 30 found the number nt 148 and on August 6 the region found the coke trade at its lowest figure in history with only 138 ovens in operation. Since August 6, however, there has been a steady increase up to and including December 24 and then '.-ame the first recession in the upward swing although it is expected to be only temporarily. The new year found operators op- timiytic ot the future and some were inclined to believe that by April 1 there wilt be approximately 1,000 svcns in blast in the Conncllsvillc Region. The independents were confident of a continuation of the upward trend in business in general and pickup in the steel trade usually finds things gaming in the coke field. The Weather Fair and slightly colder tonight, Saturday fair and waimcr; Sunday rain with mild temperature is tho noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 1938 Maximum ,_ . 63 50 Minimum 48 3X Mean - 56 -12 Suicide, Murder Coroner's Verdicl BLA1RSVJLLE, Pa., Jan. 6.--The shooting of George Peters, 28, Bluirs- ville janitor, and his 22-year-old wife. Hazel, was termed "apparently suicide and murder" by Indiana, County Coroner John Woods today. Tha young couple was found dead in a- bed in the apartment they occupied on the upper floor of a downtown Blairbville business building, where Peters was employed as caretaker. Occupants o£ the building noticed the lack of heat from the furnace and after failing to find Peters, called police. ChicI ot Police A. B. Watson said he found a revolver in Peters' hand. Both were shot through the head. Coroner Woods said reports indicated there were domestic difficulties between the couple. Believe Decomposed Body Thai of Hunter INDIANA, Pa., Jan. .6.--The decomposed body o£ a man found in a woods in Mahoniny township, near here, was believed today to be that of James Griffith of either East Aurora or East Conoord, Erie county, New York. Found by tvvo trappers n halt mile from the Indianu-PunxhUttuv road, the body was clothed for severe weather m hc.ivy hunting coat and knee-high boots. Although the body was believed to be that of a hunter, no gun could be found; neither was there a state hunting li- j cense badge. Public Invited To Americanism Meeting Sunday The public is invited to attend the Americanization meeting at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at Elks Home in East Crawford avenue under the auspices of Milton L. Bishop Pos! of the American Legion. Strets is placed on the attendance of World War veterans and the committee declared "you will hear something that is of vital importance to every soldier of the World War." There will be three prominent speakers and a program of music. Governor Will Decide Fate of Doomed Killer By United Press. DENVER. Jan. 6.--Governor Telle. Ammons decides today if feebleminded "Joe Arridy, 22, shall die in the gas chamber tonight for an abhorrent sex slaying. Psychiatrists said Arridy had thi the mentality of a child of six Colorado law denies the execution o "people not mentally responsible for what they do." But the State Supreme Court has . upheld Arridy's sentence because he could distinguish right from wrong. Final decision was Ammons*. For the first time yesterday, at tht Canon City penitentiary where lega maneuvers have delayed his execution seven times, Arridy had a luck interval. To Warden Roy Best, wh for more than a year has tried tc make him icalizc that death was near, Arridy gave instructions fo: disposition of his toys. His prized jwssesiion, a tin plate he has spent months polishing unti il is mirror-like, went to Best. ,An electric train, which Besl gave him for Christmas, he gave to Angeli Agnes, a condemned Negro. Then Arridy aid he wanted a toy auto mobile to go to "Buddy" Best the warden's nephew. Agents Probing Charges Federal Laws Violatec By United Press WASHINGTON, Jan. G.--Piesiden Roosevelt said today the Justice DC partmcnt is investigating allegation by the Dies committee investigating un-American activities that Nazis Communists and other organization are violating certain Federal crimina statue^. Machine Guns and Artillery" Used in Five- ' Hour Engagement. _ -j__ L i CZECHS OPENED ATTACK, CLAIM ay Onltcd Pros*. BUDAPEST, Hungary, Jan. 6.-Czechoslovak soldiers, using machine guns and artillery battled Hungarian roops at the, frontier town of Munkacs today in a clash officially reported to have cost nt least 15 ives. The engagement was still going on this afternoon. At midaftcrnoon, according to an official communique, the battle con- .inued and the known dead included !our Hungarian officers, five Hungar- an soldiers, five Czechs. Several other bodies were removed by Czech comrades from the field. The fighting, considered an out- ;rowth of the recent dispute over the Czechoslovak - Hungarian frontier, began at 3:40 A. M, the government innounced. Officials asserted that -zech troops and a unit of the Ukrainian free corps attacked'Orosz- rcv with machine guns and three tanks. The fighting continued for about five hours, the Hungarian dispatches said, after which the Czechoslovaks opened artillery fire on Munkacs, causing damage to sight public buildings. Mooney to Leave Prison Saturday By United Presj. SAN QUENTJN PRISON, Cat, Jan. 3.--Thomas Joseph. Mooney, famous labor prisoner, spends his last day behind the walls preparing speeches he will give tomorrow when, he receives citizenship and a hero's welcome. Any doubt that he would be pardoned at a hearing called by Governor Culbert Olson dissolved when Matliew Brady, San Francisco district attorney, chose jiot to oppose his release. Brady wrote Olson his decision yesterday "in view of the fact that all the principal witnesses (against Mooney) have been discredited." Mooney for 22 years has contended that he was "framed" by an anti- labor conspiracy and sent to prison for life for the San Francisco Preparedness Day bombing in 1016 that killed 10 and injured 40 persons. He, and Warren K. Billings, convicted with him, were prominent wartime labor organizers. Olson in his campaign for governor . said ho believed Mooney innocent and promised to allow any person or organization to show cause why a pardon shouldn't be given. There have been no objectors, the last legal opposition was removed by Brady, and the hearing will be formality, ending, perhaps, by Saturday noon. Reformatory Terms for Two Young Bandits By United GREENSBUHG, Jan. 6.--Terms in the Pennsylvania State Reformatory at Huntingdon were given today to two youths who admitted holding up the National Biscuit Company plant here last December 21 and making off with $300 in cash and $600 worth of: checks. James Lcroy Bryan, 10, of Johnson City, 111., former all-State high school athlete, and Jack Elliott, 19, of Columbus, Ohio, former student at Ohio ftate. University, pleaded "guilty to charges of larceny; violating the firearms act and robbery in connection with the holdup. Bryan was arrested. in St. Louis where he lived with his bride of a lew days, while Elliott was captured at his home in Columbus. Detainers against the pair have been lodged by three states. UNIONTOWN BOY HIT BY AUTO UNIONTOWN,. Jan. 6.--Childish glee turned to near.tragcdy on Lemon street Thursday afternoon as little James Libertino, five, son ot Mrs. Harry Libertino, a widow, was knocked down 'and painfully injured when struck by the fender of a machine operated by A. H. Goldsboro of near Uniontown. Jimmy was rushed to the Uniontown Hospital. He buffered severe lacerations, head injuries and a probable fractured jaw. The car was approaching temon- street from Chew street. Just as the turn was made the little fellow dashed across the street. The automobile was halted almost immediately and Jimmy hurried to the office ot a physician for examination. His condition was such' that- hospital .treatment \yas imperative, ,

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