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PAGE POUK. THE DAIT,Y COURIER. CONNELLSVILLE, PA. MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 1939. (Site itrilg (Hourier -President and Genpral Manager Secretary and Treasurer ;_ Editor -- Associate Editor James J. Driscoll R. A. Donegan Walter S. Stimmel James M. Driscoll 3. Wylie Driscoll Advertising and Business Manager MEMBER OF Audit Bureau of Circulations Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association 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 for six months by mail if paid in advance: 12 cents per week by carrier. Entered as second class matter at the Postofflce, Conncllsville, Pa. HIONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 9. 1939 WHOLE TBUTH TO BE MADE Democratic State Chairman David L. Lawrence may or may not have been guilty of complicity in the Erie gravel scandal. That is for a jury of his peers to determine. The Dauphin county grand jury, sitting at Harrisuurg, has found evidence against him sufficient to warrant development of the facts more fully in court. The jury's finding does not mean Lawrence is guilty. Every citizen is presumed to be innocent, of whatever crime, until proven guilty. That's Lawrence's status. The action of the grand jury, following battle after battle before the Supreme Court, however is a salutary commentary on the folly of whitewashing of Lawrence and his associates in the Democratic State Committee and the Earle Administration by a biased committee. The defendants did not help their cause by having the Legislature summoned into session for that very purpose. ·' . ' 11BELIXG THE SUPKEHE COURT If the presiding ofilcer of the Pennsylvania State Senate is permitted to defy the Supreme Court an refuse to obey its decrees, why have such a tribunal at all? II the Lieutenant-Governor is immune to restraint and punishment, why should not the ordinary citizen be? Perhaps the highhanded procedure adopted by Tom Kennedy will have repercussions. Already the Supreme Court has taken cognizance of editorial approval of Kennedy's and the Senate's defiance. Chief Justice John \\'. Kephart has referred to the district attorney in Philadelphia common" in the Philadelphia Record congratulating Kennedy for "courageously resisting judicial dictation." The alleged dictation was based on an order by the court, handed down in the ordinary manner, directing that the seating of Senator-elect Herbert Levin of Philadelphia be delayed until a contest be decided. To the layman that would seem to be the logical course to pursue. "The article," said the chief justice, "is not only libelous but contemptous in the extreme." What stand the newspaper will take has not been made known. Sl'AXDIXG Bl' COXVICIIOXS State Senator William. J. Eroe of New Castle is i.tand- ing by his conviction that in ousting the Democratic Administration in Pennsylvania the people indicated they wanted a change. A Democrat, Senator Eroe has announced he will vote for the seating of three Republicans who were denied recognition reorganization day in the Senate by Lieutenant Governor Thomas Kennedy, who at the same time engineered the seating of Senator Herbert Levin, Democrat, in the face of a prohibitory order by the Supreme Court. Senator Eroe calls attention to an incontrovertible fact: These men were regularly elected. No contests were filed. None was even contemplated. ' Therefore the senator sees no reason for denying them the seats to which they were lawfully chosen. It is enough when any public official says: "I voted my convictions. I was not promised anything, nor was there any deal made." LEARMXGr THE HARD WAY A release from the claims bureau of the association of casualty and surety executives points out that the widespread drive against fake accident claim^rackets^Jnjvyhich the police and capital slock insurance .companies" have' joined forces to protect the insuring public, against-heavy losses, is going forward with undiminished vigor. This work is comparatively new--but it has resulted in the arrest and conviction of hundreds of racketeers, including members of old-established gangs who moved about from city to city and state to state perpetrating their frauds --frauds which every insurance policyholder must pay for, through higher insurance rates. As the Association says, "Accident fakers, constitute one of the strangest criminal types known to the" police. They will stop'at nothing, not even personal injury, to get 'easy' money from some innocent motorist, .taxicab company, railroad, or other individual or utility." Over a period of time, the "take" from the rackets runs far Jnto.the millions. One of the recently convicted claim racketeers, it has been found, was in the business for 15 years. Operating from Massachusetts to New Jersey, he was forever getting caught in trolley'doors, falling off broken theatre seats, tumbling over umbrellas In trains, and getting hit by automobile fenders. He. always had witnesses ready at hand to swear that his accident was the result of someone else's carelessness or negligence--and usually he obtained a generous settlement. Now he has started serving a prison sentence, along with others of the same profession. This drive against the faked claim artist is as important as a deterrent, to;others as it is in punishing those it actually catches and convicts. The accident racketeer is at last learning that'"crime doesn't pay"--and learning it the hard way. . . . · . ·. -JIOYAL-PAIE'TO SEE The .Dionne's are to see their king and queen. -More important.to the folks about Callander, the monarchs.arc to take'.a-Jook at _the'quintuplets. As a result of this announcement a furore in that area of Ontario has subsided. Unfortunately for the peace of mind of Dr. R. A. Dafoe, the contemplated tour did not include in the published itinerary the world's most famous children. That was intentional. Where the slip came was in not so informing the Bionne household. The explanation is there was fear that the visit of the royal pair might attract too many tourists bent on seeing · king and kueen and the quints at the same time. Well, the date is June 5. PRESIDENT SHOWS STKAIX Candid camera photographs of President Roosevelt taken .as he delivered his annual message to Congress Wednesday give the impression, that the President is aging, very perceptibly.-" The telltale flabblness of the chin and the noticeable lines in his face are the evidence. Mr. Roosevelt will be 57 January 30. Ho is still a young man, comparatively speaking. STRENGTH FOR YOUR TASK By Earl L. Douglass, D. D. REFRESHING You have noticed no doubt in driving through the country that barns arc always well supplied with air vents. No farmer would think of building a barn without allowing plenty of opportunity for the ! rcczes to sweep back and forth across his garnered crops. If, he shut them up tightly in the barn and did not allow the air to get to them, they would rot or mold, or perhaps produce spontaneous cumbustion. Fresh air must pass back nnd forth across the hay, oats, and wheat if they are to be uncorruptcd. There arc many people who do not moke a like provision for their souls. They grow stale and inwardly unhealthy and corrupt because the refreshing breeres of God do net blow back and OUR SPIRITS forth across their spiritual capacities. The Greek word for spirit is "pncuma," meaning wind. God intends that across our spirits there shall always be kept moving the refreshing "pneuma" or divine spirit which is called the Holy Spirit. Going to church, reading the Bible, praying regularly and faithfully, and giving ourselves in helpfulness to our fellows--these are the means by which we 'encourage the Holy Spirit of God to blow back and forth across our lives refreshing them and keeping them healthy. Barns and souls which make no provision for the continual passing of life-giving and refreshing breezes through them are marked for trouble and disaster. Stray Thoughts By S. M. DcIIUFF What's What At a Glance By CHARLES P. STEWART Central Press Columnist WASHINGTON, Jan. 9.--Congress docs not take to the idea ot a gov- · iimcntally established and managed lottery to finance, in part, the District of Columbia--that is to say, Washington, the National capital. The scheme was proposed by Lewis R. Perkins, attorney for an outfit known as the Society for Liquidation of the Public Department. Perkins outlined it in a letter to Chairman Robert L. Doughton of the House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee. Doughton has not said much about it yet, but Representative Ross A. Collins, who is chairman ot a sub-committee on appropriations for the District, has referred to it as "the biggest fool suggestion I ever heard of." Comment by o'.hcr lawmakers Is in quite general agreement with him. Insofar as Attorney Perkins' plan ipplics only to the District of Colum- ia it is of no more than local inter- ·st. However, the lottery method of raising cash for public purposes evidently appeals to a great many folk in a far larger than a merely local ;cale--perhaps on a national one. It las been urged frequently and is ncnlloncd oftcner and oftcncr--not y regular economists but by volunteer advisers on the subject of revenue sources. I would not wonder if ooner or later, it might not begin to make some converts on Capital Hill These funny-money * notions are pretty contagious. Not So Follish. I entirely concur In Congressman Collins' judgment that a governmcnt- allzcd lottery would be wholly undesirable--in fact, a vicious influence. But it is not exactly a "fool suggestion." Government lotteries pay like sixty. I have lived In several countries -where they have them and there is not any doubt that they are enormously profitable--to the government; not to the suckers who play them. Representative Collins contend: that legalization of that kind o gambling would be an encourage mcnt to "numbers," horse-race-bet ting, roulette, games of chance of al sorts. He is mistaken, cvidentl; never having seen the system in op cration. Where a government sets itself as a gambling house proprietor, It i as hostile to any clandestine gamblin as our Treasury Department is t tariff smuggling. It is furious at an. attempt to infringe on its monopoly I have seen the system worked in tcnsively in the Argentine Rcpubli. where there is a government lottery There also is another gambling con cession farmed out privately to th Jockey Club--racing. Between thes two set-ups (governmental and gov crnmentally authorized) Argentina i policed to a bee's knee. It is danger ous to conduct even a little socia poker game there or a bridge eve ning. Ditto other countries where re stricted gambling is legalized fo governmental profit. It is the rule i Latin America. The game is fair, all right-- gamblcrishly considered. But socially speaking? Winners Arc Losers. Lottery winners do not mak much, anyway. The grand prizes are substantia but the tickets usually are split u among a multiplicity of holders; n individual winner gets more tha: enough for one good "bust." Years ago, a certain Nicholas M: hanovich, won at Buenos Aires on single grand ticket. He got a hug bunch of dough al that shot, in vested it judiciously and now th multimillionaire Mihanovich Lin controls shipping up and down tl Plate, Parana and Paraguay river from Buenos Airer to Asuncion. Tha one lucky shot is the only one I eve heard of In connection with Lall American government lotteries. But it has advertised a billion dol lars' worth. I think it is a cheap way of mak ing money for a government. --=" - \fff^.\ CUTT«tt-|NME«i AT DANCES '" COTTtR-INNERS ON HIGHWAYS AttE ACCIDEr/T-MAKERS Sidelights A little South Pittsburg street codger has learned definitely that it doesn't pay to wait till the evening of December 24 to write Santa for Chriblmas Rifts--such as a pair of ice skates. From what I read, it looks as if the Democrats can safely "bink", on the "head" of their Speaker of the 7Cth Congress whose name' (gee, I hate to explain the pun) 'happens, to be--Bankhcad. Two more things I don't like are electric razors--and people who keep a straight face when you tell a joke. As if a double bill of Christmas and New Year didn't cause enough confusion, I'm told 1930'f, Easter nnd Appomattox Day will fall on the same date-April 9. Not that anybody is (jar- ticularly Interested in the matter, tut on January 1, my 26th consecutive doUy diary was stored away in n scrapbook chest. By this time, many a pair of "hole-proof" socks has been made to look ridiculous. Despite tradition nnd precedent, tliink I'll let the old car come out for a fourth term. Let's go to press. The mailman brought us this note f appreciation of services rendered ic Boy Scout movement during 938, signed by J. Thomas Ewlng, cecutive of the Wcslmorclar.d-Fay- ttc Council: As we come to the close of a most ucccssful year of Scouting in Wcst- norcland and Faytttc counties we are ilndful of the many favors extended hroughout the year. Your kindness deeply appreciated, and we wish take this opportunity to express ur sincere thanks," Ar.d this from W. D. Fuller, chair- lan of the Emergency Council of tale Associations: "As the final act in bringing to a lose the activities of the Emergency Council of State Associations I desire D express the thanks of myself and f all others who have been asso- iatcd in this movement for the con- tructlve cooperation received from iic press of Pennsylvania. "The newspapers and press asso- iations in the State, practically with- u' exception, have assisted matc- ially in presenting the unbiased facts f the situation Jo the public in the ast five months, in furtherance of lie program or relieving the State's crious imcmp'oyment p r o b l e m through equitable readjustment of 'xccsslve Stale taxation on business. "The En crgcncy Council went out if existence on December 31, 1D38, in cecping with its announced intention ast June, with the feeling that the vay has been prepared, through the cooperation of the press and other civic-mintled agencies and groups, for necessary tax changes so that Pennsylvania again may become the scene of tremendous industrial growth and material rccmploymcnt" As Others Think HOPKINS KICKED UPSTAIRS (Johnstown Democrat.) Hurry Hopkins has been kicked upstairs. He succeeds Dan Roper as secretary of commerce. Goodby Harry. You were beginning to run for president and the Chief has shunted you up a spurtrack. After today, Harry, you cease to be a political issue--and that's all to the good. Hop'nns will be succeeded as WPA administrator by an army man-Colonel F. C. Harrington. Fine again That is, it's fine if Colonel Harrington's job involves the reorganization of the WPA along non-political lines If the colonel doesn't do that, he is.il' really an army man, but just a military politician. It Harrington di vorccs the WPA from politics, U.a organization In many states will need an introduction to itself. Strange how many persons depend upon the newspapers for publicity, yet never think to express their appreciation. During more than 30 years as reporter, city editor and editor, Ihc writer has had opportunity to observe this fact. Just how many dinners and banquets he has attended it would be difficult to estimate, but t has been drawn to his attention that almost always the newspaper is neglected--not intentionally but thoughtlessly--in passing out words of appreciation. Always it is customary to thank the orchestra, the entertainers, the speakers, the women who serve, the committees which "made this affair a success," everybody connected with the venture but the newspapers. Often the musicians and entertainers, sometimes the speakers arc paid for their services. But the one agency which often contributes as much or more to success does so at no cost. That is the newspaper. THE END For twenty year* hl» Eame he'd played And thouRhl his fortune fast; He tricked and swindled and betrayed Until he stood »Ehat As o'er his path a comrade strayed Out of his burled past. He merely stopped a fdcnd tc Krtrel With fellowship's "liello." But called him by the name tho cheat Ilad altered. lonn ago. And some one passing on the street The reason asked to kno'A. The truth wa* o»tl The Rome wai done Likewise done scheme and plot! Then nil the many millions won Could help or save him not. They found him at the se'.Unc suA Dead by a pistol shot. Young married folk want babie according to the Maternity Centc Association, which receives man letters on the subject. The cxpens of bringing infants into the world what is worrying these would-b young parents. THE NEWS WASHINGTON, Jan. 0.--Senator Ccy Pittman, the Foreign Relations lairman, wjis using an official loosevclt megaphone when he bel- owcd his demand for cutting off all rade with the dictators--Germany, .aly nnd presumably Japan. This was what the President had in nind when he talked in his message bout "other means" than waging var against the tough boys. He has ad it in mind since his 1937 Chicago pccch on quarantining the totali- arinns. Both the President and the tatc Department knew in advance vhat Pittman was going to say, and 'ittman knew what they wanted said. Ivcn the Nazis appreciate that. But it will not be done. The suggestion has been trampled down vithln Congress before it fairly got going. It will undoubtedly arise rom time to time, yet there does not ippear to be the faintest possibility T it being adopted /or a simple reaon: The President cannot and will not do it without Congressional approval ind Congress will not give him the power to act itself. A very private debate on the sub- cct between Senator Borah and n Ocmocratic supporter of Pittman's dea may soon be re-enacted in pubic on the Senate floor. It will then hit the top headlines. The respected Idaho judge of foreign affairs questioned the advisa- Dility of the threat. Borah's position is that economic sanctions are the first steps to war. It has no changed. He was against the League of Nations and the World Court because these implied a penalty ot sanctions which would have to be defended by war. The Democratic senator's answer was he did not mean the Prcsidcr. should net, but that Congress shou'.d take up the question. If Congress did, the dictators would know th country was strong for the move and they would be more agreeable foi pc.ice. The U. S. has little trade with Germany anyway, because is on the black list. This would be implementing the blacklist forcefully. Borah thought it would be forcefully the U. S. would regret i in war. Economic sanctions canno starve Germany or Japan. Sue! tactics arc like children spitting each other on a playground. Fur thermorc it you tried it you wouli have the farmer (Japan is one of hi best cotton customers) and the mine on your neck. You would see such cohesion between the dictators a had only been hinted at as posslbl so far. You would drive them intc each other's arms without accom plishing anything except a decreas in your own business. In the end yot. would have to back up your costly insult with guns. Borah's idea of the proper attitud of a democracy toward a dictatorshi was expressed in the followin words he wrote the other day ex pressly for use in this column: "Whatever may be our views as idividuals or our sympathies as in- ividuals, as a nation we should pply the same rule to dictators that ve apply to all other governments, t is a fundamental rule of democ- ' acy itself that a people are entitled whatever form of government hey chooic or consent to. ^ "In other words, so long as die- * ..tors respect the rights and interests f our people and our government, vc have no quarrel because of their orm ot government. It is what ovcrnmcnts do nnd not what kind iicy arc, that concerns us." The Kooscvclt course is certainly acing trouble from Borah. Vicc-Presidcnt Garner took off and cached an altitude of 1,500 feet in wo seconds after he had read the relief message from the White House.' His Congressional crowd had ex- - pected Mr. Roosevelt to ask for about SOOO.000,000 to $600,000,000 to carry WPA through the next four months. They were surprised when the Prcs- dcnt asked for $750,000,000 in the budget. But they took it quietly. However, when Mr. Roosevelt, the very next day, asked for $875,000,000, they jumped aloft like Garner. This scrapping of a budget item within 24 hours broke all records. Usually the budget is allowed to stand for at least 30 days, in order that people may forget before changes are made. The budget went to the printers a week or more in advance of presentation. In the interim WPA Admin- strator Harrington convinced FDR an extra $125,000,000 would be advisable. They won't fiet it. Senate Subcommittee Chairman Adams is working for about $700,000,000 and that is all Congress will give, If It gives that much. WPA expenditures have been averaging around $183,000,000 a month through the past year. If this average were continued fully for the last four months of the fiscal year about $740,000,000 would seem to be a fair figure. But WPA has some unexpended balances. Congress has had difficulty, finding out about these. However, they amount to at least $40,000,000 and probably more. Furthermore, the coming of spring and improved business will encourage Congress to be suspicious of the need for $875,000,000. Roosevelt and Harrington may be less dissatisfied than you might suppose. They probably asked for far more than they expected to get. Facfographs The longest plant known sometimes grows more than 970 feet long. It is the rattan palm, a giant seaweed growing on the coast of California. The world's largest sponge market is at Tarpon Springs, 30 miles north of St. Petersburg, Fla. Ai a rule the newspaperman Is Invited to be at the tablcj for a purpose. "Now give us a good story," he is cautioned when the affair is over. Otherwise, unless he paid his way, he would not be there. This is perfectly all right. There is news value in what transpires. Not only the persons most intimately identified with whatever is going on but the paper's readers ore interested. As a matter of fact, however, the reporter spends hours gathering information that may fill only a half or three quarters of a column of space. The foregoing comments do not apply particularly to The Courier. What has been written is the experience of newspapers in general. White space, as it is called, is the newspaper's stock in trade. Yet for many, many enterprises it is given without charge and willingly. Without the publicity thereby acquired many a venture would be a flop. Saturday, January 7, was December 25 for the religious denominations that continue to adhere to the Julian calendar and which celebrated Christmas last week. The Julian calendar places the Day of the Nativity 13 days after the Christmas marked by followers of the Gregorian calendar. The old Julian calendar was established by Julius Caesar in 46 B. C. and approved and adopted for the Christians by the first Council of Nicae in 325 A. D. The Christmas feast for the Greek Catholic and Greek Orthodox worshippers began Saturday and continues for three days with the last day given over to the patron St. Stephen. The traditional observances that prevailed in the European districts of the forebears are carried out, among them the native dishes, the family dinners and the singing of the Christmas carols. ' St. Stephen's Gr.cek Catholic Church at Leiscnring No. 1 was filled to overflowing for Saturday's Christmas mass. Rev. Ivan P. Romza, pastor, officiated, assisted by Rev. Father L. D. McNanamy, pastor of St. Vincent do Paul Roman Catholic Church of Leisenring No. 1, and Father Oliver, a Franciscan priest. 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