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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, January 10, 1939
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J LAST ED ITION p IICE 2 C The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 37, NO. 50. Tho Weekly Courier, Founded J u l y 17, 1B79. Tho Dally Courier, Founded November 10, 1002. I Merged | July IS. 1320. CONNELLSVILLIS, PA., TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY J.O, 1939. TEN PAGES. Sewer For West Side Unlikely State Approval Withheld Because of Lack of Disposal Plant. SOLONS SORRY FOR HOLD UP Construction of an intercepting stiver system on the West Side ap- appcars doomed unless the city is able to definitely commit itself to a sewage disposal plant, it was revealed at Monday night's meeting of City Council. Council was advised by L. S, Morgan of Greensburg, district engineer of the State Department of Health, ihat he would not act favorably on a proposed WPA project for the building of the interceptor system on the West Side unless the city is prepared to take a definite step toward erecting a disposal plant. Being financially distressed and unable to finance a huge outlay as a disposal plant would require, Council "is apparently prepared to abandon the West Side proposal until the engineer con be persuaded to give his approval of, the project on the city's declaration that under existing law it cannot obligate itself heavier. Mr. Morgan had previously informed Council that the "city is discharging into the waters ot the State all sewage untreated contrary to the provisions of Act 394, approved June 22, 1937." Mr. Morgan said at that time "in the post wo have advised the city of Conncllsville to give consideration to the construction of necessary intercepting sowers to convey all the sewage of the city to a site of treatment works and to provide for the treatment ot the sewage prior to its discharge into the waters of the State in order to comply with the provisions of the aforementioned act.' He had stated that the application ,.for a permit from the State department to proceed with the proposed WPA project on the West Side did not fully comply with these requirements and as a result he could not £rant_favorab]e consideration. "Council had Morris Knowles, Inc., Pittsburgh engineering concern which supervised the interceptor work on the cast side of the Youghiogheny River to contact the State engineer who reiterated to this firm his position. Francis C. Foolc, a member of the engineering concern who had worked on the plans for both the cast anc west side intercepting sewer systems, wrote to Council saying: "You will note that Mr. Morgan is rather emphatic in his reply and insistent that the city of Conncllsville take definite action toward adopting a policy regarding sewage treatment It is apparent that unless the city informs the Department of Health tna they %vill take some definite steps toward sewage treatment the West Side intercepting sewers now proposed cannot be built." Mr. Foote enclosed a letter which t " had received from Mr. Morgan in which the State engineer declared; "Please be advised t'*at until the city ol Connellsville takes defmUe action on the adoption of a policy anc program for carrying out the completion of the entire intercepting sewers, sewage pumping stations necessary treatment works to eliminate existing pollution of the waters of the State we will no£ give favorable consideration to the application for the construction of a portion o the West Side interceptor to convey th-? sewage to another point in thi river for disposal," Members of Council had hoped to hive the West Side interceptors constructed during the current year under the Works Progress Administration but under the terms of the State's ultimatum feel it will be physically impossible because Connells- viUe does not have the funds or thi borrowing capacity to finance on expenditure of approximately $230,000 which would be required for the construction of the sewage treatmen plant. Solicitor J. Kirk Renner suggestcc that Mr. Morgan be advised tha Council is hopeful of eventually building a sewoge treatment plant bu under existing State regulations is able to become further burdened with indebtedness therefore it would be physically impossible for Council lo obligate itself at this time withou becoming liable to prosecution under law. He said that if the engineer would not accept the position then the solons would not be able to di anything about it. Said Mayor Ira D. Younkin: "We had counted on having the intercepting sewers built on the Wcs Side during the coming months bu the outlook is far from bright in view * the State's ultimatum. We rcgre our inability to finance the sewagi treatment plant at this time bccaus' of the amount of money that would te saved through financial assistanc from the Federal Government bu conditions are such that it is physically impossible for us to obligate ourselves on the treatment plant." William Ashton, 18, of Batavia, N. Y., started from his home at 7:15 'clock Monday morning to report for vork in a nearby box factory, driving lis automobile coupe. The next recollection he had was oming down a hill into a city as iusk began to settle. Making his way to the police sta- ion, to which he was directed upon nquiry, he Icared he was in Con- ncllsville, Pa., a total of 295 miles rom home. He was surprised to learn he had omc here and was unable to explain low he came here or what he had icon doing from 7:15 A. M. until :25 P. M. "Say officer, where am 11" the 'outh asked Patrolman Kenneth C. *ouden at the desk m City Hall. ""Why, you're in a police station," the officer replied, sizing up the trange youth whom he believed to )C talcing him "for a ride." "Yes, I know, but what town is his?" Mine Firm Superintendent. E. J. McDowell of Ligonicr ha: taken a position as superintendent o the Keystone Coal Coke Company AMNESIA VICTIM STARTS FOR. WORK IN NEW YORK; ARRIVES IN THIS CITY Robbers Asliton said lie had never heard of Connellsvillc whereupon he told the policeman his home was in Bataviu, N. Y. "You're n long way from home," Louden told the youth who .stared in amazement, unable to account for his trip. Ashtoh told police he hud a severe headache as he was Marling for work nnd that the next thing he could it- call was comiiu! down East Crawford avenue. Noting lie was in a strange town, he asked for the direction to the police station to get his bearings. He was believed to have been taken ill witli amnesia and had driven the. distance without knowing where he was going. He had spent :ipprox- imately S7 in the meantime apparently lor gas, oil and meals. His parents were contacted by telephone and the father started for Connollsville to take the youth home in the latter':; coupe. James' Cabinet Will Be Made Known Tomorrow PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 10.--Governor-Elect Arthur H. James will announce his cabinet appointments tomorrow, it was disclosed officially odoy. The Governor-elect, who has rc- lused to give any indication ot whom ic will name, comes here today from his Plymouth home to make flnal ^reparations for the announcement, fames of the "official" list have been rumored in political circles for weeks, aut it was reported that the several of James' appointments might come as a surprise. James was expected to reveal the appointees for six of the cabinet posts tonight and then disclose the remainder of the list tomorrow. Andrew T. Hourigan was mcn- lioncd as likely to succeed Leo A. Crossen on the State Liquor Control Board. Paul W. Houck of Pottsville was believed assured of the chairmanship o£ the Workmen's Compensation Board. ' Edward Martin of Washington, Pa., who was believed slated for Ad- ivtant General disclosed that lie was not seeking the place, but would prc- Ecr to command "the- Pennsylvania National Guard when General Edward C. Shannon retires next June. Ira A.- Thomas of Philipsburg, was reported as James choice for Secretary of Mines. Thomas served some years ago as an inspector. . Get $500 Puritan Resident Taken To Hospital After Attack in Home. STRIPPED TO HIS UNDERWEAR No Mercy Shown Gangland Victim; Stabbed 16 Times By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 10.--His pleas for mercy cut short by the crack of a pistol, a man identified as Samuel Mollise, 49, an ex-convict from the Hill district, was shot and stabbed to death today, apparently by gong- land enemies. Found lying beside a lonely road in Robinson township, Mollise, father ot lour children, was stabbed at least 16 times and shot four times, an examination disclosed. That Mollise pleaded in vain for his life was established by Halo Sicker, 40, a former who lives near the spot where the "ride" victim's body was found. Second Murder C h a r g e Filed A g a i n s t Trio Three Connellsville men today had been charged for the second time with murder. Informations accusing two Negroes 1 and one white man wore mode late Monday afternoon before Alderman Hobert F. Hopwood, Jr., at Uniontown by County Detective John C. Wall who alleges they were responsible for the slaying of Naum Aeheff, proprietor of a Scottdalc confectionery store. The trio only a fortnight ago had been charged with the murder of Henry D. Foster, 69, retired Franklin township farmer, in Connellsvillc the night of December 3. The three are Luther (King Kong) Royston and Clyde (Eluetop) White, colored, and John Turza, white, all of Conncllsville, who arc expected to be arraigned late this afternoon or tomorrow, according to Aldermjn Hopwood. Because the shooting of Achelt occurred in his place of business which is situated in Westmoreland county less than 500 yards from the Fayettc county line, agreement has been reached for the trial of the three in the ' Fayctte county courts, it was said, instead of in Westmoreland county where " tho crime occurred. Hoyston was the first to be ar- rcitcd, being taken into custody by City Patrolman Kenneth C. Louden and S t a t e Trooper Charles A. Moffatt. Subsequent developments in charge of the county detective resulted in the arrest of White and Turza. Also in jail are George(Jingling) Johnson, colored, who is alleged by Wall with having tipped off one of the two that the "law is closing in on you nnd you better skip," and Hichard Warmack, another Negro, also of Connellsville, who is charged with having provided Royston with the revolver with which he reportedly shot Acheft who resisted the robbery attempt. White is alleged to have felled Achcff with a wrench during the holdup. Turin, in the meantime, the ofTlccr claims, was driving about Scottdalc waiting for his two colored companions to get their jobs over with. Special to Tho Courier. UN1ONTOWN, Jiin. 10 John Fouchey, 61, of Puritan, was rushed to Uniontown Hospital at 8:30 o'clock Monday night for treatment of "nasty" head wounds. He had been battered, stripped and robbed at his home at Puritan while his 13-year-old son, Steve, lay crumpled in a corner. Three masked men, wearing blue bandana handkerchiefs over their faces, burst in the door, forced Fouchey into a chair and attempted to tape his hands and mouth. He battled with them. Finally the man was felled with repeated blows with the butt end of a revolver. Then he was stripped of his clothing down to his underwear. Sewed in his: trousers at tho belt line was a sugar sack containing money, said to total between $000 and SCOO, which the robbers took. Fouchey made on attempt to get a shotgun standing a few feet away but failed. The youth, in attempting to reach a window to escape, was knocked down and hurled against a kitchen stove. He fell against the stove and suffered a severe head injury. It was the second visit of the three men. Several weeks ago they went to the Fouchey home and took three revolvers, according to the man at the hospital. LONDON IDLE RIOT AS CHAMBERLAIN LEAVES COLORADO'S LAWS SET ASIDE IN ATTEMPT TO GET FUn-BEARING TUOtJT Under Indictment Bridgelender Dies , As Freighter Hits If in Chesapeake ST. GEORGES, Del., Jan. 10.--The 0,209-ton freighter Waukcgan, of Kearny, N. J., and owned by the U. S. Maritime Commission, crashed into the St. Georges bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware canal to- dr/, drowning the bridgctcnder and seriously injuring the bridge foreman. The victim was identified as Robert Quinn of St. Georges. He was thrown into the canal by the force of the impact and drowned before help reached liim. William F. Oakes, 45, the foreman, suffered a mangled leg and was taken to a Wilmington hospital. Exact cause of the accident was not immediately determined but it was believed that something went wrong with the rudder or there was a mixup of signals'as the freighter was passing under the bridge. The Waukcfian carried a cargo of grain bound for England. Washington Banker Dies. WASHINGTON, Pa., Jan. 10.-Funeral sen-ices will be held tomorrow afternoon for James W. Grimes, 71, secretary of Washington Union Trust Company, who died last night. Grimes had served in a number ot Washington county banks before becoming assistant secretary of the Washington Union Trust Company. PUBLIC DEBT ON JANUARY 7 39 BILLIONS WASHINGTON, Jan. 10.--Treasury statistics disclosed today that the total public debt on January 7 was $39,502.543,90-). In his annual budget message last week, President Roosevelt forecast the debt will amount to 541,132,000,000 by the end of June this year and that continued spending during the 1940 fiscal year will bring the gross debt to $M,-I58,000,000 by July 1. 1040. By United Prcsa. DENVER, Jan. 10.---The Colorado Fish and Game Commission promised today in the interest of science to facilitate the attempted c.ipture of the legendary fur-bearing trout. The commission will grant permission (or a Salida angler to make his cast out of season in the icy waters of the nearby Arkansas River. There, assert Salida citizens includ- i ing Wilbur B. Foshay, secretary of \ the chamber of commerce, are found I the fish with cold weather covering.' Foshay asked Otis E. Mclntyre, secretary of the commission, to wjive he law to verify the reports. There were numerous Salida believers and University of Colorado zoologists were puzzled. They advanced a theory that some sort of fungus jrowth attached to trout in the win- :er, although they had never heard of such n phenomenon. 'When I first road of the fur- jearing trout of the Arkansas 1 ;hought it was more or less a joke," admitted Mclntyre. "Perhaps theic s something in the story. At any rate, it might be well to find out." Mclntyre said he would recommend to the commission in its quarterly meeting this week that it permit an extraordinary trout expedition. The fuzzy fish story has split veteran Colorado anglers into warring camps. The controversy was icightencd when the Salida Daily Mail printed a picture of a fish with on apparent fur coating from head to :ail. The paper reminded readers that "cameras don't lie," and said the fish was caught several years ago. R. G. Parvin, director of the game commission, scoffed at the fish story. One of the believers suggested that the fish collected snow worms which melted later in warmer water. There seemed no authority on the question of whether any particular trout wore the covering. The Arkansas, as well ns other Colorado trout streams, is stocked witli rainbow and speckled trout. *or the most part. They range from a pound upward in weight. John DeTemple, Pennsy Detective, Is Retired; Former Resident Here Workers Refuse Wage Cut, Factory Ceases Operation WASHINGTON, Pa., Jan. 10.-Failure to reach an agreement with employes on a proposed wage cut-a move believed necessary to meet competition from modern high-speed mills--was blamed today for shutdown of the Washington Tin Plate Company. The mill, which normally employs between GOO and 700 workers, closed Its doors Monday, reportedly ox'er the collapse of negotiations looking toward institution of a general wage reduction. Don J. Hughes, vice-president, admitted todoy that the plant was shut down for an indefinite period. He refused comment on the reported wage cut negotiations, said to have been in progress for several weeks. John T. DeTemple, a former resident of Conncllsville, has been retired by the Pennsylvania Railro\d Company after 33 years as a member of its police department. Mr. DeTemple had spent appioxi- ·matcly 10 years in Pittsburgh where he was a lieutenant in the detective division after having spent all ot the previous time in Conncllsville. A former member of the city police force, he had previously served !· both a fireman and an engineer on the Baltimore Ohio Railroad. Since his retirement, Mr. Do- Tcmplc has gone to Morgantown, W. Va., where he is living with a ;:on, Charles, GLASS PATENT INFRINGEMENT CASE POSTPONED By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 10.--Trial ol a patent infringement suit brought against the McKce Glass Company, Jeannelte, by Corning Glass Works of Corning, N. Y., was postponed in Federal court today to permit the companies "to agree on closing on option" which would settle the case. The Corning Company sought an injunction restraining McKec glass from producing a culinary vessel to which the New York firm claimed patent rights. The postponement ot trial for at least 90 days was by, stipulation o! both parties, approved by Judge F. P. Schoonmaker, Two Women Fined. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 10.--Fines ot $25 and costs were Imposed against Edna Thompson Perkins and Agnes Cole by a local alderman on charges of possesion of untaxed liquor. Thomas Kvak was held for the grand jury for alleged "moonshinlng." Joint Education Conference Will Be Held Jan. 26 Conncllsville and Dunbur Township High Schools will again hold a joint educational conference at the High School ntiditonum Thursday and Frid.iy, January 2(5 and 27, Superintendent W. G. Davis reported to Board of Education Monday night. The two-day program has been organized around the general theme of "Reading." There have been j-ix instructors engaged for these meetings, three for each d;iy. On the opening day the program will he devoted to the theme, "How Can Reading Improve the Mental Ability of Our School Children?" Instructors for this lecture will be Dr. O. R. Bontrajjcr, California State Teachers College: Dr. G. A. Yoakam, University of Pittsburah, .'md Dr. Kmmctt A. Belts, Pennsylvania State College. The second day will also be Je- votcd to rending and will be of a type to inspire or motivate all toacn- ers in the enjoyment of reading. Speakers include Dean Thrysa Amos, University of Pittsburgh; Dr. Harry R. Wnrfcl, University of Maryland, and Dr. Howard R. Driggs, New York University. The morning sessions will begin at 9 o'clock and continue to 12 noon. The afternoon meetings will start r.t 1:15 o'clock and last until 4 o'clock. Hospital Patients. Mrs. Catherine Hrcsko of Mount Pleasant and Mrs. Elsie Michaels of Ohiopyle have been admitted to Conncllsville State Hospital for treatment. COUNCILMAN BEIGHLEY WILL PRESENT GUARDSMEN MEDALS Councilman Paul H. Bcighlcy, superintendent of the Department of Accounts and Finance, by virtue of which post he ranks second to Mayor Ira D. Younkin, will present special State service medals to members oi the Howitzer Company and Medical Detachment, the city's two units of the Pennsylvania National Guard, at n public ceremony Thursday night at State Armory. As Mayor Younkin will be out of The Weather Light rain changing to snow flurries and much colder tonight; Wednesday snow flurries and much colder is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 1938 Maximum . . . 63 4 5 Minimum 47 13 Mean 55 29 the city on that day, he hns designated Mr. Beignley to appear m his place. Members of the Howitzer Company served in Pittsburgh during the St. Patrick's Day flood ot 193G while the Medical Detachment wos on duty in the Johnstown area' at the same time. The State hos designated special medals to all guardsmen who were on duty during the flood emergency and the formal presentations to the Conncllsville units will be held Thursday night. Captain Norman A. Browell is the commanding officer of the Howitzers and Captain Orland F. Leighty o£ the Medicos. Members of Council, simong o!h- crs, have been invited to the pic- scntotion. Persons who were members of the two units'during the flood emergencies who have since withdrawn from the service may call at ihc Armory and make application for bimilar medals, the commanding officers said. Demonstration at Pier Marks Departure of Prime Minister for Conference With Italian Dictator at Rome. BRITISH DISPLAY DOUBT OF SUCCESS Indicted on counts charging blackmail, extortion, conspiracy and violation of tho election laws, David L.' Lawrenco (above), secretary of tho State of Pennsylvania and chairman of the state Democratic committee issued vigorous denials at Harrisbure. The indictmentcharged that Lawrence failed to turn over to the committee $5,000 received as political contribution. Safety Patrols Get Approval Of School Board Upon recommendation of Superintendent W. G. Davis, the Board of Education last night accepted the otter ot Conncllsvitlc lodge, B. P. O E!ks, to provide necessary equipment for organization of school safety patrols. The purpose of the patrols is to influence and encourage other students to refrain from crossing public highways at points other than the regular crossings and then only when absence ot traffic would render such crossing safe. The Elks will be permitted to buy Sam Browne belts, raincoats, hats bamboo poles and flags, nil to be Continued on Page Six. Water Supply Blamed as 750 Become ill By United Press. SLATINGTON. Pa., Jan. 10.--The water supply was blamed today foi an epidemic of intestinal disorders that has affected nearly 750 persons in this community of 4,000. Failure of the chlonnation system was criticized by Dr. C. H. Musch- llU, ono of tho-four physicians directing the attack against the four- day epidemic. He said he inspected the system recently and found chlor- inntors in one of the- two reservoirs had not functioned for at least a year. The epidemic was brought to public attention Saturday when many patrons hurried from a local thcatri and collapsed on the sidewalk. Thi attacks were similar to mild disen- tcry. officials said. Many of the capes wore marked with passing nausea and dizzy spells. Date of Lawrence's Trial Will Be Fixed By Judge Schaeffer By United Press. HARRISBURC, Jan. 10.--A date for trial of Democratic Stale Chairman David L. Lawrence on charges ot conspiracy, statutory blackmai and violation ot the election laws will be fixed in the near future Judge Paul N. Schaeffer indicate! today. Explaining that he would avoic unnecessary dclny as well as undu haste in nny trials that arise from the Dnuphin county grand jury investigation of alleged graft in tin Enrle Administration, Judge Schaeffer disclosed he will set Lawrence'^ trail date, as soon as he confers with the Democratic chairman's counsel, Oliver K. Eaton, Pittsburgh. . "I will fix bail after conferring with Eoton and of course I will hove to bet the day it is returnable," Judge Schaeffer said. Judge Schoeffer said warrant would . be Lawrence. Meantime, the grnnd tinucd its investigation ol the charges against Governor George H. Eaile and 13 political associates which were reviewed and held groundless by a Democratic-controlled House csmmiUec. By WALLACE CARROLL United Press Staff Correspondent. LONDON, Jan. 10.--Unemployed, icld o riotous demonstration at Vicoria station today as Prime Minister Seville Chamberlain left for Rome o visit Premier Benito Mussolini and, in all probability, to learn the 'ate of his policy of European diplomatic appeosement. Unemployed demonstrators gath- · ered at the station with their now famous black coffin on which is painted 'He Died of Hunger, 1938." "Appease the unemployed, not Mussolini," they shouted. Six-foot policemen, standing shoulder to shoulder, barred the demonstrators from the station platform, so the demonstrators, including women, marched up and down, singing and shouting. They made a sudden attempt to rush the platform. They were repulsed, in a scries of scuffles in which the coffin nearly slid over the policemen's heads. Defeated, the demonstrators contented themselves with booing and cat colling os Chamberlain departed, while a crowd of 500 other people cheered. Chamberlain; smiling and carrying his famous umbrella, seemed unaware ot the demonstrators as he bade farewell to cabinet ministers gathered to'see him off. With Chamberlain went Viscount Halifax, foreign secretary; Sir Alexander Cadogan, permanent under secretary of state; Maurice Ingram, head of the foreign deportment of the foreign office; Osmond Cheverly, Chamberlain's principal private secretary; Lord Dunglass, Chamberlain's parliamentary private secretary; Oliver Harvey, Halifax' principal private secretary, and Charles Pcake, foreign office press representative. This delegation was sufficient evidence of the importance which was attached to the prime minister's visit. The augury, however, was an unhappy one. British people were pessimistic as to the outcome. They approved Chamberlain's determination to visit Mussolini, but only because it was one more effort to get Europe oft the road toward war. They had little hope that it would succeed. As Chamberlain left, Adolf Hitler had just announced his intention of seeking equality of strength in submarines with the British navy. Mussolini's Fascist troops were fighting alongside the Spanish nationalists in a gigantic civil war offensive, timed to coincide with Chamberlain's.visit and impress him with the inevitability of an insurgent victory. Italian newspapers, closely controlled by Mussolini, were clamoring for concessions from France. The fact that Chamberlain nnd his aides left London to make Paris their first" stop, and that Chamberlain and Halifax arranged to have lea in Paris this afternoon witli Pre'micr~Edouaf"d Daladier and Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet, indicated the magnitude of the task which Chamberlain had set himself in seeking agreement with Mussolini--provided that he was not going merely to make a flnol test of the' strength of the Berlin-Rome diplomatic axis before admitting that his appeasement policy had failed. The Paris tea-conference was a notification to Italy that Great Britain and France remained allies in event of, any international trouble caused by Italian demands on France. The general expectation was thot Italy's demands on France, yet to be formulated officially, "would bring the next European diplomatic sensation. However, in London the .Spanish civil war was regarded as the most important feature of the Chamberlain-Mussolini visit. British people expected Mussolini to be even more unyielding in his demands for an early Spanish nationalist victory, because of the present offensive. It was said authoritatively here that Chamberlain would, refuse firmly to agree to recognizing the nationalists as belligerents until Mussolini withdrew his troops from Spain. no bench issued for jury con- Coal Train Wrecked Near Meyersdaie MEYERSDALE, Jan. 10. --An undercarriage of a coal car broke loose Sunday night, derailing the car and tearing up about 150 yards on the Baltimore Ohio Railroad right- of-way. The coal cor, one of 35 freight cars-, was the only one derailed. Just Off the Wire BUCHAREST, Rumania, Jan. 10*-Reports that an attempt had been made to assassinate King Carol within the last few days were officially denied today.

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