The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on January 12, 1939 · Page 1
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, January 12, 1939
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AST EDITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRICE 2 VOL. 37, NO. 52. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17. 187D. The Dally Courier. Founded (November 10. 1902. i Merged I July la. 1023 CCXNNELLSVILLE, PA,, TJIURSDAV KVEXINC, JANUARY 12, 1930. TWELVE PAGES. COUNCIL AIMS AT PREVENTING TAX INCREASE Budget Figures to Be Re- Checked With That Object in View. FA I LURE TO PAY BIG'OBSTACLE WIFE PLACES EXTRA PIPE IN COFFIN FOK "TRANQUIL VOYAGE" By United Press, GENOA, .'an. 12.--Sccondo Brina, 80, a sailor, was buritd today v/ith two pipes, a large can of tobacco, a bottle of good wine, a wine glass and a box of matches in his coffin. Brina had requested these,articles "so I can make my last voyage tranquilly." His wile, Angiolina, put in an extra pipe. Introduction of the 1939 budget has been delayed by City Council pending a thorough re-check in the hope ol effecting a material reduction in the figures so that an increase in the tax levy will not be necessary. Although the solons have been working on the proposed estimate o£ expenditures lor the current 12- month fiscal period, it was decided at Monday night's session to give further study to the various' items when it appeared that a boost in the millagc would be necessary to meet the listed figures. The superintendents of the various department arc rcchccking their various expenditures in the hope ol finding something that can be deleted or pared. "The outlook isn't a cheerful one in view of the reduced tax collections," said Mayor Ira D. Younkin. "It's an impossibility trying to balance a budget when your income approximates $30,000 less than your expenditures. Our fixed items are the heaviest drain on our funds and it's impossible to do anything about them. "We are hoping that the proposed expenditures may be reduced to a point where no increase will be required in the millagc this year. "But this much I will say right now--and 1 want every taxpayer to bear these words in mind--that if the collection of taxes do not show a material increase over that during 1938 there will be an increase in the tax levy in 1940, and possibly two or more mills. ' "It 'is Council's desire of staying the levy at its present figure in deference to those loyal citizens who stretch every point in an honest endeavor to pay their taxes. An increase at this time would impose a greater burden on them and they arc deserving of the kindest consideration for it is this group that has made it possible for city government to operate. If we can find our way clear to continue the millage at-its present figure in 1939 it will be in every sense a kindly feeling toward those good, honest persons who pay or try to pay their taxes. "We are aware of the fact that many persons find themselves financially unable to pay but*then there'are many who can ani should pay but who won't.'* The Mayor indicated a special 'meeting will be called next w'cek to take action on the budget. The city has a total assessed valuation of $8,056,000, including occupational, Councilman Paul H. Beighlcy, superintendent of the Departments of Fnance and Accounts, said. Of, this $7,248,340 represents the property valuation for taxation purposes. This is the amount on which the tax levy is fixed. figures recently printed by a State official showed that Connellsville was near the bottom of the list oJ third class cities of Pennsylvania in tax collections and only Uniontown was in Western Pennsylvania that fell below, this city. "There's the story in a nutshell, 1 said Councilman Beighlcy. "Cities where the tax collections are in anc around the 90 per cent mark do not have the financial difficulty in which ·re find ourselves. Nor do they have to worry about increasing the tax levy on real estate. If our tax collections were 85 to 90 per cent, we probably could even whittle our millage But as long as the revenues remain at the low rate, the levy will have to be kept at a high figure. We have no alternative. And I can assure you that every member of Council would be very happy indeed to be able to announce to the citizens that a tax reduction can be expected. This is what all of us are hoping for. With the concerted efforts of our taxpayers this can be done and we sincerely hope (hat by the end of this fisca period we can be able to work in that direction." All of the councilmen arc agreec that there ore many projects tha' should be undertaken because they are worth while and are sorely needed but feel it is not an opportune time, in view of distressed circumstances, to undertake them. Republic Steel Faces Charges Of Unfairness By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 12.--The National Labor Relations Board is considering issuing a complain against Republic Steel Corporation in connection with alleged unfair labor practices at its Connellsville, Pa., "captive" coal mine, it was learned oday. The charges were filed by District 4 of the United Mine Workers of America, affiliate of the Congress o£ industrial Organizations. It is al- eged that the company dominates the Workmen's Brolhhood, independent abor organization at the mine which s affiliated with the National Federation of Independent Unions, and has discriminated against members of the UMW. William Hyncs, District 4 president, stated that labor difficulties at the mine in 1937 were the bases for several allegations in the charges. Hynes said trouble arose early in 1937 when the company allegedly re- fusd to recognize a checkwcightman elected by the UMW. Later the same year the UMW called a walkout at ihe mine in connection with the 'little steel" strike. Hyncs stated that the UMW now lolds unwritten working agreements at two other Republic mines in Fayette county--Republic and Taylor. Brownsville Man Made Berlin Paper Editor SOMERSET, Jan. 12.--John Bayorek of Brownsville has taken over duties of, editor and publisher of the Berlin Record, a newspaper publishcc weekly in that Somerset county town for the past 53 years. For several years Bayorek hac been associated with Brownsville Telegraph, the Belle Vernon Enterprise and California Sentinel. nrownsville Explosion. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 12.--Revenge is the theory advanced by State Motor Police investigating the dynamite blast on the George West property on the National pike west of Brownsville Tuesday night. The charge rocked and damaged houses with!.: a radius of 500 yards. WELSH TO ASK S T A T E T A K E OVER BRIDGE Bill to Be Put in Monday Would Embrace All Third-Class Cities. Indian Co-ed Weds Tenor James Delays Naming Rest ' Of Cabinet By United Press, PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12^--With 13 important appointments already, announced, Governor-elect Arthur H. James today was expected to make public before the week-end the complete make-up of his official family. Cabinet posts remaining to be filled were Secretary of Banking, Secretary of Health, Secretory of Property and Supplies, Secretary of Mane and Adjutant General. Facing Loss of Car for Non-PaymenI of Rent, Doctor Kills Himself PITTSBURGH, Jan. · 12.--Faced with the prospect of losing his automobile lor non-payment of rent on his Ingomar home, a 60-year-old physician committed suicide after seriously wounding a constable and inflicting less serious wounds on two real estate men. The physician, Dr. James C. Stanton, fired a fatal bullet into his brain after his frantic efforts to avoid being "sold out" was climaxed in a furious struggle that ended with the shooting of the three men. HIS COMMITTEE WILL GET IT Looking forward to State ownership as one way of assuring replacement of the present span over the Youghiogheny River, Assemblyman Matthew J. Welsh today informed The Courier he would introduce in the House of Representatives in Harris,burg Monday a bill empowering the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to take over bridges in third class, citieb. With attention focused on the local bridge because of reports of its dangerous condition, it has been set forth that Fayettc county, which owns the span and is responsible lor its upkeep, is financially unable to replace the structure and that it would require possibly State or Federal assistance or both to build a new bridge. It has been suggested m some quarters that the Stale take over tli-2 span but before this can be done an Act of Assembly granting that power, must be enacted. Mr. Welsh's proposed bill would amend Clause C of Section 4 of the act approved June 22, 1931, cm- powering the State to take over bridges in third class cities, including those belonging to cities or to counties, said spans to be "constructed, reconstructed and maintained by t h e Commonwealth through the Department of Highways." "I realize that the city of Con- ncnsvllle and Fayette county are unable to finance replacement of our bridge over the Youghiogheny and the solution to the city's acute need for a new span no doubt lies in its acquisition by the State," Mr. Welsh said. "If that can be done, it would relieve the taxpayers of n big responsibility and maintenance cost. But it no doubt will require a big fight in the State Legislature in Harrisburg it the bill I will introduce Monday is to be enacted." The assemblyman has been a member of the House Committee on Highways to which the bill will be referred to after it is introduced by Mr. Welsh. Too, he is a member of the Appropriations Committee. Jn both capacities, he should be able to give valuable assistance in moving the bill along. "It would be a huge accomplishment for the people of Connellsville and Fayette county if the legislation I propose is adopted," Assemblyman Welsh declared. "Tile bill will have a hard road to travel and I'll be fighting and hoping for its success so that we can get a new bridge and remove the menace to the safety of pedestrians and vehicular traffic here." Musics Brothers Dewey's Prisoners By United Press.. NEW YORK, Jan, 12.--Two of the three surviving Musica brothers, charged with participation in an $11,000,000 swindle from McKesson and Robbins, Inc., were prisoners today of District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey who was trying to learn whether any of their associates in the flrm were involved with them. The two, who went under the names of George and Robert Dietrich, were 'seized by Dewey's men immediately after they had furnished bail and been released from Federal custody. Federal agents have concentrated on the financial phases of the swindle, while Dcwey was concerned with the criminal phase. Annual Frick Safety. Dinner Saturday Night The 24th annual safety dinner of operating officials of the H. C. Frick Coke Company will be held at 6:30 o'clock Saturday evening at Pleasant Valley Country Club, it WES announced today. The principal speaker will be Thomas Moses, vice-president of the United States Steel Corporation of Delaware in charge of raw and former president oC the Frick Company. Mr. Moses' son, Thomas M., who succeeded him to the cxct utivc capacity with Frick, will be the wait- master. A program of entei tainment will be presented. It will include the Elinor Savage theatrical revue and Stanley Lcdgerton .and his orchi-stra/ . MooTjey's Health Good. SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 12.-Thomas J. Mooney learned today after the first of a scries of medical tests to determine his physical condition that he apparently was in excellent health for a man 50 years old. Student Pilot Kills Wife, Self By UnHcu Preu BRACKENR1DGE, Jan. 12.--A student airplane pilot killed a young mother,of three children and committed suicide in his rooming house here today. The body of Mrs. Virginia Lydie, 21, clad in a pink slip, was found on a · bed. Anthony Cnmille, 30. of Brackcnridgc, wus kneeling beside the bed, his head resting on Mrs. Lydic's shoulder. Both had been shot through the heart. VERMONT GOVERNOR WAGES WAR ON FEDERAL INVASION' By Unfled Prc^« MONTPEL1ER, Vt.. Jan. 12--Governor George D. Aikcn, R., today asked the Vermont legislature for a "substantial emergency" appropriation to fight an "assault" by the Federal Government on "our sovereign rights." The House and Senate convened jointly in cxtraoidinaiy session after Secretaiy of War Hairy H. Woodring notified Aiken that the government was considering taking land for a Hood control project without, the governor said, even a written agreement. Raven-haired Bonnie Roe Bcrryhill, 19, part Indian, a student at Oklahoma University, got cold feet -when Umo arrive4 for her marriage to Arthur Ochcltreo, concert tenor, and disappeared. In Philadelphia she chunked mind, and returned to New York, where the couple was married. They axe shown After the ceremony. Doctors Hopeful Nature Will Aid Removing Hatpin UNIONTOWN, Jan. 12.--Unmindful of the seriousness of having a three-inch hatpin m his abdomen, Ronnie Ncisli. son of Mr. and Mrs. James Noish of Mulberry and Spring streets, Scoltdale, is being watched carefully in the Uniontown Hospital. Physicians hope that nature will throw off the "foreign body" and avert an operation. X-rays in Uniontown Hospital reveal progress of the pin in the tot's body--showing it is now lodged, head down, in the intestines and slowly moving through the body Ronnie was playing about in his parent;,' bedroom while his mother dressed to e.o out. She placed her hut on the bed--and, in it, the three-inch hat pin, with the smnll knob, which was used to fatten the Ready to don her outer garments, the mother i cached for the The pin missing. "Where's my hat pin?" Mrs. Neish asked. ' "I dot it." promptly reported Ronnie from the floor where he was un- concoriK'dlv playini; with other ob- jcct.s. "Where -- show mothrt," she coaxed. "I dot it in here," informed the tot --pointing to his t,torniich. Mrs. Neish almost fnmtcd. She called her husband. Together they rushed the youngster to Uniontown Hospital where an aunt. Miss Josephine Hawk, MStcr of the mother, is supervisor of Ward C. Dr. William McHugh, Jr., was called to tuke charge of the case. An X-Ray showed the pin in the vicinity of the stomach. A second revealed the object hnd moved into the intestines. Dr. McHugh said Thursday he would jrostponc tho operation in the hope the pin will continue its progress through the little body--with nature finally expelling it to eliminate necessity for using the knife on the !mi. Meanwhile. Ronnie, still unconcerned over the furore he has created, is the object of considerable attention. Additional X-rays will be taken today to determine whether nature or a surgeon will release the piii from the youngstei's body. Friday, the 13th If you nre one of those who believes in -signs, bcwurc tomorrow. In case you haven't heard, tomorrow is Black Friday--Friday, the 13th. It is the first of two offered by 1D30. Be careful about walking under ladders, letting a black cat cross your path or whatever else might come under the category of jinxes and hooduoc. Hospital Patients. Mrs, Ruby Whipkey of Daisytown, David Lopes, Jr., of Mount Pleasant, R. D. 1, Marie StrrAo of West Leis- cnring, Patrick Quinn of Connellsville, R. D. 1, and Lewis and Forrest Holt of 326 Meadow lane have been admitted to Connellsville State Hospital lor treatment. Firemen Meet Friday, Westmoreland County Firemen's Association will meet at B o'clock Friday night in the Central Fire Station at Greensburg. The Weather Cloudy followed by snow beginning Inte tonight or Friday, not much change m temper.ittiro is the noon weather forecast for Westein Pennsylvania. Temperature Kccord, 1939 1938 Maximum 49 42 Minimum . - 34 34 Mean . . 42 ys Rev. Elliott to Be Speaker Tonight at I. 0.0. F. Program General Worth Lodge, Independent Older of Odd Fellows, will mark the I57tli anniversary of the birth of Thomas Witdoy, founder of American Odd Fellowship, tonight at its hnil with Rex-. Lawrence S. Elliott, p.islor of the First Mcthodit Epis-copal Chinch, as the speaker. Degree will be conferred on a llrst of the Wildey class to be initiated. After tho pi'Sgi-am and initiation, lunch will be seivcd by the social committee. Thomas Wildey was born in London, England, JanuJiy 15, 1782, and cnmc to America in 1817 and founded American Odd Fellowship in 1819. He was a member of the old English Odd Fellows before coming to this- country. N a z i s W a r n Dutch Against Jew Propaganda By EDWARD W. BEATTIE, Jr. United Press Start Correspondent. BERLIN, Jan. 12. -- Nazis opened a sudden new campaign against Jews today, coupled with a demand that the Netherlands curb Jewish propaganda, on the allegation that shots had been fired at German diplomatic premises in Holland. Key Nazi publicity media, taking it for granted that the shots had been fired by Jews, intimated that further reprisals against Jews would be taken at once if any German diplomat was harmed, and at the same time demanded that Holland curb activities of "Jewish criminals." A propaganda ministry spokesman had asserted last night that on January 6 a shot was fired into the living room of the chancellor of the German consulate at Amsterdam, and that on January 9 a shot was fired into a secretary's room at the German legation at The Hague. The spokesman blamed the shots on the "international Jew campaign of hatred and agitation." He said that no protest was envisaged to the Netherlands government, "with which we have friendly relations." "We must make it clear once for all that German diplomats arc not free game for Jews." Asked whether 'that meant there might be new anti-Jewish reprisals in Germany, the ipokesman said: "1 can not specify until the identity of the assailants is clarified. Hut further sharp reprisals would be expected it acts of Jewish violancc increased." Frankfurter Wins Senate Committee Approval for Court By United Press WASHINGTON, Jan. 12.--Nomination of Prof. Felix Frankfurter to be associate .Justice of the Supieme Court was approved by a Senate Judiciary sub-committee today shortly after hearing him state his belief in Americanism and the U. S. Constitution. The nomination was refcucd to the full judiciary committee for action. It will Ho to the Senate for confirmation. Local Guardsmen Will Get Medals This Evening Members of Connellsville's two units of the Pennsylvania National Guard who served in Pittsburgh and Johnstown during the 1936 flood emergencies will bo presented with special State service medals at 8 o'clock tonight at the State Armory. Only those guardsmen who are still on the rosters of the Howitzer Company und Medical Detachment will receive the awards that will be presented by Councilman Paul H. Beighlcy, acting for Mayor Ira D. Younkin. Those who have since March, 1938, withdrawn from the -service may make formal application for the medals by calling at the Armory. Captain Nonnan A. Browell, the commanding officer of the Howitzer Company, and .Captain Orland F. Lcighty. commander- of the Medical Detachment, issued an invitation 'lo the public to attend the presentation ceremony. Daring Chinese SeverJapanesej ^ Communications By United Press. TIENTSIN, Jnn. 12.--Daring Chinese soldicis, operating in a zone which had been under 'Japanese domination since the start of the war, have cut the "important Tient- sin-Peiping Railroad, severing Japanese army rail communications with Manchukuo and Japan, it was-disclosed today. Publisher Die:,. . NEW LONDON, Conn., Jan. 12,-Theodore Bodenwein, publisher of the New London Day and former Republican secretary of-slate, died today after an illness of several months. He was 74. Sam DeHuff May Be Second Odd M'lntyre But As to Carpentering--Well, Read This Asks. C o n g r e s s for Speedy Action to Bolster Nation's Forces, Particularly Army and Navy. IS WARNING TO DICTATORS By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. 12.--President Roosevelt, citing the threats ol war"and aggression rumbling through the world, called on Congress today to authorize a special $525,000,000 emergency defense program of which S210,000,000 would actually be expended during the fiscal year 1040. Mr. Roosevelt's, defense message asked that the funds be provided by Congress ,"as, speedily as. possible" so that a program to'" bolster the Nation's defenses, particularly., the aviation forces of Army and Navy, could be launched immediately. Mr. Roosevelt did not recommend any exact number of planes' to be built under the new air construction program. He declared, instead, that it was the intention of Army chiefs " to set up a lump sum of $300,000,000 for military plane production in an' effort to reduce units costs and place national aviation manufacture on a mass production basis. President Roosevelt proposed to expend the $525,000,000 defense fund as follows: $450,000,000 for Army needs of which $500,000,000 wouM be for plane construction, $11,000,000 for' 'critical" items of equipment, $32,000,000. for educational orders to industry and the remainder for miscellaneous purposes. $65,000,006 for Navy needs, of which $44,000,000 would be used in strengthening Navy bases and $21,000,000 for additional Navy planes and air material tests. $10,000,000 for a civilian air training program designed to give primary air training to about 20,000 citizens. In addition to the $525,000,000 program, Mr. Roosevelt recommended a special appropriation of $27,000,000 to improve the defenses of the Panama Canal Zone by providing an enlarged garrison and additional military facilities. He asked that $5,000,000 of this sum be made available for immediate spending., WASHINGTON, Jan. 12.--President Roosevelt's special message to Congress- on national defense was expected today to reinforce his warning to dictators by asking for additional expenditures for strengthening the air force. Committee Clips $150,000,000 From WPA Fund , - By United PrcM. - " WASHINGTON, Jan. 12.--The full House Approprlations'Committee demanded today that "relief "rolls :bc -'purged of - malingerers"- and recommended formally that the House grant President Roosevelt only $725,000,000 instead of the $875,000.000 that he requested for the Works Progress Administration. -- - The'charge. of WPA malingering was" made by the.'Democratic majority of the committee. The Republican minority," concurrently, submitted "a report- charging "scandal after scandal" in political abuse oJ the WPA. With those statements .the bill to finance WPA -until -June 30 was pitched into the House, where debate began at once, " The trimming of President Roosevelt's recommendations by $150,000,000 precipitated the first major conflict of the -76th Congress--a fight between conservative Democrats and Republicans and the President. The result will be determined by a roll call vote--probably tomorrow--that will put every member on record. Editor's.Note:--Those who have Interestedly followed the quips of S. M. Dc- Huff, orislnalcV and conlinuator of "Stray Thoughts" In The Courier, have seldom tend tmyUiint! like thnl which came to this desk today. "Sam." by \\ay of explanation to the editor, admitted It -was his bit Ihday mul since there wns "not a band out" lie devised his own mains o£ a celebration--writing "this yarn." That's why he Koti, by wltli It--the old hirthday appeal sort of £oi unckr our skin "and Jn a wcftk moment \\ c permitted the copy to detour the uastcbn*,kct and noiv it's folstcrcd on you. .Happy BlrthdayrSaml By S. M. DEHUFF Did you every try to put a lock on say, a garage door, for example? I mean n night latch--or maybe it is called a lock Anyhow, it's a contrivance intended to prevent people from opening doors unless they (the people) posse'-s tho kf*y to said lock, latch, or whatever you want to n-ame it. You say you never did? Well, fine! You're just the bird I want to contact, for I feel I can do you n kindness by telling you to lt somebody else do it. And my authority for giving you such advice is based on, or rather derived from, the fact that I have just come away from a job, such as we're discussing. And I'm telling you, in all sincerity, that it's a mess. Yes, and I know nil about the New Deal. l*'s a mes 1 ,, too, I know. I gave it up long ago; for if I'd done the same with this night latch (or lock) business I'd have less sins to answer for, and less bruised fingers. But me, I'm just downright bullheaded about such things--same as Roosevelt is about running--or trying to run--this Government, and, as a result. I finally got the latch (or lock) w o r k i n g (something Roosevelt^'ll never do with his New Deal), but after what irinls, turmoils and tribulations! liven now, I hnte to think back over It all, much less write about it, save as a v,.u-ning to others who may be tcmptea to tackle such a task. To begin with, the new lock (or Continued on Page Six. Socialized Medicine Discussion Tonight At County Building The public is invited to the County Building auditorium at Uniontown at 8 o'clock tonight to hear Dr. C. L.. Palmer, chairman of the public relations committee of the Medical Society ot the State of Pennsylvania, speak on "Socialised Medicine." The meeting is^ being arranged by the Woman's Auxiliary to the Fayette County Medical Society. POPE CONFIRMED FOR TVA BOARD By United Prcis WASHINGTON', Jan. 12. -- The Senate today confirmed by a'voice vote the nomination of former Senator James P. Pope, D., la., as a member of the board of the Tennessee .Valley. Authority. ,/*!

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