The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on January 13, 1939 · Page 1
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Friday, January 13, 1939
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E DITION PRICE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 37, NO. i,Z. The Weekly Courier, rounded July 17, 1873. Tho Dally Courier. Founded November 10. 1801 I Merced | Julyi IB. 1029. CONNELLSVILLE, PA., FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 13, 1939. SIXTEEN PA' :ES. v P E D E S T R I A N S LEAD MISHAPS ON HIGHWAYS Record Gathering Honors Cavalcante; 925 at Dinner Make Up Total of 60 , Per Cent in County, Motor Police Report. 36 FATALITIES DURING 1938 Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 13.--Pedestrians on Fayette county highways contributed to better than 60 per cent ot the total fatalities in the district during 1938, the annual report of the State Motor Police revealed yesterday. There were 36 fatal accidents in the county during the year of which number 22 were pedestrians. In addition 46 pedestrians were injured. The officers investigated a total of 481 accidents during 1938 involving 80' automobiles and an estimated property damage of $73,884 or an avcr.-re ot approximately $153.00 per accident or $92.11 per automobile. In addition to the pedestrians injured 307 operators and passengers in automobiles were injured. The officers travelled 200,000 miles in patrolling highways in Fayette county. During the first three months of the year the Uniontown substation was manned by five men. The number was increased to seven on the first of April and on July 6 a total of 13 were assigned to the station. In addition to the accidents in the county there were two fatalities Uniontown proper, one of which was a pedestrian. Total damage to property in the city was placed at $11,500 in 139 accidents. Sergeant C. L. Stine is in direct charge of traffic operations in the county with Sergeant V. L. Bunch in command of the sub-station and directing activities of, the "criminal' unit of the detail. Six men are working under the direction of Sergeant Bunch and during the year reported 509 arrests. ·· In an effort to further the safety program not only in Fayette county but through the State, the State Motor Police has opened a Highway safety school in cooperation with the education and recreation division of the WPA. A number of residents of the county at large have taken advantage of the opportunity to attend the classes and upon being graduated become eligible for driver's licenses without taking further tests. Twenty-six students at "the school have already been graduated. By classes they arc: ' November 22--Mrs. Phyllis Miller Driscoll, Mrs. Gladys Grimm,' Mrs. J. N. Mowls, Miss Martha Marie Seman, Miss' Mary Spollar, Mrs. Loretta May Boyer, Miss Louise Faris, Miss Betty Madore, Mrs. Catherine Morganosky, Mrs. Andrew Mraz, Jr., and John Sholtis. December 5--Miss Bridget A Johnson, Mrs. Ethel McClay, Miss Eleanor Shuman, Mrs. J. B. Davis Miss Catherine Roman, Mrs. Fay L Sidlir. December 19--Mrs. Olive M Miller, Miss Helen Encapera, Mrs Anna Midlick, Frank Carola, Mrs Viola Jamison, Mrs. Elaise Blackman, Miss Catherine Macko, Marshall J. Martin, A. R. Smith. The classroom is located in the basement of the Gallatin schoo while a modern driving course, including dead end streets, cross streets, pedestrian walks, curves and other conditions confronting a motorist, has been arranged on the Reagan and Lynch Lot. Private H. M. Jaynes ot the local sub-station of the Motor police, is in direct charge of the school. Ray C Robinson is chief instructor and has seven teachers working under his direction. Dunbar Man Posts Bond of $1,000 for , Liquor Violation UNIONTOWN, Jan. 13.--Ross Kennedy of Ferguson Hollow, Dunbar township, furnished $1.000 bond for court when arraigned before Alderman William F. Whitby on a chargi of violating the State Liquor Contro Act Enforcement officers visited hi: home Wednesday and found a 50 gallon still in operation, they charged They had trouble getting to th house, because of Its isolated loca tion. The officers said they also fount four barrels of mash and a gallon o moonshine. They said the ne*v run of "shine" was just starting whcr they arrived. Kennedy w a s n o t a t home, h a ^ left late Wednesday morning to aic in repairing some automobiles. Hi wife, officers claimed, was operatin the still in his absence. He wa ordered to appear lor a hearing am was held for court. Merchants Will Meet Monday Nigh A meeting of the Merchants CIu will be held at 6 o'clock Monda night at Elks Home, President H. O Keagy announced today. hree Hundred Others Turned Away From Uniontown Hotel, Claim. LEDGES HIS BEST TO CONSTITUENTS Paid Tribute State Senator An'hony Cavalcante, ·ho at the November election polled he highest vote in Fayette county cs p was returned to Harrisburg for is second four-year term, was paid lowing tribute at a testimonial diner Thursday night in White Swan [otel in Uniontown. A turkey dinner was served to 925 crsons, who represented all walks f life and who came from every sec- ion of Fayette county and the State 0 honor a man whose efforts on be- of the downtrodden wore cx- ollcd by an array of distinguished ·isitors, among them four State sen- tors, an Allegheny county judge and Conncllsville priest. It was one of the largest tcstimon- als ever held. Members of the com- nittee in charge said that at least 300 'thcrs were turned away. Senator Cavalcante pledged him- elf anew to work for the best interests of the people. "I can assure you and all the pco- ile of Fayette county that I will do ay best to represent them in the Itate of Pennsylvania, to represent hem with an eye single to the intcr- *st of, the people and not my own personal and material gain. I will | do my very best to represent labor and capital, to represent the peoole it the county without any distinction is to race, color or creed but I v.'ill try my best to represent them as one: . citizens who want good, honest and efficient government." "It is a port of happiness to me vhen I see this gathering of friends . . see here gathered Jew and Genile, Nordic and Latin, Irish and Protestant, Italian and Slovak . . . . and happy notwithstanding the great lurmoil, the great prosecution now going on on foreign soil... here free 'rom prosecution and war, where we can sit down and break bread in cacc and happiness," the senator declared. Commenting on the passing of con- rol of government from political arties, the honor guest said " . . . . hough the leadership may pass from land to hand, the leadership still is n the hands of substantial, good and loncst American citizens and we rust that it shall forever remain there." He declared the leadership has not passed from Republican to Democratic or Democratic to Republican. 'The leadership may have passed out of the hands of those who claim to be the leaders but true leadership still is in'the rank and file ot the American people," he said. "1 have no love for any loon of government or theory of government antagonistic or contrary to that ordained by those who gave their lives to form and establish that which is ours today," the speaker said as he pleaded for an alertness against leaders who might under any pretense diminish or destroy in the slightest degree the freedom of the heart, freedom of religion and freedom of the press. The senator said: "I trust you will feel I have discharged my duties with love and affection to my flag, my country and my state as you have shown me your love and affection. I know no way 1 can ever repay the people of Fayette county in twice electing me to ANTHONY CAVA.LCANTK Faycttc county senator received a glowing tribute from nearly 1,000 at testimonial banquet in Uniontown Thursday night, being praised for his great work in the State Legislature. Four other members of State Senate and other dignitaries were among dinner guests. P. O. FORCE TO BANQUET T H U R S D A Y Annual Gathering Will Be Held at Pleasant Valiey Grange Hall. DAN SULLIVAN TO BE SPEAKER The employes of the Po.stoflice will hold their annual banquet next Thursday evening at the Pleasant Valley Grange Hall. The affair for all employes, their wives and friends, and is looked forward to with a great deal of pleasure. Tlie announcement reads that in addition to the menu, which will be turkey with nil the trimmings, there will be a lint' musical program and a speaker of National reputation, Dan K. Sullivan of San Francisco, Cal., treasurer of the National Association of Letter Carriers. An invitation hnj, been extended to the Uniontown. Scottdale and Mount Pleasant postal workers to join the local group and hear Mr. Sullivan. The committee is made up of I.. G. Hoover, Leslie Dunslan and John M. Kelly. Omnibus Rail Aid Bil! Introduced By United Press WASHINGTON. Jan. 13.--Chairman Clarence Lea, D,, Cal,. ot the t-louse Interstate Commerce Committee, today introduced an ominbus railroad aid bill, expanding the powers ot the Interstate Commerce Com- mislon and revising the system of reorganizing insolvent lines. Lea's proposal differs sharply from the comprenhensivc program for rail rehabilitation submitted by a special committee of rail management and labor named by President Roosevelt to study the situation. the State Senate but I can wDl and must try with all the ability and intelligence in me to represent them consistently with the love and devotion to the flag and the principles of the Constitution." Rabbi Samuel Glasner of the Uniontown Jewish Synagogue lauded Continued on Page Nine. Deputy Warden Found Guiliy in Heat Deaths By United Press. PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 13.--Former Deputy Warden Frank A. Craven, 39, of Philadelphia county prison today faced a maximum sentence of 18 months to three years after his conviction on an involuntary manslaughter charge growing out of the "heat deaths" of four prisoners. Craven was the first of five officials and guards to be tried on sccond- degrc? murder and manslaughter r'larges in connection with the deaths in the radiator-lined "Klondike 1 punishment cellblock at the prison over the week-end of August 19-22. Five other guards are under indictment on manslaughter charges. Naval Fleet Heads For Pacific Ocean By United Frew. BALBOA, C. Z., Jan. 13.--The United States fleet began passing through the Panama Canal today from the Pacific, .headed for the Caribbean Sea for the greatest concentration ol fighting sea strength in the Nation's history. Led by the aircraft carrier Lexing- toa, 89 units of the Pacific fleet began th: transit of the canal at 4:50 A. M. Dr. H. J. Bell ChaSSenges Service Clubs to Back Fight on Tuberculosis W. D. McGinnis Retires From Rotary After 890 Consecutive Meetings Seventeen B. 0. Coal Cars Derailed With a record of 890 consecutive meetings to his credit, W. D. McGinnis tendered his resignation Thursday as a member ot the Rotary Club. The state of his health has made it difficult for him to be regular in attendance, Mr. McGinni.s wrote President K. II. Kooscr. In recognition of his long service the club made him an honorary member for life. Regret over the cessation of active participation in affairs of the club was voiced by President Kooscr and R. K. Smith, also by Dr. Harry J. Bell of Dawson, the speaker of the weekly meeting. One of the first men lie met on coming to this region was Mr. McGinns, the doctor said. A friendship sprang up which has continued to this day--almost 50 years. It has deepened with the passage of time. Mr. McGinnis was a charter member of the club. His continuous membership covered a period more than 17 years. Always when he was unable to attend a meeting here he "made up" in some other town or city. The Johnstown Steel Special of the Baltimore Ohio Railroad, operating between Johnstown and Connclls- ville by way ot Rockwood, was derailed at about 7:30 o'clock this morning about two miles cast of Greene Junction. Seventeen loads ot coal on the freight were derailed. Cars were piled up in such a manner that practically all of the coal in them was emptied onto the tracks. It was necessary to call a clam shell and work train on the scene to clear the tracks before the rails cotild be put into order to facilitate movement ot traffic. The derailment disrupted traffic on the three tracks on the main line, causing all passenger trains to be detoured over the Western Maryland Railway. The trains were being sent IhrouKh Bowest and Ohiopylc over the Western Maryland tracks. The cars were derailed and turned over within n space necessary for seven cars causing a piling up that makes it difficult to clear the tracks. Officials said it would take between live and six hours before No, ·1 track, the first, would be cleared to permit movement of trains over the road. It will require about 30 to 12 hours, however, to clear all of the tracks. The cause of the derailment has not been df-lcrmined although it was indicated some condition of one of the cars was responsible. In making the detours, the position of the coaches on trains is changed, placing the Pullmans in front instead of in the rear switching positions with the baggage cars. Five Convicts Fail in Break From Aicatraz There are 800 cases of tuberculosis in Faycttc county, 60 of which are scattered throughout Conncllsville, Dr. Harry J. Bell, head of the Fayette County Tuberculosis Society, told the Rotary Club as speaker at its luncheon Thursday. All the 800 and tlie 60 he referred to as active cases. How many incipient cases there are nobody knows. What concerns the doctor is the complacency with which the public regards the situation, in view of the fact that tuberculosis continues to be one of the heavy takers of lite toll. H there should break out an epidemic of smallpox, say to the extent of 60 cases, or should there be that number ot typhoid, or infantile paralysis or diphtheria ihere would be. at once a demand for tlie Department of Health at Harrisburg to take charge, even the United States Bureau of Health would probably be implored to act. "But when we say there are more than 60 cases of tuberculosis here, it doesn't mean a great deal," Dr. Bell continued. "We accept the situ- aMon with 'complacency." Calling attention to the work being done through the sale ot Christmas Seals, Dr. Boll said $90,000,000 was raised in the United States last year through this agency and lor the sole purpose of stamping out the scourj,c. It can be stamped out, tlie doctor .-.aid, if there is a will to do it. It is "perfectly curable, perfectly preventable," lie added. The one great requisite, he said, is early diagnosis, nd then, of course proper treatment. He urged the need of greater organization, greater public support, education and segregation of persons afflicted. Physicians cannot accomplish the desired end, Dr. Bell said. They give of their time and effort. For example he cited the Tuberculosis clinic here, at which the physician's service is entirely free. The speaker closed his talk with a plea for the support of Rotary and other service clubs. The tuberculosis problem is n challenge to them, he concluded. By United Press, SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13.--Five convicts, including Arthur Barker, member of the once notorious Karpis-Barker gang, made a desperate attempt to escape from Aicatraz Rock today but were captured after guards opened fire, wounding two of them. Barker was wounded seriously. Warden James A. Johnston identified the five as: Arthur Barker, serving life for kid- naping. Dale Stamphill, serving life for kidnaping. Rufus McCain, DD years for bank robbery and kidnaping. Henri Young, 20 years for bank robbery. William Martin, Negro, 35 years for armed postofflcc robber}-. Warden Johnston said Barker and Stamphill had been shot and wounded. Barker was hit in the.left leg and the head. Stamphill was struck in both legs. Their condition was reported serious. McCain, Young and Martin surrendered after Barker and Stamphill fell. The five were captured before they had a chance to get off "Tlie Rock"-the Federal Government's famous penitentiary in San Francisco bay. Indicating a carefully planned break, the attempt was made in n dripping fog--the thickest to blanket San Francisco in months. David Lawrence Ordered to Post Bond of $11000 HARRISDURG, Jan. 13 Judge Paul N. Schacffer today ordcrec Commonwealth Secretary David L ' Lawrence, Democratic State Committee chairman, to post $11,000 xjnd for appearance at the Marcl crm of Dauphin county court for rial on blackmail, extortion, conspiracy and election law violation charges. Schacffer said Lawrence, member of Governor George H. Earlc's Cnb- net, would be given "reasonable ,ime'' for filing bonds for his apnear- ·mce at the term of Dauphin county criminal court beginning March 20. Schaoffer, who will preside in the rial under the assignment of the State Supreme Court, fixed Lawrence's bond at $5,000 on three conspiracy charges for which he was indicted jointly with the late John J Verona, former ward politician in Pittsburgh. The same bond was fixed for th extortion and blackmail charge in a second indictment and $1,000 for the election law violation charged in a third true bill. Alumni to Elect Officers Monday Officers will he. elected by the Conncllsville High School Alumni Association at the annual meeting ai 8 o'clock Monday night in the High School. President Hugh Handfprd desires a large attendance. The Weather Heavy snow this afternoon and tonighl, not quite ?o cold tonight: Saturday snow flurries is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 1038 Maximum 42 -14 Minimum . -- 31 29 Mean 37 37 NEW WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION ACT ATTACKED PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 13.--Th Pennsylvania Supreme Court toda had under consideration a suit at tacking the constitutionality ot th new Workmen's Compensation Act. The court took the case under ad viscmont after former Attorney Gen cral William A. Schnadcr and Alter ncy General Guy K. Bard had prc sented opposing arguments on th question whether the act was elcctiv to employers. Schnatler, counsel for a group coal companies, told the court th increased cost ot compensation unde the new act would be so great would drive Pennsylvania's coal In dustry outside the system and als elevated their liabilities. He said the new legislation woul increase insurance rates for work men's compensation in the bitum nous coal industry by 02 !'j per ccn and by more than 100 per cent i the anthracite industry. BOY THROWN FROM BIKE, INJURED Richard Stoncr, 11 years old, so ot Mr. and Mrs. Lev! Stoncr ot 21 Woodlawii avenue, suffered a frac ture of the right wrist, two gashes i the forehead and bruises when h wns thrown from his bicycle whil riding in South Arch street Wcdnes day evening. The bike struck n ba spot in the street and pitched hi oft". Richard, known to his friend as "Bickie," is a student in tile flft grade in the South Side school. His brother, David, nine years ol a fourth grader at the South Sid School, is ill at his home, havin been made bedfast before Thanks giving as the result of complicatioi: that developed after tonsilitis. Hospital Patients. Robert Flannigan of 125 Norl Fourth street nnd Mrs. Irene Fr and Mrs. Sarah E. Small of Scottda have been admitted to ConnellsviU State Hospital for treatment. ... Chamberlain Tells Mussolini Britain Will Back France ! Announcement Comes ( As Appeasem ent Con- ^rence Breaks Down. Recognition For | Flood Service|DUCEN Y arREADY. HT By LT. WILLIAM BRADY Members of the Howitzer Company nd Medical Detachment, Connclls- ille's two units in tlie Pennsylvania itionnl Guard, who served in Pitts- urRh and Johnstown during the dis- strous Hoods of March, 1D36, were resented with special State medals t a public ceremony at State Armory 'hursday night. Only those guardsmen who are till with the two groups received the ] wards. Those who have since with- rawn from the service are required 3 make personal application for hem. Members uf both organizations, the Howitzers under command of Cap- ain Norman A. Browell, and the ledical Detachment, commanded by Captain Orlando F. Lcighty, formed n their locker rooms and marched to drill floor. At the command present arms" by Captain Lcighty he members of both companies per- ormcd the hand salute. The posi- ;cn of attention was resumed at the onmmand of " order arms." The ·nembers to receive the honors then topped forward and marched to a position before the speakers' plal- orm. Captain Harold F. Stauffcr, former commander of the Howitzers who as in charge of the company during he flood, "ommcndcd the men upon he fuel that they had done much during their service in Pittsburgh and ohnstown in changing the opinion of he citizens ot those places from one if distrust and Ill-feeling to one of rust and confidence. Up until that emergency, the captain stated, the seople either knew nothing about hnt vital branch of the National and Stale defense or else looked upon hem mainly as strike breakers and he like. By performing their duties n the flooded areas well and courteously the men were able to inform ROME, Jan. 13.--Great Britain has informed Italy that in the event ot trouble between Italy and France, Britain would be solidly behind France, an impeachable source revealed today. Tr... long-heralded conference between Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and Premier Bcnito Mussolini has proved a failure, it was indicated, and may result in virtual abandonment o£ Chamberlain's "appeasement" policy and a hardening of'the dividing line between the democracies and dictatorships. In reply to Chamberlain's warning, an authoritative source said, Mussolini assured Chamberlain that he does not envisage any hostilities with France. Mussolini's Mediterranean demands and his refusal to take his troops out ot Spain proved the stumbling blocks which prevented the conference from achieving any concrete results. It was disclosed that the Italians informed the British that Mussolini expects the Spanish war to collapse finally "within a few weeks," in which event the Italian forces would be withdrawn. Chamberlain seemed unperturbed by the outcome of the Rome confcr- sations. He was received in formal audience by the Pope today and was understood to have told him that he was satisfied with the results of his Rome x'isit. The Pope, it was understood, encouraged Chamberlain to continue his peace efforts and complimented him on his efforts to solve the Jewish refugee problem and end the war in Spain. VATICAN CITY, Jan. 13.--Neville Chamberlain, spokesman for the 500,000,000 people of the British Empire as premier of the mother coun- iml efficiency of this organization, he said. The medals were presented to the m«n by Councilman Paul II. Bcigh- ey, acting for Mayor Ira D. Younkin of Connellsvillc who was unable to ittcnd. In his address to the men -md the visitors, Mr. Beighley pointed out that the National Guard was very old in years, being organized in 1747 to fulfill three primary purposes: To have an adequately Iraincd force to meet any invasion, lo act as a reinforcement to the regular police force during times of civil disor lers, and as an ever ready source of aid during internal disaster. In presenting the medals Mr. Beighley expressed his pleasure in being present to do honors to the men and stated that lie was giving not only his own praise for the two National Guard units but also that of his fellow members of the Council of Connellsville. Following' the presentation of the Continued on Page Nine. Second Session Of Leader School This Evening This evening at 7:30 o'clock at tlie Presbyterian Church the second session of the leadership training school will be held. The school is being sponsored as usual by the District Sunday School Association. The enrollment on Tuesday evening embraced 52 students and six faculty members. Students came from Youngwood, Pennsvilie and Vanderbilt in addition to Conncllsville. The United Brethren Church had the largest registration from any one church, 10. The Methodist Protestant Church was next with nine. It is still possible to obtain credit for work done in the school if registration is made this evening. Mrs. William Fox, registrar of tlie school, will be glad to meet any additional students, at 7:15 o'clock, who desire to register before the session this evening. Rieman Reelecled Bank Trust Head Officers of the National Bank Trust Company of Connellsville were reelected at the annual reorganization meeting Thursday. G. Fred Rieman was returned to the office pf president, Paul O. Malone vice-president and cashier, Charles F. Donnelly assistant cashier and Lawrence W., Weaver, assistant trust ofli- ccr. Mcmbeis of the board of directors are M. Aaron, Robert J. Arnett, John Davis, G. Fred Rieman and Paul O. Malone, ' - . - - 000,000 Roman Catholics. William Peters,. Mail Carrier, Is Hurt in Crash GREENSBURG, Jan: 13.--Three persons were injured, one seriously, in two separate automobile accidents on the snow-covered Greensburg- Youngwood road today. All three were in Grcensburg Hospital. Thomas Diskin, 60, of Scottdale, suffered a crushed chest and possible skull fracture when his automobile skidded and struck a concrete abutment near Youngwood. Wiliiam F. Peters, of Greensburg, R. D. 4 "star" route mail truck driver, suffered a fractured jaw and possible concu«ion, and James McCrory, ot Scottdale, driver o£ a second car, was less seriously hurt when their automobiles collided head-on near Hunker. Peters transports the mail between Greensburg and Uniontown via Connellsville. The mail was transferred to~ another truck and was delivered two hours late. Col. Jacob Rupperf Dies; Was Owner Of Yankee Team By United Pros. NEW YORK, Jan. 13--Colonel Jacob Ruppcrt, multi-millionaire brewer and owner ot the world champion New York Yankees baseball team, died today at his Fifth avenue apartment after a lingering illness. The 71-year-old bachelor sportsman, whose greatest joy in lite was spending money on his great baseball team, succumbed to a complication of diseases following an attack last April of phlebitis inflammation of the leg veins. He died at 10:38 A. M. · Ruppcrt awoke this morning after a night of fitful sleep and was given a little nourishment. He appeared to have lost strength during the night, it was said. Then he lapsed into unconsciousness and died. Get Marriage Law Waiver. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 13. -- Hal Kemp, the band leader, and Martha Stephenson, glamorous blond society girl of New York, obtained a court waiver of Pennsylvania's 72-hour marriage law so they could be married hoi o today. ltro:ulc:ist Inauguration. HARKISBURG, Jan. 13.--Inauguration ceremonies for Governor-elect Arthur H. James will be broadcast over a State-wide hookup. Fourteen stations avo expected to take part in .the b

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