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Saturday, January 14, 1939
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LAST E AST COITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PR.CE 2 VOTj S7 JO =;j u.u. «i(, ivu. 3-1. Tho Weekly Courier. Founded July n. 13"0. i Mcrscfl Tho Dally Courier. Found! d November 10. 1901 (July 18. 1920. r'HMMTT'T T crvrr TTT r \ CONNBL.LbVItiL.lli, VA., i.'\-i."Vivr- T A V I T \ I V i ( inon Jt/\ i!,.MiS(j, JAMjAJll 1-1, 103!). TEN PAGES. SENATORS BACK CUT IN RELIEF Three Ordered Held for Court In Acheff Murder Agreement on House Total of $725,000,000 Seems Assured. HEDGED ABOUT BY RESTRICTIONS By RONALD G. VAN TINE United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON. Jan. 14. -- The Senate appeared ready today to support House refusal to appropriate more than $725,000,000--$150,000,000 less than President Roosevelt requested--to continue work relief until July 1. Chairman Alva B. Adams, D., Colo., of the i Senate Appropriations subcommittee in charge of the deficiency relief measure, announced that the bill passed by the House last night would be considered Monday. He predicted Hat it would be placed before the full committee Wednesday, ·nnd might reach the Senate last next week. "I want to be fair about it," Adams said, "but I feel-that $725,000,000 is all that ought to be appropriated at this time. The burden of proof is on those who are recommending a higher figure. We should appropriate on the theory that things are going to get better, not worse." The Administration sulTcred its first defeat of the 7oth Congress yesterday when the House refused, 226 to 137, to restore the $875,000,000 appropriation requested by the President, despite warnings that a lesser expenditure would force 1,150,000 persons off relief rolls. A total of 107 Democrats, most of them Southern conservatives, joined 119 Republicans to scuttle the Administration figure. After loading the bill with amendments, including one to separate politics from relief, the House ser.I it to the Senate by a vote of 397 to IB. The overwhelming vole was expected after decision on the amount of the appropriation. Both Democrats and Republicans were aware that present funds would be depleted soon, and few wonted to "go on record" against a deficiency expenditure. Ten Republicans and six Democrats voted "no." The official tally sheet listed them as: Republicans: W. Sterling Cole, N. Y., Charles Hawks, Wis., George H. Heinke, Neb., Donald H. McLean, N. J., Daniel A. Reed, N. Y., Lewis Rockefeller, N. Y., Dewey Short,- Mo., James Wadsworth, N. Y., John Tabcr, N. Y.rand Fred Crawford, Mich. Democrats: Eugene Cox, Ga., E. M. M. Owen, Ga., Hugh Peterson, Ga.. A. Willis Robertson, Va.. Howard Smith, Va., and Milton H. West, Tex. As approved, the bill requires that the appropriation be apportioned over the next five months, nullifies the President's recent order blanketing some 30,000 Works Progress Administration officials under Civil Service, limits relief to United States citizens, fixes at 25 per cent the rate of differentia] in WPA wages between the North and the South, and prohibits payment of salaries to WPA officials and workers who seek to influence votes of persons on relief rolls. Franco's Armies Smashing Way Toward Mediterranean Port 1 By United Press. HENDAYE, Jan. 14.--The nation- "alist forces smashed their way from both north and south today toward the vital Mediterranean port of Tarragona, behind a heavy artillery bai- rage and continuing air raids. With the capture of the walled city of Vails by the Fifth Navarre Division, the nationalists were within 12W miles of Tarragona nnd 18% miles from the important military ' base of Vcndrell, on the Tarragona- Barcelona highway to the north. The capture of Vails was accomplished after fierce fighting through «. the mountain pass of Sierra Gogulla, ·- between Montblanch and Vails. Three Connellsville men charged with the murder of Naum Acheff, Scottdaie confectionery store proprietor in December, were ordered held without bond for action of the March grand jury in the Fayette county courts after being arraigned before Alderman Robert F. Hopwood, Jr., at Uniontown Friday. Luther (King Kong) Royston, Clyde (Bluetop) White, both colored, and John Turzn, white, were held for the second time on a homicide count as they previously had been arraigned in the death of Henry D. Foster, 60-year-old retired Franklin township farmer, in Connellsville last December 3. According to Alderman Hopwood, County Detective John C. Wall introduced statements purportedly signed by the three defendants in which they admitted their parts in the death of Acheff who was brutally slain in his store in Westmoreland county, on that county side of the bridge that connects Evcrson and Scottdaie. Because the crime occurred within 500 yards of the Fayette county line, the trial may be held in its court with the approval of the Westmoreland county prosecutor which has already been granted. The alderman said that the Statement signed by Royston revealed he had fired a revolver bullet into Acheff when he resisted while being held up and that White purportedly admitted striking the storcman over the head with a wrench. Turza is said to have confessed driving the two Negroes to Scottdaie and to have been driving around Scottdaie until they pulled the job. The three accounted for $78, Aldermnn Hopwood said. Previously the three were taken before Alderman Fred Munk In the Foster homicide. They admitted, the county detective said, to having jInnned to rob Foster after Turza reportedly saw him display a large roll of money. Royston told police, it is charged, he struck Foster a vicioui blow on the chin, the victim's head striking a brick wall and causing a skull fracture. District Attorney James A. Rciliy said that he would demand the dentil penalty for the three defendants when they are placed on trial. AIRWAYS INN D E S T R O Y E D B Y B L A Z E Eight Thousand Damage Caused by Blaze Near Airport. PLACE OPENED IN DECEMBER Fire believed to have been of Incendiary' origin destroyed the new Airways Inn, situated to the west of Connellsville Airport, in Dunbar township, at about 4:15 o'clock this morning, causing a loss estimated at approximately $8,000. The inn had been opened December 26 by Joseph Valigora, the owner, who had rebuilt the old Smith homestead into a modem beer parlor. The structure and furnishings, together with the stock, was said to have represented an investment of nearly $8,000, all of which went up in smoke. Two buildings, one the Valigora residence only 40 feet from the beer parlor, were threatened for a time but the wind changed its course and blew the Sparks and flames away from the structures and nearby woods. Dunbar Volunteer Fire Department answered the alarm and appeared to have the situation in hand when a scant water supply became exhausted. Later Uniontown firemen arrived. The Valigora family had retired early Friday night because they usually have a "big week-end." It was around 4 o'clock when there was a loud knock and shrill cries of "fire" that aroused the nine sleepers. Identity of the man was not obtained. Mr, and Mrs. Valigora and seven children dressed hastily and saw the adjoining night club almost a ma;, of flames. A neighbor was said to hnve seen the fire and called firemen who were unable to lay a linn to a reservoir some distance away. The destroyed building was a largt. dnnce hnll, restaurant nnd beer garden. Frick Officials Hold Safely Dinner Tonight Four Die When Twin-Motor Plane Fails in Takeoff By United Press. MILES CITY, Mont., Jan. 14.--A twin motored air liner crashed a few minutes after taking off last night, killing four pcrons. The plane's-wreckage was consumed by flames, but there was disagreement among witnesses as. , to whether it caught fire while still in the air or after" it crashed. Operated by Northwest Air Lines, it was bound from Chicago to Seattle. It had been held here almost two hours by adverse weather. When it took off at 9:14 P. M. (11:14 P. M, EST) visibility was fair and there was little wind. Four minutes after the take-off, it again reappeared to those on the Held and the pilot seemed to be making a desperate attempt to land. It crashed within 1,200 feet of the fielJ. The dead were: Captain C. B. (Cash) Chamberlain, pilot. First Officer Ray Norby, co-pilot. Mrs. Morgan, Morris, Mandan, N. D. R. S. Zanhiser, Billings Mont. Mrs. Kennedy Not At ill, Agents Say UNIONTOWN, Jan. 14. -- Stale liquor law enforcement agents today clarified circumstances surrounding the raid on a still at the Ross Kennedy home in Dunbar township last Tuesday by saying no one was in attendance at the time. Previously it had been reported the wife was at i the still while her husband was Operating officials of the H. C. away - working on an automobile. Frick Coke Company will gather at 6:30 o'clock this evening at Pleasant Valley Country Club for their 24th annual Safety dinner. Thomas Moses, vice-president of United States Steel Corporation and former president of the Frick Company, will be the principal speaker. The agents insisted that the still was not being attended when they made the raid. Dr. Thomas S. March Dies After Stroke GREENSBURG, Jan. 14.--Dr. Thomas Stone March, 71, who retired in 1934 as superintendent of Greensburg city schools after 30 years ot service, died Friday night at the home of a son, Francis, in Washington. He had suffered a stroke before Christmas. Funeral Directors Elect. GREENSBURG, Jan. 14.--James F. Mullon of Manor was elected president of the Westmoreland County Funeral Directors Association at the meeting here Friday. Other officers arc.' Vice-president, Claude B. Murphy, ScotWale; secretary, Paul R,, Greensburg, and treasurer, William W. Bortz, Greensburg. Davidson Miner Injured. William C. Lewis, 32, of 520 Highland avenue, suffered an Injury to his back when hit by a piece of slate in the Davidson mine of Republic Steel Corporation this morning. He was taken to the Hospital. Chamberlain's Failure Hailed French Victory ROME, Dec. H.--Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain leaves for London todny to report to the British cabinet and Parliament on his talks with Benito Mussolini. A vaguely worded communique describing the formal conversations between the British nnd Italian premiers hud served but to emphasize their failure to reach agreement on any point of objective negotiation. It appeared increasingly certain that Chamberlain's policy of appeasement had suffered a perhaps morta blow and that there could be no iuc- cessful effort to settle general Mcdi tcrranean problems until the Spanish civil war had ended. As Chamberlain left, Viscoun Halifax, British foreign secretary win accompanied him here, had already left for Geneva to attend a mectlni of the League of Nations Council and much more importantly, 10 discus with Foreign Minister Georges Bon net of France every aspect of th British-Italian talks. The talks were obviously a failure For France, however. They were r diplomatic triumph. On. his way t Rome, Chamberlain lad pledge' himself not to try to mediate French Italian differences; in Rome th French ambassador was advised a every step of negotiations; now Hali fax had gone to Geneva to tell Bon nett everything and to discuss wit him the immediate future--one in which it seemed certain, thougl everything else was vague, that Grea Britain would stick close to Franc for her own good as well as that o European peace. Joe (riichfield Boomed for Member Of Fish Commission SOMERSET, Jan. 14--A movemen to have Joseph Critchfleld of Ursin appointed a member of the Slat Game Commission as a representativ of Southwestern Pennsylvania wa given impetus when the Somerse County Federation of Sportsmen Club unanimously moved his candi dacy, urging that Somerset count; be given that honor. The federation reorganized wit the reelection of W. Guy CritchflcL of Somerset as president. Mr. CritchlieUl is a member of th Connellsville Chapter of the Izaal Walton League. Bank Vicc-Prcsidcnt. James B. Warden, a former rosi dent of Mount Pleasant, has bee elected from tru^t officer to vice president and trust officer of the Firs National Bank of Pittsburgh. opkins at Senate Hearing Senator Arthur H. Vandcnbcrc of Michigan, chnts with Harry L. Hopkins (right) after hearing by t!ie Senate in connection with Hopkins' nomination as Secretary of Commerce. Senator Vandenberg- did' most of the questioning as Hopkins defended his political And economic beliefs nnd his record as administrator of tho WPA. Special Train Over Pennsylvania Will Carry Delegation KARLK SAYS HE'S HAPPY AT PROSPECT OF QUITTING WORRIES OF GOVERNORSHIP By United Prtia. - - - - HARRISBURG, Jan. 14.--George H. Earle will fly to New.York after he leaves office Tuesday to "take In some shows and have a little party for my wife." In his last press conference before leaving the governorship Baric said he would be the "happiest man in Pennsylvania when I shift the burden of worryng about the State's 10,000,000 people to other shoulders in these trying times." "I haven't made any plans for the future," Earle said. "I'm tired out and just want to get away and rest." cheduled to Leave Uniontown at 11 Monday Night, 11:30. BISHOP'S BAND . WILL LEAD GROUP Scottdaie Lands industry Winter Spreads : rom Rockies To Atlantic At Start, 10O Going Full Speclal to The Courier. SCOTTDALE, Jan. 14.--In conncc- jon with announcement that the remaining part of the plant of the American Sheet Tin Plate Company here had been turned over to :he Scottdaie Community Civic and Industrial Association it was made cnown a part of the plant will be occupied by R. E. Uptcgr.iff Manufnc- 'uring Company of Pittsburgh, build- cr of transformers. The transfer of the plant from the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation, owner, to the industrial association was lor a consideration of a dollar ind with tho understanding the community has an industry to Like pos- sMion. The association hns mode provision to borrow money with which to make the necessary alterations needed for occupancy. ThU will be begun at once. When operations are started, employment will be provided for 50 men and this is expected to be gr.idu.illy stepped up until within a year there will be 100 employes.. Tiie company will bring its key men. numbering 15 to 20, from Pittsburgh, it was baid. Minerd to Head Birthday Observance Shaw, Martin Appointed To C a b i n e t By United Pr«j PLYMOUTH, Pn., Jan. 14.--Gov- ernor-eicct Arthur H. James today announced two more appointments to his Cabinet, naming Dr. John J. Shaw of Philadelphia Secretory of Health, and General Edward Martin of Washington, Pa., Adjustant Genera!, Australians Being Harassed by. Fire And Heat Wave SYDNEY, Australia, Jan. 14.--The death toll reached 01 today in a series of forest and brush llrcs which have swept through Victoria state for week. - Many persons were missing. Twenty-one men and two women were killed when fire overwhelmed the township of Woods Point. Three children were killed at Noojee. Wind« flames Into new fury during the night. The fires came during an almost unprecedented heat wave. The temperature, was 112.5 here .today. SPORTSMEN MEET TUESDAY NIGHT AT COURTHOUSE Dr. H. Daniel Minerd, Fayette coun- :y ticiisuitr and former Mayor, has wen appointed city chairman for Connellsville in the "fight infantile '/ar.ilysis" campaign, it was announced at National headquarters in New York City by Keith Morgan, chairman of the Committee for the Celebration of the President's Birthday. JDr. Minerd h:id been chosen prcv- ously along with Mayor Jra D. Younkin, Prothonotary John J. 3rady and Orphans Court President Judge Ross S. Matthews to servo on ;hc executive committee for the general birthday observance in Fayclte county, the selection having been made by I.yell L.. Buttermoro, district lirector of the Works Progress Administration. Also on the executive committee ,ire Treasurer Ephraim S. Tyler, Secretary Mary A. Sliger, Unioatown Mayor William J. Brown, Brownsville Burgess William J. Long, O'Ncil Kennedy, Joseph C. Bum-ell, William J. Hynes, Harry J. Brownfleld, Judge- John W. Dnwson, Robert J. Arnctt, William E. LewcHcn, Jr., Charles T. Frock and H. Vance Cot- torn. Mr. Fiock is city chairman for Uniontown and Mr., Cottom for Brownsville. Community chairmen named by Mr. Buttcrmorc include: Mrs. Mary Hoyc*. Belle Vernon. Mrs. Helen Harding, Point Marion Michael Karolcik, Perryopolii. . D. Warne Ranken, Dunbar. r Mrs. n. L, Stollar, Fayclt/s City. Daniel Surancy, Fairchancc and Georges township. Dr. Vncent P. Pisuln, Evcrson. Frank Canistra. Republic. Gihnorc Provance, Masontown. Mrs. J. W. Sutton, Smithilcld. Ralph W."Whipkcy, Ohiopylc. Harry Addis, Vandcrbilt. H. Edward Mason, McClellandtown. - ~ - Raymond Ault and Amadoe Sccse Marltleysburg. Robert W, Butlermore, Star, Junction. " - Harry Sparks, Indian-Head. Miss Sarah Joilerles and Frank Shimshock, New Salem. Samuel Lemon, Luzernc townshi] and Hiller. E. Sturgis Colborn, Mill Run. H. A. Davenport, New, Geneva. Lindsay McFarland, Dawson.- Jnck Cochran, Dunbar township. William-Haas, Lower Tyrone town sbip_and-Dawson. Martin Gerke. Upper Tyrone~town ship, Connellsvlle R. D. 2. The Fayette County Fish and Game Protective Association will hold a special meeilng Tuesday evening at 7:30 o'clock at the courthouse in Uniontown to discuss legislation before the General Assembly. The Weather Fair tonight, Sunday cloudy and slightly warmer, light snov Sunday afternoon or night and colder by Monday is the noon wcathe,- forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. ' 1939 1938 Maximum . - 40 3." Minimum 27 L'5 Mean . . . . . 34 20 COUNTY TAX LEVY FOR YEAR SAME UNIONTOWN, Jan. 14.--There wil be no change in the 14-mill tax levj in Fayette county for 1989. This was the observation as county officials worked on~the current Qsca period's budget of expenditures. To Vay Son S25 Monthly. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 14.--Judge W Russell Cnrr directed Reuben Shure Brownsville merchant, to pay $25 month toward maintenance of hi minor son as long as he resides in Brownsville. By United Press. * Snow and sleet covered Northern ;tatcs from the Rocky Mountains to he Eastern seaboard today, disrupted communications and tied up land nnd air transportation in many sections. Temperatures generally w e r e moderate, however. In northern llinois nnd some Western states, spring-like temperatures caused snow to melt as it fell. A blinding snowstorm in the New York metropolitan area last night caused one of the greatest traffic ams in the city's history. Tho jam started during the rush hour when .rucks without chains became stallec on slippery approaches to the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. Thousands of motorists were c.iught in the jam, many for as long as an hour in one spot. All air traffic in the area was at a standstill. Plane schedules throughout the Midwest were irregular. C. A. Donncl, U. S. weather fore- castor at Chicago, said the heaviest snows fell over Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Vir- glnin, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He said a light fall had been reported in parts of the Pacific Northwest. He predicted additional snow or rain in practically all eastern anc northern portions of the north central states today nnd in most ex- Lreme eastern states Sunday. The snow will be accompanied by lower temperatures. A three-inch snowfall was reporte at Washington, D. C., where .the temperature hovered in -tho- zO's Cincinnati reported four Inches ol snow. A heavy snow fell at Chicagi but melted quickly in temperatures which ranged to 15 degrees obovi normal for January . Indiana was digging out of its heaviest snowfall o£ tlie season. In many places it was a foot deep. Donncl said the storm was centere over the Ohio valley and was moving rapidly northeastward toward New York and New England. "He said thi heaviest snowfall today would occur In New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. " " " Foreign War Vets Meet Monday Night; Will Plan Banque Plans for the annual banquet o Walter E. Brown Post, Veterans o Foreign Wars, will be formulated a Monday night's meeting in the pos home in South Pittsburg street. A good attendance is desired at th session called for 8 o'clock. Woman Slrangler Victim Identified HARRISBURG, Jan. 14.--The bod of a woman, strangled and throsv to the bank of Hacy's run, just nort of the Capital, has been identified a Mrs. Esther Clarkin Milton, 40, polic said today. Identification was made by tw friends of the slain woman, who tol police that several relatives living i Harrisburg and her estranged husband in Pittsburgh did not know he whereabouts. Her body was found by a WP/ worker on his way to work carl yesterday morning. Deputy Corone P. J. Andews said she had been strangled but apparently not other wise attacked. Fayette county will have a delega- ion of at least 500 in the inaugura- lon parade in Harrisburg Tuesday fternoon, declared George C. Brown, hairman of the Fayette County He- ublican Committee, in charge of reparations for the pilgrimage to ic State Capital to see Judge Arthur I. James take the oath of office as Governor of Pennsylvania. , "With any kind of a fair break in he weather, we'll have at least 500 the Fayette county delegation. If vc get a repetition of that 'Indian ummer*--and we're pulling for it-- vc should have,twice that many," aid Mr. Brown. "The enthusiasm of Fayette county citizenry Is gratifying as it dcmon- tralcs the deep interest the people are taking hi the political life of our Commonwealth. This is a good sign ind I hope this spirit will always irovail." A special train will be operated over the Pennsylvania Railroad to and from Harrisburg for the con- 'enience of the Fayette countains. The train will be at Uniontown depot at 11 o'clock Monday night. It will cave at 12:01 Tuesday morning. lalf an hour later, the train will be n Connellsville where it will take on he local delegation. A stop at Scottdaie Is scheduled by 12:48. The special will arrive at Harris- JUrsc at 7 A. M. The return trip will begin at 11:30 P. M. and the train is scheduled to reach Uniontown at 7 A. M. Wednesday. Fayclte county's group will be headed by Billy Bishop and His Band of 50 pieces with Walter M. Edge directing and Miss Jennie Umbel as drum major. Fayette countians are to form on 18th street at Harrisburg at 12 o'clock Tuesday and will fall in line immediately behind the Washington county marchers. Fayette county will be the 13th group in the parade, Washington 12th and Westmoreland llth, Somerset conuty is to be No. 22 and Greene county 24. Parade arrangements announced in Harrisburg reveal the counties will appear in historical order rather than in order of their political significance. Chester, Bucks and Philadelphia, as the oldest counties; will lead the civilian delegation. The James "home folks" from Luzcrne county will be 17th in line, followed by Huntingdon and Allegheny. Thomas J. Diskin -Dies p|.Injuries In Auto Accident · SCOTTDALE, Jan. 14.--Thomas J. Diskin, 59 years old, died at 2:15 o'clock this" morning at .Westmoreland Hospital" a't {Greensburg : of injuries received Friday rooming in an automobile accident. Mr. Diskin's automobile skidded into a culvert near Youngwood and he suffered a crushed chest and a fractured skull. The slippery condition of the highway was reported to have been responsible tor the machine's skid. He was one of three Westmoreland county - persons' who were injured in automobile mishaps Frit'iy. Mr. Diskin had been engaged in the real estate business here for 35 years. Mr. Diskin was a graduate of Notre Dame University at South Bend, Ind. He was a member of St. John the Baptist 'Church. v ' Besides his wife, Mrs. Anna I. Diskin, he leaves the following children; Anna at-home; Constance and Patrick, Los Vegas, Nev.; Thomas, Jr., Pennwcll, Texas, and Mrs. J. B. Brown, Anniston, Ala. One brother, Michael is state attorney general in Nevada. Funeral arrangements are being held in abeyance pending arrival of children. llss Finger Fractured. When the little linger on his left hand was caught between a pipe and a building roof at the Yough Brewing Company plant, John Ebcrhardt, 44, of Irwin, R. D. 1, had the digit fractured this morning. He was taken to the Hospital for treatment. Tax Levy Fixed. North Belle Vernon council fixed , its tax levy at 15 mills, 10 for the 1 general fund and five for sinkinc. Hospital Patients. i Mrs. Mary Morrison of Ohiopyle, Maggie Morris of Dunbar and Norman Love of 308 Loucks avenue, Scottdaie. have been admitted to Conncllsville State Hospital tor treatment. Scotldale Child Hurt. Jacqueline Farmer, three years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. CHOTord Farmer of Jennings avenue, Scottdale, suffered a laceration o£ the outer right ear when she fell against a bod; She was treated at Connellsville State Hospital.

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