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LAST DIT10N PRICE 2«' The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 36, NO. 53 The Weekly! Courier. Founded July 17. 1879. The Daily Courier. Founded November 10. 1002. I Merced. I July 18. 1020 CONNELLSVILL-E, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 6, 1938 TWELVE PAGES. TAX SALE FIXED FOR A P R I L 4 No Further Postponements, Announces County Treasurer. NOW DEFERRED THREE TIMES UNIONTOWN, Jan. 6.--Property owing delinquent taxes for 1934 and 1935 will bo sold Monday, April 4, it was announced today by County Treasurer H. Daniel Minerd, who indicated there would be no further postponement ol the sale that has been deferred three times. Property delinquent for taxes those two years will bo advertised 30 days prior to" the date of the sale. However, all properties on the list for non-payment of taxes for the years of 1930 to 1933 inclusive will also be prepared for sale without any additional advertising to that sponsored by John Q. Adams and Thomas R. Aubrey, former county treasurers. PASTORS-MAY FORM COUNTY ASSOCIATION Tie For Burgess' At Confluence Settled by Draw Special to The Courier. CONFLUENCE, Jan. 6.-- H. L. Sellers has assumed his duties as burgess of Confluence, entering upon his second term. Mr. Sellers, a Democrat, and Horace Kcefer, a Republican, tied at the municipal election in November and it was through the drawing of lots in the office of the Somercst county commissioners that the borough chief executive continued in office for another four years. He was not "keen" tor the office and made no attempt to go to Somerset or even send a proxy there when the commissioners fixed the time for the drawing of lots to decide tie votes. Mr. Sellers later was notified by the commissioners that he had Creation of a Fayettc County Ministerial Association was discussed Wednesday night at a meeting of Protestant pastors of Connellsville, Brownsville and Uniontown at the Second Presbyterian Church at Uniontown. The conference was arranged by Hev. James C. Clark, pastor of the Uniontown church, who laid "before the group, numbering about 40, various projects that could be taken up by a county organization. The ministers were ot the unanimous belief that it would be "beneficial and helpful" to have such a unit. It was decided that each of the three major ministerial associations --Connellsville, Brownsville and Uniontown--select three from its membership to contsitute an executive committee which is to enlist the support of the smaller associations Continued on Page Six. Limiting Right To Strike Held As Illegal Act WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.--The National Labor Relations Board informed Congress in its annual report today that- legal limitations on the right to strike would be unconstitutional. The statement was made in the face of a reviving drive to amend · the Wagner act, under which the board operates, and to take steps to increase trades unions responsibility. The board said, in a discussion of the Wagner law, that it imposes no curb on strike rights. Such "limitations . . . would no doubt be unconstitutional." It explained the statute was "designed to eliminate the casuses of the large proportion of strikes . . . and for the peaceful adjustment of controversies." Mounting criticism of the law, as it now stands, .was touched orl by speculation that President Roosevelt, in his message to Congress, desired amendment to the act. Senator Charles L. McNary, Republican, Ore., interpreted the address in this fashion. The President said later he desired further responsibiity on the part ot unions but that steps would not be taken to insure this unless labor failed to clean its own house. The board blamed warfare between Committee for Industrial Organization and American Federation of Labor affiliates for enhancing its administrative difficulties. It declared the labor feud had caused some employer to invite the weaker unit of the two rivals to orgcjiize their plants in order to prevent domination by a strong union. "Such action," said the board, "is clearly illegal." Reserves Meet Tonight. The conference of the Reserve Officers Corps will be held tonight at 8 o'clock in the courthouse at Uniontown. Just Off the Wire WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.--The Reconstruction Finance Corporation Is 'prepared to lend the Baltimore Ohio Railroad Company $8,223,000 If the InU.-tsafe Commerce Commission approves. RFC Chairman Jesse R. Jones said today. Jones revealed the negotiations for a loan in a letter to Daniel Will aril, president of the KaUlmore Jk Olihi. SAN 3IATEO, Cal., Jan. 8.--A representative of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor lias made Informal Inquiries concerning possibility of leasing a 58-acrc estate in the fashionable Menlo Park district for use as the future home of the famed couple, U was learned definitely loiter. Sutherland See Era of Liberalism Court Miners Taking Tests Must Present Proof Of Mine Experience Certification of some kind, either from the superintendent or the payroll clerk, must be presented by persons appearing before the Bituminous Miners Examining Board for certificates which will be required next April to remain employed in coal mines, Earl Miller of* Indian Head, chairman of the board, said today. "A miner must have had two years of experience in the coal mines of Pennsylvania and must present a certification from some company for which he has worked, cither from the superintendent or the payroll clerk, before he will be permitted to take the examination," Mr. Miller said. This is a requirement of the State law enacted last year. The board was in Conncllsville today, conducting tests for miners of Davidson, Trotter and Leisenring Nos. 1, 2 and 3 at City Hall. Monday the board will be at the Melcroft Theatre, Tuesday at Indian Head community building for the last meetings to be conducted in Fayctte county. Next Wednesday the board goes to Gray and Thursday to Acosta, both in Somerset county. After April I, next, persons desiring to work in the bituminous mines of Pennsylvania will be required to produce a certificate showing they are qualified. Those without certificates may be employed as apprentices until they are able to pass the required examinations, the board chairman said. By LYLE C. WILSON United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.--New Dealers jubilantly proclaimed today that Associate Justice George Sutherland's retirement from the Supreme Court would open a new era of liberal trends, a further extension ot Federal powers and judicial protection of Administration policies. President Roosevelt's effort to reorganize the Supreme Court, begun almost exactly 11 months ago, is judged now to be dead forever. Sutherland's action and the likelihood of other retirements are opening to the President an opportunity to name a strong minority of actual "Roosevelt justices.'.' Defended by these "Roosevelt justices" and supported in greater or less degree by the existing liberal or moderate members of the court, distinctly New Deal theories are likely to find refuge now where they once were scored. "It seems to me that this is the definite end ot an epoch," Senator Sherman Minton, D., Ind., said today of Sutherland's retirement. "The future will see a definite extension of the power of the Federal Government to protect the people. It will be less difficult to make a democracy work." Minion's words seemed to reflect the spirit of New Dealers who battled Continued'on Page Five. Kiwanis Trustees To Make 1938 Plans Monday at Capital The annual meeting of the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania district of Kiwanis International will be held Monday at Harrisburg it was announced today by District Governor Peter R. Weimer. The program for the Kiwanis Clubs in Pennsylvania will be outlined for the year and plans for the promotion of international objectives will also be discussed. Past governors and lieutenant governors of Pennsylvania will attend. Those from this district are District Governor Peter R. Wcimer, District Secretary John J. Brady and Lieutenant Governors Eugene C. Sloan of Brownsville, Hev. Fred Y. Poulson of Coraopolis and Walter A. Morris of Butler. Snowbound Mother, In Dying Condition Gets Aid by Plane By United Prws. SYDNEY, N. S.,- Jan. 6.--A ski equipped airplane today carried a doctor to the bedside of a young wife who lay dying in childbirth in a fishing hut on the snowbound northernmost tip of Cape Breton Island. For three days neighboring fishwives in the village of Dingwall had tried vainly to aid the delivery. The village priest, Rev. Paul MacNiel, radioed an appeal to the provincial government for medical aid yesterday. Snow had baffled efforts to reach the village in n horse-drawn vehic-1* 1 . Airs. Jlerwlck Has Operation. Mrs. O. R. Henvick of South Pitts- bui-g street underwent an operation this morning at 9 o'clock at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, where she has been a patient since last Thursday. Her son, Dr. Robert P. Herwick of Washington, D. C., is with her. Firemen to Honor DeadJanuary23, Christian Church The annual memorial service of the New Haven Hose Company will be held on Sunday evening, January 23, at the First Christian Church. Rev. Merrill L. Cadwdi, pastor, will preach the sermon. Members of the hose company and band will attend in a body. Each year the company holds its memorial service in a different church with Fire Chief William E. DeBolt making arrangements. Curb on Ex-Hubby Asked by Ruth Etling, Former Follies Star By United Press. LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6.--Ruth Etting, pretty blues singer, appealed to the district attorney's office to protect her from "death threats" she said she received from her former husband, Martin Snyder. District Attorney Buron Fills as-signed two investigators as bodyguards and simultaneously telegraphed a request to District Attorney Thomas E. Dcwcy ot New York to furnish him information as to Snyder's movements. Miss Etting told Fills that Snyder, whom she divorced barely a month ago, had telephoned her from New York, declaring he planned to come here by plane and "kill me and then comit suicide." The former "Follies" star divorced Snyder in Chicago on November 30, charging him with cruelty. They had been married since 1922 and Snyder acted as her manager. At the time of her divorce, Miss Etting said she was retiring from the entertainment world. Several years before, she announced similar plan;; to retire to E farm, but theatrical offers lured her back to the footlights. Linn V. Phillips Exonerated by Jury In Automobile Death UNIONTOWN, Jan. 6.--A coroner's jury Wednesday exonerated Attorney Linn V. Phillips ot all responsibility in the death of Clyde J. McDowell 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. George McDowell of Hopwood, who died last August 30 as a result of an accident on National pike. The jury held the accident to be unavoidable when it was testified the victim dashed out from around a big van into the path of the light trucK being driven by the attorney. Greek Catholics Christmas Friday The Greek Catholic denomination will celebrate Christmas tomorrow. There will be a midnight mass tonight at St. Stephen's Greek Catholic Church while the Christmas mass tomorrow morning will be at 10:30 o'clock. Rev. Father Ivan P. Romza, pastor, will be celebrant. Children will be given a treat after the mass tomorrow. Yal Ernies on Honeymoon. MIAMI, Fla., Jan. G.--Val Ernie, New York orchestra leader, and his socialite bride, the former Mrs. Irene Shrecve Wood worth, of Palm Beach, left lod.iy by plane for a honeymoon in Havana. Justice- GcorfTO Sutherland . . . retires from hich court Speculation is rife as to who will be appointed by President Roosevelt to the Supreme Court bench to succeed Justice George Sutherland, conservative, who has announced his retirement for January 1C. Justice Sutherland gave his advancing age-76-- and a recurring stomach ailment as the reason. --Central Press Censors Needed To Keep Mae From Playing Eve WASHINGTON, Jan. G.--Federal Communications Commissioner T. A. M. Craven has informed Congress that if it doesn't like to have Mac West play Adam-imd-Evc over the radio it will have to a censorship law, it was revealed today. Testifying before a House Appropriations bub-committee, Craven said the only thing the FCC could do in such instance would be to "lake action" against the radio station when its license came up for renewal, if Ihc program were considered not in the public interest. Craven was questioned about Miss West's "Garden of Eden" broadcast. Representative Evercttt M. Dirkscn, Republican, 111., said lie though that "while it was in bad tnste, I don't know anything you can do about it." "There is a very grave question of constitutional rights with respect to censorship which we must regard as well as everybody else," Craven said. ARTIST SLAIN, POLICE GUARD HIS APARTMENT By United PrCM. HOLLYWOOD, Jan. G--The blood- spattered apartment of Harry A Raynes, an artist who prospered in the movie colony, was scaled anc guarded by police today while they looked for clues to his violent death A Negro houseboy found Raynes body last night on the bedroom floor. He had been dead about 24 hours Overturned furniture and blood on the walls of livingroom, bathroom and bedroom gave evidence of a fierce struggle. The artist's head bore a deep wound and there were numerous bruises on his body. The condition of the apartmcnl indicated that Raynes probably had battled furiously with an assailant. Dies Alone Roadway. WASHINGTON, Pa., Jan. 6.-Charles A. Houseman, 80, one ot the oldest residents of Nottingham township, died of a heart attack along a roadway as he. started for a neighbor's home to visit. His wife, Mar} Ella Wilson of near Belle Vcrnon died in 1921. He leaves six children including Fred ot West Newton. Charged With Manslaughter. GREENSBURG, Jan. 6.--Charged with involuntary manslaughter before a local alderman, John Walton 37, colored, of Carbon, whose allegec use of a car without permission o its owner, Dr. O. B. Snyder, Tuesday resulted in the death of two anc serious injury to two more, was remanded to jail in default of bond. The Weather Rain in south or snow in north portions tonight, warmer in east portions tonight, Friday snow and colder in north,.and rain changing to snow and much colder in south portion is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1938 1937 Maximum 5" -IB Minimum 33 :!0 Mean ,.. : ^-,. « .. 33 GREATEST PEACETI DeSCHWEINITZ QUITS; SAYS GOVERNOR PLAYS POLITICS WITH POOR By MOREY J. POTTER i United Press Staff Correspondent. ! IIARRISBURG, Jan. 6.--Pennsyl- j vania's unemployment relief em-1 broglio moved swiftly today with; these results: | 1--jGovernor George H. Earlc named Arthur W. Howe, Jr., as public assistance secretary, succeeding Karl do Schwcmitz, who resigned with the charge that "the door has already been opened" for the injection o£ politics into relief. Howe resigned as welfare secretary to accept the new postfolio. 2--Governor Earle summarily dismissed Howard L. Russell as deputy secretary of public assistance because of "disloyalty and insubordination." 3--Russell branded Governor Earle as "Pennsylvania's No. 1 hypocrite," and accused the Earlc Administration of endeavoring to use the relief administration "for partisan and political purposes.'* HARRISBURG, Jan. 6.--Karl de Schweinitz, accusing G o v e r n o r George H. Earlc of accepting the dictates of local politicians in the selection of county assistance boards, has resigned as public assistance secretary. His action came with dramatic suddenness last night after Earle announced he would retain De Schweinitz in the $10,000-a-year post and selected Welfare Secretary Arthur W. Howe, Jr., to supervise "certain fundamental" changes in the department to obtain a "maximum business administration." T h e developments climaxed months ot bitter fighting between Democratic leaders and the "social service clique" with Governor Earle as referee. Mrs. Emma Guffcy Miller, Democratic national committccwoman and sister of U. S. Senator Joseph F. Guffcy, said in Washington that she Continued on Page Six. Policeman's Wife Shot in Breast; Officer in Jail By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 6.--Mrs. Jennie Betters, 27, wife of a city patrol- nvm, was mysteriously shot and wounded seriously today by her husband's service revolver as he was dressing to go to work. Mis. Belters, mother of two children, was taken to Passavant Hospital, shot once above the heart. Her condition was reported critical. The husband, Thomas Betters, 36, sobbing and at times incoherent, was taken to police headquarters for questioning. No charge was made immediately but detectives said they would hold Betters and take a formal statement later. Waltons Further Plans for Annual Sportsmen Dinner Preparations for the annual sportsmen's banquet, under the auspices of the Ccnnellsville Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, were furthered at a meeting of the chapter Wednesday night at the West Perm terminal, President Howard E. Weisgerber presiding. It was definitely-decided to have but one speaker, Frank -T. Bell of Washington, 'United -States commissioner of fisheries. It is probable Dr. I. H. Alexander, president of the Pittsburgh'Chaptcr of the Izaak Walton League, will be toastmaster. If he can be here Kenneth A. Reid, the new executive head of tKcleague, will be a guest. The banquet will be Thursday evening, February 24, at 6:30 o'clock at thu First Methodist Episcopal' Church. Tickets for the banquet will be out in a few days. While .under Walton auspices, the banquet is for all sportsmen. Of especial interest to hunters will be an additional feature--motion pictures dealing with their phase of activity. The chapter also gave attention to the annual membership campaign. An effort will be made to largely increase the enrollment. Warden James Banning reported the release of a dozen full-grown ringncck cocks, the largest consignment of adult birds this part of the county has received. The chapter adopted a resolution thanking the Fish Commission for the liberality with which fish were planted in Fayettc county waters during 1937. President Weisgerber expressed, in behalf of the chapter, regret over the coming departure of Mr. Reid from Connellsville and the loss the chapter, of which he is the father, will suffer. At the same time he congratulated him on his elevation to oftice in the league. Mr. Reid reported on three matters that have been placed before the Board of Fish Commissioners for action and of which he is the sponsor. They were: Some plan whereby lakes and streams in the State now closed to fishing may be open' 3 under certain restrictions, for instance proper protection for public water supplies. Construction of highway fills to make lakes for stocking with fish, a plan which is being carried out with great success in other states. · A proposed course of conservation of natural resources as a part of public school curriculum. All these have met with the approval of members "of the commission but have not been officially acted upon. Personal Properly Tax in Westmoreland Expected to Decline GREENSBURG, Jan. 6.--Westmoreland county government will sustain a loss of at least 25 per cent in its revenues from the four-mill personal properly tax Ihis year, Jolin H. Darr o£ the County Tax Board said. He said that personal property return forms for 1938 have been mailed out to approximately 6,000 county security holders. "I feel that I can safely predict that tumbling stock prices will cut our revenues ' from the persona] property tax this year from 25 to 30 per cent," Mr. Darr said. Reid Resigns From Fish Commission Kenneth A. Reid, who will become executive secretary of the Izaak Walton League of America Januarj 17, has submitted to Governor George H. Earle his resignation as a member of the Board of Fish Commissioners, effective the date his new position becomes effective. Writing the governor, Mr. Reid said: "It is with considerable regret that I leave my native State and the work of the board, to which I have devoted so much of my time, but I belinv. that the new position offers even greater opportunities for service in the cause of intelligent conservation of natural resources--a problem which I firmly believe to be the most Important before the American people today. "As there is some board work that 1 would like to bring to a conclusion, I respectfully request that my resignation tnke elVcct on January 17, Int.- rtntr I take up my new duties in Spurred by President's Alarm, Officials Draft Program.- · PUTS U. S. INTO ARMAMENT RACE By HOBART C. MONTEE United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.--Navy Department officials rushed plans today for construction of the greatest peacetime navy this country has ever possessed. Spurred on by President Roosevelt, who has expressed alarm over the unsettled international situation and the growing disregard for treaty rights and international law, "Navy officials prepared plans for a naval construction program o'ver and above the "replacement" building program authorized in the "Vinson-TrammeU act. This additional" construction will be asked in a supplemental bill to be introduced in Congress within Jthc next few days, Navy officials iaid af- tor'a'lengthy conference with.Presi- dent 'Roosevelt. The bill will project the' "United States 'for the first time into tlie world rearmament race. It is calculated, officials said, to give this country a navy "second to none" when completed. JAPS HEAR , CHINA MAY SEEK PEACE By United Press. TOKYO, Jan. 6.--The cabinet received reports that the Chinese government may soon seek peace with Japan, it was asserted today. Tadao Kazami, secretary to the cabinet, announced that a series ot ministerial conferences held yesterday dealt with the Chinese situation as the result ot receipt of advices that the Chinese "had..con3«.k»-sho«»with increasing publicity their intention to sue lor peace." There were rumors here, unconfirmed, that China already had prepared peace terms and was ready to submit them to Japan. Cabinet Secretary Kazami, in making his statement, said that Japan was carrying on her campaign in China at great sacrifice with the sole purpose of obtaining permanent peace. "Unless the Chinese definitely show their true intention to rectify their mistaken attitude," he added, "the Japanese are fully determined to pursue their present operations until they effectively attain their objectives." Censorship Placed On Foreign Cable Lines, Japs Assert By EDWARD W. BEATTIE United Press Staff Correspondent. SHANGHAI, Jan. 6 Japanese authorities announced today that they intended to put censors in the combined offices used by all foreign cable companies. Censors were installed yesterday in radio offices. This would give the Japanese control of all telegraphic and radio communication between Shanghai and the outside world. A Japanese embassy spokesman announced that censorship of cables and radio was effective. 11 is directed primarily to matter other than prets news, he said, but the press also is subject to censorship. The censors are civilians. Correspondents will not be Informed of what has been censored. Recent terrorism in the International Settlement was reported to be responsible for the move. TO FINISH WORK AT FT. NECESSITY Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 6.--Work will be pushPd to completion at Fort Necessity, according to Congressman J. Buell Snyder. The project is to be taken up by CCC workers from Laurel Hill, Somerset county, as soon as necessary arrangements can be made to establish a side-camp at the park. Frick Miner Injured. Wilfred Freestone of Lemont, employed by the H. C. Frick Coke Company at its Washington Run mine on the Colonial belt, suftcrcd a crushed right foot in an accident while at work Tuesday. He wjs removed to G. O. P. Sees Relief Issue In Campaign By United Press. HARRISBURG, Jan. 6.--Unemployment relief administration' 'In Pennsylvania loomed today as a dominant campaign issue In the forthcoming gubernatorial election, when Republicans will endeavor to select a man to succeed Governor 'George H. Earle. G. O. P. leaders, although noncommittal immediately, received enthusiastically the resignation statement of Public Assistance Secretary Karl de Schweinitz. They pointed with particular emphasis to the following charge from DC Schweinitz: "It is no longer a question of preventing politics from entering relief. The door has already been opened .. increasingly during the last six months the administration in Harrisburg has aligned itself with the local politicians, who for three years have been attacking a non-political disbursement of relief." Point Marion Fire To Be Investigated UNIONTOWN, Jan. 6.--Reports o£ incendiarism flew thick and fast in Point Marion today as fire originated in the rear room of Princess. Inn, a mile south of the borough. Gasoline fumes noticed by firemen and others who gathered at the scene led to suspicions so great that the State fire marshal will be asked to investigate. As eight or 10 patrons sat In the front of the one-story building, there was a cry of "fire" by a passing truck driver who had noticed smoke. He grabbed a fire extinguisher from his truck and put out the fire before firemen arrived. Damage was estimated light. Hospital Patients. Anna Belle Clifton cf Vanderbilt, . W. D. Smith of Coalbrook, Catherine Giampetro of Dunbar, Harry Leich- liler of South Cottage avenue and William Lee of near Wheeler have been admitted to Connellsville State iilaJ for Igeijtrpept. t

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