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Tuesday, January 17, 1939
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LAST E D1TION PRICE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. vou ST. xo. :- V\V ?v«vk, ^ July 17, tflTO, } MrrRCll , Kiwtfmbrt 10. 1002 j July IB IIKD CONNEOLSVILL.E, PA., TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 17, 193.9. TEN PAGES. UNCOVER Us?'Society Hints Reprisals SUBWAY . SCANDAL Systematic Theft of 26 Million Nickels Disclosed in New York; Four Arrested, 23 Questioned. DEWEY HEADS PROSECUTION By United Press. NEW YORK, Jan. 17.--Eight men were arrested early today and charged with grand larceny .and forgery in connection with the theft of Sl,250,000 in nickles from the city-owned independent subway system. Nine others were held as material . witnesses at the district attorney's "*· office after being questioned all night concerning their knowledge of the thefts which, investigators said, amounted to 26,000,000 nickels during the past three years. District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey said at least 30 station agents, working in collusion with maintenance m;n, had each been'looting the turnstiles of approximately S50 a day *. and that their thefts had amounted to three per cent of the independent subway system's gross business of 874,884,100 fares in the past throe fiscal years. Dewey said he was astounded by the scope of the operations and by the fact that the thieves were able to escape detection from the subway's own police force which specializes in catching persons who drop lead slugs into the turnstiles. Rumors of a scandal in the subway system had been current for several days and Dewey said some of the suspects apparently had gone into hiding. Detectives reported that one man on their list was missing and his brother had reported that he said he "had plenty and was beating it while the bc-ating was goojl." Robert H. Thayer, assistant prosecutor who questioned the 23 men all night; said he was informed that this missing man had banked $100,000 in . the past few years while holding a * petty subway job. One of the men jailed, James McGovern. 28, had been a station agent until he "retired" about a year ago. The others identified themselves as Henry AronrleinJ 33, a station agent; Isadore Kadisow, an agent, · and Charles E. Cox, a maintenance man. The charges against them included larceny, forgery and attempted bnb- - cry. The method used by the thieves was described as follows: Station agents would call the maintenance department "-'and report a turnstile out of order. '.A mechanic would be sent to repair U. Using his special knowledge, he would turn back the meter to show fewer fares than had been registered, and he and the station agent would divide the · difference. ,, The average theft would be $5C per turnstile per day, but when business was slack, it would be reduced to avoid suspicion. The plotters arranged to take the same days as holidays so as not to interrupt the looting. Much of the evidence was gathered by two subway policemen, John E Cody and Cornelius Callahan, who said they had worked with the thieves to learn their methods, and had been offered bribes. Dewcy's investigators believed tha the larceny might have been going on as long as five years, and that th loss might be found to be much greater than was apparent now. First inkling of the plot was given last week when the board ol transportation ordered 17 suspects to appear for questioning next Thursday It was to have been strictly a de^ portmental investigation under Civi Service regulations, until Dewey heard of the extent of the stealing Against U. S. TOKYO, Jan. 17.--The powerful Hra-nationalist secret organization colled Shixmso, or the "Purple Cloud Society," published an open letter to President Roosevelt today thrcaten- ng retaliatory measures if the United States and Great Britain imposed economic sanctions against Japan. The letter asserted that Japan was beginning to feel that the United States was an unfriendly power. The letter, published in Nichi Nichi, one of the largest newspapers in Japan, deplored Anglo-American cooperation in the Far East and said the United States should regard Great Britain and not Japan as an aggressor nation. It was published as a paid advertisement. The United States and Great Britain were following a parallel course in strong representations opposing Japan's plan to form an Asiatic conomic bloc comprising Japan, Manchukuo and China, at the expense of the commercial interests in China and other powers. The two great English-speaking nations have informed Japan they upheld the principle of the "opon door" to China, guaranteed by the nine power treaty, which Japan maintains is obsolete and proposes to nullify by unilateral action. England Guards All Cabinet Members As .Result of Bombings By United Press. LONDON, Jan. 17.--A j o t Scotland Yaid, charged with special I supervising the activities of sus- guard was placed at the home of the i pectcd political elements, began a Duke of Abcrcorn, governor of north- j check up of known Irish Republican ern Ireland, today and Scotland Army men in London and the Yard considered plans to strengthen j provinces, intending to question guards at the homes of all cabinet ministers as the result of a scries of bomb outrages throughout the country, blamed on the "Irish Republican Army." Already guards had been placed at every key power station, water them and, if necessary, detain them. Authorities believed that members of the "I R. A.," following up a proclamation which they issued Sunday demanding the removal of all British troops from Ireland and the incorporation of Northern Ireland works and reservoir in Great Britain I into one Ireland-wide republic, in- by special order of the home office. ' tended to paralyze power and water Operatives of the special branch | works throughout Britain. State's 3.4th Governor Senate Confirms Frankfurter For Supreme Court Texas Inauguration In Stadium Because Of Unusual Crowds "Since the United States has irritated Japan by highly provocative words and actions, how can your excellency wonder that relations between Japan and the United States and Great Britain were rapidly aggravated?" asked the, open letter. "We arc compelled to point out that your excellency must assume responsibility for whatever measures Japan takes in retaliating against sanctions which Great Britain and the United States are preparing to impose. (No economic sanctions or trade r.prisals against Japan have been proposed by Great Britain or the United States,'but the strong tone of icir recent notes caused speculation diplomatic quarters that such ae- on was likely unless Japanese in- rforcnce with British and American itcrcsts In China ceased.) The Shiunso letter followed an ditorial in the Kokumin Shimbun, a ·nail newspaper without great in- uence, which circulates largely in nilitacy circles, asserting that Japan oes not intend to interfere with America's China policy if it is only conomie, but that should it develop olitical significance "Japan, with its eet, must destroy America's naval perations." The editorial questioned the pro- osed fortification by the United tales of Guam and Wake Islands, sserting that it would be incom- atiblc with America's naval policy nd probably represented the views f a military clique instead of the American people. The Shiunso society Is a private 'Olitical organization. Names of its members are not made public. Since he start ol Chinese-Japanese var it has led the anti-British movement 'in Japan. At one time the irganization was backed by the pow- :rful Soiyukai, one of the two lead- ng political parties. It is generally iclieved that some political group is inancing'it now. Loyalists Face Defeat in Spain GENEVA, Jan. 17--Julio Alvarc del Vayo, foreign minister of loyalis Spain, was -reported today to hav informed League of Nations delegate that his government could not hoi out much longer unless it receive Continued on Page Six. Just Off the Wire HANKOW. China, Jan. 17.--Jap ·oncse army sentries, preventing th entry of food into the French cci cession, halicd American trucks flyit Hie American Flair today, and con fiscated foodstuffs in them. By United Prci. . WASHINGTON, ' Jan. 17.--The Senate today confirmed the nomination ot Prof. Felix Frankfurter as Jis- sociate justice of the Supreme Court to succeed the laic Justice Benjamin N. Cardoio. The Senate acted by a voice vole and without dissent in approving the nomination of the 50-year-old Harvard law professor, who has been n consultant of President Roosevelt on many New Deal policies and is an adherent ot the liberal legal philosophy of Cardozo and the late Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. The Senate then took up the nomination of Frank Murphy to be Attorney General. Senator H. Styles Bridges, R , N. H., challenged the qualifications of the defeated ex-governor o. f Michigan. "Up to the time he was appointed to Attorney General he had not been admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court," Bridges said, tracing Murphy's legal career. Voters of Michigan repudiated Murphy in the November elections, Bildgcs said, and "his record as governor resembles his record as mayor of Detroit in his disregard for the laws." He challenged Murphy's fniluic to carry out a court order for evacuation of plants during the General Motors strike. He also accused Murphy of "Communistic activities and associations." He read from a publication entitled "New South," which endorsed Murphy for President In 1940. "This is a Communist journal," he said. I AUSTIN, Tex., Jan. 17.--W. Lee O'DanicI, who became governor of | I Texas by singing for the radio a song , j entitled, "Pass the Biscuits,- Pappy," i takes the oath of office in the football | stadium of the University of Texas i today. \ Ordinarily, governors are inaugur- I ated in the State House, but so many thousands were coming here to celebrate the occasion that the State House was not largo enough and it was doubtful that the stadium, which seats 75,000, would be. The oath of office will be administered ft 12:35 P. M. (1:35 p. M. F.ST) by Chief Justice C. M. Curcton, of the State Supreme Court, in Ihe presence of the 54,000 persons who signed the petition whicli put O'DanicI into the gubernatorial race and who received personal invitations, and as many more as can gc-t into the stadium. O'Daniel will then lead s'chool children In singing u song of his own composition, "Beautiful Texas." O'Daniel sold flour by radio entertainment and oratory and was drawn Into the gubernatorial race by persons who admired him as an entertainer. His hill-billy band and the theme song of his radio program, "Pass the Biscuits, Pappy," became ie center and theme of hii campaign. Ic won. overwhelmingly. Assault Suspect Admits 12 Other Attacks, Murder NEW CITY, N. Y., Jan. 17.--Frank Mozda, 34, held for an attempted assault on a woman at Suffern, N. Y., has admitted assaulting 12 other women in the neighborhood and murdering a girl at Simpson, Pa., ast December, Detective William Sterns said today. He 'denied that he had murdeied Margaret Martin, whose nude body was found in a burlap bag in Kcelersburg creek near her home at Kingston, Pa., December 21, but there was a striking similarity in the manner of Miss Martin's death and the murder he described. Simpson is 22 miles from Kingston. Nozda, a poultry dealer, said he did not know the name ol the girl he killed. He said he stubbed her to death, put her body in a bag and dumped it in the Lackawanna River. No such murder had been reported at Simpson, but details of Mozda's story were transmitted to Pennsylvania authorities and a report from them was awaited before action was taken against him here. He was arrested after he allegedly seized Mrs. Josephine Robinson, secretary of a cooperative homestead project, last Sunday, threw her to the ground and tried to assault her in the presence ot another woman and a 12-year-old girl. Sterns said he checked up on the 12 women Mozda admitted having assaulted or attempted to assault, and. that six of them had admitted the attack!. James Completes Cabinet Makeup By United Press. HARRISBURG, Jan. 17.--Completing selection of his Cabinet, on the eve of his inauguration. Governor- elect Arthur H. James announced these appointments: Secretary of Property and Supplies, Captain Roger W. Rowlands, New Castle, Lawrence county Republican chairman and president of Ihe New Castle Refractories. Secretary of Mines, Ira A. Thomas, Philipsburg, former deputy secretary and bituminous Banking--Robert Doty, Harrisburg, who is chief deputy of the department, a position he has, held for several years. of the department imne inspector. Secretary of A. A. Clarke Named Vice-President of County Red Cross Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Jan.' 17.--Dr Charles H. LaClair was reclected chairman o£ Fayette County Chapter of the American Red Cioss at the meccting of directors Monday night J. Sidwcll Hackney of Uniontowi and A. A. Clarke of Connellsvill were rcclcctcd vice-presidents. Di H. D. Graham is secretary and C. W Reed ticasurir. . 6,700,000 Receive Public Aid, Repor Special to The Courier. WASHINGTON, Jan. 17.--The So eial Security Board estimated that 6, 700,000 families received some foil of public aid in November, an in crease ot two per cent over Octobe It said public aid funds expende totaled $75,167,000. i raft Probe Jury Gets Recess For James'Inaugural I3y Untied Press. HARRISBURG, Jan. 17. -- The Jauphin county grand jury invcsti- [ating graft charges against retiring 3overnor George H. Earle and 13 po- itical associates will bo given a half- day recess today to attend the inaugural ceremonies. The investigating body, whicli h»s returned indictments against Democratic State Chairman David L. Lawrence, charging blackmail, conspiracy o cheat and defraud the Commonwealth and violate the election laws will recess toduy at noon. The grand jury's power ot indictment expired at midnight last niglr vithout further presentments to Judge Paul N. Schneffor, specially assigned to the probe by the State Supreme Court. The jury can maki recommendations to the January Brand jury in the future, with the latter body holding the power of indictment. Couniy Postmaster Face's Embezzlement Charge; Posis Bom PITTSBURGH, Jan. 17.--Alfred E Cavalcante, McClcllandtown, Fayelt county, postmaster, was arraifinc before a U. S. commissioner here to day on charges of cmbezi'.ling SI, 042.40 of government funds. He was released under $1,500 bon to awrit 'jrthcr hearing. The complaint, filed by U. S. posta inspectors, alleged Cavalcante "fclo niously converted to his own use, an thus embezzled," $789.83 in post; funds and $252.03 in stamps, fixe credit funds. The Weather Snosv or vain late tonight, Wednes day rain, rising temperature late t niht or Wednesday is the noo weather forecast for Western Pern sylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 1938 Maximum ·!! 51 Minimum ,, 31 23 Mean _ 36 37 ASKS AID OF EVERY EMPLOYER New'Governor -Pledges Himself to Reawaken Industry, Force Politics Out of Relief and Inject Thrift Into Government. ADMINISTERS OATH TO LEW IS GOVERNOK ARTHUR II. JAMES A former anthracite breaker boy today became thy State's 34th Chief Executive and pledged anew his promises of the November campaign to inject old-fashioned thrift into governmental functions, force politics out of relict and re.iwaken fear-struck industry. akes "French Leave" Sn Fears impending Operation by oilier patients about.his mpending minor operation, William . Schroyer, 21, of Mill Run. took French leave" from Connfllsville talc Hospital at about 5:35 o'clock Monday evening and lied downtown efore he ran, into a police officer, ho returned him to the Hospital. Schroyer was clad only m the cgulation nightgown given Hospital atlcnts and did not even have on a air of pants or shoes when ho rim nto Patrolman Chester Balslcy at the corner ot South Meadow lane and Vest Crawford avenue, near the cn- rance to Manhattan Cafe. Schroyer told officers that he had ccn taunted by other patients at the ·iospital until he became so frifiht- ned at the thought of his impending pcration on the neck that he fled iiroush a side window- and, ran lowntown. Ho didn't know where he vas going, as he only wanted to set iway from the teasing. Patrolman Balslcy was enroute to vork when he saw Schroyer cross Vest Crawford avenue fiom North Meadow lane to South Meadow lane md then start for the Manhattan Cafe. His attention directed to the youth because ot the lack ot proper vearing apparel in the cold weather, he officer hailed him. At the moment Rev.' Elmer A. Schultz came along in his automobile and took the young man back to the -lospital. The latter remarked that he was glad fo go back after his unusual experience in the near-freezing weather. Earle Names Two ( Mine Inspectors As Term Expires By United Press. HARRISBURG, Jan. 17.--Governor George II. Earle, as one of his last duties before turning the State stewardship over to Arthur H. James today, n.imcd two mine inspectors, one for the bituminous area and the other for the anthracite fields. They were: Martin Brophy, Heckschcrvllle, anthracite, for an indefinite term.-_ William P. Powers, Dormont."bi- turmnoux for four years, dating from yesterday. / .'. ' ~ _ -Each will receive," $4,800 anually. Five Hundred On Special Train For Inauguration Approximately 500 persons were aboard the special Pennsylvania Railroad train that went to the inauguration of Goveinor Arthur H. James at Harrisburg this morning. Stops were made in Connellsville, Uniontown and Scottdale and railroad officials estimated the numbei aboard at 500 when the tram reached Grecnsburg. Aboard the train was Billy Bishop and His Band of Connellsville, directed by Walter E. Edge with Miss Jennie Umbel as drum major. The band headed the Fayette and Westmoreland .county "delegations in the inaugural parade which was hole after the new Governor had token oath ot office. By MOREY J. POTTER - " United Press Staff Correspondent. HARRISBURG, Jan. 17.-- Governor Arthur H. James, former anthracite breaker boy, Lieutenant Governor and judge of the Superior Court, "was inaugurated as Governor of Pennsylvania today, ending four brief years of Democratic rule and returning the Commonwealth to its traditional place in the rank of Republican states. James, sandy-haired and 55 years old, stepped directly from the Superior Court bench to the Governorship. Figuratively at least, he wore his judicial robes up to the instant he took his oath of office. Actually, he, like his Democratic predecessor who accompanied him, was in formal attire. Chief Justice John W. Kephart ol the State Supreme Court administered the oath of office which made James the State's 34th Governor. A little more than an hour before, James, in the role of Superior Court judge, had sworn in his Lieutenant Governor, Samuel S. Lewis in the chamber of the Senate. Earle, whose own final months as Governor had been dominated by a running battle with the courts, smiled and shook his successor's hand. Eurle stepped from the stands and relinquished the "gold fish bowl" position which he said he was glad to turn ovir to another man. Escorted by police and military authorities, the Earle party drove away to depart for their home at Haverford. A crowd which State Police estimated at 50,000 surrounded the glass-enclosed stand to see and hear what they could and to cheer the new Governor resoundingly . as he outlined the course of his Administration in his inaugural speech. Eloquently, but without direct reference to or criticism of Governor Earle, James interpreted his election, and election of a Republican legislative majority, last November as "a second Declaration of Independence,'^ written by the people.. He repeatedly · called for a new^era. of cooperation, between labor and in- _dustry;- quickly announcing his plan _to; create a. new State "Department _oJI. Commerce" ."to promote'.this co- James Launches G.O.P.Rule In State Senate -- They heard"also~ "Ills' declaration that "every person in Pennsylvania who needs relief will get it -- there is no thought of curtailing relief to the unfortunate." He pledged his Administration- to "place the emphasis upon" employment." B; United Press. HARRISBURG, Jan. 17.--The Republican Administration of Governor Arthur II. James was formally .aunched today as the Governor-to- be personally administered the oath ot olllce to his Lieutenant Governor, Samuel S. Lewis. The ceremony in the crowded Senate chamber preceded by more than an liour the inauguration ot James, himself. It was the new Governor's last oftlcial act as judge ot the Slate Superior Court and it "made Lewis a controlling factor in a Senate where Republicans and Democrats arc almost CQually divided. " Lewis, former Secretary of Highways under,Governor Gifford Pinchot, was appuaudcd as he joined the retiring Lieutenant Governor, Democrat Thomas Kennedy, on the rostrum. An even greater tribute, however, was reserved for Governor- elect James whose entrance was greeted with wild cheering and applause. The brief ceremony completed, the Governor-elect depai'ted for the Executive Mansion and Lewis remained to preside over the 'Senate formalities Lewis' inaugural speech was .brief and, as both Republicans and Democrats viewed it, to the point--He accepted ,the lieutenant governorship and the key role in the,Scnatc, Vwith grave consciousness ot its responsibilities." I'ostimsters Appointed. MeWilliams of Murrysville and Ann M. Nobhck of Covers- dale were sent to the United States Senate by President Booscvelt for confirmation as postmasters in their own communities. - - :rriccliMi~s '-IV'oin.m" Diesf- ISOMERSET, "Jan. -17.--Mrs." Jennie O. Miller, 78, widow" of Nathan Miller, died I'rkUiy at the home of a daughter, Mrs. J. Muloncy at Frie- dcns. Her husband helped during, the memorable battle of Gettysburg when a boy of 13 in building a picket line. HARRISBURG', Jan. 17.--Arthur Horace" James, sandy-haired former, anthracite breaker boy, shouted his Republican Administration into motion today by pledging himself before a record-breaking inaugural crowd to reawaken fear-struck industry, force politics out of relief and inject old-fashioned thrift into governmental functions as Pennsylvania's 34th Governor. The 55-year-old Chief Executive made it plain in his inaugural address that he placed much dependence upon cooperation of industrial employers for the success of his four-year regime, expecting them to respond to their Governor's call for renewed activity to absorb the unemployed as a step toward reduction of the State's tax burden. James opened his keynote speech by reaffirming his campaign pledges and the platform of his party--returning io control of the State Government after the first Democratic Administration since 1895--then immediately voiced a stirring appeal for the mass cooperation upon which realization oC his plan for a return to better times admittedly depends in large measure. t "Especially do I call for cooperation by those who arc in business and commerce--who, whether in large way or small, are employers," said the stentorian-voiced leader of the new Administration which follows,- in chronology only, the "Little New' Deal" of retiring Governor George H. Earle. "It is through the instrumentality ot business and industry that Pennsylvania can hope to free herself from the distressing twin burdens of taxation and human misery which are presented by widespread unemployment," James explained. "Previous administrations h a v e Continued' on Pagq Six.

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