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LAST ED ITION PRICE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL,. 37, XO. 5S. Tho Weekly Courier, Founded July 17, 187Â». The Daily Courier. Founded November 10. 1902. | Merged I July is. iÂ»:a. CONKELLSV1LLE, PA.. THURSDAY KVEN1NG, JANUARY 10, 1939. TEN PAGES. REBELS BEGIN DRIVE ON TRIO OF KEY TOWNS Only 32 Miles From Barcelona at Nearest Point, Claim. LOYALISTS HAVE DIFFERENT STORY By HARRISON LAROCHE United Press Staff Coriespondent. HENDAYE, Jon. 19.--Loyalist military dispatches today reported that government troops were fighting off a powerful new insurgrnt thrust on the southern Catalan front where rebels launched a mass attack after being repulsed with heavy losses in Uw central sector around Igualada. STRIP TEASER REFUSES TO PERMIT OPERATION: SCAR WOULD RUIN HER By United Press. KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 19.--As far as her appendix is concerned, doctors said today, Betty Fallon, 18, will continue to be the "perfect specimen ot femininity" in her routine ns a strip tease dancer. Miss Fallon refused to permit an operation yesterday when she was taken to a hospital. She said a scar would "spoil her chances of getting ahead" in her career. Physician's told her she might be endangering her life. They planned to keep her under observation for a few days but believed on immediate operation was not necessary. Another Kansas City dancer, Ada Leonard, refused to allow an operation in Chicago last summer for the same reason. She avoided a scar, but advised Miss Fallon "Don't be crazy--let 'em have your appendix." Miss Leonard at Chicago said she "wouldn't go through that again for anything." HENDAYE, Jan. 19.--Spanish nationalist forces opened a new phase of the Catalonian offensive today with a three-point drive aimed at Igualada, Vilhifranca and Vendrcll, key towns in their path toward Barcelona. The nationalists asserted that they were but 32 miles from Barcelona at the nearest point. At the north end of the attacking I line, they were eight and one-halt miles from Igualada. At the center, they were about 16 miles west of Villafranca, after Inking the villages Â· / of Esblada and Las Poblas in the Point do Armentcra sector. At the coastal end ot the line, they were about 11 miles from Vendrell. United Press dispatches from nationalist general headquarters said that the second great phase of the offensive had opened with the new operation. In preliminary operations, thu dis- -!*_ patches said, the insurgents had straightened out their line and were bringing it up to within striking distances of the nearest of the three "iron belts" of defense that lay between them and Barcelona. This defense line runs through the hills from northwest of Igualada to Vcn- drell on the coast. United Press dispatches said that the nationalists intended to break the line and believed that, if they did so, they would thereafter face only sporadic and disorganized resistance even at the gates of Barcelona. The story from the loyalist side was naturally different. A United Press dispatch from Barcelona quoted General Juan Sarrabia, loyalist commander in chief on the Catalonian front, as saying alter a tour of the front lines: "We can await the results of this battle with confidence. Obviously the situation is difficult. At the same time the strain of three and a half " weeks of fighting is leaving the invaders exhausted. We arc determined to fight to the last breath, with the immortal example of Madrid before KS." The loyalists admitted that in the preliminary fighting which marked the opening of the second phase ot the insurgent offensive, they lost some territory in the Altalulla sector r along the coast. Nationalist warships "" cooperated with the insurgent troops here, shelling the loyalist lines. PERPIGNAN, French - Spanish Frontier, Jan. 19.--Well-infoi med Spanish loyalist quarters today denied foreign reports that the loyalists were transferring 60,000 troops from the Valencia area to Catalonia. j It was suggested that the reports . were due to the transfer of the first contingent ot a total oÂ£ 7,000 members ot the former international brigade, who are being demobolized and sent tu (heir homes abroad. The loyalists announced yesterday that despite the nationalist blockade they had completed the transfer ot the first contingent. As regards transferring any big number of troops to the Catalonian front, it was pointed out that the operation would be a most formidable one both because of the insurgent blockade and the great number of ships which would be required.' Dunbar Township Will Compete In Forensic Events Rev. DeVivo Will Be Honored At Testimonial Rev. Father Henry DeVivo, pastor of St Riti's Italian Roman Catholic Church, will be honored at a testimonial dinner dance Sunday evening, February 19, at Pleasant Valley Country Club. The affair will be marked by the formal presentation to the widely- known Italian priest of the medal of a chevalier from the crown ot Italy in recognition of his great work among the people oÂ£ his nationality during more than 30 years in Connellsville. The testimonial is being sponsored by the lodges of the Order of Sons ot Italy in America, F. F. Concordia No. 454 and Balbo Aquila D'ltalia No. 1686 ot Connellsville. Father DeVivo will receive the medal from C. M. Bombassei Fras- cani of Pittsburgh, Italian royal vice- consul. He will be the second Con- nellsvillian so honored, the other having been the late Gaetano Corrado, who died last year. It has been nearly two years since the priest was notified by the Italian government that it was conferring tho honor and recognition upon him after receipt of detailed information about the many ways in which he has been of assistance to Italians who have located in the Connellsville district, many ot whom have become naturalized citizens of the United States. In his three decades in Connellsville, Father DeVivo has been responsible for the organization of the St. Rita congregation and the expansion of the church facilities to embrace a church, a school, a rectory, a convent, a cemetery and an Italian garden. His inten-st among those of his nationality was responsible for the special recognition from the crown of Italy. Details of the presentation arc being worked out by a committee. Dunbav Township High School will again be a major contestant in the Fayettc county eliminations of the Pennsylvania Forensic Music League. The board of education Tuesday night voted to have the school enroll and the students made eligible for as many contests as school officials may decree. It is planned to enter a large portion of the 55 contests on the program of the county organization, winners of which advance to the southwest district eliminations at California in April. The dates ot the county events have not been fixed as yet. Admits Attacking Uniontown Women UNIONTOWN. Jan. 19.--Ralph Factories, 17, of Fairchancc. alleged addict of nv.riiuana today entered a plea ot altnckuis several Uniontown women during the prowler scare nnd was sentenced to Huntingdon Reformatory. He refused to make any statement regarding the use of "reefers." Girls Selected For Pilgrimage To Washington Mary Elizabeth Whittakcr, a member of the senior class of Connellsville High School and Catherine Denvir, a student at the Immaculate Conception High School, were nominated by their fellow students as good citizenship pilgrims to represent their respective schools in the competitive good citizenship pilgrimage to the annupl Continental Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution to be held in April in Washington, D. C. Requirements necessary for students to compete are: Dependability--which i n c l u d e s truthfulness, loyalty and punctuality. Service--cooperation, courtesy and consideration oÂ£ others. Leadership--personality, self-control and ability to assume responsibility. Patriotism--unselfish interest in the family, school, community and Nation. There will be only one pilgrim from each state and each girl was requested to answer a questionnaire list which will be forwarded to the chairman of each state. The pilgrimage is sponsored by the good citizenship pilgrimage committee of the 7'ational D. A. R. and is an activity in which every chapter can participate. The local committee consisted of Mrs. Thomas G. McLellan and Mrs. Milton D. Williams. Carpatho-Ukraine Opposed to Prchala BERLIN, Jan. 19.--Two ministers of Carpatho-Ukrainia-Ruthenia province protested to Prague and to Berlin today against appointment ot General Leo Prchala, Czechoslovak military leader, as minister without portfolio in the Carpatho-Ukraine cabinet, the Nazi press reported. The Esscner Nationalzeitung reported demonstrations and a stiike against Prchala. Seek Air Corps Increase nairman ot iiousc Military Affairs committee, when Craig and Woodrintf mkcd Congress to increase Air Corps by 31,079 enlisted men, to mnn the -,000 to 4,000 additional planes sought under President Kooicvdl'j re- ca 1 Of Permits Discloses Expenditures for new building | construction and improvements to i profierties in Connellsville took H big i decline in 1938 from the 10-ycnr- record amount established in 1937, a j check of the building permits iss-uud [ last year by the City Planning Commission in the office of City Clerk S. T. Benford icvcalcd today. A total of $79,843 was the estimated cost ot the proposed work given approval of the planners, there being a total of 63 permits. This compared with $430,473 during 1937, the best in 10 years, when 17 new homes, 25 private garages and one combination store-home were erected and when improvements were made to 42 homes. A total of $111,401 was expended in the form of new home's and improvements in 1937. Building expenditures in 193G aggregated $105,800, in 1935 $80,085 and in 1934 $55,336. In 1938 new buildings included three residences, 12 private garages and two public garages and the other permits were for remodeling and repairs, of which $5,040 was for improvement of homes, $10,725 for improvement ot non-housekeeping buildings and $10,930 for non-iesi- dence buildings. Permits by months follow: January--Hospital laundry and garage building v $31,400; one shed, $150; remodeling of residence, $1,500; one sign board. $150; total, $33,200. February--One home, $1,200; one service station, $2,000; one home ic- pairs, $225; one non-residence repairs, $5,500; one installation, $150; Continued on Page Six. Envoy Returns Governor James To Outline Slate's Condition Jan. 27 By United Press. HARRISBURG, Jan. 19.--Governor Arthur H, James announced today he will make a State-wide radio address on the Slate financial condition the evening of January 27. The hour and stations will be announced later. James 'originally planned to make his "inventory" adrcss tomorrow evening, but duties of getting departments in operation under the new administration made the postponement necessary. Hotel, Memorial Bombed in Ireland By United Press. TRA.LEE, County Kcny, Ireland, Jan. 19.--An explosion behind Hawney's private hotel at 3 A. M. today broke lumdicds of windows in the neighborhood. Frank Chamberlain, son of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain oÂ£ Great Britain, who was asleep in the hotel, was not injured. BELFAST, Northern Iieland, Jan. 19.--A bomb explosion damaged n memorial to Irish republican-; in the Milltown Roman Catholic Cemetery on Falls Road last night. Part ot the railing around the monument was blown 40 feet away. Police placed a guard around the cemetery. Ambassador Nelson T. Johnson arrives at New York, returning from the new Chinese capital at Chune- king after absence of four years. He immediately left for Washington to report on the situation in the Orient. Removal of Tax Exemptions Asked By President WASHINGTON, Jan. 19.--President Roosevelt today rcnc%ved his request that Congress pass legislation removing tax exemption privileges, from future Government salaries anc bombs. He also requested action before March 15 to bar retroactive Fedora income levies on state officers and bondholders whose income 'had been rcgaided as exempt from Fedcia taxation until recent decisions by the U. S. Supreme Court. The President's special message renewed recommendations made las spring. A Senate committee already is considering the tax exemption question. Treasury witnesses told the committee that Federal revenues ultimately might be increased by more than $300,000,000 by removal o the tax exemption privilege. Mr. Roosevelt said that present ta exemption privileges rest not on constitutional requirements but upon judicial decision^ which", he pointed out, are now In the process ot ic- examination by the Supreme Court Pointing lo Supreme Court decisions which have broadened the Federal tax powers over incomes o quasi-state employes, the Presiden declared that "it is obvious that thes inequities can not be satisfactory corrected by judicial decisions alone, 1 The Weather Generally fair and continued cok tonight: Friday cloudy with slowly rising temperatures and light snov Fridny afternoon or niÂ£h) is the noor weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 1938 Maximum . . . 41 41 Minimum . - 24 29 Mean .. 3S 35 3. O. P. READY TO PROCEED IN L E G I S L A T U R E Will T u r n Governor James' Policies, Program Into Law. FIVE RELIEF BILLS READY Sharp Reductions Made By Appropriations Body In Roosevelt Requests SOME KIND OF RECORD MADE WHEN POLICE CAR RACES THROUGH TRAFFIC By JAMES SHEPLEY United Press Start Correspondent. HARKISBURG, Jan. 19 Pennsylvania's legislative machinery was finally In smooth working order today to turn Governor Arthur H. James' policies and programs into .aw. Republicans late yesterday com- ilctcd their oiganization oÂ£ the Senate, displaying a majority oÂ£ 26 votes --number required by the Constitution for passage of legislation-named their standing committees and placed the five House bills replenishing exhausted relief funds in line for final passage next Tuesday. The House has been ready to go ahead since its 129-votc Republican majority organized it in short order January 3 and already hns more than 80 bills up for action by Its committees. The Senate organization was virtually completed when the Republican slate of employes was passed without a murmur. Few Senate Democrats remained in Harrisburg to watch the lakt phases of their defeat on the issue of Senate control. More Senate employes will be named Monday, and some of the Democratic incumbents may be retained, but only by grace of the Republicans. The Republican constitutional majority in the Senate was reached through the vote ot Senator William J. Eroe, D.. Lawrence, who in the unprecedented organization row January 3 voted Republican on the president pro tcmpore election and Democratic on other jobs. Yesterday ie voted both ways again, but his votes with the Democrats changed nothing because of the great number of absentees. There was every indication he will continue to vote with the majority on important issues. .This means 'that the Democratic minority's role in the Legislature will be purely academic except on con- fiimations of Governor James' appointees. Democrats, however, have served Continued on Page Six. NEW YORK, Jan. 19.--John Brit- to.i, 22, a tunnel worker stricken with the "bends," rode 13 miles through city traffic in 18 minutes in a police radio car last night. | He collapsed in the street while on tils way home from work and lay writhing in agony when Patrolman James Cannon noticed him. Cannon loaded him into a police car and gave iiim a wild ride to the tunnel at Long Island City, which has a decompression chamber. An hour in the chamber relieved him and he was sent home at midnight. Tunnel workers, laboring under compressed air, are subject to the bends." Victims arc relieved immediately when placed back under air pressure. The attacks arc believed caused by too rapid decompression. Economy Drive Gains Momentum as Numerous Slashes Feature Consideration. Motor Industry Ready to Assist InPlaneOutput By GRATTAN McGROARTY United Press tad Correspondent, WASHINGTON, Jan. 10. -- The automobile industry has "enrolled" in the Army's preparedness drive and is ready to use its great resources and factories to help turn out airplanes on a mass production basis in event of "extreme National emergency," it was learned today. High military authorities, although emphasizing that the aviation industry probably would be able to nil president Roosevelt's air expansion program, said that if war should come soon, automobile plants would be asked to help in producing many plane parts. The President's program, now before Congress, calls for an increase of at least 3,000 planes in the army's air strength at a cost of $300,000.000. That program, according to Major General Henry H. Arnold, chief of the air corps, will provide a "test of the maximum production capacity" oÂ£ the aviation industry, determining what the United States could do in an emergency. This was regarded as indicating that the War Department may not be satisfied that present aviation plants could meet a full wartime demand. In any event the army has approached the automobile industry regarding airplane production as a precautionary or "safety first" measure. No Definite Time For Resumption At Banning No. 1 Mine General offices of tho Pittsburgh Coal Company said the projected reopening of the Banning No. 1 mine (Van Meter) in Westmoreland county is "still indefinite." The mine normally gives employ Â· mcnt to 600 men and has been idli since November 28. A force has been preparing the plant for resumption of operations which is expected to follow a general movement of the miners to take "certain examinations" of which there seems to be a controversy. Banning No. 2 (Whitsett)) near Perryopolis has been idle more than a year but there is no information regal ding this mine. FLOOR DEBATE LIKELY TOMORROW Japs Aroused Over U. S. Plan For Fortifying Guam By H. O. THOMPSON United Press Staff Correspondent. TOKYO, Jan. 19.--Japanese navy sources today denounced American proposals to fortify Guam as putting "a gun against a neighbor's door" and charged that the United States, Great Britain, France and Soviet Russia were prolonging the war in China by aiding Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek. The navy issued a vigorously- worded pnmphlct intended to promote popular support of its nayy buÂ°i!dinn demands to be made when the budget is presented to the diet next month. The statement declared that the Japanese navy's command ot the Western Pacific has prevented the four powers from taking forceful or military action in China and confined their efforts to shipping war supplies. "We do not understand the "necessity for the expansion of the United States Navy,"' the spokesman said. "From the viewpoint ol a navy expert the establishment of submarine and aviation bases a great distance from the American mainland could mean only the establishment of bases for long distance attacks upon Japan. The spokesman said that the Japanese navy was unable to conduct a long distance offensive, and was able only to defend the western Pacific. Fortification of the western Pacific, he said, would benefit the United States strategically because the Japanese mandated islands were not fortified. As the navy spokesman made his Continued on Pace Six, By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. 19. -- The House Appropriations Committee economy drive gained momentum today when members followed up a $150,000,000 cut in President Roosevelt's relief funds by slashing other deficiency requests by 26 per cent. The general deficiency bill carried $9,979,000 instead of the 513,529,000 asked by the White House. The deficiency measure was the second appropriation bill of the session. It went directly to the House floor-for debate with passage expected tomorrow. Severest committee cut was a $2,000,000 reduction in a $5,000,000 fund asked by Mr. Roosevelt to eliminate fire hazards in New England forests damaged by last September's hurricane. The committee reportedly was influenced by the State's rights stand of Governor George D. Aiken of Vermont in a flood control controversy with the Federal government. The committee provided that the forest funds be made available only to the states which put up a like amount A $700,000 fund asked by the President for National forest protection in the area was cut to $500,000. The committee made two other reductions in Presidential requests. Mr. Roosevelt asked $3,300,000 for grasshopper control--the committee voted $2,000,000. The Wages and Hours Administration asked for $950,000 and got $850,000. In cutting the Wages and Hours Administration $100,000 the committee said it wanted to avoid "too great expansion" of an organization only recently created, whose $3,350,000 budget for 1940 will soon be under consideration. Truck Driver, Assistant Die In-Wreck Fire KITTANNING, Pa., Jan. 19.--A truck driver and his assistant were burned to death when their heavy truck-trailer skidded on the icy highway and plunged 35 feet over an embankment and overturned before catching fire. Trapped in the cab of the truck, Ihe victims were Almost entirely consumed by the flames. They were Glenn Stevens, the driver, and Robert Grouse, both of Grand Rapids, Mich. The accident occurred late last night on the Benjamin Franklin Highway, two miles east of here. Belters Ordered From Workhouse For Parole Trial UnderKOcs Operation. Mrs. Cclcstinc Johnson of Smock underwent an appendicitis operation at Brownsville General Hospital Monday uipht. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 19.--An order was issued in the sheriff's office today for the transfer of George Betters of Connellsville from the Allegheny county workhouse to the Allegheny county jail for a parole hearing Friday morning before Judge H. S. Dumbauld. " Deputy Shcrift John Kelly was directed to make the transfer. His wife made the parole plea. Beehive Coke Trade Continues Unchanged Operations in the beehive coke trade in the Connellsville Region continued unchanged during the week ending Saturday, January 14, with Â·110 ovens reported in blast. It was the same figure that had been recorded for the two previous weeks after the active list had moved up to 502 during Christmas week, the highest point reached otter the downward trend had been halted. FRANKFURTER TAKES OATH AS JUSTICE By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. 19.--Felix Frankfurter, President Roosevelt's third appointment to the Supreme Court, will take the oath oÂ£ office as an associate justice today. The 50-year-old Harvard law professor and Mrs. Frankfurter left Bos- .ton last night by train. They wUI make their first official bow to Capital society tonight by attending the annual White House dinner given by the President and Mrs. Roosevelt in honor of the Supreme Court. Frankfurter's nomination was unanimously confirmed by the Senate Tuesday after he had appeared personally at committee, hearings lo defend his economic - and political views. The oath Frankfurter will take today will be the general one taken by all government officials. The special Supreme Court oath probably will be administered when he appears for the court's next open, session, January 30. The Frankfurters, taking advantage ot a two-week court recess, will return to their Cambridge, Mass., home just oft the.Harvard campus after tonight's dinner. Â· They will prepare to move to Washington before the end ol this month. Frankfurter said he would maintain a permanent residence at Cambridge, and that he and his wife would spend as much time there as his new duties will allow. Raymond Corbin ' Dies of Injuries Sustained in Fall Raymond Corbin, 27 years old, ot Vanderbilt, died at 3 o'clock this morning in Connellsville State Hospital of injuries received late Tuesday night when he fell off a railroad bridge at Vanderbilt. Corbin wns walking across the Pittsburgh Lake Eric Railroad bridge, that spans o creek at Vanderbilt, during u blinding snowstorm when he lost his footing on the slippery tics and fell into thc x creek bed, about 20 feet below. Â· The body was removed to the funeral parlors of Frank B. Galley at Vanderbilt. Woman Drinks Iodine. Mrs. Catherine Kennedy, wife ot Rosi Kennedy of Dunbar, was treated at Connellsville S t a t e Hospital Wednesday after she reportedly drank an ounce of iodine. She was returned to her home alter being given treatment.