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LAST E DITION PRICE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 3G, NO. 59. The Weekly Courier Founded July J7, 1BTO. Xbo Daiiy Courier. Founded November 10. 1002. Merced, JU1.V IB. 129 CONNELLSVILLE, PA. THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 13, 193S. TWELVE PAGES.' S E A R C H E R S FIND C L I P P E R BLOWN TO BITS Sea Off Samoan Island Strewn With Bits of Wreckage. NO TRACE FOUND OF CREW MEMBERS By United Press. PAGO PAGO, Tutuila Wand, American Samao, Jen. 13.--The Samoan. Clipper went down in 1,000 fathoms of water after an explosion so terrific that it strewed the ocean with tiny bits of debris from the sheltered interior of the fuselage, searchers reported today. The old U. S. minesweeper Avoect, only navigable boat at this remote South Sea island, returned late last jiight fro:n an oily splotch of the sea 14 miles from the island where Captain Edwin C. Musick und his six companions o£ the clipper crew were lost Tuesday morning. They were the men of the Avocet who found the clipper's watery grave 16 hours after the Pan American Airways sky boat disappeared on a flight from here to Auckland, New Zealand. The wreckage that was left, Chief Boatswain H. S. Bogan of the Avocet said, indicated that the clipper was blown to pieces. "Bits of wood and paper covered the sea. They seemed to be fragments from the interior o£ the plane. All the pieces were from one to six inches square. We found nothing larger than that. "We found one ben? tic clasp which we believe belonged to Brooks," engineering officer, it was said. They also found a coat, Bogan said, bearing the Pan American insignia. The coat had been burned full of holes. A small piece of the chart board was identified" and the book of navigation tables was picked up. Bogan was placed in command of {he Avocet when Lieutenant T. B. Williamson went aboard the ship's plane, also the only plane on the island, to survey the scene from the ah*. Neither the search by sea or air produced any trace of the bodies of the seven men who died. The Avocet crew took soundings and found the water more than a mile deep. Little more was known of the clipper's fate than that she burned and sank. Several things about her disastrous trip remained to be solved. One was a two-hour gap in the plane's Jog. It -was st 5:30 A. M., Samoan time, Tuesday, when Captain Musick lifted his great four- motored craft from the harbor and headed south on the 1,806-mile, last lap of Pan American's new route from the United States to New Zealand. It was 38 minutes later, at 6:08 A. M., when Captain Musick reported that one.of the motors had developed an oil leak and he was heading back to Pago Pago. In that time he would not have gone mqre than 75 miles. Auckland is nearly due south of here, and that was the direction the clipper went. Then, for almost two hours, nothing more was heard of the plane. It was 7:55 A. M. when the clipper passed over Apia, on the island o( Upolu. That island is 75 miles west of Pago Pago. Evidently Captain Musick had turned northwest to return to Pago Pago in a wide circular route from the west, but he was never much more than 75 miles from either Apia or Pago Pago. Even with one motor stalled, it was not considered possible that the plane would or could have proceeded slowly enough to take two hours to arrive at Apia. Philip McKenna Buys B u i l d i n g The two-story building at the northeastern corner of West Crawford avenue and North Meadow lane has been purchased by Philip Mc- · Kcnna Shoe Store that has been occupying the location for the past five years. Purchase for $10,000 was made from the receiver of the Title Trust Company of Western Pennsylvania and the deed for the transaction, approved by the court, has been filed vrlth the Foycttc county recorder at Uniontown. McKenna's store here is operated by Joseph McKenna, a brother of Philip, and previous to its moving to the present site, also known as the former Rackoff building, was located in the Leader Store in North Pittsburg street During the latter part of February, there will be initiated a number o: improvements in the building which will include remodeling of the shoe store as well as renovating of the ofllce rooms on the second floor. "Gate Crashers" Jailed. UN1ONTOWN, Jan. 13.--Seven youtts, arrested during the past week for saining admission to a local thcaU'C without purchasing a ticket, have been sentenced to three days in city jaii by the presiding magistrate u police court. Ten Men Perish in Gas Blast at Harwick Mine By United Prcsi, HARWICK, Jan. 13.--Penetrating a wall of deadly methane gas, rescue ercws equipped with gas-masks, today reached the bodies of the last two men who were among the 10 killed in an explosion at the mine of the Harwick Coal and Coke Company. Sorrowing relatives, unmindful oJ the snow and cold, waited at the. top of the mine as the rescue ercws completed their gruesome task of recov- j cring the last two bodies, those of Charles Cicsilski, 44, nnd Tony Woinor, 49, both of.Harwick. Olbcr victims killed in the explosion were: Matthew H. Anderson, 58, Harwick, foreman; Thomas Keller, 38, Pittsburgh: Joseph Lop- rivnicar, 41, Harwick, fire boss; Frank Harpsler, 44, Harwick; Joseph Prelcsnik, 44, Aemelonia; John Frurcek, 21, of Springdale; Joseph Lcrch, 24, Harwick; Ross Nicholas, Continued on Page Six. WIDOW OF PILOT MRS. EDWIN M. MUSICK. Above is a recent picture o£ Mrs. Musick, wife of the pioneer transpacific flier and skipper of _ the Samoan Clipper, giant Pan-American airliner, that fell into the ocean causing the death of the pilot and six other members of the crew. ACCIDENTS FAIL TO DISTURB ROUTINE OF DOCK STORK Special to Tho Courier. MOUNT PLEASANT, Jan, 13.-Neither an accident nor a series of accidents could forestall Dr. Stork in a contemplated visit to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bilik of Hccla. He arrived right on time, at Frick Memorial Hospital Wednesday, despite two mishaps. First, hurrying to an automobile in front of the home Mrs, Bilik ulippcd and rolled down eight btcpb. Then on the way to the hospital the automobile overturned, landing on its top. A passing motorist came to the rescue and hurried the Biliks to the hospital, where the babe was safely delivered at 10:10 o'clock yesterday. And "both mother and son are doing nicely." Final Monaghan Bills Received From Pittsburgh Special ti Tho Courier. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 13--Final bills for the Frank C. Monaghan murder case were received today from Allegheny county. It totalled $39. \ The bills included S20 for rent of District Attorney Andrew T. Park's office, 513 for the Allegheny county clerk of courts and $6 for the Allegheny county sheriff. Fayctte county still must pay Somerset county for the maintenance of State Trooper Stacy Gundcrman in the prison there. With these two bills paid this week, the slate will be wiped clean. Paul Wright Goes To Trial for Death Of His Best Friend .By United Press. LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13.--The murder trial of Paul A. Wright opened today--the case of u man who went to bed and left his wife and his best friend together in the living room of his home, and returned in about an hour to sec something that caused him to kill them both. Wright was more modest than his witnesses about what he saw. He said he saw his pretty wife nnd John B. Kimmel, 36, sitting on the piano stool kissing each other. Two policemen testifying at a preliminary hearing said that Kimmel and Mrs. Wright lay dead or dying beside the piano, that Kimmel's trousers were disarrayed, his body exposed. An autopsy surgeon said that four bullets struck Mrs, Wright from the back and Kimmel was shot from the front. ' Kimmel formerly lived at Somerset. Pa. Lemont I'lant Ucsunies. Lemont Coal Coke Company resumed operations at its Lomont No. 2 mine which had been idle since November 19. Appror.imately 250 men have bten icturned to their jobs It is planmd to opci etc the plant al c,ipacily. T E S T I M O N I A L FOR MATTHEWS THIS EVENING City's First Judge Will Be Honor Guest at Country Club. Judge Ross S. Matthews of th» Fayctte county orphans court, Con- nellsviilc's first citizen to be elected to the judiciary, will be honored at a testimonial dinner this evening at Pleasant Valley Country Club under the sponsorship of the Board of Trade. Covers will be laid for approximately 350 persons at the dinner to be served at 6:110 o'clock. G. Fred Riemcm. president of Capstan Glass Company, will serve as toastmaster and the principal address will be delivered by Attorney J. Kirk Renncr, city solicitor and president of the Faycttc County Bar Association. Others to speak will Include Philip Galiardi and Robert J. Arnett, the latter of Uniontown. The program follows: "America," audience. Invocation, Rev. L. S. Elliott. Presiding ofliccr, Daniel Durie. Toastmaster, G. Fred Ricman. "Sympathy" from "Fire Fly" and "Indian Love Call," Mrb. Welday O, Adrian with Miss Helen Eckert accompanist. Address, J. Kirk Renncr, president of Faycttc County Bar Association. Address, Robert J. Arnett. "Swiss Echo Song" and "Donkey's Serenade," from "Fire Fly," Mrs, Adrian. Introduction of visiting guests. Address, Philip Galiarai. "Our honor guest," Judge Ross S. Mauitcv.fe. Music will be furnished by Kifcrle's Orchestra with group ting- ing led by H. Edward Mason. Taft Urges Direcf And Work Relief Be Returned fo States By United PrcM. WASHINGTON, Jan. 13.--Charles P. Taft, chairman of the Community Mobilization for Human Needs today urged that work relief and direct relief be returned to the states. Taft told the Senile Unemployment and Belief Committee that the Federal Government should appropriate to the slates funds to carry out a genera! relief program, including work relief. $137,000 Burden Off County Budget UNIONTOWN, Jan. 13.--Faycltc county taxpayers will ba relieved of a burden of ?37,000 this year. The budget for the new year will be completed by February 10. Several items will be eliminated, including mothers absistanee and o'd age pension funds amounting to $-15,000, the Monaghan'easC'Of approximately $42,000, permanent registration of $28,000; voting machines of $12,000, and registrars, $10,000. John McClsin Heads Legion Commiilee John McCl.nn of Point Marion was elected chairman of the Fayettc County American Legion Committee at the annual reorganization meeting and dinner Wednesday night at Uniontown. He succeeds William J. Burchinal of !5mithfleld. Wray T. Laird of Vanderbilt was chosen vice-chairman and W. J. Delo of New Salem treasurer. TWO GREENSBURG FIREMEN INJURED By Uallcd .'rcs. GREENSBURG, Jan. 13.--Two firemen were .njured today when their speeding salvage truck skidded on an ice-coated street and crashed into the Center avenue home of G. B. Milliman while enrouie to a fire. Lieutenant Anthony Morrale suffered scalp and knee lacerations and shock and Fireman Russell Evans sustained arm and head injuries, Nsithcr was in serious condition. The truck and dwelling were damaged :,li«ht)y. A burning automobile o\\ned by .lack Pittack ic- uiied m the alarm. 150,000 I D L E WILL GET JOBS IN SIX WEEKS Marked Uptrend in Unemployment Forecast By Reserve System. LITTLE CUTTING OF WAGES SEEN By MAX L. BROWN United Press Stafl Correspondent. (Copyright )937 by United Press.) NEW YORK, Jan. 13.--Approximately 150,000 jobless men will find employment in the next six to eight weeks, and 10 of th.e 12 Federal Reserve districts expect marked improvement In employment before April, a nation-wide survey of unemployment by the United Press indicated today. The survey coordinated analyses of employment conditions in all 12 Federal Reserve districts and included special reports from "key" industrial centers. Its findings were: 1. That the increase in unemployment which started last October began leveling off January 1. ' 2. That approximately 100,000 men, not included in prospects for the next month and a half, already have returned to work tNs month. And that 50,000 more nre expected to resume their jobs before the end of this month. 3. That 10 of the 12 districts anticipate an improvement in employment before April. 4. That a substantial percentage of the employes m heavy manufacturing lines are on a part-time basis, 5. That many large organizations have revived the depression "spread the work" idea to provide employment for as many workers us possible. 6. That there has been Iiltlc pay cutting and that payrolls hsve declined generally j n proportion to cuts in employment and hours. 7. That some Southern districts have been afforded to a much smaller extent by the business slump than have most other areas, particularly those heavily industrialized. Actual figures of total unemployed 'or all districts were not available, but suJUcient material from authentic' sources to provide an accurate "fever-chart" of employment conditions in the vauous sections and the Nation as a whole. Reports from the dilierenl regions when averaged on a percentage basts with the unemployment rolls of the Federal Government, indicated approximately 1,500,000 persons lost their jobs in the List two and c half months of 1937, while about the tame number had their hours of employment reduced. i u n i t i o n s B l a s t K i l l s Seven Hundred By United Press. LONDON, J.m. 13.--A munitions explosion in a Madrid subway station Monday was one of the greatest tragedies of the Spanish civil war. information from a trustworthy source indicated today. It was estimates! that 700 persons were kiilcd and reports said that an area nearly 1,000 yards long and 220 yards wide was wrecked. Reports which leaked from loyalist Spain were that munitions stored in a subway station in the Vcntas district of Madrid exploded at 7 A, M. Monday. MAN KILLS DAUGHTER AND SELF OVER INFATUATION FOR GIRL Kindly Wido.w And Girl Friend Slain byUnknown By United Press. ELMONT, N. Y., Jan. 13.--Who would have wanted to kill kindly Mrs. Lendia Waitc, a 59-year-old widow, and Miss Jean Schuclain, 10, her neighbor and friend? That question confronted detectives today as they endeavored to solve the mysterious double killing, which occxirred in the two-story Waite home near Bclmont Park race track on Long Island yesterday. Mrs. Waite was a woman of modest means, and police doubted that robbery had been the motive even though her purse lay empty on the floor. Miss Schuelain lived two blocks away, and was a sort of modern Red Riding Hood, who stopped at the Wnitc home each day with home-baked bread and other goodies for the widow. Wild Dog and Pups In Nearby Mountain Killed by Warden Arnett Director A supposedly wild dog that ha'd been preying on livestock of mountain farmers and its litter of eight pups were kiilcd the other day by Game Protector Theodore T. Schafer of Uniontown after local men had reported finding the dog's den among rocks betwcea the Springfield pike--at the top of Buttermore Hill --and Tate hollow. While scouting through the woods hunting cocoons of moths and butterflies, "Sheriff" Blake Constable, a Baltimore Ohio fireman, and Albert Huftine happened on the den. The $og, said to be a collie, was driven oil and the two men investigated the source of whines among the rocks. They .found nine pups. Scattered about were parts o£ carcasses oJ animals and fowls. One i fragment was apparently part of a goat, Mr. Constable said. There were also bones of pigs, turkeys and chickens. When the game protector arrived it was said thore were but eight pups. The theory is'the mother ate one. A wild dog--or a dog gone wild-has been reported for some time in the region of Casparis. It is said to chase deer. Robert J. Arnett of Uniontown, president of the Second National Bank of Uniontown nnd a lifelong resident of Faycttc county, was elected a member of the board of directors of the National Bank Trust Company this morning at the annual shareholders meeting. He succeeds Attorney James R. Cray, deceased. O'her directors are M. Aaron, John Davis, G. Fred Ricman and Paul O. Malonc. The board organized with these officers, all reclected: President, Mr. Rieman; vice-president and cashier, Mr. Malone; assistant ca.shier, Charles F. Donnelly, nnd assistant trust officer, Lawrence W. Weaver. A "very satisfactory" year was reported for 1037 at the shareholders meeting. Daniels Garage Plant Overseer Councilman Abe I. £jnicl3 will Iwvo chaise of the garbage plant, among his duties as superintendent of the nep.irtment of Public Safety. H formerly c.imc under the Dc- p.irtment of P.itks and Public Properties. Council directed attention to the reported disrcgaid of instructions from time to time by the garbage contractor. Local Men Attend Publishers' Meeting James M. DrKscoIl, associate editor, and J. Wylie Dri?coll, business manager of The Courier, are in Harrisburg attending the annual convention of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association. The meetings open Friday morning and continue for two days. BLANKET OF SNOW COVERS DISTRICT A light blanket of snow covered the region today after falling throughout the night. There was a continuation of the flurries today. The snow in most places averaged an i.ich and the mountainous districts reported about two inches. The weatherman predicted slightly colder weather for tonight followed by a rising temperature tomorrow after which there probably would be rain or snow. The Weather Fair and slightly colder tonight, Friday cloudy with slowly rising temperature followed by rain or snow is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Itecord. 1938 1937 Maximum . 44 45 Minimum . '20 X Iilc^n - . .,,, 37 J9 (ron Bridge Han h; Released From Jail To Attend Funeral UNIONTOWN. Jan. 13.--In an order signed by Judge Harry A. Cot- lom thi.s morning, Edward Seders of Iron Bridge, in jail on a paternity charge, was released in custody of his mother and a friend to attend a funeral of n niece at Klliottsville. "I will release you if you give me your word of honor you will return to jail following the funeral or at least not later than 5 P. M.," the court said. Seders departed for the funeral service for Ethel Nokcs. )o Workhouse At His Own Request UNIONTOWN, Jan. 13.--Orvillc Wilscn of High House was ordered returned to the Allegheny county workhouse to complete his unfinished term of one to two years on assault and battery charges. Wilson was brought here recently from the workhouse and it was said he sought to become a trusty. When his request failed, he asked the c-jurt to return him to Blawnox. Judge Harry O. Cottom obliged him. LOSING SJGHT, ENDS HIS LIFE GREENSBURG, Jan. 13.--Forced to abandon work because of failing sight, Frank Pittncr, 28, draftsman for a Pittsburgh meter company, shot himself to death in the garage at his parents' home near Penn, Coroner H. A. McMurray was told today. Pittncr, a night school student at Carnegie Tech, shot himself through the chest. Policeman's Son Shoots Self. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 13.--Joseph Dayton, 20-year-old son of a Pittsburgh policeman, shot himself, in the chest while visiting the home of a girl friend early today because he was "too much trouble for my family " He \va; in MMiou^ condition in Weil .Pcnn Ho.-pital. S C I E N T I S T S STUDY GIANT OF HEAVENS By COTIRINNE HARDESTY United Press Staff Correspondent, CHICAGO, Jan. 13.--Scientists at Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wis., today were perfecting a specially designed electric recording device with which they hope to "see" a huge double star whose presence 50 far is known only by mathematical calculation. Dr. Otto Struvc. director of the ob- ibrvatory, and Piofs. G. P. Kuiper and Bengt Stromgrcn arc credited with discovery of the new star, Epsilon Aurigae, \vhich already has been determined the largest yet found in the heavens. It has a diameter 3,000 times larger than that of the sun, and a radius of almost 2,000 million miles. H is calculated to be about 3,000 light years from earth. Discoverers of the body explained that it really is a pair of giant suns. The smaller component, hottest of the two, was known as early as 1839 wh-?n it was studied by Dr. Edwin Bran* Frost, late director of Yerkes, and ,;lves off most o£ the star's visible light. The larger component is "cool" with n temperature of 1,000 degrees centigrade, and is invisible because of the infra-red quality of its radiation. This latter quality, Struve explained, makes it impossible to see even through the most powerful telescope or even to photograph. "One of the most startling results of the discovery was the detection of a shell of ionized gas in the outermost atmosphere surrounding the star," Struve said. Behanna Withdraws As Council Candidate W. S. Behanna of 432 East Gibson avenue, former postmaster and. once city Republican chairman, today in a letter to Mayor Ira D. Younkin. eliminated himself from consideration in naming a successor to the vacancy on City Council.: The communication Mr, Behanna sent to the Mayor follows: "On Tuesday last 1 stated to you personally as I did to each of your associates in City Council that my services as a councilman wouid be available if you four decided they wero desirable, "I did not know when I spoke that the field of candidates was so large, nor did I think at the time that my ward (the third) is now very ably represented by Mr. Daniels (Abe t.) "While representation by wards is not contemplated by the thrid-elass city law, it seems a desirable point to consider in your selection of a man or voman to fill the existing vacancy. "After all, harmony in the Council and haimony in the Republican ranks arc paramount for the present and as one step in that direction I desire to eliminate myself as a possible appointee to a seat in your hon- oiable council, much I might appreciate that honor if conferred. "As I spoke to you first, I am addressing this to you and ask that you make it known to your associates at your convenience." Monesscn Roosts Milage. Monebsen Council imposed an increased tax levy of two and a half mills 10 make the total 25 for 1933 I after approving a budget calling for 5249.1.26.67. a gain 01 about $6,500 j 1 Ciom the 1937, appropriations. Authorities Differ, However, as to Motive for Strange S c o t t d a l e Murder and Suicide. MENTAL STATE NOT GOOD, SAYS GANOE SCOTTDALE, Jan. IS.--Authorities differed today as to the motive which prompted Nelson Meese, 47 years old, of Redstone township, Fay- ettc county, to kill his daughter, Nellie, 17 years old, and himself at the girl's home at Thornwood, a half mile north of Scottdale, Wednesday afternoon. Letters found in the dead girl's purse led Coroner H. A. McMurray of Grcensburg to conclude that after becoming infatuated with, the girl Mcese learned she was his daughter. Chief ol Police Frank Ganoe scouted this, asserting Mccse had known for several years that Nellie was his daughter: According to the chief of police Mcese had suffered from mental aberrations and had on several occasions been confined to an asylum. He was of the belief, that he was in the throes of one of these attacks when he decided to kill the girl and himself. ' Bodies of the two were found by Mrs. Pearl Hollis, mother of. the girl, when she arrived home from Scottdale where she was engaged in outside work on a WPA sewing project, Nellie had been shot in the back of the head, Mccse in the forehead. The man had used a home-made revolver, with a section of pipe for a barrel. It was believed th-i shooting took place about 3 o'clock. Nellie was a junior at East Huntingdon Township High School at Alverton. Under the schedule she reported at school at 7:40 o'clock and was dismissed at 2. Mccse had been staying for a week at a local hotel and visiting the Hollis home daily. The mother of the sirl was absent, sewing at the home of an invalid woman here. It was between 4 and 5 o'clock when she arrived home, it was said. She notified Chief Ganoe, who called the coroner. For many years after the birth of Nellie it is said Mcese and the mother lost trace of each other. It was several years ago, it is' said, when Mcese again learned of the where- abcut of the woman and had visited her home rather regularly since, Neighbors were of the belief he was calling on the mother, not the daughter. The letters the coroner found would indicate otherwise. One letter which the father had sent to his daughter under date of December 31, 1937, according to Dr. McMurray, read in part: "I don't know that I should tell you this. I have been told by Dr. Kirk that I have only a limited time to live and my days arc numbered. Don't tell this to anyone. "It is going to be hard for me to lose you now. You may not believe this but you are the only person I ever saw that I really liked, and you turn out to be my own daughter." Another letter sent by Meese to his daughter under date of November 15, 1937, and quoted by the coroner read in pa»-t: "I know how really disappointed you must feel over me acting as I do in the short time I have known you. Continued on Page Six. Just Off the Wire - By United ITcss. HARRISBUKG, Jan. 13.--Governor Earlc today designated Public Utility Commissioner Richard J. Beamish as Pennsylvania's representative tomorrow .it a conference on equalization of railroad freight rates in the northern and southern states. HARKISBURG. Jan. 13 Governor Gcorjrc H. Earle hat, consented to become the Democratic candidate for Uic U. S. senatorial nomination If his party needs him, it was learned. Earle bald he had not decided definitely whether (o seek the Senate seat held by James J. Davis, Republican. WASHINGTON, Jan. 13--Senator Hattle W. Caraway, Democrat, Arkansas, today substituted for Senator Carter Glass, Democrat, Virginia, in carrying or the Senate filibuster against the anti-lynchlnr bill. Sho charged the measure was designed to destroy the South both politically ana industrially. WASHINGTON", Jan. 13.--The House Appropriations Committee to- ilay reported a $1,515,352,286 Treas- iiryury and Fostofflce appropriation hill, cuttlnc S60,SN,000 from funds jvailablc for the two departments In the current fiscal year. WASHINGTON*. Jan. 13 Justice Benjamin !·*. Cardozo showed "slight improvcmrnt" tills morning. Dr. J. P. Earnest, Jr., reported today. BARCELONA, Jan. 13.--Eteht persons were killed anU 20 injui'ed today when a. nationalist air raid destroyed .eight buildings at Kcus, Catalobn textile center. The insurgent Miuadron appeared at noon and borafced the city heavily.

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