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LAST EDITION PR,CE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 36, NO.iGO. The Weekly Courier Founded July 17. 18TO. The Daily Courier. Founded November 10. 1802. Merged. July 18. 1028 CONNELLSVILLE, PA. FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 14, 103S. TWENTY PAGES. Elderly Summit Womap Drowns in Well; Loses Balance Getting Water Schoot Buses Destroyed, Students Get Vacation Dunbar Delivery Boy Finds Miss Nora Strickler Missing. DUST CAP LEADS TO DISCOVERY Miss Nora Stricklcr, 64 years old, a widely-known resident of Dunbar township,, was drowned this morning in the well in the front yard of her home near the Summit. As County Detective John C. Wall and Deputy Coroner Milton V. Munk inaugurated an investigation following the discovery at about 9:30, it was indicated the woman may have lost her balance and toppled into the water where she perished. The mishap was discovered when a delivery boy for a Dunbar store who usually stopped at her home to get her grocery order for the week-end found the door oÂ£ her home open-something unusual--and then saw a dust cap floating on the top of the water in the well. The top of the circular well, the brickwork of which is about eight inches off the ground, is covered with a board. This board had been pulled back. Investigators were unable to,learn why the woman had gone to the well as it was said that she had been nble to get her water supply inside her own home. A pump had been installed in the kitchen. It was necessary to tear down the top of the well in order to extricate the body. Mrs. Jacob Karford told County Detective Wall that she had last seen Miss Strickler on Monday morning but did not know the exact hour. It was believed by the officer and the deputy coroner that the body hod been in the water since about tnat time. Peter Corarctli, a delivery boy for ' the Dunbar branch of the American Stores Company, stopped at the Stickler home at about 8:30 o'clock as he usually did to get the woman's order for Saturday. He went to the back door and knocked on it. Failing to get an snswer, he tried the door and found it open. He suspected something amiss because Miss Slrickler usually kept it locked. Coraretti closed the door and started around to the front of the house. As he was passing the well, he saw a dust cap, the kind the woman usually wore about the house, lying on the top of the water in the well the top of which had been uncovered The young man Immediately notified Jesse Hancy, a neighbor, whc went t - the home of Jacob Harford who notified Deputy Coroner Milton V. Munk and County Detective John C. Wall. Later they found the body of the woman in the water. She was warmly clad and had on her rubbers Miss Strickler is survived by four sisters and a brother: Miss Ada of Indiana, Mrs. Mary 'Fisher of Finleyville, Mrs. Daisy Byers of Pittsburgh, Miss Bessie of Flatwoods and Robert of Indiana. William McKcana Purchaser. William McKenna, a brother ol Joseph MeKenna, who operates the McKenna Shoe Store in West Crawford avenue, was the purchaser ol the building where the establishment is located. The first name of the buyer had originally been listed as Philip. Just Off the Were By UnUed I'reu. WASHINGTON, Jan. H.--Paul V McNutt, American high commissioner to the Philippine Islands, is making a flying survey of American Interests in (ho Far Eait and will report personally lo President Koosc- vclt early next mnnth. It was asserted In high official quarters today PARIS, Jan. 14.--Edouard Dala- dler, radical Socialist war minister refused an Invitation today to form a new cabinet to replace the popular front government of Premier Camlllc Chautemps. HARR1SBCRG, Jan. 14.--General Bfanaser John E. Ferson of the WI11- iimsport Sun and Gazette-Bulletin told the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association today (he fundamental cballcgr of the newspaper industry is "how to produce a fc:tter paper from an editorial standpoint while 10 many of the factors - that enter the operation are palling nealnst such an accomplishment." NEW YOP.K, Jan. 14.--The Nat- fonal Safety Council announced today that It had received from Alfred P. Sloan, head ot the General Motors Corporation, a S25.000 contribution to aid lit increasing traffic safety. II Â«Â»i tlic largest amount made to pro- mole safety activities. T a x R e l i e f Report Ready For Committee By JOHN R. BEAL United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON.. Jan. ,14.--The House Ways and Means Tax subcommittee today proposed far-reaching changes in the undistributed profits and capital gains taxes and declared that such changes should mean "a very substantial stimulation to business." WASHINGTON. Jan. 14. -- The House Ways and Means tax subcommittee presented a report at noon today laying the foundation for a new revenue law intended to case the Federal tax burden on business without disturbing the total revenues of the government. Alter 10 weeks of study the group headed by Representative Fred M. Vinsui, D., Ky., produced a comprehensive 300-page report drastically revising corporate levies and the capital gains and losses tax--paid mostly by businessmen -- without changing the rates on individual incomes. The report goes to the full Ways and Means Committee and will form the basis for public hearings beginning tomorrow. At the conclusion oi the hearings the committee will drafl a bill which leaders hope to ge'. through congress by mid-March. Details of the changes have been revealed, bit by bit, after daily meetings ot the tax group. The report members said, rounds up all ar.tion in a set of recommendations and contains a comprehensive explanation of the changes with the arguments supporting them. One member said the separate recommendations numbered 50 to 75." Most important changes recommended arc those affecting the undistributed profits tax, adopted in 1938 to force corporations to pass on their earnings to stockholders where the Federal government could levy on them as income. Corporations under that law arc required to pay normal taxes of eight to 15 per con' and an undistributed profits tax o: seven to 27 per cent, depending on the percentage of earnings distributed. Rotary Speaker Proposes Laugh As Insanity Cure There's health in a good laugh more in many of them, J. Walter Barnes, hc?d ot the Franklin Busl ness College in the Citizens Bank Building, said, in effect, speaking before the Rotary Club at its weekly luncheon Thursday. Ninety-nine persons who go insane do so because they don't laugh, said the speaker Laughing may cure them, he wen on. Doctors, he added, cure mon patients^by smiles than their pills "For health, wealth and sanity, tak a good laugh," was Mr. Barnes advice. Smiles are especially good in business, he said. Mr. Barnes lauded the common people, especially those who comi from the small towns and rural dis tricts. He cited examples to show that great inventions and industria developments have their start in thi brains of country folks. State Unemployment Insurance Payments To Begin January 24 HARRISBURG, Jan. 14.--Benefi checks under the State's unemployment compensation system wi". bi mailed direct to eligible jobless per sons to avoid inconvenience foreseen in the original plan of disbursing thi benefits at the permanent employment offices, it was announced today Benefits will be paid starting Jan uary 24. Man Lying on Track Is Killed by Train By United Prcsi. MONESSEN, Jan. 14.--Run ove: by a Pennsylvania Railroad freigh train outside tnc borough limits o Donora, George Skof, 37, of Fayctti City was killed early today. William Smcdley, Donora police chief, said Skof was lying on the rails just beyond a curve in the tracks a.id the engineer of the train was unable to sue him until he ha rounded the bend. By United Press. LATROBE, Jan. 14.--Derry town- ihip students today enjoyed a vaca- ion because a fire destroyed five .chool buses and razed the Blair- Lyons Company guragc at Derry last night with $40,000. a los-s of more than As the flames thicatencd a business block in the heart of Derry, more than a score of persons, members of four families, fled from a building near the garage before firemen from Derry, Lntrobc and Blairs- villc brought the fire under control | after a four-hour battle. Mrs. K e i r s t e d Ready to "Talk," Attorney Says Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 14.--Assorting that Frances S. Keirsted, convicted ,voman tnx collector now serving a :erm in Allegheny county workhouse for tax embezzlement, has promised to talk, Attorney Linn V. Phillipj, counsel for the . American Surety Company of New York, was to present a petition to the Fayette county courts during the day to have her returned from the workhouse. She will testify relative to the tax duplicates missing at her trial when she was convicted and sentenced by Judge Thomas H. Hudson. In a petition presented 'by Mr. Phillips, it is stated: "We hnvc been advised by proper representatives of Mrs. Keirsted tnat she is ready and willing to testify individually and to produce all tax records concerning the proceedings as relating to the 1933-34 duplicate." Popular Front Split Causes French Crisis B o y B a n d i t s ' Escapades Cause Senate Debate By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. H.--Two boy banoits, whose two-day crime wave was debated for 90 minutes yesterday on the floor of the Senate, were held at police headquarters today after their arrest in a nearby Virginia inn. The 14-year-old "fiancee" of one of them.-who told police sfic had accompanied them in Â« series of holdups here Wednesday and Thursday, also was detained for questioning. The three surrendered late last night to 12 policemen who were armed with machine guns, automatic rides and shotguns. The boys and girl were playing a card game in the lobby of Woodbridgc Inn at V/ood- bridgc, Va. To police they identified themselves as Ellis M. Tippet, 20, and Ellsworth J. Tippett, 17, of Ardmore, Md., brothers, and Margaret O'Brien, 14, also of Ardmore. The blond-haired, blue-eyed girl told a police matron that she ran away from home Tuesday. She said Ellis had promised to marry her. Wednesday night, she said, the boys drank liquor to fortify themselves for a scries of hold-ups, and then refused to let her go home. The boys admitted seven hold-ups, and said they were "glad it's over" when they were arrested. UNITED FIGHT ON RECESSION OF BUSINESS WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 John L. Lewis, Committee tor Industrial Organization chairman, said today alter a White House conference with industrialists that labor -ind business are impressed \vith desirability oÂ£ cooperating with Government on a definite programjo meet the business recesssion. Lewis made his statement after an four's discussion oÂ£ the business situation participated in by Mr. Roosevelt, Owen D. Young, General Electric chairman, Thomas W. Lamont, Morgan partner, Charles Tuussig and A. A. Bcrlc, Jr., early New Deal braintrustcrs and Philip Murray, Lewis' chief aide. Lewis indicated that further conferences may be held with the President and revealed that the group had previously engaged in private conferences on the possibility of a definite program of business-labor-Gov- ernmcnt cooperation.,. By RALPH HEINZEN Unitcd Press Staff Correspondent. PARIS, Jan. 14.--President Albert Lebrun consulted banking and parliamentary leaders today in an effort to protect the franc and to form a new cabinet before night. Â· The left wing popular front had been split over monetary policy by the Communists and Socialists; first the Socialist ministers, then the en- lire cabinet had resigned. Lebrun, called from his bed at the Elyscc Palace at 4:3,0 A. M. to receive the resignation of the Camillc Chautcmps- cabinet, was up again by 7. First he called in experts of the Bank of Prance to find means, before the banks opened at 9, to decide on temporary policy and prevent speculative raids on the currency. . f Next the president called in Jules Jeanneney, president of the Senate, and Edouard Herriot, president of the Chamber ot Deputies, and consulted them on candidates for the prime ministry. Admittedly, the situation was a serious one. It was a political crisis oÂ£ the first order, precipitated at a time of extreme delicacy in internal and foreign situations. The split in the popular front which had held office since June, 1D36, was definite; it threatened to be final. First Communists, then Socialists, refused to support Premier Chautemps in the Chamber of Deputies, where he sought a vote of confidence on currency and budgetary pioblcms. Waves Obliterate Traces of Clipper GREAT GATHERING AT COUNTRY CLUB FOR TESTIMONIAL Wealthy Widow, Insurance Man Shot to Death District Highway Engineer Dismissed At HoEiidaysburg By United ITCM. IIOLL1DAYSBURG, Pa., Jan. 14. --A bhakeup in personnel of district six of the State Highway Department, with dismissal of three men including the district engineer, was revealed here today. Stanton C. Funk, district engineer, was dismissed, said word of his discharge was received in a letter from Secretary of Highways Warren Van Dyke. The letter did not give a reason for the dismissal and Funk said he was unable to explain the action. The sixth district consists of Bedford, Blair, Huntingdon, Cambria and Fulton counties. Other changes that will be made include: A. N. Stone, assistant district engineer at Uniontown, will become assistant district engineer at Allentown to succeed A. W. White, who is beins transferred from Allentown to Hollidaysburg to be assistant district engineer. Joseph Geary, Jr., of the Philadelphia Highway Department office, succeeds Stone at Uniontown. Funk, well known in Western Pennsylvania highway circles, joined the department at Washington, Pa., in 1919, and has served in Highway Department offices at Pittsburgh, Kittanning, Hamburg and Frank- Jlia. PAGO By United Press. PAGO, Tutuila Island, American Samoa, Jan. 14. -- The waves and winds today slowly effaced the splotch on the sea where the Samoar. Clipper burned and sank with Captain Edwin C. Musick and his crew of MX, 14 miles from chore. The oil slick, and tiny fragments of wood, paper and clothing that drifted across it, were all that remained of the giant Pan American Airways flying boat which w.is lost Tuesday. Lieutenant T. B. Williamson, piloting the island's only airplane, returned last night from sn- othcr search and said he found no bodies. He believed that .ill lied gone down with tlie wreckage to be lost forever. The coat.worn by T. J. Findlcy, the Clipper's radio operator, was found in the water. Several holes were burned through it. Plans for an official investigation of the crash were indefinite. Cantor Suffers Throat Infection By United Press. HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 14.--Eddie Cantor, in the hospital with a strep- lococcic throat Infection, was reported resting comfortably and in no immediate danger today. The comedian Vus been in Good' Samaritan Hospital since Monday. He left his bed for two evening radio rehearsals. A nurse accompanied him to the radio station. Dr. Frederick Turnjull believed that he would be released in a few days. CAMERON, W. Va., Jan. 14.--An argument between Mrs. Buclah Cooper, former congressional candidate and wealthy widow, and C. J. Prunty, an insurance agent who lived in her mansion, resulted in the fatal shooting of both in the mansion yesterday. The body of Mrs. Cooper, well-to- do club woman and civic leader, was found in the hallway near the front entrance of her South Side home. A bullet wound in the chest caused death. Prur.ty, a 60-year-old insurance agent who had lived in the mansion occupied by the widow, was found in the kitchen of the home. A bullet wound was in his head, a .32 calibre revolver by his side. Coroner Harold Ashworth listed the deaths as murder and suicide. Chief of Police Orvlllc Nathan snid the two apparently fought in the hallway over Mrs. Cooper's order that Prunty should move from the big home. Rugs and chairs in the hallway were thrown about, Nathan said. Police reported that Prunty fired at Mrs. Cooper three times before the fourth bullet found its mark. The revolver fire and the woman's screams attracted neighbors who summoned police. Mrs. Cooper was the widow of Dr. James E. Cooper, killed in a train accident about four years ago. She was a leader in the local chapter of the Daughters, of the American Revolution, the State Federation of Women's Clubs and the Order of the Eastern Star. \ Freight Rates Hike Proposal Opposed by Business Groups WASHINGTON, Jan. 14.--Business groups of seven states today notified the Interstate Commerce Commission of the opposition to the railroad's petition for a 15 per cent increase in freight rates, by which the carriers seek to add $517,000,000 per year tÂ» their revenues. Final hearings on the carriers application will begin Monday before the ICC Monday. Two of the protest were filed by H. D. Rhodehouse, general traffic manager of the Republic Steel Corporation. Rev. Wells HI. Rev. C. J. Wells is very ill at his home at 605 North Prospect street. Gain Business Shows First Week of Year By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Jan. H.--Business in the Pittsburgh district improved on a broad front during the first week ot 19381 the University of Pittsburgh's bureau of business research reported today. In contrast with rapid declines during the last three months of 1937, the bureau's index, based on 1923-25 The Weather Light snow this afternoon and tonight, Saturday fair and coiilinued cold, warmer Sunday is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Kccord. 1038 1937 Maximum . 33 66 Minimum 25 40 Mean 29 53 FRIENDS DELIGHT TO HONOR HIM averages and adjusted for seasonal changes, showed a 3.3 per cent gain that sent chart lines up to a point that showed business was 72.7 per cent of the index figure. The gain was the first noted, except for a slight rise during December, since the business trend went into the fall and winter tailspin. Tne bureau recorded increases in industrial operations that were substantially greater-than-seasonal, and pointed to increased originating freight shipments that were reasonable for the rise in the business level. New automobile i egistrations slumped once more, however, after showing a greater than seasonal pickup immediately after Christmas. The passenger car sales slumped to near-record low. Department store sales arose more than seasonally while steel mill operations followed uit although no President Judge Ross S. Matthews of the Fayette county Orphans Court in whose honor 360 citizens of the county and elsewhere gathered at Pleasant Valley Country Club Thursday night at a testimonial banquet. Renner Pays Fine Tribute In Masterly Way "As his origin was humble, so his simplicity marked his life and every act. To him the homely things are most to be desired. Having a wholesome respect for form and convention, he is yet without pretcntion and ostentation." Thus did Attorney J. Kirk Henner, city solicitor and president of the Fayctte County Bar Association, refer to Judge Koss S. Matthews, as the community paid homage to him at a testimonial dinner at Pleasant Valley Country Club- Thursday night. Mr. Renner said that Judge" Matthews' future will be a reflection of; his past. The speaker declared; "Vanity is not one of his attributes and well docs he know that empty words oÂ£ praise are soon forgotten. To him the finest tribute is the faith and confidence of his friends and that he enjoys these in abundant measure requires no testimonial frorar me." These were but two of/the many tributes paid Judge Matthews by Mr. Renner. His address follows: "The Athenian lawyer and orator, Demosthenes, held that every speech should begin with an incontrovertible statement, and observing that advice I find ft timely to remark that to the people of Connellsville the most popular project undertaken in Fayette county by the New Deal is the election oÂ£ Ross Stanley Matthews. I know of no other candidate for whom the electorate of Conncllsvilie fcos ever voted with so little regard for political affiliation or alIgnment."Tlv vote he received in Connellsville, and this spontaneous demonstration by a few hundred of his enthusiastic admirers speak far more eloquently than I can hope to in attesting his high standing in this community. "We have heard much of his Doing the first citizen of Connellsville ever to be.a judge. .Whether he is the f.ist or only one of man; 1 matters not one whit, but lest I be cnargcd with subscribing (o that mlsstatemcnt, and in order that I may keep the record straight, let me here enter a denial. Provance McCormlck, who was born and lived a long life in Connellsville. was elected an associate judge of Fayette county in the fall of 1886, and was commissioned by Pennsylvania's war governor, Andrew G Curtin, to serve a term" of- fiver yrors from the first Monday of Decembci of that year. That office, held as it was by men w;io had no legal tram- Continued on Page Three. Tributes Paid by Kirfc Renner, R. J. Arnett, Members of Bench. IS PRESENTED ' ' ' '" WITH GOLD WATCH Judge Ross Stanley Matthews, who on January 3 became president judge of Fayctte County Orphans Court, was felicitated, in a manner as only Connellsville can, at a testimonial dinner sponsored by the Board of Trade Thursday night, at PJeasant Valley Country Club. - .- - It was art-unusual-and--unicius tribute.to. the city^s first judge of the current century- as members ot both political parties-paid him hora,ago, recalled his life of integrity and service to - his fellow citizens . and , his community, and bade him Godspeed in his new duties. Both Republicans .ancj Democrats had major parts In "the testimonial, for, as Toastmaster G. IV-jd Ricmon ably put it, "whcr. it comas to Ross S. Matthews in the city there is no such thing as a political party." Approximately 360 persons" gath- \ cred for the diimer. Practically every section of Fayette county was represented. All of the judges, active and retired, with-the exception of President Judge Harry A. Cottom, who's convalescing from a long illness," were present and took part in the speaking program, all commending "Ross" on his achievements and extending him their best wishes in his judicial work. Visitors in attendance declared that it was one of the most outstanding events of its kind ev-r held in the county. It was a tremendous success in every respect and one of the best celebrations ever sponsored by Connellsville, persons who had a part in arranging the event said. A gold watch and'chain, beautifully inscribed, was presented to Judge Matthews by Philip Galiardi on behalf of the citizenry of Connellsville. The inscription reads: "In testimony of "the esteem in 'hich Ross Stanley Matthews is held by the citizens of Connellsville upon his elevation to the president judgeship of the Orphans Courts of Fayette county. Pa., January 3, 1938." Speaking after he had received the token from his fellow citizens, Judge Matthews said:'I shall retain it as a symbol of your friendship and your loyalty and I do hope-that you will never have any occasion to regret your action this evening." ; Â· Â· Toastmaster Rieman, in "his. introductory remarks, said it took "a great occasion Â»o get people out on a slippery night as this and this is a great affair" Â· The election proves, he said, that when it comes to Ross S: Matthews, in'ConneUsville there Is -no. such- thing as-a political party, pointing out that while'the city-was electing a Republican mayor the judge was receiving one of the greatest majorities ever accorded a nomiuee here. Attorney J. Kirk Rennor, city solicitor and president of the Fayette County-Bar Association, lauded the new jurist. His address, in full, appears elsewhere in The Courier. Robert J. Arnett, president oÂ£ the. Second National Bank of, Uniontown and a former fellow citizen of Markleysburg. Judge Matthews' native community, recalled many interesting events in the early life of the honor guest and introduced four Markleysburg residents, three of whom knew ' Continued on Page Three. additional blssl. 'Steal Washing - Machine. GREENSBURG, Jon. 14.--County detectives reported the arrest of Han-y Ceroni and LouisJSpinella of Cairo/ ;!.,.Â· Mount Pleasant charged with larceny' l v a " Â·Â· 'Â·Â·'Â· Jurist- Pledges ..Faithful Service "I trust the work I may do on the bench ot Fayette county ,may _ba proper, render justice and that it may be satisfactory. "All that I can promise is to work faithfully at the duties of the office and I -assure you, my friends, that I will forever hold in my dearest memory your tribute of friendship as expressed here this evening," declared Judge Ross-;S. Matthews as he' concluded his talk at the testimonial dinner in his honor Thursday night at Pleasant Valley Country Club after Philip Galiardi had presented him with a beautiful . gold watch, a token of esleom of Ii-s friend?. The honor uuÂ«.t iinjisiciu.illy ; t iU collectively c\pu':..ul hi-, ;i^,.i-oc-,i- tion lo tlie uidividu:.!- ;md \ru!i|j for tlie tchtimonii.l ai'U in .i.n;""if- j ing on thj pru"-iÂ«.u ol tuji i .Â· l.'u Â·:Â·, of Mdikloy-bin,;, ivj^-jti -if t Â·Â·_Â· judge's moUior v,!-. i i - . . j - .; , . ; ; house in v.l.ich J L - . ^ *.'. 1 Â· t ( furnaces were put into i of an electric washing machine (woith ?115 in October, 1936. J bom s^Ul: "Tlie Continued on lluxe.