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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Friday, January 14, 1938
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 14. 193S. THE DAILY COURIER. CONNELISVILLE. PA. PAGE THRES, Bar and Bench Members Join In T r i b u t e RENNER PAYS FINE TRIBUTE, TO JUDGE IN MASTERLY WAY Continued from Page One. him longer than he--Amadee Scese, Charles M. Brown, Thomas Grctton and William Umbel--who came to pay honor to a native boy and school teacher making his grade in life. Jvdgc E. H. Reppert, dean of jurists nnd only one of the retired judges active at the Courthouse, preceded his brief, talk with witticism. Speaking to the honor guest, he said: "Don't sidestep, don't evade, don't alibi, don't delay. These arc all subterfuges to which we weak mortals resort in order to escape our responsibilities for our mistakes. And I have the least respect for an alibi. "To the people of Fayette county, so widely represented here, who will reap a bountiful harvest of his chai- actcr, his knowledge and his practice of law gained by years of studious application and steadfast singlcmind- ed devotion to his profession--to them I offer my congratulations." He urged Judge Matthews to lay aside the evasions "and run the race before you." Judge Harry A. Cottom, president judge of common pleas court, who did ;not attend, on advice of a physician, as he is convalescing from a long illness, forwarded a letter to Chairman W. D. McGinnis of the program committee expressing his regrets at inability to attend and in which he lauded the flne traits of Judge Matthews. The letter was read by the toastmastcr. Judge H. S. Daumbauld took occasion to point out that the Republicans were playing a major part in the testimonial _for a Democrat and his witty "remarks brought a big laugh. "The people of Connellsville arc not losing Judge Matthews," the common pleas jurist said. "You arc just loaning him to the people of Fayette county and we of the bench welcome him, knowing that he will adorn his judicial office." Judge W. Russell Carr, elected to the common pleas court when Judge Matthews made his campaign last December, lauded the Connellsville jurist. Former Judge Robert E. 'umbel, the youngest ever elected to the bench and a former superintendent of the Connellsville schools, said that "not only is Ross S. Matthews da- serving of congratulations but every man. woman and child of Fayette county," upon his clevction to the judiciary. Former Judge Davis W. Henderson said the fact Ross Matthews was elected a judge was undoubtedly but "a minor reason for honoring him. More, he said, the people of Connclls- ville can say to Judge Ross "you arc · my friend in truth and sincerity." Judge Matthews has been building in Connellsville, a temple of character, said former Judge S. John Morrow. Using the wine of human kindness and consideration for others, he has built a temple and the fragrance created by these considerations and kindnesses has wafted to TJniontown and the entire county, the speaker declared. Retired President Judge Thomas H. Hudson lauded the honor guest for his record as an attorney and commended him for being a gentleman at all times before the bar. "I wish for you all the success," said Judge John W. Dawson, whom the honor guest defeated in the election, as he offered him any assistance that he might desire in carrying out his duties. The retired judge, who created much mirth with his reflections of the November campaign, said he proposed to bs a good sport in defeat. The hall rang with laughter when Judge Dawson said: "I want to congratulate Judge Continued from Page One. ing and were not learned in the law, has long since been abolished, but it did give to Conncllsvillc its Hrst judce. "When I realize how many of those present know our honor guest so intimately, I wonder why I should huvc been chosen to speak .of him. The most plausible answer is that you desire this to be strictly non-puitisan and that I am the only person who you are sure did not vote for him. "To speak of Ross Matthews without praising his many virtuc-s is a difficult task, and yet we knew he wishes no song of praise. Content ic he to have the confidence of those he serves, with no reward save the satisfaction that follows a duty well done. It is of his- kind that Lowell penned those lines: ""The longer on this earth we live And weigh the various qualities of men, The more we feel the high, stern featured beauty Of plain devotcdncss to duty. Steadfast and still, nor paid with mortal praise, But finding amplest recompense For life's ungarlanded expense In work done squarely and un- wastcd days.' "There is little in his background and youth not present in many another of his time. His early surroundings were rural and his boyhood was spent in that era when the tallow dip was making its last stand against the kerosene lamp. He knows the odors of the barnyard, and he has felt the itching of hayseed between his blue jeans and a sorely sun-burned skin. Although I have never heard of an agreed reason for it, it remains a well recognized fact that many of our best lawyers, like pumpkins and cabbages, come frcm the farm. "I first met Ross Matthews when we together took examinations for registration as law students in the spring of 1903. In 1905 he was admitted to the Bar, and after two years of practice joined a law partnership with his former preceptor Edward Carter Higbce. In that same year t!ic Legislature of Pennsylvania creatixJ a separate Orphans Court in Fayette county, and it is of this court that our friend and neighbor becomes the third president judge. But all o£ this is biographical and as well known v to most of you as to me. "I could remark on the costly and burdensome service he rendered as a member of the local Draft Board during the World War. It brought him no stripes and qualified him for no bonus, bul who can doubt that he made a far greater sacrifice than many who found themselves under Matthews on his elevation to the bench" and quickly followed with "that's a white political lie." Many of them have been uttered, he said. Then speaking in a serious vein he extended the best wishes to Judge Matthews in his work. Daniel Durie, president of the Board of Trade, served as presiding officer and introduced Toastmaster Ricman. Rev. Lawrence S. Elliott, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, gave the invocation. Mrs. Welday O. Adrian was the soloist, being accompanied by Miss Helen Ecken. Mrs. Adrian sang "The Sweetest Story Ever Told,' "Donkey's Serenade" from "Firefly," "Indian Love Call," "Swiss Echo Song" and "The End of a Perfect Day." The last she dedicated to Judge Matthews. . H. Edward Mason of Edcnborn, formerly of Leisenring No. 1, led the group singing. Music wa« furnished by Kiferle's Orchestra. A sumptuous repast of rost turkey and all its trimmings wa; served. arms? I might mention that because of his unselfish public service le wns once popularly acclaimed the outstanding citizen of his commun- ty. I could be pardoned for detoii- ng at some length the indispensable service he rendered in bringing to reality a new and modern hospital for Conncllsville. I might refresh the recollections of many of you by calling to mind the countless things he has done in behalf of others without any thought of recompense or reward. But I choose rather that this brief panegyric have to do with what we think o£ him, well aware that he jclicves 'compliments arc, like perfume, to be inhaled, not swallowed.' Since more than a third of n fxn- tury ago, when Ross Matthews adopted Conncllsville as his home, he has probably been called upon to give of n's time and talents in behalf of the public welfare in a far greater measure than has any other individual of the community. All these y-'ars no public enterprise or undertaking has been launched in which he was not drafted. He has never begged off because the project was not cl sufficient importance to enlist his assistance; he has never shirked because of the personal sacrifice involved. "During these ycsrs his law ofllce has become a sort of quasi puolic institution, a sanctum sanctorum whose portals never failed to open to any in search of counsel and advice, whether rich or poor. I believe he has given away enough advice to support a good law office. And in his case there is no application of the saying that 'free advice is the kind that costs you nothing unless you act on it.' "There is nothing of the heroic about Ross Matthews, and I have no idea of placing him upon a pedestal. We all know he would not stay there if I did. All of you who have so often consulted with him would not have me p;iint him other than as y//u know him. And you know him to be one of the most contrary, contentions anJ cantankerous individuals with whom you ever had to contend. No matter what ideas you might have taken with you to his office, the ones you carried away were his. At times you have found him to be almost bellicose. Rnrcly have ·you known him to surrender his opinion and adopt yours. His opinions arc 'like concrete, thoroughly mixed and permanently set.' "Possibly his most conspicuous characteristic is his determination of how or how not a thing should be done In him there is no disposition to compromise between right and wrong, whi'ther as a means or an end. For him no problem is si simple as to call forth any but his bcs't cflort; none so complex ns to justify any short-cut or legerdemain in its accomplishment. In more than thirty years of practice many a client has complained of the procrastination with which his cause was prosecuted, but none has ever suffered because his case was not skillfully handled. "It is not especially flattering that a lawyer have a reputation for honesty and fair dealing, that he hold in high regard the trust reposed in him, that he cherish nnd keep inviolate the confidences of his client; all these things arc elemental and should characterize any lawyer worthy of the great profession which he practices. But in Ross Matthews we find ethical virtues in exceptionally marked degree. Deception, chicanery and duplicity arc not in him. As a lawyer I have found I could trust him even though he oppocd me, and tins is as flnc compliment as one lawyer can bestow upon the professional integrity of another. "When last week I witnessed him take the oath of ofllce of President Judge of the Orphans Court, the thought occurred to me that it was the merest formality and in no manner would alter or affect his official conduct. While I watched and heard that solemn ceremony I realized it committed him only to'thc official observance of (hose fundamental principles of right and justice which would characterize his judicial nets even in the absence of any oath. In RossxMatthews honor and integrity are'not studied accomplishments, but are second nature. As his origin was humble, so his simplicity marked his life and every act. To him (he homely things are most to be desired. Having a wholesome respect for form and convention, he is yet without pretention and ostentation. We who know him can well understand his love of a ball game; none o£ us can vision him LS ever becoming a devotee of the race track. It is unthinkable that he hni ever been obbcsscd with a burnins ambition. Rather it is enough for him that he be able to smile when the heart is sad, and that each day's duly be cheerfully met .nnd faithfully done. "In these brief and sketchy remarks I have endeavored to speak fairly and honestly of Ross Matthews as I believe most of you know him. It has been my aim to avoid extravagant praise which could only serve to brand me as a sycophant, and certainly I am no prophet foretelling his future as a ju?gc. But 'in the light of the past the future is read,' and by this guide we shall never doubt nor with apprehension speculate upon the quality of his judicial conduct. His future will be a reflection of his past. His duties on the bonch will demand no higher degree of skill or aptitude than have distinguished his career at the bar. He is so constituted ns to be peculiarly free from the political demands and implications of public ofllce which so cften harass the judge and unconsciously inllucncc his official behavior. Someone has said 'we arc inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their acts.' However illogical that criterion may be, Ross Matthews is not compromised by its application. Always he will have more respect for others' feelings than for his own rights, and more regard for others' rights than for his own feelings. "Where it possible for one to live without having thought for matters purely mercenary, we can vision Ross Matthews cheerfully consecrating his learning and tnleniii to the betterment of his fellow m"n. Unto him it Is sufficient that he have the gift to do in his own quiet-way those things which come to him to be done, whether they be great or .trivial, ant) in so doing he finds ample reward. ViJjity is not one of his attributes, and well does he know that empty words of praise arc soon forgotten. To him the finest tribute is the faith and confldn'.cc of his friends, and that he enjoys these in abundant measure requires no testimonial form me. "As no praise of mine can illumine his past, and as no judgment of mine can trace his destiny, I deem it fitting to conclude with those lines of Kipling: " 'And only The Master shall praise us, and only The Master shall blame; and no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame, but each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star, shall draw the things as he sees it for the God of things as they arc.' Committees Success of Testimonial Personnel of committees handling] various' phases of the testimonial dinner for Judge Ross S. -Matthews at Pleasant Valley Country Club Thursday night under the auspices of the Board of Trade follows: Executive--Daniel Duric, chairman; Banks D. Brown, James J. Driscoll, Philip Galiardi, Thomas D. Gardner, Edgar J. Smutz and Charles M. Stone. Banquet--J. V. Soisson, chairman; Meyer Aaron, George Beaumont, Philip Gdliardi, Douglas K. Mcll- vainc, William P. McNulty, Paul G. Wagoner and A. W. Young. Program--W. D. McGinnis, chairman; Arthur R. Boycr, John J. Brady, J. Wylie Driscoll, B. J. Hooper, I. L. Horowitz, Charles M. Stone and E. B. Zimmerman. Tickets--T. D. Gardner, chairman; Edward Bacr, William E. Boyland, Dr. Clyde S. Campbell, James M. Driscoll, John J. Foley, C. Roy Hctz- cl, T. Watt Henderson, Ernest R. Kooser,' Paul O. Malonc, Dr. William Bosucll Infant Dies, SOMERSET, Jan. 14.--Robert Kennedy, four years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kennedy of Boswell, R. D. 1, died in Windber Hospital Wednesday night. Dies In Auto Wreck. Mrs. Marin F. Bowe, wife of a former Belle Vernon glass worker, was reported fatally injurey Wednesday in an automobile accident at Muncie, Ind. K n t i r o Remaining Stock of " Indies' COATS %off Regular Price JRegr. $25.00 values ...$10.00 Res. $18.85 . values S5.59 Ladies' Silk DRESSES AH sizes and colors, while they last 1.00 $1.95 $2.95 Mohawk Sheets, 81x00 .__...S3c Mohawk Pillow Cases 23c Men's Dress Sox Sc nnd loc pr. Men's Wool Sweaters 9oc Boys' Wool Sweaters 78c Men's Solid Leather .Ta'ckcts, $7.95 values $4.85 Men's Heavy Ribbed U'Siiits ...C8c Men's Rlbl|ed Shirts and v Drawers , ,, 44c' Men's Dress Pants, 82.05 to $8.05 values ,, $1.05 Dress Shirts SSc Children's Coats, values $5.05 to $15, Now §2.05 to $0.05 Heavy Work Shirts -ISc FIVE BROS. WORK SHIRTS With new feature: extra piece under arm to prevent binding. See thl* new shir*. SSc value. Men's Fine SUITS To $JS Values $10.00 To $25 Yahies. $15.00 To 835 Values, $20.00 Men's Fine TOPCOATS Choice of slock. -Values to 529.50 H5 W. Crawford, Counellsvllle, Pa. ACROSS From PARKING LOT. A. Pujia, II. P. Poie, J. C. Schwab, Walter T. Smith, Edgar J. Smutz and Warren L. Wright. Reception--Mayor Ira D. Younlcin, chairman; Welday O. Adrian, John P. Barbor, Paul H. Bcighlcy, Williom L. Beuscher, Banks D. Brown, Harry G. Brown, Samuel D. Braemer, Lyell L. Buttennore, Frank W. Byrne, Guy Corrado, Joseph J. Cuneo,' Abe I. Daniels, William J. Davidson, John Davis, Lewis M. D'Auria, S. B. De- Mcrcll, Robert M. Evans, William M. Fox, C. C. Gallagher, Pasqualc Gigliotti, Thomas J. Hooper, Dr. L. Dale Johnson, Herman A. Lynch, J. W. May, Dr. H. Daniel Minerd, Charles C. Mitchell, William McCormick, C. K. McKesson, Dr. T. G. McLellan, Dr. Domer S. Newill, Fred S. Opperman, J. Donald Porter, M. B. Pryce, W. R. Scott, W. A. Sepp, Dr. Earl C. Sherrick, Bela B. Smith, R. K. Smith, John H. Stout, B. M. Swartzwelder, Robert E. Wilhclm, Peter R. Wcimer, John M. Young, Fred E. Younkin and William L. Zoi- lars. PHIL GALIARDI PRESENTS WATCH Philip Galiardi, in presenting n gift to Judge Ross S. Matthews at a testimonial dinner for the new jurist at Pleasant Valley Country Club Thursday night, said: "As this delightful evening nears its close, it becomes my pleasant duty to express to you the deep appreciation of the people of this community for the untiring and unselfish labors that you have expended in their behalf. "In presenting to you this small token of our esteem, I bring you their fervent wish, and mine, that you will find in your new duties the complete happiness that comes to one in the honest, courageous and able performance of the duties of a difficult and important public ofilce. '"I know that our hearts will be ever warm toward you, and that we shall find increasing happiness in the new honors that your tenure on the bench will bring to the people of Conncllsville, who know and love you, and in behalf o£ whom I present this little gitt." Jurist Pledges Faithful Service Continued from Pofc One. mother ano I am always the friend of the friend of my mother." He complimented the Board of Trade, President Daniel Durie and his many commitieemen, Toastmas- tcr G. FreH Ricman, President J. Kirk Renner of the Fayette County Bar Associal ion who . delivered the principal address and the other speakers. Judge Matthews injected * much laughter in his reply, at "one point saying: 'This is a wonderful and "an unusual gathering. Unusual because as I read the newspapers these are not the things the Republicans" say about the Democrats " (referring to " the praise trial had been heaped on him). I'm "not'sure I can identify · myself this evening." - - - - Calling attention to the references made to some of the interesting events of his days at Markleysburg, he said that he liked to recall them, adding: - -^ "The older-we-get. the more "sentiment there is for ihs days' we spent on the farms." · SpeakinR of the gift he had' received, Judge Matthews said: 'To all who have made this present possible, I shall retain it as a ' symbol of your friendship and your loyalty and I hope that you" will never have any occasion to regret this action this evening." Judge Matthews said that if his services had ever been of any value in the past, he always wanted to be counted in bn any activity that will be sponsored in Conncllsville. Snow Tank Aids Skiers. TWIN FALLS, Ida., Jan. 14.--A "snow tank" has been perfected for hauling sleighers and skiers up steep mountain slopes here. It is of the tractor type arrangement, but with only one tread five feet wide. It has a speed of 15 miles an hour. Bandits Walt for Boss. CLEVELAND, Jan. 14.--"We'll wait for the boss," declared ' two masked youths carrying guns when Andrew Cunger; clerk in a furniture store, told them he had no money. When the boss, Jacob Rosenzweig, entered the btorc, the bandits robbed him of $68. 32-PSECE DINNER SET With Each Hoosicr Cabinet Purchased " During: the !HontJi of January Onlr. to Die minute of the most ben lit il'u I k i t c h e n groups you ever saw. A rainbow of colori a world of convenience, nnd n (lesion as modern as the streamlined train! See Our An array of matched kitchen ensembles, specially arranged to enable you to select exactly the kitchen grouping which will loud the most beauty and charm to your own kitchen. Naturally It features the new HOOSIEB Modern Unit-group--streamlined for efficiency. It LOOKS like a built-in kitchen but goes«avith you when you move. A wide variety of sJ.ylcs, colors and finishes but only cno variety of price--the most reasonable. 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