The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on January 27, 1939 · Page 1
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Friday, January 27, 1939
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LAST EDITI ON The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRICE 2c VOL. 37, NO. G5. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17. 1879. Tho Daily Courier, Founded November 10, 1002. Merged July 10. 15a). COXNELLSVILLE, PA., FUIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 21, 10339. TWENTY PAGES. Council T a l k s Over West Side Sewage Problem Being Held Up by State Because No Provision M a d e for Disposal Plant. SANITARY BOARD ENGINEER HERE Hopeful that a plan may be worked out whereby the city can proceed with the construction of the West Side intercepting sewer line without obligating itself at this time to the projected sewage treatment plant, Council held a conference Thursday afternoon at City Hall with L. S. Morgan of Grcensburg, district engineer of the Department of Health. Mr. Morgan had previously advised Council that because the city had not made any definite provisions for erection of the disposal plant in compliance with the State law that prohibits pollution of streams, he could not grant his approval to the proposed West Side program, despite the fact that it was a step in the right direction. Th engineer informed Council he would discuss the matter with the State Sanitary Board in Harnsburg and transmit its attitude so that local action can be then outlined. Members of Council advised the engineer they were in accord with the program to end pollution of the Youghioghcny River but were unable to proceed with the complete project at the present time because of the city's distressed financial condition. They set forth the view that the West Side sewer project would be another step toward realization of that goal. This expenditure, they pointed- out, would be made at a saciifice because of the city's financial straits. However, they are anxious to take advantage of Federal assistance in getting the wo.*k done. Financing the West Side sewer project would cost the city in the neighborhood of $15,000 for materials alone, Mr. Morgan was informed. A sewage treatment plant had been estimated to cost approximately $330,000, an eypenditure too great for Connel'sville to bear now, they tct forth. The engineer i.aid the final decision would have to be made by the State board but he was basing his views on the State's legislation of 1937 which requires that pollution of streams in Pennsylvania be forbidden. He said he would present Connellsville's case to the board when the city had reduced to writing its financial plight so that the dita could accompany plans for the West Side project. "Condition of the Youghioghcny River has been improved by the mine sealing program thnt was carried out, especially in the Casselman region," Mr. Morgan said as he reviewed briefly steps being taken to eliminate pollution of streams which to a great extent form the source of drinking water for millions of residents. The legislation, the engineer point- ,cd out, was motivated principally from the standpoint of'public health although there arc a number of other benefiting factors. The danger of stream pollution is too great to be ignored, he said, hence the insistence on the part of the State that municipalities take steps not to- add to the hazard. Mr. Morgan said that polluted water, should mechanical trouble develop at a filtration plant, could cause an epidemic that would take a heavy toll of life. This, he said, is what the State department seeks to overcome. He appreciated the attitude of Council, the engineer declared, and commended the members for their progressive program in constructing the East Side interceptor and hoped that a financing plan could be worked out whereby Connellsville would become another of the communities of the Commonwealth that no longer pollute streams with its sewage. · Mayor Ira D. Younkin and the four councilmcn recorded themselves as heartily in favor of the anti-pollution 4 program but lamented the fact the · city was financially unable to bear the cost of such an enormous undertaking. Also attending the meeting was Francis C. Foote of Morris Knowlcs, Inc.. Pittsburgh engineering firm, who is preparing plans for the West Side project and who supervised construction of the East Side interceptor. Backed by CIO R. J. Thomas Supported by the CIO, It. J. Thomas was elected new head of the United Automobile Workers by the executive board, which was recently suspended by Homer Martin, executive president. Repudiation of Martin followed conference by CIO leaders. Senate Votes This Afternoon On Relief Fund By RONALD G. VAN TINE United Press Stall Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Jan. 27.--The Senate votes today on the Administration's proposal to restore to the deficiency relief appropriation bill the $150,000,000 cut from it by the House. Indications were that the vote would be close. President Roosevelt's Senate leaders predicted that his request for $875,000,000 to continue the Works Progress Administration until July 1 would be upheld by "five or Six votes." Republicans and conservative Democrats contended that they have the votes necessary to sustain the $725,000,000 figure approved by the House An agreement to vote at 3 P. M. was reached late yesterday. The vote will come on an amendmen by Senator Kenneth McKcller, D. Tcnn., to substitute $875,000,000 for $725,000,000. Alter agreeing on the amount, the Senate will begin consideration o: various amendments proposed by the Appropriations Committee, including one to prohibit the- WPA from discharging more than 150.001) of the 3,000,000 persons now on rilicf priot to April 1. Final passage of the bill may be delayed until Saturday. If the Senate raises the appropriation to $875,000,000, the bill then will have to be returned to the Hourc for consideration, Robbers Get !n Perryopolis Gas Station Czechs Recognize Spain's Nationals PRAGUE. Jan. 27.--Czechoslovakia has decided to recognize the Spanish nationalists and break oft relations with the republicans, it was announced officially today. Condition Critical. UNIONTOWN. Jan. 27.--Mrs. Madeline James Murphy, 25, widow of New Salem, found suffering from gas fumes and monoxide poisoning at her ho-ne, was reported today in a critical condition at Uniontown Hos- oital. Loot estimated at several htridrci dollars, was taken early this r.iorn ing by robbers who broke into th Armstrong and Potter service sta tion at Perryopolis. Investigating officers cxprcssci the belief that the burglars first stol high-powered automobile belong ing to Hunter Wilson from his gar age and then to have ransacked th service station in the heart ot th Perry township village. While a complete check had no been completed, ,. early \cxaminntio revealed at least eight automobil tires, six quarts of an anti-freez solution and some oil to have bee taken. An effort was made to brea open the chewing gum machine a well as the telephone coin bor. A window was broken to gai: entrance to the service station. Pardon Will Be Urged For Warren B;J!ing Uy United Press. SACRAMENTO, Cat., Jan. 27.--; prison advisory board investigate today the application of Waricji Billings, "forgotten man" of th Thomas J. Mooney case, and ther were indications that a pardon woul be recommended. It must be approved by the Slat Supreme Court before Governo Culbert Olson may grant it. Lightning Strips Girl of Clothes By United Press. LIMA, Peru, Jan. 27.--Lightning hicli ripped nil the clothes from a cautiful young woman in the streets I Cclcndin Icrt her without the pow- · of speech, a dispatch said today, ut the shock of seems the victim udc restored speech to a passerby ho had long been mute. Mayor Proclaims Saturday As Eradication Day A proclamation designating Satur- ay, January 28, as Infantile Paraly- s Eradication Day and urging thct 11 Connellsvillians- assist in this ealth fight by attending the Pros- dent's birthday ball that night in leasant Valley Country Club was ssued today by Mayor Ira D. Youn- in. Taking cognizance of the fact that he fight against infantile paralysis s Nation-wide in its scope. Mayor founkin suggested that all residents -©operate by attending the charity ·all or by purchasing tickets for it. Fifty per rent of the proceeds from ach local celebration will remain u the local treasury and the other alt will be sent to the National oundation. The proceeds will be sed locally to purchase orthopedic xjuipmcnt for those who have al- eady been stricken with the disease nd who are on their way to re- overy. The National foundation vill place its share in a fund to seek o discover the cause of infantile iaralysis. Mayor Younkin's proclamation folows: "Whereas, the National Infantile 'araly.'is Foundation has asked that Nation-wide observance of the President's birthday be held in the laturo of a charity event for the illcvation of the ravages of infantile iaralysis and to mitigate the s-uffer- ng of those who already have bc- :ome victims of this malady; and "Whereas, the local committee, of vhich Dr. If. Daniel Minerd is chairman, has decided to aid in the fight y staging a charity ball Saturday night, January 28, at 10 o'clock in 'leasant -Valley Country Club, the proceeds of which will be used to lid in this welfare effort, and Whereas, fifty per cent of the proceeds of the affair will be kept in our own community to aid local vic- ims, with the other half to go to the National Infantile Paralysis foundation, therefore, "By virtue of the authortiy vested n my office, I do hereby proclaim Saturday, January 28, 1939, as Con- ncllsville's Infantile Paralysis Ei-adjp cation Day, and do hereby urge that nil citizens purchase tickets and nt- .end this charity ball to 'dance that others may walk.'" Girl Graduates in Hospital An invalid most of her life, Jcanette De Fionzo, 20, in cap and gown, receives her high school diploma from the superintendent of schools, as her mother looks on. The girl did all her studying at St. Luko's Hospital, Chicago, where she is a patient. JAMES MAY GIVE GO AHEAD ORDER FOR SUPER HIGHWAY Italy A s s u r e s Britain She Has No Hostile Plans By United Press. LONDON, Jan. 27.--Italy assured Great Britain of its absence of hostile ntentions against any nation tod.iy is the powers waited official declara- Jons on the attitude of Britain and Germany in Europe's struggle for power in the Mediterranean. The Italian assurances were given in connection with the calling up ot 60,000 reservists for February retraining during a month which many diplomats feat will see a showdown in the quarrel between France and Italy. France has ordered up reservists in advance of the normal ti-aming date. Great Britain did not ask Italy for any explanation in connection with the reservists, it was understood, bul the Rome government volunteei ed the assurances through diplomatic channels. Extensive Inquiry Info Sale of Fighting Airplanes 1o France cy United Press WASHINGTON, Jan. 27.--The Senate Mihtaiy Affairs Committe today ordcicd .in extensive inquiry into pioposed sale of about GOO American military airplanes to France. H acted shortly alter President Roosevelt declared the Administration had sanctioned the French deal. Chairman Morris Shcppard, D. Tex., of the committee declared tlia the committee was seeking to determine especially whether it wo aid be necessary to establish new restrictions on sales of plane* to foreign governments to protect sccrc American equipment. Seek $15,000 Damage-,. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 27.--Suit fo $15,000 damages was entered b Samuel L. and Lou Baker of Browns ville township against Samuel See hotter of Uniontown as the result o an automobile accident October 2£ 1937, here. The husband nsks S5,00 ,nid the wife $10,000. I!; United Pro*. HARRISBURG, Jan. 27.--It ap- )cared today that Governor Atthur 1. James would shortly endorse the 03,000,000 South Penn "super highway" project started by his Demo- ratic predecessor, George II. Earle. In line with his sweeping decision hat "we will not spend any money ve do not have," James rccenily rowned on the 161-mile project to link Harrisburg and Pittsburgh with a four-lane toll road. James pointed out yesterday that the project was not to cost the Commonwealth any actual cash and in view of the unf.ivor.iblc ratio be tween Pennsylvania's contribution to, and allocations from the v'edcra. Treasury, it might be well to continue construction of Uic road. panish Rebels } ursue Retreating Nationalist Army By United Press. PERPIGNAN, Jan. 27.--The nat- onalist forces, sweeping north to ockct the rcti eating republican orces in the narrow northeastern cgment of Spain along the French nordcr, captured Badalona today ond rosscd steadily forward. Badalona is eight miles north of Barcelona and is the first important own on the coastal highway to the orth. General Francisco Franco, de- crmined to give the republicans no est, has ordered four army corps to pursue and wipe out the remaining Catalonian army. At the same time, insurgents moved loud speakers up to the fronl ines in Catalonia and broadcast appeals to the loyalists to surrender. 15 Families Reported isolated At Sugar Loaf by Snow Blocked Roads Week-Ends in Jail Urged for Drivers Under "Influence" HARRISBURG, Jan. 27.--Weekends in jail and week days back on .he job were proposed for Pennsyl- I'amans who drive while drunk. A bill allowing such leeway in court sentences weic introduced in the House. It would impose a mandatory fine of $19 and nine days imprisonment for any person convicted of driving an automobile, bus or trolley car while under the influence of liquor. . A magistrate at his discretion could allow the defendant to serve :iis time in jail on Saturdays and Sundays. Wilheim Acting Head of Police, Foote Resigns HARRISBURG, Jan. 27.--Colonel C. M. Wilheim, deputy motor police commissioner, was acting head of the State's policing force of 1,500 men today, pending Senate confirmation of a commissioner to succeed Percy W. Foote, resigned. 'I am not aware of any, of the circumstances," Wilheim said, "but I can say today that 1 became acting moior police commissioner as of January 26." Governor Arthur H. James asked Foote to continue as acting police head when the Senate held up confirmation of Major Lynn G. Adams for the $8,000-a-ycar post. While no official announcement came from James or Foote, the latter was understood to have resigned Thursday. Major Adams, who formerly headed the old State Police unit before it was merged with the Highway Patrol, will be given another hearing next week by the Senate Executive Nominations Committee. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 27.--Isolated completely « far as vehicular ti.iflit s concerned, the settlement of Sugar .oaf, highest mountain point m Fayette and Somerset counties is experiencing difllculty m getting fooc supplies. Not since Christmas when th heavy snowfall came, has an automobile been able to get within three miles of the area in which live 15 'armies, mostly elderly persons. Mail has been delivered only a far as Ike Morrison's farm, reports from that section say. A load has been dnven to within ;hree miles of the marooned families To secure food and other supplies many of the Sugar Loaf residents lave,been compelled to battle hug snowdrifts for six miles to get-to Ohiopyle. On the Somerset side of the moun. tain the country roads are completely clogged with snow. Late reports indicate that the iso latcd families arc well. U, S. Steel Meets Jan. 31. Subject to approval at a meeting of United States Steel Corporation to be held January 31, the record date for the next preferred dividend, if declared, will be Tcbiuary 3. Labor Board .Opens New Fight On Ford Motors By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. 27.--Th National Labor Relations.Board pro posed today that the." Ford "Moto Company be required to reinstate 2 discharged union members with b.ic pay at its Dearborn, Mich., plant Jin to refrain from recognizing the For Brotherhood ot America, Inc. The board's proposed order, sub milted to the company for aigumen charged that the Ford service dcparl tncnt had prevented employes fio: joining the United Automobile Work crs. The company has 30 days in whic to fiio exceptions to the proposed de cision and icqucst oial argument be fore the three NLRB member;. The board said -that Ford " made its 'a'ntagonism to labor ganizations so-evident-that-no em ploye whose economic life is at i 1 mercy can fail to comprehend it." The Weather Fair and not quite so cold tonight, Saturday increasing cloudiness and mucli warmer followed by rain beginning Saturday night or Sunday is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 1938 Maximum . 33 22 Minimum _ . . 18 14 Mean ,, _ , 26 18 Weather Man Hopes For Mercury Ris The weather man' today held 01 hopes for a rise in the mercury, say ing it would be "fair and not qui so cold tonight," adding that tomo: row'it would be "much warmer fo lowed by r.iin beginning Saturda night or Sund.iv." While the snow continued to f.ill-- a total of 2.7 inches from 7 A. Thursday to the same hour today-the mercury's lowest figure was 1 above while it had climbed to a his of 33, one above freezing dunn Thursday. Premature Infant Born Eight Minutes After Mother Dies By United I'rcis. NEW YORK, Jan. 27.--A baby rn yesterday by Cacsarean opcra- on eight minutes after its mother's oath was icported "doing well" lo- y in Physicians Hospital. The mother was Mrs. Margaret arney. The buth was three weeks cmaturc. Fear of Famine and Disease Add to Suffering Caused by Trcmblor; 50,000 Reported Injured. NO ONE ALLOWED TO ENTER ZONE By EDWARD G. DEPURY United Press Staff Correspondent. BARCELONA, Jan. 27.--General 'osc Davila, commanding the nation- ilist army in Catalonia, annulled all oyalist appointments and decrees he area today, demanded the immediate sui render ol arms, muni- ions, explosives, public documents ind illegally acquired valuables anc ntimatcd that courts-martial woulc c set up at once to try capturec oyalist leadeis. Davila announced the annulmcn if all orders and appointment of the oyalists since July 18, 103G, the day Tttcr the start of the civil war. Al vho disobeyed his orders, Davila aid, would be considered rebels and raitors. ·Military law will be applied b; Continued on Pace Six. Americans Need To Know History, Educator Says Teach America to Americans was he keynote of a stirring address by Di. Howard R. Driggs this mornini at the combined educational conference of the Connellbville city and Dunbar township school districts being held at the High School Auditorium. , Dr. Driggs, professor of English education at New York University, said "it we are to save America we must save the stories of the men and women whose lives went into the making of our country." 'This has been partly accom- j plishcd by books already produced tnit the vast work is yet to be done," he declared. "What we' need is literature that will portray the throbbing heart of real America." Dr. Driggs said he has been asked by students why history should be studied. His answer to this is why is it necessary to take care of roots of apple trees? The reason is obvious. Unless care is given the tree roots, there will be no fruit and similarly if American history is not learned by Americans it is hardly likely that democracy can last. "It we believe 'n our democracy, we have to get its origin across to those that don't know .anything Continued on Page Six. By WILLIAM L. F. HORSEY United Press Staff Correspondent. Copyright, 1930, by United Press. SANTIAGO, Chile, Jan. 27.-- Immediate evacuation of five cities was ordered by the cabinet today as the threat of disease and famine bccimc acute in the southern Chile earthquake area. Others were issued to army authorities to sec that nil inhabitants ot Chilian, San Carlos, Linares, Parral and Cauqucnes were sent into the countryside and that injured persons were sent northward oy cir- plane, motor truck or railroad train. Strict martial law was cntorccd throughout the earthquake zone. United Press start correspondents in the zone advised that five looters si- ready had been executed before firing squads -- four at Pcnco and one in the public square at Concepcion. The Santiago newspaper Diario Illustrado estimated the earthquake dead at more than 30,000 and the injured at 50,000. A United Press staff coi respondent. in the first dispatch from the previously isolated city of Cauquenes estimated 2,500 killed there alone. An emergency relief committee appealed to the whole country to open homes to refugees, now being evacu - atcd from southern Chile. The cabinet called Congress to meet in emergency session Tuesday. All army leaves throughout the country were cancelled and officers and men were oidcrcd to report to their commands for earthquake relief duty. All government and municipal motor transport in the Santiago area 'ras ordered concentrated in Cousino Park today, to be sent to Linares, which has been made the relict center for the six province earthquake zone. It was announced that no 'private persons would be permitted to go south without special ministry ot interior passports, certifying that the beaier was taking food for 10 days with him. This ruling was made necessary by the clamor ot frenzied relatives of persons missing in the earthquake zone. Special staffs were placed at tables in the open courtyard of the Moneda Palace to issue passports, and :ong queues of people waited for hou-s to get permits. Relief work was being organized on a scale har-dly matched in any disaster of the past. Four United .States Amiy bombing planes were re.idy to take off from the Canal Zom with medical supplies. German and French trans-Atlantic air lines already had put their planes here at the disposition of the government. · - . . . . Argentine sent word that special trains were on the way across the Andes with food and clothing, and that a licet of airplanes with serums and first aid packets was leaving Mcndoxa at dawn today. Great truck columns were organized in Santiago and northern cities to make their way southward over the dangerous roads -and weakened Two Americans AmongCasualties In Chile Quake WASHINGTON, Jan. 27.--Norman Armour, U. S. ambassador to Chile, rcpoited to the State Department today that two Americans were killed and four Jthers injured, one perhaps fatally, in the Chilean earthquake. The victims weic mcmbeis of the family of Courtlandt Swct, a son, and Swct'.s mothcr-in-lpw, named Trumbull. Swet suffered slight injuries and his wife was so critically hurt that she was not expected to live. Two other sons were listed as injured, Reports of United . Press corre- .pondents who reached the earthquake zone by airplane, train, .truck and boat were appalling. Chilian apparently was tlic worst !)it. Municipal authorities there still put their death estimate for Chilian alone at 10,000 persons, and it was estimated that 15,000 persons were missing or injured. Bodies lay under a- blazing sun in streets and along roads. Arms and legs stuck grotesquely out of ruins. It was asserted that in some towrs the destruction was so complete thtt buildings crumbled almost into powder, and were nothing now but piles of rubbish not more than a yard high. Food and water were scarce. United Picss men reported that people at some places .were drinking water from untested wells and from roadside ditches.- Marshal Pei-Fu Ready To Overcome Anything For Peace With Japan' By United Press. ^ SHANGHAI, Jan. 27.--Marshal Wu- Pei-Fu has announced his readiness "to overcome any difficulties to secure peace," the Japanese Domci News Agency reported today from Peiping. The announcement was believed to mecin the venerable Confucian- scholar, long one of China's outstanding conservative leaders, definitely will head the new "Chinese national government" being organ- pied li

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