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LAST E D1TION The Best Advertising Medium in the Youghi Region. PRICE 2 VOL. 36, NO. 61. Tha Weekly Courier. Founded July 17. 1879. I Merced. Tho Dally Courier. Founded November 10, 1902. I July 16, UH3 CONNELLSVILLE,'PA. SATURDAY EVENING, JANUARY 15, 1938. BIGHT PAGES. Decline Checked, Signs Point to Business And Industrial Gains Soon Bureau Which Forecast Recession Responsible For Announcement. CRASH BLAME PUT ON BOOM By FRED BAILEY Â· United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Jan. 15.--Department of Agriculture economists reported today that the decline in industrial activity "seems to have been checked", and that there are "indication ot a turn lor the better." The bureau ol agricultural economics,, which forecast the recession six months before it began, said there is evidence of improvement in the economic situation as affecting agriculture and industry. In a review of the current situation, the bureau said there has been "evidence of renewed interest by prospective buyers of some industrial goods, and a slight Improvement in the demand for wheat and cotton.' Farm prices which declined sharply between August and December, the bureau said, have steadied and some slight recovery .may be expected during the next few months. Farm income may increase through heavier marketings from last year's bumper crops. The bureau said the recession was due to an unwarranted boom last spring and early summer as a result of advanced buying, stimulated production, the piling up of large inventories and excess movement ot goods 1 into consumption. "By late summer the stimuli to advance buying disappeared and factories began to run out of unfilled orders, contributing to recession in biisi- . ness activity,'' the bureau said. Large inventories built up during the first half of 1937 enabled many concerns to refrain from buying until the situation cleared, it said. As a result thousands of workers were discharged and consumer purchasing slumped. . ' "Inventories now are being reduced," the bureau said. "As they become depleted new production will be required to replenish stocks. The recent decline in industrial activity seems to have been checked." The outlook for foreign demand ol farm products is for continuation ol lelatively large exports from surplus supplies in the United States during the next few months, the bureau said Exports last fall were the largest in two years. Increased farm purchasing power will be a factor tending toward industrial recovery, economists said The estimated $8,500,000,009 cash Income of farmers last year will buy more manufactured goods than in any year since 1927. It is the lar cash farm income since 1929, when industrial goods were priced much higher. Livestock sales, which decreased in 1937 due to reduced stocks resulting from the 1934 and 1936 droughts arc expected to increase as livestock fed from the large grain crops begin to reach markets in large quantities during the next few months. Committee Named To Confer on County Ministerial Body The Connellsville Ministerial Association having for a considerable time discussed and approved the formation of a county ministerial association selected three members to represent the local group by the general county committee consisting o. the associations of Connellsville, Uniontown and Brownsville and other small ministerial groups. The loca representatives will be Rev. Karl H J. Schocnborn, Dr. William H. Het- tric and Rev. Elmer A. Schultz. Thi vice-president, Rev. M. L. Cadwcl] and the secretary, Rev. Paul E Porath, are to serve as alternate rep resentatives. The members of the association expressed their regret at the leaving of Captain Arthur L. Brandcnburj of the Salvation Army and recommended that the secretary write a letter of introduction to the Home stead Ministerial Asociation, where Captain and Mrs. Brandenburg wil enter upon their new field of service Boswell Stonemason Dead. SOMERSET, Jan. 15--Peter Ferre 01, n stonemason of Boswell, dice Thursday night at n Johnstown hos pita!. Found Dead in Bed. Mrs. Anna E. Watson, wife of Al bcrt G. Watson, was found dead ii hcd this morning at her home at 1015 Sycamore street. COUNTY BAR BANQUET ON FEBRUARY 5 UNIONTOWN, Jan. IS.--The annual banquet of the Fayette County Jar Association has been scheduled 'or Saturday afternoon and evening, Tebruary 5, at Unlontown Country Club. The speakers will include Attorney JSobin B. Wolfe of Pittsburgh, Major Tames E. Isherwood of Waynesburg, lormcr State commander of the American Legion, and George W. English of Erie, president of the Pennsylvania State Bar Association. Attorney J. Kirk Rcnncr of Connellsville is president of the county association. Utilities Must Submit Budgets To State P. U. C. Sonja Henie Gets a Medal Tho Norwegian minister to the UniUil States, Munthe do Morgcnsticrne, is jhown pinning the medal of the Order of St. Olaf on Sonjn Honic, actress and skating: champion, for "her contribution to the arts and bettor understandins between America Â»nd Norway." The order is the highest the King of Norway can bestow. (Central Prui). By United Pres*. HARRISBURG, Jan. 15.--The Public Utility Commission lightened its supervisory grip on utilities today with issuance of a now rcgula- lion requiring utilities with gross annual operating revenues over $100,000 to submit proposed yearly budgets. The new law for the first time cm- aowers a State rate-regulating body o judge budgets of utilities except iose ot. common carriers. Proposed budgets for 1938, the commission said, must be filed before March 1. For each ensuing year budgets must be in the P. U. C. offices before December 31 of the proceeding year. Adjustments or additions may be filed on the first days of April, July and October of each year. It is mandatory that budgets show an itemized list of proposed expenditures, including executives' salaries, political contributions, lobbying expenses, entertainment, advertising and donations. If, after hearing, the P. U. C. proves budgets are "unreasonable" or "contrary to public interest," it has the power to reject them. Upper Tyrone Teacher Ouster Hearing Monday Special to Tlic Courier. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 15.--Arguments on the petition 01! Mrs. Gertrude Sailers Swink of Broad Ford, dismissed Upper Tyrone township school teacher--with opposing counsel having agreed on *acts in the case--will be heard Monday, morning at 9 o'clock befor; the Fayette county court onbanc. The case has been postponed twice because of inability of counsel to get together. Mrs. Swink, through her counsel, filed 12 reasons in contending thai her discharge as a professional em- ploye of the school district was "unwarranted, illegal and contrary to law." Treasury Aide Backs Proposed Tax Changes WASHINGTON, Jan. 15.--Undersecretary of Treasury Roswoll Magill today gave full support to tax changes proposed by the House Ways and Means sub-committee and said the Treasury is studying additional revenue revisions for possible future action. Magill appeared before the full House Ways and Means Committee at the start of consideration of a broad program of tax revision including changes in the undistributed profits tax. Chief subjects for future study, Magill said, should be the question of elimination of tax exempt securities and overlapping Federal and state taxes. He declared that changes proposed by the sub-committee would relieve "serious inequities" and facilitate Treasury administration. Brother of Owensdale Man Dies in Automobile Edward Lcasure, 52, Rillton blacksmith, died suddenly Friday from a heart attack while riding in an automobile at Irwin. He had worked Thursday but complained of fueling ill and was enroutc to a doctor's office when he died. He leaves three children, two sisters, his father and a brother, Lawrence Leasure of Owensdale. The funeral service will be held Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the home ot a sister, Mrs. James Murr.iy, at Irwin. Fractures Skull In Fall. James Betters, 46 years old, of Eleventh street, suffered a possible fracture of the skull, lacerations of the scalp and injuries to the right arm Friday afternoon when he fell on the steps of the Courthouse at Uniontown. He was removed to ConneMsville State Hospital in an unconscious condition. William I. Martz Dies at Scoildale; Funeral Tuesday Special to The Courier. SCOTTDALE, Jan. 15.--William T. Martz, 70 years old, n widely- known resident of Scottdalc, who had lived here for 40 years, died at 7:10 o'clock Friday night at his home at 109 Fifth avenue following an illness of several years. Mr. Mart?, was a direct desccndani of Jacob Martz, pioneer settler ol Southampton township, Somerrul county. He was a son of Herman and Malinda Ringler Martz, being born on November 8, 1807. He moved from Somerset county to Scottdale about 40 years ago and had resided here ever since. Mr. Martz was employed by the American Sheet Tin Plate Company as a mill worker but had been retired five years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Cramer Martz, and three children: Mrs. J. Edward Kosh of 3115 Brciid- cn avenue, Baltimore, Mrs. Harold Small of Race Street, Connollsvtlle, and Koy C. Martz of Connelisvitlc. R. D., formerly cashier of a bank at Indian Head, now employed as teller at the Second National 13ank in Conncllsviile. There are two grandchildren; one L. A. Martz 01 Glencoe, Somerset county, and these half-brothers and half-sisters: B. S Marlz ot Berlin, Wilson Martz o: Glencoe, Mrs. William Schrock of Berlin, Mrs. William Beat of Brrlin and Mrs. E. E. 1'oorbaugh of Moun Pleasant. Mr. Martz was a member of the Modern Woodmen and a lifelong member of the Evangelical Church The funeral service will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock a the late home. Interment will made in Scottdale Cemetery. be TrauKcr Woman Dies. MOUNT PLEASANT, Jan. 15.- Mrs. Anna Burkett Bogac, 44, wife 01 Teddy Bogac. died Friday at hci home at Traufier. Her husband; her father, Joseph Burkett ot Whitney three daughters, Mary, Elizabeth anc Josephine, at home; three sons, Tony of West Newton, John of Detroit and Frank at home; two sisters, Mr: Anthony Mitchell and Mrs. Johi Melton of Detroit and a brother Guorfio Burkett of Lash, survive. The funeral service will bo held Monda morning at 10 o'clock at Triuit. Lutheran Church with Rev. George .C. Booth oftici.-itinK. Burial will be ,madc in Mount Pleasant Ccmelei-y. FRENCH CRISIS MORE SERIOUS By United Fret*. PARIS, Jan. 15--Socialist members of the Chamber of Deputies, in caucus today, unanimously refused ;o support Georges Bonnet in form- ng a cabinet and demanded power themselves as the largest group in .he ruptured Popular Front. Soon alter the decision, Bonnet announced that he was going to report to President Albert Lebrun at once- and the report sprcr.d in political quarters that he would confess failure to form a cabinet. PARIS, Jan. 15.--Georges Bonnet, Radical Socialist finance minister in the defeated Chautumps government, worked earnestly against heavy political odds today to form a new ministry ot the moderate Left and Center. After a nifiht and day of conferences, he called on President Albert Lebrun this afternoon and it was thought he was going to admit failure. However, he informed the president that he will continue to try and promise a final answer after a Radical Socialist party conference later in the day. About the only alternative if Bonnet failed, it was believed, would be to turn to the extreme Left and call on Leon Blum, former Socialist premier, to try to guide the nation out of a dangerous financial and social dilemma with the support of the Communists. CURTIS AGAIN COUNTY HEAD OF FORENSICS -ayette Students Will Have Active Part in Annual Contests. FINALS SET FOR APRIL 29 AND 30 Special to The Courier. PITTSBUHGH, Jan. 15.--Earlc E, Curtis, principal of the Perry Township High School at Fcrryopolis, has been reappointcd chairman ot the Fayclte county program of the speech and music contests, according to an announcement from the University of Pittsburgh. Each year Fayettc county schools enter their bands, orchestras, chorus, cs, ensembles, soloists, debating; teams, orators, speakers, and readers in a program of interschool competition. The Fayette county program is a part of the Statewide organization known as the Pennsylvania Forensic and Music League, which is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. High school competition in the 47 music events and six speech activities will take place in March and April. First place winners in the program under Mr. Curtis's direction qualify for the district contort at California State Teachers College In mid-April. The California meeting involves first place winners from seven Southwestern counties who, in o second round of eliminations, qualify for the llth annual, final State contests of the league which will be held at Grove City, April 29 and 30. Mr. Curtis has served as Fayetfe county director since 1931, succecd- ns J. B. Snyclcr, now U. S. congressman from Fayelte and Somerset counties. Fayette county schools have been active participants in the league since its inception. The State-wide program was orsanizcd largely throufih the activities of Congressman Snyder. Many of the high schools in the county have achieved notable success in State-wide participafion, notably debating teams from Connellsville, musicians fro.Ti Point Mar- President Sends Senate Name As Surprise Move NEW COURT JUSTICE ion and Brownsville, from Perryopolis. and orators SOMERSET FACES TAX BOOST TO MEET SHORT WEEK LAW SOMERSET, Jan. 15.--A tentative 1338 budget for Somerset borough that provides for borough employes complying with the State's 44-hour law will boost the tax levy from 13 to- 15 mills and increase costs approximately $5,000 Hie borough council announced today. Richard Pile, borough secretary, said the budget will be ncted on finally at the February meeting. The presc.it police force would be doubled from three to six officers and at an added expense of $1,100 the tentative budget provides. Borough laborers, now on n 54-hour a week basis, at 40 cents an hcur, will not receive an increase in p;.y unless for overtime. The proposed budget provides for expenditures of $52,688 for 1938. Secretary Pile said there is a decrease of $71,000 in borough evaluation. Windbor and . Meyersdale, other large boroughs in Somerset: county, have decided not to attempt to comply with the 44-hour law until it has been declared constitutional by the courts. Four Coasters Injured. GREENSBURG, Jan. 15.--Four children were injured, none seriously, in coasting accidents in this community Friday evening. Many Robberies Believed Solved By Arrest of Four Special to The Courier. UNONTOWN, Jan. 15.--State Motor Police believe that a series of store and gasoline station robberies during the past several months have been cleared up with the arrest of four men. Connellsville police arrested James Franks, a cripple of Juniata who was reported to have admitted he attempted to break Into the Con- nellsvillc Cleaners Dyers plant on January 4. Franks set off a burglar alarm and when Steve Piorn, manager, saw a strange automobile near the plant he disabled the car. City police arrested him a short time later. Charges xvith breaking, entering and larceny before Alderman George B. Smith here were Franks, Charles Lilley, Elmer Geary and Nelson Folk. In default of bond, th'ey were ordered held for court. Information was made against Franks, Lilley and Geary charging them with the night robbery of the Kirkpatrick service station in Dunbar township on September 30. At that time oil, cnndy, cifiavcls, tools and a canary bird, all valued at $100, were stolen. Franks also was charged with robbery at the Laughrcy junk yard in North Union township on December 16, taking two wheels, tires, tools and an automobile heater, valued at $50, police say. In company with another suspect, officers said, Franks robbed the Connellsville city steam roller of tools and 112 gallons of gasoline, involving $100, on November 10. Nelson Folk was charged with being on accomplice in the Picrn attempted robbery. Police were of the belief that Franks was also involved in other cases. The Weather Fair and continued cold tonight, Sunday increasing clDUdiness and warmer is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1938 1937 Maximum Â·!! B!) Minimum 2Â« -IS Mean _. 3j 57 Solicitor General Has Been One of Stalwarts In Defending P r e s i dent's Legislative Program. TAKES PLACE: OF SUTHERLAND STANLEY F. REED Solicitor General Reed of the L/nited States today was nominated by President Roosevelt to the Supreme Court vacancy made by retirement of Justice George Sutherland. Japan W i / / Continue War Against China By RAY MARSHALL United Press Staff Correspondent. TOKYO, Jan. 15.--The cabinet announced tonight that a long awaited statement ot imperial policy toward China would be issued at noon Sunday (10 P. M. Saturday ESTÂ». Before the announcement, 24 generals of the 'mperial army conferred with General Gen Sugiyama, war minister, and cabinet ministers met with leaders of the imperial headquarters--the supreme supervisory war council. It was reported that China had failed to accept peace terms submitted secretly by Japan and that, in consequence, the government felt there was no alternative to intensification of military action. 0. H. Jones, Smilhlon, Killed in Automobile Crash in McKeesporl By United Press. WASHINGTON,.. Jan. 15.--President Roosevelt today nominated Stanley F. Reed, Solicitor General of the United States, to the Supremo Court justiceship left vacant by. retirement of Justice George Sutherland. The President submitted 'he nomination ot Reed to the-Senate in a surprise move, as the recommendation had not been expected beforo Tuesday when Sutherland formally steps down from the bench. Reed is a 53-year-old v.-teran ol New Deal legal battles btfore the high tribunal. Upon him has fallen the burden of defending the Government in repeated challenges before ihe Supreme Court of legislation' enacted by Mr. Hoosevelt's administra- .ion. Reed's nomination was laid on the desk of Vice-President John N, nrner at the opening of the Senate session. Unlike the nomination of Associate Tustice Hugo L. Black, the nomination was on a typewritten, sheet rather than a regular Supreme Court lomination blar.'t. Black's name had been written in by the President in a large, firm hand while Heed's" name " was typewritten. The Senate had met an hour earlier (han usual to consider the inti-lynching bill but there was only meager attendance when the nomination was disclosed. As Solicitor General, Reed directed :hc legal defense of the Government jcforo the Supreme Court and repeatedly had been suggested as a ikoly nominee to a high court vacancy. The Senate already had served notice that the nomination would be subject^ to closest scrutiny by the' Judiciary Committee prior, to a resort to the Senate which must confirm the selection. Chairman Henry F. Ashurst, D., Ariz., of the Senate Judiciary Committee said that opportunity would- be given for any "coherent" citizen who desired to appear at hearings on tlie nomination. Reed defended Mr. Roosevelt's court plan in a strong letter to Ashurst-at the height of the'bitter controversy which ended In."'the junking of the President's proposal. Losing control of,his automobile' on icy West Fifth avenue in Mc- Kcesport on Friday, David H. Jones, 30 years old, of Smithtonj was killed when the machine leaped the curb and was wrecked against an iron trolley pole. Police were quoted as saying the car skidded a city block. The dead man was the son of the late W. 3. (Stony) Jones, founder of the Jones Brewing Company at Smithton and for years identified with athletics in that community. He lived in Hotel Jones at Smithton operated by his wife, Mrs. Fern Jones. Jones, a salesman for the brewing company, had spent Thursday night in Monesscn and was enrputc to his home, stopping in McKecsport for Mrs. Jones who was visiting fr.icnds there. His mother, Mrs. Julia D. Tones, was cnroutc to Florida, her first trip since the death of her husband 13 months ago. Besides his mother and wife, Jones leaves a daughter, Joim, and three brothers, Hugh, Paul and W. B. Jones, Jr. United Spanish War Veterans To Install Officers Tomorrow Installation of officers will take place at a meeting of Colonel Crawford Camp No. 105, United Spanish War Veterans, to be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at V. F. W. Home in South Pittsburg street. A good attendance is desired. A visiting delegation from Captain J. A. Loar Camp of Mount Pleasant j will attend. TONIGHT DEADLINE FOR 1937 PLATES New President : Of Publishers By United Press. HARRISBURG, Jan.-, 15.,--_The Pennsylvania Newspapers ^Publishers Association today elected A. Vf. McDowell of the Sharon Herald as president, succeeding Floyd Chalfant of the Waynesboro-Rccord-HeraWr. Millard A. Stoftlct of the Hamburg Item" was named vice-president, succeeding Charles . W. Roll of -the Corapolis Record. Howard Reynolds of the Quarryville Sun was reelected secretary-treasurer. Midnight tonight is the deadline for 1937 automobile license plates. Motorists having old plates on their cars after 12 o'clock will be arrested, Sergeant C. L, Stihe of the State Motor Police at Uniontown said today. The State Department of Revenue had extended the deadline' for two weeks from January - 1 but under State law January 15 is the final date for installing 1938 plates. Girl Burned While Firing Furnace Miss Laphci'Jia Lint, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lint of .Van;- derbilt, suffered burns of the face and arm Friday morning at her home while she was shoveling coal Into the furnace. There was a minor blast and the (lames shot out oÂ£ the furnace door into her face as she tossed coal into the flrel She was given medical attention. Lcir Broken by Fall. MEYERSDALE, Jan. 15.--Mrs. E. J. Boyles, aged Mcyersdale woman, is in Wcnzgl Hospital suffering from a Nex* Week's Weather WASHINGTON, Jan. 15.--Weekly weather forecast: North and Middle Atlantic slates-- R!iin in Middle Atlantic and snow or roiti in North Atlantic states Tuesday and Wednesday ending about Thursday. Temperature above normal-in Middle Atlantic states except colder fracture of her right leg suffered j Thursday and Friday, colder in North when she fell at the home of Miss: Atlantic suites Monday or 'Monday Antics Deal. It \vas said the women night, warmer middle of week and were h;mginÂ£ curlams at the time, j colder about Tuesday.