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Dail LAST E D1T1ON The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRICE 2 VOL. 36, NO. 62. Tha Weekly Courier. Founded July 17. 1870. I Merced. The DnUyfcourJcr. Founded November 10. UXO. J July 18. ID20 CONNELLSVILUE, PA. MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 17,19SS. EIGHT PAGES. 44-HOUR LAW TEST OPENS AFTER DELAY Battle on Constitutionality Before Dauphin County Court. SUIT FILED BY KANE COMPANY By United Press. HARRISBURG, Janl 17.--Pennsylvania's 44-hour week law--still in the Dauphin county court because of inability of opposing counsel to agree on facts--started today on its constitutionality test. With hopes of ending lower court testimony in today's hearing in an effort to speed up an already delayed decision on the law, Attorney General Charles J. Margiotti ar.d Starling G. MeNcss, counsel for the Kane firm which brought the suit, sought an agreement at least on some of the facts, which will make up the rocord. Mr.rgiotti originally planned to argue the case immediately before the Supreme Court but was forced to abandon that procedure when de- fcrvse attorneys and counsel for the 716 employers who joined with Hoi- gate ' Brother Manufacturing Company, Kane, were unable to reach final agreement. Selection of Jury ToTry Paul Wright Still in Progress By United PrtK. LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17.--The selecting of jurors to try Paul A Wright lor the slayings of his wife and a guest at his home was resumed today. The same eight men and foui women who entered the jury box in Superior Judge Ingall W. Bull' court last Thursday'were still there With preliminary questioning com pleted, the prosecutor and defense were expected to begin exercising peremptory challenges to remove jurors suspected of being unfavorable to their cases. Each_sida,basJ2(Jjc.hallenges and a jury may not be chosen until late Tuesday. The state has 23 witnesses undo subpoena in its attempt to prov that the 38-year-old aviation cxccu tivc shot down his pretty wife Evelyn, and John B. Kimmel, 36 with planned intent. The defens has called SO witnesses to prove tha Wright killed the couple with rag when he found them embracing. B. O. Treasurer Dies. BALTIMORE, Jan. 17.--E. M Bevereux, 65, treasurer of the Balti more Ohio Railroad for more tha 20 years, suffered a heart attac while in New York on busines Thursday. He returned to Baltimor immediately, and went to Union Me mortal Hospital, where he died Sat urday. Just Off the Wire PITTSBURGH, Jan. 17.--After th mother of 19-year-old Helen Deare of Duaucsnc, Pa., complained t police that her daughter had bee kidnaped by two men In a New Yor automobile, a relative of the girl ex pressed the belief the "kidnaping' was an elopement. WASHINGTON, Jan. 17.--Rcprc tentative Robert E. Rich, R., Fa today introduced a resolution t sever business relations between th United Slates and Japan. He sai he believed that if both Great Brital and the United States stopped trad in with Japan the Slno-Japancsc wa would end in six months. MAHONY CITY, Pa., Jan. 1 , Arrest of Joseph E. Ferguson, forme president oC the Unlontown Natlona Bank at Mahony City, on charges c embezzling and misappropriate $16,369.54 was disclosed by Fcdcra officers today. PARIS, Jan. 17.--Camllle Chau temps, Radical Socialist leader, ha agreed today to try to form a cab net and end a three-flay pclitlca crisis precipitated when he and h popular front ministry resigned I the early hours of Friday morning :AVALCANTE CHARGES POLITICS IN COUNTY CIVIL SERVICE JOBS Thinks Jap Lover Slain by Father; Girl Takes Poison By United Press. DINUBA, Calif., Jan. 17.--Friends his own race kept San Kurihara liddcn today during the funeral of lis American sweetheart who, like "uliet, took poison because she nought her lover was dead. Silently, the Japanese carried Sam 'rom the hospital, because Americans of this community, where the races meet but do not mingle, were talking vcngcfully about his having di'rcd o love a girl who was denied him by aw and by caste. They wanted also to keep a closer watch on Sam during his grief, to dissuade him from any thoughts of suicide. The family of Jessie Jean Salsnum, the pretty, 19-year-old girl whom Sam wooed for a year, realizing there was no hope for them, prepared for icr funeral today. She swallowed JO bichloride of mercury tablets when she heard the shooting outside ler home and believed that hei father had slain the young Japanese. Sam was wounded in the side and abdomen by the father's shotgun charge, but he passed the crisis safely whilo Jessie Jean died in an adjoining room of the same hospital. The Japanese forgave A. O. Salsman, the father who shot him. He refused to sign a warrant for Salsman's arrest. He bore his grie; quietly, said nothing, and his friends declined to say where they had taken him. Betty Weakland's First Service Has Overflow Crowd The Betty Wcakland evangelistic campaign, sponsored by the First Methodist Protestant and the First Baptist churches, began yesterday with three services. Last evening an audience that filled every available space in the First Methodist Protestant Church auditorium, balconies, Sunday school rooms and vestibules greeted Miss Weakland for the official opening of the campaign. Many stood throughout the entire service and it was reported that large numbers were unable to gain entrance. The service was opened by Rev. A. R. Mansberger, who welcomed the visiting denominations and the pastor of the First Baptist Church, Kev. J. S. Brownlee. The latter introduced members of the Wenkland party. Mrs. J. Roy Wcakland, mother of the girl preacher, led the large congregation in singing a number of old familiar hymns. Betty Weakland has an abundance of soil brown hair and dark brown, expressive eyes. Wearing a black friar's robe, she made an attractive figure as she forcefully presented her message, speaking in a voice that was low and well modulated with excellent carrying qualities. "The great external proof that Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God is found in the character of His believers and followers," was ono of Continued on Page Two. Senator Lays "Definite Proof" Before Governor Earle in Formal Complaint-. SAYS CHAIRMAN IS DICTATOR 700,000 MONGOLS WILL FACE JAPS AT CHINA'S EAST BORDER, REPORT Charges Politics In Upper Tyrone Teacher Dismissal Special to Tna Courier. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 17.--Charges that the Upper Tyrone township school directors were "dragging the school into politics" and that they "played politics" in dismissing Mrs. Gertrude Saucr Swink were hurled this morning by Attorney C. W. Martin in the argument presented the court en bane on the discharged teacher's petition for a hearing in her case. "That board called Mrs. Swink in to sign her contract on July 6, 1937. She had been married May 14 and her baby was born October 20. The directors knew these facts," declared Attorney Martin, adding: "Yet they did nothing about it until after the municipal election when one of the directors took a licking. This board dragged the schools into politics and were playing politics when they dismissed Mrs. Swink. They were trying to keep the school teacher subject to the whims of petty politicians-which is against the new law. "The board dismissed her on November 23 and then sent her notice that she could have a hearing December 6. They had already convicted her before they decided to have that hearing." Attorney Martin and Attorney Harold Marshall represented the interests of the dismissed teacher. Arguing in defense of the school board's action were Attorneys Harry W. Byrne, Fred Brothers and Samuel Fcigus, with the latter as delegated spokesman. By United Press. SHANGHAI, Jan. 17.--One hundred thousand Chinese troops from Outer Mongolia were reported ready today to sweep across Suiyuan province to meet the Japanese at the eastern border. ' " The Mongolians hoped to quickly cover the barren territory after capturing the strategic city of Pail- ingmiao, Chinese reports, relayed to Shanghai from Hankow, said. Chinese dispatches several days ago reported that strong Japanese contingents were being concentrated around Peipinfl for a campaign on the border. At least 20,000 Japanese reinforcements were said to have been rushed to the north from various sections of China, the reports added. Meanwhile, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek and his northern army commanders were mapping military operations along the railroad which cuts through the center of Shang- tung province for a clash with thi Japanese moving to the south. Latest reports, circulated by Chi nose sources, said that Tsining had been recaptured by the Japanese foi the third time. Bitter fighting wa; in progress southwest of the city according to the reports, and t'n Chinese were putting up desperat resistance. Scoutmasters Will Reorganize Tonight A meeting of the Connellsville Scoutmasters' Association will be held tonight at 7:30 o'clock at the First United Brethren Church. There will be a reorganization and the furthering of plans for the annual observance of Scout anniversary week to be held from February 6 to 12, incdusive. WASHINGTON, Jan. 17.--Th Senate Judiciary Committee toda appointed a sub-committee headed b Senator M. M. Necly, Democrat, Vi Va., to hol3 public hearings Tmirs day on a resolution providing for a investigation of the National Labd? Relations Board. PHILADELPHIA, Jau. 17.--Dolor- Is Edwards. 10-year-old Copley, Ohio., boy was under observation at Temple University Hospital's bron- chosocoplc clinic today, as surgeons prepared (o remove a two-Inch nail from his lung. He arrived last night after a hurried (rip from his home.. WASHINGTON, Jan. 17.--Mayor Fiorella La Guardla of New York told » Senate Inqury that "no city ran carry the relief load alone" and ibat Federal aid is Imperative. Car Wrecked on Crossing. Joseph Schomer of North Jefferson street had a narrow escape from I jury Saturday morning when his automobile was struck by the early morning Pennsylvania railroad passenger train, it is said. The car was completely demolished. Loses Week's Salary. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 17.--Returning home Saturday night with a week's salary in her pocketbook after completing her work as a saleswoman in a downtown department store, Mrs. Frances Kalibak was the victim of a purse snatcher. "1"' Directors Meet Tonight. The monthly board meeting of the directors of the Y. M, C. A. will be held tonight at 7:30 o'clock at the "Y." It is the first meeting of the current year as the board meets the third Monday in each month. Police Arrest 14 In Gambling Raids Fourteen players and one proprie tor were arrested over the week-end by city police who conducted two raids on alleged gambling place after officers had received numerou complaints. At 11:40 o'clock Saturday night sis officers, led by Chief Andrew W Thomas, went to the Louis Maricond pool room on the West Side and ar rested C. J. Maricondi and flv others, one of them watching a gam in progress, police reported. Chief Thomas then sent four off! ccrs to the Thomas Baxter pool rooi in North Pittsburg street where nin arrests were made. Another squa of police went to a third place bu no evidence of gambling was dis covered. Baxter posted a $50 forfeit am the 14,others $10 each for a hearin; before Mayor Ira D. Younkin. Aiding in the raids were Assistan Chief Charles J. Ncz and Palrolme. V. Bert Ritchie, Kenneth Louden Jacob Miller, Joseph Rulli, Harry Schibely and Chester Balsley. BOY FATALLY HURT WHEN SLEDS CRASH Hurled high when his sled collidei with that of another youth whil coasting Friday near his home, Don aid Rowl, 10 years old, of West New ton, was fatally injured. The boy suffered a fractured skul when he fell to the ice-covcre ground. He died soon after he wa taken to Mercy Hospital in Pitts burgh, according lo a report to th Allegheny county coroner. By United Prcsj. HARRISBURG, Jan. 17.--State Senator Anthony Cavajcante, Union- own, Democrat, advised Governor George H. Earle today he had 'definite proof" that applicants for civil service jobs in the State Unemployment Compensation Division and Public Assistance Department have been "examined relative to their political connections" in Fayette county. In a letter to the Governor, the Tayctte senator, who has opposec Earle Administration legislation on many occasions, charged: "I have definite proof at my command that the Democratic county chairman of my county has at his office a complete list .of all persons who made application and recently took the civil service examination under both of these acts. "I slso have definite proof tha since the holding of examinations many of the examinees have been called in by the county chairman ant examined relative to their politic,-, connections and whether they wen aware that under the Democratic party rules that the county chairman would name the persons to fill thcsi jobs. . I "In order to emphasize the alarm Ing trend of this situation, allow mi to assure you that there is definite proof that examiners have been called to the county chairman's office and instructed when and where to report for work under the unemployment insurance set-up. "This is alarming and must event ually -work to the disrepute of thi democracy that sponsored these acts "I cull these matters to your per sonal attention because I have confi dencc in your repeated public state mcnts on this subject." Cavalcante, a frequent insurgcn during the last session of the Lcgis laturc, successfully defied the Ad ministration.lobby on liquor contro amendments, delaying final adjourn ment nearly 24 houis. The Kayclti senator held out for the provision that Liquor Board purchases be re viewed by the Auditor General. He sought Democratic nomination for judge in last September's pri marics but was defeated by W Russell Carr, who was supported by the Suite and county organization. Civil service tests for the uncm ploymcnt compensation jobs wcr held Intc last summer and early faL Labor nnd Industry Secretary Ralp M. Bashore said recently that grad lists from which the law specifics al appointments must be' made wouli be made would be certified for al types of jobs in the near future. RELIEF LOAD IN STATE AT RECORD HIGH HARRISBURG, Jan. 17.--Con tinued industrial layoffs and trans fcr of more than 10,000 families froi poor board rolls during the first wee of 1938 hoisted, Pennsylvania's un employment relict load to a stagger ing two-year high of 638,003 per sons. Additional cases listed on the relii rolls totaled 18,648, excluding 10 526 poor board transfers that was a addition of 8,122 cases attributable t new unemployment and simila causes. Application for state aid also es tablishcd a two-year record of 15 113. Every county in the State cosilrib uted to the net increase of 56,004 per sons on the relief rolls. WESTMORELAND SPORTSMEN WILL DINE THURSDA More than 250 person will atten the third annual banquet of th Westmoreland County Sportsmen Association Thursday evening at 6:3 o'clock in Mountain View Hotel, Speakers will include Dr. Dani H. Williams, former member of th State Game Commission and now member of the faculty at Pitt Un versity; Charles A. French, Sta commissioner of fisheries; Oliver Beibler, former commissioner, an Roland Heflefinger, member of Sta Game Commission. The Weather New Confluence Minister. Rev. N. E. Sclundlcr resigned hi pastorate at East Bethlehem to become pabtor of the First Bnpl pt Church at Confluence. Generally fair and colder ex?ei snow in extreme cast portion tonigl: Tuesday increasing cloudiness fo lowed by snow or rain Tuesday nigl is the noon weather forecast f Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1938 1S37 Maximum 51 60 Minimum . 2?, 33 Mean 37 -17 SNOWFALL SLOWS BOSTON TRAFFIC HUGEWINDOW MATTERED IN DUN BAR THEFT Stone Hurled . Through" Plate Glass at American Store. PASS ING TRAIN -DROWNS CRASH Scene along historic Boiton "Common" Automobllei were rolling slowly along Marlboro street as this wintry" scene via snapped from the Boston Common. Traffic was snarled in many cities when King Winter blanketed ttic cast with a thick' inowfoll. --Central Pre« Minister in 16th Day Of Fast to Prove Can Become 9m mortal Murderer Insists Son Die Too; Happy About It BOSTON, Jan. 17.--I rank 'Di Stasio, 55-year-old candy-maker who turned murderer, said today he would go to the electric chair happy aecause the son he might have saved will accompany him in death. Di Stasio and his 25-year-old son, Anthony, are scheduled to die at midnight in what will be the state's first fnthcr-and-son execution. For hours in the death house at State prison the son's attorney, William R. Scharton, pleaded with the father to sign a document exonerating his son of guilt. "My son is innocent," DI Stasio snid. "I know he is. But I won't sign the p:iner. I love my son so much. 1 don't want to leave him behind me, I'm going to die happy." Odd Fellows Plan 88lh Anniversary Program in Month Plans are being made for the cele- bratlor of the 88th anniversary of General Worth Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in February. Noble Grand John Luckey appointed W. W. Brown, Clyde Francis, Harry G. Witt, K. E. Long, Ira Flcsher, ( J. G. Haynes and Everett Mullen as the committee in charge. A number of veterans' buttons will be given at the time. A novel program is being planned. The lodge degree team initiated a new class of candidates and will confer the first degree at the next meeting.' The sick committee reported that H. L. Silcox had recovered from an illness and that all other sick members were about the same. There being important business scheduled for the next meeting on Thursday night, a large attendance of members is desired. It was voted to attend the evangelistic meeting at the First Methodist Protestant Church on Wednesday night of this week. Members are to meet at the church at 7:15 o'clock. With the noise of shattering glass drowned by a freight train which was thundering by, thieves entered, the American store on Connellsville street, Dunbar, by avoiding razor- sharp fragments of the display window and the glare of a 200-walt light this morning looted the shelves of merchandise valued at $100. The window damage was set. at twice that amount. Investigators believe a huge rtone was sent crashing into the large pane of glass,--25-feet, wide and six feet high. Families living'In the apartment above assert they heard no unusual noise. · · ·· " ' William Jacobs, foreman for the Pennsylvania .Wire Glass Company, on-his way;to work at 6:45. .o.'clcek discovercd-_thc_broken window.. .'. "Thomas. Emigh of Dunbar, ..store manager, found various articles missing from the .shelves ·. ."" - T h i s is the fourth time .in .three years that robbers. have looted _the store. Previously the glass in the door had been shattered. Following the last robbery this glass was barred, leaving the window as.the only alternative. By HARRY FERGUSON United Press Staff Correspondent MEMPHIS, Tcnn., Jan. 17.--Rev Israel Harding Noe, who entered hi 16th day without food or water toda; n an attempt to prove that man ca: yc immortal, leaned across a dcs and said he was not the same mar he was a year ago. A different man he was, he sale and on a different plane from th rest of us. He lives on a "splritua 3lane," we live on "a natural plane." Dnly the name, Israel Harding Noe, binds his past to his present, for he believes fasting has changed him mentally, physically and spiritually. He thinks this change is likely !o on--that it is, in fact, a continuous process--and that each passing hour aurns away impurities and "refines the pure gold of character." He plans that this process shall continue until some vague tomorrow when he will have proved that miracles can and do happen, that the spirit can sustain the body, unaided by food or drink. ^ Meanwhile? "Well," Dean Noe said, "I look ghostly." He docs. Powerful, almost hypnotic, eyes burns steadily at you from a sunken, ashen face. Once he weighed 200 pounds; now he weighs 100 or less. Yes, he has changed physically. An acquaintance en- Continued on Pago Five. Bailey Clark, Former Ball Player, Killed WASHINGTON, Jan. 17.--Bailey Earl Clark, 29, former St. Louit, and Boston big league baseball player, was killed instantly yesterday arid a companion fatally injured wTion his automobile collided with a street car. Miss Lucy Ketchum, 26, of Wayne, W. Va.. a fellow worker of Clark's in the Federal Housing Administration, died shortly after she was taken to a hospital. A third passenger, Miss Helen Evans, 22, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was injured seriously. Clark had played with the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Browns, before joining the old Boston Braves. Navy Appropriation Insufficient; F. R. Likely to Ask More By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. ' 17.--The House Appropriations Committee today reported a $553,266,494 Navy department supply bill for.the 1939 fiscal year, including funds for construction of the new super-dreadnoughts and 20.other warships for national defense on the seas. The appropriation was $26,723,186 over Navy funds for the current fiscal year, but $11,139,967 under requests of the budget bureau. The supply bill is expected to be followed this week by a 'supplementary message from President Roosevelt, requesting authorizations beyond the $553,266,494 figure to carry out a program to make American fleets second to none afloat. The House will begin. considering the measure tomorrow if the Treasury-Post Office supply bill is disposed of today. Joilet Guards Foil Daylight Jail Delivery By United Press. JOLIET, III., Jan. 17.--Alert and sharp-shooting guards were credited today with foiling a daylight break · for freedom of five long-term convicts from the state penitentiary Sunday. Four of the men succeeded in scaling the 22-foot prison wall. Two were stopped by bullets but were wounded only slightly. The others ivere captured as they attempted to lee jtoward the shelter of nearby Buildings. The fifth man retreated to the prison proper when a guard began firing. Warden Joseph Ragen said the men were Harry Gerken, 28, serving a 30-year term for murder, from Peoria; William Yoho, 27, serving Tour consecutive one year to life terms for robbery, from Vermilion county; Peter Ristich, 26, life sentence as a habitual criminal, from Chicago; Donald Loftus, 36, life term for bank robbery, from McHcnry county; Edward Rabalais, 34, one year to life for burglary, from. Chicago. Ragen said the men, working in the prison laundry, overpowered Guard Edward Mohahan and tied him with -sheets. They took his wallet containing $31 but did not touch his gun. Then they bound together four short ladders, used in the laundry, and raced 100 yards to. the outer wall. - Gerken, Yoho, Loftus and Ristich got to the top of the wall. Ristich sprained his ankle in jumping to the street -and" surrendered without a struggle. Yoho ran into Captain Clarence Hawthorne of the prison force who was off duty. He also surrendered. Thomas Shaw, a tower guard, using a high-powered rifle, shot Loftus through 'the shoulder as -he raced down the street. Then Shaw turned his fire on Gerken, who was wounded, in-the left leg as he made ready .to jump from the wall. Rabalais-heard the shooting and ran back-to-the laundry. "It was all over in 10 minutes," Ragen said. "Loftus and Gerken were taken to the prison hospital and the others placed in solitary confinement." Loftus, he said, was involved in an attempted break two years ago. Ford Proposes Terms To St. Louis Strikers By United Press. ST. LOUIS, Jan. 17.--A counter offer, designed to end a strike that started in the local Ford assembly plant November 24, was made today by Thomas F. Muldoon, attorney for the Ford Motor Company. Muldoon said the company had expressed a willingness to submit the question of union representation to ;i labor boaid election and to discharge eight men recently hired by the company, replacing - them - with men from the ranks of strikers. Mrs. Emma Williams Dead. SOMERSET, Jan. 17.--Mrs. Emma Gwendolyn Roose Williams, 92 year* old, died Thursday night nt the home of a son, 0, F. Williams, of Scanor. Wife of Ilaruch Deail. NEW YORK. Jan. 17.--Mrs. Annie Gnffcn Baruch. wife of Bcrnarc Baruch. the financier, died Sunday al her home here of, Earle Raps Carriers For Rate Boost Demand By United Pr«u. WASHINTON, Jan. 17.--Governor George H. Earle of Pennsylvania today assailed 'the railroads' demands for a 15 per "cent inc^ase in freight rales, charging before the Interstate Commerce Commission that higher coal rate virtually wcxild wreck the industry. The railroads seek'$517,000,000 per year 'more revenue through the rate increase. They contend they arc in a critical financial condition. Earle was the first -witness as the I. C. C. opened a week of hearings to receive. testimony in opposition to the increase. -' · ^- Earle said that Pennsylvania coal was -'closer to the greatest fuel markets of the world than the fields ot any other region," but asserted that this advantage had been "turned to hopeless disadvantage by the systematic erection--of discriminatory freight schedules." ' Exploitation of the State by privately owned utilities "must be hailed." he said.

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