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LAST E DITION PRICE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 36, NO. CS. The Weekly Courier Founded July 17. 1870. I Merced. Tha Daily Courier. Founded November 10. 202. t July 28. 2029 CONNELLSVILL-E, PA. TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 18, 1938. " " TEN'PAGES. X.. First Move to Oust B. B. Smith Taken By Weihe-Bossed Group J. H. Strawn, New Member, Declares Action Unethical. COMES AFTER 30 YEARS' SERVICE The Clyde R. Wcihs-dominated majority on the Board of Education Monday night passed, over the bitter opposition of the three other directors, a resolution declaring a ra:ancy will exist in the office of superintendent of public schools as of July 1, 1938, when the present four-year term of Bela B. Smith expires. Directors James H. Strawn, William L. Zollars and Daniel Duric severely criticized the action of the majority boss, who alone of the four others, voiced any comment, his three c-horts maintaining a silence excepting to vote in steamroller fashion. President Weihc said the action was taken in order that the board would be abls to secure applications for the position now held by Mr. Smith, stating there was a code o£ ethics among schoolmen wherein none would seek a position unless a vacancy was declared. The t resolution was introduced by Worth K. Balsley and after some hesitancy, seconded by Director H. H. Mclntire. Director Strawn at once asked if this was the regular procedure whereupon the president replied that it was a necessary technicality in order to get applicants for the school job. When Mr. Zollars queried whether it was necessary to have such a resolution, Weihe said thai without declaring the position vacant there would be no applicants. Mr. Zollars pressed his point if it was necessary to declare the position vacant so far in advance of the expiration of the term and Weihe added that according to a code of ethics among schoolmen none would apply for the position unless it is declared vacant. , The word "ethics" drew the ire ol Director Strawn who concentrated his attack on the' "ethics behind the resolution." "I don't agree it is ethical or advisedly correct or admittedly correct," Mr. Strawn declared as he went on to offer a motion that the resolution be tabled. Mr. Zollars seconded it but on the roll call only Mr. Durie voted with them, the Weihe domineered quartet defeating the motion to table the original resolution. President Weihe" began to call fo an immediate vote on the origina resolution but Mr. Strawn advised him that the question wjis open fo discussion before a vote could b taken. "When Mr. Strawn offeied his mo tion to have the resolution o£ Balsley · tabled, the president attempted tc sidetrack him by remarking that al ready a motion was before tho board But the new director struck to hi contention that his motion undo parliamentary law must be consid ercd first. He was emphatic in hi view and won his" poult without diBI culty. Mr. Strawn swung anew onto th resolution declaring a vacancy in th superintendent's office by attackin it from the standpoint of a "creed o moral precepts or concepts." "It is unethical," he continued an said that the State laid down "jpeci.1 laws along that line. "By your action you arc soyin that Mr. Smith will not receive con sideration from the board," M Strawn said, adding the resolutio would close the door on him. Mr. Weihe declared that the rcso lution would not close the door t Mr. Smith but would merely open to others who might want to be ap plica'nts for the position. Mr. Zollars then took Issue witr the resolution. "I can't see the wisdom of prc senting such a resolution at this tim in view of the State code whic practically governs operations of school system. It has made orovi sicns for such a situation," he de clared. ' "I see no reason for tho board put itself into a position to be con Continued on Page Two. · Last night may have been a dark no In the brilliant career of Super- ntendent B. B. Smith of the Con- cllsville schools, but no matter how luch his mind may have been roubled over the unhappy situation f finding long, faithful service un- pprecialed and himself virtually kicked" out of the system he had made the envy of a Nation, he earned that man's capacity for ab- orbing punishment--even mental-s great. The school situation was forgotten oon after the meeting adjourned when he was informed that a daugh- cr, Miss Mabel, a student at Elmira College, Elmira, N. Y., had been rushed to Arnot-Ogden Hospital for n emergency appendicitis operation nd that the surgeon was only waiting his consent before proceeding. The superintendent spent some Dusy minutes on the telephone in ontact with the college, the hospital nd the surgeon. Early this morning word was re- :eived that Miss Smith's operation had been successful. Mrs. Smith is already on her way to Elmira. Just Off the Wire r B,B,"HasNoTime To Worry About Job; Daughter in Hospital ALUMNI TO ASK MEW NAME FOR CHOOL FIELD Association Will Place Request Before Education Board. Teruel Defense Loses 3,000 In Surprise Attack By JOHN DE GANDT United Press Staff Correspondent. ZARAGOZA, Spain, Jan. 18.--A cast 3,000 loyalist soldiers have been killed in a surprise nationalist of 'ensive against the loyalist-held citj Teruel, nationalist general headquarters estimated today. The new assault has been undc: ivay 24 hours and during that time the nationalists have scored "brillian successes," insurgent officers said. Among those killed were said to be hundreds of Negro and Senc galese soldiers. More than 800 were said to hav seen taken prisoner, including loyalist colonel who attempted to commit suicide when his escape wa cut off. More than 300 prisoners were lake la the eastern sector of the Tcrue front alone, the nationalists said. The offensive was a complete sur prise for the defending loyalists, ac cording to the nationalist officers, an they expressed confidence that i would result in ultimate capture o Tcruel. Traffic Committee Auxiliary Will Be . Formed Wednesda A meeting will be held in the M. C. A. auditorium, 2:30 P. IV Wednesday, January 19, for the pur pose of organizing a woman's aux liary to the local Baltimore Oh Cooperative Traffic Program Com mittcc. All women employes, as we as wives of the company's employe are cordially invited to be In atten dance. Miss Gladys Lyon of the local d vision freight office will have charg of the organization work until sue time as regular officers are appointc or elected. Assisting Miss Lybn at the flr meeting will be Miss Helen Forcma of Pittsburgh, special reprcsentatli of the Baltimore Ohio traffic di partmcnt. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 18.--The Na tional Labor Relation!) Board h denied the petition of Republic Stc Corporation to reopen the hearing: on charges of WaBncr Act violatlo against tbc Union Drawn Steel Cor poratlon of Beaver Falls, a subbld liry, it was revealed today. WASHINGTON, Jan. 18.--Works Protrrcss Administration rolls, for the week ending January 8 showed an Increase of 41,430, reflecting increased industrial unemployment, it was announced today. Eight states, most of them Industrial, each reported Increases of more than 2,000 persons for the week. The grand total on WPA roll.-, at the end of the week was 1,712.053. Pennsylvania reported an increase of 27,'93. Monessen's Mayor Objects to Luxury Sentences in Ja PITTSBURGH, Jan. 18.--Moi even's Mayor James Gold protestc what he called the "luxury of coun jail sentences" as he sought leg means to put habitual prisoners work about the city building. It costs the municipality 50 cen a day for a prisoner's keep in Wcs moreland county jail, the mayor ex plained, adding "we can keep prisoner in the city jail cheaper tha that." He illustrated his proposal, scnten cing a prisoner arrested for intoxic tlon to five days with mop and scru bucket, cleaning the city jail cells. John Hackney Improving. Recovering at his Luzerne town ship home today is John C. Hackne former township tax collector, wl submitted recently at Uniontow Hospital to a major operation. Admits Two Murders After Long Grilling AY CAMPBELL NOT"DONOR" The Conncllsvillc High School lumni Association will request the oard o£ Education to reconsider its esolution naming the new athletic tadium in South Arch street "Campell Field" and adopt a name that tie in the plant more closely with 10 city or its school system. At a reorganization, meeting last ight, where more enthusiasm was isplaycd than at any time since the lumni group was formed, the executive committee was authorized to isit the Board of Education and re- ucst that the naming o£ the stadium c reconsidered. The alumni asserted that inasmuch : D. C. Campbell of Memphis, for vhom the field was named at the equest of Director Clyde R. Wcihe, ad profited considerably in the ransaction involving the grounds in- tead of donating them as the dtrcc- or believed, there was really no ound reason for the name being Campbell Field." It was also set orth that opinion of'the community vas virtually unanimous against ontinuation of the name. Alumni members seemed confident hat the board would recognize the equest and pass a resolution dis- arding the present name. The reply f the directors will be reported at he next alumni session, scheduled or February 14. Officers arc: President, Hugh Handford; first vice-president, Charles A. McCormick; second vice-president, Miss flary Frances Baer; treasurer, ^awrence Weaver; sccietary. Miss lobcrta Smutz; assistant secretary Hiss Bess Albright; trustees, F. Ray Hetzger, James M. Driscoll and Shcrrlck Fisher; past president Samuel Mclnick. The association will meet again on Monday, February 14. At that tima there will be a program of cnter- ainment and refreshments after the business session. Considerable activity fnccs the organization during 1938 and an out- Ine of the tentative program won :he commendation of many members. Mr. Fisher was named chairman of a committee to be in charge of the entertainment for the next meeting Daring Chinese H a r a s s J a p s Near Shangha By United Prcsj. SHANGHAI, Jan. 18.--Six ihoil sand daring Chinese irregulars ar attacking tho Japanese only a fe\ miles from the center of Shanghai it was disclosed today. Chines sources asierted that the irregular had captured one village with garrison of 270 Japanese troops. So serious was the challenge o the Chinese that the Japanese closet the Pootung section ot the city, acros the Whangpoo River from the Inter national Settlement, and canccllc permits for removal of foreign car goes from ships at the busy Pootun docks. Heavy skirmishing was rcportc today near Chaokiichiao, bctwcc Shanghai and the Yangtze River o the south side. Chinese -.ources sai that the irregulars had capture Chucnsha, 14 miles cast of Sh.-cngha 'Robinson" Couple Arrested in Russia; Espionage Charge l)y United rren. WASHINGTON, Jan. 18.--Sccrc tary of State Cordell Hull today re vcalcd that the Soviet governmcn has' finally admitted officially lha the mysterious "Mr. and Mrs. Don aid L. Robinson" arc under arrest i Soviet Russia. The Soviet authorities indicate "Robinson" is being held on cspion age charges and that Mrs. Ruben for the time being, is held for ques tionlng but is definitely suspected o the same activities. Eight Speeders Fined. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 18--Eight mo twists were fined $12.25 as Union town police cincked down on speed-' Erie, said the application would b crs. Erie Railroad Will Go Info Bankrupic CLEVELAND, Jan. 18.--Erie Rar road Company directors today at thorized an application to Fcder. Court for action under Section 77 o the Bankruptcy Act. The action had been intimated i financial circles since* directors an ncunced January 3 that the roa could not meet the interest paymen on its consolidated mortgage genera lien four per cent bonds of 199G. George Weston, spokesman for th ' made in district court in Cleveland. By DONALD G. VAN TINE United Press Start Co-respondent. MINEOLA, N. Y., Jdn. 18.--John eo, slender, 40-year-old fugitive, mfesscd today, after more than 24 ours' questioning, that he killed firs. Cclinda Waitc, 59-year-old idow. and her friend, Jean Schucl- in, 18. District Altomey Edward J. Ncary £ Nassau county announced that eo, who was related to Mrs. Waite y marriage, said robbery had been is motive. Mrs. Waite and Miss Schuellain rere shot to death in the Waite ome at Elmont, N. Y., last Wedncsj- ay. Rco was found in a squalid ooming house in New York City unday afternoon, and until 3:40 A. 1L. today ho had insisted that he had o knowledge of the crime. "I'm feeling fine," the gray-haired, ormcr Landhurst, N. J., filling sta- on operator told Neary after sign- [g a confession. The district nt- orncysaid that he would be charged ith first degree murder. lourier Cooking ·chool Will Open iomorrow Morning This year, beliove it or not, Mrs. Dorothy Bathgate will actually prc- are 50 different dishes at The Courier Cooking School. There will State I n d u s t r i a l i s t s Await 44-Hour Ruling; Test Case Moves Slowly Students Die n Quebec School Fire By United Press. ST. HYACINTHE, Que., Jan. 18.-'ire which destroyed a dormitory prcad panic and death among 160 xy pupils of the Sacred Heart Col- egc here today. Hours after the last scream had lied away, the local police and the It. Charles Hospital counted a known oil of 13 dead. Eleven bodies were ccovered from the ruins, including hose of Father Jean Baptistc and fveral children. Two victims died n the hospital and a dozen still were missing. Authorities said they feared the deaths might finally total 25. Twenty persons were in the hospital, several of them in serious condition. The fire had made considerable headway when discovered in the east ··ing o£ the building shortly after 2 A. M. Students and priests in that section wcrfi trapped. Panic among .he occupanU hampered rescue work. Fairbank Woman, Facing Charge of Stabbing Her Husband, Freed on Bail UNIONTOWN, Jan. 18.--Facing trial for murder of her husband, Joseph, 50, during a quarrel Christmas Eve in their home at Fairbanks, Mrs. Julia Grahek, 35, will be released from county jail under $2,500 bond. The bail, secured through the woman's counsel, Attorney Alex Z. Goldstein, was approved by District Attorney James A. Rcilly and Judge Harry A. Cottom. Mrs. Grahek will plead to self defense when brought to trial providing an indictment is returned against her by the March grand jury- The husband was admitted to Uniontown Hospital January 2 and died two days later of a knife wound in the side inflicted during a marital dispute between the couple Christmas Eve when, a witness asserted at the coroner's inquiry, the husband had come home in a quarrelsome mood and provoked an argument. Mrs. Grahek used a knife to offset a lunge he made at her, the husband receiving the blade in the side to pierce the kidney. First reports were that the man had suffered the injury when he fell on a spike while chasing pigs into a sty. By United Pius. HARRISBURG, Jan. 18.--Industrial Pennsylvania stood by impatiently today as hearing on constitutionality of the Slate's 44-hour week law entered its second day in Dauphin county court. _ Hope of ending lower court testimony quickly to speed Supreme Court decision on the law diminished as frequent interruptions by Slat counsel kept the initial witness James E. Henretta, Holgatc Brother. Manufacturing Company president Kane, on the stand all day anc pointed to prolonged hearing. Henretta testified enforcement o the act would "probably" compc Holgatc, first firm to question th law's constitutionality, to move from Pennsylvania and that several tenta live branch sites have already been selected in New England. Contending strict enforcement o the law since January 3 raised lum bor prices to a prohibitive level Henretta said he contracted for 800, On feet of "raw material" from New York concern. He admitted, however, under cross examination, that Holgate still pur chased lumber from "small" Penn sylvania mills. During discourse on Holgale's in tcntions to locate out-sidc the state Judge W. C. Shccly, Adams county sustained Deputy Attorney Genera Edward J. Friedman's objection tha what the large wood specialties firm proposed to do had no bearing 01 the act's validity. Wants Carriers Exempted. WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 n. V. Fletcher, general counsel of the Association of American Railroads, asked the House Ways and Means Committee today to exempt the Nation's rail carriers from the undistributed profits tax. Confcsbcs Slayins. HENDERSON, N. C., Jan. 18.-Deputy Sheriff J. M. Mitchell said that Clarence Fairbanks, 19-year-old Baltimore, Md., youth, had confessed to the hatchet slaying of Steve Good, 45, traveling showman of Carson Texas. The Weather Moitly cloudy tonight and Wednesday, slowly rising temperature Wednesday is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1938 1937 MaMinum - 47 60 Minimum . -. 27 33 AJean . . . 37 47 Loan forTeacher Pay Authprizec School Board Monday night em powered the secretary and treasure to borrow, if necessary, sumcicn funds to meet the" January payrol the time loan to be less than $1,50( Chairman W. L. Zollars of th finance committee pointed out tha between $1,400 and $1,500 remains t be received to be able to meet th payroll but voiced the hope tha some of this amount may- "be co; lectcd by the city treasurer. . It was brought out that there is balance of $17,388.50 in the ban while tho payroll aggregates $18,20 Teachers will be" paid in full Janu ary 31. o-MEN SECRETLY TRANSFER ROSS SLAYER TO JAIL e " 50 ' answers " to uery, "What shall very that everyday we eat?" And woman in the "audience will lave a chance to try these dishes at ionic, for there will be a printed program of recipes each day. Classes start tomorrow "morning at :30 o'clock in tfif Orpneiim Theatre', t' is "suggestc'd that everyone arrive arly to be sure of a good seat, al- hough" "with n "clever mirror arrangement/Mrs. Bathgate is able to display" "each luscious finished product, o'th'at'it can easily be seen anywhere in the auditorium. Mrs. "John M. Young, vice-president of the Business and Professional Vdmcn's Club will be hostess tomorrow. "Mrs. M. M. Snyder, president of "the'Connellsville Section of the Council of Jewish Women, is to be he hostess on Thursday and Mrs. Henry W. McRobbie, president of he -Woman's" Culture Club, hostess on Friday. All the recipes given by Mrs. Ba'th- satc have been carefully checked in icr testing kitchen where she uses .he same type of electric equipment hat is in her cooking school kitchen Ingredients, time and temperature lave been checked again and again tor the easiest, simplest methods and :hc most perfect results. It is a pleasure to watch the lecturer at work, and those women who Continued on Page Seven. K i d n a p - M u r d e r e r Caught Gambling Ransom at Race Track. SAYS HE ALSO ' KILLED PARTNER 1,216 Persons Idle In City Census Shows Connellsville had totally unemployed DISTRESSED STEAMER SAFE NEW YORK, Jan. 18.--The British freighter Crugpool, which had sent distress signals from the North Atlantic last night, reported today, in a message intercepted by the liner President Roosevelt, that she was 1,216 persons and wanting worki 499 partly employed and wanting more work and 487 engaged on WPA, NYA, CCC or other emergency projects at the time the unemployment census was taken November 16 to 20, according to figures announced in Washington today by the Federal Government which conducted the census, under the direction of John D. Biggcrs o£ Cleveland. 'Figures for Fayette county showed: Totally unemployed, 17,060. Part time, 11,403. On relief projects, 5,082. The only other figures for a county sub-district were for Uniontown, showing 2,486 totally unemployed, 1,287 working part time and 715 on relief projects. ~ Somerset county figures, the county as whole, wore: Totally unemployed, 3,924; part time, 3,072; relief- projects, 2,299. Figures for Westmoreland county were: Totally unemployed 17,830; part time, 13,814; WPA and other agencies, 4,390. _ - - - · For Grecnsburg the count showed: Totally unemployed 1,207; part time, 830; WPA, etc., 345. . ~ - .In the State the count revealed 566,437 persons without any employment, 300,809 partly employed and 108,014 working.under Federal agencies. " ~ " " r~ ~ " Pittsburgh reported 50,859 totally idle, 22,400 working part time and 19,555 on Federal projects. For Philadelphia the totals were: Totally unemployed, 140,273; part time, 42,685; Federal projects, 29,320. 'O. K." age. and proceeding on her voy- Thc liner Europa, one of the blue ribbon boats in the express passenger trade, had turned oft her course to speed to the aid of the little freighter and its crew of 35 men. Then came 'the message indicating that assistance was hot needed. Isabella Plant Closed by Strike UNIONTOWN, Jan. 18.--Operations at the Isabella mine of the Weirton Steel Company were suspended by a strike Monday. The plant has been operating on a five-day week basis since installation of machinciy, completely electrifying the operations, but employes, voted shortly before noon to strike pending an agreement with company officials over hiring ot men. Strikers contend that the company i is hiring new employes without consulting the union or a gioup of old 1 employes, living in company houses j who arc unemployed. Somerfield School By United Press. LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18.--G-men sped secretly to Chicago today with · the confessed kidnaper and slayer o£ Dr. Charles Ross, elderly valentine manufacturer. He was captured at a race track-betting window, gambling part of the $50,000 ransom. He was a surly-haired young hoodlum, who said his name was Peter Anders, 30, and confessed that he had not only slain his victim, but had also killed his partner in "the crime. Hoss was kidnaped near Chicago the night of September 20, 1937: His family received proof that he was alive before they paid ransom, but nothing was heard from the kidnaper after the money was delivered, and Hoss 1 body was not found. In 27 typewritten pages, the debonair Anders, who had been living in the grand manner, detailed his crimes to the G-men. He said he first shot his victim, then his partner whom he identified as Atwood Gray. The bodies he hid near Rockford, IU., presumably across the state line in Wisconsin. G-men early today were seeking the bodies. " Only $14,402.28 of the 550,000 ransom was recovered by the G-men They believed that the rest had been spent in race track betting and high living. He hau left an unmistakable trail of ransom bills at race tracks and G-men following it stalked him across the continent twice before they caught up with him at a pari-nvutuel window of the Santa' Anita track, a ransom bill in his hand, on Friday. He was taken ?t once to the Department of Justice offices here and questioned. Through Friday night, Saturday, Saturday night, and part of Sunday, Anders denied any connection whatsoever with the kidnap- ing. Confronted with an ever increasing quantity of circumstantial evidence, he finally confessed. J. Edgar ;Hoover, director of the G-men, arrived Saturday and late last night he called in newspapermen and told them of Anders* arrest and confession. Anders already was en- route back to Chicago, presumably by airplane. He had waived extradition. ' Anders w«ts described as exceptionally calloused--as fancying himself a master criminal, a iuper-tough guy. Hoover said that in addition to confessing one kidnaping and two murders, he confessed 20 bank robberies. Hoover, said he had a criminal record but did not make it public. Typical of their swift, silent movements and unexpected captures of public enemies 'was the G-men's seizure of Dr. Ross' kidnaper. Until tloover's announcement, there had been no evidence that Dr. Boss was lead. He had been listed as missing, but after his family paid the ransom demanded by his kidnapers, and no further word came from him after ;hree months, little hope for his safety remained. i Hoover said that Anders killed both Ross'and Gray October 10 or 11, more than 1 two weeks after Ross had been seized from his automobile on a road 12 miles west of Chicago. Ross was killed to, eliminate any possibility of 'here being an identification witness against his kidnapers. Gray was lulled bcc.iuse Anders wanted all the ransom money. Federal agents followed the trail of ransom money to Spokane, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Miami, New Orleans and finally to Los Angeles.' In all those cities the monty appeared, usually at hotels, race tracks Continued on Page Six. Destroyed by Fire UNIONTOWN, students of the Jan. 18.-- Somcrfield Forty grade school today were on an enforced vacation as a result of a fire that destroyed their two-room frame building in the center of the mountain town. The building, of wood construction, was heated by a furnace in the basement. The furnace, however, had not been fired bincc the close of school on Friday afternoon and officials were at a loss to explain the cause of the blaze at 4 o'clock Monday morning.' Police have been assigned to work on the case. Henry Oleson Dies; Known to Sportsmen Henry Oleson, 61 years old, ot Cross Fork, Potter county, died Sunday following a stroke. Mr. Olcson was one o£ the bes.t known men :n that section and was widely known throughout the State by sportsmen. During his lifetime he has enter- Family Feud Ends With Deaths of Six By United Press. DURAND, Wis., Jan. 18.--A bitter feud was liquidated today by the slaying of five persons and the suicide of another. Sheriff Victor Seline said Lawrence Leslay and-his wife, Agnes, in notes written" before the shooting, described destruction of Lawrence's family and that o£ his brother Marvin as "the only way out." The family, living in separate houses on the same farm, had quarreled for months. Roger Leslay, four-year-old son of Marvin, was the only child on" the farm to escape death. The. dead were: Lawrence Leslay, 37, his wife, Agnes, 30, their daughters, Virgie, eight and Beulah, sever. Marvin Leslay'b childien, Phyllis,, eight, and Virgil, fivu. Marvin Leslay and his wife were injuicd. Patient:, al Hospital. ' Carrie Gillotti o£ Connellsville, R. D. 2, Virginia Friend o£ Mill Runi Roger James. Llod of Dawson and tamed all of Pennsylvania's chief i MIS.S Florence M. Louden of Perry- cxecutivcs except Govcrnoi Earlc. I opolis. have been admitted to Coil- Many Connollsville persons have nellsville State Hospital- lor treat- visitcd his lodge. j mcnt.

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