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LAST E DITION PRICE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 35, NO. 64. SS3? y oSSiS F S? dN oSSib£ ioTW CONNEL-LSVIL-LE, PA. WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 19, 1038. TW 3LVB PAGES. SILENT G-MEN PROBE RECORD ROSS SLAYER Secrecy Causes Belief Anders Suspected of Other Crimes. J. E. HOOVER AT ST. PAUL By United Press. ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 19.--G- men resumed their mysterious activities in the Charles S. Boss kidnap- murder case today when they slipped out'of their headquarters carrying large boxes. The boxes were largo enough to contain digging implements and it was believed they were starting a search for the body of Boss, who wos kidnaped and slain by Peter Anders. Anders has confessed to J. Edgar Hoover, chief of the Federal Bureau of investigation, that he killed Ross and his kidnap accomplice, Atwood Gray, after collecting $50,000 ransom from Ross family near Rockford, Hi. ST. PAUL, Jan. 19.--Federal Department of Justice ^agents indicated by melodramatic secrecy and apparently irrational actions today that Peter Anders, 30, confessed kidnaper and slayer of Charles S. Boss, ngcd and xvealthy valentine manufacturer, was suspected of other crimes at least as serious. J. Edgar Hoover, their chief, a special squad of his men, and, presumably, their prisoner were here after a strange airplane flight ficm Los Angeles where Anders was arrested and confessed. St. Paul is more than 300 miles off the direct air line from Los Angeles to Chicago, the scene of Anders' known crime, but is on the northern njr line from Tacoma, Wash., to Chicago. Tacoma was the scene of the kidnap-murdcr of 10-year-old Charles Mattson, which, now that the Ross case is solved, is the one remaining unsolved kidnaping. ' On the basis of known facts, there was no rational explanation for Hoover's activities, and it was presumed that he made public only a part of his case when he told newspapermen in Los Angeles Monday night of 'Anders' arrest and confession. Immediately after he conferred with newspapermen, Hoover disappeared. He was next seen nt the local airport last night when-a huge transport plane belonging to one o! the transcontinental lines landed and taxied immediately into a hangar that had been prepared for it. In the plane were Hoover, his squad of G- men, and a prisoner. The plane had been so Ir -g out of Los Angeles that it could have easily flown hundreds of miles off the direct course--as far oft the course in fad, as Tacoma, Wash. In Tacoma, investigators and all concerned with the investigation of the Mattson kidnaping were ama/:ed by the resemblance of pictures of Anders and an artist's drawing of the Mattson "kidnaper" from the description of the only persons who saw him--the three children who were with Charles when he was abducted. Dr. William W. Mattson denied that either Hoover or his prisoner had been in Tacoma. The Federal Bureau of Investigation office there refused to make any comment. There was no positive evidence that the prisoner brought here by Continued on Page Six. Masked Man Assaults Maid When Frustrated In Kidnaping Attempt By United Press. DARIEN, Conn., Jan. 19.--A state police alarm was' broadcast today for the apprehension of a masked man who criminally assaulted a maid :.t the home of Elmer F. Huebsch, New York advertising agent, after being frustrated, in an attempt to kidnap their fivc-months-old daughter. The maid, Miss Catherine O'Con- ncll, 22, was in serious condition under a physician's care. The attempti-d abduction occurred shortly after Mr. and Mrs. Huebsch left home for the movies Tuesday night. Just Off the Wire WASHINGTON, Jan. 19.--Associates of Comptroller of the Currency J. F. T. O'Connor told the United Press today he would present his resignation to President Roosevelt tomorrow. WASHINGTON, Jan. 19--Vlce- Prcsldcnt John N*. Gamer cracked down at the end of two weeks of unhampered filibustering against the antl-lynchinc bill today and told the Senate that the rules henceforth would be enforced "In the technical manner." WASHINGTON, Jan. 19.--Senator Key Pittman, Democrat, Nevada, charged In the Senate today Iliat the Public Lands Committee had disclosed "astounding inefficiency and' laxity if not criminal ncRliccncc," in handling nt National Park Service I fund*. ' 'A trail of Ross ransom money at jpari-mutncl windows through the .eoratry, led to Peter Anders, 30 ;(abovo), trho is held at Loo An- Icclcs, charged by Federal agents with abduction and murder of .Charles S. Rosa, 72, wealthy Chi- greeting-card naxixifacUixcr. U. S. Armed Forces Guarantee of Peace President Asserts By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. 19.--President Roosevelt said today that the American nation is committed to peace "in a disturbed world" and the fundamental purpose of United States armed forces is to guarantee that peace. The President, in a letter to Rear Admiral Reginald R. Bclknap, U. S. S., retired, commander-in-chiet ol the military order of the World War, called attention to Army Day on April 6. He said he was gUd to note the efficiency of the Army steadily is improving. 19 Dead, 26 Missing After School Burns* By JAMES M. CRANDALL United Press Staff Correspondent. ST. HYACINTHE. Qu., Jan. IS.-Firemen recovered two more charred bodies from the ruins of the Sacred Heart College today, bringing the number of knovm dead to 19 pupils and priests. Twenty-six others were still missing. Icy winds and weather 10 degrees below zero hindered police, firemen and volunteer workers, who poked in the ruins for more bodies. Of the bodies recovered, only two had been identified--those of Rev. Brother Jean Baptlste, C4, and Joseph Vincent. 15. Coroner Paul Morin ordered an investigation of reports that an explosion had preceded the flre, which was discovered at 2 A. M. yesterday. He said that several survivors had told of having felt the building shake. Debris was found a hundred yards away. Today, dozens of mothers and fathers walked through the snow past the ice-covered ruins to the little morgue to search for the bodies of their children or to await anxiously some word of the missing. Most of the bodies had been horribly seared, and identification was almost impossible. Ewald Meier, stepfather of three boys, all feared dead, refused to go home last night. He had been married sir: months ago to a widow, and had enrolled her children, Hans, 13, Tony, 12, and Joseph, 9, in the school. Earle Warns Oil Men of Possible Federal Guidance By United i'rc:». , OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 19.-Governor George H. Earle of Pennsylvania warned representatives of oil producing states that the Federal Government znay have to regulate the oil industry if it docs not impose its own regulatory measures. Earle's prediction was made yesterday in a letter read by' Walter Jones of Pittsburgh before 150 oil men and state officials attending the quarterly conference of the interstate oil compact commission. Earle pointed to overproduction of oil and coal in Pennsylvania and expressed hope that the oil compact could help in solving the problems of the oil Industry. A gloomy picture of the refined stock situation was painted as the session began with only Colorado of the six compacting states not represented. Pennsylvania is not a member of the compact. Principals Divorced In "Wife-Swapping" Case SALEM, Mass., Jan, 20.--Mrs. Raymond S. Lee and Calvin M. Watson, principals in Essex county's "wife-swapping" divorce suits, won divorces on grounds of infidelity. Judge Edward B. O'Brien also granted custody of the one child in each family to Mis Lcc and Wntson respectively. MINE WORKER KILLED WHEN HORSE KICKS Philip Morris Struck in Head By Rearing Animal. ACCIDENT AT RED LION SHAFT Kicked in the head by a horse that suddenly reared while switching mine cars on a siding at the Red Lion shaft of the H. C. Frick Coke Company this morning, Philip Morris, 51 years old, of Star Junction, was killed instantly. His skull was fractured and his neck broken. Mr. Morris, n former resident of Grindstone, had been located at Star Junction for about three years, being employed in the Washington Run mine of the Frick Company, the shaft for which is located at Red Lion in Perry township. He was engaged in switching some mine cars on a siding outside the shaft when the horse reared and kicked him. Several other workers were about at the time. Mr. Morris is survived by his wife; two daughters, Thclma and Pearl, at home; two brothers, Elmer and George, Akron, Ohio; and his mother, Mrs. Emma Morris, Akron. The body was removed to the funeral parlors of Ira Blair Sons at Perryopolis where it was prepared for burial. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. Asks $50,000 Damages For Loss of Leg UNIONTOWN, Jan. 19.--In a civil suit which went to trial Tuesday afternoon before Judge W. Russell Carr, Anthony Fiesta, 32. of Con- ncllsville, seeks 550,000 damages from J. C. Lalck, also of Connells- villc, for loss of a right leg as the result of an automobile accident last April 20. The defendant, represented by Attorneys E. C. Hlgbcc nnd W. Brown Higbec, is superintendent of Davidson plant of Republic Steel Corporation. Attorney John DuKgun. counsel for the plaintiff, seeks compensation for the victim for loss of the limb, loss of earning power, medical expenses entailed as u result of the injuries and for "pain and suffering." Fiesta, who had been employed as a laborer for Connellsvile Iron Works, was cnroute to hh home when Laick's car, traveling alone Ninth street, Conncll-sville. crashed into tile rear of the plaintiff's machine just after the latter had negotiated the crossing tit the Crawford avenue intersection, it was charged. Fiesta had suffered n growth on the right leg which necessitated three operations. However, his counsel told the jury, the member had healed sufficiently to permit him to return to work and was "well on the way to complete recovery" when the mishap occurred. Fiesta charges that the injuries, as the reiult of the accident, so aggravated the limb as to make amputation necessary. NAVY COMPLETES GREATEST MASS FLIGHT HISTORY; 18 PLANES REACH HONOLULU Drivers in Accidents Be Re-Examined HARR1SBURG, Jan. 10.--Pennsylvania's concerted campaign for greater highway safety entered a new and vital channel today with Governor George H. Enrle's announcement that after March 1 motorists found guilty in serious accidents will have to prove their ability Russian Purge System Ends; 1000 Dead By United Press. MOSCOW, Jan. 19.--A purge of "enemy" elements which in three years lias killed 2,000 persons and caused the nrvcst of 10,000 others is almost at its end, it was belieevd today. The all powerful Communist party has ordered a drastic letdown of the purge in its ov.n ranks, it was disclosed. And as the Communist party is the country's guiding hand, it was believed that the action would be-or might already have been--extended to non-party activities. Meeting, significantly, durinn the first session of the supreme Soviet under Russia's new constitution, the central committee of the Communist party passed a 10-point resolution whose contents show plainly its importance to the country. In substance it is: 1--Mass expulsions' of party members arc forbidden. There must be individual investigation in each case. 2--The party must return nil members to their jobs who have been expelled without Investigation. 3--All pending upie:i!s must be examined, and every cane which requires review must be reconsidered, within three months. 4--All party orjjnni must state clcnrly the reasons for any expulsions so that higher orgrins m;iy prepare conducive reports for district and national p.»rty organizations. 5--Party organs which reinstate members must ray whieli local com- mitt o took away the membership cards of persons concerned, and why. 0--Party organizations must return immediately to persons reinstated, documents taken from them. 7--Thi* party c;ill!, to r«-pormbil- ity (thrcjtcn-; with prosecution) nil pcryoni Kuilly of slander or false .accusation .md requires publication of n-tr.ictions of any such accu-na- tions which m.iy have appeared in the prcs«. 8--It I* forbidden U record on party membership cards the expulsion of any member until his appeal has leen considered. 9--No person may be discharged Continued on Page Seven. to operate an automobile. The Chief Executive said he is instituting the re-examination program because "there are many drivers on the road today who are either inadequately trained or not fully conscious of their great responsibility." ALL HELL FROZEN OVER, REPORT HELL, Mich., Jan. IS.--All of Hell was frozen over today. The thermometer on the front porch of the Arthur Vnn Sickle home read: Zero--the coldest temperature in Hell this winter. Community Fund Directors Hear. Latest Reports Continues Fast The executive board of the Con- ncllsvilie Community Fund met j Tuesday and allocated monies to all agencies receiving monthly and quarterly checks. Every agency is up to date as of February 1. Satisfactory reports were received from all officers representing the various departments of work carried on by the Fund. President Daniel Duric expressed a desire that all agencies participating in the Fund during the first year be invited to take port in a general meeting of the board of directors and others representing the community at large and be given an opportunity to discuss the benefits and problems pertaining to the work of the Community Fund Association foi year. The board Is gratified the results and reports that came from the participating agenciev next with MARKLETON GIRL SERIOUSLY HURT * IN PITTSBURGH PITTSBURGH, Jan. 19.--A Passavant Hospital nurse was killed and a classmate injured Tuesday when they were struck by an automobile as they ran for n sticct car at Fifth avenue and Atwood street. Miss Blanche Strobe), 25, died of a fractured skull and internal injuries in the Montcflore Hospital 20 minutes after she was struck by a car driven by Francis Slrojinis, 23, a Webster Hall Hotel employe, who is being held under bond for a coroner's inquest. Her cr npanion, Miss Gladys Hogan, 32, suffered a possible fractured skull, fractured right leg and left arm. She was rushed to Children's Hospital where attaches said her condition was serious. Miss llogan's family lives at Marklelon, Somerset county, and Miss Strobcl came here from Zclie- noplc in 1923 to enter the nursing school. Her father, Jacob, lives near Latrobe. COKE OUTPUT SHOWS SLIGHT GAIN IN WEEK A slight gain in the number of active ovens in the Connellsville region was reported for the week ending January 15, a Courier survey revealed today. There were 992 ovens in blast as compared with 972 the week before. The week of January 1 had 993 ovens in operation, the same number as reported for the lost week In December. Firing of 80 ovens at Lincoln sent the total upward despite the iact that 60 ovens were being banked at the Continental No. 1 plant where the number in operation was icdu'.cd Iiom 185 to 125. Larger S5A Grants Needed for Material, Child Health Services WASHINGTON, Jan. 10.--A special committee of the conference on better care for mothers and babies held by the children's bureau of the Department of Labor today recommended amendment of the I5oci.il Security Act to provide a larger nu- thorizntlon to the states lor maternal and child health services. The committee asked gradual development of an educational and administrative progiam to better such health conditions. The report, which was offered at the end of « two-flay conference, found that "there lias been little reduction in the maternal mortality rote during the 22 yc.irs for which records arc available--from one half to two thirds of maternal deaths arc preventable " It was understood the report voulci be submitted to the interdepartmental committee to coordinate health activities headed by Josephine Roche, former Assistant Secretary of. Trcabury. The report said the present maternal health situation "warrants immediate and concerted national consideration and national action." jCity Teachers To Hold Dinner On January 27 Connellsvillc Branch. Pennsylvania Stutr 1-xiuc.itiori At^ociittion, will hold a b«nqu»'t Thurvitiy evening. Janu.iry 27. at Trinity Lutheran Church in East Fairvicw nve- nue. This date \vns selected as the teachers conference will be in sex- I sion nt this time and two instructor? hf-re for the conference will be available as fcuest spo.tkers. An interesting proRrarn will be supplied by f.icujty members. t The ccneral committee, working to i to have occupied the plateau of make this afl.ur one of the mo*t ] Nest-tH del Cerro Miguel, considered the key to the pile of ruins which Dean Israel Harding Noo '.. . Mill fMtlng Living on spiritual "food" alone, Deal Israel Hording Noo of St.. Mary's cathedral at Memphis, Tenn., continues his self-Imposed fast. Dean NOG now Is in his third week of fasting, living only on wlnn oiid wafers of holy communion In an effort-to prove that man can live by spiritual "food" alone. This new picture of Dean Noo shown his face has become cmacltcd. Once the dean weighed 200 pounds. Now - be weighs 100. --Central frets 500 Children Air Raid Toll,. London Hears By United Press. LONDON, Jan. 19.--Five hundred children were killed in a rebel air raid on the port of Valencia, the tanker Esturia reported today in a wireless message transmitted through the Algiers radio station. The Esturia said bonzol storage tanks had been struck and that flames were visible for 50 miles. HENDAYE, Franco-Spanish Frontier, Jan. 19.--The nationalist counter-offensive against Teruel was" threatened today by the promise of a major loyalist offensive near Huc:ca, a nationalist city to the north which has held out against rc- Icatcd attacks since the beginning of the war. The big guns ol both sides roared continuously in the Hucsca sector which border experts mtcrpicted as the Mgnal for the next big loyalist offensive to drive Generalissimo Francisco France's nationalist forces from menacing positions along the Aragon front. Every Ship Safely in Harbor 20 Hours, 12 Minutes After T a k e o f f From San Diego. TO REENFORCE PACIFIC BASE By United Pica. · PEARL HARBOR, Honolulu, T. H., Jan. 10.--The Navy completed its greatest mass flight In history today when 18 of its "huge bombers settled here after a 2,570-mile over- water trip from San Diego. The first craft of the V-0 and V-10 squadrons to complete the journey touched hero just 20 hours and 12 minutes after the takeoff from San Siego Tuesday. The time was the fastest ever recorded by the Navy in.a long mass flight although it _was approximately two hours slower than..the Navy had hoped. . . "Radio reports .from Lieutenant Commander. S. H.-Warner, in charge ol the flight, said weather was perfect. .All.the 18 planes and some of the men .were coming here to recnforce the Navy's mid-Pacific base. After leaving San Diego at 9:36 A. M. (PST) Tuesday, the planes encountered head winds that slowed them to 112 miles an hour, and later 105 M. P. H. At the half way mark, Warner remarked that "the boys are flying down hill now." The first marker on the route was 650 miles out from San Diego, where the U. S. S. Reid was stationed. Planes in the flight were of the VP-10 and VP-9 squadrons of the Pacific air fleet Before the takeoff, a plane piloted by Lieutenant Thomas J. Hamilson, former football coach at Annapolis, developed engine trouble and Hamilton and his crew wore shifted to a plane from VP-12 squadron which replaced the disabled ship. 2ARAGOSSA, Jan. 19.--Nationalist forces driving on Tcrucl from the north, MHith and west claimed today outstanding in years, compmes Harold R. Swank, chairman, Miw Mary Frances B.ier, Miss Dorothy Mathlas, Ml«« Minnie Murray, Miss Jean Treher, Miss Martha Horkcy. Miss ! Virginia Foltr. Mivi KU-nnor McClelland, Miss Mary Margaret King. Miss Winnie Harrlgan, Miss Grace Ad.'ims. Mrs. Wood. John L. Lewis, David Guhl and Shrrnck Fisher. Allotment for Tyitart Dam. WASHINGTON. Jan. 18.--An allotment of $140,000 for continuation ot the construction of Tygart Diim, two miles above Graflon, W. Va., was approved by the War Department late yesterday. The dam is virtually completed. The Weather Cloudy, probably snow with slowly rising temperature tonight and Thursday is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania, Temperature Record. 1938 1937 Maximum - 41 57 · Minimum 2fl .17 Mean ._ 35 47 Mrs. W. V. Phillips Exonerated by Jury In Auto Damage Suit UNIONTOWN, Jan. 19.--Reputed to be one ot the county's most cautious women drivers, Mrs. Minnie Ine/. Phillips, formerly of Fayetlc county but now of Louisville, was exonerated by a jury yesterday of any responsibility for damages as the result of a death Apil 19, 1936, in n three-car accident. Tiic defendant revealed to what lengths she went to meiit credit for caution and due regard for the rights of others while operating her ma- cliinc on the highways. Mrs. Phillips, whose husband, W. V. Phillips, was formciiy manager of Overholt distillery at Broad Ford, faced trial in a $15,000 damage suit instituted at the outgiowth of a three-car accident in which Ethel Rigger, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. VA R. Rigger, Juniata, was killed when thrown through the windshield from the force ot the imoact. The girl was riding with Robert Morris when the latter attempted to pass Mrs. Phillips' machine, sideswiping, nnd crashed into the car of J. E. Reed, West Brownsville. Mrs. Phillips averred: "I never passed another machine in motion. I would follow a truck for miles, rather than pass it." It wns this statement which won her publicity as the "best woman driver in the county." Edward W. Loner Hies. SOMERSET, Jan. 19.--Kdward W. Long, 71, died Monday at the home once was a populous city. The extent of the nationalist victory in the dominant hills surrounding Teruel was based upon semi- ofllcial reports which claimed that more than 2,000 loyalists had been taken prisoner in the last few days on the Teruel front. The battle was steadily extending beyond the city, while some nationalists columns tightened their grip on tin; outskirts for the purpose of freezing out the loyalists in accordance with the plan which was delayed by blizzards earlier ia January. BARCELONA, Jan. 19 Six Nationalist airplanes subjected Barcelona today to the worst bombing of the war, killing an officially estimated 100 civilians and wounding hundreds. Many of the bombs landed in the center of the city, causing extensive damage. Sucns sent the population to cover as ambulances raced through the streets, picking up the dead and injured. Cover nor Wants Fayette Senator To Prove Charge By United Press. HARRISBURG, Jan. 19--Governor George H. Earie today requested State Senator Anthony J. Csvaleante, Uniontown, to prove his statement i that applicants for State civil service [jobs from Fayette county were examined regarding their political connections and indicated that he disapproved such practices. "He will have to produce his proof," Earle said when he was asked to comment on Cavalcante's charge. "If those conditions exist they will be corrected." The Governor said he had not had an opportunity to examine the letter in which the Fayette Democratic senator advised: "I liave definite proof at my command 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 examinations under both these acts (fixing civil service standards for the. Department o£ Public Assistance and the Division of Unemployment Compensation.) "I also have definite proof that since the holding of rny examinations many of the examinees have been called in .by the county chairman and examined relative to their political connections and whether they were aware that under the Democratic party rules that the county chairman would name the persons to fill these jobs. "I call these matters to your attention because I have confidence' in your repeated public statements on this subject." MADRID, Jan. 19.--The central areas of Madrid, including the Puertn Del Sol and the Grand Via, were shelled with heavy projectiles for flO minutes today. It was feared tiicre were many casualties. State WPA Rolls Will Be Increased By 25,000 Shortly By United Press. HARR1SBUHG, Jan, 19.--Pennsylvania WPA rolls will be increased by another 25,000 workers to a total of 195,000 employment level prior to the start of curtailment last May, State Administrator J. Banks Hudson rn- nounced today. Civil War Veteran Dies. ALTOON'A, Jan.' 19.'-- Richard Franklin Fowler, B2, o£ 412 28th avenue, one ot the five remaining veterans of the Civil War in Blair county, died Friday afternoon at his home after a lingering illness. He was a of his brother. Jefferson Long, in I retired die maker for tlv Pcnnsyl- Stonycreck township. He is survived' vnnia Railroad, leaving the service in by one brother and six sisters. '1914 after 43 years. SOMERSET FARMER COMMITS SUICIDE SOMERSET, Jan. 13.--Placing a heavy chain about his neck and anchoring the loose end to a barn rafter, Lewis M. Mankameyer, 74, farmer of Larimer township, jumped to his death at his farm near Meyersdale. Coroner F. E. Sass said it was suicide. Members of the family told the coroner their father had been in ill health and despondent for some tim«. When he failed to appear for - the noon meal Monday, a son, Lewis, Jr., investigated and found his father's body hanging in the barn. Surviving are these children: Lewis and Mrs. William Weimer at home, Mrs. Robert Hay o£ Berlin, Ralph of Montana, Blanche, Orpha, Paul and Howard of Akron, Ohio, and Oscar of Eastern Shore, Md. Richard and Christian and Mrs. John Fair ot Larimer township and John and Mrs. Al Bittner of Somerset, an surviving brothers and sisters. I Carnegie's Kta to Wed. LONDON, Jan. 19,--The. engagement of Miss Louise Miller, 13. granddaughter of Andrew- Carnegie, to-F. G. Thomson, Edinbwg lawyer, was announced today.

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