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LAST E DITION PRO 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 37, NO. 70. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17. 1879. The Daily Courier. Founded November 10. 3902. p Merged i July 10. 1923. COMNELLSVILLB, PA., THURSDAY EVJiNINU, FEBRUARY 2, 1930. TEN PAGES. FIRE RAGES IN MINE AT NEMACOLiN Crew of 75 Masked Workers Endeavoring To Control Flames. WORST OF KIND IN MANY YEARS Man Who Chopped Off Heads for 40 Years Drops Dead CARMICHAELS, Feb. 2.--The worst mine fire in years was being battled three miles inside the Neraa- colin mine of the Buckeye Coal Company, near here, today. j A crew of 75 masked workmen un- | der the supervision of Federal and State mine authorities worked amid heat and heavy smoke to wall up the Are and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the mine, which extends for miles underground. Tons or rock, cement, brick and sand were being used in an effort to confine the blaze. At least three underground passageways were reported aflame, and several others have not yet been explored. Workmen succeeded in overcoming the fire in two sections. Authorities at first hoped to wall in the fire and then force water into the area, but the fire zone is situated so high there is hardly any water available, and it was believed it will be necessary to let the blaze burn itself out after it is walled in. Discovered iate yesterday, the fire got out of control last midnight; racing down several passageways despite efforts to control it. Mine authorities assisting in the fight included J. J. Forbes of the ITnited States Bureau of Mines, Pittsburgh, and John V. McKenna, Waynesburg; Edward W. Wilkinson, Masontown; Richard Maize, Uniontown ', and Fred Howarth, Brownsville, State mine inspectors. By United Press. PARIS, Feb. 2.--Henri Anatole Deibler. the dapper, white-bearded little man who was the official executioner of France lor 40 years, died today as he was descending the stairs of the St. Cloud Gate subway station. Monsier De Paris, as he was called by the public with the shuddering affection in which he was held, had chopped oft the heads o£ more than 400 persons, tended to his roses and played with his turtles in the garden of his little villa at St. Cioud Between official tasks. The 76-year-old.man's major income came Irom his perfume business. COUNSEL TO TAKE DEPOSITIONS TO AVOID SHUTDOWN OF PLANT It's Not Regulation Death Pie Probe Discloses Much Poison in Pastry State Commander Of Vets Attend Banquet Chester W. Zerbe, commander ot the Department of Pennsylvania, has advised General ChaL man A. B. Packard of the banquet committee that he will attend the annual dinner of Walter E. Brown Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, at the First Uni ted Brethren Ch urch din- ingroom Saturday night. Dinner wJll be served at 8 o'clock sharp. Earlier Mr. Zer.be had advised Mr. Pickard that his schedule of engagements was such that he probably would not be able to attend but would make every effort to come to Connellsvillc. He had designated James J. Pirt, department inspector, to serve in his stead had not he been able to make some changes in his appointments to attend the Brown Post aflair. William E. DeBolt, commander of | QQ the post, will serve as the presiding ' officer. The principal speaker will be Congressman James VanZandt of Altoona, former commander-in- chief o£ the Veterans of Foreign Wars. There will be an array of distinguished persons in the veterans organization. xv Ham and Egger" To Ask Congress For Big Pensions 3y ALLEN C. DIBBLE United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Feb. 2.--Senator Sheridan Downey, D., Calif., advocate of California's "ham-and-egg" pension plan, snid today that lie would ask Congress to provide $100 per month "social dividends" for all retired citizens over 55 years of age. Downey, Democratic primary winner last fall over former Senator William Gibbs McAdoo with the backing of the "30-every-Thursday" group, outlined in an interview the objectives of bin pension proposals. He declined to discuss details which he said would be incorporated in a bill to be introduced in. the Senate after further study by economists. lie estimated that 15,000.000 people over 55 years old, "retired from gainful employment," would benefit under his program which would require "certain monetary reforms" to finance it. Meanwhile, the House Ways ar.d Means Committee continued hearings on proposals for changing the present Social Security Act, including President Roosevelt's suggestion that it be broadened to cover approximately 16,000,000 workers now excluded from its provisions. The committee called Representative Harry R. Sheppard, D.. Calif., floor leader in the House for the general welfare federation -- another California fusion group--to testify on By United Press. SOMERSET, Pa., Feb. 2.--Counsel for three men wbo go on trial February 15 on a charge of murdering Charles Kohut, 53, near Johnstown last May, was authorized today to take depositions from 25 witnesses in Lockport, N, Y. Judge Norman T. Boose granted the authorization and Distiict At- tornpy A. M. Matthews will accompany defense counsel to Lockport next Tuesday so he can cross-examine the witnesses. Defense Counsel Joseph Levy said he was confident the depositions would help clear Mike and Anthony Tisak, brothers, and Vincent Bovina, all of Keiso, Pa., of the murder charge. The witnesses to be questioned are workers at a Lockport plant where the Tisaks were employed prior to their arrest last December 6. Taking of depositions will prevent, shulcowr. of the plant, Levy explained. The three defendants are charged with being the three masked men who invaded the home of Mrs. Katherine Dadura, near Johnstown, last May 18, killing Kohut, who was a visitor in the home. Elks Make Plans For Americanism Week Next Month \J In War Through Its New Foreign Policy Democracies Hail Roosevelt's Views on Arms his bill that wou'd provide payments of ?30 to SfiO per month to all past PITTSBURGH, Feb. 2--Investigation of the poison pie death of Mrs. Letitia Allsopp last Friday gained new impetus today after County Chemist F. C. Buckmaster an- Parents of Quads Hard-Pressed For Names for Girls By United Press. GALVESTON, Tex., Feb. 2.--The nounced thai remains of the pastry | Bac! g ett babies, quadruplets, received contained sufficient sodium fluoride j thcjr names tod but not without to kill a rat instantly. His revelation sent detectives to the home of Constable Fete Maracini, where Mrs. Allsopp had dined, to confiscate baking soda and the containers from which other ingredients used in the pie were taken. In addition to death of Mrs. Allsopp, recently of Charleroi, the pie made three members of Martini's family and a kitchen maid seriously ill. Buckmaster explained that sodium fluoride, when pulverized, resembles flour closely. He was analyzing samples of flour from the Maracini home, but had not proceeded far enough to determine whether it contained potions of the poison. One unproved theory held by the investigators was that flour might have been dumped unwittingly into a container which had held sodium fluoride and h/id not been cleaned properly. Both ' Buckmaster and Federal authorities will examine the containers from the Maracini home. MJSS HARPER WITH LOCAL RED CROSS Miss Elizabeth Harper, State nurse, has returned' to Connellsviile and Wednesday took charge of the Red Cross work in this district. Miss Harper was located in this district for 11 years before going to Mount Pleasant where she was en- Raged in a similnr capacity for seven Rev. Brownlee Takes Charge At Ebensburg some "heavy thinking" by their surprised parents. "When, we found there were going to be perhaps three of them," said the father, W. Ellis Badgett, 35, a construction foreman, "we just held up on the names. We couldn't very well select names until we found out whether they were going to be sons or daughters." They were all Birls. After discussing the problem with his happy wife, Esther, 36, Badgett announced the babies' names as Geraldine, Jear.- nette, Joyce and Joan. The other I Badgeit children are Geneva, 15, and Elsie, 13. The quadruplets, who arrived yesterday, were in perfect health, as was their mother. She, however, was given a stimulant and a blood transfusion fay her mother, Mrs. C. L. Harper, of Corpus Christi. Two of the babies are brown-eyed, two blue-eyed. They weighed at birth from three pounds, 13 ounces to four pounds, nine and one-half ounces. The Badgetts were not surprised at prospect of multiple birth. Such births occurred in both families. Mrs. Badgett has a twin sister, Mrs. Ethel Hichardson, Corpus Christi; Badgett a twin brother,. Luther Badgett, of Seay, Tex. Rev. J, S. Brownlee Wednesday assumed bis duties as pastor of. the First Baptist Church «t £bcnsburg. Rev. Brownlee had resigned several months ago as pastor o£ the First Baptist Church here after a tenure of five years. The retiring pastor had been very active in Baptibt Church circles and had served as moderator of the Monongahela Baptist Association as well as being a member of several of its important committees. Rev. Brownlee at the present time is a member of the board of managers of the Pennsylvania State Convention. The Brownlee family plans to move to Ebensburg, the countyscat of Cambria county, late: 1 in this month. Observance of Americanism Week under the sponsorship of Conneils- ville Lodge, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, has been fixed for the week of March 5 to 11, inclusive, it was announced today by Charles F. Donnelly, chairman of the organiza- j tiorx's social and community welfare committee which will be m charge of arrangements. The special celebration had been ordered by Grand Exalted Huler Ethvard J. McCormick for the first week ot March by all of the lodges throughout the United State?. The observance is to be given community-wide support and many of the outstanding organizations in 1 hc city will be asked to have a part in the activities to be earned out tlur- i Mg the week, Chairman "Donnelly said. The U. S. Army IK strict in its regulation that all soldiers wear standard uniform, but First Sergeant Dcmao of Company "C," 45th Infantry, at Zamboanga, P. *!., is an exception. By virtue of his length of service, 29 years, and fact he is a datu hi his own rig-h t, Demao wears the pecu liar headgear at all times. Franco Armies Close on Gerona More Taxes To Be Asked, James Asserts mother, Mrs. from Mount Pleasant to 230 East Fair-view avenue. years. She and her Eliza Harper, moved James Meets Milk Delegation. HARHISBURG, Feb. 2.--Governor -Arthur H, James and his attorney general, Claude T. Reno, conferred today with the Milk Control Commission and a delegation from Pittsburgh on the recent commission order fixing milk prices in the Pittsburgh milk shed. By United Press. PERPIGNAJV, Feb. 2.--Armies of General Francisco Franca closed in on Gerona today with announcement that they had captured and occupied the town oE Berga, on the central Catalan front. Berga lies mid-way between Seo De Urgel, on the extreme western wing of the advance, and the town j of Vich, in the center of the offensive in the northeast corner of Catalonia still heJd by the republicans. The advance put the nationalists in control of the Pyrenees communication lines xvith an open road to Gerona. HARRISBURG, Feb. 2.--Governor Arthur H. James piomi.std today that his budget message :o the Legislature next week would not request new taxes. "1 am not for any more new taxes just as J said during the primary," he said. "I am not going to recommend any additional Uixes. J don't want any more money from the people of Pennsylvania. "We must reduce expenses * the next two years by $118,000,000 to bring the outgo within tho bounds of the yields of the present taxes if nil of them arc continued." James emphasized that his statement did not mean he would recommend continuance of all the emergency relief levies imposed by the Earlti Administration. German Papers Raise Storm On F. R.'s Policy By WALLACE CARROLL United Press Staff Correspondent. LONDON, Feb. 2.--Europe blazoned President Roosevelt's views on the arms situation today as a new factor of incalculable importance in its tense political situation. In Groat Britain, and particularly in France, the President's desire to aid the European democracies to rearm was hailed as a contribution to the restoration of a balance of power--a contribution calculated to slow the march of the dictators and perhaps save the world from war. In Paris it was even suggested that the reported statements of the President to the Senate Military Affairs Committee at a secret White House i conference, caused Premier Benito Mussolini not to make his customary vigorous speech to the Fascist militia yesterday on the occasion of its anniversary. In Berlin the President's attitude was denounced as an unxvarranted interference in Europe's affairs, as a violation of neutrality and perhaps also of the United States' Johnson Act forbidding credits to defaulting debtors, and--according to one newspaper--as proof that "Washington and Moscow are pulling on the same strings." Discussion of the President's reported remarks, and of the implications of his policy, coincided with a special meeting of the British cabinet today on rearmament. Both Great Britain and France are arming urgently, particularly as regards airplanes. But there is considerable doubt in some quarters in both countries as to the prospect of their reaching the racing pace which Germany and Italy have set. It was expected that this, question would be the big fentuve of ail gov- Former President Hoover Urges Nation to. Keep Clear of All European Entanglements. "HYSTERIA" TO IMAGINE ATTACK By United Press. CHICAGO, Feb. 2.--Former President. Herbert Hoover gave his support today to the congressional group opposing President Roosevelt's new foreign policies and warned that such policies might provoke international ill will and possibly war. "Any form of direct or indirect coercion of nations is force and is the straight path to war itself," he said. "No husky nation will stand such pressures without bloody resistance." In the event of another great war, he said, democracy "must temporarily surrender to dictatorship" which could not easily be broken down once the war was over. He spoke last night before 3,000 persons at a meeting sponsored by th« Council on Foreign Relations. He urged the United States to keep clear of European entanglements and charged that foreign democracies are flooding the United States with propaganda that "we too are in danger." He said it was "sheer hysteria" to imagine Japan, Germany, Italy or Russia contemplating an attack on the' Western Hemisphere. He said the American neutrality act now "in effect compels us to take sides rather than be neutral," and urged its immediate revision. Hoover toJd the Council OQ Foreign Relations "that iJE forced into war the United States would need to be mobilized into practically a Fascist state" to which democratic principles probably never could be restored. He said the people of America were indignant at the brutalities of authoritarian governments and their cruel wrongs to minorities, but "xve By United BERLIN, Fab. '2.--Gernian news-J papeis and iiuthorizcd agencies thun- ! dcrcd dt-mmciniions of President Roosevelt's foremn policy today. | The President's course wns condemned as n violation o£ neutrality, as war mongering, as showing Jewish control of American policy, n-i unwarranted interference in European ttfTiiirs. as intended (o divert attention from domestic political opposition. Further, in tv.-o ^emi-ofTiciul statements it v.'iis suggested that had the inspirat.on for belling military airplanes to Franco not come from the White House it would" luve been classed is treason. OmcKUs remained silent. But the semi-ofilcial statements said thM t.'ie/ had been astonished by repoxls of the President's. rtmarks, and these eminent armament discussions for ?T necd * or s ° b ? r . analytical de- many weeks to come. i bate upon the P° llcles ol government Officially inspired articles are appearing m British nexvspapers assuring the public that British airplane production may be on a par wr,h Germany's soon. Coffee, With Cream and Sugar, Used as Lure to End Convicts' Strike in San Quentin Prison By unitcO Press. | ducement, was added to the meal. SAN QUENTIN PRISON, Cal., I Approximately 1,500-or the con- Feb. 2.--Coffee--with cream and victs missed their noon meal yester- sugar ior E chjange--was set out to- i day and jeered others mto refusing day as a mess hall lure to break a hunger strike of 4,000 ot San Qucn- tin's 5,500 prisoners. The shouting com icts had missed two meals, in protest of too-1'rcquent servings of corned beef hash or "corned wiilie," and prison officials believed the crisis would come at break/ast. They tried to take no chances. The strikers locked up hungry last night were given their choice of appearing nt the long lines ot tables, or remaining in their cells. Warden Court Smith hoped an agreement could be reached by offering diversiiied menus and upheld disciplinary action. The regular morning meai of cornmeal, mush, brown beans and white bread will be served, he said. Coffee, with cream and sugar as a special in- victs thought hash He said, however. to eat. They refused to enter the mess hall and milled about in the prison yard shouting "we're sick and tired of corn beef hash--we want more variety in our rneals." The warden said that because it was Wednesday (hash day) the con- was be served, that the prison grapevine had brought word of the impending demonstration and that the menu had been changed to meat loaf and spaghetti. About 4,000 convicts ate the meal but by dinner time the number of demonstrators had swelled to -1,000 on strike. The evening inc-1 offered coffee, brown beans and white bread, with rice pudding as a special treat. The convicts who ate were booed by the strikers. Citizens Bank Will Auction Uniontown Property Feb. 15 PITTSBU RGH, Feb. 2.--Federal Judge F. P. Schoonrnaker today authorized George H. Smith, receiver of tho Citizens National Bank o£ Connellsviile, to scH at public auction February 15 the Adams warehouse property, Boeson avenue, Union town. At a hearing today on the petition of Smith to sell the property to Frank Andrews of! Uniontown lor S7,200, attorneys tor Smith' reported they had received an increased offer of $7,600 for the property from Harry Cooper, who is acting as an agent for Lillian Lushaus of Uniontown. The attorneys ior the receiver then moved that the property be offered at public pale Febriuny 15, at 2 P, M., the sale to be held on tne property. Judge Schoonmakev granted the motion. James Frowns On Federal Control Of Flood Dams Whether this is true or not, the real thought about the importance of the United States in the world picture is contained at the end of the following comment in the Daily Telegraph, an influential conservative newspaper which otten reflects the views of tile foreign office: "That Mr. Roosevelt used the words, as reported, 'our frontier is in France,' is probably a gloss, ten- doncious perhaps, on what he actually said. However, our Washing- Ion correspondent interprets what did occur as an indication that the President intends to fight vigorously for his declared policy of refusing moral and material support to ag- toward them," and "without partian- ship." Before the United States embarked on a "new departure in foreign policy' 1 the American people deserved he said to have answered by President Roosevelt and Congress the fol- Continued on Page Six. Girl Scout Camp Advisor Will Be In City Tonight statements and the voluminous com- ' lessors, and that he believes that ment and excited headlines in Ibc w m l e ]t may be difficult to secure newspapers, close as they arc under the guidance and control of the government, were sufficient to show, the impression made. Newspapers .-.Hacked the President's polJcics Irom various angle. 1 :, but all emphasized :i bcliiil that there amendment of the neutrality acf, Congress and public opinion would approve discrimination in sales of arms and munitions to be enforced by semi-official influence. "Jn that event, the United States would become more than ever a was growing opposition to him in the [ ponderous and perhaps decisive fac- HARRISBURG, Feb. 2.--Federal i flood control at the sources of the Ohio River appeared to be blocked, temporarily at least, today by the declaration of Pennsylvania's Governor, Arthur H. James, that he will not approve construction of dnms and reservoirs in the Allegheny Mountains unless the State is permitted to operate them and rutain title to land. James defined his policy at a press conference Jate yesteidny asserting "it is our present state of mind" not to authorise the Federal government to go ahead with its plans for flood control dams on the Allcgnony and Monongahela rivers unless the State retains title and supervision. His position was substantially that taken by the previous Administration during the passage of the 1938 flood control program by Congress, and by Governor Aiken of Vermont, where opposition of stale officials recently brought flood control plans to a halt United States. The Deutsche Allgemcino ZciUingi called the President's reported statements "a return to the thoughtless wards about a 'frontier on the Rhine 1 cxprecd by Die elder British stales- man, at the time or the Abysbinijn war." (Earl Baldwin, then British prime muiisler, snid in June, 1935, that Britain's frontier henceforth was the Rhine.) "Wo must ygivin emphatically jc- mind the United States prts-, and political circles th.it the Monroe Doctrine is applicable not only to the new world," continued the newspaper. "The Rhine frontier stands firm because the two countries who lough I for centuries so -want it." tor hi international calculations.' No doubt is held here that if the United Slates aided the democracies by selling them arms. Great Britain and France could soon reduce the superiority in armaments which Germany and Ilaly enjoy. Hospital Patients. John James o£ 217 South street, Josephine Yourich of Lcisenring No. Mrs. Henry Robb of New York, member of the Girl Scout national camp advisory staff will attend the regular Leaders' Association meeting at 7 o'clock tonight at the United Brethren Church. Mrs. J. Harold Hoover, Miss Dorothy Osterwise and Miss Dorothy Witt will be hostesses. -' All captains, lieutenants, troop committee members and council members are requested to attend this meeting. Persons desiring informa- lion pertaining to any phase of scout work will be answered by Mrs. Robb. Troop 1 of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Troop 5 of South Con- nellsvUie will not meet this week, it | was announced today by the respec- ' tive captains, Miss Katherine B. Humphrey and Mrs. Carroll B. Fisher. Mrs, Robb will be at the home of Mrs. Ernest R. Kooser, Gallatin avenue, at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon 3 and William Campbell of 500 East Gibson avenue have been admitted to Connellsville State Hospital for treatment. to meet the program and publicity committees and at 7:30 o'clock Friday night at the home of Mrs. William F. Brooks, Chestnut street, to meet the camp committee. Borah's Condition Remains Unchanged WASHRINGTON, l^eb. 2.--The condition of Senator \Vlll»am E. Borah, K., Idaho, 73-year-old dean oil ! the Senate, Was icported ''about the SLitne'' today at Emergency Hospital where he was ill with gup. Hospital attaches said Borah's condition "hus shown little change eilher- for the better or for Mie worse In the last 12 hours," but his illness was not considered erilical. He was ill several weeks hist summer from overwork and exhaustion. The Weather Germany Has New Airplane. WASHINGTON, Feb. 2--Germany has produced a brand new type of heliocopter, that tho science of aviation, G. Grant Mason of the Civil Aero.'iautics Authont} disclosed at tre Senate inquiry into sale of American warpiancs tu France. airplane, called a may levolutionize Cloudy tonight, preceded by light rains, colder in cential and west portions: Friday partly cloudy and colder is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1933 1938 Maximum -in 40 Minimum M 23 JWPA Regional Wage Differentials Up Before Congress WASHINGTON, Feb. 2. -- The House today approved the conference report on the $725,000,000 WPA appropriation bill and began consideration of the amendment on regional wage diffcientials--only re- makiirjg controversial item. Campaigned on "Golden Rule"; Commutes Sentence So Negro Murderer Will Suffer Longer By United Press. AUSTIN, Tex.. Feb. 2--Governor W. Lee O'Daniel. whose campaign platform was "The Golden Rule," postponed the execution of a Negro murderer for 30 days so the Negro would suffer the more. order that Winzell Williams may suffer this dreadful punishment 30 days befoie he is relieved by death in the electric chair. "Also, I am frank to admit that I believe in the Bible literally and do He acted in the case oE Winzell! not intend to be a party directly or Williams, who killed his white employer, and who wns to have been executed this week. "It seems to me," Governor O'Dciniel said, "that few forms of punishment could be more harsh than to see certain death staring you in the face day and night for 30 days." O'Dpniel is opposed to capital punishment, but, in Williams' case, he said he did not believe that "any punishment could be too severe." "The death penalty will be inflicted March 5 unless the board (the board of pardons and paroles) expends clemency." he continued. "I there- iore , a 30-da^ xeprieye . * , in[ecution. indirectly to killing a person. But the matter according to law is out of my hands and beyond my power at the expiration 1 of this 30-day reprieve." Under Texas law, a governor may grant one 30-day reprieve. He has not power to pardon or commute a sentence. This power is given the board oC paidons and paroles. Williams toiled E. B. Ahvood, 63, near Dallas last spring. He escaped with a small bag in which Atwood usually kept his receipts. H was empty. He did not touch the $190 in Atwood's pocket, Williams now LS in H\mtsville piison awaiting ex-

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