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LAST E DITION PRICE 2= The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. a7, NO. 71. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17. ima. ! I Merged The Doily CcurJcr, founded November 11). 1302. I July 18. 132!). CONNELLSVILL13, PA., FIUUAY EVEX1XU, FEBRUARY 3, 1930. SIXTEEJ PAGES. CONFESSES MURDERING WIFE, SON Father Held in Boy's Beating Former Pitt D e n t a l Graduate Returns to Tell About !t. E, Vanmdl of. Aitoona, fanner CQ.ninnnder-m-chicf and member o£ the N a t i o n a l legislative committee, who will be making his third appear- WANTED TO GET IT OFF MIND By United PITTSBURGH, Feb. 3.--A conscience-stricken University of Pittsburgh dental graduate iciurned to Pittsburgh alter an absence o£ nearly lour ^ycars and today confessed the * brutal hammer-knife slaying of his wife and young son. "I wanted to get it all oft my mind," Dr. Norman Stewart, II, 34, told District Attorney Andrew T. Park as he related how he bludgeoned and stabbed his wife, Mavy Louise, a college sweetheart, and garroled and clubbed his son, Norman Stewart, III, four, on the afternoon of June 14, 1935. The timid, be-spectacled slayer gave himself up after a bus trip from .Facksonville, Fia., where he was said to have stolen $300 from a hotel cash register to finance the trip, deserting a Jacksonville girl he had married a year ago, according to Park. His face drawn, Stewart showed the strain of his years as a fugitive as he i-ecited details o£ a violent struggle following an argument over family finances that ended in the slaying of his wife and son. "My mind just went blank," he iold authorities as he revealed how the depression forced him to quit his dental practice and take a $15-a- week job as a stock room clerk in a downtown grocery. After the slaying, Stewart said he left Pittsburgh after twice returning io the house, once lor clothing and a second time for wearing apparel for his oldest child, Janet, seven, " who was spending the week-end with her grandparents. The double killing was discovered four days later when police broke into Stewart's shabby second-floor apartment in Wilkinsburg. The young husband was believed by police to have been a suicide but, according to Stewart, he headed to Florida by way of Indianapolis, St. Louis, Macon and Atlanta. He arrived in Jacksonville about a week after the slayings, he said. "While in Jacksonville, he worked as a bartender at hotels and resorts there, and his trip back to Pittsburgh, according to Park, was financed by $300 he had stolen from his last employer. Park said he planned to wire Florida authorities of Stewart's arrest. Waller E. Biu\vu Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will celebrate the an- niversarv of the outbreak at the , .,, , , , . ,. . . , " who will be making his tiurcl appear- 1 Philippine Insin reetum nt its annunl ^ itnco as n spc;i ker at the post's an- banquet Saturday night in the First ' utl'nir. Tiie Republican reprc- Unitcd Brethten CUuvcb in Lincoln , ^entntivc is one or the most popular avenue. [officials of the veterans organization More Hum 200 perM»n are ox- , and is widely known for his fiery, peeled to attend the dinner and pro- ' oratorical delivery, gram, scheduled to brpui at il o'clock i A!MI on the piognmi of ^pcakeis sharp, amoni; them prominent per-| w i l l be Robert C3. \Vuodsicle of Pittsburgh, ulso a former commander-inch ief of the Veterans oC Foreign Wars, who has been attending the Continued on Page Six. sons in the Veterans of foreign Wars ; and its Ladies Auxiliary. Heading the list of distinguished visitors wi U bo Congressman James WILL SPEAK HERE THIRD TIME ! JAMES E. VAN ZANDT Congressman VanZandt of Altoona, for two years commander- in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will return io Connellsville for the third time as speaker at the annual banquet of Walter E. Erown Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Saturday night. The popular ex-service man, who served on the veterans legislative committee until he was named to Congress, is a fiery orator. YOUGH HEARS FLOOD STAGE The Youghiogheny River, fed by overflowing creeks and rivulets neared the flood stage this afternoon Stewart arranged his surrender j according to figures of Oflicia: through a college friend, Attorney C. Dick Cabel, who arranged for a meeting last night with Park. Park described the 18-page confession which Stewart signed · as "complete in every detail." He quoted him as saying, "I don't remember much about it--my mind went blank. The next thing I remember they were dead." Weather Observer H. F. Atkins. When the river measurements v/ere taken at 1 o'clock, the depth was 10.57 feet and the water was rising at the rate of .56 of a foot an hour The flood stage here is 13 feet. The river would probably reach the flood stage unless there was a sudden halt to the rain that came on the heels of a snowfall of more than an inch in the mountain sections. The Stewart used a hammer, a bread knife and a piece of wire to kill his faU loca]lv was bal[ an wife and son. Mrs. Stewart was The Youghiogheny Kiver showed a stabbed in the heart and there were depth o£ 7 s foet at 7 A _ M _ 12 punctures in her skull. Norman's | coming u p 2 ,25 feet from the leve skull had been punctured twice and shown at Ule same )lour Thursday a piece of wire had been wrapped tightly around his throat. Rebels Within Five Miles Of Loyalists By United Press. PERPIGNAN, Feb. 3.--Spanish nationalist shock troops, driving tirelessly through northern Catalonia, were reported to be within five miles of the new main loyalist defense line in the coastal sector today. The nationalists announced the capture of Massanet de la Selva, Sils, Vidreras, and Lloret de Mar in the coastal area. Thus they had advanced both along the coast and along the Bar- ceiona-Gerona highway in that area. They were only 14 miles south of Gerona, on the highway, and they were approach the main loyalist defense line which was reported to be based on San Feliu de Guixoles, on the coast, and to extend northwestward through the Santa Coloma de Fames region. Granny Dill Has Hip Broken by Fall on Ice Mrs. Anna Dill. SJ. is bedfast "at her home in We^t Gibson avenue with a broken right hip. Mrs. Dill was crossing the street to call on a neighbor, Mrs. Kate Shtvcley, when she fell on the ice. Familiarly known as Granny Dill, the aged womnn had made her home at Broad Ford before coming to Con- i nellsvillc 12 years ago. The climb was at the rate of .3 ol a foot an hour. Rainfall up to 7 A. M. Thursda; measured .13 of an inch while tb precipitation from that hour until'th same hour today amounted to 1.03 Inches. There was a snowfall of hal an inch which was practically washec away by the rain. Two London Subway Stations Bombet LONDON, Feb. 3.--Farts o£ two subway stations in the heart of the \Vest End were wrecked today, shop windows wore smashed and sevora persons were injured by explosions wihch Scotland Yard attributed to time bombs. The explosions occurred at the Leicester square and Tottenham court road subway stations, about a mile apart at about 6 A. M. Fire engines raced to the stations riear South Dakota ionservationist One of the Nation's 01:islanding eonscrviitionisLs--Congressman Tvnrl E. Mandt of South Dakota--\w!1 be principal spe.iker nt the «nnual ban- iuet oC the Connell^ville Chapter of :he Izaak Walton League of Amerca, to be held at the First Mcthod- st Episcopal C h u r c h February 23. Congressman Mundt is a member of the National board of the Iziiak tValton League, an educator, lecturer ind conhurvationibt active in the interests of wild l i f e and forests in the United SUites. Chapter ufilcers w e r e elated today j when they rcceh ed his acceptance, i ·ontact with Congressman M u n d t j was made possible through assist- \ Mice given by Kenneth A. Rc:d, a former resident here and organizer of the Connellsville chapter, who is now general manager of the 1/ank Walton League. John Strndsen, 31, is pictured in New York police station after arrest in the brutal bentin^ of his three-year-old son, J immic. The lad, cut. bruised and bloody (inset) was found tied to a door when his step-mother ran scrnnmine from the hniisp nr.d summoned nolice. Eight Firemen Die in Flames; Three Rescued Groundhog Saw His Shadow All Right- Red Cole Says So President Of Report He Regards Rhine as New Frontier Crack Jap Sub Br'er Groundhog did sec hi;, shadow. A'ler keeping a continuous watch for ilmnst 10 hours Thurjiday, James (Red) Co!u of South ConncOkviile was rewarded for his efforts, according to word icct-ived by The Courier By L'nUed Prcis. TOKYO, Feb. 3. -- Japan's crack long-range submarine I-G3, capable oC a cruise to the United States and return without refueling, lay at the bottom of the turbulent Bungo channel today, crippled in a collision with a sister submarine. Thirty hours had passed without news from it, and hope for its erew of about 48 was almost given up. Navy ships were nosing out from the Great Kure navy base at dawn yebterday when the collision occurred in the deep, dangerous strait, be- twecn Shikoku and KiushLu islands nt the southwestern end of the Japanese island group. The I-G3 sank at once. Maneuvers were suspended and urgent calls sent for salvage crews. News of the ship's ^inking was withheld by the navy until midday today, and this was taken to mean that all c/l'orts to raise it or even to contact it hart failed. Tt was admittedly a most difficult task to raise a submarine in the strait, because of the depth'and roughness of the water, and there was the f u r t h e r question whether the ^submarine's inner hull had been pierced. U was announced, however, that rescue work, continued, with salvage crews bubed at the town of Beppu. The J-G3 is one of 12 submarines At 3:43 o'clock Thursday afternoon, j of the Kaigun type, designed for Education Board Borrows $12,500 i To Meet Payroll The treasury empty. Die Boaid of Education has been compelled to borrow 812,500 to meet the payroll of touchers and other employes for January. The monthly pay amounts to about $19,000. By United Prc'iS. SYRACUSE, N. Y., Feb. 3.--Rescue crews strove desperately today to rt-.ich c-iKht iiurm-n buru'd in tliu .smoldering ruins of a four-story warehouse, v/reckt-d by fire of an undrrtorm.ned origin. Orncials hnd abandoned nil tiopt. of finding any of the seven alive. Emcrucncy crews preyed into ac- ; nr . ,,..,,,,,, d to f l , , , l f anyollc WJS about, j seriously in a~typhoon 'in Ju7y~Ta3B~ lion. u.M-d all ;i\ailanlu trucks to pull .. ]Ic . hcn sUK . k hls 11O!i( , up into ; j ; , nc - s F.RhUnj; Ships, the authon- G i v e s Newspapermen Four-Point Policy in Answer to Congressional Criticism. NO ALLIANCES, HE DECLARES By United Press. "WASHINGTON, Feb. 3.-- President Roosevelt today branded as "a deliberate lie" a report that he had placed America's new defense frontier on the Rhine. Mr. Roosevelt, speaking to more than 100 newspaper reporters "A'bo crowded his office, presented a statement of the Administration's foreign policy in answer to a flurry o£ Congressional criticism which has arisen in the last week. ' Here is the United States policy as stated by Mr. Roosevelt. 1. No entangling- alliances. 2. Encouragement of world trade of all nations, including the United States. 3. Sympathy wifh any and every effort to bring about reduction in armaments. 4. National sympathy peaceful maintenance of with the political, the iun c.tme mil from behind the i long ronijc work on the basis of cx- i-louds* .-.nd so did Mr. Woodchucfc. j poncnt.0 with the Kaigun experi- ile pulk'd himself out of his hole \ mental types 1-51 and 1-52. Its sis- vcry slowly nnd looki:rl mound ns It I tor submarine 1-53 was damaged economical and social independence of all nations of the world. Pointing to a stack of newspapers which lay on his desk, he declared that of all the papers, there was r.ot one which did not contain a :;tory or headline which gave an erroneous impression of Administration aims and intentions. America's foreign policy, he said, i:is not changed. Moreover, he said, the American people are realizing Kings they have read and have heard from agitators, certain legislators and various news accounts are pure unadulterated bunk. Justice McReynolds Has 77th Birthday "WASHINGTON", Feb. 3.--Associate Justice Clnrk McReynolds o£ the Supreme Court celebrated his 77th birthday today. j McReynolds is uean of the court i in point of service and is exceded in j cige only by Justice Louis D. Brandeis, who is 82. The court's only bachelor, McReynoJdR refuses to enter into Washington's social life. He has never attended a White House social function since Franklin D. Roosevelt became President. Persistent reports have circulated for more than a year that McReynolds planned to retire, but he hos as persistently declined to comment on such rumors. The court's arch-conservative was appointed to the court as a "liberal" by President Wilson in 19W, but, ]eaning more and more toward the conservative side, today he is the court's strongest opponent of the Roosevelt Administration. dov.n remaining walls of the siluu-- Hue. At She Mitnr ti-nc, ;m altcinpl was bcniR m.Klf to t u n n e l into ti.e ruins fiom nn ;uljoining buihhn;; Ten firemen wrie sent so ihu lop of the Uuiid;nK when i l \v Gr.ines went out of control. Shortly afterward, the* structure colKsp^ed. The building housed n rcht.tunail on the ground tloor i;nd a on the upper floors. Authorities esti- mrt'.cd the Joss would be more than 5100,000, The men were idL-ntlfietl as Acting Fire Chicl Thomas Dugan, Lituton- ;mts Jolui Younif, David Lcvtnc find Raymond Bander, Ho^enum Krank Merlin and Fircrnrn John A Ran, James Diamond and Gregory Dixon. Thiec flrt-men, trapped with the seven, wnre res-cued through nn elevator shaft. These men, Firemen William Moore, \Vaircn Oslrandcr nnd Clayton Cranclall, were repoited in serious condition at n hoi-piinl. th r - nir t o w a r d th n coupif of tirru'.s hi 1 '·aw his i-hjidiiw cirf.v hini- rif bin k ,,id Mr. Cole. Hi :^'ld liu- i» i *oii be MTV )..- r fn this v.-. north nnd sniffed nd :.s ho did this ana nnrm rh;ilely f tjitivr n.ivnl publication, reports that the I-(ri and its si.ster ships arc of very la's* 1 c-rui^ing radius, with a :nto his hole," i r.mjfc L".timutud ;it lli.OOO miles. i The i-«:i is of 1,635 tons surface :lh»£ M Lintd to displacement ,mcl 2.100 tons sub- r. ( mi r^cd. Its t\vo Diesel engines give The pioi:r,o-u::;Urn of thv g i o u [ i d - | i t :i itirf.u-i; speed oC 19 knots and n hr.i; mr.-iia th;,l thcrc w:ll bu six i subinprsud tpeed of nine knots. It is mure week 1 ; of w i n t e r vvt-othcr. 3.'Ji feet lonrj and is equipped with ei^ht -i-inch torpedo tubes, a 4.7- mcli sun and a m.iclime g\m. It %vas completed nt Snscbo navj- base in 1928. Vanderbilt Youths and Scotland Yard at once took Dav/son. charge on the assumption that the i explosions marked a resumption of | terroristic bombings by the "Irish Republican Army," extremist organization which demands that all British officials leave Northern Ireland. Held in Uniontown UNIONTOWN, Feb. 3.--Found with a reportedly stolen car in their possession Thursday, Night Chief Charles Malik arrested two Vanderbilt youths and committed them to the city jail for an investigation. They gave their names as Harry Younkin, 19, and Delmer Grassland, 1G. They were unable to produce identification of ownership o£ the Ford coupe. Police believe the machine was stolen at Banning Ho, 1 Will Resume After Being Idle (or Two Months; Won't Let Tom , Ending .'. two-month shutdow; Banning N'o. I mine of the Piltsbu Coal Cnmpany r.t Van Meter, near Jacobs Crt-ck, will be reopened early Dog Law Officer Plans to Begin Making Arrests State Dog Law Enforcement Officer Peter Susano announced that the 15-day extension on dog licenses has expired and he is inptituting a vigorous campaign in Fayette county. The officer pointed out that tags may be obtained at the oHice of County Treasurer H. Daniel Minerd at Union town or at the office of any justice of the peacej alderman or notary public. To date 6,000 dogs have been licensed in the county but there are J. U. Monmv, vice-president charge of production, said at the company's nHic-MS in Pittsburgh Thursday t h a t workers were cleaning up the mini: and lie expected at ^i Divorce Her Now, ; '-|SaysMrs.Mooney 3y United Press. SAN^ FRANCISCO, Feb. 3.--Rena Mooncy said today Tom Mooney to divorco her "but I .von't K a t l y tins \vL-.-k t-nlployos \vure advised tli.-ii work would be started | Mondiiy. More than GOU arc being recalled to v.-ork. 'STABBED" W H I L E H A N G i N G PICTURE Federal Deficit Passes Two Billion Throat Operation. Claude Lyunin of Perryopolis underwent a lonsilleclomy at Brown:-- .ille General Hospital, WASHINGTON, Feb. ;j.--The Federal deficit passed $2,000,000,000 --on February 1, simultaneously with a rise in the National debt to a new all time high, the Treasury revealed today. The deficit on that day was $",046,035,465, which compared with 5801,908,716 on the coiresponding day latt year. The dclicit was increased 5$0,000,000 in one j u m p by transfer of that .sum to the sociul bccunty old age roserxe account. Treasury receipts through February i totaled $3,251,157,100. William D. Bower, 26, of 134 i North Third street, was stabbed in j the left side Thursday and was taken j to the Hospital for treatment. | He was hangirg a picture when j the chair on which lie was standing j slipped out and lie fell on the back of the chair, suffering the injury. County Doctors Meet. Thorough-going discussion of ''Pneumonia and Its Management'' marked the monthly meeting Thursday nigM of the FuyVtle County Medic.i! Society ;it Union town Ho. c - pitnl. Three Pittsburgh specialists prcsen'.^d paper.-, on the subject. approximately 11,500 more to licensed. Owners are warned unless the necessary tags are played, prosecution will follow. be that dis- Damage Verdict Of $6,200 Given Cyclist's Parents Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 3.-- A verdict for 80,200 was returned agninst William E. DeBolt of Connellsville according to a verdict filed in the office of Prothonotary John J. Erady f The damage award was for James Christopher and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Christopher, also of Connellsville, who sued after the boy's bicycle had crashed into the fire chief's automobile on Augjst 19, 1338, on the West SENATOR STEIWER DIES IN HOSPITAL By United Press. WASHINGTON, Feb. 3.--Former Senator Frederick Stoiwcr of Oregon, keynotu speaker at the 1930 Republican convention, died at Waller Reed today. He had been suffering a lingering illness for two years and had terday. entered the hospital yes- Steiwer resigned from the Senate January 31, 1038, and since that time had practiced law here and at Portland, Ore., his home. He was 55. let him after all the years I've fought to get him out of prison." "I've spent the best years of my lifi for Tom." Mrs. Mooney said, "lie can't discard me now. I'll go right into court and fight his efforts to the last ditch." Mrs. Mooney said the only reason she revealed her husband's intention was because "somebody threatened to take me off relief now that Tom was out of prison and could support me.' Mrs. Mooney paid she was now on I Duce Consults Grand Council On Roosevelt Policy By REYNOLDS PACKARD United Press Staff Correspondent. ROME, Feb. 3.--Premier Benito Mussolini intends to consult the Fascist grand council, supreme faodj ot the Fascist heirarchy, on President Roosevelt's policy of aiding the European democracies to rearm, it was understood today. The council meets tomorrow at its usual dramatic hour of 10 P. M. An authoritative source said today that Premier Mussolini is not likely to make a speech Saturday, as expected. The only opportunity for a speech would be upon adjournment of the Fascist grand council, normally long after midnight and an,unfavorable time to reach the masses. France Wanis Franco Pledge Against Undue Privileges to Others By RALPH HEINZEN United Press Staff Correspondent. ^ m - ^ PARIS, Feb. 3.--Senator Leon relief--getting" $35 a" month ""as "a ! Berar d, enroute to Spain as France's copyist for the Federal music pro- b P ec ial envoy to the nationalists, has ject. "I started giving music lessons Krick Miner Hurt. Charles Bralian, 51, o* York Run, ] Porters, suflered a severe fracture o£ the right log when he was squeezed between n mine car and a post in the Henco mine of the H. C. Frick Coke Company. He was taken to Uniontown Hospital. when I was 15. I'm 61 now. My dream through the long years Tom was away from me was that some day he would be freed--and we would start life all over again, and be .happy together during the last years." Mooney. in seclusion in a San Francisco hotel, refused to see re- Hospital Patients. Joseph Kutch of Woodlawn avenue and Philip Andolino of Dunbar, R. D. 1, have been admitted to Connellsville State Hospital for treatment. Groundhog May Know His "Stuff" After All; Bad Weather Arrives In J i f f y A f t e r He Predicts It The case was heard by Judge W. Russell Carr. The Weather Church's Golden Jubilee. UN'IOMTOWN. Feb. 3.---Central Christian Church has initiated plans for the obscr\c.nce of -ts golden jubilee, it is iiuw in Us 49th year. Snow and .-lightly coldt" tonight, Saturday pai ily cloudy ar.J colder is tl:e noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Reccrd. 1939 1938 Maximum _. 71 54 ftUr.imum .-. . . 3!) 40 Mean S3 -17 Maybe there's something to this Side, Councils- i groundhog business after all. S Just when the community snook off the grip of a wintry wave that had shot the mercury to its lowest points o£ the year, Br'er Woodchuck stuck his "beczer" out of his subterranean penthouse late Thursday afternoon and informed John Q. Public to prepare himself for a long siege o£ bad wc.ithcr. Reports from South Comiel'svillc. Pop'ar G r o v e and other point-; indicated t'.iat the \\ oodchu'-'k had ample time fo^ a good outdoor snooze as well as a glimpse of his shadow. And the bsd weather wasn't long in co'ning. Bctoic the night \vas \ ery old, it beg;ui to rain and as Friday dawned it started to snow and the mixture provided the community with a bad slush that made both driving and walking extremely difficult. Thursday was one of the warmest days of the winter season. As a matter of fact it was the warmest day since November 21 when a high of 74 degrees was reported, this being three points higher than Thursday's high oC 71 degrees. It was a mild night with a low of 39, seven abo.-c freezing. During the forenoon the mercury was rising and stood at -15 at 10 o'clock. The weatherman predicted ''snow ' nd slightly uoldcr tonight" and said that it would get colder Saturday. been instructed to ask Generalissimo Francisco Franco to reaffirm a pledge not to grant Italy and Germany undue^ privileges if the insurgents win the civil war, it was understood today. His instructions are, it was said: 1. To clarify the entire Spanish nationalist policy, especially as regards Franco's promises not to permit Germany and Italy to obtain special positions in Spain after the war. 2. To try to negotiate an agreement under which all foreign troops would be withdrawn immediately from Spanish Morocco and the Balearics Islands, as threats to France's communications. 3. To establish friendly relations with the nationalists and as part of that task, to investigate the possibility of an agreement which would drastically limit military forces and fortifications on the French-Spanish frontier. 4. To seek a guarantee of French interests in Spain, as regards both the billions of dollars of French investments and the resumed delivery to France of much needed minerals and raw materials. 5. To try to make arrangements for reparation to Spain of all i:ivilian and military refugees from loyalist territory now in France at (he end of the war. Trucker Given Fermlt. HAHRISBURG, Feb. 3.--The Public Utility Commission has issued certificates o£ public convenience to this trucker: Fajette county--Lloyd L. Travis, Point Marion, coal, building materials, excavated materials and road and building construction materials usually transported in dump trucks.

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