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LAST EDITION 'RICE The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 36, NO. 68. S3y ! c^S? r ^ l a«i d nJSSiib« 1 S' i«a. \ CONNI3LLSVILt,13, PA., MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 24, 1938. TEN PAGES.- DEATH WILL BE ASKED FOR ROSS SLAYER Only Minor L i n k s Needed to Complete G-Men's Case. BEHIND SCENES STORY IS TOLD By United Press. CHICAGO, Jan. 24.--Court action by which the govcrnomnt will attempt to send John Henry Seadlund to the electric chair for the kidnap- slaying ol Charles S. Ross may be -opened today by U. S. District Attorney Michael L. Igoc. Invetigators lacked only minor links to complete their case against the 27-year-old slayer--a northwoods lumberjack who was launched on his crime career by Tommy Carroll, one-time lieutenant tor desperado John Dillinger. . That career led him through a series ol bank robberies and finally \i kidnaping!. It ended 10 days ago when he was captured and confessed killing Ross, his elderly victim, and James Atwood Gray, his kidnap accomplice. Thursday night Seadlund, who had used the name Peter Anders, directed G-men to a snow-cov^. crcd dugout near Spooncr, Wis., where he had disposed of the bodies. Attorney Igoe was enroute from Washington to take personal charge o£ the case. He was scheduled to confer with Daniel M. Ladd, Chicago head of the Federal Bureau o£ Identification, and Earl Connelly, crack FBI kidnap expert, to decide methods of procedure. Two were open: To take Seadlund before U. S. Commissioner Edwin K. Walker for preliminary arraignment; to waive the arraignment and present the cvi- ·dence before a Federal grand jury, asking an indictment under the Lindbergh kidnap law. The jury reconvenes today, and, since the Ross case is the only matter pending, it was believed it would be presented immediately. It was apparent the G-men considered their case complete enough for court presentation.' J. Edgar Hoover, FBI chief, who for the first time revealed details of Scadlund's background and crimes when he brought the prisoner to Chicago from St. Paul, turned the case over to assistants and returned to Washington Sunday. However, a few agents, moving swiftly and. secretly through a night life district on Chicago's near North Side, where Seadlund was known to have lived shortly before the abduction, cleared up flnal details of his crime career. Principally they sought to determine if the kidnaping was a haphazard one as Seadlund insisted, or planned carefully with the aid of accomplices. ' One other task, regarded as the merest formality in view of the apparently insurmountable evidence against him, was to hove Miss Florence Freihagc, 44, Ross' former secretary and a witness to the kidnap- ing, view Seadlund. She may face him today. When he announced the kidnaper's true identity. Hoover revealed he had learned that Ross, when he signed the ransom note which was delivered to his family, believed he was signing a demand for $5,000 instead of the 350,000 which actually was paid October 8 near Rockford, 111. He disclosed also that an autopsy of Ross" body at Spooner showed three separate skull fractures and a bullet wound in the body. Gray, whom Seadlund killed for profit, was shot nine times. Seadlund, a native of Ironton, Minn., met Carroll while the latter was hiding out in the north woods. He waited on him, brought him food and became interested in crime. He came to Chicago in 1934 after breaking jail at Braincrd, Minn., July 22 of the same year. He had been serving a term for, stealing an auto- Continued on Page Two. Reed's Nomination Approved by Senate Judicial Committee By United PrtM. WASHINGTON, Jan. 24.--The Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved the nomination of Solicitor General Stanley Reed to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court. The action was taken after a brief executive hearing at which no objections- were made to the nomination of Reed to succeed retired Associate Justice George Sutherland. MAID TELLS POLICE KIDNAP STORY HOAX By United Press. DARIEN, Conn., Jan. 24.--Police said today that Miss Catherine O'ConncIl, 22, a maid in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Huebsch, admitted that her story that she was attacked by an armed masked man who tried to kidnap their five- months-old daughter was false. Chief Edward Tinker said Miss O'Connell told him she made up the story because she wanted publicity. Sneeze Every 2O Seconds, Whistling Ear Each Three Minutes Baffle Doctors CHILD IN 26 YEARS OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 24.--Every 20 seconds Mrs. Betty Grose sneezes. At the end of every three minutes her car whistles. The whistle lasts 10 seconds. Then she sneezes again. She has been in the Alamcda County Hospital since last Wednesday and the physicians who gather around her bed to watch and listen arc battled. Mrs. Grose is an attractive red- haired woman, 24 years old. She was married at the age of 14, a child bride, and has five children whose ages arc four, five, six, seven and eight years. The only relief she has had in six days has been when doctors gave her sedatives. As soon as the effects of the medicine wear oil, she begins sneezing again. "There's something in me which makes me believe I will recover," she said. "I am praying. My husband and children also are praying for me. They all went to church Sunday to pray." She speaks between sneezes, while her car whiles. She has sneezed almost 200,000 limes during the affliction. Doctors believe that the sneering Injured her car drum to cause the whistling. They arc puzzled by the sneezing. One theory is that an olfactory nerve has been injured. Another is that Mrs. Grose may be undergoing the pathological change of piddle aged women prematurely, because of her early marriage and her five childbirths. Throat sprays and other customary treatments to relieve sneezing arc without results. National Legion Commander Will Visit Uniontown A large delegation ot local Legionnaires will go to Uniontown Tuesday night to hear Department Commander William F. Smith and National Commander Daniel J. Doherty ad- DANIEL J. DOHERTV dress the Legionnaires of this district at a large open meeting to be held at 8 o'clock in the Junior High School auditorium on Connellsville street. This is the flrst visit of the national commander to Pennsylvania and the Uniontown post is making elaborate preparations to entertain him. There will delegations present from Somerset, Greene, Washington, Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. Weakland Party "Services Now At Baptist Church The First Baptist Church was filled to capacity Sunday night as Betty Weakland, girl evangelist, began her second week of services in the city. Last week the services were at the First Methodist Protestant Church. Every night this week she will preach at the First Baptist Church. The main auditorium, balconies and Sunday school rooms were completely filled last night. Extra chairs were placed in every evailable place and many stood throughout the service. Mrs. J. Roy Weakland led the congregation in an enthusiastic song service. There was also special music by the quartet and the chorus choir. Betty led the congregation in singing a numbc*- of choruses. At 6:30 o'clock Dorothy Weakland addressed a union meeting of the Methodist Protestant and the Baptist young people. Her subject was "The Lord Hath Need." Speaking on the subject, "A Converted Jew,'.' Betty Weakland look Continued on Page Two. RAY COLL TALKS FROM HONOLULU OVER "MAGIC KEY" The voice of a former city editor of The Courier booming .icross the Pacific by radio to San Francisco and then by wire and radio of the National Broadcasting Company brought to Connellsville its flrst news of the earthquake that rocked, the Hawaiian Island group Saturday night. 'I he speaker was Raymond S. Coll, managing editor of the Honolulu Advertiser. He was being interviewed from San Francisco by Linton Wells, news commentator. Mr. Coil's voice came as clearly r.s from a local station. By moans of the two-way radio conversation he and Mr. Wells discussed numerous matters concerning the islands. They were heard by listcncrs-in on the "Magic Key" program. Killed By Trolley Car. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 24.--Nicholas Bankowski, 55. was fatally injured during the week-end when struck by a street car M he walked oil the Heidelberg bncigc. Han Fu-Chu, Chinese Army Leader, Slain By United Pica. SHANGHAI, Jan. 24.--General Han Fu-Chu, one of China's best known military leaders and former governor of rich Shantung province, was executed tonight after a court martial ordered by Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shck. The execution of General Han indicated that the nationalist government intends to purge its ranks of all opposition as General Chiang amassed a formidable army for a "last ditch" flght south of the Yellow River along the borders of Shantung province, which Han lost. General Han long had been under suspicion after it was reported that he was "on the fence," unable to decide whether to accept proposals made by the Japanese to cooperate with them before they launched their offensive against Shantung, Rosamond Pinchot Believed Suicide By United Prcis. OLD BROOKVILLE, N. Y., Jan. 24.--Clad in an evening gown and an expensive fur coat, Rosamond Pinchot, famous actress and niece of. the former Governor of Pennsylvania, was found dead today in her automobile in the garage of an estate she rented here. A length ol garden hose led from the exhaust pipe of the automobile through a rear window and into the body of the car. Police said the beautiful 32-year-old daughter ot Amos Pinchot, widely known attorney, apparently had committed suicide by inhaling carbon monoxide fumes. Miss Pinchot, who started her theatrical career at 19 as the nun in Max Heinhardt's production, "The Miracle," drove her car into the garage on the J, H. Alex-andre estate late last night. The car was not taken out during the night and police believed the actress went to the garage about midnight, adjusted the hose and started the motor. The motor had stopped when Ida Hannimen, maid, found the body shortly after 7 A. M. The Alcxandre estate lies partly in Old Brookville and partly in Brookville, a fashionable section of Long Island. Wright's First Statement to Be Presented Jury LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24.--The prosecution prepared to call Police Captain W. E. Hegi as .a witness today in an effort to introduce Paul A. Wright's brief statement explaining how and why he killed his wife and John B. 'Kimmcl at his home last November 9.. Wright told the policemen who arrested him that he found his wife and Kimmel sitting on a piano stool kissing each other, that they taunted him by continuing their embrace after they- saw him step into the room, and that "in a white flame of passion" he got a pistol and "shot and shot until it was empty." Soon after he made that statement, Wright was ordered by his attorney, Kerry Gicslcr, to keep silent. Gicslcr since has produced testimony at a preliminary hearing and during cross-examination of state's witnesses last week, implying that Wright saw more than a kiss. Fire at Elk Park. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 24.--Interruption of a radio program at Elk Park at 8 o'clock this morning resulted in discovery of a fire in the br.-droom. The blaze originated from crossed wires nnd damaged the bedroom and kitchen before the arrival of the Confluence Fire Department made the urn in '21 minute.-,. LOM. was estimated at $500. Tony Rcn- dino. formcily of Connellsville, j^ piopuetoi. Mrs. George Brackcnbury and 19th child 'Another child, the 10th In. 26 years. Is born to Mrs. George Brackenbury, 41, of Portland. Ore., the wife of a WPA worker drawing W5 monthly, j.Of the 19 children, 11 remain on the-iamilyjsjn-acre farmJ Two daughters are marrledj " Hawaiians Fear Volcanic Action After Earthquake Married Life a Bed Of Roses for Hubby; Has 23-Year "Loaf" By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 24.--Married life was just a bed of roses for Charles Sanders, his wife, Hosalyn, mother of 14 children, told Magistrate A. D. Brandon in morals court yesterday. In fact, in the couple's 23 years o£ married life, Charles contributed to his family's tupport for only six months. The rest of the time he spent in semi-retirement, Mrs. Sanders said. 'I'm tired of him and want him to leave me nnd the children. We'll Ret along. Why, I even carried tobacco home for him, but he has made my life a hell anyway." Sanders, asked why, if he couldn't get a job, he did not get a WPA job, replied: "They told me I couldn't make as much money on a WPA job as I could on relief and so to support my family I had to stay on' relief." Magistrate Brandon sent Sanders to jail for 30 days. SWOC Dues Fall Off; Pickets Urging Payment By United Prcw, PITTSBURGH, Jan. 24.--The Steel Workers Organizing Committee, alarmed by a $180,000 decrease in monthly revenue, today ordered continuance of an intense dues-collecting drive began last week. Committees of "dunning pickeis" deployed throughout Allegheny county and district mills urging delinquent workers to "pay up" their dues. Resumption of the drive wsis ordered as the SWOC prepared to start negotiations for new contracts with more than 400 steel companies next month. State Allocations For Fourth Class Districts Approved A payment of $130,231 to Fayette county's fourth class school districts has been approved by Auditor General Warren R. Roberts, it was announced at Harrisburg. The Slate's financial aid to -these districts, due on February 1, is allocated every six months. In nil the payments throughout the State totalled $7,231,018. Westmoreland county received $170,356 and Somerset 3145,409. Payments to four districts, totalling $19,001, were withheld because of "delinquencies" on the part of the districts. The Weather Rain tonight changing to pnow flurries Tuesday morning; colder m west portion tonight; much colder Tuesday and Tuesday night is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1938 1937 .M.i.\imum 60 42 ' Minimum . _ , . 38 34 I Mean -19 38 j GENERAL JOHNSON MADE "THUNDERING ROOSTER" OF SICK CHICKEN CLUB By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. 24.--General Hugh S. Johnson, former director ot the NBA, today was offered the post of "great thundering rooster" in the Sick Chicken Society, composed of former employes of the National Recovery Administration. Johnson was designated as the only speaker at the annual meetings of the society, to be held each year on May 27--anniversary of the day the Supreme Court killed NRA by ruling it unconstitutional in the Schecter "sick chicken case." By WENDEL BURCH United Press Start Correspondent. HONOLULU, T. H., Jan. 24.-Natives watched towering Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii uneasily today, fearful that Saturday night's violent earth tremblors presaged another eruption of that mountain, the largest active volcano in the world Dr. Thomas .Taggar, volcanologist at Kiiauea Observatory, located the origin of the disturbance 150 miles from Mauna Loa, however, and saic it had occurred below the ocean floor. The tremblors were similar to those that preceded Mauna Loa's eruption in 1935, and were the most violent recorded here in 20 years. The earth shook and rumbled and the sky seemed to flash green for 45 mimilcs. Every one of the eight major islands ot the group was shaken. Several minor landslides occurred on the island of Maui, but the damage was described as "nominal." The sky phenomenon was believed to have been lightning, coincidental to the tremblors. Scientists observed no unusual activity about the crater of Mauna Loa, but the volcanoes which piled up these islands in the middle of the Pacific are believed by natives to be slumbering demons that may awaken and destroy the islands and they were not easily reassured. "Madame Pole (volcano goddess) fell out of bed," an old woman remarked. The shocks sent hundreds scurrying from hotels nnd theatres late Saturday night. From here, on the island of Oahu, the strange lights seemed to be above Diamond Head, which lies on the southern edge of the island. The island ol Hawaii lies south- cast of here. On Maul, between Oahu and Hawaii, natives saw a blinding flash that extended for miles across the sky between the village of Kula and Paia. In Honolulu, telephone service was interrupted, dinner guests fled from the thatched cottages along Waikiki Beach. On Maui, six fishermen were partly buried by a slide and were rescued. Several pipe lines were broken. Mauna Loa ris-es 13,680 feet above the Pacific and is continually increasing in size because of expansion of its outer walls, Steam rises from rifts in the sides and the summit is active. The eruption late in 1935 poured lava over aboOt 600 acres ot grazing lands. There were previous eruptions in 1934 and 1933. Saturday night's shocks shattered the seismograph-at the University of Hawaii meteorological station. All-Day Air Reprisals Mark Spanish War By HARRISON LAROCHE United Press Staff Correspondent. HENDAYE, French-Spanish Frontier, Jan. 24.--Nationalist" and loyalist airplanes and warships" -carried terror and death to Spanish cities and villages in a scries of raids which lasted from dawn to dark Sunday, dispatches to the frontier showed today. - Nationalists bombarded Valencia, Barcelona, Puigccrda, Sco D'Urgell, Port Rosas and Figueras. Several bombs dropped by the Puigccrda raiders fell in French territory and caused French authorities to wire urgently to Paris for anti-aircraft guns and airplanes. Loyalists in retaliation for the Puigcerda raid sent 12 bombers'to drop five tons of bombs on Seville, nationalist general headquarters for southern Spain. Loyalists asserted that in their first "eye for an eye" raid on Salamanca Friday they destroyed the geteral headquarters of the German units aiding the nationalists, and killed several members of the Germai general staff. There was no means of obtaining an authentic total estimate of the mei, women and children killed yes- tcr Jay in the first big day of the new program of merciless raids. Noe Collapses From Long Fast; Fed in Hospital By HARRY FERGUSON Uritcd Press Staff Correspondent. MEMPHIS Tcnn., Jan. 24.--The 10-year experiment by which Rev. Israel H. Noe hoped to become immortal ended today in a hospital where medical science, without his knowledge because he was unconscious, broke his 22-day fast. The shrunken, ashen · man was given liquid nourishment, and physicians embarked upon a three-month campaign to bring him back to health. Noe collapsed last night and--while in a deep sleep--was taken in an. ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital. Had he been awake, he undoubtedly would have protested being given nourishment for he believed he was entering the flnal stages of a battle that would make him victor forever over death. Physicians feared, however, that he was entering the flnal stages of life, instead. It .will be at least 90 days, if they arc successful, they said, before they can repair the ravages.of a fast that has lasted since January. 2. But there was no positive assurance that Noe would recover. Pipe Ashes Believed Responsible for Fire Hot ashes -emptied from a pipe were believed responsible for a fire that caused $10 loss this morning at the home o£ E. B. Flowers at 605 North Prospect .street, necessitating services of city firemen. Assistant Chief Victor Fchcr said it was likely the ashes from the pipe had fallen between the partition and then Sired the woodwork when fanned by the mountain gale that w;is swccpi:ig the region. It required two chemical tanks to extinguish the blaze at the window sill on the second floor. It was piobable, too, Keller added, that spaiks from a chimney lire at an adjoining house might h.ivo been blown agaipst the Flowers home. Washington's First Legion Head Suicide By United Press. WASHINGTON, Pa., Jan. 24. James M. Smith, 52, flrst commander of the Washington American Legion Post, was found dead in his store today, apparently the victim of a self- inflicted bullet wound. The body was discovered by an employe when he opened the store. PLAINTIFFS ASK ANOTHER TRIAL IN DAMAGE SUIT Special to Thtt Courier. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 24.--Charging the verdict for the defendant was "against the law and evidence in the case," motion for a new trial was filed todoy in the $15,000 damage suit of William Rigger and Estella Rigger, both of Dunbar township, against Minne Inez Phillips of Louisville, Ky., formerly of Broad Ford. The action was the outgrowth of an accident on April 19,T1930, on Route 119 near Connellsville in which Ethel Rigger a daughter of the plaintiffs, lost her life. The jury found a verdict in favor of the defendant. MOUNTAIN G A L E HITS COMMUNITY High Wind Blows .Out Windows, Does , Other Damage. · ONE BUILDING NEAR COLLAPSE A typical mountain gale that swept Connellsville and its environs today caused considerable - damage, blowing down a partly · constructed frame barn on the property of Samuel DeMarco in South Arch'street, unroofing sections of buildings and shattering windows in a number" of places. It also treatencd' destruction of a building. The.intensity of the gale was unabated as the' day progressed and pedestrians found walking difficult. "The wind was the indirect'causc of a slight fire in North- -Prospect street as it fanned the burning tobacco that had been emptied from a pipe and ignited the -window sill on the-second floor of the home of E. B, Flowers. The former Tri-State Candy Company building, now headquarters of the Salvation Army, was given a terriflc beating by the storm. The pilaster buckled nearly three inches and it was "feared that- unless : the wind soon abates, the-structurc-may collapse. " " - _ - Mayor Ira D. Younkin has ordered that West Peach street be blocked'pff between Arch street and Meadow lane and two officers.have been assigned to duty there. The wind had previously torn out the glass in two large windows, and one small window. Workmen boarded up the openings in the hope that the building would last out the present storm. ' Last.night the headquarters was the scene of a welcome meeting, held in honor of Major and Mrs. Anthony Vandevillc. The former is the new commandant of the Salvation. Army here. Three city employes--City Engineer J. E. Hosenshel, Street Inspector William Weirgerber and Samuel Lancaster--narrowly escaped injury about 1 o'clock this afternoon when a milk bottle, believed to have been blown from a window ledge of an upper floor of the Second National Bank building, crashed to the sidewalk only four feet away from where they were standing. Glass from it a broken bottle scattered in many directions. A window on the cast side of the ground floor of Harry DulPs storage building in East Peach street was blown out during the forenoon. A large glass in a window at the rear of the Frisbce building, formerly occupied by the West Penn offices, was splintered about noon. « Damage to the DeMarco barn was estimated at approximately $100., The "building was a 20 by 60 foot structure, consisting chiefly of old lumber, and was being put together little by little by Mr. -DeMarco -end his sons. During the night, the wind had succeeded in twisting it about and weakening its supports. It..was estimated the loss.-nmount- ing to $100, was chiefly of labpr and materials as nothing of value was kept in the barn. Two large windows in the top floor of the Title .Trust Building were blown out. A window from the upper front of the Y. M. C. A. was shattered to bits as it was torn from the sash and was scattered along the-street half way to Brimstone" Corner. ' A railroader was struck" b~y small bits which inflicted a slight cut on a cheek bone. The shower came down around Harry Witt, assitsant secretary at the Y, but he was not Injured. Harry O. Bower, traffic officer at the corner of South Pittsburg street and Fail-view avenue, had a narrow escape from the flying glass. The popular traffic policeman had left the center of the street and walked to the northeast corner of the' sidewalk when the glass came down7 striking and [.battering at the point where he had been standing but a.few seconds before. The gale unroofed a large section of .the home ot Mrs. Anna C. Marietta, of 118 South Prospect street, the tin roofing being literally peeled from the southeastern side. At 2 o'clock this afternoon the storm ripped loose what' was described as "about a fourth" of the roof of the Title Trust Building and carried it over onto the Wetherell Building. Colonel Lewis Walker Dies. MEADVILLE, Pa., Jan. 24.-Colonel Lewis Walker, 83, president of Talon, Inc., manufacturers 'of hookless fasteners, died at his home j here today. Colonel Walker dis- I covered the hookless fastener process ' at the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893 and developed it into a world- Jwidc product. SOFT COAL OUTPUT HIGHER FOR WEEK WASHINGTON, Jan. 24--National Coal Association estimates bituminous coal production totalled 7,350,000 tons in the week ended January 15 compared with 6,065,000 tons the preceding week and 10,388,000 tons in the comparable week last year. Boy Bitten by DOS'. Robert Madison;'12 years old, son r' Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Davis of Juniata, was treated at Connellsville State Hospital for a laceration on the left knee after he . had reportedly | been bitten by » dog this morning. [He was then returned'to Jijj home.

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