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LAST E DITiON PRICE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 37, NO. 73. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17, 1873. The Daily Courier, Founded November 10. 1302. I Merged I July IB. lo CONNELLSVILLE, PA.. MONDAY E V E N I N G , FEBRUARY C/1939. TEN PAGES. Spanish Rebels i* Take Catalonia; Defenders Fiee Loyalist Cause Lost One as Soldiers and Civilians Stampede Across Frontier Into France; Isolated Resistance Fails to Slow Invasion. UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER DEMANDED By HAROLD ETTLINGER United Press Staff Correspondent. PERPIGNAN, FRENCH-SPANISH FRONTIER, Feb. 6.--The Spanish loyalist defeat in Catalonia became a debacle today. The rich province was lost. The government had fled to the safety of France and the main body of the army began a mass retreat over the frontier, surrendering its arms to French troops. Fleets of loyalist fighting landed at French airports. Long columns of artillery, tanks and munitions trains jostled retreating troops and civilian refugees on, the crowded highways at the Xrontier. There were persistent reports that the republican government sought an armistice. From nationalist territory came back word that unconditional surrender alone would be accepted. Thousands of French troops along the frontier were on war footing. They mounted field guns and machine guns at commanding points in the Pyrenees, ready to repel any nationalist encroachment. French anti-aircraft guns already had gone into action against poaching airplanes which flew over French territory. President Manuel Azana of the loyalist government was expected in Paris today after crossing the frontier afoot yesterday. President Luis Com-' Co-ed at 75 Mrs. Isabellc B. HajjRctt Completing n course in literature at Georjro "Washington University in the fedrrnl capital. Mrs. IsaboIIe B. HajrpuU. 75-year-old coed, plan? to travtl and write- She slurped her school work afb?r retirement fire years a^o from the federal service, where she had been a teacher anti elcrk in the office of Indinn affair* for 33 years. . DEMOCRAT LEADER WANTS WPA ABOLISHED, RELIEF SLASHED President Must Be Stopped Or Foreign Policies Will Shove U. S. Into War, Says VanZandt SECRETS MAY YET BE BARED Congressman, Former Commander of V. F. W., Asserts Indications Point to Secret Alliances With European Powers; Says Congress Must Be Given Facts. Some Senators Still Threatening to Penetrate Cloak Thrown Around White House Explanation. PEOPLE UNITED AGAINST WAR, HIS BELIEF foreign policies of President Roosevelt, unless stopped at once by Congress, will lend the United States into another war. Congressman James E. VanZandt of Aitoona declared Saturday night at the First United Brethren Church in addressing the 39th annual banquet of Walter E. Brown Post, Vdfrvins ot Foreign Wnrs, attended by nearly 200 persons. "The American people stand united against this country's involvement in an entanglement or alliance with any European power," said the former served three head of the -he had becoming By LYLK C. WILSON' United Press Staff Correspondent. 500 Killed By Jap Bombers CHUNGKING, China, Feb. 6.--The Chinese panys of the Catalonian autonomous republic entered France with all members of his government, and it was announced that Tor Catalonia the civil war was over. Jose Antonio dc Aguirre, president of the Basque Chinese press reported today that autonomous republic, likewise ar- upwards of 500 persons were killed rived in France. in a Japanese aerial bombardment o£ Premier Juan Negrin arrived in j Wanhsien in eastern Szechuan pro- France at 5 A. M. today after cross- j vince. ing the 2,000 foot mountain "pass to La Illas during the nigh't. Six cabinet ministers arrived at La D orthus four hours later--Ramon Gonzalez Pena, minister of justice; Pauiino Gomez Saiz, minister o£ interior; Bernardo Giner dc Los Kios, minister of the communications; Segundo Blanco Gonzalez, minister of public instruction; Antonio Velao, minister o£ public works, and Tomas Bilbao Hospitalet, minister without portfolio. With them came Manuel Ossorio, general secretary of the ministry of interior. At dawn today, with the jubilant nationalists marching to the frontier and hardly 10 miles away at some points, French authorities invited It also was reported that the French Catholic Church was hit by an incendiary bomb. France Limits Functions Of Escaping Chiefs th.; first 42,000 of some 140,000 loyalist troops waiting in the frontier area to enter the country and surrender - their arms. Three thousand motor cars crossed the border during the night at La Perthus alone, with men, women and children refugees. Nine thousand soldiers who had re- By onltcd Press. PARIS, Feb. 6.---France, facing D most delicate diplomatic situation after the Spanish loyalist rout in Catalonia, advised the Loyalist, Catalonian and Basque autonomist governments today that they would not be permitted to function as governments on French soil. The government told the three leaders of the governments that they and their companions would be given and that they would be treated treated all the way from Barcelona, « heauds ol friendly governments but including 2,000 cavalrymen with that they must make no move that their horses, crossed in the early hours of the morning and were sent to one of the new concentration camps at Argeles. At the village of La Mcnere 1,350 men entered and were disarmed. Three hundred loyalists who tried to cross at Las Illas refused to surrender their arms. Troops of the French 32nd infantry regiment trained rifles and machine guns on the border and laid down a warning barrage to prevent them from crossing. There was no more loyalist government in Catalonia. General En-. riquc, only a few days ago named commander in chief of the Catalonian army, was in sole command, military and civil, directing the retreat. Conflicting reports circulated regarding peace efforts. Julio Alvevez del Vayo n ID, .-.list foreign minister, was in contact with foreign diplomatic envoys here and was reported to have made peace overtures through Jules Henry, French ambassador. Henry denied this report. But President Azana was reported definitely to intend to seek peace at Paris. The indication was that there %vas dissension in loyalist ranks as to ! logical Seminary, Chester, Pa. would prejudice France's position of absolute neutrality. Rev. Layhew Will Take Pastorate In West Virginia Rev. Harry V, Layhew, pastor of the Baptist Church at Dawson, presented his resignation at the morning service Sunday to accept a call from the congregation ot the First Baptist Church at Harrisvillc, W. Va. He will preach his farewell sermon Sunday evening, February 26, and he and Mrs. Layhew expect to be located at Harrisvillc by March 5. Rev. Layhew, a son ot Mr. and Mrs. Charles Layhew of near Perryopolis, has spent all of his life in Fayette county. A graduate of Perry Township High School and the Pittsburgh Bible Institute, he is -now taking a tour-year course at the Crozer Theo- an armistice--that some men desired to carry on the fight in central Spain, where General Jose Miaja has an army of 400,000 men. There were conflicting reports, too whether the loyalist cabinet would try to set tip headquarters anew at Valencia or Madrid. Miaja was reported both to have invited the government to Ms territory and to have urged it to stay away. The rout, ol the Loyalists in Catalonia had attained historic proportions. Of an army which numbered ''more than 200,000 men a v/eek ago the only semblance of organized resistance came from an isolated force of about 70,000 men, isolated in northwest Catalonia, were fighting Continued on Page Six. He has held three charges, Woodbridge Union Chapel, Star Junction and Dawson. His new pastorate is much larger than any be has ever held. It consists of several charges with a total membership of approximately 600. Harrisville is the countyseat ol Richey county, W. Va. PUC Reversed. PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 6. -- State Superior Court reversed the Public Utility Commission order stopping the Railway Express Agency, Inc., from furnishing collection and delivery service of less than carload lots in interstate commerce and returned the case to the commission for further consideration. STISH SOLIDLY A L I G N E D WITH FRANCE IF WAR COMES ay United Press. LONDON, Feb. 6.--In event of war, all Britain's armed forces will be at the disposal of France, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said today in the House of Commons. "The solidarity of the interests by »which this country and France arc \ united is such that any threat to the "vital interests of France from what- ever quarter it comes, must invoke the immediate co-operation of :his country," Chamberlain declared. Chamberlain's statement was in response to a question by Arthur Henderson, Laborite, on whether a recent statement by French Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet was in accordance with the views of the British government. By United PrcM. WASHINGTON', Fob. 6.--Representative Clifton Wixxl.-um. D.. Va., an influential Hou-.c ii-.t-mbei", boqan a campaign today to ;iboHhh V.'T J A. slash relief expenditures in half and have Congress distribute relief fundi among the states. Woodrum. House leader of the economy bio,-; which cut $150.000,000 from the deficiency WPA npproprin- tion in deti;mc-e of White liou^e objections, introduced a bill expected to bring definite congivssio^al showdown on the WPA controversy. The bill would provide SI,000.000,000 for relief projects. The balance of $120,000,000 would be allocated to the President, to ;iont by him through any agency of relief that he desires. * No one. under the bill, would be Permitted to remain on an unemployment relief project f o r ' m u r e tliun 12 months at n t i m e , . o r more than. 13 months out of any 15. after which he would be placed at the end of the list of applicants. Car Used By Bank Bandits Recovered PITTSBURGH, Feb. 6. --The automobile used by three bandits in the 85,000 holdup of the Rankin bank Saturday was recovered todny by police. Found parked on u Pittsburgh street by a patrolman, the car \viis taken to county detective 1 headquarters to be checked for fingerprints. The detectives will seek tu match fingerprints on the car with prints found on the cash drawer ;*t the bank. The "getaway" car was owned by Frank E. Mack ol 20B S. Ligonier street, Derry, who reported it stolen in Rankin at 10 A. M. Saturday, about an hour before the bandit trio made oft" with the money in n raid that required only Jive minutes. WASHINGTON*, Feb. lionet senators threatened todny to ' penctmti.' the '.ecrcoy concealing i Prt p ?ide:it RooievuiL's off-the-record explanation of. why the United States j \VILS with European democracies purchasing American fight- IHK planes. Thu group wz-5 le;meriC53 and i without iis.-tiraijc-c- ihul Senriti; Miii- I Uiry A f f a i r s eommitteemen who j heard Mr. Roosevelt's explanation ' w o u l d breach their pledge of silence. . But the President's stern charge of j inisrcpreseiiUition on the part of unnamed members of the I loose and .Senate and newspaper o\vnors was ] certain to echo when Cong res. 1 at noon. { The Senate- wa.\ not in session Fri| day \visen Mr. veh said the | "bor,b" who attributed to him a stntc- | men*, that the Arrerican defense line was no-, 1 / on the Hhinc had told "n deliberate He." ; The strategy pi-or-osed wets for scn- i a tors critical of foreign policy 10 di- :( reel to Mililury Affairs commiLtoe: men questions about the secret White f House conference. Some believed committee members might give their version ot the conference despite the j secrecy pledge, on the ground t h a t ! they no longer could assume re- ! pponsibility for popular ignorance of what transpired. Some of, them i nsistcd they wore unable now to reconcile entirely Mr. Roosevelt's conference statements and the four-point "no foreign entanglement" foreign policy he gave to the newspapers at his Friday press conference. Republicans and a scattering of Democrats were de- majiding publicity. Senator Hiram \V. Johnson. R., Cal., told the United Press that he planned to "t:iko rny share of trTC* questioning if :t ,.s begun." Johnson and Senators Bennett Clark, D., Mo., Gerald P. Nye, R., N. D. ( H. Styles Bridges, R. N. H., and Arthur H. V;mderberg, R., Mich., were insisent that foreign policy should be clarified by revelation of at least some parts of the information given the committecmen ofl-the-rec- ord. commandcr-in-chief of the? veterans organizatioi const-cutjve terms as National commander before National legislative committee. He s;*id he wanted to t^lk about n topic that was uppermost in. the minds of American citizens todny--"Keeping this country of ours free from becoming involved in another war." The popular former sailor, n fiery orator, been playing an important the President The ·sident had called him "a Congressional agitator" because of his efforts in Congress in keeping the ! Unitod States from becoming involved in another war. · "I am wholeheartedly interested in keeping this country of ours free AAAY RF O L I F R 1 FD I p;irL in t-* on eress* spotlight on the foreign policies of ___ j conRressnian said he was flattered by the fact the Presi " " Isola-1 from becoming involved in another war," VanZandt said. "President HooseveH has already called me 'a Congressional agil-ator* because of my ·^activities along that lino." The congressman declared he looked upon tbe President of the Uni'ted States "as my cornmander-in- chief."' but believes that as a member of Congress he has "a right to criticize him if. he is wrong. And I do believe he is wrong in. his present policies in dealing with European powers. I do believe that his policies will eventually lead us into another war unless stopped by Congress." VanZandt said his criticism was nol motivated by any selfishness nqr for any political purposes. "1 have been critical of the President; as one who is interested in the Greensburg Has $15,000 Loss In Fire; 19 Flee By United Prc?s. GREENSBURG, Feb. 6.--Nineteen persons fled to the street today when a SI5,000 fire damaged the three meets j story Quint building here. One fireman \v;.s overcome by smoke. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 6.--Two of five suspects nrrestccl in connection with the 55,000 holdup oT the Rankin bank Saturday were' idcntiiiod by a bank employe and u Rankin citizen as being at the scene o^ the holdup. Both men, however, produced alibis to prove they were elsev.-liGre at theVtime of the robbery. Detectives said two girl employes of the bank "positively" identified one of the men, while the second \vas pointed out in the police lineup by a man who said he was outside the bank when the bandi'- trio entered, unmasked. Identity of all five was withheld by detectives. A market .owned by Joseph Quint occupies the first floor. FireiiKhiirrs, who confined serious damage tg the basement and first Moor, were hampered by three explosions in refrigeration units, which sent clouds of amonia fumes through the building. Fire Chief Al Utz said he believed the fire was caused by an overheated furnace. Fireman Charles Baker,' 40, was overcome. 7,000. Families Driven Out by Flood Waters Irish T e r r o r i s t s Charged With Plot To Wreck Britain Flying Fortress, Carrying Medicine, Arrives in Chile By United Press. LONDON, Feb. 6.--Twelve alleged members of the "Irish Republican j Army" were charged today with conspiring to paralyze Great. Britain by bombings, fires and panic under a program kr.own as tile "S plot. 1 ' The royal family, high government officials, public buildings and utility and communication services were all under heavy guard today after officials announced discovery of the document called the "S plot." The document was introduced when the men were arraigned at Bow Street Court. The plar. called for blowing up and wrecking electric j plants, subway, stations, airplane factories, munition works and newspaper offices. By United Press. LANCLEY FIELD, Va., Feb. 6.-The Army's super-flying fortress, largest bombing plane in the world, completed a 4,400-mrle mercy flight to Santiago, Chile, today carrying a ton and : half of medical supplies for victims of Chile's disastrous earthquake. The War Department announced the bomber's official elapsed time for the 4,933-mile flight to Santiago was 49 hours and 18 minutes. The bomber landed at Santiago after brief stops at Colon, C. Z., and Lima, Peru. Official flying time for the Trip wz.s 29 hours and 53 minutes, for an average speed of 1G5 miles an hour. Will Attend Funeral. The Philnthea Class of the Christian Church will meet at 1:45 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the church to attend the funeral service for Mrf. Ina Moss. LOUISVILLF,. Ky., Feb. (i.--Rising temperatures sent the Ohio River surging over flood stages in Kentucky today as the crest of a seasonal flood sweeping down from the Alle- ghenics moved rapidly toward Louisville. Red Cross officials estimated that 7,000 families already had been forced to ilec their homes, in sections of West Virginia, Kentucky,' "Ohio and Tennessee, where tributaries choked by melting snows and rains had sent the Ohio and Tennessee rivers over their banks. The Ohio had" risen here early today to a stage of 28.6 £eet--six inches over flood stage and U. S. Forecaster James L. Kendall, predicated additional rain tonight and .tomorrow. He said the river would reach a crest of 35 feet by tomorrow night. His forecast added to the . apprehension of residents. Several hundred crowded the Avaterfront. and extra police were assigned to .duty to keep traffic moving at" the scene. Mayor Joseph D. Scholtz reassured citizens against fears of a disastrous flood. He said there was no indication the flood would reach even near the proportions of one which devastated the .city in 1937. Police estimated that about · 200 persons had left their homes :n the west end section of the city where water had washed over roadbeds. Although the flood threat at the Ohio's headwaters had diminished, meteorologists forecast crests of between 56 and 59 feet--six to 10 feet over flood stages--for the distance from Huntington, W. Va., to Carrol! ton, Ky. Faces Auto Theft Charge. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 6.--George Slage, 18, of Oliver No. 2, was placed in the city lockup Sunday night to await filing of formal charges in connection with the theft ol: an automobile owned by Guy Ewart of Uniontown. Temperature Record. 1(W9 1038 Maximum 4S 62 Minimum 17 3-1 Mean 33 -18 F. R. Wants McNult To Quit Island Job if He !s Candidate WASHINGTON, Feb. 6.--President Roosevelt was reported today on good authority to have suggested that Paul V. McNutt resign his position as high commissioner of the Philippines i£ he intends to campaign actively for the Deorr.cratic Presidential nomination. The President was said to feel that McNutt should not engage in a political campaign while drawing $18,000 a year as island commissioner. Wins 511,556 Verdict. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 6.--Judge H. S. Dumbauld directed a verdict of 511,556.22 in favor of Quertinmont Glass Company and its receiver, Charles R. Mclntyre, h\ a suit against Fourco Glass Company of Fairchance. The action was for payment of natural gas that had been sold. welfare of our country and I believe the American people are interested in it," he declared. VanZandt was speaking of the controversy raging in Congress an attempt is being made to have the President disclose to the Nation just what has been done with respect to European ties. The, named to Congress last November, recallec that this country had been a party to a number of treaties with foreign powers, pacts that were ignored by signatories, actions that converted the documents into mere scraps oi paper. He said that all could recall the Treaty of Versailles and the subsequent arms conference. The speaker pointed out how Japan, one of the signatories, had marched into Manchukuo, claiming that government was unable to handle its own conditions. VanZandt declared that the United States called on the other signatories Great Britain, France, Italy anc others, for some concerted action anent the Jap invasion but none was interested, refusing to cooperate · iu any way. "When it was finished, the United BOY SCOUTS TO OBSERVE ANNIVERSARY Details Worked Out at Meeting of Council's Program Group. EVENTS BEGIN WEDNESDAY Beginning Wednesday of this week --February 8--Boy Scouts of the Connellsville area, along with others all over the United States--will celebrate the 29th anniversary of the organization o£ the movement in this country. Details were worked out at a final meeting of the program committee Sunday afternoon at the home of District President D. K. Mcllvaine in East Park. In brief the program is: Wednesday, February 8--Scouts will attend the mid-week prayer services at their own sponsoring churches, if they have any or others if they have not with the exception that Troop 3 will join in a mothers' :ervice in the Immaculate Conception Social Hall. Thursday afternoon--Demonstration at the High School beginning at 3:05 o'clock. Thursday night--Annual father and son banquet at the First Methodist Episcopal Church, to be followed by a court o£ honor and motion pictures of Scout jamborees in various parts of the world. Friday and Saturday--Window displays of Scout handicraft in downtown store windows. Sunday night--Scouts of all troops will attend the services at the Methodist Protestant Church. The pastor, Rev. A. B. Mansberger will have sermon pertinent to the occasion. The time will be 7:10 o'clock. Joseph W. Carlton, chairman of the committee arranging for the observance, asks that all scoutmasters report to him by tonight the number of tickets sold for the banquet, so that arrangements can be made with the \vomen who are to serve. Four Hurt When Automobile Skids Into Moving Train Four persons were injured at 1:45 o'clock Sunday morning at High House when the automobile in which they were riding .skidded on the ice and crashed into a Baltimore Ohio Railroad freight train at it was moving over the crossing, according to State Motor Police reports. The injured: Raymond Cavanaugh, 35, o£ Uniontown, driver of the car, contusions of the forehead and lacerations of the right middle finger and right leg; Nellie Cavanaugh, compound fracture of the left, leg and lacerations of the scalp: Gus Seiler, 37, of Hopwood, abrasions of the face, and Elizabeth States was the : only nation that tried ! Seiler, 26, possible fractured skull. to hold Japan- to its treaty but Japan moved right in and confiscated Man- Continued on Page Ten. Survey Shows 3,000 Attencl Sunday Schools That 3,256 people attended local Sunday schools yesterday is the report of tlie District Sunday School Association. There was one school, the Duntaar Methodist Protestant which had 94 per cent of its total enrollment in actual attendance. The report of the schools follows: En. Att. Pet. Dunbar M. P 271 St. John's Lutheran ...100 Nazerine (Vanderbilt) 78 First M. P 514 First Baptist 400 Church of Brethren ...400 Trinity Reformed ..- 77 First Christian 246 First M. E 502 United Brethren 521 Trinity Lutheran _._..690 Greenwood M. E. .......125 Evangelical 300 First Presbyterian .--.365 United Presbyterian ...352 Payne A. M. E 75 There were did not report. 256 78 61 356 291 291 54. 173 345 338 445 81 188 209 ISO 38 Police said Cavanaugh was driving toward Continental, following another car. 'The machine ahead of him pulled off the road to the right. Cavanaugh put his car into second gear and applied his brakes but the vehicle skidded into the locomotive- The car was practically demolished. Italian Troops Will Remain in Spain for Political Victory few schools which The list will be arranged weekly according to the number attending, the schools. By REYNOLDS PACKARD United Press Staff Correspondent. · ROME, "Feb. 6.--Intimations that the Italian army would remain in Spain until a "political" as well as military victory had been assured the Nationalists, caused comment today in diplomatic quarters. The suggestion that not military victory alone but an undefined victory in the political field was essen- 72 | tial came as Premier Benito Musso"2 j lini prepared to preside over a meeting of the Supreme Defense Council. Mussolini set the meeting for this morning. But instead he flew to" Naples, piloting his own three- motored military airplane, with General Giuseppe Valle, under secretary of aviation. It was said after Saturday night's meeting of the Fascist grand counsel that the Italians in Spain would not come home until the Nationalist victory was complete and "the barbaric Bolshevik oppression definitely eliminated.' STATE LIKELY TO COOPERATE IN FLOOD CONTROL PROGRAM By United Press. HARRISBURG, Feb. 6.--Pennsylvania will cooperate in the Federal flood control program at the sources of the Ohio River, if the State is permitted to maintain supervision of the control . dams and reservoirs, Governor Arthur H. James said today. Advised that the "state's right" dispute which has blocked the program in New England was reportedly near settlement, Governor James said: · ' "In that event Pennsylvania will have no objection to the Federal program at all.'' James last week stated flatly that he would not approve construction of dams and reservoirs on the tributaries of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers in Western Pennsylvania if It meant turning the .projects and land over to the United States.

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