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LAST EDITION PRICE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL, 35, NO. 69. Tho Weekly Courier Founded July 17 1878 The Daily Courier. Founded November 10 1902. Merged July 18. 132S CONNELLSVILLE, PA., TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 25, 193S. TEN PAGES. MICHIGAN SWEPT BY BLIZZARD C o m m u n i c a t i o n to Northwest Section Cut Off by Storm. SCHOOL BUS REPORTED LOST By United PrcH MARQUETTE, Mich , Jan 25 -Winter's fiercest storm whipped Michigan's northern peninsula today. Gales of 50 miles an hour choked all highways with mountainous drifts, stranding hundreds of motorists in zero temperatures. Nearly 150 men battled the blizzard and zero cold searching for a school bus missing since last night with a driver and several children Two other snow-bound school buses were safe Fire, which broke out while the blizzard was at its height, swept through three buildings in downtown Marquette. At 10 30 A. M it was reported under control but still blazing Firemen were hampered by ice, snow and wind and emergency equipment from other cities was blocked by drifts Girl Scouter ROCKFORD, 111, Jan 25--Midwinter rams turned to sleet and snow by a sharp drop in temperatures temporarily averted today the dangers o£ serious floods in Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois Hundreds evacuated their , homes and at least one life was lost when small rivers and creeks, choked by two days of heavy rains, went over their banks. The streams were reported receding or holding at sale levels today. Temperatures over the tri-statc area dropped from an unseasonable high of 50 to below freezing during the night and U. S. Forecaster C. A Donnel predicted an approaching zero wave. The mercury may touch five above zero tonight, he said. The Rockford area, where 400 persons wcrp made homeless, was hardest hit by the Hoods. Edward Proctor, six, Amboy, HI, was drowned when he lost his footing while wading at the edge of an ordinarily dry run and was swept into a flood drain His body was recovered Near Kewanee, HI, Ralph Harkness, 20, was believed to have drowned in Indian creek floodwaters, after his truck skidded from the highway into the stream. Tiskilia, 111, a community of 1,000 population, was .isolated partially without mail or transportation facilities because of overflow from Bureau creek. - Three men living in the lowlands were rescued from the tree tops after they had fired shotguns several times to attract rescuers A half milt ot the main line of the Rock Island Railroad was washed out and three miles of track were Inundated Keith creek at Rockford, which rose three feet in nine hours, receded and the Rock River at Oregon, 111 was reported at a "safe" level Four members of a family were rescued from their home on Elk Hiver, north of Clinton, la, by a railroad crew. The Wapsic River threatened a large sector near Wheatland, la. Highway officials dynamited the ice-locked Hock River at Rockford to prevent lee formations from turning waters back into the business district A 30-foot dam on Oak Park creek was blown up to lower a 10-foot head of water threatening homes in South Milwoukce, where 150 homes were flooded. ZOO Seek Citizenship. UNIONTOWN, Jan 25 --Two hundred applicants for citizenship, accompanied by two witnesses, will appear here for second papers February 3 to 11, Inclusive. Two natur- I alization officials from Pittsburgh will interview the applicants and their witnesses at the hearings here, assisted by clerks m the office of Prothonotary John J. Brady. JEANNE CHRISTY A week of instruction will bo given Girl Scout workers of the Connellsville Council between January 31 and February 4 by Miss Christy, camp advisor for Region No 3 Training Class For Girl Scout , Heads Arranged Miss Jeanne Christy, representative of the national Girl Scout organization as camp advisor ot Region No 3, comprising Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and the District of Columbia, will be in Connellsville from January 31 to February 4 to conduct a school of instruction for the local council, captains, lieutenants and troop committee members. All persons interested in Girl Scouts are welcome The school will be held in the First Methodist Episcopal Church, Continued on Page Six Airplane Lost Seven Hours in Storm Safe At Connecticut Port Refuses to Allow Vaccination; Jailed 66th Time CARLISLE, Jan 25 --Farmer John Mai ,h begin serving his GGth live- day jail sentence today for refusal to allow vaccination ot his children as required by the State rchool code The current sentence was imposed because the 40-year-old Blue Kidge mountaineer again withheld permission for his son Eugene cig-it, to be immunized against smallpox. Marsh remains adamant in his determination that the boy rhould not undergo the treatment because, he explains, two of his nieces, were blinded and one of them oicd from the effects of vaccine "I ain't got nothing to my, Marsh repeated several times las.t night when Migistrntc William Dosh asked him whether he wa-5 ready to relent Noting no change in the prisoner's attitude, Dosh imposed .mother of the scries of five-day sentences ilial have kept Marsh away from his wife and eight children since before Christmas The wife, Elva, lost her cannerj job 10 days ago and is no longer able to support the family Courthouse attaches anticipttcd Mrs Marsh would apply for relief within a few days and pointed out that the coait his authority to order vaccination of public c,h*irgcs The court exercised that autho-ity four years ago, ordering vaccimtion of two of the Marsh children after the father served several j 11! sentences for refusing to permit it and the family became wards of the county. Marsh has been mearccrited a total of 326 days for his stand on the vaccination issue since 1034 GRASS DOESN'T GROW IN STREETS BECAUSE IDLE TRAMP IT DOWN Senate Confirms Reed as Justice By United Press WASHINGTON, Jan 25 --The Senate today confirmed the nomination of Stanley F. Reed to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Reed, former solicitor general, succeeds Justice George Sutherland, who retired last week The nomination of,the solicitor general, who argued many New Deal cases before the Supreme Court was not opposed Rumors that there would be further retirements from the court continued as did belief that Mr Roosevelt would seriously weigh appointment of a woman--possibly Circuit Judge Florence Allen of Ohio--in event of another vacancy. Just Off the Wire By United Prcsi. WASHINGTON, Jan. 25.-A declaration by three western senators in favor of lajlnK aside the anli- lynchlnfr bill to make way for other legislative business today encouraged filibusters to predict a speedy end to the conflict. HOBOKEN, N. J , Jan. 25.--The once-proud steamer Leviathan will begin Its last crossing: of the Atlantic tonight, her British commander. Captain John W. Sinks, announced today. Settlement of labor waire controversies with British members of the crew made possible the sail- Ing- to Scotland where the ship will be scrapped. Chinese Sailors Really Between "Devil and Deep Blue Sea"; On Sit-Down By United Prcu. SAN FHANCISCO, Jan. 25 -Thirty-nine Chinese seamen were on a sit-down strike aboard the British freighter Federal today, fearing that they would be imprisoned or shot if they sailed with the ship to Japan, and forbidden by U. S. immigration officers to come ashore. The ship was bound for Osaka with a cargo of steel rails. The Chinese protested that they were tricked into leaving Hong Kong to sail the ship They thought It was to carry supplies for the Chinese to Shanghai One of 'the Chinese, who spoke English, said: "We will be made prisoners in Japan and probably shot. Or if we are allowed to return to China, we will be arrested and shot as traitors to our country." Aside from that, he said, the Chinese were too loyal to sail the ship to an enemy country. "The ship is going to be taken to Japan and scrapped It uill make bullets to kill our countrymen. We will not help them do that" American authorities did not believe the Chinese were m any danger of being molested, since they were aboard a merchantman of British registry, but they were considering a plan to take them off the ship, intern them at the Angel Island immigration station, and later put them aboard some ship bound for China Meanwhile, immigration officeis guarded the docks to sec that none of them got ashore By LYLE C WILSON United Press Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 --The Roosevelt Administration was challenged by the Republican high command today to defend itself against the charge that five jcars of New Deal policies have raised the working mans taxes and failed to protect the Nation against serious business declines Republican National Committee Chairman John D. M Hamilton outlined the G O P . congressional campaign strategy list night in a Philadelphia address in which he said "The business of the country is demoralized and the only reason grass doesn't grow in the streets of the Nation is because it is kept down bv 13,000,000 unemployed tramping the streets looking for jobs In vain " The Republican p-irty was divided last year by proposals for n 1938 policy making national convention There have been sideline demands for a party purge of the so-called "old guard" Governor George D Aikcn of Vermont last month called for new leadership and suggested that the party should not look for inspiration from ' millionaires and college professors " Governor Francis P Murphy of New Hampshire, who was cool to the 1938 convention plan, called for "resignation of every member ot the Republican National Committee." These evidences of party unrest came, however, before there was full realization that recession had provided the opposition with a stream- Continued on Page Two Fire Threatens Chicken Farm, Barn Near Masontown UNIOHTOWN, Jan 25 --Fanned by a 40-milc-an-hour wind Monday night, fire threatened the valuable chicken farm of Frank Lofstead and the barn of Frank Martin near Masontown before it was extinguished by more than a hundred volunteers The blaze, believed to have been started by children, burned over several acres before put out Two Agreed Verdicts Returned in Court UNIONTOWN, Jan 25--By an igreement of counsel, a jury returned a finding of $1,000 for the plaintiff in the suit of Valentine Conavvny against Fayette county Finding of a verdict for $2,588 87 for the plnmtift was returned against William Matyab, administrator m the estate of Frank Matyas, med by John T Wertz, cashier foi the U60 ol the Mei chants . Mincis State Bank of Uniontown, Only 20-Minute Gas Supply Left as Ship Is Grounded TWO PASSENGERS PRAISE PILOT By JACK ZAIMAN United Press Staff Correspondent HARTFORD, Conn , Jan 25 --Lost for almost seven hours in a terrific gale, an Eastern Air Lines transport, carrying two passengers and a crew of three, landed at Hartford Airport early today, approximately 100 miles off its course Pilot Fred Jones brought the big ship down safely as the indicators on his gasoline tanks approached dangerously near the zero mark Since 8 32 P M , he had been fighting miserable weather, hoping to find a hole' through which he might icach Washington, D C , his first scheduled stop alter taking off from the Newark, N J , airport The plane landed hcic in weather almost as cad as that which it had encountered in Pcnnsylvanii and New Jcrscj It wis raining, and a strong wind was blowing the rain in sheets across the muddy field. Airport officials reported that the pilot, his assistants and his passengers, had decided to spend the night in the plane rather than go to a hotel After leaving Newark, Jones decided to turn back Then he became completely lost Apparently, he flew in circles for several hours He reported seeing lights, tut had no idea what they represented As radio operators tried to determine his position, he sent word that his gasoline was almost exhausted th-it he was holding back on the throttle in an effort to conserve it ' Every airport from Newark to Washington was prepared to guide the twin-motored Douglas to safety Lights had been turned on, and emergency crcvvs had been called out At 9 15 P M , Jones reported to Newark that he had run into a 75- milc gale at an altitude of 4,500 feet, ·md that he believed it impossible to Continued on Pago Three Miami Officials Indicted After Bribery Inquiry MIAMI, Fla, Jan 25--A newspaper advertisement signed by a power company president asserting "I won't pay a bribe' today brought an intense investigation of administration of America s winter playground Three Miami city commissioners and two citj employes were indicted by a grand jury Investigating charges of municipal corruption A week after it started inveitiga- tion of charges of Bryan C. Hanks, president of the Florida Power and Light Company, that he was solicited for a $250,000 bribe, the Jury returned a partial report in which it accused i majority of the city's ruling body -md two experts in the city's employ True bills were returned against Mayor-Comnu^sioner Robert R Williams Commissioner John W. Dubosc Commissioner Ralph B Ferguson Thoirns E Grady, city rate and traffic consultant and port director Carl F. Lambert, consulting utilities engineer for the city Williams, Dubosc, Ferguson and Grady were named as joint defendants on two counts each One count charged that on last December 10 they "did unlawfully ind conuptly demand and exact ot and from . . Hanks . . the sum of 5230000 ns as a gift, gratuity, remuneration and reward to them Expedition Seeking Paul Redfern Rescued By United Press GEORGETOWN, British Guiana, Jan 25 --Word w as i cccivcd here today ot the rescue Saturday of the Waldck expedition seeking Paul Redfern, long-missing American aviator from Devil's Hole Island far up the Cuyuni River The expedition, composed ol Theodore J. Waldcck, New York explorer his wife, Mrs Bessc Waldcck, William Astor Changlef, New York sportsman, and Dr. Frederick J. Fox of Boston, was abandoned more than three weeks ago by native boatmen The Weather Snow and considerably colder tonight, Wcdnesdaj snow flurries and col lei is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania Temperature Record. 1938 1937 Maximum 64 68 Minimum ~_ 18 14 Mean 51 51 Dead of Fumes ROSAMOND PINCWOT Mystery surrounds the death of Rosamond Pinchot, well - known New Yoik actress and niece of former Governor Gifford Pinchot of Pcnnslvania She was found dead in an automobile at Brookville, L. I , of carbon monoxide poisoning Police reports said it was suicide. Miss Pinchot had become famous with her portrayal of the nun in Max Remhardt's production, ' The Miracle " --Central Press CIO PURGE DEMAND OF DIE-HARDS By Unltecl Press. MIAMI, Fin, Jan 25--A strong right wing faction of the American Federation ot Labor executive council sought today to initiate a drastic purge from the federation ot all Committee for Industrial Organization sympathi/ers Headed by John Cocilcld, prebidcnt of the Plumbers Union, and a bloc of mcbl trades and building trades leaders, the "die-hard 1 group requested elimination from the Pennsylvania State Federation of all ·Jo'-.n L Lewis adherents Tills view was opposed by a cautious combination ot peacemakers within the council which was still hopeful of arranging an armistice in labor s civil w ar and by John Philips, president of the Pennsylvania Federation, who came before the meeting to make a personal plea aga list the purge ORIENTALS ENGAGE TIERCE BATTLE; CASUALTIES HEAVY Roosevelt Asks $1,000,000 For Chinese Relief By United Press WASHINGTON, Jan 25--President Roosevelt appealed to the Nation today to donate at least $1,000,000 to the American Bed Cioss for the relief of Chinese civilians deprived ot their livelihood by the Sino-Japancse war Play iBelieved To Have Caused Actress' Death By United Press. OLD BROOKVILLE, N Y , Jan. 25. --The plot of a new play, in which death is depicted as more beautiful than life, may have inspired Rosamond Pmchot, beautiful and wealthy actress and socialite, to commit suicide, her friends believed today ~ The 33-year-old, niece of former. Governor Gifford Pmchot of Pennsylvania, whose stage career begin 14 year» ago attended a try-out of Jed Harris play, "Our Town," at Princeton, N J , Saturday night and heard life spoken of as simply a strange interlude before death. Yesterday, calmly and deliberately, she went to the the garage of her rented Long Island estate to investigate the mysteries of death. In the play, it had been pictured as arucn- ticing substitute for life Miss Pmchot, whose theatrical career had been filled with disappointments, made certain that there would be no bungling She turned her expensive automobile into a gas chamber, and died of carbon monoxide poisoning Hills Strewn With Dead After Three-Day Engagement. PLANES ASSIST CHINESE TROOPS By United Press SHANGHAI, Jan. 25--A fierce battle between Japanese and Chinese regulars is raging in the vicinity o£ Wuhu, 50 miles up the Yangtze River from Nanking, Jt was reported, today. I The fighting, to progress now for three days, was vicious, hand-to- hand, and the casualties on both sides were said to be enormous j Airplanes assisted the Chinese, it was reported, and engaged Japanese gunboats in battle I The hills around Wuhu were said to be strewn with dead The hills changcd'hands several times during the "three-day "period, according to the reports, with neither side gaming an advantage. In South China a-heavy Japanese bombardment of Namtau, north ot Deep Bay and about a mile from the border_ of Brltislvleascd--territory, was reported. Planes and warships participated in the bombardment A high Chinese ^authority in Hong Kong said that the Chinese long had expected the Japanese to attempt a landing at Namtau and had strongly fortified the area The Chinese were expected to put up valiant rcistaoce should the Japanese attempt to land MIAMI, Fla, Jan 25 --President William Gieen ot the American Federation ot Libor said today that those offlcnls of the Committee for Industrial Organizition who have blocked peace in the labor movement evcntunlly must yield and il- low reunion of 7,300,000 dtvk'id workers Lewis Criticizes Move to End Setback By Price, Wage Cuts By United Pren. WASHINGTON, Jnn 25--John L Lewis today criticized before the United Mine \Vorkcrs convention attempts to end the business recession by price reductions and wnj,* cuts Lewig, chairman of the Committee for Industrnl Organization nnd president of the UMW, warned American business men tint labor ' w i l l fight and resist wage reductions vo the bitter end " Opening the 35th biennial convention of the UMW, Lewis declared that "all we need now to encompass and insure a complete devastating economic, social and political debacle is to reduce prices of commodities and the wage structuie of the country" _ "I know of nothing that will so contribute to the economic confusion," Lewis said BEEHIVE COKE INDUSTRY SHOWS SLIGHT SLOW-UP A blight recession was noted in the beehive coke industry during the week ending January 15 when 074 ovens were reported In blast in the independent field of the Connellsville Region This number was 18 under that ot the previous week and was but two above the record low of 972 reached two weeks ago, it being the smallest number in blast since the start of 1036. Banking of ovens at the Crawford plant, believed to be only temporarily, wns given as the cause of the decrease in the number of ovens in blast Stabbed In Back SOMERSET, Jan 25 --John Koch- mka, 22, of Mine 42, was taken to Wmdber Hospital early Sunday morning suftenng from a stab wound in the back received m an altercation in Mam stiect Ccnti il Citv Police said his -i^snilant fled after the cutting 'Dark" Cars Will Supplement Stale's "Ghost" Motor Fleet HARHISBURG, Jan 25 --The ghost car" fleet of the Pensylvama Motor Police will be supplemented by t fleet of dark cars, not so easily seen, in the campaign for enforcement of the 50-mile an hour speed limit, the United Press learned today While orders have gone out for purchase of a number of cars in dark shides, Police Commissioner Percy W. Foote said that his policy of patrolling the highvv nys with white cars was not being abandoned He said th experiment had not been tried sufficiently to determine whether It was practical The patrol squad ii using 50 white cirs and 158 more have been requisitioned To bring its fleet up to the strength ordci ed by Governor George H. Earlc the Motor Police will purchase lOfl more automobiles It has been contended that the white cars lead to easy violation ot tlie motor laws since a speeder can cscipc arrest by driving within the limit whpn he sees one of the patrol cars Commissioner Foote introduced the plan in hopes that presence of one white pitrol car would restrain violators through its conspicuousncss The dark cirs, it is pointed out, ill be used to arrest drivers who exceed the 50-mile limit in the belief the highway is not being patrolled because no white cars are in sight Tower Mil Plant On Part Time Basis Operations have been resumed on a part-time bjiisis at the coke plant of the Pittsburgh Steel Company at Tower Hill No 2 The impany operates steel mills at Moncsscn and Allcnport and the beehive coke manufactured at the Fayette county plant is used exclusively at these mills Freakish Weather Sweeps District Variety may be the spice of life but John Q Public feels hcs had enough of the pranks ot the W eather Man who's been dishing out tfe most freakish elements in history and hoping that the latter would settle down and make up his mind The past week has found the region covered bv a generally unsettled weather condition--rain, smog, sunshine, cloudy, windstorm, warm, cold and snow flurries having their inning. Mountainous localities reported a severe electrical storm while lightning played the eastern horizon. Snow flumes came today in the wake of the severe mountain gale that lashed the countryside and caused conslderable~damag"e"ih slial- tenng windows, unroofing buildings and wrecking small structures as the wind swept through at a 40-milc-an- hour velocity. The mercury rose to a high ot 64 Monday and dropped to a low of 38 --six points above freezing--that was held at 11 o'clock. The snow melted as fast as it itruck the earth. As the noon hour nearcd the mercury began to drop as the snow flurries gradually turned into a near- blizzard, the snow being whipped by a stiff gale. _ Fish and Game Pictures ~ To Be Shown Sportsmen At Meeting Wednesday Pietures~of "Fighting Black Bass" and "Fish of Pennsylvania" will be shown at a meeting of the Connellsville Local of the Fayette County Fish and Game Protective Association Wednesday evening, January 26, at the Y. M C A They.,will be supplied by the Board of Fish Commissioners There will also be pictures from the State Game Commission. Rollin Heffleflnger, district game supervisor, will be here, it was announced It is expected there will be an unusual attendance of members o£ the local It is understood Mr. Heffleflnger will have something to say that will be of interest to all. Everyone is invited whether member of the chapter or not Officers of the local will be elected. Flying Glass Showers Baby When Wind Sends Board Against Window Evelyn Leeder, six months old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Laird Leeder of Snydertown, narrowly escaped injury from flying glass as she lay in her bed on the second floor of the home during the I mountain gale that swept the community Monday. ) An eight-inch board carried by the wind crashed against the window sash of the five-room Leeder home, located at the rear ot John H Barnes* stoic, 416 Snydcr street, knocking out the s ish and shattering the glass siattcuug it about the bedroom There is * larje pilp ot said to contain approximately 1,000,000 feet, in that section ot Snydertown and the windstorm carried scores of pieces, eight inches wide and ranging from eight to 12 feet in length, over that section of the community. The flying lumber did not inflict an injury, however, it was said, because fortunately no one happened to be on the street at the moment. Snydeitown residents told The Courici they had lodged complaints with City Council about the presence of the lumber in that area askms for its removal, but nothing has bceu donp about it.

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