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Tuesday, February 7, 1939
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LA: ST LDITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRICE 2 VOL. 37, NO. ', 4. Tho Weekly Courier, Founded July 17, 1879. The Daily Couiior. Founded November 10. 1902. I Merged I July 18. 1929. CONNTSLLSVILLiE, PA., TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 7, 1039. EIGHT PAGES. SCHOOL HEADS SELECT DATES FOR CONTESTS Forensic Eliminations to Be Held March 25 and April 1. s SCHEDULED FOR PERRY TOWNSHIP Addressograph Bobs Up Again; Company Wants School Board to Pay HAS PREMONITION; ASKS TO BE JAILED; FATALLY BURNED 12 HOURS LATER March 25 and April 1 have been selected as the dates of the Fayettc county eliminations in the Pennsylvania Forensic Music League, it was announced today by Earle E. Cuitis of Perryopolis, Fayette county chairman and principal of Perry Township High School. Saturday, March 25, will be given over to the music tournament and Saturday, April 1, will be devoted to the speech events, the director said. Both eliminations will be held at Perry Township High School at the request of the school board of that district. Last year the eliminations were conducted in Connellsville and the whole day program proved such a j popular success that it was voted' to continue the setup this year on a similar basis. Director Curtis said he was elated over reports he had been receiving which indicate that practically eveiy public high school in the county will participate in a majority of the contests which should insure exceptionally keen competition this year. Mr. Curtis met with xepresenta- tives of six 'other counties at California State Teachers' College Saturday to lay plans for the southwest- em regional contests of the league at the college on Tuesday, April 18. In addition to the forensic contests which will be staged at California, solo and small instrumental and vocal groups from Class C schools and Class C orchestras, bands and choruses will also compete there. Greensburg Junior and Senior High schools will be the scenes of the Class A and Class B orchestra, band and chorus competitions on Saturday, April 15. Wednesday, April 12, has been set as the deadline for the completion of the first round of the county debates and the final round is to be held Wednesday, April 19. Locations, to be chosen for the debates, will be fixed at the discretion of the principals of the competing schools after the champions of the various sections have been determined. Winners in the district competitions will become eligible for the Stat- finals, to be held at Norristown on Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29. This will be the 12th consecutive year for the State-wide eliminations. Among those attending the California parley were Dr. Arthur S. Gilmore of California State Teachers College, who is director of the southwestern district; Dr. C. Stanton Belfour, assistant director of the extension division of the University of Pittsburgh, executive secretary of the forensic league; G. W. Casslor, Coraopolis; Earle E. Curtis, Perry- · opolis; O. A. Hodofer, Waynesburg; C. C. Shaffer, Somerset; W. G. Burkett, Washington, and Claude Mitchell, West Newton. Officials of the eliminations in the State and district--it covers Washington, Somerset, Fayette, Westmoreland, Greene and Allegheny counties --are anticipating another highly successful year of competition. He- ports indicate that more schools are becoming interested in this field oi extra curricular compe'tition and the resultant increase in contestants is naturally eftpected to develop the calibre of talent in the various contests. Already a total of 55 forensic anc music features have been arranged under the State's sponsorship. CANOKSBUHG, Pa., Feb. 7.--One week after a fortune teller warned that "something terrible is going to happen to you," Mrs. Margaiet Cerenzo, 34, was burned fatally in a keiosene explosion in her home. Only v 12 hours before the fatal blabt, Mrs. Cerenzo had pleaded with police to lock her up in a cell "so nothing can happen to me." Officers laughingly refused her request and sent her home with the assurance that no harm would come to her. Yesterday, Mrs. Cerenzo died in a hospital of burns suffered in a blast that showered her with flaming liquid when she tried to kindle a kitchen stove fire with a can o£ kerosene J. L Hoyt Scout ! Banquet Speaker; To Show Pictures Chalk Hill Man Found With Head Blown .Off UNIONTOWN, Feb. 7.--William Turner, 25. of Chalk Hill, was found dead, a victim of a suicide or a murder, with his head blown to pieces by gunfire today. The gruesome discovery was made by residents who called a doctor. J. L. Hoyt, who is connected with the G. C. Murphy Company at Mc- Ceesport, will be the guest speaker at the annual Boy Scout father and son banquet at the First Methodist Episcopal Church Thursday night, Tebruary 9. He was secured through Jeil Moore, manager of the local Murphy store, according to m- nouncement by Joseph \V. Carlton, chairman of the Boy Scout Week committee. Widely known throughout the Eastern states for his leadership in developing Scout campaign, Mr. Hoyt will bring to Connellsville one of the most interesting and worth-while presentations heard in years. He is chairman of the camping committee of the McKeesport Boy Scout Council, is a member of the Region HI executive committee, and is a member of the National Council, Boy Scouts ol America Besides these outstanding positions, Mr. Hoyt is also chairman of his Presbyterian Church Scouting committee. He supervises the activities of two Scout troops, two Cub Packs, and a Sea Scout patrol, all of which are sponsored by his. church. Mr. Hoyt, with his Life Scout son, Jack, will present movies taken at the international jamboree in Hungary in 1933, at the international jamboree in Holland in 1937, and the National 3amboree in Washington in 1937. Pictures will also be shown which were taken by Mr. Hoyt's sons at a Boy Scout camp m Norway in 1934. With Mr. Hoyt and his ton will be a former Connellsville man, C. M Clasper, who is now a district commissioner of the Boy Scouts at McKeesport. Mr. Carlton and his committee have asked Mr. Moore to present Mr Hoyt to the Connellsville Scouts ;mc Scoulers at tne dinner which will be a highlight of the 1938 Scout week piogram, February 8 to 14. This program commemorates the 29th anniversary of the Boy Scouk of Ameri- Pilot Lost, Lands Near Perryopolis An aa-plane, enroute to Wichita Kan, was forced down on a snow covered field near Perryopolis Saturday afternoon when the pilot, L H. Whiteman of Wichita, lost hi bearings. With him was Donalc Gossney, also of Kansas. The two men were down only a few minutes but encountered iiffi eulty in taking off because of a four inch blanket ol snow. Spectator, who gathered helped push the ship until it picked up speed and wen into the air. In Auto Accident. SOMERSET, Feb. 7.--Cars oper aled by Mrs. Howard Brougher o Uniontown and Ralph Egolf of Som erset collided here Sunday evening A small son of Egolf's was mjurec slightly. OHIO EXPECTED TO CREST AT SIX FEET ABOVE FLOOD STAGE The Bodid of Education, meeting regular session Monday night, ound so many things to discuss that ne session was not adjourned until ust befoie micnight and then not iccausc all of its business was com- ileted but because of the lateness of he hour. Thete were only six school direc- ors present for the meeting, the .bsentee being Clyde R. Weihe. His ibsence caused the group that has een running things its own way for everal years to run into a stalemate vhen it attempted to pass some tilings that found opposition. The esultont voting was three-three, und it got no further. A representative of the addresso- graph company appeared before the directorate and said he had been asked by his firm to learn whnt clion it (the directorate) intended a take on the paying for the machine. He reminded the school board that .he account had been dragging for about two years and although dur- ng that time the company had been cor.tent to await the pleasure of the directorate about payment, an emergency had arisen which had brought the subject of payment to a crisis. The representative said he understood the machine was operating competently and inasmuch as provision had been set up in the school budget for its purchase he said it was his hope that he might receive check. Director W. L. ZolJars inquired which board members bad seen the machine m operation and learned .hat in addition to himself only James H. Strawn and Daniel Dune had taken such an interest. The addressoKraph representative informed the school board that be- rause of the crisis that had arisen, the account had beer, refened to the company's legal department for collection but that it was his employer's desire the matter be settled in some other way. "It's not lhat we consider yours an uncollectible account," he finished "but it certainly is considered a slow account" President H. H. Mclntire didn't give him the duect answer he wanted but said that it would be discussed when they got around to the paying of the bills. This wasn't done at last night's meeting; however. By United Press. LOUISVILLE, Ky, Feb. 7.--The Ohio River was rising steadily today toward an expected crest of six feet above flood stage but forecasts of a seveie cold wave alleviated fears of a disastrous flood. River stages were falling on stationary in the northern part of the valley from Pittsburgh to Portsmouth, Ohio, and indications weie that the liver would be near noimal above Louisville by the end of the week. The Red Cross prepared to .lid an estimated 30,000 persons who have been driven from their homes .ilong the Ohio and its tributaries in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and in the Tennessee valley in southern Kentucky and western Tennessee. ( Meteorologist James L. Kendall said the river was rising here early today at the rate of one-tenth ol a foot an hour. It already had reached 31 feet--three feet above flood stage --and was expected to reach a crest of 34 leet tomorrow. At Cincinnati the river was 3.7 feet over the flood stage of 53 feet and weather men expected it to reach a crest of 58 feet sometime today. U. S. Forecaster H. A. Downs at Chicago said a cold wave of severe intensity was moving rapidly eastward from the Rocky Mountain and would overspread the Mississippi River area today and the lower Ohio valley tomorrow. The cold would add to the suffering of refugees but would prevent quick melting snows. Downs said rains fell over most of the valley yesterday but were negligible and had little effect on flood conditions. Temperatures di opped slifihtly todav. Roosevelt May Publicly Rap Senate Rebuf By LYLE C. WILSON United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Feb. 7.--President Roosevelt completed today a draft of the "interesting letter" in which he was expected to denounce the Senate for its rejection of Judge Floyd H. Roberts whom Mr. Eoose velt had nominated to the Western Virginia district bench. The lette will be made public, perhaps today. Mr. Roosevelt promised to send ai interesting letter to Roberts if th Senate rejected his nomination. Tin vote against Roberts yesterday wa 72 to 9. Roberts' nomination and that o former Representative Thomas R Amlie, defeated Wiscons.n Progres sive, for membership on the Inter state Commerce Commission hav opened Washington's battle royal fo control of the 1940 Democratic Nat lonal Convention which must nomin ate a presidential candidate. Roberts was backed by Govemo James H. Price and the New Dea faction of Virginia Democrats. H was opposed by Virginia's senator Carter Glass and Harry F. Byrd, bot of whom expect to help nominate comparatively conservative Demo crat for President next year. The next test was expected whe the Senate votes on the nominatio of Amlie, who is being examined by sub-committee as to -his fitness t serve on the ICC. Amlie will b asked by Senator Warren R. Austin R., VI., today to defend himsei against charges by the Wisconsi legislature that he is a Communist. Amlie opened the Interstate Com merce sub-committee's hearings o his nomination yesteiday with categorical denial of the Communis charges. He cited the past record o attacks on him by Communists as ev dence of his contention that "I am not a Communist, and never hav .been a Communist." Miner Stricken in Home. SOMERSET, Feb. 7.--A heart at tack took the life of John Grega, 5 Central City coal miner, as he at tempted to stait a fire in the kitche range at his home. He leaves h wife, who found the body sittin upright in a chair when he had sa down and died. 'Mother Flood?--That's Too Much THI5 : PLACE HtSALE Gcoruc Wischart puts out "For Sale" sign. "When the Ohio River nearcd flood stage at New Albany, Ind., across from Louisville, Ky., George Wisehaxt posted a "For Sale" sign at his new cottage. A former cottage was swept away in the record-breaking flood of 1937. This year's flood is of moderate proportions in comparison. (Central Press) MOOSE AWARD CONTRACT FOR NEW HOME; TO COST $30,000 F. R. Again Requests More WPA Funds By United press. WASHINGTON", Feb. 7.--President loosevelt today warned Congress ,hat an unemployment relief "emer- *cncy exists" and recommended immediate contideiation of an appropriation of 5150,000,000. He protested in "human dcuency*' o any wJnler reduction o£ WPA rolls and said that fiorn 6,000,000 to 8,000,)00 persons might be _, deprived of federal aid in the spnng under the economy relief plan approved last month by Congress. He said the facts constituting the emergency were: 1. WPA rolls should be held to the present 3,000,000 persons through February and March. 2. The $725,000,000 fund provided by Congress, if not supplemented, would require drastic reduction of WPA rolls alter April 1, with widespread want or distress. Acheff Murderers To Be Arraigned Jn Westmoreland Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 7.--Under police guard of State troopers and county detectives, three Connellsville men, facing two pre-holiday murders, one the Henry D. Foster slaying in Connellsville and the other the holdup murder of Naum Acheff at Scottdale^ were taken to Greensburg this morning where they will be arraigned on the latter_charge. The three men; Luthei ( Kong) Hoyston, Clyde (Bluetop) White, both colored, and Jolin.Turza white, all of . ConneUsvule," were placed .in automobiles manned by County Detectives John C. Wall and Wilbert H. Mincrd and guarded by Troopers Charles A. Moftatt, Jon- Gettier and A. A. Brill shortly before noon. Informations will be lodged by the Westmoreland county detail of police this afternoon and they will be-taken before, the grand jury there tomorrow. The case likely will be hearc during the last week of February. It had originally-been planned to try the three" in Fay'ette county fo. both crimes but the action has been changed and it was decided to ar- aign the three in Westmoreland county because a stronger case wa; against them there, it was said. Plans have been completed and a :ontract awarded for erection, as soon as the winter weather breaks, of lew home for Connellsville Lodge yal Order of the Moose. The structure, which will cos 530,000 when completed, is to be buil n West Apple street on the site o he former Moose home which wa A'recked by fire in January, 1936 Since that time the organization ha een temporarily housed in a dwell- j ng located on the rear of the same, property. ! The contract has been awarded to Robert H. Fox of Mount Pleasant, who has been instructed to proceed h the building as soon as it is possible to break giound. Tne or- jamzation expects to occupy its new quarters by late bummer. The building, 34 by 88 feet, will ^ a two-story brick structure. On the first floor will be a large social room and a parlor for women. Every effort will be made to create a comfortable atmosphere in the social room and to that end there \\ ill be a large fireplace erected along one side. The second will be devoted to the .odge hall which will be sufficiently .arge to permit dancing. The Connellsville lodge is the oldest Moose organization in Pennsylvania. It was organized in 1907 by James J. Davis, now United States Senator from Pennsylvania. The club is planning to initiate an intensive membership campaign in the near futtue, and with a new Liome ready for construction officers readily expect to eclipse all formei enrollments. The home will be furnished in the latest types of club furniture. All equipment, including lighting, will be thoroughly modern and when completed the Moose expect to have quarters that "compare with any in Western Pennsylvania. Suffers Arm Injury. Mrs. Steila Martin, 21, of Connellsville. R. D. 1, suffered lacerations of the right hand when she los her balance and her arm wen through a window at her home Monday night. She was taken to Connellsville State Hospital lor tieat- ment. The Weather Hotel Proprietor Dies. JEANNETTE, Feb. 7 Joseph V. Musick, 58, former hotel proprietor here, died Saturday in Westmoreland Hospital at Greensburg. He leaves his wife and seven children, including Mrs. Josephine Bnckcr of Un- iontou-n Partly cloudy and colder tonight Wednesday increasing cloudmesi followed by rain or snow in afternoon or night is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1D39 1938 Maximum ... 49 66 Minimum 37 35 Mean . - 43 51 Loyalists Will Not Surrender; Franco Defied Dislocates Jaw In Yawn; Walks Into Hospital for Aid By United Press. McKEESPORT, Feb. 7 - -Twenty- two-year-old Anna Kydok walked into-McKeesport Hospital with her mouth wide open--just like it was when she reached th« climax of\a yawn seveial hours "earlier. Hospital attaches found tnat Miss Hydok had dislocated ner jaw while yawning and could nor. close it until certain bones were "meshed" again. She explained that her jaw was funny that way, slipping out of gear on the slightest provocation. Government Plans to Continue War From Central Spain "Despite Loss of Catalonia. AZANA FAVORS QUICK PEACE Hamilton Wins Confirmation In State Senate By JAMES SHEPLEY United Press Staff Correspondent. HARRISBURG, Feb. 7.--The Senate confirmed Philadelphia Sheriff William J.-Hamilton as revenue secretary early today after complete breakdown in Democratic minority opposition, leaving only one member of Governor Arthur H. James' designated cabinet without necessary approval. Confirmation of Hamilton carne after the Democratic cauc-us failed last night for the first time since inauguration day to adopt a unit stand and the minority senators went on the floor to vote as they pleased. The result was 43 senators for confirmation and four against. Approval of the appointment of Major Lynn G. Adams', as motor police commissioner, however, was not believed to be an immediate prospect. Although the caucus agreed to secrecy on its stand on Adams last night, it was reliably reported that less than the nine minority votes necessary for confirmation were available. Strong pressure from Pennsylvania Congress for Industrial Organization unions demanding rejection of the veteran head of the old State police has deterred many Democratic senators from joining the majority for his approval. The debate on Hamilton's confirmation was milder than anticipated. Senators Anthony J. Cavalcante, D., Fayette, C. Hale Sipe, D., Arm- Continued on page Five. By United. Press. LONDON, Feb. 7.--The Spanish loyalist government defied General Francisco Franco's demand for unconditional surrender tonight and announced it would move to Valencia to continue the civil war in Central Spain. Although Catalonia has been definitely lost, the Spanish embassy in London issue'd a statement saying Premier Joan Negrln and his generals would fly to Valencia and continue resistance fith the_ 300,000 troops in central Spain led_ by-General Jose Miaja, .defender of Madrid. The embassy statement icoinr - cidcd with reports" through diplomatic channels that Ncgrin. and Foreign Minister Julio Alvarez Del Vayo liad resisted all efforts of the British " and French to induce them to cease the struggle. Gets10:to.2Q Years io :Pen . Fof-Bpmbings Special- to"-Tho Courier. UNIONTOWN, Feb.. 7."-- Michael Krevinko of New Salem, .who allegedly admitted the. series of .bombing's on church property", at New Salem in an effort, to .drive out the priest, was sentenced." to _"10 to 20 years in Western Penitentiary.wh°n arraigned in court today. ."" Krevinko had sought employment in the church as a charjstertbut he- came ired at the priest whom he charged with creating sentiment against him. As a reprisal, the man is charged with discharging dynamite at the church property and causing damage. Mike's brother, Andy, who pleaded to aiding in sending threatening lat- ters to Rev. Alex Dankovich, was sentenced to Huntingdon. Mike .told the court: "He (the priest) took particular delight in hurting me. He told dirty stories about me. Father Dankovich hurt my feelings so bad that I "went mad. But I didn't mean to hurt him. I just wanted to scare him." RANKIN BANK THEFT SOLVED By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Feb.- 7.--Federal agents and the district attorney's office announced [jointly today that the $5,000 Hankin:bank holdup o£ last Sat-- urday was solved and the bandits-indicted. ' '. John F. Sears, heat! of the Federal Bureau of Investigation here, and District Attorney Andrew T. _Par_k revealed tnat two of-the_gunmen are under arrest and capture of-the third is expected shortly. All other suspects have been relea~ed. The names of the two in custody were withheld temporarily. The joint announcerient, followed identification of two suspects by a woman and a prediction by police that the case ought to be "cleaned up" today. ST. JULIEN, France, Feb. 7.-President Manuel Azana of the Spanish loyalist government said today: "I want peace and Spain wants peace as soon as possible." It was the first statement Azana had made since he crossed the Catalonian frontier to seek refuge in France, and it removed any doubt , that he, at least, among Spanish leaders felt that the time had come to end a war which had bled Spain of its men and national resources for two and a half years. Azana arrived at Colonnes-Sous- Saleve, near here and close to the Swiss frontier, last night with Dices Martinez Barrio, president of the loyalist parliament, and Jose Giral Pereira, minister without portfolio in the cabinet and former premier. He was staying at the estate of Marcel Griaule, author, with his sister and her husband, Cipriano Rivas- Chenf. Mrs. Rivas-Cherif preceded Azana to Colonnes 10 days ago to find, a safe retreat. Azana and the other leaders planned to go to Paris in a few days. His brother-m-law was formerly special loyalist consul general at Geneva. In that capacity, he sought last May to interest several governments in mediating to end the civil war. His efforts, which at the time were attributed to Azana, became public' and he was recalled to Spain. Rivas-Cherif said that Azana I planned to stay at the Spanish era' bassy at Paris and that he would be accorded honors as head of a visiting state. He denied stories of disagreement between . h irnself _ and .Loyalist Premier. Juan- Negrin.; Rivas-Cherif said that Azana left. Spam "in complete agreement with Negrin and other leaders, and that Foreign Minister Julia Alverez.Del Vayo arranged for his traveling ~. facilities- with. -Jules Henry, French ambassadbr;~by "means of official notes. " " ~* " House Commiliee Favorably Reports Purchase of Planes By United Press. WASHINGTON, Feb. 7.--The House Military Affairs Committee today unanimously reported a $376,000,000 National defense bill authorizing purchase of 3,000 new fighting planes "for Uie Army to give the Air Corps' "a" potential strength ol 5,500 first-line planes. PERPIGNAN, FRENCH-SPANISH FRONTIER, Feb. 7.--Reports reached the frontier today that the morale of the loyalist army ,in central Spain was weakening as the result of the loss of Catalonia. It was receipt of this news, according to reports, that caused the apparent indecision o£ Premier Juan Negrin and other loyalists who remained in the frontier region, conferring with each other on the advisability ol .establishing new headquarters in the central .region and with French and British envoys on .the possibility of .negotiating an. armistice. Recovers "From lypiold. " UNIONTOWN, Feb. 7.--HI for the past four months with typhoid fever, William Patterson of West Leisenring has returned to his duties' as a clerk in the office of Cleik of Courts Howard Sparks. Retired Teacher Dies. SOMERSET, Feb. garet Knepper, 80, 7.--Miss Mar- retired school teacher with n service of 53 years, died early Sunday at her home at Berlin. Oldest retired teacher in Somerset county il not the State, Miss Knepper was credited with having taught 2,000 students during her career. Her death was the second in the family in a week, a sister, Mrs. Rohamah Critchfield, 78, having died at Roekwood last Monday, leaves a sister, Miss Nelle. She GUNMEN TIE UP CLERKS, ROB INSURANCE COMPANY OFFICE By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 7. -- Two youthful gunmen robbed the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company's Sergei Building office, across the street from City-County Building today, and escaped with $2,400 in cash after tying up lour girl clerks, the office manager and on elderly woman customer. In escaping, the bandits walked down three nights of stairs from the insurance company office. The gunmen, flourishing revolvers, rapped at the door of Manager Charles Silver, ordered him "to get back in the corner, and rounded up four employes who were herded into Sliver's office. As they lined up facing the wall, each was tied and told to sit on the floor. One bandh went to the cage of Betty Youngworth, cashier, and took several bundles of currency that liad been made ready for deposit. During the robbery, Mrs. Alice Tolliver, 63, Negro, walked into the office with $68. She was ordered also to sit on the floor, and she sat on her purse, saving the money.

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