The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on February 7, 1939 · Page 4
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, February 7, 1939
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PAGE FOUR. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNELLSVTLLE, PA. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1939. lath} THE COURIER COMPANY Publishers James J. Driscoll President land General Manager S. A. Donegan ...,,,,..,,.,,,,..,,_,,. ... ,, .. Secretary and Treasurer Walter a Stimmel . . . Editor James M. Driscoll . . . . Associate Editor J. Wylie Driscoll Advertising and Business Manager MEMBER OP Audit Bureau of Circulations Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association Bureau of Advertising, A. N. P. A. Served by United Press and International News Service SUBSCRIPTION RATES T%vo cents per copy; 50 cents per month; $5 per year, or. $2.50 for six months by mail if paid in advance; 12 cents per week by carrier. ' Entered as second class matter at the Postoffice, Connellsville, Pa. TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 7, 1939 THE BOY SCOUT ANNIVERSARY Twenty-nine years ago tomorrow--February S, 1910-the Boy Scouts of America, the world's greatest secular organization for character biiiluing, had its formal beginning. That day a charter was issued under the- laws of the District of Columbia. The application was madp by William D. Boyce, Chicago publisher. Today the grand total of membership of the various classifications--Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, Lone Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Rover Scouts and Cubs--is 926,001, while the Scouters (the men who oversee - the boys' activities) number 2b'9,621, making the aggregate o£ Scouts and Scouters, 1,195,622. The foregoing figures, as of October, 1938, published in January Scouting, represent an increase of 144,570. Scouting is not of American origin. In 1907, General Lord Baden-Powell, noted Englishman, conducted an experimental camp in England out of which grew the original organization. The courtesy of a British Scout to Mr. Boyce so impressed the publisher he carried the idea to America. Now the number of Scouts in this country exceeds that of. any other land. Since that momentous day when the charter was issued some 8,400,000 Americans have had a part in the movement, the bulk of whom have been Scouts. The "Handbook for Boys," a Scout publication, ranlis second only to the Bible in the number of copies sold. Scouting knows no creed, draws no color line. A striking picture from the war zone in China shows a Scout in -uniform- administering first aid to his mother, mangled during a bombing raid. There are 25,000 Negro Scouts in this country. Chicago has a troop of blind boys. Parents will do well to follow the program prepared in Connellsville for this week. It will be in their interest and that ol their boys to get them into the organization as quickly as the opportunity offers. Scout membership begins at the age of 12. Boys of nine may become Cubs. A Cub Pack is to be formed here. For the older Scouts there Is a senior program, A troop of Explorer Scouts has been formed here. It will be formally presented during the main event of the week--the father and son banquet and th« court of honor. PEOPLE UNITED AGAEfST WAR Congressman James E. VanZandt has well interpreted the public attitude when he declares that "the American people stand united against this country's Involvement in an entanglement or alliance with any European power" and when he as emphatically asserts that we must keep from, becoming involved in another war. Having been through the mill, the congressman wants no more. The veterans- of all classifications are as firmly opposed to participation in any possible cataclysm across the Atlantic. You cannot find the parents who would their boys should go. And surely the boys do not relish the idea. But that is only incidental to what the Altoona representative told the audience attending the annual banquet 'of the Veterans of Foreign Wars here. What concerned him most was that, as he sees it, the policies of President Roosevelt, if permitted to go unchallenged, will surely lead the United States Into war. He is therefore determined to do his part in having Congress stop the President. VanZandt is a Republican--elected in the November landslide--but patriotism comes before partisanship in his agitation to prevent any alliances that would commit the country to military or naval aid. It matters not to him that the President assails his motives. He believes his stand meets with the approval.of all who abhoji-r-the senseless, slaughter war entails. "He is .ready to..rfight along that line to the end. 1ATTGH AKD EXERCISE AND GROW STRONG · "Laugh and grow fat" is a very old saying. A happy frame of mind has likewise, long been held conducive to enjoyment of a meal and a good start on the process of digestion and assimilation. Happiness and flay go hand in hand. It is not unnatural, therefore, for a Northwestern University professor to recommend more of the play spirit in our jobs.- The professor associates play and exercise. He brings in laughter as a logical result, and contrary to the old saying, he holds the combination will reduce the waistline and make for more rugged health, rather than pile on excess fat. Laughter thereby becomes a word with a double meaning. Used sensibly it can help" prolong life. The sensible way is along with exercises. GETTING OUT 1'HE ENROLLMENT Men, women and children enrolled in the Sunday schools of the community will be given the opportunity of demonstrating'their loyalty during the weeks intervening between now and Easter. A campaign aimed at getting out the membership was begun Sunday, with varying results. Attendance figures rangec^from 50 per cent up to 78, locally, while a Dunbar school, the Methodist Protestant, reported 94 per cent. The campaign Is not intended to be competitive in any way. Its sole aim is to prevail upon people whose names are carried on the rolls live up to the implied obligation to do their part in promoting the welfare of the schools and thereby the churches. ' Each Monday The Courier will' publish the figures for' the day before. Facts About Our Busy World STRENGTH FOR YOUR TASK By Earl L. Douglass, D. D. KEEP UP QUALITY A woman who for years was in the confectionery business told me that at one time in her career she began, in order to ease the burden of overhead, to manufacture cheap grades of candy one or two days a week lor a certain large firm. Her candy makers had always been used to making candy only for her stores and candy of. the very highest quality. She soon found that switching them over now and again to making cheap and adulterated candy demoralized them, because unconsciously they got into the way of cheapness and adulteration, and the quality of her own fine-grade candies began to suffer. What a lesson this is on the folly ol ever doing anything less than our best. If at any point in our lives we let down our accustomed high standards, we soon find that/unconsciously we are putting the same policy into operation where we want to be at our best. (The candy makers could not make good candy five days of the week and poor candy one day. Pretty soon they were making nothing but poor candy. We cannot cheapen and adulterate any part of our life without degrading and corrupting the whole of it. AU rights reserved--Bahson Newspaper Syndicate, Sidelights To get an insight into the speed with which Uncle Sam's postal service carries a letter to its destination read this: The afternoon of January 18 Mrs. Mary Allender of Talequah, Oklahoma, formerly of Connellsville, mailed a letter to her aunt, Mrs. Martha Witman of North Third street, this ,city. Instead of Conr.cJlsville, however, she addressed it to "Col- linsvillc, Pa." The letter was postmarked at Talequah at 4 P. M. the day it was written. It reached Col- linsvil'.e, Pa., January 20 but there was no Mrs. Margaret Witman, "Try Ohio," the clerk wrote on the face of the envelope. -The postal service tried CollinsviUc, Ohio, without result. The letter reached there January 23. Then, in order it followed this route: Collmsville, Illinois, January 24; Alabama, January 25; away back to Connecucut, January 27; Massachusetts, January 28: Mississippi, January 30; Collinsville, Oklahoma, the state ot origin, Febuary 2; Texas, February 3. Letters to The Editor At Collinsville, Texas, the clerk vrote: "Try Connellsville, Pa." with a hunch that was the place intended jy the writer. Sunday evening, Febuary 5, the letter was received at the ComielUville office, after having traveled through 10 offices m nine tales. It v.-ns delivered Monday morning. There were so many [postmarks, Damon CntchlicJd, super- ntendcni ot mails, had difficulty reading the address. The first name ind part of the street address were egible. Superintendent Critchfleld was given the envelope and will preserve it. To coal ships at Bridgetown, British West Indies, native women are employed. They balance the heavy loads of coal on their heads while at their work. On one major American airline it is estimated that 26 different states are represented among the stewardesses. Birds cannot distinguish the color blue--although they are able to see at least 100 times as well as human beings. The writer of the letter was formerly Miss Mary Whitclcy of Connellsville. She went to the Southwest with her parents and the Giles :amily, it was explained at the Witman hrme, in a covered wagon. Two years ago she suffered a stroke which aaralyzed her right side. She has Deen bedfast since. Unable to use ler right hand she learned to write with the left. She is now past 80. Mrs. Witman was 90 years old last September. She has been making ier home with her son and daughter- in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Witman, since the death of her sister- Mrs. Matilda-Eccles, some time ago in her 100th year. The United States can't expect to remain neutral and a non-combatant in event of an European war if it continues to interpret the neutrality act now in existence as a piece of legislation that might be applied only to certain powers, Congressman Jimmy VanZandt of Altoona told the writer after he had addressed Walter E. Brown, V. F. W., Saturday night at the United Brethren Church. The war scare that has been fanned the country over, he said, is apparently intended to get the people oi this Nation in a mood to protecl themselves against a foreign invader THE TENURE ACT Editor, The Courier: Anent your editorial of this date, concerning the proposed amendment of the Teacher Tenure Act, it appears to me that this is one act among multitude o£ other faulty acts that have been foisted upon a defenseles; public, that should be scrapped. As you know, it has been the cause of countless suits nnd countersults, ever since enactment, and as usual, John Q. Public pays the freight. Just why the public school teacher should be a favored class is beyond my comprehension. With few exceptions, the school teachers did no 1 feel the pinch of the depression, tha cleaned out the most of the rest o: us. True, in some few cases, they were compelled to t.akc cuts in salary but in most cases they were soon restored, while for the most at us the cut has not heen restored, and we had to keep on paying--and paying. According to the provisions of th called model school code of tb State of Pennsylvania, salaries o school teachers begin at a certain figure and Increase by nomlnn amounts for a number of years, unti certain maximum is attained, a least 1 so understand the act. Bu did the salaries of the greater number of wage earners or salary-earners this protection? They did not. They decreased, and in some cases, disappeared entirely, and the wage cnrneri were compelled to continue to pay taxes and increased school taxes (o pny these boosted salaries of the favored teachers, and if they did not or could not pay, uere threatened with court sale of their properties: Is this a fair situation, I ask? According to the accepted Idea of our Government and laws, class legislation is unlawful, but I have never yet heard any one raise a howl about this particular case, wherein one class was favored at the exppnse of others. If he did, it was drowned out in the boos of the favored ones. In regard to the continued employment of married women teachers, the law should be amended to eliminate those who have husbands to support tliem. It should be flexible enough to protect those who have invalid husbands to support or those who may be widows with dependent children. But, it certainly should weed out those who are one half of a wage earning team with never' a chick nor child but themselves to support, whereas in the present state of affairs there are countless families o£ six, ten or even more dependent upon the greatly depleted earnings of one in the household who happens to be fortunate enough to have a job, and in many cases, a PWA job, which Heaven knows is a dole One more thing to be said. II is the old ballyhoo about the years of study and expense that a teacher has to expend for preparation tor their life work. That is all true enough, but how about those countless others who had to do the same if not more? Did they get a break from friends at court? They did not "II I know my Yankee spirit cor- They were not too considerately rectly, and having served in the; pushed aside and out and put to As Others Think / HIT AND RUN x (Washington Star.) The darkness of the winter morn- ng was increased by the drizzle of ·ain from dense, low-hanging clouds. The streets were slippery. II was I the hour when the city had just| awakened and was beginning to rnovt about. Protection afforded later in .he day by traffic lights was not yet available. Every circumstance called for unusual caution and alertness. A coward in a deaths-dealing machine Dasses at what probably was an llegal speed. And a little boy was left dying in the street. Here is a cace which no preventive .aw can touch any more than it can prevent murder. No regulation to control recklessness or speed, no method of pedestrian protection, no normal policing of the city couJd have sufliced here. Punishment is the only recourse left to the community, and definite punishment by society, rather than by a doubtfully tortured conscience, is the only fitting answer. The determined effort being exerted by the police department to bring the killer to justice is commendable. Extraordinary steps have been taken, rewards offered end extra police assigned to hunting down the criminal. It is to be hoped the guilty driver will be apprehended and punished promptly. NEWS BEHIND /THE NEWS By PAUL MALLON (U, .WASHINGTON, Feb. 7.--As Roosevelt congressmen whisper it, Britain and France until war breaks matter is significant. Apparently trere were no Administration strings on this new 3100,000 the committee obtained to continue its inquiry. out, then to stop all trade completely. Perhaps it represents what the Only difference likely in the re- Picsident is driving at. Certainly it r.ewed Dies investigation is that it is quietir-3 apprehensions of those | will be more cautious and careful legislators who want to follow him about developing its facts before pre- and are looking for soothing reasons. The opposition, however, is hooting at the suggestion, in the cloakrooms. Doubters contend it-cannot be done. Demands of our European friends, and domestic pressure favoring them, will be very hard to resist in case of war. If we send them planes and munitions now, it will look like desertion to stop when they really get into trouble. Even if war is avoided, what will happen if they cannot pay their bills for these materials now to be shipped? Now that the Government has unofficially authorized the sale, has it not accepted responsibility to our American manufacturers for settlement? etc., etc. will concentrate on pushing its vate investigators further into Fascist and 'Communist leads which its recent investigation developed. Stray Thoughts By S M. DcHUFF Wonder why Walter E. Brown V. F. W. Post persists in gumming up their annunl banquet by parking me at the speakers' table? Billy Bishop showed all tile genius of a G-mcin m tracking down Jim Mills and Hobe Lamp, local B. O. telephone and telegraph linemen, who disappeared, along with Billy's best Sunday hat, at one and the same time from a North Ptttsburg street eating emporium, in which, however, no crimir.,il intent was involved. County Commissioner John Rankin was at the V. F. W. banquet but never said a word about the new bridge. After seeing that automobile tire ex-ray machine in action I'm wondering how toon it'll be Ui! they invent one powerful enough to reveal exactly how much a fellow still owes the finance company. With the Mayor and Chief of Police present at the V. F, W. janquet there was no danger, as His ioncr himself told the crowd, of a raid such as took place the previous Saturday evening. Not that they mean a thing to either of us, but since being titled "a poet, humorist, author anc columnist," I'm not the least bit jealous of the mess of medals that adorn Mussolini's and Hitler's manly breasts. To the ladies of the Lincoln avenue U. B. Church: What I said about your cooking is supposed to be secret. Let's go to press. American service I believe I do, you won't have to beat tom-toms to have our people rise up in defense of their land and home," the former National commander of the V. F. W. said. "But who is going to attack us? I'd like to know the identity of that nation. A survey of the world will prove conclusively that every foreign power has a big job trying to keep straight its affairs at home. The Administration spokesmen probably will want us to know that the enemies of the American people will attack us. If you'll only look at the post-war indebtedness to the United States, you'll find that the only friend Uncle Sam has In this big wide world of ours is tiny Finland. It's the only one that has been paying its post-war debts and isa't thinking of taking the American people for another financial ride." The people of the United States won't permit themselves to become policemen of the world and are determined that if the powers that be want to' do something worth while they might give a little more consideration and attention to those millions who want but a chance to earn an honest living, parents who want a better America tor their offsprings, boys that they didn't intend to become cannon fodder, Congressman VanZandt declared. Blind people in Seattle, Wash., may ride free on any street cars, according to an ordinance passed by city council. the More babies are born in taxicabs in New York City else in the world. than anywhere Biloxi. Miss., calls "nation':: fisVi basket." itself the February-is the favorite wedding month with Bulgarian and Rumanian bride?. Ireland also has its Coney Island. It is Lough Neagh, and is much older tnan the New York pleasure resort. "The fact I am a Republican has nothing to do with the point in question. I am first of all interested in the welfare of my country and my constituents and if I believe the President to be wrong it is my duty to say so. To me it seems that his foreign policies mean involvement of the United States in another war, with Uncle Sam again holding the bag. This is a thing we all must fight to avoid," VanZandt said. At Asnieres, near Paris, is a tiny cemetery where are buried many of the carrier pigeons which earned messages during the World War. The President's- hint that his sources of European information might be closed if the Military Af- 'airs Committee makes public all it ins been told, likewise has a more specific basis than he divulged. This Government has been getting information from British and French intelligence services, as well as from its own diplomatic attaches in Europe. It is this information which Army, Navy and Government officials used as a basis for their secret congressional testimony. Diplomatic repercussions with Britain and France might follow official publication of some of this. Most of it, however, doe? not appear in the transcript of committee proceedings as stenographers were frequently sent from the room during this testimony. The C -emment's export-import .ank has two deals with Argentina confidentially under consideration. Amounts involved are $1,000,000 and $2,000,000 respectively. One deal concerns sale by U. S. manufacturers of railroad equipment to a government-controlled railroad down there; :he other would provide equipment "or a privately-owned power plant. This data comes fr^tm an official source. Claim is made^ that the deals involve only routine export-import bank activity, but there is doubt about that. The old Government reorganization bill which rocked the country last year will be coming up again in the House within a lew days, but its horns will be trimmed so much it will be unrecognizable. Trimming has been accomplished through Representative Lindsay Warren, working with the White House. He has told the Presiden' what the House will and won't accept, and has drawn a single bil ba^ed on what can be adopted. One thing '"te bill will not contain is the old idea of abolishing the Civil Service Commission. senting witnesses to the public. Hearings will not be held for some ime. For the present, the committee When a physician carted Senator Bill Borah off to the hospital during the hottest part o£ the foreign affairs row, he issued orders that under no circumstances was Borah's secretary, Cora Hubin, to communicate to the senator anything pertaining to the office. The doctor laid trn same law down to Borah and his nurses. Dorah stood it as long as he could. Finally one morning, Miss Rubin, answering the telephone, heard a voice that is rarely timid, whispering: "Cora, what's going on down, there? Tell me quickly.". Borah was calling from his hospital bed. She started filling him in, when the guiding international senator-at- large, interrupted--"all right, that's enough now. Gotta go. Here comes that dam nurse." S. Senator James J. Davis, Governor Arthur H. James, County Republican Chairman George C. Brown and WPA authorities. In the 12th century red was considered a color only for royalty and nobility, in Denmark. The poorer classes were not permitted to wear the color. It may not be true but the Dies Committee has been tipped that an official investigation of radicals in ihe Government was made by the Justice Department two years ago. One first thing committeemen will try to find out in their rejuvenated inquiry is whether it was made, if J. Edpar Hoover made it and if it indicated some 2,050 Federal em- ployes were fraternizing in various degrees with extreme left organizations. (This would not be a particularly surprising figure. There were 115,590 Federal employes in Washington last June, 736,336 in the field.) For the present, the mrf- fact that the committee is looking into the QUATRAINS Lire QuaD. For five and twenty quail each day WiUi corn and wheat play the host; I like them better stuffed that way Than dead upon a piece of toast. * * * Misapplioa Truth. "Mistakes will happen!" Yet beware The way you put this phrase to use. It's just a warning to take care, And not for fools a good excuse. * * * Difference. Twixt man and woman this Is a true, A difference which seldom fails. Man sits, with nothing else to do. A woman shines her finger nails. * * * Soft Winter. I like tlie winter winds to blow And bang the window panes. When I have set my mind for snow. I want no softening rains. Cartagena ! s one of the oldest cities in the Spanish Main. The city was founded in 1533 and contains the tomb of Columbus' patron saint, San Pedro Claver. Enjoy (BstttllgfU Tonight work on the dole, or the relief, while the more favored went merrily on secure in the thoughts ol a certain job and increased salaries at stated times. By all means let us have this thing settled, so that it will be understood by all, that a school board can terminate the employment of any teacher who does not nieasure up, or xvho has violated the little condition of notifying their employers that they have been married. Until this is so, there is small hope or encouragement for our future teachers, who even now are having a hard time even getting a hearing, let alone a chance. If th.s state of affairs continues to endure, it will only be a few years until there will be a dearth o£ teachers to replace those who do die or retire. FAIR DEALER. Connellsville, Pa. February 3, 1939. MISUSE OF WPA CHARGED Editor, The Courier: In my travel to a nearby coal mine I saw some men picking coal out of an' old slate pile. By chance I learned they were being paid by the WPA as employes of a WPA rosd project. As I continued traveling until evening I noticed they had picked about 15 bushels of coal and then a WPA true)- came and hauled the pickings away. The next day those same men were back again. A most expensive project at 50 cent an hour or $20 a day for five me- and on top of that a truck at $1.50 per hour, when coal can be delivered to a consumer at 11 cents a bushel. · I have made an investigation of this incident and have found this has been going on for some time. I think the foreman should be made to account for same. V ry truly yours, DANIEL W. BAILEY. Vanderbilt, Pa. P. S.--Protests will be sent to U. Lamps that !elp To Keep 2/ou Ttf/ y-Sjv i m BE SURE to take advantage of the splendid I.E.S. lamp values that the local dealers are now making available" to you! Table; bridge, floor and end table models-good light for anywhere you need ii Here is a fine opportunity to "light condition" your home at low cost--to give every member of your family the sight-saving light they deserve. If you have been planning to buy more I.E.S. lamps, do so now. If you have no I.E.S. lamps at all, you should find out about them at once. Visit the displays! i|p»g^lpj^||%f^^V:'- ;v i:jjimtm%tte imSm^i^i^t

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