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February 8, 1939

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LAST. E .AST. EDITION PRICE The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 37, NO. 75. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17, 1879. The Daily Courier. Founded November 10. 1DQ2. Merged July IB. 1329. CONNEIiLSVILLE. PA., WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY S, 1S39. TEN PAGES. PRESIDENT WARS WITH CONGRESS Many of Own P a r t y Among Those Who Are Opposing Him. BATTLE FLARES ON MANY ANGLES Commuters Don Gas Masks By LYLE C. WILSON United'Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Feb. 8.--President Roosevelt attacked a rebellious Congress today on fronts defended largely by conservative members of his own party. 1. He returned to the Works Progress Administration fight with a request that Congress immediately consider emergency appropriation of another 5150,000,000 which House and Senate only last month refused to provide. 2. He denied the version o£ Senator Carter Glass,' D., Va., of events leading up to the nomination of Judge Floyd H. Roberts to the Federal bench and challenged constitutionality of the "senatorial courtesy" rule whereby the nomination was rejected. Mr. Roosevelt said he was inclined to think that Federal judgeships should 'not be included in senatorial patronage. 3. He denounced as deliberate misrepresentation the version of his foreign policy given the- press by unnamed members of the House and Senate and charged at least one legislator'with deliberately lying. 4. He questioned the patriotism of the act of one- or more additional senators--likewise unidentified--who gave the press erroneous reports of sale of anti-aircraft equipment to Great Britain, thereby possibly revealing existence of secret American weapons. The foreign policy dispute flared last week in international excitement over reports the President had said the National defense line lay pn the Rhine or in France. He called tl*e report a deliberate lie but was willing to close the. book on that and related controversies if Congress would. But the issue comes up this week when the Senate Military Affairs Committee again considers motions to make public testimony relating to cooperation extended by. the Administration to prospective French purchasers of new-type American fighting planes. Mr. Roosevelt raised the other issues yesterday in a message to Congress on relief and in his press con- Terence." ree rers He!d At Greensburg Special -to The Courier. GREENSBURG, Feb. 8.--Three Connellsville me:a were ordered held for action of the Westmoreland county grand jury on a charge of murdering Naum Acheff, a Scottdale confectioner, last December, after being arraigned before Alderman Joseph A. Walton here Tuesday. The men who are expected to be taken before this February grand jury during the day are Luther (King Kong) .Boyston and Clyde (Bluetop) White, colored, and John Turaa, white, all of Connellsville. The three are said to have confessed to aFyette county authorities that they murdered Acheff during a holdup. They previously had reportedly admitted robbing and Wiling Henry D. Foster, retired farmer, in Connellsville 10 days before. "An Aboard!"--in gas masks As a protest to gasoline fumes of gasoline motor one-car commuter train into New York, passengers from suburban Ardsiey don gas mr.sks. The commuters also object to old-fashioned coal stove, especially in car with gasoline tanka beneath. (Central Presa) Here Begins Tomorrow With Father-Son Fete Fatally Injured HOUSE Kills BILL ENDING LABOR BOARD Amendment Would Toss Out Appropriation, Stopping Activity. BITTER FIGHT ANTICIPATED "Wild Bill" Cummings INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 8.--William "Wild .Bill" ' Cummings, who ' won fame and fortune as a racing pilot on the Indianapolis Speedway, died today of injuries received when he lost control of bis automobile on a quiet Indianapolis street. He never regained consciousness after the accident Monday night. Physicians said he suffered a severe brain concussion. Cummings was returning to his home at Five Points, Indianapolis suburb,-when his automobile struck a soft shoulder on the highway. The machine tore through a wooden raili ing guarding Bean creek, hurtled over underbrush lining the creek and It had been "originally planned to I turned over in the water. arraign the throe in Fayette county .for both crimes but decision later was reached to try them here because the case in the AchefE homicide was said to be much stronger. Four Coal Barges Run Wild in River PITTSBURGH, Feb. 8.--Four coal barges of the Pittsburgh Coal Company broke Icose from the disabled towboat, Hangar, and ran wild on the Monongahela IRiver last night. Three of the barges, each loaded with 1,000 tons of coal, floated to the landing of the Jones and Laughlin . Steel Corporation, where one sank and the other two were taken in tow by the boat, Mary Alice. The fourth barge drifted to the Hillman landing where it was tied up. Colder Weather On Way, Is Prediction The Weather Man today predicted an end to the spring-like elements, forecasting "rain changing to snow and colder tonight." The observer ssld it would be much colder, bringing-a drop-in the mercury which" has been hovering around the spring average. Just Off the Wire . Topping Connellsville's part in the celebration oi the 29th. anniversary of Scouting win bo a father-son banquet tomorrow night, February 9, at the First Methodist Episcopal Church. Exceptional interest has been manifest by Scouts and Scouters of the district in malting this one event the outstanding function that the Scout organization has evert held in this city. ' 3. W. CarHon, chairman ol the Anniversary Week program, states that the advance ticket sale indicates a large turnout, ond preparations are being made to accommodate lour hundred at the dinner. Tickets may be secured from any Scout, scoutmaster or member of the District Committee. Reservations cnn be made by calling Mr. Carlton, 1595-J. John Kunkle, president o£ the Fayette-Westmoreland CounciJ, and Scout executives .John Ewing and Milton Wyatt will be present, as well is 20 other" men from surrounding .owns who are interested in the scout organization. Outstanding among the guests will be J. L. Hoyt of McKeesport, who is well known throughout the Eastern states for his work in Scouting. Mr. Hoyt will show pictures of various National and international jamborees he has attended, and will speak on these as they ai'e shown. The program: Father-son banquet, G:30 P. M, Invocation, Rev. L. S. Elliott. Dinner, served promptly at. 6:30 o'clock, with District Chairman Douglas K. Mcllvaine as toastmaster. Introductions, 7:30. Scout executives and well known Scouters - will be introduced to the group. . . . Court of honor, 7:45. Presentation o f ' second and first class badges and merit madges to all Scouts who have passed the board of rovi.w. Guest speaker, 8:15 P. M. Mr. Hoyt will show moving pictures and talk on National and international jamborees. Scout-benediction. - By United Press. WASHINGTON, Feb. 8.--The House today rejected an amendment to the independent offices appropriation bill that would have deprived the National Labor Relations Board of all but $15,000 oC its 1940 appropriation. It was defeated by 186 to jive on a standing vote. The proposal was in the form, of an amendment to the independent offices appropriation bill, which provides $3,189,GQO for the board to administer the Wagner Labor Relations Act for the year beginning July 1. Introduced late yesterday by Representatiye John Taber, R., N. Y., the amendment would deprive the agency of aH funds, except $150,000 for printing and binding. Passage of the bill was expected to follow settlement of the Taber amendment. The bill carries appropriations totaling $1,898,512,769. Consideration of the amendment was expected to set off one of the most bitter floor fights of the present congressional session. House Republicans were reported ready to back the proposal and a number of conservative, anti-Administration Democrats probably will join them in the indirect attempt to junk the Labor Board. Among others, Representative Claire Hoftman, H., Mich., bitter critic of the NLRB, said that 'he would assist in the fight io obtain approval of Taber's amendment. Hoffman has charged that the Labor Board condoned sit down strikes-a point on which the three members of the Labor Board were questioned closely by the Appropriations subcommittee during hearings on the bill. FRANCO MAKES PLEDGE AGAINST FOREIGN DOMINATION OF SPAIN SOMERSET ASKS JAMES' SUPPORT FOR HIGHWAY SOMERSET, Feb. 8.--Somerset civic Jeaders "importuned" Governor Arthur K. James today to "lend the support of his 'office to the end that construction" oE the new super-highway between Harrisburg and Fitls- bugh be continued. ' In a special resolution to be included in borough minutes, and similar resolutions prepared by the chamber of commerce and other civic bodies, residents o' this town asked the Governor to continue the project and pointed out that the resolutions were non-political, since Somerset council does not contain a Democrat. Somerset, the only town of any size between the eastern and western terminus of the road in Carlisle and Irwtn, woukl almost certainly be given one of the 10 entrance-exits from the through highway. Business undoubtedly would be benefitled. Loot Recovered, Police Hunt Third Rankin Bandit Slayer of Trooper To Be Tried Monday By United Press. WASHINGTON, Pa., Feb. 8.-- NEW-YORK, Feb. 8.--The Cunarcl \Vhite Star liner Queen Mary re- Frank Palarizo, Clarksville coal miner charged with the slaying of Corporal George D." ^Naughton of the State Motor Tolice, will go on trial next Monday, the district attorney's office announced today! Palanzo fired on officers who sought to oust him from his barricaded home January 30. Corporal Naugh- ported to Itadiomarine Corporation of ton was killed when he entered the America today that the S. S. Marie house. de I,arrinaffa was in distress in t h e ] North Atlantic. CONFLUENCE WILL HAVE IMPROVED STREET LIGHTS ' CONFLUENCE, Feb. 8--^Improved ireet lighting facilities were ordered yy Confluence Council at its meeting Monday night. Principal topic of discussion was the street lighting situation. It was set forth that for the past few years the lights have been few and far beween and the ones burning are inadequate for proper illumination. Council voted to increase all street lights on Oden street from the schoolhouse to Hugart street at Dodd's Hotel from 150 to 400 watts. Several additional lights will be installed. The change will increase the total candlepower from 4,800 to 0,200. Council also adopted its budget for the year. THIRD FACTION ENTERS UAW. FEUD By United Press. DETROIT, Feb. 8.--A third faction entered the United Automobile Workers Union family feud today. Joh: Plans Complete For Waltonites' Annual Banquet The sportsmen's event of the winter months--the annual banquet sponsored by the Connellsville Chapter of the Izaak Walton League-was discussed a 4 , length at a meeting of the chapter Tuesday evening at the home o£ "Waltonian J. Donald Reid at Reidmore. Plans for the event arc complete. There remains only an active canvass on the part of the membership to dispose of tickets. The banquet will be the evening of Thursday, February 23, at 6:30 o'clock at the First Methodist Episcopal Church. All persons having tickets out are asked to report by Monday evening, February 20, to J. A. Wills or Secretary Edgar J. Ogle- vce. Mr. Oglevec will be at his flower store alt that day. One of the leading conservationists of the country, Representative Karl Mundt of South Dakota, is to be the speaker. Motion pictures of the Far North, in technicolor, will be shown by Colonel Paul C. Hunt of Pittsburgh. Rev. L. S. Elliott, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, will be the toastmaster. President Ross J. Medcalf of the Walton chapter will preside. Delegations of sportsmen from all parts of Fayette county and from Somerset, Greene, Westmoreland and Allegheny counties are expected. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 8.--Combined law enforcement agencies: moved secretly today in their search for a third Hankin bank robber after recovering more than $2,000 of the loot and obtaining "confessions" .of two arrested and indicted suspects. Following recovery of roughly "two-thirds" of the loot, District Attorney Andrew. T. Park revealed the identity of the two arrested suspects and their alleged, accomplice. Held in the county jail were Frank Capaccione, 26, of Rankin, and Charles (Chuck) Biehl, 26, of Braddock, who, according to Park, have "confessed" and re-enacted the Saturday mornir.g holdup of the Hankin bank. The third suspect sought, was identified by Park as John Skrocki alias "Sox," believed to be the leadei of the bank robbery and a number of holdups during the last Christmas season holidays. The stolen funds recovered were found in a private house in Swissvale yesterday and county detectives took nto custody Mr. and Mrs. Frank Abbott anci a visitor to their home, Jack Hear!, of Forest Hilis. BEATS HIS DOG, IS FINED $42 Special to The Courier. GREENSBURG, Feb. 8.--Lawrence Schall of Allegheny township owned a pet German police dog that disobeyed his orders and followed him as he went into a taproom. Because the dog wouldn't go home, Schall became so enraged that he beat its head with a hammer and slashed its throat with a penknife, leaving; the animal to suffer for 4E minutes. · A humane society agent arrested Schall who was fined ?42. Transfer of Funds To Care for Needy Approved by James HARRISBURG, Feb. 8.--Governor Arthur H.. James today signed three mere bills transferring ?8,000,000 from special funds bringing to S34,- 000,000 the total "borrowed" by the 1939 Legislature to care for the needy to the close of the present bi~ ennium May 31. James signed measures transferring $4,000,000, $3,000,000 and $1,000,000 from the liquor license, liquid fuels tax and State insurance funds, respectively. The money is to be turned into the general fund to be dispersed through the Department of Public Assistance, The Legislature remained in session primarily to advance a $22,000,000 relief deficiency appropriation before the planned recess until February 27 to allow the Governor time to prepare his budget message to the General Assembly. Trip Stirs France Report Indicates He Has Promised Alien Troops Will L e a v e Country When Civil War Ends. COOPERATION OF FRANCE DEMANDED Viktor Lntze France is stirred by visit of Viktor Lutze, Nazi Storm Troop chief, to Italian Libya's frontier with French- controlled Tunisia. The visit kept in foreground Chancellor Hitler's promise to aid Italy in case of war. End of Spanish War Depends On Outside Factors By RICHARD D. McMULLAN United Press Staff Correspondent. PERPIGAN, French - Spanish Frontier, Feb. 8.--British and French efforts to end the Spanish civil war reached a stalemate today as Juan Negrin, loyalist premier, elected to lorm a new government and asserted .hat the loyalists could hold out for months in central Spain. It was indicated more and more clearly that the Spanish war was now simply a part of a rapidly developing diplomatic situation in which the real issue was whether France and Italy would resort to friendly negotiation or conflict to settle their differences. The loyalists seemed ready to talk peace, despite Negrm's decision to :ight on. So far the nationalists refused to consider anything but unconditional surrender. Julio Alvarez del Vayo, loyalist fireign minister who backs Negrin in plans to fight the war to a finish if satisfactory conditions can not be ob- lained, conferred last' night with Jules Henry, French ambassador, and R. C. Stevenson, : British charge d'affaires. He arranged a conference between the British and French envoys and Premier Negrin for today. The loyalists, it wa.'i indicated, were gambling on the possibility that, if they could not obtain; satisfactory peace terms, and could-hold-out ior two or three months, there would be a European crisis which would.force France to intervene actively .in their favor and against Italy:; It was.be 1 : cause both France and Great Britain recognized the dangers involved in the Spanish war that .they continued their efforts to end it, and that Britain extracted from Italy .yesterday a promise .that Italian'; "troops would be withdraw!; from Spain: as soon .as the .war ended, 1 : ·.:.-...:; lias Broken Back. Paul H. Mardorft, 50, former resident of Brownsville, under indictment in Bade county, Fla., on a charge of murdering his wife, Ethel, is reported to be suffering from a broken back. He was run down by a truck as he fled his home after allegedly stabbing his wife. Mrs. Perkins Defends Self Against Charges By United Press, WASHINGTON, Feb. 8.--Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, defending herself against an impeachment resolution, said today the record of. her conduct in office shows a consistent-purpose to support the ideals of democracy. The first woman Cabinet member in American his.tory appeared before executive session of the House Judiciary Committee to defend herself against a resolution by .Representative J, Parnell Thomas, R., N. J,, asking her impeachment. .".Thomas charged she violated immigration laws by failing to deport Harry Bridges, west coast labor leader. Miss Perkins denied that and said she had "entire faith and confidence" that Congress would "protect me and secure my rights and my reputation if I have done no wrong." She said she did not believe in Communism. The Weather r . . Detroit, claimed the Rain changing to snow and colder " | tonight; much colder in west portion, , , , ... . . suppcirc OI Thursday cloudy and much colder several local units m forming pol with sn j w flurrieys in norlh porlion js cies of the new faction. He said his ' supporters opposed Homer Martin because of his attacks on the Congress of Industrial Organizations, time opposed the but at the same "autocratic rule" board, ol the executive the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 103S Maximum 52 -(8 Minimum '17 :',0 Mean 43 33. By RALPH HEINZEN. . United Press Staff Correspondent. PARIS, Feb. 8.--Generalissimo Francisco Franco, Spanish nationalist leader, has given France a sweeping pledge against foreign domination in Spain, it was understood today. Senator Leon Berara, sent to Spain ; a special envoy and destined to be ambassador to Spain if the nationalists win the war, returned to Paris today and reported at once to Premier Edouard Daladier 'and Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet. It was understood that he brought the following pledges of the greatest international importance from Generalissimo Franco: 1---All foreign troops will leave Spain as soon, as the civil war is over. 2--There will be no foreign domination in Spain. 3--There will be no limitation of Spanish sovereignty in any agreements the-nationalists may make with the German, and Italian'gov- ernments. It was said that Franco also, -while still insisting on unconditional surrender by the loyalists, promised France that he would repatriate all Spanish "non-criminal" refugees, civilian and military, as soon as possible. In return the nationalist leader demanded of France: 1--That any Spanish" loyalist leaders who remain in France be prevented from engaging in anti-nationalist plotting. 2--That France permitno preparation on French soil of a counterrevolution. 3--That France hand to the nationalists millions of dollars in gold brought to France by the loyalist Syndicalist, Anarchist, and Socialist labor unions. Franco also registered an official objection to plans to send Spanish works of art, now in France, to Geneva in custody of the League of Nations. The nationalist leader asked, specifically that , President Manuel Azana of the loyalist government and members of the loyalist cabinet and Parliament be made to abstain from all political activity while in France and that France engage to give no aid to the loyalist government or army as regards the civil war. Premier D a l a d i e r considered Berara's report of such importance that he cancelled engagements for parliamentary and diplomatic receptions to devote the entire day to studying it. . . . It was regarded as possible that Franco's pledges might become.-the basis for French-British recognition, "of the "nationalist goverrime'nt. ".. .7. :~ New Spanish Premier Flees- into France By United Press. PERPIGNAN, Feb. 8.--Premier Juan Negrin and the republican, general stall abandoned Catalonia today before the advancing insur- gents'and entered France. The party came., across the border after the citadel, ancient fortress at the former temporary . capital, Figueras, had been blown up,.apparently in a new advance .of the nationalist armies closing in on .the frontier. When they .entered Perthus the party advised.French, .guards that they would enter France "definitely." Colonel Morel, French military at- tache of the Barcelona embassy welcomed Negrin who turned and -saluted Spain with a clenched fist. 500 AAiners Idle : As Tipple Burns; Loss Is $100;000 - By United'-'Brent · ' - -' - - -"RIDGWAY, Pa., Feb. 8.--Approximately 500 coal miners were thrown out of employment, today by a $100,000 fire which destroyed the coal tipple of No. 5 mine of the Shawmut . Mining Company at Brandy Camp. The fire broke out last night and rapidly consumed the 200-foot tipple, said to be one of the most" modern in Pennsylvania. The origin was not determined. Officials expected to rebuild, the tipple which was used by two mines working three shifts daily, five days a week. The coal mined was a superior grade and oil treated. Welsh Introduces Bill. | HARRISBURG, Feb. 8.--A bill in! traduced in the State Legislature by. : Representative Matthew J. Welshj Conriellsville, Fayette county,- Democrat, would appropriate $2,000,000 for modernizing the Soldiers and Sailors Home at Erie to house 3,000 war veterans and enlarge the institution to 400-bed capacity. Frick Miner Hurt. Wedged between the rib and a | cutting machine while working in the Filbert mine of the H. C. Frick Coke Company Tuesday, John Logston, 38, of East JVIilisboro, suffered injuries to his right leg. He was taken to Uniontown Hospital. MAKES WAGES CLAIM FOR. POLICE JOB HE NEVER HAD Injured in Fall. Mrs. H. L. .Lenhart of Davidson avenue is confined to. her bed with a fractured left ankle and severe bruises suffered Saturday when she fell down the cellar steps at her home. By United Press. MOLINE, 111., Feb. 8. --- Ansel Hoover, a salesman, filed a claim with the city attorney today for three months' wages as a policeman --a job which he hasn't had. He wanted to be a policeman and recently applied for a job to fill a vacancy. But the city council reinstated Peter Bruegeman, 40, a World .War veteran and a former member of_ the Moline police department. - ·" - · . Hoover charged that the reinstatement o£ Eruegeman was illegal and that a "competitive 'examination should have been held to fill the vacancy; He said that if .the-examination had been held he would have made higher grades than other candidates and.received the appoini- . merit.

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