The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on January 27, 1938 · Page 1
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, January 27, 1938
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LAST E D1TION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRICE 2 VOL. 36, NO. 71. Tha Weekly Courier. Founded July 17, 1819. Tho Dally Courier, Founded November 10, 1002. Merced. July 18. 1929 CONNELLSV1LLE, PA., THURSDAY T3VKNING, JANUARY 27, 193S. TWELVE PAGES. WINTER HITS NATION; TEN KNOWN DEAD Michigan Buried Under Drifts; Snow Reaches . Florida. NO IMMEDIATE RELIEF SEEN By United Press. A bitter cold wave, intensified by raging gales and heavy snows, spread across the country to the Atlantic seaboard and the Gulf of Mexico today as winter made its most severe onslaught of the year. Three quarters of the country east of the Rockies was covered by snow and ice. In Northern Michigan, buried beneath drifts 20 and 30 feet high, the worst blizzard in 40 years was abating but in its wake left families marooned in snowbound homes, isolated villages and paralyzed traffic. The storm dipped into the deep South, brought snow in Central Florida and freezing temperatures in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Jn Illinois and Wisconsin, floods continued to harass lowland residents, despite near-zero temperatures that usually halt rising waters. Wintry gales whipped the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, endangering shipping. A Coast Guard patrol boat was standing by a large oil barge with a crew of 10 aboard in the gulf about 120 miles off the Mississippi Hiver. The barge had drifted helplessly for 36 hours. Rescue vessels went to the aid of a British freighter and a steam trawler, helpless oft the Atlantic coast. The floods and blizzard caused at least 10 deaths, four in Illinois, three in Indiana, two in Michigan and one in South Dakota. U. S. Weather Forecaster J. R. Lloyd forecast continued snow in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. He predicted no relief for the rest of the country but said clear weather ·was probable in the Middlcwest for several days--with the exception of Michigan. Only the Far West and New England escaped freezing ic/nperaturcs. The high flung Falls View bridge »t Niagara Falls, from which thousands of honeymooners have watched the cataract, buckled under a mountainous ice jam and was threatened with destruction. Crews of men precariously perched on huge ice blocks, worked desperately to save the span. ' In the Southern states and a' Lakeland, Fla., the state and Federal frost warning service predicted temperatures near the freezing point as far south as Central 'Florida. Snow fell at Ocala, Fla., yesterday. It was feared, too, that the storm would cause damage to the Midwest's wheat crop. The bridge, Its steel 1 girders groan- Ing from the pressure of a 100-foo wall of ice, was forced out of lim Continued on Page Two. WPA Relief Rolls Now at 1,831961 By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. 27.--Work Progress relief rolls reached 1,831, 961 for the week-ending January January 22--a new high for the fisca year and an increase of 604,524 ovc the previous week. The increase for the week was th largest since inception of the currcn, upward trend in relief started dur ing October with beginning of th business recession. The total ex cceded last year's low level of 1,450, 101, reached last October 2, b slightly more than 400,000. Illinois showed the largest crease of 8,101 persons and Pennsyl vania was second with 6,160. Just Off the Wire By Ufllted J»rtss. PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 27.--Th Pennsylvania Superior Court toda granted a ncw trial for Emerson P Jennings and Charles Harris, con vlctcd in the L'uzcrno county court on charges of bombing the automo bile of Judge W. A. Valentino moment before his daughter steppe from the mach.'ne. PITTSBURGH. Jan. 27--Findin, of the bodies of two Infant babies-one of them murdered, the othc asphyxiated--today started an In tense search for the parents of th two children. The two dead babic were found almost simultaneously a widely-separated points of (he city WASHINGTON, Jan. 27.--AHor neys for Thomas J. Slooncy toda asked the Supreme Court to rcvie Callfrnla state decisions refusing t. release Mooney from Imprlsonmen rsuUintr from San Francisco's 131 preparedness day bombing. WIN ON ANTI-LYNCH FILIBUSTER? Top, left to right, Senators George, ConnaUy and McKcllar; below, lighted dome ot capital Indicating congress In night session. By United Prc«i. WASHINGTON, filibusters led by Jan. 27.--Senate Senator Carter Hass, D., Va., today smashed an at:empt to limit debate on the anti- lynching bill and predicted that the controversial measure soon would be shelved. Glass and Senator Tom ConnaUy, D., Texas, formed an oratorical spearhead for a combination of Republican and Democratic forces that defeated a proposal to invoke the Senate's rarely applied "gag" or clo- ture rule, 51 to 37. A two-thirds majority is required. Failure of the gag rule motion wil allow the filibusters to continue talking indefinitely to prevent a vote on the anti-lynching measure. The gag proposal, submitted by Senator M. M. Neely, Democrat West Virginia, was described by filibuster leaders as "the last gasp" o supporters of the bill. They pre dieted that alter its failure the bil would be laid aside within a week. Pick and Shovel Crew Battles Huge Ice Wall To Save Famous Bridge By United Press. NIAGARA FALLS, N. Y., Jan. 27. --Pick-and-shovel crews battled a wall of Ice 100 feet high today, hopins o save Falls View bridge, known to loneymooners throughout the world. The towering, single arch span, for 40 years a link between the United States and Canada, was undergoing tremendous pressure from the moun- ainous ice jam, but engineers believed it could withstand it. Its steel girders twisted and torn, the historic bridge, from which jiousands have viewed both the Canadian and American falls, bulged and swayed under the almost constant pushing of ice, and surveyors estimated that it had been forced out of line from two to three feet. The ice threatened to damage severely other land marks familiar to honeymooncrs. The new docks of the famous maid of the mist sl^am- crs, built last summer at a cost of $9,000, were crushed, and the two boats were lifted high out of their berths. The tourist cabin at the foot oi the American Falls and the well-known Cave of the Winds trail were damaged. Authorities feared that the pressure might even injure the two elevators leading to the wooden catwalk which winds around the f oot of the falls. Fifteen huge generators in the Niagara Falls plant of the Ontario Power Company on the Canadian side were ruined by ice and water. The estimated loss was $1,000,000. Operations in the plant ceased, and it was feared that the building itself, located at the foot of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, might be damaged. The 28 miles of river below the falls was filled with giant chunks of ice, which threatened power plants and homes along the shore. Workers, aided by floodlights that made the ice blocks look like great, sparkling diamonds in the night, chopped at the wall around the bridge to relieve the pressure. Their job was most dangerous, as a slip might mean death in the cold waters below. The wind shifted frequently, mostly in favor of the work crews, Continued on Page Twelve. E. J. Smutz, Credit Bureau Head, Dies; Ailing for Month One of Connellsville's best known and most active civic-minded citizens was lost with the death at 5:15 o'clock this morning at' Uniontown Hospital of Edgar J. East Cedar avenue. Smutz ot 203 He had been HETZEL BEGINS REMODELING CRAWFORD AVENUE PROPERTY Iron Bridge Boy Falls Off Truck; Dies in Hospital Clark Gadd, 16 years old. of Iron Bridge, died m Frick Memorial Hospital at Mount Pleasant at 10:10 o'clock Wednesday night from a fractured skull. The Gadd boy, who worked for the Weaver poultry farm at Iron Bridge, slipped off a truck yesterday afternoon at Scottdalc, his head striking a water plug on the street. He was rushed to the hospital in Mount Pleasant and admitted at 1:45 o'clock. The youth was a son of Mrs. Irene Gadd of Iron Bridge. Besides his mother he is survived by the following brothers and sisters. Kenneth, Mount Pleasant; Mildred, Stella May, Earl and Dorothy, all at home. The body will be taken to the home of Mrs. Gadd's sister, Mrs. Olivia Seders, at Iron Bridge. M'lLVRIED MADE SUPERINTENDENT OF IRVIN WORKS By United Prcai. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 27.- -Howard G. Mcllvricd, assistant manager of operations of the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation at Pittsburgh, has been named general superintendent of the company's new Irvin Works, near Clairton, it was announced today. The Irvin Works, which will manufacture sheet, strip and tin plate is now under construction. Mcllvricd's first association with subsidies of the United Slates Steel Corporation was as a machinist at the Braddock works of the American Steel and Wire Company. Later he served in the engineering departments of that company and the National Tube, Carnegie Steel and American Sheet and Tin Plate companies. Remodeling of the former Yough Trust Company Building in West Crawford avenue to provide quarters for C. Roy Hetzel's dru? business was begun today under the direction of A. C. Herwick, the general contractor. Completion of the work will provide Mr. Hctzel and the business district with one of its most beautiful fronts and additional office space for the downtown area. The building is to be ready for occupancy April 1, at which time Mr. Hetzcl will vacate his quarter? in the Woolworth Building. An enlarged entrance, with ample display windows on cither side, is contemplated, while the first story front will be embellished with black carrara glass, similar to that recently used on other store fronts. Above the first story the granite front will remain as it is, save for carrara glass across the line marking the division between the second and third floors the name "Hctzel Building" at the top, replacing the name of the bank. The cast display window will be Continued on Page Two. taken to the hospital on Wednesday morning. Death was attributed to complications. He had been ailing since before Christmas. Mr. Smutz, who was 50 years old, had been identified with practically all of the city's community undertakings and at his death was serving as director and financial secretary of the Connellsvillc Community Fund and secretary of the Board of Trade, the Connellsviile Credit Bureau and the Merchants Club. His passing caused President Daniel Durie of the Board of Trade and Community Fund to say that 'Connellsville has lost a real citizen as Mr. Smutz was always community-minded and had exercised a spirit that makes for a better community." Edgar Johnston Smutz, a lifelong resident of Connellsvillc, was born on March 22, 1887, at New Haven, o son of the late I. C. and Mary Rebecca Johnston Smutz. He was graduated from Connellsville High School and Douglas Business College. Mr. Smutz was engaged for a time as general manager at Pcchin, near Dunbar, and Uniontown by tht United Refractories Company and about 10 years ago became identified with the Connellsville Credit Bureau. Five years ago he assumed the duties of secretary of the Board of Trade. He was active in the organization of the Connellsville Community Fund and was serving as a member of the Continued on Page Six. Christmas Bonuses Ruled as Taxable; Held Part of Wages WASHINGTON, Bureau of Internal Jan. 27.--The Revenue ruled today that bonuses given by employers to (heir workers as Christmas gifts arc taxable as wages, under the Social Security Act. The bureau decided that wages, under the act, mean "all remuneration for employment" and that Christmas bonuses arc part of such remuneration. Tho bureau also decided that volunteer fire departrrcnls operating under state laws arc "instrumentalities of political subdivisions of the state," and as such are not subject to social security taxes. Jackson Succeeds Reed; Nomination Given to Senate MINERD URGES FUND GIFTS BE MADE LOCALLY Persons planning to make contributions to the President Roosevcll birthday ball fund in Connellsvillc should forward them to Dr. H. Daniel Minerd, city chairman, or J. Vincent Soisson, so that the city may be given, credit for these amounts. Mayor Ira D. Younkin and Chairman Minerd called upon the citizens to contribute toward the fund tha is being raised in a nation-wide wa: on infantile paralysis. Tickets may be purchased for the birthday ball to be held on Saturday at Pleasant Valley Country Clul and reservations for table" should bi made direct. Others who desire tc contribute to the fund should cithe purchase tickets from the local com mittec or make cash donations to Dr Minerd or Mr. Soisson. Congressman Plunges From Hotel Window By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. 27.--Representative Edward A. Kcnney, Democrat, New Jersey, plunged from sixth floor window of the smart Carleton Hotel today to almost instant death on a cement driveway. Kenncy, New York and Hackcn- snck attorney who won prominence in Congress for his sponsorship of proposals for a national lottery, fell from French windows in a hotel suite. He was dead when his body, clad only in underwear, was found shortly after 8 A. M. Police surmised thai Kcnney, groping in the darkness* of the" winter morning, mistook the windows for a closet or bathroom door, and stumbled into space. Parkhill, at 95, To Realize Lifelong Dream of Ocean Trip 'Anglers" Use lures r No) Bare Hooks Nor Hands, Judge Rules By United Press. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Jan. 27.--To he deep satisfaction of the Izaak Walton League, Indiana's supreme court ruled today that you aren't angling unless you use "some bait, :ure or deception." Such unsportsmanlike activities as snagging fish with a bare hook, spearing them or catching them with bare hands do not constitute angling and arc in violation of the state law, the court said. "We believe that 'angling' contemplates the use of some bait, lure or deception," the court ruled. "Angling is defined generally as 'the act or art of fishing with a rod and line."" Judicial interpretation of angling came on an appeal from the Lawrence circuit court involving Marvin Mcars, whom the state accused of snagging fish with a bare hook. The affidavits were reinstated by the supreme court decision and Mears probably will be brought to trial. The opinion was written by Judge Curtis G. Shake who is not a fisherman. Dr. Williams Scores Ousting Of B. B. Smith Severe condemnation of the lack of charity which prompted the Connellsville Board of Education in declaring the office of superintendent of schools vacant five months in advance of the time the term o! Superintendent Bela B. Smith wil expire climaxed an address before the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs at their joint luncheon today by Dr Samuel H. Williams, professor of Continued on Page Six. DON'T TAKE DEMOCRACY FOR GRANTED-DR. MYERS Council Unable To Name Member For Vacant Seat Council today remained undecided about a successor to the vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. E. C. Sherick. Wednesday, February 2, is the last day on which the four members may name one and after that it will be up to the Fayette county courts to determine the appointee. It was indicated the councilmcn may get together for a session prior to the final date but as matters stood today there was a division that probably could be spanned only by a "dark horse" compromise candidate. » If Council is to select its new member, it will be necessary to discard all of the "firs.t choices" and name- an outstanding citizen, who probably hasn't appeared in the picture thus far. Three Boys Who Fled Training School Face Auto Theft Charges GREENSBURG, Jan. 27.--Three youths who escaped Tuesday from the National Training School for Boys at Washington, D. C., taken to Somerset todny to TWO MINERS HURT AT COLONIAL NO. 4 ,, . \ . . , to extort $5,000 from a Michigan Two mine workers were injured | physlclani Frank scars, 18, Raleigh, were face- charges of stealing an automobile at Jenncrstown, Somerset county. The boys were arrested near Grccnsburg late Wednesday by State Motor Police. They were Joseph Sarkody, 18, of River Rouge, Mich., who police say has served four years for attempting Somcrspt Fire Loss Down. SOMERSET, Jan. 27.--Fire loss one seriously, Tuesday afternoon and night at Colonial No. 4 mine of the I H. C. Frick Coke Company. Stanley Stefl of Mount Pleasant N. C., and Charles Donnahoe, 17, Landman, S. C., both of whom said they were serving sentences for alleged automobile thefts. "Education is the great equalizer of the conditions of men," dcclarec Dr. Alonzo F. Myers, professor of education, school of education a Ncw York University, Ncw York this morning at the opening session of the combined Connellsville City and Dunbar Township teachers meeting and educational conference in the High School auditorium. "The big issue today in elementary education, the one that overshadows all others, is that which relates to the dominant aim towards society,' continued Dr. Myers. He said that early educators knew the value and aims of elementary education but that today this is al changed, blaming it on the genera indifference to the acceptance of democracy, saying: "One hundred years ago people did not take democracy for granted In fact, they even questioned whether it was the best form o: government for us." Continuing, he said: "Since 1030 or possibly 1932 we have bosun to wonder whether our form of democracy is the right kind of government and whether 05 not i might be replaced." Dr. Myers pointed out the growth of Fascism and other "isms" an warned that day by day the sent! Continued on Page Six. Cold Wave May End Saturday; Mercury Rise Is Predicted .,,, ^.,,-,,,,,,,,. ,, WASHINGTON Jan. 27 I suffered severe head injuries and dent Roosevelt today nominated!^ | ju^le^fanklg 5 '" JUnCU ° n "" '"" ^Mstance when the officers overlook | Both men were taken to Brownsville General Hospital, ley MIAMI, FLA., Jan. 27.--President William Green of the American Federation of Labor said today he opposes Congressional investigation of the National Labor Relations Board .ti this lime. pany answered 20 calls in the bor- iT"»~V » r, ouch and Ifl nut of/num A? ,1, F ' Recd - Mr - Roosevelt submitted litfor firl hnw ,, ,,? T At hc the nnmc Io lhc Scnate ' whore there rated S13435 ' aSSrC " was somc P° ssibilit y * controversy b v ____ ' over confirmation. Bank to Pay Final Dividend. SOMERSET, Jan. 27.7--First Na-l A continuation of the cold w was predicted through tomorrow by the weatherman who held hope fo "rising temperatures Saturday." The mercury dropped to a lo\ mark of 14 degrees during the nigh after reaching a high figure of 22-10 below freezing on Wednesday-as the community found itself in th second cold spell of the current sea son. The thermometer showed a read ing of 18 above at 11 o'clock and i four points from the night's low them on the highway Wednesday. Police said the automobile in which they were riding belonged to Charles Gontis of Boswcll. The Weather Hospital Patient!,. Mrs. Jennie Shorb of Braokvnlu, tional Bank of Davidsville will pay' Mrs. Florence Miller of Normalvillc, a final dividend of 21 per cent, Mrs. Lorraine Goshorn of Scottdalc amounting to $25,000, to its creditors,' Kcnzio McClmtock of South Con- Receiver Parke L. Hoffman an- ncllsvillc, Eva Shultz ot Scottdale rounced. This will increase distn- have been admitted to Conncllsvill. bution to 6S per cent. St;ite Hospital foi treatment. Generally fair and continued cold tonight and Friday, rising temperatures Saturday is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Kccord. 1938 1037 Maximum . '22 W Minimum .. M U J -Menu . . r JJ Sales Tax Results In Demonstration At Philadelphic By United Press. PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 27.--Thou sands ot taxpayers stormed city ha The word "Pennsylvania" on the , today m the biggest protest dcmoi back of the new automobile inspee- stration of its kind in Philadelphi tion stickers is misspelled. history as a defiant city council pre On the slicker it icads: pared to enact a two per cent sale "Penni-ylvannia." t.ix to balance the budget. NAME OF STATE MISSPELLED ON AUTO STICKERS .ged Citizen Will Sail For World Cruise on February 12. HARD WORK ONLY LONGEVITY RECIPE A lifelong ambition to sail the high cas will be realized on his 95th Irthday by John Parkhill.of 832 torrell avenue, who will embark at 2:15 o'clock on the morning of ebruary 12, the day after his anni- ersary, for a world's cruise that ·ill take him to 22 countries and 54 days. While suffering from a slight deaf- ess, Mr. Parkhill is in good health nd anticipates an enjoyable trip. ie holds no fear of possible seasick- ess and -plans to promenade the cck of his steamship whenever weather conditions permit. "I've always wanted to see the cean and sail on it," he told a Courier interviewer. ^'Whenever the eather will permit I hope to spend much time on the deck so that I can ully appreciate my voyage." Mr. Parkhill, a retired farmer who vas born in Dunbar township and ived the greater part of his life near Leisenring No. 2 in North Union ownship before he located in Con- icllsville a quarter of a century ago, MS made all provisions for his world raise, unaccompanied. It will in- ·lude the Holy Land, Egypt and the vhole Mediterranean. This will be he llth winter cruise of the Christian Herald's under the personal eadcrship of Dr. Frank S. Mead. "I've made all plans for it and the rip's already paid for," the West Side citizen said, adding that he was ·xpccting his passport any day. He had made application for it Saturday at the Fayette county courthouse at XJniontown. . ' The cruise will cover 16,000 miles and will be made aboard the famous cruise ship, Saturnia, of the Italian line, which sails from New York City at 12:15 o'clock on the morning of February 12. To assure thorough comfort for all and to avoid crowd- ng, membership in the cruise party las been limited. The first port of call will be Ma- leira on February 18 and two days atcr Casablanca, French Morocco. Sibraltar and Catalan Bay; February 21, Algiers February 22, the Riveria February 27, Genoa Febru. ary 25, Corsica, Naples, Palermo, Hessina, Cattaro Bay, Dubrovnik, Trieste, Venice, Corfu, Santorin, Athens, Dardanelles, Istanbul, Beirut, Rhodes, the Holy Land on March 16 lor a five-day visit, Cairo, Tripoli, Naples, Tunis-Carthage, Algiers, Gibraltar, Lisbon, the Azores and New York City on Thursday, April 7, when the cruise ends. Mr. Parkhill said that he probably would not stop oft for all of the side trips but he was particularly interested in the visit to the Holy Land, saying he wanted to see all of the places of Biblical significance. He expressed the hope of being able to see the pyramids in Egypt. The retired farmer said he had hoped to be able to visit in China and Japan but these countries had seen taken off the cruiso itinerary jecause of the hostilities there. Mr. farkhill said he didn't have qualms about going there. "After a life of hard work, as mine las been, a person should be able to take a pleasure trip," he said. Mr. Parkhill declared that 1 2 any wasn't worried about his cruise despite his age although he had been bothered some by a, stomach ailment. "I guess I'll not want to do much more traveling when I come back Trom this trip. I probably will then iiave to wait for my greatest trip-torn which there will be no returning--but I've been expecting it for many years and am ready for it when it comes," he said. Mr. Parkhill made it clear, though, that he didn't want to "jump off yet" as he put it, adding "I want to stay Continued on Page Nine. Steel Plant Down As Union Pickets Force Dues Drive By United Press. BRACKENRIDGE, Pa., Jan. 27.-Union pickets stamped outside the idle Allegheny Steel Company plant here today as company officials and the Stcci Workers Organizing Committee failed to reach an agreement on the right of the union to bar non- dues paying members from their work. Union officials, meanwhile, revealed that union workers will meet to vote whether or not dues-picketing would be continued. The plant closed Tuesday following posting of pickets. "Bill" Kcstncr in Hospital. William Kestner of Kestner Brothers, who had been confined to his home in East Cedar avenue for a couple of days, was admitted to the Conncllsville State Hospital Wednesday. He is suffering from a heart- condition and is reported to be very m.

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