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Thursday, February 9, 1939
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AST EDITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PR,CE 2c VOL. 37, NO. 70. The Weekly Courier, Founded July 17. 137D i Merged Tlio Dally Courier. Founded November 10. 1001 J July 18. 102S. CONNELLSVILLB, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 9, 1939. TWELVE PAGES. Dunbar Township Farm -Hand Killed by Suit- Body Found in Bushes Held In Slaying Believed Man Used Tree As Shield Until Exhausted. CHEST CRUSHED, . FACE LACERATED A Dunbar township term hand was gored to death by a bull as he futilely sought refuge behind a small tree while the infuriated animal chased Mm some time Wednesday. Joseph (Butch) Stanielaf, about 66 years old, who had been living for the past nine years on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Melega near Vanderbilt, had his chest crushed and his face badly lacerated. His body was found about 6 o'clock Wednesday evening by John Loya of Nellie Works as he was going home from work. The body was in some bushes along a pathway on the slag dump near Vanderbiit. Staniclaf, for about two years, had been accustomed to driving a held of nine dairy cattle and a bull to the area inside the slag dump where they grazed. This area is about a mile from the Melega farm. The man V usually left the farm about 10 o'clock and would return around 5 o'clock. Wednesday the cattle returned home as usunl but there was no trace of the herder. The Melegas were at a loss to explain his absence until Loya found the body. Funeral Director Frank B. Galley and Coroner S. A. Baltz were called and upon making an examination of the spot where the man's body was located expressed the belief he 'had been attacked by the bull as the cattle were grazing. There was tree about five feet high at that spot and the bark was peeled, causing the probers to believe the man had sought refuge by circling it until he became exhausted whereupon the bull mutilated him. It was the only ·tree in that vicinity. Stanielaf's clothing was badly torn and the top part chewed. The man was a native of Czechoslovakia and had been located at the Melega farm for about nine years. Stanielaf, who also was known as Stanislaw, had been residing northern Fayette county for more than a quarter of a century. He had worked for some time at the Sam Joseph slaughterhouse on Limestone Hill, among other places. The body was removed to the Galley funeral parlors. Human Chain Breaks And The!) Suspect Drops to His Death LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9.--For a tense instant last night, a fleeing theft suspect hung head-down from an eighth floor fire escape, a detective clutching his foot, and a second detective clinging to the first one's legs. Then the human chain broke, dropomg Ray A. Squires, 32, truck driver, to his death on the alley be- ow. Squires led police to a room where he said was cached 32,000 worth ol silk he was suspected of stealing from us employers. But he darted lirough a window onto the fire escape. Detective George Underfill! leaped after him, and in the struggle, Squires lost his balance and :oppled over the railing. The detective hung over the rail, molding the 200-pound man by one loot. He was sliding over, too, when Detective Harvey Burch grabbed him. Underbill suddenly held noth- ng. Burch and a third officer pulled lim to safely. Four Attorneys To Defend Three In Murder Tria Senate Considers Bill To Revamp Labor Board, Making It Fair to All SEVERE COLD WAVE MOVES TOWARD EAST Temperatures R a n g From Freezing to 30 Below Zero. Howard Homig, 22 (front), is pictured outside Easton, Pa., police headquarters after surrendering in connection with the slayings of Dorothy Buskirk, 24, and her daughter, Marj-, 15-montha, in his two-room shack nt Bushkill Township. Boy's lather brought him to police. Girl had been acting: as his housekeeper! according to police. DIES COMMITTEE GETS FUND FOR CONTINUANCE Fear British Freighter Gone With Entire Crew NEW YORK, Fee. fl.--Rescue sliips cruised back and forth over the last known position of the British freighter Maria dc Larrinaga today without finding a trace of the vessel which radioed yesterday afternoon that it was sinking in the stormy Atlantic 1,100 miles east of Boston. It was feared that the 4,988-ton freighter, bound from Houston, Tex., to Cobh, Ireland, had gone to the bottom with Captain T. G. Coghlan of Liverpool and his crew of 37 British seamen. Shortly after the Holland-American liner Veendam and the S. S. Scan- mail of the American Scantic Line messaged they had reached the Larrinaga's position, the British coast guard reported that another ship, the German steamer Glueckhauf, By. United Press. WASHINGTON, Feb. 9. -- The House today voted $100,000 to continue for one year the Dies investigation of un-Ameriran activities. By voice rote the House adopted a resolution brought in by Chairman Lindsay Warren, D., N. C., of the House Accounts Committee. Not a single voice- was raised in dissent. The Hoii'e approved continuation of the inquiry itself last Friday and today's action provided the money. Glass Charges F. R. S e e k s 1940 "Purge' By LYLE C. WILSON United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Feb. 9.--Senator Carter Glabs, D., Va., has charged had i President Roosevelt with projecting gone down at the mouth of the Humber River. Its crew was rescued by a Norwegian steamer. - GREENSBURG, Feb. 9.--Judge J. Hilary Keenan of the Westmoreland county courts appointed four attorneys for three Connellsville defendants who are charged with the murder of Naum AchefC, Scottdale confectioner, in the latter's store on December 13, 1938. They are Fred B. Trescher, Robert B. Mitinger, George McWhertcr and Paul K. McCormick. Under the law, each defendant is allowed two attorneys to defend him but in this case the four attorneys will represent the three defendants^-Luther Royston and Clyde White, colored, and John Turza, white. Appointment ot counsel was made on petition of District Attorney Charles D. Copeland. Copeland and his assistant, E. Ward Eicher, will represent the Commonwealth. The district attorney's office said the case .would be listed for trial on the first day of the February term of .criminal court, Monday, February 27, after indictments are taken before 'he present grand jury now in session. Discharged From Hospital. Emery Berenche of Leisenring No. t has been discharged from Brownsville General Hospital. L o n g s t r e e t New Highway Engineer Here HARRISBURG, Feb. 9.--Samuel Longstreet of Clarks Green has been transferred from assistant district engineer at, Scranton to district engineer of the State Department of Highways at Uniontown at a salary of 56,000, .t was announced by Governor Arthur H. James. Dismissals included R. A. Stoughton of Jenner township, Somerset county, a ?5,000 engineer in the Uniontown district. DONALD SIESKY HURT IN MINE UNIONTOWN, Fcb. 9.--Donald J. Siesky, 32, ol East Connellsville, suilered a badly crushed right leg when caught between two wagons at the Colonial mine. He was taken to Umontown Hospital where his condition is reported as good. Okay to Be Married in Nude But Must Be Properly Modest, Ruling /" DS»yER, Fcb. 9.--Attorney General Byi\on Hogeis consulted Colorado statutes and the Bible today and formally ruled that no law prevented an unnamed couple from being married in the "same natural uniform they were born in." He replied by letter to Rev. H. P. Feree, pastor of the Church in Common, Inc., who asked if he might "marry an unclothed couple on a secluded mountain-ftp somewhere west of Denver on Easter morning." Feree wrote that the nudp ceremony was "the only way these two can wash their sins away." He did not expand on his church's sanction of such a wedding in a snow-bound setting. Deputy Attorney General Luke Kavanaugh scanned law books for J~ several hours. He concluded that "if a couple wants a ceremony per- By United Press. formed that way, and as long as they arc properly modest about it, then it's their business." "We know of no Colorado statute,'' wrote Rogers, "which prescubes the costume or lack of costume in which a couple can be married. Genesis 3-7 seems to have some bearing but does not seem conclusive. As to any infraction of criminal law, we have no jurisdiction. It is our suggestion that Fcree take this'up with the district attorney where the marriage is to fake place." The section of Genesis Rogers referred to says in part: "Ar.d the eyes of them both were opened and they know they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons." Rev. Feree was not immediately available for comment. the "purge" of conservative Democrats into the 1840 election campaign With that public accusation the rapidly developing battle lor contiol of the Democratic party and power to designate the 1940 presidential candidate became acutely alarming to some highly placed party men, The uproar may reach the Senate. Pending also was critical discussion of Roosevelt foreign policy. Glass-shot at the While House a statement that Virginia senators recommendations for judicial appointment "have been rejected by the appointive power merely through a desire to 'purge' the junior senator next year and the senior senator of Virginia later should he live longer than the intriguers hope." Senator Harry F. Byrd, D. Va. with whom Glass consulted before issuing his statement, comes up "for reelection in Z940. Glass 1 term expires in 1843. He is 81 yeiis old, n fiery veteran of the political and journalistic wats. "I do not give a tinker's dam about patronage," Glass said. But the dispute is shot with politics on both sides and Washington is excitedly aware of it. Byrd was expected to make his own statement today. The extent to which party fnbric is, ripped was indicated by recalling that Mr. Roosevelt invited Glass to be Secretary of the Treasury in his first Administration and long before he was nominated favored Byrd to succeed John JrRaskob as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Glass protested publicly against Mr. Roosevelt's nomination to a Federal district court in Virginia Of Floyd H. Roberts who was rejected this week by a Senate vote of 72-to- 9. Coincident wilh Glass' statement another Presidential nominee, Thomas H. Arnlie, former Progressive Congressman from Wisconsin, was excused by a Senate sub-committee which will judge his fitness to he a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission. Amlic, an advocate of a "production foi use" society and author of a book which said it would be necessary for left wing groups to educate the public for constitutional change to bring that about, is under Republican and Democratic fire. By United Press. A cold v ave accompanied by tern- peiatuies ranging from near freezing i j as low as 30 degrees below zero extended from the Pacific Coa?t to flood-stricken areas in the lower Ohio Valley today ar.d was advancing teadily toward Atlantic states. The cold was accompanied by a term of considerable intensity over vestcrn plateau states. Shifting vinds backtracked the storm into California and zigzagged it north- eastwaid over the Great Lakes and ;outh as far as Alabama. Snow fell at Los Angeles and Hollywood for the first time in seven years; rain fell from the southern tockies to northern Florida; a line o£ sub-zero tcmperatmcs cut an icy swath from Montana southeastward nto the Middlcw-est, and heavy snows blanketed northern California, iVashington, Oregon, Montana, the Dakotas and Minnesota. The cold virlually ended possibili- ,ies oC serious floods at present in the Ohio and Tennessee valleys. The Ohio River was leveling off above Louisville, Ky., and was expected lo receding throughout the entire valley next week-end. Red Cross officials said the cold would bring no additional hardship to flood ref- ugeeb. They said that of an estimated 40,000 homeless, all had shelter oC some kind, the majority with relatives or friends. U. S. Forecaster H. A. Downs at Chicago said the cold extended into northern Texas and that it would move eastward over the Deep South. He predicted additional snow for the North Central and Western states Friday and colder wealhcr, possibly rain, m Eastern states tonight and tomorrow. Temperatures in the New York metropolitan area hovered slightly above the freezing mark today. The coldest weather was in Montana, where the temperature dioppcd to 34 degrees below zero at Fort Peck, 26 below at Havre and Great Falls, 24 below at Helena and Billings and. 10 below at Missoula. In North Dakota, Garriion, Devils Lake and Lemmon reported readings of 28 degrees below zero. Sub-zero temperatures extended as far south as Ellis, Kan. The cold caubcd one death, Dr. Robert E. Zunmeiman, 37, Buttc, Mont., froze to death near Mclntosh, S. D., when his automobile stalled in a drift. In the far Northwest small craft warnings were posted along the Pacific Coast. Seveial schools were closed in the Spokane, Wash., area because of the cold. Northern California's mountuins were blanketed with a snow which piled up in drills, blocking highways In Ihe valleys farmers set out smudge potj, to protect citrus fruits. Twenty-five inches of snow tied up transportation at Bimidji, Minn. The snowfall was light in central Midwestern areas and airplane, railioad and bus schedules were not disrupted. LOYALISTS DECIDE, TO CONTINUE WAR Human Meteor By ROKATJD G. VAN TINE United Press Staff Concspondent. WASHINGTON, Fob. D.--Senator Edward R. Burse, D., Neb , opponent ot the New Deal and a bitter critic of the National Labor "Relations Board, introduced In tne Senate today a series of amendments "to make the present one-sided Wagner Labor Relations Act fair to all citizens." He proposed to curtail drastically the powers o[ the board and would rccicate the board with one representative each of employes, employer and the public He chaiged that the board has 'abused its judicial powers" and that all three present members "are or- j ganized labor partisans." In a statement prepared to accom- | pany his amendments, Burke said that his recommended changes seek to correct many of the same points covered by amendments recently offered by Senator David I. Walsh, D , Mass., on behalf of the American Federation of Labor. Additional changes recommended, he said, would make it impossible "for this agency of government (NLRB) to be used to build up the ceitain type of laboi organization which it favors." In addition to change in the boaid membership, Burke's amendments would: 1. Permit any icspondent cited by the board as a violator of the law to petition for removal of his hear- Continued on Page Two. Premier Negrin Heads For Central Spain as Republican Leaders Arrange *to Defy Franco. REBEL SOLDIERS 1 REACH FRONTIER Lieut. Troy Kei,th Losing consciousness at 28,000 feet, Lieut. Troy Keith oE the Air Corps Reserve, at Shreveport, La., plummeted 19,000 feet at an estimated 670 miles an hour before regaining control of plane. Ship was same type used by Test Pilot Lloyd Child recently to hit 575 miles an hour in test dive at Buffalo. N. Y. DEFENSE MEASURE GOES BEFORE HOUSE MONDAY By United Press. WASHINGTON, Feb. 9.--T h e House Rules Committee today gave right-of-way to House consideration of the emergency national defense bill under a rule calling for six hourh of general debate starting Monday. The rules committee approved the request of the House leadership that the measure, authorizing $376,000,000 emergency defense projects including expansion of the Army Air Corps to 5,500 planes, be biought to the House floor for swift action. The bill, bearing the name of Chairman Andrew J. May, D , Ky., of the House Military Affairs Committee, provides ·'for maintenance of what is known as an "initial protective force" in the army ot 190,000 men, supplemented by 210,000 in the national guard. 100,000 WPA Workers Will Be Dismissed HELD ON CHARGE OF TAKING MONEY, JACKET FROM CAR Scout Father-Son Banquet Will Be Served at 6:30 By United Press. PERPIGNAN, Feb. 9.--Piemier Juan Negrm of Hepublican. Spain left Le Perthus today tor Port Bou, apparently headed tor Valencia to continue the civil TVJI* In Central Spain. His departure was preceded by a morning-long study of aimy reports and maps with Foreign Minister Julio Alvarez Del Vayo and General Vincente Hbjo, Catalonian chief of staff. He also telephoned to Pans, where President Manuel Azana was n conference with republican chiefs. Negrin left by automobile. He was accompanied only by a few secretaries and an aimy truck loaded with trunks containing the government records and his personal belongings. It was expected Negrin would fly .o Valencia from Port Bou if the French permit him. Otherwise he would go by boat. Dei Vayo remained behind to supervise the final evacuation of -army refugees Irom Catalonia into France. Negnn's departure seemed 1 to indicate that the Republican leaders on the Catalonian frontier and in Central Spam had decided to defy General Francisco Franco's demand for unconditional surrender and to hold out m Madrid and Central Spain with the army of more than. 300,000 commanded by General Jose Miaja. Plans of Chairman Joseph W. Carlton for the annual father and son banquet of the Boy Scouts this eve- mug at the First Methodist Episcopal Church piovidc for serving the meal to start promptly at G'30 o'clock. To that end the boys and their dads will be ushered into the dining room at 6-20 o'clock. Mayor Ira D. Younkin has been designated as chairman of the court of honor by Acting Chairman J. Whitney Soisson of the advancement committee. The couic is to begin, at 7:45 o'clock. Sandwiched between the oanquet and the court will be introduction of special guests. Motion pictures will follow the court UNIONTOWN, Fcb 9.---Charged with the theft of a leather jacekt und $63 in cash from an automobile of Mike Knapp of Umontown as it was paikcd at the Lambert mine, Robert "Wi jghl, Masontown youth, was held for court after being arraigned before a Mdsontown squue* He broke in a window in the car, State Motor Police charge. By United Press. HARRISBURG, Feb. 9.--J. Banks Hudson, Pennsylvania V/PA administrator, said today that roll reduction oiders of Colonel F. C. Harrington, National administiator. would be earned out thoroughly and that approximately 100,000 Pennsylvanidiis would be dismissed from Federal works projects during Apul, Ma and June. The reductions to keep vithin the Congressional appropriation would trim. Pennsylvania's \VPA rolls to approximately 342,000 by July. There are about 242,000 on the rolls now, 50,000 having been removed in the past three months. Hudson said WPA administrative employes also would be reduced in keeping with the smaller project quota. He also advised WPA district supervisors that Colonel Harrington's ordeis to "keep politics out of WPA" must be carried out. Copies of the amendments to the WPA appropriation bill adopted by Congress were oidcred "conspicuously posted on all WPA project sites." The amendments dealt with politics in the Federal Works administration. Costly Fire In Erie Down Town By Untied Press. ERIC, Pa., Fcb. 9.--Fire swep- tluough two business buildings in the heart of the city's shopping district today and caused damage estimated at 5300,000 before it was brought under control. The Liggett Drug Company and the Belmont Shop, a women's store, suffered the heaviest damage. Each estimated loss at $100,000. WOMAN ENDS LIFE WITH REVOLVER Automobiles Damaged. Damage of S100 to each car was caused in a collision of machines driven by Joseph B. Ferary of Masontown and Paul Newman of McKeesport on the Lincoln highway at | Lincoln Heights Tuesday. Both ou- cupanti, escaped with minor injuries. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 9.--Writing a note in French, pathetically telling of her long suifenng from a recurring illness, Mis. Lydia Dufour, 69, prominent resident of Point Marion, ended her life at 11 o'clock Wednesday night at her homo by shooting herself through the bead with a .32 calibre revolver. The woman's daughter and husband were downstans listening to a radio and did not hear the gun's explosion. The daughtci, Mrs. Yvonne Hoffman, made the discovciy when she went upstairs to bed. The Weather Cloudy, followed by snow beginning late tonight or Friday; not much change in temperature is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 3838 Maximum Minimum . . . 6 2 ._ .38 .. .50 62 10 51 Britain Orders 200 Plane Motors And Speed Propellers By United Press. EAST HARTFORD, Conn.. Feb. 9. --United Aircraft Corporation today announced receipt of an order from the British government for 200 airplane engines and constant speed propellers to equip a similar number of planes being obtained from North American Aviation, Inc., of Inglewood., Cal. OHIOPYLE SCHOOLS SUED FOR SEATS Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 9.--A suit to Bashore to Appear Before Dauphin Grand Jurors Second Jime LE PERTHUS, France, Feb. 9.-The soldiers of Nationalist General Francisco Franco reached the French frontier at Le Perthus today. The troops of General Jose Sol- chago's 15th Navarre division, one of the most active columns in the Catalan offensive, occupied the section of Perthus on the Spanish side of the frontier at 2:50 P. M. There was no fighting. The last republican soldiers crossed the frontier a few minutes ahead of the speeding nationalist troops, who seized 20 automobiles on the bridge leading into France. BURGOS, Spain, Feb. 9.--The nationalist forces of General Francisco Franco landed at Minorca, strategic Balearic Island, I: vras officially announced today. The nationalist landing followed a visit to the island by the British ruiser Devonshire, which carried a Franco representative to the* island for surrender negotiations and departed with 450 refugees. Minorca, a highly developed naval -base, was considered of great importance to Britain and France which feared that it might be taken over by Italian forces aiding Franco. The Italians already hoid the Balearic Island of Majorca but Minorca was viewed as strategically more important in dominating the Mediterranean communication lines. HARHrSBURG, Feb. !).--While reports persisted that the Dauphii county grand jury would make some picscntinenls today, Ralph M. Ba- shme, former Secietary of Labor and Indushy, came to the jury headquarters and indicated he would go before the jurors this afternoon. It was reported the investigating group has completed an inquiry- into the second phas^e of the charges against former Governor George H. Earle and- 13 political associates ano former State ofllceis--charges . State workers were "maced" into contributing percentages of their salaries to the Democratic "election fund." Pope's Condition Worries Vatican By United Press. VATICAN CITY, Feb. 9.--A "general weakening" ol the Pope'b condition occurred this afternoon, a semiofficial Vatican source announced at 5 P. M. The announement specifically denied a report that bronchial pneumonia had set hi. Deep anxiety over the Pope's condition was manifest. Three days of Scientists Look On as Inventor Reclaims Paper By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 9.--While a select audience of scientists and industrialists looked on, Dr. F. W. Hochstetttr, Pittsburgh scientist, demonstrated today his piocess for reclaiming old waste paper into fresh stock usable as newsprint by the Nation's newspapers, i For Dr. Hochstetter, the demonstration marked the climax of more than 20 years ot research in a field through which he hopes to save millions, of dollars annually for American publishers and at the same time help conserve the Nation's dwindling forest lands. Although already adopted commercially, the "de-inking" process has been perfected by Dr. , Hochstetter to a high degree. Through his system, ink on pr.nted paper is dissolved and eliminated and the pulp made over into fresh stock. The pulp reclaimed today will be taken tomorrow, to a paper mill in nearby Tarentum, Pa., and converted into newsprint. Later, the paper will be tested by Pittsburgh newspapers under normal high-speed press 1 conditions. Dr. Hochstetter, a protege of Joseph C. Trees, Pittsburgh oil man, also has developed a process for converting straw, grass and similar materials into pt.per. This system will be demonstrated before the same audience later this month. recover payment of $1,194.96 for seats P ra ^ rI , 1:or h 'l h _ e ? !th were ordered installed in a new school building "~ " " " """ '" "" ~TM was entered today against the financially hard-pressed Ohiopyle School District by Clarion Manufacturing Company of Chicago, El. The firm claims the obligation has been unpaid for over a jedr, in all Rome churches, the sj2mi-om- cial news agency announced. The semi-officuil announcement said the - Pope's grip had become worse, with a rising fever and general weakening .which worried yatican circles. Struek by Automobile. Edward Whitfleld, six, of Vanderbilt, sufTeied arm dnd leg injuries when he was struck by an automobile driven by George Brady of Vanderbilt Wednesday. The boy was token to Connellsville Stat* Hospital ifor treatment.

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