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PAGE FOUR. THE DAILY COURIER. CONNELLSVILLE, PA. THURSDAY, FEBRUARYS, 1939. iathi (terar ·»_» i THE COURIER COMPANY Publishers James J. Driscoll President and General Manager R. A. Donegan Secretary and Treasurer Walter S. Stimmel .. _ Editor James M. Driscoll ___ -Associate Editor J. Wylie Driscoll '. Advertising and Business Manager MEMBER OF 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 Two cents per copy; 50 cents per month; $5 per year, or S2.50 for six months by mail ii paid in advance: 12 cents per week by carrier. Entered ss second class matter at the Postoflice, Connellsville, Pa. THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 9, 1939 CBEttE DOESN'T PAY It has heeri quite thoroughly demonstrated in Western Pennsylvania recently that crime does not pay. Three men accused of being implicated*in the murder here of aged Henry D. Foster have confessed, the officers say. They are said to have admitted being responsible also for the death near Scottdale of Naum Acheff, a merchant. They await trial. Four young men involved in holding up the Nicholson ..grocery store in- Crawford avenue were quickly apprehended, though at the. time there seemed to bo an entire .absence of clues'.: All are now serving-penitentiary terms. · . - . · - -Last week.three men'neld up a bank at Rankin,-near Pittsburgh, and risked their lives for a paltry $3,000. Two are under arrest and have already been indicted.' The third is." being hunted by the officers. The chances are they will get him. 'And all the loot has been recovered. These are just a few examples of the fact that when .officers of the. law get ourthe trail of offenders, especially amateurs:as all these have been, there is small chance they will escape the net.'··'Scientific detection methods are'mak- ing it more and more difficult to commit a crime and get away with it. · - A UTTUE TOO SEVERE . Driving while drunk undoubtedly should be punished severely. The man or woman who allows intoxicants to render him or her incapable of safe handling of a motor car, permitting it to become a juggernaut, is.a public menace. But the proposal of a member of. the New. York State; Senate to have tb.e licence to drive revoked.-permanently ·will probably/fail of passage. .Jus-t as it isjunreaspnable to think of a mortal being punished through all eternity for an infraction here, so it may be unjustly severe to impose a rule that one who falls by the wayside the first time, perhaps, should be deprived perpetually of the pleasure of the highways. . '-"" . . . . . As everyone knows the State puts before the public every opportunity to indulge in liquor to the extent of one's ability to pay. It is not fair to place temptation in the way . and then demand the last ounce of the pound of flesh for yielding to the invitation to take a drink. . There should be adequate punishment for simply driving while mentally fogged by drink. The penalty should be more severe if an accident results. If a drunken driver's disregard of the rights of others takes a life, then there would be reason for depriving that individual of a permit for at least the length of a manslaughter prison sentence. AMIfESIA l'IEHS TO SCIENCE Some eight years ago police found a man sitting on a curb at Jackson, Miss. His mind was in a cloud. He was unable to remember his name. He didn't, know where he was or how or why he came there. Removed to a hospital · at Jackson, he was declared to be sufferirig.irp'm amnesia. During the years since he had remained, at the'-hospital. .His chief interest was working among flowers in" : tae .hospital garden. He became known as "Mr. X." '· , .Tuesday night a-.powerful drug 'was; administered. Under/its influence' : Mr.~ X"identified.himmsel'f as William H. 'Lawrence of Birmingham ;and Tuscaloosa,. Alabama. When sleep finally.overcame .him doctors were in. doubt'as to his mental state on awakening. Wednesday morning, came'and with-.it elation in the medical fraternity, for Mr: X was consciously William H. Lawrence.. Thus is opened a new field 'in treatment ; of ;the ailments of humankind. Amnesia victims are not . numerous, but every now and.then someone'-disappears, with his or 'her identity a blank. .There are several forms of the afiiliction. Usually it is due to brain injury, shock or fevers. : 1IESSE1' TREES TO CONVINCE 'EM , ; Men of mature years'and sound minds sometimes do crazy things. Before the Legislature convened in January there was no doubt in the mind of the average Interested individual as to the status of- P. J. Henney, coroner of Allegheny county', elected to the State Senate... Preferring Ui« greater.remuneration o f , the county office, Honney exercised"liis-.right and announced- his:: resignation -as senator.. . · · · ' · ' ' -..-.At Harrisburg the Democrat leaders.-preferred to not believe Henney, hoping for 'his aid · in reorganizing the · upper.-;house. Tliey tried to prevail upon-him to take_the office'there. The Supreme Court liail,ruled-h.e could, not hold both. . They, are incompatible. This week a signed and witnessed copy of the resignation was produced.in the Senate. But the Democratic leaders still refused to accept this evidence until it is "verified." By this time every body but them knows the truth. SCHOOL 1'ATKONS' DAY An outstanding event of February in the public schools is Patrons' Day. Primarily, as the designation would indicate, the day is set aside for visitation of the schools by patrons and frisnds. . · .. -In order that they may get first-hand .knowledge of what is going on there, the rules prescribe that a part of the day shall be given over to the regular -work of the classes. It is held to be more important that parents see the children at work than that-they be entertained. But some enertainment feature is usually provided, in the afternoon. Parents do not show enough interest in what the schools are doing for their children or how the work is carrier 1 "MI. By visiting the rooms the morning of Patrons' Day they can make up some of this deficiency. Teachers and children will appreciate their presence. Boys and girls w i l l find delight in performing before their elders. THE "BIG DIVIDE!' What's What At a Glance .By CHARLES P. STEWART Central Press Columnist. WASHINGTON, D. C., Feb. S.--Of course President Roosevelt should not have made a secret of that conference of his with the Senate Military Affairs committee. He might have known that the senators who attended it would tell all about it to the newspapermen as soon as they got out of the White House. Maybe he did know it. Plenty of commentators suspect that he insisted on secrecy simply to intensify interest in the event, thereby getting still more publicity out of .it. However, he evidently did not foresee that the 16 or 17 senators present would be fairly sure to disclose di/Terzng and possibly conflicting stories. If the whole out-doors had been invited in, there could not be any dispute as to the correct answer to the question, "Did or didn't TD.' say that Uncle Sam's 'frontier' or 'first line of defense' is 'on the Bhine' or in "France and England?'" Too many people would have heard him say it or not say it--and there'd be a stenographic record. Driven to Extreme. As it is, the President is driven to the extreme of declaring that the yarn referred to is a "deliberate lie" --middling strong language. "Teddy" Roosevelt used to speak of "liars," but he was not quite that emphatic. And an additional trouble is that at least five of the 16 or 17 senators present stand p;it that they did hoar the"'president express himself approximately as quoted. Some recall that he said "frontier"; some that he said "first line"; some that ho said "on the Rhine"; some that he said "France nnd England." It seems like stretching the candy middling thin to draw such distinctions. Yet it is hard not to do so. One does not like to assume that the White House tenani is over-doing himself in terming a handful of senators "deliberate liars." But it they are not, what is the President, in so denominating them? Perish that idea also! Nix on Secrecy. "FJX" was not satisfied with con- suliing secretly with the Senate Military Affairs Committee. Having consulted with these latter gentry he called another committee into Jiis confidence to clarify what he had discussed with the military affairs folk. Thus the conversation was everlastingly mixed up. A lot o£ congressmen were exclud- '' ed from these gatherings. 1 Now, a senator or -a representative is as jealous as a soprano. Such of these "birds" as have been called especially into consultation" at the Executive Mansion naturally are flattered, even it they are anti-New Dealers--it makes them look important. But the rank and file ol legislators (including neglected -New Dealers) are as'sore as boils. Secrecy! Right on tdp of this other secrecy conies monetary secrecy. What about the "stabilization" contract? I will gamble that the average man never heard of it. In pre-war days? Suppose, then, that an American tourist was coming homf! from, say, France. He changed his French money into American money and knew what he was getting, about, in American money. At that time the French franc was worth about five to the American dollar. The tourist knew what he was entitled to and got it. International currencies no longer mean much.. The individual tourist can stand international fluctuations, out they raise Cain with big business. ·Secretary of the Treasury Mor- genthau, along with Great ' Britain and France, fixed up a scheme to stabilize international exchange. It lias involved two billion dollars. ll has worked tolerbly welL STRENGTH FOR YOUR TASK By Earl L. Douglass, D. D. WHITHER THE ROAD? It Isn't £ar to Bethlehem iown. It's anywhere that Christ comes down And flndE In people's friendly lace A welcome and abiding place. The road to Bethlehem runs right through The homes at folks like me and you. Thus runs a well-known poem, and it teaches the simple but great lesson that divinity compasses us about on all sides, that the world of seen things is shot through and through with the power and blessedness of the unseen. Heaven begins on earth, and hell too. God -is in high Heaven, but He is also in men's hearts. Jesus is at the right hand o£ God. but He is also in the midst of human suffering and pain, wooing the hearts of men All rights reserved--Babson to understanding and obedience. The road to Bethlehem, the road to Heaven, the road over which God walks runs indeed right through our homes. If we were not so engrossed with the things of the world, we would see the King of love when He passes by. Were it not for the clamor of many enterprises which are little more than noise, we would hear the swish of His seamless robe as He passes. Do you ask where Christ is and where salvation may be .found? The answer is, right where you happen to be. "It isn't far to Bethlehem town, It's anywhere that Christ comes down." Newspaper Syndicate. Stray Thoughts By S, M. DeHUET Solution of perplexing municipal, county, state and national problems is not so difficult when two fellows like, say Dr. J. Harold Dull and myself, sit down and work on them a half hour or so. Add Alice Roosevelt Longworth to that list of forgotten folks. Since he appears destined to become a real congressman, it's just too bad that James A. Van Zandt won't enjoy easy access to the Federal cash drawer as do certain others of his colleagues. Two more tilings I am not particularly fond of are canned salmon, and--pijople who camouflage run-of-mlne backgrounds with dignified fronts. An entire week gone and not a new miniature railroad train addict discovered. A fellow'd hardly think one lone Frenchman to :m American airplane could cause such an uproar. In making it publicly known here that that's an awful poor job of street Paving on Pittsburg street, between Newmeyer and Davidson avenue, I'm only complying with numerous requests to do so. Don't tell me Robert Taylor can't fight. Self confidence is a wonderful asset--if it isn't misplaced. If one tenth of the people who block entrances and aisles of stores on Saturday nights would buy something ;--business would be good. Let's go to press. TREES IN WINTER Trees in winter seem to wear White with such a gracious air That I. cannot truly .know Which is better, IcaE or snow. Often in the spring I think . ' Trees In iJlossom, red and pinfc. ·At their loveliest appear Than in any time o£ year, Sometimes resting in the shade Which a friendly tree has made Very positive am I Trees are friendliest in July. When in autumn I behold Trees in scarlet dressed and gold 1 am certain that in fall Trees,are loveliest of alt. But in winter, since they wear White with such a gracious air I confess I do not toiow Which is better, leaf or snow. But nobody knows how or why ii has worked. I always thought I didn't know how or why--on the theory that I was too darned dumb. Now I discover that senators and financiers do not know, either, Morgenthau himself relates that he cannot disclose it confidentially. Secrecy?--of various kinds! Bright red is barred in women's wearing apparel in Chungking, China, provisional capital of that land. It is a precaution against air raids. As Others Think THE BAINE ANNIVERSARY (Cumberland News.) The two hundred and second anniversary of the birth of Tom Paine finds a changed public attitude toward this firebrand of the Revolution who, as recently as Theodore Roosevelt's time, was denounced by that President as a "dirty little atheist, 1 Mature and dispassionate study oi Tom. Paine's career serves to increase his stature as one of the really great leaders of the Revolutionary cause and one whose flaming spirit kept the struggle alive even during its darkest days, when the hopes of the most ardent were at a low ebb. Even before more distinguished patriots came forward as champions of the cause of freedom, Tom Paine was preaching it and with vigor, courage and, when circumstances required, shrewd subtlety, carrying it forward with brilliant effectiveness. Tom Paine's life was distinguished by a succession of tragedies. Like many, leaders of daring enterprises involving the remodeling of social structures, he knew imprisonment, lack of appreciation and understanding, persecution and impoverishment. His days ended in obscurity, privation and friendlessness. Americans of today are largely indebted to him for their heritage of freedom and, even though his religious' views shocked the conventionalists of his time, he has earned recognition as one of. the great friends of the cause of human liberty. Factographs The modern Olympic . games were started at Athens in 1806. Originally, in the old Grecian Olympic, there was only one contest--a foot race in a meadow near Olympia. Coroebus won the first race--a 200-meter dash --so was the flrst Olympiad winner. This was in 77G B. C. The first Pullman railroad cars did not use the name "Pullman." In letters 12 inches high they were labeled "sleeping cars." Panama CM; and Colon, in the Canal Zone, were founded four centuries a[ . Firearms are not allowed in Bermuda. Even the police force narry only short night sticks or truncheons The world's only divorce court that never has granted a divorce is in Prince Edward Island, Canada. The President of the United States is allowed $25,000 annually for travel and entertainment. Since the World War, it is said approximately 50,000 divorces have been granted in England. THE NEWS WASHINGTON, Feb. 9.-- Accepted root of the Virginia judge trouble is Joe Keenan, officially Assistant Attorney General and unofficially the President's lobbyist and strong arm political man in Congress. He accepted Judge Roberts and found the President of like mind. Keenan's lest for candidates to judical office is first and last whether they are New Dealers. If they have fallen arches or political halitosis, these are secondary considerations -- particularly if the senators holding their noses happen not to be New Dealers. Washington polilicos cannot understand the public reaction to the Senata's defeat of Judge Hoberts. The story being generally acccepted is that the Senate stuck together 72 to nine against the President, because it has the inner cameraderie of a rich men's club. · This is Mr. Boosevelt's implied version and it is true; but this is also true in the senatorial mind: If a President can make an appointment for political purposes, a Senate may reject it for the same reason. Both sides know there are many judges in Virginia exceptionally co-- potent and not identified with either side. Some non-factional Virginians suggest State Circuit Judge A. C. Buchanan is one. Every lawyer in his circuit endorsed him for the vacant position. So did the bar associations of 'three other state circuits, and 15 to 20 other counties, the lieutenant-governor and others. If one side is wrong in this dispute, then both certainly are. Some day Federal judges may be appointed solely on merit, rather than upon political affiliation. Then a sort of civil service promotion system will apply to judgaships, but apparently neither the President nor the Senate is in a mood for that yet. Senator Glass, strong m'ite from Virginia, has long privately been threatening to subpoana Charlie McCarthy and' Lady Astor in this light drawing room farce which Mr. Hoosevelt is acting out with the Senate. Mr. Roosevelt, master farceur, neglected in recounting his correspondence with the possibly unreconstructed but certainly admired rebel, Mr. Glass, to note that- he (Mr. Hoosevelt) considered these two far- flung witnesses as .within his jurisdiction of subpoena in the controversy. Lady Astdr is an ex- Virginian now in remote England in a position somewhat similar to that which Mr. Ickes has questionably used as spritely spokesman, for the United States. It is possible also that Mr. McCarthy is of Virginia pine heritage, but there the connection ends. However, tills British "spokeswoman" and American splinter were mentioned by Mr. Roosevelt in his correspondence' with Glass. Th» President said he had a right to-consult them in the matter of his appointments, as well as advising and consenting with the Senate, meaning there were no limitations to, his outer consultations. ' , r. As TVA friends tell it, the Commonwealth and South maestro, Wendell Willkie, flrst-wanted $107,000,- ' 000 for his properties with which TVA planned devastating, competition. They considered the $78,600,000 price a victory. The difference they claim represented values they considered fictitious. They give credit for the settlement to the TVA deci- "J sion of the Supreme Court a few days earlier. Next-deal, they expect, will come v/ith the Alabama Power Company. · All business sources, private and governmental,, consider the deal as the harbinger of a different attitude between business and government. All of a sudden President Tapp and Vice-President Wilcox of the . Federal Surplus Commodities' Corporation decided they l i r ^ . t o return-to private business. Explanations have, been scarce. None except the aforesaid usual one has been made public even semi-officially. Fact is they were their own bosses ' until recently, when the Agricultural Department, was reorganized. Then they were put under a bureau chief. Until then, they had reported only to Secretary Wallace. The change did not work out very well for executives of their individual abilities and experience. , Mr. Roosevelt's heat and bbther- ment about the inaccuraces- of the press are rivaled only by the-press fretting about the inaccuracies of the White House. . . . Monday all the papers announced the President had not yet acted upon the relief bill. Tuesday all said it had been signed the previous Saturday by the President. If anyone goes to the guillotine for'this, it will be the^ President's publicity secretary, Steve "Early. · He gave the information to the press in both cases. ^ '..'.... The press, while perturbed, is apparently not going to issue, a. statement that it was ."a deliberate .and malicious "lie." ·' Generally understanding .of the failures of human mature, the.press learned. Early was-unaware on Monday that the President had" acted, the previous Saturday. Early /did not find out about it until Tuesday .when the President.was ready to make the announcement. ' · · · . " · . . " " . " ! Unless these White House '/inaccuracies cease, however,' the; White House section of the :press may take action against its leading traducer.' SIDELIGHTS Between 250 and 300 sportsmen at the annual banquet of the Izaak Waltonites Thursday evening, February 23, at the First- Methodist Episcopal Church, -is the aim of the leaders. Tickets may -be procured from almost every member of the chapter. - Not. only ' a gastronomic feast, but one of the mental processes is assured. The chief speaker will be Representative Karl Mundt of South Dakota, who is coming largely through the efforts of General Manager Kenneth A. Held of the Izaak Walton League, a close friend. Representative Mundt ranks among the Uvest of conservationists of the United States. He is a gifted -writer on conservation subjects and has for several years been a contributor to Outdoor America, the Walton magazine. He is a national director of the league. the rocks, their roots reaching'down into crevices. They'have become so firmly rooted storms do not- affect them. Dust (soil again) filters down into the crevices and make's possible nourishing them. . . . . In the same manner weeds and sometimes- small trees grow 1 "atop buildings, in the years' accumulation of- soil carried by winds. :- A blow such as'we call a mountain. .storm shifts considerable quantities of soil ' from place to place. The same winds carry seeds into the air and deposit them in places conducive to germination. Confirming his promise to Mr. Reid to be here if his congressional duties in Washington did not interfere, Representative Mundt wired Chapter President Ross J. Medcalf the date is acceptable and that he will surely be on hand. The address of the congressman is one of two big features for the. ever ning. The other will be' motion pictures in color of scenes in the Far North--"North of Fifty-Six"--to be presented by Colonel Paul C.' Hunt of Pittsburgh, who was one of the speakers at last year's banquet. The annual gathering gives promise of being the most interesting the chapter has ever held. It is open to all interested in the out of doors, in hunting and fishing and chiefly in conservation of-the natural resources of the country. Give William C. (Billy) Bishop credit for discovering this, which has apparently failed to come under the eagle eye of Charley Danver: While wandering around the old Exposition Grounds at the Point in Pittsburgh the other day, Billy and his companion, Fred Moon, had their attention attracted to a tree growing on the balcony of the old Exposition Building, now- a warehouse. Billy estimated the height of · the tree-at 15 feet and said it resembled a sumac. The balcony is of stone, without roof. During-the years since the upper portion o£ the building was abandoned dust (soil) has been deposited on the floor to a depth sufficient to support tree life. Just how the seed from which the tree -grew got there,. neither Billy nor Fred is prepared.to say. The F r e n c h government has awardqd the Legion of . Honor, to Mrs. Vie Thompson,- widow - of Colonel Joseph H. Thompson of the famed 110th Infantry of the World War, one o f . the, most popular Army officers who was widely and favorably known among the dough' boys of Connellsville and vicinity. Mrs. Thompson, confined, to her bed at Beaver Falls with rheumatism, expects to be well- on February 19 when the decoration will be conferred by the French, consul, Louis Celestine. France is the third European nation to express gratitude to Mrs. Thompson for her peace work as past' president of FDDAC, international veterans organization.-Poland awarded the Pulaski medal and the King of Belgium sent her .a gold medal. Seldom have/husband and. wife · both -received'the coveted Legion of · Honor. .Colonel Thompson, known ' to the World 'War soldiers of Western Pennsylvania, -was so honored -' before his death; - He held .also the. i Congressional Medal, the Croix de ! Guerre and an Italian decoration. i Safety Sonnets Halt '.he weight of a bird consists of the muscles that move its wines. ; Frequently in the woods where Nature has deposited huge rocks, laree trees may be seen Browing on CWSCLtRS IK MARBL-E WIN ff-t+f .S.HD KfMOWN." IN TRAFFIC WIN SIX f SET OF SROUNT)/

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