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January 31, 1938

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LAST EDITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRICE? VOL. 36, NO. 74. Tho Weekly Courier. Founded July 17. 1079. Tho Daily Courier, Founded November 10. 1002. Merced, July 15, 10:0 . PA., MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 31, 103S. TWELVE PAGES. OURT UPHOLDS TE Constitutionality Ruling Ends Lower Court Battles. GIVES TEACHERS JOB PROTECTION PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 31.--The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld constitutionality of the Teachers' Tenure Act in a decision handed down here today. The '.teachers' Tenure Act, passed by the State legislature on April G, 1937, provided that teachers could not be dismissed from their posts arbitrarily, but first must be given hearings on specific charges. When Attorney General Chatlcs J. Margiotti argued in behalf of the measure before the high court last January 3, he explained that its primary purpose was to "take politics out of the schools." "Sometimes," Margiotti told the court, "on election days teachers were forced to dismiss their classes and go around ringing doorbells, or fricc dismissal at the whim of school boards.' In an opinion by Chief Justice John W. Kephart, the court upheld decrees of the courts of Lackawanna, Wayne, Fayelte, Westmoreland and Allegheny counties. The court announced that separate orders would be sent out in each case and ordered appellants to pay costs. The old contracts provided for renewal from year to year unless terminated by cither party at the end of any term by CO days written notice. The school board could terminate it without cause, but the new legislation permits termination of a contract only for certain valid reasons and provides for a public hearing before the school board, and appeal to the court of common pleas by the teacher or other professional · em- ploye. "It will be seen, therefore," Chief Justice Kephart found, "that the principal changes made by the teachers tenure act not only preserve the contractural statute of teachers in new contract, but . place emphatic limitations on-their removal-and demotion.' "Purpose of the act is to preserve the system of employment in the educational field free from any interference, and by that action it takes away the heretofore discretionary power of school boards to oust employes without cause." Girl Scouf Advisor Here for Week; Will inslruci Councillors Miss Jeanne Christy, camp advisor for Region No. 3, comprising Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and the District of Columbia, arrived this alternoon to conduct a school of instruction for the local council, captains, lieutenants, troop committee members and all others interested in Scout work. The classes will be held every evening of this week beginning at 7:30 o'clock in the small dining room of the First Methodist Episcopal Church in South Pittsburg street. All captains and lieutenants are requested to make a special effort to attend every session. The members of .the local council will meet Miss Christy in the afternoon at the homes of members as follows: Monday, finance, Mrs. William J. Davidson in West Fayettc street. Tuesday, training and personnel, Mrs. Lawrence S. Elliott in South Pittsburg street. Wednesday, public relations, Mrs. Ernest Ri Kooscr in Gallatin avenue, Thursday, camp, Mrs. Bcla B. Smith in West Green street. Friday, badges and awards, Mrs. Frank VanNorman in Johnston avenue. AUTO INSPECTION DEADLINE TONIGHT Pennsylvania Motor Police warned that all motor vehicles must be inspected by midnight tonight. Motorists apprehended without official inspection stickers on windshields after midnight will be subject to a fine of $10 and costs, officers said. Just Off the Wire By United Press. ALTOOXA, Pa., Jan. 31--Twentysix employes of the Altoona shops of the Pennsylvania Railroad have notified the company of their resignations and asked retirement under the FcJcral Kallrotul Pension Act, It was disclosed today. WASHINGTON. Jan. 3L--The United ?Ilnc Workers' union, largest sincle anil in the Committee for Industrial Organization, today authorized its officers to give unlimited financial support to the CIO on its drive to organize American worker*. ENTER THIS HOUSE AT SECOND STORY ON SNOW SHOES! Snowbound home near Ettcanabn, Mich. Folk living in this house near Escanaba, Mich., had to make their entrance and exit through bedroom windows ia result of record »torm that piled drifts 15 and SO feet high In places. SnowBhocx hud to bo used for transportation, too. Northern Michigan wa« hardest hit by the blizzard, --Central Fret* Mercury Skids As New Cold Wave Moves East By United Press Sub-zero cold wave, the most severe of the winter, ovcrsprcjid the territory from the Rockies to the Ohio Valley today and, whipped by high winds from the Canadian plains, moved swiftly toward the Atlantic seaboard. Temperatures tumbled as much ns 40 degrees in flve hours in Illinois, ending a week-end of comparatively warm weather. The bitter cold meant additional hardships for lowland dwellers alon£ the Rock River in northwestern .'lli- nois where floods, swelled by ice jams, isolated homes and covered farmlands. One hundred families fled their homes south of Rock Island, 111. Scores evacuated in other communities along the stream. Government engineers warned other families to prepare to leave their homes. Ice-covered highways made motoring hazardous in Wisconsin and Iowa. Snowplows were used to open highways in Minnesota and upper Michigan, where gale-like winds piled snow in high drifts. Two buses were tied-up at Elkhorn, Wis., because of icy roads. Seventy-five persons were given emergency treatment at Milwaukee hospitals for injuries suffered on slippery sidewalks. At Chicago, the mercury dropped from 45 to five above in a few hours. Five below was predicted by U. S. ·Forecaster J. R. Lloyd, who said the cold would continue for at least three days. The coldest spot in the Nation was Havre, Mont., where the temperature dropped to 25 degrees below zero. It was 14 below at Devil's Lake, N. D., eight below at Moorehead, Minn., and 10 below at Williston, N. D. The cold extended into Oklahoma and northern Texas. County Paid Off $400,000 Worth of Bonds Last Year; Started '38 With $33,072 Faycltc county began the fiscal year of 1938 with a treasury balance of $33,072.46. more than $50,000 Icrs than a year »KO, according to the 17\h annual report of Controller Ait^rt Montgomery which appear* In today's Courier in detail form. Receipts during 1037 aggregated Sl.439,732.32 which added with the balance on hand on January 4, 1P37. made a total of Sl.52.1,387.06 avail- Hopkins, III Keeps Watchful Eye on WPA __ WASHINGTON. J.m. 31.--Hurry able while expenditures iimoitnlrd :n! "iipkins is k.--piiij; closo Lib on nf- $1,020.207.«. lonvinR n bnlancc of f; " rs of lhc W( ":'^ I'roer«. Admmis- Old 5-5-3 Naval Ratio Upset; U. S. Lacking Security By United Press. WASHINGTON, Jan. 31.--Admiral William D. Lenny, chief of naval operations, told the House today that Jnpan and Great Britain have "completely upset" the old 5-5-3 naval ratio and unless the United States increases its Na.vy its fleet will soon bo "insufficient security against attack from overseas." Leahy was the opening witness at hearings on the bill of Chairman Carl Vinson, D., Gn., for an $800,000,000, 20 per cent increase in the Navy's fighting strength, including three additional battleships and 44 other new combatant vessels. $«4. 170.63 from which sum $451.107.17 was transferred to the Sinking Fund Commbsion lo Ic-avc a tot?! i net on kind on January 3 o! $33,- SALES HEADS ED TOOHIO. No Other Immediate Personnel Changes Contemplated. . BUSINESS CUTS OPERATION HERE With centralization of the sales department of the Anchor-Hocking Glass Corporation--of which the Capstan Glass Company is a unit-at Lancaster, Ohio, members of the soles department located here will be transferred to the latter place on February 1. Announcement of the new set-up was made by Capstan oificials today. Equipment, including desks and flics of the sales department heads, will be transferred to the Ohio city over the coming week-end. Samuel B. DeMercll, sales manager for Capstan, and his.- three assistants, J. R. Dilworth, George H. Thayer and Edward M. Lawrence, are affected by the transfer order. They will not likely move their families until the end of the school term. The largest factory in the Anchor- Hocking Corporation is located at Lancaster; Head offices of the Hocking Class Company have always been there. · - · - No other changes at this time arc contemplated, it. was said. G. Fred Riomon, president of Capstan Glass Company, becomes manager of the container division of the Anchor-Hocking Corporation. He has received no notice of transfer. Tho container division of the corporation includes three plants--Connellsville, Salem, N. J., and Winchester, Ind. Questioned regarding the outlook of increased operations at the local plant, Capstan officials said business was exceedingly slow. Throughout the country glass container operations arc at about 35 per cent. Only one tank is being operated here and although the first two months of the the duti« of councilman. How- year arc generally regarded as "slow ever, when I found that the candi- months, this season finds ousmcss dale I h:icl In mind could nol receive al "^ lov -' cst - cbb m Capstan, h tor}". Mayor Sets Forth His Position In Council Vacancy Inability of Council to agree on a suci.isor to a vacancy created by disqualification of Dr. Earl C. Shcr- rick, elected last November, prompted Mayor Ira D. Younkin to make an setting forth his announcement views. The Mayor said he was interested only that a person who is qualified and who will think and act for himself be selected. "Selection of a councilman to become superintendent of the Department of Streets and Public Properties is an imporant task bocaue it will require much time and attention lo the multiple duties confronting the departmental head," Mnvor Younkin wild. "Sinc« creation of the vacancy on January 3 I have presented the name of a man I felt could ably administer ,.. I '°^i" !' · eluded * torm:i v/mVr The' commissioners retired a t.,!al i I " a ' or . ot ' rr - l '" n :t lh; of $400,000 of outstanding bone!? i , , c ,''"'· ··'" in during the pa.st year to reduce 111" L . ' ' ' °"' c ' illj "'TM''i'O h.v. Ho; amount to W.605.000. OJ this IVurc $600,000 are owned by the county and o( this $145,000 were unM!.l. The county's resources arc fixed tr.iuon decile llln-M that alrendy th , lu . c . u . irv majority--throe voles-- hai kept him away from hi» ofllcc : MUKM ou ' t anolhcr la ,, compro . 11 *'··'·' revealed today. j mi5c of ,^, r m not trying to assume " rs ' x at $6,073,077.78 of which $1.135,130 R3 represent returned property ta\»*s Kelirf o.tkial.1 kirix hi entes witji bctjnii Atlniinbtr.itijr . Aubrey U'lllhimr, ··v.-n while he wj» , 1 in :. limpil;,! lH-,1 and that the r.ills , have bci-r. moi,. frequent Mtice Ho:- " 7 "·"·"j · i miic offer. 1 m not trying to a.vutne t ·-, · r r . , . I .1. a ic-, a dlcU.tnrU.1 attitude and never have. i C t l l T T P X / H I T 11, TM,".; "' am OI1| - V "* kin * lh: " so" 1 "" 10 ' l At Anthracite Nationalization mon* frefjufnt Mnce Hop' I kins U'ft Ilochntrr to recujwr.itc in !Ili ' : i quali:l-d to lilt the iwition be r.e- i k-c'.txi .imi one th:it will not be d:c- l:itc-d !u by infiuencxs ti?at are not !nti:rfsVc\l r^U'ly m the \veUiirc o( C'onnrlljville. 1 nin willing to elimtnatc myself piclure .-ntirely in the njmir!( . ,,, unpaid for the icvcn years--1930 to · 1938, inclusive. Returned taxci for j 1036 aggregate $238,194.32. The controller':; report in detail will be found on Pages Seven, Eight, Nine and Twelve of today's Courier. the South. Franco Sets Up Self as Dictator By MANUEL CASARES United Press Staff Correspondent. BURGOS, Spain, Jan. 31--General Francisco Franco, nationalist commander in chief, today signed a law regulating the political and administrative structure of nationalist Spain and foreseeing the formation of a formal government under his presidency. It was ordered that the law should be published today in the official bulletin of the nationalist regime, and the expectation was that Franco would appoint his government Immediately. . The presidential regime which Franco has arranged for is similar to that of the United States so far as the executive branch o£ government is concerned, with a cabinet under the president, but without a parliament. Under the plans of Franco, it was understood. Franco himself will be supreme head of the army. Under him as army head will be a minister of national defense, it is understood, with separate army, navy and air departments under the defense minister. In addition It is understood that there will be ministers for foreign afliairs, justice, public order, interior and finance as the principal cabinet figures. There would also be NLR6 Proceedings Cannot Be Enjoined, Supreme Courl Holds WASHINGTON. Jan. 31.--The Supreme Court, in a sweeping decision, held todny tliiit Federal courts are without power to enjoin proceedings of the National Labor Relations Board. The court distinguished sharply between proceedings of the labor board, which it held could not be enjoined, and orders of the board which it noted may be properly opposed in the circuit courts under the procedure established by the Wagner Labor Relations Act. The decision, presented in two cases involving the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, and the Newport News Shipbuilding Corporation, was presented ns Stanley F. Reed was sworn in as associate justice of the court. Vanderbilf Woman Hurt at Brownsville Falling down a flight of steps at West Brownsvile Saturday, Mrs. Ida Morris of Vanderbilt sustained a fractured right ankle and was taken to Brownsville General Hospital for treatment. Mrs. Morris was visiting with a nephew, William Robinson, at West Brownsville when the accident occurred. ' Hospital Patients. Richard Dcwey of East Washington avenue, Richard Shaffer of Evcrson, Florence Bodnar of Lemont, Russell Bcatty ot Mount Braddock and George Katsas of East Crawford avenue have been admitted to Connellsville State Hospital for treatment. Two Killed, Six Seriously Hurt In Motor Crash CRF.F.NSBURG. Jan. 31.--Two per- rons were killed iiiht.imly and six others h u r t , two of tht'm so seriously recovery is doubtful, in what JS'.ate Motor Police de5cribe as the worst highway nrddent in their experience. It occurred Sunday night at 7:30 o'clock « mile west of Murrysvillc on the William Pcnn Highway. All of the injured were taken to Columbia Hospitiil at Wilkinsburg. The dead are: Mrs. Kdna Masters, 47 years old, wife of E. \V. Masters of McKeesport, who died as the result of a fractured skull. W. J. Johnson, CO years old, of Northside. Pittsburgh, dead as the result of a fractured skull. The injured are: Dcwey M. Staten, 37 years old, of Northside. Pittsburgh, driver of one of the cars. Possible frncturn of the skull and fracture of right leg at the knee. Condition serious. E. W. Masters, 47 years old, McKeesport, driver of the other automobile. Fracture oi the skull and internal injuries in the region of the chest. Condition serious. Harold Masters, 15 years old, fracture ol the skull. Condition so serious he is not expected to live many hours. Mrs. W. J. Johnson, CO years old, of Northside, Pittsburgh, wife of one of the fatally injured. Right leg amputated in the accident and suffering also from probable fracture of the skull. Condition so serious she is not expected to live, Dorothy Masters, 19 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Masters. Contusions and abrasions of the face. Suffering from shock. James Black, 20 years old, ol McKeesport, suffered a fracture of the right knee and abrasions of the face. Condition fair. Condition Improved. Ronald Grant McManus of Dunbar, who has been a patient in Uniontown Hospital for three weeks where he underwent an operation, is reported to be in a fair condition. . . . . · - - - , Accd Jcannctte Man Dies. education and public works. | JEANNETTE, Jan. 31.--Cyrus W Under the new law. Franco will i Davis, 81, one of Jeannettc's oldest have supreme power and will issue i residents, died Saturday. He leavc« decrees in matters of ordinary gov-1 his wife, n brother, a 'vistcr and 1" ornmenta! functions. The Weather Snow flurries this afternoon and possibly tonight with cold wave to- nllow lhc thrcc others to mnkc lhc choice. The man on whom they are ;iblc to afjrcr TV;!! txr satisfactory to me. This has been my position from the vt-ry llrst as 1 owe my allegiance to my fellow townsmen and thoir welfare." Tho law provides that a vacancy on Council may IH* filled by the remaining members within a period ol 30 days a f t e r which time the question must be taken before the courts. Wednesday is the final date on which 11 _· vacancy may be tilled and it is likely that a last attempt may b« made prior to the expiration of the time limit in the hope the deadlock will Ixi broken and a compromise, possibly a dark-horse, candidate agreed upon. United Mine Workers Condemn Senator Holt As Unworthy "Traitor" Uy Unltod Prcsa. WASHINGTON, Jan. 31.--The United Mine Workers of America convention t o d a y unanimously adopted a resolution condemning Senator Rusli D. Holt, Democrat, W. Va., "as a traitor unworthy to represent in the United States Senate the great state of West Virginia." The resolution asserted that Holt had betrayed "the trust and confidence that the men who work in Hie mines in West Viriginia placed in him." "His action opposing every progressive piece of legislation that has for its purpose the betterment of the life, the betterment of the living conditions in this country, brands him as a traitor," the resolution said. WATCH AND RING STOLEN FROM HEFFLEY HOME Robbery of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hcfl'ley of 206 North Eleventh street, West Side, Sunday evening while members of the family were absent was reported to the police. A yellow gold watch valued at $25 and a yellow gold ring worth $5 wore taken. White gold was passed up, leading to the belief cither money or yellow gold that might be sold as old gold were sought. The place had been thoroughly ransacked. Mr. Hefl'ley was visiting over town By United Frcu. WASHINGTON, Jan. 31.--Senator Joseph K. GufTcy and Representative Patrick J. Boland, Pennsylvania Democrats, planned today to press lor action this session on their bill to stabilize the antracitc coal industry along lines of the existing Guffcy bituminous act. Bohmd said he would ask the House Ways and Means Committee to hold hearings on the measure when the tax revision bill is out of the way. This action conflicts with the anthracite nationalization plan of Governor George Enrle of Pennsylvania." Guffey and Boland will call on President Itooscvcll Tuesday to request his support for a one-cent tax on fuel oil, designed to increase coal consumption. Boland, House Democratic whip, believed that without the President's support he could not obtain action by the Ways and Means Committee. He offered the plan nt its hearings on the pending tax measure. Wealthy Recluse Who Starved Self On Way to Recovery By United Press.. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 31.--A 59- year-old recluse, who recortedly lived on only a roll and some coffee daily while the possessor of a $20,000 fortune, was recovering in a hospital today from a collapse broughl on by malnutrition and starvation. The man, who identified himself, as Dawson A. Miller, was 'picked up by police and taken to St. John's Hospital, when he collapsed on a Northside street Saturday night. Physicians said he was suffering from lack of food. He weighed only 9' pounds. Brothers Escape When Aulo Wrecks night, Tuesday fair and continued j an( ; ji rs . Hefl'ley was at church. A 41 *, ^ * . crowbar was used to pry open a bedroom window, on the ground level. Initials of Mrs. Hoffley, "H. G. S.," were engraved on the watch and the '.j.ut- i leMueui:., uieu ouiu: Rov- j tiis wife, n brother, i children. cold is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 193S 1D37 Maximum 38 S4 Minimum . . ;JO 3ft Menn 34 42 Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 31.--Two brothers, Edward and Frank Geary, 18 and 20, of Lemont, had a narrow escape from serious injury early Sunday morning when their automobile went out of control on the west slope of 1.11. Summit and struck a culvert. Taken to Uniontown Hospital, Edward was found to have suffered a possible fractured nose while his brother sustained contussions of. the m o u t h - a n d abrasions of *he righi hand. Tiie ring was Mrs. Heffley's ! £r;iduation treasure. The watch was : not badly damaged, lalso prized above its intrjyic value, 'was the operator. WILL PRODUCE TAX RECORDS, COURT HEARS / Mrs. Kiersted, Convicted of Embezzlement, Ready "to Talk." RELEASED TO . LOCATE BOOKS Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Jan. 31.--Breaking icr silence--self imposed over a period of many months which saw her convicted of tax embezzlement and sentenced to serve two to four years n the Allegheny county workhouse- Mrs. Frances S. Keirsted volunteered this morning to produce her "missing records." "If the court please I'll be glad to produce any records I might have," she said slowly but emphatically [rom the witness stand. "All I ask is an opportunity to produce them." Attorney Dean, D. Sturgis, who with .Attorneys E.. C. JJigbeo and W. Brown Higbce, is special counsel representing the county In the case, addressed Judge . H. S. .Dumbauld, presiding at the hearing: · "Your honor, this is important. This is the first time she ever volunteered to produce these records." The court directed Interrogation of the witness to continue, reserving decision on whether Mrs. Keirsted was to be given "the opportunity 1 .' to locate the records that have been "missing" since before her trial and for which she served a year in tha county jail on contempt charges by former Judge Thomas H. Hudson for failure to turn them over to counsel in the case. Admitted as first exhibits of the American Surety Company, through their counsel, Attorney Linn V. Phillips, were two checks--the first with the date torn away in the amount of $10,078.73; the second for $5,688.67. Both were cleared'vthrough the bank in 1933 under the signature of Thomas R. Aubrey. Under cross-examination of Attorney Sturgis, Mrs. Keirsted was asked: "What is this exhibit?" "That's a check in the sum of $10,078.73 that was made payable to Thomas R. Aubrey, treasurer. I gave it to him to be applied on the 1933 taxes," the woman replied without hesitation. After examining the second exhibit, she declared: 'That's a check in the amount of $5,688.67 made payable to Thomas H. Aubrey, treasurer, which: is signed by myself and given to him in pay- in^ of 1933 taxes." She continued: "I wrote some of my checks some** times in the treasurer's office and do not have stubs for all o£ them." Attorney Sturgis: "Then you have nothing to show they were to apply on the 1933 duplicate?" Mrs. Keirsted: "That is true. But an other duplicates were closed." "That time you gave the checks to Aubrey did you furnish him with a list of taxes to which they were to be applied?" "At the end of the month I furnished him with a monthly statement showing which taxes were paid." Asked concerning her bank .accounts, she testified: "I had only the tax collection account and a personal account I had no other account in any other bank." Attorney Sturgis asked: "What were you short on your 1933 duplicate?" She answered: "Well, Mr. Sturgis, we hava always contended there was never no shortage, that the money turned.in covered the amount" With Attorney-Phillips are Don Wilkinson of Wilkes-Barre,. .auditor, and Attorney T. M. Coins of Scranton, also representing the American Surety Company, bondsman for Mrs. Keirsted. Shortly before 11 o'clock. Judge Dumbauld released Mrs. Keirsted in custody of her personal counsel, Attorney Wade K. Newell, to give her an opportunity to produce the "miss-" ing records." . Poor Board Ripper Act ;··:.'" Is Upheld By United Press. PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 31.--The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the poor board "ripper" bill in a decision handed down here today. The Poor Board Act; one of those recommended by Dr. Herbert J. Goodrlch's committee on public assistance and relief to aid in reducing relief expenditures, eliminated more than 350 poor boards throughout the State. Relief disbursement control of the old boards was transferred to the new State Department of Public Assistance, while county · commissioners were given control of the county institutions for the poor. Immediately after the act became effective, numerous boards challenged State Motor Poliee *a'd the car was its constitutionality, and the Supreme They *?id Frank ! Court heard arguments on it last J January 3.

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