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PAGE FOUR. THR DAILY COURIER, CONNELLSVTLUE, PA. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1939. (ttnurar THE COUIUEU COMPANY ._ Publishers James J. Dnscoll ._ .. . _ President'and General Manager R. A. Donegal: . _ .. . _... 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 $2.50 for six months by mail if paid in advance; 12 cents per week by carrier. Entered as second class matter at the Postoffice, Connellsville, Pa. TI1UKSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 16, 1939 I'EIVATE INDUSTRY 03LY WAY OUT ' Government spending has not solved the -unemployment problem in nearly 10 years of experiments. It will not solve it in another decade. The American Federation of Labor is convinced of this. In inviting attention to latest figures which show 10,300,000 persons out of work, the executive council of the federation declares "we 'must rf- turn to private industry for the solution." Hope of the Administration has been, from the beginning, that "priming the pump" with Federal funds would put the wheels of industry and business in motion and take up the unemployment slack. Billions have been used In the priming process but they have failed of the purpose. One outstanding reason'is what the federation council calls · "fear and distrust" on. the part of business. The Administration has taken no decided stand, no consistent stand, to remove distrust. ""With a presidential election less than two years off, the -New Deal is rapidlj' approaching a crisis. · Unless it acts quickly to promote confidence its hope of having private capital absorb a considerable part of the unemployed cannot be realized. There is little hope for a considerable percentage of the more than 10 millions now idle to ever get back into industry and business. There will continue to be a part of the population which must remain wards of the Government, but if the major part of the idle army had the opportunity to return to every-day jobs, "the spending of millions of dollars for relief purposes would cease." And, as the AFL council comments: "This would mean that the burden of taxation could be reduced and the National income increased. The spirit and morale of the unemployed workers would be lifted to a higher basis. "Whatever stands in the way--whatever' barrier may have been created, either as a result of fear or as a result of affirmative action ou the part of those who administer the affairs of Government, ought to be broken down so that our industrial processes may function in a proper way and unemployment may thus be overcome." A' EMDTJKEfG Memorials of marble and granite and bronze, without utilitarian value, were accepted in their day. They served a purpose. In a way they perpetuated an individual or an event or an epoch, but beyond that they were merely a collection of inanimate atoms. Today we are getting awa'y from that idea. In the place of these oftentimes lofty markers are rising structures which during their existence will be devoted to the welfare of mankind. Just as fitting is a proposed memorial to the late Pope Pius--a national crusade "for God in government." Undoubtedly the need exists. While Christian men, professedly such, are numerous in the legislative, executive and judicial halls, there is a lack of the underlying principles, not so much in America as in the totalitarian states. The pontiff realized long ago the hope for peace and establishment of the golden rule as a governmental guide lies in the democracies. It is a. fine tribute to his memory, therefore, that the proposed crusade will be carried on with the purpose of emphasizing democratic principles through courses to be taught in the thousands of parochial schools in the country. Hand in hand will_be a. concerted effort to overcome atheism, and disregard of ilie rights of man and to encourage obedience to constituted law. 1KFEUE3SZA MILD, KOT EPIDEMIC" ' .What the Public Health Service describes as a mild ' outbreak of influenza is sweeping sections of the country, particularly an area shaped like a huge "S," extending across Texas, through Kansas, Missouri, Illinois 'and Indiana, tapering off into Ohio and Pennsylvania.' This is the area, it is recalled, which was affected by a severe storm two weeks ago. Thousands of cases reported are mild; uone of the ' virulent type of 191S. There have been comparatively few cases in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for people who must live in a zone beset by winter's vagaries, we arc subject to diseases of the respiratory tract. Constant care is necessary to avoid them. The Health Service says there is no clear-cut difference between influenza and the condition into which severe colds develop. Usually the graver malady starts with a cold.. 'The ounce of prevention, therefore, plays, a major part in avoiding serious consequences., The Health Service say there is no epidemic. Moreover, there is not likely to be any. In the last-five years there were characteristic prevalence curves, starting in. autumn or early winter and rising to the peak in late January or February. There was no such curve this year. EXPEDITING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS The Administration has introduced an innovation. To the end that procedure of the General Assembly may be · speeded when sessions are resumed February 27. 80 selected Senate and House Republicans opened secret deliberations Wednesday on a legislative program designed to promote governmental economy and hold enactment of ·new laws to a minimum. The so-called planners have been divided into 22 groups, each being given three or four subjects for consideration, the list covering the planks in the campaign, platform, and the major proposals among nearly 400 pending in the Legislature. The plan has the approval of Governor James. It is the first such move in Pennsylvania legislative history to- get the business of the General Assembly down to a basis whereby business may be expedited. There is no intention to steam roller a program through. The best interests of the people will be uppermost, say Frederick T. Gelder, president pro tern of the Senate, and Speaker Ellwood J. Turner of the House. SO BEASOX WHATSOEVER The question often arises why judges and other Federal officials and employes should not pay income tax if their earnings come within the higher brackets. Following the course of impartiality and fairness to all, there can be no valid reason. LAW GIVERS! What's What At a Glance WASHINGTON", 'Feb. 16. -- The House ol Representatives' Republican committee on national defense adopted a report the other day indorsing, in the main, President Roosevelt's emergency armament program. No, thai was not a typographical error. It was a Republican committee nil right, with Congressman James W. Wadsworth cs its chairman. These Republicans, in honest sympathy with the Administration's defensive plans, and realizing that it is an Administration which has lost all control over its own party on Capiloi Hill, felt that "we Republicans at least" ought to give our o. k. to a "really worthy" White House poUcy --though the policy oC a Democratic While House tenant. Because, if left to the mercies oi his own party's lawmakers, it v.~ns beginning to look to the Republican contingent as if a Democratic president might be unable to uin (he sup- poit that Republicanism deems him entitled to. That is to say, a Democratic president gets a Republican pat on the back for agreeing with Republicans so much better than he agrees with Democrats. Only Moderately Open-Minded. STRENGTH FOR YOUR TASK By Earl L. Douglass, D. D. CHOOSE YOUR REVOLUTION Professor Emil Brunner, the world's outstanding theologian who is lecturing In this country at the present time, declared recently that America must choose between revolutions. She can cither have a political revolution such as certain nations in Europe have experienced or she can have a spiritual revolution. As Professor Brunner put it, we must choose between the totalitarian state of the kingdom of God under the dictatorship of the Holy Spirit, or a political totalitarian state presided over by a Hitler or a Mussolini. This may seem extreme and in fact may be extreme, but we should never allow ourselves to become indiflerent to the fact that the world,todny is a great AU rights reserved--Babion community and that what happens in one area will certainly have repercussions in all areas. The world today Is suffering from dead religion. A vital religious . life in central Europe would have prevented the totalitarian state from arising. It was the Methodist movement under John Wesley which kept England from going into the revolutionary movement w h i c h devastated France. America will never succumb to materialistic philosophy if the religious life of its people remains vital. Our hope in this country is the renewal of the souls of our people. Vita' religion and true progress po hand in hand. All plans for bettering humanity without bettering the souls of men are nostrum and propaganda. Newspaper Syndicate. Stray Thoughts By 8 M DeHUFF Couldn't help feeling sorry for Ches Weaver, former local lad who has made good in a big Pittsburgh True, G. O. P. legislator were not bank, when I learned he came to his 1 old South Arch street home recently to collect together his long neglected miniature railroad equipment only to discover that his mother had put all six of his toy locomotives in the sufficiently open-minded to vote with the President on the Floyd H. Roberts issue. Every single Republican senator who cost his ballot c-n that confirmation, cast it anti-prcsl- dentially. That, 'however, was a d i f f e t r n t thing. On the "senatorial courtesy" proposition a Republican solon and a Democratic buddy are brethren un- acr the skin. So, tlie Democrats having divided eight to one against the White House tigainst that particular executive appointment, the Republicans iomed them ns a matter of inter or intra- scnatorial politeness, quite non- partisanly. I think, indeed, that there v,-as a case in which the- Republicans went rejoiced to join the recalcitrant Derr.- ocrats, but it was courtesy; not principle. It was not courtesy to the President, though. Anytliing but. "F. D.V contention is that "senatorial courtesy" is not a bit provided for in the Constitution, or legally otherwise. It simply is a tradition --old, neverhclcss; it dates back to George Washington. But it is riot binding; the .Democratic senators simply wanted to be disagreeable, on the strength of a technicality. That's so. But the senators "got away with it." It was a White Housp "kick in the pants." It was deliberate, too. The "White Hoi.se emphasizes it by saying so. As to the WPA? Well, the President askc-d for $875,000,000 to run the WPA through hands of receiving receive! hands -that Is, in the of neighborhood kiddies. Never saw a poll on it, but something tells me prattle-tongued people gieatly outnumber the rattlebrained. A six - bathing - beauties Florida picture postcard from "Chip" Francis n;ads: "It is sure hot down here, but I notice the older a fellow gets the longer it takes the sun to sink in." Just the poet in me ngain (with part apologies to the writers of a once popular song): There are smiles that make us happy, There art! smiles that make us blue, But, Boy; those smiles that greet a speaker When he fln'lly says: "I ,than!i you." In the eyes of a lot of men, women shed about DO per cent of their femininity- while loitering around voting places on election days. Learned the other day that it doesn't do fresh popped popcorn one bit of good to carry it a mile through the As Others Think BRANDEIS RETIRES (Washington Star.) The retirement from the Supreme Court of Justice Louis D, Brandeis removes from that tribunal a man whose contribution to the dex'elop- ment of America cannot be measured adequately in his lifetime. But, as Mr. Justice Brandeis steps down from the bench, it Is quite apparent that he leaves behind a record that will compare most favorably with that of any man in the struggle of the past two decades to adapt our Constitution to a changing economic and social order. In a very real sense the judicial career of Mr. Justice Brandeis has been both a professional and a personal triumph. ' His nomination to the court ir 1D1B by President Wilson was the signal for an outburst of unreasoned opposition which had no precedent in this country. Seven former presidents of the American Bar Association, including William Howard Taft, later Chief Justice, told the Senate it was 1 their "painful duty" to express the conviction that the nominee was '-not n fit person to be a member of the Supreme Court." Other eminent men attacked him as a "dangerous radical," but the Senate, after a delay of six months, confirmed the nomination. During his 22 years on the court, NEWS BE THE NE By PAUL MALLOW WASHINGTON, Feb. 16.--WPA's relict football prospects for next fall do npt look any too good right now. A Florida situation has arisen to hamper Head Coach Harrington's oi'tlook for the coming season. Some Florida press clippings have been flying around the New Deo', campus here, carrying the news that 10 members of the University of Florida football team were put on the VVPA rolls by their coach last summer. Because "we needed outdoor work," said one. The news may not have been what you might call surprising in the WPA ocker room. The excitement is no 1 , about that. Nor is there any criticism here of this phase of it. As one official puts it: "It was a worthy case." If he means the team, there is no question that he made a strong understatement. It obviously needed far more outdoor work than it got. It lost to Stetson, Mississippi State, Miami, Boston College, Georgia and Temple. If he means the boys, they may make him prove it as the Florida news headlines avow: "Florida grid men say they didn't ask WPA relief." Goveinment's right to go into debt, i Limit by law now is $45,000,000,000, i but the debt is getting close to that. i There is some talk, but no proof, that · Treasury Secretary Morgenthau fav- | ors setting the new himt at §50,000,-. i 000,000. Other talk suggests the I Administration will let a bill come ! out with a $70,000,000,000 limit, thus | fairly facing the issue of the whole ! future course of government. In the i past, the custom has been to increase j the limit only enough to last a few j years, then hoist it again. Some New I Dealers are saying it might be best to fight out the issue now--some but not many. Present indications are the bill will be 350,000,000,000 and that it will be handled through the House Coinage Committee instead of Banking and Currency because the Administration has not been getting along very well with Chairman Steagall o£ the latter committee. "Whether other teams will get outdoor WPA work this summer is a highly unsettled question. Many a coach, looking back on last season, may agree this :s what his team lacks--Chicago, just fnr an instance (points 76, opponents 241), or Iowa, Kansas, Marquette, to name only a few of dozens. The need exists. The only question is whether the new WPA head coach, who supplsmted Harry Hopkins, after the last season was over, will follow the Florida, policy, in view of something that happened there, which has mode everyone around WPA headquarters here very angry. The WPA checks to the 19 University of Florida football players apparently did not stop when they left WPA, but--according to published Florida accounts--were cashed by someone, after the team was back in school. This is a charge at any rate. Hoover's FBI men were sent down to investigate immediately after the charge was made. Their report is imminent. A case may be made of it, which will endanger any further WPA footoall-relief activities for the coming season. Legislators trying to hold relief funds down to actual need may not overlook the opportunity of de- emphasizing WPA football activities in the coming relief bill for next year. Within a month, a bill will be presented to the House to expand the The trouble with Mr. Ickes may be that the press is censoring his announcements. His Bureau of Mines in his Interior Department issued a handout: "For immediate release" on February 9 and not a line of it has appeared in a single newspaper to this day. This formal announcement apparently suppressed by the press in its gigantic conspiracy against Ickesian exaltation, starts off like this (direct quotes): "By their very nature all explosives are potentially hazardous and every type of explosive, irrespective of its relative safety should be handled, stored and used with utmost care at all times and under all conditions, the Bureau of Mines, United States Department of Interior, warns in a report just published. Only per- missable explosives should be used in coal mines. "An explosive can be made^ safe only in certain of its features and under certain conditions and circumstances. If these facts are always kept in mind, most commercial explosives can be handled safetly." Etc. Etc. No doubt Ickes will trace this suppression to the possibility that a newspaper somewhere had some explosive advertising, rather than to the conclusion that nearly everyone outside the Bureau of Mines bad long suspected dynamite was dangerous. It might be better for him, however, to let this one slide, as no doubt some congressman or newspaper editor will arise to ask why the Bureau of Mines should have had an appropriation of $2,902,735 this year, to find that out. SIDELIGHTS Although absence of freezing temperatures in recent days had brought a c-rsation of enjoyment of the city's newest winter sport--the skating pond In East Park--it does permit time for those who have spent pleas- ureable hours there, to ponder on what contributed to making that fun spot possible. ice, a pause for a thought of thanks to the men who rushed the project to a finish would be appropriate._ Although visualized and sponsored by the City Recreation Commission, the skating pond would not have been ready for the present winter had it not been for the zest with vhich the WPA crew assigned to the task applied itself. Under the direction of Homer Cunningham the workers put considerable extra effort into the job, especially after water was first turned into the pond and serious leaks developed. They worked with zeal to teal those openings and create a water-tight pocket that could be ready for freezing temperatures. Attention of Izaak Walton Leaguers' and others planning to attend the annual banquet the night of Thursday, February 23, at the First Meth! odist Episcopal Church is called to the necessity of having their reservations in the hands of Secretary Edgar J. Oglevee, at the Oglevee flower store, or J. Austin Wills, in charge o- ticket distribution, by Monday evening, February 20. The committee in charge must notify the women, of the serving church the next day how many to expect. they receive? Let's go to press. June. Congress deemed this excessive It cut the total down by .$150,000,000. till, Congress said, If we've overdone it, let the Administration .idc for a bit more later on. It implied that it reckoned $875,000,000 ridiculous. Yet it admitted that it did nai I Na! ?, knows whore hidden truths may want to be niggardly. Say, it said, ! t n a t it had economized too ·sharply-- it would tnck on some more. Facts About Our Busy World rain, in a paper bag. How's come | Mr, Justice Brandeis has amply people never show all the valentines [ demonstrated the absurdity of those I early judgments, and as he retires at - the age of 82 he has the satisfaction | of knowing that he is admired'and i respected by men in every walk of life. But he must take even, greater pride in the realization {hat the concept of the law for which he and the late Mr. Justice Holmes contended so orilliantly in their dissenting opinions has now been accepted in substance by the court. In one of his dissents, Mr. Jubtice Btandeis said "there must be a power in the States and the Nation' to remold, through experimentation, our economic practices and institutions to meet changing social and economic needs." That, in effect, is the doctrine of the court today, and the retiring jurist properly may feel that he is entitled to much of the credit for its acceptance. It is'not too much to say of him that he has played a major part in making our democracy work.- THE BLUNDER "He blundered into fame." said he. "But for an error made This thing had r ever come to be. Or had been years delayed." . It was a different goal he sought Trom this which he attained. But error cnte.ed irto thought And thus a £act was gained. Oh can it destiny or fate Or chance if you prefer. But oftentimes U 1 e truth must wait For errors to occur. For men to co:ne to claim. But only those who dare to try May blunder into fame. out with a powerful blast of com- pessed air. The name "sardine" comes from The Republic of Panama is only 35 years old, and is about the size of the state of Maine. · The name "sardine" comes tror Noway has a coast line of 12,000 , -he island of Sardinia in the -Mcdi miles, with 150,000 islands along the j terranean Set which exports them ii c ast - large numbers. A pistol was invented recently.by Honduras, Central America, is an a Ficnchir.an that knocks its victim agricultural and cattle raisins, coun- try, and has a coastline on the Caribbean sea ol 400 miles. Within the Arctic Circle have been found fossil remains of the magnolia tree, which indicate that these trees once blossomed in those frigid zones. Napoleon used eau de cologne copiously, frequently bathing in it. He is said to have used 80 bottles of it a month. There is no way to estimate the number of skaters or the number of skating hours that have been enjoyed on the big pond. It has proven a distinct asset to Connellsville, bringing in people from miles around. Commercially it resulted in unprecedented sales of skates and skating togs. Young and old have mingled together, dominated only by the spirit of fun. When the ice forms again and skating crowds are on the Sportsmen attending the meeting of the Fayette County Fish and Game Protective Association in Uniontown Tuesday evening were told there will he a considerable delegation from the countyseat and others from nearby towns. They are interested in hearing the speaker of the evening, Representative Karl Mundt of South Dakota. Besides there will be one of the finest showings of motion pictures it has been the lot of county sportsmen to see--Colonel Paul C. Hunt's technicolor movies of the Far North. The program as a whole will be one of absorbing interest to sportsmen and conservationists. By the way, conservation is the basic interest of the Waltons and sportsmen in general. SALLY'S SALLIES Mary was content with a little lamb in the old days --now she isn't satisfied until she gets your -goat.

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