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Friday, February 17, 1939
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L AST EDITION PR ICE The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 37, NO. S3. The Weekly Founded July 17. 187U. The Daily Couuer, rounded November 10, 1U02. I Mei scil I J u:y 18, 19:!!). CONNELLSViLbK, PA., FUJ.UAY EVENING, FEBiiUAIlV. 17, JLUJO. SIXTEEN PAGES. WOULD-BE A S S A S S I N WAITS DUCE Shoots Mussolini's Private Detective When Questioned. JUST RELEASED FROM ASYLUM State's Super- Highway May Be First Link In "Dead" 35 Minutes HOME, Feb. 17.--A just released from an insane asylum shot one of Premier Bemto Mussolini's private detectives Wednesday while apparently waiting to assassinate the premier, an authoritative source revealed today. Mussolini's private detective, awaiting the premier's departure for t^e palace, was authoritatively stated to have noticed a suspicious-look ing character loitering across the street, exactly in front of the principal gateway of the Villa Torlonia, the II Ducc's residence. According to the informant, the detective crossed to the stranger and asked him what he was doing there. In reply, the man fired a shot from ; a revolver in his pocket. The bullet struck the detective in i the abdomen and he crumpled to the j ground. j Mussolini heard the shooting and j emerged from the villa just as mem- ' bers of his staff were pouncing on the I man and giving first aid to the wounded detective. [ The names of the assailant and of Ihe wounded detective were not re- , vealed. News of the incident was not generally circulated in Rome, where the public is engrossed with the funeral ceremonies for Pope Pius and the approaching election of a new pope. The detective who was shot was reported today to be near death. Saved Son, Is Himself Jailed Maryland Rules Child Marriages Legal in State BALTIMORE, Md., Feb. 17.--Child marriages in Maryland arc legal, according to a ruling by the attorney general. Attorney General William C. Walsh made the ruling yesterday in response to a request by Ellis C. Wachter, clerk jf the Frederick county court, who had received an application for a marriage license from a girl 13 years old, who had the written consent of her parents. '·There is no statute in Maryland fixing the age at which persons may enter a valid contract of marriage," Walsh said, "and the common law is therefore controlling. At common law the marriage of any person less than seven years of age is probably wholly void. ''Marriage of a girl between the ages of seven and 12, or a boy between the ages of seven and 14 was not prohibited, but was voidable by the girl until she became 12 and by the boy until he became 14." The name of- the 13-year-old girl who applied to Wachter tor a license to marry was not revealed. Use of Government Frank to Call Union Meeting Under Fire .Edward Danncr After 35 minutes of "death," due to bronchial pneumonia. 14-months-old Edward Danner, of Woodstown, K. J., was brought back to life by Dr. Ralph Davis, at Audubon, Pa., who used his own method 01 artificial respiration when the jboy's breathing stopped. TAX COLLECTOR DOESN'T KNOW HOW MONEY GOT IN BANK; ORDERED DIVIDEND By onltcd Press. MERCER, Feb. 17.--Judge George H. Rowley today authorized the Fredonia Bank to distribute 31,572.25 in the bank account of Miss Elsie Powell, former tax collector, to the Perry Township School Board and the township supervisors. In an earlier hearing on chaiges that Miss Powell was short ?5,000 in tax accounts from 1934 to 1937, the woman testified she did not know how the money got into the bank under her name. District Attorney Edwin C. Moon has been asked by the school board's counsel to investigate the alleged misappropriation of tax money. Morrrrons Seek Permit For Powerful Radio By JAMES E. ROPER United Press Staff Correspondent. i Tiie "dream highway" between ] Harrisburg and P.ttsburgh "bids fan- to be the first nvjor link in a National east-west super-highway,' said Emory K. Kristof of the engineering depai Imcnt of tht 1 PennsyK anui Turnpike Commission, s p e a k i n g Thursday befoie the Rotary Club. He appeared as repieyc-iitat've of the publicity department of the commission. Mi, Knsioi g^vu the Rota; thus a mass of information, some of wnich has been published, some not. j Throughout it- length of 100 miles, from West Middlesex, near Carlisle, to its junction with the Lincoln highway nciu Invin, thu rodd will consist o e tuo 24-foot lines, divided by a 20- loot pink lane, with the exception, of at tunnels uliefe the lanes will be reduced to 11',2 feet m width. The roadwjy will be graded 78 foe; wide, slope line to slope line on fills and ditch line to ditch line in cuts, uith 10-foot berms on the filld and seven- i foot m the cuts, with three-foot j ditches. ; Tne route is expected to attract 1 thousands of \iiji tor* to Pennsylvania, | coursing as it does through a section j of the State icpletc with places and, scenes of historic interest. j Ti uck owners will use the route j m piefcrence to either existing ones, 1 Mr. Knstof said. They will be limited j to the outside lunes so as not to j delay passenger traffic. Illustrating the magnitude of the project, it is estimated it will be necessary to excavate 22,000,000 cubic- yards of earth tl nd rock and place it in Gils; to pour 415,000 cubic yards ot concrete; to place 45,000,000 pounds of steel; to enlarge and drive 35,800 feet of tunnel and to lay more than 4,300,000 square yards of pavement. An eight-houi day and a five-day week will be established for all construction workers. This limitation does not apply to non-manual workers. In order to expedite ths work the commission plans to .sorrow 100 engineers from Pittsburgh industries and elsewhere. About 350 engineers and draftsmen are tiow at work. The extra men will be assigned to the district offices at Siippensburg, Everett, Somerset and ' Mount Pleasant. Twenty-five aie to be sent to Mount Pleasant, Mr. Knstof said. Thirty-eight miles of Ihe road are under contract. The commission expects to have 65 miles contracted by the end of Ihe month. According to Mr. Kristof, 20 major trucking companies now using the longer New Yoctc state "sea level 0 route to avoio the Pennsylvania mountains have indicated they will divert their traffic to the new highway. Measurements show they will save 145 miles to Chicago and 206 miles to St. Louis. The highway v.'il! reduce grades of the existing ones by two-thirds, according to Mr. Kristof, offering the WASHINGTON, Feb. 17.--The Willis W. Crabb James Crabb (whfn on trinD Willis Yf. Crabb (left), former president of s bank at Delnvan, 111., has been sentenced to four years in the federal penitentiary for irregularities in accounts. Federal agents said that it is probable much of the money, up to ?75,000, reportedly taken from the bank was nsed to save Crabb'a son, Jamea, tried once for manslaughter and later for porjurj'. (Central Press) Fire Wrecks Insane Asylum; 1797 Saved VETERAN ACTOR DIES BETWEEN" ACTS BUT SHOW HAS TO GO ON first low giade route across the Ap- Mormon Church has asked the Fed- i palachian Mountains since first sur- eral Communications Commission for permission to purchase and operate a powerful short-wave radio station capable of blanketing South America and Europe with "American culture" programs. It was disclosed that the church- controlled Radio Service Corporation of Utah has asked _the FCC for auto buy and transfer to Salt City short wave Station thority Lake W9XAA, now owned by tne Chicago Federation o£ Laboi. Officials of the- corpoiation said they would equip the station with WAHINGTON, Feb. 17.--Hepre- directional antennae lor "beaming" sentative John Taber, R., N. Y., today , programs to specific countries and in- demanded that Attorney General · crease its power from 500 to 10,000 Frank Murphy investigate alleged use | watts--enot-gh to send its signals to of a government frank for dissemina- I virtually any pait of the world. -, i « _ i . ^ e station would "attempt to present the bettei side of American culture to foreign countries," the officials said, by offering varied piogt.ims ol news und entertainment, and educational features. tion of a notice of a union meeting. He exhibited an envelope of the National Bituminous Coal commission which he said contained the union notice. He said the letter was franked. "I call upon the Attorney General of the United States to prosecute not only this violation of the postal laws by sending out propaganda of tins kind,.but the expenditure of Government money on propaganda in violation of the law," Taber said. Hospital Patients. Joseph Fiano of 131 West Peach street and Peter Ruggieri of 331 McCormick avenue have been admitted to the Hospital for treatment. Governor James Will Face Bar Committee on Democrat Charge vcys were begun a hundred years ago, in 1837. All entrances and exits wjll be illuminated at night, all tunnels day and night. The tunnels will be ventilated with powerful blowers to prevent accumulation of carbon monoxide. Where entrances and exits are provided there will be acceleration and deceleration lanes so that vehicles entering may gather speed and those leaving slow. There will no crossings at grade, so that a driver may travel the 100 miles without i\ stop. Hazards of ice and log will be reduced by traveling under the mountains. As the cost of travel, traffic engineers nave estimated a 62,000-pound 1 t uck can be operated from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg 'or $27. Memorial Day, 1940, has been set as the date for the formal opening of the highway. By ROSS DOWNING United Press Stall" Correspondent. HARRISBURG, Feb. 17.--Governor Arthur H. James, who retained his Superior Court judgeship while campaigning lor the governorship and dramatically "resigned to himself' after he took the oath as Chief Executive of Pennsylvania, went to Chicago today to meet a committee of the American Bar Association in connection with charges of "violating the code of judicial practice." During the November election campaign. Governor James was accused by "his Democratic opponents o£ "unethical practice'' in accepting his S18,000-a-year salary as Superior Court judge while devoting all his time to his candidacy. Public UtilityjCommissioner Thomas Buchanan, a member nf Ihe American Bar Association, filed a complaint against James with the chairman of the bar's committee on professional and judicial ethics. charging that !wo rules were Leaiy violated. The National Lawyers' Guild also adopted a resolution criticizing his action Jn not res-smng from the bench. The Bar Association set a hearing lor last November 31, three days after the election, but nothing further was heard from it. Or, Fausold Quits As Indiana Prexy Dr. Samuel S. Fausold, foimerly oC East Huntingdon township, has resigned ;is president of Indiana Slate Teachers College, The educator, who was located at Monessen as superintendent o£ scnools for many years after having served in the Alverton district, said that he \vas giving up the position because o£ continuous ill jiealth. He asked that the resignation be effective May 31, 1039, so that he may finish the college year ar.d his 29th year of teaching. QUEBEC, Feb. 17.--Fire and fuel tank explosions completed Hie destruction of the Benupoi t Insane Asylum early todny after 1,797 hysterical patients had been led or dragged to safety into a 15-below yero temperatuie under the direction o£ a battalion of militia. The tire had been raging m the ea^t wing since 8 A. M. yesterday but did [ not get completely out of control un- ] til Jast night. Then it reached the central building, which with five wings comprises the vasx institution operated by the Roman Catholic Order of Grey Nuns. Oil tanks began exploding, hurling flaming embers 1.500 feet. A hurried call was sent for troops and the 1,300 ;nmatcs still in the building were evacuated. Many of the patients were violent. Some had not been out of their rooms for years. They struggled with then- rescuers-- nunSj firemen and volun- j teers, before the troops arrived-; Some nad to be restiaincd forcibly ! from darting back to their quarters, ] which would have meant certain i death. ! Soon after midnight, however, all patients had been safely quartered in other parts of Quebec--in jails, hospitals, barracks and even in private homes. Meanwhile, firemen continued a losing oattle in the bitter cold. The scene was a panorama of lire and ice. The water supply was inrde- quate and holes were chopped through the St. Lawrence River ice, a mile away, and hose lines stretched from there. By 8 A. M. the fire had nearly burned itself out. Only a few walls remained standing. Firemen, however, continued to pour streams of water on the i-uins. Police remained on duty to handle the crowds. Damage was estimated at $1,600,000. The casualties so far reported were: One patient dead of a heart attack; two firemen injured. Authorities praised, the nuns for having prevented a catastrophe by their orderly handling of Ihe situation in its first stages. The asylum had housed 950 women and 847 men patients; 292 nuns and 250 employes. Sister Mane L'Ange Gardicnne, head nurse, believed that a patient had set the lue during breakfast yesterday morning. It started on the third floor of the five- story east wing. Throughout yesterday when it seemed that the fire wouM be confined to the-one wing, patients were left in the central building nnd the west blocks. They watched the blaze nervously, threatening many times to riot. The nuns worked desperately trying to keep them calm. Then, soon after dark, the wind shifted. The water pressure ran low and the hose sti earns would not reach beyond the second floor. Firemen weary and frost-bitten, gradually had to retreat. NEW YORK, Fob. 17.--When the i,ccond ict of Maxwell Anderson's musical drama "Knickerbocker Holiday" went on last night, the audience did not rcuH/.e that an under- ·»tudy had taken the place of John E. Young, a veteran ac'or. Young died of a heart attack while changing costumes between acis. The (H-year-old actor, who played the part of nn early Dutch bottler, had appeared m ninny Broadway suc- ce.-jses and had toured with the teti Lillian Rustell. Consider Motion To Delay Trial Of Trooper's Slayer By United Press, WASHINGTON", Fd. f Feb. 17.-Hearing V.-QS to be resumed before Judge Howard W. Hughes today on n motion of defense counsel to postpone the murder trial of Frank Falanzo, 45, unemployed miner o' Clarksvillc, charged with kllhng i State molor police corporal. John Mofechetla. defense counsel .isked for the postponement on the ground he did not have suilicien time to obtain, background oJ alar.zo's life lor psychiatrists. Palamo was scheduled to go or trial next Monday on a charge o killing Corporal George D, Naughton of the State %Iotor Police last month when a group of officers sought to arrest him after he had bairicadec himself in his hone. CHICAGO, Feb. 17.--Governor Arthur H. James of Pennsylvania came to Chicago today to defend himself before the American Bar Association's committee on ethics against charges that he violated the j Attorneys loi code of judicial practice during his Call today fi campaign for olfice. Democratic opponents of James ac- McCall Makes Final Move to Escape Chair By United Press. JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 17.-- £or Frankhn Pierce Mc- flled in Federal couit a habeas corpus pet.tion to stay the execution ol the condemned kidnap- cused him ot "unethical practice" be- i slayer of James Bailey Cash, Jr., cause he retained his $28,000-a-year! five. place on the Supenor Court bench j The petition was based on the u h i l e conducting campaign. The bm association committee has ordered James to appear before i'. in executive ie^ion tomortow. gubernatorial , contention that the piocedure unde: which McCall was convicted violated the guarantees of the Constitution. McCall is scheduled to die m the , electric chair. Loyalist Capital Moved to Valencia MADRID, Feb. 17.--The government decided today to remove to Valencia, an OiTicial announcement said. Premier Juan Negrin and the ministers of justice, education, labor and without portfolio -left this morning. The Weather Clouoy tonight, preceded by light rain or snow; warmer in extreme east and slightly colder in extreme northwest portion; Saturday partly cloudy is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 1938 Maximum 47 56 Minimum 1!) 28 JICuU . . . 3 3 4J President Speeds South on Vacation ABOARD PRESIDENT'S SPECIAL TRAIN, ENROUTE TO FLORIDA Feb. 17.--President Roosevelt spei southward toward'Key West todij where tomorrow he will board th' cruiser Houston which will cairy him to fleet maneuvers in the Carribbean Tiie Chief Executive, fully re covered from grip, left Washingtoi last night. Kc will leave his tram at Florida City nnd motor 140 mile to Key West where the Houston wil be waiting. Tne Houston which Mr. Hoose velt has used on previous occasions will be his floating White Hous until March 2 when lie returns t Washington. Mr. Roosevelt will deliver a brie address at Key West tomorrow af tcrnoon formally opening the Colder Gate Exposition at San Francisco. Spanish Loyalist Deputies Will Name President Tomorrow COGNITION FOR FRANCO WOULD END CIVIL WAR, BELIEF Nationalists Disappointed That Action by France And Great Britain Has Been Delayed; Believe Other Nations Would Follow. NTEREST IN UNITED STATES' ATTITUDE By EDWARD G. DE PURY United Press Stall Correspondent. BURGOS, Spain, Feb. 17.--Nationalist authorities believe that full ecogniUon by Great Britain and France would lead to the early breakup ot Ihe coalition ol parties forming the loyalist' government _and thus end he civil war, it was understood today. For that reason, recognition was awaited eagerly and considerable disappointment was expressed that Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain of Great Britain had not already announced actual recognition instead of a mere decision in principle to grant it eventually. It was the belief here that if Great Britain and France recognize the ' nationalists, many other nations would follow, and that it would be im- ObSible for tne loyalists to maintain a coalition in favor of continued ·esistance. Considerable interest was shown in the attitude of the United States, bout which nothing was known here. It was suggested that the United States lias important commercial interests in Spain, of the sort which other lions seek to safeguard by recognizing an almost certain national victory. Climax of Spanish Fighting Expected Soon, Says Halifax All War Fronts Reported Quiet PERP1GNAN, French-S p a n i s h Ftontier, Feb. 17.--AH Spanish, civil war fronts \vcre reported quiet today is peace moves were discussed at ?aris and London. The loyalists announced that General Jose JMioja, commander-iii-chief In all central Spain, had arrived at 'artagenn, the loyalist naval base, and started conferences with the chief of tiie base and heads of the fleet. Colonel Fnrique Lister and Colonel Modesto, wr j commanded shock troop armies in Catalonia, arrived in Madrid along with Bibiano Ossorio TaffalJ, general political commissar of loyalist land forces. Grew Asks Japs About Tenancy Of Hainan Island By Unitad Press. TOKYO, Feb. 17--Joseph C. Grew, United States ambassador, visited Foreign Minister Hachiro Arita today and inquired about Japan's intentions in occupying the Island of Hainan, off the coast of French. Indo- ChJna. Grew asked particularly about tne safety of the 39 American residents, including 23 missionaries. Arita told bim they would not be molested z.nd gave assurance that the occupation was only a temporary war measure. LONDON, Feb. 17.--The exchange Telegraph Agency reported in a Hong Kong dispatch today that Jan- anese troops had been landed at Namtao on the peninsula across Deep Bay from British Hong Kong. PAHIS, Feb. 17,--Diego Martinez Barrio, vice-pi esident of the Spanish loyalist parliament, today summoned refugee Spanish deputies to a meeting heuc tomorrow in an effort to maintain Manuel Azana as loyalist president. Azana wants to resign because his proposal to sui render was refused by Negi-m. The premier wants Azana to return to Spain to resign so his successor can be elected constitutionally on Spanish soil. PASADENA HAS $100,000 FIRE PASADENA, Cal.. Feb. 17.--An early morning file, fanned by a 50 mile wind, was bi ought under control today after causing damage of 1 $100,000 to a block of business buildings and a dozen residences. The fire burned through all the j one and two story business houses for one block and spread to resi- i der.ces back o£ that block. I Treeb uprooted by the wind , blocked many streets. Sweeping Improvement In Business Conditions Through Pittsburgh Area PITTSBURGH, Feb. 17.--Business in the Pittsburgh district last week showed sweeping improvement thai advanced the index of activity three full points, according to reports today from the Bureau ot Business Research, University of Pittsburgh. Nearly all the major industries in the 11-county area that comprises the district showed gams that were considerably larger than usual, the Bureau said. Combined river and rail shipments reached a new high level for 1939, although some of the advance was due to movement of materials delayed by flood waters earlier this month. Steel ingot production in the district remained unchanged last week, with an operating rate being slightly above '16 per cent. Tin plate mills, however, inci eased operations. Thst, plus imported gams in electric power and bituminous coal production, sent the index ot industrial production upward to 82.4 per cent of the 192325 average, an advance of 1.5 points. By SIDNEY J. WILLIAMS United Press Staff Correspondents LONDON, FeB. 17.--Foreign Secretary Viscount Halifax has indicated to conservative members of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee that the climax of the Spanish civil war is expected at any moment it was understood today. Coincidentally it was reported in diplomatic quarters that both the British and French special envoys to :he nationalist government had been nstructed to ask Generalissimo Trancisco Franco how far be would go in accepting the three-point peace program advanced by loyalist Premier Juan Negrin just before the fall of Catalonia. These points were outlined by Negrin at a meeting of the loyalist costes, or Parliament, near Figueras on the night of February 1, just before the fall of Catalonia: (1) A guarantee of independence and integrity for Spain; (2) Freedom from, all foreign influences and a free life for the Spanish people; (3) No persecution of the civil population and no reprisals. Lord Halifax made his statement, a long and detailed one, at a secret meeting last night at which not only the conservative members of the House foreign committee but nearly all members of the cabinet were present. Indicating that the climax--that is, an end--of the civil war might be expected at any time, Lord Halifax added that Generalissimo Franco still insisted on unconditional surrender and that the loyalists were holding out for conditions. A United Press informant said Viscount Halifax, after reviewing the British government's decision in principle to recognize the nationalist government, emphasized that he was unable to fill in the details because nothing had. been definitely done. But he added that conditions of recognition were regarded here as unimportant because Great Britain and France intended to exert-their influence, at the conclusion of hostilities, to insure fair treatment o£ the loyalists. Find Body of Woman Who Walked Out Info Blizzard Month Ago By United Press. TARENTUM, Feb. 17.--Two youths late yesterday stumbled over "the body of 61-year-old Mrs. T. P. Hueskins of Fawn township, who on January 13 walked from her hearthside into a blizzard to rescue the stepson she "visioned" as out of gasoline in the worst storm of the winter. The vision she followed was false, but it led her to a freezing death eight miles from her home. Her "body was found in a melting snowdrift by Anthony Tlefki and Joe Panzek, who were trailing a hawk. It lay only 600 feet from a farm house she apparently had tried to reach. Mrs. Hueskins was reading the Bible the night more than a month ago when she suddenly envisioned the stepson, Howard Hueskins of Youngstown, Ohio, as in trouble. Hueskins later reported, however, that he had not left his home that night. Child of Hulltown Couple Dies When It Smothers in Bedclothes Gerald Raymond Foreman, one month and 15 days old, ton ol George and Bcula B.own Foreman of Hulltown, near Dawson, was reportedly suffocated to death today in her bed at the h ' ne of William MuiTay at Buchanan, Saltlick township, where the family was visiting. The child was leported to have become tangled in her bed clothing in such a way that she smothered. The mother found the baby this morning. The body was removed to the Frank B. Galley undertaking establishment at VauderbilU

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