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LAST E DITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region PR:CE 2 YOU 3C, NO. 78. Tho Weekly Courier. Founded Juli- 17, 1879. I Monica. Tho Dally Courier, Founded November 10, 1003. I July 18, 1029 CONNELLSVII,t.TS, PA., FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 4, 1038. SIXTEEN PAGES. MINE B L A Z E FLARES WHEN EARTH CRACKS Smoke Billows F r o m Cave-In Off Francis Avenue. FLAM ING COAL PLAINLY SEEN Another cave-in in the Connells- villc township mine fire area, oust of! North Jefferson street, this morning again presented a menace to residents of that neighborhood as flames shot out and columns ot smoke billowed from the opening approximately 10 feet in diameter. The cave-in occurred at an early hour this morning at a point due cost of the home oÂ£ Clyde Hixon and north of the home of J. L. Williams, city assessor, although at a r.-ife distance from both. The Williams home is on the city-township d.'vid- mfi line. The hole was about 10 feet deep and n force of laborers were put en the job to fill it with clay in an effort to seal it. A truck was hauling the clay. Persons peering into the hole could sec the flaming coal stumps on the east, north and south sides of the opening. About 25 feet eÂ«ist of the cave-in smoke was issuing from cracks :n the earth, giving indications of other possible falls. Even for a distance of more than 100 feet smoke and Â· steam could be seen coming through the ground. There was another spot about 200 feet away where steam was pounnfl out of the ground. It was believed the fire had rprcad from the Hillcrcst area, where some time ago a number of persons were overcome by lumes. Openings \vre scaled at that time. Recently the H. C. Frick Coke Company hud a force of men scaling cracks throughout the hillside to prevent such an occurrence. It was said that a cave-in and a renewal of the mine flre menace el- ways comes in the wake of a heavy thaw or a long wet spell. Vet Banquet Speakers Purse Snatcher Given Five Years In Penitentiary UNIONTOWN, Feb. 4.--Fayctte county courts took active steps today to break up the wave of purse matching in Uniontown when Judge Harry A. Cottom sentenced John Kemp, 23-year-old Negro ot Uniontown and North Carolina, to serve a term of five years in Western Penn- tcntiary. Kemp, with a companion, Victor Herbert Johnson, 16, entered a plea on January 31 to snatching a purse from Miss Susanna Bradley of, Wilson avenue while she was cnroutc to her borne about 9:30 o'clock on the night of November 27. "We propose to break up this purse snatching business in the city ol Uniontown if we have to give every defendant the full extent of the law," Judge Cottom said. The court directed Kemp to pay the costs of $43.20 and a fine of $100 to the county and reimburse Miss Bradley in the sum of $14 and spend five years in the penitentiary. Johnson, his companion, was ordered to pay costs of $46.20, make restitution to Miss Bradley and spend an undetermined period in the Huntingdon Industrial School. "Because of your age and the fact you do not have a record you will escape the sentence handed out to Kemp," the court told Johnson. Simonc Simon 111. HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 4.--Two physicians alternated today at the bed- bide of the girl with the trickUst name, the fieriest temper and the most unusual ccccntrictics in Holly- wood--Simonc Simon, seriously ill of bronchial pneumonia. Just Off the Wire By United Press. DETROIT, Feb. 4.--A Michigan law placing a ban on the Importation of beer from states which dlscrim Inate against Midi lean brewers remained In effect today after a decision by a three-judge Federal tribunal. As a result of Uie decision the Michigan blockade became effective acalnst all brewers in Pennsylvania and nine other states, WASHINGTON, Feb. 4.--Admiral William D. Leahy, chief of naval operations, today refused to answer 3 specific question as to possible agreement for naval cooperation between the Untied Slates and Great Britain on the ground that "It Is absolutely secret and vital to the in- tcrrsts and defense of this country." ALIQUEPPA, Feb. 4.--V. S. Senator Edward Burke, Democrat, Neb, today was asked to Include In his In- rratlffalion of the National Labor lU'latlons Board the (mploye election supervised by the board at the Jones Lauchlin steel mill last sprln?. The request was made by members of the United Iron Steel Worker* of Aliquijipa, an independent union. Aged infirmary Inmate Uses Mail Order Pistol To Kill Five in Sleep What Happened to Sophie in Woods? Folks Wondering ROBERT G. WOODSIDE Major Genera] Smedlcy D. Bullcr of near Philadelphia, retired United States Marines commandant, and Ro^rt G. Woodsidc ot Pittsburgh, past national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will head an imposing array of distinguished visitors at the annual banquet ot Walter E. Brown Post, Veterans ot Foreign Wars, Saturday night m the dining- room of the First Methodist Episcopal Church. General Butler, an internationally known figure, was in Conncllsvillo several years ago and at that time expressed the desire of returning for another event while Mr. Woodsidc has been one of the most regular guests of the post at the dinner marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the Philippine Insurrection. Office Boy Reaches Top of Ladder; Sits In President's Chair By United Pica. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 4.--A onetime oflice boy, John- Lester Perry, assumed his duties today us president of the Carnegie-Illinois Corporation, largest operating unit in United States Steel. Perry, a native ot New England and once an office boy, was welcomed yesterday at a luncheon given 10 his honor. James F. Torrence Campaign Manager For Judge James PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 4. -- Appointment of James F. Torrence, former Westmoreland county commissioner, as statewide manager of Superior Judge Arthur H. Jamos' campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, was announced today. Torrence, a Franklin township dirt farmer, is a former chairman of. his county's Republican committee rnd has been active in politics for 20 years. Unemployment Pay Checks Distributed Thousands of. checks, ranging from $7.50 to $15 arc being distributed throughout Pennsylvania this week, fulfilling a movement started during the depression days of 1931 to assist unemployed workers losing jobs through no fault of their own. The workers' earnings, and not the length of time employed, are used as the basis for determining the amount of the weekly allowance. In order to receive a benefit at all, the worker who applies must have earned, in the last year preceding his claim for compensation, 13 times his weekly allowance, which is generally 50 per cent of his weekly wages in industry. Approximately 4,300 claims have been filed in the Connellsville district under the supervision of Acting- Manager Frank Reynolds while the total number registered in the county exceeds 17,000. Sues for S32G GREENSBURG, Feb. 4.--Earl S. Eisaman of Youngvood entered suit here against M. J. Fronek and John Comfort! of Connellsville to secure payment of $320.51, alleging that on October 5, 1937, near the Middle Churches on the Mount Plcasant- Grecnsburg road his automobile was struck and damaged by a tiuck of tnc defendants. By United Prcsi ARMONK, N. Y., Feb. 4.--Armonk residents looked nskance todny at Sophie, a black cat. Sophie went on a three months' trip into the woods, according to her owner, K. Frccmnn Lloyd, and returned with a litter, which wain't unusual in itself. What mndc the circumstances questionable was the unusual behavior and nppcnrancc ol t u o o f the kittens, Bunny and Blackic. They boar astonishing resemblance to rabbits. Bunny has the foielcffs, chest, teeth, cars and claws of a cat, but its back is high like a r.ibbitV and it has long rear legs and hops. Blnckic hops, loo, and luis .1 short, fuz^y tm! Both cat carrots, cubb.igc and lettuce. Ernest Snpey, manager of a cat shelter, called them "rabc.its," and said: "If Sophie could only talk!" Britain Orders Airpfanes Shot Down, Subs Sunk By United Prr-u, LONDON, Feb. Â·) --Croat Britain decided today to take energetic measure* to pink "pirate" submarines In the Mediterranean on sight and to shoot down airplanes that attack British ships. The government WHS thoroughly aroused nt the latest incident, the sinking of the British freighter Alcira by two airplanes from the Balearic Islands. The incident was regarded ns certain to strengthen the determination of Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden to enforce vigorously th- defense measures within the British patrol area off the Spanish const regardless of whether the other powers, Including Italy, which have subscribed to the Nyon anti-piracy pact, ngrc. j France, however, was in agreement with Britain and adopted the same policy. By United Press. TEWKSBURY, Mass, Kcb. 4.--A 77-year-old inmate of the pauper ward of Tewksbury State Infirmary slew tin ce fellow inmates and wounded two others with a mall- order pistol early tod.iy "because they were mean to me." All five were shot in their beds. Some weie asleep. After the men were shot John Mack, a rangy piant six feet tlucc Inches tall and spry for his use. fled along railroad tracks four miles to Lowell where he was captuicd. He had discarded his six-shooter, \\ith one undischarged cartridge, in flight and, unarmed, he rurrcndered without resistance to two ofllccrs who spotted him from a scout car. Farm Measure Ready Monday, Conferees Say Br United Freu. WASHINGTON, Feb. 4--Senator Jnmcs F. Pope, D , Ida , suld today that Senate and House confcren on the farm bill will present thiir report to Congress next Mondny. The leadership wj.s expected to moye for immediate consideration of the measure. The final report has been dclaved, Pope said, by a controversy t'ver whether ctar filler tobacco crown In Pennsylvania should Ix; mcludtxi in the Administration's new farm program. The farm hill was enacted during the Â»pÂ«cial session last December, but conferees have had difficulty reconciling the differences between the Senate and Home \crsions. BARCELONA, Feb. Â·(.--Members of the crew of the Bulish 6tc.imship Alcira, arriving in a rowboat today, asserted that their ship was sunk by nationalist planes near Barcelona this morning. The steamship Alcira is listed in Lloyd's register as of 1,387 tons, with Glasgow as its home port. United Press Office In Shanghai Target For Hand Grenade By United Press. SHANGHAI, Feb. 4.--A hand gienadc of military type was thrown into a hallway outside the United Pi ess offices today. Exploding, it shattered doors in the hallway, blasted a hole a foot square in the wall and spattered the ceiling of the hall with bomb fragments. A Chinese messenger, sleeping in the office within three feet of the bomb, w-s not injured. The motive for the bombing was not known. Across the hall from the United Press office, against whose wall the bomb exploded, are the offices of the editor of the Shanghai Evening Post and the British "Oriental Affairs" publication. Both offices were damaged. SEVEN DRIVERS LOSE LICENSES Special to Tho Courier. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 4.--Hands of seven persons wcic lifted from steering wheels by decrees of the State Highway Dcpai tmcnt, just received at the Uniontown barracks ol Motor Police. Reckless driving, misstatement of facts and lack of financial responsibility were the contributing causes. Following were the men placed on the "black list": N. H. Pryor of Fairchance, Charles A. Heck of. Nor- malvillc and Hartsell Weaver of Outcrop, reckless driving; Robert E. Widmcr of 403 North avenue, Connellsville, failure to appear for a hearing; Theodore Layton of Connellsville, misstatement of facts; John Sicina of 52 Albion street, Uniontown, and John S. McCartney, 230 East Fayette street, failure to give proof of financial responsibility. Five Killed Under Rock. SUDBURY, Out., Feb. 4.--Five men were killed today by a rock fall in the Leva mines, owned by the International Nickel Company of Canada, Ltd., seven miles north of Sudbtiry. The men were sinking a new shaft when the heavy rock thundered down on them, crushing them to death. It was believed the locks \veie dislodged by vibration t-.ui.scd by sinking ot the shaft. 11 Killed in Navy Air Crash NEW SPENDING PROGRAM MAY HIT CONGRESS influential F a c t i o n s Bring Pressure on President. D. W. McKay (left), chief mnchlnlst's mate, was one of the three men who survived the air crÂ»h in which eleven officers and men of the nÂ»vy were killed when two Il-P typo naval bombers, one of which U pictured below, eollid' k d m a rain aqunll during maneuvers 70 miles off San Diego, Cal. M. W. Woodruff (right) was one of the eleven victims. (Central Pntt) NAVY PROBES PLANE CRASH Liquor Agents Make Arrests After Wild Automobile Chase Special lo TJiÂ« Courier. UNIONTOWN', Feb. 1.--At the end of n wild motor chase which lasted several hours and covered many miles, SUtc and Federal liquor agents found a well-equipped still and a huge flmount of mnih. moon- I shine ami u quantity o! sugar and i yeast. A coupe which had led the ofiicers a merry chase was confiscated. It contained 120 gallons of moonshine, ofllccrs said. Henry Rich ol Mammoth hnd been spol'cd as wh.it is known as a "carrier." His car wns identified n few miles from the still, off the dirt road near Dearth. Rich is believed to have sensed the presence of "shadows," He wound in and around ditt roads, closely followed at times by the agents. Near Dearth the trail was lost as Rich disappeared down a side road. When he re-appeared on the main highway he found a reception committee. The raid on the still followed. Patsy Moncncrro and Joe Chcrlno are said by officers to have been the "cooks" and Henry Laugher was arrested when he appeared at the "plant." The raid netted the 200-gaUon still, 3,370 gallons of mash, 85 gallons of moonshine and a 100-gaIion galvanized condenser and fuel. By United Peris. SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 4.--The Navy'j \vor games paused today while Â« bÂ«ard of inquiry attempted to retrieve some profitable information from Wednesday night's disaster --the collision of two bombing plnncs that cost 11 lives "Out of Dili regrettable and costly accident," Rear Admiral Charles A. Blakely said, "we may arrive at a Continued on Page Six. Oldest Active Rail Employe, Aged 100, Dies in Wisconsin MILWAUKEE, Wis., Feb. 4.-John M. "Sodj Ash Johnny" Horan, the oldest actively cm- ployed railroad man in the nation, who recently was honored on his 100th birthday anniversary, died today. Horan's death was attributed to general decline due to his advanced age. U. S. STEEL MAY LEAD WAY IN NEGOTIATING WITH SWOC NAMED TEMPORARY AIDS TO REILLY Special to Tho Courier. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 4.--Attorneys Frank M. Lardin and Dan McDonald were appointed Thursday by Distr'ct Attorney James A. Reilly to temporarily assist him in carrying out duties of. his office during the crowded calendar. Permanent appointments of assistants may be made later. Wall Gets Bciy.s for Tliclts. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 4.--County Deteclivc John C. Wall went to Cumberland, M d , for three boys wanted here in connection with some thefts. The boys, Paul Jones, Paul Zeaman and Robert Brown, all of Continental, Pa., had been arrested by Cumberland police. Hoovcrsvillo Man Chosen. HARRISBURG, Feb. 4.--Governor Earle named Charles G. Clark of Hooversville, Somerfot county, as justice of the peace to succeed the late J. C. Dull. The appointment is until the first Monday of January, 1940. The Weather Fair tonight, slightly colder in east portion, Saturday increasing cloudiness and warmer, followed by rain in afternoon or at night is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1938 193" Maximum 5"i 40 Minimum 3" 2-f Moan 4-J 32 By United rrcsi. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 4.--United States Steel Corporation will be asked to lead the v. ay and again set the patlorn for the renewal of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee's waRc njid hour contracts with more than 350 companies. Officers of the SWOC \vill meet repie:,ent;itives of Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation, largest operating subsidiary of "big steel," probably about the middle of next week, to negotiate a contract to replace the "sUndard" agreement si compnny last March 2. Steals Chickens Worth $20; Gets 12 Months in Pen UNIIONTOWN, Feb. 4.--For the theft of chickens valued at $20, James F. Pfifer of. Everson must spend the next 12 months in Western Penitentiary. He was sentenced today by Judfjo Hnrry A. Cottom on a charge of larceny and receiving stolen goods. Pilfer was arrested for raiding the hencoop of Birdie Johnson on January 15. 3. He entered a plea February Telephone Leads Market to New Low NEW YORK, Feb. 4.--Stoclcs rallied today after a decline to new lows since 1935. Around noon a majority icgistcrcd gains ranging from fractions to a point. American Telephone led the early downturn, making a new low since 3035 at 127'/i off 3'/J. It later came back lo 130. Judge Matthews Rotary Speaker Judge Ross S. Matthews of the Orpnans Court of Fayctte county has found his new duties to his liking he told his fellow members ot the Rotary Club at their luncheon Thurs- jday. He also expressed satisfaction in being able thus far to continue his attendance record in the club, unbroken by a tingle absence since August, 1923--more than 14 years. Judge Matthews was the speaker of the day. He talked on membership classifications, stressing the fac that it Is not the individual but the business or profession represented that the membership is merely loaned by Rotary to the individual. In behalf, ot the club, Douglas K Mcllvaine expressed regret over the coming departure to Lancaster, Ohio of Hotarian Samuel B. DeMeroll, to which Mr. DcMcrell replied, voicing the pleasant relations he had cnjoyet with the club over several years Inability to attend meetings wil make his withdrawal from the club necessary, ho said. Rotnnan Clarence A. Port, electee a member of the City Council this week, was called to the floor by th presiding officer, Vice-Prcsiden Walter T. Smith, and congratulated In response Councilman Port promised his best efforts lor the welfare of the city. "I shall stand on m own feet," he said. "Nobody shal tell me what to do .ind what not to do." CHURCH SERVICE TO MARK OPENING OF SCOUT WEEK With Boy Scout Week opening Sunday, members of the Connellsville Council, troop committees of the various troops, scoutmasters, assistant scoutmasters and Boy Scouts will attend the evening service at the F i r s t Methodist Episcopal Church. Scouts will all be in uniform and will sit as troops. There will be a wide observance ol the anniversary next week. Woman Suffers Bullet Wound. MOUNT PLEASANT, Feb. 4.-Mrs. Denver Shallcnbcrger, 37, of. Jacobs Creek, is in Frick Memorial Meyersdale Levy Fixed at 15 Mills Special to Tho Courier. MEYERSDALE, Feb. 4--Meyers dale Tjorough council fixed the tax levy for the current year at 15 mills eight for general purposes and seven for the debt fund. The borough budget was unanimously adopted. James Wilson, Jr., was confirmee as flre truck driver of the fire com pany. Incorrlgibillty Charged. GREENSBURG, Feb. 4.--Effi Miller of Mount Pleasant, a minor was sent to the Pennsylvania Train ing School at Morganza, Pa., todaj by Judge Charles E. Whittcn on complaint of her mother, Mrs.'Mary Miller, who charged she was incor rigible. Cleveland Motorist Killed. GREDNSBURG, Feb. , 4 --John Lesco, 2fÂ», oÂ£ Cleveland, was killec late Thursday night when his auto mobile struck a pole on the Lincoln highway, west of here. Hospital with a wound in her chert. It had been inflicted by a .22 calibre in Trick Hospital. lifle. Examination showed it had Lmdley Lohr of Scottdale has been pa.^ed thiough the body and her, admitted to Fuck Memoiia! Hospital condition was regarded as "fair." i at Mount Pleasant for treatment. ADJOURNMENT HOPE FADES By JOE ALEX MORRIS United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Feb. 4--An under cover campaign to swing President Roosevelt to a renewed spending .rogram at the expense oÂ£ White louse budget-balancing plans appeared likely today to snarl pros- wets for a spring adjournment, of Congress. . ." Influential congressional factions already have sought to brins.pres- sure on Mr. Roosevelt to resume heavy-expenditures - as the. best method ot overcoming the business depression,-but so far-.thcir arguments have been reported in vain. The campaign is being continued, however, by' "some" prominent "New Dealers and undoubtedly will provide prolonged fireworks in 'Congress which, in addition to unex- wctcd delay in tax legislation, hrcatcns^to frustrate plans of many legislators _ to ;get away - early.,. in preparation; for the 1938 "election campaigns. ' . _ . .. Senate Majority Leader Alben W. Barklcy, D., Ky., expressed hope that, adjournment would bo possible early in May but, with legislative difficulties: becoming daily more apparent, other congressional veterans, including Minority Leader Charles [/. McNary, H., Ore., were convinced that June 1 or later was * more likely date. The legislative prospects, slowly being clarified after weeks of uncertainty and of filibustering against the now doomed anti-lynching bill, disclosed the following important developments: 1. Anti-monopoly legislation almost certainly will be turned over to a group--possibly a joint committee of House and Senate--for study until next session, in the opinion of congressional leaders. 2. Legislation providtag^for _the eventual abolition of Sank holding companies probably will be enacted, in the opinion of the majority leader. 3. Tax legislation, slow in getting before the House, will be a long task in the Senate and probably will be another obstacle to an early adjournment. The principal purpose will be moderation of the undistributed profits tax to relieve small business. 4. The relief appropriation' bills face perhaps the bitterest if not the most important conflict of any legislation expected this session, and the outcome may go far toward clarifying the relations between Congress and the White House. West Virginia Coal Producers Ask Thai Rate Boost Be Denied WASHINGTON, Feb. 4.--Coal producers of the West Virginia Fo- cahontas mining area today asked the Interstate Commerce Commission to .refuse railroad demands for a further advance in coal freight rates. They pointed out in a brief filed with the ICC that'the Chesapeake and.Ohio, the Norfolk and Western and the Virginia, "all rich carriers," would be enriched further by increased rates. Cumberland Veteran Retires From B. 0. CUMBERLAND, Feb. 4.--Ira T. Hite of 118 Monroe street, an em- ploye for many years at the Cumberland roundhouse of the Baltimore Ohio Railroad, has been retired. Mr. Hite entered the railroad service as a fireman on the Connellsville c".vision ;md later was transferred to the car department here. He has a son, Guy T. Hite employed as a ftreman on the ville division of the railroad. Comity TUedical Society Meets. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 4 --"Scrum Treatment of Pneumonia" was the topic ol a paper presented before the Fayctte County Medical Society Thursday night at Uniontown Hospital-by "Dr. George J. Kastlin of the staff of Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. Dr. E. B. Edie and John D. Sturgeon, Jr., of Uniontown and Dr. H. J. Levin of ConncllsviUe and Donora discussed the paper. ' Heads Somerset Sportsmen. SOMERSET, Feb. 4.--W. Guy Critchflcld of Somerset has been retained as president of. tne Somerset County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs for 1938. Joseph Critchfleld of Confluence wjs rcclcctcd county delegate. Dr. Bell Has Operation. Word received from Philadelphia yesterday afternoon indicated th;.t Dr. Harry J. Bell oÂ£ Dawson, vÂ«ho underwent an opeiation al Univu- sity'Hospital, is getting along nicely. r.