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February 18, 1939

The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 1

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LAST E AST, EDITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region PRICE 2 VOL. 37, NO. S-i. The Weekly CouiJcr, Frninded J u l y 17, 187!). The Dally Courier, Founded November 10, 190'.i. Merged July 18, 1820, CONNKbLSVlLLE, PA., SATUilDAV JSVJJNliNG, FEBRUARY IS, 1333. TEN PAGES. Testimonial Dinner Sunday Evening For Rev. Henry DeVivo St. Rita's Pastor Will Be Presented With Chevalier Medal by Italian Government. FOUNDED LOCAL CHURCH IN 1915 Rev. Father Henry DeVivo, pastor of St. Eila's Italian Roman Catholic Church on the West Side, will be guest of honor at a testimonial dinner at 6 o'clock Sunday evening at Pleasant Valley Countiy Club. j Honored by the Italian government for hJs work during the past quarter of a century among his nationals, Father DeVivo will be formally presented with a medal of chevalier by Dr. Nino Calabro, acting Italian vice-consul of Pittsburgh, who will be representing King Victor 12m- cnauucl of Italy. Apj3rox;mately 350 persons are expected to attend the public manifestation, sponsored by F. F. Concordia i\ r o. 454 and Balbo Aquilla D'ltalia Wo. 1G86, Order of Sons of Italy 3n America, of ConnellsviUe, and there will be an array of notables from Western Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. Although Father DeVivo had received notification nearly two ye^rs ago that he was being named a chevalier by the Italian government for his accomplishments in his parish which he founded, there had been no testimonial because of the .priest's objection due to distressed business conditions. The two Italian lodges and other friends of Father DeVivo had insisted, however, that he be Icted despite his objections and it was ce- cided to hold the affair as near as possible to the priest's birthday anniversary. The honored guest's birthday is February 25 but jnas- much as as the Lenten season begins February 26 H was decided to nold the testimonial the Sunday before. v _ The year of 1939 will also mark the 40th anniversary of Father DeVivo in the priesthood while in 1940 St. Rita's Church will celebrate its silver anniversary. The program follows: Invocation, Rev. Father Vincent Criovannitti, pastor of Madonna Del -astello Church of Swiss vale. Toastmaster, Philip Galiardi. Presentation of cross of chevalier, Continued on Page six. REV. HENRY DEVTVO Fa tlier DeVivo, pastor of St. Rita's Church, honored by the Italian government which has named him a chevalier for his woilc among his nationals, will be feted Sunday evening at a testimonial dinner at Pleasant Valley Country Club. Conclave to Name Pope s Successor MayMeetMarchl By RALPH FOKTB United Press Staff Correspondent. VATICAN CITY, Feb. IB.--A high Vatican prelate said today that the conclave which is to elect a successor to Pope Pius XT would open late on the afternoon of March 3. There was a possibility that the conclave would meet February 28 i£ a!I cardinals from the American hemisphere arrived in time, the informant said. A score of bricklayers, carpenters and general helpers were called in today as preparations were speeded for the meeting. It was estimated semi-ofncially that 237 persons, ail men, would be isolated from the world during the conclave, in a little Vatican triangle bounded by the courtyards of St. Damasus, Marshal and St. 'Uffizi.. The 62 cardinals will be assisted by 175 others. All doors and windows will bo sealed with lead, with tile official seal Df Cardinal Pacelli, camerlengo ar.d acting head o£ the church. Window panes will be whitewashed. Telephone lines leading into the rooms occupied by the conclave will be cut. It was believed possible that 76- vear-old Cardinal Boggiar.i might be sxcused from attendance. He suffers from diabetes and is nearly blind; it was explained. Fence Bui it For Protection, Not Spite The bo-cajled "spite" fence at OhiopyJe, recently mysteriously removed during the night, was constructed by the Misses Ella, Anna and Mamie Brady, to protect their own properly. This was the statement of Attorney James Jesse K. Spurgeon of Uniontown, counsel for the three sisters, who said the .fence went up to halt tresspass. The attorney said employes of the borough entered upon the lot at an Ohiopyle street intersection, dug a ditch and turned the drainage water from the public street into the lot, The sisters complained to council there, the attorney declared, but that body refused to pay lor the property which it had taken and continued to tresspass upon the private premises. Mr. Spurgeon baid WPA employes then entered on the Brady lot and constructed a public road acroi 1 ; one corner of the properly. Failing in their efforts to have the damage repaired and meeting fuither trespassing, the Brady women had a fence built on their property Vine. ThivS iiey did merely to protect their property which was being taken from them, the lawyer said. The fpnce was built of posts and wire. It was not built, he declared, to spite any person a.s some "malicious minded" had tailed the barrier. If the Brady property is icquired for public use, it is contended on behalf of the sisters, proper authorities should exercise their rjght of eminent domain and take ihe property and pay for it. They will icssst, however, any efforts to "strong arm*' them into forfeiting the property. Local Men Will Go on Trial For Murder Monday GHEENSBURG, Feb. 18.--Inchid- ing one murder case and five involuntary mans! a ugh tor cases, a total at 111 cases today wpns listed for trial at the two weeks term ot quarter sessioni court beginning Monday, February 27. The common picas court term has one more week, starling next Monday. Luther Royston and Clyde White, Negroes, and John Tuiza, all of the Connellsvillc district, will be tried lor murder charges February 27 in connection with the holdup-murder of Naum Ached, in Scottdale, last December 13. The case recently was referred back to Westmoreland county from Fayette couity since the crime occurred near -the county line. The five involuntary manslaughter cases me the result of trafiic fatalities. GOLDEN GATE EXPOSITION OPENS TODAY Hudson, WPA, Administrator, Resigns Post By United P1C33. HARRISBURG, Feb. 18.--Pennsylvania Works Pi ogress J dmimstrator J. Banks Hudson resigned today "to devote my time to personal business affairs." Hudson requested permission to go on "annual leave" from "VVPA A d - ministrator Colonel F. C, Harrington, his resignation to take effect at the end of this period. Harrington accepted the resignation. Two reasons were rumored for the WPA director's resignation. One was a reported break between Hudson and Pennsylvania's Democratic It. S. Senator, Joseph F. Guifcy. The other, protests that have showered down on his announcement 100.000 WPA workers will have to be dropped over April, May and June to meet the 17 per cent reduction in the Works Progress appropriation. By DON CASWELL United Press Staff Correspondent, SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18.--The $50,000,000 Golden Gate International Exposition opens at noon (3 P. M. "EST) today. A quarter million persons were expected to attend. The ceremonies mark the opening of the West's world fair and the construction of two of the world's greatest bridges--the S65,OOQ,OOQ San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge ar.d the $35,000,000 Golden Gate bridge. They link the cities of San Francisco Bay and, incidentally, will carry most of the fair visitors to Treasure Island, an artificial island set in the bay. The ceremonies begin at 10:30 A. M. (1.30 P. M, EST) when Governor Culbert Olson unlocks a replica o£ the fair gates with a $35,000 jewel studded hey. The actual gates will be opened at the sr.me lime. They end several hours later after President Roosevelt has spoken his good wisnes by rndio from the cruiser Huston off the Florida coast, and other national figure 1 ; have followed him on the air and at the fair grounds. During the fair's 288 days, directors anticipate an attendance of 22,000,000.000, drawn, from everywhere. Several hundred national and regional conventions will contribute toward this total. First U. S. Plarte in France McKeesport Has $50,000 Blaze; Three Men Hurt Believe Little Chance MtCall Can Escape Chair By United Press. RAIFORD, FJa.. Feb. 18,--Thc chances o{ Franklin Pierce McCall escaping the electric chair appeared slight today. He is scheduled to die Monday for the kidnaping of five- year-old Jimmy Cash of Princeton, Fla. His attorney, C. A. Aw Jet, failed yesterday in his plea to halt execution, until arguments, could be made that Mc-Call's constitutional rights had been vjolated in his conviction for the abduction and murder last May of the Cash child. Father and Seven Children Die When Trapped in Burning Home By United Prcs». NOKESVILLE, Va., Feb. 18.--Ed- ii'ard Hunsborough, 40, and seven of his eight children were burned to death lasi night in a fire vhjch destroyed their home. Hansborough's wife, Edna, 35. rescued their youngest cliild, aged two, but the others were trapped on [he second floor when the root collapsed. Fire Chief P. W. Howard, of Mnnassfis. Va.. s.iid th;it the caufc of the fire was undetermined. Neighbors of the Hansboroughs said there was no sign of ?. blaze 10 minutes oeforc the tragedy. Airs. Han^borouL'h said she and her husband had been reading in their bedroom on the ground floor and had fallen asleep. She was awakened by smoke. She carried her baby out of doors \vhile her husband went upstairs to \vake the other children. Before they could etcape the loot' fell in ond the house ''blew up like a tinder box." Mrs. Hnnsboroush--vidowed in the short space of 15 nMr.ute*--was hy-- terjc.,1. She jnd her hon \vere taken to neighbors wheie she \vis treated by a physician for shock. The Hansborough house was less than two years old. Part of it still was not completed. It wa^ heated by \\ ood burning stoves. By United Press. McKEESPORT, Feb. 18--iFire swept the five-story Yester building in the downtown district today, forcing six families to flee and endangering two adjoining buildings. Damage v.'ns estimated to exceed $50,000. Four fire companies battled the flames /or two hours befoie the bla'/e xvos brought under control. Vhe building is across from the Baltimore Ohio Ruilrond station. Three firemen--John Berkley, Cyp- Uim Stanley Dowdy and Joseph Mandclla--were injured, but nil occupants ol the building escaped injury. Three Somerset Counfians fo Go On Trial Monday SOMERSET, Feb. 18. -- Murder trial of Michael find Anthony Tisack and Vincent Bovinn, all of Kelso, charged with the killing oC Charles Kohut, 59, in it Benscree/: chanty, will get under way at 0:30 o'clock Monday morning, District Attorney A. M. Matthews announced. Defense of the trio will contend the men were employed in a New York plant at the time of the killing, May 16, last. Recently defense counsel and the prosecutor "were jn New York where they took depositions from employes who were listed as defense witnesses. Sudden illness caused postponement of the trial several days qgo. Thieves Take Year's Supply Of Smoked Meat Between 700 and 800 pounds of pork from were the stolon during the nigh smokehouse of A. C. Brothers 111 McCoy Hollow, depriving two families of a year's supply of cured meats. Mr. Brothers had butchered two hogs and his son, Clarence, one. Most ot the pork was being cured in the smokehouse the elder Brothers had creeled 15 years ago. The meat was piaclically treated and would have been taken into a place of storage today. Burglars tore the hasp off the door and earned the pork from the smokehouse to a waiting automobile, believed to have been left parked near the stable. The smokehouse is located about 50 feet from the Brothers dwelling. Mr. Brothers said the loss of the meat svould create a hardship on his lamily. He siiid that he had always tried to earn an honest living for his family, always by the sweat of his brow, and the pork theft deprived him and his dependents of a supply of food. State Motor Police were not.Bed. SENATE MAY P U B L I C I Z E TESTIMONY Committee Considers Disclosing Facts Concerning French Plane Deal. Col. LcPctit and Aide Inspect TJ. S. Plant Colonel LePetit of the French air ministry and an aide inspect the tail assembly at the first American piano delivered to the French government, before the ship was put through tests at Villacoublay Air Field. Dis-i cover? of sand in tanks of one American plane and a mysterious fire in. motor of another led to rumors of sabotage. {Central Press). Italians Not informed Of Would-Be Assassin's Attempt to Kill IL Duce By KELNOLDS PACKARD United Press Staff Correspondent. ROME, Feb. 18.--Premier Benito Mussolini, completely undisturbed by what was said in authoritative quarters to have been the eighth attempt on his life, reviews his 200 picked "black musketeers," pledged to defend his life with their own, today. The six-foot musketeers lined up in the Via Leedella Magnlole in rain which did not keep thousands of spectators from gathering to cheer Mussolini. It was said authoritatively today Kills Twin Brother With Dad's Gun While Playing Cowboy Game Perry Firemen Will Have Annual Memorial Service Sunday Night By united Press. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 18.-- Eleven- yeac-olrj Albert Nassar, who wis a gay pioneer in a cowboy and Indian. game \vilh his twin brother, Arthur, pointed his gun last night imd sdid, "bang!" -- and Arthur dropped dead. For it was a real pistol that he pointed, and a real lead slug that he unknowingly tent :mto the abdomen of his brother. The twins had entered a cupboard in which their lather, a Pittsburgh policeman, l.ept rus automatic. They took down the weapon -- aithougn that cupboard was forbidden to them -- because they had 1 but one toy gun and needed another for the game. And even so ( Arthur's toy pistol was indirectly responsible tor his death. When Albert squeezed the trigger ^on the ical gun, the bullet first hit' the toy and was deflected into Arthui's body. Patrolman Kamr.n E. Nassar, the father, i,aid that Albeit had not been told his brother was dead. He added that another son died in 1935 from an illness.. I that Bruno Simone, 38, who on Tuesday shot one of the 300 bodyguard detectives who supplement Mussolini's "black musketeers" guards, tod police that he had been waiting for Mussolini himself to appear through the mnin driveway of his residence, the Villa Torlonia. The wounded detective was reported to be in critical condition at a small hospital, his heroism completely unknown to the public. Today's newspapers published an account of the shooting today on their page reserved for "local" news. They published simply a press ministry communique which said: "On February 14, shortly after 2 P. M., on the Via Nomentana, a Fascist militiaman dressed in plain clothes noticed an individual, evidently unbalanced and showing signs ot excitement, and approached him with tne intention of quieting him. The stranger fired a shot from a revolver, wounding the militiaman i.i the abdomen. "The aggressor was* immediately arrested and was identicd as a mecbnmc, Bruno Simone, 38, of San Annual memorial services ol the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department will be held Sunday evening, February 26, in the PerryopoKs Christian Church with Hev. Fred L. Fink, pastor of the church, preaching the sermon. Perry Stuck, Bert Skiles atid William Wilkie are members of the committee in charge of arrangements I for the fire company. Four firemen died during the past year. United Spanish War Vets Meet Tomorrow I Colonel Cianford Camp, tin,led I Spanish \V,ir Veterans, v,-ill hold Us regular meeting at 2 o'clock Sunday I afternoon in the p. H. C. Hall in A'orth Pittsburg street. All members arc urged (o attend as there will be important business matters. Adju- t a n t Jesse Murphy sasd. BENES THINKS MUNICH PACT I N E F F E C T I V E By United Press. CHICAGO, Feb. 18.--Dr. Eduavd County Poullrymen Will Meet Monday A meeting of the Fayette Poultry Produceis Cooperative Association, Inc., has been called for 8 o'clock Monday night in the farm bureau's office in the courthouse at Uniontown. Plans are being formulated for an egg auction that is expected to be htai-ted in the county about the middle of March with headquai ters at Union town. Giorgio di Piave, near Bologna, who was twice detained in insane asylums, first at Naples, then in. Rome, "He was released from the insane asylum last year," m hus the only due available io the pujlic connecting Mussolini with the incident was that his Villa Torlonia borders on the Via Nomentana. A formal communique fiom the ministry of popular culture, denying "news of an alleged attempt upon the head ol the government which emanated fvom an incident in which a madman fired a shot on the Via Nomentnnn," wab not published. Authoritative quarters snidj however, that the shooting tooic place directly oppobite Mussolini's villa and that Simone said he had been waiting for II Duce. These quarters said Mussolini had just finished lunch and was about to leave ioL 1 his Venice palace office. When the detective challenged him, it was said; Simone fired from a coat pocket. Other guards, and Mussolini's chauffeur who was waiting with a car, seized Simone as the detective fell, it was said. It was assented that Mussolini himself arrived in time to see SLmone as the guards held him and others gave first aid to the wounded detective. Authoritative sources close to the government said that no political significance whatsoever could be attached to the attempt. Tney said Simone was a madman, who apparently tried to take Mussolini's life witnout reason. Simone was described by peope who knew him, The Weather Cloudy tonight, slightly colder in extreme north portion; Sunday cloudy followed by rnin at n^Eht is the roon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Xcmperatui e Record. 1839 1338 Maximum .. .52 6'8 Minimum .. 39 50 Mean . 48 50 Benes, former president of Czechoslovakia, believes that the Municfn agreement brought little if any decrease in the clouds of feor that bang over Europe. He made his first American public appearance last night in a leciure before 2,000 alumni and friends of the University of Chicago. He is to start a course of 10 lectures on t history and science of democracy at the university Monday. "It cannot be denied," he said, "that the so-called policy of 'appeasement' serves well its purpose o£ postponing for a certain period conflict. There is, however, no decrease ;n the number of those who fear thai, it does not men a real prevention of war but only its postponement, "Although even today I rather incline to the opinion that no European conflict will break out in the near future, I must still admit that there is no decrease, or very little, m the fear of a heavy conflagration in Europe eventually." 'I do not believe, however, as is frequently asserted," he said, "that this will happen in the :iear future. They still have much in common., and they have a pretty Jong common road in front ol thorn before they, have realized their common aspirations." Woman identifies th Dedicate School Tomorrow 1 . UNTONTOWN, Feb. 18.--The new b-chool nnd parish hall of SI. John'.s R. C. Church v."ll be dcd.cated at appropriate ccremon.es and o b.m- quet tomorrow afternoon and evening. Hev. Paul E. Campbell, superintendent of the Pittsburgh diocese parochial schools, will deliver the sermon. Who Kidnaped Her YUBA CITY, Cal,, Feb, 18.--Mrs. Norma Meelcs, wealthy, middle aged ranch wile, pi eked two Ken tu cky brothers out of police lineups in two Northern California towns today as the men who kidnaped and held her for ransom last September. Although she snid the suspects-- Ollm Grimes, 28, and Baymond Grimes, 24.--"looked like" her kidnapers, "District Attorney Loyd He- wilt said: "We have enough evidence to go before the (Sutler county) grand jury, and sufficient evidence to convict." Mrs. Meeks was taken first to Colusa to look over a group o£ prisoners, then returned to Yuba City to repeat the experiment. In each jail WGIC five or six prisoners. For identification they bore numerals across their shirts. F. R. OVERRODE ARMY OFFICIALS By United Press. WASHINGTON, Feb. 18. -- Tha Senate Military Affairs Committee may make public today the testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr., and Secretary o£ War Harry H. Woodring concerning President Roosevelt's order to government departments to cooperate with a French air mission seeking to buy American made military planes lor cash. Morgenthau and Woodring have twice testified before the committee. At Morger.thau's direction a small portion of his testimony already had been made public. In that portion he replied to a question ci why the Treasury procurement division had assisted the French air mission--a matter in which it ordinarily wouldn't be concerned: "The President asked us to do it." 11 and when published the transcript of the testimony would reveal all of what Morgenthau and Woodring said, less military secrets which the committee will edit out. No portion o£ Woodring's testimony has been made public. While the committee was making public here the testimony of' Army officials which, revealed that President Hoosevelt had overruled the viewpoint of military men so that the French could buy late-type American made bombers, President Roosevelt was taking full responsibility lor the transaction. He said that the French had a perfect right to buy the products of American airplane manufacturers and that the transaction had been entirely- legal. He was commenting on Morgenthau's testimony that he had ordered the Treasury procurement division to cooperate with the French mission. If prefaced with the qualification that it was entirely legal, the President said, the testimony was correct. He -was talking to newsmen in a press conference aboard the special train taking him to Florida where today he will embark on the cruiser Houston which will take him to the Navy's war games in the Caribbean. The controversy began last month when a light bomber plane being built by the Douglas Aircraft Corporation crashed, injuring a French army officer, a member of the sir mission--thus revealing his presence aboard it. The plane was not one ordered by the Army, it had not been built under Army supervision, but the Douglas company had planned to enter it in competitions later for Army contracts. Yesterday the committee made public in deleted form, the testimony of Assistant Secretary of War Louis Johnson, General Ivlalin Craig, army chief of staff, and others. The testimony made these salient points: 1. That the President had instructed various Government departments to assist the French in purchasing the best available war planes from, private manufacturers. 2. That Major General H. H. Arnold, chief of the Army Air Corps, had protested to Woodring that French inspection of the Douglas plane would violate military regulations, though the plane had not been ordered by the Army nor had it been built to Army specifications. 3. That a discrepancy existed between the original and transcribed copies of a War Department order authorizing the mission to inspect the plane. As sent from the department, the order specified that the inspection was to cover e%'erything "less secret accessories." As received by a naval officer assigned to assist the mission, the word "less" was m;ssing. This was attributed to an error in transmission. Since the plane had been privately planned and built it was not equipped with Army accessories, secret or otherwise. 4. That although no specific instructions were issued, it was "quite well understood" that everything pertaining to the French activities was to be kept secret. Hospital Patients. Lawrence Mansberger of 403 Hill street and Charles Madden of Connellsville, R. D. 1, have been admitted to tlie Hospital for treatment. Man Creeping Through Brush Near President's Car Chased; Escapes By United Press. FLORIDA CITY, Fla., Feb. 18.-Police and secret service men today found a man making his way through the under brush nenr the car in winch President Roosevelt was having bieaklabt with J'riends. They gave chase but the man escaped through Ihe dense undergrowth along the railroad right-of- way. Mr. Roosevelt was not aware of the incident and shortly after tlie disturbance left by motor for Key West. The suspect was first sighted by police. He was moving cautiously through the underbrush that separated the railroad and a wagon road. When the police approached the man broke and fled. Secret service men from the Presidential special train joined in the manhunt but the search was futile. The suspect wore a brown suit and had no hat, officers wild.

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