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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Monday, February 20, 1939
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LAST E DITION PRICE 2 C The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 37, NO. S3. Thfi Weekly Courier. Founded July 17, 1879. Tlic Daijy Courier, Founded November 10, 1002. | Merged ' July 18, 1029. CONNKLLSVILLE, PA.. MONDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 20, 3030. TEN PAGES. Rev. DeVivo Honored For 25 Years of Work Among His Nationals St. Rita's Founder and Pastor Awarded Cross of Italian Crown. MANY SPEAKERS EXTOL SERVICES WIVES ENDORSE DOUBLE BEDS; CURE FOR CHRONIC COLD FEET AND QUARRELS His labors of nearly a quarter of a century in Connellsville as founder and pastor of St. Rita's Italian Ro~ man Catholic Church were given public recognition when Rev. Father Henry DeVivo was honored at a testimonial dinner Sunday evening at Pleasant Valley Country Club. Approximately 350 persons attended the public display ol affection at which the priest was presented wilb a cross of the crown o£ Italy, being conferred the honor of a chevalier, a distinction he won be- of his work among the Italian nationals. The banquet was sponsored by F. F. Concorclia No. 454 and Balbo Aquilla D'ltalia No. 1686, Order ol Sons o£ Italy in America, of Connellsvillc, members of which comprised various committees that looked after the many details of the festivities. There was a large array of dis- tingiushed persons who extolled the outstanding achievements in the life of Father DeVivo. Next August he ·will have completed 40 years in the priesthood and next year will participate in the silver anniversary of his West Side parish. The cross of chevalier was presented by Dr. Nino Calabro, acting roya] Italian vice-consul of Pittsburgh, who said that the Italian government is proud of the accomplishments of its children in the land of their adoption. Father DeVivo, who also was the recipient of a purse that had been contributed by friends here and elsewhere, expressed his sincere appreciation for the testimonial. He didn't realize, he said, that he had so many sincere friends and went on to say that he only did that which any other priest would do. "I have done only my duty but I am appreciative of the fine honor you have bestowed upon me," Father DeVivo declared, promising to work and strive just that much harder to retain the high esteem in which he is being held. "I haven't done anything any good son would not do lor his father or mother," he said, relerring to the recognition of his efforts by the Italian government. "What I have done has been out of respect to the country of my parents." Fa to remind p: the outstanding members of his congregation, among them Philip Galiardi of Connellsville, Frank A. Maddas of Jeanr.ette and Dominic DeGregorio of Hepublic. "The parishioners should know who are ' the real friends oE the church,' he said. The speakers were: State Senator Anthony Cavalcante, Unlontown. Rev. James Wallace Reeves, S. T. D., president of Seton Hill College, Greensburg. Judge Ross S. Matthews, president of Fayctte County Orphans Court. Rev. Paul E. Campbell, A. M., Litt.D., L1J5., superintendent of the Pittsburgh diocese parochial schools. Rev. Florindo DeFrancesco, pastor of the Mother of Good Counsel Church. Pittsburgh. Dr. Nino Calabro, Pittsburgh, representative of the Italian government, who presented the cross of chevalier. Dr. Calabro lauded Father DeVivo as a good priest, a good Italian and Continued on Page Eight. By United Press. NEW YORK, Feb. 20.--Five hun- d'.cd wives, representing all parts of the United States, gave the double bed a three-to-one preference over twin beds today in answering a Questionnaire. One wife explained: "It's difficult to continue a quarrel in a double bed"; six per cent 5£'id it was a godsend to persons who have chronic cold feet. More than half said they found proximity ol a sleeping partner restful and reassuring. Five per cent said the only time they had to discuss family ptoblems was at bed time, which twin beds made difficult. The majority of those who favored twin beds said they did so because of "incompatibility of sleeping habits"--differences in preference as to amount of cover, and restless and snoring husbands. The survey was conducted by Norman Dine, director of a "sleep shop" which specializes in designing beds. Business House At Meyersdale Wrecked tyr Fire MEYERSDALE, Feb. 20.--Fire oi undetermined origin destroyed the old Hocking building in Center street at about 4:30 o'clock Sunday morning, causing loss estimated at ?30,000. The blaze practically destroyed the entire building, occupied by David Sine's clothing store, Dr. M. R. Milne, the relief office and the Western Auto store. The fire started in the rear ol the Sine store, it was reported, and had gained considerable headway before it was discovered by a stranger who had arrived in Meyersdale on the early morning train. Harry Mand- ispan, who was about at that time, turned in the alarm. The building was one of the oldest business places in the borough. It had been owned by the late George Hocking and at present by his ] daughter, Miss Lulu Hocking. Iron Bridge . i , i y - 1 1 ther DeVivo then took occasion i \A/") m a n K l l l emind parishioners of some of " · ' -- ' I l i a I I I X I 1 I By Automobile PERU GOVERNMENT PROBES UPRISING LIMA, Peru, Feb. 20.--Numerous civilian, military and police suspects were reported detained at the Panop- tico penitentiaiy today as the government investigated a brief abortive revolt attempted early yesterday by General Antonio Rodriguez, minister of interior and chief of the Fascist- like "Union Revolucionaria" party. One of those held was General Ciriloh Oilega, suspected of being Rodriguez' co-leader. SCOTTDALE, Feb. 20--Mrs. Marie rVarholla, 33 years old, wife of Paul Varholla of Iron Bridge, was killed about 6:20 o'clock Sunday evening when she was struck by nn automobile driven by J. H. Pritts, also of Iron Bridge, within a few hundred yards of her home. Mrs. Varholla, who had been in Mount Pleasant, alighted from a West Penn street car and was walking toward her home when she was struck. She suffered a fractured skull. An ambulance was summoned from Scottdale and the woman rushed to Frick Memorial Hospital in Mount Pleasant, but was found dead upon arrival there. Mr. -Prilts accompanied the ambulance to the hospital. It was stated that bright lights of an oncoming car blinded Mr. Pritts and he was unable to see Mrs. Var- holla walking along the road. Besides her husband she is survived by six children, John, Margaret, Mary Ann, Betty, William and Susnnne, all at home. The funeral service will be held at 10 o'clock Thursday morning a*. St. Mary's Greek Catholic Church at Trauger. Rev. Demetrius Yackyanich will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Just Off the Wire LOXDOX, Feb. 20.--The Italian government informed Lord Perth, Hritish ambassador, on February 8 that 30,000 reinforcements, had been sent to tlie Italian garrison in Libya, U. A. Butler, undersecretary for foreign affairs, announced today in the House of Commons. GREEXSBURG, Feb. 20.--The West Penn Power Company was named defendant today in a suit hemp tried before Judge Richard D. !Laird in which an Avonmore M*idow charges her husband was electrocuted by current from a wire Icadinp from West Penn lines. The widow, IVIrs. Leah Shoupe. seeks damages for the ^death of her husband, James, on Au' cost S, 1935. Carnegie-Illinois To Fire 16th Furnace PITTSBURGH, Feb. 20.--Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation, today announced retiring ol blast furnace No. 3 at Duquesne would be started this week. With the new addition, Carnegie- Illinois ivill have J6 blast furnaces in operation in the Pittsburgh district. Hospital Patients. Miss Anna Krause of Connellsville, R. D. 2, Mrs. Carmella Rizza of Scottdale, R. D., Mrs. Mary KraU of Dunbar and Mrs. Fideles Hunt of Uniontown, R. D. 1, have been admitted to Connellsville State Hospital lor treatment. Fire in Quebec Madhouse Insane Asylum Destroyed In tcn-below-7ero -weather, firemen fight vainly to savo the Bcauport Insane Asylum at Quebec from destruction, as 1,500 patients baUletf their recuers, A fireman 3s seemingly intent upon reaching what appears to be a patient, hot is only EL freak formation of smoke. Cash Execution Postponed Until Friday Morning Court Rules Against Chain Store Tax Bill By Un i ted Press. HARRISBURG, Feb. storm Damages i-Town District "You Know Me" Robber Tells Station Attendant; Then Uses Gun to Secure $35 and Escape Dauphin county court today invalidated tfie chain store tax--enacted by the 1937 Legislature to raise salaries of teachers in fourth class school districts. The tax lias been virtually ineffective since it wa.s signed by former Governor George H. Eurle in the summer of. 1937 because of preliminary injunctions granted most chains operating in Pennsylvania. The court's decision, wiitten by President Judge William M. Hargest, held the graduation of taxes of stores from $1 for a single unit to S500 per unit in chains of 500 or more stores. thc.-nt.-es or gasoline -stations to be ous" and without any "natural or jubt relation'' to purposes of the act. The tax was intended to raise an By United Press. RAIFORD, Fla., Feb. 20.--Franklin Pierce: McCall, convicted kidnaper, was saved from the electric chatr today by a four-day-postponement of execution and then covered his head with his arm when another con- i Binned man walked past his cell to the execution chamber. When Paul Fried Eunge, accompanied by a minister and guards, walked past his cell, McCall hid his head under his aim. Eight m.nutes later Bungc was de;id. Bunge walked unassisted to the chair. He said "pardon me" to one o£ the guards \vhen lie placed his arm on top of one of the straps. Then he said "thank you" to the guard who placed the leather helmet over his face. I Sheriff McLcocl threw the s \virdi and Bungc pa.d With his l.'fe for the chloroforming ol his two small daughters and the cutting o£ his \vifc'^ throat in a suicide pact that he did | teachers'" salaries' from^an"$800-$000 not complete. minimum to $1,000 a year. McCall's execution was postponed j until Friday so that defense attorney.-, could appeal the case to the U. S. Supreme Court. The act of clemency announced by L. F. Chapman, prison superintendent, came less than 90 minutes before McCall was scheduled to walk to the electric cha.r. McCall had given up hope and was reconciled to dying today. The postponement was ordered by Governor Fred P. Cone to permit the appeal. The action was not a stay of execution, but merely a postponement, the governor's office explained. The death warrant ordering the abductor' newal of a contraa covering more electrocuted during the week of i than 400,000 miners. February 20 icmains in -effect. A gioup of major bituminous pro- A man, whose identity is reported \ to be known, held up the Blue Ridge Service Station at Moyer at about 1:30 o'clock this morning and made oft with between $35 and $ / iO T according to a report on the city police blotter. State Motor Police were notified to investigate the holdup in which Albert Shank, the lone attendant, was said to have been forced to turn over the content;, of a cash drawer to an armed, unmasked man. "This is a real stick-up," Shank was quoted by police as saying the holdup man told him. "I know you and you know me. 1 don't want your money. I want the company money." Shank was said to have turned over the cash to the man and then called police. The attendant was i-e- ported by officers with having supplied them the name of- the robber who is said to be a resident of Coalbrook. The intruder carried a .32 Colt nickel-plated revolver. County Detective John C. Wall 1 this afternoon was contacting police departments in the tri-state area, asking them to be on the lookout lor William Kimmel, 38, ot Coalbrook, 20.--The SOU ght for questioning jn connection Baroiiec at 5 w:th the robbery. Wall declared that Kimmcl had Red the region this morning. estimated $1,500,000 creasc i our th-cl:,ss year to in- school district Coal Operators Name Committee To Meet Miners State's Young R e p u b l i c a n s Plan Activity Dawson Bears Brunt of Five - Minute Twister That Unroofs Houses; Hits in Early Morning. B . O . TRAIN JUST ESCAPES Meet Sir Andrew! This charming young- man is Sir Andrew Ashton Waller Hills, a baronet at five. Death robbed his father of the title that -would have been bestowed on him by the king in last New Year's honours list, so the king created five-year-old Andrew a baronet. RETURNS TO WORK AFTER BEING STRUCK BY AtJTO; SECOND ONE BREAKS LEG The new hour for the execution. which was to have been EST, today is II A. M. 10 M. Three Women Hold Seats on Somerset County Murder Jury By United Press. HARRISBURG, Feb. 20--Pennsylvania's Young Republican organisa- tion formulated plans today for active participation, in the party's municjpal primary in September. The program committee, headed by Samuel E. Ewing, Jr., Bryn Mawr, at a week-end session in Harrisburg, decided upon a convention of all Young Republicans here May 1, 2 and 3, at which time primary slates in most of the counties will be discussed, it was said. The committee concerned itself mostly with suggestions for placing j the State organization, through its county units, in the Limelight for the 1939 county and municipal elections. AL the suggestion of Frank C. Hilton, Wyomissing, Young Republican State chairman, the committee endorsed the governmental economy program of Governor Arthur H. operators to negotiate with the ' James. Ewmg alto asked the pro- United Mine Workers Union for re- grani committee for recommendations for Civil Service for State employee. "Need of an honest Civil Service m government jobs is essential," Ewing said. "This year the chances for a law giving Civil Service a 'right-of-way' is greater than ever." Ewmg said his committee would present its program for 1939 to the State convont'.on in May for adoption. By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 20.--Lightning may not strike in the s place but automobiles do. John Herr, 41, was struck, by an automobile last night while working at Penn and Hig'hland avenues. He was treated at a hospital and returned to his work. Jn a snort time Herr \vas brought back to the hospital. A taxicab struck him, broke a number of ribs and his left leg. Herr said wind had blown out lanterns which had been placed to waj - n motorists tb-it men weie at work at the intersection. A windstorm of cyclonic intensity struck the Tri-Town Community at about 2:25 o'clock this morning, causing consideiable loss as roofs were lifted from houses, others literally peeled off, chimneys damaged and much wreckage left in the wake of the five-minute "twister." Dawson felt the blunt of the blow md it was estimated that at least 20 houses in the Dawson-Liberty-Vanderbilt area were hit. Greatest loss was caused to the Elmer Kuhns home which was unroofed. A large section, said to be more than 20 feet square, was carried approximately 150 feet across the tracks of the Baltimore Ohio Railroad near the yard of George G. Cochran while other parts were scattered over the Cochran premises. Homes of Thomas Sproat, Stanley W. Mong, James Brown and William Gillespie were only a few of those that felt the twister. Mr. Mong said the storm was at its worst for about a five-minute period although the blow, at less velocity, was estimated to have continued for around 20 to 30 minutes. "Our home rocked as though it was on top of a barrel and it seemed like it was going to crack up," said Frank B. Galley, who declared the storm awakened him. Other resident referred to the windstorm as a veritable cyclone. Baltimore Ohio railroad passenger train No. 20 was passing through Dawson at the time and one window in a Pullman car was broken by flying debris. The damaging blow was followed by a heavy rainfall, described by some as nearly of cloudburst propor- WASHINGTON, Feb. 20.--The National Coal Absoc.ttf.on today named H committee of 16 soft coal By United Press SOMERSET, Feb. 20.--A j u r y of t _ nine men and three women was se- operators' for "a" modineatiorTof the lectcd today to try three Somerset | con t rac t. duccrs will meet at the Biltmore Hotel in New York tomorrow to map a policy /or the joint bargaining conferences which will begin m New York March 14. The present contiact, which expires March 31, provides a 35-hour week, with a basic daily wage of S6 in the north and 55.60 in the south. Association officials estimated that the bituminous industry lost more than $60,000,000 last year. The industry's financial situation was expected to result in a demand by county miners on a charge of murder. They were to be taken to a Bens- creek home, scone of crime, this afternoon. The three, Mike Tisack, 25, Tony Tisack, 28, brothers, and Vincent Vovino, 21, are accused of fatally shooting Chailes Koliut, 53, tne night of May 18, 1938, when -Kohui snatched a mask from the face of one of three men who invaded the home of Mrs. Kathcrine Daduio, where the slain man lived. Joseph Fiano Recovers From Gasoline Burns John Goodman Dies. MOUNT PLEASANT, Feb. 20 -John Goodman, 55, of Hosletter, died Friday evening in a Pittsburgh hospital. He leaves his wife, six children, five grandchildren =nd foul- brothers. Condition of Joseph Fiano, 21, of 131 West Peach street, seveiely burned about tnc face in an explosion of a field can o? gasoline, was repoited as much improved today at Connellbville State Hospital wheie h e 1 Policy meeting, was taken Friday. The atuder.t occurred al the McCoy brotncrs stuping plant near Point Marion Thursday afternoon. UMWA lenders, who will, meet* March 9 m New York to draft demands, already are committed to a 30-hour week request. Members of the operators negotiating committee include: P. C. Thomas, Pittsburgh: A. J. Musser, Indiana, Pa.; J. D. A Morrow, Pittsburgh; W. L. Asselder, Pittsburgh; Charles Don'ance and Alexander Grant, both of Fairmont, W. Va. Mine officials said their conferees would be their three major international officers--President John L. Lewis, Vice-Pres.der.t Philip Mur- lay, and Secretary-Treasurer Thomas Kennedy--and District Presidents Frank Hughes, Grecr.iburg, William Hyncs, Unionlowr. P. T. Fagan, Pittsburgh, and John T. Jones, Cumberland, Md. The union will name an additional committee member at the New York He went home alter getting medical attention but the bums weie found to be so scnous that he the Hospital. was taken to Divorce Granted. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 20. -- Mrs, Laura Staley, 43, of New Salem, was granted a divorce from Charles Sialey. 45, who is serving a term of from five to 10 years for altar ung his H-year-old daughter Tne comic \\as m a u i c d September 20, 1917."in Unionlown and the \vft is no\\ t u p porting i.x children. Jcannetlr Woman Dies. Mrs. Marion Laugherty Chew, wifi of Robert Z. Chew, died suddenly Nye Offers Bill To Restrict Sale Of U. S. Planes WASHINGTON, Feb. 20.--Senator Gerald P. Nye, R., N. D., acting as a result ot sale of more than 600 American fighting planes to France, introduced legislation today to restrict the sole of Ameucan-made airplanes and airplane parts to foreign poweis. Nye's measure was the fiisl concrete result of the Senate controversy which rose around activities of a French air mission in this country and the assistance given by the United States to the rearmament of France and Great Britain. Storm, Worst In Years, Tears Haystack Apart The windstOLin thib morning was one of the wonsl thai has swept through this section of Fayette county in many years, declared R. Frank KHngensmUh of Broad Ford, who said that it was the first time he heaid ol a haystack being torn apart by a cyclonic wind. The blow hit Lloyd Myers' haystack on the Slater farm in Upper Tyrone township and scattered it to the four corners of the compass. Corn shocks left in Holds after the corn had been husked were scattered wide. Practically a!l of the old buildings in that neighborhood lost at least part of their roofs, many trees were blown down and fences la t d waste. Former Wesl Newton Han Killed in Wreck Impromptu Talks Will Mark Firemen's Dinner A program of impromptu speaking will mark the annual banquet of the Mew Haven Hose Company and Band at 7 o'clock Tuesday evening at the Greenwood Methodist Episcopal Sunday evening at her home at Jean- Church in South Nmth street, Fire nette. The Weather Snow flurries and much colder tonight, Tuesday partly cloudy and I DeBolt said, coldei is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsjlvania. Temperature Record. 1939 1938 Maximum 73 60 Minimum 41 28 Mean ,, . 57 -14 Chief William E. Dc"3lt, chairman of general arrangements, said today. Invitations have been extended to county and city officials and officers of the Western Pennsylvania Fire- n.en's Association. Acceptances have already been received from 130, Chief Chief Clerk Transferred. Archie Caldwell of Monongahela, chief clerk of the West Penn Power Company at Bellefonte for some time, has been transferred to the Uniontown office m a similar capacity. Wiljiam Boyd Robinson, 30 years old. ot Jersey City, was killed in "ail automob'le accident near Montclair, N. J., Sunday afternoon. He Wds a son of Dr. J. Q. Robinson, II, and Clara Boyd Robinson, both qf West Newton. In addition to his parents he U survived by three sisters and thiee brothers: Mrs. G. W. Hoark, "of Washington, Pa., whose husband is coach at W. and J.; Mrs. Hugh II. James, of Edgewood: Mrs. IV. H. Taylor, of Swissvale; John Q. Robinson, III, of Montclair, N. J.; Samuel H. Robinson, of West Newton and Oames F. Robinson, of Jersey City, N. J. Mr. Hobinson was a 'member of Kappa Sigma, a graduate of W. and J. and~of the West Newton High school. He had been employed in the legal department of the Prudential Insurance Company in Newark. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home o£ his parents in Main street, West Newton. tions. This added to the damage of homes that were unroofed when water poured into the buildings. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 20.--Lashed by a gale of cyclonic proportions, Fayette county suffered considerably about 2:30 Monday morning. Trees and poles were leveled and many outbuildings damaged in various parts of the county. Tile and slate were showered from the roof of the courthouse. Trees were blown across the National pike west of here. Outbuildings in the Masontown district went down under the fury of the wind, hail and thunderstorm. The McClellandtown district was hard hit. The sheet iron roof of the garage of Tom Brown was sent crashing against the side o£ the house and the back porch. The lesidence was damaged and the garage wrecked. In the building were the cars of Mr. Brown and Mrs. Kathryn Lavery. Neither was damaged. Two panels in-the skylight in the county jail were smashed by fragments of slate blown from the courthouse roof. May Separate State Police, Motor Patrol By United Prcs^. HARRISBURG, Feb. 20.--Separation of police and highway patro! work under a plan similar to that'in operation prior to merger ot the two forces into the Pennsylvania Motor Police ir.dy be recommended to Governor Arthur H. James tomorrow as an important economy move. Republican leaders today "seriously considered"' the system of a "single unit under a single administrative head with a deputy in charge of highway patrol work and another in charge of police duties." The G. O. P. legislative strategists pointed out, however, that there war no intention of breaking up the present force but indicated the segregation of the two phases of work ma be necessary in view of the "surprising increase" of nearly $3,500,000 in biennium costs of the present force since the old State Police and Highway Patrol units were consolidated into one organization. Electric Sign Ablaze. Firemen wcie culled to the Penn- Conncll Hotel at 6 o'clock this morning to a blaze believed to hive started from a shoxt circuit in the electric sign over the front entrance. Prompt action by the fire Uniontown Man Named Foreman of Grand Jury UNIONTOWN, Feb. 20.--Oliver G. Arison, a bricklayer of Uniontown, was named foreman of the March grand jury this morning. A precedent was established when every one of the 24 jurors was present. Judge W Russell Can-, vvho piesided, excused George Elliott, a plumber, of Belle Vcrnon, to leduce the fact finding body to an odd number. Judge Carr, after brief instructions to the jury, had each bupplied with a handbook of procedure which be fightc-is pi even led any damage, _ had prepared latt \ueelt.

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