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Monday, February 7, 1938
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LAST E D1TION PRICE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 36, NO. SO. The Weakly Courier. Founded July'17, 1870. The Daily Courier. Founded November 10. 1SXO. Merced. July IB, 1923 CONNJSLL/SVILLB, PA., MONDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 7, 1938. TEN PAGES. FEDERATION EXPELS MINE WORKERS, TWO OTHER CIO UNIONS Drastic Action Taken as Climax to Intra- Labor Feud. GREEN SEES NO CHANCE FOR PEACE Waive Hearing In Child Cruelty Case; Give Bail By United Press. MIAMI, Feb. 7.--The American Federation of Labor executive council today expelled from membership in the federation three Committee for Industrial Organization unions. At the same time President William Green of the federation resigned his membership in the United Mine Workers' union. The drastic council action brings to a new climax the bitter intra- labor feud between the CIO, led by John L. Lewis, and the federation. The council revoked the charters of the United Mine Workers' union-which Lewis heads and to which Green had long belonged--the Federation of Flat Glass Workers and the International Union of Mine, Mill Smelter Workers. Green declared in announcement of the council action that he believed hope of peace between the Federation and the CIO at any time in the near future has gone. The three expelled unions have an estimated membership of 680,000. The UMW lias been the keystone of the CIO since 'its formation. The other two unions are smaller but have been active in the CIO drive. Action of the council had lonis 'ce^n forecast. However, it had not been expected that expulsion would be directed at the two relatively min- of CIO unions. Instead, earlier indications had been that the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union, headed by Sidney Hillman, lieutenant of Lewis, would be coupled with the UMW in ouster action. The council action was expected to intensify the bitter labor warfare between the two union factions. BOY SCOUTS RENEW OATH; HEAR SERMON Scout Anniversary 'Week activities here were launched Sunday evening with" the annual religious service, held at the First Methodist Episcopal Church, where Scouts and Scouters gathered in goodly numbers lor the sermon by the pastor, Rev. L. S. Elliott. Three rows of seats across the church were filled with Scouts. Scouters filled two rows on one side. It was a representative gathering of the boys and persons interested in the movement. "What Jesus Teaches About Boy Life" was the theme of Rev. Elliott. He related the story of Jesus at the age of 12, Scout age, going with his parents to Jerusalem and becoming lost Irom them for three days, at the end of -which he was found in the temple being questioned by the chief priests and elders and asking them questions. The second story related to feeding of the multitude with the lunch a boy had brought--five barley loaves and two small fish. That boy could have qualified as a Scout, the minister said. He alone of the 5,000 came prepared. "Much is heard about the forgotten man," the minister said. "It is not so bad If the man is forgotten, but when we forget the 12-year-old boy it is more serious." The junior choir of the church, numbering 48 voices, sang two anthems, "Grant Us Thy Peace" and "Praise the Lord"; also processional and recessional numbers, "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Holy, Holy, Holy." A chorus of 12 boys sang "Brightly Gleams Our Banner." The singers were under the direction of Miss Helen Grey, with Mrs. Dorothy Kurtz Horncr at the organ. Milton R. Wyatt, assistant Scout executive for the Wcslmoreland- Fayetle district, led the Scouts and Scouters in the repetition o£ the oath and laws. A Scout anniversary program will be held Tuesday night at 7:30 o'clock in Immaculate Conception Church 1 Social Hall, to be followed by a court of review. All Scouts are to be there to renew the oath. Preparations are being made for the anniversary banquet Thursday evening at 6'30 o'clock at the First United Brethren Church. Tickets for the banquet may be secured from any scoutmaster or from Van Dyke Humbert, Room 407 Second National Bank Building. There will be Scout safety demon- irtrations in down town store windows Friday afternoon and a safety exposition in a street Saturday. Details of these are being worked out. Miss Martha Harris, 27, of Perry township, mother of an illegitimate child that had allegedly been mistreated for the past five years, and her father, David Harris, 64, waived a hearing and.posted $1,000 bail oach for their appearance in court on charges of cruel and barbarous treatment to a child when arraigned before Alderman Fred Munk this morning. When the alderman .'iskcd the two defendants what was their pleasure-a hearing or waiving for court--their counsel, Attorney J. K. Spurgcon of Jriiontown, said they would waive. 3ond was immediately arranged and ;hc father and daughter returned to their farm near Perryopolis where, agents of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society charge, a flve-year- old daughter, Alice Mary, born out of wedlock to Miss Harris, had been kept by the farmer in a sun-less storage room as punithmcnt for his daughter's "second sin." An aged Perry township man is the alleged father of two illegitimate children, it is said. Under the original information, preferred by M. J. Teater, an agent of the humane society, Harris and his daughter were held in $500 bond. This information, brought ' under provisions of the Act of 1879, would have made it mandatory for a hearing and a recital of the charges But the information was supp'.antcc by another unrlrr the Act of 1860 otter District Attorney James A. Hcilly had examined the records. This necessitated re-service of the warrant. Under the new information, the defendants had the privilege of waiving a hearing for court and their counsel immediately announced that intention. District Attorney Rcilly told newspapermen that the law provides a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment and a S500 fine under the act that embraces cruelty as charged in this particular case. The new information provides a more severe penalty in case of con- Continued on Page Six. Principal's Mother Dies. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 7.--Heart attack caused the unexpected death of Mrs. Alice A. Mosier, 80, mother of Rodney D. Mosier, principal of Uniontown senior high school, at 10 o'clock Friday in her home in viHc, according to woid received here. SWOC Leaders, S t e e l B o s s e s In Conference By United Prcis. NEW YORK, Feb. 7.--Leaders of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee, a CIO affiliate, met in n preliminary session today to formulate their demands for renewal of the collective bargaining contract with "big steel." The executive meeting was headed by Philip Murray, SWOC chairman who negotiated the contract with "big steel" a year ago. That contract expires February 28 and the purpose of this morning's meeting was to determine what demands would be made or whether the present contract would be renewed and changed. Reports persisted that agrecmon already had been reached at sccrc conferences at Pittsburgh and tha the meeting between the union men and officials of United States Stce merely would be held for the purposi of ratification. It was said that one of the purposes of this morning's meeting was to choose n sub-committee whicl would negotiate with the steel officials. The first step in such negotiation: would be a conference with official: of the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Com pnny, a U. S. Steel subsidiary. Any agreement reached in that conference would serve as a pattern for contracts between the unioji and the remaining U. S. Steel subsidiaries. Just Off the Wire NORRISTOWN, Pa.. Feb. 7.--Wen dell Forrest Bowers, 20-year-old ambler youth, suddenly changed his plea to guilty of a murder charge a start of his trial today for the slaying of Mrs. WHma V. Carpenter, 38, at tractive Camp Hill widow. GREENSBURG, Feb. 7 Afte pleading guilty to a serious charge Paul Ziscl, Smithton, today was sentenced by Judcc Richard D. Laird to pay $75 expenses and $2 weekly for nine years to Cecelia Keller. GREENSUURG. Feb. 7.--A motorcycle anil automobile collision nea Smithton, August Z, 1936, was til basis of a damage suit being heard today by Judge J. Hilary Kcenan Pauline Sosso, of near SlniUiton, is asking damages of George Sokol. o Jacobs Creek, for injuries she allccci she suffered when Sokol's automobil collided with a motorcjclc nn nhicl Jibe was ridiiy;. SUES FOR "MAIL ORDER" JILTING Mary riyii Lambe for $50,000 Mr. nnd Mrs. R. N. .Crcgger ... the newlyn'cd* Miss Mary Evelyr. Lambc, 23, of Bean Station, Tcnn., has sued for $50,000 for a brckcn heart which she says resulted when R. N. Creggcr allegedly jilted her for another woman in n. wife-advertising campaign. Crcggcr, a 47-ycnr-old foundry worker of Klngport, Tcnn., is seen with Ms bride, the former Mrs. Winnie Breeding, whom ho wed 24 hours lifter ho had announced his engagement to Miss Lambc. according to Miss Lambc's suit, died in Klngnort. Second Wife Ends Life In Same Garage Where First Fired Clothing Coast Guard Oidered To "Shooi lo Kill" As Whale Hunl Opens By United : SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 7.- oast Guardsmen put out today with a one- pound gun, rifles and sidcarms, to battle a 60-foot, gray-back whale, of By United Press. DENVER. Colo., Feb. 7.--The walls of George O. Erickson's garage still were charred from the fire with which his first wife killed hcrbclf two years ago, when his second wife went there Saturday night and ended her life with exhaust fumes from the automobile. Enckson is contractor. The garage Is in his back yard. JIis first wife wns Mrs. Clara Jane UHluc a uu-ioot, Krity-uncK wnan., UL -- *-· vf --..the so-called man-killer variety from Enckson, who suffered from n ncrv- tl ; North Pacific, which has trnpped itself in San Francisco bay to terrorize the shipping lanes. The latest and narrowest escape in scvral dnys of dodging the whale was reported by Captain Frank Olivcra of the tug Gerald C, which chugged into the safety of the Redwood City harbor lit full steam after all but brushing the monster. "I was looking off to win'ard casual-like and all at once there wns a swell not 35 feet off our side," Ohvera said. "Then up she came like the bottom of the bay. One of the men yelled 'thar she blows'.' She blew, all right, snouted like a geyser near enough to spray us." The Coast Guardsmen took out one Continued on Page Two. Young G.O.P/s Endorse James For Governor By United Press, HARRISBURG, Feb. 7.--The executive committee of the Young Republicans of Pennsylvjnia was on record today as recommending support of Superior Court Judge Arthur H. James for the G. O. P. gubernatorial nomination by the 200,000 junior affiliates of the party. Fifteen of the 24 executive committee members unanimously approved a resolution urged by Frank C. Hilton, Wyoissins, Young G. O. P. Stale chairman, for alignment of the organization behind James rather than Gifford PJnchot, ;.spirant for a third term. Tiiat action wits token here last night after Hilton reported to the group details of his interviews with both Republican candidates. Of the Pinchot interview, Hilton said In part: "We were led to believe that we and the organization would be well taken care of if he won. I have yet to learn of a single contribution he made to benefit the party. If, the Republican party must look to a man between the ages of 70 and 80 for its leadership, then there is no future for a Young Republican organization." Discussing his interview James, Hilton said: with Lutheran Convention in 1940. NEW YORK, Feb. 7.--The Lutheran Church House announced that the next Lutheran world convention would be held in Philadelphia in 1940, the first time such a convention has been called in America. Raffled Off Auto, Arrested. LANCASTER, Feb. 7.--Six men charged with violating the gambling laws by chancing off an automobile, were arrested on orders of District Attorney Charles W. Eaby. Fish-Game Meeting Tucsilay. The Faycttc County Fish and Gimt* Protective Association will meet Tuc.sday evening al 7:30 o'clock at the courthouse in Umontown, ous disorder and grew despondent. On January 20, 1DSG, she went to the garage, saturated her clothing with gasoline and .stepped into a small fire that she had kindled on the concrete floor. Firemen sax'cd the garage but the inner walls were charred and they were left that way. Erickson married again. Saturday night, Mrs. LouibC Enckson, the second wife, wrote a note to her 15- year-old stepdaughter, Betty, instructing her to prepare the family breakfast and bring in the milk. She asked that she be not disturbed Sunday morning because she wanted to sleep late. Early Sunday morning n neighbor passed through the Erick.son's yard and saw the woman's body in the car. She had locked the garage doors and turned on the motor, leaving it run while the fumes killed her Like the wife, she had chosen gasoline as ;i weapon of suicide. The fuel tank was dry nnd the engine had stopped before her body was found. Police said it was the third attempt that the second wife had made to end her life. In 1033 she took an overdose of medicine, and once before she tried to kill herself with carbon monoxide iumcs. Erickson could for his second wife's death. no motive Pillows Head on Slick Of Dynamite; Lights I Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 7.--Frank Osolin, 55, this morning at 9 o'clock made a pillow of a stick of dynamiu while he lay on the river bank a Monvuc, near Grays Landing, anc then lit the fuse to commit suicide. John Rcmcnar, a neighbor, investl gated the cause of the explosion an fount! the headless body on the rive: bank. Osolin was an unemployed miner He lived in a shanty owned by Tiny Kiesivich. The man had visited the home o Alvin Ulle but made no mention o cuicidal plans. He walked a shor distance along the river bank am applied the match to the fuse afte laying his head on the stick of dyna mite. Davidsvllle Farmer Dies. SOMERSET, Feb. 7.--John L Williamson, 84, died Friday at hi home at Davidsville. He was a re tired farmer. There are three sons 14 grandchildren, two brothers am a sister. The Weather Portly cloudy tonight, slightly colder in east portion, Tuesday fai is the noon weather forecast fo Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1938 1937 Maximum 6f» 70 Minimum 35 .10 Mean 51 50 BUTLER STRESSES DEFENSE AS ONLY CONCERN OF U. S. VETS OBSERVE INSURRECTION ANNIVERSARY BUTLER WOULD TIE HOPE TO SHIPS AND PULL 'EM TO SHORE EVERY NIGHT : or First Time It Is Not Stag; Auxiliary Members Attend. MPOSING ARRAY OF SPEAKERS The thirty-ninth anniversary of the outbreak of the Philippine Insurrection on February 4, 1899, was commemorated Saturday night at the annual banquet of Walter E. Brown Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in lie dmingroom of the First Methodist Episcopal Church in South Pittsburg street. Approximately 200 persons, including the Ladies' Auxiliary of the V. F. W., enjoyed a turkey dinner. It wns the first time since the dinners have been held that it was riot purely stag. Major Genera! Smcdley D. Butler, retired commandant of the United States Marines and an internationally known figure, the principal speaker appearing for the second time at a similar event, pleaded for military isolation among foreign powers by this country and a program of national defense. His address appears elsewhere. Other speakers were: Robert G. Woodside of Pittsburgh, Allegheny county controller and former commander-ln-chlef of the V. F. W. Mayor Ira D. Younkin. Assemblyman Matthew J. Welsh who introduced Attorney Rollo J. Connelly of Fairmont, W. Va., one of the oldest members of the National Guard of Pennsylvania, who said he had retired at the ago cf 04 years Continued on Page Six. Brigadier General Smcdley D. Butler, retired Marine commandant, is in favor of a big Navy as well as Army but believes a rope should be tied to the ships and "every night these boats pulled back to shore." Crime Increases In Pittsburgh; Orgy of Holdups By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 7.--A weekend crime wave, one of the worst in years, was the reply of the underworld to the "shoot to kill" order issued to county detectives and city policemen In a desperate effort to curb the epidemic of lawlessness sweeping Pittsburgh. A near-record number of burglaries, hold-ups and pursc-snatchings was reported. Two holdup victims were clubbed. Three men held up a crowded East End night club imd two safes were broken into in a South Hills market, netting the burglars about $2,000. Police never were quite able to catch up with activities of the bandits and burglars, although one arrest, a minor one, was reported. Total loss wns estimated at more than $5,000. Wright Defense Hears Completion 87 United Press. LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7.--The defense of Paul A. Wright, charged with murdering his wife and friend whom he said he found in a compromising position in the liv- ingroom of his home November 9 may be completed by noon today Attorney Jerry Giesler said. There were three or four more defense witnesses who were to testify briefly, before Gicslcr rested his case and the state began its rebuttal Prosecutor Ernest Roll said he would call Mrs. Wright's mother anc her sister and possibly some psychiatrists to refute the theory of Dr Samuel Marcus, defense phychiatrist who said Wright could have been shocked into a stupor and not have been aware of the slayings or responsible for them. Higbee r s Condition Very Critica Attorney Edward C. Higbee is very critically ill at his home in South Pittsburg street, it was said today He was reported to be unconscious It was indicated there was slight, i any, hope for his recovery. A spc cialist from Pittsburgh was called to the home Sunday. It was said the end may be but a matter of hours. It was said his condition is due to a general breakdown. 500 Families Driven From Homes by Flood DETROIT, Feb. 7.--More thsn 500 families were driven from their homes today as week-end floods biokc ice jams in rivers throughout .southern Michigan ,md tent loircnts i-g£in£ over lowlands. Insist President Clarify Reasons For Larger Navy By JOHN R. SEAL United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Feb. 7.--Diplomatic developments intensified a congressional fight developing today against increased naval authoriza- jon unless President Roosevelt clarifies his foreign policy. Week-end developments were expected to furnish much new material 'or questioning Admiral William D. ^eahy, chief of naval operations, who returns before the House Naval Affairs Committee for'the sixth successive day of testimony on the President's proposed 20 per cent increase in the Navy's fighting strength. Since Congress recessed Friday, Secretary of State Cordell Hull has asked Japan to declare by February 20 whether, ns reported, it is building 43,000-ton battleships--vessels more powerful than the 35,000 ton- Continued on Page Six. Japan May Tell Of Naval Plans By February 20 By RAY MARSHALL United Press" Start Correspondent. TOKYO, Feb. 7.--"Perhaps" Japan will answer within the time set the request of the United States, Great Britain and France for specific information on Japan's naval building program, a foreign office spokesman said today. But it was intimated in icliable quarters that even if an answer were sent by February 20, as requested, the government would be likely to say that it could not reveal its naval b'uilding program. Nvy leaders were reported to have decided that, while it might be advisable to answer the notes within the time limit, it was inadvisable to disclose building plans. There scorned to be some tendency to answer the note and to allay as far as was possible iiny suspicion that Japan is engaged in a program of super-ship building, either battleships or cruisers--but without disclosing information which the navy believes it must keep secret in the national interest. The foreign oflicc spokesman in his "perhaps" statement today, "repeated denials that "Japan was planning 43,000 ton battleships. He continued: "The only fundamental principle of Japanese policy regarding armament or disarmament is that of non- menace and non-aggression. "Japan is always prepared to consider any proposal from the standpoint of that principle. "It has been widely reported abroad that Japan is building battleships of 43,000 tons. But there is at present no plan to construct battleships such as these reports have mentioned. Harvey Firestone, Tire Manufacturer, Dies at Miami Beach By United Press. MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Feb. 7.-Harvey S. Firestone, tire manufac- tuier, died at his winter home here today. He was 70 years old. Firestone was found dead in bed He had been in apparent good health according to members of the household. Announcement of the death wa: made by Russell Firestone, son of thi manufacturer, who was at the estati at the time of death. The body will be aken to Akron Ohio, for burial later this week. WEST NEWTON BOY SHOT IN CHEST Special to The Courier. WEST NEWTON, Feb. 7.--Danie Achfzen, 12 years old, son of Mr. an Mrs. Charles Achtzen of Third street was shot in the chest by a bulle from a .22 calibre target rifie Sunda afternoon. He was taken to a Pitts burgh hospital where his condition was reported ab "fair." The boy, with Ralph Easter and Fred Lucas, was Uamping the hill above West Newton. One of (he otlie boys held the rifile which wa.s ac i idcntally dihUiurRcd l\wcc. Ihc icc 1 oni shot lulling Daniel in. the dies' WOULD MOVE TROOPS FROM FOREIGN SOIL : ormer Commandant of Marines Speaks at Veterans' Banquet. : EARS THREAT .OF MORE WAR A plea for the withdrawal of American troops and warships from foreign waters and the adoption of a policy of national defense and "tend- ng to. our own business" was voiced by Major General Smedlcy D. Butler, retired commandant of the United States Marines, of Newton Square, near Philadelphia, in an address before the annual banquet of Walter E. Brown Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Saturday night in the First Methodist Episcopal Church. General Butler demanded a daily' explanation to the American peopla by the White House of communications and agreements exchanged with foreign powers to prevent secret' pacts that would involve this Nation in another war which he said is "the principal thing facing the world." He said England was trying to get the United States to protect her investments in the Orient because Mussolini of Italy has Britain lied up in the Mediterranean. The speaker deplored the use of the American armed forces and this country's flag us a means of protection of private interests in a foreign country, declaring they should pay for their own insurance. General Butler, who came here direct from his home, had to interrupt his talk after speaking for more than an hour in order to catch a train to take him to Chicago. General Butler said "the principal tiling facing the world is another big war. The thing staring at us is if we are going to bite a second time," recalling a recent magazine article by a Britisher who bluntly cited the maneuvering to involve the United States in another war. The retired Marine commandant asked "why does the United States .send five cruisers to the British base at Singapore?" as he demanded'that Admiral William D. Leahy inform Continued on Page Seven. Spanish Rebels Claim Greatest Gains in Weeks By United Press. HENDAYE, French-Spanish Frontier, Feb. 7.--Spanish nationalists claimed their greatest victory in many weeks today in a mass offensive north of Teruel, key city on the- eastern front. They asserted they had gained 12 1-5 miles, killed 2,000 loyalists, taken 3.000 prisoners, cut off a brigade headquarters and seized twoi artillery batteries, 100 machine guns, 300 rifles, trucks, on arms dump, mortars, one tank and fortification material." It was indicated that the drive continued and that if it continued successful the nationalists might embark on an offensive of major moment, aimed at cutting communications between Valencia and Catalonia in the northeast. Loyalist authorities admitted thai the nationalists had made gains. They said, however, that their men had retreated in orderly manner and then checked the advance. Cooper Sportsmen's Federation Oflida! Robert S.- Cooper of Connellsville was elected vice-president of the Southwestern Division of the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs at a meeting last week in Pittsburg. The division embraces eight counties, including Fayette, Westmoreland, Greene, Washington, Allegheny, Beaver and Armstrong counties. Colin Reed of Washington was elected president; John Mauk of Pittsburgh, secretary, and A. F. Mcnzemer of Bellevue, treasurer. Townsend 'Conviction For Contempt Upheld WASHINGTON, Feb. 7.--The U. S. Court of Appeals today upheld the conviction of Dr. Francis E. Town: 'd, old age pension leader, on charges of contempt of a House committee investigating Ins activities. Townsend is under sentence of 30 days in jail and a $100 fine. He was · ited for contempt of the House on March 12. 19:)7, after he stalked ·inertly out o( * committee hearing, invcitigaiing old age pension*.

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