The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on February 21, 1939 · Page 1
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, February 21, 1939
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Dail LAST E DIT1ON PRICE 2 C The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 37, NO. SG. The Weekly Courier, Founded July 17, 1879. The Daily Courier. Founded November 10. | Merged I July 18, 1320. OONNBLLSVILLB, PA., TUESDAYU3VEMNG, FBBUUAKV 21, 1033. EIGHT PAGES. BARGAIN DAYS THIS WEEK TO MAKE HISTORY Number of Participating Merchants Already Largest on Record. CASH PRIZES TO BE GIVEN James Will Lend Proper Cooperation To "Dream Highway // Bargain Days, the semi-annual community merchandising campaign of city merchants, will be held Friday and Saturday, it was announced today. In addition to the values that will be offered to the shopping public by the participating stores, $50 in cash prizes will be given away as a special feature. The awards will be of S2o. S15 and S10 with the winners being determined Monday alternoon, February 27. Persons desiring to share in the cash awards are asked to obtain a copy of Wednesday's Courier in which will be printed a cash award coupon. The name and address should be filled in and the coupon deposited in a box that will be in stores of participating merchants. There is no charge. At 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon, the winners v/ul be selected at the used car lot of the Mason Motor Company in West Crawford avenue, bringing to a close the two-day program of cash-saving merchandis- uig. There is greater interest than usual in the Bargain Day activity this year with the number of participating merchants greatly increased. The shopping public is reminded -that all participating stores will display posters to indicate where the cash coupons may bo registered. Only competing merchants display the posters and have the receptacles lor the coupons. "The Bargain Days will be bigger and better than ever and provide a great opportunity to the Connellsville community shopping public to save money," one spokesman said. Members of the committee in charge are R. M. Evans, Thomas P. McCleary, Samuel K. Huey, R. \V. Cleary and A. D. Fulmer. By United Press. HARRISBURG, Feb. 21.--Cover- j nor Arthur H. James announced today he would extend "every proper cooperation to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for the completion of the so-called dream highway" linking Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. '·The principal argument raised against the highway," the Governor said, t: is its completion would cause a large scale redistribution of traffic ar.d thus adversely affect communities along the Lincoln and William Penn highways. "Similar reasoning could, of course, be applied to virtually any major improvement which ever has been or will be projected. "Experience in the past has shown that such pessimistic predictions rarely come true." James said he had arrived at his decision on the turnpike, after a "detailed investigation by Secretary of Highways I. Lamont Hughes and after several hearings for the presentations ot arguments on both sides of the question." Governor James said: "Both the United States and Pennsylvania would benefit from the completion of this project. The highway Capstan Unfounded Four More Days! IGHT NAVY PT ANFS CRASH TN FOG i\Jl 1 1 1 il/TL ¥ I JL l^/-\l^li-ikJ x^lVrTLfcJl 1 11 T| 1 vyVJ Training Ships Trapped In Air With Ground Obscured; Two Killed; Six Bail Out · William Kimmell Arrested After Station Robbery Charged with highway robbery and violation of the firearms act William Kimmell, 38, of Coalbrook, was arrested Monday afternoon at Scottdale for the holdup early Monday morning of the Blue Hidge Service Station at Moyer, The prisoner was taken to the scene of the crime and identified by Albert Shank, 50, service station attendant who, at point of a gun, was forced to turn over approximately ?35, police said. "Just let me get my hands on him," officers said Shank shouted. "Huh, he wasn't so cocky last night when I had the .32 in his belly," commented Kimmell disgustedly. Kimmell was first spotted in T3ver- son by Ben Clarkson, a Blue Hidge truck driver, who immediately contacted Chief of Police Frank Ganoe in Scottdale. As Kimmell approached the Scottdale end of the lEverson bridge, he was taken into custody by the chief. Troopers Charles E. Moft'att and G. E. McCloskey and County Detective John C. Wall were notified. The State Police filed information against the prisoner and will conduct the prosecution. It was learned that S17 was found concealed in Kimmell's shoe and several dollars in his pocket--believed to be the balance of loot taken from the service station. The holdup was reported otter Kimmell, about 1:30 o'clock Monday morning, announced "this is a holdup' 1 and pressed a gun into Shank's Abdomen as the latter started to ring up a nickel given him by Kimmell for a bar of candy. Kimmell made no effort to conceal his identity, being unmasked. Rumors of the impending opening of the Capstan phmt of the Anchor Hocking Glass Company, widely circulated through Fayette county by radio last cx'enmg and printed in a Union town newspaper, were blasted today by I. J. Collins, president of the company, who asserted definitely that the situation regarding resumption of operations is exactly as it was several months ago when a committee from the Conncllsville Board of Trade consulted with him at the Lancaster, Ohio, headquarters. I "I only wish I could say the story ; is true," said Mr. Collins this after- j noon m a telephone conversation f with The Courier. 1 Mr. Collins was questioned rc- . garding the paragraphs in thc Union- would be of great military importance i t 0wn pa per which read- in the event of war. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is not financially liable for the cost of this undertaking. In view ot the economic distress of Pennsylvania, I consider that it would be decidedly unwise for me to place any impediments in the path of this Franklin Pierce McCafl Less than two hours before he was to have died in the electric chair at Florida state penitentiary, for the kidnap - slaying of five - year - old Jimmy Cash, Franklin Pierce Me- Call, 21, was granted a stay until 11 a. m. Friday. This wag to permit his case to be taken before tne United States Supreme Court. (Central Prts*) F. E. Y o u n k i n Cites Dangers TWICE TESTIFIED WOMAN POISONED HUSBAND; WILL WED HER SOME TIME TODAY By United Presa. CLEVELAND, Feb. 21.-- Twice I- !3 /- i i-i /-i NJ :s t i /"Ml Stanley Sulkowski, 51, testified in l a v - l I ly I N C l l I U 1 I cour t that Mrs. Agnes Sekarek, 32, _ _ ; to]d him she had poisoned her hus- ' band and strung his body up by the Why and how little Switzerland | nec ^ to ma ta him appear a suicide. has endured for 64.7 years as a re- j -j^,, stale was attempting to con- public and is still going strong \vas j vict Mrs _ Sekarek o£ murder and cited by Attoiney F. E. Younkin 11 Sulkowskl wds lts star witness. Two wecks ago thc jury ac _ quiUcrt hoL . the first j u r y having an address before the board of managers o£ the Young Men's Chris- tiau Association nnd Beta Chapter of diSugreed . 'yesterday Sulkowski ob the Phalinx Fraternity at » Joint tained a ]iccnse to m her aD . dinner Monday evening at tne Y. M. project." Governor Adds Two Million To Budget Total By JAMES SHEPLEY United Press Staff Correspondent. HARRISBURG, Feb. 21.-- Recommendations o£ majority legislative leaders and his own fiscal advisers prompted Governor Arthur H. James today to make an upward revision of $2,000,000 in his ^370,000,000 1939-41 budget. Thc additional $2,000,000 apparently was made necessary by a new estimate o£ the relief deficit inherited from the Earie Administration hiking tile amount believed necessary to carry unemployment aid until the end o£ the current fiscal period, May 31, to 342,000,000 instead of $40,000,000. The Governor's nesv jmd slightly changed budget figures were revealed after he conferred for two hours Monday afternoon with members of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committee, which were specially assigned to assist in drawing up to loose ends of Pennsylvania's financial tangle. The revised budget figures, it is believed, are nearly final and will be listed virtually without change in the Governor's budget message to the Legislature shortly after it reconvenes from a two-week recess Monday night. There had been some doubt earlier that the message would be submitted Monday, but these were dispelled at the conference. At the same time James was ad- Continued on Page Five. "Company officials declined to comment on the rumor, but it was reported on good authority that the opening will be announced within the next two or three weeks." "No denial of the proposed opening -was made by company officials ·who merely stated that they were as yet unprepared to make an announcement." When he had heard thc above excerpts from the Unlonlown stoiy, the Anchor Hocking piesident declared: "In no wny, shape or f o i m have 1 given out any information and I have 'Leaning Tower' Demolished Cor.nellsville's "Leaning Tower" is no more. The brick stack in the rear of the Soisson Building in West Crawford avenue, next to The Courier, was demolished Monday afternoon by Milford Cross and his son, James, of South Connellsville. For years its sharp inclimtion had attracted attention, especially of visitors to The Courier news room, from which it could best be viewed. There had been speculation as to how long it might continue to lean, before toppling. Thc stack provided the draft for thc former heating plant of thn Soiston Building. Mr. Ciobs and son put ladders against the "tower"' and pushed off five or six feet of the f brich, then Mr. Cioss t,..^, TM ,,,,., ^ , not been questioned by anyone re- undercut one side until it crashod. gardmg such rumors. " No one has Tht CIOMS« removed the stock for ... ,_._. ,_ ...«_ . ., said ihe bntk which they said will be used to build a porch to their home. Collins stamped untrue. those repoiti nl as Conclave to Elect Pope Opens March 1 By United Press. VATICAN CITY, Feb. 21.--It was announced officially today that the conclave of cardinals to elect a 262nd pope in succession to Pius XJ would open March 1. Serves in Westmoreland. GHEENSBURG, Ross S. Matthews Feb. 21.--Judge of Conncllsville, president ot the Fayette County Orphans Court, is seiv,ng this week -m the Westmoreland county courts. The first case brought before was a will litigation. him Unicntown Youth Accidentally Shot Robert Linderman, 17, ot Union- tows, was accidentally wounded Jn Eight Police Jobs Abolished; Saves $21,000 By United Press HARRISBURG, Feb. 21.--Abolition of eight positions in the Pennsylvania Motor Police to c/Iect a saving of more than $21,000 a year ·was- announced today by Governor Arthur H. James, indicating an impending reorganisation o£ the vast State police force. Governor James has authorized Major C. M. Wilhelm, acting head of the motor police, to proceed with reorganization work pending the State Senate's action on the appoint- mcr t of Major Lynn G. Adams as motor police head, succeeding Commissioner Peicy W. Foote. The ques- the left anklr shortly "after noon to- i t i o n of his confirmation will come up day when a .22 calibre rifle he was carrying was discharged. He was taken to Connellsville State Hospital for treatment. Lindcrman and Robert Ludwig, 14, ol Morrell, were shooting at targets in the Moirell vicinity. Linderman was carrying the rifle as the two walked through some brush, according to the information they gave City Patrolman Kenneth C. Louden. The rifle become entagled in some brush and was discharged, the bullet hitting him in the ankle, coming out of the bottom of his foot. TRIAL OPENS ever contacted this office with such a query." Asked thc status of the Capstan plant at this time Mr. Collins declared f -- -- -- , -- ^ . . _ _ _ . . jt "Js not any different than it un*" j Sr-f ( )(\J| ) SPY when the Board of Trade committee w U ^ ^^ ( ^ ^ ^ -M ' visited him at Lancaster. He said that conditions in the glass industiy now are worse than they were then "Our J/muary was one of the worst we ever hr-d," he said. He indicated that improvement in business would be the factor governing (he reopening of {he Capstan plant. Asked if negotiations hud cvrr beun conducted for the sale of the plant to some other ghi^s company, Air. ,rry the Jaw requiring a five Between the license and the marriage. They will be'married today. May Conclude F r e n c h - S p a n i s h C. A. in pointing the way for sur-! V"''". ° . vlval of the United States, second \ _T;_TM.1 I oldest of the going republics. "There are reasons enough why the Swiss have escaped the fate of many other similar attempts at the republican form of government," Mr. Younkin said. "The Swiss never went in for conquering or annexing. They kept what they had and made the best of it. Poor but thrifty people on a harsh terrain, they could indulge ] ^ I T-_ **««»i**»«* in no nonsense, but adversity kept|UC3| | OlTlQlTOW them fit to combat invasion. Most important of all, Switzerland from the beginning avoided the descent into factionalism by preserving local rights and liberties through canton go\ Ginment." The history of republics--Venice, Rome, Athens, the Dutch and the off-again, on-agam French--is thnt PARIS. Feb. 21. -- Negotiations between France and Generalissimo Francisco Franco for recognition of Nationalist Spain will be concluded tomorrow, French official circles said today. These circles said a final meeting they failed when they undertook between Franco and Senator Leon overseas adventures, fell into clabS hatreds, became highly centralized and pei mitted their peoples to degenerate, either thtough earning too little or having too much given them. In the light of history of republics By United Press. LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21.--Two men and a pretty, blond IUi5.sinn woman went on tnal before Federal Judye Ralph Jenny todny m the Government's second major ,«py prosecution. They wcie accused of stealing the Na\ y's secrets for the use of Soviet Russia. The dufendunlii, facing possible 42- year sentence 1 , if convicted, m e i Mikhail NU'holus Gorin, Pnnfiu const, manager of thu Soviet '"ravei Agency In tourist, Inc.; his wife, N?nnsha, and Hafis Salieh, who worked in the Navy intelligence bureau here. The Gorinb are Russian citizens and the Soviet government has interested itself in their behalf. Salich is a natu:;ihzed American Unlike the Nazi spy case in New York Jast year, the .Russians' alleged espionage was directed against Japan rather than the United States. They allegedly stole data that the American naval secret operatives had collected on Japanese navy and Japanese munitions purchase?. One Federal agent sair; "They let us do all the work, and wanted to reap the benefits." which have fallen, the United States is three-fifths on the way ot the average life span of such governments. "Withm a centm-y, Mr. Youn- km said, it is possible this Nation will reach the end of that particular experiment "unlos we have an anchor to thc windward and get back onto our true bearings." Mr. Younkin's theme was "Democracy." He discussed the Soviet, Nazi and Italian Fascist theories of government as contrasted with the democratic form ns represented by republic and limited monarchies, pointing out the fallacies of the fot- mer ,md the deficiencies of the latter in a manner that gave his hearers ".something to think about." Two Miners Killed By Dynamite Blast By Dnitecl Picss. CENTRALIA. Pa., Feb. 21.--Two miners weie killed and three injured, one critically, by a dynamite explosion today in the continental section of the Hazelbrook Coal Company's Raven run colliery. The dead were Harry Kinsman, 35 of Ashland, and Michael Scandock, 30, of Ccntralia. again when the General Assembly reconvenes next week after a two- week recess. Rotary-Kiwanis Clubs Meet Jointly Thursday Weinberg "In" Again; Charged With Desertion UN1ONTOWN, Feb. 21.--It is "in again" for Louis (Butch) Weinberg, questioned last week regaiding the racket war in which the home of Steve Samonas, reputed numbers czar, was a target for gunfire. Mrs. Weinberg instituted surety of peace and desertion and non-suppoit charges before Alderman H. F. Hopwood. "Butch ' was piuked up at 8:15 o'clock Monday night by Night Chief Charles Malik arid committed to jail. Alderman Hopwood has not/ set A joint meeting o£ Kiwanis and j time for the hearing. Rotary clubs planned for Thursday It is charged by Mrs. Weinberg that evening will be held at noon of that day instead, it is announced, because of the inability of thc speaker who had been engaged for the evening meeting to be here. The Kiwanis Club will provide thc program, which will feature a talk by C. Vernon Thomas, of the public relations department of the Baltimore Ohio Raihoad Company. His subject will be "New Yoik Worlds Fair." The committees of the two clubs believe advancement of the meeting from night to noon will improve attendance inasmuch as the annual banquet of the Co.inellsville Chapter of the Izaak Walton League is scheduled for the evening at the First Met nodal Episcopal Church. her husband threatened her life and that on February 18 he deserted her and their two children. Wemberg's bond was set at $1,000. Strike Causes Suspension At Lemont Piant Lemont No. 2 plant of the Lemont Coai Company suspended operations Monday because of a strike, it was announced. Officials said they had not planned to work today but posted operating orders for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. General Superintendent B. be Berard, special French envoy, would be held at Burgos "under good conditions." Other informed quarters expected France nnd Britain to grant recogni- Four of Original Flight Of 12 Find "Hole" to Land in Safety; Had Been on Night Practice Flight. GAS SUPPLIES ARE EXHAUSTED tion by this week-end without obtaining wiltten guarantees covering withdrawal of German and Italian troops and clemency for the republicans. They believed that Franco had decided to stand solidly with his allies, Chancellor Adolf Hitler and Premier Ber.ito Mussolini, and to resist the temptation of financial credits reported to have been offered by Lon- ship down safely at Greenville, Ala. By United Press. PENSACOLA, Fla., Feb. 21. -Eight naval training planes, trapped m the air for five hours by a "pea- soup" ground fog, crashed last night over an area o£ several hundred square miles after exhausting their gasoline in vainly hunting obscured landing places. Two pilots were killed. Four planes of the original fight of 12 which took oft from the Pensa- eola Training Station shortly after dusk for night practice maneuvers, landed safely. Pilots of six of the eight planes which crashed parachuted safeiy to earth. 'Lieutenant G. F. Presser of the Brazilian navy, a "courtesy student" at the naval station, attempted to "ride his plane" to earth through the fog, and was killed "When the machine crashed and burned. Lieutenant Norman M. Ostergren also died. His body was found near the wreckage of his plane near McDavid, Fla., 30 miles north of here. His plane had burned. , With the earth completely obscured and their motors sputtering as they drained the final drops of gasoline, six of the pilots went over- side with parachutes. Except for minor bruises, they were uninjured. Three planes of the flight of 12 finally found a "hole" near Atmore, Ala., and came down safely. They were piloted by Lieutenant J. H. Bi-ett, Cadet J. E. \V. Wbitecer and Lieutenant "W. G. Jackson. Cadet A. C. McDonough set his These quartern eypected that Franco would continue his trend towatd the Borlin-Rome axis. Thc French cabinet postponed a meeting set for today, until Berard could return to Burgos and complete negotiations with Francisco Gomez Jordana, nationalist minister. NIGHT WATCHMAN KILLED BY TRAIN . AT FAYETTE CITY; H. Madera said no effort would made to operate as long as the men remain in their "present mood." Upwards of 100 pickets were on duty at both ends "of company property Monday and would not permit trucks to load coal at the bins. The plant is now employing 250 men. Company officials were reported to yea ,. s a g 0 have said the men complained about I '" ' salaried or monthly men going into ' the mines on layoff days and tending to the stables, pumps and bringing out loaded coal for which the men With the head crushed and the right arm mangled, the body of Andrew Spear. 57, was found lying along the Pittsburgh Lake Erie Railroad tracks, a mile and a^Jialf. south of-Fayette City Monday morning. · ' Hairy Stemberg, track foreman in that region, round the man crumpled on a west bound track approximately 15 feet from a shanty-m which he made his headquarters as" night patrolman on the track. It is believed thai a Brownsville-Pittsbm^'h passenger train sheared off the top of his head and crushed the arm. Spear had been employed for the last 14 years as a watchman." -He leaves several children who have been living in a Pittsburgh orphanage since the death of his wife "six Navy men estimated the value of each of the old-type Boeing training planes at $18,000, setting the total loss of the eight planes which crashed at about $144-,000. Mine Blast Inquest to Be ; Held Thursday PITTSBURGH, Feb. 21.--Inquest into the cause of .the gas explosion and fire at the Hubbard mine o£ the Tube City Colllei-ies in Versailles township which causedrtbe death of two "miners and injury, to six others early last month will be opened next Thursday. Norman L. Williams, 47, of Dun- baivFayette county, a mine"-electrician, was-lalleH instantly and Joseph Bavtozzi, a Qroboss, died later of injuries. The coroner's ^office hopes to determine whether the State - mining a^v has been violated. have already been paid. The men claim this is an injustice, it is contended. The Weather Cloudy with snow flurries tonight, slightly colder in south portion; Wednesday partly cloudy is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 1938 Maximum -- 61 60 Minimtim . . - 37 28 Mean . ..... 49 44 Former Mail Carrier Sent to Penitentiary PITTSBURGH, Feb. 21.--A former U. S. mail earner was sentenced in Federal court to 20 months in the penitentiary for rifling mail and stealing $5,063 in cash and negotiable secuiities. Sentence was imposed on Andrew O. Napper, colored, contract carrier between Pittsburgh and Brownsville in Fayette county, who pleaded to opening mail near West Elizabeth last January 9. Hospital Patients. Mrs. Theresa Schiavoni of 514 North Pittsburg street, James Cramer of Indian Head, George Smith o£ Hyndman street, South Conneilsville, Mrs. Bessie M. Smith of 135 Orchard alley, Mrs. Annabelle Shipley of Confluence and Samuel R. Means of Dawson have been admitted to Connellsville State Hospital lor treat. ment In Brownsville Hospital. Domemck Nuccetelli of Grindstone, R. D., was admitted to Brownsville General Hospital for treatment Operator Licenses Suspended. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 21.-^Toseph Stewart ol Smithleld and L'ee. Beatty- of Ronco had their operating licenses suspended for violation of the State- motor laws. Beatty was charged with permitting a violation and Stewart failing to maintain proof of financial responsibility. Montana Governor- Puts Veto On. Bill Creating '"Easy" Divorces By United Press. ' HELENA, Mont, Feb. 21.--Legislative go-getters seeking to cut in on Nevada's trade in "unhappy tourists," attempt today to override Governor Roy E. Ayers who vetoed their easy divorce bill. "Montana does not want to profiteer on others' misfortunes," Ayers said, in commenting on his veto message to the legislature which said: "I do not believe that Montana should have the stigma ol commercializing upon the unsuccessful and the unfortunate marriage and domestic troubles of her sister states."" Tne bill would have reduced the residence requirement for a divorce from one year to 30 days. Heatedly debated, in both houses, it passed the Senate by 14 votes, the House by 16 votes. To over-ride Ayres' veto, the proponents will have to obtain a two- thirds majoritj; of; jaoih, houses this was believed improbable. Ayers' veto caused considerable relaxation in legislative circles in Carson City where Nevada's legislators were prepared to defend the state's profitable divorce industry. A bill had already been introduced reducing Nevada's residence requirement from six to -four weeks which would have under-cut Montana's proposed period by two days. The legislators hadn't wanted to cut it more, unless it was necessary, because the "unhappy tourists" would spend less money in Nevada i£ required to live in the state a shorter time. If the Montana legislature refuses to over-ride Ayers' veto, the bill will be killed. The Montana legislators seeking the easy divorce law had stressed that its chief benefit would be to bring more people and more money into the stale.

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