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LAST E DITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRICE 2 c VOL. 36, NO. SI. Tho Weekly _ Tho Dally Couri Courier. Founded July 17. J879. trier. Founded November 10, liio: I Merced. I July IS, 1029 CONiNELLSVILkE, PA., TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 8, 19SS. TEN PAGES. PITTMAN SEES WAR INEVITABLE Foreign Relations Committee Head Issues Warning. WANTS U. S. TO BE PREPARED By JOE ALEX MORRIS Copyright by the United Press. .WASHINGTON, Feb. 8.--Senator Key Pittman, Democrat, Ncv., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and, therefore, an au- thoritive voice on foreign affairs, warned today that continuation of the present trend in world affairs will "inevitably end in war" in which democracies will be at a disadvantage. Unless a chance can be brought about, he said, it is the duty of the United States to prepare its defenses "without regard to cost." In an unusually frank discussion of current international conflicts and crises, Pittman contrasted the policies of the democratic nations as represented by the United States, Great Britain and France, with the dictatorial governments of Japan, Germany and Italy. "World condition?." he said, "arc Retting progressively worse--much worse. "The so-called authoritative governments have been consolidating and strengthening war instrumentalities and the so-called democratic governments have been progressively retreating with every Indication of pacific fear and military retreating, "The continuation of such courses will inevitably result in continued conquests and ultimate war with the so-called democracies at a disadvantage." , Pittman doubted, whether Japan would submit a direct answer to inquiries about reported construction ol super-dreadnaughts. He charged that world conditions have grown worse since a Japanese military clique seized control, ruling through "arbitrary power and violence." Pittman's remarks punctuated a congressional storm over foreign policy and naval building issues as illustrated by debate over the Administration's 3800,000,000 warship program and a resolution by Senator Hiram Johnson, Republican, Cal., calling upon Secretary of State Cordell Hull to reveal whether this nation has any secret alliances or ag- greements. Senator Gerald P. Nye, Republican, N. I)., also introduced a resolution insisting that Hull determine upon what, authority an article was for an Australian paper purporting to reveal the United States had supplie 1 the British admiralty with information concerning Japanese fortifications. The article declared, according to Nye, that the information v:as obtained by U. S. naval observers during the search for Amelia Earhart in the Pacific Ocean. Senate Majority Leader Alben W. Barkley, Democrat, Ky., and Pittman said they would fight to turn tl.e Johnson resolution over to the Foreign Relations Committee despite Johnson's protest. They were expected to be successful. "There is just one question to be cleared up and it is one which the people should know about," Johnson said. "That is: Does this government have any secret alliances or understanding such as led Great Britain into f j World War? I do not want the secretary's answer to be a confidential matter with the committee so that the public will fail to get full Continued on Page Six. PRINCIPALS IN BABY CASE' REBELS CLAIM BIG ADVANCES HENDAYE, FRENCH - SPANISH FRONTIER, Feb. 8. -- Spanish nationalists, continuing a powerful offensive on the Teruel front in eastern Spain, asserted today that they had captured eight battalions of loyalists and estimated 'that they had added 3,000 men to their total of prisoners. Just Off the Wire .ondon Paper Asks for Story On Child Cruelty UNIONTOWN, Feb. 3.--Interest in 10 case of little Alice Harris, ic six-year-old "atonement baby" pi-cad across the Atlantic Monday. A call from the London, England, Tribune, through its New York rcp- cscntativc, was received by tele- hone Monday. London is much interested in the ase and we want all available in- ormation," said the voice on the ther end of the line. A complete islory of the case was given. College professors* and medical men have shown extreme interest in ic cnsc. . Professor Kingsley Davis and a Indent of State College came to the ounty home yesterday, with a re- ucst that the little girl be taken to ic professor's home "for study." 'his request was refused. Professor Davis explained he was psychiatrist and made a study of that topic. He returned to the hild's bedside today. Little Alice is to remain a ward at Martha Harris and her six-year-old daughter, Alice, arc pictured above, in the room where the child was imprisoned, almost from her birth, in the Harris homo near Perryopohs. Alice is undernourished and suffering from rickets. Her grandfather is said, by authorities, to have ordered the girl confined to make his daughter, Martha, "pay for her second sin," an illegitimate daughter. i (Central Press) School Board Holds Up Pay of Speaker, Must Be Met, Says Solicitor Would N Dock' Slow Ju Wants dges; Speed By FRED BAILEY United Press Start Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Feb. 8.--Representative Frank W. Towcy, Jr., D., N. J., started a new court battle today with a bill proposing application of a "speed up system" to the Federal judiciary. Federal judges who do not work fast enough would have their pay stopped under Towey's bill entitled 'A bill to promote the cfllcicncy of the Federal judiciary, and for other purposes. "Slow work, slow pay," is the warning of the bill which would require a judge to sign an .-.flldavit that no case has been waiting more than 90 days for a decision before he can draw his monthly pay check. Towey steered clear of the Supreme court, however, by specifically exempting the justices from the bill's requirements because, he said, "their efficiency and up-to-date work is beyond the fair criticism of anyone." All other Federal judges, however, would have to swear they hadn't 1,'onc fishing or played golf when there was long-delayed work to be done in order to stay on Uncle Sam's payroll. A lot of judges, Towcy said, : just plain lazy. He came to that conclusion after he and Chairman Hotton Sumncrs, D., Tex., conducted a national investigation of the lederal courts last summer. By United Trtsi. WASHINGTON, Feb. 8.--Senator Joseph F. Guffey, D., Pa., charged in the ' Senate today that the solid South's minority had blocked Democratic procedure by filibustering the antl-lynchlncr bill. The Pcnnsyl- vanlan virtually admitted defeat of the measure, saying: "I do not know what repercussions may follow the defeat of this bill if it Is defeated, but I shall continue to lift my voice in favor of a law which effectively penalizes crime." NEW YORK, Feb. 8.--Lou GehriB, first-baseman of the New York Yankees, today refused to sign contract for $36,000, the salary he received last year. lie said he wanted ·A 15 per cent increase to $42,100. CoL Jacob Rupert, owner of the Yankees, refused those terms. WASHINGTON. Feb. 8--Chairman Royal S. Copeland, D., N. Y., of (he Senate Commerce Committee which Is investigating labor conditions in the maritime industry, said today that all evidence indicates that Harry Brldcc*. West Coast labor leader "U a Communist. 12 Miners, Two Miles Underground, Strike; 600 Others Made Idle By United Press. NEATH, Wales, Feb. 8.--Twelve miners striking for higher wages remained two miles underground in mine of the Onlywyn No. 3 colliery today and announced that they would stay in the pit until their demands had been met. The action of the stay-in strikers prevented operation of the mine and made between 500 and 600 other miners idle. The strikers contend that they arc entitled to more pay because they arc working in water at the bottom of the mine. Superintendent Bulick To Address Kiwanians Although advised by Solicitor Snmucl D. Bracmcr that a legal obligation exists and it would eventually have to be pnid, the majority group of the Board of Education Monday night ordered tabling of a bill for $185.85 for services and expenses o: Dr. Alon/io F. Myers of New York University, who appeared before the educational conference of the city and Dunbar township school districts recently. Tabling of the account was the majority's manner of reprimanding the educator, who voiced some remarks to which that group took exception. Dr. Myers was quoted a saying that "a major education.'' crime" is bcinj; committed in this city, apparently having reference to the school board's decision to ous' Superintendent B. B. Smith. President Clyde R. Weihe brough the matter to the floor when ho informed tnc board he had tnken i upon himself not to sign a check foi Dr. Myers because he "didn't think the address was appropriate" for an educational conference. "I think $185.85 for .1 $5 m»n wai too much money," Mr. Wcihe remarked and Director Clyde S. Camp' bell immediately presented a motion to have the bill tabled. The president said that he didn' see where it was along an education:! line. "It looked to me more like a soapbox address and consequently didn't sign the check," Mr. Weihi said, adding that the "question of tin address was entirely uncalled for,' claiming the educator was "cithc not acquainted with the facts or usc very poor judgment." F Tlie president did not say what Dr Myers had reportedly told the teach crs, referring always to the "speed as printed in The Courier." Director W. L. Zollars snid lie wa sorry the matter came up but fel that ;m obligation had been mad and should be fulfilled. He said th board might' encounter difficulty i the future if it sought to put a ,halte on other institute speakers. He SUK nested the wisest and best plun wa to pay the bill and forget about i "and the quicker we all forget abou it the better." Director Jnmcs H. Strawn felt educator was indiscreet and out o order but had the right to speak o any subject he might choose, a] thou;;h he felt institute speakci should not permit themselves to be "local politics, that discrclio should be used in .getting speaker: The director added that it was K belief the excerpts of Dr. Myers' re marks were not connected with hi main address whereupon Dircclo Campbell asked that the secretary instructed to write the speaker an request a copy of his address to se if he was properly quoted. It wo Continued on Page Six. come involved in, Mr. Strnwn said' The Kiwanis Club will hear S. 3. Bulick, superintendent of Scottdale schools, at its meeting tomorrow. The subject will be "Lincoln in Character." Duwson Abates Penalties. Dawson council Monday night au thorized County Treasurer H. D Mincrd to accept payment of delin quent borough taxes for the year 1930-1935, inclusive, at face withoi penalty or interest provided they ar paid before April 4, the time fixe Will Probated. GHEENSBURG, Feb. 8.--The will i for the snle of scatcd lands of Paul H. Stcele, late of Ruffsdale,' I was probated here. The estate is valued at $3,800 and Howard B. E'.cele is the executor and legatee. Condition Unchanged. There was no improvement tbclay in the condition o£ Attorney 'E. C. Iligbee, who is critically ill ,-it his home in South Pittsburg street. Injures Knee in Fall. George W. Gordon or Scottdale the county for a few weeks cast. District Attorney James A. leilly has asked thnt the con- cmplalcd visit to Polk institute for he feeble-minded, bo postponed indefinitely. The child is listed mute witness against her mother, Martha, and her grand- ather, David Harris, when they arc STREAMLINES HIT BOXCARS faUEOIS, Feb. 8.--A hundred new streamlined boxcars, part of an order of 2,000 cars being built in Baltimore Ohio shops, were given a trial run yesterday afternoon between Brockway and Dubois. The boxcars are o( a new-type, all-steel construction and 575 will be built here. The full order will be completed March 1. 13 Killed When Russia's Biggest Dirigible Fails ir.-aigned in court on charges of ruelty. The child continues to show Improvement. She takes an interest in ·isitors, allowed only as far as the door of her room. She sits up now to take nourishment. As yet Alice has uttered no in- iclligiblc sound, Nurse Jackson says. MOSCOW, Feb. 8.--Thirteen men of a crew of 18 were killed when Russia's biggest dirigible crashed into a mountain on a trial flight preparatory to a dash to the rescue of the (our scientists drifting on a small ice floe off Greenland, it was announced today. Three ice breakers were on the way to pick up the four scientists, fighting their way through Arctic ice. But the position of the scientists, who had drifted ""more than 1,000 miles southward from th* North Pole, was becoming desperate. The government had made arrangements for the big dirigible unwed | USSR-VG to land on the ice and escue the four men. It to'ok off from Moscow on a trial flight to Mur- Says New Deal Leading Nation To Destruction By United Pr«j. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 3.--Senator H. Styles BrldKCs, R., N. H., charged l!ist niRht thnt a continuation of the "un-American and Fascistic" tactics of the New Deal Administration 'can lend only to destruction" us he criticized also administration of the National Labor Relations Board. Spe.-ikmg before the Pittsburgh Community Forum, Senator Bridge? contended the Labor Board's handling of labor disputes was one of the "basic causes of the present depression" and warned against pcnd- inc New Deal measure-,. Including the wages and hours bill. Bridges ch.irgcd that despite the recent speech by President Roosevelt against centralization ot government, "thu parade of centralization ROCS on. No minority can halt it. The only thing that can stop it is- the realization by the majority'of the people that it can lead only to destruction." mansk, on the Arctic coast. The dirigible met an area of bad ·isibility and crashed into a moun- ain near Kandalaksha, 177 miles rom Murmansk. Thirteen of the rew were killed, it was announced, and three were seriously injured. Two escaped unharmed. The USSR-V6 was 345 feet long md 60 feet in diameter. It had a gas capacity of 19,000 cubic meters. It vas built in 1934. According to plans, the USSR-V6 was to have flown to Murmansk and back to Moscow, and then started its dash for the Greenland coast. The dirigible's crew had appealed to the government for permission to make he flight, and in view of the increasingly serious situation of the men on the ice floe the permission lad been given. Norway had offeree ,o give any aid possible, so the government obtained permission for the dirigible to base on Norwegian tcrri- iOry. DISMISSED BULLSKIN TOWNSHIP TEACHER OPENS FIGHT TO WIN BACK JOB UNIONTOWN, Feb. 8.--Dismissal of Miss Marguerite Dill of South Connellsville as a school nurse by the Bullskin Township Board of Education was aired in the Fayette count} courts today when testimony was taken before Judge H. S. Dumbaulc relative to the situation which led to her discharge. The nurse charged violation of her contract signed under provisions of the Teacher Tenure Act that she claimed protected her as a professional employe of the school district She was represented by Attorney Samuel D. Bracmer of Connellsville Mis-s Dill testified she was a registered nurse, being a graduate of Pittsburgh school of nursing 01 February 22, 1935. She took th State bo'ird examinations and received a certificate and signed a contract with the school board on September 10, 1037. MICHIGAN FLOOD WATERS RECEDE DETROIT, Mich., Feb. 8.--Flood waters which swept over eastern Michigan, causing heavy property damage and much suffering, recedec slightly today with cessation of rain and slightly lower temperatures. The rains and unseasonably warm weather crumbled ice jams--formed 10 days ago when zero temperatures froze flood waters--and swelled streams far over their banks. Emergency Lighting System Still Out; Batteries Orderec Through purchase of batteries authorized at last night's session o the Board of Education, the HiKl School auditorium is expected to be freed by Friday from the ban placec on its use at night by order of an inspector of the State Department o: Labor Industry. The buttery system has been ou of order since last March, it is said and recently an inspection rcsultcc in orders to discontinue use of thi auditorium and gymnasium at night Modification of the order was ob taincd, however, so that the gym would be available and the system was sufficiently repaired to.provid- emergency lights for that part of the building. The reconditioning of the lighting system has been in the hands of a school board committee for nearly a year now and it was not until th State inspector absolutely refused tc permit use of the auditorium night that any definite steps were taken to repair the plant. Through last night's action batter ies to replace the worn out ones wil be bought from Oppcrmnnn's Su prcme Service at a cost of $203. The; arc guaranteed for five years. Th system will be in order by Friday, i was said. The fact that use of the auditoriun at night is still prohibited surprise reporters. The day after a story regarding the "quarantine" had bee printed, this newspaper was re quested to inform Its readers repair had been made to the system an that it was capjble of burnin emergency lights for the period o an hour and a half. Now it develop those repairs were only sufficient t permit use of the gymnasium an night-time activity in the auditorium has been checked. U. S. STEEL, SWOC REPORT PROGRESS IN NEGOTIATIONS The Weather a patient at the Uniontown Hospital for treatment of an injury to the knee received when he slipped on some ice at Uniontown. It required seven stitches to close the wound. Mi. Gordon will be confined to thr ] hospital for two \vccks. Fair and warmer tonight, Wednesday increasing cloudiness, warmer in cast and south portions and followed by rain in northwest portion in afternoon or at night is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1938 1937 .Maximum 18 70 Minimum 30 30 -Mean ... 30 50 NEW YORK, Feb. 8.--Leaders o the Steel Workers Organizing Com mittee and officials of the Unite States Steel Corporation reporte "substantial progress" today in the negotiations for renewal o£ a col lective bargain contract. "There has not been a fight yet Benjamin K. Fairless, president U. S. ftecl, said as ho left an hour long conference in the Biltmo: Hotel. "That's right," said Philip Murra chairman of SWOC. Conferences will be resumed to morrow af to moon. Today's discussions were undci stood to have centered around a ur , ion proposal that the SWOC be mad t collective bargaining agent for all 1 'S. Steel employes, regardless whether they were union mcmbcis o ' not. Mourn Rubber King Manufacturing world mourns the loss of Harvey S. Firestone, 69-year-old chairman of the board of the Firestone Tire Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio, who died in his sleep at his winter home at Miami, Fla. : irestone Will Be Buried Near Old Ohio Farm MIAMI BEACH, Fia., Feb. 8 'reparations were made today for he burial of Harvey S. Firestone in village cemetery near the humble Ohio farm from which he rose to ame and fortune as a manufacturer f automobile tires. No official announcements were made here of funeral plans for the 0-year-old industrialist who died ·estcrday of a heart attack at.his (.·inter home, Harbcl Villa. But 1 vas learned that his body will be ilaccd aboard a special car attached o 'a Seaboard Airline train leaving lire at 1 o'clock tonight. U is scheduled to arrive at Akron at 6:50 P. M Thursday. At Akron it was announced tha he body would lie In state at Harbe Manor, the family home, from 11 A M. until 5 P. M. Thursday. Funcra id-vices will be held at 10 A. M. Fri day. \ Burial will be in the village come, cry at Columbiana, Ohio. Firestone's death left Henry For i the only survivor of a famou: quartet of friends--Firestone, Ford Thomas A. Edison and John Bur roughs. Burroughs died in 1921 an Edison In 1931. They took their va cations together for years, studying nature under the direction of Bur. roughs, a naturalist. Russell A. Firestone, the tire mag natc's son, was the only member o the immediate family here and h remained in seclusion behind th white, ivy-covered walls of Harbc Villa. Guards were stationed at all en ·anccs to the palatial occanfron estate and admitted only the closes friends of the family, Firestone leaves a vast monumen his industrial enterprise In th Firestone Tire and Rubber Company world-wide organization employin more than 20,000 workers, which h sav grow from a small shop of 1 workers. Starting with small savings and ar idea which he obtained while demon strating a rubber-tired buggy, Fire stone became one of the world 1 leading industrialists. He constantly looked for new ideas and was re sponsible for many innnovations ir industry. Government Will Build Radio Range Finder at Somerse By United Press, JOHNSTOWN, Feb. 8.--The Fed eral government today announce acquisition of 12 acres of groun near Somerset, for the erection of $30,000 radio range finder to a pilots flying blind between Pitlsburg and Washington, D. C. The station will be the only on of its kind between the two cities an is expected to minimize the dange o£ flying in bad weather. Erection of five 125-foot lower and a building to house equipmen will start immediately, the an nouncement stated. Orthopedic Clinic For Two Countie 3ATTLE LINES DRAWN UP IN LABOR'S WAR ederation Prepares for Concerted Drive On CIO. vECONCILIATION IS ABANDONED By United Press. MIAMI, Fla., Feb. 8.--All hope or a reconciliation in the labor lovement was abandoned today as he American Federation of Labor egan a concerted drive against the ommittec for Industrial Crgantai- on in coal, metal mining, and glass ndustries. Strategy for a membership cam- aign in these three fields, in which he federation's executive council as revoked the charters of CIO un- ons, was discussed by council mem- crs. They prepared a militant -ountcr attack on the rival- labor group led by John L. Lewis. The council.met today in-an-anti- climatic final session to discuss unemployment, ways of improving op- ortunities for work, and suggestions or the betterment of business. In ehind - the - scenes conversations, however,' they talked over the latest tep against the CIO which tonsti- uted, in effect, the A. F. of L.'s first ormal declaration of war. It was expected that the A. F. of I/. mmediatcly would extend the jurisdiction of its coal and metal mine unions--the Progressive Miners 'of America and the Blue Card Metal Mining Union of the tri-state dis- rict of Kansas, Oklahoma and Misouri. Extension of the claims of these wo unions -was prepared for by re- ocation of the charters of three ·af- filiates--the United Mine Workers, he Mine Mill and Smelter Workers, and the Federation of Flat Glass Workers. WASHINGTON, Feb. 8--The Committee for Industrial Organization answered the American Federation of Labor's formal declaration of war today with plans to lead sympathetic unions out of the federation and to 3ring "peace by absorption" to the abor movement. A high CIO official revealed that the United Mine Workers of Ameri-John L. Lewis' own union--had voted a $1,200,000 special assessment o finance an organization drive. Con- inued unlimited financial support to .he CIO was voted by the recent miners' convention. CIO officials were hesitant in discussing the expulsion of the United Mine Workers and two other CIO unions by the Federation's executive council. Publicly they said only that 'the CIO will go marching on," but privately they indicated that greater pressure would be brought on triendiy unions to quit the federation. Badiy Charred Body Of Thompson Woman Is Found in Shanty UNIONTOWN, Feb. 8.--Badly, charred body of Martha Hidian, about 70, was found by a neighbor Monday in the two-room shanty she occupied alone at Thompson No. 2. The aged woman was last seen Sunday evening by the family o£ John Czelmak who told authorities they usually "kept an. eye on her since she lived by herself." After his children departed foe school Monday morning, Czelmak said, he noticed there wns no smoke coming from the woman's shanty and went to investigate. The dcor was locked and he heard no sound* within. Breaking down the door, the man said ho found the woman's badly, charred body lying on-the floor, her head resting in an over-turned coal bucket and another bucket still hooked over her one arm. One leg of the victim and nearly all her hair had been burned away. A large hole was burned in the floor of the little dwelling and Czel- mak said he threw water over this section to extinguish the blaze. The body laid between the stove and the hole in the floor, about two feet away. It is believed the woman in attempting to light a fire hi the coal stove, had thrown oil on the embers and that the sudden blaze ignited her clothing and burned too quickly for her to seek help. The door was locked from the inside, Czelmak said. An orthopedic diagnostic clin will be conducted ir. the Central Hose House, North Pennsylvania avenue, Greensburg, at 0 Wednesday morning by known orthopedic surgeon. o'clock well- Drivers' Strike Ties Up Coal Deliveries JOHNSTOWN, Feb. 8.--A strike of between 300 and 400 coal truck drivers, affecting virtually all small mining operations in the great Johnstown Crippled children, under 1G years ] arca (od . lv paralysed fuel deliveries of age of indigent parents are eligible | to c | om estic consumers and the for assistance and treatment. Crip- , sma ]ler industrial plants, pled children from Westmoreland , xiie strike was called by the trans- and Fayette counties are to be ex-! portation division of the Johnstown amined. | Retail Producers' Association in pro- Tlie clinic is the 31st in a scries of j test against a 30-cent per ton reduc- 52 that will be held tins yc.\v! lion in hauling and handling charges, throughout the Stale, linanccd by | Prcliminaiy .ittcmpts to settle the Fcdcial Social Security funds. wnlkoui failed.

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