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LAST E DIT1ON PRICE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. .VOL. 36, NO. S2. Tlio Weekly Courier. Founded July 17. 1870. Tho Dally Courier, Founded November 10. 1002. Merged. July 18. 1929 CONNELLSVIIiLE, PA., WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 0, 1938. TEN PAGES. LABOR JOINS DEMAND FOR TAX REVISION Federation Backs Business in Amendment Request. OFFERS PROGRAM FOR RECOVERY - By C. L. SULZBERGER United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Feb. 9. -- The American Federation of Labor joined business groups today in a demand for amendment of the Federal tax laws to give industry a "break." Tho federation, controlling one of the most powerful lobbies on Capitol Hill, ordered its legislative representatives to seek repeal or amendment of the two taxes considered most oppressive by business -- the capital gains and the undistributed profits taxes. Basis for the request--made in a public statement by the executive council--was that business end labor must cooperate in order to alleviate the economic recession. The council, which concluded a meeting at Miami, Fla., yesterday, offered Congress a four-point recovery program embracing: 1. Reform or repeal of the two tax levies. 2. Expenditure of "necessary" Federal relief to care for needy unemployed. 3. Opposition to any contemplated wage reductions by industry. 4. Provision of private industrial jobs by industry itself rather than government. · ' The Federation program diftcred only in its demand for tax reform from that propounded by the rival Committee for Industrial Organization which advocated a heavy ruliet expenditure plus Government pump priming. In addition, John L. Lewis, CIO chairman, has opposed wage cuts. This stand was recently endorsed by President Roosevelt. Farm Equipment Hauled 'Off in Broad Daylight Last summer Boyd Graft ot Thornwood, near Scottdale, didn't do his planned farming because a piston in his tractor went through the oil pan and this year maybe he won't farm either--unless he's able to locate a truck that yesterday huuled off all his equipment, including the broken down tractor. The machinery hud been allowed to remain all winter on the property owned by Raymond Beck, along Route 119 at Pennsvillc, where Graft had planned to farm. He had only recently made arrangements to have the tractor repaired. Yesterday a truck pulled oil the highway. A plow, harrow, drag and a two-wheel trailer were loaded. A hitch was made to the tractor and the entire load hauled away. Later in the day a son of Mr. Gn.ft happened to stop at the service station operated by John Bodenheimcr, located nearby. The latter asked where the Grafts had taken their farm equipment. Immediately it developed a theft had been perpe -rated --that the Grafts hadn't known anything about the removal. In fact, they had ordered the tractor repaired in the next few days. However, something had prompted Bodenheimcr to take down the license number of the truck and the Grafts have already asked authorities to locate the owner of the machine. SEES BIG NAVY IN AGGRESSIVE FAR-FLUNG WAR WASHINGTON. Feb. 9. -- Dr. Charles A. Beard told the House Naval Affairs Committee today that President Roosevelt's "quarantine," policy enunciated in his Chicago speech, calls for big batleships "to be used in aggressive warfare in the far Pacific or the far Atlantic." The historian, testifying in opposition to the President's request for a 20 per cent increase in U. S. naval rxrver, said the policy, "implicit and explicit" in the Chicago speech, carries far-raching international implications. Beard to)d the Committee that the "quarantine" policy implies passing judgment on all the quarrels in Europe and Asia. 'BAD" GIRLS ON TRIAL FOR LIFE Just Off the Wire WASHINGTON. Feb. 3. -- The nouse approved and sent to the Senate today tlie conference report on the farm bill, creating a lone-rancc agricultural program to stabilize production and prices of cotton. Mlicnt, rorn. rice and tobacco. LONDON. I'eb. SI.--Lloyd 1 * reported from Hamburg today that the United States liner Manhattan had gone uhorc in a fog at Urun- vhauscn. near thi* mouth of the Eibc River, north of Hamburg, and that iiits had been sent io assist her. Genevlevo Owens . waited for getaway Kthcl Sohl , nho did nhootlng NEWARK, N. J., Feb. 9.--The state mny complete today its first degree murder case against Mrs. Ethel (Bunny) Sohl, 20, and her intimate friend, Gcncvievc (Chippy) Owens, 17, who confessed killing a bus driver in a hold-up that netted $2.10. A jury of 12 men heard Acting Detective Captain Joseph Cocozza of Essct county testify that the mannish Mrs. Sohl told him after her arrest: "I did the job." The confession, later repudiated, also included accounts of two gas-station robberies, Cocozza said. At the time of her arrest, according to police, Miss Owens admitted having helped her Iriend plan the hold-up of William Barhorst, 54, on the night of December 21, and having aided her escape after the bus river had been shot with a .22-calibre rifle. The state demanded the death penalty for both girls, and rejected an offer by Mrs. Sohl to plead guilty to second degree murder, which would entail a prison term of from 10 to 20 years. Whale Trapped Within Golden Gale Eludes Coast Guard Gunners By United Press. SAN FRANCISCO, Fob. 9. -- A whale, which seemed to know as much about Runs as the gunners knew about whales, continued today to elude the fastest Coast Guard cutters in San Francisco boy, where it has frolicked for a week, jeopardizing boats ;md harbors. Across the bay they sped yesterday afternoon, four cutters in pursuit of the slithering monster, but every lime he was brought within range of the one-pound guns, he uptailed ond submerged in the bubbling sea. Once the chase led toward Redwood City, and people there became alarmed for fear that the whale would ground itself in the new har- bar and block it. But he didn't. The whale got past the Golden Gate probably while chasing fish end trapped itself in the hay, unable to find its way back to the sea. One Coait Guard boat was assigned to the job of exterminating the menace and three more were ordered out yesterday after a yachting parly came a.shore, in a panic, to report a narrow escape. President May Request Larger Relief Grants By LYLE C. WILSON United Pre.;.s Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Feb. 9.--Relief needs swelling under recession pressure led to belief today that Pre*i- Al Capone, Once Underworld King, Insane in Prison SAN FRANCISCO. Feb. 9.--Federal authorities decided today on the customary prison treatment J'or Scarface Al Capone, who was reported to have become a blathering maniac while serving the last year of his sentence at gloomy Alcatrax Island. The Sicilian hoodlum from Chicago, who was disjected from the liquor rackets on an income tax charge nearly 10 years ago, and why still personifies the worst era in American gangsterism, has been confined in the prison hospital after a mental collapse. Dr. Edward Twitchdl, a San Francisco psychiatrist, who was called to examine Capone, declined to comment, but the San Francisco News reported that the former gangster was suffering from paresis, a dc- grner.ilive brain disease characterized by fits of depression and alternating delusions of grandeur. With his customary reticence on affairs of the "Devil's Island" in San Francisco Bay, Warden James A. Johnston declined to give any information on Capone. But news that came from the island indirectly was that Capone had gone crazy, possibly from the isolation, monotony and discipline of prison life as well as other physical ailments, and that before he was taken from his cell he had become a drooling, idiotic figure who would spend hours at a time arranging his cot, bellowing arias from Pagliuccl and oilier Italian operas, and kicking, clawing and spitting at anyone who approached him. The Department of Justice Washington announced that C.ipone's 'affliction would win him no favors. The department confirmed the dent Roosevelt shortly would in- rumors to lhc oxl( , m of s . lvi , h;it crease deficit prospects with a re- he n;id bcon confinod in tnc prison quest to Congress for additional funds. ' Works Progress Administration officials said Mr. Roosevelt was considering a request for further funds for this fiscal year and that later on he might submit revised relief figures for the next fiscal year. Th'at would upset deficit estimates for that period unless Mr. Roosevelt could impose compensating economics. Offsetting belief that the Administration would ask for more money this year was Treasury insistence within tlie past week that available funds would be'stretched over the remaining months. Midwestern mayors, labor organizations and some New Dealers are clamoring for additional relief funds. Their estimates of need from now until June 30 ranges from S-100,000,000 io 31,000,000,000 of new money. Shortly after a delegation of mid- western mayors visited him at the White House yesterday to demand $400,000,000 additional money to remedy "chaotic" conditions in their communities, Mr. Roosevelt told his press conference he would have Continued on Page Ten. something to say within a few days. on WPA funds EXTORTION NOTE AUTHOR SAYS HE WAS "BLUFFING Four Executions Stayed by Earle By United Press. HARRISBURG, Feb. 9.--Governor George H. Earle has stayed tlie execution of four murderer;:, scheduled for Rockvicw Penitentiary Monday, until March ·( ;it the request PREPARE BOND SALE FOR NEW STATE ROUTE Financing of South Penn Highway Secured by Toll Revenue. REMOVES ALL STEEP GRADES HARRISBURG, Feb. fl.--Attempts to finance the projected South Penn highway through sale of approximately $55,000,000 in bonds, secured by toll revenue, were started today. Chairman Walter Jones of the Turnpike Commission, authorized by the 1037 Legislature to construct a super highway utilizing the route of the abandoned South Penn Railroad between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, announced formally that the commission was ready to furnish information on the highway "to all fiscal agencies" Interested in the bond issue. Jones announcement, containing the first formal estimate of the cost of the proposed road, directed all interested agencies to make inquiries on the project to him. Based on present plans, Jones said, passenger cars will save two hours driving time between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh on the new route and heavy trucks will be able to make the haul over the Allegheny Mountains without shifting gears "even once." He said the maximum grades ot the highway will not exceed three per cent and the sharpest curves will not be greater than five and six degrees. Listing advantages oZ the proposed route over both the present William Penn and Lincoln highways, Jones staled: "Vehicles on the present routes find an accumulated vertical height of approximately 14,000 feet, whereas the climb on the proposed highway will amount to only 4,000 feet, a difference of ;bout 10,000 feet, "The maximum degree of curvature, in general, wilt be four degrees with a few five and six degree curves, which is considerably ICES than the nwny sharp right-angle curves on present routes. "The total distance will be approximately 40 miles shorter than any other improved highway between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh." of the Pardon Board. They are Roy county; Edward L-ockard, BlaU Robe, Theodore Dumim.'ik mid John Orcszak, all of Delaware county. The respites will give thp Pardon Board further opportunity to study the cases in which pleas have been made by counsel for commutation of the death penalties to life imprisonment. I Rose, Duminiak nnd Oresznk w e r c j convicted of slaying Floyd Tranom, | Thom«s G. Cookc, 3-)'. research" as- Curious Barred From Visiting Alice Harris Af Fayetle County Home UNIONTOWN. Feb. 0.--Kayctte County Home authorities will admit no mote visitors to the room occupied by Alice Harris, six-year-old Perry towns-hip "sin" child, who has become the center ot public interest since humane agents transferred her there from an attic in the home of her grandfather. With the child's advent into the County Home (here had become a steady stream of curious to sec the little girl who apparently hod never before been accorded kindly treatment or attention since her birth and subsequent imprisonment in the top floor of the farmhouse. Many visitors brought gifts. Tuesday thy child received her first valentine--the sender a Pittsburgh lad who s-igni-'d "Sonny" Oakcs to the missive, which was turned over and closely examined by the recipient while she looked her wonder at the hearts and figures decorating the greeting. But the presence of so many strangers--ogling and questioning and staring--has its ill cflects, too, it was decided. So authorities- adopted a rule of permitting no more curious into the room occupied by the child. "They came steadily--in droves," said Miss Marietta Jackson, graduate nurse now supervising the treatment being given the little girl as an experiment toward teaching her to develop use of arms and legs. "It was impossible to get anything done. They would first stand and stare at the child and then, without fail, would begin a serifs of questions that constantly interrupted our work. Some action had to be taken in the interest of the treatment and care we art* now giving Alice. 1 ' "We appreciate their interest and, particularly, Ihe sympathy that prompted them to bring Alice gifts," Miss Jackson commented. "But, after all, it is for her good, too, that we must refuse to admit any more visitors." I'cnn State Professor Dies. STATE COLLEGE, Feb. 9. -- JAPS OPEN CRUSHING THREE-POINT OFFENSE BY United Preij. SHANGHAI, Feb. 9.--Japan is ready for the greatest offensive came paign since the beginning of the war in hope of inflicting such humiliating defeats on the Chinese that the national government will crumble, according to reports which reached foreign military experts today. The Japanese forces attacking along the Tientsin-Nanking Railroad already were in full offensive motion. A second series of drives from north and south seemed aimed at the junction of the cast-to-wcst "Lung- hai" railroad and the north-to-south Peiping-Hankow Railroad. Finally, foreign military quarters received reports that the Japanese were almost ready for a gigar.tic campaign hi South China. These reports coincided -with Japanese allegations o£ widespread disaffection in the Chinese forces and with unconfirmed rumors at Hong Kong that the Chinese government was seeking British mediation to end the war. But from the Chinese side there was no evidence of a defeatist trend. Chinese sources said toduy that Chinese had recaptured Wuhu, up the Yangtze River from Nanking; that they had recaptured Kaocheng, in the Pengpu sector of the central front, and that Chinese airplanes hod heavily bombed Pcngpn arid Hwaiyuan, on the central front. More important, there were increasing evidence that the more the Continued on Pace Six. Mother Beats Out Flames; Saves Child a Negro motorist. Lockard was sentenced to death for killing three- ycnr-old "Sonny" Karmendi with a railroad spike. LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9.--A crippled one-time worshipper at Aimce Semple McPherson's Angeuls Temple admitted today that he wrote tlie evangelist a Sin.ooo extortion ; etc. "1 thought 1 might blufl ^liic: Aiincc," James K. H a i l said. "1 ical- l.v didn't mcrtn ,uiy harm to her." Public Milk Hearing. A public hearing will be held by the State Milk Control Commission on Wednesday mornii g, February 16, at 10 o'clock, at H.'irrisburg, to receive 1 evidentv i d a t i v e to adoption of a plan io uniform ur level mill; production. Chimney Fire, The Fu c Dopart-nicnl \ io ,i chimney 111 o in A .\vnuc Mondjy cvrninc. Mbtant in fuel technology at Pennsylvania State College, died after a two weeks' illness. The Weather Rain tonight, colder in extreme northwest and warmer in southeast poition tonight; Thursday rain end colder is the noon wonther forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1038 1S37 M.JMinum (!" 'i \ .\i::ijTi'jm 4(1 .in .Mean J l M A West Side child wns painfully burned about the body when her clothing became ignited as she played with fire. The mother suffered less serious burns in extinguishing the flaming garments shortly before noon today. Dorothy Stafford, four years old, daughter of Mr. nnd Mrs. Charles Stafford of Fourth street. West Side, was admitted to Conncllsville State Hospital at 11:30 o'clock this morning suffering with severe burns of the body, left hand and both legs and her mother, Mrs. Lucille Stafford, was given treatment for burns ot the little right finger and right leg. ' The child was downstairs when she -set fire to her clothing. The mother, upstairs at the time, heard the youngster's screams and dashed down. In extinguishing her flaming clothing, Mrs. Stafford was burned. Condition of the child was reported as "fair." Earle Cabinet Ordered To "Double-Check" All Political Practices By JAMES SHEPLEY United Press SUnu" Correspondent. HARRISBURG. Feb. P.--Members of Governor George H. Earlc's Cabinet had specific orders today to check their departments for practices that might prove politically embarrassing to the Democratic party in the gubernatorial campaign. The "toe-thc-mark" orders were issued yesterday in the first Cabinet meeting in weeks. United Press informants said. Earle did not remain after calling the meeting but was represented by his secretary, E, W. Pendergnst. The Cnbmel w.ib not informed of any blnte decisions or given any immediate instructions on the campaign other than to double-check the machinery of their departments in an effort to hold a strong front against political attacks. C. C. Considering Railroad Demands for Freight Rate Boost WASHINGTON, Feb. 9.--The Interstate Commerce Commission begins consideration today of railroad demands for more than a half-billion dollars per year more freight revenue. Scores of industries have warned that a freight rate increase would further cut down traffic. Final arguments in the carriers petition for a 15 pi?r cent freight rate advance to raise 3517,000,000 a year, and increase of eastern territory passenger fares a half-cent per mile to raise an additional $40,000,000 per year, were Io be heard by the I. C. C. today. The arguments, which have continued for 10 days, may be concluded this Hllrrnoon. All briefs submitted for or asnnut (ho rale incicai-r must b" Iilcri by loiiighl. To Die in Chair By United Frcn. NORRISTOWN, Pa'.",". Feb-.i.--A three-judge Montgomery county, court today sentenced.Wendell Forrest Bowers, 20-year-old former reformatory inmate, to death in the electric chair for the murder of Mrs. Wilma Valerie Carpenter, 38, attractive Camp Hill widow. President Judge H a r o l d G. Knight read the decision of the court which heard the evidence en- banc without a jury. Bowers pleaded guilty, in a surprise move when his trial opened Monday, to charges of slaying Mrs. Carpenter and attempting to attack the widow's companion, Mary Griffin, 22, in the older woman's Camp Hill home on the night of December 13. Rate Paid in 1937 Maintained But Clause Permits Reopening of Conferences. AFFECTS FIVE SUBSIDIARIES By United Press. NEW YORK, Feb. 9.--The United States Steel Corporation today announced renewal of its contract.with the Steel Workers' Organizing Committee of the Committee for Industrial Organization. The steel corporation's announcement ot signing of the new contract was followed immediately by similar word from Philip Murray, chairman of the SWOC. He said, the contracts applied to five subsidiaries of U. S. Steel. These contracts, Murray said, establish wages, hours and conditions of employment for'somc 240,000 employes. · Wages ond hours arc maintained at the same rate-as in the.J937 contract, but in the new contract has been inserted a clause giving both parties the right to reopen conferences for modification of any part of the agreement. The new agreement reached today continues indefinitely. The companies with whom new agreements were signed include Cor- r.cgie-Illinois Steel Corporation, the American Steel and Wire Company« National Tube Company, and Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Corporation. Murray said that contracti with another subsidiary, Columbia Steel Company, would be signed at Pittsburgh on Friday. Dixie's Sweetie Told To Get Out of Philly By United Press. PHILADELPHIA, Feb. D.--Rose Rickert, the red-haired former showgirl that Broadway knew as Hope Dare, who was arrested with J. Richard (Dixie) Davjs a week ago, was discharged today by Magistrate Nathan A. Bcifel. "Philadelphia doesn't want you. New York doesn't want you. Now get out," Beifel toJd the 26-year-old beauty after she had hurled her handbag at a newspaper photographer and a bottle of. spirits of ammonia at a reporter in a burst of hysteria. Drag River for Missing Parts of Body of Former British Army Officer By United Press. LONDON, Feb. 0.--Scotland Yard inspectors directed the dragging of the Severn river today in the search for the missing parts of a body believed to be that of Captain Willia Bcn- jain Butt, missing ex-army officer. From the depths of the Severn at Haw Bridge near Cheltenham, investigators hoped to bring up the missing head and hands and clear up the disappearance of Butt, the suicide of his friend, Brian Sullivan, a. cafe gigolo, and the disappearance of Sullivan's bride. Detectives found a garage receipt for Butt's car in Sullivan's room where he inhaled gas several weeks ago. The torso was discovered by fishermen February 3 after a bloodstained glove and shoe were found on Haw Bridge. Kenneth Reid Will Speak in Baltimore Kenneth A. Reid, executive secretary of the Izaak Walton League of America, will appear on the program of the third annual North American Wildlife Conference in Baltimore, Md., on Tuesday, February 15, at the general sessions. He is scheduled to participate in the discussion of the topic "Can Annual Fish Crops Be Maintained With Industrial Development of. Inland Waters?" Mr. Reid, now u resident of Chicago and formerly of Connellsville, formerly \vas a member of the Slate Fish Commission and is well versed in stream pollution. Florida Club Robbed. MIAMI, Fin., Feb. 9.--The Arena bar, locate;! on one of Miami's main thoroughfares, was held up today by three unmasked men who broke open ;.nd rifled 1C strong boxes and escaped with an undetermined amou it of money. Some reports said the loss might run as high ab $50,000 but employes of the bar discounted that flguie saying, "it wasn't anywhere near that much." Scout Father And Son Dinner- Thursday Night Boy Scouts ot the city will reach the climaxing event of Anniversary Week Thursday evening at the First United Brethren Church when the annual dinner will be served to Scouts and their fathers. There will be a speaker for the occasion. Members of the District Scout Committee will join with the boys and their dads for the event. The dinner is to be served at 6:30 o'clock. A court of honor will follow. The Scouts gathered in the basement of the Immaculate Conception Church Tuesday evening to renew the oath and subscribe to the laws governing the organization. Following this and a program candidates for merit badges and advancement in Scout rank appeared before a board of review, under the direction of Milton R. Wyatt of Uniontown, assistant executive of the Westmoreland-Fayette district. All who passed will be eligible for certificates and badges at the court Thursday night. The program Tuesday night was: Signaling, under the direction of Lawrence Geiger, assistant scoutmaster of Troop 3. Assembly, blown by Francis Brady. Salute to the flag, led by Scoutmaster William Bailey of the Rotary troop. Songs, "Hail, Hail" and "Lot Ma Call You Buddy," led by Scoutmaster R. C. Witt of Troop 1. Renewal of oath and repetition o£ laws, led by Scoutmaster Ralph F. Sliger of Troop 5. Play, "All Because of An Omlet," with Herbert Shank, Francis Brady, James Funari, John DIxon and. James Wolfe of Troop 3 as characters. Vesper song, led by Scoutmaster Witt. Cumberland Sit-Down Strikers Evacuate Big Celanese Plant By United Prtsf. CUMBERLAND, Md., Feb. 9--Sit- down strikers who are protesting introduction of larger bobbins today evacuated tlie plant of the huge Cclancsc Corporation of America as union leaders attempted to settle the "unauthorized" strike in the spinning department. Officials of the company said foul major departments will close by Friday unless the trouble is settled. Attorney Hirtee "Holding Own." Attorney E. C. Higbeo, critically ill at his home in South Pittiburg street, "is holding his o\vn" it ws announced today. Hessniore, New Salem Youths Enlist in Navy PITTSBURGH, Feb. 9.--Six Western Pennsylvania youthb were on then- w«y to UK- Naval Training Station at Newport, R. 1., today following their enlistment in the U. S. Navy. They intruded .John J. Sedlock. South Giecnsburg: John Vvycinsky] rdosmorc, and Richdid P. Dawson, (New Salem.

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