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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, February 23, 1939
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LAST E DITION PRICE 2- The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 57, NO. SS. The Weekly Courier, Founded July J7, 1873. | Merged The Dally Courier, Founded November JO, 1002. Uuly 38. 3S29. CONNEULSVTLLE, PA., THURSDAY UVJflNIN'G, FKBRL'AKY 2;\, 1939. SIXTEEN PAGES. B E E R P A R L O R R E G U L A T I O N BEING SOUGHT City Council Considers Ordinance Requiring Sanitary Standards for Eliminating "Dives." 'STATE GRANTS ALL LICENSES Fights for Her Dog An ordinance thai will give thy city some control, even though indirectly, over the operation of beer and whisky establishments, is being considered by City Council. City Clerk S. T. Beiiford has been instructed to get in touch with otheu municipalities having legislation dealing with sanitation features o£ such business places so that Council may determine upon one that would apply to ConnDllsville. It is believed that some of the so- caUod "dives" over which the city has no control since the licensing is done by the State can be eliminated or cleaned up if an ordinance, having teeth, would make stringent demands in the way ol providing sanitary' facilities. The Board ol Health discussed the subjec-'t al length at a recent session in the wake of revelations at the European Cafe in South Water street, scene of a raid in which 80 inmates were arrested. It has been alleged by authorities that the place should not be permitted to keep open from a health standpoint. It is hoped that it will be possible to impose such strict requirements on beer and whisky emporiums that the so-calJed "dives" will be eliminated. A survey has revealed a large number, according to health and police officers. Council's view is that the ordinance harmonize vith the State's issuance of beer and whisky licenses and make it mandatory for the issuance of a nealth and sanitation certificate .from the city before a license be granted. An examination of premises would be made by Health Officer Charles H. Balsley at various times during the year and failure to comply with city regulations would be grounds for refusal to issue a necessary health certificate, -without which a license would not be granted. To Ask Supreme Court Writ Of Stay for McCall NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 23.--Senior Judge Hufus S. Foster ot the Fjfih U. S. Circuit Court or Appeals today formally denied a certificate of probable cause to save Franklin Pierce MeCall, convicted Florida Mdnaper- alayer, from the electric chair. Following the eleventh hour failure to save the youth. Defense Attorney C. E. Hutledge told Judge foster that his co-counsellor, C. A. Avrictt, would appear before Associate Justice Hugo Bk'ek of the United Statec Supreme Court in Washington Vvith a petition fox- a slay of execution and for a writ of certiorari to bring the full record before the highest tribunal. Siaie Police Believe Chicken Thief Ring Broken With Arrests UNIONTOWN, Feb. 23.--With the arrest of three Upper Middlctowu youths. State Motor Police believe .hey have broken up a band of chicken thieves that has been preying _ on farmers throughout the Upper Middletown and Franklin township district. In formations charging multiple counts of breaking and entering and larceny were filed against Dayton Mills, Dale Manscll and Walter Frost by State Trooper R. C. Hartung before Alderman G. B. Smith. Mansell who was implicated on only one job was released on bond while his companions were committed to the county jail. Investigating oflicers charge the men with re- -oonsibitity for five visits to hen tiouscs in the Franklin township dis- 'ni't. At least 50 chickens were rc- oorted stolen, 35 of which, have been ·ecovercd. Babs Savage, juvenile skating star, poses with her rare white Pekingese after leaving Magistrate's Court in New York City. She says the dog. Lord Chink, was given her three months ago. A woman who says she broueht the pet over from London claims ownership. (Central Press,) S H O P P E R S WILL JAM CITY FOR ANNUAL BARGAIN DAYS -03 LEMONT MINE WILL RESUME TOMORROW UNIONTOWN, Feb. 23.--Operations will be resumed tomorrow morning at the Lemor.t Kb. 2 mine of Lemont Coal Company. Difficulties which occasioned a strike by the 180 men employed at the plant were ironed out at a meeting of the mine committee with company officials Wednesday afternoon. A work order for Wednesday had been postponed but operations will not resume until Friday, it not being possible to have railroad cars placed in time. The men went on strike demanding that salaried men not be permitted to work on layoff days. The company agreed at the conscience to hire only day men when the plant is not operating. P r e s i d e n t Watches Naval Mock Warfare By United Press MIAMI, Fla., Feb. 23.--Latest messages from President Roosevelt's flagship Houston, participating in fleet maneuvers 1,500 miles cast of the Panama Canal, reported today that the mock warfare had begun with "sharp engagements 11 between scouting and detached ships. A message to temporary White House offices here from Captain Daniel J. Callaghen, naval aide to the President, said: "The President in the S. S. Houston is proceeding leisurely toward the theatre of fleet operation. | Wednesday being the anniversary of ' the birthday of Washington, a national salute ot 21 guns was fired at noon by the Houston in accordance with lime-honored custom. Reports of the initial operations of the opposing fleet indicate that several sharp engagements resulted from contacts of scouting and detached groups wit'i consequent probable changes in subsequent operations." Plan Bus Garage. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 23.--Plans for a new bus garage to be erected by North Union Township School District as a WPA project were approved by the school boaid. The building will be of stone and will be 50x80 feet and will cost $15,000. Directors to Have Key to Stadium Nothing Said About Master Keys Every member of the Board of education will have a key to the lock m the gate of Coker Stadium. During a discussion of the key sit- jntion, n perplexing problem for the hrectornte, it wa^ decided that nil ne.-mber.~- should have n key to the Hitsidr lock but not for the rooms MENTALLY ILL PATIENTS COST STATE LESS THAN INDIVIDUAL PRISONERS HARRISBURG, Feb. 23.--Maintenance o£ a mentally-ill patient in Pennsylvania costs the State less than 5 per cer.t as much as the amount necessary to keep an Individ 1 .nl prisoner, it was rcve.'iled today in a Welfare Department statement. The department estimated the annual cost of keeping individual piis- oner~ and mental pi.tients at S423 and S300 respectively. Although the .slate'nent assigned no retison joi the apparent discrepancy, it vva« believed attt.butable io the fact t h a t scveinl Slnt-e-ovvncrt mental institutions mamt.un inmate- worked farms nnd dairies, which make them partially The total .nmial operating cost, it was stated, is ?!',000,000 to. mental institution.',; $3.30r),flOO foi pcn.-il nnd correctional institutions, and S1,5QQ,- 000 fov medical and surgical hospitals G r a f t G r a n d Jury Winds Up Deliberations HARRISBURG, Fob 23.--The Dauphin county grand jiny investigating chaigcs of graft ;igainst former Governor George H. Earle's Administration, heard i\vt» witnesses today in winding up its deliberations on a second presentment to be handed up tomorrow or Monday. They were Raymond TJcroumc, of the Jcftcrson County Democratic Committee, and John P. Butt, Adams county district attorney and former State budget secretary. Both had appeared before the jury earlier. "n i" i,' Br-r-r! It s Still Winter- Low Temperatures King Winter became serious about his rcjgn during the night, soudmg the mercury stdddLng toward the zero rru'rk. Weather Obs.crvn "W. H llrni/.mnn held hopes of a rising temperature tonight and and torr.on ow but as the I noon hour reared tochiy the thermometer sho»vcd a leading of bclJW frro?;nfi Connullwiile had a low reading o£ 12 above ^c\o t'unng the ni^ht while the icRior.'fi ' oklejt spot was reported, as expected, at Roaring Run, Kayolto counly's uppiupnatr'Jy dubbed "Jcc box," where a low of three above was shown ROJI ing Run's neighboring eom- trunjly o£ Indian Mead hud iCiidmgs of eight nnd 10 vrhile a report jrom Somerset gnvc on 1 - a Hnv or ?cco but railroad thermometers showed eight abo\c at thai countyseat. Perryopolis, Do'A'son and Vnndc'r- bilt ouch had six above while Dunbnr icported four above. Baltimore . Ohio Rm'road iem- peiaturc rcndmi's were: Pittsburgh, J3 nbovc; Somerset, eight; Johnstown, 12: Connellsville, I U , Smitlitield, 10: Moigantown. 15; OpcKijsk.i, W. Va , six; S;,nd Patch, four, and Roekwood, eight. Believe Radio Story Of Sub Attack Near Azores Ghastly Joke In 8 Plane Crash Bargain Days, Connellsville merchants' semi-annual b,g money-saving cooperative sales event, Legin torn on ow. Majority o£ the business houses are psi ticipating in the merchandising program Friday and Saturday that will offer shoppeis in the Connellsville district an opportunity to re- outfil themselves and their families at great savings. A perusal of the advertisements in today's 16-page Courier v/ill afford a chance to see some of the outstanding buys that are being offered by paiticipatmg merchants. These, however, are but a I-ew of the many big bargains that are abatable. Coker Stadium To Be Improved For School Meet Completion of worK at Coker Stadium bo that track and field competitions may be possible was authorized by the Board of Education Wednesday afternoon. It also ordered that bids be asked on the project. There remains to be completed iome phases, oC the athletic plant necessary for the outdoor spring sport and this, work is to be rushed through so that the Held will be in readiness for the High School track and field schedule beginning in April. Connellsville will be the scene of the first annual relay cainivnl of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Saturday, April 29. The school had extended, through Coach Joseph A. Lerew who is a member of the league's track committee, an invitation to hold the program here this year. Various schoolmen had for some time been insisting that Conne'lsville play host to the affair inasmuch as its facilities are j'egarded us the best in the cUstrkl for such an event. · The School Board voted its approval to the 1939 track and field and football schedules. The schedules were outlined by Faculty Athle.ic Manager William E. Dolde nnd presented to the directorate for ratification. HARRISBURG, Feb. 23. -- The Dauphin county graft investigating grand jury heard one witness today and wound up its deliberations on a second presentment to be handed up tomorrow or Monday. The witness was Raymond Dereume, JelTerson county Democratic chairman, who appeared before the jury earlier. The jury's presentment will report findings or. charges that Earle Administration officials "maced" State employes for political contributions and now accusations involving bonding of State road contractors and highway funds. It was reported that more than a do^en high Democrats will be named in the presentments. The jury has been deliberating on the evidence presented to it since the middle ol last week. Britain, France To Give Franco Full Recognition By WALLACE CAHROLL United Press Staff Correspondent. I LONDON, Feb. 23.--Great Britain I and France have reached a final agreement to accoid unconditional legal recognition, to the Spanish nationalist government, it was understood today. The cabinet, at its regular meeting yesterday, was understood to have given Piime Minister Neville Chamberlain a free hand to announce recognition at any tune. Message, Asking Aid After "Torpedoing" Distinctly H e a r d b y Freighter. !NO WRECKAGE FOUND AT SPOT By United Press. WASHINGTON, Fob. 23.--The Navy Department today advanced a theory that the unidentified ship | which wiielOiseri yesterday that it 1 had been torpedoed in the Atlantic may actually have struck a Heating mine. They disclosed that such a mine was known to have been drifting in the general area of the Atlantic from which the mysteiious SOS call came. IJeuL Jv'onnan Ostergren Lieut. Nornian M. Ostergren was "killed when, trapped in a dense fog, eight of twelve Navy pursuit planes were wrecked during a routine training flight, at Pensacola, Fla, Ostcrjrren's body was found in his burned plane near McDavid, about 25 miles north of Pcnsacola- Robert Stefl In-All-State H. S. Orchestra Robeit Stefl, a Comiellsvilie High School senior, qualified for the AJ1- State High School Orchestra which gathered today at Johnstown High School to rehearse a program scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings at that place. The young man was accompanied by Richatd, bandmaster of the High School. The event H sponsored by the Pennsylvania School Music Association. Recently three local students "made" the All-Western Pennsylvania Oichestra but Stefl alone was chosen for the All-Slate group. The youth ib vjola player lor the Connellsville High School ojchestra and will play the- fifth chair In the All-State group. There are 200 stj- dents from all over Pennsylvania at Johnstown to rnalce up the orchestra. Two Men Injured In Motor Crash Aitreci Barren, and George ously the old locks were taken off | fa' al injuries, and new ones put on but the board refused to pay for the new locks, contending they had not been authorized by the directorate. The locks were changed in an effort to keep some one out of the Stadium but it developed that the new Jocks were easily picked. An argument developed over the iurclin*e o£ the new Han Struck Twice By Autos Same Day Dies of injuries ay UmieU Prcsi. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23.--Injuries suffered last Monday when he was struck twice by automobiles proved faUl in Pittsburgh Hospital to John j Smith Nabovs of Unionlown, luick Ken-, 41, of Homevvood. While at woik m the street during a terrific windstorm, Ken 1 was struck by an automobile dnd treated at the hospital. Returning to work, he was struck a second time, sufTering the Pyle, 34, both ot Somerset, were injured, the foimer painfully Tuesday afternoon when their "automobile skidded into a gas company truck on Route 119 at Qjdd.s Cross Roads. Barron was admitted to Uniontown Hospital suffering with a compound fracture of the left leg, fracture of the left knee, lacerations of the left knee and lacerations of the chin. Pyle was discharged after being treated for lacerations ot the check and possible fracture ol the wrist. ..·nealh tin- concrete Weaeliers. It was said tint visitors to ihe ciiy i locks, it being set torth that if iu ie-iriii£ io view the elaborate ath-1 ones were purchased good lot cue plant could do so by contacting j should have been ·ny of the directors instead o£ one i'ho.- «··« TM r, ir a group in order to sain access to no premises. Announcement \Vj» made that the clay btnined. was no mention at Wednes- atternoon's session nboiit the "mysteriously missing master keys." At a previous meeting there had been Youfh Severely Hurt When Struck by Auto JJonnld Whftstl 17, ot Walttlsburrt saifTv'red :i £r;u-tuu-d light log, lactations and bruises of the left leg, possible toncussinn and contusions ot ihe back and other injunes Tuesday night when struck by an automobile near his home. He was rushed to Uniontown Hospital by Charles E. Green 1 uf ^jtd locks had been replaced on the ' quite a stir concerning certain ma-tci- 1 drivei of the .ti'-irt, a.ii"- ol thf Stadium. Pr»vi- keys. in'"vfiictl with Pittsburgh, who *ai i; \ !·- O rt'poitediy t'int driver, escaped with bruises. Ban on was traveling south Route 110 when his car left the road on the right as he applied the brakes. He regained the h.ghway but the car struck the left side of the truck, near the cab, police sn.d, causing it to overturn on the highway, spilling its cargo of gasoline. The Weather State Leaders Map Mew Program To Cut Relief PARIS, Feb. 23--A formal council of ministers was convoked today for 4 P. M. Monday, and it was believed thit after "ihe meeting the government would announce lomuU -recognition of the Spanish nationalists. Merchant Excuses Self From Customer, Ends Life With Gun By UnitcU Pres. SHARON, Feb. 23.--A self-inflicted bulJet wound was blamed today by ' Coroner William A, Applegate ior the death o£ J. H. Crcsswoll, 65, Shcnk- leyvillo, general store operator. The coroner reported CresswcH late Wednesday excused himself Irom some customers m Ins store and went to an adjoining room, where be .shot him*elf through the heart with a rifle, He had been m pooi: health and left a note tor his family, the coroner iaid. Two Escape When Plane Hiis Wire By United Press. HARRISBURG, Feb. 23.--Legislative leaders, shifting about for a way to cut the cost ol unemployment relief in Pennsylvania, n£ter a proposal to retuin part of the load to local communities wns spiked by Governor A"H:w II. James, came up today with tin* modification three-point economy-efficiency program: 1--Gi eater responsibility for county boards o£ public assistance, including issuance of relief checks, 2--Cooperation with established credit bureaus for an added check on the uue needs of a relief applicant. 3--A one-year mandatory ;jail sentence for convicted relief chiselers. The new program was revealed late yesterda}' after the House and Senate Welfare committees met again with Public Assistance Secretary Howard L. Russell to discuss ways and means of bringing the stag- get xng cost of unemployment aid in the next year down to the vicinity of the $128.000,000 fixed for the purpose in Goveinor James' $372,000,000 budget. The joint welfare committee ouginally was reportedly enthusiastic over the proposition to return at least the tost of local relief administration to the counties in a broad decentralization move. The plan did not meet the approval of the Governor. ALTQONA, Feb. 23 their plune \vas destioyud by flames ·when it shuck high tension electric wires during snow soualls, two Lock Haven men were fortunate today to have suffered only minor burns. Alfred Munro, 23, pilot and operator of the Lock Haven airport, and Charles Adams, 24, passenger with Munro, extiicntetl tnemselves late yesterday Irom the burning plane and extinguished the fire in their clothing. They were treated for burns at Meicy Hospital here after the Piper Cub Coupe plane crashed on AUc- ghcn Crcsi Pittsburgh to Lock Hnvcn. ,-Aithou g h W o r l d Prayer To Be Observed Here Tomorrow People o£ the community are invited to join tomorrow in observance of the world duy of prayer for peace, under the auspices of the Women's Missionary Federation of the city. NEW YORK, Feb. 23--Evidence accumulated today that someone somewhere in the southeast Atlantic, southern. Europe, or the Azores Islands had played a ghastly joke on a jittery world. The joke, if it ivas a joke, was this radio message sent from a place and by a person unknown yesterday morning: "SOS . . . SOS . . . Torpedoed by unknown, submarine. Holed below water line. Sinking. 32-10 north, 27.45 west. 8 A. M. PECC." The message was heard by only one ship--the United States freight ship, Tjlsa, enroutc from Hamburg, Germany, to Savannah, Ga., which was then some 100 miles south and west of the Azores. The position given in the message is some 300 miles south of the Azores. At dusk last night, the Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Australia arrived there and found no trace ot a ship, no wreckage, no oil slick. The weather was good, visibility was excellent. It searched the entire area, then turned the search over to the Greek freighter Mount Pelton, which also had responded to the message relayed by the Tulsa. Meanwhile, in^ Europe and the United States, marine authorities and experts tried frantically to identify the sending point, then presumed to be a ship in distress, from the call letters PECC. It was found that these letters had been assigned to 3 tiny Dutch fishing trawler, Flandria --too ^small to have been that far from its home port--Amsterdam. They had been assigned in 1930 to a Dutch freighter o£ the same name, but, when the freighter was sold to Fret'eh interests it was renamed and given new call letters . The final tneory wes that it might have been the British tanker Pecten, enrou'.e from Trinidad to Southampton, and, today, it appeared that this theory had been exploded. Lloyd's reported in London that the Pecten had been in normal radio communication with the Portis Head ststion this morning. The Anglo Saxon Petroleum Company, her owner, reported that she apparently was 1,000 miles east of the position and that her call letters did not include the numeral, "P."' The position was too far west-300 miles due west of the Canary Islands--to be within the norms! range o£ opeiation of Spanish nationalist submarines--and the Tulsa was too far east of the locale of the pres- Continued on Page Six. The service be held at the iy countaT^h^TmUes 0 east of Methodist Protestant Church, begin- isson as they were enroute from TM"? at ,, 10 ° d ° clc and . Kls ) mg , un a SERVICE CLUBS HEAR MUCH ABOUT NEW YORK'S FASR C. Veinon Thomas, special representative of the public relations department of the Baltimore Ohio Railroad, presented members ol the Kiwanis and Rotnry clubs with i\ mast of information about the New York World's Fail- at a joint luncheon today. Mr. Thomas supplemented a whirlwind talk with lantern slides of the fair and its component paits. The fair is scheduled to open Aoril 10. Mr. Thomas estimated that 60,000,000 people will pass through its gates before it closes six months later. 3:30, with an intermission lor lunch. F.nch person attending is aslced to bring lunch. "Women of the hostess church will serve cofl'ee. Mrs.. J. L. Proudfit will preside. 43 Stitches Required. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23.--Foity- three stitches were taken today in the throat, wrists and legs oC Henry Smilhline, 45, who told police he cut himself! faec.;iuse ho wanted to "beat some men to it." Smilhlme, a World Negative Teams Win As Cokers Meet Uniontown Both negative teams were named winners in a debate here Tuesday between Connellsvillo and Uniontown High schools. On the Coker negative team were Frank Kane and Sarah Bailey with Rev. Paul E. Porath, president of the Connellsville Ministerial Association, as judge. The Cokor affirmative speakers were Earl Lowery and CelU Sapolsky with Miss Elvada Marshall o£ the English department as judge. The Uniontown negative team has not beer, defeated tllis yeai. \ Coach Harold A. Swank announced War veteran who is suffering from that the detate with Donora, sched- shcll shock, told oflicers lhat some men were after him to cut his throat. He said he decided to "beat them to it." Police said he had been drinking. uled for this afternoon, has been postponed to 4 P. M. Monday. The local "B" debating club will go to Perry Township High Friday. Pr.iUy cloudy with snow flurries Fricijy and in north portion tonight; risiiig temperature tonight and in east and south portions Friday is the noon weather foiecaM Cor Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 3938 Maximum . .TJ ,iO M'nirnum :2 ·'.' COURT RESTRAINS TEAMSTER PICKETS GEEEKSBURG, Feb. 23.--Members of the Teamsters Union, an AFL nffiliate. wore restrained from picketing the plant of Charley Brothers, wholesale grocery house, in a preliminary order signed by President Judge Ch.ules E. Whilten. Mund'ay moi-iing. Febiuaiy 27. was 0\t:d a^ the cUUe i^r a heoi:n;;. Dunbar Township Teachers SVIust Take Course in First Aid, Ruling Teachers o£ Dunbar Township ] required to attend. School District nre to receive training in first aid woik. The Board of Education decided that all teachers should have a fair knowledge of first aid work in ordei to be able to render ^assistance if any pupils should become .injured. State authorities are to bo contacted and pj-e-pmations made for All schools are to be equipped with first aid cabinets, including tourniquets, and teachers will be instructed how to 'jse the supplies. Bus drivers also will be icquircd to obtain first ad training. Need oC t'u'bt aid equip.mnt was stressed as a safety measure and then ;he question of using the equipment raised vvl'ei-eupon it was decided v mch all KMclieis viould bt i iii:n the train ng be planned at once.

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