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February 10, 1938

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LAST E DITION m The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRICE 2 VOL. 36, NO. S3. ·rno Weekly Courier. Founded July It. 1879. Tho Daily Courier. Founded Novembtr 10. 3002. I Merged. I July 18. 1020 CONNELLSVILLE, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 10, 193S. TWELVE PAGES. BUSINESS AID WITH LOANS LATEST PLAN Administration Officials Believe Finances Necessary. 'BEING VIEWED AS EMERGENCY By SANDOR S. KLEIN United Press Stall Correspondent. . WASHINGTON, Fob. 10.--Admin- | istration fiscal officials intensified their efforts today to form a pro-' gram of aid to small businesses. Their primary objective was early enactment of legislation providing long-term financial relict for secondary enterprises. Commerce Department officials said they were convinced by the recent "little business" conference and hundreds of letters received since the meeting that there was urgent need for small loans for periods of from three to five years. Virtually all interested government officials believe that no machinery now exists to make this type of aid immediately available and that new legislation would be necessary to carry out the demands of little business. Viewing the situation as somewhat of an emergency. Secretary of Commerce Daniel C. Roper and Reconstruction Finance Corporation Chairman Jesse H. Jones are making an intensive study of small business financing. Roper announced that "definite suggestions" would be ready in a week or 10 days. The problem also was receiving the attention of the Treasury and Federal Reserve Board. Roper and Jones were understood to be seeking a solution somewhat along the lines urged by the little business congress which recommended that to "enable the American, banking system to make insured loans lor all necessary purposes" a Government agency be set up to operate "wherever financial institutions are unable or unwilling to function." Star Found Dead CIO Leaders Refute Charge Of Communism By United Press. WASHINGTON, Feb. 10.--Two Committee for Industrial Organization leaders, under attack before the Senate Commerce Committee, assailed the committee chairman. Senator Royal S. Copeland, D., N. Y., today and demanded an opportunity to refute testimony that they arc Communists. The demands came from Harry Bridges, a CIO director and powerful leader of Pacific coast maritime ·workers, who has been under the fire of Copeland and witnesses before the committee, and Joseph Curran, general organizer and presidential nominee of the National Maritime Union, who was termed a Communist by Joseph P. Ryan, president of the International Longshoremen's Association, in testimony before the committee yesterday. The I. L. A. is an American Federation of Labor union. The committee, under Copeland's direction, recalled Gerard Reilly, solicitor of the Labor Department, to testify today for the second time about an Investigation of Bridges by the department's immigration and naturalization service. Bridges/ is an Australian. Reilly previously testified that the department had affidavits that Bridges was a Communist, but did not possess sufficient nor legal evidence to warrant an effort to deport him. Witnesses before the committee, which is holding hearings on proposed maritime labor legislation, have demanded that Bridges be deported. Copeland has expressed a desire for his deportation. Trooper Trails Bad Check Artist Two Month; Worked Here With the arrest yesterday of Patsy White, 44, of McClellandtown, by State Trooper Charles J. Hanna, an end has been written to a flood of worthless checks passed on merchants and other persons throughout the region during the past two months. Two Connellsville business men are known to have been victimized and the officer desires to contact any · others who may have received their checks but did not report the matter to authorities. White signed "Domenic Driegio to the checks. When presenting them to his victims he usually wore n brown corduroy cap, blue zipper jacket and dark trousers. The checks ranged anywhere from $25 to S50. The man's "territory" extended from Scottdale to Brownsville, police said. An information, charging him with passing worthless checks, has been made against White before a Uniontown alderman. Harriet Brown Nielsen, former net-' ress and swimming star of Olympic' calibre, was found dead in her New York apartment. Polled nro questioning B friend, William King, who found her body, in an attempt to clear up the mysterious circum-' stances tnrroundinj: hor passing:. (Central Preit) Justice's Son Near Death After Leap From Train By United Press. GREJMSBURG, Feb. 10.--Kevin Butler, 31, of St. Paul, Minn., son of U. S. Supreme Court Justice Pierce Butler, leaped out of the window of a speeding passenger train today and was injured critically. Westmoreland Hospital authorities, where the injured man was taken, said Justice Butler telephoned early this afternoon to Icarn the condition of his son, who remains in a semi- consciouf condition. In an effort to save the young man's life, Justice Butler told hospital authorities that a specialist may be sent here. As the Pennsylvania Railroad tram was traveling about 50 miles an hour cast of Manor, Butler went to the men's lavatory, smashed » window and leaped out, shortly before noon. A pasicngcr on the train heard the crashing glass. He told trainmen, who ordered the train stopped immediately. Butler, unconscious, was found alongside the track, and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Young Butler was nearly sculped and physicians believe he is suffering from a possible fractured skull, broken back and probable internal injuries. Because of his condition, authorities could not question Butler immediately about his action. Wright Jury May Get Case Friday By United Press. LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10.--Defense Attorney Jerry Giesler made his final plea today for the life and freedom of Paul A. Wright, who killed his wife and John B. Kimmel when he found them in what he described as an unnatural sexual embrace. The trial, which has required more than three weeks, was nearing a close. When Gicslcr's plea is completed, Judge Ingall W. Bull will instruct the jury of eight men and four women and send them away to decide the verdict, which was expected some time Friday. "The blackest-sin in the catalogue of crime is for a friend to attempt to seduce his friend's wife," Giesler said yesterday in opening his flnal argument. Earlier, the prosecutor had said: "Paul Wright has been able to drag the reputations of his wife and John Kimmel through the mire as he saw fit. They cannot answer because they arc dead." Wright twisted nervously in his chair during the arguments. He was president of an airport and Kimmel was his best friend and trade manager. Wright took Kimmel home with him the night of November 8 after a stag party, and killed him and Mrs. Wright about 4 o'clock the following morning in the living room of his home. Claims Contract Violated. NEW YORK, Fob. 10.--Frances Farmer, motion picture and stage star, has been served with a suit for $75,000 by on actor's agent, Shepard Traube, who claims she broke a 1935 contract under which he become her representative. Miss Farmer's attorney has entered a general denial of complaint in supreme court. Just Off the Wire bASIUNGTON, Feb. 10.--Representative Ralph O. Brewstcr, Republican, Me., demanded today that Arthur Krock, New York Times Correspondent, be summoned before the IIoosc Naval Affairs Committee (o lell the source of his information that United States has .1 Licit naval understanding willi Great Britain. Five Toil lions Loss Coast Gale -® SKEPTICAL SENATORS PROBING JACKSON'S GOVERNMENTAL BELIEF WASHINGTON, Feb. 10.--Robcit H. Jackson, nominee for Solicitor General, denied before a Senate Judiciary sub-committee today that he entered government service in an effort to "change our constitutional law." Senator Warren R. Austin, R., Vt., pounded at Jackson's theories of government and his attitude toward specific policies of the Internal Revenue Department in regard to forcing taxpayers to assume the burden of proof on returns. The sub-committee is investigating Jackson's qualifications for the office of Solicitor General. "You arc asking about something over which I had no control," Jackson replied, thumping the committee table. "When I was in the Internal Revenue Department 1 carried out the law which you gentlemen wrote and which provides that the taxpayer shall assume the burden of proof before the board of tax appeals." Senator William H. King, D., Utah, and Senator Warren R. Austin, R., Vt., said they intended to ask Jackson, summoned before a Judiciary sub-committee, to explain his views on various subjects but particularly business and government. The sub-committee, considering whether to report Jackson's nomination favorably, has been interested in speeches he made assailing monopolistic business and commenting on government generally. Everson Children Cry For Pet, Carried Off After Being Run Down It's bad enough to lose a pet but when worry is added to that loss, especially whore children arc concerned, a cruel situation results. Action of a motorist, who struck a little black rat-terrier in Everson about 5:15 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, has just about broken the hearts of children in the homo of Anthony Bolosky. The little fellow got in the path of the machine on the South Everson road. The driver j stopped, picked up the dog, putting it i in the trunk of the car, and sped I away. Another man was also riding in the machine. Children who saw the accident said the dog wasn't dead. The Boloiky children wnnl their pet back, if it is alive, so they can care for it. If it is dead they would I like to know that too. They cry conj stantly for their pet. If the driver of the machine will communicate with this office, the information will be passed on to the Everson family. Any news concerning the dog is desired. Even news that it was fatally injured will set at rest the minds of its sorrowful young owners. Baltimore Ohio Major industry in City; Annual Payroll Million Dollars About 100 Baltimore Ohio Hail-j road Company officers and employes! assembled in the Y. M. C. A. auditorium Wednesday evening under the leadership of the traffic department which represents the cooperative traffic program o£ the railroad system in this territory. The- purp--o of the meeting was to stimulate Interest of all Baltimore Ohio men and their families in the matter of securing business, both passenger and freight, for the railroad from Conncllsvillc and vicinity. There were several speakers, including Trainmaster William E. Boyland, Division Freight Agent J. E. Stcclc, Division Engineer II. A. Lynch, Police Captain Carl W. Gcenen, Agent L. M. Keck of Uniontown, Agent O. O. Cook of Hock- wood, Agent I. N. Kidd of Dunbar, /lent H. L. Pile of Smithflcld and Ticket Agent n. E. Shaw of Connclls- villc. It was a consensus of opinion thnt city of ConnelKvillc apparently has lost sight of the fact that the Baltimore Ohio Railroad is really the outstanding industry here, it was said, for the reason that the payroll of the railroad company approximates $1,000,000 annually, involving 700 employes, who in return spend most of it in Connellsvillc. Therefore it was agreed the employes would cooperate with the railroad in their contacts with the merchants w".h whom ihcy deal to fransact at least a part of their business with the Baltimore Ohio. A joint meeting will be hold with the woman's auxiliary o:! the cooperative traffic program in April for the purpose of furthering the plnns of the committee. W. H. Atkins, freight agent, was In charge of the mcetimr. Scouts Will Give Window Programs Saturday Evening Two public demonstrations portraying safety in the home, the use of firearms and emergency safety cases will be conducted by Boy Scouts Saturday evening between 7:30 and 8:30 o'clock in the display windows of the E. B. Zimmerman Company in North Pitlsburg street and the Troutman Company in West Crawford avenue. Troop No. 1 in charge of Scoutmaster R. C. Witt and Troop No. 8 in charge of Scoutmabter J. M. Southard will put on the demonstrations. Says House Will Get Wages Bill in March By Untied Press. WASHINGTON, Feb. 10.--Chairman Mary T. Norton, D. N. J., of the House Labor Committee said after conferring with President Roosevelt today that she believed a revised wage-hour bill will be brought to the floor of the House in late March or early April, Community Fund Directors Meet Tuesday Night The ConncHsvillc Community Kund Asociation will hold its annual directors' dinner at G:30 o'clock Tuesday evening at Trinity Lutheran Church. Reports and comments will be given by all the agencies which participated in the fund during the past year. A communication lo each director points out "it is highly important to be present at this dinner." Each will pay for his own meal. Plans for the coming year will be formulated at the business meeting which will follow the dinner. Brands Guffey Coal Act "Unholy Piece"; Wants If Repealed WASHINGTON, Feb. 9.--Representative Bruce Barton, R., N. Y., whose campaign motto was "rcpcal- a-law-a-wcek" said today he hoped President Roosevelt would support his campaign to repeal the Cuffey coal act, "He is against monopolies that are established to gouge the consumers," Barton said, "surely he will be gald to help me get rid of this unholy piece of price fixing. "Wall Street would be ashamed of it. The international bankers and the sixty families would have the Attorney General on their necks if they had even thought of it." The National Bituminous Coal Commission has evaded civil service provisions of the act, Barton charged, and is "responsible for one of the most shameless bits of patronage jobbing that the New Deal has produced." CUMBERLAND PAPER INCREASES PRICE Effective Monday, February M, the Daily News of Cumberland, Md., will sell for three cents a copy or 15 cents a week, instead of 12, where delivered by carrier. Owners blamed economic forces beyond their control for the necessary increase. The Weather Partly cloudy tonight, slightly colder in cast portion, Friday cloudy with slowly rising temperature is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1038 1037 Maximum - 65 ·)!) -Minimum - - 38 'X Mean . . -~ 5« 35 By United Prcts. SAN FKANCISCO, Feb. 10.--A score of cities today were strewn with wreckage caused by a violent Pacific gale that lashed the California coast with 80-mile winds, killed five and injured dozens of persons, and destroyed millions of dollars worth of property. Buildings collapsed, whole communities were stripped of trees, power lines were destroyed and hundreds of families were left homeless when their flimsy tents and cabins were carried away. A new deluge of rain followed the windstotm today, continuing the stormy weather that has" beset the west coast for two weeks. The destruction of crops and orchards was tremendous. Several towns were isolated by blocked roads and loss of telephone lines. Some were loft in darkness when power service failed. Trains were stalled and radio stations cancelled programs for lack of power. The state capitol at Sacramento was damaged. More than a score were injured theie and police broadcast a warning to all persons to keep off the streets during the height of the wind yesterday. Great waves swept in from the sea and ships were pounded against their moorings. The storm extended along three- fourths of the California coastline, Continued on Page Six, SHADY GROVE ROAD CLOSED; MINE SETTLES Spcclil to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 10,--Alarming conditions of the highway between Shady Grove Park and Route 119 have developed to such an extent thnt the road is closed. Some sections of the road have settled to a depth of five feet. About a quarter of a mile has settled, it was said. Highway Department officials were quoted as saying they would not improve the road until the falls have come to an end. A detour has been established by way of Lcmont. In addition damage of settling of the ground from the Youngstown mine has been caused to property. Switchboard Girl, Elevator Operator Defeat Murder Plan CHARLOTTE, N. C.. Feb. 10.-Grady Cole, radio news commentator, possessor of a microphone personality well known hereabouts, thanked an elevator boy and a switchboard girl today for his lite. As Cole left the studio of Station WBT yesterday afternoon, a man accosted him at the elevator, poked o pistol into his side and told him he was going to kill him. The elevator door opened, revealing the operator, Roosevelt Johnston, a Negro. The man with the pistol accused Cole of having slapped him, insulted him, and entering his house to steal war medals. "I never saw you before," protested Cole. "Get into the elevator, I'm going to kill you." Martha Jumes had listened from her switchboard. She called: "Oh, mister!" The man with the gun turned his head. Johnston jerked Cole into the elevator and slammed the door. The mnn ran down the stairs in pursuit of the elevator and Miss James called police. Arrested, the man was identified as George Ladd, 45, who said he had left a veterans hospital at Augusta, Ga., several dnys ago. He did not know Cole, but had heard Cole's voice on the radio. Police said he had delusions. LAST OF TRIPLETS DIES AT UNIONTOWN UNIONTOWN, Feb. 10. -- John Lalley, third member of the male triplets born Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Lalley of 91 Beeson street, died at 10:30 o'clock this morning at Uniontown Hospital. It was the smallest of the trio and had been placed in on incubator at the hospital. There are eight other children in the family of the foreman of the Jamison coal mine at South Uniontown. Britain Favors Arms Reduction. LONDON, Feb. 10.--Great Britain agrees with the United States that she is ready at any time to join other nations in a general effort to limit armaments. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain told the House of Commons today. Poultrymen Meet Friday. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 10.--An important meeting of the Uniontown Poultry and Farm Products Show Association will be held Friday night at 7:.10 o'clock m the faim bureau office hcie. SWOC Will Oppose*. Any Use of "Escape" Clause in Contract Loses £150,000 Gems' Mysterious theft of jewelry valued at $160,000 from Mrs. Philip Hill' (above), wife of a British financier, 1 at Palm Beach, Fla., was nrndo known when detectives -were asked to join a widespread hunt for the thieves. Mrs. Hill has.bccn wintering in tho Florida city. ', (Central Prest)! Gang War Flares In Chicago; Old Method Used By United Press, CHICAGO HEIGHTS, 111., Feb. 10. --Sta'c's attorney's police turned today to the remnants of Scarface Al Caponc's gang, powerful during the prohibition heyday, in an attempt to track down three gunmen who used gangland's "handshake" technique lo rub out Sam Costcllo, reputed head of a lucrative slot machine racket. The executioners, disguised in hunting attire, invaded a Chicago Heights bakery yesterday and, with flourish reminiscent of the St. Valentines Day massacre in Chicago nine years ago, killed Costcllo and wounded three of his associates. The victim was a brother of Charles Costello, described by investigators as the "Caponc of Chicago Heights." When Sam _die_d .he. wore,a diamond studded belt buckle, the type Cpone gave to his close friends during the height of his regime. State's Attorney Thomas J. Courtney took quick action 'to prevent development of a new gang war. At St. James Hospital, where the.wounded were -treated, swarthy, grim men gathered in a corridor last night, apparently fearful the killers would return to finish their job. They were driven out by Lieutenant Thomas Kelly and his aides. Kelly believed they sensed, and were prepared to ward off, another attack, Courtney ordered a heavy police guard stationed at the hospital. Police viewed the slot machine, gambling and illicit alcohol rackets as a possible motive for the assassination. Courtney charged recently that Continued on Page Five, Monessen Doctor Performed Illegal Operation, Charge GREENSBURG, Feb.. 10.--Westmoreland county detectives announced today they have filed Jn- f-.Trtation against Dr. W. D. Hunter, of Moneison, charging him with performing an alleged illegal operation on a married woman of Fairhope, Fayette county, who died shortly after. Dr. Hunter waived hearing a ·. 1 posted $7,000 bond for grand jury action, detectives said, at an arraignment before Alderman Hugo J. Parente of Monc --n. Detectives said the office o£ District Attorney Charles D. Copeland was notified on the death of the woman in a Pittsburgh hospital last January 10. After an Investigation detectives made the charge that Dr. Hunter performed one or more illegal operations on the woman. Agreement Provides- an "Out" for U. S. Corporation. PRICE CUTTING MAY AFFECT WAGES By HARRY FERGUSON . United Press Staff Correspondent. NEW YORK, Feb. 10.--The Steel Workers Organizing Committee, a CIO affiliate,,will fight any attempt by the United States Steel Corporation _to use the ."escape" clause of the extended company-union contract to reduce wages, it was indicated today. The "escape" clause provides that negotiations for contract alteration: may start on 10 days* notice from cither party; and tha't if no agreement is reached within 20 days of such notice, the contract will be terminated automatically. Three hours before "Big Steel" renewed "indefinitely" its agreement with, the SWOC'yesterday, several independent companies' r e d u c e d prices as much as $4 a ton on som'e of their products, 'These reductions were met immediately by the" Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation; U. S. Steel's largest subsidiary. · ' It was recalled that Benjamin F. Fairless, U. S. Steel president,' declared recently that prices could not be reduced without corresponding wage cuts. Under the "escape" clause, the corporation left open the possibility of wage reductions should price conditions be considered to require them. Indications that the union would fight any attempt to use the clause to reduce wages were seen in'state- ments by Philip Murray, SWOC chairman, opposing wage cut proposals and in a recent declaration by John L. Lewis that the CIO would fight vigorously any plan, to decrease wages. Although the SWOC was unsuccessful in its attempts to obtain a guarantee of no wage cuts, both Murray and Lewis hailed the ''indefinite" extension as a victory for labor and a protection for the wages of approximately 240,000 workers affected by it. President Asks $250,000,000 To Assist Needy WASHINGTON, Feb. 10.--President Roosevelt today estimated 3,000,000 persons have lost their. Jobs in the past three months and asked Congress for $250,000,000 additional work relief funds to be spent between now and -June 30." " ' · The President's request, contained in a letter to Speaker of the House William B. Bankhcad, would increase relief expenditures for the fiscal year to a total of $2,009,000,000 and lift the prospective deficit from 51,088,100,000 to $1,388,100,000. Mr. Roosevelt said 'the new WPA funds would enable the Administration to continue the present 1,950,000 persons on WPA rolls and afford "a rr-.sonablo measure of relief for those who have recently become unemployed and are in need." The President's estimate of a 3,000,000 boost in jobless rolls due" to business recession was his first authoritative statement of the effects of the economic setback on the Naion's employment situation. In making the new appropriation, Mr. Roosevelt asked that restrictions on work relief spending be revised to allow the Works Progress Administration to spend the new funds over the remaining months of the fiscal year. Will Probated. GRCENSBURG, Feb. lO.--The will of Valentine K. W. Bishop, late of Mount Pleasant township, was pro- baled here. The estate is valued at $1,000 and Stanley Bishop is executor. The legatees are Stanley, Vincent, Cecilia, Mary, and Maggie Bishop. The sum of SI has been willed lo each of the following childicn: Anna, Joseph and Frank Bisho.p. - - ._ Icebreakers Fight Way Toward Russians On Floating Ice Floe MOSCOW, Feb. 10.--Two icebreakers fought through ice today toward four Russian scientists isolated on an ice floe off the Greenland coast. A 54-hour silence was ' broken when the scientists reported by radio at noon yesterday that they were all right. Their position was 72.00 north latitude, 19.38 west longitude, in sight of the cast coast of Greenland. The temperature was 3.2 degrees above zero and there was an 11-mile wind. The icebreaker Murmanetz was off the southwest coast of Jan Mayen Island, approaching the area In which the scientists were isolated, j a n d the icebreaker Taimur was approaching the island from the east. To Complete Koad Link. GREENSBURG, Feb. 10.--State Highway Department has assured Westmoreland county commissioners that the new four-lane stretch of the Lincoln highway extending from east of Adamsburg to the western boundary line of Invm will be constructed this summer. Surveys ar« ncarins completion,

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