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LAST E DITION PRICE 2 C The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. YOU 37, NO. 80. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17, 1S7D. The Dally Courier, Founded November 10, 1502. | Merficcl Uuly 18. 1323. CONlSfELLSVIti/E, PA., FRIDAY EVENING, FEBWJAHY 2\, 1939. SIXTEEN PAGES. Walton League Must Be Extended to Aid Conservation--Mundt Only Organization of its Kind O p e r a t i n g on National Basis, Congressman Says. THRILLS HEARERS AT ANNUAL DINNER Janies Unopposed To Continuing Flood Projects With due respect to the accomplishments ol other sportsmen's organizations, there is only one organized on a National basis and that is the Izaak Walton League of America, "Representative Karl Mundt of .South Dakota told more than 200 members oE the ConnellsviUe Chapter and their guests at the fifth annual Walton banquet Thursday evening at the First Methodist Episcopal Church. And that is the only plan that will be successful in a program of conservation of woods, waters and wild Jife, the congressman added, explaining that the I. W. L. A. begins with the home chapter and is carried up through state and National bodies, which no other sportsmen's group attempts. The sooner the membership of the Walton League reaches to evsry pail of the country and its power thereby progressively extended, "nc sooner will conservation aims and objectives be attained, he said. Its handicap now is that the predatory interests are able to maintain lobbies in Washington, while the league is not so financially situated. Representative Mundt pleaded for interest of women in conservation by the sides of the men. "I believe tha conservation should be interesting to women, just as it vitally interests their husbands," he said. The congressman, who has been a Waltonian almost from the beginning of the organization and is cow fa(h- ering in the House the league's pure streams bill, devoted an hour to discussion of destruction of natural resources since the first settlers arrived on American shores and of the efforts at this late date to remedy the evil. Cutting away of timber, depletion of the coal beds and pollution of streams were charged by Mr. Mundt to the "make way for the people" demand which has been in effect ever since the whites first began to mistreat the Indians and "write such an unholy page in American history." It is poor sportsmanship on the p irt of Americans to accuse Italy, "which did less to Ethiopia, and Japan which lias dealt less severely with 1ne Chinese than the way we treated the early Americans," he declared. Along with the efforts being put forth by the men and women. Representative Mundt turned attention to the coming generation--the boys, chiefly, as the best agency upon which to depend for carrying out the program. Also he pointed to communion with nature as the host '·.means of building character in the boy. The best antidote lor the boy problem, he said, is provide him with a pole, a can of worms, a dog and a place to fish for bullheads. Exactly 212 persons gathered about the tables. After singing "America ' and the invocation by Dr. "William H. Hetrick, last year's toastmaster, and dinner, President Ross J. Medcalf briefly outlined the purpose ol the occasion and introduced Rev. L. S. Elliott, pastor of the Methods! Church and member of the chapter, as toastmaster. He explained that the usual order of things was being reversed and that instead oi saving the speech of the evening for the iatt, it would come first; also that there would be no other speeches except a brief presentation of the keys of the city by Mayor Ira D. Yoiinkin, who spoke a minute or so. A telegram of gicetings from Kenneth A. Reid, general manager of the Izaak Walton League and organizer of the chapter, was read, and then Representative Mundt was given the floor, after a rising ovation. Following the address special guests were introduced. They were Colonel Paul C. Hunt, John G. Mock, Dr. A. V.'. Henn, Charles W. Ward, L. H. Reed and A. R. Lashley of Pitts- ·· burgh, Joseph Critchficld of Confluence, Mayor William J. Crow of Un- lontown and Woody Dom of Greens- ijurg. Other sportsmen wore present from Uniontown, Greeiisburg, Monessen, Fairchance, Indian Head, -Scottdale, Donora, Rockwood, Con- lluence, Perryopolis, New Kensington and Morgantown, W. Va. \. Draw prizes were awarded to the following: Bamboo fly rod, Mrs. W. R. Vernon of Perryopolis; reel, Charles McAdoo of Fairchance; other articles of tackle to Mrs, Russell Blair of Perryopohs, J. A. Wills, "W. H. Myers, Emerscn Stillwagon, Mrs. Russell Burkholder, Warren Elliott, J. D. Armstrong, Paul Ramsey and Continued on Page Six. By JOSEPH BANKS United Press Staff Correspondent. HARR1SBURG, Feb. 24.--Governor Aithur H. James was on record today as favoring continuation of flood control projects already under construction in Pennsylvania, apparently placing his formerly rigid "State's rights" demands on a more arbitrable basis. Following a conference late yesterday with H. B. Kirkpatnck ard Dr. James H. Gieene of the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce ani "\V. B. Rodgers and Ralph C. Edgar of the Tri-State Authority here to persuade the Administration to permit continuation of Federal reser\oir projects on the Ohio watershed. James said: "Generally speaking I am in accord with the purposes and plans . . submitted to me by the Pittsburgh group. All I want to be sure of is that in attempting to solve the question of flood control we are i.ot Josing our water power control. 1 ' Informed by the committee thai President Roosevelt and other gov- ernmental'officials had givrm assurances the projects would not be u-jc for Federal power. James declared "I would like to have it in black anc white." He also expressed a disinclination to sign State lands over U» the Federal Government for flood contro projects on the grounds that the Commonwealth's "vast deposits of coal . . . must be preserved." The committee answered this cb- jection by saying "it is our \indcr- stondmg that the Federal Government will offer to lease reservoir lands to the Commonwealth for a nominal consideration." His Slayer Dies Cribbing Used to Bolster Crossing As Earth Caves In UNIONTOWN, Feb .24.--Subsidence ol the earth at Footedale resulted Thursday night in a hurry call for West Penn workmen to make the "company store" crossing safe. Cribbing was installed and the cars operated is usual after unusual caution being observed last night. Garages and other buildings in the district aie said to have been affected by the se'.tiing ol the earth. West Penn officials say the cars are being operated with the utmost safety as a careful vigil is maintained. Craters had appeared on the property of the Footedale school months ago and recently there has been a cave- in nearby but it was quickly filled. Dunbar Township Road Injunction Dissolved UNIONTOWN, Feb. 24.--Judge W. Russell Carr today dissolved a preliminary injunction brought by Nicola Variano against Frank and Anna Rose in Dunbar township. They live near the fork where the creek road divides into the Elk Rock and Tucker Run roads. Frank and Anna had blocked the path on their own property which led to Variano's store. Variano sought an injunction to have the blockade removed. The court decided today that the injunction should be dissolved and the costs placed on the plaintiff. Just Off flie Wire WEST BROWN'SVliUE, Feb. 24.-A «id on a cock fitfit at Ve»la 5 lesulted In the arres^ at approximately 10« persons \vWo posted for- leits at a hearing beJJore Justice of 'he Peace H. L. S\vart/- Constable Joseph Andrews of J FaUowflclcl I n n n s h i p , conducted thA''aid. Conclave to Name Pope Opens March 1 VATICAN City, Feb. 24--The conclave of cardinals to elect a new pope will btgin at 3:30 P. M. (8:30 A. M.) on March 1, it was announced officially today. The mass of the Holy Ghost, which the cardinals will attend before the conclave, will be at 3:30 A. M. (3:30 A. M. EST). The three United States cardinals, who are among the older members of the Sacred College, have been allotted "cells' 1 on the third floor of the Vatican palace, in the more modern and comfortable section. High School Debaters in Monessen Saturday Debating teams from high schools in Western Pennsylvania, \Vos( V u - ginia and Ohio are expected in Monessen Saturday to engage in the annual debate tournament of the Westein Pennsylvania district of the National Forensic League. The question for debate is: "Resolved, That the United States Should Establish an Alliance W i t h Great Britain." SENATE MAY ALSO R'EJECT .GUAM ISSUE James B. Cash. J r , for whose kidnaping and subsequent death Franklin Pierce McCnll todny paid the supreme penalty m Florida's electric chnii. The child. fi\e years old, was held for 510,000 ransom. Even though the money reportedly paid by the father, restoration of tne ?on w;is not made and eventually the body wns pointed out to police aftei McCall had been arrested. WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 --Chairman David I. Walsh of the Senate Naval Affairs Committee predicted today that the Senate would uphold the House's icfusal to authorize h;u- bor and airport developments on Guam--a project which isolationists charged would extend the United States Pacific frontier to within 1,300 miles o£ Japan. \Valbh, whose committee will handle the $48,000,000 bill w h i c h authorizes 10 new Atlantic and Pacific naval and air bases, said "the emphatic vote jn the House on the Guam question ends j t for the present'' Influential ^enatois, including Administration senators, agreed with Walsh that the 205 to 1G8 roll call vote in lh{; House had dehnito\« killed the $5,000,000 Guam project for the present. Walsh's committee early next week will be^in consideration of the navnl base bill, but Walsh indicated he would make- no ofTori in the committee to restore the Guam authorization. "For the Senate to mMst on the authom.ilion m view of that i e u n d vote v.uuld lead to an impasse," j Walsh ."nid. "1 don't see any advan- i . . lagu ni piessing the quc?t.on in Ihu i r~\ f*\f*\\ff^r Senate." \ * I ^ ^ V C I Defeat of the Guam wa;. interpretoti as another defeat Ior the Administration in the two-monlh-old 70lh Congress, although President Roosevelt did not directly support the plan. The White House implied, howo\ or, that the authorization to improve Guam's btratcRic value might be useful in sinking to make Japan moi e amenable to American diplomatic representation*. In pioparation for the start of Senate debate on the $358,000,000 Army Air Corps expansion bill, Scn- Contir.ucd on Page Six NAZI PARTY D I S S O L V E D IN HUNGARY THRICE SENTENCED TO DEATH. MIKE ALEX DIES PROTESTING INNOCENCE Police Confiscate Possessions, Raid Homes Of Leaders. By WILLIAM H. LAWRENCE Copyright 1939 by United Press. WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.--United j JQ SEN D 150 Mine Workers Union officials, it wns ' learned today, are seeking to strengthen their hand in contract negot'at:ons with eastern operators OSSIMNG, N. Y., Feb. 24.-Michael Alex, 27. who robbed and mmdercd two men, who was tried for his life six Limes and three times' by indefinitely extending present bi- sentenced to death,_stood_ before the tunrnous contracts outside the Ap- clectric chair " ~" ~ shoitly after midnight, leaning on the! jrm of a priest, and snou WLIS innocen Tears sticdtned down his cheeks March 14, The present basic agree- while iie whined to the spectators: ' ment provides a seven-hour day and MEN TO CAMPS "Why d i d they do this to rr.e? This ' 35-hour week, with a minimum wage sorr.c'thmg I never did. I am innocent." Father John McCaffrey, the chap- l.nn, held up a crucifix. Alex kissed it, .shuddered, and sat down in the chair. Four minutes later New York's most convicted nounccd dead. murderer was pro- IVicCalS Pays With Life Electric Chair For Florida Kidnap-Death Ry United P RAIFORD, Fla., Feb. 2 Pierce McCall, 21-ynr-old preach- I cr's jon, died in the eld duy /or the kidnap-mu: Bailey Cat,h, Jr., a south Florida youngster. McCall died in the execution chamber of the state prison farm McCall protested his innocense and declared he had been betrayed as Christ had been. "Judas Iscariot betrayed Jems Christ for 30 pieces of silver," McCall snid, rending in a firm vo.ce ;'£-*·*,.«.,,, | AZAN A, HEAD sr-old preach- I Series OF LOYALISTS, TO RESIGN By United Press. Copyright 1939, by United Press, PARIS, F--b. 1M.--Manuel Azana, president of Loyalist Spam und olhei- leadens who refused, to continue the from a pieparcd statement just be- \ cml . w ; 11 ; w * re completing arinnge- ^ " ! monts today to announce the end of D i c t a t o r s In Pittsburgh Talk By GEORGE KALDOB United Press Staff Correspondent, in Sing Sing Prison t palachi.n soft coal fields ' BUDAPEST Hungary Feb 24.-- nlng on t h e l P Negotiations lor a new contract for £ **TMent decree today ordered ted l h a t h e j b j t u m i n o u s coal miners in the Ap- ^ dissolution ana prorubition of the ' p a l a c h i a n field open in New York paTM*TM 21 Nat ' onal Socialist ( Naz ' Police closed all National Socialist headquarters and confiscated all the party's possessions. Jn the early hours of this morning, police made surprise raids on party quarters all over the country. At the same time they began a series of raids on the homes of National Socialist leaders. It was- reported that by mid-morning 150 men had been arrested and it was said that they would be sent to concentration camps. The government's action was calculated to cause a European sensation because of the country's key position, in the new central-eastern European. set-up following the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia. But of even more immediate political importance was the fact that, anticipating today's action, Coloman Hubay, Hungarian Nazi leader, directly defied the government in Parliament last night. Hubay said that if, as he believed, the government was about to send all eadmg Nazis to concentration camps, his party could assume no responsibility for the country's future. It was known that the government's action, taken a few hours after this warning, was the result of an investigation into the bombing of a Jewish synagogue February 3. Fourteen persons were wounded when someone threw a hand grenade into the central synagogue as the rabbi was pronouncing the closing prayer. The crowd fled into the street in panic. As it reached the street, another hand grenade was thrown. Many persons connected this bombing with a government announcement that it would back a parliamentary bill ameliorating anti-Jewish laws. The government asserted that its investigation of the bombing showed that the bombers bad received equipment and instructions from the "green house," the Budapest headquarters of the Hungarian Nationalist Socialist party. B United Press. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 24.--Former President Herbert C. Hoover placed Lhe "intolerant ideologies" of dictator nations nlonj; with war, famine, pestilence and dc.ith, as the "Five Horsemen' 1 trampling the world, in f _ a speech Thursday night urging sup- j Relives "in'"Lewis*' "attempt"to" make port of the ^Presbyterian church's peace i n the outlying district before , *, nnnnn r, n _ , , . _ * , , ^ M arc h 31 expiration date of the of $G per diy in the north and $5.60 in the south. Authority'e sources revealed the UMWA president, John L. Lewis, sec r et!y has authorized district union leaders \n areas mining 28 per cent of the total bituminous production to extend present agreements before opening of the crucial conferences with Appalachian operators, who mine 72 pet cent o£ the soft coal. Moic than 400,000 persons are employed in bitununous mines. The extension instructions, it was learned, went out early tins month to district leaders JH Illinois, Indiana, Io\%a, Alabama, Western Kentucky, Southern Tennessee, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, Washington, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas and Missouri. The outlying district contracts, which conform to the basic Appalachian contract, usually are not negotiated until after the UMWA reaches agreement with the eastern producers Coal officials saw two major ob- drive for n $10,000,000 college fund, "The fumes from these witches' Appalachian agreement, A strike may result if the Appalachian negotiations break down. These objectives it was indicated authoritatively, are: 1. To insure against a major fore he SJil in the lethal chair. j ; "It would be interesting s u b j e c t ' matter to know just how much ^ome receive who were instrumental in the perpetration of this present day cruelty." McCall added thai the "Master died Ior a while i inn dying for nothing." His last hope of escaping the dcdlh penalty had vanished when justices of the L", S. Supreme Court and the U. S. Circuit Court declined to intervene, McCall, however, had seemed confident to the very end that ho would never pay with his life for the kid- nap-slayirg of the little boy, whom he used to play with and take fishing when he was eirployod by ,T. B. j Cash, father of the vit'Jm. \ Only when a guard called "come i on Mac" did McCall show any «iut- ward emotion. His eyes looked like those of a frightened deer. His mouth screwed up at the corners Then, he straightened, his iace, smiled and started the death match-10 steps from hjs Cell No. 1 in "murderer's row" to the chairs. Even during the last 15 minutes McCall was calm and collected. He knew the 14 attempts by his attorney through courts and the pardon board had failed. But he felt confident that there -would be n 3ast minute break to save him. McCall was taten by two guaids into the death cnamtacr a lew minutes after 11 A. M. The switch was thrown ;it 11:08 A. M., and he was pionounccd dead at 11:16 A. M. by Dr. Walter Mur- phrce, prison physician. Twenty-one years old, o£ a frank, pleasing countenance, product of an early cnvuonmcnt which made two ot his brothers ministeis, McCall was considered by the Department of Justice agents who trapped him, one of the most brazen and merciless criminals of their experience. He had been employed by tin. Cashes, before the kidnaping, as a c^ or. Page Six, the third Spanish republic. Records were being packed and other documents \\cre being burned at. the Spanish embassy here, where Spain's chief refugee took asylum after the f a l l of Barcelona. Azana I'Qld a final conference tod^y 1o decide on procedure Tor relinquishing the presidency. The announcement awaits the official notification by Great Britain and Fian.ce that they recognize the government, of Generalissimo Francisco Franco. Azana then will hand his resignation to Diego Bairio Martinez, president of the Loyalist Parliament. Barrio will summon membeis of Continued on Page Six. c.iuldrons o£ new ideologies are to- dny dragging our democracies with illusions of economic security," the former head of the Nauon told 700 churchmen, gathered here to launch Western Pcnnsyh ania's 51,000,000 portion of the fund raising campaign. Hoovi r added to intolerance, as a problem of thr modern world, social complications," which, he snid, resulted from slownos in carrying the "moral relations" between employer and employe in Hie village shop to mass production industries; the replacement of man in industry by women, and the grant of "legal pcisonality * to coopeiutions, while giving thorn "the morals of machine tool." "Even the two-thirds of the world which h a v e been trampled by the Five Horsemen many of the people have at some time experienced the elements of human liberty," be said, "And once that has entered the hu- mnn soul it will not die. That is, if the light of hope be maintained fcomewhrrt' in the world. "After all the constructive power of civilisation in our democracies is not founded on power over matter. It is founded on the advance of truth, beauty md human brotherhood. It is founded upon respect Tor individual. Continued on Pafie Six. Will Continue Probe of Auto Crash March 10 UNIONTOWN, Feb. 24.--Two witnesses--Wallace Fuehrer and Mabel Harshman, boln of Leisenrmg--have been ordeied to appear Friday afternoon, March 10, before a coroner's jury here in subpoenas Coroner S. A. Baltz and served by Harry Hopkins Will Extend Olive Branch in Speech Tonight By United PrcbS DBS AIOINES, 111, Fel). _24.-Secretary of Commerce Harry L. Hopkins holds out the New Deal's olive branch to business in hisjfjrst major speech ;is a Cabinet -member torught. Hopkins will speak under auspices of the Des Moines Economic Club, a select, non-partisan discussion gioup of business and professional men. The speech will be broadcast over an international Columbia Broadcasting System hookup to the Willing To Apply For Billings' Pardon SAM FRANCISCO, Feb. 24.--Gov- cinor Culbert Olson said today he was "willing" to apply to the California Supreme Court lor approval to pardon Warren K. Billings despite the state advisory pardon board's refusal to make such an application. The board's refusal, decided upon last night by a three to two vote, apparently left Billings' sole hope ior pardon in Olson's hands. When he paidoned Tom Mooney, last month, Olson scbd he would like to pardon Billings also, but he was powerless to act because Billings was a two- time offender. The pardon boaid merely voted on the question of recommending a pardon to the supreme court. 'It too was pqwerleis to grant a pardon. The law decrees that in the case of a man twice convicted oJ a felony, the high court must first recommend a pardon before the goveinor can grant it. Advised ol the board's action, Olson baid he was "willing to submit an application to the court if that is Billings' only recourse and if his lawyers · ant me to. 31 George Davis, Billin;}5' attorney, indicated he would appeal to the governor immediately. He was angry because the board had not given him an opportunity to appear in his client's behalf. United Slates, South Europe from 9:30 to America, and 10:15 "P. M. (10:30 to 11:15 P. M. EST). Reports from Washington conflict- issued by ed as to itg p,. DbaWe con tcnt. Some said Hopkins would emphasize a complete the inquiry and fix responsibility for the accident on December 13 which cost the life of Mrs. Grace Workman Lerew of Connellsville, wife of Track Coach Joseph A. Lerew of ConnellsviUe High School. The inquest into the fatality began Tuesday afternoon but was postponed after John Fulton, 25, of West Leisenring, admitted to the jury that he had deliberately lied to the investigating officer by operator of the crashed into the declaring he was machine when it Lerew automobile on the Springfield pike near Normalville. To Ask Postponement Of Sheriff's Case The Weather UNIONTOWN, Feb. m.--Postpone- ment of the case of Sheriff Thomas Aubrey, indicted yesterday on 16 different counts, including embezzlement, is to'be asked. Counsel will request sufficient time to prepjie a defe-i»e and therefore it is contended t'int ti.ul at He M.'ich lerm would be impossible. Snow Hurries and colder kmight; Saturday fair, slightly colder in east and soutn portions is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 1938 Maximum . 33 48 Minimum . 15 30 E,re5n -1S 30 he would offer a specific program, including tax revision, a new deal for utilities and railroads and a revision of Irbor policies. B. O. FAST TRAJN GRAZES AUTOMOB3LE McKEESPORT, Feb. 24.--A Baltimore and Ohio streamline train grazed the front end o£ an automobile carrying four passengers and spun the car completely around at the Sinclair street clossing here last night. Occupants of the machine when it stalled, with the front bumper extending over the tracks were, John Somple, 19, of Bruceton, the driver, Alphonse Vouch, '20, of Pleasant Hills, Anna Jantik, 19, and Olga Baich of Clairton. Third Defendant In Kohuf Killing Presents Alibi BERLIN, Feb. 24.--Government quarters said today that the dissolution of the National Socialist or Hungarisl party in Hungary was a "purely Hungarian domestic affair." Further comment was declined, except that it was added that the party had no connection with' the German Nazi party. Nazis were said to regard the 'party as an independent one, primarily Hungarian, though its program was similar to that of German Nazis. Warsaw Students Stage Anti-Nazi Demonstrations By United Press. WARSAW, Poland, Feb. 24.-- SOMERSET, Feb. 24.--The third defendant charged with murdering Charles Kohut, · 53-year-old coal miner, testified today that he was with his girl fuend in Westmont the night that Kohut was fatally wound- Thousands of Polish students rioted in the streets of Warsaw today in the largest anti-German demonstration since Poland and Germany signed a non-aggression agreement five years ago. More than 2,000 students attempted to march on the German embassy after mass meetings at four Warsaw universities and colleges. Speakers bitterly attacked Germany. Police reserves were summoned when the meeting broke up and the students began to march through the streets. A cordon was thrown around the embassy. Firemen were summoned and the students were driven back with fire hoses. The demonstration started at tho ed by three masked men near Ideal i Warsaw University Technical Insti-" Park last May 18. i lute and the Agricultural Commerci- Mike T.sack, 24, last of the three | a l Academy. It was directed pri- c.efendants to be called to the wit- j mariiy at recent Nazi activities in ness stand at their trial was sus- ti, c f ree city of Danzig. tained in his alibi .by his wife, the girl friend he was visiting several miles from the murder scene last Woman Injured in Fall. May. Mrs. Lucy Eicher, 53, of Normal- The other defendants, Tony Ti- i ville, suffered an injury to her left, sack, Mike's brother, and Vincent | side and possible fractured ribs when. Bovina, testified yesterday to deny j she fell, face forward, on the ice that they were present at the home ' Thursday. She was taken to Con-' of Mrs. Catherine Dadura when Ko-_ hut was Iain. neUsville State Hospital for ment. .. Hospital Patient. Kenneth Cavanaugl of Connellsville, R. D. 2, has been admitted to Connelis\ilic Stat* Hospital for treatment. Salus Declared Senate Victor Over Democrat Already Holding His Seat By United Press. PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 24.--Judge I Thomas D. Fmletter today declared Samuel W. Salus, Republican, the vctor over his Democratic opponent, Heibert S. Levin, by one vote in the November 8 .election for the State Senate sept-frjjm the ^Second.'District here. The court found that Salus, a former senator, polled 23,420 legal votes against 23,419 for Levin, who was seated in the Senate during the or-. gan:?ation fight between Elemocrats and Bepublicans at start of the present" legislative session.

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