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LAST E DITION PRICE 2c The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL,. 37, NO. 80. The Weekly Couilcr. Founded July 17. 1879. The Daily Courier, Founded November 1!. 19U2. | RIei ged I Juiy 18. 1SB9. CONNELLSVILLE, PA., SATURDAY JiVENINU, FKiUlCAltY 23, 1039. EIGHT PAGES. Recovery, Not Reform, Now Administration's Theme, Says Hopkins WILL PROVIDES VACATION FARM FOll WORKING GIRLS: LOCATED AT BAKERSTOWN Offers Government Cooperation If Business Will Go Ahead. SEES NO GENERAL RISE IN TAXES Business Rally Objective Of Government PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23.--In accordance with the will o£ Sebastian Mueller, executive ot the H. J. Heinz Company, a chartei application was I on file today in common pleas coui t 1 tor establishment of Eden Hall Farm, a vacation home foi wot king girls. The home, according to the petition, would be a place of rest and recreation for working girls and women, to be situated on a 400-acie farm near Bakerstown. Directors will be allowed to use 5100,000 for erection of buildings. The remainder of a ?1.250,000 fund will be used for maintenance. Mueller, who died last November, left his entire lesiduary estate for the purpose of the home. By WINTHROP LYMAN United Press Start Correspondent. DES MOINES, la., Feb. 25.--Secretary of Commerce Harry L. Hopkins told business last night that the National Administration has shifted its emphasis from reform to recovery. "This Administration now is determined to promote that recovery with all the vigor at its command," he said in ihis first formal address since his appointment to .the Cabinet. Hopkins spoke under auspices of the DCS Moines Economic Club, a non-partisan group of business and professional men. He offered business the cooperation o£ government, upheld the American profit system, and said the Administration desires to create an environment in which private capital will be encouraged to invest. He denied that the Government has any desire to own and operate ail of the utilities in the country and said the "utilities question is reaching a solution." Hopkins said there should be no general rise in Federal taxes this year and that any Federal taxes which tend to freeze the necessary flow of capital should be amended. The secretary especially offered a helping hand t-j small business men. "One of my principal interests as Secretary of Commerce will be to see that the resources of the Government are particularly directed toward aiding small businesses," he asserted. "The Government is not, and never has been opposed to business. It has no desire to punish or harass business. "It has no quarrel with business merely because it is big; but big or little, the Government intends to prevent practices which do violence lo the effective working of our economic policies^' . ,, ,,.,,.... Hopkins, while reiterating his belief in labor unions, said the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations should reconcile their differences "for Uie general good of our population/ "Even with the best of good will toward collective bargaining, business finds it difficult to progress in the Cace of a divided labor front," he said '" "It is up to employers and em- ployes alike to make collective bargaining work. "Labor's contributions to a rising national income must be tolerance and fairness in reaching just agreements with employers. Labor mus fully realize that under our American system, business men have to mak( money to hire workers." ^ Hopkins expressed sympathy fo: the plight of the Nation's railroad and said they must be rehabilitate: before complete recovery can be ac complished. "Also," he said, "my experience has convinced me that there can be no solution to our problem of un-1 employment in the cities until the farmer regains his proper economic position in relation to the rest of the nation's population." The secretary said that the preservation of America's system of free enterprise no longer is the American but is the American "imperative." "It is imperative that freedom of opportunity be maintained for all \vho can contribute to our national well being," he declared. "I do not agree with the theory '.hat the mere dividing up of the oresent National income would provide a decent living for all. "Only by inci easing the National 'ncome and increasing the number of people who receive their income :hrough private wages, can we hope to attain anything resembling se- .·urity in America." Hopkins defended and defined the President's position on spending to Continued on Page Five. Quizzed m Wife's Death WASHINGTON, Feb.. 25. -- The Roosevelt Administration appoars today to be making a concerted bid to rally business confidence in a r.e\v | recovery drive. Presidential mid cabinet statements accumulate to support the belief that President Roosevelt may be testing a breathing spell policy to accelerate business improvement. Treasury experts, it vrns learned today, have drafted 85 pioposed revisions in revenue laws to elminate "deterrents" to "business recovery and simply preparation of tax return*. The recommendations may be sub- itted to Congress in line with Secretary o£ Treasury Henry Mor- jenthau's suggestion for re-e.vami- lation of tax laws "to see if there are any detenents holding the businessman back from making future comments." It was learned that treasury tax problem for the last six month:;. Many of the 95 tentative revenue law evisions were suggested by bus,- nessmen, lawyers and accountants. experts have been working on the specter. He was the first sanilation man in the county, working out ot the bureau of milk sanitation of the Department of Agriculture at Harrisburg. The speaker will touch on "Milk Sanitation and MiJk Production" and also deal with "Americanism" as the program will be tied in with the Americanization Week celebration of Connellsville Lodge, Benevolent Protective Order o£ Elks, which will be observed throughout the United States during the weelc of March 5-11. Kiwanis Fixes March 9 For Dinner Farm The annuul city-farm dinner, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club will be held at 6:30 o'clock Thursday evening. March 9, in the Kiwanis Club rooms of Carnegie Flee Libraiy, it was announced today. Walter S. Anderson of Ebensburg, a World War veteran and widely known as one of the State's leading producer-distributor dairymen, will be the speaker. lUr. Anderson is widely known in Fayette county, having spent six i years here as milk sanitation in- Frank Steiffor, 42, an ex-convict, who was released from the Leaverrworth penitentiary, is pictured fighting police as they take him to Chicago police station to question him about the murder of his wife, Helen. Her bod? was found ia their home with several stab -wounds near her heart. ' · (Central Preu} B. Gilbert Dies in Berlin By United Press. BERLIN', Feb. 25.--Prentiss B. Gil- jerl, charge d'affaires o£ the American embassy, died suddenly last night of heart disease. Gilbeit had had a distinguished career. He was the first man to represent·.the United States in the League of Nations council. During recent months, since the withdrawal ot Hugh R. Wilson, ambassador to Germany, it had been his duty to maintain contact with the German foreign office and to present the series of notes which the State Department sent in an effort to safeguard interests of American Jews in Germany. Gilbert was 55. He was a native of Rochester, N. Y. His father was an Army officer. He was educated in the United States and the Philippines. Los Angeles Co-Ed Dies After Attack; Has Fractured Skull True Bills Returned Against Men Arrested For Tampering With Car WALTER SCHELLER APPOINTED TO COUNTY HIGHWAY POSITION UNIONTOWN", Feb. 25.--True bills were returned by the March grand jury against two Brooklyn, N. Y., men, one an attorney, in connection with their purported attempt to remove articles from the damaged express "work car" of the Baltimore Ohio Railroad from the side of which E. D. Owen of New York foil to his death after fire broke out in the interior. The grand jury indicted Edward Tepperman and Louis; Lovesky of Brooklyn, K. Y., on charges of larceny with receiving stolen goods, malicious injury to railroad property, malicious interference with air applicator of a railroad company ar.d malicious injury to railroad. When arrested by railroad police, the two men said they were representing Mrs. Owen, widow of he express company messenger who had sought refuge on the side of the car when fire broke out on the inside where he was working. By United Fresa. LOS ANGELES, Feb. . .25.--Miss Ayva Sosoyeva, '21, pretty dramatic student, died in General Hospital early today several hours after she had been raped and beaten on the Los Angeles City College campus. Wally Myers, another student, told police she staggered up to him and fell at his feet, gasping: "I've been ' hit." | She lapsed into a coma and did n o t , revive before she died. Dr. John Cocke ol the Hollywood pobce receiving hospital said the girl's skull was fractured and her body bruised, indicating she had struggled desperately with her assailant. Police said she had been criminally assaulted. The girl was a member of a dramatics class in the college night school and had been misled at Jast night's session. Meyers said .she staggered up to him, her clothes toin disheveled, a short time before the hour for dismissal of classes. He carried her to the office of the college superintendent who summoned police and an ambulance. Fiom there she was removed to the Hollywood Receiving Hospital and thence to the General Hospital. Detectives William Clark and George Hill of the police homicide squad waited at her bedside, hoping she would recover consciousness long enough to describe her assailant, but she did not. They were questioning Meyers further this morning. Chicago Firm Low Bidder On Turnpike HARRISBURG, Feb. 25. -- The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced that the Guthrie Marsh Peterson Company, Chicago, with an offer of S505.091, was the unofficial low bidder for excavation and other ivorfc on the deepest fill on the projected super-highway between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. The section of work is near Mount Pleasant. Offers of six other bidders, whose proposals were opened by the commission late yesterday, ranged from .$614,503 to 5897,891. James Thanks Liquor Board for Ban Placed On Window Displays Given 30 Days in Jail. GREENSBURG, Feb. 25.--Jonn W. King of Scottdale was fined S50 and sentenced to serve 30 days in jail when he pleaded before Judge Charles E. Whitten to issuing two bod checks at Scottdale on January 14 and 21. Anabelle's Leg Amputated After Car Hits Her But She's Unaware of It Somersei Jury Given Murder Case Today By United Press. HAHRTSHUHG, Feb. 23 nor Arthur H. James, Seven Cars of Crack Western Express Jump Tracks; Many Injured Polish Students Smash Windows In German Embassy I "Chase" Main T r a i n Quarter of Mile Before Plunging Over 20-Foot Embankment. By United Press. WARSAW, Feb. 25.--More than 1,000 students broke through a police cordon today and stoned the German embassy, smashing all ground floor windows. The outbreak coincided with the arrival of Count Galeazzo Ciano, foreign minister of Italy, Germany's partner in the Rome-Berlin axis, and with anti-German demonstrations by students at all principal Polish universities. In the attack on the embassy, the students, aftei 1 an excited meeting during which denunciation of Germany and the treatment of Poles in Danzig whipped them into frenzy, rushed the cordon pi electing the building or. Pius Xf street. The students poured past the embassy, hurling stones as they ran. Police reinforcements despersed the demonstrators from the immediate vicinity but demonstrations continued in the neighborhood. ^ A high official of the Polish foreign office visited the German ambassador, Hans-Adolf Von Mollke, and apologized on behalf of the government for the window smashing. FILL HOSPITALS WITH PATIENTS Gover- Icttor to Ibe Stale Liquor Control Board today, expressed hi^ nppi'cciation of the board's older "that liquor store windows no longer be used to advertise' 1 alcohohc beverages, outlined his gcnenl viewpoint on the ''liquor business in Pennsylvania" and indicated that he is not a prohibition's!. The board's order resulted ftom James' recent pica that restraint be used in all types of liquor advci tis- ing to forestall an impending "disastrous revulsion" of public opinion on the wet-dry issue. At that I 1 me he said he was interested in chancing the liquor board's policy of "round lobin" displays of the various brands ot whisky, v/'nc and gin in the show windows of the 530 Sfale liquor stoies. "I don't believe ]i is necessary,' he said, "to display the wares constantly to get trade, and I don't De- live the show windows of the State stoics should be used lor such advertising.'* Walter .7. Schelier of East Franci. avenue has been appointed maintenance superintendent of the State Department of Highways in Fayette county and will assume his duties Wednesday morning. Schelier was in Harrisburg Friday afternoon for a conference with Secretary I- Lamont Hughes of the Department of Highway, receiving instructions anent his new appointment. Although he had been regarded as almost a certain choice for weeks, the Connellsville man was not named to his post until Ihe parley. A graduate of Connellsville High School, Schclicr" had worked" for' a" lime with the Baltimore £ Ohio Railroad Company but for approximately 20 years had been connected with the contracting business, being for a long ( time with the Corrado Gahardi Constructing Company. When the C\VA was organized as tile first Federal Government works piogram. Schelier was superintendent of ail projects here. Later he took over charge of the intercepting j sewer work which been completed. It was a mammoth undertaking ( was financed by the City and WPA. For about eight months, he had been employed by the city, holding the duties of a stieet commissioner although not so designated. HL will s succeeded in this capacity by William J. Weiifierbor, Councilman Claiencc A. Port, superintendent of the Department o£ Streets and Pub- Schcller .s regarded as one of the most capable highway construction and maintenance engineers in Southwestern Pennsylvania. He will work under S. W. Longstix-et, who has already atiumcd the post of division engineer ,n chbrge of District No. 12, embracing FayelU', Greene and Washington counties Jle succeeds Curtis Moyer of Dunbar. Lockard Gets 15th Reprieve By United Press. HARRISBURG, Feb. 25. . Pre- By United SOMERSET, Feb. prosecution and the 25.-- Botn the defense made By United Press. j j t was s uch a little bump, she told KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 25.-- I her nurse today, and she ought to be The physical senses of Anabelle ~oen, seven, were gradually return- ng today and her nurse at Mercy Hospital realized she must soon be .old. Anabelle, blond and blue-eyed, already knew a little. She knew that -.he was in the hospital because she iad been hit by an automobile, and -he could lift her arm and brush her lingers across a large bruise on her lurehead. She could remember, too, the ambulance ride and how nice the men u-ere who wheeled her through the ~»ig swinging hospital doors and into he brightly lit room where every- ndy was dressed in white. And she ·SMJ. a little ashamed that she had :ricd bcccuibC her head hurl. Iheir final appeals today in the court ot Judge Noiman T. Boose and it was expected that by noon the jury would retire to decide the case against three men accused of slaying Charles Kohut last May 10. Testimony closed kite yesterday when the defense offered two dramatically siicnl bits of evidence. Chief Counsel Curtis Truxal] commanded Mike Eind Tony Tisack, brothers, to stand back-lo-back before the jury in an obvious attempt to snow that their heights were almost identical. abje to go back to school tomorrow, yes? The nurse didn't answer. Instead | she pointed to a happy, gurgling baby across the corridor in the maternity ward, and Anabelle said, "Oh, he's cute!" Today perhaps, or tomorrow sure, Anabelle's full physical .senses will return and she will begin (o v. iggle her toes. Then il will be her nurse's or her doctor's duty to toll her that the bump on her forehead was not the only thing the automobile did. She will be told then '.hat the- car also mangled her left leg and that while she was in the big wiiite zoom, turgeons had to amputale il to save | Sei vices William W. Hixon r Auctioneer, Dies By United Press, WASHINGTON, Pa., Feb. 25.-Funeral services will be hold Monday at Mcmongahela for William W. Hixon, £il, \vell-known "Washington tiounty estate dealer and auctioneer, who died at his home here yesterday. First master of the Ginger Hill Grange, Hixon served as school director, supei visor arid constable of Nottingham township. Mines Case Goes To Jury; Maximum Penalty 27 Years NEW YORK, Feb.. 25.--The case! of James J. Hines, consort of gangsters, benefactor of the poor and strongest district leader. In Tammany Hall, goes to a jury today after Judge Charles C. Nott, Jr., makes his charge. He is accused of having sold and conspired lo sell to the late Dutch Schultz's lottery mob, the political influence he amassed and kept intact by dispensing coal, food, jobs, funeral expenses, ice cream, hand| shakes and pats on the backs to the poor voters ot his llth Assembly district. The maximum penalty of the crimes attilbuted to him is 27 years imprisonment. her life. They also can tell her thai -he ,s now out of danger. | be held in the Fuv. Methodist Episcopal Chui-ch ot Mon- The Weather Cloudy and warmer, followed by snow late tonight find Sunday is the "noon weather loiecast £or "Westoin Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 Maximum . 40 Minimum ^ Mean 31- Wargo Indictment Among 33 Additional True Bills Returned UNIONTOWN, Feb. 25. The March grand jury, in icturning 33 additional true bills, £or a total of 94 this week, and one ignoramous to make it the second, indicated a locj] man tor assault on a night club entertainer. John L. (Bucky) Jayncs was indicted on a chiirge of assault and battery with intent to ravish growing out o£ an-alleged attack 0:1 Virginia Schlandcr, alias "Giuger Ross," o£ Pittsburgh. Other returns o£ the giand jury included these true bills: George Whetsel, Waltersburg, paternity. Joseph Caitcr, Leila, murder. Andrew \V a r g o, CoiinellsviUe, keeping disorderly house. Aaron Dean, Keisterville, morals. Odell Duckett, Philadelphia, Jesse L. Wilson, Washington, and Banjamin Franklin, Fairmont, breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, larceny and receiving stolen goods, attempting to break and enter with intent to commit felony, Roy Pringle, Whi'-sett, breaking and entering railroad cars and larceny. Alvin Pettis, Markleysburg, ternily. Andrew Havlicheck, Smock, tevnity. parations were made today for another thorough mental and physical examinalion of Roy Lockard, 26- year-old former Aitoona WPA worker condemned to death for the "railroad spike" slaying of Matthew (Sonny) Karmondi, Jr., after he had been spared Irom the electric chair for the 15th time by Governor Arthur H. James. The young killer, convicted with Mrs. Margaret Kaimendi for latally crushing the skull ot. her four-year- old child because he allegedly interfered with their clandestine affair, was saved from execution for at least n month 48 hours before he was .0 enter the death chamber at Bellefonte. Intervention of Mrs. C. Williams, Aitoona, a life-long neighbor of the .ockard, who said she raised the condemr.ed man, and a group of other friends prompted James to issue the month respite on recommendation of Attorney General Claude T. Heno. Reno conferred with Mrs. Williams yesterday when she presented Harry Lockard, Roy's uncle. She said the slayer's uncle was weak-minded and explained the trait was reflected in Locked d. She appeared in Lockard's behalf after the Pardon Board fused clemency last week. The Chief Executive's reprive came as Lockard was saying goodbye to his father and step-mother, Mrs. Thomas Lockard, who urged the board at its February session to spare Lockard because, she said, he was mentally deficient. A biother and two iistcrs had planned to say fat ewcll to the prisoner today. By United Press. BOSLER, Wyo., Feb. 25.--More than 20 persons were hospitalized here and in nearby towns today and many others weie taken to Salt Lake City, Utah, for treatment of injuries received when seven cars of the Union Pacific's crack Pony Express were derailed on the mam line. Several passengers wete injured critically and may die. Among the critically hurt was Mrs. W. W. Jager, wife of a vice-president of the Bankers' Life Insurance Company, Des Moines, la. Jager was slightiy injured.. Both were rushed to a hospital at Laramie, 20 miles east, along with 15 or 20 other injured passengers. A sketchy _ account of the wreck was obtained from those at Laramie able to talk. They all said that the train was traveling at terriffic* speed and that the last seven cars o£ it became uncoupled, bounded down the right-of-way behind the main train for a quarter of a mile, then five of them plunged down a 20-foot embankment. C. H. Saunders, Negro Pullman porter, who was on duty in one of the overturned cars, said they "bounded along behind the train, hitting about every 30 or 40 feet" before they left the right-of-way, carrying with them great sections of tracks and ties. The wreck occured after most of the Pullman occupants had retired for the night and some of the injured had to be pulled from their berths and carried out by ambulance doctors summoned and fay townsfolk Two Injured When Gas Tank Explodes Two men were injured but no seriously when a gasoline tank on which a third man was working exploded at Baker's Garage on the West Side Friday afternoon. A cap Joseph Lowry of Dunbar was holding in his hand was thrown against his left temple by the concussion of the blast, causing him to suffer lacerations and contusions oE the temple. A piece of the tank struck Arthur Moyer in the right chest and caused fractured ribs. Lowry was admitted lo Connellsville State Hospital and Moyer returned home after receiving treatment. Moyer is employed by the garage. attendants and from Laramie, aroused by noise. First persons to reach the~~secne" found passengers in night clothes at- empting to administer to the injured, vhose cries from within, the cars al- racted aid. The most seriously inured were placed in the Laramie ambulances and carried to hospitals .here. The less seriously injured were taken aboard a train immediate- y behind the wrecked one. This train then detoured around the up- 'ooted track and continued toward Salt Lake City, Utah, the next city on the main line west. The greatest number of injured were from Des Moines. Employes of the Bankers Life Company had chartered two Pullmans for a trip to San Francisco and the Golden Gate International F.xposition. Jager and his wife were along as chaperones. Apparently both of the excursionists' cars were wrecked. In all, the train pulled 16 coaches. The wrecked cars, railroad officials · said, included two fully-occupied observation cars, two chair cars, two Pullmans and the diner. _ H. C. Portwood, 45, of Davenport, la., who was in one of the cars overturned, said he was playing bridgo with three other passengers when the car began to vibrate- He was'treated for cuts and bruises. "I suddenly left everything go over, easy like," he said. "Every one tried to grab onto something. When I regained my composure, T saw the badly crushed body of another person but I knew that I was all right." The main part of the train was halted as soon as it was possible to do so and trainmen and passengers from it ran back to aid the injured. Following the Laramie ambulances to the scene were several carloads of state police who immediately established lines around the wrecked cars, and evacuated all persons not aiding the doctors. A crowd of several hundred curious had gathered by this time. Hospitals at Laramie were crowded but city,officials said the Injured were being given adequate attention. Bosler is in the extreme southern part of Wyoming, and on the main line of the Union Pacific between Salt Lake City and Des Moines. Stork at Hospital. A son was born at 4:23 o'clock this morning at Connellsville State Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bitner I of Scottdale, Star Route. pa- pa- Properties Sold. GHEENSBLTKG, Feb. 25.--N. M. Ci-usan of Mount Pleasant sold a lot in Mount Pleasant to Viola Steven- j fcon of Mount Pleasant and the same day Viola Stevenson transferred a * tract to Mr. Crusan, _ . _^ Sit-in Strikers, Deep in Mine, Will Hold Church Services There Sunday By Or.ltcd Press. ONEIDA, Pa., Feb. 25.--Fifty-six men on a sil-down slrilce deep in Ihe Wolfe Collieries Company's Maurie F. mine, remained adamant today in their demands for payment of $28,000 in back wages, allegedly due them and prepared to hold religious services in the depths of" the mine Sunday. A committee of the strikers local of the United Mine "Woi'kers was to confer with President Hugh V. Brown si as HMS4;* BisVwt Z iiciajf, feitf the sit-downers themselves sent up word that they were not receding from their demands. Six of the original 62 strikers have been forced to come up since Ihe strike began Wednesday--four because- of colds, another because of a leg Injury, and the sixth to tend livestock on his larm. The remaining men asked Rev. Joseph Baran. Catholic priest o£ nearby Sheppton, to hold religious

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