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DIT10N PRICE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 3G, NO. 85. iTwoa. CONNELLSVILLE, PA., SATURDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 12, 1938. EIGHT PAGES. REPUBLICANS AIM TO DRAW LABOR, YOUTH Appeals to Be Launched Tonight in Lincoln Day Addresses. AIM'WILLBETO UNSEAT NEW DEAL By United Pies*. WASHINGTON, Feb. 12.--Republican party leaders will celebrate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln tonight with appeals to labor and youth to join a concerted drive against the New Deal in the fall congressional elections. Fifty G. O. P. leaders, headed by National Committee Chairman John D. Hamilton, will address gatherings throughout, the country. It was understood that the general theme of their remarks will be that the Republican party always has been a friend of the working man, and that now his liberty is threatened by the New Deal. Party officials said that the addresses would place the blame for the recession upon the shoulders of the Administration, but that major emphasis would be political rather than economic. Youth will be asked to join elders in a drive to unseat Democrats at the fall elections when one third of the Senate and the entire membership of the House of Representatives face reelection. Key positions at tonight's meetings --similar in organization to the Jockson Day ceremonies sponsored last month by the Democratic National Committee--will be held by Govcr- · nor George D. Aiken of Vermont, and Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg, _ IJ., Michigan. Conspicuously absent from the list of speakers were the two leading members of the party--former President Herbert Hoover and the 1936 G. O. P. presidential nominee, Alt M. Landon, who have disagreed on methods of rejuvenating the party. Mr. Hoover, who proposed an off- ycar party convention that was turned down by Landon and others, is enroute to Europe. Aiken, who recently demanded a purge of Southern Republican committeemen, will be the principal guest of the National Republican Club of New York, regarded as the most Important platform in the party's sphere. VandenberR was the speaker there in 1936 when he was regarded as a probable choice of the party for that year's /presidential race. Landon spoke there in 1937. Vandenberg will speak this year before the Middlesex Club in Boston, Mass. He frequently has discussed a coalition of conservative Democrats Sneezes, Clanking ' Radiator Drive Great Pianist From Stage PITTSBURGH, Feb. 12.--The silence was terrific as Arthur Schnabel, distinguished pianist, began his concert last-night at Syria Mosque. Of a sudden there came the crashing sound of a sneeze. Then another and another and another until Schnabel began to look worried. In a lew minutes, a clanking radiator joined the chorus. It was too much for the soloist. Although in the midst of a movement (ram Schubert's "Sonata in A Major," he jumped to his feet and cried, "I can't stand this noise." He ran from the stage. He returned in a few minutes, bowed to the unhappy audience and said, "I nm sorry." Then he completed the concert. The radiator was fixed. The audience muffled Its sneezes in handkerchiefs. Crossing Toil Increased With Death of Woman CONFLUENCE, Feb. 12.--Mrs. Laura Turney, 35 years old, of Charleston, near Confluence, died at 10:30 o'clock Friday night in Franfz Hospital to increase to two the death toll of Thursday night's automobile- freight train accident on n grade crossing here. Mrs. Turocy, mother of seven children and a daughter of Mrs. Sophia Bowlin of this place, had suffered a fractured skull and severe body injuries while Mrs. William Lcc, 47, widowed mother of two children, had been killed outright. Mrs. Turncy's husband, John, 36, assistant postmaster at Confluence, who suffered a crushed chest nnd a number of fractured ribs, was reported at the hospital today to bo getting along as well ns could be expected as was Mrs. Edith Cunningham, 47, who suffered shock and minor injuries. Both will recover, attaches said. The four persons had attended a meeting of the Parent-Teacher Association and were enroute home when the crash occurred nt the crossing about 600 feet west of the Confluence railroad station. Mrs. Cunningham resides on the north side of Confluence and Turney, driving his machine, was taking her home before going to his own house. The Turney family and Mrs. Lee, neighbors, reside at Charleston, on the Fayette county side of the Yough- ic_'icny River, just ucross from Confluence. Mrs. Tumcy is survived by her aged mother, her husband, six Aged Woman Recalls Telegraph Duty ; Here Night Lincoln Shot Carol Will Carry Out Many Aims of Goga By United Frew. BUCHAREST, Feb. 12. Carol's new authoritarian government, rulinc Rornnanhi'5 19,000,000 people under a ytUite of MCRC. announced in a formal proclamation of policy today Hint it would continue the mnin part of the nationalistic, nnti-Jcwish program of the Octavian Gofia cabinet. It was indicated, however, that the policy would bo pursued in such manner--and only to such extent-us lo guard against the turmoil and International concern which I«*d to the precipitate fall of Coca and Ins frankly anti-Jewish colleagues. The proclamation said that the government's program wot-ld Include a review of naturalisation certificates granted since the V/orld Wjr--main- ly to Jews who entered Koumania nftcr 19H--and annulment of any miturnlizAlton certificates obtained fraudulently. It was asserted thnt an organization would be created to enable "newly arrived'* fori-i^n elements to leave the country. The***, it wna specified, would include elements who weaken Houmanjn's ethical character "and handicap Roumanians In their own house." causing dangerous Koncral discontent. On the basis of international agreements, it was asicrttxf. Kou- rrunm would cooperate wiih countries which had an cxcesM'.r Jrwieh {populations to enable the Jews to find a new homeland which was in accordance with the Jews* own desire*. 1 Austrian Leader I V i s i t s Hitler; Europe Stirred and Republicans to battle the New I daughters, one son, one brother, Al- Deal at the polls in 1040, but he has j bert Bowlin, two half-brothers. Et'.not gone as far as Aiken in proposing j w u r t l Bowlin of Aliquippa and Frank that party lines be scrapped and that B°_ w lin of Bedford, Ohio, and one Administration Iocs unite in mon struggle. On December 5, when he shook party leaders with his demand that the National Committee be purged of "the baleful influence of Southern committcemen," Aiken said: WRIGHT WAITS JURY VERDICT By ALLAN McELWAIN United Press Staff Correspondent. LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12.--Paul A. Wright waited today to hear his fate from a jury that listened for a month to sordid testimony and arguments as to what motives he might have had lor killing his pretty, young wife, and John B. Kimmel, who had been his best friend.. The eight middlc-nged men nnd four women of the jury began deliberations at 8 o'clock last night and /ailing to rcacH agreement after two hours, were token to their hotel, to convene again at 9 A. M. today. Prosecutor Ernest Boll had not demanded the extreme penalty, which r.-juld have sent the former president of the city's largest airport to death in the state's lethal gas chamber, Fr.t Judge Bull, in his instructions to the jury, which lasted 90 minutes and were based mainly on technical points of the law, left the jurors that alternative. Judge Bull listed live possible verdicts for consideration: Guilty as charged, making the death penalty mandatory: guilty with a recommendation of mercy, entailing a life sentence; guilty of second degree murder: guilty of manslaughter; or not guilty. Wright huddled in his chair and wept as the jurors filed from court. Just Off the Wire TORONTO, Ont., Feb. 12.--Justice W. E. Midcllcton, presiding at an Ontario Supreme Court hearing de- .signcd to determine the winner of Ihe Miller baby derby today questioned the authenticity of birth certificates at two ot the ninr children Mrs. ·Matthew Kenny claimed \vcrp horn lu her in the 10-ycar-race. WASHINGTON, Feb. 12.--The V. S, Chamber of Commerce, in a discussion of the business .situation said today that "conditions may be more nrarly ready (or (ho turn than is Mmetuuos rccozuizcd." half-sister, Mrs. James Loach of Mc- Kecsport. The funeral service for Mrs. Lee will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock at the Lutheran Church at Confluence with Rev. J, S. Shannon, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Salisbury Cemetery. Mrs. Swink Carries Case to Higher Court UNIONTOWN. Feb. 12.--Appeal in the case of Mrs. Gertrude. Sauers Swink, Upper Ty.one township school teacher, dismissed for alleged immorality, will be taken to the State Superior Court, it was revealed today in papers prepared by Attorneys Clark W. Martin and Harold C. Marshall. They will be filed Monday in Pittsburgh. Mrs. Swink lost her appeal in the Fayette county courts recently when Judges H. S. Dumbauld and W. Russell Carr afilrmcd the decision of the school board in discharging her and President Judge Harry A. Cottom filed a dissenting opinion in which he recommended she be retained. "I believe we have a nood case here," commented Attorney Martin. Dunbar Negro Well Remembers Lincoln John Craig, 93 years old, of Dunbar, a former slave, today on the anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the great emancipator, recalled his visits to Washington where he tried in vain to shake the iiand of the Civil War President to thank him personally for the lifting of the hackles of bondage. ·' "Although I'd never succeeded in talking to Lincoln, I saw him at the Nation's capital. 1 was only about 20 years old then and I'll never forget him," Craig* said, referring to Linioln as the "greatest President of the United States." Craig was born on a plantation near Odessa, Maryland. By United ITrtr, VIENNA. Feb. 12. -- Chancellor Kurt SchuschnigR of Austria talked today with Fuehrer Adolf Hitler of Germany at the Fuehrer's mountainside estate near Bcrchtcsfiadcn. In response to Hitler's invitation, Schuschnif^n crossed the frontier »t 11 A. M. today. With him went Guido Schmidt, his foreign minister, nnd other intimate advisers. News of the visit was announced here only after SchuschnigK bud reached Bcrchtesgadcn and was actually in conference with Hitler, looking out over the frontier which Hitler, a native Austrian, crossed to become the leader of more than 60,000,000 Germans. News of the visit flashed through Europe with the speed of lightning. It could mean nothing, it could be of momentous importance to all of Europe, of which Vienna is the heart. Importance of the conference, eight days after the great Nazi shakcup of February 4, was emphasized by the fact that Foreign Minister Schmidt went along. It was reported here that the invitation by Hitler was made at the suggestion of Premier Benlto Mussolini of Italy. Mrs. Josephine Butler Then Worked Here For Pennsy. RELAYED DATA TO UNIONTOWN By DAMON RUNVON, Jr. United Press Staff Correspondent, LORA1N, Ohio, Feb. 12.--Ninety- year-old Mrs. Josephine B u t l e r rocked in H creaky chair by a small pot-bellied stovo in her cottage tod.iy nnd told in :m Ohio twang of ll.c night of April H, 1B65, when in n remote telegraph office in Connclls- ville. Pa., Die sounder clacked out the flash: "President Lincoln shot. Not »x- ncctcd to live." "I was stunned," Mrs. Butler, who at that Um£ wa.«j n Morse wire "operator" for Hie Pennsylvania Ra»l- j road, rfcollrcted. "Henry B)/ck- J stone--he was prciidcnt of the road then--and didn't they name a Cnt- cajo hotel after him--and n man named FncU--that "bis mining nnn from FiiuburKh"--were in the office at the time. "It was itr.ince. too, twrcauw w*'d lUit been talking about Uie PrcMticnt when thai Rjsh came through. I W£5 ' so shockrd 1 could hardly work the i key to ri'ioy tlic message to O'nion- j lov^n. i "1 had to stay on the job all that i night to relay the story of I.mcoln's j B5.us$mation m the Ford Thcn'.r* In ; Wnshir.KUm. The ttrxl day I wns worn out. I wa.i oniy n younK r.rl th^n--,-«bout 13. I thlnfc." Thr little old Judy w,i silent for n few mir.u'.cj. Sh- squ.nt«l. her cyrs, 5!ill !*hnrp. but rrd-nmm«l with the years, and lookrd out .it hrr nngh- bor'i cottaxf. She tnrd to recollect. on the anniversary of the src.it crnar.cipator's birth, what it felt like to pass on to the N.ilion the story of hb auddcn dcnth. "It wzf A shock to the winle Nation at that tunr," she fcwalloxvrd. "Thr NCKTOT* seemed to feel bad b-r- causr thry frit they owed Lincoln so much. And the white folks not only were Middcned, but I think mimy of them were a little sc.iretl of what the Negroes might do, they felt so bad about it. "A lot of people had been wearing black anywny, because of the war and when church let out on Sunday it looked as if a great blnck pall hung over the whole world." Mrs. Butler looked a bit wistful today, as she snt in the small living room of her liny cottage. It was Illlrd with antique furniture, paintings and knick-knacks. "I live here all by myself." she went on, but ns an after thought flipped a thin hand to indicate her friend, Mrs. Ida Garber. a wcathcr- bcatc^ Virginian, herself in her seventies. She had been sitting quietly listening. "Mrs. Garber here comes to visit me sometimes." Mrs. Butler smiled. "I've been alone ever since I was a little girl. My mother died when I was live, and I never saw my father and brother after that. They went away and left me with rela- Continucd on Page Two. Away for Year, Youth Returns to Discover Sister Motor Victim By United Pr«3. SOMERSET, Feb. 12--Jack Reiglc, 20,, returned home after a year's absence that followed a family quarrel, learned a foster brother and sister were killed in an automobile accident and his foster parents had moved to Canton, Ohio. He refused to believe the tragic news until he was .shown newspaper clippings of the automobile accident. James W. Reigle of Bcriiri and Mrs. Andrew Erford of Harrisburg were killed last September 12, near Everett. His foster parent;., Mr. and Mrs. George Rcigie, had left soon after the accident to live at Canton. Reigle said he did r.ot expect to join his foster parents. A family disagreement a year ago j prompted Jack to leave his home at I Berlin. He went to California where j he enrolled in a CCC camp. Thurs- j day he returned to Berlin. Next Week's Weather SCOUT SAFETY DEMONSTRATIONS THIS EVENING The public is invited to gather around windows of the E. B. Zimmerman Company in North Pittsburg street and the Troutman Company in West Crawford avenue tonight between 7:30 and 8:30 o'clock to watch Boy Scouts put on a living illustration of what$to do and what not to do to insure safety in the home. Use of firearms will also be demonstrated. Troop No. 1, in charge of Scoutmaster R. C. Witt, and Troop No. 8 in charge of Scoutmaster ,1. M. Southard, will stage the demonstrations. NEGRO PAROLED IN H'OG THEFT UNIONTOWN, Feb. 12. -- John Baker, Leisenring No. 3 Negro, was placed on parole for one year by Judge Harry A. Cottom, ordered to make restitution and pay $30.88 costs after he pleaded guilty to the theft of a hog from George Danko of Dunbar township, near Monarch. The hog, valued at $65, was taken -from the Danko hog pen just before Christmas and slaughtered. Baker was arrested after Constable Nick Medore of Dunbar had found him in possession %vith part of the meat. Blames Dope for Murder Tke Weather By United . rcis. Uurned Chilil Improved. Dorothy Statrord, four years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stafford of Foutth street, West Side, severely burned about the body, hands and legs when her clothing ignited as she played with fire :t her home, was reported as much improved today at Conncllsvillc rit.ite WA«im-rnv EV.U ,n i.r , 1 ' Clolld y. probably with occasional A\ASHNGTO.\, Feb. 12.--Weekly i ight rain in wcst ;md ]ight ram 01 . weather forecast, north and middle | Enow jn casl po Hj 0 n tonight and Atlantic states: Snow in north and rain or snow in south portion in beginning and about middle and ram at end of week; colder over central and north IHJrtion.'. Monday night, warmer nbotit Wcdnciday, toldci 1 Thursday, much waimcr latter part. " [Sunday: slowly rising lemponiture 'is the noon weather forecast for West- em Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. i 1038 1»37 1 Maximum -18 « Minimum 3l in 1 Mcun - -tl 31 ] By XJnitcd Press. NEWARK. N. J., Feb. 12.--The State sought today to shatter · Kthel Sohl's contention lhat she killed William Barhorst, a bus driver, while under the influence of marihuana, which made it impossible for her to distinguish right from wrong. Thr mannish, 20-year-old policeman's daughter is on trial with hrr friend. Genevievc Owens, 17, for first degree murder. Barhorst was »hot December 21 in a holdup that netted S2.10. AsstsUint. Proiccutor Joseph Conlon argued that since Mrs. Sohl h.id plotted the crime in apparent sanity, her subsequent smoking of marihuana ciK-'ircttes meant nothing. She testified that she and Miss Owens planned Die holdup. Tlie effects. o£ marihuana were described by Dr. James G. Munch, professor of psychology at Temple University, who said that under Ihe influence of the narcotic, "things you do seem to be the ncht thing to do." Munch s:\id he once smoked a marihuana cigarette and "found mysel! siltim; in an ink bottle." "I |x.-cpcd over the edge of the bottle," he said. "I wrote a lxoic. I wa-i m that bottle for 200 year*. Then I flew several times aniund the world. After I came to my senses I found myself sit- tms on the s:nne ch:ur in which I had started the experiment." Pro.'ccutor Willi.im A. Wachcnfcld charged that the professor wn.\ "rom:incinp." Earlier, Mrs. Sohl's parents, Frank and Elizabeth Strouse, testified that she had started to act queer)}' some time ago, and that lhi-y hud appealed to Captain Jo«ph Cocozza, head of the prosecutor's homicide iqund, to do something for her. He failed to act, they ».iid. 17-Day Rain Causes C a l i f o r n i a Flood; Hundreds Homeless BRONX CHILDREN DISOWN "CHEER," VOTE DISCLOSES NEW YORK, Feb. 12.--The Bronx disowned the Bronx cheer today. In answer to a questionnaire on politeness, 87 per cent of children in the Bronx declared that the "cheer" might be employed by other New Yorkers, but was not approved in their borough. Sheriff Hides Slayer And Balks Lynchers By United Picas. LEW1SV1LLE, Ark., Feb. 12.--To protect Jake Smith, Negro, from lynching, Sheriff Ace Griffith "hid him out" today. Six carloads of white men drove up to the county jail last night and found the sheriff sitting comfortably at the door. They demanded Smith. "You boys might as well drive right on," Griffin anid. "I got him hid out." The would-be lynchers looked through the jail, found it empty, and left. Smith, a tenant farmer, was accused of shooting H. H. Covington, 35, operator of a small cross roads store near Bradley. Smith was drunk, authorities baid, and shot Covington because he refused to lend him money. Snyder Wants Fourth Term in Congress BERLIN, Pa., Feb. 12.--Congressman J. Buell Snyder, Dem., last night announced he is a candidate for re-election for a fourth term to Congress from the 24th district. His intention was announced at a banquet of the Somerset county Por- ducer's Association. CITY COUNCIL TO ADOPT BUDGET MONDAY EVENING City Council will meet in rcgulur tes.sion Monday night. Among matters to come iiu'ore the solons will be adoption of the 1938 budget. Dies in Incinerator. PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 12.--Elkin Lieberman, 23. patient at Philadelphia (Jcflcrson) Hospital died. Deputy Coroner Joseph Brcnnan ^aid, by plunr,i"R head tiv.-t into a fire in the hospital incinerator. By United Prcsi. SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12.--The 17th successive day of rain sent California rivers gushing out of their banks today, flooding vast areas of farmlands, driving hundreds of families from their homes and disrupting transportation and communication. There had been many casualties due to the storm smce a violent gale swept the coast and killed six persons earlier in the week. Heavy snows closed the roads in mountain areas and radio amateurs at Reno, Nov., said that short wave operators -at-Mono-;Lake-_heard snowslidc «t June Lake, high Sierra jmmmer resort north of Bishop, had killed two men and-carried away six cabins, ' . .. Coast Guardsmen reported that a small fishing boat capsized five miles off Point Loma and thai three of the four members of the crew werejniss- ing. - · ' - _ . " " . " An automobile skidded into' the Salinas Rivtr after the bridge_ was washed out at Soladad.- It-was not learned immediately whether its occupants escaped. - The San Lucas bridge also was swept awajv. "_ The Weather Bureau reported that the period of rain and snow was the longest known in California, the former record having been 1-t days in 1804. The forecast was for continued rain today and probably Sunday. Rankirt Chairman Executive Group Of Commissioners Special to Th» Courier. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 12.--County Commissioner John W. Rankin has been advised of his appointment as chairman of the executive committee of the County Commissioners' Association cf Pennsylvania. Appointment was made by President James B. Miller of the ritsoci- ation. Mr. Rankin, who last year was named on the executive committee, succeeds James A. Koll o£ Westmoreland county to the cnuir- manship. Alleged Pick-Up Man Under Arrest JAPAN WILL NOT DIVULGE NAVAL PLANS Does.-Not Possess Navy Which Menaces Oth-r ers, Claim. WILLING TO ENTER ANY DISCUSSION By RAY MARSHALL United Press Staff Correspondent. Copyright 1838 by United Press. TOKYO, Feb. X2.-Japan declined to grant an American request for details of its naval program. The government's note, dispatched tonight, said: "It is not a- matter which should concern this government In event that your government, on a basis ot whatever reason or rumor, should exercise the right ol escalatibn'prb- vided in any treaty to which Japan is not a party." The American, British and French governments, in coincident notes asking for details of Japan's program, particularly as to battleships and cruisers, had said that if they did not get the information they must free themselves through an escalator" clause from the treaties which bind them to specifie'd maximum limits in such ships. Japan, the note today said,_ was ready to participate in any discussion which gave primary importance to quantitative (total strength) limitation of navies. Japan docs not, the note said, possess a navy which menaces other navies. TOKYO, Feb. 12--Japan has never contemplated building a navy to cross an ocean to engage In conflict. Vice Navy Minister Soroku Yamamato said today as the cabinet prepared to refuse United States, British and French requests for information concerning its building program. Because she has co idea of a transoceanic war, Vice Admiral Yamamato Eaid. Japan has never studied that problem. But, he added, American policy seemed to have been based on the possible necessity of crossing the ocean and therefore much was heard concerning battleships and large calibro guns. LONDON, Feb. 12.--Japan's refusal to comply with the British- French-United States request for information on navy building plans will be discussed with Washington and Paris as soon, as the Japanese reply reaches the foreign office, it was learned today. The cabinet, at its weekly meeting on Wednesday, was expected to authorize plans for building ships larger tlian 40,000 Ions, as well as larger cruisers. Bolh calcgorics will be included in the navy budget to be announced in about three weeks. Paris, London and Washington were expected to consider whether Tokyo's offer o£ discussions, mainly on quantitative limitation, would really lead anywhere in the limitation, o£ total tonnage. Informed sources believed diplomatic contact on the subject might be maintained with Tokyo white plans are pushed through here for heavy capital ships and cruisers. Respect for Flag In China Promised TOKYO, Feb. 12.--The government, replying to an American nfctc protesting against incidents in China, said today that instructions had been sent to every Japanese unit throughout China to respect the American flag.* The note said that in addition lo re-emphasizing previous instructions, the government had: 1. Dispatched a high officer- to China to insure full execution of instructions. 2. Stationed special officers at important points in China to supervise · rights of foreign powers. 3. - Reinforced military police in China. Treatment Request Results in Arrest UNION'-OWN, Feb. 12.--Walter Jones, 29, transferred from city police station to the county jail Friday to await grand jury probe of his- asserted attempt to rob a store last Saturday, first fell into the hands of the law when he went to the oiflcs of a Pittsburgh physician to be treated for a Rtinsliot wound in the leg. ChieC of Police David K. McDonald revealed. Jones and a companion, said bo- police to be Mcrlyn Jones, 38, unrelated, were seen at the blore by n milkman who notified officers. A former deputy sheriff discovered a man in the store nnd filed 'hrough the door. When Jones reportedly UNIONTOWN, Feb. 12.--Continuing then* drive on the numbers racket in Fayette county, State Motor went lo a doctor to be treated, of- Police prepared to iilc lottery chprg- I ficers cot on hib trail. es against Curtis Adams, 32, Mason- | town Negro, arrested at New Salem, | Stork at Hospital. allegedly with i quantity of slips , A daughter was born at 8:33 o'clock and money in his possession. Police; Frid.iy night jl Conncllsvillc Slate ·-nid he w.is a pick-up m.m for the ' Hospital to .Mr. nnd -Mis, Chr.rie^ Cojincllivillc numbers pool. I Thomas of Mount Pleasant.

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