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LAST E DITION , The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. 2 VOL. 36, NO. SC. Tho Weekly Courier, founded July 17. 1870. Tho DaUy Courier; Founded November 10, 1902. Merced, July 18. 1920 CONNELLSVILLE, PA., MONDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 14,1038. . TEN PAGES. JAP ATTITUDE BOOSTS DRIVE FOR BIG NAVY Hull Indicates Nippon Stand Encourages ·' Building Race. BILL UP AGAIN IN-CONGRESS By JOHN R. BEAL United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Feb. 14.--President Roosevelt's $800,000,000 naval program entered its third week ol Congressional consideration today ·with international developments pointing to a naval armaments race such as the world has never knov/n, and to giant battleships lor the UnKed States fleet. Consultation between the United States, Great Britain and France under the "escalator" clause ol the London naval treaty to determine whether any of the powers will build battleships bigger than the prescribed limit ol 35,000 tons appeared to be the next logical step following Japan's relusal to reveal her plans. It has been rumored thatsTapan has three 43,000 tenners on the ways. Secretary of State Cordcll Hull, in a terse comment on Tokyo's note, implied that Japan's stand encouraged a new vast armament race. "This Government," he said, "seeks constantly to cooperate In advancing the policy ol limitation and reduction ol armaments and regrets any development which has the effect of encouraging rather than discouraging races in armament building." Meanwhile Houso hearings on the Vinson bill lor 47 additional fighting ships, originally scheduled to last "a lew days," were resumed with more testimony by opponents ol a bigger Navy, including members ol Congress. · The Senate was scheduled to get a resolution by Senator William H. King, D., Utah, calling lor a naval conlcrence, and Representative Maury Maverick, D., Tex., planned to introduce a similar measure in the House. The proposals met a complete lack of official response. Simultaneously, Maverick icd a House fight against a complimentary part ol the delense program--a bill designed to prevent war profiteering, for which the President had asked in his special message. He issued a joint statement \vith Representative Ed. V. Iza.ifc, D., Cali!., chairman ol the liberal-progressive House bloc which Maverick heads, opposing the anti-war profits bill as inadequate to accomplish any of the objects sought. "In the first place," the statement said, "this bill does not take Continued on Page Six. the Superintendent Smith""" To Address Schoolmen's Meeting at Calitornia Annuafjoint meeting of the Wash- ingion-Grecne and Fayette County Schoolmen's associations will be held Wednesday evening at 6:30 o'clock at California State Teachers' College. Dinner will be followed by a panel discussion on "Enlarged Responsibilities ol the Secondary Schools" an which the following persons will participate: Superintendent John Door of Monongahela, R. Lee Hornbakc of California State Teachers College, Superintendent Bcla B. Smith of Connellsville, Principal William H. Clipman ol Charleroi, Ass-istant. Superintendent 0. C. Longanecker of Greene county, Principal Robert Boyles ol Washington, Principal A. A. Haines of Jefferson Township High and Principal Dan R. Kovar o£ Ben Franklin Junior High ol Uniontown. The program will be in charge ol Dr. Robert 'M. Steele, president ol California State Teachers College. airs. B. M. Wade III. Mrs. B. M. Wade ol Perryopolis, who was taken ill 1 suddenly on Thursday, was reported slightly improved today. x Just Off the Wire WASHINGTON*. Fob. 14.--Charles F. Hosford, chairman of the Bltum(- nous Coal Commission said today he would not vote lo approve any scn- eral suspension of coal prices. His statement followed a, White House conference and was made In connection with a discussion of the Court oC Appeals action last week enjoining the coal commission temporarily from enforcing minimum coal prices to railroads. WASHINGTON. Feb. 14.--Proponents of the anU-lynclitng bill began x new attempt today to invoke the Senate cloturc rule lor limitation of debate In an effort to end the southern senators' filibuster acainst the measure,' HOME, Fell. 14.--Char tine the Twltcd States and Great Britain wllli "colloboration towards war," Vir- tlnlo Gayda, often regarded as an official spokesman, said today that the "two democracies by means of collective action are aiming towards Anglo-Ca.\on command of n-orld." 0. 0. Mclntyre, Famous New York Columnist Dies By United Press. NEW YORK, Feb. 14.--O. O. Mc- Intyrc, the small-town boy from Gallipolis, O., who won lame and wealth interpreting the big city, died today. The columnist was taken ill Saturday. Following his lifelong practice, he refused to call a doctor. He d about 2 A. M. today in his Park Avenue apartment. Mclntyre--Oscar Odd Mclntyre was his lull name--would have observed his 54th birthday on February 18. His death apparently was caused by a heart attack. Only his wife was with him in the apartment. She said that his last words were, a request to her-"Turn your lace toward me »o I can see you." Mclntyre applied to New York the principles he learned when he was a reporter lor. the Gallipolis Journal in 1902. At his death his column, "New York Day By Day," was syndicated in 380 newspapers, earning him a huge salary. Mclntyre gained his great popularity by personalizing New York, by treating its masses o£ stone and steel and its millions ol inhabitants as though they were places and people whom he knew intimately and whom his readers wanted to know. He was born in Plattsburg, Mo., February 18, 1884, and was educated at Bartlett's College in Cincinnati. From the Gallipolis Journal he went to the East Liverpool, O. ( Tribune as a feature writer and in 1300, when he was 22, he became political writer and later managing editor of the Dayton, O., Herald. From the Herald he went to the Cincinnati Post as successively telegraph editor, city editor and assistant managing editor and became also sn associate editor of Hampton's Magazine. In 1912 he took the big leap--he came to New York where his literary flare brought him the coveted job ol drama editor on the New York Evening Mail. Final Dividend For Depositors, Somerfield Bank Checks for the fourth and final dividend of the closed First National Bank ol Somcrfleld have been dispatched to the Comptroller of the Currency at Washington lor signature and will be returned lor distribution the latter part ol the week, it was announced today by Receiver George H. Smith. The dividend payment, which will be ol 14.7 per cent, will increase total liquidation o£ 86.7 per cent. The distribution will aggregate $28,000. Perry Youth Burned While Fighting Fire At Kooser CCC Camp ·Special to The Courier. SOMERSET, Feb. 14.--James Fair, 17, of Perryopolis, was in the hospital here with first and second degree burns ol the lace and hands alter fire destroyed a frame washhouse at Kooser Camp S-89 of the Civilian Conservation Corps, about eight miles west o£ here. Fair, a member ol the CCC, was serving as a watchman when he discovered the blaze. Sounding the alarm, he returned with an ex.- tinguishcr and attempted to put out the flre. He was burned. Other members of the camp lorrned a bucket brigade to a nearby stream, preventing She flames from spreading. Dunbar Man Found Injured on Bridge Special to The Courier. MONONGAHELA, Feb. 14--Found lying on the Westmoreland county side ol the Donora-Wcbster bridge early Saturday morning, his left leg fractured, his lace lacerated and suffering from other injuries, Robert Thomas, 66 years old, o£ Dunbar, Fayette county, Pa., was rushed to Memorial Hospital here. Attaches at the hospital said his condition was "serious." John Bchanna ol Donora, a passing motorist, noticed Thomas lying on the bridge and notified Donora police who summoned an ambulance and had him removed to the hospital. Thomas, who has a white beard, was described as looking like Santa CJaus, excepting that he is a little taller. Authorities believe the man may have been hit by an automobile. New Ralney Superintendent. O. J. George ol Clarksville has been named superintendent of the Clyde No. 1 mine of W. J. Raincy, Inc., at Frcdcricktown. succeeding the j William Brown, who icsisncri to , to Pittsburgh. Leader in His Profession EDWAKD CARTER HIGBEE ATTORNEY E. C HIGBEE , DIES AT HOME A F T E R BEING ILL TWO WEEKS Bar Association, Courts Pay Tribute , To Attorney Higbee Death resulting from a cerebral thrombus, or blood clot on the brain, Saturday night at 10:38 o'clock ended the brilliant career of Edward Carter Higbcc, regarded by his associate's as the outstanding member of the legal profession in Fayctte county and one UNIONTOWN, Feb. 14.--Tribute | of the leading lawyers in Pcrmsyl- to Attorney E. C. Higbee was paid today at a meeting of the Foyettc County Bar Association with three judges on the bench. Members of the bar and court will meet at 1:45 o'clock Tuesday afternoon to travel in a body to Con- ncllsville to attend the funeral service at 2:30 Vclock. The attorneys will also go to Sylvan Heights Cemetery for the interment. Attorney J. Kirk Rcnner, president of the bar association, in a voice that evidenced an unsuccessful effort to control his emotions, spoke briefly. "On this unhappy doy it becomes my sad duty to announce the death late Saturday night of our most distinguished lawyer, Mr. Higbee. "The voice that for -10 years has reverberated within these walls is forever stilled. Hut many of us will hear its echoes for years to come. "Always humble, he was patient and kindly toward thoee lor whom he felt a fondness. Toward all alike he was tolerant and com tcous. "Ivlnn r of us have called him the nestor ol our bar and well we might have. Being possessed of an encyclopedic memory and remarkable intellect, the old and young alike among us found in him an ever ready help. No other member of our bar hns given so freely of our time and talent to others and in guiding Continued on Page Six. Mary K. O'Connor Goes on Trial for Slaying of Child By United Press. PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 14.--Mary Kecnan O'Connor, 19-year-old Immaculata College athlete, went to trial today for the slaying of fivc- ycar-old Nancy Glenn last Labor Day. The testimony for her girl friend may send her to prison for life. The State, accusing Miss O'Connor of killing the child because she had begged pennies and a bicycle ride, was not expected to demand the death penalty. William A. Gray, attorney for the husky, curly-haired Rid athlete, said Hint her defense would be "unusual," but refused to divulge its nature. Guerillas Attack Japs on Three Fronts By JOHN R. MORRIS United Press Stafl Correspondent. SHANGHAI, Feb. 14.--Chinese guerrillas attacked Japanese communications on three widely scattered fronts todny in a last developing offensive. It was reported that they not only had wiped out numerous small Japanese garrisons but that they were infesting the important city of Pnotinfi on the Peiping-Han- kow Railroad. The Japanese were making piog- ress where they advanced in mns-i, and it was indicated that they were inflicting enormous losses at comparatively small cost to themselves. But on the Peiping-Hankow Railroad, the northern part of the Tientsin-Nanking Railroad and on the Hwai River on the central fiont the Cluncsf were sl.ishms ,-it ihc Japanese lines djy and night. vnnia. The illness had its onset Thursday, February 3, and almost immediately diagnosis made it apparent his life was near the end. He grew steadily worse and lapsed into unconsciousness by the end of the week. Eventually his left side became paralyzed. Possessed of a orillianl mind, which evidenced itself when he was a mere boy, as n lawyer he early took a commanding position which he maintained to his death. Many important cases involving intricate litigation were entrusted to his care. On several occasions he had appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of the United States. He was a familiar figure in the State Supreme Court. He had appeared frequently in the lower Federal courts. During the World Wai Mr. IIiRbcc was appointed counsel for A. .Mitchell Palmer, alien property custodian. In 1932 he was Dctnocrntir cnndi- dntc for justice of the State Supremo Court of Pennsylvania but w.is ic- fcntcd. During that time he cnl.irgcd his acquaintance over the State in public appearances as a campaigner. The affairs of his home city always drew the sympathetic attention of Mr. Itigbcc. He served as n member o£ the Bonrd of Fdiic.ition :md for mnny ycnrs as solicitor of the borough, and later the city and was instrumental in .setting up the third class city form of government. A Democrat, in politics ivnu in spirit, Mr. Higbce held steadfastly to the JcfTersonian principles. The funeral sen-ice will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock ;it the home at 1131 South Pittsburg street, with Rev. Kari H. J. Schocnborn, pastor of the Firs! Presbyterian Church, nnd Dr. William H. Hctrick ot Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Sylvan Heights Mausoleum, with Funeral Director Charles C. Mitchell in charge. The Masons' will conduct their service at the cemetery. Edw.-ird Carter Higbcc. eldest son ot Israel and Eliza Jane IIiRbcc, was Continued on Page Five. Keirsted Case Held Up for Week'Beiause Of Attorney's Death UNIONTOWN, Feb. 14.--Rcsum- tion of the Frances Keirsted litigation was.postponcd for one week today owing to the death of Attorney E. C. Higbee, one o£ the interested counsel. Additional testimony and examination of records of Mrs. Keirsted, convicted of embezzlement of county tax monies, is scheduled for February 21 Among the persons scheduled 1o appear is Sheriff Thomas R. Aubrey former county treasurer, to whom the woman claims she paid taxes and lor which .she allegedly did not receive credit. The Weather Pnilly i-loiidy and colder tonight and TuL-sdny is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1938 1M7 M:Minum 72 no M i n i m u m . . -12 'i~ Mccin 5T 11 Waits 10 Years to Get Revenge; Held Without Bail on Murder Charge U. 5. Sailors Ignore Shark Danger When Ferryboa! Capsizes By United Press. SYDNEY, Australia, Feb. 14.-Eighteen ot 175 persons aboard a double-decker lerryboat that capsized yesterday in shark-infested waters while f following the United States cruiser Louisville remained missing today. Five pettiOns wore known to have drowned and it was feared that at least 15 of those still missing were trapped in cabins ol the boat which sank in 50 leet of water. Seventy-five of those rescued were taken to hospitals, many in serious condition from submersion. Prime Minister Joseph A. Lyons radioed a message to Commander Rufus W. Mathewson of the Louisville expressing the Australian government's appreciation of the "prompt and heroic" action of the cruiser's crew in rescuing 26 of the passengers. The tragedy occurred while the feiryboat was following the Louisville which was departing after a visit marking the 150th anniversary of Australia. The Louisville hove to when the ferryboat capsized. Two of her boats were launched and 150 ol her lifebelts were shot into the water by automatic devices. One officer, five seamen and 15 members of the ship's band dived into the shark-infested water and attempted to break windows to release passengers. Operations to raise the ferryboat were started in search of the bodies of those missing. Democrat Heads Don't Like Lewis Directing Slate By ROSS DOWNING United Press Staff Correspondent. HARRISBURG, Feb. H.--Democratic county leaders reported growing resentment today that a national labor leader and citizen of another sUitc--John L. Lewis--apparently is dominating the party's slate-making activities in Pennsylvania. Continuing his drive to land his co-worker in the mine workers' union and the Committee for Industrial Organisation, Lieutenant Governor Thomas Kennedy, on the Democratic ticket as candidate for Governor, Lewis attended week-end political conferences in Philadelphia. Unable to rcnch nn agreement on the slated ir.riuidatcs, party leaders will continue conferences in Philadelphia rind Hnrrisburg this week. The State Committee will be called here next week to endorse the ticket for the May 17 primary when candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, U. S. Senator and Internal Affairs Secretary will be nominated. Meanwhile, western county Democrats rene.ved their gubernatorial boom for Property and Supplies Secretary Arthur Colcgrove, Erie county chairman and Corry newspaper publisher. The Eric Andrew Jackson Club, headed by State Senator Samuel L. Gilson, sent automobile parties through western counties to "feel out" Colegrove sentiment. Petitions were being signed, it was understood. Continued on Page Six. By United Press. ARMONK, N. Y., Feb. 14.--For 10 years, Joseph Hoiowitz, 42, nursed a thirst for vengeance. He was out to "get" a man he knew only as "the weasel." Horowitz got even and today was in jail, charged with murder. Police said he admitted having cut Morris Fclzncr's throat and left him to die on the 100-acrc estate of Helen Clay Frick, heiress to the steel millions of the late Henry Clay Frick. Ten years ago, Horowitz said, "the weasel" swindled him out o£ $2,500 in a diai...nd deal in. New York City. In the years that followed, he forgot his pants pressing business and searched. "EVcrywhcre I went," he said, "I looked for the weasel. In the subways, on the street, I looked at everybody I passed. I knew I'd flnd him somewhere." Saturday night he did. He went into a tavern and found Fclzner sitting at the counter. With his brother-in-law, Bernard Benkler, 30, Horowitz persuaded Felzncr to leave by automobile to visit a farm he said he owned at Ashley Falls, Mass. "As we .passed Armonk " Bcnklr-r told police, "Horowitz said he wanted to get out. He asked this other man to. get out too. He told me to drive on up the road and turn around, that we were on the wrong road. I did. When I came back Horowitz was standing by the road. He told me: "that guy changed his mind about buying the larm. To hell with him. Let's go." George Pctrie, night watchman on Miss Frick's estate, heard the screams ot the dying Felzner, and notified police. William Orman, one of the small-town policemen who a year ago trapped Merle Vanderbush, notorious bank robber, halted Benkler and Horowitz. Horowitz readily confessed, police said. He asserted that "the weasel' had attempted to attack him with a knife and a hammer, and that he had killed in self-defense. Horwitz, who weighs about 220 pounds, admitted, however, according to police, that he had devoted 10 years looking for revenge. Horowitz was held without bail. Benkler was held in $25,000 ball as a material witness. AH three men lived in New York City. None had police records, authorities said. C A L I F O R N I A S T I L L TARGET OF WIND, RAIN Rich Valleys Threatened By New Floods; Deaths Grow. AVALANCHES · IN MOUNTAINS Police Interrupt Jewelry Robbery; Pair Make Getaway SCOTTDALE, Feb. 14.--Ten watches and three leather purses were stolen from the jewelry store of Isadorc B. Posner on Broadway at about 4 o'clock this morning by a thief who eluded Policeman John Wnrrick. While one m;m broke into the store, another remained in £iont o£ the place in an automobile, keeping the engine running. When the om- tcr came to the scene, the prowler's companion tooted the horn three times and then started off. The policeman shot at the automoible. The man inside the store loft by the back way and started up the railroad tracks with the officer in pursuit. The former, however, disappeared in the darkness. No Investigation OfNLRBtoBeMade By United Press. WASHINGTON', Feb. 14.--The Senate Judiciary Committee today recommended that action on a proposal by Senator Edwaid R. Burke, D.. Neb. for investigation of the Wagner Labor Act and its administration be postponed indefinitely. The committee accepted the recom- nvndation of a Mib-committcc which conducted ;i p i c h m m a i y study to dc- ci mine the .idvisibility of Bute's pioposal. Numerous Arrests After Church Riot UNIONTOWN, Feb.' 14.--Wholesale arrests followed a riot Saturday in the St. Mary's Greek Catholic Church at New Salem in which prayerbooks, women's shoes, their lists, fingernails and black pepper were used as weapons. A half dozen men were beaten and battered by 10 women of the congregation as they were driven from a side door of the church. Informations charging assault and battery and inciting to riot and disorderly conduct were made against 29 members of one faction including 14 men and several against independent officers elccted'in th'e school house session more than a week ago. Justice Jerry Abbadini asserted today that caclx of the 29 had posted bonds of $300 for a hearing, the exact dale o£ which had not been set. The other charges were instituted before Justice James Fitz- mauricc. He has set no time for his hearings. Included in the casuals was Constable George Zemo. Pepper was thrown in his face and he is said to have been a mark for a woman's shoe brought down on the bide of his head. The trouble began when the independent, officers, elected by their own faction started toward the altar as Father Anthony Knapik convened holiday mass. They explained afterward that they intended to request Father Knnpik to induct them into office. Their intentions were misintcr puretcd as an attack upon the priest. They hud taken only a few steps toward the altar when the women swarmed from each side of the main nisle and pounced upon them. It was while he was attempting to restore peace that Constable Zcmo was attacked. AUTO RUNS INTO REAR OF TROLLEY Considerable damage was caused to an automobile and a trolley when the car driven by Joseph Stillwagon reportedly ploughed into the rear ol the street car at Leisenring Junction Saturday night at about 10:45 o'clock. The trolley was enroute to Uniontown when the crash occurred. Leola Orndorff, 2D, of East Peach street, who was riding in the automobile, suffered severe lacerations 1 of the mouth while Arthur Dunston, a West Pcnn employe, suffered laceration ol the fourth finger oi his light hand while administering fir.it aid. Both were treated at the Hospital. Part of the- electrical equipment t beneath the trolley as well as the i rear cowcatehov wwr tinmoscd. Thci-o w.is i.orMricr,iblc d.imnsc to ' the automobile. By United Pr«j. SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. H--Rains, blizzards and high winds ravaged California today, bringing serious flood threats, interrupting railroad service, breaking communications ind turning hundreds from lowland homes. It was the 19th consecutive day of rain. Weather bureau records were broken. The Sacramento and San Jbaquin valleys, richest o£ California's inland agricultural empire, were imperiled. Thousands of acres ol crops wore flooded and destroyed. The mountains were locked in by snows. Immense drifts halted highway and rail tr.ifllc. Crews fought to bring stranded passenger trains through. -Despite the seriousness of the storms and their wide extent, only two deaths were reported over the week-end. Torrential downpours on hill and mountain slopes sent numerous slides crashing down on highways and railroad lines. Wide gaps were torn in concrete roads. In the Sacramento delta region near Isleton, a rich asparagus district, hundreds of men worked on levees where the river was swollen to dyke top by rains and tides backing up from San Francisco Bay. Levees burst m the Stockton area, near the junction ol the Stockton and Stanislaus rivers, and truckloads ol men were recruited in Stockton and rushed to fight the waters spilling over fertile fields. Wind, almost of gale strength, whipped snow into 30-loot drifts, and from Redding came a report that snow plows were trapped. The weather bureau reported that no relicl was m sight. San Francisco and the surrounding territory, deluged yesterday, had additional rain forecast lor today and tomorrow. J. P. Quigley, transportation superintendent ol the Western Pacific Railroad, reported the blizzard surmounted all on record. "The mountain.! have become water-soaked," he said, "and are piling down tons and tons ol dirt and rock.' 1 The highway department announced that all roads between California and Oregon, with the exception of one route close to the coast, were closed to traffic. A -10-mile wind drove a storm fiercely through the Alturas region. Shipping was endangered all along the northern Pacific coast as a howling gale brought heavy seas. Latest casualties, which brought the total lo 1C since the present storm period began, were: Tony Sparcevich, crushed to death by a snowshde at Bridgeport, Mono county. Marines Prevent Japs From Going Into Settlement SHANGHAI, Feb. 14.--United States Marines today prevented a Japanese troop detachment from entering the American defen.se tec- tor o( the International Settlement. Marine ofticers announced that they were negotiating with Japanese \ authorities to prevent any further efforts by their patrols to enter the zone assigned to the marines to defend. The Japdncsc sent out detachments yesterday to cstablibh armed patrols along the Nanking road. On previous, occasions, they had been permitted to .send detachments into the American area to bc.n'ch Chinese. This time the Japanese explained they wanted to protect their troops, who often passed along the Nanking road. But as that meant their entering the marine rone, American authorities feared that they might, in establishing an armed pntiol system, establish also a precedent for patiolinc the American .sector. Today, learning that a Japanese patrol svas ubout to beck entrance to the Amcucun zone at the intersection of the Yuyachmg and Nanking roads, marine authorities sent a detachment of 12 marines to stop them. These 12, with the six marines already there, halted the Japanese and refused to admit them. Bystanders said the incident passed without tension, and later in the day the Japanese were permitted to send troops in trucks--apparently destined for the Japanese defense zone-through the marine zone. At California Ceremony. B. B. Smith, superintendent ol the Connellsville schools, w:b a hinchoan Sucst today of Dr. Robert N. Sleclc, president of California Slate Tcach- eis' College, prior to the ground breaking ceremonies at that institution for three new buildings to bu eonstiuctcd by the Gcnoial State Authority. Kclucrtlor-. ftom all parts ot the ilalc attended.

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