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Wednesday, March 1, 1939
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LAST E DITION P Rl h2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 37, NO. 93. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17, 1879. i Merged Tho Daily Courier, Founded November 10. 1002. | July 13. 192D. CONNEJuLSVILLE, PA., AVBDNKSDAY JEVJ5NJNG, MARCH j, 1139. TWELVE PAGES. Community Fund Will Name Nine Directors At Meeting Tomorrow Session Will Be Held in Council Chamber at City Hall. .1939 CAMPAIGN TO BE PLANNED Election of directors for thrce- yoar terms on the board of the Connellsville Community Fund Association wilt be held at a. meeting scheduled for 7:30 o'clock tomorrow evening at City Council chambers. All contributors to the fund have a voice in the election and are invited to attend the meeting. Immediately after the directois have been named there will be a meeting of the entire directorate to select an executive board. Th Community Fund is completing its second year of service in the city and the favorable results of the plan have been so widespread that it is believed the movement is here to stay. The annual campaign will be held again in May and the first job of the directors is to plan for that event. There is much groundwork to be laid and the election of directors is , being held a little in advance of that conducted in 1938 to permit more time for campaign preparations. There are 27 directors in the Community Fund Association, nine of whose terms expire each year. County's Peace Officers Will Meet Saturday Special Lo rhe Courier. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 1.--A meeting of all peace officers of Fayette county lias been called by District Attorney James A. Reilly for Saturday afternoon at the Courthouse in a move designed to coordinate the law enforcement agencies of the county. District Attorney Reilly's announcement follows: "Each and every peace officer in Faye'.te county, particularly all constables and city and borough police, also fie mayors of Connellsville and Uniontown and the burgesses of the ; various boroughs, representatives of the State Motor Police and enforcement agents of the Liquor Control Board and other law enforcement officers arc invited, requested and urged to attend a meeting called by the t'istnct attorney of Fayette county to be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, March 4, in courtroom No. 1 of the Fayette county courthouse at Uniontown. "Except those indicated or persons directly connected with criminal law enforcement, none will be admitted to the meeting. Matters of vital importance are" to be presented. Your attendance is important. Your absence will be significant. Cooperation is imperative." Best Friend Held In Kidnaping; Collected Ransom By EARL B. STEELE United Press StatI Correspondent. NEW YORK, Mar. 1.--George Kalz' faith in human nature collapsed today when he learned that Charles Mitchell, his best Mend, had been involved in the kidnaping o£ his four- year-old son, Michael, on February 20. "I'll never trust another person, except my "wife," Katz said. "I never thought good old Charlie Mitchell was a kidnaper. We've been friends lor 20 years, lived in the same apartment houses and brought up our children together." Mitchell, 31, Sol Schwartz, 29, and Schwartz' sister, Mrs. Nellie Resnick, 31, mother of two children, were arrested yesterday and identified as the persons who held Michael Kate prisoner for two hours until his father ransomed him for S180. Mitchell had injected himself as go-between for Katz, to negotiate the ransom payment for him. Katz had not suspected, when the kidnaper notified him to use Mitchell as a "stooge" and let him bring the money, that Mitchell was doing more than a friendly act. He thought he was indebted to Mitchell for having arranged the child's "temporary" release for $180 when the ransom note had set the price at ?7,000. He was not even suspicious when Mitchell came back to consult with him about paying the rest .of the $7,000, which 'the kidnaper had demanded if he was not to seize the boy again. Die in Lovers' Lane Tragedy) Woman Escapes With Grandchild As Fire Destroys Residence Special to The Courier. * UNIONTOWN, Mar. 1. -- Mrs. Josephine Goff, 55, \vife of John Goff, a dairy farmer of near Point Marion, snatched their four-months-old grandchild from its cradle, smashed a window and escaped to a roof where she directed rescue work of neighbors who had been summoned when flames ignited her home late Monday night. The flames, originating on a clothes drying rack placed near an open grate, destroyed the six-room dwelling but firemen saved a large barn and garage nearby. The loss was placed at 56,500. ·» Mr. GofT had been called to Connellsville by the critical illness of h'is father and his son and daughter-in- law, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond GofT, were visiting at Point Marion, when the fire broke out. s Irwin Church Loss $15,000 By United Press. 1RWIN, Pa., Mar. I.--Fire believed to have smoldered throughout the night was discovered in the First Presbyterian Church here today and extinguished after causing damage 'estimated at between S15,000 and $20,000. Firemen from Irwin, North Irwin and Herminie battled the flames for two hours and succeeded in saving the main portion of the auditorium and the nearby parsonage. The basement and Sunday school class room suffered the greatest damage. Acquiring Property For Dream Highway In Mf. Pleasant Twp. Special w The Courier. GREENSBURG, Mar. 1.--Court approval of bonds for eight condemnation proceedings covering properties in Mount Pelasant township was sought before Judge C. E. Whitten. The State desires the property for the new "dream highway" and the approval of the bonds was solicited by counsel for the property owners and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The court approved bonds where no objections were raised and in the other instances instructed that the objections be submitted in writing together with legal authority. Leilh Miner Killed Between Loaded Cars Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 1.--Trapped between two loaded coal cars m the Leith mine at 11:20 o'clock Tuesday night, Dominick D'Amore, 42, of Oliver No. 3, was Wiled instantly. A crew "was coming in with a loaded trip at the shaft when the mine worker was caught. The mine is operated by South Union Coal Company. D'Amore is survived by his wife, one child and his father. LABOR'S PEACE TALKS MAY BE HELD AT WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON, Mar. 1.--Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins announced today that the new peace negotiations between the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations will begin within a jveck. She said she will call the negotiating committees into session after she confers with President Roosevelt when he returns from his cruise with the Navy. The President is due back Saturday. Expediting effoits to establish peace between the AFL and the CIO, Miss Perkins said she would review recent developments with Mr. Roose- \?lt. Hei confcienec with the Presi- dent apparently will be held almost immediately after his retuin. Negotiations in an efTort to settle the three-year-old fight were issued after CIO President John L. Lewis named a three-man negotiating committee, including himself. AFL President William Green named his committee Sutuiday shortly after Mr. Roosevelt had ahked that the two factions again attempt to settle their differences. The next move was up to the Administration It was believed that Mr. Roosevelt would set the date for tlie initial meeting and that it might be held ot tlic While House after lie returns March 4. Strangling- of Ruth Virginia Underwood (rjjrht) , 16, and death of William Engimann (left), 18, apparently of monoxide fumes, in a car parked in a Lovers' Lane, was called "a clear case of murder and suicide" by coroner at Jolict, III., who said the nude {firl had been criminally attacked. The traced? touched off an investigation into alleged hijh school vice. Warehouse of Will Keck Bottling Plant Wrecked By Fire; Loss $35,OOO Grand Jury Has 157 True Bills; 14 Ignoramuses UNIONTOWN,- Mar. 1--The March grand jury, which has completed its deliberations, considered 171 bills and brought in 157 indictments while ignoring 14. Among the returns was an ignoramus in the case of Councilman Cameron J, LaClair of Unionlown, charged with five counts of embezzlement, one of conspiracy, five of keeping fraudulent accounts and one of conspiracy to keeping fraudulent accounts. Also included were: True Bills. Steve Samonas, Uniontown; Tony DcCarlo, Republic, and Duke Davis, SleubenviUc, Ohio, conspiracy. Charles Homer, Scottdale, Icloni- ous assault. Joe Pisarik, Lemont, R. D. 1, false pretense. Marion Howser, Layton, false pretense. - Arthur L. Banks, Markleysburg, assault and battery and false impersonation of officer. Charles H. Cale, Uniontown^ two counts of perjury. William Bradley Kuhns, Grindstone, morals charge. Bobert Blunon, alias Robert Ewell, Connellsville, statutory rape and paternity. Ivan Cavrak, Fayettc City, R. D. 1, morals charge, Robert Bree, Uniontown, conducting lottery and selling lottery tickets. Edward J. Henderson, Connellsville, R. D. 2, false pretense. Ignoramuses. Emma Miller, Colonial No. 3, larceny. Meyer Bree, Uniontown, lotteries. Goldic Marie Dixon and Heiefore Dixon, Uniontown, R. D. '2, false pretense. Special to The Courier. MOUNT PLEASANT, Mar. 1 .-Fire nt 3 o'clock this morning des- tmycd a large warehouse, together wuh a smaller warehouse, a garage and two trucks, of Will G. Keck, Inc., a soft drink manufacturing establishment ni Kecksburg. Damage was variously estimated from between S35.000 and $00,000 by tae owner. Mr. Keck said the (ire was discovered by Eaii Newell, the night watchman. It had started in the large warehouse. There had been no flame of any kind in that building and it is believed that the fire may have been of incendiary origin. Mount Pleasant, Gicensbuig and Homesteads firemen answered the alarm and saved a large stone building that had been erected about a year ago and the adjoining pop ihop. Plans are afoot to immediately rebuild a fireproof structure to replace the ones destroyed. Operations, however, ore proceeding as usual. The two warehouses were filled M i t h empti' cases and bottles that had been washed, preparatory to being filled with soft drinks. TISSUE BARN DESTROYED; STOCK SAVED Loss of $10,000 Sustained When Flames Raze Big Building. LACK OF WATER- HAMPERS FIREMEN Dauphin Grand Jury To Get Indictment Bills Next Monday CAN'T STOP WALKING BACKWARDS AFTER HE LOSES MENIAL JOB A large barn on the J. H. Tissue farm at Limestone Hill was destroyed, toe£ther with its contents, this morning causing a loss estimated at approximately 310,000. Mr. and Mrs. Tissue saved three horses and 10 head of cattle that had been in the bam and also carried out two sets of harness while the flames laid waste to the structure, located some distance north of the Vander- bUt-ConnellsvLlle highway on top of Limestone Hill. The barn contained a large quantity oC gram, hny, feed and farming ! machinery, all ot which were do! stroyed by the blaze. I Mrs. Tissue was working at the i sink in the kitchen of the home when she saw smoke coming from the barn. She shouted lor her husband, who was at work in another building, and they ran to the barn while a daughter called firemen. When Mrs. Tissue reached the barn she saw the blaze located in the vicinity of the hay mow, giving rise to belief that spontaneous combustion may have been responsible for the origin. She and her husband led the horses and cattle out of the burning building, each grabbing n set of harness \vhich they carried to salety. Everything else was lost. Lack of water made it impossible for Connellsville firemen to do anything. The flames had gained too much headway to save the large barn but the firemen remained on | the scone, armed with chemicals I should the fire spread. The wind blew the sparks away from other structures. DENVER, Colo., Mar. 1.--Psychiatrists worked today on John Bollinger, 35, who lost his job washing d;shes and immediately started walking backward. Police received a series of frantic calls about a man propelling himself backward through the streets. They found Bollingcr slowly and studiously navigating stern foremost. They stopped him and turned him around. He walked away from them--backward. The experiment was repeated several times, with the same result. So they took him to Denver General Hospital. ' Physicians there concluded immediately that he had a rare disease which manifests itself in a maladjustment of the inner ear, giving sufferers an uncontrolable urge to walk backward. They various -tests and analyzed a sample of his spinal fluid and found his physically healthy. The psychiatrists were called in and they decided that he was suffering from a form of hysteria. He had been frustrated by the loss of his job which so affected him psychologically that he began walking backward, they said. They arrived at this deduction because Bellinger walked backward with the gicatest care, craning his neck around so that he could see where he waj going. Tested by the psychiatrists, he walked about a crowded room, avoiding till obstructions such as tables and chairs. The psychiatrists wei c sure ihey could cure him. The treatment is "plenty of rest," Fall From Tree Fatal. LATROBE, Mar. 1.--Samuel Paradise, 64, of New Deny, died Monday in Latrobe Hospital of a fractured skull received in a fall from an apple tree in his yard. A recent storm had partly blown down a tree and the man went to put it down. As he was working in the tree, he feJJ. March "In" Like A Lamb Bui- Cold Tonight Forecast March came in like a lamb. The "lion" in the elements, a stiff gale, that saw February pass on, left with the month yesterday. The thermometer was iar nbove the freezing mark as the day wore on although the weather man predicted colder weather tonight. Kelly Runs Away With Primary In Chicago Voting CHICAGO, Mar. 1.--Mayor Edward J. Kelly, head of a Democratic organization which has held political control of Chicago since 1931, won renomination in Tuesday's primary with a greater popular vote than the combined total of one Democratic and two Republican opponents, almost complete returns showed today. Dwight H. Green, 42-year-old former U. S. attorney who aided in prosecuting Al (Scarface) Capone for income tax evasion, won the Republican nomination and the right to oppose Kelly in the April 4. general election. Kelly rolled up an almost two to one margin over State's Attorney Thomas J. Courtney in the Democratic race. Green beat William Hale CBig Bill) Thompson, thrice mayor of Chicago, by almost four to one. Reopen Glassport Plant. PITTSBURGH, Mar. 1.--Increased volume of new business necessitated the reopening of the Glassport, Pa., factory of the United States Gloss Company. Quick Selection of Pope Predicted When 62 Cardinals Begin Balloting By REYNOLDS PACKARD United Press Staff Correspondent. VATICAN CITY, Mar. 1.--The College of Curdinuls, with three from the United States present for the first time, met in solemn conclave today to elect a 2G2nd pope to the throne of St. Peter. The cardinals, dressed in purple mourning lobes, marched into the conclave area at 3:30 P. M. The first vote will be taken tomorrow morning. There will be two voting sessions a day. with two ballots cdst at each until a two-thirds majority has been reached. It was expected that a new pope, probably an' Italian and ecclesiastically-minded instead of politically-minded, would be elected by Friday or Saturday, and crowr.ed ceremonially on Sunday, March 12. The opening of the conclave was preceded by the mass, of the Holy Ghost in the Pruline Chapel, at which the cardinals invoked the inspiration of the blessed spirit to guide then choice. In the sermon of the mass, Msgr. Antonio Bacci, sucrolary ol Latin priests, stressed to the caiciin.iK the importance of their ta»k "because of the present world situation." The;- will f a k e their places in the 62 heavy oak arm chairs which have been elected. Their first task will be to select h\o committees. The first w.ll count the ballots dud announce the results, w h i l e the second will collcv \ o t c v uom those cdrdmak who are forced to remain in their "cells" or quarters, because o£ sickness or infirmity. The voting will begin Thursday morning. Each cardinal will take m turn a ballot between his thumb and index finger and, holding it high overhead, will.advance to the foot of a temporary altar at one end ol the Sistine Chapel, "heie he will kneel and repeat in a loua /oice: "I call upon the Loid Christ, who will judge me, to witness that I elect him whom I judge according to God should be elected.' The cardinal wili then ascend the altar, behind whic.i is hung a tapestry depicting the descent of the Holy Ghost. He will place his ballot on the paten from where he drops it into a large chalice. He then returns to his canopied throne along one of the sides of the chapel. After all votes have been cast they are shuffled in the chalice and The Weather "Fair and colder tonight; Thursday increasing cloudiness slowly rising temperatures; Friday rain or snow is the 'loon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1038 1938 M.iMmum 60 32 Minimum . . . 38 17 brought to a table in the center of the chcpel. Then they are extracted one by one. Counters must first confirm that the number of votes in the chalice corresponds to the number of cardinals participating in the conclave. 1C a two-thirds majority results then the counters must verify that the cardinal elected did not vote for himself. Such verification will be necessary only if the exact two-thirds majority is obtained and not \H the majority exceeds two-thirds, even by only one ballot. If no choice has been made the ballots will be carried to one end of the room to a silver painted stove, the smoke stack of which extends through the roof of the cahapel. There the ballots will be mixed with wood shavings to produce black smoke, which, pouimg from a chimney on the roof, is watched by crowds outside. Thousands of the Roman populace massed outside in St. Peter's square j will kr.ow that a successor has not I been chosen until they see thin, white smoke coming fiom the chimney, produced by burning the ballots alone. This will be the first intimation to the outside world that the balloting is over, but rot for about an hour will the world know the name of the new Pope. For the first time a world wide radio hookup will be used to announce his name. The radio an- Contir.ued on Page Six. Judge Schaeffer Summons Body to Receive Presentments of December Investigators. 13 PROMINENT PERSONS NAMED King Kong Gets Life in Jail For Shooting Acheff GREENSBURG, Mar. 1.--A Westmoreland county jury at 2:45 o'clock Tuesday afternoon convicted Luther (King Kong) Royston, 35, colored, a former transient camp member of near Connellsville, of first degree murder and recommended life imprisonment. Royston was the first of three Connellsville men to be tried for the murder of Naum AchefT, a confectionery store proprietor at Scottdale, on the night of December 13, last. Judge J. Hilary Keenan, who presided at Royston's trial, has not fixed the time for the formal pronouncement of the life imprisonment sentence. Royston was not called to the witness stand to testify in his own be- helf. After the noon-day recess, counsel for the defendant announced that they would not call witnesscs~to testify in behalf of "the defendant. Attorney- Fred B. Trescher, one of the attorneys, for the defendant, addressed the jury in behalf of his client. He said that Royston entered the store of AchefT the night of December 13, 1938, to buy cigarettes; that a scuffle started and .that Royston shot the store-keeper. Assistant Distuct Attorney C. Ward Eicher addressed the juiy in behalf ol the commonwealth. Judge Keenan instructed the jury on the facts, evidence and law of tile case und in less than a half hour a verdict was reached and a return was made in open court to the judge, Clyde White, also colored, and John Turza, white, accomplices of Royston, may be called to trial next week. The Commonwealth agreed to allow Hoyston to escape the electric chair after Dr. Theodore Walleck, superintendent of Torrance State Hospital, testified that Royston was a moron wjth the mentality of a child .seven or eight years ago. He is able to tell right from wrong, however, Dr. Walleck testified. By United Press, HARRISBURG, Mar. 1.--Judge Paul N. Schaeffer today summoned the January Dauphin county grand juiy to meet at 10 A. M. Monday to receive bills of indictment against 13 persons prominent in the Democratic Administration of former Governor George H. Earle. The special Dauphin county grand jury, which has been investigating graft charges against Earle and 13 other Democratic leaders since December-16, in presentments Monday asked -indictment of 13 persons and in addition listed the late Warren Van Dyke, Harrisbuig, former highways secretary, as one of the conspirators. The investigating jury lost its power of indictment January 16 and must depend upon the January jury to carry out its recommendations that the Democratic leaders should be indicted on charges of ''mating" State employes, "misuse" of highway funds for political purposes in Luzerne county and conspiracy to control the bonding of State contractors. The January jury, whose power to indict will continue for approximately a month, probably will call a few witnesses receives the bill of indictment from District Attorney Carl B. Shelley. Judge Schaefler, Berks county, who w«s assigned to the inquiry by the Supreme Court, ordered Shelley to prepare the biUs. Among the Democratic leaders named are three former members of the Earle Cabinet --Democratic State Chairman David L. Lawrence. Pittsburgh, former Commonwealth secretary; Democratic State Committee "Secfetaiy Ralph M. Bashore, Pottsville, former Secretary of Labor Industry; and i Roy E. Brownmiller, Pottsville, for- i mer highways secretary who suc- I ceeded the late Van Dyke. I Lawrence already has been in- I dieted by the investigating jury on j several counts and is under ?11,000 j bail for trial. Coker, Donora Debaters Split; Negatives Win Connellsville High's debaters broke even in a contest with Donora at the Jocal_ school Monday, each negative ^tearn~ being returned- the winner. The negatives, coached by Harold i A. Swank, included Henry McRobbie I and Sara Bailey,_while the aifirma- | lives were_ Earl Lowery and Celia Sapolsicy. " I . Miss Eivada Marshall of the High School faculty and:Rev. A J :sR J .Mans- .berger, pastor of- the;First;Methodist Protestant Church, were the judges. Coach Swank said he is attempting to schedule additional contests for the-debaters No Extension for Drivers' Licenses, Police Open Drive There has been no extension in the deadline feu the 1938 operators licenses in Pennsylvania, Sergeant C. | L. Stine of the traffic division of the , State Mo lor Police at Uniontown j told The Courier. I He said his detail was covering the county highways conducting a drive on persons without 1939 licenses. GENERAL ASSEMBLY MOVES TO ADOPT JAMES PROGRAM By MOHEY J. POTTER United Press Staff Correspondent. HARRISBURG, Mar. 1.--Accepting Governor Art.iur H. James' belated 5537,000,000 biennium budget as a "go ahead" signal, the Legislature indicated intention today of enacting swiftly the simple plan and making up time lost since the assembly opening January 3. Bills embodying the bulk of the chief executive's fiscal recommendations were either in. committees or drafted for prompt introduction m the House or Senate, reconvening to'- day at I P. M and noon, respectively. In the House, wheie revenue measures must oiiginatc, the Ways and Means Committee was ready to report to the. floor for approval bills iccnacting the eight emergency relief taxes recommended by James to provide 5163,000,000 ot the $372,000,- 000 estimated necessary to cover ordinary governmental obligations the next two years, including $129,000,000 for public assistance. Also pending in the lower branch was the bill urged by the Governor to repeal the 51 a year tax on'gaso- line pumps at service stations. A James-endorsed measure to create a r State Department of Commerce to stimulate industries was ready tor introduction, as were bills to carry out the Governor's suggested two- year moratorium on the "Byberry" plan to save an estimated 80,543,793 next biennium, abolition of the Se- urilies Commission whose functions would go to the banking department, and other executive department desires enunciated in the budget message. Before the budget message was Continued on Pajjc Six.

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