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LAST E DITION PRICE 2 C The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. ^ T i. 36, NO. SS. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17. 1OTD The Dally Courier. Founded November 10. 1002. Merced. July 18. 1 CONNELLSVILL.K, PA., WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY IB, 193S. TWELVE PAGES. West Penn Transfer Will Bring 20 More Families Into City Change Effective April 1 Moves Employes From Pittsburgh. CONSOLIDATES ' , METER WORK Announcement was made today in Pittsburgh that effective April 1 the meter and service department activities of the West Pcnn Power Company will be consolidated on the West Side, Connellsville. The graphic meter and service sections of the department have heretofore been located in Pittsburgh. Due to changing conditions in the Pittsburgh office and in the interest of efficient operation, these changes arc being effected. -To properly house this new division in the West Side storeroom, new offices have to be arranged and the property adjusted to serve this department. This involves changes in the sprinkler and heating systems, the installation of new office rooms, partially air conditioned, and a renovation of physical facilities. The company will be put to considerable expense in making these changes. Twenty employes, with their I'am- ilies, many of whom have been with West Pcnn lor a long period ol '.ime, arc to be moved to Connellsville and vicinity as a result of this change. The company is cooperating with these employes at present in finding satisfactory home locations. This addition to the Connellsville WestJPenn forces, nnd the consolidation of the entire meter and service activity here, is another evidence ol West Penn's continued interest in the town which is recognized as the birthplace of the West Penn System. MARTIN NAMED PURCHASER FOR D. T. SCHOOLS Clyde S. E. Martin, president of the Dunbar Township Board of Education, was named purchasing agenr lor the school district at the board's meeting Tuesday night. Under provisions of a resolution endorsed by a lour to three vote, the president will be required to""sit in" with the superintendent and give his approval to the purchase ol all supplies listed by-the school head. Attention was called to the persistence of truck drivers in. running their vehicles through the Morrcll schoolyard. The board will erect posts to block the route. President Martin presented a report ol the property committee, recounting many hazardous conditions lound in the high and elementary tchool buildings. The board stressed the necessity for holding fire drills and elimination of many ol the dangers existing in the schoolhouses. A representative of an emergency lighting system company outlined at length a proposal to replace the present system, now out of order. The board will deliberate on the project. Superintendent R. K. Smith informed the directorate he had obtained an Adc-metcr used to test hearing, it being one ol 47 in State, which will be used in the township schools. -He said'it was the only one in Fayette county and was obtained Irom the State Department ol Public Instruction. A recent tuberculosis test taken by 93 Ireshmen indicated six showed positive sigcs. These will be given X-ray tests, it their parents consent, the superintendent said. President Martin and the superintendent together will go over the township records on payrolls and other bookkeeping at the letter's request made when the director renewed his probe into intricacies ot the financial setup and methods of records. Just Off the Wire ' By United Presi. NEW YOKK, Feb. 16.--Steel prices probably -.vlll be reaffirmed at present levels lor the second quarter of this year, Iron Age predicted today, pointing out that clarification ot the situation may be expected to bring about a mild revival ol buying interest. LONDON, Feb. 16.--The British eovemment I* "gravely preoccupied by events in Austria and has agreed with France lo make representations to Berlin and Vienna asking reassurances of Austrian independence, it was learned authoritatively today. PITTSBUKGH, Feb. IS.--Western Pennsylvania supporters of the candidacy ot Judge Arthur n. James lor the Republican gubernatorial nomination gathered here today to lay plans for an Intensive campaign in 11 western counties. Congress Asks F. R. to Disclose Foreign Policy By JOB ALEX MORRIS United, Press Stall Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Feb. 16.--Congressional critics of Administration foreign policy charged naval officials today with creating a war scare and called upon President Roosevelt to disclose his planned course in international affairs. Two powerful voices were raised against the methods used in the Administration's campaign for a 20 per cent Increase in fighting ships and against failure of President Roosevelt to clarify his attitude toward the current world crisis. They were: 1. Senator William E. Borah, R., Ida., advised "the admirals" of the Nation's armed forces not to try to direct national policy or to promote naval increases by seeking "to excite fears by ridiculous propaganda." He sharply criticized Rear Admiral Clark H. Woodward/ commandant of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, for advocating a big Navy on the grounds that "gangster dictators" menace America's peace. 2. Senator Arthur H. Vandcn- berg, R., Mich., summing up recent efforts to clarify foreign policy, said that "in the final analysis" the Slate Department and the Nation arc at the mercy of "the attitudes and purpose" of the President. Until Mr. Roosevelt explains his Chicago speech referring to the possibility of quarantining wrong-doing nations, he said, the rearmaments program remains "an unanswered conundrum." Yesterday the President announced at his press conference that the United States must have a Navy powerful enough to repel possible simultaneous attacks on both coasts. Both the Atlantic and the Pacific must be considered as possible war zones, he said. Somerset Negro Admits Slaying Ily United Press. SOMERSET, Feb. 16.--Fred Holland Mitchell, 22-year-old Negro farm hand, was held in Somerset county jail today after pleading guilty to o charge ol murdering the wife of his employer. The body of the victim, Mrs. Mary Nash, 59-year-old Negro, was lound in her home last Saturday. Her head had been crushed with an iron bar, according to police. Mitchell pleaded tfuilty to the charge at an arraignment last night before J. D. Patton, justice of the peace of Windber. A coroner's jury had found that Mrs. Nash had died from blows struck by Mitchell. Although without counsel, Mitchell confessed the attack. He will to taken before Judge Norman T. Boose of Somerset county court to repeat his plea of guilty. Date for the court arraignment was not announced. Defense Baffles Move to Introduce Alleged Confession By HARRY FERGUSON United Press Staff Correspondent. PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 16.--The Commonwealth fought today to introduce into the court record a tattered sheaf of papers which it believes , will tend Mary Keenan O'Connor, 10-year-old college girl known to classmates as "Tarzan," to prison or to death for the murder ol Nancy Glenn, five. The papers purport to be u confession which Miss O'Connor dictated but refused to sign while under arrest on a charge of stunning the child with one blow of her powerful fist and putting her face down in a mud puddle to die, . William A. Gray, defense counsel, battled to keep the papers out, and Judge Joseph Sloanc considered the issue so important that he summoned counsel to chambers today for private argument. Flying Fortresses Leave Miami Tonight By United Press. MIAMI, Fla., Feb. 17.--Six "flying fortresses," poised for the longest over-water liight in Army Air Corps history, roared through final tests today before the scheduled midnight take-oft on a 6,000-mile Slight to Buenos Aires. Shortly alter midnight, the six giant bombers will take off, form in loose formation and race south on a non-stop night to LHTM, Peru, 2,700 miles away. She Is Artists' "Dream Girl" Georgia Carroll A.rtlats' "dream girl"--that is the title given to Georgia. Carroll, 18- year-old New York model. She was selected at ArtiaU and Model? ball In Atlantic City. N. J. --Central Frets 44-Hour Law Inoperative Under Court Injunction Ethel Sohl, Gir Friend Get Life ForKillingMan NEWARK, N. J., Feb. 16.--Mrs. Ethel Sohl and her 17-year-old co- adventurer, Gcnevieve Owcnb, were sentenced to life imprisonment today for the murder of William Barhorst in a $2.10 holdup. A jury ot 12 married men found them nuilty Tuesday niflht of first degree murder, but recommended leniency. The verdict makes a life term mandatory. Barhorst, 37, father of two children, was shot on the night of December 21 as he sat at the wheel of his bus, Mrs. Sohl based her defense on the contention that she was under the influence of marihuana and could not distinguish right fcom wrong. Miss Owens, a product o( the slums, the devoted follower of the elder sirl, said she knew nothing of the shooting until it was over. The jury deliberated three and a half hours. Mrs. Sohl stared at the 12 men with a white, impassive face as Foreman Zoltan Zilahay announced the verdict. Her youns friend, whom she called "Chippy," cried softly. "I nm .satisfied." said Mrs. Theresa Barnhorst, the widow. Roy E. Gouker Named Dunbar Township High Teacher for Nexl Term Roy E. Gouker ol near Dunbar, a member of the faculty of Mount Morris High School in Greene county, was elected a teacher in the Dunbar Township High School by the Dunbar Township Board of Education Tuesday night, at a salary ol $1.200. Mr. Goukcr has been serving as a teacher and football coach at Mount Morris for the past three years. Directors Albert Huches. Martin Kearns, Harry B. Ainsley and Clyde S. E. Martin, constituting the new majority, voted to elect Goukcr while Fred PocksUiIlcr, Ernest J. Bcatty and Julius Molnar opposed the selection. Firemen May. Patrol Unioniown Streets UNIONTOWN, Feb. 16.--Volunteer firemen have offered thcir services to the police department to make the '.reets of Uniontown safer for women and girls. Mayor William J. Crow told City Council that the volunteers were willing to be deputized as special ofllcers to help check the wave ol pursesnatching and ether crimes perpetrated on many streets. Filibuster Victory Seen Within Week By United Pres-. WASHINGTON, Feb. ID.--The Senate ttiday defeated a second attempt to break the nnti-lynchings bill filibuster by limitation of debate. Majority Leader Aiben W. Barkley, D., Ky., snid the Ion? battle over the measure might be expected to end-presumably in shelving the legislation--early next week. fly United Press. HARRISBURG, Feb. 16.--Pennsylvania's 44-hour work week law became totally inoperative today when Judge W. C. Shcely, Adams county, granted an injunction to C. W. Miller, Perry county grocer, who filed a taxpayer's suit in Dauphin county court. The long awaited decision re strains Labor .md Industry Secretary Ralph M. Bashoic and the Industrial Board from enforcing any provisions of the net. The State is aho enjoined from spending any of general fund monc in enforcement of the act's provision!) until further hcjnng, it was said. Willis F. Daniels, counsel for Miller, claimed the act Rave unlawful nuthoilty lo the Labor and Industry Department and Stale Industrial Board, imd Hint it \vould work an "unjustiflble hardship" on taxpayers Another taxpayer's suit filed after the court Kr.mted a prcllminarv injunction to Holgnte Brothers Manufacturing Company, Kane, and ap- Continucd on Page Six. Reiiiy Orders Lake Erie Officer Held After Youth is Hurt to The Courier. UXIONTOWN, Feb. 1G.--Declar- ing there was no mystery surrounding the cnhe, District Attorney James A. Reilly today ordered the "technical" arrest of John Ktihn, 42, n railroad officer, pending the outcome of injuries received by Tony Swcsty, 20, of Naomi mine, when he cither jumped or fell fiom a passenger train near Fnyette City. "This isn't another Butler case," said the county prosecutor referring to the recent accident nt Grccnsburg when the son of Supreme Court Justice Butler fell from a train nnd died. Swesty and Mike Cope, 23, alto of Nnomi, went from their homjs to Faycttc City and decided to go to Newell. They "stowed away" he- twccn the tender and a baggage car of n Pittsburgh Lake Eric Railroad passenger trjin. Kuhn said he knew they were itcnling a ride jmd went to the baggnge car, opened the door and said: "Come on m. it is not snfe riding there." As he s.iw Swe.sty plmi to leap he grabbed his nrm but was unable to hold him. Cope crawled into the baggage car to safety. Kuhn and his .superior, Lieutenant F. L. Hock, brought Cope to Rcilly's, declaring he had already made a statement for railroad police. "Do you want Cope held as a material witness?" Heck asked Kciily. "No," replied Reilly, "but I am placing your officer Kuhn under technical arrest and if Swesty dies he'll have to post bond to await action of the coroner's jury." Cope, when questioned by the prosecutor, said hesitantly that when Kuhn opened the baggage door "he did sny something but 1 don't know what it was." Kuhn resides at Belle Vernon. The Weather Cloudy followed by snow tonight and Thursday, not much change in temperature ib the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1938 1937 Maximum 35 '16 Minimum . ... 23 'M Mean 20 41 FULL EXTENT OF VALUE SHOWN FUND REPORTS AUSTRIA BOWS TO NAZIS; WAR AVERTED By FERDINAND C. M. JAHN United Press Staff Correspondent. VIENNA, Feb. 16.--A new cabinet, with Austrian Nazis iri key posts, voted a sweeping political amnesty today. A dramatic cabinet reorganization had brought Nazis or Nazi sym- pathircrs into full participation in the government. The amnesty which the new government nt once voted, at an early morning meeting, was calculated to bring into full political legality the rank and file of Austrian Nazis who had been almost outlawed since their putsch of July, 1934. It was expected that President Wilhelm Miklns would be asked to sign an amnesty proclamation today and that at once the prisons would begin emptying out not only Nazis but men of other political persuasions serving sentences for political activities. Next the government was expected to issue firm orders to newspapers thai from now on there must be no criticism cither of the German government or its activities. Austria's Nazis, it was conceded, had won a momentous victory and had brought the country, after years of effort, into a semblance of full cooperation with Nazi Germany. An ultimatum to the government, demanding inclusion of Nazis in the cabinet, had expired at midnight. Just before, unable to complete his cabinet list, Chancellor Kurt Schu- schnisg had ordered the official broadcasting station to remain open. At 12:20 A. M. the cabinet reconstruction was announced. Before 2 A. M., members of the new cabinet had taken the outh of office. They held their first formal cabinet meeting nt once and voted the amnesty. The overturn was one of a tensity and drama in keeping with its importance, which reached to every corner of Europe and assured that it would take its place near the top of the list of momentous events of the post-war period. Austrian* thought they noted unusual troop activity in Germany near their frontier. They believed that the troops were there as an official precautionary measure in event that an Austrian Nazi outburst led to a real revolt--a revolt which Germany would have regarded as a menace. Thus, it appeared, officially, that any ultimatum presented was pre- sentej by Austrian Nuzis who had no official standing. But, it was felt among Austrmns. the government raw itself as in the position where it must comply with an unofficial ultimatum presented by an outlawed party--or else. In any event information obtained by the United Pi ess today was that Europe's peace was poised on razor edge yesterday. A 23-minute telephone talk between Chancellor Schuschnigg nnd Premier Benito Mussolini of Italy, co-signatory of the Italinn-Austrian- Hungarian "Rome protocols" of cooperation decided the balance in favor of peace, it was snid. During Monday night there had been telephone calls between Vienna and Germany. These telephone calls, the United Prns was informed, resulted in a number of concession: officially, by Austrian Nazis--which made it possible for the Austrian government to save its face at this Continued on Page Six. Mexican Mob Attempts To Lynch Soldier Who Admits Killing Child TIJUANA, Mexico, Feb. 10.-Army authorities mobilized 200 men of tho agrarian party guard today to help enforce peace at this border town, where public buildings were burned and two men and n boy were killed Tuesday when a mob ot 1,500 tried to lynch a soldier who confessed to murdering a child. Fifty soldiers patrolled the town and others defended the stone military barracks where the killer was held for justice. He had assaulted an eight-year-old girl and murdered her in a garage behind the army barracks. Two Nurses Attend Black Jack Pershing Units Deriving Financial Assistance Tell What" Is Done With Money Furnished by Public Subscription; Pledge of Only One Drive in Year Being Carried Out. ' / SEE GREATER SUCCESS IN NEXT CAMPAIGN The real picture of what the Community Fund has done for Connclls- ville was revealed injts full glory last night when representatives o£ the, agencies which have bcncfitted from the cash disbursements of the organization reported at the annual meeting of the directors, held in the dining- room of Trinity Lutheran Church. All doubt of the worth of the project was wiped away. Directors were amazed to leanx of the new channels 'ol 'community welfare opened up through the fund and any question of whether pr_not the fund would-be continued was definitely answered in the affirmative. The only regret of fund directors was that the community at large could not have heard the reports. , "This has been an inspiration." Those words, with few variations, were heard frequently as one after another of the men responsible for organizing the Connellsville Community Fund Association and pushing its first campaign to a successful conclusion last May expressed themselves alter the session hod adjourned. - . Every participating agency " with the exception of the New Haven Hose Company had a representative at the dinner meeting. The dinner r-« I , , · p. - , . itself was no expense-to'the tund'.-.s l" IQ H I S TO K © l 9 I H a11 P rcscnt P aid lor thcir own needs. -^ - The good of the lund movement can be traced into many Uvtis. Fow persons arc there in Connellsville' who have not indirectly experienced some sort of return, even 'if only Coal Commission s to Retain Minimum Prices WASHINGTON, Feb. 16. -- The National Bituminous Coal Commission, fighting to maintain the minimum prices by which it seeks to stabilize the soft coal industry, today nfikcd the District of"Columbia Court of Appeals to dismiss petitions :or review of the price orders filed oy the Associated Industries ol Now York. Associated Industries, charging the minima increases annual coal costs of i's members millions of dollars, sought to broaden suspension of the price order previously granted by the Appeals Court. The New York consumers group claims that the minima were established by the commission without adequate hearings lor affected interests, as required by the Guffcy Coal Act. It asked the court to suspend the price orders for its membership as it did last week for 209 m;-.Jor, railroads and the city of Cleveland. Operating under the policy, announced Monday by Chairman Charles Hoslord, the Coal Commission asked the court to dismiss the New York petition. Since the New York group did not file objections to the minima within 60 days after their promulgation, the commission contended the protests have no standing in court. Approximately a hundred messages had been received up to last night and more were arriving constantly, all expressing the opinion that only continued enforcement can save from "utter chaoi" and "complete demoralization'.'- the. bituminous coal industry, which ranks among the first big industries of the nation, having investments aggregating some $3,000,000,000, employing approximately 500,000 persons, and- upon which 5,000 communities are substantially dependent. - ~ ~ ~." ~ ' Four companies in Connellsville, Pa., the Vanderbilt Coal and Coke Company, the Corrado" Coal ^Company, the Faywest Coal Company and the Crawford Coal and Coke Company, wired as follows: "In order to prevent utter chaos and many bankruptcies throughout the iridubiry'-we urge you to take every-step possible towards the maintenance ol " minimum prices as established -by the commission." ' The Jamison Coal Coke Company, Greensburg, told the President in a wire: "A return of chaotic market conditions will create a grave emergency in this industry and exert n most depressing effect on national conditions." Excerpts from other telegrams to the President follow: Continental Coal Company, Fairmont, W. Vs.: "Breakdown ot commercial prices at this time means catastrophy for this company and 450 employes in Scott Run district of West Virginia." ·TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 16.--Two nurses were m attendance today on General John J. Pershing, who was confined to bed with rheumatism and a slight cold. | Dr. Koland Davison said that the condition ol the commonder-in-chief of the American Experitionary Forces during the World War was not alarming. The general complained last night of a rheumatic condition above his left knee. His personal aide, Sergeant Crawford C. Shaeffer, said that over-exertion in making radio speeches and other activities had caused the ailment, i and the had gone to bed . lor a rest. _ | Scalise Indicted In Father's Death ERIE Feb. 16.--Ralph Scalise, 26, former Pittsburgh police bertil- lon operator, was indicted today by the Erie county grand jury" murder in the fatal shooting of his lather, Louis, 54, during a quarrel in their home several weeks ago. His trial started immediately before Visiting Judge W. Walter Braham of Lawrence county. The remainder of today's cession was expected to be occupied by selection ol a jury. through the programs arranged by the American Legion, High School i Alumni Association or the New Hav- ' en Hose Company, which sponsored Fourth ol July, Labor Day and Hal- lowe'en celebrations respectively. The outstanding feature of the whole set-up, however, is that the fund directors have been able to stick' to thcir pledge that no other financial campaign would operate in Connellsville within a year. Since May there have been none ol I he persistent requests for funds that formerly marked many months ol the year. So enthused was the gathering that tremendous applause greeted the closing remarks ol Chairman Daniel Durie when, he said: "I'm sure we are going out ol here determined to do an even better Job in the next lund drive." As one after anothcrio'f-tKe'bene- flttinK agencies reported it definitely became apparent that the Community Fund had made possible a greater efficiency in all ol them. One positive certainty--the lund has put the Boy Scout movement on a foundation more firm than it has ever known in this city and is directly responsible , for the beginning--and great strides --ot Girl Scout work. District councils of both organizations, with re- · sponsiblc men and women- deeply interested, arc.functioning. Through Continued on Page Seven. · N Fish and Game Body Launches County Campaign A county-wide membership campaign of the Fayette County Fish and Game Protective Association, was under way today, following- action of the directors at a meeting Monday night in Uniontown. A goal ol 2,000_ members by April 12 was set. That is the date for the close of the" drive. " , . . . -- - .To spur interest three-cash prizes or their equivalent in merchandise" will be offered: First, $25, lor the largest number of members enrolled beginning today; second, $15; third, $10. - ·"· · In addition to the first cash prize the winner ol that honor will be given a free fishing trip to Virginia by L. W. Secoy of Point Marion, president of the county organization. Jury Sliil Debates Paul Wright's Sanity By United Prcii. LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16.--A jury convened for the third time today to debate whether Paul A. Wright was sane when he killed his wife and John B. Kiminel, for which he was found guilty on two counts of manslaughter. The jurors retired at 10 o'clock last night, to resume deliberations at 9 A. M. Monday evening and yesterday they were in session 14 hours, 10 hours longer than it required for them to find Wright guilty of manslaughter. He had entered a secondnry plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, which required a separate trial. The sanity trial was completed in one day. ROOSEVELT OFFERED $5,000,000 TO-QUIT, NEW YORK, Feb. 16.--Glen M Naughton, corporation attorney, today reported a "tremendous burst of enthusiasm" lor his plan to offer President Roosevelt-35,000,000 provided he resigns trom the White House within five months. , attorney, 4ai rj h* ted many telephone calls and letters pledging money and that one of his' callers said he was on WPA and spoke lor a large group ol fellow relief workers. The lawyer added, however, that lie knew there was "no chunce" thai' the president would rcsisn.

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