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LAST E DIT1ON The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 37, NO. Cl 1. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17. 1G79. The Dally Courier, Founded November 10, 1902. | Merged I Tuly IB. 1329. CONNELLSV1LL/E, PA.. THURSDAY UVKMIXG, MARCH 2, l!)3!). TWELVE PAGES. PACELLI * * * * * * TWO CHILD * * * * * * US XII * * * * ¥ * * * OKVALE FIRE Father and Another Child Burned; Home Wrecked by Flames Effort of Parent to Save D o o m e d Youngsters Futile After He Carries Two Others From Structure. ONE CHILD IN HOSPITAL HERE Halifax Hotel Burns; 21 Dead 45 Missing Two children were cremated, the father and another child were burned severely and the mother and a fourth child escaped uninjured when fire destroyed their three-room bungalow at Brookvale early this morning. The deadi Dolores Jean Kmetz, six. Paul Edward Kmctz, Jr., three. In Connellsville State Hospital p.rei Paul Edward Kmetz, 32. suffering from superficial burns of both hands, face and chest, and shock; condition fair. Rita Marie Kmelz, four, -suffering from superficial burns of entire body; condition fair. Escaping injury were: Mrs. Gladys Kmetz, 25, wife and mother. , Eugene Kmetz, one year old. The father received his burns as he made a futile effort to enter the blazing home, after he had carried two of the children to safety, hoping to save the other two. The father, an unemployed coal [ miner now on relief, got up at 5:45 1 o'clock this morning and made a fire in the small coal stove in the bed- r o o m of the triangular-shaped bungalow, in order to heat up the home for the others when they got tip, especially for Dolores Jean, who had been attending the first grade in Trotter school. Kmetz said he "went into the kitchen, after making the "usual" fire in the bedroom stove, and there started a fire, preparatory to getting everything ready for breakfast. It was while he was working around' the kitchen stove that he heard his wife calling that the house was filled with smoke- and then cry out that "the house is afire." Mrs. Kmetz rushed from her home ia the adjoining residence of her mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary Bednarik, to call Stephen Kmetz, 29, a brother- in-law, to help her husband in com- batting the flames. Kmetz, warned by his wife as she went for help, saw the flames eating their way through the ceiling and side of the room. He picked up his son, Eugene, who was one year old last January, and hurriedly placed him outside on the ground and then ran back into the house, grabbed his daughter, Bita Marie, and rushed with her to safety outside. "The flames were spreading like wildfire," the husband said. "To me it seemed like only a minute or two but in that time everything was lost." Kmetz attempted to go back into the home for another child but was driven back by the fire. As he entered part "way, the flames licked at him, causing him to be severely s-corched about both hands, his face and chest. The skin was burned off by the fire, so intense was the heat of the inferno. The flames rapidly consumed the structure, laying waste to the three- room building that Kmetz himself had built only last May, spending approximately $700 for materials. Questioned by a Courier reporter ns he lay on his Hospital bed, Kmctz aid that a felt composition used on the inside of the house'"burned like tinsel." He had purchased it from a contractor to help seal the interior of the home. This composition, he declared, nave off terrific heat and spread the flames throughout the Continued on Page Six. Unclaimed Dividends Two City National Banks Over $47,OOO Stiange as it may seem, a small others simply moved without leaving fortune lies unclaimed in two closed a forwarding address. But the National banks m Connellsviile. money is theirs it they can establish ,, , their identity with Receiver George The money, approximating ?47,600,, H _ SmU| handling liquidation or the represents uncalled-for dividend, - wo k an }£ g checks to depositors of the Citizens There are $42 .ooo in unclaimed and Union National banks which are , divldcnds at th e citizens National and being liquidrted here. | S5i600 at l!le Union Nationa j. The There is also a sizeable sum at the I two amounts total $47,600 and rep- Title Trust Company of Western | resent in the neighborhood of 1,000 Pennsylvania but the amount was not By United Press. HALIFAX, N. .S., Mar. 2.--File fanned by a 2G-roile wind destroyed the Queen Hotel and two other buildings here today, damaged a fourth and left scores of persons dead or injured. After the flames had burned themselves out, authorities said that 21 persons were believed dead, 25 injured and 45 missing. At least 26 were rescued. Some of the missing, firemen said, may have sought refuge in other hotels, but it was feared many of them may have peiishetl. Several of the injured were reported in critical condition from burns or bone fractures suffered in jumping from windows. Damage was estimated at $800,000. The fire raged for nearly Ihiee hours, whipped by an ocean \vind which made it impossible for firemen to check it. The names quickly spread to the adjacent Nova Scotia Liquor Commission building and the Greek Orthodox Church, reducing them to ashes. The General Electric Company building was damaged | but not destroyed. 150 Saved As Freighter Wins Sea Rescue Race separate accounts, Receiver Smith made public. Throughout Western said. Pennsylvania, olner thousands of dol-| The Cit.zcns bank has paid out 70 lars in unclaimed deposit refunds' per cent in dividends and the Union stack up the total of money going! 55 per cent. When additional divifl- begging. j ends are authorized, the unclaimed Jn the case of Connellsville's two I amounts will be likewise increased National banks, moat of the accounts | and this piocess will continue until are small and probaoly for that I the liquidation is ordered closed. The reason the creditors have not both-1 unclaimed funds will be converted ered about them. In some cases, the j into assets for distribution with the depositors probably are dead while j claimed dividends. Made Church Head FAST TIME MOVEMENT GIVEN IMPETUS WITH CITIES COOPERATING By United Press. ST. JOHNS, Newfoundland, Mar. 2. --The crew of the British freighter Newfoundland worked against heavy odds in a pitching sea today to rescue 150 men from the sealer-Ranger, sinking in the Atlantic 150 miles south of St. Jonns. The Newfoundland, responding to an SOS call sent at 1:29 A. M., reached the side of the 68-year-old Ranger at 6 A. M. EST but found the ocean too rough to permit immediate lauching of lifeboats. At 8:30 A. M. the attempt was made but by 10 o'clock only a few men had been transferred from the disabled vessel. The Newfoundland abandoned the attempt to effect a rescue by lifeboat and succeeded in getting hawsers aboard the half- submerged hull, hoping to tow the Hanger to smoother water befoi e undertaking to talce oft' the remainder of the crew. Terse' radio messages from the Newfoundland indicated that she believed she would succeed in remov-. ing all of the men before the wooden Ranger went under. For more than six hours, the crew of the 520-ton, 68-year-old Ranger had kept her afloat by bailing out her flooded holds with tubs, buckets, and cooking utensils. The Newfoundland, some 50 miles away when the Ranger j flashed her first SOS, arrived alongside soon after 7 A. M. and began at once to remove the crew. ROOSEVELT NEARS AMERICAN SHORE MIAMI, Fla., Mar. 2.--President Roosevelt .today nearcd Amcr'can shores after neaily two weeks with the battle licet. His flagship, Ilic cruiser Houston is proceeding on a course that will bring him to Charleston, S. C., tomorow afternoon. The Chief Executive, tanned by the tropic sun, WHS in pel feet health in contrast to his condition when he sailed from Key West February 19. 8,914 PIECES OF CLOTHING DISTRIBUTED TO NEEDY HERE A total of 8,914 pieces ot clothing was distributed among the needy of Connelliville in two and a half months, according to a report of ll;.r- ry S. Jobes to Councilman Abe I. Daniels today. Mr. Jobus, who is employed on the relief clothing distribution project in the Citizens National Bank Building. ""informed Councilman Daniels, named by Council to look after the i-ity'r connection \vitli the clothing project, that from December 1(1. 1938, to March I, 1939, clothing w.iq given to 622 families. The families covered 2,759 persons who received 8,914 garments. Mr. Jobes told the councilman that the most difficult task was to obtain sufficient clothing to fill tne need and suggested that the sewing project be increased and additional capaolo \vomcn be given employment Rcpicsentatives of Scotldale, Connellsville and Uniontown met at the West Penn building Wednesday night to formulate plans for a concerted effort to bring daylight saving time to Fayette county. Neil Moore, .store manager of the G. C. Murphy Company here, uas unanimously elected to act as chairman of the group whose job it will be to create favorable sentiment throughout the county for fast time. While the committee is primarily Interested in Fayette county it was decided that rmss.onary work would be carried out in Scottdaie, Mount Pleasant and other sutrounding communities in the hope they might be persuaded to join the "progressive" movement. Walter P. Schcnck, secretary o£ Uniontown Chamber of Commerce, pointed out that a survey had revealed communities representing 65 per cent of the State's population arc now on duylight saving time and urged that Fayette county take the leadership in helping this section oE the Stale keep up with the "times." F. C. Miller of Uniontown, representing C. E. Moreland, .superin- Contmued on P t ige Ten. Oscar Sieckman Superintendent Of Banning Mine Superintendent Oscar StecKman has boon transferred by the Pittsburgh Coal Company to a similar capacity at its Banning mine where ho succeeds Judd Hagerman who has been sent to Warden. Sleekman's place at Crescent No. 1 is taken by Thomas Kagle who- had been at Warden. "William Barker of Montoxu 1 No. 10, near Library, goes to Someis and is succeeded by Samuel Cotiis from Montour No. 4, near Hill Station. Walter Jaap, mine to reman at Montour No. 4, is promoted to the super- intendency there and in turn is replaced by Andrew Kopp who had been assistant mine foreman. P.W.Va.Pufs30New Cars into Service Coal Production In 28th District Falls During 1938 A decline of more than 100 per cent in coal production in the 23rd Bituminous District \wis reported in 1938 as compared with that in 1937, accord-ng to the annual report of State Mine Inspector E. W. Wilkinson. Coal production last year aggregated 2,579,491 tons as compared with 6,203,504 tons in 1937. The report disclosed that 4,918 men were employed in 1938 as compared with 5,813 in 1937 in the production of 2,579,491 tons ol coal and 20,772 tons of coke. Of the coal produced, 873,317 tons were shipped by rail, 1.617,960 by water and 22 212 by truck while 25,832 were used for domestic purposes, 8,917 for power and 31,253 for manufacture of coke. Coal tonnage by companies follows: H. C. Frick Coke, 1,623,701. South Union Coal, 176,443. Koppcrs Coal, 169,910. Martin Mining, 142,707. Lcmont Coal Coke, 63,849. Corrado Galiardi Construction Company, stripping operations, 59,623. Faywest Coal, 51,706. Fancy Hill Coal, 132,940. Crawford Coal Coke, 24,842. Indian Creek Coal Coke, 35,814. National Coal, 17,695. Davidson-ConnellsvJlc Coal Coke, 12,825. Ainsley Coal, 12,663. Kendall Coal, 10,500. Lytle Brothers Coal, 10,417. Old Uoirie Fuel, 7,817. Shamiock Coal Coke, 4,155. Phillips Coal, 4,146. Mount Braddock Coal Coke, 12,470. Guscman Hull Coal, 3,008. Hill B'-others Coal, 2,150. District total, 1938, 2,579,491. District total, 1937, 0,203,504 TOPE PIUS xii On the third ballot at the conclave of cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, held today in Vatican City, Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli was elected the 262nd Pope to succeed Pius XI, deceased. Twice black smoke coming from the chimney of historic Sistine Chapel had indicated failure of the cardinals to elect of the first two ballots. Then thin, white smoke arose and it brought a cheer from thousands gathered in the squaie, accompanied "by the blaring of bands. Secretary of State Under Pius XI Made New Head of Church Americanization Program of Elks To Begin Sunday Plans were nearing completion today for the observance of Americanization Week, beginning Sunday, under the sponsorship of Connellsville Lodge, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Churches, schools, civic and fraternal organizations and the public at large have been urged to participate in the observance that begins Sunday and closes Friday night, March 10, with a large public program in the High School Auditorium. Shortest Conclave in History Names Catholic Leader on Third Ballot of Cardinals. WHITE SMOKE TELLS STORY PREACHER, "MUZZLED" IN RADIO ATTACK ON GARNER, PLANS ANOTHER FORT WORTH, Tex., Mar. 2.-Rev. John Lovell planned today to continue his radio brradcasts despite his "muzzling" yesterday by Radio Station KTAT in the middle of an attack on Vice-Piesident John Nance Garner, a Texan and prospective candidate for President in 1940. A Calvary Baptist minister of Hunger, Tex., known here a.s the "radio preacher," Dr. Lovell planned to fill several radio engagements on other stations. Hi s first scheduled was at Dublin, Tex., today. PITTSBURGH, JVUr. 2.--Pittsburgh \V"c L ,t Virginia Kn.lway put into service at its Rouk Station yards a string ol 30 immaculate new freight cars painted lr. unconventional battleship grey and bright gold. The occasion marked the launching of a program to revitalize the P. W. Va. by adding to its rolling stock a totJl of 1,000 new cars--100 to be box cars and the other hoppers. Alverton Man Pleads Guilty to Larceny Wharton School Board Secretary Fights for Seat UNIONTOWN, Mar. 2.--Charging that Harry E. Hinebaugh, former acting sect etary of Wharton Township School Board, has .refused to turn over records and other school property to him as his successor, Paul R. Workman was granted" a hearing Saturday morning on his petition for a preemptory writ of mandamus. In his action, Woikman said that until October 24 -Hinebaugh had been acting secietary and at that time he was elected to succeed him. Since that time, Workman contends, ha has been hindered in performing his duties by Ilincbaiigh's refusal to turn over papers, documents, contracts, minute books, cancelled checks, check books, an adding machine and typewriter, said to be property of the school district, Hinebaugh, it is understood, contends that his 1 dismissal by the bojrd was invalid because no reason was I assigned for his discharge. Funk Judge W. Ru.ssell Ciiir ii.wcl 10 A. guilty I M." Saturday as the lime of a hear" Hundreds of Japs Killed, Injured by Munitions Blast By United Press. TOKYO, Mar. 2.--More than 500 persons were inj ured or killed and more than 8,000 were made homeless by the gigantic munitions explosion Wednesday at Osaka, the great industrial city of Japan, police announced today. Police put the casualties at 48 killed, 32 probably fatally injured, and 440 seriously injured. Eight hundred homes were burned and more than 8,000 persons were homeless as the result oj fires which the explosion caused. There were rumors that many people disappeared in the explosion, but these rumors were discounted because of the official police announcement, which was repeated in parliament here by General Seishiro Itagaki, war minister. Itagaki said that it had been impossible to establish the cause o£ the e^plosicn but that a minute investigation was in progress. He said he assumed gun powder exploded. The suggestion was made also that a workman had dropped a bomb. "Whatever the cause, the result was that JlrpL one great munitions dump exploded and that others-neur it-exploded one-by one, -A strong-wind spread fire to adjacent buildings, and" the flames were brougnt under-control only at 3" A. M. today? Two Found Slain, Gangsters Blamed KULPMONT, Pa.. Mar. 2 --The bodies of [v-.-u mer. slain by gunshot, were found in a small green coupe by Uvo unemployed 00:1! miners south of here today. State Police and county detectives said they believed the slaying were the 'work of gangsters. The men were identified as Fred Poiiyl. 27. of Reading, and Jo^er-ii M, nsfic.cl, :(." ur Shamukin The Weather Mostly cioudy with rising temperature tonijjhf and Friday; rain Friday night: colder Saturday is the noon weather forecast fnr Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Kecoril. 193D 1038 Maximum . 40 4G Minimum . ,. 29 32 -Mean 3o 39 property. GREEMSBUHG, M,ir 2 - D7.iclaki of AKerluri .pleaded before Judge J. Hilary Keenan to the | mg ,,,, the-application "for a pre- larceny ot 514 from the store of Mrs., emptory'writ of mandamus, demand- Georgc Carotners at Alverton in, ing Hinebaugh turn over the February and was fined $1, costs and placed on three years probation. Walter E. Beere of Scott Haven plodded guilty to entering the home of Mrs. Julia Ulery in Greensburg January 27 and was ordered to pay halt the costs and was placed on probation for two yeais. Another defendant in the case had previously pleaded and was sentenced. Cub;PackWiIIBe; ' Discussed Tonight At Christian Church Reilly to File '-'-' Formal Detainer Against Royston Special to The Courier. - - UNIONTOWN, Mar. 2.--A detain- er will be lodged against Luther (King Kong) Royston, colored, convicted slayer of Naum Acheif at Scottdaie, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Westmoreland county courts. District Attorney James A~ Reilly declared the detainer will be a formality which is designed to preclude any possibility of the giant Negro's escape from a life teim behind piis- on bars. Royston is under indictment in the Foyette county courts for the killing of Henry D. Foster, retired Franklin township farmer, in Connellsville. Co-defendants in both the Foster «nd AchefT deaths are Clyde White, colored, and John Tur/.a, white. By United Press. VATICAN CITY, Mar. 2.--Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, secretary of state under Pope Pius XI, was elected 262nd Pope today and will rule for the rest of his life as head of the Roman Catholic Church, vicar o£ Christ and spiritual father of 320,000,000 Catholics throughout the world under the title of Pius XII. The new Pope is. comparatively young, his election coming on his 63rd birthday. He was born on March 2, 1876, of middle-class Roman parentage. The Pope is regarded as a brilliant statesman who was behind the main policies of Pius XI. Under his administration as secretary of state, the Lateran accord was reached with the Italian government, restoring the temporal power of the Popes and ending their self-imposed imprisonment in the Vatican. The election was announced to s great crowd in St. Peter's Square at 5:30 P. M. by a plume of white smoke from the silver-covered chimney of the Sistine Chapel, where the 62 cardinals voted. The smoke came from their burning ballots. If it had been black, as it was after the first two votes this morning, it would have signified no election. A mighty cheer went up. People cheered and embraced, shouting in Italian "While. We have a new Pope." The blare of a band mingled with the cheers of the crowd when the decision was disclosed by the ancient smoke signal at 5:30 P. M. The conclave was one of the shoit- est in history of the Catholic Church --requiring only one day on which the cardinals actually voted although the conclave rtarted last night. Killed Couple i |n Celebration 'VANDALIA, 111., Mar. 2.-- Clifford Redmond, confessed slayer of an Indiana farm, couple yesterday, was returned to. the scene' or the killing today because his pattfof flight "crossed that of alstolen c'ar from Indiana. Indiana" authorities obtained "custody of Redmond here less than 24 hours after 12-year-old Gloria Brand stumbled across flclds to report to neighbors a midnight intruder had killed her parents in their farm home near Sdmburg, Ind. Redmond, husky farm hand who had worked -four years for the couple, Mr. and Mrs.-Paul .Brand, was captured late yesterday at Ramsey, 111., approximately 200 miles from Edinburg. He ..signed .a confession that he killed them after getting drunk to celebrate his 27th birthday. Sheriff C. F. Cheshire credited the immediate capture to the fact that his flight crossed the path of Harold Callahan, 14, Aurora, Ind., wanted at Indianapolis and Aurora for automobile thefts. WOMAN EATS ENOUGH TO FEED FAMILY OF 10; LOSES WEIGHT Steps preliminary to the organization of "a Cub Pack in Boy Scouting j will be. taken'at - --*-«-- -i--iv,~ ChrisUan Church o'clock, called by James M. Southard of Tioop 8, under the guidance of which the Cubs will operate. Comm.ssioner E. Stanley Phillips of the Boy Scouts, Chairman J. B. Henderson o£ the advancement committee of the Scout Council and a representative of the Westmoreland- Fayelte County Council al Greensburg aie to be present, along with Tioop 8 comrnitteemcn and others. KANSAS CITY, Mo,, Mar. 2.--Mrs. Dorothy Barber, 20, wife of a WPA worker, was slowly eating herself to death today. She ate and ate and ate while physicians at General Hospital, frankly puzzled by her case, made numerous tests in an effort to arrive meeting atT the | at a true diagnosis. They said she tonight -at "~T:30 ! would die unless her strange abnor- ' mal appetite could be satiated or it be returned to normal. Mrs. Barber appealed at the hospital clinic" last night, munching a candy bar, and told of a year of misery ~in which sne'was'-always hungry hut never satisfied. "I want to oat all the" time-," she petite becomes especially bad at night. I have to get up several times to eat." Although she personally has consumed enough food in a year to feed a normal family of 10, she has lost 25 pounds in that time. Normally a stout woman, she now weighs 104 pounds. Dr. R. K. Simpson, who is in charge of her case, said it might be three or four days before a true diagnosis could be determined. Meanwhile, she begs for Cood and is fed, every few minutes. From his observations so far, Simpson iaid, it was indicated she has a rare condition of the pancreas which causes a low blood sugar count said. "Why, I can finish a normal and an abnormal flow of digestive meal and be back in the kitchen in I juices. He said it was the first cape 10 minutes, eating again. My ;.p-i of its kind to come to his attention.

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