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LAST E AST COITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. f * · PRICE 2= VOL. 36, NO. S9. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17. ISM. The Dally Courier. Founded November 10. 1902. I Mcrscd. I July 18, 1029 CONNELLSVILLE, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 17, 1038. TEN PAGES. A U S T R I A ABANDONED T O H I T L E R Neither England N o r - France Plans to Block Nazis. FELT TOO LATE FOR ANY EFFECT By United Press. VIENNA, Feb. 17.--A u s t r i a n leaders lost hope today ol blocking German Nazi influence, which was expected .to bring domestic and foreign policy under Berlin's direction, after receiving information that London and Paris will give no assistance. LONDON, Feb. 17.--Both Great Britain and. France have virtually abandoned Austria and will make no move to block Adolf Hitler's plans in the German sister state, it was indicated today after a conference between. Anthony Eden, foreign secretary, and George Franckenstein, Austrian minister. , From a reliable- source it was learned that Eden not only confirmed that Great Britain is not prepared to giv,e any support to Austrian Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg in the event of graver developments, but the British official attitude is becoming increasingly "reserved." Well informed observers hero said this would seem to indicate that Britain, as well as France, with whom the British · have been ir hourly contact since the Vienna crisis developed, are convinced that it ! s impossible to try to check Hitler s olans in Austria. The uncertain attitude was indicated by statements from official quarters which said that no, representations by the British government have been actually made in Berlin, although informed sources last night had indicated that an agreement for such a step had been reached with the French. VIENNA, Feb. 17.--Demands for the removal of anti-Nazi elements trom the highly important Departments of Finance and Propaganda Continued on Page Six. I Austro-Nazi Union? Reilly Names Arthur Brown As Assistant UNIONTOWN, Feb. 17.--Official announcement was made today by District Attorney James A. 'Reilly that Frank P. Lardin-and-Arthor-A. Brown would become his associates, filling two vacancies that have been existing for a number of months. They -will immediately assume office and preparations have been made for the March term of court. Attorney Brown, a resident of Conncllsville, is the probation officer. A former resident of Dickerson Run, he is a graduate of Dunbar Township High School and West Virginia University. The two vacancies on the district attorney's staff were created by the death oi Charles A. Tuit and- the resignation of W. Brown Higbee. Unemployed Checks Arriving Weekly The majority of unemployment compensation checks arc coming through weekly, it was reported today at the local State Unemployment and Compensation office with the result that thousands of dollars arc being received in the Connellsvillc district. In a few instances there have been delay in receiving the checks but these are being straightened out as quickly as possible. There are now approximately 5,000 claims filed in the district covered by the Connellsville office and every week each of those persons have lo report. Just Off the Wire By United Press. WASHINGTON, Feb. 17.--Hear Admiral William G. Dubosc, the Navy's chief of construction, told (he House Naval Affairs Committee today that President Roosevelt's naval expansion program would cost more than a billion dollars. WASHINGTON, Feb. 17.--President Roosevelt summoned a conference of administration economic experts -today to discuss the level of the Nation's price structure. In addition, he arrantcd a second meeting which was expected to consider-the current economic situation with special reference to Industrial relations. S - WASHINGTON, Feb. 17.--Chairman Mary T. Norton, Democrat, N. J., said today the House Labor Committee will undertake consideration next Thursday of a new Administration trace-hoar bill retaining- the essential features of the one rejected in December by the House. Chancellor Kurt Schwtchnigg . . . under Hitler upcll Auatro-Gcrrnan union In domestic and International fields may result from the capitulation of Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg of Austria to Fuehrer Adolf Hitler's demand for Austrian Nazi members In the Schuschnlggr cabinet '--Central Press Two Families, in Night Clothes, Escape Flames Special 10 The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 17.--Nearly suffocated by smoke and almost trapped by flames, 10 persons, scantily clad, fled for their lives at Oliver No. 3 shortly after 3 o'clock this morning as flrc damaged a double company house. Other than suffering from, exposure the members of the two families were not injured. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smitley, Jr., and a three-year-old son resided in one side of the house and John Gallo and six children in the other. Fire, believed to have been started by rats chewing matches, started in the Gallo side. It quickly spread to the upstairs sleeping rooms on both sides. One member of the Gallo family, awakened by the dense · smoke, quickly aroused the others and the family next door. There was a hasty exodus, without clothing other than sleeping attire. When Uniontown firemen had the fire under control Gajlo rushed into the burning structure" to hastily retrieve $19 from a pair of trousers hanging in an upstairs clothes press. He was not Durne'd. None of the furniture -was removed from the Gallo house. It was burned or badly damaged. The loss is estimated at $3,000. The Smitleys succeeded in saving their household effects. Rankin Will Seek Seat in Congress UNIONTOWN, Feb. 17.--County Commissioner John W. Rankin has formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Congress from the Fayette-Somerset district. Announcement climaxed a series of three political gatherings in Somerset county Wednesday and the commissioner was greeted by delegations at Rockwood, Meyersdale and Somerset. Dr. C. H. Sherry, who accompanied the commissioner on his Somerset county trip, said that the slogan ot the Rankin for Congress campaign will be "Honest John Rankin." Mary O'Connor Tells Own Story of Slaying PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 17.--Mary Keenan O'Connor, 19, clasped her hands on the rail of the witness box today and told in a low voice the story of what happened last Labor Day when Nancy Glenn, five, waj, killed. The courtroom was crowded lo hear the testimony of the husky school girl who is charged with striking Nancy with her fist and putting her in a mud puddle where she drowned. Her voice breaking with emotion and an occasional tear trickling down her cheek, the O'Connor girl said the blow that felled the child was accidental. Shortly before Miss O'Connor took the stand, Judge Joseph Sloane denied a motion by defense counsel for a directed verdict of acquittal. BASEBALL UMPIRE HELD IN ROBBERY OF BUS TERMINAL GREENSBURG, Feb. 17,--Estill W. Walker, 41, of Grcensburg, for the past two years umpirc-inchief ot the Pennsylvania State Baseball Association, was held by police today in connection with the robbery last niglit of the Peters Bus Terminal. George Westover, Grecnsburg police chief, said Walker confessed the robbery and aided in recovery of S95.85 of the $99 stolen. Boy, Too Shy to Ask Aid for Lost Sifter, Dies From Exposure -S) HUSBAND NO. 9 TURNS OUT TO BE BIGAMIST By United Prc^s. NEW YORK, Feb. 17.--Mrs. Virginia Ovcrshincr Patterson Stark von Frieberger Sccgar Gilbert Kahn Gould-Porter Cogswell Bromley got a surprise today. Husband No. fl, whom she married last Saturday as Ch.-irles R. Bromley, turned out to be Rudolph Charles Kaplan of the Continued on Pago Six. LEGION POST FORMS NEW BRASS BAND Organization of a band which will have as its nucleus former members of the. famed Connellsvillc Military Band has been undertaken by Milton L. Bishop Po^t of the American Le- fiion with Captain Carl W. Geencn in charge. Sixteen persons reported for n rehearsal Wednesday evening in the Military Band quarters on the third floor of City Hall and another practice session is scheduled for next Wednesday. Richard J. Gingrich, High School band director, is in charge of the rehearsals. An Invitation was extended to young musicians, who formerly played in the High School band, to join the American Legion organization, especially those who arc not identified with any band at this time. Captain Gecnen bald it was his hope that at Icnsl 50 became enrolled. A small drum corps may be formed. t Hc said the American Legion Post has :i large number of uniforms that formerly had been used by the drum and bugle corps and that these would be used by the band. The Military Band has not been very active of late and .some of the members have become affiliated wltn other bands that are playing regularly, it was said. By United Press. WACO. Mo., Feb. 17.--Bert Leo Walker, 1- years old, was courageous enough to venture into a strange countryside in search of help for his little sister who was lost with him, but was too shy to approach a stranger when he found help. So while his sister way rescued, he sat in n ditch and died of exposure, 100 yards from n mill where men were working. The lxy's body was found late yesterday near the old Playter mino mill. More than 200 men had been searching for him, since his eight- year-old sister, Vivian, was found in a sheltered cnvc-in where he left her with his bicycle while he went for help. On Sunday morning, the two children left their home at Pittsburgh for a bicycle adventure that took them nearly to Waco, 15 miles away. Here, in a partly abandoned mining area, they were lost. They stopped at two farmhouses to ask thcir^w.iy, j but w-rc told gruffly to "go on home." Their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Walker, explained today that they were both shy children, the boy especially so. Twice rebuffed, the children continued along the roads until darkness apprachcd. Then Bert Lee left his sister in a shallow cave-in, only a mile south of Waco, and ventured on alone, walking. He told her he would find someone and come back. j Monday afternoon the fiirl was | found. She was hysterical, cold and i hungry. Her account of what h:t[- j pencil was partly incoherent. The parents had trailed tl ; youngsters by making inquiries along the road Continued on Pag; Six. Bones Are Brittle Children in Upstairs Room Ignite Mattress, One Fatally Burned By United Press. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 17.--Arlenc, three years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Dugan of Isabella works, was fatally burned and her sister, Lavcrnn, two, almost suffocated when they were trapped in a burn- inc. room, of their home Wednesday afternoon. The child died at Brownsville General Hospital. The children had been playing in an upstairs room when a school girl passing the house saw flames and called to the mother. Henry Mosley, colored, broke down the door to the flaming room but was unable to enter to rescue the second child. Andrew Doman, a neighbor, placed a ladder to the window and broke Into the room where he found the mortally burned infant. The children were reported to have been playing with matches and set ftrc to a mattress. Rapist Permitted To Make "Escape"; Is Then Shot Down By United Press. TIJUANA, Mex., Feb. 17.--Juan Castillo Morales, 24, confessed rapist-murderer of eight-year-old O]ga Comancho, was permitted lo "escape" from his captors today, then killed in a volley of bullets fired by a squad of federal troops. Flying Fortresses Reach Canal Zone Special to The Courier. FRANCE FIELD, Panama, Feb. 17. --Six "flying fortresses," largest and fastest aerial fighting machines in the Army Air Corps, roared over the Canal Zone at 7:14 A. M. today and raced southward on a 6,000-mile good-will night to Buenos Aires. Lieutenant Colonel Robert Old, commanding the night, radioed that the flight is proceeding without halt lo Lima, Peru, "weather permitting." Racing southward at an average of 172 miles per hour, the huge lighting machines completed the flight from Miami to the Canal Zone in slightly more than seven hours--a distance of approximately 1,100 miles. Auto Injuries Fatal. GREENSBURG, Feb. 17.--Frank Zyhowski ,ot Traftord died Wednesday in Westmoreland Hospital as a result of injuries sustained when the motorcycle, operated by Robert Blair Ritchie and on which he was riding, collided with an automobile | driven by John W. BauKhrm.n of Harrison City on Route 180. Boy Made to Do Domestic Work K i l l s F a t h e r Special to The Courier. BOSTON, Tex., Feb. 17.--Fred Parsons, H, who was compelled to keep house in his motherless home, shot his father's head off because the parent complained about the way the work was done, Sheriff Henry Brooks said toJny. The boy had worked haid at the domestic duties, the sheriff said, but the father complained incessantly that things had never been done right since Mrs. Parsons dicrl. There was another son, George, seven, at the farm home near Simms. The father, J. D. Parsons, 55, was found dend in bed yesterday. A shotgun blast had decapitated him. The shotgun lay beside the bed and on a table was a note reading: "Goodby, boys." The sheriff said a crude attempt obviously had been made to disguise the slaying as suicide. He questioned Fred about the note, which was in n childish scrawl, and the boy admitted having written it. The boy was t.ikcn before the Bowie county grand jury. "He told them that his father was always complaining and that he just stood all he was able," Brooks said. Sometime Tuesday night, after a bitter quarrel and the father had retired, Fred col the shotgun and slipped to his father's bed. He pointed the gun at the man's neck and fired. Then he retired for the rest ot the night, to pretend that it had been suicide and that the shot had not awakened him. The boy was descried as bright, although he has had little education. Brooks said charges would be Pled against him todayi Roosevelt's Advisors Recommend NLRA Change By Unlled Pie:,.,. WASHINGTON, Feb. 17.--President Roosevelt today received from his business advisory council a recommendation that the National Labor Relations Act be amended in an effort to achieve industrial peace. The recommendation was contained in a report submitted to Mr. Roosevelt by the Industrial Relations Committee of the council, headed by Charles R. Hook of the National Association of Manufacturers and John Biggers, unemployment census director. Slayer Granted New Stay. HARRISBURG, Feb. 17.--Governor George H. Earle has granted another respite, staying the execution of Paul Ferry, Erie county wife slayer, from February 21 to May 23. Ferry is under observation in the Far- view Hospital for the Insane. The Weather Fair and warmer tonight and Friday is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1938 1037 Maximum . 56 !il Minimum 2X ."il Mean ,, -12 37 Clara Hall . . . the "China Doll" The "China Doll" is back In the hospital with another break, the leg this time. The "China Doll" '.s Clara Hull, 3, ot Towanda, Pa., who has had 16 bone breaks already. Clara's bones ar« so brittle they break with the least provocation. The mother, Mrs. George Hall, says Clara has suffered a broken right arm four times, right leg four times, left leg seven times and collar bone once. --Central Press Mother Screams Son's Innocence; Trial Delayed Special to Trie Courier. ERIE, i'a.. Feb. 17.--Screams from Mo. Louis Scnbse that her son, Ralph, uas innocent of murder in the fatal shooting of his f;ithcr today delayed voung Scalise's murder trial. "My son is innocent,'' Mrs. Scalisc screamed in the courtroom. "If you send him lo Ihe chair. I want to go with him." Judge W, Walter Braham ordered a recess m the trial. Asks Pardon Board To Be "Merciful" To Hired Slayers l!y United Prc»s. HARRISBURG, Feb. 17.--The Pardon Board today considered a plea to "plcosc be merciful'' to John G. Polens. former Garland justice of the peace, and Joe Senauskas, Cleveland, condemned to die Monday for the "hired slaying" of Metro Scmi- nuk, Youngville innkeeper. "In Warren they're wishing these two will escape the chair," Father Joseph H. Diamond, Warren priest told the board yesterday. "Please be merciful to these two boys." Father Diamond's plea "/as made after ncnrly three hours of heated discussion over the events that led to guilty pleas by the youthful slayers, Attorney A. L. Cohen, representing Polens, repealed to the Pardon Board the statements he made to the Supreme Court that he undersood Warren county Judge Delford U. Arird would not impose the death sentence if the two threw themselves on the mercy of the court. The Supreme Court found no evidence thai Jud£e Arird promised mercy. The clemency application was vigorously opposed by Lemuel B. Scho- flcld, Philadelphia attorney representing Judge Arird. MI BRADDOCK MAN GIVES PAIR LIFT; CAR, MONEY TAKEN BECOMES II/L AFTER PLAYING BASKETBALL; UNIONTOWN BOY DIES UNIONTOWN, Feb. 17 Stricken ill after participating in a class basketball game a week ago in Uniontown High School, Leon Kustron, 17, of West Coffcy street, died this morning in Uniontown Hospital. Leukemia was given as the cause of death. On his return home from school, he complained of shortness of breath and bis nose bled. He was taken to the hospital where he received a blood transfusion. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kustron. Margiofti Prepares 44-Hour Rule Appeal Special lo The Courier. HARRISBURG, Feb. 17.--Attrv- ney General Charles J. MarRiotti prepared today the State's Supreme Court appeal from the Dauphin county coutt injunction which rendered totally inoperative the general -14-hour work week law. Governor George H. Enrle ordered the immediate appeal, terming the action o£ Judge W. C. Sheely "a dangerous precedent since it restrains the Department of Labor anc Industry" from enforcing n law enacted by the Legislature and approved by the Governor." The taxpayer's suit was brought by C. W. Miller, Perry county grocer. Milkman Finds Fire, Hotel Guests Escape By Unllcd Preab. HEMPSTEAD, N. Y. t Feb. 17.-Thirty persons, aroused by a milkman who rushed through the corridors spreading the alarm, escaped today when fire destroyed the 38- room Colonial Hotel here. Loss was estimated at $75,000. The milkmnn, Fred Fenton, discovered the blaze and turned in an alarm. DcMarce Signs Contract. CHICAGO. Feb. 17.--Outfielder Frank DeMaroe of the Chicago Cubs, one of the team's two holdouts, has Mfincd his 1936 contract, it was rm- nouncrci totl.iy. ShoiMop Bill Jtirs« remains the only holdout. LEWIS JOLTS DEMOCRATIC. SLATE MAKERS George Garber Forced From Machine With Gun Against Head. By JAMES SHEPLEY United Press Staff Correspondent. HARRISBURG, Feb. 17.--An ultimatum from CIO chieftain John L. Lewis that he will support Governor George H. Earlc for the United States Senate only on the condition the Governor remain strictly neutral in the gubernatorial campaign jolted Democratic slate-makers today. On the heels of Attorney General Charles J. Margiotti's formal break with the organization, L- e \v i s' maneuver to stymie Earle in the May 17 primary opened the way to a wide open scuffle that may send the Democratic party into the fall election scarred and disorganized. Earle, who is generally unopposed as n candidate for the Senate seat held by Republican James J. Davis, was regarded as the one individual whose support would clinch the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. The strategy of Lewis' move may enable him to win the nomination for Lieutenant Governor Thomas Kennedy, who is also secretary- treasurer of the United Mine Workers, one of the most powerful of the CIO unions. Should Earlc be forced to bow to the political strength of the CIO in Pennsylvania, the labor vote might dominate the Democratic party, already .split by MnrRiotti. Lewis' ultimatum delivered to Earlc himself virtually will wreck the harmony conference scheduled for today at the executive mansion. It is certain that the Guffey- Lawrencc Stale leadership will not accede to the CIO leader's Kenncdy- for-Governor demands. In addition to open opposition to any move that would - involve · the party in "labor politics," State Chairman David L. Lasvrencc and Senator Joseph F. Guffey are backed by widespread resentment on the part of county leaders to attempts by Lewis to dictate the party's nominations. Lawrence conferred with Philadelphia co-Chairman Matthew H. McCloskey in Harrlsburg last night but neither would comment on the labor leader's apparent coup. Democratic leaders were collecting in the Capital ostensibly to ' arrango for Pennsylvania's participation in New York City's wot Id fair, but actually to attend the so-called harmony meeting. Before Lewis' stand was made known the GufFcy-Lawrenco faction was standing pat for a Western Pcnnsylv.inian as gubernatorial candidate and the eastern leadership of McCloskey and his Philadelphia co- leader, John B. Kelly were backing Philadelphia Treasurer Luther A. Harr. Observers predicted, however, that Lewis' move would cement those two factions. ROBBERS ESCAPE IN AUTOMOBILE UNIONTOWN, Feb. 17.--Cold steel pressed against the back of his head by one of two young men he had picked up in . the outskirts of Uniontown, and a threat of death ringing in his cars, George Garber, 31, of Mount Braddock at midnight was the victim of "kid"' robbers, who escaped in his automobile. A dollar was taken from his pocket. Garber, forced tc walk along the .highway near Shady Grove Park after he had been .ordered from the..machine, saved himself from further humiliation by diving off to one. side o£ the road, and running to the home of Clark Cole. He summoned State troopers by telephone.. Garber, who had been employed at the radiator plant.was on his way home, when he stopped, near Cycle Park to give two young men a lift. One wore a CCC camp jacket and the other was in ordinary attire. "Give us a lift, pal," pleaded one. When told that Garber was only going "five miles out the road" the stranger replied "That's fine." While one of the "thumbers" sat -in the front seat with. Garber, the other quickly got in the rear seat; For several miles along the route the three chatted. Most of the chatter came from the j front seat passenger, who wore the khaki jacket. When the machine slowed up at Caddis' cross roads, Garber felt the muzzle of a revolver pressed against the back of the head as a voice hissed: "Turn in here, mister, and make it snappy if you don't want to be a corpse." Garber did as directed, turning his car in the direction of Youngstown by way of the side road. Nothing was said until the automobile reached the railroad crossing near the Shady Grove swimming pool. "Come on, get out," came the stern command. As Garber did his pockets were searched and the money taken. The youth in the rear seat quickly occupied the driver's seat and the machine turned to the right toward Uniontown. "Just keep walking ahead, mister," yelled the driver, Garber did .so untiLhe got a chance to jump down an embankment j short distance away. The car was sent flying in the other direction. State police, were told the lads were abut 18 "years'old. One was short and the other talL AUTO CRASH VICTIM DIES UNIONTOWN, Feb. 17.--His skull fractured in a collision of automobiles nt the Furnace Road and National pike Tuesday night, Wndc Friend, 19, of Fricndsville, Md., died at 6:45 o'clock this morning in Uniontown Hospital. Mrs. Grace Benson, 48, of Clifton Mills, W. Va., is m a critical condition as her skull is fractured and her jav- and left leg broken. Franklin Squire Recovers. Anthony G. Sankovich of Smock, a Franklin township justice of the peace, has fully recovered from surgical treatment he had received at Uniontown Hospital and has resumed his office duties. Curtis Trent Dies. SOMERSET, Feb. 17. -- Curtis Trent, 54, farmer and miner, died Monday night at his home near Shnnksvillc. He is survived by five brothers and sisters. Hospital Patients. Miss Myrna Larnbie of Dunbar, R. D., Frances Proski of Connellsvillc, R. D. 2, and Charles Roscndale of Conncllsvillf have been admitted to the Hospital for treatment. Dr. W. H. Hetrick Toastmaster For Walton Banquet Announcement was made today that .Dr. William H. Hetrick, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, will be tonstmaster at the fourth annual sportsmen's banquet Thursday evening, - February 24, a t , the First Methodist Episcopal Church. .- The banquet is being sponsored by Con- ncllsville Chapter of the Izaak Walton League. Dr. Hetrick is well known among members ol the sports fraternity, especially as a fisherman and a lover of the outdoors. A fine sale of tickets xvos reported at a committee meeting Tuesday evening at the Y. M. C. A. In order that arrangements can be made for serving the banquet it was announced all reservations must be made by Monday afternoon, February 21, at 3 o'clock. Tickets may be secured from C. G. Herzbergcr at the Connellsville Paint and Glass Company in South Pittsburg street, Roy B. Olto at the Loucks Hardware Company or any member of the chapter. AH persons having tickets for sale arc asked to make returns of sales and unsold tickets to Mr. Herszberger by Monday afternoon. The speaker of the occasion will be Frank T. Bell of Washington, D. C, United States Commissioner of Fisheries. Mr. Bell, it was understood, will fly to Grccnsburg, where he. will be entertained by former Congressman W. M. Berlin and accompany Mr. Berlin to Connellsvillc. Sportsmen from several localities in Western Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, are expected for the banquet. PUBLIC DEBT AT NEW HIGH WASHINGTON-, Feb. 17.--The public debt reached a new all-time high for the fourth consecutive day as the Treasury ended icvcn and one half months of the 1933 fiscal year, the Treasury's statement for February 15 disclosed today. The total debt was S37.587.803.500 on that dale, compared with S34.568,- 698,433 at the same time last year.'

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