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LAST EDITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRICE 2= VOL. :J7, NO. 97. The Weekly Courier, founded July 17. 1879. Tho Dally Courier, Founded November 10, 1002. I Merged I July 18, 192S. CONNEbLSVlLLE, PA., MONDAY EVKN1NG, MARCH 6, j 9 3 9 . TEN PAGES. K I W A N I A N S TO BE HOSTS TO FARMERS Fifteenth Annual Program Will Be Presented Thursday. ELKS QUARTET WILL ENTERTAIN The fifteenth annual city-farm dinner, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, will be held «t 6:30 o'clock Thursday evening at the clubrooms in Carnegie Free Library. William Fox, chairman of the Kiwanis committee in charge, has placed tickets at all granges and indications are that the usual hearty i esponse by the farm folks will bring many score of them to Connellsville for the occasion. Walter S. Anderson, a former inspector of the Bureau of Milk Sanitation, who has an elaborate dairy larm at Ebensburg, will be the principal speaker. Entertainment will be provided by the Elks quartet, a group which scored heavily when the club entertained the new Pennsylvania governor ol Kiwanis several weeks ago. For 15 years the Kiwanis Club has sponsored the meetings, which have served to create a better relationship between residents of the city and rural districts. The farm organizations sponsor a similar gathering during the summer months. The dinner this year is being tied in with the observance of Americanization Week, sponsored by the Elks. Sutherland's Resignation Accepted By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Mar. 6.--Resignation of Dr. John Bain (Jock) Suther, ·'land as head football coach ol the University of Pittsburgh was accepted today, Chancellor Dr. John G. Bowman said. In an exchange of letteis between Dr. Sutherland and the school's chancellor, it was revealed that Sutherland, generally rated the No. 1 .football coach, had no present future coaching plans. "I feel confident that you have given lull and deep thought to the whole program," Dr. Bowman's letter said. "With real regret, therefore, assuming from your spoken words · and from your letters that you wish "* to resign I accept your resignation from the university by this letter, effective at once as you request." Although Sutherland refused to comment on his future plans, Dr. Bowman's letter was interpreted meaning Sutherland has already arranged for another coaching position. Despondent Contractor At Uniontown Suicide Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Mar. S.--Despondent because of ill health and failure to gain employment, Alva C. Brown, 67, electrical contractor, took His life at his home in South Mount Vernon avenue Saturday nighf. Coroner S. A. Baitz estimated he shot himself after he had retired about 8 o'clock, firing a bullet into his right temple. A revolver lay on the floor. He is survived by his wife, one son, one granddaughter and one sister. * Thel funeral service wil be held Wednesday afternoon. To Be President's Personal Secretary WASHINGTON, Mai-. 0.--Colonel Edwin M. Watson, for six years senior White House military aide, will become secretary to President Roosevelt in April, filling the vacancy caused by resignation of James Roosevelt. Kiver Boat Damaged. A pump boat, owned by W. J. Flainey, Inc., used to remove water Crom river barges on. the Monongahela River was damaged by fire Sunday morning, the damage being estimated at §2,500. !AUBREY TRIAL JYOUTH, CONFINED 831 DAYS, P O S T P O N E D ! FfNALLY LEAVES HOSPITAL TO MARCH 20' ' His face contorted, Rudolph Sheeler, 23, in Philadelphia court Bobs denials as he was ordered held on murder charges in parking-lot slaying- of Policeman James Morrow. Shecler claimed he was with the crunman, but had no hand in actual slayinfir. Continuance Granted in Sheriff's Case on Plea of Counsel. TIME NECESSARY TO PREPARE CASE UNIONTOWN, Mar. 6.--Trial of Thomas H. Aubrey on six counts of embezzlement, and 10 other chaises growing out of his administration as county treasuier, was postponed to Monday, March 20, in an order handed down Saturday afternoon by the court en bane. Petition sought continuance to afford sufficient time to prepare a defense. "Frankly, we feel there isn t enough time here between the indictment and the trial date to amply prepare a detente.' 1 counsel told the court. Plea Made That Community Aid Family Which Lost Two Kiddies And Home in Fire at Brookvale Writing to the editor of The courier, Mrs. H. L. Firestone ol Connellsville suggests it "would be a wonderful thing" for the people of the community to build a new home for Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kmetz, two of whose children were burned to ddatli in a fire last week which destroyed their three-room cottage at Brookvale. The letter follows: "I am writing in reference to the articles in your paper about ihe Kmetz family. I do not know any of their circumstances, but I don't believe they are very % good. I believe the people of this' city should and would be willing to help them. Could you run a little article in your paper for a fund from volunteecrs of the city to build them a new home? I Swallows Safety Pin; X-Ray Fails . To Show Location Jean Goucher, 18. of 105 West Apple street, who last Tuesday swallowed a safety pin, was taken to Connellsville State Hospital for X-ray pictures. It was reported that the pin was not to be located. March Grand Juror Arrested For Bribery UNIONTOWN, Mar. 6.--Arnold Watson, 31, a Belle Vernon mill worker and a member of the March grand jury, today was arrested and jailed on a charge of btibery, signed by District Attorney James A. Keilly. The information allegedly was furnished by John (Buck) Shenal. It is believed that the information centers around the Sheriff Thomas R. Aubrey case. It was Watson who queried the court as to further examination of witnesses in the Aubrey case. A hearing is scheduled in the action for tonight before a local alderman. FAIRVIEW AVENUE OPEN TO GREELEY Another section of improved East Faiview avenue has been opened to traffic. The most recently completed stretch is between South Cottage avenue and Gvecley avenue. A large force of WPA workers is rushing work on the remainder of the stretch, the street being scheduled for improvement to Snyder street. Don Morrison is foreman on the project, which will give the city one of its best thoroughfares. The section from South Piltsburg street to South Cottage ' avenue was widened by three feet and the area from the latter point to Snyder street will be widened by two feet. know this is a big issue, but even a real small home would surely he appreciated by this guef-stricken family. 1 think it would be a wonderful thing for the people of the city to do. Some club or your paper or other organization would burely be willing to take charge of the fund. You can fo.get this letter if you wish. It is just an idea. I have no connection with the Kmetz family. I do not even know them." If there are people of the community who wish to contribute to a fund for the Kmetz family, The Courier will be glad to receive the funds, acknowledge receipt through the paper and deposit them. If contributions are made it is suggested they be sent in the name of the Kmetz Relief Fund. Chaiies SmiUi, 19, of East Apple on November 22, 193B. street, lias been discharged from Connellsville State Hospital which had been his home for nearly three years. An infection that developed clter he had received an injury to his leg in a football scrirmrdgc caused "Crisel," as he is known to his many friends, to be taken to the Hospital Democrat Bloc Ready to Hold Up Nominations HARRISBURG, Mar. 6. -- The Legislature reconvenes tonight with a potent bloc of Democratic senators determined to forestall confirmation of Governor Arthur H. James' major appointments until satisfactory agreement is reached on claimants to tne second Philadelphia district teat. The House was expected to advance the James-endorsed bills to extend for two years .$103,000,000 worth of emergency relief taxes and set in motion other measures recommended in the Governor's budget message, but Senate deliberations appeared certain to be confined to oiT-thc-floor argument over claims of Herbert S. Levin, Democrat, and Samuel W. Salus, Republican, to the Senate scat held by the former from January 3 until last week. Senate Republicans ordered Levin to "stand aside" until the Elections Committee, comprising seven Republicans and two Democrats, decides which, if either, of the claimants should hold the seat. Judge Thomas D. Fmlettcr's ruling that Salus, running for reelection, won the seat by a margin of one legal vote, was given as justification for »he "stand aside" order to Levin. Levin's colleagues, angered because the G. O. P. majority refused to compromise proposal that a bipartisan committee of three Democrats and three Republicans be designated to decide the scat contest, let it be known they would hold out against confirmation of James' appointments until the dominant party faction relents in its stand. Texas Negro Dies Thanking Gov. O'Daniel JAPAN TO BUILD NAVY EQUAL TO MOST POWERFUL IN WORLD By United Pros!. TOKYO, M.ir. G.--Admiral Mitsumasa Yonai, navy minister, an- nouned today that the government planned n navy which would match the mos! powerful foreign Heel In ihe world. As he made his statement the i-abinet had jusl approved a fiv«r- year navy building program, a flvt- year army and navy air force pro- sjram and a four-year armament improvement program. _ Admiral Yonai appeared before the i budget committee of the House of ' Rppro«cntntivrs to discuss the navy program. Inyu Miyazwa, of the Minseito political group, jsked him what the navy was doing about British and American navy expansion. "The new Vinson plan of ihe American navy provides for a 20 per cent addition to navy treaty armaments" Yonai replied. "Bntam also is enlarging armaments. "We are r.ot planning for simultaneous operations against both powers but we are aiming to attain such armaments as will be necessary to make relative operations agair'-t the belter equipped of the Ivvo." By United PICES HUNTSV1LLE, Tex., Mar. 6.-- Winzcll Williams, 20, Negro murderer whose life was prolonged 30 days by Governor W. Lee O'Daniel so he would suffer more, was electrocuted early today in state prison. He died calmly after expressing gratitude to O'Daniel for the extra time. He murdered E. B. Atwood, 63, a dairyman for whom he worked. A month ago O'Daniel reprieved him, saying he wanted him fo "sufler the afjonj" oC anticipating death 30 dajs more O'Daniel was bitleily attacked by the pi ess, by legislators and f i o m pulpi'.s. lie then said his statement had been designed to "impress the horror of capital punishment" on the people. lie is opposed to capital punishment. Williams' reprieve ended Sunday morning but the state pardons and paroles '^o t ird recommended a one- day stay because it did not want j anyone ID be executed on s Sunday. Although he had been permitted to go home for a short period less than a year ago, he had spent the remainder of the time at the Hospital, lie was a patient there P3i days. "Chisel" Is depending on crutcnes to get him around and otheiwise he's fit as a fiddle. Wall Demoted, Minerd Made Chief Detective as Reilly Plans Countywide Clean-Up ALLOWS FEW DAYS FOR DECISION STATE POLICE MAKE INITIAL RAID HERE IN CLEAN-UP DRIVE Special to The Courier UNIONTOWN, Mar. 6. -- State Motor Pol.ce swung into action Saturday night in the wake ol the county-wide conference to begin a war on crime. Troopers jnested Mrs. Ida Stillwagon in ConnellsviUe and confiscated a numbers book and other paraphernalia which they said was used in operations of a lottery. She is to get a hearing Tuesday morning nere. State UNIONTOWN, Mar. 6.--As he appealed lor a concerted county-wide war on crime, District Attorney James A. Reilly announced a reorganization of his office personnel Saturday afternoon. Assistant County Detective Wilbert R. (Patsy) Minerd was elevated to the position o£ chief county detective as John C. Wall was demoted from the latter capacity while Frank Kane of Connellsville, a former bank em- ploye, was appointed second arsistant under Minerd. Wall, however, declared he would not accept a demotion and that he would accept orders only from RrJlly. officers visited scores of i It was reported that Wall's d'lties Connellfaville citizens are being ;:ven a real opportunity, through an announcement made today, to contribute to the beauty of East Park, the outstanding project of the City [ Recreation Commission, Consideiable shrubbery, trees and other plants are needed there but .he budget of the commission will j not permit purchase of all J t items. Inasmuch as ma will soon be working on their lawns, · thinning out and pruning, it is sug- j v * ose k ^ y memb f s were regarded taverns and night clubs and advised | would be those of a special investiga- proprietors to "adhere strictly to the j tor out of the county detective's of- midnight closing hour." : fice. In Uniontown several places were raided. Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 6.--With the appointment of Samuel J. Feigus to the staff of District Attorney James A. Reilly, Arthur A. Brown of Connellsville, former patrol officer, today was elevated to the position as first assistant district attorney. He was inducted into office by Clerk o£ Court Howard Sparks. Frank P. Lardin is second ass's- tant and Mr. Feigus special prosecutor in the racket cases and other infractions included in the crime war. Arthur A. Brown First Assistant To James Reilly French Ensign Executed By Firing Squad By United Press. TOULSON, France, Mar. G.--Marc The prosecutor's staff reorganization preceded a county conference of all of the branches of law enforcement which was addressed by President Judge Harry A. Cottom o£ the Fayette county court of common pleas who challenged the officers \vith: "There isn't any reason why Foy- ette county shouldn't be the first county in the State in the matter of law enforcement." "The judges ot your court s'and ready at all times to assist in administration of the law in Fayette county to the end that the county will be a better place in which to hve," Judge Cottom declared. He said there have been a number of untoward events during the past few years for which people of the county "were not responsible" \vith the result that all over the United Slates "this county has the reputation of ' being lawless." "This isn't fair to Fayette county and ijii't fair to to you as officers nor to us as members of the court," the jurist said. Reilly introduced his new detective whose duties he said would be "to nssist, coordinate and counsel other law enforcement officers." He said that Samuel J. Feigus would handle and prosecute all racket cases brought into court for disposition. Kane made a short talk as did a number of other officers. When Sergennt Vincent F. Bunch of the State Motor Police was called on for remarks, he said it was his un- Aubcrt, French naval ensign was j derstanding the meeting was called · executed by a firing ?qund in the rnoat of MaJbousquet fortress today for selling navy secrets to a foreign power in order to obtain money for a woman friend. Aubcrt had been convicted by a navy court-martial. An appeal to the high courts had been rejected. President Albeit LeBrun had refused to tercede. He was awakened at 5 A. M. he dressed in hb navy uniform, which yesterday had been stripped of its buttons and stripes 'm a public 'clean up racket conditions in the county." "Do you want this county cleaned up?" the tiooper chieftain asked the county prosecutor who replied in the affirmative. "Do you mean it?" the State offier again asked, "Yes. I do," replied Reilly. "If that is so, we're ready to start immediately," Sergeant Bunch declared. Mayor Ira D. Younkin of Connellsville, Mayor William J. Crow of Un- of the county constables association, John Finnell of the State Liquor Control Board's enforcement staff and Reilly also spoke to the gathering. degradation. j iontcwn. Burgess W. J. Long of To a priest's exhortation to cour- Brownsville, Constable George Zemo age, Aubcrt said: "Do not worry, father, I shall know how to die." He was led to the moat. There a ssquad of 12 navy men, under command of a captain, awaited him. He asked that he be permitted to die facing his executioners with his eyes opened, but this was refused and his eyes were bandaged. The order to fire was given and the 12 men fired a volley into Aubert's body. The captain went up to his body and fired a "coup c!e grace" into his head with a pistol. A bugle blared. A band playing a military march and troops ot the garrison paraded past the body. At Toulon, Aubert's mother waited to claim his body. She had arrived here yesterday and sought vainly io see her son. An execution in peace time for espionage is almost unprecedented. Aubert was doomed as an example in view of the general hardening of the i n t e i n a t i o n u l situation Hospital Patients. Loran Halfhill and Edwdrd Basinsky of Mount Braddock, Marion Warri'nk of Scottdale, Pauline Beitzel of Indian Head and William Powell, Jr., of South ConnelJsville, have been admitted to Connellsville State Hospital for treatment. The Weather Cloudy and much colder tonight with snow flurries in noiLh portion; Tuesday generally fair and colder, except for snow flurries is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. 'JCempeniture Record. 193D 19US Maxjrmim 69 70 Minimum . - 40 ;io Mcnn of) "0 No Economy For Roosevelt; Again Demands Fund WASHINGTON, Mar. 6.--Pres.dent growing con- economy, in- Hoosevelt, defying a gressional drive tor foimcd his legislative leaders toddy that within the next week he renew his request for an additional $150,000,000 to finance relief this spring. Mr. Roosevelt made his original request for the $130,000,000 las month, shortly after signing a deficiency appropriation b;il which Congress had trimmed to $725,000,000 although he had asked for $375,000,000. Quick End to War In Spain Forecast- Meg rin Overthrown Shrubbery Gifts To Beautify East Park Solicited j F r a n c o Broadcasts Promise of Justice to Those Who Will Resist No Longer. . By HARRISON LAROCHE . | United Press Staff Correspondent. 1 HENDAYE, French-Spanish Froni tier, Mar. 6.--Hope of a quick end aji those ' o £ tne Spanish civil war spread my people ! throu gk Europe today. ' A Republican defense council gested that nil such be contributed for transplanting m ast Park. "1C citizens will just take such material as they have to East Park and put them in the hands of the project foreman, nothing will go to waste," it was asserted. "We can use most every type of shrubbery, from busb.es to trees. In event someone is willing to make a contribution but cannot transport it to the park, if they will notify us we will be glad to call for it." East Park was used during the winter for skating. It will be turned into a summer recreational center ivhen the warmer weather comes, but during this month most of the transplants should be put into the ground so they will take root, "It will increase individual pride n the beauty of the place if citizens will send their cuttings to us, and later see how much those contaribu- tions have aided in reclaiming the place," said the spokesman. "There is no limit to the amount of such gifts we can use. Remember, there are 13 acres in that plot!" President, Labor Representatives Meet Tomorrow By United Press. WASHINGTON, Mar. 6.--Six representatives of organized labor's two factions prepared today for a White House conference with President Roosevelt, who was expected to make a vigoious appeal for labor peace. The newly-appointed American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations peace committee will meet with Mr. Roosevelt and Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins at 2:30 P. M. tomorrow. The President will 1 request that an attempt to end the three-year labor war be made in the interests of labor itself, industry, the public and the Nation as a while. He will assert that labor's rank-and-file iff Both trie AFL and CIO overwhelmingly want peace and produce thousands of telegrams in support of his statement. Mr. Roosevelt has asked "peace with honor" in the "early months" of 1939. Miss Perkins believes the outlook for attainment of Mr. Roosevelt's objective is "good." It was not known whether Mr. Roosevelt or Miss Perkins would submit on behalf of the Administration a specific formula for settlement as a basis for discussion. Neither the AFL nor CIO would disclose whether, their committees would carry any specific settlement proposals. strong advocates of peace, overthrew the Juan Negrin Loyalist government and the Communists allied with it in a fight-to-a-finish program. General Sigismundo Casado, leader of the council, at once broadcast an invitation to the Nationalists to propose peace terms which all Spaniards could accept honorably. Authoritative Nationalist circles said as soon as they heard of the coup, that the "yoke of Moscow" had been thrown off by the new Loyalist leadership and that there was hope of immediate-pacification of all Spain without further fighting. Casado himsell, the new army commander-in-chief and president of the council, was regaided" an a'dvocate of peace. One of hi:, first acts was to invite to" Madrid veteran General Jose Miaja, who had been deposed by Negrin because he reported that resistance was useless. The principal political personage on the defense council was Juan Besteiro, called a moderate even by the Nationalists--a man who for months had urged pence, who had refused to join the Negrin government or to take any part in any war government. It was understood that Manuel Azana, who fled to France and there resigned the presidency ol the republic, had long planned to bring about the resignation of the Negrin cabinet and to put Besteiro in the prime ministry to negotiate peace. The nationalists had as yet given no sign that they were ready to offer conditions. But it was regarded as most important that in seizing power the defense council had eliminated every element which the nationalists always had denounced as "criminals" who would be prosecuted after the war. The nationalists expressed belief that the defense council was actually created with the intention of arranging peace without delay. BURGOS, Spain, Mar. S._The nationalist radio today warned republican Spain that all persons attempting to continue resistance' would be "inexorably punished." Forecasting a quick end to the civil war as the result of the overthrow of .the "red" government of Premier Juan Negrin in republican Spain spokesmen for nationalist Generalissimo Francisco Franco broadcast a promise to enemy territory that those who surrender without further fighting would be treated with justice. But at the same time, the broadcaster told the_republicans that only a few days"could" be permitted-for surrender. Franco's army is ready to strike with renewed force if republican Spain does not capitulate, the radio message said. Bituminous Coal Tonnage on Rise WASHINGTON, Mar. 6.--The National Coal Association estimated bituminous coal output for the week ended February 25 at 8,500,000 net Ions as compared with 6,491,000 tons for the same period last year. Laurel liill W. C. T. U. The Laurel Hill Woman's Christian Temperance Union will hold an all- day meeting Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Commodore Fike on the old ConnellsviUe road, near Trotter. Women will quilt and in the afternoon a Fi-unccs Willard program will be sivon. Hasoniown Lineman Fatally Burned By High Tension Wire Special to Tbe Courier. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 6.--William W. Knotts, 42, of Mason lawn, died at 3:40 o'clock this morning in Uniontown Hospital oJ! burns received Sunday when he came in contact with an electric line carrying 25,000 volts. Knolls was working with a repair crew from Mason town in replacing insulators and wires on the steel towers near the Lake Lynn power itation. In some manner, which*he was unable to describe, he came in contact with the high voltage.wire and was knocked 18 feet to the ground. Turza, Linked In Acheff Death, Goes on Trial GREENSBURG, Mar. 6.--Charged with being the "lookout" during an attempted holdup of a Scottdale storekeeper who was s'lam, John Turza, Connellsville, went on trial today charged with murder. Turza was alleged to have acted as driver and lookout for Luther Royston, alias King Kong, Negro, and Clyde (Blue Top) White, when they Held up Naum Acheff in his Scott[ dale confectionery last December 13. A jury was being selected before | Judge J. Hilary Keenan to try Turza. I Royston was convicted of first degree murder last week when he admitted he was the "trigger" man. -Wnite is scheduled to go on trial after the jury reaches a verdict in Turza's case. KILLED CHILD BY MISTAKE; ENDS LIFE IN RETRIBUTION By Drilled Prea ST. JOSEPH, Mo., Mar. B.--William P. Purkhiser, 53, a prosperous insurance executive, murdered a child "by mistake" last week and yesterday, in, self-imposed retribution, killed himself, police said today. Furkhizci had intended murdering the child's mother, and, perhaps, her stepfather. He had broken into theii in ambush, there, and He she intending to wait found the child ridiculed him with high school, humor". He clubbed her to death and fled. The child was Haselteen Black, 13. She was murdered in her parents' home in Oklahoma City Thursday. Purkhiser shot himself through the head in a rooming house here yester- homc, thinking to fine! it unoccupied, day. His, body was found last night,

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