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LAST E DITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. 'RICE VOL. 37, NO. 99. The Weekly Courier, rounded July 17. 1070. The Daily Courier, Founded November ID. 1902. j Merged I July 18. 1029. CONNELLSVILLE, PA., W.KDN.KSD-Vf EVENING, MARCH S, 1S39. TEN PAGES. LEWIS URGES ANALYSIS OF PEACE PLAN Proposal Rejected When First Presented at Opening Session. HOSTILITY IN ATMOSPHERE It you're caught playing bingo or junco lor prizes in a club, church or elsewhere in Fayotte county, you'll ie arrested for gambling. That pro- ·ision was included in a general order issued by Frank Kane, special : gang buster" of the county. The popular game of bingo, as veil as other forms o£ what are classed as gambling, are definitely 'out." No warnings aie to be given. E£- By United Press. WASHINGTON!*, Mar. 8--Labor's peace negotiations indicated today- thai the American Federation of Labor hai modified Us unconditional rejection of a proposal by the Congress of Industrial Organizations proposal to unify all labor under one organization. The indication came as negotiations for the two organizations arranged to transfer their peace conference to New York. WASHINGTON, Mar. 8. -- President John L. Lewis of the Congress of Industrial Organisations today urged American Federation oE Labor negotiators to give "intelligent analysis" to the CIO's plan to end labor's civil war by creating an American Congress of Labor embracing all unions. The AFL rejected the plan as soon as it was proposed at yesterday's first meeting between the two nrgoti- ating committees. Entering the second meeting today, Lewis said: "It is our earnest hope that the distinguished representatives of the American Federation of Labor will give intelligent analysis to our proposals rather than to continue the attack on our motives." Daniel J. Tobin, the AFL's strongest advocate of labor peace, joined the AFL negotiating committee at today's session at the labor department. Tobin, head of the teamster's union, greeted the CIO committee members warmly and posed shaking hands with Lewis. "It's a Jong time between drinks," Tobin said in greeting CIO Vice- President Philip Murray. "It certainly is," replied Murray, "Long time no see." An undertone of hostility persisted However, over the CIO's proposal to ·nerge all American labor unions. Resolution Opposes Fast Time Movement Action opposing adoption of daylight saving time was taken by South Connellsville Council Monday night and a copy of the resolution forwarded to City Council ot Connellsville as well as to the Merchants Club, which organization is sponsoring the movement. The Soi3th Connellsville solons set forth that the fast time plan would be a disadvantage to the majority of residents there inasmuch as they generally arc employed in the transportation business or on an hourly wage basis. The resolution follows: "The Council of the Borough ot South ConneUsville, in regular meeting assembled, realizing that daylight saving time would be a handicap and create a disadvantage to workers residing in the community as most of them are in the transportation industry and on an hourly wage basis. "Whereas, the whole class of workers are so inconvenienced by two classes of time, it would only result in a confusion experienced in previous years/ in that certain municipalities chose fast time and others standard time. Be it therefore resolved that the Council of South Connellsville Borough record their action in opposing the adoption of daylight saving time, until at such time it is enacted into law by the Commonwealth o,C Pennsylvania. Bingo, Bunco or What Have You?--Its Gambling And Neither Churches Nor Clubs Will Be Spared fective immediately any persons caught participating may be charged with gambling before an alderman or justice of the peace, arrested and be subject to prosecution before the court. "There will be no exceptions," asserted Officer Kane in an interview. "It is gambling as we interpret it and comes under the ban in the war on crime which has been instituted. No I exception will be made for church organizations or lodges of any kind. If it is gambling for one it as just as much gambling for others." The new officer added that pin-ball games and punch boards are under the ban. Operation of them will undoubtedly bring arrests. Slot machines have disappeared fro"i various clubs. Their reappearance will bring vigorous prosecution, according to Mr. Kane. Hopkins Puts Business Aids Into Effect By United Press. WASHINGTON, Mar. 8.--Secretary of Commerce Harry L. Hopkins said today that he has begun to put!his ;overnment business cooperation program into action. He predicted national income would : $6,000,000,000 to $8,000,000,000 higher this year than in 1938. "I have been working to carry into effect all the points I made in my Des Moines speech," Hopkins said. Those points include tax adjustments, aid to railroads, settlement of the utilities dispute and labor peace. FINE ASSESSED IN RATIO TO ABILITY OF CANINE TO BITE NEW YORK, Mar. 8.--The usual fine for letting dogs roam the streets unmuzzled is $2 but Magistrate Anthony P. Savarese let Mrs. Phiiomena Deul oft with $1. Her dog, she explained, "has lost half his, teeth and le's blind in one eye." Grand Juror Held for Court On Bribe Charge Special lo The Courtor. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 8.--Charged with accepting a bribe--allegedly an application blank to secure employment--Arnold Watson, 31, mill worker of Belle Vernon and a member of the March grand jury, was heJd for court under $2,000 bond following a hearing Tuesday afternoon before Robert F. Hopwood, Jr. The charge grew out of presentment of an information charging Thomas R. Aubrey, former county treasurer, with six counts of embezzlement and 10 other counts on which the grand jury returned an indictment on February 23. Watson, arrested by State Motor Policeman P. D. Bowser, faces the allegation: "That within the past several weeks, he did, as a member of the March grand jury, accept or receive, or agree to accept or receive, a certain bribe; to v/it, employment or influence to obtain employment, the same having been offered by one James Paull in order to influence the vote, opinion, verdict, or behavior of the defendant as a grand juror in a matter or matters, bill, action, complaint or indictment pending before said March grand jury." Newspapermen were barred from the hearing. Somerset Minister President of Classis Of Reformed Church Somerset Classis of Pittsburgh Synod of the Reformed Chinch at its 68th annual session at Cumberland, Md., after electing officers, decided to hold a final session in the fall at St. John's Reformed Chuich at Salisbury. Rev. George L. Hoth of Somerset was named to the presidency Myron S. Berkley of Cumberland was made vice-president, Rev. Charles G. Link of Rockwood, secretary and Dr. D. S. Stephan of Berlin, treasurer. Dr, Eugene P. Skylea of Cumberland is stated cleik. Benny's Trial Postponed. HOLLYWOOD, Mar. 8-Jack Benny, j*adio and screen comedian, went into seclusion at a Palm Springs hotel today after announcing that his New York trial on smuggling charges had been postponed. Benny said his attorneys had obtained a continuance until (he fi: st week in April. Kane to Get All Complaints About County Conditions bpecial to The Counci. .UKIOWTOWN, Mar. 8--Complaints to the courthouse about conditions in Fayette county are to b? rejerred to Frank Kane, new assistant county detective. The telephone number is "Uniontown J.G86. Rumored Hitler May Be Planning Early Retirement By United Press. SAN FRANCISCO, Mar. 8.--German ConsuI-General Fritz Weidemann's statement that a successor to Adolf Hitler, Nazi dictator, already had been chosen caused speculation today on whether Hitler planned an early retirement. *'The choice is being kept a secret, and naturally 1 can give no names," Weidemann said at a press conference coincident to his formal induction as consul-general. He declined to elaborate or to answer pointed questions concerning Hitler's plans. He said, however, that recent rumors reporting his "death" were fantastic. Local Police Always Ready To Cooperate Connellsville Police Department stands ready lo work hand m hand ·with any Jaw enforcement group, Mayor Ira D. Younkin told the county crime war conference at Uniontown Saturday afternoon. "The police department in Connellsville will continue its spirit of cooperation that it has always shown in the past. We stand ready at all times to work hand in hand with every other law enforcement agency. This has been our practice in the past and it will continue to be our policy/' Mayor Younkin. said. "Chief Andrew W. Thomas and Assistant Chief Charles J. Nez, who are attending the meeting here today, have their force at the call of other addressed the assembly program at law enforcement agencies in cracking j the High School Tuesday afternoon down on violators whose activities) conjunction with the local observance are outside of the jurisdiction of city j of Americanism Week, being sponsor- authority. We have always cooperat- | ed nationally by Benevolent Pro- ed with other peace officers and will continue to do so. We want that fact known to all of you, some of whcfci may not be familiar with this." Americanism Talks Given At High Schools Attorney William. H. Soisson, Jr., 150 Students Write Essays In Elks Event Approximately 150 ess-ays have been written 'by seniors of Connellsville. Immaculate Conception and Dunbar Township High schools la the contest of Connellsville Lodge, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, it \vzs announced today. The essays have been turned over to the judges who will announce the winners at the public program in the High School Auditorium at 8:15 o'clock Friday night. The essays will be checked by Judges Hoss S. Matthews, Harry A. Cottom and H. S. Dumbauld. Winners will not be named until announcement is made from the platform by one of the jurists. A total of $255 has been offered by the fraternal organization as a feature of its observance of Americanism Week which started Sunday. Instead of having schools compete against each other, the lodge set aside $85 for each school and awards of $50, $23 and $10 will bo presented. The essays are on the theme "What Americanism Means to Me." ·"There will be a sepaker of national reputation on the program, the committee in charge said. BOY SCOUT TROOP WILL COLLECT FURNITURE FOR KMETZ FAMILY Scoutmaster James M. Southard o f , Troop 8, Boy Scouts, today offered the services of the troop to collect furniture, clothing and general household articles that people of the community may ho in a pOMtion lo donate for the iclief of JU-. and Mrs. Paul KmeU. whose home at Brookvale was destroyed by nre anil two of their children burned to death. Everytlung the family had was destroyed, including clothing. It persons having anything for the nome to donate will telephone 9089 Remits \\l\] call for the donations' 5;ilmd,iy mcuniiit;. Free; Moon, who recently purchased the former Kckonc building in West Peach street, has offered storage room there until such time as the family is able to gel together again. Furn'.tuie, bedding and clothing will be accepted. ''We'll br ijKid to recehe anything,' the faihor sa.d. "\Ve don'i have a cent." Air. Krnet: and daughter, Rita, nve, are rt ihe Hospital. Both were burned severely. Mr. Kmei:' hands are wrapped in bandages. The child is buincd about the hands and legs. Mr« Krnet/ and B.iby Eugene, 14 months s i r w i t h rr-T.iin "c ;it Kirwd l-'m d. Three Night Clubs Fined for Keeping Open After Midnight UNIONTOWN, Mar. 8.--Throe local night clubs paid $25 fines and costs on charges of violating the Sunday dance laws as the icsult of State Moior Police raids early Sunday morning. Pleading guilty before a Joc.il alderman, mandgcis of Lucky Star Inn at Hopwood, Luckey's Inn on Route 51 and Summit Hotel were assessed fines for keeping open after midnight. tcclive Order of Elks. Attorney Soisson, appearing under the auspices of Connellsville Lodge, B. P. O. Elks, based his interesting discussion on the Bill of Rights. He urged the students to "respect your freedom of speech, press and religion. 1 ' The speaker was introduced by Principal E. Stanley Phillips. Captain E. J. McDaniel, Uniontown attorney and World War veteran, delivered an address at Immaculate Conception High School basing his theme on "Americanism." Kiwanis Farm Dinner Will Attract Crowd With Walter S. Anderson of Ebcns- burg, a former inspector for the Bureau of Milk Sanitation, as the speaker, there is every indication tha the fifteenth annual city-farm dinner of the Kiwanis Club, scheduled for tomorrow night, will be one of the largest gatherings of its, kind ever held. "Andy" Anderson, as the speaker is known to a wide circle of farm friends in Fayette and Westmoreland counties, -ill talk on "Milk Sanitation and Production," a topic of interest to all farmers. He is well qualified on the subject and "practices what he preaches" on his own elaborate dairy farm near Ebensburg. Kiwamans and farm guests will have their wives with them. It is a "ladies' party" as well as a city-farm Held for Poor Box Robbery MIAJA BEATS RED TROOPS AT MADRID baves City for Second Time From Communist- Led Army. Emil C. Dcglio (left) and Lnirino Aglietti, both of New York City, are pictured at barracks of the Pennsylvania Motor Police in Duryea, Pa., after arrest on charge of robbing the poor boxes in Sacred Heart Church of Duryea. Police said the pair confessed they specialized in poor box looting and that both have prison records. SMITHTON WOMAN REACHES INTO BOX FOR POTATO; IS ATTACKED BY LARGE RAT Just home from a hospital after a lengthy stay and recovering from that illness, Miss Helen'Smith, 35, of Smithton, went to the cellar of her home, reached into a potato box and was attacked by a large rat. Miss Smith battled the rodent for some time but in spite of her efforts was badly bilten on the hand and arm. County Tax Levy Remains at 14 Miilsfor1939 Special to The Courier. UKIONTOWN, Mar. a.--The commissioners announced adoption o£ the county budget tor 1939 which will retain the present tax levy of 14 mills and reduce the tentative budget estimates of Controller Bert Montgomery by $234,935.17. The levy will be divided as follows 1 General fund, five and a half; sinking fund, six, and institutional fund, two and a half. Commissioners explained transfer of one mill from general to the institutional fund was necessary by a legislative act in a ruling requiring costs of mainten paid from institi general fund. .The budget as announced by Turza Denies He Knew Negroes OTHER FIGHTING ALSO REPORTED BULLETIN By United Press. HENDAYE, Mar. 8.--The nationalist radio announcer at General Francisco Franco's Burgos headquarters reported today that a great nationalist offensive against Madrid is "imminent." Without indicating exactly how long Franco would \vait for response to his demand for unconditional surrender by the republicans, the radio announcer said that within the last 24 hours a vast number of tanks, artillery, automobile trucks and troops had been concentrated on the Madrid front. GREENSBUHG, Mar. 8.--An at-! torney for John Turza, 26, Connells- | ville WPA worker, claimed today that | Turza diove two Negroes to Scottdale | the night of December 13 without j knowing that his companions planned to rob Naum Acheff, storekeeper killed duiing the robbery. In opening the defense for Turza who is on. trial for murder, Defense Attorney Hobert B. Mitinger admitted that Turza was driver of the car in wnich Luther (King Kong) Royston and Clyde White, Connellsville Negroes, rode to Acheffs confectionery. But, Mitinger added, Turza did not know the alleged mission of Ins two companions and Royston, convicted last \veek of murder, threatened Tuiza after the killing and warned him to be "quiet." Eoyston was accused by the Commonwealth of being the "trigger man" in the lulling. Before the defense opened. Assistant District Attorney C. Ward Eicher read a statement made by Turza, who was quoted as saying that Royston thieatened him. "You wait here or I'll get you," the statement said Royston threatened Turza as the two Negroes left the car to enter the ^^ e Acheff store. Royston placed his ance'of"insane 1 "to"bei 1 ' ands in his P°ckci suggestively, the .utional rather than statement of Turza said. Eicher also read a statement made by Hoyston. Turza transported Royston and General Jose Miaja's republican troops "saved"' Madrid for the second time today when they broke the backbone of a communist-led army rebellion against the peace program of the new Spanish Defense Council. Miaja, who used republicans, socialists, anarchists and communists to save the Spanish capital from capture by the nationalists early in the civil war, ordered his veterans against about 2,500 communists entrenched in the outskirts of Madrid and, after severe fighting and bombardment, forced them to run up the white flag. Casualties were reported high. The victory in Madrid, however, did not end the communists' counterrevolution against the defense council. At Ciudad, Real and reported in other provincial sectors, there was street fighting as the extremists fought against proposed peace negotiations with nationalist General Francisco Franco, whose armies are ready 10 attack unless the republicans surrender unconditionally within a few days. Miaja ordered republican troops to take immediate drastic action to put down the counter-revolution movement everywhere. Franco held back his armies for the time being--there was "no action" on all fronts except for continued aerial bombardment of Valencia--pending further developments at Madrid, although Germany and Italy were reported urging him to strike at once in order to crush the remnants of the republican army. the commissioners showed the following expenditures: General fund, including unpaid bills for 1938, $621,335; sinking fund, $418,158.33; institutional fund, including unpaid bills for 1938, $160,000. dinner. Club member; seated at 0:30 o'clock. ·s and guests will be MARCH 15 FINAL DATE FOR MAKING INCOME PAYMENTS Wednesday. March 15. is the deadline for the payment of income tax. Internal Revenue Collector William Driscoll of the Pittsburgh district warned citizens end concerns that penalties are added when returns are not filed by March 15. Returns must be died by every person \\-ith .in income o[ mure than SI,ODD per \ c \ i i , if --in«lt\ and V2,500 if marnt-d Molher-in-Law Of Governor James Dies at Plymouth By United Press. PLMOUTH Pa., Mar. 8.--Mis. Gtacc Morris, 72, mother-in-law of Governoi Arthur H. James, died at , General Hosp.tal heic today after a I fortnight's illness. The 1 Governor was at the bedside, i With him were his daiightei, Dorothy, and two of Mrs. Morris,' children, Mrs. Burton Sweitzer of Lancaster, and Ralph Morris of Wilkes- Barre. Mis. Moms, known c is, "Mom" to the Chief Executive i.nd other members of the family, had Jived at the Governor's Plymouth home since the death of Mrs,. Ida James, wife of the Governor and hei daughter, May 16, 1935. Believe Pope May Elevate New York Bishop to Cardinal VATICAN CITY, Mar. 8. -- An usually reliable sources expressed belief today that Pope Pius XII, at a consistory to be held in the early future, would elevate Monsignor Stephen J, Donahue, administrator of the archdiocese of New York, to the college of cardinals. ' Msgr. Donahue was auxiliary bishop to the late Patrick Hayes, archbishop of New York, who died last September 3. He is 45 years old. He became New York's youngest bishop when he was baicly 40 in 1934. White of Connellsville to the crime scene with the knowledge that Acheft was to be robbed, the Commonwealth is seeking to prove. The Commonwealth also contends that alter the robbery-murder, Turza took the men away in an automobile and accepted part of the money stolen from Acheff. Over strenuous objections of defense attorneys, the prosecution yesterday had introduced a statement by Royston. This statement had been introduced into the trial at which Eoyston was convicted and the State claimed that Turza had assented to Hoyston's statement when it was read lo him in the State motor patrol barracks. Unionlown Robberies Solved With Arrest The Weather Burned In Explosion Elgin Young of 223 Easr Souih street suffered bums of the face, right hand and left wrist in a minor explosion PI the basement of the Five- stuno service station thi. aio' n i n g Hu \ i - i - I j r v t c f . )t t v- Hn-piiril. Cloudy Ttiui sciav ..iiui \vairnei tonight with intermit lent and light ram Thursday ts the noon weather loiecas! tor H'e^tern Pennsylvania. Temperature Kecord. AK.ximum M i n i m u m Me i a 4-i UNIOOTOWN, Mar. 8.--A bcrk'b of local robberies was reported tu have been cleared with the arrest of Gerald D tiffin, 23, who was accused by pol ce with selling the "hot" stuff to a number o£ local residents under the guise he was a travelfiig iales- rr.an. Police suid Duffin had confessed Lo two store thefts. Hospital Patients. Inyiti Moigdit of Everon, Rus:,i?lJ Gardner of UnUmlown, Ruth DeBclt of Masontown, Henry D. Jarrett ot Scottdale, Jacob Lenhart oC 412 Highland avenue. Ethel Stange of "East Fiancis avenue, George Colllra oE Haas avenue and Mrs. Edna VVilkes of Whitsett have been admitted :o Connellsville State Hospital for tieafment. Irwin Contractor Dies. Albeit M. P^ce, 90. ictirea I tractor, died home -l Invm night at his Waltons to Build Lodge; Endorse Daylight.Saving Members of the Connellsville Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, meeting Tuesday evening at the home of J. Donald Reid at Reidmore, voted unanimously to erect a lodge on its two and a hall acic plot of ground in East Park. Committees on plans and financing were named by Piesident Ross J". Medcalf. The chapter went on record as endorsing the daylight saving movement, piovided it is county-wide. House Defeats Reorganization Bill Amendment By United Prcsc WASHINGTON, Mar. 8.--The House today defeated an amendment by- Representative Robert Grosser, D., Ohio, which sought to change the reorganization bill so as to prevent the President from abolishing functions of any government agencies. Republicans voted ^solidly for Crosser's proposal, along with a scattering of Democrats. The teller vote was 136 for and 162 against. Extension Period For Unlicensed Auto Drivers Ends Tonight Midnight tonight marks the deadline of the extension granted motorists lacking 1939 drivers' licenses. Governor Arthur H. James granted an extension last Thursday when hundreds of drivers throughout the State complained their licenses had not been received although ordered in apparently sufficient time. The Governor explained in issuing the extension for a week that the delay was due to the Bureau of Revenue mailing licenses by third class mail as an economy move. Rural Postman Jailed. PITTSBURGH, Mar. 8.--Samuel D. Townscnd, rural mail carrier attached to the Masontown postoffice in Fayette county, was committed to jail for Federal district court in dc- iauit of $1,000 bond on a charge of stealing a letter containing $7.50. SAYS AS HE QUITS NUMBERS UNIONTOWN, Mar. 8.--Awaiting trial o i cha: gcs of lottery law violations, Stevi- (The Greek) Samor.as, lepullid head of the Steubenville numbers JXHJ], today told reporters he had quit the business and would have no further connection with the rackets. '·Tue pool is done," the racket head declaieo ''I closed up shop Saturday and will have nothing more to jo with it county hruthci tou hot " .nit! cishl othin defendants are scheduled (o go on tual during the day on charges growing out of a raid by city police on his headquarters located a block away from the Uniontown police station. Rumors have been current that bookies ot the 1 _al numbers pool are on a vacation awaiting for the public to ''cool off." "If any one is taking numbers, they arc taking a chance," Samonas wild "They have no backinz from me."

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