The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on February 23, 1938 · Page 1
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Wednesday, February 23, 1938
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LAST E DITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. 'PRICE 2 C VOL. 36, NO. 9-1. i^ioot CONNELLSVILLE, P!, WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 23, 193S. TWENTY-FOUR PAGES. NAVY MOVES SURROUNDED BY SECRECY War Play Extended Into Vicinity of Jap Territory. F. R. ORDERS NEWS MEN FROM FLEET WASHINGTON, Feb. 23.--The Government, under the personal direction of President Roosevelt, intensified today the secrecy surrounding Army and Navy maneuvers. This was emphasized as some 150 units of the U. S. fleet prepared to sail into the Pacific for annual maneuvers without the customary corps of newspaper reporters and newsreel cameramen aboard. News and cameramen were ruled off the fleet this year by the President's personal orders. This order coincided with the Navy's decision to extend the maneu vcrs, officially known as "fleet problem 19," far into the southwest Pacific to "play" war for the first time in the vicinity of Japanese mandated territory. Navy officials denied that the order barring news men had any connection with the decision to include the area between the Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa and Midway Island. But this order followed numerous recent moves to tighten publicity on naval and military matters. These started with unusual restrictions concerning visitors which were enforced while the fleet was at San Pedro harbor at the height o£ tension between Japan and the United States over the sinking of the gunboal Panay. Soon afterward units of the 'fleet engaged in a series of battle practices to test the defenses of San Pedro harbor. Absolute silence prevailed during these practice maneu- , vers. Train With 100 Aboard' Derailec In Crossing Wreck WORTH, III., Feb. 23.-- An Icy pavement was blamed by police to- dax^for a grado crossing crash of n paper company truck and a fast St Louis-Chicago passenger train of Vn Wabash Railroad in which one man was killed and 30 persons injured. All of the cars making up " the train -- three Pullmans, a coach, diner and Tjaggage car -- were Morlec from the tracks, tore up 200 feet o roadbed and toppled over at an angli of 45 degrees before they came to a halt. Approximately 7 "100 passengers on the train were shaken up by the im pact. Frank Gregson, 40, Chicago, drive: ol the truck, was killed. The injured included seven members of Ha Kemp's Orchest-'a, enroute from an engagement at St. Louis Univ2rsity to resume work at a Chicago hotel. Maxine Gray, 23, Shreveport, La. vocalist, who suffered head and back injuries, and Bruce Mjlligan, 26, Bos ton, Mass., trombonist, with interna Injuries, were removed to a Chicag hospital. The others suffered slight injuries and were able to join uninjured members of the band fo its scheduled performance last night Train officials said most of the in jured were given minor emergency treatment and then dismissed from hospitals. About 15 remained, they said. Gregson's truck was so badly dc molished the company name on thi side ol the truck was erased com pletely. , Floods Inundate South Arkansas As Danger Increases LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Feb. 23.-Destructive floods along a half doze rivers spread over additional thous ands of acres in South Arkansas to day as rain-laden streams rushc toward the Mississippi River. Six hundred workers sandbaggc levees along the Arkansas Hiver south of Pine Bluff. The flood of th Red River, which burst through le vces at Foreman and Fulton an forced 1,000 families to flee the! homes, moved southward. Arm engineers recruited WPA workers ti prevent a threatened levee break o the Black River near Moark. In Central Arkansas flood dangc abated. Just Off the Wire WASHINGTON, Feb. 23.--1H B Commissioner Paul V. McNutt of th rhilllplne Islands, boomed by Indian supporters for Ihe 3910 Democrat presidential nomination, today Ic dared "I am not a candidate for an public office." WASHINGTON, Feb. 23. --Til Senate Commerce Committee toda approved a. resolution offered b Senator Josiali IV. Bailey. D.. N. C providing for a sweeping invest! cation of costs, prices, and profits o the commodllici. Actress Sued by Dad Eloanoro Whitney . . . father sues tier With 72 cents In his pocket, which he claimed was his entire fortune, Allen Whitney, 48, of Cleveland, filed suit In Los Angeles to forco his tap-dancing screen actress daughter, Eloanore Whitney, to contribute to his support. Whitney asked for 5200 Immediately and 525 a week from his daughter. Ha claimed unemployment relief was denied him because Miss Whitney was making 5500 a week. Tho actress lives In Beverly Hills with her mother and slater. The father Is divorced from th« mother. --Central Press Kennedy Meets Lewis; Silent On Candidacy WASHINGTON, Feb. 23.--Lieut Gov. Thomas Kennedy of Pcnnsyl- pania, secretary-treasurer of the United Mine Workers' union, today conferred with UA1WA Presidcn John L. Lewis but declined to comment on the Pennsylvania politics situation. ' Kennedy is supported as a candidate for governor by Lewis' miners union and by the Steel Workers Organizing Committee. Kennedy implied he might an nounce his candidacy Friday when the Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee meets at Harrisburg t select a slate. Lewis also declined to comment on politics. It was considered signl ficant, however, that Walter Jones, a close friend of Senator Joseph Guf fey, T., Pa., and mentioned as a gubernatorial prospect, was prescn during the conference with Ken ncdy. Indian Creek Coal Employes lo Strive For Beiier Record The Indian Head mine of the In dian Creek Coal and Coke Company held a safety rally Monday at th' community hall. The hall wa packed to overflowing, almost all o the populace being present. The Indian Head mine is very proud of its safety record, alway having a low accident rate. Thl year the management has launches an intensive drive to even better tha rate. It will stage rallies every second Monday of the month. In addition to speakers who are familia with the causes and prevention o mine accidents there will be enter tainmcnt. The chairman of the safety meet ing was II. M. Young, mine account ant. Safety talks were given by W B. Trimble, president; J. E. Lowcry superintendent of the Indian Hca mihe; James McMastcr, safety in specter, and S. C. Mariotto. The chairman o£ the entertain incut committee was L. J. Swishcr Those furnishing entertainment wer the Mulroy twins ol Scoltdale, ta dancing and singing, accompanied b. their mother; Miss Miller of India: Head, mouth organ solos; Mrs. Ro; Martz and Mrs. Shaulis, duet singers William Dumbauld, reading. Musi was furnished by the Indian Cree Valley's popular Pistol Pete's H: Billy Orchestra. Out ol town inter estcd spectators were Roy C. Martz of Connellsville and George Mehal l'°ck of Leisenring. Will Take 10 Years, Cost Three Billion For Another Nav WASHINGTON, Feb. 23.--Admira William G. Dubose told the Hous Naval Affairs Committee today tha it would cost the United States S3 200,000,000 and take 10 years 1 build a separate fleet lor the Atlant: Ocean. Dubose, chief of navy construe tion, resuming testimony on Pret dent Roosevelt's billion-dollar nava expansion program, based his est mate on the statement that 166 core ships and 53 auxiliaries woul ' be required. Merchants Inaugurate Winter Bargain Days Discarding "Dollar Days," mer- iants of Connellsville \vill launch heir first winter Bargain Days to- icrrow. The selling event for which icy have been planning for weeks rill run through Saturday. Dollar Jays never did express what there to offer shoppers. Dollar items ·ere often the exception. For Bar- gain Days there arc no price limitations. As at any other season, the bargain offerings arc intended to get rid of over-stocks of merchandise. As n winter this has been a flop. There has been little frigid weather since December. There is enough of the season ahead, however, to justify I investing in seasonal offerings at cut prices, such as are offered for Bargain Days. Within the 24 pages of The Courier today arc listed some of the leading items. There nro hundreds of others, which only tours of the stores will reveal. The merchants invite you to coma. NOX URGES G. O. P. ALTER FINANCE PLAN By United Ptta. DES MOINES. la., Feb. 23.--The Republican party had a warning rom its 1936 Vice-Presidential can- idate today that it must radically hange its method of raising campaign funds if it again is to become 'the party of the plain folks." Unless a change is made. Colonel r rank Knox, Chicago publisher, aid, the G. O. P. "will continue to c under the stigma of being a r ; ch man's party--and politically, that is the kiss of death." "The party must recapture the confidence and loyalty of the mil- ions of farmers, industrial workers, small business men and small salaried employes whose votes for more than a half-century made it dominant," he said. "It must attract the support of the millions of young men and women who have come of voting age in the last decade. 'And it must do both these things n the next two years, by 1940, if it is to escape the late of the Whig party.' Knox proposed that the party 'publicly declare it will hereafter accept in a national campaign no contribution from any individual for i larger sum than one thousand dollars." He suggested a "10,000 club of Republicans who could contribute $100 a year." Once in lour, years, he suggested the party could undertake to find Continued on Page Six. $2,150 Refund On Beer, Liquor Permits for City By United Press. HAIUUSBURG, Feb. 23.--Liquor ;md beer license fees refunded to Pennsylvania municipalities an townships during 1937 nggrcgntcd nearly $5,000,000 the State Treasury reported today. Returns for the first six month totaled $2,168,731. The remainder, $1,700,733, was re funded to the political sub-division this week. Refunds for the last halt-year in eluded: Somerset--Meyersdale $1,400, Som crset $700, Central City $1,500. Westmoreland -- Greensburg $50 Mount Pleasant $250, Latrobe $300. F a y c t t e -- Connellsvile $2,150 Brownsville $250, Evcrson $200, Dun bar township $CG, Mcnallen town ship ?50, Redstone township $1,000. Unsold Banquet Tickets And Money fo Be Turned In Before Thursday Nigh One hundred seventy-five rescr vations have been made for the an nual sportsmen's dinner Thursday evening at 0:30 o'clock at the Firs Methodist Episcopal Church. The speaker of the evening is to be Commissioner of Fisheries Franl T. Bell of Washington. There will b motion pictures following the ad dress. Persons who have had tickets fo sale are askccl to mak. returns o money received for them and unsol tickets Thursday before the banque at the Connellsville Paint and Glas Company store at 130 South Pitts burg street, with C. G. Herzbcrge or J. A. Wills. If that is not possibl it is suggested the cash and unsol tickets be placed in envelopes an handed to one of these men ot th church. The name of the pcrso should appear on the envelope. UNIONTOWN FIRM LOW BIDDER FOR , COLLEGE PROJECT By United Press. HARRISBURG, F e b . 23.--Th State Authority announced the fol lowing unofficial low bidder on it improvement project at Indian State Teachers' College: Genera construction--Joseph J. Bendik, Un iontown, $488,000. The European Situation By United Press. Vienna--Nazis begin campaign gainst Jews and "political activities f priests" as 1,000,000 working peo- Ic pledge support to Schuschnigg. London--Cabinet meets and dls- usscs instructions to be given Lord Perth on deal with Mussolini. Rome--Lord Perth leaves for Lon- lon, expected back within week, indenting negotiations will not be delayed. Paris--Cabinet approves $105,280,- iOO extraordinary defense cxpendi- ures. Lrisis Looms In Austria With Nation Divided By United Prcs. VIENNA, Feb. 23.--Austrian Nazis opened a campaign against Jews and 'political activities" of priests in the jrovinces todny while approximately 1.000,000 working people pledged hcmselves to support Chancellor ·Curt Schuschnigg to whatever limits he may deem necessary to preserve Austria's independence. Defying a ban on propaganda, tfazis in Styria and Carinthin provinces distributed hand bills dcmand- ng a ban on "political activities" of riests of »H creeds and "radical extripation of .ill sub-human elements," with specific allusion lo Jews, Communists and Socialists. As regards priests, Austria is 95 per cent Catholic. "We have conquered," said the hand bills. "Soon Hitler flacs will fly on all buildings. Surely Jews will last only a short time." "Minimum demands" of Nazis were cited including half the scats in Ihe cabinet, and "complete elimination ot elements which under the pretext of special patriotism have done their utmost to slander German folk in Austria and slander the rcich and its leader." At Innsbruck signs of nn incipient anli-Jcwii-h boycott were noticeable Nazis severely manhandled n member of the old anti-Nazi hcimwehr who in the July 1934 Nazi pulse! shot dead one of the Nazi rebels. Members of the government's fatherland tront paraded this morning in small groups--also in defiance of u ban on. demonstrations--in support of Chancellor Schuschnigg and Austrian independence. In meeting: throughout the country resolutions o: confidence were expressed in Schuschnigg but it was observed that some veteran members of his Christian social pnrty refused to approve, asserting that by his dealings with Germany, he had forfeited confidence. All over the country, people hignc a resolution pledging last-ditch support to Schuschnigg. Of on estimalc 1,000,000 signatures it was asserted that more than 500,000 were those o former Socialists, virtually politica outlaws for years. By HARRISON LA ROCHE United Press StafC Correspondent. HENDAYE, Franco-Spanish Fron- ;cr, Feb. 23.--The Spanish insurgent cet retreated towards the island of Injorea today after two of its ruisers had been seriously damaged n the biggest battle of the Spanish Ivil' war between aircraft and war- iiips, loyalists asserted. A government communique ?aid lat the Almirantc Ccrvcra and anther cruiser, believed to be either he Canarias or the Baleares, were truck by bombs from loyalist planes ff Sagunto, north of Valencia. The Umlrante Cervcra is a 7,850-ton vcs- el, and tho Canarias and Baleares 50th ore of 10,000-tons. The Almirantc Cervcra was hit by bomb when she attacked Sagunto s the fleet moved northward follow- ng an assault on Valencia, the com- munique soid. The bomb hit the vcs- cl's mam stack, and a tremendous loud of smoke was emitted, indicat- ng that missile had damaged the ntcrior of the ship and possibly the ngirics. A loyalist air squndron set out in pursuii of the vessels as they retiree rom Sngunto. Approximately 55 miles out of Sagunlo they came upon five ships. The Almirante Ccrvcra and another cruiser were in tow o ther vessels. Despite intense anti-nircraft fire Continued on Page Six. Freed in Aulo Dc.ttli. GREENSBURG, Feb. 23.--A core ner's jury Tuesday exonerated John W. Baughman of Harrison City o blame in connection with the Febru ary 14 motorcycle-automobile col lision on the Harrison City-TrafTorc road in which Franlc Zyhowski, 19 o£ Traftord, was killed. OSCAR, WALDORF CHEF, ILL WITH--INDIGESTION By United Prew. NEW YORK, Feb. 23--Oscar the Waldorf, one of Ihe world's mos famous chefs, was in a sanitarium today suffering from--indigestion. The 71-year-old Oscar, whose las name is Tsdiirky, will remain in th sanitarium about 10 days, it wa said. His nurse said Oscar's indispositio: was "mild" and the Waldorf-Astoria with whom he has been associate for 44 years, said he entered th sanitarium chiefly because he neede a rest. The Weather Attend Firemen's Meeting. Fire Chief William E. DeBolt an Jack MeWilliams attended a mec' inj of the executive committee of the Wcstcin Pennsylvania Volunteer Fiicmcn's Association Sunday at New Kensington. Cloudy with light rain or sno\ tonight and Thursday, not muc change In temperature is the noo weather forecast for Western Fenn sylvania. Temperature Record. 1938 1937 MuMiiuun ,10 42 Minimum ... 40 33 I Mean , 45 38 *EBEL FLEET DRIVEN OFF BY PLANES McNutt Rebuke? British Labor Unfavorable To Alliances By United Pre:s. LONDON, Feb. 23.--British labo united today and threw the full force of ilh most powerful bodies behind i demand for an immediate general election OH the issue of British collaboration with Italy and Germany. While Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was assuring the Hou:*c of Commons that Britain is rc-opcning negotiations with Fascist Italy purely in the interests of general European peace and not under force of threats or coercion, the heads of the three most powerful labor bodies met at Transport House in London and issued n manifesto. The manifesto reaffirmed the uncompromising opposition to any agreement with Germany and Italy on the basis indicated by Chamberlain, and challenged the government to submit the is-sues to an immediate general election. JAP ISLAND TARGET FOR AIR RAIDERS Col. Davenport Johnson . . .transferred Has the early presidential boom and Phllippine-to-Washlngton pa- rado ot Paul V. McNutt, high commissioner of the Philippines and former governor of Indiana Irked the Roosevelt administration? Some saw in the transfer of Col. Davenport Johnson, above, who flew JfcNutt from San Francisco to Denver without war department authorization, a rebuke to McNutt. Colonel Johnson Is commandant of th« army bombing base at San Francisco. The war department denied Colonel Johnson's transfer to a secondary po« at Rantoul, HI., was anything other than routine. Indiana Democrats planned a royal reception for McNutt In Washington. --Central Prtxt Japan Recalls Three Highest Army Officers Paul Wright Fears Attempt on Life By United Prcs:. LOS ANGELES, Feb. :!.--Paul A. Wright, acquitted slayer of his wife and fnend, Is fearful that someone will try to kill him, his guards said today. Captain William Penprasc and Lieutenant C. C. Culvert of thu sheriffs oiTicc revealed that Wright had requested a heavy guard when he was taken lo psycopalliic court Monday for a sanity trial. They said Wright told them he had word that "someone plans to take a pot shot at me." Wright is in the psycopathic ward of the General Hospital, under guard. He expects to be released Saturday. A jury decided that he was insane when he killed his wife and John B. Kimmel, and Judge Ben B. Lindsey ruled Monday that he is sane now. The latter ruling permitted him to go free after five days unless the prosecutor or some other interested party should demand a sanity trial by jury for him. By JOHN R. MORRIS United Press tSaff Correspondent. SHANGHAI, Feb. 23.-Japan ha: recalled to Tokyo three of the highest officers of her entire military force in China, it was disclosed to day--men who had been the com manders in areas where conduct o Japanese troops had brought Unltec States protests. General Iwane Matsui, commando: in chief of the Shanghai area; Lieutenant General Prince Yasuhiko Asaka, commander in chief of the Nanking area, and Lieutenant General Heisuke Yanagawa, commander in chief of the Hangchow area, arc the- ofliccrs affected, The recall of .General Matsui wa known previously. He left Shang hai Monday, replaced by Genera Shunroku Hata, inspector general o military education of the Japanes- army. « -- · - But announcement came today from Jap.mcse military headquarter that Prince Aspka and Genera Yanagawa also had been rccallec from their posts. General Matsui, the Shanghai are; commander In chief and, in a sense the supreme Japanese commander ir all central China, had authority over the Japanese tioops who captured Nanking. General Yanagawa was commander in chief of the entire Hangchow area, southwest of Shanghai, as commander of the Hangchow Bay landing force. It was against incidents at Nan- king and Hnngchow that the United States protested strongly in n note to the Japanese government January 17. C a p i t a l of Formosa Bombed in First 1 Retaliatory Move. ATTACKERS ELUDE PURSUIT By United Press. TOKYO, Feb. 23.--Chinese airplanes took the war to Japanese soil oday with two raids on Formosa, he great Japanese island and troop ase off the China coast. The colonial ministry here estimated, that 10 persons were killed and 30 wounded in the raid, during vhich the Chinese planes bombed . Taihoku, capital and chief city o£ the sland; Shinchiku, on the west coast 50 miles from Taihoku, eastward of Shinchiku. It was admitted that property damage was considerable. The' colonial ministry said that there' were eight planes In the ihincse squadron, first to attack Japanese territory since the start of. the war. An official communique ot the Formosa arniy headquarters said that "one or two" Chinese planes appeared at a great height over the Taihoku airport at 11:05 A. M.- and dropped 10 bombs, but missed the airport. Some bombs, it was said, struck private homes in a village and caused "several casualties" among women and children. - ·· An undiscernable number of Chinese planes appeared at 1 P: M. and again bombed, causing casualties at the town of Chlkutoh. In both cases the air defense repulsed the planes, which escaped." Succeeding dispatches ol the Domci news agency, which first reported the raid, had increased the importance of the Chinese raid. The first Domei dispatch from Taihoku said that one airplane bombed the city at 11 A. M. but did no damage. A second dispatch said that one airplane dropped 10 bombs near the airport but did "no serious damage." A third dispatch said that the Chinese "airplanes" caused several casualties. Subsequent dispatches said that property damage was considerable, and admitted that the Chinese planes bombed not only Taihoku but Shin- chiku, on the west side of the island 50 miles south of Taihoku. Several houses were destroyed at Shinchiku, it was said. The Chinese planes flew high, the Domci dispatch said, and eluded pursuit. Formosan army headquarters. In a communique on the bombing, said that Japanese planes had vainly pursued them. News of the raid reached Tokyo while the communications service was practicing air raid defense, circulating messages throughout Japan proper regarding the approach ol imaginary airplanes. Also, coincidently newspapers announced the return to Japan of three of the highest army officers in China --General Jwane Matsui, commander in chief in the Shanghai area; Lieutenant General Prince Ynsuhiko Asaka, commander in chief of the tanking area, and Lieutenant General Heisuke Yanagawa, commander in chief ot the Hankchow area. It was disclosed that all three officers arrived in Japan this morning. They were hailed as returning heroes by the newspapers. It was understood that the officers would report Saturday to Emperor Hirohito, now at Hayama, and it was reported that he would honor them with a dinner. Star Junction Wreck Brings $20,000 Suit WASHINGTON, Pa., Feb. 23.-Samuel Collcr of Pittsburgh has filed suit for $20,000 against Michael Stadtlander of Mononguhcla for injuries he allegedly received when the defendant's auto struck the machine in which he was riding on March 7, last, on Route 51 near Star Junction. Collcr i/laim*; he MifTered injuries to hi-; tight hip, usht lug riiht shoulder and risbt arm. Davis Remains Silent On His Campaign Plan; Is Watching Democrats By United Prcis. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23.--United States Senator James J. Davis,, Republican, said today that he will not announce his plans for the forthcoming elections until after the Democrats decide definitely their candidates. Davis said he will wait until the Democratic State Committee meets Friday before deciding whether he will be a candidate for the gubernatorial or senatorial nominations. "I think the wise thing for me to do is to look on and watch the majority fight and then decide. It's down the middle of the road for me," Davis said. Senator Davis, who completes his first full term in the Senate this year, addressed a Washington's Birthday celebration on the Northside last nigbt. Delivering the principal address at the meeting, sponsored by the Order of Independent Americans, he criticized what he called "the uncertainty and obscurity which cloaks the activities" of the State Department. AiiilresM-h School Student. Miss Elizabeth B. Rupp addressed the assembly of the CoiinellsvUlc High School during the chapel exercises, this morning and told of her I recent trip abroad, discussing at 'length her jouincy to F.gypt. Her account ot ,i 'i.iv ;. xxip ;o the pyramids ·was in detail. Skeleton That Of Negro, Says Detective Wall Skeleton of a man found along the Youghioghcny River near where Sugar Run empties into it, five miles from Ohiopyle, last Friday morning by a trapper, is that of a swarthy Negro, according to County Detective John C. Wall. In clearing up the mystery of the skeleton, the county detective announced that scientific examination of a thumb found preserved on the mass of disconnected bones "proved conclusively the victim was a six- foot Negro.' Official investigation by Detective Wall, who has been waging a" tireless probe into the ftndlne of the. skeleton, puts an end to unfounded rumors that the bones were all that remained of Jeff Walters, fugitive and alleged killer of Anna Zinn, 1B- year-old churcli worker of near Old Frame, almost three years ago. ~~ "My official opinion is that the coloring of the skin on the thumb we examined proves conclusively the skeleton lo be that of a Negro." The county detective, aided by an Continued on Pago Six. Appointed by Sparks. UNIONTOWN, Feb. 23. -- John Roncy of LaBelle, a student at law, registered -with, the Fayette County Bar committee, wits appointed to serve as a clerk in the office of Clerk of Courtj Howard Sperkj.

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