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PAGE FOUR. THE DAILY COURIER. CONNELLSVILLE, PA. WEDNESDAY, MARCH S, 193!J. Batlg "THE GREAT TRUNK MYSTERY" THE COUIUEIi COMPANY Publishers James J. Driscoll _ ... President imd General Manager R. A. Donegan _ Secretary and Treasurer Walter S. Stimmel - _ . , _ ,,_ Editor James M. Dnscoll ,, _ Associate Editor J. Wylie Driscoll -- Advertising and Business Manager MEMBER OP Audit Bureau of Circulations Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association Bureau of Advertising, A. N. P. A. Served by United Press and International News Service SUBSCRIPTION RATES Two cents per copy; 50 cents per month; $5 per year, or $2.50 for six months by mail Lf paid in advance; 12 cents per week by carrier. Entered as second class matter at the Postofflce, Connellsville, Pa. WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 8, 1839 Fifteen Years of City-Farm Fellowship Thursday night's gathering of farm and city folks about the banquet table under the auspices of the Kiwanis Club will be an important event--the loth anniversary of the fellowship. It is important that the attendance be representative of both groups. The gathering ·will have a double meaning in that ii will also be a contribution to the Americanism Week program of the Elks. The speaker, Walter S. Anderson of Ebensburg, representing the Bureau of Milk Sanitation, will have somtehing to say of a patriotic nature as well as covering the subject In which he specializes. Ever since the Kiwanis Club launched the city-farm dinners the aim has been to create a better relationship between the people of the rural areas and those of the urban. The interest manifest, not only in the winter assemblies but in the return dinners of the farm folks in the summer, is evidence of success. May they continue for many times 15 years! The interests of both will be enhanced by the good will that springs ther.efrom. PHONETIC SPELLING PBOGKESS S Talking about simplified spelling, Prof. DeWitt Clinton Croissant of the English department of George Washington University, Washington, says the thing that appeals to him is that under that system it would be easier to spell correctly than incorrectly. Newspaper men often have occasion to observe that this is probably true. It is not unusual for a coiufflunica ""n to come to a news room in which the simplified i m is used, not consciously but because the writer knows no better. Some examples of unintentional simplification: A communication to The Courier relative to k n i t t i n g socks uses "nit." That would bo the simple way; the way it sounds. Years ago we had a regular contributor of personal news items. The writer referred to our column as "personal menchion," which is nearer the phonetic spelling than "mention." Another writes "parence" for "parents," as it sounds, but hardly permissible because of difficulty in distinguishing between the singular and plural. It is not uncommon to see somebody write "nite" for "night" Dr. Croissant blames William the Conqueror and the Normans for substituting "qu" for "cw" in "quick." Dutch printers who introduced printing in England were responsible for "h" in "ghost." Before that English was a phonetic language. The processor looks upon the policy of some newspapers in Introducing such words as "thru," "nite" and "tho" as a forward step. He wonders why when "musick" was changed to "music" that "sick" was not similarly shortened. A difficulty the educator sees in the way of progress- is what he refers to as the fact that "words with their unnatural spelling were embalmed (by the dictionary makers) and since then it has been sacrilegious to disturb the corpse." There is an economic reason for phonetic spelling. The late Henry Holt, publisher, estimated that 15 per cent of the cost of books could be saved by leaving out silent letters. SLAP AT SPECIAL 1'KIVILEGE Some Bo-called motion picture stars not only fail to set a good example of home life to the public which is compelled to watch them on the screen if it wants to see pictures at all, but they occasionally show a disposition to act foolishly. A state trooper at Wilmington, Delaware, stopped what he thought was "a little girl who looked too young to drive a car," only to learn he was dealing with what he called a "bunch of wildfire" in the person of Katharine Hepburn, who, it developed, was driving without her license, which she left at Hollywood. The officer's error of judgment as to her age was a tribute to the actress. Her actions following her arrest could hardly be so considered. After she had berated the trooper for stopping her "without cause" she tamed considerably under the stern mandate of a magistrate that she must post a $13.50 bond "or else." He was quite confident she would not return for a hearing. "Special privilege" is something- Jt seems only human to accept, if it be offered, but which ha-1 better, for the good of all, be stricken from the catalogue of things American. DAXGEK IN KITE FI/YING Kite time is here--with its pleasures and its dangers. The clanger lies in following the age-old pastime near high tension electric wires. Whether kites are sent aloft with thread, twine or copper wire it is well to keep away from electric lines. Because of the danger from current it is better to avoid the use of copper. Three Monesseu boys last week found" power lines and kites do not mix with safety. They were using a copper wire. It fell across an electric line. They were shocked and slightly burned. Only the fineness of the wire saved them. A heavier one would have meant electrocution. Not only are the kite fliers endangered but sometimes the power companies are inconvenienced. It is better always to keep away from danger. Open hilltops provide the best places. BARBAROUS FJtEJfCH CUSTOM France has not yet reached our level of civilization. The execution of an officer condemned to death by a naval court reveals it. It may be the officer deserved his fate, in view of the tenseness of conditions in Europe. He bad sold naval secrets to a foreign power. The sordid feature of the execution was the parade of a band playing a march and troops about the body of the fallen officer inside the fortress prison where a firing squad did its work. The parade was not a maik of honor. That there was such a spectacle, not only rermitted but required, is a reflection on the enlightenment o£ the French nation. Only a lynch mob uotilcl carry on so in America. WASHINGTON, Mar. 8.-^Musso- ini may I bo the one to lose his umbrella at the next counterpart of Munich. If the top U. S. diplomats are correct, the coming crisis in the Mediterranean will develop and vork out this way: The situation will come to the crisis point in a month or more, certjinly not sooner. It will develop hrough some move by Mussolini to stir up France. If he tries to deprive France of any territory, he will find icr far more interested than she was about Czechoslovakia. French troops vould then certainly be poured into northern Italy, into the rich Po valley. The French are not great admirers of Italian fighting stamina, and are confident they can handle Mussolini unless Hitler shoots his troops into taly to back way over Brenner Pass. Unquestionably the British fleet could and would battle Mussy up in he Mediterranean, and keep him jollied. This time there is no remote ally, far from the French border, almost sunounded by the dictators, to whom aid would have been an Impractical military proposition. The whip is in other hbnds. What's What At a Glance STRENGTH FOR YOUR TASK By Earl L. Douglass, D. D. liy CHARLES P. STEWART WASHINGTON, Mar. B--New Deal leaders in Congress want to adjourn early in June. It's good betting th.it they fiul to do It. However, it's easy to understand their desire to do so. The longer the session spins lUuif out the more noticeable intra-Dcmo- cratic dissension is pretty sure to become. Hence, the recent meeting of the party's steering committee to hasten enactment of key legislation and t j sidetrack non-essential item?. Committee Chairman James G. Scrugham gave out a very hopeful report too. The mt-'eUnff was strictly on the q.t., but Scrugham'B account was that it WSE perfectly harmonious. If there really was any hair-pulling, though, he wouldn't have been likely to emphasize it. The fact of the matter is that not much congressional progress has been made yet with any important bus.1- ness except the national defense program. As t defense, there is little difference; of opinion. Not only are Democrats in genera! agreement; Democrats and Republican!! concur relative to main essentials. There are criticisms of the admministration's foreign policy, but few lawmakers of either major group deny that Uncle Sam's cue is to arm himself for bear, in the face of a highly threatening overseas siluatici. There's plenty of objection to his participation in any scrap which may develop abroad, but few legislators fall to recognize that such developments may slop over into Uncle Samuel's world area. Concerning domestic problems there is no similar decree of unanimity--as between Democrats and He- publicans or as between Democrats and Democrats Split-up Democrats. The truth is that the Democrats, already badly split, ate le-sphlting. Theie are the New Deal Democrats. There are the Old Deal Democrats. The Admin-itration is rrnking concessions to the Old Dealers. Many of the New Dealers recent these conces- sionr Many of the Old Dealers confer said concessions insufficient. Thus the Old and New Dealers arc split, The New Dealers are internally split, as between concessions and no concessions. And the Old Dealers are split, as between accepting concessions and not accepting them. All this is lovoly from the G. O. P. standpoint. The drawback is that the Republicans realize that they aren't offering anything particularly satisfnctoiy. Representative Bruce Barton syndicated a itory the other day that's too good not fo quote. Somebody asked an old lady how the Methodist church in her neighborhood was doing "Not so well," answered the old lady, "but, thank God, tho Presbyterians aren't doing any bettei." Pitto the Demociats. They're not doing very well, but the Republicans aren't doing any better. Jndicfiiitfllly, many chroniclers have reported a chorus of acclaim for Thomas E, Dewey as a G. O. r, presidential candidate in 1940. I haven't heard such unanimity of applause for him. It's conceded that he's in the limelight, but he doesn't strike me *·- being so overwhelmingly popular. The compla'nt seems to be that he's smariy. Pictures of him don't make a hit He looks fresh, opponents say. It's no kind of a size- j up, but it counts politically. SHORT ANCHOR CHAINS, Some jetirs ago a ship waa cast on the rocks during a storm because her anchor chain v, r.s three Icct too short. The anchor chain was three feet too fch^rt when it was needed, and when at lost it touched the bottom, '.he crew of the unfortunate i.hip were In need of nothing but prayers. Some men's fuith Is like thnt-- It just misses digging them in and holding them sale in times of storm. It Is amazing how many things upon which D man's very destiny depends arc lost by a very little bit. Religious faith All rtjfhu reserved--Bubson which lends a man to -hutch only when the weather is too bad for golfing is a religious anchor held by a fatally short anchor chain. Religious faith which leads a man to church on Sunday and. lets his mind be Axed during the ent.ic service on ho\v he intends to manage his business the rest of the v. eel; is an anchor with a mighty shoit chain. Such arc not like the anchor spoken about in the Epistle to the Hebrews, "V/hich hope we for as an anchor of ~he soul, both sure and steadfast, nnd which cntcreth into that within the veil " Newspaper Syndicate SIDELIGHTS A Scout is loyal. Loyalty Is one of the component parts of the Scout law. It Is regarded as one o£ the great attributes of a truly great athlete. It Is a bulwark thrown up against the temptations of life. If religiously followed it is one great means of building a strong troop. stone Is the bluestone. The 21st of the month will mark the beginning of spring. Some time ago--about a month-Scoutmaster Ralph F, Sliger ot Troop 5 was dissatisfied with the attendance of members of the troop at an anniversary service which he could not attend personally. Instead of a half hundred or so, only 10 attended the service. This and other evidence of lack of Interest prompted him to resign. Last Sunday a delegation of members--patrol leaders and others-visited his home and importuned him to return. He agreed, under certain conditions. One wns that at a meeting called for Friday night every member be present; another, that hereafter the members live up at all times to the loyalty obligation. A Supreme Court order handed down recently resulted in unusual activity among milk distributors. The decision required they provide bonds to cover purchases fiom farmers and other produceis. The Pennsylvania nvlk control law provision in this regard requires that all distributors must be bonded to the amount of a peak month's business, plus 25 per cent. Planting dates for the month Include: 7-8, a barren sign for everything except flowers; 9-10, plant at this time for good pulp and rool growth; 11-12, a good time for planting; 13-H-15, unfavorable for planting; 16-17, good for c^uick growth of plants or roots; 13-19-20, seeds planted now likely fo rot; 21-22, good time to plant; 23-24-25. fairly good for vines and ttalks; 20-27, f a u l y good for root crops; 28-29, good for all crops, and 30-31, a favorable sign. A Baltimore judge has luled that an onion is a f r u i t and not a vegetable. The ruling came down in the case of a woman arrested for selling an onion on n Sunday, the court taking the view that "it is a matter of taste whether or not onions may be prepared as a dessert. I have known persons who would rather eat a pickled onion than a bonbon." Ye: an onion may be neither fruit no; vegetable but a (lower, a member o the lily family (nllium cepa, if you prefer) and it docs ha\e small white owers,, But what we eat is the bulb However, an onion is 87.6 per cen water which may make it more of a liquid than anything else. NEWS BEHIND, THE NEWS fesri for our needs only when mixed with Malay tin, but a new process ii being discussed v.hich might permit direct importation and smelting of Bolivian tin. If much of our tourist trade can be switched from Europe- to Latin America, additional Latin American .Continued on Page Eight. Stray Thoughts By S M DeHUFF When he sees the whip Mussolini may decide all he wants is definite and defensible means of communication with Ethiopia. If he gets a few ."-hr.rcs in the company owning .he Sue^ Canal it will do him no good What else defensible he can ?et Is problematical, as the French and British have sufficient battleships to make Suez agreements practically worthless. Nor can Mussy do much to the French in Tunisia. Many of the Italians there are Jews (some say one-third) and the Arabs are on the side of the French. If Mussolini docs not have some hair pulled off his chest in this argument, Washington has been misinformed again. A Latin American trade encouragement plan is taking form in the higher Administration minds. This country has been getting much ot its manganese from Russia, tin and rubber from Malay. If it could switch these purchases to Bolivia, Brazil and Argentine, dollar balances could be built up so these nations could purchase more from us (and less from the dictators.) The problem is more complicated than it sounds. Under present processes, Bolivian tin can be smelted Wish all my wishes came true as quickly as the coming scrap between Joe Louis and Tony Galento--a wish, by the way, that was in the hands of the punter several days before the match was officially announced. Here's two more for that list of forgotten folks: John Herron, one time mayor of Pittsburgh, and the man who created a sensation by defeating him for reelection, William M. McNair--'way back about 1933. Local Trainmaster W. E. Boyland will gladly testify that getting rid of a troublesome molar is almost as tough a job as fighting off a combination book-and-insurance agent. I've often wondered why so many landlords wait until they've lost a good tenant before making a slight justifiable rent reduction or some much-needed improvement to their properties. Found, at last: A man who admits he's not getting near/the amount o£ mileage he should from a gallon of gas; but he's from Dunbar--not Connellsville. Can't say I fancied a recent radio wise-crack to the effect that Christopher Columbus was a Democrat because toe government financed his project. Why the dickens do they call the Caspian Sea the world's largest lake? It isn't often I get a note and a phone call, in one day, ! and from two different persons, thanking me for something I happened to say in this space. "Murder will out"; so will breeding--or lack of it. Oliver W. Holmes was born. 98 years ago today, but I'll swear if I know if it was the author, or the late U. S. Supreme Court Justice. Let's go to press. Factographs A globefish occasionally eats his way out after being swallowed by another fibh. Owls' wings are fringed with down to render them noiseless as they slip up on their prey. Accoiding to R. F. Klingensmith, field secretary and inspector for the Southwestern Milk Dealers Association, all Fayette county distributors but one had complied today uilh the law. The lone one was negotiating for a bondsman. Fayetle county is in Area 3, which embraces also Washington and Greene counties and part of Indiana. The provision of the law is aimed at protecting producers from lost. Distributors who do not or cannot comply will be forced out of business, the inspector said. When William Beatty, 56, died at Ovcrbiook, near Johnstown, his obituaiy carried an account of his boyhood snowballing experience. Beatty ihiew a snowball that struck the late Andrew Carnegie, knocking his tall hat from nis head. When police picked up "Bill," Carnegie asked that he be released with the remans '·! w c is once a boy," as he smiled on the scared youngster. In Columbia, S. C , there are two mills that make cloth from human hair. Tho cloth is used for straining oil from cottonbccd. When the census taker comes, around in Iti40, he's going to ask you a lot of new questions. He'll want to know a lot more than your age and birthplace. A tentative draft of next year's census questionnaire includes a number of new questions. Conferences n o w ' i n session in Washington may add a few more. Some of the new ones will include: Are you working and how much do you make? Do you own your home and how much is it worth? Where were you and what were you doing 10 years ago? Ever* perfectly played g n me of chess should end in a diaw, according to theoiy. This s March, the third month of the year, a Si-day month that has for a number of years been marked in this region by floods. This year the dates of the month fall on the same days that they did in February. Its flower is the violet and the birth- i QUATRAINS Dated Suit. Into man's coat a tag Is sewn On which the date 'twas bought is shown. Ills purpose in this busy llfet Merely to aggravate his v Ife. ft -r V Pius XI. He gave hii strength to doing good. To faith and peace and brotherhood. And tauRlit to ministers and kings The glory of eternal things. * * * Gentleman. To be a gen tier 1 an requ'rcb The culture oC the clan. The courtesy the world desires. Plus all which ma'-es a man. * * M Bad and Good. 'Till all is fully understood, There's little wholly bad or good. For good and bad so oft depend On what we find at Journej's end. As Otkers Think LAMENT FOR BIG BILL (Cumberland News.) Mayor Edward J. Kelly of Chicago succeeded in beating his anti-machine adversary by a margin of almost two to one in Chicago's Democratic mayoral primary--which probably did not surprise either Mr. Kelly or his reform adversary. State's Attorney Thomas J. Courtney. The Kelly- Nash machine still rules Chicago Democracy; and Reformer Harold L. Ickes's re' jctance to carry the banner of reform is not quite understandable. To the rjon-Chicagoan, however, the most interesting thing about that municipal primary is the sad fate which overtook William Hale Thompson in his comeback campaign. Mr. Thompson decided some time ago that \\ hat the Republican party in Chicago needs is Big Bill Thompson. So Big Bill returned to the wars, as a candidate for the Republican mayoral nomination. His opponent, Dwight H. Green, former Federal attorney, won a four-to-ono majority. This is rather dispiriting. What has happened to Chicago patriotism, anyway? Don't the sturdy yeomen of Cook county yearn to punch King George m the snoot any more? True, Big Bill did not formally declare war on K.ng George VI, in this year's primary campaign, as he declared war on the present monarch's father several years ago. But all good Chi- eagoans know that Big Bill Thompson is their one sure bulwark against British ambition to reconquer the late American colonies. Well, it's the Chicago voters' own fault. They will be sorry when they hear the redcoats coming. COUNTY ENFORCEMENT CHANGES (Uniontown Herald.) The district attorney, in a statement preceding a shake-up in his office and a call lor a conference of the county's peace officers made the I point that crime conditions are no worse .n Fayette county than in other counties and that if such statement was subjeet to some doubt "go and see for yourself, but do not be deceived by a partisan press intent on destroying or at least nullifying sincere efforts oJ honest people simply because of their politics." The Blue Ribbon committee was appointed by the courts upon judicial initiative with sweeping powers and directed to make a thorough-going investigation into crime conditions. The life and work of that committee has been extended. The March grand jury made as scathing a denouncement of clime conditions as has ever been deliveied Joy a grand jury in the county. Then, tne district attorney calls a meeting of all peace officers to consider the situation; demotes the county detective to an assistant, promotes an assistant to be county detective; and names an additional assistant. Thus, it would seem, that the district attorney's conclusion in his statement was, rather than criticism, a commendation of the newspapers and the courts and an admission that crime conditions are serious. DAVIDSON'S "Meet Me at Davidson's" KAYSER Dollar Week at Davidson's KAYSER GOWNS Introducing g o w n s by Kayser . . . of cotton and batiste in gay prints. Full cut, full length, guaranteed washable. Sizes 14 to 20. 1.00 KAYSER PAJAMAS Styled as you expect a Kayer garment to bo ... ot printed cotton and batiste. Sizes 14 to 17. 1.00 " Wivr-But KAYSER SLIPS The perfect slip to wear benoath modern dresse;,. Seams guaranteed for life of garment. 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