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Thursday, March 9, 1939
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LAST E D1TION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRICE 2 VOL. 37, NO. '100. The Weekly Courier, rounded July 17. 1873. The Daily Courier. Founded November ID, 1902. I Merged I July 18. 1023. CONNELLSVILLE, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 0, 1!)39. TWELVE PAGES. PROMINENT Dunbar Man Confesses Starting Fires That Cause $20,000 Loss Held in Baby's Death Tells Wall He Did It Because of Controversies He Had With Brother, Joint Owner of Properties. OWN FAMILY IN HOUSE AT TIME Albert DiMarco of Dunbar surrendered to authorities this morning and confessed setting fire to *he combination storeroom - apartment building and two garages which threatened the lives of nine persons, including his wife and three children, late Wednesday night, according to County Detective John C. Wall. Harry T. Ellenberger o£ Dunbar, former justice of the peace and burgess, took DiMarco to Uniontown to the office o£ Wall, who is special investigator for the district attorney's oHice. Officers expressed the belief the Dunbar merchant, ·who operated the store with a brother, Joseph, is mentally deficient. Albert DiMarco's story to police, FIRST CONTRIBUTIONS FOR KMETZ AID FUND RECEIVED The first cash contributions toward a fund for aiding irj rehabilitation of the family oC Paul Kmelz. whose home was destroyed by fire which also claimed the lives of two children, were received today at The Courier office. A movement has been initiated to raise sufficient money to house the family again -and one man has volunteered to sell a property valued at S1.40D on the outskirts of the city for $450, leaving in it three beds, two stoves and other furniture. The father, unemployed, suffered severe burns when he attempted to rescue his children and is now a patient in Connellsville State Hospital. To aid in the movement The Courier is serving as temporary treasurer and collector of the fund. If the plan is to succeed it will depend upon the generosity and charitable nature of Connellsville people. Here Are Clothing Sizes for Kmelzes In response to numerous inquiries ns to sizes of clothing and shoos needed by members of the family of Paul Kmetz ot Brookvale, whose home was destroyed by fire the following information is given: Mr. Kmetfc--Five feet, five inches tall; weight 135; size 36 coat; seven and a half shoe, D width. Mrs. Kmetz--Size 20 suit or dress; six shoe; weight 145 pounds. Rita, five years old, average size. Baby of 14 months, average size. Persons having clothing, thoes, furniture and furnishings are asked to telephone 9689. Members of Boy Scout Troop 8 will call for the donations Saturday morning. The initial cash gifts were for $1 each, contributed by Jennie and Vincent Cuneo of East Crawford avenue. Boy Scout Troop No. 8 has set aside Saturday as a day for collecting furniture anyone may wish to donate the family for use when, and Disabled Vets Urged to Enroll All Eligibies night in city council chambers and urged the Connellsville chapter to enroll all eligible members. Commander Curtis a brief review of the organization from its inception up to the present time, pointing out benefits obtained lor the disabled men such as hospitalization and pensions. As a result of proper hospitaliza- Past State Haube gave they said, indicated that it, was because of controversies between the two brothers that prompted the suspect to fire the buildings which they owned. Albert told officers he had carefully planned destruction of the property. He said, in his purported if F a home is financed for them, confession to Detective Wall, that he j started to assemble wood and paper j for the three fires at about 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Underneath t-pjinters of wood and boxes he carefully placed paper so that it could be fired easily. Similar preparations were made in the combination garage and chicken coop, DiMarco was quoted as saying. After the store had been closed, he tt-ent quietly to the basement and in F i corner piled high paper, wood and National, State and Allegheny ooxes. Satisfied that the three fires county officers of the Disabled War would blaze up almost simullanc- Veterans of the World War attended ousiy, DiMarco awaited the zero j a meeting of the local unit Wednesday nour--10:30 o'clock, officers said. ; He told Wall he quickly applied :he match to the paper and wood in .he basement of the store and then Hastened to the other buildings where he did the same. He hurried back to the street and observed developments. He said he saw flames envelop the buildings from one of which his family was rescued. "Bert," who is 48 years old, told officers he spent most of the evening Dn the davenport and went into the basement on the pretext of fixing the furnace. When he returned, he said, his son, James, was listening to a radio program. He ordered him to bed, saying he had already lost too much sleep on other nights. Shortly after he had started 3 fire in the lower garage, DiMarco said he met some persons running toward it, they hax'ing observed flames. "Bert" was quoted by police with saying he went to the front of the store and pleaded with firemen to save members of his family who stood on the roof in front j£ the store waiting lor a ladder to be placed. DiMarco, Wall said the man told him, went to the chicken coop of Patsy Ciamacco and slept there. When ho got up at 6 o'clock this morning, he went to view the damage. He encountered former Burgess Ellenberger to whom he is said to have contessed firing the buildings and the latter took him to Uniontown and turned him over to Wall. "Bert" was quoted as saying that he had decided to burn down the buildings because of "family, quarrels." Once, he told police, he cut the water pipes in the basement because of trouble over payment of the water bill. There were other inci- Contimicd on Page Two. YOUTH INJURED BY AUTO AT DUNBAR Sidney Garner, 17, of Unionlown, Buttered lacerations ot the chin and multiple lacerations of the leg when .·.track by an automobile driven by Amelia Rossi at Dunbar Wednesday evening. The youth was said to have ran across the street into the path of the car as he was leaving a hall-where he had been playing basketball. Hospital Patients. Wesley Davis o£ Star Route, Patricia Kemp of 221 North First street, West Side, Eugene Layton o£ Connellsvillc, R. D. 1, George Bonnett of 1411 Snuih Arch street, Hazel Giles of -IOC. West Cummings avenue and Mrs. Bt-uhth Fowler o£ West Bruwnsvillf have been admitted to Curmt'llsville Stale Hospital for treatment. Brush I'UK. South Connellsville firemen were called to help extinguish a brush (ire ;it 1 o'clock this afternoon back or Soi-^on Park near the borough. Tne "Home's svrrc fanned b} a stiff wind. Helen Wolf is pictured as court in Mifllintown, Pa., charged her with being an accessory after tlie fact in the beating to death of Miriam, her ] 0-months-old "rosebud" baby. Her husband, Paul Barrick, has been charged with murder. Ends Life With Rifle After Domestic Quarrel Clarence William Critchfield, 28, of near Champion, committed suicide at about 5:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in the kitchen o! his home, firing a shot from a 45.70 rifle into i his right ear. The charge practically \ tore the top oft his head. i Assistant County Detective Frank j Kane said Critchfleld had threatened I on several occasions to end his life. 1 A WPA worker, he returned homo at j about 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and "then went out and bought some moonshine, it was said. When he returned, he started a quarrel with his wife and placed the rifle in his ear, declaring he was going to shoot himself. The wife pleadod with him but the man pulled the trigger. Critchfield is survived by his wife, Martha; two small children; his father, Amos Critchfield, of near Champion. The body was removed to the Clyde B. Brooks funeral parlors at Indian Head. ELK PATRIOTIC PROGRAM TO BE GIVEN FRIDAY tion, he said, men are returning to The funeral service probably v.-ill their homes with their healths re- | be held Saturday afternoon, paired t.o the extent that they can hold down a job providing they car. Newspapermen Cancel Dinner So That F. R. May Avoid Pickets By United Press. WASHINGTON, Mar. 9.--The White House Correspondents Association today cancelled its annual banquet because of a strike in 13 Washington hotels and thus removed the possibility that President Roosevelt would have to decide whether to cross a labor picket line. Mr. Roosevelt annually is a guest at the banquet, given by newspapermen accredited to the White House. The Mayflower Hotel, where the banquet was to be held Saturday night, is being picketed by members of two American Federation of Labor unions, part of the estimated 2.20d employes of the 13 hotels who struck yesterday. find one. "And that's what we're aiming to do now," he asserted, "find them a job." Allegheny County Commander Henry Rivlin ..discussed the program of the National~organization which he said is a direct appeal to the employer for cooperation in placing disabled men in gainful occupations. "If any man is deserving of a chance to earn his livelihood it certainly is the man who became disabled while fighting for his country," Rivlin said. "We're not seekers of greater pensions," stated Commander Rivlin, "but we do expect the right for an honest living." Other visitors attending last night's meeting were John Cherpak, National rehabilitation officer; Calvin F. Sterling Morelock, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor in the World War and who was representing Allegheny county; Mrs. Moreland, president ol the ladies' auxiliary to the Allegheny County D. A. V.; Mrs. Cherry, senior vice-commander of the Disabled Nurses Chapter, and Mrs. Rivlin, a member of the Allegheny county auxiliary. Officers of the Colonel Joseph Thompson Chapter, local unit, are: Commander, Eli H. Ellenberger; adjutant, Frank W. Showman, and reserve officer, John G. Ash. A vote of thanks was extended to Mayor Ira D. Younkin and member of Council for the use of the council chambers. Junior Order Opposes Daylight Saving Plan Opposition to the proposed observance of daylight saving time was voiced by Magic Council, Junior Order ol United American Mechanics, at its meeting Friday night. The members voted unanimously against the "fast time" proposal on the ground it would impose a hardship upon the uvti.ige working person. II also was voted to ask the congressmen and senators to vote against any bill that would lower immigration restrictions or Quotas at the present time. An important meeting ot the council will be held Friday night when action is to be taken on some pro- pn.fd change* in Ihe by-Uws. Rather than cause embarrassment for Mr. Hoosevelt, Cabinet officials and other high government officers invited to the dinner, Earle Godwin, president of the association, cancelled the affair. Funeral Service Replaces Wedding Plans of Couple PITTSBURGH, -Mar. 9.--The wedding plans that Miss Hclda Keller had made were replaced today by funeral plans for her fiance, State Motor Patrolman James T. Donohuc, 26, who was killed in an automobile crash neor Erie yesterday. Engaged for nearly five years, Miss Kellerj a nurse, and Donohue were to be married soon. His body was returned last night from West Springfield, where he was killed as his car struck a tree 500 yards from the West Springfield motor police sub-station where he was detailed. A companion, Joseph Keith, lav- ern-owner oJ West Springfield, r.teir, was lulled instantly while Joseph Zajdel, of West Springfield, was injured seriously. Undistributed Profits Tax May Be Dropped By SANDOR S. KLEIN United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Mar. 8.--The Administration is prepared to drop the undistributed profits tax as a gesture of friendliness toward business, reliable sources indicated today. The tax, which WEIS modified at the last sebMon of Congress because business and industry claimed it was rclnrding recovery, expires at the end of this year. The business-aid tax program, which the Administration will submit to Congiess shortly, will omit any recommendation for its reenaetmont. It is the one tax which Government fiscal experts have decided could be eliminate-' Mlh no great loss oC revenue. President Roosevelt difacussed the tax program yesterday with Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgen- thau. Jr., and Undersecretary John W. Hanes. The conferees declined to discuss the meeting but it was understood a few decisions were reached and that actions on other proposals and suggestions will be withheld until * after the March 15 income tax returns can be annly/ed. One of the decisions believed reached, although official confirmation was lucking, was for reenactment of excise and so-called "nuisance" taxes which expire next June 30. These taxes provide nn estimated 3500,000,000 annually in revenue. Administration officials hope to have the excise luxes reenucted in the present form although ^ i t appeared that efforts might be made in Congress to modify some of them. Senator Claude Pepper, D., Fla., and Representative Hardiri Peterson, D,, Fin., said they would seek n 50 per cent reduction in the excise tax on grnde A cigars to aid the tobacco industry. Member of Dies Investigating Committee Will Be Speaker. PUBLIC INVITED; TO GIVE PRIZES Congressman. Joseph Starnes of Alabama will speak Friday night at the High. School Auditorium at the major public program in connection with the local observance of Americanism Week sponsored Nationally by Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. The congressman is a member of the Dies committee investigating un- American activities, therefore his message is expected to be timely. In addition, he is a member of the House Military Appropriations Committee. Congressman Starnes, a native of Guntersville, Ala., taught in the public schools and received his bachelor of law degree at the University of Alabama in ' "321. He served as a lieutenant of infantry in the United States Army during the "World War and served in England, France and Germany. He was captain of the Alabama National Guard for six years, being promoted to major in 1929. He holds the silver star citation for bravery. The Alabama legislator is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of World War, the Alabama Board of j Education and a number of civic and fraternal organizations. Attorney William H. Soisson, Jr., a rncmb".- of the committee of Connellsville Lodge of Elks in charge of arrangements, said that the speaker comes highly recommended and it would be of importance to everyone who took time to hear him in view of his connection with the Dies committee and its findings during its inquiry into the un-Ameiican activities in this country. Friday night's program, to which the public is invited, will begin at Continued on Page Six. From Probe State Graft Saves Her Dog But Dies Under Train By United Press. AURORA, Mo., R''ur. 9.--A small bull terrier was alu e today because i:s mistress had died under the wheels of a fast fre'ght train to save it. Mrs. Earl Thompson, 30, was walking her pet when il ran in front of the train. She jumped on. the tracks, shoved it to safety. A second later the train struck her. Twelve Men Affected by Returns of J a n u a r y Body Which H e e d s Presentments of September inquirers. MACING, MISUSE OF FUNDS FOUND Spanish Loyalists Battle Red Rebels While Franco Waits Turza Jury May Get CaseToday By United Press. GREENSBURG, Mar. 8.--The fate of John Turza, 25, of Connellsville, accused of murder in the holdup- slaying o£ Naum Achcfl, Scottdale storekeeper, last December 13, was expected to be placed in the hands of the jury today. Turza is the second man to be tried in the f a t u l shooting of AchefT. Luther (King Kong) Royston, Connel Isvi; le Negro, alleged "trigger man" in the slaying, wns convicted last week and sentenced to life imprisonment. Clyde White, Negro, Connellsville, will be tried next. The jury was to be given the case after closing arguments of defense and prosecution, and the charge cf Judge J. Hi Jury Kcenan. The defense closed its ciise lute yesterday, after several rebuttal witnesses were called to give acidiUonal testimony. In summing up the defense, Attorney Robert B. Mi linger told the jury that while Turza admitted driving the car in which the slayers of Achcfl fled, he did not know the purpose oC his companions' mission. He added that Royston once threatened Turza after the killing and cautioned him to keep quiet. By United Press. MADRID, Mar. 9.--The republican armies of General Jose Miaja battled rebellious communist soldiers with tanks, airplanes and infantry today in a desperate effort to res lore order before General Francisco Franco orders his massed nationalist troops to attack Madrid. Coincident with the fighting at Madrid, the communist-led rebellion appeared to be gaining ground in the Ciudad Real sector, south of Toledo. The governor of Ciudad Real appealed by radio to Miaja to dispatch republican airplanes to bomb the communists there, reporting that the rebels had seized arms and munitions stores of the republicans, "Republican forces are advancing victoriously," the Republican Defense Council, headed by Miaja, announced to the people by radio as its attacking troops forced two communist companies and part of the 200th brigade in the Madrid sector to surrender. ''Republican troops have occupied all of the entrances to Madrid. At least 1,000 oC the rebel carabineers have deserted: their leaders and joined the republicans." Medical Measure Based on Existing Relationships By DAVID ABRAMSON United Press Staff Correspondent. HARRISBURG, Mar. 9.--Legislation sponsored by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide group medical service for low income groups, expected to be introduced by the three physician-representatives in the House, will be baaed on a doctor-permit relationship "as it exists today." That statement was made by Dr. C. L. Palmer, chairman of the society's public health legislation committee, who condemned a National plan along similar lines presented to Congress by U. S. Senator Robert F. Wagner, D., New York. "The ordinary doctor-patient relationship outlined in our bills," Palmer said, "will remove the possibility of politically controlled groups from dictating medical policies. "Acturial details of the plans under these enabling acts are being developed at present. This should be desirable under our present Constitution and democratic form of government for the citizens of this Commonwealth. "If such measures as Senator Wagner has introduced into the Federal Congress become laws, expanse of, taxation will be tremendous, control of the entire profession and 90 per cent of the general public will be in the hands of Government bureaus. Through the profession and these bureaus it is possible to regiment the entire country," Stamp Club to Met»t. The next meeting ot the Fny-West Philatelic Society of Pennsylvania will be held at 8 o'clock Friday evening at the Y. M C A. club room. A large t u r n o u t of mrmhiT*: i- y i g ^ d . The Weather Council Meets Monday. City Council will meet in regular session at 7:30 o'clock Monday night in its chamber in City Hall. Five Cpunlians Held On Larceny Charge Special to The Courier. SOMERSET, Mar. 9,--Five Fayette county youths were arrested on, larceny charges and when taken before a local justice of the peace were ordered to post bond for their appearance in court. They are August Snvel. Herman and Frank Petres and Paul S. and John Kolosky, all of near Uniontown.- The five were nabbed by Slate Motor Police and Baltimore Ohio Rai Iroad detectives on a road near Uniontown last week. At the time of their arrest, police said, they were riding in a truck which carried more than 3,000 pounds of plates and other heavy railroad irons. The irons were traced to a section of a little-used branch line along White's Creek, south of Littonbuig, where the iron had been removed from the ties, police said. Lions Find Freedom Terrifying But Villagers Are Worst Scared Anyhow Gene-rally f a i r and much colder tonight; Friday fair and colder; Saturday rain ur snow is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. Minimum 6U By United Press. CREVE COEUR, 111., Mar. 9.-Tyrone and Patsy, two friendly lions, found their first freedom a terrifying experience, but they weren't nearly as scared as the 5,000 persons living in this village. They escaped last night from their cage at the home of Jesse Clements,; a former circus animal trainer. Clements discovered their absence some time later. He notified police. Radio Station WMBD in nearby j Pcoiia broadcast the alarm. "Two lions nre loose in the area," the radio warned, "Gel indoors and btay there." Clements said the lions were born in captivity and never had had freedom, lie didn't believe they would be dangerous, but he wasn't sure. Forty stale and local policemen and volunteers, carrying flashlights, clubs and guns, took up the search. For neatly two' hours they beat the underbrush of Ihe Illinois River bottoms bordering Clements' home. The beam of a flashlight shooting ahead of them disclosed Tyrone and Patsy ambling through a ravine. The concentration of lights blinded them. They opened their massive jaws and roared and the pos^cmen fell back, Clements was summoned from another searching party. Carrying only a small stick he walked up to them. Holding out the stick, he said: "If you're mad and want to bite something, take it out on this." But the lions weren't mad and permitted Clements to lead them while frightened possemen retreated farther, three blocks back to their cage. Clements walked backward and the lions followed him. Back in the cage Tyrone and Palsy gave ( every indication of delight, sniffing it thoroughly then licking themselves. They had to be prodded almost half an hour before they would growl for a radio microphone. "They were more scared than the searching party w^s," Clements said. By United Press. HARRISBURG, Mar. 9.--The Dauphin county January grand jury, heeding the recommendations o£ the September- jury, indicted 12 prominent Pennsylvania Democrats today on charges of conspiracy to "mace 1 ' State employes, "misuse" highway funds and "monopolize" State bonding and insurance business. The January jury in returning its indictments, heeded the recommendations of the September, 1938, panel, inquiring into charges of widespread official corruption in the State's erstwhile ''little New Deal," except that it refused to indict John J. Manley, Philadelphia insurance man, named in the investigating jury's presentment. * Six indictments, including 21 counts, were handed up by the January jury of 14 Republicans and nine Democrats. One indictment also contained the name of the late Warren Van Dyke, former Democratic State chairman and highways secretary, as a conspirator, in an effort to prove the conspiracy against his former poltiical associates. The September jury, which has investigated the campaign charges of graft against former Governor George H. Earle and his Democratic Administration since December 15, having lost its power to indict January 16, made its recommendations to the new group February 27. The bills of indictment were drawn by District Attorney Carl B. SheHey and presented to the January jury Monday. These three former cabinet officers of Pennsylvania's "little New Deal," and nine other Democrats were indicted on one or more counts: David L. Lawrence, Pittsburgh, Democratic State chairman and former Commonwealth Secretary; Ralph M. Bashore, Pottsville, Democratic State committee secretary and former labor and industry secretary; Roy E. Brownmiller, Pottsville, former Highways secretary; H. H. Temple, Pittsburgh, former chief engineer of the highways department. Carl K, Deen, Camp Hill, resident secretary of the Democratic State Committee; James P. Kirk, 'Pitts- .burgh city treasurer and Allegheny county Democratic "chairman; Victor Skok, Pittsburgh; Robert M; Fagcr, Wcnccll P. C. Morgcnthaler, Clyde H. Smith, Frank R. Hcan and William B, Freeland, all of Harrisburg and associated with the Dauphin County Democratic. Committee. ,, JTJie six'_true; bills.." cox crcd three phases of the" campaign charges against the Democrats, alleging conspiracy to: 1. Levy and extort contributions from State employes'on a salary" percentage basis "for political purposes. 2. Pad and "misuse" State Highways Department payrolls for political purposes in Luzerne county. · - 3! - Monopolize -bonding and insurance business with contractors dealr- ing with the State. Lawrence, Bashore, Fager, Deen, Smith, Morgcnthaler, Hean and Freeland were indicted on one count in one of the true bills with using force to "unlawfully, falsely, fraudulently, corruptly, wilfully and "maliciously combine, conspire, confederate and agree . . . for the benefit and enrichment o£ the,Dauphin county and State Democratic committees . . . to assess the State payroll and to make tenure' of office and promotion of State employes dependent upon the payment of assessments for political purposes, to the injury and oppre- sion of State employes and the prejudice of the Commonwealth," Dies After Being Found Along Road UNIONTOWN. Mar. 11.--J o h n Leonard, 73, of Knob Hill, West Brownsville, was found unconscious along the National pike west of Brownsville early today and was pronounced dead on arrival at Brownsville General Hospital. There were no details and Suite Motor Police stnrteri an investigation. Child Has Operation. Kenenth Dale Shroyer, three-year- old son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shroyer ol Mill Run, R. D., underwent a hernia and an appendicitis operalion in the Somerset Community Hospital. He was reported as getting along nicely.

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