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LAST E DITION PRICE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. ,VOL. 36, NO. 95. The WccKly Courier. Founded July 17. 1870. The Dally Courier. Founded November 10. 3902. Merced. July 18. JKtS CONNELLSVILLE, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 24, 1D3S. EIGHT PAGES. GREEN MAKES BOLD STROKE AGAINST CIO J. L Signs New Terms With SWOC Pennsylvania C h a r t e r Is Revoked to Stop John L. Lewis. WILL CAUSE SPLIT IN LABOR VOTE J3y WILLIAM H. LAWRENCE .. United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.--The American Federation of Labor revoked the charter of the Pennsylvania State Federation today in a bold move to stop John L. Lewis' Committee for Industrial Organization from gaining political control of the State. President William Green of the A. F. of L. announced the revocation with a declaration that the votes of 400,000 "loyal" federation members in Pennsylvania "cannot be delivered" by "s3lf-constituted labor leaders, ambitious for political power." The action obviously was an attempt to split labor's vote if Lewis goes forward with his plans to elect Thomas Kennedy, secretary-treasurer of his miners' union, as governor. Kennedy now is Lieutenant Governor. He has been endorsed by the miners' union and the Steel Workers' Organizing Committee, which claim a total cf nearly 500,000 members in Pennsylvania. Lewis refused to comment on Green's action. Other CIO leaders expressed confidence, however, tha many federation members would support Kennedy's candidacy. Kennedy has not formally announced his candidacy yet. Pennsylvania Democratic leaders have been active here in New York and Pennsylvania attempting to agree on a compromise slate for presentation to the Stale Committee meeting in Harrisburg tomorrow. Green's ostensible reason for revoking the Pennsylvania group's charter u- ; that it had failed to oust CIO unions from the State Fedcra- ·tion. "Furthermore, certain political developments which are of great interest to the American Federation o£ Labor have occured in the state of Pennsylvania," Green said. "These developments deeply concern and vitally aifcct the non-partisan political policy of the American Federa-" tion of Labor." Green commanded John Phillips, State Federation president, to turn over the charter, books, records and property of the State organization to Lewis G. Hines, his personal representative, at once. Hincs. it was indicated, will call a convention soon to reorganize the state group and attempt to bring in many federation local unions which never have belonged to the federation. "The Pennsylvania State Fcdera- tion must be the instrumentality," Green said, "through which these loyal American-Federation of Labor , unions--and not dual organizations-- mcy express themselves upon ceo nomic, political, social and industrial questions." PITTSBURGH, Feb. 24.--Successful in renewing its agreement with ;hc largest independent steel producer it has under contract, the Steel Workers Organizing committee today laid plans for negotiation of other union pacts that expire next Monday with steel firms. After negotiations of an hour and a half, officials of Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, the Nation's fourth largest steel producer, late yesterday signed a new contract which extends indefinitely the exclusive bargaining pact it holds with the Committee for Industrial Organization union. Like the agreement signed two weeks ago by U. S. Steel Corporation, the new contract contains an "escape clause" which permits reopening by either side on 10 days' notice, matters concerning wages and other features of the contract. The negotiators also left open for future discussion a clarification of departmental seniority--the system by which men are hired, laid oft, promoted and demoted. Negotiations opened today with officials of Spang-Chalfant and Company, Inc., of Ambridge, for renewal of their contract. On Friday, negotiations will be held with representatives of the Wheeling Steel Corporation. F. D. R. TAKES HAND IN STATE POLITICAL FEUD By United Prtss. WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.--President Roosevelt was to meet at 2 P. M, today with a Pennsylvania delegation for a discussion of tiv State Democratic political situation The Pennsylvania group to mec with the President was headed by Senator Joseph Guffey, D., Pa., am included David Lawrence, Pennsylvania State Democratic chairman, J David Stern, Philadelphia newspaper publisher, and Governor George II. Earle. Matthew H. McCloskey, Jr., Philadelphia Democratic leader had originally planned to attend but it was understood he would not be here. White House Secretary Stephen T. Early said the conference was arranged at the instance of th Pennsylvania group. "This appointment," Early said "was made at .the request of Davlfi Lawrence, Democratic State chair man. The group had not been in vitcd by the President to come bu he has consented to see them." It was noted that In the grouj going to the White House were nc representatives of John L. Lewis Committee for Industrial Organiza tion leader, who has sought th Democratic gubernatorial nomina tion for his aide, Thomas Kennedy present Pennsylvania lieutenant governor. PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 24.--William Green's action in revoking the charter of the Pennsylvania State Federation of Labor was "a political move against the interest of labor," John A. Phillips, president of the State Federation said today. "The last convention of the Pennsylvania Federation of Labor and a following special convention unani- moui'-- endorsed Thomas Kennedy for governor," he *said. "That* is where labor stands today." The proposed gubernatorial candidacy of Kepnedy, Lieutenant Governor and secretary-treasurer of the United Mine Workers of America, an affiliate of the Committee for Industrial Organization, has been pushed by CIO Cairman John L. Lewis. PITTSBURGH, Feb. 24.--David Williams, chief representative of the American Federation of Labor in the Pittsburgh district, declared today that the revocation of Pennsylvania's A. F. of L. charter was necessary to frustrate an anticipated political maneuver by Committee for Industrial Organization forces. Unusually Fine Pictures For Sportsmen's Banquet The finest lot of outdoor motion pictures that has ever been shown here is in store for the persons who attend the sportsmen's dinner this evening at 6:30 o'clock at the First Methodist Episcopal Church. Included are unusually realistic pictures of bass, trout and musky fishing and big game hunting in Canada. Besides, there will be a half dozen or more valuable door prizes, in the distribution of which all may participate. Just Off the Wire WASHINGTON, Keb, 24.--President William Green of the American Federation "of Labor today sent Hie federation's model wage-hour bill to the House 1-ibor Committee, ureinE enactment of its principle or a wacc minimum oC -JO cents an hour xml » v-ork ucrk flf -10 hours. Delinquent School Taxes May Be Paid Now Without Penalt All delinquent taxes due the schoo district for the years of 1930 to 1935 inclusive, may be paid at face valu together with interest at the rate o six per cent provided the taxes ar paid on or before Monday, April 4 1938, under provisions of a rcsolutio adopted Wednesday night at a spc cial meeting of the Board of Educa tion. Directors William L. Zollars, Jamc H. Strawn and Daniel Durie oppose the action while the majority group composed of Clyde R. Weihe, D Clyd.- S. Campbell, Worth K. Balsle and Dr. H. H. Mclntire, adopted it Solicitor Samuel D. Bracmcr in formed the directorate under prov sions of an Act of 1933, the boar was given the privilege of determin ing whether or not penalties may b abated on delinquent taxes. Mr. Zollars recalled, however, tha former Solicitor Ross S. Matthew had advised the board against it be cause of the possibility of n sur charge against the directors. President Weihe said that it wa the object of the board to relieve burden on taxpayers who are delin quent and also is an inductmcnt make settlement. This prompted Director dollars t say "you're establishing somethin here that will promote tax dclin quency," declaring: "I wonder if wo are doing the rig] thing if we arc giving to the pcop the idea that tax payments may b delayed indefinitely and then pa at face value plus the six per cen interest charge." The majority group at a prcviou session h?d voted such a rcsolutio with the stipulation that it first b subject to approval of the board so licitor. To Pay Hubby $25,000 L Year? Mm. Ruth Mary Claris** Cunnlnghsm-KcW Capt. Alexander Cunningham-Reid Mayfair society in London buzzes with the news that the Immensely wealthy Mrs. Ruth Mary Clarisse Cunningham-Reid, sister of Lady Ixiuiso Mountbattcn, will make settlement of ?25,000 a year on her dashing husband, Capt. Alexander Cunningham-Reid. According to London dispatches the hcircss-wife also withdrew her demand lor an accounting of a previous amount entrusted to him. There still is » divorce action icndlng against the captain. --Central Press McNutfs Democratic Friends Hold $6,OOO Reception at Capital Zoal Commission Revokes All Its Prices and Rules By United Press. WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.--The National Bituminous Coal Commiss'-in bowed today to challenges of egality of its minimum price struc- ure and formally revoked all price fixing orders, marketing rules and regulations on soft coal. The revocation is effective at midnight tomorrow. But the commission will begin at once the task of reestablishing prices which it hopes will withstand court attacks. It was estimated this will take approximately four months. With prices stayed on several fronts by court injunctions, the commissioners voted unanimously late yesterday to scrap the present schedules «r.d start the job over. The commissioners acted less than 24 hours after major soft COD! producers representing fields from which 80 per cent of the bituminous coal is mined and high officials of John L. Lewis' United Mine Workers of America urged revocation to avoid delay in stabilization of the industry. The UMWA actively supported the Guffcy-Vinson bill which set up the commission to end "cut *.hroat" competition and to guarantee cost of production to coal operators. Comimssloner.Pcrcy Tetlow, TJMWA representative on tile commission %vho announced the revocation decision, said th'e,:eommission was influenced by court-decisions staying the prices for -some consumers. The courts upheld consumer complaints that the minima were illegal because they were not preceded by "adequate" public hearings as required by the coal act. General Pershing's Condition Apathetic By United Prcsi. TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 24.--General John J. Perilling, loader of American forces in the World War, is "definitely weaker and somewhat apathetic," his pliysican, Dr. Roland Davison, said today. TUCSON, ArU., Feb. 24.--General John J. Pershing's doctors raid today that the heart ailment of which he is seriously ill was caused by the rigorous public activities which he has undertaken in his declining years as the retired commander-in-chicf who directed the Army in the World War. "The American people make a great demand upon th* general." Dr Roland Davison said. Tlie doctors have learned that the Rcneral's heart muscles suffered "acute damage," probably because of the strenuous life he has been leading at the age of 77. CHILDREN DIE AS HOME BURNS By ALLEN C. DIBBLE United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.--High Commissioner Paul V. McN'utt of thi Philippines, hand-weary from shak ng hands with more than 3,000 persons at a "coming-out" party, wa; ready today to report to Prcsidcn Roosevelt on the Far Eastern situ-i tion. McNutt returned to official busines. nfter friends of the former Indiana governor had staged an elaborat $6,000 reception for him at the May flower Hotel, during which it was n secret that they cherished the 194 Presidential nomination for thei favorite. Fearing that the booming of hi Presidential candidacy might distur the White House, McNutt denied tha t\e was a candidate "for any publl office." 'President Roosevelt still is m chief," he said, making it plain tha the statement applied to political a well as governmental affairs. McNutt will have lunch wit Continued on Page Five. Livengood to Be Speaker at Young Republican Sessio By United Prc^. GITEENSBURG, Feb. 24.--Willian S. Livengood, register of wills Somerset county, will deliver th principal address at the Wester Pennsylvania conference of Youn Republicans here Mnrch 5, it wns ar nounccd today by Glenn F. Coo! Lijionicr, general chairman of ar rangements. DOG LAW OFFICER MAKES 80 ARREST UNIONTOWN, Feb. 24.--Eight dog owners have been arrested the first three weeks of a drive b Dog Law Knforcomcnt Officer Pete Susano. Nine were committed ' jail while the remainder paid fmi and costs. Of the Rroup aricslcd, 28 wei Xrom Brownsville, 11 from Brown: ville township, 12 from Mnsontow 12 from German township, from Redstone township, two me from Mcnnllen township, livr fro Unionlown and two from Luicri township. FEDERAL DEFICIT PASSES BILLION WASHINGTON. Feb. 24. -- Tr Federal government's gross defic crossed the $1,000,000,000 mai 'February 21, the Treasury's dai statement disclosed today. At 51,008,025,784, the gross dcfic which takes into account expend tures for debt retirement, was a proximately 8280,000,000 below tl estimate for the current fiscal ye forecast in the President's Janua budget. Child Rescued From Flames. BELLE VERNON, Feb. 24.-Peacefully sleeping while fire raged about her bed, little Shirley Friedman, six, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Friedman of Belle Vernon, was rescued from the blazing smoke filled loom by Police Chief Frank Camino after her distracted mother was un- abl to breast the fire to Ret to her bedside By United Prr«s TYRONE, Pa., Feb. 2 4 . -- T w o young children were burned to death today when fire destroyed the mountain home of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Zindle at Shope's hollow, one and a halt miles outside of Tyrone. The victims were Patricia Ann. 19 month- old. and Wayne Howaid. I eight months', \vho wei P sleeping in the hous'c alone. T/ie Weather :HINESE PLANES, OVER CAUSE RAID SCAR The European Situation By UnVled Prcsa. Today's developments In the Eu- C "in situation: Vienna--Trouble feared as Sch- schnigg prepared to address diet on erman agreement at 1 P. M. EST. Prague--Czcchoslovakians doter- ilrcd to resist by every means any 'orrnan effort to dominate Czecho- iovakian Germans. Komc--Italians expect Schusch- igg to rcafllrm Austria's indopcnd- nce and continuance of Rome proto- ol agreement. Berlin--Nazis believe Schuschnigg 3cech will foretell future relations ·ith Germany. Says Austrian ndependence Seing Preserved By United Press. VIENNA, Feb. 24.--"We consider it iur first duty to preserve the freedom md independence of our Aus- rian fatherland," Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg told the Austrian fed- ral diet, the Austrian people and the urrounding countries of Middle Europe tonight in an address report- ng on the status of his negotiations with Nazi Germany. "I can emphasize that the formula --popular front--remains excluded 'rom Austria, as well ns its contrary dictatorial constitution," Schuschnigg said. The chancellor opened his address with a reference to the monarchy. Britain's Policy )evastating Slow, Says Johnson By JOE ALEX MORRIS United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.--Hiram ohnson, R., Cal., described Great ritain's new diplomatic course to- ay as n devastating blow to United tates foreign policy but one that mphasized the desire of the Amori- art public to keep out of intcrnat- onal entanglements. Johnson, an influential member of he Senate Foreign Relations Com- ittcc and leader of the eongrossion- 1 "irreconcilables," said that Brit- in's decision to work with the Fascist powers was a set-back to the an- ounccd policy of Secretary of State Cordell Hull of taking "parallel" ac- ion with democratic nations in in- ernational affairs. 'Then again, President Roosevelt aid that we would quarantine all the wretched nations," Johnson said. "I don't think we'll do that now that Continued on Pago Five. School Funds Low; Borrowing Is Authorized The Board of Education, in spccia! session Wednesday night, authorize; the borrowing of whatever sum o money may be required to mcef obligations--the month's payroll. It was announced that the genera fund balance was $2,953.28 as compared with a bank balance of $11,540.48. All of the checks that have been authorized had not cleared the bank. It was reported that the city treasurer had collected only $500 and $162 since the February meeting. The monthly payroll requires between $18,000 and $19,000. President Clyde R. Weihe suggested another special meeting ncx Monday night to authorize a loan i one is found necessary but Directoi William L. Zollars saw no need fo: another session and presented a resolution for the loan to meet the teach crs' salaries. 2t was brought out that the county treasurer has begun a policy of re turning collected delinquent taxes tc the county commissioners and that i will now be necessary for the Boan of Education to petition the latter fo its share monthly. Heretofore thi treasurer had made the returns him self direct to the various govern mental agencies but it is contended that now the money is given to th commissioners and placed in th county's general fund. It was heli that the city schools undoubted); have some money due them and th solicitor is to request payment a once. Youth Who Escaped Morganza Capture* By United Press. GKEENSBURG, Feb. 24. -- Jac Stevenson, 18, Gary, Somerset cqjin ty, who escaped from Morganz Training School Tuesday night wa arrested here last night in an allege stolen automobile. Stevenson was apprehended by State Highway Motor p.itrolma after a race over the Lincoln high way. He offered no resistance afte his machine was forced into a ditch Stevenson was sent to Alleghen county jail, Pittsburgh, after a hear ing on charges of larceny of tw automobiles. Motor police said h admitted escaping with three com Seven Squadrons Plane Attack n Against Formosa By JOHN R. MORRIS United Press Staff Correspondent. SHANGHAI, Feb. 24.--Chinese air force headquarters said officially oday that seven squadrons of Chinese planes took part yesterday in raids on Formosa, Japanese island off the southeast China coast. It was asserted that the raiding aviators saw 40 Japanese airplanes on the field at Taihoku and that scores of bombs were rained on them. It was impossible, headquarters said, to determine the extent o damages. Observers here speculated widely on the reason for the Formosa raid completely new development in that it took the war to Japanese soil Some suggested that the government wanted to-take the minds of people abroad off Europe and bring interest back to China's plight others that the government sough to appease authorities of the Canton area, where Japanese have been bombing severely for weeks. Most of the Cantonese airplanes have been sent north to reinforce the national government air force. No information was availabl here on the identity of pilots who took part in the raid. Russian sources suggested the possibility tha Russian pilots might have participated, and made of the raid a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the Soviet Russian army There was expectation that Japan would soon retaliate for the Formosa raid. Weather was ideal for flying today. panions, and stealing two automo biles, one in Canonsburg, the other \ around Terucl was less severe" tha Loyalists Claim Spanish Rebels' Attacks Repulsed By United Press. HENDAYE, FRANCO - SPANISH FRONTIER, Feb. 24.--Reports from the Tcruel front today said a scrie o£ rebel attacks in the vicinity o Castralva had been repulsed and tha the loyalists were holding thei former linos south and cast of th city. Orders issued by the govcrnmcn for the retirement of troops in tha sector were considered an indicatio of official confidence in the loyalis lines protecting the highway to th Mediterranean. Military expert termed it the "Hindcnburg line" o the eastern front. Insurgent warships again shelle the eastern coast Wednesday. "Tfco cruisers Balcares and Cnnar ias were seen ofl the Catalan coa Wednesday morning," a ministry o defense note said, "and sever; planes went out to bomb them. Th results are not known. "Cruisers shelled Palamas an Guixols. Seaplanes from Majorc bombed Puzol, Puig, Sagunto an Oropesa." A war communique radiocast (roi Madrid reported that aerial fightin in Pittsburgh. TOWNSEND WILL FIGHT SENTENCE Cloudy ami y l i ^ h t l y t-uidcr toniKht with snow flunics, Friday p;ntly cloudy is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Kccord. M a x i m u m M i n i m u m M e a n had taken place for several days. "Our aviation machine - gunne positions occupied by the enemy an some truck convoys," the commun que said. Velve Ships, Headed astward. Create Bomb* ing Report. ANXIOUS EYES WATCH SKIES By H. O. THOMPSON United Press Staff Correspondent. TOKYO, Feb. 24.--Millions in apan watched the skies anxiously or hours today, and an air alarm vas sounded throughout the south- ·estern area, in the belief that a Chinese war plane fleet was on its vay to bomb the country. Twelve Chinese planes were sight- d over the mid-China coast, headed astward--toward Japan; 10 Chinese ' riancs were seen over the East China ica northeast of Formosa, on the ' direct route to the Japanese islands. Nagasaki, the great Japanese naval ase, and other populous cities were n the danger zone and throughout he day a state of air alarm prevailed l over the island of Kyushu. By dark, no planes had been seen and the air alarm was relaxed." But »ople believed that Japanese planes lad met the raiders at sea and urned them back after a battle. The alert was sounded when the 12 planes were reported flying'east- ward from the Hangchow area of China. When word was received that 10 rtanes had " been sighted' over the :hina Sea' the air alarm was sounded throughout Formosa and Kiyushu. The Chinese planes were sighted over the sea northeast of Formosa, scene of a daring Chinese airplane raid yesterday, at 11:40 A. M. An air alarm was sounded throughout Tormosa. But it seemed evident that the planes were avoiding Formosa and belief spread that they were headed for" Japan, to be the first enemies ever to attack Japan proper. Within a few minutes of the sighting, an air alarm was sounded for the northern part of Kyushu, ·which is the southwesternmost of the Japanese island group. Nagasaki and Yamaguchi were covered in this first alarm. At 12:30 P. M. defense headquarters extended the warning to cover all of Kyushu Island, with its 16,000 square miles of land and its 9,500,000 people. Information had been received trom China that 12 Chinese planes, headed eastward, had been sighted at 9 A. M. in the Hangchow area, southwest of Shanghai. Preparations were made at once to keep southwestern Japan on the alert. Then came the news that a fleet of 14 planes was over the East China Sea. Their position was not stated, nor was it said specifically that they' Continued on Page Five. Governor Drives , "·' Through Red Light; Is in Test Machine PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 24.--Governor George H. Earle has beeni leading a f tatewidc drive against reckless automobile drivers, but he drove through a red light--and in sight of three State motor police. But the mishap occurred -on the motor police steering and reaction machine at the Philadelphia home show, rath-r than on the highway. The three patrolmen looked uncomfortable, the crowd laughed, Mrs. Earle exclaimed, "Oh, Georgie," and the Governor explained that he didn't know the machine worked that way. He tried again, and passed the test. France Assures Czechoslovakia Of Military Aid LONDON, Feb. 24.--A source close to Czcchoilovakian diplomatic quarters said today that Czechoslovakia had been assured of French military and air aid in the event of aggressiifti against her. This would be in line with existing French guarantees which Paris has indicated will not be repudiated. OFFICER FREED; EVIDENCE LACKING Charges Wedding Day Desertion. UNIONTOW.".', Teh, 24--Angel V Oiler of Newell who charges he w; deserted on his wedding day today lllctl suit for u dUoixc against Mary M. Orlrr of 2L'U DIVIMUII slrtut, They w*»re married '.n Hagerstown, Md., on May 3, 103G. The action set.-, f o i t h that GREENSBURG, Feb. 24.--Lack of evidence today had freed William Wolinsky, night lieutenant of Greensburg city police, on a change of assault and battery and aggravated Assault and battery- The charges were dismissed by Alderman John A. Kilgore after a hearing yesterday. Mrs. Gertrude Coshcy, mother of Ray Coshey, 22, had charged that Wolinsky struck her ?on February U in an attempt to m.-ike htm confess to a charge of robbery. By United Presr WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.--Dr. Kramis E. Townscml, 71-year-old leader of (lie old age pension movement, announced Ujduy ho will "fight to a finish" to avoid serving a jail j sentence for contempt of the House i of Representatives'. His attorney ' j s.iid .1 petition will be tiled with the j diately .ifu-r thc-.r marriage she re- i street. Paul Barclay of Mount Pleas , Supreme Coin! v.ithin the nest two turned to hci home at Clnirlvroi and j ant and Leon Gohosky of Fayett? week-: .i-king foi a ICVIPW of the I has iefUM.-d to I n t wiih him without I City h a \ p been admitted to Connclls- "-· ISC - ' "» v reasonable c.iu^e. ' villc Stale Hospital for trealmenU Hospitel Virginia Eichtr of Mount Pleasant, Mrs. Catherine Freed of East Mur- imme- ] phy avenue, Hess Brooks of Aetna

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