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LAST E DITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VriT v\ju. i n o Tho weekly Courier. Founded July 17. 187U. J. J.Uw. m lc Daily Courier. Founded November 10. 100Z. McrKCd. July la, issa CONN13LLSVILLE, PA., FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 4,193S. TWENTY PAGES. F. R. ENDS FIFTH YEAR . IN RETREAT President's New Deal Reform Measures Seem In Decline. CONGRESS BREAKS ROOSEVELT GRIP By LYLE C. WILSON United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Mar. -1--President Roosevelt observed the fifth anniversary o£ his inauguration today with the New Deal in retreat. Recovery is considered the vital political and economic necessity now and reform appears to be in temporary eclipse. The steepest decline in business activity in the Nation's history took place last autumn. Congress has broken the President's grip on legislation and Is balking at reforms promised by Mr. Roosevelt In the ls)36 campaign. Notable in the fifth year of. Roosevelt were:1. Congressional rebellion against wage and hours legislation and defeat of the Administration's judiciary reorganization bill. 2. A trial balloon test of sentiment on entanglins foreign alliances undertaken in a, Chicago speech in which Mr. Roosevelt suggested that outlaw nations should be quarantined. 3. Nomination of Senator Hugo L. Black, D,, Ala., a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, to the Supreme Court and the beginning o£ New Deal peace with the high tribunal. .4. The depression-recession. 5. Mr. Roosevelt's call for congressional approval of a $1,000,000,000 emergency national defense fund. 6. A special autumn session of Congress which refused to enact Mr. Roosevelt's program. Vital New Deal statistics dealing with government finance and business activity in five years reveal a tremendous increase in the national income under Roosevelt policies but no progress toward permanent solution of the problem of the unemployed. Outstanding in record of New Deal years are: 1. National income, Ihe net profit of all productive activity, increased from $39,545,000,000 in 1032 to approximately $60,000,000,000 in 1037. '2. Up to March 1, government expenditures under Mr. Roosevelt exceeded government revenue by approximately $15,000,000,000 and the national debt Increased from $22,538,000,000 to 537,685,000,000. 3. Unemployment, estimated at 15,000,000 persons when Mr. Roosevelt took office, fell to 7,500,000 last September but probably exceeds 10,000,000 today. The New Deal-Democratic party which returned Mr. Roosevelt to office Jn 1936 with the electoral votes 3f all but two states is an infirm structure today although there js no demonstrable proof that Mr. Hoosc velt has become a minority leader. C. J. Beeman, Father '~:' Of Local Residents, Dies at Frostburg Special to The Courier. LONACONING, Md., Mar. 4-Charles Jefferson Bccman, 73 years, ot Moscow, died of complications at 4:10 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Miners Hospital, Frostburg. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church ot Barton and Lona- coni- g Knights of Pythias. He Is survived by seven children, Charles, Nichol and Howard of Moscow, Clarence of Conncllsville, Mrs. Silas Shriver and Mrs. Sampson Muir of Moscow and Mrs. Eldridge Guy of Westcrnport; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Brown of Monessen, and Mrs. Amanda Dye of Conncllsville; two brothers, Harry and Edward Beeman, both of Lonaconing and 19 grandchildren. The funeral service will be held at the home at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon with Rev. Cyril J. Hoover, pastor of Barton Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery at Mosco-.v. Grand Jury Ignores Manslaughter Charge UNIONTOWN, Mar. 4.--The involuntary manslaughter c h a r g e against P. C. Smitley, Jr., of Mcr- rittstown, formerly of Dunbar, as the result of the fatal shooting of Thomas Gilmore at Dunbar on November 28 when the defendant had possession of a .25 calibre automatic revolver without a license, was ignored by the March grand jury which made its final returns to the Fayettc county court today. Just Off the Wire WASHINGTON, Mur. -t.--Ilcprc sentatlve James W. Wadsworth, Republican, X. Y., charged today that the principle of the undistributed profits tax, "running counter to all established principles of thrift," has rauied revulsion amunc small busi- nns men Inroucli the country. Los Angeles Highway a Raging Torrent Here is a view of a section of the Roosevelt Highway, one of tho principal traffic arteries in Los Angeles, showing it in tho grip of a flood which followed several days of record rainfall. Traffic and eommunica- b'on lines were paralyzed, hundreds had to leave their homes, and tho death tall is. expected to be between twenty-five and thirty-five, (Central Prat J Scripps, Head Of Newspapers, Dies on Yacht By United Press. SAN DIEGO, Cal., Mar. 4.- -Rob- crt P. Scripps, controlling stockholder of the Scripps-Howard newspapers, died at 1 P. M. Thursday aboard his yacht Novia Del Mar, oft Santa Margarita Island, in Magdalcna Bay. The news was received in a message to Navy radio headquarters here and released by Rear Admiral Sinclair Gannon, commanding the llth naval district. Admiral Gannon's announcement said: "At 12:07 A. M. Friday, EST., r.avy radio here received the following mestagc: 'B. P. Scripps died 1 P. M. aboard yacht Novia Del Mar. Signed, master.'" .Other wireless messages said that death was due to m internal hemorrhage. The body was transhipped from the yacht to the Panama Pacific liner Pennsylvania at 6 P. M. Thursday, radiograms from the Pennsylvania indicated. The liner was northbound to Los Angeles, Scripps sailed from San Diego on February 22 with a party of fiicnds, including George B. Parker, editor- in-chief of the Scripps-Howard newspapers, and Joseph L. Cauthorn, general business manager of tho Scripps-Howard newspapers in California, the San Francisco News ind the San Diego Sun. Robert P. Scripps* father, E. W. Scripps, died aboard his yacht, the Ohio, in the harbor of Monrovia, Liberia, in 102G and was buried at tea. Scripps is survived by his widow, Margaret Culbertson Scripps, .md six children, Kobert P., Jr., 19, Charles E., 17, Margaret Ellen, 1C, Nackey Elizabeth, 14, Samuel II., 11, and Edward Wyllis, nine.. Santa Margarita Island, Mexico, is 700 miles south of San Diego. Scripps apparently was stricken with a hemorrhage of the throat Continued on Page Seven. 60-Plane Fleet Conducts Search .For Lost Liner FRESNO, Cal., Mar. /4.--A fleet of 60 planes was organized today to search for a Transcontinental and Western air liner whijch disappeared in the vicinity of snowcapped Castle Pc.iV, 60 miles cast -of here, Tuesday right with nine persons aboard. Six searching plajlnes flew over the area yesterday, jtnd 400 ground searchers, including 300 members of a CCC camp, fowght through heavy snow flurries an«l biting winds without finding a tr.-ace of the liner. Local airmei/i feared that it had crashed on a mountainside, possibly during a snowstorm, and that the six passengers anjd three members of the crew were cVJad. T. W. A. officials still hoped, However, that Pilot John D. Graves /might have made a safe landing an;d that his crew and passengers w 5tc marooned in the eight- foot moun tain snow, awaiting rescue. DUQU/ESNE MAN HELD IN HIT-RUN DEATH OF WOMAN COAL INDUSTRY LOSES 15 MILLION MONTH, CLAIM By "United Prew- WASHINGTON, Mar. 4.--The soft coal industry is losing more than $15,000,000 a month, but the National Bituminous Coal Commission "will do everything in its power" to reestablish minimum prices for soil coal "as soon as possible,'* Commission Chairman Charles F. Hosford said today. Hostord said price* of coal throughout the country have "broken all to pieces" as a result of the commission's bow to legal doubts of the validity ot its first minimum price orders and revocation of them. House Members L a c k I n t e r e s t In Tax Measure By United Press. WASHINGTON, Mar. 4.--House leaders relied today on the lack of interest displayed by about two- thirds of the membership in the new tax: program to protect it from major amendments. Faced with bitter attacks on the proposed new tax on closely held corporations and on the undistributed profits tax, Administration forces found assurance in the fact that the highest attendance during the opening day's debate was 127 representatives. This was during the explanatory speech by Representative Fri-d M. Vmson, Democrat, Ky., who headed the Ways and Means subcommittee which drafted the recommendations for the bill. Members listened closely to Vinson, probably the foremost tux expert in Congiess. After the t.ix measure passes both houses he will accept President Roosevelt's appointment as a justice of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, for which the Senate already has confirmed him. Vinson defended the committee's action in retaining the principle of the undistributed profits tax in its new "20-1G" plan for corporations earning more than $25,000 a year. This plan impos.cs a 20 per cent tax which can be reduced to 10 per cent by the declaration of dividends. Corporations earning less than $25,000 pay a maximum effective rate of 14.1 per cent. These rates would replace the present system of normal taxes of eight to 15 per cent and an undistributed profits surtax from so- -n to 27 per cent. ranging PITTSBURGH, Mar. 4.--Steve Lucas, 21, of Duquesne was arrested today in . mnection with the hit- and-run automobile death of Mrs. Ella Lawler O'Connor, mother of John ;". O'Connor, Jr., assistant director of fine arts at Carnegie Institute. Mi's. O'Connor-was struck down in fronlj of her home last night. She was 'lead when physicians examined her A' cid, oer Ir.i thj a). Homeopathic Hospital, ictorist who witnessed the ac- jotted down the license num- thc speeding automobile after it for several blocks. It was ormation that led to Lucas,' tolice aajd. Harr Not Candidate For Governorship By United Press, PHILADELPHIA, Mar. 4.--Dr. Luther A. Harr's announcement that he was not a candidate for governor apparently cleared the way today for a three-cornered battle between Charles Alvin Jones of Pittsburgh, Attorney General Charles J. Margiotti and Lieutenant Governor Thomas Kennedy for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Harr, who is Philadelphia's city treasurer and former State Banking Secretary, had been mentioned frequently as a possible candidate. WPA Provides Funds For Sewing Projects By United Presj. WASHINGTON, Mar. 4.--Representative Charles I. Faddis, Pn., announced Presidential approval of thice WPA allotments totaling $137,093 for projects in the 25th District. They are: S78.070 and $35,043 to establish sewing rooms in Washington and Greene counties, icspcctive- ly. .md S24.400 for .scaling abandoned ' mines throughout Washington colinly. i City Joins Used Car Week Event; Opens Saturday The wheels of the used car industry will begin to spin in Connclls- ville dealers' lots, showrooms and the public display in 1'itt.sburg street and Crawford avenue Saturday as this city joins the rest of the Nation in n concerted attempt to put used cars back on the highways. Designated as "National Used Car Exchange Week," the drive will continue until Saturday, March 12. All manufacturers and dealers will cooperate in the gigantic sales effort, which, according to President Alvan Macauley of Auto Manufacturers' Association, grew out of recent "White House conferences between President Roosevelt and leaders of the automobile industry. Keynoting the program will be an effort to persuade the car owner to 'trade up" to a better car white the stock is high and the prices are low. Timed to the opening of the spring selling season, the campaign is directed not only at icducmi; vised car inventories but at stimulating s-iles of new cars, thus relieving unemployment conditions in the manufacturing industry. Safety a.s- well as economic advantages are pointed out by proponents of the program. They prophesy it will pave the way to the junk heap for the obsolete automobiles now being operated despite their unremitting threat to trjfllc safety. Eleven million cars built seven years or more ago--before adoption of modern safety brakes, safety glass and steel bodies--still are being driven over the Nation's streets and highways, it is said. During "National Used Car Ex- :hangc Week," $1,L50,000 will be expended by manufacturers for promotion in newspapers, radio and outdoor advertising and other methods. The program is expected not only to give a buying stimulus to the automobile industry but to general business as well. Democrat Women Wani Recognition At AH Caucuses By United Press. HARRISBURG, Mar. 4.--Pennsylvania Democratic women served notice on party leaders today they would demand representation at all future "conferences for the purpose or formulating party policies or recommending party candidates." At a regional conference of the Pennsylvania Federation o£ Democratic Women, 200 delegates from eight central counties yesterday endorsed the primary slate recommended by the State Committee ar.d then unanimously passed a resolution demanding that women be represented at 'future conferences on vital party matters. Capital Ship Abolition Favored By Japan, Hint By United PMM. TOKYO, Mar. 4 Japan intends to propose total abolition of capital ships and airplane carriers, Koki Hirota, foreign minister said today in the-diet, if and when the powers discuss disarmament. Hirota'i statement, considered highly significant in view of the efforts of Great Britain and the United States to learn Japan's naval building intentions, was made during interpellations concerning foreign and naval policies. "It will be a fortunate event if there is an opportunity in the future 10 discuss naval disarmament among the world powers," Hirota said, a statement which some observers interpreted as a hint that Japan would welcome a disarmament conference. Nazis May Fly Banners During Peace Parleys FLOOD TOLL 169; WATERS SLOWLY FALL Official Sources Report Property Loss at $25,000,000; New Accounts, of Suffering Pour in as Communications Lines Are Gradually Restored. RAIN WATER IS SAVED FOR DRINKING By United Presj. LOS ANGELES, Mar. 4.-- New accounts of death and destruction were gathered today from the 30,000 square mile area of Southern California devastated by a flood, as the waters began receding and communications lines gradually were restored. Official sources reported at 6 A. M. -- PST -- that there were 169 dead or missing, and that property damage was approximately $25,000,000. Each hour brought new reports by shor' wave radio, the only means of communication with many sections, of destruction in the rough and scenic country, -rich -and thickly copulated, within 100-mile radius of Los Angeles. Waters were receding today. The weather was clearing. after four. days of cloudbursts, but the gigantic task of rehabilitation was yet to get under way. A score of towns were Food Shortage Adds to Misery In Los Angeles By United Press. VIENNA, Mar. 4 Swastika flags will be unfurled .-it Lin-/, without | olllci.il interference when Miniiter of Interior Arthur Von Seyss-Inquavt arrives in upper Austria to try to appease angry Nazis in that province, authorities decided today. Linz authorities have agreed as a "measure of safety" that Swastika banners may be hoisted upon Scyss- Inquart's scheduled arrival tomorrow, when further concessions to Nazi demands arc expected to be made in the form of changes in the provincial goveinment. Many believed that changes would be made not only in the state gov- 1 ernment but several municipalities, especially affecting officials who have opposed the Nazis. LOS ANGELES, Mar. 4.--Dwindling food supplies addod to the suffering today in water-soaked southern California as officials estimated the death toll of the record-breaking rainstorm and flood would reach or exceed 200. Eighty-seven persons were known dead. One hundred fifty persons were reported missing and believed dead. Property damage was estimated at $25,000,000. Ten thousand persons were homeless. Many communities still were isolated and without communication facilities. Looting of abandoned homes was widespread. Six men wore arrested for looting. Shenlf Eugene W. Biscauluz of Los Angeles county issued orders to bring in looters "alive if possible--but bring them in." Levine, With Ransom, Waits' I n s t r u c t i o n s By JOSEPH L. MYLER United Press Staff Correspondent. NEW nOCHELLE, N. Y., Mar. 4.-Murray Levine, prosperous attorney, waited anxiously today for the kidnapers of his 12-year-old son, Peter, to respond to his appeal to surrender the handsome, blue-eyed boy and collect their ransom, reputedly $60,000. "I am ready," the distraught father said. "The way is open." Police and G-men left a clear channel to the $23,000 Levine home in this suburb o£ New York City, and Levine reassured the abductors that "the police and Federal authorities are not interfering and will not interfere." Reapporfionmenl Ad Ruled Void By ;ntt«d Press. HARRISBURG, Mar. 4.--F'ennsyl- X'ania's first legislative rc.-ipportion- mcnt since 1920 was declared invalid today by the Daupl-m county court which found the act disfranchised voters in ten communities and violated other provisions of the State constitution. The Weather Rain or snow mixed with sleet and warmer tonight, Saturday rain and warmer is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1938 1S37 Maximum . -M rf, .Minimum . . . _M .if: ·Mean *. 01 -ltj Liquor Floor Tax - Ad Invalidated In Dauphin Court By United Press. HAKRISBURG, Mar. 4.--The Dauphin county court today invalidated the 1933 liquor floor tax act through which the State was attempting to collect $20,000,000 from Pensylvama distillers. President Judge William M. Hargest set aside a directed verdict in favor of the State, ruling, the act Is "arbitrary and results in both inequality nnd confiscation." In the first of the scries of floor tax suits, prosecuted personally by Attorney General Charles J. Mar- glotti, the State sought to collect Sl,704,347 from A. Ovcrholt and Company. Later Margiotti intended to sue for $3,350,099 already paid by the liquor firm contending the tax never was paid by the company but passed on to Pennsylvania consumers. Suits were also to be pressed against the Large Distilling Company and Joseph F. Finch and Company, but all three wore tried together to speed up final disposition. S. Connellsville Burgess issues Warning on Dogs Owners of dogs at South Connellsville were warned today by Burgess Paul R. DeBolt that they must not be permitted to run at large. The burgess called on the owners to keep their dogs tied up as an extensive drive is being launched against all strays, whether licensed or nol. Unl censed dogs will be shot and owners of those licensed will be compelled to pay a fine, the burgess said. Earle to Study Police Report On Tampering By United Press. ·.URG, Mar. 4.--Governor II. E.irle announced receipt today of a State Motor Police report of alleged political tampering with State civil service in Faycttc county. He took the report with him on an airplane trip to Albuquerque, N. M., for study, expecting to announce his decision when he returns to the capital next Wednesday or Thursday. Earle ordered the police investigation January 26 after State Senator Anthony Cavalcanle, Uniontown, charged that Jacob Echard, Uniontown, Kaycttc _ county Democratic chairman: 1. "Has a list ot all Faycttc county applicants for civil service jobs in the unemployment compensation division. 2. "Had his secretary interview civil service examinees who have been placed in jobs after the interviews. a. "Has by his conduct of office created the public impression that such appointments must be approved by him." Echard termed the charges "trumped up" and "unfounded." Ordering the police investigation, Earle said, "I don't want anything to interfere with the civil service system now on trial in Pennsylvania." Penning Sits Up In Bed and Reads News of the World By United Prois. TUCSON, Ariz., Mar. 4.--General John J. Pcrshmg sat up in bed today and abkcd to sec a newspaper so that he could read the news of the world from which he was almost removed by death. The 77-year-old soldier's strength increased hourly, and .he chatted gayly with his sister, May, his son, Francis Warren, and his persona] aide for 17 years, Sergeant Crawford C. Shaeffer. Dr. Roland Davison reported that Pershing's kidneys appeared near normal, and that the poisonous substances in his blood and tissues were being eliminated. Resignation of TVA Chairman Recommended without power or lights. Some were still half -submerged in ebbing waters. Bridges were out. Roads blocked by landslides. Thousands were homeless refugees. Rescue workers followed the draining waters, hunting for bodies in the debris. More than half those given up for dead were missing. Bodies were washed out to sea in the swirling, yellow streams and were lost. . · . In the aftermath were isolated cases of looting; food and water shortages; a hazard to health in one place from a burst sewer; a threat of fire on another from a wrecked gasoline tank. Food sales were restricted in San Bernadino, CO miles cast of here. Eain water was collected to drink in some places. Among those without adequate drinking water were residents of Malibu Beach, an exclusive, residential colony of movie stars. Rain water there was being saved. Los Angeles' communications with the outside world were restored gradually after 24 hours during which the metropolis was cut off except for radio and for part of the time with one or two shaky telegraph svin's. Hundreds of circuits were washed out. United Press news wires to Los Angeles were restored at approximately 9:30 (PST) last night. Amateur radio operators, in Los Angeles and Berkeley transmitted dispatches to and from the flood area during part of the time the wires were out. This augmented news sent over the several remjinins and over-crowded commercial wires. Numbers Racket Drive Spragged By Jury Finding Spccul to The Courjcr. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 4--The March grand jurors, making their final returns of the current session of criminal court, effectively spragged State Motor^ Police in their war on numbers rackets when a true bill, returned in thQ Fairbank pool, indicted six men only on the charge of selling lottery tickets and ignoied. the additional charges of conducting a lottery and conspiracy. f ' The sextet who will face the court on the lone charge aie Frank S. Canistra, Eugene Trevilhni, Costa DeCarlo, Jos'cph Hart, Louis Bandi-s and Mike Tolmach. In previous numbers coses, sentences were iir.-- posed on three counts instead of one. As n result ot the three days dc- libciations, the jury returned 103 bills, 30 of which were indictments and 13 ignoramuses-. The returns today included: Ignoramuses. Vcrna Jane Eutsey, Conncllsville, R. D., violations of automobile laws, costs on county. True Bills. John Krett ar.d Joseph Valenson, violation of liquor fuel act. ' Daniel Lmteman, Dunbar township, two violalions automobile laws. James Franks, Dunbar, breaking and entering with intent to commit felony. James Franks and H a r o l d Matthews, Dunbar, R, D., larceny and receiving stolen goods. James Franks, Dunbar, Charles Lilly and Elmer Geary, Connellsville, breaking and entering with intent to commit felony. Company Absolved Jn Explosion. PITTSBURGH, Mar. -5.-- Officials j of the-Hanvick Coal and Coke Company today stood absolved of blame in the January 12 explosion at the company's Hanvick mine which killed 10 men. A special coroner's jury, after hcjring fout dxi^a, tctuincd . cjdcnlcJ death. festimony \ c i d t c t of fly United Pre:s. WASHINGTON, Mar. 4.--President Roosevelt made public-today a"statement by Harcourt A. Morgan and David E. Lilienthal, directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, asserting they could no longer work witli A C - ' Dr. Ailhur I:." Morgan, TVA chair, man and suggesting hit r«ign»tiot. for County Supervisors. .Will Heel Tomorrow UNIONTOWN, Mar. 4.--A meeting of the Fayette County Supervisors and Auditors Association will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock in tht auditorium of the courthous*.

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