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Monday, March 13, 1939
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LAST E DITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRO 2 VOL. G7, NO. 103. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17. 18VO. Tile Daily Courier, Founded November 10. 1902. | Merged I July IB. 1523. CONNELLSVILLU, PA., MONDAY EVENING, MARCH la, J.930. TEN PAGES. THEATRE MEN . WILL ASK FOR INJUNCTION Quins Will Meet King and Queen sought in siaymg MINERS WILL ASK 50-CENT Seek to Prevent Interference in Operation of Bank Nights. ASSERT IT IS NOT A LOTTERY UNIONTOWK, Mar. 13.--In a move to block interference in the operation of "bank nights" in Fayette county theatres, the owners or managers will tomorrow present to the court, a petition for an injunction against District Attorney James A. Reilly. The petition will ask the court to restrain the district attorney from ordering any arrests or taking other action until a definite determination is reached as to whether gambling or a lottery is involved. Theatrical owners and managers in the fi nal of several conferences reached the unanimous decision--a test case. They contend that bank, nights could not in the true sense be interpreted as gambling and cite court decisions supporting their contention. Persons entering the theatre are not compelled to register, the theatrical men say. Bank night, it is declared, is only a form of advertising and by no means a lottery or any other form of gambling. The theatres included in the test case arc Barney's of Point Marion; Paramount,' Connellsville; Roosevelt and Princess, Republic; Perry ol Pcrryopolis; Rilz of Belle Vernon and Lewis of Fairchance. Woman Killed As Car Leaves Road; Driver Arrested One person was killed and an- ither injured in automobile accidents in the county over the weekend. Mrs. Anna Mae Beck Martin, 32, of Shewtown, West Brownsville, was instantly killed Sunday morning about 7:30 o'olock when struck by an jutomobile driven by Frank Gulp, Negro, o! Vestaburg. Mrs. Martin was rushed to Brownsville General Hospital but was dead on arrival, having suffered fractures of the skull and left leg and consussion of the brain. A companion, Edward Realti,. -'·Df "West Brownsville, escaped by jumping to safety. The couple were standing in front of the West-Penn Milling Company building, West Brownsville, awaiting a bus, when the Gulp rnachine_ ran off the National Highway a distance of four or five feet, striking the woman. Realti, who was standing by her side, saw the automobile v approaching and jumped to safety. The machine then crashed into a stone wall and was badly damaged. State Motor Police from the Washington barracks investigated and placed Gulp under arrest, pending a further investigation. Joseph Kazimer, 16, of South, Mt. Vernon avenue extension, Uniontown, suffered abrasions of the head and hands about 8 o'clock Sunday night when struck by a car driven by Earl Porter, 23, of Cuddy, Allegheny county. Porter took the injured youth to the Coldren drug store and Patrolmen Harold Holmes and James Jones removed him to the hospital. By United Press. CALLANDER, Ont., Mar. 13.-Oliva Dionne, father o£ the quintuplets, said today he had accepted the Ontario government's invitation to bring the babies to Toronto May 22 for presentation to King George and Queen Elizabeth. New Pope Has Campaign Ahead For World Peace By REYNOLDS PACKARD United Press Staff Correspondent. VATICAN CITY, Mar. 13.--Pope Pius XII intends to start an active world peace campaign at once, it was reported today as the Vatican settled down to its normal routine alter his coronation yesterday as 2G2nd supreme pontiff. Opinion was expressed in authoritative quarters that the Pope would work along general lines to further peace, by means o£ frequent appeals to all peoples to seek salvation through Christ. At the same time, it was said, he would devote attention specifically to the problem of improving relations between the Catholic Church and Nazi Germany. As the result o£ the new Pope's selection of Cardinal Maglione as his secretary of state, it was said here that the Vatican had one- of the strongest regimes in memory to deal with world problems. The influence internationally the new Pope was exercising, was shown at his magnificent coronation ceremony yesterday when crowds yelled and cheered for him, both insidp and outside St. Peter's basilica. Observers were impressed and some -went so far as to predict that Pius XII would be one of the most popular of popes. It was understood that the Pope intended, for the present, to devote himself to the German situation and leave to the direction ot Cardinal Maglione such important matters as: 1--Strengthening b o n d s with Catholics in North and South America, where countries, because of their rapid development, were becoming less dependent on Europe. J 2--The future ot the Catholic Continued on Page Six iPublic Invited i To Inspection Of Guard Units Accused Woman Ends Life. BALTIMORE, Mar. 13--Mrs. Mary Cummings, accused of slaying her nusband, Joseph, killed herself in the city jail by leaping 18 feet from a third floor cell tier to a concrete floor. The public is extended an invita- . tion to attend the annual Federal and State inspections o£ Connellsville's two units of the Pennsylvania National Guard at State Armory in West Washington avenue tonight. Major Louis Eggers of Erie will make the Federal inspection and Major William May of AHoona will conduct the Stale inspection. The Medical Detachment, under Captain Orland F. Leighvy, will take the floor at 7 o'clock and the Howitzer Company, commanded fay Captain Norman A. Browell, will begin drilling at 8 o'clock. HIRT SWORN IN; JAMES' SUCCESSOR * By United Press. HARKISBUKG, Mar. 13.--Judge William E. Hirt, Erie, was sworn in today as State Superior Court judge to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Governor Arthur H. James. Pictured, is Jack Roberts, 3G, sought by police in connection v*ith the investigation into murder of Miss Irma Zjouise McKce, 56, Republican committcewoman of Mineola, L. I. Miss I\lcKee, bludgeoned to death after a furious struggle, is said to have befriended Roberts when ho was destitute. Charges Van Nuys Coerced Voters; Requests Probe WASHINGTON, Mar. 13.--Raymond E. "Willie, defeated in the senatorial election last year, today challenged the re-election of Senator Frederick Van Nuys, D., Ind., in a petition filed with the Senate. Willis, Republican publisher of Angola, Ind., charged Van Nuys wos reelected through coercion of government employes and ballot frauds. Willis asked the Senate to investigate 15 charges (Hod in his 345- page petition. Affidavits signed hy voters and state employes in Yan- denburg, Lake, Sullivan, Marion, Vigo, St. Joseph and Clay counties were filed with the petition. Wilhs said that Van Nuys, through an Indiana Supreme Court order, had blocked his demand for ji le- count. He asked the Senate lo carry on the investigation which he was unable to finance personally. Willis received 783,89 votes ,n the official count. Van Nuys received ·|88,38G-- a margin of 5,197. DAY WAGE INCREASE, REPORT NEW YORK, Mar. 13.--The United Mine Workers have decided to ask Appalachian bituminous producers amount to a 27 per cent wage increase, and would increase soft coal production costs, approximately 16 These requests were formulated at i. private meeting attended by President John L. Lewis and J16 district lieutenants here late last week. Joint confcienccs between the operators and the union bc£in at 10 A. M. tomorrow. The present two-year contract, which expires March 31, provides for a seven-hour-day, 35-hour week, with a basic daily wtige rate of $6 in the north and .?." GO in the south. The demand for higher wages and shorter hours, if agreed to, would for a ~9 cent per day wage cents per ton, officials said, and a six-hour-day, 30-hour week, i t ] The Appalachian joint agreement was reported reliably today. ' itself covers approximately 320,000 ' miners but it affects all of the 484,000 soft coal miners because it is the basis for the outlying district con- j tracts. Bituminous reveal wnat Hitler Places Nazi Might Behind Demand For Slovak Freedom producers declined to demands they would make on the union. National Coal Association officials have estimated thai the bituminous industry lost more than 860,000,000 in 1938 and '.his has led to speculation that the operators would seek contract modifications, including a v cut. Fence Removed I Second Time in Ohiopyie Dispute Priscilla Sewing Circle Donates $10 To Kmetz Aid Fund Just Off the Wire \ WASHINGTON, Mar. 13.--President Roosevelt today nominated Laurence A. Stcinhardt of New York I as U. S. ambassador to Soviet Russia ' " to fill a post vacant since last May. Stcinhardt, now ambassador lo Peru, ivill succeed Joseph Davies, who was transferred from Moscow last May to become ambassador to Belgium. Suit Protesting Steel Wage Clause Dismissed in Court By United I'ress. WASHINGTON, Mar. 13.--U. S. Distiict Judge Jennings Bailey today dismissed a suit by seven companies [ seeking to set aside minimum wages prescribed for Lteel concerns that bid j on Government contracts. Bailey said the steel companies, had failed to show that Secretary ot Labor Frances Perkins acted "arbitrarily and capriciously" in establishing the minima. The wage minima ranged from 45 cents in the south to ( 62'-y cents per hour in the eastern area in which the seven companies are located. They became effective generally on Kenendy Sees Pope. VATICAN CITY, Mar. 13.--Pope Pius today received in private audience, Joseph P. Kennedy, American ambassador at London, and other members of the American mission which attended his coronation yesterday. The fund being subscribed to here in an cilort to rehabilitate the family of Paul Kmetz, left homeless and penniless by fire which wrecked their small Brookvale residence and claimed the hvcs of Iwo children, took its first noticeable spurt today when a $10 gift from the Prisciila Sewing Circle was received. Cash gifts to the funa, aue being received at The Courier office. There was a SI contribution from an anonymous donor, boosting the grand total to SH. Boy Scouts of Troop No. 8 collected furniture Saturday for use of the family when, and if, enough money is raised to provide them a home. They do not wish to return to Brookvale, where only horrible memories of the fire that cremated half the family remain. An offer of a nice two-story frame dwelling, located or. several acres of ground adjacent to the city has been mode, with the owner willing to accept $450 for it. The place is valued at $1,400 and is partly furnished. WOULD REPEAL, ITHEN REVAMP WAGNER LAW OhiopyLe's so-called "spite fence" vaec i a snin has been torn down. | While the fence that had been erected by the three Brady sisters, reportedly in an effort to prevent appropriation of a section of their lot for a roadway, was torn down mysteriously, the second time it was removed by Chief of Police Shelby Mitchell acting on orders of Ohiopyie Borough Council. The sisters had the second fence rebuilt of heavier materials, including Bids Asked For Tunnel Work On "Dream' Highway By United Press. HARRISBURG, Mar. 13. -- The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was ready today for receipt of bids to excavate two of the eight tunnci.s on the 561,500,000 "super highway" now under construction to connect Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. The commission advertised for bids on the Sideling Hill tunnel neai Huslontown, Fulton county, and the Laurel Hill tunnel on the Somersel- Westmorekind county line. Lettings for those jobs will be held March 30-31. Specifications call for excavation of 140,000 cubic yards of earth and rock from the Sideling Hill bore, and removal of 110,000 cubic yards ftom tlie Laurel Hill tunnel. Both tunnels are already partly driven. They stand as remnants of the unfinished South Penn railroad route abandoned 50 years ago. { Workmen of a half-century ago dug 13,400 feet Sideling tunnel and By United Press. WASHINGTON, Mar. 13.--Representative Clare E. Hoffman, R., Mich., planned to introduce in the House today a bill to repeal the Wagner Labor Relations Act and reenact, with dras- ti. revision, some of its provisions. Hoffman, n bitter critic of the National Labor Relations Board ar.d the Congress of Industrial Organizations, said his bill was a "direct and complete" answer to the demands of American Federation of Labor President William Green for a "pro- American type of measuie." He said his revisions would bring the" labor law into conformity with "recent decisions of the Supreme Court," and, that one of his major objections was "to legislate out of office the present members of the board and all of its employes" except those retained by the new board. The bill would repeal the act, but reenact some of its provisions, with changes which would: 1. Exempt employers from being guilty of unfair labor practices when they have negotiated "for a reasonable length of time and on a reasonable number of occasions" but failed bo reach an agreement with em- ployes. 2. Deny the protection of the labor act to unions which strike Continued on Pago Six. Insists on Greater Inde- · pendence and End of Persecution; " Ultimatum May Be Issued. FUEHRER TALKS WITH OUSTED TISO By EDWARD W. BEATTIE United Press Staff Correspondent.' BERLIN, Mar. 13.--Fuehrer Adolf Hitler intervened in the · troubled affairs ol Czechoslovakia tonight by throwing Nazi might behind the demands of Slovakia for greater independence. , Hitler discussed with Josef Tiso, large posts and iron pipe, which the! ousted by the Czechoslovak central police officer allegedly removed with the use of a crowbar wliile the Brady sisters wcie not around. , It wa's said ".hat when the officer first went to the scene the women were on hand, armed with hummers and defied the officer, who delayed carrying out of his orders until early the following morning when the Brady sisters were not seen. What will be the next development is uncertain but residents of the borough are awaiting one. March I, but as regards three of the 90 ° * cet into the Laurel HH1 bore ' seven plaintiffs in the current su.t they wore deferred by a temporary injunction granted by Bailey. Bailey's dismissal of the suit Xor a permanent injunction also dissolved the temporary order. jNIectinfr Plane Changed. The Fidelity Club o£ Dunbar will meet Tuesday evening at the home; of Mary Wood in Wooddale street instead of the home of Mrs. K.idd. Legislature May Adjourn by May 1 HARRISBURG, Mac. 13.--The Pennsylvania Legislature, lacking pride in its record of eight minor enactments in its first 10 weeks, considered a speed-up plan today for Completing the business of the regular biennial session in seven more weeks to adjourn finally May 1. Taking cognizance of the dearth of legislative accomplishments since the January 3 opening, speaker Ellwood J. Turner, called chairmen of the Republican-controlled House committees together at 1 P. M. to chart a course toward sine die adjournment seven v/ceks hence. Since revenue-raising measures must originate in the House and the general appropriation bill clears it first, delibeiations of the lower legislative branch usually govern the length of the assembly session* The Senate, a compact group of 50, can act more swiftly than the 208-member House when the clamor for sine die adjournment becomes widespread. Admitted to Hbspital. Mrs. Catherine Olson of Uniontown, Miss Wilma Smith, South Connellsville, Walter Surniak of Everson and Miss Helen Stiner have been admitted to the Connellsville State Hospital for treatment. Irate Missouri Women Protest Law Banning Toe-less, Heel-less Shoes California's Moving Mountain, With Mile Already Traveled, Still Going F. R.'s Request For More Funds Delayed, Report WASHINGTON, Mar. 13. -- The White House announced today that President Roosevelt has been delayed in preparing" his message asking Congress for additional relief funds and may not submit it before mid-week. The White House attributed the delay to pressure of other business. However, it was believed in some quarters that Mr. Roosevelt may not yet have finally determined the amount of relief funds he will ask Congress to provide for use.of the Works Progress Administration until June 30. Indications have pointed strongly to a new request for $150,000,000 relief funds--the amount which Congress previously declined to provide. However, strong opposition to so large an appropriation has been expressed by many Congressional leaders. B. 0. Groups Will Have Mass Meeting; C. V. Thomas Speaker A public meeting under the joint auspices ol the Baltimore Ohio Employes Cooperative Traffic Program and the Ladies' Auxiliary to that organization will be held Wednesday alternon at 2 o'clock in the auditorium' of the Y." M. Cl" A.". The speaker will be" C. "Vernon Thomas ol Baltimore, who appeared recently" at a joint session of the Khvanis ~and Rotary clubsl ."His- a'd^ dress will deal with the" New York World's Fair. It will be illustrated by slides. Kot only- members of the two Baltimore . Ohio organizations sponsoring the meeting but members of their families and the public at large are invited- " ~ " - government from his post as Slovak premier, the " extent of -demands which the Slovaks and Germans are expected to make--possible in ultimatum form--on the Prague cabinet. One of the principal demands considered likely in political circles was that Prague henceforth guarantee that Germans within Czechoslovakia be "freed from, persecution," but in any event the Nazis appeared to be acting to force the central Czechoslovak regime to cooperate more fully in every way. The Nazi Press let loose a barrage of charges against the Czechs and the semi-official news agency (DNB) reported that 22 Germans had beer wounded by. Czech and communist terrorists at Iglau, where fighting was reported still under way. ^ Labor Groups Meet to Talk Peace Again By United "Press. NEW YORK, Mar. 13.--Seven representatives of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations sat down today around a green velvet-covered table in a new effort to end their organizations' three-year struggle foi supremacy. The AFL and CIO committees began their fourth conference since last Tuesday shortly after 10 A. M. amid increasing pressure from rank and file union members and high Administration officials to force a peace agreement. As they convened, they had before them an AFL proposal, basically similar to a plan which failed to bring reconciliation in December, 1937. GILKOY, Cal., Mar. 13--New pressure piled up behind the moving mountain, of the "Dead Hills" today and it dumped thousands of tons of earth into the Pajaro valley. Ahead of the strange earth movement was the only power line carrying electrical energy into the Salinas valley, "the Nation's lettuce bowl. l: reached rise to out and halt before traversing 1he quarter of a mile to the power line and the half mile to the highway. A new threat developed, however, from fissures fingering out from the main body of the slide. At first only deep in the earth,.they sud- By United Press. KANSAS CITY, Mo., Mar. 13.--An army of angry women mobilized to- 3ay for a march on the state capital nt Jefferson City to protest legislation which would place in bondage 2very feminine big toe in Missouri. It was an army dedicated to "big loe emancipation" and its immediate purpose wns to sabotage a "plot," engineered by some 50 legislators, to jan the sale of toe-less and heel-less .lioes for women during spring, fall and winter months. The bill, introduced by Reu:vsen- talive W. Randall Smart. Kansas City lawjrer, and sponsored, he said, by at east 50 colleagues from throughout toe state, was referred last week to the l!ou?e committee on public That, i;ud leaders of the emancipation movement, is where it shall remain. "Upon appearance of the bill women's organizations here became indignant, but it was not until Sunday that concei ted action was begun. Mrs. Hazel M. Sheehan, president oJ the Business Women's Democratic ~lub, said women's individual rights v.'cre at stake and she immediately announced plans for tht march. The response to her slate-wide call was overwhelming, she saitl. Either a represenutive committee of wcincn would be sent to the capital to light the bill, she said, or, if greater ihow of strength appears indicated, the army would march enmass. "Indeed," she said, ''wc'ic not going Continued 0.0. JPafic Six. a vulnerable stretch of U. S. Highway i denly began breaking into new move-' mcnts of earth. Somewhat like streams of water they converged on the main slide, piling up behind it and giving it the new force toward forward movement. Whether this would be great enough to force the mountain over the remaining' half mile to the highway was problematical. Engineers estimated it had moved only eight feet in the past 24 hours and that at such a rate it would take 101 and a bridge across the Pajaro valley. Thomas Joyce, superintendent of the state highway maintenance division, said he believed there was little danger of the slide blocking the highway or damming the river. Others were not so optimistic. Dr. Albert Newlin, seismologist at Santa Clara University, said "I'd hate to try and tell what might happen if new rains loosed more earth." The forecast was for rain. All who checked on the slide with stakes found it was slowing. It was traveling roughly at four inches an hour late yesterday, too slow to be perceptible to the eye. Out of the rolling hills and range- l:inci of Loiiiuna.-. Muc-i'ijs, iuu\vii 1' jges as "the Dead Hills," it had cut a swathe a mile long and a quarter of a mile wide since it started off a week aao with a boom heard miles away. Visible from Gilioy. six miles to the north, it looked like a giant highway construction cut spewing ouf faiishapc ovci Ihe lowlands. As it the flats it slowed, giving j a month or more to reach vhe high- hope that it would scatter | way. The rate of progress could be seen only in occasional breakage of the earth at the forward end of the slide. Tiny rivulets of earth from time to time broke loose, relentlessly spread over ra'ngeland. Range riders frorn the J. L. Murphy ranch on which the slide was located, patrolled the highway, "riding herd" on the crowds who came to witness the sight. The area is known to have gas pockets and it was feared the movement of the earth might uncover them. "No smoking" signs were put up. Sightseers flocked \o the scene from all parts of the valley. Their cars created the greatest traffic jam Sunday ever seen in this area. For six miles on either side of the slide automobiles moved at four miles sn hour. No noise accompanied the slide. As it tore up and buried trees, hovrever, their roots from time to time could be heard straining. The top of the slide was plumed with trees in foliage that had been yanked out slowly but surely as the earth moved. The Weather Fair and somewhat colder tonight; Tuesday increasing cloudiness and colder; Wednesday snow in north and snow or rain in south portion is the noon weather forecasl for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 .Maximum . 58 M i n i m u m .. 4fi Mean . , ... 1!) 193S 56 Fire Destroys Two : Haydenfown Cottages Fire of undetermined origin destroyed two untenanted buildings near Haydentown, south of Fairchance, Saturday night. Members of. the Fairchance Volunteer Fire Department responded but the flames had gained such headway nothing could be saved. One of the small cottages recently had been vacated by William Mickey who moved to Srnithfield. Both were owned by Charles O. Swaney. Franco Ready To. Open Drive · Against Madrid - ~ By United, Press. BURGOS, Mar. 13.--Trainloads of artillery and munitions moved up to the front lines today as General Francisco Franco pushed preparations for a nationalist offensive against Madrid. " The intensive military preparations over the week-end indicated that Franco was planning to strike soon in an effort to smash the remnants of Republican resistance in both the Madrid an'd'Valencia areas--probably before the enemy had time to recover from bitter fighting that marked last week's rebellion and counter-rebellion in republican territory. Named Engineer. -GREENSBURG, Mar. 13.- Hebrank of Greensburg -B. R. lias been named Westmoreland county^ engineer, succeeding A. L. Crissinger, who replaced Hebrank as.Westmore- land county maintenance superintendent for the State Highway Department. Kills Mother, Sister and Himself As Final Sacrifice for His Family By United Press. KANSAS CITY, Kans., Mar. 13.-Elbert Lindberg's final sacrifice to his family was his life, police decided today. He killed his bed-ridden mother, his crippled spinster sister, Hilda, and himself. Eight years ago when he was 32, his father died, and he became the family's sole support. - A clerk -in a railroad yard office-, his wage barely made ends meet. There was no possibility then of a wife and- children .1'or him bul lie gave himself un grudgingly. _ The cattle ranch is known as Rancho San Benilo. J. W. (Bill) Thompson, crew foieman, one of the state's most widely known old-time cattlemen, said: "The glide's not so bad but these [iconic who come to sec it are harder to manage than a .bunch ol steers." ^-fercd a paialytic stroke and the-doc- tor said she would never leave her bed again. For four nights, neighbors said, lights in the Lindb'erg " kitchen burned late. They burned all night Friday and all day Saturday. Sometime Friday night, police believed, these e'vents occurred: Hilda Lindberg, 43, after hours of urging, persuaded her brother to kill their mother and herself. He went to wis mother's bed and shot her through the temple with a target pistol: His sister stood facing him Three years ago his sister was per- I and he sent his second bullet into manently crippled in an automobile her brain. He then killed himself. 'God's forgive- accident and his home life became more confining. Last Monday, Mrs. Mary Lindberg, 73, his mother, suf He left a note asking ' ness." The bodies were discovered Saturday night. The family was one ol the first to betllc here.

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