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PAGHi KUUJ*. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNHJLLSVILLli;, I J A. MONDAY, MARCH 13, 1939. ,,-- THE COURIER COMPANY , James J. Driscoll R. A. Donegan _ Walter S. Stimmel James M. Driscoll ,-J. Wylie Driscoll Â· ....j Publishers President slid General Manager ,, Secretary and Treasurer I ,, Edi tor , i .. Associate Editor Advertising and Business Manager MEMBER OF Audit Bureau of Circulations Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association Bureau of Advertising, A. N. P. A. Served by United Press and International News Service SUBSCRIPTION RATES Two cents per copy; 50 cents per month; $5 per year, or $2.50 for six months by mail il paid in advance; 12 cents per week by carrier. Entered as second class matter at the Postofficc, Connellsvllle, Pa. MONDAY EVENING, MARCH 13, 1939 METKK PliOBlEM AT SCOTI'DALE Merchants of Scottdale and the borough council are at odds over the question of installing parking meters. The merchants oppose them as an unnecessary and unjustified expense under existing conditions and contend the traffic problem in the main street, Pittsburg, can be readily solved by regulating parking by ordinance. Council has passed on second reading an ordinance providing for the . purchase and installation of- 99 meters at a cost, on the basis oÂ£ bids, of $53 to $56. each. The measure will be up for final action Monday, April 3. - Not only are the merchants opposed to the meters but they contend the public is likewise against them. To establish this they propose to have a census of the town before the time for final,reading oÂ£ the ordinance. Â· According to a spokesman for the mercantile establish*- nients the meter system causes a tension on the part of shoppers coming into town which is reflected in a noticeable haste to get through with their buying in order to avoid paying a penalty-for exceeding-the time .permitted. This is detrimental to their business, they say. They fear it will drive away the rural trade;.. Â· . . The problem is one for council,' the merchants and the people of the town. A referendum such as proposed by the merchants should decide it. If, as the merchants say, both, they and the people are opposed it would: seem to be unwise on the part of council to ignore tHeirwishes. As to the merchants, they /are large employers. Anything that adversely affects their; business in like manner affects their clerical forces. As Â· matter'of fact, _53 of 56 merchants canvassed signed a-petitjon opposing the meters. In the-public interest there'should-be'careful study of the -whole situation. ' '* ' Â· " USUALLY NO SEED TOR WORRY : _ One of the easiest things in the world r fÂ»-for - one to become obsessed with the idea that he or sh'e:' r is.:'-.falllag victim of some disease. Any variation frorrC'ther.fforraal functioning of the body organs or a pain here or there' or some other abnormally precipitates worry. Nine times out of 10 the fears are eventually found to be groundless. According to one versed on the subject, readers of psychology books--even the good ones--who take them too seriously or who do not make a deep study are likely to believe they are afflicted with everything they read about. Persons who worry about their mental processes usually have little difficulty in working up good cases of jitters, says Dr. Eobert E. Brltt, instructor in. psychiatry in St. Louis University Medical School. All who are thus disposed should become. acquainted with this psychological fact that a certain amount of moodiness is normal in all persons, just as is elation. As to the physical body it often happens that a boy who felt sure he had heart disease at 15 lives on. for 60 to 60 years; often, too, persons whose doctors have .diagnosed their ills as incurable are hale and hearty after, the medical advisors have passed on. ^ A good plan to follow is to try always to^keep "smiling, remembering that there is a good deal of truth... In . the saying: -_r ' "Smile and the world smiles "with'you; weep'and you weep alone.", A good laugh is a tonic, mentally and physically. DOCTOR lUFOE CAPITULATES It is becoming apparent the king and queen of Great Britain will get to see the five.-little Dionnes, who are nearing their fifth anniversary, -But the quintuplets must be brought to the sovereigns. Royalty cannot so far depart from tradition, as to visit them at the nursery -which has been their home since birth.' " To the quintuplets the British sovereigns may not hold nearly as much interest as the sights they will see at Toronto, where the meeting probably will Jbe arranged. They have not yet arrived at .the age when a,ny individual outside of their household has much over another in appeal. But there is a lot besides to see In, Ontario's chief city. They'll have a great time If given the chance. News from: Callender indicates Dr. A. R. Dafoe, their physician.and protector, has capitulated to.the implied demand of King George and Queen Elizabeth. Like a true Canadian the doctor recognizes that "a royal command is a royalTcpnirnand."; -.; Under his. care, : however, the millions who have follawed'the Career of the quins from birth may rest assiireB-they-will'be aboi.it a's"8afe''a's v iri their-, nursery. As-to'the;king andlrueeh : .going to Â· Callender, that "just isn!t~.done.".. -There-is : .a difference-between the ..democracy which rules the action's, of thci'-.monarchs-of 'the British Empire 'J.and..'that.v which-rsEap.es^ affairs',iix:.the';inore.- ; truly democratic:.UniteÂ£stateB';oÂ£'Anieiica:..".'v" .."'""". Â· - Â· . : Â· Â· . . : : :, "KE1V. CHECK 01? RELIEF ROLLS The .Department of Public Assistance at Harrisburg has set up X ne\y form of 'checking, relief that may bring about a purging of the rolls, where needed. State auditors began work Saturday-at IS. places of distribution of relief funds in Dauphin county. Each individual will be given his or her relief payment check in. person. At the same time the auditors will compile- records oÂ£ the recipients. These will be. compared with the files of the county relief board. If the system is productive of results it may be extended to other counties. By this means it may be possible to learn just who is entitled to relief and who is not, since only the person to whom, the check is made out will be permitted to claim it. Ever since the .distribution of relief was begun there have been charges of persons being carried on the rolls who should not be; who are fully able to make a livelihood for themselves. The new plan may expose a lot of such. "SPRING BREAK-UP!' WhafsWhat At a Glance By CHAKLES P. STEWART Central Press Columnist. WASHINGTON, Mar. 13.--While the cat (President Roosevelt) was away on his Caribbean cruise the mice (pro-economy members of Congress) played like fury. By the time the President got back to Washington it looked'' as if the economists really had stirred up a situation calculated to cause him a lot of trouble. Chairmen Pat Harrison of the Senate Finance and Robert L. Doughton of the House Ways and Means Committees are a couple of very formidable mice, especially when they arc playing in partnership. They also appear to have plenty of other mice in sympathy with them. Approximately half of the Democrats on Capitol Hill are favorable (theoretically) to the 10 per cent cut, advocated by Senator Harrison, in governmental expenditures. The Republicans support the slash almost solidly. From all indications (until F. D. H. had returned to the White House) the guessing was good that the administration would have'to curtail drastically from a financial standpoint. Then the cat reappeared at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue. "All right," said the cat, "I likewise am friendly to economy. I don't exactly see how it's to be accomplished, but perhaps you mice do. Kindly furnish me with a detailed program." Then the Mice Split. Immediately the mice split every which way. There are 531 senatorial and rep- resentatorial mice in Congress. Each economical mouse proved to demand economy in the bailiwick of each of the other 430 mice's bailiwicks, but not In his bailiwick. The Republican mice remain cohesive enough; they don't' get any cheese anyway. But the Democratic mice? There are as many kinds of economists among them as there arc Democrats. In the meantime the cat sits back and laughs. Let the mice fdsk and be darned to 'cm! Uhited, mice stand, but divided they fall--as they do, the minute the cat returns from the Caribbean. Briefly, President Roosevelt has nerve. Congress hasn't, collectively. STRENGTH FOR YOUR TASK By Earl L. Douglass, D. D, NAMES IN THE BOOK OF LIFE "Zscchaeus . , . come doxvn," -, Thus did JESUS call to the little Publican who, as the Master and His disciples approached Jericho, ran ahead of the crowd- and climbed inlo a sycamore tree "because he was little of stature." He was smaller than he really knew. He was little as a cheat always is. He had about him lhat dwarfishness to which dishonesty and coveteousness condemn a man. Also he was a climber. He was always reaching for more golden apples a n d ' shinnying higher up the trees to fill his bag with other men's fruit. down. You are a little man; I will make you a giant. You have been climbing for gold, and although, you do not know it, your unsatisfied soul and your sick conscience have long been trying also to climb up to better things. So come down from your climbing and walk the pathways of life with me." It is said that our names are written in the book of life. I f that be true, many men would be surprised to know the names by which they are listed therein. For many a so-called "successful man" would be surprised if he peeped into that book to find lhat he was listed therein under the name "Zacchaeus." "Zncchaeus," said Jesus, "come All rights reserved--Babson Newspaper Syndicate. Sidelights There are chances yet in Hollywood if you meet the requirements. A Connellsville young man--Don Meranda--has landed a much better position there than would have been possible for a beginner in Western Pennsylvania. Graduated from West Virginia University's course in journalism, he has been engaged as a writer of script for radio programs. Shortly his lines will be carried over the air on National hookup. What appeals to a young fellow just starting is that tile salary is good--$50 a week. Here many stick to the job for a score of years before receiving as much. George Doolittle, who was graduated last spring from Pennsylvania State College, has started in the mushroom business in ' Somerset county on an extensive scale, taking Stray Thoughts By S. M. DcHUFF Receipt of a pretty postcard picture of a famed Florida "Fountain of Youth" nils me with fear that possibly the sender, as well as scvera 1 other local persons, have put oft bathing in or drinking its magic waters just a wee bit too long. Another one for that list of forgotten folks: Nellie Ely, a once-upon-a- time newspaper scribe who became famous as a speed demon by circling the globe in 80 days, a stunt that's now done in less than that number o: hours. If Jack Benny really wants to start a "feud" with somebody why doesn't he pick one with Georg Burns--over their respective smuggling ability?. Is "allergic" a new 193S-model word, or am I just plain ignorant? In a roundabout way I learn that-Bill DeMuth readily admits that being the only male diner As Others Think READERS' CHOICE (Colliers). Messrs. H. L. Ickes and Thurman Arnold have laMy revived the old American sport of heckling the newspapers. Mr. Ickes peddles the farrii- iar l-'ne oÂ£ goods about how the papers are slaves to their advertisers, distort or suppress news, and so on. Vlr. Arpold has a new one, to our jest knowledge. He has been pout- '.ng prettily because advertising ex- ,sts ana newspapers and magazines publish il--though he hasn't offered, at the time of going to press, a substitute mnns of passing around word as to what goods are to be had where. Just for the record, we'll stick our five cents' worth into this seemingly endless debate about the merits 'and demerits - ' the press in the United Itates. II is true that successful American newspapers don't habitually insult -heir advertisers. No more do Messrs. Ickes and Arnold habitually insult President Roosevelt, by whose good pleasure they draw their not 4ngenerous salaries, which all of us help to pay. Nor do any of the rest ol us who on eating regularly make t a rule to be mean to our friends and overly kind to our enemies. But it is also true that newspapers lhat shamelessly toady to advertisers quickly win the contempt of advertisers who have any brains--just as the rest of us come to despise clumsy flatterers. And it is also true, that there have been frequent cases of newspapers tossing out'advertisers who tried to control their editorial policies. What the papers all really truckle to is their assorted reading public's assorted prejudices and foibles.. Like other businesses, the papers have to please their customers to sell their product. Yet ye've never known newspaper heckler to ask the public to change Us nature as a means oÂ£ getting better newespapers in this country. It Is true that many a paper's owner or editor has some pet abomination that can't get a fair break in the sheet's columns. The- Kansas City Star, for example, will not mention or picture snakes--surely a refusal of freedom of the press to the humble, hardworking, underprivileged snakes in and around Kansas City. Other papers variously dislike and discriminate against John L. Lewis, Mr. Ickes, Mr. Arnold, Earl Browder, Bruce Barton, Congressman Dies,.President Roosevelt and many other public figures'. . . But so do 99 per cent of us normally duck down side streets or into convenient doorways to dodge persons who give us a pain in the neck. ~ Arid there are coming to be more and more papers that lean over backward to be fair to people or trends they hate, even as Americans, in general are becoming more and more fair- minded. " ' . Indeed, American press services and newspapers in general purvey a kind of reporting that we believe to be unique in the world of today. We moan objective, factual, straight news reporting, with the reporter's prejudices and boss' politics, ruled out so far as is humanly possible! The New York Times began this .reform some 40 years ago and it is an American press habit today. The point of this whole discussion is that American newspapers are an integral part of American life. They reflect its rotten spots, but they- also reflect its sublimities, and all phases in between.' Left unfettered save for the present adequate civil and criminal libel laws, American newspapers will change as American life changes NEWS BEHI By PAULMALLON, WASHINGTON, Mar. 13. --Mr. Roosevelt may get a pointed tip on economizing from the V. P. if he can get Mr. Garner to tell ' about the Garner low cost housing project. ^ It seems Mr. Garner, who believes in getting a dollar's worth for a dollar, has some scattered land near his home at Uvalde and decided to . do some resettling and low cost housing of his own on it. A government FHA house was being built a mile and a half out ol town for ?2,700 as a demonstration. It was last summer. Garner had nothing to do. So he decided to try his hand and see what he could do. The result was the Vice-President built his houses for just about ball the cost of the FHA house, is renting them for less than half as much, and making 15 per cent profit while FHA is breaking even or losing money. This private Gamer low cost housing project to date has completed 17 houses and several more are underway. The average cost so far has been $1,500, but chiefly because two or three tenants wanted sleeping porches, and this ran the cost of these few places up to $1,800 each, thus lifting the average. All the houses have garages and modern conveniences. Mr. Garner's houses rent for S10 to $15 per month, while the FHA house rents for 527.50. One tenant fa a .$15 house sends a check for $7.50 every two weeks to the Vice- president and generally 'makes some pleasant personal referer.ee to his "landlord." Where Gamer, who is not a builder, put it over on FHA, apparently, was in management. He thought for instance that the FHA used a lot of concrete and beams not necessary in that part of the country. Only his most intimate acquaintances know ol his venture, but they say he thinks bis houses are as good in appearance and equal in every particular to the FHA demonstration. While he figures' that right now he is getting 15 per cent on his investment, in the long run he expects to net 10 to 12 per cent. Â·Â·Enthusiasm oversowed here on the Brazilian good neighbor understanding. Government-economists thought it was an encouraging arrangement, but not the panacea pictured in official publicity. Â· The arrangement does not commit Brazil to stopping trade with Germany or refusing to accept aski marks, as advertised. The Brazilians just let'it be known they do not want their central bank loaded up with. 30. to 35 million askis the way it %vas six or eight months ago. Their aski position is down now to five or six millions. But they will continue to buy what'they want on a barter basis from Germany. If the arrangement works out successfully (particularly if the Brazilians watch their financing closely), the economists expect it may lead to a more permanent solution of trade difficulties. A stampede of newsmen descended upon the Supreme Court when the rumor got around that the latest Roosevelt appointee, Justice Frankfurter, had indicated some doubt Continued on. Page Eight. over a century-old grist mill in the j Â· a hu ^ ch ajmngroom full of other village of Bokersville. . Doolittle and There are individual lawmakers with, his facilities, adequate. backbones, but not on an average. This particular White his wife, formerly Claudia Bodes, harvested their first, crop two weeks ago and their fresh daily fungi has found a ready market in the county. The factory has approximately 1,000 feet of bed space in the basement room that for nearly 100 years had served as a storage room for the old mill. If his business continued to mount, Doolittie proposes to expand House tenant has what's required in an emergency. Possibly his judgment's bad, but not his courage. As to his political acumen, he can give cards and spades to any two dozen of legislators and win easily. He can go away on a 1rip to (he Caribbean, come back to find an insurrection on his hands--and squelch it with the simple remark, "O. K.--what are you going' to do about it?" - Chairmen Harris and Doughton have been pretty thoroughly donated --not necessarily because they weren't right, but because the President is a-slicker politician than they are.-' - - - Â· One Thine We Won't Get.,, To''be. sure, the Administration wants o n e thing it won't get. . - . - . . Some years ago Congress put a."45- billion dollar limit upon oiir National I - Illness and accident are no respecters of age or persons. An 87-year- old woman and a boy just turned three are patients in odjoining rooms in Somerset Community Hospital, recovering from, identical operations-hernia. The patients, both convalescing, are Mrs. Robert Zerfoss of Friedens, R. D. 1, and Kenneth Schroyer,' Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Schroyer of Mill Run, R. D. 1, Fayetle county. Do you place much faith in the groundhog weather prophecy? Thursday, 'March 18,. ends the six weeks' "reign" of the-woodchuck's prognostication'. 'Jrtany say -Br'er Groundhog saw-'_his shadow.. A\ few deny it. Nevertheless the weather since February 2 has been unseasonably warm, groundhog or no groundhog. indebtedness--just as cities, counties ] Pittsburgh' has initiated 'a safety and states limit their respective local indebtednesses. Â· Â·Â· At the time it was done we assumed that 45 billions was a perfectly ridiculous maximum figure. Today the Administration wants to shove it up to 50 billions. I don't believe it can he done. Fifty billions sounds to fantastic. Yet it's an issue the Treasury can dodge, by further "dollar devaluation" or the issue of "printing press money." The public doesn't understand these devices. It will be vaguely afraid of them, but for awhile it may stand for them--and, by the time the reaction sets in;' it will be too late to holler. drive, with jaywalkers being stopped in tile downtown district and warned by police to halt the practice of 'risking their necks against 'oncoming traffic. Too many persons are'being killed- and injured even when both motorists and pedestrians exercise a little common -sense. But when either or both don't give a hoot for the fundamentals of 'safety first in traffic, there's bound to be a heavy toll. United States citizens do not eat us much bread as they did in 1DOO. The present consumption is 160 diners doesn't give a fellow the most comfortable feeling. I'd like to meet up with a "drenchingly beautiful" woman, which is the way a writer in an April monlhly magazine describes Clare Bothe, the playwright. And in attempting to get a last Friday's Daily Courier as early as 10 A. M. on that date because he wanted to "read Sam DeHuff's column," Jimmy Doml- nick of the West Side, paid these comments one. of the finest compliments they've ever received... Let's go to press. Â· Â· . MAKCH'. Â·'Â· March is the month, uncertain . Half winter and halt spring; Rough with a gale, then' mild and Â£rail, - : - Â· Â· - . . . Blue skies, with birds a-winff. March is the month that wavers Twixt two great loves to ' choose; As if 'twere.loath to cling to both And neither one refuse. March is tile month coquettish Who flirts as men BO by; 'Â· With u'inter she quite bold will be. '" . .-: " ' Â· Â· - . . . At springtime, wink an eye. March is an old man's darting, She wears grey winter's ring. Â· But all the while Intends to. smUe.' And cast her :charms=" on spring. Facfographs There's gold in the ocean--$5,000,000 in suspension in a cubic mile. For every dollar's worth of it extracted, however, the most efficient methods now available would run the cost between two and three dollars. Japanese use' bees to carry minute messages while they war -n China. pounds of flour per person annually, j The bee, like the homing pigeon, finds then it was 230 pounds. I its way home. DAVIDSON'S "Meet Me at Davidson's"