The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on March 14, 1939 · Page 1
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, March 14, 1939
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LAST E AST EDITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 37, NO. 10-1. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17, 11179. The Dally Courier, rounded November lu. 1D02. I Merged I July IB. 1929. CONNELLSVlU-Ji!, PA., TUJiSDAV KVIiNlNU, MAUCU J.J, TEN PAGES. Aiumni PUn H^\/ I onn Alumni Plan Day-Long And Evenmg Program For Annual Jubilee GREENSBURGERS CHARGED WITH AUTO THEFTS HERE Sports, Scout Jamboree and Pageant Listed as Labor Day Attractions. "OLD GRADS" TO BE HONOR GUESTS Another Suggestion For Rehabilitating Burned Out Family By Urn-co Press GREENSBURG, Mir: 14.--Tuo Greensburg men charged with stealing automobiles m Greensburg, Scottdale and Connellsvillc were 10 receive hearings todny before Alderman Samuel J. Wise on charges of larceny of automobiles, breaking and entering automobiles and tampering with motor vehicles. Arrested oy Greensburg police, row, 29, or Greensburg, R. D. 4 were charged stealing the automobile of Joseph Mcrford, Greensburg, last Thursday. After driving to Scotldale. police said, they abandoned the car and stole another which they drove to Conncilsville. At ConneHsvlJc, police said, the men started the return trip after stealing another car and drove to Scottdale, where they broke into the John Narad, 24, of Hammer plan, i parked automobile of Jesse Neider- near Grecnsburg, and Edward Mor- i hiser and obtained S45 in cash. An ambitious program of activities is being planned by the Connellsville High School Alumni Association for its annual golden jubilee celebration to be held on Labor Day, September 4. The event will mark the 50th anniversary of the graduating Class in 1889 and around it will be built a scries o£ events that may climax anything yet provided by the alumni in the several years the organization has been attracting public attention through its Labor Day programs. At a meeting of the general jubilee committee, ol which F. Ray Mctzger is chairman, attended by several other auxiliary committees, held in the Unity Fraternity clubrooms last night, a thorough discussion of the program was heard. Tentatively, the plan will provide day-long activity of some nature, beginning at 9 o'doclc in the morning and lasting more than 12 continuous hours. The association has enlarged its program since becoming one of the i agencies benefiting through the i Community Fund and Labor Day has become one of the most active holi- das in the community calendar. The usual sports competition for young people of the city will be held at the Stadium during the forenoon, with medals to be given winners in all events. The soap box race in South Pittsburg street will be held lust before noon. Although definite word is yet lack- ng, ft is probable a Fayette county Boy Scout jamboree will be held at the Stadium in the afternoon. No such event has ever been witnessed in this county before and it would attract several thousand persons to Connellsville as well as provide s new type of entertainment for home folks. A pageant is the proposal for the night. It would portray historical events pertaining to Connellsville and Fayette county and bring into the oicturc the educational and religious advancements made through the years. Cooperation of various civic, "raternal and religious organizations in making the spectacle a success will oe sought. With floodlights and loud-speaking system available at the Stadium it is believed such a pageant would be an achievement topping anything ever attempted by the alumni. The alumni committee has given considerable thought to the many difficulties that may beset it through such a comprehensive program but faith in the readiness ol local talent and willingness of other civic groups to assist governed the group in reaching its decision to stage the production. The core of the golden jubilee will be the homecoming "party" of the graduates of the Class of 1889. Invitations will be sent to all surviving members and they will be guests of* the association that day. J. D. Slaughter offered the sugges- i tion today that local building com- i panics might have old lumber they | would be willing to donate toward erection of a home for the Paul Kmetz family. If this be tiue, said Mr. Slaughter, there are a number of carpenters in the community who will be willing to give a day or two or three of their service m putting up a building. "Speaking for myself, I would be very glad to give two or three days free of charge," said Slaughter. Meanwhile cash subscriptions, to be used either for the purchase of a property or to finance a home in some other manner are slowly coming in. They are being received at The Courier office. j The tally now shows: Previously reported . Mrs. James Benford . -- . Mrs. Scott Haggart Anna Trafecanty _ ,,. Mary Trafecanly Roosevelt Renews Fund Demand;Says Aid to Recovery Two Weeks to Live , $14.00 . 2.00 . .50 . 1.00 1.00 Total . _ $U.50 "When fire destroyed the Kmetz home and cremated two of the family's children, it left the survivors enthely destitute. The father, unemployed, is a patient at Connellsville State Hospital suffering with burns received when he endeavored to rescue his children. Just Off the Wire By United Press WASHINGTON, Mar. 14--The Ad- Council Commends Army Engineer For Flood Survey Work City Council went on record Monday night as heartily endorsing the woik being done by Cononel W. E. Covell on the Youghiogheny River watershed and passed a resolution which is to be sent lo G. Albert Stewart, Commonwealth Secretary of the Department of Forests and "Waters calling upon that department to lend full cooperation toward the proposed construction ol flood prevention dams. Mayor Ira D. Younkin sajd he learned in a recent talk with Colonel Covell that the survey was practically completed and that actual construction might possibly get under way by June 1, providing everything went as expected, The solans /eel other organizations in Connellsville could do the city a real service iJ! similar resolutions were adopted and copies sent to Harris burg. The motion, made by Mayor Younkin and seconded by Councilman Paul H. Beighley follows: "Resolved, that the Council of the City of ConnelJsviJle, this day in regular meeting assembled, do hereby declare it to be the sense o£ this body that the survey now being made of the Youghiogheny River watershed and the proposed con- stiuction of flood prevention dams project of primary importance By FREDERICK A. STORM United Press Staff Coirespondent. WASHINGTON, Mar. 14.--President Roosevelt today .coupled a new request for 5150,000,000 iclicf funds with a declaration to Congress thnt business will suffer it WPA is foiced to reduce its rolls. He said that i£ the money is not granted aid would hnvc to be withdrawn from 5,000,000 persons directly and indirectly .n the next three months. He said WPA would have to discharge 1,200,000 persons and that those persons had about 3,800,000 dependents. He asserted that this withdrawal of aid would not "contnbute to the prosperity of the United Stales" and that "merchants and landlords ' would iuffer as well as unemployed persons left without means of subsistence. The President thus keyed his relief appeal dhecUy to the drive underway in other sections of the Adminjstra- tion and Congress to aid business recovery through removal of governmental obstacles to economic expansion. Some members of the economy bloc had contended that curtailing of relief expenditures would aid business confidence. What reception the President's reiteration of relief needs would have jn Congress was uncertain. Members ot the House Appropriations Deficiency sub-committee, headed by Representative Clifton A, Woodrum, D., Va., have been cool to granting fhe 3150,000,000, Some mcmbeis have: suggested that the new proposal be used as basis for a thorough inquiry into the Administration's relief policies. However, Administration leaders believed Congiess would act fairly quickly on the proposal. They said privately they hoped for passage of a deficiency measure by April 1 and reported that at least some members who voted down the 5150,000,000 request previously had agreed to reconsider their stand. AUTO VICTIM KNOCKED BENEATH STREET CAR; SAVED BY QUICK STOP By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Mar. 14.--Arthur Balbnch, 31. of Swiss vale, lay in Braddock General Hospital toddy with a fractured right arm, contusions of the left shoulder and abrasions and brumes on the body. Yet he considered himself a very lucky man. Becoming confused as he crossed a Braddock street, Balbach was struck by an automobile driven by John Ynchovich, of Rankin. Balbach was' thrown between the front and rear wheels o£ a street car. As .spectators screamed in horror, the operator of the street car slammed on the emergency biakcs and brought the car to a halt-. Bal- bnch was dragged from underneath the ponderous "vehicle with compara-- lively slight injuries. ministration broadened its drive for j to this city, and the cooperation of solidarity of the western hemisphere with a declaration today of full support for a measure to employ XJ. S. Army anil Navy resources to build armaments for jLatin-American Jta- tious. the Department of Forests and "Waters of the Commonwealth of, Pennsylvania is hereby respectively solicited." Given Award of $734. WASHINGTON, Pa., Mar. 14.--A "WASHINGTON, Mar. 14. -- The j verdict for $734 was returned in the Ford Motor Company today asserted that the proposed National Labor Relations Board decision finding the company guilty of unfair labor practices at its River Rouffc plant reflects lixctt bias against employers and in favor of unions. case of Norval Boyd, a minor, through his father, Walter Boyd, Rostraver township, Westmoreland c o u n t y , against Louis and Ralph Vigliotti, Carroll township, after he had reportedly been run down by a truck March 1, 1937. HOWITZER AND MEDICAL UNITS UNDERGO ANNUAL INSPECTIONS The Federal inspection of the Howitzer Company and the Medical Detachment, Connellsville's two units of the National Guard, was held last night at the State Armory. The Medical Detachment under the .ommantl of Captain O. F. Leighty *va; reviewed first by" the inspecting ifiicors, Major Eggers and Major May, Soth of the legular army. After the inspection, the unit gave a demonstration of lirst aid procedures it ·night be called upon to render dur- ng war or during internal strife or .-alamity. Tlie inspection of the Howitzer Company began promptly at S j'clock. The unit inarched from the ocker loom iliieetly to the drill floor tions that would be taken by the different units and the positions that could be reached by the guns of the Howitzer Company. After the lecture it was followed by reviewed. This and mortar drill, tlie i wo weapons of thi-s organization, and » lecture on military tactics. Using a Sdudtable laid oil' to rc-pie- ·cnt n Held of battle. Lieutenant rii"in..- Scott ['"luted out the POM- a gun problem was worked out, using sub-caliber .gun attached to the 37-mtn gun. Seveial targets were destroyed, proving the efl'ectivcneis and accuracy of this gun. Captain Konnan Browell, House Gets Bill Limiting Number Of Beer Gardens HARRJSBURG, Alar. 14.--Legislative action to cut drastically the number of taprooms in Pennsylvania was under way today. The action was contained in liquor law amendments presented in the House. Governor Arthur 3-1. James, dry organizations and many potent groups have advocated reduction of the number of licensed beer and liquor dispensing establishments. The amendments were submitted by Representatives Robert R. Boyd, Philadelphia, and Charles Lyslc Seif, Allegheny, both Republicans, during the opening meeting ol the legislative week which adjourned at 1:05 A. M. today, delayed by on inter- party quarrel over privilege ol the floor, to reconvene at 1 P. M. Sei£ told the United Press tnat the liquor law amendments he co-sponsored were drafted fay former Attorney General William A. Schnadcr, Miners Demand Guarantee of 200 Working Days CZECH REPUBLIC BREAKS UP UNDER MILITARY THREAT Unaware doctors give him only two weeks to live, because of an internal malijjnant growth, two- year-old Harold Holt, Jr., of Pittsburgh, Pa., remains cheerful while his distracted father appeals for "somebody, somewhere, to help our boy." Surgeons removed the growth last November but it reappeared, and the scientists say they can do nothing further to help. (Central Press) EGGS USED IN ,GAS WAR; NO PRICE CUT · By United Press NEW YORK, Mar. 14.--The United Mine Woikers Union today demanded a 50 cent per day wage increase, a 30-hour week and a guarantee of 200 working days per year for 320,000 miners employed in the Appalachian bituminous fields. The Mine Workers' demands were made public as contract conferences with the Appalachian producers opened. Spokesmen for the pioducers said that they would answer the UMWA demand with counter proposals tomorrow. The operators are expected to propose a pay cut and an increase in hours to support their demand with an assertion that the bituminous industry which lost an estimated $60,000,000 in 1938 cannot afford to maintain present standards. The present basic Appalachian , agreement, wluch expires March 31, provides for a 35-hour week, with a basic daily wage of $6 in the Worth and $5.60 in the South. It guarantees no specific working days per year but miners last year averaged 180 days. Other mine union demands included a two weeks' annual vacation with pay for all men working in and around the soft coal mines. The miners proposed that the new agreement be for a two-year period, expiring March 31, 1941. The demand for a guarantee of 200 days work per yea*r provided that if the mines do not run this many days, that day rate and monthly rate men shall be paid their regular salary and tonnage men shall be paid at the rate of SO.50 for each day less than the guaranteed 200. The vacation clause provides the same rates of pay. The miners' union also proposed for the first time the establishment of definite seniority rules for miners and adherence to a sonority system in the assignment of "swing shifts" Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 14--Eggs new in a g t "s war in Uniontown early today or last night. The gus pumps of a station in Pittsburg street were peppered as also were signs against the building and doors. Eugene Atkins of Connellsville is the manager. The sides of the building on which are posted the 16 9-10 gasoline signs, the two pumps and a door leading into the building were smeared. It is estimated that at least five dozen eggs, taken from under setting hens or yn incubator, were thrown, probably from an automobile. Mr. Atkins says he had been visited by gasoline dealers with a request tnat he lemovc his signs. He did but later returned them when he hcaid a discount was being offered by some dealers who had posted the 18 cents per gallon price. Two eggs were thrown early Sunday morning against the signs on the Hungary Invades Ukraine By united Press. BUDAPEST, Hungary, Mar. 14..-Hungarian troops battled their way into Czechoslovakia today and" the government sent an ultimatum to Prague demanding within" 24 hours withdrawal o£ Czech troops from from Carpatho-Ukraine. The ultimatum was delivered in a note to the Czech minister, Milos Korb, at 3 P. M. (9 A. M. EST). Hungary demanded an answer within 12 hours and said that the Prague government would be responsible for failure to answer. The Hungarian ultimatum was delivered by Hohann Voernle, vice foreign minister. It contained friendly references to Slovakia which were tantamount to a declaration of solidarity with the new independent regime at Bratislava. The Hungarians were understood to have penetrated more than 15 miles into Carpatho-Ukraine. It was said unofficially that the troops expected to continue as lar as the village of Szalyva, which is mid-way between the Hungarian and Polish frontiers. Pressure From Germany Permits Split Into Three Separate Independent States. FIGHTING MARKS DISMEMBERMENT By United Press. BERLIN, Mar. 14.--The post-war republic ol Czechoslovakia collapsed today under the military threat of Nazi Germany's -"march to the east." With Nazi Fuehrer Adolf Hitler putting on the pressure, the dismembered republic was splitting up into three Independent states on the anni- versaiy o£ Germany's seizure of Austria. First to go was Slovakia, which proclaimed its independence at ratislava early today. Second was the eastern-most tip of he little republic, Carpatho-Ukraine, vhich was reported to have declared ts independence a few hours later. The third part of the republic, Bo- lemia and Moravia, remained to the Czechs but only under Nazi suffrance and President Emil Hacha left Prague for Berlin to ask Hitler what o do. Democracies Take Hands Off Attitude By FREDERICK KUH United Press Staff Correspondent. LONDON, Mar. 14.--Great Britain and France kept hands off today while Adolf Hitler--on the first anniversary oC his seizure of Austria- pushed a policy of "divide and rule' in Central Europe. Although the question of German intervention in Czechoslovakia "Will be aired in debate in the House of Commons this afternoon, official circles made it clear here and in Paris that there would be no interference side ot the building. That warning was unheeded. The more liberal by the big democrades such ds led barrage followed. i lo the Munich confc rence during last Uniontown police were summoned ycar , s Sudeterj i and Philadelphia, io embody statutory changes approved by the State Liquor Control Board and the Pennsylvania Retail Liquor Dealers' Association. The Scif-Boyd bill lias a major objective, the restricting of tapiooms to the ratio of one to each 1,000 inhabitants in wet territory, distributed 1 so that the drinking places will be at least 1 500 feet apart. It is directed in p a i t against cases w i t h two-by- four spaces lor danc ng and floor shows. and told of the circumstances preceding the bomoardmenl. They suggested informations against several suspects. Harry Hampshire "who resides in the rear of the building housing the gasoline stntion, discovered the smear as he stalled to work. With the assistance of the garden hose, the stench and "decorations" were removed and business continued as usual. Mr. Atkins said that if the "egging" was doue lo force a raise in gas price, the perpetrators had their trouble m vain. The price remains the same lie says regai dless of any action or persecution of other dealers. Mr. Atkins, who resides on Isabella road in Connellsville, formerly was an employe o£ a gas.station in that city. He warns that in the future a night man will be on duty and bullets will be traded lor eggs any time. or when employment is staggered. Under one amendment, the S25 a year floor show permit would bs denied all applicants except those having dancing and exhibition tpuce w.lh com- an area of. at least 800 square feet (40 feet long and 20 feet wide, or the equivalent) "on a single floor." C O U N C I L RAISES FOREMAN'S SALARY fin-email ol' manding officer o£ the Howitzer Company, was well pleased with the way in which his command performed during the evening. Visiting officers included Colonel John Aiken, commanding officer of the 110th Infantry; Captain Peth. . i who is assigned to S-3; Captain Kelly and Lieutenant Murphy of the Service Company, Scoltdalf A large number of the i'iiiyrii accepted the invitation to visit with the two National Guard units during th'» ' oilman C. A. Port and seconded by yearly inspection. . Councilman B. M. Swavtzwelder m- There will be no llowitzei dull j creased me b d l a i j fiorn S120 to "S'lOO this- week, none u n t i l Tbui-dav of , monthly, nficc-live f i o m Maich 1. next wck. ' 193U. i Father of Trolley t Car Advertising Dies By United Press. NSW YORK, Mar. 14.--Bnrron G. Collier, who made an industiy out ot stiect car advertising and developed New Yoi k's Coney Islar d and Florida's Tamiami Trail, died late yesterday. He was 66. He had been hospitalized wth an undisclosed ailment since his relurn from Floi ida a week ago and died unexpectedly. The Weather William We isgerb c.ty slteeU, wa.s given a raise in salary by ihe action of Ciiy Council a the meeting held Monday night. A lesoJution introduced hy Coun- Increasing cloudiness and warmer tonight, followed by light rain and vnimer Wednesday. Much colder Wednesday night and Thursday is the npon weather lorecast lor Western Pennsylvania. Masonfown Family Flees When Residence Burns A Mason town family of six fled their home about 9 o'clock last night when a fue, originating from an overheated stove, IhiCcitened their four-room bungalow. Quick work by the Masonlown Volunteer Fire Department pieveuted the destruclion o£ the collage occupied-by the Samuel Savage family. Although tlie flames spiead lapidly, the firemen soon btought them under control, holding the loss to an estimated $200. Mr. and Mrs. Savage and tour children were uninjured. The two democratic powers took the position that the four-power guarantee of the present fiontiers oi Czechoslovakia after the Munich conference has never actually gone into effect. Furthermore, the question o£ Slovakian independence was -officially viewed as an internal affair, despite the obvious inspiration of Nazi Germany. Botli Britain and France, had virtually given .Hitler free, rein in Central Europe and were" too " "busy worrying about what Fascist Ital: plans in the Mediterranean to tie themselves up in a more-remote, conflict. - WPA PROJECTS WILL RESUME TOMORROW WPA. Administrator Lyell L. Buttermore announced at noon tha funds for Fayette county highway projects had been released, after a one-day suspension of activity, anc that work will be resumed tomorrow. Trucks will report at the regula pickup points, Mr. Bitttcrmore said. BERLIN, Mar. 14.--An unconfirmed report from Chust in Carpa- tho-Ukraine said about 40 Ukranians lad been killed and many wounded )y Czech troops attempting to suppress independence celebrations. BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Mar. 14. --Slovakia proclaimed its independence of Czechoslovakia and Josef Tiso was named president and premier of new republic of Slovakia at a German-sponsored meeting of the Slovak parliament today. The news was announced officially, while the Diet still was meeting, by a spokesman for the German party. Professor Albert Tuka, veteran separatist leader, was named foreign minister. As the new republic was proclaimed, Hungarian troops crossed the Czechoslovak frontier and occupied the Carpatlio-Ukrainian town of Oerhegyalja. German troops weie expected to cross the frontier into Czech territory at any time. At Prague, the Czechoslovak cabinet, refusing to countenance demands made by Germany for a "final" solution of the Czechoslovak problem, resigned at a meeting coincident with that of Parliament here. It was indicated strongly that the solution would be another dismemberment of Czechoslovakia, this one into three nominally independent states: Bohemia the Czech'area, with a population of 7,000,000; a Slovak republic of 2,750,000 people, and a Carpatho-Ukrainian republic of 800,000 people. -Actually Bohemia would be at Germany's mercy. Slovakia was expected to be under direct German tutelage. Carpatho-Ukrainia would be a. vassal state of Hungary, if Germany consented, and" might go to Hungary-and Poland jointly to give them a common frontier. But there was considerable doubt that Germany 'would consent. - "-- -_ - -~. Slovakia's independence-was proclaimed ceremoniously during the secret parliamentary session. Tiso, named president and premier, was premier of the Slovak semiautonomous government His dismissal, and the dismissal of two fellow ministers, by tha Czechoslovak government, precipitated the situation which reached its climax today. Four Die in Wreck. NASHVILLE, Tenn"., Mar. 14.-Four men were killed and two women and a man seriously injured when two automobiles collided head- on 14 miles from here on the Nashville-Franklin pike Friday. ITALY TO MAKE SIXTH EFFORT TO LOCATE SUNKEN TREASURE TO TALK DAYLIGHT SAVING TONIGHT A meeting £01 the disc-UbMO'i o£ daylight saving time will be held at 8 o'clock tonight :u Ihe Cnamber of Commerce building at Brownsville with an invitation extended lo every comrmm.ty in the county to have one or more representatives pieser.t. Neil Moore, chairman of the Fayette county committee sponsoring the adoption of "fast time," Vincevt H. Soisson and William F. Brooks will Any others trip w i l l be represent Connellsville. the Temperature llecortl. 1939 M i n i m u m 48 M i n i m u m . 3'! AlcJii -II IMS who care to make welcome. it is the committee's belief that if Brownsville goes along oil the daylight saving plan it will be comparatively simple w make it a countywide observance. Neither Uniontown or Connellsville would n'.tcmpt fast time unless it \v c is generally ii ilon ted. NORFOLK, Va., Mar. 14.--A treasure expedition will sail Itorn Italy this week for a sixth attempt to search the sea near here for the Tcwels ot the Mexican Emperor Maximilian and halt a millon dollars in silver bullion and gold certificates. The stormy, treacherous waters oil Cape Hatteras have defied efforts, of treasure seekers to salvage the lor- M.irio Silvoslri. \vsll on their sal- vase ship from trti Spcaa, Italy, llnrch IS, .)ccordi!i$ m latest information here. Their expedition sought all last summer to recover Hie treasure, and jubt \vlicn success seemed certain, the salvage ship Falso was buffeted about dangerously by high wind and waves, and returned to Italy. tune since tlie liner Merida went lo This time tlie Italians may bring the bottom on the foggy night ol May 11, 1911. Many of her passengers were political reiufiees from Mexico with a price on their heads for paiticipaiing in the 1910-11 revolution against General Torfirio Diaz. It has been rumored for 25 years that in addition lo 22 tons oC silver bullion, the liner's vaults contained the jewels Emperor Maximilian of Mexico gave his empress, Carlotta. The Italian expedition, expected here about April 17, will resume salvage operations where it was forced to abandon them last fall by stormy weather. The" expedition, ed by_ CajJtEun Lyjsi. Faggian and Dr. a larger ship with better equipment, thus reducing the hazard for the diving crew which already has penetrated the Menda's hulk. Five expeditions, including the one last summer, ended in failure. The treasure went to. the bottom when the Merida was rammed by the S. S. Admiral Farragut. Before the Falso sailed home last fall, her divers brought up tangible evidence that they reached the interior of the ship-^coins, dishes and implements used aboard the Medira. But the Falso's search was delayed until parts of the ship could be burned away with underwater blo\\- 10lLh.CS.

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