The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on March 1, 1938 · Page 1
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LAST E DITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region PRICE 2 Ifi vr* oo f1 ^ 10 Weekly Courier. Founded July 17, 187lt. I Merced. ririN'-vn.tT ^ c\nr r T.t r \ rniTirw-*ri i -\r riin-,\Trv-rt -.r · ti^rr · -i i«o Jb, ISO. 91). ui,o Daily Courier, founded November 10. 1002. I July 18. 1010 CONNliLLSVILiLE, PA,, TUESDAY EVENING, MARCH 1, 11)38. TEN PAGES. NAVAL BILL E X P E C T E D OUT TODAY 3uick Approval Anticipated by Chairman Carl Vinson. 3IVES BILLION FOR EXPANSION U. S.-ANGLO-FRENCH NAVY EXPERTS DISCUSS FUTURE By Unites I'rcsi. WASHINGTON, Mar. 1.---The House Naval Affairs Committee today earmarked $3,000,000 of a. $15,000,000 experimental fund in President Kooscvelt's billion- dollar naval expansion bill for construction of a rigid dirigible about the size of the decommissioned Los Angeles. Chairman Carl Vinson. D., Ga., announced after an executive session, that the committee had voted to close public hearings ou the bigger navy measure. WASHINGTON, Mar. I. -- After more than a month of public hearings, the House Naval Affairs Committee meets privately today to report out President Roosevelt's billion dollar naval expansion bill. Chairman Carl Vincon, D., Ga., anticipated quick approval despite the demand of Representative Ralph E. Church, R., 111., that the Navy produce two secret reports for committee scrutiny. One report Church wanted is on n fleet maneuver off San Francisco last year. Church claims that battleships were theoretically "wiped out" by air · bombers. The other . is on naval Captain Royal C. Ingcrsoll's conversations in January in London with British naval officials. Assistant Secretary of the Navy Charles Edison flatly refused to produce secret reports when questioned Saturday by Church. He said that in his opinion the reports should remain SOrrCt. Church said he would insist that the hearings be kept open for more witnesses to be heard un the relative merits of battleships and airplanes. He said he wanted to hear testimony from engineers of the Boeing r.nd Douglas aircraft companies to corroborate that given yesterday by Glenn L. Martin, Baltimore plane manufactuier. The committee, however, appeared to have a majority against further hearings. The authorization bill, introduced by Vinson; would give the United States one of the largest navies in history, but not quite as large ns the one contemplated by Great Britain. It calls for 46 or 47 additional fighting ships---depending on the tonnage allowed each vessel--22 auxiliaries, and 950 airplanes to bring the navy's air strength to 3,000' planes. Businesswomen Sponsor Dinner For Civic Heads Plans arc well underway for "our town's business" banquet to be held Tuesday evening March 8, at 6 o'clock at the diningroom of Trinity Lutheran Church by the Business and Professional Women's Club. In charge of the public relations committee, of which Mrs. Dorothy E. Griffin is chairman, the banquet is open to the public. Among the honor guests will be Miss Margaret Ritenour, of Uniontown, president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Business and Professional Women's Club, and Miss Marion Lionell of Uniontown, State corresponding secretary. Along the line of the program adopted by the National Federation, the banquet is expected to bring together heads of business concerns, civic and social activities, who will participate in a panel discussion which will be a feature after the banquet. Short talks will be given concerning the outlook for Connellsville in these fields. Representatives from District 3 of the B. P. W. arc also expected to attend. Reservations for the banquet are to be made by Friday night with Mrs. A. E. VanNatta, telephone 143-1-J. By RICHARD D. McMILLAN United Press Staff Correspondent. LONDON, Mar. 1. -- American, British and French naval experts started discussion today of the advisability of building super-battleships and super-cruisers as a defense measure because Japan refuses to Born With Broken Leg, two-Year-Old Has Fifth Fracture disclose her navy building program. The discussions, at th« 'orclgn office, were informal. But on their ic- sult depended, to a considerable extent, a departure into a new phase of naval construction, the expenditure of enormous sums of money and possibly the start of a ncsv building race. UNIONTOWN, Mnr. 1--His leg broken at birth, Samuel Lee Moore, two years and seven months old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Moore of New Salem, has just suffered his fifth fracture. Two weeks before Christmas he was discharged from the Uniontown Hospital. He's back again. As he was toddling along in his home his left leg snapped. Samuel, who has been walking with difficulty for many months, suffered a green fracture of his left leg at the age of nine months. The third break on May 7 last and the fourth in October. His right leg has been broken twice and his left leg three times. Snmucl weighs about 25 pounds and with the exception of brittle bones appears entirely normal. Father Attempts To Deal Direct' With Kidnapers NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y., Mar. 1.-Murray Lcvinc, prosperous attorney, attempted to negotiate today with the kidnapers of his 12-year-old son, Peter, who disappeared last Thursday and was being held for ransom, reportedly $60,000. The kidnaping was announced officially by Philip S. Tildcn, director of public safety of New Rochelle, last night on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the kidnaping of Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr., on March 1, 1932. Peter, a blue-eyed junior high school student, was last seen leaving school, half a mile from his father's handsome wood and stucco home in t: is suburb of New York City, at 3:15 (EST) Thursday. After a scries of denials that he was ever missing, police admitted that he had been kid- naped and that G-men, had been notified. Lcvlne, described by friends ns well-to-do but not wealthy, opened an avenue of safely to the kidnapers, assuring them that Federal and local authorities had promised to permit him to ncgotitate without interference. The following appeal on his behalf was broadcast by radio over the Greater New York metropolitan 1 area: "My son, Peter, 12 years old, has been missing since Thursday afternoon. I have made every effort to keep this from the public because of my desire to do everything I possibly can fo meet the demands of those who may be holding my boy. "The authorities, local and Federal, have promised me that I am to be permitted to negotiate nnd accomplish the return of my son without any interference on their port. Those who may be holding my boy can safely deal with me. "I especially ask the newspapers Continued on Page Six, PERSHING HAS GOOD NIGHT; MAY SURVIVE TUCSON, Ariz., Mar. 1.--General John J. Pershing's uphill fight against an ailing heart and kidney disease which threatened death 48 hours ago, continued today and his physicians guardedly predicted his recovery. The 77-year-old commander of the American Expeditionary Forces spent a "very good night and slept for six and a half hours," Dr. Roland Davison, his physician, reported at 9:30 EST today. "He seems much better this morning," and is conscious, Dr. Davison's bulletin said. "While all danger is not yet passed and if the improvement of the last 24 hours continues and there is no relapse, recovery is quite probable." When Dr. Dnvison, appearing more cheerful than at any time since Pcrshing was taken to the desert sanitorium in an ambulance a week ago, finished reading his bulletin, he said: "In other words, that is a doctor's way of saying he is well satisfied with his patient." Hospital Patients. George Collins of Haas avenue and Clark Draper of Bobtown have been ·dniittcd to the Hospital for treat- May Pay Delinquent County Taxes at Face For One More Month UNIONTOWN, Mar. 1.--Deadline for payment of all delinquent county taxes was extended to Monday, April 4, it was announced by the county commissioners in notices to attaches in the office of County Treasurer H. D. Mincrd where payments are made. The original time limit expired today. However, commissioners believe it will spur payment of delinquent county taxes to remove all penalties for another month and give citizens un opportunity to escape the added penalty. The commissioners said April 4 will absolutely be the deadline. Treasurer sale of delinquent tax property for 1930, J931, 1932 and 1933 is scheduled for April 4. Just Off the Wire JDy united Tress. BATHE, Me., Mar. 1.--A mysterl- ·us explosion demolished a blocking garage in the center of this ·hip-building city today, killing two iron workers and injuring five other persons. Fire followed the explosion and raKed for three hours. WASHINGTON, Mar. 1.--Chairman Mary T. Norton, Democrat, N. J., of the I^abor Committee today appointed a seven-member subcommittee to write a compromise wage-hour bill in the next two \veeks. Sub-committee Chairman Robert Ramspeck. Democrat. Ga.. announced the croup would hold its lint kCision tomorrow. Fred Sneil to Speak Before Kiwanis Club Fred Snell, assistant county supervisor of the WPA adult recreation program, will address the Kiwanis Club at its Wednesday meeting on "Adult Recreation." Mr| Snell has been exceptionally active in advancing the recreation i program here and his talk will give i members of the club much information on that branch of WPA work. WPA Orders Increase In Personnel; May Add 500,000 Workers WASHINGTON, Mar. I,--The Work;, Progress Administration announced today that it had authorized stales to begin an immediate increase- of relief rolls to add 500,000 persons. Assistant Works Pi-egrets Administrator Aubrey Williams said, after a White House conference, that he expected relief rolls to reach 2,500,000 this month. A PROUD FATHER AT 83 Smilhlon Man Given Six Months Workhouse Term on Larceny Count By United Prcis. GIJEENSBURC, Mar. 1.--Harry Sprowls of Smlthton today was sentenced to from six to 12 years in the Allegheny county workhouse when he pleaded guilty before Judge Richard D. Laird to seven charges of larceny. Evidence against Sprowls was obtained by A. B. Turner, Westmoreland county detective. Many Republicans Meet Judge James Many Connellsvillc Republicans were among the hundreds who greeted Judge Arthur H. James, candidate for the gubernatorial nomination on the Republican ticket, nt the William Pcnn Hotel in Pittsburgh yesterday. Included in the local contingent were Berton M. Swartzwclder, Clarence A. Port, A. I. Daniels ,Mrs. L. Galiardi, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Graft, Mrs. John Miller, Miss Margaret Richey, James M. Richcy, Dr. James V. O'Donovan, William Duncan, Frank Byrne, Miss Mary Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Beard, Frank Wilson, Edward L. Duggan, James Horvat and Fred S. Oppcrmnn. March Comes In, But Not Like Lamb March came in like--anything but a lamb. The cold wave of the week-end lingered into the new month with a low thermometer reading of 17 above zero. While the mercury had climbed to freezing mark of 32, there was plenty of snap in the elements despite a brilliant cun. 'Tis said when March comes in. like a lion it'll go out like a lamb. Seeks to Collect S232. GREENSBURG, Mar. 1.--Williamson Heating Company of Cincinnati entered suit here against John W. Forejt of Mount Pleasant to secure payment of $1:32.27, amount of a note S; signed by the defendant December 28, 1936. TAX REVISION BILL UP NEXT WEEK IN HOUSE By United Press. WASHINGTON, Mnr. 1.--Chairman Robert H. Doughton, D., N. C., of the House Ways and Means Committee, today introduced in the House the Administration's tax revision bill. Doughton said he planned to begin consideration of the bill Thursday but Democratic Leader Sam Raj burn interjected that it was not expected that the bill would bo patted next week. William Jlatheu* and latest i.rrival . ·An unusually proud father. For William Mathc-us, a farmer o£ Gradyville, Pa., is 83. The baby Is the third born to Malheus' wif« aince the farmer turned 80. It is his 17th child. Martha Harris, Father Indicted By Grand Jury UNIONTOWN, Mar. I.--The March grand jury indicted Martha Harris and her father, David, of Perry township in connection with charges of cruelty to an infant child, referred to as "the sin child," the second born illegitimately to the young woman. Charges were pressed by officers of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society upon probing rumors that the six-year-old infant who today celebrated her sixth birthday at the Fayottc County Home was being cruelly and barbarously treated. The grand jury, also indicted Julia Grahck of Fairbimk on a charge of stabbing fatally her husband. Albert Brocco and Mjirtln Brocco of Perry township were indicted for larceny and receiving stolun goods. John Langgle and George Pustay of Lcisenring No. 3, charged with beating nnd robbing E. B. Schmitz at the lattcr's service station in Con- ncllsvillc must stand trial on charges of assault and battery and robbery as the jury returned true bills. ANNUAL CITY REPORT APPEARS ON PAGE TEN Capstan Gets Furnace Ready For Operation A slight seasonal improvement anticipated, No. 5 furnace nt the plant of the Capstan Glass Company is being made ready for operation on March 10. Company officials said there had been a little advancement in business and believed it would justify the preparations they are making for giving employment of between CO and 75 additional persons. Use of No. 5 furnace, a small one, calls four machines into operation. GERMANS BEYOND FRONTIERS WILL GET PLANE AID By United Press. BERLIN, Mar. 1.--The German air force will help fulfill Adolf Hitler's promise of support to 10 million Germans outside the frontiers of the reich, Hermann Goering, field marshal and air minister, said today. He described the air force as an instrument "terrible for our enemies." "We have nil helped to lay the foundations of power so that Germany is no longer defenseless and will no longer have to put up with violation of natural rights," Goering said nt a celebration of the new air force's third anniversary. Republic Votes Dividend. CLEVELAND, Mar. 1.--Republic Steel Corporation directors voted the Regular dividend of $1.50 a share on the six per cent cumulative convertible prior preference stock, Series A, but took no action on the six per cent cumulative convertible preferred slock. The prior preference dividend 1s payable April 1 to record March 14. Tke Weotker The annual financial statement of the City of Conncllsville for 1937 as prepared under the direction of Councilman P. H. Beighley, superintendent of the Department of Accounts and Finance, will be found in full on Page Ten. The accounts have been carefully audited by City Controller F. W. Ncuroth and found to be "true and correct." Final Approval Of South Penn Route Awaited By United Prcs». HARRISBURG, Mar. 1.--Final approval of a Federal grant for construction of '.he South Pcnn highway between Pittsburgh and Harrrsburg was expected shortly by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission today after notification the Works Progress Administration had accepted the project. Governor George H. Earle announced yesterday that the WPA had approved the highway as a relief labor project and that the commission was waiting for a reply from Reconstruction Finance Chairman Jesse Jones to its request for a ?5,000,000 working capital loan, Earlc said the commission had requests from several syndicates for information on the $50,000.000 revenue bond issue the commission i: authorized to soil. He added that one firm had offered to take the entire amount. Edward N. Jones, member of the commission, explained that although the WPA had approved the project formal approval must be given by President Roosevelt. The State has requested a $20,000,000 grant from the WPA. Earle estimated that the project will give employment to between 15,000 and 25,000 men, many of whom will be drawn from the relief rolls. "This highway can and will be constructed by Pennsylvania's unemployed," he said. "It will be the most gignntic and worthwhile of all the thousands of WPA projects in this country." x « The Turnpike Commission was authorized to construct the proposed four-lane express highway by the 1937 Legislature. It wilt utilize seven of the nine tunnels partially bored for the abandoned Soutli Penn Railroad. By United Press. CHICAGO, Mar. 1.--John Henry Scadlund, confessed kidnap-slayer of Charles S. Ross, retired greeting card manufacturer, urged his lawyers today to cease efforts to delay his trial because, he said, he prefers a quick death in the electric chair. He pleaded guHty to the kidnaping jcfore Federal Judge John P. Barnes yesterday. A. jury trial was set for Vlarch 14, after U. S. District Attorney Michael L. Igoc said he would demand the death penalty. Highways Secretary Removed to Hospital, Condition Critical By United Press. HARRISBURG, Mar. I.--Highways Secretary Warren Van Dyke admitted to. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, for treatment, is in a critica: condition friends here were informcc today. Recuperating from pneumonia, he was removed from the Medical Center, Venice, Fla., to Baltimore by train. BARUCH CLARIFIES STAND ON POLICY TOWARD NEW DEAL Fair and warmer tonight, Wednesday increasing cloudiness nnd wnrm- er, rain Wednesday nitjht is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1D3S 1937 Maximum 32 38 Miimum 17 Hi Mean .. 25 L'7 WASHINGTON 7 , Mar. 1.--Bernard M. Barucli, close udvisor of Proiden Roosevelt today declared he opposes modification oC some Administration measures. Baruch explained his position af Chairman James F. Byrnes, Democrat, S. C., of the Senate committee investigating unemployment and re- HcC, said press teports indicated that i Barucii blamed Xcv/ De;*l policies" , foi the business iccc.-sion. Ross Slayer Seeks Quick Death; Doesn't Want Trial Delayed Kisses Mother, Joins Lover For Dash to Death By United Press. WACO, Tex., Mar. 1.--Ethel Davis hissed her mother on the chock, stopped to confide in" her sister-in- law, then walked out the back door to meet her lover, knowing that he was waiting to kill her. She stepped into his automobile without'a word. He sat at the.steer- ing wheel, morosely fixed. They rode northward on the Dallas highway furiously for a few minutes. Then they turned and started back toward town. He had picked the place for their deaths. ' He jammed the car's accelerator to the floor. Another motorist said they passed him going 90 miles an hour. It was evident that their car had struck deliberately and headlong into the cement abutment of a railroad underpass. Twenty minutes after Miss Davis left her home, her body and that of Richard Cory, 23, were taken from the wreckage. They died instantly. She was 20, and had been keeping company with Cory for two years, until there was a quarrel and she went away tj visit her sister. Miss Allen Steward, at Temple, Tex. Yesterday Miss Davis returned to her mother's home. She know that Cory was enraged by her absence, the climax to their quarrel. But she told her mother nothing when she kissed her qcodbyc. Cory had' come to the back door and sounded the horn of his automobile. On her w.iy out, the gsrl rapped on the door of her sister-in-law's room. "Dick is ouLside in the car," she told Mrs. W. H. Davis, her brother's wife. "He says hu is going to take me out on the highway and kill me. I just told mother goodbye." Before her sister-in-law could remonstrate, she was gone. Justice of 1hc' Peace Claude Segrest examined the crushed heap of wreckage under the railroad tracks last night and withheld a verdict, but said the evidence indicated murder and suicide. Five Injured When Police Battle 200 Illinois Strikers By United Press. STERLING, in., Mar. 1--Five men were injured, one seriously, early today when police and deputy sheriffs, using tear gas bombs, battled for 30 minutes with approximately 200 striking employes of the Northwestern Bnrbed Wire and Rod- mill Company. The strikers hurled rocks and clubs. They were dispersed with half n dozen tear gas bombs fired by deputies. John Kamensky Named Clerk at County Home Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 1.--Appointment of John Kamensky, Uniontown, to the position of check or file clerk at county home at a salary of $100 a month was announced this mom- ing by county commissioners. Kamensky wus named in a molion presented by John W. Rankin, seconded by Arthur Higinbotham. He was elecled by the unanimous vote of all three, including Commissioner .Michael Karolcik. The new county home clerk was for many years an interpreter in Fayctte county courts. His new duties include checking of all supplies and filing of requisitions for every article, in compliance with a new ruling ol the county institution board in an effort to itemize disposition of *alj supplies. Bride ol 15 Returns To School, Gets Alimony By United Press. PHILADELPHIA, Mar. 1.--Fifteen-year-old Mrs. Dorothy Mork- Icyblum continued her high school studies today after bcmj; granted a $5 weekly support order from her husband in domestic relations court. "It's school for me from now on," the high school sophomore said. She testified she ' left her husband, Chariot, 32-year-old structural iron workct, because he "nagged" her. They weic m . i i i i f d nt Elkton, Md , six months ago. L A S H U S E D ON MAN WHO B E A T W I F E Woman S a y s s PunisH- ment Under Ancient Law Too Light. SHE WILL ASK' FOR DIVORCE By United Frew. BALTIMORE, Mar. 1.--Sheriff Joseph C. Deegan tied Clyde Miller, convicted wife-beater, to a black whipping post in Baltimore city jail^ today and lashed his back into a mass of. red welts. Miller, a thin, tense figure when he was bound to the post, sagged with every thudding blow of the cat o* nine tails-and great sobbing moans burst from his lips during the last dozen of 20 blows ordered by Judge JV A. Sayler. · Mrs. Miller, who had sworn that she would witness the flogging; and like it, was refused admittance, to the jail. . ·_. The flogging, of the Baltimore printer..was the first time.that .the old whipping, post--?part _ot. which dates, back to colonial . days-*-had been, used in seven years. ... ... .Miller was convicted, of . beating his wife after he himself had been mauled in a tavern rumpus Thursday night. Three husky blue-dad guards led him into the great central corridor of the old jail which-lies in- the Baltimore warehouse district. 'The punishment is all right but it should have been more," Mrs. Miller said. "Instead of 20 lashes and six months in jail, the judge should have given him 100 lashes and life in jail." Miller beat her last Thursday night. He blackened both her eyes. His fists lacerated her face and surgeons had to take six stitches. Her jaws were swollen and her eyes were swollen shut. They were opened a little this morning, and Mrs. Miller could distinguish light and objcjcts if they were close enough to her. She will seek n divorce. The main corridor of the city jail was prepared for the lashing. Jailers took the whipping post from the cellar storage room and erected it. It is an upright of square, heavy timber about seven feet high which rests on wooden platform. It was bolted to the floor and to the bars of a cell tier. About two feet from the top is a cross arm. To this Miller's outstretched arms were lashed with leather thongs. Sheriff Deegan, a powerful man who is more than six feet tall, made no secret of the fact that it was a distasteful duty. At his last whipping in 1931, he applied 10 .lashes without undue seventy. The prisoner left the jail less than an hour later smiling. "The law is the law and I must do my duty," the sheriff said. "But it doesn't seem right to beat a man who is bound and cannot defend himself." Miller was the first subject of the Baltimore whipping post in seven years. His ordeal was witnessed by those prisoners whose-cells look into the jail corridor, plus citizens who got the permission of the sheriff. Mrs. Miller said there had been nearly continuous strife between her and her husband since they -were married several years "ago. Thursday Miller, failing to find his wife at home, located her, he testified, in a saloon' drinking and playing cards with several men. A fight with one of the men followed, and Miller got considerably the worst of it. He forced her to return home and there beat her severely. So shocked were officials by the appearance of Mrs. Miller.that the following day they arraigned, indicted, convicted Continued on Pago Six. Crook Says Racket So Good He Didn't Have To Work; Pawned His Lest By United Press. , NEW YORK, Mar. 1.--A naive crook, who told police "my racket was so good I didn't have to work," confessed today to having stolen at least $50,000 worth of property in famous hotels during the past year. He described himself as Donald J. McFadyen, 41, "a salesman when I'm working." Among the hotels In which he found victims were the St. Moritz, Barbizon-Plaza, Park Central, Essex Hottse, Victoria, McAlpin and New Yorker. He said he pawned most of his loot, including furs, fur coats and jewelry in Philadelphia.. Nazi Mobilization Causes Alarm in Graz VIENNA, Mar. 1.--A state of alnrm was declared in Graz late today as Nazis mobilized ,-irmed formations awaiting the arrival of Minister of Interior Arthur Von Seyss- Inquarl and a show-down on Ihe Nazi test of strength. Named Bankruptcy Conciliator. PITTSBURGH, Mar. 1.--Fred Brothers of Uniontown, today was appointed bankruptcy conciliator commissioner for Fayettc county by "Federal Judge R. M.'Gibson.

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