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LAST E DIT1ON The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. p RICE 2 C VOL,. 37, XO. 103. The Weekly Courier. Founded July n. 1870. TUc Dally Courier, rounded November 10. 1802. I Mcrficd July 18. 1921). C01S:KEJ-,LSVILLE, PA., WKJJNliSDAY JJVKNlNG, 1A.KCH 15, TEN PAGES. FULL CREW LAW HELD I N V A L I D Decision Handed Down in Dauphin C o u n t y After Two-Year Journey of Act Through Courts. RAIL UNIONS FAVORED BILL By United Press. HARR1SBURG, Mat. 15.--Pennsylvania's controversial lull crew law, inoperative during its two-year journey through the courts, was held unconstitutional today by the Dauphin county court. The law, supported by railroad unions--principally the Brotherhood o£ Railroad Trainmen--and opposed by 49 rail carriers, was enacted hy the 1937 Legislature, It provides for extra brakemen on passenger trains oL more than 10 cars and freight trains ot more than 50 cars. In an opinion handed down by Judge John E, Fox, the measure was declared invalid because it contained "arbitrary and unreasonable" sections failing to promote safety of. employes or travelers. In addition, the act violated the 14th Amendment by depriving the plaintiff ot property "without due process of law" by imposing unreasonable, oppressive and purely arbitrary requirements and confiscating property by imposing expenditures "all out of proportion to any possible advantage." Judge Fox ruled. The court said it would allow 30 days for filing of exceptions in view of "magnitude" ol the case. The decree accompanying the opinion will become final after 30 days if no exceptions are filed. Reifily Orders Extra High Bail Bonds For Numbers Defendants AUTO SLIPS BRAKES IN' CITY LOT; JUMPS CURB INTO RAILROAD YARDS UNIONTOVW, Mnr. 15.--Determined to oicak up numbers writing in Fayetto county, District Attorney James A. Rctlly has instructed nil When his automobile didn't 'V.ay i a klc:meti and justices at the peace to put" utter he had parked it on the | sc i high bail bond for nil petrous city lot in North Arch street, Altha I arrested for violation ot tne loltciv Bodkin o£ Dtinbar had to remove ill laws. from the Baltimore Ohio railroad! Under the setup writers mu«,t post tracks yesteiday atternoon. $5,000 bond, pickup men S10.000 and The machine slipped iti brakes just alleged operators of the pool SJ5.000, alter the driver had lett it. Glancing. Notification ot the nifih tail bonds back as he walked Irom the lot. j W as received oy the 'Sqmics" scv- Bodkin saw the auto moving down I oral days ago and became publicly tha sloping surface of the parking known with tne aricst yesterday of lot toward Water street. He got to rjorrunck Martucci of Uniontou-n, the running board but before he] reputedly a " p i c k u p " man for a local could open the door and apply the i (X)0 i. An.iignrd before Alderman brakes it reached the cuibing which separates Water street from the railroad tracks. Bodkin jumped to safe- Robert F. Hopwood, Jr., bail w a s iet at SI 0,000 Martucci was arrested by Sergeant Rule the New Slovak Nation ty and the machine "cleared" the Vincent F. Bunch of the Stale Moto: curb, landing across the second row oX tracks. Two flat tires resulted. It required some time to remove the "stranded" automobile. OPERATORS ASK MINERS TO TAKE CUT Turza Back in County Jail For Foster Murder UNIONTOWN, Mar. 15.--John Turza of Connellsville was returned lo the Fayctte county jail yesterday to lace trial for the murder of Harry .. Foster, Franklin township farmer, slain in Connellsville December 3. Turza was Iretd last week in \ Greensburg, where he was one of three defendants tried for the murder of Kaum Acheff, Scottdalc confectioner, slain in h..s store during a hold-up. Turia is alleged to have been the drivci of the automobile which carried th murderers to Scottdale and aided them in their escape- after the crime. Foster was found dead in North Arch street, xvhere he had been at/- tacked by a robber. A large sum of ·money had been removed from his person. Turza is involved in that killing, together with "King Kong" Hoyston, already convicted of the Acheff murder. By United Prcs«. NEW YORK, 3v1ar. 15.--Appalachian bituminous producers decided today to ask the United M:nc Workers of America to approve a 50 cents n day wage cut for nearly 500.000 soft coal miners. The operators' pay cut proposal was formulated as an answer to union demands at a joint conference here for a 50-cent wage increase, a 30-hour week, a guarantee of 300 working days per year ar.d a two xveeks vacation with pay. The coal contract negotiations continued today after UMWA President John L. Lewis and other Congress of Industrial Organizations officials found a deadlock reached in the "peace talks 1 ' wjth the American Federation of Labor. Negotiators of the AFL were in VTcithrngton today to confer with President Willinm Green, and the peace conference v.'ns off for 10 days. Charles O'Neill, New York, spokesman for the coal operators', said the miners' union demands were unacceptable because they would add $293,152,000 to the consumers' cost of coal based on 1937 production and $227,875,000 based on 3938 output. Police as he sat in liis c;r ot the intersection, of Thorton and Allison road.--. Gll'icers repot t he h;id a larfte number of "number?* 1 tlips nnd r. considerable Mini o£ cash on hit* person at the time-. Quest lonod eoncrrmns the high bail. Dislriu Attorney HciHy .«aid' "Tlir.v wanted the situation cleaned up, didn't they" Wuil. that's one way of doing it U'o have set the biul high and very few \vill be :n n position to furntsh the required bond. They of course will be committed to jail upon their arrest. "Or course iho.=o arre«ted l i a \ r redress fay pplitioninj,' Ihr* court for a roduction of the bond if they or^ire We will have dune our pnrt. 'U'e'ic 1 going to clenn up the county -incl this is one sure way of accomplishing uur purpose " Attorney \Vndc K. Newell, retained by TUartuc'ci. announced tori.ty bo iv preparing ,T petition designed to brirs a court tes.1 of the high txnd dr- I rruinded by the dtiinct allorns-y fot i rmmbc:s cases defencionts. These two ymibnp men are "in the saddle" of the new and independent stale of Slovakia, which declared its Independence from Czechoslovakia. Left, is Dr. Joseph TI G O, pro-Nazi Premier, and right, Dr. Ferdinand Durcansky, Foreign Mimntcr. (Central Press) Czechs, in Tears, Greet Nazi Troops In Prague With Hisses and Catcalls More Cash Donaied To Kmefz Aid Fund; Beds, Clolhes Given Siaie Payday But Not For Employes of PUC HARRISBURG, Mar. J 5.-- Semimonthly paychecks v/ent out today to all State employes except 500 under the Public Utility Commission which is at odds with Governor Arthur H, James over ils March, April and May budget. Just Off the Wire WASHINGTON. Mar. 15.--Senator Burton K. Wicelcr, -»., Mont., declared today affer a conference with President KoosDvelt that he hoped to introduce soon a bill to set up a Tcowanization court and establish a formula to expedite reorganization of railroads in distress. WASHINGTON. Mar. 15.--Chairman Edwvrd T. Taylor, D., Colo., of the House Appropriations Committee today placed his support behind I'rcsident Roosevelt's renuests for $150,000.000 additional relief funds. Taylor, who originally opposed the Additional fund, said he personally ·was convinced of the need for the money now. Brooklyn Lawyer Awaits Verdict In Larceny Case UNIONTOWN, Mar. 15.--A jury this afternoon was considering the fate of Attorney Louis Lovesky of Brooklyn, charged with having stolen the whistle valve and signal cord from a (f work car" cut out ol a Baltimore Sc Ohio express train in Connellsville alter it had caught fire and resulted in the death ol E. D. Owen, an express messenger. The attorney testified he had never intended to commit a crime and took the articles in 'the course of an investigation he was making. Lovesky and a companion, Edward C. Teperman, were arrested by Baltimore Ohio police. The lawyer said he had been retained by the Owen family to inquire into the death of the messenger and on his arrival in Connellsville he inspected the burned car, paying a quarter to a youth who had broken off the whistle valve and given it to him. The defendant testified no guard had been placed around the car and that about 25 or 30 people were gathered there, picking up things. Bishop Post's Legion Birthday Program April 6 Milton L. Bishop Post's celebration of the 20th anniversary of the organ- Jzation of the American Legion ha been postponed from tonight to Thursday, April 6. It is planned to have an outstanding Legion official as the speaker. DR. BELL TO BE SPEAKER AT LEGION ANNIVERSARY PARTY Dr. Harry J. Bell ot Dawson will be the principal speaker at a celebration party being held tonight by Emory Lewis Pratt Post o£ Vnnder- liilt in observance ot the 20th anniversary u£ the organization of the American Legion. Festivities will get under way at 7:30 o'clock at the Lelion Home in Vandei-bilt. Joining in the obsccvancc svill be -she Ladies Auxiliary to the American Legion, the Junior Auxiliary and Sons ol Legion. Two Gold Star motheis will be guests of the Legionnaires. They are Mrs. Kathryn Pr;,lt and Mrs, .Tulia Ambrose, Otliw-s who will make short talks are Mi'.,. W. T. Laird, secretary of the Ladies Auxiliary and sponsor of the Junior Auxiliary, and Mrs. Nellie Orlando, president o£ the Ladies Auxiliary. C. C. Collins, holder oi a distinction .-ervice certificate, will be loaatraas- ict'. A lunch will be icivcd. Woof Growers' Annual Meeting Thursday Nighf The- annual Kaycttc County Shri-p and \Vool G i t m n r s Cooperative A- ±ociitiun will meet tomonow niRht at the Zed Kuim-ii iesl,jui\mi, Main street, UmonUnvrs. beginning ;it 7:15 o'clock. A l.imb dinner v. ill be served. "This meeting is of importance to the breeders because Kayetto county has lost its rank as being one ot the leading sheep counties in the State and the directors hope for 100 per cent attendance so they may benefit from member suggestions and help to reest-ibli^h Fay otto county's position," said President G. Emerson Work. Immediate]}' /olloxvmg the dinner there will be a short business session which includes the election ol directors for the coming year and the report o£ the treai'irer ot the Jast woo] pool. After business W. B. ConnclK livestock extension specialist from Pennsylvania State College, will discuss the production and mnnngemen t problem. \V. L. Henning, professor of animal husbandry at Pcnn State, will discuss sheep industry. Entertainment will be provided by several students from the Union town High School. Present directors oE the association are O. Emerson \Voik of Upper Middletown, Iden Vail ol McClellandtown, Isaiah Cover of Smithfield, John Van Swearingen of Uniontown, R. D., Thomas Woods of Fayctte City, John B. Cook of BelJe Vernon and Fred Diedriehs of Fayette City. "PtCiiic ucct*(it Hie uncii^od L-UIS- Vnbui.on iowrmj n worthy t^^u^e.' nuw j n P i l L - o u i K h , one losing S5 for iHr P.iul Krnrli tfiu-f fund. He a }.+, that ii.s n..rn* be withheld SrouUTiuMrr J. M. South*ird o.' Troop E. Boy Stx»uv.-, reported Uir rion.itifm^ coili tied l*jt S.iturcl.'ty mot nins by jr.unibt r^ ol the troop, u"tlh '-t/me j e t to *-onic IP r*ifU*cn bundles o£ ciutiics, a h i j l rrick, three com pit tc ix.ds wi'.n ijirin;; m.t'.tfc'.^fS, an i'*c* bJ v .. t h j t'c dr* is- vi"-. iv. o hLankf,'!',, a i.ib'^. *')f;ht vh-nr-, :hr-t* rocLrn, ,, r,.ipbo;ad find '\I.Q boxc,s af rr,bLi.'ii..ntuiii liuu. chold iii'icits. Tl^crc v^ero JO t ^ n t u b u l o r In ,'Kklil:oil to PULsbuish, IV.-D Ir.huuon-, tod^y Tht* donors weri- i By KDWARD U*. BKATT1E, JR. j LJjiitod Pre.-b i)t.*iT Corru^pondr'nU TKAGUE. M;»r. 15 ---G c r m a n ' , troop-', occupyIIIK the C?cch pro, X » K ^ .n thu n.-,ni- o! Adulf Hitk'r,! imixj.'.fd .in H r. M cu'. f»"".V on i j :;ij^.if- lo r i.*y fe.irn^ r,n outburst u f ' { popuK.r h.i'n.-ci I I 'Hii- Jroopi c.jrr^'d riot ' ' suns m urtdit on to Ihur o r d ' n u i y France Breaks Hands Off Policy; Asks Nazi Plans ! m"it hiri-- uunx .it .sti jit heio tt ' v could cornm Irom OI)R*- i - _=h con- K..unrryn Lepcra Wide Search On For Bandiis Who Looted Store By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Mar. 15.--A Statewide alarm was broadcast today lor four bandits who Jcidnapped a man and forced him to go along while they held up a Streamline market and escaped with $190 in cash. The four aimed men leaped or. the running boards of the car driven by John "Wcnnogle, foiccd Wennogle into the back seat and then drove lo an East End market. Leaving one member to guard the prisoner, the other three entered the market. One wore an overcoat taken from Wennogle, the other two hid their faces behind yellow and green silk handkerchiefs. Four clerks in the store, Paul Snyder, of Boston, the manager, B. J. Coll, Al Golden, and Russell Cavitt, were forced to stand aside while the trio looted four cash registers ol ?1SO. After the bandns ejected Wennogle from the car not far away, they fieii m Wennogle's nutornobile. School Tax 1'enaUies Abated. Exoneration of peiullies and interest on all school taxes, returned to the county tieasurer's office until April IS, 1939, was authorized by the Redstone Township School Eo.ird *l rind Lodge B.-'lUo Aqui1i D'itah.-i, Ordrr of the Sons of I t a l y The crifu fund rtcrnunt no\v stands: Previously ropoiticl _ S18.SO Anonymous , 5.00 K a t h t r j n l.cprr.1 i o n Lodge Balbo -._.. .. . 5.00 Total S2D.50 Contributions may be vent to The Courier. They will be acknowledged through this paper. House Takes Up Longest Calendar Of Session By MOREY J. POTTKK United Press Stair Correspondent. HAERISBURG, Mar. 15 --Ttie House, hopeful of final adjournment early in May, took up its longest calendar o£ the session today, a list o£ 23 legislative proposals including the Senate-approved Mallery bill to brighten the fiscal picture lor scores of financially distressed school districts. Prior to the noon reconvening for the final meeting of: the 10th legislative week, the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which passes initial judgment on revenue proposals, considered a sheaf'of clarifying and technical amendment to tlie eight Administration-endorsed bills to extend for two years $103,000,000 worth ot emergency relief taxes. The minor changes were proposed by Altorney General Claude T. Heno and the Revenue Department, according to Ways and Means Chairman Edwin Winner, R., Montgomery, who predicted the bills would be kept from the House floor until next week when the chamber will be in session tour days, one more than customary. Winner said none of the proposed amendments would change the tax rates and reiterated his belief that, notwithstanding doubt expressed by Governor Arthur H. James this week over possibility o£ operating the State Government through the next bien- mum without additional levies, the committee would follow the Barnes budget recommendation for "no new taxes" and repeal of none except the ?1 a year gasoline pump impost. The Weather i Light rain changing to snow tonight, piooably ending Thursday morning; much colder tonight and Thiusday i the noon weather foie- «st lor Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Kecord. 1933 1938 Maximum 66 (H ^ M i n i m u m ^2 ! f , ,.,, 34 ;u Tho* h*id n t * u d the city to U hii-vs rind r.,u..ll. »i the p-'oplt.. .inri i ,'i t?H dii. ·'.' up :i tho VVnceJni i .^qi.i.ire in the o nUv of the c.ty the i ."·tirrin;:^ of '.h- CV\ ch n..tionni ! amhun, Ming uy thi'U^im!. 1 ; of p'upk v.;lh itMr- lunnim; iio*.\n their f.ites. i Thfir t - n t i i .,il :m\ir.t t 1 -- tl :ith ol the Uu'C.'iu'.luv.ik r-pubic but i t ; u.i." 'v-w)!) i". 3dc»'. th;«'. tiie Czt_ch poo- pi", v.-lio h,t'J fouKht for dtradts foi l l b v i t y unlil \Vnodrtn\- Wil^f./i ^pon- .··ori-d tfu-ir republic a f t e r the SS'orld ' \V.jr. hvecl on t Tnc riiuation rhrniK'.'d rjpidly. During Die Mcht, u h e n the people 1 heard thut HitU-r was to be- their "protector.' the city had been de- maruh/.od. Toridr it'igned. By the time the adxnnce jjuaul of the Gurovjns arrived, people beg t m to ctjme out into the streetx The C'lerm,ln^ crossed the frontier 20 miks au'uy in a blinding snow .stoim shortly before ^ A. M. (1 A. M. EST). They riiteicd Prague at 10'JO. Motorcycles kadiiiK the way, they entered the jiieat Wenccslas square »n thu center of the city and drew up in formation. The city had been in terror all night About 5,000 people massed so tightly at Ihe bottom of the square that the German motorcyclists leading the adx'.uu'e could hardly pass. As the Geiman conquerors entered the square, hundreds of people burst into tears. They sobbed for a few moments. Then someone started singing the Czech national anthem. Otters look up the strums. In a fev/ minutes thousands o£ people, tears running down their laces, joined in the ringing anthem and sang it again and again. i They stopped singing only to boo and shout eat calls at the Germans. Many gave the clenched fist Communist salute" in defiance. Isolated in the crowd at various points, groups ^r minority Germans, wearing Nazi swastika arm bands, gave the Hitler salute and threw little bouquets of violets ot the troops. Fist fights broke out but Czech police, themselves- red-eyed, stopped theiru " ' ~ Crowds jammed banks and travel buteaus, getting money and trying to arrange passage abroad. None could be obtained. · Jews telephoned foreigners, begging for asylum, or sat or stood hopelessly about waiting to see what the Germans would do to them. The occupation was effected without resistance. Czech tioops had been ordered to offer no opposition, and the only Czech troops to be seen, were un- Continued on Page Six. By United Pr^sa. PARIS. .M.II. 15.--France brake the curriplpt* "h^nds off" policy of the Kurope.m democnici^s today by asking Germany her intentions \vcrr in roc.rd to the C.irpatho- V.'ithout ind.eating any intention of doing mure than asking what to nxpcet, the foroiKP. oflice instructed Rohrrl Cmilrmdr.\ itmbass.idor at CciHn. to inquire coiiLCniing Gcr- m.m pK.ii*. The request will be a f n t m ; i l ck'murchc. Russia Hints At Resistance To Nazi March By United Prfij. MOSCOW. Mur. 15--Soviet Russia's peace-time army strength is more than 2.500,000 men. Defense Commissar Ktementi Voroshilov told the !8Ui Communist party congress in an appaient v/ against Nazi Gennany's 'march to the East." With foreign observers speculating on whether Germany is heading toward the Soviet Ukraine, the Russion defense commissar declared tlint the Ked army's great war plane fleet could carry (j,000 tons of bombs m one mass flight and that it is ready "at any moment" to Tight sn~ invasion. Voroshilov did not refer to Germany nor did he give speeiBc'figures on the man power of the Hcri army but he said its size and strength was doubled since 1U34, at which tims the army was estimated at 1,300,000 men. British Resentful Of Nazi Violation Of Munich Treaty By United Press. LONDON, Mar. 15,--Great Britain interrupted important trade negotiations with Nazi Germany today ss Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain told the House oC Commons that "naturally I should bitterly regret" the fate of Czechoslovakia since the peace of Munich. The resentment of ihc Butish. government over Germany's break up of Czechoslovakia in contradiction o£ the agreement made at Munich was forcefully stated in both J ,he House oT Loids rind the Houoc of Corn- New Czech Coup Wrecks U, 5. Trade Pad Wiih Republic By United Press. WASHINGTON, Mar. 15.--Adolf Hitlei's assumption of. a protectorate over Czechoslovakia appeared today to have wrecked the United States- Czech reciprocal trade agreement. That was the only definite reaction to the occupation of the Czech provinces of Czechoslovakia by German troops. There was no official comment but it was expected that Hitler's move would stimulate congressional action on President Roosevelt's continental defense program. Officials at the Czech ministry, including Minister Vladimir Hurban, refrained from issuing any statements. Unofficial Czech sources predicted that Germany was making a mistake recalling that the Czechs had fought the Austro-Hungarian Empire for nearly 200 years. They said Germany was creating for itself a problem similar to the Irish problem to Great Britain--that the Czechs would not take the German action passively. There seemed to be little doubt that the U. S.-Czech trade agreement was dead. The Government which signed it on March 7, 1938, has disappeared and most ot its territory hns passed, or is in the process of passing, into German or other hands. HITLER TO SHARE IN TRIUMPHS Follows His Army Into Czech Provinces; Nazi Troops Also Enter Slovakia. ULTIMATUM BY HUNGARY By FREDERICK C. OECHSNER United Press- Staff Correspondent. BERLIN, Mar. 15.--Fuehrer Adolf Hitler sent his armies into Czech territory today to enforce a newly declared protectorate and appointed a military governor and two civil administrators for Bohemia and Moravia. While Hitler crossed the frontier Into Czechia and speeded to Prague lor a triumphal entry in the wake of occupation by Nazi soldiers, the following appointments were announced to sea] the late of Czech territory under German rule: · Konrad Henlein, the fuehrer of Sudetenland, as civil administrator of Bohemia, the largest Czech area Henlein was the chief Nazi leader in the long campaign leading up to the Munich settlement. Josef Buerckel, commissioner of Austria, as civil administrator o£ Mo ravin. General Von Gablenz as German military governor of Prague. At the same time, it was disclosed that Hungary and Poland had offi- ciuliy recognized the new independent state of Slovakia, which under Nazi pressure started tne break-up of the Czechoslovak republic. Hitler was credited in Nazi circles with a display of courage by going immediately to Prague, which demonstrated great hostility to German troops, for a triumphal entry. Hitler's triumph tinged with potential tragedy. His soldiers were booed and hissed as they entered Prague, the Czech capital. Hitler also sent German troops into the new and "independent" state of Slovakia, amputated from Czechoslovakia, on tiie ground that Premier Josef Tiso had appealed for his aid against Polish troops who, it was said, had entered the country, Tiso ordered general mobilization of the Hlinka Guards on receipt of reports that Hungarian troops, as well as Poles, were entering Slovak territory. Hungary issued an ultimatum to the state of Carpatho-Ukrainia, third unit of the dismembered Czech- Slovak republic demanding that its government surrender power by 8 P. M. 2 P. M. EST.) Serious clashes are reported between Hungarian troops and members of the Carpatho-Ukranian separatists Sitch Guards. Two Slovaks were reported lulled, two wounded and six captured in the first clash between Slovaks and Continued on Page Six, Many Casualties As Hungarians Are Resisted By United Press. BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Mar. 15. --Messages from Chust, capital of Carpatho-Ukraine. reported today that 50 Ruthenian guards opposing Hungarian occupation had been killed or wounded in heavy fighting before' noon. The guards, demanding independence and opposing the Hungarians t were said to number 12,000* Three Powers Seek Dominance In New States HospHal Patients. Lawrence Sabatina, 113 South Fourth sti '; Mrs, Joan Moore, 518 East Crawford avenue; Eae Atkins of Isabella Road, and Ellen Harbaugh of "Dickerson R u r have been admitted to Conticlibvillo State Hospital lor By United Press. BRATISLAVA, Slovak State, Mar. 15.--The powers of Central Europe sent armies into Slovakia and Car- patho-Ukrainia today in a dramatic race for dominance ol the new states formed from the Czechoslovak republic. German and Hungarian troops invaded Slovakia. ! Hungary, already in Carpatho- Ukrainia, ordered the new independent government to surrender its power by 8 P. M. (2 P. M. EST.) Poland was reported- without confirmation to have started troops into Slovakia. Hungarians and Slovaks dashed in Slovak territory and two Slovaks were killed, two wounded and six captured by Hungarian irregulars. It was reported that Carpatho- Ukrainian Sitch Guardsmen had thrown back Hungarian troops with - Continued on Page Six. Passes State Board. Miss Irene Baker o£ Scottdale, graduate nurse of the Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh, passed the Stale bord cxfimiiKiUon and is now a registered,

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