The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on March 16, 1939 · Page 1
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, March 16, 1939
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I*. LAST E DITiON PRICE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL °7 \ T O ! Of Tlle W c c kty Courier, founded July 17. 3S17D. I Morncd wjj. o i , .\u. J.UU. 1 , Jlc Dally Couricri founded November 10, 131C. i July 18. 102 . PA., TUUKSIJAY jbvJiNLXU, ,MAUCH id, J.1KJD. TWELVE PAGES. GRA SCOTTDALE YOUTH, SHOT BY ROBBERS, FIGHTS FOR LIFE SNOW STALLS TRAINS; EIGHT ARE RESCUED Bernard Davis in Critical Condition at State Hospital Here. THREE BANDITS ROB GAS STATION Bernard Davis, 21, attendant at the Mobilgas station of his brother, Von, in South Broadway, Scottdale, was battling for life in Connellsville State Hospital after having been wantonly shot in the abdomen by one of three bandits who held up the station about 11 o'clock Wednesday night. At the Hospital it was said his condition was "very critical." He had been given two blood transfusions, following an emergency operation. Another was arranged for this afternoon if he survived that long. The young man suffered excessive loss of blood, which accumulated in the abdominal cavity, and from shock. Because of this no effort was made to find the bullet, which is believed to be lying near the spinal column. The bullet struck in the left side and took an upward course, nearly severing the upper part of the small intestine in two places and penetrating the stomach. It tore a huge hole in the abdominal wall and in the intestinal tract, indicating it was probably of .38 calibre. Davis was alone in the station. He hud closed the place and was listening to a radio program when there was a knock at the door. One of three men inquired they way to Greensburg and then, pretending that he could not hear, asked Davis to open the door. As the attendant did so the bandit pushed his way in, in- fcrmed the young man it was a holdup and demanded the money about the place. Davis explained his brother had taken what was in the cash drawer. He gave up all he had on his person, $1.55. As he walked out the bandit deliberately pulled a gun and fired and then dashed to an automobile with the other two--the trio described as two of short stature, the other tall. Davis managed to crawl out into the street where he attracted the attention of two men who had walked across the bridge from Everson. They summoned aid and he was taken to the office of a physician who at once arranged for his removal to the Hospital here. He was in a comatose state on his arrival there. Justice of the Peace Ralph L, Tyler of Scottdale called the State Police barracks at Greensburg while Chief of Police Frank Ganoe began a fruitless search for the bandits. Except that they were in a late model car, the wounded man could give the authorities little information. The bandit car headed toward Connellsville.' The State Police in Uniontown were notified and a detail from the barracks there was put on the case. Davis is a son of Mrs. William Davis of Scottdale, who accompanied the wounded man and his brother, Von, to the Hospital. PEANUT SUCCESSFULLY REMOVED FROM LUNG OF TWO-YEAR-OLD CHILD PITTSBURGH, Mar. 16.--Two- year-old Dorothy Jane Trainor, of Uniontown, knows today that a peanut can cause a lot of trouble. When a peanut lodged in her lung, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Trainor, rushed her yesterday to Another Held Up by Drifts Freed W h e n Plows Arrive on Scene. WINTER'S WORST BLIZZARD RAGES Mercy Hospital here. At the hospital a doctor removed the peanut with a special forceps. Hoover Urges Nation to Focus Attention on Youth By United Press. MAHQUETTE, Mich.. M:ir. 16.-Passengers aboii rd a Ch i cago Northwestern train marooned in a sno\v d r i f t were removed safelv today a]id a second t r a m , stall jtl lor broncoscope and hours in the Upper Peninsula's i\ or-n blizzard of the winter, was nblc to proceed. A snow plow sent from Negaunee to aid the C. N. W. train Called near Sands took the eight p'i*si.'ir{pis aboard to Ishpeming, where they awaited another ir;un to continue their journey. The AshUind Express, blocked by drifts enroutc from Milwaukee, was freed by plows. nainder of the Upper Pen- Trailer Romeo Called Bigamist Samonas Case Postponed; Witness Sick Special to Tlio Courier. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 16.--The case of the Commonwealth against Steve Samonas, reputed head of the powerful Steubenville "numbers" combine, his co-partners, Tony DeCarlo and Duke Davis, was postponed to the June term by Judge W. Russell Canon n motion made by the prosecution because one of its star witnesses, Mrs. George Betters of Connellsville, is ill and would not be able to appear in court. The case was called shortly after the noon recess in Courtroom No. 3 but before challenges could be made in selection of a jury, Assistant District Attorney Arthur A. Brown presented to the court a letter from Dr. J. French Kerr, Connellsville ph'ysician. to the effect Mrs. Geoige Betters, wife j ot the Commonwealth chief ivitness I and herself under summons to testify, ' was too ill to appear in court. j Armed with the letter. Attorneys LOS ANGELES, Mar. 1C.--Former President Herbert Hoover last night urged America to take a lesson from the Fascists and concentrate attention upon its youth. "Just as Fascists build their boys to support a Spartan state, we want to build our boys to support a representative state," ho told 1,500 persons at a Boys Club of America dinner. . Mr. Hoover urged greater recreational and training facilities for the "pavement boys'* of the cities and, describing his observations during a tour abroad, declared: "The Fascist countries have devoted themselves to this organization (boys' clubs) as never before in history. The Fascist program embraces much that we try to attain in our boys' club; and Boy Scouts and our multitude of institutions devoted to youth. This is, they systematically examine them physically, undertake to build up their bodies, to give sports and recreation, to find their occupational bents, and to give them encouragement and faith in the future. "But it is practically compulsory. And with it all, they incessantly pound Nazi and Fascist mode of thought into these children. They build for regimentation, for submission, and for mental and moral subjection to their masters. They build the egotism of race superiority. They deny the right of criticism and free expression. Their concept is evciy individual simply a molecule in a mass-directed state. It all has a military complexion of the deepest dye. "That is not what America wants. We want to build the sense of voluntary action, to build up personality, lo create a sense of personal responsibility. We want to build for moral discipline, not regimentation. We want to build for the dignity and character of tile individual. We want education in truth, not propaganda. These are the foundations of free men. And just as Fascists build their boys to support a Spartan state, we want to build our boys to support a representative state." He urged that private citizens rather than the Government carry on the boys club work. The rem insula meanwhile from the storm was digging o u t ) which in some i instances shattered all-time records. | Occasional snow was forecast for tonight but oflicials believed that automobile traffic, virtually paralyzed over the entire Peninsula since Tuesday night, would be able to resume on trunklincs by tonight. Court Orders Jury To Free Republic Man; Lack Evidence No Verdict In Burned Car Case; Jury Disagrees UNIONTOWN, Mar. 16.--Unable to agree on a verdict in the case ot Lots of men have two wives, bnt Walter Thurman has them simultaneously, and police of Long Beach, Cal., became so incensed they charged him with bigamy. Ruth Louden Thurman (right) saw him first He married Agnes Thrush T h u r m a n (left) /our months after Ruth, and they Lncd to live happily in his 12-foot auto trailer. Ruth expects a baby. Parents of Dying Boy Take Him lo Hospital In New York; Hope Low PITTSBURGH, Mar. IB.--Despite fading hopes that suence has a cure for their young son, Mr. and Mrs, Harold Holt, of Monongahcla and their two and one-haH-ycar-old child, Harold, Jr.. boarded a plane at City-County Airport today for a trip to a New RochelJc, N. Y., hospital. Harold, Jr., uas reported dying slowly from a tumor but the hospital Louis Lovcsky, a Brooklyn attorney, j wired the parents yesterday that the i life of the child may be .sashed by I treatment under a phytician who had Czech Display Bitter Hatred For Fuehrer and n co-defendant on charges preferred by Baltimore Ohio police UNIONTOWN, Mar. 1G.---Judge W. Russell Carr directed a jury to return a verdict o£ not guilty on seven counts against James TSndsley, 64, Republic janitor, stating sufficient evidence was not shown of the man's guilt "beyond all reasonable doubt." Endsley was arrested by County Detective -W. R. Minerd and indicted on one count of conti'ibuting to the delinquency of minors, one count of ! assault and battery with intent to i f ravish and indecent assault and five i other counts of indecent assault [ Endsley, an employe of; the W. J. | Kainey Company at Allison for the past 14 years, denied the charges. He is the father of five children and has 10 grandchildren. Prominent citizens of Republic testified to the defendant's good character and reputation. as an outgrowth of an accident last December in Connellsville, Judge Harry A. Cottom late yesterday took tinder consideration a motion by the defense to have the court direct a verdict of not guilty on the grounds that the Commonwealth failed to establish guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt." Attorney Louis LovesKy, retained by the family of E. D. Owen, Brooklyn express messenger who lost his life in the accident December 16, and Edward C. Tepcrnian, an associate, are charged with larceny of a whistle valve and bell cord from the burned "work car" involved. About 2 o'clock, yesterday v o i d was sent to the court the jury had disagreed. However, the jurors u c i c not summoned until 4:10 o'clock. Rev. Dewey Smitley of Fairchance, foreman, informed the court "we could not agree." *'Do you desire the court lo understand you could not agree?" the court queried, "We are hopelessly divided with no chance of reaching a verdict," Rev. Smitley declared. The motion made by Defense Attorney Oscar B. Goldstein recalled the directed verdict handed down by Supreme Court Justice George W. Maxey in the murder trial of Anthony Sanute, a defendant in the Monaghan alleged "third degree" case in Somerset in 1937. In the .Sanute case, cited by Attorney Goldstein, Judge Maxey directed the jury to file a not guilty verdict before he discharged them from further service. Judge Cottom ruled: "The jury is discharged and motion of the defense will be taken under consideration, either by this court or the court en bane. 1 ' saved two other children. Demonstration Ready for Army By United Press. ·\VA~RSAAV, Mar, 16--Retreating Czech troops surrendered their arms to Polish frontier guards today as Hungarians established a common border with Poland by annexation of Carpatho-Ukraine. Patronage Changes Will Follow Passage Of Three Measures B. P. W. Club Favors Daylight Saving Time i At its regular meeting, held j Wednesday night at the West Penn K J. McDaniel. Fred L. Brothers and j Model Home, the Business and Pro- Harry W. Byrne, representing the dc- ! fessionnl Women's Club voted in fondants, and Attorney Brown went favor ot daylight saving lime, pro- tn Courtroom No. 1 where the vk'.ed it is adopted in the siirround- invsecution'. 4 : motion for the contiuu- tug i-onmumity. :n\ce \vus made to Judge Care who granted postponement. Defense Counsel Daniels staled "v; are reudy to go to and are v,!ll- ^ to «i t'J trial'' and that tlic ;-on- ^"tinuancc motion was mnde by liie t.'ommon\\ c:ilth ;nd not by thr Helens?. t'asseb Slat** Board, Miss K u t l i Slrsngarone, daughter of James Strangnvune oi' Sprinkiiekl pike, icccived word that she succejb- fully pasted tlie Slate board e.x- HAHRISBURG. Mar. 1C.--Enact- ment of three bills belore the legislature today would shift more than 350 mercantile and inheritance tax appraisers Irom Demouiatic to Republican patronage. Sponsored by Senator Kobert M. Miller, E., Luzerne, the bills introduced late yesterday would transfer the appraisers from the Auditor General's Department, which is headed currently by an elected Democrat, Warren R. Roberts, to the Revenue Department, under the Republican Governor. The bills went to the State Government Committee of the Senate. One* would t i a n s t e r the mercantile appraisers in Philadelphia, anotner 1 would transfer the oppraij-ers for a l l j other riHiiUifS and tlio third 'would j transfer me inheriumce fax appraisers for all counties I By I1OBART C. MONTEE United Prcrs Stall' Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Mar. 18.--American airplane designers prepared today to give demonstrations ot revolutionary-type light bombers, capable of speeds nppicaching 400 miles pej hour and designed to have devastating effect in short range bombing operations. The new type planes will compete in trial demonstrations at Wright F;eld, Dayton, Ohio. After exhaustive tests, the Army will select one design for use in expansion of the Air Corps toward the new goal ot 6,000 first-line planes. War Department officials believed tbnt the tests will produce a new type of light bomber which, when incorporated into the Air Corps with equally new pursuit ships and the huge Hying fortresses, will give the United States the most efficient and deadly air armada in the world. j . ... The Army's invitation for the dem- ,,.£.,, onstrations called for delivery of the experimental planes at the Air Corps "laboratory" at Dayton by March 17. The demonstrations may continue for several weeks. Major manufacturers have developed the t?st planes at their own expense on the chance they will ivin the War Department's quantity orders. T h e ' W a r Department did not disclose how many will compete, but it was lec.rned that the Glenn L. Murtin Aircraft Compr.ny of Baltimore and the Stearman Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Boeing Aircraft, have planes ready for the tests. At least one other manufacturer also reportedly is in the competition, and others probably will be represented. By EDWARD W. BEATTIE, JR. United Press SlaJI Correspondent. PRAGUE, Czechia, Mar. 16.--Adolf H i t l e r guarded by thousands ot bodyguards, secret police agents and tloops, directed the Nazilication oC Czechia from historic Hradzin Castle today w h i l e the Czech people showed their bitter hatred oE the.r conquerors. They had been kept indoors all t night by a curfew so strict that not i even foreign newspaper correspond! ents were permitted on the streets. So many of them had spat on a window of the German travel bureau Says Slovakia And Czechia Absorbed For Preservation Britain Urged To Prepare For Possible War Hungarians Find Ruth- enian Troops Ready to Fight in Ukraine. NAZI FUEHRER SPEAKS IN PRAGUE By United Frew. LONDON', Mar. 16.--The British and French governments have agreed, reliable sources said today, to recall their ambassadors from Berlin. The official reason for the recalls was to report on events in Central Europe but i-eally the action was in protest against Germany's march, the sources said. By FREDERICK KUH UnJLcd Press Staff Coirespondent. LONDON, Mar. IG.--AdoLE Hitler effected his ''protectorate' 1 over the By United Press. PHAGUE, Mar. 16.--AdoJf Hitler' proclaimed to the world today that greater Germany had taken over Czechia and Slovakia in accordance with the law oi "self-preservation."' Hitler acted from behind the thick walls of ancient Hradzin Castle as the dissolution of the post-war republic became complete with a series of rapid-fire developments that shook every nation o£ eastern and central Europe. Josef Tiso. president of- Slovakia, Czech people by threatening to cle- ] appealed lo Hitler to take his newly slroy Prague with an airplane fleet · independent state under Nazi protec- waiting only for the signal to fly, lion and the fuehrer replied that "I newspapers charged today as Britons i herewith lake over protection of the Germany Slovakian state.'' Hungarian soldiers battled their way through the: snowy highlands of Carpatho-Ukraine to decide the fats bitterly denounced Nazi and demanded that the government prepare urgently lor the possibility of war. The News Chronicle and the Daily i of the remaining easternmost tip of Herald asserted that at an early j the dissolved republic. morning conference at Berlin yesterday Hitler angrily ordered President Emil Hacha of Czechoslovakia But as they fought against Huth- enian separatist troops, the government of Carpatho-Ukraine staged a dramatic eleventh hour surprise by to telephone at once to Prague that he had consented to Hitler's de- appealing to Rumania to incorporate cision "to tolerate no longer the »ex- the entire, territory in the hands of islencc of a separate Czech state." King Carol, whose armies are mussed Hitler told Hacha he had already ' on the frontier and who has long decided to send his army into Czech territory, the newspaper said, and added that i* Hacha refused to telephone Prague arid order that there was to be no resistance, he would "give the order immediately for the destruction of Prague by an air fleet which was being held in readiness." It was believed possible that this allegation came from a group of j mysteiious Czech officials who ar- ' rived here yesterday by airplane, under close Scotland Yard guard. Reports said that among the refugees were Rudolph Bcran, Czech premier, and General Ja:i Syrovy, war minister. There was a further report that officials of the great Skoda munitions which contained the only picture o t ! works of Czechoslovakia escaped Hitler on view m Prague, that the I w ith secret plans which they did not want the Germans to get. There were many signs that the German triumph over the 7,000,000 Czechs who remained in Bohemia and Moravia after the separation of Slovakia and Carpalho-Ukraiuia meant much more than did the tri- 'got glass no longer was transparent. The most intense interest attached io Hitler's plans and the prospects that he would appear in. public-before the people who had shown so Continued on Page Six. Treasurer's Sale Hay Be Postponed UNIONTOWN, Mar. 18.--The possibility that the treasurer's sale for delinquent taxes may be deferred to August 1, 1940, loomed today when a bill carrying tha* provision passed the State Senate according to Senator Anthony Cavalcante. It is now before the House with the probability of passing there. The Weather nnd nov, a resigstcred Hospital 1'atienis, ' Mary Carolyn King of C02 Johnston avenue and Martha Zynrczyn.--Ui of Mount Braddock were admitted to ; Connellsville State Hosp.ti,! for treatment. Generally fair and colder tonight; Friday fair and continued cold is the nrion weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 1038 Maximum . 60 B2 Minimum ... _ 32 44 . . . . 48 5 , 1 Producers Join UMW Protest Against Strike NEW YORK, Mar. 1 B.--Appalachian bituminous producers joined with the United Mine Workers today in opposing a coal strike or lockout 1 but said they would not to an indefinite extension of their present collective bargaining contract. The operators' negotiating committee of 16 issued a formal statement in reply to U. M. W. President John L. Lewis' suggestion that both groups assure the consuming public, industries and government before the end of this week that there will be no suspension of soft coal operations during 103D. Shake-Up In D, A.'s Office Jumps Salary Expenses by $5,500 uraph at Munich when" Hitler SUdetehland. There were signs also "that this new triumph might mean -more for Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. After the Munich conference, newspapers and people, though showing their dismay-that he had consented to the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia--a partial dismem- wanted a score of towns on the Rulh- enian border. Rumania declined unofficially to accept the offer by Premier Aug-jsni Olosin to take over Carpatho- Ukrainc, and the premier fled into Rumania, leaving the state to the Hungarian troops which fought to crush the remnants of Ruthenian separatist resistance. Three of four thousand political prisoners seized by Nazi secret police immediately after German occupation of Czechia-Bohemia and Moravia were reported taken to concentration camps in the Reich. Probably 200,000 Jews in Czechia and other thousands of Socialists and Communists were in hiding, seeking to leave the country or in hopeless despair as the Nazi anU-semitic and anti-Communist laws were enforced in the newly seized country. Large numbers fled the country including many men prominent in the Czechoslovak republic. Hitler, who slipped into Prague last night after thousands of Nazi ·troops and secret police occupied the cit3', made a b^rief appearance on the balcony of the old castle this morning to be cheered by German residents in contrast to the jeers and hisses of the Czechs when his troops marched in. Severe repressive measures were taken to prevent public outbursts of hostility. With the .extension of greater Germany to include both Czechia and Slovakia, tile Nazi fuehrer has added 5,000 square miles to the Reich since he came into power six years ago , . . ., . , i and taken on an additional popula- Today there were nmts that he . tion o£ .jbout 2 5,000,000, including had only weakened Britain's position, j non-Germans whom he had said in Newspapers which had loyally | public speeches he never wanted to berment, preliminary to the big j operation, it proved--he had at least i j safeguarded peace. supported conservative governments Continued or Page Six. Czech Minister At Washington Defies Nazis UKIOKTOWN, 16.--John Walt's salary has been reduced from S3,000 to $2,000 a year, it was revealed today in an examination of the payroll sheet. -Chief County Detective W. R. Minerd is to receive $3,000, a S500 increase, and Frank J. Kane of Connoilsville. special county detective, will get $2,500. First Assistant District Attorney Arthur A. Brown gets an increase from $3,000 to $3,500 and Assistant District Attorney Samuel J. Feigus will be paid on the basis of ?3,000 a year, the same salary as Assistant District Attornc;- Frank P. Lardin. The recent shakeup in the district attorney's office boosts the payroll up an additional S5,SOO. Cardille IMan Jailed. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 16. -- Paul Nazimek, 24, of Cardale, charged with operating a motor vehicle \vhile such privileges had been withdrawn and his license revoked was committed to jaii Wednesday when unable to fui- nish 5500 bond to await action of the nest grand iury. ay United Frew. ' WASHINGTON, Mar. 16.--Czechoslovak Minister Vlidmir.Hurban today defied a German .embassy order ior him to place the Czech legation here under German control. Hurban told a representative oi the German embassy who called on him that he would have to receive written instructions from his own government before he would relinquish his post. LONDON, Mar. 16.--The German embassy took over the Czechoslovak legation in London at 6 P. M. see within the Keich. The' surprise of Hitler's action regarding Slovakia was illustrated by the fact that Poland and -Hungary already had recognized the Tiso government, but now it became obvious that there never had been any intention of permitting a free Slovak state and that Tiso had cooperated with Hitler to undermine the Czechoslovak, republic, after which he turned over Slovakia to the fuehrer. JEALOUSY BLAMED IN DOUBLE TRAGEDY By Uni'.ca Press. SHAMOKIN, Pa., Mar. 16.-Charles Billman, 45-ye-rs-oId unemployed WPA worker o ' Sliamokln, was in serious condition in Shamokin Hospital today after, police said, he shot and killed Mrs. Yutica Schroyer. 53, also of Shamokin, and then sent a bullet through his chest. Jealousy v.i.-- blamed foi the tragedy. Appeal of Full Crew Law Being Studied by Reno By U nited Press. HARRISBUEG, Mar. 16.--Attorney General Claude T. Reno said today lie had not decided whether the State v'ould appeal from the Dauphin county court's invalidation of the railroad Cull crcv act of 1937. After two years of litigation, Judge John E. Fox, in an opinion yesterday held that the act was unconstitutional because certain sections are "aribi- tary and unreasonable and have no- tendency to promote the safety of employes." Reno said his department would make a careful study of the opinion before deciding if nn appeal should be taken. Forty-ciglit railroads joined \vith the Pennsylvania Railroad in the test of the act which provided for extra brakeiren on passenger trains oj more than 10 coaches and fnjight trains of more than 50 cars.

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