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LAST E D1T1ON PRICE 2 The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 36, NO". 101. The WceWy Courier, founded July 17, 1870. I Mcrscd. !Tho Dally Courier. Founded November 10. 1002. | July 28. 1023 CONNELLSVILLE, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 3, 1038. TEN PAGES. LOS ·4 319-PAGE TAX BILL CALLED UP IN HOUSE Will Make C h a n g e s Which Have Caused Many -Complaints. WOULD REPEAL PUBLICITY LAW By JOHN R. BEAL · United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Mar. 3.--The Administration's tax bill started through Congress today, carrying an obscure provision repealing the existing law that requires the Treasury to report to Congress all corporation salaries over $15,000. Chairman Robert L. Doughton, D., N. C., of the House Ways and Means Committee, called the 319-page bill up in the House at noon. It proposes far-reaching changes in taxes which have brought bitter complaint Irom business. It modifies the undistributed profits tax, relaxes the levy on capital gains, and proposes a new penalty on closely held corporations, a feature which will be fought over in both House and Senate. The provision repealing the publicity clause of the present law was so obscure in the huge bulk of the bill that it was not discovered until hours after the bill was made public. The clause that it would repeal is the one which in the past lew years has made public the annual salaries ot the officials and employes of corporations paid more than $15,000 in a year. It permitted the public to . know the recompense of such diverse personalities as Alfred P. Sloan, chairman of General Motors, and Mao West By United Press. KANSAS CITY, Kan., Mar. 3.-Thomas M. Bell looked out upon the jray drabness of late winter today with eyes that a week ago were voided shut with molten lead and exclaimed that the world was filled with more beauty to him than it had ver been before. It was a miracle of modern surgery that Bell, who is 27, was ever iblc to sec again. His lace and eyes had been spattered with hot lead in an explosion while he was at work with a line crew of the municipal light plant. He had opened his eyes wide at the instant of the explosion, a natural reaction to the shock. A thin coating of lead sheeted both his eye- jails. The next Intsant when he blinked, the lids were glued last to he lead film coating. KIDNAPED BOY URGES FATHER PAY RANSOM . By United Press. NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y., Mar. 3 Ransom to obtain the releass ot 12- year-old Peter Levine, kidnaped a week ago, has .been paid or Is aboul to be paid, It was reported without confirmation today. The report .was circulated among investigators after Habbi Abraham Nowak, reputed Intermediary lor Murray Levine, father of the handsome, blue-eyed junior high school student, returned to his home las' night from what his wife said hac been a "very private engagement.' Nowak, gave cryptic replies to questions by reporters concerning his movements. He was asked: "Is the report true that you paid the ransom tonight?" "No comment," he replied. "Will you deny that you are a contact or intermediary?" "No comment." ""In "view ot the fact that you de- dine to deny you are a contact or intermediary, we assume you are.' . "I cannot comment at this time,' the rabbi replied. "There will be a proper time when you will have your information." Nowak kept his "very private engagement" two days after his secretary, Evelyn Arkin, found a thin note from the kidnapers in a vacani lot adjoining the Beth-el Synagogue of which the rabbi is pastor. To this note was appended a message from Peter, penciled in a childish scrawl which read: "Dear Dad: Please give these men the money. I have a bad cold Peter." Engineer Killed, Two Others Hurt; Rock Causes Wreck By United Pica. WELCH, W. Va.,'Mar. 3.---Richard Boyd, 44, Honaker, Va., engineer was killed and two members ot a Norfolk Western coal train were injured early loday when the loco .motive struck a rock on the tracks, a mile west of lacger. Edward Moody, fireman, and Paul Dillon, brakeman, were taken to Williamson Hospital with minor injuries. Just Off the Wire GKEENSBDKG, Mar. 3.--Mrs. French Cason of Greensbure today was elected president, of the West ittoreland County Federation o Women's Clubs at the federation' 21st annual sprint meeting. Othe officers Included Mrs, Joseph Scholl West Newton, a vice-president. WASHINGTON, Mar. 3.--Th Boose S'aval Affairs Committee to day favorably reported the 51,000 000,000 naval expansion bill as cm biltercd controversy broke ou around another war measure--th May bill to lake thr profits out o war. Eyes Welded Shut With Molten Lead; Able to See Agalp Russian Admits Plot to Kill Stalin, Others MOSCOW, Mar. 3.--Nicholas Krcs- insky, who startled the purge trial by repudiating his confession ?nd heading not guilty, reversed himself today and pleaded guilty to all tc- cusations. By FREDERICK C. OTHMAN United Press Hollywood Correspondent. (Copyright by United Press). HOLLYWOOD, Mar. 3.--With a bogus whale swimming down the Los Angeles River, actresses riding on camera booms and imitation houses melting down like so many pillars of salt, the movie colony managed today to inject some levity into southern California's flood crisis. Many a celebrity was marooned by raging seas on his front Inwn and many an epic was postponed because here were no actors. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had to put off for a week its 10th annual banquet and awarding of prizes for the best pic- .urcs of the year. This was necessary because President Frank Capra lad no boat with which to leave his iomc in Malibu Beach. He didn't' lave current to power his electric razor. The Los Angeles River, which ordinarily is a dusty haven for jackrabbits, looked like Sam Goldwyn's 'Hurricane" come to life as it roared past the huge studios o£ the Warner Brothers in suburban Burbank. Down stream a piece, rescue workers rubbed their eyes at sight of a sad-eyed blue whale wallowing MOSCOW, Mar. 3.--A plot to murder Josef Stalin and the other highest officials of the Soviet regime was admitted today by one of the 21 defendants at Moscow's spectacular masii trial on charges of treason, sabotage and murder. Proko;l Zubarcv, who was assistant commissar of agriculture and an alleged iizarist secret agent, testified that he had organized 3 terroristic group within the commissariat of agriculture to kill Stalin, Lazar Kagamovich, commissar of communications, Klemcnti Vorisholov, com- misar of war, and Biachcslav Molotov, president of the Soviet of. People's Commissars, a position corresponding to that of premier. ^Vladimir I. Ivanov, former commissar lor forestry in the Soviet Union cabinet, asserted today that the defendants hod plotted with Great Britain to overthrow the Soviet government. Fourth of. the defendants to take the witness stand in the greatest trial ot the terrible three-year political purge, Ivanov admitted all charges against himself. Infant Cruetly Case Listed For Trial Tuesday UNIONTOWN, March S.--Charged with cruel treatment of an infanl child, David Harris, Perry township, and his 27-year-old daughter, Martha, have been scheduled for trial next Tuesday in the Fayctte county courts. It wa*s learned from a reliable source that efforts to send the unwed mother to Torranee State Hospital for a mental examination would be thwarted by counsel and friends of the family who are opposed to such suggestion by District Attorney James A. Rcilly. The murder trial of Joseph Marinaro of Connellsville is scheduled to get under way Monday with Julia Grahek of Fairbank listed for arraignment Thursday on charges of fatally stabbing her husband. Margaret Leftwich, colored, ol Brownsville, will face the court on a murder charge, March 14, for allegedly shooting James Pugh. Only numbers pool cases slatcc for the March criminal sessions are those of A. C. West, Curtis Adams Joseph O'Neal, Lewis Bland, Sam Williams and Frank Canistra, all for Wednesday, March IB. Some "pleas are anticipated. Fish-Game Contest Ruling Announcer "Announcement has been made o a ruling in the membership contest o the Foyette County Fish and Gam' Protective Association that members signed must be turned into the secretary within two weeks. Otherwise they will not count in the competi* tion for prizes. Imitation Houses Actresses Marooned As Hollywood Waters Rise among hot dog stands, rocker chairs and other flotsam. This sea-going beast turned out to be a Warner prop, of rubber, which swam oft an inundated loading platform. The Misses Sylvia Sidney, Dorothy Lamour and Mary Carlisle, with silken legs prettily aflutter, rode camera booms across the flooded streets of Pai'nmount's lot. These devices are mobile derricks, which themselves ordinarily arc used to keep the cameras locused on race horses, comedy cops, and whatever. The melting ol the imitation house wcis funny to watch, but it wasn't funny to 20th Century-Fox. It represented an ancient castle for use in the film, "Kidnaped," and it dribbled into nothingness before the anguished eyes of officials, who estimated it would cost $20,000--mostly in an expensive wait---to -build another. All these developments were only the beginning, as the rain fell harder, the impromptu river? grew deeper, and the weather bureau became increasingly morose. Grand climnx came when Miss Gypsy Rose Lee did her first strip tease-act since she abandoned burlesque in favor of the movies. She had on a %-clvet evening dress when she started for work only to see » Continued on Page Six. HALF OF LOAF BETTER THAN NOTHING; TAKES 52,000 LEFT IN WILL By United Pica. PITTSBURGH, Mar. 3.--Mrs. Mane Shonder today decided after all to take the $2,000 left in the will of a sister. The orphans' court had Riven her until today to decide whether she would accept or lose the money that she previously had refused to take from the $4,000 estate of. her sister, the late Anna Rcick. Women -of City Churches to Join (n Prayer Friday Women of the churches of the city will unite tomorrow for the annual world day of prayer, to be held at the Christian Church. The morning session will be opened at 10:30 o'clock, with Mrs. J. L. Proudflt presiding. The feature of the morning will be a review by Mrs. Carroll B. Fisher ot the book, "Moslem Women Enter « New World," written by Ruth Frances Woodswill. The remainder of the morning will be devoted to consideration of missions, home and foreign. Each woman attending is asked to bring her lunch. Women of the Christian Church will serve coffee. The afternoon session will open at 1:30 o'clock, with members of all the participating churches having parts. Mrs. Stuart Fcnstermacher will sing a solo number and Mrs. Leland S. Whipkey' and Mrs. Warren Decker, a duct. Walton Chapter Will Raise .Qua! Also Pheasants Sullivan's Fate InEarle'sHands PITTSBURGH, Mar. 3.--Fate of Martin J. Sullivan, sentenced to die for murdering three women" and two men in a "revenge tour" late in 1030, today rested with Governor George H. Earle, who already has given him two chances at life by reprieves. Judge Samuel H. Gardner, asked to appoint a lunacy commission to examine Sullivan, ruled that his court did not have the power to appoint such a commission, or to declare Sullivan insane. The judge added that the jurisdiction "Is entirely in hands of the Governor of this Commonwealth." Sullivan received his last reprieve 30 hours before he was to die in the electric chair at Bcllefonte penitentiary early Monday. It was granted by the Governor to allow Attorney Edward G. Coll to petition for the lunacy examination.' Governor Earle already has said he would not appoint such a commission unless advised to do so by the State Pardon Board, which has announced that a secret Investigation by its own psychiatrists found Sullivan sane. TRANS-ATLANTIC SERVICE AIRPLANE LIKELY IN 1939 By United Press. WASHINGTON, Mar. 3.--Commerce and State Department officials, it wc.s learned today, arc negotiating \slth Great Britain, France and Germany for airline terminal facilities that may result in scheduled operation of trans-Atlantic air service by lie summer of 1839. Air companies believe that the technical d- ,'clopment of aircraft assures the .success of the contemplated service, Commerce Department olH- clal said. The negotiations arc preliminary steps to international competition for supremacy in North Atlantic passenger services planned to :»pan the ocean in 20 hours or less. MANY VICTIMS SWEPT TO SEA BY WATERS; LOSS IN MILLIONS Instead of raising ringneck pheasants only, the Conncllsville Chapter of the Izaak Walton League will join with the local chapter of the Fayetle County Fish and Game Protective Association in raising quail. It was therefore decided at the monthly meeting Wednesday evening to cancel an application for ringnccks and share with the Fish-Game local in the expense of handling 250 it has ordered. First shipments of trout for nearby streams were reported planted in Beaver creek and Laurel run. Another shipment, from Corry for Dunbar creek, met with disaster. Something went wrong with the aerating device in the tank in which the flsli were transported and when the truck reached the cccck it was found all but 10-t of 1,240 were dead. Another shipment, of larger-si/e fish, will be arranged. The chapter wus informed 10 deer --six buclcs and four does--from a Pittsburgh park had been liberated m the mountains. Between 40 and 50 were distributed over Faycltc, Westmoreland and Somerset counties. The membership campaign of Ihe chapter was icportod progressing. As an incentive to Retting new members each one who secures three new ones will be given a "h»ir frog" or "night hummer" as a reward. Howard B. Woisgerber was reelected president of the chapter for a third term. Other officers chosen were: Vice-presidents, J. A. Wills, who has been serving as secretary, and Charles A, Thomas; secretary and treasurer, C. G. Herzberger; directors, Albert Noschese, R. S. Cooper, Lcroy Hoover, R. B. Wcisgerber, Ross J. Medcalf, Dr. W. H. Hetricfc, W. S. Stimmel, James Bates of Scottdale and J. L. Smith of Indian Head. James H. Banning was elected convention delegate and J. A. Wills, alternate. Little Hope For Passengers Of Lost Plane By JOHN DUNLAP United Press Staff Correspondent. FRESNO, Cal, Mar. 3.-- The only hope today lor the safety of nine persons aboard a Transcontinental and Western air transport plane 'that vanished Tuesday night was that the plane had been landed intact, in the eight feet of snow that blanketed the mountains east ol here. The plane, cnroute from San Francisco to Los Angeles with six pas- 5f . jrs and a crew of three, last was heard from shortly after 0 o'clock Tuesday night. At that time it was believed to have been in the vicinity of Shaver Lake, approximately 40 miles northeast of here. - The pilot, Captain John D. Graves, apparently confused by heavy rainfall and poor visibility in the vicinity of the Tehachapi Mountains, reported first that he was turning back from the route 'to Los Angeles to seek the Fresno airport and later that he intended to land at Bakcrsfleld. TWA officials, forced to abandon a search for the liner last night because of weather, said the hunt would be resumed at daylight by air and by ground parties. Donald Black, spokesman for the airways, said there was "every possibility that the craft landed safely in a snow-covered m o u n t a i n meadow." Black contended that, because of the deep snows, it would be difficult for the passengers and crew to get from the plane to any point of communication. Train, Motor and Air Traffic at Standstill; City Isolated On Three Sides as -Bridges Collapse; Worse Peril Threatened; Four Day Rain Abates After Disgorging More Than 10 Inches. METROPOLITAN SECTION IS , INUNDATED By ALAN-McELWAIN · United Press Start Correspondent. (Copyright, 1938, by United Press.) . LOS ANGELES, Mar. 3.--(By Radio Telephone · to .San Francisco)--A devastating flood swept through-Southern- Cali-f fornia 'toclayfrom. the rain-drenched mountains ~to~~lbe ocean, drowning dozens of persons and causing damage estimated at $25,000,000. .As suddenly as it swirled in during the night, it began receding shortly after dawn. 'At 4 A. M. the weather bureau' In this stricken and isolated city announced: "The crisis .has passed." - · Dozens'were drowned;"thousands o£ families fled before the onslaught of waters swirling down from the mountains .through the streets of metropolitan Los Angeles and its far-flung suburbs, and many were marooned and in.grave danger. ' It was a disaster of the first order. The emergency .relief council was convened to cope with, the worst crisis since it was organized during the Long Beach earthquake in J933. Los Angeles was isolated and cut off from all communica^ lions except short wave radio. And by radio, nearby towns sent frantic calls for help. ' Ten persons were drowned early today when the Santa Ana River went over its banks north of Riverside and reverted to the channel from which, it was diverted in 1SS2. .Santa Ana is 40 miles south of Los Angeles. B Another amateur radio operate- said he had intercepted a message from the sheriffs office at Riverside asking for doctors and medical supplies. The message mentioned "casual- t' ." at a school house. Hiverside was cut off from telephonic and telegraphic co-imimieatiott with the out- VIENNA, Mar. 3.--Dr. von Seyss- [nquart, Iv'a^i minister ol interior, las effected a working compromise with turbulent of Styrin province, -it was reported today, and hope rose that a threatened show down could be avoided. Scyss-Inquart, a Nazi but a devout [toman Catholic and intimate friend of Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigs, svcnt to Graz,-capital of Styria, to confer with Kazi leaders. It was reported that he had agreed that they might wear their Nazi emblems nnd Hive the Nazi salute pio- vidcd that they refrained from antigovernment activities and joined tr-e governmental Fatherland Front, promising to support it morally and financially. This would give the Nazis the same status as is enjoyed by monarchists. Schuseunigg would continue to be the sole leader of the combined Fatherland Front. Before he left Graz for. Vienna last night Scyss-Inquart said: "Austrian Nazis will promote their alms with evolutionary rather than revolutionary means." LONG JAIL TERM FOR FORMER GRID STAR GREENSBURG, Mar. 3.--Waller Gummy) Nelson, former high school and sandlot football star of New Kensington, was sentenced to serve from 10 to 20 years in Western Penitentiary nnd his self-confessed , accomplice, Joseph Puglisi, was given a term of from five to 30 years on charges of robbery by Judge Richard D. Laird. Nelson had been convicted of participation in the robbery ct Dr. J. M, Snyder on the night of November 12, last. Stolen Car Wrecked. An automobile that had been stolen from Harry C. Gallatin's garage during the n! ht was found this morning in the vicinity of Mill Run where il had been wrecked. The machine was badly damaged when it apparently had been run over an embankment, according to city police reports. The Weather Generally fair tonight and Friday colder tonight with a cold wave in sout'x portion; slowly rising tem- pera*ure Friday afternon, warmer Saturday is the noon weather lore- cast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Kecorll. M38 1937 Maximum 5G -19 Minimum . 38 32 Mean . .17 U Nazi Showdown in Austria May Be Sidetracked Kennedy Wdt Be Candidate For Governor By United Press. HARRISBURG, Mar. 3.--Lieutenant Governor Thomas Kennedy will be a candidate lor Governor and Edward N. Jones will assist in his campaign, the United Prcbs was told "positively" today by an authoritative spokesman. Kennedy" is secretary-treasurer of the United Mine Workers" of America and CIO aide of John L. Lewis Unofficial List Of Flood Dead By United Frew. LOS ANGELES, Mar. 3.--Unofficial death toll flood: in the Los Angeles Lost in the collapse of a wooden pedestrian bridge over the · Los Angeles River at Long Beach: P. E. Kay, 24, Los Angeles. Jihn Crott, 50, Los Angeles. Charles Yount, a sailor attached to the U. S. S. Arizona. L;,-nn Stewart, 24, a visitor from New York. Unidentified 12-year-old boy and unidentified woman (survivors saw both swept into the river.) Two policemen and student, Continued on Pogo Two. Pershing Gains Strength in His Fight With Death . By NED RUSSELL United Press Staff Correspondent. TUCSON, Ariz,, -Mar. 3.--General John J Pershing gained strength today in his fight against a damaged heart and poisoned kidneys, and his friends talked cheerfully ot con- valeccnce and ultimate recovery. Sergeant Crawford C. Shaeffer, for 17 years Pershlng's personal aide, declared that the 77-year-old general hod "got his old spirits back." Physicians and nurses guarded against a relapse, similar to two which Pershing survived in-the last week. A 24-hour watch was kept in the stucco cottage in which the hardened soldier made his stand against death" and Dr. Rolnnd Davison, his personal physician, remained v.'ithin calling distance. Dr. Davison warned that continued progress in the General's condition could not bo expected, that there would be fluctuations that- should not, however, cax^se undue alarm. Pershing's sister. May, and his son, Francis Warren, remained near the sick room, but his nephew, Frank Pershing, returned to his home in Palm Springs, Cal., confident that he would recover. DEMANDS CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION OF TVA WASHINGTON, Mar. 3.--Calling for a congressional investigation of the Tennessee Valley Authority, C: .irman Arthur E. Morgan said today that the cause of the agency's intra-directorate quarrel was his effort to obtain "honesty, openness, decency- and fairness" in government. He denied that the primary reason for disagreement among TVA directors was the power issue, but rather an "attitude of conspiracy, secretiveness, and bureaucratic manipulation." The proposal for an inquiry-"without predilection fo or .ig.iinst \ any poison or against the T% r A it- self"--as contained in a 36-page reply to public statements by Dr. Harcourt A. Morgan and David E. Lilienthal, TVA directors, and Senate- George L. Berry, Democrat, Tenn., regarding the chairman's testimony in Berry's $5,000,00 marble s,uit against the government. Chair ia:i Morgan said that a joint House and Senate committee representing "all important attitudes toward the TVA" should moke "a first hand examination" of the obscure financial records of Uie jxwer program and all "olfier "phases of the TVA which come into the question." side world and without power and lights. ' In Los Angeles proper, water ran in torrents through the streets. Collapses of pedestrian bridges and landslides in the hills that buried homes under tons ot dirt contributed (o a rapidly increasing death toll. It was estimated that the dead already ^talcd 35; that from 5,000 to 10,000* families were homeless refugees; that property damage would be between $15,000,000 and $30,000,000. The United Press obtained its news from Los Angeles by radio telephone, the only means of communication available. Flood control experts estimated that the crest o£ the .waters was passing through Los Angeles at 4 A. M. (PST) and gushing to the ocean, and that the waters would begin receding later i \ the morning. "Hains ab'atcd early this morning and only light showers were forecast for* the day. which was heartening news to the thousands of refugees crowded into army camps, police stations, theatres and public buildings. . . . Resources of both the Army and Navy were made available. Soldiers gathered "in refugees, pitched tents for them and bedded down others in the armories. Navy and Coast Guard boats lay offshore, their crews aiding in rescue work wherever possible. The list of reported dead reached 22 early today. Some were hurled into the Los Angeles River when pedestrian bridges gave way. Others died in their homes, crushed by landslides. Many others were missing. - At Long Beach,-a foot, bridge collapsed while from 12 to 15 persons stood on it watching the turbulent Los Angeles River disgorge itself into the Pacific. Seven or eight were lost and believed drowned. Cre\vs from Navy surf boats saw the mishap and sped in to rescue three others. A few hours later another bridge spanning the same river at Randolph street, near Haywood, collapsed with a splintering crash and two or three of the 20 persons standing on it were hurled into ihe water and lost. The others scampered to safety, . . The movie , colony was partly flooded and marooned. Two policemen and a student were reported drowned when a rowboat overturned near the North Hollywood High School. The disaster relief council was informed that at the time 600 children were marooned in the school. · Relief agencies were able to respond - to only a small percent. o£ the appeals for aid. Most communication lines were down and for an hour last night, the power was off and Los Angel?' was in darkness. The low, flat suburbs were swamped._ The only access was by boat. In these stricken areas were Venice, Santa Monica, Compton, Lennox, Bell, Van Nuys, Lomita and Culver City. The American Telephone and Telegraph reported that its main cable between Los Angeles and San Francisco was submerged and decommissioned shortly after midnight and the Continued on Page Seven.

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