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March 18, 1939

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Dail LAST EDIT ION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRICE 2 VOL. 37, NO. 10S. Tile Wcckiy Courier. Founded July 17, 137!) 'ihc Daily Courier. Founded November 1U. 19011. ; Mcrscd i July 18. 1323. CONNELLSVILLB. 1'A., SATURDAY EVKX1XG, MARCH IS, 1933. SIXTEEN PAGES. SCOTTDALE YOUTH DIES OF WOUND Bernard Davis, Gas Station Attendant, Victim Of Wanton Attack. ROBBERS GOT ONLY SI.55 Bernard Davis, 21, attendant at the service station of his brother, Von, of Scottdale, died at 9:20 o'clock this morning at Connellsville State Hospital, the victim of an unprovoked attack by one of three bandits who held him up and robbed him just after- closing lime Wednesday night. A bullet fired by one of the thugs struck Bernard in the left side just above the waist line, tearing through the small intestine and the lower part of the stomach. The body was to be removed this afternoon to the William Ferguson funeral parlors at Scottdale and then to the home of the young man's widowed mother, Mrs. Emma Davis, in Walnut avenue, Scottdale. By means of a telephone call Bernard made to the central office at Scottdale the time of the shooting has been fixed at about 10:45 o'clock. Badly wounded, he asked the telephone operator to notify police. He then started across the street to attract aid. William Davis, East Huntingdon township teacher, drove along and found him in collapse in the street. He and others who arrived carried the boy back to the service station where he was given first aid by a physican and then brought to the Hospital. From the beginning there was only a shred of hope he would recover. Yesterday he seemed better but during the night he began to sink. His mother and brother were called this morning and a short time later he died. According to Bernard's story the three men stopped at the station after it was closed and asked the way and distance to Greensburg. The door was closed. As Bernard opened it one covered him with a gun and ordered him to turn over the money in the place. He explained his brother had taken it away. He gave ' his pocketbook. It contained S1.55. The thugs confiscated his pocketbook containing his driver's license and automobile keys, refusing to return cither. As they left the man -with the gun fired. Paul Bernard Davis would have been 21 years old March 30. He was born in Scottdale, a son of George W. Davis, monument dealer who died in 1932, and Mrs. Emma Davis. He was graduated from Scottdale High School with the class of 1937. During his later school years and lor some time after graduation he was employed about the monument plant, a part of the time in the office formerly maintained in East Crawford avenue, Conncllsville, opposite the Elks Home. Since last August, when his brother, D. Von Davis, took over the Mobilgas service station, he had been employed there. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Sunday school--regarded as one o£ the fine young men of the community. The mother and brother are the only members of the family. Bernard and his mother lived together. Von is married. His wile is the former Lena Morgan of South Connellsville. Aerial Race Against Death "Stop Hitler" Move Gains Momentum in Democracies Alice Dorsey, airplane stewardess, holds Harold Holt, Jr., us tha child's mother, Mrs. Wiima Holt (right), brings her "doomed" bnbj* to Xew York by plane from Monongaheln, Pa. The two-year-old child \vns rushed to New Rochellc hospital for X-ray treatment in an attempt to halt tha kidney turner threatening his life. MORE DOLLARS ADDED TO KMETZ AID FUND Generous-hearted citizens of Con- neilsville today continued to add to the fund being voluntarily subscribed through the assistance of The Courier to rehabilitate the family of Paul Kmetz, made homeless and penniless when fire burned their residence at Brookvale and cremated two small children. The total took a big jump yesterday when it advanced beyond the first hundred dollar mark, and since then $9 additional has been received. The Courier will accept gifts for the family and acknowledge them in these columns. The newest contributions are: Previously reported . $110.50 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Sodality, St. Rita's Church . 5.00 Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Habatin 2.00 Mrs. Joseph H. Bittner .. 1.00 James Porterficld ._ 1.00 Total $119.50 Women, Dying By Eating, Believes Miracle Saved Her Both Coker Debate Teams Take Victories Connellsville High School debating team won a double triumph Friday night when its affirmative and negative teams were adjudged winners over St. Vincent Preparatory debaters on the question: Resolved, That United States Should Form An Alliance With Great Britain. The judges gave the Coker negatives a 3-0 victory while the Orange and Black affirmatives came through with a 2-1 decision. The negative team is composed of Henry McRobbie and Sara Bailey and the affirmatives are Earl Lowery and Celia Sapolsky. Girl Injured When Hood of Auto Hits Windshield Of Other By United Press. KANSAS CITY, Mo., Mar. 18.-Mrs. Dorothy Barber, 20, wife o£ a WPA worker, believed today that a miracle had delivered her from a slow agonizing death where medical science had failed. Physicians at General Hospital, who for two weeks had observed her slowly eating herself to death, unable even to diagonose her strange malady, neither agreed nor disagreed with her belie!'. They said her apparent recovery was simply unox- plainablc. Mrs. Barber said it was a manifestation of God's power and the power of faith. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 18.--An odd accident in which the hood of one automobile became loosened and flew through the air to crash against the windshield of an oncoming car resulted in injury of Doris Lee Kerfoot, 45 John street, early this morning. She was treated at Uniontown Hospital lor minor lacerations of the face. Her father, George R. Keifoot, with whom she was riding, was uninjured. Alumni Will Hold Special Meeting Monday Evening A special meeting o£ the Connellsville High School Alumni Association will be held at 8 o'clock Monday nighl at the High School building for consideration of a resolution recommending an amendment to the organization's constmttion. The proposed amendment, adopted, will enable the association to conduct monthly meetings. Members have expressed the belief that it quarterly meetings are replaced with monthly gatherings, the activitie; program could be enlarged. A program of major activities lor the rest of the year has been drawn up in anticipation of the adoption of the proposed rmcndment. Attorney William H. Sois^on was appointed solicitor fat" the Alumni Association by the Board of Governors at a recent meeting. After the business meeting Monday night Social Committee Chairman Robert Rush will provide entertainment for the balance of the evening. Britain Wants International Conference Europe At a Glance St. Rita Church Sponsors Troop Of Boy Scouts A new Boy Scout troop, io be known as Troop 6 and sponsored by St. Rita's Church, was organized at a meeting held Thursday night. Rev. Henry DeVivo, pastor of the church, named a troop committee headed by Dr. William A. Pujia. Others on the committee arc Vincent A. Con-ado, finance; Ross X. Prestia, public relations; Dom E. Isola, advancement; N. H. Bonze, activities; Louis Marcondi, campins, and P?s- quale Gigliotti and George C. Moreilo, welfare. Fred J. .Pctriila was selected as scoutmaster and Charles Freda Brd Nicholas Ssnsone, assistants. Twentythree boys have signified their intention of becoming Scouts. J. B. Henderson, chairman of the district organizing comm.ttee, Walter T. Smith and Charles P. Donnelly addressed the meeting, promising their assistance. Steps were taken to obtain the necessary charter. Uy FREDERICK K U I I United Press Staff Correspondent. LONDON, M n t . 18.--Groat Britain may sponsor an international "stop Hitler" conference to consider the possibility of a united stand agninst the expansionist policies of Nazi Germany, it was reported today. It was understood that the government was awainlinfi only nil expe ted ;peach by Adolf Hitler today or tomorrow before sending a stinging note to Berlin, recording for diplomatic records its anger and horror at Hitler's exertion of protcctotsites over till? Czeclio st.Jtc and Slovakia. , This, however, would be only » first move. Britons now seemed ready to considei deliberately the prospect of a fight to a finish agc.in.sl Nazi Germany and, if necessary, its partner in the Berlin-Rome axis, Fascist Italy. It was freely reported that the next move would be a reorganization of the British cabinet on a wide national emergency basis, which perhaps would bring opposition Liberal and Labor party representatives into the ministry and certainly would bring back Anthony Eden, who resigned as foreign minister because he held thnt the government was knuckling under to dictators. But there were strong indications that the government hoped to receive encouragement for summoning an international conference of "peace loving" nations in hope that a common front could be formed against expansionist nations. Chamberlain, in his speech at Birmingham last night, asked of Hitler's latest move: "Is this the end of an old adventure or is it the beginning of a nexv? Is this the last attack upon a small state or is it to be followed by others? Is this, in fact, a step in the direction of an attempt to dominate the world by force?'' Chamberlain said he would not try tn answer these questions, "But I am sure," he added, "that they wiU require grave and serious consideration, not only of Germany's neighbors but of others perhaps even beyond the confines of Europe . . . We ourselves will naturally turn first to our partners in the British commonwealth of nations and to France, to whom we are so closely bound, and I have no doubt that others, too, knowing that we are not disinterested in what goes on ;n southeastern Europe will wish to have our counsel and advice." This seemed a plain enough bid for international consultation. British gestures of friendship toward RUSSJ.I---whose army now js estimated to total 2,000,000 men or more --were regarded as making it certain that Russia would be included in nny consultations, general or specific, to "stop Hitler." Colonel Josef Beck of Poland, perhaps t'le key country of all Europe in a test between democracies and dictatorships, is to visit Paris and London later this month. Denunciations of Hitler's actions by the United States Government, in the form of a statement by Acting Secretary o£ State Sumner Welles, even raised hope that the United States might give some encouragement to a stand against the Nazi and --it necessary--the Fascist dictators. United States Challenges Nazi Aggression LONDON--Britain and France, united iu "stop Hitler" drive, send protests to PerKn against annexation of Czechoslovakia. "United States anci RUSE!H reported to have agreed witn them not to recognize conquest. BiUish cabinet summoned. Rumanian sources icpovt German plan to dominate Rumania, abolish her industries and absorb all her natural products. Bucharest and Berlin deny it, PARIS--France prepares to recall ambassador from Berlin, Daladier government, seeking dictatorial powers, wins confidence vote in Parliament, 334 to 258. PRETORIA, South Africa--All South African police reserves called out. apparently because o£ German protest against alleged discrimination against German immigrants to southV west Afiica, former German colony. BERLIN--City pi'epares triumphant reception to Hitler on his return J lions they might not want submitted By HOBART C. MONTEE United Press St-iil Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Mar. 18.--The United S'ates today moved vigorously "but short of. war" to challenge Nazi aggression. Plans whica had been formulated to return United States Ambassador ITugn R, Wilson to his post in Berlin were set aside. The three Cztcho-SIovakian provinces over-run by Nazi troops, went on the United States trade "black libl" at 12:01 A. M. Mail service to wnat was Czechoslovakia was suspended to permit letter writers to retrieve communica- PREPARE U. S. NOTE FOR NAZIS E x p e c t e d to Reassert American Abhorrence Of A b s o r p t i o n of Czechoslovakia. TRADE TREATY INOPERATIVE WALTER ARTZMAN BURNED BY METAL Walter Artzman, 43, of South Con- nelisviile. employe of thci Vang Construction Company, suiTcred hums of both eyes this, morning when molten mcUil blew into them while working with an acetylene torch. He was treated at Connellsvillc Slate Hospital and dismissed. Mute Story of Heroic Effort To Save Air Passengers Uncovered By United Press. JUNEAU, Alaska, Mar. 18.--A pilot's futile fight to save the lives of iix men trapped in a storm-tossed piane high above the frozen Arctic tundra was revealed today with the recovery of the six bodieb. Coast Guardsmen svlio brought the bodies here after they had been found in the plane by a woodsman, were able to" reconstruct from the death scene some of the things thnt ranspired a moment before the plane crashed in a desolate waste 15 miles -vuith of Junrair. the* night of February 12, The b( ~'y of Pilot Alonzo (Lon) Cope, famed for his many mercy nights over Alaska, was found with lips held rigidly against the mouthpiece of his radio sending equipment, his earphones still on his head. The other five bodies--those oi .Tblin Clinppell, -10, .Tttneau, Earl Clifford, -in, and "Krnest IS. Ek, 20, Juneau, Jack Lennon. 18, Butte, Mont, and Geoige Chamberl;.in, 41, Anchorage were held stifT.y frozen in their seats by straps,, bearing evidence trwt Cope had held little hope oi averting the ciE.th and had warned them. Qualification First Requisite for Job, Young G. 0. P.'s Told Frank C. Hilton, State president of Young Republican Clubs, addressed an enthusiastic gathering o£ members Friday at White Swan Hotel m Uniontown and explained that Governor Arthur H. Jamo^ ;s stressing qualification in making his appo.ntments. Plans were announced by Mr. Hilton for a novel celebration in Hamsburg, May 2, in honor of the induction as Secretary of Internal Affairs, William S. Livengood. Livengood was the Young Republican representative on the Republican State ticket which swept Pennsylvania back into the G. O. P. fold. Edwin Bowers of Point Marion, county chairman of Young Republicans, introduced Dr. C. R. Williams of the University of Pittsburgh who said lie had found that the young men and women in college life are politically c.on»dous today and that the future at clean politicb in Pennsylvania "lies in (lie hands of the Young Republicans. Members of ihe executive committee attending from Fayette county included Dr. Marcus Jaquette, Dr. U. F. Higinbotham. Austin Baltz, R u t h Becktel, N. E Murphy. Minnie llillen, H. O. Hornbakc," Jr., and i Jerry AbbacUru. tonight. BUCHAREST, Rumania--Rumania reported to have called up three army corps in Transylvania, bordering Carpatho-Ukraine and Hungary, because of tension. NAZI ANGER STIRRED BY SPEECHES By JOSEPH W. GRIGG, Jr. United Press Staff Correspondent. BERLIN. Mar. 13.--News that Great Britain had taken a stand against Nazi expansionism swept through Germany today as Berlin prepared to give Adolf Hitler the biggest reception of his career on his return here. Nazis were deeply shocked and angered at the speech of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Th'ey were not so surprised at the criticism of Hitler's moves by the United States government But Chamberlain's speech was completely unexpected and it came at a moment when Nazis were congratulating themselves that the leaders of the European democracies had accepted Hitler's absorption of the Czechs without a murmur ol protest. Nazis had dismissed the recall of Sir Nevile Henderson, the British ambassador here, as a routine move so he could report to his government. That attitude was impossible now, and it was expected that Hitler would telegraph orders for the recall of Herbert von Dircksen, his ambassador at London, even befoie he re- j tratc South American markets.* Ob- to the examination of Nazi police. Relations were further strained between Washington and Berlin but there was no threat from either side to lupture diplomatic relations. That would be close to the extreme of peaceful protest suggested by President Roosevelt in his annual message to Congress on January 4. "War is not the only means of commanding a decent respect for the opinions of mankind," he said then. "There are many methods, short of war, but stronger and more effective than mere words, of bringing home to aggressor governments the aggregate sentiments of our people." One of those methods was recall of Ambassador Wilson last November, after an outbreak of Jewish persecution in Germany. Germany later agreed to accept an international committee's refugee plan. A high State Department official told the United Press that this acceptance had persuaded he Administration that Wilson might profitably be returned io bis post He said the invasion of Czecho-Slovakia had caused Mr. Hoosevelt to decide to keep Wilson here "indefinitely.' The United States recognized the fact of Nazi rule in Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia--more than four- fifths oC the area of Czechoslovakia --but denounced the method of its acquisition and bluntly questioned its legality and permanence. Officials said that a "storm of protest" was iis,ng in the Umte£ States. Congress in a r.on- extraordinarily bitter methods and It echoed partisan and denunication of Nazi objectives. President Roosevelt's $1,700,000,000 national defense program was boom- .ng on the tide of popular protest against Hitler's moves. There were new warnings of Nazi plans to pene- turr.cd to Berlin. Hitler was expected back tonight from Vienna, where he went alter a tour of his newJy acquired Czech protectorate. COAL WAGE PACT STILL FAR OFF NEW YORK, Mar. 18.--Hopes of Appalachian bituminous producers and the United Mine Workers for agreement on a new collective bargaining contarct before next weekend appeared unlikely today. Negotiations of the joint committee of 1C members from each side were recessed late yesterday until 10 A. M. Monday over the protests of the union, which accused the operators of "dilatory tactics" designed to force a shut down of mining operations when the present agreement expires March 3!. Son Born to Carpenters. Rev. and Mrs. Glenn W. Carpenter of Greensburg announce the birth of a son Thursday morning at the Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. The baby, tipped the scales at nine pounds and seven ounces, has been named Glenn, Jr. The other child in the family is a daughter, Caroiyn. Rev. Carpenter, pastor of the First Christian Church of Greensburg, is a former pastor of the Vandei bilt church. The Weather Fair and contim:erl cold tonight; Sunday fair and wanner is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1939 1938 Maximum . . . 36 60 Minimum 2-t 4-t Mc«U . . . . SQ 5'4 D i c t a t o r i a Power Likely For Daladier By United Press. PARIS, Mar. 18.--The Chamber of Deputies met today to vote on Premier Edouard Daladier's request for dictatorial powers for his cabinet, to put France on an immediate war footing as a defense against German and Italian aggression. Debate was expected to be brief and subdued. It was regarded as ceitain that the chamber would pass the emergency act today, the senate would pass it tomorrow, and that it would go in force Monday morning. Daladier's zequest was for permission to take "imperative, immediate and secret measures" lor the nation's welfare. The act would permit the council of ministers, composed of the cabinet and President Albert Lebrun, to rule by deciee on all matters of defense unt,l November 30. The council could, without recourse to parliament or without any public announcements: (1) Mobilize army reserves; (2) Extend the 40-hour won* week to any length to turn out implements of war; (3) Rewrite pacts and alliances with any nations; (4) Buy war materials abroad; (5) Conscript all industries needed in defsnse works. Most important to Daladier was the power to act secretly. He believed that the chief advantage of dictatorships over democracies was that dictators could strike suddenly, without warning, whereas military activities of the democracies are disclosed to the world by parliamentary debate. servers believed that it anything could pertunde Congress to release Mr. Roosevelt fiom the stilt restrictions of existing neutrality legislation, the latest developments in Eastern Europe would do U. Chairman Key Pittman, D., Nev., of Ihe Senate Foreign Eolations Committee called a meeting for Wednesday to consider Mr. Roosevelt's desire . , ... rfnn n U f r y sion of Congress. Cash at ]"' s and carry objected sions. 5Irs. D. S. Newill HI. Mrs. B. S. Newill o£ South Pittsburg street, who underwent an operation Monday at the Connellsville State Hospital, was considerably improved today. Mrs. Newill, wife of Dr. Newill, was gi%'en a blood transfusion alter. Uie operation, provisions oJ the act expire May 1. The Administration consistently has to its "mandatory" provi- The three German ruled provinces stricken from the list of beneficiaries under United States reciprocal trade arrangements. Secretary of Treasury Henry Morgentb.au, Jr., announced that decision on reciept from the State Department of a letter acknowledging "de facto" German ad- ministrat'on of the areas, but refusing to concede (he legality of Nazi rule. A decision on the status of the fourth province, Ruthenia, is to be made later. Acting Postmaster General W. W. Howes announced suspension of mail service to the Czech provinces. Mail already in transit will be held at New York for four days to permit senders to request retmn. Howes said many business men and individuals had requested return of letters addressed to persons in the late republic. WASHINGTON, Mar. 18. -- The State Department announced today thbt the United States will send ermany an official note, which is expected to reassert American abhorrence of Nazi absorption of Czechoslovakia. The diplomatic message is expected to state in plain and direct language the official view of the United States that it does not recognize the legality of the German action in taking over the Czechoslovak nation. Announcement that the note will be dispatched was made by Acting Secretary of State Sumner Welles. The note is expected to reemphasize Welles' declaration yesterday in which the United States government condemned as "wanton lawlessness" the latest coup of Heichsfueher Adolf Hitler. The American note will be dispatched to the German foreign office in reply to a communication to the United States from Berlin giving official notification of Nazi occupation of the former Czechoslovak provinces of Bohemia and Moravia. Welles said that the United States' reply to this message is now being prepared and that the texts of both, notes will be made public probably next week. Welles* announcement emphasized the swift consolidation of U. S. government action in protest against the Czech situation. It came after the treasury had withdrawn trade treaty concessions from the former Czechoslovak area and imposed the official German tariffs on the region--the highest duties prevailing on goods imported into the United States. This treasury action prevents Germany from gaining any trade advantages in this country through its seizure of Czechoslovakia. The Czech, republic had enjoyed low, beneficial tariffs under the trade treaty in contrast to the high rates which the United States imposes on Germany because of German discriminaions against American imports. Welles indicated that the United States is taking a stand 'similar to that of Great Britain and France in declining to recognize the legality of the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. However, the undersecretary declared he had heard nothing concerning reports from London that a British move had been instituted for a four-power "stop Hitler" conference in which -Great Britain, the United States, France and Russia would participate. Welles revealed that the German notification o£ the occupation of Bohemia and Moravia was presented to the State Department late yesterday by Dr. Hans Thomsen, counsellor o£ the German embassy here. Welles said that the United States is studying all phases of the reciprocal trade treaty and tariff situation arising out of the German action. One point which must be determined is whether benefits given to other nations by the Czech trada Two Arrested After Robbery Investigation Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 18.--Robert Cole, 25, o£ Faircharice, and Ralph Mickey, 18, of Jimtown, near Fairchance, were arrested Friday by Trooper A. A. Grill and jailed in default o£ 51,000 bond each after a hearing before Alderman William F. Whitby. A complahit by William Mickey of Georges township, a brother of Ralph, that his home had been entered by thieves and articles valued at $150 taken, was brought to the attention of the police whose investigation resulted in arrest of the pair. Birth at Hospital. A daughter was born at 1:42 o'clock this morning at the ConneMsville State Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Caliguire ol' MS West Crawford clauses will continue in effect. For the time being, he indicated, the benefits will continue since the only action thus fnr was the treasury application of full tariff rales to Bohemian, Moravian and Siovakian. goods. Cinderella Girl Wins Acquittal Of Murder Charge NEW CASTLE, Mar. 18.--Tha Italian community in nearby Hillsville today continued its celebration at the humble white cottage of Angeline Maravola, pretty housemaid acquitted by a jury of five women and seven men of slaj'ing the man who betrayed her and then repudiated his promise of marriage. After nine hours of debate over whether the "housemaid Cinderella" should go free or pay a penalty ranging from manslaughter to electrocution, the jury filed into the courtroom of Judge W. Walter Braharn at 7:40 P. M. last night and announced its verdict: "Not guilty!" Jurors had been given the task of deciding whether she killed iu self- defense when her threats and pleas goaded young Michael Rich, Jr., into attacking her, or whether she was a "scheming, vengeful woman" who shot to death the son of her politically important employer because he made love to her and backed down on a promise of marriage. When the favorable verdict was read the outwardly composed but nearly hysterical 22-year-old -girl collapsed into the arms of the jail matron, Mrs. M. M. Ingham. The first to reach her were her attorneys, Edwin K. Logan and Samuel L. Clark, who threw their arms about Angeling

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