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LAST E D1TION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRICE 2 VOL/. 36, NO. 103. 35° Wc .S kl ' Courier. Founded July 17, 38TO. Tho Daily Courier. Founded November 10. 1002. Merced. July 18. 1023 CONNELLSVILLE, PA., TUESDAY EVENING, MARCH S, 193S. TEN PAGES. Weihe Warns Boost In School Tax May Be Made Next Year Boord President Does an "About Face" in His Stand. IS ADMISSION OF BEING "IN RED" LOS ANGELES, Mar. 8.--The search for eastern tourists lost in last week's flood became a problem for relief agencies today. Authorities feared that the toll among the visitors might not be known for months; that bodies of some may have been washed into the ocean. There were hundreds of inquiries from anixous relatives of persons which taxpayers meet their oblifia- | who had come to California on vacations in the near future. i tion. Some of these persons were Mr. Weihe has consistently held safe; some were cnrouto to their to the opinion that taxes would flow more freely into the coffers of the board if the millagc were lowered. In an almost complete "about face" from his former stand, Clyde R. Weihe, president of the Board of Education, and leader of a movement for lower taxes at any cost in the past several years, last night warned that a boost is imminent and that how much the increase will be depends entirely on the manner in Fear Tourists Among Dead In California With the backing of the majority he has controlled for more than two years he has instituted tax cuts. Now the district is definitely in the red. Warnings that such would be the case were repeatedly ignored by were homes, and some were missing. Most of the permanent residents had been accounted for, and there were only a few unidentified bodies anong the 141 known dead. The destruction of two tourist camps at West Riverside, when a cloudburst sent the Santa Ana River on a rampage and deluged the camps e case were r e p e a e y nore y on a rampage an euge e camps the board leader, but the fact that I under 40 feet o[ water, and the fact a loan of $19,000 was necessary last | that many tourists were camping on month to meet the payroll spoke plainer than any other language. " Other loans will be necessary the roadsides in their au.to trailers. made the .task of accounting for them more difficult. Registration the remainder of the term goes by, recor ds of the two camps were lost, although the $19,000 was repaid as imc l after the waters receded, mud soon as the State appropriation was received. When the school year ends ing automobiles, the district will be "in the hole" by a considerable sum. Mr. Weihe's 'warning of an increase in the millagc is regarded as an admission of the seriousness of the financial situation. He has constantly scoffed at the idea that such a condition ' would result from his financial program. Now he is setting the stage for an Increase and his announcement last i ton. night is regarded as the first step in a program to prepare the taxpayers for the shock they will receive when the next year's budget is set up and the tax levy fixed. Mr. Weihe asked that persons financially able pay their 1937 taxes, asserting that the receipts from now until the en3 of the school year i will have a bearing on the millage' to bc'nxcd then. Addressing his remarks to the board, and particularly to the newspapermen in attendance, the directorate president said "receipts from taxes due in 1937 and other was piled almost to the tops of stand- A few tourists' bodies were being found. That of Philip Evenson of Holland, Pipestone county, Minn., was recovered near West Riverside. Coroner B. F. White was checking a icport that a second Minncsotan may hrve perished with him. Martin Hytjan, also of Holland, was return- inn east in the same car with Even- Black Legion Reported Active In Michigan DETROIT, Mar. 3.--State authorities intensified today an inquiry into charges that the Black Legion was operating again in various parts of delinquents will have a bearing on | Michigan. the fixing of the millage." Mr. Weihe added that "if receipts will help us do it, every member will be only too glad to reduce the mill- age," "adding, that if .the income i» short of meeting expenditures the board would then have to "levy the millage accordingly." "I think it is the duty as well as the responsibility of people who can Continued on Page Six. Linemen on Pole Injured When II Snaps ai Bottom Special to The Courier. LATROBE, Mar. 8.--Two West Penn linemen were dashed to earth and badly injured near the Roy Habcrlen farm along the Pleasant Unily-Lycippus road Monday when a 35-foot pole broke off at the base while they were working on top of it. The injured are "Big Bill" Johnson, 35, of M^chcsneytown, and John Ottino, 32, of Latrobe. Johnson suffered a fracture of the pelvis on the right side and Ottino fractures of the left foot, right leg above the knee and of the right shoulder. Just Off the Wire By United Press. STEUBENVILLE. Mar. 8--Counsel for Kcv. Harold C. Zcis, prominent Stcubcnvillc minister, today asked Federal Jucl/se Mcll G. TJnder- wood to set aside the jury verJIct awarding Mrs. Cora Lillian Burnham, New York divorcee, $10,000 heart balm. At the same time Rev. Zcis' attorney, filed a petition for a new trial, thus paving the way for an appeal should Judec Underwood reject both motions. . NEW YORK, Mar. 8.--The firm of Richard Whitney and Company, Ions retarded as one of the most Influential brokerage houses in Wall street, was suspended from the New York Stock Exchange today for insolvency. The exchange simultaneously announced it was Investigating evidence that the firm had engaged In "conduct apparently contrary to just and equitable principles of trade." WASHINGTON, Mar. 8.--Representative Donald McLean, Republican, N. Y., loday Inlrocudcd a concurrent resolution to remove all three directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The demands for removal of the three-man directorate further coraplictcd the controversy around the New Deal power project. 1'rcvi- oui' Proposals, introduced In both Ho use ana Senate, asked merely ^stisalinn or Activities. A Pontiac minister charged that the cult, which terrorized hundreds before 't w t is exposed and broken in 1936, was "after" him because he preached a gospel sanctioning common-law marriages. A one-man grand jury in Mount Clemens will investigate police reports that Ray Ernst of Jackson, a former Black Legion official, had acknowledged being the head of an organization known as the Patriotic Legion of America, with headquarters in Lansing, the state capital. Prosecutor Vincent L. Fitzgerald charged that the organization was nothing more than new Black Legion. Ernst served 90 days.and wns placed on three years' probation in 1936 in connection with the flogging of a southern Michigan prison guard by Black Legionnaires. Chief William Hanson of the Jackson State Police barracks said that Ernst denied that the Patriotic Legion had any connection with the dread cult whose black-robed members flogg»d and even killed persons of whom they disapproved. "Ernst s-aid the new organization was strictly patriotic and had no blood oath nor code of violence such as was practiced by the Black Le- Rion," Hanson reported to Fitzgerald. Pershing Remains In Fair Condition TUCSON, Mar. 8.--General John J. Pcrshing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces during the World War, remained in "fair condition" today, his physicians announced. Physicians said the general's kidneys did not function as well as desired but that he took nourishment well and there was no need for immediate worry. Brazil's Foreign Chief Dr. Oswalrio Anuiha . . . becomes foreign secretary Acceptance of Dr. Oswaldo Aranha, Brazilian envoy to the U. S., and an anti-Fascist, as for- eign'minister In the Vargas government in Brazil, Is looked upon with satisfaction by the U. S. Dr. Aranha had departed from Washington suddenly last November following the Vargas coup. Washington observers now believe ho has become convinced that Brazil will not become a totnlarlan ntatc. --Central Prat Hitler to See Warship Review While in Italy By United Pft^s. ROME, Mar. 8.--Plans for a review of more than 200 Italian warships in honor of Adolf Hitler on his approaching state visit were announced today as British-Italian friendship negotiations began after wci.ks of careful preparation. Soon after arrangements had been made for a talk tonight between Count Galeazzo Ciano. foreign minister, and Lord Perth, British ambassador, preparatory to formal negotiations, it was announced that on the occasion of Hitler's visit early in May there would be a gigantic display of Italy's naval strength. Ninety submarines and a fleet of fast torpedo boats will be among more than 200 ships in the review, it was announced, and air force squadrons will make a sham attack on battleships. There was some surprise in British quarters at the announcement, almost coincident with the st,irt of frcndship negotiations. Even in some Italian political quarters the question was asked whether significance should be attached to the announcement. A whole day of the visit will be devoted to the icview, with Hitler aboard , the battleship Conte di Cavour. "These cxcici-scs . . . will be something without precedent in view of both the number and units and the nature of the maneuvers in which they arc onn*ificd," said ;m official announcement. Labor Federation Says Employment In State Gains WASHINGTON, Mar. unions reported to the 8.--Trade American Federation of Labor today an employment gain in late January and early February for the first time in seven months. The American Fcdcrationist, official AFL publication, described this as "encouraging news after a winter when 3,207,000 lost their jobs." Drivers Must Have Operating Licenses Strict enforcement of 1338 -Iri/crs' license requirements throughout I'\iy- ette county has been ordered as the seven-day extension of last year's licenses came to an end. All drivers must either be prepared to show their 1938 cards or face a fine of $10, according to orders issued to the Fayelte county detail of the State Motor Police. Checks are to be made for the next week or two at various points to make certain that drivers are complying with the provisions of the law. POSSE HUNTS NAKED MAN AFTER GIRL IS ATTACKED Plot to Kill Cuban President Frustrated By United Prcw HAVANA, Mar. 8.--A plot to assassinate Colonel Fulgencio Batista, chief of staff and "strong man" of Cuba, was disclosed today with the announcement that four men, alleged to have taken part in the plot, had been shot dead in a gun fight with troops across the bay from Havana. Civilians and army and navy men were implicated in the plot, it was alleged, and sought first to hill Batista during his recent visits to Santiago at the other end of the island. Army intelligence men learned of the plot and frustrated it, it was asserted, and since then had been engaged in tracking down the plotters. Intelligence men learned yesterday that four of the plotters were hiding in onr of the Camaroncs caves on 'the ocean front not for from the Cabana fortress across the bay from Havana, it was said. Const artillerymen were sent from the fortress, an official announcement said, and there killed the four--Domingo Leon, a navy petty officer, and three civilians. One of the civilians was Raul Maga- don; the others were named Bcrmu- dez and Santos. Julio Machndo Villa, a sergeant of the attacking detachment, was seriously wounded. Colonel Batista intimated that, he expected to make a statement on the plot, possibly today. The incident was the first serious one of the sort in Cuba since 1935, when Dr. Antonio Guitcras, a radical leader, was killed in a fight in Matanzas province. Monosky Killing Was Premediated, Newell Tells Jury UNIONTOWN, Mar. 8.--Outlining the Commonwealth's case to the jury at noon today, Special Prosecutor Wade K. Newell branded the killing of John Monosky of Davidson in the beer parlor of Joseph Marinaro in North Pittsburg street, Conncllsville, on September S, last, as willful, deliberate and premeditated, justifying a first degree verdict in the murder trial of Marinaro. Taking of testimony was started at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon when the Commonwealth called its first witness. The six jurors selected during the forenoon were: No. 7, Charles Lamb, farmer, Marklcysburg. No. 8, Warren Ringer, railroader. Continued on Pago Six. Jock Sutherland MayBeCandidate For State Post By United Press. PITTSBURGH. Mar. 8--W. J. Aik- cn. Republican leader at Edgcwood, and several other district Republicans said today that Dr. John B. (Jock) Sutherland, head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh, has been asked to seek the Republican nomination for Lieutenant-Governor of Pennsylvania. Sutherland could not be reached for comment. Building Trades Councils Oppose State Authority By United Prcsi. HARRISBURG, Mar. 8.--Pennsylvania building trade councils declared war today on a State Authority ruling 58.2 per cent of labor o-. its $65,000,000 institutional program be recruited from active unemployment relief rolls. Protesting to Director A. S. Janeway that workmen needing employment badly would be handicapped simply because they were able to stay off the relief rolls in recent years, representatives of virtually all building trades in the State planned to coordinate their demands and lay them before Governor George H. Earle and President Roosevelt. By United Press. STIGLER, Okla., Mar. 8.--Sheriff C. A. Powell led a posse through the woods 14 miles north of here today in search of a wild, naked man who emerged from his hiding place yesterday, seiEed a seven-year-old girl on her way home from school and tried to assault her. A carload of bJvodhounds was brought here last niJSjt from the state prison at McAlestcr, and sev- said a farm womnn had complained that she saw the man from a distance as he tlinkcd along a thicket. Yesterday the man seized seven- year-old Cleo Pierce as she walked j along a road with her brother, re-1 turning home from their country j school. H» dragged the girl into a ditch and tried to assault her. The child said that she squirmed away from him and ran. The children, TJniontown Clerk Rcslcns. UNIONTO'VN, Mar. 8.--Charles H. i Cale, who has served as city clerk I and in other official capacities during | the past ID years, has resigned bc- ! cause of ill health. Elmer H. Baker, assistant to Mr. Cale for a year and a half, is now in charge of the municipal office. The Weather Arrest Tennis Ace Baron Gottfried von Cranun . . . seized In Berlin Germany's foremost tennis «tar and Davis cup ace, Baron Gottfried von Cramm, has been arrested by criminal police in Berlin under mysterious clrcum- xtances. According to available official informal ion he was suspected "of violation of the Reich crlmlniil code." --Central Frets Spanish Rebels Ready to Open 'Dual Offensive HENDAYE, FRANCO-SPANISH FRONTIER, Mar. 8.--Military observers believed today that a dual insurgent offensive against Guadalajara and Belchite was imminent in view of constant aerial bombardments in the Ebro valley and government reports of large concentrations of Italians north of Madrid. Although the Italian government has officially denied reports that fresh Italian troops have arrived from Libya for a Guadalajara drive, the loyalists assert that 100,000 Italians will be massed in the sccton soon. It was thought that the Guadalajara drive would be undertaken by the Italian units as their final battle before plans for removal of volunteers from each side get under way, to enable them to avenge their rout a year ago today in the same sector. Refuses fo Send Son To School; Gets Five Days in County Jail UNIONTOWN, Mar. 8.--George Porterficld, 53, of Allison, was committed to jail Monday night for five days by Justice of the Peace J. Fitzmaurice of Fairbank. The man had been fined $5 or five days in jail for failing to send his son, Albert, 15, to the Brier Hill school. When authorities pleaded with Porlerfield to have his son go back to school, the man replied: "He's too old and we can't make him go." "You can send them all away for all I care," ho added, referring to the children. School authorities are pondering the imposition of-oddi- tipnal sentences to prison. COKERSW1N BOTH ENDS OF DEBATE AT ST. VINCENT Connellsvillc High School scored a double victoiy over the debitters of St. Vincent College Monday night at that place, it being the first time in the four years of competition that a decision other than Q split has been returned. Coach Harold Swank was accompanied by David C. Guhl who heard one of the debates while the tutor listened to the other to check upon the exhibition contest. The affirmative speakers were Thomas Floto and Sarah Bailey and the negative John Munson and George Marakas. The Cokcr teams go to Charleroi High School for an afternoon debate before the student assembly Thursday, Letters Granted. GREENSBURG, Mar. 8.--Letters of administration in the estate of Thomas R. Fries, late of West Newton, were granted to J. M. Fries and Kenneth F. Fries. The estate is valued at $1,600. Tax Bill, Surviving First Attack, Faces Another Controversy Killed Gorky On Police Order, Russian Says MOSCOW, Mar. 8 Prof. Lev G. Levin, until recently head of the Kremlin Hospital, asserted today that he killed Maxim Gorky, Soviet Russia's most famous writer, at the order of Henry Grogiricvich Yagoda, chief of secret police. Before ordering him to kill Corky, Prof, Levin said, Yagoda asked him to kill Maxim Peshkov, Gorky's only son, on the plea that Yagoda was responsible for Gorky's safety ond that ''his worthless son, who drinks too much" was a bad influence on the father. Maxim Pcrshkov died, ostensibly of pneumonia, in 1934. Maxim Gorky (his real name was Alexei Maxlmq- vilch Pershkov) died June 38," 3 936", ostensibly of grip and lung trouble. Prof. Levin, one of 21 defendants in the same trial of bolshevik opposition leaders, was today's first witness as the dramatic case rounded out its first week. It is the prosecution's charge that he', Yagoda, Pavel P. Bulanov, a secret police executive; Prof. Dimitri D. Pletnev, Russia's leading heart specialist, internationally famous; Dr. Ignati N. Kazakov, father of a cure-all extract called lizates' which was so popular that a special institute was built for him and his practice was restricted to leaders; Peter P. Kryuckov, Gorky's secretary, and Continued on Page-Six. - -· "- ---By JOHN R. BEAL United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Mar. - !!.--Tha. House by a vote of 85 .to 4S today refused to restore salary ""publicity provisions to the tax bill which. President Roosevelt specifically endorsed. The vole was the first of a series on major issues presented in the Ad* «nimigration's tax revision bill. The vote ignored wishes of President Roosevelt who said at a .press conference last.week that.the..pub- licity feature should be, retained..as a matter of public' "morals.'.'.. . .",. 13 Charges With Harboring Dogs Not Licensed Charges of "harboring of an unlicensed dog" have been preferred against 13 Conncllsville residents by Peter Susano, State dog law investigator, who will be notified by Alderman Sarah Cohen to appear for hearings that will be held later in the week, Charges were made against Russell Orndorff, John Gcmas, Ray Lohr, Samuel Long, Laird Leeder, Ray Mickey, H. F. McLalen, Harry Franks, John Morrison, Harold DeBolt, John Enos, Harmon Sine and Mrs. Howard Rogers, for violation of Section 18 of the dog law. The defendants face fines of from S5 to S100 or 30 days in jail or both, thd investigator said. Mr. Susano said that he was going to mnkc a, thorough investigation of Continued on Paga Sbc. Estimate 600 Died When Spanish Ship Sank During Battle By United Prcis. GIBRALTAR, Mar. 8.--It was estimated today, on the basis of inquiries made among members of the crew of the British rescue destroyer Boreas, that nearly _ 600 Spanish nationalists died when the insurgent cruiser flagship Baleares was torpedoed oft' the Spanish coast early Sunday. It was reported that the admiral in command, the captain and the principal officers perished. Members of the Boreas cicw said that they had to cease their rescue cflorts because airplane bombs from loyalist planes were dropping between the Boreas and thu Baleares, which were but 30 yards apart. They said that the cruiser Canar- its, sister ship to the Baleares, remained a mile away and did not join in rescue work. Members of the crew attributed the heavy death toll on the Baleares to the fact that three torpedoes sttuck the ship. One, they said, struck in the engine room and another struck the oil tanks. The Boreas, it was said, picked up about 200 survivors, all apparently Spaniards. WOMAN WHO SMOTHERED HER TWO BABIES HAPPY IN JAIL By United Press. RIVERHEAD, N. Y., Mar. 8.-Margaret Thomson, a woman of, 25 herself, but she was withdrawn today because it seemed obvious that Mrs. Thomsen planned to live. She Fnir tonight and Wednesday, not much change in temperature is the Cleo and her brother, Paul, nine, noon weather forecast for Wcstoin eral armed farmers joined the posse | came home screaming hysterically, i Pennsylvania. to hunt the object of neighborhood terror. The posse was out most of the night. Reports had been calculating for i n - ' several days that there wa a naked , man living in the woods. The sheriff Paul had fled when he first saw the I man and Cleo arrived homo a few Temperature i mintues behind linn. The childicn ^.ud the .lU^Ker \\., Mi\.mum s \vhito mjn. th.d he \vas nude and Minimum . ... th.it he u o i e a mn^k. Mo. Record. 1938 19117 « 62 :;? si ·1! 18 with an immo'bile f a c e , who smothered her two babes because her | looked forward with apparent eager- j husband didn't tnke her to the | noes to spending the rest of her life movies-, joked with the matron who j in prison. She was in prison once, I s.it outside her cell today. ,md she said, and it was the happiest I giggled over hei own jokes. , period of her life. | "You shouldn't carry on so," iutd ' Yesterday morning Mrs. Thomp- I Mrs. Jacob Drcyer, the matron, |: en smothered first Kathleen, then I "think of your poor children." j the baby, with her left hand and the I "I am thinking of them and I'm | quilt on her bed. When she was all ! filad I did it. They're in Heaven ' through, she telephoned police. n o w ' , "Send t\vo.policemen," she said. Mi v. Dieyrr htd ·*.)! ou'Md'' Mis. "Remcmbei two policemen--because 'Thomson's cell nil nicht lest she k i l l j l h e i c .110 t\\o dead children." Democrats D i s a g r e e Over Levy on Close Corporations. FIRST AMENDMENT EASILY DEFEATED WASHINGTON, -Mar. 8.--Tho House approached -the most controversial part of the Administration'* tax revision.bill today--a-20 per cent levy on closely held corporations-with Democrats in disagreement.-· The first major test of the bill wax disposed of with surprising- speed late yesterday. A Republican attempt to substitute graduated nor- 1 mal rates for the proposed -undistributed profits tax on corporations ~ earning more than $25,000 a year was defeated, 78 to 33. Although the attack "agalnsf' retention of the undistributed profits principle proved weaker . than its sponsors had hoped, Adminstra- tion leaders saw enough potential danger in a proposed amendment by Representative John W. McCormack, D., Mass., that would eliminate the tax on family-type corporations to order a cross-section survey of Democratic sentiment. McCormack warned his colleagues in a House speech to consider the effects of their votes in connection with the forthcoming primaries and the November congressional elections. He reminded them that 150 Democratic members now holding scats come from districts that used to be Republican before the New Deal. Detailing the many objections he sees to imposing a penalty on closely held corporations as against companies whose stock Is widely held, he concluded with political reasons for defeating it. "The politics of it calls for elimination of title 1-B," he said, referring to the technical name of the tax, - " ~~ The same point of view also was held by Representative Bryon ,B. Harlan, D., Ohio, staunch New Dealer, who attempted unsuccessfully to strengthen the revenue law's penalty section as a substitute for the 1-B tax. "It would give your Republican opponents another argument to talk about in the campaign--a false argument, it is true, but another thing to talk about," he told the Democrats. Continued oa Pago Six. lraV._Riish,6?, 'Called'byDeath Ira V. Rush, one of the best-known residents of Connellsville, died at 11:55 o'clock this morning at his home at 205 South Prospect street after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Rush would have been 69 years of age next September 1. French Destroyer, Spanish Warship, Have Short Fight By United Press. PERP1GNAN, France, Mar. 8.-Two French navy seamen were wounded today in an exchange of fire with an unidentified Spanish warship in French waters. The French destroyer La . Pour- suivante, stationed at Port Vendres on the coast at the Spanish frontier, encountered the Spanish ship In fog, inside French territorial waters. Shots were exchanged and the.two French seamen wounded. They were taken to hospital at Port Vendres. No report was received on the effect of French shots on the Spanish ship, or on the extent of the seamen's wounds. Five Spanish nationalist-airplanes dropped 20 bombs early today on Portbou, across the frontier. The chief damage was done to the railroad sation. · Rev. Cadwcll to Speak. Rev. Merrill L. Cadwcll. pastor of the Chriitian Church of Connellsville. will be one of the speakers at the annual banquet of the Baxter Class of the First Presbyterian Church of Unkmtown Friday evening. The other speakeis will be Arthur M. Mintier, L. D.. of the history department at Wayncsburs College.

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