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LAST E D1T1ON The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRICE 2 VOL. 37, XO. 111. Tlio Weekly Courier, Four.ded July 17. 1379. i Merecd Ike Daily Courier. Founded November 10. 191)2. | July IB. 102U. CONNELLSV1LLE. PA., WEUXIiSDAY ii VEXING, 11AKCH 22, IM!). TEN PAGES. DEFENSE DENIES Daylight Saving Coupon EMBEZZLING BY: Qn Rage Jwo; Citizens en SHERIFF AUBREY, British Baby's New Bunting Deals With Mrs. Keirsted of Persona! Nature, Not in Role of Treasurer, Jury Told. COURTROOM HAS CAPACITY CROWD Kmetz Aid Fund Continues Growth; Now Totals 5143 Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 22.--In a most convincing manner, W. Brown Hig- bco counsc! for Sheriff Thomas H. Aubrey told the mixed jury hearing the case his client and Mrs. Frances S. Kcirstcd had personal dealings in which the former cashed a number of checks for the former tax collector. It is contended that the transactions were not consummated with Aubrey in the role of county treasurer. Only one of the many checks tn- The lund being voluntarily .subscribed by citizens of this community through the aid of The Daily Courier for the rehabilitation of (he Piiul Kmetz family, rendeied homeless and penniless by a fire which vazcd their Brookvale dwelling and cremated two small children, continued to grow- today. The amount has increased daily, but the boosts are not in large figures. Connellsville State Hobpital em- ployes made up one of. the cash gifts and the other was from the manager and girls o£ the Monarch Union Supply Company store, No. 15. The compilation today shows: Previously reported Conrellsvillc State Hospital employes pany store manager and girls 2.75 Any persons who wish to subscribe j welfare of citizens. troduced as evidence--one for $5,500 --was marked as "county treasurer." General denial o£ any defalcations j Monarch Unior . Supp ,y C om- or embezzlement, by Aubrey was · made. j Higbee asserted the defense would Total Si be able to show purely personal dealings with Mrs. Keirsted relative to the cashing of checks for her. In many instances it is said Aubrey held checks for her when her bank account ran low. Unusual interest was manifest in the hearing today with the courtroom, over which Judge H. S. Dumbauld presided, being crowded. The district attorney objected to the interrogation of Samuel E. Taylor, president of the Brownsvj National Bank, who was the firs witness called by the defense to testify as to Aubrey's character. The objection was sustained and Defense Counsel W. Brown Higbee reworded his question. There was a veritable parade of character witnesses during the day Krackr.s of The Covm-r w i l l find, on Pnge Two today a coupon or ballot on which '.o veuord their preference about daylight savins Ballots will appear nNu Thursday and Friday. They should be filled in and cither hcnt or brought to The Conner office, so as to be here by noon of Monday, March 27. If Die pu'po^L'fl change in time is approved by a majority of people of the county it w i l l become efTective April 29, lasting 1o the t a d of September. Committees re present in £ Connclisviik 1 , Un.on'.own, Brownsville, Kaycttc City and Point Marion undorscd the proposal at a meeting at Brown^MlIc but. vo'.ed in / river o£ a nuu.--pr.pci pull to determine the will of tho people. Appended hutelo arc the reasons for and uRuinj.1 daylight saving, which is now in favor with nriorc than h a l f of the people of Pennsylvania. Arguments for daylight sav- ing^timc submitted by the committee j 1 arc. i 1. I t provides greater opportunity i I for outdoor recreation and gardening, j 3.151 thus contributing to the health and ' S134.90 3.50 i to the fund may send their contributions to this office and the gifts w i l l be acknowledged in these columns. Operators Say Wage Scale Hi! Si Would Be Suicide !3y Uiil led Press. NEW YORK, Mar. 22.--Eastern soft coal operators, negotiating a new Appalachian wage-hour ygrcemeni with the United Mine Workers Union, as they told of Aubrey's reputation. A total of 23 had been called at noon. They included Controller Bert Monl- gomciy, former Controller Earl Huston and now chief clerk to the county commissioners, President R. J. Arnett of the Second National Bank, Register of Wills Bruce F. Sterling, Attorney H. Vance Cottom, Emerson Work of. Franklin township, Joel S. asserted today that "any further increase in wage scale would be buici- dal" to the bituminous industry. The operators, opposing a 50-ceni Tt substitutes n LOO! working hour jn (lie morning for a he: one in tho afternoon, thus lessening industrial accidents and increasing the efficiency of trie workers. 3. It gives a time similar to that observed in practically all large cities and towns in the country. 4. It permits farmers to do early i morning shopping before the dew is ( off the ernss and icturn to his farm! For his daily worJreariy in the morn-| inc. 5. Approximately 150 cities and towns in Pennsylvania representing 55 per cent of the State's population, observed daylight saving time last year. The arguments opposed to daylight saving time include the following: 1. It reduces the working time on the farm since the dew obeys only the sun in sotting o.'T the grnss. 2. It takes one hour from indoor A British mother holds her baby safely encased in a gas bag designed for children under two. More than a million babies are to be given the helmets as England makes every preparation against future possible air raids, per day wage increase demand for! amusements and works a hardship on 338,000 union miners in the Appalachian area, issued a statement in which they said "continuation o[ j even ihe present Jarge operating losses will have paralyzing consequences Strong of Franklin township who j to scores of operating companies ami served as foreman of the September j bring enforced suspension to 'bun- grand jury, Attorneys John M. Core, dreds of mines." Daniel W. .McDonald, Jr., E. J. McDaniel and Lee Smith, Brownsville Postmaster William T. Storer and James R. Laughlin of Connellsville township. All of the witnesses, some of whom have known Aubrey as Jong as 25 years, declared that Aubrey's honesty annual earnings for the miners--the was above reproach. j desirability of which no one disputes The defense said it would make a ;--is through increasing the consump- sizzling attack on the testimony o f ; tion of bituminous coal, thereby in- Mrs. Frances S. Keirsted, indicating that she handled in her transaction with Aubrey many "hot checks" not backed by money in the bank. After the Commonwealth *'To augment these losses by further boost in the already high labor. cost in our industry would be to aggravate an already intolerable situation," the statement said. "We believe that tho only sound approach to the question of increased j theatrical and i elated enterprises. 3. It creates confusion in traveling, communications, appointments und the like since daylight sa%-ing time is not uniform in aU communities. Every citizen of Fuycltc county is requested lo promptly complete and return the coupon indicating his sentiment for or against daylight saving time. Groups of employes mr.y vote as a un;t rather than by individuals if. they so desire. Tax on Incomes Endorsed; Would Relieve Business WOatAiV GAINS XHKEE POUNDS DAILY; BEGS DOCTORS TO HELP HER BALLINCER, Tex., Mar. 22.--Mrs Maria Garcia, 30, gained her customary three pounds today and beggec physicians to do something about the strjngc affliction that has increased her weight 240 pounds in three months. She has been gaining three pounds land Seeks Firm Military Pledge In Stand Against Nazis NAZI TROOPS TAKE MEMEL; MARTIAL LAW British Plan for Four- P o w e r Declaration Against Hitler's March To East Strikes Snag. BERLIN, Mur. 22.--Fuehrer Adolf Hitler will made a triumphant entry into Memel probably tomorrow night, well-informed sources said today. lie will be preceded by German troops from East Prussia and will vfl through tne streets ot a gaily- decorated city whose German inhabitants are expected to give him a tumultous reception. MEMEL, Mar. 22.--Momel Nazi storm troops occupied the harbor, postal and other official buildings and the Mcmcl broadcasting station today after announcement that the territory had been surrendered to Germany. The radio station began broadcasts in German at noon. Victor Gailius, Lithuanian governor of Memel territory, in a proclamation to Lithuanians, urged them to preserve strict order, r.ot to disturb friendly relations with Germany and to permit the Lithuanian government to reach decisions* calmly. Gailius said he expected all officials and civil servants here to remain at their posts and continue their duties. He said that properties of all citizens would be protected. As news of the surrender spread, Continued on Page Six. RUMANIA FEARS APPROACH OF WAR By MOREY J. POTTER United Press Staff Correspondent. ^ HARRIbBUHG, Mar. 22.--The pro- \ a dayi appropriately 20 pounds per posal of Representative Herbert G. ', woekt since Jast Christmas. Her ap- Gatcs, R., Armstrong, for a flat Uvo per cent tax on net incomes, with a ,$2,000 yearly exemption, was reported favorably by the Mouse Ways and Means Committee. petite is normal and she eats the hamc type o£ food as other members of* her' family, yet has gained from 160 lo 400 pounds. had rested its case Tuesday afternoon, cletense counsel filed a demurrer to all counts in the bill of indictment creasing the output o£ the mines which in turn provies more work for the miners and more money in then pay envelopes." Asserting that the Appalachian bituminous industry had lost $00,000,000 in 1938 and 5370,000,000 ;n the past 11 years, tiie operators state- Lewis Threatens War on 'Hide Bound' A. F. L. Aristocrats but Judge Dumbauld overruled the ; eni said that labor costs had risen motion. The court, however, sustained a demurrer to the second count in the first bill returned by the March grand jury--failing to pay $5,688.07 upon demand--on grounds the Commonwealth had failed to orter sufficient proof to support the charge. The prosecution also announced, before court adjourned, that it would not proceed on three counts: Failing to pay over $12,981.41 to tiie treasurer upon demand; failing to keep true the exact records of all receipts and disbursements, and a count in- volvinff receipts of S15.fl34.41 collected from December 31, 1834, to November 23, 1935, which the de- fondant is charged with having the area from 63 cents a ton in May, 1933, to $1.34 a ton under the present two-year agreement which expires March 31. WASHINGTON, Mar. 22. -- The House Appropriations Committee today reported a 3185,672,028 second deficiency bill carrying new funds for immediate use to acceleiate the greatest defense program in the failed to pay over to the proper I peace-time history o£ tub United Second Deficiency Bill to Accelerate Defense Program By United Press. NEW YORK, Mar. 22.--John L. Lewis, head of the Cong! ess of Industrial Organisation and president o£ the United Mine Workers Union, HARHISBURG, Mar. 22.--A f l a t two per cent tax on not incomes, exempting persons earning le.-s than S2,000 a year, had endorsement today of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Representative Hertae.'t G. Gates. R.. Armstrong, member of the committee, sponsored the 330.000,000 a year revenue raiser and urged h i b party colleagues to fulfill n Republi- platform pledge by enacting it to permit repeal of the five-mill capita! stock levy--"the most depressive business tax we now have"--and gradual elimination of local real estate taxation for school purposes. That course, said Gates, would justify Governor James' post-election greeting to Pennsylvania businessmen: "Unpack your trunk--stay in Pennsylvania--relief is at hand." The Governor's budget message recommended that no new taxes be levied at this legislative session but that the emergency levies be kept in force for another bicnruum to provide $129,000.000 for public assistance and ?34,000,000 for other obligations listed in his $370,000,000 normal budget James Signs Four Bills Repealing u » S f I ' i I " I Whitewash Laws Time Ripe to End Itaio Dispute Champion Youths Held as Suspects In Cabin Thefts officers and, presumably, converted lo his own use. lo have Arm Caught in Wringer. George Bcuchcr, two years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Bencher of Chalk Hill, suffered contusions and abrasions of the right hand and arm and a laceration o£ the right eye when the arm was cuught in an electric wringer. He was treated at the Hospital. Slates, The committee, however, maintained its consistent policy o£ cutting President Roosevelt's budget requests by slicing the biJl $27,962,903 below the President's recommendations. The bill, drafted chiefly to provide cash Xor defense purposes, carries $30,000,000 to continue construction of 53 war vessels and $09,738,287 in cash for the War Department's defense program plus army contract authorizations totaling $46,801,000. today threatened an organizational f.ght against "the hide bound aristocrats" of the American Federation of Labor if present pence negotiations £or governmental operations. between the two labor groups collapse. Speaking at the Iri-district anthracite convention of the TJMW after Philip Munay, UMW vice-president, hod traced the growth and achievements of the CIO, Lewis sa'.d the ,' congress would never "swallow j poison and go oil and die merely to i please the advocates and supporters of craft unionism." Lewis- answered charges that the CIO is Communistic-controlled. "Be it krown. he said, "that the man, wherever he may be ... who makes the charge that the CIO is an un-American institution, that it is comprised of Communist and has a leadership responsive to Communist principles, that mon is a knave, a liar and a poltroon. "And that statement is just as broad n.s a barn door and just as high as a steeple so that it will lake in anyone who may come within its scope." Rattlesnake Slayer" Welcomes Doom; u Can Take It/ 7 He Asserts THIEVES GET OIL AT BULK PLANT By United Press. LOS ANGELES, CaL, Mar. 22.-Robert S. James, 41, amorous Los Angeles barber, "welcomed" a California State Supreme Court decision today which dooms him to dealh for the "rattlesnake slaying" o£ his seventh wife. "I can take it," said James. **Just say 'Rattlesnake Bob* is not air a id to die, boys. I'm «lad lo get it ovtv v.'ith. I'd just r»s KC»OI\ die mil* v,"iy .id another." News oi the decision wa^ brought lo Jained In Lo» Angeles county jail \\here lie "got religion" and boasts that since he was baptized October H. 1936 he has r.ot strayed from the p;«th of virtue lo o much n.s smoke a csgarct. '« '·No hoy.-,." he told ncws-iMpL-imcr.. "J don't cure whol ou tay ubou- mc. The Bible has shown me the way home. Just say I can take it with a smile. Tell everyone I'm not afraid to die." His reaction was in marked con- tvast to the sneers and scornful comments he madu during his trial for one of the most bizarre crimes ever committed in Califormn. lie was accused with Cl.mtcs I f . Hope-, an Decompile*-, of first cd- tompting LO kill tho su\cnlh M.\s. Jrmiei ir. August, 1933, by placing her Uaie foot in n box oC rattlesnakes while she lay trapped to the table. Th.s failing iu bung death, j\ir_. James, a bude of three months, was drowned in the Uuluub of the Jame* Af least five- or .six cases of quart cans of oil were stolen during the nipht from the West Side bulk plant o{ the Sinclair Refining Company. j There arc 24 cans in each case, i A chain cutter was used to remove ' the hasp and lock from the door. An · effort to pound the lock oft' the pump house failed. j A truck was used to remove the ; oil, police believe. GREENSBORO, Mar. 22.--Three young men of Champion, Faye'.te county, taken into custody by State Motor Police, were being hold pending furthei investigation of the discovery of a various assortment, of articles near Weaver's Mill and believed by officers to have been stolen from summer cabins in the Ligoniei Mountains district. Elmer Shawley, 25, his brother, "Wilbur, 19, and Elmer Kunklc r 24, a'l of Champion, were arrested after police were reported to have received information from a farmer of Weaver's Mill area. The farmer is said to have seen the trio soiling articles out of a sack into the rear end of their car MonrUy before dusk and throwing nway w h a t they apparently did not want. This, police said, consisted of a mirror, small tools, Christmas tree decorations, pair of leather gloves, three pairs of men's dress gloves, an assortment o£ paints with cans opened and used, paint brushes, canned vegetables and milk, a flashlight and soaps o£ all kinds. The- farmer was reported to have informed police he recognized the three men. By United Press. HARRISBURG, Mar. 22.--Governor Arthur H. James has, sjgned the four bills repealing tne 1938 special Legislature's "anti-grand jury investigation laws.' 1 While two of the laws already had been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court the Governor said he was signing the repealers to permit the 1939 Legislature to express Its sentiments against "the principles that led to the original enactment of the bUls/' The grand jury laws were enacted by the special Legislature at the instance of the Administration of former Governor George H. Earle, who with 13 associates was accused by District Attorney Carl B. Shelley in his petition for the current Dauphin county grand jury inquiry. The Governor also signed a bill to strip the Public Utility Commission of its regulatory powers over utilities owned or operated by jnunidpaiHies. This bill will help clear the way for the city of Philadelphia to pledge the rentals from its gas plant for a $50,000,000 loan. The grand jury laws repealed with Governor James' signature gave the House prior ugh is to investigate charges against civil officers and permitted the Attorney General to supersede a county prosecutor at his discretion. The grand jury investigation which started last December after a special House committee exonerated the ac- cusfjd has resulted in indictment of lli prominent Pennsylvania Democrats. PARIS, Mar. 22--Premier Edouard Dalndier wat, understood today to be actively seeking a peaceful settlement of Italian demands in tiie Mediterranean. Acting on an urgent tip from the French embassy at Rome that the time was ripe, the French premier was said to have prepared a three- point plan for settlement which now is in the process of indirect but r.one the less 1 actual negotiations. The sudden move to solve the critical conflict over African colonial problems was said by foreign office sources to have resulted from information from Andre Francois-Poncet, French ambassador at Rome, urging Daladier to take advantage at once of the momentary willingness of Italy to negotiate. The government declared that it saw no cause for action in connection with German seizure of Memel and it was indicated that France would not act if the Nazis also took Danzig. · By FREDERICK KUH "United Press Staff Correspondent. LONDON, Mar. 22--Great Britain's plan for a four-power declaration against Adolf Hitler's "march to the east'' struck a snag today that was reported to have forced the government lo consider limiting the pact to Britain, France and Soviet Russia. Poland was understood in well-informed sources to be hesitant about immediately joining in any anti-German bloc but the Russians generally were believed to have decided to fall into line with the plan already approved by Britain and France. The German seizure of Memel under threat of force against Llthu- jfhia prompted British sponsors of the plan to urge quick action by the other powers sounded out on a general pledge to consult in event of aggression in Europe. Final decisions have not yet been made, but it was understood that Poland was holding out for a firm military pledge which would assure her of protection of the three big powers if she signed any declaration that might arouse German hostility. Adolf Hitler's Nazi troops have almost su rrounded Poland on three sides as a result of the destruction of Czechoslovakia, the extension of almost complete Nazi influence to Hungary, the acquisition of Memel and the forcing of Lithuania closely into the German sphere. The situation in Rumania'also was growing steadiiv more tense, with some 300,000 troops mobilized for frontier protection--especially opposite Hungary--and the people almost panicky in fear of war. Almost every European nation was on or approaching war footing as a result of mobilization of reserves or specialits in Italy and France and frontier precautions in virtually all of the small nations. Staafs Appointed Turnpike Engineer Senate Reconsiders Vote on Government Reorganization Bill WASHINGTON, Mar. 22.--Administration forces succeeded today in persuading the Senate to reconsider the vote by which it yesterday amended the Government reorganization bill so as to restrict President Roosevelt's powers. Tasscs Stale Board. Miss Lois Soisbon of 123 Snyder street, who was graduated in 1938 from the niirscs trnmij-JK school of Uniontown Jlo-pilal, pissed the State board cXMinin. t j d n and is now a . ugUu-ivd n u r ^ f IUL-,3 So:?son is a duugiuer uf M i . niui Mis. Harold G. Soissun. Hospital Patients. Kenneth Jacobs o£ Mill Hun, Earle Burdette of DunlKir and Donald homu nl La Ci-cscenta and her body } Wiclmcr of \Yitter avenue have been removed to a fish pond to make the . udm.ticd to Cor.ncllsvillc Stale Hos- uppcar accidental, jjiUl ior treatment. Frick Miner Injured. Michael Ktirimca'-: of Mount Pleasant injured his right foot at the Colonial No. 4 mine of H. C. Frick Coke Company and was taken to Brownsville General Hospital lor treatment. The Weather Fair with slowly rising temperatures tonight; Thursday fair and warmer is the noon weather forecast lor Western Pennsylvnnin. Temperature Record. 1339 1938 Anderegg Car, Stolen From Garage, Located In Latrobe, Abandoned An automobile of H. H. Anderegg, stolen Irom its garage Saturday morning, was lound abandoned at Latrobc Tuesday by police. The gas supply had been exhausted. IL is believed the men who stole the Anderegg machine returned, to their haunts in a machine that was taken from the James C. Oursler garage at Latrobe, the man there having reported a theft to officers. HARRtSBURG. Mar. 22.--William T. Staats, former duel resident, en- gineei lot' the Public Works Administration in Western Pennsylvania, today was named assistant chicl engineer of the State Turnpike Commission. Staats, 43, and a native of Philadelphia, v/ilJ be in charge o£ all liaison between the Turnpike Commis- i . , , sion and the Reconstruction Finance, f~ p m O 3 ! d H ' C R | Corporation, the WPA and othet-in- I V-C3 I l l p a i y i \ f \^Cl\\ tcrcsted agencies. James Moves To Clear u Jam" In State Senate By JAMES SHEPLEY United Press Staff Correspondent. HARRISBUEG, Mar. 22.--Governor Arthur H. James personally took hand today in efforts of Republican leaders to break the Senate 'jam" \vhich threatens the majority party's entire legislative program as Weil as effective operation of the State Government. - Apparently impressed by the complexity of the situation, the Governor moved in two directions to clear up the congestion brought about by a solid minority front and an equally solid Republican bloc formed early in the session by a group of Senate "Ireshmen." . His first step was to summon all Republican senators to a "get. acquainted" luncheon meeting yesterday. One majority member, John Walker, Allegheny, a leader of the "freshman" bloc, did not attend. An hour later the Governor called Democratic Minority Floor Leader Harry Shapiro, Philadelphia, to his office for a conference. The Governor's primary-objectives, it was believed, was clearing the way for major portions of his legislative program and securing confirmation o£ hundreds o£ his appointees, Who will be unable to take office until the Legislature adjourns if Senate Democrats remain adamant The latter is of utmost importance to smooth administration of State Government since James has requested the resignation of all county assistance boards and scores of other agencies, which are now virtually inoperative. Mussolini Speeds Up Preparedness Says Five Men Robbed Him of-Rough Diamonds CHICAGO. Mar. 22.--Joseph Ol'- stein. New York, reported to police today that five men sei'/.ed him in downtown Chicago and robbed him of $100,000 worth of ro.'^h diamonds. By REYNOLDS PACKARD United Press Staff Correspondent. HOME, Mar. 22.--.Premier Benito Mussolini is speeding up his preparedness campaign by army reservists and the colors, it was said today in an authoritative quarter. As the statement was made, the Fascist grand council, supreme body of the Fasist Hierarchy, announced France's expense. As regards preparedness, usually reliable informar.ts said that those reservists o£ the army classes of 1901, calling more I 1902, 1903 and possibly 1904 who had technicians to ! been exempt Irom previous calls were msde in the last few months had now been summoned to military headquarters and in nearly all cases Orstein told police the holdup men | complete adherence to the Berlin- forced him at gunpoint to enter their " "~~ 1 J J M i n i m u m Mean 23 automobile. After circling the loop, Orstein said, the men drove into an underpass where they took two pouches containing the diamonds and forced him out of the car. Rome axis and denounced efforts to form a "stop Hitler" bloc of nations. Mussolini was preparing to make an important speech Sunday incident to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Fascism. He was expected then lo outline his "aspirations" at ordered to report to their barracks by tomorrow midnight. Exemptions from army calls had been made previously when reservists had families to support, or when they had steady jobs. But it was understood that this week exemptions had been iew and that those granted were based not on families or employment taut on illness.

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