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Friday, March 11, 1938
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LAST E DITiON PRICE 2= The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 36, NO. 10S. ·nio Weekly Courier, rounded July 17, 1879. Tho Dally Courier, Founded November 10. 1002. . I July in. 1220 PA., FiUDAY EVENING, JIARCH 11, 193S. TWENTY PAGES. Council-School Board Aired; Latter to Mayor Charges Campbell Threatened to See Addressograph x Share Would Not Be Shouldered When Director's Sister Failed to Get Installation Job. The story of why the Board of ·Education hasn't paid its share of the cost of the addressograph machinery in the city treasurer's office was related Thursday night at a special meeting of Council and a committee of three school directors, appointed Monday, but there was n conflict of views. Council agreed it was merely interested in determining the attitude of the school board with regard to its share o£ the cost, $1,015, and Solicitor S. D. Bracmer of the directorate indicated definite action would be taken when the board meets in April. x Solicitor Bracmer said that the "obligation, is a moral obligation that in going over the minutes o[ the school board he had failed to uncover any record of a resolution authorizing purchase or payment of the nddressogrnph and that no provision had been made in the current year's budget. This-condition exists, the solicitor said, because the committee (Worth K. Balsley and Robert E. Wilhelm) originally appointed by President Clyde R. Wcihe on December 13, 3035, failed to recommend what should^bc^donc "and that the board 'had" never decided one way or another, although accepting the committee report which stated that it felt the board as a whole should decide "whether or not the mechanism should be purchased after it had gone into detail to enumerate some o£ the outstanding advantages ol the system. Solicitor Braemer declared he would drjft a resolution for presentation at the April meeting of the board which would state that an obligation was due and should be paid. Mayor Ira D. Younkin informed · the solicitor that' "Council's main thought was to determine what the School Board intends to do." When Director Clyde S. Campbell insisted the board had never indicated it wouldn't 'pay the bill, Councilman B. M. Swartzwelder asked why it hud been delayed, inasmuch as the account been sent to the board last ' September. Director Campbell, then president, said he had turned the bill over to Judge Boss S. Matthews, then board solicitor, and that tin* latter eventually became involved in an election campaign and did cot attend any more meetings of the hoard. He did not say, however, hov long the solicitor was supposed to have held the bill. Director Campbell, after reading extracts of minutes of the school board telling about the appointment of the committee to look over the addressograph and Its subsequent report that was adopted despite the fact no recommendation was made, said there was some Ins" about the bill 'misunderstand- 'because it has been played up in the newspapers." Chairman of the committee, which also included James H, Strawn and Mr. Balsley, Director Campbell was its spokesman. When Director Campbell had concluded, Mayor Yourjkin related there was a "gentleman's agreement" about proceeding with purchase of the machinery, stating that Director Campbell, then president, had informed him, when contacted by telephone before purchase was authorized, that he was in accord with the plan and would recommend its purchase. Later Director Campbell insisted that "nothing was done alter the committee made it's was the end of it." report. That Mayor Younkin then told of President Campbell contacting him to intercede in behalf of a sister for employment on the WPA project approved for installation of the ad- dressograph .machinery. The Mayor said he tried in vain io get her placed and when he reported what the final decision had been, Director Campbell declared, the Mayor said: "By God, if I have anything to do with it, the School Board won't pay their share." Director Campbell denied the remark but when the Mayor pressed him, the school director sJiid: "I don't say I did but if you say I did then I did." Mayor Younkin. continued: "That's the first time I had any idea that the School Board was not going along." The Mayor declared Director William L. Zollars, chairman of the Benjamin F. Smith Sued for $40,000; Wreck Aftermath UNIONTOWN, Mar. 11.--Damage suits totalling $40,000 .were entered today against Benjamin F. Smith of Connellsville is the outgrowth of an accident March 30, 10?5, in which one was killed and four injured. Daniel Shupc of Hollidays Cove, W. Va., was instantly killed when it is alleged Smith's car was driven over th5 center of the highway to strike the south-bound machine. Mrs. Hannah Josephine Shupe, widow for herself and two children, William Daniel and Lola Jane Shupe, minors, of Dunbar township seek $20.000. Irvin Anderson of East Huntingdon township asks $10,000. He was a passenger in the Shupe car. Oliver Shupc of Upper Tyrone township, also a passenger in the Shupe machine, asks 510,000. G. O. P. Leaders Seeking Harmony A f t e r P r i m a r y By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Mar.. 11.--A 'har- Formcr State Senator Frank Harris, Allegheny couny G. O, mony" drive was under way in Pennsylvania Republican, ranks today after G. O. I', leaders from 24 western and central counties voted to ask all Republican primary candidates to pledge support to the successful nominees in the November election. J. - . . P. chairman, who called the "harmony" meeting here yesterday, was given 'the task of presenting the proposal to Stale Chairman G. Edward Green. The move was seen by political observers as aimed at eliminating bitterness from the Republican campaign while the Democratic primary would be an open battle among Charles Alvin Jones, endorsed by the Democratic slate committee, Charles J. Margiotti, State's attorney general who is running independently and Lieutenant Governor Thomas Kennedy who has the backing of the Committee for Industrial Organization. Cavakanfe Charges Unfounded, Governor Says Inquiry Shows By United Press. HARRISBURG, Mar. 11.--Governor George H. Earie announced today a motor police investigation failed .to support Senator Anthony Cavalcante's charges of irregularities in State civil service operation in Fayette county. "The investigation has failed to disclose any evidence of unfairness or fraud in the conducting of civil service examinations in question-for public assistance department positions--or in the preparation of appointments to positions to be filled by such examinations," he said. Three Guilty Verdicts Found in Unionfown UNIONTOWN, guilty verdicts, Mar. 11--Three carrying recommendations of mercy, were returned ngainst T. E. Alberts of Cleveland, Ohio, tried on charges of false pretense growing out of successful efforts to "take over" gasoline station attendants on false courtesy cards. A co-defendant, Abraham, also of Cleveland, previously entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced by Judge Harry'A. Cottom to spend six months in the county jail. A guilty verdict, recommending extreme mercy, was returned to' Judge W. Russell Carr in the ease of Norman Boulos, prosecuted by State agents for possessing liquor on premises operating under a beer license. Continued oa £a£c giiteen, ... Jill* huu Trotter Miner Hurt. Stanley Novitski of Trotter v/as admitted to Connellsville State Hospital suffering from injuries received at the Trotter mine of Republic Steel Corporation this morning. Ho was closing the gate on a wagon when a piece of slate fell and struck him on GUFFEY--AN UNHAPPY, BOSS rr^T Senator Joseph r. Cuftcy . . In middle t Unhappy man indeed is Pennsylvania's so-called Democratic boss. Senator Jobcph F. Guffcy. And all because of the gubernatorial primary. May 17. Despite GulTcy's opposition, the State Democratic committee selected Charles A. Jones, Pittsburgh attorney, as its candidate. To add to that discomfort. Lieutenant Governor Thomas Kennedy, who is also secretary-treasurer of the United Mine Workers, has entered the race, breaking with the Democratic organization and backed by John L. Lewis, the CIO i chief. GufToy has been faced with the problem of whether to support the organization candidate he doesn't want or to support Lc\vii' candidate, whom he didn't want, either. Today he announced he would lend his support to Kennedy. Prospects o£ Kennedy taking over the Stole house, which means the CIO, gives Guf- fcy other moments of embarrassment. The State house controls an enormous' patronage, some 27,000 jobs. The organization leaders are fearful that once Kennedy takes over, the CIO would swallow the State Democratic organization. " --Central Press GUFFEY BREAKS WITH DEMOCRATIC LEADERS; TO SUPPORT KENNEDY WASHINGTON, Mar. 11.--Senator Joseph F. GufTey, D., Pa., announced today he will support Lieutenant- Governor Thomas Kennedy for the Pennsylvania gubernatorial nomination in the Democratic primary. GufTey praised Kennedy's political background and pointed out that Kennedy was a supporter of President Roosevelt prior to the Chicago convention in 1932, Kennedy's organization opponent, Charles Alvin Jones, Pittsburgh, ;it (he same time "participated actively in the "stop Roosevelt movement," Guftcy chargccl. "According to the rules of the game as I kno\v them," GufFcy said, "Thomos Kennedy is much more cr.- litled to the Democratic nomination for the governorship than is Mr. Jones." Marinaro Jury Likely to Get Case Tomorrow UNIONTOWN, Mar. 11.--The murder trial of Joseph Marinaro, Connelsville beer parlor proprietor, charged with the fatal shooting of John Monosky of Davidson September 5, last, is expected to go to the jury by noon Saturday. The defense was rapidly bringing its case to a close this afternoon and possibility existed llul the defense summation might be made today. Driver Enters Plea in Auto Death Case UNIONTOWN, Mar. 11.--A pica of guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge was entered today by Dnniel Linteman of 411 North Prospect street, Conncllsvillc, uwail- ing trial for the alleged hit and run death of Samuel T. Goodwin of Trotter. Lintemar, was arrested last Christmas Day after the accident in Dunbar township at Trotter. His car struck Goodwin and his wife, killing the man and injuring his widow. RESIGNATION OF JONES !S TURNED DOWN By United Press. PITTSBURGH, Mar. 11.--The Allegheny county commissioners late yesterday rejected the offer of County Solicitor Charles Alvin Jones to resign his $10,000 a year job while he is campaigning for Democratic gubernatorial nomination. In view of his candidacy, however, he will be barred from assisting (he commissioners as counsel on election matters at the May primary. 319-PAGE TAX BILL PASSED WASHINGTON, Mar. 11.--The Housu today passed and sent to the Semite an Administration lax bill designed chiefly to relieve business of present tax hardships without disturbing the approximate government interne from existing levies. Although estimates of the revenue the measure will produce varied, best informed sources expected it to produce approximately $5,300,000,000. Most important single item of the 319-page measure is :i provision to replace the present dual system of normal corporation taxes and undistributed profits surtaxes with a single tax which would apply differently on big and lltllc corporations. Japs' Shansi Campaign Virtually Complete SHANGHI, Mar. 11.--Japanese authorities today announced "virtual completion" o( their campaign m Shansi province with the occupation of Kong-Li-Tu on the bank of the .Yellow Kwer south ol Eushovv-Fu, Ask Guardian lie Named. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 11.--Petition for appointment of a guardian for Ashby Ford, 71, for many years familiar character in the Smithfiold district was filed today by the county commissioners. Ill an older handed by Judge W. Russell Carr, Fru'uy, March 25 was set for the hearing. Ford's wife, Margaret, has been an inmate of Mayview Hospital in Pittsburgh for many months. When Ford was taken to the county home last December 23, $400 were found in half a dozen pockctbooks and in order to look after this money u guardian is being asked. The Weather PLEBISCITE SCHUSCHN1GG QUITS Europe Trembles As Crisis Wears By United Press. Europe headed for a crisis today over the dramatic call by Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg of a plebiscite en the country's independence--an opon challenge to Austrian Nazism if not to the Nazis of Germany. Developments were: Vienna--Schuschnigg calls f o r army reservists to aid in maintaining order during week end; bloodiest clashes .since 1934 foreseen; threat of martial law held over Nazis; scores wounded here and in provinces as fights start. Llnz--Fusillade of shorts, wounding three Nazis,, opens plebiscite lighting; Nazis angrily threaten reprisals unless all elements but authorized forces are disarmed. Salzburg -- German authorities close frontier for one hour; explanation refused as trains and motor cars are halted. Paris -- President Lebrun orders Blum to form cabinet at once or confess failure, believes country must have new government in ofllce before Sunday's Austrian plebiscite because of threatened Austro-German tension. London -- Diplomatic moves of vast moment seen behind Austrian situation as Europe's nerves tighten for crisis; Schuschnigg confided in Italy, Great Britain. France and snubbed Germany in calling plebiscite; Ribbentrop. German foreign minister, telephones Berlin as he prepares Jiurricdly to leave London to consult Hitler. Berlin -- Nazis angrily denounce plebiscite ns attack on Austrian Nazis; disclose Hitler knew nothing of Schtischmgfi's plans; inspired sources say SchuschtHgg will be responsible for any jntcrnnl "lcvelopm'nts" jn Austria. Komc -- Mussolini's ministry of popular culture ofiicially praises plebiscite ns logical and constitutional; pointedly calls it internal Austrian affnir. Generally fair tonight, preceded by light rain in south and vain or snow in north portion this afternoon; warmer tonight, Saturday fair and warmer is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsylvania. Temperature Record. 1938 1337 Maximum . 58 30 Minimum 30 -2 Me jn. _ -H US Bold Independence Move Abandoned to Prevent Troops From Crossing Border After Ultimatum Is Delivered; Nazis Wild With Joy Over Victory; England Sends Stern Warning to Hitler. GRAPEVINE INFORMATION QUICKLY SPREAD By United Press. VIENNA, Mar. 11.--A German threat to invade Austria today forced Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg to cancel indefinitely his boldly proclaimed independence plebiscite, the United J'ress was informed by an authoritative source. A high official, explaining the cancellation of Sunday's voting said: "A German envoy arrived in Vienna yesterday on behalf of Adolf Hitler and demanded the government cancel the plebiscite within one day or otherwise German troops would march into Austria." Nazis were jubilaiit over their victory. Wild celebrations broke out all over Austria. "Grapevine" intelligence told thoso in the provinces, particularly in the Nazi stronghold of .Unz, about the plebiscite postponement even before it was announced in Vienna. B i t t e r D e b a t e Rages Over Move To Free Mooney SACRAMENTO, Cal., Mar. II.-Bitter debate over a proposition to free Thomas J. Mooney continued today in the hall of the. State Assembly, where yesterday the prisoner himself snt on the speaker's platform for hours, pleading his innocence of n bombing outrage of which he was found guilty 22 years ago. A proposal io grant Mooney a legislative pardon w«s deadlocked in the Assembly after a favorable vote of 37 to 33. Ten of the 80 asscbly- men were absent during the vtoe, and 41 favorable votes were needed to pass the resolution, which legal authorities said would be futile because the legislature has no authority to pardon felons. Sponsors of the resolution intended to have the courts rule on the authority. Mooney, who is under u life sentence for the Preparedness Day bombing in San Francisco in 1916, was returned last night to San Qucntm prison by the warden who- brought him before the legislature in response to the speaker's summons. The debate continued in a night session of the assembly, which was not adjourned until after midnight. The Mooney resolution remained the order of business for today. Used Car Week Ends Saturday National Used Car Exchange Week will come to a close Saturday night. Sales have been fair since the exposition opened last Saturday. They are expected to reach the climax this afternoon and tomorrow. There are a lot of fine cars standing along Crawford avenue and Pitlsburg street. It would btimu- J.ite business and help the movement of new machines if they could ail be cleaned up by the closing hour Saturday. As has been told repeatedly the sale was made a national one in the hope of relieving the :am of used cars and making possible resumption of. the movement of, new ones, the slowing of w h i c h has made necessary laying off thousands of men at the motor plants, hit the steel industry a scvuru blow and affected i general business. VIENNA, Mar. II.--Chancellor Kurt Scluischnigg lias resigned, the ollicial radio station announced tonight. a Booed in London Joachim van Rlbbentrop . . . Nazi foreign minister Germany's new foreign minister, Joachim von Rlbbcntrop, coming to London to enter Into rapprochement conversations with British Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax, moots with the boocs of a crowu. The conversations, part o£ Prime Minister Chamberlain's program of an understanding with Ger. many and Italy, were Interrupted -when Fuehrer Hitler ordered von Rlbbentrop to hurry home because of the Austrian situation. --Central J'reij B o r a h P r e s s e s Arnold on His Monopoly Views By United Press. WASHINGTON, Mar. H.--Thurman Arnold, nominee for Assistant Attorney' General, told a Senate Judiciary sub-committoe today that he wanted to "break up monopoly" but believed present anti-trust laws arc imperfect. Senator William E. Borah, Republican, Ida/, charged that Arnold's book, "The Folklore of Capitalism," indicated the nominee was not opposed to monopoly. He pressed Arnold closely on whether he believed "at heart" that the anti-trust laws could and should be enforced, "I do," Arnold said. "I certainly do." "Then," Borah snapped, "I think you ought to revise your book." Asks That Charges Against Perry Men Be Quashed in Couri Special to The Couilcr. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 11.--In petition presented court, defense council asked that charges of aggravated assault and battery be quashed against Earl Black and Harry Black, Perry township. Tlic action, instituted by Rosella Capunna, a neighbor of the defendants, was ignored by the December grand jury but was rc-prcsented to win a true bill lor this term of court. The petition alleges, among other things, luck of reasonable notice since the Blacks were notified March 1 and the bill given to the March grand jiny the following clay for consideration. LONDON, Mar. 11.--Great Britain strongly warned Germany today she would not remain indifferent if Germany took military action in the Austrian crisis. Unofficial but reliable sources said Premier Neville Chamberlain told Joachim Von Ribbenlrop, German foreign minister, oC Britain's attitude and left no doubt in the lattcr's Mind that Britain would be forced to act if trouble developed through foreign intervention in Austria, Reports of troop movements on the Austrian frontier of Germany, only 30 miles from the Austro-Italian Brenner Pass, added to tension that, throughout Europe, was increasing hourly, Nerves tightened in all capitals as statesmen watched Austria. Indications multiplied that behind Chancellor Kurt Scliuschnigg's call for an independence plebiscite there were political moves of the greatest moment. Dispatches from usually well informed sources indicated: ^ 1. That Schuschnigg obtained the approval of Premier Benito Mussolini to hold a plebiscite in which everyone agreed Austrian Nazis were at a decided disadvantage; that high Italian circles may even have suggested the plebiscite. 2. That Schuschnigg notified Great Britain and therefore un- doubtedly'France, of his intention.. 3. That he did not notify Fuehrer Adolf Hitler. 4. That he did not notify even Dr. Arthur von Seyss-Inquart, sole Nazi member of the Austrian cabinet and for years his friend. 5. That Hitler did not notify Mussolini of his intention to summon Schuschnigg to Berclitcsgaden February 12 to receive terms for an Austro-German "agreement." It seemed plain that Joachim von Ribbentrop, new German foreign minister, was worried over the Austrain situation. He was made foreign minister in the Nazi shakeup of February 4 after having served as ambassador to London, and came here ostensibly to wind up his affairs; actually to hold talks with g-vernment leaders as a basis for future British-German friendship negotiations. Today Ribbentrop was reported to be hurriedly cleaning up his program so that lie could fly to Berlin, to be at Hitler's side this week end during the plebiscite. His natural anxiety was not lessened, apparently, by two talks with Viscount Halifax yesterday. It appears that Halifax told Ribbentrop that Germany's demands for colonial territories could not be satuilied except as part of a general European agreement. IN'NSBBUCK, Austria, Mar. II.-Fifteen thousand Nazis defied hundreds of armed police today in the fust serious clash of a week-end that was expected fo bring disorders all over the country. Police with bayoneted rifles and sabers battled Nazis in the streets. The Nazis demonstrated, demanding the resignation of Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg. Just Off the Wire HARRISBURG. Mar. 11---Governor Gcorsc II. Earle today ordered the dismissal of Samuel M. Wasba- baugh, assistant superintendent of the" Huntingdon Slate Hcformatory, in connection with the death of: Uunicl La Maurr. Negro inmate in December. The Governor also recommended Unit the tlibtrict attorney brine cluirscs of maiiilauehtci

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