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LAST E AST LDiTION RICE The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. VOL. 37, NO. 114. The Weekly Courier, Founded July 17. 1870. The Dally Courier. Fouaded November 10, 1902. [ Merged I July 18. 1023. CONNELLSVILLE, PA., SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 25, 1939. SIXTEEN PAGES. COKERS WIN FOUR FIRSTS AT PERRY HI Music Eliminations in County Draw Over 1,000 Students. FORENSIC MEET NEXT SATURDAY Connellsville High School captured four firsts and one second in the Fayette county music eliminations of the Pennsylvania Forensic Music League at Perryopolis this moining. Approximately ],000 high school musicians from , 10 schools were at Perryopolis for the ptogram that will continue through tonight with violin and piano competitions. The Cokers walked off with the alto and soprano solos, brass sextet and string quartet events and finished second in the baritone solo. The forensic eliminations will be conducted next Saturday at Perryopolis, County Director Earle E. Curtis announced. The summar3': Alto solo--Marjorie Herd, Connellsville, first; Eleanor Wilton, Perry Township, second; Bonnie Jean Fast, Alasontown, third. Soprano solo--Betty LPC Dixon, Connellsville, first; Betty Ellen Morris, Point Marion, second; Wilma Loy, Belle Vornon, third. Brass sextet--Connellbville, first; German Township, second; Kedstonc Township, third; Point Marion, fourth. Baritone soio--James Rye, Masontown, first; Frank Sccan, Connellsville, second; Paui Chamberlain, Brownsville, third. String quartet--Connellsville, first, unopposed. * Roy Lockard To Die Monday At Rockview By United Press. BELLEFONTE, Mar. 25. -- Roy Lockard, convicted Ai toona chi Id killer, today made the trip to the Rockview Penitentiary death house that had been delayed for more than two years- Given 16 respites by two governors since he first was scheduled to ^e March 1, 1937, for the slaying of three-year-old Matthew Karmcndi of, Altoona, the 22-year-old youth still had hope that some miracle may prevent his execution dn the electric chair scheduled Jor Monday. HAKE1SBURG, Mar. 25, -- The thread of. hope to which Roy Lockard, former Altoona "WPA worker, convicted; oL the "railroad spike" murder 0$. three-year-old Matthew Karmendi, Jr., clung tenanciousJy lor his life for more than two years, was finally snapped today. Lockard, saved from the electric chair 15 times through mercy of two governors, will be executed early next Monday morning because Governor Arthur H. James decided "there Is nothing to do now but follow the mandate of the law/' His decision was based on another refusal by the State Pardon Board to extend clemency. The preceding board also frowned on commutation of Lockard's death sentence. JAPS STUDY PROPOSED NAZI TIE-UP Bride 77, Ninth Mate, 59 Leonora Duncanson, 77, and William Louis Stycr. 59, leave Hall of Justice in Loa Angeles after filing intention to wed. This bride is an ordained minister in Physic Science Church, has been four times widowed, four times divorced. Next Week's Weather WASHINGTON, Mar. 25.---Weekly weather forecast: North and Middle Atlantic States-Rain Monday and again Wednesday or Thursday, temperature considerably above normal Monday, colder Tuesday, warmer by Thursday and colder Friday. Schoolmates of Girl Cremated in Fire Add To Kmelz Aid Toial The KmeL; aid fund, being voluntarily subscribed by generous residents oi this community to assist in the rehabilitation o£ the family oC Paul Kmetz, made homeless and destitute by a fire which razed their residence and cremated two small children early this month, was sent to a new high figure yesterday by large gifts from the Trotter school and the pants Jactoi-y of Joseph Bennett Company. The amount subscribed is now $226.36. The largest single gift to date was delivered by Trotter school, where Dolores Jean, oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Kmetz was a student in the first grade. Dolores was one of the two children who died in the flames. Students and teachers of the school subscribed $43.32. Union Local No. 131, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, employed at the Bennett factory, collected $14.54. The money is being received at The Courier office and tabulated in these columns. The figures show: Previously reported 51C1.50 Trotter School 43.32 Bennett employes . . 14.54 Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Matuschak 2.00 Fidelis Class, First M .£. Sunday School . 5 00 Total .. . . $226.30 ADMITS STRANGLING WIFE AND BURYING BODY IN SEWER DITCH By DEBS MYEfiS United Press Stall Conciponcirnt. OKLAHOMA CITY, Mar. 25.-Roger AV. Cunningham, eccentric member of a prominent Oklahoma City family, confessed early today that he strangled his beautiful socially prominent wife to death last March 6. He directed a sheriff's party to her body which he had buried in a freshly dutr sewage ditch. j The body %vas found, face up, by i four workmen after they had dug { through several feet of soft earth in ' a sewage dtich which had been filled j in March 7, the day after the woman' disappeared from her suburban home. Cunningham, according to County Prosccutor Lewis Morris, said he had strangled her--"I don't know why"-and had carried IKT body to the vacant lot through which the sowi- ran and ''kicked it inti the ditt-h." Cunningham's confession utn.1 Jis- tovery of the Uady ended a wide sL-nch uf a week's .luraiitui. -Morris, i jjnvjnceU that iuri continued plea of innocence was not true and that h e j soon must break, had held him since! Monday, while ciiiccting a search for! htr, wife'* body which extended into , Mishborinfi states. · ' Unknown to Cunningham, his tun- ' fession came only a few hours befoie Iiis attorneys wore to be heard in a plea for a habeas corpus wiU. The prosecutor went to the county jail late last night for one final try ot breaking his story that ho saw his wife last on v the night of March 6 when he drove her to Union station here with the understanding she was going to San Francisco. "We had talked things over in a matter of fact way," Morris said, "and Cunningham stuck to his story. Finally he asked for a drink of water and we walked toward a window and I told him that we were certain that he had kiUed his wife. I described the anguish of her parents and he started looking over my shoulder toward the wall with a funny expression. "Then lie reached into my pocket, took out my puit-il without saying .1 word unc! walked toward the dfsk. lie. sat down ^r.d began Jiuwin^ :i bunch uf fuimy marks on a i.ute UtioL. For a few mit.uttfi I c^utda't leli whal IK.- was ikniii,', H dulu'l make sense. "Then i saw the mark* emerge m i n i a diagram. He hadn't .-.aid a word all this time. Uut no^v he pointed to a piara he had marked, 'vjcant Continued on P.igc 5i.\tccn. Reiliy Files His Answers In Bank Night Case Special to The Courier. TJNTOXTOWN, Mar. 25.--In the "bank night'' tost case, District Attorney James A. Rcilly today filed his answer. The prosecutor said he vas prepared to argue t3ie question of law involved and whether the courts had the right to restrain him in criminal proceedings. The answer u s filed on petition of C. R. Maple of Point Marion. The district attorney avers: First, the bill for an injunction seeks io enjoin criminal proceedings under the lottery statutes, the validity of which is not questioned, Second, no gr ca t fundamental question of. legal right is involved which would form the basis /or equitable jurisdiction to restrain criminal proceedings. Third, plaintiffs remedy at law is adequate. Fourth, the defendants intend to file preliminary objection to the bill for an injunction, raising questions of law and we are prepared to argue the case immediately without the necessity of a hearing. Governor James May Attend May 1 Event Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 25.--Govea-nor Arthur H. James will attend Faj-ette county's sixth annual Americanism celebration May 1 if tiic Slate Legls- latui-e has adjourned by that time. The Governor greeted a committee ot the celebration committee in Jlar- risburg Friday and said he would make every efl'urt to atend the event. Y A N K E E CLIPPER TAKE-OFF SET FOR TOMORROW By United Press. BALTIMORE, Md., Mnr. 25.--Pan- American Ainvnys officials today postponed until Sunday the take-off of its Boeing 41-ton, 74-passenger Yankee Clipper on a shakedown cruise to Europe. The huge flying boat which was scheduled to leave this afternoon made a test flight this morning. Failure to receive promptly clearance papers from Portugal and France \vns the cause of the second Uike-ofr dehiy. By United Press. CODY, Wyo., Mar, 25.---The undertaker shaved the beard and shingled the unkempt hair today and made Taizan Durand, a savage who .to raw meat and killed five men, into pl/iin Ear} Durand, ^G, a simple-1 minded youth who had a b;id dream j and never woke up. i The Kat.onal Guard hauled i b ' Howitzers out of the Benrtnoth Mountain*, and 300 mon came behind, i unbrueching then- i ificp. The hunt | was m c r . ^arzan, bearded woods-' man, kiilcr of man and bcji.st, w a s . dead. And even his parent? were j To tac n.ttivc-. of this ranch coun- ( try who had knuwn Durand u}\ h;s life, the mundcr^tnndablc thing was what had changed him in Jin m s i n n i j from :trt open-h.maed youth who I loved the outdoors and tins wild mountain country, who had fell confuted even when lie was in i house, Tito ;i sav.iKO k i l l e i . U n t i l f i g h t day.-.] 3RO ho had h.id no lepuUitj'm .us »m j u n t t ,,ctablc per?o:ii or n,s a "bad ' m.in" | Kiphi d.»y^ IKO hi* "Aii*. in jasl s e r v - j inj; 30 d i for i-hnoljiiR and file o u l , '·f r-e.i-o:,, nn uJTur.ic "A im )i i-i not i (o-ssiriorcd t» be very .sprints iti t f r . H J t o u n t y v/hi-ro ^aine alxaintLi attd ' t l i« nrit,vc.- are k)u\vu to k i l l it, nut of ^oa.son for frrod nitJicr th«.n to kill · Lheir beer t'attU'. He u u^ a peace- j able prihontr. n friendly terms v , j t l i | h;.s jrtilori., and he v.\ts interyt,tcd ' t only in ^fr^"J:l^ out his timt*. i Ten days a.i;o, the district attorney ' charged him wjth k;ll:ng -T beef *-'ecr j belonsms to a c;t It It-man--a felony in j t.h.3 f.itUe r;u.-(ni; stvticin always j icverciy punched. Duiand wus t o l d . about it ar.d somcr.nc* rcmai ked t o ' him that he might "pot 10 year^." j Twi-nly-four liours l,.!er, the m n n j who invcd the outdoors «3 much he | fell conHnod even m a IUIUM?. slushed j his jailor, rocaped. ami bc^an his J i j i K h l i n u r c of murder th.it ended on i the fktor nf tho b*»nk at Powell yes-' lordly rtfteiru*on He tried io hold i t j up, WPS wounded throe tJmt**, a n d , } though yquinnini: in p:iJn, found the strength to r;ujc a pj.stni to h.i.s head ! and administer his ov,-n coup de! grace. Ai Die /arm homo of his parents to which he first evcaped, he nhot to tk\iUi UndersherilT D. M. Baker and Town Marshal Ch;iriei f.cv/is. He Hod toward the Bearlooth rnnge on fool in a driving blix.*,ard A h u n - dred possemon pursued. They hunted htm for five days and, if for no other reason than for their own safety, their orders were to .shoot him on sight. They covered 50 square miles of mountain country, camping at night, trekking on FHOW shoes by day. They found not even a trnek in the snow. Wednesday, st daybreak, Tar/,an came out of the mountains, broke into a f;nm house, ;md forced Art Thorn burs »nd his wife to drive him to the headwaters of Little Rock creek h;gh up the Bear tooth range. Continued on Page Sixteen, Military Alliance With Germany and Italy Creates Debate. MAY BRING ON SERIOUS CRISIS Spanish Hostilities May Cease Any Time War Wears Close SPENDS 831 DAYS IN HOSPITAL; THEN GOES BACK FOR OPERATION Unioniown Han Dies In Fall Down Stairs; Suffers Broken Neck Special to The Courier. UNIONTOWN, Mar. 25.--Tripping while descending the stairs at 21 Jefferson street where he made his home with Mrs. Laura Snead, William Ward, 77, fell 16 steps and suffered a broken neck, being killed instantly, at 2:45 o'clock Friday afternoon. Ward, a cripple, had rented quarters in tile home and was preparing to go for a walk when he fell. ' Coroner S. A. Baltz, who made an investigation, attributed death to the fall. The man was carrying his overcoat on one arm and a cane in the other when the accident occurred. A well-known resident of Union- iown, the victim had spent many years in the Mid-West. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ciarissa Graham of Connellsvilie, and two brothers, Elmer of W e s t Brownsville and Joseph of Pittsburgh. The funeral service will be held yt 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the A. D. Ferguson Funeral Home in Morgantown street, Rev. Lcroy Carter, pastor of the Central Christain Church, will officiate. Interment will be made in Oak Grove Cemetery. rails. Into Tub of \V:tU-t. Jacqueline Galley, live months cluf, daughter ui Mr. arid Mrs. Frank CJhIJey oj Pei-ryopulis, suflerecl se~ veie M;3ld burns: when she fell into a tub uf hr*t water. Tiiu mother had piepiuct! the \vuur fui \.c c'lDd'a baih iJiid v/iis yetting borne cold Voter io cool the bnth v.hcn Jhe e h J i f M Dipped mtu the tub, ] Fire Victim Suffocated. SOMERSET, Mar. 25.--Coroner F. E. Sass said Walter A. Shatter, y", restaurant employe who lost his life in the fire which destroyed the Van- near Hotel Annex, was suffocated and that most of the burns found on the body occurred after death. An inquest will not be necessary, he said, and the death will be recorded officially as "accidental." The Weather Occasional showers tonight and Sunday, slightly cooler Sunday i? the noon weather icrecast lor "Western Pennsjlvanio. Temperature Record. 1939 1J»3S M d x i m u m 8(1 60 Minimum fin ?,5 M e n u . 7U -13 ily H. O. THOMPSON' United Prc.ss Staff Correspondent. Copyright 1939 by United Press. TOKYO, Mar, 25.--Japanese leaders are engaged in urgent consulta- 1 tions over a German proposal for a broad German-Jtalifin-Japanese mili- i tary alliance ag;iir.st any opposition !o their policies by the democracies, it was asserted today in official quarters. Informants bind that di^cubssons were so bitter thdt a cabinet crisis might, povsjbly be precipitated. Ii v,rt.i s;iicl that at present a ma- joriiy of lenders were opposed to involving Japt'in in European matters but were not willing to abandon Die German idea unless n better proposition were fnrU^coming elsewhere. Baron Kuchiro Hiranurna, the i p r f m i e t ; Hachtro Arita, foreign min- jsler; Lieutenant General Seishiro Itn^aki. war minister; Admiral MiUuma.^a Yonai, n.ivy minister, and SoUiro Ishiwatit. finance minister, were f t i i d lo be in frequent conference in nn effort to decide Japan's policy. In favor of the alliance, according to infronrmu, wore Uie R\iK?iun, Italian and German sections of. the [ J.ipnr.eso general staff. \V f ,r Minister lUgaki was ropre- p^ntr-d .15 favoiir.g an alliance to cover the possibility of \var ngainyt Sovu'l Uus-Ma a Join 1 Foreign Minister Arila was held to bo supporting W; t r Minister Itagaki rmd to be urging thnt Japan make a counter-proposal for a military al- lumee applicable tn Russia alone. It v/ns admitted by those who favored this course, informants said, that Germany and Italy were im- hkely to accept any such counterproposal. The Japanese navy was said to op~ po.se any broad alliance with, the "nrcis" powers on the ground that the project would call for the dispatch of a Japanese fleet to Europe in event o( hostilities and, it was argued, Japan could obtain no balancing compensation. There were indications heic in well informed quarters that despite the signature yesterday of a Japanesc- Italtan cultural pact, and other gestures to Germany and Italy, many influents! Japanese were lukc-wann toward the "axis" and felt that Germany, particularly, wanted more than she was prepared to give. Charles (Chisel) Smith, son of Mrs. Flora Smith of 221 East Apple street, today was back at his "old home"-- ConneUsvjlle State Hospital. The former Coker football player, who had boon at the Hospital for 831 days while undergoing treatment for an infection o£ a Jog injury, was admitted to the Hospital on March 16. Friday he underwent an appendicitis operation. Sheriff Aubrey Wins Acquittal; Must Pay Costs UNIONTOWN, Mar. 25.--SheriS Thomas R. Aubrey was given complete vindication of accusations that he had embezzled tax monies during his tenure as county treasurer In a verdict returned at 3:35 o'clock Friday afternoon by a jury of eight women and four men. Although the turors were out nearly Tour hours, most of the time, it was said, was given over to disposition of the costs in the litigation, it being decided to have the freed defendant pay them. Judge H. S. Dumbauld, who had taken up nearly two hours in charging the jurors, discharged them with these words: "Members of the jury, this :s one case in which the court is glad that the responsibility is yours in the verdict." District Attorney James A. Reiliy said today that three separate bills of indictment--alleging failure to furnish proper statements, embezzlement of $12,000 and secreting records--were not included in the five in which Aubrey won complete vindication Friday. These, he said, would face the sheriff at the June term of court. "We can't see how they can possibly do that," commented defense counsel. "They called this the other 'complete 1 case when it was called to trial ar.d we filed motions on the record when it was announced the three charges would not be included in the five bills of indictment for which Mr. Aubrey was placed on trial last Monday. However, Judge Dumbauld refused to rule on four motions at that time, "The prosecution called this defendant into court and Mr. Aubrey was ready to go to trial. The court didn't try him on three of the charges but that's not the defendant's fault." Shirt Factory to Reopen. MEYERSDALE, Mar. 25.--Meyersdale Industrial Committee announced signing of an agreement .with II. D. Baskind of New York. City as proprietor of a shirt manufacturing plant in the local building formerly occupied by Phillip Jones Corporation. Employment will be furnibhcd 200. The plant should be in readiness is nhia a month. Colored Church At Dunbar Burns; Loss Is $2,500 Fire tins morning destroyed the Second Mount Zion Baptist Church at Brown How on Hardy Hill, Dunbar, causing a loss estimated at approximately $2,500. Prompt action by the Dunbar Volunteer Fire Department prevented the flames from spreading to adjoining buildings, two being located on one side and one on the other. According to information available, the janitor rind scrubbed the church and built a fire in the coal stove in the mam auditorium to hurry the drying. In some manner, fire broke out in the flue and ignited the building. It was said that the janitor, who was working inside the church, did not know the church was in flames until summoned by persons on the outside when they saw smoke issuing fiom the roof. The colored church is said to be one o£ the landmarks and had been in use many years. It was served by both Rev. R. D. Epps of Connells- villc and Rev. Johnson at Cardale. Franco Gives Republican Defense Council 48 Hours to Reach Decision on Proposals. OCCUPATION OF M A D R I D CERTAIN By United Press. ROME, Mar. 25.--Italian newspapers jubilantly reported today that the Spanish civil 'war was at its end and that Nationalist troops might enter Madrid at any hour. It was reported that Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the Nationalist leader, had given the Republican defense council 48 hours in which to make a decision. Magistrate Removed For Taking Bribe NEW YORK, Mar. 25.--Magistrate Mark Dudich ol Brooklyn was removed from office today by the appellate division of the New York Supreme Court for delinquency. Although he had been charged with accepting bribes and other judicial misconduct, the court did not find Rudich guilty of criminal activities. Rudich was the first jurist removed in an investigation by the state ol alleged official corruption in the King's county judiciary. Two grand juries under the direction of Special Prosecutor John Harlan Amen are investigating the conduct ol judges and. law enforcing officials. Hungary Asks Slovaks io Talk Over Peace Terms BUDAPEST, Hungary, Mar. 25.-Hungary has invited Slovakia to send a delegation to Budapest to discuss termination of hostilities in the Carpatho-Ukraine frontier area, it was announced today. BURGOS, Mar. 25.--The government was informed officially today that the French had handed over the Republican fleet at Bizcrta, Tunisia, to the Nationalists. By HARRISON LABOCHE United Press Staff Correspondent. HENTOAYE, French-Spanish Frontier, Mar. 25.--Spanish Nationalist leaders are awaiting a reply from the Republican defense council on proposals for an immediate end of the civil war and hostilities may ceasa at any time, dispatches to the frontier said today. It was indicated strongly in dispatches passed by the Nationalist and Republican censors that the Nationalists had given the Republicans a "reasonable time" to permit any Republican leaders who desired to leave Madrid and seek safety abroad before the Nationalist troops entered. The Nationalist government issued nn official denial of 1 Italian reports that the two named officials of the Madrid government, Wenceslao Carrillo, interior minister, and General Jose Ortega, had arrived at Burgos and reached a peace agreement with the Nationalists, Nevertheless, guarded reports from Burgos indicated that certain Republican envoys had reached at least a suburb of Burgos Thursday and returned to Madrid the same day with the Nationalist terms. It was understood that the Republican defense council met Thrusday night to consider the Nationalist terms. These terms provided for an unconditional surrender, according to the Nationalist version. It was taken as confirmed that the Nationalists required an unconditional surrender in principle but had offered to permit any Republicans who felt they might be subjected to reprisals to leave Madrid and other areas. The Nationalists required also that all Republican troops be disarmed, that all armaments be handed over to them, and that the Republican regimes in Republican territory dissolve themselves. A further imporfant requirement was that mined areas in the Madrid defense zone be made safe. From the Republican side it was reported presistently that the republicans demanded a promise against reprisals to men who remained to surrender, and that the Nationalists engage to dismiss their Italian and German troops at once. The situation today seemed to ba that the Nationalists expected a reply from the defense council at any hour and that the end ol the was was definitely in sight. FRANCO READY TO JOIN PACT AGAINST REDS LONDON, Mar. 25.--Generalissimo Francisco Franco has agreed to join the anti-Communist pact ol Germany, ItaJy and Japan, it was reported in diplomatic quaiLcrs today. The sources kit id the protocol lor Nationalist Spain's adherence had been completed in negotiations at Burgos last week. Diplomats heard that the protocol will remain unpublished lor the present because General Franco wishes to avoid deterioration in his relations w;th Great Britain and France. They understood Franco had agreed to join the pact "soon." NJLRB Director Reinstated. WASHINGTON, Mar. 25.--The National Laljor Keiations Board today reinstated Dr. Towne Nylander who had been suspended as NLHB LC- gioaal director in Los Angeles. Goering Pledges Aid to Italians "At All Costs" By United Press. HOME, Mar, 25.--Field Marshal Hermann Goering, German economic dictator and right hand man ol Adolf; Hitler, pledged today that Gear- many would remain at all costs beside Italy. The pledge was given in Premier Bern to Mussolini's own newspaper, Popolo D'ltalia ol Milan, as Mussolini peifected the draft ot a speech he is to make tomorrow--a speech which may prove one of the most important of his career. So sensations! was Goerinfl'a statement that hope rose sharply that it would now be possible for Mussolini to obtain by peacable negotiation the "natural aspirations" he seeks to satisfy, at France's expense, ·in the Mediterranean and Hod Sea areas. DUNBAR GLASS PLANT WILL BEGIN ACTIVITY WEDNESDAY Operations ac Dunbar plant o f ' manufacture of glass. Pennsylvania Wire Glass Company; Employment will be provided «i will begin Wednesday morning, Gen- ; force of 175 men, some o£ whom have eral Superintendent W. ilinm Steven-1 been idle about a year and others son advised The Courier today. , less than two months. Only men Two tanks u-crc fired ot the plant Saturday. March 11. nnd every thing is being m«dc yj r.cadimss £yr. the jobs, who were furloughed when operations were suspended will be given

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