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LAST E AST EDITION The Best Advertising Medium in the Yough Region. PRICE 2 c VOL. 3G, NO. 112. The Weekly Courier. Founded July 17, 1879. Tho Dally Courier. Founded November 10. 1902. McrKcd. July 18. J925 CONNELLSVIL-LK, PA., WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 16, 193S. TEN PAGES. Fire Causes $10,000 Damage; Affects Three Downtown Stores Abraham Fink O v e r come by Smoke; Rescued by Yothers. PRINCESS SHOP HAS HEAVY LOSS Only Irish Tunes Will Be Played in St. Patrick Parade Loss estimated at between $8,000 and $10,000 was caused by an-earlyi morning fire of undetermined origin as three business houses in North Pittsburg street were damaged by fire, smoke and water. Efforts of firemen, under Chief William E. DeBolt, prevented heavier loss. Abraham Fink of 501 Park avenue, Scottdalc, proprietor of Fink's clothing store was overcome by smoke and carried to safety by Patrolman George H. Yothers. The man had gone into the building to sec what damage the flames were causing to his storeroom and stock and was overcome before he quit the place. The damage was confined, for the most part, to the Princess Shop and the Sanitary Meat Market, adjoining, and in the rear ot which the flames were believed to have started. Small loss was suffered by Chris Jim and smoke even entered the DcLuxe Cafe and Fink's store. Fire Chief DcBolt estimated that the damage to the'building would 'aggregate about $2,000, Sanitary Market around $3,000, Princess Shop S4.000 and Chris Jim S100. L. E. Painter, of the market, indicated that his total may mount to a higher figure if everything that appeared damaged is a complete loss. This afternoon he said his loss would be $5,000. Dave Cohen, proprietor of the Princess Shop, said his loss would amount to $4,000. The fire was discovered at about 4 o'clock by Assistant Police Chief Charles J. Nez and Patrolman Yothers as they passed the scene. They saw flames in the rear of the meat market and turned in the alarm. The fire spread in both directions and in moving southward burned the rear of the Princess Shop and in the opposite direction, to Chris Jim's place. Firemen turned two streams of water into the rear of the storerooms of the single-story frame building near the Pennsylvania Railroad tiacks. For a time they were hampered by ammonia fumes after a line in an ammonia tank in the meat market had broken. Chief DeBolt said that the fire apparently originated in the wareroom of the' market but was unable to account for it. He said it was possible a short circuit in some ot the electrical implements used might have started it. The market cooler had been filled with $400 worth of meat Tuesday and this was believed to be a complete loss. Mr. Cohen said that practically all ot his stock had been burned, scorched or damaged by water. A large supply of hosiery that he had just received became a total loss. In both places there was damage to the storerooms although most it was in the market. In Chris Jim's place the ceiling collapsed in the backroom. Water damage as well as smoke was reported at Fink's store anc some to Miller's transfer office thai sits along the Pennsylvania railroad to the rear of the storerooms. NEW YORK, Mar. 10.--The Irish will march to Irish tunes in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade tomorrow. English airs and even songs which "savor of them" will be banned. John J. Shcahan, chairman of the parade committee, said the orders were inspired by his anger at other St. Patrick's Day parades when band after band marched up Fifth avenue without sounding a single Irish tune. Martha Harris' Trial Continued To June Term UNIONTOWN, Mar. 16.--Trial of Martha Harris of Perry township on cruelty charges on maintenance of her illegitimate daughter, Alice Marie, six, this afternoon was continued until the June term of court, it was announced by District Attorney "James A. Reilly. Attorney Alex Z. Goldstein, counsel for the mother, is occupied in another courtroom as defense counsel in a murder trial and will be unable to take care ot the child case this week. After a conference bctwrcn the attorneys, it was agreed to lei he case go over to the June term. The trial of Martha's father, David : 3-ycar-old farmer, came to a sudden lose Tuesday afternoon when Judge V. Russell Carr ordered him free or "lack of evidence." It was the duty of the buby's moth- :r, a big, stolid woman who had tcs- ified she did heavy work on the farm --to find food for Alien Marie, the :ourt held. " . . . A more intelligent mother vould have provided food and sup- ilicd certain needs for the child,' Continued on Page Two. Brownsville Levy Unchanged. Brownsville borough council fixec its tax levy for 1938 at 20 mills, the same as last year. Just Off the Wire TOKYO, Mar. IB.--The lower house ot the Japanese Parliament tonight passed the gcnral mobilization bill containing provisions under which the jrovcrnment may take over control of industry and communications in cases of national emergency LANSING, Mich., Mar. 16. -Governor Frank Murphy today ap pealed to Henry Ford, who startled flic industrial world by setting a live- dollar daily minimum wage, to (ak the leadership In establishing : minimum annual wage :ystcm throughout the United States. NEW YORK, Mar. 16--Rlchan Whitney, former president of thi Xcw York Stock Exchange, plcadci guilty today to a second indictment this one charging that he stoic ¥1 000 In bonds from the New York Yaeht Club, of which he was trcas Brer. F. R/s Senate Forces Plan For Tax Bill Fight By United Press. WASHINGTON, Mar. 10.--Administration supporteis on the Scn- ite Finance Committee, ready to carry their fight to the Senate floor f necessary, organized today to check a strong move for drastic revision of the House-approved tax bill. Although constituting a minority on the committee, Administration senators weto opposad to the plan of Chairman Pat Harrison, D., Miss., to eliminate completely the undistributed profits tax to cut drastically the provisions of the capital gains tax. Harrison, supported by 15 of the 21 committee members, seeks to revise the measure, planned to heed tile Government's revenue needs-estimated at $5,330,000,000 for 1938. Opposed to Harrison's group were Senator Robert M. LaFollctte, Wis.; Majority Leader Albcn P., W. Barkley, D., Ky.; Tom Connaliy, D., Tex.; Joseph F. Gufley, D., Pa.; Robert J, Bulklcy, D., Ohio, and Edwin C. Johnson, D., Colo. La Follctte is seeking 'support among the minority for his proposal to broaden the tax base and to increase the surtax on individual net incomes over S3.000. Johnson favors such a tax base and has described LaFollctte's plan as "one of the best ways to obtain certain additional revenue." Tornado Hits ississippi Cities; 15 Die By United Press. A low pressure ar,ea moved northeastward from lower Illinois today, pouring heavy rains into the Ohio and Mississippi valleys after a series of cyclonic'storms killed 18 persons and injured approximately 100 late Tuesday. Eight persons were killed and 50 were hurt in Belleville, III., a city of 30,000 persons where the tornadic winds struck hardest. A storm that ripped through a rural area near, Bakersvillc, Mo. killed six persons. Four deaths and injury to at least 40' persons were reported in Alabama and eastern Mississippi. Three persons, a white farmer and two Negroes, were killed in the rural area between Paraguld, Ark., and Bakcrsvllle, Mo. A farmer's wife received critical injuries in a demolished farm house and was expected to die. · A Negro woman was killed at Demopolis, Ala., a Negro at Mulga, Ala., a white man at Guntersvillc, Ala. There were countless storms, Continued on Page Two. EDNA TELLS HER AGE IN SECRET; BUT IT'S 64 By United Press. CHICAGO, Mar. 16.--Edna Wallace Hopper, sometimes known as the eternal flapper, revealed her r,gc while testifying in Federal court but as far as the judge was concerned it was otill'a secret today. An attorney queried about, her age while she was testifying In a suit against six cosmetics firms for S250,- 000 she says they owe her Tor advertising their products. "I won't tell," said Edna, "but I'll write it down for the judge." She wrote it on a piece of paper and handed it to Judge Patrick T. Stone. He raised an pyebrow and decided not to enter it into the locord. An inquisitive court attache peeked over his shoulder. Edna is 64. Gir! Scout Week Observed; City ·Has Five Jroops This is Girl Scout Anniversary Week--the 26th birthday of the organization, which numbers a half million members, spread all over the country- The Conncllsville Council, which received its charter only last Tuesday, is not taking an active part in the observance, buk is getting ready for spring and summer activities on a scale larger than hitherto attempted. , The observance of the anniversary was begun Saturday and will conclude Sunday. There arc five troops in the community and others are to be formed. The troops now operating are sponsored by the First Methodist Episcopal, First Presbyterian, United Brethren churches and Trinity Lutheran and South Connellsville. Hospital Auxiliary Plans Its Annual Member Campaign Plans for a membership drive were formulated at the March meeting of the Women's Auxiliary to the Connellsvillc State Hospital, held Tuesday afternoon at the Hospital with the president, Mrs. Meyet Aaron, In the chair. Women afllliat- ed with the organization will b! asked to retain their membership and an effort will be made to secure as many new members as possible. | The drive will be conducted along the same line as that of last year the plan having worked out very successfully. There will be no house-to-house canvass. Instead, each vice-president will be instructed to contact women of the church or district which they represent, and if possible, be prepared to submit a report at the April or May meeting. Mrs. Aaron called attention to n rummage sale to be held by the Hospital Club, proceeds to be used for furthering its philanthropic work. Persons having contributions o! clothing or other articles arc asked to get in touch with Mrs. Paul O. Malone, telephone 275. The meeting was unusually well attended. The next session will bo held Tuesday afternoon, April 19, at the Hospital. 135,000 German Troops in Austria By United Press. LONDON, Mar. 10. -- Reliable sources here estimated today that 135,000 German troops are massed in Austria and at least 375 of the most modern airplanes, as well ns heavy forces of tanks and motorized equipment. The same sources said all roads leading to Vienna from the west-that is, from Bavaria--were jammeS. Informed sources here would hr.z- ard no guess as to the reason for the movement. It was pointed out, however, that troops en route to Italy via the Brenner Pass scarcely would go by way of Vienna. Nazi Conquest In Austria May A f f e c t T r a d e Spanish War May Be Near Crisis; Biggest Push Oh «-t** tm*P Rebels Sweeping Toward Catalonian Border in Campaign to Cut Off Madrid; Loyalists Assert Italian and German Troops Lending Support to Nationalists. REPORTED ARMISTICE WILL BE SOUGHT There are approximately 100 members. All observances emphasize the fact that Girl Scouting is entering its second quarter century, and while there is justifiable "viewing with pride" the members are more concerned with plans for the future, in keeping with the spirit ot a recent message to the field from Mrs. Frederick H. Brooke, of Washington, D. C., national president, in which she said, "Go forward with high hopes for the future." Among its accomplishments the organization counts the fact that more than 2,000,000 girls have enjoyed the Girl Scout program during the past quarter century; that it is the largest organization for girls in the United States; that membership is now at an all time peak, comprising 358,450 girls, 79,820 adult leaders and council members distributed among that above all, 8GO councils; and the principles and aims established by Justice Low, the founder, have been adhered to while the program has been adjusted and enlarged to keep it in step with developments in education and child psychology. Fire Chiefs Meet Tonlsht. Fire Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania will meet at 8 o'clock tonight at Fairhopc. Plans will be furthered for the annual school for firemen. ITALY AND GERMANY WILL NOT FIGHT OVER AUSTR1A-IL DUCE By United ROME, Mar. 1G.--Italy and Germany will not go to war over Austria, Premier Benito Mussolini informed the chamber of deputies today in his first statement on the European crisis. "The hopes of democracy. Masonic lodges and the Third International that because of Austria, Italy and Gcrmunv \\ould come to war arc Describing the union of Austria and Germany as "inevitable," the premier disclosed he had warnec Chancellor Kurt Schuschnieg not to hold a plebiscite because it represented au infernal machine which would explode in his hand. The Minute Search Made At New Rochelle for Missing Peter Levine By United Press. NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y., Mar. 16. --G-men and police searched this city today for 12-year-old Peter Lc- vine, kidnaped February 24 for $30,000 ransom. They examined vacant houses, manholes, culverts, lakes and woods as Murray Levinc, the boy's father, announced: "I am still ready to pay the ransom." During his telephone conversation with reporters Inst night, Levine was asked if he had received threats from any one prior to the kidnaping v "Never in my life," he replied. "Do you still believe that your son was kidnaped for moneyV" LONDON, Mar. 16.--Sources close to the government reported today that Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was consulting the British dominions preparatory to making a statement next week of Great Britain's foreign policy. It was said that the statement would make clear to the country and the world, Britain's policy toward other nations and some parlimentnry quarters expressed belief that it would specify: I--That Britain can not idly watch while other nations encage in' repeated acts .of unprovoked aggression. 2--Under what circumstances Britain would feel it necessary to intervene in European affairs. 3--Under what circumstances fii it- am might aid a nation which \va. cl the victim of an attack. There was active discussion in parliamentary quarters of the advisability of creating a united front on foreign policy. This policy, as members of Parliament saw it, might include a pact of mutual assistance among those powers which are resolved to offer effective resistance to further aggression in Europe; a declaration that Great Britain would aid France if she went to the defense of her ally, Czechoslovakia, pgainst any attack; and that as part of any friendship agreement with Britain, Italy must withdraw all hor troops and other military arms from Spain. Mussolini Warned Kurt Schuschnigg Against Plebiscite By HOBART C. MONTEE United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Mar. 16.--The refusal of President Roosevelt and Secretary of Stale Cordell Hull to recognize officially Germany's conquest of Austria threatened today to place American trade relations with Central Europe in an anomalous position. Germany is officially "blacklisted" from receiving the benefits of lower tariff rates or other trade concessions granted to other nations under the reciprocal trade agreement. Germany refuses to recognize or practice the unconditional most-favored nation principle in her regulations governing foreign trade. Austria always has been considered fair in her treatment of American products, and hns been granted, consistently, the benefits accruing under the reciprocal trade agreements. With the absorption of Austria by Germany it was assumed by many diplomatic observers that the blacklist treatment would be applied automatically to Austria. President Roosevelt upset this conclusion yesterday by listing officially Austria as one of the countries scheduled to receive full benefits of the lower tariff rates and other trade concessions granted to Czechoslovakia under the recently-concluded trade agreement. Just as specifically, President Roosevelt directed the Secretary of the Treasury to withhold from Germany the benefits ot all such trade concessions. By HARRISON LAROCHE United Press Staff Correspondent. HENDAYE, French-Spanish Frontier, Mar. 16 __ Spanish nationalists ncarcd the frontier of Catalonia today in the biggest drive of the civil war which ends its 20th month tomorrow. Moorish cavalrymen, Italian infantrymen, German and Italian airplanes combined with Spaniards in a mass drive through historic Aragon, loyalists asserted, in an effort to reach the Mediterranean and cut off Catalonia from Valencia and Madrid. ~ The loyalists had little to aid them but their ill-armed infantrymen and their bravery. They were outnumbered in airplanes and in cannon. They had insufficient ammunition, it was reported. Humors circulated that' the loyalists might seek an armistice; that President Manuel A/ana and Minister of Defense Indalccio Prieto might flee to France. These reports were stoutly denied and the loyalists said they would fight to the death. The loyalist cabinet met at Barce- ona last night, and early today. A ?okcsman said that the government vould tako all possible measures to alt the nationalist drive. An official loyalist communique ven reported that the nationalist rive already had been 'checked. It vas asserted that strong nationalist ttacks in the Montalban sector, at southern end of the fighting line, nd in the central part of the front car the Alcoriss-Andorra road, had 3Ccn repelled. But the nationalists had driven deep into loyalist territory aad their men, their morale high, wore ready o keep on. Loyalists quoted one Mario Mi- icvvi, Italian airplane pilot shot down on the front, as saying that the Austrians Will Never. A p p r o v e Annexation-Otto Austrian Legation At Washington Goes Into German Hands By RALPH E. HEINZEN Unito^ Press Staff Correspondent. Copyright 1838 by United Press. PARIS, Mar. 16.--Adolf Hitler's annexation ot Austria never will receive the approbation of the Austrian people, Archduke Otto, 25- year-old heir to the non-existent throne of the Hapsburgs, declared in an interview with the United Press. In his first eomrnentary on Austrian political changes, Otto, son of the late Emperor Charles, decrib- ed the German coup as "defiance of the most elementary principles of international law." He left Paris last night after reportedly conferring with sympathizers concerning recent startling events. Presumably he returned today to Stcenockerzccl, Belgium, where he and his mother, Empress Zita, live. Zita, one of the shrewcst diplomatists on the continent, has fought for two decades to return a Hapsburg to the Austrian throne. She was understood to be distraught by the turn ol events. "There is no doubt about that," said. he Koon Reeiected Cumberland Mayor For His 11th Term Special to The Courier. CUMBERLAND, Md, Mar. IS.-Mayor Thomas W. Koon was reelected for his Hth term as mayor of Cumberland at Tuesday's election, nearly complete unofficial returns indicated today. He held n lead ot 1,450 over his labor-supported opponent, Commissioner Harry W. Mathcney with only six of the 20 voting precincts unreported. By United Press, ROME, Mar. 1G.--Premier Bcnito Mussolini informed the Italian chamber of deputies today he had warned Chancellor Kurt Schusch- nigR of Austria not to hold a plebiscite, because it represented an infernal machine which would explode in his hands. By United Press. WASHINGTON, Mar. 10.--German Ambassador Hans Dieckhoft today took possession ot the Austrian legation as part of the German em- bnssy property, and notified the State Department to that effect. MONETARY, CREDIT POLICIES AFFECTED BY EUROPEAN CRISIS Butler Seminary Fire Causes $350,000 Loss By United Press. BUTLER, Mar. 10.--The lives of 65 boys and 28 priests were endangered today when a $350,000 fire destroyed St. Fidelis' Seminary at Herman, seven miles east of here. A major catastrophe was averted only through the quick action of Rev. Bertrand Brookman, head ot the seminary, who ran through the thrce- story building to warn the sleeping boys and priests, members of the Capuchin Order, a religious group founded in Germany. Only one person v(as injured. He was Walter Heasley, 23, a janitor, who was burned about the hands and face. He was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital where his condition was described as not serious. The fire, believed to have started on the third floor ot the main building, constructed in 1880, was discovered by Father Bertrand dioitly after midnight. By SANDOR, S. KLEIN United Press Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, Mar. 16.--The European crisis precipitated by Germany's absorption of Austria, may have a direct effect upon this country's monetary and credit policies it was believed today. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morganthau, Jr., already, harassed by internal financial problems," wa confronted now with three pressing problems resulting from European developments of the last five days These -were: 1. Threatened exchange centre in France--an adherent to the trt partite monetary understanding with Great Britain and the United States 2. The wholesale flight of Euro pcan capital to the United States. 3. The possible effect of Austria' annexation upon that country's in debtcdness to the United States. The French situation has been th subject ot several conferences during the last 48 hours between Morgen thau and representatives of the Pari government. It was understood tha Traesury officials hoped that the Blum government would avoid steps tha Continued on Page Two. Britain to Ignore Demand for Return Of German Colonies LONDON, Mar. 16.--Premier Neville Chamberlain declared in the House ot Commons today that as » result of the European crisis "nothing further can be done" in connection with the German demand for return of colonies. German march into Austria followed this plebiscite pUn. "What happened Caravan 8 Meets Friday. GREENSBURG, Mar. 16.--Caravan No. 8, A. A. O. N. M. S., will hold its annual meeting and turkey dinner simply, childish," Musiolim declared, i f ate to occur," Mussokm said. Friday evening at G:30 o'clock in Penn Albert Hotel. Election of ofll- by ccis will be followed by shoit 'addiesics and entertainment. The Weather Light rain tonight, probably ending Thursday morning; warmer in east portion tonight, colder Thursday is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsvlvania. Registrars Will Sit At Kell School March 25 Fayette county commissioners will have a registration board sit at Kell school in Bullskin township Friday, March 25, from 0 A. M to 4 P. M., to enroll citizens ot Northern Fayette county who have not qualified for the spring primary election May 17. Earl Huston, chief clerk to the commissioners, said that citizens of Bullskin township and those of the surrounding community may appear before the board at Kell school to qualify. The board will be at Brownsville Tuesday, March 22. Temperature Record. 1938 1937 Maximum 62 35 Minimum _. H -5 Mean _ S3 30 Southwest Boosters Will Meet Tonight Southwest Booster Club, Junior Older of-Unitcd Ameiivan Mechanics, will meet tamnht with LaFaycttc ' Council .it Uniontown. PLANS FOR NEW GAS STATION GET APPROVAL City Planning Commission ha approved plans for a new gasolin service station on the corner o West Crawford avenue and Fron street to be erected by J. M. Scm bower of 04 East Main street, Un iontown, at a cost of $7,000. Emil R Johnson, Uniontown architect, pre pared plans. The station will b leased to the M. M. concern. The commission also approved plans for a new residence in Franklin avenue, to be erected by John Schmitz at an approximate cost of $3,500. nationalists had massed 700 airplanes o aid them -- Italian planes piloted by talians and German planes piloted by Germans and Spaniards. The loyalists asserted that yesterday they shot down five Italian planes. Nationalist communiques spoke of nothing but continued gains and a determination to sweep toward the coast. It was asserted that the Black Arrow division composed of Italians captured 430 prisoners yesterday and. vhere the loyalists spoke of shooting down Italian planes, the nationalists asserted that they shot down four oyalist planes. Prisoners were quoted as 'saying that the loyalist situation was desperate, ·When they halted last night, the nationalists were but' 14 miles from .he frontier of Catalonia, the rich ndustrial semi-autonomous province which makes up northeast Spain. The nationalist right wing, accord- ng to insurgents, advanced all along the San Just range of hills southeast of Montalban, occupying the town of Paloma de Arroyos and continuing to progress southward along the Mon- ialban-Alcaniz highway. They had taken Alcaniz late yesterday after taking Montalban- previously.. In two days the nationalists had advanced 22 1-2 miles, led by surprisingly- strong numbers of tanks jind armored cars. Loyalist resistance seemed veak. The few machine gun units, left behind as death battalions to slow the advance as much as possible, jwcrc soon annihilated, reports^ indicated. H appeared that the nationalists, with their mechanized units, were advancing faster than the loyalists could retreat. The loyalists spoke bitterly of fresh Italian and German aid to the rebels. The loyalist Spanish press agency, in its dispatches, referred to halting not the nationalists but the "Italian and German divisions." Jesus Hernandez, loyalist minister of education, broadcast the following statement from Barcelona: "The situation today is similar to that at Madrid a year ago. As then, generals of the Fascist troops o£ Mussolini's army are directing the attack. The historic land of Aragon is undergoing an invasion by the Italian army, which is struggling in a frenzy ot rage to encircle the capital of Spain with a belt of iron, The Aragon of today is the Madrid ot yesterday. It must be defended and held as Madrid was." Last night's cabinet meeting wt Barcelona was a long one, and it was indicated that decisions of some moment were considered -- among them new conscription measures. PARIS, Mar. .16.. taV- . "indispensable -France has measures" to Held on Mining Charges. MEYERSDALE, Mar. 16.--State Mine Inspector F. W. Cunningham preferred charges of violation of mining laws against William May, R. D. 3, said to be owner of Shober mine in Summit township, near here. He posted $1,000 bond for his appearance at a hearing Thursday before Squiie Charles J. Harrison, Jr. The inspector cited a number of ' violations of mining laws. protect the Spanish border, the Government announced today as a high Spanish loyalist source told the United Press that a "nearby state" had furnished a large quantity of munitions to the loyalists. HITLER BACK IN BERLIN BERLIN, Mar. 16.--Adolf Hitler return to Berlin by airplane today, completing a fast trip which surprised political quarters and led to the belief that more important discussions are in the ottering. On his return flight to the capital of "greater Germany," Hitler's plani; ·vas accompanied by H squadron of bombing planes.

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