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The Daily Republican from Monongahela, Pennsylvania • Page 1

The Daily Republican from Monongahela, Pennsylvania • Page 1

Monongahela, Pennsylvania
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Republican The THE REPUBLICAN FOUNDED 1846 NOW IN ITS 94th YEAE AILY The Weather Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday; slightly cooler near Lake Erie Wednesday. MONONGAHELA VALLEY'S OLDEST NEWSPAPER VOLUME 94 NO. 71 MONONGAHELA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 1939 THREE CENTS A COPY; 15c A WEE1' Survivors of Blast Which Killed Six Guardsmen Schools Of City EUBflPE MM. To Open Sept. 5 Mm ii.

mm am Advances Thanksgiving ALONG MAIN STREET Day A Week; Business Pleased, But Grid Managers Aren't Board Buys Equipment For Industrial Arts Courts; Teacher Resigns. School bells will ring out in Mon-ongahela Tuesday, September 5, officially marking the close of summer's carefree vacation days and summoning the city's approximately 2,000 pupils back to clas3 rooms, 162 of whom will b3 facing the task of mastering the traditional Three R's for the first time. That was the date the day following Labor Day which was set definitely last night at the request of Superintendent of Schools John H. Dorr, by the Monongahela Board of Education meeting in regular session. Monongahela's schools will "be ready.

A project of improvement ind repairs to put the buildings in first class condition for the 1939-1940 term was reported as progressing satisfactorily, with the Industrial Art Department, newly installed educational feature in the Lincoln building, ready for the placing of necessary equipment. As empowered by the board at the last regular meeting, the prop Private Carter These two Indiana national guardsmen, though battered and flat on their backs in the Fort Knox, army hospital, consider themselves extremely lucky. They are two of three guardsmen injured when a Private Fitch dud shell exploded in a tent at Fort Knox. They are Private Dorris Fitch of Princeton, and Private Ralph Fort Branch, Ind. Six other guardsmen were killed.

League's Commissioner For Danzig Visits Hitler; Jap Slaps U. S. Woman. By United Press Europe was alive with reports today that an early effort is to be made to negotiate the Danzig dispute and Germany's other claims. There was no authentic information of the nature of the possible negotiations but a general air of expectancy prevailed after the visit to Fuehrer Adolf Hitler at Bercht-esgaden of Prof.

K. J. Burckhardt, High Commissioner for Danzig of the League of Nations, Of the many reports, one of the most persistent was that Pope Pius XII was promoting the idea of a four-power peace conference of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, with the approval of Premier Benito Mussolini. Burckhardt's place in the pattern was obscure. German sources in London reported Burckhardt might go there to pave the way for peace negotiations but Burckhardt, who is back in Danzig, told the Foreign Press he is not going to London.

Britain was keeping France, Poland and other interested powers fully informed of all developments. A British spokesman confirmed that Burckhardt. had reported, but confidentially, to the foreign office on his visit to Berchtesgaden. It was considered significant that the conservative, influential London Times editorially campaigned for a peace settlement acceptable to all concerned. The Times praised Mussolini as consistent advocate of peaceful revision of treaties." A hopeful note came from Paris, where a marked improvement in the tourist trade was attributed to a general belief that war is not imminent.

Nevertheless, military preparations and maneuvers continued unabated. The vast German maneuvers eared their climax, and it was expected that by early September Germany would have some men under arms. Turkey also started maneuvers, two months ahead of the usual time, and close to the Bulgarian frontier. In the Orient, Americans were aroused to indignation by the slapping of a white-haired, 59-year-old-American woman by a Japanese sentry. The Consulate said the vic- (Continued on Page Eight) COUNCIL REJECTS PETITION FOR CITY ZONING LAW CHANGE This That TODAY'S HOROSCOPE This will be a successful year for hose who are celebrating birthdays oday.

Gain will come through a nilitary man. Dominant influ-nces, however, point to some grief vithin the family circle. A strong vill and a very positive and deter-nined nature will be traits pos-iessed by a child born today, if orn in the morning hours. He mi be obstinate and difficult to eason with. The Daily Republican to-Jay ex-ends congratulations and its for a Happy Birthday to the fol-owing local and district residents vho observe their natal anniver-aries tomorrow.

AUGUST 16 Dorothy Price. Donna Lee Pickering. Harriet McChesney. Mrs. Allan Sorrick.

Rocco Rossi. Thomas Milton Fisher, 12. Mrs. J. L.

McVey. Mrs. Wray Bickerton. Wilbur Pollock. The Daily Republican welcome idditions to its birthday lists.

Yesterday was the birthday of 2ity Councilman W. H. Isaac. One if his 'presents" was his first jreat-grandchild, a son, born in he hospital here to Mr. and Mrs.

Robert Sanders, of Eleventh street. The Daily Republican today has mother satisfied classified ad customer if results bring satisfaction. The following classified appeared yesterday's issue: Three unfurnished rooms for light housekeeping, bath, garage. Phone 85-J. 14-21-c Three hours after the paper reached the street the rooms were rented.

Blade's Photographic studio mov- 3d to Uniontown this morning. Blade shifted his business from Jniontown to Monongahela about a year ago, and was reportedly do-'ng a fair trade here. His new establishment is at 127 West Main street, Uniontown, Pa. -There's nothing like giving your request in advance, thinks Frankie Fujello, newsboy. Last night Charles Monro and his Kentucky Pals stopped in town for a bite to eat at Peters' Restaurant.

Frankie, accompanied by Phil Davis, also aewsboy, singled out one of the and asked if he was Monro. The fellow said "yes," whereupon Fujello demanded a song. "What'll I sing?" iasked the Great Man. "Youre Nobody's Darling But Mine," Fujello answered. The Ken-tuckian promised to sing it on his program over WWVA today.

The renovation of Siegles, formerly the Dollar Store, will be complete within 10 days. The interior is to be repainted two shades of old rose, and a new childrens' department will be added to the Second street side of the store. The other side, will be devoted to ladies' accessories. BUTLER fair opens Butler, Aug. 15 (UP) Townsfolk of Butler and surround-ng communities looked forward to a good old-fashioned country fair as the 1939 Butler Fair and Exposition opened today for a four-day stand.

just another school day, some serious problems arose. And at Seattle, Freder ick E. Baker, president of H. G. Brace Calendar Co.

said the date changing would "raise hell" with his business and cost calendar makers from $5,000,000 to "It will be terrible," he said. "Better than 70 per cent of 1940 calendars have already been sold and about 50 per cent, or $50,000,000 worth, are already in production throughout the country. Most calendar makers begin production in January on the following year's calendar." Every President since Abraham Lincoln has proclaimed the last Thursday of NovemberiThanksgiv-ing Day, although prior to that, the dates varied and some presidents did not designate the day at all. George Washington, in setting a day for Thanksgiving 150 years ago, designated Nov. 26.

That happened to be the last Thursday of the month. There had been bitter protests against such an observance. Thomas Jefferson protested that it would imply a connection between church and state; Rep. Aedanus Burke of South Car-olina' said it "mimicked European Customs;" Rep. Thomas T.

Tucker of Virginia said, "It might be well to wait for some experience of the (Continued on Page Eight) 14 STREETS, ALLEYS HERE RESURFACED Street Department Plans Further Work Before End of Summer. Work has been completed in resurfacing 14 Monongahela streets and alleys, it was announced today by Director of Streets W. H. Isaac, and a number more thoroughfares are to be similarly improved. Approximately 7,300 feet of thoroughfare has been treated by the tar preparation which is a product or the Koppel Company, Pittsburgh.

"Tarvia" is applied by company, workmen who bring it here in distributing trucks, heat it, and apply it by air force after the road has been prepared by local workmen. In preparing for the resurfacing, the road is slagged and rolled. The "tarvia" is applied, and the surface (Continued on Page Three) Charleroi Police Ban Tandem Bike Riding The riding of bicycles tandem fashion by children in Charleroi was banned yesterday on order by Chief of Police Pete Bege, who said the practice was too dangerous and must be stopped. The police order followed a recent accident in which two persons were injured when their bicycle broke loose and raced down Charleroi's Sixth street hill, throwing the riders to the tracks of the Pennsylvania By United Press Merchants were generally happy today over President Roosevelt's announcement that he was advancing Thanksgiving day a week, because that will enlarge the Christmas shopping period, but there was consternation among college football managers and calendar makers. At Campobello, N.

where he arrived yesterday on a vacation cruise, Mr. Roosevelt said he had had many requests to move the holiday ahead, because it came too near Christmas, and that since there was nothing sacred about the customary date the last Thursday of November and no Federal law governing it, he would proclaim it for Nov, 23 this year, instead of Nov. 30. He said that henceforth, beginning in 1940, Thanksgiving would be the second Thursday of November. It is a tradition among business men that advertising and display of Christmas goods is withheld until after Thanksgiving, and since that holiday would have fallen this year on the latest possible date, there would have been only 20 Christmas shopping days.

However, there had been 35 football games scheduled for "Turkey Day," some of them annual sectional classics, and now that the schedules of most universities are completed, and Nov. 30 is to be farm strike cuts off nx Ilk supply Farmers' Union Demands Higher Milk Prices Blames 'Trust. Utica, N. Y. Aug.

15 (UP) The Dairy Farmers' union today enforced a strike against milk shipments to New York City, the nation's largest city. The union demanded higher prices for milk and blamed the 'milk trust" for keeping prices down. The strike was supported by the Congress of Industrial Organizations. The general organization committee announced that milk would be supplied to New York City hospitals and to the city's children. The union claims a membership of 15,000 producers in the vast milk shed comprised of upper New York and parts of Vermont and Pennsylvania which supplies the millions of gallons used daily in the metropolitan area which has a population of 7,000,000.

All members were instructed to withhold milk from dealers until the price rises to $2.35 per hundredweight for fluid milk delivered in August, September and October. The current price is $2.25. Archie Wright of Ogdensburg, N.y., union president, said picket lines would be established not only on roads and plants in the milk producing areas but at plants in New York City as well. Lawrence Clough, of the State Division of Milk Control, announced that the state would aid dealers who have complied with the federal state marketing order, which governs the price paid to producers. He said "We don't believe the strike will be very serious because we don't believe enough farmers will join it." The average retail price for Grade milk in New York City is 12 cents at grocery stores and 13 cents delivered.

NEW TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES OUT New telephone directories are being delivered today in Monongahela and vicinity, it was announced by J. Lawrence Buchanan, manager for the Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania. The 144-page telephone book contains many new and changed numbers, Mr. Buchanan pointed out. More than 8,700 copies of the directory will be distributed in Monongahela, Belle Vernon.

Donora, Charleroi, Fayette City, Monessen and West Newton. erty committe ordered removal of two walls in the basement of the Lincoln school, creating one large room in which the courses will be taught. The room, school officials say, is excellent for the purpose, being spacious and well lighted on three sides. In addition, a powerful electric lighting; system is being installed, the lines of which will serve the power-driven shop machines. Safety Major Factor Concrete flooring has been laid in the room, with the section which will be used by the woodwork department covered with wood flooring painted to prevent infestation of termites and with air vents to prevent warping and'decay.

The property committee reported that upon removal of the walls strong beams were installed to support the 13-inch wall, extending up to the second' floor to add to the safety of the structure. An added safety feature with re- gard to the department is the in- scanauon oi seven saiety swucnes piacea at convenient points aoouc the room. This, it was pointed out, will enable the instructor to turn off the current operating the machines from any part of the room. The machines, to include various types of saws, hand jointers, lathes, drill presses, grinder, molds, will be equipped with every modern safety devise for the protection of pupils taking the courses. Of a type used in about 150 Pennsylvania schools, they are approved by the State department of Labor and Industry, the Department of Education, and the underwriters.

The board insisted that every safeguard be made to protect pupils frqm injury. Order Equipment Purchased Bids were received from four companies on machines, equipment and supplies for the new department. Firms bidding were Edward W. Boss Pittsburgh, Trainter Manufacturing Company, Pittsburgh, Somers, Fickler and Todd, Pittsburgh, and Myers and Myers, Monongahela. It was explained by Superintendent Dorr that cost of complete equipment for the department would run considerably over the $1,500 which had been anticipated.

An exhaustive examination by Mr. Dorr and board officials of bids and a comparison of prices were made with the view to reducing expenditure without handicapping the work of the department. It was decided that purchase of certain heavy, expensive items (Contlnuea on Page 3) ed the enemy in renewing its attack today. Defending forces hoped for a downpour which might bog down the mechanized attack. The "Black" troops, using highspeed tanks, theoretically tore, through the outer defenses of the "Blue" army, composed of "the 28th and 29th National Guard Units, in the simulated attack on the Nation's capital.

The invaders are assumed to have landed at Quantico, about 25 miles south and east of Manassas, scene of two of the Civil war's bloodiest battles. The Guardsmen, from Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, are scattered throughout the battlefield area. For purpose of the defense of the capital destined to test the effi ciency of manpower and machines under wartime conditions bridges Moose Lodge Will Show Free Movies Of Homes Tonight An open air showing of free motion pictures of the Oner's homes for children and the aged was announced today by Monongahela Lodge No. 125, Loyal Order of Moose. The pictures will be shown tonight at 8 o'clock on the parking lot beside the Moose Home, Main street, below Fourth.

They will portray activities at VIooieheart, the. home and. school operated and maintained for dependent children of deceased members at Chicago," 1117," and at Moose-haven, a home for dependent aged Moose members and their wives near Orange Park, Florida. The local lodge, at the present time, is preparing to initiate a "William E. McCracken Testimonial Class" in honor of Mononga- hela's Mavor.

a member of the order. BOARD NAMES BUS DRIVER Henry Volker Awarded Contract For Driving Forward Twp. Bus. The Forward Township school uar of onof-inl mPPHntr vaster- day, awarded to Henry Volker the contract for driving the new school coming term. He will receive $60 a month for driving the bus, and $5 a month for storage.

William Lazzari, of the Lazzari Motors, of East Monongahela, from whom the new bus was purchased, informed the board that the bus will be turned over to the school district August 19. The board voted to pay for the bus in full on that date, and if necessity arises, to negotiate a small loan in the Spring to meet current expenses, thus saving the six per cent interest up until that time. Members also discussed further the question of hauling students to high school, but took no action. The board granted Bunola residents permission to use the basement of the Bunola school as a voting place if the County Commissioners approve establishment of a new precinct in their locality. A sanitary improvement was authorized at the Franklin school.

The contract was awarded to Thomas J. Patterson, of Belle Vernon. Boys Caught Fleeing Morganza On Bicycles Canonsburg. Aug. 15 An attempt by two boys to escape by bicycle from the Pennsylvania Training School here brought the speedy recapture, superintendent Kenneth Gordon reported yesterday.

Gordon said one of the boys, George Keeler of Meadville was captured three miles at the home of his grandparents, while the other, Paul King of Collier, near Uniontown, was found ped- dling along a highway near the First Ward Man's Request Turned Down; Stanton St. Blacktopping Asked. City Council, following a recommendation by the Planning Commission, last evening rejected a pa-tition for -a revision of the municipal zoning law which would have changed the classification of a small section of property along Mam street in Flrts Ward from a residential to a business district. The petition was filed by Phillip Appolonia, who contemplated the erection of a barber shop had the zoning law change been authorized. In its recommendation to council, the Planning Commission said: "At the present time the Planning Commission cannot appreciate a reason for granting the requested alteration and therefore voted no change in the present ordinance." Council members, declaring they were guided by the action of the commission, voted unanimously to reject the petition upon motion by Councilman W.

J. Blythe, seconded by Councilman H. Clark Underwood. Appolonia had requested a change in classification for the district in the First Ward bounded on the west by an unnamed alley, an extension of Warne street; on the north by the right-of-way of the P. R.

R. company; on the east by the present business district; on the west by Ridge avenue, and on the south by East Main street. The petition was signed by Appolonia and P. W. Neff, Monongahela district superintendent for the Pennsylvania' railroad.

the sole property owners. Appolonia owns a section of ground 43.15 by 114.5 feet and the P. R. R. a strip of approximately 750 Director Blythe, in offering the motion to reject the petition, said he felt council should follow the recommendation of the Planning Commission, especially in oases where the Commission definitely opposed revision of the zoning law.

In some instances, he said, the Commission did not return a definite adverse decision, leaving the matter to council's discretion. In such cases, he indicated, council was free to follow its own inclinations. Dr. G. H.

Murphy, a fellow councilman, pointed out later to Appolonia that council and the Planning Commission could not very well engage in a fight between themselves. He said the Commission had a duty to perform, and council desired to retain amioable relations with the men who give their time to the planning of Monongahela. Appolonia made an impassioned plea for approval of his petition, both before and after council had voted its rejection. He pointed out that, he had had his plea before council for six months, and declared that all he wanted to do was make a living for himself and his mother. He said that he was a cripple, and could not obtain work in a mine or mill.

He referred to the Pizzica case, in which council approved a change the zoning law after first rejecting the petition for such (Continued ou Page Eight) DESERT WASTES SEARCHED 0 TRAIN WRECKER Death Toll In Tragedy In Nevada Reaches 23; G-Men Join Hunt. Reno, Nev. Aug. 15 (UP) The I desert reaches of Nevada were searched today for a man or men who might have deliberately wrecked the Southern Pacific's brown and yellow streamline train. City of San Francisco, and killed 23 persons late Saturday night.

Transients by the score were picked up and questioned at every hamlet throughout the state. In every case those so far questioned had proved to authorities they were innocent of the crime of sabotage charged by railroad officials. The bodies of three additional victims bringing the death toll in (Continued on Page 7) LOCAL SCOUTS LAUNCH CAMP 62 Boys Answer Roll Call At District Camp At Mineral Beach. The Monongahela District, Boy Scouts of America camp officially opened Sunday evening at Mineral Beach, where the Scouts encamped for a week's stay. The Pioneer gang had barely nmshed their job of setting up camp, when Scouts to arrive, numbering 62 boys at roll call.

A large visitation of adults were also present, who inspected the entire camp. After assigning the Scouts to their tents, the boys assembled at the mess tent for their first part of a week's program. Camp director Blair McMillin opened the meeting by introducing the camp staff to the boys, followed by a devotional service led by Clyde Crookbam. A vote of thanks was tendered the Pioneer gang from the group and then assignments for the next day were given. An outline of the next day's schedule, consisting of swimming, handicraft, gadget making, instruction period, inspections ana cimpiire wcic then announced.

Singing by the entire group was led by Pat Lacey, and the Scout songs echoed through the night air in great volume. Three reporters were assigned at the camp to report events during their stay for The Daily Republican, Tom Namie, Elmer Smith and Wooda Hixenbaugh being those elected. Commissioner Charles Acheson closed with a few remarks and dismissed the Scouts, with taps being blown shortly thereafter. I LATE NEWS FLASHES Washington, Aug. 15 (UP) The Federal Bureau of Investigation is preparing to make a thorough inquiry into political and crime conditions in Miami, it was learned today.

Groundwork for the campaign was laid by FBI Director Edgar Hoover personally during a recent visit to Miami. Ostensibly he went there for a brief vacation; actually it was a business trip to outline an extensixe investigation into various phases of the city's affairs. Washington, Aug. 15 (UP) The 25th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal to world commerce today finds the United States rushing a mighty defense program to make it impregnable from land, sea and air attacks. As high civilian and military authorities in the Canal Zone observed the anniversary of the passage of the old steamer Ancon through the locks Aug.

15, 1914, to open the huge project, army officials were speeding the emergency canal defense program for which the last (Continued on Page 2) and black, with gold plumes in their hats a new feature and the Finleyville Fire Company's 92-piece band. A group of 92 men will take part from Grapeville, their organization including both a marchers unit and a drum and bugle corps The Firemen's Ladies' Auxiliary will conduct food stands, with home-made pies and cakes in addition to sandwiches. The parade will start promptly at 7:30 from Riverview, proceed up Chess street, turn at Pine street and down Main to Robinson street. Parking will be prohibited along Main street between the hours of 6 and 8 p. and it is requested that all homes and stores have their front lights burning.

Jake Rollison is general chairman of the bazaar and festivities. In case of rain the parade will be held Friday, August 18. Invading 'Enemy5 Army Drives Back Guardsmen Firemen To March In New Eagle Tomorrow In the Field, near Manassas, Aug. 15 (UP) National Guardsmen who lost ground in their first attempt to' repulse an "enemy" army seeking to capture Washington determined to regain it today, despite the overwhelming advantage of their foes in modern equipment of warfare. The "black" invading force, comprising 6,000 regular army troops, thrust its way deep into the territory of the "Blue" defenders yesterday despite the fact that the Guardsmen outnumbered them almost three to one.

So decisive was the initial advantage of the attacking force that hostilities in the mock war were halted to enable the defenders to reorganize and coordinate their forces for a last-ditch defense. The war games here are part of extensive army maneuvers along the Eastern Seaboard involving more than 72,000 officers and men. Foggy weather and overcast skies aid A gala street parade, highlight event of the New Eagle Firemen's annual street bazaar, in progress all this week, will be held tomorrow night with organizations from many district towns participating. Scheduled to appear are seven bands, 13 drum and bugle corps, 15 marching units and a number of trucks, including one of the extremely long ladder trucks from Dormont. Several of the organizations will be making their initial appearance here.

Others are known from participation in parades in former years. The parading groups will include the brilliant Hazelwood Girls Drum and Bugle corps who will appear in new uniforms of gold and heavy braid; the Eden Park Girls, in uniforms of red and white; the Wilkinsburg Fife and Drum corps; the Harmony Band, garbed in gold between yuantico and Manassas sunuui. were "destroyed." Umpires of the The boys made their escape at-(Continued on Page Two) tempt Sunday, Gordon said..

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