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midnight ride - MEXICO, MO., THURSDAY AFTERNOON MARCH 18, 1948....
MEXICO, MO., THURSDAY AFTERNOON MARCH 18, 1948. 'Midnight Ride'Hit By GOP House Chief Republican Majority Leader Criticizes Transfer of Incorrigibles from MTS To State Penitentiary Last Night JEFFERSON'CITY, March 18. (AP)—"The midnight ride of Phil M. Donnelly" last night as 75 "incorrigibles" were transferred from the Boonville training school to the state penitentiary drew fire both in the house and senate today. T*™^. T> T TT'J.-.rt. / T3 ^ nf f »«o»il.- erf nYM-tnrl »i t n>in«1 " VinfT tnlfl t Rep. R. J. King (R) of Frank lin county, majority floor leader, called the governor's participation "dramatics" and Sen. Ralph Erdwin (R) of Concordia termed it a "ghastly parade." The boys described as troublemakers, were transferred to the prison and Algoa Intermediate Reformatory last night in two convoys oi state patrol cars with the governor bringing up the rear on the first trip. "As individual members of this general assembly we ought to demand that the showmanship and dramatics which have accompanied the Boonville incident be rehabilitation Washington by 18. (.V) today navy boosted. for pos- than approves was Services President for revival universal draft, to get recommendations submitted not say be asked, will boosted It t He of . Navy or ol Con ol present 1,732,000 have get the bring ceilings. State Counci NLRB Vote At Farber Brick Plant Similar Elections Tomorrow At Vandalia, Wellsville An election was being held this afternoon by the National Labor Relations Board <bt the North American Refractories Co. plant at Farber. The question being oted on is whether or not North American employes wish to au- horize the United Brick and ^lay Workers union to negotiate an agreement. Similar elections will be held omorrow at the Wellsville Fire Brick Co. plant at Wellsville, and he Harbison-Walkec Refractor- es Co. plant at Vandalia. A favorable vote at the elec- ion, which is required under the Taft-Hartlev act, would author- ze the union and employer to negotiate on some form of union security, up to the union shop. The plants presently have .ocals of the United Brick and Clay Workers of America, an AFL union .operating under maintenance and check-off contracts expiring April 1. The elections will be the first NLRB ballotings to be held in this vicinity in recent years, except for two which have been ield at the International Shoe -o. plant here in the past two years, in which the workers rejected the union. Walter Werner of the NLRB at St. Louis was expected to be in Farber to hold the election. The ballots call for "yes" or "no" answers to this question: "Do you wish to" authorize the union named below to enter into an agreement with your employer which requires membership in such union as a condition of employment?" The election times: Today, North American plant at Farber, 1 to 2 p. m.; Friday, Harbison-Walker plant at Vandalia, 7 to 8:30 a. m. and 3 to 6 p. m.; and Wellsville plant at Wellsville, 4 to 5 p. m. Howard R. Hill, industrial relations representative of the union in northeast Missouri, from New Philadelphia, O., is currently residing at a hotel here, as the union agent concerned with the elections. Those eligible to vote are all production and maintenance em- ployes who were employed during ^payroll period ending February 29, 1948, but excluding general office, clerical, guards, professional, and supervisory em- ployes as defined in Section 2 (11) of the National Labor Relations Act, as amended. Section 8 a 3 of the National Labor Relations Act provides, in part, that nothing in the act shall preclude an employer from making an agreement with a labor organization to require as a condition of employment membership therein on or after the thirtieth day following the beginning of such employment or the effective date of such; agreement, whichever is the later (i) if such labor organization is the repre sentative of the employes in the appropriate collective bargaining unit covered by such agreement when made; and (ii) if. following the most recent election held as provided by the act, the board shall have certified that at least a majority of the employes eligible to vote in such election have voted to authorize the making of such agreement. stopped at once," King told the house. "We ought further to demand that the great Highway Patrol, which has done fine work for this stale, be removed from Boonville and that that institution be turned over to civilian control. "x x x We thought once the new board was sworn in that it would take over, and that the dramatics su'rrounding the whole affair would be eliminated. We were mistaken, x x x "This morning's papers show how wrong we were. Eight hours after a new board had visited the school, we see that almost 25 per cent of the boys of the school have been transferred to the state penitentiary. They came in a caravan of patrol cars that kept touch and with a f'u<-r" . these boys were brought handcuffed to this city for incarceration. "Worst of it all was that the great state of Missouri was rep resented in that dramatic parade by the governor of the state." JEFFERSON CITY, March 18. (IP)— Steel bars and stone walls today separated 75 "incorrigibles" from the freedom they once had at the Boonville training school for boys. Three of the former Boonville inmates were whisked by the State Highway Patrol to Algoa Intermediate Reformatory near here. The other 72 are locked singly in cells of old "H" hall at the state penitentiary, segregated from adult prisoners even at mealtime. They were transferred under terms of a new law permitting such moves to adult penal institutions of any incorrigibles at Missouri's three training • schools. The four-tiered cell block, clean and apparently freshly painted will be the day and night home of the youths until they havo been studied and classified by the prison psycharitrist. Their only recreation now will be books magazines and "smokes." Later, they may be permitted some recreation in the big prison yard. Sacks of cigarette tobacco were doled out to the boys, all of who asked a guard last night for "the makin's." They were described as ring leaders in trouble at the embat tied Boonville school during the last year. The school has been the scene .of two strangulation deaths, more than 300 escapes and an administrative upheava made by Gov. Phil M. Donnelly. Their transfer was completed one day after the Missouri Senate confirmed Donnelly's new training school board, his replacement for the board he fired summarily last January 30. The six board members paid s quick visit to the Boonville schoo late yesterday, leaving less than two hours before a convoy of 1 state patrol cars brought th Missouri in of this of board Jolley organization years with Ten Killed In Crash TAMPA, Fla., March 18. (ff>)— Ten men were killed when a B-29 from Spokane, Wash., airbase crashed and burned on landing here early today. Capt. George G. Bynes, McDill Field public information officer,_ said the plane was coming in for" a landing at MacDill Field in a dense fog when it hit the edge of the runway at the southwest corner of the field, and crashed and caught fire. The crash occurred at 2:32 a.m ; first load of 40 youths to th prison. The second load of 35 was de livered at the prison early today Manacled together, four boy rode in each car. Two trooper occupied the front seat. Transfer of 75 "incorrigible youths to the state penitentiary was referred to today by Alfred Fleishman, newly-elected chairman of the state board of training schools, at St. Louis, as a "major operation which had to be performed at once to end a reign of terror at Boonville." Fleishman said those moved to Jefferson City were "thugs, thieves, murders, potential murderers, terrorists and those guilty of sex crimes." Two of the boys are 14 years old and one is 20. The largest age group, 23, was 17 years of age. The new board spent three hours yesterday going over the records of 76 boys recommended for -transfer, Fleishman related. The 76 inmates, he said, were responsible for almost 300 escapes from the school. "I was shocked at the lack of recreational equipment, vocational equipment and books," he said. "The state troopers have been buying games for them x x x. They are the finest citizens in this state and the respect and admiration shown by the inmates for the troopers is beyond description." Fleishman said he planned to call several St. Louisans to contribute to a fund for radios, games, books and musical instruments to be sent to Boonville later today. "The boys showed us they arc anxious to learn about radio and woodworking, if facilities were provided. We need the help of civil organizations and .individuals. We need thousands of games and radios—not junk. It's a long time operation."

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  2. 18 Mar 1948, Thu,
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