Thomas J. McDonnel Sr. 9-26-1923
STORY OF M'DON NELL'S SON ABOUT ASSAULT (Continued From Page One) home' last night gave the following version of what hoppened: After Sheriff Reap had visited the polling booth and ordered everyone out he took t'he box and put it in his auto mobile and started "for Scranton. My father and I came along In our car and as we neared the house we struck the oar used by the state troopers. 'My father got out and went Into the house while I remained in the machine, as we intended to go to Scranton to the court house. The trooper then came over to me and started striking me on the hands and shoulder with his club and told me I was under arrest for reckless driving and to drive on ' to Scranton. I told him that I had my license and that there was also a license on the car and if he wanted to take it to go ahead and order me to appear for a hearing. Bead Kit the PaTement. "Instead of that he got Into the car. About that time my father came out of the house and also got in and ordered tne trooper out. As he d d the latter took two of his feet and shoved them up against my father's stomach, almost shutting off his breath. When the let loose my father dropped to the floor of tne car and one of the Archbald patrol men pulled hi'm out by the shoulders. As be did his head hit the pavement. .My mother hearing of the trouble. came out of the house and came down! to the car and one of the police gTabbed her, holding her back and almost tore her dress off. Then another trooper, evictentiy a sergeant, ordered h s man to get out of the car and my father got back in and we came to Scranton When he arrived at the court house he .uinpm:nea oi pains in tne head and a little later collapsed. We carried him Dacit to the car and took h m r,ome." The statement of young McDonnell as to what happened after his father reached the court house Is borne out by primary election night develop ments. After conversing with friends the court house. Mr. McDonnell complained of being ill and of severe pains in the head. It was then that he was taken to his home. What Deputy Begaa Said hherirr Jim Reap yesterday pointed out that when the disturbance In which - Mr. McDonnell is said to have figured occurred, deputies were on their wax - back to Scranton with the ballot box. Deputy Sheriff E. J. Regan gave his version or tne affair. Accoraing to the deputy sheriff, he ana some troopers had Just started on their way to Scranton from the polling piace near McDonnell s home, when the former tax f ollector's car s.'rte - swiped their machine. With that, Mr. Regan said, a trooper Jumped omt of V car and went to the McDonnell machine to arrest the driver, McDonnell's son, for reckless driving. About this time, Mr. Regan said, the elder McDonnell came alone and Jumped Into his mcchlne where a trooper was conversing with the son. Mr. McDonnell, Sr., said the deputy sheriff, agreed to come to Scranton and preparations were being made to resume the trip when the elder McDonnell, In changing from the front seat to the back seat, slipped or fell. 'I saw no one drag him out or ino car but I did hear of his falling against the pavement," said Mr. Regan. . No one at the Wyoming Barracks of the State police last night would volunteer any statement In connection with the McDonnell occurrnce. It was said, however, that an Investigation will be made. Deputies of Sheriff Reap visited the polling place on the primary election morning, after a call had been received stating that the Judge of election refused to recognize William Ort, named as an overseer to look after the interests of R. S. Houck, backed by the Democrats for Juiltre, This disturbance was quieted down. After the polls had closed at night, Sheriff Heap's deputies and state troopers again went to the same (ils - rlc. This time they ha a court order Impounding the ballot box, signed fcy Judge E. C. Newcomb. Neither President Judge H. M. Edwards nor Judge George W. Maxey was consulted before the ordor was Issued. .