Troops Called as Outbreak in Pen is Feared

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Troops Called as Outbreak in Pen is Feared - il CULLED eO'UTBKHJI PEN is foe Little Actual...
il CULLED eO'UTBKHJI PEN is foe Little Actual Violence Occurs Occurs During Morning But Situation Is Serious CELL LOCKS BROKEN Warden Thomas Promises to Restore Order in Idle House by Nightfall COLUMBUS, April 24. OP)— A serious situation threatened in Ohio penitentiary this afternoon as half of the 3,000 prisoners in two cell blocks openly defied the guards, but there was no actual violence, except one fist fight. Unruly convicts, incensed by the death of 318- prisoners .who were burned and suffocated in their locked cells Monday night, urged other prisoners prisoners to "take a chance", but after Deputy Warden J. C. Woodard talked to the men, they quieted down, somewhat. somewhat. The general' spirit of unrest continued, however, and officials feared further trouble. Attack Thomaa The prisoners continued outspoken in condemnation of Warden Preston Preston Thomas and several guards who they said caused the great loss 'of life by failing to open cell doors quickly. Most of the trouble was-In the idle house, where 2,000 men are housed. About 40 per cent of the cell locks in this block had been broken broken and the prisoners were milling in the cage outside the cells. Warden Thomas said he would- give the men ample time to settle down but that he intended to re-establish order before nightfall "if I have to use a soldier with a bayonet to every prisoner." f Leaders Avert Trouble Trouble in the prison " yard 'was averted by cool headed leaders of the convicts there. Soldiers and naval reserve men remained remained outside the prison, ready to go in any emergency. As the spirit of unrest continued within the stockade. Governor Coon- ei^s committee resumed its investigation investigation of the fatal fire. At the morgue in Ohio State fair grounds, scores of bodies of victims were being claimed by relatives, and plans were ** -•*••.*» v* » v.w> LXkivi IJ 1O.11O *>tlE ill I™ nounced to b th lmclaimed ld tified deac[ trjuorrow ' M-iiy Alarms i Today's disorder came after ' when ata^ ™i frSumfbut out!mild breaks did not come The excit» ' nt , n lhe idle louse had been brewing all night The convicts mi llmg in the cage, had grumbled' | all night lohg alu f had uttered curseg against guards who they claimed failed failed to unlock cells in time to save the men killed in the fire. The idle house is on the southeast wing of the prison, opposite the G and H blocks in the northeast section where the scores of convicts died Mcnday night. Finally hundreds of the idle house men congregated in the front end of the block immediately adjoining the guard room, which leads into the j penitentiary offices. They we're i shouting and'screaming. .Sonie urged others to "come on. take a chance". ; Among cooler heads who tried to I quiet the men was Ben Rudner, of ] Massillon,'who is serving life for hid i part in the Mellett murder. Rudner I argued that if the men continued ; their revolt, military law would bo declared within the walls "and then i shouting him'dov.n ; iiudncr Attacked I When Rudner persisted in his at- i tempt to iefc the ! vtct b!acl;?116tl his cyc wilh hb fM Formcr prison chaplain T. A Rceci' wno wei)t into the kt]e house eariic ,. in ail effort to quieL the men> camc j cut and announced the convicts had madc three demands: First—that John Richardson, con- v icted murderer scheduled to die'to- ( morrow n j g ht, be given a life term instead. j Second—Immediate removal ot the of clemency. Third—An unlimited and immediate immediate supply of tobacco. Richardson is in the dealh celK which are in the extreme corner of the idle house. Slayer Gets Respite Reed said the prisoners demanded i tllb removal of the board because. j they said, recommendations qf trial j Judges, prosecutors, and other offi- paroles, were ignored by the board. He said their demand us to Richardson Richardson was br.sed on the:;- claim tha f , "enough men have been burned in here this week to satisfy us for a long time." Richardson was given a 30-day respite respite by Governor Cooper shortly after the convicts' made their I "AtCl I.J1U LUlll lUlv) 1I1UUC llllJl UV- I . Hjs . wti howcv er. was ,wi ! said Ufc t satjsf Uwlr dcniand lt An idle house guard rushed out of the block shortly before noon and informed informed Warden Thomas that if all guards were not removed from there at once they would be killed. 500 AND BRIDGE PARTY Junior Home, 4th st., NE.'rvldoj night, April 25.--Ad.

Clipped from The Evening Independent24 Apr 1930, ThuPage 1

The Evening Independent (Massillon, Ohio)24 Apr 1930, ThuPage 1
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