Thomas Lillis murder, Pittston Gazette, 19 Jan 1928

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- WSXi' t ' V ' J - r 'FIFTf CENTS A. MoiJTfl - mms TUfi"'! 1 iLliLllU - :. L 11 su.ii i - - '. a n i nt 11 ,vvi. from - , ambus: TO JAIL FOR LIFE Flint, Mich., .Jan. 19. Michigan swift justice has again scored; and today today Adolph Hotelllng Is starting: a life sentence at - the Marquette prison for a muraer tnat occurred Just a week ago. It was no record' for Michigan that within 48 hours - after Hotelling had confessed to the brutal murder of five year old Dorothy Schneider; he was en - route to Jail: but 'it was further nroof of the speed of Michigan justice. Hotelling reached - Marquette this forenoon. He was snirited out of Flint ed to prevent any attempts at mob vlo - j "buttle Hilfed M Thurs - C ftom l w acenstpd hv man in n. mntnr rr S her toto STmScWrS !wl? SLJJZ.' ' found to i cmk bed SLAYER OF CHILD M MSB T LJSf? S?L fV i oHuSsted HotelUniT who had en - Sn to hlTcom - Htv K n ThoS - he had Z - wluun m nour ne naa con Hotelling was lodged In the cnuntv . OieUmg WBS IOOgeO Ul tne COUnty W . witnm an nour a mob started forming demanding that Ho - tellmir be lvnched The lail was attack - ffl ttirZh ta - dows Officers were fired on Pouca .?WJ? - . V1 Wre, P11?? but they worked on momentarily ed irom town, the mob of 15,000 con - tinued its attack on the Jail. The mintlf, f)naUw was caned out and the moh dispersed. Hotellirur had been taken to Ionia. the uttie . walved examination. ' Tuesday be was driven from Ionia back : IntA tfa iMnntv anil thaM v a farm 'vard was arralaned for the murder of 'r'wTrean. of the St S iatoWhen aaSlwhat to ' i10 arraignea. won ' asaea wnat nia y35 pnrt vprv nnlp. m and said: Tuesday night he admitted attacks on two other girls. Wednesday the confessed slayer was brought back to Flint, despite protests that be would br mobbed. There was a crowa aooub uie coun, xiouse, uud we crowd was not disorderly.l Leslie Schneider, lather ox tne victim, victim, attacked Hotelling with his fists but the two men were separated. Hotelling was taken berore Juage "Guilty, There were a few more ceremonies and then within a very few minutes Judge Brennan sentenced Hotelling to life imprisonment at the Marquette prison the most extreme punishment the state of - Michigan could give. Within an hour Schneider was en - route to the prison to start his sentence. sentence. Mackinaw City, Mich.. Jan. 19. A crowd of several hundred persons tried to catch a glimpse of Adolph Hotelling when his train arrived here today. A ferry trip, started at 7:30 a. m., took him to the upper Michigan peninsula. where Marquette Penitentiary Is situated. situated. ... Owosso. Mich.. Jan. 19. Mrs. Adolph Hotelling, wife of the slayer of Dorothy Dorothy Schneider, of Mount Morris, lapsed lapsed into a state of coma today and her condition was pronounced "very serious" by the attending physician, Dr. W. 8. Welnkauf, of Corunna. NE Pf. Reported dany for the Plttston Gazette Gazette by J. H. Brooks and Company, of Scran ton, members of the New York Stock Exchange, Am. Can Am. D. S. . Am. C. & F. . Am. Loco. . . . Am. Smelting Am. Sugar ... Am. T. to T. . Am. Tobacco Anac. Copper A., T. & S. F. Bait. Sc Ohio Beth. Steel ... Can. Pacific . Ches. it Ohio C, M. & St P. C, M. & St P, CoL F. tt I. .... DeL & Hud. .... D, L. & W Dupont Erie Glen Alden Coal Gt North., pf. . Gen. Motors ..? Int. M. M., pf. . Jones Tea ..... Kan. City So. .. L. V. R. R. - ...... L. V. Coal Mo. Pacific Nat Biscuit New Haven Y. Central N. Y., O. & W. North Amer. . . Norf. & West. North Pacific . P. R. R. Pr. Steel Car Radio Corp. . Reading CO. Rep. LAS. Rubber South. Pacific South. Ry. Studebaker . .. Texas Pacific Union Pacific Uv 8. 8teel Wabash A Wabash WesUnghouse 72 I 71 71 13 13 13 105 105 105 110 100 110 175 174 175 76 75 76 179 178 179 167 167 167 55 54 55. 191 190 191 114 114 114 58 56 57 207 204 207 199 198 198 17 17 17 33 33 33 78 76 78 179 178 178 134 134 134 314 312 314 61 60 61 165 161 162 95 95 95 133 132 133 43 49, 43 37 35 37 59 59 59 91 94 94 35 35 35 51 50 61 165' 162 165 61 60 60 160. 159 160 29 29 29 1 60 60 185 184 185 95 94 95 64 64 64 24 24 24 99 96 98 101 100 100 63 60 63 59 58A 69 120 119 120 143 143 58 67 57 106 105 106 189 189 189 147 144 147 94 94 94 64 64 64 939 91 92 Found Hand bag containing sum of money, owner can have same by calling calling at 12 Defoe street and paying for the srtmtlMmenV . 19J3t A cowardly assassin, hiding in am bush (along East Railroad street just beyond. Tedrick street in the section of Plttston' Township commonly known as "Brandy Patch," murdered Thomas LiUls, aged 41, well known Browntown union leader, at midnight last night Lulls' body,' with six bullet wounds therein, was .found along the sidewalk by a passerby, soon after the murder. His assassin fled and, although the authorities are holding two local young men as suspects, the atrocious crime has not yet been solved, and there are grave misgivings that the suspects in custody may not be implicated at au. The only motive, that authorities can attribute to the cowardly killing . of Lulls Is that the victim may have incurred incurred the enmity of one or more as sociates in No. 6 Colliery local union, in which he was an active worker. Dis content among members of the No. 6 Colliery local has been manifest for some time past. The feeling reached a high pitch a few days ago when of ficials of District No. 1, United Mine Workers, of America, refused to recognize recognize new officers elected by the lo cal. The enmity was fanned last night when the miners held a meeting here, at which threats of a general strike were heard. It was while Lillis was on his way home to Browntown that be was mur dered. His .assassin evidently laid in wait for him along the lonely road where several similar crimes have been committed in years gone by. Lillis usually usually boarded the Yatesvllle bus and rode to his home in Browntown, but last night he and Alexander Campbell, well known leader of the miners at No. 6 Colliery, walked up East Railroad street together, it has been learned from a reliable source. They stood at the entrance to Campbell's home, 144 East Railroad street for a time and then Lillis left and proceeded up Railroad street toward his home. He crossed the Plttston Township boundary line and was two blocks; east of Tedrick street when the assassin fired the fatal bullets into his body. All appearances indicate that mils was shot through the back of the head without warning. Two gaping bullet wounds In his head indicate that the victim was felled by shots fired from behind. :. Not . content with Inflicting the mortal wounds, the assassin evidently, evidently, approached his prostrate victim and riddled his body witn tne cart ridges remaining In his revolver six bullet wounds in all ' being found In his body. An autopsy was performed on the body of the murdered man at Plttston Hospital this afternoon by Dr. Michael J. Murnhv. At 11:47 o'clock this morning Chief of Police McHale, Police Lieutenant Price and three members of Troop "B State Police, returned from Sayre, Pa, where two vounat men from this city Angelo Bello and Michael Pugliese were arrested at an early nour tms morning as suspects in the Lillis mur der. Bello and Pugliese, who make their home in the South Plttston quar ter, attended the meeting of No. 6 Col liery local here last night u is report ed. They boarded a tram ior Kocnes - ter early this morning, but were apprehended apprehended at Sayre and were brought back to this city. A throng of fifty or mora had assembled assembled at the Lehigh Valley , station at the time the train was due here from Sayre. There was no attempt by the muling throng to Interfere with the two youths, who scowled at the throng from beneath bright - colored - - ' caps. Richard Powell, chief ol county detectives, detectives, cleared a path for the sus pects and their captors as a safeguard against any violence, but the prisoners were not molested on tneir journey u police headquarters. After being m City Hall for less than ten minutes they were taken in charge by three members of the State Police and were removed to the barracks at Wyoming for Questioning. - Lillis' lifeless body was found lying along the northerly side of East Kail road street, just Inside the Plttston Township boundary line, by John Gol den, of Browntown, a mine worker who was returning to his home. He attempt ed to rouse the man, whom he did not recognize, although Lillis and Golden' Golden' had been neighbors for years and knew each other intimately. Contin uing on his journey toward Browntown Golden encountered a young - couple whom he knew and he confided to them that he had found a stranger lying on the sidewalk and he bad not succeeded succeeded in rousing him. .The three returned to the spot where the body was lying and discovered the gruesome crime. Immediately the police were informed informed 'and the news that Tom Lillis had been murdered spread quickly throughout throughout the community. Sergeant Thomas Redington and Patrolmen Dructor, Lyons and Loughney started an Investigation. Investigation. Finding that the crime had been committed outtslde of the city limits. Sergeant Redington Informed the State Police and Troopers Prick, Brown and Knight of Troop "B", Wyo ming, were assigned to the case and worked throughout the nigni witn Plttston City police in an effort to trail the murderer. The first tangible clue that might lead to a solution of the crime was obtained shortly after 2 o'clock when it was learned that two strangers had left Plttston on a westbound Lehigh Valley train at 1:42 a. m., having mux chased tickets for Rochester. The police police here got in touch with authorities at Sayre and arranged to have Sayre police board the Lehigh Valley, train at Sayre and place tne two strangers under arrest as suspects. . This was done and at 4:57; sv m. Chief of Police Michael McHale and Police Lieutenant James Price left here for Sayre on a. Lehigh Valley train tor bring the suspects back to Plttston fori Questioning. The pouca were not inclined inclined to furnish much information to the newspapers today and It was not made known whether or not the auth orities had any reason to - better .that the men bound for Rochester: had any part m the mm muraer except the suspicious circumstances. surroundlng their early' morning peparrure ;ana the SMITH Mil) POL failed to m: FLIGHT K Mills Field, San'Francisco.i'Jan. Another attempt of Captain,'' C KJngsford - Smith and , Lieut. !v. Pond to capture the world's'; end. flight record ended Inj 'failure The aviators landed' theft l Spirit: of California, at Miuajt iu:ia a. m. toaay after 80 hou four minutes in air. ? J Their gasoline supply was JbcL fact - that they were stranjters 'te community. - .. The. body was removed 'to morgue, of Burns Bros., local lint kers, at the direction of iwmtor oner Charles T. Burns. Arranr were made to hold a post - mort amlnation today after which "jthe will be turned over to Undertaker I nelly to be prepared for burtaJL Tom Lillis was one of Browt most widely known and popular - men. He was born In this corr about 41 years ago and was ant He resided - with his aged - r brother James and sister Anna 1 family home, 190 Oak streeW town. In late years his ffed had not enjoyed good health m Lillis proved a devoted son, - ots was a great comfort to 'his root, her declining years and the seen tragic beyond description when ;t was conveyed to the aged woman t - fore daylight today that an assess bullets had cut short the Ufe of 1 son. The mother bore up brav however, under her great bereavem The village of Browntown - - ! stirred up regarding the itror crime that claimed - the life - of or its most popular vounar men. rvi - days when Browntown boasted of the leading baseball teams .i regions Tom LOUS was aa active as directing head of the ball cIl au or the ball players of the cr nlty knew - him well and - admlre for his splendid qualities. oXpc: ship. When Tom LUU 'was 't head of the .Browatown' - baO - elu fana nt tntLt mrirm T&llMiiiln' th. , Pport of the team, knowing : that airecuott or tne ciuo was at ce hands. When Browntown was. .en In the Suburban League In the e 1921 - 35 Inclusive, Lulls was the tiger tiger and when Browntown :ohtalnc . berth, in the Wyoming League piloted' the club In the other - clrc Since Rlnaldo Cappelllni, now 1 of District No. 1, United Mine Wo: of America, first came toto promln as a leader of miners' activities la,, community - eight years ago,; Lulls L been one of the most active membe. of the union. Being an. employe ci No. 6 Colliery, Lulls Wat - especially active in the deliberations "at meetings of Local union o. 1703, compoaea oi. employes of No. 6 Colliery. Through out the years that he had been actlvexl in union anairs, mus naa oeen a ciose associate of Alex Campbell,, former International board member of the miners, although the Browntown feat was an independent and was - mcupe at all times to fallow his own dli of conscience. When Campbell elected international board member relinquished 1 nlsu - position - as ehe welghman at No."6 Colliery and mr ben Of ;the jBoBleiry local imtnedlat elected jtifu' 45 take his plaoe; - ! two years LUUa served as check we! man and - then' the administration affairs in the local changed and Pr Stanton, another Browntown - y man, was elected to succeed Lulls, latter returned to his Job m the r and worked todustrlously. - v. . When the latest controversy cr' out a few weeks ago regardlr working , conditions at No. 6 . C. and a new element of members y mi control of the colliery local ic the old oficlals, Lulls is said - to , have avmnathised wMh tho nifcr element that aspired for leaderhlp and, when Alexander Campoeu was aectea cnecs welghman. Lulls was - elected to a minor minor office Jn the wuttery local ' v He was at Jiis post last night when the n - lMnant 'Mnducted a meettns hi St Aloviuis Hall but it 1b said, he took no prominent part ln any of the s discussions 'and there was - nothing' to indteate that he. incurred the - enmiry of any individual in the organisation, although there was ' considerable '; discussion, discussion, some of It rather heated, on the changed conditions which. Camp - rll and " bis associates prescribed for , the local union. LUUs was a member of - . Charles CarroU Council, Young Men's Institute, of this city: St John's R. C. Church congregation and. the - Holy Name Society. He is survived by his mother. Mrs. - Nora Lillis. widow of Patancz Lulls, and - the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. John Hogan, of Oregon; Mrs. Robert Moran. of Law street. Cork LanT'Miss Anna Lulls, teacher in .the Plttston. Township schools; Daniel Lillis, of Avoca; James, at home. ' CURB MAKKET ' K'X New York. Cur. Market reported daily by P. F. Cusick and Co., of W11 - keshArnii. " . " - t' - .Ti. Am. Gas tt Elec. Asaoo, Gas Sc Elec Cities Service Com. Dnrant Motors ... Glen Alden Coal Humble Oil Int JPet, Lehv Power As Sec. - Leh. VaL Coal Leh.. VaL Coal Sales ...... Northeastern Power ...... Northern Ohio Power .... Southeastern Power Standard Oil Ind. Gen. Baking B 121 47 54 10 165 - 65 39 26 35 66 . i 19 18 43 98 47 64 162 65 31 207 33 65 13 13 4" 7 St & EUa' Horad Tcni i

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