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 - Widespread Hunt Launched After Ed. Schlapkohl...
Widespread Hunt Launched After Ed. Schlapkohl Tells Authorities About Fleecing (By STAFF WRITER) Wapello—Authorities throughout -a wide area, were on the lookout today for a modishly-dressed, persuasive;talk-: ing, slippery-fingered Gypsy woman who, says.Ed Schlap-. kohl, 42, Louisa county farmer, fleeced him out of-$5,20tt Wednesday, afternoon. ' . ^ Using the time-worn old Gypsy ruse of "blessing tn« money to make it grow, the woman, described as -about 30 years old five foot tall and weighing between 120 and.ISO- pounds/persuaded Schlapkohl to withdraw the money—his life savings-^from a Lone Tree bank Tuesday afternoon, n« told authorities.. Money Beady at Farm. About noon Wednesday she appeared at the Louisa county man's farm house, six miles, south .of Lone Tree. Schlapkohl had the. money- ready for ier in small denomination-bills/mainly denomination-bills/mainly fifties, twenties and,tens., __ She proceeded to roll the money money on her victim's.own knee into a red bandana handkerchief. Repeating Repeating her .mystic ."blessing" which .was supposed to make the sum grow in volume, she wrapped wrapped the package securely and giving it back to the farmer told him not to open it until Monday noon. / • She left, as she had arrived, on foot, telling Schlapkohl that she would return within a few days. Becoming apprehensive of what he hid done, a few hours; later Schlapkohl untied the handkerchief.'His-fears handkerchief.'His-fears were confirmed. The money was . gone and Sub Lifted, Towed in to Navy Wharf Portsmouth, N.-H'. —(AP)— A powerful navy yard. fire.'engine pumped water from- the after-section after-section of the- salvaged. submarine, Squalus today :'while official* pressed .preparations for. removal ot her'26 dead, possibly., before in its -place, substituted by a little artful sleight of hand, was a- wad -of newspapers. Schlapkohl immediately telephoned telephoned Louisa county authorities to inform them of his loss. Deputy Deputy Sheriff-:Frank Hook arrived,.a short time later to make an investigation, investigation, and a state-wide po 1 lice lice bioadcast was made in hopes of picking up the women believed to be m the company of a Negio Negio and riding in a dark coloied Plymouth sedan with Illinois license license plates. Met Woman at Carnival. The Louisa'county farmer Wednesday Wednesday night told a Journal lep- resentative that he had first met the swarthy complexioned woman, woman, -whp called herself 'Madorn Mane", at a carnival m Lone Tiee in June She was doing a fortune telling act with the carnival. Schlapkohl had his "fortune read by the medium medium and Jie first began to be • taken in" when"" the woman hit sundown, Meanwhile, salvage workers accompanied accompanied by Harold C. Preble, civilian' .naval architect, , who was one of the 33 ; rescued after-, the -Squalus sank, May:: 23, -surveyed the -dry forward compartments of the battered, rusted craft as she lay at a wharf.' Initial eforts -failed, to ot>en,_ft after-battery •which, was Compartment do -Against the in- rushing wattr- --a» the Squalu sank, saving tJ« lives of a. ma jority of her crew. Meanwhile, the naval "board 01 f inquiry, which ad:ourned its investigation investigation into the sinkng in 240 feet of water, 15 miles off shore, made plans to re-convene Friday. Friday. . t Salvage workers brought then- job to a successful, conclusion -Wednesday night by hauling the Squalus eight miles to a Portsmouth Portsmouth navy yard wharf. Edward Morrow, said he, had received two letters from her, one postmarked Ottumwa Ottumwa and the other Dubuque. The woman asked to have these letters returned to her when she made her final call Wednesday afternoon, and Schlapkohl, his suspicions still.not fully aroused, gave them up. He said that they contained few if. any clues to her. identity, except except for the handwriting. ; Schlapkohl Schlapkohl said that the woman always signed herself "Madom Marie". She told him her_home'was in Des Moines. "She called on me four times in all at the farm here", the Lone Tree farmer related. "She kept asking me all the time to get the money out of the bank to show what she could do with it. "Once when she came she had a woman she said was'her sister do ( _ j wither. jOM otherJmeJ*we of international gro driving the car. Arrived on Foot. "Today, she came on^foot from down the road and left in the same direction. Neighbors said that they saw a dark colored sedan sedan cruising up and down a side road about a mile west of here, so I suppose that was her companion". companion". The first time the woman called she was driving a large sedan sedan believed to be a Buick. The car she used in making a trip to the farm Tuesday, though, when she wheedled Schlapkohl into promising to get the money from in-1 the bank, was believed to have ^tf**^™^^ the endeavored as the 'years old. Neighbors thought that the car they saw cruising along the side road near the Schlapkohl farm Wednesday had Illinois license plates, but Mrs. Schlapkohl, the victim's wife, was sure that the machine ,which called at their home the previous day was equipped equipped with Iowa plates. The Gypsy was: not attired at anv time during her visits to the farm in the traditional gay-colored gay-colored costumes of her race. Instead, Instead, one time she wore white, another time green and the ; .last two times had on a black dress and hat. activity at as directed the $3 'Wife Not Informed. Mrs. Schlapkohl, who related thai she was not "taken in" at any, time by the high-sounding promises of the woman, disclosed that her Husband had not confided confided to her that he was withdrawing withdrawing the $5,200 with which they hoped soon to purchase' a farm. It was not until after he' had discovered he had been duped and had gone to the home of a neighbor to phone Louisa, county authorities that he'told her. The wife said that'the. visitor on several occasions had endeavored endeavored .to u get her to' turn over smaller sums of money to her on promises that she could double it. Mrs. Schlapkohl said that she always., refused. She said that when the Gypsy talked : to - her husband that she always insisted upon getting--him off into a room by himself to talk to him alone. Neither husband nor wile pro- aoy 'tope of. tije JVOJUSB. be. Resident, Dies Edward E. : :Morrow, 78, of 1116 East Fourth street;, died, -at 8:30 a, m. today at.-Hershey hospital, where he had been a patient since suffering a .stroke Aug: 19.. Mr. Morrow:had been in good.,health, up until about two weeks prior to the stroke. - -. . He'was bom Jan, 1, 1861, and had lived most of his life in Muscatine. Muscatine. .He. married .Ameli-a Mollie Beckey in Muscatine in. December. 1886. Surviving - are three daughters, Mrs. Everett- Crow and Mrs. Harry' Hartman/both of Muscatine, Muscatine, and Mrs. -.Charles Wood of Davenport, -andj three' grandchildren. grandchildren. His wife) died- in January, 1925, and a daughter, Mrs. Orren Freers, and a son, Edward Mor- ' row. Jr., also preceded him in death. - „ The body was taken .to the Everett' Everett' Crow home, 1115 East Second Second street this afternoon, to remain remain there until 11 a. m. .Saturday .Saturday when it will' be returned to the Ralph J. Wittich. Funeral home, 216 West Third street for . services at 2.30 p. m. Saturday., The Rev. Vance H- Webster, pastor pastor of the First Baptist church, will be in charge. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Polish CHy of Lwow Doomed, Is Writer s Belief ' (Note: The following dispatch was sent by courier - and' telegraph telegraph to Budapest and filed from Budapest.) . ' Lwow, Poland —ft—Regardless —ft—Regardless of whether the slowly retreating retreating -Polish army is able to stem the German advance, this ^ city of 316,000 population is doomed. Bombed from: the air for .14 days and battered - by artillery during the past week, Lwow is : a'giant torch. A- red glow, cast over the- city: by .flames, Irorn burning '.oil .refineries, makes, a grim mockery of air raid precautions. precautions. .'-..- • Other fires are burning in many sections of the city. Shattered' aqueducts :have emptied the reservoir reservoir from- which .Lwow draws its water: supply.-.'and efforts -to. quench the flames with sand are ineffectual. An acute .food shortage, the danger of plague and. the horror of bombing" attacks have reduced the-remaining residents to a state of panic." Over all hovers the" fear that-the Germans may enter the 1 city at- any moment. ing captured 'or. of. ever recovering recovering any • of .the-- money^.-which, represented Hieir-Jife'v-savings. • They have a, lamlly^of- three children-and rent,th\:.r£arm on -which, .they.. live,;;w±iich."is oust across, lie Louisa-Johnson "county; line on County road' way between Lone Tree-

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  1. The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune,
  2. 14 Sep 1939, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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