Rushville Republican from Rushville, Indiana on February 4, 1931 · Page 1
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Rushville, Indiana
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Wednesday, February 4, 1931
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Daily Markets Quoted For Interested Fanners RUSHVILLE Read the Advertisements — It Will Pay You Well Vol. 27, No. 277 Established 1840 State ttbr«y Rushville, Indiana, Wednesday, February 4, 1931 Six Pages By Carrier — 12c per Week SLAYER OF POLICE OFFICER IS CAUGHT; CONFESSES KILLED KHIU n fOUTK OFFICER, IN COMPANY WITH LEVI CRULL, CALLED TO INVESTIGATE AUTOMOBILE WHICH WAS MIRED IN DITCH IN LANE TO LOUIS FRITTS' HOME YOUTH FIRES WITHOUT WARNING Escaped in Darkness and Evades Posse Which Soon Surrounds Territory in the Vicinity of the Shooting CAPTURED WITHIN SIX BLOCKS OF TRAGEDY AND SURRENDERS Youth Gives Name of William Brown, 20, and Signs Confession — Grand Jury in Session at Once. BULLETIN The Rush county grand jury, hastily summoned this morning, went into session at 1:30 this afternoon and returned an indictment of first degree murder at 3 o'clock against William Brown. William Brown, 20, of 447 North Alabama street, Indianapolis, self-confessed slayer of Patrolman Walter Garrison of the Rushville police department near Circleville Tuesday night, was whisked to the Pendleton reformatory this morning about 9:30 for safe-keeping. Brown was arrested by Deputy Ed Compton about 8 o clock Wednesday morning at Carey Pollitt's filling station in Circleville, hardly a half-mile from the scene of the killing, after an all-night search by county, city and state officers and volun- i^us iwuutt and Ryland Sherman, two of the volunteer arching party, saw Brown enter the filling station and as he answered the description to the man for whom they were looking, they notified the officers, Deputy Compton making Brown offered no resistance and was hurried to the Rush •county jail where he confessed the murder of Patrolman Garrison, along with several "stick-up" jobs during the past several months. Brown Avas grilled by officers who were in charge of the all-night search which extended throughout this section. After obtaining a written confession from the young murderer, Lieutenant Romine of the state police made telephone arrangements with state police headquarters and •Governor Leslie to commit FATHER OF SLAYER IS INVALID AND IS NOT TOLD OF SON'S CRIME Brown to the Pendleton reformatory for safe-keeping. Officers feared that public feeling against the murderer of the local policeman might result in some fomf of violence. Escorted by a number of heavily-armed officers, Brown was started on his way to Pendleton about 9:30 this morning. Throngs had gathered about the jail and court house after it was learned that the man had been captured but there had been no display of violence prior to the spiriting of Brown to the reformatory. Two automatic which had been times, were found on Brown w hen lie was arrested, officers said. When asked why he shot the officer, Brown replied that he knew if the policemen got him for stealing the car and holding up the store at BrookvUle it •would mean he would be "soused for a long sentence" so he Aged Parent Tells Officers That Son Is His Only Means of Support—Just Away on a Visit. Indianapolis, Feb. 4 (A.P.)— William Brown, who was arrested at RushviUe as the slayer of a poUceman is 20 years old. He Uved here at a North Alabama street rooming house with his father, WiUiam S. Brown. The youth's father is to poor health and officers did not divulge to him the nature of the revolvers, one trouble to which the boy is im- fired three pUcated. The father stated that the boy is his only means of support. The officers told him that the boy was involved to stealing an automobue, and did not teU him that he was held on a murder charge. The young man left here early yesterday saying that he was going to Cincinnati to visit an thought he would take a chance was hastily on the "chair." The grand jury summoned this afternoon by Al- jjert'C. Stevens, prosecuting attorney, to return an indictment against the young killer. As one not plead guilty to a first e murder charge, a jury wiU be held likely to a few days after the indictment is re- TURN TO FACE THREE Brown lived expressed surprise when informed that the youth was held at RushviUe for mur- thing like that," Beath said. The car to which Brown drove TURN TO PACE Six IS IS Given Officers Brown's confession of the murder of Patrolman Garrison is as follows: "My name is William A. Brown and I reside at 447 North Alabama street, room 22. I stole a Peerless coupe February 2 at Meridian and Sixteenth streets, Indianapolis. ••I went to BrookviUe on a return from Kentucky about 6:30 p. m. February 3. I held up an A. and P. grocery store at BrookviUe and got $41.65 I turned off west just south of RushviUe and got stuck in a deep ditch. "Some boys from a house nearby came out and tried to puU me out with an old Essex but couldn't do it. When the two policemen came out I was outside trying to jack up the car. They drove about ten feet behind me and stopped. Both got out. The one in plain clothes was in the lead. "The -one in the overcoat said, 'What's the matter?.' "'I'm stuck,' I said. "The uniformed one said, 'Whose car is this?', and I knew it was all up with me. -I said it was mine. "He said, 'Come on and get out of there, buddy.' ••I had got in the car before they came up and after he said to come on out I started looking for a gun I had in the ear. ••He said, 'What are you looking for?' -I got the gun—a Cot automatic—out of the overcoat pocket inside the car. I shot from the hip at the one in uniform. He fell and I got out of the car. -I walked cautiously aU night except a little while I stopped in a corn crib. I was in a filling station early this morning and saw some men coming, and got out on the road so I wouldn't cause a scene. -I further say that the above statement is true and make this of my free wiU and accord and without any fear of coercion." THE WEATHER INDIANA — Fair tonight and Thursday; not in temperature. much change Officer's Murder Recalls Similar Killing in 1922- The slaying last night of Patrolman Walter Garrison recalls the^killing:, which occurred nine years ago to the night, of Patrolman Fred Wachendorf, who was shot to death by Charles (Chuck) Sorrell, now serving a life sentence for the murder. Wachendorf was shot by Sorrell in front of the City restaurant on the night of February 3,1922, when the officer reprimanded him for parking his automobile on the wrong side of the street. Another officer, Patrolman Frank Nicholson, was seriously wounded by Sorrell. Sorrell pleaded guilty to the slaying the next day and was immediately sentenced by Judge Will M. Sparks to life imprisonment. LOCAL K. OF P. LODGE TO OPEN MEMBERSHIP DRIVE Each Member Placed on Committee to Submit Names for Prospective Members. An intensive drive for membership will be inaugurated by trie local Knights of -' Pythias lotlge, according to plans that are now under way. Each member of the lodge has been assigned on a committee of three, and an effort will be made to secure new members, reinstate former members and collect dues from delinquents. Each committee is being asked to submit names as prospective members, and later a canvassing committee will be made to investigate and place on the eligible list those who are endorsed. v The local lodge will also hold annual roll call Monday night. Every member of the lodge is being asked to attend and participate in the annual event. Horace Risk is Chancellor Commander and is general chairman of the present drive. MATTERS WEDNESDAY Judgments for $1 and Costs Entered in Two Damage Suits Venued Here from Fayette. DIVORCE SUIT FILED BY RUSSELL EDWARDS Activity in the Rush circuit court Wednesday was confined mainly to routine matters. The cases of Charles Bell, who sought Frances $2,000 Bell, damages, and who demanded $5,000 damages, against George Jones and Cecil Jones were settled in court today, the plaintiffs • • -- and costs in was special being awarded $1 each case. Gates Ketchum judge in the former case and Judge Vanduyn of Greenfield in the latter. AU parties in the two suits live at ConnersvUle, and the cases were venued here. Frank Moster, administrator of the estate of ceased, has filed a reappraise- ment, showing value of $1,300. The defendant filed for a change of venue in the case of Hunsinger, on note for $100. ward Mulks Nellie Scott has filed a suit tc Edwards. TURN TO PAGE Six mm CLUB HEIRS H. M. Garr of Cambridge City Disscusses Four Points of Interest hi Landscaping. LOCAL CLUB BEGINS 1931 PROGRAM NOW The Rushville Garden Club, after being inactive since last fall, held" the first of its 1931 meetings Tuesday night in the assembly room of the court house, when a large crowd attended and heard M. H. Garr, nurseryman of Cambridge City, talk on the subject, -Shrubbery and Evergreens/' Mrs. R. C. Hargrove, club president, persided. / Mr. Garr spoke following a short business session. The speaker discussed to care for them and to landscape. Specimen were exhibited, and were loaned by Mrs. Ethel Peters and Mrs. Loren Meek of this city. Another interesting phase of r*na.IlffC OI VG0U6 lH WlC (xlSG OI X»A«/WA*C* **i.uvj.w*jv»«to j»*»»w «-, *?*••*<*, •*** ***»vw»»»wfcr«**. ——•* ^.^.w— — George W. Rowland against Pete tne address was on the matter of $5,000. This sales tax would tax ** .. _^^ . 1 «4.«M t-if **t w n> «"rr-ij-vrtiw»ck»1 ffan Hif_ •«** «ml* nf 4-V»j-v *%!«*•/» V»r» e<f\r> ft +• f\rm r\at* identifying specimen, the dif- each of the purchases at one per Judgment for $180 and costs ferent kinds of evergreens, where cen t according to, the amount was found for Daniel Wilson in they came from and other in- expended. his suit for rent due against Ed- formation of interest to garden wvo™ ™ - - - -- "Hovers. Mr. Garr also discussed roses quiet title against the Central and rose beds, and several ques- leader. The very worst type of tions were asked concerning his Natural Gas Corporation. Russell A. Edwards has — suit for divorce against Ellen J. cerned rock gardens and the filed subject. His fourth topic con- produced is the property tax, he kinds of evergreens to use in A WGbXUO. ,-^ •*.»»»»«* «» — • »-— o— — — - CM ttU UAA^ l^MI. 4-1 Wh) U £/\SI3OAfc**^ A*iW The Rush county National them. Bis entire talk was highly men t. "Thousands "of farmers, as TURN TO PAGE Six BILLS TO TAXESfFERED Farm Bureau Sponsors Several Measures Pending Before Lawmakers. PERSONAL INCOME TAX IS INCLUDED Spokesman for Bureau Says Purpose of Measures Are to Cut Taxes. Farm bureau bills designed to distribute the tax load and to decrease burdensome property taxes have been introduced in the state legislature in accordance with the legislative program of the Indana Farm Bureau, according to Lewis Taylor, vice- president and director of the tax department. House BUT No. 271, creating a personal income tax measure, House Bill No. 233, a business income tax law and House Bill No. 230, providing for a sales tax of one per cent, were sponsored by the farm bureau. These bills, if enacted into laws, will reduce taxes, on property by the amount of taxes each of them will produce, according to Mr. Taylor. "The value of an income tax, whether personal or corporate, for producing revenue and equitably spreading the tax load is recognized by tax students and' by the people generally," he stated. "The merits of a sales tax are equal to or superior 'to an income tax as a fair means of spreading the tax burden. Among the many tax proposals, it alone forces everyone to pay taxes. It permits no one to escape nor does it impose anything like the injustice that is imposed by the property tax." He adds, -It is true.that a sales tax imposes a tax upon the poor but if one is so poor that he has but $400 to spend per year, his tax would Amount to only $4, if it were all spent for taxed articles. A person's purchases are usually gauged by the amount of money available. A suit of clothes may be bought for $10 or for $150; an automobile for $500 or Every man who has tax paying ability should pay some tax, however small, says the farm tax that modern civilization has avers, and it should be abandoned at the earliest possible mo- TURN TO PAGE THREE WHERE QUAKE, TIDAL WAVE, FIRE KILLED MANY NORTH ISLAND. NEW ZEALAND. aunt. John W. Beath, proprietor ulluaiM1 . u^oo,™,.^ .^^^ ^,of the rooming house where tory, is shown at the right. The " The waterfront of the town * of Napier, to New Zealand, where earthquake, fire arid .tidal wave combined to : Tfiil numbers of persons to one .-of;-the most unusual disasters,: in Decent his, . quake toppled part" of the high -•- • • -•- •-'-' 4 - •-•--- cUff into " the > sear Vlhe . town caught on fire, the; water in the -,L. bay receded untU the bottom "Re was the last person to the was visible and then rushed back world you'd think would do a to a tidal wave. The map shows the location and also the'towns of Ginsborne <«andi% Rotprua, to RushviUe was the property of where first reports said heavy losses had been sustained. WATER IN BAY GUT, RETURNS IN TIDAL WAVE MAIN STREET DWELLING DAMAGED BY ROOF FIRE Duplex at 925 North Main Street Suffers Loss from Fire and Water this Afternoon. Fire, which broke out shortly before 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, did damage to a residence at 925 North Main street. The "property is owned by Dr. and Mrs. Charles Green and the lower floor is occupied by W. O. Tomes and famUy. The upper part of the dweUing, where most of the damage was done, -Tiad been rented to Mrs. Ray Brown, who was going to move into these rooms Wednesday evening following a sale at her home southwest of Rushville Wednesday. Mrs. Green discovered the blaze and the alarm was 'phoned to to the fire department by Dr. Green. The fire was mainly confined to the roof and the attic although water did damage to the upper portion of the house. The upper part of the residence had been newly furnished prior to Mrs. Brown's arrival. It is beUeved that sparks from the chimney caused the fire and amount of damage was not known this afternoon. COUNCIL PLANS OF SEp SI If Petition Fails Before Commissioners, City Will Order Work Done. REGULAR SESSION OF COUNCIL HELD Meeting Brought to Abrupt End When Word of Killing Officer Is Received. Steps to pave Seventh street west from Morgan to the city limits will be taken by the city councU if plans now pending before the county commissioners fail, it was announced Tuesday night when the city officials held regular session. A petition calling for the paving of this street under the three-mile road law, is now pending before the commissioners, and viewers'have been appointed. The councilmen made it known that if the projejct was voted down by remon- trance in the commissioners' court, that the matter would be pressed on the assessment plan against the property owners. It was stated at the meeting that a remonstrance is being circulated by the iriterurban company whose tracks use Seventh street. The city, it was stated, is to a big expense each year in, maintaining the street, and is determined to have it paved. x The cheapest way would be under the township provision, it was pointed out by the coun- cilmeri. The city engineer will be instructed, it was announced, TURN TO PAGE THREE Rushville Group Confers With Highway-Official at Greensburg Meeting. HINKLE INTIMATES ACTION IS COMING John J. Brown and Other Highway Officials Address Large Gathering. The paving of State Road 3 through Rush County was urged Tuesday night by a delegation from Rushville, attending a high r way gathering sponsored by the Kiwanis club in Greensburg. After the meeting, the local delegation conferred with A. H. Hinkle, maintenance superintendent, and it was urged that road 3 be included in the paving program. Mr. Hinkle listened to the plea, and left the impression with the local delegation that the matter would be given good consideration, with a prospect that a portion might be included in the program, for this year. The local delegation at the meeting included Jack ^Knecht, Fred Bell, Robert Pierce, Roy Abercrombie, data L. Bebout, OrvUle Zimmer, Roy MitfeheU and B. C. Hargrove. Ed J. Hancock of this' city is general chairman for the. project .through jwhich. the various committees work. Things Going On In Rushville Tonight Friendship class with Miss Elsie Bohanon. Anna Wooden Sunday School class with Mrs. Morton Murphy B. and P. W. club with Mrs. Charles Schrichte. , Chautauqua ooard of directors at American National bank. Teachers and officers of Sunday school at First Presbyterian church at 7:30 p. m. Franklin Lodge, degree work. O. E. S. (colored) meeting. Talking pictures- at the Princess theatre. Indoor golf at the Arrowhead links. Indoor golf and shuffleboard at the Princess links. DELEGATION IS GIVEN HOPE FOR 3 PAVING Greensburg, Feb. How the state, highway department within a few years has established a systematic network of paved roads leading to every section of the state and has brought virtually every portion of the commonwealth closer to the capital was described by John J. Brown, state highway director, here tonight. Mr. Brown was the principal speaker at a Kiwanis highway meeting of the Fourth congressional district, at the Y. M. C. A. here. Between twenty and twenty-five counties were represented. Members of the Indiana general assembly from Decatur and surrounding counties were among the speakers, as well as other officials from, the state highway commission. Among them were Senator Anderson Ketchum, Grensburg, who serves in the senate from. Decatur, Bartholomew, Franklin and Union counties; Senator J. Francis Lochard, Milan, from Dearborn, Jennings and Ripley counties; Representative TURN TO PAGE Six OF FI» Oliver JVL Moffitt, Expires in Washington, D. C., and Will be Buried Thursday. SERVICES TO BE AT INDIANAPOLIS Funeral services for Oliver Morton Moffitt, age 69 years, who died at his home to Washington, D. C., Monday afternoon, will be held at the Shirley Brothers chapel, 946 North Illinois street, to Indianapolis, Thursday afternoon at one-thirty o'clock. The deceased was born in Fairview and Uved there until 29 years ago when he with, his j family moved to Indianapolis. For the past five years he has resided to Washington, D. C. He was a. member of the Murat Shrine, Scottish rite, and. the Center lodge, F. & A. M. of Indianapolis, "" <• " He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Julia BeU Moffitt and one daughter Mrs. Blanche Schit- maker, both of Washington, and two sons, Gilbert and Carol^'pf Indianapolis. ' '

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