Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on February 21, 1945 · Page 13
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · Page 13

Oakland, California
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Wednesday, February 21, 1945
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15 i iAL3 JIG 0 IN THE TRIBUNE GHQST GOT IN AND OUT OF MARIN JAIL i By EARLE ENNIS If you were a crook, how would you lils&ajafl sentence and a haunt "all for the price of one? Marin County installed that system in 1920 and it almost ruined the crime business. For the "county ghost," as it was known from end to end of the State, flitted to and fro" with the greatest of ease, and the jitters it caused reached far beyond San Rafael. How they did it, is a mystery, The sheriff disclaimed all knowledge of the matter. But the prison ers knew about' it and all they wanted to do was get out and away, And by reason of tjheir attitude there was a time when spiders spun- cob webs in the jail and the boys stayed good. To this day the mystery is unexplained.. It started one night when a row began in one of tire cell blocks. Deputies investigated. The prisoners were in a ferment. A spook Chinese had hanged himself in a corner, they said, "He came aright through the wall, they said. "He looked kinda like fog.- He was carrying a rope. He tied the rope to the bars of his window and hung himself. . . ." Half a dozen prisoners said the same thing. They were finally quieted down and went back to sleep. Two nights later- another prisoner saw the ghost Chinese. Bis terrified yells brought the deputies on the run. And then as suddenly as he came, the ghost went away and never came again. The puzzled sheriff had this to say: A Chinese hung himself in a corner of that cell 12 years ago but none of the prisoners ever heard of it, I don't understand why they see him now." Well, there it is. Nobody knows the answer to the mystery of February 21, 1920, least of all the scared prisoners, who gave the jail a wide berth thereafter. GYPSY GYPPED BANKER Anybody that can gyp a banker Is a wonder. But in 1920 a gypsy did. The gypsy gypped half a dozen bankers by short changing them. In fact, he was settling down to banker gypping as a profitable business when the police caught up with him and ended his career of crime. How did he do it? He deposited rolls of money, only the rolls were short a few dollars, which did not immediately show. After the gypper drew out the full amount and flitted while the flitting ns good. Then there was a poor guy whose wife sued him for divorce. And . when they came up in court on this day. he told the judge his troubles. "She raised so much Ned I got fired from my job," he said, "and I don't think I should pay alimony." "Nor do I," said the court, moving the cuspidor closer. Bert Made 'Em Dizzy Little gals, on this night, went home dizzy after seeing Bert Ly- tell's superlative profile at the American. In Hayward a man got too close to a gasoline pump an1 it stripped him. even down to his foolish hide. And ft Newcastle. Pa. powder plant blew up and blushing guards hastily brought blankets for three girl employees. Nick Horthy, general in command of the Army, was inducted into office as Prenitw of Hungary and what a busy time he had for the next 25 years! In San Francisco, a lady went for a stroll with $4000 pin money in a grip and a thief grabbed it and ran and was never caught Why was. the lady carrying all that money with her? She didn't thinks banks were safe. MILES-OF FLANNEL 1 Tog makers cheered when it. became known that the United States had purchased 15,000.000 yards of flannel et6th $6.000.000 from Great Britain. In San Francisco the steamer Omsk, loading water. But who owned her' She left Russia, the rroperty of the Kolchak Gov-ernn ?r.t. While she was at sea. the government was overthrown. Said the captain: "I don't know who she belongs to. I miy keep her myself aim liMiiu. A prominent aged resident pushed away on "this date. Cosmopolite, a jyrrot, 105 years old. Born in England, lived in India and New Zealand, it spoke nine languages, including profane. Its last famous words were: "Hell go to . . (Censoffd by coroner.) Another parrot in the news this week. also. Pet of aged woman 102. She died and the par- . rot screamed until neighbors came land found the dead woman. Smart 'parrot? Naw! Just wanted to be fed. And tomorrow how Hamlet started riot Arnold Rites Held RICHMOND. Feb. 21-Last rites were held today for William Arnold, 72, a retired. Standard Oil Company employee and resident of Richmond since 1906. . AA I J . Af A ' y j ( w m mm VOL CXUI Opening g recruiting drive to increase the strength of the U.S. Coast Guard Volunteer Port Security Force, the Oakland Post No. 5. American Legion honored members at a meeting here last night, S. C. Houston Qeft), BM 1c, telle Edna Lewis, BM 'lc; Cpl. Shiil Allen, Guam veteran, and Helen Johnson, coxswain, that post 'members are already doing volunteer duty. Three Injured; Aufoist Booked Hit-Run and Drunk Driving Alleged in Oakland Accident R. H. Heyer, 21. Navy aviation machinist's mate 1c, stationed at Oakland Airport, was booked for felony drunken driving early today after an accident at East Fourteenth Street and 67th Avenue in which three pedestrians were in jured, Oakland police reported. Heyer failed to stop his ca'r after hitting the pedestrians, according to witnesses, and was pursued by Norman Davidson of 1441 "1st Ave nue, and other motorists. The investifiators said the sailor stopped at 71st Avenue and Flora Street. The persons injured in the accident were Mrs. Mary Taylor, 65, of 2320 Acton Street, Berkeley, who suffered possible fractures of the left arm and left leg and cuts and bruises, and Mr. and Mrs. Arus Williams of 5151 Ygnacio Avenue, who were treated at Highland Hos pital for minor injuries. Officers said their investigation indicated that Heyer was driving east on East Fourteenth Street on the wrong side of the street at an excessive rate of speed when he lost control of the car and struck the three pedestrians, who were in a crosswalk. Night Fire Routs 40 in Richmond RICHMOND, fcb. 21 -Some 40 persons fled to the streets in night-clothes early today when fire broke out in one apartment of an eight-unjt housing project at 4925 Cutting Boulevard. Damage was confined to the apartment of .William G. Price. Price was arrested and bookefi en route to the U.S. Marshal when police said they found him wearing the unnorm of Pvt. Herbert L. Grove, a soldier on leave who was visiting at Price's apartment. Police said Price had been dishonorably discharged from the Army. Grove was arrested for violation of the city health and safety code. Police and .firemen said he fell asleep with a lighted cigaret in his I nana. I Three pieces of fire apparatus jwere sent to the scene to prevent I the fire from spreading to other apartments. WARM WEATHER AND CLEAR SKIES PROMISED TODAY Warmer weather along with continued clear skies was forecast by the weatherman torfay in this official prediction: San Frnci-o By Rrcion Clnr todiV i tonight anti Thurftday. warmer thia after noon, but cool again tonight. Northern California Claar today, tonight and Thursday, hut partly cloudy today in fxtreme north portion; warmer afternoons. Sierra Nevada Clear today, tonight and Thursday; nhghtly warmer afternoons. Sacramento, Livermore, Salinas, Santa Clara and San Joaquin Valley and Monterey Bay Area Clear today, tonight and Thursday; 'warmer afternoons, OAKLAND PRECIPITATION Last 24 hours. 6; tact year, 1.44; this year. 15 01; normal, 1J.W. PACIFIC COAST TEMPERATURES High Lowl ' High Low Auburn S3 39'Reno 41 10 tsaxersfleld SO 31 Roseburg 6 40 " S3 1 Sacramento M 3S Colusa M J Salinas M 17 Eureka M 3ft : San dims si 47 Fort Brafg M 37 San Francisco SS SO L'2 . . ?! l Airport M 4 7 - -V. " " Jsisantaf Barbara S4 41 Us Angeles SO 4 Seattle S4 40 Merced Needles Oakland Paso Robles Phoenix Pocatello Portland Red Bluff j. soda Springs 41 SS 4T!Bpolun 41 35 SO S3 M 40!8tockton 01 SOISuaanvllla 01 40Tonnpah SO SlWillwnu 40 39 Winnemucca 4 11 33 10 3 31 30 IS OS M J w.Tuma PRECIPITATION Boise. T: Phoenix, .03; EXCLUSIVE ASSOCIATED PRE-SS...WIREPHOTO WIDE WORLD. . 1 . OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, is. A o , .. a a Iiaa I ftl"fiiiliiill ilt'H-lf llliwitiw ll IIIWIIIIIIIIIIHI I 7 Signing up as one of the 1000 new recruits needed by the Oakland Volunteer Port Security Force is Elmer Gendenin, post sergeant-at-arms (right), with Warrant Officer C. M. Putnam taking his application at last night's Legion meeting. Tribune photos. Passerby's First Aid Saves Baby, Near Death From Fall Into Pool KJIHMUNU. rcn. 21 -In the! No. 3, was passing when he saw household of Mr. and Mrs. Orbie;thp frantic mother, with the ap-Summers. 422 Fourth Street, Ray-ilrenlly lifeless child in her arms, !eekjtig aid, motid Alburtus, 41, a shipyard elcc-i , . , , , . . . trician today is the greatest hero olj a time fraught with heroic deeds. I For. shortly after noon yesterday,! Alburtus, who lives at 530 Fourth I Street saved the life of their son Dale Franklin, 22 months old after the infant fell into an 18-inch-dcep fish pond near his nome. Rescued from the pond by his mother, after a four-year-oJd boy had reported "Dale's swimmin' in the fish pond," Alburtus snatched the child from the mother's arms and applied artificial respiration. The child responded and before a fire department reiumettirtiTr' sqUTia" could arrive it was breathing normally again. i Firemen credited Alburtus. who has had 17-years training in first aid and artificial respiration, with saving Dale's life. The near tragedy Was discotrtred when Billy Yarkey, 4, who was playing with Dale, ran in o tell his mother, Mrs. Violet Harkey. 417 Barrett Avenue, who rushed across the alley to inform Mrs. HeSummers. Alburtus, employed at shipyard Raymond ' Alburtui. Ricb-mond shipyard worker crediltd wlh iavirnj th lift I (be child, . I WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY ifrj- Hospital, where he was pronounced. none the worse for his experience. Dale's parents have resided In Richmond four years, where his father is employed as a taxi driver. S.F. Man Near death . After "Slashing, Leap Bernard Snow, 49. a San Francisco clerk, is near death today after slHshing himself with a razor and leaping from a window of his fifth floe' apartment at 55 Herman Street. Snow had cut his throat, both wrists and his left ankle before diving from the window, landing in the rear yard of. the apartment house. Franklin Summers, whose life was saved yesterday' by a shipyard worker. WW'- 1 h a.:' ' 1 -AAt, r aaW'l fl 111 ! IIMM Dal UNITED PRESS , Wi 21, 4945 13 G Ensign P. L Merrick QefU master ol ceremonies at the Veterans Memorial Building last night greets Edwin Meese Jr., post No. 5 commander, and an ensign in the Coast Guard Volunteer Force; Comdr. William F. Reichel, Oakland regiment commanding officer, and J. Porter Shaw, S 1c, who was speaker at the meeting. The Volunteer Port Security Force wants 2000 members. Work Keynote Of S.F.;Parley State Department Men Soy Little Time for Social Activity Likely The United Nations World Se curity Conference in San Franeisco in April will be characterized by hard work for its more than 1000 Weleiates whose task will be to lay ffhe groundwork for international co-operation in the years ahead. State Department representa tives, in San franeisco for a week of preliminary arrangements, make it clear thee will be little time for social activitv. that the deleeates froift 39 Nations will be on the job night and day and probably seven days a week William D. Wright, assistant chief of the department's division of cen tral services, and Lyle L. Schmitter, foreign affairs specialist in the In ternational Conference division, con ferred yesterday for the first time with Mayor Roger D. Lapham, Chief Administrative Officer Thomas A Brooks and Controller Harold J Boyd. HOVSEKEEPING TASK The two termed their present as signment a "housekeeping task," the arrangements for the physical as pects of the important conference, including a sessions site, housing for the delegates and the working press and radio representatives, who will come from all parts of the world. Wright said the conference will last a minimum of three weeks and, basing his prediction on experiences at other meetings and the scope of. the agenda for this one, estimated it probably will last much longer. Although he has no definite information on this point, Alright said, he believes the sessions will be held behind locked doors. He suggested it would be impossible for the delegates "to work In the glare of a spotlight." NUMBER UNKNOWN No one knows at this time how many Nations will accept invitation Ibr conference participation, nor how many delegates each will send, according to Wright. He added there is no restriction on the size of -delegations. The State Department official expressed hope of finding- under one roof accommodations for the sessions, rooms for delegates and their secretariat, and restaurant facilities. It is being conjectured that one large hotel, or tvo adjoining, such as the Fairmont and Mark Hopkins, would be chosen. The Fairmont already has been offered. The final decision on a site will be made in Washington afte (Wright and Schmitter return with their re port. No definite course has been determined yet. Wright said it is unlikely any sessions will be held outside of jian Francisco? NO FIESTA PLANNED 4. Mayor Lapham, emphasizing "this is not a fiesta, but a wartime meet ing," expresseilthe possibility, how ever, that neighboring cities, in eluding Oakland and Berkeley, who hare "generously offered to help," may De called upon lor aid. Wright also indicated assistance in housing might be required from nearby communities. Although the delegates will work in closed sessions, announcements will be wade immediately of' any decisions reached in view of ttfeWNkempted to get the gun from the porta nee of keeping the people of the world Informed, Wright said. He assured recognition of the press and radio as a part of the confer ence, and quarters will be estab lished for them. He emphasized the serious mood of the conference in stating that many of-the diplomats will come from war - ravaged countries, and among them tvlir be men who have suffered greatly at the hands of the enemy and will attend with high hopes for creating a better world and not for idle amusement An office will be set ud soon in San Francisco for advance agents. mciuaing a press orucer ana prop- nj onicer. RATIONING TIMETABLE "MEATS, FATS and OILS Red stamps Q5 through S5. Book 4, 10 points each, "koo through March 31; T5 through Xi through April 28; Y3, Z5, "A2 through Dl good through June 2. , ; , USED FATS Each pound of waste fat is good for two meat-ration points, plus 4 cents;1 GASOLINE ALcoupon 14, four -gallons each, valid through March 21: B3 and BS and C5 and C6 coupons, 5 gallons each. i ,,,, . PROCESSED FOODS Blue stamps X5 through Z5, A2, B2, Book 4, 10 points each. good through March 31;- C2 through G2, good, through April 28; H2 through M2 1 valid through June 2. y- . f SHOES "Airplane" stamps I, 2 and 3. Book 3, valid Indefinitely, , i SUGAR Stamps 34, Book 4, five pounds, valid through February 28; (tamps 35. good through June 1. ' NO. 52 I) I') O 0AKUNDG014iHS IN ALPINE ASSAULT IN ITALY & ) o Lieut. CoL Henry Hampton Funeral Set for S.F. Muralist Funeral services for Arthur F Mathews, potcd muralist and archi tect who helped redesign San Fran cisco buildings after the earthquake of 1906, will be held at 10 a.m. Fri day at the N. Gray & Co. chapel San Francisco. Mathews, 84, died in his home, 870 Fell Street, San Francisco, late Mondayjiight. He had lived in the Bay area since he was 8 years old except for student years in Paris. Mathews is the only American to win tne gold medal for drawing painting and composition while a student at the Julian Academy in Paris. He had also received thi gold medal from the American Institute of Architects in 1922. His murals are in the Capitol ro tunda at Sacramento, the Palace of Fine Arts and the MechnBU-s InsU tude in San Francisco us well as in countless libraries and public build ings throughout California. Orgatiizer of the Art Students League in SanTYancisco. he was for many years director of the Califor nia School of Design. He is survived by his widow, Mrs, Lucia K. Mathews, also an artist of note as well as his brothers, F.dgar A. and Walter J. Mathews, both Oakland and San Franeisco archi tects. Boy, 9, Wounded in Revolver Accident RICHMOND. Feb. 21. -Charles Polhmann, 9. son. of Mrs. Eleanor Rothmann. 540 Siin Pablo Avenue. iu in Rirhmnnrt Hntnital with rt flesh wound in his thigh, received last night when he attempted lane a .jo caiiDer revolver irum h hcrtster, police reported. The bny was a loner in his home when the thought he heard an intruder, he told nolice. so he at- holster. It caught, police said, and discharged. Alameda Girl, 4, Dies of Candle Burns Marion Munn, .four year - old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Munn. of 3203 San Antonio Street, Alameda, died at Providence Hospi tal today as a result of burns suf- a . . i . . lcreu yeaieruay wncn iigmea can-diet she was playing with ignited her clothing. Her mother was given' first aid treatment for burnslm her hands and arms, incurred when she tore the burning clothing from the child- Give Lieut Col. Henry Hampton, former Oakland iireman, a job to do and he does it. Colonel Hampton proved it sev eral days ago, according to an As sociated Press dispatch, when he led a brilliant mountain-scaling maneuver three miles west of Monte Belvedere, Italy, laboring with his men up a five-mile-long ridge running from .southwest to northeast They had to use ropes and other Alpine equipment and then, stood off small but bitter German counter-attacks for more than 30 hours. There was heavy mortar, artillery anrl minefield opposition with rum. binations of all three at most places. but Hampton and his men made it in an operation that was part of the main action of stabbing through some of the most ragged mountains oi tne Apennines. Other troops cleared out a number of hllltnn vll lages west of Belvedere,, including the viciously-defended communities of Corona and Polla. Hampton, a University of. Call fornia graduate and former football player, went into the Army as a first lieutenant in 1940. He had formerly served in the Army for tnree years before becoming a fire' man with fhe Oakland department in 1837. i As a captain in February, 1942. he was assigned to the Command and General Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and' upon grad uation in 1943, was stationed in Colo rado with the ski troops. His wife, Ruth, and child, Jacque line, 8, live at 3097 Arkansas Street. Seaman Arrested For Battery, Mischief A Merchant seaman, who, police said, struck two women in a res taurant at 523 11th Street early today, then broke the glass in the front doors and the plate glass window, was arrested for battery and malicious mischief. He was identified as Prisclan Kazimier, 27. He and four companions were ordered to leave the place when they used abusive lan guage, police said. As they were leaving. Kazimier is alleged to have kicked Mrs. Lucy Cancilla, 37, wife of the-'proprietor, in the stomach arid to have struck her daughter, Hosale, on thetiead. Funeral Rites Held RICHMOND. Feb. 21. - Funeral services were held here this morn ing for Arthur Milton Lumsden, 37, owner of the Yellow Taxi Company Lumsden died Monday after a brief illness. Burial will be in Sunset View Cemetery. MAYOR INQUIRES INTO FREE MEALS AT S.F. PRISON San Francisco's budget-mindful i Mayor Roger Lapham, having no tojticed that county employees, prin rinallv ia ler hav nun iebin j " iree meals at the prison, today de manded to know how come. He wrote a letter to Sheriff Daniel J. Murphy, In fact, and re quested an answer or an accountinf it seems that the County of San Francisco has an ordinance pro viding mat employees who eat the city's food shall pay a rate of $10 a month for one meal a day, f 18.50 tor two meals and 122.50 for three, Now, the Mayor said he has learned. Jailers are eatinc one and two meals a day without having the money deducted from their pay checks. He said it didn't look good on his balance sheet Sheriff Murphy, a -bit surprised by the communication, promised to look into the matter. He said it has been an established practice for years lor employees to est at least one meat served during their shift of duty and without paying for it Program of 15 Points Is , Drawn by C.C. 26 Committee Heads' Also Named to Help; Carry Out New Plans The Oakland Chamber of Commerce today outlined its program for the future in a 15-point course of action and appointment of lead ers to serve aa chairmen of the or ganization s 26 working committees. - Gerald Hagar, president of the chamber, named these men to handle the committee worSTf" Richard K. Breuner. agriculture: J. S. Hassler, ' aviation: William-5 Cavalier, civic development; Wil Ham E. McGrath, construction in - dustrtes; Donald B. Rice, ' convention and4purist; Herbert Strachan, domestic, trade; Weller Noble,"'fi-nance. . Sherwood Swan, franchise; Itving . - H. Kahn, highways; Homer W. Buckley, laws and legislation; Wll Evans, manufacturers; Otto H. Fischer, maritime afid harbor; Clif ford D. Allen, membership; William P. St. Sure, Metropolitan Oakland " Area Committee. - OTHERS NAMED ' Frank N. Belgrano ' Jr., .military and naval affairs: Charles P. How ard, new industries; Ken Morrlsh, program; Reginald H. Biggs, pub licity; Harold T. Avery, research! 4fHommedieu, residential de-rtnent; William A. Davis, tax. Irving F. Lyons, traffic: Orton Lucas, transportation; S. E. Rein- hard, veterans service: Phil A. Hoyt, world trade, and Alfred J. Lund-berg, special bond election. The 1945 program of the Oakland Chamber calls for: 1 Fullest co-operation to recognized agencies and organizations which will help to bring the war to a rapid and successful conclusion. 2 An Intensified, aeeressive uro gram to obtain new industries and ; expansion and support of existing ' industries for the Metropolitan Oak land area. ADVERTISING PROGRAM 3 Continuation and expansion of the MetropolitanjOaklancL.arett national advertising program to-sup- ' piement uie campaign for the new ' industries. determined campaign -to-ns- '- sure for Oakland adequate post-war naroor ana port facilities; coupled witn tnjs, an aggressive leadership in developing an outstanding position for Oakland in post-war world trade. 5 Aggressive promotion and sup port of a well-rounded aviation industrial development program; en; courage all phases of aviation development; adoption of an edu cational program through commu-' nity participation; promote use of Oakland Airport to work continu- . ously to insure-that the airport re main one of the most modern ia the West 6 Continued co-operation with - the Oakland city government, the ' Alameda County Board of Super visors, Oakland Post-war Planning Committee and other agent tor ! early completion of a simplified and ' co-ordinated post-war program, NEW ALAMEDA TUBE 7 Active support for local. State and inter-county transportation im- , provements in and adjacent to the Metropolitan Oakland area, includ ing completion of a second Alamedgv tube, at the earliest possible date. 8 Provide information on tun i plus war materials and agencies In ! , form interested members cf (he ', time and placi" of Federal ealei I scheduled throughout the'San Fran Cisco Bay area; aid and support program for the orderly dlsposia ! tion of surplus war material, ' 9 Maintenance of up-to-tbe-nun ute, service to members in connection with contracts, reconversion termination of contracts, War Pro- ' -duction Board priorities, materials; manpower and other problems with Government agencies. The chamber should be the cleartnr house tof all manufacturera and business firm! ' in the Oakland industrial area. 10 Continued vigilance In the traffic field to maintain fair end equitable transportation rates for local interests and to protect and improve Oakland's many transport ' tation advantages. NEW HOMES URGED 11 Active leadership In facilitating local1 housing development and assuring correct balance between public and private construction. 12 Increased membership activity through public membership luncheon meetings, bringing out- standing speakers on subject of current issue to business, industrial and professional, leaders. 13 Maintenance of a strong rep- ' resentation in Washington end at Sacramento to guard and support , Oakland's national and State legislative Interests; continued constant efforts to keep at a minimum non essential expenditures of Federal, State and local government, 14 Co - operative action with other communities and exchange of ideas to solve common problems; continue and expand friendly relations with chambers of commerce and similar organizations throughout this area. 15 Active leadership in com-, munity affairs: formulation of co-ordinated plan of civle develop ment and continue to make the Oakland Chsmher of Commerce the focal point for civic activity. $649.50 in Fines. SAN PABLO. Feb, 21.-No!e te speeders: Traffic fines collected yesterday morning in San Pablo Justice Court totaled 1649.50, Judge 3. & Chrlstensea announced toizy.

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