The Indianapolis News from Indianapolis, Indiana on May 30, 1959 · 1
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THE INDIANAPOLIS NEWS C'MON, SUN Warm and humid, scattered showers, thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight Details on Page 11 HOME EDITION The Great Ho osier Daily Since 7869 "Whert ih Spirit of ih Lord Is. Ther It Liberty" If Cor. 3-17 90th YEAR MEIrose 8-24 1 1 SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 30, 1959 26 PAGES 7 CENTS 40( f wMk 4trvr4 fey crr 4 Mi Underworld Boxing King is Captured By Associated Press BERLIN, N.J. Frankie Carbo, 54, an alleged underworld boxing king who had been a fugitive from justice since last July 24, was seized today by New York and New Jersey authorities in a swank home in nearby Haddon Township. State police Lt. Harry C. Armano said Carbo was seized as he attempted to flee out the back door. Also seized was Alfred Cori, Officers did not have any 26, the brother-in-law of Frank (Blinky) Palermo, a close associate of Carbo's who also has had run-ins with the law. Assistant District Attorney John Bonomy of New York County arrived here shortly before dawn and immediately FRANKIE CARBO . . . carried a big "roll." AP Wirephoto began questioning Carbo behind closed doors. Armano said he was trying to locate a magistrate in order to have Carbo arraigned as soon as possible. Carbo was charged with being a fugitive from justice. Asked if Carbo would waive extradition, Armano quoted him as saying that he would "leave that up to my attorney." Armano said that Carbo's bail would be very high. He did not give any specific amount. Armano said that Carbo was being questioned extensively but that "he wasn't saying much." The house, a two-story brick structure, was owned by William Ritka, whom police have been unable to locate. Rescuers Press Toward Miners ly Associated Press BEAVER DAM, Ky. Mechanized rescue workers were moving from three sides today toward three miners trapped in a coal mine. The men were unhurt when some 450 feet of mine shaft caved in about 10 a.m. yesterday. The rescue workers were able to talk with the trapped men by telephone, and one of the entombed men said, "It looks like we could stay here a week if we had to." Air was being piped to the three through a sprinkler system in the mine. Trapped were'Don McCler-non of Pana, 111.; Jake Lewis of Harlan, Ky., and Earl Bennett of Taylorville, 111. All were continuous mining specialists employed at the Ken Coal Co., a subsidiary of the Peabody Coal Co. The continuous miner cuts and loads coal in one opera tion. One continuous miner was being used to cut a new shaft almost parallel to the one that caved in. In addition, 73 rescue workers were cleaning debris from the old shaft and drilling perpendicu larly toward the men. Sheriffs officers kept all persons except' rescue workers and mine inspectors away from the scene. The family of one trapped man was near the mine but it was not known which family. 4 I J? - - f l I background on Ritka. The authorities seized Carbo on a tip from the Justice Department in Washington. He had been a fugitive from a 10-count indictment returned last July 24 by a New York County grand jury charging him with acting as an underworld boxing manager and matchmaker. He also has been sought on federal tax evasion charges. Carbo was quoted as saying he had planned to surrender in a couple of days but authorities said there was evidence that he planned to flee the country. Carbo had $3,733 when he was picked up. The announcement of his seizure was made in New York by District Attorney Frank Hogan. Last August the U.S. government filed suit against Carbo in federal court here for $750,719 in unpaid back income taxes. A similar suit was started in the southern district of Florida. Carbo maintained a -home in Hollywood, Fla. NEWS FEATURES Amusements 10 Books 2 Business News 17 Church News 12-13 Comics 14 Crossword Puzzle .... 26 Editorials 6 Obituaries .. 17 Picture Page 4-5 Radio and TV ... 7-8, 13 Sports 15-16 Star Gazer 14 Want Ads 17-25 Women's Features ... 2-3 ONCE TOO OFTEN Speedway Rabbit Finally Captured The legendary rabbit, a per petual visitor to the 500-Mile Race, finally was caught today. Cecil Sexton, 46, Dayton, was the hero of the day be fore the race started by out- bounding the annual visitor to the grass alongside the main stretch. The rabbit, or more likely one of a number of rabbits, annually shows up before the start of the race and provides comic relief for the tensions that precede the start. Today mechanics, drivers, officials and pit area visitors scrambled from the north end of the pit area just after 10 a.m. to chase the bounding visitor. While the crowd roared with laughter, they chased him on a zig-zag course that ended with the capture by Sexton. There was two-way ticket scalping going on today at gates to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Some scalpers were holding up wads of money and offering to buy extra race tickets for a price a dollar or two below face value, of course. Almost beside them were other scalpers offering to sell tickets for a premium price. If they're not too painfully hurt, patients taken to the track hospital in the infield should be more comfortable this year. An air-conditioner has been installed to keep the temperature at about 72 degrees. About 250 persons are on the hospital staff, including first aid attendants and am- First Lap on SW Turn Johnny Thompson, of Boyertown, Pa., pole car driver, zooms into the southwest turn to lead 32 Herman Hogkbogle Says: ' The checkered flag means the end of a speed run. It's not a signal for "500" specta-tors to try their hinds at fast' driving. When you leave the track today, don't let the speed you've been seeing all day go to your right foot. Follow police directions and when you hit open road observe speed limits. We don't want you to miss next year's race and festival. Stay alive. bulance drivers stationed points over the grounds. at The Speedway medical staff has 14 ambulances and nine first aid stations in operation Adelaide (Addy) Darling, Purdue University's shapely Golden Girl, visited the hospital at 9 a.m. and had her feet wrapped with gauze. "I don't want to get any blisters," the blond freshman coed explained. She said she had worn her hose so much they were worn out, The thrill of attending the 500-Mile Race , here today proved too much for Bill Walker of Urbana, 111., He proposed. Walker arrived at the Speedway in the predawn hours, well before the 5 a!m. opening time. The waiting only heightened his excitement. Finally, he turned to his girl and asked her to marry him. She accepted. Walker telephoned the good news to a radio station but was so excited he forgot to mention her name. Jack Turner, driver of the No. 24 Travelon Trailer Special, flouted Speedway superstition in a big way. Not only was his car painted green supposedly bad luck for race drivers. But the roll bar was painted a brilliant green that was almost phosphorescent Pit crew members dressed in white with green lettering on the backs of their coveralls. Lap-by-Lap Siory of 500-Mile Race By WAYNE FUSON, News Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY This is the play-by-play account of the 43d 500-mile race: One hour before the race was scheduled to start all attention on the main stretch was focused on the Purdue University marching band, which performed at the starting line. A breeze from the northeast had moved a. dark cloud over the Speedway. The temperature was 75. At 10:02 the order was given to line up the cars on the track. No. 74 Zink Special driven by Bob Veith was the last to leave the pits. News reporters around the track called today's crowd the biggest in history. At 10:50 all drivers were in their cars. At 10:51 the Purdue Glee Club sang "Back Home Again in Indiana." At the conclusion of the song thousands of multicolored balloons were released from a tent behind the Tower Terrace. At 10:53 Tony Hulman, president of the Speedway, said, "Gentlemen, start your engines." Paul Goldsmith's No. 99 was the first engine to start. BRYAN'S CAR HAS TROUBLE All cars started away from the starting line as scheduled. Jimmy Bryan's car had trouble starting and was the last away. Bryan's car engine was killed and the car was pushed off the track onto the pit exit apron. The field came to the starting line slowly and in perfect position. Johnny Thomson in the pole car took the early lead, Dick Rathmann was second and Rodger Ward was third. Thomson led the first lap, Ward moved into second and Rathmann was third at the end of the first lap. Bryan still was sitting in the pits, his engine dead. Thomson extended his lead on the second lap. Bryan's car finally got under way as the field started the third lap. Bryan was two full laps behind the 32d place car, Jim McWithey's. Sachs was running fourth and Jim Rathmann fifth. Bryan's car was smoking badly as he came past the starting line -for the first time. He seemed to have the problem whipped the next time around. Ward closed up the gap on Thomson, the leader, as they started the sixth lap. , cars on their first lap of The 33d car, driven by Bryan, stalled at the start laps, and then conked out. Ward forged into the lead at the starting line on the next lap. Bryan came into the pits almost before his crew could walk back up to his pit. It was the field's sixth lap, his sec ond. George Salih is the owner of the car which carried Bryan to victory in 1958 and Sam Hanks to the triumph in 57. Speed of the first lap was 136.508. Ward held a three-car length lead. Sachs in No. 44 spun in the southwest curve but didn't hit the wall. The rest of the field dodged him. Ward slowed the pace way down, the slowest run under the yellow caution flag in recent years. Bill Vandewater, the starter, was trying to slow down the rest of the field, which was considerably behind Ward and Johnson, who was second. JIM RATHMANN IN LEAD ON 12TH LAP Bryan was out of his car in the pits. Sachs was okay, uninjured and the green flag was out again as' Ward hit the starting line. Average speed of the first four laps was 140.691. The cars held their positions well under the yellow light, heeding the stern warning by Fengler. After 10 laps here was the order Ward, Thomson, Dick Rathmann, J i m Rathmann, Flaherty, Bettenhausen, Keller, Grim, Veith and Turner, in the unusual green car. Sandy Belond, sponsor of Bryan's car, said the champ's trouble was "clutch." Jim Rathmann moved into second on the 12th lap, with Thomson falling to third. Al Keller, in the Helse No. 57, was the second car in the pits. Ward was the leader again as the field stated the 15th lap. Jim Rathmann was second and Thomson was third. Bryan had taken off his crash helmet and had donned a baseball type cap and was walking around the car dejectedly. The No. 44 Schmidt car Sachs spun was started and came on around the track and went into the pits, TODAY IN HISTORY J X T 7TT? Tl .1 .u .1 Junt 123456 7 8 91011 1?U KIOT CWiNS ClO DRIVE AT SOUTH CHICAGO REPUBLIC STEEL PLANT NJUREP55 WORKERS AM) TOUCF. 22 ZTdMf the 500-Mile Race today. last year's winner Jimmy of the race, finally ran 2 AP Photo Out of Race Car No. 6 Jimmy 'Bryan. Came in on second lap with broken cam housing. Illinoisan Is Tops WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Cadet James L. Abrahamson. 21, Aurora, 111., has been named top man academically in this year's graduating class at the U.S. Military Academy. Texan Leads All ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Stanley Wayne Legro, Houston Tex., a former Rice Institute law student, heads the 800-man class graduating from the Naval Academy Wednesday. TIME GUESSES Celebrities Predict New Race Record By W. F. FOX JR., Sports Editor INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR I rode with Tony Hulman and SPEEDWAY Before what Speedway officials predicted would be . the greatest crowd in history today pit-area predictions were about equally divided on the possibility of the breaking of Sam Hanks' race record of 135.601 mph established in 1957. Here are some of the predictions of prominent people: Bill McCrary, chief of Firestone's racing division a flat 136. Bill Vandewater, the man who gives 'em the green flag on orders from chief steward 135. Sam Hanks, owner of the record 136.300. Sandy Belond, owner of the car that has won the race the .osi iwu yca.s uo.a wiuiwm. yellow flag. Tom Bin ford, president of United States Auto Club 138.200v Lindsey Hopkins, owner of Jim Rathmann's front row favorite 137. Tom Frost, eastern vice-president of USAC 136.8. Paul Johnson, steward 134.651. Al Bloemker, Speedway publicity manager 136,200. Peter DePaola 136. Clarence Cagle built a throne at the starter's line for a man who came to the Speedway in '22 as a riding mechanic for Harry Hartz. He is Harlan Fengler, now chief steward and racing's man of the year. Something else brand new this year is a two-way radio connection with the pole car. 2dl Four cars were involved in a smashup in the 47th lap of today's 500-Mile Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chuck Weyant in car No. 47 spun in the northeast turn and was hit from behind by Mike Magill in the Dayton S.F. Special. Magill's car flipped upside down on the track. Drivers Jud Larson and Red Amick went into the infield to avoid the wreck. Smoke and fire shot out of Magill's car. It was turned right side up. He was removed and placed in an ambulance. He was taken unconscious to Methodist Hospital. His pulse was reported to be good at the time. By THE NEWS SPEEDWAY STAFF Jim Rathmann today led the 43d 500-miler at tha end of 100 miles. Rathmann took over the lead on the 39th lap from Pat Flaherty. The two drivers, Flaherty in the No. 64 John Zink and Rathmann in the No. 16 Simoniz, dueled almost wheel to wheel for the lead in the early stages of the race. Jimmy Bryan, 1958 winner driving the car which also carried Hanks to victory in 1957, was out of the race after two laps, with clutch trouble. Len Sutton, driving the Wolcott Special, spun in the southeast turn in the 37th lap and brushed the outside wail in the short chute. The car came to a stop in the middle of the track. Sutton was not hurt. On the seventh lap Eddie Sachs in the No. 44 Peter Schmidt spun as he roared into the tricky southwest turn. The Sachs car hurtled toward the outer re taining wall, but did not track to the infield, tearing track, ard then rolled back The yellow light was on onds. Sachs went into the the race. The pace lap, preceded by a parade lap, started at 10:59 a.m. Jimmy Bryan in No. 6, last year's winner, stalled be fore the parade lap. His car missed both the parade and Dace Ian. but was permitted to enter the race. The start was perfect. Johnny Thomson in car No. 3 led into the first turn and held it throughout the first lap. Rodger Ward in car No. 3 was second and Dick Rathmann in No. 73 was third. Thomson held the lead with Ward and D. Rathmann trailing in second and third place in the second lap. The three leaders held posi- MADE Sam Hanks in the pace car when they simulated the start of today's race yesterday afternoon using the General Electric installation to perfection on a two-lap journey. In the pace car Hulman actually stays jn the back seat and observes the field and informs Hanks of the situation. Hanks, in turn, talks to Fengler. There is a speaker in the car so that Hulman can hear what Fengler says. This is just one more step in the direction of safety. Duane Carter, oldest driver in the race, had a note taped to the dashboard which read, "Check off following cars as you blow them off Thomson, Sachs J. Rathmann Grim. Ward, Veith, Johnson, Hartley, Branson and Boyd. Russ Snowberger said he and his crew got to bed about 12 o'clock after touching up everything and running the engines for a time. The boys completed all important work by last evening. New parts were installed in places. Another new wrinkle three times this morning the score board men appeared on the Gasoline Alley ramp and three times the safety patrol men blew whistles and tried to run them off. Score board men showed badges and patrolmen said, "That doesn't mean a thing." Patrolmen were finally convinced the score board men were legitimately assigned there. , hit it, then shot across the up turf, back onto the to the infield. for 2 minutes and 25 sec pits for tires, then resumed tions through the fourth lap and Ward moved into the lead in the fifth lap. Thomson and D. Rathmann trailed respectively. Ward retained his lead in. the sixth and seventh laps. Ha held the lead when Sachs went into ms spin ana tne yeuow light went on. The threat of rain continued to hang over the 43d running of the speed classic. Sticking to his forecast of scattered showers and thun dershowers this afternoon, the weatherman also ominously reported that a shower line was moving eastward from Crawfordsville, 39 miles west of the track shortly before race time. The temperature was near 80 as the 11 a.m. starting time came, with a west northwest wind at 9 mph. The hide and seek sun had the crowd of 200,000 craning their necks at the skies. In 42 previous runnings of the race, rain has postponed it only once, in 1915, and shortened it twice, in 1926 and 1950, at 400 miles and 345 miles respectively. To be a contest, the leader must be in his 101st lap, or past the 250-mile mark. BALLOON RELEASE GETS BAD START The Purdue University Glee Club, in dark blue coats and light gray trousers, sang "Back Home Again in Indiana," from in front of the Tower Terrace 10 minutes before race time. Two drivers wearing fluorescent helmets started side by side in the fifth row. They were Jimmy Daywalt in car No. 66 with a brilliant orange helmet. Next was Jack Turner in car No. 24, sporting a bright green number. The front end of his Travelon Trailer Special matched his helmet. The customary releasing of the balloons went awry. Flaps of the tent in which they were housed failed to open properly and a few of the balloons eased out in single file order. Then, the trouble was corrected and the mass of balloons floated straight up, but many of them landed on the track. At 10:55 Speedway president Tony Hulman said, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines." The traffic moving into the Speedway this morning was no problem. Indianapolis police traffic inspector Audry Jacobs said all streets in tha vicinity of th,e track grounds were clear of their backlogs by 6:15 a.m.. 75 minutes after th gates opened.

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