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THE SCRANTON REPUBLICAN. TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 1928 vMARINE GIVES GRAPHIC NICARAGUA "WAR" STORY COUNTY CLERKS GRANTED WA GE INCREASE, BOARD VOTES 1 SLIGHT BOOST' FOR EMPLOYES DENSE JUNGLE 'BLINDFOLDS DEVIL DOGS IN THE HEART OF FIGHTING ZONE Wounded "Leatherneck" Gives Graphic Description of , Tremendous Difficulties Under Which Heroic De - ji tachment cf Marines Are Operating And Tells i : Wyh More Troops Are Needed. Special to The Republican NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 9 The dense jungles of Nicaragua are worth half a dozen regiments to General Augustino Sandino in his fight with the United States marines. The marines can whip Sandl - I i no's troops easily, but whipping the I I jungle is a different matter. M - These facts are made plain in a I f letter from Private Harry Blan - I f chard of the marine column that stormed Quiiali, written to his parents near New Orleans. Blan - chard. one of the 22 marines wounded in this fight, was wounded in an earlier fight with Sandino's men, late in November. His letter gives a graphic, first - hand description of the tremendous difficulties under which the heroic detachments of marines are operating. A Desperate Fifcht Blanchard describes the fight in which he received his first wound. It came while a column cf 25 marines and 40 Nicaraguan national guardsmen was pushing through the jungle in an effort to rescue Lieutenant Earl A. Thomas end Sergeant Frank Dowdell. marine aviators whose plan crashed rpr the Sandino strong hold. The column was ambushed by 500 reb - pnd fought its way out in a '' - "dv battel in which 60 of the ' - '. - .iy were killed and as many wounded. "Our column left Matagalpa on 13th of October," he writes, first day we made pretty t - 4 time 12 miles. But after ' the going got rougher than - "I'T - ui - .g - you can picture in ' "uisiana. We were lucky to make or eight miles a day. It was f'e thickest kind o ftrophical jun - 'if. mixed with deep swamps of il. - kv mud and high mountains of lipv - fd rock. "Time after time we had to mm:e our own road because the main road was impassable. This mean you have to cut your way "ith machetes and axes through thick green growth that seems to spring up faster than you can cut it down. "For eight days we traveled in mud up to the bellies of our mules. We had to cross rivers had no bridges. You just ade in and swim, with your mule .nmming and your kit packed way up on its withers to keep dry. Then we struck some mountains that were so steep you couldn't ride even a mule up the side of them. The only thin? you could do was get off and walk and lead your mule. And sometimes a bunch of us literally had to drag our mules up steep places Dy their lead ropes. Nicaragruan Rains "And talk about rain - It poured every day. You may think you have seen some rain in Louisiana. You want to see it ram in inca - ragua before you ever say you know anything about what rain can do. It drives down in solid masses of water. The force of it on your shoulders is like someone hitting you. "That is why it took us 12 days to reach the spot where the airplane was wrecked when Lieutenant Thomas and Sergeant Dowdell crashed in the jungle." Then Blanchard tells how they found the wreckage of the plane burned by the aviators, who had made a gall ant effort to get back to camp on foot. The flyers had been caught and killed by Sandino's men on the way, according to na - fives. Their bodies were never found. . . . Blanchard tells how the little rescue detachment turned about and headed back to camp, passing through Quiiali, where Blanchard was to be wounded two months later, en route. "We marched out of Quiiali at 7 in the morning," he writes. "And at 11 that same morning hell started popping. Suddenly without the least warning, as we were marching through thick jungle growth, we were ambushed by between 400 and 500 of Sandino's men. They opened fire with everything they had. They threw dozens of bombs into our column. These bombs were loaded with broken glass, nails and scraps of all kinds ot metal. "It was a bad spot for an ambush. The jungle was thick, with swamp on one side and the steep banks of a good - sized hill on the other. "We settled down to the job the minute they fired their first shot. We took every bit of cover we could find, our hand grenade men threw grenades and we fired our rifles at every bandit we could see. And we were better shots and more accurate bomb - throwers than they were. "For an hour we fought it out (Continued on Page Four) . j' 'TYnm1(fflmy - i mhiwi i iiu'iwiiiihi iii nuiiii ii ii ii i i i ii Here is an aerial view of Ocotal, Nicaragua, in the heart of the fighting General Sandino. Private Harry M. Blanchard, country where the marines have been wounded twice in the fighting in Nicaragua. 0y . NXH6E t?ANPINO FORCES 6ELIEVCO HIDIMO CAPTU RJEO MARINES DEC SO Win Five Per Cent Advance After Commissioners And Controller Meet With Heads of Offices Keepers And Matrons at Jail Not Included in Numbed That Will Benefit. LOCAL UNION CHANGE WILL BE EFFECTED Attorney Rosenthal, Solicitor ment of District 1. United Succeeded Feb. 1 by Attorney David Rosenthal, soliic - ltor lor the compensation department of District 1, United Mine Workers, will be succeeded Feb. 1 by Attorney Marinello, of Oklahoma, it was definitely learned last night. Appointed Last August Attorney Rosenthal was named solicitor last August shortly after the district convention which recommended that a lawyer be attached to the compensation department to iron out legal technicalities which arise in the presentation of claims. "Previously one attorney, Roger Dever, of Wilkes - Barre. had acted J or the three anthracite districts, NTS. I 7 and 9. Rosenthal at the ;:ne wrs U. S. referee in bank - ! fruptcy for the Wilkes - Barre section ' of the Middle District Court. He ; resigned to accept the United Mine j Workers' solicitorship. Attorney Marinello is a former Wilkes - Barre resident and a grad - uate of Dickinson in the same class , as Judge John S. Fine, of Luzerne ' county. He is solicitor for one of the soft coal districts in Oklahoma, where he has resided since he entered the legal profession - Mari nello it is expected will return to the anthracite field. No Official Announcement He came here last Spring on official duty for the United Mine Workers. At the time he was promoting a benefit fight in Oklahoma for striking miners in that belt. He signed Pete Lato. then welterweight champion, for the main go. Rube Fern, an officer in one of the Western Pennsylvania bituminous districts and former welterweight champion, Vas the referee. No official announcement has been made of the Marinello appointment and Rosenthal resignation but on Feb. 1 the change will be made. CANVASSERS. Two foreign speaking house to house canvassers for piano3 and Othcphonic Victrolas. Steady position l on salary and commission K basis. References required. V - VApply Griffith Piano Co., 2U N. Washington Ave. Adv. For Compensation Depart - Mine Workers, Will Be Oklahoma Lawyer. New Official AWAIT DRAFTS OF AUTO LAWS INBIGCITIES Council Not to Act on Traffic Bill Pending Receipt of Copy From Cleveland NATIONAL EXPERTS WORKING ON MEASURE rrrm litis l$ 1 BLRARD McGINNIS Bernard McOinnis, named to succeed John F. "Barber" Healey as jury commissioner, is in his early twenties and is a native of Jes - sup. A cripple since childhood. Mr. McGinnis was first honored by the voters of his home town, who elected him justice of the peace. He is one of the youngest men ever named jury commissioner in this end of the state. Mr. McGinnis is associated politically with Josie Langan, well known Mid - Valley leader. REWARD OF $2,000" OFFERED BY COUNTY The county commissioners yesterday offered a reward of $2 000 for the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the dynamiting of the plant of the Scranton Sun early New Year's morning. The award was approved by President Judge E. C. Ncwcomb. There's no use trying, you can't beat Pacific Gasoline. Committee Which Prepared State Codes Under Hoover's Direction Have New Draft No action will be taken by members of council towards the introduction of the city's new traffic ordinance until City Clerk William P, Huester receives from the authorities at Cleveland, O., a copy of a traffic measure recently put into operation Uierc. The bti which was draw up last year by City Solicitor C. B. Little, following conferences with Director of Public Safety James Arigoni. Su perintendent or Police James Hen - shaw and Traffic Captain Walter Kime. was held in committee for time, and was slated for re - introduction this month. Under the rules of council, any legislation which is in committee at the end of the year automatically dies, and must be resubmitted during the next calendar year. The city fathers are also interested in the announcement from Washington that the committee of experts under Secretary of Com merce Herbert Hoover, which drafted the code which has been adopted entirely or in part by many states among them Pennsylvania is now working on draft of r . ordinance for the larger cities of the county. This step is in line with the aim of the national committee to secure uniform traffic regulations in all states and their municipalities, so that motorists while touring may be familiar with the laws of the cities they visit. Reports from Washington have It that the committee has been working on the draft of the ordinance for two months, and it is likely that it will be ready for submission to city councils through the country within a short time. The U. S. government, sole producer of helium, is forbidden by law to sell this gas. LEWIS URGES INTEREST IN BIG CAMPAIGN Parents Should Protect Children By Permitting Them to Be Immunized, He Says TOXIN - ANTITOXIN TO BE ADMINISTERED HERE United States marines, policing Nicaragua until a fair presidential election can be held, have found a stubborn foe in Augustino Sandino (left), rebel general, former liberal leader and once a member of Villa's Mexican band which raided Columbus, N. M. The marine corps, having captured Quiiali, is bent now upon the extinction of Sandino and liis soldiers, whom they regard as outlaws rather than as a faction in the Nicaragua dispute. The rebel forces are believed hiding in the mountains r - ear Quiiali. Marine bases are maintained at Managua and Ocota', to which reinforcements are bound from the United States under command of Brig. Gen. Logan A. Feland (right), formerly in charge of the forces of intervention. Twenty Stations to Be Established in City For Drive Starting Next Week "If all narents would co - operate as they should, diphtheria could be completely stamped out in Scranton and in every city in the United States in a very few years," Dr. J. D. Lewis, director of public health, declared yesterday in issuing a state ment calling on all parents to protect their children by permitting them to be immunized against disease during the toxin - antitoxin cam - naign which is to start here next Wednesday. Opportunity for Parents Parents have the opportunity to guarantee their children immunization by allowing them to receive, free of charge, the toxin - antitoxin treatments which will be given at twenty stations throughout the city, by physicians and nurses, next week. Record of the local health department show that in all the diphtheria cases which have been reported here during the past few years, not one has involved a child who was given the toxin - antitoxin treatment. Announcement of the list of stations at which toxin - antitoxin injections will be given will be made by the health department authorities within the next few days. The statement issued by Dr. Lewis yesterday is as follows: Statrmrnt of Dr. I,ctris Do you know that your child tnnv be protected for llfn nalnst this dread' disease, which, without proper care Is so hfahly Jatal to little children? Do you know that medical science has solved this problem and the result has been the complete elimination of diphtheria In communities where preventive treatment hns become a general pracltce? Your family physician is prepared to give this protection, or If you prefer you may consult the health department or any member of the Welfare association who will gladly give vou all the Information necessary. Your health department Is roudy (Continued on Page Thirteen) COASTING UNLAWFUL IN NEW MOTOR CODE Coasting, with the gears in neutral, is unlawful in the new state motor code. A motor vehicle most not be operated on a down grade with the gears in neutral, the law says. To violate this provision constitutes reckless driving: and the fine is $10 or five days in jail. ' For failure to obey an officer's signal, theline is $10 or five days in Jail, and for resisting arrest the penalty $100 or thirty days in jail. A fine of $200 or three months in jail is provided for the following offenses: Failure to stop after an accident, lending license or permit, fictitious or revoked license, false license or permit, using liquors or drugs. The officers of the State Highway Patrol at Moscow explained that it is not the purpose of the patrol to see how many arrests they can mike but rather to make the highways safe for everyone, i They also announced that tests on brakes will start most any day. The fine for Improper brakes is $10 or five days in jail. FEDERAL FIR M BUYS SCRANTON G. & WATER CO. Purchase Price Agreed Upon For Transfer of Ownership March 20 is $27,705,000; Corporation Will Pay $295 Per Share For $100 Par Stock Scranton And Jeffrey to Sever Connection. Confirming the reported change ot ownership, published first in Tne Scranton Republican on Aueust 11 197, announcement was made yesterday by Worthington Scranton, president and general manager of the sale of the Scranton Gas and Water Company to the Federal Water Service Corporation of New York for $27,705,000. The statement given out by Mr. Siranton was as follows: $M5 Por Share The Federal Water Service Corporation has offered to purchasj the stock of the Scranton Gas & Water Company at $295.09 per share, payment to b3 mads on or about March 20 1923. This offer has been accepted by holders of a large majority of the stock, who regard the price as a" favorable one, and is open to all stockholders. A letter will be cent within a shart time to each stockholder explaining to them in detail what steps it will be n?cessary for them to take, covering transfer of their stock, etc., in case they wish to take advantage of this offer. "The purchase of the Capital Stock of the Scr?nton Gas and Water Company carries with it, of course, the control of the various subsidiaries of that Compr.nv, both Water Companies c; - J Gas" Companies. "It is fjpected when control of the Company changes hands that Mr. Scranton and Joe Jeffrey will sever their connections with the Company, but ti2 balance of the operating force, who are familiar with the property, will remain as at present". The original company was chartered in 1854, with Joseph H. Scranton, grandfather of Worthington Scranton; Benjamin H. Throop and Edward C. Fuller among the incorporators. Joseph H. Scranton was the first president and J. J. Albright, the second. From 1870 until his death W. W. Scranton was the head of the concern. He was succeeded by his son, Worthington Scranton. 200 Shareholders Of the 84,000 shares of stock of the Scranton Gas and Water Com - oanv, approximately 85 per cent is held by members of the Scranton family. There are 200 shareholders, of this number 100 are employes of the company, who a year ago were nrivlleecd to purchase shares at oar $100. The purchasers of the company agree to pav S2!)5 per share or a total of $24,780,000, for MAYFIELD IS FIRST BOROUGH TO DISPLAY TWENTY - MILE SIGNS Mavfleld is the first borough in tho Mid - Valley to blossom out with new traffic sisns as required under the stats motor code. The soeed limit through that town is twenty miles an hour. New Milford, HalMead and Mincoka still dlsnlay fifteen mi!n an hour stsns. Dupont has had twenty mile an hour signs for come time, even when many ither towns wrc enforcing a fifteen mile limit. The new motor code Inereac3d the speed limit from fifteen to twfnty and from thirty to thi - ty - flve. the stock r.nd will assume the bonded indebtedness amounting to $2,025,000. The Scranton Gas and Water Company owns 45 lakes and reservoirs and has a storage capacity of 3,000,000.000 gallons of water, with a daily consumption of 37. 000,000 gallons. Its watersheds cover 157 square miles, and it owns 32 square miles of land. A total of 1.500,000 trees have been planted on the watersheds. There arc 503 miles of water mains, supplying 38.949 customers. Its subsidiary, the Hyde Park Gas Company, has 217 miles of pes mains, supplying 31, - 113 customers. In the Summpr of last year, the Federal Water Service Cornoratfon purchased the Spring Brook Water Supnly Company, of which Colonel L. A. Votres was president, and which supplies Luzerne and lower Lackawanna county with water. The Federal Water company Is a corporation with offices at V William street, New York City. C. T. Chenery is president, W. A. Cudrtcbnck is "secretary and W. A. (Continued on Page Thirteen) FOR RENT Rear of store on Lacka. Ave. Can use front and rear entrance. Phone 4500. Adv. Clerks In a majority of the offices in the court house were voted a five percent salary increase yesterday by County Commissioners Morgan Thomas, Louis H. Von Bergen and John F. Healey and Controller William G. Watkins. The increase will cost the county approximately $7,000 a year. Originally the clerks were asking a fifty percent increase, but this was materially whittled down when the salary board met with the heads of the various offices. Some of the officials recommended a ten percent increase while others declared themslves satisfied with a Ave percent boost. h Clerks in the following offices will receive the increase: Sheriff, county commissioners, clerk of the court's, prothonotary, county treasurer, county controller and re - (Continued on Page Six) P. F, H M. T. Ilnwley. Inc., 2.U Wyoming Ave. riunib'lnj?, Ilentlng, SUet Motat Contractors. Adv. ..twice - a - year oJ shirts fl from $2.50 $2 .25 from $3.00 $gj65 from i$5.00 $465 from $6.00, $6.50 from $3.50, $4.00 from $7.50 five days... Jan. 10 - 14 .only oat ggage lu checked to go ...everything, even trunks lower... billfolds, c u p s e t s, cases, collar bags . . . hat boxes, tilted things, cases, bags ... at real reductions. ..on real luggage. . . for instance.. . $22.50 travel bags $18.50 Gladstones $14Ji rCtiii$erd to the real business man . who wants at least "an even break". . . we say this: "you may pay a little more . . .for Customized clothes. . . at the start ... but you'll pay less ... in the long run" . . . only at Samters in Scranton,

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