Herald and Review from Decatur, Illinois on February 17, 1937 · Page 4
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TAGE FOUR Al Capone is Alcatraz "Problem Boy" . , WATCH KEPT . FOR FAVORS Former Underworld Biff; Shots Suffer Keenly Loss of Publicity j j Editor's Noip: In the third I of her scrips of revealing ar- tides about life behind the walls of Alcatraz America's "Devil's Island'' Dorothy Roe writes a vivid description ft Al Capone's unique position in the prison. By DOROTHY ROE Copyright 1937. For The Herald ' SAX FRANCISCO Plump, pouting Al Capone is the "problem child" of Alcatraz. The one-time public enemy No. one is merely "No. 85 at the rock." Hr cn buy no special privileges, yet he is the object of hatred and envy among the ether prisoners. I learned afier lengthy investigation and talks with former inmates of the federal "Devil's Island" that Alcatraz convicts watch jealously for the lca?t sign of favors toward the former ' big shot" of the Chicago underworld. News of three fights involving "Scaiface Al" has leaked out of the island fortress. Recalls Stabbing The most serious was the stabbing of last summer, when James Luc. I., a Tox;.s mail robber, seized a pair of scissors from the prison baibcr shop and gashed Capone in the back and the hand. The wounds were not serious, but Lucas went to the dread dungeon of Alcatraz, and Capone was given two days in the hospi'al. Previously Capone. then working in the hute prison laundry, which Launders the linen for U. S. navy transport ships as well as for the prison, got into a fight with an-j ether convict. No. 18.V Bill ColherJ The battle occurred in the laundry mangle room. Former inma'e Kenry Larry, recently released after serving a term for mail robbery, says: Al Throw Bench "I don't know what started the row. The first I saw. Capone and Collier were f.icmg and cursing ea(h other. Then Capone picked up a wooden bench, swung it over h:s head and aimed - murderous blow at Coll.er: It would have br;i.nrd him if it had landed. "But 'Charlie', the civilian fore man of the laundry, jumped be-' tween them and caught the blow oi hi." arm. I Capone and Collier were given solitary confinement for t w o days." A third fight is reported to have taken place in the prison barber-shop, while Capone was practising; on his banjo-mandolin with Har- j mon H'aley, convicted kidnaper of ' little George Weyerhaeuser, of Ta- ; coma. For a time Capone and Waif y . w ere pals, and "Scarface" present- i ed his kidnaper friend with a guitar for the prison band. But the1 two former "public enemies" quar-j relrd. a fight started, band instruments crashed, and guards separated them before any damage was d'MlC. Name Taken Away The sorest punishment to Capone and other convicts who once crash-; ed the front pages is removal from; the spotlight of publicity. This Al-. eatraz has managed to achieve by! its system of completely removing thee public enemies from all contact with the outside world. Fx public enemies, like retired rnnia donnas, miss the tumult and the shouting, the screaming headlines, the excitement once stirred up by the very mention of their na mi's. They have no names at Alcatraz. And this is one of the master strokes of Warden Johnston, who believes in discipline by psychology, ra'hrr than by torture. He has meted out the medicine of anonymity to his would be prima donnas. The smiling warden diagnoses the one-time overlords of gangland as confirmed show-offs, blatant egoists. In barring all personal publicity about prisoners he h a s hit on the most effective form of punishment and discipline. Smiling quizzically, the warden says: Let Nation Forget "We want the nation to forgot they ever heard of such names as Al Capone. 'Machine Gun' Kelly. Alvm Karpis. or any of the others who once piled up newspaper head lines. "That is their worst punishment. They miss the spotlight even more, possibly, than they miss their freedom. Psychology, you see. plays a large part in prison discipline." During his term in Alcatraz. Ca- Ugly Eczema Makes Life Wretched 1 he itcliiug torment of ocina i enough to make anyone wretched' and anxious for iclief". If you suiter; from eczeina. itchy pimples, aniiry 1 red blotches or other blemishes due ; to external causes, not Peterson's Ointment. :io eents all druggists. It one application docs not dcluht you. money refunded. Peterson's Ointment aNo wonderful for itchinj Of feet, cracks between toes. r From this tower, Alcatraz prison jruards keep a constant watch alonp; the rocky shore to prevent attempts of pris pone has worked in the prison library,-the laundry, and the bathroom. He is now janitor in the bathroom, with the job of cleaning tiles and floors, and the opportunity for occasional band practise in the adjoining prison barber shop. Once a month the former crime king receives a visit from his w ife, who journeys faithfully to San Francisco for the privilege of a few minutes conversation through the visiting room "sound screen" with "No. 85." Buys Musical Instruments Among the few things Capone has been allowed to buy since the portals of Alcatraz closed behind him are musical instruments. He has bought and presented to other prisoners a guitar, a tenor banjo and, for himself, an expensive banjo-mandolin. Warden Johnston does not frown on the "orchestra practise." He says: "If the men would rather have band practise than play games during recreation periods, that's all right. They are allowed to pur of a FM PLOVERS MUTUAL LIABILITY INSURANCE CO. EMPLOYERS MUTUAL INDEMNITY CORPORATION HOME OFFICE: WAUSAU, WISCONSIN Resident Rrpretrntative in Decatur EDMl'ND MITCHELL Box 828 Phone 2-5264 Branch Offices in Twenty-two Cities of the Middle West oners' friends from sending messages. Across the narrow strip of water rises the mainland. sue any hobby they like, within reason. j "Sometimes we allow the men who have been practising music to give a sort of band concert to the other prisoners during a recreation period." j But though Al Capone has organ-, ized a prison band, the fortune he piled up as king of Chicago's underworld has secured him no other favors. He smokes the same brand of government tobacco as the other prisoners. j He eats the same meals, at the ' same table. ! He wears the same denim prison uniform. , No $100 Suits ! There are no expensive cigars, no Jinn tailored suits for the Al Capone of today. He reads avidly in his cell, preferring, ironically enough, books and magazines of travel. j But other prisoners also have the! privilege of the well-stocked prison library. j Says U. S. Attorney Henry Mc-Pike: "They may go into Alcatraz as The Record Quarter Century PREMIUM INCOME : YEAR 1911 1916 1921 1926 1931 19J6 : f 12,000,000 11,000.000 10.000,000 , 9,000,000 J ! 8,000,000 j 7,000,000 j 6.000,000" . 5,000,000 " f ! 4,000,000 . ' ! 3,000,000 1 2,000,000 1 r 1.000.000 g 500.000 J 400.000 jf 300.000 I 200.000 100.000 f 39.000 ACHIEVEMENT The growth of this organization from a premium income of 39 thousand dollars to over 1 1 million dollars is due to the policyholder prestige and satisfaction built by conscientious Protection, Service and Saving. NONASSESSABLE AUTOMOBILE, WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION. TUBLIC LIABILITY -OTHER CASUALTY INSURANCE nFRATUR big shots, but after 30 days they're all on a level, and very tractable. There are no teacher's pets at Alcatraz." (In the next article of this series Dorothy Roe reveals that some women live on America's "Devil's Isle".) Parole Violator Cets Farm Sentence in OIney By Staff Correspondent" OLNEY Sheriff Charles West will take Ralph Berry, arrested Saturday night on a charge of drunkenness, to the state penal farm in Vandalia as soon as neces sary papers are prepared by County Judge Roy Boley. Berry's sentence results from violation of parole. When Berry pleaded guilty recently to drunken driving he was given a suspended sentence and paroled to Jake Runyen. He was warned by Judge Boley that arrest on an intoxication charge would be considered reason enough to enforce the suspended sentence. HERALD six IN COLES GIVEN TERMS Five Men, One Woman Sentenced to Prison; Six Get Probation By Staff Correspondent CHARLESTON Six persons indicted recently on criminal -uooo. hv the February grand iury in Coles county Tuesday were sentenced to prison .u, v,.. Judge Grendel F. Bennett while six others were placed on probation. Audrey Vaughn, 28, of Mattoon was sentenced from one to 10 years in the penitentiary at Chester after pleading guilty to a larceny charge. His wife, Peggy. 36. was sentenced to the woman's prison at Dwight on the sarpe charge. Refuses Plea Nathan Cain, Mattoon, implicated with the Vaughns, changed his plea of not guilty to guilty when arraigned before Judge Bennett and asked for probation. The judge refused his plea and sentenced him to a term of one to 14 years at the state penitentiary in Chester. Cletus Satterfield, 26, Charleston, received a sentence of from one year to life in the Chester penitentiary after pleading guilty to. a charge of grand larceny. Bobbie Waltrip. 19, Charleston, was sentenced to a one to 14 years term in the Southern Illinois penitentiary after pleading guilty and asking for probation on a forgery charge. Walter Irvy, also of Charleston, received a similar sen tence on a forgery charge. Get Probation I Three Mattoon youths, Fred ! Pleasant. Donald Pepperdine and : Dale Walker, all 18 year's old, were granted probation after pleading guilty to stealing a car. ! Floyd Walters, 23, and Lrroy ; White, 17, of Charleston were granted probation. They had been . indicted for stealing corn. Charles Love. 26. Charleston, won probation after entering a plea of guilty to forgery. j LINENS STOLEN. Theft of 12 linen table covers and five dozen linen napkins from the home of Mrs. John Bennett. 770 South Sigel street, was reported to ' police Tuesday. Mrs. Bennett said I the theft occurred since Feb. 1. which was the last occasion she remembers seeing the linens. They Champion ! V 9J PROOF Strait 2 Plotters' Terms Shortened As Italy Celebrates Heir Bv Associated Press in France, arrested and sen- ROME Even men who sought fenced to 30 years in prison for to assassinate Premier Benito alleged antigovernment activities. Mussolini enjoyed the benefiu last; The new law celebrat.rg the night of an amnesty act in eclebra-, birth Friday of Vittono Emanuel, tion of the birth of a prospective prince of Naples and prospective heir to the Italian throne. Although the law refused clemency to prisoners whose crimes Italy believes never can be tolerat-rf r forgiven abortionieos. nar colics dealers, spies and profiteers it gave shortened sentences to a group of one-time leaders who turned against the regime and its Duce. Best known of these, probably, is Orsare Rossi, an early collabora- tor with II Duce in Fascism, once a member of the Fascist grand council and once head of the Italian press bureau. A decade ago Rossi was lured across the Italian border from h.s Shook Baby to Death ! Because It Bit Him By Associated Press ; ONEONTA, X. Y. Clyde Proctor. 27, w as held on a second degree murder charge today after District I Attorney Joseph Molinari quoted him as confessing he "shook to death" a 15-months-old babe "be-: cause it bit me." ' Molinari said Proctor made his statement concerning the death of; an infant son of Mrs. Thomas Hink-! ley last night in the presence of! Chief of Police Frank N. Horlon. . The prosecutor said Proctor haa been rooming at the Hmkley house on the outskirts of the city. Manslaughter Trial Underway in Shelby Bv Staff Correspondent SHELBYVILLE Trial -of Norman Siefkin charged with manslaughter got underway Tuesday in the circuit court rure before Circuit Judge Franklin R. Dove. Siefkin was indicted for manslaughter recently as a result rf the death of Oscar Tull who was killed by Siefkin's car while he was working on route 16 east of She'by-vilie. At the same time Siefkin is alleged to have struck Frar.k D:n-widdie with his car and to have injured him severely. Fugitive, Tired of Dodginjr, Surrenders By Associated Press XENIA. O Walking into the all look one ts a ON' THE COURT, before the game starts, they all look alike. But in action one basketball plavcr stands out as a champion high scorer in his league . . . High scores are chalked up by fine whiskies, too, and Windsor is a champion among the straight bourbons in its league! Always a consistent performer, you will find Windsor smooth, rich and full-flavored, with the sound quality that merits championship honors ... A good time to would be t'jniyht. STRAIGHT 6 Wfals NATIONAL PJSTILLF.RS FROPl'CTK CORPORATION'. NEW YORK. K. king af'er his father. Crown Prince Umbtrto. would take four years off Rossi's term. i Other beneficiaries were said to be General Luigi Capello and Gen- eral Iito .aniDoni, one oi imyi most honored World war heroes and a former Social. st deputy, Both, plotted to k.ll II Dace. 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