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Marks Set in Past Years
Are Exceeded in 1932
Christmas Made Day of
Happiness for Throng
of Needy.
The Locomotive Engineer leans
out of his ca'o and smiles with the
miles today.
Every whip of the wind is a soft
curl of hair kissing him reverently.
Each waving hand along the
right-of-way is the confiding fingers
of a little girl who hung to his coat
pocket when he dressed her, as 435
other children were dressed with
warm garb in the 1933 Clothe a
Child campaign of The Indianapolis
The Lady Bowler feels the trust
ing. grubby hand of the boy she
clothed as she swings her ball for
a ten-strike. She smiles, too.
Records Are Broken
And all the town is Heart Town
today, for the Clothe a Child cam
paign broke all records for dressing
children of the city’s unemployed.
Telephone operators, clerks, doc
tors, lawyers, business men, insur
ance companies, fraternities, sorori
ties, stenographers, all men and
women with hearts even on
slashed salaries—let a little child
lead them, as did the girl of the
Engineer and the girl of the Lady
Bowler, to the campaign’s new rec
ord in one of the toughest years of
the depression.
It is estimated that 8,000 persons,
Including dancers of the city w'ho
attended the Indiana Roofs Clothe
a Child dance, went down into the
homes where rags WERE worn and
ARE hot now, to make a boy or
girl happy on Christmas day.
Approximately $4,350 was expend
ed in clothing the 436 children.
Receipted in Ful!
But the money cost, the time
spent outfitting them, taking them
from every sector of the city in cars
to stores and returning them to
homes, has been paid in full.
The Locomotive Engineer, the
Lady Bowler, the Telephone Opera
tor, will tell you that “PAID” was
stamped as the new clothing
straightened shoulders stooped from
hopelessness and poverty.
They'll tell you of wondrous-eyed
girls who gazed at the pile of pov
erty’s garb at their feet, looked at
their new coats, smoothed their
dresses, stiff in newness, and ex
claimed, “Gee, I never had every
thing new all at one time before.”
Classrooms of the city schools
after the New Year will take on a
sprightly air wherever a Clothe a
Child boy or girl studies his lessons.
Milk for Year
And there’s one Clothe a Child
boy who will drink milk throughout
the year for his undernorished body,
because a Doctor donor of Clothe a
Child went into his home.
And there’s another lad who
weekly will receive $2 from the
anonymous donor who dressed him.
Telephone operators of the
Lincoln office led the Clothe a Child
list by clothing twenty children.
City bowling leagues, the majority
from Pritchett alleys, clothed twen
ty-one children. The Indiana
Roof’s dance gave 1,800 persons an
opportunity to dress forty-five chil
dren. Mastny & Cos., commission
merchants, with eight children, the
Paint, Oil and Varnish club, and
the American Business Club with
five children each were other high
Thanks for All
The Indianapolis Times wishes it
could thank each individual donor,
and each group of donors, person
allv. for making the 1932 Clothe a
Child campaign the most successful
since the drive's inception.
Community Raid relief agencies,
the social service department of the
school board, too. deserve our
-thanks" for aid in finding the
city's worthy, needy children.
But the bill is paid in full. You've
your receipt and all is well in
Heart Town, for today the wind
carries a soft curl's kiss to a Loco
motive Engineer and the feel of a
grubby hand to a Lady Bowler.
Last List of Donors
So "Merry Christmas" and Happy
New Year.
Late donors to the campaign,
bringing the total to 436 children
clothed on Christmas day. follow:
Clothr a Child danrr. Indiana Roof ball
room (carrd for forty children and took
live more).
American Business Club (eared for four
children and took a fifth child).
She Took a Veteran's Boy (carrd for one
child and took two more).*
Sigma Delta Kappa fraternity (eared for
one child and took another).
Employes of Grain Dealer* Mutual In
surance Agency (two children).
No Name.
Two Sisters, Who Took Sisters (two
Employes of East End Dairies. 57* North
Mrs. W. A. Burney.
Rural Route Ladv Santa (three chil
Employes of Wadley Company (two chil
A Locomotive Engineer.
Better Late Than Never (two boys).
The Man Who Was Santa (girl and boy).
A Pal of Boys.
Market of Trajan Visited by II
Duce on Holiday.
By United Press
ROME, Dec. 26.—Premier Benito
Mussolini spent Christmas with his
wife and four children at his pri
vate residence at Villa Torlonia. The
premier and his family made a mo
tor trip to the market of Trajan.
The Indianapolis Times
, |
Honeymooning with Lee Flood
of Ponca City, Okla., is Virginia
Miller, above, daughter of Col.
Zack T. Miller of the famous 101
Ranch. The wedding was the
first ever held in “The White
House,” Colonel Miller’s home on
the Oklahoma ranch, from which
his wild west show went forth
for many years to tour the
Funeral Rites Held for
Henry Lane Wilson,
Tributes to the memory of Henry
Lane Wilson, former minister to
Belgium and Chile and ambassador
to Mexico, who died Thursday at
his home, 1501 East Maple road,
continued to be received by mem
bers of the family Christmas day
and today.
Funeral services were to be held
at 10:30 this morning at Flanner &
Buchanan mortuary.
Included in the messages of con
dolence was one forwarded to the
family by Warden M. Wilson, a son,
who is attached to the American
legation in Caracas, Venezuela, from
Henry L # Stimson, secretary of state.
Senator James E. Watson and
Represenative Louis Ludlow sent
messages of sympathy from Wash
ington. Other messages were re
ceived from Mark H. Reasoner,
president of the Indiana Society of
the American Revolution, and from
Dr. Fletcher Hodges, secretary
treasurer of the Society of Colonial
Sisters Born on Yule Day;
Dislike Modern Girl.
By United Press
PITTSBURG, Kan.. Dec. 26.—Mrs.
Mary Jane Rector and Mrs. Nancy
Jane Taylor, believed the oldest
twins in the United States, today
began their ninety-second year of
They were born on Christmas day,
1841, at Champaign, 111., and were
married in a double ceremony
twenty years later. Both keep house
despite their years, and neither ap
proves the girls of today.
“I don’t smoke and I think it’s a
sin for girls to do it.” said Mrs. Rec
tor. "We don’t believe in these
picture shows, either.”
“The flimsy dresses girls wear
nowadays just show their naked
ness,” added Mrs. Taylor. “They
dress like Eve in the Garden.”
The twins rise at 6 a. m. daily and
retire at 9 p. m.
Socialist Leader’s Relatives at Bed
side on Christmas Day.
Pow'ers Hapgood. state and na
tional Socialist party leader, is on
the road to recovery in St. Vincent’s
hospital from effects of a bullet
wound in the abdomen, inflicted ac
cidentally nine days ago by a friend
during target practice at Hapgood s
home near Southport.
Hapgood’s wife, Mrs. Mary Dono
van Hapgood. and members of the
immediate family, spent Christmas
day with him. Visitors, however,
were excluded.
A Danger Spot
The Philippines are on the
way out—sooner of later, but
Some—like Winston Chur
chill—claim hauling down our
flag will plunge the Pacific into
another war. They say it will
upset the balance of power in
the far east. They assert we
have no right to pull up stakes.
Others predict Japan will
gobble up the islands as soon
as we leave; that we will "lose
face’’ in the Orient: that we
will cripple our navy by de
priving it of a base in the west
ern Pacific; that it, will deal
a blow at our own foreign
commerce, etc.
Be that as it may, the prob
lem of the Philippines is of
interest to every American citi
Accordingly, The Times today
starts a brief series on the
subject, dealing with what is
behind the news now coming
from Washington, Manila and
elsewhere abroad. It is writ
ten by William Philip Simms.
Scripps-Howard foreign editor,
an authority on far eastern
affairs. The first article is on
Page One, Section Two.
Calls Judiciary Committee
Today to Consider
House Bill.
Senators Are Convinced
That Hoover Veto of
Bill ,1s Likely.
United Press Staff Correspondent
WASHINGTON, Dec. 26.—Chair
man George W. Norris of the sen
ate judiciary committee summoned
senators to interrupt their holiday
today to consider the house 3.2 per
cent beer bill.
Norris said if no quorum could
be had for a committee meeting
today, he would summon another
meeting later in the week. The
house an|| senate end their brief
Christmas recess Tuesday.
Norris, veteran progressive Re
publican, has been a life-long dty.
He bolted President Herbert Hoover
during the campaign to support
Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt,
but accepted only half of the wet
Democratic platform.
He favors immediate modification
of the Volstead act to legalize 3.2
per cent beer, but opposes repeal
of the eighteenth amendment.
Drys Welcome Procedure
Norris complains there is no justi
fication for the Democratic plan to
refer beer to the finance committee
after the judiciary committee has
passed on its constitutionality, but
he will not attempt to upset that
Senator Hiram Bingham ''Rep.,
Conn.) was defeated last week in
an effort to obtain immediate sen
ate consideration of beer. The sen
ate refused to overturn the Demo
cratic plan to have the finance
committee pass on revenue phases
of the bill.
Drys welcome the two-committee
path by which beer must approach
the senate. There is developing an
organized filibuster of undisclosed
In a short session required to ap
prove eleven routine appropriation
bills, the filibuster field is unlimited.
A few' men could stave off beer all
winter if they W'ere determined and
possessed strong lungs.
“I w'ould prefer to have the en
tire committee consider this beer
bill rather than to refer it to a sub
committee,” Norris said today.
“I believe that procedure w'ould
expedite action on beer.”
Fear Hoover Veto
Senators acquainted with White
House sentiment are convinced that
President Hoover would veto a 3.2
per cent modification of the Vol
stead act. All agree neither lame
duck house of congress could muster
s! two-thirds vote to legalize beer
over a veto.
But after March 4. a Democratic
congress and President are pledged
to immediate beer. It is safe to
predict that steins will be legal for
the hot month beer season.
Senator Tom Connally (Dem.,
Tex.), and some others of his party
are balking at modification in ad
vance of repeal. Connally said he
believed 3.2 per cent beer would be
unconstitutional and that he would
vote against it until repeal has been
dealt with.
Flourishing Business Is Being Built
in European Cities.
BERLIN, Dec. 26. —By using air
planes to transport easily perishable
foods, interchange of these com
modities between principal cities of
Europe has grown considerably in
the past year.
Traffic in mushrooms, oysters, lob
sters, sea foods and eggs is being
carried on in this manner between
Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Prague
and London.
Nine-Year-Old Daughter of New
York Writer Pneumonia Victim.
By 1 nitrit Press
NEW YORK, Dec. 26.—Gloria
Winchell, 9-year-old daughter of
Walter Winchell. newspaper col
umnist, died of pneumonia today.
French Plane Equipped With In
terchangeable Gears.
PARIS. Dec. 26.—A new French
bombing plane has made its ap
pearance with interchangeable land
ing gear which enables the plane to
travel over land or water.
When used over water, the plane
carried a torpedo weighing 1,430
pounds, which can be released at
a height of from 50 to 70 feet. It
is manned by a pilot and bomber.
American Manufacturers are Busy
in Last Year.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 26.—Ameri
can airplane manufacturers pro
duced 1.000 heavier-than-air craft
during the first nine months of 1932,
the United States department of
commerce reports. Os this number,
410 were military airplane deliveries.
More than 100 planes were exported
to other countries by United States
* Dog and Child Exchange Bites
By United Press
SEATTLE, Dec. 26.—Two-year-old
Forest Key was angry and bit his
puppy. The puppy in turn bit the
child. Neither was injured.
Fair tonight and Tuesday; warmer Tuesday.
Coats Off
Balmy Weather Will
Last Several Days,
Is Forecast.
Hourly Temperatures
6 a. m 30 2 a. m 30
7 a. m..’... 30 9 a. m 31
10 a. m 33
HOLIDAY excursionists will be
treated to exceptionally
balmy weather for several days,
according to a forecast of the
weather bureau.
With temperatures far above
the normal, the city Christmas
day basked under sunshine and
south winds. Average mercury
reading for the day was about 20
degrees above normal, the weather
bureau said.
It was predicted fair weather
and slowly rising temperatures
w'ill continue tonight and Tuesday.
Condition in the west and far
northwest are favorable for sev
eral days, continuance of good
weather, it w-as predicted.
President Eagerly Awaits
Day of Good Sport in
Georgia Waters.
United Press Staff Correspondent
Dec. 26.—President Hoover to
day turned his attention to fish
ing, the chief purpose of his holi
day-cruise in southern waters.
After spending a quiet and rest
ful Christmas with Mrs. Hoover
and their guests, sailing leisurely
in winding streams aboard the in
spection boat Sequoia and visiting
at the estate of Howard E. Coffin of
Detroit on Sapelo island, the Presi
dent was keen to try his fishing luck
in the vicinity of Sea island.
With the waters less muddy than
a found them Saturday at Ossabaw
island, he had high hope of success
in casting for the sea trout which
lured him to the Georgia coast.
The President’s trout grounds to
day lay south of Buttermilk sound,
■where he spent the night aboard the
Sequoia, after hearing a Christmas
program of spirituals sung by a
group of fourteen Negroes.
The course carried him past Sea
island toward his next scheduled
stop at the Sea island hunting pre
serves, where ducks, deer, and other
game also were available if a change
from fishing to hunting was desired.
Mrs. Hoover spent several days there
last February.
The party plans, after tonight’s
stop, to head toward the sail fish
ing and barracuda grounds off
southern Florida.
Stock Is Moved to Higher
Ground as Stream Rises.,
By United Press
WABASH. Ind., Dec. 26.—Manu
facturing plants along the banks
of the Wabash river were prepared
today to move their stock to high
er ground, as the river continued
to rise, following heavy rains.
Supplies were loaded into box
cars, for removal in event the water
rises to flood stage.
’Twenty carloads of stock were
moved by the United Paperboard
Company Saturday.
Game Distributed by Italian Ruler
to Needy Families.
By United Press
ROME, Dec. 26. King Victor
Emmanuel ordered game killed at
various royal hunting lodges dis
tributed to charitable institutions.
The Italian royal family passed
Christmas at the Villa Savoia on
the outskirts of the city. The queen
distributed toys, candies and pres
ents at children’s institutions in
1932 Medical
THROUGH "lean years” and
“fa t years,” medical
science forges ahead in its un
relenting war against the dis
eases which plague mankind. It
is a w'ar in which every one has
a stake.
The year
1932 has seen
notable victo
ries scored
and n e w
drives launch
ed in this dra
matic. struggle
against sick
ness an and j
death. Years
of research
have borne
fruit in the
develop ment
of new meth
ods of fore-'
stalling and
com bating
sSr.> tvSsa
Dr. Fishbein
In six special articles. Dr.
Morris Fishbein, eminent health
authority, and writer of the
daily health articles appearing
in The Times, reviews the
achievements of medical science
in 1932 and tells of the prob
lems still defying solution.
Tuesday on the editorial page
of The Times.
City’s Citizens Open Hearts
to Care for Needy on
Wheels of the city’s commerce
were hushed today in a quiet ob
servance of Christmas that brought
with it good will and neighborly love
that comes from practical giving.
And, thousands of households are
cloaked with happiness, because j
citizens with plenty have remem
bered the less fortunate.
Thus, on this 1932 Yuletide sea- I
son, the city has fulfilled more near- j
ly than ever before the supreme
purpose of Christmas.
Baskets of food, clothing and gifts
were distributed in all quarters of
the city Saturday night and Sunday,
wherever the needy dwell.
Downtown stores remained closed
as well as the federal building, the j
statehouse, courthouse, city hall and j
banks. Mail deliveries were suspended i
although the post office is open.
Cheer In Institutions
While necessities of life were
given in abundance to fathers and
mothers, children were remembered
with toys, candy, fruits and nuts.
Festivities that began with the
Salvation Army’s party in the
rotunda of the statehouse has per
meated every section of the city.
Hope for a happy new year is
builded strongly on the assurance
that few face hunger in 1933. Food
stuffs sufficient for at least a week
are left from Christmas dinners,
even in the neediest homes.
Yuletide gaiety was not confined
to family circles, but was found in
all public institutions, hospitals,
jails, orphan asylums, the infirm
ary for the poor and homes for the
Nearly 5,0C0 persons benefited
from a Salvation Army party at
which Governor Harry G. Leslie
and Governor-Elect Paul V. Mc-
Nutt spoke.
Baskets Are Delivered
Volunteers of America delivered
200 baskets, each containing seven
days provisions, and served Christ
mas meals to homeless men at their
headquarters, 320 North Illinois
Transients also found shelter at
the Wheeler City Rescue Mission,
which took, a prominent hand in
distribution of baskets during the
Those sharing in the joy of giving
included clubs, Parent-Teacher As
sociations, welfare agencies, the
Community Fund, employes of busi
ness firms and private organizations.
One group Indianapolis women
made and distributed more than five
hundred toys. Two hundred-fifty
children shared in candy, toys and
oranges at the Highland barns of
the Indianapolis street railways, St.
Clair street and Highland avenue.
Many Christmas Weddings
Employes of the Kahn Tailoring
Company remembered the needy
with 155 baskets, and the Plum Pud
ding Club of the Chamber of Com
merce gave away eighty baskets of
Santa also worked hand in hand
with cupid, resulting in a number of
j Christmas weddings. Nineteen
| couples obtained marriage licenses
at the county clerk's office.
And, in city hospitals, where shut
ins and sick shared the yuletide
spirit, Mr. Storke spent a busy
Christmas. Ten babies were report
ed born in the city Sunday.
One of the major social events of
the holiday season will be the Scot
tish Rite dinner-dance and enter
tainment at the cathedral Monday,
Jan. 2.
4-H to Hold Party
Boys and girls of Marion county,
more than twelve hundred of them,
will gather at the Armory, 711
North Pennsylvania street, Thurs
day for the annual 4-H club party.
Parents and friends of club mem
bers have been invited to the en
tertainment to include games, con
i tests and a songfest, all depicting
the holiday spirit.
Inmates of penal institutions en
joyed special dinners, religious
services, gifts and entertainments
Sunday. Observances were held at
the Marion county jail, the Indi
ana woman’s prison and the Indi
ana girls’ school at Clermont.
Churches to Give Plays
Many churches and affiliated or
ganizations prepareed today foi
presentation of plays and Christmas
entertainments throughout the week.
Large numbers heard sermons in
churches Sunday.
"What the church and the world
need at this Christmas time is to
make room for Jesus Christ,” the
Rev. R. H. Mueller, First Evangel
ical church pastor, told his con
A pageant, “Jesus, the Light of
the World,” was witnessed by 750
members of the Christian Men
Builders’ class at the Third Chris
tian church.
In the Air
Weather condition at 9 am.:
Southeast wind. 10 miles an hour;
temperature. 31; barometric presure,
30.42 at sea level; general condition,
scattered clouds, smoky; ceiling, un
limited; visibility, 6 miles; field,
Entered ss Second-Class Matter
at I’os'.office, Indianapolis
A year ago Frank P. Parish,
above, youthful oil pipe-line pro
moter, was buying the former pres
idential yacht Mayflower and order
ing her rebuff on lavish lines. To
day he is under indictment in New
York on charges of grand larcency
of $127,000 in securities. Parish is
also under federal indictment in
Chicago on charges of using the
mails to defraud. Parish denies both
Delegate to Arms Parley
Expected to Give Views
on Foreign Policy.
By United Press
HYDE PARK, Dec. 26.—President-
Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt was to
cut short a Christmas vacation to
confer today with Norman H. Davis,
chief American delegate to the dis
armament conference at Geneva,
and a member of the organizing
committee for the w'orld economic
Davis, a close friend of Mr.
Roosevelt, was to meet him at the
executive mansion at Albany. He
returned from Europe last week,
going directly to Washington, where
-, e exchanged views with President
Herbert Hoover and state secretary
Henry L, Stimson.
While some friends of the
Governor believed the meeting be
tween the two men this afternoon
would provide for a broad discussion
of the new administration’s general
foreign policy, there were others in
sistent it would be concerned chiefly
W'ffh the disarmament question and
its relation to European war debts.
Mr. Roosevelt has no fault to find
in the manner in which the Hoover
administration has been waging its
fight for a reduction in armaments.
The Governor was said to be im
pressed by the* Hoover policy of
strong defense instead of strong of
fense for nations of the world.
Bolivians and Paraguayans
in 24-Hour Armistice.
By United, Pres*
LA PAZ, Bolivia, Dec. 26.—Bo
livian and Paraguyan armies that
have been fighting in the Gran
Chaco for six months observed their j
first official truce for twenty-four
hours, beginning at 10 o’clock
Christmas eve, at the request of
Pope Pius XI.
Indiana One of Eleven States With
100 Miles of W’ide Pavement
By the narrow margin of eleven
miles, Indiana has become one of
the eleven states with 100 or more
miles of wide pavement in its state
highway system, according to a sur
vey by the bureau of public roads
New York heads the list, with
1,104 miles of wide pavements, and
New Jersey, California, Illinois,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio,
Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana
following in the order named.
The Indiana system has 111 miles
of multiple road lanes.
Deposed King Spends Christmas
With Family in France.
By United Press
FONTAINBLEU, Ranee, Dec. 26.
—Former king of Spain Alfonso
and members of his family, with the
exception of Prince Juan, spent a
quiet f Christmas here. The usual
Christmas reception was not held.
Relatives and Household of Pius XI
Attend Rites.
By United Press
VATICAN CITY. Dec. 26.—Pope
Pius XI celebrated three midnight
masses Christmas eve. They were
attended by his sister Camilla, his
niece Louisa, his nephew Franco
and civil ecclesiastical members of
the household.
Rescuers Believe 24 Men May Be Safe in
South Tunnel of Illinois Pit,
Wrecked by Mine Blast.
Victims Terribly Burned; Anxious Crowds
Massed at Shaft Entrance; Labor
Strife Forgotten in Tragedy.
By United Press
MOWEAQUA, 111., Dec. 26,—Clinging doggedly to a
waning hope that some of the fifty-four workers entombed
by a blast in Moweaqua’s community coal mine still may
be alive, rescuers today redoubled their efforts to reach the
trapped men.
They believed a group of twenty-four miners in the
shaft s south tunnel, luckier than their fellow workers, may
have escaped the tons of crushed earth and the poisonous
gases which spread after the explosion- last Saturday
The bodies of twelve miners, first to be recovered from
the cave-in more than 600 feet below the surface, lay side by
side today in an undertaking parlor converted into a morgue.
The victims had been horribly burned; their limbs were
Volunteer crews led by John Milhouse, state mine direc
tor, reached the first bodies Christmas morning by cutting
down to the tunnel from a narrow shaft they had dug direct
ly above. The miners still were seated in the steel cars of
a coal train. \
Although stunned by a disaster of such magnitude in
this town of only 1,500 persons, officials laid relief plans
The local emergency committee announced it would make
a nation-wide appeal for help. Labor troubles were forgotten
in the crisis.
Rescue crews, working hour after hour without stop,
went slowly into the areaways.
Every few feet the weakened walls had to be bolstered.
Finally, they repaired the ventilating system and started
pumping fresh air into the tunnel.
New Discovery Man and His
Sister Are Victims.
By United Press
COAL BLUFF, Ind., Dec. 26.
Two persons were killed instantly
here Sunday when the automobile
in which they were riding was de
molished by a Big Four train.
The dead were Mrs. Maty E. Jud
son, 69, and her brother, William D.
Hane, 67, both of New Discovery.
Bodies of the two victims and
wreckage of their automobile were
carried more than a mile before the
train could stop.
Britain to Meet Future Unshaken,
Says Christmas Message.
By United Press
SANDRINGHAM, England, Dec.
26. —Great Britain will meet the
future “unshaken,” King George
declared in a Christmas message to
the people of the British common
wealth, sent from Sandringham
house on Christmas day.
Paris Celebrates Christmas in At
mosphere of Gloom.
By United Press
PARIS. Dec. 26.— Heavy fog and
a cold rain hindered the celebra
tion of Christmas here, although
restaurants and cases reported good
crowds through Christmas day and
Chinese Advance on Japanese in
Jehol Province.
By United Press
LONDON, Dec. 26.—Fighting was
anticipated today between Chinese
forces advancing northward in Je
hol province and Japanese troops.
The Japanese were said to be with
drawing from western Manchuria,
leaving only small garrisons.
In ton ig h t’s
Times you will
find a full page
of Christmas
Greetings from
your friends,
neighbors and ac
qu ain tances, to
you. These greet
ings are grouped
con veniently in
order, to facilitate
Outside Marion County, 3 Cents
Glen Shafter, owner of the
mine, said he believed the
blast in the south wing had
not been so severe. That was
where the twenty-four work
ers were trapped.
The men descended into the shaft
early Saturday morning for their
last day’s work before Christmas
A short while after the blast,
which no one heard, two cagemen
noticed that the draft for remov
ing the bad air had stopped. Hur
rying to the surface, they sum
moned officials. A quick check
showed that the cave-in hah
blocked all tunnels and imprisoned
the miners more than a mile from
the entrance.
Christmas Eve Tragedy
Word of the explosion spread
quickly. Rescuers and workers’
wives and children rushed to the
mine. The crews took up their
laborious task.
Christmas eve passed while the
women stood stoically about the
entrance, and the children wondered
what had become of Santa Claus.
Tom Jackson, who was to have
played their St. Nicholas in the
village square, was trapped with the
Early Chritsmas morning, the
weary crews started bringing up the
bodies of the miners. The women
followed the ambulances to the
morgue. Crowds waited outside
while the victims’ names were
Andrew Potsick and Andrew Ter
pak, high school youths who quit
school two weeks ago to start work
ing' in the mine, lay together in the
mortuary. Potsick, first to be taken
from the shaft, was identified by
his check, No. 13.
Workers’ Rift Closed
The second body was that of
David McDonald Sr., whose two old
est sons also were trapped. Their
mother is dead, but two younger
McDonald boys anxiously awaited
word of their brothers’ fate.
The other victims identified were
Michael Terpak, Andrew’s father;
John Supina and his son Andy;
Rcy Catherwood, John Savin, Sam
Segolski Jr., Charles Woodring,
Michael Fluski and David Cooley.
The rift between the United Mine
Workers of America and the Pro
gressive Miners’ group, caused by a
dispute over the wage scale, was
forgotten in the crisis.
Although many of the victims
were ‘‘progressives, ’’ the United Mine
Workers put SI,OOO into the relief
fund, saying their differences should
not interfere in this emergency.
Man Found Dead When His Wife
Returns Home.
William J. Enlowe, 32, of 552 North
Belle Vieu place, died Sunday of
acute alcoholism, according to Coro
ner William E. Arbuckle, who in
Enlowe had been working for the
township trustee, receiving baskets
to support his wife, Mrs. Minnie
Enlowe, and four children. Mrs.
Enlowe told police her husband
came home about 10 Sunday morn
ing after being away from home
Saturday night.
He lay on the floor asleep until 3,
when his wife put him to bed. Re
turning home at 5. after visiting
with neighbors, Mrs. Enlowe found
her husband dead. The body was
sent to city morgue.

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