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Bandits Wound Nekoma Man
Jap Army Launches Drive Toward Chinchow
* i t
Lin Sen, Aged Political Chief,
Takes Over Reins of Nan
king Government
Chhiese Armored Train Report
ed Defending Railroad
Station at Tawa
A strong Japanese force moved up
from Yingjow along a branch of the
Peiping-Mukden railway toward Kow
pangtze Monday to capture the town
of Tawa after blasting a Chinese
armored train out of the way with
bombs from the air.
There was a skirmish at Sanchi
atze and another at Tsalpaochln be
fore the main body got through to
Tawa. where planes had preceded It.
Officially the movement westward
from Yingkow was kept secret. But
there was a possibility it might de
velop into the long expected drive
against Chinchow itself.
Meanwhile, at Nanking the 67-year
old Lin Sen was elected chairman of
a new national government, composed
of other nationalist veterans.
Fresh troops with new goatskin
lackets and steel helmets covered with
white cloth as a camouflage against
the snow arrived at Mukden. It w#4
expected a military movement would
start from there in conjunction with
the operations between Tienchuangtai
and Kowpangtze. Operations against
Chinese irregulars continued on
snow-covered battlefields where the
temperature was 20 below zero (cen
Tokyo, Dec. 28.—i/P)—Chinese ir
regular forces near Changchiatun,
Manchuria, a few miles northwest or
Tienchuangtai, were reported fleeing
Monday after heavy fighting in an
encounter with General Amani’s Jap
anese brigade which was aided in the
attack by a squadron of light bomb
ing planes .
The Japanese brigade, dispatches to
the Rengo News Agency said, advanc
ed in three columns, driving every
thing before it.
The Japanese encountered another
group of irregulars at noon near San
chiatzu and Matao, the dispatches
said, and the Chinese were driven
back, leaving many dead behind as
they withdrew'.
The gunfire could be heard at
Tienchuangtai. five miles away, the
reports said. The temperature was 20
below zero (centigrade).
Tienchuangtai is a few miles west
of Yingkow. on the Yingkow branch
of the Peiping-Mukden railway.
Don’t Want Territory
“Japan wouldn’t accept Manchuria,
even as a gift,” Premier Tsuyoshl
Inukai said Monday in an interview
that followed complaints of American
business interests Japan is putting
foreigners at a disadvantage in the
United States Ambassador W. Cam
eron Forbes on Dec. 24 presented com
plaints of American interests and also
is understood to have expressed Wash
ington’s concern regarding the open
door policy.
Japan does not want the territory,
the premier said, because of the enor
mous expenditure necessary to defend
its extensive frontiers. “Our only in
terest in Manchuria." he said, “is to
protect the empire’s treaty rights.”
Regarding the future of the open
door, he said: “As the Manchurian
population increales the enforcement
of such principles becomes all the
more necessary.” Japan, he added,
welcomes foreign investments for the
purpose of developing the country and
lias no intention of making Manchur
ia an economic or political protector
Favors Equal Opportunity
The premier informed Ambassador
Forbes Japan favors equal opportun
ity for all and hopes even greater op
portunities will be presented for for
eign business investments as soon as
the present situation is cleared up.
Her plan, he said, is to amplify the
open door rather than abridge it.
Another mixed brigade was ordered
to Manchuria Sunday by the govern
ment. A note, answering recent com
munications from the United States,
Great Britain and France, said the
(Continued on page Seven)
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| New Missing Link j
‘ Found by Scientist j
New Orleans, Pec. 28.—(ff) —
Discovery of a true missing link,
an animal with the “foundations
of the human face,” was de
scribed to American Association
for the Advancement of Science
Monday by Professor William
Patten of Dartmouth college.
The link is a tiny, five-inch
long skeleton, found in rocks of
the Baltic Bea. It is between
500,000.000 and 1,000,000.000 years
old and has the typical markings
of a certain early prenatal devel
opment of a human being.
It is an ostracoderm. an extinct,
ten-pin shaped, fish-like creature,
descendant of giant spiders, the
sea scorpions, which Professor
Patten said “something like a
thousand millions years ago were
the highest mammals in exist
North Dakota's
Oldest Newspaper
(By The Associated Press)
Associated Press Photo
Mary Emma Woolley, president of Mt. Holyoke college, was named as a delegate to represent'the United States at the Geneva arms
conference. Never before has any woman served as a delegate to such an Important international conference. Other members of the American
delegation (left to right): Ambassador Charles G. Dawes, head of tho group; Senator Claude A. Swanson of Virginia and Ambassador Hugh
Gibson. - - -a
British and French Leaders
Would Discuss Joint Re
parations Action
London, Dec. 28.— {JT, —A meeting
between Prime Minister MacDonald
and Premier Laval of France similar
to that between M. Laval and Presi
dent Hoover seemed a possibility
Monday as a result of a letter from
the prime minister to the premier in
connection with the reparations is
It was a private letter, written
about two weeks ago and although it
did not explicitly suggest a meeting
it was phrased in such a manner tha-,
a meeting easily might result if both
parties desired it.
Laval has not yet replied, so far
as could be learned. It was under
stood Macdonald did not confine
himself to the reparations problem
as such but also touched upon broader
phases of the economic situation.
Meantime it appeared that the ten
tative date for the international re
parations conference had been ad
vanced to Jan. 15 from Jan. 18 and
that the Hague is still the most like
ly place for the meeting.
Paris, Dec. 28.— UP)— Reports that
Prime Minister Ramsay Macdonald
had invited Premier Laval to Lon
don for a conference regarding re
parations brought a guarded denial
from the premier Monday.
The usually well-informed news
paper Excelsior said it is not impos
sible the British and French govern
ments may approach Washington
jointly on the subject of revision of
war debts and reparations.
The newspaper’s observation fol
lowed the semi-official announce
ment Sunday night that Prime Min
ister Ramsay Macdonald of Great
Britain has invited Premier Laval to
discuss French and British repara
tions policies with him before the
larger conference of nations meets.
The object of this conferenc*. po
litical observers heard, would be a
coordination of the policies of the
two powers.
In its comment. Excelsior said that
in view of the findings of the Young
plan advisory committee at Basel last
week the American government
“while taking fully into account the
opposition of congress, will have to
envisage, with European governments,
solutions tending to relieve Europe's
Pertinax. the well-known writer of
the Echo de Paris, said the invita
tion to Laval from Macdonald came
in a private letter. He said LaVai
no doubt would accept.
Floods Threatening
Towns in California
San Francisco, Dec. 28.— {IP)— Fed
by one of the heaviest rainfalls on
record, virtually every stream in
northern California was rising Mon
Many overflowed yesterday, includ
ing the Sacramento river, which
poured water toward Chico, Calif.,
and inundated lands near Colusa.
Rain fell steadily Saturday night
and Sunday, reaching a high at Ken
nett, Shasta county, of 9.88 inches in
24 hours.
A snowslide near Cisco last night
blocked the Southern Pacific main
line east. Some 40 homes in Oakland
were marooned by water and several
summer cottages in Humboldt county
were swept away by flood waters.
t Says Trip to Paris j
Will Cost $4 Soon ,
0 — ❖
New York, Dec. 28-— UP) —Even
the office boy can afford a vaca
tion in Paris before long. It cost
Clarence Chamberlin, burning
furnace oil in his Diesel powered
plane, just $4 here from Detroit.
He said six passengers could have
made it for 65 cents apiece and
that Paris would be a $4 trip in
the near future.
Chicago Policeman Slain;
Six Young Folks Are Held
One of Croup Is Girl From Well
to Do Family With Good
Chicago, Dec. 28. (AP) —Two
girls and four youths were held
Monday in connection with the slay
ing of Policeman James J. Caplis
during the holdup of the Beach View
Three others, police said, were
Frank Freeman, 25, accused by
the police of being the leader, first
said one of the girls fired the bullet
which killed Caplis, but the girl,
Marcella Royce, 17, member of a
well-to-do family and, graduate of
a girls’ academy, denied this. She
said she and the other girl, Dorothy
Evans, 16, a divorcee, acted only as
decoys and were in the cloakroom at
the time.
When police gave this information
to Freeman, he shifted the blame to
one of the three uncaptured suspects.
Those held beside the two girls
and Freeman are Jack Burlison, 20,
formerly of Vassar, Mich.; Nicholas
Bruning, 21, and Tony Pape, 18.
Assistant State’s Attorney Harry
S. Ditchburne said he would attempt
to send the youths to the electric
chair. The two girls, he said, would
probably be charged as technical ac
Numerous Traffic Mishaps Oc
cur Over Holiday Week-End;
One in North Dakota
St. Paul. Dec. 28.— </P) —Fatalities
from traffic accidents during the
holiday period in the northwest
mounted to 18 as eight additional
, deaths were reported over the week
I The week-end deaths include:
j Miss ELsie Rubin, 25. Faribault,
killed near Austin while returning
home from a holiday trip to Illinois,
i Hugh Anderson, 40, killed by car
I while walking along highway one-half
mile north of Bottineau, N. D.
I George Gerry, 35, Nemo, S. D., killed
when truck skidded 12 miles from
Lead, S. D.. and overturned.
< Ronald Mason, 21, killed in truck
, auto crash near Creston, lowa.
Arthur Hill. Sutherland, lowa, in
jured when his car struck & bridge
railing near James. lowa.
David Lasky, Minneapolis, brother
of Art Lasky, boxer, killed when car
went into ditch near Garrison, Minn
' Shirley Luck, 3, Minneapolis, in
jured when a car was crushed be
} tween two street cars.
• Gustave A. Horton, 60. St. Paul,
'struck by a car while crossing a street.
• George A. Cooper killed when auto
mobile plunged into a ditch east of
Huron, S. D.
Christopher Lloyd Pierce, 24, Onida,
S. D-, fatally hurt in what was be
lieved a fall from a train near Red
Wing, Minn. 1
Panama Will Levy
! Protective Tariff
i Panama City, Dec. 28.— UP) —A new
protective tariff schedule, carrying
heavy duties against importations of
agricultural and other products, in
cluding a tax of SSO a head and 15
per cent ad valorem against beef cat
tle, is slated to become effective
April 1.
The decree states that the measure
is intended to “decrease as far as
possible the harmful effects of the
economic crisis,” and adds that “it is
necessary to issue measures tending
to develop national industries, while
preventing the emigration of capital”
and to provide work for large num
bers of unemployed.
St. Paul. Dec. 28.—f/P)—Arthur M.
Hyde, secretary of agriculture, will
speak at the 32nd annual Farmers’
and Homemakers' short course Jan.
18 to 23 at University Farm.
12 Are Injured in Clash At Pier
as Crowd Gathers to Wel
come Mahatma
Bombay, Dec. 28. — {IP)— Blood ran
as Mahatma Gandhi arrived in In
dia Monday after his four-month’s
absence at the round table conference
in London.
Twelve persons were injured ht- a
clash which took place at the pier
where a huge crowd awaited his land
ing from the S. S. Pilsna. About
1,000 “untouchables.” carrying black
flags, had gathered for an anti-
Gandhi demonstration and they tried
to rush the pier.
Delegations of the national congress
caught the rush of the mob. Police,
with the assistance of the congress
adherents, finally dispersed the
The Mahatma also heard news of
serious riots in other parts of India,
which have taken 12 lives in the last
12 days. At Lahore four Hindus and
four Moslems were injured Monday.
The city was alarmed and a curfew
order was issued.
Eleven persons were reported killed
at Peshawar where troops fired on a
group of anti-British “red shirts.'
A general strike and the closing of
shops was proclaimed here Monday
in protests against the arrest of
Jawahrlal Nehru, president of the
All-India congress.
Wife Greets Him
Among the first to greet the Mahat
ma at the pier was his 60-year-old
wife. Some groups of women ad
mirers placed garlands of flowers
around his neck. Gandhi gathered
his spinning wheels, his bed, his pots,
pans and loincloths and walked down
the gang plank amid a wave of
salaams and a thunder of “Long live
Mahatma Gandhi, our king.”
British police and customs officers
frowned doubtfully. . .
Gandhi, in his first speech after re
turning home, told a crowd of 50.000
white-capped Nationalists he would
not flinch from sacrificing the lives’
of a million people as the price of
India's liberty.
In the last fight members of the
Nationalist congress had to face
lathis (staves) he said, but the next
time they may have to face bullets.
Wants No ‘Fiery Ordeal*
“If the fight is inevitable I will
expect every son and daughter of
Mother India to contribute his mite, ’
he said. “However, I will not aban
don attempts to save the nation from
a fiery ordeal. If. on the other hand,
there Is no single ray of hope. I shall
not hesitate to call upon you to bear
any amount of suffering.”
It seemed clear Gandhi was strug
gling with his conscience to find an
escape from the revival of the fight
against Great Britain. His speech
was punctured wifh “ifs” and othir
qualifying phrases.
“If the fight is inevitable I invite
you to be ready for it,” he said re
peatedly and then added “but I will
go to any extreme to avoid the strug
He said British officials were
honest in their conviction that India
was unfit for self government but T
am all the more convinced our sin
cerity in the cause of liberty will melt
even the stoniest hearts.”
Daugherty to Tell
New Harding Story
Columbus, 0., Dec. 28.— UP)— Harry
M. Daugherty, former attorney gener
al in the cabinet of Warren G. Hard
ing. will break a silence of eight years
to tell his story of what went on be
hind the scenes in the Harding ad
In a book, “the inside story of the
Harding tragedy,” the life-long friend
of the former president will give his
version of the “Ohio gang” and “draw
the veil from the so-called mystery”
of Harding's death.
Has Lead of 17,090 Points With
Big Bridge Battle Half
New York, Dec. 28.— {IP)— Ely Cul
bertson will resume playing with Mrs. \
Culbertson Monday night, confident j
that he virtually has w r on his 150-rub
ber match of contract bridge with
Sidney S. Lcnz and Oswald Jacoby in
a test of rival bidding systems.
With 55 rubbers left to be played,
Culbertson, with three different part
ners, has acquired a lead of 17,090
The mathematics of the situation
give Lcnz and Jacoby a bare chance-
It happens the lead of Culbertson's
side has been accumulated in 55 rub
bers w'hich is the number yet to be
played. The average gain for him in
those rubbers has been 311. The same
average gain for Lenz and Jacoby
w'ould leave time to square the match.
But the high-water mark for Lenz
and Jacoby was 6,800 points plus after
25 rubbers had been played. That was
an average gain of 272 points a rub
ber. The same average for the rest of
the match would still leave Culbertson
with a comfortable lead.
Continuation of things the way
they have been going since Culbertson
went into the lead after 40 rubbers
would make him a winner by more
than 30,000 points.
Lenz and Jacoby have complained
of inferior cards since Culbertson be
gan to gain. The records of aces and
kings shows no great disparity. In
fact Lenz and Jacoby have held 1,057
aces to 1,035 for Culbertson’s side. The
kings compared 1.068 to 1,024, with
Culbertson’s side holding the great
er number.
Theodore A. Lightncr, the partner
responsible for most of Culbertson’s
lead, leaves the match Monday night.
Mrs. Culbertson, who by the contract
for the match must take part in at
least 75 rubbers, has 27 left in which
to play. When she completes her quo
ta Culbertson plans to have Howard
Shenken opposite him- He has ar
ranged for Mrs. John S. Warner, the
former Emily Smith, daughter of Al
fred E. Smith, to be his partner for
one session.
Lenz can change partners, now that
Jacoby has played at least half the
match,* but he has given no indica
tion of doing so.
There will * be sessions Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday nights and
Saturday afternoon.
The 95 rubbers played stand 54 for
Culbertson's side and 41 for Lenz and
Jacoby. Of nine played at the last
session Saturday afternoon Culbert
son and Lightner won six and increas
ed their plus 2,565 points.
La Follette Charges
Charity Breakdown
Washington, Dec. 28.— UP. » —Senator
Robert La Follette of Wisconsin
Monday called welfare workers before
his committee in an effort to prove
private charity and local govern
ments are not meeting relief needs.
His idea, as embodied in bills by
himself and Senator Costigan, Demo
crat, Colorado. Is the government
should contribute $250,000,000 to help
the unemployed through state gov
In President Hoover’s eyes a direct
appropriation from the treasury for
such a purpose would be a “dole” and
he is uncompromisingly against it.
Regardless, the Republican Inde
pendent who heads the manufactur
ers committee thinks the testimony
will show government help, is im
perative to prevent suffering this
Altoona, Pa., Dec. 28. —(A*) —A fire
that gained headway while a watch
man lay unconscious Bunday destroy
ed several units of the Pennsylvania
railroad shops here. The loss was es
timated at appoximately $1,500,000 by
Insurance officials. None was injur
Two Identified as
Wilton Holdup Men
Body Is Found Along Highway;
Believe Mishap Occurred
Saturday Night
Bottineau, N. D., Dec. 28.—(A*) —
Killed, it is believed, by being struck
by a car or truck as he walked along
the highway, the body of Hugh
“Scotty” Anderson, about 40, was
found in a ditch one-half mile north
of Bottineau early Sunday.
Injuries to Anderson's head are be
lieved to have been the cause of
Discovery of the body was made by
M. Kirkeby, w'ho reported to Sheriff
William Thatcher.
The sheriff said Anderson appar
ently had been dead for several hours,
indicating that he had been struck
sometime Saturday evening.
The sheriff said no clues could be
found to indicate foul play.
Authorities so far have been unable
to gain a trace of the hit-and-run
Anderson w r as a native of Scotland
and after the World war, in which he
served, he came to the United States.
It is believed that all of his relatives
reside in Scotland.
Was a Champion Golfer as Well
as One of Nation’s Finan
cial Leaders
Evanston, 111., Dec. 28. —(^P)—David
R. Forgan, 69. Chicago banker and
author on financial subjects, died at
his home Saturday after a brief ill
When lie W’as only 15 years old,
Young Forgan, with several other
boys, applied for a job as messenger
at the Clydesdale Bank in his na
tive St. Andrews. Scotland. His
Sunday School teacher was an of
ficial of the bank and Young Forgan
got the Job.
After three year* as bank mes
senger at the Clydesdale bank. For
gan struck out for himself and went
to Halifax, N. 8., where he obtained
a position with the Bank of Nova
Scotia. In a short time he was placed
in charge of the bank’s business at
Winnipeg and later was made branch
manager at Fredericton, New Bruns
Forgan made his first connection
with banking in the United States in
1888, when he became assistant cash
ier of the American Exchange bank
at Duluth, Minn. Two years later
he went to the Northwestern Na
tional bank of Minneapolis as cash
ier and then was promoted to vice
The larger Chicago field called him
in 1896 to a similar position with the
Union National bank, of which he
became president in 1898. Two years
later that institution was merged with
the First National bank, with his
brother, James B. Forgan as presi
After helping organize the National
City bank of Chicago in 1907, Porgan
became its president and continued
in that capacity until 1925, when the
National City bank was merged with
the National Bank of the Republic.
Fbrgan became vice chairman. In the
meantime he had become recognized
as an authoritative writer and speaker
on financial problems and his advice
was frequently sought by bankers,
legislatures and politicians from all
parts of the country.
Forgan was bom at St. Andrews,
Scotland, April 16, 1862, the son of
Robert and Elizabeth Forgan. At that
famous golf center his father found
ed the firm of Robert Forgan and
Son, Ltd., to manufacture golf balls
and clubs. David continued to take
his golf seriously while rising in the
banking world and in 1900 won the
first annual Western amateur cham
pionship tournament at Chicago
from a field that Included many stars.
He also won many other trophies,
including at various times the cham
pionship of the Onwentsia and the
old Elm Country club.
In June. 1885, Forgan married Miss
Agnes Kerr of Winnipeg. They had
five children. He was a close per
sonal friend of William Howard Taft,
chief justice and former president of
the United States, and General
Charle* D. Dawes, near whom he
lived at Evanston, north shore suburb
of Chicago.
Chicago, Dec. 28.—(A*)—George A.
Semmlow. chief clerk in the adver
tising department of the Milwaukee
road, has been appointed advertising
agent succeeding the late A. L. Eide
miller, who died Dec. 16. Ray W.
Myles, passenger agent at Gallatin
Gateway, M&nt., for the last five
years, becomes chief clerk in succes
sion to Semmlow.
Pair Arrested in South Dakota
Recognized by Employes
of Bank
Robbery in Sheridan County
Mentioned in Connection
With Investigation
Washburn, N. D., Dec. 28.— (IP) —
Identified by employes of the First
National Bank of Wilton as the men
who robbed the bank Dec. 8, two men
held here were questioned further by
McLean county authorities Monday
with a view of determining whether
they should be charged with bank
A new investigation also has been
launched into the robbery pf the
Farmers and Merchants bank of
Hurdsfield. Gates, and three other
men were charged with the robbery
of the bank, but were released, fol
lowing the dismissal of the case
against two of the men at a pre
liminary hearing at Fessenden a year
To Seek Gates* Release
William Langer, Bismarck attor
ney, counsel for Gates, left for Lin
ton Monday to confer with his client.
Langer said he would seek the release
of Gates on the charge of obtaining
money under false pretenses. He said
if any effort is made to connect Gates
with the Wilton robbery, he would
produce evidence to show Gates was
elsewhere at the time.
The arrest of Gates and his two
companions came after they had
stopped at Linton and cashed travel
ers’ checks which are alleged to be
bogus. The two men were said by
Emmons county officials at Linton to
have admitted cashing the checks.
Gates denies that he had any knowl
edge the checks were worthless when
he vouched that they were good. He
claims to have vouched for the checks
in the belief they were valid.
McLean county officiate are In
vestigating to determine whether the
checks were stolen from the Wilton
States Attorney G. A. Lindell and
Sheriff A. J. Loudenbeck left Monday
for an unannounced destination, but
indicated that on their return they
would be prepared to announce the
outcome of the investigation, which
has been carried on for the last week
with great secrecy.
The suspects, Walter Underwood
and Leslie J. Swift, both from South
Dakota, were said by authorities to be
convicts. John Gates, former sheriff
of Sioux county, is in jail at Linton
where he also was questioned regard
ing the holdup.
The three men are charged with ob
taining money under false pretenses,
as a result of cashing travelers' checks
at Linton recently. While Gates is
held at Linton, his two companions
were turned over to McLean county
authorities for questioning in connec
tion with the bank robbery, and were
brought to Washburn.
A. M. Dahl, cashier of the Wilton
bank and Miss O. Christianson, ste
nographer, were bank employes who
identified the men. Both deny the
accusation while Gates plans to prove
an alibi that he could not have been
in the Wilton vicinity, should efforts
be made to implicate him.
Three men robbed the Wilton bank
and escaped with SSOO.
Sentenced in 1922
Authorities said Underwood was
sentenced to the state penitentiary
from Grand Forks county for grand
larceny May 13, 1922, for two years.
He was released July 2, 1923. His
prison record shows he was sentenced
from Minneapolis November 7, 1925,
to a five-year term in the Stillwater,
Minn., prison for swindling. Last
September he was held for investiga
tion by Sioux City, lowa, police and
subsequently released. He resides
near Lemmon, S. D. Swift, said to oe
from Mitchell, S. D., serv’d a five
year term in the lowa penitentiary,
Emmons county officials said.
The men were arrested at Huron, S.
D., and were brought to Linton when
they waived extradition earlier this
week. Gates was taken into custody
at Fort Yates, where he resides. He
was bound over to district court on
the check charge, while the other two
are to be arraigned later.
Former Local Woman
Dies at Minnewaukan
Minnewaukan, N. D., Dec. 28. —f>P) —
Mrs. L. L. Butterwick, 47, Benson
county resident, died at her home
here Saturday following an illness of
two years.
Bhe was a member of the local
chapter, O. E. S., had been a past
matron and past district deputy of
that organization, and past president
of the Degree of Honor here. She
also had been village clerk and had
worked with her husband in his law
Mrs. Butterwick was born in Mel
ville, N. D., in 1884. After her mar
riage in Washington in 1912, she had
lived here continuously with exception
of a two-year period at Bismarck
while her husband was employed in
the states attorney general’s office.
Surviving is the husband, a daugh
ter Dorothy, 17, a son Douglas, eight
and five brothers, among them Ernest
Dodds of New Rockford.
Funeral services will be held in the
Presbyterian church here this after
noon. The local O. E. S. will be in
The Weather
Cloudy tonight and Tuesday;
somewhat colder Tuesday.
Speed Away in Large Black Se
dan and Escape From
Pursuing Policemen
Band Thought to Be Same
Group Which Held Up Lar
imore Filling Station
Grand Forks, N. D., Dec. 28.—(TP)—
Three youthful bandits Sunday night
shot and seriously wounded the pro
prietor of a hardware store at Ne
koma, N. D., 75 miles northwest of
here, while attempting to rob the
place. They sped away In a large
black sedan and escaped from pur
suing Grand Forks officers south of
Believed to be members of a group
of six young men who took gasoline
at Brockett and later at Larimore
the trio entered the Nekoma store
at about 6 p. m. Sunday and follow
ing an altercation shot Oscar Wild,
proprietor of the store, and fled
without obtaining any loot, according
to the state's office at
Wild was struck by a bullet that
entered just below his heart and is
reported to be in a serious condition.
The bandits drove south on high
way No. 1 to Brockett, where they
were reported to have bought and
paid for gasoline. At Larimore the
robbers obtained seven gallons of
gasoline and left without paying for
it, police here were informed.
Word of the robbery reached here
from Larimore about 9:30 p. m. and
two police officers, riding in a car
with Sheriff Ed Hough of Grand
Porks county, were waiting for a third
policeman when the bandit car sped
past them. The officers started an
immediate pursuit and were follow
ing the fleeing car closely when a
chain on the Sheriff’s car broke and
wrapped around the back wheel.
While unwrapping the chain, the
bandit car was lost to sight of the
officers on U. S. highway 81, Just
north of Thompson.
The officers telephoned Hillsboro
and the car was reported passing
through that town a short time later.
It was then reported to have been
seen by a Fargo traffic officer. Prom
that point all trace of the robbers
was reported lost.
Six men held up Melvin Peterson,
employee of Clifford Olson’s service
station at Larimore after stopping
for gasoline. The thieves took $5
from Peterson, (15 from the cash reg
ister of the station, a rifle, a shot
gun and some ammunition. Then
they drove away without paying for
the gasoline.
Police expressed belief they were
the Nekoma bandits.
Small Girls Bum to Death,
Mother Seriously Inj’ured
in Ohio Tragedy
Youngstown, 0., Dec. 28.—(A 3 )—
Sprayed with flaming gasoline three
small girls were burned to death and
their mother was seriously injured.
Mrs. Harry Brightball of near
North Lima, 13 miles south of here,
was pumping air into the tank of a
gasoline heater early Sunday when
the stove exploded. Her children,
Eleanora, 7, Mildred, 5, and Elizabeth,
2!6, were fatally burned as the room
became a mass of flames.
Montana Educators
Meeting: at Butte
Butte, Mont., Dec. 28.—(AV--Mon
tana's educational problems came up
for scrutiny Monday as the Montana
society for the study of education be
gan its sessions.
Assistance to college students was
discussed as to freshmen by E. A. At
kinson of Missoula and as to general
vocational guidance and student ad
justments by W. R. Ames, also of the
State university.
C. G. Manning, head of the Lewis
ton schools, w r as to present sugges
tions for improving the efficiency of
high school instruction and G. E. Kid
der of Glendive, a study of methods
for financial education, with recom
mendations for Montana.
Fog: Halts Search
For Missing: Flier
Marlinton, W. Va., Dec. 28.—(A*) —
Fog and low-hanging clouds Monday
forced temporary suspension of an
aerial search over the Blue Rids*
mountains for a missing army n:rr.
Six army planes from Selfridge
Field, Mich., were unable to take off
from their base at Hot Springs, Va.
to aid in the search for Lieutenant E.
H. Bobbitt, Jr., 24. Weather condi
tions also prevented J. M. Gaston of
the White Sulphur Springs airport
from continuing his search by air.
Bobbitt left Selfridge Field, Mich.,
Christmas Eve to spend the holidays
with his parents at Hot Springs. He
refueled at Uniontown, Pa., and went

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