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Harry H. Nash, who murdered Martin F. Schwab near Flag
staff in April, 1920, made an unsuccessful attempt Saturday
night to escape from the state penitentiary at Florence.
He is now confined in the penitentiary "snake pen," and it
will likely be some time before he finds the coast sufficiently clear
for another try at the outside world.
The above information came to The
Sun this week from a source of the
greatest reliability. It is true be
yond all doubt.
Nash, who at first after ho went to
the pen, was assistant painter to
W. H. Morse, sent down from Flag
staff for playing too much with too
many bad checks, was later transfer
red to the kitchen as one of the cooks.
In this job he was allowed a certain
amount of range within the prison
Saturday night, after dark, he car
ried a plank with a hook on one end
to the prison wall, raised it and hung
the hook over the top of the wall. He
let go of the plank while the bottom
end was out from the wall and it
swung against the wall, making a
slight racket.
Prison Guard FHckinger heard the
noise, saw Nash and shot at him. The
rifle bullet struck the plank. Nash was
quite willing to give up the attempt
and was placed in solitary confine
ment It is not known whether there was
anyone on the outside implicated in
the attempt to escape. Nash's effort,
in view of the fact that the supreme
court will soon pass upon his appli
cation for a new trial, filed by Attor
Saturday night's shopping crowd
lost all interest in everything else
when two automobiles came together
with a crash at a little after nine
o'clock at the corner of East Aspen
and N. San Francisco.
Miss Blanche Riordan, driving a
Cadillac and accompanied by her sis
ter, Miss Claire, and some friends,
was driving north on San Frnncisco,
having the right of way under the
traffic regulations. A Ford runabout
ueionglng to and driven" by JPN. Keith
of Doney Park and which was carry
ing, all in one seat, the driver and his
wife and 21-months'-old girl baby and
his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. J.
R. Keith of Cliffs, came down Aspen
going east. Apparently the Ford
struck the larger car just, ahead of
the rear fender.
Miss Riordan was too far across to
turn down Aspen, so, trying to avoid
collision, swung to the right and sent
one side of her car up on the side
walk, snapping off the electric light
The older of the Keith men was the
only one hurt. His wife was sitting
in his lap. Both were thrown out, she
landing on top of him. He had a
broken collar bone and slight cuts
about the head. He was taken to
Mercy hospital and left there Tues
day. Ho is blacksmith at Greenlaw
During the past week or so auto
tourists having been coming through
Flagstaff in greater numbers than at
any time this summer. The town is
full of them and Manager Compton
of the tourist camp grounds has as
many guests as he can get acquaint
ed with. They are about equally di
vided between east and west-bound:
Monday is the day designated
'for all who have the best inter-
est? of. Flagstaff at heart and a
reaj desire to see it grow and
become a better place to live in,
to go to the polls at city hall
. and vote for the $60,000 bonds
for the purchase of the COacre
John Clark ranch for, city park
and recreation .
Net cost to Ity of ranch and
improvements after deducting
the $15,000 to be refunded for
the hich school site S45.000. "
We need the, site for lake, ball ,
grounds, race .track and other
recreational features.
, Wo need it now for it is the
. only desirable tract accessible to
the city that can be secured.
Flagstaff must not Jag behind.
. This is our opportunity to be-
gin making Flagstaff, a real sum-
mer and winter resort, a pace
popular with tourists and vjsi-
tors, a place where we ourselves
can hnve means to play as, well
.s as work.
. Vote for the bond issue. Not
to do so and failure to carry the
bond issue would be a body blow
at the desire we all nave, or
should have to put Flagstaff in
the rank among other resort cit-
. ies to which it is entitled by rea-
s son of its greater scenic, cli-
matic and other advantages.
ney C. B. Wilson, of Flagstaff, in
dicates that he hasn't much hope of
escape by the legal route.
Nash's crime was one of the most
cold-blooded and atrocious ever com
mitted in this state. His victim, a
middle-aged traveling man whose
homo was in Payson, Utah, and who
had a wife and several small children,
visited Flagstaff. Nash got acquain
ted with him and wlien Schwab leit
for Winslow in his Chandler automo
bile, rode with him. Half way be
tween Flagstaff and Winslow he shojt
Schwab to death, brought the body
back through town in the dead man's
car and buried it in an old well just
west of here. He then, with his wife,
skipped out with Schwab's automobile,
after pawning Schwab's watch in
a Flagstaff second-hand store.
After a long search, Sheriff W. A.
Campbell found wheie Nash had sold
the car in Wyoming and a few days
laterfkaught Nash and his wife in Los
Angeles, bringing them back here.
Nash soon afterward confessed to a
representative of The Sun and the
sheriff that he had killed Nash in
"self-defense," and that was his plea
during the trial. He was found guilty
and sentenced last September by
Judge J. E. Jones for from C5 to 75
Chet Black announces on page five
in this issue of The Sun that on
Monday he will inaugurate a "new
sales plan at his popular grocery
store and in future, as far as the re
tail grocery department is concerned,
all sales will be made only on the self
service, no-delivery, cash-in-hand ba
sis. In other words, you walk in, help
yourself, pay the cashier as you go
out, and carry your groceries home.
Mr. Black hns figured out that in
this way he can save his customers a
lot of money on their purchases. In
fact, for weeks now he has been fig
uring new prices and will launch
them, all at once, on Monday, reduc
ing the prices all down the line, an
average of from 15 to 25 per cent,
with the exception, of course, of such
things as butter and eggs, on which
the margin is too small to permit so
great a cut.
The meat department, now owned
and operated by Fritz T. Schuerman,
will maintain the same delivery and
clerical service as before, because the
customer can hardly help himsef to
meat Vegetables present another
difficulty, as far as self-service is
concerned, and for a time, at least,
there will be a clerk in that depart
ment to wait on vegetables buyers.
But vegetables will not be delivered.
The entire .stock in this store, ex
cept meats and vegetables, will be re
arranged on the counters and priced
so that the customers can walk
around, inspect them, and in every
other way do their own clerical work.
This is an innovation for Flagstaff.
These self-service stores have been
very successful elsewhere, and Mr.
Black believes people will have a bet
ter opportunity under this plan to
make up their minds just what they
want, that when they are in a hurry
and there are others ahead of them
they can get what they want much
more quickly and conveniently than
to have to wait for attention from a
busy clerk, also that the lower prices
will be an added attractioii that will
have a strong appeal.
Tom McCullough and Ray Proch
now at the American Legion state
convention in Prescott last week, were
successful in securing the next an
nual convention for Grand Canyon,
about next October, when it js ex
pected thutjaJeast 400 people will
be in attendance.
Ray Prpchnow; has been elected
state, treasurer of "The 40 and 8,"
while Francis Chisholm is 'one of the
state delegates to the sam,e organiza
tion Tom McCullough has been elect
ed a state, executive committeeman
of the 'American Legion for the state
of Arizona? y 'l '
The people of Doiglas did. all in
their power to make 'the Hay 'of the
visitors a pleasant one. 'The Legion
members were also entertained at
Warren, Bisbeeland 'A'gua Prietn.
The Flagstaff Game Protective as
sociation will meet on Friday evening
at 8 o'clock at the court house. Pres
ident Tom McCullough guarantees a
red hot time. Joe V. Prochaska. the
state game warden, will very likely
attend the meeting.
Thompson Brothers, the Bellemont
merchants, are the first aeroplane
owners in this county.
What are they going to do with it?
Well, one of the biothers says it'll
come in mighty handy coming to
Flagstaff to get supplies from Bab
bitts', and D. G., the other brother,
says after they get tired of flying
or trying to fly, maybe they can
hitch the dinged thing up to the wood
saw. They had a Ford car hitched to their
wood-saw last winter, and some way
it got started and pulled the saw half
way over to Kendrick Park before
they could head it off. If the aero
plane breaks loose, with the saw
hitched to its tail, there's no telling
what damage it will do. Someone
might get hurt.
G. A. Porter landed too soon last
week in the Flagstaff ball park and
smashed the plane, which he and his
buddie Jordan, were flying from Cal
ifornia where they had just been dis
charged from the navy and had
bought the "bird" for $500, to fly
home to Longmont, Colorado, to "sur
prise pa and ma." To get a bigger
field to start .from, after they got
a new propellor blade, they had Geo.
Black haul the wings and tow the rest
of the machine to Bellemont. Then
it wouldn't go up. Anxious to get
home, they hocked it to the Thompson
boys for enough to pay railroad fare.
Lyman S. (Tom) Drumm, rancher
at Stoneman lake, and one of the best
known pioneers of northern Arizona,
is at St. Joseph's hospital, Prescott,
in a very critical condition, suffering
from blood poisoning and diabetes.
Mr. Drumm cut his toe a few
months ago. Infection set in. He
came to town occasionally to have his
foot treated, but kept around on it
a great deal of the time. It gradu
ally got worse until last week it was
decided that it would be necessary to
have the foot amputated at or above
the ankle. Accordingly he was taken
to the hospital. His step-children,
Mrs. Walter W. Durham and R. L.
Neill. of Flatrstaff. with Mrs. Neill,
spent the latter part of last week
with him. They came home Monday
night, stopping at Mormon Lake on
tliaiv win' i,n fn GOA tVlo rtritlpnf's UTlfp.
On Wednesday Mr. Drumm went to
Prescott. Dave Broillar, neighbor of
the Drumms and brother of Mrs.
Drumm, is staying in Prescott.
The operation will have to be post;
poned until the patient's general con
dition is improved, and may not take
place until next week.
Ward "V. Croft announces that he
has received enough encouragement
to go ahead with the organization of
his boys' band and feels confident
that he will have one of the finest
musical organizations in the state
next spring. Flagstaff is greatly in
need of a band and the right kind of
an organization will receive the back
ing of the people.
Teddy Johnson, of Leupp, Navajo
Indian sentenced for life here recent
ly for hiring his brother, Luke, to
kill his, Teddy's, wife, is now out on
the desert, the warden having put him
to trailing an escaped convict.
Jesse Tanner, soldier in the late war, who left here on his horse
three weeks ago for Escalente, Utah, his.parents' home, and for
whom Sheriff W. A. Campbell had been searching constantly since
shortly after his departure, tcommitted suicide by cutting his left
wrist with his pocket knife, and his almost unrecognizable re
mains were found last Friday'onthe. desert near Spider Wed pas
ture, 30 miles from Flagstaff and a half-mile to the right of the
road to Cameron bridge.
Suicide is the verdict forced by
the circumstances on the coroner's
jury, though there is a possibility that
the young man may have cut his wrist
accidentally. That the wound was self
inflicted was evident, as the man's
knife was found in his pocket, cov
ered with blood. His seemingly hav
ing been mentally deranged during
the few days he was in this locality
and when he left, added to his state
ment while here that" he had been in
an asylum at Escalente, further in
duced the theory, of suicide.
Tannrcame here on horseback by
way of iLees 'Ferry from Utah, about
six weeks ago. He worked for F. W.
McClure at Doney Park for a few
days, then went to Claude Knight's
ranch) near the Navajo copper camp.
He showed marked peculiarities. He
had to be (told how to do the simplest
kind' of work. He claimed to have
been overseas, and that his experi
ences there later unbalanced his mind.
He told Knight that he could not
sleep, as he was afraid all the time.
One morning he took the horses to
the barn, then saddled his own horse
to go out ini search of them. Tanner J
There are several good dam sites
in Glen Canyon of the Colorado river,
Prof. Franklin Thomas of California
Institute of'Technology and a Pasa
dena City director, said on his return
from a trip through the canyon as a
member of an exploring party headed
by E. C. LaRue of the United States
geological survey. Mr. LaRue con
tinued on down the Colorado with
others of the party and will return
to Pasadena in a few days. Prof.
Thomas left the expedition at Flag
staff. Prof. Thomas said professional
ethics forbade him expressing an opin
ion in the absence of Mr. LaRue as
to whether Glen Canyon was super
ior to Boulder Canyon for purposes of
flood control, but he said the trip had
shown that Glen Canyon had several
practicable sites and that it was prob
able that bedrock could be reached at
a much less depth than the 147 feet
required at Boulder Canyon.
The party surveyed four of seven
dam sites investigated, and is said to
have selected Lees Ferry, the last one
surveyed, as the best of tho four. Gov
ernment opinion is veering, according
to George Holbrook, an engineer of
the California branch of the geological
survey in favor of Lees Ferry, as com
pared with Boulder Canyon. It ia
said bedrock can be reached at less
than SO feet at Lees Ferry.
Prof. Thomas said the trip took 20
days, of which nine were spent on
the river; that the arrangements for
the party were perfect and that no
hardships were encountered. The riv.
er from Halls .Crossing, Utah, to Lees
Ferry, Arizona, was explored and
some wonderful scenery, almost un
known, was encountered.
"Members of the party from Utah
were startled at some of the scenery
they saw in their own state," said
Prof. Thomas. .
There were eleven in the party, be
sides five boatmen. They included
Arthur P. Davis, director of the Unit
ed States reclamation service, and
representatives of Utah and Arizona,
as well as the department of com
merce. When Mr. La Rue returns, it wa
said, he will not have time to complete
his report, as he will start for a trip
down the lower Colorado as head of
an Arizona state commission on Octo
ber 5.
Mrs. L. C. Thompson, field secre
tary of the Florence Crittenton Home
ilission for Arizona, is in Flagstaff
this week in the interest of this good
work. A meeting is called for Mon
day, at 3 o'clock, at the home of
Mrs. R. E. Taylor to acquaint the
women of Flagstaff with the impor
tance of this work and each one is
urgently requested to attend. Mrs.
Thompson just came from Holbrook
and Winslow, where committees have
been organized to carry on the work
for their localities. She hopes to or
ganize a strong committee here on
next Monday. The home at Phoenix
has had more cases of both delin
quent, unfortunate girls cared for at
the home in the last 18 months than
for years past. The home is now
inadequate to care for the needs of
Arizona and is making a strong ap
peal to all good people to help in their
great undertaking.
Mrs. Thompson has spoken before
different lodges and civic societies
and is confident of general support.
smoked cigarettes' incessantly. One
of i his nervous habits was to strike
matches and touch them to his lighted
cigarette. He was warned many times
by Knight'to stop smoking around the
barn. One morning Iftiight saw Tan
ner light his cigarette and throw the
burning match into some day. It
took prompt action to save the barn.
Tanner told Knight that he had been
in an asylum at Escalante, Utah.
Knight tried to persuade him to come
to Flagstaff and get transportation
back to Utah, and le-enter the asy
lum. Both came to towrvbut Tan
ner disappeared and returned to the
ranch. He then 'decided to ride his
horse back to Utah. Knight tried US
dissuade him and immediately, after
Tanner's departure, phoned to Sher
iff vCampbell. Deputy Sheriff Billy
Rudd and Knight overtookiTanner at
the Aztec Ruins signboard. "He talk
ed so reasonably concerning his
plans that they let him -ride on.
Three days later Tanner's horse
showed up at Lewis N. Simpson'fc
ranch at Dead Man's Flat, riderless.
There was a lotof blood on the saddle
(Continued on Page Five.)
This county and Yavapai on Wednesday joined hands to fight
for the completion of the Flagstaff-to-Sedona road through Oak
Creek canyon and will work together, relentlessly and unceasing
ly, for government and state aid on the road until both are se
cured and the road is built.
At last we folks in the north have come to realize that though
we possess every advantage from every angle over the south part
of the state in attractions to both home owners and tourists, wo
have been letting the south get away with the improvement
funds and spuandering them there to make it easier to get out of
there to California.
Six carloads of Yavapai boosters
arrived here about noon Wednesday.
Most of the visitors were taken up
the Weatherford San Francisco Peaks
scenic boulevard, then banqueted that
evening in the Rotary club room and
afterward taken to Lowell Observa
tory, where Dr. V. M. Slipher-'had
made arrangements for a stellar en
tertainment. Delegates from both counties met
in committee in the afternoon at C. B.
Wilson's office. There County En
gineer Goodman announced that the
U. S. bureau of public roads, favor
ing the building of the Oak Creek
road, would locate it this fall if the
surveying expense, about $6,000, was
advanced, the bureau having no funds
This survey, it was pointed out,
must be made before government
money for building the road can be
The Yavapai delegates offered help
in raising the $0,000, despite the fact
About thirty Boy Scouts were
guests of honor last nightat the Ro
tary club dinner, Rotarians also hav
ing brought their ladies to better en
tertain the boys.
But the latter self-possessed, ac
complished gentlemen, were the chief
entertainers. They put on a program
that many times repaid those who
saw it for what they nave"soTar done
for the Scout movement.
Freddie Collins was chairman, and
after he was introduced by President
I. B. Koch of the Rotary club, in
turn introduced C. J. Carlson, regional
Boy Scout executive, in a way that
won him admiration and enthusiastic
applause. That was the way with all
the boys. Each who had a part did
it so well that he tugged at the heart
strings of the audience.
Mr. Carlson presented the charter
of the Grand Canyon council of the
Boy Scouts of America. It was le
ceived by Mr. Koch and in turn pre
sented to Chairman Freddie Collins.
Then the Scout colors were presented
to color-bearers Fred Garing and John
Metz, Maurice Zook playing the bu
gle. John Q. Thomas, chairman of the
Rotary boys' work committee, pre
sented the second-class bronze badge
to Eddie Metz and the first-class sil
ver badge to William Harrison. Rob
ert Prochnow gave the Scout oath,
George Tyson the Scout law. Charlie
Prochnow related experiences at Camp
Koch, Oak Creek. William Harrison's
paper was entitled "What Scouting
Means to Me." Burton Cameron re
lated what Rotary has done and can
do for scouting.
Miss Lucile Koch and Miss Martha
Burnhelm sang delightfully, and Miss
Elsa Mjers at the piano helped the
crowd out in their vocal struggles.
The forest office is urging as many
people as it can to take more care
about the handling of camp fires, cig"
arettes and matches. The officials
want to see the woods produce game
for generations to come, and a forest
fire a particularly dangerous to an
imal life. Fires have been reported
from the Long Valley district, and
from the Rogers Lake locality, near
the head of Sycamore canyon. It is
quite certain that 'careless hunteri
started the fires.
To be entitled to vote at the city
park site bond election one Monday,
one must have the qualifications nec
essary to vote in a genera election
and in addition must at, present be a
tax-payer on Flagstaff real or per
sonal propel ty. Any woman, whose
husband is the taxpayer on their comj
munity prbperfyr is entitled to vote at
this, election, an'd vice versa,
Moqui Travis, out Sunday in hi
car, down near the Moqui station,
between here and Winslow, saw a
big bull elk. It has been known for
some lime mat mere are eiit in uiv
lower end of this county, but this is
the first time in recent years that one
has been reported as near the center
of the county as this.
that they have completed their sec
tion of the road at great expense. Our
people deeply appreciate this public
spirited offqr from Yavapai, but held
to the sentiment that it was distinctly
up to Coconino county to furnish the
$6,000, especially in view of the fact
that Yavapai has pledged her undi
vided, unselfish and determined influ
ence in helping this county get gov
ernment help for building the road.
After a full discussion, Chairman
Fred Garing of the county board of
supervisors, announced that the board
would provide the $6,000, feeling that
the money would be better expended
that way than on any other possible
project. This announcement was re
ceived with enthusiasm by the Yava
pai delegates and by the other dele
gates representing local organiza
tions T. A. Riordan, M. I. Powers,
F. S. Breen, E. G. Miller and I. B.
The dinner had been arranged un
(Continued on Page Six)
Dr. A. J. Mackey and his wife, who
was Miss Florence Pancake, early yes
terday morning returned from their
honeymoon trip in Colorado and
Texas. Dr. and Mrs. Mackey were
married in Denver on Wednesday af
ternoon. September 13, Dr. Mackey
having left Flagstaff Battery D., of
which he is a lieutenant, at Albuquer
que, the day before. The couple then
spent several days at the home of
the bride's parents in Lov eland, Col
orado, after which they had a delight
ful" outing in Estes Park. Following
this thev spent a few days in Lam
pasas, Texas, where a large family
reunion was held by the doctor's rel
atives. The bride is well known in Flag
staff, where she taught two years it
Emerson school. She is a graduate
of the Colorado State Teachers col
lege at Greeley. Dr. Mackey also
has a large number of friends here,
where he practices dentistry, and is a
member of the Masonic fraternity, the
Elks and the Rotary club. He is a
graduate of the Northwestern Uni
versity Dental school, and also attend
ed the University of Texas.
The Mackeys will be at home in the
George Becker home, Mrs. Becker
having gone to California for the
At the Orpheum theatre, Flagstaff,
next Thursday night a big republican
rally and moving picture show. No
admission charge. You are invited.
Governor Campbell and the other re
publican state candidates will deliver
brief addresses. Be there promptly at
6 o'clock for the picture program be
gins then. Come out and you'll know
better how to vote.
Zane Grey, writer of western
historical romance and adventure
arrived in Flagstaff yesterday to
outfit for another big hunt in the
Tonto country.
With Mr. Grey are his trail
partners, R. C. Grey and Dr. J.
A. Wiborn of California.
"We have just come down
from British Columbia, where I
enjoyed watching my brother
fight the great salmon and
steelhead that take the measure
of the best of rodmen.
"But no place in the west
calls to me as does the broad and
magnificent stretches of open
country, in Arizona.
"Arizona' has vast areas of
fertile ranch country, too, and
fe other projects that show the for-
ward movement of our western
land. But to me the untouched
beauty of nature appeals. The
vastness, the color and magnifi-
cence of Arizona is incompar-
"I want to see Dr. Wiborn and
my brother get a grand old
bronze turkey and possibly a
bear. For me, it is enough just
to be here.
"Lee Doyle is taking us down
into some fine hunting country
and the Haughts will join the
outfit for a month or more." .
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