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VOL. 86, NO. 289.
Aberdeen Millhand
Goes Berserk and
Sets House Afire
ABERDEEN, Wash.—Two men
were dead today and a woman was
wounded in the aftermath of a
boarding house quarrel.
Frank Fergestrom, 45, a by
stander, was shot in the door of his
service station, an‘imu:m Gess
ner, 47-year-old worker, was
shot down after going berserk.
He died of & bullet wound in the
lung and severe burns- suffered
when he set fire last night to the
home of Mrs. Glenice Ostrich, the
Jandlady. Wounded by the land
lady's 15-year-old son, Joe, and
beaten about the head as he fell,
Gessner rushed into the house and
pet it afire. Later he ran out with
his clothing and hair blazing. He
died in a hospital.
Gessner had threatened Mrs. Os
trich, and when she ran across the
street for protection, felled Ferge
strom with shots from a .45 caliber
automatic. Mrs. Ostrich attempt
ed to wrest the gun away and was
shot in a finger. Nature of the
threats was not learned.
Joe Ostrich dashed to the house
and drew a bead on the millworker,
putting a .22 caliber bullet through
his lung from about 65 feet. He
then ran up and started beating
the wounded man with the rifle
butt, but Gessner wrenched it
away and ran back to the house,
#plashed gasoline about and ig
nited it. |
When he rushed out with severe |
burns, police overpowered him and |
sped him to a hospital, where he |
died. ]
Koings, Comings and Doings
of Tacomans as the Re
porter Found Them.
Eddie Dailey reading book on
philosophy-—Allan Browne on ‘way
home—Santi Carbone looking at
old picture of newsboys’ band—
Rube Carlson navigating in fog—
Enoch Alexson telling about hunt-
Ing trip—Mel Gange adjusting his
spectacles—John Stratton peering
into mirror to see if his hair looks
well-groomed--Mark Porter seeing
absolutely no point to friend's wit
ticisms—Lynn Leslie intreducing
himself with a blast of poetry—
Alan Bell devoting all his time to
feverish scholastic activity—Leo
Yuckert posing as a critic, scoring
some writers and praising others,
then changing the subject, telling
about the time he got seasick—
Mary Jane Dittßenner charming
scquaintance with her sweet laugh
Holy Rosary Will ‘
Have Two Masses |
The Holy Rosary church wlllz
observe Thanksgiving Day with|
mass at 8:30 a. m. at which uul
celebrant, Father Anselm, O. 8. 8,,
will deliver a short sermon, “Why |
Do We in the U. 8. A. Owe Thanks |
to God?” ‘
The girls' choir, under the direc- |
tion of Sister Othmarine, O, 8. 8., |
will sing hymns of udontion.l
praise and thanksgiving to l-lm'l.|
For those unable to attend the|
£:3O mass, Father Anthony, O. 8. |
8., wil] say mass at 7a. m. ‘
Luther Memorial |
Service At 10:30
Thanksgiving day services will
be held at 10:30 a. m. Thursday |
at the Luther Memorial ehurch.l
80. sth and I sts, it was ln-‘
nounced by the pastor, Rev. A, R.|
M. Kettner. There will be special |
music by the choir, directed by
Mrs. Franklin O'Neel. ‘
Rotary Ladies 1
Night Tuesday
Tacoma Rotarians will hold
their annual Ladies' Night and
Thanksgiving party next Tuesday
evening in the roof garden of the
Hotel Winthrop. The informal
evening will begin with a dinner
at 6:15. It wil] be followed by
dancing and cards.
When Lazy Kidneys Cause
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Famed Gunboat's Career at End
Galloping Ghost of the China Coast, last of the U. S navy's coal-burners and for 25 years the most
active of Uncle Sam's men-o’-war in foreign service, which was recently de-commissioned. For details
of her colorful career read Soundings by Casey Davison on this page.
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Galloping Ghost of the China Coast—what a name for an
American man-o’-war! And what a career she's had! This
week the navy's last coal-burner was tied up for good in a
fresh water port, thereby adding insult upon injury to the
saltiest, swaggeringest, voyagingest vessel of the fieet.
A detailed accounting of her life
would founder a big book; briefly
and chronologically, this is her re
markable story:
Built and com
missioned in
1914 at a cost
of SIOO,OOO, she
was of ficially
christened “Sac
Shortly there
after she start
ed the world
voyaging which
was to earn her
the more pic- Casey Davison
turesque and appropriate unofficial
name of “Galloping Ghost of the
China Coast,” and give her a wake
so many thousands of miles long
that nobody has ever been able to
measure it, ‘
First it was to Vera Cruz, where
she was sent for the U. 8. naval
landing and occupation of the city.
Then she journeyéd to the Bar
bary Coast, where she was the first
Yankee since the glorious days °ti
sail and Decatur, |
During the last World war, she |
aided in the convoy of 483 ships
between Gibraltar and England,
logging more than 63,000 miles in |
that work alone. |
She rescued the crews of tho|
Sebastian and the Swan River in |
1917, the former when it burned at ]
sea and the latter while she was |
towing it.
In 1919 she was frozen in at
Murmansk while serving the troops
guarding the Russian - Siberian
Three years later she appeared
on the other side of Runia—-other‘
side of the world, too—at Viadi- |
vostok, to evacuate refugees of the
Red revolution.
Next she was in Honduras for
the uprising and ruckus of 1922 i
Shortly thereafter she shoved
off for & seven-year tour of |
duty which took her around ‘
the world again with plenty of
action along the China Coast.
She rescued earthquake victims
of the Yokohama holocaust in
The next year found her way
down in the Philippines helping the
constabulary quash the rebellion
at Socorro. (A terse, but vague,
entry in her log says “all batteries
commenced firing at town,” and an
hour or so later, “ceased firing.”
No details as to their objective,
casualties, etc.) :
In 1926-27 she helped protect the
foreign colony at Canton during a
minor revolution.
Back to Honduras in 1931 to
rescue more earthquake victims,
'and thence to the Cocos islands to
'save a group of castaways there.
| When the Japanese bombed
' Shanghai in January, 1932, that's
| where she was. One bomb landed
| 20 yards off her bow and smashed
| her boats, stove her ports and put
| but she took refugees safely away.
She attended the bombing of
Swatow, too, but without casualty.
In 1937 the Japanese bombers
staged a return bout on Shanghal,
|BO of course she was there.
| Later she steamed up to Tsing
]uo in time to stand-by during the
| bombing and burning of that city.
| Meanwhile, she sometimes based
iup in Tientsin, and while there
|she’d 101 l over on her beams’ ends
| twice & day when the tide went out.
! During all those years she
1 was what might be called a
one-ship navy, acting more or
. less independently of Ameri
i can naval red-tape and brass
| bound orders she just weat
| wherever there was something
‘ doing.
She’s a coal-burner of slightly
| more than 1,000 tons—not very big
land not very fast. She's 226 feel
| She had a suit of matting junk
| sails, which were rigged from time
to time to give a boost to those
tired old eight-knot mills below
Last spring she started home—
her last voyage. Ports of call en
route from the China station in
cluded Hong Kong, Penang, Co
lombo, Sultan island, the Maldives,
}Bnmbny, Aden, Suez, Port Said,
Alexandria, Naples, Villefrance,
Gibraltar, Horta, Bermuda, and at
last, New York.
The grand old girl was detalled
to stand-by during the rescue work
on the sunken submarine “Squa
lus" acting as a floating hotel for
the workers, and later towing the
wreck to Portsmouth,
That job well done, she left up
the St. Lawrence river for the
Great Lakes black coal smoke
curling from her stack, sails slut
ting in the breeze, scars and all,
Gone are the sailors with their
carved teak-wood sea-chests, dra
gon-embroidered watch coats, mon
keys and tattoos. Even her muche
used guns are gone.
She's just a naval reserve
training ship now, stationed at
Michigan City, Ind,
Ask any of the old timers who've
known her in her colorful days of
Asiatic duty, or anyone who leans
toward ships that go places and
really do things, and they'll avow
to a man that it's a heck of a way
to treat a lady.
OMAHA, Neb.—U. 8. Sen. Bur
ton K. Wheeler, D., Mont.,, told
the National Farmers' Union in
annual convention Tuesday that
the only way to establish parity
between agriculture and industry
was “either to forbid price fixing
for both groups or to allow both
to set prices on their products.”
Wheeler, mentioned as a poten
tial candidate for the Democratic
presidential nomination next year,
drew no political significance from
the fact that he was the first
holder of a political office ever in
vited to address the Farmer's
Union convention. He sald he did
not think President Roosevelt
would seek a third term.
“l am a candidate for reelection
as senator from Montana,” he
Gaard Will Talk
At YMBC Meeting
“Present Day Eventa Foretold
'in the Great Pyramid” will be the
‘subject of Conrad Gaard when he
addresses the Young Men's Busi
'ness club at the Hotel Winthrop
'Ffldly noon. Musicians on the
| program will be Alexander Melovi
| doff and Miss Virginia Willison.
“Jim won't save any money
for a year or two. His wife
:hu reached the age where
she has enough imaginary
ailments to support every doc
,tor in town.”
The Tcoma Times
The five-point program of the
Fern Hill Improvement club was
announced Wednesday by Nels
Bjarke, the organization's public
ity chairman, as follows:
Disposal of floodwater, an ade
quate sewerage system, cleaning
and olling of side streets, paving
of 724 and S4th etra. and Park
and Yakima aves, and establish
ment of a branch of the public
The club meets at 7:30 p m
the second and fourth Mondays of
each month in the Ferm Hill
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5602 South Tacoma Way GArland 0434 633 Division MAin 3111
Paul £ Robh, 21, pleaded guiity
to a drynk driving charge In po
fice court Tuesday aftermoon and
started wsrving a 30-day sentence
when he said he was unable to pay
s fine. Judge Joseph Mallery sen
tenced thé young man, who was
arrested early that morning st 8o
RSth and Park ave. after his erratic
driving attracted police notioe.
John Greenita, 57. year-old long
shoreman also arvested Tuesday on
A drunk driving charge, won & con.
tinuance of his hearing to Wed
nesday. Greenitz denied in court
that he was driving the car that
struck a light pole at No. 6th st
and Tacoma ave. declaring he had
paid “someonc™ 52 to drive his oar,
A drunk driving charge against
Jack N. Finkle, alins Jack Herbert,
was continued to Dec. & another
involving George Gehri was sot for
hearing Nov. 28, Liston W. Puller,
charged with drunkenness and in
vestigation of a car accident, faces
hearing Nov, 30,
Asks $20,000,000
For Ship Channel
Izac, D, Calif, conferred with
President Roosevelt on plans for a
$20.000,000 project to provide an
alternate ship channel for San
Diego harbor-—-one of the navy's
major fleet bases in the Pacific.
Izac said the president favors
development of the project as a
national defense work., MHe sald,
however, that it has not been de
cided whether to press for author
ization for the project in the next
seasion of congress.
Blind Man, Former Trumpet Soloistfor
Whiteman, Now Preaching at Church Here
Iy & man known as Walt 1
cident. Me was given a S.OO
| ehance to five, but the charge of
inte his face and chest had def
nitely cont Nim hs sight. Asd
oase. ax most peaple agreed, but it
[For Kallenbach was just another
(musician A former trumpet player
| with Paul Whiteman's band, t» be
(#ure, butl even that didn't make
‘Bim oulstanding. except In hs
own Nithe spheve,
. Twelve years laler that same
man, now nationally known as the
Bind evangelist, lated In “Who's
| Who." featured by Ripley in broad
‘enats and newspaper series, el
in hin room in Hotel Winthrop and
(told of the two years he spent
in that hospital
i Was Near Death
| "1 knew 1 was close to denth™
[ he said simply, his words carrying
& ring of sincerity which could ot
be denied 1 knew I wamn't pre
pared to die. My Nfe had boen &
selfish one, enjoyed only by my
self. | hadn't brought joy and Bope
[and lfe to others. T made up my
mind If God saw fit to spare my
'lfe, T would change that. Me i
| His mercy 4id o, and 1 have tried
[to Hve up omy end of the ban
| gain"
’ Dr. Kallenbach, whe Tuesday
‘evening opened A& series of meet
| ings at First Preshyterian shurch,
Division and Thcoma ave, which
[will continue nightly, sxeapting
| Saturdays, through Sunday eve
ining of Dec. & oan energetic
| young man with a winning smile
land a delightful personality. Yet,
| beneath this, one can sense the
| driving determination and courage
which enabied him Bough tetal
leage course In twn and
yonrs, that Nind of will whish
prompted him to sommit to W
ory the aitire New
over & wourse of sin years
mumbers ameng bis friends thew
whaoße Bames are syßonamous Witk
foar and fortune, and those from
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Finish Bailding
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BURBANK, Osl—Rvary day
exvept Sundays sines st Jan
uary & bombing plane with Britiah
war insignia and eamoufings has
trundied through the duer of the
Lochhesd Aireraft factory.
ilfl.fl“ were almest done
Lockheod announced that e
I First of the war planes was do
livered to Rritain st Jan, 2
Production eontinued right on, de
apite the munitions smbarge, and
the lnst ship will be flown o New
’rm-mn-.mm |
| Lockheed bullt the fleet of twine
motored spesdsters, kKnown a 8
~connaissance bombers, without i
terference with the regular pro
duotion of commercial alriines and
experimental ships
. Nest it will start on & 510,000,
1000 Australian order fur 100 mere
‘of the same kind of bombera,
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