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Two Prisoners Escape
From Elkton Jail
Saw Way Out Scale Thirty-
Foot Wall—One Man
Soon Recaptured
Lambert Hines, 38, charged with
larceny at White Crystal Beach, and
Jimmie Jones, 26, charged with rob-1
hery and assault with intent to kill j
Ralston Jones, of Elkton,' escaped
from the Cecil couhty jail at Elkton ■
early Sunday morning.
Jones was captured Sunday on
Howatd street by Sheriff 'Eugene Ra
cine. Jones attempted to jump the
fence around the Eikton cemetery
when he saw' the officer and his cloth
ing got caught on a picket which
held him fast.
Authorities believe the prisoners
received assistance front outside as
several poles were found propped up
against the thirty-foot stone wall sur
rounding the prison yard after the
jail delivery had been discovered by
Sheriff Racine.
On account of the excessive heat
prisoners in the jail were allowed to
have the freedom of the corridors in
stead of being locked in their cells.
However, the door leading to the jail
yard has been kept locked.
Entrance was gained to the yard
by sawing the lock off the door lead
ing thereto. The saw used for this
purpose was carried into the jail by
visitors, it is believed.
It was about 2:30 A. M. when the
jail delivery took place. Heavy gas
pipe in the bathroom and the electric
light wires were torn down. The
pipe was made into a hook, the wires
were tied to one end. The hook was
thrown over the top of the wall sur
rounding the prison yard.
Before the prisoners left they ask
ed Oliver Chapman, Negro, of Perry
ville, charged w'ith murder, if he
wanted to “take a walk” with them,
but he refused.
Hines, it is said, served five years
in Maryland Penitentiary for alleged
implication in the baseball bat slay
ing in Earleville, when Calvin Cox
was killed. Jones only recently re
turned from serving a three-vear
sentence for robbery.
Duffy Bedwell, a young white man
of Elkton, was arrested by Sheriff
Racine, and lodged in jail Monday
evening, charged Avith furnishing
“Jimmie” Jones, one of the prisoners
who escaped, with a hack-saw, which,
was used to cut the lock on the door
leading to the jail yard.
Bedwell called at the jail early
Saturday evening, and talked with
Jones, bringing him a bottle of gin
ger ale. It is alleged that he also
secreted to Jones, the saw which was
later used. Bedwell denies, the ac
cusation. Jones was later recap
tured, but Lambert Hines, who also
broke jail, has not yet been recap
tured. No date has been set when
Bedwell will be given a hearing.
I Authorities of Washington Col
lege, located at Chestertown, have
filed papers of application for a Fed
eral grant and loan of $310,000 for
immediate construction purposes.
Construction plans as outlined by
President Mead include a dormitory
for men, to supersede the present
dormitory system, and a modern
dining hall and kitchen, replacing
the present college cafeteria which is
located in the gymnasium basement.
Plans and specifications for the
buildings have been prepared by
Henry Powell Hopkins, Baltimore
The cost of the dormitory will be
$265,000 and of the dining hall and
kitchen, $4 5,000. The dormitory
will oe a three-story structure of
brick and limestone and will house
approximately 200 men. Its dimen
sions will be 192 feet in length, with
depth of the two wings of 90 feet.
A reception hall and lounge, 50 by
40 feet, is provided on the first floor.
Charles Akins, a Harford county
man, is in Havre de Grace Hospital
in a critical condition. His left arm
was blow*h off by a hellvy charge
trom a shotgun. James Patterson,
of Grayston, is being held in Bel Air
jail in connection with the shooting.
Akins was shot at Patterson’s home
Thursday, following an argument
between the two men. Sheriff Boyle
quoted Patterson as having said that,
following the argument, he went up
stairs and that Akins followed him.
The shooting followed,
Briefly Noted Hap
Mrs. William Fulton, of Oakwood,
suffered a fracture of three ribs by a
fall at her home.
The net proceeds of the carnival
held by the Quarryville, P'a., Fire
j Company were $1775. The gross re
ceipts were about $4,500.
The County Convention of the
, Woman’s Christian Temperance
Union will be held at Calvert, on
! Saturday, September 21.
Oxford, Pa., Fire Company carni
val dates are August 16 to 24, in
clusive. The company has ordered
a new Hale pumper to cost S6BOO.
Hyde Parker, 31, of Philadelphia,
is being held at that city on charges
of bigamy following his marriage in
Elkton recently to Miss Margaret
Wurth, 29.
Prof. Walter L. Wright, of Lincoln
University, will occupy the pulpit of
Rising Sun M. E. church during the
absence of the pastor, Rev. A. B.
Frye, who, with his family, is enjoy
ing a vacation.
Elkton police authorities are look
ing for a colored man known as
“Scotty,” who disappeared after
slashing the arm of Eddie Taylor,
colored, during a fight in Paradise
Alley, that town.
W. E. Fisher, of Colora, had the
misfortune to lose two fine calves
last week. One of the animals was
nine weeks old and the other five
weeks. Mr. Fisher thinks the ex
treme heat caused the death of both
Dr. C. F. Kauff has opened an
office in Rising Sun for the practice
of medicine. Dr. Kauff and his
parents have moved from Collings
wood, New Jersey, and are occupying
the dwelling of R. M. Balderston, on
Main street.
The annual picnic of the Nipth
District Farmers Club was held Wed
nesday last, at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Richman, Woodstown,
N. J. Mrs. Richman was formerly
Hohie Demonstration Agent in. Cecil
Thieves raided the chicken house
of Julian R. Spry, near West Ant
well, one night last w r eek, and car
ried off thirty-five chickens. Mr.
Spry heard a commotion among his
. chickens, but was not spry enough to
catch the thieves.
The annual outing of the Lions
Club of this town was held on Mon
day afternoon and evening, at Better
ton, the popular Bay shore resort,
where bathing, boating, bowling and
other diversions were enjoyed, with a
splendid dinner at the Chesapeake
Hotel, i
Those to enjoy the outing were:
Dr. and Mrs. R. C: Dodson, Mr. and
Mrs. J. C. Hindman, Mr. and Mrs.
C. E. Marker, Mr. and Mrs. J. Earl
Tyson, Mr., and Mrs. H. Max Dins
more, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Kennard,
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Keplinger, Miss
Martha Tosh, Miss Miriam Russell,
Mauldin Lum, Lawson C. Tosh.
At the annual meeting of the
stockholders of the Mutual Building
Association of Cecil County at the
office of the Association in Elkton,
the following directors were elected.
Dr. Vernon S. McKnight, Joshua
Clayton, A. Victor Davis, Harry W.
Pippin, Joseph L. Sloan, Robert J.
McCauley, Dr. J. Fred Fehler, Mur
ray J. Ewing, Albert Denver, William
T. Vinsinger and S. Ralph Andrews.
The directors elected Mr. Pippin,
President; Mr. Sloan, Vice President;
Mr. Vinsinger, Secretary; Mr. Den
ver, Treasurer, and Mr. Clayton, At
Rising Sun Boy Scouts are camp
ing this week at Red Point, on the
North East river. Scoutmaster Geo.
B. Prettyman is in charge. The boys
who are enjoying the outing are:
Kirk Brokaw, Harold Tiffany, James
Renn, John Williams, Lincoln Haines,
John Hindman, Richard Jenkins.
Leigh Donache.
A force of men from the relief
rolls are engaged in erecting a fire
observation tower near Pleasant Hill
under the direction of District Fire
Warden John M. Bayles. The tower
will be 100 feet in height and will
giye the lookout man a view of the
entire surrounding country.
Children’s Aid Society
Makes Appeal
Additional Funds Needed For
Dependent Children
The duties and responsibilities of
the Children’s Aid Society of Cecil
County will not be taken over by the
newly organized Welfare Board, nor
| will the S3OOO set aside in the
county tax budget be sufficient to
jeare for the dependent and neglected
! children, and hence it is vitally im
portant that this amount be supple
mented by private funds to make
possible the continuation of this most
worthwhile enterprise.
The drive for funds put on last
; spring was only partially successful,
and we cannot continue to care for
the children we now have, much less
take any new ones, unless more:
: funds are made available, and free !
homes found for some who are so
worthy of good homes where they
will be made to feel that they are
1 wanted.
I In several parts of the County
'Benefits are being arranged by Mem
bers of the Board of Directors and it
is the hope that these will be well
patronized, and that thus the budget
which has been cut to the lowest
possible figure can be met.
Never was the need greater for
this important work, for after all the
children are the heaviest losers in
this period of economic experimenta
tion, and the start they get will de
termine their future. Let us all
join to help make the outlook bright
er, not only for our own children
but for those less fortunate, who
without our help may be the
gangsters of tomorrow.
The Board is very fortunate in
having as its new Director Miss
Marian Sibbett, who for the past
year was assisting with the work
under Miss Beardsell and has thus
become acquainted with our children
and their problems, MiSs Beardsell
is now working for the State Chil
dren’s Aid Society in some of the
other counties, assisting Miss Kath
arine Kirwan the State Executive
A reprsentative of the Federal Re
employment Service from the Balti
more office will be in Elkton on Tues
day of each week for the purpose of
registering names of those desiring
employment on the Chesapeake and
Delaware Canal project, which is ex
pected to begin the latter part of this
month. The representative will be
at the Court House to register the
names of those who make apjßca
tion for work.
All workers to be hired on the
project will be employed through the
office of the re-employment service.
“Jimmie” Jones, aged 27, has been
held for action of September grand,
jury by Magistrate Miller, of Elkton,
on a charge of assault with intent to
kill Ralston Jones. He also is
charged with robbing Jones of $1.75.
Less than a month ago, the accused
returned from the Maryland House
of Correction, where he served a
three-year term for robbery.
The fifth annual reunion of the
Riley family was held on Sunday at
the home of Henry Riley, near Rock
Springs. One hundred and ninety
members of the family and friends
gathered to enjoy the reunion.
Dinner was served to the assembled
guests in the open air, long tables
being set up in the grove near the
house, and spread with a bountiful
The pack of sweet corn at the
plant of Cameron Bros., in this town,
started on Monday. About fifty em
ployees have been given work, thirty
of them coming from Baltimore.
With a good crop of corn reported,
the are that a large pack
will be made.
Dr. Clinton Kane, County Health
. Officer, will vaccinate against Small
pox those children who are to enter
school in the fall, free of charge at
the County Health Department
• Offices, Elkton, any morning except
Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 A. M.
The application for beer license
1 made by Frances B. Elville, was con
> sidered by the Cecil County License
■ Commissioner last week, but was
i found to be defective in not stating
i a definite address, and was held over
until Tuesday. August 13.
Schools To Reopen On
Wednesday Sept. 4
New Elkton High School Plans
The Board of Education met in
regular session on Tuesday, August
13th. Those present were Dr. T. B.
Mobre, President; Mr. Fred Lewis,
Vice-President, and Mr. J. E.
Due to the illness of Superintend
ent Howard T. Ruhl, Miss Lidie D.
Sager was appointed Secretary pro
The minutes of the regular meet
ing of July 9th and special meeting
of July 16th were read and approved,
and sundry bills ordered paid.
The Board ordered the white
schools opened on Wednesday, Sep
tember 4 th, and the colored school
lon Thursday, September sth. There
i will be a meeting’ of the teachers of
the white schools on Tuesday, Sep
tember 3rd, and a meeting of the
teachers of the colored schools on
Wednesday. September 4th.
Mr. Ralph A. Jeffers, Architect,
appeared before the Board with re
vised plans for the Elkton High
School. These plans were accepted
by the Board and ordered to be sent
to the State Architect for his ap
The Board met with the County
Commissioners in reference to the
plans of the Elkton High School.
A delegation from Port Deposit
requested that the Board purchase
ground for a colored school at that
town from Mrs. Helen L. Cameron
and allow her a right of way over
said land. The Board agreed to this
Mack, Attjx & Company were re
tained as auditors by the Board to
audit the books of the Board of Edu
cation for the school year ending
July 31, 1935.
The resignation of Mrs. Catherine
Burlin Stephens, Principal of the
Liberty Grove School, was received
and accepted by the Board.
Miss Ada Rebecca Smith was ap
pointed assistant in the Perryville
High School.
Miss Kathryn B. Keesey was trans
ferred as Principol of the Hart’s
School, No. 2, District 5, to Principal
of Liberty Grove School, No. 10,
District 6.
Miss Margaret Bouchelle was ap
pointed Principal of the Hart’s
School, No. 2, District 5.
Fifty-four years ago, the late
Stephen J. Reynolds, whose farm ad
joins town on the northwest, carved
the figures “1881” (the year of his
son William’s birth) on the shell of
a land terrapin and set the creature
at large again. It apparently has
remained on the farm all thefee years,
but had not been seen for about ten
years, until a few days ago, when
William picked it up in the yard.
) The figures on tßb shell were still
easily distinguished, but William
carved them deeper and sent the
terrapin on his way again.
Mr. and Mrs. Luther C. Parsons,
of Cynwyd, Pa., who own a cottage
at Locust Point, along Elk River,
and spend their summers there, cele
brated the fiftieth anniversary of
their wedding by entertaining a num
ber of their friends and at
their summer home Wednesday.
They were the recipients of many
handsome and useful presents.
Among the the guests were Mr. and
Mrs. Peter Ott, who also reside at
, Locust Point, and on Sunday last
celebrated their golden wedding
Governor Nice has appointed the
■ following as the juvenile court com
' mittee for Cecil County: John Wal
• lace Scott, of Earleville; Arthur A.
r Armour, of Rising Sun, and Mrs.
: Sidney Dixon, of Elkton. Those ap
pointed will hold office for four
years, their term beginning as of
June 1 last.
t Camping near Darlington, Harford
t county, on Wednesday night last,
Field Artillery Brigade from Fort
Myer, Va., and Fort Hoyle, of Mary
-3 land, crossed the Susquehanna river
- at the Conowingo dam on Thursday,
3 enroute to Mt. Gretna, Pa., going by
3 way of Quarryville. About eighteen
; miles were covered on each day’s
r march. There were about 1,000
men and 1,000 horses.
Personal And Social
Miss Shirley Ewing is visiting her
aunt, Mrs. Ann Twadell, Devon, Pa.
Rev. A. B. Frye and family are
spending some time with relatives in
North Carolina.
Miss Elizabeth Tiffany, of Newark,
Del., has been visiting at the home
of Mrs. Louisa Brokaw.
Misses Mary Fryer and Cora Wiley
entertained over the week-end Mr.
Lawson Nesbitt, of New York.
Edwin Haines is enjoying a visit
at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
William H. Micheals, Media, Pa.
Mrs. Olga Price, of Mt. Airy, Pa.,
was the guest of her sister, Mrs. M.
U. Zimmerman during the week.
Mrs. Wm. T. McClure and -grand
son Robert McClure are spending
some time at Lake Placid, New York.
Miss M. Lidie Stewart left on Mon
day for Cleveland, Ohio, where she
will visit her sister, Mrs. Beatrice
Mrs. Irene Hillman, of Haddon
field, New Jersey, was a viistor of
her sister, Mrs. William Henry the
past week.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Kennard and
two children, and Mrs. Kennard’s
mother, Mrs. Benjamin, are enjoying
the week at Betterton.
Mr. and Mrs. William M. Pogue
and daughter, Miss Isabel, spent a
part of the week with Mr. Benjamin
Pogue at Mauch Chunk, Pa.
Rev. and Mrs. J. C. McCoy, New
port, Del., and Mrs. Clara Holden
were dinner guests Thursday of Mr.
and Mrs. Will Reynolds, Graystone
Mrs. John A. Barker and grand
daughter, Miss Florence have re
turned to Baltimore, after visiting
the former’s sister, Mrs. J. C. Hind
man, Sr.
After a visit of three weeks with
relatives here Mr. and Mrs. Wm. R.
Cherry and son Robert, left last week
on their return trip to Hollywood,
Mrs. J. Earl Tyson returned on
Thursday from an extended auto
trip, with relatives, through the New
England States, parts of Canada and
Nova Scotia.
Miss Hope Reynolds, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Norris J. Reynolds,
sustained a successful operation at a
Wilmington Hospital, on Monday, for
the removal of her tonsils.
Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Johnson on
Sunday visited their son Everett, who
is a patient in the hospital at Easton,
afflicted with typhoid fever. They
report the young man much improv
ed, and on the way to recovery.
Mrs. Bertha Nields, who spent
several months with her daughter,
Mrs. Clyde England, in Wilmington,
has returned to her home on Cherry
street, in this town. Mrs. England
is spending some time with her
Miss Helen Mostelier entertained
over the week-end her -brother and
sisters, Samuel Mostelier, Swarth
more, Pa.; Miss Mary Mostelier,
Philadelphia; Mrs. Dorothy Patter
son, Wilmington, and Peggy Owens,
of Philadelphia.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Leslie, of
Port Deposit, announce the engage
ment of their daughter Elizabeth
June to Mr. Everott Gilbert Jackson,
son of Mr. and Mrs. David Jackson of
Port Deposit. The wedding will
take place October 26, 1935.
A group of Cecil county teachers
left on July 17 for a four weeks’ tour
of the West Coast. Those on the
trip are: Mr. and Mrs. Guy Rogers,
• of Zion; Mrs. Evelyn Reed, of Bay
View; Miss Olive Oldham, of Earle
s ville, and Mrs. Josephine Cockran, of
■ Warwick.
Mr. Paul Smith Van Dyke, former
■ ly of Cecilton, and Miss Blanche
■ Marguerite Crtfll, of Hickman, Del.,
were married in the Washington
: Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, Pa.,
at 1 p. m. on Monday, August 5.
Mr. Van Dyke’s father, the late Rev.
T. R. Van Dyke, was pastor of the
I M. E. Church in Cecilton at one time.
1 Mr. Van Dyke is Cashier of the Pres
, ton Bank.
t Claude C. Buck and family and
- Burton L. Keilholtz enjoyed a motor
r trip to Eagles Mere, Pa., Saturday
, afternoon, returning home Sunday
r evening. Mr. Buck’s son Billy, and
i Newell Jenkins have been employed
a at Eagles Mere since schools closed
> J in the spring, and the boys were glad
to see folks from the old home town.
Court Blocks Ousting
Of Road Supervisor
State Roads Commission Or
dered To Reinstate Super
visor Unlawfully
Cecil county’s Board of County
Commissioners on Monday won its
fight with the State Roads Commis
sion to retain Jos. T. Richards, a
Democrat, as county road supervisor
when the Circuit Court at Elkton
granted an injunction to prevent the
commission from replacing Richards
with William M. Cameron,, a Repub
lican appointee.
Had Richards been removed for in
competence the court said in grant
ing the injunction, the Roads Com
mission would have been entirely
justified in naming Cameron to suc
ceed him. But a “frank and honest
admission” by the chairman of the
commission, Dr. Homer E. Tabler,
indicated that “political and partisan
consideration” had played a part in
the appointment of Cameron to re
place Richards, the court held.
Considered Test Case
The court opinion, filed by Judges
J. Owen Knott and Thomas J. Keat
ing, enjoined the State Roads Com
mission to reinstate Richards.
"When all the testimony is taken
as a whole,” the court held, “there
can be no escaping the conclusion
that Richards was a competent and
conscientious public official.”
Ending a legal battle which was
instituted by the Cecil County Com
missioners almost two months ago,
the injunction granted Monday is re
garded in some quarters as a test
action to determine the right of the
Roads Commission to dismiss Demo
cratic county roads officials and re
pace them with Republican ap
The County Commissioners con
tended that although they had recom
mended Richards’ reappointment as
supervisor, the State Roads Commis
sion had ignored their recommenda
tion by appointing a Republican who
had no special qualifications for the
position, thereby abusing the dis> e
tion reposed in the State by a status
providing for the appointment of
such county officials.
Dr. Tabler was one of the witness
es for the State Roads Commission
. at a haring in Elkton about ten days
ago on the injunction proceeidngs.
Commenting on his testimony, the
’ court opinion said:
Court Quotes Tabler
“We feel that the testimony of Dr.
1 Homer E. Tabler, chairman of the
State Roads Commission, throws the
greatest light upon the issue to be
decided in this cause. The chairman
gave testimony to the effect that
upon taking ofifrce he made a study
of comparative costs of maintaining
county roads in the respective coun
ties of the State. On cross-examina
tion the chairman was asked whether
• the political equation didn’t enter in
to it at all, and he answered: ‘lt is
possible that it might have,’ possibly
fifty per cent.”
"In view of the chairman’s own
frank and honest admission it is in
escapable that to a considerable de
gree the State Roads Commission was
influenced in its decision in remov
, ing Mr. Richards and replacing him
with Mr. Cameron by political and
partisan considerations,” the court
1 opinion continued. "It would be
’ against public policy to judge the
' fitness of the county personnel on the
basis of their political status rather
than their'ability to render the high- f
i est degree of service as public ser
vants. ~.
Notes County’s Rights
r "There can be no doubt that the
courts are without power to review
f the decision of public functionaries
made in good faith in the exercise of
a discretion vested in them by law.
However, it is w T ell established that
courts will review the decisions of
’ such an agency when its actions are
1 so arbitrary and unreasonable as to
’ suggest improper motives.
“There can be no question that
' the County Commissioners are eu
-8 titled to make recommendations and
' that they have such an interest in the
subject matter of this cause as to en
title them to maintain this suit for an
a injunction to prevent the State
r Roads Commission from arbitrarily
y abusing the discretion vested in the
y County Commissioners by the
d statute.
d “We are of the opinion that the
evidence demonstrates that there has
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