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“Two Wanted Men 99
Hello everybody:
You know, boys and girls, in some of these adven
ture yarns I’ve been telling you, everything seems to hap
pen all in a split second. Just one—two —three and it’s all
over, with action every doggone minute.
Then there are other yarns in which there’s darned little
action, and the suspense of the story lies in the fact that
some poor devil has to stand still while death comes creep
ing up on him. That sort of adventure drags out for a long
time. '
But the yarn I’m going to tell you today is like both of
those above-mentioned types of adventures. It went on for
a long time, and every doggone minute of that time was
packed with danger and suspense. And at the same time,
it was so full of action that you’d have a hard time packing
another single movement into it.
It’s one of the most thrilling tales I’ve come across in
quite a while, and the honors today go to a Chicago police
man—Albert Rickert of Chicago.
It was a cool September afternoon in 1927. A1 was off
dutv, and with time on his hands, he went over to the home
of his pal. Emmett Hartnett, for a visit. After he’d been there awhile,
they decided it would be a good idea to go for a ride. Emmett got a
car and they drove around for about two hours.
They were on their way to a restaurant when things began to
happen. As they drove along a small sedan passed them. There
were two men in the car, and Al recognized them both as auto
mobile thieves!
Thieves Recognize Al as Policeman.
Al told Emmett to turn around and follow that car. They were
catching up to it when the thieves spotted the auto behind them and
recognized Al as a policeman. They stepped on the gas—and the
chase was on!
The car in front of them leaped ahead. Emmett stepped on it and
followed. The faster they went, the faster the smaller car ahead traveled.
Al pulled out his gun and fired one shot. But the car ahead didn’t stop.
Both those gas buggies were tearing along down the street
at close to top speed. The scenery was fairly whizzing past,
and people along the way stopped to stare at a race they had
never seen the like of outside of a race track.
Gun in hand, Al opened the door and climbed out on the
And then he was being dragged along behind the fleeing car.
running board to get a better shot at his quarry. As Emmett
drove and the car careened along the wide street he fired again
and again. Still the car ahead sped on!
Now, Al could see that they were gaining on the crooks. The small
car didn't have speed enough to outdistance the big one in which they
were riding. Al continued to fire until his revolver was empty.
Al’s Car Nosed Alongside the Thieves.
The big car had almost caught up to the little one now’. Bit by bit
they gained until at last Al’s car was nosing up beside the one in which
the two thieves were riding. They were running almost hood to hood
•now, and Al could have reached out and touched the other auto, when
suddenly the front car turned sharply.
Al saw the crooks’ car swerving toward them, but before he had a
chance to do anything about it, there was a crash. The crooks side
swiped them, knocking them over to the 6ide of the street.
There was another crash as the car lurched into a telephone
pole, but Al wasn't inside the car when it hit. As the two cars
came together he was caught between them and knocked down
on the running board.
Then, as the smaller car veered away again, his right leg was
pinched between its rear fender and the bumper. He felt a tug at
that leg—felt himself falling to the pavement—and then he was being
dragged along behind the fleeing car.
The car was out of control now. The crook at the wheel was trying
to keep it going straight, but it shot up over the curb on the other side
of the street. It crossed the sidewalk and plunged on over a stretch
of bare, water-soaked prairie.
Dragged along behind it, Al felt a terrific bump as his body
was pulled over the curb. There was a terrible pain in his im
prisoned leg where the tire was scraping the flesh away. His
back and sides were being bruised and lacerated.
The car traveled a hundred feet through the prairie and by
that time Al was numb from pain and shock. Then the car
bogged down in the mud and came to a stop. Al’s clothes
had been literally torn from his body by then, but he still had his
gun clutched tightly in his hand.
He Struggled to Get His Leg Out of the Trap.
“There was no chance to use it,’” he says, “but as soon as the car
came to a halt, I began struggling to get my leg out of its trap. The
driver jumped out and ran north across the prairie.
"At last I got my leg loose and crawled out from under the car.
I raised my gun and pulled the trigger, but all I got was a click of the
hammer. In the excitement I had forgotten that I emptied the gun dur
ing’ the chase.”
As the gun clicked, the second man leaped from the car and started
to run. And then Al made the pinch of his life. Helpless and unable to
walk, much less run after the fleeing crook, he got up on his feet and
threw the empty gun after him.
That gun went straight to the mark. It caught the crook
on the back of the head and he fell forward on his face—out cold.
At the same moment Emmett extricated himself from his wrecked
•car and came running across the street. He grabbed the crook.
Emmett took them both to a restaurant a block away and there
he called the station-house. They took Al to the People’s hospital, and
he stayed there for three months, getting over the injury to his leg. The
rear tire had ground a ridge right into the flesh as the car dragged
him across the prairie.
The crook he caught drew a 14-year sentence. The other one was
shot down by an Englewood policeman three days later —in another
stolen car.
Copyright.—WNU Service.
Bronze Shekels First Coined in Jerusalem
Biblical allusions to shekels and low grade copper washed with sil
half-shekels are numerous, but ver, notes a Detroit Coin club au
much remains to be learned regarcW thority. The famous silver shekels
ing these ancient examples of the of Israel showed a jeweled chalice,
die cutter’s art. Bronze shekels were a flowering lily and Hebrew charac
first coined at Jerusalem at»>ut 132 ters meaning “Jerusalem the Holy.”
B. C., while later issues were of Portraits of men or animals are
g»)ld, silver, copper and potion, 8 never found on these coins.
Elmo Scott Watson
Long-Haired SI -riff
born in Tennessee in 1852, went
to Texas in the early seventies and
spent 11 years there as a cowboy
before becoming foreman of a cow
outfit in New Mexico. He wore his
hair long—almost to his waist—and
carried his six-shooter on his left
side, the butt pointing forward. Old
timers in the Southwest were doubt
ful whether such a “show-ofT” had
“real sand.”
They found out he did have when,
singlehanded, he killed three Navajo
Indian cattle thieves. Then the peo
ple of northern Arizona decided he
was the man to clean up the out
laws in their section and elected him
sheriff of Apache county in 1887.
He broke up a band of 16 cattle
rustlers after killing Ike Clanton of
Tombstone fame and two others and
capturing his brother, Finn Clanton,
leader of the gang.
But his greatest feat was his sin
gle-handed fight with four members
of the Blevans gang, one of the fac
tions in the famous Pleasant Valley
war. In this fight, which took place
in Holbrook, Perry killed three of
the four, including Andy Cooper, one
of Arizona’s most dangerous gun
fighters. It was one of the most
desperate encounters at close quar
ters in the history of the state, not
even excepting the famous fight at
the O. K. corral in Tombstone.
Refusing re-election as sheriff,
Perry became a special agent for
the Santa Fe railroad, later express
messenger for Wells-Fargo and then
a United States marshal. He gave
up his man-hunting work in 1900
and became a business man in Sel
igman where he died in 1919.
* * *
First in Yellowstone Park
AIT"HAT an adventure it must
’ * have been for the first person
who saw the Yellowstone! John Col
ter, who for three years had served
in the famous Lewis and Clark ex
pedition, was the lucky man. He
had just left the party and estab
lished himself with the expedition
of Manuel Lisa from St. Louis who
traveled up the Missouri river to
trade with the Indians.
A fort was established at the Big
Horn and John Colter was sent
ahead to notify the red men. With
courage typical of that period, he
began his lone expedition into terri
tory never before trod by even the
most courageous trappers and pi
oneers of the time.
Informed by the Indians that
ahead lay a territory that was be
deviled and that they would not pen
etrate it, his curiosity and his ad
venturous spirit impelled him to ex
plore it. He was well rewarded for
records show that, in 1808, he went
through and then completely encir
cled what is now Yellowstone na
tional park.
Alone, he saw before any other
person, the boiling springs, towering
geysers and strange mineral depos
its. Not only was he a pioneer
among white men, but more adven
turous than even the red men, being
years ahead of them in risking ex
istence in a land where the earth
trembled and groaned, spouted fire
and hissed steam.
When Colter returned, he told
such an amazing story of smoking
pits and the smell of brimstone that
the men of the fort laughed at him
and told others what they thought
were ridiculous stories of “Colter’s
Hell.” It was several years before
anyone else had the courage to veri
fy his discovery.
* * *
First Arctic Explorer
L) for a long list of achievements
but one more should be added to the
list—that of patron of the first Amer
ican voyage of Arctic exploration.
Early in the Eighteenth century
the English parliament offered a re
ward of 20,000 pounds to anyone who
proved the existence of the fabled
Northwest Passage to Asia. A Brit
ish expedition set out in 1746 and
was gone for a year and a half but
failed to find it.
Then Franklin became interested
in the project. He helped outfit the
60-ton schooner. Argo, which set
forth in 1753 under the command of
Capt. Charles Sw-aine. Sailing in
March, the Argo encountered ice off
Cape Farewell, but finally succeed
ed in entering Hudson’s strait in the
latter part of June.
Here the ice packs were so high
that Swaine was forced to give up
the attempt to penetrate further
westward and to turn back to the
open sea again. He then carefully
examined the coast of Labrador be
fore returning to Philadelphia where
he arrived in November.
The next year he made a second
voyage of discovery in the same
vessel. Again he was unsuccessful
and returned in October with the
loss of three men, who w’ere killed
on the Labrador coast. But even
though he had failed, he had won the
right to the title of “First American
Arctic Explorer” and, as Carl Van
Doren, Franklin’s latest biographer,
says: “Here were the beginnings of
a long chapter in the history of
American adventure.”
© Weslern Newspaper Union.
U. S. Colleges Revive Traditions
As Alumni Return to Campus
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At many colleges returning alumni turn youngsters once more
to participate in class fights or engage students in athletic contests.
Typical is the above scene at the University of Pennsylvania,
where graduates of the class of 1923 last year had a pants fight as
part of the alumni day observance.
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At Annapolis, graduates of the L. S. naval academy toss away
their midshipmen s hats after receiving diplomas, symbolic of
embarkation on a note life.
tiarvardmen graduate, closing one career, opening another.
Star Dust
★ Law Forces a Fahe
1c ISO for Life of Child Star
★ V. S. Groceries to Europe
By Virginia Vale
THERE’LL be a bit of fak
ing about Principal Pro
duction’s “Way Down South,”
but it’s not the fault of the
producer, Sol Lesser. The
story of the picture is laid in
Louisiana; it deals with plan
tation life in pre-Civil war
days. One of the high lights
of the picture is a sugar cane
festival, the autumn celebra
tion that marks the comple
tion of the harvesting season.
Lesser ordered a freight car of Lou
isiana sugar cane, and thought
things were all set, when the Cali
fornia bureau of agriculture stepped
in and stopped it at the border.
Seems that “foreign” cane can't be
brought into the state.
So native cane from near Bakers
field will be used instead. It is
neither so heavy nor so tall as the
genuine Louisiana article, but the
art director will take care of that.
Everything else about the picture
is genuine. Bob Breen and the 50-
piece Hall Johnson choir have been
rehearsing for two weeks, so that
the American Negro spiritual mu
sic will have the true beauty and
charm of the Deep South.
Peggy Ann Garner, a six-year-old
native of Los Angeles, won out over
100 other children in tests to find
just the right child to play the part
of Carole Lombard's daughter in
“Memory of Love.” She is inex
perienced, but she has charm and
her tests were good, so she was
signed up to appear with Miss Lom
bard. Helen Vinson and Katherine
Alexander, starting, perhaps, on the
road to fame.
Os course, this matter of being a
movie star isn’t half so much fun
for a child as other children are
likely to think it is. Irene Dare,
(another six-year-old) who is work
ing in “Everything on Ice,” can tes
tify to that. She rises at 6:30 every
morning, practices skating until
eleven, then has a ballet lesson for
an hour. After lunch she has a
dramatic lesson, then another hour
of skating practice, although she is
an accomplished skater. Her spare
time is filled with fittings for cos
tumes and tests for hairdressing and
Remember Aileen Pringle, you
folks who went to the movies in the
days of silent’pictures? You’ll see
her again in “Girl From Nowhere,”
with Anne Nagel and Warren Hull.
* * *
Douglas Corrigan, the wrong-way
flier, won’t make another picture
after all, at least not for RKO. And
Eddie Cantor is not to make “The
Flying Yorkshireman” for that firm,
after all. Both plans were just
cases of misplaced enthusiasm, ap
Phil Baker is probably one of the
most spoiled husbands in the world.
When he and his wife travel in Eu
rope she takes along a supply of
American groceries, because he
doesn’t like continental food.
Another radio serial will reach
the screen before so very long. It is
“Hometown,” heard over WLS,
which stars Lulu Belle and Skyland
Scotty, and will be filmed by Re
public Productions.
Whenever a new engineer is as
signed to the Charlie McCarthy pro
gram he’s initiated with the same
gag. Don Ameche and Edgar Ber
gen pulled it on the latest recruit.
They stood in front of a microphone,
moving their lips but not uttering a
sound, while the engineer nearly
went wild trying to find the trouble.
Parade now enjoys the highest rating
in its history, and Mark Warnow's con
tract has been reneived —first time a
bandleader has been retained on that
program for 26 consecutive weeks . . .
Walt Disney wanted the film rights for
Maeterlinck's "Bluebird,” but 20th Cen
tury-Fox got them; Shirley Temple
will be starred in the picture . . . Pat
O'Brien is readying a radio shoiv that
will be somewhat like the current pro
gram of Edward G. Robinson ... W hen
Hedy Lamarr and Robert Taylor fin
ish "Lady of the Tropics” they'll start
“Guns and Fiddles” they seem to
make an excellent co-starring team . . .
Robert Montgomery leaves soon for
England, to make two pictures.
Western Newspaper Union.
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Hopes Blasted
“Jack, dear,” she murmured.
“I hardly know how to tell you,
but—soon—soon—there will be a
third sharing our little love-nest.”
“My darling,” he cried, “are
you certain?”
“Positive,” she replied. “I had
a letter from Mother this after
noon saying she’s coming to live
with us next week.”
The tough said: “If your wife
wasn’t here I’d knock your block A
off.” With that his wife left the
room. A sporting gesture?
Nothing Doing
“Brown is a rotten sort of chap.
I asked him to lend me two dol
lars for a few days and he ab
solutely refused.”
“My dear fellow, this club's full
of men like that. I’m another of
“And what is a seasoned troop?”
“One that has ‘pep’ and ‘ginger’
in it I guess.”
“What’s that piece of string tied
round your finger for, Bill?”
“That’s a knot. Forget-me-not
is a flower. With flour you make
bread, and with bread you have
cheese. This is to remind me to
get some pickled onions.” 7
The Clear Kind
“Isn’t it wonderful the things
that can be made from ordinary
beef bones piano keys, teeth,
knife and fork handles, and so
‘Yes; and my landlady thinks
that they make soup, also.”
Husband (arriving home late) —
Can’t you guess where I’ve been?
Wife—l can, but tell, me your
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Can Attract Men
Here’s good advice for a woman during her
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about hot flashes, loss of pep, dizzy spells,
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vivacity to enjoy life and assist calming
jittery nerves and disturbing symptoms that
often accompany change of life. WELL
Equally Guilty
Those who consent to the act
and those who do it shall be pun
ished equally.—Coke.
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