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   Woodland Daily Democrat (Newspaper) - January 4, 1924, Woodland, California                               I ISSUED- DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAY WOODLAND, EVENING, JANUARY 4, 1924 ESTABLISHED 1877 f KELS DIES TEN MINUTES AFTER TRAP SPRUNG; HAD DIG BREAKFAST 'man FOLSOM PRISON, January Kels, Lodi went to eternity at 1 today. Kels began mounting the fa teful 13 steps to the Folsom prison gallows at One m inute later the trap was sprung and in 10 minutes the prison ph ysician pronounced him dead. Kels died like one of the ox en stolidly, uncom- plainingly. That he took to his death with him the consciousness of having commit- ted one of the most horrible murders in California's crime annals, was not apparent from his demeanor in the gallows room. He was calm, the most unconcern- ed, least nervous of the group of about 40 men who gathered to watch the legalized slaying of a human be- ing. Kels did not die hard, the guards said, who had seen many men die thus. To the novices in the death chamber it seemed that he did die hard. The twitch- ing shoulders, the swaying legs that writhed at firsts-it must be some he knew so well how to such horrible picture that Alex Kels carried in his mind of the death of Ed Meservey, his victim. Victim Little Known. Alex Kels gives his life for the life lie took on Sept. 12. that of Ed Lleser- vey, a little known, itinerant labor- er. :Kels hired the man at an employ- ment agency in Lodi, Kels' home city, ostensibly to do some repairing on a ranch not far from the city. At the randh, ordering the man to leave the auto in which they rode, and perform some minor task in one of the ranch buildings, Kels shot him down from behind. Then, placing the body in the rear section of his auto, he drove through and around Lodi for several hours, with just an old piece of canvas concealing the body from many -who might otherwise hare-seen (Continued on Par- Five) NEW PLANS FOR ELKS BUILDING NEARLY READY It is expected that the revised plans for the Woodland Elks new building will be ready to be submitted to .bid- ders early next week. It will prob- ably take several weeks before the bids will all be returned and ready for inspection. The delay in awarding the contract will not interfere, however, with the laying of the cornerstone, which is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15. Ground will be broken and work will be started on the foundation at that time. LIONS ENJOY DUCK FEAST: ASSURED POLICEALARM The regular weekly luncheon given by the Lions' Club was more than a luncheon today. Thanks to the gener- osity and unerring aim of C. C. Mc- Donald the members were served with a duck feast with all the trimmings. The spread was thoroughly enjoyed. Another very enjoyable feature was the entertainment given by the Miss- es Mabel Carrico and Virginia Winn, of the Midland Bureau. Miss Winn gave a reading, Miss Carrico a vocal solo and the concluding number was a vocal duet by the two young la- dies. J A flashlight, presented by H. 0-} Cummings, as a door prize, was won by J. N. Watson. The Lions assured George Kirk, a brother member, and also member of the board of school trustees, that they would be ready to do anything to help in rebuilding a new high school. Al Light reported that the city trus- tees had assured him that at the next meeting of the board they would au- thorize the installation of several telephone alarms on Main street to assist in locating the officers at night time. OAKLAND CLERIC PREPARES CASE AGAINST BLACK Associated Press dispatches from Santa Ana today quoted Rev. Burton Neal, former Metho- dist pastor here, as stating that Rev. T. O'Rear of Oakland would be the defending attorney for Rev. C. C. Black in the eccle- siastical court trial. That Neal was misunderstood seemed likely here, as O'Rear was appointed in Neal's church to prosecute Rev. Black. O'Rear said today that he is preparing his case. Wornout Linoleum Caused False Report of Attempt To Fire Grammar School A rumor was circulated last Wednesday that when the grammar school was reopened after the holiday vacation, it was discovered that an attempt had been made to burn the building. The rumor was that a hole in the floor of one of the runways indicated that incendiarism had been attempt- ed. The report, however, proved to be groundless. C. E. Dingle, princi- pal of the school, said today that the hole was nothing more serious than a worn place in the linoleum that had been there for several weeks. FRED J. BURMER, HIRAM HENNIGAN REGISTER FIRST General registration for all election purposes for the years of 1924 and 1925 is now open. The law requires a new Register every even year, and therefore all voters who expect to participate in any of the elections held after May 1 of this year, will be required to register again. This applies to the state election, the August primaries and the presi- dential election in November. Frederick J. Burmer and Hiram Heimigan were the first to appear before the county clerk for registra- tion this jear. B. F. Worley of Sutter county is in this city today.. Ex-Fane Of Local Girl Is TO "DEMOCRAT" FIRST TO TAKE Bright and early on Janu-ary -2nd W. H. Naylor was the first visitor to the "Democrat" office. "I want to make certain that I am the first 1924 declared the pioneer. Naylor believes that he has taken the "Democrat" continu- ously longer than any other subscriber. "I've been a subscriber for thirty-seven years said the and I in- tend to continue for the rest of my life." Naylor carried the postoffice mail here for many years. He is now retired. Miss Irene Caldwell returned from San Francisco Thursday and is stop- ping at 420 Court street in this city. 2070 Red Cross Members, Result of County Drive; 18 Service Men Assisted The regular monthly meeting of the Yolo County Chapter of the Ameri- can Red Cross Association, was held Thursday afternoon, at the court- house. J. I- McConnell, chairman, presided over a meeting full of rou- tine business of the Chapter. Reports to date showed that 2070 memberships to the Red Cross were subscribed for in Yolo county. This is a little short of the amount obtain- ed last year. The Executive Committee wishes to thank, again, all who helped in the recent Roll Call, and especially Boss Wilson, who did good work as of the drive. Mrs- Leander Twrney, secretary, reported having assisted 18 ex-ser-> vice men and their families; having laad 52 interviews at her office; as- sisted in a survey of living conditions the county; located two men for the Federal Board, besides doing all the clerical work connected with the office. "There seems to be a misappre- hension on the part of some people, that the Red Cross can help anyone who comes along and announces that (he is an ex-service said Mrs. Turney. "The work of financially helping ex-service men Is strictly limited, by the National Headquar- ters, to disabled The Red Cross nurse reported a good monk's work. Her report ap- peared in joint with Mrs. Carrow's in yesterday's "Democrat.' Clothing Needed. Most of the clothing has been given out There is a great demand for men's clothing of all kinds. Pack- ages may be left al the Public Health room at the comt house, or with Mrs. Turney. ite Falter Quizzed As To Hi Fire LEATING NO POSSIBLE CLUE UNINVEST1GATED, SHERIFF J. W. MONROE AND CONSTABLE LEROY HILLHOUSE TODAY QUESTIONED FRED WARD, DEAF AND DUMB FAKER, WHO WAS JAILED HERE YESTERDAY FOR begging. The officers thought pos- sibly Ward might be a tool of the L W. W.'s, and might know something of the origin of the Woodland high school fire. Ward convinced the authorities that he is not a member of the L W. W. and had nothing to do with setting the disastrous blaze. FAMILY NIGHT ENJOYED AT ELKS CLUB Thursday -was family night at the Elks Club, and the members were privileged to invite their families to the entertainment provided by the Midland Bureau of Los Angeles. The artists last evening were Miss Vir- ginia Winn and Miss Mabel Carrico. The former gave a number of high class readings and some fancy danc- ing, while the latter specialized in Indian songs and legends. The en- tertainment was thoroughly enjoyed. The committee in charge of last ev- ening's entertainment was composed of Robert Litsch and W. F. Mixon Jr. These "Family Entertainments" are held every month and provide much enjoyment for the members and their families. To Little Insurance On Winters Home Everett McCormick, Wnters ranrh- er, reported today that he will re- cover but little insurance as a result of the destruction of his newly-re- modeled home. The origin of the fire Las not been determined. McCor-: mick's loss will be dose to lappoint Officials Political plums are to be dis- tributed by the Yolo board of su- pervisors at their regular meet- ing next Monday. With only one exception, the present appointive officials of the county will be re- named. All members of the board said this morning that 5s no plan to make any change in the per- sonnel of the group appointed annu- ally. A to Wm. Hidings, Humane Officer, wiil be necessitated because of his Those who arc to be re-named, their positions and their salaries are: LOU W. SAVAGE, Hospital War- den, a njuuUi. MRS. LOU W. SAVAGE, Hospital Matron, a month. DR. H. D. LAWHEAD, Physician Wife Fled to Buy More Hop, Charge George Greene, who with his wife served a jail term here last year after officers had charged Mrs. Greene with forcing their little child to inject the morphine needle into her arm, is back again. He told officers here today that his wife has also failed to make good her resolve to from drugs and has eloped with another man who can provide her with more "hop." Their child is being cared for at the Graes -Valley orphanage. Here Year Ago. The couple first came to the atten- tion of the local officers on January 2, 1923. The twain began serving jail .erms here. Probation Officer A. A. Powers had found a deplorable condi- tion existing in their home at Wash- gton. Their child was taken away 'rom them. Greene was released February 22, 1923, and his wife the following March 18. After taking the "cure treatment" at the jail, they felt they could keep away from drugs. They asked for the return of their little child, but the officers insisted that the daughter was having good care and should be left at the orphanage. Had Morphine. Constable Henry Buckingham book- ed Greene this last time on the charge of having morphine in his possession. He is to be confined for sixty days. Greene registered as 48 years old, but the authorities do not believe that he is over 35. His wife is 47 years old. According to advices sent here to Sheriff J. W. Monroe's offices, Charles Bunch, formerly an au- tomobile salesman in this city, is wanted at San Jose and in San Francisco on the charge of pass- ing fictitious checks. Bunch's engagement to Miss Bernice Gould, prominent soci- iety girl of this city, was broken off around Christmas time. Miss Gould stated that she had notified Bunch before she learned of the check trou- ble, that the betrothal was termin- ated. Manager Ryan of the Emporium, San Francisco, telephoned here yes- terday that he is "getting out a war- rant" for Bunch's arrest. The sheriff of Santa Clara county wrote to Sheriff Monroe asking that Bunch be taken into custody, stating that he held a warrant in San Jose for his arrest. Bunch was here over the holidays, but returned to the bay section. He is a dapper appearing young fellow and his engagement to Miss Gould had been announced four months ago. An effort was made to locate Bunch for a statement but he could not be found. The Hood River, apple ship- pers will send ou ta total for this year of boxes. 'PHONE GIRLS GET "LINES BUSr AT HOLIDAY BANQUET Guests of the the members of the Woodland Telephone Exchange enjoyed a dinner party last evening at The Bon Gusto. It was a real holiday feast, with a menu pre- pared to suit the most exacting tastes of the obliging crew of the telephone office. Harry Summers, head salesman at the Main Street Carage, is returning from San Francisco this afternoon in a new Star car, which will be on ex- hibition at the garage tomorrow. e Prays For Cleric's Auxiliary Post (Continued on Page Eight) MR. AND MRS. J.M, PEART HONORED ON mm WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Fifty years ago in Gaysboro, Nova in holiday colors and a delicious tar- In the walkc of the previous day's announcement by Rev. C. C. Black, Methodist cleric under suspension Tending a trial by ihc ecclesiastical court on the charges that undue inti- with a woman parishioner, that he had received friendly letters from many parts of the state, came the news today from friends of his ac- caser, that she had been extended a Scotia, on Christmas eve, wedding bells mingled with Christmas chimes for John Marshall Peart and Miss Ma- ria Ann Penny. On December 24, 1923, a half centory later, Mr, and Mrs. Peart gathered their family around them at College City to ccJe- brate their golden wedding. The Peart home was beautifully decorated Peart of Venice. key sapper was served, Mr. and Mrs, Peart are vineyardists of the College City sec- tion and are well known in Colusa county, where they have made their home for the past thirty years. Five children were bom to them: Mrs. Gene Pierce, Wilbur Peart and F. A. Peart of College City and Claude vote of confMterajft late yesterday af- I lernoon by the members of the Wood- hand Benefit Association of the Lodge of Maccabees arid fast night fey the Auxiliary women of Yolo Post, No. 77, of the American Legion. It was stated that the Maccabees not only unanimously pledged their friendliness for the minister's ac- cuser, but stood for one minute in si- lent prayer for her. The cleric's accuser attended both the afternoon lodge meeting and the Auxiliary Post affair of last night She said today that she had not <-d the endorsement of cither organ- ization. Local Report Denied. AH day yesterday there were ru- mors that an effort would be made to have her voluntarily retire from field as president of the Auxiliary. One official of the local Auxiliary stated word had come from State Auxiliary headquarters in San Francisco that a representative had been sent here to consult with the lo- cal post relative to the position of incoming president. Late in the afternoon State Secre- tary Clendell told newspapermen that she had not authorized anyone to con- sult with the Yolo Auxiliary "It is a matter entirely op to the local ea   

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