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Abilene Morning Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 5, 1927, Abilene, Texas r I ^ Abilene WEATHER • ( . partly cloudy. ) ■ ■. ..... rn* rn orter-N ABILENE. TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 5,1927—FIFTY. PAGES. Price 5 Cents NUMBER 236 COLUMBIA BOUND FOR EUROPE •To •Ti * •Ti •▼• * •▼• •Ti •Ti •Ti ¥ PT* •Ti •Ti ai Three Fort Worth Youths Perish In Airplane Crash * •Ti •Ti •Ti * •Ti •Ti •Ti •Ti •Ti •Ti •Ti •Ti •▼• •Ti £ •Ti •Ti ¥ •Ti •Ti •Ti * LINDBERGH ABOARD USS MEMPHIS, SAILING FOR HOME SKIES JOYFUL N “Now For A Rest" Remarks Lindbergh Af-* ter Closing French Ovation A Rich Charles Levine, Father Of Two, Begins Great Adventure In Atlantic Hop N’ BY WILLIAM HILLMAN Universal Service Staff Correspondent ON BOARD THE U. S. 8. MEMPHIS, June 4. — Lindbergh is tonight making his second transatlantic voyage. But he is not traveling alone this time. The sandy-haired youth from the Middle West is homeward bound on the flagship of the United States naval forces in European waters with honors I ti id attention befitting the ad-siiral of the fleet. Lindbergh, freighted with the decorations of France, Belgium and England, today received his first official American tribute when he stepped aboard the Memphis. Gans Boom Salute Nothing he did during the last two weeks gave him keener Joy than the tribute paid him when, escorted by Rear Admiral Burrage, he boarded this ship. Eight “side boys’ saluted him. The special guard was turned out. I The band played. Honors rendered only to a presl- --— dent# ambassador or the admiral of /Pr.. 1 . n> . Vf , rwalrvIce * „ the fleet I NOGALES, Arbs., June 4.—Con- There was a bright sparkle in his 1 ^ lo » cor **«* the eyes and his boyish smile returned y« Uow “PresWential special," Mexi < ny Th* Associated Press) EW YORK, June 4 When Charles A. Levine, hatless and in ordinary business clothes, stepped suddenly into the monoplane Columbia today and hopped off with Clarence Chamberlin, he left behind a letter to his young wife, begging her forgiveness and explaining that to make such a flight had been the crowning ambition of his life. Mrs. Levine hat, no idea that her husband was to go on the flight and when she saw him step into the cockpit and fly away, she fainted. When she was revived, she was handed a letter from her husband by former Senator Charles C. Lockwood. She was reached by telephone at her summer home J/ fie Associated Press shortly alter noon and told that the Columbia had been seen passing safely over Yarmouth. She expressed delight and supreme confidence in her husband and Chamberlin. • • • (By The Associated Pres*) , ROOSEVELT FIELD. N. Y„ June 4.— Charles A. Levine, the millionaire managing director of the Columbia aircraft corporation, whose decision to accompany Clarence Chamber* Un on his flight came as a complete surprise, made his will a few days ago, close friends said today. YOUNG PILOT gin ELIE Uncle Sam’s Leading Trans-Atlantic Airmen Lacked Experience, Says Instructor; Gyrations Of Plane Viewed By Passing Tourists Mrs. Calles’ Body Enroute To Mexico (By The Associated Press) FORT WORTH, Texas, June 4.—Three youths were killed at the Jubilee flying field on the Weatherford road shortly before noon today when an airplane in which they were flying fell 500 feet, bursting into flames as it struck the ground. The bodies were so badly burned that the men were identified with difficulty. The dead: Marvin Johnson, 24; Kearney Wright, 21; Harry Lee Cosby, 21. Spectators said the plane went into a tail spin before it plunged to the earth. Stopped To Watch Tourists passing along the road toward Port Worth said the plane had been making queer gyrations, and they had halted to observe it After a couple of turns to left and right, at »a height of about 500 feet, I ; the machine turned toward the earth the gasoline tank exploding and a sheet of flame sweeping the plane as it struck the ground. The three ; men killed were residents of Port Worth. High cards in the New York-to- Europe game these-—friendly gamblers with fate. Young Captain Charles A. Lindbergh, (left) has conquered the Atlantic and is re turning to the United States now ence A. Chamberlin with Charles from France. Commander Richard A. Levine, is now beating his way El. Byrd, (center) is still waiting across the Atlantic to better Lind-» favorable day to hop-off. Clar- berths record- CHAMBERLIN WITH LEVINE AS COMPANION HUSTLE THROUGH SKY TOWARD UNKNOWN GOAL Rome, Berlin, Constantinople, Leningrad Mentioned As Possible Landing Places For Daring U. S. Fliers; Weather Conditions Good Pair Would Beat Lindbergh’s Record Levine’s Departure Is Dramatic Surprise With Wife And Friends Unaware Of His Intentions to the fullness of the early days when all Paris bowed at his feet. They were firm and vigorous steps that he took on “American” soli. “I am happy to be homeward bound.” He told me, “I’ve had a marvelous time in Europe and I appreciate keenly the honor paid me, but it’s good to know that I am go rge* LINDBERGH' Page 4) Cos national train, was tonight bearing the body of Senora Natalie Calles, wife of President Calles, who died in Los Angeles three days ago, to Mexico City for interment. Accompaning the body of the late first lady of the land of Mexico are three of her daughters, several other members of the family and close friends. President Calles will meet the funeral train en route to tne national capital. CHICAGO’S POLICE BAFFLED IN ATTEMPTS TO DISCLOSE NEWEST MURDER MYSTERY LBy Th* Associated Pre**) FORT WORTH. Texas, June 4.— The impetuosity and inexperience of youth, eager for a thrill, was blamed for the airplane tragedy near here about noon today, which snuffed out the lives of three young men of this city. Marvin Johnson, Kearney Wright, and Harry Cozby, all residents of Fort Worth, were burned to death when the airplane in which they were riding went into a tail spin at a height of about 600 feet and plunged to the earth, bursting into flames as the gasoline tank exploded and shot fire from one end of the machine to the other. Student at Field Johnson, who was piloting the plane at the time of the crash, had been student of flying under George Bischoff, owner of the plane, and experienced aviator, for several months, and had taken passengers aloft a number of times, but in no sense of the word could be termed experienced, Bischoff said. Wright What capital in Europe is the intended destination of the Be I lan - i ca monoplane. Columbia? Pilots I Chamberlin and Levine left with-! out announcing their objective in Europe. Berlin and Rome are said to have been selected by the pair. The above drawing shows distances from New York to other world- famous cities such as P berlin might have cove: world's ^record non-stop flight. Chainon hLs LEGION WILL HEAR MOODY AT COLEMAN 500 Delegates Expected To Attend District Convention (Special to the News) COLEMAN, June 4.—More than 200 delegates were here tonight for the district American Legion convention which convenes in this city tomorrow. Gov. Dan Moody is scheduled to and Cozby were friends of Johnson’s arrive tomorrow morning at 10:40 and were merely passengers with him. Bischof said he had warned Johnson. who had done repair work on the plane during the morning not to fly the machine, a Curtis biplane, and had even removed some of the (By Universal Service) CHICAGO, June 4.—A murder mystery as deep and entangling as any conjured by the mind of A. Comm Doyle, and one requiring the detective skill of the famed Sherlock Holmes confronts the Chicago authorities, through the death of Mrs. Mary | a ” a naa even rc ™°' Pd ?*? me , or l th 5 a( 19 engine parts, which evidently had Sietsema, comely matron of 52. been reolaced to make thp n ane Her body was found Thursday Hirsch’s clothes were bloodstained, j fly, evening by her husband, Martin, * ‘ ‘ when he returned home from work. She had been strangled to death with nine strands of lamp cbrd. j Four men, three of them negroes his clothes showed. are being held for questioning, but lacerations on the all of them steadfastly deny any part In the murder. The last one, Jack Grim, a negro garage attendant, was arrested today the victim of an attack. ^This state ment more or less eliminates the negroes, it was said. o’clock in time to address the convention when it assembles at the Coleman school building at Ii o’- 1 clock. Col. Alvin Ousley is also to .speak at that session. R. C. Winters of Abilene, state con mander of the American Legion of Texas will be rn marge of the meeting. A big dance was given advance legionaires tonight. An auto ride through the city for the delegates : is scheduled for nine o'clock Sun-. . _ # — _ day morning. More than 500 ser- Air Line Planned men are ex, * cted <or **“ EM - Texas-California after being sought since Friday. He was reported to have been seen about the Sietsema premises a short time before 2:30, when it has been established the murder occurred. The other negroes are Leo Mc-Junkin and Oil! Folks. Th** time of the murder was set Iv >*3. Robert Booth, friend of Vie family who said she had pas-eel the house about 2:15 and had heard Mrs. Sietsema arguing with someone, although she could not establish who this person was. The white man held is Michael Kirsch, a butcher, who admitted going to the Sietsema home twice »< h. • . . m I replaced to make the plane Hirsch’s clothes were bloodstained, - but he explained this by saying he had cut his finger at the meat shop. Police do not believe a finger cut would leave the amount of blood There were no body of Mrs. Sietsema. Physicians today definitely re ported that their examination show- ed that th. worn*, had not beenJ edtonight that regular airplane pas- J (By Th* A*f»(K?lat*(1 Press) LOS ANGELES, line 4.—The Aero Corporation of California annotine- aion tomorrow, according to Wallace, commander of the Ray Post of American region at According to word received I rom Abilene, approximately 60 dele- cars ^ geI 5 s Sunday morning for the convention. A large number of visitors other than delegates are expected for and Fort Worth, Texas, would be inaugurated within 30 days. The Although robbery might have been first trip of tri-motcred planes will the motive, the authorities are more , be made about July 4. or less inclined to doubt it, for only will contact with eastbound planes $14 and a diamond engagement ring at Fort Worth with landings at im-were taken. * The most importan due on which the detective bureau is working now is the knots used by the slayer in strangling the woman. All of the knots used in tightening the cord were what is commonly Gov- te El portent intermediate points. The route of the planes will through Phoenix, Ariz., and Paso, Texas. • • t While it Is unknown here as to what the route will be through Texas. Abilene ii on the direct route from El Paso to Po. „ Worth. Chamber of Commerce and W :t the morning session to hear The craft emor Moody speak. A breakfast picnic will be given the visiting delegates at noon tomorrow. Selection of the next meeting place will be made at the business session tomorrow afternoon at three o’clock. The meeting is to be held at the Dixie theatre. called “sailor know.” These knots •slip and Ushten themselves. The knots showed, according to the police during the day to deliver meat, the ; that someone well versed in the Texas Air Transport Company prob-second tim*’ about the time the tying of these knots was responsible ably will take steps immediately to The detectives admit that they are far from solving the crime. have Abilene designated as a station. ROTAN CHILD DIES ROTAN, Texas, June 4.- The 4 year old child of John Sellers died this morning from injuries received j yesterday when nu* ovei by car . . ..... driven by a Mr. Smith of Amon., ls the Wright-Bellanca “Columbia Skull and neck injuries caused j which is being piloted today to Eusr-death. ooe by Clarence Chamberlin and Charles A. Levine. In the center is the tri-motcred Fokker “America,” in which Commander Byrd is to take off; and below is Captain Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St lAuis.” (By The Associated Press) NEW YORK, June 4.—The Bellanca monoplane Columbia was over the North Atlantic tonight headed east, and with the farthest European point it can reach the objecive, in an effort to wrest the world record for long distance flying from Charles Lindbergh. Rome, Berlin, Constantinople and Leningrad were'mentioned as possible landing places. Ideal weather was reported as the little plane flew true on its course from the United States to Nova Scotia and so on toward its indefinite goal. Tail winds were helping the plane’s early success and promised to assist all the way ooross the ocean. | In the late afternoon, the plane was sighted off Nova Scotia and apparently holding to an off shore course which reduced I chances of observation of its progress. CHAMBERLIN FORMER COWBOY At the controls as the Columbia hurtled through the nigh! was Clarence Chamberlin, 32 year old former cowboy, army aviator and holder with Bert Acosta of the world endurance record which was made in this very plane. Beside him in the cabin was Charles A Levine, his financial backer and a surprise member of the crew. Levine is 30 years 1 old, began life as a stable boy and then became wealthy as a dealer in metals. He is an amateur flier, but has done very lit* endurance, flying and whether he could be of practical assistance to Chamberlin was a matter of speculation. Both men are married and Levine is the father of two girls; Mrs. Levine tonight had recovered from an attack of hysteria, suffered when she first learned her husband was to make the trip as he hopped into the cockpit at the take-off. Mrs. Chamberlin kept at home what was expected to be tlje longest vigil of her experience as an aviator’s wife. BEHIND LINDBERGH'S SCHEDULE Reports late today from Nova Scotia indicated the Columbia was flying several hours behind the schedule set by Lindbergh, making arrival time in Ireland not probable before late tomorrow afternoon, eastern daylight saving time. The reason for the slower time was ascribed by John Carisi, who replaced B. M. Bellanca with the Wright Aeronautical Company, to Chamberlin’s desire to avoid spurts and high flying speed for the sake of economizing on the gasoline supply. “Chamberlin is holding the pace down,” said Carisi, ’’in order to get distance, not speed. He told me before he left that he wanted to make the gas hold out to the las drop.’* It was just two weeks ago this evening that Captain Charlet A. Lindbergh dropped down out of a darkening sky on Le , Dom get field at Paris, the first man ever to fly there from New York, He beat Chamberlin to Paris, so Chamberlin set out today to go beyond Paris, thus adding to his laurels th# long distance flying record as well as the endurance record. USE FAMOUS BELLANCA PLANE The plane in which Chamberlin and Levine took off for Europe is the same Wright engine in the Bellanca monoplane “Columbia” which stayed in the air for more than 51 hours to give Chamberlin and Acosta the endurance record. The flight was marked by great excitement because of th* element of mystery that enshrouded its beginning. Until th« very last moment, it was not known that Levine, who is managing director of the company which owns the Columbia, was going along. Absolute secrecy had been maintained as to the man who would accompany Chamberlin and even Levine’s own wife did not know of his intention. When the monoplane was close to the runway at Roosevelt field, from which Lindbergh took off more than two weeks ago, ’ Chamberlin appeared in flying clothes and took control, but no navigator was in evidence. Levine was on hand but he was in ordinary business clothes and bareheaded. ANSWERS QUERY WITH LAUGH “h> it possible that you are to be the second man yourself?** some one asked Levine and he laughed shortly as his wife looked at him in sudden concern. “Where did you get that idea?’* he asked, and then added, “I’d like to go.” When the plane was ready Leyine hopped into the cockpit beside Chamberlin. Somebody said something about his going to take a little test flight. Mrs. Levine showed some concern (Se* I'Ll A MUE iii. IN EUROPE BOUND race t»
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