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TIIE MORNING OREGONIAN, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1923
AFTER LONG FLIGHT
TWENTY-THOUSAND-MILE TRIP TO EVADE JUSTICE PROVES
M SCHOOL UNIT
TO BE BUILT SOON
UNAVAILING TO FUGITIVE.
Fugitive Returns for Trial
Ironed Hand and Foot.
DRUG VENDOR IS DEFIANT
t'edpral Prisoner Hints Tliat He
Will Implicate Many Persons
to Prove Own Innocence.
A 20,000-mile trip, a jail break,
fwiventures of the super-thriller fiim
variety and a desperate attempt to
,.iatch his wits against the resources
.f the federal government have
availed Dave Lijrhtner, agcused nar
cotic dealer, nothing.
,' Shackled hand and foot and in the
custody of two deputy United States
marshals, the notorious Fortlanci
fugitive arrived in the city from Los
Angeles last night, victim of the
far-reaching justice of the federal
- Three months ago. on the eve of
his trial in the federal court on a
series of narcotics charges. Light
ner disappeared. His bondsmen
were ordered to pay the amount of
the surety. S2000. Then the United
States, through its agents of the de
partment of justice, began a hunt
as romantic, as adventurous as that
of the average melodrama or sen
sational bit of fiction. Radio and
wireless, stool pigeons and under
world characters, the master of a
Norwegian . tramp and ' a federal
marshal at Shanghai, China, were
enlisted in the chase.
, Thrilling; Adventurer Follow.
Lightner, arrested, was taken io
the consular prison at Shanghai. A
midnight jail break, a thrilling es
cape over roofs and walls of that
ancient Chinese city, 11 days spent
in hiding beneath the docks and in
the huts of a nearby Chinese river
town, enter the story of the fugi
tive's adventures The shipping
board steamer West Faralone, pull
ing out for San Pedro, offered a
chanee-of escape. Lightner took it.
hiding- beneath a Pile of- tackle in
the aft steering gear room.
A man-handling mate, a two-fist
ed captain, 19 days on bread and
water in an improvised brig, and
finally the federal section of the
Los Angeles county jail are featured
in his tale. As a climax to the ad
venture was the trip which ended
last night; a 48-hour trip in which
the fugitive wore both hand and leg
irons and was under the constant
guard of one of his two escorts.
LiS,hner Familiar Klfmr.
' Lightner is the familiar Lightner
of old, the local character who is
known to thousands of Portlanders
as a chubby newsboy who. first sold
papers and later conducted news
stands on prominent downtown cor
ners. From the vending of papers
he drifted into the bootleg business.
He acquired a reputation unenviable
even in the underworld. He was
more than a law-breaker, his fellows
in crime intimated. He was
snitch." an "informer."
- From bootleg. Lightner drifted to
narcotics. He "framed" a local Jap
anese, who had just received a large
consignment of -drugs from the
orient. As a part of his scheme, he
attempted to induce a policeman to
stage a "phoney" arrest, and to
allow Lightner to make off with the
drugs. But the policeman was hon
est and Lightner and the Japanese
went to jail.
C'rook 1 1 ends Jinrasglins IMot. ,
That was las December. Several
months iater Lightner, a couple of
policemen and two other men were
caught by federal officers in the
attempt to smuggle in a quantity Of
narcotics from a Japanese steamer.
Lightner went to jail again. A
series of indictments followed.
Lightner managed to get bail. Then,
on the eve of his trial, he fled.
. The fugitive, back in, tire confines
of the county jail last night, showed
a none too great inclination to talk.
Whether he wou.ld reveal secrets ot
the underworld secrets which ru
mor says have caused more than
one Portlander to lie awake nights
he would not tell.
"I'm not rapping anyone, he said.
"Alt I want is a fair trial. These
people who have been knocking me
haven't anything on -me. They can't
prove that I ever sold a bit of dope
in my life."
. Prisoner Hint at Exponures.
But after his questioners had told
him of certain events that had
transpired, in the last few months, of
the rumors of the -long sentence
that faces him, Lightner's tone
changed. He didn't threaten and
he made no set statements, but he
let- it be known that he knew con
siderable about certain persons in
Portland and he didn't propose to be
made a "goat" by anyone.
In short, although he denied it, he
let it be known that if pressed he
But on the subject of his adven
tures he talked freely talked with
that ' pardonable pride that a good
mechanic shows jn his works or. ac
complishments. His capture on the
Norwegian tramp, on which he had
sailed from Astoria, he admitted,
was due to his error of signing on
under his mother's name. But his
escape from the consular jail at
Shanghai was a feat that caused a
smile to spread over his fat, chubby
Portland Label In Undoing:.
The fact that he managed to
escape the American, British, Japa
nese, French ' and native police in
that cosmopolitan city, that he lived
for 11 days in a river town, 20 miles
from Shanghai without funds or
knowledge of the language, or of
the customs of the orient, he dwelt
on with no small measure of pride.
,."It was a Portland label on my
coat that got me," he explained.
"After they pulled me out of. my
hiding place on the West Faralone
the captain began to question me
about who I was. He knew about
the jailbrcak at Shanghai. When
he saw the label in my coat, the
stuff was off.
"He was some hard-boiled guy.
too. The mate was just as bad.
They chained me hand and foot and
fed me bread and water for 19 days.
These American sea captains are a
tough gang, a lot worse than the
Lightner, in common with the
man who goes to jail, maintains that
he is innocent. He is the victim of
a 'frame-up, he claims. When he
entered the jail last night a part
ner in the narcotics venture, a for
mer city policeman who is also
awaiting trial in the federal court,
was seated in the corridor. When
it was explained that the ex-blue-coat
now holds the position of jail
trusty, Lightner assumed an inter
rogatory air. ,
Positive Pmi for Photoarapfcer.
"What right's that guy to be a
trusty? He's in worse than I am. 1
didniX do nothing. I'm innocent.
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Board Orders Plans Drawn
, for Gregory Heights.
KENTON GETS ADDITION
IIT.VER, ACCUSED KAKCOTIC DEALKR.
This bunch tried to frame up on me.
They double-crossed me."
Lightner at first showed a great
aversion to posing for a newspaper
photograph. But when it was ex
plained that his rogues' galley
photograph, with number plate at
tached to his chest, was in the pos
session of the press and that a posed
photograph would set him off to a
much better advantage he consented
to pose on condition that a collar
and necktie be furnished him. This
"I want the people to see that I
ain't the yeggman these bulls and1)
federal dicks say I am," he ex
plained. "I'm innocent. Just wait
till my trial. I'll show them."
HARE MELODY RADIATED
COXCEliTS BROADCAST ARK
HEARD BY THOUSANDS.
Pupils of Mrs. Pred Li. Olson Fig
ure In One Offering; Other
. Vocal and Piano Solos.
For two hours last night the air
over Portland and the surrounding
country carried strains of music of
two solo concerts being broadcast
from The Oregonian tower, and
judging from the number of tele
phone calls received the music was
heard by thousands.
The first of the two concerts was
arranged by Mrs. Fred L. Olson, who
introduced seven of her pupils, six
of them sopranos. The second concert
was arranged by Miss Uenevieve
Gilbert, dramatic soprano, who sang
with Miss Elizabeth Reger, con
tralto. Miss Lucile Cummins played
the accompaniments and also a num
ber of piano solos.
The seven pupils in the first con
cert rendered delightful music. No
two of the sopranos were alike in
tone and quality and their perform
ance, one after the other, gave
opportunity for an interesting com
parison .of voices.
The second concert consisted of
soprano, contralto and piano solos.
Miss Genevieve Gilbert, dramatic
soprano, sang "Come to the Garden,
Love," "Musette's Aria" from "La
Boheme," "Annie Laurie" by re
quest. "The Ship," "Give Me All of
You," and "Good Morning, Brother
Sunshine." Miss Cummins' solos
were Liszt's "Canzonetta," Mendels
sohn's "Song Without Words,"
Novelette" (Rimsky-Korsakoff )
and Chopin's "Fantasy Impromptu."
Miss Reger's selections were
Thank God for a Garden," "Dreams
of Long Ago," "The Valley of
Laughter" and "A Mother's Croon."
OREGON' UNITED BRETHREN
BEGIN SESSIONS TODAY.
Bisliop VVashinger, Head of Coast
District, and Other Leaders
Will Attend Conference.
The opening session of the 69th
annual Oregon conference of the
United Brethern church will convene
at the Alberta church, East Twenty
seventh and Sumner streets, at 9
o'clock this morning. There will be
an address by Bishop William H.
Washinger, head of the Pacific coast
district. Communion will be held
before the business of the confer
ence is taken up.
' Pastors from all the churches in
the Oregon district will be present
at the conference ard there will be
many of the national executives of
the church in attendance.
The conference will be in session
for four days, with open meetings
during the day and at night. - W. O.
' Fries and Charles W. Brewbaker. of
Dayton, O., are representing the gen
eral church and among the well
known speakers who will assist in
the meetings will be Miss Emma
Paige of Marshalltown, la., who will
have charge of the first night serv
ice, to be held at 8 o'clock tonight.
Discussions of all the various de
partments of the church and plans
for the coming year will be the fea
tures of the conference. -Reports of
increases of membership in the vari
ous districts on the coast are ex
pected to be made.
Eisrht Rooms Will Be Added
Structure Now in Use in
:T ' North Portland.
The construction of the first unit
of a new Gregory Heights school
and an eight-room addition to. the
Kenton -school . will be started as
soon as plans and preliminary work
can" be nrenared as the result of
action taken at the meeting of the
school board last night.
The board chose Richard Martin
Jr. as architect for the new Greg
ory Heights school, which is to be
12.4-room unit of a structure, ulti
mately to contain 24 rooms. It. was
brought out at the meeting that at
present there are eight portables
in use at the Gregory Heights
school. At the Kenton school, where
the addition is to be erected, it was
announced that there are now more
children than can be taken care
Action was also taken by the
board looking to the purchase of
additional ground in the vicinity of
the Gregory Heights school.
Plans Are Approved.
The board approved he elevation
and general plans for the new
Narthwest high -school and W. C
Knighton was instructed to go ahead
with the working drawings. On re
quest from George K. Sandy, com
mander of Over the Top post, Vet
erans of Foreign Wars, for some
definite action, the board voted to
name this new high "school the Grani
Crowded conditions which resulted
in sending some of the pupils in the
Rose City Park section to other
schools are to be taken care ,of by
the improvement and use of some of
the rooms in the basement there as
a result of action taken. The fact
that some of the students there had
been sent to other schools had
caused a torm of protest arid the
holding of a mass meeting of
Communications from W. E. Kim
sey, secretary of the Central Labor
council, and John B. Wagner, finan
cial secretary of the steam and op
erating engineers, urging that engi
neers for the schools be chosen as
a result of competitive examination.
resulted in considerable discussion
The question was finally left in
Milk Requirement Chanfced.
On request of J. D. Mickle of the
Oregon dairy council action was
taken requiring that milk sold
school buildings shall score at least
A request for the employment of
an assistant to the principal at the
Lincoln high school was referred to
the educational committee.
VOTE ON BRIDGE ASKED
SELLWOOD WANTS MEASURE
TO GO ON BALLOT.
ST. LOUIS CONCERT HEARD
Radio Fans of Oregon Listen to
While no reports have come in
from Portland radio fans regarding
the reception of the special con
cert broadcast from the Post-Dispatch,
St. Louis, Mo., Tuesday night,
messages have been received by The
Oregonian from several radio fans
living within a few miles of Port
land who heard the distant concert.
S. N. Buck of Aloha, Or., received
the St. Louis station loud enough
to hear It 80 feet away from his ap
paratus, he said. Besides several
piano selections, he heard a song.
The Heart Bowed Down," very dis
Claude Smith, owner of a fine re
ceiving station at Camas, Wash., re
ported hearing the St. Louis con
certs very well.
A telegram was received by The
Oregonian from Harry B. Pearce of
Sunnyvale, Cal., reporting having
heard the Missouri broadcast.
Miss Ruth Snyder.
Funeral services for Miss Ruth
Snyder, who died at Emanuel hos
short illness last
noon, were held
ing at the Wood
Rev. Walton Skip
worth and Rev. L.
C. Poor officiat
ed. Interment was
in Rose City park
was popular at
the Franklin high
school, which she
also an active worker. of the Meth
odist Kpiscopal church and the Ep
She was born at Colorado Springs,
Colo., and came to Portland in early
childhood. She is survived by her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Snyder,
of 'this city, and her brother and
sister, Lawrence and Edith Snyder.
' Clarence Barry.
Funeral services for Clarence
Barry, whose body was found in the
Willamette river, near Indepen
dence, last Sunday, and which was
identified by his sister, Mrs. -Edith
Durban, of Vancouver, Wash., yes
terday, will be held today at 2
o'clock at the Dunning funeral par
lors. East Sixth and East Stark
streets. The Woodmen of the World
I will have charge. Interment wiil be
in Riverview cemetery.
Wishes of Suburban Board of
Trade Members Submitted to
A request that a measure be
placed on the November ballot pro
viding for a J450.000 bond issue for
a new bridge at Sellwood has been
submitted to the county commis
sioners by the Sellwood board of
trade, with a plea that voters be
permitted to decide on the advis
ability of locating the structure in
the southeastern suburb. A joint
meeting of the city and county com
missioners recently decided to have
two- measures, one providing for a
bridge at Beacon street and one to
replace the Burnside span, on the
ballot this fall, but effort to. have
the Sellwood site voted upon are
still being made by its supporters.
Designs for a structure at Sell
wood have been prepared by three
engineers, the estimated cost in
each case not exceeding $475,000,
and in two instances less than
The cost of operating the ferry
at Sellwood has been found to be
approximately $25,000 yearly and it
is said that this cost has increased
about $1000 yearly. Construction of
a span would be possible at a sim
ilar expenditure, it is held, and
would in addition provide 24-hour
service, whereas the ferry is operat
ed only 14 hours daily.
ALLEGED FORGER HELD
AUT0ISTS ARE LUCKY
Girl Unhurt, Man . Slightly In
jured When Car Overturned.
VANCOUVER. Wash., Sept. 13.
(Special.) J. -W. Ginivin and Miss
Gladys Hall of Seattle were going
towards Seattle in a delivery car at
noon today near Salmon creek when
Harvey Molyneux, 16 years old.
whizzed by In a bug and his rear
wheel caught the right front wheel
of the Ginivin car, turning it over
and pinning the occupants beneath.
The girl was not much injured.
Mr. Ginivin had five stitches taken
in his arm.
The Ginivin car was badly wrecked.
Phone your want ads to The Ore
gonian. Main 7070.
TRADE ACTJS TO PASS
News From Washington Pleases
Portland Business Men.
That the China trade act. provid
ing for federal incorporation of
American establishments doing bus
iness in China, a measure for which
the local Chamber of Commerce has
been f igniting- for the past two
years, will become a reality in the
next few days, was the news con
tained in a telegram received yes
terday by the local Chamber of
Commerce from L. C. Dyer, repre
sentative in congress from Missouri.
Mr. Dyer's wire said.
"The senate today adopted the
conference report on the China trade
act. This, means that it will be a
law within ten days."
Grange Fair Abandoned.
SHERWOOD, Or., Sept. 13. (Spe
cial.) Sherwood will not have a
grange fair this fall. At the last
meeting the Sherwood Grange de
cided to give the county money eet
aside for Sherwood to Scholls.
Scholls will reciprocate to She-rwood
next year. ,
Suspect Goes Into Inspectors' Of-
I ice by Mistake.
Vernon Heathman, contractor,
4920 Forty-second - avenue South,
made the mistake of his life when
he wandered into the inspector's of
fice at police headquarters yester
"Just the man we want," chorused
half a dozen or so of the sleuths,
and above the uproar rose the voice
of Tom Swennes. who dogs those
wayward members of society who
exchange bad paper for good money
and attach other folks names to i
Heathman was arrested on a war
rant issued last April on complaint
of M. B. Hearn.
Heathman had already been ar
rested on a charge of violating the
Quality has become so definitely associ
ated with Firestone that there are still some
users who fail to appreciate the price ad
vantage this name insures. In pledging
Most Miles per Dollar, it is a fundamental
Firestone policy to offer the lowest prices
at which true quality can be maintained.
Long and intensive planning, more effec
tive organization'and a raw material market
that was never so favorable today permit
the sale of Firestone Gum-Dipped Cords at
the lowest prices in history.
It is logical therefore that current sales
of these sturdy, dependable tires should sur
pass all previous records. The performance
of Firestone Cords on thousands of cars
establishes beyond dispute the fact that
they give Most Miles per Dollar.
Firestone offers price, but emphasizes
quality the quality that only superior
processes such as double gum-dipping, air
bag cure and rubber blending and tempering
can obtain. Dealers in all localities are pre
pared to serve you.
Most Miles per Dollar
30 x 3 Oldfield "999".
30 x 3 Oldfield "999".
30 x 3
30 x 34
30 x Zyi Regular Size.. .$12
30 x 3)4 Extra Size
32 x 4
33 x 5 .
Other nze at proportionate
price. C Tax free)
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prohibition law and walked into the I
inspector s quarters while 'hunting
for another office.
Alleged Thief Arrested. '
G. M. Bean was held at the city I
jail yesterday- charged with being
drunk and disorderly, and Martin
Nelson, who has admitted serving
a year in the Montana state peni
tentiary for highway robbery, was I
booked on a charge of larceny. Xhey
were picked up by Special Watch
man Worfel at Fourth and Pine
streets after midnight Tuesday.
Bean charged that Nelson had taken
$56 from him. The police found ?46
on the accused man.
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LAST 2 DAYS
THE YOUNG DIANA
"Ham" Hamilton in
Union Pacific System
Boilermakers, MachinistsBlacksmiths, Car
Repairers and Car Inspectors
FOR EMPLOYMENT AT POINTS FROM
PORTLAND TO POCATELLO, IDAHO
A strike now exists at these points.
Free transportation and expenses paid to place of employment,
also steady employment guaranteed and seniority rights pro
tected for qualified men regardless any strike settlement,
W. J. HANLON,
410 Wells-Fargo Building, Portland, Oregon,
or Superintendent's Office, Room 29 Union Station
Are Your Glasses
Just because you wear
glasses is no proof that your
eyes are properly fitted. You
should be able to read with
comfort. If you can't, visit
our Optical Department.
Have Your Eyes
STAPLES The Jeweler
266 Morrison St., Portland, Oregon.