Stolen car found thanks to ‘good sleuthing’
Oct. 31, 1940 - Springhill Record
You will have to hand it to Chief Buchanan for tracking down the lad who stole a car from Claude Carter’s Garage on Tuesday, Oct. 8th. The car was recovered at Bass River on Thursday where it had been abandoned. As the story is now pieced together it appears that Pte. R.R. Constable, of the PEI Highlanders, now stationed in Halifax, was Absent Without Leave from his unit.
He had been spending some time in town. On the Tuesday evening referred to he had been on his way to Carter’s Garage, and had the keys to the car, which he had removed from the car-lock which he had removed sometime earlier, in his hand when he accosted two local boys and asked if they would like to go to Halifax with him. They agreed to go and the party moved around the corner to the garage and left in what the two local boys thought was Constable’s own car.
At Bass River the car was deserted, and one local boy returned home, the other going on as far as Truro, from which point he too returned home.
When Chief Buchanan visited Bass River after he had been informed by Constable Richards, R.C.M.P. that the car was deserted there, he gathered the description of the boys from school children. Later, he gathered in the two local boys. He then discovered that Constable was using two aliases, Kelly and McDonald, and that he had told local parties he was AWOL from his unit. The Chief then contacted Capt. Clark, D.A.P.M., of Halifax and had him check on men who had returned to the unit about Wednesday. This was done and Constable was located on McNabb’s Island in detention. The two local boys were taken to Halifax and identified him as the soldier who had invited them to motor to Halifax.
Today Constable s being released from detention on McNabb’s Island and will return to his unit, where the city police will arrest him on the local charge. He will be brought for trial - and so another case has been solved. HL: Four sons serve their country Nov. 7, 1940 - James and Ralston Rushton, sons of Mrs. Janet Rushton and the late “Sandy” Rushton, enlisted during early days of the war in the R.C.A. in Charlottetown. Two more sons have recently enlisted: Stanley, a Great War Veteran, living in Drumheller, is now serving in a western unit of the Home Guard; Cecil remembered here as “Dick” who has been living in the U.S. for the past 15 years, came home recently to enlist in the Canadian Army. He was accepted in the R.C.A.S.C. and is now in Newfoundland. Ralston has since received his honorable discharge due to ill health. A grandson, Alex B. McLeod, a son of Mrs. Rushton’s daughter, Mrs. James McLeod, is also in the R.C.A.
We do not know if any other family has contributed an equal number, but several have three sons in the various services while a large number have two; including also a number of fathers and sons. “It’s a way they have” in
First boy in 32 Years
Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Fairbanks, at All Saints Hospital, Friday, November 1, a son, Jimmy, is particularly proud of this event for his son is the first boy born in the Fairbanks family in thirty-two years. The cigars have run out but Jimmy is still accepting congratulations.
Remembers the ‘Singing Miner’
Nov. 14, 1940 - We have a letter which will be of interest to many who “remember back” to a time when a Springhill boy, Ralph Maddison, was making his way in Vaudeville as “The Singing Miner.” The advent of the “talkies” made many changes in the entertainment world, and Ralph, after a time, came back home and has been living here a number of years. At present, he is very ill at the All Saints Hospital, where he has been a patient for several months.
The letter, which follows, is from the U.M.W. Journal:
Editor, The Journal - The Aug. 1 issue of the Journal under the heading “Time Marches On” contains the following item: “Ralph Maddison, The Singing Miner, played an engagement in Indianapolis” etc. I think this is the same Ralph Maddison who was very popular in the Crow’s Nest Pass coalfields from 1909 onward. I first heard him sing in Michel, B.C. about that year. Later he went into vaudeville with considerable success.
I last heard him sing at the Napier Theatre, Drumheller. About 1926 or 1927, before the advent of the talkies here. Before Mr. Maddison sang his songs a short silent moving picture was shown of the outside of a coalmine. The picture showed the miners receiving their picks at the blacksmith shop, after which they proceeded to the mouth of the tunnel, got orders from the firebox, and then entered the mine. Just as he was entering the mine Maddison would turn around and wave to the audience. The lights would then go on and he would be found on stage in person, when he would sing good songs in a strong and pleasant voice.
Receives call to the R.C.A.F.
Fred Williamson, who for the past ten years has been with The Record, starting as a printer’s devil at the age of 14, received a call Tuesday morning to report to Moncton for a medical examination for entry into the armourer’s unit of the R.C.A.F. He passed all his tests satisfactorily, and Wednesday afternoon left for Toronto to join his unit.