Stolen car found thanks to ‘good sleuthing’

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - HISTORY - PatCrowe

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

Springhill.

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.

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