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About The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 20, 1939)
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1939.
William James spent the week
end with his parents.
Sam Jordan is driving a Chevro
let car that he recently purchased.
Iris Miller was home from the
University of Nebraska Sunday af
ternoon. Dan "Williams has l)3en feeling
quite poorly of late. He is suffering I
from stomach trouble.
Wayne S warts of Hemingford
Fi'cnt Tuesday evening with his
ir.othcr and relatives in Alvo.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Williams spent
lust Wednesday with Mrs. Williams'
mother, Mrs. Bruner of Waverly.
Men of the community who are
interested in the Soil Conservation
program were present at the Jordan
l all Monday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Emil Hamilton, of
Central City came Thursday morn
ing and will spend a few days with
Mrs. Hamilton's brother, Elmer Kly
ver and wife.
Lelia Nickel, the little daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Nickel, has
teen feeling poorly, having a very
pore throat the past several day..
She is reported to be feeling much
Wayne Swarts, a former resident
cf this community, was in Colli?g2
View with a load of horses for the
community sale there last Thursday.
Wayne is residing at Hemingford, :"n
Tox Eutte county.
Mrs. S. C. Boyles entertained the
bridge club at her home Thursday
afternoon. The ladies enjoyed a
covered dish luncheon at one o'clock.
Mrs. A. B. Stroemer and Mrs. Arthur
Dinges were guests.
The Farmers Unicn members and
their families enjoyed a covered dish
luncheon Monday evening at the Ar
thur Roelofsz home. Several families
participated in furnishing and en
joyed the meal and sociability of
Mrs. Simon Rehmeier, Frank and
Fred, were accompanied by Mrs.
Sterling Coatman and two sons, Lee
rnd Gilbert all attended a show in
Lincoln Sunday afternc-on. The oc
casion was in honor of Gilbert, who
was celebrating his birthday.
Mr. and Mrs. Rex Simpson, ot
Shannon City, Iowa, accompanied by
an uncle and aunt of ?rs. Simpson.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mickle, ol
Avoca, were evening guests at t.h-3
William Mickle home Wednesday
evening. The Simpsons w;ere on a
short wedding trip. Mrs. Simpson,
the bride, is a niece of Wm. Mickle.
Club Members Enjoy Luncheon
Members of the Alvo Reading club
enjoyed a most luscioas dinner at
the home of Mrs. Roy Coatman on
Thursday of last week.
The luncheon committee included
Mesdames Roy Coatman, Buehler.
August Johnson, Clarence Frolih
and Frank Edwards.
Guests were seated at small tables
that were decorated i:i a red and
white color scheme. Cupids were
used for place cards. Fifteen guests
besides the committee were present.
After the luncheon, the ladies par
ticipated in bridge and Chinese
Shower for Mrs. Hergenrader
Mrs. Hergenrader, of Lincoln, the
former Miss Doris Kinney, was given
a lovely shower by a gioup of friends
Wednesday afternoon jit the home of
Mrs. Phillip Coatman.
iThe guests played Chinese check
ers for entertainment after which
the bride of a few weoks was show
ered with many lovely gifts from her
Delicious refreshments were serv
ed at the close of the afternoon's
activities by Mesdames Phillip Coat
man. Collins. Snavely. Carl Rosenow,
Charles Roelofsz, Frank Edwards
Slips on Ice
Dallas Fifer slipped on ice Mou
day while carrying out some grocer
ies from the store in which he works
ir Lincoln. In falling he sprained
his ankle and hurt Lis back. He is
recovering nicely and will soon be
able to get around in his usual
To Celebrate 50th Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Reefer, form
er Alvo residents who will celebrate
their 50th wedding anniversary on
Tuesday, are to be honored by their
daughter, Mrs. Roy Cole, of near
riattsmouth. who will hold Open
lioiiEe at her home at 8:00 o'clock
Mr. and Mrs. Keefer have been re
tiding at Gleuwood, Iowa, for sev
Hit by Car
Sherman Wolfe, a former Alvo
:esident. who. has a job as flagman,
iu Lincoln was hit by a car Mon-!
day when cn duty. A freight train
was going through and two cars were
waiting to cross. Jnst as soon as the
track was clear of the train both
cars made a dash across the cross
ing, with one car pulling out and
attempting to pass the other. Sher
man was hit by this car.
It will be necessary for him to be
off duty a few days, but the writer
understands that the injuries are
Last Eites for Joseph Armstrong
Last rites for Joseph Armstrong,
$2, were held Thursday afternoon
at 2:00 o'clock at the Methodist
church with Rev. John Hammel of
ficiating. Mr. Armstrong was born in the
state of Indiana, but had been a
resident of the Alvo community 5-
During his earlier life, he had
been engaged in farming, but had
retired from that occupation several
On January 17, Mr. and Mrs. Arm
strong celebrated their 56th wedding
anniversary. He is survived by his
wife, three sons. Roy of Omaha, Glen
of Dorchester and Ivan of Havelock;
one daughter, Mrs. Mona Barrett ot
Lincoln; ten grandchildren and five
Mr. Armstrong was very active
for a man of his age and had been
able to get around very well up to
the time of his last illness.
Mr. Armstrong passed away Mon
day evening about 6:00 o'clock at a
Lincoln hospital. The family has a
host of friends who extend sym
pathy. Wabash News
LeRoy Stanley, the Wabash mer
chant, made a business trip to the
county seat last Wednesday.
Charles Schaefer of Murdock was
in Wabash last Wednesday distribut
ing oils and gasoline to his custo
Sherman Hardaway suffered a cut
on his right cheek while splitting
some kindling, as a piece of a board
flew up and struck him in the face.
Thomas Cacy, a friend of Sherman
Hardaway (the two coming from the
same town in Missouri was looking
after business in this vicinity Wed
nesday of last week.
LeRoy Stanley has been suffering
from a severe attack of lumbago, j
which has made it difficult for him
to keep up his work in the store and
on the farm.
Herman Luetchens who residos
north of highway No. 1 was
livering wheat to the elevator in!ter wllo reside in Avoca.
Wabash a number of days during
the past week.
Fred Towle was called to Weep
ing Water Tuesday of last week,
but was able to get back to Wabash
in time to participate in the even
ing Chinese checker game.
Bert M. Earden narrowly averted
a severe case of pneumonia the past
week, when he fought off the effects
of a very severe cold that settled in
his lungs. He is employed at the
quarry operated by the government.
Mrs. H. H. Gerbeling was hostess
last Wednesday to the members oi
the Wabash General Kensington.
Already the ladies are making plans
for the coming summer season,
when they will make an effort to
see that weeds are not permitted to
grow along the streets and public
places and that instead flowers are
cultivated to add to the general ap
pearance of our town.
New Fed Takes the Town
While the store at Wabash is the
central place of interest and a forum
for the decision of questions of all
kind, those who gather there also
find time to participate in the latest
tad, which at present is Chinese
checkers. Everyone is becoming
akdept at the game and each night
some spirited contests are engaged
TO RETURN ESCAPED CONVICT
ST. JOSEPH, Mo., Feb. 18 (UP)
Harry W. Jcpperson and D. T. Higbec
officials of the Nebraska reformatory,
planned to leave here for Lincoln to
day with Ernest Armicariila one ci
four youths who escaped Thursday.
The four stole a car and were
speeding toward Mexico when the ma
chine veered from the rad and crash
ed. Veronon Lee, 21, Nebr. City, war
killed, Wilbur Miller 20, of Eldorado
Illinois was fatally injured and Arm
icariila and Samuel Sutton, 21 of
Norfolk, Nebraska were injured. Sut
ton's injuries were so serious that
physicians advised agrainst returning
him to the reformatory today. Lee's
body was taken to Nebraska CCity
last night. Miller's body will be buried
Mr. and Mrs. Ball Weber, who re
side in South Dakota, have returned
home after a visit at points in Min
nesota and here.
George Shackley was a visitor in
Lincoln last Tuesday, having sor;e
matters there to look after and also
meeting his many friends.
Alfred Roelofsz was shelling and
delivering corn to the elevator, get
ting it in before the heavy snow,
while the roads were good.
The Housekeepers Union met with
their fellow member, Mrs. John
' Mohr, last Tuesday, where a most
pleasant afternoon was enjoyed.
Carl O. Zaiser and wife gave a
party for some fifty of their friends
one evening last week. Bridge was
played and a fine luncheon enjoyed.
Henry Smith, the trucker, was
taken with mumps last week, and as
they have been very severe, he has
not been able to look after his truck
While Fred Marquardt was at
tending the farm sale of the home
of Burriel Wolfe last Tuesday, Earl
Freeman was looking after the work
at the elevator.
Peter Jourgescn. Sr.. who has
been living in a rental property since
disposing of his home, has purchased
another residence property in which
the family are now residing.
Rev. R. I). Hall, former pastor of
the Congregational church here, and
wife, were guests last Sunday after
noon and evening at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Switzer of Ne
hawka. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wessell gave
a Valentine party to members of the
Senior class of the Avoca high school
in honor of their daughter. Miss
Pauline, who is one of the forthcom
Senator Fred L. Carsten was at
home over the week end. returning
to resume his work at Lincoln early
Monday morning. Mr. Carsten is
kept pretty busy as there are many
important bills before the legisla
ture. Bobbie McDonald, who is manager
of the oil station since Marius Neil
son leased the same, went to work
last week and is well pleased witn
the work compared with chopping
wood, which he has been doing for
Charles v . Everett, who is em
ployed by the Nebraska Power Co.,
at Weeping Water, was looking af
ter business for the company here
last Tuesday afternoon and enjoyed
i a brief visit with his mother, Mrs.
Rachel Everett, and brother and sis-
Jack Hallstrom was just recover
ing from the mumps when his broth
er Bob came down with them. Tho
illness of Bob has been a severe blow
to the Avoca basketball team, com
ing almost on the eve of the Cass
county tournament- at Elm wood the
last three days of last week. Bob has
been one of the outstanding players
on the local quintet.
Hold legion. Meeting Here
The Syracuse American Legion
post, which numbers among its mem
bership quite a few of the ex-service
men of this vicinity, held its regu
lar meeting in Avoca last Tuesday
evening. Members of the post re
siding at Syracuse and Otoe joined
the local membership in a very
pleasant meeting at which there
were also guests present from the
Weeping Water and Nehawka posts.
Following the business session, a
luncheon and social evening was en
joyed. Men's Club Get-Together
The Community Men's club, which
has a large and active membership
held another of their popular get
togethers last Thursday evening. A
large number of the members were
present to enjoy the program and
lunch that was served.
Different Then than Now
Fifty-two years ago, J. H. F.
Ruhge, then somewhat of a boy
moved from the farm home to make
his living in Avoca and for a time
was employed by others, but later
engaged in business for himself. He
distinctly recalls the day they moved
into town, the snow being deep and
they making the trip with sled and
then had to make the trip by a cir
cutious route, in some instances even
driving over fences where the snow
was drifted and crusted over. Since
coming to town, Mr. Ruhge has re
sided here continuously and is well
pleased with Avoca as a place in
which to live.
We can TurnTsr. you wTITi num
ber Stamps made to order at a
price considerably below that you
have been paying. Prompt service.
If you need stamps, see us.
PLATTSMOUTH SEMI - WEEKLY JOURNAL
While Charles West and wife wera
at Auburn last Tuesday, their son
Kenneth was looking after the
Kenneth West has purchased 300
baby chicks, which he intends lo
raise, and hopes to have some early
fries on the market.
Ernmett Cook, the rural mail car
rier, was looking after business mat
ters in Lincoln Wednesday of last
week, driving over to the big town
after having completed his route.
Ronald Schlichtemeier was look
ing after some business matters in
Lincoln last Tuesday and while he
was away, the garage was looked
after by his assistant, Donald Kel
ley. Mrs. Lucy Lyle, chief operator at
the Elmwood telephone exchange,
and her daughter, Mrs. Floy Bueli,
were looking after some business
matters ever the county last Tues
George Miller of Murdock was a
visitor in Elmwood last Tuesdov,
coming to look after business and
renew acquaintance with his many
old friends, as he formerly made his
home. in Elmwood.
V. G. Clements and wife, with his
sister. Miss Marie C. Clements and
Mrs. Emily Gonzales were in Lin
coln Monday of last week, which was
observed as the Lincoln's, birthday
holiday, and visited friends -there for
Edward Fenterman and wife, who
have been making their home in
Omaha for some time were guests in
Elmwood the past few days, stopping
at the home of Herman Penterman,
and also enjoying visits with nu
merous friends here.
Again at Home Sick
Charles E. Wood, who has been
fighting against sickness and try
ing to get going again after his
siege of the flu. had to return to
his home and bed for a few days.
He came down to the store for a
little while Tuesday, but soon re
turned home to rest until he is
Disposes of Bull Pup
Charles West, the barber, who is
considerable of a dog fancier and has
sold a number of bull dogs, disposed
of a pup last week which is to go
to Tulsa. Oklahoma. A gentleman
from there saw the pup while in
Elmwood some time ago, and took a
fancy to the dog. Mr. and Mrs. West
took the pup to Auburn last Tues
day, where the purchaser met them
and took the clog back home with
him to Tulsa.
Community Building Improved
Workmen have been busy recently
making some important changes in
the Elmwood community building,
and were able to get the work pretty
well done in -time for the holding of
the Cass county basketball tourna
ment here the last three days of the
week. The dressing rooms were al
tered and made more accessible to
the playing floor, the showers put
in shape and the floor improved, as
well as various other minor details
that needed attention. The keeping
up of a building of this size costs
pome money, but not nearly as much
in proportion as if it were let run
down and then face the necessity of
making extensive repairs.
The building is a credit to th'j
town and provides a worth-while
meeting place for all sorts of activi
ties and we are glad to note the dis
position on the part of those in
charge to keep it in good repair.
restoring Farm Buildings
Buildings on the G. R. Eveland
farm which were recently destroyed
by fire are being replaced at a rapid
rate. The crib and granary have
been completed, also the cattle shed3
and the foundation for the large size
barn is about ready for erection of
In a few weeks the entire set ot
buildings will have been replaced,
and the farm, long one of the best
equipped in this part of the county,
will have a set of outbuildings even
better than before the fire loss.
It is discuraging and costly to see
a complete set of farm buildings de
stroyed, but Mr. and Mrs. Eveland
with the aid of partial insurance on
their less, set about promptly hav
ing them replaced.
The new Self-Seal envelopes with
Hamrnermill cabinet stationery. A
special price during February, in
cluding printing of name or initials.
Ask to see them.
Journal Job Department.
River navigation will open up a
new industrial field in the smaller
Nebraska river towns.
Mr. Weaver and son Glen drove to
Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. George Thimgan
and family spent Monday with Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. L. Horton of Platts
mouth called on Mrs. F. J. Knecht
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Dill and Ver
non spent Wednesday evening at the
Chas. Campbell home.
Henry Becker and family, of
Union called on Mr. and Mrs. F. J.
Knecht Sunday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Knecht, Mrs.
Albert Glaubitz and Mrs. George
Braun were Omaha visitors Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Fidler and
Elaine and Mrs. V. D. Livers spent
Tuesday evening at the E. L. Cop
Mrs. William Kitrell returned
home Saturday after spending a
week with her children in Lincoln.
Miss Betty Clouse is' staying with
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Carnicle and
Wayne and Kenneth Carnicle were
Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Carnicle at Platts
mouth. Loran Vogel was a Sunday dinner
guest of Kenneth Livers. It was Ken
neth's birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Ber
nard Dill also called during the af
ternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Laughlin and
son of Ashland were Sunday supper
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Fid
ler. The group spent the evening at
the M. E. Eushnell home.
Sunday evening callers at the F.
J. Knecht home were Mr. and Mrs.
John Kupke and Esther, Mr. and
Mrs. Oscar Dill and Vernon and Mr.
and Mrs. Bernard Dill and Jamie.
Mrs. Wm. Blum accompanied her
brother, James Christensen and sis
ter, Mrs. Marie Hoffman, of Lincoln,
to North Platte Wednesday to visit
their brother-in-law, who is ill in r,
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Fidler, Mr.
and Mrs. J. D. Fidler and Mrs. E.
L. Copsey motored to Lincoln Wed
nesday to attend the funeral cf
Eula Mae Shroyer, who was a niece
of J.- H. Fidler.
The Friendly Circle club met on
Thursday with Mrs. Iva Copsey. Mrs.
Helen Carnicle and Mrs. V. D. Livers
were assisting hostesses. The next
meeting will be held February 2S,
at the J. D. Fidler home.
Mrs. Selma Slander and family
and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will
Rohrdanz of near Manley have
moved to Mrs. Stander's farm south
of town, where Mr. and Mrs. Ernest
Graham have been living for several
years. They have moved to a farm
near Weeping Water.
Sunday dinner guests at the L. J.
Roeber home were Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Stander of Ashland, Mr. and
Mrs. B. O. Mooney and sons, Misses
Dorothy Reister, La Verne and Ger
aldine Gakemeier. The dinner was
in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Mooney
and Leonard Roeber, whose birth
days all occur in February.
Organize 4-H Clubs
The boys and girls 4-H club held
an organization meeting Tuesday
evening at the South Bend school
house. The boys organized a forestry
and bird club with Jack Fidler as
president; Billy Mooney, vice presi
dent; Bill Fidler, secretary; Ken
neth Carnicle. news reporter. Their
leader is B. O. Moonej and William
Blum is assistant leader.
The girls organized a sewing club
with Carol Streight as president;
Jean Thiessen, vice president; Mar
jorie Fidler, secretary; Donna Thies
sen. news reporter. No leader has
been selected yet.
Ramon Newkirk was in Omaha on
The condition of Aron Wright re
mains about the same.
Clyde Newkirk returned to Green
wood the past week after working
at Columbus for several months.
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Marloff, Miss
Lucille Leesley and Miss Velma
Walradt were in Omaha Thursday.
The Dorcas Society met at the
church Friday with Miss Alice
Boucher and Mrs. Boucher enter
taining. Mr. and Mrs. Vein Shepler of
Springfield helped Mrs. Ruth Dyer
celebrate her 7Sth birthday Wed
nesday, February 15.
Mr. and Mrs. James Bogenrief
have the sympathy of friends in tho
death of their intent boy born last
Monday, February 13.
Mrs. Robb was taken to the St.
Elizabeth hospital Thursday by herjf
daughter, Mrs. Tom Maher. She had FGlOIl V-ictSSCS
the misfortune to fall and break her
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Marcotte, of
Lincoln, are the proud parents of a
baby girl born Friday, February 17.
Mrs. Marcotte was formerly Helen
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Walling, of
Fremont were dinner guests at the
L. C. Marvin home last Sunday. They
also called at the N. D. Talcott home
Ramon Newkirk, Mrs. Elsie Kelly J
and Lucille accompanied Irene Kelly j
to Lincoln Thursday, from where j
she took an evening train for Scotts
The Cemetery Association will
meet with Mrs. Norma McNurlin on
Wednesday, February 22. They are
making plans for their supper and
4 bazaar April S.
Jack Gribble is nicely located in
the drug store building, where he
moved his stock of groceries the past
week. He expects to hold a formal
opening this coming Saturday.
Mrs. Morris Kyles is ill at the
Bryan Memorial hospital in Lincoln.
Mrs. Ray McNurlin was in town
Friday making preparations to move
their household goods to Lincoln.
The small son of Mr. and Mrs.
Carl Anderson underwent a mastoid
operation at the Bryan Memorial
hospital Tuesday. He is getting
along as well as can be expected.
Class C District Tournament
Greenwood will be host to a class
C district basketball tournament on
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and
Saturday of this week, December 22.
23, 24 and 2. Teams from Mur
dock. Nehawka. Avoca, Springfield.
Elmwood, Walton. Eagle, Raymond.
Waterloo, Alvo and Greenwood will
The Greenwood boys have been
doing some fine playing this season
and will appreciate your support st
the tournament games. Not every
town is able to attract a tournament
and we hope the home folks will
show their appreciation by turning
cut in large numbers. The teams are
all pretty well matched and the con
tests should be close and interesting.
We will give our readers the com
plete results in next Monday's paper,
rending a special report on Saturday
night's championship and consolation
games to be included with the scores
and highlights of those played ear
lier in the week.
Husbands Guests at Card Party
Mrs. Myrtle Cameron entertained
the Deal-a-Deck card club members
and their husbands Tuesday night,
assisted by Mrs. Martha refers and
Mrs. Laura Trunkenbolz. Mrs. Brehm
won high among the women and
Jack Gribble had high score among
the men. Everyone enjoyed the even
ing. WORK ADVANCES ON RESTOR
ATION OF CLUNY ABBEY
CLUNY, France (UP) American
archaeology experts have nearly ter
minated their excavation and restor
ation work on the Benedictine Abbey
of Cluny, believed to be the first Goth
ic structure ever built in France.
The work is being conducted under
the supervision of Prof. Kenneth J..ing it on the Arthur." but death
Ccnant of the Harvard School of
Last year's work was centered on
the nave of the Abbey, built between
955 and 981 A. D., the north wailjdining room and a cell is designated
of the chapter house and the debris
of the Abbe Ponce cloister. Tne Cuiny
research bctran in 1921), was contin
ued in 15)31, 15)32, 1937 and 1933.
It is sponsored by the Medieval Ac
ademy of America.
Previous vears work has bejen cou-
rcntratcd on the church of the Abbey:
which war, demolished a century and
a quarter a go. When completed the
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ful Gothic structures restored
Prof. Conant reports that the work
will require sveral years more ar.d
he hopes to obtain sufficient funds tarily handed in an extra assign
to carry on until the jcb is finished j ment. This "stir-wise" and evident
without interruption. jly well-traveled man described the
different ways of expressing "stran-
GIRL BATED AS RIVAL 'gcr" in various parts of the United
FOR "PECK'S BAD BOY"
PASADENA. Cal. (U )' Motor-
man Louis Tonopolsky thinks he
knows "Peck's Bad GirL."
As a little girl he knows boarded
his train, she asked him to pull the
trigger of a small watch-charm re
volver. He did so. The pistol banged. A
miniature bullet lodged in his finger.
He went to the Emergency hospital
to have the fragments removed.
They warned him against lock
jaw. Then as it was really a "gun
shot wound." hospital attendants
were obliged to notify the police.
and the police had to investigate.
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fcdit Glossary ot
iStll 1 G 1 ITi S
Compilers Haven's "Gone Over the
Elue Wall," So It's Factual
Insanity Well Covered.
By JEAN HOFFMAN
PLAINESVILLE. O. (UP) A man
in "stir" knows it does not matter
if he "kisses tho bricks" once he
has "gone over the blue wall" or.
in ncn-prison parlance, a prisoner
after going insane no longer cares
whether he is released.
These expressions are included in
diitionaries of prison slang compiled
by English composition clashes at
southern Michigan's state prison, at
Jackson, under the guidance of Prof.
Howard G. Baker. Baker, now asso
ciate professor of English at Lake
Erie college, in Painesville, conduct
ed the prison classes when he was a
member of the University of Mich
igan's English department.
Prison slang varies somewhat ac
cording to geographical differences,
but the expression "the blue wall" in
common in several regions, Bakei
found. It signifies 1 lie "imaginary
dividing line between sanity and in
sanity, and when a prison inmate
loses his mind he is said to have
"gone over the blue wall," one of
the di:tionaries explains.
Insanity Well Covered
Other expressions indicating tiiai
a prisoner is insane, or near insanity,
are: "blow one's top" and "stir
simple," "stir crazy" or "stir bugs."
The latter three phases are applied
to those whose minds have become
distorted by long confinement.
Many "stir slang" expi ess ions
have passed into g?neral language
j uage ana ineir ariB s
oeen iorgotten. lierj are a lew sucti
"On the pan" (being slandered),
"sncw" (narcotics), "scram and
blow" get out) and mus le in" en
croach on someone else's territory.)
The lesser -known expressions,
however, seem the most picturesque
to the person who is not 'stir-wise"
'who has not been in prison).
If such a person would go to
prison he would be classified as
"fresh meat" or "fish." He might
be fortunate and pet a "hot min
ute" (short term); then again he
might have to "do the book (a lire
The dictionaries are speeifk- in de
scribing the exact lengths of a man's
prison term. One years is an 'ace."
two years a "deuce," five years a
"fin," and 20 years is "ten-spot" or
"saw." A term, in general, is "a
bit" or "a jolt" or (a more widely
known word) "a rap." A man is
"on a bum rap" when he Las been
sentenced for a crime vhkh he did
Roll-Over" Happy Event
The happiest time of a man-ln-stir's
life is the "roll over" the
night before he is released from cus
tory. Before the "roll-over" at Jack
son prison he has to "see the man,"
or have an interview with the parole
commissioner. He is given a "flop,"
if he is refused parole.
Escape from prison alive is "tak-
in an esape is a "back-door parole."
The slang compilations also list
terms for the different sections of a
prison. The "soup house" is the
'as an "apartment.
A "stick up" is not an up-to-the-
minute expression "elevate" or
"heist" are more current. A rob
bery involves a "heat" (revolver)
and "zazus" (money).
If you "hit the ball" (work
j strenuously ) for your money, beware
j of a "paper hanger" forcer or passer
"f "rubber" checks)
use he i
"Kosher" means net
"Star Student" Explains
One erudite member of the "illc-
tionary of prison idiom" class volun-
States. His explanation was detailed,
but some excerpts from it are-:
.-The eaBtern wm.d YuU, us,.,i jn
.referen:e to strangers, is altnos'
with the middle-western
'Jim,' but with this difference: 'cull
is used in speaking either to or of
both strangers and friends: whil
'Jim,' which signifies suspicion, hos
tility and contempt, never is used as
a word of address to a friend.
" 'Jim' is employed only in con
versation with a stranger or enemy.
"West of the Mississippi river as
far west as the Rockies the word
'Ja.k' is favored for a strancer. This
,term has a suggestion of friendlme.
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