RANSOM READY BUT CHILD IS
Grandfather of Kidnapped
Girl in Readiness to Pay $15,000
In the possession of white-haired old Bernabe Robles reposed
tonight a pack of currency — $15,000 in $5, $10 and $20 bills —
ready to be paid as ransom for the life of the one-time frontier
land baron's favorite granddaughter, June, kidnaped seven days ago.
As yet there were no takers.
Somewhere — possibly in some quiet street in Tucson itself,
through which already had raged a manhunt in grim western style,
and subsided, without result — six year old June, perhaps engulfed
by homesickness induced by familiar words and phrases, was lisping
out the answers to four quaint questions, to be open sesame to
freedom for her.
Perhaps she is never to see again the "bunnies," "Corney,"
"Betina's maid," or her "little box with the key in it" — the
family's appeal to the kidnapers has asked about all those things
to make sure, in the negotiations June's relatives hope to be
allowed to undertake, that it is her life for which they are
Only upon four homely little questions about four homely little
things intimately connected with the small girl's family life,
published for the kidnapers to see if they heeded and for June to
answer if they ever reached her, could they depend.
Proof that June is alive — the correct answers to the questions
which members of the intimate family circle are sure only they and
little June herself could know — is all the family has asked before
delivering the ransom money to any place, at any time, the
kidnapers may require.
Official search and investigation ceased, and rewards were
cancelled. Federal, state, county and city officers went about
other affairs and left the Robles family, at its request, to make
its peace, if it can, alone, and privately with the kidnapers.
The family had made its offer, and yesterday it could only wait,
emotionally over-wrought as it was, with what patience and hope it