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COMPTON-5A - Shemood, Friend of Jimmy Walker Anl' With Wife...
Shemood, Friend of Jimmy Walker Anl' With Wife Vanishes During EDITOR'S NOTE: This is tha second of six stories of Faatoss Flights for Freedom, the stories of men and women who choose exile fat foreign lands, whose rank now have been Joined by the fallen ' - finance giant, Samuel Instill, - ' By WILLIS THORNTON NEA Service Writer When a man runs away, leaving home and affairs behind him. It is usually a tragedy. But the affair of ftuaseil T. Sherwood is farce comedy, in fact, that Sherwood, though he has been missing for a year and a half while eagerly, sought, has not yet even admitted that he is missing. ' The others In the play, debonair former Mayor James J. Walker, of New York, and the beautiful movie octrees, Betty Compton, party companion of the mayor, added to the atmosphere of farce. Today Sherwood still flits unseen In parts unknown, while Walker and' Miss Compton frolic on the French Riviera, at golf, tennis and swimming, lazily considering a proposal to write thedr own version of the scenario. - " ' ' It was in mid - August, 1931, that the curtain rose on the little farce that was to divert a nation. A committee of the New York state legislature, spurred on by grim Samuel Seaibury, was hub - deep to an investigation of Walker's administration as mayor. Enough revelations had been made to show that the city administration was shot through and through with graft, inefficiency and ' inattention to the city's business. There were bribes to Che city dock department for pier concessions," magistrates' courts where justice was peddled, fee - splitting by officials, and swollen bank deposits by small - salaried police officials. The audience's attention was focusing on the leading man, the mayor, as his own bank accounts came under scrutiny. The Mayor's Friend The mayor had a dear friend and associate, Russell T. Sherwood. It was understood Sherwood had been Walker's confidential bookkeeper for 15 years, had made out his income tax returns. Sherwood had, it was generally understood, kept Walker's personal bank and brokerage accounts, shared a safety deposit box with him. The committee Former Mayor James J. Walker f - i ifre,.,, it aSk I in i j if i a m and Miss Betty Compton

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  1. Reading Times,
  2. 10 Jan 1933, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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