1951 Apr 2 - Story of moonshine raid
real-! m y ' morning, per cent size Holmes Counlyi Now Bone decided it. Officials Say LEXINGTON, Miss., (UP) -Gov. -Gov. Fielding Wright said Monday Monday t h a i ' r e s u l t s of by state and National Guardsmen on roadhouses in Holmes County (were "very successful,-" but he 'added that he couldn't say "just jwhat v/ill happen wht I pie are tried." i those peo- "We cleaned up everybody ould find over there," the gov- jol _ ernor .said, "and I think my earlier statement about keeping of Mississippi speaks 'urns out for itself." swish Holmes County Sheriff E l Winn said the raids had left I county bone-dry and law-abiding Monday. Winn was the first Mississippi sheriff to accept the governor's offer to send National and Guards to any county in which local authorities need help sweeping out lawlessness. Backs Up Warning Wright made his offer to all Mississippi sheriffs in exchange for their help, locally, in backing up the governor's warning that big-time gamblers and bootleg- jgers feeling the heat of the Ifauvcr crime committee had better better "stay out of Mississippi." The raid of 21 roadhouses yielded a prize of 25 persons under arrest, "bushels" of whiskey and corn liquor confiscated, a dozen miscellaneous firearms in hock, and a truck, load of gambling equipment. we en, aided by h i jjMLroJnien and sheriff's depu- i1 [ties, found evidence of liquor,] gambling and firearms law Intions nt a third of the houses searched. month debate Winn s a i d ' h e is Sheriff Winn declared the raid a success although no known timers were found 'by the governor's governor's bushbeaters. The fiuarris iraids had rid his county of itype of misdoings, but he n : j h e will ask Wright to send j the guardsmen again if he jpects any of the illegal operations jare being renewed. Most Make Bond f o r j But even before all the counted some of the prison- bond. Sheriff Wash-jers were out Mrs. j Winn was legally ^.v^ ^ jcept bond for whoever could aentecl forced to ac-! l ' However, he said, "this is the beginning of the end of racketeer- Coun- . J l l bc consid Holmes County. This 192 %/r throng the racketeers who are here e're going to grab the outsiders f o r ] "If we need the guard going to ask the governor of the contraband was tak- en from the huge Rainbow 3,250. ens dance hall two miles from here where guardsmen found Â£t least a bushel of whiskey concealed concealed in a slot machine. As the guardsmen stalked the big structure with drawn guns, Negro fled in a truck with a of whiskey to a nearby house, where pursuing officials promptly i staged an off-shoot raid. v i n j By hacking into atiing(0l the residence the guards, e f - j m e n found caches 50 gallons of moonshine whiskey in addition to the load taken the truck.