Seizure of Elizabeth - Part II

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home where apply of ;OAST GUARDSMEN SEIZE LIQUOR CARGO (Continued From Page 1) DG a reasonable figure. This would mean 3,500 of the six-bottle packages. ie drums of alcohol aJso may be Included In the cargo. The vessel will be brought to Pier 20 this morning at 9 o'clock vhcre the liquor cargo will be un- oaded and taken to States barge office. the United James F. Phillips, district cummandcr of the United States CoubL Guard, and Frank W. (juinn, superintendent of customs inspectors, wore investigating the case last night. The seizure was made by four coast guardsmen from the Pollcan By end made the trip *o Campbells Bayou in the fast picket boat of the coast guard. After, taking the vessel in charge they towed it to the Pelican Spit station, whore it remained under heavy guard last night. They said they saw no one but Lara in the vicinity of the boat. Offered $10. "I was riahlng at Campbells Bayou yesterday morning when a man offered me- $10 to watch the boat," he aald In halting, badly broken English. 'T could not make $10 fishing, so I took the Job. I ask him, 'What you got in that boat.' He say nothing!" watch her,' ho toll me, 'You Just 'and wo of the the CO. O aboard eoveral times to see that is not making any water!' 1 did ao and am coming off in the skiff when the fast boat come and hall me. Then I know there .must be liquor aboard and J jump Into the water imd try to swim iiflhorc." Officials luat night could not say what charges would be jircforrcc a^aln^t Lara today before Commissioner Hariltj, Should his story prove to be the truth there Is still · ilic possibility that his Is a dcport- 1 able case to be handled by Immigration authorities. He sayH he has focon In tho country only a short time. He Is young, swarthy and stockily built. He comes from Italy. The Elizabeth has been, boarded twice by coast guardsmen recently, but nothing in the way of contraband waa iound aboard her in citb- _!i- Instance. She has been anchored In Offata Bayou moat ot the time of laic. In converting her from a discarded pleasure crafc into a rum runner two 20-horsepowcr motors were replaced by two Lathrop high-speed engines of 100-horsepower each, or a power plant five times as powerful as her former ono. The seizure of tho Elizabeth is the largest since May, 1028, when two bis launches with large cargoes of liquor were seized at Seabrook on the eve of the democratic national convention at Houston. They wore the Lena nnd the Imperator. The Elizabeth was sold some time ago by William L. Moody Jr., hnr former owner, to a man who Rave his address ns that of a postofflce box in Corpus Christ!, and who It would be used as an ejtcurnion boat. Customs records were not available last night to check up on her present ownrrshfp. The belief that the vessel laid In the bayou several days with cargo, or else picked It up from some Inland storage cache, was strengthened last night by word from the cnnat guard cutter Comanche that tho two patrol boats returning Tuesday night and yesterday morning: from gulf patrols had sighted no suspicious craft off Galvcston. Mcjdram Sloop. Many Galvcstonlans last nipht wore wondering if the Elizabeth's nnrpo of liquor came from the eighty-five-fnot Mexican sloop seen off t h e pulf coast last week. From 8:30 a. m. Wednesday, May 17, until lute the following day, coast guard patrol boats from Gal- vcston, had this vessel under sur. veitltincG. When they left her Capt. | H. W. Diorlnm nf the Comanche E rcssed the belief she was heading nek to Vera Cmz, her home port. Rumor had It that the totally unfounded story o Ithc capsizing of the Hr.oppcr schooner Thistle was fabrication hy hootlepjrers to divert coast guard nt tent ion from t h Mexican craft. The Thistle story waa spread Monday a week ago nnd she cnme Into port, s a f e sound, nt -1 n. m. on the morning the sloop itself was picked up. but not boarded hv const patrol boats. Cnpt. Dlorlnm, however, declared that his men were searching for the Mexican sloop even before the Thistle rumor started. "We went out n f t n r her nnd we found ho said. The Gutierrez Zamorn was picked up brtwoon Trlnltv shoals nnd Cnl- casicu Pass. Louisiana. She was "supposed" to !e either a rum runner or a Mexican filibustering craft with or a f t e r arms. By the 7 day By TKXA9 KKTAIL CLOTIIIKRS

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 25 Apr 1929, Thu,
  3. Page 6

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