Len Laughinghouse Still Busted as reported in Wilmington paper
LARGE STILL AND OUTFIT CAPTURED IN CRAVEN COUNTY Capacity of Over Two-Hundred Two-Hundred Two-Hundred Gallons. Operators Make Good Escape. (Special Star Correspondence.) Newbern, Dec 7.Qne - of the most sensational raids in 'the history of Craven Craven county took place f our miles from the little town of Vanceboro, when United States Deputy Collector I. ; M.' Tull, of Kinston, and Deputy Marshal Ange and Deputy Sheriffs Bayliss and Oden, of this city, swooped down "on an illicit distiiling plant and found! a still with a capacity of 200 gallons, 12 fermenters, a worm, a numbe; Of sacks of meal and 200 gallons of beer. .', The officers left this city early In the day and proceeded to the home of Len Laughingnouse, wnere tney naa- naa- oeen informed the still was In operation. Arriving Arriving at the scene, they began a search for the plant, and quickly located' it. The revenuers at once started out" in search o the operators. Going-to-ward Going-to-ward Going-to-ward Going-to-ward Going-to-ward : Laughlnghouse's home they saw his two sons make, for the tall timber. It would have been possible for. the officers officers to have shot the fleeing men but they did not want to kill them and they succeeded in , escaping. The father of the boys was found ; at home, . but as there was nor warrant; for his arrest, he was -not -not .talcen .into custody. Returning Returning to r.the still, the officers cut and slashed this into hundreds of pieces, poured out all of the beer, ahd so disfigured the plant that it will be impossible to .ever operate it again., Len.Laughinghouse is reputed to be a blockader, and, in fact, has- has- just fin-Jhed fin-Jhed fin-Jhed serving a ' six months' sentence -forryilicit -forryilicit distilling. The people of the : Vanceboro section are anxious to break up. the -violations -violations of. the internal,, revenue revenue law In' that sectioni and are assisting assisting the officers in every possible way in their . work. J ; "