Collector Humphrays

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Collector Humphrays - (Continued on Pago 2. Column 6.) 6.) here by to...
(Continued on Pago 2. Column 6.) 6.) here by to up by car- or mosquitoes In seem of can be expense. problem. Dr, ordinance be not docs disease on Qiant Booze Runner Could Not Be Found; Careful Search Made Customs officers and newspaper men put to sea yesterday afternoon in a rain squall and the good tug Zo«. not to mention palm beaches, seersuckers, straw hats and other such unnautical wearing apparel, in search of the big steamship which was reputed to be anchored eight miles off Galveston bar with enough liquor aboard to keep prohibition officers w o r k i n g n i g h t and day for some t i m e to come, and at bootleg prices: valued at approximately ?12,000.000, But, beyond proving that the aforesaid badge wearers and scribes are possessed of p r e t t y strong stomachs for landlubbers, the trip was u a c v e n t f u l ar,d simp!-- served carried by an afternoon paper "Wednesday. "There -was such a boat anchored there," he declared to Sam T. Zinn, special deputy collector, and later to Mr. Humphreys, "but whether it was a rum runner or not I don't know." In reply to direct questions as whether he had seen cases of liquor piled on the- deck of the vessel, reported in the paper. Captain Halsey declared that there was something 1 on the deck near the gangway but that it was covered with tarpaulin and he could not say for certain what it was." He stated, however, that ue had observed an 0 | empty box--only one--bearing a show thot the suspicious crait"was K i n R : J o h n whisk - v label near the vessel. \\Tience it came he did not know--Old King John of ilagna nowhere within eighteen or so miles off Galveston bar. Not even a f l o a t i n g bottle was sighted, although keen reportorial eyes and o f f i c i a l optics -were kept glued to sea and horizon for a t r i p Charta fame, how use his n.-:me. "Xumeroust In regard to they do vainly Lnimchcx." tho "numerous of several hours' d u r a t i o n . The only j launches" reported to t h r i l l was the sighting of a s h i p ] and from the scarred coming over the horizon, hut a f t e r | that would f l a u n t Barleycorn with 150.000 cases, more or loss, of red eye, Cnptain Halsey said he had observed one--only one --launch In the v i c i n i t y of alleged rum runner. He added th-t f i l t r r i n f r course and bearing down upon her two d i f f e r e n t times she proved to be an u n o f f e n d i n g ship, t h e Juvigny. I n b o u n d to Galveston for a cargo of'ihur for the Pac i f i c coast. A n d . i n c i d e n t a l l y , her master reported after the ship was docked that he had seen no such stranger as the alleged rum r u n n e r in the gulf while on r o u t u here. And he chuckled over the reports that have been circulated about her. Tho Cnptnln In Q trip out i n t o the gulf was ordered hy Ttobort W. Humphreys, collector of tho port, after Captain J. IT. Halsey, master of tho steamship Kl Old of the Morgan Line, had appeared hofon; h i m in tho morning yesterday for questioning regarding Ills k n r w l e d p e of a booze craft. Copt a i n Iliilsoy a d m i t t e d helnjr the nonrce of i n f o r m a t i o n for t h e story on the g i a n t r u i n s h i p w h i c h was t two other launches had been seen j close to shore, but declared that he could not say whether they were going to the groat storehouse on bosom of the heaving sea (fishermen frequently^ use launches near shored. Captain Halsey. d u r i n g tho quest i o n i n g hy Mr. Humphreys T. Zlnn, special d e p u t y collector declared that ho did not know but h n d surmised that tho vessel he spoke of wns a rum runner. He reiterated several times during tho qtiestioninfr t h a t he. had not paid particular a t t e n t i o n to the he said, rum runners were more or less common coast. tho A t l a n t Uis stn.tcmo.nt that such a vessel was anchored In the reported posl- (Oontinuod on Pago 2. Column 3.).

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 22 Jun 1923, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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