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his In the he two a was like six undcr-Jothes. BLACK HAND SOCIETY COMPOSED OF CRIMINAL ITALIANS WHO PREY UPON THEIR RICH COUNTRYMEN The Black Hnd Is a society of criminal Italians, who have for their victims tho more wealthy and more fortunate of their own countrymen. It Is very seldom that anyone but an Italian Is a victim of a Black Hand outrage. Whether the Black Hand is ono big society, with branches In the different largo cities, or merely local organizations organizations of the criminal class has never been definitely determined by the police, police, though they Incline to the theory that It Is a perfect organization, which has Its rccreta, lis officers and its meetings. meetings. Some police officials have estimated the membership of the organization to be about 25,000. It operates wherever there are large Italian colonies, and Its crimes are Inspired either by a desire Tor money or revenge. Murders by the hundreds, kidnapings and dynamite plots almost Innumerable have been laid at the door of this organization. It has successfully defied the policy and ,( u said, the police have never succeeded in proving crime sufficiently strong to result In the executlo." of a member of the society, although this Is likely to be dona In th fccw Orleans case.