The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 25, 1930 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, July 25, 1930
Page 8
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j»AGR RIGHT (ARK.) COUKIKIt-NUVVK KHJDAV. JULY 20. 1930' Victim/; of. Prohibition Agents Hopelessly Crboled Man j Loses Plea; ,\Vido\v and Orphans Denied Paymcnl• By HODNEV DUTCH F.H j NEA Service Writer WASHINGTON'—If a citizen engaged in lawful pursuits Is kll!?ci: by prohibition agents that's J«.st | his hard luck. He can't depend on Uncle Sam to dJ anything for lib wife and children. I Andrav.- W. Me'iion, me nitilii-1 millionaire Fecretary of the treasury, has always backed up dry agents to the point, of oppomm I such bills as would provide limui- clal "aid for the families of then victims even when the innocence of the victims was n nrnltc-r f.I general belief among other officials and members of Congress. At that (line, prohibition enforcement, was under his department but has since been transferred to the Department of Justice. Mr. Mcllon's unwillingness lo admit that prohibition enforcers mak.? mistakes was responsible for blocking three such bills in Ihe IBM Congress. These bills in the lasi Congress. Tliwe aroic from Hie shooting of Jacob D. Hanson ol Niagra Falls, N. Y.; Henry Whk- kuta of Big Fa^ls. Minn., nnd George C. Walters of Unilerv.'ODd, . Wssli., Hanson was killed oy a coast guard bullet, Wirkkula uas killed by a customs patrol and Walthers was made a hclpleu cripple by the gun cf a prohibition agent- Aid Sought Per Thrr.n Each case attracted national attention. Bills were introduced in Congress to pay Mrs. Wirkkula $10.000. to pay the Hanson heirs $25,000 and to pay Waltlicrs $1!>0 a month. The house Claims Committee favorably reported the Wirkkula bill, cutting the amount to $5000. but it wasn't put to n vole. Mr. Mellon wrote the committee thai to give Mrs. Wirkkula the manor would "have a very unwholesome effect" and might tend to render the treasury's "earnest eflorts less The committee on'Claims. _how- cver, reported that Wirkkula lost Ills life through a government agent's negligence. A year ngo last Juno, it found, Wirkkula was (hiving homo v.ith his wifo nnd two children from a shopping trip to Duluth. Custcm Inspectors Servine and White vrers, out on (lie road looking fur smugglers. They had a stop sign in 'the road, but Wirk- kula couldn't make out what it was and slowed up as he reached It. Four or five shots crashed into tlu car, which drove into a ditcli when Wirkkula was mortiilly \voundcd. No Liquor in Car The committee said there was no evidence that the man was a smuggler or bootlegger, that the car contained no-liquor, that Kirk- kula had a perfect right to be on the road and probably didn'i stop because he couldn't read the sign or feared being help up and robbed. White said lie had only shot at the \lres. but the committee f bullet lul UJ<illlver9 in me \xc\t- C5 AGKNTS, 154 CIVILIANS SLAIN U. S. Prohibition Bureau figures up to July give G5 prohibition agents killed while actually on raids and 154 civilians killed by prohibition men in discharge of their oiriciul duties. Latest figures on agents v.'ounded at'c, up to end of fiscal year 1923—H5 agents listed a~s injured. The government has no figures on the number 'ot citizens wounded. In addition thera have been many prohibition killings by slate and local police. A Washington newspaper's surrey last year reported that there had ijfen 1360 fatalities ill the attempt to enforce the dry laws. •A'tf*. Tb coast tfuardsmon Ji'red- Ilauwn's cm"swerved and craslied- Alinve, left, If George W. Waltlicrs, paralyzed liy a dry aeent's Iml-1 1 kf, who failed in a plea for $150 a month and no>v helps suppnrl ; liimsrlf by selling maga/lnes from his wheel eluir. .liiglit, Mrs. Henry i Wirttku!.'! and htr two small daiifhters, Bernlcc and Alice, who wen; rriihaitetl liy a bullet. The skelches show the shooting of Wallhrrs and Jacob Hanson, prominent -resident of Niagara Falls, N, Y. . there had i>ccn . Insufficient : prosecute him and declared again. The House Claims Committee recommended payment of $5,000 and said Mr. Mellon's state-1 \ K rewarded mcitl of the case wasn't fully Justl- J fled by analysis of the evidence. Crippled Victim Loses N fab.lhrfi'KrciUo eta honlrds . Tlie house did vote to pay Wttl- thers $100. rather 'than SI50, a month. Hill Senators Howell of Nebraska and Blnck nf Alabama blocked the measure so that Wal- tlicrs dcesn't get any money, either. Walthers was ID years old when he was r.hol down. He was going through Ihe woods with a friend when lie was shot, in Ihe back' The gun was in the hniuls of a prohibition agent named Montgomery. Mr. Mellon, opposing the bill, said that Walthers hart conspired lo operate a situ and had rim \vhen commanded to hal!, whereupon Montgomery'pursued and accldeiit- ly stumbled over a log, the gnu discharging Into Walthers' hack. \Viillti?rs lias been paralyzed from the v.'aist down ever since and gets abcul in n wheel chair,-eking cut a Iking by selling magazines. Mrs. Mabel Walker Willebrandt. assistant attorney general In charge of prohibition, disagreed with Mr. approval of a bill lo compensate him The House committee ac- that a house near Mrs. Booth's home and there was some shooting. Healing the shots. Mrs, Bcoth j stuck her head out a third story I window. A bullet struck her, cans- said he should have taken more careful aim. . Mellon said the accident was la be deplored, but that it was Wirk- k'ula's fault and that White had been acquitted at a federal court trial for murder. Hanson was a citizen of high standing and popularity. There wasn't any liquor in his car cither. Coast Guardsmen Dow and Jennings, wearing dungarees, were out gunning for rum-runners. Thai night they already had shot up one automobile containing young people who had no whiskey, but were so frightened that they kept going on fiat tires punctured by the bullets. Both Dow and Jennings, stationed; 600 feet apart, stepped out and waved their pistols at Hanson. Dow was the first man Htin- scn met and the committee decided he couldn't have been distinguished 'as a coast guardsman, but he shot in-, the air several times as Har.son kept gcimt. Then Jennings started plugging, shooting . once, straight through tb,? windshield and hitting Hanson in the head. The car swerved and crashed". Hanson died after lour moiiths of agony and insani'.y. Dow ant Jennings were tried and acquitta by a federal court. In the S:natc the Hanson bill was given to a subcommittee headed by Senator Brookharl of Iowa and was never heard ot HOME THEATRE Friday and Saturday Mellon, said evidence against Wai- RITZ THEATRE Friday and Saturday For You Jailed unjustly! The blackmail-prry of 'ine beautiful woman. I h e love- male of another. You'll get a new drama-thrill with Men's Suits $8.95 Former Sale Price $12.75 Nurotex, Tropical Worsted I Bargains For Saturday Only COFFEE Maxwell House Deans, Canova Limit Ib. 36c PEACHES Courier Brand No. 21 Can ORANGES s tc, Doz. 33c | GRAPES F X gas Ib. 15c cf U. 3. di.slrict attorneys for Ore- gun and Washington, and said that reasonable precaution on Monl- Scmci'y'n part would have prevented the accident. Senator Howell, in n minority report, said Walthers had been violating the law and shouldn't l« rewarded for that. Sonutor Hlack also decided that Walthers was guilty and that it wouldn't, be fair to give him any money when other persons slid by government agents weren't getting any. These imports prevented Senate aciiou. lllimlrtl Woman Collects - Search of claims committeee records indicates that Mrs. Maud J. Booth of Baltimore, if anyone. Is ihe only person wjioin the government ever.- paid any money be- cauic of a dry a£.;nl's shooting. Congress 1 voted her $1,319.20. ;• Back In 1524 the agents raided Ing less of one .:yc nnd life-long disfigurement. No one ever learned whose bullet 'it was— dry agent's or bootlegger's. Even Mr. Mellon couldn't figure it out, so he refused to make any recommendation. Payments In cases of government ngents shot during prohibition battles have bepn fairly common. FALLS CITY, Neb. tUP)— Fret! Meyers, who raised an average of 55 biishcls per acre of wheat on a small tract of land, claims the record for wheat production 'In Richardson county this year. 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