The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 8, 1951 · Page 2
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, August 8, 1951
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/ 7.A9B TWO 1LYTHEVILLE, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY AUGUST », ll« Police Hunt Slayer Of 'Cat' Gambler Whose Luck Quit DALLAS, T«., Au«. I. IAP) — Police today faced an old problem of »c«nty clues, but Ihls time they wer« looking for the killer of gambler Herbert Noble—not the attempted ilayer. The "cat" ran out or luck yesterday at the thirteenth attempt, on his life—a cleverly hidden explosive ' —let loose with a thunderous roar. The silver-haired, self-styled retired gambler was killed as he stop. ped his car at s rural mall box near his fortress-like ranch. The killer—or killers—hid In •cnib oak thicket some 75 yards underworld leader who was ambushed as he left a Christinas Eve party. Green had been questioned in (he death of Noble's wife. During the period he dodged for his life, his nnme and that of Benny Blnion, Nevada gambler and former Dallas resident, were linked. BInlon, In Nevada, Is under indictment in a inlllion-dollar-a-year policy racket case returned by the Dallas grand Jury. BInlon has successfully fought efforts to extradite him to Texas for trial. away, then touched off a devilishly- hidden laud mine. The blast underneath Noble's automobile left It a crumbled wreck- __ age and scattered bits of the 42- lights i year-old gambler'* body over a wide m g ht. •rea. At lent twelve time* Noble escaped deat.h but not injury, anrl thin earned him the nickname "The Out". He blamed "hired killers" for the attempt* and said there was an underworld price of »50,000 on his head. The Retainer Crime Committee heard hts experiences from a Dallas police officer this year ami Noble told a Texas lejislatlve crime Investigating committee of gambling —«nd gambling feuds—in Dallas. ' There were few clues for police to follow. One was a mysterious bine pickup truck seen on the dusty country road leading to his rp.nch near Lewisville,.ten miles northwest Bf Dalian. Carrier Saw Truck K. O. Mlllican. a rural mail carrier, said h'e saw the truck parked by the side of the road a quarter of a mite from Noble's mailbox. He passed it about an hour and a half before the explosion. , Police also sought three men in Tort Worth. One wai once arrested for assault'te, murder Noble. He wns never tried. The blust that killed .Noble wa.< carefully planned. It came aboul 13:« p.m. (EST), but the result vasn't discovered until .T. O. Cunningham drove down to get his mnl and found It, about 2 p.m. (E8TI •ome neighbors said they heard the explosion. Wires ran from the hidden mine through a concrete culvert, and to ttit thicket where the killer hid The explosive was hidden In a spo thai was directly under Noble's Noble Admitted Gambling Noble freely admitted he had been a gambler, but said that he had quit. He moved from Dallas to (he ranch — made it almost a fortress, guarded by giant docs. Floodlights were turned on Ihe house nt Two previous altempl.s M his life were made there. Once a bomb exploded in his private airplane Blistering Heat Hits Southwest Plain* States Area In Store for Another Rough Day of Weather By Tti» A»lflcla(r4 Pr*M Another day of blistering hmt— with temperatures above 100 Ae- grws—npprarai In prospect tor the nonthwfst and plains stntwi today. Fairly pleasnnt wealher was the outlook for most of the rest of the country. The rJealh toll from the hottest weather of the summer season mounted. Dallas reported 13 deaths during the current heat wave. Three have riled in Houston from the heat. Crops in some areas of the hot belt—chiefly Ip Texas—were withering. Many Texas cities reported dwindling water suppllen. Lnwni and flowers turned brown In the 100 rlcftrec temperatures. Tjje mercury soared t« 109 »t Presidio In South Texas yesterday. Jt was 106 at Port Worth and 10.1 at Oklahoma City. Early today It was 85 In El Paso *nd Oklahoma City. Thr-re were several wet spot*— the hot belt—early today. ARflln. explosives were found in a R air) - fen , n Ncw Y ork state, In the spare nlrplnne motor. A flyer. No- j middle Mississippi Valley, Kansas We had built a landing strip his ranch. Lately mere nnd been no attempt*. "They'll never n"it." he told a friend. "They're ' laying low now. They'll mnkc one big effort one of Lese days." The bin effort apparently came yesterday. Texas Rnnser Lewis RlRler satrt he blast tossed parts of Noble's body over a 30 or 40 foot radius. He aid one foot was picked up far rom the larger parls,,of the body. Playing cards, bullets, and »55» lash Noble apparently carried in ;he car were found. tomoblle mail box. ivhen it stopped at the and in the northern Rocky Mountain sta PS. Heaviest falls were In Wisconsin, Northeastern Iow« and Southeastern Minnesota. U.S. Adds $5,600,000 To Loans to Spain WASHINGTON, Aug. ». «V-The United SUte.s has added »5.600.000 to its loans to Spain. The new lean, for water power and mining development, was announced yesterday. It brought to »3B.100,OOn credits .^advanced Spain out of 162,500,000 authorized ny Congress. Kansas City Ganoland Slayinqs May Be Solved 'Within Hours' HOI.IWWOOD. AHR, R. (AP) — movements Monday. He said they The B£U]f?lnml slnyinns of Knnsas i ndmlltM being with Brnnrato and It WM tt leant thfi fourth attemp lo kill Noble by explosion. The first killed hfo wife by mistake. That was lit« hi 1949 and wan followed by ft period of iimgland violence In Dnl- IM. />- " /. ' MM NoMe.KIHeH Mr«. Noble wns killed when she atepped on the starter of the nuto- mobile her husband normally drove, A bomb exploded. The gambler then survived a series of shootings—one HR he lay In • hospital room recuperating from another gunshot wound. Pale and armken after hU wile death, Noble bitterly snld he hnd- n't "done anything" to deserve the • ttacks. He hinted he knew who was behind them and threatened to "take the law Inlo his own hands.' Tn the weeks following his wife's death. Noble was questioned abonl the death of Lois Green, Dallas City mobsters Tony Brnncato nnd Tony TrombSnn Monday night may be solved within a matter of hours. Police Chiel wnilnm J. Pnrker said todny. Four niL-ti are in Jnll. booked on suspicion of shooting BrfmcuLq and Trombino a* they ant In a parked automobile. Pnrker Identified the suspects as James Pratlnnno. 37, of Enclno, Culif., his brother, Wnrren, 35; Sam London. 3B In front of whose Hollywood home the shootings occurred, and Sum Lores. 36, of Los Angeles, 'One or all four hnd direct knowledge ;of the shootings," said Chief Parker. Cnpt, Jnrm>s K. Hamilton, of the police IntrlliRcncc unit, sold officers have lornlcd a witness "who saw the slayer's fnc«, nnd can Identify him." 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