The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 10, 1939 · Page 1
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 1

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, August 10, 1939
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10, 1939' .Crime Kingdom Flourishes When Repeal "Washec Up" Rivals The criminal career ot I.guis (Upke) fciichalier is a saga of modern American crime. Ills rise from a petty larceny hoodlum on New York's tough Bowery I 0 im arch-racketeer able to elude tj| C police of a nation for two years while directing his vast crime syndicate-Is here revealed hi the second of two articles written for Courier News. < ' * * ... ' pv PAUL MANNING NEA Service Staff Correspoiidcn NfeW y 0 RK, Aug. 10. - Lou! (Lepke> Buchnlter returned fron Sing Sing to New York, home o the great barrooms, the gorgeous hotels, the gaudiest cabarets <itir ing the middle of 1922. • But lhere was blood on the mom n Manhattan. There was some "'ing in the air. Beer-runninir trucks were being hi-jacked bj bandits with Thompson submachine guns, people were entering saloon through bolted doors, skirts weie shorter. The whole town was bcwllderet by the transition and a lesser man a man of more limited imagination would, have just slipped back into the . East Side and remained hoodlum, a mere punk. But Lcpk., had Iron in his gizzard. And what he saw made his eyes gleam. The underworld was growing well-dressed and polite. The days were gone when gangs fought foi the love of it. It was ridiculous to think of breaking into dry-goods stores and lofts. It was the dawn of a new day. A man of mon . limited imagination-, would havi just-slipped back. BATTLE WHICH ROCKED CITY Lepke got busy. He merged wltn the UtUe Augies until lie cotili catch bold himself. Three gangs were on top in Neil York—Kid Dropper's "Rough Riders", the Little Augies and Solomor Schaptro's mob. Little Angle an< Schapiro combined against Kit Dropper nnd on a. steaming August day during the wet wash strike In 1923 the gangs fought a gun battle. Kid Dropper and fifteen of his thugs were later picked up but released for lack of evidence. The police, however, started to take Dropper to another : court where a charge, of carrying concealed ;.weaponsj had been- filed against him. When they emerged from the -court to a--waiting -lax Louis (Cohen) Kushncr, a hopped- up little crook moving on the fringe of gang life and nursing a grudge, against the Kid, dashec from • behind an automobile and pressed the muzzle of his revolver against the window and .pulled the trigger. The bullet crashed tlirougl the window and into Kid DroDn»r'< brain. • That - Lepke was connected with this killing is conceivable, for when Kushner was paroled 'from prison 20 years later he was murdered in 1939 by Lepke's musclcmen in the arch-racketeer's current war on all former associates who might testify against him if he's captured PACE TOO FAST FOR OLD-TIMERS But things were moving too fast for even Little Augie and Schapiro. They began to lake a back seat and in early 1S27, when Little Augie was trying to muscle In on some choice liquor territory, he was rubbed out by four men in a black touring car who poured lead Into him while he was talking on a street corner with his bouyguard, Legs Diamond. >Money was flowing and th» source of It was liquor. For speakeasies were something more than a new social institution. They were the leading retail outlets for one of the country's then-biggest industries. In the late twenties the U 3 spent on drink almost as much as on meat, more than on shoes or tires or bread. To supply these thousands of speakeasies with liquor was n prize worth fighting for nnd in Chicago as well as Ne\v York it was tho source of bitter wars. EXPANSION INTO OTHER RACKETS Then the gangs started expanding their enterprises to levying tribute upon industries for protection. Here Lcpfce began his real rise. He teamed with Jacob Shapiro and the two quickly moved into the big-money bracket by lining up the garment, fur-dressin» and trucking Industries. Their ciimb was phenomenal but logical because they were experts In strong-arm methods. A little sys-l tematic destruction, a little shooting, a little acid in the face of n rugged individualist, and a business was theirs. Occasionally Lepke would be Gangster, Gangster's Gun Jacob - (Giirrah) Shapiro, above, partn'er-ln-crlmc through the years with arch-racketeers Louis (Lepko) Duclmlter, was a blubbering hulk W |, C1 , i ie tm . ned llhn . self into the authorities, not so long . ago.' District Attorney Dewey believes he gave himself up to keep from being rubbed out by Lepke. I he deadly Thompson submachine gun was llio "bargaining" instrument when umigslcrlan be- era. invented by Brigadier General Thompson and his son in 1918, the submachine guns were the favorites of underworld assassinations because they were light and could ru- e 300 bullets a minute picked up on some pretext by the police. But he was soon released for he had acquired subtlety since his apprentice days when he was arrested, for everything from burglary to homicide. And then of course he now had "connections" Swart, stocky, cold-eyed, he was smarter than Kid Dropper, Little Augie, or his old East Side, Five Points ga,,g rival, Al Capone, who was in Chicago. He saw what, too much publicity did to a gang leader. For Instance, there were nlwavs Pictures of Capone smiling, capoiie fishing, Capone being interviewed by the police. So Lepke kept from the hmellght as much as possible through the years until blasted into the light of day by the current nan-hunt for him by District At- :orney Thomas E. E Hoover, and New Luxora Society — Personal . .,_,. York Police lOinmissloiier Lewis Valentine BEI'BAL DID NOT AFFEUT LEPKE With repeal most gangs found their source of income dried up But in New York Lepke continued to roll in prosperity. His income each year—not derived from liquor —has been estimated from S1000D- 000 to $30,000,000 and with a wif( ind 18-ycar-pld soiv-lie -.lived In i nyank apartment-overlooking Cen- Wtth other" gang's"now 'unable''-to mseat him, the law tried. In 1938 10 was finally convicted, along with Shapiro and three union officials of coercion mid terrorism in 'the fur industry. Obtaining freedom for both himself and Shapiro on bail of $10,000 each from ex-judge Martin T. Manton, after United States Court Judge Knox had <ie- iled such a request, he and his mrtiicr-in-crlmc promptly disappeared. And for the past two years from ilding lie has not only been direct- "g the business of his organlza- ion tint has been carrying on a one-man, war. H ow effective this nurder-wave has been, seven kill- ngs—one due to mistaken identity -during Ihe past year of former *ang associates, can be judged by he fact that Shapiro gave hini- elf up rather than be killed by .epke. . Direction Isle Colony Gets Imported Soil SINGAPOBE~7uP, _, Tlle most rcciotis llilng on Direction Island oncly home of a few Britisli etn-' Ipycs of a cable company, Is the oil which was shipped there from Christmas Island, more than SOD liles away. The Britisli wanted a garden ut Direction Island, one of'the Cocos group in the Indian Ocean s mostly coral with little or no oil in which vegetables could be rown. The cable company em- loyees grew weary of tinned veg- tnbles and occasional cold stor- ge supplies received by steamer. So they arranged with officials f the Christmas Island Phos- hate Co. to send them shipments f soil and now they spend their >arc time cultivating vegetables. Missionary Society Meets TJie members of the Methcdlst Missionary Society .met at the church Tuesday afternoon for a business and program meeting After routine business, the president, Mrs. Thomas led the nro- gram on "Widening the Missionary Work in the Methodist Church." Mrs. ft. H. Owens used selected verses from Matthew's Gospel, chapters 5. 7 and 10 for Ihe basis of her remarks on "ReclmrUng the Home, other members'who gave discussions on the topic for the afternoon's study were Mrs J j Johnston and Mrs. B. H.'Ovens' The closing prayer was said by Mrs. E. R. Began. -t • * . Evening Party for Nephew Mrs. J. I. Mifflln and Mrs. Lll- han flreear complimented their nephew, Richard Mifflln Perry of EvansvaieV Ind, with . a • paAy Hn honor"oT'fiis birt)iday ; sundi{y. y •'- Iced 'watermelon^ ^-as served. * * * Party for Mary Jfane IFowton V •Airs. John Tluveatt entertained with a lawn party at the Howton- Thwenty, hcme On Wednesday afteri noon in honor of' her cousin Man- Jane Howton, of.Evansville, Ind A game of "Jitterbug" and contests were enjoyed by" the 'guest* who Included Richard MUflm Perry, of Evansylllc, ind.; and Helen Gentry of Spartanpurg. S. C During the games iced drinks were served, followed later bv iced melon. '* * * Aflehtl Soap Boy Derby Mrs. B. O. Wilklns and children B. p. Jr. and Ann Claire, had as their guests Sunday for a picnic lunch in .overton. Park, Memphis Clarence Crawford, and Richard Perry. In the afternoon they attended the Memphis Scan Box- Derby. Distant Points Call I-uxora Vacationers ' Mrs. s. J. smith of here and Mrs. Rcse Schmalzreld of Memphis are registered at Ihe Edgewater B*ach Hotel, Chicago, for the next ten days. Mrs. 51. W. spanii and Miss Florence Hush are making a motor WHY PAY MORE? Keep Summer Clothes, Cool, & Fresh at Less Cost to Yourself. Dresses Cleaned Goc Suits Cleaned 85 C PHONE 102 PEERLESS CLEANERS Cherry & Franklin IT'S Complete Line of WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC Ranges and Water-Heater* WALPOLE'S ELECTRIC SHOP S, Second Phone 3H r The world's largest selling straight Bourbon whiskey! » PSOOf-COPYRIGHT 1W. OQtJfkigR NSWi trip embtncln^ points of Interest to the casl const of Florida, atopplns: nt Miami , for n visit with relatives, nucl retuvulng over the west Florida const. They are motor- Ing with tltelr slider, Mrs Elmore Compbell, MI-. Campbell and daughter, Loiirelle, of St. Uwis..'•. Miss Mnbcl George Is enjoying two weeks with' her uncle, Sam Hlchcy, nnd fniDlly, of Dlrniliiglmm, Ahi. Mr. mid Mrs. HlHon SlcpliwisoJi and Mrs. Pcnrl inn nrn visiting relatives In Piiycttcvillc, Term. Mr. nnd Mrs. Huford Thwealt left Sirtuniay for a vacation tU Hardy, Ark. *. ' » Allend bfRner-banoe p. C. Dril'er' with 'Miss Jipla Campbell, of Dyerslmrg. TeiiH., ni)d James Perinciiler with Mts Virglnln Hopkins, of JohcsUoro, Ark:, ftttcndeil the dlJiiicr-dniicc sponsored by tliclr fraternity, Zcln Tail Zetn, nl 'the Feabody on Prl- Oay night. , » • » I.uxora Cliufch Goers Enjoy Vlsllhif Preachers The Methodist clivircli pulpit was filled Sunday, In the absence of the pastor, the Rev. R. E. L. Bonrdon, hy a former pastor, the Rev. Ben- jtiiniu Pew, pastor of the Tr'umnnu Jvrethodlst church. The Rev. Bearden Is assisting the Rev. Pew In a revival meeting at Trinnnnn. In (lie absence of the Rev. L P Hemming, )>ns'toi-. of the Unptlst chiu-eh, wiio Is eugnged In revival services nt Dell, Ark., Die Hcv. J. T. Renfro, of Blytheville, nilcd the Baptist pulpit. The Rev. Silos Thwcntt, pastor of the Baptist clmrcii In Sau Pcdj-o, Calif., attended the services nt the Luxora Baptist church Sunday. The Rev. Thwe'ntt was accompanied by Mrs. Thweatt,-who while, making their home in Luxora were members of the local church. They, with their daughter, Miss Mary Prances Thwentt, were guedts , In the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Thweatt while in Lusora. • » • • » Mrs. Charlie Mlfflln was called to Memphis this morning pn ao^ count of the sudden death of her son-in-law, WUllam W, Dillord, branch manager of Kroger Grocery and Baking Company. Mrs. Dlllnrd will he remembered' as Miss Frances Cooke, daughter of Mrs. Mifflln Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Ballew went to Memphis Saturday' night to meet John Cownn Jr., who hnd been colled home from a visit with his aunt, Mrs. Florlcc Williams of Pine Bluff, Ark., on account of the Illness oJ his mother, Mrs. Pearl Cowan. Mrs. Cowan is im-' proving at this time. The condition ot Bailey Durt- ney, a resident and mercharil of Luxora for many years, is very grave. Mr. Dudney suffered n stroke of paralysis last Friday afternoon while crossing the bull park on his way home. He was taken to Memphis' Monday and placed In (lie -Turner-Ramsey hospital. Mrs.- Dud-, hey-returned to Memphis Wednesday ns his .condition Is very serious, Mrs. A. G. George, who lias been a guest in the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Slilbley, of Copperhill, Tenn ; , f fprthe j)xist ; six weeks, re turned-home v^Thurs^ !>"y, acb iriipa- Goimr lo: the Movies oh a FREE TICKET! Trade here .ind get free tickets to • either Rita or .'. Roxy Theatres at- v our expense. $10 In Trade— —Adult $5 'In Trade — Jurilor Ticket RITE PRICE STORES 11J E. Main. 320 W. Main r« r, by 1Ir ' son George Wnyne, for n visit, Mrs. Julia Owens, Miss Cnn-io Mao iihcs nnd Bcrtl Corkrun mo- WffU to Uttie Reck Msuriiiy, liwtt. «"' visit with his brother, Fied Corkran. Mr. and Mrs. rains, of Cairo, 111, KW Sunday visitors In the- home fiiiill • SC "' wnltam Knns ' u " a Mr. iiml Mrs. George Courtney and children, Uoyd mid ionise, of Mnlvern. Ark., were visiting- among Luxma friend., while In town Mcn- ««y lUU'iirtlng to basluess. Mr. unil Mrs Oourtney ami fnnill/ imido uiHr home In Luxom lor many years, Mrs Bliss Vnncey and daughter, »uss Mary Bliss, of Hughes, were ?iit|5ts ' of Mrs. Ynncoy'a purc'nts, »»'. nnd Mrs. Louis Spnnn Sunday. ^. B. Wood, nee;mpanicd by I OKI Laitey, of (ho . C. B. Wood Motor sales force, left Memphis Wednesday jilgia torn trip to Pen- sncoln, pin,, sponsored by the Memphis brnnt-h of rtord Motor Company. MISSO.S Peggy nnd Dllsy slllmnii nave returned from severs) dnys visit with Miss Mnry Bliss Ynn- cey. of Hughes, Ark, Mrs. Joe Hires and daughter, Mi-s, Charlie lillllngsley, with their aunt, Mrs. Emiim Brlckeye, of Osceoln, were Memphis visitors Monduy. Ship Models Represent Craft of Every Type NEW BEDFORD, Muss (UP) — The exhibit of ship models at the Old Dartmouth Historical Society in New Bedford Is actually n miniature licet comprising all types of ships Hint have plied the .seas from tills port In the past 127 years. The display Includes whalers of 1812, terkenllttes nnd clippers down to Dlcscl-ilrlvcn craft of (hi! present (Jay. ST. LOUIS (OP)-A.thief whoso conscience bothered him returned a slotoi typewriter to the Park Baptist Church. Rev. U. S. Randall, pastor,. refused to reveal his .Identity. Men get new Pep FEEL YEARS YOUNGER-EASY WAY I in SSlmi rdlSO.fto rriilrAi. r\)uiuAlc<l. low»!rtKii In wry way. Osiret fria./o tuo/wl iK-imy vltori'iin Kr,ffiis''^^iS''i:;;^];^rr;i nti-iltcl alur 40. /,0 or DO. A 7.1.)W4lil7l«'l"i •rrllw: "Tool, OslrH myitlr. llwilli triiuuk»l,lV •• ? V n'i° "",'" '?' k " c ' " "° l lfltelili.1, uulirr relume nrlce. You J no-; rl.a a LH-D 11 r ft*> m art psU ll JU'a p i»™ «i«i youwOTiui vwv ii«V. IO3.TBEXI— lot more visor, pep af»«MD For sale at Klrby Bros. Drug Stoic. KILLS D-8 gen 'cm 'nt once 0-8 n quick—positive— pleasant, stumlcsi Harmless to Inmisihi in j pels. t\ liilli- (joes .loiiu way | l%6oc.can only 10c. ons LADIES' WHITE SLIPPERS J'um (o 9, ips, Straps, Tics, Sizes 3 Widths AAA to O. VALUES TO §5.00 . LADIES' AND CHILDREN'S White, Blue * M'lillc, Black' ami While, Red and VVMlc, Brown * Rust. Now ettes 29 JARMAN FRIENDLY OXFORDS FOR MEN 95 While, Tan and White, Bclgc and Brcwn. Formerly J5.00. POLL PARROTT SHOES FOR BOYS AND GIRLS THE FAMILY SHOE STORE 312 W. Main Phone KROGER PrCpLY WIGGLY item ins iMizti BUV j-x *'«r« lu* un it * ..11 OR ittun, luuwd pmlM U «cl ( tul TOiu w will >•?!>» || FREE .ilk i, ^i MU «f «k. w. (,„, ,.,„««, ^ $£ "OWNi;,, AN!) oi'KKATKD BV TIIK KKOOKH GROCKRV & BAKING COMPANY Fresh Dressed ' mvw^^^M^BI rpVCDC H Pound to 2 Pound rn i cno n verage PICNIC HAMS Tender and Fine for Baking Ib. 15c SALT MEAT Best Gl " ade streak -°- w* Om.1 ITILHI lean. Pound OzG Rimlless Kwifk Krisj), Id. HOG MELTS, Ih. PORK TAILS Ib. Pare Pork Sausage Ih. 12!c HAMS Country Club CHERRIES Marnschliio 5 o'f. ltd I lie HEIHZ BAKED """A -15 TOILET SOAP Altirc CLOROX '"'" CORN FLAKES PUFFFD MCE »r rurrcu WHEAT Pkg. JUICE Toronto, C. Club 3 Tall Cans PRIDE ILL. CORN Can Havapine No. 1 Can Crushed 6c in Syrup " '" - - - -' APRIPflK Calif w <«>le Onpeeled fnHyyiO.. Ho 21 Can, 2 Cans Preserves Pure 25c 1 PREFER THIS FINER GRAPE JUICE!' SAVE 35 1 / 2 /o by buying Kroger's NEW Country Club GRAPE JUICE }.. Pressed" from full-ripe Concord grapes! ..Pure juice, sligMly swoet- *.. Actual comparison with Ot» ZvC another leading brandl Pt. 13c C. Club Salad Dressing Pint Jar . , ISc Quart Jar . 29c EMBASSY Ijuart Jar... 23c CRACKERS "VVcseo • 2 Ib. lio.v GINGER ALE Kroner's •I Qt.s. TWINKLE Ge]atnc Ji Fliivors, 3 I'kgs. 10 CHERRIES BREAD Clock Fresh Lge. Loaves, 2 for P.&G. CAMAY 2 for Ik «|Jc HumKo' Cl 'f lOc ^ 38c ^ 75c Spotlight FLOUR Hot D.tled Coffee C. Club 1 Ih. Can . . 'Me French, 1 Ib ......... 20c ., 3 lb - 43c Guarantecrl 2-1 Ibs. 58 KIDNEY BEANS C. Club' Can 5 IIIIAC Grapefruit, C. Club UUlVC Jumbo Can 1c OLEO Eatmorc 2 Ibs. 25 BANANAS Golden Ripe Dozen 15 ORANGES Seedless Each PEANUT BUTTER 11 OMIT MATCHES, TOMATO C< OHLI PASTE. 2 for V PASTE, 2 for MILK C. Club 4 LgC. or 8 Small for 22 TOILET TISSUE, Clifton 650 Sheets, 3 for 10 LEMONS Sunki'st | EC Dozen Iw GRAPES Seedless 1C C 2 Ibs. Iv

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