The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1930 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, October 10, 1930
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_FIUDAY.J)CTOBER 10, 1936 New Smuggling Vessels Well Equipped BLYTIIHVILLK, (AltK.) COUH1EK NEWS PAGE FIVE Rum Runners From French Islands Use Wireless and Smoke Screens. By GKOHGK COMSTOCK i NK,\ Servile Writer ST. PIERRE.—With more than l,OOB,t)00 cases of liquor into the United States within the pas!, 12 months, and v,ith prospects for even greater activity In the near future, the rum-running trade from St. Pierre and Miquelon, small French islands in (he North Atlantic, has reached the proportions ol a major industry. And ihe trade is being conducted on big business lines. There was a time when anyone who owned a ship could buy a cargo of whisky, ship a cve'iY, sail tt> a spot safely olf the United States coast ana wail for speed boats to come out and buy the whisky. Today, however, the old haphazard method' have changed. An Individual, op crating without a shore organization in the United States, liasn'i a chance of success in the run- trade. The business has become systematized and highly developed. 11 is a spec.'ali/ed industry, dealing ^in millions, and calling for brains ^and experience to insure success. Opcraled by Aii of Wireless Sets Most- of tiie liquor now entering (he United States is of Canadiai manufacture, and the sale which brings its ownership lo the American nun-running syndicates i. generally 'transacted in Canada Montreal is recognized as tin great liquor man. When the rep rLsenlative of the syndicate pay; the purchase price to the distill ci"s agent in Montreal, a cable i: sent to the distiller's agent in St Pierre. This cable is in code, as ar ; most of the instructions sent be tween Canada and St. Pierre. The cable is In effect an ordei on the distiller's agent lo delive to the supercarbo or captain of a certain ruin ship a specified mi:n her of cases of whisky. The casl transaction has been carried ou in Montreal; there is no moiic; sent lo S'.. Pierre. A few Cana dian distillers, generally the small er ones, send their liquor to S'.. Pi errc and once it is landed and stor ed, borrow on it from the loca branches of the Canadian banks As a rule, however, the bulk of th money involved in the Uansactio does not reach the island. There are two cable- companie i maintaining offices at St. Pierre uml prohibition has been a grea bacn to (heir business. They re main open from early in the morn ing until late at night. The major ity of the messages they handle pertain to the movements, of the nun ships, the deliveries of liquor, and are in code. Because of tire secretive attitude ol the French authorities, it ii difficult to form a close estimate of the number of nun-running ships regularly operating 'Out of St PieiTC. A very conservative estimate, however, would be between CO and 100 regular ships, with a few additional ships which engage in the traffic intermittently. A few of the swift schooners, once so popular In l-he trade, arc still in evidence but the tendency has swung lo a new type of craft, low, specially built, broad-beamed, swift, designed to escape detection at sea. These boats are built in Nova Sec- tia. They are not really as fast, as llie great majority of Coast Guard vessels which they must, for something in the way ol speed must be sacrificed to the cargo which must, be carried. The cost of these "spsedics" range from S50.000 to $125,000 apiece. Some of them are quite, •mall while others run to HO and 150 feet in length. The average cargo carried is r.round COCO cases. All of these new type rum runners arc equipiKil with two gasoline- driven tmbiiie engines ol American manufacture. . Transactions Are Carried Out ? ' in Canada The newer boats, which arc just now entering the trade, boasl many new innovations. There lire f'jr instance, boats with armored The modcrnly equipped fleet from St. Pierre find Miquelon, the rum capital of the world, hav: many new tricks by which they hope to dodge the U. S. Coas-, Gmrti. Above you see an artist's sketch of a rum-runner eluding a pursuer by throwing out a smoke screen. Below, a picture showing the unloading of Canadian liquor destined for the Unites States at. at, Picire. ire still In Ihe business and doing nicely. Hum Fleet Uses Newest Type Ships All of the nnn-ruiiuors arc equipped with short wave wireless. The wireless is the nun-runner's best friend, and without it the Irade probably would be SO per cent less successful. The sets aboard the boats arc operated by regular wireless operators, selected, hired and sent to the ships by the syndicate ashore. Contrary to genera! impression, the sailors, the men who actually risk their lives and liberty in smuggling liquor, no longer make fabulous sums for their work. A good hand for one of the runners may be had for from $75 to $100 ME BOOK SURVEY BV IlUUCi: CATTON NEA Service Writer In "Saint Johnson." W. TJ. Urn-- nett brings his compact, c!o.-e-clip- pcd style to bear on the old southwest and produces a fast-moving melodrama ol the bad oid dajs in lawless Arizona. Wayt Johnson is a deputy U. S. marshal in a wild frontier town. He is a gunman, and a dangerous one, but he has, somehow, a JasiK-r himself, however, is worth rcMdir.s nljnui. He is a whole-soul- ed, /^Mtul pagan, nnd this book about his adventures — issued by Ccvici-Fricrti- :<t $2—will very likely have an extensive sale. » * » Adventure Under the Sea In the lirllish Fleet "By Uutss — a'id by God" — is William Guy Carr's story of the deeds of the British submarines law and order. As Daniel Bcone | dtirir.f the World War. Natmally, . . , per month. That is, if the rum I considered hiimelt an instrument I it is a tale of hair-raising adven- ship does not have to enter the jcidained cy God to up the lure that lenves one marveling territorial waters of the United I Kentucky wilderness, s States. For every trip, however, jj 0 | lns on considers himself that the boats make all the way in- | ten . or f ov tj lc evil-doers ol Arizona. :cd man-trans. to the United Slates coast, the crew j Bul Ar | zon ., does , 10 : take Mildly | Tlie British subliming did not expects and receives a bonus. The , 0 hLs j, la]ls wtl , i lis tTO broth-; have the chance to distinguish pay of a captain of_oiie of^lhe{ cr5 am j a co . L ,pi e c £ irce-sV.colln<s I thmw-'.vei thai the Germans hail, i Way: i the hrroi.-m of the men who tlared a ialcd ! do their fUjhiiKg in those snbmerg- boats varies from $300 to $450 a month, depending on his reputation for being a "lucky" captain. A super-cargo is also carried on the majority of the "baais. The rumrunners themselves contend that Ihe super-cargo's job is merely to see that .the captain doesn' friends. Jrmi.=r.n tries to make his | L-ul what chances they hail they off with the boat and cargo. And, 1 1 whether or not this is true, the! fact remains that Ihe super-cargo town orderly and law-abiding, but h!s reverence for tho.-e two viiiv.?s is not generally shared by his ccm- patriois. Jeered, hated and conspired againsi, he finally broaks loose, shoots up his enemies in one grand, final battle and inuvcs on o greener pastures As a matter of fact. Wait J-hn- , fll knows whv ,.... generally receives a salary as large j; aw ^ ^ []js ,.—'^ ^, sonl or larger than the captain's. From these figures it is easy to see that the men who do the actual work of making this island the rum-running capital of the world share but little in the rewards. The big money goes to the syndicates who manage the entry of the liquor into the United Slates from the shore end. Most of thes? syndicates are American, though there are also a few Canadian rings in the business. Standard of the western bad man. He is tiie two-S'.m killer personified, took, in full measure. ML-. Carr's tat?s of ojwrations al- the Dardanelles are especially interesting. Nearly every page evokes -eithci 1 a gasp or ;i sluidtir. Daublcday, Doran is the publisher, and the prk-D is S2.50. v * » « litirfs Kc-vic\vs of a Tew Worth While. l!ooks . Other current books (hat arc \vcr;ti your while include: "The Creative Home," by Ivah when shooting conies lie enters in_:o j Everra Deering, published by Rich it with a kind of holy joy. One ' gathers that he fishts for civic order because he mult light and must iion of ihe rearing ol children. It \ ard R. Smith at, $1.50. Here is a hipiilv sane and intelligent discus- • hnvc pswer; a slight shift of cir- nvcld.> the time-worn cliches usual ] cutnstances wo';ld mat.? him an | to si:cli bookp, and also dodges unabashed outlaw. Mr. Buti-.tlfs s'.yle begins to grow wcariiome. and in this case. Champagnes and wines from §10 to $12. This yrice includes St. Pierre's import duty, and seems decidedly an affection. • However, it has tiv; one great merit jof ge'.ing out of the author's way i when there is fast action to dc| scribe. "Saint J.ii'.nion" gets away the i to a slow start, bat ccmcs to n Slates, this same liquor, presuming hat it Is not cut or tampered with. s worth about S8 per iiuarl to the ultimate consumer, or $9G a case. The remaining SBC a case profit goes o the syndicate. The sellers ; at St. 'icrre, mostly Canadian dislillcr- es, are merely whisky distributors. i vastly ovcr-ra'eu -but it will alto. be tremendously pop-jlar. The Dial Press is publishing it,at $2. * i « An Amusing Talc of the uf a Pagan •Tlie Great Jasper," by Fulton They are no r. n-runncrs. Thai "The Great Jasper." by Fu ton pTn'of the business they prefer to O^Jr,, is a pecuhar fco,. K te-s '"I! "±" C ,± rST^ mcin; who"s'^n of tw^i- akine their profit, from the $8 per Man Who'll "Do Anything" I tnS Receives Strange' Ottersj^-^^' '. cth century Casanova addicted to itakiny his inn n-lure he finds it-and he Hncls it everywhere. lie has ivei-sainlly wife v.-iio strives tortucus labyrinth of tlic psycliolo- ' , and einevges ;\5 a brok that • my parent could read with pleas- . ire and profit- It is, in fact, the ' best thing of its kind I have seen n a Ions tin',?. "John Marsh. Pioneer," by '• Grcrge L. Lyman, published by Scribncrs at S3. 50. This toils the s'.ory of u Bay State College lad r;ho svoul to Minnesota over .1 con- ' lury m;o, mingled with the Indians prior to Black Hawk's war and tinaliy moved to California, living HuTC over a decade betorc annexation and Volping materially to brina the suite into the union. It is colorful bit of history and an au- iorbiin; portrait, of a strange, self- coiilaiiicd pioneer. "He Done Her Wrong." by Milt Grc.-s. published by Doubleday, Doran at $2. This is perhaps II:. 1 SAN FRANCISCO. (Ul> j evangelical church, and a studious son whom he tries to bring up in Stransc offers—one of tiicm $5003 | )lis own i ma g c; p. n d i,| S adventures, to court the intimacy of a man's .,. hlch tV en'.iuUy livi-sg him lichvs "" " j as an Atlantic Ci;y astrologer, make wife and aid in securing a i V hulls, and a few arc equipped with apparatus for throwing out a smoke screen. One of the iavoritc stories around the rales in SI. Pierre has to do with the ease with which several of the rum-runners have slipped through the Coast Guard vessels with the aid of smoke-screens. The modern rum-runner may have an armored hull, fctit it Is not. armed.- The captain must rely on trickery or speed to land his car- fo. and those who control the syndicates realize that if there is any shooting done in the landing it must, be done by the Co-.vst Guard. The older shiyw. the auxiliary schooners and square riggers, ar= being retired from the trnde. Certain of these ships have been highly successful, sailing out of St. iMciTC for n year or more without h.ivlng encountered ferioi:s trouble with the enforcement authorities. The tendency, however, is towards the fast speed boat. The people who are running rum out of St. Pierre admit that they lose a boat now and then They shrug their shoulders ivhci tellins of (heir misfortunes. Afte all, Uicy say. accidents are bourn to li;'.»;>cn. Last winter, with ap proximalcly 50 boats operating ou of the harbor during the month when the weather was worst, tw rtnn runners were captured by th Coast. Guard. Two others \vere los in storms, whilu the remaining ' divorce-have been made to Hcc- inte reslins and amusing reading., ert Rails in rcs;»usD to his run- I Mr Qursler, I think, hris almost nin B "personal ad" to do "anything , vriuc]1 a bo3k , lf r ,, al s i B ,,incnnce. within the law, regardless o! risk." jliut it doesn't quite jell, for some reason. Jasper himself is clear- . tur.r.lcsl bocV; of the year. )fcros.s tells a melodramatic "wesicTti' 1 entirely in pictures, producing a mag- siifLCt'iit buflcsQue and touchitij; oil tomo of the heartiest laughs I have had in many months- Don't miss "Ato'.ls of the Sun." by Frederick O'Uricn. issued by the Century Company nt $1.50. This is.a reissue ff an old favorilv. In wliii-li Mr. O'Brien does Ilis test to make . ail diifatisHod Americans hop the ' first boat for the laiujourous South Seas. . i "Another offer," Rails adds "was | ' an( , ldicvao , e . ~ bli: thc ctllcr a jcb as gunmaii-bcdyeuard for a i ch|)rac| ,, rs nevcr Ii;l j tt . come lo lifc " • - - • local bootlegger. „ lone simply lulls lo br'.icvc hi thsm. c mak ™*J!*™ **» "»= " ««:"««• Airplanes (or itri of salesmen are provided by an oil and gasoline company in Johannesburg. South lio olTered me $5000 to kill ife." his "CLASSIFIED %f ^^ffg^SilJI' ^. Ask for Gold Medal Flour uL Your Grocers Grocery Co. Distribtilors "Risky to Pay "if YOU Less"! 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