The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 2, 1954 · Page 8
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER f, Symbol of 'Anti-Social Youth' By HERBERT D. WILHOIT LOS ANGELES Lf)—The tattooed mark of the Pachuco has swept across the nation as a symbol of modern-day j'outhful hoodlumism. Its common form is a cross with a sort of halo of dots, made with a pin or knife and ink on the \veb between the thumb and forefinger, or on the arm or chest. It puzzles and worries civil and military authorities in many areas, but; in Los Angeles it is old stuff, considered virtually passe. Is it smart-aleck feeding of the young ego, naive copy-cat activity or a sinister secret terrorist or- ganisation? A Los Angeles authority, Police Lt. Kichard D. Whitiey of the juvenile detail and former commander of the gang detail established in 1948, said today he has no evidence of any national organization of Pachucos. On the contrary, he said, the youthful gangs of this and other large cities in which there may be Pachuco members have no formal organization; no officers, dues, bylaws or rules. The fellow who is the toughest and talks the best is the leader; the "organiztf- tion" is confined to tight geographical or neighborhood boundaries. The Pachuco tattoo has appeared recently on 30 airmen at Chanute Air Force Base, HI.; in Kansas City; in Des Moines, Iowa, where police called it "juvenile copy-cat stuff"; at Lackland AFB, Tex.; at Sampson AFB, Geneva, N. T.; on five AWOL men at Lockbourne AFB, Ohio; in Columbus and the Ohio State Penitentiary; at Ft. Campbell, Ky., and nearby' Clarks- vUle, Term.; on civilians in Omaha, Neb., Chicago and New York; and on two former bar girls in vice- ridden Phenix City, Ala. Lt. Whitiey, who flew to Chanute to advise the military on the Pa- chuco problem, said: "I am convinced that this recent spread is simply a symbol of unsocial youth. One boy hears about it, or sees the mark on somebody else in jail or in the military guardhouse, and thinks it would be a good Idea to have his own mark to boast about. Chances are many i haven't the slightest idea what Tachuco" means. "We know what it means but it's impossible to translate accurately. We heard it as long ago as 1941 and it came into usage in 1943 in the riot-fights between zoot-suiters and servicemen in Los Angeles. "The term Pachuco came to the coast from the El Paso, Tex., border country during the war. It's a Mexican slang expression originally applied in derogatory meaning to the 'zooties'—the smart- flecks, toughs, hoodlums or what' ever you wish to call them of Mexican descent who wore long coats, peg-top, ankle-tight pants, duck-tail haircuts and thick-soled shoes. "But now It has lost that significance. It has been adopted, or applied to, youngsters who are. or think they are, toughs of all .grades. But we find it no longe? applies only to Mexican-Americans. The kids recently involved show no pattern of nationality or race. It's simply become a symbol associated with the very widespread youthful gang problem. "In fact, the viciousness today— the knives, beer can openers used as slashing weapons, saps, billies, switch-knives, palm saps and guns, the wanton cutting, beating or shooting of victims wtihout reason —go far beyond the original zoot- suit or Pachuco troubles where just plain fists frequently were the only weapon." Whitiey said one Caucasian youth at Chanute had a "code of Pachu- co," rules including no "ratting" on fellow members, no cooperation with authorities, helping each other. He said that was the only instance he had ever encountered of ' such a "code" and " he is convinced it was "just one kid's feright idea." Liquor figures in probably 90 per cent of the Pachuco trouble, he said, and narcotics, mostly marijuana, to a lesser degree. 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