The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 18, 1955 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 18, 1955
Page 9
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18,195B (AM.) COUKIEK XEWI PAGE NINE Perry's Picked a Peck of Pockets In His Day; Now it's Academic Art By WARD CANNEL NBA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NBA),— The world's biggest thief is back in town, heaving sighs that make women and children shiver and strong buildings quake. His name is Vic Perry, He stands six-foot-one, weighs 310 pounds and has picked more pockets than Peter ever picked pickles. He heaved a sigh of disgust sending small ripples up and down his chins. "It's grubby," he said. "There isn't one pickpocket in a hundred these days who's adept and light- fingered enough to work alone. The art (sigh) is lost." This is, of course, very disturbing to an artist like Perry. He picked up a coffee spoon and bent it double. "My brethren in the trade," he said, "are becoming nothing more than common hooligans," No longer is the dip a handsome scamp flitting from pocket to purse, filching" valuables while millions cheer. From' where Perry stands looking over his puffy cheeks, it takes three or four men to pick one pocket. And even then they need a crowd for cover. "If they did it out in the open," he said, "you'd he nauseous at how clumsy they are." ( It seems to work this way: Two "block-men" close In on the victim in a crowd and pin his arms. A third, called a "dip," takes the wallet and passes it to someone else and then everybody scatters. At the end of the day they get together, have supper, divide the loot and go home to watch detective stories on television. Perry began picking pockets when he was 10. And it was not by chance, either. Both his grandfather and father had been dips — both of them artists, working alone. • • • Within E few years, he knew every gimmick in the business and soon became bored with it. Across the past 25 years, he has also become bored with being a ventriloquist, hypnotist, puppeteer, strong man, magician, heavyweight wrestling champion of England, novelist (23 books published), restaurateur and authority on wines and brandy. Today he earns most of his living as a straight dramatic movie actor For .the most part, his interest in pocket-picking is academic today On his first visit to America from his native England, he noticed New York City police signs advising the public to "Beware of Pickpockets." ROLLING OUT THE WORK—Roller skates make work easier Tor these file clerks in. the busy blueprint library of Lockheed's Marietta, Ga., aircraft plant. The blue-Jeaned girls roll back and forth finding and returning blueprints requested by engineers Rubber wheels reduce skating noise. He also noticed pickpockets loitering near the signs, watching people . take heed of the signs and reach for ! their money pockets. "It was a sure tip-off to the dips." he said. "So I called the police department and told them about it. And they went out and took down the signs." Very soon thereafter, he became Vic Perry: lecturer on pick-pockets to the FBI, Scotland Yard and the police departments of New York and Washington. • * • "Ah, yes," he signed in remembrance, "Washington. I worked a theater there in 1946 and picked a wallet that had classified information on the Bikini Atom Bomb Test. And I always say 'patriotism first.' So I returned the wallet, the money Save Cash Instead Of Buying Trading Stamps! When a cash and carry grocer handling trading stamps claims that stamps are "free" — don't believe it! He can't absorb the cost of stamps and stay in business — so, he recovers their cost, in higher prices for Hems not usually advertised. Safeway's policy is to keep everyday grocery prices 'at least 3Tc below those of "trading stamp grocers". This means big cash savings to Safeway customers. And Safeway's weekly specials mean more cash savings. This Ad Effective Wednesday, Oct. 19th Criscb Brand Lb. Tin 3 3 Lb. Tin 81c 73? 8 £. 1.24 25 & 2,19 SHORTENING Royal Satin SHORTENING Armour's Brand PURE LARD Stock Up for Winter PINTO BEANS French Brand MUSTARD Beverly Smooth Tasty PEANUT BUTTER Full 0' Gold Natural ORANGE JUICE Piratts Gold Delicious GRAHAM CRACKERS £ 33? Maple Flavored Syrup SLEEPY HOLLOW '.'" 26< Delicious Sandwich Spread LUNCH BOX t63< DON'T FORGET! 24 oz. Jar 12 oz. Jar 46 oz. Tin 4k 30c • S»ftw«y will meet the loweit advertlied price of every l^c \i%m by Item — day by day — In Blytheville. yvanty considered. and the documents." A couple of tips on preventing your pocket from being picked? Perry lists .them this way: If you carry your bills loose, put loose coins between them to act as a burglar alarm. Or else, put a layer of peanut shells on top of the money. The dip can get his hand in and clasped around the money, but iie won't be able to get his hanc out again. And if you carry your wallet your inside breast pocket, use safety pin to close the pocket. "Of course," he said, "I can take the wallet and the pin in one pass But I'm unusual." AEC Starts Aerial Radiation Checking Exercise in Nevada WASHINGTON I* — Th« Atomic Energy Commission announced the start yesterday of an aerial rjidia- tion-sleuthlng exercise at its Nevada tesf site. Radiation left over from tests last spring will be used. The project, known as "Operation ABME" — for Aerial Radiological Monitoring Exercise — is to train Civil Defense workers in the possible use of air-to-ground instruments for surveying surface radiation levels over wide areas soon after a nuclear detonation. The VEC stressed that the exercise, which will continue through Friday, would Involve no atomic blasts and "no radiological hazards will be Involved." The exercise is to employ special aerial survey instruments and techniques developed by the commission's health and safety laboratory in New York. The commission said the exercise will have no connection with a previously announced series of experiments beginning about Nov. 1 at the test site. That series was planned "to determine the safety of various weapons and experimental devices in the event of accidents during handling and storage." Southern Regional Council Gets $150,OQOGrantfromFordFund LITTLl LIZ Ambidextrous is o term op. plied to o person who con turn off the hot ond cold faucets in the shower ot the some time. Mtnderei f foetid* ANKARA, Turkey Iff) — Turkiih Premier Adnan Menderes was reelected president of his ruling Democratic party yesterday by an overwhelming majority despite a revolt against his leadership by 19 party memDera in Parliament. The rebels are spearheading EXPERT WATER PUMP REPAIR Hubbard Hardware ATLANTA Ufi — The Southern Regional Council has received a new grant of $150,000 from the Tord Foundation's Fund for the Republic to strengthen its educational work in 12 southern states. The grant, announced Sunday, is for the fiscal year which began Oct. 1. It followed one of $240,000 early last year for the 18 months just ended. The council, founded in 1944, has affiliates in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisi ana. Mississippi, the Carolines, Tennessee, Texas .and Virginia. Purpose of the overall setup, the announcement said, is to "unite the best Southern thought and leadership without racial distinction." Marion A. Wright of Linville Falls, N. C.. is president of th council. Dr. George Mitchell, a native of Richmond, Va., is executive director with headquarters in Atlanta. Dr. Rufus Clement, Negro president of Atlanta University and a —-^T *w •- ' Tims TOP SPEED "On Hi* Spol" I*f for Add lndia««lion member of the Atlanta School Board, is chairman of the Executive Committee. Long Time —No More NEW YORK (fl—When passengers boarded the New Haven Railroad's overnight sleeper Saturday i night, they expected to wake up in: Boston. They didn't. In the morn- | ing, the train was still in Grand] Central Station, held up by the! floods. The railroad served break-1 fast and then passengers got off to j find other transportation. Lasting Relief for PILE PAIN: CLINIC-TESTED Thornton-Miner Ointment You f«*l Boothing comfort so fast. too. That's b«c«uw Thornton-Minor Ointment » A complete formula with faat- •cting, long-lasting special ingredients to check ilchinar, burning, pain and help reduce swelling. Ointment or suppository form, only Sl.OO. Ask for it at any drug store but insist on genuine Thorn too-Minor Ointment. Individuals-Groups-Farm Bureau Blue Cross * Blue Shield Call representative WAYLIN CHESSER P.O Box 307 Blytheville, Ark Phone POplar 3-3106 -NOTICE- BLYIHEVILLE CURB MKT. 130E. Main St. Apples Per Bushel - $1.50 LARGE MICHIGAN PEARS Halloween Pumpkins We Pay Highest Prices For Pecans — Open Until 10 p.m. PICKARD'S GROCERY & MARKET Nationally Advertised & Fancy Groceries The Finest in BEEF, VEAL, LAMB, PORK Genuine Hickory Smoked Country Ham Nationally Advertised & Fancy Groceries 2-2043 Call In We Deliver Come In 1044 Chick fight to repeal a rwWcllvt pews law Mendere* pushed throuch lut year. GOrVIINQ IN THI '56 OI_O»lVIOi BRAND IMiEW CONCEPT* IN AUTO rVI ATI G TR AN S IVI I SS I O N S I NEW VDRA-IVIATIO DRIVE - \ T* AL.L. -rum ffoks of •rum of caHAFta i fr>tmia) ' rocketing your way in the dazzling new Olds- mobiles for 1956! Jetawny!. . . powerfully new, powerfully smooth—an entirely new idea in automatic transmissions! Jelaway! . . . just one of the many major advancements you can count on in Olds for '56! Oldsmohile's new Jelaway Hydra-Malic Drive will bring you the smoothest, most wonderful driving ever! And with this amazing new smoothness, Jetaway has all the getaway and positive power:—the economy and dependability that millions of Hydra-Malic owners know so well. Just wait, for Jctau'ay . . . another "new Olds idea" . . . on its way in the magnificent '56 models! Oh-h-h! those '56 OLDS MOBILES Coming Nowember 3rd VIIIT THI "ROCK1T ROOM". ..AT YOUR OLDSMOIILI DEALER'S! HORNER-WILSON MOTOR CO., 317 E. MAIN Phone 2-2056 Leghorn hati take their nam* from that of the Italian port through which they are shipped. LAND FOR SALE 80 ACRES Approximately 6 miles wwt of Blytheville. Fair improvements. Priced to sell. 424 ACRES Near Holland, Mo. Fronts on main paved road. Good improvements. This is a real farm. Don't miss seeing it. 160 ACRES Near Gideon, Mo. Nice large 2-story home. 2 irrigation wells. Good productivt land. 63Vz ACRES Near Dell, Arkansas. Beautiful $20,000 home and ex. tra fine improvements. This is a show place. Don't miss this if you are looking for a nice suburban hous«. 222 ACRES Close to Manila, Arkansas. Extra good mrxed loam land. Priced to sell. 66 ACRES South of Dell, Ark. This Is the best bargain we are showing for an investment Look this over before it is sold. $225 per acre. 157 ACRES Near Reeves, Mo. Good land. a real buy. $225 per acre. 47 ACRES Near Stecle, Mo. Excellent land in a good location. $300 per acre. 94 ACRES On gravel road near Portageville, Mo. Small home high quality land. Good location. MANY OTHER FARMS We have many other farms of all sizes . . . Excellenl terms on all property. We have insurance company commitments that will pay a large portion of the pur chase price. Let us show you these farms before you make a deal. Phone, Write, Or See EARLS FARM & LOAN CO. Glencoe Hotel Bldg. Blytheville, Ark. Phone POplar 3-4562 J. E. STEVENSON, JR. Phone POplar 3-61S6 CECIL EARLS Phone POplar 3-4052 WE'VE GOT IT! Over 33,000 different itemi in stock! HUBBARD HARDWARI

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