Daily News from New York, New York on December 2, 1933 · 96
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Daily News from New York, New York · 96

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Saturday, December 2, 1933
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DAILY NEWS, -SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1933 GORDON-GUILTY, GETS 10 YES., $80, 000 FINE By STUART ROGERS. WAXEY GORDON, the lowly East Side pickpocket of pre-prohibition days, who rode a flood of illegal beer to the eminence of New York's Public Enemy No. 1, was convicted of income tax frauds by a jury in Federal Judge Frank J. Coleman's court yesterday, and was sentenced immediately to ten years in the new Federal Penitentiary at Lewisburg, Pa. In addition, he was fined $20,000, and court costs were assessed against him totaling $60,000 more. .Gordon's prosecution was the Government's greatest effort if against a biff shot racketeer since the conviction of AI Capone on a similar charge in Chicago and the sentencing of that National Public Enemy No. 1 to a term of ten years in the penitentiary at Atlanta. lne jury took only one ballot to find Gordon ffuilty on all four counts of the No Tom-Toms To Resurrect Old Man Rum By JACK MI LEY. NEW YORKERS will make restrained whoopee on Repeal Night next Tuesday, hotel and cafe men predicted yesterday. The night's revelry will lack New Year's Eve proportions, advance reservations indicate. Many hotels including the Biltmore, Commodore and Astor have made no special plans for the occasion. Booze Supply Uncertain. There are three reasons why the fun-making may be desultory, according to Manhattan's bonifaces. It is uncertain that the pleasure places will be able to obtain an adequate supply of wines and liquors to serve the celebrants. ) The ban on bar drinking, which " sellers of drinks hope the ABC will soon modify, will cause many Rescued and Rescuer X. A "A i ' ;-r.T' i Chairman Commissioner Mulrooney Bolan They don't look for trouble on repeal night. tipplers to prefer their favorite speakeasies to the sit-down spots. The legal booze venders themselves aren't anxious to see New Yorkers go on a wild jam- fcoree the moment the hard stuff is ckayed, lest that provide propa ganda for the drys. But Venders Are Ready. But nevertheless the booze ven iflers are ready to shoot out what liquor there is on hand to thirsty throats around town. Hundreds of trucks, already loaded, are ready to leave ware houses here and there at a moment's notice. Wholesale distrib utors ha,-e agreed to keep 'the trucks in action all Tuesday night. This won't be a competitive raee, dealers explained, just a race gainst time. Old-Timers Behind Bars. While no special entertainments have been scheduled, the Biltmore .will open its new Madison Room n repeal night. Dan Donnelly, head barkeep there for twenty rears, will supervise eleven old-ime drink mixers behind one of the largest strips of mahogany in town but the patrons must remain at tables. The Biltmore's soda fountain will become - a cocktail service bar. The Commodore will open four new bars, but there, too, the customers must tipple at tables. Louis (Continued on page 9) Crawling on hands and knees, George Fernicola, truck driver, carried John Stressel, 4, safely through fire at 617 Ninth Ave. Truckman Vainly Braves Flames to Save 2 Women DESPITE a truck driver's heroic attempts at rescue, a 74-year-old woman was fatally burned and her 80-year-old sister suffered injuries that may result in her death in a nre that destroyed their second floor apartment at 617 Ninth Ave., near 42d St., yesterday, f : Mrs. Charlotte Healy succumbed in Bellevne an hour after her removal there and doctors last night L T v A . "iTwifl Hhiiiim, i eras Anna I'olandro, 6, and her brother, John, 9, were rescued by patrolman after explosion and fire in restaurant at 132 35th St., Brooklyn, yesterday. held out little hope of saving Mrs. Anna Hopkins' who. with the former's great grandson, John Stressel, 4, were carried out by firemen and George Fernicola, 28, of 300 Chestnut St, Newark. Crawling on hands and knees through dense smoke and flames, Fernicola brought the boy safely to the street and then returned for Mrs. Healy. Her clothing had been burned off and she was unconscious when the truck driver turned her over to an ambulance surgeon., Firemen rescued Mrs. Hopkins but not until her dress had been burned off by the blaze and her body covered with burns. Police are investigating the presence in the apartment of twenty gallons of alcohol. According to authorities, the highly inflammable liquid was left there by John Healy, a grandson of Mrs. Healy. He is an employe of a cordial shop and explained his boss had asked him to store the cans. Patrolman Thomas Spurgeon rescued two children and twenty-one other persons fled to the street when an explosion in a restaurant on the ground floor of 132 35th St.. Brooklyn, caused a fire in the three-story tenement early yesterday. Spurgeon carried John Polandro, 9, and his sister, Anna, b, irom their top-noor apartment. (Other picture on page 14) SHANK CONVICTED OF PICNIC MURDER Benton, Ark., Dec. 1 (yP). Mark H. Shank, Akron, O., attorney, late tonight was convicted of the poison murder of Alyin Colley, who with three other members of his family died near here in a picnic tragedy last Aug. IS. Shank was tried only on charges of murdering Colley. The verdict carries the death penalty. I Her Hearers Know Nothing, BarrymoreCry By Associated Press) PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 1. Criticism with all the emotional fire of melodrama was heaped today, not on some black-mustachioed villain, but on their audience, by two of America's . best known actresses, Ethel Barrymore and Eva LeGallienne. It was a homecoming with a vengeance for Miss Barrymore, whose grandmother years ago managed a theatre in this city. Here Ethel lived as a girl. She came to Philadelphia' to take up the verbal sword for Miss LeGallienne, who had been criticized for not appearing for a lecture date a week ago. She spoke after Miss LeGallienne drove home the first rapl thrusts Eva LeGallienne at 300 members of the Philadelphia Lecture Assembly. "Miss LeGallienne does you great honor to be here," asserted ' V ft. ! in ..V! ,;:;-- j f f V'.: I Mtt mlllrf II, ill iWi ii i Wki i fil li di ill I i Ethel Barrymore Her audience "doetn't Anew anything." Miss Barrymore, voice trembling. "I do you honor to be here. I don't see why we bother to speak to you at all. "You have no appreciation. You (Continued on pagt 8, eoL S) -v r. The man who Bent Waxey Gor don to jail. Assistant U. S. At torney Thomas Dewey addresses jury that found Waxey guilty yesterday. Government's indictment, and was absent from the courtroom just 51 minutes. As the foreman intoned "guilty on counts one, two, three and four," Gordon leaned down behind his lawyer's chair and cursed to cover his excitement and confusion." But he drew himself up promptly and stqod erect and unflinching1, while Judge Coleman in imposing sentence, excoriated him as an "arch gangster." He wanted to show h "could take it." Pales at Verdict. The jurors meted out judgment to Gordon with sinister speed. They took the case at" 3:34 P. M. after what the corpulent Waxey himself called "a very fair charge" from Judge Coleman. Gordon expected a lengthy deliberation. He escorted his plump wife, Mrs. Leah Gordon, who sat near her husband and turned her limpid black eyes on the jurort while expensive dffense counsel was summing up, o the marshal's oflice where they ordered a bif meal. Before either Gordon or his wife had finished the soup, tlicy (Continued on pwge i. col. I) 19 SHOPPING DAYS to

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