Daily News from New York, New York on March 22, 1942 · 64
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Daily News from New York, New York · 64

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Sunday, March 22, 1942
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c3 T a a w By ED SULLIVAN. Lmdy Luck Recently, out of Palm Beach, I did a story on Bradley's, the famous gaming house conducted by CoL Bradley since 1S99, and suggested that such places never could expect to continue after this war, because people would be taxed so heavily that they'd never again have that kind of money to toss around . . . You have just paid the first instalment on your income tax for the calendar year lSMt, ana you Know wnat 1 mean, and the taxes next year will be consider, ably intensified ... In the new world panorama, gaming houses will be only vague memories and no one will be the loser thereby, but there is no denying that drama will be withdrawn from the scene, a desperate drama that was played out nightly wherever a roulette wheel spun or dice were rolled ... Bradley's never permitted dice games; neither did the famous Monte Carlo Casino ... Both of these admittedly were honestly conducted. Monte Carlo There is something to gambling that mtawnpm it print on thm fact of men and mom who are addict ... It hardens their mnouths and eyes, and engraven line where no line existed before . . . The men who work in gambling houses all get to have thm same tense look, and if I teem to met myself up as an authority on the subject, it's because I've been in quite a few of them, foe seen them gamble with silver dollars in Reno, with plaques in Monte Carlo, with chips at Palm Beach, Hollywood, Saratoga and Rio de Janiero. The blue Mediterranean has many men-of-war prowlinar its surface right now, but Gen. Pierre Polovtsoff, in has fascinating "Monte Carlo Casino," published by Hillman-Curl, Inc., tells of the most unusual warship that ever anchored off Monaco ... The captain of the warship rushed to the famous Casino, and with him he had 30,000 francs in gold, with which to pay off his crew ... Instead he "borrowed" it for a few hours, confident he could double the stake ... There is an old and true gambling a da ire that "scared money never wins" ... The captain was playing with "scared money" and he lost every franc of it . . . Appalled at the prospect of losing his commission and his command, he went to the Casino officials and quite frankly stated his case, pleading with them to return the money ... Naturally, they rejected the idea, and at that stage, the commander of the warship told them flatly that if the money were not returned to him on his ship within one hour, he'd train the guns of his ship on the Casino and blow it to smithereens ... Just to be on the safe side, the directors sent out a motor boat to look at' the warship, and sure enough the gunners were aiming their guns directly at the Casino ... So the captain got back his 30.000 francs ... It might have been sheer bluff, but the Casino could take no chances. Monte Carlo Casino is still in operation and doing a heavy business ... It ran throughout the last war and had no lack of customers ... Lady Luck never was so handsomely housed as she was at Monaco, and although it has been quite some years since we were there, the recollection of the place still is vivid ... Hours before the place opened, lines would form in front of it, just such lines of people as you see waiting for a movie house to open ... But the lines were different to this extent: at Monte Carlo, those who waited in line to reach the roulette tables first were old men and old women, most of them supported by personal nurses ... Each of them carried huge wads of papers and pencils, on which were inscribed their systems of play ... They had been there for years, some of them, still confident that on the morrow their system would prove its value. Gen. Polovtsoff says that no system ever was invented or ever could be invented to beat the bank at Monte Carlo, but he does dwell on some fabulous characters who succeeded temporarily ... Such a one was Charles Wells, who inspired the song that was sung all over the world: "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo" . . . He was a born gambler, and when he showed up at the Casino in 1891, he had money to play with and an ice-cold temperament that the croupiers noted immediately ... He played every day for 11 hours, from opening time at noon to the closing at 11 o'clock at night In that time, he did not eat and did not stir from his seat, and during his first three days he won something like 40,000 pounds, $200,000 . . . Twice running, he staked 6,000 francs, the limit, on No. 1 and each time it won, paying him 210.000 francs each spin of the wheel Wells, later arrested by Scotland Yard, kept himself in funds by getting titled Britishers to invest in inventions, posing as a civil engineer ... At his trial, it was revealed that he had invented one thing a musical skipping rope ... He died in 1926, aged 85. Polovtsoff tells of another Englishman who beat the bank at Monte Carlo, an engineer named Jaggers ... In four days, Ja'gers won 60,000 pounds ... For several weeks, the Britisher had employed a staff of clerks to jot down the numbers as they came up at each table ... He learned from studying the numbers that one table turned op certain numbers frequently, proving his own theory as an engineer that there were bound to be slight inaccuracies in a roulette wheel's construction ... The Casino authorities caught on and switched wheeis on every table after he had won 60,000 pounds ... But Jaegers wandered about the room and again found the wheel he had been playing, because it had a slight scratch on the metal ... This time he cleaned up 70,000 pounds . Most roulette players can't resist the urge to play No. 29, and many of them have gone broke playing it . . . The Monte Carlo records of 10 years showed that No. 22 and No. 32 each came up five times running ... American records of gaming houses will show that professional men and artists are the most rabid gamblers ... Well, Monte Carlo had Dostoevski, the great Russian novelist, and Rubinstein, the famous pianist, as patrons ... Dostoevski's novel, "The Gambler," was inspired by his experiences there ... Sas.:ha Guitry penned his "Memoirs of a Trickster" from his sojourns at Monaco ... But no story of gaming 13 so interesting as this book by Gen Folovtsoff, the autobiography of Lady Luck and those who courtert her. U. S. IS LACKIiiG SHIPS ENOUGH TO CARRY A.E.F. Washington, D. C., March 21. The United States lacks merchant ships enough to transport and maintain a large expeditionary force to carry the war to Hitler, military and naval experts have agreed. The cryinff need is ships and more ships to build a bridge to the enemy,, the experts said, as agitation for taking the offensive against the Axis grows among the people of the United Nations. More Complex Now. Although this country transported an army of two million men abroad in the last war, the problem of doing it again is far more complicated than it was in 1917, according to the experts. In the last war this country could depend on British ships, and other allies to a lesser degree, to carry troops. In this war, experts said, any substantial American expeditionary force will have to be carried by the American merchant marine. In 1917 the Allies had control of the seas and the problem of air control at ports was of no importance. Even so, it took 19 months to transport the two million men and Allied ports were taxed to capacity so that special ports had to be built in France. Things Have Changed. Today Axis subs roam the oceans and planes are ready to move against landing parties. There are no friendly ports waiting on the continent. The expeditionary force would have to blast its way against sea, air and land forces. Experts estimate that it takes 17 deadweight tons of shipping to transport a soldier today and 3.4 tons to maintain him 3,000 miles from home. This means that if the United States is to send an expeditionary force of 4,000,000 men to Europe, it would take a fleet of 14.000.000 tons to supply that number of men in the field. On June 30, 1939, the United States ocean-going merchant marine aggregated 1,398 vessels of 8,134,890 gross tons. Operating in forejgn trade were 319 ships of 2,094,212 tons. President Roosevelt, in planning to take the offensive against the Axis in 1943, set a shipbulding goal of 8,000,000 tons for 1942 and 10,000,000 for 1943. Shipbuilding was about 1,000,000 tons in 1941. At present, experts recognize. the American merchant marine is not laree enough to maintain an army of four million men abroad to say nothing ot transporting mem. China Refugees Go to Australia Canberra. Australia, March 21. The total number of evacuees from Hong Kong and Shanghai so far brought to Australia is 3,156. They are made up of 1,501 adults and 1,655 children. .Forty per cent, are civilians, 37 per cent- wives and families of army personnel and 14 per cent, wives and families of naval and naval docKyara personnel. TODAY'S CROSSWORD ANSWER AiuipisnpiuiBi' iwnsiHiQr T A R tUI NAT?! X J L o vjeUvDjfli veTn1Ji dle pia ,ftpl tPsIaIvPcIq aU. 1 j n e r e;pi IcDn okA sfo AkLiR!A!wni.lO& 1C T au'tPsaIr'i Uo.p I N E elpt'spA lIlDu e gJa te!s s 1 m Ol rtCjs a T InPtIaIp V t W A I SlAloju U QJSLX- AjTT AlN'o.QlEno V5-N WlolT'EUclElttklsUPlElNle (Puzzle on page 10) 1942 Will Reward Fighters! (jib Frank Lloyd Backs museum project. By JOHN CHAPMAN Being; talked up again is a Motion Picture Museum an establishment where Hollywood's really fabulous riches can be shown for scholars and sightseers alike. Such a project has been considered before. A year or so ago the. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences figured on taking over part of the Trocadero and exhibiting there some of the curiosa of the movie business; but nothing ever came of it. The current notion, which is finding support, is much bigger in scope. It would involve not only the motion picture business probably through the academy but also Southern California civic organizations, which are looking for new lures for the tourist. Wartime has eliminated such normal attractions as the Tournament of Roses, Santa Anita racing and the great Easter dawn spectacle at the Bowl. The big state fair will not be held up north in Sacramen to this September, but the county fair down thisaway in Pomona is still on the calendar. A real picture museum would be a great boost for Southern California's huge trade in visitors. ? . e Any studio property department has everything you could possibly think of and much that is costly, rare or genuinely his toric for example, scattered amone the lofts and back lots of Hollywood must be, if it were put together, the world's finest set of stuff on the history of transportation. Frank Lloyd is an enthusiast for the museum project, and he is impressed when he gets to thinking what he just one director-producer among many-has caused to be acquired in his own long film career. Lloyd's most recent purchase was a train for "The Spoilers." The engine is of the proper Alaskan period but its background is that of another gold rush. Known as No. 5, this locomotive was built in 1875 at the Baldwin works, and worked out of Lake Tahoe carrying timbers into Nevada for the underpinnings of the Comstock lode. Some years ago he got another engine, built in 1856 for the Virginia and Truckee, for his picture, t ells-r argo. This one is even more authentic gold-rush than No. 5. Also for "Wells-Fargo," Lloyd assembled a number of authentic Studebaker stage Coaches. For some of his sea pictures he got old whaling ships; the ships are gone, but their logbooks still exist and the logbooks would be a fascinating angle on American history in any museum. en Lloyd is just one man itt hundreds in Hollywood who caused things to be bought for specific needs; and after the needs were over the things were stored away. From England for "Cavalcade" he brought six ancient taxis, some old pub pewter and a fine quaint bar with old-style beer pumps. He can't remember a tenth of the stuff he has caused to be purchased during a long career. The Motion Picture Museum would not be an art museum. I doubt if property departments have any Winged Victorys or Blue Boys lying around. But the museum would be a first-class record of human history and lack of progress. If you want to see the real six-gun that one of the Daltons used, Hollywood has it- William S. Hart has one of Billy the Kid's guns. Studio arsenals have great collections of weapons from World War 1, from 75'a on down. Sabres, cutlasses, suits of armor, all with authentic and historic backgrounds, abound. Books? the research libraries of the various studios and the academy are treasure houses not of literature, but of human information. n Some years ago, Universal started an inventory and cost estimate on the stuff it had stored away. When the inventory crew reached $3,000,000 it gave up and it had hardly got started. Take another studio, 20th-Fox. The property department head, Tom Little, reigns over a curio shop containing more than 48,000 items. Sure, a lot of them are not museum material. What would a museum be wanting with 249 different kinds of doors, for instance? Even with a door which Shirley Temple once used as the entrance into Heaven ? But some of Tom Little's treasures are real things in the history of people. A royal coach from Romania, which Winfield Sheehan picked up on a European junket for $5,000. A 16th century Japanese zither, which is a particular pet of Little's,' although it never has been, used in a picture. Fifty-nine spinning wheels, many dating from the 15th century. False teeth dating from G. Washington's time but not bearing the label, "George Washington Chewed Here." A rare Early American knife rack with a drawer beneath it in which housewives put the forks and spoons. A Javanese totem pole garlanded with semi-precious stones. A quite fabulous collection of cradles. A medal which Emperor Franz Josef once gave somebody a gold thing with twenty diamonds in it. This number alone is insured for $150,000. Junk, trinkets, gadgets and phony copies abound in the studios, of course. Orson Welles put together a fearsome collection of horrible turn-of-the-century furniture for "The Magnificent Ambersons." Tha wizard craftsmen of the movie shoos can imitate anything of any time. UBut there are real things, too; rare and costly things. The one great topic of the movies, from the time tney Degan, is tne numan Demg, ana in the course of recording human history the movies have accumulated some wonderful souvenirs. ' None of these things is on exhibit anywhere. Studios are closed to visitors. Nowhere can you see the processes that go into the making of a movie. The best of all film libraries is not in Hollywood, where it should be, but in an art museum in New York the Museum of Modern Art. ....... The new project would get civic and industry backing. Throw the contents of Hollywood's treasure chests into one great pool, out of which intelligent curators could fish a unique sort of human history museum. Intellige nee ANSVERS est (Test on page 21) 1. Gardener 2. House of Representatives 3. Red 4. 2 times a day 5. Beef 6. (a) Elisabeth John (w) (b) Hannah Samuel (y) (c) Sarai Isaac (z) (d) Rachel Joseph (x) (e) Bath-sheba Solomon (v) Needed in Hollywood Ulrich, Mo., March 21 Charley Miller could easily lay claim to being the champion wolf hunter. Since Jan. 1 he has brought in 29 wolf pelts to the Henry County Clerk's office here, receiving a bounty of $5 each.

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