The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 24, 1952 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 24, 1952
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PAGE TWO BLYTHEVn.I.E, (ARK.) COUBTER NEWS THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 1W* America's Slav* World of Narcotic*— 'Jim Yellow' Was Typical Narcotics Peddler Br DON WHITEHEAD WASHINGTON (AP)—The raas- Urs ot America's narcotics slaves ere the supply of smuggled "do]*" H'hlch brings them fantastic profits from the 60,000 addicts In this country. They are responsible for a traffic that Is destroying the bodies and minds of men, women and children who become prisoners of the habit. They are the men hunted day ami night by U. S. Narcotics Bureau agents. "Jim Yellow 1 ' was one of the hunted. Agents tracked him down In his Washington apartment two years ago. "Jim Yellow" Roberts, a 200-pound, ItglU-skinticd Negro, drove a Cadillac and lived In luxury with his brown-haired young white wife. "Tinky." Federal agents had been on Roberts' trail for years. They suspected he was s big-shot in the New York-Washington narcotics traffic, and that he was one of the big hidden sources supplying do|>e to street peddlers who passed it on to addicts. Cauxlil In 1945 They caught him In 1945 with « ounces of heroin in his possession and sent him to prison. The ury Department announced after his arrest at that time the "East's largest dope ring has been cracked." But Jim Yellow spent only V.k years behind bars. Then he came back to Washington and soon the agents were on his trail asaln. Thn files of the U. S. narcotics bureau give this story: One October day two strangers came to town driving a flashy Cadillac convertable with Mlchlan plates. One of the men was a Negro Jim Watson, who had known Roberts years before In Detroit. His white companion was Narcotics Agent Howard W. Chnppell. masquerading under the name "Lon- nle." Dltcreet Inquiries Made ;They made discreet inquiries and then drove to Roberts' apartment house. This was the beginning of a tense 12 hours—with success or failure depending on whether they could gain the confidence of Jim Yellow. At the apartment house, Watson left Chappell In the car. He walked Into the building and knocked on Roberts' apartment door. Roberts peered out, recognized on old friend —and the Informer stepped Into Roberts' apartment with its thick carpet*, expensive furniture and a $3.000 television set. "Are you alone?" Roberts nsked. The Informer replied: "Ko. I'm running with a white boy, but he's •11 right." Moment Wai Crucial Thii jtu •<^nieW moment The whole canfvuy laid'p<n',woul^ col laps* If Robert*' became suspicious But then Jim Yellow said: "That doesn't make any difference. I have wife. Bring him in." n called Chappell into the apartment to meet Roberta, "Make yourself at home, 1 ' Jim Yellow told his visitors. Th+?n he asked Watson what kind of car he-was driving. "A 1048 Cadillac convertable," the nformcr replied casually. Jim Yellow was Impressed. ''Man you're doing nil right, Ux>," he said. Then Roberts, the hast, became expensive and boastful to prove to his guests (hat he was a big man around town. "Don't you worry about anything while you arc In town," he said. If there was any (-rouble with police, he said, just call him and he would see that the cops were Jired. Have Any "Pot"? Finally the talk got around to marihuana and Watson asked Roberts if he had any "pot." Jim Yellow went into n bedroom and came out u'itli three or Jour ounces of marihuana In a hat-box lid. "Help yourself." he said. Watson rolled some marihuana cigarettes and Chappell simulated smoking one. | "This Is good stuff." Watson said.' Chnppell said: "It must have come from nround Lexington, Ky," Roberts replied that It was a fact the inarihunna had come from Kentucky. Meanwhile, Roberts' wife, Tinky, came into the room with a pirl friend. Both began chain-smoking "reefers." ^ The couple and their visitors: were now on friendly terms. They had dinner find visited n nightclub and before they went home Jim Yellow gave them a supply of marihuana cigarettes as a gesture of hospitality. Needs "None. Cleaned" Next day Gimp pell and Watson returned to Roberts' apartment to watch H baseball game on television. And then WrUson made his pitch . . . "I've got to get my nose cleaned," he told Jim Yellow — meaning he needed a shot of heroin. jlm Yellow picket, up a telephone, dialed a number, and told someone: "When you come over, bring in of those things and come over right nway. Later, a Negro brought a *ack full of money the apartment, and he handed a iitiie brown envelope to Roberts. Jim Yellow passed the envelope to Watson— an envelope containing 10 capsules of heroin. Wntson gr.vft Jim Yellow $30— the usual price of $3 a cap which junkie. 1 ; pay to Washington peddlers. And the agents had their evidence. But they wanted a bigger haul of heroin if the> could get U , ^ring dtnrifr*; waUon L ulted Roberts about |h* chfcncesjOf "get- ing & piece"—getting a large quan- ;Ity of heroin. Jim Yellow told him he could deliver an ounce the next afternoon at 4 o'clock. "How much will the stuff cost?" Watson asked. "Three hundred dollars," Roberts replied. "^ Watson protested he could buy the same amount In New York at a much cheaper price, "Like hell you can," Jim Yellow retorted, "You know there Is a panic there and if you want any stuff that Is good, you'll have to get ft from me,"' The following day, Cbappell and Watson trted twice lo contact Roberts. But the last time they knocked on his door, Tinky peeked around he chained door and told them Jim Yellow wasn't there—and she was leaving soon, too. The game was over then. Narcotics agents raided the apartment and seized more evidence. Jim Yellow was sentenced to spend 20 months to five years In prison. His wife, Tinky. was sentenced to 16 months to four years in prison. They appealed to the District Court ot Appeal 1 !—but were denied a new hearing. That's (he story of Jim Yellow taken from the files of the U. 8. Narcotics Bureau. But the arrest and conviction of Jim Yellow Is only a part of the answer to the problem of what to do about the slave-world of narcotics. WILSON NEWS! Bj MRS. B. F. BOVLE8 Bob Amundsoii.'a student at thp Missouri School of Mines at Rolla, Is spending the between semester vacation with his mother, Mrs. Alva Amundsen. John Ellis ELslander ol Forrest City »pent the week end lyith his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Elslander. It's « boy for Pfc, and Mrs. H. O. Yates, Jr. The baby was Iwrn Jan. IB at the Baptist Hospital Jn Memphis, and has been named William Henry. Pfc. Yates of the Army. U now serving in Korea. Mrs. Yates is the former Mhs Bobbye Lou Shannon of Joiner. ' \ Mrs. C, L. Wiley and daughter. Miss Bessie Wiley of Liilkln, Texns. Six Wild Convicts Surrender After Eating Fat Companion BOGOTA, Colombia (APt — Six wild and hearded convicts who cs- cnpctl a troplcnl Jungle prison camp 'said today they killed, broiled and ate a seventh companion—the fattest one—and were planning to eat Another when they stumbled into a ."settlement and surrendered. Their confession was reported by Hornclo Roscro Caiccdo, director of the National Territories Department of the Interior Ministry. The men wandered 38 days through treacherous swamps nnd Jungle Inhabited almost solely by snnkc.s, beasts and wild natives, They covered a crow-f Ugh t distance State Colleges Get 'Most' Aid From 'Outside' LITTLE ROCK l/Tj—The Arkan- snn Comptroller's oflice -has completed a survey of amJiU or state- supported colleges Indicating that such Institution. 1 ; received more money from outside sources than from the stnte. Tiie University of Arkansas and aH slate-supported colleges except Henderson State Teachers were Included \n\ the audits, covering a 12-month period ending June 31. 1951. 'Hie Henderson nunlt has not been completed. of about 250 miles before they reached Puerto Umbrla, a river village in an Andean Villey, and gave themselves up. Eating their plumpest companion, they said, was the only way they couM get strength to e.scape the Jungle. At Araracuara Prison from where they fled, there are no walls or fences. Authorities rely on the immensity of it-s almost impenetrable surroundings, H* long distance from all civilization and the prospect of torturous hardships to prevent es- cnpes. But the hopeless existence in the jungle prison leads many to try It. Some are never seen again after they slip into the jungle. Those who are recaptured face longer sentences under closer confinement—In the same camp. an? the guest* of their *on and brother, respectively, Gilbert Wiley and his family this week. They »ere accompanied to Wilson by Mrs. n. E. Wiley, who will visit relatives here and In Osceola. Other guests In the Wiley home over the week end were Mr. Wiley's uncle, E. E. Wiley, and Mrs. Wiley of Memphis, and his sister, Mrs, W. A. Carter of Luxora. Mrs. Maggie Boyles of Marked Tree is the guest of her son Bufcrd Boyles, Sr.. and his family this week. A study course on trie Training Union Manual for the Carson Lake Mission Chapel and the Wilson Mission Chapel began Monday night at First Baptist Church, here. The Mae Jones Circle of the Baptist Womens Missionary Union j met Monday afternoon at the home I of Mrs. A. E. Clark, Mrs. Pauline | Corkran Is circle chairman. Mrs. J. B. Lovett was program leader. Others on the program were Mrs. Marnhall Woodyard »nd Mm. Ed Williams. DurlnB the busiiieu session, members wrote letters to Pre»ldent Truman In opposition lo the government sending an Ambassador to the Vatican. The Abernathy Circle met at the home of Mrs. Jack Zook, circle chairman. Ten members and one fuest were present. Mrs. George Williams-was the guest. Appearing on the program were Mrs. D. D. Cbsh and Mn. Johnny Manker. Mr. and Mn. H, G. Yates, Sr., were tn Memphis Sunday where they visited their daughter-in-law, Mrs. H. G. Yales, Jr., and their new grandson at the Baptist Hospital. Mrs. R, C. Hobson and daughter, Mary, are visiting relatives in Little Rock this week. Pennsylvania produced two million tons of bituminous coal in 1850. In 1950 the state'* output was 102,500,000 tons. Unusual Fowl Shot ROLLA, N. D., Wv-Wai it l duck that looked like a goose? Or vice versa? * That's w n a I William Kennedy haa been asking «lnc« he that «*> unusual water-fowl near Roll*. The bird weighed 8 pounds, indlMting it may have been closely related to a goose. But It had some markings of mallard ducki, including. • green head. The neck snti bill wtr« goose-like. PILES LUr, likt Sii! _ lit l»w I Irii C.t .mi, ,,1\.t lrom „<*,„* fl]*. Arniiinr formula d*vt]oe*d br fun»iM 7»*"«?'? «~t.l Clinic bri,,, f.M l«IIUUi« rcllrf from n.ijrin* „). rUU»». aw*. ntw. Keif, n.tur. ,h r i n k ,»,]l!ni. ••(U. . It"*' ^- * "'• "•"• " Tl " •**'«' ™ ™T 1**."°° pro '" i k ' •n'*''"** 70.00} elinle p«ti.nt.. C* Tk«n><«. — ] B olntatMt or iuppotitorr fon»— ' m jour dmirlit toi»r. You'll «««v«r * ""*' •' »»««-<» JO"' mo.w «>„ ». m »_TWr«t« r— .t rood REDDY KILOWATT .... From Thomas A. to Reddy K .... ARK-MO POWER CO. ASPIRIN AT ITS BEST AT REAL ECONOMY PRICES WIUIE, ON fEB I ITU WE CELEBRATE SDtWNJ llRTHOAt. 1MONQ OTHfP THINGS HE INVENTED THE FIRST ELECTRIC I LIGHT 8ULB SOVKKAT?- THE ELECTRIC" 1 LAMP MARKED THc BEGINNING OP THE EOI'-ONERA-THE AGE OF ELECTRICITY- TAKE R60BY HERE.... HE MAKE4 LIFE EASIER FOR. 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