The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York on May 8, 1951 · Page 16
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Brooklyn Eagle Wins Pulitzer Prize for Crime War Wins Top Honor Of Journalism For Public Work Continued from Page 1 complete probe into the allegations published in this newspaper. Mr. McDonald recruited a ataff of investigators from the Police Department and went to Work. By the Summer of 1950 gamblers who operated through-. out the city in various schools were put out of business, the District Attorney had rolled up four convictions ana a flock of Indictments and "secured the first records of pay-offs to po lice. The latter were obtained in a Bay Ridge bookie parlor and the 16th Division of the Police Department found itself in hot water as a notation of $1,200 In "ice" payments to police were uncovered by raiders led by Chief Investigator William Dahut. McDonald's trojan work soon found disfavor in City Hall and the then Mayor, William (TDwyer, castigated the whole ' probe as a "witch hunt," but the unrelenting investigation went on. As evidence piled up' against the Police Department, culminating in the playing of records in Kings County Court of the voices of bookies and plain-clothesmen in intimate conversation, Mayor O'Dwyer resigned from his post and was kicked upstairs to the Job of Ambassador to Mexico. In September, 19o0, Boss Bookie Harry Gross was arrest ed and disclosed the existence of a $20,000,000 gambling syndicate paying over a million a year in graft to operate with the protection of police. Police Commissioner William P. O'Brien resigned almost immediately, followed by Chief of Detectives William T. Whelan. In its citation to the Brooklyn Eagle, the Pulitzer Prize Committee quoted U. S. Senator Estes Kefauver, who declared that the newspaper did a "wonderful job in bringing to light the situation which Mr. McDonald set about to investigate. "Without your newspaper it never would have been done. 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Both the Brooklyn Eagle and the Miami Herald were cited for the "most disinterested and meritorious public service" in the nationwide fight on crime. A $1,500 scholarship In art was awarded to Arthur H. Han sen of Seattle, Wash., and 5 W. 62d St. The awards in journalism and letters by the Pulitzer committee include the following: Local Reporting Edward S. Montgomery, San Francisco Ex aminer, for an expose within the Bureau of Internal Reve nue. International R e p o r t i n g Keyes Beech, Chicago Daily News; Homer Bigart and Mar guerite Higgins of the New York Herald Tribune; Relman Moiin of the Associated Press; Fred Sparks, Chicago Daily News, and Don Whitehead, The Associated Press. Editorial Writing William H. Fltzpatrick, New Orleans States. Cartoons; Reginald W. Man ning, Arizona Republic, Phoe nix, Ariz. Newi Photography Max Desfor, Associated Press. Fiction "The Town," by Conrad Richter. History "The Old North west, Pioneer Period 1815-1840," R. Carlyle Buley. Biography John C. Calhoun, American Portrait, by Margaret Louise Coit. Poetry "Complete Poems," by Carl Sandburg. Music Giants in the Earth, by Douglas Stuart. There was no drama award made by the committee. Cyrug L. Sulzberger, chief foreign correspondent of the New York Times, won a "special citation" for an exclusive TEXT OF PULITZER CITATION OF EAGLE Text of the Pulitzer Committee'$ annoutwement of award to Brooklyn Eagle: On Dec. 11, 1949, the Brooklyn Eagle opened a year-andahalf campaign against organized crime with the first of a series of articles running eight consecutive days. Written by the veteran Brooklyn Eagle reporter, Edward Reid, the series made the dramatic point that organized crime was reaping millions of dollars annually . out of gambling and rackets in Brooklyn. This huge take was made with the connivance and paid protection of police officials, Reid'g articles charged. N ' Even before the series was completed, Kings County District Attorney Miles F. McDonald began investigation of the Eagle's charges. That investigation is still going on today and has resulted in nation-wide publicity. Through the resulting report and public hearings of the Senate Kefauver Committee, the entire country has been made aware of organized crime's influence on our economic, political and social life. The charges made by the Brooklyn Eagle nearly a year and a half ago have been confirmed several times over. During that entire period the Eagle has kept at the job, running scores of exclusive articles. Senator Estes Kefauver paid tribute to the Eagle's public contribution In the following words: "I want to mention the wonderful job the Brooklyn Eagle did in bringing to light the situation which Mr. McDonald set about to investigate. Without your newspaper it never would have been done. It is true in any city that, with an alert and honest press, crime and corruption have a hard time of it. Without a conscientious press, a city can be at the mercy of dishonest officials and gangsters." VACATION PLACES Donald and County Judge Sam uel S. LeibowiU Joined forces in a move which empowered the 1049 Kings County Jury to con duct an intensive Investigation. The results now are a matter of public knowledge. "The Eagle is proud to re ceive professional recognition for the part it played. But it Is also necessary to point out that full credit must go to Brooklyn's public servants and the people themselves who acted In the face of great difficulties to perform a fine puhlic Chases Youth, 24, Lurking in Store And Captures Him A 24-year-old Brooklyn youth was arrested early today after being found in the Gerta Department Store, 16210 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, where he en- (.aged in a fight with the night watchman and was chased through the store. The prisoner, booked on charges of burglary and pos session of burglar's- tools, was Roaldo Mondonia of 690 Ever green Ave. The night watchman, Leonard Smith, 50, was making his rounds pf the store when he saw a man standing on a fourth-floor landing. When the, watchman approached the suspect, he was hit on the chin, after which the man ran downsvairs and out a rear door. Smith overtook the man in a parking lot behind the store. seized him and held him until police arrived. Smith Is a re tired policeman, police re potted. Tie ysatUt. skat . . . YOUNG MISS BROOKLYN. W EliiaW. Lin . . . jfaikieas, teat aae fascia far ta Brook- Ira law . . . aatcat if. tat Breoklya EagU. QfeL come lo Obrnenl's Club interview with the imprisoned Archbishop Stepinac of Yugoslavia. There was no award for national reporting despite the acknowledged fact that Arthur Krock, Washington correspondent of the New York Times and a Pulitzer nrize winner for national reporting twice before in 1935 and 1938 might well have been a winner again. Columbia Acting President Kirk explained that the committee had found Krock's exclusive interview with President Truman the outstanding achievement of the year in national reporting, but Krock is now a member of the Pulitzer Committee advisory board and the committee's policy was to make no award to a committee member. Immediately after Dr. Kirk notified the Brooklyn Eagle it had won the award, Robert M. Grannis, managing editor, commented in a statement: "A newspaper has an obligation to the community that goes beyond the simple process of printing the news. It must be aware of all thinngs that affect the general welfare of its readers. 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