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December 14, 1954

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

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TUWDAT, DECEMBER 14, 1954 BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NTN1 7954's Looney Larceny Offers Lootful of Laughs By MEADEK Q. FATHNGTON NBA Special Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — For wacky events in the larceny business, 1954 was a vintage year. Auto thieves, burglars and stick-up artists acted out zany plots that must have Martin and Lewis.com- plaining of plagiarism. Tht alibi list, for instance, could have been written by a TV gagman. At Los Angeles, a 240-pound burglar who forced his way into a doctor's office claimed after his capture that he was seeking reducing pilli. A man in Hamilton, Ont., charged with stealing a |1.50 pair o£ glasses, insisted he only took them to "see my way out of the store." And late one night at Chicago, two youths surrounded by hacksaws and wrenches and nabbed on the roof of a packing house, said, "Honest, officer, we were just looking for girls." Then there was the fellow at Cincinnati who swallowed a dose of] heroin to avoid arrest on narcotics chargei. When police pumped the drug from his stomach, he loudly demanded his freedom — claiming the cops got the evidence without * March warrant. • • • Loonier even than a,Ubii was •omt o( the year's odd loot. Thieves broke into a shoe plant at Brockton, Mass., and took only one item: a watchdog named Judy. At Thurmont, Md., a snake farm reported the theft of a king snake, a rat snake, two corn snakes, a five- foot boa constrictor and (30. And the only loot from a drug store heist in Hamilton, Canada,, was two dozen bottles of castor oil. Another burglar at Bethel, Conn., entered a doctor's office, Ignored a safe and valuable drugs but took two books, "Childbirth without Tear," and "Obstetrical Techniques." Thieves who might be movie fans stole a bag of king-size pop coin — four leet high and two feet around — from a plant at Mis- >oula, Mont. Crooks are getting stronger, it seems, for stolen at Houston, Tex., were 39 lead balls, weighing 150 pounds each. Other unwieldy items were a- 1000-pound copper kettle, stolen at Racine, wis., and 600 feet of snow fence lifted at Wat- wina, Colo. • * • Ai lout one other theft has a long: list of ready-made suspects. A shop was burglarized of two men's suits, a $150 camera, and $45 in cash. The pUoe: Toyotama Prison. A man at Atlantic City, N. J., released after serving a car theft sentence, stole a 1949 Lincoln, abandoned same for a '53 Cadillac, drove to Pennsylvania and switched to a '54 Mercury. After his arrest, he told officials, "A new automobile always fascinates me." Another thief at Merced, Calif., made olf with a station wagon from a local mortuary, but left it behind in a hurry when he found that it held a corpse. A patrolman's car in Columbus, Ohio, suddenly backfired loudly, causing a running thief to stop and throw up his hands. And in San Bernardino, Calif., when asked if he got the license number of the car driven by assailants who robbed and slugged him, the victim held up the entire license plate he had ripped from the car as it drove away. At Shively, Ky,, after being looted of $50, an insurance firm sadly admitted that its loss had not been insured. A few thieves were polite. One of Edmonton, Alta., broke into a house, cooked a meal, dirtied the dishes, slept in a bed, stole a tie clip and lighter, then left behind a note: "I thank you for the use of your house." Another at Dallas, Tex., charged With a meat market safe-cracking job, told police that before he left he had carefully locked the store's front door. "I didn't want some thief," he explained, "to come along and steal all the man's meat." Two gunmen in Chicago, finding a homeowner out, entertained his children and baby-sitter with fairy tales until he returned, then relieved him or $4525 in cash, and $7000 in jewelry. And a grateful gunman in Hartford, Conn., after taking $50 from a woman, kissed his victim and said, "You are such a nice woman." * • • For some men, itaallnr was easy. Shown a .45-cal. automatic in a Glendora, Calif., store, the customer admiringly loaded it, pointed it at the clerk, walked out with the gun and $41. A sign on a hardware <safe in Du Quoin, Hi., read: "^ositlvely not locked. No money in safe. Turn handle and open." Burglars followed instructions, made off with $700. At Denver, a city detective twice had his license plates lifted — and twice got a traffic ticket before his colleagues knew of his plight. Philadelphia cops had their prowl MAX KELLEY Continued from P»»e J storiw of the 1920's and earlier ye«« will stretch the Imagination of the late comers and passers through. Dlvirtiflcation of crops came In the recovery from depression years when crop allotments and farm programs became a law. Sales and trades of mules, harness, wagons and farm equipment before 1S35 rivaled that of present day motorized equipment, trucks and can. In notoriety It was greater and In money Involved It haj a fair comparison. Ruffed Beflnninfi Fifty year* ago the dignity of the laws wu preserved much In the manner of how and if it could be done. The greatest influence for law and order was the encroachment of substantial folks and emigrants who wanted to make homes and had great faith in the fertility of the land. Rough and ready and liquor held away at times and divided up many of the profits of toll, even at times lives and the aecurlty of homes were involved. ( Howsomever. religious life was never dormant and statistically it has now reached the highest average In our land today. Schools have likewise progressed. The "3-M" diet you read about wu meat, meal and molases. But other* suffered in the depression years. We did not cause the short- ag< of aspirin or gain publicity by Jumping off tall building, or by perforating our hides. Many interesting stories surround the Bootheel. Might the locale be referred to ai Missouri's last frontier. About Max's poems to shed a bit of light, a quote from three or four will set you right. Max is Irish through and through; he could never worry if there was anything else to do. Last two lines of "King Cotton:" He's King of them all in the sunny south, His Majesty, Old King Cotton. Second verse of "Religion:" It's not the long and sanetimon- FUEL OIL G. 0. POETZ OIL CO. \\ I Sell That Stuff" Phone 2-2089 Visit Conny's Conoco Service, Ash & Division ..HULL.!.. .. I....I. I- Hi. < l.ia-J <*' I .Mi-ill ijl Vigorous Flavor—the kind that comes from acknowledged finer coffees. Folger carefully selects and blends choice mountain grown coffees—then prepares them in the unique Folger way to bring out the full goodness of the vigorous Folger Flavor. A Better Buy—for two important reasons. There's more real coffee enjoyment in every delicious cup of Folger's. And there's measurable economy in serving it. Because of the vigorous Folger Flavor, you are urged to try using Vi less than with lesser flavored brands. fe Eitri Mi In Ftarar TH An U<H Ti TRY USIN« % UK Dm wMl Inwr oar stolen. The police office safe at Ferndale, Wash., was robbed of »200. A bold thief at Bridgeport, HI., walked off with the station house pay telephone. And the ultimate was reached at Et. Catherines, Ont., where someone looted a house of many things — including the kitchen sink. weM together. Never Idle "If my injuries amounted to a handicap," .Max told me, "I was never out of employment and was always working more than one Job at a time." Thoughtfully, I Inquired on a first visit to his bedside, "Do visitors tire or worry you—from what should one refrain," In his reply It was summed up that he was not benefited by those who thought It appropriate to tell of operations and how other people did: that he enjoyed life a bit yet and to banter and reminisce a bit at usual. He was unable to attend his sister's ftmer.il. Next day I told him that many folks were on hand to pay their respects and 'do the things required as they should. He voiced satisfaction and appreciation. In this assignment, I hesitated perhaps a moment, but quickly there Hashed through my mind the lines of Bryant's Thanatopsls, "Approach ... lie down to pleasant dreams," and words of a prayer that directs the philosophy of life. As I made some notes, thus I summed it up: "In A busy life there Is an ending, "In an eager life, there is faith transcending; "There to lov« and bopt In Hut we leave behind, "Perhaps something engrand, everlasting in others' mind." There is inspiration in thii jtory, and perhaps and might, I havt passed It on as I pay Max » tribute for his philosophy of life. Nearly 1,000 copies of his poemi have been sold. If God takei him tomorrow, or if some of his frlendi depart sooner than he, it is yet God's will, and the plan of Hlj universe. Max is far from .being alone in his philosophy of lit*. WED N TEARS — Mr. and Mrs. Will Jolllff of the Blackwater Community oelebrtted their 60th wedding anniversary recently. He has been a merchant in the Blackwater area for more tharl 40 years. lous face, Displayed from a prominent pew, . That hides a caloused, designing heart— That poker face won't get' you through. First verse of "Grandson:" He's such a tiny tike, Just past two years old; No one ever faced this life, More confident and bold. From "Resolutions:" Have failed to find a perfect beverage, That won't leave yoH low and blue. Winding up with "Forever:" When dk, bird woart that rock out, Man, it won't be sun-up In hell! 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