The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 16, 1953 · Page 5
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, September 16, 1953
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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16, 1953 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.V COURIER PAGE FTVB Hoover of the FBI— Machine Gun Kelly Episode Made Career for Hoover (EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's the first of three dispatches on the fabulous career of J. Edgar Hoover, whose record » head at the FBI is » phenomenon of federal job-holding never before matched IB Washington history.) By DOUGLAS LARSEN NBA Staff Correspondent I*} WASHINGTON — (NEA) — Two hoodlums sat in a black sedan parked on a dusty Ok* lahoma highway. They calmly debated whether or not to shoot the horrified man who lay trussed and gagged on the back floor. Events in that case were taking place exactly 20 years ago this month. "Machine Gun" Kelly was one of the hoodlums. The trussed victim was wealthy oil man Charles F. Urschel. The career of J. Edgar Hoover hung in the balance during that discussion, political historians claim. Both Kelly and Urschel are alive today. Kelly, incidentally, is trying right now to get the Oklahoma charge against him settled so he can apply for a parole from the life sentence he is serving in Leavenworth. Fortunately for Hoover and Urschel, Kelly decided that because he and "his pal had the $200,000 ransom in hand there was no sense to add murder to the crime. Unfortunately for Kelly, Hoover took personal charge of the ,case turned in" a brilliant investigating and detective job, and cracked it wide open. * • * At that time In 1933, shortly after the Roosevelt Administration took over, stories were rife that Hoover was to be fired. Ha had HENKY R. MITCHELL: Only one of top ten still loose. had gotten too big for his britches. Political boss Jim Parley apparently shared that opinion, although he later had a complete change of mind. But after Hoover's brilliant solution of the Orschel kidnapping, no politician would have dared fire him. Today Hoover can look back on the earlier, stormy days of the FBI — and his own future — with great equanimity. He has survived three changes of administration, served under seven presidents. He is now work- Ing for his 13th attorney general — a phenomenon of federal job- holding never before matched. It's even more unusual because ever since his days in the Department of Justice during the Mitchell Palmer anarchist raids of 1919, Hoover's work has kept him in the center of many vital, controversial national issues. , Even the toll of 58 years has been mild on him. The high school nickname of "Speed" still applies. He's very active, traveling around the country constantly. He's up on most details of the bureau's work. A growing fondness for good restaurants has robbed him of his former slim figure, but his thick mane of black hair is pretty well intact and his voice crackles with doggedly refused to accept polit- the same energy and authority. ical appointees in his bureau. A There are more incredible facets lot of persons were saying Hoover to Hoover's job tenure. In the last B2J t HOOVER ON THE HILL: Con- 1 gress is kind to him- heated presidential race both candidates gave campaign pledges to keep him in office. And he gets unbelievably kind treatment before congressional appropriations committees. All other executives get kicked around on the Hill but they love Hoover there, maybe for statements like the following, made before the House Appropriations Committee: "The amount of fines, savings, recoveries affected, and claims settler! in favor of the'Government exceeded operating costs ($91,595,559) by $25,412,786. Over 10 years tha excess totals $122,000,000." . Few U. S. bureau chiefs can make that claim. It inspired Rep. Cliff Clevenger (E., Ohio) to say to Hoover after the hearing. "I wish to thank you. I wish I knew of some other administrators just one-tenth as good as you are." Hoover's war on crime reveals practically no defeats. Only two men — possibly three — can lay fair claim to having bested him. Only one man from the original list of the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives remains at large. He is Hen- .ry Randolph Mitchell wanted for the robbery of a Williston, Fla., bank in 1948. The other man who outsmarted Hoover is an unidentified truck driver. He found Hoover puttering on his front lawn and sold him half-load of sheep manure for $3 Next .day Hoover was outrage to learn from his assistant, Clyd A. Tolson, a man with some agr cultural background, that the ma nure was just clay and sawdust. • • • Gaston B. Means, a G-man the corrupt. pre-Hoover vintage might be considered a third have bested him. Hoover sent hii to Leavenworth for swindling Eva lyn Walsh McLean out of $100.00 in connection with the Lindberg kidnaping. Later, apparently bored wit Leavenworth life, Means sent Hoo ver a note claiming the mone was in a pipe in the Potomac Hoover immediately put Nav divers on the job. 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STERLING'S HOOVER ON THE JOB: He takes personal charge of big cases, as he did (above) in the Cash kidnaping in 1938. could be located. Fulfilling his campaign promise, Ike didn't touch Hoover's job, and, further, no one of the new team dreamed of patronage in the FBI. Some students of Hoover's career claim there's a lot of luck in it. The Machine Gun Kelly case, for instance. Others say it's plain hard work. * 4 * When denounced on the floor of the House of Reresentatives for allegedly being responsible for the 1919 Red raids, in connection with a bill to permit wire-tapping, Morris Katzeff, the attorney who defended the group of pinkos, sent a message to Congress asserting that Hoover had had no part in the raids an dthat in his role of prosecutor he had been very fair. On the day the famed Red, Emma Goldman, was deported in connection with those raids, it was reported to Congress that she said, "at least J. Edgar Hoover was fair to me." He was violently attacked on the Senate floro by the late Sen. George Norris of Nebraska for the way the FBI handled the arrests of a group of left-wingers in Detroit in 1840. Norris called Hoover "the greatest hound for publcity on the American Continent today." But Hoover's boss, then attorney general and now Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Jack, son, sprang to his successful defense. (Tomorrow: Hoover's Youth.) WILSON NEWS By MRS. B. F. BOYLES MYF Meets Eighteen members of the Methodist Youth Fellowship were present at the aprty given at the church last Monday night. Included in the evening's entertainment were recordings and square-dancing. Richard Ferguson made a brief talk that was followed by refreshments. The MYF met Sunday evening for a dinner-meeting. Twenty members including two new members, Mrs. Etta Davidson and Sammye Sue Grant were present- The group were entertained by Joe Brown Gwyn, local artist who drew c; toons. The meal was prepared and served by Mrs. Hudson Wren and Mrs. Phillip McRae. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Huber are the new MYF leaders. Officers named for the year are Janet Hale, president; Jenny Wren, vice president; Corinne Stanrod, secretary; Charles Ferguson, treasurer; Rudolph Whiteside. reporter- Finesse Bridge Club Meets Mr. and Mrs. Owen Sadler entertained the Finesse Bridge Club and four guests at their home Thursday night. Guests wer Dr. EMdon Fairley, George Whitfield, Mrs. O. W. Speck of Frenchman's Bayou and .Mrs. F- S. Reese. Refreshments were served by the hostess at the close of the evening's ;ame. High score winners were Mr. and Mrs. John Bowen. Gives Barbecue Wives were the guests at the barbecue given Saturday night for em- ployes of the WiLson Soya Corp. Other guests were several employes of Buckeye Cotton Oil Company and other businesses in Wilson, and their wives. R. A. Pratt, general manager of Soya Corp., and Jack Trammel, office manager were in charge of arrangements. Celebrates Birthday Bonnie Lynn Lawrence was complimented on her fourth birthday when her mother, Mrs. Virginia Lawrence, and her grandmother, Mrs. Alex Coble, entertained several of her small friends with a lawn party Sunday afternoon. The affair was held at the home of her grandmother at, Carson Lake. The children spent the afternoon play- Ing games. Birthday cake and ice cream were served by the hostesses. Personals Mr- and Mrs. Wayne Bussey an- nouce the birth of a son Saturday at Osceola Memorial Hospital. Mrs. F. S. Reese underwent surgery at Methodist'Hospital in Memphis, Monday morning. Her condition was reported as satisfactory. Terry Joe Jones, son of Mr, and Mrs. Buck Jones, underwent surgery, Thursday at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. His grandmother, Mrs. A. Shipman, was in Memphis to visit him, Sunday. Mrs. Mattie Polk of Jasper. Ala., is visiting her nephew. Alex Coble, and his family- Mr. and Mrs. James Reed and children spent the week end with his father, Vernie Reed, in Naylor, Mo. Harold Perry is enrolled at the University of Arkansas. Vicky Cherry of Memphis is spending this week with his grandparents, Mr.,and Mrs. John Haynes His parents Mr. and Mrs- Bill Cherry accompanied him to Wilson and spent the week end with her parents, Pvt. Elmon McNabb, Who is sta .ioned at Camp Hood. Texas, spent •he week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl McNabb, and fatly- Mr. and Mrs. Sam Noblin of Detroit, Mich., are visiting their daughter Mrs. Oscar Davis, Mr. Davis and their children, Sammye and Pamela. , Read Courier News Classified Ads !$> 100% correct. . 'cause Weather-Birds arc first in fine fit, smart ityles and long wear. You know that's right because Weather-Birds bear both the PARENT'S AND GOOD HOUSEKEEPING SEALS OF APPROVAL. See our complete new selection of school, dress and play shoes. 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