The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on July 18, 1965 · Page 5
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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 5

Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, July 18, 1965
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Sunday, July 18, 1965 RACINE SUNDAY BULLETIN 5A Retires from FBI Faulkner s Brother, 66, Plar^s Writing Career MOBILE, Ala. UP) — Murry C. Falkner, once a target of John Dillinger's gang, has ended an illustrious career in the FBI dating back to 1925 and now plans a new career — writing. Writing is not new in the Falkner family. He is a brother of the late William Faulkner and John Faulkner, also a novelist. William Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature inl949 and Pulitzer prizes for fiction in 1955 and 1963. Murry Falkner is the last remaining member of the immediate family. He is a vigorous 66. "Now I'm going into a new career," Falkner said in an interview following his retirement from the FBI. "I'm going to try to do some writing. "I have no illusions that I have the talent my brothers had but I am going to try my hand at it. "I'm going to see if I can write entertainingly and acceptably." Falkner chuckled over a query as to the different spelling of his and his brothers' names. The "U" Syndrome "Bill began using the 'u' when his first book was published. John did, also." The family name originally was Faulkner. A great­ grandfather decided to drop the "u." "There was a family story that great-grandfather said he saw no reason putting a letter // Was a Gag Treasury Isn't Amused by 55,000 Wooden Nickels CONCORD, N.H. — UP) — With indifference to birthday party fun and games, the Treasury Department says the Concord Bicentennial Committee's funny money isn't very funny, honey. In effect, the department advised the committee that its "wooden nickels," issued as a promotion gag for a bicentennial celebration, are illegal tender. The sequence of events: JULY 12 — The Police Benevolent Assn. distributed $2,750 in wooden nickels, 55,000 of them, to local merchants participating in the 200th anniversary celebration, Cobra Is Born at Bronx Zoo NEW YORK — m — The Bronx Zoo happily reported Saturday a new addition—a cute, but deadly, king cobra. After 10 weeks of getting ready for the big day, the hooded reptile—a mere 18 inches long—cut its way out of the leathery egg, about the size of a hen egg. Steve Spencook, head of the zoo's reptile house, said that three other eggs are expected to hatch during the day from a clutch of 24 eggs that were laid in May and promptly put in an incubator. Mama—the zoo doesn't name snakes—is a 13-footer. King cobras, the zoo said, are rarely hatched in captivity. Those that make it, however, have enough venom in their olive green hoods at birth to kill. They are fed on stillborn or baby snakes—usually garter snakes—but don't work up a good appetite for a couple of weeks. The white potato, a common vegetable, first was raised in Peru. to be used as change. JULY 15 — The Treasury Department in Boston advised the Bicentennial Committee the coins cannot be used in commerce; that, in the government's opinion, the use for purchases violates federal law regulating substitutes for currency. JULY 16 — The committee told local merchants the issue was being pursued by attorneys but, in the meantime, no coins should be accepted in payment for purchases. About 50 merchants were told to revise the "We give or take wooden nickels" posters they have displayed. "There was no swindle," says J. Richard Jackman, retired printing company president and head of the bicentennial group. "The government got hold of it and decided we were culprits." Jackman said the use of wooden nickels was "just one of the gimmicks" promoting the celebration. The committee, he said, hoped Concord residents would keep the wooden nickels as souvenirs. But, he said, residents used change from one merchant to buy goods from others. The government said the law would not be violated if only one business had issued the nickels, so they were not used in trade. To further complicate things, the police department reported some residents were mailing the wooden nickels to pay parking fines. Jackman said the Treasury Department has taken no official steps and that its opinion was only advisory. The committee has not yet received its own attorney's conclusion. Meanwhile, Jackman thinks the wooden coins are becoming collectors' items. With all the fuss, he said, "I think the nickels are now worth 15 or 20 cents." in a word he wrote as often as he did his name when the etter changed neither look nor the sound of it," Falkner said. He earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi where his • father, also Murry C. Falkner, was university secretary and business manager. He went to Washington in 1924 and got a job with the Internal Revenue Bureau. In 1925, he joined the FBI. He has served in more than a score of bureaus. Which of the many cases on which he had worked does he rank at the top of his list? "Unquestionably, the Dillinger case," he said. "It held the greatest danger, the most importance to the bureau and the nation in all of its ramifications." billinger Confrontation In 1933 and 1934, Dillinger was the most notorious man in the United States. He was blamed directly or indirectly for killiixg 13 persons, had robbed banks of at least a half million dollars and cost law enforcement agencies an estimated $2 million in the intense police hunt. Falkner was one of a special FBI unit which worked on the Dillinger case. The high point of that hunt, to Falkner, was the raid on the Little Bohemia Lodge, near Eagle River, Wis. 'This was in April, 1934, shortly after Dillinger broke out of the Crown Point, Ind., jail," he said: "Baby Face Nelson and others were with him at Little Bohemia. "Snow was all over the ground, although it was April. "By the time we got there, the dogs began barking. We found out later that Dillinger and the rest were on the second floor of the lodge and were alerted by the barking of the dogs. "As we approached, three citizens walked out. Then all the lights went out. It was about 8 oclock. We identified ourselves as FBI agents. No Welcome Mat "That was all the gang on the second floor needed. They began blazing away at us from the upper windows with everything — submachine guns, rifles, pistols, everything. "We lost one agent, a deputy sheriff killed, several others wounded. Several bystanders were shot." (Records of the incident make no mention of a deputy sheriff being killed, but list one bystander, Eugene Boisneau, as having been fatally shot. 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