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RUM ARMADA WRECKED
BY U. S. DRY NAVY Briton Who Started Rum Running Syndicate Admits All Lost; 32,000 Cases Seized By Robert J. Brew (Herald and Examiner-Universal Cable) London, April 27.—How Sir B>rodcrick Hartwell’s million-dollar bootlegging ven ture failed disastrously is reported by the baronet in a document marked “private and confidential" which came into posses sion of Universal Service today. It is a secret circular to Hartwell’s shareholders, and says: “I find myselt compelled to report that disaster after dis aster has overtaken our last venture and our loss would appear appalling. “In an endeavor to guard against total capture of our goods in one fell swoop, my New York representative, acting on advice of our buyers, chartered a number of small steamers and schooners in vari ous names, so if the goods were captured they could not be traced to me, and the goods were transferred from the mother ship to these smaller vessels. Disaster After Disaster “The first disaster occurred in seizure of the largest of these vessels with 12,000 cases and almost immediately afterwards a further seizure of a steamer with 4,000 cases. Again in a few days one of the other boats lost her rudder, was blown ashore and seized by coast guards. She had 3,500 cases aboard. “A terrific storm washed more than 1.000 cases off the deck of one of oftr schooners and brought the total losses within a very short space of time to over 20.000 cases. “My representative received secret in formation that orders had been issued to the prohibition patrol from Washington direct to seize the mother ship at all costs and bring her in. Activity on the part of the patrols, which had been steadily on the increase, became doubled and although the work was carried on with frenzied haste and we got two schooners away loaded, the mother ship had to fly for it and was only just saved from capture, while boats containing a further 12,000 cases were captured by.patrol cruisers. 32,000 Cases Seized “The mother ship made for Halifax and met another schooner, which had been chartered and to which the balance of her cargo was transferred, and on reaching Halifax she was discharged. “Our position, therefore, is: “Out of a cargo of 53,000 cases of the seventh shipment, together with 8,000 cases transferred from the sixth shipment, over 32,000 have been lost by seizure. About 6,000 cases have been sold, but the money obtained from these sales had to be expended in the charter of vessels, wages, coal, etc., and only 23,000 cases remain available for sale on the three re maining schooners. “These vessels, unfortunately, my rep resentatives can not get in touch with, owing to the new intensive vigilance of the prohibition patrol. When we shall be able to dispose of these goods is proble matical, and the risk of further seizure is, I am told, very great. “My representative informs me the ac tivity is so great that as far as sea trade is concerned, business is practically dead and likely to remain so. “It was deemed absolutely impossible that seizures would be made outside the limit of agreement or that ships under a foreign flag would be fired on without a protest from the nation whose flag they flew. Own Fortune Gone “All of my personal profits in former shipments are swallowed up in these last two and unless the balance of the cargo is successfully landed, I, personally, shall be left absolutely stranded. ‘ I beg to still hope for the best in spite of this very disastrous news, but it is ob vious a big loss is inevitable and every contributor has the right to sue me for nonfulfillment of my guarantee. Any such action would only have the result of hampering my endeavors to save some thing for.my contributors from the wreck, and 1 am the only person who can do so. “I would urge you to keep this letter private and confidential, as any disclosure of facts in the press will absolutely nullify the attempts of my representative in New York to land and dispose of the balance of the goods. “Already the publication of my cable in the press has raised a very awkward sit uation and made my task more difficult.’* WOULD SERVE AS WARNING Mayor King of Camden is quoted in the Philadelphia North American of April 12 as expressing the opinion that it would be a good plan to place on exhibition dis plays of liquor seized in raids. Here is his suggestion: “We ought to place alongside the window displays of the liq uor a chemical analysis made by the city chemist which would show to the public the sort of liquor many people are drink ing these days. Dr. Kressel, city chem ist, says most of it is poison.’’ Three Hills, Alberta, Canada—Best We Have Heard We are writing to let you know that we enjoyed exceedingly the play broadcast from your station last Friday evening by the Anti-Saloon League of Iowa and Illi nois. We consider this one of the best we have heard and would suggest that it be broadcast from many stations, as it gives in a strikingly interesting manner, information that everyone should know. We have government control (so called) of the sale of intoxicating liquors in Alberta at present, and it is not a suc cess by any means, as drinking and drunkenness are increasing at an alarming rate, although only beer is supposed to be sold at hotels. We are looking for ward to getting prohibition in force here again as soon as possible. Give our congratulations to those who put on the play. We enjoy the programs from WOC very much. St. Louis, Mo.—Surprise of My Life I have always been pleasantly enter tained by your station. However, last night you gave me the surprise of my life by utilizing your station to further the in terests of the Anti-Saloon League; in other words, making an issue of a very unpopular law against all American prin ciples of freedom and liberty. Altoona, 111—We Thank You We wish to express our heartiest ap preciation to Mr. O. G. C’hristgau and Mr. Johu W. Langley for the debate STAGES HIS WINE PARTY Wisconsin State Senator Serves Wine and Hard Cider to Guests, Seeking Test Case According to Milwaukee press dis patches, State Senator Gcttelman staged his hard cider and wine party according to schedule on April 19. His dozen or more invited guests were present, coming through a driving rainstorm in order to partake of the contraband booze. He is reported to have served sacra mental wine with a 22 per cent kick and hard cider with 5 or 6 per cent alcoholic content. Chief federal enforcement officer of Wisconsin, John 1J. Madden, with a num ber of enforcement officers paid a visit to the Senator's bungalow hours before the party started but they did not get inside because they wanted to carry away the drinks to test instead of drinking them on the spot as the Senator invited them to do. REAL EDUCATION The Mexican Department of Education is using the radio once or twice each week in telling the evils of alcoholism. Several hundred receiving sets have been distributed free to schools, industrial cen ters, and farming communities, and the number of these sets will be increased to 5,000 as soon as funds become available. The secretary of education is making in tensive use of the radio as an instrument of popular education, and this use is ex pected to help build up popular sentiment against the drink evil. MORE RADIO DEBATE LETTERS Can the Law be Enforced Heard in Canada; St. Louis Listener Saddened and Surprised, Budweiser, We Hope; Others Who Heard Dramatic Debate on Law Enforcement From WOC Write Comments 1 hese letters are in addition to others published in a preceding number of the Issue. I he Dramatic Debate, “Can the Law be Enforced" is available for presenta tion in the Southern District by N. R. and H. H. Johnson, in the Central District by Ralph Owen and E. E. Hudson, in other districts by O. G. Christgau and John W. Langley. given by them Friday evening, March 27. Every word was the truth and I am sure it will help each one listening in to re alize more fully that we each have a part to do in helping to enforce the prohibition law. I trust we may hear these gentle men again along the same subject. We thank you. How, Iowa—It was Wonderful Just a few lines of comment on your dramatic debate of Friday evening at W’OC which I think should be broadcast by every station in the country, so every one of voting age would have a chance to hear it. I am sorry that my folks were out that night. We arc five of voting age. I hope you get enough requests so you will broadcast it again. I think it was wonderful. It brought out all the weak and strong points. Belmont, Wisconsin—Best I Ever Heard I listened in and heard the debate on law enforcement tonight and will say I enjoyed it very much. In fact, I think it is the best I ever heard on that subject. JAIL, FINE, FOR 59 WET POLICE Cincinnati, April 22.—Fifty-eight po licemen and village dry agents who pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to violate the national prohibition law were sentenced to prison terms ranging downward from eighteen months, coupled with fines of $2,000 to $50, in the United States district court today. BREWERY EQUIPMENT DESTROYED Judge Tuttle, Detroit, Orders Torch and Sledge-Hammer for Beer Vats of Offending Brewery Judge Arthur J. Tuttle of Detroit has ordered the destruction of machinery and beer vats of the Star Products Company, Hamtrainck. In fact, practically every thing about the premises is to be de stroyed except the building. The building is owned by the Auto City Brewing Company which used to operate there but was closed by a court decree December 19, 1922. The place was leased to the Star Products Company which ob tained a permit for the manufacture of near-beer by dealcoholizing real beer. The new company proved even more careless of the law than the old and its permit was revoked May 2i, 1924. The brewery was raided by prohibition offi cers Augusit I and 15,000 gallons of real beer were found. The liquor was or dered destroyed and District Attorney Smith then instituted injunction proceed ings and sought an order to destroy all the assets of the company. This is the order that was signed by Judge Tuttle April 19. CINCINNATI CONSPIRACY CASE Case Closes With Many Convictions and Pleas of Guilty; Forty on Way to Atlanta The Cincinnati conspiracy case, which has attracted nation-wide attention, has come to a close. Seventy-one officers, including Cincinnati policemen and village dry enforcement officers wrerc indicted. More than 50 pleaded guilty. Some stood trial and were convicted. The 32 police men and village dry agents who have been given penitentiary sentences will be taken to Atlanta April 27, says a Cincin nati dispatch of April 24. A number of the policemen received 18 months with $2,000 fines, others received a year and a day imprisonment with $1,000 fines and seme were given less severe penalties. The 40 Cincinnati officers who were convicted or pleaded guilty in the United States District Court on charges of con spiracy to violate the national prohibition law in connection with graft charges, were dismissed by Safety Director Tudor, April 23. SELL SEIZED KOATS Thirteen boats seized by the govern ment as rum runners were sold April 20 at the Barge Office, New York. Some w'ere row boats, some motor boats. Some were afloat and some under water. There were about 300 persons at the sale. The 13 boats sold were appraised at $8,160. They brought $7,872. MILK A POOR SECOND Only ten per cent of the families of Great Britain are total abstain ers. Last year the nation drink bill was $1,500,000,000, an increase of six per cent over the previous year. For every $5 spent for milk, $13 is spent for beer. The drink bill is $165 a year per family. More than one million of the in habitants are given public support in order to exist, and yet Great Britain goes on removing restric tion after restriction which was placed on the liquor traffic during the war.