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Guzik takes over Latimer's gangland ties bared in slaying of vet By CARL HIRSCH Chicago’s gangland re portedly disorganized by the Kennelly moral uplift pro gram—shot down a young vet this week in the style to which Chicago has long been accustomed. I this P f i ce for | having jostled a i L, woman on h i 1 e he was Latimer e f* y m ° rning of June 15. The woman was Mr*. Inez Nucrio, wife of gangland over lord Dominick Nuccio. who made his way to mob leadership over the bodies of slain gangsters. Nuccio was known to be North Side lieutenant for the Guzik - Ric c a- Capone syndicate with headquarters at the Club Innuen do. 1220 N. Clark st. * * * YOUNG Falcon, a waiter, bumped into Mrs. Nuccio while she was out walking her dog in Lincoln Park. She fell to the ground and the young vet, who has a wife and two children, sprawled over her. Mrs. Nuccio called the police and had the intoxicated Falcon arrested for attempted rape. When Falcon’s wife, Nela, 21, later went to Mrs. Nuccio to plead for her husband, the gang ster’s wife agreed to drop the case. * * * HOWEVER, Mrs. Nuccio said later that the state’s attorney’s office would not let her with draw the charges. Last Saturday. Falcon was shot down on the steps of his home at 1837 Lincoln by two men. At the inquest Monday, Mrs. Falcon testified that Mrs. Nuccio had warned that her husband would be killed. At the time Falcon was arrested, the gang ster’s wife told him: “I know you didn’t hurt me, but I hope you go to jail, be cause if you beat this case my husband will kill you. He is the toughest man in the country.” * * * NUCCIO served a sentence for burglary in 1919. But he has since been suspected in dozens of major crimes and was ques tioned by police in six murder cases but not convicted. Tangled into the web of this gruesome story is the case of THE CHICAGO STAR. JULY 17. 1948 The Chicago fe C Telco uiu DUDnsned WEEKLY by The Chicago Star Publishing Co., Inc., 166 West Washington Street. Chicago 2. 11L Phone RANdolph 0580. Cable address: Chistar Frank M. Davis Executive Editor Carl Hirsch Managing Editor William Sennelt General Manager SUBSCRIPTION RATES (Except Canada and foreign) 1 Year $2.00. Entered as second class matter June 25, 1946 at the post office at Chicago, 111., under the Act of March J. 1879. Postal regulations require that all new subscriptions for military personnel stationed overseas must be accompanied by a written request from the person to whom the subscription is directed. ■» Ira Latimer, secretary of the Chi cago Civil Liberties Committee. This organization—once under progressive auspices—has in re cent years become tied up with the Guzik-Ricca-Capone mob. * * * IT WAS to Latimer that.the distraught wife of Falcon oame to seek assistance for her ac cused husband—not knowing of Latimer’s connections with the mob. Latimer turned her over to a lawyer—Michael Brodkin, of the firm of Beiber and Brodkin, mouthpieces for Guzik. Shortly afterwards, young Falcon, a Navy vet with four years sub marine service, was dead. This week, the Chicago Herald- American, sensing a red-baiting angle in the Falcon story, played it to hilt, with lurid references to ‘‘the tie-up between pro- Communist elements and the underworld.” * * * ACTUALLY, Latimer is a vio lent anti-Communist who has o\er the past two years syste matically broken the Chicago Civil Liberties away from its previous progressive auspices. Gilbert Green, head of the Communist Party of Illinois, branded as a ‘‘bare-faced lie” the reports that either Latimer or his committee have any connec tion with the Communist move ment. "Having deserted the progres sive camp some time ago. Latimer established connections with underworld elements." Green stated. "He and his com mittee have been publicly de nounced by the Communist Party, and this latest incident is further proof of the fact that he deserves no support from progressives in his attempt to use the mask of ‘defender of civil liberties' in order to pursue his unsavory personal ambi tions." * * * LATIMER'S connections with the Guzik - Ricca - Capone crowd first came to light some months ago when the committee rushed to defense of Jake Guzik and some 20 other gangsters who were wanted by the police. It was reported at that time that Latimer’s committee had received funds from Beiber. Afer a number of leading pro gressive lawyers and other citi zens resigned in disgust from the committee two years ago. Wil liam Scott Stewart became head of the organization. Stewart, a lawyer.. is the at torney for Paul Ricca. alias DeLucia, one of the three Ca pone mobstelrs who were recent ly paroled under shady circum stances. * » * RICCA was considered Ca pone’s successor as chief of the syndicate’s rackets before he went to prison on a 10-year rap in connection with a $1 million movie shakedown. Curiously, Ricca was known as “The Waiter.” At the time Stewart became head of the Chicago Civil Lib erties Committee, it was reported that he had contributed SI,OOO to the organization. On June 15, Stewart appeared in court with a writ df habeas corpus for the release of Ricca who was arrested for violating his parole. * * * STEWART also presented writs for the three other Guzik mob sters —D’Andrea, Gioe, Campag na—who were also involved in the parole deal. He said he had information that they were to be arrested that day. Ricca was arrested for failing to report to the parole board on the expenditure of some $20,000 for a lush wedding reception for his daughter at the Blacksione Hotel. Stewart told the court that there was no irregularity in the affair for which the food and drink bill alone was $12,000. “It’s an old Italian custom,” he told the judge. * * * H. B. RITMAN, head of the Chicago Civil Liberties Commit tee at a time when the organi zation had a record as an out standing champion of distressed people, expressed no surprise at Latimer’s implication in the sor did Falcon killing. "When an organization permits itself to accept money from sources closely tied up with the underworld represented by the notorious Guzik. the pay-off can be taken for granted." said Hit man. r^IETTEH^I Civil rights' FOR all practical purposes, the Democrats could just as easily have listed the entire roster of proposed civil rights laws or eliminated all mention of the subject in their platform instead pf staging that side show at Philadelphia. For the plain truth is that no matter what the party says, it has no intention of living up to its campaign promises on civil rights. The Republicans with mono tonous regularity make some sort of civil rights promise every four years. The Demo crats make a far milder gesture. But neither acts, and that’s what counts. The trail of unkept promises is what has led more and more voters away from both to the new Wallace party. Greek torch ALMOST a year and a half ago, Truman asked con gress for several hundred mil lion dollars to rid Greece of the guerillas “within a few months time.” But a story this week from Athens reveals that plans to light the Olympic torch at Olympia, site of the ancient games, and relay it four days and four nights on the Greek mainland before sending it to London, have had to be changed. Instead, the four days and nights have been cut to four hours because the Greek army 1 can’t guarantee its security for a longer period. They’ll light and take it directly to the tiny seaport town of Katakolo, 20 miles away. That’s as long as the Greek army can promise safety from the guerilla forces who by now should be crushed from the sheer weight of American dol lars poured in, if not from bul lets. -sfe* f £|| ¥ . jitik I 1 . aSaja. ih t j||. • ’•> f, ' Ejjjpgr: -Osgfi|S9B >1 i j£§h jssJi SECOND BOOM of desperate Democrats flopped when Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas said "No" to pleas that he try to salvage bankrupt party as Presidential candidate. Douglas went fishing instead. Guildsman to aid Wallace NEW YORK—John F. Ryan, former executive vice president of the Newspaper Guild of New Back in 1946 a little man was reelected governor of New York for a 4-year term. And the little man said he would serve the entire term and did not aspire to higher office. There are sev eral million Americans who want to help him keep that pledge. Safety first IT’S about time the auto manufacturers paid less attention to the new look in automobiles and began to worry more about making them safe to ride in. Dr. C. L. Straith of Haper Hospital in Detroit is a plastic surgeon who sees many of the results of auto accidents, and spends a great deal of time re pairing the damage. In a recent article he pointed out that in this as in many other aspects of medicine, an ounce of pre vention is worth a pound of cure. Dr. Straith believes that driv ers occupy the safest seat in the car. He believes the pas senger in the front seat next to the driver is in the most dan gerous spot because of the lack of protection in case of sudden stops. To protect the passenger in the front seat. Dr. Straith favors the removal of all knobs, cranks, drop down ash trays and sharp ledges from the dashboard. He also urges the use of rubber crash padding over the dash board in front of the passenger. Passengers in the back seat, who are frequently thrown for ward in auto accidents, can be protected by eliminating sharp ash trays and heavy robe rails from the back of the front seat and by providing padding for the back edge of the front seat. Auto manufacturers would do well to follow these sugges tions. New models should be designed for safety as well as appearance. York (CIO), has been appointed co-director, with Paul Trilling, of the New York State Wallace for President Committee, accord ing to an announcement by O. John Rogge, state committee chairman. Employment ACCORDING to the U. S. Census Bureau, there were 61,296,000 civilians em ployed in June, or exactly 1,241,000 more than a year ago.' So we have what is called full employment with administra tion sources fearing a man power shortage soon. But we also have fantastic prices, a disgraceful housing shortage and the danger of war. They all seem to go together. Can’t we have full employment without the evils that trail, along? Or is it merely that the bi-partisan coalition running the government can’t produce one without calling forth the others? Catastrophe THOMAS E. DEWEY, GOP Presidential candidate, is “a catastrophe looking for a place to happen.” That’s what another Republican Presidential candidate Wendell Willkie said about him eight years ago. Fundamental THE Hatch Act limits presi dential election expendi tures to $3,000,000. So GOP Treasurer James S. Kemper 6aid 1944 campaign collections were exactly $2,999,999.48 —just 53 cents short of illegality. Republican Senator Styles Bridges (who used to be plain Harry Bridges until his anti labor sentiments compelled him to change his name) was a little franker. “In 1944,” he said, “commit tees supporting the Republican national ticket reported expen ditures in excess of $12,000,000.” Inflation being what it is in this year of 1948, it will cost even more to inflate the Tom Dewey candidacy.