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Italy today acknowledged the loss of Koritza, base in Southern Albania from which it launched its ill-fated invasion of Greece. Greek troops marched triumphantly into the city today, as word was received in Athens that another wave of Greek forces is advancing upon another Italian base in the Albanian town of Argirocastron.
Philip Murray was unanimously elected president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations today, after securing a pledge to purge "Nazi, Fascist, and Communist elements" from the organization's member unions. The new president, who will replace the departing founding president John L. Lewis, immediately criticized President Roosevelt for attempting to "force a shotgun agreement with the American Federation of Labor." Joseph Curran, president of the National Maritime Union, was elected to fill Murray's former position as CIO Vice President.
Meanwhile, American Federation of Labor president William Green stated his hope that Mr. Murray's election as CIO chief will aid the cause of peace between the two great labor organizations, and encouraged the new CIO president to appoint a committee to continue talks toward possible labor unification.
A prominent boxing manager was arrested today by detectives from the office of District Attorney William O'Dwyer on charges that he is the mastermind of a card-sharking racket that netted a total of $4,000,000 from unwitting victims over the past ten years. Hymie Caplin, manager of world's lightweight champion Lew Jenkins. was taken into custody along with three women and a man believed to be complicit in the swindling operation. Assistant District Attorney John J. Rooney stated that detectives seized a list of 38 "suckers" who dropped a total of $700,000 to the crooked gambling ring in just the past three years. According to Rooney, the operatives of the ring would approach prospective victims in the guise of talking over a "business deal," and would use this cover to lure them into "a friendly game of cards," in which the victim would invariably come out a heavy loser.
President Roosevelt declared today that the United States is approaching its mazimum capacity for industrial aid to Great Britain based on current capacity for the production of weapons and military equipment. The President indicated by inference that the present 50-50 allocation under which Britain receives half of all such goods produced in the US is the practical limit of aid that the country can extend while also seeing to its own national defense requirements.
The chairman of the Dies Committee declared today that it has discovered evidence of a Nazi plan to align the economy of the United States with that of Germany with a view toward postwar economic cooperation. Representative Martin Dies today issued a "white paper" spelling out the details of the plot, and stated that he also has in his possession a list of all Gestapo agents currently operating within the United States. The German government disdained the "white paper," calling it a "poor joke" worth of only "three short laughs."
(Well now. Let's see. The top model shown was the bottom of the line for Philco in 1941, in terms of design and performance, and by all indications it didn't sell very well. So you'd think our friends at Davega could sell it at a deep discount to move a backlog of stock. Hmmm. Factory list price is -- let's see now -- $39.95. Let's hope that trade-in allowance is a good one. And while we're at it, the other model shown is also bottom-of-the-line, with factory list price -- ah -- $59.95. That's some sale. How do these people sleep at night?)
The Board of Health is fighting the release of Brownie the Dog, and is calling for the reversal of an order that the cocker spaniel, sentenced to death for biting three people, be released into the custody of the Kings County Sheriff pending further appeals. Brownie's owners, Mrs. Pauline Fucelli of 417 40th Street and her daughter Ruth, had argued that Brownie was taken into custody and convicted without due process of the law, and the dog is living on a three-week reprieve pending resolution of the appeal action.
A total of 7000 women have applied for 99 available jobs as Army hostesses at cantonments around the country. The War Department announced today that no further applications will be accepted, and that all applications received will be forwarded to Corps commanders in each area of the country for final decisions.
(They don't tell you what the active ingredient is, though -- benzocaine, a topical anesthetic which temporarily deadens the taste buds so you don't feel much like eating. A brute-force technique, but the stuff did work up to a point.)
A Brooklyn man described as "a reporter" infiltrated a Nazi espionage plot and received approximately $500 from its leader for "research work" worth approximately $10. The man, identified by the Dies Committe as James E. Edmonds, performed the "research" at the New York Public Library for Dr. Ferdinand A. Kertess of Manhattan, identified as the president of the Chemical Marketing Company of 10 E. 40th Street. Edmonds claimed to be a reporter on the staff of the newspaper PM, but a spokesman at that newspaper's office said that Edmonds was merely a freelancer employed for a single assignment, and that he seemed to be "a mysterious person."
("OK, Bud, make sure you hold that Eagle right up good so we can see it." Other papers identifiable are the Mirror, the News, and the Brooklyn Citizen -- which I'm surprised didn't get airbrushed out, competition being what it is and all.)
An unemployed longshoreman enjoyed a good Thanksgiving after all, despite getting caught in an attempt to steal two hams from an Armour & Company warehouse in Manhattan. John Byer of 500 Humboldt Street was arrested by a passing patrolman as he left the warehouse with his holiday booty, but the company refused to press charges, and after learning that he committed the robbery only to feed his wife and his nine children, gave him a turkey to take home for dinner.
A 74-year-old German-Jewish refugee was not at his place as guest of honor at a Thanksgiving party yesterday at the Brooklyn Hebrew Home and Hospital for the Aged when called upon to say a few words. Instead, Chiel Goodman was in the home's synagogue, praying for the safety of his two children, left behind in Europe. "I don't know where," Mr. Goodman sobbed, as he prayed to ask God for peace and the end of Hitlerism. Mr. Goodman was a prosperous pocketbook manufacturer in Germany before the Nazis' rise to power. He and his wife arrived in Brooklyn last year, penniless and in poor health.
(Happy the Hippo will be donated to the war effort next year. Enjoy him while you can.)
George Jessel is back at the Flatbush this week, and his show is about what you usually get from him -- ninety percent Jessel and ten percent girls. Georgie does his usual routine with the phone call from Mama, which received a tumultuous ovation from his dedicated fans. The new Mrs. Jessel, young Lois Andrews, has learned a bit about singing since the last time she was here, although her performance still seemed somewhat mechanical.
(It's not booze, it's tryptophan.)
Reader Rosina Bruce writes in to praise the Eagle's Armistice Day plea for peace, and says the only way to secure that peace is for young men to refuse to fight. She praises the eight divinity students recently sentenced for refusing to comply with the conscription law, and hopes more men will follow their example.
St. Johns Prep steamrolled Brooklyn Prep in their traditional Thanksgiving Day game at Boys High Field yesterday, 26 to 6, outclassing their longtime rivals in every possible way. St. John's is likely the best schoolboy team in all of Brooklyn this year, even though Brooklyn Prep continues to hold a 13-8 lead in the annual Turkey Day series.
The Americans lost 2-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a tough overtime decision last night at Madison Square Garden. Coach Red Dutton, however, is high on his new goalie, a kid named Charlie Raynor, whose performance late in the game showed much promise for the future.
Minority stockholders of the Philadelphia Phillies have had enough of their team's status as perpetual doormats in the National League, and plan to confront majority stockholder Gerry Nugent at the team's upcoming annual meeting. William H. Harman, vice president of the Baldwin Locomotive Works, and leader of the insurgent group, plans to demand that new capital be brought into the club, whether thru sale of new stock or some other means. "I am anxious," he declared, "for the club to reach a position where it can pay its debts without having to sell star players." The recent sale of Kirby Higbe to the Dodgers for $100,000 cash and three players was acknowledged as the catalyst for the insurgence. Nugent inherited control of the club in 1930 thru his wife, daughter of the late Phillies owner William Baker, and has struggled in recent years to keep the franchise solvent. The club has finished with a winning record only once since 1918.
Brooklyn inventor Ray Gross will be Robert Ripley's guest on this week's "Believe It Or Not!" broadcast, tonight at 10pm over WABC. Mr. Gross is the inventor of a process for embossing phonograph records on paper, creating a record which may be bound within a magazine, and may be played up to 100 times.
(Well, George used to have a business manufacturing dent-proof rubber fenders, so this is actually right up his alley.)
(Hey now! John has his own Irwin!)
("Dan! Can't you be a LITTLE less of a condescending d*ck?")
And in the Daily News...
I don't know that a place called the "Pago-Pago Club" would be much to my taste, but I guess they do have a pretty good floor show.
Never buy a coat that has a fluffier hairdo than you do.
"Pssst! Dude Hennick wears Adlers! Pass it on!"
And we thought the Tecums were numb.
Because nobody will notice that their bike is bleeding.
It's shameful to admit, but I never get tired of seeing Andy Gump get physically humiliated.
Yeah, Wumple used to be on the road himself and he knows all about the galloping dominoes.
Hah on you, Baldy! Who's the hero now!
Ahhh, so we see the rest of the gang is still in school. Can this possibly mean that Harold skipped a grade and graduated early? Harold? Nahhhhh. More likely, he failed the entrance exam for Junior College.
Tyler Durden lurks outside, ready to remind Willie about the "first rule of fight club."
If WWII had simply been a movie, at this point in the story, Greece would be part of the Axis and Italy; one of the Allies.
It's corrupt and those involved should be arrested and the games shut down. But there's also the "how stupid can you be" angle that leaves me only modestly sympathetic to the victims. Today, we solved this problem by legalizing gambling and giving the government a big giant cut.
In the book, The Big Bankroll: The Life and Times of Arnold Rothstein by Leo Katcher published in 1959 (comments here: #8398), there is an excellent scene where you see exactly how these "marks" are seduced into these crooked card games often times as part of a related "business deal."
I don't see many of them anymore, but when I first moved to NYC in the '80s, there were a lot of stores like Davega - often times not chains, just one or two location operations - that sold stereos, TVs, phones and anything else that they could get a deal on or that "fell off the truck." The sales tactics and promotions were outward hucksterism. Some subset of the population has no scruples. That said, as with the card game above, the customer has to be very unaware not to get the game that is going on.
To quote Lizzie, "How do these people sleep at night?" Leave the dog alone.
There were still a few blind newspaper dealers back in the '80s in NYC, one right in the Wall St. district. The wonderful thing is they had to operate on the honor system and it worked. I don't have Lizzie's memory, but I know I read articles on them back in the day and they'd talk about how their customers helped them and how they almost never had any theft. It's our second entry this week in the "NYC: rough city with a heart of gold" category.
John is his own Irwin.
Re Harvard: While I agree with the professor's assessment of politicians, it's interesting to see that "elite" institutions of higher learning already had some incredibly stupid ideas back in 1940
Re Pago-Pago: I hope the News follows up on this one as those two women have some very conflicting tales to tell a judge.
Re "The Neighbors:" Good one.
There was an Arnold Constable near where I grew up, but by the '70s, it was a pretty downmarket effort - chipped linoleum floors, flickering fluorescent lights and open clothing racks on broken wheels. I believe, in its day, the NYC store was pretty high end.
At least his hair is coming in nicely. Heck, ninety plus percent of the things people do to cover up their shortcomings only make them worse as they look obvious and call attention to the issue.
The world is hard, there are a lot of bad people in it and the law can't solve every problem as it, too, can be manipulated; hence (sorry for the broken record answer), we need the Nick Gatts of the world to solve these "extra" legal problems.
Annie calls Nick; Nick gets it and, with his big heart, knows that Billy should stay so he uses his not-approved methods to threaten La Plata - how many clubs does Nick have an interest in (he probably doesn't even have to say much to La Plata as he'd know Nick by reputation) - and problem solved. I'm all for an incorruptible legal system, but until we invent that, we need the Nicks of the world.
Hah, hah on you hero-boy, who's already banged Sherman?
We’re you around for Crazy Eddie? His ads made it into Connecticut where I’m from, and of course we’re on Long Island when I was in college. Guy had no scruples whatsoever and reportedly filled warehouses with empty boxes, with a row of full ones up front so he could show lenders he had security for his loans. But his ads were infectious. My favorite, which I cannot find (I search YouTube on occasion) has the actor wearing a chicken head mask, gesturing and yelling “BAWK! BAWK! BAWK! BAWK! BAWK!!!” and even though there wasn’t a word of English in the entire ad, everyone knew exactly what he was saying.
God yes, growing up as a kid in NJ in the '70s, his commercials stood out even amidst all the schlock that was the '70s.
If memory serves, the bankers finally caught up with him.
Rumania today sealed her bonds with Germany, Italy, and Japan by formally joining the Axis, following Hungary into the bloc by four days in signing up for a ten-year military and economic alliance. By the stroke of a diplomatic pen, Germany thus extended its sphere of influence in the Near East to a point less than 250 miles from the vital Dardanelles. Bulgaria and Slovakia are expected to follow Rumania's example within the next few days. Rumanian dictator Gen. Ion Antonescu, who took power in September after the abdication of King Carol, declared that the alliance has been made "for the purposes of peace."
A savage all-night air raid wreaked havoc on the great British steel and munitions center of Birmingham, as Nazi bombers rained high explosives on churches, homes, hotels, convents, schools, municipal buildings, and stores as well as on factories. Reports state that "entire quarters" of the city have been destroyed and gutted in the raids, and that fires are visible from the French Coast, 170 miles away.
Gabby Hymie Caplin, a fight manager by profession and the alleged head of a crooked gambling ring, spent this morning undergoing rigorous questioning by an assistant to District Attorney William O'Dwyer following his early-morning arrest at his home in Forest Hills. Also booked this morning were three of Caplin's alleged associates in the card-sharking racket, 49-year-old Miss Jean Rubens of the Bronx, and a married couple, 49-year-old Mrs. Gussie Blumenson and 40-year-old Mr. Abraham Blumenson, also of the Bronx. All have been charged with grand larceny on a complaint filed by Mr. Joseph Schwartz of 374 Eastern Parkway, who claimed that the three fleeced him of $1200 in a rigged card game at the Half Moon Hotel, Coney Island, in January of 1938. Police called Caplin the leader of the operation, alleging that it maintained crooked games in resort towns all along the Atlantic Coast.
Caplin has been one of Brooklyn's leading fight managers for nearly twenty years, and is a brother of the late Nathan "Kid Dropper" Kaplan, who was slain in a gang war in Manhattan in August of 1929.
A homeless Southerner strode thru the aisles of a westbound BMT train this morning, brandishing an eight-inch long knife and "threatening Negroes." Crew members forced the man off the train at the DeKalb Avenue station, with one crew member receiving a knife gash in the struggle to subdue him, and he was taken to the Poplar Street police station, where he was identified as 41-year-old Lloyd Arnett, formerly of Swampton, Georgia. Arnett admitted to police that he had been drinking, and was booked for felonious assault and violation of the Sullivan Law.
Two hundred and fifty motor buses are now on order for Brooklyn, leased to replace trolley cars on seven surface lines, and when the first fifty of these buses are in operation, demolition will finally begin on the abandoned Fulton Street L. Mayor LaGuardia authorized the go-ahead today, noting that the requirement for the fifty buses to be in operation first is necessary because power lines for the trolley routes to be discontinued are suspended from the L structure. Those first fifty buses are expected to be delivered within four months, and it is expected that the actual demolition work on the L will begin, at the latest, by April 1941.
A 29-year-old WPA worker has a new overcoat today to replace the one he sacrificed to save the life of a fellow worker who was set on fire in an accident yesterday in a blacksmith shop. Charles Martinelli of Springfield Gardens was working at the Wallabout yard of the Bureau of Highways, when Joseph Sullivan of 742 St. Mark's Avenue, a city engineer, came running out of the blacksmith shop with his clothing ablaze. Martinelli tackled Sullivan and smothered the flames with his coat. Sullivan was taken to Cumberland Hospital, where he is in critical condition with severe burns, but is expected to survive. Police say that Sullivan's working clothes were soaked in oil, and ignited when he got too close to a forge. Martinelli's overcoat was destroyed in the effort to snuff the flames, but Harry Marcus, manager of the Sears and Roebuck Store at Bedford Avenue and Beverly Road has presented him with a new one in recognition of his heroic deed.
Officers and enlisted men at Camp Upton are making final preparations for the arrival Monday of the first contingent of draftees to be processed for their obligatory year of military service under the Conscription Law. The new recruits' first taste of Army life will be one of roast beef, mashed potatoes, and gravy, with a full dinner to be served when they first arrive, prior to their being officially sworn in. The new soldiers will then be taken to tents where, in groups of six, they will spend their first night as wards of Uncle Sam. The following morning they will arise at the sounding of a bugle at 6:30 AM, and will receive their new wardrobe, consisting of two fatigue shirts of blue denim, an overcoat, a raincoat, an olive-drab blouse, two black neckties, two pairs of olive-drab woolen trousers, a pair of canvas leggings, two pairs of tan field shoes, four white handkerchiefs, a web belt, four pairs of woolen socks, three pairs of white cotton underwear, two blue denim fatigue hats, one overseas cap, a winter helmet, a pair of woolen gloves, and a pair of "US" collar insignia.
"King Koko's Ma" writes to Helen Worth sympathizing with Biddy Biggs and her family problems, noting that her own boy, "King Koko" has the habit of embarrassing her. He was assigned to make a "Welcome" poster for Open School Week, but not satisfied with just putting "Welcome" on it, he drew a picture of a top-hatted drunk leaning against a lamppost, saying to a policeman "Shorry Offisher -- I was hurrying to Open School Week!" Helen is greatly amused by this.
("The preceding joke came to you by means of electrical transcription.")
Tomorrow's game at Ebbets Field could be Ace Parker's Brooklyn football swan song, with the Dodger star's three year contract expiring at the close of the National Football League season and all indications being that he will hold to his earlier announcement that he is retiring from the gridiron to focus on baseball. Parker is the property of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and played well at shortstop during 1940 for the Bucs' International League farm club at Syracuse. It was while playing for the Chiefs last summer that he broke his ankle, an injury from which, if his football performance this year is any indication, he has fully recovered. Don't tell anyone, but Ace's real name is "Clarence."
A major Philadelphia newspaper is joining the stockholder insurgence against Phillies president Gerry Nugent. The Philadelphia Record yesterday published an article revealing that Nugent and his wife have been drawing $20,000 salaries from the club, despite the fact that the Phils haven't paid a dividend in fifteen years. Nugent has refused comment on the article. Minority stockholders this week announced a campaign against Nugent, who has repeatedly sold Phillies stars for large sums of cash to keep the franchise afloat, with one report putting the total amount of money brought in by these deals over the latter half of the 1930s in excess of $700,000. That does not include the $100,000 paid to the Phils by the Dodgers in the Kirby Higbe deal, but does include Brooklyn's $45,000 purchase of Dolph Camilli in 1938.
At the Patio this week it's Alfred Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent," paired with "Blondie Has Servant Trouble." And don't forget to "FOLLOW THE ARROW FOR CASH TONIGHT!"
WMCA becomes the second radio station in the metropolitan area to move to a full 24-hours-a-day operating schedule, starting on December 1st, following the successful example of WNEW. But WMCA will eschew the jitterbug tunes that fill WNEW's overnight air, instead promising soft music, waltzes, poetry readings, an employment period, and a morning sunrise service to fill the hours from midnight to 7 AM.
(If Sparky's new superhero uniform is to be nothing but a pair of gym shorts, than I, for one, approve.)
("Sounds good. Pardon me while I fetch whatever's left of my life savings after that elephant deal.")
(Yeah, it might be more intimidating if Bill and Slim had thought to pick up a couple of thugs along the way.)
(Wait, what? We don't get to see the final, glorious, climactic charge? Whassamatter, Marsh, you hung over?)
And in the Daily News...
Ahhh, Peggy Joyce. Back in the twenties, she *owned* Page Four. As long as Peaches and Daddy were around, she couldn't make it to Page One, but Page Four was hers and hers alone.
"Lookitiss, Joe!." says Sally. "Flatbush! Six rooms! We could takeinnaboa'da, annat'd pay'tmorgage! An' look -- BUckminsta! At's rightneeah Ebbets Feel!" "Yeah," says Joe. "Right near ya ma, too." "Izzit? I hennat'ottat'at."
"B'sides," says Joe. "Lookitwatteygottin Flatbush. Deat' traps."
I'm an awful person but I'm really enjoying this.
"Indeed, sir," says Sam. "One moment while I plait this whip of cords."
Shady? I'll say he's shady.
You *better* have something in mind, because a few pistols aren't going to cut it.
OK, so what's the racket? Bootlegging? Drug smuggling? Counterfeiting? Vice? Running an illegal sweatshop?
Never stick your nose into things that don't concern you, especially if you have a big fat round one.
It is incredible that England was able to survive the pounding it took. It's still just over a year till America even enters the war and England is being bomb heavily almost every night.
The mob stuck-car story doesn't sound right - something is off in it.
This teenage boy does not have his priorities straight.
Eyes up here, he has a brain you know.
Shockingly, the elephant gambit had more promise. And I hope Tootsie is okay - he deserved better than he got.
Line of the Day: Miss Joyce...being currently out of husbands....
""Izzit? I hennat'ottat'at." Also, Sally, your nose just got a bit longer.
Line of the Day runner up: Lay down my insurance papers and come here.
There is no way that King is taking this where we think it could go, but the implication is creepily clear.
Add to your list plain old featherbedding and stealing - selling off some of the Pipdyke's raw materials or final product on the side.
Greek troops, inspired by the fall of Koritza were reported today to have split the retreating Italian army in two, driving a spearhead from the Pindus Mountain sector straight thru the Fascist lines. According to a report from the United Press, Italian general headquarters admitted that the Italian forces driven out of Koritza still were in retreat despite action by the Italian Air Force in harassing Greek operations in Albania.
Nazi raids on London abated today, but the RAF continued its raid on German-held ports along the French coast. Reports from the coast indicated that the British assault on enemy positions covered a wide area.
Simmering unrest between factions in Brooklyn's Local 860 of the Brotherhood of Painter, Decorators, and Paperhangers of America broke out into the open today, as one faction threw a picket line around the local's headquarters at 129 Livingston Street, demanding the resignation of the present governing council, and accusing Jack Krasnitz, recently named business agent of the local, of being a member of the Communist Party. The faction is aligned with former business agent Jacob Wellner, who was suspended by the council on allegations that he was allied with gangsters. The secretary-treasurer of Local 860, Samuel Freeman, stated today that Wellner was removed after being found unfit for office, and as far as Krasnitz's political affiliations are concerned, the Union does not meddle in such matters.
As charges are pending against fight manager Hymie Caplin and his alleged accomplices in a long-standing cardsharking operation, consider the case of a man the Eagle will call "Mr. John Dough." Mr. Dough was playing stud poker one night at a table of seven players in a room at the St. George Hotel and, acting as dealer, received what appeared to be a solid hand with an ace as his hole card -- only to lose big thanks to a "cold deck" slipped into the game by one of his fellow "friendly players." That deck consisted of fifty-two legitimate cards, stacked in a certain way to produce a predetermined result, and was substituted for the original, after the shuffle and the cut, during a staged distraction that drew Mr. Dough's attention away from the table for just a moment. That moment, for these specialists in card manlipulation, was just long enough. Mr. Dough ended up losing $10,000 that night, and his story is just one of several now on the desk of Assistant District Attorney John Rooney as part of his ongoing probe of the gambling ring's extensive operations. It is one of a number of proven tactics used by the sharks to consume their prey.
Meanwhile, Caplin himself, out on $25,000 bail, made his usual dapper appearance as he walked into the 20th Century Sporting Club on Broadway to collect his share of the take for the Lew Jenkins-Pete Lello fight. Caplin, who is Jenkins' manager, denied any involvement in the $4,000,000 card swindle, and declared that he was "more concerned about the outcome of the fight than about the rap."
Radio star Billy Jones, of the team of Jones and Hare, collapsed and died last night while walking along Broadway near 49th Street in Manhattan. The 53-year-old singing comedian was carrying a script in his pocket for his next broadcast, which was to have taken place this afternoon over station WMCA. Mr. Jones had teamed with the late Ernest Hare for years in a song and patter act on phonograph records before the team made its radio debut in 1922 as "The Happiness Boys," and they had been on the air more or less continuously until Mr. Hare passed away in March of 1939. Since then, Mr. Jones had teamed with Mr. Hare's daughter Marilyn in a program sponsored by a Manhattan furniture company.
Long Island residents are outraged by the treatment given their home by a new New York State guidebook prepared by the WPA Writers' Project. The volume, released this week by Oxford University Press "pays scant attention" to Long Island's 125-mile stretch of beaches, parks, industries, homes, and many historic sites, and has generated charges from Long Islanders that "political bias" or "downright ignorance" are responsible for the slight mention given the area in the book. Mayor Horace T. Sherwood of Glen Cove expressed the hope that the reason for the omissions is that the WPA is preparing a separate, comprehensive book devoted solely to the history and attractions of Long Island.
Great Britain has a new scheme in mind to taunt its German foes. A BBC Television committee is proposing to beam a series of scenes into Germany of well-laid British tables, in hopes of calling the attention of Germans and their continental collaborators to their own scanty ersatz meals.
(No thanks. The devil finds work for idle feet.)
Old Timer Mrs. Mae Measerole Martin of Greenpoint says her family has lived in the Garden Spot Of The World since the seventeenth century, and says that her own first memory is being held up to her nursery window to see Halley's Comet in the night sky.
("Hah!" says Joe. "Halley's Comet! My ol' man wennupponna roof wit'a spyglass an' looked at Halley's Comet. So did ev'ybuddy -- 'atuzon'y t'oity years ago!" Indeed it was, Joe -- and since there aren't too many thirty year olds on the Old Timers Page, we must assume that Mrs. Martin is referring to the Comet's visit in 1837. Which would make her at least 103 and probably 104 or 105 years old if she retains a memory of it. Possible, but unlikely. More likely she saw either Donati's Comet in 1858 or the unnamed Comet of 1861 and assumed it was Halley's because that's the only named comet most people know.)
Rev. C. Everett Wagner of the Actors Clothing Bureau of the Union Methodist Church in Manhattan writes in to ask Brooklynites to donate old clothes and shoes to help poor and struggling actors and actresses as the winter draws on. Many of these honest members of the theatrical profession appear with holes worn in their shoes and their rain-soaked coats in tatters as the cold weather season approaches, and all are helped without regard for race or creed. Telephone CIrcle 6-5940 to receive instructions on how you can help.
(It was a fact in 1940, as it is a fact now, that most people in show business earn little more than subsistence. One actress I knew, when she wasn't doing radio or stage, had to take a side job demonstrating soap in Macy's window, and she considered herself lucky to get it. )
(Ah, the Simplex Typewriter! I had one, and it was of absolutely no help in actually learning to type. I didn't want to mess around with toys, I had work to do.)
Penn squeaked past Cornell 22-20 to bring a dramatic end to collegiate football's regular season, as 80,000 fans at Franklin Field in Philadelphia gaped in astonishment at the prone corpse of what might have been the greatest Cornell team ever. Penn's rooters roared with excitement as Francis Xavier Reagan scored three touchdowns, but the piece de resistance came on a 21-yard field goal off the toe of Penn quarterback Gene Davis.
In schoolboy football, Madison trampled New Utrecht 33-0 at Ebbets Field, with the Bensonhurst boys having not a chance against their hated rivals. Utrecht has won only once in the fourteen-year history of the Madison rivalry.
Although the mathematical chances of the Football Dodgers tying the Washington Redskins for first place in the Eastern Division of the National Football League are exceedingly slim, the Grid Flock goes into today's game against the Cleveland Rams playing for keeps. Ceremonies honoring Ace Parker, who may be playing his final game for the Dodgers, will take place before the kickoff at Ebbets Field at 2 pm.
Baseball's winter meetings begin in Atlanta on December 4th, and when the trade marts open, Larry MacPhail will have his wares spread and ready for dickering. It's well known that Luke Hamlin and Babe Phelps will likely not be wearing Brooklyn flannels in 1941, and that they are most likely to be heading to St. Louis for Mickey Owen. But there are other possible deals as well, with the poverty-stricken Phillies looking to move pitcher Hugh Mulcahy and infielder Joe Marty, and the Giants likely to find a new home for catcher Harry Danning. MacPhail has expressed interest in Danning, but the Giants would be unlikely to send the hard-hitting backstop to their arch-rivals. The Bees are also likely to try once again to move outfielder Max West, whom the Dodgers were said last winter to covet, only to settle for Joe Vosmik instead. Vosmik has also been mentioned as possible trade bait this winter, and he is a known quantity in Boston, where he enjoyed two good seasons with the Red Sox.
The King of Bulgaria, who may be looking for work soon, fronts TREND this week...
Tonight at 7:30 PM on WABC, the Gulf Screen Guild Theatre presents Errol Flynn, Jane Wyman, Nan Grey, and Alan Hale in "Allergic to Ladies." Tune in
(For a denizen of the arid Southwest, Red Ryder sure does spend a lot of time getting wet.)
(I don't know if "Private Lives" appears in any London paper, but if it does, His Majesty King George VI is looking at it today and thinking "not as special as a Yankee tart who turns into a duchess.")
(There's an angle Wilmer Bobble never thought of.)
(Yes indeed. Now do something about that fat fool before he eats out the entire base cafeteria.)
(It always comes down to "mine's bigger than yours.")
And in the Daily News...
The little time I've spent in Bar Harbor leads me to think that cheesy archdukes would be right at home there even today.
Joe's number isn't likely to come up until next year, but he and Sally have been married since 1937 and the draft board couldn't possibly think they were thinking that far ahead.
So, once again -- who is looking after Junior while Tracy and Tess are away? The Chief? Hah! You think he'd do a favor for a man who wouldn't even buy him a new suitcase?
"Annie! Fetch a millstone and some rope."
Awwww, Bim named a ship after Min. I bet he's got a dinghy named after Andy.
Seriously, though, could Joy look any less happy? I give it a month.
Astonishing as it may seem, Harold was the star of the Covina High team, and now that he's graduated they seem doomed to a long and dismal dry spell.
Pssst -- leave the leaves where they fall. It's better for the bees.
"Bounder!" Well, that's a lot coming from a cad!
That’s probably the last time the Leafs won at MSG, at least it feels that way.
I don't know anymore about this than is in this paragraph, but there is some humor value in the union, effectively, picketing itself.
I know I mentioned this the other day, but there are some great descriptions and explanation of this ⇧ in the book, The Big Bankroll: The Life and Times of Arnold Rothstein by Leo Katcher published in 1959 (comments here: #8398).
The thing is, these games were so corrupt - and it seems like everyone knew they were - that you almost feel that the "suckers" were fine with losing as they were so desperate for the action - or something like that. What rational person thinks he or she is going to show up in a city that he or she doesn't know, be taken to an illegal card game by someone he or she just met and be treated fairly?
Based on Long Island ocean-front real estate prices today, that slight has been corrected.
Yup, I've had many friends in that situation over the years. They get a few small roles or even okay-sized roles, but not continuously, and have to do something (waiting tables, working in retail stores, etc.) to pay the bills between roles. It is a field that way, way, way more people want to be in than there are well-paying roles to support them.
The printing press looks like a good toy, but I can see things going wrong with a child and a lot of ink.
"Fine, fine, you won't let it go. So, I'll interrupt my vacation and buy you a damn suitcase."
Tracy an hour later: "I want the cheapest, worst-made one you got."
Separately, I get it, Junior's just a kid, but he really didn't think this one through.
Wonder if Klek could help with "Covid" hands from all the hand washing we all do now?
It was so much fun tweaking everyone with her "I don't care about money" bit when she had it, but after she's bought her second box of Klek for her red and cracking hands, she'll be missing daddy's millions. I might take the over on a month, but not six.
No Smiln' Jack in the Chicago trib for Sunday, Lizzie posts Smilin Jack from Sunday's Eagle news paper.
No Smiln' Jack in Thursday's Chicago Daily Tribune. This is the week that kicks off Christmas shopping.
Wow, reading a week's worth of "Smilin' Jacks" in a row (I skipped the news, I'll go back to that later) was exciting and exhausting. It has a different vibe done that way than when it is spooned out slowly over the week.
Fun stuff, thank you for posting them.
Some honeymoon for Joy -- chasing after that lout Downwind. No wonder she looks like she's got a mad on in her wedding photo.
Seventeen of the first sixty-one Brooklyn men to be drafted for military service under the conscription law were rejected today as physically unfit for the Army. Although all of the men had been previously examined and passed under the jurisdiction of their local draft boards, the examination conducted today at the 245th Coast Artillery Army under direct military supervision was considerably more stringent, and brought out hitherto-unknown defects in the selectees. Reasons for rejection ranged from tuberculosis to a spinal cyst. Four of the men were rejected for lacking the required number of teeth. The rejections mean that Brooklyn failed to meet its quota of sixty men for the first shipment to Camp Upton. and Colonel Arthur V. McDermott, chief of Selective Service for New York City declined to comment on the situation until more of the facts are known.
The forty-four men who passed the examination were inducted into the Army by 1:30 this afternoon, and sat around the Army waiting for buses to transport them to the Long Island Railroad station where they were due to depart for Camp Upton at 3:15 PM.
Seven or eight "armed men" and a woman are being sought in the continuing investigation of the Brooklyn card-shark ring. It is believed that Miss Frances Cohen, sister of Mrs. Jennie Rubin, already in custody, is being sought for questioning on suspicion that she was used by the gang to lure rich suckers to hotel rooms where they were then fleeced in crooked poker games, although Assistant District Attorney John Rooney, in charge of the investigation, has declined to confirm that rumor. It is believed that in total thirty-eight persons will appear before a Grand Jury in connection with the probe. Yesterday, fight manager Hymie Caplin, alleged to be the ringleader of the operation, again protested his innocence, declaring "I don't even know how to play cards."
Brownie the Dog has won another lease on life in his ongoing court case, with City Court Justice Louis Goldstein reserving decision on an application by the Board of Health to have the five-year-old cocker spaniel turned over to the ASPCA for execution. Brownie, owned by Miss Ruth Fucelli and her mother Pauline of 417 40th Street was sentenced to die earlier this year for biting three persons. The case took an unexpected turn when it was learned that Brownie's license was issued to Miss Fucelli four years ago -- when she was only thirteen years of age. The question of whether a dog license can be issued to a minor raised the further question of whether there can be legal redress against a dog licensed to a minor.
Former king of the Brooklyn bail bond racket Abraham Frosch, and his parents, Irvin and Lena Frosch, have received their reward for aiding Assistant Attorney General John H. Amen in his ongoing probe of corruption in Brooklyn. Abe Frosch's prison sentence for forgery and perjury was suspended by Supreme Court Justice John MacCrate, and indictments against the elder Frosches were dismissed, because, according to the Justice, it was they who persuaded their son to come clean to Amen and tell what he knew about police corruption in the borough.
The US Supreme Court today ruled that exclusion of qualified Negroes from service on grand juries not only violates the Constitution, but "is at war with our basic concepts of a democratic society and a free government." The ruling overturned the conviction of Edgar Smith of Houston, Texas, who had been been sentenced to life imprisonment for assaulting a white woman after being indicted by a grand jury from which Negroes were "systematically excluded." Justice Hugo Black, delivering the unanimous decision, stated that a jury must "be a body truly representative of the community."
Sonja Henie's Ice Revue will go on as scheduled after the touring ice show was idled in Texas by a strike. One hundred supporting skaters in the show, represented by the American Guild of Variety Artists, ended their walkout after a conference between the producer and the union's local secretary. The skaters were demanding a raise from $60 per week to $75.
"An American Born Citizen" writes in to second the recent letter demanding that speaking foreign languages in public, and the publication of foreign language newspapers, be banned in the United States. "What a terrible thing it is to ride in a street car and see a man or woman pull out a foreign paper and boldly read it," Citizen declares. "What a nerve it is for these same people to walk along our streets or enjoy the beauty of our playgrounds and converse in a foreign tongue."
(As James Cagney would say, "Gai kaken oifen yam!")
(There actually were wildcat "parlor banks" that invested money in racing tips, but they were usually not run by identical fat bald guys in leather chairs.)
Ace Parker Day was all that could have been hoped for as the man himself led the Football Dodgers to a 14-9 win yesterday to close out the National Football League season at Ebbets Field. The Grid Flock still has one more game to play, next Sunday, against the Giants at the Polo Grounds, and that game will be the biggest of the year for Jock Sutherland's surprising squad. If the Dodgers beat the Giants next Sunday -- and if, and this is a big if, the Philadelphia Eagles drop the Redskins at Washington, then Washington and Brooklyn will finish the season in a dead tie atop the Eastern Division, forcing a playoff to decide the title. All this will require something perhaps short of a major miracle, but a miracle nonetheless -- the Dodgers haven't beaten the Giants in ten years, and the Eagles are the opposite of undefeated on the 1940 campaign, with a dismal 0-9 record.
The fans were good to Mr. Parker, presenting him with a new Buick sedan in pre-game ceremonies. Other gifts included a gold watch and a new pair of football shoes from his teammates -- in hopes that he'll reconsider his decision to retire -- and a set of golf clubs in case he doesn't. Abe Stark, the "Hit Sign Win Suit" man, was also on hand to present Ace with a new suit of clothes. Mrs. Parker wasn't left out either, receiving a $100 gift certificate for a new outfit from Martin's.
Oscar Vitt, deposed manager of the Cleveland Indians, has landed a new job, signing to manage the Portland Beavers in the Pacific Coast League. Vitt had been rumored as in the running to land a job with the Jersey City Giants, but was passed over for that position. Vitt will earn $10,000 next year, running a club that finished last in the Coast League in 1940. The Beavers presently have no major league affiliation, but Vitt says he is hoping that will change.
The Americans iced the Montreal Canadiens last night at the Garden by a score of 2-1. The win hauls the Amerks out of the National Hockey League cellar, and drops Les Canadiens into their place.
WNEW's overnight Milkman Stan Shaw will shift his broadcasting hours from 2AM to 7 to 1AM to 6. The station denies the move has anything to do with the new WMCA overnight program to be hosted by Alan Courtney that will give the metropolitan area a choice of night-owl listening.
(There are times when I wonder if Boody Rogers is Salvador Dali incognito. Panel Three is one of those times.)
(After thirty years of marriage, you'd think Jo would be used to it by now.)
(Is Lichty guest-writing this week?)
(Of course our government has heard of your work -- you're a SECRET OPERATIVE, right? Unless you actually have no authorization at all and carry a badge you got in a box of Post Toasties. Hmmmmm.)
And in the Daily News...
Which chain store is Mr. McNulty an executive of? Because hopefully he won't be for long.
Hey, Harriet's a bona fide star of bandstand and radio. I hope the check won't bounce.
No soapy chunk of salt pork at H&H -- it's bacon or nothing!
Sam is not Nick, but he is becoming Nick-ish. "Now the harvest time begins."
And that, kids, is why you shouldn't play in traffic.
I hope this story goes on forever.
Maybe Wilmer wasn't so bad to have around after all.
It must be hard to live in a world where everywhere you go, people are waiting to beat you up.
Wait'll you get promoted to the production line.
In addition to the book I've mentioned the past few days, there's also a pretty good movie with card sharks, cheats, dirty games, out-of-town suckers, etc., as part of the plot. It's "Gambling Lady" from 1934 (comments here: #27866) with the always enjoyable Barbara Stanwyck.
Wow, the Frosches cut a heck of a good deal.
Freedom: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." -Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride.
And Cagney spouting Yiddish in "Taxi" (something you introduced me to) is a gem of a little moment in movie and social history that we are lucky to have today.
$10,000 is way more than most MLB players made in 1940, so to get that managing a non-major-league team sounds like an awful lot of money for that job.
I hear ya, but have to say no as all the men have full heads of hair.
We talk about it all the time, but TV, movie and comic-strip characters need to follow the rule of making sure that the person who can hurt you, that you think is dead, is really dead. So many things go wrong when you don't check that the person is actually dead.
This reminded me, I meant to ask yesterday - I didn't see a "Terry and the Pirates" in the paper, did the scan not come through?
And, yes, the Dragon Lady plays the game at a level of coldness and calculation that few ever do.
It's bro-code time: "I want to date your sister and you're in the way - get it? Good, now that that's settled, about your whistling."