The Era -- Day By Day

Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by LizzieMaine, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Police hunted thru the city today for a desperate thug, wounded in a gunfight with police last night in Brownsville, a battle that resulted also in the wounding of a middle-aged housewife. Thousands of men, women, and children flooded into the intersection of Chester Street and Dumont Avenue to witness the exchange of gunfire, after the bandit held up the Morris Beef Company butcher shop, at 319 Dumont Avenue around 7PM. The robber approached the counter clerk, Abe Klein, produced a gun, and demanded the contents of the cash drawer. As the bandit fled with $40 from the till, Klein immediately telephoned the police, and radio cars were at the scene within minutes. Patrolmen combed the neighborhood along with Klein, until they spotted the gunman in the crowd at the Chester Bar and Grill. Confrontation of the suspect led to a fist fight, and when the policemen were knocked to the floor, the robber fled into the street, with the officers opening fire as he escaped. The gunman returned fire, and was wounded in the exchange -- as was 50-year-old Mrs. Sophie Gottlieb of 308 Chester Street, who just happened to be passing the bar and grill as the gunfire erupted. Mrs. Gottlieb was hit in the chest, and was taken to Kings County Hospital for emergency treatment, as patrolmen continued their pursuit. A trail of blood on the street led to a building at 334 Chester Street and then out a rear exit to a vacant lot off Bristol Street and Lavonia Avenue. There, the trail was lost. Patrons at the bar told police they did not recognize the gunman as being from the neighborhood, and no one had seen him before.

    President Roosevelt may follow his Federal seizure of the North American airplane factory in Inglewood, California with a similar action to take control of an Aluminum Company of America plant in Cleveland, where CIO die-casters went on strike yesterday, even as the Defense Mediation Board was attempting to resolve a dispute between the workers and the corporation. Congress, meanwhile, is said to be prepared to take action of its own to pass legislation removing all doubt as to the legality of the President's seizure of defense plants.

    In Inglewood, a one-mile "no man's land" was established around the North American Aviation plant as workers trickled back to the factory after the plant was seized by the Army yesterday. CIO strikers resumed their picketing, but were kept outside the one-mile exclusion zone by a ring of bayonet-wielding troops backed up by machine-gun emplacements. About 3000 of the plant's 12,000 workers have returned to their benches after the seizure.

    A former sailor working as a Navy counterspy in California is reported to have captured two Japanese spies, one of them a former valet to film star Charles Chaplin. 56-year-old Toriachi Kono of Los Angeles, Chaplin's one-time valet and chauffeur, approached Al D. Blake a year ago, asking if he'd be interested in earning "a little extra money" by supplying naval information to his associate, 39-year-old Japanese Imperial Navy commander Itaro Tatibana. Blake agreed to the scheme, and made two trips to Honolulu, Hawaii to gather information, with Tatibana paying all his expenses. Blake then turned Kono and Tatibana over to Naval Intelligence. Federal agents raided Tatibana's Los Angeles apartment, where they found quantities of "illicit material." Tatibana told investigators he was legitimately in the United States as a "student of American language and customs," but authorities say his real mission was to buy oil for the Japanese Government.

    Parks Commissioner Robert Moses stated today that he will back away from the proposed relocation of the statue of General Grant from Bedford Avenue to Manhattan, because he doesn't want to get involved in what he termed "a petty local squabble." Mr. Moses made his statement in a letter to William J. Halloran of the Kings County Allied War Veterans Council, even as veterans' and civic groups were lining up their forces to back up Borough President John Cashmore's scheduled meeting today with the Municipal Arts Commission, in which Brooklyn opposition to the statue move was to be laid out. Mr. Moses did, however, renew his suggestion that it "would be a fine gesture" for the people of Brooklyn to donate the statue, a Bedford Avenue landmark for over forty years, for display in front of Grant's Tomb on Riverside Drive.

    "Madcap Babs" Taylor is under double guard today at the Nassau County Jail as she awaits sentencing following her conviction for wrecking a police telephone booth last month. The 27 year old Roslyn Heights heiress was found guilty of malicious mischief after an hour and forty minutes of deliberation last night, and District Judge Norman Lent stated that he will order that Miss Taylor undergo a thorough psychiatric examination before he passes sentence. "If she is not a mental case," declared the judge, "then I shall deal with her accordingly." Miss Taylor also has a long record of traffic violations and confrontations with police, but only two, including a reckless driving conviction, were brought up during her trial.

    (What a strange melange this picture is. Take a 1930s British stage comedy about a transatlantic romance, graft a wartime spy plot onto it, sprinkle with just a dusting of propaganda, and hope for the best. Maybe it's "KISSterically funny," maybe it isn't, but it's the only time you'll ever see Dame May Whitty and Billy Gilbert in the same film. And who says Berle is "America's Number 1 Comedian?" His mother?)

    (Forget Helen Worth, they need Mary.)

    (Bets on whether Pittsburgh Phil will toin yella are now being taken in the back room at Midnight Rose's.)

    Mrs. A. M. writes in to Dr. Brady to ask if it's true that a little bit of whisky taken now and then is of medicinal benefit to the elderly. The good doctor declares that "for the decrepit and crabbed, difficult to live with, irritable and peevish, a lot of alcohol in any form is beneficial." He recommends whisky, brandy, rum, wine, beer or ale taken after lunch and supper every day, and if the old person in question is resistant to the idea of strong drink, the alcohol can be administered in the form of various "beef extracts" or "tonic supplements" which carry a significant alcohol content.

    (I'd give a lot to know to know what Doc Brady's family life is like.)

    (It's hell to be Gifted and Talented.)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Tue__Jun_10__1941_(5).jpg ("FREY!" hisses Sally. "FREY! Heeza one spiked Petey! It's HIS fault Petey los' his job! I hope I don' nevva see 'at bum onna subway. He'll t'ink HE's been spiked once I get done wittim!" "Lookit t'time," declares Joe, reaching for his cap and jacket. "FREY!" growls Sally, paying no attention. "What I won't DO ta him!")

    (You can do better, toots.)

    (Maybe it's time to try a new city.)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Tue__Jun_10__1941_(9).jpg (Never trust an old man whose hair whooshes up to points.)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Tue__Jun_10__1941_(10).jpg ("Listen, Irwin, I'm getting pretty tired of you interrupting me with all these stupid questions. You're the comedy relief. Remember your place.")
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  2. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    And in the Daily News...

    Daily_News_Tue__Jun_10__1941_.jpg The phony name isn't fooling anybody. That's Doc Brady's kid.

    But how does it stand up straight like that and not ooze all over the plate?

    You tell 'em, Ruthie!

    You can't fool a dog.

    Daily_News_Tue__Jun_10__1941_(4).jpg "Uh, all of them."

    Yeah, wish you'd paid attention to Connie when he tried to teach you Chinese, don'cha kid?

    Daily_News_Tue__Jun_10__1941_(6).jpg Cue the passionate tryst. Too bad you don't have a back seat.

    Daily_News_Tue__Jun_10__1941_(7).jpg Congratulations, Chig -- that's the first smart decision you've made since you got here.

    It isn't like Plushie doesn't fool around on the side. Gander, meet goose.

    She might be young, but she's experienced.
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  3. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    "Bandit" is a word that, if not disappearing, is rarely used to describe a present-day criminal anymore. Also, what is wrong with these people; the smart move is to get away from a gunfight when it's in progress.

    I wonder if this movie is tied up in some dispute or buried in some company that doesn't rent it out to TV stations as, from memory, I've never even seen it on a schedule. It's one I'd definitely watch.

    Seriously, maybe the letter was really answered by Lichty.

    Under a pseudonym, Joe will soon be writing to Helen Worth or, heck, Doctor Brady.

    I get it's comic-strip land, but did they sign a lease or not?

    To be sure, this story is going to have a Dickens/Wonderful Life lesson, but I grew up in a part of NJ where, in the '70s, the last of the farms were being sold off for housing developments for just this reason. The land was more valuable that way than as farmland. It wasn't evil, just changing demographics, business mix and rational economics.

    Good one, Lizzie.

    The cruise line story will be interesting to follow as, as you note often, "Coming Events Cast Their Shadows Before...."

    Either a lot of some binding agent or artistic license.

    In the Fading Fast household, I'm usually the one racing over to H&H for the day's pie, but my girlfriend would beat me out of the house for today's offering.

    I admit to be a sucker for happy moments, but panel four tells you why their crazy marriage works - the love each other under all the fighting.

    Alternative Skeezix trolling Chig version:

    Chigs: ...what can he do?
    Skeezix [casually]: Oh, he's trained in toupee repair and stylizing.
  4. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

    Chicago, IL US
    Thousands...? Perhaps a bit hyperbolic as gunfights usually do not last long; and, public prescience is rare
    like steak. What is interesting is that Mrs Gottlieb may die; opening the Felony Murder Doctrine although the
    actual errant round may have been fired by police. The FMD itself is held in some juris contempt because of its
    doctrinaire imposition which relegates the learned judge to a limited role, but is expansive in other aspects;
    such as when a noninvolved individual leaps inside the "actor's shoes" thereby becoming complicit in murder.
    The doctrine imposes 1st degree murder against the criminal suspect/defendant, and any actor whom by his
    action involves himself in the underlying crime. This involve may be aberrant, neither necessarily premeditated
    nor inherently causative to the criminal conduct itself. A fairly recent street homicide in Georgia became complicated
    from a prosecutorial view when a third party elected to involve himself in the killing of a pedestrian by driving
    his pickup truck directly into the scene and using his vehicle to block the victim's escape. This action was never
    explained by the driver-defendant during a televised CNN interview but his lawyer, agreeing to a paid interview
    by his likely indigent client, attempted some spin control over the interview to limit his client's speech.
    The interview video should become a staple for all One-L criminal law students.
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  5. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Pretty much all the pre-1948 Paramount talkies not directed by Billy Wilder or starring the Marx Brothers, Hope and Crosby, or W. C. Fields have disappeared into movie limbo. All 750 of these features were sold by Paramount to MCA, which distributed them to local television in various packages well into the 1980s -- but since then, with all the various mergers -- MCA to Universal to NBC/Universal -- they've been shoved into a vault and pretty much completely forgotten. I saw many of these films in the 70s and 80s when Channel 38 out of Boston owned one of these packages, but very few of them have shown up anywhere since. I know TCM has leased selected titles -- the Lubitsch and Preston Sturges films most notably -- but run-of-the-mill Paramount programmers like "One Night In Lisbon" have pretty much no chance of showing up anywhere unless NBC/Universal decides to start its own old-movie streaming channel. Which, judging from their present attitude toward these films, is not likely ever to happen.

    It's a real loss. 1930/early 40s Paramount features were the most urbane, sophisticated pictures put out by any Hollywood studio, with a look, a feel, and a sound unlike any others. I'm glad I got to see the ones I did, but I'd sure like to be able to see more of them.
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  6. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    I had an incomplete memory of you explaining all this to me before - thank you. It's such a shame as I'm sure TCM would be happy to show them as that is the only way TCM can get "new" product.

    Since TCM seems to be thriving right now - more hosts, more specials, more projects and a general energy that you can just feel - I imagine they'd be able to pay a fair price (similar to what they pay to rent the other movies they show).

    Maybe one day that or, as you suggest, a direct streaming service will open these movies up. I'd love to seem them. Normally, if there is money to be made, eventually, the stuff will come back to the surface, so we can hope.
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  7. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Police will converge in Flatbush tonight in an all-out effort to capture "The Lone Wolf," daring second-story burglar who has terrorized the district over the past month. Last night the masked burglar struck again at the home of Eugene P. Golden, 146 Argyle Road, relieving the householder of his watch and some cash after leading him around the house at gunpoint demanding the location of valuables. The robbery was interrupted by Mr. Golden's mother, who, awakened by the noise, emerged from her bedroom and frightened the bandit away. Mr. Golden told police he returned home last night to find the burglar already at work in his house. From evidence gathered at previous burglaries police believe "The Lone Wolf" to be a small, agile man who wears children's size-5 shoes. Detectives from the Lawrence Avenue precinct will comb the section this evening with orders to "bring him in."

    The Defense Mediation Board today characterized a strike at the Bohn Aluminum and Brass Company's plant in Detroit as "a serious threat" to American defense production, and ordered both sides in the labor dispute to resume production. A Department of Labor conciliator will be dispatched to Detroit today and will require representatives of both sides to meet with him to negotiate an agreement that will provide for immediate resumption of work.

    All aluminum manufacturing, and all processing of scrap aluminum, in the United States has been placed under Federal defense priorities. Under that ruling by the Office of Production Management, civilian production of aluminum goods may not be undertaken by any manufacturer until all defense orders have been filled.

    The North American Aviation plant in Inglewood, California is nearly back at full production today after Federal troops took control of the factory, despite threats of renewed labor action in the wake of the suspension of 10 CIO union men, three of whom were said to have been instrumental in calling the strike at the plant last week. A delegation of union members conferred this morning, and found themselves surrounded as they discussed the situation by four carloads of soldiers. The meeting voted to resume work, but promised to continue efforts to get the ten suspended employees reinstated.

    A self-declared former Communist declared today that the present wave of strikes in the defense industry are part of "the Communist strategy" for overthrowing the existing system. Testifying against suspended City College registrar John Kenneth Axley in a departmental trial in Manhattan, Dr. Ruben Goetsky, who claims to have belonged to the Communist Party between 1930 and 1933, stated that the purposes of the strikes are to "disarm the bourgeoisie and arm the proletariat." Ackley was suspended from his duties with City College as a result of the Rapp-Coudert Committee's investigation of "subversive influence in the public education systen."

    National League president Ford Frick expressed concerns today that professional baseball might be suspended for the duration of the national emergency. Speaking before the Brooklyn Rotary Club this afternoon, Mr. Frick warned that "some well-meaning but ill-advised Government official" might seek to close the sport down, as was done in 1918, and he urged civic leaders in the borough to join with him in working to prevent any such action. Also speaking at the meeting at the Hotel Bossert, Dodger manager Leo Durocher confidently predicted that Brooklyn will win the pennant this year.

    Threats by a police inspector to kill his dog forced a murder confession out of a Manhattan man today, thus solving the mystery of a woman's body found stuffed into a trunk and abandoned in the woods of Staten Island. The trunk was discovered in a wooded section of Melers Corner last night, and found to contain the mutilated body of 23-year-old Rose Seigel, 29 Lewis Street, Manhattan. Mrs. Seigel's husband had reported her missing, and told police she had last been seen in the company of 46-year-old Pietro Picatello of 246 Rivington Street, described as "a friend of the family." Police interrogated Picatello at his apartment last night, but he denied all knowledge of the crime until Deputy Inspector Michael McDermott threatened to shoot his pet chow dog unless he came clean. Faced with that threat, Picatello admitted that he stabbed Mrs. Seigel with a fish knife following "a quarrel," stuffed her in the trunk and left her in the woods.

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Wed__Jun_11__1941_.jpg ("Nex' year," says Joe, "ya gotta get me sump'n f' Fatta's Day!" "I'm gonna getcha one'a 'tem jackets," promises Sally. "A bright GREEN one! Ya c'n wear it ta school!" "Um, nevvamin'.")

    An Astoria man's habit of parading around the house disguised as Adolf Hitler got on his wife's nerves to the point of separation. So stated Mrs. Stella Peters of 32-34 34th Street in Queens Supreme Court in Jamaica today. Mrs. Peters alleged in her suit for separation on charges of cruelty that her husband Herbert enjoyed drawing a small moustache on his upper lip with burnt cork, combing his hair in a Hitlerian cowlick, and marching thru the house giving stiff-armed salutes while promising that "Hitler will conquer the world." Although Mr. Peters protested that he was merely joking by engaging in such antics, Mrs. Peters, who is of French descent, told the judge that she did not find him at all amusing.

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Wed__Jun_11__1941_(1).jpg (I imagine Mr. Gale's clients don't find him at all amusing either, but it's a living...)

    (Nick and Nora aren't the only lovey-dovey detectives around. And if the Albee doesn't get Senor Gonzalo for its stage show to go along with "Blood and Sand," they're really missing the boat.)

    Fred Allen continues to line up interesting and unusual guest stars for his Wednesday night hour over WABC. Last month he welcomed such personalities as Amos 'n' Andy and Leo Durocher. Tonight he features Monte Proser, chief impresario of the Madison Square Garden Dance Festival. And next week, Mr. Allen's guest will be none other than Manhattan District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey. Wonder what sort of act Mr. Dewey will do?

    ("And wait'll you see them argue over a parking space!")

    Reader Clarence Edward Heller was moved to tears when he heard Red Barber's recent speech before the Luncheon Club of the Flatbush Chamber of Commerce, in which the Dodger broadcaster called on the borough to really do something to improve recreation programs for local youth. Mr. Heller notes that from Parkville in the north to Avenue U in the south, Flatbush streets are filled each night with "a howling bedlam of unrestricted youth at play, or worse." He demands paid counselors be supplied, and youth clubs formed, the better to weld these masses into "well-disciplined boys."

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Wed__Jun_11__1941_(4).jpg (Fitz is Fat again, and all's right with the world. Oh, and "the shrill sex?" Watch it, Tommy -- it's summer, and the ice is thin.)

    The Baltimore Elite Giants, who whip the Bushwicks every time they see them, will go at it again tonight at Dexter Part. The Negro National League sluggers will, however, face improved competition, with the Woodhaven squad on a winning tear of its own, having rubbed out Cedarhurst and the Nighthawks in a Sunday doubleheader.

    Pennant-hungry Erasmus Hall baseball fans finally found respite yesterday as the Buff and Blue clinched the Brooklyn P. S. A. L. flag by beating Brooklyn Tech, 8-0. Erasmus advances now to the playoffs, opening against Curtis High at Erasmus Field on Saturday.

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Wed__Jun_11__1941_(5).jpg (Says Sammy Seagull with a smile, "don't be so sure, bud.")

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Wed__Jun_11__1941_(6).jpg ("A lease you say? But you see, I have made it out to Bramble. You are not Bramble, you are Bungle. You not are bona fide. Also, you are very rough man, and you have nose like cucumber. This is fine flat. No vegetables do I allow.")

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Wed__Jun_11__1941_(7).jpg (Mary used to be a lot sharper than this. All that industrial waste that got in the well water has already dulled her mind.)

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Wed__Jun_11__1941_(8).jpg (Sugar and alum? OK, anybody want to try this and report back?)
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  8. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    And in the Daily News...

    Daily_News_Wed__Jun_11__1941_.jpg Our editor today, Mr. Bloodthirst E. Truecrime.

    Daily_News_Wed__Jun_11__1941_(1).jpg Snazzy! Until your brother-in-law, who's had one custard pie too many, sits down and defies the laws of metallurgy.

    Yeah, you silly mugs. Get a hat on.

    Daily_News_Wed__Jun_11__1941_(3).jpg Pssst, he's not even a real doctor at all. He got all this guff from Lloyd C. Douglas novels.

    Daily_News_Wed__Jun_11__1941_(4).jpg "Fortunately, this happened to Pat that one time, and he told me all about how he got out of it and....oh, wait, he had a machine gun."

    Daily_News_Wed__Jun_11__1941_(5).jpg Y'know, for a guy named "Trigger" he sure wastes a lot of time on gimmicks that don't have one.

    Daily_News_Wed__Jun_11__1941_(6).jpg Snipe's terrible secret: she likes 'em big and dumb.

    Daily_News_Wed__Jun_11__1941_(7).jpg It's nice to see that things are back to normal.

    Daily_News_Wed__Jun_11__1941_(8).jpg They grow up so fast.

    Daily_News_Wed__Jun_11__1941_(9).jpg Privacy? In a boardinghouse?
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  9. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

    Chicago, IL US
    The Bug copped a plea, surprised the prosecution offered the deal. Shocking, actually.
  10. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    Now the real world is simply writing scenes for Warner Bros. movies.

    Sure, cause next year after the baby is born you're going to have all that extra money to buy Father's Day gifts. Yeh, that's how it works.

    Fitz was so happy with his outstanding performance that he sighed briefly and moved on when he saw the caption. (Mrs. Fitzsimmons sighed even more, but only to herself and in relief, when she saw hubby's mild reaction - Fitz married well.)

    LOL. Using a technicality in a lease to screw a tenant, Lizzie, you have a bright future as a NYC slumlord. New York City real estate is a full-contact sport (it's nuts), but the slumlord business takes it to an even higher level. The stuff that goes on there in unbelievable.

    Kermit, thoughts on Mary's decision here:
    Kermit head shake.gif

    Seriously, what an awful day.

    When my parents bought their house, there was an "old" kitchen set of chrome and, what now I think must have been, bakelite (the chairs and table look pretty close to those in the picture) in the basement that they pulled up and used as our kitchen table and chairs. They were not very attractive, but they got the job done.

    Gee, the hat salesman likes the popular new hat, go figure.

    Panel five: Doctor to nurse, "Jesus, doesn't that kid ever go home."

    "By Jove." Really?

    Gould loves, really loves, senselessly elaborate toys, mechanisms, etc.

    I think you're spot on, Lizzie. Everybody's got their thing.

    The window into how they really feel opened and closed quickly, but we saw for that moment, why they are together despite all the fighting.[/QUOTE]
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  11. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Residents of the Prospect Park South section in Flatbush have formed a vigilance committee to put a stop to the nightly depredations of "The Lone Wolf," whose daring burglaries have terrorized that quiet tree-shrouded neighborhood over the past month. At a meeting of the Prospect Park South Association, held at the home of Dr. Horace M. Snyder, principal of Manual Training High School, members resolved to work with police and residents in reporting suspicious activity in the section. The robber, described as a small, agile man with slick black hair and child-sized feet, who performs impressive acrobatic feats to gain access to the homes of his victims, has committed thirteen burglaries in the area over the past four weeks, the most recent early Tuesday morning.


    A 19-year-old convicted burglar who escaped from the Raymond Street Jail last week is back in custody after an attempted tryst with a 17-year-old girlfriend. Lorenzo D'Agostino, who used his position as a jail trusty to facilitate his escape on June 3rd, was arrested after police put a tail on the girl, whose New Utrecht Street address was found in the escapee's records. Last night, Detective Joseph Capano of the Classon Avenue station observed the girl and her mother leaving the house, and followed them to a nearby trolley stop, where they stopped to wait. Although several cars passed, the two did not board them, and then began strolling "in an elaborately casual manner" toward 56th Street. Capano followed, and then, a block away, spotted the fugitive. D'Agostino, his eyes fixed on the girl, did not notice the detective's approach until he felt Capano's hand on his shoulder. A scuffle followed, and two other detectives from the Bath Beach precinct rushed to Capano's aid and subdued the prisoner. The girl and her mother were not charged.

    The Government may place leaders of defense-industry strikes on a blacklist that will prevent any company with Federal contracts from hiring them. The blacklist, according to Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, would be reserved for "subversives" who foment "wildcat strikes" at factories with defense commitments. The proposal has already drawn criticism from CIO president Philip Murray, who has issued a letter to all members of CIO unions urging them to contact their congressmen to express opposition to the plan.

    Over a million Nazis are reported to be massing on the Russian border from the Baltics to the Black Sea, suggesting a German strike against the Soviet Union may occur at any time. London sources are said to be giving "serious consideration" to the reports, which had previously been held as having "no significance." Only the Germans know the true purpose of the massing of from 80 to 100 divisions totaling between 1,200,000 and 1,500,000 men. Armored divisions used in the Greek campaign have been refitted and sent to Eastern Poland, while infantry divisions have been drawn from France and Germany and sent to East Prussia and Central Poland, and three full army corps have arrived in Rumania to reinforce the Bessarabian frontier. It is also reported that Germany has constructed more than a dozen airfields and eight strategic roads in Slovakia.

    President Roosevelt today named Associate Justice Harlan Fiske Stone as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The 68-year-old Stone, a Republican, was appointed to the Court by President Coolidge in 1925. President Roosevelt also nominated Attorney General Robert H. Jackson and Senator James F. Byrnes (D-S.C.) to fill Court vacancies, with Byrnes to fill the seat vacated by the retirement in February of Justice James Clark McReynolds.

    The suspended registrar of City College took the stand today in his departmental trial before the Board of Higher Education, and categorically denied that he is a Communist, or that he has ever engaged in Communist activities. John Kenneth Ackley was named as a "subversive" by the Rapp-Coudert Committee, and was the first witness called today after the Board denied a motion by the defendant to dismiss the case on the grounds that "no proper and sufficient case" had been made against him.

    (The Eagle rarely traffics in Page Four-type stuff, which makes the decision to play this story right on the front page all the more unsettling. Either Mr. Schroth knows these people, or he's on vacation.)

    Mayor LaGuardia goes on the air Monday night for his first national address as head of the Office of Civilian Defense. The Mayor will broadcast over NBC at 9:30 PM on June 16th to deliver his first outline of how the federal Civilian Defense program will function in cooperation with local agencies. He has been in Washington this week working out the details of his speech, which will also be heard locally over station WNYC.

    ("The Whole Family Will Enjoy," huh? Poor old Pop will be lucky to end up with a box full of crumbs and empty wrappers.)

    A plea to Governor Herbert H. Lehman to appoint a special prosecutor in connection with the Nassau County pinball racket has been rejected, with the Governor advising Chairman John S. Thorp of the Nassau County Democratic Committee that no legislative action on the matter is warranted. Thorp had sought to have District Attorney Edward J. Neary removed from the case after one of his assistants was spotted in attendance at a meeting of reputed pinball operators in Bellmore.

    ("Choich Aveneh!" exclaims Sally. "Wotta nice neighbahood! An' jus' -- lemme see -- twenny blocks f'm Ma's house!" "Nah," says Joe. "I gotta feelin' ya fella Petey's gonna be livin' pretty soon foita no'th." "Greenpernt?" replies Sally. "No," says Joe, who's been saving this one for weeks, "Montreal.")

    R. R. S. writes to Doc Brady being driven crazy by excema. "Send a three cent stamp for my monograph on excema."

    The Eagle Editorialist declares that BROOKLYN HAS SPOKEN on the matter of General Grant's statue, and that should settle the matter. The General stands on Bedford Avenue, and there he must remain. And even Mr. Moses must give way to the voice of the borough's proud civic spirit.

    (It doesn't really take long for the disillusionment to set in.)

    (Nice toupee on Leo there. "Hey Larry, whattaya think it would take to get Cullenbine?")

    The Bushwicks broke their losing streak against the Baltimore Elite Giants, topping the Negro National League club with a surprising 5-2 win last night at Dexter Park. The Woodhaven squad faces another outstanding Negro club on Sunday, with the league-leading Homestead Grays in town for a doubleheader.

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Thu__Jun_12__1941_(5).jpg (Never mind the rays, Doc -- what he really needs is an itty little set of windshield wipers.)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Thu__Jun_12__1941_(6).jpg (RAMPAGE!)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Thu__Jun_12__1941_(7).jpg ("Leona! John! What brings you out here?")

    (If you didn't slouch so much, they wouldn't call you "Gimp.")
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  12. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    And in the Daily News...

    Daily_News_Thu__Jun_12__1941_.jpg "Love Thief," huh? Gee, the Eagle left that out. And not only do I want to know the name and see a whole page of photos of this two-fisted Free Frenchwoman, I want to play "La Marseillaise" on my clarinet as she swings into action.

    Daily_News_Thu__Jun_12__1941_(1).jpg Another great part for Ann Sheridan.

    Just you wait, bud.

    Daily_News_Thu__Jun_12__1941_(3).jpg "Listen, Annie, I used to be a chorus girl, OK? I been around. And there's some things you need to know..."

    "Jo Mullelib." "Bile Llumoj." "Bill Jumolle." "Mel J. O'Limbul." Dammit, Gould, either quit trolling us or print the answer at the bottom of the page!

    OK, now we're getting into "Bringing Up Father" territory. YOU WORM!

    Well, you can't always go Pullman.

    Daily_News_Thu__Jun_12__1941_(7).jpg Just like old times, eh kid?

    Kayo's expression in panel two -- portrait of a master troll waiting for the precise, right moment.

    "With Comic Strip Gold Diggers who Know Tobacco Best, It's Luckies 2 to 1!"
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  13. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    "I realize that serious reflection on me will result..." I see a lawyer at work behind those euphemistic words. No human being ever extemporaneously uttered those words in that order.

    What does "full" actually mean in the context of a "full half pound box?" Are they saying, otherwise, Lofts sells boxes that hold a half pound of candy, but they don't actually fill the box? These advertising copywriters are so desperate to make something sound good, often, they just write nonsense.

    That's a piece of the pinball-machine racket I hadn't known - the stores only "pay off" when they "know" the players. So, it's a control to keep the illegal gambling, which is taking place in the open, somewhat secret or at least only known to "trusted" players. That's a neat detail. It's a version of you have to know the "password" or someone to get into a speakeasy.

    "Why it's my old friend Nick Gatt." Nick would wrap up Gribble in eight panels or less. I hope Nick's been talking with "Mary Worth" about a position.

    Oh yeh, the Free Frenchwoman beating up Pippo is an immediate entry in the "Page Four Story of the Year Contest." I will ask, though, what was her husband doing while his wife was upholding the honor and glory of France?

    "Thank you, Lizzie, I could easily play the part of mob groupie"

    "Keeping company." Great euphemism.

    Annie's raison d'être is sticking her nose in other people's business.

    Also, just pointing out, the Guersney cow hair doesn't have to come from an "All-Guernsey Farm," but it could come from any farm that has some Guersney cows. Tracy's search is not as easy as they are making it out to be.
  14. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

    Chicago, IL US
    Former US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy would later in time evidence to a far greater extent the degree
    of utter depravity of acumen, restraint, jurisprudence, wisdom, and plain old common horse sense both
    spoken and writ as this precedent set.
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  15. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    An authorized Nazi spokesman today asserted that "Germany will continue to sink every ship with contraband for Britain, whatever its name -- Robin Moor, Exmoor, or what have you." That same spokesman maintained that if an attempt is made to "construct a political case" out of the Robin Moor sinking, that is "purely an Anglo-American affair. The matter is exclusively a military one. It only became political when America, as part of its war psychosis propaganda, tried to blow it up politically." The Robin Moor was sunk off the coast of Brazil last month with a general cargo aboard.

    The White House, meanwhile, is expected to demand indemnity and a formal apology from Germany over the Robin Moor incident. How near to an absolute break in American-German diplomatic relations the sinking will bring the two nations depends on to what extent Washington and Berlin can agree on exactly what happened to the ship and who is responsible. As many as thirty crew members aboard the freighter were lost in the sinking.

    Conservative factions in the Congress of Industrial Organizations are said to be moving for a purge of "radical chiefs" within the labor organization, with the names of Harry Bridges of the Longshoremen's and Warehouse Workers Union and Joseph Curran of the National Maritime Union at the top of the list of leaders marked for expulsion. That list is expected to include the names of thirty to thirty-five prominent union leaders, and there is also a move from the CIO "right wing faction" for the mass expulsion of 30 industrial union councils unless "radicals" are purged from the general membership.

    Detectives sought today to determine whether a slick-haired, wiry ex-convict said to have confessed to two burglaries in the East New York section is, in fact, "The Lone Wolf," acrobatic bandit who has terrorized the Prospect Park South section of Flatbush over the past month. Twenty-nine-year-old Max Aruty was arraigned yesterday in Felony Court for a burglary early Tuesday morning at the 595 Pennsylvania Avenue home of Miss Jean Skurnuk, who was robbed of a pocketbook containing $50 in cash and her eyeglasses by a burglar who entered and escaped thru a bedroom window. Police however cannot explain how Aruty, if he is, in fact, The Lone Wolf, could have been robbing Miss Sylvia Ghalardi of 88 Buckingham Road at exactly the same time. Police also noted that Aruty at the time of his arrest was wearing gum-soled shoes, while Miss Ghalardi described her robber as wearing squeaky leather shoes.

    Dodger catcher Babe Phelps is the focus of an investigation by the club iafter he failed to appear at Pennsylvania Station yesterday as the team boarded a train for St. Louis. Team officials finally located The Blimp in his room at the Towers Hotel, where he told them he was in bed and intended to stay there after experiencing unexplained chest pains. Phelps told manager Leo Durocher that he's waiting to hear from his doctor before he'll be willing to get up. The catcher indicated that he had been to Long Island Hospital for x-rays, but has not, as yet, been told what those x-rays revealed. Phelps jumped the club during spring training after refusing to fly or take a boat to Havana, and has played little this season, having lost his job as regular catcher to Mickey Owen. The Dodgers have reluctantly recalled Herman Franks from the Montreal Royals -- where he has been a key factor in that club's success this season -- to serve as Owen's backup until Phelps's status can be clarified. Neither Durocher nor Phelps would speak to reporters about yesterday's incident.

    (And with a look of grim satisfaction, William O'Dwyer takes an icepick obtained just for the occasion, and scratches two notches into the corner of his desk.)

    Pupils at P. S. 149 in Jackson Heights, just a mile southeast of LaGuardia Field, are to be drilled today in air-raid precautions in the presence of officials of the school system. A large cardboard tag has been tied to each child bearing their names and addresses, and the name of the teacher assigned to escort them to their homes. School officials called the drill "a home escort rehearsal," and is one of several methods being tested by the education system to determine the best way of caring for pupils in the event of an air raid. Authorities indicated that P. S. 149 is considered at risk for air attack due to its proximity to the airfield.

    A 75-year-old DeKalb Avenue shopkeeper who was shot in the neck by an irate customer following an argument yesterday gave doctors a shock when they undressed him for treatment. Around Charles Feder's waist was a money belt containing more than $7,700 in cash, including $2000 in gold certificates and $750 in gold coins. Police say Feder walked six blocks from his shop to Beth Moses Hospital to receive first aid after being shot, and was subsequently taken to Kings County Hospital, where his cache of cash was discovered. Feder told police that as the argument with the customer escalated, he brandished his cane at the man -- who pulled out a revolver and fired two shots before fleeing.

    ("It was a gentler time...")

    (It never fails to amuse me that a theatre named in honor of the greatest of all female impersonators is now home to the "gayest girlie show in town.")


    The last remaining temporary building from the World's Fair will be torn down today, with demolition work underway this morning on the Federal Works Administration exhibit building. Removal of the large U-shaped structure will conclude the demolition phase of the project to convert the Fair site to Flushing Meadow Park. A few remaining Fair buildings are to be integrated into that new park.

    ("As time passes, it grows increasingly difficult to argue that the fast ball Bob Bowman fired at his skull a year ago didn't permanently ruin him as a great hitter." Sounds like Tommy doesn't accept the official story that the beaning was an accident -- nor should he.)

    ("And if the act goes over, we can get thirteen weeks three-a-day on the Publix time!)

    Brooklyn-born radio producer Himan Brown, whose "Grand Central Station" and "Inner Sanctum" features are popular network hits, adds another series to his stable when "The Adventures of the Thin Man" premieres July 2nd over WEAF. The half-hour mystery drama will bring to the air the popular book and film characters of Nick and Nora Charles, and creator Dashiell Hammett indicates that he plans to write several new stories especially for the broadcasts, all of which will end with "Nick and Nora in bed conversing and kidding and acting like two charming and healthy human beings -- discreetly, of course."

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Fri__Jun_13__1941_(6).jpg (Really? When you people can't even take good care of a dog and a turtle?)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Fri__Jun_13__1941_(7).jpg (Whatever happened to the Brushwood-Bungles, anyway? Last we saw of them, "Major Oakdale" was in energetic pursuit of their daughter. And we know how that turns out.)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Fri__Jun_13__1941_(8).jpg ("Well, I guess this isn't a matter for the FBI, so the FHA will have to do.")

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Fri__Jun_13__1941_(9).jpg (I mean, what other fat guy could it be?)
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  16. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    And in the Daily News...

    Daily_News_Fri__Jun_13__1941_.jpg "Look kid, it's for the best. You just know he's the kinda fella pays more attention to his hair than he would to you."

    Jo, is that you?

    Daily_News_Fri__Jun_13__1941_(2).jpg "I had this dream, right? Where I eloped with a five-foot-tall can of tooth powder? Doctor? Are you there?"

    "I know I'm a Butt-In-Ski..." And just like that, self-awareness dawned.

    Y'know, this would be a much better story if it was actually about the milk racket.

    Daily_News_Fri__Jun_13__1941_(5).jpg Now be nice, Min. You know they don't make nose bags in that size.

    Daily_News_Fri__Jun_13__1941_(6).jpg Good luck with that.

    Daily_News_Fri__Jun_13__1941_(7).jpg Annnnnd the old maternal instincts rise to the surface.

    Daily_News_Fri__Jun_13__1941_(8).jpg Sure, no possible trouble could come from THAT story getting around town...

    Daily_News_Fri__Jun_13__1941_(9).jpg Yeah, sorta like "writing for exposure."
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  17. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    It was only about a decade ago when the massive bank failures of the Depression wiped people's savings out.

    You don't want to be the ballplayer on the receiving end of a Sally salvo.

    "Brand Extention" 1941 style.

    I'm surprised Jo didn't just run with it.

    Fitz was pitching that day, so he has an alibi.

    He does have some fancy hair working there. I'm surprised the police let her go as she knew he broke out and then went with him as he (somewhat) hid out for days. I would think that's illegal.

    "Elastic Plastic King" :)

    King won't/can't take it that far, but I love Snipe as the office mother/cougar because, in real life, that stuff does happen. Susan Sarandon's character in "Bull Durham" was basically just that, mother/lover-educator to the young ballplayers.
  18. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

    Chicago, IL US
    Terry's not the first guy to get dumped on.;) And his aggressive chaste pursuit of Burma is admirable.:)
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  19. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Ten alleged leaders of a wildcat strike at the Long Island City plant of the Brewster Aircraft Corporation were suspended today from Local 265 of the CIO United Automobile Workers of America, following a meeting of the local's rank and file at the Mosque Theatre in Newark. Fifty workers had walked out of the plant last week in a dispute over wage payment schedules -- the striking men had demanded to be paid on a weekly rather than hourly wage scale. The union executive committee charged that the strikers had violated a no-strike agreement between the local and the company due to the national defense emergency. The vote to suspend the strike leaders was 794 to 64, with critics of the strike arguing that the strike leaders were "Charlie McCarthys dancing on strings pulled 6000 miles away."

    Meanwhile, threats by CIO president Phillip Murray to "purge subversive elements" from the labor federation are raising the possibility of an "open revolt in the ranks of labor." CIO leaders have been given a list of officers of affiliated unions suspected by the Government of fomenting unrest in the interests of "hindering National Defense" rather than to improve conditions to workers, and while the names on the list have not been disclosed they are believed to include most or all of the 112 CIO members cited by the Dies Committee as Communists. One leader facing a purge, O. M. Orton, head of 12,000 striking loggers and lumbermen in the Pacific Northwest, is already in open opposition to Murray, declaring that he is merely "carrying out the policies of John L. Lewis." Lewis himself, who was replaced by Murray as CIO leader last year, has been notably silent as the controversy rages.

    British bombing planes left a trail of destruction across the Ruhr region, blasting German industrial centers in one of the greatest aerial offensives of the war so far. It was the third such attack in as many nights on the center of the Nazi heavy air industry, and the second in the past two nights on the key maritime centers at Brest.

    Vichy troops have evacuated Kissoue, 10 miles south of Damascus, and it is reported that Royal Air Force planes are watching the withdrawal of Vichy transport columns from the Merdjayoun area 22 miles inland from Saida. Reports from Cairo indicate that British and Vichy leaders are in contact in an effort to coordinate the evacuation in order to spare the ancient city from a devastating attack.

    Elora Mae Poore, age 34 and a blonde, was found slashed to death today in her furnished room at 265 53rd Street. A preliminary examination by a doctor from Norwegian Hospital concluded that she died "of natural causes," but a police matron examining the body later discovered a large gash on the left breast. A full autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. Miss Poore's body was found on the floor of the apartment by Henry Capparet, a longshoreman, who lives in the same house.


    (Maybe we'll never know, but we can certainly make an educated guess.)

    Screen actress Priscilla Lane will marry John Barry, Victorville, California newspaper publisher. The engagement of the couple will be formally announced today at the Lane family home in Hollywood. No wedding date has been set, since Mr. Barry is of draft age and is ilable to be called at any time. Miss Lane, sister of fellow screen stars Rosemary and Lola Lane, met Mr. Barry at a Hollywood party more than a year ago.

    A mass meeting will be held tomorrow at Alexander Hamilton High School in Crown Heights to introduce and announce plans to "train Negroes for jobs in the defense industry." The meeting comes on the heels of an investigation by the National Urban League that determined only 1.6 percent of workers presently employed in Brooklyn defense plants are Negroes, although Negroes make up 4.4 percent of the borough's population. Of the 72 plants surveyed, 31 exclude Negro workers entirely, 24 use them in skilled and semi-skilled positions, and 8 hire them only as porters and cleaners. Among the speakers at the meeting will be A. Philip Randolph, organizer of the Negro March Committee.

    "E. K." writes to Dr. Brady wanting to know what the advantages are in using chewing gum, since he and his friend "chew gum constantly." The Doc advises that gum-chewing serves as "a feeble sort of vicarious outlet for emotions that might be more healthfully absorbed by fighting or running away."

    (Larry MacPhail, we may conclude, does not chew gum.)


    (Like Paramounts, most Fox pictures of the Era are much harder to see in 2021 than they were in 1971, due to mergers and acquisitions and general indifference. But this one, no doubt due to the Fritz Lang cachet, is actually available on a legitimately-issued DVD if you can find a copy. Propaganda it is, but very well-done propaganda.)

    The Eagle Editorialist is on the rampage again over the sugar beet industry, comparing its hold over Congress to that of Western beef ranchers who stir up poor relations with Argentina to ensure that Argentine corned beef is unpopular in this country. The Adams-Mahoney bill, introduced in the Senate by senators of the sugar-beet states of Colorado and Wyoming, reduces raw sugar import quotas from Latin America in a way that is sure to damage "our Latin-American relations" in a way that may compromise national defense by encouraging Latin nations not to cooperate with American needs. And, of course, the bill will also harm the Brooklyn sugar-refining industry.


    ("We've Come So Far.")

    The Vichy government today announced "harsh Nazi-like laws" for Jews in unoccupied France. It was stated that the step was taken after High Commissioner for Jewish Affairs Xavier Vallat "uncovered a Jewish plot to prevent collaboration between France and Germany." The laws, patterned after the Nuremburg Laws of Germany, require all Jews in the unoccupied portion of France to register by July 15th, puts heavy restrictions on the practice of law and medicine by Jews, and outright bans all Jews from radio, motion pictures, journalism, banking, real estate, money-lending, and gambling businesses. Vallat noted that 12,000 Jews in the Paris area have already been rounded up and sent to concentration camps.


    (It seems obvious, from a 2021 perspective, that Phelps is suffering from serious depression or other mental-health issues -- but the world of 1941 professional sports has no place for any such diagnosis. And as we saw last summer in the case of Willard Hershberger, sometimes the consequences go far beyond a mere trade.)

    Joe Louis declined yesterday to "name the round" in which he intends to stop Pittsburgh Billy Conn when the two clash for the heavyweight title at the Polo Grounds next Wednesday -- nor did the Brown Bomber or his managers feel inclined to discuss Louis's future plans. The incumbent champion would say only that "Billy's a good fighter, and I gotta be in shape for him."

    The defending world champions of Negro baseball will make formidable opposition for the Bushwicks this weekend at Dexter Park. The Homestead Grays, who stormed to the Negro National League pennant last year and defeated the New York Cubans in the Negro World Series, and although they got off to a slow start this spring, they began a potent surge two weeks ago, and have knocked the Newark Eagles out of first place with a current record of 13-5.

    (Odds running 1-1 that it's a chimp. And who doesn't love a chimp?)

    ("I was -- ah -- rather busy with accidents two years ago...")

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Sat__Jun_14__1941_(6).jpg ("Motivated seller.")

    (And this is how Irwin's lasted so long as a cop -- the crooks are even dumber than he is.)
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  20. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    And in the Daily News...

    Daily_News_Sat__Jun_14__1941_.jpg Marion Talley might think she's hot stuff, but she hasn't got a lion cub named "Winston Churchill."

    Ah, the old beeswax gag.

    Has it only been three weeks?

    "Nice timing, kid."

    Daily_News_Sat__Jun_14__1941_(4).jpg THERE YA GO GEORGE, YA HAPPY? But seriously -- Point of Order: when Bill was suffering from his brain thing, could he have developed any kind of emotional feelings for Peg at all? He never knew her as Bill -- the La Plata personality was always in control -- so shouldn't she just be a random stranger to him now? WHATTAYA THINK, GEORGE?

    Daily_News_Sat__Jun_14__1941_(5).jpg You just know this is gonna end up with Tracy fighting off the bull with his crutch.

    Yeah, there's nothing wrong with Tops that a stretch at Camp Upton won't cure.

    Daily_News_Sat__Jun_14__1941_(7).jpg Yeah, don't try that with me, gooseface. I remember what you were up to in 1929.

    If Mush and Kayo ever team up they could out-troll any troll in all the history of comic-strip trolls.

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