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Woman Hocked Loot, Dyed Hair Each Time
BALTIMORE, Jan. 25 – Mrs. Helen L. Wilder tinted her hair a different color each time she visited pawnshops to dispose of stolen articles valued at thousands of dollars, according to information obtained by the police today. Mrs. Wilder and her husband, Carl L. Wilder, and William Braid of London, are charged with many robberies.

Wilder has confessed, implicating his wife, and her makeup outfit has been found. In the kit was a jar of reddish brown powder. In their visits to the pawnshops, the police received various descriptions of the woman who pawned the jewelry. She was described as black haired dark brown haired, light brown haired and red haired.

.32 Caliber Bullet Flattens on His Head
WINSTED, Conn., Jan. 26 – Philip Nickolow of Thomaston has an armored head, in the opinion of doctors and officers.

When a bullet from a .32 caliber revolved fired at close range hit him on the forehead, the missile simply flattened itself out.

Nickolow’s skull was not even cracked and he is about as usual. His alleged assailant, Stanley Stacin, is under $500 bond.

CLEVELAND, Jan. 27 – Harry Dunsman, grocer, saved $750 from a gunman with a “flour fog.” He hurled a scoopful of flour at the thug and escaped with the money under the cover of the haze.

KANSAS CITY, Jan. 27 – Three automobile bandits held up messengers of the Drovers’ National Bank and escaped with $853,000 in non-negotiable checks. The messengers were being driven in a taxicab to the cleaning house downtown.

Officials of the bank said the only loss would be a few hours extra bookkeeping.

NEW YORK, Feb. 12 – One of the biggest wholesale arrests ever made resulted from pinching the entire membership of the Majestic Social Club, numbering 608, charged with watching two women dance au natural.

NEW PHILADELPHIA, O., Feb. 15 – A piano player that wouldn’t play aroused the curiosity of dry agents. They found a keg of whiskey in the instrument and a spigot from which the thirsty drew solace when the proper chord was struck.

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 18 (United News) – Harry Moore was sentenced to 10 years in the penitentiary after confessing to two holdups.

He was placed in an elevator to be placed in a cell on the third floor. The elevator man thought he was a visitor and took him to the main floor.

He escaped four minutes after being sentenced.

Actress Balked in Attempt on Life, Suing Rescuer
PARIS, Feb. 24 – Jumping from a moving taxicab as it crossed the Concorde bridge in Paris, Mlle. Simone Brever, an actress, reached the parapet and threw herself downward. Rene Beton, a lawyer, was passing at the time. He made a grab and seized Simone’s skirt, holding her suspended from the bridge until a policeman arrived to help him pull her up.

At the police station where she was charged with attempted suicide, Simone said she had quarreled with her sweetheart, an aviator, who had told her to go “and jump in the Seine.” She had, she said, simply obeyed orders. Then she noticed her skirt. It was from the Rue de la Paix and made of flimsy satin. Where Baton had held her suspended was a long, ugly tear. And now Simone is suing her savior, claiming damages to the extent of 1,000 francs, the price of her gown.

HOWE, Neb., Feb. 24 – The state bank of Howe building was the thing only left behind by burglars. They stole all the money, fixtures and the outside door.

Falls 250 Feet; Arrested for “Disorderly” Conduct
BRISTOL, Va-Tenn., April 5 – After plunging in an automobile 250 feet down a precipice at Dug Hill, near Gate City, Va., and escaping with only scratches, the members of a party of young persons were fine in the Gate City Police Court on charges of disorderly conduct.

The automobile was demolished.

“Too Poor” for $1 Fine; Wore $5,000 Jewels
NEW YORK, April 13 – Yetta Greenberg, 30, of 314 Delancey St., told Magistrate Max Levin in Essex Market Court that she could not play a dollar fine. She had been found guilty of having vegetables and fruit uncovered in a pushcart. She pleaded:L

“I’m too poor, judge, can’t you let me off this time?”

The court asked her to show her license. She opened her coat and took the license from a pocket. The magistrate asked her to come closer. From her neck was suspended a lavalliere. He looked at it, then said sharply:

“That is worth about $5,000. I know jewels when I see them. This is a time you don’t fool me.”

The woman smiled, pulled out a large roll of bills, gave the court clerk a large bill and paid her fine.

“Simple Country Girl,” Oil Promoter, Is Held
INDIANAPOLIS, April 16 – A simple little country girl – apparently – stood before the bar in Criminal Court here and was placed under heavy bond on a charge of embezzlement. It was charged that this girl, Miss Neva Nanette Welty, 23 years old, and until recently a school teacher in an Indiana village, was the promoter of an oil development scheme which brought its investors only financial loss.

The girl’s pretty, ingenuous face, it developed, had much to do with the affair, for, detectives said, she sold shares in Neva Nanette Welty Syndicate by mail and her letterheads bore her picture.

These letterheads were included in the evidence, along with a letter alleged to have been sent to a prospect which told what “great big, good-hearted souls” she had found business men to be.

The syndicate, it was charged, was operated from an office in Chicago and was capitalized at $60,000 for the purpose of developing oil fields near Muncie, Ind.

Kidnapers Steal Wrong Girl; Take Her Home Again
TACOMA, Wash., April 22 – Verda Brown, 13, was seized on the streets, bound, gagged and spirited away in an automobile. The two kidnapers drove the girl to Camp Lewis, where they discovered she was not the one they sought. They then drove her within a block of her home, apologized for taking her, and disappeared. She was unharmed.

NEW YORK, May 16 – In the contest to discover the most ingenious means of deflecting attention of prohibition enforcement agents, customs officers here said that this contrivance deserves at least honorable mention.

In their search of the steamship Glendola the inspectors obeyed a “hunch” and rummaged through the ship’s cold storage plant. Frosting on the large cakes of ice, making them quite opaque, whetted their suspicions, and they scraped off the coating.

An improvised X-ray made by attaching reflectors to electric light bulbs revealed bogtle-shaped black spots within the translucent blocks. More than 200 bottles of whiskey had been thus frozen into these glacial hiding places, they said.

CAZENOVIA, May 26 – Inexperienced yeggs dynamited an unlocked safe in the Brounstein general store here early Wednesday morning.

Instead of blowing the door out, the explosion blew it in and securely locked it. The burglars left, stopping to pick up a raincoat the proprietor had left on a chair.

Mr. Brounstein says there was nothing of value in the safe, anyway, but he cannot open it today.

Bandits Refuse to Take $2.35;
“Minimum Wage” Basis Now in Effect?

NEW YORK, June 1 – The police are wondering what constitutes a “minimum wage” for bandits.

Three of them refused to take $2.35 from a taxi chauffeur whom they had held up today after elbaorate preparations, apparently because they considered their time worth more than that.

The trio hailed Edward Rafkin as he was cruising along upton. He took them to an apartment house and they inveigled him into the hallway on pretense of helping them with a bundle.

Rafkin shelled out $2.35 under pistol persuasion. They searched him.

“Hell, we’re no pikers,” one said, returning the money. “Beat it!”

Rafkin did – to a police station.

Coppers arrested James O’Neill, 21, whom Rafkin identified as one of the bandits. O’Neil says he wasn’t.

NEW YORK, June 14 – “Engaged to marry” half a dozen prosperous middle aged Western farmers, James J. Stewart, 25, pleaded guilty in the Federal Court today of using the mails to defraud.

Stewart, who is a bookkepper, advertised for a farmer husband in a matrimonial newspaper under the name of “Marion Stewart,” claiming to be a “beautiful, vivacious college girl.”

One-legged Beggars ‘Pinched’ in Chicago
for Riding to ‘Work’

CHICAGO, Oct. 10 – If one-legged beggars hobble to busy street corners, that’s within police regulations.

But if they come in taxis and tip the chauffeur, that’s too much crust.

Sgt. Edward Weber of the Englewood station feels that way at any rate.

His decisioin was announced Sunday after he had arrested five one-legged beggars who alighted from a taxicab and parked on four corners and at the front of a theater on his beat.

When he attempted to arrest them, the crowds protested and, while one held the sergeant’s attention, the others passed the hat for more than $100.

The men, while being arrested, hinted that they were ex-servicemen. They afterward admitted they had no army careers, but said the crowds liked to hear they had.

“We each average about $25 a night and taxi fares don’t bother us,” said one of them.

CAMDEN, N.J., Oct. 25 – The Camden authorities will deal today with the youngest prisoner ever lodged in jail here – a 4-year-old boy, Sam Lebbardo, arrested on a charge of robbing a grocery store.

Following his arrest, the lad told the police his father had been sending him out regularly before daylight to rob stores. It was 4 o’clock Saturday morning when the boy was discovered in a Dauphin Street grocery store. Policeman Clements saw him raise the lid off a box and take some cakes. When arrested, the child cried. He had a shawl drawn over his frail shoulders. Clements took the boy to police headquarters where the wee prisoner gave his first name but couldn’t remember “any other name.”

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 – Discriminating burglars last Sunday entered the tailoring shop of Isidore Rosenberg at 233 Montauk Ave. and examined garments that patrons had left to be pressed.

They took away 50 coats, vests and mackinaws, but they didn’t bother about 50 pairs of trousers.

OMAHA, Dec. 19 – After rifling the cash register, an unmasked bandit forced W. E. Huttenlocher, tailor, to press his trousers.
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 – The tanker Dartford seemed to have an unusual amount of laundry when it docked here. Revenue agents investigated and found 54 bottles of Scotch carefully wrapped in shirts, bed linen, etc.
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