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Billings Herald (Newspaper) - April 29, 1948, Billings, Montana Historical society Charge GI Swindle Three California Men Are Indicted in Veterans Housing Deals April 21 By W. C. MITCHELL April 21, the Las Angeles Federal Grand Jury re- turned a 53-count Indictment ing a GI housing dle by three The three in this in- C. owner of the William C. Albany in a former in the and chairman of the 1947 Fresno Grand real estate former air force captain and a member of the American Legion's national housing com- Wade J. real estate man and former army Six of the fellow veterans they are accused of defrauding in the Fresno housing swindle were called before the Federal Grand Jury U. S. Atty. James Carter and his Paul after months of The indictments were returned before Federal Judge Paul J. He issued rants and set at The indictment charges one count of Maximum penalty on conviction is two years in fine or Counts 2 to 40 charges the de- fendants with building houses not in accordance with the plans and specifications ted in the application lor 41 to 53 charge and ants with selling houses at over maximum selling price fixed in the application for prior penalties on each of the counts range from one to two years In prison or to or If each of the defendants should be convicted on every he faces a maximum penalty of 54 years in in or The alleged swindle involves in the construction and sale of 55 houses in the Southern Home Site Tract in and on Page 5) Rush Athletic Park Work for Opening Game Workmen are rushing the 000 remodeling job at Athletic park so that it will completed and ready for the opening home game next Tuesday night when the Bil lings Mustangs meet Salt Lake This week the work on the park was The next boxes in front of the old grandstand thp ers along the third base line have been The fence the park are completed and Ticket anc the press are also completed Workmen are now busy placing backs one all the seats at the New wire screening will be in stalled in of the box and bleacher sections before tli opening An improved light ing will also be in opera tion which will give 33 more light than the old The home game sched ule for the Mustangs is as follows May 4, 5, 6 Salt Lak May 7, 8, 9 May 11, 12, 13 Idaho Falls May 21, 22, 23...: May 24, 25, May 27, 28, 29 Twin Fall May 30, 31 Great Falls June 13, 14, 15 June 16, 17, 18 Salt Lak June 29, 30, July 1 Fall July 2, 3, 4 Great Fall July 8, 9, 10 Bois July 11, 12, 13 Twin Fail July 24, 25, 26 Aug. 12, 13, 14 Salt Lak Aug. 15, 16, 17 Aug. 2B, 27, 28 Idaho Fall Aug. 29, 30 31 2, 3, 4 Fal 10, Falls OL 30 TO NEW POSITION Montana Slot Machine Clubs Set A New State Record Kenneth L. who Saturday as assistant county agent for Yellowstone county has been appointed agricultural de- velopment agent for the ern Pacific railway at May 1. has here two will serve the railway in northern Idaho and ter completing a four-year course in agriculture at the University of Cook went direct into the He served 23 months in New Guinea and the ana was an infantry major on his return to the United States in 1946. He is 27 years National Guard In Recruiting Drive A National Guard recruiting of flee or Billings is now open at 2919 Montana avenue for the ied National Guard Capt. M. Blake and 1st Sgt. who are attached to the Sixth army are In The be open from noon un- 11 p.m. daily except it will be open from 9 ajn o 9 p.m. According ta the local guard men from 17 to 35, in- are eligible for National but persons previous military service are not prevented the maximum age imit from Joining the For- mer service men can also be en- isted in the rating they held when were separated from service Pay for guardsmen Is one day's regular army pay for the two-hour night meeting attended each week also counts on guard A maximum of 48 drills are set for the In addition the members attend a field training camp each year where they receive regular army pay td The recruiters point out that young men with no previous mill training can receive such training right here in Billings without it interfering with their ed or civilian I selective service and universal rail training become a law legis latlon is proposed to exempt bers of the National Under the intensified program for the new National guard members become for spe training in a variety o technical fields said Captain Blake Among some listed were engineer electronics in special aircraft Billings National Guard units which are now a part of the 163rc Infantry combat under th new guard organization headquarters and headquarters clubs are be- ing incorporated this year at a rale unequaled in Montana a study of records of the secretary of state revealed this The study was made by a member the Great Falls Tribune Virtually all of the cluis are be- ig formed to take advantage of law nonprofit to operate slot figures still are Incomplete ut the state took in in ot machine licenses in the first iree months Oils 71 percent nore than in the first quarter ol 947. Less than one year ago ble statewide Interest was y a Pills Tribune that revealed 35 lubs had been organized between 1 and May 7, 1947, all of them ligible to receive slot machine This week's study revealed that Between Jan. 1 and April 20, 1948, o less than 139 nonprofit ations have been incorporated in April Is almost certain o establish a new record because n the first 24 days 43 clubs were equal to the total for he entire month of There vere 28 new clubs in January and 5 in To date no way out of the di- emma created by the 1945 machine is in The orney general has held on at least wo occasions that final bility for determining whether u club qualifies rests the board of Yet last June the announced issuance of a number of licenses with the ment it was doing so only because t- had been advised by the attor ney general's office that failure to issue licenses to clubs the standards set by the law and thu secretary of state's office probably would result In mandamus actions to force the to So far there has been no test of the slot machine law before the supreme Ample opportunity because Judge Guy C. of held in a Great Palis case that slot machines are ies and Judge George W. Padbury of Helena held in a county case that they are If slot machines are they by and the law must If they are the supreme court's decision in he Great Falls club case the effect if an is not carrying in good aith the purposes for which it was operation rather than intent ex- pressed at the time of are the things that must In view of the attorney general's responsibility for whether a club up to its expressed declarations In ar- ticles of Incorporation lies with board of which las the power to enforce all visions or the 1945 licensing including that which prohibits op- of slot machines except by itable or nonprofit or with county law ment who may be aided by information obtained by sation board agents in prosecution of criminal cases or who may be assisted by the attorney general's office if civil abatement proceed ings are lity MarWe Tournament Finals Are Saturday The city-wide marble tournament by the Billings Junior chamber of commerce is in its inal stages with championship games scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday at Garfield school Con- ducted the department of public recreation there are 112 entries this Results of the tournament so far Orchard 119 Jimmy 33 North Edward 211 N. 15th; Donald 211 N. 15th. seo 406 23rd; 21 S. 25th. Charles 411 neth 506% S. 35th. The winner for Junior was Kenney route 1, who took third place in the 1947 state The runner-up is Dale 915 S. 27th, who was Billings 1947 champion and took second place at the 1847 state These boys are favored for champ and runner-up of the present city The matches at MeKinley school were held Wednesday afternoon and at Thursday after- The last school match will be at Pratt school Friday after- The winner ol the city will take part in the state VFW at Great Falls under the joint sponsorship of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Billings VFW Conduct City Council Meeting Billings toox over the city council Tuesday night during the city's first youth week proved themselves excellent hands at the Main items oJ civic interest discussed by the city administrators eluded a railroad underpass con- MAY OPEN LAUREL OIL POOL Gerald H. Anderson reported Monday that he may have a good oil well at the Anthon Kohl farm five miles south ol He said that green oil and gas shot high the air Sunday night when the bit Third and 1.005 feet in what is prob and M companies of the ably the A street improvements and ic The teen-age officials met with the city council in regular session and at the conclusion of their meeting the regular city officials the session over to the One of their first ders of was the ous adoption of a resolution youth week a's an annual event for Don brought the meeting to Responding when city called the roll were Gus Grace Dick id Jim Duane Curdy and Teressa One Roy was ab- Other officials to the teen-age administration taking part in the meeting were Jim city Marynell Keith police Joe Dick chief of and Dick fire Clean-Up Week Set for Next Week PROCLAMATION the general health and welfare of our citizens de- pend upon wholesome ings arising from good clean clean living and the lives and ty of our people are endangered by fire caused by the cluttered conditions in alloys and and unity of effort is re- quired for the future ment of our H. E. Mayor of the City of do hereby designate May 2, 1948, as ing day of the sponsored by civic and other and call upon all departments of the and and all other and other people in general to take an active part in this constructive program for community improvement to In- sure its Dated this 26th day of 1'JiU. H. E. City of Next week is official for Billings I The city will cooperate all residents by lauling away their zens of Billings arc urged to clean their entire premises Including basements and attics of accumulated rubbish and pile it in the alleys for coV lection by trucks of the city's of A. S. head of the city's de- or sanitation sold today that the department's trucks would haul away usual rubbish and jut that they would not handle large limbs of scrap material or Small branches and shrub trimmings would be all right according to Mr. Fire Chief Lucian B. Smith day urged all citizens of Billings to take part in the annual Clean-up fires cost U. S. I property owners more than two million dollars each Many of these fires start in An important point in property is to keep garages and attics free of all he WITHHOLDING TAX DOPE NOW IN THE MAIL Employers in Billings and tana who are concerned about the new withholding tax salaries and of their which effective on May 1, will have the necessary tion within the next few days cording to Thomas M. collector of internal revenue for the district of Mr. Robinson said Tuesday that Circulars information In con- with the withholding of in- come tax under the Revenue act of 1948, are being placed In the malls will be in the hands of all employers throughout the state of Montana within the next four or five The well is in section Cancer Fund Drive Lags With only a few days left for Yellowstone county's cancer close to four thousand lars of the goal has been received by Mrs. George A. county last Saturday netted for the Twenty-five girls from Seventh and Eighth clubs from city schools sold the Mrs. Mitchell said today that she hoped that donations would flow her office the next few duys to reach the AIRMEN TO HOLD DANCE The Billings Air Reserve officers association and Air Force tion will hold a spring dance to the hall Friday Open to members and their guests this event will attract many town A special invitation to attend has been extended to Reserve and National guard DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY Complete Oil News Page 14-15 Agriculture News Page 10 Allen Page 6 Editorial 1'agc 2
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