Early one evening last week a Coast Guard searchlight fell upon a barge unloading somewhere near Ambrose Light-ship in lower New York Bay. A speed boat cast off from the barge slipped away toward New Jersey. A low-slung power cruiser cast off, headed for the Brooklyn shore. The barge and a tug lay to.

Immediately suspicious, Chief Boatswain's Mate Karl E. Schmidt commanding the Coast Guard boat CG-145 fired three blank shells as a warning for the fugitives to stop. The warning was ignored. He then turned his searchlight on his laterally striped...

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