CRIME: Oldest Industry

Boston offers a lucrative field for the business of vice. Competition is keen. Thriving "places of business" crowd one another in Boston's South End. Philadelphia and New York rings vie with local operatives for the Boston trade. But last week the Boston vice industry suffered a slump. Federal agents descended on South End "houses." The hostesses, forewarned, had fled. Only two women were taken in: Rose ("Rosie Big Lips") Restant and Pauline ("Queen Polly") Levine.

This sudden cessation of business activity was caused by a Federal investigation. Several weeks ago Samuel Reinstein,...

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