People, Jul. 31, 1939

To recover a clothes bill from dapper Gangster Lawyer Julius Richard ("Dixie") Davis, who this week finishes a stay in The Bronx County jail for participating in the Dutch Schultz policy racket, swank Haberdasher Amos Sulka went to court. Some items: shirts at $18.25 (one day Customer Davis bought 16), handkerchiefs at $3, silk drawers* at $12.50, socks at $5.25 a pair, two "ladies' lounge suits" at $105 each.

Novelist John Steinbeck, 37, whose best-selling Grapes of Wrath has passed the 155,000th mark, took his sore throat (from a recent tonsillectomy) and his badgered personality into seclusion in a California canyon, far...

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