The Press: Homer v. Knox

Last November acid-tongued Columnist Westbrook Pegler dug up evidence in Chicago that in 1922 William Bioff had been convicted of pandering, sentenced to six months in jail, released after serving just eight days (TIME, Aug. 21, Dec. 4). This was news because Bioff is western representative and reputed boss of the potent International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes (Stagehands' Union).

Pegler turned his evidence over to State's Attorney Thomas James Courtney. Attorney Courtney promptly wired a warrant to Los Angeles, where William Bioff was watching over the union problems of Hollywood's cinema technicians, and Bioff was arrested. Before Pander Bioff could...

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