National Affairs: Black Duck Aftermath

Almost as foggy as Narragansett Bay fortnight ago when Coast Guard launch 290 sprayed the Black Duck with machine gun fire, killing three of her four occupants, were the facts of this latest episode in Federal liquor suppression. Agreed: the Black Duck was a rumrunner with 500 cases aboard; her stern was peppered with bullets from C. G. 290. Coast Guard claim: a siren first warned the Black Duck to stop; she tried to escape; a one-pound shot failed to halt her; machine gun fire was a last resort; the Black Duck either veered...

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