TRADE: Prison Sale

Couple of years ago frisky Merchant Raymond Ballew shot up both members of the police force of his native Memphis.

Tex. (pop. 3,854). Month ago the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld his conviction on charges of assault to murder.

Facing two years in the clink. Merchant Ballew moved to close out his automobile and electric-appliance business. In the Memphis Democrat he took a quarter-page ad: "Yes, folks, it's true. I'm not going to be with you much longer! . . . For in a little while I'll be stripping sorghum and hoeing peas...

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