CALIFORNIA: Misunderstood Man

Tightlipped, hard-eyed Anthony Cornera Stralla, "admiral" of the Long Beach gambling ship Lux, has lived a life devoted, in a manner of speaking, to public service. He also has great respect for laws, is always trying to keep from breaking them. But for two decades both state and federal officials have been baying after him like bloodhounds, continuously balking his efforts at aiding the masses.

An Italian-born ex-coal-passer, Tony Stralla entered rumrunning in Prohibition days "to keep 120,000,000 people from being poisoned to death." He generously invested a small fortune in a...