National Affairs: Downshaker

How might a glib varlet, lacking the nerve lo be an out-&-out racketeer, make money out 'of Prohibition at small personal risk and outlay? One way might be to impersonate a U.S. revenue agent and frighten hush money out of unsophisticated speakeasy proprietors. So thought one Thomas Harris, alias James Marshall, of Brooklyn. His technique: enter speakeasy, consume drinks, ask pointed questions, drop dark hints, increase hints to threats if necessary, pretend to "telephone headquarters" and show a fake revolver (cigaret case) if absolutely necessary. If threatened in return or asked to show a badge, leave discreetly. The underworld name for...

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