National Affairs: Fireman's Find

Last week when the Congress Hotel burned in Tucson, Ariz. Fireman John Freeman was given a $50 tip for lugging out heavy suitcases for several "wealthy Easterners." Next afternoon, thumbing through a detective magazine in the firehouse, he stared at likenesses of two of the generous strangers. Minutes later Tucson police started a manhunt for John Dillinger and his gang who week before had looted the First National Bank of East Chicago (TIME, Jan. 29).

In a tourist camp police picked up tall, scholarly Harry Pierpont (jailbreaker & murderer) who went with them meekly,...

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