The Press: The Great Sin Ship

He lived his last years in obscurity, and when he died last week, at 64, poisoned by fumes from a gas heater in a seedy Long Beach, Calif., apartment, few could even recall his name. But for eight heady days in 1924, Sanford Jarrell had brightened New York with the wildest news paper hoax of the jazz age.

Jarrell was known as "an industrious .and reputable reporter" when the New York Herald Tribune sent him to check a tip that a seaworthy saloon was operating off Long Island, outside the twelve-mile limit. Three days...

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