CRIME: Substitute for Beer

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When the Civil war ended, cannon factories began making fancy grillwork and iron dogs. When railroads made Western stage coach lines obsolescent, Wells Fargo got into the railway express business. With the passing of the horse, Studebaker Carriage works survived by manufacturing automobiles. The return of beer has similarly forced the nation's underworld into evolution. As was amply evidenced last week, the defunct beer racket is swiftly being superseded as a source of criminal revenue by the uglier, more desperate crime of kidnapping. Unlike a legitimate industry, a gang which has...

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