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LICA VO1, ARRESTED
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Suspect in Buckley Death Found
After Search of More
Than Year.
INDICTED LAST JANUARY

Argot Makes the Language Grow;
Movies Assist Spread of Slang

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Today's Radio Programs
(Eaztern Standard Time)

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- MALLORY
STETSON

- KNOX

tacketeer Known as Prominent
Leer of Down-River
Rum Runners,
DETROIT, Oct. 3.--(P)-Peter Li-
avoli, 28, sought for more than a
ear as a suspect in the slaying of
erald E.: Buckley, radio political
r mentator, was arrested in To-
do Friday night and officials were
reparing today to reopen the city's
lost sensational murder case in
any years.
Licavoli was indicted last Jan. 27
r the Buckley murder along with
ed Pizzino, Angelo Livecchi, Joe
ommarito and three others whose
ames were not divulged. Bomma-
.to, Pizzino and Livecchi were ac-I
itted after a long trial last spring.
Authorities here were informed
Licavoli's arrest late Friday night
nd a member of the police homi-
de squad, was dispatched to Tole-
)with a copy of the indictment.
A few weeks after the indictmentI
as returnied last winter°, Licavoli'
as reported driving about Detroit
1a heavily armored car. Then he
opped from sight and noting
as heard of him until a policema~n

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By George A. Stauter
"Those guys have rods-we're on
the spot," boomed the character on
the screen.
"I'd give fifty grand to be out of
here," replied another.
And the audience, perfectly fa-
miliar wi,th English as it is spoken,
listens without a murmur to a jar-,
gon that would have been unintelli-
gible a short two years ago.
The development of gangster talk
through the gunman film is one ex-
ample of the way the language
grows-not the only way, but one
of the ways. All trades, all cliques,
all guilds and professions have
slang.
The human being seems strange-
ly desirous of building up a tongue
that is known only to his cult. The
gunman slang is one of the very
few that is becoming known to the
public at large.
Hardly an American todayrto so
behind the times, as not to recog-
nize "on the spot" as a term for
being placed in a situation subject-

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ing one to violent execution accord-
ing to gangster law. d
l "Taking him for a ride" is al-
most an every-day phrase. Few do
not know that a "grand" is $1,000,
a "rod" is a gun, a "stretch" or
"rap' is a prison sentence, a "stool"
is an informer, and a "moll" is a
gangsters girl.
The strange, yet vivid and power-
ful, phrases and words are only an
infinitely small proportion of the
class slang that decorates all busi-
ness and professions.
Newspaper Language.
The newspaperman, nowever, rec-
ognizes his own slang, and knows
that the person mnentioned as "the
one in the slot in the lobster shift"
is sitting in the main position on
wide, circular copy desk from 3 a.m.
to 11 a.m.
Thus a "flash" is a warning by
wire of a big news event just
"breaking" or coming in; a "fudge"
is not candy to a newspaperman
but a last-minute insertion of an
important late story on the front
page; a "bulldog" isn't a canine,
but just an early edition; if "your
weather ear is pied" you seek no
medical relief but straighten the
typographical errata in the small
box at the top of the front page
that carries the weather report.
The "masthead" has nothing to
do with shipping. columns, being the
data concerning the paper that al-
ways sits at the top of the first
editorial page column. A "legman"
almost explains himself as a report-
er who does the heavy walking on
a newsbeatsand who telephones his
stories to rewrite. Then there are
"by-lines" and "pi-lines" and "dead
lines" and "date lines' to jumble the
argot.
Other walks of life have their
own code, too.
"I was stealing a job from a ba-
nana,' says the taxi driver, "but the
eel showed up so I cruised and got
a long haul. He was 'a flat and
rolled back empty."
.It becomes intelligible if you
know from a taxi-man that a "fare"
is a pick-up in taxi slang. A "job" is
a fare picked up while cruising. To
"steal" is to cut ahead of your turn
in the line-up. A "banana" is cant
for a Yellow Cab. The "eel" is slang,
for the roving taxi inspector. A
"long haul" is one that takes the
driver from the center of the city
to places where fares are infrequent.
A "flat" is not a flat tire but a fare
who does not tip the driver.
And so it is with all crafts. News-
papermen are perhaps the only per-
sons knowing more than one craft
slang.

Sunday night will be a gala one,
with the Columbia Symphony or-
chestra playing the last two move-
ments of Mendelssohn's first piano
concerto at 10 o'clock over WXYZ
and KMOX, and the Max Steindel
String Ensemble at 11:30 o'clock
from the above stations. Another
program reviewing the songs of by-
gone days will come over the air at
9 o'clock over KMOX and WXYZ.
Fray and Braggioti, the famed
piano duo, will introduce a new
series of variations on the theme
of "Swanee River" from 7:15 o'clock
to 7:30 o'clock over the same sta-
Stions that the old song review
comes over from 10:30 to 11 o'clock,
using the same outlet, the Gauchos
will present an outstanding pro-
gram of Cuban and Spanish dance
music.
Beginning at 7:30 o'clock, intro-
ducing a new program to the air,
The Three Bakers, WJR will carry
the following programs for the WJZ
chain of the National Broadcasting
company: Enna Jettick Melodies at
8 o'clock, the Bayigk Stag party at
9:15 o'clock, Kellogg Slumber Music
at 9:45 o'clock, dance music at 10:30
o'clock, the South Sea Islanders at
11: 45 o'clock, and Henry Theis andx
his orchestra at midnight.
Eddie Cantor is the big gun on
the WEAF branch of the NBC; com-
ing through WWJ at 8 o'clock. Oth-
er programs worthy of mention a-e
Moonshine and Honeysuckle, a
sketch at 7 o'clock. Thru the Opera
Glass, a program of opera music,
will begin at 9:15 o'clock, to be fol-
lowed by Ted Weem's orchestra at'

10:15 o'clock. Sunday at Seth Park-
er's one of the most heart-appealing
programs on the air today lasts
from 10:45 to 11:15 o'clock, when
Ralph Kirbery, baritone, Joseph
Stopak, violinist, and Robert Braine,
accompanist, come to the micro-
phone. Jesse Crawford plays exclu-
sively for WEAF at 11:30 o'clock,
followed by Larry Funk and his or-
chestra from the same station who
closes the WEAF broadcast for Sun-
day at 1 o'clock.
Find Detroit Student
Dead of Shot in Car
DETROIT, Oct. 3-(AP)--Sidney
Katz, 19-year-old high school stu7
dent, was found dead of a bullet
wound Friday night in his broth-
er's car parked on Nineteen Mile
road in Oakland county.
Although the pistol from which
the bullet was fired was found on.
the seat beside him and a note
indicating he had taken his own
life was discovered in his pocket,
officials were investigating some
circumstances which aroused belief
he might have been slain.
Chief among those circumstances
Coroner Lee Voorhees of Oakland
county said, was the fact that the
rear seat of the car was bloodstain-
ed, although the body was in the
front seat and the wound had bled
but little.
Eighty-one per cent of the stu-
dents at the University of Kentucky
are employed.

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a Detroit po-
)od on a cor-
;iess district.
tod as saying
to be a mem-
i. gang which
erwonld there
1 years has
here asan
a down-river
His recotd
one of them
onviction, for

Reminders of World War Must
Be Destroyed for Peace,
Asserts Mussolini.
ROMVE, Oct. 3-(?) -Limitation
of armaments and settlement of
war debts and reparations were
advocated by the grand council of
Fascism today as the most effec-
tive remedies for the world-wide
economic situation.
Premier Mussolini, chairman of
the council, in meeting Friday
night and early today, reaffirmed
his long-standing conviction that
reiminders of the World war must
be wiped out in order to restore
genuine peace and prosperty.
Foreign minister Dino Grandi's
proposal for an immediate truce
on arms to last until the disarma-
ment conference in February, sub-
mitted to the council of the League
of Nations, was said to have "sur-
mounted prejudice and placed the
international arms probSem on a
realistic and concrete basis."
Fascism's example in acting
quickly to meet the emergency
within its own borders, it was said,
should be made known to the world
as a helpful and effective influence.

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D orn }'lethod of
Blocking H'ats'
THEY USE THIS BECAUSE
,THEY HAVE FOUND IT TO
BE THE PREFERABLE METH-
OD. WE HAVE CONFIDENCE
IN THE SELECTION OF A
BLOCKING PROCESS CHOSEN
BY ALL OF THE LEADING
HAT MANUFACTURERS.
EVEN AS THEY HAVE
FOUND IT TO BE SATISFAC-
TORY SO HAVE THE'°MANY

slaying of Buckley in the
of La Salle hotel early the
.ng of July 23, 1930, came at
id of the campaign which re-
in the recall of the then
r Charles Bowles.
prosecution's theory in the
which resulted in acquittal of
o, Livecchi and Bommarito
hat Buckley was shot by an
world clique which had op-
the recall movement.
ino and Liveechi later were
cted of another slaying and.
erving life sentences in Mar-
prison.

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