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April 18, 2010 at 11:14 pm no johnny t – this is a book about rumrunning in the Windsor-Detroit region. it does have a story in there about the bar “rumrunners” however.
Yes, he heard of the infamous rumrunning vessel The Black Duck that was gunned down by a Coast Guard cutter.
To keep his job, his father is forced to assist in rumrunning.
Telephones in a hundred shipping offices ringing away, still a relatively new sound; and merchandise being sent east and west; passengers arriving and departing, having coffee in the Palm Court or getting their shoes shined, the wing tips of banking, the cap toes of parts supply, the saddle shoes of rumrunning.
A pool prodigy who was giving trick-shot exhibitions by the age of 12, Fred Whalen hustled his way west from St. Louis in 1922 and made his fortune in L.A. by having the speediest rumrunning boat off the coast during Prohibition.
Between the opening of the Coney Island Boardwalk and Yankee Stadium, the rise of women’s rights, the flowering of the Ku Klux Klan, Prohibition rumrunning, and the kind of active tabloid press that would have loved her—well, where else would Ruby live?
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