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Thomas Edison & Al 'Scarface' Capone...

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October 17, 1931

THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 17, 1931

* Inventor Thomas Alva Edison
* Falls into a coma - would die next day
* Al 'Scarface' Capone's tax evasion trial
* Would be found guilty on this day

The front page has a one column heading: "EDISON IN DEEP COMA" with subheads. (see) Edison would die on the following day.
Page 4 has a one column heading: "CAPONE AS 'NO PIKER' EXTOLLED IN PLEAS" with subheads. (see) Lengthy coverage on the day he would be found guilty of tax evasion.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 36 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. Nice condition.

wikipedia notes: In October 1931, Cyr filed suit in a bid to oust Long as governor and declared himself governor. He had a justice of the peace in Shreveport give him the oath of office in the Caddo Parish courthouse. Cyr arrived in Baton Rouge and threatened to take over the governor's mansion. Long ordered the National Guard to mobilize, and troops surrounded the capitol with strict orders not to admit Cyr. After a few days, state police replaced the guardsmen. For a time, the city was an "armed camp", with both Long and Cyr packing pistols.

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