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New Bedford Times

May 13, 1925


Commissioner Lilley Holds Fairhaven Men for Federal Grand Jury

Charged with illegal transportation and possession of ten gallons of moonshine whiskey, Nunes Martin of 109 County street and Henry Souza, 366 Main street, Fairhaven, entered a plea of not guilty and waived examination when they were arraigned before U. S. Commissioner George E. Lilley today. They furnished $500 bond each for their appearance before the Federal grand jury.

The alleged transportation of liquor occurred in Wareham Saturday, according to one complaint brought by Fred M. Kimball and Frederick M. Forde, Prohibition agents. The two defendants were represented by attorney Charles Serpa.

This event has no apparent connection to the Seaview Poultry Farm but Henry "Hank" Souza will later be associated with a grizzly murder. Charles Serpa will prove to be a close associate of Charlie Travers.

By July things around Fairhaven get so heated the Feds start noticing the area more.

New Bedford Evening Standard

July 28, 1925


Alleged Rum Running Renewed In Fairhaven Boats And Imported Mechanics

Rum running with the Fairhaven waterfront as the home base has been resumed in full tilt according to an authority familiar with the waterfront activities in that town. The business is being carried on with almost as much vigor as during the heyday before Rev. A. E. Tingley denounced the trade from his pulpit, followed by a general stirring up of the part of town at large and demonstrations believed to have been staged by the Ku Klux Klan in support of Mr. Tingley's campaign. Mr. Tingley is now on vacation and it is understood that the business is “making hay while the sun shines" and employing at least 20 boats to bring in contraband liquor under the cover of darkness. Activities, it is said, are lessened and only by the absence of one of the five factions which formerly engaged in the business.

With the addition of fast boats to the fleet is now possible, it is declared, for most of the boats to leave Fairhaven after dark, go out to 6 miles off Nomansland, watch an opportunity to evade government boats and return to Fairhaven before daybreak.

The unloading is likewise done in a hurry and trucks are out of sight of the town in short order. One of the boats is said to be capable of turning 40 miles an hour.

So well established is the business that it is said that a staff of expert mechanics has been imported from Boston to make repairs to engines and install others, the latter said to be airplane engines of tremendous power.

The authoritative report also describes a place bordering on the pretentiousness of an estate established on the coast to the eastward of the town. The place is maintained to the 'n' th' degree, even with a chef, and considerable entertaining is done there.

Fairhaven and neighboring coastal spots are not the only spots mentioned as havens of rendezvous for the rum runners, the report also including the Seconnet River, Fall River where it is said, a large farm is maintained upstream of the home base for a fleet of small rum running craft.

The fast boat mentioned was the Black Duck, Charlie's main in-shore boat. The "estate" is the Lavasseur Estate. Located at what was the eastern terminus of Huttleston Avenue it overlooked the newly developed area from the High School to Adams street, where Huttleston ave ended. Built in hidden hallways and rooms were perfect for hiding liquor and escaping if the police did arrive. The estate was moved south of Huttleston avenue when the road was extended to Washington street. A fire devastated the mansion in the late 1970's and only the former carriage house. now converted to a house on Bridge street still exist. Anywhere east of Alden road was considered East Fairhaven, including Sconticut Neck. The Sakonnet farm is Herb Cavaca's 'Wing Over Farm", a close associate of Max Fox and Charlie Travers.

All the heat brought down on Fairhaven in 1925 seemed to keep things quieter for a while. Liquor drop spots were moved to other towns, for awhile. In 1927 the Somerset and Bergeron Farm became too hot and Max Fox was facing more jail time. Locals were still active elsewhere ans this article proves.

New Bedford Times

January 22, 1927

Mrs. Dudley Is Rearrested In New York Rum Case

Fairhaven woman surrenders after new indictment is filed

Alleged owner of rum runner was not properly described in first true bill

Uncle Sam launched a new offensive today to have Mrs. Maria Duffy, 137 Green street, Fairhaven, face trial in New York on a Rum Running charge. The Fairhaven woman was rearrested by U. S. Deputy Marshal Walter Baillargeon on a fugitive from justice warrant. The complaint was signed by Commissioner Edwin C. Jenny of Boston.

An indictment returned in June by the federal grand jury of southern New York was declared faulty by a U. S. District Judge in Boston who ordered her released.

In that indictment she was named as "Jane Duffy" and her counsel John H. Backus appealed to the U. S. Court after Commissioner George H. Lilly directed Mrs. Duffy to stand trial. In finding for the Fairhaven woman the court then ruled that she was technically not the person named in the indictment.

Since the precedent in Boston court, Mrs. Duffy has been reindicted and a copy of the indictment accompanied the fugitive from justice warrant that reached here today. This time she is more accurately named in the charges.

Mrs. Duffy is alleged to have been a part owner in the schooner, Julia May, seized off Montauk Point, Long Island with a cargo of several hundred cases of whiskey. Government witnesses at the hearing here on the first fugitive from justice complaint testified that she had suggested "fixing" Coast Guard officers to permit the landing of her boat.

Six men were indicted on the same complaint as Mrs. Duffy's charges growing out of the same transaction.

Ms. Duffy surrendered herself to Deputy Marshal Baillargeon on at the Commissioner's office shortly before one o'clock today. She was accompanied to the Commissioner's office by attorney John R Lowney.

She entered a plea of not guilty to the fugitive complaint and was given a continuance until February 6. Bail was fixed at $2000 pending hearing and surety was offered by her husband Frank.

Again Mr. Backus is a rum runners attorney.

In 1929 Charlie was still running the Black Duck but using other locations to land cargo. In December, New Year's eve was approaching and Newport, RI was a party hot spot. Local socialites and politicians wanted to celebrate in a big way and placed orders for champagne and liquors. Charlie had a deal to bring in a load to Newport on December 29, 1929.

Coast Guard Commander A.C. Cornell out of the New London CT base had gotten a tip from an informant that the Duck would be entering Narragansett Bay on a particular night.

It wasn't uncommon for rival gangs to get news of other boat's activities. Cornell waited on board his Coast Guard craft, the CG-290 tied to a navigation buoy while another CG boat waited at the other end of the entrance to Newport Harbor. Both boats sat, motors off, in a heavy fog, knowing that any vessels entering Newport would head toward the gong bouys for navigation. This is the newspapers from the next day.

New Bedford Evening Standard

December 30, 1929


John Goulart Former Fairhaven High Football Player, Jacob Weissman, Frequent Visitor Here, Among Victims- Charles Travers in Hospital

The Coast Guard rum patrol took the lives of three rum runners early yesterday in Narragansett Bay, one a man well known in New Bedford, but hailing from Providence, another a Fairhaven man.

Under Guard in Hospital.

The Fairhaven skipper of the liquor craft in which the three men met death barely escaped a similar fate. He lies under guard today in Newport City hospital, weak from the loss of blood from a gunshot wound in the hand. That accounts for the crew. The boat and it's cargo were seized by the Coast Guard.

The Dead.

Jacob Weissman, 35, 78 Gay street, Providence, but a familiar figure in New Bedford, where he spent much time. John Goulart, 27, Box 312 Sconticut Neck road, Fairhaven, son of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel S. Goulart. He was graduate of Fairhaven High school, 1921 and and a member of the school football team in 1919 and 1920. Dudley Brandt, 35 Boston.

The injured; Charles Travers, 24, Sconticut Neck road, Fairhaven, son of Frank Travers, 15 Clara street, New Bedford, shot through the hand. The craft was the speedboat C-5677, Newport, Rhode Island, known as the Black Duck and according to an official checkup, owned by Weissman. It bears the the documentary number 221-198 and was registered under the name of Joseph Williams, 78 Gay street, Providence. That was Weissman's address, and there is no Joseph Williams there. The Coast Guard boat which did the deadly work was the CG-290.

The condition of Travers today was reported to be serious, but not dangerous. Attorney John H. Backus has already been retained to defend him and was indignant today at having refused access to this patient by the Coast Guardsmen stationed at Travers bedside in the Newport hospital.

The possibility that Travers is the same Travers for whom the Casey Boat Building yards, Fairhaven, are contracting a 60 foot dragger with two 100 horsepower motors was a matter of interest today. The boat building firm professed not to know. John Goulart, according to his family was Travers partner in lobster fishing for several years, and had been employed by him for several months lately.

Racked by Gunfire.

The speedboat C-5677, of Newport, Rhode Island, known as the Black Duck was raked by machine gunfire after attempting to escape from the Coast Guard patrol boat CG-290 in a heavy fog early yeaterday at the entrance to the Narragansett bay.

Three men were killed and the fourth member of her crew was wounded.

The encounter with the Black Duck, a speedy 50 footer, occurred after the Coast Guard boat, in charge of Boatswain A. C. Cornell, had come upon the rumrunner shortly after 3 A.M. and the latter refused to surrender.

An official statement by Lieutenant Commander L.T. Chalker, in charge of base four here, declared the shootings "unfortunate, but clearly justified by the law."

"It was an unfortunate killing," Commander Chalker said, "but rumrunners and all others on the sea must understand the law of the sea that requires them to heave to upon signal of the Coast Guard craft. In this respect it is difficult to see where the rumrunners are any different from burglars or any other violators of the law who attempt to escape."

Commander Chalker insisted that his men had not fired on the C-5677 until the identity had been established and the searchlight had revealed the sacks on her deck . The intent was to disable her by shooting the rudder, he said, and at no time did they fire at any men.

20 Rounds Fired.

According to the Coast Guard, the Black Duck was sighted about 3:30 A.M. Sunday at Dumpling light at the entrance to Narragansett Bay. Fog was heavy at the time, but the Black Duck was making speed for Newport. When the Coast Guard's searchlight picked the Black Duck out of the murk, sacks of liquor were seen to be stowed all over the deck.

Boatswain Cornell signaled for the Black Duck to heave to. Instead the rumrunner kept speeding ahead. Cornell feared, with her superior speed, she would quickly be lost to sight and pursuit in the fog. Coast Guardsmen estimated the pursued craft was going 27 feet per second. A few minutes was bound to determine the success or failure of the Coast Guard effort. Boatswain Cornell quickly gave the order to fire to stop the rumboat.

As Cornell gave his order, the Black Duck roared out to sea. The maneuver raised waves which reached the Coast Guardsmen and upset the aim of her marksman. Shots intended to cut the tiller ropes or smash the rudder instead raked the pilot house. Twenty rounds of ammunition were fired.

Travers Knocked From The Wheel.

Travers, who was at the wheel in the Black Duck's pilot house, later said that his three companions were killed almost at the same time. A bullet hit Travers and knocked him from the wheel. Then the Black Duck ran until Travers crawled to the control and swung the clutch into neutral to stop his propellers.

The Coast Guard boat put into port at Fort Adams in Newport after the encounter and the bodies of the dead were taken to the morgue and Travers removed to the hospital. The CG-290 with the Black Duck in convoy with 500 cases of liquor aboard then went for the New London base. Travers, who at first gave the name Carl White, denied at the hospital later that the Coast Guardsmen had given them any warning, "We didn't have a chance." he said.

Weissman was out on bail under a federal indictment of the charge of conspiracy to violate the prohibition law, arising out of the seizure of a liquor plant at Portsmouth, Rhode Island; last March Goulart had been engaged in lobster fishing, and Brandt was the only married man of the three and a maritime engineer and war veteran.

Backus to Represent Travers.

Attorney John M. Backus of New Bedford, former Assistant United States attorney at Boston, went to Newport last night to represent Travers.

The power cruiser has, upon many occasions come under the suspicion of Coast Guard officials in connection with rum running. It is the opinion of New Bedford Customs officials it seldom went into New New Bedford harbor , but has been known in the vicinity of Hyannis.

The boats number was issued from the office of the collector of Customs at Boston on May 28, 1928. There it was explained that a numbered boat has no recorded home port.

It was recognized immediately yesterday on sighting as a well known craft which has been boarded several several times and frequently released in the past year.

Capable of 30 Knots.

The Black Duck is a speed boat capable of 30 knots and is motored with powerful marine aero motors valued at from $15,000 to $20,000 , while the hull has a similar value, Coast Guardsmen said.

After the Black Duck was captured in the channel off the Dumplings, across from Fort Wetherrell several officials attempted to link ownership with both Weissman and Travers. Travers denied ownership but admitted he owned an automobile found in Weissman's garage.

From the beginning Charlie maintained that his crew was fired on without warning, at nearly point blank range.

New Bedford Standard

December 30, 1929


Cutter Loomed Out of Fog and "Blazed Away" Without Warning, Wounded Rum Boat Skipper Declares-"Fine Boys," He Describes Slain Trio

No direct word had been received today at the home of Frank Travers, 15 Clara St., the father of Charles Travers, helmsman and alleged captain of of the Black Duck, rumrunner on which three men met death Sunday.

Condition is Serious.

Travers, brother of the injured skipper, said he would leave today for Newport to see his brother, who is lying in Newport Hospital.

Dr. E. V. Murphy of the hospital staff, told the Standard this afternoon Travers is in serious but not dangerous condition, as he lost considerable blood. His wound was caused by a bullet which struck his thumb, pierced the palm of his hand and emerged through the wrist.

Expresses Sorrow.

The wounded skipper of the Black Duck expressed sorrow at the loss of his three companions.

"We didn't have a chance," he exclaimed bitterly as he was asked to tell of how it came about. He said the Coast Guardsmen gave them no warning, just loomed out of the fog and started to "blaze away."

Propped up on a pillow with a guard over him, swathed in bandages and weak, he braced himself to tell his version as the lone survivor of the attempted flight of the rum runner.

"We just came through the fog and up against them. The Coast Guard cutter loomed up like a big mountain. We didn"t know it was a Coast Guard boat, but I knew it was another ship and there was a danger of collision and I swung her over.

Fired Without Warning

"Then they commenced firing. The three of them were hit at the same instant and I guess they died instantly, for they didn't even speak after they were shot. When the bullet hit me I lost my hold on the wheel and the boat spun around sharp and then the engines stopped-Brandt had been watching them, and of course he was dead. Pretty soon a boat came along side from the Coast Guard and they took the others in and we went back to the "CG" and they told me I was under arrest.

"We turned and went back the fort and the Coast Guard hollered up to the guard that he was the Coast Guard and he had a wounded man, that he wanted a doctor and that he had three others, he guessed were dead, and the doctor came down and said, "yes", they were dead. And he put a bandage on me and and told the Coast Guard to take me to Newport because this was an Army post and they couldn't take in patients unless they belonged there, or in an emergency and he thought my wounds were not an emergency. Then they brought me here.

When the coroner, medical examiner and police inspector reached the hospital, Travers gave them the names of his three dead companions and also their home addresses. He told them his own name was "C. White", but inspector Furey told him that his name was Travers and they had found his automobile, and Travers then admitted his identity.

They asked him to tell them something of the affair and he told them he would not say anything until he talked to his lawyer.

He was willing to talk about his companions and spoke in a low voice as he said, "they didn't give us a chance-not a chance-and they were right on us. Them three fellows were damn fine boys. I"m just sorry for them, that's all."

The law clearly states that when stopping any other vessel a Coast Guard vessel is required to hail the other boat with a klaxon horn, play a search light on the boat and if that fails fire a volley over the offenders bow as a last resort. None of these rules were observed.

The public was outraged. The Coast Guard had fired on and killed 3 American citizens, unprovoked. The name A. C. Cornell was on everybody's lips. Even the CG itself was being scrutinized. The whole legal process was irregular.

New Bedford Evening Standard

December 30, 1929


Attorney Not Permitted to See Travers, Appeals to Senator Walsh Coast Guard at Hospital Bed; Removal Plan From Newport Denied

Newport, R.I., Dec. 30-

John H. Backus, attorney of Charles Travers, wounded rumrunner who was being held incommunicado in the Newport hospital following yesterday's encounter in which three rumrunners killed by Coast Guardsmen, today appealed to Oscar Heltzen, attorney general for Rhode Island, for permission to see his client, Backus with twenty other interested persons, this noon waited for the attorney general's decision at the hospital where three Coast Guardsmen prevented the injured man from communicating with anyone.

Backus Drops Case.

After failure of his efforts to see Travers, Backus turned the case over to James H. Hagen Jr., a Providence attorney. Hagen immediately appealed to federal authorities at Providence for permission to see his client.

The federal government intended to keep the case in the jurisdiction seemed indicated today when the Coast Guardsmen on duty at the hospital refused admission to Inspector Patrick Purey of the Newport Police. Purey had been instructed by attorney Heltzen to assist in the investigation of the case.

Two See Travers.

Two men succeeded in getting past the federal guard today to see Travers. They were John Egan who said he was a cousin of the wounded rumrunner, and the Rev. Roy W. Magoun, superintendent of the Seamen's Church institute who yesterday bitterly criticized the killing of the three rumrunners. Neither Eagan nor the clergyman would discuss their visits. Two other men, who also claimed to be cousins of Travers, were denied admission.

The chief petty officer on duty at the hospital said he and his men were acting under special authority from Washington, transmitted to the Coast Guard base at New London.

Appeals to Senator Walsh.

Travers called for Mr. Backus as soon as the wounds were dressed at the hospital and the lawyer was reached in New Bedford. When he arrived at the hospital coast guardsmen were on duty at the injured rum runners bedside and Mr. Backus could not gain admission. In desperation, Mr. Backus telephoned to U. S. Senator Davis A. Walsh at Fitchburg.

Mr. Backus told the Senator over the telephone that he believed a Massachusetts citizen was being arbitrarily deprived of his constitutional rights. Mr. Backus expressed fear that a plan was under way to remove Travis from the Rhode Island jurisdiction to the Coast Guard hospital at New London, and declared the man's physical safety was being jeopardized by these plans.

Plan to Move Travis Denied.

Lieutenant Commander L.T. Chalker in command of Coast Guard base four at New London however told the Standard this afternoon that he did expect Travers would be removed from the Newport hospital. In addition Dr. Edward V. Murphy, physician in charge of the Newport institution said Travers would not be moved for the present at least.

Commander Chalker said so far as he knew the case was in charge of the U. S. District Attorney at Providence and added that the Coast Guards were standing over Travers bedside to guard him for federal authorities.

Newport Physician Chuckles.

Dr. Murphy laughed heartily when asked about the expulsion of Mr. Backus.

"Oh, I don't think that's serious," he chuckled. He said up to the time he left the hospital late last night the attorney had not talked to Travers, who is under arrest.

Mr. Backus was not at his Boston office this morning. There it was said he was somewhere in Rhode Island, but was expected back in Boston later in the day.

The next article is from Charlie's point of view, in hos own words. The coop is the cabin, throwin' stuff is gunfire.

New Bedford Times

December 30, 1929

Tragic Death Scene Aboard Black Duck Related By Travers

Stumbles Forward to Pilot House After Being Shot, Goulart Bleeding at The Mouth, Tells of Kid Brother in Dying Words, Rum Craft Making But Four Knots as Attack Begins, Guard Boat Tied to Buoy Off Dumpling

Newport, RI Dec. 31

While three armed coast guardsmen stood nearby, one taking notes, Charles Travers of New Bedford, sole survivor of the Black Duck speedboat killing, revealed from his cot in Newport Hospital that the liquor that was aboard the craft was for the New Year's eve merrymakers in Boston and gave a new and graphic account of what he termed the cold "blooded brutality" of those aboard the seventy-five foot Coast Guard patrol boat of the 290. It was the first time that the liquor cargo of the Black Duck had been actually linked with the "liquor racket" in Boston, although Federal officials from the city have been investigating that angle.

"Uptown says (Uptown is Boston, Travers reminded) we got to come through with plenty for New Year's and the fog came down just right for a run through. So we pack it to the limit and head in. The fog is so thick we were sure of a break.

Making Four Miles

"We were only going four miles an hour. I hear the gong ringing on the buoy off the Dumplings, the first thing I know a dark object comes up ahead. It was the seventy-five. She had her lights out and was tied to the buoy. I was not more than 20 feet away when they threw the search light on us. Then I saw the flash of the gun. Then I heard the zing, zing and felt the pain in my arm.

"I looked forward in the pilot house and Jake Weissman, Dudley Brandt and John Goulart are all falling down and making funny faces. But I wanted to talk with them and I kept going , but my knees got weak, so I hollered, 'Lay down, lay down, they are throwing stuff.' But I couldn’t see them, and Goulart came out of the coop and he's leaking blood out of his mouth, and he told me about 'me and my kid brother.'

"And I felt terribly bad about him because he goes to church and everything, and never took a drink and was always on the level.

"'Bye, bye', he says. 'I don't know what it's all about, and when he said that, I grabbed him and said, "They went through the coop," and I knew they must have fired bullets.

"I tried to hold Goulart up, but I fell down on the deck and I didn't remember anything until I woke up here with the guards. Nobody on my boat would have fired a gun at at anybody because we didn't have guns, and I never fired one anyway.

"We got a racket you know, "a grand" is a thousand dollars to us and when the big shots put up ten to fifteen thousand for a load they want us to invest a thousand out of our own pocketbooks.

"Or maybe four or five hundred, and what can we do but protect our own money, which is right in the load. That's why we take these chances, but it was too long a chance this time. The guards didn’t give us a break at all and they all took the licking but me."

The local and national newspapers carried the stories with big, bold type. Word spread quickly and the Coast Guard was suddenly reviled. In Boston a mob swarmed the Coast Guard's recruiting center in Copley Center, ripping posters down and smashing windows. A.C. Cornell and his family was moved out of New London after death threats were targeted at him and his family. Coast Guardsmen were jumped and beaten while walking back to base at night and they were warned "not to travel alone."

In New Bedford stories about the men killed ran in the papers. Jacob Weissman, who's name the Black Duck was registered under was featured in a story about his girlfriend.

New Bedford Evening Standard

December 30, 1929


Mrs. Jeanette Robbins Indignant at Refusal of Newport Authorities to Let Her See Weisman's Body-Wears Square Cut Diamond-Denies Engagement

Among those whom Jacob Weissman, rum runner, left to mourn his sudden end by Coast Guard bullets Sunday morning is pretty little Mrs. Jeanette Robbins, 21, 67 Bridge street, Fairhaven, who lives at that address with her sister. Mrs. Lillian Morton.

View of Body Refused.

Mrs. Robbins, a mere girl in appearance, said by her sister to be divorced, sped to Newport yesterday in response to a message from friends saying that Weissman had been hurt. She learned that the hurt was serious indeed, that the young man had reaped the final foil of his lawless career, that no one, not even his father, mother, brothers or sisters might see the bullet riddled body lying cold in the post morgue of Fort Adams.

"They wouldn't let me see my Jakie, they wouldn't let me see him," friends said she reported weeping on her return.

This morning found the young woman sobbing quietly in a modish black dress that seemed now to be worn as mourning, besides her little nephew's glittering Christmas tree. Mrs. Morton was red eyed, too, at times both burst out hysterically at what they called the heartlessness of the government in withholding the dead man's body from his parents for an orthodox Jewish burial within 24 hours of his death, as the sudden spotlight turned on pretty little Mrs. Robbins friendship with Weissman, who has been living apart from his wife and several children.

Loved His Business.

"There's nothing you can say about a man in Jakie's business, nothing, that is to print," brokenly murmured Mrs. Robbins.

The family had known Weissman for about six years, she said. She knew what his business was from the beginning, it seemed. "There was no use in talking to him about the risk, or that he ought to get something else," she went on softly. "That business was the breath of life to him. His heart and soul were in it. He loved excitement, going out and slipping in again. He made good money at it, he had an expensive car. he used to say that if anything ever happened to that business and he couldn’t go on, he just as well be dead. He’d been in it so long, you see."

Sometimes he told her of his adventures. The nearest he ever came to death was being lost at sea. He was adrift for seven days with a disabled engine, without water of food, she said. How he ever lived through it, she couldn't imagine. She didn’t know that people could endure hunger and thirst for that long. A fishing vessel towed him back to port, however, and he recovered, that was about three years ago.

Mrs. Morton protested that there was nothing after all that one could say that would help matters with the dead man. Weissman came to see the whole family, she said. He was frequently at their house and people knew he came specifically to see her sister. he was always a perfect gentleman, despite the business he was in, she said with fervor. They all liked him. He spent much time, off and on, in New Bedford.

"But what's the use of talking, he's dead and gone. She is the one that has got to live and face it down," Mrs. Morton said.

Supposed Joke Leads to Morgue.

"Jakie" was always a great one for joking, Mrs. Morton said. He loved to telephone and say that he had been hurt, and they'd better get a nurse and hurry over to the hospital to see him. So when the first report came, the message from friends saying he had been badly hurt, she thought it might be another of his jokes. But her sister believed the message was serious. She begged Mrs. Morton to drive her to Newport.

Johnny Goulart's eerie fortune telling also ran.

New Bedford Times

December 30, 1929

Goulart Had Premonition of Coming Death

A clairvoyant reading more than 10 years ago gave John Goulart, rum row victim, the premonition that he would not live until 1930.

An intimate friend revealed that to the Times when he told of meeting Goulart at a recent social. Knowing that Goulart was in the racket , this friend advised, "Hang on to you dollars, they won't last forever."

"What's the use, I won't be alive New Year's," this man quoted Johnny as answering.

While at Fairhaven High School, Goulart and several students visited a fortune teller. She told the Sconticut Neck youth that he would die before 1930.

Another report had investigated if Charlie had a new boat under construction in Fairhaven.

New Bedford Evening Standard

December 30, 1929


Major J. Casey Says 60 Foot Dragger Ordered by Charles Travers

Two Motors to Be Installed

A new 60 foot dragger is being built by the Casey Boat building company for a man named Charles Travers of New Bedford.

While Major J. Casey said he couldn't identify the man who ordered the boat as the same Charles Travers who was injured by bullets of the Coast Guard off Newport Sunday, indications point to him as being the same man.

"We don't want to get mixed up in this thing," Mr. Casey said. "We hold a contract with a man named Charles Travers of New Bedford for the delivery of a 60 foot dragger. It is built no different than any other fishing dragger, having a mast, derrick, hoists, and the other apparatus used on these boats."

"We are placing two engines owned by this Travers in the boat. They are Lathrop motors, each developing 100 horsepower. Neither the size of the engine nor the length of the boat is any indication that it is to be used for anything but fishing," Mr. Casey said.

The boat is on the stocks there, it is said to be mostly completed.

Mr. Casey declared that he didn't want the company to "get a reputation for building rumboats," in stating that he was unable to say whether the was being built for the Travers who was shot in the arm Sunday.

Casey Boatyard was also a builder of wooden Coast Guard boats. Supposedly the rum runner Captains would routinely visit the boatyard to see what was being built for the CG. They'd ask "How fast will she run?" and laugh as they knew they could out run the law easily.

News reports traced the purchase of the Black Duck to Gloucester, MA Charles Travers outfitted the Duck with 2 Liberty V-12 aircraft engines. Visually and mechanically the Liberty was a work of art. Used extensively in World War 1 they were a high power engine, producing 300 horsepower and capable of close to 500 with modifications. These engines were rumored to be available as Government surplus items, brand new, still covered in cosmoline, a factory rust preventative for $100. According to reports in the Fall River Herald the Black Duck's motors came from an engine dealer in Fall River. Charlie's friend, Jacob Weissman is believed to have made the purchase using the alias Jack Williams. The Black Duck was also registered under the name Jack Williams using a Providence address.

Charges against Charlie were eventually dropped and no formal apology was ever issued over the deaths of his 3 crewman. The whole event did help galvanize people's opinion, even those in favor of Prohibition, that the Volstead act was not working.

Within the next few weeks the person who ratted out the Black Duck to the authorities was well know. Charlie Hacking, mentioned earlier in the Katie B. seizure in 1922 in Providence. By February reports appeared in the news that "C. R. Hacking was found dead, shot in the side and the head, and his body dumped in Attleboro on a secluded part of road, where the street light had been shot out. The incident became known as the Newport Massacre. I found out about an article that was in Yankee Magazine in 1999. I contacted Yankee Magazine for past issues but they weren't available. However they did send me a reprint of the article by email. I went further and tried to contact the author but the best I could do was to speak to the author's assistant. He told me he had gone to the National Archives in Belmont, MA to look at the archived reports regarding the Newport Massacre. He told me there were 3 of the 21 bullets fired at the Duck that were kept in a file box. To be honest, I ended up filling him in on more than I learned fro him. Undaunted I decided that I too would visit the NA. Unfortunately my inexperience as a researcher prevented me from getting to see the file box. Items are cataloged like in a library, each file assigned a number. Without the number I couldn't access anything. I will return and see that box someday.

Fall River Herald

February 19,1930

Fugitive Captured on Somerville Roof

McGuinness Wanted for Questioning in Attleboro Stool Pigeon Killing

By Associated Press- Somerville, Feb. 18.

Joseph McGuiness, 28 alias Joseph McCarthy wanted in Bristol County for questioning in the slaying of Ray Hacking, stool pigeon, in Attleboro, was arrested here today on a house roof by Boston and Somerville police armed with riot guns and tear gas and bullet proof vests.

McGuiness, who started his criminal career as a jitney driver, between Providence and Pawtucket, Rhode Island became identified with the Pawtucket gang of hijackers in a 1922 police said. He had been implicated by police in some of the most sensational criminal cases in this state in years.

In April 1929 he was arrested by Montreal police for the robbery of the Guaranty Loan Company and extradited to Rhode Island for trial. The following month he was convicted and sentenced to eight years in Rhode Island state prison, he was paroled November, 1927.

On April 6, 1930 police announced they were seeking McGuiness for questioning in the Rhode Island prison riot in which a guard and trusty were killed and a prisoner killed himself. A month earlier Detective Francis W. Clemmey and Chief of Police Flannagan of Attleboro asked to have McGuiness picked up in the murder of Hacking, whose body was found in Attleboro.

McGuiness was known to be an associate of Hacking. Carlton O'Brien of Attleboro, another associate of McGuiness was questioned in Hacking's death, but authorities were unable to locate the man arrested today.

O'Brien faced trial in the Bergeron Farm rumruning case in New Bedford, Chief Flannagan said, but he had no warrant for McGuiness, but sought him for questioning.

After his arrest today, McGuiness was taken to Boston Police headquarters where he was identified by police as the husband of Jean Parker who figured in the Oliviera B. Garret police investigation two years ago.

The house atop which McGuiness was captured was said by police to be the home of the Parker woman.

Police had surrounded the house when McGuiness was seen on the roof, apparently attempting to escape. He halted, however when patrolmen Peter Moore and Charles Collins of Somerville turned shotguns on him.

Police said McGuiness was also wanted in New York for armed assault.

McGuiness was paroled from Rhode Island prison in 1927, three years after he had received an eight-year sentence for armed robbery.

When captured McGuiness was only partially clad and unarmed. He surrendered without any resistance.

Herman Rothstein who was kidnapped last fall and held several days in a Nantasket cottage viewed McGuiness but failed to identify him as one of his captors. McGuiness was then held temporarily as a suspicious person. Several of Rothsteins captors are now serving long sentences.

McGuiness was severely injured in an auto crash in which a pal was killed in April of 1928, but escaped from an ambulance while being taken to Woonsocket Hospital.

The state parole board revoked the parole granted at a meeting in 1929 but in November of last year the board withdrew the warrant and declared McGuiness free to enter the state without fear of being arrested for parole violation.

McGuiness was part of Boston's Gustin Gang, named for the street they originated from and a fore runner to the Winter Hill Gang of Whitey Bulger. McGuiness, who was associated with Charles 'King Solomon', had the reputation as a liquor hi-jacker who used fake Federal ID badges to fool the rum runners. Sound familiar? Never found guilty of the murder of Charles Raymond Hacking he continued his criminal career. In 1950 he participated in the famous Brinks Job, considered to be one of the greatest robberies ever and made into a movie of the same name, until it was eclipsed by the Lufthansa Heist in New York in 1978 and made even more famous in the movie Good Fellas.