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    With the First Full
Analysis of Slick
1_Arthur Barry,
Ace Raffles
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Hi* Rather Sedate and Mild
Featurea of Arthur Barry,
Aroerica’a Moat Daring,and
Mirceaaful Jewel Robber. He'
Pictured Here in the Uniforn
of a Butler, a Diaguiae Ha
Sometimea Uaed to Gain
Acceaa to the Hotnea He
Planned to Rob. You'll Find
t wo Contraating Appraiaala o
the Man, by Two Famoua
* Detectivea, Giren Below.
‘‘Boston Billy" Williams, Confederate of
Arthur Berry, En Route to Jail After Barry
Had Confessed Their Seventy-Odd Jewel
Robberies. This Extraordinary Photo Was
Taken as Williams, Resentful at Being
Snapped, Made a Lunge at the Photographer.
“Note the ManiacatGleam in His Eye*. ™,
Shortly After His Arrival in Dannemora,
Williams Was Placed Under the Observation
of Psychiatrists.
Mr*. Anna Blake, Inamorata of
Arthur Barry, Visited Him
Shortly Before He Escaped
from Auburn. After the
Livermore Robbery She Said
Sbe Had Beileved He Made His
Living by Gambling.
New- York’s famous “Gold
Coast’’ and its exclusive subur
ban communities on Long Island
and in Westchester County,
have come reports of startling
jewel robberies which have had
what the police and private in-i
v estimators term the “Barry
touch.'’ But it is characteristic
of the Barry legend that at the
tame time this modern Raffles
is reported as having been seen
in Southern France, as having
sailed for the Hawaiian Islands,
as living in the Argentine and
the Philippine Islands!
What manner of man is this
arch-thief, this debonair “sup
per-man’’ whose name alone can
cause a shiver of apprehension
to run through the ranks of the
rlit.#*? Thia ic whnt. Val fVlTnr
4* CUPPER-MAN ’— A term used
*by police and private detec
tives to characterize a skilful and
expert type of burglar who preys on
the very rich, robbing their palatial
apartments and country estates after
dinner and during the late evening
supper hours when members of the
family are likely to be av/ay.
ON July 28, 1929, Arthur Barry
escaped from Auburn Prison,
where he was serving a twenty
five year sentence for grand larceny.
With him were three otfter felons, but
of that desperate quartette Barry is
the only one who has succeeded in re
taining his daringly-won freedom.
Since then, and especially during the
past few months, from up and down
re!I, famous detective, who succeeded
in tracking him down, says of him:
“Barry la an intelligent, well-man
nered, courteous fellow, who gives one
the impression that he comes from a
good home. He uses good English and
makes an attractive appearance. He
\iias wavy, copper-colored hair, is about
five feet seven and a half inches tall
and looks jufet about his age—40. To
the trained observer he has a slight
limp, but the average person would
never notice it.
“In his chosen profession, if you
can call it that, Barry is a consum
mate artist. He is not a killer and he
almost never bungles. If he plans to
rob a certain house he will spend two
of three hours a day, for weeks, study
ing the house and the movements of
the people who live there and the ser
vants who wait on them. Before he
enters a house he knows where he will
at th« Right
Shows the
Apartment of Howard J.
iachs on the Nineteenth Floor
of No. 784 Park Avenue, in
th# Heart of New York’s Most
Exclusive Residential Section.
Thieves Climbed the Service
Stairs to the Roof, Then Dropped
to Terrace, as Shown by Dotted
Line. Arrow Points to French
Window They Forced. After Police
Investigated They Said, "Barry!"
find the jewels he wants.
“And Barry has; been clever in
avoiding crooks’ hang outs. He knew
that in those places there would be
stool-pigeons and informers who, soon
er or later, would deliver him into the
hands of the police.
"Incidentally, law-breakers of the
Barry type — men with ‘a price on
their heads’ — are especially hard to
nab because of the complete lack of
co-operation between various police
organizations. Each group — the ,
Federal men, State police, the local t
precinct detectives and the private de
tectives — follows jts own leqda^and
jealously guards tty: infprmtyiou it un-,
covers. 'Che lack of veal ty-operatiop,.'
is an obstacle which is tyr3 to over
come.” ' •' 1 '
On the other hand, Iittpectbr HaroM
F. King, head of the''Nassau- l‘ountS"
detectives, who arrested Barry and who
had him under-guard,in, the - Mtneoia
Jail for many days, feels that "thi»t
Baffles is a killer, a desperate ctitnn
inal of the most dangprous sort.” In
spector King’s characterization of.
Barry J »iven elsewhere on this page.
Chari e;, Sheraton, the private deteetivd
who Cii'ied “Boston Billy,” feels the
same way. He says, “Barry was a-real
killer, cold and calculating.”
But all agree as to his cleverness'. ’
Police officialdom, private .detectives,
prison authorities all will testify to his
ingenuity. They tell, for example, how
on several occasions he posed as a?
butler in order to gain access to a
house and thus acquaint himself with
its floor plans. And they tell of the
time he donned clerical garb and be
came a “priest” in order to enter a
home unquestioned. On still other oc
casions he successfully masqueraded as
a guest.
Later will be told in detail, for the
first time, the story of Barry’s capture,
as narrated to the writer by Val O’Far
rell. Now let us return to some recent
robberies which, rightly or wrongly,
The Many Causes of
“Leaking HearC’
and Its Treatment
Bj Hr.KBfc.KI L. HfciRSUlfc^S'OHN
(Physician and Surgeim)
THE heart is merely a pump, but
the action of this mechanism is
so important that it cannot stop
Cor more than a few seconds without
•eriously threatening the life of the
body. Every bit of blood, from the
head to the toes, must pass through
the heart. From there it is pumped to
the lungs, where a new supply of oxy
gen is received in exchange for carbon
dioxide, a waste product. Again the
blood, which is now rejuvenated, re
turns to the heart. It is then pumped
into vessels which carry it to every
corner of the body. This process is re
peated over and over again, the heart
beating, or more appropriately pump
ing, on an average of seventy-two or
more-times per minute.
£ The heart is really a double pump,
f each pert consisting of t,wo chambers.
The blood first enters the upper one on
the right by two large veins, one from
the upper and one from the lower
parts of the body. This compartment
is called the right auricle. From here
it is passed down into a larger, more
powerful' chamber, the right' ventricle.
It is necessarily more muscular be
cause it must propel the blood 6 great
er distance—to the lungs. Between
the two chambers a valve-like arrange
The \bo\t
Shows the
Course of
the Blood Through the Heart. The
Arrows Pass Through the Valves.
RA and LA, Right and I^eft Auricles.
RV and LV, Right and Left Ventricles.
, itient prevents the blood from return
ing into the auricle.
When the blood comes back from
the lungs it enters the left auricle. As
on the right, the blood passes through
a valve into the ventricle an*tfte'left
M(le. Of all the four conjpartments
this is the most muscular and largest
as it must exert enough force with
each beat to send the blood to everv
part of the body, no matter how dis
The value of the heart depends upon
the health of its muscles and the condi
tion of its four valves (see drawing».
Faulty valves cause either an obstruc
tion or permit a partial backflow of
the blood with each beat defeating to
a v afying^jdegree the purpose of the
heart. ThisAcondition is called "leak
age of th£\beart.”
The most outstanding cause of this
condition is infected tonsils. The germs
travel from the tonsils through the
blood and lodge upon the valves. Here
they produce little growths called vege
tations. These vegetations alter the
shape of the valves which now become
infected. Rheumatism and St. Vitus’
Dance also are forerunners of a dis
eased heart, but these conditions are
themselves usually due to infected ton
sils. Scarlet fever, pneumonia and kid
ney diseases are often complicated by
leakage of the heart. When this con
dition appears for the first time about
middle age, syphilis is one of the causes
to be thought of.
When leakage of the heart occurs,
careful adjustment of daily , habits
under medical direction may indefi
nitely prolong life, ifr lhany cases even
to a ripe old age
C?* *
^°uniy i; Ki„,
the police believe suggest
$30,000 in jewel* stolen
Conn., home of Melville
D. Truetdale. Here the
robber calmly walked into
the h o U s e , took the
- jewels and nonchalantly
departed. His self-assur
ance and familiarity with
the surrounding deceived
a gardener, who allowed
, him to pass unchallenged.
$20,000 in jewel* taken
from the Charles A.
Blackwell home at Brook
ville, L. 1., The gems
were in an alarm-wired
•jewel box, but the thief worked so
fast that the alarm sounded for but
' a second — not long enough to arouse
the servants.
$25,000 worth of gem* taken from
the suite of the Robert T. Stones dur
ing a week-end visit at Montauk
Manor, a fashionable raaort hotel at
Montauk, L. 1.
$5,000 in gowns and furs from the
Park Avenue apartment of Howard J.
Sachs, millionaire banker. Here the
burglar, or burglars, gained access to
the 20-room duplex apartment, which
was temporarily vacant, by a brazen
climb up the service stairs to the roof,
from which they dropped down to a ter
race and forced a French door. After
spending hours chipping away at a wall
safe which held some $200,000 in
jewels and securities, the burglars
gave up in d-isgust.
These are four of the many baffling
robberies which are listed on the police
accords as “unsolved.” A score of,
New York’s most fashionable Park
Avenue apartments, those barracks of
the rich which always have been
highly guarded and considered almost
impregnable, have been looted, while
an equal number of suburban homes
have felt the touch of a clever “.^upper
man.” It might be added at this time
that O’Farrell believes that Barry has
not been responsible for these recent
Park Avenue burglaries, but there are
others who feel equally certain that he
had a finger in the pie.
Barry’s arrest after the $85,000
Livermore robbery in 1927 was due to
no flaw in his handiwork, but rather
to tlte activities of informers. With
“Boston Billy” Williams, his partner
in many of hie old “supper jobs,”
Barry arrived at the Livermore estate
about the middle of the evening. By
means of a double-jointed ladder they
entered the second-floor guest room of
the house, where they found Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Aronson, guests of the
Livermores. They relieved the Aron
sons of their valuables and then herded
them into the Livermores’ dressing
room, where the Wall Street operator
and his wife were.
In this room was the wall safe which
held the Livermore jewels. Livermore
was told to open it, but in his excite
.ment he could not work the combina
tion, so Williams, with a few well
placed blows of a hammer, broke open
the door. —
Twin pinky rings, worn by Mr, and
Mrs. Livermore, were also taken, but
when Mrs. Livermore begged that they
be given back because of their senti
mental value, Ilarry fished them out of
Williams's pocket and handed them to
her with the remark, “I hope they
bring you luck, lady.” Then he held
a match to her cigarette. Other vic
tims have told of similar “courtesies”
ori the part of this modern Raffles.
After the dean-up the robbers made
what seemed a perfect get-away.
The Livermore jewels were, of
course, insured, and shortly after the
robbery Detective O’Farrell offered his
sendees to the underwriters in captur
ing the burglars. Afttr some negotia
tion he was offered $,>,000 reward.
“Well,” O'Farrell told the writer, “1
began to hear rumors. Here was a
man who had seen Harry flashing a
big roll. Here was another who nad
seen him with a dame. Bit by bit the
information seeped into the office. He
wasn't as careful as he usually is.
“Finally I was convinced that Barry
was one of the men who had done the
job. 1 had him watched, learned his
home life and his haunts in New York.
Then came the arrest. 1 had learned
that he was to leave New York on a
certain Long Island train, hound for
his home in Ronkonkoma. I told the
police that he was their man, that he
would be on such-and-such a train and
that he would be accompanied by the
Mrs. Anna Blake, who shared his home.
“They were waiting for him
his train got to the lake. You know
the rest, how he was taken to Minoola
and finally confessed to some seventy
jobs. But his confession , completely
exonerated Mrs, Blake and she was
releasej. Then he went to Auburn."
The Mrs. Blake who was arrested
with Barry has always been a mysteri
ous figure. Little is known about her,
During the time she and Barry lived at
Lake Ronkonkoma she led a most
circumspect life—as did Barry, to all
outward appearances. They were con
sidered quite well-to-do. for did they
not have an expensive automobile and
a liveried chauffeur? After Barry's
arrest Mrs. Blake said that she had
always believed him to be a gambler.
There is no doubt that Barry
planned ahead, even in -the midst of
his trial. He saved the woman, for
whom he felt-an unmistakably real af
fection; then set about fixing things
for himself.
Evidently Barry knew the layout of
prisons as well as hr knew the plans
of the houses he had robbed, for he
determined that he would go to Auburn
if it were in any way possible. He had
squealed on "Boston Billy,” who had
been captured and -sent to Dannemora
1‘rison, and Barry used this fart in his
plea to be sent to Auburn. "If I go
to the 'pen’ where Williams is, one of
us will be killed!” he warned the court.
Ho was successful.
Mrs. Blake visited Barry while he
was in jail, her visit being just a month
before the bloody riot which marked
his break. When the riot broke, Barry
and the other ringleaders were armed,
and in the fierce fighting that followed
he and three othei^ escaped.
Since that day, eighteen months ago,
the police have had Mrs. Blake under
surveillance, hoping that she would
visit or be visited by Barry, but they
have been disappointed.
Where is Barry? Is he in France,
the Orient, South America or any of
the other places where he is reported
as having been seen, or is he in New
York, back at his old "supper game”?
The faet remains that some of the .
most startling of the recent jewel thefts
have looked like his handiwork. As a
result, guards are being doubled, doors
and windows tightly locked and jewels
hidden with a cunning never before
known-~all in recognition of New
\oik's baffling "Raffles!”
Cop/rijttt. J3JI. laternaUtoal turtle*, ln<r.. Greet BrlUU. BijtU* l«»tncd

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