RUMOR FEDERAL DRIVE TO DRY UP CAMBRIDGE
CLEAN-UP WOULD BE EASY SAYS PROMINENT BOOTLEGGER
Conflicting reports in regard to the activities of Federal prohibition agents in the Harvard district have been current during the past few days. It was reported on reliable authority that the Federal agents had started a vigorous drive to dry up the Harvard Square region. Last night, however, Commissioner Elmer C. Potters of the Massachusetts division denied that there was any unusual activity.
The first evidences of the reported drive were the arrests of Philip Smith of Revere, an alleged bootlegger, Philip C. Tobey of Dorchester, his taxi-driver, as they were delivering a consignment of liquor to a club on Friday night. The Federal agents, however, disclaim any part in this arrest, and it was later found that it had been by local agents. Reports that Federal officers were actively engaged Saturday morning at the subway rotunda in opening suspicious suitcases. Commissioner Potters denied last night. "No, we aren't making a special drive to clean up Cambridge," he said. "It isn't worth the trouble; the thing that interests us is the source of supply."
The king of a prominent ring of bootleggers, in a special statement to the CRIMSON last night, said that while he had no knowledge of any Federal drive on foot, he was greatly concerned about the possibility of such a project. "They would have very little trouble in drying up Cambridge, if they ever took a notion to. Cambridge is a poor field for a bootlegger; students are too indiscreet."