The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Annals of Crime #37

Original Caption:

Bangor -- Two Indiana gangsters, Al Brady, 27 - the Midwest's current Public Enemy No. 1 - and his lieutenant, Clarence Lee Shaffer, Jr., 21, who had been hunted by Federal agents for several murders and scores of bank robberies, were slain by G-Men in a furious street battle in Bangor, Maine, October 12th. An accomplice, James Dalhover, 30, of Madison, Indiana, was captured, and G-Man Walter Walsh, 28, of Washington, was wounded. Here is the scene in Main Street after the battle. Brady, foreground, and Shaffer lie dead across trolley tracks. (1937)


swac said...

I know that intersection well, thanks to numerous cross-border shopping trips with my parents as a kid. I don't think it looks a whole lot different now, minus the trolley tracks.

If only there was a Moxie billboard in the background...

R.H. said...

Poor buggers.

Sam Colt wins again.

aldiboronti said...

Hmmm, I'd say the public wins again. These guys were stone-cold killers.

cathyig said...

I am Dalhovers granddaughter and Shafers great niece, kudo's to Walter Walsh.