LONG SOUGHT BOOTLEGGER
BAGGED TUESDAY NIGHT
On Tuesday night, November 27th, officers Sam Doss and
Jasper Laws arrested Mike Roskoff, more familiarly known as "Hunky" Mike, at his
home in Leadwood. They found him in possession of a five gallon keg of whisky of that
peculiarly explosive brand which is the usual stock in trade of violators of the Volstead
law, and sunrise Wednesday found Mike surveying the world sorrowfully with his view
limited to that small portion of mother nature which is visible from the windows of the
county jail at Farmington. There he is being held for a $2,000.00 bond pending his
preliminary hearing, which is set for December 7th. The keg of 'lightnin' is being held as
fiery evidence of his guilt.
Mike has been long under observation by the officers, as he
has been considered an important link in the distributing chain that connects the illicit
stills of a neighboring county with the local trade. It has been practically a certainty
that he was the main line of the underground railway, but it remained for last night to
prove it on him. The officers went to Mike's house early in the evening and secreted
themselves where they could watch his movements. After a patient wait of some duration
Mike left the premises and was gone for about forty minutes, when he returned with his keg
(also his Waterloo). He was promptly arrested as outlined before.
The method of distribution has been for Mike, possibly
assisted by others, to get the 'goods' from the distillers and bury it in secure hiding
places until the market demanded its production. Just how much is buried around hereabouts
is hard to estimate and whether the buried TNT had any connection with the recent Japanese
earthquake or not is as yet undetermined. Anyhow it furnishes Mike with a splendid
opportunity to break into the county jail the exit from which is usually more closely
guarded than the entrance.
Published by the LEAD BELT NEWS, Flat River, St. Francois
Co. MO, Fri. Nov. 30, 1923.