March 30 - 1930: Ptown rum runners nabbed by feds

2007: Number of poisoned pets climbs
In a scene similar to the one above, the rum runners were placed under arrest. Photo courtesy of VintagePeriods.com.

1930: Ten men arrested in coastal rum smuggling ring

Rum runners' boat abandoned in Provincetown Harbor

On this day in 1930, federal officials were investigating a suspected "rum row" smuggling ring coast after 10 men were arrested in Boston, 250 cases of liquor seized and a motor boat used by rum runners abandoned in Provincetown.

The men were arrested after they had gone ashore in Dorchester Bay and police were tipped off that "bulky objects were being moved across the marshes," according to the Associated Press.

"With the rising tide, the craft was refloated and William Sovel, one of those arrested who had bailed himself out for $200, is alleged to have returned and raced the boat away into the harbor," the AP reported. "Word was flashed by radio to harbor police and Coast Guard boats of the escape and police boat Watchman tried unsuccessfully to intercept it at the entrance of the bay."

Twenty boats kept watch on coastal waters for the elusive motor boat, which was spotted by a Coast Guard vessel near the tip of Cape Cod.

"Chase was given and the one-pound gun unsheathed," the AP reported, but the boat sped into Provincetown harbor where it was abandoned and its crew fled on foot.

None of the men arrested in Boston were from the Cape.

2007: The Number of poisoned pets climbs

Two Cape cats sickened by Iams from Shaw's

On this day in 2007 it was reported that the precautionary recall two weeks ago of many popular pet food varieties may have done well to save the lives of millions of pets across the nation, but actual numbers of stricken pets are far higher than both the U.S. government and the company that manufactured the tainted food are letting on, one local veterinarian says.

According to Dr. Jeffrey French, a veterinarian at Cape Ann Veterinary Hospital on Essex Avenue in Gloucester, pet deaths and illnesses have been "grossly under-reported" by the Food and Drug Administration and Menu Foods, the Toronto-based pet food manufacturing company whose "cuts and gravy" style foods have officially killed at least 14 cats and one dog, and sickened one woman in Ottawa.

As of several days ago, the Veterinarian Information Network (VIN), an Internet forum for veterinarians, reported 471 cases of cats and dogs that showed symptoms of having been poisoned, and 104 deaths due to kidney failure, Dr. French said.

At least two cats from Cape Cod were sickened last week by tainted Iams food purchased at Shaw's Supermarkets. Both cats were treated by vets and released.


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