Vice Not, Want Not?

Police Sergeant Sherman Lyons and Officer Clarence Rolfson watch as a city jail trustee splinters a pinball machine with a sled hammer. The two big automatic payout marble boards and several small slot machines were seized by police here over the last few months. On January 6, 1939 operators of all known or suspected speakeasies, gambling and "disorderly" houses in Tacoma voluntarily closed their doors as the police department commenced its program to clean up vice, a campaign initiated and headed by Mayor Dr. John Siegle. On Saturday, January 7th, morning all of the gambling devices confiscated in the last few months were smashed to make room in the evidence lockers for more machines.

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