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U.S. SAILORS LOSE CASH O.c. APIA, July 17. When two American sailors on leave in Apia went in search of South Sea romance, they found adventure —but not quite in accordance with their expectations. Walking along a dark lane in the suburbs they were held up by four men, one of whom pointed a gun at them and demanded that they should hand over all the cash they had on them or else.... Dispirited and disillusioned, the sailors later found their way to the police station and laid a complant. Later four Samoans aged between 17 and 19 years appeared before Chief Judge J. R. Herd and admitted the crime. The weapon which had been used to threaten the sailors in the approved Hollywood gangster style was' produced in Court—a 1/ toy pistol. Of the four Samoan boys, Etuale was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonemnt, Nifo to 12 months, and Tauolo and Aifale to six months each. His Honor, complimented Sergeant Simaile for his excellent police work in tracing the accused and securing the evidence which led to their conviction.

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TOY PISTOL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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TOY PISTOL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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