MEETIHG OF MAYOR J. BRACKEN LIE AND POLICE
CHIEF W. CLEON SKOUSEN IN MAYOR LEE'S OFFICE
March 2, 1960
Mayor Lee; If you will remember, I told you In that meeting Monday that I didn't
like the Southworth deal. I said that it was dangerous. Here is what
. we have discovered; There is a fellow that has been paying off a note
in the amount of $2,000.00 to the MS&f Distributing Company that he was
forced to sign because of Southworth, The story is that he had a place
\ at 1056 South State known as Hex and Bud's and they have a pretty good
There was a man by the name of Dell that operated at 1702 and 04 South
Main Street. Pell went bankrupt, and Bud Jensen, his (Rex's) brother
made arrangements to move into the place that went bankrupt. Mr. South-
worth, while he was a police officer, in response to their request for
a licence transfer said that he couldn't get transferred or licenced to
operate unless they paid $2,000.00 to the M&$£ Distributing Company.
They replied that it was a bill owed by the old operators and that they
would not pay it.
They did buy his furniture and fixtures through the Government on open
bidding and through fear of being annoyed by the police, they signed
the note and have been paying $50.00 a month on this note. In September, they went to their lawyer and told him the story that it was a
shake-down and that they were compelled to do it because of the dic-
/ tates of Mr. Southworth. The attorney, naturally, said that they
/ didn't have to pay it and that he would sue and recommended that they
tell the people that they wouldn't make any more payments. He told
them this and also that they were going to sue. Red came over and
said that if they didn't want to be bothered by the police to keep up
/ those payments. ;
Chief Skousen: This was recently, was it! \
Mayor Lee; Yes, this was last September. Then he told the attorney what had
happened and he said it would cost them more in trouble than it would s
/ p save them money, and, recommended that they keep up the payments.
Then they came to see me. They told me about it and gave me these
cheeks. How, this is a bad deal and I think the Federal Government
might have a charge because this was taken through bankrupcy. They
have been forced to pay a claim through Implied threats and the fel-
A low is willing to take it, but he is fearing the police and it will
only be his word against Red's.
Now, I want your work that he will not be harassed because of this.
Chief Skousen: You know that he won't be.
Mayor Lee: I have heard too much about this and I want you to sever all rel-/
ations with Red.