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Business: Forehanded

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When erstwhile “Public Rat No. 1” Merle Vandenbush robbed the Northern Westchester Bank in Katonah, N. Y. (pop. 1.500) last February, he put three employes and two customers behind the open grill gate of the vault. Two wrecks later, shortly before the captured Vandenbush was sentenced to Sing Sing, another gang held up the bank, again put staff and customers in the vault. Had the robbers in either case closed the vault’s steel door on their victims, they would have suffocated. Last week, forehanded President Edward Fielder had the vault of his well-rifled bank fitted out with a ventilating system.

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