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Pro-coughlin Organizer, Held As Extortionist, Disowned by Pickets

Allen Zoll, who organized the weekly picketing of Station YMCA for its refusal to broadcast Father Charles E. Coughlin’s talks, was disowned by the pickets today after he had been arraigned on a charge of seeking to extort #7,500 from Donald Flamm, president of the station. A sign carried by Coughlinite pickets at the station’s building today said: “Allen Zoll Is a Traitor.”

Zoll, who called himself director of the American Committee for Constitutional Government, was arraigned yesterday and held in $5,000 bail. Police said they arrested him Friday when he accepted $200 in marked bills from Mr. Flamm. He had promised, police said, to call off the pickets when he received $7,300 more. Zoll denied the charge before Magistrate Richard McKiniry and hearing was set for Friday.