This month’s pulp story comes from the 15 October 1931 issue of The Popular – Complete Stories. This title used to be the called The Popular Magazine until it was merged with Street and Smith’s Complete Stories in 1931. It’s author, Captain Leighton H. Blood was a WWI veteran who turned to journalism and fiction writing after the war. (I’ve posted some reporting he did on the Foreign Legion in the Rif conflict on this blog–just search for his name to pull up the post and another story by him).
This piece again appeals to the popular obsession Prohibition-era readers of 1931 had for gangsters and mobs and combines this element with the always adventurous French Foreign Legion and the honor-bound Berbers of the High Atlas of Morocco. This time the Legionnaires are somewhat on the outside of a brewing conflict between a New York mobster and two Berbers half-bothers but they are at least co-conspirators to the deed of delivering “Berber payment, paid in full”.
Note: This scan originated from one by jvh and EXciter. I’m not sure why but this one takes some time to print even though it is a small file so be patient.