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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 20, 1911, Image 13',
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. THETORY OF THE McNAMARA TRAIL
I How Sam Browne, Detective, "Got the Goods" on Dynamiters
? '":'' ByJW.'G. Shepherd. .' . '..
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, - Article cNo:i3r
Los Angeles,";jDec. 20. While
DetectiveSam-BTovne of Los
'Angeles was chasing- .the three
Times buikHng dynamitefs'he did
not know that, i the1? 'Rational
Erectors! association ;wa 5 'on the'
trail of dynam'itefs.who'haa dyn
amited sameQ; or '80. pieces of
construction. In-fact, lie did not
know of the -train (ofexplosions.
It wasW. J. Burns who was
seeking tljeJ.vmen.lwbo;had com
mitted this -train ' oflTexolosion.
But Burns, at no-jtime,' secured
any important evidence in the
Los Angeles case. ' .
"As I woried on my case," says
Browne, "I" talked with men here
and thereover thecountrv who
told me about other explosions.
Then I learned! thati" there was
such a thing as a widespread dyn
However,'i I didrdtr.attempt to
get anyevidence;in'tha1r direction.
I had- been ordered, by .my. chief
to get evidence uutheVLos An
geles caseand tha) was rwhat I
was doing. -
"I don't know-how strong a
case anybody 'else ever had
against -the cKlcNatmarasifor. any
other work; butiPknew?tn"at"l had
a deaddpen and'shut case against
Brice,:Caplan and Schmidt. .
"As s.o"bn as the county.omcials
of Los Angejes-gpt.into touch
with theTofncia'ls of tjie National
iff j v vf fKMI
Erectors'i association -and with
Burns we discovered that they
had long been suspectjng'the Mc
Namaras ..of the , explosions