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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 20, 1912, Image 2

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who last week held-upthe mes
sengers of the East RiverNation
;al bank and stole $25,000.
And there's hatred and jeal
ousy and orneryness mixed up in
at
ri Not long ago, the Burns agen
cy got the business of the Amer
ican Bankers' association away
,from the Pinkertons. The Pink
ertons squealed atfout it, too.
They said Burns' used underhand
methods.
And recently the Burns agency
hasn't been delivering the goods.
Bogus checks have cost members
of the assopiation something like
$50,000 within the last few
months, and Burns hasn t round
ed up the thieves.
Then came the taxicab rob
bery. The Pinkertons saw tlieir
chance, and jumped in. They put
their best men on the job.
Burns got wise that he stood a
chance of losing the bank busi
ness. He called in his best men,
and told them they'd be looking
for jobs if they let the Pinkertons
"beat them to the taxicab rob
bers. When these developments were
carried to pdfice headquarters,
Deputy Commissioner Dougher
ty, once a private detective him
self, and now head of the New
York detective bureau, sat up
and took notice.
"Why, if either the Pinkertons
or the Burns men get these rob
bers, the department will be ut
terly discredited," he yelled. "I'll
make both the Pinkertonsj and
the Burns fellows look like suck
ers. I'll 'have every man impli
cated in that robbery under lock
and key before they know what's
happened." '
Then Dougherty sent for his
best men.
"The taxicab bandits or your
Ljobs on a silver platter, and look
quick about it, he tqld them.
So the financial district of New
York-today is swarming with
rival "dicks," each looking for a
chance to cut the other's throat,
and all tun ot zeal.
Incidentally it is not believed
that anyone has a single clue to
the bandits.
SUPREME COURT SAYS IT'S
UP TO CONGRESS
Washington, Feb. 20. The
supreme court yesterday admitt
ed it wasn't up to it to say
whether or not the people of a
state shall govern themselves by
the initiative and referendum.
The admission was in the opin
ion handed down by Chief Justice
White in what is known as the
"Qregon case."
Oregon adopted the initiative
and referendum in 1902. Soon
after, the people of Oregon, by
means of Jhe initiative, enthus
iastically passed a law taxing the
Bell Telephone, cqnipany two per
cent on its gross annual receipts.
The telephone company refus
ed to pay the tax, and began
throwing a fit in the courts about
the unconstitutionality of the ini
tiative and referendum.
The company's argument was
like this-: Section 4, of article 4,
of the Constitution the United
States guaranteesto each state a

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