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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 03, 1912, Image 10

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NEW YORK LETTER
By Norman.
New York, Oct. 3. The recap
ture of Reynolds. Forsbrey, mur
derer and jail-breaker, was richer
in dramatic and melodramatic
material than many and many a
play that ranks high among stage
thrillers.
The devotion of Margaret
Ryan to her convict lover, the
keenness of wit this 19-year-old
girl displayed in aiding Forsbrey,
could not be exceeded by any
footlights heroine. The sleuthing
of John Lake, who found Fors
brey and the girl in their hiding
place, was worthy of Holmes.
Margaret Ryan has been in
love with the murdering thug for
five years. She is a little, slim,
timid-looking creature. About a
week before Forsbrey's escape-
irom the'lombs she was caught
smuggling saws and muriatic
acid to him. She promised to quit
him and reform.
A position was obtained for her
in a store. After Forsbrey's es
cape the precaution was taken of
setting twelve detectives to
watch her day and night, the po
lice suspecting that perhaps she
really hadn't quit him. As she
rode to and from her work in the
subway four detectives rode with
her. They watched her home all
night, her place of employment
all day.
One morning Margaret did not
get off at her usual stop. The de
tectives, watching her closely,
stayed on the train. She was too
-much for them. A coupie-of steps
beyond she darted out of a car
door just as it was bejng closed.
The other doors were shut, the
go-ahead signal hadbeen given,
the train could not be stopped,
and the detectives were left rag
ing in side it.
The girl and Forsbrey were
lpst to sight for nearly two weeks.
Detective John Lake wanted to
catch them. He worked on the
case in his off time. He poked
around in Bronx saloons, where
Forsbrey had once been well
known. One night he stood at the
end of a bar, listening to the talk
of several rough-looking charac
ters at a table.
He heard one of them say
"Forsbrey." He heard another
say "Fox street." Then they left.
Lake began -to stroll in Fox st.
He knew the Ryan girl by sight
and he watched for her. One
evening a yellow-haired girl in a
tan coat slipped past him. Lake
thought he knew her but Mar
garet Ryan had black hair.
Nevertheless, 'Lake followed
her and began a watch of the
house she went into. He learned
a couple calling themselves
"Davis" had recently moved into
a furnished apartment on the top
floor. One night he saw "Davis"
enter the house. Forsbrey's hair
is light; this man had black hair.
All the same, Lake led Com
missioner Dougherty and an au
to-load of cops to the house that .
very night. They captured Fors-'s
t iL. t :i - I1'
Drey, tne ivyan gir ana a. consia-sJ
erable quantity of hair dye and
hair bleach.
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