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said before we wish to cast no
nasty aspersions, are also having
Apparently, about one-half the
population of Chicago, men, wo
men and children, have felt called
on to jtip the department off as to
where Bandit Webb is hiding.
Tips from men who knew
Webb intiniately, tips from wo
men who knew Webb intimately,
tips from children to whom Webb
used to give pennies, have poured
in on the detective bureau.
This probably has much to do
with the present case of police
When a police force wants
more than anything else in the
world to capture a given person,
and they receive a few thousand
entirely different directions as to
where they can find him from per
sons who know, the police nerves
are apt to frazzle.
Qf course, most of the tips ex
cept those which obviously come
from someone who ought to be
locked up for safekeeping and
there have been plenty of those
must be acted on.
The police cannot afford to
take a chance and say that the tip
comes from an applicant for the
nut factory or someone suffering
from a diseased imagination.
The case is too serious; the
capture of Webb, murderer and
bandit, who, knows there is a gal
lows waiting for him if captured,
is- of too great moment to the
people of Chicago.
So the police must act on every
tip that looks half way genuine
Hvhich, by the way, explains the
cordons around those three Soutli
Side flat buildings.
One of the tips handed in to
day was from a man who said he
had known Webb for years, and
years, and years. Which, inci
dentally, would not seem to be
anything to boast of.
This man said he had seen
Webb board an Illinois Central
train for St. Louis at the Forty
third street station.
The tip threw the police right
up in the air. Some few hun
dreds of telegrams were sent to
St. Louis, and the searching of all
trains arriving there from Chi
Also, a reserve force of cops,
armed with "bandit revolvers,"
whatever they are, was held in
readiness to rush to St. Louis if
Webb slew all the St. Louis po
lice and stormed that city of beer.
Webb has not been seen get
ting off a train in St. Louis. And
no one has yet explained by what
ocult reasoning the man who
gave the police tip figured out
that Webb was going to St.
Louis. St. Louis trains usually
make a few stops before getting
The next crazy tip traveled all
the way from Hartland, 111., via
telegraph wire. It said that Webb
had been arrested in Hartland,
and was being sent on to Chi
cago. Captain of Detectives Halpin
sent a force of detectives to the
Northwestern depot to meet the
The cops boarded the train be
fore it had pulled up, and "rush-