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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 01, 1913, Image 6',
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KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE GOL DINGED "PUST UFFICE'
OR SOME ONE WILL CART IT AWAY
Bulletin, 3 p. m. The City
Hall has not been stolen yet.
Bulletin, 3 p. m. The postof
fice still is standing in the same
Chicago now has acquired the
supreme distinction in robberies.
New York used to hold this
place ; San Francisco held it for a
But New York only has a dar
ing taxicab robbery it always is
i a taxicab robbery in New York
about once a year, and San Fran
cisco's spasm lasted only for a
Chicago has outdistanced them
all, and its citizens can now count
on a policeman being shot and
killed, or a store burned down, or
a train held up in the heart of the
city, or the cuspidors stolen from
the City Hall about once a week.
There is nothing timid about
Chicago robberies ; no modesty,
nor shyness, and none of that
backwardness about its robbers
such as characterizes the crimin
als of other cities. .
Chicago's latest robbery is still
fresh and green, and the police
are apparently about as far from
capturing the perpetrator as they
are from capturing that gentle
murderer, Teddy Webb.
The robbery, to say the least of
it, was carried out in a calm and
A masked man boarded the
stockyards special train between
Polk and Harrison streets, just
outside the Union Depot, at 7:30
o'clock last night.
There were thousands of peo
ple within shouting distance of
the train at the time.
But this did not bother the
robber. He walked quietly into
the car of the Adams Express Co.
and stuck a gun in the face of
John Effertz, 2428 West Superior
street, the messenger.
He suggested to Effertz that it
would be a good idea f or him to
put up his hands. Effertz agreed
with this and did put them up.
The masked man took Effertz'
revolver, doubtless as a mementc
of the occasion, and then helped
himself to the $3,000 or so in the
Then he backed out of the car.
He backed right into the arms of
Conductor L. C. Smith and Smith
tried to grab him.
But the robber was little per
turbed by this unfortunate inci
dent. He just smashed Smith and
hopped off the car and went away.
Smith emptied his revolved in
the general direction he thought
the masked man had taken. There
are no bloodstains around where
he aimed at.
There were some few dozen
special railroad detectives gen
tlemen whose chief duty it appar
ently is to shoot poverty-stricken
persons who pick coal that has
fallen from cars or strikers in time
of industrial warfare in the im
mediate vicinity of the train.
But they did not see the mask
ed man getting away. Having in
mind the experience of the lat