Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1924 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
him and while his friends in the
corridors of the police station
were saying: "This is a different
kind of a murder from the others,
and this time Eddie will swing"?
If these were not his thoughts,
what were his thoughts that he so
calmly and indifferently could
face the widow he had robbed of a
husband, the babe he had robbed
of a father, the brothers he had
robbed of a brother?
The story of the murder was
told by Fred Macauley, bartender
in the Treusch saloon, known to
his friends as "Lizzie"; Treusch,
the saloonkeeper ; Edward and
Peter Masterson, Ernst M. Skully
of 3422 Lincoln avenue, and L. G.
Cox,a singer known as "Froggy."'
The most complete story was
told by Ed Masterson of 1326
Fletcher street, brother of the
"I was at work, serving drinks
in Treusch's place, 3415 Lincoln'
avenue," he testified. "The two
Barrett boys, Ed and Henny,
were in the back room. Henny
was with Blanche Williams. I
served them a drink. Henny, he
says to me :
" ! You're getting to be quite a
copper these days, ain't you? You
tell your wife everything that's
doin', and then your wife goes
and tells my wife that I'm goin'
with this bird.'
"He meagt that I was to blame
because his wife had found out he
was goin' with Blanche Williams.
" 'I haven't said anything to
my wife about you, Henny.' I told
him, 'an' if your wife has found
out abput you it ain't my fault
"Then Henny said: 'I'm going
to punch you just to see how you
"He came out of the back room
with that and followed me to the
end of the bar. He took his coat
and sweater off. Then he hit me
in the face about four times. The
last time he split my lip.
"'He said: 'You pooch (gang
language for "dog"), why don't
"I takes off my apron and said:
'I'm goin' to quit. How can I
fight with your brother standing
there with a knife in his hand?'
"Then my brother, Walter,
who was standing at the bar, said:
'Go to it, Ed, I'm with you,' an'
Ed Barrett says to Walter: 'What
are you buttin' in for, you ?'
"Walter turns to Ed Barrett
and puts up his mitts like he was
ready to fight. Ed Barrett, quick
as a flash, puts up his left arm for
a guard, ducks under an' sticks a
knife into Walter: Walter went
under, down to the floor, and it
was all over.
"I'm a steamfitter's helper,
member of the union. Henny used
to work as a helper sometimes
when he could get a permit. He
thought I was to blame because
he couldn't get- a permit. That
was one reason he was sore at
After the inquest, one of the
Masterson brothers told a Day
Book reporter that Henry Bjarrett
couldn't get a permit from the
steamfitters' union because he
drove a newspaper wagon during
The question of the unionism