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has been my chief trouble.
''I don't know that it's such a
bad kind of craziness to have at
that. I'm supposed to be an awful
desperado. Maybe I am. The
newspapers have made me out
"But it makes me feel pretty
good right now to know that I
never hurt a woman in my life."
Suddenly Webb's eyes filled
with tears. He choked down a
sob and turned his head away for
"Except my Hule sister," he
said at last, in a low voice. "And
I didn't mean to do that. But I
know how she must feel about
"That was the chief thing that
i :.Je me confess, I think that
rid the decent way Mr. Hoyne
'I didn't care much for myself,
whether I hanged or not, I mean.
But I knew how my sister and
brother would feel if I were hang
ed. It would pretty nearly kill
them, I guess. So I weakened and
told what I knew.
"It was the best thing for me
tcdo. I didn't want to kill Hart
anyhow, but after we rolled on
the floor together I knew it was
him or me. So I killed him.
"I wish I had stayed out of
Chicago after I made my get
away. But down there in Mobile
I got to thinking of a girl noJ
1 won t tell you her name.
"She nver was out of my
thoughts for three days, this girl.
And at last I sent her a postcard,
and began bumming my way
back to Chicago to see her,"
"Did you see her?" a reporter
"I won't tell you," he said. "She
might feel, bad, and I wouldn't
want to have her do that."
Webb became silent again, evi- (W
dently thinking of the girl, for
sight of whom he had risked his
"Say," he said suddenly. "You
might say for me that I was never
so awfully strong for the hold-up
game anyhow. After the loan
sharks got me and I had to have
money somehow, I started stea
mg. But I didn t go in for hold
ing people up until I was pretty
nearly forced into it. Stealing
autos and parts of autos was my
Most of the band named by
Webb in his confession to Hoyne
were in this auto stealing busi
ness. The police figured today
that they got away with stuff
worth about $10,000. Webb got
about $500 out of it.
The robbers were well organ
ized, according to Webb, and
they all knew where to dispose of
their loot at a moment's notice.
The fences he named are being
One of the first men arrested g.
today on the information given "
by Webb was Tom Burke. Tom
Burke is the man who betrayed
George Rabenau, William R.
Channell and John Stacey," the
murderers of Mrs. Hattie Kauf
man, to the police. The three are
now in Joliet.
After the betrayal, Burke sued
Edmund Kaufman, the husband