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HOYNE 'BACKS WATER AGAIN ON HEARST
CHARGES AGAINST BILLY SKIDMORE
State's Attorney Maclay Hoyne be
gan presenting his "crime trust" evi
dence to the grand jury today.
His first witness was J. B. Warren,
who introduced Barney Bertsche, the
saloonkeeper, to the Old Colony
Trust and Sayings Bank.
His next witness was Mrs. Hope
L. McEldowney, who says she was
swindled 'out of $15,500 by James
Ryan, otherwise known as Profes
, i The charge against Bertsche is
that he ultimately received the notes
given by Mrs. McEldowney to "Pro
fessor Crane" and had them cashed
at the Old Colony Trust and Savings
Bank under a false name.
"I don't see how the grand jury
- ' can get out of indicting" Bertsche,"
said Hoyne, 'as Mrs. McEldowney
I "Went into the grand-jury room.
"Yes, but how about the higher
ups?" asked a reporter.
"What higher-ups?" inquired
"Well, Billy Skidmore, the West
Lake street saloonkeeper, "for 'in
"I don't know a thing about Billy
Skidmore," said Hoyne hastily.
"But the Iearst newspaperssay
you are going to have him arrested
as a graft collector, as the operator
of a graft clearing house?"
"I don't know anything about it,"
"Isn't it a fact that the West Lake,
street saloonkeeper the Hearst news
papers hinted at is Billy Skidmore?"
the state's attorney was asked.
"I don't know a thing about it,"
he repeated. I
"Well, the Examiner used Skid
more's name this morning?"
"I donlt know a thing about it"
"How about the police officials who
"have been receiving graft to pro.tect
the members of the crime trust?"
"I don't know anything about
-themi said Hoyne
"But you are quoted in the news
papers as saying that you have, the
goods on certain high police officers."
"Some literary gentleman connect
ed with the newspapers have been
imagining a lot of that stuff, about
the crime trust," said the state's at
"Well, howls the crime trust com
Hoyne brightened visibly.
"Fine," he said. "Pine! It's get
ting deeper all the time. All the crim
inals in Chicago seem to have been
in one big organization. I have been
collecting more evidence all the time.
I have just discovered a new one."
"What is it?" inquired the re
"Do you remember Roger de Cov
erly, who was mixed up with Kirbyr
the convicted banker?" asked Hoyne..
"Yes," breathed the reporter.
"Well," said Hoyne, triumphantly,
"he once worked for Frank Madia,
the fence for the Webb-Perry auto
"And what does that indicate?"
asked the reporter.
"Why," said Hoyne, evidently in
jured, "don't you see ? It means that
all Chicago crooks are in together.
That the crooked private bankers.
the clairvoyants, the fences and the
auto-bandits all belong to one organ
ization." "Is there anything else new?" ask
ed the reporter.
"Nothing except that I have receiv
ed letters and telegrams from law
yers and police officials all over the
country telling me that at least a
man has been found who has struck
the right tack."
The reporter left Mr. Hoyne and
telephoned in to the office that if Mr.
Hoyne were right in his surmises the
probability was that all the crooks in
the country were gathered together
in one great international federation,
each particular line of crookedness
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