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routed and how to get it were given
to Ezra Kendall, a Tribune reporter,
and Edward F. Weigle and Elmer A.
Douglas, both Tribune photog
raphers. " .
And, at the same- time, an official
of The Tribune gave "certain orders
to Max Annenberg, The Tribune's
circulation manager, strikebreaker
and slugger, the man whose brother
the newspaper trust bought for
$1,000 to help break the newspaper
strike of last summer. What An
nenberg's orders were will become
clear in the course of this story.
Late Saturday night Kendall, the
reporter, Weigle and Douglas, the
photographers, Charles Lando, brother-in-law
of Annenberg and Tribune
division boss, and Annenberg him
self piled into Annenberg's big, black
private touring car and started for
the West Side. H. Brocker was chauf
feur of the car.
Then, at 11:45 o'clock, the big car
drew up at Twelfth and Halsted
streets. Annenberg climbed out of
the car and walked up and down as
if waiting for some one.
In a few minutes a Tribune vauto
truck whirled into sight and drew up
on the other side of the street the
north side of Twelfth, just west of
Annenberg went over and spoke to
those in the truck, which was loaded
down with men, presumably mem
bers of Annenberg's slugger army.
Following Annenberg's conversa
tion, four men climbed out of the
truck, struck west on Twelfth street
to Newberry avenue and turned
south on Newberry toward Maxwell
Either one or two men from the
truck followed Annenberg back
across the street and into the tour
ing car. Annenberg gave a signal
and the chauffeur of the touring car
started the car and drove south on
Halsted toward Maxwell street.
At 12:15 o'clock the automobile
drew up in front of Frank Larman's
pool hall, 813 Maxweli street.
Reporter, photographers and An
nenberg and his sluggers climbed out
of the car and over to the pool hall.
The pool hall was crowded with a
typical Maxwell street pool hall
crowd. Most of the hangers-on were
young fellows; none looked half way
as tough as The Tribune's flashlight
With Annenberg and his sluggers
to protect them from some imagin
ary danger, one of the two Tribune
photographers took the picture he
had. been 'ordered to bring into the
The flame of the flashlight flared
up redly; the bang of the explosion
seemed unnaturally loud.
The Jewish crowd, with the mem
ory of the old Manny Abrahams
gambling war days ever in mind, ex
citedly cried that some one had set
off a bomb.
The cry spread up and down the
street, and the people crowded to
ward Larman's pool hall to find out
what had happened.
The Tribune men hurried into the
automobile. The crowd, naturally
curious as to this mysterious black
car, crowded closer to it.
Annenberg, the last man to get
into the car, jumped into the front
seat beside the chauffeur and turned
around with a livid face and cursed
the curious Hebrews pressing around
Larman's place is about five doors
west of Halsted street The big tour
ing car started toward Halsted street.
On the corner of Maxwell and Hal
sted street Alexander Belford was
standing talking to his chum and
roommate, Louis Sallin.
Belford heard the cries of the ex
cited crowd about Larman's; saw the
big touring car flash from out in front
of the place and swing down the
street. He walked to the curbstone
to get a better look at the auto
mobile. Annenberg, seated in front of the
automobile, saw Belford step for
ward. The wild, unreasoning, ground-