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less fear of the coward filled him.
With a shaking hand he pointed his
revolver at the figure of Belford, that
his own guilty conscience so sudden
ly and so unreasoningly had made
menacing, and fired.
The bullet struck Belford just be
low the heart and pierced the left
"I'm shot," Belford cried, and
sank to the ground.
"I'm shot," he murmured again,
when Sallin bent over him. "I'm
shot; that fellow shot an innocent
"I'm shot," he moaned again, on
the way to the hospital. "I'm done
for; tell my folks in Cleveland I
never did anything. Tell them
he must have shot the wrong
Meanwhile Annenberg and the
other trembling, members of The
Tribune's death party, were intent
only on escape.
They turned the auto north on
Halsted street. Officers Roth an(J
Weisbaum, standing near the corner,
heard the shot that dropped Belford,
saw the black automobile of death,
and hurried over with drawn revpl
vers and ordered the chauffeur of the
death car to stop.
Annenberg, his face twisted with
panic, screamed something to them
hysterically; the automobile went on;
bystanders say Annenberg fired at the
Whether this is so or not, Roth and
Weisbaum commandeered a passing
auto, bearing a Jewish wedding party,
turned out the wedding party and
started after Annenberg's death car.
The Tribune chauffeur, urged on
by the frantic, whiterfaced Annen
berg, turned on speed. Weisbaum
leaned put of his car and fired two
shots over the heads of those in the
death car. Annenberg's only answer
was an increased burst of speed.
The big touring car soon left the
commandeered auto of the police far
behind, dwindling to two red lights
far ahead, and then to nothing at all.
Roth and Weisbaum, in their bor
rowed car, went as far north as
Washington street and then gave up
Before leaving Maxwell street,
however, they had heard that the
death car was an Examiner machine,
a natural suspicion roused in the
minds of the Maxwell street people
by past performances of Examiner
autos and the occupants thereof.
The detectives went to The Exam
iner barns, were foiled there, and re
turned to their station.
About 3:30 o'clock Sunday morn
ing, Annenberg, accompanied by no
less a person than Edward S. Beck,
managing editor of The Tribune,
walked calmly into the Maxwell
street police station.
At the time there were approxi
mately thirty-five witnesses to the
shooting in the police station.
Abraham Reintzler, 1345 Johnson
street, one of the witnesses, was posi
tive in his declaration that Annen
berg was the man who shot Belford.
Reintzler appeared at the police
station white and shivering. He
plainly feared that he would be
slugged by some Tribune man for
what testimony he gave against An
nenberg. "I was standing near the corner,"
he said. "I saw the big automobile
go by. I saw the gun in Annenberg's
hand. The crowd got a little in front
of me. I saw the flash of a revolver
from the seat where Annenberg was.
Then Belford fell I know it was An
nenberg who held the revolver in his
hand. I've known Annenberg for
Louis Sallin, chum of the man so
ruthlessly shot down, jumped to his
feet when Annenberg and Beck en
tered the police station.
"That's the man who did the
shooting," he said, pointing to An
nenberg. To the surprise of the witnesses to
the shooting, Annenberg was not ar
rested when he entered the police
station, although this is the usual