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There he says that Sullivan himself, the man in whose hands lies the
reputation of Chicago's citizens, asked him to sign an affidavit.
Phillips replied that the affidavit was untrue and that he could not sign
it without perjuring his soul.
The only answer was another demand for the signing of the affidavit.
Phillips said he would not swear to so damnable a lie as that contained
in the affidavit.
What happened to Phillips then, in Mike Sullivan's office, at the hands
of bullivan s men, is what made
Phillips today get on his knees and
beg The Day Book not to publish
what had happened to him.
Phillips did not know the detec
tives who "tried to induce him" to
sign the affidavit.
But he says he did recognize the
man who questioned him and told
him to sign the affidavit.
He says he recognized that man as
To fully understand the story of
- what happened to Phillips and what
Phillips fears will happen to him in
the future, it is needful to go over
some paBt history.
Last November Detectives Alcock
and Johnson of the Desplaines street
station raided the resort of Sam
Phillips, 941 West Washington boule
vard, and arrested nine men.
One of these nine men was Mike
de Pike Heitler, who was king of the
West Side levee until Police Captain
Meagher wiped it out of existence.
Heitler was held in jail all that
night, and he worked himself into a
passion as he swore to be revenged
on every one who had anything to do
with his arrest.
Some days later Heitler gave out
a statement to the Chicago Daily
World in which he said he had been
graft collector in the Desplaines dis
trict for months and that he had paid
Detective Patrick Alcock a weekly
salary of $15.
The other newspapers fell for the
story. Heitler swore he would back
it up by producing checks Alcock
had cashed at his own trial as an in
mate of Phillips' resort.
But when Heitler's trial came up
the former levee king denied he ever
had given Alcock anything but $20
and a new hat, and he failed to pro
duce a returned check to prove the
Heitler was found guilty by a jury
of his peers.
Soon afterwards he publicly swore
to be revenged on Alcock.
Three months later, in February of
this year, the Desplaines police,
through the detective work of Alcock
and Johnson, arrested two crooks.
One was Prank Kinney, wanted in
Cleveland for the murder of Ralph
Byrnes, a retired lake captain, on the
night of February 2, 1913; the other
was Oscar Christianson, known to
the police of two continents as an in
ternational crook, and wanted in
Cleveland for burglary.
Kinney now is under sentence of
death for the murder of Byrnes;
Christianson is serving an eight-year
sentence in the Ohio state peniten
tiary for his crimes.
Christianson, whose Cleveland
burglary was recent, was known to
have brought a goodly part of the
spoils to Chicago with him.
Captain of Detectives Alfred
Walker, of Cleveland, aided by De
tectives Alcock and Johnson of Des
plaines street, set about finding this
He found, through the efforts of
Alcock and Johnson, that Christian
son had sold a good part of his spoil
to Henry Phillips, the Madison street
From what facts the detectives
gathered, it seemed a fair assump
tion that Phillips had not believed the
goods stolen when he bought them.
Captain of Detectives Walker of
Cleveland at least was satisfied of
this, and after the restoration of the