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HOYNE ISSUES STATEMENT CONCERNING iK'
ALLEGED SHOOTING IN TRIBUNE BLPG.
State's Attorney Maclay Hoyne has
issued a statement to the press, giv
ing his reasons for asserting that a
man was shot in the Tribune building
and the matter hushed up. It is as
Statement to the Press.
Chicago, Sept. 11, 1913.
The 'Chicago Tribune, through its
attorney, in court beforeJudge Bren
tano, and through the columns of its
newspaper yesterday and today, have
inquired as to my authority f or the
statement that a man, was killed in
The Tribune building some ,two or
three years'ago and that nothing was
ever done about the matter.
My authority1 for the statemen con
tained in the letter to the Rev. Dr.
Francis is Mr. James Keeley, pub
lisher of The Chicago Tribune, who
testified before a, committee of the
United States Senate on July '26,
1911. ' ,
He was asked the name of the man
who was- killed in the Tribun office
by falling down the elevator shaft
"We killed a man a man "was kill
ed five or Six "
Q. .When you say "we" do you
mean 'that you participated?
A. Oh, no judge. ' t .
Q. What do you mean by "we."
A. I was using tb.e word'"we" as
representing the company I-was go
ing to state that we killed a manr-
or a man was killed, in an. elevator
shaft, five or six years ago., 1 think
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Q. What did happen to him?
' ' a. r-He was beaten up, thrown
down the elevator shaft, and shot at.
Mr.Keeley in his testimony then
describes at some length what hai
pened at the assault or killing re
ferred to, and" when asked if the gull-,
ty person was prosecuted he said that
he was never arrested, prosecuted,
or indicted, and that "no prosecution
of any kind was made against him by
complaint, indictment, or otherwise,
by either the Tribune or its employes.
Mr, Keeley in his testimony did not
give the name of the man who com
mitted the assault or "killing;" but
stated that he was employed by The
Chicago Tribune In its circulation'de
-In open court before Judge Bren
tano I was' promised by the counsel
for the Tribune a list of witnesses td
the affair; I have not yet received
this list: '
Since Phave been in office I have
received frequent reports that a man
was actually killed in the Tribune of
fice, and the testimony of Mr. Keeley
would appear to justify the state-A
ment that some man-was killed there.
Maclay Hoyne, State's Attorney.
The Ghicago Tribune then pub
lishes what they claim are the real
facts in the shooting, thereby admit
ting that someone must,have been
shot, though there is no police rec
ord of the. affair.
The Tribune statement:
The facts in the case, which Mr.
Hoyne could Tiave .secured long ago
if he had desired any exact informa
tion on the subject, are simply these:
Two men engaged in a row oyer
a small sum of money. The man who
tried to collect the money was drunk.
He had, been discharged for drunkenr
ness. He fired a shot at the other
man, hitting him in the hand. That
man took the gun away from him,
and in the -fight over the revolver .
the aggressor was beaten up. In the
fracas the instigator of the row was
either pushed or thrown down a pa
per lift. , He -was assisted to his feet
by some men employed -in the press,
room While they were washing his
face the man who was attacked in
the first place tried to get at his as
sailant again and fired one Bhoi.
which hit no one. . r-
Mr. Hoyne's dead' man'waV