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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 17, 1913, Image 7',
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IS NEW AUTO BANDIT GANG AT
WORK IN CHICAGO?
The probability that there is a new
auto bandit gang operating in Chi
cago, more deadly and more cunning
than the Perry-Webb band, has been
advanced by the police, following the
murder of a watchman in a raid on
Mandcl Bros.' branch delivery sta
tion at 2655 W. VanBuren street,
early this morning.
Four masked robbers drove up in
an automobile, bound and gagged
two employes at the place and shot
down and killed Michael Waschuk,
the night watchman. Then they
calmly broke open the safe and fled
with $2,000 in bills and silver.
The robbery occurred shortly after
3 o'clock. Watson Smith, the night
foreman, gives ttie following account
of the crime:
"There were only four of us on
duty when the robbery occurred. I
was in one of the wagons fixing a
wire. Suddenly I heard Pete Tonsh,
one of the Poles employed here,
shout. I turned around and found
myself looking into the muzzle of a
"The light was dim, but the rob
bers cut the wires and left the place
in darkness. Before the lights went
out I saw four men. I don't think
there were any more.
"Tonish and Waschuk began to
struggle with the men. I jumped
down and went to their assistance.
While we were fighting a revolver
went off right behind my ear. I
thought I was shot. Then, by the
light of the window, I saw Waschuk
fall to the ground. ,
"With him out of the way the four
men soon overpowered us and gag
ged us. Then they tied us to the
wagons. . They turned on poor Was
chuk arid, in spite of his suffering,
tied him ,tp a wagon also.
"After we were secure they went
into the office. I heard them pound
ing on the safe. In about five min
utes they ran oat."
Smith managed to free himself and
Tonish. Then they called the police.
Mrs. Catherine Vendetta, 2652
Congress" street, right behind the
Mandel Bros.' barn, aid she heard
four men running past her house.
She thought they were speaking
Waschuk, who lived at 729 W. 14th
place, leaves a wife and four chil
dren. "It is thought by the police that the
robbers had an accomplice, who wait
ed about a block from the place with
the auto. Capt. Ryaa of the Warren
avenue station, thinks that it might
be the same gang that held up the
Garfield State Bank messenger.
A high-powered automobile, con
taining four men, and with all the
lights out, was. seen in the loop this
morning. So far the police have re
ceived no report of a car being
Officials of the firm believe the rob
bers may have been aided by em
ployes. Today was to have been
pay-day at the place.
One man is being held as a suspect
at the Warren avenue station.
WOULDN'T TAKE GIRL'S WORD
San Francisco, Sept. 17. The jury
in the government's specially prose
cuted charge of conspiracy between
Maury I. Diggs and Charles B. Har
ris, whom Nell Barton accused of
sending her to Marsha Warrington to
induce Miss Warrington to swear
falsely about the escapade of herself
and Diggs at Reno, returned a ver
dict of not guilty, preferring to be
lieve the denial of Diggs and Harris
as against Miss Barton.
CONDEMN HEARST PAPERS
The United Trades & Labor Coun
cil, of Streator, 111., unanimously
passed a resolution condemning"
Hearst's Chicago Examiner and
They also scored Simon. p'Donnell
for activity in behalf of the special
labor ctiiuoii ,pioposea by the Exam-