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Half an hour later Heckinger was told to go to the office of Superin
An offense had been committed, he later learned. A clerk, making
an 82-cent sale, had taken a $2 bill from a customer. This was marked on
the slip. But the clerk had taken a $1 bill out of his own pocket and taken
the $2 bill. The $1 bill was turned into the desk, apparently in the hope that
in the rush of business it would not be noticed. It is the custom at the desk
to look at the amount marked down as received rather than at the money
When Heckinger was brought into Mangold's office he knew nothing
about this. With Mangold was a private detective, who gave his name as
"Smith," but whose real name is said to be Magnus.
They kept him waiting before they would talk. This is always ef
fective when worklnB on nervous i '
Finally Mangold turned to him.
"What the Hell did you do with
that money," he snapped savagely.
Heckinger was taken aback. "I
I don't know what you mean," he fal
tered. Mangold and "Smith" laughed
meaningly. The superintendent, sug
gesting a bird ef prey, then turned a
fire of questions at the helpless, nerv
ous man before him.
"Why , do you think you
can get away with anything like that.
We've got the goods on you and we'll
go the limit."
Question after question was shot at
him, each question accompanied by
a curse intended to produce the
necessary psychological effect.
They laughed at him, they sneered
at him, they bullied him and they
painted lurid pictures of what was
going to happen.
The man, scarcely out of a sick
bed, felt faint. His brain was whirl
ing. It was very new to him. It
seemed as though they had held him
there for hours in their clutches. He
wanted to get away, somewhere.
Anywhere to be free from those two
Mangold watched him intently. He
saw the agonized expression on his
face. Then the man's energy snap
ped. The superintendent turned to
Smith. "Search him," he ordered.
"Smith" then rifled the man's
Dockets. A'two-dollar-bill as well as
a little change was found on him.
"Ah!" shouted Mangold with tri
umph," now we gotcha."
This was the most crushing of all
to the friendless man who was bat
tling against such tremendous odds".
What did it matter if he defended
himself by proving that an acquaint
ance in a prominent position had
given him a $2 bill the night before.
The Day Book knows the name of
His courage was gone. He wanted
to get away from his tormentors.
Mangold leaned over and shrewdly
suggested, "Now you can get out of
this by signing a confession. We
won't arrest you if you do that. And
besides that bill In your pocket was
MARKED." And he suddenly
brought a $2 bill to light.
This was the last straw needed.
Circumstantial evidence Is a terrible
thing. The man, completely shatter
ed, signed the confession and stag
gered from the room.
He was given what was coming to
him and discharged. Heckinger
went home and went to bed. He was
ill for a week as a result iof a nervous
collapse. When he recovered suffi
ciently he" brought his' case to the
Legal Aid Society. Francis Tousig,
Jewish Aid Society, also became in
terested in the case.
She went to Mangold and he told
her there wasn't any doubt hut what
the man was guilty. The "marked"
bill was absolute proof. It looked
rather bad for Heckinger. But some-