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ANDY LAWRENCE AND CHICAGO EXAMINER
DRAGGED INTO CLAIRVOYANT MESS
The political ambitions of Andy
Lawrence and the Chicago Examiner
were dragged into the clairvoyant
mess yesterday when Jimmy Ryan,
alias Prof. Crane, one of the defend
ants, testified that he had been of
fered his Hberty by State's Attorney
Hoyne if he would name former Chief
of Police MpWeeny and Capt. Halpin
as having received money from the
State's Attorney Hoyne and his
secretary, Edward Fleming, both de
nied the story told by Ryan.
But McWeeny and Halpin were not
the only well-known men whose
names were brought. Former Al
derman Al Tearney and Detectives
Walter O'Brien, William J. Egan, Jos
eph Carmody and John Dempsey also
figured in the day's revelations.
Ryan said he was taken down to
South Bend, Ind., and put through
the "third degree" by Hoyne and
Fleming. The prosecutor asked him
to "come clean" on what he knew
about the police.
"Remember," said Hoyne, accord
ing to Ryan, "I could have given
Teddy Webb, the auto bandit, who
came across, 25 years."
"Then Fleming wrote out a state
ment," said Ryan, "which was given
me to sign. I read it over and then
refused to sign because I didn't know
anything about the things they want
ed me to sign to."
"What were the contents of that
statement?" aske"d Attorney James
T. Brady, for the defense.
"Former Chief McWeeny and
Capt. Halpin were named as the men
who had received money for protect
ing clairvoyants. Bertsche was
named as the man who brought the
money to them."
"Did you sign that statement?"
"No, I didn t Because it wasn't
true. I woaldnt sign anything I
knew was a he."
Edward Fleming, secretary to
State's Attorney Hoyne, was then
called to the stand for rebuttal.
He testified that Ryan believed Al
Tearney would intercede for him.
"Ryan came to me and asked if
Tearney would meet him," said Flem
ing. "He said, 'We want to straighten
this matter out. Isn't there some
way of getting to Hoyne?' I said to
him, 'I don't think so. You're in bad.'
" 'O, the raps are easy to fix,' he
said. "I said to him, 'Well, if you get
your brother, and tell these things
you might be let off.'
"I told him I would talk to Hoyne.
Ryan said to me, 'I will take a plea
if you let Barney Bertsche out. I'll
plead guilty. I think Barney will
probably take a year in the Bride
well.' I told him I'd tell Hoyne what
Attorney Brady then sprung the
big surprise of the day when he un
dertook the cross-examination of
"Isn't it a fact that this investiga
tion was started for the purpose of
ousting McWeeny and Halpin, so the
Chicago Examiner could run the po
lice department of the city?"
"I never heard McWeehy's or Hal
pin's name mentioned?" answered
Earlier in his testimony, relative to
the alleged $15,000 swindling of Mrs.
Hope McEldowney, Ryan asserted
that he and Mrs. McEldowney were
engaged to be married and that she
merely advanced money to him so
that he could get a divorce from his
Ryan was a marvel of complacency
while on the stand. A grilling cross
examination from Assistant State's
Attorney John Fleming failed in any
way to swerve his story.
He said he had never represented
himself as a fortune teller to Mrs.
McEldowney and, though he had
given he some business advice, the