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ANOTHF THIRD DEGREE STORY IN WHICH MR.
BRIDGES MAKES THINGS CLEAR AS MUD
Further exposure on the third degree methods used by department
store managers to wring confessions from Employes, whom they believe
have .gone wrong, is made in the case of Max Levin and the mighty Siegel
Levin worked as an inspector for the store. One day one of the bosses
came up to him and said he (Levin) was short $6, part payment on a C.
O. D. check. Levin asked to see tne stub of the check as a means of prov
ing the man was mistaken. It was not produced. Then Levin was dragged
up before F. J. Bridges, superintendent.
Bridges questioned Levin and then sent for a McGuire & White sleuth.
After that Levin was put through a grilling similar to one that S. Heckinger
was forced to endure at the hands of Supt. Richard C. Mangold of the Bos
ton Store a few weeks ago.
Bridges and the private detective worked all the old tricks of the third
degree. It was adroitly suggested to Levin that he had borrowed the money.
finally, tp escape the rack, Levin
said he took the
After he had made this "confes
sion" Bridges accused him being
short $10.50 previous to the $6 check.
But Levin strenuously denied this.
Levin then took his caseta the
Legal Aid Society and they found
merit in his case. Attorney Charles
R. Schwartz, formerly of Hull House,
also believed the man's-story. Levin's
past record is excellent.
Mr. Bridges was in his office when
a Day Book 'reporter managed to get
in after satisfying an outer guard
that lie wasn.'t after a job.
"I've come in to see you about a
man named Max Levin," said the re
porter. "Supposeyou remember it?"
"I should say ijflo,". answered the
Siegel-Cooper superintendent. "There
have been enough people here to see
me about that fellow. I couldn't for
"Well, how about it? He says he
was handed a raw deal. He denies
the confession he signed was true."
"Now, look here," and Mr. Bridges
was all convincing assurance, "that
boy was treated squarely. He had
every chance. He got the money
and confessed. That's all there was
"He says he wasn't shown the stub
to the check," explained the reporter.
. -Mr. Bridges' dug into his.deskfor a.
sales slip to illustrate his reply.
"When this slip goes to the inspec
tor he puts it in a machine which cuts
off the bottom of the check and reg
isters on the upper portion the
amount of sale and a number. The
lower half drops into a slot and there
is no chance for the employe to get
"We found the top half of the slip,
but not the bottom. It wasn't in
"This wasn't the first time he had
been short. He was allowed to pay
back $5 once before."
"But how does he come to be
$16.50 shy, when there is only -the
record of this one shortage?" asked
Mr- Bridges' explanation here was
not quite quite satisfactory. He said
that employes, when short, were al
lowed to go through all the sales
slips and compare them with their
own stubs in an effort to find the
shortages. All of which was quite in
structive, but failed to show where
the $10.50 in addition to the first !J6
charged against Levin came in. That
Is still a mystery to the reporter.
"Levin says he confessed to some
thing that wasn't true," Mr. Bridges
was told. '
"He shouldn't say that," replied
the" superintendent, in a hurt tone,