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JUDGE LANDIS BACKS ERBSTEIN
IN REFUSING TO TESTIFY
An attorney's fight to keep secret
anything told him in confidence by
a client was upheldby Federal Judge
Kenesaw M. Landis today when At
torney Charles B. Erbstein was
brought before the judge to show
cause why he shouldn't be punished
for contempt for refusing to testify
before the grand jury.
Erbstein Was called before the
grand jury this morning to testify in
the federal building scandal that has
involved the name of Charles P. De
Woody. As attorney for Mrs. Sol Lewin
sohn, wife of the fugitive bondsman,
who has made the charges that has
stirred the city, it was believed he was
in possession of valuable informa
tion. The . attorney appeared and pro
duced some documents in his posses
sion but refused point blank to tes
tify to anything told him in confi
dence by Mrs. Lewinsohn.
Assistant District Attorney David
Stansbury then brought him before
Judge Landis. After hearing both
sides the jurist ruled that not only
was Erbstein right in refusing to tes
tify but was forbidden to violate a
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THE HOYNE-NORTHUP SCRAP
State's Attorney Maclay Hoyne
aroused Chicago further today with
the announcement ' that Special
Prosecutor John E. Northup was try
ing to cause the Indictment of him
and Assistant State's Attorney Mike
According to Hoyne, Northup was
working together with Barney
Bertsche, convicted as a member of
the clairvoyant trust, to bring'about
the downfall of Hoyne' and his as
sistant Hoyne said yesterday that Bertsche
tried to induce three pickpockets to
give perjured testimony against
Hoyne, but that the conspiracy fell
through. ' ' "
"I know of a meeting between
Northup and a saloonkeeper who was
approached by Bertsche in the con
spiracy piot after the license of the
saloonkeeper had been revoked.
Northup met that saloonkeeper in his
office," said Hoyne.
"The saloonkeeper refused to en
ter into any such agreement as the
one proposed to him when he talked,
to Mr.- Northup."
Northup's name was mentioned in
the indictments returned yesterday
by the grand jury against Harry Min
sky and Samuel Goldman.
'MAY SAY FINISHED TUNNELS
CANNOT BE BUILT
Judge John P. McGoorty decides,
today, whether Marshall Field "& Co.,'.
(through an injunction, shall be
stopped from digging two tunnels
junder Washington street between
StaTfeiSt? eet and Wabash avenue. .
The tunnels are already dug, two
of them, one 80 feet wide and an
other one under 15 feet wide.
George Merrick, an attorney at 69
Washington street, wanted the in
junction on behalf of the people over
a year ago, months before any work
on the tunnels began. The case was
argued before Judge McGoorty and
the court "look it under advisement"
and it dragged along till the tunnels
Attorney Merrick argued that the
city council does not legally have the
right to give away so much of the
land under a street to a private con
cern like the Field store.
"Children," said the teacher to his,
pupils, "you should" be able to do
anything equally "well with either
hand. With a little practice you will
find it just as easy to do anything
with one hand as it-is with the other."
"Is it?" inquired the urchin at the
foot of the class. "Let's see you put
your left hand in the right-hand
pocket of your trousers." Indies'