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The pickpocket "trust," led by Ed
die Jackson, now in Joliet, always
made that place their hankout. And
with the aid of Barney they managed
to stay "within the law."
Barney was a god go-between.
No one was better than he at con
vincing coppers that it was much
more profitable to be nice than "mean
about it." And so the cases were
Bill Egan used to be a great friend
of Barney for a long while. Then one
day they had an argument in the lit
tle office which Barney chose to call
his "private sanctum."
The argument was heated. There
was much talk about "double-crossing"
at the end of the scrap. Egan,
white with anger, left the saloon,
The police were afraid of Bertsche.
But Busse went out of office and
Bertsche's star set Then came the
sensational clairvoyant trust cases.
Bertsche and Jimmy Ryan, alias Prof.
Crane, were convicted and sentenced
to the penitentiary. Bertsche was
broken at last.
Then came Egan's hour. Stripped
of the power that was his in Busse's
time, Bertsche became a mark for
the coppers. But there was one thing
that kept his enemies back that was
Barney's fatal knowledge of the con
nection between crime and the po
lice. The police watched their opportun
ity. But it was Bertsche that made
the first move in the warfare. His plea
to the Supreme Court for a retrial
on the clairvoyant swindling charge
is now pending. By way of the stool
pigeon system it was flashed back to
the police that Barney had said "he
would not lack for company if he did
go to the big house in Joliet"
That remark caused a stir. On the
heels of this opening shot came the
attacks now being made on the po
lice force by Judge Gemmill. A
special squad was appointed to arrest
all known, crooks.
On this squad were Egan and Skip ,
Monahan, his partner. They made it
understood that one of the first men
they would grab would be Barney
Barney began preparing a defense.
Two or three days ago a closed auto
mobile, in which were six or eight
men, steamed up and down Randolph
st It was whispered about that "Ed
die Murphy and his gang were look
ing for Egan and Monahan."
But nothing came of that. The first
real move was delayed until yester
day. About noontime Bertsche was
in Redpath's saloon, Clark and Ran
dolph streets, drinking with Nathan
Spira and others. Two detectives
who still remained Bertsche's friends
hurried in and whispered in Bert
sche's ear. The three withdrew to a
corner and the "dicks" told Barney
that Egan and Monahan were going
to get him.
Barney went to the City Hall
Square Hotel where he" lives, and got
a big automatic revolver. When he
returned he and Spira walked east
on Randolph st Near Henrici's they
were stopped by Egan and Monahan.
Hot words were exchanged. From one
of their guns a bullet pinged. In an
instant the air was filled with flying
When the smoke from their revolv
ers cleared away, Bertsche had a bul
let in his neck and one -in his leg;
Monahan was dying from two bullets
through the kidneys and Egan had
three dangerous bullet wounds in his
body. Monahan was also shot twice
in the thighs.
But that was not all. Nathan
Spira, convicted in the arson cases,
was also probably fatally wounded.
There are conflicting reports con
cerning his presence at the shooting.
He professes to have been an-innocent
bystander. Others say he aided
Ted Owens, a barber at the Hotel
Sherman, and Joseph Schmidt, an
optician, were hit by stray bullets.
A mysterious man was seen run
ning away from the shooting. Ha