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was said to have aided Egan and
Monahan. It is also claimed by some
that he fled to a nearby saloon and
gave his gun to some coppers.
Egan now claims he did not have
a gun. But witnesses were of the
opinion that Egan fired about six
State's Att'y Hoyne is now work
ing on the theory that a carefully
planned attempt to put somebody out
of the way was made.
"If Barney Bertsche was to tell all
he knew about the police the city
would shudder," said the prosecutor.
There is another angle advanced
by some, tl is to the effect that the
feud between Halpin and Bertsche
was being egged on by interests that
wanted Paddy Lavin named as Hal
Attorney Benedict Short made the
"Detective Egan got money from
Bertsche on several occasions," he J
said. "The hen double-crossed 'Bar
ney' and tried to shake him down.
The bad blood .between them and
there was bad, blood, despite what
Egan may say 'to the contrary was
caused by this.
"Egan tried time and again to
shake down Barney Bertsche and
succeeded. But the time came when
he couldn't do it any more. Then he
threatened to 'get' Bertsche.
"Don't think Barney didn't know
this was coming off. He did. And
.when the shooting began yesterday,
the fact that he was on the spot with
his two automatics proves what I
Hoyne spoke as follows:
"Last night, when we started our
investigation of this affair, important
information was brought to me.
"It was to the effect that a certain
notorious Chicago gunman, known
both to the police and to this office,
had been hired to 'get' Barney Bert-sohe.-
Now, there was no warrant
out for Bertsche. He was not wanted
by the police or by me. Bertsche
hasn't exposed anything yet, either, 1
mind you. But if he wanted to
'squawk' and tell what he knows, be
lieve me, it would bring down the
"Bertsche was shot once in the
back. The bullet didn't come from
Monaghan or Spira. There is noth
ing to the statement that Spira had
a gun. I know positively that he did
"Then who shot Bertsche in the
"My answer is, the hired gunman.
He is the one who can explain this
"Word was brought here that Bert
sche, driven to desperation by the po
lice, was ready to tell some of the
things he knew.
Mr. Hoyne denied that the gun
man's name is Kelly.
"If it was the man I believe it was,
his name was not Kelly," said Mr.
"After this fellow has fired one or
more shots at Bertsche and the de
tectives then took up the shooting,
hfe ran into a saloon and called a
number which was a West Side sa
loon Billy Skidmore's place. I don't
know yet who was on the other end
of the wire, but I have sent my detec
tives out there to find out. I believe
that in a couple of days I will be able
to make some startling disclosures
that will shock Chicago.
"If Egan and Monahan wanted to
arrest Bertsche, why didn't they do it
a week ago, when Egan ha dan alter
cation with him?"
A big shake-up at the detective bu
reau is imminent Mayor Harrison1
will begin an immediate investibation.
Bertsche's career is a checkered
one. As a boy he formed a friendship
with Former Mayor Busse and the
two played together on Sedgwick'
"When yet a youth he drifted into
the wild Market street gang and the
police became acquainted with him. i
Stick-ups were too dangerous for
Barney, however, so he resorted tot
more gentle methods of a pickpocket,