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There seems little doubt in Hoyne's
mind that there are certain police
men who are involved with known
crooks. He has already declared that
he detective bureau is rotten.
And Hoyne believes that before ten
'Jays have passed he will astound the
ity with the result of the grand jury
Aid. Merriam, chairman of the
council crime committee, says all the
investigators employed by the com
mittee will go before the grand jury
and the civil service commission and
tell their story.
State's Attorney Hoyne is keeping
an ace in the hole in connection with
the feud between Barney Bertsche
and Sergeant Bill Egan. Yesterday
the prosecutor had his first real talk
with Bertsche. And he will not make
public all Barney told him.
But whatever it was the wounded
ox-political boss disclosed to him it
as sufficient to plunge Hoyne into a
. mass of work this morning, work
that may result in some startling
Hoyne is keeping silent. Because,
as he says, to talk now would be only
giving the police a chance to frame
up a defense.
There is still the search for the
gunman who fired the first two shots
going on. Hoyne expects to get this
man. He now has detectives on his
Bertsche gave his side of the shoot
ing to Hoyne yesterday.
"I talked to Bertsche this fore
noon and his version of the shooting
supports my theory," said Hoyne. "If
an outsider shot Bertsche he does not
know it. He says there were at least
two shots fired before he fell.
x "Bertsche asserts there was a scuf
fle, then the sound of two or three
shots, and he and Egan went down.
The thing that made the impression
on him was the sound of the shots
rather than a feeling of pain. It was
not until they were on the pavement
that Bertsche noticed blood trickling
l down his side. Then and not until
then did he draw his revolver.
"His version of the shooting was
that Egan or some unknown person ,
behind him fired the first shots that
"When the firing began Egan was
in front of him. He used the detec
tive as a shield against Monahan's
"What shots Bertsche says he aim
ed at the latter were fired over Egan's
"Then he intentionally dropped to
the sidewalk and brought 'Big Bill'
"Bertsche said that at 12 o'clock
on the day of the shooting, while
leaving the Quincy No. 9 restaurant
at Randolph and LaSalle streets, he
first saw Egan, who was accompan
ied by two strangers.
"He bowed to Egan, but received
only a scowl in'return.
"Bertsche then went to the Dela
ware building, where he visited his
attorney, James Brady. Later he re
turned to the street and met Nathan
Spira, the convicted firebug.
"It was only a chance meeting and
they talked for a few minutes about
Spira's case, which had been dispos
ed of by the Supreme Court. After
leaving Spira Bertsche says he walk
ed up Randolph street and when in
front of King Joy Lo restaurant met
Monaghan and Egan.
" 'Egan, as soon as he saw me be
gan to curse and said I ought to be
in the pen," said Bertsche. 'Then
"Bertsche then told me how he and
Egan clinched. Up to this time neither
of the detectives had indicated for
what purpose they had intercepted
their man. They made no attempt
whatever to 'frisk' him for his re
volver. "As soon as the fight between
Bertsche and Egan was on, Mon
aghan, either through cowardice or
to get a better shooting position, ran
into the street. I do not accuse
Monaghan of running away, as it