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ed from the women of the under
world was passed around to the men
who shared the spoils.
From the reports which have
reached Hoyne-the traffic was con
ducted according ttfa system. No girl
was allowed to hustle in a district
unless she was "in right" Prom her
earnings, it is said, $3 was taken
This money was usually paid over
by the landladies of the "houses" to
the collector. Unless a girl came
across she was slammed into jail the
moment she apeared on the street.
She was considered an "outsider."
Once in jail the "outsider" had to
put up money spot cash for her bonds
and also for a lawyer.
But it was different with the "girl
on the inside." If a pinch had to be
made by the coppers, she would stand
for it cheerfully. Almost before she
reached the station, the bondsman
was signing her bonds. Then the
lawyer "on the inside" was there to
defend her the next day.
Of course, it is the girl who pays
for all this in the long run. And she
While it is believed that this system
is dying out gradually, still it was
practiced at a recent enough time to
warrant a grand jury investigation.
Hoyne said today that he will se
cure enough evidence to indict ten
detectives. This morning it was re
ported around the Criminal Court
Bldg. that Hoyne had received in
formation from a woman, said to
have been one of the various
"queens" of the old tenderloin.
Another report has it that the
Everleigh sisters will be brought
back to Chicago to testify of having
paid protection money. The Ever
leighs are said to have several old'
scores they would like to settle.
The police department has declar
ed war on State's Att'y Hoyne. Al
ready the threat has gone forth that
the prosecutor will be scalped should
he run for office again.
But Hoyne has announced that he ,
will continue with Ms work until
every known crooked copper is pun
ished. Already he has a mass of
information given him by crooks and
also by policemen who are said to
have become disgusted by the work of
some of their fellow cops.
Yesterday Hoyne said that his in
quiry instead of nearing the end is
really just beginning. He says he is
not going to stop at the detective
bureau, but will reach other stations
where he has evidence of graft and
of collusion between crooks and the
Yesterday Bernard Rifman, an al
leged international gem thief who is
in the county jail on a charge of hav
ing stolen $75,000 worth of jewels in
Peacock's, told of having walked the
streets unnoticed by the bureau all
the time he was wanted. He also
told of dining -with Capt John Halpin
of the detective bureau.
"I am acting under instructions
from the state's attorney not to talk,"
he said. "Yes, I know Capt Halpin.
I have known him for many years
and frequently have dined with him.
"It Is true that I frequently have
been in Chicago when the police
wanted me and when Capt. Halpin
and some of his men knew I was
here, and they made no effort to get
me. I have been here many times
since the second Peacock theft, and
Capt. Halpin knew it. I was not ar
rested by Halpin or any of his men,
but by the Pinkertons."
"I have taken statements from
three men who have been able to en
lighten me considerably regarding
the connection between crime and
crooked detectives," replied State's
Att'y Hoyne last night when asked
concerning Rifmann's statement.
"There is enough evidence in my
possession this minute to warrant me
in saying that when I present my
prof to the grand jury about ten de
tectives will be under suspension and
seeking bondsmen and attorneys.
The evidence I obtained early this-
morning clinched the case for me.-'