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POLITICIANS AND SALOONKEEPERS MAY BE
HIT IN HOYNE'S CRIME INVESTIGATION
other suspensions to relieve the de
partment of the embarrassment of
Many well-known saloonkeepers
and politicians, it is said, will be hit
by State's Attorney -Hpyne's grand
jury investigation of the doings of
Capt. John Halpin and Lieut. John
Tobin and their administration at the
Hoyne says positively he has the
goods to show that policemen have
been taking money from crooks and
that this money was handed out in
saloons and in regular "pay-off"
After Hoyne had asked the suspen
sion of Halpin, Tobin and the ten
detectives yesterday, iti leaked out
that the capture of Ed Rice in Texas
would lead to many startling ex
posures. Rice is said to have operated a pay
off joint in the Imperial building, 312
S. Clark st. His gang included H. V.
Verman, alias "Fan Stewart"; "Big
Monroe," Wm. Powell, alias "The
Waco Kid," and Clarence Class.
It is also said that Barney Bertsche
was planning to open a rival pay-off
joint on Dearborn st. when the Ran
dolph st, shooting was pulled off and
interfered with his plans.
In several saloons owned by men
high in political power, it is said,
plans were laid for trimming easy
marks. The saloonkeepers were the
go-betweens usually for the grafters.
Hoyne now has enough informa
tion to proceed with his prosecution.
He admitted this much last night.
"I am able to prove that Capt.
Halpin, Lieut. Tobin and a number
of the sergeants named have regu
larly receiver protection money from
confidence men and other thieves
and were partners in the crime or
ganization which has zeen operat
ing in Chicago," said Hoyne.
"I will not present my evidence be
fore the civil service commission un
til after I have substantiated my
charges before the grand jury and in
the trial courts. I may also suggest
having police officers enforcing the
law who in all probability will soon
be under indictment for breaking it"
The detectives accused by Hoyne
are: William Egan, James Monaghan,
John O'Keefe, Michael Trant, John
O'Brien, William Blaul, John Egan,
William Bush, James McCarthy and
Mayor Harrison refused Hoyne's
request that he suspend the men from
the police force. "So many charges
are against men of the police force
and are not carried through that I do
not want to condemn a man without
a hearing," the mayor declared.
"I am afraid nothing can stand up
under the enemy's howitzer fire, gen
eral." "Has it killed many of our men
"No but one of their shells ac
tually dented a piece of our hard tack
and that's going some!" -.