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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 04, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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The supreme court has just decreed
that Bertsche must go to the peniten
tiary. So it behooves him to make
a clean breast of everything in order
to be paroled in eleven months.
This afternoon Bertsche will con
fine himself only to the operations of
the clairvoyants. Later he will take
up the pockpockets and tell how,
through the generous use of money,
he squared the case of the gang led
by the notorious Eddie Jackson, king
of the dips.
Hoyne has given an intimation that
several high members of a former
administration are facing serious
trouble as a result of Bertsche's con
fession.
Jimmy Ryan, brother of Frank
Ryan also confesed before the grand
jury this morning. He practically sus
stantiated the testimony of Frank
Ryan.
With the amazing confession of
Frank Ryan, former king of swind
lers and head of the clairvoyant gang,
still the main topic around the city,
it is reported that State's Attorney
Hoyne has more evidence just as as
tounding. Before the grand jury yesterday
Ryan unbosomed himself of the rela
tions he carried on with the police
when he and his brother, Jimmy, and
other members of the band were
fleecing victims, usually women, who
had confidence in them.
Ryan said he did all his fixing
through Barney Bertsche, but often
in addition to the usual monthly pro
tection money he had to come across
personally with little side money.
"Business at 1316 Michigan av. be
an to boom, and we found that we
had to open up another store," said
Ryan, "so Jimmie opened up a place
at 204 North State street When
and saw how good
business was they made me come
across with $400 a month for protec
tion, and made Jimmie pay the same
amount for his place. Jimmie turn
ed over his $400 every month to me.
I used to give that with my $400 to
Barney, and other times to
"The $400 a month was not all I
was forced to pay. Often the police
touched me for different amounts.
Sometimes one of them would come
to me and tell me of a certain squawk
that had been made against me, and
that was always a sign for more
dough. It was always $25 or some
thing like that. Every time a mem
ber of a copper's family or relative
died they always came to me for
money to help buy flowers and a cas
ket, or to pay for the carriages."
Ryan was a wise crook. He "kept
a memorandum with the dates and
amounts paid coppers for protection.
And that book will figure prominently
m Hoyne s prosecutions.
In another part of his confession
Ryan said:
."The coppers always needed some
week-end money. Sometimes it was
$25 and sometimes it ran as high as
$500. I gave $500 one time to
and $500 to at another time.
But I can't kick on the coppers for
not giving me protection for they cer
tainly did. They did, and by the
way they did it they thought they
were safe. During the year and a
half that I worked here I never had
to go to a police station or court.
Whenever there was a squawk
against me the coppers always tipped
me off 'they were coming over with
the sucker and I would take an after
noon off.
"A dummy (another member of
the trust) would be shown to the
sucker. The sucker couldn't identify
him as the man who swindled him,
but to make good their stall that they
were playing on the square in try
ing to catch the con man they would
take the dummy to the station. There
when the sucker couldn't identify
him he would be turned out. Some
times McCabe took a rap for me and
sometimes Jimmie did it."
The federal authorities are trying
to get possession of Frank Ryan on
an old indictment charging him with
using mails to defraud.

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