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this morning and was released im
mediately on $30,000 bonds signed by
Former Alderman Michael Conlon
and John J. Corbett, west side con
tractor. " -
A few minutes later Walter O'Brien,
former detective, gave bonds of $15,
000 signed by Pat O'Malley, saloon
keeper, and John J. Marshall.
In the new confession in Hoyne's
hand it is said about twenty-five po
licemen are named. It explains fully
the-oxganized gang of conmen, wire
tappers, grafters and blackmailers
whOOperate from coast to coast.
In every big city these men had a
fixer-wno-Teached the police. In Chi-cago-fMs
fixer was Barney Bertsche.
But there was another gang spring
ing up in rivalry to the Bertsche
This was the gang who had their
offices in the Imperial building and
who hung around Tom Kerwin's sa
loon, 21 N. Dearborn st. Lately this
gang has been having the inside track
with the police .who had soured on
Bertsche after he was convicted in
the clairvoyant swindles.
The rival gang was headed by Ed
Rice, now a fugitive in Mexico,
"Waco Kid" Powell and Clarence
Class, The latter, a former prize
fighter and promoter of fake fight
swindles, has confessed.
As a result of his confession Ker
win has been locked up and Ihe real
story of the "battle of Randolph
street," in which Bertsche, Bill Egan
and Skip Monaghan shot each other
down, has leaked out.
According to new information, the
gun fight occurred after Bertsche had
announced his intention of opening
up a nlw pay-off joint.
Hoyne gives out some interesting
dope about the Imperial building pay
"The Imperial building offices com
prised a suite," he said. "There was
f reenter cashier's cage, in which
Class sat as he carried out his roll of
cluet bookmaker. Then off the foom
where the telegraph case was lo
cated was the telegraph room, where
the instruments were located over
which the race returns were suppos
ed to come. Still a third room of the
suite was the private office where the
victims were taken to wait while
their money was being placed on the
"The Imperial building outfit was
so completely organized that there
were identification cards to make it
certain that no steerer or worker for
the place might be bothered by po
"There were between fifty and
sixty steerers who brought victims
into the place. Each one had a card
that bore the name the 'joint' was
onerated under, namelv. 'The 1. fr.
H. Cigar Co. Tobacco and Smok
ers' Accessories.' On a line beneath
was a blank in which the name of the
steerer was written.
"If one of the steerers for the place
was picked up by any detective ser
geant or detective in the loop and
it even applied to the uniformed po
picemen all he had to do was to dis
play the card. It got him freedom at
once without even a trip to the sta
tion. "There was a real G. & H. Cigar
Company doing business on the west
side, but it knew nothing of the
Dearborn street outfit
"As a further protection for the'
men carrying the cards the heads of
the Imperial building place had two
perforating machines. A card in or
der to be official had to have the per
foration of each machine."
Mayor Harrison today revoked the
license of Tom Kerwin's two saloons,
21 N. Dearborn and 40 N. Clinton. In
a statement he said that his investi
gators had found that pickpockets led
by the "Arizona Kid" and "Big Ala
bama" were usually hanging around
the places. Kerwin was arraigned in
the Hyde Park court this afternoon.
Lieut. Tobin, gave up today. His
bonds of $15,000 were signed hy Aid.
Johnny Powers and Peter Cohen.
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