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doing" along new lines.
The new "thing" is said to be ex
pected to be the apeparance of Eddie
Jackson, "king of, the pickpockets,"
before the grand jury. Jackson is
now in Joliet prison.
Eddie Jackson made his headquar
ters in the old Barney Bertsche sa
loon in the days when he earned the
newspaper title of "Eddie the Im
mune." While complaints were com
ing in to the police about his crimes,
Jackson used to mingle with and
hold long conversations with the very
officers that should have been search
ing for him. This is what he is ex
pected to tell about before the grand
jury. It is said Bertsche furnished
him with protection.
A detective, wise to the secrets of
the combine between police and
grafters, hasurned state's evidence,
according to a rumor from the crim
It was this information whispered
about in the barrooms of Randolph
street, in the vicinity of the detective
bureau, that struck terror io the
hearts of those who have become
sntangled in the network woven by
Who this man is, Hoyne refuses to
tell at the present time. But it is
expected that his confession will back
up the story told yesterday by George
Williams, alias "The Alabama Kid,"
who told Hoyne that -Barney
Bertsche was shot down in the "Ran
dolph street battle" because Barney
planned to open a new "pay-off" joint
in opposition to the Imperial building
joint operated by Ed Rice and Clar
Hoyne's statement of the "Alaba
ma Kid's" confession was as follows
"Williams, in his confession." said
Mr. Hoyne, "has admitted he was
brought here by Art Duff and Barney
Bertsche.", At their direction he
signed the lease for the new pay-off
joint and bought furniture to fit the
"He brought a couple of steerers
with him and arrangements had been
made for forty or fifty more steerers
to work out of the place. Some1 of
these were solicited to bring their
victims to the place and others vol
unteered to leave the pay-off joint
in the Imperial building and 'work
out' of the new place.
"Then Rice and Kerwin began
complaining to Tobin and Egan about
the entrance of this new competing
place. There was a delay while elec
tric lights, telephones, fixtures and
rugs were being installed in the pay
"Then, came the altercation in the
barroom between Bertsche and Egan
and Tobin. Williams was there and
saw it. I have the names of all those
who were parties to the fight and a
number of witnesses beside. Egan
insisted Barney refrain from opening
the new place. Egan said that it was
not right to bring out of town thieves
'in on the game.' Bertsche declared
he was going to.open up.
"Egan told him, "Jou can't do an"y
"Barney replied, 'Why can't I? I
have always treated, the coppers
"Barney agreed not to open for '
several days, but Egan insisted the
place must not open at all.
"Barney said, What about the
other place?' 'What place?' asked
Egan. Tou know what place I mean,'
said Barney, meaning the place in
the Imperial building. The alterca
tion ended there with no result. Both
Bertsche and Egan were defiant
Then came the sudden closing of the
Imperial place following my confer
ence with the mayor and on he next
day Bertsche and Egan met in the
pistol duel on the Rialto. Qf course
'Kansas Farm Land' did not open
"Williams has told me of makings .
payments of, tribute direct to cfty de
tectives. He has told me how a $10;
000 job was pulled off' between
Sept 25 and Oct." 1, and how the
event was jointly celebrated by the.
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