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crooks made their headquarters,
Biddlnger used to go there often. It
is said, however, that Barney
Bertsche and he have been on the
"outs" for a long time.
Just what part Biddihger win play
in the probe has not been determined.
On account of their ill-feeling it is
said to be hardly possible that both
he and Barney Bertsche will line up
on the strong side.
Barney's feelings concerning his
double-crossing by detectives is
shown in an interview given out last
Bertsche said that a former detec
tive sergeant now with a New York
detective, agency, and who is a can
that city, was made a detective-sergeant
only through Bertsche's for
mer political influence.
"I had this man made a detective
sergeant," said Bertsche. "I wUl not
mention his name now .because it
would interfere with my testimony
before the grand jury. You can call
him B. and say that he graduated
from the Chicago force to a position
in a big private detective agency and
is now a candidate for one of the po
lice commissionerships in New York
"I had him made a detective-sergeant
because I knew that next to
Bill Egan he was the best grafter in
the town. Just before he left the
bureau he arrested a saloon keeper
on the west side in connection with
some stolen clothes. B. tried this
man right in my saloon next to the
city hall on Randolph st. I was the
"I knew they had the good son the
saloon keeper and I told him that he
had better give up what they wanted.
The saloon keeper no doubt thought
that I was in on the play, but I was
not, only so far as to collect the
dough for B."
Bertsche also told of other things
The "Yellow Kid" is one of Chi
cago's most notorious crooks. He
was always J,in" on big stuff but mair-1
aged to keep out of jail until one
time a rap came so hard that he had
to go to jail. He is a former part
ner of Clarence Class and one of the
first to try the fake prize fight graft.
Sam Harovetch, a west 'side
crook, recently convicted of burglary,
squawked today and named Serg't
Miller, Detective-Sergeants Weis
baum and Hanson of the Maxwell st.
station and others. It is said that
several crooks in the county jail are
clamoring to tell all they know.
Crooks and police who have had
dealings with "Eddie the Immune"
Jackson, former "king of pickpock
ets," are quaking with fear following
the exclusive story in The Day Book
yesterday that Eddie would be re
turned from Joliel to tell what he
knows about graft.
It is conceded that Eddie, who, in
addition to iis own cunning as a
pickpocket, was also the head of a
gang that had their meeting place in
Barney Bertsche's old saloon, knows
a great deal of the manner in which
"dips" were allowed to continue their
work while detectives wore "blind
ers." Eddie, whose real name is Jacob
son, and who is a brother of Oscar
Jacobson, well known to the police,
was a resident of the west side, and
it is believed his story will involve
many saloonkeepers and politicians
in that section of the city.
Just when Eddie will be brought
back State's Attorney Hoyne refuses
to say. When Jackson was convicted,
it was only after a long list pt com
plaints had been made against him.
And it was not by officers from the
detective, bureau that he was brought
to jail, but Hoyne's personal staff.
More exposures are. expected con
cerning railroad thefts and raids on
fur stores by Israel Tecotzky, now
held in the county jail on many com
plaints of that kind. Hoyne has one
confession from the man involving
police and go-betweens. He said that
he has paid as high as $1,000 to a po
liceman. - , . . .
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