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Biddinger then turned his back on
his old Chicago associates; turned
his back even on his wife, whom he
advised to get a divorce "because
really he thought he had grown"
since financial success came to him
as a stool pigeon-in the employ of
Once away from his old Chicago
haunts Biddinger, backed by Burns,
who owed Biddinger something for
the hit he made with nonunion em
ployers in the McNamara case, be
came excessively ambitidus.
Back here in Chicago the habitues
of the saloons along Randolph street,
in the "beaten track," were thunder
struck to hear that Biddinger had
his eyes on the deputy police com
missioner's job in New York and
Burns and the business interests were
But comes now the slinking spec
tacle of the past. Bertsche has
shouted out in loud tones that Bid
dinger was one of "his men" and
that he was created merely because
Bertsche wanted some one at the de
tective bureau whom he could trust
to take care of the con men, pick
pockets and other crooks whom
Bertsche has confessed he protected.
In his reply Biddinger bitterly be
wails that his chances for advance
ment are gone through the statement
of Bertsche. In white-hot words he
branded Bertsche a crook, a liar, a
"This just about ruins my chances,"
he said. "I am innocent and can
prove it, but the mere mention of my
name in connection with the Chicago
police scandal is enough to queer my
chances here. I have been a detec
tive for'nineteen years and have sav
ed a little money. If the position was
offered to me I had intended to ac
cept, whip the detective force into
good shape, and resign with the pres
tige such a position would give. It is
the chance of a lifetime, and I am to
be robbed of it by a crook!
"Bertsche has been after me for
years just because, when i was- a de-1
tective in Chicago,-1 did my duty and
cleaned up the gangs I was sent out
after. In doing so I incurred his
"Bertsche is a crook and has served
time as such. ForMwenty-five years
he was a stool pigeon for a detective
agency in Chicago. For five years he
was known to be the head of an or
ganized band of bomb throwers. I
don't doubt for a minute that his
gang used the name of every official
in the city of Chicago to shake down
gullible thieves and make money for
themselves. They may have used
mine, but that does not make me
"My trouble with Bertsche started
when I arrested 'Jew Meyer, a fa
mous pickpocket, who lived with
Bertsche. It was then that he chal
lenged me to the duel, for he felt so
strong in the protection of his gang
that he regarded it as an insult to
have one of his proteges arersted.
Meyer was sprung, but Bertsche's
threats did not bother me.
At least four and possibly more
than a dozen new Indictments are ex
pected to be returned against police
men this afternoon .Two of the men
expected to be hit are Sergeant Bill
Egan and Lieut. Tobin, who is al
ready under indictment.
Hoyne broke loose another crim
inal game today wehn he explained"
the manner in which many of the
jewelry store robberies that have
startled were pulled off.
The burglars usually carried a
"stall" dressed as a window washer.
This man would busy himself wash
ing windows while keeping watch for
policemen who had riot been fixed.
A criminal, now held in the county
jail, is believed to have given Hoyne
sufficient evidence to go after an or
ganized gang that has made a spe
cialty of breaking into jewelry stores,
clamoring to confess and tell of their
dealings with the Chicago police de
partment, according to well-founded
talk in the state's attorney's office.
Men who have been bound over to
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