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ANOTHER BLOW AT BILL EGAN
STRUCK BY "DIP"
Another confession involving "Big
Bill" Egan of the detective bureau
and accusing him o$haking down a
pickpocket is in the hands of State's
The prosecutor issued a statement
in which he tojd of the "squawk"
made to him by Earl Irwin, a pal of
Eddie Jackson, now in Joliet peniten
tiary. "More than a year ago Earl Irving,
a notorious pickpocket, told me of
bribes which he had paid to Egan for
protection." said Hoyne. "Irving said
he had been shaken down a number
of times by "The Devil,' as Egan was
known among the confidence men
and pickpockets- He said it cost him
either $25 or $50 every time Egan
spoke to him.
' "There was no third party in the
case. Most of the pickpockets paid
their tribute direct to the individual
detectives without the services of a
go-between. Payments were made
anywhere the two would meet.
"Sometimes it would be in the back
room of a saloon, in a doorway, or an
alley, or even under a lamp post if it
was late enough at night and there
was no one else around.
"If you remember, Egan handed in
his resignation about that time. I let
it be known that I had-the confession.
His resignation was handed in so that
he could take advantage of his years
of service record.and retire on a pen
sion. Of course, there are no pen
sions in cases of discharge.
"I didn't press Jrving's confession
at that time, In pursuit of the custo
mary rule of myoffice, which is to
never take the word of a- crook; un
supported. I don't recall whether at
the time Irving was given any leni
ency for his information or whether
he got the full penalty for the case
he was tried on.
"It was a revenge confession Irving
made. He was angry because after
all the money he had paid, Egan the
latter waited until he caught Irving
in the acfrof picking a pocket and ar
rested him with the goods on him.
Irving felt he had been double cross
ed and he wanted to get square."
Barney Bertsche, when told of Guy
Biddinger's statement, that he (Bert
sche) had once challenged Biddinger
to a duel, scoffed at the story and
"What are you trying to do kid
me?" asked Bertsche. "The only duel
Biddinger ever wanted was a duel to
see who could grab off the most
"It is reported that Biddinger is
going to return to Chicago," was sug
gested. "Oh, no he won't," said Bertsche.
"He doesn't dare come back. I don't
talk unless I have the goods." .
Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 14. Scene:
Baggage room, Union station.
Act 1 Roughly dressed man
checks old suitcase. Hurries away.
Act 2 That night blood discovered
trickling from old suitcase. An odor
Act 3 Hurried consultation. Ter
minal police ofilcer informs police
headquarters. Discovery passes from
mouth to mouth. Waiting passengers
excited by report body young and
beautifuLgirlhad been found chopped
to pieces in a suitca'se.
Act 4 Four plain clothes men tip
toe into baggage room. Bloody bag
taken to private office. All hold their
breath registering tenseness. Of
ficer in charge opens bloody bag
finds a dozen freshly caught FISH.
THE NEUTRAL SWISS
The Turks are mixing in the fray.
And Greece may follow suit,
The Balkan States may join today
And Italy to boot
But war's huge modern hippodrome
Sees Switzerland at ease
Her soldiers -must" be kept at home
To shoot holes in the cheese
Detroit News.- -