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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 16, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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PINl&RTON DETECTIVES METHODS EXPOSED
BY FORMER OPERATIVE
A big squeal on Pinkerton's Na
tional Detective Agency is out this
week in a book by Charles. A. Siringo.
He worked for the agency22 years.
He was the body guard of J. P. Mc
Partland, the Pinkerton chief at
Boise City, Idaho, during the Moyer
Hoywood trial. He did ' shadow
work during the Haymarket "anar
chist" case.
The book has been secretly print
ed by the Conkey house and the
whole edition shipped out of Chicago
on the quiet to guard against injunc
tions by the P-mkerton agency. Two
years agd Siringo started publishing
a squeal book and he says the Pink
erton's "kept me tied up in the su
perior court of Cook county two
years, at great expense." He states:
"It Tvas1 not allowecfao come from
the press until changed to suit Pink
enton's. My lawyer, Fletcher Dobyns,
advised me to make the changes, as
the attorney for Pinkerton's" threat
ened to carry the case to the U. S.
superior court and tie up the book
five years. Many things had to be cut
out and fictitious names used. They
made me change the name of Tom
Horn, their pet detective, hanged in
Cheyenne, Wyoming, and had me
state he was working for" private par
ties. I was told they didn't want the
public to know he had been in their
employ."
Horn was credited with the killing
of 17 cattle rustlers That he whs a
paid detective in the steady employ
of Pinkerton's is not generally
known. Siringo prints this state
ment: "On one of his trips to Denver Wil
liam A. Pinkerton told me that Tom
Horn was guilty of a big gambling
hall robbery in Reno, but the agency
could not let him go to the peniten
tiary while he was in their employ.
"In his confession of murder Horn
told how he had a contract with weal
thy cattlemen of Wyoming to mur
der suspected cattle rustlers at $600 a
head. It was understood that when
ever a corpse was found with a stone
under its head for a pillow Horn was
to be paid $600 and no questions ask
ed. Horn claimed the stone under
corpse's head as his private brand."
Siringo titles his book "Two Evil
Isms," meaning Pinkertonism anc
anarchism. On the Haymarket case
he writes:
"I was detailed to watch the jury,
to see that lawyers for the defense
did no 'monkey work' in the way of
bribery. Thus during the whole trial
I watched the jury while aft their
meals and while sitting in the jury
box. I heard every word of the evi
dence, and having heard operatives
who worked on the witnesses discuss
matters I felt sure some of it was
perjured testimony.
"No doubt some of the anarchists
deserved hanging, but for the life of
me I could not see the justice of the
conviction in the face of the evidence
as I understood it It was in my mind
a case of "money making the mare
go,' with the Pinkerton National De
tective Agency usifag the whip. And
no doubt they feathered their dirty
nest with a good share of the money,
said to be $1,000,000 put up by the
Citizens' league of Chicago, to Stamp
out anarchy.
"The false reports written by de
tectives about anarchists, afe told to
me by the writers themselves, would
make a decent man's blood boil. I
will cite one case: The two 'Docs,'
one an ex-convict, were sent to the
lake front one Sunday morning to
report any anarchistic speeches made
during the day. The lake front nark
(now Grant park) was crowded with
people, but nothing going oh of a dis
orderly nature. In the afternoon the
two "Docs' spied the noted anarchist
leader, Albert Parsons, oh a barich
reading a newspaper. Taking a se&t
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