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ANOTHER "WANT AD" GRAFTER
WILL DO ROCK. PILE TIME
A confidence game case which was
started by a Tribune want ad in No
vember, 1912, came to a close when
the supreme couftriohe October cal
endar affirmed the sentence of
Thomas P. Keyes.
The Keyes case is the cleanest in
stance where State's Att'y Hoyne's
office nailed down a "want ad" graft
er and sent him to the penitentiary.
It was like most flagrant cases where
smooth men use the "boob wanted"
columns of daily newspapers to trim
According to the record of the su
preme court, Keyes advertised in the
Tribune in November, 1912, as fol
lows: "Wanted Young man to take part
interest in a theater; $500 required;
quick action. Address , Tribune."
Rudolph Reiger answered the ad
vertisement and called on Keyes, who
maintained a fine suite at 35 S. Dear
born st. He was told that Keyes was
opening a fine show in Paw Paw,
Mich., the Longwell opera house.
For $400 down and $100 later, Rei
ger might purchase a quarter inter
est in the Paw Paw show and would
get a fine job when it opened, he was
He came across with $400, all the
money he possessed, and got what
appeared to be an ironclad contract
The contract never became valu
able though, for Keyes neglected to
open up the Paw Paw show.
About this time several others
complained to State's Att'y Hoyne
about Keyes and his clever want ad
scheme in the Tribune. So when
Reiger came into the office with his
clean-cut case Hoyne caused an in
dictment to be returned for Keyes.
Owen B. Young, a bricklayer; Fred
Turnbull, a waiter, and several oth
ers told the same story of being led to
slaughter by want ads in the trust
papers and of having donated to get
Keyes was sentenced to Joliet for
an indeterminate period by Judge
Brentano in the criminal court, but
managed to squeeze his case into the
supreme court on a writ of error.
Hoyne followed it up and slapped the
final decision on him. '
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NINE BODIES RECOVERED FROM
Marshfield, Ore., Nov. 3. The bod
ies of nine passengers taken from
the- wrecked steamer Santa Clara
arrived here today with 75 survivors
who spent a night of horror in bad
weather on the open beach at Bas
tendorff. Other passengers and seamen may
have been lost The purser's records
were lost. Several women and chil
dren were aboard.
Most of the victims were drowned
or dashed to death on the rocks when
two small boats capsized.
The Santa Clara struck on the
south jetty of Coos bay, 170 miles
south of Astoria, Ore., late yesterday.
It was reported that 16 persons per
ished, including Capt Gus Lofsted.
THE MEXICAN SITUATION
Douglas, Ariz., Nov. 3. Gen. Villa
today beseiged Agua Prieta, Mex.,
where two days' fighting resulted in
death of United States infantryman
and probable fatal injury to Ameri-"
can civilian by flying bullets in Doug
las and total casualties estimated at
500 in both Mexican armies. When
Villa would attack again was uncer
tain. Gen. Funston took measures to
prevent further loss of life on Ameri
can side. Only unexpected, deliber
ate offensive against Douglas would
lead to armed clash between Ameri
can troops on guard'here and either
New York. In arrest of Albert
Verkayck, boatman, police believe
they had taken another step in un
raveling alleged plot to prevent muni
tions reaching eenmies of Germany 'i