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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 17, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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BABY BANDIT WAS TRAINED BY
'"" THE TRUST PRESS
While we're talking about baby
bandits, just like all real newspapers
there's the case of Arty Barrett
whaddaye know aboutThat?
Arty was jn court today. His law
yer asked continuance till Jan. 22.
Unless new trial Is granted then, the
lad will go to Joliet one to ten years
for larceny. . He was convicted two
weeks ago.
When Arty gets to Joliet her may
be lonesome and maybe not. He's
got two brothers, Eddie and Henny,
down there for murder and man
slaughter. All three of these "convicted crim
inals" have had training in Chicago
newspaper offices. Eddie and Henny
were gunmen for the Hearst papers
during the pressmen's strike of 1912.
Eddie shot and killed Frank Witt, a
street car conductor in June, 1912,
and shot and killed Wm. Hehr, a
teamster in August, 1912, escaping
indictment or prosecution under the
state's attorney then in office, though
named in' coroner's jury verdicts. The
Barrett brothers as gunmen were an
issue in the campaign that yean
Since then State's Att'y Hoyne has
convicted three of them and the
guessing is lively on who will be the
next Barrett traveling to Joliet
Arty Barrett's last work at earning
instead of stealing a living was with
the Herald. Jim Keeley, Herald pub
lisher, broke precedents in the Chi
cago newspaper world by printing
the straight news in his own paper
about Charlie Barrett and Artie com
ing to work jagged and trying to
shoot up the mechanical department
of the Herald.
Keeley personally saw to swearing
of warrants charging assault and
saw to the jailing of the two. He
sent out word that the gunmen could
practice out on the prairies if they
want to, but they would have to cut
out the rough stuff around the Her
ald building.
Wei. Artie gets out of jail and
hooks up with Russel Thompson.
They keep after a girl named Alfreda
Nelson in the big home of Mrs. Chas.
E. Clifton, Evanston.
Alfreda falls for the love-chatter
of Thompson, fills a suitcase with
jewelry and silverware from the Clif
ton home and meets Thompson and
Barrett Artie Barrett sold the stuff
to Julius Friedlander, loan broker at
1208 N. Clark st
And they were all caught and
that's where the larceny is. Only
Alfreda wasn't put on trial. She's
got another job and says she's never
again going to fall for the love chat
ter of a guy that asks her to swipe
silverware from a house she's work
ing at
Artie Barrett arid Eddie Barrett
were special policemen of the City of
Chicago in 1912. They wore stars
and carried guns by special permit
Both were then known to police and
newspapers as burglars convicted of
postoffice robbery, for which they
had served terms in Leavenworth.
Their certificates from the city po
lice bureau said they were of "good ,
moral character," which is the same
remark the newspaper publishers
make about themselves and their
papers.
, Artie Barrett is 24 and the young
est of the Barrett boys, baby ban
dits trained in newspaper work.
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WOULD HALT ALASKA R. R.
Washington, Jan. 17. Led by Joe
Cannon and Sen. Knute Nelson of
Minnesota, fight is,being organized
in congress against appropriations
necessary for continuation this year
of work on government's Alaskan
railroad. Regular appropriation of
$8,000,000, as well as emergency ap
propriation of less than $1,000,000,
is to be opposed.
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Parent-Teachers' ass'n, John Erics
son school, Harrison near Francisco
av., will give entertainment, Monday,
8 p. m., in school assembly halL In
teresting program.

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