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er of the Chicago American. The
man who was the running mate of
"Andy" Lawrence In the Hearst team
here was quietly dropped on the first
of the month.
Herman Black of the Milwaukee
Journal has Parker's desk in the
Hearst bldg. Black spent 13 years
on the Milwaukee paper, starting as
advertising manager and winding up
as the publisher.
Although the circulation of the
American has shown an increase of
about 5,000 in the past six months,
the Daily News has had an increase
four times as great Victor Lawson's
shet still leads the Hearst paper by
almost 100,000 a day.
The Tribune pulled the Herald's
old stunt last Sunday. They bor
rowed the presses of Vic Lawson and
ran off part of their paper in the
This used to be the customary
thing at the Herald before Jim Kee
ley came into control. The rear
doors of the two papers are just
across the alley from each other.
GUY BIDDINGER ARRRESTED
TO FACE GRAFT CHARGES
New York, April 15. Guy Bid
dinger, former Chicago detective now
wanted in Chicago to face fifty-one
bribery charges was placed under ar
rest in New York today and will be
held in the Tombs pending the arrival
of Illinois officers.
The New York police received word
from Chicago a week ago to locate
Biddinger. He has been under sur
veillance since that time. He was
arrested at the Holland house. When
Capt Deevy of the New York police
rapped at his door he refused to ad
mit him. After a brief talk Biddinger
changed his mind and submitted.
The stories run by Victor Lawson's
Daily News when Barney Bertsche,
crook, convict and "con man," was
writing for the afternoon paper did
have some eood results after all.
Mass icadera p the.pa.per predicted i
that they world only set a bad ex
ample before the youngsters who
read of Bertsche's exploints, of
which he was the hero.
But it was after reading one of
these articles in the News that men
from State's Att'y Hoyne's office
started an investigation which re
sulted in the swearing out of a war
rant for Guy Biddinger, ex-detective.
They are bringing Biddinger back
now from New York to face charges
of being a "con" man wearing a po
liceman's star and on the claims that
he protected criminals who operated
in Chicago's loop.
It's hard lines for Biddinger. He
had left his job as a "dick" in Chi
cago and had gone to New York as
head of the Wm. Burns agency there.
He was handling some fine-cases
in the eastern city, was making good
and got mention quite often as the
probable next police commissioner of
Now he comes back to face a
strong array of accusers, among
whom are Barney Bertsche, Clarence
Class and Eddie Mack, all ex-pick
pockets and "con" men.
CARDINAL MERCIER DEFIES GEN.
Amsterdam, April 15. Cardinal
Mercier, threatened by German au
thorities in Belgium with restriction
of his privileges because of his al
leged "political activities," has open
ly defied Gen. Von Bissing, German
In reply to Von Bissing's recent
threat, cardinal wrote that he was
answerable only to his conscience
and, though paying that silent hom
age which was due to strength, he
nevertheless retained his full liberty
to judge and express himself.
TODAY IN ILLINOIS HISTORY
April 15, 1780. George Rogers
Clark set out for the mouth of the
Ohio river for the purpose of con
structing a fort there. The post was
aamed Ft Jefferson,
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