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IS BEEF TRUST BEHIND OUSTING
OF PROSECUTOR HOPKINS?
The hand, of the big packing inter
ests through the influenpe of . Sen.
Jas. Hamilton Levis is seen in the
ousting of Albert L. Hopkins, govern
ment prosecutpr wfio'-vWednesday
whipped Swift & Co. on z) counts,
which mayxost the beef barons over
At the -conclusion of Hopkins' vic
tory over packers Wednesday, Dia't
Att y ynas. uiyne announced totne
reporters that-Hopkins had resigned.
Hopkins was sought for confirma
tion, but he has disappeared. His
brother, John L. Hopkins, however,
acted as his spokesman,. He said-:
"Mv brother has not resiened.
saw him only a short while ago and
he told me the report was absolutely
untrue. I don't know why Mr. Clyne
should make such a statement
During' the progress of the Swift &
Co. trial, the opinion was openly
voiced around the federal bldg. that
Hopkins was "stepping on some one's
corns and was sure to get in bad
through the way he was going-after
the hog butchers."
This prediction has apparently
come true. Hopkins, who has got in
bad by other activities before theied
eral grand jury and In the courts, is
being ousted very much against his
will and without being warned.
It is said tbatClyne. is acting oh
direct orders from 'Washington. Sen.
Lewis is now m 'Washington and is
Clyne s sponsor. Lewis Is also known
as friendly to the packers.
John L. Hopkins refused to admit
outright that it was the packers that
got his brother's job.. When it was
put up to him he said he wouldn't
want to admitvthat at this stage of
the game, but witbjn a. day or .two,
unless affairs -righted themselves,
there would be "something doing."
A few weeks, according to a man
"in" on the bossip around the federal
lildg., interests were brought to bear
on. Washington, fey lobbyists ioc.he
beef trust to effect Hopkins' dis
charge. It' was feared, however, to
pull him off the packers' case be
cause of the public stink that might
Sen. Lewis t before being .elected
was retained hy the big packers as"
one of their attorneys in various
cases.! When it came time for a
successor to former Dis't Att'y Wil
kerson to be selected Lewis was
given he patronage. -f
mioro.nrfi now nendine in the fed
eral courts many cases vitally affect
ing the packers. So when Clyne was
chosen as prosecutor it was openly
hinted that he was acceptable to
Swift, Armour1 and the rest of the
Everything looked smooth until
Hoplans began to get busy. ' He has
not made the path smooth for the big,
fellows. Within a very recent space"
bf lime he has done, the following:
Prepared evidence for indictment.
of Cudahy Packing Co. and Chicago '
& Alton Co. and some of their officials
on charges of filing false claims for
Directed Inquiry that led to the in
dictment 'of Bernard A Eckhart,
pdwerful state politician, and W. H.
Merrit for alleged switching, rebates
and won verdicts in case of,the rail
roads involved, the Pennsylvania and
the Panhandle, Their maximum fine
can be $400,000..
Was in charge of inquiry that re
sulted in indictments of several of
ficials of New York Central Lines '
and the O'Gara Coal Co. on charges
of giving and accepting rebates.
- Hopkins uncovered the famous
case ''of 'alleged jury bribing in the
K210,000,000 Alaska coal land fraud
cases that led to the indictment of
A n Pmof fYII4rvn Tlnrlro
A. v i. A uni., wuvga ouxag, luiiuci
mayor of Blue Island, and Att'y Bert
'Hobsonrs Choice," now playing: at
Princess theater, will be given on the,
evening of May 10 for benefit of the
Women's Jjade JJnjqsJeaguj