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in. his district Buzsin went to him
an told him to "lay off" and that
everything was all right at the City
HalL O'Toole is reported to have
had the same experience with Erick
son in the Sheffield avenue district.
Buzfein's salary as chief investi
gator for "City Att'y Francis was
$2,500 a year. He is the Thompson
leader in the 29th ward. Last spring
he was the Republican nominee for
alderman, T)ut was defeated by Aid.
V TJhomas EJ. Byrne. Erickson's salary
tyas $5,000 a year. He lives in the
3d ward and was an ass't state's
- att'y under the late John E. W.
Mayor Thompson admitted he had
suspended Erickson and Buzsin be-
cause of their "alleged friendliness"
v to the spread of the slot machines.
He said Erickson had denied the
charges and if he could prove his
innocence he would he reinstated.
The sam'e-goesfor Buzsin, the mayor
"I am convinced," said the mayor,
"that money was paid for protec
tion in connection with these slot
machines. That means the ma
' chines must have been of an unlaw
"Who do you think got the
money?" he was asked.
"I don't know," replied the mayor.
"Any information I get I will turn
over to the civil service commission.
They will investigate the alleged
connection of Buzsin and Erickson
as well as conduct the trials of the
police captains. The fact that the
faptains accuse politicians of telling
them to go ahead will not save
ythem. Slot machines must be driven
from the city. The next time they
, break out I'm going to send wagons
,-around to collect them."
There was a rumor around the
City Hall that the administration de
cided to suspend the two officials to
head off an investigation by State's
Att'y Hoyne. It has been-strongly
asserted that if the police captains
tended to tell their stories to the '
The mayor admitted he was inves
tigating reports of further tamper
ing with the police by Thompsoh
Lundin ward politicians. A report
that a 9th, ward politician went to
Capt Cronin about the slot ma
chines, is one of the stories under iv
FRENCH REPULSE GERMANS-
U. S. CONSULATE PERILED
Paris, Aug. 16. German recon
noitering parties were dispersed by
the French in Champalgne last
night. Generally cahn on the entire
front. Northeast or Verdun bom
bardments occurred on sectors of
Thiamont, Fleury, Vaux and Cha-
pitre. German aeroplanes bombard
ed fortress town, of Belfort; no vic
tims. Rome. Austrian air raiders near
ly hit U. S. consulate at Venice in re
cent raid. Bombs exploded within
30 yards of building.
Rome. -T- Italian troops captured
Austrian trenches on slopes of Monte
Tecinka, south ofGoritz.
Petrograd, Russian armies un
der Gen. Brusiloff from June 4 to
Aug. 13 captured 358,602 Austro
German prisoners and 405 cannons.
Fierce fighting is going on in angle
of Zlota Lipa and the Dneister. north
of Stanislau. h face of desperate
enemy resistance, Russians -advanced
their lines further in direc
tion of railway town of Halitz.
Berlin. Russians made only weak
attacks north of Dneister, following
heavy losses in Monday's fighting,
and these attacks were repulsed.
Germans hold Strawipczyna Height
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FIRE WRECKS CEMENT -PLANT
La Salle, III., Aug. 16. An all,
night fire, which acastruyea stoxc
house and shipping house of German-American
Portland Cement Co.,
at an estimated loss of $125,000. wa
brought under control today. Cause
were made "walk the plank" they in- i
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