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WORKINGS OF THE SPORTSMEN'S CLUB GET
BRISK AIRING AT HOYNE'S OFFICE
The -workings of the Sportsmen's
club got a brisk airing today in the
office of State's Att'y Hoyne when
Thos. Philbin, solicitor for the organ
ization, told how he pulled saloon
keepers and disorderly house keep
ers into' the club at a cost of $100
each. He told his story to the news
paper reporters personally.
"The way I worked it was this.
The timeI called Mike Fritzel at the
Arsonia cafe I said: 'This is Mr. Es
sig.' I had authority to use Essig's
and Beachey's names.
" 'You know the mayor is in our
club,' I told'him. 'Mr. Pugh is pres
ident He suggested your name for
membership and it costs you only
$100. We are a good bunch of fel
lows in the City Hall and we will
boost for you if you join. Come
clean. Be a good fellow yourself.'
" 'Sure I'll come in,' was Fritzel's
answer. I got twelve life member
ships in one week that way.
"When I was arrested for this I
thought the City Hall was with me.
Officers Sullivan and Murphy came
to see me and Essig also called. He
told me to stand pat. He said Healey
told him he would have to take ac
tion against me.
"Essig advised me to see Pugh and
when I got out on bonds I had a talk
with hyn. Pugh told me to see
Healey and that my arrest was a mis
take. "I talked with Healey. He was
apologetic and said he wanted to do
what he could for me, but he was
handicapped by his position. He said
he was anxious to do what he could
for the Sportsmen's club.
" 'What did you ever do for the
club?' I asked him.
"Why you and Thompson both are
members but we never saw your
money,' I said.
"I was told not to worry, that City
Prosecutor Harry Miller would come
down to court and t?U tUe judge I
"Officer Sullivan told me Healey
couldn't say everything he thsught.
I expected to have the case fixed up
all right and didn't even bother get
ting a lawyer.
"When it did come up and I was fa
held over to the grand jury, I. came
to the state's attorney's office to tell
my story. I didn't want to be the
"If Pugh says he is innocent, why
did he get me out on bonds? Why
did he give my wife the money to pay
Ass't State's Att'y Henry Berger
asked the same question himself. He
announced that the grand jury would
not reach this matter today, but it
migh tcome up tomorrow. Indict
ments are expected.
In the case to be presented the
jury by Ass't State's Att'y Henry
Berger, Chief of Police Healey will
be accused of having given his
"0. K." to slot machines of the
Sportsmen's club; Luthardt, secre
tary to Healey, will be set up as an
aid to slot machine operators, arid
Harry Miller may be placed in the
light as a defender ol slot machines
in city courts.
The city administration will be
pointed teas the place where the slot
machine graft money stopped, al
though Berger as yet has not re
vealed any evidence that the money
got farther than Charlie Essig, sec
retary of the Sportsmen's club and
But Berger says he can prove that
Essig was getting as much as $3,200
a week from owners of slot machines .
while they operated. The Sports- W
men's club hasn't the money, al
though its name and Mayor Thomp
son's were used to help put slot ma
chines in bars and cigar stores.
A new source of information on
the Sportsmen's club was uncovered
yesterday when Philip Wolcoff, ofiic