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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 23, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 3',
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"TEENAN" JONES, GAMBLING KING, MAKES
FULL CONFESSION DE PRIEST HIT
Hoyne intimated that Capt W. P.
("Red Bill") O'Brien's troubles had
just begun. The prosecutor, in a
caustic statement, said "O'Brien is
not only not clean, but he's extreme
ly dirty." He also said he was in
vestigating statements that O'Brien
took money for -winking at gambling
and other law violations.
"When a man comes to me," said
Hoyne, "with statements concerning
the existence of vice and graft he has
got to come clean. O'Brien didn't
No informer can come t my office for
the purpose of giving me information
and then select a few enemies to
knock and protect his friends. He
has to tell everything he knows.
"In connection with Jones' con
fession, I wan,t to say that I know
that thousands of dollars went for
graft. And I know who got it The
new evideace I have involves Aid.
Oscar De Priest The word was
passedaround the South Side that
as long as the Thompson-Lundin
administration was in control at the
City Hall everything went if the po
lice had been fixed through the syn
dicate." Rumor around the Criminal Courts
bldg. connects the names of Police
Captains Costello, O'Brien and Gal
lery with new cases which State's
Att'y Hoyne will present to grand
jury. O'Brien had a chance to avoid
further trouble, but got "cold feet"
in the- face of the City Hall drive on
him during the civil service hearing.
Several members of the police
dep't, ranging from patrolmen to
captains, are trying to get in touch
with Hoyne in an effort to make a
clean breast of their connection with
vice and graftN
Capt. S. K. Healy expected to en
large on original confession today.
Will revearoperation of graft syndi
cates in other police districts.
Investigators still at work on evi
dence connected with the existence
Thei inner workings of the South
Side graft syndicate have been re
vealed to State's Attorney Hoyne by
Henry ("Teenan") Jones, black belt
saloonkeeper and gambler, and one
of the collectors of, the syndicate.
This was the announcement of the
Jones in his confession involved
Aid. De Priest, Capt W. P. O'Brien,
numerous police officials and high
politicians of the Thompson-Lundin
clan. All of them are located in the
Cottage Grove av. and Stanton av.
According to the confession,
which was made to former Chief of
Detectives Nick Hunt and Ass't
State's Att'y Wilson, the police had
regular agents who made monthly
collections from the vice and gam
bling lords of the South Side.
Jones, in Tiis confession, even re
pealled the case of a "dishonest graft
collector," working under the Stan
ton av. police, who held out on the
police for J.wo months. He was ex
posed when the police threatened to
close up the gamblers for not "kick
The syndicate controls dozens, of
gambling joints on the South Side.
' Among the most prominent were the
Pioneer, the Blue Jay, the Dunbar
and the Hob Noh. One club made as
high as $3,200 a month. Another
made $19,000 in one year after the
graft had been paid for protection.
Jones said the police had one-third
interest in the Tammany club on
31st St.; Arthur Codozas one-third
interest and Archie Field the other
third. Codozas put up the money,
Field managed the place and the po
lice protected it
Jones, according to his statements,
was the collector for the syndicate'
in' the Stanton district and "Bill"
Lewis, another gambler under indlct-
r ment, toofceare of the Cottage Grove
' av, district