OF 15 YEARS IN
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Alleged Dynamiter Almost Con
stantly Under Suspicion
by Local Police
MANAGED TO WIGGLE
OUT OF EVERY CHARGE
First Came Into Notoriety W hen
Accused of Attacking
Herbert 8. Hockin, secretary of tho
International Structural Iron Worker*,
cue of tho principal defendants in the
prosecutions brought by the govern
ment In Indianapolis following the in
vestigation of dynamite outrages
throughout the country, was a resident
of Detroit for about 15 years. During
nearly the whole of that period he was
"About the worst man we ever had
to deal with," is SupL Downey's char
"Much misunderstood and persecut
ed," is the verdict of his labor union
The police are very "shy" of rec
ords of Hockin, due to the fact that
though he was arrested scores of
times*.he »m nearly always released
because of insufficient evident:?. Tho
police say he was very slippery, and
was always careful either to establlsa
an alibi or to destroy whatever evi
dence might have been used against
Hockin came to Detroit from Lon
don, Ont., in 1895. He lived at No.
S«3 Locust-* t. with his father-in-law.
Thomas Moxley. His first connection
with the police was his arrest, a few
days after his arrival by Detective
(now superintendent) Downey and
Detective (now captain) Lombard.
Downey took him from a respectable
rooming houae on Jefferson-ave.,
where Hockin had gone with his
wife’s sister, whom he afterward mar
ried, and who applied for a divorce in
Hockin waa a structural iron work
er. He soon became secretary of the
Detroit local. His connection with
building operations In Detroit Drought
him Into constant trouble with the
Hockin Under Suspicion.
Hockin worked on th« Majestic
building. While construction was go
ing on, the fire department wut called
repeatedly to extinguish small biases
Heefcln fell under suspicion. It was
thought that he was trying to delay
the work. Although the police did
their best to secure evidence, nothing
could ever he "hung" on Hockin.
When the Pardrldge A Blackwell,
now Crowley, Milner A Cos. building
was in process of erection, the work
man were endangered several times
by* falling bolts, which would have In
jured severely any man wnom they
struck. The source of these bolts was
mysterious. Watchmen were set, but
the bolts continued to fall even when
it seemed certain that no one on the
upper stories of the building could
have dropped them. At last the source
ot the bolt-rain was discovered, by the
police. It was Hockin. He was able
to station himself on one of the upper
floors, or the roof, of the Elk’s tem
ple, of which he was then Janitor and
caretaker, and hurl bolts over the
department store Job.
Trouble arose during the erection
of the Hotel Pontchartraln, and Hock
in was suspected of being a ringlead
er In It. He was arrested; but all
that the police could find him respona- j
lble for -was the posting of signs
about the job, warning union men
that It was a "non-union" 'ontrmet. j
During the building of the annex be
was suspected to be the ringleader in
an attempt of a mob of about 75 meu
to Intimidate workmen.
Suspected of Many Jobs.
These sre some of the hapyenlnfs
during 1907 with which the police
thought Hockln connected:
Slashing a cable and ropes belong*
ing to the Russel Wheel ft Fo’.mdr/
company on the Murphy Power build
Cutting cables and ropes and tam
pering with machinery of the Rusnei
Wheel & Foundry company on rh«»
Henkel livery barn Job.
Cutting the inner strand of a boom
line of the Russel Wheel ft Foundry
company on the Hudson building ad
Stealing pieces of machinery from
the boiler and compressed air machine
and hacking cables and ropes of
Whitehead ft Kales on the Hotel
Fontchartrain annex job.
Cutting cables shipped by the Rub
asll Wheel ft Foundry company to
Lansing for a Job in that city.
In June 1907, the hoist of the Rus*
sal Wheel ft Foundry company, used
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In the erection of the Dotrolt City
Ou company’* building, wa* blown
up. Hockiu wan arrested next day
and charged with knowledge of the
Job. He proved an alibi. The police
were not "wlm" to the alarm-clock
method of timing an explosion so that
the perpetrator* could be several
miles away when It occurred.
The explosion at the Whitehead &
Kales company’* plait was another
mystery which could not be traced to
Hockin’ by the police.
1.4*8* than a month after the ga.i
building explosion, llockin was again
under arrest. This time it was oa
complaint of a worn in In Wayno.
Hockin was able to compromise this
caae by a payment of 1195. It was
but one of a number of scrapes lnt«
which Hockin got with women.
Suspected of Attacking Women.
In 1897 the newspapers were full of
Hockin. In that year, from May to
November. 10 women were assailed
by a man who always succeeded iu
getting away. Hockin gt that time
was working on the postofflee. then
lu process of erectkn. When Mrs
Adam Hitzel, No. 396 Mt. Elllott-ave.,
was attacked, someone tipped off the
;police that Hockin \u“* her assailant,
and Detectives Stectcn and Buhr
went to the postofflee io arrest him.
Hockin was warned, aud when the
detectives came be took refuge on
the highest truss of the steel struc
“Come up and get me/* he shouted
In reply to the command of the de
tectives to come down.
Hockin stayed up aud the detectives
laid siege. When Hockin became
hungry he climbed down a bit, and a
fellow-workman ascended aud handed
him his dinner bucket. At last the
officers were forced to give up, but
they lay for Hockin a day or two
later and arrested bim.
Hockin was Identified by several
girls and women as their assailant,
but there were other* who couldnot
swear to hidir*hnd some of thoslPtobw
said they were sure, later weakened. 1
Mrs. Hitael's Identification wa* poal
tive. Hockin spent several week* in
Jail, while Prosecuting Attorney Al
len H. Frazer weighed the evidence
for and against him.
His friends rallied to his rescue
Fifty men prepared to swear that
Hockin was “on the Job” at the time
Mrs. Hitzel was attacked. But the
clinching evidence in Hockin’* favor
was a photograph of a group of work
men. which was taken on the day of
the attack. In that group Hockin ap
peared. Coincident with this evi
dence, Postmaster Enright received a
letter from a man who claimed to be
Mrs. Hitzel’s assailant.
Hockin was released. A Jubilant
delegation attended him to his home,
where his wife and his 16-months-old
baby awaited him. There was a Joy
ous celebration of his Innocence. The
police department is still wondering
how Hockin ‘‘put It over.” They are
convinced that he was guilty not only
of the attack on Mrs. Hitzel. but of
the crimes against most, if not all, of
the others who Identified him.
was hard to Identify Hockin;
sometimes his face wag smeared with
dirt; sometimes he wore different
clothes; he was always careful to
establish an alibi.” the police say.
Marries Wife’* Sister.
Divorce court record* of Wayne
county fall to show whut closed the
romance of the first Mrs. Hockin
They do show, however, thaT Horkln
married his first wife's sister In Wind
! sor, June 17, 1906. A year later she
,f!led suit for divorce. Sue mentioned
many instances of Infidelity, and em
phasized the case of Hockln's arrest
on complaint of the woman In Wayne
j who claimed that he was the fame.-
jof her child. In the divorce petition
she prayed for an Injunction retrain
ing Hockln from disposing of their
household goods. The injunction was
granted; what hsppened to the divorce
proceeding does not appear from the
At that time, or shortly before.
Hockln was living- In a fine large
house at No. 164 Plngree-ave., and ap
peared to be very prosperous, al
though he was employed as janitor
of the Elks' temple.
Hockln s services to the structural
Iron workers hgd been so manifest
that it was clear that he was entitled
to reward. He was a man of ability
and a tremendous nerve, a good oi
ganlzer, very popular with his fellow
workmen. Ho was chosen secretary
of the international rnion of struc
tural steel workers. His new jk>b took
him away from Detroit, and the police
department ceased to worry about hi3
whereabouts and his operations. He
was next heard of In Detroit, when
the newspapers announced hit alleged
connection with the dynamite out
DETROITERS HOME FROM
All of the Detroiters summoned to
testify iiT’the dynamite trials In In
dianapolis, have returned to this city,
ar.d all were greatly impressed with
the business-like conduct of the trials,
an 1 the extreme vigilance exerciaed
in the court room, to prevent any out
break of violence
laieut. Frank Lewis and John M-
Colquhoun, who were the first men
on tbe scene of the explosion at the
Detroit City Das Cos building; A. A.
Page, of the Oxford hotel, where
jOrtle MrManlgal and James R. Me
Namara were registered, as “O. Fos
ter*’ and *‘F. Caldwell.’* at the time
of theli arrests, here and Detectives
John B Downey and Rdward Ift»x.
who w-ere on duty when the men were
arrested, formed the party of returned
James T. Whitehead and WJllam R
Kales, of the Whitehead & Kales Iron
!Works, where an explosion occurred.
; were also members of the party. They
'were asked only a few questions to
add to the volume of M'Stlmony take t
l In the trials.
[ Lieut. Lewis reports that United
| States marshals are tr.ittered through
r the court roftm to effectively, that the
slightest suspicious mc v%ment by any
one present is the signal for an im
i mediate “raid" by the marshals, who
1 surround the suspect. Everybody en
tering the court room Is searched for
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the Isbell Bean Cos., of Detroit, one ol
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