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with pleasant words for servants.
Therefore 1 Tot Springs will lio n lone
time getting over the shock It received
when the word cot about that In "Mr.
Prnnltlln" Postmaster Johnson hail
taught a notorious fugitive.
People Crowd 1n See Illm.
People crowded to see Schepps In Ills
now rolp. Tliry foiinil n illffprrnt man
from thp easy spoken, agreeable nc
Miinlntnncc of Hip tpn days past.
Schcppji was obviously In r. fright. Hp
trembled. Iln stayed close at thp rlbow
nf Chief t.ionnrd. lie appeared to be
afraid that assassins wore near him.
Chief Leonard decided to kepp
Kehepis In the llntpl MarrUPttP under
heuvy guard rather than place him In
thp county Jail, t-'rnm this enrdhoard
prison prisoners have escaped with an-
"noylng frequency. .Night and day two
guards ale In the same room with
Schepps. They ray they aro afraid thp
man will ntlempt to kill himself. Ills
( food In watched. He Is permitted to
handle nothing with which he might nt-
j tempt suicide.
I The arrest was brought nbout be
i' enuso of R telegram rpcelvpd by Posl
I mauler Johnson that Schepps wns In
t hiding In Hot Spring and would likely
(' ripply for mall addressed lo Sam Frank
j Jin.
Yesterday nfternoon "Mr. Franklin"
fipprared at Hip post olllco to lnqulrp J
If t I..wl 1 I.I...
find to mall a letter he carried In his
jiami. Jin- .....uiiii;h.-i Kinc nineppn
I leuer unci iiieu uaiKeii 'illicitly m
, Schopps's side nnd placed him under
nrresl. Schopps's lrgs fairly sagged.
He Inst his smile n nil his easy bearing.
"My God!" ho said. "I might have
known It. Ate thcto nny Xcw York
polite here?"
Police Find Two I. pliers.
The postmaster said no. but that a
message would be sent to New York nt
i unco. Mr. Johnson took Schepps to
I'oIIcp Captain Howell. The pollen took
the letter Schepps hail received nnd
the loiter- he was about to mall. The
first was from .luck Hose. It said that
Meeker had deserted ltose, that Whit
man had got so much evidence Hint
confessions had to be made, nnd It
nskeil Schcprs If he would cofM, too
If a representative of the District At
torney wait sent lo him.
TIip other letter, the one Schepps was
nbout to mail In answer to Hose's Icl
Irr, outlined Schopps's position. He was
willing to do anything possible for his
old friend Hose, but he wanted more
time nnd more Information as to thp
situation. This Utter Schepps hnd ad
dressed to "Harry Smith. 133 Third
nventle. New York city." Hut the en
closure was marked "Fur .lack It."
Frightened nnd desperate, Schepps
was wilting to take any chance. He
hinted that he might try to break away
irom the police.
"You look like you'd shoot a man if
he attempted to rno." said Schepps to
Capt. Howell.
"I would," said liowell. 'and I can
hit a Jackrabblt as far as I can see."
From time to time, as the policemen
talked to him. he broke out with com
ments on the Rosenthal murder and
his own predicament.
"I never sanctioned the killing of
Rosenthal." In? said. "I only wanted
to serve my friends."
He said that he had been doing
friendly tilings for people for years. He
raid that Lieut. Becker had been his
friend and that he had done things for
Becker. Rosenthal he spoke of bitterly.
Rusrnlhnl Vn a Squenlrr."
"He wns a dirty poacher," said
fichepps, "Ho was a squealer. He wns
as low us a man could be."
Of the murder Itself he said:
"The truth Is coming out because of
little mistakes. There Is always some
Tittle Plunder made that leads to trou
ble. In this case It was the number of
the automobile. People saw It. The
.District Attorney got it. The trouble
for us began right there."
doing bacii of the murder. Schepps
talked about police graft and greed. It
was the greed that led to murder and
put him and his friends in trnuhle.
"The police kept squeezing the gam
blers." said Schepps. "Win n they col
lected 25 per cent, they wanted in or
fit) per cent."
"That was why Rosenthal had trouble
with the police," Schepps .aid. "Rosen
thai wouldn't submit to gouging. He
Mas a trouble maker from the wind go.,
ll was m htm to fight the police, uuC
when he got In bad he started to make
rill the trouble he could. Hut he was :t
murderer himself. He had a bunch of
KUiimen working for him. He could
get men killed nt n word. Hon't you
lemember Spanish Loul"? Rosenthal
used to brag about having him killed.
Schepps told n icmarkable story about
his esenpo from New York nnd his
hiding places. He says he went flr.it
to the Cntskllls. He added:
ar roller llrlppd Illm m Kscapr.
"In Sullivan county I was asleep In
a gymnasium when five of the New
"York detectives that I knew came In
and lifted the cover from me. One of
them asked me who 1 was and itrlnned.
T said my name was Smith and I
grinned right back. They went away
after kindly replacing the cover. Half
an hour later I was on my way to
From the f'atskllls Schepps went to
Buffalo, he said. Ho stopped at the Ho
tel Iroquois. Then he worked on west
ward and finally arrlvrd at Hot .Springs
hoping to meet gambler friends who
could help him or at least give him
"I've had a good time here," said
Schepps. "People treated me well."
He stopped nt the Maurice flats In
Central avenue, using the name "Sam
uel Franklin." It was there that he
met the physician's wife who Invited
him to a church social. She was Mrs.
". M. Roberts. She said to-night:
"He appeared to he such a nice man.
7 had noticed him oftpn sitting nlono In
the house where we lived and so I
thought he would like company and In
vited him to thp social. He seemed to
bo well educated and I thought that he
acted ns If ho were In trouble."
Judge Wood, with whom Schepps
talked a hulf hour at the social, said
they conversed mostly upon rpliglous
topics. Schepps said to-night that he
, guessed gambling didn't pay.
"Little Tl mSulllvnn left only $60,.
"Little Tim Sullivan left only $G0,
was owed to Hridgle Webber, The
money was paid out of the estnte. I'm
through with the gamp whatever
Willing lo Hrliirn In rij Vnrk,
ScheppH says he Is willing to return
to New York without being extra
dited. Hilt he wants assurance thnt he
will be protected. District Attorney
"Whitman has usked for tho extradition
of Schepps. Kurly this morning
Srtlppps received a telpgram from his
lawyer, lleinard Sandler of New York,
urging lilin not to talk.
"I guess I had better keep qulPt,"
F''p-pp asrcnl.
The letter which Schrpps was about
to pom to Koc is considered a good
rxhlhlt, as wpII as the letter he had re
ceived from Itose.
The letter to Hose reads as follows:
Dear Friend Jack Yourlcttertorwurclod
to mo and contents noted. All I can say
Is 1 mil mighty sorry It has turned out
the way for you, dear old pal.
However, at this stngo I can dispense
with sympathy, as It can't help any now.
I have read very little about the case so
far and I can't hear to think of It nny
What you asl of me I considered very
carefully and looked at It sfrnin all sides
and And I am In very bad, icgnrdloss of
the leniency jou say Mr. Whitman holds
out for us.
Tl.f .-..'il l.n.l ffiiltlv ItunnlaHo,.
c facts before Its preparation Is a fact
from you
r confession. So why do you
want me to corroborate a few lies, for
Instance, such as that I paid the $1,000
to I.. 1.. on Forty-sixth street, and a few
others which I date not mention.
However, Jack, my name Is Ham and
I don't (to hack on a pal such as you.
If oU had trusted me with more of
our confidence this terrible state of af
fairs never may have come to pass. Hut
what Is done can't be undone.
I have no right to preach to you, and
t shan't. I am at present In poor health
and am all broke up with worry and
However, If you decide to state truth
fully the entire state of affalis and what
pait you had In same, I wlllVome gladly
for ou, Jack, because you know what f(
think of ou.
.Mast Hrennie "Simealrr."
Yes, I haxe been and am very sorry
for , aA nmv , ,,IOVP ,nv ,oynl: to you
i must iieconio a squealer.
Still. I am willing, even at that cost
on these conditions. That ou will only
expect me to tell the truth; nnd nothing
but the truth, or else to write word for
word what miu expert of me.
Also. I will not be ready to see Sir. I
. (District Attorney) lepiesentatlves i
until after the l nt li of Aiienst. if Hi.
! foregoing Is satisfactory I will come, but!
ou must send me a wire to this effect
before the lPtb. Then I will be ready to
meet the man and go with hhn lo New
York. He won't tl rid me If I don't get
this wire.
I shall change my address to-day, but
If all Is O. K. I will meet on the tsth at
the Arlington Hotel the man he will
Let me know his name In advance. I
L .... .r..r.T..flllvnn. who had been a friend of the
Xm, and may l.od help' u all
Sam Fhanki.iv.
The following letter Is one which Is
supposed to hae been written by Jnck
Rose t o Schepps:
Hear Sam I don't know what you have
he.iiil or lead, but It Kin douu to n stage
whole the electric ehalr stuud Us In the
face. The tlrft man to tiy and get from
under was linker. There wen- many
people who saw everything that night,
and the next day the District Attorney
knew what part everbody played In the
thlmr, and noldy could have cot away.
1 was deserted like a dog by Hecker.
Wlien 1 saw what the situation was I '
opened up negotiations with tho District 1 1 he man who was Imparting this In
Atloriiej, who offered me a suit ot eoer ! formation. Sullivan liadn'l tntrndnr..,!
iii.ii i cannoi ko into neiaii11 ov wruintr.
I Insisted that the same piotcctlou ghen
nif ,1s- extended to Harry, llrklgy and
you, to which he finally agreed. We an
al! plea-.nl with the air.tngeliiii.ts. and
our worry h . been to get you to come
In. to get the same benefits We got, befme
It U too late.
My advice lo l't Ine send a lepieM-n-tative
of the District Attorney to bring
rtt, lw.r.. Tin.. c. ,1,1.1 t.t...An, .1...
tmltre "tllni? i-nn inH milting viiti tltrtii?h
a third digne. Don't say a word to any .
one. You know, Sam, that you have I u I
too loyal and dear a friend nf mine for '
me to ark you to d this If I wasn't post-1
me uuu jou navi'ii mh a criance nun 'i -
Immediately on tocolpt of this nlte in
to Mills's house what you want to ib
Police Headquarters was notified
last night that Schepps was unihr ur
rest at Hot Springs. Tho following
telegram wus received at the Detective
Have Sam Schepps under arrest
Wanted In yourilty for homicide. Await,
jour Instructions,
JAMBS Lno.VAnp. Chief of Police.
It was said on behalf of Deputy
Commissioner Dougherty thnt he had
communicated with the Hot Springs
police several days ago and had told
them he had n picture of Jack Zellg
which was taken by a Hot Springs pho
tographer. The arrest of Schepps was secured
by District Attorney Whitman. From
the Hotel Fqulnox in Manchester, Vt
he sent to The St-.v Inst night this
Hie information m obtained from
Vallon laht Friday nlsht. Schepps w-.-is
iirre.ted liy telegram. He was coins under
the name Sam Franklin and was stopping
with a man named Sam Miller.
From the District Attorney It Is
known that the police were at sea as
to ScheppH-s whereabouts. Last week
Mr. Whitman became convinced that
the hunt for Schepps In tho Catskllls
was lttle more than n pretence. To
make sure Mr. Whitman sent two of
his own staff Detectives Thomas and
Leigh to the Catskllls. They reported
that If Schepps had ever been In the
mountains he hnd gone long since.
Mr. Whitman wns sure that Rose
or Webber or Vallon knew something
nbout Schopps's movements. He worked
on the three adroitly, nt the same time
observing to whom they were wrltlnw
nnd from whom they wore receiving
letters. None of the men wanted to
betray Schepps, hut they let out tho
secret unknowingly.. Harry Vallon made
a slip of the tongue which convinced
the District Attorney that Schepps wna
on his way to Hot Springs or was
already -there. So he sent n telegram
to Hot Springs.
Mr. Whitman makes no ; ret of the
fact that he wants to talk to Schepps
before the pollen hav. nn opportunity to
question tho man.
Wnnla Svr Schcpp First.
"I (lo not want to take any chances,"
said the District Attorney. "If there
Is a confession to be made I prefer to
gel It. The men of Schopps's company
ur afraid of the police afnld of their
Mr. Whitman added that he believed
Schepps could tell u story that would
mako tho murder casn unbreakable.
"I am so strongly convinced of
Schopps's Importance to the H.nte that
1 would go straight to him myself if I
knew where he was," was the District
Attorney's comment a week ago.
Save for Lieut. Hecker nnd Jack Rose.
Sam Schepps Is tho most Interesting
llguro at present In the Rosenthal mur
der ensp. Ho Is a man of Intelligence,
of cunning, of bolter attainments than
his associates. Ho drosses rather more
thun well. Hp uses good Kngllsh nnd
nvolds the patter of thieves nnd the
argot of the gangs. He likes tho com
pany of actors unci of sporting men. Ho
tells a story well, Hu has n convincing
manner. There Is nothing about him
of thu brute, (ho thug, the gangster.
Ho Is shrewd, evasive, amiable, con
vlnclug. From sober activities Schepps drifted
Into gambling, opium smoking and
shady business. I'nenthuslastli! ns to
real work, he wna active In garnering
the kind of easy money thnt supports
wastrels along llroadway ami tho little
IlrouclwayM or New York, tho leavlngh
and frngiiienlM of the graft that passes
lielwei-u lawbreakers and the police. It
la the pay of the go-betweens.
once in nia curccr Schepps was an
cnlnrger of photographs. He worked
or pretpnded to work as a real estate
agent. Sometimes he sold articles as
a travelling salesman. His fluency and
his approach led him Into such avenues
of work. As Schpps'a associates de
scribe him, hp has "the gift of sab."
Poller Description Innecnrale.
The picture drawn of him by the
pollcp In thplr circular and thp notion
of his nppparancp convpyed In pub
lished photographs are Inaccurate
nnd Incomplete. The man Is 35, but the
wear and tenr of the underworld and
tllP InMIHlS Of Opll
urn give him the look
nf " man of 15. He Is of medium
height, thp feet 7 Inches with which
the police credit him. He Is of medium
build, Inclining to smallness If any
thing. His complexion Is not Unlit.
Schopps's face Is dark. He wears rim
less eyeglasses In n gold clutch. Ner
vousness Impels him frequently to rp
move his glassps. When he talks he
does not look his companions squarely
In the face. His glances are to the
right or left, often downward. The
words come while Schepps survpys floor
or celling. He Is smooth shaven. His
eyes arc blue. His hair Is a dark
Some Idea of the man's shrewdness,
self-possession nnd adroitness may bp
nntnineii rrom tins story:
On the Tuesday afternoon following
the murder of Rosenthal a rpporter for
Tub Si'.v went to the Onrden restaurant
at Seventh nvpnuc nnd Fiftieth street
to meet .lack Dose. Tho reporter had
made an appointment the day before In
Lawyer. lohn V. Hart's office with Jnck
Sullivan, n friend of Hose's, to meet
Itose nt the Garden for the purpose of
discussing Hose's relations with Lieut.
Hecker and Herman Rosenthal.
-'nek Sullivan was there nt 2:30 I. M.
that nflernoon, nbout twelve hours aftpr
Rosenthal had been shot. With him
was a quiet spoken, ngreentile man of
middle nge, who was busy over eggs
and coffee. Rose had not nppparpd.
Sullivan explained that he liadn'l been
able to llnd Jack, but that .lack was at
the Lafayette baths.
The reporter while waiting asked
dead gambler, for some facts nbout
Rosenthal's early life.
Mchrppa Quiet pnkpn Mnu.
The quiet spoken man, with h dab
or two nt his eyeglasses, supplied most
of the Information. He told of Rosen
thal's start In life as a newsboy on the
Uast Side, of Rosenthal's branching out
as a gambler, of Rosenthal's connec
tion with the Hesper Club and finally
of Rosenthal's moving uptown to en
ter the Held of Tenderloin gambling.
It was nil very Interesting, but the le-
porter was anxious to get the name of
him or teferred to him by name.
"Hut who are you?" asked the re
porter. "Oh. never mind who I am. I'm Just
n friend of Ro.ve and of Jack here. My
name doesn't count."
He went on to talk about Rosenthal.
"There was a good follow once," he
said. "Hut he turned out to be a
followed the reporter to the door.
"Fnderstand." he said. "I'm Just a
friend of Rose. He's a good fellow. Hut
they'"' got Illm wrong. He wasn't
tnled Up In this."
1 "Hut won't you give your name',"'
"No, I don't want to got mixed up In
The quiet spoken man was Sain
Schepps. He left town two daya later.
That nfternoon, as Is now known,
Shepps went to the office of a friend of
Jack Rose and said inat ha had been
sent there to wnlt n telephone call that
iouiu come ror Itose. Roses friend
was rather surprised, but he told
Schepps to mnke himself at home. The
day was rather warm, so Schepps took
off his coat, put his feet on a chair and
read the newspaper accounts of the kill
ing of Rosenthal. The phone cnll came.
Talked Willi "Mrs. Lent."
A "Mr. Lewis," supposed now to
have been Whltey Lewis, one of the
pistol men. talked over the phone to
Schepps. Presently Schepps left the
office. Hut h" returned the next day
and received another phone call from
"Mr. Lewis." He walked the streets
apparently unafraid of arrest.
On the Wednesday after the murder
he was the busiest man In New York.
Ho went to Harry I'ollok's house, whore
Rose wns In hiding, nnd advised Rose
to make an aflldavlt that Lieut. Hecker
wanted. Rose says that Schepps was
In communication with Hecker and
that Schepps was In the Rlvlorn apnrt
ment house, whore tho Polloks live,
when Hecker took Hart, the lawyer, nnd
Darter, the notary, there. It was on
the next day that Schepps left town,
so far as can bo learned.
Ho Is not yet nccusod of participa
tion In the actual murder. His part
was In nsslstlng Rose to collect the
pistol men nnd to pay them after the
crlmo bad been committed. Rose's
confession says that Schepps was with
him from early on the night of Mon
day. July 15, until n few minutes be
fore Rosenthal was shot.
Schepps rode around town with Rose
on Rocker's business and was at
Hridgle Webber's poker rooms, where
the murderers made their headquarters.
Hut. according to Rose, he was familiar
with the arrangements nnd knew what
part Hecker hnd In tho prcpnrntlona
for tho killing. According to Rose.
Lieut. Hecker ordered Hridgle Webber
to supply the money with which to pay
the four murderers Hosenszwclg, Horo
wltz. Muller and Clrotlcl. Webber gave
Rose $1,000, which Rose handed to
Schepps, and early on the afternoon of
Tuesday, July 1C, Schepps, Rose says,
gave tho money to the pistol men nt
Forty-second street and llroadway
near the Times Hulldlng.
Schopps's lawyer, Hernard Sandler,
was not In the city yesterday. Mr.
Sandler hnd been to the District Attor
ney several times, assuring Mr. Whit
man that ScheppH would give himself
up sooner or later. Mr. Sandler said
that he didn't know how much Schepps
could tell, but ho believed he would
be willing to bo a witness for tho
Inquiry at 133 Third nvenuc, which
Is between Fourteenth nnd Fifteenth
streets, for Harry Smith, to whom
Schepps had addressed a letter meant
for ltose, developed thut 8am tioldsteln
keeps a tobacco shop nnd billiard room
on tho third floor of tho four atory
building there, ,
Ooldstcln said he knew no "Hurry
Smith," but that letters for customerH
often reached tho utorp. There might
huvo been a Harry Smith umonK hla
customers. Ooldstcln wasn't sure. Ho
said he did not hnow nny of the men
mentioned In thu Kosonthnl case.
Inspector lluftkrs Vcr I.oit.
The condition or Police Inspector
Hughes, who la ill at hla home with lilouro
piieumoniu, was said last night to m
"Any change that there ho linen."
milil Dr. J. . frlward. "hutt lieen for
Hip Ix-Her; hut il has boon very blight
and a sham chance In the other illnv iTrm
juiuy set in any moment.
Only Thrcf of Ten Arrests run
lie Acrretlited to Their
Made liiiltfrhiiip: Stock of Town
When Rose nnd Vallon
Calmly Surrendered.
The poliop have been so generally and
sharply criticised for their handling of
tho Rosenthal case thnt Thk Su.v this
morning presents the facts as to liow
arrests wero made. Information obtained
and confessions secured.
Of tho ten men now under arrest for
murder only three, Frank Ciroflei (Dago
Frank), Frank Muller (Whltey Lewis)
and Hridgle Webber, were caught by the
efforts of the Police Department. Two,
Jack Hose and Harry Vallon, gave them
selves up. Five, William Shupiro, Iouis
Libhy, Jack Sullivan, Lieut. Hecker and
Sam Schepps, were caught through thu
activity of the District Attorney.
Tho records show thnt. Deputy Com
missioner Dougherty and Inspector Ed
ward P. Hughes, who wero put in charge
of tho police investigation by ('ommi
sloner Waldo, obtained no ronfessioni
and were unable in their examinations
of prisoners to bring out evidence of
material value. On the other hand the
District Attorney was able to get con
fessions from Rose, Webber and Vallon
and to suptKirt these confessions with
other evidence strong enough to cause
the Grand Jury to Indict Lieut. Hecker.
The foregoing facts have to do only
with tho murder case. In tho graft in
vestigation growing out of it Uie Police
Department has accomplished nothing.
Whatever information has been gathered
as to the operations of crooked police
men has been obtained by the District
Attorney and his staff and by tho Grand
District Attorney Whitman tiller r-,"
viewing the work of the police and utter
talking with several Judges or the higher
courts-Judges who are keenly interested
in the under currents as well as thp waves
raised in the Rosenthal case-made this
"The police did nothing immediately
after the murder nnd have done as little
as possible since. They had made ar
rangements to deceive the pubho by
n , -
const ructing a t-tory that Rosenthal (.porting men and newspaer workers
was murdered in a duel with a gambler. I were hearing that Whltey Ix-wis and Ham
They had arranged to cupport that ljc'ehepim had remained in New York for
by putting a half enm.iod revooher , Tn .wav. I'
by the Bide of Rosen t hifl h body. ihey,WllH telephoning Schepps.
rmittod the murdereis to escape. They On July 22 Vallon good naturedly sur
made a pretence of pursuing the mur-1 rendered, but the hHch obtained little
derers. Thev round onlv one witness , "f value by questioning him. Gangsters
,, I itiov nut iilm in n ,-..!l 'll wii riinrl.. crowded the Coroner s court at the henr
aiicl they put him in a cell. He was Char es , ,1K,nml rriKhtened witnes.ses. The (mllce
Gallagher, thu young chorus man wlio(litl nothing to keep tho court clear of
obtained the correct number of the gray) thugs. They made no search for con
automobile. The K)liceineii on the M-ene ceiled weapons, although Assistant Dis-
reported incorrect numbers Ir'';' ),,,or,7 ,'r'"lk,M1! fainted out
.... ., ,, ,,, ,..i. ,i, that at least twenty of these were known
l or days after the murder the er.m- ,,,,,,,.,, j , ,,,,-ijj, ,,r l,im.jllK TOVOv.
innls walked the streets Tearlessly and ,.rs. On .Inly ;r, the police arrested Ciro
tlieir whereabouts was common talk. 1 lid, but got no admlnsions from him.
The Mayor did nothing but talk almut 'I'.he next. iinr)r1iint step in the itivesti-
rnrrorit ' newstiKs.rs and scold I lent gatlon was taken by the District Attorney
corrupt newspapers and sco d l.tetit. l() , a ,a t,m(w.ion from Hlu
Booker for dining with a criminal. The . piro 01 tll rnwjng day. the District
Police Commissioner declined to suspend Attorney had a witness who identified
Lieut. Becker and gave out voluminous I Sullivan ns otm of the men who had been
statisticHastothegocxlw;orkofthedepart-'" !etropole when Rosenthal was
men.. These are facts and they can bo Md.u. Attorney who
proierly construed." 1
It was four weeks ago. at 1:57 A M.
on Tuesday, July PI, that Herman Rosen
thal wus shot to death as he Ktcppul. nut
of the MotroM)lo Hotel At the time a
policeman off duty and in plain clothes
wns having stipiier with an actress and 1
other friends, 't his was Policeman Will
iam" J. File.
Although within loo feet of the door ,
ho was unable to cat oh any of the four
pistol men or to get a good description
of any of them. Near the MetrojKile was
Lieut. Frye. He couldn't catch unyhndy
or furnish a passable description. Police
men Madignu and Hrady arrived at the
MetroKlo within a few minutes nnd joined
with Filo in a tnxioab chase or the gray
car in which he murderers were escaping.
The taxicnli was slow In getting started
Witnesses have said that it made no-great
speed in running out or Forty-third street'
It took the wrong route. The murderers'
car went up Lexington avenue, hut the
pursuing: car went up Madison avenue.
At Fifty-eighth street File, Madigan and
Hrady relinquished the chase. They
hadn't caught a glimiwo or the fugitives.
Madigan tells a story of having been
stopped by n lieutenant from chasing three
men who were running eastward imme
diately after tho murder File nnd Frye
nnd Brady saw, by their account, none of
tho incidents observed by a dozen wit
nesses that the District Attorney located,
Tho numlier. 1 131.1 X. V was plainly
visible on tho gray car for at least twenty
minutes boforo the killing. No police
man was able to see the number correctly
Thoy made curious reports at tho West
Forty-seventh street station hotiso. The
blotter displays soveral incorrect num
tiers. Tho usual procedure of the polico in
thU city immediately after a murder or a
crime of violence is to take lo tho station
house of tho precinct as many witnesses
as iosslble. In the Rosenthal case tho
polioo did nothing of tho sort, although
thoro were twonty at the loast count who
could have told some story or the shooting
or of the incidents preceding or follow
ing it.
Twenty men and a fow women wero
tolling the roprters in tho hearing of
policemen what they had soon and hoard.
None of theso was asked to go to the sta
tion house.
Ah umiol in crimes of such gravity tho
District Attorney and the Polico Com
missioner wero called by telephone and
told what had happened. Tho District
Attorney wont us fust as an automobile
could take him to tho West Forty-soventh
street station. The Polico Commissioner
stayed at home. Deputy Commissioner
Dougherty, who wns at his homo In
Sheepshead Hay, came to the city speedily,
lint meanwhilo incurable blunders had
been made.
At the West 1-orty-snventh street sta
tion the District Attorney found matters
jumbled and mixed up. Ho happened to
hoar that u youna, man who had supplied
a number for the gray automobile was
in a coll. The District Attorney ordered
the young man's release and from him
obtained tho correct number, tl.'ll.t N. Y
That wn tho beginning of accurate mid
productive work in tho murder investiga
tion, What tho police had accomplished
is best told by their entry on the blotter:
At iiliout ; llils A. M. Herman Hosenthal of
104 W. 4Mb st, H, white, I.', S, Gambler,
tnurrlcd, while standing lu front or llio
llntol Metropolo d st Kast ot li'way wns
hot and killed by one unknown man about
14 yrn, white t ft. 6 or S In, snioothe face,
Urk couiiilvxleu iuid luiic Uwk Uwlhcs
and soft dark hut, who after shooting l!n-
LuKllml I .......... I ll.ln u..llln, n til n,,l.lttlrt
No. i:it:il or Mint N. Y. a slate colored tour
ing ear which contained four ether youmt
men snioothe faces the louring car pro
i ceded East on ctil si. to Madison nve, and
North on .Madison nve. lo fiith st. where
nil truce of siime was lost by Lieut. Frye.
ubo had pursued said touring car In taxi
cab No, '.'o'.'.'til N. Y. owned by John llorati
or 4t.i lji-t s:td st. assisted by I'll. Lynch
and .MiidlL'an of the '.'fit!: precinct and I'll.
I'lle or the X'd I'reelnrt. Itosenthnl nt
leaded by Dr. Taylor of Flower Hospital
mid proiinimied (lend. Coroner's ofllee
notified and bisly remoed to moruiin for
autopsy iiy order of Coroner Kelnberg,
body lileiitllled by John .1. Holster, or lli'.i
V, C, witness Charles c, (liillaither, Gerard
Hotel, nth nt. bet. Il'way and nth live., case
reported by I'll, John J, Hrncly.
Therefore it was tho number supplied
by Gallagher to the District Attorney nnd
by the District Attorney to Deputy Com
missioner Dougherty that led the police
lo 35 Stuvvesant street, whero I.ibhy and
Shapiro, ownertl of tho automobile, were
feigning sleep.
The captain in command at tho West
Forty-seventh street station, William F.
Day, was not sure whether his presence
wns required In the station house. Ho
asked the District Attorney over tho tele
phono if he laid better como down. Mr.
Whitman advised him to put In an ap
pearance. Lieut. Hecker meanwhile wns
on hand at. the station house, but tho Dis
trict Attorney had preceded him.
"I have found reason enough sinee."
said Mr. Whitman, "lo be glad that I got
there first. "
With I.ibhy nnd Shapiro under arrest
Deputy Commissioenr Dougherty entered
tho police investigation with every ap
pearance of entiiusiusm nnd energy.
Tho District Attorney says there is no
reason to doubt Dougherty's sincerity
or activity but that Dougherty was un
questionably hampered by the prelimi
nary blunders or plotting of other police
men. From Shapiro and Mhby Dougherty
obtained the admission that Jack Hose
j hired tho gray car. Hut the police wero
unanie io maKo capital oi inai admission.
They refused to admit publicly that Hose
was wanted for murder. And if any
efforts to arrest Hose wero made these
efforts were lame nnd halting. Now York
laughed uloucl when Hoso surrendered
voluntarily after llrst calling at Com
missioner 'Waldo's office and finding thut
the Commissioner wns out.
The next step of tho polico wns to
arrest Rridgie Webber us a material wit
ucH.s. Hut they won? unable to bold
Webber, jacking nny sort of evidence.
In the next few days they questioned Jack
Sullivan and Sam Paul, but neither was
put under arrest. Il wax at this stage of
the investigation that the District Attor
ney replying to a letter from the Police
Commissioner took occasion to rebuke
tho Commissioner for taking an insulting
attitude and to remind Mr. Waldo that
io had Pl,4on men for use in catching
Tho police did nothing more until July
21, live days after tho murder, when Web-Ix-r
was rearrested, this time for murder,
aloi.g with Sum Paul and Jack Sullivan
was arrested as u material witness. The
iolice gave no inkling that they had any
notion as to who were the actual mur
derers. W hitman persisted in demanding
that they increase their etlorts to catch
the pistol men.
uiuowii am
uptown unci downtown, gammers
Hy this, time Lieut Hooker's name was
on nlmont every tongue. There wan more
than conjecture to implicate him. Hut
his suss-nsion was delayl by order of the
Mayor. Deputy Commissioner Dough
erty toki the District Attorney at this
time that ho would arrest Hecker ir Whit
man sAid so, but the police bad obtained
no evidence against lk-cker
At that time also the District Attorney
was obtaining for Grand Jury purposes
evidence involving Hecker None of
this evidence was supplied hy to polico.
Whitman wus concealing his private in
formation from (lie police. He was
guarding against treachery. He nays
so himseir. On July 2ti tho District At
torney through his own efforts in gettiug
Rose. Webber and Vallon to con I ess had,
obtained enough evidence to secure the
indictment of Hecker for murder in the
tlrst degree. Hut he didn't use outside
policemen in making the arrest He sent
two of his own staff Itayne.s and ligh.
The police case against Sam Paul was
so poor that this gambler was turned
loose by Coroner Feinborg.
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Chronological Story of the
Crime, Showing What Has
Keen Done.
The Dlstilct Attorney and t e police
agree that the Rosenthal case, touch
ing as it does upon murder, blackmail
und Bang violence, has presented from
day to day more extraordinary com
plications than any other criminal case
In the history of the city. Tits Sun
therorore presents a chronological sum
mary of the principal happenings In
tho Investigations together with the
main things accomplished.
Ho far nine men have been held for
murder In the first degree. They are
Mout. Charles Hecker, Wllllnm Shapiro
and Louis I.ibhy, owners of the auto
mobile used by the murderers: Jack
Itose, Hecker's former friend, who hired
the car nnd assembled the murderers:
Hridgle. Webber, the gambler whose
rooms were used as a rendcivotiH;
Harry Vallon, Webber's partner, who
was a spy for Hose and Webber: Jack
Sullivan, who was a friend of Hecker:
Frank Mutter (Whltey Lewis) accused
of shooting Herman Itosenthnl, and
Frank Clrotlcl (Dago Frank), simi
larly accused.
Only one man has been Indicted
l.leut. Docker although at loast six
indictments for murder are expected
this week. Throo men wanted for mur
der are still at large Harr. Horo
witz (Gyp the Itlood), Louis Rosenzs
welg (Lefty Louie) and Sam Schepps.
The police hunt for the first two has
neon rrultless. Two men are out on
ball as material witnesses Sam Paul
and John Clark, both gamblers.
The activity of the District Attorney
e.nd the Grand Jury has produced valu
able evidence In the murder and graft
Investigation. Tho police, having
failed so far to arrest two fugitives
still at large, have been of less service.
Here Is the record of the case from
the day that Herman Rosenthal, a
widely known gambler who had moved
from the East Side to the TendeYIoln.
startled the city with accusations
cgnlnst Lieut. Decker, the commander
of the strong arm squad:
July 12 Herman Rosenthal accuses
Decker of having been his partner In the
gambling house at 104 West Forty-flfte
stteet. Rosenthal asks for the arrest of
Insiectnr Hayes and Capt. Day of the
West Forty-seenth street station for
maliciously keeping a policeman In his
closed gambling house.
July 13 Rosenthal makes public his
accusations against Becker In the form
of an affidavit, which says that Rose was
Docker's graft collector and that Decker
lent 11. R10 to Rosenthal, taking a mort
gage on Rosenthal's furniture.
July 14 District Attorney Whitman
and Police Commissioner Waldo hasten
back to the city. Whitman says tho
police situation Is rotten. Waldo de
mands an Investigation by the District
July 15 Rosenthal calls on the District
Attorney and promises to testify against
Decker and other policemen and offers to
supply other gamblers as witnesses. The
mortgage transaction spoken of by Rosen
thal Is verified.
July 1C Rosenthal Is shot dead In front
of the Metropolo at 1 :57 A. M. The police
fall to get witnesses. The District At
torney obtains the number of the murder
automobile and pushes the Investigation.
I.lbby and Shapiro, owners of the car, are
arrested. John Clark, a gambler, la ar
rested as a material witness.
July IT William Shapiro and Louli
I.lbby, owners of the murder auto, admit
that Jack Rose hired It. Rose Is wanted
for murder, ltrldgln Webber Is nrrested
and released on ball us a material wit
ness. Sam Paul Is questioned. The
(Irani! Juiy begins work on Rosenthal's
charges against Decker.
July 18 Jack Rose surrenders at
hemlciunrters and Is held for murder.
.Mayor Gaynor sends for Decker and re
bukes blm for dining with Rosenthal, "a
July 19 Rose admits that he hired the
I.lbby-Shnplro cur and that lie gathered
the pistol men. Commissioner Waldo dc.
ellnes to suspend Decker, who Is now
mider suspicion. Jnck Sullivan Is men
tioned as naving ueen wun uecxer nair
an hour before the murder.
July 20 The District Attorney prods
Deputy Commissioner Dougherty to ar
rest tho actual murderers. Dougherty
says tho polico aro doing the best they
can nftor a clumsy start.
July 21 Drldsle Webber and Sam Paul
aro arrested for murder nnd Jack Sullivan
Is arrested as a material witness. There
la no Intimation yet as to who are the
actual murderers.
July 22 Harry Vallon, Webber's part
ner, surrenders Jauntily after motoring to
Police Headquarters. Wealthy men offer
to supply funds for a Dunis Investiga
tion. The District Attorney names as tho
four men who shot Rosenthal Harry
Horowitz (Qyp the Dlood), Ixmls Roien
siwelg (Lefty Louie), Frank Muller
(Whltey Lewis) and Frnnk Clrotlcl (Dago
July 23 Alibis are put forward by
Rose, Webber, Vallon and Sullivan, and
Decker gives a detailed account of his
movements the night of the murder. Many
lawyers enter the case. The police start
a hunt In tho Catskllls on Vallon's slip
that his wife had been spending the sum
mer there. The District Attorney con
siders the advisability nf at once arrest
ing Hecker. Mrs. Rosenthal tells the
Grand Jury that Decker was her hus
band's partnor.
July 21 Decker's chauffeur admits to
the Grand Jury that Decker had coached
hhn nbout testimony. In Coroner Fein
berg's court gangsters Intimidate John
itolsler (John the Darber). who, about to
Identify Drldglo Webber, perjures him
self In fear and Is arrested. Vallon's
alibi is shuttered. The police Issue a cir
cular calling for tho arrest of Horowitz,
Ronenszwelg, Muller and Clrotlcl as the
July 25 Frank Clrotlcl (Dngo Frank)
Is arrested. Shapiro and Ltbby, turn
ing State's evidence. Implicate Rose, Val
lon, Webber and Sam Schepps and tell
how tho car picked up the pistol men
and took them to Webber's poker rooms.
Tho District Attorney urges tho police to
bo moro active,
July 26 Jack Sullivan In tho Coroner's
court is idrntltleci as having been at the
Metropolo when Rosenthal was shot und
Is arrested for murder. Webber Is Iden
II lied ngaln. Alderman Curran demands
an Investigation by the Doard nnd has u
tilt with the Mayor. Mr. Gaynor writes
to Waldo against suspending Decker, and
mentions "clamor," "corrupt newsnanera"
and "weak public officials scheming for
manor omce.
July 27-Decker Is accused of making
fuko raids, Humorous expense accounts
of his aids are made public. A new
witness of tho murder Is found.
July 28 Tho Durns men arv now at
work, Mr. Whitman having mude a tenta
tive arrangement with W. J. Hums. The
police are criticised for Inactivity.
July 21' Rose, Webber and Vallon con
fess and Lieut. Decker Is Indicted fui
murder In the flmt degree after an ex
traordinary session ot tho Grand Jury.
Hu is arrested at his desk In the Bath
gate avenue polico station, arraigned bf.
foro Judge Mulcjueon, where he pie,.,,,
not guilty, and Is put In the Tombs. Tli
confessions lelnte In detail how lleckir
drove Rose, Webber and Vallon to th
July 30 Hose names other pnllc nf.
flclals besides Decker, who black tu.io,
gamblers and disorderly houses, nn,i c,.
tlmntes that a police ring roller te, ,
lenst 12,400,000 In a part of Manhattan
Part' of Rose's confession Is corroborated'
July 31 Webber admits that lieck.i'
ordered him lo supply the money with
which to pay the murderers $ ooo
which WobW gave to Rose, which llo
handed to Schepps nnd whlrh Sili,
distributed. District Attorney o,tHiJ
more graft evidence.
August I Deckel's lawyei, .lolm y
Hart, admits to the Grand Jim tint
Uecker communicated with ltose t'hrnuxh
Iilm on the Wednesday night iift.r n,
minder. Whltey l,cwls Is nrtestirl ht
Kleischmanns In tho Catskllls.
August 2 Police Increase adIMlv In
the Catskllls. The District Attorney lrns
that Hecker and Rose hud a private nj.
of signals for callers nt the I'ollok hem.
whore Rose hid after tho murder.
August 3 No results fioin llio police
hunt. Well known men Issue a call for
a mass meeting to be Ik, cO0I,p.
Fnlon on the iJght of August II. .lU(j,..
Swnnn sharply criticises worthless pollc.
evidence In gambling cases.
August 4 Commissioner Waldo Issues
a statement attacking the courts for
leniency to gamblers, hut admitting that
ho put Decker In the Tenderloin Ih cause
Inspectors had been grafting.
August 5 Lieut. Hecker Is flrralKnM
before Judge Mulquoen and his l.nufr
begins n fight against the validity or th
August t! Jack Rose gives to the
trlct Attorney n thirty-eight page state,
mint containing the details of his con
nection with Lieut. Decker nnd salnr
that ho collected MSO.000 for Hecker in
less than a year.
August T Lieut. Decker again nprtar.
In court ns his lawjer renews the tech
nical contest on the Indictment. B-ck-retains
John F. Mclntyre to take tharg
of his case, although employing Hart
August S Thi Grand Jury learns that
Becker deposited 13,000 In the West Side
Savings Dank In .May, IMS. and the
District Attorney hears of other bank nr.
counts In Manhattan and In Newark and
August 9 TtlC District Attflmei-
searches for more Becker bank account
and Is hunting also for the bank de
posits or inspectors who have been nami
to him ns grafters.
August 10 The Impelling motl fur
Rose's confeslon Is made public, rtoe
was deserted by the police ring and ad.
vised to commit suicide. Snm HtVitppj
arrested at Hot Springs. Ark.
20,001) said tn llnse IK-rn Taken
From flank Recentl?.
The District Attorney now has.evl
denco that Lieut. Becker had deposits
withdrawn from several savlng3 bank
immediately after lie was nrrested.
Mrs. Decker removed $2,800 from the
Empire City Savings Bank, at 231 Wes,
125th street, on the nfternoon of
July 30.
Another deposit was taken from He
Chelsea Bank. There is luformutloa
In the District Attorney's ofllee that at
least J20.000 was taken out of baiih
soon after the lieutenant was locked
There Is now evidence and Informa
tion ns to at least eight of Hcl.i-'
bank accounts. But tho District Attn
noy Is also hard at work running down
the banking operations of two polke
Inspectors. There was u suggestion la-"
night that one of these Inspectors.
collected . upward of " J100.000 In less
than a year, may be Indicted this week.
District Attorney Whitman has been
supplied with tho names of half u doen
Inspectors who aro uccused of hcxl'
collected blackmail. He will proceed
also against a minor official or i .
Police Department who has boon nam
by Rose ns the man depended on by
Becker and him to protect them.
Curran Says He Has Letter intuit
Inn High Police Official.
Alderman Curran. who heads the com
mittee that Is to Inquire Into condition'
In the Police Dcpnrtmint, has received
several letters from various sources
that will probably prove of value when
the committee gels down to work.
While he would not discuss tho letters
In detail the Alderman said yesterday
that they point a trail that leads tn
Police Headquarters and which event
ually will Involve officials of hlsh
standing. He said that the committee
will welcome nny Information that may
be conveyed to them.
Masked Man lilts Victim With
Pistol and Prises fU.1.
Frederick Kt&san, a ticket agent st
tho Dyckman street subway station,
was robbed of 165 by a masked man
about half past 1 o'clock vftoril.'i''
morning. Klssan was carrying Hi",
money, which was for the most part
small change collected during tho after
noon and evening. In two bags.
Ho had crossed to the uptown side t"
collect tho other ticket agent's money
and was returning to his own side
when the masked man drew a revober
and ordered him to drop the money
Klssan refused and the robber struck
him with the butt of the pistol, cau.'lnc
him to loso his grip on the bags. Hy
this time other employees wore at
tracted to the scene.
The robber flred on shot ,a,t .Mack
G. Wolfson. who tried to 'prevent 'his
escaping, and after removing the mafK
and a wig he wore disappeared In tlif
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