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Meantime, Mike Cassello, who
had been running a regular auto
bandit love flat at 1612 South
Wabash avenue, decided it was
time for him to even up old
scores and get in strong with the
So Cassello 'phoned the police
that Webb was coming to pay a
visit to Belle Hastings, Cassel
lo's sister-in-law, at the flat.
Police Captain Paddy Lavin
got busy. He sent Detectives
Meskell, John Ryan and William
Landers to watch the flat. He
sent Detectives Peter Hart, Otto
Beyer and William Joyne to
watch the Madia garage.
On the way to the flat, Detec
tive Meskell detected a "suspic
ious" automobile standing in a
garage on Twenty-second street.
"Aha!" said Meskell, "that
will bear watching. Maybe
some ohe is going to use it."
Meskell left Landers to keep
his eye on the auto, and went on
to the flat with Ryan.
There he found Belle Hastings,
sister-in-law of Cassello, wife of
Joseph Hastings, of 1228 South
Wabash avenue, ex-sweetheart
of Madia, and present sweet
heart of WebbA
Meskell's detective instint told
him that if he had the woman he
probably would hold the "key to
the mystery.'' as happens in all
good detective stories.
Meskell did not find Webb, al
though Webb was in the flat at
the time. Webb heard Meskell
questioning Miss Casselo at the
door, and quietly stepped into
Mrs. L-asseiios Dearoom.
Meskell did not search the flat.
He arrested Belle Hastings, and
the gallant Cassello volunteered
to accompany her to the station.
Cassello's wife, who had seen
Webb ooze into her bedroom,
wept as she watched Meskell and
Ryan vanish with her sister and
When they were out of sight
she dried her tears and went to
a movie show in the neighbor
hood; doubtless feeling that she
needed cheering after the gloomy
proceedings of the day.
Meantime, Meskell sent Ryan
to join Landers in keeping four
perfectly good eyes on that "sus
picious" auto standing in the
Twenty-second street garage.
Then it occurred to him that
Cassello's- flat might be worth
watching, even although he had
so boldly captured the "woman
in the case."
So he went to Madia's garage
and sent Hart to the flat, leaving
Beyer and Joyce to watch the
Madia garage. And he sent Cas
sello the harborer of auto ban
dits, with Hart to help Hart out
in the work that lay before him.
Hart had not been at the flat
long, 'when it occurred to him he
might want to telephone. Cas
sello had a nickel-first phone.
Hart had no nickels.
Hart handed a quarter to Cas-
sello, and told him to go down
stairs and get some nickels. Cas
sello this is Cassello's story,
and he is the only witness had
just started for the door, when
some one knocked.
Cassello opened the door. It