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ing for the Hearst newspapers as
a division boss of circulation.
Last week Edward Barrett was
working under him.
The murder of Walter-Master-son
Saturday night was peculiar
ly atrocious, peculiarly cold
blooded. Henry Barrett, a younger
brother of Ed's, was in a booth in
the Treusch saloon with a wo
man. Ed Masterson, a brother of
Walter, was serving them with
drinks. Henry Barrett and Ed
"You'd better quit talking
about my wife," Henry Barrett
said to Masterson.
"I never talked about
wife," Masterson replied.
"You lie," said young Barrett,
and followed Masterson to the
end of the bar.
There he struck Masterson sev
eral times. One witness at the
inquest over Masterson's body to
day swore that young Barrett
held a knife in one hand and
struck Masterson with the other.
Edward Barrett ranged him
self beside his brother. Walter
Masterson came forward to the
support of his brother.
"I can't fight you," cried Ed
Masterson. "You've got knives."
"Go ahead," called Walter
Masterson. "I'll see fair play."
"Do you want some?" snarled
Edward Barrett, "you
What followed was done so
quickly that not one of the wit
nesses could give a lucid state
ment of it.
Edward Barrett lunged toward
Walter Masterson. There was
a flash of steel;, a choking cry
from Masterson. Barret drew
back and wiped his knife on. his
coat. Masterson, stabbed through
the heart, sank to the floor, and
The Barretts vanished. The
police were called. Lieut. Dam
mann, of the North Robey street
station, took charge. He sent four
detectives to 2224 North Halsted
street. There both the Barretts
They did not resist arrest.
Long immunity made them look
on both murder and arrest as a
"We should worry and grow
bald," fhey said to the detec
tives. Edward Barrett's sweetheart,
Blanche Williams, also was held
as a witness to the murder.
Blanche Williams was a witness
to the murderous assault of Ed
ward Barrett and Buck Master-
son on Edward McCarthy, May
15 of last year.
If Barrett and Buck Masterson
had been put on trial "for that as
sault, Edward Barrett probably
would not have been at liberty to
murder Walter Masterson Satur
If Edward Barrett had been
held without bail for the murder
of Frank Witt, as the coroner's
i'ury recommended, he would not
lave been at liberty to murder
But State's Attorney Wayman
got Barrett out of that mess, and