Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1949 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
identified Webb and accused him
of murdering Hart.
"You lie, you blackhand mutt,"
said Webb. "You did it your
self." So the situation resolves itself
A policeman was murdered.
The only witnesses of the mur
der are two crooks. Each crook
says the other committed the
Cassella today squirmed un
der Webb's accusation.
"Webb is lynig to save himself
from hanging," he snarled.
"Hanging is too good for him.
I'll do all in my power to make
Then he added to his conflict
ing statements with the follow
ing: "Webb did not escape from the
flat after the murder by the roof.
He ran down the front stairs. I
know because the man who used
to do our laundry passed him on
the stairs. It's funny the police
who were guarding the front of
the house did not see him."
The police are now searching
for the laundryman, whose name
they refuse to give out.
But this latest statement of
Cassella's, entirely outside the
time he has taken to tell it, can
not possibly be true for this rea
son: Immediately after the murder
Webb was seen running up the
alley back of the Cassella flat,
brandishing a revolver in each
hand, by two reporters and a de
tective. The detective and re
porters were in the Madia garage
vhen they saw him. Webb ran
into a bunch of teamsters in the
llley, and the teamsters, seeing
the revolvers, scattered.
And Webb could not have got
into the alley if he had run down
the front stairs. He had to get
into it by the roof.
Of course, the first thing the
police are doing with Webb is
easy to guess.
Webb has been taken to the
Hyde Park police station, and
there turned over to Police Cap
tain Paddy Lavin, the man who
failed to capture him.
Lavin is going after Webb to'
get a confession that he killed
Hart. Lavin means to get that
confession, and get it as quickly
as possible, because on Webb's
confession rests the only surf I y
Lavrn is one of the best little
confession-extractors in the city.
His method of getting confes
sions is fairlv well known. It is
not a gentle method.
Lavin is sore at Webb anyhow.
Lavin was given the job of "cap
turing the auto bandits in the
hope Ije would do-brilliantly, and
give some excuse for the appoint
ment of Lavin as chief of police.
Lavin made his first mess of the
case immediately after the mur
der of Hart. The first hours of
the hunt for Webb were a ridicul
The murder occurred about 3
o'clock. At 4 o'clock, Lavin or
dered a cordon thrown around
the auto bandit flat, presumably
so Webb wouldn't come back.
Lavin was put in full charge