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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 16, 1913, Image 4

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"Tom McGuire, of the McGuire &
White Detective Agency has been
retained to obtain witnesses favor
able to the defense."
This statement, made by Benjamin
C. Bachrach, attorney for Max An
enberg, The Tribune gunman and
circulation manager, when asked
why McGuire was appearing in the.
Annenberg case, aroused the intense
and burning interest of The Day
There seems to be so much about
the statement requiring explanation.
How does one go about "obtaining
witnesses favorable to the defense?"
The process of obtaining the wit
nesses to a shooting is comparatively
simple. One merely finds the persons
' who saw the shooting. But this re
fers only to finding plain, ordinary
witnesses, finding "witnesses favor
able to the defense" suggests that
some more elaborate system would
have to be employed.
The Day Book greatly desired to
know just how Mr.' Tom McGuire,
the well-known private detective and
department store spy, intended to go
about the "obtaining of witnesses
favorable to the defense."
Then again the simple statement
that "Tom McGuire, of the McGuire
& White Detective Agency, has been
retained" leaves so much to the im
agination. By whom was Tom McGuire "re
tained" and at what price was he
"retained?" Did the Tribune do the
"retaining" and pay the "retainer,"
or did Annenberg, the gunman, do
the "retaining" and pay the "retain
er?" Again, one would greatly desire to
know who suggested the "retaining"
of Tom McGuire for the purpose of
"obtaining witnesses favorable to the
Whoever it may have been, he
must indeed have been a far-seeing
gentleman.' Some inner voice pre
sumably must have told him that the
witnesses other people would find
would he far from "favorable to the
defense," and that therefore it be
hooved Annenberg to have a private
detective agency using men and
money obtaining such witnesses.
One .does not really credit Annen
berg with such foresight, Annenberg
after the shooting having been in too
great a panic to foresee such things.
Wherefore does one greatly desire
to know who suggested the "retain
ing" of Tom McGuire for the pur
pose of "obtaining witnesses favor
able to the defense."
There also is a smaller matter that
arouses curiosity. The state's attor
ney is paid by the people to find wit
nesses both favorable and unfavor
able to the defense in the case of a
crime having been committed.
Why, therefore, should a private
detective be "retained" to do the
work the people pay their servants
to do.
The curiosity aroused in The Day
Book by these various peculiar ends
to Attorney Bachrach's statement,
led The Day Book to send a reporter
to McGuire's office to ask him the
questions so greatly needing answers.
This seemed to be the sanest
thing to do. Who should be better
able to tell the entire process of Mr.
McGuire's "retaining" and how Mr.
McGuire was going about the "ob
taining of witnesses favorable to the
defense" than Mr. McGuire?
The reporter reached McGuire's of
fice at 9 a. m. today. About 10:30
o'clock, McGuire, with four other per
sons, entered his private office while
the reporter was telephoning.
Prom then on McGuire did not
come out of his private office even
to say "Boo!" up to 1:30 o'clock this
McGuire knew tha The Day Book
reporter was waiting to see him. He
finished up his business with his

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