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plunder took Christianson back to
Cleveland for trial.
Before leaving, however, he secur
ed the promise of Phillips to appear
at the trial of Christianson if the
Cleveland authorities should think
such appearance necessary.
The Cleveland authorities did not
think Phillips' testimony necessary,
and Christianson was duly convicted
and sent up for eight years.
This, one might imagine, would
end Phillips' connection with the
But it did not, because of the sin
ister activities of Harry Hoffman,
which came to a head two months
Harry Hoffman is a character
worth attention. He at one time ran
a resort on the West Side before
the days of Police Captain Meagher.
As a resort keeper in the levee in
which Mike de Pike Heitler was king,
Hoffman was one of Heitler's lieu
tenants and bosom friends.
Two months after the removal
from Chicago of Christianson, Hoff
man paid a visit to the office of state's
Soon after that, Phillips the jeweler
and his brother swore out a warrant
against Hoffman charging him with
swindling them out of $300.
Hoffman was arrested, and Mike
Sullivan today declared that he
would be duly indicted by the grand
Not long after the activities, of
Hoffman came to their inglorious
head, the rumor that a plot was
a-foot to "get" police Captain Meagh
er went humming through the sa
loons of the West Side.
About the same time, soft-footed
"investigators" and Major Funk
houser Jbegan haunting the Des
plaines street district
One of the prime objects of atten
tion was Phillips the jeweler, the
man who had taken the trip to. Sulli
van's office and returned from it with
his soul filled with dread.
The first result of the visits of the ,
investigators, whose noses were
pointed so straight before they reach
ed the West Side, was the transfer ,
of Detectives Alcock and Johnson.
Both were put back in plain clothes
and "sent to the woods." So far as
is know no charges were filed
The next result was the spreading
of a sinister rumor as to what had
happened to Phillips in Mike Sulli
van's office, and as to how soon the
scalp of Police Captain Meagher
would be captured.
It was in an effort to clear up these
things that a Day Book reporter to
day went to Phillips and asked him
what had happened to him in Mike
And immediately Phillips began his
pitiful plea that The Day Book do
not publish even a hint of all these
When Phillips had ended his plea,
the reporter asked him one more
"What is the basis for the inform
ation charging swindling against
Harry Hoffman?" he asked.
Phillips started back. His face
whitened. His jaw fell open; then
"I won't tell you," he stammered.
"I won't tell you! I don't dare tell
you! Leave me alone; leave me
A Day Book reporter came upon
Indictment Attorney Mike Sullivan
in the corridor of the criminal court
Sullivan jumped; then began rac
ing toward his private office.
The reporter followed him.
"Phillips the jeweler says he is go
ing to commit suicide if the truth
be told about what happened to him
in your office, Mr. Sullivan; he says
he knows that you will get him if
that story is published."
Sullivan turned a flaming face to
ward the reporter, but kept on to
ward the safe haven of his office.
"I won't talk to The Day Book,"
he screamed ; "I won't have anything