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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 23, 1913, Image 7

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Five men were indicted yesterday
in connection with the fatal shooting
of Jimmy Kelly, alias Fletcher, most
feared gunman of the South Side un
derworld. Kelly was shot in the doorway of
his home, 2300 Wabash av., Aug. 30.
It was charged that he was shot
down by gunmen as the result of a
redlight feud.
The men under indictment are
Joseph Herman," alias "Polock," John
Flannigan. Eugene Geary, Thomas
Dillon and John Gainey. They are
being held without bail.
The fight between the rival bands
started last winter whea Bob Canary
and Jim Lynch were shot and wound
ed at 21st and Dearborn, streets.
Since that time many mysterious
shootings and stabbings in the bad
lands of the South Side have been
charged up to this internecine war
fare. But the police have been un
able to obtain any evidence.
According to the prosecution in the
Kelly case, his. killing was the re
sult of an avowal by his enemies to
"get" him.
The men under indictment tell a
different story. Their version is that
Kelly and Dillon held a long-standing
grudge against each other.
On the night of the shooting they
say that Geary tried to bring the
men together in a saloon at 23d and
Wabash avenue. His efforts as a
peacemaker failed. Kelly went out
of the saloon and Geary, Flannigan
and Dillon adjourned to Cunning
ham's saloon across the, street
Shortly after midnight Kelly called
Cunningham's on the telephone.
Geary answered and in response to
Kelly's question told him, for the pur
pose of avoiding a clash, that Dillon
was not there.
Kelly refused to believe him and
said he was coming over after his
He arrived. In another effort at
peace, Geary suggested an automo
bile ride. At its- conclusion, in front
of Kelly's home, Kelly against started
a fight with Dillon. Words became
bitter. And then Kelly reached for
his gun.
Geary and Flannigan grappled with
him. In the struggle the gun went
off and Kelly sank to the ground. The
others sped away in the auto.
This is the story told by the ac
cused men. In support of this ver
sion, Attorney Charles E. Erbstein,
representing Geary, forced admission
from Officers Daley and Fitzgerald
which tended to prove that there' was
a struggle and that the gun might
have gone off in just that way. N
Clbthing worn hy Kelly at the time
of the shooting was introduced at the
inquest and course of the fatal bullet
traced by Attorney Erbstein to prove
his contention that the shot was fired
by the dead gunman himself, without
removing the gun from his pocket.
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Los Angeles, Cal., Sept. 23. Mil
lionaire George H. Bixby, whom the
girls at the Jonquil resort claim to
have known as the "Black Pearl" and
who is on trial charged with contrib
uting to the delinquency of minors,
was given a clean bill of health by
his friends yesterday when propi
nent men testified that Mr.Bixby bore
an excellent reputation for chastity.
Cleo Helen Barker, whom Bixby is
alleged to have wronged and who is
the principal state witness, will he
called as a witness for the defense.
Not only that, "but Bixby's attorneys
announce they will also call all the
other girls who testified for the state
and will endeavor to show that the
whole case against the defendant is
a "frame-up.1'
Bixby, who has been rather quiet
and reserved, is now blooming like a
radiant flower. He smiles at every
one and has donned a scarf of bril
liant purple. Hehas expressed con
.fidence that he will be acquitted. ,

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