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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 19, 1913, Image 5

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That the present prosecution of
Barney Bertsche and Jimmy Ryan as
members of the clairvoyant trust was
the result of a dark plot of State's
Attorney Hoyne and the Chicago
Examiner to "get" former Chief Mc
Weeny and Capt. Halpin, was the
charge made by Att'y James T. Brady
and Benedict J. Short, counsel for
the defense, in their closing argu
ments yesterday.
State's Att'y Maclay Hoyne came
in for a bitter flaying from the two J
attorneys for his connection with the
Att'y Brady said the Examiner was
the boss of the state's attorney's of
fice. "Why should these clairvoyants go
to Bertsche for protection," said
Brady. "The clairvoyants advertised
in the Chicago Examiner. The tes
timony showed that solicitors for this
newspaper solicited advertisements
from the clairvoyants and charged
them exorbitant rates. Why didn't
they go t6 the one person who can
give protection from prosecution for
playing pinochle or murder. The
clairvoyants might just as well have
gone to the bridgetender at the Clark
street bridge as to Barney Bertsche."
Att'y Short, in his attack on
Hoyne, said:
"Mr. Hoyne violated his word when
he allowed his secretary, Ed Fleming,
to tell me he would produce my client
without being forced by a writ of
habeas corpus. He did not produce
Ryan as he promised and his appear
ance had to be secured on a writ.
"Mr. Hoyne violated the law when
he took the prisoner, Ryan, away
from the officer who was bringing
him back on a governor's warrant
from Montana, and was- duty bound
to turn him over to the sheriff. The
statutes hold that a person guilty of
interfering with that representative
of the governor in such cases may be
fined ?5flj0 or gfeenja yeags-imprison--
"Hoyne disrespected his oath when
he made that violation of the laws
which he had sworn to uphold.
"Hoyne was guilty of actions un
professional and undignified when he
tried to persuade Ryan to sign a
paper to the effect that he did not
want the services of the attorney
who had been employed by his
friends to defend him.
"Yet, with this action to his credit,
Mr. Hoyne can attend the banquet of
the Chicago Bar Association and dis
course on 'Courtesy of the Bar.' Does
this trial comply with the flaming
lithographs which we read on the
billboards during the last campaign
the lithographs that quoted Mr.
Hoyne as saying, 'If I am elected
state's attorney the laws will be en
forced fairly?'
"Gentlemen of the jury, it was
within the option of these defendants
whether they should be tried before
you. They could be walking the
street free right now or stopping at
the county's expense at one of the
hotels picked out by Mr. Hoyne if
they consented to do one thing the
state's attorney of Cook county
wanted them to do.
"At present there is a Hearst-Harrison
combine. They wanted to make
a three 'H' triumvirate Hearst-Har-rison-Hoyne.
And who is the victim?
"This combination wanted to get
McWeeny, then chief of police, and
Capt. Halpin of the detective bureau.
I don't know why they want to get
them unless it was that McWeeny
had neglected to bow down to Mr.
Harrison in the city hall sometime.
"By reason of the fact Bertsche
cashed the checks of the policemen
when they got paid they think he
knows something about Halpin. This
indictment was voted last May and
the purpose was to get Halpin. Wil
liam Randolph Hearst talks' about

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