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pect with a bad record. He is taken
to some station, and held without
booking. Then his friends dig up
some money and get in touch with
a go-between with-a. pull. Money is
exchanged. The mar is released
without a rap.
Hoyne's men also received valu
able information today concerning
tne mysterious gunman, who is said
to have been scheduled to play an im
portant part in the Randolph street
shooting, but who bungled the job.
Two bullets from an ordinary 38
tevolver started the pistol fight on
Randolph street Wednesday in which
Jjarney Bertsche, Bill Egan, Skip
Monahan, Nathan Spira and two
thers were wounded.
Witnesses declare that there were
vo loud, distinct reports and then
ame the rattle of an automatic.
,Vho fired the two opening shots?
That's what State's Att'y Hoyne
irould like to know. The police
laim Bertsche started the fight. But
Sertsche had only an automatic.
And there's no mistaking the differ
ence between the sound of an auto
matic and an ordinary revolver.
From a reliable source comes the
aformation that the police are con
cealing the name of the man who was
-valking east on Randolph st. with
3ertsche when the fight started. The
'dicks" claimed at first it was Nathan
Spira, recently convicted in the arson
On the other hand habitues of the
"Rialto" claim there was a very
well known police character .with
Bertsche; a man so "wise to' the
ropes" .that the police were willing to
let him get away after the pistol bat
tle. Then there's the mystery of the six
shots that Egan, Monahan and Capt.
Halpin can't account for. It was be
lieved by every one that Egan had
fired the six shots. But he says he
didn't; that he didn't have his gun
But there were six shots fired by
some one in addition to those ac
counted for. And there are some in
clined to believe that as the case
grows there will be found as sinister
a plot to put some one "off watch"
as the Rosenthal case in New York,
which shocked the entire country.
Hoyne is now searching for a South
But something went wrong with
the local shooting mess. Some one
apparently blundered. There have '
been much talk of gunmen out after
Barney Bertsche. But he fooled them
by staying in his room until late in
the day usually and then only going
out accompanied by a companion.
Barney Bertsche's attorney, Ben
Short, will enter a conference with
State's Att'y Hoyne this morning and
has promised to tell what he knows
of a well-formed plot to kill Bertsche.
"Barney told me his footsteps were
hounded by certain cops accompan
ied by gunmen night and day," said
Short. He refused to tell me the
names of these policemen whom he
knew. I know this to be true because
these cops, two of whom are high in
rank in the department, face jail as
long as he is free."
"The shooting was the result of a
well-planned, deliberate police plot to
kill him and get him out of the way.
That the shooting was premature is
the only reason that he is alive and
the plan originally was to entice him
to a deserted building on the outskirts
of the city, but the hired a3sassin
spoiled it all when he pulled his gun
on a crowded street.
"Evidence I have obtained," Mr.
Hoyne said last night, "is to the effect
that a gunman as yet not apprehend-
ed fired the first shot. That bullet
struck Bertsche. Furthermore, I am
of the belief that Nathan Spira, con
victed firebug, did not fire any shots,
in spite of the statements of Detec
tives 'Bill' Egan and James 'Skip'
Monaghan that 'a dark complected,
pox-marked man' which fits Spira's
description shot, at them to help
"I am of the opinion that Spira,