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prophesied that vengeance would he '
Then Tommy Dillon, popular mem
ber of the "stockyards gang," who
disappeared from the South Side
after the Kelly killing, '!got his" in a
rooming house at Ontario and Clark
sts. Again there was no talking to
the police. Tommy's relatives and
friends proved zs silent as the Mafia
bands of Little Italy. -But the police
and the denizens of the redlight dis
trict knew that some day another life
would go as payment for Tommy's.
Last night "Sonny" Dunne, "Bud-"
Connors, "Tommy" Enright, together
with four other men and two women,
went out to Burnham, that wild little
town where life begins after midnight-
They made the rounds of the
underworld, cabarets. They visited
Jakey Adler's, Johnny Torrio's, the
"Jew Kid's", "Beck" Mortality and
other joints owned by former kings ,
of the 22nd st vice district. It Vas
remarked in all the places that
"something would be doing before
morning broke." Nervous fingers
switched guns to more convenient
The gang finally went to the Burn
ha minn, owned by Johnny Patten,
the sporty "kid" mayor of Burnham.
Drinks flowed freely. The glitter in
the men's eyes grew more danger
ous. A close watch was kept on the
door. " 1
Then in from the rain-swept road
swaggered Joe Hogerty and his
''bunch." Joe keeps the poolroom at
22d st. and Wabash av., which is, the
mecca of those who have carved
their reputations in the levee's hall of
fame. Joe was called a live wire.
He had been reared In the "bad
lands." And he had a pull at the
He saw the crowd at the other
table. His face paled ust a trifle.
Mis mouth? hardened. Dancers, saw
him cross over and whisper a few
words to the other gang. Above the
roar of the jaz band a gun sputtered.
Thelights were switched off. The
dancers ran screaming from the
place. Then the cracking of several
guns was heard. In the darkness
several men ran from the place and
jumped into autos.
When all was quiet again Frank
Hitchcock, part owner of the inn,
mastered enough courage to creep
back into the silent (lance hall. By
the light of the match he saw the
body of Joe Hogerty beside an over
turned table, a- slow-growing pool of
blood was beneath him.
On the Chicago road Bud Connors
was caught He refused to shed
much light on the affair. He blamed
it all on Hogerty. Edward Berlin, a
pal of Hogerty, and Eugene McCall,
chauffeur of the Hogerty party, were
caughtalso. They refused to- talk.
Bob dainey and two women com
panions and the Dunne-Enright
Other versions of the killing were
given. One was to the effect that
Sol Van Praag, First ward politician
and poolroom owner, and Hogerty
were on the "outs." Last Saturday
night a gambling flat operated by
Hogerty at 2204 State was raided
and twelve men and one woman ar
rested. Hogerty blamed Van' Praag
for the "tip-off."
x Last night, a few hours before the
murder, Van Praag's rfgar store in
the redlight district, was. held up.
Jakey Wolfson, former partner of Ed
Weiss in redlight cafes, who is part
ner of Van Praag, was robbed of
$133. The ang escaped in autos.
The. police believe the gang that
killed Hogerty was hired by Hogerty
to rob Van Praag and that Hogerty
believed they were double-crossing
him when they said they got only
$133, But others point to the mur
ders of Kelly and Dillon and say that
everything isn' tsettled yet.
Enright, Dunne and Connors got
their opportunity . to carry guns
while working on the slugging crews
of the Chicago Herald and other
members of the trust press.