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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 11, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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Walter SteVens, a graduate of the
Tribune school for gunmen, is named
in the apparent solution of the mur
der of Louis Liehtenstein, advertis
ing man on the Chicago. Evening
Post, who was shot tq death in at
tempted robbery in a garage at the,
rear of 541b IrTalne.av.- JtCmll woel,
brother-in-law of Liehtenstein, was
wounded in the same -affair.
Stevens' name was dragged in by
the confession of Thomas Inns, ar
rested in Minneapolis. He said he,
Stevens and Albert Chase, a bartend
er, planned to rob Liehtenstein as
they drove into the garage in their
auto, that something went wrong,
shooting followed, in the mixup
Liehtenstein was murdered and
Stevens and Chase fled in an auto,
leaving Inns to escape on foot.
The Tribune played this story big
this morning. They' seemed partic
ularly interested in the past career
of Stevens. The Trib said Stevens
was a "labor slugger"; that he boast
ed of his immunity from conviction
and that he was arrested in connec
tion with the Hilling of "Dutch" Gen
tleman and Vincent Altman.
But the Tribune did nod tell their
readers that Stevens' first experience
as a gunman was gained while a
member of the Tribune wrecking
crew in the notorious Tribune-Examiner
'circulation war a few years
back. It did not say that rumors
of those old wild slugging days con
nected Stevens ' name with ugly in
cidents in the Tribune bldg. when
Stevens was the right-hand inan of
the circulation manager.
Stevens' career haa been the same
as other young fellows hired by the
trust press, slugging crews. AC first
merely a husky, young two-fisted
fighter. But the newspaper stuck a
gun in his hand and apparently the
knowledge gained from his -Tribune
job has led him into evil paths.
The trust press is crying out right
now about a "crime wave," about
gunmen running wild through the
streets. Some of our most expert
killers received their first training
while on the payroll of the trust
press. Just as they were ending
their short-pants days they were
grabbed off by the newspapers and
handed gunsl
Teddy Webb, Frank McErlane, the
Barrett brothers, Mossy Enright,
Tommy Enright, Arthur Friedman,
Sonny Dunne, Pete Gentleman and
Walter Stevens are merely a fewy of
the graduates of the trust press.
There are plenty qf others in Joliet.
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According to the Pinkerton Detec--tive
agency, Roger Cornell, athletic
trainer, yesterday confessed in SL
Louis that his $200,000 suit against
Col. John Lambert, steel trust mil
lionaire, for the alienation of his first
wife's affections, was blackmail. He
is said to have named Michael Kiely,
his att'y in the suit, and Lillian John
son Cornell, his first wife, as the
arch-conspirators and himself as the
"innocent tool."
Cornell made the confession to the
detective agency to whom the steel
trust millionaire has given about
$100,000 to square his name. He Is
also said to haye accused Kiely of
being realty the one who alienated
his wife's affections. The Pinkerton
sleuths say Mrs, Cornell fell in love
with Kiely when he was rubber at
Cornell's gymnasium In PasadenaN
Later, they say, she paid his fare
from California to Chicago, where
they lived as man and wife. She may
be prosecuted for violation of the
Mann white slave act, with Kiely as
the white slave.
Cornell said he first entered into
the suit because Kiely told him Lam
bert had debauched his wife in Pa
sadena, where Lambert has a mag
nificent home on "Millionaires' Row"
and Mrs. Cornell was a chiropodist;

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