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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 09, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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State's Att'y Hoyneis- expected to
v start an. investigation .today of tflie
. jumbled story of Mann act viola
tions, shakedowns and squeezeouts
,v , ;i that "resulted in the suspension of
Det Serg'ts Jas. J. Kane and Edw. .A.
r McCormick by -First Deputy West-
brook last night
" Among those involved are:
; Edward A. McCormick, detective
sergeant, said to have used "Mann
act "evidence1" as a weapon in de
manding money.
. c James J. Kane, detective sergeanty
' accused of acting with McCormick.
, W. W. Fowler, broker in railway
supplies; his alleged trip with "Vir-
.ginla" was the first chapter ia the
.; story.
Edward M. sHarding, bond sales-
man, "who tried to help Fowler out by
taking Virginia away and Who there
by got into trouble himself.
John A. Peake, a partner of Hard
" ing, who wanted. Harding put of. the
firm and is said to have engaged the
assistance of the detectives.
Harry C. Radon, partner of Peake
and Harding in E. H. Harding & Co.
He and Harding sold out their inter
est yesterday to Peake.
And one Virginia, a pretty young
blonde, who caused all the trouble.
- . - The story that has so far crept out
is this:
Fowler, a married man with chil
dren, became interested in Virginia,
a moth of the night lights. There
are whisperings of their appearance
in various cities at the same time
Then Fowler tires of Virginia. He
wanted to be rid'of her.
, Harding enters at this stage. Fow
ler called on him to help her out In
a, Harding's'iiresence Fowler gave Vir
giriia a check. Then, fit is explained,
to further vassist Friend Fowler, Har
ding took Virginia to Pittsburgh. .
Here enters Peake. He heard of
- - Harding's trip. He thought it might
hurt the business. He decided to use
jjhe trip as a means Qf getting Har
ding to sett out Peake was a friend1
of Kane and Mc6ormick- Radon,
who figures as merely a minor char
acter, was a pal of Harding and
friendly to Fowler. . ,Peake alsc,
wished to get rid of Radon.
In ' a roundabout way complaint
was made to federal and police au
thorities of the relations of Virginia'
with Fowler and Harding. Kane'
asked for the 'case. They -were seen'
in daily conference with Peake. They
never reported on the case 'to the de
tective bureau. Kane managed to get
possession of a receipt given Fowler
by Virginia. This is. said to have
been handed Peake as his weapon to
use on Harding and Radon to force a
sell-out Just what Kane and Mc
Cormick hoped to gain by giving
their evidence to Peake instead of , to
the proper authorities, First Deputy
Westbrook won't say. Hoyne hopes
to' drag the whole affair into the
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Springfield, March 9. Bill whiclr
re vamps whole civil service system
of Cook county with intention of
making 'it politician proof, and pas-r
sage of. which the Civil Service Re-?
form ass'n says is .necessary to' cors
rect present evils has reached its
second reading in the house.
All Democrats and many Republk
cans seem inclined to vote for it, and
if house passes it senate fs sure to.
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Galena, Kan., March 9. Wm. F.
Sapp (Col. Bill), Democratic nation
al committeeman from Kansas sines
1908 and one of most picturesque
Democrats in U. S., died suddenly
here last night of heart failure. No
matter where C6L Sapp went or on"
what business, he always wore a
Prince Albert coat and high silk hat
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Springfield, III. Statewide prohi
bition referendum bill went to its
third reading in the house, today. 1
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