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Armed Guard Bringing Prisoners West
Extra Precautions Taken to
Avoid Demonstration j
Along Route
' tin* waivers to the station master, who advised the two prisoners
to go along with the detectives without making any trouble.
* The detectives arrived in Chicago with McNamara and
I McManigal on the morning of April 13. They took • the
; men to Reed's home in Commercial avenue. They, were
mediately separated. From that time-*- — '■ — t ■ -•»-
; until after midnight both men were
I incessantly sweated. Captain Wood and
{"Detective Burns both tried every
! means in 'their power to make them
tell all they knew.
i McNamara was defiant and answered
' Questions in monosyllables. "I knew
, you 'bulls* had something up your
i -sleeve* when you pinched us in De
• trolt," ho aald. "I won't talk, you
• might as well give up."
{ -At the same time McManigal was
! being sweated in another room. When
j shown the dynamite that had been
-found among his possessions, and prom
ised a certain amount of immunity, he
■'•flnally broke down and agreed to tell
all he kne_w, according to Burns.
J The Immunity promised him did not
"include anything more than for the
minor part he played in the Los An-
Sgeles Times explosion. In that partic
ular outrage. It Is charged, the dyna-
Tnlte charge was set off by James ate
' "Samara.
"The total amount of property de
stroyed in the full series of explosions
for which John McNamara was respon
sible, and in which I took part, was
about $3,-00,000," he Is alleged to have
■aid In' ills confession.
„ 'This ail took place in a period of
less than two years. Last September
— set off two charges of dynamite
at the plant of Lucas _ Pons" iron
works at Peoria and we wrecked a
bridge there."
The confession Is said to have cleared
'. up every last vestige of doubt that
j "might exist as to who were the insti
'', gators of the series of dynamite out
| rages. McManigal talked freely after
the started to give his statement, and
It took from about midnight until 7
• o'clock In the morning to complete It.
Whether the confession gave any in
timation of where the money came
from that was behind the operations
of the dynamiters the local detectives
were unable or unwilling to say. It
was not disclosed whether the funds
were supplied by the union alone or
by the Independent Iron manufacturers
"The confession is In the hands of
Detective Burns and the Los Angeles
authorities," said Captain Wood to
day, "and I cannot give any of Its de
tails. I understand some more arrests
are to be made and any disclosure of
the contents of the confession would
make this more difficult. There is no
doubt that the confession will make
the convictions sure in all of the cases,
unless the maker of the confession Is
given immunity in return for what he
"McNamara and MeMa_igal were
taken separately to the house where
they were kept, and neither knew of
the presence of tho other. After De
tective Burns had obtained the confes
sion, he notified the California author
ities, c Indictments , were voted and
extradition papers were sent here. He
■waited until the.papers' arrived be-fore
Snaking any move toward arresting
John McNamara at Indianapolis.
tanigal's confession has given
film all the information necessary to
pet' his warrants, arrange for arrest
ing John McNamara and plan his
"search for explosives.
"McManigal got his orders direct
Jfrom headquarters, he said In his con
'•While Mrs. McManigal said she" had
no knowledge of what her husband
"had been doing and gave as her opin
ion that he was innocent, It was
learned today that she knew that her
husband had been arrested in Detroit,
but thought he ad been turned loose
again and was somewhere In Ohio."
A detective called her up on' the
telephone last Friday, pretending to
be a friend of McManigal, and asked
her where he waa. She admitted hav
ing heard that he had been arrested,
but said he had been released and was
in Ohio. - ' *
slrs, McManigal spent today at the
residence of Thomas McOuire, an
iron worker. Inquiries during the
afternoon at the McManigal residence
were met by the brother of Mrs. Mc-
Manigal, mil Schwartz, who refused
to make any statement about his sis
ter. *, ■ . - _ -
At the Mc-Ulre residence it.was de
nied at first that the woman was there,
but finally a. woman who said she is
Mrs. McGuire told a reporter that Mrs.
McManigal was staying there. Two
children, Evelyn and John, are with
their mother.
Thomas WcGuire was not at the resi
dence until evening. Then he refused to
make any. statement.
After he had been stopped several
times he said:
"Now, look here. I am going to lick
one of you ft lows if you don't leave
me alone. Mrs. McManigal' don't* want
Qp see no one, and that settles it."
A search was made of the premises at
the McManigal residence. In the rear of
• the house is a workshop, where, ac
cording to the neighbors, McManigal
spent much of his time when in Chi
cago. He* was working with clock ma
chinery most of the time, and the many
springs and other parts of the mechan
ism of alarm clocks were found strewn
about the place.
One almost complete clock with a pe
culiar looking screw fastened to the
back was found. It was examined with
curiosity by the investigators.
MeManigal, it is said, was arrested a
few months ago on account of his fail
ure to explain how he came into posses
sion of a large quantity of brass that
he piled into his workshop. After be
ing questioned, he was released.
The sworn copy of the confession, as
well as McManigal and McNamara,
came near being blown out of exist
ence Saturday night, it was learned to
day. *
An automobile In which, they were
riding and carrying dynamite and ni
troglycerine as evidence, ran Into * a
roadside ditch and almost turned turtle.
The prisoners were being hurried
from South Chicago to Joliet to take
the overland" Santa Fe train, which
reaches that city about 9 o'clock, and
had got as far as Frankfort, 13 miles
from Joliet. when the mishap occurred.
The prisoners, guards and the Los An-
geles prosecuting officials, badly fright
ened, climbed from the automobile and
went to the one Frankfort hotel for
the night, as it was too late to catch
the train.
The pary remained quietly at the
hotel today and went to Joliet on an
lnterurban for tonight, leaving on the
overland train 24 hours later ,than they
had Intended.
Detectives Take No Chances
of Having Prisoners In-
LOS ANGELES, April 13.—Upon sepa
rate trains and hidden away in locked
Pullman compartments under the sleep
less surveillance of heavily armed
guards, John J. McNamara, Interna
tional secretary of tTle international
structural iron workers' association,
and his two alleged confederates, James
McNamara and Ortie McManigal. are
being rushed to this city to answer the
charge of having dynamited the Los
Angeles Times building October 1, 19^0,
and caused the death of .1 men. By
what route they are being brought here
is a secret. When they.will arrive also
is unknown.
The plo.-e here, and William .T.
Burns, - the detective who is credited
with having laid bare a gigantic con
spiracy of murder and destruction, are
taking no chances. The most elaborate
precautions were laid to prevent an at
tempt at rescuing the trio accused of
numerous outrages and Chief, of Police
Sebastian went so far today as to say
that any publicity regarding the move
ments* of the prisoners might result in
more dynamiting and the loss of lives
and railroad property.
*Baamm_BMO_aamamtmt^mastm^m **•
"Though such a thing would be abso
lutely useless, remember that we are
dealing with men accused of the most
awful crime of recent years," said he,
"and anything is possible."
Secrecy also is necessary to avoid
legal complications. At labor temple,
Los Angeles union labor headquarters,
today, there were many loud and bit
ter denunciations of the way in which
the McNamara brothers and McManigal
had been taken Into custody, but these
came only from the rank and file of
union members.
None of the labor leaders could be
found, and It was said that several of
them were in conference with James
E. Tlmmons,' general organizer of the
iron workers' association," to devise
plans to obtain for the prisoners here
the rights and constitutional privileges,
which, it is declared, were denied them
when Burns' men swooped down upon
them in Detroit, and Indianapolis, and
held' them incommunicado. *-
Comparisons with the case of Mover,
Haywood and Pettibohe, the union men
who were spirited away from Colorado
to answer to the charge of having
caused the death of Governor Steunen
' berg in Idaho several years ago, were
frequent. /-Every man at the labor tem
pi-*} today agreed that the arrest of
the Iron workers'.official and his two
j alleged accomplices had brought to a
climax the long I.attic waged between
the unions and their opponents InLos
Angeles, and though preparations ad
mittedly were being made for the de
Wreck of the Los Angeles Times building, photographed on the m orning after it Was dynamited last October, and a portrait of Detective
William J. Burns, who has caused the arrest of John J. and James W. McNamara and OrticE. McManigal on the charge of complicity in the crime.
fense of the prisoners, it was main
tained that no technicalities would be
interposed to prevent an early trial.
"It has been the purpose from the
first to make union labor responsible
for the destruction of the Times," said
A. R. Phillis, a labor paper editor, "and
this was expected, though none knew
who would be accused.
"This will line up the unions in bat
tle array, and we will fight to a fin
Timmons, the structural iron work
ers' organizer, was one of the princi
pal witnesses before the si-anil jury
which spent more than two months
investigating the Times explosion and
found 23 Indictments against the al
leged perpetrators of the outrage. But
it .Is practically certain that at that
time—last December McNamaras
and McManigal were not known in con
nection with the crime.
They were. indicted only last week,
after Burns, who had been employed
on behalf of*the city to ferret out the
criminals, wired Mayor Alexander that
he had arrested McManigal and James
McNamara in Detroit April 13. and had
them in a secret prison in Chicago,
While John McNamara was being
watched in Indianapolis.
The mayor conferred with District
Attorney John D. Fredericks. The lat
ter reconvened the grand Jury, .and,
after indictments had been returned,
warrants were issued and requisition
papers obtained from Governor John
Captain Paul Flammer of the Los
Angeles detective bureau, Detective
James llossiek and Under Sheriff
Brain, representing the county, took
the requisition and the warrants east,
and are in command of the heavy guard
which is -conducting the prisoners to
this city.
It Is not known how many different
Indictments the McNamaras and Mc-
Manigal will have to face when they
arrive here, but It Is regarded as more
than probable that more arrests are
to be come —particularly In view of the
assertions of Burns and local officials
that the capture of the international
labor leader and bis fellow prisoners
Is merely the breaking of a tremen
dous plot, the ramifications of which
extend all* over the country.
The news that three alleged dyna
miters had been captured created
throughout the city a degree- of in
terest which Indicates that the case
Is regarded as the most Important that
has ever engaged the criminal courts
of California. _ *
So that there would be no hitch in
the preliminary details in Chicago or
Indianapolis, District Attorney Fred
ericks sent his assistant, William J.
For."., with Flammer to Indianapolis to
procure the necessary extradition pa
pers, and the expeditious removal of
John McNamara from Indiana without
. It it? probable that when the iron
workers* -official * appears with his
brother and their alleged accomplice
for trial, there will be enacted in the
Los .Angeles courts the scenes which
occurred in Boise during the . progress
of the Steunenberg case. The scores
of labor leaders from San Francisco
and elsewhere, who appeared before
the grand jury will be called again, as
Will the survivors of the Times explo
sion and the throng of detectives em
ployed on the case both by Burns and
the Merchants' and Manufacturers' as
That the McNamara case also may
have, its Harry Orchard is a specula
tion freely indulged in at police head
quarters. According to Information
which Chief Sebastian said he had re
ceived, James McNamara, after his ar
rest in Detroit, made the statement
that he knew hla arrest was the out
come "of that Los Angeles affair." But
there is no necessity; for inducing, one
of the prisoners to turn state's evi
dence against the others, acco|drng to
Chief Sebastian. v ;'
•'When■_■ received a. telegram from
Burns last week," he- said, ■"I knew
he had made good his assertion that
the capture of the dynamiters was only
a matter of time."
Two Small Alarm Clock Fix-
tures ?Put Burns on , -
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
LOS ANGELES, April 23.—Compari
son of bits of brass-soldered on -the
backs of two small alarm clocks gave
William J. Burns his,first Important
clew in his pursuit of the.men accused
of having blown up the building of the
Los Angeles Times in this; city the
morning of October 1 last, causing the
death of 21 employes. Two attempts
to explode Infernal machines, one in
Peoria, 111., the other here, made pos
sible the comparison, which had such
Important results for the detective, an.l
spelled doom for the dynamiters. . "■■•
The first Infernal machine was found
after an explosion among some steel
girders in the foundry of A. Louis &
Sons, in Peoria, September ', 4, 1910.
Some fault In the mechanism caused
the clockwork to fail, and it passed
Into the possession of Burns, to whom
was intrusted the task of finding the
men who caused the. explosion. A few
hours after the destruction of the
Times building in this city, two more
infernal machines were found —one at
the home of General Harrison Gray
Otis, owner of the Times, and the other
at the home of F. J."ZeehanJelaar, sec
retary of the Merchants' and Manufac
turers' association, long the Implacable
foe of the "closed shop,'** —
The device found at the home - of
General Otis wa* in a suit case and it
exploded an instant' after a detective,
who was carrying it away from the
building heard the ticking of the clock.
He narrowly escaped death -and the
device was blown to fragments, tear
ing a great hole in the ground. "The
"plant" at the Zeehandelaar home was
recovered intact, and when Burns -was
called upon by the city to undertake
an investigation of the Times explo
sion, It was one of the first things 1 he
inspected closely. it looked like" the
mechanism found after the Peoria ex
plosion, and comparison showed it to
be Identical. *
The device consisted of a small alarm
clock, - a dry battery and the deadly
nitro-glycerine. The clock's alarm de
vice was used to fix the time of the ex
plosion. When the ringing of the bell
began the uncoiling spring caused the
key of the alarm to revolve. Soldered to
this key was a small piece of brass, and
when it came in contact with a similar
piece on the back of the clock the elec
tric circuit was closed and detonating
caps exploded In the nitro-glycerlne. ,
"Satisfied that the brass work was the
handiwork of the same men, even
though the explosions were many miles
apart. Burns began to check carefully
other dynamite explosions as they oc
curred. In. every case he gathered evi
dence tracing the explosions ;to,the
three men now being hurried; to Los
Angeles J. McNamara, James W.
McNamara and Ortie E. McManigal.
1 It is considered certain that James
McNamara Is the man who was known
In San Francisco as J. B. Bryce and who
negotiated for the explosive used to
wreck the Times building when it: was
purchased at Giant, Cal., several weeks
before the Times was blown up. As the
other men do not answer fully the de
scription "of Bryson's companions on
that* trip to Giant, it is believed two
mores men will be arrested as accom
plices, aside • from other ;arrest* .which
probably will be,' made to hold certain
persons as witnesses. "i_: './'.'
The; two McNamaraY;and McManigal
were indicted secretly in this city Sat
urday, April 15,, after Burns had tele
graphed a request that such action he
taken, accompanied by. meager portions
of the evidence obtained. His telegrams
were in cipher and hours were required
to translate them. The grand jurors
who previously had Indicted Bryce, Da
vid Caplan* and M. A. -Schmidt reas
sembled with the utmost secrecy and
returned true bill***! against the* men
Burns was waiting to arrest.
it la surmised that Schmidt and Cap
lan are still to be caught.
The ..three prisoners now being
brought to Los Angeles would arrive
Tuesday if they were brought through
direct, but precautions are being taken
to guard them, both from a mob, which
might attempt violence, or a demon
stration by king men who believe
them innocent. It-is certain that an
attempt will.be made to smuggle them
into the city,., Probably . they . will be
taken from the train at some point
outside Los Angeles: and brought into
the cjty • under cover of;darkness by
The rewards that will be paid if the
men are convicted total on&' $15,000,
offered, by the supervisors of Los An
geles county— $5,000 for each man.
Many other rewards were offered dur
ing : the excitement following the de
struction of the Times, and at one time
the total was, near the $100,000 mark.
However, nine-tenths of these were not,
made officially and -hence can not be
Mayor Alexander and Chief 7 of Police
Sebastian said today that they had re
ceived no additional advices from Burns
regarding the arrests yesterday or what
is to follow so far as the investigation
In Indianapolis is concerned.. ' -.
• Burns' coup followed several months
of'seeming Idleness, during which,, so
far as Los Angeles knew, be was ac
complished nothing. He happened to
be in l.os Angeles,the morning the
explosion occurred. *as the American
hanking association -was holding its
convention here and It was his purpose
to rrfake a report from his . agency,
which had been handling the associa
tion's business.
.The city council authorised the set
ting aside of a fund of $25,000 to be
used in paying Burns, payments to be
made at the discretion of the mayor.
About $10,000 of this sum has been
paid. :
Burns has sent to the mayor assur
ances that the evidence obtained is so
conclusive* , that conviction is , certain.
He says; he will trace the movements
of the men from the time they started
west, showing how they bought' the
dynamite at Giant, transported it on a
launch; the name of which had been
changed for the occaaion, atored it in
a house in South San Francisco, bring
ing only what they, needed to Los An
geles, ami all their movements up to
the time one of them slipped-into the
dark ; opening in the Times building,
known as "ink alley," and placed the
Infernal- machine that wrecked the
structure, killed 21 employes and in
jured two score or more.
McNamara Breakfasts in
v Missouri Handcuffed to
[Special Dispalt i lo The Call]
• ST. LO_lS.^Aprir 28.—John J. Mc-1
Namara,; secretary-treasurer of the in
terh#tional association of bridge, and
structural Iron workers, who was ar
rested in : Indianapolis yesterday by
William J. Burns of the National • de-;
tective agency - of Chicago, „' charged \
with complicity in the Los Angeles
Times dynamiting last fall, was
brought through St. Louis en route to
Los Angeles this morning. HE-HI
i McNamara was in charge of James
Ilosslck, a Los Angeles detective, to
whom he was' handcuffed, and ' Charles
J. Smith and G. B. Biddinger of the
National detective agency of Chicago.
They arrived here on the Vandalla line
at 7 a. m. and ate breakfast at-the
union station lunch room. They left
for Kansas City at 9 a. m. on train No.
1 of the Missouri Pacific.
U"ssii k kept McNamara handcuffed
to and. from the: restaurant and ' the
news of his identity attracted a fair
sized crowd to the -windows of the res
taurant. No interview could be obtained
from any of the party. McNamara ate
heartily" and save for a preoccupied
expression seemed perfectly at ease.
Electrical Apparatus Found
in McNamara Home
in Cincinnati
[Special Dispatch lo The 'Call]
CINCINNATI, April 23.—Several fine
saws, a large amount of electric wiring,
an electric bell, an electric battery test
er and several other articles of a simi
lar nature, were taken from the home
of .Mrs. John A. 1-IcNamara, 4306 Quarry
avenue. Cummlnsville, Cincinnati, today.
All the property taken is being safely
guarded at police headquarters and will
be forwarded to Log Angeles. Mrs. Mc-
Namara is the mother of the arrested
man, who has been much in Cincinnati
In* the last few years,-though nobody
ever knew Just why he came here.
This search, made today, continued
for several hours and was made by De
tectives: Bell and Schaefer of the Cin
cinnati police department and two de
tectives from the.office of William J.
Burns. The articles taken today were
found in a trunk belonging to James W.
McNamara, which, the mother said, had
been at the home for a few weeks.
When,the official- called at her home
Mrs.. McNamara . was' not aware of her
sons' arrest. When shown a newspaper
detailing the arrest yesterday Mrs. Mc-
Namara broke down and wept bitterly.
"My boys are Innocentl know they
are," she said. "Their arrest is simply
a plot to ruin them, and this plot has
been going on for some time."
The officers went through the home
carefully. The mother offered no resist
ance to _ their efforts and offered to aid
them in any way they .wished. When
questioned about this trunk she said it
was "Jimmjrfi trunk," which had been
In the house for many weeks. Asked as
to why it was that her sons came to
Cincinnati and worked at home for sev
eral days every, month or so, Mrs. Mc-
Namara said she never knew what they
were working on, but that they 'came
here and remained for several days in
the house, and never told her Anything
of their work.-/4-9MBBHHMM
Trouble has been the fate of Mrs. Mc-
Namara. for some time. Her husband,
John A. McNamara, was. arrested sev
eral years ago charged with assault
upon his 12 year old daughter.* He was
convicted April -27. 1894, and sentenced
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Mystery Envelops Route Taken
in Hurried Trip to Los
- > Angeles
Repetition of Idaho Incident An*
ticipated by Detectives
% on Arrival
to the Ohio state penitentiary for life.
About three years ago he was released
on a pardon of the governor, He Is. said
to be in Cincinnati, hut his wife has
had nothing to do with him since his
Mrs. McNamara says that her sons
will prove their innocence.
St. Louis Central Trades
Adopts Resolutions for
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
-ST. LOUIS. Mo.. April 23.--The St.
Louis central trades and labor union
this afternoon adopted resolutions pro
testing against the "arrest in Indian
apolis and deportation to California of
John J. McNamara. international sec
retary of the bridge and structural iron
workers of America, characterizing the
proceedings as "kidnaping," because,
the resolutions say. the police court at
Indianapolis denied McNamara his con
stitutional right to get an attorney
while It was in session and turned him
over to California's representatives for
deportation' to their state. The reso
lutions call upon all union men and or
ganized labor's friends to unite to
thwart the "foul conspiracy" and au
thorize the central trades* and labor
unions' executive boards to take neces
sary steps to carry out these resolu
tions' purpose.
. Addressing the meeting, I_ G. Pope,
the central union's attorney, declared
McNamara's arrest the most atrocious
crime by capita! against labor in Amer
ica's history, and * predicted' that it
would prove a repetition of the Mover,
Pettihone and Heywood affair in Idaho,
In which organized labor spent $300,000
to prove those labor leaders innocent.
"The capitalistic class," added Pope,
"may. order its hireling detectives to
shoot McNamara. fearing a conviction
"would lie impossible. They could say
he tried to escape, and that would set
tle the matter."
The issuance of a requisition before
the-arrest also was denounced.
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