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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofTwentyYearsaDetectiveintheWickedest CityintheWorld,byCliftonR Wooldridge ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereintheUnitedStatesandmost otherpartsoftheworldatnocostandwithalmostnorestrictions whatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayorre-useitunderthetermsof theProjectGutenbergLicenseincludedwiththiseBookoronlineat www.gutenberg.org IfyouarenotlocatedintheUnitedStates,you'llhave tocheckthelawsofthecountrywhereyouarelocatedbeforeusingthisebook Title:TwentyYearsaDetectiveintheWickedestCityintheWorld Author:CliftonR Wooldridge ReleaseDate:November23,2014[EBook#47445] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOK20YEARSADETECTIVE*** ProducedbyDianeMonicoandtheOnlineDistributed ProofreadingTeamathttp://www.pgdp.net(Thisfilewas producedfromimagesgenerouslymadeavailablebyThe InternetArchive) TwentyYearsaDetective intheWickedestCityintheWorld CLIFTONR WOOLDRIDGE CLIFTONR WOOLDRIDGE TwentyYearsaDetective INTHEWICKEDESTCITYINTHEWORLD 20,000ARRESTSMADE 12,900CONVICTIONSONSTATEANDCITYLAWS 200PENITENTIARYCONVICTIONS TheDevilandtheGrafter AND HOWTHEYWORKTOGETHERTODECEIVE, SWINDLEANDDESTROYMANKIND ANARMYOF600,000CRIMINALSATWARWITH SOCIETYANDRELIGION BYCLIFTONR WOOLDRIDGE TheWorld-FamousCriminologistandDetective "THEINCORRUPTIBLESHERLOCKHOLMESOFAMERICA " Aftertwentyyearsofheroicwarfareandscoresofhair-breadth escapes,inhisunceasingbattlewiththedevilandthegrafter, Mr WooldridgetellsinagraphicmannerhowWildcatInsurance, FakeMinesandOilWells,TurfSwindlers,HomeBuyingSwindlers, FakeBondandInvestmentCompanies,BucketShops,Blind PoolsinGrainandStocks,PoolRoomsandHandBooks,Fake MailOrderHouses,ordinaryGamblingHouses,PanelHouses, MatrimonialBureaus,FakeUnderwriting,FakeBanks,Collecting Agencies,FakeMedicineCompanies,Clairvoyants,FortuneTellers, Palmistsandothercriminalsofallclassesoperate,andhowtheir organizationshavebeenbrokenupanddestroyedbyhundreds THEWORKALSOCONTAINS DetectiveCliftonR Wooldridge's"Never-Fail"System ForDetectingandOutwittingAllClassesof GraftersandSwindlers COPYRIGHT,1908, BY CLIFTONR WOOLDRIDGE ChicagoPublishingCo., 83-91PlymouthPlace, Chicago PREFACE In presenting this work to the public the author has no apologies to make nor favorstoask ItisasimplehistoryofhisconnectionwiththePoliceDepartment ofChicago,compiledfromhisownmemoranda,thenewspapers,andtheofficial records Thematterhereincontaineddiffersfromthoserecordsonlyindetails, as many facts are given in the book which have never been made public The authorhasnodispositiontomalignanyone,andnamesareusedonlyincasesin which the facts are supported by the archives of the Police Department and of the criminal court In the conscientious discharge of his duties as an officer of thelaw,theauthorhasinallcasesstudiedthemodeoflegalprocedure Hisaim hasbeensolelytoprotectsocietyandthetaxpayer,andtopunishtheguilty The evidences of his sincerity accompany the book in the form of letters from the highest officers in the city government, from the mayor down to the precinct captain, and furnish overwhelming testimony as to his endeavors to serve the public faithfully and honestly No effort has been made to bestow self-praise, andwherethisoccurs,itisonlyareproduction,perhapsindifferentlanguage,of thecommentsindulgedinbythenewspapersofChicagoandothercities,whose reportersareamongthebrightestandmosttalentedyoungmeninallthewalks and professions of life To them the officer acknowledges his obligations in many instances Often he has worked hand-in-hand with them They have traveledwithhiminthedeadhoursofthenight,inhiseffortstosuppresscrime or track a criminal, and have often given him assistance in the way of suggestions Henowsubmitshisworkandhisrecordtothepublic,hopingitwillgivehima kindlyreception TABLEOFCONTENTS Preface 7-8 Testimonials 11 BiographyoftheAuthor 27 GraftNation'sWorstFoe 51 The"Never-Fail"SystemtoBeattheGet-Rich-QuickSwindles 112 TheBestRulesforHealth 116 MatrimonialAgentsCoiningCupid'sWiles 119 TheGreatMistake OurPenalSystemisaRelicofEarlySavagery 192 Vagrants,WhoandWhy 204 TheYoungCriminalsandHowTheyAreBredinChicago 230 WilesofFortuneTelling 246 WifeorGallows 267 ACleverShopLifter(FaintingBertha) 272 Front 284 TheCriminal'sLastChanceGone 288 BurglaryaScience 311 CellTermsfor"Con"Men 341 Panel-HouseThieves 348 GamblingandCrime 358 AHeartlessFraud 401 TheBogusMine 409 AGiantSwindle 418 Quacks 426 FabulousLossesinBigTurfFrauds 448 FakeDrugVendors 462 Bucket-Shop 471 On"SureThings."HowtoLearnTheirRealCharacter 482 HugeSwindlesBared 487 TheSocialEvil 500 SuppressManufactureandSaleofDangerousWeapons GettingSomethingforNothing WantAd Fakers MillionaireBankerandBrokerArrested DoraMcDonald MikeMcDonald 508 517 527 533 551 581 PUBLISHER'SPREFACE ThetwoarchenemiesofhappinessandprosperityaretheDevilandtheGrafter ThechurchisfightingtheDevil,thelawisfightingtheGrafter Thegreatmass of human beings, as they journey along the pathway of life, know not the dangers that lie in wait from these two sources Honest themselves, credulous andinnocent,theytrusttheirfellowman Statisticsshowthatfour-fifthsofallyoungmenandwomen,andnine-tenthsof thewidowsareswindledoutofthemoneyandpropertythatcomestothemby inheritance Everyyearthousandsoflaboringmenspendtheirhardearningsand beggar their families by falling in traps laid for them Thousands of innocent girls and women, struggling for a respectable livelihood, fall victims to the demonswhotrafficinhumanhonor TheGraftersspendmillionsuponmillionsofdollarsannuallyinadvertisingin Americaalone ThereisnotaPostOfficeinthelandwhereeverymaildoesnot carrytheirappealsandthievingschemes;andtheycollecthundredsofmillions of dollars annually from the trusting public The State and National Governmentsspendmillionsofdollarsayearintryingtocatchandcurbthese grafters Some of Satan's worst grafters are found in the church, working the brethren;andhehasthembythousandsineverywalkoflife Theobjectofthisbookistoprotectthepublicbyjoininghandswiththechurch andthegovernmentintheirworkagainsttheDevilandtheGrafter Theauthor revealsandexposestheGrafterwithhisschemes,histraps,hispitfallsandhis victims The reader of this book will be fortified and armed with knowledge, factsandlaw,thatshouldforeverprotecthim,hisfamilyandhisfriendsfromthe wilesoftheGrafters Itiswiththeconfidencethatthisworkfillsanimperativeneed,andthatitshould be in the hands of every minister, every physician, every teacher and every motherandfatherintheland,thattheauthorandpublishersenditforthonwhat theybelievetobeamissionofgoodtotheworld isnottheleastsolaceformymanymisfortunesthatIhavebeenable tosavemanygirlsfromcontinuingtheirwaywardcareers "Somuchfortheliescirculatedaboutmefortwentyyears Inever saw Father Price after he left Chicago, nor Father Moysant after I wenttoMrs McGuire's Bothareliving,sofarasIknow,butwhere, Idonotknow." But the records show, according to Mrs Mary McDonald, that her husband repented of the wrongs he had heaped upon her, and called her to his bedside whenhewasdying,acknowledgingherashiswife,andbeggingherforgiveness Theywerereunited,andafewdayslaterMcDonalddied OPPOSEDBYDOCUMENTS ForMrs DoraMcDonald,ontheotherhand,anentirelydifferentcaseismade out by her attorney, Colonel James Hamilton Lewis He said that he had procured new evidence in the shape of affidavits and sworn statements of witnessesinthesuitfordivorcebroughtby"Mike"McDonaldagainstMaryC McDonald in 1889, and letters in the handwriting of Mary McDonald, and others Thedivorcebill,accordingtoColonelLewis,wasfiledintheSuperiorCourtof CookCountyonSeptember11,1889 Inthecomplaint,McDonaldallegedthat he married his first wife November 20, 1870, and lived with her until May 1, 1889 He alleged misconduct in the complaint, naming Joseph Moysant, or Father Moysant, a renegade priest, and gave dates and places of alleged misconduct He also alleged that Mrs McDonald had fled to France with Moysant,andthatshewasnotaresidentofChicago,ortheStateofIllinois JOINTLETTERSINEVIDENCE Letters were offered in evidence which were alleged to have come from Mrs McDonaldtowomenfriends SomeofthesearesaidtohavebeensignedMrs J Moysant, and to have been partly in the handwriting of Mrs McDonald and partlyinthehandwritingofMoysant Theselettersaresaidtohaveshownthat Mrs McDonaldhadaknowledgeofthedivorcesuitpendingagainsther An attempt was also made to prove that Mrs McDonald was deeded certain propertybyMcDonaldinconnectionwiththedivorceproceedings,andthatshe negotiatedanddisposedofthatpropertyinpart,thus,acquiescinginthetermsof possessionandestablishingthelegalityofthedivorce Mrs MaryMcDonald,nowawhite-hairedwomanupwardofsixty,declaresthat she has brought suit to establish her legal status as the widow of "Mike" McDonaldforthesakeofhertwosons,GuyandCassius,forwhomshedesires to clear her name of any stain Her petition for an injunction restraining the trusteesoftheestatefrompayingtoMrs DoraMcDonaldanymoneyasdower rightswasheardbyJudgeBarnesonNovember18 The contest was long and bitter between the attorneys Crimination and recriminationflewthickandfast Intheend,however,JudgeBarnesdecidedthat thedivorceofMikeMcDonaldfromMaryNoonanMcDonaldwaslegal,thatthe law could not go back of the records, and that, therefore, Mary Noonan McDonaldwasnotentitledtoanyshareoftheMcDonaldestate But the sordid contest over the ill-gotten money of the gambling king was not yetatend DoraMcDonaldfailedtopayherattorney'sfees,andtheestatewas again brought into the courts on an injunction obtained by James Hamilton Lewis,whothreatenstothrowtheestateintoinvoluntarybankruptcy Thusthelongbattleovertaintedgaingoeson Letthosewhothinkgamblingan easy way to wealth and power read aright the lesson of the life of Mike McDonald;onecontinualtissueoflaw-breaking,imprisonment,divorce,scandal uponscandal,murder,adultery,leavinganamecoveredoverandassociatedwith all vileness, all the mud and slime of society, to go down to the grave with a broken heart Is that an alluring spectacle? Is such a life worth living? Who wouldemulateit? TheDEVILandTHEGRAFTER HAVEYOUREAD TheDevil and theGrafter And how they work together to Deceive, Swindle and Destroy Mankind A ThrillingandGraphicStoryofTruthStrangerthanFiction How a great army of 600,000 criminals in America, under the influence, guidanceandleadershipofSatanwagecontinuedwarwithjustice,law,society andreligion BY CliftonR Wooldridge TheWorld'sGreat CRIMINOLOGIST ANDDETECTIVE Aftertwentyyearsofheroicwarfareandscoresofhairbreadthescapes,inwhich hesufferedwoundsandbruisesbythehundreds,andbaffleddeathsooftenthat his criminal enemies declare "he leads a charmed life." Mr Wooldridge, while still"intheharness,"hasgiventhisvolumetothepublicwiththebeliefthatheis sendingforthabookwithamissionofgoodtotheworld Nomaninallourcountryissofearedbyevildoersofallclassesastheauthorof thisrevelationofthewaysandwilesofwickedmenandwomen,whograftand swindle,robandcorrupttheirfellowsindefianceoflawandjustice "The Incorruptible Sherlock Holmes of America" is the title by which Mr Wooldridge is favorably known Hundreds of times large and tempting bribes havebeenofferedhimbywealthycriminals;thousandsofdollarsatatimemight havebeenhisfora"wink"atanefariouspractice,orfortheloosingofhishold uponarichcriminal'swrist ButlikeCæsar'swife,hestands"abovesuspicion." He is still a poor man, but deeply and earnestly studying the science of criminology, laboring and lecturing for the cure of crime by wise laws and scientificmeans—declaringhimselftobetheenemyofcrime,butthefriendof thecriminal,whosediseaseofcrimehebelievescanbecured,andthatitishis mission to help the world suppress crime and find out the way for its elimination Withanaimsolofty,andamotivesopure,thegoodpeopleofeveryreligion,all trades,allprofessionsandallclassesareinheartysympathy,andthecirculation ofthisbookwillnotonlyservetowarnthepeopleagainstthesnaresandpitfalls oftheDevilandtheGrafter(intowhichthousandsofnewvictimsfallandone hundredandsixtymillionsofdollarsofthepeople'smoneyarelosteveryyear), but it will tend to make Grafting impossible and turn the Grafters into honest, legitimatechannelsandgoodcitizenship This Book should be in the Hands of Every Minister, every doctor, every student,everyteacher,farmer,businessman,mechanicandlaborer,everywife and widow—statistics show that ninety widows out of every hundred are swindledoutofwhattheirhusbandsleavethem Itshouldbeinthereachofall, male and female, for there is not a postoffice in all the land where the mail, every time it comes, does not bring the alluring literature of the Grafter to swindleortempttheunwary PRICE CLOTH,ILLUSTRATED $1.00 HANDSUP!INTHEWORLDOFCRIME HANDSUP INTHEWORLDOFCRIME OR12YEARS ADETECTIVE byCLIFTONR WOOLDRIDGE Chicago'sFamousDetective ABOOKOF Thrillingdescriptionsaboutthe captureofBandits,Robbers, PanelHouseWorkers,Confidence Menandhundredsofother criminalsofallkinds TELLSINGRAPHICMANNER HowCriminalsofallclasses operate,illustrationsshowing arrestsofMurderers,SafeBlowers, DiamondThieves,Procuresses ofYoungGirls,etc.,etc Thecontentsofthisbookisanarrativeoftheauthorstwelveyears'experience on the Chicago police force His long and successful experience with the criminal classes justly fitted him for the work of bringing before the public in presentableformthemanyandinterestingfeaturesofadetective'slife Indetailhetellsthestoryofhislife,andwithoutcoloringofanykindproduces anaccurateaccountofhistwelveyears'experience,manytimesunderfire;his famous efforts to apprehend criminals, who, by means of revolvers and other conceivablemethodstriedtofighttheirwaytoliberty The book contains over 500 pages, is profusely illustrated from specially drawnpicturesandphotographsofdesperatecriminalsandlaw-breakers,suchas murderers,highwaymen,safeblowers,bankrobbers,diamondthieves,burglars, porch climbers, shop lifters, bicycle thieves, box car thieves, lottery swindlers, gamblers, women footpads, panel-house thieves, confidence men, pickpockets, procuresses of young girls for immoral purposes, women gamblers, levee characters,etc This great production is not a ponderous volume filled with dry statistics, but madeupofthrillingaccountswhichdepictthemostnoteworthyincidentsinthe livesofcriminalsinlargecities DuringDetectiveWooldridge'sserviceontheforcehehasmade20,000arrests, secured125penitentiaryconvictions,recovered$75,000worthoflostandstolen property,whichwasreturnedtoitsrightfulowners;seventy-livegirlsunderage wererescuedbyhimfromhousesofill-fameandalifeofshameandreturnedto theirparentsorguardiansorsenttotheJuvenileSchoolorHouseoftheGood Shepherd ItiswellknowninpolicecirclesthatDetectiveWooldridgehasrefusedatmany different times, bribes of from $500 to $4,000; $10,000 was offered for his discharge or transfer from the levee district by criminals against whom he had wagedawarfare HehaslettersfromCarterH Harrison,themayor,threestate'sattorneys,eight chiefsofpolice,threeassistantchiefs,sixinspectors,ninelieutenants,sixpolice justicesandotherstoonumeroustomention,whichtestimonialsareprintedin the book together with their autographs The book contains all the General SuperintendentsofPoliceofChicagofrom1855to1901 DetectiveWooldridgehasawonderfulrecordinpoliceannals PRICE CLOTH,ILLUSTRATED $1.00 PAPER,ILLUSTRATED 50c Transcriber'sNotes Minor punctuation errors have been silently corrected Some illustrations have descriptions addedforthebenefitoftheplaintextversionreaders TitlePage:Changed"COVICTIONS"to"CONVICTIONS." (Orig:200PENITENTIARYCOVICTIONS) TitlePage:Changed"CRIMINAL"to"CRIMINALS." (Orig:ANARMYOF600,000CRIMINALATWARWITHSOCIETYANDRELIGION) TableofContents:Addedlistingsforthelast15chapters Changed"Wails"to"Wiles"and"Tellers"to"Telling"tomatchthe chaptertitle:"WilesofFortuneTelling." (Orig:WailsofFortuneTellers) Page28:Changed"acomplished"to"accomplished." (Orig:itwasacomplishedsuccessfully.) Page28:Changed"connetion"to"connection." (Orig:heseveredhisconnetionwiththerailroad) Page32:Women'snamesomittedinoriginalbookafterthesentence: (Orig:Thefollowingarethenamesofthewomenarrested:) Page38:Changed"rerevolver"to"revolver." (Orig:hepushedhisrerevolverinWooldridge'sface.) Page46:Changed"Woolridge"to"Wooldridge." (Orig:OneofthelastexploitsofDetectiveWoolridge) Page51:Openingquotesretained;noclosingquotesinoriginal (Orig:"A'grafter'isonewhomakeshisliving(andsometimeshis fortune)by'grafting.') Page71:Retained"salonkeepers,"possibletypofor"saloonkeepers." (Orig:salonkeepersandothersthatbuythem) Page92:Changed"phychological"to"psychological." (Orig:whatheconsiderstherightphychologicalmoment,) Page97:Changed"knowns"to"knows." (Orig:itisn'tbecausethepublicknownsanymorethan) Page110:Retained"senualist;"possiblyatypofor"sensualist." (Orig:itisthesenualistwhoseviceisreadinhislips,) Page114:Changed"POSSSESED"to"POSSESSED." (Orig:THEBANKERWILLENDLIFEPOSSSESEDOFWEALTH) Page115:Changed"OFERED"to"OFFERED." (Orig:INWHICHTHEYWEREMAILEDAREOFEREDWITHTHEM.) Page125:Changed"allegitimate"to"illegitimate." (Orig:hewasinanallegitimatebusiness,) Page134:Changed"weathy"to"wealthy." (Orig:tenortwelveweathyladies,) Page136:Changed"LosAngelese"to"LosAngeles." Page137:Changed"is"to"it." (Orig:giveittheconsiderationisdeserves.) Page140:Retained"Caverley,"possibletypofor"Caverly." (Orig:wasarrestedandfined$15byCaverley.) Page173:Changed"shoudl"to"should." (Orig:tofindifthereshoudlbeachord) Page203:Changed"vigliance"to"vigilance." (Orig:heisundertheeternalviglianceofourpolice) Page222:Changed"snoke"to"smoke." (Orig:Idon'tsnoke.) Page240:Changed"nof"to"not." (Orig:"Sophomoric"periodisnoffullypassed.) Page283:Changed"Dicharged"to"Discharged." (Orig:Insaneasylum,Nevada,Mo Dichargedafterseveralescapes.) Page294:Changed"indentification"to"identification." (Orig:thefingerprintindentification.) Page296:Changed"lot"to"lost." (Orig:sailorhaslothishonorabledischargepaper) Page301:Changed"rougues"to"rogues." (Orig:spreadingthroughtherougues'galleries) Page347:Openingquotesretained;noclosingquotesinoriginal (Orig:eachwitnessclaimedthatthe"contractwascoveredupandtheywereshownjustthe partofthepaperonwhichwasthespaceforsignature;andDaubachperformedmanyactsin furtheranceoftheconspiracy.) Page351:Changed"slighest"to"slightest." (Orig:Itmakesnottheslighestdifference) Page360:Changed"is"to"it." (Orig:Thisisnotmerelybecauseisloosensgeneralmorality) Page370:Changed"cildhood"to"childhood." (Orig:towardspeculation,evenfromcildhood.) Page373:Changed"nickle's"to"nickel's." (Orig:goodforanickle'sworth) Page378:Retained"sideway,"possibletypofor"slideway." (Orig:clampreferredtodownthroughthesideway) Page382:Sentencepossiblymissing"do"after"to." (Orig:Veryfewareexpertenoughtothistrickwithoutdetection Page387:Changed"sailers"to"sailors." (Orig:thegoodsweresoldtosoldiersandsailers.) Page406:Changed"torents"to"torrents." (Orig:therainwhichwasbeatingdownintorents) Page408:Incompletesentenceinoriginalbook (Orig:Hiscounselaskedforthearrestofjudgmentsohemight havetimetowriteuptherecordandpresentittothe) Page419:Changed"mammonth"to"mammoth." (Orig:Prisoneraccusedasprincipalinmammonthswindlingplot) Page462:Changed"numerious"to"numerous." (Orig:clearChicagoofitsnumerious"Fake"patentmedicine) Page465:Changed"Lavatories"to"Laboratories." (Orig:ColumbusLavatoriesconductedthetests.) Page465:Retained"either,"possibletypofor"ether." (Orig:Aristolissolubleineither,andmakesadarkbrown) Page467:Changed"sppply"to"supply." (Orig:Ihaveinstockandcansppplywithoutdelay.) Page468:Changed"Sargeant"to"Sergeant." (Orig:DeskSargeantMikeWhite) Page471:Retainedoriginal300,000,000butthemathisincorrect Page494:Changed"felling"to"feeling." (Orig:thetrustinginvestorthefellingthatthereisastronghand) Page514:Retained"grizzy,"possibletypofor"grizzly." (Orig:lookoutforIndiansandgrizzybears.) Page563:RetainedJosephKoehy/Koehlyvariations Page565:Changed"answr"to"answer." (Orig:toanswrforthemurderofWebsterGuerin) Page568:Changed"women"to"woman." 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