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THE LONG ARM OF THE PR I EADED Bvl TMCLE SAMS New Secth Service ihe Bureau of Investigation Em ploys Men in All Walks of Life Overspreads Overspreads the Country Asks No Odds and Qm No Quarter that ihe fof mer broker pleaded guilty and suffered a heavy fine in addition to a j term In prUen j Herbert S Robinson known t New j j York as Peanuts Robinson has for many years ueen a successful lenemsr in lmmiarrBtlnn law y other f Stanley W Finch the chief oMhe bureau bureau of investigation heard about the ease He searched his head for tt moment moment and then sent a messenger to the law library for a copy of the Canadian A brief perusal of the hard - earned money With four kindred spirits he started In 1004 the Ed ward A Waurhn Company in Mlnne - I apolis Thousands of dollars poured in i from persons who desired to invest their iononey in the grain market Postoffloe I inspectors yrer about to close lit on them I when the men beeamo alarraed and fled Wftughn was apprehended in Denver will deport - any alen who has committed committed any crime Involving moral turpitude A letter to the Canadian authorities followed followed requesting them to apprehend and deport the saucy letter writer Peanuts had plenty of money and fought the ease vigorously but his - writ of habeas corpus was dismissed by the ORGANIZED in July 1908 the bureau of Investigation of the Department of Justice Is today one of the most highly perfected perfected detective machines on earth Its special agents scattered all over the country from coast to coast are fighting fraud and crime of almost every conceivable conceivable description and from rascal to rascal rascal the word has been passed along that the B I asks no odds and glvfes no quarter These men have been chosen from nearly nearly every walk of life Expert accountants commercial investigators private detectives detectives former secret service operators experts experts on railroad and steamship affairs stenographers laborers and linguists of all sorts are to be found among them having been tempted to abandon their former callings by reason of the high pay of the new division and the romantic nature of his flve - year term The Department Justice is no respecter of persons The notorious sugar frauds which resulted resulted In the payment to the government of approximately 3000000 originated with - t0 undergo two years partment The case turned out to be an Intricate one and the aid of the Depart - and was sentenced to fifteen months im - uanaaiaiL courts ana two speciaijigents prisonment PcaSuts together with1 ot the a woro waItlnS r Wni when John L Lane and Frank E Hohlday hI n crossed the border line one went to New York and started a new TParm mernlng In Jane ot this year scheme They were located arrested and Peanuts will not have to pay for his taiten to St Paul for trial They were meals for the next two years to come sentenced to pay a fine of 5000 each and and his letter - writing proclivities may Imprisonment i only o exercised semimonthly during Peanuts appealed and was released the sarae period upjsf ft Hean - hoTT - i - Three - quarters of a mlllloa dollars of wnea tne um fa fns amrfflatlan ef f the eoneealed aesets of Gaynor and ment of Justice was sought Affents of H 71 Tr mAm zk J uaynor ana the bureau of Investigation were placed I tflS 2 H SLLif III2222 S A at work and they soon succeeded in Hn ing up the crpoks and preparing the eeea iot the courts In other words Jtfp Parr pressed the button and the B I did the rest Some time ago a customs broker Mr Hollander was Indicted for undervaluation undervaluation fraud He fled the country The long arm of the bureau of investigation stretched across the sea and brought him back The case was so skillfully prepared neap he pressed the bardenta Canada and toon up his reafdgnee In Montreal The estradUJen tfeaty hetweeft Gaaada and th United gtates doeg not mention - the erime et udng the mails with fraudulent fraudulent intent and Peanuts felt absolutely absolutely safe In fact he felt so safe that he figuratively made faces at the Post - offlce Department by sending saucy letters letters to the chief inspector from time to time by man ef the Pepartmeftt of Justice E I Johnson an expert geoeuntant and United gtatea Distriet Attorney Marlon Erwin of gayaanah Ga are entitled ta a share of the credit for recovering this substantial part of the 2080080 harbor dredging frauds of 1887 One of the - most spectacular raids ever made en a get - rlch - qulck cepcern was accomplished accomplished last Lecember when thespe - clal agents - descended upon the offices of the Capital Investment Company In Chicago Chicago Four branch offices pf the company were visited simultaneously as were out - of - town branches in Aurora Jpllet and Elgin Thus eight raids wre going on at the same time More than 75 prisoners werertaken and 25 employes and partners were held on warrants which specified that the company company was a gigantic bucket shop When the special agent entered the main office of the concern at the head of a number of local policemen a telephone girl asked what was wanted We want the whole works shouted the agent As he spoke a policeman lifted her bodily out of her seat at the switchboard and then pulled out every plug in the board thus cutting off all communication communication The agent then entered the telegraph room and addressed a score of operators briefly and to the - polnt Every one of you men take your fingers fingers off your instruments and back up against the wall Twenty - six branches of the company scattered thrpugh eight middle Western States were raided and closed upon the day following the wholesale arrests in Chicago The crusade against the bucket shops which began April 30 1910 with the clos - lngof Morrison Maier of 44 Broad street New York came to a climax last September when the Broad street office of Barney Sheftels Company was denuded denuded of Its expensive furniture and the

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  1. The Washington Post,
  2. 20 Aug 1911, Sun,
  3. Page 4

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