Frederic B. Wright.

A practical handbook on the distillation of alcohol from farm products, including the processes of malting : mashing and mascerating : fermenting and distilling alcohol from grain, beets, potatoes, molasses, etc., with chapters of alcoholometry and the denaturing of alcohol ... online

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The Durant Case, by Officer Peter Fanning 17

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Master Burglar Arrested 19

Covering All the Beats 20

Health Hints, by Professor Al. Williams 22

Widows' and Orphans' Association Meet 24

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No. 1.


Games and Tricks of the Bunco Man

By Leslie C. Gillen, Police Reporter for The Chronicle, Who Submits in This Issue the Third Installment

of a Series on the Tricks and Games of the Will/ Bunco Men and the Detectives Who Match

Wits With Them and Rid the City of Their Kind.


Leslie C. Gillci

Three things in the makeup of
humans are great assets to the
bunco man. Those three things
that make prey for the bunco man
are a mistaken idea of one's smart-
ness, being too quick at making
friends and greed.

The easiest sucker for a bunco
man to pick is one who thinks he
knows it all and that nobody can put anything
over on him. Such a sucker becomes so saturated
with this idea of himself that he begins to think
that no one would dare to try anything crooked
on him and then, he is easy prey for the crudest
kind of a bunco game.

A sucker who possesses a "Happy Hooligan
nature," that is, being eager and ready to talk to
any stranger, is another easy mark. It is pretty
hard for a bunco or con man to pluck a fellow who
minds his own business and goes his way without
being too solicitous for the feelings of an affable
stranger who addresses him on the street. This
is just why Italians, Spaniai'ds, Austrians and
other foreigners are usually the prey of buncos.
It stands to reason that a foreigner in a strange
land is always gratified to meet a fellow country-
man. It is the same as an American in a foreign
country, meeting a person who speaks the Eng-
lish tongue. Hence, when a hard-working for-
eigner is greeted by an affable fellow countryman,
the hunger in his heart for his own kind comes to
the surface and he lays his trust with the fellow.
Greed is one of the greatest ways for a sucker
to lose his hai'd-earned cash. If he is greedy to
make more money he will lose control of what little
caution he possesses in the sight of any easy way

of making a pile. The bunco man always has a
golden opportunity to offer and with this seem-
ingly within reach, the sucker's greed will almost
invariably cause him to cast everything aside and
even stoop to dishonesty to gain the easy profit.
When a sucker becomes dishonest or is ready to
be dishonest, he is so easy that perhaps he malres
some bunco artists blush at taking his roll with
such ease. But the separator is always pul on and
when the sucker finds that it was some one wise
who was dishonest and who mad3 all the profit,
through his own foolhardiness, he v.ake3 up and
perhaps it will be a little mere diCcu.t next time
to catch him napping.

As a matter of fact a great r.iajcri'.y of thj
bunco games requ'i-e a sucle:* who is v.'!iolJy or
partially devoid of honest scruy.les. TaAe the
case of Evanoff alias Prochaski, the Russian bun-
co man, mentioned in a previous article. Evanoff
had a device which he represented to be a money-
making machine and delclared it turned off such
perfect counterfeit currency bills that they could
not be detected even by an expert. Of course
what he really turned out of his machine were
brand new genuine currency bills. The suckers
that fell for his gag were really dishonest them-
selves. The bought the money-making machine
from him with visions of sitting back for the
rest of their lives turning out counterfeit bills,
gyping the government. That was all right. But,
when they found that Evanoff had taken advan-
tage of their own dishonesty and had gyped them
they squawked to the high heavens that Evanoff
was a crook. And, Sergeant Hoertkom declares,
they unblushingly told him that they had bought
the machine because they thought it was a soft

Page 6


November, 1923

way of making themselves comfortable for the
rest of their lives. As a matter of fact there is
no law which quite covers such dishonest suckers.
They had the intention of turning out counterfeit
bills but that had not really been done. Hence,
the law could not give them the same punishment
it could give EvanofF, which they rightly deserved.

Evanoff was a clever fellow. A fellow one
could hardly help but admire as a master in his
crooked line. He never lost his nerve for a sec-
ond and even when he was arrested he gave the
arresting officer an uneasy few moments for fear
he had made a mistake and was picking on an
honest and righteous citizen. It is not alwa.vs
the detectives that pick up these buncs. Oft-
times an officer patrolling a beat is fortunate
enough to trip across a bunc who is being sought
by all the sleuths in the counti'y. The arrest of
Evanoff came about in just this way. The arrest-
ing officer was Corporal John Quinlan who at that
time was on traffic duty on Market street. One
of the victims Evanoff had swindled was the own-
er of a shooting gallery and in his employ was a
particularly bright girl who had seen Evanoff
talking to her boss and later had learned how her
boss was swindled.

Walking along Market
street on her way to lunch
this day the girl suddenly
saw a man who closely re-
sembled Evanoff. Nearby
was Officer Quinlan and
the girl speedily sum-
moned him and pointed

out the suspect. S„^^^„, .^homa, Hoertkorn

"I think that man is »"'' Detective Morris Harris

Evanoff, the Russian bunco man, and wanted by
the police," said the girl.

"Well, take a good look at him and make sure,"
Quinlan advised her kindly.

Just then the man turned around and the girl
became perplexed.

"Now I am not so sure," she quavered. "He
didn't have glasses on when I saw him."

"You stay behind and I'll see what I can do,"
said Quinlan, and he walked to a point within a
few feet of the suspect and stood looking at him.
The suspect stared boldly back at Quinlan and
then moved on a few feet and pretended to be
looking in a window. Quinlan walked up to him
and said:

"I think we want you at police headquarters,
Mr. Evanoff."

"I beg your pardon," said the man in a patron-
izing way, "I am not Mr. Evanoff and I do not
think the police want me. I am waiting for my
wife who is shopping in this store."

"Well, I am sure we want you," persisted Quin-
lan, looking the suspect square in the eye.

"Well," said the other, with a grim smile, "I am
very sure you do not want me. And let me tell
you something, officer. I am very sure that if
you carry on this fool mistake of yours any fur-
ther that considerable trouble will result and the
trouble will be all yours. I can readily identify
myself as a respected man in this community. A
close friend of your Chief and I do not care to
make trouble for anyone, but if you subject me ti,
any further embarrassment I shall be forced to
assert my constitutional rights and make things
very unpleasant."

Quinlan was far from being at his ease bu'
somehow his police instinct told him he had the
right man so he stood firm and said :

"Well, I am going to risk all that and arrest
you as Evanoff, the Russian bunco man. If I
am wrong you may go as far as you like. Come
along with me."

Evanoff smiled, good naturedly.

"Very well, officer," he said. "But just a mo-
ment, before we start. Did you drop that."

Evanoff pointed to the sidewalk at their feet
and there lay a $500 currency bill.

"No", said Quinlan. "I did not drop that. You
dropped it and you can pick it up again because
you are going to need all you have for bail."

Evanoff winked slyly and persisted :

"I am quite sure that is yours, officer. I think
you dropped it out of your pocket."

Quinlan shook his head.

"You've made one big mistake," he said, "I'm
not the same breed of cattle as you are, Evanoff.
Strange as it may seem to you, you've happened
to bump up against an honest man. Pick up your
bill and come on."

"All right, old chap," said Evanoff, and his pol-
ished manner relaxed a little. "Can't rule out a
guy for trying can you. Y'"ou got the goods and
I know when I'm licked. Do we walk or ride."

It was Evanoff, sure enough.

But this little incident goes to show that even
in the tightest places the bunc holds his nerve and
resorts to his talent as an actor. With an officer
a httle less game than Quinlan, Evanoff, clever
crook that he was, miglit have talked himself out
of it. With a dishonest officer, his coy way of of-
fering a generous bribe would surely have saved
him and he'd have flitted to some other part of
the globe in quest of more easy money.

(Another installment will appear in next issue)

No matter how tough the traffic gets of an eve-
ning on Van Ness avenue, Officer Jack Lyons
handles it all with a smile.

Don't forget the forger is a clever man and a
hint to the banker.

November, 1923


Page 7


Murderers of Chief Meehan Captured

Esedlent "Worh of Local Detectives Co-operating with Sheriff Lampkiii of San Mateo County Brings
About Arrest of Two Bandits.

Last September Chief of Police Arthur Meehan
of San Bruno, one of the best known and most
efficient officers, especially regarding traffic cases
in the State, was ruthlessly shot and killed by
two bandits as he was giving them chase after he
had been told they were the ones who drove
through a safety gate of the Southern Pacific on
San Bruno avenue.

Meehan died shooting as he fell with his body
riddled with bullets by the men in the car.

It was a crime which presented but meager
clues. As in many cases of San Mateo county.
Chief of Police Daniel J. O'Brien and Captain of
Detectives Matheson went to the aid of the sister
county, looked over the situation,' and assured
Sheriff Lampkin and District Attorney Swartz
they would do all in their power to apprehend the

The chief and the captain detailed George Mc-
Loughlin and Leo Bunner of the San Francisco
Police Department to Sheriff Lampkin with in-
structions to get the men who shot Meehan. This
is the story of the two detectives, whose record
for solving murder and robbery cases have al-
most become uncanny.

"With instructions from Captain Matheson that
we do everything in our power to apprehend the
murderers of Chief Meehan we at once reported
to Sheriff Lampkin.

"We were given a free hand by the sheriff and
the heartiest of co-operation. When we got any-
thing that looked promising we reported to the
sheriff and he was as prompt with us. We finally
got a lead that caused us to believe Frank Tanko
(alias) Joseph Murphy was connected in some
way with the crime. We got hold of him and after
quizzing him we felt more convinced, but for some
time he stood pat. We finally did break him
down and he told us all about the deed, clearing
himself, however. He admitted it was his younger
brother Joseph and Floyd Hall who were the oc-
cupants of the car that carried the murderers
of Chief Meehan.

The next thing was to get Young Tanko and
Hall. We could get no trace of them, though we
ran into many leads coupling them up with sev-
eral robberies in this and neighboring cities.

"Early in October checking with Los Angeles,
we find a watch taken from a prisoner in the Los
Angeles county jail, the prisoners giving the
names of Frank Rowlins and Floyd Hall."

"They were picked up and given ninety days."

"In checking this watch we found it had been
stolen from a man here and that Tanko was the
man who had taken it. With this the most im-
portant clue we hastened to Los Angeles with
Sheriff Lampkin and after a talk with the boys,
telling them of all the information we had against
them, they made the following confession:

" 'We were driving down some road out of San
Francisco in a Ford automobile hired in San Fran-
cisco, when we hit a crossing gate. We kept on
going and after coming into a cross road saw

Detective Sergeants George McLoughlin and Leo Bunner
Who Captured Meehan's Slayers.

what looked like a man on a motorcycle following
us and crying out to halt. He pulled a gun and
I pulled mine (Floyd Hall speaking) I don't know
who shot first and did not know we had killed
the man until the next morning when I read the
news in the papers. We had been drinking and
did not even remember where the gate was we
run through.

" 'We went to a pool hall in South San Francisco ;
here we did learn that it was a 'bull' I had shot.
I told Frank Tanko that his brother was shot in
the hand and to take care of him. We went to a
hotel on Sutter near Fillmore street and later we
left going to Los Angeles.

" 'We did not have money enough to get us
further and I had the gun on me that I killed
Meehan with when the Los Angeles officers ar-
rested me. It is in the property clerk's office
there.' "

Sergeant McLoughlin then said, "We brought
the two prisoners back and they were put in the
Redwood City jail until their trial. They were
tried by a jury which could not agree as to the
death penalty or life imprisonment. The case was
tried again this month and the jury found them
guilty and placed the penalty at life imprison-

Officer Hanley of the Central station, one of the young
boys on the day watch, says he never used a stick to
bring a prisoner in yet.

Page 8


November, 1923

Civil Service Secrets

fill Ivan N. IIaboevich, Well Known Attorney, Who Gives Interesting Dctiiits of Test for Police Officer.

Other Articles Will Follow.


The scope of the last ex-
amination conducted for
promotion from Corporal to
Sergeant in the Police De-
partment held on January
11, 1923, includes the fol-

First: Relative Capacity
and Knowledge of Laws

Ivan N. Maroevich and Duties 60 Credits

Second : Writing of Report 10 Credits

Third: Form of Report 5 Credits

Fourth : Seniority of Services ..10 Credits

Fifth : Experiences as a Corporal 5 Credits

Sixth : Meritorious Public Service 10 Credits

Every applicant upon securing a place upon the
elegible list, before certification for appointment
must pass a medical examination before the Police
Surgeon showing that he is physically qualified
to perform the duties of a Sergeant of Police.

As in the case of every examination conducted
by the Civil Service Commission, regarding the
Police Department, the applicants are given more
work in each of the various tests of the examina-
tion than the participants are expected to finish
and they are graded in like manner.

In reference to seniority of service the candi-
date will be rated as follows, based upon service
in the Police Department:

One year, 10 credits; 2 years, 30 credits; 3
years, 60 credits ; 4 years, 70 credits ; 5 years, 80
credits; 7 years, 90 credits; 8 years 92 credits;
9 years, 94 credits; 10 years, 95 credits, and the
remaining five credits will be awarded pro rata
for services had in excess of ten years — the senior
candidate being awarded the maximum credits,

He will be credited for his experiences as a Cor-
poral in the following manner :
24 months' experience as Corporal ...100 credits
18 months' experience as Corporal .... 90 credits
12 months' experience as Corporal .... 80 credits
6 months' experience as Corporal .... .50 credits

Intermediate periods will not be rated.

Under meritorious service the applicant will be
granted credits not exceeding 20 for acts of merit,
in any case, which in the judgment of the Civil
Service Commission may seem just and proper.
Eighty credits will be allowed for a clean record
as a member of the Police Department and de-
ductions, not exceeding a total of 80 credits, will

be made in accordance with the following sched-
ule for each conviction on charge before the Police

Charges Deductions

Absence from beat 20 Credits

Exceeding authority 20 Ci'edits

Insubordination ...25 Credits

Neglect of Duty 20 Credits

Asleep on Duty 20 Credits

Assault - 40 Credits

Cowardice .....80 Credits

Intoxication 50 Credits

All other offenses.... 20 Credits

Corporals under permanent appointment who
have not served the probationary period of six
months may participate in the examination, but
they will not be certified for appointment as
Sergeant until after they have satisfactorily
served the probationary period as Coi-poral.

The first test to be answered is arithmetic on
wOiich subject fifteen questions are asked and
the following of which are a fair example:

1. If you saved $12 a month for 11 months,
how many dollars did you save?


2. If a man spent % of his money and had $50
left, how many dollars had he at first?


3. If a ferryboat crosses the bay, a distance
of 4 miles, at the rate of 12 miles per hour, how-
many minutes does it take to make the ti-ip?


4. A real estate dealer bought some land for
$12,000. He divided it into lots and sold it for
$15,000, making $250 on each lot. How many lots
were there?


5. If two cities known to be 100 miles apart are
21 L' inches apart on a map what distance does one
inch represent on the map?


6. If a man travels 30 miles an hour by auto-
mobile, 15 miles an hour by gasoline launch, and
60 miles an hour by aeroplane, how many hours
will it take him to travel 400 miles, one-fourth of
the trip being by water, three-fifths of the trip
by aeroplane and the rest of the trip by auto-
mobile ?


Sentence Meaning
1. In each gi'oup of sentences below, make a

(Continued on Page 36)

Xovembcr, 1923


Page 9



By Chief of Police Daniel J. "Brien

To proceed to a more rapid statement of the
undefinable barriers that are set up in our civil-
ization let us view for a few moments, the fol-
lowing: Within the past decade and with no
criticism of the course of advancement, open vice
has been frowned upon and has been wiped out as
a blot on our social structure. Does it follow,
however, from this that virtue today is more
highly prized and that innocence is less contami-
nated than in the past? The answer is difficult
in the extreme.

A covered or concealed period of social crime
naturally follows the days of more open licien-
tiousness. We would all put our finger boldly on
the insidious sources of social disease — we realize
though this must be accomplished without any
possibility of endangering the innocent by a po-
lice investigation that might tend to weaken
character or impair reputation. All reliable in-
formation looking to the suppression of vice is
followed through but justice to the individual re-
quires that no false steps be taken. The reputa-
tion of the individual must continue as sacred as
that of a community and no man can condemn the
one or the other, be he police official or otherwise,
unless he has ample and legal proof.

Prohibition is also a subject of national moment
and the problems arising from it are of definite
concern. The eff'ect to date is a novel one. The
first results of prohibition bear rigid watching.
Upon the degi'ee of surveillance in force and the
character of scrutiny that are given to facts, we
must look in the future to determine eflfect of pro-
hibition from a physical and moral standpoint.

The cases, now receiving police attention, are
distressing when the individual affected is ob-
served. The medical fraternity and our hospi-
tals must ultimately be the official source of the
verdict. The immediate cases let me repeat, are
harrowing. It is of common knowledge that the
police detailed to city prisons now are compelled
to maintain the closest physical supervision of the
individuals arrested for intoxication. The need
for dispatch of many of the cases within a brief
time of the arrest to the various hospitals is a
matter of common knowledge to you all.

The present day prostitute that preys on soci-
ety is a more insidious parasite on the community
than her sister of the past. The problem of the
male offender in this particular is no less difficult.
The observance of these two classes is one calling

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