Latest in the War on Poolrooms: Six Men Caught Red Handed in Raids at Yonkers to be Prosecuted, Daily Racing Form, 1907-09-01


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LATEST IN THE WAR ON POOLROOMS. Six Men Caught Red Handed in Raids at Yonkers to Be Prosecuted. New York, August .".1. The Empire City Club management has issued instructions that no ex-, peiise lie spared in a relentless prosecution of six men caught red handed Thursday last disseminating raring Information from Yonkers lo the New York City poolrooms and handbooks. The charge placed against .Tames Stovens and five others is a violation of article 7 of section OliO of the Penal Code. This is a fchjny and is punishable, by a term of Imprisonment not exceeding two years. Captain McM.mus, in charge of the plain clothes detectives at Empire City track after several days diligent work succeeded in establishing Ihe fact that the prices, jockeys and results were taken by a powerful telescope located in the home of James Stevens from a card displayed by a man in the track Inclosjire a quarter of a mile away and Jlien transmitted by telephone to an icehouse about one mile distant and thence by long distance phone to a point in fids cify for general distribution. Raids were made on the Stevens home and the icehouse simultaneously. Two men were caught with their plumes in the Icehouse. At t,he Stevens hpme, Stevens was on guard, lie was overpowered, deprived of his revolver and handcuffed. The officials chopped their way into a rjwm on the third tlpor of he bouse and found three men. At the window of the room was the mammoth telescoiK! that lias several times been mounted on a lofty " platforni around the older metropolitan tracks," and its view obstructed by the Pinkertons Willi hundreds of yards of canvas. There was a telephone and a telegraph instrument, and many sheets, having written .thereon .entries, prices and results. Before taking the telescope from the room the officers took a peep at the scene before them. It was nearly time for tiic tird race, and they saw the list of entries and prices more clearly than if they had been standing on the clubhouse veranda. Leaning against the clubhouse on the front veranda was a man whose mustache and hair, once dark, are liberally sprinkled with gray. He held .1 program about as igh as his head and on this cpuld bo plaihlv seen the scratches, the jockeys and the prices, straight, place and third on those to go in the third race. When the third race had been run this same man marked the result op tliO program. lie had seem-inglv been holding the prices for the view of patrons of one of the clubhouse bookmakers. For several days he has stood in this one position, and players in the clubhouse had greatly appreciated the prices being displayed by him so quickly and so conspicuously. As there was a telegraph instrument in the room and wires attached showing it to be in roll working condition, the police supposed tins instrument to be connected with a wire that tapped the newspaper wire and thus the official results and other information were read by one of the men who is known .to be a telegraph operator.

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