Grafting over Race Track Cases: Pinkerton Men Get a New York Private Detective after He Had Taken a Bride, Daily Racing Form, 1908-10-03


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GRAFTING OVER RACE TRACK CASES. Pinkerton Men Get a New York Private Detective After He Had Takon a Bribe. New York. Octolier 2. Seymour Beutler. head Pinkerton sleuth, got the goods on a man named Charles C. Atwood of 21 West 147th street Wednesday, as he was in the act of taking 0 in marked bills from a bookmakers clerk at the Aqueduct race track. It appears that Atwood. who represented himself to one of the leadiug bettors some time ago as a prirate detective in the employ of Captain Lanyon. whose agency has been at work for Assistant District Attorney Elder of Kings county, has been trying to get some sort of employment from the former bookmaker, who is engaged in tho publishing business in addition to his operations on the turf. Beutler showed two letters signed by Atwood in which tho supposed dtect-ire said that he was ready to hand "over, iii return for "a job. all of tho inside facts in connection with tho agencys work at the track. Atwood. in tho letters, declared that a number of arrests were made by LanronB men at Graresend last week for the solo purpose of convincing tho Kings county authorities that something wan being tlone and with a view to securing for the agency another job at Aqueduct. Atwood stated also that Lanyon had selected him to make book so that incriminating evidence could be secured against tho ri a 1: a an w e b by o of u 1 h h t c a li t o a v r v , J 1 t I i race track officials to be charged with aiding and 1 abetting gambling. It nppears that the former J layer had several confabs with Atwood and made appointment with the alleged sleuth for Monday, which he did not keep. As a result the layer received tills message from Atwood. which was signed him. on Tuesday: "Was at office and waited until 11 :JU. In view the fact that I am liroke, thought I could pick up today without doing or saving anything. Rushed over and the captain was waiting. Told him I mistook the street, hence delav. Sent me down to look around .and reiiort what I saw. Says he will send me tomorrow and give me a ten spot to bet. He will have a man shadowing me so he can testify. Will 1 go or be at otliceV" The bookmaker saw Atwood Wednesday morning and told him that there was no employment for him. but that if he wanted money he could go to the track and find .20 in the right hand coat pocket of the man who was once his cashier. Atwood took an envelope out of the mans lwcket. Beutler, who was close by. grabbed Atwood immediately. "Ive got the goods on you and 1 want that en- I veloee." said the Plnkeiion. "Who are you and why should 1 give it up?" asked Atwood. turning pale. "I am in charge of the race track detectives," replied Beutler. "and if you dont give up that envelope, which contains marked money. I will turn you over to Inspector Flood. If you give up Ill let on go. for I jim willing to give you another chance." Atwood handed over the envelope, in which were two .10 bills. Their numbers were AIWIU :ind 2IPt;iiiS. Iiesides these numbers in blue ink were slight lines which corresponded with duplicate nuiil-Iwrs in Beutlers note ltook. Atwood was promptly ejected from the track. Beutler explained that no arrest was made because In fact Atwood was simply selling infeirmation regarding his alleged employer. Lanyon stated last night, that Atwood was not In his einpioy ami never had been. Lanyous men have been very busy at Aqueduct since the? present meeting opened.

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