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stated in part that he was a resident of Western Springs, a machinist, and that he knew the defendant in the case, Al Capone. He identified the defendant, stating he had a conversation with him in May of 1925 at the gambling establishment located on the second floor of 4818 W 22nd Street, Cicero, that present were Lieut. Davidson, Mr. Bragg, Reverend Hoover and four or five deputy sheriffs assisting Lieut. Davidson, that Mr. Capone tried to enter and was pushing his way through the door when Mr.Bragg said to Capone, "What do you think this is, a party" and Capone replied, "It ought to be my party. I own the place". Mr. Morgan then escorted Capone upstairs to Lieut. Davidson, in charge of the raid, saying "Here is the man who says he owns the place"; that Mr. Hoover was then with Lieut. Davidson and that Capone said, "Why are you fellows always picking on me. This is the last raid you will ever make". Mr. Morgan said that the second floor of the premises was a regularly laid out gambling place with roulette wheels, a black Jack game, race charts, pool tables with covers used for craps and dice games and that money was lying on the tables at the time of the raid. Mr. Morgan stated that during the raid he was struck on the nose and had to be attended by a doctor at the Berwyn Medical Unit. He further stated that the man claiming to be the owner who entered the gambling place at 4818 W. 22nd Street had a long scar on the left side of his face.

At the raid above referred to Alphonse Capone appeared and threatened Reverend Hoover and Mr. Morgan and warned them that it would be "The last raid you will ever pull". It was their last raid. A few nights after the raid Mr. Morgan arrived home at midnight and as he was entering his garage four foreigners overpowered him and attempted to take him for "a ride". He broke away from them but in the fight he was shot and left to die. However, he was found by neighbors who heard the shots and who saw an auto speed away. They promptly took Morgan to a hospital where after a month he recovered but he then decided it was not a healthy diversion to assist the deputy sheriffs in raiding joints operated by Capone and no further raids were made by him or by the Reverend Hoover. On account of the attempt to take the life of Morgan who was an important witness, neither he, the Reverend Hoover nor Mr. Bragg appeared to testify against Mr. Capone when the gambling violation case resulting from the raid on 4818 W. 42nd Street came up for trial and the Citizens Association with which they were connected made no further raids or efforts to interfere with Mr. Capone's illegal activities in Cicero and vicinity. The place at #4818 W. 42nd Street reopened a half hour after that raid and county and city authorities made no efforts to interfere with its operation until the murder of Assistant States Attorney McSwiggen. The members of the gang who attempted to kill Morgan were not located by the police.

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