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in the front of the store by 'Knock-out" Brown and the rest of the store was used for the gambling business. This business consisted of taking bets on horse races, roulette wheel, craps, twenty-one game and poker. There were approximately from 40 to 50 persons employed in the business. The business at times was moved to 4838, 4818 and 4738 West 22nd Street, the Subway and upstairs over the Subway. All of these various places were in Cicero, Illinois. The business was conducted by the same employees and the same owner at each of these places. In addition to the business conducted at these places, the business also conducted a book on the horse races at the Hawthorn Race Track.

"When I first started to work in this business I was hired by Frank Pope, who was manager of the horse race branch of the business. Pete Penovich was manager of that part of the business relating to games of chance, such as roulette, twenty-one, craps, poker and so forth. Orders and directions relating to my work in this business were issued to me by Frank Pope and Pete Penovich, whom I recognized as my superiors, and the only other person whom I recognized as an owner of the business and from whom I took orders relating to the business was Mr. Alphonse Capone. On one occasion (May 16, 1925) I was present in our gambling establishment when a raid was made on the place by law officers who were accompanied by a minister, Rev. Mr. Hoover. The raid took place about noon and I was in charge of the establishment, as Frank Pope and Pete Penovich had not yet reported for business. I was in the office and the raiding officers entered the office. The raiding officers were going to take possession of the bank roll or currency which we had on hand to do business with. Mr. Alphonse Capone then appeared dressed in his pajama pants and coat. He objected to the officers taken the currency on hand and directed me to take possession of the cash. I carried out his instructions because I recognized and regarded him as one of the owners of the business. Mr. Al Capone came into the establishment on frequent occasions. He did not stay in the part of the establishment where the patrons conducted their business, but he cane to the office and talked with Frank Pope and Pete Penovich, the active managers of the business. At times he personally made bets with the establishment and was extended credit. Shortly after I was first employed in this business I was present one evening when some men, whom I believed to be the owners of the business, were in the office.

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