Direct examination by Dwight Green:
Green: What is your occupation?
Hoover: Minister of the gospel.
Green:Do you know the defendant Alphonse Capone?
Hoover: Yes. There he is [pointing at Capone].
Green:When did you first see him?
Hoover: On a Saturday afternoon in May, 1925, at 4818 West 22nd. That was a gambling establishment.
Green: Where in this establishment did you see him?
Hoover: In the main gambling hall on the second floor, and later back behind the partition, in a back room.
Green: Describe the second floor.
Hoover: It was a large hall, with gambling apparatus, chairs, and racing forms, and then to the rear a partition shut off a back room.
Green: Where on the second floor did you first see the defendant?
Hoover: I was in the larger hall. I saw him first when he came up the stairway, into the hall, and disappeared into the back room.
Green: Did the defendant say anything upon entering the hall?
Hoover: Yes, he said, “This is the last raid you'll ever pull.”
Green: Did you see him again?
Hoover: Yes, I followed him into the back room. When I saw him then he was taking the money out of the till and putting it into his pockets.
Green:Did you talk with the defendant at this time?
Hoover: Yes, I said to Lieutenant Davidson, “Who is this man?” and Mr. Capone raised his head and replied, “I'm Al Brown, if that's good enough for you.” I said, “Oh, I thought it was someone like that, someone more powerful than the President of the United States.”
Green: What else did the defendant say?
Hoover: He said, “Why are you fellows always picking on me?” I told him. this was not a personal matter, that we were simply trying to uphold the law in the western suburbs.
Green: Did you see the defendant at a later time on the same day in this establishment?
Green: What did he say, if, anything?
Hoover: He said, “Reverend, can't you and I get together - come to some understanding?” I asked him what he meant, and he said, “If you will let up on me in Cicero, I'll withdraw from Stickney.” I said, “Mr. Capone, the only understanding you and I can have is that you must obey the law or get out of the western suburbs.”
Green: How did the defendant appear on this occasion, when you first saw him?
Hoover: He was dressed as though he had just gotten out of bed, with a pajama shirt and a suit of clothes. He was unshaven.
Green: Was there ever any reference made to any particular place in Stickney by the defendant? Hoover: Not specifically, but it was quite apparent to me that what he referred to was the raiding of the Harlem Inn.
Court: What had you raided in Stickney?
Hoover: The Harlem Inn, a vice resort, and other places.