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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 17, 1912, Image 5

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SAY! IT'S A FRIGHT SOME UNKNOWNS HAVE TURNED
THE TABLES ON POOR OLD WALL STREET
New York,, Feb. 17. Long,
loud and pitiful are the wails that
are going up from Wall street to
day. That home of the. skin game
artist and land of the sucker is
indeed in a painful predicament.
Its faVorite occupation has
been taken from it; it has been
relegated to a back seat in its own
chosen walk in life; and it is sore
and peevish and helpless.
And whiel the relegating is go
ing on, evil minded representa
tives of the people are demand
ing an investigation "into the
black hand methods of the finan
cial, mafia," thereby meaning
,Wall street.
For lo these many years, it has
been the chosen province of Wall
street to hold' up- every one who
came there, to induce them to pay
out the lang and valuable green
for "wafer," lo seperate people
from their money by any and all
means.
And now a gang of light
minded robbers is going through
Wall street's pockets with pre
cision and extreme thoroughness,
and getting away with the goods.
As one excited broker put it to
day: "What's the meaning of it?
What's the matter with the may
or, and the police and the fire de
partment and the country?
"What are the mayor and the
police and the fire department
for except to see that us business
men are allowed to pursue our
peaceful avocation of getting the
suckers without interruption ?
And what's the rest of the coun
try for except to futnish us with
suckers ? ,
"And here, within a week, the
police have allowed a gang of
highbinders to get away with
$50,000 right in Wall street and
from members of Wall street's
gang?
"And while it's going on that'
man Henry, from Texas, is get
ting up in congress and sayin',
"It's high time for this house to
inquire into the black hand
methods of the financial mafit,"
and getting the people all het up
an' sore an' down on us business
men!
"What are we going to do
about it? What are the police
going to do about it? What are
the people of the great and won
derful United States of, America
going to do about it?
"It's awful that's what it is
awful! All I have to say is that'
if crime of this sort is to be al
lowed, we'd better all excuse
me a moment, I see a man with
some money."
And the broker left to separate
a prosperous looking man who
looked as if he had just blown in
from Starved Dog, New Mexico,
with a roll, from the roll.
But it's just as he aid. It's
awful.
Here's $25,000 in cold cash'
taken one day from the messen
gers of the East River National
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