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THIEVES RUN OFF WITH
SAFE; OWNER SAD
L. Lee Merriman, owner of a
drug store at Madison and Pau
lina streets is today mourning the
loss of a safe.
The strong box was standing
on the sidewalk in front of Mer
riman's place last night. Today
it was gone. No clue to the rob
"bers. The safe didn't naturally
belong on the sidewalk, but on
the reason for its being there
hangs the story.
Feb. 5, the drug store was rob
bed and the safe blown open.
The robbers were not captured.
Losing all that money and not
having the satisfaction of seeing
the thieves go to jail caused a
large grouch to descend on Mr.
In revenge he placarded his
windows with signs roasting the
police for inefficiency, moved the
safe out on the sidewalk, and
pasted a large poster on it, which
cried aloud that it was "a knock
at fhe police protection of the
neighborhood." As if that wasn't
enough, it continued:
"This safe was cracked open
aad rpbbed of over $300 some
time between the hours of 11 p.
m. and 7 a. m. Feb. 5. Despite
the fact that the store was in
darkness, this djd not arouse the
suspicion of the police, who are
supposed to notice incidents."
Did the police like it? Not
any. They forced the druggist
to move the safe back a few
inches from the sidewalk every
night, declaring it blocked pass
age. In various other ways they
tried to show their displeasure.
The corner of Paulina and
Madison is one of the busiest lit
tle spots on the West Side, and
Mr. Merriman can't quite under
stand how thieves could walk up
in broad daylight and take his
But it's gone.
President Taft today sent a
special message to congress urg
ing passage of bill providing fixed
scale of compensation for injuries
suffered by railroad employes.
Henry N. Hall, newspaper
man who was in Panama at time
of revolution of 1903, told house
committee on foreign affairs to
day that President Roosevelt
used American warships to pre
vent Colombia suppressing the
Justice Newberber of N. Y. su
premecourt today refused-to con
firm report of referee, recom
mending absolute divorce decree
be granted Upton Sinclair.
"Mexican rebels on the run," is
a newspaper heading. It is a cold
day when they can't pull off a foot
race in, Mexico.'
China's Empress Dowager says
"the throne abdicates on heaven's
will." Looks like a clear case of
"Vox populi, vox Dei."
Gradually the sheep's clothing
is slipping from Judson" Harmon.
He declares he would not trust
the people who eleQted.him with
the initiative and referendum,