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STORY OF WAPPENSTEIN, POLICE MESSENGER AT
14 ; LATER A CHIEF ; TODAY. A.COMCICT.
Seattle, Wash., May 17.
Charles Wappenstein was at once
the best and wors't chief o police
that Seattle ever had. It is doubt
ful if in all America there is a
more efficient - policeman and
thief-catcher than this man, who
today wears a felon's stripes, a
Wappenstein is a type. The
police departments of all th ei large
American cities were full of Wap
pensteins ' 15 and 20 years ago.
Times changed. Police methods
changed. But "Wappy," as he
was called, could not or would
not change. He remained; defiantly,-
an old-fashioned police
man to the end.
At '14, he was a police messen
ger in Cincinnati. All his boy
hood recollections are of police
conivance with-the underwprld,
of that armed neutrality which in
the, relation between the crook
and the wanton on the one hand
and the "force" on the other.
It is the relation which per
mits a certain sort of friendship
between outlaws and officers of
the law. From the police point
of view, it is a convenient rela
tion. "Wappy," the police messen
'ger, knew by heart the career of
every crook of importance in
Cincinnati. He knew the exact
location of every gambling hole
and bawdy house. He could
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