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In time he became a detective.
He was dismissed on charges.
He was reinstated.
In.1896 'Wappy" came i o Seat
tle, a bull-necked, brusk-manner-ed
young detective, who knew his,
business irom A to Z. It happen
ed that one of the editors of the.
Star had known "Wappy!lin,Cin-
cinnati. "Wappy" came straight
to him about his Cincinnati' rec
ord, and said:
"I got -in bad in Cincinnati.
Fve come out here to start all
over again. You know all about'
me. Do I get a square deal?"
The- editor said: "You do."
And he did.
"Wappy" made a good detec
tive. In 19GG ht and Chief Mere
dith were dismissed on charges,
but was reinstated when a politi
cal change took place in the city;
Hall. In 1906 he "was appointed
chief by Mayor William Hick
In that administration he made
a better record thanany Seattle
chief had made up to fnat time.
Residence streets which before
had never seen a policeman were,
now "patrolled night and day.
Burglaries were scarce. Crime
was reduced to a minimum.
Hi Gill was elected mayor in
1910 on the "wide open" platform.
He' named "Wappy" as chief. Gill
"hadn't been mayor a day when
gambling and bawdy houses be
gan opening. Rumors of graft
got abroad. Disgruntled seekers
of vice privileges foickedN openly.
"Wappy," they said, was getting
one-fourth of all the profits of the
underworld. The graft was top
"good;" everybody wanted to
"get in on it"
The rest is recent history.-
It is not a pretty tale, but it
points a wholesome moral.
"Wappy" fell twice, once in
Cincinnati and once hi Seattle.
He was a good policeman none
better but he fell twice. And
4:he conditions in the "force" in
both cities were the .same.
. Both administrations were
identical: Both cities were "wide
In both departments "men said:
"They're all doing it. Why
shouldn't I get some of it?"
Whence administration was
clean, "Wappy" was clean, When
law connived with vice and law
lessness, "Wappy" got his share.
He was molded'to the system. He
couldn't change The process be
gan years ago, when a 14-year-old
messenger boy becanie cynical
and worldly wise before his time.
OUR PREGISE ARTIST.
. n-T, I. ,1.
"A fly swatter