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SREAK UP PETTY CRIME
There is sadness today among
pickpockets and chronic offend
ers of every character in Chicago
as a result of a new plan of pro
cedure by the municipal court,
whereby associate judges will
hearthe cases brought before
them in which jury trials are de
' Heretofore, When a jury trial
was asked for, the case went be
fore some judge in the city hall,
who had never sat in the district
in which the man on trial oper
ated. ' Convictions were difficult
under these circumstances.
t Under the new1 plan, judges
will sit in the city hall in the af
ternoon, trying the cases in which
jury hearings were asked for
when the case was first called be
Pickpockets profited under the
old- system. All of them took
jury trials, and invariably beat
th,e cases before judges who did
not kno wtheir records.
"We won't have any jury trials
in a week," said Judge Beitler, of
Clark street court, this morning.
"Already some 'regulars' who ask
for jury trials agreed to be tried
here, when they1 found they would
have to appear before me-anyhow.
This new system will do more
to break up petty crime in Chica
go than any measure" that has
been taken for years. It will be
particularly effective in discour
aging pickpockets, who are the
slickest people oa earth when it
conies to gettinjr evidence' on
TAKE EXTENDED ACTION
What the Chicago Federation
of Labor did at its regular meet
Determined to call protest
meetings in every ward of the
city to demonstrate labor's disap
proval of the action of Mayor
Harrison in turning city police
force over to newspapers and rail
roads in printing trades and
freight handlers' strikes.
Asked 250,000 union men and
women of Chicago not to patron
ize department stores which con
tinue advertising in trust news
papers. Requested every union map or
woman to write letter to stores
which advertised asking them to
remove their ads.
Called for thousands of volun
teers to make demonstration in
City Hall at next council meeting.
Condemned Mayor Harrison,
Chief McWeeny and State's At
torney Wayman as crooks and
enemies of organized labor, and
branded the present administra-'
tion as a disgrace to the city.
Asked affiliated unions to con
tribute to a fund to carry on the
freight handlers, shopmen and
printing trades workers strikes.
Referred to executive board
proposition to contribute money
to defense of Ettor and Giovan
nitti, leaders of the Lawrence
strike, now awaiting trial on
charges of murder.
Grievance committee, having
charge of the resolution to put the
Hearst papers on unfair list,
asked for" more time. Granted