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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 12, 1912, Image 9',
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CHICAGO'S SCHOOL OF CRIME
Two murders have already been committed in Chicago by
thugs in the employ of Chicago newspapers.
The thugs who murdered Witt, a street car conductor, and the
thugs who murdered George Hehr, a teamster, were deputized of
ficers of the law; and-clothed with authority of the law.
Chief of Police McWeeny and Sheriff Zimmer have issued
deputy's badges to any thugs the newspaper owners requested such
authority for. Of course, no such authority is given to the locked
out workers. '
This means that in a war between newspaper owners and their
union employes, the law has been thrown on the side of the rich
publishers and against the wage-workers.
Mayor Harrison knows that the duty of the police force is to
preserve peace and public order, and enforce the law. He knows
that it is not the duty of the police to help either side win its fight.
And he must know that he is risking the lives of innocent citizens
when he makes newspaper sluggers and thugs deputy policemen,
and arms them with authority of the law and a murderous gun.
The extent to which Mayor Harrison is a servant of the news
paper publishers is seen in the fact that neither the murderers of
Conductor Witt nor the murderers of Teamster Hehr were arrested,
until public sentiment actually forced it.
Unless these thugs are disarmed and the backing of police
withdrawn from them, there will probably be more murders in Chi
. cago. And the victims are just as apt to be innocent citizens, like
Witt and Hehr, as anybody else.
In New York city a public mass meeting has been called, by
prominent citizens to force an' investigation of the New York police
and their connection with crime and criminals.
Are there no public spirited citizens in Chicago brave enough
to demand an investigation of the Chicago police and the newspaper
thugs and criminals?
Is everybody afraid of the Chicago newspaper publishers?
Will na one defend the rights of the working men and women
of Chicago against the greed of rich publishers and a cowardly
police department? w
There are many things the matter with Chicago, but one of the
worst of them is the terrorization of the town by an unscrupulous"
We know of no surer way to promote crime than for any set of
employers to be permitted to educate young men as sluggers, thugs
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