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choke off free speech In Chicago. The chief went as far as he
could in his efforts to suppress free speech, and broke up meetings
of Socialists and union men, but was finally forced to back down.
If Mayor Harrison isn't owned, body, soul and breeches by the
newspaper bosses he will order the police to disarm every newspaper
slugger. And both the mayor and the sheriff ought to cancel every
appointment of these thugs and sluggers as deputies.
The lives of innocent men, women and children are in danger
every minute these irresponsible gunmen are permitted to roam
the streets of Chicago armed with official badges and murderous
guns and looting for trouble.
MERE BOYS CORRUPTED
The licensing of thugs by the
Hearst newspapers is corrupting
even the youngest boys in the em
ploy of those newspapers.
John Thelen, 15 years old, is in
the Iroquois . hospital, suffering
from a bullet wound in the knee,,
and Jake Muffson, 15 years old, is
held at the Central Detail police
station for the shooting. Both are
Muffson says the shooting was
accidental. He says that he and
Thelen and a dozen other boys
were standing near the Hearst
building at Madison and Market
streets, waiting fof their papers,,
when his gun fell out of his
Muffson says the gun went off
as it struck the sidewalk, and that
the bullet just happened to strike
Thelen. Thelen's story has not
yet beea heard.
Whether or no Muff son's story
is true, the Examiner stands con
victed on two counts-one of
teaching 15-year-old boys to car
ry revolvers, and the' other the
consequence in this case.
Perhaps hp Examiner even
supplied the boys with the revol
vers. Few 15-year-old newsboys
have enough, money to buy revolvers.
WHAT'D HE TELL MOTHER
H. L. Haynes, 6630 Kimbark.
avenue, is trying to explain him
self today, and getting himself all
tangled up doing it.
Haynes was arrested for motor
cycle speeding in Washington
park. When arraigned in the
auto court, the judge asked him
what he had to say for himself.
"Well, you see, judge, it was
this way," said Haynes. "I had
a new machine, and I wanted to
show it off to a girl, so J took her
for a ride '
An excited feminine voice in
terrupted Haynes here.
"Why, that's im poss i b 1 e,
judge," said the voice, firmly.
The girl he always (emphasis on
the always) takes out riding, is
out of the city."
The speaker was asked who
she was and what she knew about
"I," said the woman, "am his
mother, and I know all about it"
. "I dunno about 'that, judge,"-
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