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IT'S FUNNY THE WAY TRU
The trust newspapers seem to
look upon the police force and the
state's attorney's office as their
own private organizations.
When a Hearst gunman mur
dered George Hehr, every ob
struction was put in the way of
Police Captain Meagher in his
search for the murderer.
When Meagher forced a show
down, he was told by Police Cap
tain Paddy J. Lavin that "it was
all right, the American will give
up the men who were on the
wagon at the time of the shoot
mg. The American gave up seven
gunmen. The coroner's jury held
them to the grand jury without
Yesterday these seven gunmen
were released on bail with the ex
press approval of State's Attor
And these extraordinary oc
currences were never mentioned
3 nee in the trust newspapers. Evi
ently they were pleased with the
way their police force and state's
attorney had acted.
Then this morning, the Tribune
discovered a frightful thing. It
discovered that "the suspicion
that Chief of Police McWeeny
takes orders from some of the big
ward politicians was strengthen
After this opening statement,
the Tribune and the other trust
papers, too went on with the
They said that Barney Grogan,
of the Eighteenth ward, had se
cured the release of Clarence
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White, a teamster in his employ,
And this they held as high trea
son and misuse of their own pri
vate police force.
It is true that White and Waite
were arrested. They were not ar
rested for murder, however, as
were, the seven Hearst gunmen.
Waite was arrested on a war
rant charging malicious mischief,
sworn to by Patrick Flaherty, a
teaming contractor and rival of
Clarence White. White was ar
rested for interfering with the of
ficer who arrested Waite.
It is true that Grogan secured
their release on baiL Grogan and
White are friends. Grogan was
the first person White turned to
when he found himself in trouble.
It also is true that Grogan had
to telephone Chief McWeeny be
fore he could secure the release of
This was because Waite was
not booked when arrested, al
though the law provides that the
police shall book every prisoner.
Grogan called up McWeeny
and asked why a man was being
held in jail without any charge
being preferred against him on
the police books. He also said he
wanted to bail Waite out.
McWeeny asked what the war
rant charged against Waite. Gro
gan told him malicious mischief.
McWeeny then ordered that
Waite be booked on. that charge
and be released on bail, according
Which is all of that story.
But the trust newspapers seem-