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While the other papers were
getting-, all worked up about vice
and Barney Grogan, the Hearst
'heets were afflicted with painful
But as soon as polled graft was
mentioriedj the American andlsx
aminer felt called upon to give
that subject screaming headlines
and to talk big about civil service
In which connection, it is well
to remember that Andy Law
rence's business manager is pres
ident of the civil service commission.
So far, the only person to make
any definite graft charge against
the Desplaines street pdlice is
Mike de Pike Heitler, former king
of the West Side levee.
Mike de Pike tried to wish his
Grogan police tale first on The
Day Book. The Day Book told
Heitler that it was not in the
habit of becoming the press agent
of a levee king, and that if he
wanted The Day Book to take
any stock in his story, he'd need
to produce some other witness
than himself or any of his levee
Heitler then werit to all the
trust newspapers with his story.
They all told him to take his libel
suits somewhere else. Heitler
then went to the World, and the
World fell for his yarn.
Yesterday, Heitler's trial came
up, and he failed to produce a sin
gle bit of evidence substantiating
He forgot the name of the dis
orderly houses from which he had
collected money for Grogan. He
forgot tKe names of the saloons
from which he collected money
for Grogan, when the court or
dered him to give the names, after
he had said that he did not Want
to give the names for fear of get
ting his friends in bad.
Under pressure, Heitler finally
recollected that one of the disor- f
derly houses he collected money
from was that formerly at 25 Car
penter street. When asked the
name of the keeper at that house,
he flushed and refused to answer.
The keeper at the time Heitler
says he collected the money was
a woman known as Mrs. Woods.
Why did Hetiler refuse to give,
Heitler, before -going on the
stand, declared openly that he
had paid Defective Pa't Alcock, of
Desplaines street, a weekly "sal
ary" of $15.
On the stand Heitler said all he
could remember giving Alcock
was $20 and two new hats. -He
,was asked the date on which he
first gave Alcock money and an
swered 7 or 8 months ago. Half
air hour later he'contradicted him
self and said he first gave Alcock'
money early in 1911.
Heitler swore he gave Alcock
money to non-suit a case against
Aaron Turtledroff. Turtledroff,
whfris known as one of Heitler's
henchmen, says he is willing to
make-' affidavit that Alcock never
was given a cent tor non-suit a
case against him.
Heftier swore that he was Gro- "
gan's right hand man 16 months )
ago. It is just 16 months ago
since Grogan knocked Heitler
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