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COP VALUER THREE DOZEN EGGS MORE THAN MAN'S
LIFE FOUR CHILDREN ARE FATHERLESS
Detective Michael Burke of the
first preclhct believes that three
dozen eggs are more precious
than a man's life.
And fdr that reason Mrs. Jos
eph Harasek is a widow and her
four little children are fatherless
in their home at 8433 S. Union
The husband and father was
shot and killed by Burke ear,ly
yesterday morning at the corner
of 86 street and Summit avenue,
after a trivial dispute.
Burke has not been arrested.
Capt. Gibbons of the first pre
cinct says he has made no "spe
cial investigation" of the killing.
"No doubt the facts will come out
in due time," says the captain.
The only account of the shoot
ing was given' by the detective.
"The man was on the car when
I got on at 79-th and Halsted
streets," said Burke. "He was
arguing with the conductor about
change for a $5 bill. He mention
ed he had received $4.95 in pen
nies from a conductor ' once in
change for a. $5 bill, and didn't
want anything like it to happen
"I mentioned that the conduc
tor must have handed them to
him in a sack. '
" 'Then I am 'a liar, I suppose
retorted the man."
Harasek.had been drinking, ac
cording to his friends.
"When I got off the car this
fellow followed me," said Burke.
""I was carrying three dozen eggs,
-a few apples and a loaf of bread in
my arms. The next thing I knew
I received a stunning blow from
behind. I shouted for help. I
stumbled against the fire plug on
the corner and drew my revolver.
I was still dazed from the blow.
But I saw a black shadow running
from me. I had the revolver in
both hands in front of me and
fired. I did not take aim. I did
not shoot to kill. I shot to fright
en the man." -
If the eggs had not been so
precious Burke could have
dropped them when first attack
ed, drawn his "billy," grappled
with Harasek and subdued him.
He would not have had to fire to
frighten the man."
As Capt. Gibbons says, the
facts may "come out in due time."
But Mrs. Harasek is not thinking
of "due time." She only knows
that her children are fatherless,
and death has entered where the
spirit of Christmas was to have
come. She wants to know why.
, Merely because Detective
Michael Burke of the first pre
cinct thinks that three dozen eggs
are moie precious than a man's
life. Detective Burke would prob
ably be insulted if. you told him
that, but it is the real reason
Woodrow says that since he
quit college and got into politics
he finds an increased temptation
to profanity. After he's tackled
that increase thoroughly,, we'd
dearly love to se him try the