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avoid riding in black-painted
touring cars today.
Furthermore, there is the mat
ter of those rifles the police are
Far be it from us to suggest
that those excited manhunters of
,the police might make a mistake
and shoot at someone who looked
like Teday Webb's grandmother.
But high-power rifles are not
designed for use in the streets of
The idea of a rifle is that it
might be a handy thing to have
in war, when firing at 800 yards
or so, or when entering into an
argument with a grizzly beer.
A rifle bullet, once started,
doesn't give a hoot if it misses the
thing or person the firer aimed at.
It goes right on seeking some
thing soft to land in.
There are a whole lot of soft
things meandering around the
streets of Chicago that rifle bul
lets fired in an indiscriminate
manner might be apt to pick up.
So far, the police autos hunting
for Thoma's phantom car have
not found anything to fire at. For
this the citizens of the northwest
side should be duly thankful.
While Thoma and the north
west side were reveling in these
horrible and sanguinary affrays,
the south side also was having a
good time, thank you.
Police Captain Paddy Lavin
was in charge down there. Ap
parently, Lavin is stuck on the
brilliant idea he suffered from
about an hour and a half after
Peter Hart was murdered Monday-
This idea is that of "throwing
cordons" around flat buildings.
"Throwing cordons" is an easy
thing to do. You take a lot of
cops, and point out a house to
'em, and then tell 'em off into four
Squad No. 1 you send north of
the house; squad No. 2 west of
the house; squad No. 3 south of
the house, and squid No. 4 east
of the house.
Before sending them to the
four quarters, you address your
"It is suspected that Bandit
Webb may be in this house, or
may have been in this house, or
may come to this house soon.
Therefore you must watch every
one approaching this house. If
anyone who approaches looks or
acts or smells like a suspicious
character, take him dead or
That's "throwing a cordon,"
and without showing any bias or
prejudice, it seems to us that it
also is throwing a whole lot of
perfectly good citizens of the
neighborhood into unnecessary
Probably it is part of the edu
cation of a cop to know what a
suspicious character looks or
acts or smells like, but even cops
are human, and to be human is to
err. . ,
Lavin threw not less than three
cordons around three separate
flat buildings on the South Side
today. He explained that Webb
might go to one of the flats to
The police, on whom as we