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M. Lawrence in the state's attor
ney's office. And the result of
that was that the grand jury re
turned a no bill.
There still are charges pend
ing against Burke for the shoot
ing of Harasek before the civil
But meantime, he has been re
instated on the force; has the
right to wear a star ; has the right
to carry a deadly gun; has the
chance to use that gun to shoot
down some other citizen, as he
shot down Joseph Harasek to
save a dollar's worth of eggs.
And John McWeeny, in his
ornate chief's uniform, compla
cently fiddling with his gold star,
sat back in his chair today, and
"Oh, yes, I reinstated Burke.
I know there are charges still
pending against him before the
commission. But I never suspend
a man until he has been found
. Robert Lynch, of 723 West
54th place, was found wounded
on the sidewalk at State and
Twenty-first early Saturday
morning. He was taken to the
Wesley hospital. He may die.
Shortly before Lynch was
found, John Keniry, of 459 West
Thirty-eighth street, crawled
painfully into the Wesley hospi
tal. Blood was streaming from a
bullet wound in his left thigh.
Keniry told the hospital people
he had crawled from Twenty
first and Dearborn streets, where
"someone" had shot him.
The police believe that Lynch
shot Keniry and Keniry shot
Lynch, but neither Lynch nof
Keniry will talk.
How Lynch and Keniry came
by their wounds is really not so
important as the fact that Lynch
should never have been loose on
the streets with a gun.
He wouldn't have been if the
police had had their way of it. I
But the police didn't have thejr
way of it. Lynch has too many
friends in high places.
November 19, 1912, Lynch and
a negro were arrested following
a shooting affray at Thirty-first
and State streets. Both their
cases came before Judge Edwin
K. Walker in the South Clark
There was no evidence that the
negro had fired a shot. But he
had been carrying a gun. He ex
plained that he only had been two
days in Chicago, carried $500 in
cash and $800 worth of jewelry,
and had had the gun for this rea
son. In high indignation that any
one should carry a gun in Chi
cago, Judge Walker soaked the
negro $40 and costs, and confis
cated the gun he had. Then he
continued the case of Lynch.
Lynch's case came up a few
days later before Judge Himes.
Himes explained from the bench
that Judge Walker had 'phoned
him that "the ends of justice f
would be served if Lynch were
put on probation.
Lynch's gun was produced in '
court. It was a formidable 38
caliber affair. It held five car
tridges, and one of them had been