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7 For that very reason every honest citizen, every
honest man, woman and child in Chicago is vitajly inter
ested in the success of The Day Book andTthe trimph of
free speech and a free, untrammeled press over all of the
hired hosts of Special Privilege. , "
What may happen in the city of Chicago in the year
1913, in.a free republic, is shoufn in the following story of,
J. T.Watters,7circulation manager of The Day Book:
BY J.. T. WAITERS. '
"When the newsdealer at the northeast""corner of Madison and State.:
streets refused to take The Day Bookto sell, following an order from the
police that TheDayBogk was not allowed to be sold on the newsstands, I
placed a hoy-at the corner to sell the paper.
Traffic Officer Dennjs Hayes asked -the boy if he had a-permit to sell
papers .on that-cornerand -I explained to him that the man who-sells papers
there, and who has the permit, refused to sell The Day Book because of the
new police order; .that -I wanted to get the paper to ihe. public and this was
the only means ihad"bf doing it. -
He asked me to walk to the station and explain to .the officers in .
charge, but I assured him there was nothing to 'explain because of the fact J
that, the -police had ordered the paper off the newsstands. i
He;tnen marched the boy and myself to the patrol box where a crowd
grieved. While I was standing there Traffic Officer DanieljBallentine, who
had nothing b do with the arrest, hollered from the middle of -the street:
"Oh, ho, another wise guy trying to test the lawh?" - -T
I asked ah employe of The Day Book who was standing oa-the corner
to get me the number of this officer. He left and was brought back by the
officer, who said: "Her,e, take this felloWdown, too' "
"WMt for?" asked the officer who had arrested me. i, "
"ir&fatking my nuniber," was the reply.v 1 .
That was three who were thenunder arrest. 3
Then came another employe of The Day Book. Tasked -him to 'phone
the office-that Ijwas arrested,
Officer Hayes grabbed this fellow as he started off; and said: ''Here;
come with me, too,"-and at the same time HE STRUCK ME ON THE
B ACK OF THE NECK. v t ."
That made four the officer had-under arrest. J
When' the wagon came Officer Hayes, whom I supposesis to take every
man he arrests toTthe station; forgot that'he-had four prisonersi and took
-only the boy- and myself, letting the other two he had arrested..; stand on
the corner. i .
I was" at the station about five minutes and they were ready to lock me
up, when a call over the telephone told the lieutenant in charge to re?
I told the lieutenant of the manner in which Officer' Hayes treated me
by slugging me while I was under arrest. He tried to explain what a fine
fellow this officer .was. He said: "You couldn't find a better fellow on the '
force than.this man." If such is the case-f-thlnk they had better educate
the policemen of Chicago in a better manner of handling 'their prisoners