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Andltnian-WRS feared even bj
his fellow sluggers, and by the news
papers other than the one he wast
working for, which Was the Exatnr.
Soon after Altaian was shot and
killed, jVfo'ss EnrJght-was arrested and
y charged with the murder by the po
' The newspapers played the story
big, They talked of the importance
of the arrest. Then invented the term
"pirate car," and wove weird stories
And they always referred to Alt
man and Enright as labor cluggere,
and placed th$ blame for the murder
at the door of union labor.
Enright they spoke of as being the
head of an "educational committee"
of the" Steamfitters' union, and Alt
hah"the head of a similar "commit
tee" of t&e plumbers' union, which
then was" engagedln a factional cflght
with the steamfitters.-
They told bloodcurdling stones of
bow. Enright, in his "pirate automo
bile" had driven around Chicago
'spreading death and destruction in
They were very good stories for
fiction. And they achieved just the
effect the newspapers desired. They
plated a stigma upon union labor
which has not been lifted, and they
convinced the newspaper reading
public of Chicago that Altman had
beerimurtfared by Enright as the re
sult of a labor war.
Nevertheless, a coroner's jury re
fused to hold Enright to the' grand
jury for the murderof Altman. At
that inquest, one George S. Troy
swore he could not identify Enright
- as the man who fired the shot that
Enright was barely released by the
coroner's jury before he again was
arrested for the murder by the po
lice. June 11, 1911, Enright was held
for trial by the grand jury.
And the police system once more
began its deadly work. '
Former Police Inspector Nick j
- ' ncn was Trftfef Pf detectives.
'Hunt -was-the proud possessor of a
stool pigeon, one Harry Brolaski, re
formed, of partly preformed, or
WOuldbe reformed jjambler.
This is that Brolaski, who, when
Th,e Examiner decided that a cam
paign against gamblers would show
its exceeding virfue, marched up to
The Examiner office and made "con
fessions" involving all his former
In tha sUmmer of 1911Brqlaski,
on behalf -'of, Nick Hunt, .discovered
in the county hospital ah" epileptic
and former face track tout riamed
Irish told Brolaski thai he knew
that- it was Enright who killed Alt
man and that he could prove it. Bro
laski conveyed this valuable informa
tion to Nick Hunt.
Hunt then had Irish removed from
the bareness of the county hospital
to- the expensive' Washington Park
hospital. And Hunt paid the bills for
Irish while he wag .in. tiiat hospital
And all this time the" trust news
papers kept up a steady hammer,
hammer,. hammer about the "pirate
car," and "the dread wark of 'labor
Until the, mind of jhe newspaper
reading' pupiic, was saturated with
stories of "labor slugging" and
"pirate cars," and people whispered
when tjiey talked of Enright.
Yet the evidence against Enright
was so slim that he was admitted. to
bail an unusual thing-M murder
The -trial opened October 2, 1911.
Enright wasrrepresented by Attorney
Charles E. Erbstein. ' iw ,
From the outset, tiie case took pri
a Witer flavor, and it soon became
evident that organized, capital meant
to make a case against' what it was
pleased to call "organized laljor."
The jury was not completed until
October 17, i5 days af ter'the opening
of the trial. 1 ' '
The George S. J'roy,; whoat the
coroner's inquest immediately after