Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1925 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
the Desplaines street court, only since
last-December, made his charges in
an interview in the Daily News.
"Naturally hat Republican organ of
Vic Lawson just about fell over itself
grabbing at them.
Mahoney's charges, as printed (n
The 'News, are as follows:
That murders that no one knows
anything about and that are never
investigated By the police continually
are. happening on the West Side.
That SOME ONE takes money for
allowing pickpockets to work on
West Madison and Halsted street
That SOME ONE takes money to
allow jackrollers to work from West
Madison street saloons.
That SOME ONE takes money for
allowing swindlers to work among
the lodging houses of the West Side.
That an organized system, made
possible by graft, exists for the ex
ploitation of the thousands of work
men who float through the Des
Dlaines street police district every
That the saloonkeepers .of the
West Side are"m cahoots with the
jackrollers, pickpockets and con men.
That the police of the Desplaines
street station are far too busy (pre
sumably collecting graft) to suppress
crime. . N
That when Mahoney. came-to the
Desplaines street district he found
the police captain in charge (Thomas
F. Meagher) appearing as .the cham
pion of the lawless.
That since he, Mahoney, came over
.to the West Side, he has managed to
clean it up to a certain extent.
That he, Mahoney, has been told"
that unless he quit trying to clean
;up the district,.he would be "bumped
off" (classical Halstedf street l.an
language for killed).
' As has been said, these charges are
ridiculous. JVIahoney might just as
rwell.hav&.added that Police Captain
Meagher kept a' private morgue and ;
cemetery for the burial of. his mur
And, if the charges were really
true, people paying casual viBits to
the West Side would . be bringing
companies of militia with them for
protection from Mahoney's "murder
ers, jackrollers, pickpockets and con
But the scandalous thing about the
charges lies, not in their truth or un
truth, but in theobvious inference
the reader draws from themtj
"SOME ONE is taking money for
this," says Mahoney, and "SOME
ONE Is taking money fpr that," care
fully omitting any name that might
get him into a libel suit.
But after he was done with all .the
things ,that this, mysterious. "SOME
ONE", was taking money for, Ma
"When I came to the Desplaines
street district I found the police cap
tain in charge appearing ' as the
champion of the lawless."
Mahoney would have been a braver
man had he made his' charges direct
ly, if he had given the name of the
"SOME ONE" he obviously intended
everyone to infer.
It would have been more courage
ous if (MahoneyVhad said: "Police
.Captain-Meagher'is protecting crooks
on the West Side and he is doing it
for money." - ft
Mahoney also said that If he were
given twenty honest, brave police
men he could "vacuum-clean the
WestfSIde in no time." -
All Mahoney's charges and his
boast were laid before Mayor-Harrison
v 'All right," said the mayor, "I
think Judge Mahoney is exaggerat
ing the conditions, but if the West
Side is as bad as he says, why I'll give
him the twenty honestr brave police
men he asks for und any police cap
tain he' may select, and he can"go'to
it ahd'do.the vacuum cleaning." .
When, the .mayor's "answer was
riven" to Mahoney this -momlner'he
immediately t suffered, a change of