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heart. Or possibly, what Hoyne's
secretary, Julian, whispered in his
right ear caused the 'change of
"I won't accept the offer of the
mayor of a police captain and twenty
men'," he said. "I would be foolish
if I did so, very foolish."
"What part of the West Side is it
that you think is particularly bad?"
the judge was asked.
"Well,"" "he said, "there is. the re
gion around Canal and Madison
streets. That district is a disgrace to
"But isn't it a fact that the same
conditions exist in any city around
the terminals of two such railroads
as the. Northwestern and Union
"Ohr I know all that," said the
judge, ("but it's terrible at' Canal and
Madison streets. Why, I walked
down there only- yesterday and ac
tually saw men who were almost un
conscious from drink!"
"Horrible!" muttered the reporter.
"I have k'nown these rrlen around
there to drink early in the morning,"
offered the judge, as a clinching ar
gument. . '
"There is a man named Tony Pa
rello. This Parello had a grudge
against an actor. Parello took a man
named Eagen out, and ;af ter making
Eagen drunk, pointed the actor out
to him in the New Jackson Hotel.
Eagen beat the actor up," the judge
"I had Parello before me. I fined
him $200 and costs. And, would you
believe, there was as much effort on
the part of the police to get Parello
off with a light fine as if he had been
an alderman or a United' States sen
Judge Mahoney did not add "as if
he had been the nephew of a police
captain who is a friend of mine."
Which was well, because:
Eddie Halpin, nephew of Police
Captain Halpin, once met a 17-vear-old'girl
in the Auto Inn. one of
Elmer. L. Williams' district, which
Williams does NOT try to have
Edtiie Halpin got this girl drunk
' and took her to a hotel. He stayed
the night with her there, and the
next day got her drunk again.
Then Eddie Halpin made such a
disturbance on the street that a Des
plaines street'policeman, put him un
der arrest. The policeman told -the
young girl to go home. ;
"You can't arrest me without run
ning her in, too," said young Halpin.
"If 'I'm going to be run in, so's she."
So the policeman tookboth the
girl and the poljceaptain's nephew
and put them in jail, and the next
day they were taken before Police
Judge John A. Mahoney.
And Mahoney fined both Eddie
Halpin and the girl. But he suspend
ed Eddie Halpin's fine, and he walked
out of Judge Mahoney's courtroom
free. The girl, seventeen years old,
went to the Bridewell. That's a sam
ple of Mahoney justice.
When he had done telling the tell
of Tony Parello, Mahoney told an-
other story to show how he fought
"Three prominent North Side men
came to me and interceded for a ne
gro woman charged with stealing,"
he said, "but I fined her $100."
"Who were the three prominent
Nortn oiae men .' xnanoney was
"I'd rather not say," he replied.
In the interview he gave the
Tribune this -morning, Mahoney says:
"Another case that comes to my
mind is that of a -doctor who was
robbed of his watch and money in
a- saloon. After he had made his
complaint to the police, the saloon
keeper met a policeman and gave him
the doctor's watch'. If that saloon
keeper knew where the watch was
he knew who had the money. Never
theless no one ever arrested the
Now Mahonev was either the vie-
the disreputable places' in the Rev.