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else got. tangled when tellirig this
The name of the doctor in the case
he refers to is Coholapek. Coholapek
claims he was robbed of his watch
and $30 iri the saloon of Hank Ew
ing, at Madison and Sangamon
streets. At the time of the robbery
Coholapek was intoxicated.
Ewing, the saloonkeeper did-return
Coholapek's watch to Detective Pat
aicock atter uonoiapen complained
to the police. Aicock urged Coholapek
to swear out a warrant against Ew
ing. Coholapek did so when he be
And Hank Ewing was arrested and
taken before Judge John A. Ma
v honey, and is now held to the grand
jury in $800 bonds by Judge Ma
honey. It seems fairly certain that there
is a political conspiracy behind Ma
iney's charges against the police
r tain who cleaned up the West
. :c more so, as the men and wo
men who formerly ran resorts on the
West Side today were openly boasting
that Police Captain Meagher would
be gone before May 1, and that once
he was gone the West Side would be
wide open once more.
Police Captain Meagher, who has
been on the police force for twenty
nine years, and who has nofone stain
on his record, was almost in tears to
day as he read the storiesn the trust
newspapers aboit the Mahoney
"I don't much care for myself," he
said. "I can stand anything they say
against me, and I can shove their
lies back down their throats.
"But as I came down on the car
this morning and saw every one
reading that story in The Tribune
and The Kecord-Herald, I thought of
what my ten children would think
when they read it, and I felt like hid
ing my face in shame.
"Any man. who says that I ever
took a penny for protection or for
eyhing; elsfrom any. .crook .or from j
any one except those who handed m&
my salary, is a liar.
"Every one knows that I am a
poor man. What do you think I
would have worn this old coat for six
years for if I was grafting. What do
you think that I and my family would
be living in that little cottage out '
on Center avenue for if I wsa graft
ing? "What was I put over on the West -Side
for anyhow? Because I was
an honest policeman; because I had
cleaned up the North Side; because'
I had arrested Lizzie and Pete Fra
hecke, the owners of the Village Inn
over ther, that no other policeman
had dared to say 'Boo' to; because
they wanted some one to clean up the
West Side as I had cleaned up "the
North Side, and they knew they
could trust me.
"Well, I did clean up the West Side.
There has not been a time in its his
tory when the West Side was as clean
as it is today, and every resident of.
the West ide knows it
"These charges against me are
political. I was told some time ago
that some- one was going to "get"
me before May 1. Maybe they'll sue-
ceed, and maybe they won't.
"i called ud Malor Miles, head of
thev police efficiency bureau, this
morning, and demanded a full inves
tigation of the charges against me.
I court such an investigation.
"I don't want to have to be
ashamed to face my children because
of what they have read 'in the news
papers any longer." f
The veteran police captain's eyes
filled. He pulled an old photograph
album from a drawer. He opened it
at a photograph of General Thomas
Francis Meagher, commander of the
69tn Illinois ungaae in tne civu war.
"Do you think," he asked and his
voice trembled "that I would disr
grace that name by taking money
Highland Flings. Tossing the
caber wd thrqwingjthe hammer