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facs and clenched lists while the
story of the- finding of the epileptic
Irish by the gambler. Brolaski, was
And, huddled in a corner, sat En
right's family, his wife, mother,
father, sister, and his five-year-old
boy, Tommy, who was seeing his
father for the first time in two years.
John B. Northrup, former assist
ant's state's attorney of Cook Coun
ty, opened the fight against the
granting of the pardon.
Northrup was supposed to be rep
resenting the state. It was only later
that he was pointed out as represent
ing, not the State of Illinois, but the
Employers' Association of Illinois.
Northrup bitterly- attacked En
right as a slugger, and talked about
"endangering the lives of citizens by
allowing this slugger to roam the
When he had done with his tirade
on Enright for killing Altman he
dragged in the old story of the killing
of Dutch Gentleman.
Attorney Charles E. Erbstein, who
was Enright's counsel at the trial,
He reviewed the murder of Altman
by the "man in the overcoat and cap"
in the Briggs House bar.
"Let me explain, gentlemen," he
continued, "that after the murder of
Altman, Moss Enright was cleared
by a coroner's jury. That was in
March. In June, Nick Hunt, then a
police inspector, played his trump
"He sent Harry Brolaski, the ex
gambler who used to reel off con
fessions about other gamblers at the
rate of one per edition tor-the Chi
cago newspapers, to find a witness
who would go on the stand and Bay
he was sure that it was Enright who
did the shooting.
"Brolaski discovered Fred Irish, a
broken-down race track tout, in the
epileptic ward of the Cook County
Hospital. Under the protecting wing
of the thenjejrtnlckJHuntlrisTi.
.would have sworn to anything.
"The epileptic wa,s removed from,
the County Hospital to the expensive
Washington Park Hospital, near
Hunt's home, and kept. there until
the trial began. At the trial he took
the stand, and his testimony damned
"His testimony onoe given, Irish
disappeared. This winter broken jn
health and suffering from a badly
diseased conscience, he wrote to
Hunt, saying he -wanted to tell the
"A conference was arranged and
in March of this year, Irish came to
."Why, gentlemen, did Irish go to
Hunt to tell of his troubled con;,
science and his desire to tell the
truth? Hunt wasn't even a police
ofllcial in March. Why did not Irish
go to the proper authorities to make
his admission thatjhifl testimony that
had sent a man to jail for life was
rotten, dirty lies?
"And now, despite Irish's repudia
tion of his testimony, despite all the
affidavits of those who have Sworn
that it was Gentleman and not En
right who killed Altman, the Employ
ers' Association haB sent Northrup
here to fight to keep Enright in the
"Northrup talked about law and
order.' Law and. order! It sounds
like a benediction, doesn't it, coming
from John B. Northrup, representing
the Employers' Association?
"The Employers' Association
hasn't anything against .Enright.
They don't care what becomes of
"Their reason f or- fighting this par
don is much more sinister than a
mere personal desire to punish one
man. They think that if they can
send Moss Enright hack to his sun
less cell they will have struck a blow
at the labor union movement almost
as effective as the deadly blows
struck at Indianapolis and Los An
geles. 1 want to call the attention of-you"'
gentlemen to the prisoner hlmwlfr