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that -vide did exist especially In the districts "policed" by the officers ifid
politicians wanted to get rid of.
Then the officers the higher-ups wanted to get rid of were fired be
cause they gave the wrong answer.
' Having got rid-of their enemies and placed their friends, the politicians
were happy and the people were supposed to be satisfied that vice and
crime had been wiped clear off the Chicago map.
But we have been hearing of late that certain saloonkeepers, who
formerly had been faithful followers of the mayor, deserted him because
they believed his alliance with the Hearst boss was threatening the Demo
cratic party with destruction in Chicago.
And now we hear that certain police officers are to be investigated and
the connection of certain saloonkeepers with yice and crime exposed to
public view. '
Possibly more policemen will walk the plank and saloonkeeplng politi
cians will be disciplined. The papers will ran heavy with lurid stories about
jackrollers, pickpockets and other prominent citizens of the underworld, the
good people will be glad that once more Vice and Crime are deader than a
door nail and then things will go on as they have been going on pre.tty
much ever since the world began.
Great is politics! Great is bunk!
Pretty soon the people of Chicago will elect a mayor. All the politicians
sniff the battle from afar. They know that the most important part of the
game is to fool the people. So they're getting busy at that.
You can see it in the newspapers. Last year the trust pdpere, headed
by the Hearst papers, started In on their war for an open shop by locking
out the pressmen's union. And they used the police force to fight the allied
printing trades unions.
Now they have begun to print some labor news. Hearst has actually
started a labor column again. Getting ready to swing the labor vote at
the next election.
But the other papers want to swing that labor vote, too so they are
printing some labor news. But it's mostly labor news from outside of Chi
cago and none at all about the union pressmen and stereotypers who are
walking the streets of Chicago.
But the vice and crime end of the game is the funniest end. It makes
I saw Harrison and Lawrence kill Vice and Crime last year, and nail
their pelts to the big barn door. But lo and behold, here they are again
the same old Vice and the same old Crime, shaking hands with their old
And the kept newspapers are flopping around like so many chickens
with their heads cut off.
But no matter what anybody in authority does no matter if Harrison
and Lawrence close saloons, pull dives and chase all the professional crooks
out of town why, in a few weeks or months old Vice and Crime will be v
doing business at the old stand, and human nature will be the same as It
was last year and the year before, and will be next year and the year after.
And the reason is that Vice and Crime are commercialized and a potent
influence in the political and business world and it yrould "hurt business"
if there should be too much interference with vice and crime.
In the meantime, I think the people show good sense by going to the
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