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Berwick back at old stand
After williams retracts
One month ago the Rev. Elmer L.
Williams, that "fighting parson" on
the North Side, whose "fighting" has
been conducted chiefly against wo
men, complained to Mayor Harrison
that Police Sergeant Nick Berwick
was guilty of immoral conduct
Berwick then was in command of
Deputy Superintendent of Police
Schuettler's famous crime squad,
which did more real work during the
winter than any other body of po
lice in the city. It worked only on
the big cases. '
Mayor Harrison, possibly because
of certain conditions in his own ward
on the North Side, chose to fall for
Williams' accusation of Berwick.
Berwick was called on the carpet,
bitterly scored, put back "in harness"
and sent to the woods of the Town
This affair created a great deal of
talk. State's Attorney Maclay Hoyne
had but recently sprung his "crime
trust allied with high police officers"
stuff. The newspapers were full of
nasty insinuations about Berwick and
the reason for his reduction in rank
and transfer to the Town Hall Sta
tion. But Berwick's troubles did not end
with his going into harness and
transfer to the woods. Someone, it
is not definitely known who, was
good enough to telephone to Mrs.
Berwick and tell her that her hus
band had been reduced in rank and
transferred because of his immoral
conduct with loose women. No news
paper had printed this, the actual
charge against Berwick.
The result of that telephone mes
sage was that a home was almost
Berwick set out to find out who
had been traducing him. He soon
struck the trail of the Rev. Williams.
He went to Williams- and demanded
a full investigation of the charges
Williams had made against him.
Williams, with a pretense of being
very fair, told Berwick that he would
make a personal investigation of the
charges. Within two weeks, "the
fighting parson" very sheepishly
came to Berwick, admitted that the
charge he had preferred against Ber
wick was false, that the police offi
cer's record was clean, and that he,
Williams, had been entirely in the
Berwick demanded that Williams
retract his charges before the mayor.
Williams wrote to Harrison with
drawing the charges. Today Berwick
resumes his old place as head of the
That is all. Except that a great
injustice was done Berwick, and that
pig-headed persons who believe what
they read in the newspapers never
will believe he was not guilty of the
charges against him; and that the
Rev. Williams got a little free adver
tising and very likely some extra
contributions from his patrons who
want to see him "clean Chicago."
GET A LITTLE SETBACK
Several cf the independent con
tractors who refused to obey the
lockout order of the inner circle of
the bosses' association, today got
their first taste of the screws.
A number of building material
firms, which are in league with the
inner circle of the -building trades
bosses, are refusing to supply ma
terials to the independent contrac
tors. This extended the lockout today,
but not so seriously as to cause any
One of the places affected by the
extension of the lockout was North
western University, where two new
dormitories and five fraternity build
ings are being built.
President Harris of the university
asked C. E. Carson, head of the C.
E. Carson Contracting Company of
Chicago to resume work, but found
Carson as helpless as himself.