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Meagher was sent over to the West
Side from the North Side because he
had cleaned up the North Side be
cause he had cleaned up the North
Side as it never had been cleaned
before, had cleaned it up until Mayor-
Harrison's North Sid boss, Hot Stove
Jimmy Quinn, squealed like a stuck
pig, and because the mayor said he
wanted the West Side cleaned up.
Meagher came to the West Side.
The Peoria street and Carpenter
street dives vanished; the saloons be
gan to obey the laws; the handbooks
quit running; the yeggs and the mac
quereaux and the bad men scattered
to the South and "North Sides.
Go over to the West Side today
and the conditions are easily discov
ered! The Desplaines street police dis
trict is closed and closed tight; the
old dive district east of Centre is no
more; saloonkeepers in that once ill
favored region permit women in their
saloons only at peril of their licenses;
there is no gambling save the petty
gambling in the saloons and pool
halls that cannot be stamped out.
In the Lake street police district
west of Centre avenue, wihch also
is under Meagher's jurisdiction, , wo
men are allowed in saloons, but there
is no open gambling of the old sort.
The reason for the deadline as to
women in saloons is explained thus
by Captain Meagher:
"The saloons east of Centre to the
river are almost all disreputable
places; decent women would not dare
to venture into any save a very few
of them; if you allow women in them,
they are only turned into dives by
"The salons west of Centre are
different; t there are few of them
which are not so conducted that de
cent women may and do go into
them, with their husbands, their
brothers or their sweethearts. None
of them are known to the police to
be the haunt of professional prosti
tutes. As soon as a saloonkeeper is
known to permit his place to become
such he loses his license.
"So far as women going into
saloons is concerned I think women
have as much right in saloons as
men ; but I will not stand for profes
sional prostitutes turning saloons in
my district into dives; that is what
permitting women in the saloons east,
of Centre means."
This is Meagher's reason for a dis
crimination that has earned him bit
ter enmity from saloonkeepers in the
eastern section of his district.
And this helps to explain the desire
for Meagher's scalp.
The plot against Meagher has be
come so damnable and so underhand
and rotten as to make decent men
and women sick.
It is only by understanding such
plots that the people of Chicago can
understand how the members of their
police force are harried and some
times corrupted by self-seeking
For this reason, more details of
the plot.against Meagher will be made
JUST ABOUT NOW
We have a garden, beautiful,
But for it more we'd care
If we could only manage so's
To have an Ice plant there.