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NEW YORK SUN TELLS WHAT HAPPENED
MEDILL McCORMICK AT SYRACUSE
At last Chicago will be able to get
the real story of the arrest of Joseph
Medill McCormick, who was rudely
yanked into court in his pajamas at
Syracuse, N. Y. The following story
of the troubles of our rising young
society man and Bull Mooser is taken
from the New York Sun:
Syracuse, Aug. 6. Medill McCor
mick of Chicago was taken from the
Twentieth Century Limited train here
at 3:21 o'clock yesterday morning
and arrested on a charge of public
It was charged that McCormick
assaulted the Pullman conductor
after an argument over the full crew
bill. When the train, eastbound from
Chicago, reached Syracuse the Bull
Moose leader was ejected from his
berth by members of the crew. Clad
only in his night clothing he was
taken to police headquarters in
charge of two policemen.
McCormick .was arraigned this
morning before Judge Ryan in the
police court. He pleaded guilty to
the charge and was paroled. He im
mediately left the police station and
registered at the Yates Hotel, where
he passed the day. ,
After arriving at the hotel McCor
mick went to bed, but left a call for
7:30 o'clock in the evening. He was
awakened at 6 o'clock by newspaper
men. He was interviewed while sit
ting on the edge of the bed.
Denies the Charge.
"Drunk; who dares charge that I
was drunk?" he demanded. "I was
as sober as a man can be. I have just
returned from Montana, where I out
rode and outwalked two cowboys,
' and I'm in the pink of condition ex
cept oran attack of the grip. Drunk?
It's a lie.
"The truth of the affair is this.
You know I introduced the full crew
bill in the Illinois Legislature. .1 was
explaining its good points to the
members of the crew and some of
them disagreed with me. Finally, the
Pullman conductor made an insulting
"I'm an Irishman, and I did what
most Irishmen would do. I stood up
and hit him on the jaw. I suppose I
shouldn't have done it. I'm really
sorry now, because I love these rail
road unions. They're like the dear
farmers to me.
"I was roughly handled after that,
and you can see the bruises on my
Exhibits His Bruises.
Here he took time to unwind him
self from his blanket and exhibit
"When Syracuse was reached," he
continued, "they elected me from my
berth and I was turned over to two
officers. I was wearing no clothing
at the time and I was not allowed
an opportunity to dress.
"But there I don't wish to be
hard on these poor railroad men.
There were three of them, you know,
and if they should lose their jobs
their little children would suffer.
When I found myself at police head
quarters my first thought was to call
up Billie Brown of the Central and
have these men's heads. But I
thought better of it.
"I really love these railroad unions.
As I said, they're just as' dear as the
farmers to me."
At this point McCormick was in
terrupted by a telephone call from
Chicago, the arrival of several tele
grams and a delegation of Pullman
employes. He disregarded them all.
Before leaving here at 8:57 o'clock
tonight for his summer home in
Marion, Mass., McCormick prepared
this statement for the press:
"It is as unnecessary as it Is futile
to deny gossip in stories .of intoxica
tion. At Ishpeming we had an ex
ample of that sort of rot. I spent the
evening on the train with Mr. Run
uells, president of the Pullman Com-