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FOLICE1 CHIEF. McWEENY HANDS
IN HIS RESIGNATION
John McWeeny, chief of police
since the. spring of 1911, resigned
yesterday and completed his service
of twenty-eight years ra the force.
- Politics and Major Funkhouser are
said to be the reasons for his resigna
tion. McWeeny was the sort of a chief
that is soon forgotten. Strictly
honest, McWeeny never did anything
to uplift the pohce department, nor
anything to harm it. He was simply
McWeeny has been shoved into the
background since M. L. C. Funk
houser was made second deputy su
perintendent of the police. There
has been -constant bickering between
the two, which culminated in the re
port on vice conditions made to the
mayor by Funkhouser.
A fight was started as to who
't ould have jurisdiction over the sup
pression of vice and gambling. The
argument Teached such a stage that
the mayor took a hand in and the
matter was thrashed out in his office
yesterday. At the end df it the mayor
sided with Funkhouser.
" "All right, your Honor, I'm
through," said Chief McWeeny as he
walked away. A short time later his
written resignation reached Harrison
with the request that it become ef
It was inevitable that McWeeny's
authority would be stripped from him
the moment a stronger man appear
ed. And such a man was Funk
houser. McWeeny was primarily a police
man, and a good one. But as a chief
he allowed the "department to become
stagnant. Under him, the force got
into such a state that the reorganiza
tion' plan was shoved through, fos
tered by Andy Lawence .and Harmon
Campbell. If he. had been a progres
sive such a plan could never have
The mayor asserted, today that the
new chief would be a man from the
1 ranks and that no political pull would
get a man the place. He thoughtthe
ne whead would be named by Mon
day. He blamed McWeeny's lack of
sympathy with the reorganization
plan as the reason for his resignation'.
Several names have been men
tioned for the place. Major Funk
houser is one' of them. But the'
mayor at the time he 'went into office
said he was opposed to a civilian
, First Deputy Schuettler Is also
mentioned. But Schuettler is now a
civil service man and it would be
hardly sane for him to take a job so
full of thorns as chiefof police will be
for the .next year, and a half.
Next in line comes Capt Paddy
Lavin of the Hyde Park station, the
strikebreaking policeman, pet" of "the
packer sand friend of Andy Law
rence. Bu the mayor wouldn't dare
flaunt the union men of, Chicago by
Captains P. D. O'Brien and Capt.
John. Halpin are also strong candi
dates. Likewise Capt Tnomas F.
Meagher of Desplaines street station.
, Congressman' Sabath, who is striv
ing to become a political dictator, is
boosting Capt John E. Ptacek, of the
Lawpdale station. 'while' a hunch was
passed around tne City Hall that
Capt Morgan Collins of South Chi
cago w5uld getihe place. '
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, . GOMPERS HERE NOV 1.
Samuel Gompers, president of the
American Federation .of Labor, will
be in Chicago Saturday, Nov. 1, on
his way to Seattle, where the Amer
ican Federation fit Labor convention
opens Nov. 3.
President Gompers, Frank N. Mor
rison, national secretary of the Amer
ican Federation Of "Labor, and 'Edwin
Berry, Indianapolis, secretary of min
ing departmentr'will meet"" at; the
Kaiserhpf Hotel at rioon.
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