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ANOTHER OCCURRENCE THAT INDICATES THE
BRAVERY OF OUR WINDY CITY WINDY POLICE
BY JANE WHITAKER
Perhaps after -.witnessing the vaudeville performance carried on by
the . city police force" in front of Henrici's restaurant, where there is a
strike .of the girl waitresses who are asking six days work a week instead
bf seven, and the trifling wage of $8 a week, you have concluded that the
police of that district are not able to handle a man, since hitherto it has
taken six or seven to arrest a girl.
But if that is your impression, it is very wrong. The police of that
district can handle a man. I saw them do it yesterday.
To be sure, the man was hopelessly drunk and he was a poor derelict
with no home, one. of the derelicts that the system that backs men like
Collins of Henrici's makes of youths who once were promising. The kind
of derelicts that if the present system continues may be made of your
brother and of mine, and of your children if you happen to possess any.
I was standing in the Central Station when the poor derelict was
brought in and I witnessed the most contemptible exhibition of man-handling
it has ever been my horror to see.
!.. Police Sergeant Malone, he who talks most contemptously when the
little girl pickets are arrested and he who informed the public that- the
waitresses were crazy when the cops were playing their game of tag and
Who s looney now? had arrested
the derelict in front of Hennci s.
Malone is husky. But he claimed
that a man who was so intoxicated he
could hardly stand had required six
men to master him. If I hadn't wit
nessed the man-handling and had
only seen the number of police re
quired to arrest little girls, I might
have believed Malone.
But that intoxicated derelict was
dragged into the Central Police Sta
tion at 180 N. LaSalle by two big
brutes of men, one of them Officer
No. 4631, the other disappeared be
fore I got his number, and he was
dragged from the patrol wagon and
dragged into the station and thrown
on the floor by those two beefy,
strong armed coppers, until he made
a thud as he fell.
Then the representative of the
majesty of, the law, No. 4631, said to
the poor cringing thing on the floor:
''Now you prizefighter, maybe that's
enough for you. Get up."
Dazed, the poor thing arose. The
desk .sergeant snapped at him:
"What is your name?" "Jack Co
lin," the poor wretch answered.
"Where do ypu live?"
"Answer that," brave copper No.
4631, who can manhandle a drunken
man, shouted, and the poor derelict
simply repeated "Nowhere."
Then they took him intp another
room. I followed in time to' see him
thrown to the floor again by the-brave
policemen. Then I was ordered out of
the room and the door was shut on
"There was a dull sound.that broke
a tense silence, and then two mortal
screams rang out, filled with pain and
"Are they slugging that poor
devil?" I asked of a man near me.
The eyes of the desk sergeant were
on him, and he shook his head in the
And of course they weren't. The
man screamed in agony because they
were offering him a chair to sit on,
or perhaps handing him a bunch of
Somehow that part of the incident
I witnessed' went deeper into. .my heart
than even the abuse by these police
men of the girl waitresses, for back
;of the girls, stands the Women's