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den and violent deaths in Cook,
I would like to ask, who is more
to blame for the majority of suicides
than the papers?
In going through The Day Book of
May 12 I was surprised to see the ac
count of six suicides (all of which
took up less than five inches). II
the Chicago papers want to start a
crusade on the suicide problem, let
them follow the path that The Day
Book has made, and I am sure there
will be'fewer people take their lives.
-' P. W. B.
NEW YORK GANG WAR TAKES
FIVE LIVES ON SUNDAY
New York, May 2. Gang killers
whose battles on both the East and
West Sides of Manhattan resulted in
the murder of five men, the fatal
wounding of three and the injury of
many more were sought by the police
today after the outbreak of disorder
had culminated in a bloody street
fight in Hell's Kitchen.
Twenty-five suspects were gather
ed in by the police. They spent last
night vainly seeking for those whose
blood spattered the pavements after
the Hell's Kitchen's affray. Every J
man hit was spirited away and today
all had evaded the searching' detec
tives. Twenty men, firing promiscuously,
filled the street at Ninth avenue and
West Forty-sixth street "when the
battle broke out They were mem
bers of the Hell's Kitchen and the
Stryker's farm bands. Hundreds of
the dwellers in tenements there fled
in terror when the battle began and
several women and children narrow
ly escaped the flying lead. The rattle
Of pistols was heard in the West
Forty-seventh street police station,
just a block away, and reserves were
hustled around the corner. Before
they arrived, however, the feud was
over, the gunmen had scattered and
only a few pools of blood on thepav
ingstones showed that some of th j
buUets went home. ,
The. second outbreak came at a
dance In Abington Square, a mile
lower down the West Side. In "thei
hall the "Hudson Dusters," a notor-
ious band, were entertaining when
the Gophers, a rival crowd, sent a spy"
into the hall to see what was going
on. He was Frank Hillock. Recog-,
nized as a "Gopher" Hillock fled, re
ceiving a bullet behind the ear. Later
he was taken to the New York Hos
pital. There, although told he was
dying, Hillock refused to say a word
of who shot him down,, remaining
true to the ethics of the New York
When police backed two patrol
wagons up to the doors of the dance
hall no one could be found who knew -anything
of a man being shpt. "An
empty pistol, freshly discharged, was
found in a hall and twenty-five of the
gangsters and their women were
taken to the police station. Today
they are being "sweated" for a clue
to the crime.
Two stabbings on the lowr West .
Side, three men shot to death and
one suicide on the East Side filled out
the toll of gang frays for the Sunday
holiday. ( '
A GENERAL ALARM Jffi
Boy (excited) Better hurry, you!
Cop Eh, what is it? Fight or fire'
Boy Circ'u parade
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