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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN.
Is Kenna a Crook? I don't know
much about Chicago politics or Chi
cago's underworld, but I have been
reading about "Hinky Dink" Kenna
in Chicago newspapers for years, and
most that I have read has been in
sinuation and innuendo. I don't
know what he is charged with doing,
for I have yet to read a specific
I can't get at what his particular
offense is, and can't figure out what
the trust newspapers are trying to
make people lelieve Kenna is doing.
I presume there are thousands of
people in Chicago who are much in
the same fix that I find myself in.
That is they know the newspapers
persistently knock Kenna and create
the vague impression that he is some
sort of a vice lord, but they don't
know what he has done. There is
nothing definite or concrete about
any of the charees. -' r
Now if Alderman Kenna is a crook,
if he accepts bribes, if he sells the
people of Chicago out to the public
service grafters, if he collects tribute
from the underworld, if he protects
thieves and other crooks in fact,
if he is in any way connected with
Chicago vice and crime, I wish some
of the holier-than-thou newspapers
would give me some definite informa
tion, so that I can judge for myself
whether I think Kenna is a good or a
I have asked a number of men who
are supposed to know what is going
on in Chicago whether or not Kenna
was a crook; and not one of them
has said he was. Not one of them
could tell me of anything crooked he
had done; and I am still in ignorance.
I am insistent on this for the rea
son that I refuse to judge any man
by the attitude of Chicago ' news
papers toward him. If he happens to
be a politician, 1 am more suspicious
of him if the papersare .for .him than.
if they are against him. But what
ever their attitude, I want to know
the facts so I can form my own judg
ment I have no more interest in Kenna
than I have in any other human being
ordinarily, but my interest is aroused
just now because all of the news.
papers are pounding him. And J
would like to know the truth.
Will the Tribune, Herald, Exam
iner, News, Journal, Post or American
kindly tell me what's wrong or rotten
about Michael Kenna?
I am sure there must be many citi
zens who think Kenna is a bad citi
zen, who really would like to know
for their own satisfaction why they
think that way.
Chicago Summer Sports. This
town is having a lively summer.
Thousands disport themselves in the
cooling waves of Lake Michigan and
other thousands get acquainted with
the grass in our various parks.
Some go to see the animals at the
Lincoln Park zoo, others visit the
movies and still others howl them
selves hoarse at ball games.
But when we pick up our daily
papers all of us revel in vice. The
flurry in the levee gives all the papers
full opportunity to tell their readers
all about kings and print pictures of
some of the erstwhile queens of the
Even the Everleigh sisters got
their pictures in one of the papers,
showing up prominently on one page,
while the pictures of some of our
swell sassiety folks were just as con
spicuous on another page.
And the whole town eats it up. Evi
dently the underworld is full of ro
mance and adventure; and folks like
to read about it no matter how much
they condemn it to others. f
There appears to be a fascination
about vice. I sometimes wonder if
some men don't turn reformers so as
to get as near to vice as possible and
yet have a plausible excuse for their
intimacy with it.
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