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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N". D. COCHRAN
Lawless ' Law Officers. Judge
Goodwin, in his testimony before the
Merriani crime committee, called at
tention to one crime that isn't com
mitted by criminals, but rather by
officers of the law.
He referred to the arrest of per
sons and their imprisonment by the
police without booking or preferring
any charge against them. In other
words, illegal imprisonment of citi
zens, at the mere whim of the police.
Judge Goodwin said:
"This system of placing a man in
a cell at the pleasure of the police
without lodging a complaint against
him has a tendency to corrupt an
honest man and it gives the detect
tive an arbitrary power. It put the
criminal classes of the city in a po
sition to be dealt with by individual
pleasure rather than by the law. This
haphazard method of dealing with
crime doesn't lead to any material
Yes, it's bad enough in dealing
with criminals, but the Chicago po
lice don't stop there. Men and boys
have been arrested and locked up
without booking, when they were not
criminals and had committed no
crime not even a misdemeanor.
During the newspaper lockout and
strike of 1912 wholesale arrests were
made of newsboys, who were locked
up without booking, and the place of
imprisonment was kept scret so that
their friends could neither bail them
out nor resort to habeas corpus.
As fast as they were found and
brought into court they were dis
charged because there was no evi
dence against them.
The police department was prac
tically put at the disposal of the
newspaper publishers of Chicago and
used to fight the battles of the pub
lishers against newsboys and union
And, besides the police, the law
less publishers had gunmen and slug-
gers on their private payroll, sworn,
in, however, as deputy sheriffs and.
policemen. Two murders were com
mitted by these newspaper gunmen,
and nobody was ever punished for
Men who make such lawless use
of the machinery of the law to serve
their own private, selfish purpose are
more dangerous criminals than all of
the pickpockets in town.
The conduct of the police toward
the striking waitresses is another in
stance of the criminal misuse of the
The Third Degree, which is a com
mon practice in Chicago, is still an
other instance of the lawlessness of.
the police department.
There is plenty of room for inves
tigation of crime on the part of offic
ers of the law, if the Merriam com
mittee has the sand to investigate.
State's Attorney Hoyne has shown
up some of the police lawlessness.
The Female of the Species. We've
sjmply got to do something to protect
pure men from the guDe of designing
women. The Rev. Hudson Baker of
New York got acquainted with Mrs.
Marion Waugh Brashears at a board
ing house, testified that Mrs. Brash
ears used to come to his room and
discuss Dante's Inferno the one
with the horrible pictures and also
The pure Rev. Baker stood this all
right, but one night he went walking
with the designing minx. They
walked in a park. And here it was
that Mrs. Brashears went entirely too
far. She actually took hold of the
Rev. Baker's arm, and he testifies
that he was "unutterably shocked."
The lawyer asked him if it wasn't
possible that she took his arm for
support over a rough path.
"No," said this pure-minded male.
"No, I am afraid not I am afraid she
took it caressingly. I withdrew my
arm, and she made no comment,"
Isn't that awful? Wasn't it rude