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Tierty's barn. "White has been giving
columns to the. papers on the "third
degree." Nowask him if he was
given the "third degree" on these oc
casions when brought into my of
fice. "- -
I shall give you only one more in
teresting instance, and if ever a fel
low deserved a trimming this one
I was walking west on Madison
street when at Jefferson st. a big
husky-looking chap stepped up to a
well-dressed citizen and demanded
that he give him some money. I
quickly stenDed in between them and
before I could utter a word the sup
posed holdup or jack'-roller tried to
break away. We clinched and both
went to the sidewalk, where we rolled
into the street. From there we
fought and tumbled and rolled to the
police station and down the base
ment steps, a distance of three blocks.
I turned him over to the lockup
keeper and went Upstairs to wash. I
needed a washing and a second-hand
man would have refused my clothes.
While washing I did a lot of think
ing. I thought that if this man is
not the devil himself I am getting
old, because I was all in.
Let me look myself over: all blood,
clothes in rags, right hand cut With
knife, left thumb dislocated and a
Still my conscience or that some
thing in man that tells the truth
told me that I did well, that I fought
like blares und landed my man, but
I wondered that a "bum" or a thief
could have such stamina in him, and,
while wondering to myself I heard a
terrible commotion downstairs and
ran down. Then I was satisfied.
My prisoner and the lockup-keeper,
two wagon men and the driver-were
together on the floor. He had re
fused to go into a cell and it took
all of us to put him there.
We could not find the man he de
manded the money from, so we sent
him to the Bureau of Identification.
! criminal. Finding "no record," ha
was booked for "disorderly con
duct." I told my story to the judge.
He told his: "Hard up, had spent all
his money for whisky; had been a
cowboy out west, was desperate and,
swore that he would kill the firet po
liceman that tried to arrest him."
The judge merely said: "Six
months in the Bridewell would do
you good. i$100 and costs.
The prisoner was full of fight as
ever until I whispered to him: "Will
you go out West if I fix it up for
He looked dumfounded as I
stepped up to the Judge and said:
"Your honor, if you will suspend the
fine I will get this man shipped out
The judge said: "Did you hear that
from the man you tried to kill?"
Then and only then was that fel
low whipped. That big Swede cried
like a baby as I took him over to a
shipping agency and sent him out
The majority of prisoners merely
are "unfortunates," and the majority
of policemen would do what I did.
Even there are good publishers,
some fine editors and some dandy
kid reporters. Michael J. Gallery,
Lieutenant, Rogers Park Station.
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