0 fcHOTMY A BLUftTiM
they all Pursue the ctm
ping! Bang! Around the cqrner
pf Ashland blvd. and Ogden av. came
a man running and loosening his
clothes as he ranrwhile Ms hand
stealthily sought a hip pocket and
the butt of a revolver protruded.
The repprterwhisked into a store.
"There's a revolver duel going on
outside. Please let me stay here and
Bjng! Bang! Curiosity brought
the reporter out from the storm shel
ter to the street and at the corner of
Monroe and Ashland a veritable hail
of bullets was spattering around
while i? coppers in uniform stood
on one side emptying revolvers and
on the pther stood the fairly well
dressed individual who had done the
" Already there were 11 shots fired,
but nothjng seemed to fall. Instead
the regiment pf officers came run
ning down Ogden av. toward Madi
son whjle three others jumped into
an auto and fired as the auto speeded
along zig-zagging toward the side
walk and endangering anything in
"What is it?" a woman asked the
reporter. "I can't see a thing they
are shooting at. Are they firing
blank cartridges They aren't hit
"Wait," the reporter said tensely.
"So far they have fired but 19 shots.
Give them a chance."
The mob grew and the officers,
thoe on foot and tbdse zigzagging
in the auto, rushed west on Madison
St. for a block.
'"" "27 shots so far and still they hit
nothing," the reporter murmured,
breaftng in gasps. "It is an unem
ployed not, an escaped lunatic, a no
torious murderer or a bank robber?
In any event, whatever it is hasn't
been hit yet and there goes the. 41st
The chase had doubled. Puce more
it was back on Ogden av. A few of
the policemen on foot had droppgd
PUt and w&$ Walking ptafig fUbififr
But the auto "zigzagged the street
and the pursuing crowd, indifferent to
the fact that one of the bullets might
perchance find spme mark, ran along
with it, the reporter bringing up la
54 shots and still the chase kept on.
It had veered again to Madison st.
and continued down to Washington
blvd. 59 shots and It turned on
Washington blvd. 64 shots and it
went west on the boulevard. Then
as the 69th shot rang out there was
sudden Bilence broken by the mur
mur of the crowd.
"Wb,ere did he go? He got away?.
Where did he go?"
With smoking revolvers, the cava!-
cade grinned sheepishly.
"Bet they ain't real cops," a dys
peptic man murmured. "Bet this is a.
moving picture layout, I could have
hit that fugitive with a tin can at a.
hundred yards and they let hhn get
away. Don't believe h'e was mad any
way. Wasn't frothing and wasn't
snapping. Like as not he was hun-i
gry anji some kids teased him."
But the Btaryed brown mongrel
puppy had passed through the hail of
bullets unscathed' and somewhere in
an alley was getting his breath. He
had a miraculous escape." If the fir
ipg had keptcin he night haye been,
ABOUT THE CANAL
Washington, Feb. 18.-7-Yery month,
shqws an""increasjed use of th.e Pan
ama canal. In August 24 ships went;
thrpugh and Inpecember the num
ber was 99. Toe August tonnage
was. 106,288; the December tonnage
was 446,415. The total number of
vessej? that haye used the canal up
tp Jan. 1, 1915, is 35S and the tgjal
tonnage is 1,74,89&. Tolls collected: .
up to date aUjpunt to fltg47.1G0.45.
December saw the first yespejg usjag
the canal from the Bast one
from Japan and one-from China for
the Atlantic coast pf thg XJnitgd;.
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