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Just now. We have dismissed all the
charges except that against William
Wallace. Several drug users have
testified that they were sent to him
by Dr. Blunt." Wallace's store is at
39th and State sts. --
"Representatives of tti& store were
hot about the publicity they received
in this case," continued Mason. "On
May 19 when The Day Book appeared
a man called me up who said he was
the general manager of the store. He
attempted to blame me for the story.
I told him that whatever matter en
tered my ofHce was open to the pub
lic and that I had no control over the
papers. He then hung up."
Another reporter went into the
commissioner's office to -ask about
the Siegel-Cooper case. He was fol
lowed into the hall by a squat, im
portant individual, who immediately
demanded the name of the paper he
was working for.
"Why couldn't you have some con
sideration for the store when you
wrote the story about the arrest of
Eberhard," he demanded. "We con
sider our reputation injured through
the stories which appeared in the
Tribune and The Day Book. They
both named The store."
"Are you representing the store?"
he was asked.
"Never mind whom I represent," he
snapped. "I just want to tell you it
won't do you any good to publish this
The reporter, an employe of the
trust press, by the way, didn't scare
worth a cent. "I write what news I
may find here and I consider this
news," he said.
The fat little man was surprised.
He grew fatherly and began to slap
the reporter on the back.
"Well, then, come over to the store
and see me some time," he said in
parting. "Never mind my name. It
will be easy to find me."
Among the other druggists to be
discharged is John R. Montgomery,
2602 S. State St., who has appealed
a $1,000 fine and a six months' jail
.sentence imposed by the city for sen-
ing dope. Montgomery is called the
most dangerous dealer in drugs in
the city today by the state board of
pharmacy, who rescinded his 'license.
Montgomery's wife and brother
have also been arereted and fined for
selling dope. All of their appeals are
now pending. Ass't Corporation
Counsel Reker, who prosecuted the
family, proved that the store at 2602
S. State st, is a clearing house for
the drug traffic be between New
York and St. Louis.
"The discharge of these druggists
does not mean that the government
Is dropping their cases for good," said
a high official in the district attor
ney's office to a Day Book reporter.
"Their discharge by the commission
er has no special significance. The
case may be reopened at any time by
bringing the evidence we now have
before the federal grand jury. This
offic has deemed it unwise to prose
cute the cases at this time. The gov
ernment is not showing its hand just
yet. We are concentrating on the Dr.
Evidence in the Dr. Blunt case will
bep resented to the grand jury next
week. Chicago is the only city in the
United States which has made any
attempt to enforce the Harrison act
If Dr. Blunt is convicted a valuable
precedent has been set. If he is re
leased the Harison act is invalid.
Meanwhile the government's probe
into the drug traffic is continuing.
Foster, Garfield and Dante schools
to hold neighborhood field-day at
Stanford park, 14th pi. and Jefferson,
Mass meeting to be held at I. W. W.
headquarters, 644 W. 12th, Saturday
evening to protest against execution
of Joe Hill, Salt Lake City, sentenced
to be shot
The Meteor club is going on a
camping trip Saturday till Monday.
Those wishing to go should notify