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Hearst's Chicago Examiner has
been nicked for $7,500.
Some say this explains the firing of
Andy Lawrence, who kept one eye
on the city hall and the other on the
Hearst building during his long stay
at Market and Madison sts.
Anyway, John P. O'Malley, former
North Side saloonkeeper, will get
$7,500 from the Illinois Publishing
& Printing Co. by a verdict of the
appellate court in an old libel suit
On Friday, Nov. 24, 1911, the Ex
aminer burst out with:
EXTRA CHICAGO EXAMINER
CHICAGO EXAMINER GETS NICKED FOR $7,500
O'MALLEY WINS LIBEL SUIT
that he has brought suit for $100,000
damages against the Examiner, alleg
ing libel. Yes, indeed, his feelings
have been hurt Hurt? Why, they've
The saloonkeeper, who has dropped
his liquor business at Kinzie and
Clark sts., was sure that Hearst's
morning sheet could not prove the
sttory it ladeeld out to its readers.
So he filed suit.
And he seems to have had a good
hunch, for four judges, one in the
'circuit court and three in the appel
late courts, affirmed his libel claim
after a jury in Judge Mangan's court
fixed the damage at $7,500.
Now $7,500 is a big bunch of coin
and there is a tale going the rounds
that the dropping of Andy Lawrence,
among other things, was quickened
by the prospect of a successful ter
mination of the libel suit
Joseph B. David, attorney for
O Malle yin this case and libelt expert,
says the verdict is an important one.
"This Examiner finding of $7,500 is
the largest libel verdict ever sustained
by a reviewing court against a news
paper in the state of Illinois,"
"A feature of the case is that
O'Malley did not claim damake as a
result of defamation of character.
The suit is more a punishment for
newspapers which print lies to fur
ther political or business office ends."
Sullivan's Bipartisan Gang in Vice
Net; Police Graft Under Busse
' Dunne to Be Bared
And the story went on to tell how
police corruptionists would be run
out of town. The -yarn nroceeded :
"Some of the men who will figurel
notably in the new expose are:
John F. O'Malley, saloon and dive
keeper, one of the most notorious
gambling houses Chicago ever had,
accused of being the head of an or
ganiaztion for colonizing illegal vot
ers and known as the North Side rep
resentative of the graft ring of the
Busse and former administrations."
O'Malley complained to Lawrence
about the story; told him that he
could never prove his allegations.
Then a few days later the Examiner
came out with:
O'MALLEY AWFULLY HURT
North Side Vice Boss Finds It's a
Hard, Cruel World
"This is a cold, cruel, wicked world.
If you don't believe it ask John F.
O'Malley. He will also tell you that
the Examiner is a cold, cruel news
paper. Incidentally, he may mention
WHY, WARREN, HOW COULD YOU!
Mineola, L. I. Warren A. Brown,
a bachelor real estate dealer, who
confesses to forty odd years, has
never kissed nor hugged a woman in
his life, nor has he submitted to any
like affections with a woman. taking
Brown so testified in defending
himself against a $10,000 heart balm
suit brought by Joseph St. John, a.
parish instructor. St John alleges
Brown stole his wife's affections,