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P. D. O'BRIEN IS SUSPENDED-
POLICE HUNT GOES ON
With P. D. O'Brien, captain of the
detective bureau, fired out of office
temporarily and possibly permanent
ly, the rumor persists that more
higher-ups of the police dep't will
have their official heads lopped off.
Capt O'Brien was so close to
Chief Healey in the inside politics
of the police department that it's
anybody's guess what will happen
On the face of police records, burg
laries in Chicago have increased 35
per cent since Mayor Thompson ap
pointed Charles Clarence Healey as
police chief -with orders to "drive all
crooks from the city." Official rec
ords of the police show 3,862 burg
laries the last five months, as against
2,881 in 1914 and 2,624 in 1913.
Burglary insurance rates, already
higher than any other large Amer
ican city when Healey went into of
fice, promise to go higher.
Cap't O'Brien was suspended last
night by Chief Healey on request of
the civil service commission. That
body is probing charges that O'Brien
was a leader among those who raised
a slush fund in the department for
the defense of Walter O'Brien, de
tective sergeant who was convicted,
and John Halpin, Capt. O'Brien's
predecessor, now on trial charged
with graft and conspiracy.
Judge Barret in circuit court yes
terday ordered the police to quit their
trickery in the secret holding of four
garment strikers, neither booked on
charges nor permitted to see their
lawyers or friends. Habeas corpus
writ was granted. The four were
then boked on charges of murder on J
complaint recorded as by the wife of
Kuppenheimer's shop on the
Northwest Side was visited by mem
bers of the Ministers' assJn yester
day. Rev. O. P. Jordan of Christian
church, Evanston, said that after the
trip it was easier to believe stories
about rough handling and indecen
cies practiced to the police. He said
'Tatrolman No. 3,705 took hold"
of one of the ministers hy the coat
collar, bawled him out, and threat
ened to arrest him. When he found
out that he had hold of a minister
and that the minister knew his rights
as a citizen, he stopped his rough
"I saw repeated instances of po
licemen shaking women and shoving
them around. I saw Patrolman No.
3,247 take a woman by the shoul
ders and shove her off the sidewalk.
He ordered her to 'get out.' "
Members of the ministers' party
were: Revfl Herbert L. Willet of the
divinity school of the University of
Chicago; Rev. Edward S. Ames,
Hyde Park Christian church; Rev
W. G. Winn, Irvin gPark Christian
church; B. S. Jeuseff of the Russian
Christian Mission, 14th and Union
sts. They represented the Ministers'
ass'n, which had had dinner at the
City club before making a trip to
strikebound garment houses. Prof.
Branhall of the political science de
partment of the University of Chi
cago, was with the party.
BITS OF NEWS
Two street cars collided at mouth
of La Salle st. tunnel. None injured.
Columbus, Ga. At least 7 killed,
42 injured when circus train of Ken
nedy Carnival Co., 28 cars long, col
lided head-on, with passenger train
on Central of Georgia Ry. Owner
of show says 18 are killed.
New York- Women will replace
men as ship's stewards on many
trans-Atlantic liners if Great Britain
resorts to conscription, according to
chief steward of the St Paul.
Washington. To backfire woman A'
suffrage White House reception, upoh
opening of congress, antis have ser
cured engagement with President
San Francisco. Gerald Charteri
DeWolfe, brother of Elsie DeWou
actress, New York, suicided. Losfg
money playing lottery
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