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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 17, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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burglaries, one job of safeblowing by
yeggmen.
"It always happens," said Aid. Rob
ert M. Buck of council police commit
tee. "What else does anybody expect
when a big strike is ended and the
sluggers and gunmen, the-riffraff who
have been violating the law under the
eyes of authorized policemen, are
turned loose for some new way to get
, money for whisky and women? Did
you ever know of a big strike in Chi
cago but was followed by amazing
crime records like the one in Chicago
yesterday?"
Buck says he will push for council
action soon on his plans for a special
strike bureau in the police depart
ment. As things go now, the han
dling of strikes is an under-cover, se
cret work by the police. Every at
tempt of Buck and others to force
Chief Healey and Deputy SchuetUer
to make public their orders to the po
licemen under them on how to han
dle the garment strike has failed.
"Criminal records of men em
ployed as special policemen on strike
duty should be known," said Buck.
"The purpose of the strike bureau
is in part to save the city from the
illogical position of issuing stars and
guns to unfortunates who have their
pictures in the rogues' gallery."
"When the garment strike was at
its worst and at the time Deputy
SchuetUer was rushing into the
newspapers with figures on strike
violence I raised the question on the
floor of the council: What will the
600 or 800 sluggers and private de
tectives do whe nthe strike is over?"
said Aid. Wm. JE. Rodriguez. "Private
police duty during a strike is a train-,
ing school for crime."
At Chicago Federation of Labor of
fices it was freely stated there is a
direct connection between the end of
a strike and a rise in crime and vio
lence. The case was cited of Ed
Myers, strikebreaker in the news
paper strike of 1912. Myers, ex-con-tvict
and Record-Herald truck driver,
ttried to hold up Sec'y Cook of the
Chicago National league ball club.
Cook had 5300 cash on him ana an
automatic gun. He sent a bullet
through the heart of Myers. When
the police unbuttoned Myers' coat
and came to the vest they found
pinned on it the badge of a deputy
sheriff of Cook county, duly sworn in
for strike duty.
YOUTH PROVES ALIBI LET OUT
IN SHOTKUS SHOOTING
Geo. Pay, youthful cabaret singer
who was yesterday identified by A.
B. Shotkus as one of the two who
held him up and shot him in the arm
in his coal office, was released today
by Judge Fisher. Fay presented an
alibi so strong that the judge said
he could not possibly have been im
plicated. Shotkus was today not sure of his
identification of either Fay or Billy
Carmody, who fired the shot, he
says, but Carmody is being held.
Fay is the youth whom Judge
Fisher discharged last week with a
severe reprimand to the police for
making such an unwarranted arrest
Twice before he has been arrested
when the police could procure no evi
dence against him. "I do not cen
sure the police for arrested him yes
terday," said Judge Fisher, "though
it is proven Fay could not have fig
ured in. this robbery, yet circum
stances were such as to warrant the
police taking him into custody."
The police now are searching for
George's brother, John, whom they
believe committed the robberies and
purposely arranged circumstances so
that blame would fall on the brother.
Fay's family is in a pitiful condi
tion. While his mother was on the
way to the jail to see him after his
arrest yesterday she got word that
her husband was dying in a hospital.
The father has been fatally ill for
many weeks and the family is large
and absolutely destitute, with not a
penny of wages coming in. They
live at 1146 W. Congress sL

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