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the conditions exposed within the
past two weeks exist, has been the
strongest Thompson-llundin ward in
,the city since Thompson was elected
The big fellows in the ward are
George Harding and Sam Ettelson.
But there are dozens of minor boss
es, such as Aid. Oscar De Priest.
Their duty is to carry the word to
the bosses. And behind this class
are the little fellows, the saloonkeep
ers, the gamblers arid the "fixers."
So far only this last class has come
in for any newspaper knocking.
What, the police captains are expect
ed to tell is just how and from whom
orders' from "higher-ups" got to
them to lay off the fellows who were
helping Lundin put Harry B. Miller
over as state's attorney.
Chief Healey expected to' sign an
orde rthis afternoon to transfer Capt.
Max Nootbaar from South Chicago
to 22d street, to succeed Capt. Smith,
and Capt Thomas Meagher from
Brighton Park to Cottage Grove ave
nue, to succeed Capt. 0!Brien. Noot
baar was formerly at 22d street
Lieut Walter Jenkins will probably
be acting captain at South Chicago,
while Lieut. Egan will succed Meagh
er at Brighton Park.
Chief of Police C C. Healey will
reply to statements that the vice dis
trict and negro belt are running wide
open this afternoon, just in time for
the Sunday papers with their big cir
culations. He's going to face the
music by suspending a couple of cap
tains, it is believed, and transferring
1 The question of the '"black and
tan" disorderly cafes and dance1 halls
will be treated. Anti-administration
forces, 'through the Herald and News,
have shown that there are dance
halls on South State street where
white girls sway around the floor in
the close embrace of black negroes;
where whisky is sold, although there
is no license; where sohcir-ng be
tween black and whites is open and
- dancing is a vulgar riat.
On Wabash avenue, according to
evidence uncovered by Federal Judge
Landis, open card playing, crap
snooting and racehorse gambling
flourishes in poolrooms and cigar
The Beaux Arts club is one of the
mixed color resorts which has been
shown up by the newspapers. In this
hall at 27th and State street hun
dreds of blacks and whites gather
On a floor so crowded that Couples
can't move around hundreds just
stand in a spot aftd shake themselevs
up and down to the sensuous rhythm
of a jaz band. Drinking and carous
ing go on, although the place never
had a license -to sell booze. The po
licemen have stood by and watched
the rough-house; they didnH; ques
Dozens of couples, often of mixed
race, leave the dance hall for nearby
"come and go" hotels which have
never been bothered since the morals
commission became unpopular with
the City Hall forces.
A mile north gambling runs riot. -
In the cigar store- at 62 E. 18th st,
Dan Kinnally's place, and several
smaller "backroom" stores, poker
games run where the roof is the limit.
The police know about this and are
afraid to touch the gamblers because
most of .them are members of 4he
Sportsmen's club, which aided in the
election of Mayor Thompson.
Open soliciting is carried on in a
dozen saloons which border the old
red-light district. And hundreds of
disorderly houses are running their
drunken and diseased careers.
Cap't Jos. Smith and Cap't Wm. P.
O'Brien are the leaders that will be
made the "goats," it is thought. They
have played politics in Harrison De
mocratic way and are both Knights
If the expected happens, these men
will be ordered before the administra
tion's civil service board and will
probably feel the weight of an ouster.
This was the pjari months ago, en-