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oft gambling and prostitution
On June 11, 1915, O'Brien asked
the revocation of Yensos ' license:
Nothing was done until citizens of
the neighborhood led by Mrs. Bar
rier complained to Chief Healey. A
short time later the license was re
stored. It was in connection with
this queer restoration that Ass't
State's Att'y Henry Berger flashed
the name of Sen. Harding.
When O'Brien first took the stand
he was questioned by Berger con
cerning a saloon owned by Abe Pohl,
a professional bandsman and politi
cian, at 2724 S. State. He said the
place was frequented by prostitutes.
Abe Pohl was arrested for pander
ing several months ago. He was lat
er discharged, but before the case
was ended he succeeded in having
two police officers dropped from the
payroll on a charge of accepting
bribes. After the pandering arrest
and after an investigation by police
officers and investigators from Sec
and Deputy Punkhouserrs office,
O'Brien begged the chief to revoke
the license. Pohl is still doing busi
ness at the old stand.
Among the other places which he
said were infested with prostitutes
and which carried on their riotous
gayety until the wee sma hours,
O'Brien named the following: George
("Tubby") Miller, 464 E. 31st; Wm.
Noble, 3041 Cottage Grove av.; The
Pickwick, owned by Jack Jordan,
3033 Cottage Grove av.; the Rhodes
cafe, owned by Wm. Sullivan, 478 E.
31st; the Grape Arbor, 3022 Cottage
Grove av.; Max Robbins, 3041 Cot
tage Grove av., now owned by Wm.
In connection'' with Noble's saloon
Berger asked O'Brien if it wasn't
true that Sen. Harding owned the
property. O'Brien said he didn't
know and intimated he didn't care to
say anything about it. Judge Olson
remarked that he thought it would
be a good thing if the names of all '
owners of property used for disrepu-j
table, purposes was hung on a sign
in front of tne place.
Unspeakable conditions and im
moral dances ,prevailed in the Arling
ton cafe, 3034 Indiana av., and the
Pompeii cafe, owned by Jack Craw
for, 20 E. 31st, but Chief Healey was
deaf to his charges, according to
O'Brien. , N
The reply from Chief Healey ,to
Capt, O'Brien, warning him to do his
duty as a policeman in the matter of
the Beaux Arts club, which the ad
ministration banked on as a1 defense
for Healey, was riddled by Berger. It
was. shown that the letter was writ
ten the day before O'Brien's suspen
sion and after the Herald had ex
posed the place.
One trump card played by O'Brien
was the introduction of a letter writ
ten to Chief Healey on Nov. 24, 1915,
in which' he characterized his district
as the worst spot in Chicago and in
which he described wild orgies, pros
titutes and violations of the 1 o'clock
law and Sunday closing law. And
Healey did not answer. He heard
his captain's complaint against a
vice-ricfden, politically-controlled dis
trict and he offered no word of en
couragement or advice.
O'Brien also told of receiving Or
ders from Chief Healey warning him
against interfering with music in the
cabarets after 1 o'clock under the
provisions of the restaurant ordi
The manner in which O'Brien was
suspended was also told, O'Brien
said he had his first intimation of
the suspension from what he read in
the papers. He said he visited Healey
at his office, but could get nothing
from him, although Healey half-way
admitted he had nothing on- him.
When he returned to the station
Healey called him back to his office.
In the meantime the newspapers ap
peared on the street saying he and
Capt. Smith were suspended. Healey
then Intimated there nad been some
tbin? r the roirtmittee of Fifteen re-'
port that hurt O'Brien. '