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called and remained on the stand for
about an hour, in which he engaged
in several Verbal clashes with Ass't
State's Att'ys Frank Johnston and
In.answer to a direct inquiry from
Johnston, the mayor said he never re
stored saloon licenses without the
O. K. of Chief Healey. Later he qual
ified this by saying that very often he
restored licenses at the request of
ministers and prominent business
"Many times," said the mayor,-
mmisters have called on me in the
interest of saloonkeepers who had
lost their license and told me they
believed the man had been punished
enough. I would then notify the
chief and ask for his opinion. When
he believed the man would behave I
would restore the license.
"Mr. Mayor, is there ever a single
instance where you restored a license
without first consulting the chief?"
"Not thatvI remember," replied the
"Did you ever have an independent
investigation before you restored a
"No further than the Chief of Po
lice." "Did you ever consult any one else
besides the chief on restorations?
"Well, I took it up with my sec'y,
Charley Fitzmorris, and the commit
tee of three I appointed to handle the
saloon question. Fitzmorris' word
had a great deal to do with the re
storation. If he said everything look
xed all right I gave the license back.
As a rule, however, I left it to the
Johnston then went into the may
or's order of a year ago closing the
saloons on Sunday. He said he told
Healey to notify every saloonkeeper
that the state law closing saloons on
Sunday was a good law and that he
was going to enforce it
"Has that law ben really en
forced?" asked Johnston.
"As well as the mayor could have 1
it enforced. Of course, we receive
many reports of violations but the
police force is doing the best it can.
Att'y John J. Healy, representing
Chief Healey, then asked the mayor
if -he had received any assistance
from the state's att'y in his efforts to
close the s'aloons on Sunday. Thomp
son replied he had not
"Do you need the assistance of the
state's attorney?" asked Johnston.
"I want all the assistance I can get
to enforce the law," said Thompson.
"Isn't the police dep't capable of
enforcing the Sunday law?" '
"Yes, but every one should help."
"Are you asking for the state's at
"I'm asking for all I pan get in my
desire to uphold the law. To be
frank. I don't believe the state's at
torney has done his duty."
Do you really want help?"
"Do you-need help?"
"No!" the mayor shouted.
Johnston then tripped the mayor
and made him admit that in the .
power of revocation he alone had the
only effective weapon against sa
loonkeepers who violate the law.
Thompson admitted he could revoke
a license for any reason, but said he
only used the weapon after careful
The mayor took up a great deal of
time reading his daily crime report, v
by which he sought to provehis
claim that Healy was the best police
chief Chicago ever had. He said
crime was steadily being decreased
in Chicago. v
After the mayor was excused Ber
ger went into the record of restora
tions taken from the chief's files. On
the backs of the documents, were
written names of politicians in such
a way as to indicate that influence
had been brought to bear. It was
through these and manyNothers to
come tha the state hopes to bear out
its charge of malfeasance in office
On March lfi. 191 G. two saloons