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CHIEF HEALEY TRAPPED IN LIES BY STATE'S
ATT'Y LUNDIN MAN HIT AS GRAFTER
Today's session of the hearing on
warrants for Chief Healey proved a
disastrous affair to Healey and the
Thompson - Lundin administration,
j. Among the high spots touched were:
.$ Chief Healey branded as maker of
false statements through the intro
duction of testimony by saloonkeep
ers that they had never talked to the
chief after he had written to Mayor
' Thompson and asked for the restor
ation of their licenses, saying that he
had "talked to them and they had
promised to behave in the future."
The testimony of Joseph Porpin
sky, saloonkeeper, to the effect that
Fred Lundin and Aid. Michelson con
' duct a small sized Tammany game in
the 33d ward, by. which favor seek
, ers are compelled to get the 0. K. of
the JLiundin precinct committeemen
before the favor is granted.
The testimony of the same Porpin
sky that he was forced to pay the
Lundin precinct committeeman be
fore his license was restored.
The announcement from Judge
Olson that he was going to try and
find out whether it is true that sa
loonkeepers are driven into the
Thompson-Lundin camp through the
cracking of the saloon license revo
The testimony of Joseph Swerling,
former newspaper reporter, concern
ing conditions in the 31st street red
light district and the South- State
street black belt.
Aid. Oscar De Priest named as the
protecting influence behind the Tam
many club, which occupied Jack
A Johnson's old cafe until its black-
and-tan conditions were exposed and
the place closed.
A. N. Field, negro, who with Ar
thur F. Codozes, owner of the Elite
No. 1, 3030 S. State, operated th&
Tammany club, testified his club sold
drinks, had music and dancing and!
didn t bother with a saloon license.
Tbe club was organized for "social
and political purposes." Its member
ship was about 200. Blacks and
whites drank and danced together.
It opened June 16 and was closed
twice before its final closing Oct. 6.
Both times the club was closed for
law violations after public exposures
Aid. Oscar De Priest saved it on both
occasions. The first time he called
Capt Stephen K. Healey to his of
fice and talked to him privately. The
club was allowed to reopen that
night. Field professed great faith in
De Priest and said he had given De
Priest's brother a $400 decorating
contract before the club opened. He
caused a laugh by sayjng the bill had
not been paid as yet. The records
show the place was closed after
charges of gambling and prostitu
tion had been made against it
Martin and Patrick McHale, own
ers of a saloon at 422 Rush, testified
they had lost their license and had
gottenit back through, the efforts of
Aid Jim Lawley, a Lundin leader.
They both denied ever seeing Chief
Healey. Healey informed the mayor
he had talked to them and they had
promised to be good.
Theo. Rosenfeld, saloonkeeper,
3800 Federal, lost his saloon license
after a fight occurred in his place.
Got it back through Aid. De Priest,
although August Lueders, election
com'r, andiAld. Hugh Norris aided.
Jos. Porpinsky, 220 N. Latrobe
av., lost license because wife sold
drinks on Sunday. Advised to see
Aid. Michelson. Michelson sent him
to committeeman of his precinct,
Johnny Remus. Remus, he said,
told him it would cost him $25. Paid
$5 on account. Michelson got his
license hack. Never saw chief.
Healey told mayor he had.
It was after this that Ass't State's
Att'y Frank Johnston called Judge
Olson's attention to the fact that
Healey had been trapped in lies.
Healey colored. Ettelson and Att'y