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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 22, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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men, who are there for -what they
can get.
To the backers of husky Bill Cun
" nea. in the past election he passed the
same word. They are going to get a
square deal 'frQm him, no--matter
where they marked the ballot on
election day.
Crime will never he on a decrease
in Chicago until the official crooks,
coppers, bosses and department
heads who are corrupt are driven out
of their jobs and disgraced, is
Hoyne's way of figuring. t
He gave this class of grafters a
line on what they might expect in a
hot statement today.
"Four years ago I told the people
what I was going to. do. I haven't
-changed my plans a bit since. The
most important thing is a determined
drjve against corruption and graft,"
declared Hoyne.
"The people must rely on the po
lice department. If that agency is
corrupt or inefficiemVihe community
is in a bad way.
"Any mayor of Chicago or any
honest chief of police who would at
tend to his business could clean the
crooks out of the police department
In a week or month and keep it clean.
"As soon as possible my office will
try the La .Salle bank cases that re
main. We will also clean up the
Erbstein and Q'Donnell cases. The
Waco Kid' case will be disposed of.
"I have received complaints of all
sorts relating to graft in different de
partments of the City Hall. ' These
complaints will be sifted. If there Is
any .occasion for grand jury action,
that 'will be taken.
"It has been charged tfhat there
.has been graft in the awarding' of
contracts for public improvements
Xrchase of supplies and for docking
privileges. I will also investigate
complaints of alleged violations of
the civil service law. '
"All these c&mplaints will be in
vestigated, and if we find they are
backed up I will keep nfy pledge to
' . ers to clean Tip the mal-adminis-
tration of the City Hall. I will not .
attempt to deal with the subjects of
drink, gambling or prostitution im
mediately. "This office has neither complaints
nor evidence of a conspiracy to raise
the price of food, but if we get the
evidence we will prosecute. We will
be glad to work with the government
in the solution of this problem.
"I am notinterestetr in what -the
mayor or chief of police do in re
gard to the New Yearns eve matter.
"The most important thing for the
city is the continuation of the war on
the corrupt police department. I
propose to keep it up alone, since I
can obtain no assistance from the
mayor. !
"I intend to continue the investi
gation before the October grand jury,
arid then as rapidly as possible pro
secute Chief of Police Healey and
other officials of the police depart
ment who have charges pending
against them." v -,
FEDERAL JUDGE HOLDS 8-HOUR
LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL
Kansas "City, Mo., Nov. 22. Judge
Wallace C. Hook in the federal court
here tqday held that the Adamson
8-hour law is unconstitutional and
invalid. Judge Hook refused to
grant the -motion by federaj attor
neys asking that the application .of
the receivers. of the Missouri, Okla
homa & Gulp railroad for an injuuc
tion against the Adamson law be
dismissed. - ,
"My decision was merely to rush
the case to the supreme court as rap
idly as possible," Judge Hook said
after the decision.
Attorneys for the government are.
expected to "appeal the case to the
supreme court at once, which will
make this case the test case to deter
mine in the highest court In the land
the constitutionality of the law.
S O 0
Chicago Historical -society elected
Clarence A. Burley president

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