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OFFICER NAMED AS BANDIT
SUICIDES "I'M INNOCENT"
When Gregory Daley, a thief sus
pect, told First Deputy Westbrook
that Policeman Wm. C. Kelly of the
Warren av. station was a member of
a bandit gang, Westbrook made a
careful investigation of the charge.
Then he called the newspaper re
porters to his office.
im "Boys," he said, "Daley has named
Kelly. But- from, my investigation I
thinki he's lying. I believe Kelly
clean. However, at the request of
Kelly himself, I'm going Into it thor
oughly. I want you boys to with
hold his name from your stories be
cause I think if you publish it you'll
hurt an innocent man's reputation:
. If I find he's guilty I'll tell you and
you can break loose with the story."
Reporters from the Tribune, Her
ald and Examiner were there. Each
one gave his promise not to publish
the name. The Examiner reporter
told his chief. His chief, being a
typical Hearst newspaper man, vio
lated the promise merely to slip
something over on the Tribune and
Herald. The Examiner published the
Kelly, although stoutly declaring
his innocence, felt keenly the dis
grace that was reflected on his wife
and two children, one 12, the other
11. Friday while his family was
at a movie he turned on the gas in
his home, 1040 Crawford av. He
was dead when the family returned.
. He left the following notes:
"To Whom It May Concern: I have
"been .accused of a crime I am inno
cent of and the burden on my family
is too great for me to stand. My
health is too bad. I have been so sick
for the last year that it Is affecting
tniy health. It is driving me crazy,
and death is sweeter than being in
Dunning and having the disgrace on
"I thank the chief and the first dep
uty for what they have done in giv
ing me a chance to clear myself, but
the public- never will believe me.
am innocent W. C. Kelly."
The other note follows:
"My Dear Wife: Please forgive me
and God bless you and the children.
It is too much for me to have the
people tredt the children as they
have since the trouble. You will find
the money for taxes I have saved
about $60 in the clock in the back
"Hazel, be good to mamma. Helen,
raise the children away from here.
Sonny, be good to mamma and al-
ways do as she tells you. Dear moth
er, forgive me. I am innocent
"Bye-bye and God bless you all.
Kelly was 36 years old. His police
career was featured with many feats
of daring. -Last year he was shot
and wounded by a robber. Daley, in
his statement to Westbrook, said
Kelly, Albert Hart and John McGov
ern held up Dr. Arthur Schu,ettler,
son of the chief, and also an agent
for the Best Brewing Co. McGovern
denied Daley's .story.
A lady in Los Angeles, Cal., had a
$0,000 peard necklace,stolen.
There are a lot of us who will prob
ably be scared to death for fear ours
will go the same way.
If plans are carried out in our city,
Chicago should be one grand terri
tory of home gardens about June 1.
And we'll be plucking radishes or
onions out of our front yards where
we used to pick dandelions.
There is a strong rumor afloat
that garlic grows on Halsted st cars.
Former Police Chief Healey should
have quite a museum of indictments
about now. And another is asked
agaihst him before the March grand
If march, as they say, came in like
a lion and should go out like a lamb,
she "better be getting a bit sheepish.
Quite naturally things in Russia