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SCHUETTLER TO TAKE COPPERS PAID BY THE
PEOPLE AWAY FROM NEWSPAPERS
Warning that the eight policemen
assigned to the offices of the loop pa
pers may be withdrawn and put on
beats, where the general public and
not the newspaper publishers will
benefit, was carried from the City
Hall today when the gist of Chief of
Police Schuettler's message to the
city council became known.
For years the publishers have had
their private cops,, paid by the city,
but used solely by the newspapers.
These have cost the public $10,000
a year since the practice started.
The police have been very handy
because they keep order among the
gangsters employed in the circula
tion departments and clear the side
walks in front of the loop papers, so
that they can be used as circulation
rooms to load the wagons and.trucks.
The knell of this practice was
sounded by Schuettler. His mes
sage, m part, reads:
"Contrary to the prevalent idea,
police stations themselves do not af
ford protection to the citizens. The
only effective manner in which po
lice protection is furnished is by
placing policemen on the streets.
"The general public believes that
we have over 5,000 policemen on
duty, because statistics show that
many employed. In reality the peo
ple have the protection of only 2,200
policemen during the entire 24 hours.
"Too many police officers are de
tailed to dance halls and similar
places, a customthat has been com
pletely abandoned in other large cit
ies. The authorities of other cities
hold responsible for good order the
committees of organizations giving
dances and their special policemen,
whose authority on the premises is
the same as a regular officer's. If an
individual or an organization con
ducting a dance cannot satisfy the
authorities that the character of the
came does not require police sur
veillance or protection, permission to
operate should be withheld.
"If the several city and county de
partments and numerous private in
stitutions were compelled to employ
special policemen for the perfor
mance of special duty it would re
lease about 250 men now on that
character of service, who could be
assigned to actual police work pro
tecting life and property.
"It is my desire to reorganize the
department along these lines. Every
body will agree that the best possi
ble service a police officer can render
is on the street, protecting all" citi
zens and not any exclusive class. The
protection of the citizen as a whole
is the primary purpose for which po
lice departments are created, and if
it is insisted that trained policemen
be assigned to private institutions
and departments of the government
on work which is not actual police
work, then I advocate a separate ap
propriation for these assignments,
charged to the proper source, so that
this department can replace the men
so detailed with other police officers
and give the entire body of our citi
zenship the protection to which they
are entitled and for which they pay."
o o V.
REFUSES TO RETURN THINKS
HE'LL BE FIRED AGAIN.
Although his boss at the American
Hide & Leather Co., 1320 Elston av.,
told An,thony Schram to come back
to work, he refused to do so yester
day because "he thought he would
only be fired again as soon as the
matter blew over."
Schram appealed to the federal au
thorities when his foreman, Andrew
Riss, discharged him because he in
sisted in putting an American Hag in
the window of his workroom. Riss
has since been discharged also.
Fred S. Loomis elected grand re
gent Illinois Royal Arcanum