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Vol. xvm.
CHICAGO, JANUARY 25, 1913
No. 17
Mayor Carter H. Harrison
And His Political Friend
The Hon. Barney J.
Grogan, The West
Side Police Boss
ASE ON THE DEAD BUN; THKIR MAN FRDDAY, EFFORD WOODSON,
HAS BEEN DETECTED OR REVEALED AS THE ttrt!Ptt. of A LAW
DEFYING GAMBLING EESOET ON THE WEST SDDE.
THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE AFTER A LONG HUNT AND THOROUGH IN
VESTIGATION LOCATED HIS ESTABLISHMENT AT 168 N. PEORIA
STREET.
MUNICIPAL JUDGE JOHN A. MAHONEY DISCHARGED WOODSON AND
HD3 HA&GERS ON AT THE DESPLAINES STREET STATION AFTER
HIS PLACE HAD BEEN RAIDED BY THE POLICE.
City Prosecutor James S. Mclnerney
is now maintaining and for more than
six months has maintained in his of
fice in the city hall under the title of
"stenographer and investigator" the
keeper of one of the most pernicious
gambling dives in Chicago.
This man is a Negro, Efford Wood
son, whose gambling place is at 16S
North Peoria street, ''and -who lives at
1247 West Lake street. Woodson is a
protege of "Boss" Grogan, self -assumed
dictator to west side police.
Grogan is reputed to be a silent
partner in the gambling house the
profits of vrhich have been averaging
$500 a -week.
Mayor Orders Woodson "Fired."
"Investigator" Woodson has been
ordered fired from his job in the city
halL He and Prosecutor Mclnerney,
will learn this interesting fact this
morning. The mayor yesterday after
noon, learning Woodson's activities, is
sued instructions to Corporation Coun
sel Sexton to bounce the gambler forth
with. The Tribune since January 9 has
been collecting daily evidence in detail
regarding Woodson's gambling place,
but the mayor's action in ridding the
city pay roll of the man -was taken
independently of this inquiry and be
fore the executive knew that it had
been made.
Fruitless Bald Made.
Last Saturday night one of the num
erous fruitless raids were made on
Woodson's place by the Desplaines
street police. Immunity has always
been afforded and it was not lacking
in this instance. An hour after the
arrest of tho keeper and a big crowd
of "patrons" they were all out on
bonds and were back at the place,
gambling the same as ever.
On Monday Municipal Judge John A.
Mahoney released the entire crew
keepers and all and announced:
"I dont thiik there was any jus
tification for this raid. The police ap
pear to havB acted officiously. The
prisoners are discharged."
W. J. Bavra, a representative of the
city prosecutor's office, was present. He
isade no protest.
Dismissal Stuns Police.. -
The police were stunned. The result
of the dismissal of the prisoners was
to throw the whole Desplaines street
district into a state of police demorali
zation. Yesterday afternoon Police Capt
Meagher of Desplaines street called on
i&Tor Harrison and complained bitter
ly about the action of Judge Mahoney.
The captain told the mayor that Wood
son, an employe of the city prosecu
tor's office, was the keeper of this
gambling house: that be. Meagher, bad
teen after him for months but eouldnt I
get the evidence; that his men finally
fc&d secured all the evidence Saturday
sight and made the proper arrests.
Then Judge Mahoney " turned them
D loose on.Monday.
Moved by this statement of the sit
uation, the mayor dictated the letter to
Corporation Counsel flexion "ordering
kua to discharge Woodson. This will
oe done this morning;
Nights Spent in Gambling Den.
The detailed reports of The Tribune's
investigators, printed herewith, indicate
that Woodson must have been a sleep
less individual if ho did any amount
of work for Mclnerney as "steno
grapher and investigator" in the pros
ecutor's office.
Night after night Woodson spent all
the hours in his gambling house, de
parting for his West Lake street home
at 2, 3, 4, or even 6 o'clock in the
morning. i a
The gambling house he conducts is
of such an infamous character as to
have aroused hundreds of protests from
citizens residing in its vicinity. It has
attracted to itself nightly some 300 or
400 of the human dregs of Chicago
a horde of depraved Negroes, a sprink
ling of even more depraved White men.
It has kept in a state of pauperization
fully 500 of the city's male Negro pop
ulation. It has been, in fact, a factory
of loafers, sneak thieves and holdup
men.
The police who raided the place last
Saturday night had raided it often be
fore. Always the work had been use
less; Whether this was due to court
attitude, such as that shown by Ma
honey last Monday, or tc lack of
"zeal" on the prosecutor's part they
were not sure. Perhaps some of both.
At any rate, on no occasion has there
ever been a successful prosecution of
any one arraigned as an inmate. Wood
son has boasted publicly:
"You are as safe in my place as
you are in your own house," and up
to date he has been able to "make
good."
The crowning event, so far as per
tains to tho humiliation of the police
in connection with Woodson's joint,
was the incident in the Desplaines
street Municipal court last Monday
morning.
Humiliation of Police.
On the previous Saturday night at
10 o'clock a squad of policemen from
the Desplaines street station, under the
leadership of Sergeant Cahill, descend
ed suddenly on Woodson's place and
arrested fifty-nine -men. They were
taken to the station, where George
Stockton was booked as keeper and the
other fifty-eight as inmates. Within a
few minutes all of the prisoners ob
tained bail.
An hour later the gambling house
was again in. operation. A large num
ber of the men who had just been ar
rested and released, participating in
the eambling. While the play was at
its height Woodson addressed
crowd.
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The Greatest and the
Most Unprecedented
Wave of Crime Con
tinues to Sweep Over
All Parts of Chicago
MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE TTRT.Ti up ON ITS PUBLIC STREETS
AND BRAZENLY ROBBED AND SLUGGED BY THE HIGHWAYMEN
AND BANDITS.
THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT SEEM TO BE RUNOTNG THIS CITY AND
EVERYTHING IN CONNECTION WITH IT IN A MOST HIGH HANDED
MANNER.
ALDERMAN GEO. F. HARDING.
As the time approaches forholdlng tho Aldermanlc primaries, Tuesday, Feb
urary 25, the signs of the times plainly indicate that Alderman Harding
will be re-nominated and re-elected to tho City Council from the 2nd Ward.
the
"Don't worrv, about your eases,
mis tho substance of what he had to
gay. "Yon will all have to appear in
court Monday morning, but the cases
vrfjl all be dismissed."
Woodson proved to be an accurate
nrophet On Monday morning the pris-
, all on hand.. Best Cahffl
told the story of the raid. He said
his party consisted of Patrolmen Mul
.vm t?t,v A. MeDonald; RhurflhnTi,
MeComb, Mooney, Joyce, Dugan and
O'Brien. . ,
Crap Dice bta am wwi
McDonald, who is one of the younger
policemen, had preceded the party. He
got into the bouse at 16S North Peoria
street without at first arousing the sus
picion of the lookout. He had got half
way up the stairs to tho rooms where
the gambling was going on when the
lookout sounded the alarm buzzer. The
policeman rushed into the room in time
to snatch the crap dice from the hands
of one of the coupiers and seize a hand
ful of money.
The other policemen followed. About
100 of the crowd had got out of the
back windows. The others were lined
up and marched downstairs and placed
under arrest.
MeDonald told his story in court.
He offered in evidence the dice and
the money he had confiscated. Other
policemen corroborated him.
Judge Mahoney is the same judge
who some days ago dismissed the first
Tearney case brought by The Tribune,
having gone from Desplaines street to
the south side to hear it.
Judge Mahoney released all the gam
blers and the keeper with the words
quoted in the foregoing.
Investigators Watch Gambling.
For about two weeks before this
court incident, and on every day and
night this week, The Tribune has been
making an investigation of Woodson's
place. It has had one or more men in
the gambling house during each night
of that time. These men have shot
craps with the other men in tho place
apparently without arousing suspicion.
The gambling resort was open as us
ual last night and a large crowd of
victims was present. Woodson, the
keeper, was there, but was ignorant of
the order that lies in the city hall for
his discharge. From the Chicago Tri
bune, Friday, January 24, 1913.
Shortly after Mayor Harrison was
inducted into office in the spring of
1911, a delegation of Colored men, many
of whom had spent three weeks of their
time without receiving one cent from
any source, and spent some of their own
money, thereby making it possible for
him to hold down his present easy job
for the purpose of urging him .not to
appoint Mr. Woodson to the position
he has been holding down in the city
hall from that time to the present
At that time the delegation-informed
Mayor Harrison that Mr. Woodson was
not a decent representative of the Afro
American race but Mayor Harrison
simply snapped his finger at the re
spectable and honorable Colored men
many of them taxpayers, who .had
worked verj hard for his sac-
cess at the polls and who were at
that time greatly interested in his
future political welfare, and he inti
mated to them very plainly that unless
they were willing to fall or bow down
and worship at the feet of Mr. Wood
son, whom he intended to honor with
a nice position in order to please his
political friend the Honorable Barney
J. Grogan, that those composing the
protesting delegation need not from
thenceforth expect to receive any fur
ther favors of any kind from him as
long as he was mayor of Chicago.
Time has proven that at least some
of those protesting Colored men pos
sessed more horse sense than Mayor
Harrison.
The Tribune deserves to be highly
praised in its effort to prevent gam
blers, either White or Colored and other
dishonest men from holding positions
in the city hall Editor.
SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF ALL KINDS OF
PROPERTY HAVE BEEN STOLEN AND NOT RECOVERED WITHIN
THE LAST TWO OF THREE MONTHS.
CITIZENS ARE CONSTANTLY BEING SHOT DOWN IN COLD BLOOD
WITHOUT THE SLIGHTEST PROVOCATION OR BEATTEN UP TO
THE SATISFACTION OF THE GANG OF ASSASSIN'S OR MURDERERS.
FOR SOME CAUSE OR OTHER THE POLICE FORCE OF THIS CITY
WHICH IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE BEST IN THE WORLD ARE
UTTERLY UNABLE TO COPE OR COMBAT WITH THE REIGN OF
LAWLESSNESS.
THE RTHE AND GROWTH OF BANK
ING AMONG THE AFRO-AMERICANS
OF CHICAGO.
Tho oldest citizen residing in this
city who is able to tell all about the
hard and very long winters which were
in evidence hereabouts fifty to sixty
years ago, when it was no trouble to
walk or drive across Lake Michigan,
without the slightest danger of falling
or breaking through the ice; when it
was so cold that every time you opened
your mouth and attempted to speak
your words would be transformed into
thick ice and that each word would
freeze so hard that it would have to be
cut away with a sharp knife in order
to enable you to talk very fast, and so
on brushing aside all of the many great
and far reaching changes which they
have witnessed during the transforma
tion of this city from a very small vil
lage as trading post, into one of the
greatest commercial centers in the wide
world.
None of the old time citizens, after,
witnessing all of those mighty changes
are able to recall one single instance
in its history in the past, where such a
long and unprecedented wave of crime
has swept over it, like unto the wave
of crime which continues to sweep
over all parts of Chicago at the present
time.
The rise and growth of banking has
marked the progress and material de
velopment of every advanced civilized
race and nation.
Among the nations where the terri
torial boundaries are definitely marked,
the national banks form an integral
part of the economic and governmental
systems.
The creation and accumulation of
wealth through the natural products
of the mines, the soil or various man
ufactures must have a channel for ex
change and accounting, this is fur
nished by the Banks.
The national currency, the stocks
and bonds, mortgages and other evi
dences of ownership, of its business
organizations, form the medium of ex
change. In fact they are the life
blood of it commerce and business
that flows r through the veins and ar
teries of the established Banks in a
system as necessary and essential as
that of the blood circulation of the
human body nature's perfect system
of sustaining life.
The Jewish people scattered through
out the civilized world are a commer
cial race. Without a national domain,
with no home or fatherland of their
own, whose merchants and traders have
pushed their commerce into ererj
known market and country on the
globe.
The Jew is an international charac
ter. He is everywhere an alien a
floatiEg commercial element with his J
As an evidence of the truthfulness
of this fact men, women and children,
including policemen, are held up on
the public streets in broad daylight,
and brazenly robbed and slugged by
the highwaymen and bandits. It is
really becoming unsafe for respectable
and lawabiding people to walk abroad
either day or night For it seems that
the criminal element are running this
city and everything in connection with
it in a most highhanded manner.
This state of affairs will continue to
exist just as long as gunmen, holdup
men, professional gamblers and dead
toughs in general are permitted to run
at large, to do as they please and to
become laws unto themselves.
Within the past three or four months,
several hundred thousand dollars worth
of all kinds of property has been, stolen
by this class of eminent and highly
respectable citizens and young boys and
not much of it has been recovered and
the end is not yet, for every day and
night people are being held up on the
streets and relieved of their valuables,
stores are looted right and left, even in
the very shadow of the city hall, and
if the auto bandits are not cheeked in
their mad career they may before they
wind up, steal Mayor Carter H. Harri
son, rush him away out of town and
suecesafully keep him in hiding until
they are paid a large reward for his
safe return, and in the meantime clean
out his office and the city halL
Citizens and even officers of the law
are constantly being shot down in cold
blood without the slightest provoca
tion, or beaten up to the great satisfac
tion of the gang of assassins or mur
ders who seemingly roam the streets at
large. For some cause or other the
police foreo of this city, which is eon-,
sidered to be the best in the world,!
are utterly unable to cope or combat
with the reign of so much lawlessness.
own system of business organization,
not antagonistic to the business inter
ests of the country in which he finds
himself, but an additional, useful, har
monious and supporting, but independ
ent business element, with a perfect
organization and complete business sys
tem of commerce and banking that are
exclusively their own.
Their commercial activities furnish
employment for all the rank and file of
their people wherever they may re
side. Their Banks furnish tho capital
and medium of 'exchange which sup
ports their commercial system. They
are loyal to thei institutions and in
return are fully protected, sheltered,
supported and nourished even in the
most hostile and prejudiced countries.
The study of the methods, ways and
principles upon which tho Jew has
acted and conquered the Commerce
and Banking of the known world, is
of particular and peculiar value to the
Colored American, who is also a
stranger in the land of his adoption,
an alien race with so many obstacles
in his path that ha can only hope to
succeed by the exercise of the wisest
I
discretion, on the other hand is it not
possible for him to learn from the ex
perience of the Jew how to advance
amid his present surroundings and best
improve his Race conditions A He
brew. (To be continued)
NEGLECTED POLITICAL OPPORTU
NITY.
For more than forty years the Negro
Tote of the country, whenever polled
and counted, has been generally con
ceded as the property of the Republi
can party. The recent federal election
was a stunning blow to this concession.
It is estimated that President-elect Wil
son received 500,000 Colored votes, and
what is more astonishing, such papers
as the Alabamian, Montgomery, Ala
Star ofZion, Charlotte, N. (X, The Pal
ladium, St Louis, Ma, The Broad Ax,
Chicago, HL, and others, heretofore sup
porters of Republican candidates were
staunch workers In the cause of tt
Democratic nominees. She Advocate,
Cambridge, Mass, Jan. 13, 13.
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