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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 16, 1911, Image 5

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Further disclosures of the pay
ment of "protection money are
probable as a "result of- the arrest
last night of Eugene Hustion, the
negro "coke 'king of Chicago," by
agents of the civil service com
mission. Investigators for the commis
sion, assisted by detectives, raid
ed "Hustion's place at 2511 S.
Dearborn street, about 8 o'clock,
when his illicit business was at its
height. H'e was taken to head
quarters, and questioned by Spe
cial Prosecutor W. W. Whee
lock. Hustion said he sold from $150
'to $175 worth of cocaine and
opium every day, to wealthy peo
ple, and inmates ;of disorderly
houses in the vice district. He de
clared his profit on the sales was
500 per ecnt. His customers num
bered over 500 a day.
-Hustion flamed several police
officials to whom he had paid
tribute commanding officers as
well as privates and said it had
cost him over $3,000 a year for
protection. He declared that
every time he saw a policeman
or detective irie had (o "come
through." Thanksgiving and
Christmas dinners for the police
men weer among his expenses.
Several times, he said, his place
had been "raided, and cocaine and
other drugs -seized, as well as
jewelry,, and watches. A gjreat
deal of this was not returned, and
when it was he was often com
pelled to pay for it. He told of
being arrested, and said he had
been in court so-many times he
had lost count. Because of the
influence he commanded, he al
ways was let qff with fines, and
was never forced to pay over
$200. One time, he said, his place
was raided to secure evidence for
federal prosecution. Only five
ounces of cocaine were turned
over to government officers.
Hustion is alleged to have
acted as a "fence" for .negro
thieves operating on the South
In Hustion's statement several
policemen were named, but the
civil service commission will not
make them public unless charges
are filed with Chief McWeeny
asking for their suspension. Hus
tion's den is in the district com
manded by Lieut. Prim, now un
der suspension and waiting trial
for neglect of duty.
"It looks like a big night to
night." Meaning the dance and
reception, to be given by the
Bindery Women's Union, Local
No. 30, at Douglas Park Audi
torium, Ogden and Kedzie ave
nues. ; .
The committee in charge has
completed all arrangements, and
everything is in readiness for the
big crowd expected. The grand
march will be led by Miss Mary
Mclnerney, business agent of the
"Drink to me only with thine
eyes," she warbled.
rtThat makes me dizzy enough
but it ain't filling," he objected.
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