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- THB' CHICAGO POLICEr t 1 It appears to be a Chicago habit to jump on some particular officer or cop when anything hap pens that puts the police in bad. And the newspapers are quite unanimous in picking out the goat. The plain truth is, however, that Chicago's police department won't be any better or any worse than the mayor wants it to be, or makes it. He has all the power any man needs to make the police depart ment exactly what he wants it to be. ' Both officers and men are taught to obey orders, and to car ry out the policy of the -head of the city government; for the chief is but a lieutenant of the mayor. While we have a so-called civil "service commission, the mayor appoints the members; and pol itics has too much to do with all appointments, whether on that commission or on the force itself. We don't know either Capt. Mahoney or Lieut. Burns from a load of hay, and either of them may be all the newspapers are 'trying to make them out to be, but they are entitled to a hearing and a square deal before they are condemned by the public; es pecially on newspaper editorials and testimony. But the newspapers probably won't go to headquarters and jump on thehead of the city gov i ernment.so long as the mayor per mits them to use the police force to beat up newsboys and helpr the' putlisTftrwinT theTf TdcKduY and fight for the open shop in Chi cago. The Chicago police force will be a model force when the mayor insists on it; and not before. to o STORY 'WITHOUT WORDS MMMitiltfHittttHiiHBi