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The witnesses were Shippy's
wife, his son, Harry, Harry's
wife, and Shippy's daughter,
All of them testified that the
big man who sat all huddled up
in a chair throughout the hear
ing was subject to delusions, that
his mind frequently gave way al
together, and that they feared
violence from him.
The proceedings were pitiful in
the extreme. Shippy did not un
derstand. His family derstood
too well, and the women mem
bers were in tears most of the
When it was over, and the
inevitable result had been reach
ed, Bailiff Isaac Doff, of the coun
ty court, went over to Shippy's
side. It was DofF's duty to take
the former chief of police to Kan
kakee. "Are you coming with me,
George?" Doff asked ingratiat
ingly. "I should say not," said the
former chief, heaving his big bfr
out of the chair.
Doff backed away in alarm. He
sent for a strait jacket and evol
vers and two other bailiffs. It
looked as if the departure of
Shippy were to take on the nature
of a battle.
Then someone suggested that
Shippy's oldest friend, Mohr, be
sent for. Mohr came readily.
Shippy greeted him with a smile.
"Hello, George," said Mohr. "I
hear you're going to take treat
ment at Kankakee."
"You heard wrong," said Ship-
"But you'd better take treat
ment there, don't you think?"
"Let's take a walk, and I'll
think if over," said Shippy.
Shippy, his huge bulk sham
bling and shaken as if with palsy,
went out with Mohr. Together
they walked up and down for ten
minutes or so. At the end of the
ten minutes Shippy seemed per
fectly resigned to his fate.
Despite the attempt of a num
ber of people to make out that
Shippy's mind broke down under
the strain of the accusations lev
eled against him after he shot and
killed Lazarus Aberbuch, the
Jewish immigrant boy, in 1908,
the failing of his mind was due to
purely physical causes.
A disorder of the stomach from
which Shippy has suffered for
years has slowly drained his vi
tality and has prevented the
proper flow of blood to the brain.
This brought on paralytic insan
ity. A CABINET POSSIBILITY
Joseph W. Folk of Missouri,
who won fame as district attor
ney and governor, may be Wil
son's attorney general.