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M. Lawrence in the state's attor
ney's office. And the result of that was that the grand jury re turned a no bill. There still are charges pend ing against Burke for the shoot ing of Harasek before the civil service commission. But meantime, he has been re instated on the force; has the right to wear a star ; has the right to carry a deadly gun; has the chance to use that gun to shoot down some other citizen, as he shot down Joseph Harasek to save a dollar's worth of eggs. And John McWeeny, in his ornate chief's uniform, compla cently fiddling with his gold star, sat back in his chair today, and said: "Oh, yes, I reinstated Burke. I know there are charges still pending against him before the commission. But I never suspend a man until he has been found guilty." . Robert Lynch, of 723 West 54th place, was found wounded on the sidewalk at State and Twenty-first early Saturday morning. He was taken to the Wesley hospital. He may die. Shortly before Lynch was found, John Keniry, of 459 West Thirty-eighth street, crawled painfully into the Wesley hospi tal. Blood was streaming from a bullet wound in his left thigh. Keniry told the hospital people he had crawled from Twenty first and Dearborn streets, where "someone" had shot him. The police believe that Lynch shot Keniry and Keniry shot Lynch, but neither Lynch nof Keniry will talk. How Lynch and Keniry came by their wounds is really not so important as the fact that Lynch should never have been loose on the streets with a gun. He wouldn't have been if the police had had their way of it. I But the police didn't have thejr way of it. Lynch has too many friends in high places. November 19, 1912, Lynch and a negro were arrested following a shooting affray at Thirty-first and State streets. Both their cases came before Judge Edwin K. Walker in the South Clark street court. There was no evidence that the negro had fired a shot. But he had been carrying a gun. He ex plained that he only had been two days in Chicago, carried $500 in cash and $800 worth of jewelry, and had had the gun for this rea son. In high indignation that any one should carry a gun in Chi cago, Judge Walker soaked the negro $40 and costs, and confis cated the gun he had. Then he continued the case of Lynch. Lynch's case came up a few days later before Judge Himes. Himes explained from the bench that Judge Walker had 'phoned him that "the ends of justice f would be served if Lynch were put on probation. Lynch's gun was produced in ' court. It was a formidable 38 caliber affair. It held five car tridges, and one of them had been discharged.