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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 16, 1913, Image 2

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Captain has clamped down the lid on
the Desplaines and Lake street police
districts; he has driven out the red
light dives; he has put an end to
wide-open prostitute-patronized, all
night saloons; he has driven from
the district the gamblers, the thieves,
the macquereaux and the yeggmen;
until the Desplaines and West Lake
street police districts are today the
cleanest in the city.
What reason pan Mike Sullivan
have for wishing to get rid of Meagh
er unless Sullivan wishes to open up
the West Side?
What more likely to be true than
the rumor that has spread over the
West Side that the saloons want to
get rid of Meagher so they may run
wide open again and so handbooks
once more may be run in the Eigh
teenth Ward?
Is there any truth in the rumor
that the one who most particularly
wishes to run a handbook is no other
than Alderman Frank Gazzolo, whom
Sullivan falsely thinks he elected and
who falsely thinks Sullivan elected
Whether these things be true or
false, there is no question of the
existence of the plot to "get" Meagh
er. Through the saloons of the Des
plaines and Lake street districts the
whisper has gone that "Meagher is to
go; Sullivan's going to get him; then
maybe well be able to open up
Sullivan himself will not deny that
he is after Meagher, although he
probably will vigorously deny the
methods he has been using to get the
police officer.
Sullivan customarily refers to
Meagher among his friends as: "That
old in the front office at
Desplaines street."
Meagher, too, knows what is hap
pening, but whether under orders
from Mayor Harrison or because he
3corns to take notice of the under
hand attack on his integrity, he re
fuses to talk about it ,
"I know that someone is trying to
get me; I have heard people say who I
it is; they all mention the same ,
name; but I don't want to say any
thing about it.
"My record is clean. I have done -my
duty as a police officer ever since
I became a member of the depart
ment. No man can point to a stain .
on my name. No man can say I ever
took a dishonest penny. No man can
point to special favors extended to
him by me.
"I shall continue to do my duty as
a police officer and I think I shall
continue to be commanding officer
of the Desplaines street district- for
some time yet."
The lieutenants, the sergeants and
the patrolmen of the Desplaines .
street station also know what is hap
pening. There is not one man of them from
the ranking lieutenant down that
would not offer up a prayer of thank
fulness if he were to be transferred
from Desplaines street today.
No honest police officer, nor any .
man in any walk of life, enjoys the
knowledge that he is being spied up
on and that crooks and gamblers
and panderers are being interrogated
as to his honesty.
The lesser officers of ' Desplaines
street know that it is Meagher and
Meagher alone that Sullivan is after,
but this does not make them any the'
less uncomfortable.
Meantime, some hand is directing .
a rain of letters telling of unlawful
conditions sanctioned by the police
in the Desplaines district to the
offices of the state's attorney and of
Major Funkhouser, the second dep
uty superintendent of police.
Funkhouser, whose knowledge of
police work and polities appears to
be limited in the extreme, has been
drifting about the West Side like a
shadow, probing that false rumor
and this written lie.
Other investigators have been flit
ting through the district for weeks,
as mysterious as ghouls.

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