Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1943 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
voters by coqiing into court and exerting: bis influence in-behalf of such
characters as these, then it's time the people of, the Eighteenth Ward rose
up and threw that alderman out 6f the city council," said the judge from
the bench.- -
Aid. Gazzolo, showngup before his constituents, stepped back, mutter
ing some dark threat about, "getting" the officers, who had dared arrest
The raid on the club is a startling expose of the imagined power of the
peqple who vote on the Hearst-Harrison side of the fence.
' Numerous complaints had been received by the police of the activity
of the club members after 1 O'clock in the morning. They made an in
vestigation and discovered that each
member of the clunwas supplied with
a key, with which to admit them
selves after hours.
Officers Sullivan, McDonald, Du
gan and Welling,' of the Desplaines
street station, 'were assigned to look
after the place. Shortly ' before 1
O'clock on October 9 Officer Sullivan
"went up into the clubrooms and took
the names of those present
The officers -waited until after
hours and then noting that the club
was still active went up into the
place. Fred Bruder, the head of the
club, who boasts how close he is to
Mike1 Sullivan, stopped them after
they had gotten into the 'rooms,
"Where do you guys think you're
going?" he asked. Then, he saw Of
ficer Sullivan. He strode up to the
v -"You've got a hell of a' lot of nerve
coming up here and -taking our
names," he snarled. "Remember,
you were in uniform an awful long
time before they put you in plain
clothes and unless you get wise
awfully quick you'll go back to it
Now get out of here the -whole. lot
of you before the ceiling falls on
Officer Sullivan then told the whole
crowd they were underarrest Bru
der let out' a cry of rage and a free-for-all
fight nearly resulted. The
other members rushed forward and
blue, language and threats began to
be tossed around promiscuously.
Bnjder threatened to discharge the
four 'policemen immediately He
told them of all the horrible things
fhat -were'gojng- to happen- to them
when Gazzolo and Sullivan heard of
On the -way -downstairs Bruder,
struggling and cursing, kicked Offi
cer McDonald, who preceded him, in
the ribs. McDonald was hurt so bad
ly that a physician's care was neces
sary! After they were lodged in cells at
the Desplaines street Station Gazzolo
and Sullivan got busy on the wire.
,But after hearing of Binder's threats
and his assault on McDonald, Lieut
M. J. Gallery decided to hold him for
awhile 'before booking him, pending
the outcome of McDonald's injuries.
Aid. Gazzolo called up and threat
ened the destruction of the station
unless Bruder -was booked imme
diately. Gallery remained obdurate .
and Bruder was a guestat the sta
tion until morning.
. When they were arraigned before
Municipal -Judge 'Dolan, in the Des
plaines street court) they loudly de-'
manded jury trial'and talked bitterly
of police spite work. The case was
transferred to Judge Pake.
However, when brought before
Judge Fake they experienced a
change of heart upon seeing Gazzolo
in court and waived the jury.
The judge reprimanded the men
and discharged them.
HIS DEFENSE -
"Didn't I tell you the lasttime you
were here never'to let mesee your
face again?" roared the justice.
"Yes, judge," pleaded the prisoner,
"but this' denied fool of a cop won't
let me, turn my back-'on ye." Judge,