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STATE ST. .STORE PLAYS PART
X l IN HOME DRAMA
In September, 1911, Chicago was
shocked by a gambling scandal in
connection with the Gotch-Hacken-schmidt
wrestling matgh held at the
White Sox ball park. "
After a sensational trial before
the civil service board Lieut William
Walsh, Sergt. Burns and Detective
Charles McClellan were discharged
on a charge of being in "cohoots"
with the gambling syndicate.
It was common gossip at the time
that there were "men higher up" who
had grabbed off a big chunk of tie
proceeds of the gambling. Overtures
were made to M'Clellan for a con
fession. He was offered-exoneration
and promotion. But M'Clellan mere
ly replied he i knew nothing of the
Walsh was later given the fat job
of deputy warden of the Joliet peni
tentiary. He still holds this position.
Sergt Burns, who is a relative of M.
J. Flynn, up until a few days ago a
member of the civil service board,
was later reinstated and given his
official position back. But it's about
the fate of M'Clellan, commonly
-called the "goat" of the affair, that
"this story is written.
c M'Clellan has been on the force, for
lyears at the time of his discharge.
Jn 'spite of this, however, he had lit
tle or no money saved.
Shortly after the trial he went to
"work for Carson, Parie, Scott & Co.
as a private detective. He worked
jth,ere until last December, when a
.heavy Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co.
"wagon crashed into him and injured
"him so badly that he was taken to a
7 M'Clellan has never been off his
;back since that accident. But still
Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. has made
"no effort to help him. When he was
injured his pay stopped.
" True, C, S., P. & Co. did do one
thing. They gave Mrs. M'Clellan a
job behind the counter at $7.50 a j
week.. But when her health broke 1
down from the drudgery of the store,
and h'e added work of nursing her
husband at night, they disqovered
that she was not fast enough to go
the pace set by the young girls and
she was1 siimmarily discharged.
Since then, penniless and friend
less, Mrs. M'Clellan has struggled to
bring her husband back to health.
But her fight seems doomed to fail
ure. The doctors expect the end
within a few days.
Wednesday a Day Book reporter
visited the little upstairs flat of the
M'Clellans at 1862 Ogden av. He was
met by a corpse-like woman. It was
Airs. M'Clellan. For 48 hours previbus
she had not closed her eves. In the
bedroom the sound of a man calling
out loudlyiri his delirium was heard.
It was the former detective, now but
There is hardly any food in the
house. The rent is not paid and there
is an overdue mortgage on the furni
ture. And M'Clellan has no life insur
ance through which he might be
buried. It is the thought of that
which is crushing the already en
feebled woman to the earth.
So far the police have shown no"
disposition to help "Charley M'Clel
lan, the good fellow who wouldn't
New York. Dr. Frederick A. Mil
ler, said'to be surgeon in workhouse
at Blackwell's island, arrested,
charged with having narcotics in pos
session. Many arrests in anti-drug
Wagoner, Okla. T. H. Hunt, trav
eling photographer, shot and killed
Miss Pearl Lamotte of Indiana, visit
ing at home of local chief of police.
Had been denied admission to resi
dence. ' "
Paris, III. Charge of vote buying
brought against Mrs. Hattie O'Neill
in recent elections ordered dismissed.
Girard, III. Telephone and tele
graph wires down and several build
ing damaged by Wind storm.