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Entered as secosd-clua matter April
U 1914. at tile joatatfloe at Catcaga,
lit, under the Act of 2&xch. f, 1ST9.
POLICE LAWLESSNESS. Some
of the policemen appear to have an
exaggerated notion of their author
ity. The Tribune quotes police offi
cers as saying they will have police
men attend meetings of the painters'
unjon hereafter. Now the police have
about as much right to attend a
meeting of a labor union as they
have to butt into a meeting of a Ma
sonic lodge or the Knights of Co
It's about time somebody were get
ting out a book for policemen ex
plaining plainly to them just what
their rights and duties are. They tell
the press they will bring in certain
people and question them. Probably
nobody can stop the police from ask
ing questions, but every citizen has a
perfect right to refuse to answer
Courts may compel individuals to
answer proper persons or punish
them for refusing to answer. But
no policeman has any right to punish
anybody for refusing to answer ques
tions; and no police officer has a
right to send for individuals for the
purpose of asking questions.
Now is a good time for the courts
to make the police mind their own
business and quit setting themselves
up as courts of law and usurping the
functions of courts created by the
people for particular purposes.
The third degree is absolutely il
JegaL too. The only trouble about St
is that the victim is at the mercy of
the police, and the might of the po
lice makes right in their eyes.
It seems aa if the very officers of
the law itself are among civilization's
most dangerous law violators.
There are too many police officers
who think THEY are the law and the
GUNMEN. The Tribune has evi-3
dently started out on a crusade
against "labor" gunmen. I suggest''
that if the Trib really wants to gets
at the root of the Chicago gunman,
evil it begin with an investigation af2
the training and hiring of gunmen by
the publishers' trust of Chicago.
Much valuable material might be
gained by inquiring into the hiring;
of ex-convicts by the publishers'
trust during the lockout and strike
of 1912, when desperadoes with?
criminal records were hired by the
publishers, sworn in as deputy po-'
licemen and sheriffs, and turned''
loose on union newsboys and othed
workmen. And to ge even back ofp
that, there might be an investigaSonii
of the hiring of husky Chicago bojaj
as sluggers in the circulation war o$
the trust newspapers. J
An investigation of the vicoua
murder of Conductor Witt andf
Teamster Hem- by criminal gunmen?
in the employ of the Chicago news
paper trust, and fire defense of tia
murderers of Conductor Witt by th
attorney of the publishers' associa
tion, might throw additional light on
this interesting problem.
The plain truth is that the high-,
toned publishers of some of Chi
cago's greatest newspapers resorted
to the same tactics to curb unionism,
in Chicago that Rockefeller's heH-j
hounds resorted to for the same par
pose in Colorado.
And the Tribune -was in the gama(
with the other publishers. J
A- good appetite and digestion ars
not everything. Who wants to be