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tion, Mayor Thompson will hear from
the council floor that Nick Hunt quit
as inspector under fire from former
Mayor Harrison, and Hunt's record
won't qualify him asthe man who
can clear the stink fronihe police
At the time Harrison made whole
sale dismissal of higher-ups in the
police force there was much the same
cry about the police department
stinking as is now heard. When Nick
Hunt went out under Former Mayor
Harrison, Inspector Wheeler, Capt.
Dorman and Capt Harding went too.
To put it another way, when for
mer Mayor Harrison said he was
straightening out the police force he
got the resignation of Nick Hunt.
While now present Mayor Thompson
says he is going to straighten out the
police force and the first step is to
stick Nick Hunt back into power.
That Nick Hunt knows the crim
inal world of Chicago from A to Z,
forward, backward and downward, is
admitted all round. Since he quit as
police inspector he's run a private
detective agency and strike-breaking
bureau and kept up connections. His
personal fortune is estimated at
$500,000. Where did he get it? He's
a shrewd investor and knows how to
make money earn money is the an
swer of his friends.
His experience in the police game
runs back a long time. He is best
known as the official in charge of po
licing the World's Columbian exposi
tion, when the South Side and Hyde
Park were the gayest, wide-open
town districts in the western world.
Capt. Dorman, who quit the force
with Hunt, is now Hunt's partner in
private agency. Capt. P. H. Harding,
who also went out when Hunt did
is running a private detective and
strikebreaking agency. Harding had
"guards" at the Scotch Woolen Mills
and other shops during the garment
Hunt through service for the Res
taurant Keepers' ass'n during the
"waitresses' strike and his general
labor record is known to have back
ing of Illinois Manufacturers' ass'n
and other busienss bodies.
"There is no question but collu
sion exists between crooks and the
police department," said Mayor
"Do you have evidence?" he was
"It is a matter of common knowl
edge that crooks couldn't successful
ly operate unless there was police
Split between mayor and council
will widen if Hunt goes in. That's
the certainty. These are the reasons:
Nick Hunt is not only head of a
private detective agency. He also
runs a strikebreaking bureau. The
firm of Hunt, Snippy & Dorman has "
only this week called in 30 so-called
guards from duty on the sidewalks in
front of Royal Tailors shop in gar
ment strike. Three of these Royal
Tailors guards employed by Nick
Hunt have been named by Ellen
Gates Starr, Mrs. W. E. Rodriguez
and other witnesses as sluggers.
Strikebreaking is a Nick Hunt spe
cialty. He had a contract for the job
at Henrici's restaurant when the
waitresses' strike was on. Hunt per
sonally was called to the witness
stand and examined by Att'y Edgar
Lee Masters during the waitresses'
strike hearing before Judge Baldwin.
Joseph W. Steele, assistant to L. G.
Fitzgerald, general manager of Hunt,
Shippy & Dorman, signed an affidavit
two weeks ago that under instruc
tion from his employers he slugged
so many garment union pickets In
one day that his fists were swollen
and he couldn't work at his job.
Before arbitration was arranged in
the car strike Hunt's agency had
contracted to supply the street car
companies with guards. Hunt men
were on duty watching the South
Side elevated road stations during
the two days of strike.
It is said Hunt's agency has been
a good place for most any shrewd