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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 04, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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"It's amazing that police conditions
have gone so far in this city," said
Aid. Buck Monday. "Here is a grand
jury with D. R. Forgan of National
City bank as foreman, a jury with
merchants and "manufacturers as
members of it And their report sup
ports all the serious charges made by
aldermen that the police department
is not neutral, that it takes sides, that
there' is evidence policemen are in
collussion with private detectives and
"Employers hire the services of
private detective agencies to protect
their employes in coming and going
from their places of business and iu
the delivery of goods," says the
grand jury report "The employes of
these agencies are in many cases
mere professional sluggers, with the
result that union pickets are at
tacked for parading the streets in
front of the places where they for
merly worked and trying to dissuade
those who have taken their places
from working.
"In the latter cases of vio
lence we had evidence to prove
that uniformed policemen were
in some manner so influenced to
the side of these detective
sluggers that they would turn
their backs while an assault was
being made, and if they made an
arrest at all they would arrest
the victims instead of the perpe
trators of the assault
"We had no sufficient evidence
connecting employers with respon
sibility for these occurrences, but it
is an outrage that any one, be he
striker or not, should be so treated
by the police, to whom he has a right
to look for protection.
"It is the business of the police to
stop disorder by whomsoever com
mitted, and it is the duty of the chief
and superior officers of the depart
ment to see that such action on the
part of patrolmen, as above describ
ed, is severely punished."
Joseph W. Steele, an employe of
the Shippy, Hunt & Dorman detective
agency, was a witness before the
grand jury. During the garment
strike an affidavit of Steele was made
public. He stated he got orders from
L. W. Fitzgerald, general manager of
the agency, and from two foremen of
the Royal Tailors shop to slug pick
ets. One day so many pickets were
pointed out to him for slugging, he
alleged, that his fists became swollen
and he was unfit for duty the next
day. During the absence of Fitzger
ald one day Steele said that Nick
Hunt now chief of detectives, came
personally to the Royal Tailors shop
to see how things were going.
Arthur Kawohl, another Shippy,
Hunt & Dorman "operative" testified
before the grand jury. Others were
Ellen Gates Starr, Frances W. Lillie
and Mrs. W. E. Rodriguez.
H. E. Baker, assistant to State's
Att'y Hoyne, comes in for mention in
the grand jury report He was on
the job, it is stated.
William A. Cunnea, attorney for
garment strikers, said he had expect
ed the evidence would be strong
enough for indictments to be return
ed against certain employers.
"Progress comes slowly, however,"
he said. "And I guess it's going a
long ways in Cook county when we
get a grand jury to openly cast dis
credit on the police department for
strikebreaking services.".
David R. Forgan, president of the
National City bank, was foreman of
the grand jury. Members were:
Geo. T. Graham, 825 Lafayette av.;
Edward Y. Horder, 6411 Washington
blvd.; Wm. J. M. Lahl, 155 N. Austin
av.; Wm. Lahn, 2558 S. Springfield
av.; Frank J. Ludwig, 1823 Larrabee
st; Edward J. Mack, 1112 W. Ran
dolph st; John L. Meiness, Barring
ton, John Morava, 1631 Hinman av.,
Evanston; Adam Oooms, 146 W. 11th
st; Walter R. Patterson, 431 W. Sib
ley st; Cyrus E. Pratt, 1708 Estes
av.; Bradford W. Ripley, 4201 Clar
endoa av.; W. Irving Schemmer-

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