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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 21, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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cept by paying a mysterious strang
er $250. It developed today that he
asked the Standard Brewery Co. to
help him and had circulated a peti
tion among his neighbors, addressed
to the mayor, at the. suggestion of-j
Charles Vavnk, deputy oir inspector
and Thompson-Lundin committee
man of 34th ward, in Which Gaynor
resides. It was for this he was held
to the grand jury But he clung to
the following story in substance in
spite of the attacks made on him by
Judge - Olson and the Thompson
Lundin forces, led by Att'y John J.
- Healy and Sam Ettelson:
After his license was revoked he
- visited Vavrik in his City Hall office.
Vavrik was the dispensor of City
Hall favors in the 34th ward. Vavrik
said it would be a hard job. Finally
he agreed to help hint Said it would
v be a good idea to have petition signed
by neighbors, saying Gayor was a
good man, etc. Gaynor agreed to
that. The next day the mysterious
"Peldman," to whom Gaynor said
he paid the $250 graft, apepared with
blank petition. Gaynor had it filled.
License was restored. Gaynor-paid"
the graft
Att'y Jqhn J. Healy, counsel for
Chief Healey, signed the perjury
complaint against Gaynor. Ass't
State's Att'y Frank Johnston, Jr.,
agreed to join in the investigation.
Johnston said he believed Gaynor
was shielding the name pf the man
to whom he paid the graft because
Gaynor said: "I may lose my license
again and need him." It was appar
ent, also, that Gaynor did not like the
idea of mentioning the name of Ward
Boss Vavrik. Rocco de Stefano was
appointed by the court to defend
Gaynor.
That Olson's action was antici
pated by the Thompson-Lundin fac
tion was shown by the "planting" of
Detective-Sergeants Cahill and Her-
t nigle of the detective bureau, two
administration coppers.Mn the court
room early in the day. When Gay
nor was held over they sprang for-1
ward and rushed him to bureau. Ee
was unable tp furnish bond.
Ass't State's 'Att'y Johnston said
Olson's action did not weaken the
state's charges again Chief Healey.
He said it was plainly evident that
Gaynor had paid out graft money to
some one and the state was just as
anxious to get at the bottom as was
Judge Olson.
Jos, A. Thoney, slot machine in
vestigator for the Citizen's ass'n,
was under cross-examination at the
hands of Att'y John J. Healy, but
stuck to his story that stories told
him by saloon owners who had ma
chines convinced him that the earn
ings from the machines were $400,
000 a month. He said the Mills Novel
ty Co. people said there were 1,800
machines in the city. Among other
things he said:
Clerk in Walter Snell's cigar slore,
63d and Cottage Grove av., said he
got $40 from one machine in three
days.
One of the partners in Eaglemeyer
& Reker's saloon, 5124 S. Halsted,
said machine paid his license.
Saloonkeeper aj. 115th and State
sts. planned auto trip to New York
on slot machine proceeds.
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REPUBLICAN ELECTOR OF WEST
VIRGINIA FOR WILSON
Charleston, W. Va., Oct 21. De
mocratic leaders here today claimed
to see an important victory for President-Wilson
in the action of J. W.
Dawson, Hughes elector, who asked
that his name be withdrawn from the
Republican ticket as an elector.
Dawson is a coal operator and busi
ness man of Charleston and a for
mer Republican party leader.
In a letter Dawson said he had
studied the public speeches of Char
les E. Hughes and could not see no
reason for a change in the adminis
tration at Washington.
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Harry Weilander, 9, 6450 Maryland
av., killed in football game.

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