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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 26, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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The underworld of Chicago shriek
ed with joy last night. "Big Bill"
Thompson, Fred Lundin and Chas. C.
Healey, indicted police boss, came to
its aid by quietly beginning to take
the city detectives assigned to the
state's att'y's office away from the
county prosecutor.
It was big news for the redlight
bosses, the white slavers, the gun
men, the pickpockets, the' bank
wreckers, the taxdodgers, the graft
ing coppers, the con men, the crook
ed lawyers and other criminals, high
and low. By crippling the states
att'y "Big Bill" had given the crooks
free reign to play their respective
games without fear of a raid by the
state's att'y.
For the first time within the me
mory of veteran lawyers the mayor
of Chicago had allowed politics to in
terfere with the dragging of crooks
to justice.
State's Att'y Hoyne, in comment
ing on it, said: "This action of the
chief has undoubtedly the sanction
of the mayor and is part of his effort
to obstruct the administration of jus
tice and the administration of crim
inal law by the state's att'y. It is in
keeping with the suspension of Capt.
O'Brien for attempting to honestly
discharge his duties, because in doing
that he interfered with the attempt
of the mayor's henchmen to build up
a poliitical machine for graft, special
favors and discriminations."
Hoyne also said he was investigat
ing information that Lundin-Thomp-son
lieutenants had recorded names
of all civil service employes in the
City Hall who would not promise to
vote for Harry B. Miller for state's
att'y. It is assumed that such em
ployes will feel the vengeance of the
City Hall crowd. Hoyne says he will
take up civil service probe after elec
tion. Twenty-four policemen and one
policewoman, who have done valu
able work in the state's att'y office, 1
7 were transferred and ordered to
travel beat in uniform. In their
places were sent to Hoyne eight
Thompson-Lundin coppers, known to
be part of the City Hall political ma
chine and characterized by Hoyne as
"Healey's stool pigeons."
Aldermen, led by Robert M. Buck,
will demand a council investigation
of the unprecedented action of the
Thompson-Lundin combine in crip
pling the office of the prosecutor.
Hoyne also tossed a bombshell into
the Thompson-Lundin camp last
night when he announced he had
evidence on which to indict Harry
B. Miller, Lundin's pick for state's
att'y, on a charge of confidence
game. Miller, he said, borrowed $400
from a domestic in the home of Mil
ler's parents in 1912. He made no
attempt to pay the domestic back un
til he was appointed city prosecutor.
Then he deeded her a lot in Chicago
Heights. The lot is valued at $40.
The taxes have been annually 14
cents. Miller secured $15 from the
woman, saying that was the amount
of the taxes, according to Hoyne.
Mayor Thompson, in announcing
the crippling of Hoyne's office, came
to the aid of the alleged blackmail
trust. He said his action was caused
samewhat by the fact that Hoyne's
detectives took Mrs. Helen Evers, al
leged member of the blackmail gang,
into custody for the purpose of se
curing information, without a war
rant. One of the men assigned to Hoyne
by Healey in the new order was for
merly connected with the state's
att'y's office, but is said to have been
driven from there because he at
tempted to bribe an ass't state's att'y ah
into winking at justice. w
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Rome. Vatican emphatically de
nied Swiss rumors that Pope Bene
dict was negotiating early peace be
tween Austria and Russia.
New York. Two women workers
burned to death in $100,000 fire la '
E. .Houston sL, factory building.

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