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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 08, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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AND GWENDOLYN LOST HER
$1,500 HAIRPINl
Three, weeks ago Mayor Thomp
son, the, Chicago Tribune and the
professional "drys" got together on
an anti-saloon campaign., The City
Hall crowd "hit the trail on all fours.
Strict Sunday closing orders were is
sued. Together with this, Chief
Healey sent to every commanding
officer particular instructions that a
close watch be kept on all saloons at
1 a. m. to see that no one purchased
a drink after hours.
After 12 o'clock midnight exactly
309 tmiformed policemen watch over
Chicago's 198,996 square miles. With
ranking officers, plain clothes men
and uniformed policemen there are
less than 600 paid officers of the law
to protect the city during the hours
when crime is most generally sup
posed to ''stalk abroad."
When Mayor Thompson hit the
trail he announced that every -police
captain who permitted 1 a. m. viola
tions would be brought before the
trial board. This had one great
effect.
Each captain very humanly deter
mined that he would not be the
"goat" of Thompson's reform jag.
Each one gave ironclad instructions
to his men to see that all customers
were out of saloons at 1 a. m.
In the Chicago avenue district
Capt Russell has only seven or eight
men to patrol the entire district,
which includes the greater parf of
Lake Shore drive. The Hudson av.
district, which adjoins, has about six
men.
From 12:50 until 2 a.m. these men
do practically nothing but watch the
saloons on their "beats." They must
make a showing. The captain wants
his district clean because the mayor
. wants to make a hit with the "drys."
The Tribune, the News and other
papers were quite enthusiastic over
this latest stunt of the mayor's. The
saloon stories were played, big. No
attention was paid to the increasing
tjot of murder; liurglaries,, hold-ups,
jackroHIng and slugging that stead
ily increased. after 1a.m. until in a
bold moment the "closing hour ban
dits" walked into the Lake Shore
palace of Banker Geo. M. Reynolds
and walked out again with $4,550 in
plunder.
Then the newspapers let out a
howl. The next taaorning while the
coppers were over on Clark st,
watching that no one had a glass oi
beer after 1 a. m. the bandits invaded
the home of Millionaire David B.
Jones at Lake Shore drive and Astol
st, helped themselves to imported
champagne and then got away with
over $3,000 in plunder, including, we
are pathetically told, "Miss Gwen
dolyn Jones' $1,500 genuine amber
hairpins."
Sensations came fast after that It
became quite a social stunt, this get
ting robbed by the "closing hour
bandits." There was something, eclat
about it, like getting operated on for
appendicitis when doctors discovered
that to be more than a "tummy-ache."-
North Shore ladies who were
not robbed became suspicious of so
cial conspiracies.
The homes of John Borden, Henry
R. Durkee, Mrs. Prank Scott, Mrs.
Charles C. Barrett, Fred S. Skid
more, Mrs. Michael Cudahy, Chas.
MdeKnna, Frank Damkoehler and
the Casino club were all either en
tered or threatened by burglars. A
maid at Mrs. Potter Palmer's, loyal
ly striving to uphold her mistress' so
cial reputation during the tetter's so
journ in Florida, discovered a burglar
"lurking" in the shadows.
But the big part of all this riot,
which the newspapers helped bring
on by encouraging Thompson to use
his' 309 policemen to watch saloons
instead of homes and late pedes
trians, is that they all happened be
tween 1 and 2 a. m., w,hen the "gold
coast" was clear and only Louie
Cheromokos and other saloon and
cafe owners had anything to fear
from the police.
Adam. Prochacld. tie "chloroform
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