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December 9, 1908


No More Indiscriminate Preaching in
Streets, Say s Chief Ahern.

The shooting was barely stopped, and the smoke was still to be seen, when Chief of Police Ahern intimated that there would be a general cleaning up of the city.

"You can say for the police department, that the police will be very careful hereafter in granting privileges to fanatics and street preachers. Arms will not be allowed to be carried, unless such carrier has obtained a permit. There are too many anarchists and law-breakers dwelling in the city. I intend to issue an order that will be so drastic that we will not be in danger of having another tragedy while I am chief of police."

Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden said yesterday afternoon, while he was watching his police officers parleying with Mrs. Pratt and the girls, that the city would have to be gone over with a fine-tooth comb and cleaned up. People like these fanatics will have to be disarmed and kept off the streets. There are too many persons in this town carrying revolvers, and an order will have to be made to put a stop to it. A more rigid police surveillance will be given the floating and non-working population. All fanatics will be given to understand that they will have to abide by the city ordinances, and not by any religious teachings which might conflict with our laws.

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March 4, 1908


Shopkeeper Summons Police to Take
Away Brakeman's Battered Grips.

Anarchist activities recently in Chicago inspired the household of Barbara Bapp, a confectioner at 2309 Holmes street, yesterday, to believe they were harboring bombs in two grips left there. Some unknown man asked to leave a disreputable looking suit case and satchel, and at dusk he hadn't come back. The more the Bapps thought about those prize packages the more firmly they became convinced that there were infernal machines inside. Touch them they would not, and the part of the store where they sat was deserted.

No. 4 police station was appealed to and Lieutenant Heydon sent out Patrolman Klusman to see about it. What he carried back to the station was a lot of wearing apparel belonging to a Missouri Pacific brakeman, including a cap, a large collection of slightly used decks of cards, presumably left on trains by players, and a personal supply of medicines and nostrums, none of them suggestive of any power to explode. From the letters it appears that the owner's name must be Will Nash.

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