Mob Violence in Chicago
An Attempt to Storm the Jail and Lynch the Anarchists.
Chicago, September 14.—Prompt action
on the part of the police of the Chicago station to-night thwarted
the scheme of a crowd of men who had planned to break into the county
jail and take the Anarchists confined there and lynch them.
Jailor Whitman was informed early
in the evening from detective headquarters that a crowd of five
hundred men intended storming the jail and lynching the Anarchists.
Acting on this information, he held all of his day force and day
guards there and took extra precautions concerning the doors. About
11 o’clock a crowd of one hundred men marched from State and Illinois
streets to Dearborn avenue, where the jail is located crying: “Break
down the jail!” “Take the Anarchists out and lynch them!” and “Hanging
is too good for them!” The leaders were stopped at Illinois street
and Dearborn avenue by Officer Martin Mullens, who commanded them
to disperse. Just then other officers arrived and dispersed the
EMMA GOLDMAN SAFE.
“Emma Goldman is still at Harrison
street police station,” said Chief of Police O’Neill when his attention
was directed to a story that she had been spirited away for fear
of mob violence. “There is no occasion for alarm and there is no
reason for her removal from her present quarters.”
Early this morning about one hundred
men started for the women’s annex of Harrison street station, loudly
threatening to lynch Miss Goldman. They has waited in front of the
bulletin board until all hope was gone, and then started out to
execute vengeance. After proceeding a few blocks, however, cooler
heads in the crowd succeeded in checking the excitement, and somewhat
later the crowd dispersed.
At 12.30 o’clock Chief of Police O’Neill
issued an order to all police inspectors that all reserve officers
should be held on duty in citizens’ clothing and all gatherings
in the neighborhood of the county jail should be broken up at once.