ALTGELD'S REASONS FOR PARDONING
him, one by each arm, and as he was being put upon the car, a third man,
said by Kane and others to be Bonfield, struck him with a club upon the head,
severely cutting his head. Both of these inen were seriously injured, and for a
time disabled from attending to their business. Both of these men, with blood
streaming from cuts upon their heads, respectively, as also were all of the
others above named, were hustled off to the police station and locked up. The
men were not u booked " as they were locked up, and their friends had great
difficulty in finding them, so that bail might be offered and they released.
After they were found communication with them was denied for some time,
by Bon field's orders it was said, and for several hours they were kept in confinement in the lock-up upon Desplaines street, as criminals, when their
friends were desirous of bailing them out. Subsequently they were all brought
up for trial before Justice White. Upon the hearing the city was represented
by its attorney, Bonfield himself being present, and from the testimony it
appeared that all these men had been arrested under the circumstances aforesaid, and without the least cause, and that Kane and Kerwin had been cruelly
assaulted and beaten without the least justification therefore, and, of course,
they were all discharged.
The officers of this company, who are cognizant of the outrages perpetrated
upon these men, feel that the party by whom the same were committed ought
not to remain in a responsible position upon the police force.
People's Gas Light and Coke Co.,
By C. K. G. Billings, V. P.
Robert Ellis, 974 West Madison street:
Chicago, Nov. 19, 1885.
I kept a market at 974 West Madison street. I was in my place of business waiting on customers, and stepped to the door to get a measure of vegetables. The first thing I knew, as I stood on the step in front of my store, I
received a blow over the shoulders with a club, and was seized and thrown off
the sidewalk into a ditch being dug there. I had my back to the person who
struck me, but on regaining my feet I saw that it was Bonfield who had
assaulted me. Two or three officers then came up. I told them not to hit me
again. They said go and get in the car, and I told them that I couldn't leave
my place of business as I was all alone there. They asked Bonfield and he
said, "Take him right along." They then shoved me into the car and took
me down the street to a patrol wagon, in which I was taken to the Laks street
station. I waB locked up there from this time, about 8 o'clock in the morning,
till 8 o'clock in the evening, and then taken to the Desplaines street station.
I was held there a short time and then gave bail for my appearance, and got
back to my place of business about 9 o'clock at night. Subsequently, when I
appeared in court, I was discharged. It was about 8 o'clock in the morning,
July 3, 1885, when I was taken from my place of business. Robert Ellis.
W. W. Wyman, 1004 WeBt Madison street:
Chicago, Nov. 19, 1885.
I was standing in my door about 7 o'clock in the morning of July 3, 1885.
I saw a man standing on the edge of the sidewalk. He wasn't doing anything
at all. Bonfield came up to him, and without a word being said by either,