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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 2, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Aug. 2, 1921

WATCHFUL WAITING MARKS SITUATION IN POLICE BLOWUP

There were no new developments today in the sensation caused by the discharge by Chief of Police Timothy of Patrolman Jack Hempstreet from the police force Sunday evening for lack of harmony, and the threats then made by Hempstreet to take the lid off and go before the grand jury.

It seemed to be a policy of watchful waiting all around today on the part of persons concerned in the row. Mayor Gates patiently awaited the coming of the committee appointed at the W. C. T. U. union meeting at the Baptist church Sunday night to call on him in person and present the resolution adopted there, and discuss the situation with him.

Chief of Police Timothy was waiting for the next move of his opponents, still reiterating that he invited them to go to it, as he had nothing to fear and that in discharging Hempstreet he had done the proper thing.

The Mail Tribune was waiting for the committee to call at this office as it had been announced they would with a copy of the resolution adopted at the meeting.

No call was sent out for a special meeting of the grand jury today, and as far as could be learned none will be sent out unless developments become more pronounced.

Former Patrolman Hempstreet, altho repeating his intention of going to the bat with his charges and pressing them, at noon announced that he was laying back and waiting for some things.

It seems that the meeting at the Baptist church Sunday night was a union meeting of all the churches under the auspices of the W. C. T. U. and after a discussion of Hempstreet’s discharge, a resolution of censure was adopted and a committee was formed, comprising pastors of the various churches and a few business men to be appointed by the president of the minister’s association, Rev. Millard, to wait on the mayor and present the resolution to him.

The committee met this forenoon to discuss the situation, it is understood, but did nothing because of the absence of Rev. Millard from the city.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

Chief of Police Timothy is in receipt of several telegraph and long distance telephone messages from various parts of the state received last night and this morning, to be on the lookout for autos stolen in those sections.

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The city council meeting tonight is expected to be one of unusual interest. Among the subjects to be acted on will be the question of concerts in the city park, and the water situation. Possibly the row in police circles may come up for discussion.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com