By Walter Roth
It used to be a sour chilly morning in March, 1908. A nineteen-year-old Jewish immigrant traversed the complicated and unexpected streets of Chicago–a one-and-a-half-hour-long journey–from his ghetto domestic on Washburne road to the luxury Lincoln position place of dwelling of Police leader George Shippy. He arrived at nine a.m. inside mins after knocking at the entrance door, Lazarus Averbuch lay useless at the hallway flooring, shot a minimum of six occasions by way of the manager himself. Why Averbuch went to the police chief's condominium or precisely what occurred after that remains now not known.
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An article in the paper a day earlier offered a chart describing the various noses of Chicago. ” Of a “Hebrew or Aquiline” nose (like Averbuch’s) it wrote, “Generally a commercial nose; indicates suspicion, power of adaptation to surroundings and ability to look out for No. ” Averbuch’s trip from Washburne Avenue to Lincoln Place could not have been an easy one, though some people stated that he made the same trip a day earlier, on Sunday, but had returned because no one was home at Shippy’s house.
Shippy. � Copyrighted Chicago Tribune Company. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Then I shot to kill. I had only shot to disable before. But when my boy cried that he had been shot, I shot to kill. I put one bullet in that fellow’s head and another through his heart. Afterward I found out that the fellow had fired a shot earlier than the one that hit my boy. The second shot fired by him went through Foley’s right hand, causing him to drop his revolver. This was the third visit made to my house by this fellow.
Chicago was still feeling the effects of the depression of 1907. Such periodic economic breakdowns were common in America in the latter part of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, but the 1907 depression was the most severe between the depressions of the middle 1880s and early 1890s and the Great Depression of the early 1930s. Chicago, which had seen tremendous growth in the years immediately preceding this recent downturn, was especially hard hit. Its many new and itinerant workers found likely sources of jobs drying up even as immigrants continued pouring into the city.