An Unjust Aspersion

Issue 16 and Volume 65.

An Unjust Aspersion The following editorial appeared in the New York Evening World of April 7: “It was unfortunate and unjust that through a lawyer’s use of portions of testimony previously given the Grand Jury to support charges of graft in the Fire Department, the names of Fire Commissioner Drennen and Chief Kenlon should have been brought into the case involving Dr. William F. Doyle, of the Fire Prevention Bureau, and others indicted on the charge of having collected bribe money for permitting violations of the fire laws by moving picture operators. The testimony which dragged in the names of the Fire Commissioner and Chief was testimony of the wife of a man indicted on the same charges as those brought against Doyle. As District Attorney Swann said Saturday: ‘There is not a scintilla of evidence against either Commissioner Drennen or Chief Kenlon. They are both gentlemen of the highest…

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