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Re: CA Stamped 1866 Trapdoor

Posted by Al Frasca on Tuesday, 25 December 2012, at 4:42 p.m., in response to CA Stamped 1866 Trapdoor, posted by Leland on Tuesday, 25 December 2012, at 3:28 a.m.

CHICAGO POLICE TRAPDOORS: In 1874 a group of industrialists, professionals, and social activists formed the Citizens. Association of Chicago to correct conditions in that city that had been highlighted by the disastrous fire of 1871. Following initial successes, this association formed separate committees for the Fire Department, Police Department, sewers, water supply, architecture, etc. as an adjunct to the elected municipal government. In John Flinn's 1887,History of the Chicago Police., page 130, he describes the police loss in this 1871 fire, among other equipment, ..muskets to the number of 620, $8,680;.six brass cannon... On page 208, documenting conditions within the police department in 1877, he states: .There was in possession of the department this year a quantity of arms, purchased by the Citizens. Association (CA), consisting of four twelve-pound and two six-pound guns . one ten barrel Gatling gun . 296 Springfield breech-loading rifles, and 60,000 rounds of ammunition. These arms, equipments and ammunition were held by the department with the understanding that they were to be returned to the association at the demand of the executive committee. The department had also at this time 102 Springfield rifles of its own (CCP), which had been purchased by citizens and presented to the police..


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