April 25, 1907

Three Men More Than Six Feet Tall
Are After Helmets.

Three men applied yesterday afternoon to the police commissioners to be appointed to the force, each of them measuring more than six feet in height. Virgil Dillard, recently discharged from the regular army, stood 6 feet 3 inches and Quartermaster Sergeant W. R. Lee, in charge of the Third regiment armory, measured 6 feet 1 1/2 inches. John Roy Sloan's mark was 6 feet 1 inch.

The applications were all put on file. Lee is a famous horseback rider. When in the army he was the crack rider of his regiment, one of his stunts being to ride two horses with crossed stirrups. Chief Hayes is picking out big men lately for the down town district, there being a rivalry between municipal chiefs of police of recent years in the matter of smartness on the force. It is notorious that arrests are few in the down town district, so an imposing looking man is preferred to a natural born sleuth.