WIFE FLIRTS, HUSBAND SAYS. ~ Demanded Special Police to Follow Woman to Park.

August 9, 1909

Demanded Special Police to Follow
Woman to Park.

Hardly a night goes by without some person telephoning or calling in person at police headquarters and making requests that are not listed in the police manuals as among a copper's duties. If a refusal is met with it is not unusual for the officer's job to be threatened by the person making the request.

Last night was possibly a bit quiet but Lieutenant M. E. Ryan, in charge at headquarters, received two demands to detail officers to perform work that is commonly turned over to the private detective agencies. The first request was made by a woman who demanded that a policeman be sent out on Admiral boulevard and take her husband home. She had found him calling upon another woman, and the wife wanted him escorted home after he declared he would return later in the evening.

Demand No. 2 was made a few hours later. A man hurried into the station and walking up to the desk inquired for the Chief of Police. As the chief was not there he asked for the captain and was informed that a lieutenant was about his size. He then asked to have a plain clothes man follow his wife out to one of the parks during the evening and keep an eye on her actions.

"Guess you will have to do your own trailing," Lieutenant Ryan remarked.

"Gertie always flirts when I am not with her," the man said in further pleading for a policeman to spy for him.

"Then watch her," the lieutenant answered as he told the shortstop to put the man out of the station.