ILLINOIS: The Emperor Jones

Greying, affable Ed Jones is the biggest boss and at the same time the golden goose of Chicago's $25 million-a-year policy syndicate. As such, his well-being is the concern of thousands. His syndicate employs some 5,000 Negroes. Political bosses and ward heelers depend on him to deliver the vote; court officials and police get a healthy cut of the weekly $7,500 in syndicate protection money; the 337,000 citizens of Chicago's teeming Negro belt consider him a hero and a symbol. All of them insist that he remain free and happy.

But last week Big Ed was trammeled and sad. In...

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