FROM THE MORGUE
Copyright 2009 by William A. Mays, Proprietor
September 16, 1893
Chicago police circles have been in a ferment for the last few days over a scandal that cropped out before the trial board and which will inevitably result in the dismissal of Sergeant Al Taylor, of the Thirteenth precinct.
Norman W. Tupper is a wealthy contractor, with a sumptuous home at 1137 Jackson Boulevard. His wife and two little girls had everything they desired, but the mother's infatuation with Sergeant Taylor was the family skeleton. One day recently Mr. Tupper left the house, ostensibly for the day, but returned an hour later and going suddenly into the parlor found his wife on the lap of Taylor, her arms entwining his neck, and just about to kiss his official lips. Tupper made a wild dash for the policeman, who hastily pushed Mrs. Tupper aside and reached for his revolver. The wronged husband hesitated a moment and the sergeant made his escape.
Inspector Lyman Lewis upon investigating this case ordered Lieutenant Stanton to suspend Taylor. At the hearing before the trial board Contractor Tupper's two daughters testified that whenever the husband left the house Mrs. Tupper hung a signal on the rear porch and Taylor made a visit. Frequently the two retired to a bedroom and, locking the door, remained together for hours.
Taylor will undoubtedly be dismissed. He is a married man and has a wife and child living at 1418 Warren avenue. He joined the force six years ago and was made a sergeant under Mayor Washburne's reign. Mrs. Tupper has been turned out of doors by her husband, though both she and Taylor pronounce the charges a conspiracy to ruin their good names.