Here is another deposition in the pension case of Patrick Whelan. This one is given by John P. Dunne, a former coworker and employer of Patrick. The deposition deals with Patrick's reliability and drinking habits.
Case of Patrick Whalin, No. 50355
On this 17th day of November, 18900, at Chicago, county of Cook, State of Illinois, before me, DS McIntyre, a special examiner of the Bureau of Pensions, personally appeared John P. Dunne, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to him during this special examination of aforesaid claim for pension, deposes and says:
I am 44 years of age; my post-office address is No 2162 N Marshfield Ave Chicago Ills. & I am a plummer. I have known this clt here Patrick Whalin ever since I was a helper – well for 30 years I say any how.
He worked with me at times and since I’ve been in business for myself he has worked for me.
Well sir he would take a drink now and then, but he did not use intoxication liquors to excess or abuse himself with their use.
He has been a good reliable man & I could always depend on him.
He never “soaked” it all.
When he would quit work sometimes he would go and take a drink or two, but he would be right on hands for work all right the next morning.
I never knew him to get on a protracted spree-never.
His looks show he has not been a hard drinker.
I am neither related nor interested
Questions understood and answers correctly recorded
John P. Dunne