Newspaper Page Text
4-UMMOND WOMAN'S CLUB
t HEARS A "VICE REPORT"
x . Houses and Disorderly Houses.
"It is true that Town the Foss
- place. Esher and I are interested
' in it together. The records show
-that. It's a saloon' and boarding
rhouse. I don't know much about
it. Foss runs it. I uess'if the
people of this town didn't "warif
h places like Foss' here they could
t easily get-rid of thenrV-William
Thompson, police commissioner
,. of. Hammond, Ind. ' ' h
Z, An echo of the ChicagOivice in
vestigation was heard in Ham
mond last night, when Ktiss Vir-
ginia Brooks, 'in an address be
vfo the Hammond Woman's
tjclub, directly charged .that three
avLake county public afficialswereJ
owners ot gambling nouses ana
Miss Brooks' address was, in
- the nature of a "vice -report"," but
she made no effort to conceal j:he
"key" to her remarks.
- . She declared that John Becker,'
a township trustee, owns a bund
ling on State. street, West Ham-
" mond, which is devoted fo the
lowest forms of vice. The place,
says Miss Brooks, is managed by
"Con"Tolty, a notorious charac
ter, who went to Hamomnd after
Tbeing driven out of Joliet.
2, William Thompson, a police
" commissioner, was the next per
son whose connection with the
uiiderwold was' exposed by Miss
, "Brooks. She said he was "the,
' owner of thenotorious Foss place
a on Plummet avenue. Then she
.mentioned s. jh. Jisner, county
"Esher," she said, "is Thomp
son' partner. He tries to con-
cealjt, but fie shares in the profits
of the place. His moral responsi
bility for what goes on there is
just' as great as Foss' is."
' Mrs. Esher, wife of the accused
qfficial, was in the'audience. -She
sprang to her feet, angrily.
"It is not true. The place is
owned by Thompson. It,'s Hep,
liesj ,. My , husband doesn'town
that place. He has nothing to do
with it. You are trying, to -ruin
him; and you are humiliating me."
There was great excitement
ajpong the women, and several of
them . attempted' to quiet- Mrs.
Esher." Tbe meeting broke fip-in .
confusion. . " r
Mjss' Brqoks, in describing con
ditions in 'West -Hammond, - told
of untrammejed vice and gamb
ling, and related disgraceful
seenes whiclushe had seen in
Hammond's tenderloin. She said
she .had found a 7-year-old boy
drunk-on the street, and he told
Her he knew "a lady who gives me
all the whisky I .want."
Thonipson 'last night admitted
he was owneE,of.the Foss place,
and asserted that Esher was in
terested in it with him.
Esher 'said the charges of Miss
Brooks were absolutely -'false, and
inJLhe face-of Thompson's admis
sionof joint ownership, declared
he had no interest w.hatever in the
Fo'ss place. ,
t Trustee Becker admitted he
was interested in the State street
place, but said he merely repre-
-snted tfie owners-, whose names
fe?asE sSilxsK&staW jiaikirs!w& && a 'aUj-