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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 14, 1911, Image 20

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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
disorderly resorts.
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
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