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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 09, 1912, Image 2

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other properties all in the very'
worst part of the tenderloirf.
And here is the most sinister
thing yet uncovered by The Day
Book in the investigation;
Kesner and the Chicago Title
& Trust Co. seem to have worked
together in tenderloin properties.
Time and time again in the city
records Kesner's name appears as
grantor of a certain piece of prop
erty in the tenderloin and the Chi
cago Title & Trust Co.'s as gran
tee, or the Chicago Title & Trust
Co. is grantor and Kesner gran
tee. The second part of Wayman's
statement made last night is even
more serious. He said he would
not ask for warrants for any more
property owners until he first had
notified them.
This means that every wealthy
property owners is going to be
given a chance to sell his tender
loin property and thus escape
prosecution, and, what such prop
erty owners fear still more, pub
licity of the source of their for
tunes. Wayman is simply showing
himself up in his true colors.
When he found that the Chicago
Title & Trust Co. did not own
1905 Armour avenue, he says he
also found that Kesner did.
Yet Wayman did not ask for
a warrant for the arrest of Kes
ner, which was the logical thing
for him to do.
Of course, Kesner is a big man.
He is a former general superin
tendent of the Fair, one of the de
partment stores which helps to
build up the . tenderloin by 'the
wages it pays its girl employes T
Kesner is a "philanthropist."
Kesner is a member of the Stand
ard and South Shore clubs, Kes
ner is connected with a big de
partment store in New York.
Kesner is connected with the new
building now going up at state
and Quincy streets. Kesner is a
millionaire.
What has happened to State's
Attorney Wayman since yester
day? Yesterday he announced a
new discovery.
"I have found that many weal
thy business men, churchmen and
so-called reformers who own
property in the tenderloin have
entered the property under dum
my names," he said,.
"But I am going behind these
dummies. 1 am going to find the
real owners and expose and prose
cute them. This crusade is not
going to stop at the hounding of
unfortunate women."
Then suddenly he changes. He
says there will be no more prose
cution of rich owners until those
owners have been secretly noti
fied by his office and given a
chance to get rid of the property.
He says he was mistaken about
the Chicago Title & Trust Co.1
owning any tende'rloin property,
when he is in possession of in
formation tending to show that
the Chicago Title & Trust owns
or is agent for other properties
besides tne place at- lyvo Armour
avenue.
He absolves the Chicago Title
,& Trust, and does not -prosecute
the man he says owns the place
at 1905 Armour avenue.

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