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. SASSIETY'S BIG ANNUAL DEBAUCH
'And now Jacob Riis wduldstepjn and deprive some of our best
citizens and citizenesses of having a glorious high-toned drunk on
New Year's eve. v
The very idea.,. Just think of the hardship it -would be if swell .
sassiety couldn't have its annual drunk at the swell cafes of the big
They can't put on their glad rags and go to some saloon, for
that would be vulgar, doncherknow. It wouldn't be quiteresperta
ble.' But the swell cafes are different. There's no sawdust on the
floor; and no comomn. people are allowed.
And there's another thing Jacob evidently didn't think of To
stop the big sassiety drunk on New Year's eve would hurt business.
It might cut down the sales of all kinds of booze; and that would
hurt business in the magnificent hotels and jestaurants.
Besides it would interfere with the pleasure of the rich, and in
terfere to some extent with weathy women's rights You see the'
men can get drunk every night of' the year if they want to, and have
the price, while their wives are home playing bridge. But once
a year the wives of some of the rich are in with the play; and it ap-,
pears to be perfectly proper and ettiketticle for them to get drunk
then with their lords and masters. ' . ,
Bye and bye mebbe they'll let the children in with it and the
whole blamed family will get drunk on New Year's eve just to show,
how glad they are to be alive and have plenty of dough.
Irr the meantime probably their tired employes are getting a
good night's sleep so as to start in on another year's hard work for
the boss the next day.
Jacob means well, but he'll hardly get by with any reform in
Chicago that hurts business and prevents th'e'annual drunk of high,,
sassiety. ' , ,'
JESSE JAMES' HOTEL
A man entered a Chicago hotel
and, with the' air of one with
.whom money Was of little mo
ment, asked the clerk what he
would charge him for a room and
bath, The clerk told him.
"Yes, sir," answered, the pros
"Now, then, I would like to see
Mr. James," he said to the clerk.
''Which Mr. James?'"
"Why, Mr. James, the proprie
tor of this hotel."
The clerk insisted that Mr,
James was not the proprietor of
"You can't kid jne," 'said, the
would-be patron peevishly. "I,
Want to see Mr. James, the pro-'
prietpr of this hotel, and see him
quick. I mean Mr. Jesse James,
the most notorious robber of'