QUITMAN WAS A HEARST STAR REPORTER WHEN HE
BORROWED MONEY FROM HEITLER
Carl A. Waldron, attorney for
the committee of fifteen, ap
peared before the aldermanic vice
committee yesterday and accused
Louis M. Quitman of having bor
rowed $100 from Mike de Pike
Heitler, former overlord of vice
on. the West Side.
To back up his accusation,
Waldron produced a photograph
of a note give given by Quitman
Quitman formerly was star re
porter for Andy Lawrence pub
lisher of the Hearst Chicago
newspapers, but now is 'director
of the alleged reform association
known as the Chicago Women's
Waldron made the accusation
against Quitman for the purpose
of showing that Quitman's "re
form" work is backed by the vice
lords of the city.
Immediately after the aider
manic committee adjourned Quit
man, in a statement given to all
the newspapers, said he .never
had borrowed a centrfrom Mike
de Pike Heitler, and declared that
the photographed note shown by
Waldron was a forgery.
Six weeks ago Quitman ad
mitted to The Day Book that he
had borrowed $100 from" Mike de
Pike Heitler and that he had
given Heitler a note for the
At that time Quitman declared
to The Day Book that he hjid
tried to pay the money back to
Heitler and that Heitler had re
fused to take it.
For some reason the other
newspapers are carefully omitting
to comment on the true signifi
cance of the borrowed money.
All the other papers intimate
that Quitman's borrowing of
money from Mike de Pike shows
that Quitman's reform agency is
backed by the vice lords.
. The truth is that when Quit
man borrowed the money in De
cember of 1910 the Chicago ,
Women's Protective League had
not even been thought of.
Quitman at that time was
irierely a star reporter for the.
Hearst newspapers, and Mike de
Pike Heitler lent him the. $100
because he was' a star reporter
for the Hearst newspapers
Waldron's accusation of Quit
man was the climax of the aider
manic vice committee's hearings.
The committee will hold np more
open meetings, and there has
been no indication as to how the
committee will report to the
Another strange coincidence
bobbed up in the aldermanic in
vestigation. One M. F. Ryan appeared be
fore the committee and produced
15 letters from chiefs of police of
other cities, 14 of the letters be
ing strongly for segregation.
This M. F. "Ryan later turned
out to be the son of Police Cap
tain Ryan, presently in charge of
the Twenty-second street district.
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