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MARY BOYLE O'REILLY TELLS ABOUT WOMEN
OF THE CANNERIES IN THIS rSSUE
THE DAY BOOK
500 SO. PEORIA ST.
TEL. MONROE 353
VOL.2,MU.!j Chicago, Saturday, Nov. 23, 1912 ONE CENT
DIVEKEEPER INDICTED ON PENITENTIARY
OFFENSE LET OFF WITH SMALL FINE
Where docs Louis' Weiss, dive
keeper and one of the kings of the
-South Side levee, get his peculiar
immunity from' the, la"v.?
Weiss was indicted by the Sep
tember grand jury forjiacboring
a girl under age for immoral pur
poses. On a very .slim excuse Wayman
contrived to, quash that indict
ment At this time Carl WaldrQn, at
torney for the Committee of Fif
teen, directly charged that Assistant-State's
Attorney Charles Bar
rett had asked him, to "let up on
Weiss" for "pplitiqal reasons'."
Thes political reasons, it was
said, were thaj: Louis Weiss, and
his uncle, Ed Weiss, had handed
pver the tenderjoin vote to
Charles' brother, George Barrett,
when George was running for the
nomination $or Superior judge.
There was a great cry ojr gro
test from the-people-against this
pjotecti6n of a divekeeper "
Wayman faithfully promised
to take up. Weiss' case with the
October grand jury.
' He did so, vand the October
grand jury also indigted Weiss,
without much hesitation or delib
eration. There were several counts in
the 'indictment voted against
Weiss by the October grand jury.
The chief one was for harbor
ing a1 girl under-age for immoral
purposes. This is a penitentiary
A minor one was for contribut
ing to the delinquency of a child.
This is -a mere misdemeanor, us
ually, punished by a fine".'
Weiss' case was called before
Judge Kefsten yesterday. Way
man's right boYer, Assistant
State's Attorney Claude F. Smith
appeared for the prosecutibn,
Instead of prosecuting Weiss
on the penitentiary charge, Smith
allowed-him td enter 'a plea of
guilty to the misdemeanor.
The result was that Weiss, one
of the mpst notorious characters
in the levee; wsallowed to get 3ff
with a $200 fine.
When asked to explain the ex
treme easiness with which Weiss
seems 'to get out of all Jus diffi
culties, "Wayman said:
"I jdon't know anything about
the case. My assistant, Claude
j Ft 'Sjnitfr, Ijds; been handling it.