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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 31, 1912, Image 2

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knowft aged jrien, som.3 of tl ;
the mos influential and respect
ed in the community may be dis
graced by the unprintable evi
dence which he" has secured.
Complete confessions have beetf
made, by several little, girls which
charge elderly men with act9 of
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a crimlna.1 nature T4 prosecu
tor is ftow working to substan
tiate these confessions, .
"terrific presSUte is Bing
bfotfght to bear Oft BUffoWs to
hve Him drop tha pfoiiecuUons
and discontinue his investigations.
SCANDAL IN OUSTING OP EPISCOPAL MINISTER
Philadelphia, Dec 31, Dr. Al
fred Garnett Mortimer, .former
pastor of St. Mark's Episcopal
Church, has been deposed from
the ministry of the Protestant
Episcopal Church because of im
morality. The reason for the pastor's res
ignation and' unfrocking became
certain when'Bishop Rhinelander
issued his orders, of removal.
Ministers of the Episcopal
church can be unfrocked for but
two reasons immorality or her
esy If unfrocked -for hetesy the
bishop must state that the reason
forTemoval dos not affect the,
minister's moral character,.
The order for the removal of
Dr. Mortimer issued by Bishop
Rhinelander did not contain such
a statement.
Notices have been sent to all
bishops in the church and Testrys
in the Pennsylvania diocese of
Dr. Mortimer's unfrocking. The
deposed minister is at his broth
er's home in Jersey City. JJe will
sail for England in a few days.
Bishop Rhinelander and every
minister in Philadelphia refuse to
discuss the reason for Dr. Morti
mer's removal. The vestrymen
will not talk about the case,
"The details are'not only seri
ous and grave, but they are beart-
breaking," admitted one of the
vestrymen. He refused to explain
his statement,
"Alfred must have been crazy
when'hq did this awful thing,"
said Mortimer's brother in Jersey
City.
The unfrocking of Dr. Morti
mer nd the veiled charges of per
version may lead to a thorough
investigation of houses of assign
nation patronized by men high in
society, where Uajneless vices
t flourish.
Vice in the tenderlolrt is now
bein investigated by a vice com
mittee. A demand will b& made
upon. Mayor Blankenburg that
the committee also unmask these
luxurious vice dens Outside the
tenderloin.
Moral perversion, according to
reliable information, is an organ
ized vice in Philadelphia. Its' Vck
taries are not all denizens of thd
tenderloin. Men who occupy high
places in the world, and are look
ed upon as teachers and leaders
in society, are sald.ta indulge in
the vilest practices.
Conditions are similar to Port
land, Ore., whers a score of pro
fessional and business meft of
prominence were recently found
(fcteewfei

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