Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
EDDIE HALPIN, NEPHEW OF POLICE CAPTAIN,
IN LIMELIGHT AT VICE HEARING
EddieHalpin.nephew.of Police Cap
tain Halpin, and Eolice Judge Ma
honey occupied moat of-the limelight
at the session of the O'Hara vice
commission held in the LaSalle Hotel
A seventeen-year-old girl, whose
initials are M. S. (her name is sup
pressed at the request of thecommis
sion), told how she came from De
troit to Chicago, and how she was
drugged and rjiined in the Auto Inn,
Chicago avenue and Rush street.
Then she told how
She had met Eddie Halpin in a
He had induced her to drink,
Taken her to a hotel,
Stayed there with her until 2 p. m.
t he next day, .
Took her from the hotel to a-cafe,
Contrived to get himself as well as
r drunk there,
A policeman stopped them on the
The policeman told her to go home
ut arrested Eddie.
How Eddie Halpin had told the po
iceman: You can't arrest riie without arrest
If I'm going to be run in so's she.
How the policeman' arrested both
of them and took them to theDes
plalnes street police station.
How they appeared before Police
Judge Mahoney the next day.
How Mahoney, the severity .of
whose sentences has led to the belief
that heis out to make a record, fined
both of them $200 and costs,
And how she served out her fine in
the Bridewell! but Eddie Halpin did
not becaus'e it was suspended.
The girl is pretty. She was dressed
in blue, with a little blue hat. She
gave hey testimony in a law, hesitat
She .told how she, a sixteen-year-old
girl thenr had me another
"awfully weU-dressedrgirl" in a.jes-
taurant, and had been taken by this
girl to the Auto Inn, and there in
troduced to the man who ruined her
while under the influence of a drug.
Mrs. Gertrude Howe Britton, of the
Juvenile Protective League, follow
ed M. S. on the stand.
Mrs. Britton gave the commission
a list of 200 dance halls she said
should be under supervision. She
complained about the rooming
houses and hotels near dance halls.
But when pinned down by Lieut.
Gov. O'Hara, Mrs. Britton admitted
that low wages were back of the
.dance hall evil.
"The conditions are very bad," she
said, reluctantly, "and if the police
would only clean up the dance
halls But I think you're right in
one waV The dance hall furnishes
the only social life for working girls.
If the girls were paid better wages
they could support better halls and
Later, she was pinned down again
by O'Hara on the question of what
underfeeding had to do with immor
ality. "Employers, of girls should pay
more wages," she said. "A girl's
powers of resistance are weakened
when" she is forced to live on an in
Mrs. Britton told how the Protec
tive.League had .had a report saying
that boys and girls sat in each other's
laps while older men lay drunk on
the floor at, a dance in Yondorf's hall,
756 West North avenue, owned by
Yondorf followed Mrs. Britton. He
denied her .charges. . He jaid his
dance hall was the cleanest on the
Mrs. Britton told of a dance held
at Yondorf's November 27 last. She
said that three police officers, sup
posed to be on duty at the dance, got
drunk at.it. . . . .
She "wag asked if she had reported
. .,. J .