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That's always been our idea of
Christianity in this connection. Evi
dently the Rev. Williams' idea is dif
ferent. Possibly he( would have sided
with the Pharisees' that day on the
shores of Galilee.
And outside of the Christian view
point, we always had a certain idea as
to how MEN ought to treat WOMEN
who made a mistake.
That was' the only real tragedy of
the midnight session of the commis
sion. The members of the commission
have been making a quiet investiga
tion of Chicago's fast cafes and res
taurants highbrow and lowbrow
for the last week.
Some of the things they saw rather
astonished, especially the things in
the swell restaurants. They had not'
known before that in such places as
Rector's women dressed" in next to
nothing danced dances that men ap
plaud on the stage and have fits
about if their daughters even talk of.
So last night, the investigators of
the commission we,nt out with a
bunch of forthwith ' subpoenas and
came back with a bunch of restau
rant managers, entertainers, and
guests of the various places.
The investigators were not at all
particular.' They brought in Jack
Carvan, manager of Roy Jones resort
at Twenty-first and Wabash, one of
the most notorious in the city, and
they collected Abe Frank, manager of
Rector's and the North American.
They brought in lightly clad dancers
and "slumming parties." One mem
ber of the latter a woman turned
out to be a vice crusader in her home
The raids caused weeping and wail-"
ing and gnashing.of teeth throughput
our "closed" red light' district. No
one knew who was going to be iext,
and all doors were carefully guarded
Carvan, Jones' manager, was. the
first witness. Carvan will have
charges of perjury, laid against him
because of his testimony. ' And "the
commission will ask Mayor Harrison
to close Jones resort forthwith.
Jones has been one of the kings
of the vice district. Repeated de
mands have been made on the mayor
that he close up his joint. The mayor
According to Carvan nothing
wrong ever went on in Jones' place.
Only slumming parties came there.
No suggestive songs were, sung in it,
and no suggestive dances we're
danced in it. No women ever solicit
ed men there.
Unfortunately for Carvan, Senator
Beall paid a quiet little visit to the
Jones resort several nights ago. He
was solicited four times while in the
place. He heard a negro woman en
tertainer sing peculiarly rotten ver
sion of "All Night Long," the while
she danced with her skirts up to her
waist and a negro male entertainer
lay on the floor at her feet.
Abe Frank denied being interested
in Buxbaum's, the notorious South
Side levee resort. Frank said he
thought the tango a "very refined
dance." He denied that, he had stop
ped the singing of such songs as "My
Harem" in Rector's and the North
American only after the commission
got down to work.
The slumming party, whose names
are suppressed at the request of the
commission, thought the arrest a
tragedy at first. A newspaper photog
rapher took a flashlight picture of
one of the women on the stand.
The women broke down. Her
brother jumped up and. asked if the
commission was gpingto permit such
treatment of a woman? Senator Beall
asked the photographer for the. plate,
and when he got n gave it to the
woman "as a momento."
The other woman, as she was leav
ing the stand, remarked that she was
the member of a vice crusade com
mittee in her home town, 'Peoria. .
"What'll I -say when I get home?"
"Tell 'em you got caught when in
the city," suggested Senator Beall.