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Seen anything wrong on any of his
"few visits') to the Erie.
The next witness was William
Wheeler Congdon, who testified that
he was "an operator and Investiga
tor in the employ of the Rev. Dr.
Congdon was asked what else he
did. He said he was a bill collector
and had offices in the Reaper Block.
Congdon answered every question
with a pout
Congdon testified that he had
gone to the Erie Hotel, April 8, with
a girl named B. R. (For obvious rea
sons The Day Book is not going to
publish thjs girl's name. If she be
what Congdon and Sensibaugh say
she is her reputation has been suffi
ciently hurtiby them.)
Frank I. Gavin, attorney for Cline,
wanted to know where Congdon met
B. R., and what he knew about her.
Congdon said the girl was a close
Mend of his; that he had been in
troduced to her about two months
ago; tat he wasn't sure where this
introduction took place; that she was
a good woman, and that once she
had lived 'on the North Side, but did
not do so any longer.
"How long have you worked for
the Rev. Williams?" asked Gavin,
with heavy emphasis on the
"Since about the middle of March,"
said Congdon. "I bfielieve that I have
received about $40 from Dr, Williams
since that time to spend as I saw fit"
"Did you ever live on the North
Thenext witness was a Mrs. No
lan, whose liome is across Clark
street from the Erie Hotel.
Mrs. Nolan said she had seen 'dis
graceful things at the Erie; young
girls going into the hotel with men
old enough to be their fathers; nude
men and women who didn't have the
decency to pull down the. shades.
" The next witness was the other
Williams' investigator, W. C. Sensi- j
feaugh, a- tauV-slouoby -Iowao-who
I Vs about ten breaths and a yawn
before answering any question.
Under questioning by Attorney-Gavin,
Sensibaugh was disclosed as a
person of numerous and varied at
tainments. He was born In Iowa, , started in
life as a clothing salesman, took up
dental surgery, quit dental surging
to become a city civil service investi
gator and dropped-that to rise to the
proud position of being an investiga
tor for the Rev. Williams.
Sensibaugh declared he had seen
13 couples going up to the Erie Hotel;
had seen one girl take two different
men there within half an hour and
had seen girls soliciting men on Clark
street in front of the hotel.
- "Now," said Attorney Gavin, when
Sensibaugh had told this much,
"what is your regular occupation?"
"Why," said Sensibaugh, straight
ening visibly, "with the city civil ser
"You're not working for the city
civil service commission now, are
you?" asked Gavin.
"Wa-al," drawled Sensibaugh,
"No, nor for some time," persisted
"Oh yes," said Sensibaugh, "I
was working for -the department up
to up to three months ago."
."Well, then," Gavin wanted to
know, "what have you been doing in
the last three months besides work
ing as an informer for the Rev. Wil
liams?" Assistant State's1 Attorney Lang
try jumped to his feet and objected to
the term "Informer." Judge Hopkins
smiled, and sustained the objection.
"What have you been doing besides
working as an investigator for the
Rev. Williams?" Gavin re-framed his
"Well " said Sensibaugh, and
"WeU?" said Gavin.
'"Nothing," Bald Sensibaugh, sul
L-"How much-money has WlHIatns