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"CRUSADER" THRASHER SAYS "WOULDN'T BEr
PROPER" TO GIVE NAMES, SO HE DOESN'T
The truth of The Day Book's state
ment last Tuesday, that the trust
newspapers lied when they said that
the majority of the owners of prop
erty used for purposes of prostitu
tion who were exposed by the Com
mittee of Fifteen was evicting its
tenants, was amply proved today in
an interview with Samuel P.
Samuel P. Thrasher is the New
England "crusader" whom the Com
mittee of Fifteen brought here to
"crusade" against vice. Presumably
Thrasher is the man who exposed the
real estate owners. The Committee
of Fifteen never did anything like
that before. And, considering the
Julius Rosenwald make-up of the
Committee, why should it?
The trust newspapers based all
their stories of how' the real estate
owners were "co-operating" with the
Committee of Fifteen in making the
property that helped make them
wealthy respectable on interviews
Thrasher said that the real estate
owners, rich and prominent citizens,
were co-operating with him, they de
clared, Thrasher said this, Thrasher
said that. A Day Book reporter went
to interview this talkative gentleman.
"Several newspapers have publish
ed statements, credited to you, which
have declared that the rich and prom
inent citizens exposed by the Com
mittee of Fifteen were co-operating
with you in driving undesirables from
the redlight district Would you mind
giving me the names of some of those
prominent citizens who are helping
you in your work?"
"Um," said Thrasher, "I don't
think I understand."
"Well," said the reporter, "it's this
way: Your committee exposed a
number of our best known and most
philanthropic and virtuous 'promi
nent citizens' as renting their prop-
erty at exorbitant prices for purposes
"Yes, indeed," said Thrasher. "Yes,
indeed. I we did that, and a very
proper thing to do, I say."
"I agree with you," said the re
porter, "but I'm not through yet."
"As soon as the names of these
prominent citizens who were getting
money in this doubtful fashion were
made public, certain newspapers
rushed to the front with interviews
with these 'prominent citizens,' in
which said 'prominent citizens' de
clared they never had known what
their tenderloin property was used
for nor why they received so big a
rent for it,"
"Exactly,' said Mr. Thrasher.
"After that," continued the re
porter, "several newspapers publish
ed interviews with you in which you
were made to say that a number of
prominent citizens In question were
working hand in hand with you to
evict their unclean tenants and get
clean ones in their places."
"Ah um yes," said Mr.
"Now is that statement true?"
asked the reporter. "Have any of
these rich and prominent citizens
who were getting a share in the
profits of prostitution come to you
and offered their aid to wipe out their
"Ah," said Mr. Thrasher. "AhJ
Well, you see, quite a few of them
came down here and looked over the
evidence we have acquired."
"Oh," said the reporter, "some of
them came down to see if you had
the goods on them, did they?"
Mr. Thrasher moved most uncom
fortably in his chair.
"Well," he said, "not exactly that.
But when they saw we had facts, of
which, of course, they probably had
been in ignorance, why they prom-
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