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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 26, 1913, Image 7

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FATHER SAYS ELLIS HAS BEEN
A CRIMINAL SINCE A CHILD
Indianapolis, -Ind., Sept- 26. By
the admission of his aged father, Jos
eph Ellis, 17, sought by the police
as the murderer of Joseph Shalan
sky, a clothing' dealer, who was lured
to a room in a local hotel last Mon
day, has been a criminal since a child.
The boy's father states that the
family was forced to move to escape
disgrace, from Los Angeles to Rich
mond, Va., from which city young
Ellis starte'd and robbed merchants
in Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland,
Toledo, Louisville and Indianapolis,
and made unsuccessful attempts to
lure merchants to hotels in dozens of
other cities from coast to coast. Pre
viouslyhe had become the ward 'of
the Los Angeles juvenile court on ac
count of petty thefts.
Ellis added wife desertion to his
list of crimes when he married Audra
Baker, 16, in Danville, 111., on July 5,
and deserted her within a week. Driv
en from home she came here and
was here when Ellis killed Shalansky.
She attempted suicide to escape her
disgrace and is in a serious condition.
Atome time in his career of crime
Ellis met a double in Fred Brokaw of
Tacoma, Wash., another young crook
,with a bad record in the navy. Bro
kaw's career is so closely mixed with
, that of Ellis that the police are con
vinced they adopted the same meth
ods of hotel robberies and used their
resemblance, whjch is striking, for
i mutual alibis when in trouble.
Brokaw turned up in Washington,
D. C, as a ward of the juvenile court
and in Pittsburgh, Pa., as hotel rob
1 ber, and is now under arrest in San
Francisco for the Pittsburgh crime.
JJfic The police have no clue to Ellis
C since he left Indianapolis', following
- the murder of Shalansky.
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Orator, passionately Frorn the
day I was twelve I earned my own
living! I owe no man a penny. Gen-
' tlemen, I made myself! A voice
" iWell, you made a mistake!
FINED' $20 FOR ENDANGERING
LIVES" OF SCORES OF GIRLS '
New York, Sept.. 26. Max Blan'ck,
in. whose Triangle Shirtwaist factory
147 girls werp burned to death on
March 25, 1911, because the doors
were locked on them so they could
not get out, .was today convicted in
the court of special sessions of lock
ing the three exits of his new fac
tory, v79 Fifth avenue, where 150 girls
are employed.
Justice Russell fined him $20.
In imposing the minimum penalty,
the court offered Blanck the alterna
tive of five days in the penitentiary.
He smiled, pulled out a "roll" of
money as thick as his am, peeled off
a $20 bill and walked out.
The burning to death of the 147
girls was a tragedy that appalled the
entire country at the time it occurred.
The doors had been locked to keep
the girls from stealing remnants of
cloth or spools of thread. The place
was a regular firetrap .and whe,n the
girls found they could not get out
some of them choked to death like
rats in a trap and others jumped from
the windows and were crushed to
death when they struck the sidewalk.
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SHE DID IT
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Diggs I see Henpeck didn't join
the lodge. Change his mind?
Daggs No, he didn't have to. His
wife attended to that.
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