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FLIRTATION LEADS TO AFFAIR THAT THE
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS PROBING
An apparently harmless flirtation
in the streets of St. Paul has led to
a "worse than death" experience for
Miss Grace Hamilton, 25 years old,
foremrly of that city.
Charles DeWbody, special agent of
the Department of Justice, is now in
vestigating the girl's story following
the arrest of Tony Taranvi and John
Versenio, two young Italians.
Something of the influence of
economic conditions on vice is shown
in the girl's story.
"I was walking along a street in
St. Paul looking for work, the girl
said, "when I saw these two men
looking at me. They were both fine
ly dressed. When they saw me turn
in their direction they smiled. And
O, though I know it was wrong 1
"If some one could have told me
of the consequences I would rather
have killed myself than face such an
alternative, but I went with them
when they invited me for a soda.
"It was rather a queer looking
soda parlor they brought me to, but
they were so agreeable that I went.
In the place I seemed to fall asleep.
When I awoke I was on a train bound
"I started to cry out, but one of
ythe men in a wonderfully soothing
voice told me not to. Then he told
me he loved me and for some rea
son it wasn't so annoying as it should
"You see when I met those men
I was about at the end of my rope. I
had trudged all day looking for work.
St. Paul, though my home town,
seemed strangely cold and friendless.
It was with a strange feeling of peace
I heard this good-looking, agreeable
man tell me that he loved me. I laid
my head on his shoulder and went to
"When I awoke we were slowing
up at the station in Chicago. They
took me to a house at 527 Cedar
street. I was so completely under his
influence that I went without ques
tioning. "But how I wish I could forget
what happened next. The other man
pretended to go out of the house and
the man I loved and I were alone.
He made violent love. He talked of
the future. Then suddenly his love
making became violent and then
I didn't seem to care.
"But I first began to realize what
I had fallen into when the other man
came in and forced me to do what he
desired. I cried out, but they made
me be still. Other men came in dur
ing the succeedin gdays adn I thought
i s a degraded thing, a wo
man of the streets, so I ceased to
care. You can't understand how
happy I was when the police came."
The case will probably go to the
federal grand jury.
FIXING FINAL DETAILS FOR THE
Anthony Caminetti, commissioner
general of immigration, was in Chi
cago arranging final details of the
new immigration bureau which will
be installed in the Newbury building,
Wabash avenue and Eldridge center.
Caminetti will work with Sec'y of
Labor Wilson in the latter's plan to
turn the postofnces throughout the
country into labor exchanges.
"Sec'y Wilson's plan," said Cami
netti, "is to have the manufacturers,
the farmers, mine owners and others
who need laborers to make known
their needs through the postofflce.
For instance, just as the weather de
partment posts the weather report
daily in the postofflces for benefit of
the farmers and others, so could em
ployers of labor, in various parts of
the country, post a list of available
jobs in the postoffiee, and jobless men
coulu icau it and secure jobs."
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