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WARRANT OUT FOR "MARRIAGE MILL" JUSTICE
USED VAULT AS WEDDING DEN
such talk was "rot."
Judge Uhlir ordered Petru to pro-
That the vault in the county clerk's
office was used as amarrying den by
Justice of the Peace Edmond R. Polk
was the testimony brought out in
Judge Uhlir's courtroom today.
To this vault, it is alleged, the vic
tims of the "marriage mill" were
steered by county employes.
In connection with this case a war
rant was taken out today at the re
quest of Ass't State's Attorney Eu
gene C. O'Reilly charging Polk with
performing marriages without legal
authority. The "justice" is now some
where in the sandhills of Michigan.
If Polk is found guilty of this charge
he can be fined $500, or given two
years in jail, or both.
The latest developments in the
""oik case came today duringlhe trial
c William J. Madl on a' charge of
contributing to the delinquency of
his fwo children.
Madl was arraigned on complaint
Of his wife, whom he married five
years ago. During the course of the
trial it was brought out that Madl,
under the name of- Wm. J, Marten,
had married Edith Booth, alias Duf-
field, 323 Schiller street, on Jan. 5,
1914, in the vault in the county
clerk's office. This ceremony was
performed by Polk, who changed the
date of the license to Jan, 5, 1913.
Madl was fined $200 and sentenced
to a year in the House of Correction.
A bigamy charge was not placed
against him on account of the doubt
as to the legality of the marriages
performed by Polk.
County Clerk Robert M. Sweitzers
name was dragged into the mess to
day by the testimony of Frank J. Pe
tru of the 10th Ward Taxpayers' As
sociation. Petrue said that some time ago he"
had sent a letter to both Sweitzer
and Sheriff Zimmer calling attention
to the fact that county employes
were soliciting for marrying justices
and that Sweitzer had
duce copies of these letters in court
on Jan. 28 when the case of James
Drew and Julia Gilliston conies up.
This is another Polk marriage.
Evidence was given by Mrs. Wini
fred O'Keefe Thoma and Mrs. Mary
Gordon, two marriage-mill victims,
that brought in the names of Albert
Aubin, information clerk in the coun
ty clerk's office, and Albert J. Muel-
ler, special policeman in the office.
William L. Bodine, superintendent
of compulsory education, who has
been active in the campaign against
Polk, said that the crusade would
continue until every shady justice
was driven out of business.
"Polk performed 266 marriages
during December, 1913, and. several
w,ere without witnesses," -said Bo-
Judge Uhlir ordered all witnesses
who testified" this morning to be back
on Jan. 28.
BITS OF NEWS
Twenty-four granted stay in dyna
mite case until Supreme Court passes
Two West Chicago cars c'ollided at
State and Randolph sts. Slippery
rail. Five hurt.
Bids asked for 6 one-ton motor
trucks for parcel post service.
Sixth ward women. elected Mrs. E.
S. Brough as head of league. Plan,
big campaign for Democratic ticket
Home of Luke Foley, 7615 S. Mor-
ganst.-caught fire. Little damage.
Mayor Harrison, Peter Bartzen and
Leland S. Rapp appeared on tie
stand tihs afternoon in defense of tne
four vote fraud defendants now on
. o o
it is more difficult to obtain a di
vorce in England than in any other
replied, that t-civilized country.