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ONE DANCE HALL CLOSED BY MAYOR HAS
" BEEN MADE A HALL OF JUNK
Up on the second floor. at 443 N.
Clark street sits a broad shouldered
Swede a blonde husky built about
like Jack London's Wolf Larsen.
Sometimes he slides out from the
J tall leather chair where he sits and
takes a walk around the ruins.
He is the owner of $0,000 worth
of furnishings, mirrors and wall dec
orations The whole luxurious outfit was
thrown on the scrap pile six days ago.
The long, white glistening balcony at
the end of one room it cost $3,000
is so much junk.
The ten-foot mirrors they are
junk. The broad leather settees
they are junk. The decorative panels
painted by Van Ness at a cost of
$2,800 they might as well be junk.
The Swede who owns this junk and
sits in one of his. tall leather chairs
thinking and dreaming of days gone
by is Godfrey Johnson.
A little slip of paper was taken
away from him six days ago by Car
ter H. Harrison, mayor of Chicago.
This little slip of paper was an
amusement license. Three thousand
patrons and spenders who used to
come every week to Johnson's place,
known as the Dearborn dance hall,
can't come now because Johnson
hasn't got the little slip of paper
which all citizens who desire to con
duct a lawful dance hall must have
in their possession.
Godfrey Johnson is a Republican
Carter H. Harrison, who happens
to be mayor, is a Democrat. Likewise,
the leader and boss and dominant
power of the district, James Aloysius
(Hot Stqye Jimmy) Quinn, is a Dem
When Mayor Harrison took away
the license and junked the $10,000
mirrors, paintings and French velvet
hangings he stated he did it because
an official report came to him of mis
conduct by Johnson.
A peculiar, unusual thing is con
nected with this report. On the face
of it, somebody is a liar.
Maj. L. C. Funkhouser, second
deputy superintendent of police,
made the .report recommendhig the
revocation. Against his revocation
is the' word of two old-time police
According to Capt. Rehm and
Serg't J. Tierney of the Chicago ave
nue police station, Johnson has never
failed to give them any information
asked for and has never failed to obey
any warning given him about how to
run his place. Capt. Rehm's report
was. attached to Funkhousei"s and
was seen by Mayor Harrison. Rehm
and Tierney say:
"Johnson's place is conducted in a
proper manner the same as any other
dance hall. There is no liquor sold
there. It is patronized by young peo
ple who live in the vicinity and they
conduct themselves properly while in
the hall. Every time the officers went
there looking for any person, Mr.
Johnson, the proprietor, always as
sisted them in pointing out and locat
ing them for the officers."
Funkhouser's report is short,
guarded, elusive. It shows careful
preparation. On the face of it, more
was left out than was put in. It re
cites that (1) the chief probation of
fice asked the morals squad to find
Virginia Skowron, alias Scobie; (2)
Officer Glomp and Policewoman Wil
son were assigned to the work; (3)
Virginia Scobie was found at 60 W.
Grand avenue with a questionable
woman; her pay was $1.25 a night
while working for Johnson; Johnson
telephoned her to come to the dance
hall; (4) it was plainly evident that
she was not living on $5 a week; (5)
some of the investigators from the
Juvenile Court office report that they
have seen young couples leave this
dance hall, enter nearby winerooms
and then go to some of the assigna-