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NEW SENSATIONAL RUMORS ENTER HQYNE'S
PROBE OF THE "BABY FARMS"
t Two new sensational rumors en
tered into the state's attorney's probe
into the "baby farms' 'today. One
had Its origin in the search for a mil
lionaire daughter, who Is said to have
become the mother of a baby in a
"farm" at Oak Park.
The other sensation was the dis
covery of evidence tending to show
the existence of a "baby farm" syn--dicate,
with a taff of doctors and
tmidwives, who made a specialty of
'dealing with unmarried mothers.
The cases against Dr. Thomas Bal
hatchett, Mrs. Annie Mills, Mrs. Jessie
Rudeen and Miss Mary Patterson,
who were arrested following the
death of "Jacob" at the "house of
mystery, 6108 Blackstond avenue,
were called in the Court of Domestic
Relations this morning and trans
ferred to Chief Justice Olson for re
assignment. Ass't State's Att'y Eugene O'Reilly
is co-operating with the police in an
effort to find the real heads of the
syndicate, the men who are making
thereal money out of the girl
momers. Mrs Mills, keeper of the "house' of
mystery," has given the police an im
portant statement. With this to guide
him Officer John Stege has been
working on he case.
O'Reilly is confident of getting
sufficient evidence to raid a house in
Oak Park now under observation.
To this house come the rich unmar
A girl In that condition will pay
any pripe for secrecy And they are
made pay it. In some cases, it is de
clared, girls go to the "farm" as
soon as their pregnancy becomes ap
parent and they live there until after
the birth of the child, meanwhile
forking over a small fortune to
Sheriff Zimmer might be called up- j
i on to assist in the extermination of
the farms. Several of the oldest doc
tors, who practice in that manner,
long ago became afraid of the police
and took up their quarters in the sub
urbs, beyond the jurisdiction of the
Chicago police department.
If any raids are made on these
places it will be by the deputy sher
iffs, working out of Zimmer's office.
O'Reilly is laying all plans to en
snare the heads o the syndicate. He
is being somewhat-feaffled by the re
fusals, of the mothers, who have de
livered children at the farms', to talk.
A girl living on the South Side was
placed under surveillance, but when
asked to make a statement, which the
police beheved would have completely
proved the existence of a syndicate,
she balked and refused point blank
to make any exposure.
The state board of health will also
take part in the fight and right now
the member sare seeking the identity
of any licensed physician who is in
terested in the syndicate.
HEARD AT DINNER
They aren't dancing the tango any
more. If you know the one-step you
can get along very well.
Walking is a terrible exertion, but
I could dance all night without fa
tigue. I think a vaudeville show now and
then is very restful.
Why, I've j)Iayea until 4 in the
morning and never lost more than
I am very sorry for the I, W. W.'s;
but of course they can't be allowed
tp destroylife and property.
I go to tie opera every week.
Oh! I am very, very fond of it.- -
One must, however, cultivate a '
taste for that kind of music.
Isn't some of our dance music
beautiful. The maxixe,' especially?
f , New York Evening Sub