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BLACKMAIL IN WHITE SLAVE CASES CHARGED
BY REFORMER ROE
That there are several cliques in
Chicago that use the Mann white
slave act as a blackmailing club was
the statement of Clifford G. Roe,
who makes a business of talking
about white slavery, in a speech at
the eighth Purity League Congress
now being held in Kansas City.
The statement is a surprise com
ing from Roe. He has generally pro
claimed himself as all in sympathy
with the "women in the case." But
now he says that the women are Vic
timizing rich men and are aided in
their plans by crooked men.
"This white slave law was enacted
to protect girls against white slav
ers," he said. "It is now being gross
ly misused by designing and cunning
women to 'shake down' gullible and
unsuspecting men. I am informed on
good authority that several black
mailing organizations are operating
in and about Chicago at the present
time. Clever women infest certain
fashionable hotels to decoy acquain
tances to adjoining states. Men con
federates do the rest and the gullible
'easy marks' 'come across.' Methods
and means of curing this condition
can only be instituted by a Federal
Roe also took up the spread of im
morality on excursion boats.
"More than 50,000 girls disappear
ed in the United States last year,"
said Roe. "The interstate boat and
train problem is one of the causes of
so many missing girls and it forms
another reason for the establishment
of a federal morals commission.
"Local and state police and offi
cials are powerless to cope with the
excursion night boat problem," he
continued. "These boats often run
between two states, as- from Chicago
to Michigan and to Wisconsin. Acts
of immorality beyond belief are now
quite common simply because there is
no agency competent or available to
cope with these conditions.
"We must plant ourselves on a
platform of education and enlighten
ment concerning commercialized
vice. Ignorance of this subject is not
"False modesty is out of date. The
instruction should begin at home. Let
us educate parents so they will know
how to instruct their children."
Judge Charles Goodnow of the
Morals Court also talked. He spoke
on the causes of delinquency of girls.
"In the examination of 200 im
moral women the reasons for the first
delinquency were given as follows,"
he said, "promise of marriage, 77;
drinking, 20; fine dress, 19; lack of
parental restraint, 15; dance halls, 5;
other causes, 1 each
"Most of the offenders were found
to be American born and the off
spring of American born parents.
Most of these cases left the grammar
school at fourteen years of age. Only
a few attended high school. Not one
had completed a high school course.
Breaking up of the home through di
vorce was found to be a vital factor
in some cases."
He also said most of them were
underpaid and had left school when
they were about fourteen. Very few
had ever started in high school.
HUNT FOR A MILLION
New York, Nov. 9. Hunt for
$1,000,000 begun by King's county
grand jury, which is investigating ac
tions of David A. Sullivan, Brooklyn
bank wrecker, whose auto joyrides
while he was a prisoner at Sing Sing
have furnished latest morsel of scan
dal at New York penitentiary. Be
lieved Sullivan "salted away" $1,000,
000 when his speculations smashed
Union Savings Bank.
New York Fire of mysterious
origin swept through machinery
building of New York Dock Co. Dam
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