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JACK JOHNSON WILL COME BACK TO U. S. AND
FACE SLAVE CHARGE, SAYS FRIENDS
Following the decision of the
United States supreme court holding
women equally as gtfflty as men in
Mann act cases, friends of Jack John
son predict that the black pugiliist
will return to this country to defend
himself against the white slave
charge brought by Belle Schreiber.
Along the dusky Broadway on
South State street last night there
was much jubilation at the prospect
of "Black Jack" returning to the vi
cinity over which he presided so ef
fectively through his title of heavy
Sig Hart and other friends of John
son said that the negro'intended com
ing back the moment he could find
any loophole to escape a possible sen
tence to Fort Leavenworth, the fed
Johnson1 was originally sentenced
to prison, but his attorney, Benj.
Bachrach, appealed the case. Pend
ing the appeal Johnson fled to
France and. has not since returned.
His friends believe that in a new
trial Belle Schreiber would not ap
pear against the negro if she saw a
possibility of being convicted herself
under the Mann act.
Attorney Bachrach was in Spring
field today and could not be reached.
Last night, however, there was a con
ference at the old Johnson home, at
34th and Wabash, at which plans to
communicate with the pugilist were
discussed. No information as to
Johnson's exact whereabouts can be
learned from his relatives.
He is expected soon in Juarez,
Mex., where he is to meet Jess Wil
lard for the heavyweight champion
ship, and is said to be on his way
there now, via Buenos Ayres.
The decision of the supreme court
holding the woman equally as guilty
as the man came in the case of Clara
Holte of Milwaukee against Chester
Landerschlager, who took her from
her home in Barrington, DL, to-Mil-
waukee, Wis. He is now serving a
sentence for the violation. Clara
Holte was held guilty of conspiracy
to break the law.
The local offices of the department
of justice approved of the decision
of the supreme court. It may give
them the power to reopen such cases
as the Edwards-Cox case and others.
"The decision," said Dis't Att'y
Clyne last night, "undoubtedly
means that the element of blackmail,
revenge and other ulterior motives
will disappear from white slave cases.
But I cannot say whether it will be
made retroactive in Chicago or not.
I would have to read the supreme
court opinion and the evidence in the
disposed-of and pending cases first.
"It is sufficient to say that we will
handle all white slave cases that
come to us in the future strictly
along the lines of the decision."
SUITS FOR $40,000 HIT THE
Suits that will ask $40,000 in pen
alties have been filed against the sur
face lines by Ass't Corporation Coun
sel Reker. The city is going to try
to better the car service by touching
the car company on its tenderest
nerve the pocketbook.
For failure to post copies of the
traction ordinance in the cars suits
ask $22,000. And fines amounting to
$18,000 may result from bills filed,
charging failure to post transfer in
formation required by the traction
FOOT AND MOUTH BILL BIG
Washington, Feb. 2. The bill for
eliminating foot and mouth disease
up to date is $1,S40,328.99. This is
the federal government's share of
the expense of slaughtering infected
herds and reimbursing the owners
for their loss. The federal govern
ment pays half and the states the
other half. This sum was provided
by the current agricultural bilL