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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 12, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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SEARCH FOR WHITE SLAVES HELD BY POWER
OF DOPE HABIT
Police, acting on hunches received
since the Harrison anti-dope law
wenf into effect, are- working on
clues that young girls have been
lured and forced into white slavery
by means of dope which was forced
on them by their captors and to which
they became addicted.
Chief Gleason, it is said, will co-operate
with the government agents in
an effort to locate white slave bands
that have been able to keep their hold
on girl victims whom they have lured
into a life of shame.
For a long time many people have
considered the stories that young
girls were kept in bondage almost im
possible. Now it is said that by mak
ing dope slaves of the girls it is easy
for the underworld crowd to keep
them.
It is expected that Detective Ser
geant William P. Bowler, famous for
the number of white slavers he has
brought to justice, will be assigned to
the work of discovering dope slaves.
The Desplaines street police un
covered what promises to be a sensa
tional case yesterday when they raid
ed Elizabeth Caird's massage parlor,
421 S. Wabash, and rescued Frances
Vander, 18, 2122 TJreenwich av., who
was being held a prisoner in a closed
room.
The Caird woman, Mrs. Frances
King and her husband, Edward King,
were arrested.
The place was raided as a result of
a tra laid by the police when Miss
Vander, in a hysterical condition,
complained to them last night that
she had been lured to the place by a
man she had met at State and Adams,
who had offered her a job as house
keeper at the place at a salary of $40
a week.
She said she had accompanied the
man to the place, but what she saw
there horrified her so much that she
ran to the street. Later she received
a note from King asking her to meet
him at Madison and Halsted.
It was after receiving this note that
she told her story to the Desplaines
street police. They instructed her
to meet King and go with him to the
massage parlor. The police trailed
them. When they broke down the
door Miss Vander had already been
made a prisoner.
Another example of a girl gone
wrong through dope was found in
the case of Marie Fransen, arrested
yesterday in Carson, Pirie, Scott &
Co. on a charge of shoplifting.
She told the police she had been
taught to snuff cocaine and take
morphine by Theodore Parker, with
whom she has been living at the New
Bradford hotel. He was also arrest
ed. The girl was paroled for 6 months.
Acting on the advice of Judge
Scully a conference will be held in
Peter Reinberg's office this afternoon
to discuss plans for starting a "cen
tral receiving station" for dope vic
tims. Those who wfll attend are:
For the City Dr. Young, health
commissioner; vAld. Nance, Judge
Goodnow of the morals court; John
L. Whitman, superintendent of the
Bridewell; Dr. C. E. Sceleth of Bride
well hospital, and Detective Simon
Holmes, representing Chief Gleason.
For U. S. Government Dr. Julius
O. Cobb, in charge of Marine hospital.
' For County Dr. H. I. Davis, super
intendent of Psychopathic hospital;
Pres. Reinberg of county board,
County Judge Scully and Coroner
Hoffman.
For State Dr. John A. Robinson,
president of state board of health.
Clubwomen throughout the city
are planning o -call a meeting with
in a few days at which the govern
ment will be requested to repeal the
dope law to save the lives of thou
sands of victims.
Public opinion, aroused by stories
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