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TRAPPING OF YOUNG VAUDEVILLE' ACTRESS'
BRINGS nQUICK ACTION
The trapping of a young actress in
search of an engagement, by W. J.
Hoffman, investigator of the Morals
Squad, today, led to a probe by Judge
Arnold Heap of the Morals Court and
Ass't State's Att'y Eugene Quirke.
The girl was Victoria Nelson. On
April 12 "she went to the Congress
cafe to meet a booking agent who
had promised her several weeks in
She waited several minutes but the
man did not appear. While she was
there Hoffman, whom she did not
'know, came to her table and intro
duced himself as a theatrical agent.
He acted very courteous and the girl,
hopeful of an engagement, allowed
him to sit at the table. According to
her story he ordered two rounds of
apricot brandy. (The city allows the
Morals Squad men large expense ac
counts.) Here's the evidence that came out
in court yesterday and was not refut
ed by the Morals Squad:
"He said I looked like a talented girl
and he thought he could find some
thing for me," said the girl. "Of
course, I was very anxious for work
and I told him so.
"He suggested that I meet him at
the National Hotel, Van Buren and
Wabash. I must have looked ,hurt,
because he noticed it and said quick
ly, 'Oh, of course, I mean in the
ladies' parlor. I said there because
I happen to. be stopping .at that
"I finally consented to meet him
there later. We talked over the en
gagement for awhile. While we were
talking an officer walked in and I was
When- the girl got that far in the
story, and it was not denied, Judge
Heap stopped the case.
"I'm not going any further with
this," he said. "I won't sit up here
aud see this young woman's charac
ter blasted. I am going to make an
investigation. I won't stand for un
fair and immoral treatment of young
women by the Morals Squad. If inJ
my investigation I find that we have
immoral morals investigators who'f
first buy drinks for girls and then try 1
and trap them I will go very much I
Quirke took the same stand and it I
appears fhat an investigation of the '
investigators' acts are now on in1"
earnest. Sergt. Randeau of the po- i
lice department, who made the arrest,
has been summoned to appear before i
Judge Heap tomorrow.
THOUSANDS WILLING TO WORK
IN SPECIAL WAR SERVICE t
London, April 15. 6,000 women
are willing to work in armament fac-I.
tories, 4,000 in clothing factories.s'
1,700 in dairy work, 500 as gardeners,
2,000 in various branches of-agri-t
cultural work, 1,100 as shop assist
ants, 500 as leather workers and
5,000 in clerical work, of the 33,000 t
women registered at the end of
March for special war service, de-
clared Walter Runciman, pres. Board r
of Trade, to deputation representing
women's societies in London.
SAYS LAZINESS IS GOOD FOR 'EM
Delegates to the Illinois Congress1
of Mothers and Parent-Teacher ass'n X
were told yesterday that laziness in
their children at the age of adoles--
cence should be encouraged. I
"Children should be lazy," Dr. Lind- J
say-Wynekood said. "An oversupply
of sleep is good for them. It enables t
them to resist disease."
POOR SORT OF MUSIC 1
Cleveland. Din of war is music to-I
Miss RuthRoberts, Cleveland nurse, I
just back from the American hospital
in Paris, and she wants to return.
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Wataga, III. Yeggmen blew safe :
of Bank of Wataga; fled with $1,000.