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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 23, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 11',
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Kansas City shortly after arriving from the east. The champion will show
his theatrical stunts to the home folks in the southwest. Manager Tom
Jones frankly admits that he and Willard are going to grab the soft foot
lights money before taking any chances in the ring.
CITY DOCTOR IS SHOWN UP IN
JUDGE MAHONEY'S COURT
The psycopathic laboratory, oper
ated by Dr. William Hickson, who
pulls down $5,000 a year from the city
for giving his opinion of the mental
status of "prisoners, was ripped to
shreds in Judge Mahoney's court yes
terday by Ass't State's Att'y John
Dr. Hickson was placed on the
stand by the ass't state's att'y after
he made a statement that Prances
Vanderheyden, 17 years' old, an im
portant state witness, was mentally
"The psycopathic laboratory is one
of the biggest farces ever perpetrated
on an unsuspecting public. The peo
ple are paying Hickson $5,000 a year.
It's a plain ease of gold brick. iThe
state's att'y's office will in the future'
oppose any of the foolish, private ex
aminations which girls are forced to
undergo in the psycopathic labora
tory," said Herren.
Herren compelled Hickson to out
line his entire test hy which he claims
to prove a subject mentally fit or un
fit The action of the state's attorney
came after an occurrence in the
Morals Court Wednesday when Miss
Vanderheyden fell in a faint after a
morning of testifying against Fred
Bromo, one of two defendants whom
she claims drugged and mistreated
her in Elizabeth Caird's massage par
lor at 421 S. Wabash av.
When the girl fell to the floor,
Hickson was standing nearly. He
"You're a doctor. Why don't you
get busy?" asked Herren. The doc
, tor made no reply.
"What kind of a doctor are you
anyway?" demanded Herren. "Why,
I wouldn't let you doctor a dog, if I
cared anything for the dog."
"I know all about, this girl," said
Dr. Hickson. "I examined her when
she was testifying in the Morals
Court three weeks ago. She is sub
ject to fits of hysteria. Just let her
alone she'll be all right in a mo
ment." "When she finds a soft sp6"t she'll
be all right. Her mother tells me she
has these fits often. If she has an
audience she will keep them up for a
long time, but if the spectators clear
away she will get up of her own ac
cord in a moment"
This morning when Hickson was
placed on the stand he was asked
why he called the girl mentally de
ficient "Why I gave her my famous test,"
r "I think it's about time the public
is enlightened as to just what your
test is. It's costing them enough
money. They read a lot of bunk
about it in the papers, but they don't
really know what it is," said Herren.
"Now I demand that you tell why you
branded this young girl mentally un
fit merely because she came to this
court as a victim of a foul attack."
Dr. Hickson looked uncomfortable.
He shot a distress signal toward
Judge Mahoney. But the judge ruled
he must answer.
"Why I asked her what she would
do if she missed a train and she said
she'd wait for another. Of course,
that's nonsense. Then I asked her
what sh ewould do if she was late for
school and she said she'd go right on.
That was very wrong."
"What should she have said?" he
"Why, that she'd hurry," he re
plied. "Then I asked who she should
forgive the quicker, one who struck
her in anger or who would strike her,
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