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quently amazed at the folly of the
defendant, the lack of common sense
that he displayed in his act It has
not occurred to us that the folly, the
crudity, the dullness, was an indica
tion of an intellectual trait that rend
ered the victini to a large extent irre
Willie isn't responsible for what he
does anymore than you could hold a
shaggy little doggie responsible for
stealing a sausage in a butcher shop,
but the law says the criminal must
be punished and civilization has not
yet taken into account in its treat
ment of him the fact that he is ir
responsible and made provisions for
him that willie just and merciful and
yet protect the community from the
menace of a mind that is criminally
DIVEKEEPERS TRY TO FORCE
SHOWDOWN IN LOOP
Loop divekeepers are watching with
intense interest the result of a case
which was yesterday set for trial
Monday before Municipal Judge Wells
by Chief Justice Olson.
Twenty women and two men, ar-
rested Saturday night in a raid on
Fred Potthast's saloon, 2 W. Van Bu
ren st., will be arraigned before the
judge on Monday. They are charged
with being inmates of a disorderly re
sort. Reynold Anerperg, 1209 N. La
Salle st, a waiter employed by Pott
hast, is charged with soliciting busi
ness for the women. According to
the police, one may find women in
the saloon from early morning until
late at night.
The wine room, which is located
under the sidewalk at Van Buren and
State st, is cajled "the Sewer.'
Surrounding this saloon are a num
ber of small hotels. The larger part
of their revenue they draw from this
place and others like it along State
st. The owners have become rich
from this class of trade. If the city
wins the case they will be obliged to
go out of business, as for months "the
street" has been shut tight and the
proprietors have been losing money.
Since the new administration things
have been fairly open. The divekeep
ers have invited raids. They want to
find out the attitude of Thompson on
the wide-open town idea.
George W. Reker, assistant corpor
ation counsel who so successfully
prosecuted in the morals court dur
ing the Harrison administration, has
been retained by the new adminis
tration to fight for the city.
"The conditions in this so-called
wine room are horrible," he told a
Day Book reporter. "Frequently
women shoppers from the big de
partment stores go down there to
cool off and sip a glass of wine. There
are many respectable wein stubes in,
the loop which cater to this trade,
These women are openly insulted,
sometimes in the presence of their
children. The new administration in
tends to keep the loop cleaned up."
WHY IS A "SNIPE" NEARLY?
BECAUSE IT'S ALL "BUT S"
Evanston is the most prosperous
city in the United States. Chicago is
the eleventh. This is according to
data compiled by Edward Bomar,
who last night told Judge Dolan in
the night court that he judged the
prosperity of the cities he visited by
the length and quailty of the snipes
he picked up in the streets.
Bomar was arrested while trying
to flip a freight out of Chicago.
"Five-cent seegars chased me
away," he told the judge.
"Stay with us a little," said the
judge. "Ten days in the Bridewell."
The reason why a pretty young girl
marries a wealthy old crab for love
and not for his money is because a
duck has to practice for six years be
fore it learns to swim. Cincinnati
The Baltic has the greatest wreck
record of all the seas, averaging one