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JUDGE FISHER TAKES SLUR OFF
Judge Harry W. Fisher has cast
a new and humane angle on the pool
room argument He softened the
slur cast on poolrooms and claimed
that when properly run they were a
good, interesting recreation place
A for boys.
Edward Burns, 18, was arrested by
Officers Haynes and McGee in a
poorloom run by C. Kallas at 531 E.
36th st The officers testified that
gambling and card playing were go
ing on in the poolroom.
That gave Judge Fisher his hunch.
"The boy is discharged," said the
judge. "And I want a complaint filed
against the owner of the place for
permitting a minor in the poolroom."
This was done and Kallas, who
was in court as a witness, was fined
$50 and costs.
"The poolroom argument that has
been going on is all wrong," said
Judge Fisher. "Owners of these
places have brought on the bad name
themselves. When properly con
ducted poolrooms should furnish des
cent and interesting recreation for
"There is little recreation for boys
nowadays, anyway, and pool, when
played for pleasure, as it should be,
is a good sport. Owners should be
forced to live up to the requirements
of the law. They should not allow
gambling and card playing to be car
ried on. This is bad for the boys. It
is not meant for poolrooms.
"If Chicago's boys could enter a
poolroom and get their pool games
, for pleasure it probably would be in
( A structive. As poolrooms are run in a
great many cases today they are de
structive. "Why blame the boys? They go in
for pool and run into all sorts of
gambling. Arrests are made and the
fault is all laid to the youngsters
who participate in merely the pool
"Our boys should not be driven to
the streets. They are better off in a
properly conducted poolroom than
roaming about the streets.
"In private residences pool is con
sidered a great game and good sport.
Folks who can afford it have tables
in thei rown homes and play at it
as they would any other pleasure
game. Why kill it for the boys
through allowing cards and gambling
to reign freely?"
Fisher in his decision is backed by
arguments that have come in to The
Day Book office. Bowling places are
popular and that is' considered a
clean sport Why? Because as a
rule a bowling alley is run without
any card or gambling connections.
Heretofore the cry has been that
poolrooms raise more crooks, etc.,
than any other places of business.
Every time a boy is arrested for
some crime stories appear that he
was raised in a poolroom.
Judge Fisher today named the rea
son for the slur or poolrooms. He
puts the blame where it belongs. Not
on the boys, but on the owners. How
far is Judge Fisher off in his argu
ment? If bowling, skating, target
shotting, indoor baseball andvolley
ball are pleasure games, why isni
pool, when run in a place where gam
bling is not allowed?
WOMAN DECAPITATES BABY
Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 10. Mrs.
Samuel fctockensen, crazed by after
effects of childbirth, cut off the head
of her 4-day-old baby with a butcher
knife, after attacking the baby's
nurse, Miss Mary La Belle.
An hour later, when Coroner Gil
bert Seashore reached the room
Mrs. Hockensen attacked him with
the knife, painfully slashing his neck.
The crazed woman jumped from
her bad and grappled with Miss La
Belle. As the nurse fled to another
room she turned to see Mrs. Hock
ensen lift the knife and with one
sroke behead the baby.
Coroner Seashore tied the woman
to her bed until assistance came,