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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 15, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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front school, she "was .quiet and fear
ful of the new things she found at the
Boston Store; and so careful that she
was safe from anyone.
- Fellows spoke to her every day, but
she blushed and laughed away their
them.
Bewildered and lonesome, Mary did
find one friend she could trust before
she had been at the Boston Store
very long. This was another clerk;
a girl much older than Mary and
much wiser.
Soon Mary felt more confident of
herself and when her friend suggest
ed going out one night, she assented.
Not until she was in one of the
loop's swellest "trotteries," not until
she had met a man "friend" of the
girl who was showing her around, not
until she had been plied with food and
liquor, not until then did young Mary
really know her clerk friend. Then
it was too late.
One night speril in a loop hotel and
Mary was started down the groove
that so many girls are pushed into.
She went from bad to worse until
her mother knew of her shame. Then
they took her to the Juvenile Court
and to Ass't State's Att'y Hogan and
she told of her clerk friend.
A white slave combination work
ing in the Boston Store, Fair and
Siegel, Cooper's was shown up by the
sixteen-year-old girL
Jake Share of 1815 Kedzie av., a
man known to the police only as
SchlinzsM of 1444 Spaulding av.,
were arrested, charged with having
contributed to the downfall of Mary.
Joseph Levy, of 3851 W. 13th, St., was
another taken into custody when
Mary told the tale of shame.
Other girls, too, were named. Six
of them, all clerks in one of the three
department stores at one time or an
other, are held.
Bit by bit from each of them, de
tails of the entrapments were unfold
ed. The ""heme was the same "wher
ever worked.
ihe gang watched for new, young
girls as they were hired by the stores.
One of them, if she worked there,
would make a friendship with the in
tended victim and lead her to the first
step downward.
Or if there was no member in that
store, one of the girls in the crowd
watched her chance to pick up an ac
quaintance in a waiting room or after
work.
1 Once they got the girl victim out
at night and into a cafe, the rest was
easy. One of the male members of
the bunch "broke her in."
The women of the gang got money
from wealthy men who rented hotel
rooms in which the girls were kept.
The men of the bunch got money
from this source and they had their
will with the girls.
LEPERS ROAM U. S. FREELY SAY
MEDICAL INVESTIGATORS
Washington, Feb. 14. Hundreds
of lepers are at liberty in the U. S.
exposing the public to contagion, ac
cording to leprosy experts who testi
fied today before the Senate public
health committee. Experts endorsed
Senator Ransdell's bill for a $250,
000 national leprosarium.
Dr. Isadore Dyer, dean of Tulane
Medical College at New Orleans said
it is estimated there are 100 lepers at
large in New York City alone. Others
are jn Cincinnati, Chicago and St
Louis.
Danger of contagion from leprosy
is about one to one hundred compar
ed to tuberculosis, Dr. Dyer said.
Bed bugs should be shunned, be
cause they may carry leprosy germs,
the expert said.
That leprosy is curable was de
clared by Dr. Dyer.
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Mandaums proceedings to compel
Judge Smith to vacate and expunge
from records his orders taking juris
diction in gas rate -case, filed in Su
preme Court by People's Gas Light
and Coke Co.
Anton Peshek, 28, 2648 S. Trum
bull, printer, overcome by gas in.
bathroom.

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