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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 18, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3',
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ALDERMEN CLAIM THAT CITY LAW OFFICERS
REFUSE TO ACT AGAINST MORRISON FOX TROT
"Didn't you?" queried Ettelson.
"Mr. Chairman, I object to this ob
vious defense of the law breaking
cabarets by the Corporation Coun
sel," said Buck.
"That is an absolute lie," returned
"Your conduct is disgraceful," re
Carelssly exposing his diamond
studded star to the gaze of the publjc,
City Prosecutor Miller was led forth
for slaughter. Under the question
ing of the aldermen, he admitted that
he had not asked the police depart
ment to investigate charges against
the fox trot club in Harry Moir's Mor
rison hotel because Capt. Morgan
Collins, loop district, had given him
the information that one of his wit
nesses was unreliable and because he
considered the rest of the evidence
Aid. Kimball, who started the in
vestigation, had the testimony of the
discredited witness, a former head
.-waiter in the Hotel Morrison, read.
The affidavit alleged women solicited
men in the lobbies, dining rooms and
the fox trot club. It said drinks could
be purchased on Sunday in teacups
and the checks might be confiscated
to prove the violation of the law.
Then Aid. Buck and Miller brushed
on what was "evidence." Buck re
minded Miller of how "he almost had
to whip him" before he would prose
cute Oak Park drug stores for selling
"You are a fine city prosecutor,"
Buck said derisively. "Why instead
of being willing and eager to prose
cute we have found you reluctant in
the pursuit of your duties. I compre
hend your evasion and I comprehend
Aid. Norris said an alderman
shouldn't be allowed to call a city of
ficial a liar. He moved that Buck
should be compelled to apologize. The
motion wasn't seconded.
Aside from the fact that
Aid. Buck was called a liar,
City Prosecutor Miller was called a
Corporation Counsel Ettelson was
told his conduct was disgraceful, the
council judiciary committee held a
peaceful meeting yesterday.
From the time the first bomb was
exploded by Morals Inspector Hanna,
who annoimced that he had been sus
pended by Chief Healey pending the
filing of charges, till Mrs. Merriam
testified to how she went on a cabaret
tour with Aid. Kimball and his wife,
everything was excitement
Committee Secretary Harrah was
chased all over the city hall and even
over to the Sherman House in an ef
fort to find Chief Healey. The Chief,
according to Aid. Buck, succeeded in
evaiding the committee. He didn't
show up at his office all afternoon.
Hanna asked Ettelson if he could
answer the testimony of the aldermen
without fear of his' actions being
brought before the civil service com'n.
For the first time in weeks Ettelson
refused to give a verbal opinion. Han
na was excused from testifying.
Ettelson bewildered the aldermen
for two hours with law, law and still
more law. He succeeded in answer
ing most of the questions put to him
regarding saloons, cabarets and res
taurants and those he felt he couldn't
answer he left for the courts to de
cide. "Now supposing ", he would start
off. " then the courts will proba
bly ," he would finish.
But Sam Ettelson did pull a
"boner." He tried to get Judge Uhlir
to admit that his activities against
the Fox Trot club and cabarets was
due to his politics, that he had .at
tacked Mayor Thompson at a recent
"Is this true?" he asked.
"You show your bias by asking
that question," interrupted Aid. Buck.
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