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MOVIE SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE
CHARGED WITH "CON" GAME
A possible end to the activities of
some-of the "moving picture schools"
which used the Daily News want ad
columns to gather in "students"
came today with the arrest of the
proprietor of one of these institu
tions. Charles E. Riddel of 2809 Logan
I blvd., manager of the Logan Square
' Business college, and Frank B. Wes
ley, 621 N. "Homan av., an instructor
of the same college, were charged
with confidence game.
The plan, it is said, was to adver
tise that they would teach the mov
ing picture business for ?50 and get
a job for the student
When the applicant had handed
over his money or signed notes for
$50, he was given an outfit costing
a small sum, and instructions.
Through an arrangement with
owners of certain moving picture
houses Jn the city, the men would
get some practical work.
But the Illinois law says that be
fore becoming a moving picture op
erator one must have had six months'
experience as an assistant operator
in a regular movie show.
When the "student" had signed
away or handed over his $50 he
found that he had to put in six
months at little salary or none be
fore he could get a permit from the
city to operate a machine.
Some schools had a means of evad
ing this Illinois law.
They would get letters from the
owner of an out-of-town moving pic
ture show to certify that the appli
cant for the permit from the city had
operated for six months in his the
ater. In investigation of some of these
letters proved that the owner of the
show was in league with the owner
of the movie school to put it over on
Sometimes when the letters were
traced it was found that the men
who signed the letters never owned a
moving picture show. Several of
this sort of moving picture school
grafters were heavily fined.
DENIES HUSBAND'S CHARGES
SAYS HE WAS VICTIM
Flat denial of the accusations of
her husband, in which he connected
her name with that of her cousin,
Richard Benton, was today made by
Mrs. Henry C. Igel. Mrs. Igel has sued
for divorce, naming Mrs. Harriet Van
Buren, as co-respondent
"This woman took advantage of
my husband when he was looking for
imaginary sympathy," said Mrs. Igel
"When man is looking for sympathy,
or imagines he is, he is easily led
astray by a woman."
FUNSTON'S AIDE IN VILLA HUNT
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As chief of staff to Gen. Funston,
Maj. Barnum will be in the thick of
the Mexican expedition.
Judge Jos. Uhlir will lecture on
"Workings of the Morals Court" at
HL Sportsman's club, 1'424 S. Albany
av., 3 p. m., Sun,.