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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 29, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 12',
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I -MOVIE OPERATOR SCHOOL"
' CAME GETS HARD JOLTING
, The "movie operator school,"
; which nourished with the aid of the
i !. Daily News and Tribune want ad cbl
j umns, drew a hard jolt from state's
I Att'y Hoyne last week when two
proprietors were indicted for confi-
I . dence game. They are Chas. Ridell
j and Frank Wesley of the Logan
J Square Business-college, 2600 Mil-
1 waukee av.
,' In this way an end was put to one
of the softest games that has ever
j been worked through the advertising
) columns of the trust press of- Chi
Their plan was simple. They put
in want ads .offering to teach young
fellows with more than $35 to spend
i ' the movie operator game. It paid
$35 a- week, the gullible victim read,
and the work could be done in- the
Hundreds of "suckers" saw the
ads in the News and Tribune and
they flocked by dozens to the movie
schools. Good money they forked
t over in exchange for lessons on how
to turn the movie crank.
When the half dozen lessons of the
regular course were taken the em
bryo operator went down to the City
Hall to get his certificate to work.
Then he was due for a crushing
The department of electricity told
him that he would have to serve six
months as apprentice to a regular
-operator without pay, probably, i be
fore he could get a license. His
money and time spent on movie
; schools were practically wasted.
! At this point some of the ambitious
j young fellows and unscrupulous
j movie school heads conspired to put
i it over on the city officials. They ob-
tained letters from an "out-of-town
j movie show owner" stating that they
had served the six months' terms as
an apprentice and were regular op-
. They got away -yitih. this for a time. ,
Then the department of electricity
got wise-that too large a proportion
oi the applicants seemed to be get
ting their training in-shows outside
An investigation was made and
fraud was discovered. (Some of the
"moving picture show owners" that
wrote letters were farmers or clerks .
in other cities. They worked with -fy
the Chicago movie school heads.
It was not until after arrests had
been made and some of the grafters
were in jail that the papers refused
to accept grafting want ads from
movie schools. Then it was too late; -their
work was done.
GIRL GETS DAMAGES OF $250
'AGAINST FAIR IN CAKE CASE
A little 5-cent piece of cheese cake,
slapped on the lunch counter of the
.Fair three years ago, bids weir to cost
"that store $250. Last week the girl
who ate the ctieese cake got a judg
ment against the loop store for that
Irene Long. 4s her name and she
hunched up to the counter in the
Fair restaurant on Nov. 21, 1913, to
"eat a bite." For dessert she ordered ,
the cheese cake, and, according to'
her story in court, she swallowed a
big piece of it -
Therewas an inch-long wire in
the cake, she declares, and as it
pierced her throat she let "'out a
scream that brought shoppers and
clerks to her aid in dozens.
Irene suffered considerable trouble
from the cuts in her throat that, the
wire had made, and after waiting a
year for the Fair o pay her for time
lost and money spent she sued the
store for. $10,QOO. Q
- The cheese cake story was told in
Judge McKinley's court last Wednes
day. Attorneys for theFair answered
her with the suggestion that the girl
might have gotten the wire "Some
where else than in the store's food.
But the jury decided against the
Fair and its cheese cake aad assessed
, damaees of $250.