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DAILY NEWS WANT AD USED TO
, When the man who preys on the
innocence of women wants a victim
he no longer runs the risk of a flirta
tion in a public place or resorts to
such dark-age melodramatic tricks
as doping the girl or kidnaping. He
merely spends a little change and
4 places a want ad in the Chicago Daily
Samuel Thrasher, sup't of the
Committee of Fifteen, received a
number of complaints of girls who
were lured into dangerous situations
through News want ads. Finally he
made an investigation of one. As a
result of Thrasher's activity, Alex
ander Louis, who says he lives at
1055 N. Central av. and has on office
at 64 E. Van Buren st, was arrested.
Louis on June 8, 1916, inserted the
following ad in the Daily News:
"Ladies wanted for modeling, 36 to
38 bust Address W. C, Daily News."
A married woman, trying to aid her
invalid husband, answered the ad.
She believed the Daily News took
only legitimate ads. According to
her story, Louis made improper ad
vances and asked her to disrobe.
During the course of the interview
she says he told her of another girl
who had answered one of his ads.
He said he sent this girl to "a rich
woman living in the Auditorium ho
te.1, who established the girl in a flat
on the South Side, where the girl
conducted a disorderly place fre
quented by wealthy men, and the
girl was now living happily as the
wife of a rich man."
The woman took her complaint to
Thrasher. He sent a woman oper
ative of the Committee of Fifteen to
make an investigation. The same
thing occurred to her. Finally he
conferred with State's Att'y Hoyne.
Now Hoyne knows how dangerous
are many of the ads in newspapers
which accept the money of any ad
vertiser. He heard Jimmy Ryan,
con man and "king of the clairvoy
ants," tell on the stand how a little
advertisement or his chairvoyant
parlors in Hearst's Chicago Exam
iner had brought a $15,000 "sucker"
So Hoyne arranged to send anoth
er woman to Louis with Ass't State's
Att'y Alexander Arkin and Detectives
Kane, Oakley and Sullivan following
her. The woman entered Louis'
office, the story of the "rich woman
m the Auditorium hotel" was told,
and then, according to the woman,
Louis became bold in his advances.
The detectives broke into the room
and arrested Louis.
Louis made a general denial of the
charges, He is married. He says he
fs doing work for several State street
department stores and that they will
"see him through" his troubles.
Thrasher said his office might
Lmake a general quiz of the danger
ous sounding ads in the newspapers.
"I feel," he said, "that many girls are
lured to their ruin through the me
dium of newspapers. I have no
doubt that many white slavers are
plying their trade and getting their
victims through the ads."
LQiliscase came up in the morals
court this morning and was - con
tinued until Aug. 1. The other mem
bers of the newspaper trust have
printed this story, but have adopted
the glass-house game of playing
down the dangerous want ad angle
and suppressing the name of the
GARDENER OF SADDLE & CYCLE
CLUB HELD IN BOY'S DEATH
Nicholas Mogo, a gardener at the
Saddle and Cycle club, is held by po
lice pending investigation into cause
of death of Wm. Chuliege, 14. Ac
cording to the police, Mogo threw a
pair of grass scissors at the boy Sat
urday for trespassing on the club
ground. The boy died today.
New York. Heavy surf and the
strongest undertow in years respon
sible for six drownings in New York
and vicinity yesterday