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RICH MEN WHO LOVE LADIES'
APPEAR IN BLACKMAIL CASE
A real probe of blackmailers has
been begun by State's Att'y Hoyne.
The prosecutor has uncovered infor
mation which has set him on the trail
of a band of crooks who vary the
wiretapping game with blackmailing
of wealthy men who "love the
Hoyne is planning to obtain indict
ments from the grand jury for Jim
my Christian, George Irwin, Homer
French, Buda Godman and Doc
Brady. These are the five accused
oftaking $15,000 from E. R, West,
wealthy clubman and vice pres. of
the C. D. Gregg Tea & Coffee Co., by
pretending to place him under arrest
for yiolation of the Mann act.
Hoyne says the plot was hatched
in 'Excelsior Springs, Mo., after a
member of the gang had brought in
formation that West was a good
prospect Buda Godman was then
used as the "lure" and she succeeded
in fascinating West to such an extent
that he played right into their hands.
The state's attorney is also trying
to induce another wealthy Chicago
man, said to be a prominent society
man and well-known amateur golf
player, who was "shaken down for
more than West after a flirtation
with a woman in a downtown cafe,
Hoyne said investigation by the
Cook county grand jury was made
possible by the fact that a good deal
of the blackmail was perpetrated in
Chicago. Clever con men with con
versational gifts located the suckers
at bars in downtown hotels patron
ized only by "rounders" with money.
1 If the sucker showed a fondness
for the female of the species a girl
confederate was set on his trail.
When she landed him and they were
alone in a hotel room the male mem
bers of the gang broke into the room,
showed phoney government badges
and made the victim come across. In
the case of West, they dragged him
all the way from. N?l jQrk and even
went so far as to arraign him before
a fake U. S. com'r before he weak
ened. West is a prominent member of
the Chicago Athletic ass'n and the
Exmoor Golf club. Buda Godman ia
the divorced wife of Tell Taylor,
song writer and former member of
the LaSalle musical comedy stock
company. . He says he married her
while he was jagged.
E. R. West was in -conference with
Hoyne today. After the conference
the state's att'y said he was unde
cided whether to wait for grand jury
action or secure warrants for the ar
rest of the band responsible for the
fleecing of West
ALL SHE HAS ON IS AN O. K. AND
THE WOMEN GAVE HER THAT
When A. B. Parwell, Chicago's
champion vice chaser and diligent
protector of public virtue, rolled his
eyes, loosened his collar yesterday
and suggested that there was an in
decent picture hanging in the win
dow of,. the Artists' Guild, Pine Arts
bldg., he started something.
The painting shows a young and
interesting lady who stands upon a
beach and watches a big turtle, al
though she is in danger of being sun
burned terribly all over unless she
gets some kind of shade or clothing.
"Nothing impure in the nude," said
Mrs. Wm. F. Grower, vice president
of the Municipal Art league.
"Ridiculous1" was the comment of
Mrs. H. W. Cooley, president Chica
go Woman's clubs.
"Nude art is pure; corset ads are
vulgar." Mrs. Edward Lyman Lob
delL But Farwell hasn't got anything on
the girl -in the picture.
Springfield, III. Mrs. Antoinette
Funk, former state leader of pro
gressive party, opened stumping
campaign for Pres. Wilso'n here with
attack on Col. Roosevelt and A. T.
Hert, Republicans' western Qa.ni-
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