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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 06, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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plea fqr redlight district
upsets reformers
Reformers and church folk today
discussed with varied opinion sug
gestion of Rev. Johnston Myers yes
terday that Chicago have a new seg
regated vice district. Myers' sugges
,tion came while he was a witness at
the trial of Police Capt. W. R
O'Brien.
Myers pointed to the manner in
which houses of prostitution "liave
been -opened up. in respectable and
silk-stocking districts since the close
of the old levee. He said conditions
were worse now than they would be
if 'vice was shut off in one district
under police supervision.
The opinion of Dr. Myers, who, as
pastor of the Immanuel Baptist
church, has made a study of the so
cial evil in Chicago, has aroused
much comment in Chicago. Most of
the Law and Order league stalwarts,
including Arthur Bun-age Parwell,
are opposed to the idea.
Myers, in explaining his sugges
tion, said.'
"The consensus of opinion is that
we ought to have a modified segre
gated district. I don't mean that we
should have one like that which ex
isted before; but the sore has been
driven from one place to another, and
I think more horror has been done
by it.
"These people have spread out
among the residence districts and
upon the streets, and when a land
lord orders them from his building
they ask: 'Where am I to go?'"
"And where are they to go? They
move into respectable neighborhoods
and their presence does a lot of harm.
Some people say my opinion on the
subject Is wrong, but I will maintain
my theory."
Myers, in his testimony, said he
complained to O'Brien about gamb
ling in Bliss' cigar store at 23d and
Cottage Grove av. and that it was
closed. He said that Ben Collins'
cafe, however, was allowed to oper
ate, j
. Fred Stall, partner In Stall & Sells,
who gave some light on gambling in
Chicago before Judge Landis, refused
to give any testimony when called
yesterday on grounds of "incrimin
ating himself." '
FEDERAL PROBEOF FOOD HOGS
IS UNDER WAY
The federal investigation of the
operations of the food hogs is under
way. Five cold storage men were
quizzed yesterday by U. S. Dis't
Att'ys Igoe and Epstein. More will
be heard. Incidentally, the gov't
heard that the egg boycott of the
women of Chicago has hurt specu
lators. Jim Wetz, who loudly proclaimed
himself the "egg king"! a few weeks
ago, is being sought by the gov't
There are many things Uncle Sam
would like to question him about.
One concerns a rumor that a big
Chicago packer is the real money
man behind the egg corner and that
it is this packer who is holding on
to the eggs in order to sting the peo
ple, f r
J. J. Tobias, chancellor of the Chi
cago Law school, said that a $250,
000,000 corporation is being organ
ized to control the egg situation in
Canada and that a $100,000,000 egg
syndicate is being formed in the mid
dle west.
Jim Wetz, "king of eggs," an
swered to subpoena to appear before
the federal grand jury and tell what
he knows of the cornering of eggs by
the food gamblers.
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TELEGRAPH BRIEFS
New York. Six members of New
York city alleged poultry trust in
dicted by grand jury.
St Louis. U. S. Att'y Gen. Greg
ory denies he Intends to resign from
Pres. Wilson's cabinet
London. After Dec. 18 no English
meal must exceed two courses, ex
cept that three courses may be
served at meals between 6 p. m. and
9;30 p. m.

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