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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 07, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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MYSTERY STILL HOLDS IN THE
NORTH CHICAGO INN CASE
WELSH ISSUES WARNING.
The chief of police q North Chi
cago Ed, Lux, went hunting yester
day. Nothing unusual abolit that,
but it made it blamed inconvenient
for newspaper men who arrived in
town about five minutes, before he
went hiking toward the woods.
He is supposed to' know much more
about the raid on the Auditorium inn
in North. Chicago than reporters
have been able to find out. He is
supposed to know the names of High
land Park society folks who are said
to have frequented the hotel. And
he could have told if it were true
that a half dozen girls under 18 years
and members of socially prominent
families were caught in the raid last
week.
The fact that young scions of weal
thy families of Lake Forest, Highland
Park and other swell, Nawth Shor'
suburbs seem to have been using
North Chicago as a trysting place for
intensive illicit lovemaking has got
ten the village all worked up.
One reason given for the'raid on
the inn is that a prominent Wauke
gan business man suspected his
wife, puf detectives on her trail and
they reported she was frequenting
the Auditorium inn with the hus
band of- another woman.
Most of the frequenters of Lake
county roadhouses are said to be
married men with other men's wives.
"I want to serve warning on the
people of Chicago, Evanston, Glen
coe or any other place, that because
thev have money enough to ride in
12-Cylinder cars and buy "whatever
they please, including women, that
they cannot come into Lake-county
and violate the laws with impunity,"
said Jas. G. Welch, state's att'y for
Lake county. Welch assumed office
last Monday, succeeding Dady of Or
pet case fame.
"Neither their wealth nor their
fancy names will save these people
if they are caught in raids on road-
houses. And I want to say that any -place
that is masquerading as a hotel
simply to furnish rooms to those who
steal away from their own towns in ,
automobiles for a 'time' has better
close its doors."
Another practice which State's
Att'y Welch will look into is that or,
fashionably dressed girls from Lake
Forest, Highland Park and Liberty
ville flocking to Waukegan on Sun
day afternoons and "evenings to meet
fellows from their own or other
towns and visit roadhouses along the
lake.
The Auditorium inn case is to come
up for a hearing Friday. Pressure is
being brought to induce Jos. Fegers,
manager of the hotel, to plead guilty
to running a disorderly house. This
would save the names of the others
who are said to be concerned.
"It's a frame-up," says Fegers. "On,
the night of the raid the nephew of
a Waukegan city official come to the
hotel for supper with a woman. He
did not ask for a room. When the
raid was pulled this man and woman
were found in a room upstairs. I
didn't know they were in the room
till the police found them there."
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GERMANY CLAIMS LINER ARABIA
WAS TROOPSHIP
Washington, Dec. 1: Germany set
up the' contention that the steamer
Arabia was a troop transport, and
admitted she had sunk it under that .
impression, in -her answer jto Ameri
can inquiries", made public at state
department, .
Germany agreed to make repara
tion if the U. S. showed vessel was
ordinary passenger liner.
The United Press learned this aft
ernoon froih official sources that this
government views the German "ex
planation as weak." While it has no
facts to disprove Germany's conten
tion that Asiastic soldier workmen
were aboard the Arabia, it does know"
that women and children were there
arid that the passenger list so showed
before the vessel sailea, ,
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