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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 23, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4',
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SALOONKEEPERS ILAN TO ORGANIZE FOR
FIGHT ON PROHI$ITION GRUSADE -
The saloonkeepers of Chicago are
prepared to organize on a self-defense
program. Steps to either affi
liate with the Retail Liquor dealers'
ass'n or any other organization have
already been undertaken.
The big thing being considered is
the overthrowing of the cabaret Al
dermen who killed the proposed or
dinance to stop music and dancing in
places where drinks are sold are now
being censured by the saloonkeepers
of the city.
The feeling of the saloonkeepers is
that if that ordinance had been
-passed the vicious type of redlight
saloons would have been checked
and the reformers and newspapers
would lose a valuable argument
against saloons in gerieraL '
Aid. Toman, chairman of the li
cense commission and recognized
leader of the "wets" in the city coun
cil, is coming in for criticism from
the rank and file of the saloonkeepers
who operate their places without the
attractions of a jazz band and
In complaints made to the Liquor
Dealers ass'n it is charged that the
big hotels, such as tjie. Sherman, La
Salle, Bismarck, Stratford, Congress
and Blackstone, were responsible for
the killing bf the anti-music ordi
nance. These hotels and the other big
cabaret joints, the saloonkeepers
argue, have nothing in common with
the neighborhood saloons and would
be glad to see a. $1,500 license passed
because it would merely kill off the
smaller saloons and add to their incomes.
A meeting is planned for Tuesday 1
or Wednesday by the Liquor Dealers
ass'n. At this meeting the plea of
the "little fellows" will be considered.
The saloonkeepers expressed -themselves
as not being very much
against the recommendations of therj
city uquor commission except tne
anti-treating section. They claim
this is unjust.
Maybr Thompson's plea for p.
$1,500 license has stirred the saloon
keepers to wrath against him. They
accuse him of playing directly into
the hands of the newspapers and
"dry politicians to gain -another
nomination. " And they argue that
the river wards and the dives in the
"black belt" are for the high license
because the breweries would con
centrate saloons in the tougher dis
tricts, where the music and women
would provide entertainment and,
therefore, increase the business.
The first effect of the' new "dry"
crusade will be the stopping of the
sale of "can beer" in the poor neigh
borhoods. Saloonkeepers say that
if the $1,500 license goes through
tney will stop those sales immediate
So if the laborer wants his beer at
home at night he will have to add to
the profits of the brewers by buying
bottled beer in cases or enrich the,
department store saloons by buying
$1,600 PAY ROLL ROBBERY
The regular Saturday payroll rob-,
besy came off on scheduled time to
day. Two armed robbers entered the
office of Bambani Bros. & Co., a tail
oring firm, 213 Institute pi., shortly
after 10 a. m., grabbed $1,600, the
payroll for the week, and escaped.
- BITS OF NEWS -
.3,500 street lights to be shut off as
part of City Hall "economy" plan.
Warrant issued for John P. Marsh, '
broker.v Accused of flirting with
Helen Voltner, 17.
Stink bomb routecTguests at Hen
rici's resturant, Randolph and
Dearborn. ; ,
Cov.elect Lowden denies Chief.
Healey was offered Joliet warden
ship, , ... .