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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 10, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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"CABARET dancing to end" as
WETS AND DRYS COMBINE
The United Societies and the
Liquor Dealers' ass'n, together with
a number of influential politicians,
hitherto aligned with .the "wets,"
have agreed to co-operate with the
"dry" forces and cinch the passage
of legislation and an ordinance to
prohibit dancing in any place where
liquor is sold.
In fights of the past the United So
cieties and the Liquor Dealers, while
willing to stamp out the cabarets,
have been afraid of most of the pro
posals of the reformers because they
were of the type that would kntck
out the dance halls of the old-fashioned
type, where entire families
usually attended dances.
Back of the plan of the "wets" is
seen the hands of Adolph Weiner,
Anton J. Cermak, E. J. Halle, Aid.
John Toman, TonvCurran, Sam Et
telson and even Roger Sullivan.
The wets and drys are practically
at a deadlock. The wets feel they
can save the day in the city council
as far as Chicago is concerned. The
drys, backed up by practically the en
tire trust press, feel they have a
good chance ia the legislature and by
a strong publicity campaign when
stormy Billy Sunday arrives they will
carry this city.
Down in Springfield the deal has
been hatched by the wets to save
further inroads by the drys by wal
loping cabarets, the principal source
of the drys' attacks on liquor.
TJie first getting together of the
wets and drys came in Springfield on
the state prohibition bill and the
Bruce anti-whisky bill. Rep. John
Lyle and other dry leaders in the
House,finding themselves blocked by
that body on the state prohibition
Sill, agreed, after a conference with
Liquor Dealers' representatives, to
rest up in their fight for that bill and
accept the Bruce bill, backed by the
Hearst and other papers and the
brewery interests, as a compromise.
In Chicago they got together again i
when the drys proposed a fight for
higher taxes for saloonkeepers, ear
lier closing hours and other measures
that would cripple the saloon busi
ness unless the wets accepted the
anti-cabaret ordinance. While they''
were laying these plans the Juvenile
Protective ass'n, othr reform organ
izations, social workers and preach
ers were filling the newspapers with
lurid tales of the cabaret and the '
young girl. Their campaign is re
ported as having found favor in the
city.
Tony Cermak, who marshalled the
wet forces against the proposed anti
cabaret ordinance two years ago, is
said to have been the first of the
leaders to see the wisdom of drop
ping the cabarets in order to carry
the saloons to safety. Sullivan, Et
telsoii and other leaders later fell into
line.
Around town they are telling an in
teresting story of the connection be
tween Hearst gapers and the brewery
Interests. Some five years ago the
American Brewers' ass'n held a con
vention in Milwaukee. At that time
the brewers were not doing much
newspaper advertising.
Arthur Brisbane, live-wire of the
Hearst crew, made a special trip to
induce the brewers to spend some
of their money with Hearst He con
vinced them. That evening Brisbane,
after signing a fat advertising con
tract, made a speech urging the
drinking of beer and the curbing of
the taste for whisky, gin, etc. Since
that time Brisbane and his assistants
have written hundreds of editorials
urging the wiping out of whisky. It
was the Hearst outfit that induced N
Rep. Bruce to introduce his bill.
Gunman got $6 from Harry Fin
kelstein, saloonkeeper, 251 N. Pau
lina. .
Christ Rohrer, 1615 Orchard, pa
roled convict, arrested. $10,000 worth
of jewelry, clothing and expensive
furniture found stored in home. Be
lieved stolen. Rohrer-won't talk.

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