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SALE OF LIQUOR BY SIEGEL
COOPER'S BRINGS BIG SUIT
A warning against the ruin which
saloons in State street department
stores wreck upon Chicago homes
was given today by Att'y I. S. Blum
enthal, who for Richard J. Flaherty
has filed suit in circuit court under
the dramshop act against Siegel,
Cooper & Co. and Isaac Keim, a
member of the firm.
This brand of saloon, it would
seem from the suit, is worse than the
corner bar, for it works its ruin
more insidudusly and upon women.
The woman who wants a "slug"
or a "snifter," who wants to buy a
little black bottle of stuff to stick
back in a corner of the bottom side
board drawer to be touched occasion
ally during the day until about an
hour before husband's return when
there is business of eating cloves or
onions or chewing gum and the
habitues of questionable flats can
have their alcoholic wants easily
filled at the department store sa
loons. There is comparative safety from
being found out while buying booze
at a department store counter.
The department stores, since the
police are keeping a closer watch on
liquor sales in the Wilson av. and
Hyde Park districts, have gotten a
greatly increased volume of women's
liquor trade. Up on Broadway it used
to be possible for a woman to slip
over to the corner drug store and
get a pint of 100-proof booze when
ever she felt like having a "jolt" or
had some callers for whom she want
ed to mix up a nice toddy. But the
police reminded the druggists that
they were not running under'saloon
licenses, so most of this feminine
booze trade has gone to the depart
ment stores, it is said.
" A judicious use of advertising in
afternoon newspapers has let the
women of the town know that there
are "family liquor departments" in
State street stores. Every so often
there is a "bargain" sale of booze.
Flaherty asks $25,000 damages
from Siegel, Cooper's or Keim. Keim,
according to Att'y Blumenthal, holds
the license for the saloon in the
Siegel-Cooper store because a cor
poration cannot take out a saloon
Flaherty in his bill of complaint
says that, for a period of three years
preceeding Aug. 1, 1916,' this depart
ment store saloon provided his wife
with intoxicating liquor, although
warned not to sell to her.
As a result of the drink she grew
to neglect her home, says Flaherty,
and finally came to be so that she
was habitually intoxicated, in cense
quence of which she wasted and
squandered her money arid failed to
care for her family or household
The three Flaherty children, Annie,
Mary and Richard, Jr., join with their
father in the suit- against Siegel
Cooper's and Keim.
This is the first time a department
store has been sued in Illinois under
the dramshop act
CONFERENCE FAILS TO HALT
COMING BAKERS' STRIKE
A long conference between dissat
isfied bakers and drivers and their
bosses in the Great Northern hotel
yesterday failed to settle the strike
which .threatens to break Monday.
No agreement could be reached.
The drivers want a flat 14 per cent
increase in pay; they say the bakers
enlarged their margin of profit when
they boosted the price of the loaf of
bread, but the employes did not
share in the increase.
Bakers want a 10 per cent pay
raise and union shop conditions.
WILSON FAVORS CRITICISM
Washington, April 26. Pres. Wil
pionage bill now pending in congress,
declared that while he approved the
legislation, he was utterly opposed
to any censorship which would deny
the people "their indisputable rights
to criticize their own public officials."
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