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FULL WIRE REPORTS OF THE UNITED PRESS
THE DAT BOOK Fb 500 S. PEORIA ST. TEL. MONROE 353 VoL 1, No. 284 Chicago, Friday, Aug. 23, 1912 One Cent GIRL REFORMER CHARGES WEST HAMMOND RESORT WITH BEING A DEATH HOUSE DIVES CLOSED West Hammond may have a death house, in comparison with which the Gunness murder farm will pale into insignificance. The house is the resort oper ated by Henry Foss, which long has been notorious. The charge that it is-a house. of death is made by Virginia Brooks, was. shanghaied to the Foss re .. ' i r ,,, , Vr sort, from there taken to a road- the girl reformer of West Ham mond. It was in this resort that John Messmaker died suddenly. Mess maker was wealthy. He was mar ried and had three children. Early in August he leff his wife saying he was going on a business trip. He went to West Hammond with a young woman. He visited. Foss' resort, and died there. He was attended by a Dr. An drew Hoffman. At the hospital where he died, physicians declar ed his death was due to poison. They pointed to the marlc of a hypodermic needle as proof. The investigation in Mess maker's death led to startling-disclosures. Esther Harrison, 22 years old, who came tq West Hammond to work, visited Foss' resort one night and disappeared. Her body has been dug1 up. There is the mark of a hypodermic needle on the arm. No burial certificate ever was issued for her. Lotta Davis, 15 years old, came to West Hammond to work. She house and has disappeared. George Davis, the girfs father, went to West Hammond looking for her. He came to the Foss re sort and disappeared. Virginia Brooks says she be lieves theer is an underground tunnel from the Foss resort to the cemetery, and that a full investi gatfon will explain 20 mysterious disapeparances from West Ham mond in the last seven years. At a meeting of the council last night all the West Hammond dives were closed. Virginia Brooks attended the meeting and forced the issue on the council. On each vote the council split even, and on each split May or Woscynski, who has been charged with bribery by the dive element, cast the deciding vote for the reform forces.