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THE DAY BOOK
500 S. PEORIA ST. 5398 TEL. MONROE 353
Vol 1, No. 299 Chicago, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1912 One Cent
CITY ATTORNEY DEFENDS , LABOR AGENTS
WHOM POLICE WOULD PROSECUTE
"How can we do anything with
crooked employment agents when
ciryattorneys appear to defend
those on whom we get the
goods ?"" Police Lieut. Gallery.
fc ' 'Jit's nobody's business if I
choose to app'eat' for employment
agents charged with iraud. I
guess I know wKat I'm doing."
Gity Attorney Roman G. Lewis.
v Eorsjx weeks now the Bes
plaines street- police have been
trying to force the employment
agents of lower Madison street
and South CahaJ street to obey
They have failed. The employ
ment agents who make their
money, by. defrauding' men seek
ing a job aj:estiii at the ojd stand
and going strong.
--And, as Policl Lieut. Gallery
says: "It's no "vvpnder."
"Stanley JacoBson, 21, told the
police yesterday-hat he had been
swindled out orhis last $2 by
Henry Weis, 'an employment
agent at 56 South Canal street.
JacobscM sw3te out a warrant
charging Weis with obtaining
mjbney under falie pretenses. The
case came up hi the Desplaines
street court this1 mofning.
It is the chtfy of the state labor
bureau tto prosecute fraudulent
labor agents. Lieut. Gallery had
notified the bureau that Weis'
case would, be up today. No rep
resentative of the state labor
bureau was in court.
And then Weis produced his
lawyer. He, proved to be none
other than Roman G. Lewis, city
attorney, paid by the people to
look after their interests.
Gallery asked for a continu
ance of the case because one of
rthe prosecution's witnesses, G.
W. Bertrand of . the Austro
American Agency, was not in
Lewis demanded that the case
go to immediate trial, and re
marked that BertFand was a wit
ness for the defense and not for
Whoever Bertrand may make
tip his mindvto testify for. he was
not in court today, and the case
J Then Gallery wanted to know
why Lewis, a city attorney, was
appearing on behalf of a man
charged with breaking the law.
Lewis told Gallery is was none
of his business. Gallery said he
would see that Mayor Harrison
heard of it. Lewis said he didn't
care a whoop whether Harrison
heard about it or not.