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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 25, 1912, Image 12

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gan uncovering the vibe mud on thei skirts of "prominent and re-'
spectable" Big Business men.
But Waymans crtisade had further awakened the people.
There was a great cry for decency.
So an aldrmanic committee' of nine was appointed to investi
gate conditions.
The first thing this committee did was one of the most extra
ordinary in the history of any civilized city.
It demanded, that the resorts Wayman had closed should be re-
opened so the committee could "investigate" them.
Wayman refused, and the committee quit investigating in Chi
cago in order to plan junket trips to investigate vice iri'dther cities.
'And then the Johnson scaridal, with all its horrid revelations,
broke, and the aroused people once more demanded action from their x
So the committee carnje to life again, and called before it many;
public-spirited citizens.
In the meantime the administration was as silent as the tomb.
Mayor Harrison refused to comment on Wayman's crusade,
except to say that he himself thought a redlight district a good
Harrison refused to close Johnson's- cafe, scene of suicides, and'
shootings and disgusting orgies. Even when the aldermen called
upon him to do so in the name of decency Harrison was unmoved.1
But at last, in Corporation Counsel Sexton's opinion to the aP
dermen yesterday, the administration has shown its hand, and it is a
Hand such as the people can only regard in shocked amazement.
Sexton did not openly advocate the breaking of the law, because
ft would be impossible for the city to get away with that.
But Sexton did worsen Hd advocated the sly evasion of the
law, the way of the hypocrite.
He suggested that since the state law forbade the legalizing ofr
vice, the aldermen pass an ordinance making it subject to d severe
penalty immorality in certain districts.
Thus, Sexton told the aldermen, they would be covetly legalize
ing -vice in an aisincis not namea m tnjs orainance.
Sexton practically tojd the aldermen: "The state law forbids
you to pass an ordinance permitting open vice in any. district. Bu&
if you pass an ordinance forbidding vice in certain districts, vice will
teke it as permission to run wrde open in all districts not named
and the state probably will take it the same way and shut its eyes.'
No more infamous-suggestion than this ever was made to a pub
He body, and if it be carried out, the humiliation of the people will,
be complete.

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