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Miss Adams says that while
Quitman was "booking" inmates,
one of them, from the resort at
2112 Dearborn street, came to
This inmateUtold Miss Adams
that she "was not going to regis
ter with Quitman even if the com
mittee of fifteen were behind
, The "committee of fifteen" in
the underworld is an association
of resort keepers, headed by Ike
Bloom, Nick Colisimo, Roy Jones
and the Weiss brothers, which
rules the tenderloin.
The most significant evidence
is that which was not brought out
by Miss Adams.
I Quitman left a good job with
Andy Lawrence; publisher of the
"Hearst papers here, to do this
Soon after, Andy Lawrence's
straw man, Carter H. Harrison,
"appointed the aldermanic cqm-
rmittee "to decide what public sen
timent in regard to a segregated
district might be."
Quitman went to work at once,
'and through some influence he
was able to bring to bear on the
,underworld, soon had his report
r This report, a plea for the con-,
'tinuance of theunderworld, Quit
man addressed to the aldefmanic
committee appointed by Law
Quitman1" denies Miss Adams'
charges and gives the following
story of the origin of the league.
The daughter of a certain
nvealthy husiness man disappeared.
The father engaged Quitman
to find "his daughter. Quitman
found her in a South Side re
sort. The father induced the girl to
return home. She now is at
home, and none of her friends or
neighbors know where she was
during her disappearance.
The father, awakened by the
shame of his own daughter, then
agreed to furnish fupds if Quit
man would make a thorough in
vestigation of vice and its causes.
Under the circumstances, Quit
man says it is impossible to give
the wealthy business man's name
without shaming the daughter.
One of the peculiar things in
connection ' with the league's
work came up yesterday, and one
not quite in accordance' with this
story of Quitman's.
Some time ago the aldermanic
committee invited George Cos
son, attorney general of Iowa,
where segregated districts have
been done away with, to appear
before it and tell the experiences
Cosson appeared yesterday and
said that the abolition of segre
gated districts in Iowa had done
much to do away with vice, to
clean up" the big cities and to put
an end to white slavery.
Immediately George Popham,
attorney for the league, was on
his feet, arguing that this was not
Popham explained that. Quit
man had paid a special visit to
Des Moines and other Iowzfc cities
to investigate vice conditions