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

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WOMEN OF THE STREETS
- NUMBER .35,000 IN N. Y.
New York, Dec. 12. -"There
are 35,000 womenof the streets in
New York today? ,
This is the testimonyjjf Mrs.
Mary Goodie, keeper of a, dipr
derly housebef ore the alder
manic grafr-anoTvice committee
today.
"I wish to modify that state
ment somewhat1 she. said, a" rrio
ment later. "I do hot mean that
there are 35,000 women nt houses
such as the one I keep.,
"But there are 35,000 women in
New York whoare professional
prostitutes. And. in that nurriber
are thpusandS of shopgirls whose
wages of front $4 to $5 a week
force them into -prostitution in
order to hv?'
Mrs. Go.ode,yho looked, more
like a high, school girl than a re
sort keeper, gaVda detailed state
ment of grift paid to the police.
She said(tbat police extortion
had reached, such an extent that
the resort keepers had banded
themselves Info .a league to resist
it. She .said that she herself on
behalf of this league had appealed
to Mrs. O. H. P. Belmont to help
prevent the police hounding;
"There was no use in going to
the mayor," she said. "The
mayor thinks the police the finest
body of men in the world.
"I suppose I s'hall be called a
squealer. Rosentha squealed. He
is dead. But the time has come
when many must squealyif they
are to live.
"The night court was made to
help us, but the police hold the
girls until it has adjourned and
get bondsmen who demand $100
from them. Every $100 is split
with the lieutenant and police
man." o-p
N. Y. GAMBLERS FALL OUT
. New York, Dec. 12. The gam
blers who helped in the murder of
Herman Rdsenthaf and squealed
op Lieut. Becker have fallen out.
On his return from Havana
two days ago, Bridgie Webber
told 15 newspaper men that there
never had been a murdepplot, and
that Rosenthal was killed be
cause -two of the gunmen got
drunk-
When Bald Jack,Rose heard
this, he cursed Webher bitterly.
"Bridgie Webfier is running
true to form, he said. He has
the soul of a rat and all the cow
ardice of a rat afraid. Why, my
God, if Bridgie hadn't gathered
the boys that night and broke in
on them later, crying, "Come on,
boys, he's at the Metropole,' Her
man Rosenthal-would be alive to
day' ,
Then Webber- took" back his
statements; said he had never
said there was no murder plot;
said he had refused to be inter
viewed and that all newspaper
men-were Jiars; sent a letter to the
district attorney taking back all
the names he had called Rose;
Vallon and Schepps."
"He's trying to square himself;
said J3ald Jack today, "so he can.
go back to gambling in New?
York"
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