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SOCIETY WILL GIVE JOHNSON WARM RECEPTION
Much mystery surrounds the
real purchasers of the Judson G.
Sherman house in the exclusive
Lake Geneva summer colony.
W. G. Anderson, a negro attor
ney, says the property has been
bought by a syndicate of the col
ored eliteMof the South Side, for
use as a club house.
Jack Johnson, admitted by An
derson to be one of the syndicate,
says he is the sole purchaser, and
it will be used as a summer home
for his white wife, Lucille, him
self and his retainers.
The fact that stands out as
prominent, as a man 'about to
"buy," in the First ward, is that
negroes will control the property
if ttfdayVdeal goes -through.
And, the wealthy residents of
the: colony are seething. They
refuse to talk today. They made
all their threats yesterday. But
they are quietly planning a warm
reception for their new and bru
nette neighbors. '
"In "view of the faGt that Mr.
Johnson, one of the chief invest
ors, is a "leading athlete, it is ex
pected that much attention will
be-paid-to gymnastics in the club
house," said Anderson. '
f But the physical will not pre
dominate." There wilL be an es
thetic air hovering averthe place.
There wil).be dances, soirees, re
ceptions and carnivals.
"Mrs. Jack Johnson will prob
ably be the chief patroness, Other
white wives of negroes will at
tend. No matter what the atti
tude of Lake Geneva residents,
we do not intend to draw the
In this last statement, an ad
mission that the wealthy resi
dents would be welcome at the
"club house," Anderson said he
was returning good for evil, ac
cording to the Biblical admoni
tion Johnson and his negro assoj
ciates denied they had purchased
the Sherman place with a view to
selling to the white residents at
a big increase.
Homer A. Stilwell, general
manager of Butler Bros.; H.-C.
Lytton of the Hub, and H. J.
Evans, director of the National
Biscuit Co., declare the matter
maybe taken into court to pre
vent the .negroes moving into the;
Night after night the famous
football player solemnly walked
the bedroom fjoor, bearing in his
arms the youngest of his family.
Instead of improving, the afflic
tion with which he was bothered
became worse, the hours of his
night-watch increasing 4 rather,
One-night, in the middle of his"
perambulation, he calmly awak
ened his -wife.
''My dear," he grumbled, "if
the captain of our team saw me
now I'll wager he'd give me a
"For what reason?" asked the
good lady, sleepily.
"Because I've lost all control of
the bawl," came the reply.