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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 17, 1913, Image 1

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HOW lLONG CAN A MAN: WHO .DROPS OUT OF
SIGHT HIDE FROM WORLD STORY INSIDE .
THE DAY BOOK
j , s- J . An Adless Daily Newspaper.
. I N.,D. Cochran. ' 'iJ&BS3S'L ,Qa 500 South Eeoria St
-E(tor .'and I?ubUsher. "agllP jyB . TeL Monroe 353..
VOL. 2,.NO.170--' Chicago, Thursday, April 17, 1913
ONE CENT
REV. ELMER L. WILLIAMS FAILS TO PROVE
CASE'.AGAINST WOMAN HE CRUCIFIED
Did the "Fighting Pastor? Accept $5 From Woman.He
Shamed One Week Before Causing Her Arrest?
Was His Investigator Living on Her?
"She'Mrs. X.,' told me that the Rev. Elmer L. Williams'called on her
one vv.eek.before he caused her arrest and asked her to come to his church. x
Sheitold me that she gave him' an .evasive answer and that, when he per
sisted, she gave him. a five, dollar bill." from' the' testimony of Detective
Sergeant John J. Harding, at the trial of the woman whom the Rev.
Williams crucified before the midnight session of the O'Hara vice com
mission last Friday.
- , "She, 'Mrs. X.,' also told me that she kept this 'Investigator' Harris, who
testified for .the Rev. Williams today, in eating money for several days
before'sh'e was arrested. Harris atthat time was living in Mrs. X.'s. rooming
house, presumably for the purpose of gathering evidence against Mrs. X.
Heboid Mrs. X. he was. broke. Harris is a salesman for Siegel, Cooper &
Co." From a statement of Detective Sergeant John J. Harding to The
Day Book after the'triar of the woman.
The J course, of the O'Hara vice
commission in repudiating the Rev
Elmer L. Williams, . of tie Grace
Methodist, church; and 'of The Day
Book, in. branding Williams' conduct
as not-uniyTunchristian.and unmanly,
but also as: outside the law, were fully
justified' today.
While the O'Hara commission-was.
holding its midnight session of Jast.
Friday 'night, Williams, with two -city,
detectives, the sergeant-alarms---ofj
eHcp'mmissibn.'and: two priya'te: to--
vestigators, broke into the private
room of, the landlady, of a rooming
house at .361 North Clark street and
dragged'the, woman and a' man from
bed and before the commission.
When the commission learned that
the case was neither one of commer
cial prostitution nor of open adultery, "
it refused to. pillory the woman in the
case further and dismissed, her.
"Williams then had the man and wo
man arrested by city detectives on a
rcharge of adultery. Tie case was
called before JudgeVHopMn in ih$
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