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REV. FRED BENNETT WANTED
IN WHITE SLAVE CASE
The Rev. Fred Bennett of the Olive
Branch Mission, Desplaines and
Monroe streets, suspected of aiding
his brother to escape from the juris
diction of the city courts and of at
tempted bribery in a -white slave case
against his brother, is very ba'dly
wanted by the police.
Bennett's brother, Paul, was sen
tenced to one year In the House of
Correction and a fine of $J00 and
costs for pandering by Judge Hop
kins, in the Morals Court, April 2 last.
Paul Bennett betrayed 17-year-old
Marie Bartelle of Manchester, Mich.,
and then turned her out on the
streets to earn money for him by sell
ing her body.
The girl, who does not look sixteen
years old, came here from Manches
ter three months ago. She was a
telephone girl there. But she and her
chum had felt the usual lure of "the
The two girls found "the big city"
rather a bad place for two homeless
girls with skirts to their knees and
Marie was caught at the start by
Paul Bennett, whose business it was
to live off the earnings of shame.
He made love to her; she liked
him; he talked of marriage; of a
home of children; she yielded to him;
and he found excuses to put off the
Then, when the girl had grown
accustomed to immorality, Bennett
suggested that they live together at
1411 Monroe street, where he had a
room. He would marry her as soon
as he could get a little money to
gether, he promised. So the girl went
to live with him.
Once Bennett had her in his power
he forced her to go on the streets
for him. And one night her short
skirts attracted the attention of De
tective Sergeant Wm. P. Bowler
and Officer W. Cohen and they ar
rested her. At the police station tne
girl broke down and told about Ben-
nett, Bennett also was arrested, tried,
found guilty and sentenced.
It was then Bennett's pastor-brother
got busy. He hired a negro law
yer, one Blackwell, who made a mo
tion for a new trial, which was grant
ed, and then got Bennett out of the
Bridwell on a writ of error without
informing Judge Hopkins.
Once released, Bennett skipped his.
bonds and has not returned. The
girl was paroled to Mr. and Mrs. Clar
ence" Clearwater, Rockford, HI., and
is living straight.
It was from the Clearwaters that
the charges that the Rev. Bennett
had attempted bribery came. Clar-'
ence Clearwater has made affidavit
that the minister offered him $50 if
he would get the girl to repudiate
her testimony against Paul Bennett,
given at the trial.
Clearwater refused and took the
matter up with Assistant State's At
torney Ernest Langtry, who took the
case to Judge Hopkins. Hopkins
summoned the minister and Paul
Bennett to appear before him yester
day afternoon and show cause why
they should not be sentenced for
contempt of court.
Neither the Rev. 'Bennett nor his
evil-living brother showed up. It is
believed that the Rev. Bennett has
left the state; it is know that Paul
Blackwell, the negro attorney, also
is in considerable trouble. He denied
yesterday that he had intended to
deceive the court when he got Paul
Bennett out of the Bridwell without
letting Hopkins know, but his con
duct will be investigated further.
Grand stands are built on the as
sumption that a closely-packed crowd
cannot weigh over 100 pounds per
square foot, but C. J. Tilden has sub
mitted experiments indicating that
too little allowance has been made
for the strain of the weight of motion.
The act of rising to one's feet for in
stance, momentarily increases one's
weight 80 per cent