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and-a-half hours the guests part with
their nickels. Then the controversial
stage sets in, enlivened, of course,
with, perhaps a few fights. No more
attention is paid by the clerk to such
affairs than is paid to the whistling
wind on the outside. Fatalities are
few and even should they happen
nightly, what's the difference?
The spirit of democracy prevails at
the "Flop" in all its pristine vigor.
Everything goes, even shoes, coat
and hat unless they are securely an
chored to feet, head or body. The
first man up, like the early bird, does
business if there is any business in
sight, and among 900 "guests" there
should be something doing while the
cold weather prevails.
The "Flop" has been a fixture in
Chicago for 20 years. It was estab
lished by Ben Hogan, an1 old-time
pugilist, but since his day has chang
ed hands. As a money-making
proposition it has no equal in the
"hotel" line. The sum of $315 a week,
or $1,260 a month, is very near all
"velvet." The rent is nominal, for it
is not suitable for manufacturing or
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SPENCER TAKES THE STAND
PROVES WILD WITNESS
Henry Spencer, alleged "wholesale
murderer," took the stand in his own
defense today in his trial on the
charge of murdering Mrs. Mildred
Allison-Rexroat, Chicago tango
teacher, and proved as wild a witness
as he did a spectator.
Spencer refused to be sworn.
"I don't believe in God," he shout
ed. "I believe in the devil."
"What is your name?" asked
State's Attorney Hadley.
"Jean Valjean," responded Spen
cer, referring to Victor Hugo's fa
"Where 3o you live?" was the next
"Oh, everywhere," responded the
prisoner, throwing a grin at the
, To nearly all Hadley's questions,
Spencer responded with a mechan
ical, "I don't know." He professed
not to recall any of the details of
the crime, said that he couldn't re
call having made a confession, and
even declared that he had never
heard the name of his alleged vic
tim. After Spencer had left the stand,
Hadley declared he believed the man
was deliberately "stalling" to support
the expected plea of insanity.
While he was on the stand, Spen
cer continued to shout profanely at
Judge Slusser, attorneys and the
jury. As he returned to his chair, he
passed a group of reporters:
"You thought you'd get a good
story out of me today, didn't you?"
he sneered. "Well, I fooled you."
Members of Printing Pressmen No.
3, employed at Rand, McNally & Co.,
went out on strike yesterday when
the firm refused to discontinue using
Trouble has been brewing at the
plant for some time. Month after
month the company increased its
number of non-union men until at
last the union men objected. A dele
gation from the union visited the offi
cials yesterday, but the latter would
yield nothing and the walk-out resulted.
"Billie is a lucky feller to have a
mouth that big!"
"Can't you hear him? He can
whistle a duet with it!"