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.topfc their coats off and a few mo
j ments later the police, who had been
tipped off by the investigators, raid
t ed the place.
This is in violation-of a Supreme
I court ruling, says.Erbstein, which
says that when an officer aids and
abets a violation the defendant can
not be found guilty.
' It is also rumored around the city
hall that a civil service Investigation
of the "squad is contemplated. Many
complaints have been made recently
'of the squad breaking down doors,
etc., to gather evidence.
One of the Punkhouser men com
monly known as "Prenchy," a rather
''handsome foreigner with a pleasant
smile, had -a habit which aided him in
gathering in the women of the
"Prenchy" used to stand on a cor
ner on N. Clark st with a bag of pea
nuts in his hand.
According to many of the women
arrested he would speak to them
softly as they passed.
"Have a peanut, girl," he would
If the woman had any idea of do
ing anything wrong the way was now
clear. "Prenchy" would ask her if
she wanted a drink and when they
started on tneir way to a saloon he
"would place her under arrest
Twice to one day an unfortunate
told Judge Goodnow that she "had
been bad but was trying hard to do
right She had resisted temptations
of many' sorts until this chance
showed itself." Then the way was
made so easy she had fallen.
Investigator Steele trapped a girl
In her Michigan av. home after he
"had "known her four years.
' He made use of his acquaintance
with her to get into the .house with
another man and then stayed there
"until the officers came to arrest the
girl who had formerly been his friend.
Numerous cases where Investiga
tors call up the homes of women sus
pected and say: "I am Mr. Smith of
South Chicago. Don't you remem
The woman may or may not, but
chances are that she'll let "Mr.
Smith" come up to find oat whether
she does or not
"Mr. Smith" sits around the house, i
may manage to take his coat off and
"stalls" until the officers break In and
arrest the women. Letting a strang
er take his coat off is evidence
enough to draw a fine In the morals
And Sergeant Randall of the mor
als squad, with his flowing black silk
tie, has caught many women. Ran
dall dresses very carefully and quiet
ly. The tie makes him appear to be
an artist or professional man.
And the women bite.
One unfortunate, caught- by the"
sergeant cried vwhen she told the
judge that "Never in the world would
I have taken him for a police officer.
I thought he was just an ordinary
man and I could spend the evening
with him. There was nothing wrong."
"Yes," declared Judge Goodnow,
"he does look rather like an artist and
I can understand how you would
mistake him for a professional man."
This woman was fined $50 and
costs and tried to commit suicide by
jumping from the court window. She
was caught In time.
Plainfield, N. jC Helen, Mabel and
Alys Trenbach, sisters, came home
and found the hired man had var
nished the stairs. While they waited
for the paint to dry die escaped with tt)
Pittsburgh. "Ah wa burned to
death in Oil City last September," de-
clared a negro ffctlohist -arrested by
the police and later Held for an alien
ist His name is O. Henry.
Cleveland. Safety Director Ben
esch recommends that all Cleveland
police be instructed in ..psychology,
sociology and economics better to ad
minister the law,