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HOYNE PLANS FOR GRAND JURY PROBE OF
CHARGES AGAINST MORALS SQUAD
A woman, who from evidence pre
sented by her to the state's attorney's
office has apparently been given a
"rough deal' may fie the nemesis
who will finally sound the doom of
the morals squad.
It has leaked out that only the ill
ness of Porsecutor Hoyne has held
back a grand jury investigation of
the activities of certain members of
the vice squad.
Several days ago Mrs. Violet
Phipps, 3741 Indiana avenue, walked
into State's Attorney Hoyne's office
with the charge that she had paid
money to J. E. Steel, one of Major
Fufinkhouser's "sleuths," to prevent
the arrest of herself and two other
Her story is one of a long list of
similar complaints which have been
made by unfortunate women of the
underworld, who say that certain
members of the morals squad have
"bled" and "bullied" the vice world.
Mrs. Phipps said that Steel and an
other investigator came to Sybel
Martin's at 225 E. 23d street last
October." They represented them
selves as "live ones" and proceeded
to stow away wine and food inci
dentally. Mrs. Phipps said they fail
ed to pay for the wine.
About 2 o'clock in the morning
Steel told the women that he and
her partners were "sleuths" and were
going to arrest them.
After much arguing and protesting
on the part of the women, Mrs.
Phipps charges that their troubles
ended when she paid money to Steel.
TJxen the men proceeded to spend
tHe rest of the morning with the
'From that time on Mrs. Phipps
says she was hounded by Steel.
"He nearly always arrived in my
flat in time for dinner," Mrs. Phipps
said. "And I was forced to tolerate
him through fear of arrest. Finally
I rebelled and ordered him out"
Mrs. Phipps and Sybil Martin de
cided to tell all they knew about
SteeL They called up Major Crip
pen, one of the heads of the morals
squad, who is paid a handsome sal
ary by the people to "promote ef
ficiency in the police department."
To him they told their story. He lis
tened attentively and then did noth
ing. The women say that from that time
on they were persecuted by the mor
als squad. On one occasion the mor
als squad broke down the door of
Sybil Martin's flat, treated her rough
ly and then dragged her to the sta
tion. However, they have as yet
failed to get Judge Goodnow to see
where she had violated any law.
Probably the darkest part of the
story is tie charge of Mrs. Phipps
that the morals sleuths are trying to
' railroad her to the madhouse.
According to her story, Dr. H. R.
Hoffman, who had attended her for a
few days about a year ago, was asked
to say she was insane.
Dr. Hoffman, who is house physi
cian for Kate Adams' Coulter house,
admitted last night that the woman's
charges are partially true. He says
there' was a conference between Ma
jor Funkhouser and Kate Adams, at
which Mrs. Phipps' mental state was
considered. As a last apnoyance
Mrs. Phipps' telephone ias been re
moved. Joseph Geary, chief investigator
for State's Att'y Hoyne, is now inves
tigating the charges against the mor
als squad. Further action will be de
layed until Hoyne recovers from his
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